Book Tours: Starter Day Party First Admiral Series


I’m happy to host the starter day party today for the “First Admiral Series”, a series of space opera books consisting of four volumes so far: “First Admiral”, “The Burning Sun”, “Time Commander” and “The Ganthoran Gambit”. I’ll be reviewing the first book on March 1, the second on March 15, the third book on March 22 and the fourth book on March 29. Stay tuned for the reviews, and in the mean time, check out the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

February 17th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 19th: Book Excerpt “First Admiral” @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 21st: Author Interview @ Bookish Madness

February 23rd: Book Excerpt “The Burning Sun” @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 25th: Book Review “First Admiral” @ Forever Book Lover

February 27th: Guest Post @ Hollow Readers

March 1st: Book Review “First Admiral” @ I Heart Reading

March 3rd: Book Excerpt “Time Commander” @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 5th: Promo Post “First Admiral” @ Deal Sharing Aunt

March 7th: Book Excerpt “The Ganthoran Gambit” @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 9th: Promo Post “The Burning Sun” @ Deal Sharing Aunt

March 11th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

March 13th: Promo Post “Time Commander” @ Deal Sharing Aunt

March 15th: Book Review “The Burning Sun” @ I Heart Reading

March 17th: Promo Post “The Ganthoran Gambit” @ Deal Sharing Aunt

March 19th: Book Review “The Burning Sun” @ Forever Book Lover

March 21st:  Guest Post @ The Single Librarian

March 22nd: Book Review “Time Commander” @ I Heart Reading

March 23rd: Book Excerpt “First Admiral” @ Endazzled Reading

March 25th: Book Review “Time Commander” @ Forever Book Lover

March 27th:  Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 29th: Book Review “The Ganthoran Gambit” @ I Heart Reading

March 31st: Book Excerpt “The Burning Sun” @ Endazzled Reading

April 1st: Guest Post @ The Reading Guru

April 3rd: Book Excerpt “Time Commander” @ Endazzled Reading

April 5th: Book Review “The Ganthoran Gambit” @ Forever Book Lover

April 7th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

April 9th: Promo Post “First Admiral”, “The Burning Sun”, “Time Commander” and “The Ganthoran Gambit”  @ Bookaholic Ramblings

April 11th: Book Excerpt “The Ganthoran Gambit” @ Endazzled Reading

April 13th: Book Review “First Admiral” @ The Book Gazette

April 14th: Promo Post “The Burning Sun” @ The Book Gazette

April 15th: Promo Post “Time Commander” @ The Book Gazette

April 16th: Promo Post  “The Ganthoran Gambit” @ The Book Gazette

April 17th:  Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

About the Books

First Admiral

Book 1 First AdmiralIt’s not easy being an ordinary teenager leading a hazardous and exciting double life.

The Garmaurians, the most advanced species in the universe, wiped themselves out with a bio-weapon in a senseless civil war. And, in a desperate attempt to protect the secret of the potentially dangerous Trion technology – the ability to manipulate the fundamental particle of the universe – their leader sends one last covert mission to Earth. The mission goes horribly wrong, leaving Billy Caudwell; an overweight, acne-scarred 14 year old, with the Mind Profile of a military genius, a huge battle fleet and a mission to unite the intelligent species of the universe in a Universal Alliance.

With people to rescue, space fleets to battle and villains to defeat, Billy has to overcome his own inhibitions, insecurities and a vicious bully before he can start saving the universe.

Welcome, dear readers, to the exciting universe of First Admiral. – Over 3,000 copies sold.

The Burning Sun

Book II The Burning SunThe adventure continues for Billy Caudwell, the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet.

The Bardomil Empress, eager to avenge the defeat of her Imperial Fleet at the hands of Billy Caudwell, acquires a weapon that can generate super-charged solar flares and incinerate entire planets.  Having tested the weapon, the Empress discovers a strategic territorial weakness in Billy’s Alliance and launches the solar flare weapon at Planet Earth as a diversion to a full-scale assault on the Alliance.  Billy Caudwell, still trying to stay on top of his dangerous double life, now has to protect Earth and save the Alliance from annihilation.

And, as if that’s not enough, Billy also has girl troubles!

Time Commander

Book III Time CommanderThe third installment in the exciting First Admiral Series, Time Commander follows the continuing adventures of Billy Caudwell; the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet as he strives to prevent a long, protracted and bloody war with the Ganthorans.
Having defeated a Ganthoran Frontier Fleet General in battle, Billy Caudwell must undertake the dangerous ‘Time Warrior Ritual’. In the ritual, Billy has to re-fight (and win) a major battle, that in the history of his species was lost – and in which the losing Commander was killed. To prevent years, possibly decades, of costly warfare, Billy must complete the ritual and claim the Crystal Throne of Ganthus. If Billy completes the challenge, he will become the Emperor of the Ganthorans. If he fails, he will die on a historical battlefield from Earth’s past.
Sinister powerful and xenophobic forces among the Ganthoran aristocracy and military are ranged against Billy, determined to prevent an alien claiming the Crystal Throne.
Can Billy survive the challenge and avert a brutal and costly war?

The Ganthoran Gambit

Book IV The Ganthoran GambitBilly Caudwell, the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet, has successfully completed the Time Warrior Ritual and stands as Emperor-elect of the Ganthoran Empire.

However, he has little time to savour his triumph. Even as Billy emerges from the Time Warrior Arena, the four remaining Frontier Fleets have mutinied against him under the influence of a mysterious and anonymous shadow Emperor. A sociopathic Frontier Fleet General has occupied the Empire’s capital city, wreaking a terrible vengeance upon his enemies and the civilian population.

With the shattered remains of a Frontier Fleet and a weakened Alliance contingent, Billy Caudwell has to take the biggest gamble of his life. With the fate of an empire at stake, Billy has to risk everything to prevent decades of war and bloodshed.

Author Bio

The author, William J.Benning was born in Dumfries (south west Scotland) in 1963. With his 50th birthday fast approaching, Benning has decided to grow old disgracefully. An intensely private individual, Benning recently returned to his home town seeking inspiration for his passion of creative writing. At age 18, Benning left home to take an Honours Degree in Psychology at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. He has some very fond memories, and many nights of vague recollection – which are, on the whole, probably best forgotten (!) – from his student days. After graduating, Benning had a career “false start” moving into the world of Pest Control Management. However, after several unhappy years, he switched tack and took further qualifications in Personnel Management, carving out a successful and enjoyable career in Human Resources as well as Learning & Development. Throughout his career, Benning has worked to support the activities of the British Red Cross.

From his early days as a First Aid Volunteer, he enjoyed working for the organisation which gave him further skills and built his self-confidence. Progressing within British Red Cross, Benning became a First Aid Instructor (Trainer), Assessor and Lecturer plus becoming invoved in training other Trainers and Assessors. Having returned to Dumfries to further his writing career, Benning now lives alone, but has been adopted by four members of the Canine Community. With four dogs in his life – and a newly arrived litter of Tibetan Terrier pups – plus a newly published novel, life is never going to be dull for Benning. William likes his sci-fi, but is also keen on military history and speculative fiction. Among his fiction favourites are Harry Turtledove, the late George MacDonald Fraser, Bernard Cornwell and Clive Cussler. William collects Edinburgh Crystal and has a terrible weakness for malt whisky. He has published his novel First Admiral with Malachite Quills in 2012.


Buy your own copy of the First Admiral series here:

Speak Your Mind