#FuellYourSciFi Series Spotlight | featuring an Extract and Notes by Jorie about the Suzy Spitfire series by Joe Canzano

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What truly attracted me to read #SuzySpitfire:

I’ve been battling my health off/on since Autumn – specifically in a weird alternating war with my migraines & month-long colds (uniquely enough!) wherein as soon as I *knew!* Spring was about to descend on my region of the country (as the robins in the area sent up the signal of acknowledging that directly!) – a telling truth emerged, my horrid pollen allergies were going to flare and be the ‘new bane’ of my contention! Not the best year for experiencing them either (if you catch my drift) as no one is going to say “ooh wow – sorry for your *allergies!*” as they’re going to think I have something entirely different; *le sigh*.

Whilst this weird dance between migraines & colds was occupying the past six months of my life I was truly struggling as a reader to just *connect!* to stories, enjoy the books as they were coming into my postbox to review and otherwise find contended joy in the adventures of reading. My whole rhythm of reading was simply ‘off’ and I was at a proper loss how to restablised it! The #JaneAustensDragons series helped a wee bit in that regard and a few other stories as well – however, I was hoping that I’d have more ‘good days’ reading than feeling either horridly fatigued or just disinterested in picking up a book.

The turnround started coming when I became an influencer for both the Once Upon A Book Club and the Crime Fiction Book Box companies as let’s face it – for a reader whose experiencing a downspin rut of interest, #bookmail is one surefire way to reignite her JOY. Its the beauty of the unexpected and the fact I was a correspondent via postal mail for most of my life – there is just sheer #randomJOY in receiving (and of course, sending!) mail – I just get giddy over opening parcels & letters alike! And, in a smaller way #WitchAThon and #MiddleGradeMarch have become balms to my weathered soul.

I heart #SciFiMonth | #RRSciFiMonth every November – but the last several years have been a bit of a mixed bag for me. Mostly as my migraines seem to derail *all!* efforts to read the stories I’ve selected for the month (see also this annoucement from 2019 wherein I barely touched the surface of what I disclosed) which is why I’m trying to start reading Sci Fi outside of November this year! (big smirks)

To be perfectly transparent – I was in the mood for an unlikely heroine adventuring in outer space and taking me on an adventure I didn’t realise I *needed!* in my life! lol A bit like how seeing “Star Trek: Enterprise” recently filled a need as well – we’ve just finished the fourth year and are saddened for the loss of episodes – except for 3x, one we skipped (the Detroit one) and two were just too weird for words to describe and had zero bearing on the series as a whole! (“through a glass darkly” – the mirror universe duology) I wanted to read a series COMPLETELY outside my zone of comfort – I wanted to tuck into her story and just have this wicked wild ride of reading a book which would give me a healthy respite from my backlogue, my illnesses and of course, the weight of current events! And, blessedly dear hearts – #SuzySpitfire filled that void for me!

As soon as I happily read the pitch about this series by Kimberly @ Caffeniated PR, I just *knew!* I had to sign on to spotlight #SuzySpitfire! This also marks my first blog tour with her blog touring company and I couldn’t be happier! I look forward to continuing my adventure with Suzy Spitfire this weekend but for now, let’s take a bit of a closer look at what you can expect to find in the sequel “Suzy Spitfire and the Snake Eyes of Venus!” – by the by, is it me or does this series have the most brilliant titles!?

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#FuellYourSciFi Series Spotlight | featuring an Extract and Notes by Jorie about the Suzy Spitfire series by Joe CanzanoSuzy Spitfire Kills And the Snake Eyes of Venus (Spotlight)
by Joe Canzano
Source: Author via Caffeinated PR

When outlaw Suzy Spitfire flies to Venus in search of a vicious serial killer, she’s looking for the road to redemption—but instead, she quickly becomes involved in a gang war, a revolution, and a desperate attempt to protect a young girl from a violent fate. Join Suzy Spitfire and her friends for another wild ride through the solar system!

*NOTE:* This is the second Suzy Spitfire novel but works as a standalone.

Genres: Action & Adventure Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera

Places to find the book:

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 978-0990636588

Also by this author: Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody

Also in this series: Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody

Published by Happy Joe Control Books

on 26th January, 2020

Format: POD | Print On Demand Paperback

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The suzy spitfire series:

Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody (book one)

Suzy Spitfire And the Snake Eyes of Venus (book two)

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Published by: Happy Joe Control Books

Formats Available: Trade Paperback and Ebook

Converse on Twitter via: #SuzySpitfire, #ScienceFiction or #JoeCanzano

About Joe Canzano

Joe Canzano

Joe Canzano is a writer and musician. He lives in New Jersey, U.S.A., in a house with a basement where he usually stays. Occasionally he leaves the basement and visits the kitchen.

