Mother’s Day Sale

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Because I’m a Mom of four great kids who are now young adults, I know the life of Motherhood 🙂 In Honor of Mom’s daily sacrifice, please gift to her the ebook, The China Pandemic for only .99 the entire week of Mother’s Day! May 9th-16th.  Get her flowers, a little chocolate and something unique from you.

She’ll love and appreciate that you recognized her stamina of mom-hood. All those late nights worrying over you. The hand she had no qualms about, thrust before your vomiting mouth. The dirty diaper Dad refused to change, but Mom couldn’t let you go around like that one second longer. The money she transferred to your account to get you out of a bind. Teaching you to cook that meal you used to make your girlfriend adore you. Washed the stains out of your favorite blouse. Told you to always use you as an excuse for peer pressure to keep you out of trouble. The list is mighty long and variations apply. No one loves you like Mom. Always remember that.

Cover & Title Reveal for Graham’s Resolution Finale

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Some news about Graham’s Resolution

Now that I’m at the halfway mark of writing book four, I have a better idea of how the series will finish. Yes, this will be the final book in Graham’s Resolution for now. I may come back and write a ‘ten years later’ book in the future and possibly a prequel, but it’s exciting to see that the story is coming to its end. There are still secret plans in the works for the series, however.

So I’m presenting to you the fourth book of Graham’s Resolution with The Malefic Nation.

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Here is the new cover. The season is summer and I like the way the cover artist, Keri Knutson, has depicted the town below the mountains surrounded by a lake and the brilliant summer sky. She’s a very talented cover artist and I’ve enjoyed working with her on this series.

She also made the Audio cover to match. Darriel Driml is currently working on The Last Infidels audio, and I believe he is nearing completion soon. I hope.

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This is a bittersweet realization that the series is nearing completion but I’m ready to move on, and I have a few projects in mind. I do still plan to do a companion novella for Deception on Durham Road, but I’m not sure if that project will be next or if one of my standalone works will  be the next focus.

In any event, I’ll keep you posted. I’ve got a new editor, and he’s very qualified and is currently editing the series, starting from the top.

As for the Presale issue, I didn’t like the way it treated my readers. I think it’s flawed in the release mechanism. So, I will hold off on submitting The Malefic Nation as a PreSale until its near release. I think that’s fairer.

That’s all for now, I welcome questions and comments. Thank you, and I hope you like the new cover!

Author Intro – Sean T. Smith – Sunshine Patriots

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I met Author, Sean T. Smith in correlation to Steven Konkoly’s Kindle Worlds Perseid Collapse release. (That’s a long title) I’d never read anything by Sean before and so after reading his contribution for the PC Worlds (Ha! PC, not.) I thought, heck, this guy can write! And, I mean it. He really can write well.
Sunshine Patriot’s has a smooth lyrical voice. The pacing works. You feel for the characters. I all, I enjoyed it and know you will as well. I think it’s perfect for both male and female readers too.

These PC novellas provide us with a great way to try out new authors without committing to an entire novel. After reading Sunshine Patriots I looked into his other works and then I recognized his covers. Our series often play hop-scotch with one another  when ranking. I love the cover art and I know the story within is great if it’s anything like Sunshine Patriots.

Sean also blogs about writing religion and the apocalypse. I’m not certain in that order but well here’s his website where you can check him out.

Book Review – The Martian by Andy Weir

Okay, first off, Wow! If you haven’t yet read The Martian by Andy Weir, please do. You’re missing something. I loved this book! And…it’s going to be a movie, so read it quickly before all the previews ruin it for you.

This is going to make one heck of a movie. I can’t wait to see how they manage some of the um…aspects. (I don’t want to give anything away.)

This is a book written by a self-proclaimed nerd. What a better way to make a great story? You can check out Andy Weir’s website here. He’s a great simple guy in a nerdish world. When I find books like this written by folks like him, I’m so happy for their success.

Here is a description of The Martian from Amazon. 

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

The description didn’t really convince me to read the book though. I tried the Look Inside feature and after getting to the end, I bought it immediately.

The story is unique in that it’s written in frist person and the astronaut is actually there. You feel his disappointment and pain. You’re hoping for him. You’re on the edge of your seat nearly the whole time. The best thing of all, he’s included real life humor both the sad kind and the best kind.

Of all my book recommendations…this one is required reading!

You’ll thank me!

The Martian also comes in Audio!

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 – 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.

 

Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds Novellas

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This world keeps growing. That is, Author Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds is now 15 authors strong. Many of the novellas like The Amsterdam Directorate and The Pilgrimage by Tom Abrahams are in a series. With the additional books the total comes to eighteen novellas so far and there are more scheduled to be released. I know when I joined the ranks of the Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds with Deception on Durham Road, I had no idea they would be so popular.  It was an honor to write in someone else’s worlds and I hope to go back to my contribution and extend it into another novella.

So if you’re looking for a short read and you’ve read Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse series, give these Kindle Worlds a try. It’s a great way to discover a new author or two. I’ve read many of them and they are all quite impressive.

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.