Author Intro – Ian Graham & The Amsterdam Directorate

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I met author, Ian Graham during one of our many interview collaborations for the launch of the Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds. He’s a great guy and has his own success story. He’s the author of several works including a series, anthology contributor and published two novellas for the Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds cause. He’s a busy guy.

I read The Amsterdam Directorate and, right away, I was impressed with Ian’s writing. We all have our own ideas about what would happen in a disaster like Perseid Collapse but I’ve got to say, Ian’s rendition in this novella was much like my own. As I did, he went for the personal gut wrenching day to day affect survivors would go through.

His main character is a man of religion that has to contront bad guys. He does it with remorse but does it remarkably well all the same. I very much enjoyed this novella and to my surprise he came out with a part two to the story just recently. It’s making it’s way up on my to be read list.

Ian is also the author of several other novels and this novella is a perfect introduction into his work. His most popular work is the Black Shuck Thriller series

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I know Ian is working on new projects to keep his fans in reading material. You can take a look at his website and keep up to date on his new released too.

Book Review – Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch

Holy moly! This is one of those series that keeps you up at night, through the next day and into the following week. The Wayward Pines series is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s billed as a cross between Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone.

After I finished with the first one I recommended it to several people. Typically when you do this, they come back to you later and say, “yeah it was good…but not that good.” Well, that didn’t happen this time. It’s a great series and I definitely recommend you read it right away because, IT’S ALSO AIRING MAY 14TH ON FOX!!! And guess who directed it? M. Night Shyamalan. Yep… Here’s a link to Fox’s site, check it out. That’s right! Matt Dillon is playing the lead character and I think it’s a great fit for the Ethan character. (That guy does not age, BTW.) I don’t watch that much television, but I can’t wait to see how true they stay to the story. 

Blake Crouch is a great writer and I admire his work. Here’s a description of the series from Amazon.

The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon and premiering May 14th on FOX.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee – ” ~Amazon

You can also get this as a trilogy. Trust me when I say, this is a keeper. You won’t want to miss this series and it’s also a Kindle Worlds. I almost forgot to mention that. Kindle Worlds: Wayward Pines

As you can see, my buddy Steven Konkoly wrote a three novella series for the Kindle Worlds: Wayward Pines series. After I read Wayward Pines, I read Konkoly’s novellas and enjoyed them very much.

Book Review – Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I’m behind a few book reviews so I’ll try to catch up this week. I read The Girl on the Train a few weeks ago. I’m a voracious reader and with that said, I tend to pick books in a variety of genres by all kinds of authors. I guess you could say, I’m an equal opportunity reader.

I also tend to read books occasionally from the bestseller list. There are many lists, New York Times Best Seller List, USA Today, Amazon Best Sellers, take your pick. This book ranks near the top of them all currently and I have to ask myself as a writer, what elements of a book make it a bestseller?

I mean, I read The Goldfinch… I don’t get it. The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last year. That astounds me. It was certainly a thick novel, I’ll give it that. It was repetitive and descriptive in ways that made me put it down and regret my reading time.

I don’t do bad reviews however. If I can’t say something nice about a book, I don’t say anything at all. That’s just my method to the madness, you don’t have to follow suit.

The Girl on the Train, isn’t The Goldfinch. I looked forward to reading it. I wanted to finish it. I admired how the author wove certain elements into her story, but it did remind me of The Goldfinch in the shock and awe category. The shocking alcohol abuse ad nauseum. I know it’s harsh, but it’s an element running through those books at the top. It’s like the publishers got together and decided that was the topic to promote. Adults at their worst selves ever. Flawed, drunken, strung-out individuals….yes, those are the ones we want to exploit this year. We don’t see enough of the harsh side of life? Really?

I’ve got say, I think we do. Reading is supposed to be an escape from reality and if you’re lucky you come away from it a better person than you were before you picked up that book.

So am I recommending The Girl on the Train which has some elements of The Goldfinch within? Yes, I am… Besides the shock and awe factor, it is a good story. It’s very well written. Maybe it’s me but I guessed the ending. (My family gets annoyed that I do that when we partake in a new movie. “He’s the killer!” Yes, it drives them crazy.)

Here’s the description: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.”

I can see the “Hitchcokian thriller” bit. I would agree with that. It’s a story about sorrow, murder and betrayal at it’s deepest level.

There are lives like this…I remind myself. I’ve seen them in time, like slinking shadows kept upright in dark places. I keep myself away from them for a reason. Their torment is self-imposed but it’s a prison they cannot afford to escape from. They already own the label. It would be too much work to change…

If you’re looking for a book of gritty human agony, read The Girl on the Train. Did I come away from it’s pages a better person? No…I came away with a reminder of what I’ve seen in the past. Something, not worth remembering.

 

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.

 

 

 

Author Introduction ~ The Stone Collector by Eitan Olevsky

Meet my new friend Author, Eitan Olevsky. He was born in 1981 in Lima, Peru. His knack for story-telling began at the early age of four, pestering his parents with sleepless nights of fairy tale readings. At five, he was reading Brothers Grimm and La Fontaine, fables imbued in wisdom and magic that would come to show his early fascination for the fantasy genre.

His first attempt at writing a novel was at the age of eight with The Legend of the Magic Wand, which he managed to finish three years later.

In 2002, Eitan won first prize at UPC’s “Juegos Florales”, a literary contest from the university where he was studying, with a satire that mocked university life itself.

Later, in 2005, he published the satirical novel, El Gran Maestro. Olevsky’s Gran Maestro shows a crazy collection of individuals, portrayed with dark humor galore, their lifestyles in Peru during the estranged decade of the 80s and 90s.

His book, The Stone Collector, has an intriguing description.

Some things are not meant to be stolen. That is what Hexus Thorne, vicious hitman for the mafia realizes when he unsuspectingly takes possession of a powerful Stone with legendary powers. And yet- this is not the only stone hiding among the ancient ruins of the Island Meylach… the question is, who is The Stone Collector?

I’ve purchased The Stone Collector, and added it to my To Be Read Pile. I plan to review it as soon as I’ve finished and I’ll post an update here.

You can connect with Eitan on his FaceBook Page here.

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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.

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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.