Hard Lessons by T.Q. Chant

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Hard Lessons is the second novella of the Science Fiction Sam Cane series by T.Q. Chant.

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Sam Cane’s escape to the edge of human settlement didn’t go exactly to plan. She was running from her past, but what she’s found out on the fringe could steal her present.

She’s battered, bruised and her mind isn’t entirely her own, trapped in a world of superstition and careless cruelty. As she tries to find a way out of her impossible situation and work out what her enemy is and what they want with her, a Commonwealth special operations team arrives to investigate the distress signal she got out. Caught in a running fight with an implacable, brutal enemy, the elite team is pushed to its limits to find Sam.

Between them, they’ll start to uncover the horrifying secrets of the Saved and discover the true meaning of Rapture…




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In many ways, this series is exactly as it appears – tense, fast-paced, hard-hitting science fiction stories that follow Sam Cane, a woman with a shady past trying to go straight, but getting caught up with dangerous events on the fringes of human settlement.

Through these novellas, though, I wanted to look at how much better we could be if we could do away with so many dangerous, negative things that still plague us. Things like everyday sexism, racism, homophobia, general intolerance and religious fundamentalism. Rather than the easy option of exploring these themes through dystopia, I chose to write about a world in which they have become a thing of the past. Not a perfect world, but I think a better one. One that’s being challenged by throwbacks to humanity’s darker past. The series started life as something a bit more military-SF, with a fairly typical square jawed hero. I found the setting really popped and the character came to life when I re-wrote it as a woman on the run from her own past. Not a hero, but not a villain either – someone in between who just wants to be left alone to get on with her life.

In Hard Lessons, you’ll find out what happened to Sam after her small victory in Hard Time. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s probably not a spoiler to say things haven’t gone well for her. Battered and bruiser, her mind not entirely her own, she’s got a hard road ahead of her. She might be getting some help, though, as an elite Commonwealth Army team arrives on-planet to look for her.

(T.Q. Chant, May 2017)

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Sam Cane Series

Book 1 – Hard Setdown

Book 3 – Hard Time

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Hard Setdown by T.Q. Chant

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Hard Setdown is the first novella of the Science Fiction Sam Cane series by T.Q. Chant.

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Sam Cane – ex-con artist (sort of), ex-soldier (definitely), and woman on the run.

In too deep with the wrong people, she’s bailed out of the nearest exit and gone corporate. Leaving a life of petty crime on Earth she’s heading for the furthest flung of humanity’s scattered worlds, looking for a place to hide. But sometimes, what you’re running from isn’t the thing that will kill you.

Out on the fringe, Sam finds that things can get a little strange, and a lot dangerous…




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Author T. Q. Chant pictureIn many ways, this series is exactly as it appears – tense, fast-paced, hard-hitting science fiction stories that follow Sam Cane, a woman with a shady past trying to go straight, but getting caught up with dangerous events on the fringes of human settlement.

Through these novellas, though, I wanted to look at how much better we could be if we could do away with so many dangerous, negative things that still plague us. Things like everyday sexism, racism, homophobia, general intolerance and religious fundamentalism. Rather than the easy option of exploring these themes through dystopia, I chose to write about a world in which they have become a thing of the past. Not a perfect world, but I think a better one. One that’s being challenged by throwbacks to humanity’s darker past. The series started life as something a bit more military-SF, with a fairly typical square jawed hero. I found the setting really popped and the character came to life when I re-wrote it as a woman on the run from her own past. Not a hero, but not a villain either – someone in between who just wants to be left alone to get on with her life.

Hard Setdown finds Sam Cane landed on a bleak, hot planet and abandoned to her fate when it becomes apparent that the colonists she was supposed to join have disappeared. Follow her struggle to survive, find out what happened to the colonists, and try to get herself off the planet before it kills her.
(T.Q. Chant, May 2017)

Other Books in the Same Series

Sam Cane Series

Book 2 – Hard Lessons

Book 3 – Hard Time

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Hounded 2 by Ellie Douglas

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Hounded 2 is the second book of the Hounded horror series by Ellie Douglas.

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Bellamy Foster leads his group of survivors on a perilous journey. Not only must he find a sanctuary for them all, but he is also on a quest to find his twin brother, Calloway.

Currently being stalked by raging, hungry, vicious zombie dogs, they become aware of a new, more sinister, threat. The infected SB-16 coma patients are now becoming vile, ravenous, and monstrous human zombies.

Will the survivors find a new sanctuary in time to save themselves and what remains of the shattered world around them?

Hounded 2 is an explicit horror – full of spattered slaughter, love and loss, fast-moving action, and a maze of unexpected destruction, that is sure to keep you turning pages late into the night. In this, her second novel, Ellie Douglas proves there’s plenty of rot to ooze out of the zombie genre.

**Previously published as Zombie dogs SB-16 Book 2**




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Who is left?

The book series ‘Hounded’ and ‘Hounded 2,’ is not for the faint hearted! It is a genre I thoroughly enjoy, Horror. Twisting the genre on it’s axis to bring you something so different, it will alter your mind.

In Hounded 2, you follow Bellamy in his travels, searching for his twin brother Calloway. Moving at a torrid pace, with everything fans crave and much more. With mercy killings, so unexpected it will drive you to tears. Plenty of ultra-violent militia groups that will have you praying for mercy.

Witty dialogue, superbly crafted action sequences, it will be like watching a movie. Hounded 2, is an extremely explicit horror, full of spattered slaughter, love and loss. It is a fast moving action novel, with a maze of unexpected destruction.

You’ll learn how to survive the worst kind of zombies that ever existed. You’ll fall in love with the characters, and cry with them, laugh with them, and root for them. Everyone of these characters, will make you feel like you’ve known them for years.

I’ve been compared to the king, Stephen King, and Quintin Tarantino, that if they had a love child, that child was ‘ME.’
(Ellie Douglas, May 2017)

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