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About mdbenoit

As long as she can remember, MD was either listening to her father's stories, or making them up herself. As a child having to do chores, many dishes were broken, or dust bunnies passed over, because she lived in her own imaginary world. Things haven't changed much since then --she still breaks dishes, and isn't much on housecleaning-- but instead of dreaming the stories, she writes them down. MD has always been fascinated by science and how the mind works. How better to combine both, than to write science fiction? Her main concern in writing stories is to explore human nature, and how science can affect people's perception of their own humanity. For the past few years, her interests have focused on genetic engineering, from Genetically Modified Organisms, to genetic warfare and cloning. Her first novel, Metered Space, is a sardonic view at such issues. What makes us human? Explore this concept by meeting a whole bunch of aliens that have no human features, but may surprise you by acting more human than the flesh-and-blood bodies. MD is the author of the SF mystery series, The Jack Meter Case Files, published by Zumaya Otherworlds. You can check them out on her website at MD Benoit's World. MD currently lives in Ottawa with her husband and her cat (who is really an alien in disguise). You can read her take on reality on her blog, Life's Weirder than Fiction.

Round Robin Episode 11

I knew the old lady was bluffing. She wouldn’t get her answers if she shot Jackie, and I was pretty sure she knew I was a bystander in this crazy game. I couldn’t muster much interest for the goings-on anyway, even with a gun pointed at me and the mention of a multi-million deal.

All I could think about was Riane—who had morphed from human to alien in the blink of an eye—and the message she’d given me before she’d dissolved into a puddle of slime, most of which I was still wearing.

—Kill my son.

Not an every day request, although the last whispered words had sounded more desperate than any I’d ever heard. Even if I were to agree with her appeal, I had no idea how I’d go about it. I knew her first name, and that was it.

From the way she’d dissolved, I knew she wasn’t from Earth but I was still a newbie when it came to identifying alien species. Yeah, I’d met more than most of the residents of the third planet from the sun, but it was amazing how full the universe was, let alone our own galaxy.

“Are you listening, Jack?”

“Huh? Sorry.” I look at Jackie, who was trying to send me a message with her eyes. “You’re on your own for that one, sweetie. I got problems of my own.”

I heard twin gasps, from Jackie and from the old broad wielding the gun. Both had their gazes fixed on the center of my body, which was beginning to become heavier. I looked down and gaped too.

Slowly, the goo that had coated me when Riane had melted was reconstituting itself into a head, a torso, arms and legs. In the space of a few seconds, she stood beside me.

“God, I hate when that happens. Now, where were we?” She brushed her hair away from her face. “Ah, yes. There’s this matter of disposing of my offspring.”

M. D. Benoit is the author of the Jack Meter Case Files series and of the SF Thriller Synergy.

Look for her upcoming SF Thriller, Catalyst, this August.

Follow her on Twitter: @mdbenoit2

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2010 in Round Robin, Zumaya Publications

 

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Round Robin Episode 1

Photo credit: Studio D

Everything was going beautifully last Wednesday before the lights went out. For the first time since Annie died, I let Winston and Terry talk me into going on a blind date. Nothing elaborate, just a drink in Milestones, the bar on the ground level of my condo so I could make a fast escape if it turned out dismal. I was approaching the whole thing more as a chore than a pleasure but I couldn’t see the guys letting go until I bowed to the pressure and gave in.

I should have asked who picked the girl for me. If I’d known it was Winston, I would’ve skipped the meet altogether. But I didn’t know, so I was waiting at a table when she arrived, smiling and wind-blown and stacked just the way I like them. She introduced herself –Riane—and ordered a bone-dry martini. I stuck to scotch. Milestones wasn’t really crowded but there was the buzz of spring in the air and people around were laughing. Riane was easy; easy to talk to, easy to like, and easy on the eyes. I began to relax a little.

“So, Jack,” she said, “Winston tells me you’re a Private Investigator.”

“When the mood strikes.”

I took a sip of scotch, waited for the usual disbelieving reaction. Instead I heard a pop, the lights when out, and my arms were filled with dead female. I couldn’t call her a woman anymore because as she fell into me she changed…

Go on to Episode 2

M. D. Benoit is the author of the SF Mystery series The Jack Meter Case Files, featuring Private Investigator Jack Meter. Visit her website at http://mdbenoit.com
Follow her on Twitter: @mdbenoit2

 

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Zumaya Authors’ Round Robin

Look in regularly at Tales from Zumaya Books for an exciting Round Robin by a variety of Zumaya Authors. Each author will post an entry here in sequence, picking up from a sentence the previous author left unfinished. They will use their own style and genre, so you can expect a wild, fanciful ride. And here’s the first sentence:

Everything was going beautifully last Wednesday before the lights went out…

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2010 in Round Robin, Zumaya Publications

 

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Zumaya Publications Birthday Bash

Four years ago this month, Zumaya Publications moved from its original birthplace in Canada to Austin, Texas, and became Zumaya Publications LLC. This year, Zumaya came under new ownership, and we decided we were way past due for a party.

For the next 31 days, you’ll meet some talented authors and have a chance to win some great presents, including (drumroll, please) a Nook eReader from Barnes & Noble.

Zumaya now has 7 imprints: Embraces for romance and women’s fiction, Boundless for LGBT, Enigma for mystery and suspense, Otherworlds for speculative fiction, Thresholds for YA and middle grade books, Yesterdays for historical fiction and memoirs and Arcane for New Age fiction and nonfiction. Zumaya itself is home to mainstream and literary fiction and an eclectic collection of nonfiction.

Our goal this month is to first and foremost to entertain you and give you an opportunity to chat with us and our authors, give away some stuff and have you sample our wares. The virtual barbecue and sweet tea are out, chips and salsa are waiting.


Y’all come to Coffee Time Romance and join the party!

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2010 in Birthday

 

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