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Wednesday 20 February 2019

☀ The Amazing, Unfolding World of Machine Civilization Series [1-5] - Clayton Barnett

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Amazing, Unfolding World of Machine Civilization, a Science Fiction Series by .

Don't miss our interview with author Clayton Barnett.

There are currently five novels in the series, the latest "Foes and Rivals" was released on 16 December 2018. The first two books in the series are on sale for ONLY 0.99!

PREVIEW: Check out full details of each book in the series, as well as the Cloud Reader Preview for Foes and Rivals below.

Author Clayton Barnett will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), and guest blog posts (✉).

|| The Series || Teaser: KCR Preview || Author Q&A || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||

The Series: The Amazing, Unfolding World of Machine Civilization Series

A history beginning in our near future, these stories are set in a world where the US dollar has been displaced as the world’s reserve currency, prompting its economic and political collapse, with a few areas able to hold onto civilization.

At the same time, across the Pacific, under a resurgent economy brought about by the implementation of new technology and deregulation, three Japanese companies produce breakthroughs in both artificial intelligence and robotics. These newly made people exhibit an odd interest in the goings-on of the former United States.

To-date, my chronicling of this interest of theirs has led to stories that populate five novels, and a children's book, which I would like to share with everyone now!

The Fourth Law [1]

**ONLY 0.99!**

23-year-old apprentice nurse Lily Barrett lives in a shattered time. Following its economic collapse, the US has devolved into a group of a few barely-functional smaller states, and vast swathes of barbarian badlands. Her sister has been missing for years, and her father, after earning the opprobrium of most of the world for running a state terror organization, presumed dead.

Two things keep her going: her live-in job at a small, Catholic orphanage in the city of Waxahachie, Republic of Texas, and Ai, her odd, but dear friend, whom she met online: a young woman who only shows herself to Lily as a rendered CG image.

Troubled by her past, haunted by her name, and facing an uncertain future, Lily seeks only a quiet, normal life. But, that past and her present conspire against her. A new Morning has come, and with it, delights and terrors, happiness and adversity.

[Published 24 December 2014, 200 pages]

Echoes of Family Lost [2]

**ONLY 0.99!**

Alive! After four years believing her older sister lost and presumed dead in the horrible Breakup of the United States, Lily Barrett gets word from her dear friend, Ai – and Ai’s family of Machine Civilization – that Callie Barrett is very likely alive… but over 900 miles away in Knoxville.

Using the resources of her and Ai’s family, Lily puts together a search party to go find Callie: old, broken, and burnt Orloff – an expert in surviving in the Badlands, Ai’s little sister, Fausta – her machine mind controlling a Combat Android to protect her friend, all together in a cart pulled by their sturdy pony, Clyde.

It’s almost a thousand miles to go, with something very odd trying to limit their ability to communicate over distance and even to cross bridges. A chance meeting along the way in Huntsville, former Alabama, wrecks their plans, and puts all of their lives in danger.

[Published 4 July 2015, 221 pages]

Henge's Big Day! [2.5]

This is the third book in the Machine Civilization series; the first two are largely about the life and adventures of Lily Barrett and her new friends. For a change of pace, I wanted to try a children's book! So, I picked my youngest character and dreamt a story...

It's a beautiful day for you to be dropping in on Henge's home! Meet her family and find out the very important thing that she's got planned for later!

No life is complete without God, and Henge's is no exception! She's an ambitious little girl with big dreams.... Come and see where those dreams lead her!

[Published 30 September 2016, 13 pages; illustrated by Claudia Gadotti]

Cursed Hearts [3]

Even with San Diego occupied by the Mexican Army, Katarina Sosabowski pursues her MBA at UCSD, and is happy to welcome and put up her visiting step-cousin from Japan, Christopher Dennou, for a night so he can complete his enrollment the following day.

But a minor earthquake brings a major surprise: Chris’s younger sister, Maya, murders their mother and escapes Neuroi Institute, the research facility that created them.

While Chris and ‘Cat’ grow closer to one another, Maya inexorably crosses an ocean and half a continent to take back her brother, killing anyone who gets in her way.

[Published 14 August 2017, 322 pages]

Friend and Ally (The Saga of Nichole 5 Book 1) [4]

Model 5 is a prototype designed to fit seamlessly into human society. A meeting in Tokyo derails Nichole's planned training as she is dispatched to Portland, former Oregon; the last working deep-water port on the West Coast of the imploding US.

There, under her cover as a Graduate Engineering Student, she is to do her utmost to nurture the people and politics of the City-State into a Friend and Ally of the Japanese Empire. But from her first day in her new home, all of Nichole's plans go awry.

Beset by those who want this small lamp of Western Civilization snuffed out, Nichole must find within herself the courage and ability to protect her new friends, at whatever consequence to herself.

[Published 1 December 2018, 328 pages]

Foes and Rivals (The Saga of Nichole 5 Book 2) [5]

After residing nearly a year in Portland, Nichole's life seems to finally settle down: with her classes, friends, and lover. But troubling rumors about secret deals between the City's mater and the savage horsemen to the east reach her ears.

With her own skills augmented by her friends and allies, she sets plans into motion she hopes will thwart those in opposition to her dream of a peaceful future.

Once again denied a quiet, normal life, Nichole is forced to make hard, dangerous choices that will jeopardize her, her friends, and the survival of the City itself.

[Published 16 December 2018, 253 pages]

About the Author

One time engineer, some time pharmacy technician, full time husband and father, Clayton Barnett stumbled into writing a traditional novel November 2014 during National Novel Writing Month.

Liking the results, he edited what would become “The Fourth Law” and set about teaching himself self-publishing. In the following four years he has produced four more novels as well as a children’s early reader, all in what is now called Machine Civilization.

Clayton Barnett lives in central Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and one dog.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Bernie Wallace said...

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Victoria Alexander said...

Great post and awesome giveaway - thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

Thank you for your kind comment!

Unknown said...

I've so many, spread over five plus one books, as they are. This questions comes up on several Tour Stops... please follow along for my answers!