My review of Seeds by Stephen Bolt

A while ago I placed Seeds in the spotlights on my blog, which was before I picked up the book myself to read it. It was done as a courteous gesture, since the author of Seeds, Stephen Bolt, had been so kind as to grace my book The Haircut with a favorable review.

Even though I write erotica, as a reader I am primarily a fan of an amalgam of other genres, mostly Speculative Fiction, Horror, Suspense, and Dystopia.

Lo and behold Seeds, the book that unites all these genres in a perfect equilibrium.

While reading, I inadvertently drew comparisons with a few of the uncontested grand-masters of pure SF and the many cross-over genres: Dan Simmons, Stephen King, Stephen Baxter, and further back in time Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. I found them all. This book read like an ode to them, to their vision, their talent for narration, the power of their imagination. Add an unmistakable dash of Tolkien, a lascivious serving of erotic sauce, and the visual images and themes of The Matrix, and you know what to expect when you strap on your armor and ready yourself to do battle with this first part of a triptych, of which parts 2 and 3 are already long overdue, as far as I’m concerned.

Does that mean that Stephen Bolt is as good a writer as the giants on whose shoulders he looks out over the realm that he has created? Not quite yet, but close.

Stephen is a more than well-accomplished narrator, with an excellent command of all the tools required to write a masterpiece like Seeds. But Seeds is his first published work, and I am sure that the room for growth I am inserting here will guarantee that one day, with the next installment of The Heterogen Chronicles, or with other stories coming from Bolt’s mind, we will see the next King or Simmons take his rightful place among the stars. With this book Seeds, he already shoots for the moon.

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Blurb:

Their world is ruled by ruthless Petroleum Barons. Strict social order is kept in the streets by brutal Enforcers. Unbridled Scientists have been commissioned to take genetic modification to Frankensteinian levels. And the frequent attacks of pillaging Outlaws keep citizens beholden to an exploitive system.

Three characters have come to a unique situation. Shade is a heterogen – a humanoid hybrid with canine features, and instincts – born into a life of servitude. Savina is a concubine and bodyguard, a role she was unwillingly forced into at a vulnerable age. Anax is their Master, but only because he, thanks to Shade and Savina, survived an attack meant to kill them all.

Suddenly finding themselves swept up in a revolution they never knew existed, each must make an important choice that will map the course of their future. But they soon learn that joining the cause is not simply a matter of taking up arms and marching to the front. To prove their worth they must visit the enigmatic Engineer and undergo a mysterious test.

Join Shade, Savina, and Anax as they navigate the perils of their unfortunate circumstances. Experience a wondrous journey of self discovery, eerie dreams, unleashed magic, and cross-species breeding. Then brace for the ultimate challenge when these three must confront their most terrifying demons with only two possible outcomes: death, or victory.

About the author:

Stephen Bolt came screaming into the world at the dawn of the Summer of Love, and has been kicking ever since. He hails from the dystopian paradise known as Detroit, which, along with the rich diversity of its surroundings, provide a constant creative inspiration.

A lifetime of composition began at a very tender age, once he was old enough to put pen to paper and produce some semblance of a narrative. Then came exposure to literature, history, legends, mythology, and dreams. These brought on the realization that the way of the world was not always so kind, and to this he could not sit idle. As the voice is his weapon of choice, Stephen’s fiction had found its theme.

He holes up with a small band of rebels, one with whom he exchanged vows many years ago, and two who came into the world some time later. The most recent addition to their clan has four legs, a black coat, gold eyes, and a whole lot of curiosity. When not writing, Stephen spends his time in his organic garden, cooking, hanging with his peeps, reading, observing, thinking, and plotting his next moves.

Moving to Kindle

Dear Reader,

I’m currently in the process of moving all my books to Amazon. Sometime over the weekend, my stories will get pulled from the other retailers, and will be exclusively available at Amazon, for Kindle Unlimited subscribers as well as regular customers.

I hope this move will give my books a lot more visibility. For you, this means that you can still get a copy of my books, which you can read on any Kindle device, or any other device that has a Kindle app installed, like a smartphone or tablet. You can find the Kindle app on Google Play or the iTunes store.

Be on the lookout for special deals; Amazon gives me the option of setting up very interesting promotions and giveaways.

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Sultry Shower at Kindle Unlimited

My first short story Sultry Shower is now available in the Kindle Unlimited catalog. It is free until June 5, so don’t hesitate to pick up a copy for you or for your friends.
Be sure to leave a review.

I moved Sultry Shower to Kindle Unlimited (KU), meaning that it’s available exclusively on Amazon for a period of 90 days. If all goes well for my first short story, I’ll be thinking about moving my other books to KU as well. But for the time being, The Haircut andSpicy Dinner for Three are still available at all major retailers.

Some reviews of Sultry Shower:

“The way this short story is written, in 2nd person, makes it deliciously perfect because it lets you, the reader, drop right into the fantasy and imagine yourself as the protagonist. Isn’t that part of the point of reading erotica? Someone else is doing the work of creating the fantasy for us, we just to go along for the ride? That’s exactly what this short story is. A short and very sweet ride :)”

“This book is all about a wonderful wake-up call. A great morning wake up call. Getting dirty while in the shower getting clean!!If you are looking for hot steamy morning read this book is for you.

“This was a lovely piece of sexy prose. It’s not exactly a story, but it’s hot and sensual, and it felt good to read it. I’ll be reading more Lusty Soul works soon!”

After June 5, the price will go up to 99cts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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Stephen Bolt’s review of The Haircut + introducing his novel Seeds

Stephen Bolt is the author of dystopian fusion novels in which he pours his unique perspective on life and mixes it with elements from speculative fiction, fantasy, and suspense. The result is a genre-defying style you’ll never encounter anywhere until you take a chance and pick up his book Seeds.

Being an avid reader, he came across The Haircut, and took a chance.

I’m extremely glad that he did because his opinion elevates my book to heights I had never dreamt of.

A ‘random’ selection of quotes from his review:

A cut above the rest

I found the writing of this piece to be top notch

Lucy’s voice as the narrator was wonderfully effective

I would highly recommend this sensuous, sexy story

Now I know it may look like I’m cherry picking, only quoting the positive things. You’ll just have to go and read his complete, 5-star review.

Be sure to check out his book Seeds, available at Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.

seeds coverblurb:

Their world is ruled by ruthless Petroleum Barons. Strict social order is kept in the streets by brutal Enforcers. Unbridled Scientists have been commissioned to take genetic modification to Frankensteinian levels. And the frequent attacks of pillaging Outlaws keep citizens beholden to an exploitive system. Three characters have come to a unique situation. Shade is a heterogen – a humanoid hybrid with canine features, and instincts – born into a life of servitude. Savina is a concubine and bodyguard, a role she was unwillingly forced into at a vulnerable age. Anax is their Master, but only because he, thanks to Shade and Savina, survived an attack meant to kill them all. Suddenly finding themselves swept up in a revolution they never knew existed, each must make an important choice that will map the course of their future. But they soon learn that joining the cause is not simply a matter of taking up arms and marching to the front. To prove their worth they must visit the enigmatic Engineer and undergo a mysterious test. Join Shade, Savina, and Anax as they navigate the perils of their unfortunate circumstances. Experience a wondrous journey of self discovery, eerie dreams, unleashed magic, and cross-species breeding. Then brace for the ultimate challenge when these three must confront their most terrifying demons with only two possible outcomes: death, or victory.


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