Author Introduction – Alex Shaw

I’ve known Alex Shaw for nearly as long as I’ve been an author. We met on Twitter and shared each other’s book links and then one day a fan asked if he was my spouse. Uhmm….nope. Alex lives in England and even though we share the same last name, we’re not related. Don’t get me wrong he’s a great guy, as far as I know in a virtual sense.

What I do know for sure is that Alex is a great author. He’s got the thriller James Bond style down tight. So when I became involved with the Perseid Collapse group, he was interested too and wrote a novella for the cause. I just finished reading Blackline by Alex Shaw and I can say without a doubt it’s a fast paced, heart thumping, experience. He takes a guy on vacation and turns his down time into an action packed catastrophe, Perseid Collapse style. It’s a great intro into Alex Shaw’s gritty, never-boring, humorous writing that his fans abroad adore.

Here are a few of his mainline novels.

 

Author Introduction – Tim Queeney

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Meet Author, Tim Queeney. Tim is another author of The Perseid Collapse Series. He wrote The Borealis Incident and let me tell you, it’s a fast paced novella with a few twists and turns I didn’t expect.

We also collaborated on a blog post recently about leading women in fiction of the Perseid Collapse novellas. The post has been reposted several times. I think we both hit a niche that has taken too long to come to fruition. Leading roles for women are only a recent discovery. I hope this trend keeps up. We women have a lot to offer the world and the plausibility of such a role in today’s society has taken too long to catch up.

Back to The Borealis Incident… Here’s the description. I read it in one sitting and loved Tim’s voice throughout the novel. I think he did a great job.

Lt. Colonel Dana Wright has barely started as deputy commander of Thule Air Force Base in remote northern Greenland when a fireball in the sky changes everything. Fighting massive fires kicked off by the flaming meteorites, losing communications with the U.S. and having civilian contractors abandon the base are just the beginning of her challenges. Soon Dana and the embattled Air Force personnel are facing off against the belligerent commander of nearby Camp Amarok, a mysterious Arctic facility claiming to conduct ice cap research but whose true mission has remained a closely guarded secret. And Dana’s worries don’t stop there, her photographer husband, on a Greenland photo shoot accompanied by their 12-year-old daughter, has disappeared and Dana doesn’t have the people, helicopters or time to search for them. When the Amarok commander demands that Dana turn over the base’s only C-130 to fly his team out, it sets off a confrontation that reveals what’s behind Amarok’s closed doors and pushes Dana to the limit.

Tim Queeney is author to several other novels. His latest release is The Ceres Plauge, below. He’s also a magazine editor. You can read more about Tim at his website here.

 

Author Introduction – Murray McDonald

IMG_3444Meet Author, Murray McDonald.

I met Murray in collaboration with Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds Series.

His contribution, titled Rockland, is phenomenal. In my opinion, it should be made into a movie. For a novella, it’s as action packed as any James Bond movie only better. Here’s the short but intriguing description:

After years of preparation and trillions of dollars of investment. Red Dragon is only hours from launch.

Every conceivable risk is being monitored and managed to ensure the operation remains a secret and catches the United States, crucially for its success, by surprise.

As the clock ticks towards zero hour, Red Dragon hangs in the balance as one small town holds the key to unravelling the event before it even starts.

Rockland!

Which isn’t surprising due to the fact that Murray McDonald is also a thriller writer of eight other novels. Most recently published is The God Complex.

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When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a fifteen year estrangement, things don’t go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life fifteen years earlier.However, all of this pales into insignificance when, along with his best friend and ex-fiancee, he fights for his innocence and the chance to save a world they didn’t even know needed saving. They uncover the truth that has been alluding mankind from its very inception. Life, the universe…everything…nothing is as it really seems.
If you’re considering a new author to try, give Rockland a try. It’s a quick thrilling read and trust me, after you do, you’ll want to add Murray McDonald to your favorite author’s list and read the rest of his work.

 

 

 

Resourceful Women in the Perseid Collapse Series

 Joint Post BY Tim Queeney & A. R. Shaw · MARCH 17, 2015

Steve Konkoly’s The Perseid Collapse Kindle World launched in February 2015 with nine novellas. Two of those original Perseid Screen-Shot-2015-02-03-at-11.15.06-PM-199x300Collapse novellas had female lead characters: The Borealis Incident by Tim Queeney and Deception on Durham Road by A.R. Shaw. In this joint blog post, A.R. Shaw and I talk about those female characters and how they fit in The Perseid Collapse world and the even right here in the real world. 

