Roger Ruffles

Biography

I was born in 1980, in Cheshire.

Despite that, I view myself as a Manchester lad, having spent most of my adult life in the city. I developed a keen interest in science fiction at a very early age thanks to a very popular time travel series on BBC1. This has led to a life-long interest in the genre, which continues to this day, proving that the licence fee is worth it after all. The appeal of science fiction, and fantasy, is in the escapism, the look at what could be, and the sheer imagination and suspension of belief it requires – and how despite its groundings in the far-fetched, real-life often comes to imitate the imaginings of those insane enough to love science fiction.

I completed my first book at 15, and attempted but failed to get published. Looking back on it, this is probably more of a relief to those who like to read. It certainly allowed me to do more boring things, such as work, first in banking as an office junior, then in utilities in procurement, then manufacturing and latterly construction in commercial roles. It's more logical than it sounds written down.

Writing is and always will be a hobby first and foremost, a love and a way to express. An escape from reality, whilst holding a mirror up to all that is good and bad in the world. I hope you enjoy reading my books, almost as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All sorts of different things; mainly, the fact that it's another day (and trust me, I'm thankful for every one of them). However, my partner is a good reason. Work is another. And writing is yet another. Life is really full for me, and there are not enough hours in the day to do even a small percentage of what I want to do!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, reading, playing xbox, building lego, talking or thinking. I have an extrovert/introvert 50/50 split, so half the time I'm being really loud, talking non-stop, and generally into everything and everyone; or I'm being really quiet, thoughtful, and generally shy.
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Where to find Roger Ruffles online


Series

Age of Secession

Dissolution

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Rosicrux

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Shadow

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Crying Moon

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Pay Dirt
pay dirt noun ground containing ore in sufficient quantity to be profitably extracted. informal profit; success. "the gig pays three hundred Imperial Crowns a week—looks like I just hit pay dirt“ Pay Dirt follows the story of Iain Briggs, a con man who struggling to make a dishonest living in a galaxy that offers far too much temptation ....
Chains
In the galactic east a new sport is gaining traction in the chaos following the start of the Age of Secession. It is perfect for a person like Jebediah and those he comes to travel with, those freed from slavery who know how to pilot walkers and have nothing to lose any more.   The Gladiator Games are as vicious as those who fight within them, with death just as likely as victory. They are fighting for high purses if they win, but with equally high stakes if they lose. Jebediah’s prize will be the money to buy his sister’s freedom, a freedom she may not want.   They are free to fight and free to die.   They are the Unchained.

The Unchained

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Ascent of Mars
“Let me tell you a story, of the Oncoming Storm, the Darkness of Mars, and the Rise of the Diadochi. It was at that time during the start of the Age of Secession when one of the greatest crimes against humanity was committed. This was the time when the majesty of the Sol System was reduced to nothing but ashes, the blood flowed freely and everywhere, borgite and humanist hated each other and fought to the death, and greedy men and women sought thrones to salve their own egos and self-importance, seeing power as a right rather than a responsibility. And it was all in the name of this planet – Mars.” The Causeway; what it is, no-one outside of the Third Empire knows for sure. The Age of Secession takes a much darker turn, continuing with the House Lords and Ladies vying against each other. This is the story of the Diadochi, the successors to the Emperors of Mars, and the families that fight for that old title.

Oncoming Storm

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Darkness of Mars

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Rise of the Diadochi

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Ascent of Mars

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Blood Money
The Battle for Mars was just the beginning, and not the end. As Mars looks reproachfully upon the galaxy that tears itself apart in its name, another claims the title of Emperor, and he will see that humanity turns upon itself in an orgy of violence and bloodshed. The stars will run as red as the planet in whose name they are burned. The Age of Secession has begun. The Blood Money Trilogy follows the story of a spy from the Red Empire desperate to unite a family forced to deny their existence; an assassin with no face to call his own; and a bounty hunter who has spent a lifetime ignoring the greatest hunt of all. In the name of money, family, and power old blood will be shed and new blood will arise, but the price is not always what you might think. Everything has a price, and in the Age of Secession that price is paid in money tainted red.

Crying Moon

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Blood Feud

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Cost of the Hunt

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Vindicator
This tells the early story of James Gavain and his Vindicator Mercenary Corporation, following the collapse of the Red Empire of Mars and the start of the Secession Wars. The Battle for Mars has been fought and won, and the False Emperor lies shot in the head in the ruins of the Red Palace. The rebellion is over, its purpose apparently complete. Little were the participants to suspect that it was merely the beginning of a whole new age of suffering and strife, as the Red Empire shatters into pieces, and civilisation falls and begin anew. New alliances, treacheries, aspirations and failures shape the future of mankind. The Age of Secession has begun. The Red Empire and the Praetorian Guard are in Dissolution; The Rosicrux are following their secret plans to weaken the new House nations; And the threat of the Shadow is rising, ready to emerge from the darkness beyond the Frontier …..

