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Author Q&A ft Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets | Godeena Book Tour | #SciFi #Adventure

Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets is on virtual book tour.  The science fiction adventure stops at Readeropolis with an excerp...

Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets is on virtual book tour. 

The science fiction adventure stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC or 3x ebooks of Godeena and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Pablo Neruda, Tin Ujević, Sergei Yesenin, Jules Verne, George RR Martin, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Frank Herbert, Lois McMaster Bujold and much more.

What book do you think everyone should read?
It all depends on the genre, but there are a lot of good books that should be read.

How long have you been writing?
Forty years, and I'm still learning to write.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
A lot of characters appear during the writing, but the main character appears first, because the story begins with the main figure.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
At the beginning I have a basic idea that leads me, but sometimes I research some things while writing, so I use the internet or book.

Do you see writing as a career?
I wish I could live off my writing but for now I'm still working in the factory.

What do you think about the current publishing market?
It's huge, it has a lot of good and bad books.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read all genres, but I love SF.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I do not mind the noise because I completely shut down as I write.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I have at least ten books started, because I write down the idea that comes to my mind.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Les miserables Viktor Hugo

Pen or type writer or computer?
Pen and type writer on computer.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
It must be the one who survives and when the most difficult times are.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I like to write and I have stories in my head, I just need to transfer them to paper.

A day in the life of the author?
Little garden, little writing, family and daily work at the factory.

Advice they would give new authors?
Do not give up when all doors are closed. There will always be something on the horizon.

Describe your writing style.
It's not perfect, it should be even better.

What makes a good story?
When you get to read the book to the very end.

What are they currently reading?
The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny and a few more books

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I have the basic idea, and then start writing. Honestly I never know where it will take me a story.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not very good surprises that hide after writing.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original and my own. The readers themselves choose whether they like what I write.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would make him learn English to perfection.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I honestly do not know, every character in the book has a part of me, whether it is a female or male character.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Depends on how much time I have. But more than anything, I lose more time translating.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
There is a period of time when these other life things are more important than writing. If it's a block, then that's it.

by Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets
Genre: SciFi Adventure

Major Henry Broncon miraculously survives a battle with Ansker soldiers on the planet Morad. He is found under a pile of corpses, the only survivor; his best friend and the whole of his brigade remain in the field of death. Broncon is fully acquitted, receives a medal for bravery and is promoted to the rank of Brigadier, but he cannot forgive himself and he feels responsible for falling into the Ansker trap.

Shortly after, the Anskers are beaten and the war ends. The winning terrestrial colonies receive ownership of a system called Naude, comprised of various planets including Godeena. On the surface of Godeena, there is a huge, completely preserved but uninhabited city that scientists have named the Absolute. Analysis of the city reveals no signs of life. A team of scientists is sent to investigate what has happened to the people and animals of Absolute. A few days later the team is attacked and contact with the scientists is lost. The General Staff sends two teams of Special Forces to find out what has happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no trace.

The Commander of the General Staff, General Hensell, is personally involved with the mystery. He requests Brigadier Henry Broncon to gather a unit, composed of the worst inmates from the inescapable prison, Hades, to investigate what is happening on Godeena. Henry accepts this task and collects 17 prisoners, each with unique skills. Among them is Maria, who possesses enormous psychic powers and has a wicked second personality called Kir.

The unusual team of criminals, led by Broncon, travels to Godeena to discover what terrors await them there.

Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets was born on 12 September 1965 in Split, Croatia. He lives and works in Kastel Sucurac, where he finished his elementary and secondary schooling.

At a very young age, he started reading and loved it because, through books, he traveled to places he could never visit in person. As a child, he loved fairy tales and adventure but later discovered other genres. When he found a Jules Verne book in the library, he became fascinated by science fiction. He has been writing poetry for fifteen years and has started writing science fiction. Lately, he has also written children's fairy tales and fables.

He has published, in Croatia, "An Opened Heart" in 2002, "The Sleepy Way" in 2005, and "Love" in 2006. On Amazon he has published the poetry collections "The Child of Happiness" in 2015, science fiction novel "Godeena" in 2015, the science fiction short story "Butterfly" in 2016, the poetry collection "When the moon takes over the dream: Love Poetry" in 2016, and in 2017 the poetry collection "The Flaming Horses: Collection of poetry". He also translated his new Sci-Fi novel "The Dream of the Forest".