The Borealis Incident Tim Queeney: Going back even just a few decades, it’s hard to imagine a female deputy commander of a U. S. Air Force Base. Yet today, writing a woman lead character like Lt. Colonel Dana Wright in my Perseid Collapse novella, The Borealis Incident, is not something that requires a great leap of faith from readers. Woman have made huge strides in the military, with female pilots and ship drivers not an unusual occurrence. The biggest issue Dana has to face in Borealis is that the base security officer doesn’t want her driving alone to the missile warning radar site 13 miles across the Greenland tundra from the base itself. Perhaps he’s concerned because Dana is a woman, but maybe he’d be just as uneasy with the practice if the deputy commander was a man.

A.R. Shaw’s Deception on Durham Road also has a female lead, Jamie Michaud. But instead of a military officer, Jaime is a mom working to protect her two daughters. Jamie represents a modern example of a classic American archetype: the pioneer woman and mother. The woman who headed west in the early Nineteenth Century were not reclining on plush seats in the back of their Conestoga wagons, they were busy from sunup to sundown with a wearying variety of domestic duties, plus the need at times to help defend the wagon train. The pioneer woman were smart and tough and Jamie displays plenty of those qualities, too.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 11.43.53 PMA.R. Shaw: I agree with Author, Tim Queeney, twenty five years ago, when I served in the Air Force Reserves, it wasn’t unusual to have women performing important jobs in the military, but as a base commander? No question that’s one position only few have recently obtained. The question now may be, are women capable of such lead roles in society and in fiction?

Of course, I’m biased. I am a woman. I served in the military. I run a household. I’m a mother and a wife. And, I’m my own boss. Those are all acceptable roles in reality but in fiction only recently has it become ‘plausible’ for a woman to command a military base. To be the CEO of large corporations or to become president of the United States. (Actually, that hasn’t happened yet. I’m sure we’re waiting for the right candidate.)

I know some of us are capable of leading the way. Not every man has what it takes and the same goes for woman. In Tim Queeney’s Borealis Incident, the lead role is held by Dana Wright. She’s earned her right to be at the top through hard work and determination. You accept this role as a reader now because it’s happened in reality, it’s plausible.

In my novella, Deception on Durham Road, Jamie is a French teacher by trade and a mother of two teen girls. Nothing unusual there. She’s made mistakes in life by trying to replace the deceased father by an unworthy fellow. What makes her exceptional is her acceptance to overcome abuse and her fight to make it on her own, not only for herself but for her daughters too. She’s not running off for help from a FEMA camp. She’s not begging for food from strangers. She’s taking charge of her life and her responsibilities. This too happens in reality. Her courage is plausible and we see it from time to time, it’s impressive but it’s not the norm. The norm is applying for state aid or to depend on others to help you.

In both of these novellas, you see an inner strength, a will to fight and a steadfast resolve for a lead female character.

Get Deception on Durham Road

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Deception on Durham Road’s Goes to the Dogs – Little Known Fact

IMG_1594_Fotor_CollageThere’s a little known fact about the dogs who play a part in my novella, Deception on Durham Road (Kindle Worlds) A Perseid Collapse Novella. Not only does my yellow lab Oakley appear, so do my grand-dogs, Sally, the white poodle mix and Baxter the…well, we’re not really sure what Baxter is, but he is as smart as his character in the story.

As for the heroic lead dog Ace, he’s purely fictional but any animal shelter is filled with canines like Ace; waiting for their chance to make you the center of their world.

It was fun to write them into the novella and include their separate quirky personalities. Oakley also serves as inspiration for Sheriff in my main series Graham’s Resolution. He’s an extremely loyal and protective dog, and often alerts me to the UPS drivers two blocks away in case I might not realize they were in the vicinity. He loves people food and beer…though of course he rarely gets any. He also loves the elusive red dot and goes nuts trying to find it in the dark. He’s a good boy, like Sheriff and I can’t imagine my day without him. So here’s to the dogs in Deception on Durham Road, a scenario I can fathom and hope you enjoy the short read.

Book Review – Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear


I’m always in the process of reading something or possibly two books at a time. Strange, I know, but it happens. My TBR (to be read) pile is teetering hypothetically. Late last night or quite frankly early this morning, I completed Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear.

It’s along the same broad lines as my series in a post pandemic sort of way. There’s a pandemic of sorts but the premise and outcome are completely different. I wasn’t sure where the story was going when I first began to read and honestly I had to push through what I think the author himself, stumbled through before he knew where he was headed. However, as I persevered I became enthralled with the ideas presented. I don’t like to give spoilers but as many of us contemplate the universe and all it’s mysteries, one person’s imagination can capture a possibility…a hypothesis no matter how far-fetched, it may actually turn fiction into fact given a decade or two.

Darwin’s Radio should be read by anyone who wonders. Don’t let the first two chapters hold you back, persevere, it’s worth it in the end. And then, sit back and ask yourself how plausible this scenario is. How do we explain our past and what might nature try to present to us in our future. Darwin’s Radio is a story that makes you think and contemplate what might come our way.