Dissolution

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Rosicrux

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Shadow

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Books

Pay Dirt: Dishonest Intentions
Series: Age of Secession · Pay Dirt. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 117,240. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Life is tough for many in the Age of Secession, and for some it has become much tougher since the Emperors of House Constantin fell from grace. Iain Briggs is a con-man, along with friends Dominic Gaiman and Marin Todor. They have moved from trick to trick, from planet to star system to intergalactic House since the Red Empire of Mars fell, each scam being bigger than the last.
The Unchained
Series: Age of Secession · Chains. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 126,190. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Gladiator Games are as vicious as those who fight within them, with death just as likely as victory. They are fighting for high purses if they win, but with equally high stakes if they lose. Jebediah’s prize will be the money to buy his sister’s freedom, a freedom she may not want.   They are free to fight and free to die.   They are the Unchained.
Ascent of Mars
Series: Age of Secession · Ascent of Mars, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 365,870. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This compilation book contains all three novels in the Ascent of Mars trilogy. Part I – Oncoming Storm Part II – Darkness of Mars Part III - Rise of the Diadochi
Rise of the Diadochi
Series: Age of Secession · Ascent of Mars, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 133,370. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
One is an Emperor born inside the Shadow; something new and of the devil lurks in his soul, standing far too close to him. One is an Emperor born from the Shadow; he wants freedom, and his hybrid people shall have that liberty, even at the cost of everyone else’s. And one is an Emperor born outside of the Shadow; a man who did not want the title at all.
Darkness of Mars
Series: Age of Secession · Ascent of Mars, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 122,410. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
"This was the time when the majesty of the Sol System was reduced to nothing but ashes, the blood flowed freely and everywhere, borgite and humanist hated each other and fought to the death, and greedy men and women sought thrones to salve their own egos and self-importance, seeing power as a right rather than a responsibility. And it was all in the name of this planet – Mars.”
Oncoming Storm
Series: Age of Secession · Ascent of Mars, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 112,700. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Causeway; what it is, no-one outside of the Third Empire knows for sure. Even the majority of the Shadows who operate within the Third Empire know little of what is intended to do. All that is certain, is that it was born from the fevered insanity of the Third, Shadow Emperor, and in his damaged, splintering mind it will change the course of the Age of Secession once again.
Blood Money - Full Compilation
Series: Age of Secession · Blood Money, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 324,060. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Blood Money Trilogy follows the story of a spy from the Red Empire desperate to unite a family forced to deny their existence; an assassin with no face to call his own; and a bounty hunter who has spent a lifetime ignoring the greatest hunt of all. In the name of money, family, and power old blood will be shed and new blood will arise, but the price is not always what you might think.
Cost of the Hunt
Series: Age of Secession · Blood Money, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 106,190. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A bounty hunter with a long, deep past interwoven with that of the Red Empire of Mars and its many challengers dares to dream that he can have his birth-right after centuries of denial. He accepts the contract, and will lead the hunt, looking for something only he could ever find. His payment will be the return of some of what the True Emperor took from him.
Blood Feud
Series: Age of Secession · Blood Money, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,390. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
As the new nation-states of the Houses pull themselves apart in an orgy of warfare, the turf wars that rumble incessantly amongst their criminal fraternities will deepen into a much darker, crimson conflict. The Blood Feud will be declared, even whilst the faceless from the shadows seek to bring light to darkness. A feud of bigotry, ideology, position, and power has begun.
Crying Moon
Series: Age of Secession · Blood Money, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 112,040. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Blood Money Trilogy follows the story of a spy from the Red Empire desperate to unite a family forced to deny their existence; an assassin with no face to call his own; and a bounty hunter who has spent a lifetime ignoring the greatest hunt of all. In the name of money, family, and power old blood will be shed and new blood will arise, but the price is not always what you might think.
Vindicator - Full Compilation
Series: Age of Secession · Vindicator, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 388,550. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This compilation book contains the first three books in the Age of Secession series, within the Vindicator Trilogy, in full and unabridged. This brings together the novels Dissolution, Rosicrux and Shadow, telling the full story of James Gavain and his Vindicator Mercenary Corporation.
Shadow
Series: Age of Secession, Book 3 · Vindicator, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 125,670. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Lord James Gavain attempts to build a new nation and a better future, taking in refugees from the many battles and wars throughout the seceding Houses, trading on the mercenary ability of his comrades and what appears to be the advanced technology he has recovered, yet he finds that there is a limit to how honourable one can be and still rule a post-Imperial House.
Rosicrux
Series: Age of Secession, Book 2 · Vindicator, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 133,170. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Admiral James Gavain is enmeshed in the politics of the post-Dissolution colonised galaxy, an unwilling and reluctant participant. His main concern now is for forging a future for the people under his command, a mercenary company for sale to the highest bidder in a rapidly disintegrating colonial galaxy.
Dissolution
Series: Age of Secession, Book 1 · Vindicator, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 132,510. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Battle for Mars has been fought and won, and the False Emperor lies shot in the head in the ruins of the Red Palace. The rebellion is over, its purpose apparently complete. Little were the participants to suspect that it was merely the beginning of a whole new age of suffering and strife, as the Red Empire shatters into pieces, and civilisation falls and begin anew.

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