Monday, March 16, 2015

On Sale Now: The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones

Subgenre: Science fiction, time travel
Release date: May 25, 2014

About The Dinosaur Four

Ten strangers trapped in time...

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years back in time, along with everyone inside.

Time is running out as ten unlikely companions search for a way home, while one member of the group plots to keep them all in the past.

Who will survive?


“Ma’am, do you really think it’s smart to get so close?” Tim asked. Behind him, Beth stepped up onto the sidewalk, still pulling Lisa by the hand.
Patricia waved her off. “Look at them. They’re harmless. They’re plant eaters, like the man said.” She stepped forward until the tips of her expensive boots extended over the edge of the bank. “Someone take my picture. Is there enough light to get a picture?”
The dinosaur in front bobbed its head a half dozen times, scattering the swarm of flies. Bobbed his head, Tim noticed. A pink fire hose hung between the creature’s back legs. “Patricia!” he whisper-shouted. The animal turned at the noise.
William had seen the same thing. “Lady. That’s a bull. Like a bull moose.”
“Guys, I appreciate your concern, but they are on the other side of the river.” She spoke slowly, as if explaining things to children.
The hadrosaur dropped back onto all fours. As its front legs landed on the ground, a clump of dead skin sloughed off the side of its neck.
It charged, accelerating into a full-out gallop. At forty feet in length, it covered the distance across the mudflat in five bounding steps.
Lisa let out a small squeal as Beth pulled her into the café. Al followed them inside, shoving Morgan and Hank into the building simply because they were in the way.
Tim and William stood alone on the sidewalk. It’s a feint, Tim thought as he watched the dinosaur run down to the edge of the water. Animals made false charges to scare away threats. A rutting elk had charged him once on a hunting trip, and then stopped some fifteen feet away.
William hopped down onto the muddy shore and started toward Patricia.
Inside the café, Hank watched through the front wall. “Are you stupid?” he roared. “Get the hell in here!” Tim wasn’t sure if he was shouting at William, Patricia, or both of them.
Callie grabbed her fiancé’s arm. “Hank.” She tried to pull him deeper inside the café, but he shook her off.
On the river bank, Patricia held up one hand. “There, there,” she said as the bull reached the opposite shoreline. “Mustn’t show fear,” she muttered out the side of her mouth. The color had drained from her face.
The animal did not slow down as it plowed into the river. A wake of water sprayed high into the air and rained down on the sidewalk. Even half-submerged, the dinosaur towered above Patricia as it closed the gap. The bull’s eyes, on either side of its massive head, were unable to see directly forward. It slowed slightly and twisted its neck so that it could look down at the woman. Its right eye glared at her over the red bulbous wattle growing across its face.
William, wet from the spray kicked up by the animal, reached out for Patricia, though he was still a good six feet away from her. He clawed at empty air.
Patricia began to backpedal. One boot stuck in the mud and her foot came out of it. She caught herself and kept her balance, but grimaced as the wet sticky mud soaked into her sock.
With an effortless lunge, the animal burst onshore in front of her.

On sale for 99 cents from March 16 to March 22! | Amazon UK


About Geoff Jones:

Geoff Jones graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. His honors thesis was a novella about dragons taking over the world.

After graduation, Geoff worked as a video game designer, writing story and dialog for licenses such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Conan the Barbarian, LEGO, and Marvel Superheroes.

Geoff lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters, and has begun work on his next novel, also about everyday folks trapped in an extraordinary (but quite different) situation.

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