As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot. W. C. Bauers the author of Indomitable has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Mr. Bauers and Tor Books for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

Unbreakable by W. C. Bauers  is Out NOW!

Indomitable by W. C. Bauers is Out July 26, 2016

So go get your copies!


Music: The Brain’s Cosplay

By W. C. Bauers

I bet you listen to a lot of music. Waking, sleeping, and during combat. Er…of the RPG variety. The heroine in my books, Marine Corps Officer Promise Paen, is no different. She has a “Dawn Up” playlist and a “HALO Drop” Spotify.

Plunge her into a hot zone and you’ll hear a rolling drumbeat, set to synthesized fury and futuristic explosions, all blasting over her mastoid implant.

“Hammer, hammer, hammer falls, hammer drops final.

Hammer, hammer, hammer culls, hammer drops final.

Whoa-ho, the hammer falls, hammer drops final.

Hell-o, the hammer falls, hammer drops final.”

You can’t find Hammer Drops Final on iTunes (yet – hint, hint).

Though my books, UNBREAKABLE and INDOMITABLE, are set hundreds of years in the future, some things haven’t changed. Music still sways the soul and for good reason. On and off the battlefield, music is like cosplay for the brain.

Think about it for a moment.

You can’t literally dress up your mind, but you can metaphysically cloth it with notes and chords and melody and harmony, and in the process, change how you think, feel, and even how you express yourself. Music is catalytic. It taps into, harnesses, and channels emotion in a way that’s difficult to describe. You know exactly what I’m talking about because you’ve felt it: the lyrical tidal wave that washed over you and left you feeling empowered to do anything (think LET IT GO – you know you loved Idina Menzel even as you heard her rendition of the song  for the billionth time); the amped reverberation that rattled your shell and deafened you for hours (how ‘bout your favorite coliseum concert where the lead vocalist screamed on pitch); the symphonic chorus that enlivened your senses and made you feel like you could sprout wings like Angel from X-Men and take to the sky (for me that’s Symphony #5 by Beethoven).

I have fond memories of the soundtrack to Karate Kid, particularly the song SURVIVOR. Not long after hearing it, I went into my backyard and tried to recreate Danielson’s signature move from the final fight scene in the movie. I. Am. Crane. Nearly killed myself. SURVIVOR song made me feel like I could be the crane. Be. The. Crane. Then reality crashed down upon me and I fell on my backside. Because music is only cosplay for the brain. It may shape our perception of reality but it doesn’t create it. Remember that and you’ll live longer. On a related note, I turn forty this year and now own a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. I. Know. Crane.

In INDOMITABLE, Promise falls down a lot. Her best-made plans take calamitous and often deadly detours. She suits up in mechanized battle armor and then unknowingly drops into enemy occupied territory. Women and men serving at her side don’t make it home. Through the good and the bad, music is always there, pressing into her inadequacies and failures, and emboldening her to do hard things when all seems lost.

Music has the power to make us feel too much, the good and bad and everything in between; feel to the point that we’ll burst. That’s why we love it so much, why our brains geek out on tonal cosplay. That’s why Promise always has music at the ready. And me for that matter.

Sometimes we need a harmonic boost to better celebrate a milestone, or to grieve the loss of something or someone dear, or to push through to greater heights. And, sometimes, the hammer just needs to drop.

“Hammer, hammer, hammer falls, hammer drops final.

Hammer, hammer, hammer culls, hammer drops final.

Whoa-ho, the hammer falls, hammer drops final.

Hell-o, the hammer falls, hammer drops final.”


BAUERS

W. C. Bauers works in sales and publishing during the day and writes military science fiction and space opera at night. UNBREAKABLE, an Amazon and B&N “SF/F Best Books of the Month” pick for January 2015, is his first novel. His second, INDOMITABLE, releases July 2016.

