Pro Se Productions, a leading publisher of Genre Fiction, announces the debut of a thrilling and evocative Science Fiction thriller by an author with a strong, singular voice.
A woman finds stardom out of boredom. Then a twist of fate sets her on a road to danger, espionage and leaves her to deal with what it feels like TO DIE A STRANGER. Pro Se Productions Presents TO DIE A STRANGER, a Science Fiction Thriller from author Jilly Paddock set in a world where human and machine are paired in order to assure control. A control that one such pair will challenge.
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 realizes that the accident was a deliberate attack and tries to discover who wanted her dead. Her investigations take her to Delany Corp, which as 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.
“Science Fiction,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is actually a really difficult genre to get right. So much of what is called Science Fiction either misses the point of the genre completely and is top heavy with aliens and future tech, causing it to cave in on itself, or it’s simply written to capitalize on being ‘Sci Fi.’ Jilly Paddock not only gets Science Fiction right with TO DIE A STRANGER, but she delivers as much thriller as she does technology. And the characters, both human and not, do what good characters should. They show us a bit of ourselves, whether we like it or not.”
TO DIE A STRANGER is equal part science fiction tale, thriller, and mystery, blended into a seamless exploration of what the future may hold and into one fast paced action packed ride. TO DIE A STRANGER by Jilly Paddock from Pro Se Productions is available in print on Amazon or via www.prose-press.com for $12.00 and coming soon to other print outlets. It is also available as an EBook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and www.smashwords.com for $2.99.
Gillian M. (Jilly) Paddock's earliest published works were in the field of medical reseach in the mid-70s. One of which, she presented at a conference in London in 1975. She's been writing science fiction and fantasy stories for as long as she can remember. An early version of her first full-length novel did the rounds of publishers both sides of the Atlantic, courtesy of the Dorian Literary Agency. Sadly, while all the responses to the work itself were very positive, none of the publishers felt they had a place for it on their lists at that time. She sold three short stories to small press magazines in the early 90s, but two of them folded shortly after publication and the third before they even published her story.
After not writing for many years, Jilly decided the time was right to resurrect her career after taking early retirement from the National Health Service. Since then, she has self-published several books on Amazon Kindle, which have received excellent reviews. The title story of her short story collection, 'The Dragon, Fly', was written on a creative writing course and received high praise from the tutor, the late, great Iain (M.) Banks.
She lives in a small, untidy house in the flat bits of East Anglia in the UK, which she shares with an editor and reviewer, and an insanely large number of books and CDs.
For interviews with the author or digital review copies or information on TO DIE A STRANGER, contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations at MorganMinorProSe@yahoo.com