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Only a miracle had saved her and the four members of the exploring team. They wore the latest, state-of-the-art military space suits when they entered the tunnels under the town of Absolute. The suits protected them from all sorts of radiation and poisonous gasses. Although the suits could withstand temperatures over 100˚C, they couldn’t stay in such extreme conditions for more than an hour. The helmets were plated with solar cells that charged the storage cell pack. The cell packs, in turn, energized a system capable of purifying and cooling the air in the suit. With the energy stored in the storage pack, Diana and her friends could work all day before they were used up. Despite the innovative system, the cell pack was easy to use and could be customized for each of its users.
            With the other four members of the team, Diana explored underground for hours. They surveyed only a small part of the complex. When they lost communication with the camp, they came back to check on whether all was well. They were shocked to see that the camp was completely destroyed and all their friends were dead. A bluish haze appeared to settle over everything, making parts of the butchered bodies even more grotesque. Diana’s deputy, Aron Coller, took off his helmet and ran anxiously to his wife’s tent at the other end of the camp, but he couldn’t find her. Diana and the rest of the team watched him with pity. He was behaving like a madman, turning over the dead that lay around the tents. While they watched, they noticed a boy appear from the haze like an apparition. Aron ran up to him, knelt, and gently stroked the boy’s head, watching his large, terrified grey-black eyes.
            “Where were you? Did you see what happened?”
            The boy remained speechless, shaking his head left to right. Suddenly, he uttered a word in an icy voice that made them all tremble. “Naughty!”
            That’s when they saw behind Aron, a sight that frightened them out of their wits and froze them on the spot. From the dense indigo haze, monsters from their worst nightmares materialized. Filled with horror, they watched the black armored torsos that spurted forth sharp thorns dripping greenish liquid. The monsters towered over Aron by more than two feet. Their heads were long, big-boned, almost-predator like, with huge teeth. Like wings, they spread their armored, jointed limbs that ended with long, sharp black edges and on which blazed greenish slime.
            In what looked like the last moments of his life, Aron felt a presentiment of danger and hoped someone could help him. The monster nearest to him swung and with a single stroke cut off his head. Blood gushed out of his neck like a geyser. The head rolled on the ground towards Diana and her team. She trembled to see his eyes, which showed the final moments of writhing pain.
            The monsters jumped on the remnants of his body and started to butcher it. The little boy was completely sprinkled with blood, but he didn’t move. He was looking at her team fixedly, muttering something they couldn’t comprehend. Fear had gripped them, and not one moved despite the horrible sight. The silence that followed seemed to last for an eternity.
Suddenly the boy waved his hand. The monsters disappeared and he was again wholly clean. Once more, he looked towards Aron’s chopped-up body and in his voice, which was more like the hoarse grating and raging growl of a prehistoric animal, he retorted angrily, “Very, very naughty,” then disappeared in the haze just as he had appeared.
            They couldn’t surmise up until then that they had been lucky because they hadn’t taken off their helmets; otherwise, they’d have experienced a fate like Aron’s. Diana and rest of the team lingered for some time, afraid to make any sudden moves.
            After giving the incident sufficient time, Diana made a sign with her hand for the others to move. “You saw what happened to Aron. Don’t take off your helmets, for there’s a good chance the boy can’t see us while we’re in these space suits. Let me check what’s left of our transporter ships and see if they’re in good shape. You’ll wait for me here.”
            Nobody contradicted her decision, so Diana set off to the runway, knowing very well that the team was as shaken as she was.
            Walking through the haze, she thought about the boy a couple of times. He was floating like a ghost above the butchered bodies. All her friends and colleagues were dead. Nobody had been spared. What horrified her most was his satisfied smile and his rapture as he bowed and gently touched some of the butchered bodies with his fingers. Above all, the craziest thing was that he was singing a bizarre song the whole time:
            “You’re very, very, very bad,
            Now not worth what you wept,
            It’s time to be refunded,
            Let life come back to death.
            You’re very, very, very bad...”


  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  2. The cover grabs your attention and I enjoyed the excerpt!

    1. Thank you, Angela. I'm glad you like the cover. :)

  3. I think the cover of this one is really pretty and it actually makes me interested to read more! Also, really cool excerpt!

    1. Thank you Mmstarla. If you love action and space adventure, then you will love this book. :)

  4. wow great excerpt! creepy little song

  5. I love the cover. Very nice.

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  6. COver is intriquing, but it has lost resolution, maybe shrink it down?

  7. Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac sounds like a great book, love the cover

  8. I think the cover is very interesting!
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  9. I like the sci-fi look to the cover

  10. The cover is both beautiful and intriguing. Makes me want to read it.

  11. The cover artwork is excellent.

  12. I really like the cover a lot.

  13. I really like the sci-fi vibe of the cover :)

  14. I really like the cover it makes me want to read the book even more.

    1. Thank you, Tammy. I'm so glad you like the cover of my book. :)

  15. Once again I thank everyone who commented on my giveaway and if you read the book I hope you will like it. :)

  16. I like the cover, especially the special effects with the face.

    1. Thenk you, Kelly78. The face is a bit scary but I wanted it because the cover page supports the story.:)

  17. Beautiful cover!! Where do you love to write at? A favorite place?

    1. Thank you, Tatertot374 :) I write the most in front of the computer. But sometimes I write in all the places where I am because I always have a small planner with me.

  18. Brilliant cover...grabs my attention!

    1. Thank you, Antoinette :)I hope the book will please you if you read it.

  19. The cover is very busy sort of like a picaso effect. It does grab your attention.

    1. Thank you, Mintas. :) If you like space action and adventure then you'll like. The idea of the cover was my and my friend made a great cover of the book.

  20. Well I love Sci-Fi stories and movies like Star Wars ,so this is right up my alley.

  21. I have no questions for the author.

  22. I like the covers, it tells a lot about the book.

  23. I don't really put a lot of importance on book cover art, especially since a lot of book covers are similar. I'm more interested in the blurbs and reviews of the book to decide whether to read the book or not. My favorite genre is science fiction, but I read just about everything.

  24. I like the layout and the imagery of the cover but the production work looks a little amateurish if I'm to be completely honest.

  25. That's an interesting take on writer's block. I think for a lot of people though, there are times when you really want to write, but it's hard to come up with something. Maybe it's different for everybody!

  26. I like the advice about not giving up

  27. I love the cover. It makes me want to read the book.

  28. I think the book sounds interesting and I would love to read it.

  29. The cover looks appealing and makes me want to know more.

  30. The cover is a little busy but the choice of colors is very good. I have no question for the author.

  31. I think the cover looks very nice!

  32. The cover is very sci-fi and I like it!

  33. I like the excerpt the cover looks great

  34. Sounds like a very good book and the cover is definitely intriguing thank you for sharing and for the opportunity


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