He likes to write absurd comic fantasy and fun science fiction.

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Enjoy this Extract:

Chapter one

Suzy Spitfire ran a slender finger through her coppery hair and tried to smile. With a little luck, she looked like all the other peaceful pedestrians strolling through downtown Atlanta. It was a hot summer night, and the hover-cars roared by, and it would be nice to blend in with the waves of smiley people on the busy sidewalks—but no, they all seemed so distant. They’re all part of a big pretty picture, she thought, and I’m part of something else. Of course, none of them were wanted fugitives throughout the Nine Nations of Earth, not to mention the rest of the solar system. None of them were being followed by an ugly guy with bad intentions.

Suzy squinted at the carnival scene on the street but kept smiling. She sauntered past a few touristy bars, and a pounding dance club, and a writhing three-dimensional advertisement for cosmetic body sculpting. The light from every window was blasting her in the face like a firing squad. Her skin felt fried and her eyeballs ached.

I’ve got no regrets, she thought—but it would be nice to have fewer people chasing me, or at least someone more attractive.

She glanced at a reflection in a flashing window. Yeah, the ugly dude was still back there.

Then she saw the slick showroom of an air taxi service offering fast rides to Daytona Beach. For one second, her smile became real as she recalled her sister, walking on a different beach so long ago. She used to follow me, too, Suzy thought. But her intentions had been sweet.

Her mind filled with a picture of two little girls. Trish was four years younger, giggling as she followed Suzy around in the surf with a pail and shovel. She was looking for seashells and building a sand castle, and crying as it collapsed beneath a diabolical wave. Suzy was laughing as usual, telling Trish it was no big deal, they could build another one tomorrow so don’t worry about it. But Trish was always worried. It was just her nature. Even in old photos, at the age of three, she had a worried look on her face—like she knew what was coming.

But I didn’t know, Suzy thought. And now Trish was gone, and she was on the run—and she was going to shoot this fucker who was following her. Because that’s my nature.

She dropped her hand down near the Series 7 pulse pistol strapped to her thigh, right under her jet-black skirt. Was she proud of her nature? Not always. And was this guy a cop or something worse? And did it matter? A cop would be part of a team, harder to evade. A cop would also have to follow certain procedures, at least out here on an open street. A bounty hunter, on the other hand, would be more inclined to do something desperate and stupid.

And this guy looked stupid, based on the conspicuous trench coat he was wearing in the sultry summer heat. But an opponent with a small brain isn’t always a good thing. A dumb guy will often take a big risk, something crazy and unpredictable. Sometimes the dumb ones are the most dangerous.

She had a quick vision where she just whirled and shot him in the face. She paused and gave a grim sigh. I’m not that dumb anymore, she thought. And sometimes it’s a shame. Being smart is no fun at all.

It was too bad this had to happen now; she had somewhere to go. It was a hopeful place, too—maybe. A place where someone like her might get a new start. But this guy was screwing everything up. She swore softly to herself and took a deep breath, cooling her rage a bit. The last thing she needed was to end up surrounded by bloody body parts—again.

She stopped in front of a Mexican restaurant called El Sol and glanced sideways down the expanse of Peachtree Street. The smell of spicy rice and burritos wafted into her nostrils, just like it had back in her hometown of Diego Tijuana, where other people sometimes tried to kill her. Meanwhile, the guy had also stopped. He was looking at his allcom, maybe just staring at a blank screen, or maybe actually communicating with somebody. All right, it was time to make her move.

Then her own allcom rang. Damn! Only two people on the planet had this number, so it was either Danielle calling to cancel their meeting—or it was Ricardo, probably telling her to not go in the first place.

She silenced the ringer. It had been Ricardo. Well, maybe he’d been right. Maybe she should’ve stayed back at the house. But there was nothing there for her, only him and his criminal friends—and she was tired of that scene. Was she tired of him, too? No, not really. He was a good guy, exactly her type, and she loved the way he sexed up her space ship. But sometimes a girl has to cut her losses, even if she’s cutting away something wild and sexy and thrilling and—hey, where was she going with this? And was that potential assassin still back there?

She resumed walking down the sidewalk, quicker this time, but not too quick. Yeah, the guy was still following her. The pedestrians were thinning out as she kept heading south, past the grassy plot of Patriot Park and the three monolith-sized black buildings looming behind them. There were no storefronts or shops down here, just noisy hover-cars racing by, and shiny office buildings that looked like they were made from ice, and a few spurting fountains—but wait. Here was an outdoor lounge between two office towers, complete with benches and a few trees and a statue of a guy on a horse. And it looked deserted.

