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JILLY PADDOCK: The big FREE kindle promotion!!

All four of Jilly’s books will be free for five days, from September 28, 2012 through October 2, 2012! You can find all four books at the link above, or use the UK & USA amazon links for the individual books below.

This is a great chance to familiarise yourself with the world-building of Jilly Paddock. It’s character driven science fiction adventure which harks back to the classic SF of the past.

What people are saying about Jilly Paddock…

This book is wonderful! I have re-discovered that old enchantment of my youth with Ms Paddock’s writing. Though she has her own unique voice, I was reminded of the pleasure from reading work by Ray Bradbury, Anne MacCaffrey and Ursula Leguin.

This is storytelling of the highest quality, gripping and tense at times, lyrical and beautiful at others with three dimensional characters and convincing world building.

— Raven Dane

This story would more than hold its own in Asimov’s or Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines. Recommended.

— Phillip Spencer (

Her prose is smooth, stylish, sensual and occasionally beautiful. The characters are convincing and engaging. Importantly her science is spot on… the internal logic of the story is well thought out and completely believable.

— Stewart Horn (British Fantasy Society –

Jilly’s talent with words ranks her among the likes of Bradbury, Card and Heinlein… The quality of work here is a true mastery of the craft.

— Richard Flores, IV (Plasma Frequency Magazine –

Here’s the details on the books…

First was, ‘No Earthly Shore

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On Yemitzov Five live sea-quilts – mats of greyish tissue that undulate through the shallow coastal waters, some as large as two metres square, sans eyes, ears, legs and teeth, in fact sans most of the things considered as basic essentials to life. Thirty years ago, the survey team said they were dumb animals. Now three squilts save a girl from drowning and Earth must send an expedition to investigate the claims that the beasts are sentient.

Dr Zuzana Aaron-Jones, a marine biologist, is recruited to the team. She’s befriended by the enigmatic Mooney, and together they try and prove that squilts are intelligent. If they’re right, the colonists must leave their beautiful world, so it would be easier if they were wrong.

Boodie Nantucket, the rescued girl, is sure that squilts are smart and telepathic as well. Nobody believes her – she’s just a kid.

And what about the squilts? What are their plans for Zuzana and Mooney, not to mention all of the colonists? Just how dangerous can giant sea-slugs be?

Mooney works for EI (Earth Intelligence).

This was followed by ‘The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone‘.

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A nine year-old girl is abducted on a backwater colony world. Bad enough, but Sophie Crispianou is the daughter of the Terran Ambassador and the step-niece of Earth’s President, and the kidnapper has struck before, leaving his victim dead.

Finding the child falls to Detective Inspector A. Afton Lamont and her new partner, Jerome. The Earth authorities don’t trust the local police to solve such a high-profile case and send in some help from Terrapol, an agent with psionic abilities – a spook. Giselle is beautiful but deadly, a mind-reader and possibly much more, and her only goal is rescuing the lost child, regardless of the consequences. Can this unlikely team find Sophie and save her before tragedy strikes?

Deep in an abandoned mine at the edge of the city, something lurks, something old and evil, woken by the tears of a scared little girl and the cruelty of her captors. Jerome crosses its path, but Jerome has his own secrets and he isn’t exactly human. Can he defeat the Spirit in the Stone?

Here we have our first introduction to an “Agent Pair”, a top secret EI operative.

Following these two novellas comes Jilly’s first full-length novel, ‘To Die a Stranger‘.

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Anna-Marie has it all – a pretty face and a life of leisure backed by the wealth and status of the family business, the Delany Computer Corporation. It’s not enough. Anna’s bored, so she dabbles in showbiz as the holo-actress Amaranth Dusk. She gains some success, then loses it all in an aircar accident that almost claims her life.

Scarred and severely injured, Anna struggles back to health. As her memory clears, she realises that the accident was a deliberate attack and tries to discover who wanted her dead. Her investigations take her to Delany Corp, which has a secret at its core, a hidden conspiracy of government-funded technology and espionage. Anna unwittingly stumbles into a top secret project that takes ordinary humans and pairs them with computers to create spies who can read minds and walk through walls. These agent-pairs are used by Earth Intelligence, Mother Terra’s primary security force, as powerful weapons to keep her empire of colony worlds under control.

Zenith-alpha 4013 is part of the project, a flawed computer who has failed to find a partner. It chooses Anna, and together they must outwit all of Earth Intelligence to escape and survive.

Here we finally find out more about the mysterious ‘Agent-pairs’.

Most recently she released her short story collection, ‘The Dragon, Fly and other flights of fancy‘.

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The Dragon, Fly

She sits on a pillar of stone, a hermit in the desert, on a world called Teusza. Dragons live there too, beautiful, mystical creatures who cannot be harmed or killed by any weapons, and they feed and care for her. Who is she? Tyagi must climb that pinnacle if he wants an answer, risking falling or attack by the dragons.

Playing Possum

Melloney was a dancer, until she fell from a cliff and broke her back. Now paralysed and confined to a wheelchair, she has technology to be her hands and work all the house’s equipment. Alone, in a storm, is it enough to save her from the secret buried in her past?

The Omnidirectional Woman

Dr Lawrence Valentine has a new patient, Judith von Thal, who’s sent to him for psychological help after the death of her husband. He becomes obsessed with her, and when she tells him there are holes in space and she can walk through them, he thinks it’s just a symptom of her madness.

Death and Cai-Lee McGeoghan

Lost in a blizzard, Cai-Lee and her companions stumble into a system of caves. In a locked and forbidden room, Cai-Lee meets Death and makes a bargain with Her. Such things never end well!

The Serpent’s Claw

Rebekkah is rescued from slavery and becomes a novice in the Sisterhood of Grace, a feared religious order of assassins, but she has visions and has seen the order’s destruction. This is the story of Rebekkah’s life, her journey to the rank of Grand-Mother, leader of the Sisterhood.

That Cold, Terrible Place Filled with Stars

Dory is a Pilot, her body and mind Altered to link with her ship. She takes a passenger on what starts as a simple interplanetary trip and ends in an attack that almost kills her.

The Bride carried Tigers

Anji and Venn live on Earth, in a city that covers the whole world. They have food, shelter, freedom from disease and a simple, untroubled life – but is the cost of their utopia too high?

La Belle Epoque and Twisting the Dragon’s Tail

Two excerpts from forthcoming novels about Anna-Marie Delany, an ex-actress turned spy, and her computer partner, Zenith Alpha 4013.

That’s it. Now go grab ’em, read ’em & please give us some feedback, or honest reviews.
Afton and Jerome, Anna and Zenni and the sinister Sisterhood of Grace will all be back in future books.

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