I am excited to announce my debut science fiction novel, The Gravitational Leap, is one of nine pieces of work to make the final cut for the 2017 Cygnus Science Fiction Book Awards, a division of Chanticleer International Book Awards. The Cygnus Shortlist 28 contenders have been narrowed to 9 titles that will vie for the First Place Category Positions and the 2017 Cygnus Grand Prize Book Award for Science Fiction. The final announcement of the winners will be made on April 21, 2018, at the Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Banquet that will be held at the Hotel Bellwether, Bellingham, Wash.

The Cygnus Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Science Fiction, Steampunk, Alternative History, and Speculative Fiction.  The Cygnus Awards is a genre division of Chanticleer International Book Awards and Novel Competitions. The award category is looking for the best books featuring space, time travel, life on other planets, parallel universes, alternate reality, and all the science, technology, major social or environmental changes of the future that author imaginations can dream up. Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Cyberpunk, Time Travel, Genetic Modification, Aliens, Super Humans, Interplanetary Travel, and Settlers on the Galactic Frontier, Dystopian, they put them to the test and choose the best among them.

There Is Only One First Review


And here is the full text of my very first one...

Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite
Timo isn’t looking to become a hero when he joins the sniper unit. At least, not any kind of extraordinary one. Instead, he’s hoping just to keep his clan alive, but when he and his wife, Alyd, discover an assassin on patrol and take a knife from his pocket, they find themselves embroiled in something entirely new. A plot to travel back in time and change the course of history in a way that will change the world as they know it, and a whole lot more. For Timo, Alyd and Maldor, it’s going to do more than that if their plan is successful, but it will only succeed if time travel is real in The Gravitational Leap.

This book is intriguing. You never knew what was going to happen next and you were always rooting for your favorite characters, but weren’t really sure which ones those were. Alyd and Timo were really interesting to get to know and they were a great couple together as well. You felt that there was a lot of romance going on in this book, even as there was plenty of action. For anyone who loves either type of book, you’re going to be more than happy with what you find. The Gravitational Leap by Darrell Lee is a book that you will not forget and it’s one you definitely won’t want to put down any time soon because it’s jam packed with everything you could possibly want. Overall, I loved this book.

Book Trailer


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Book Launch Party & Signing


The official book launch party and signing will be held at the River Oaks Bookstore (3270 Westheimer Rd., Houston TX) Jan. 21, 2017. I hope to see you there! Check back here, my blog, or Facebook for more updates...