She made a quick turn into the shadowy lounge. Then she took ten more steps and spun around, pulling her pistol and aiming it back toward the street—and then a shot rang out.

What the hell? An energy blast exploded against the nearby building, sending a cloud of dust against her cheek. Then two more shots boomed out as Suzy dove to the ground and returned fire.

She cursed and pumped three rounds into the darkness. So her tail had a partner. Where was he? Luckily, he was a lousy shot, and he kept splattering energy bullets across the wall above Suzy’s head. She saw the flashes from the gun—the sneaky bastard was behind the statue. She snarled and ramped up the power on her pistol, well beyond the stun setting. She leaped to her feet and started blasting.

The monument was a horse standing on its haunches, and the shots echoed like thunder, and with a splintering sound the statue came crashing down. She heard a scream as it hit the ground. She crouched down and darted forward.

There he was, sprawled on the pavement with his lower body crushed under the fallen stone horse. His gun was a few centimeters from his hand, and he was reaching for it—just as the other guy stormed into the lounge with his rifle up and ready.

Suzy gave a shout and kicked the fallen guy’s gun into the darkness. She whirled and fired at the other guy, hitting him in the face. His head exploded. Right, damn, the gun had still been set for maximum power. Well, that’s what you get for rushing me. A siren started to sound.

Suzy got down low and shoved her weapon against the trapped guy’s ear.

“Hey,” she said. “It looks like somebody’s getting put out to pasture. But first, let me ask you a question: Who the hell are you?”

He was a white guy with pockmarked skin, shaggy brown hair, and small, frightened eyes. She noticed a tattoo on the back of his hand—the head of an angry-looking snake.

“Don’t kill me!” he said. “I was firing stun shots! I’m a bounty hunter, and we wanted you alive.”

“How did you find me?”

The whooping sirens were getting closer.

“Lenny had a tip from one of your amigos. He was supposed to get a piece.”

“Is Lenny the guy I just killed?”


Then he gasped, and he died.

Suzy shook her head and ran off into the night.

She didn’t have time for this stuff. She was busy searching for something better.

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Ever since my copy of “Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody” arrived by #bookpost, I’ve been finding myself wickedly charmed by Suzy herself!  Even before the last ten days tested our positive attitude and our resources (see this tweet) as a family – I was feeling *overwhelmed!* by how the New Year of 2020 was beginning to take shape in front of me. For whichever reason, I wasn’t quite prepared for the newsfeeds about the Australian bushfires, the montage of current events & global concerns (prior to the health crisis!) nor the earthquakes afflicting Puerto Rico. It felt like a sombering way to begin a new year and my reading interests were waning at best.

I struggled throughout January to ‘settle into a story’ whilst #TopTenTuesday kept me entertained and happily able to blog my thoughts a bit whilst I also resumed writing up my #TheSundayPost features, too. By the time February came round – I can honestly say I was blindsided by the fiercely difficult cold I succombed to by mid-month and last my joys of reading again as who wants to read when you’re practically losing your voice, are extremely exhausted and are battling a horrid Winter cold?! Aye. Not Jorie. I either binged watched a load of serial tv and/or rested til the moon exchanged the position of the sun.

As soon as I cracked open the spine on #SuzySpitfire – let’s just say, I found myself wickedly delighted by this kickin’ heroine for harrowing times! She has an attitude which reminded me of October Daye (see also review) and the tone of the story itself is edgy but upbeat in a way where you can appreciate the snark with the humour because Suzy Spitfire isn’t the kind of gal who takes life sitting on her bum! She gets out there and pushes through incredible odds to get things done! She frankly arrived at a perfect moment for me to get addicted to a new Spacer adventurer whose going to give me hours of fierce enjoyment just to tag along with her journey!

And, that dear hearts is why I am thrilled to bits to be spotlighting this series today! I had wanted to provide you with some takeaways from the review I’m writing up for the first novel in this series Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody – the title alone still gets me itching to read more about #SuzySpitfire! – however, with everything currently evolving through my life right now, I had to delay reading the book. I learnt of a lovely new focus on Science Fiction on Sundays via Imyril’s blog – she’s one of my two co-hosts for #WyrdAndWonder (@WyrdAndWonder, May annually) – which is why I’m keenly invested this weekend to finish this and happily trumpet out my ruminative thoughts on why I *loved!* being able to read her first adventure!

IF you’re in the need for some kickin’ wicked Sci-Fi, due take notice of #SuzySpitfire!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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