His interests include Taekwondo, military history, playing Space Munchkin (Spy Munchkin is a close second), and drinking caf. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the world, Bailey.

write.wcbauers@gmail.com

http://www.wcbauers.com

@wcbauers


INDOMITABLE

Indomitable by W. C. Bauers

  • Series: Chronicles of Promise Paen (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 26, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765375443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765375445

Indomitable: the second in W. C. Bauers’s Chronciles of Promise Paen, character-driven military science fiction featuring a female space marine.

Promise Paen, captain of Victor Company’s mechanized armored infantry, is back for another adventure protecting the Republic of Aligned Worlds.

Lieutenant Paen barely survived her last encounter with the Lusitanian Empire. She’s returned home to heal. But the nightmares won’t stop. And she’s got a newly reconstituted unit of green marines to whip into shape before they deploy. If the enemies of the RAW don’t kill them first, she just might do the job herself.

Light-years away, on the edge of the Verge, a massive vein of rare ore is discovered on the mining planet of Sheol, which ignites an arms race and a proxy war between the Republic and the Lusitanians. Paen and Victor Company are ordered to Sheol, to reinforce the planet and hold it at all costs.

On the eve of their deployment, a friendly fire incident occurs, putting Paen’s career in jeopardy and stripping her of her command. When the Lusitanians send mercenaries to raid Sheol and destabilize its mining operations, matters reach crisis levels. Disgraced and angry, Promise is offered one shot to get back into her mechsuit. But she’ll have to jump across the galaxy and possibly storm the gates of hell itself.

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Unbreakable by W. C. Bauers

  • Series: Chronicles of Promise Paen (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 13, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0765375427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765375421

The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration–until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war.
When pirate raids threaten to destabilize the region, the RAW deploys its mechanized armored infantry to deal with the situation. Leading the assault is Marine Corps Lieutenant and Montanan expatriate Promise Paen of Victor Company. Years earlier, Promise was driven to join the Marines after her father was killed by such a raid. Payback is sweet, but it comes at a tremendous and devastating cost. And Promise is in no way happy to be back on her birthworld, not even when she is hailed as a hero by the planet’s populace, including its colorful president. Making matters even worse: Promise is persistently haunted by the voice of her dead mother.
Meanwhile, the RAW’s most bitter rival, the Lusitanian Empire, has been watching events unfold in the Montana system with interest. Their forces have been awaiting the right moment to gain a beachhead in Republic territory, and with Promise’s Marines decimated, they believe the time to strike is now.
Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers is character driven, military space opera in the tradition of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.

Unbreakable is hardcore military SF straight from the loins of Heinlein and Pournelle and Drake, but with a smattering of genes from A. Bertram Chandler and Poul Anders and Christopher Anvil as well, making it not a slavish imitation, but rather a smart synthesis of its ancestors. (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

Fans of military sci-fi will find plenty to love about this series-opener: a promising protagonist, a colorful band of brothers, and plenty of powered armor battle action. (Jim Killen, B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog)

 

“Bauer puts together characters who take up residence in your heart, the cold-blooded politics of the ‘Great Game,’ the power of devotion and loyalty, and the human cost carnage extracts from even the most courageous. I highly recommend it.” ―David Weber, New York Times bestselling author of the Safehold series

“Tense and fascinating, Ubreakable will hold readers captive until the very end.” ―RT Book Reviews

“A little bit Starship Troopers and a little bit Esmay Suiza, with a dash of Firefly for flavor. W.C. Bauers gives us everything we want in our military science fiction, but never allows the hardware and action to overshadow Paen and everyone else caught in the crossfire.” ―Dayton Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Last World War

“Action-packed, character-rich and mil spec’d to the max. Empires may rise but this backwater rules” ―Dani Kollin, co-author of The Unincorporated Man

“Military science fiction with a kick-butt female lead.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It’s almost a cliche to compare military SF novels to Starship Troopers, but this is the real deal. Bauers has created a gritty, complex story Heinlein would have been proud of.” ―James Cambias, author of A Darkling Sea


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