Graham’s Resolution Gets a Cover Update

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Graham’s Resolution gets a cover update.

Surprise! The Graham’s Resolution series has completely new cover designs by a great graphic artist, Hristo Argirov Kovatliev, of Bulgaria.

I’m really happy with the way they all turned out! Each book design is centered on a location and the season that it’s in. The China Pandemic is located near Seattle and that’s Mount Rainer in the background. The story begins in Autumn.14580360_1154157487997723_903295874_n

For The Cascade Preppers, we went with a winter scene on the frozen lake near the fictional town of Cascade which is really near Rockport, Washington near the Cascade Mountains. I love how Hristo captured the frozen dread of the situation.

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Then for The Last Infidels, set in Hope, Canada, during the spring, we went with this scene.

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And finally, for The Malefic Nation, during the summer months, set near Ross Lake in Washington State. I love the subtle summer skyline on this one.

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It will take a few days for the new covers to propagate over. I hope you like them as much as I do.

You can check out more of Hristo’s work below. He really is a talented cover artist and a great to work with.

Surrender the Sun Releases Aug. 4th!

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Surrender the Sun will release August 4th!

Download your copy of Surrender the Sun today and it will magically appear on your Kindle app the night of the 3rd in most cases.

After the beta readers read Surrender the Sun, I received a lot of encouraging feedback. I hope you will enjoy the first book in this new series. I plan to continue the adventures of Maeve and Bishop through this catastrophic weather encounter.

 

French Wardrobe is on #Sale for only #99cents

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French Wardrobe is on #Sale for only #99cents until the 31st!

French Wardrobe is doing great! Here is the synopsis on Amazon.

A husband’s fears become a widow’s nightmare. The death of an overprotective husband brings his widow’s world crashing down. In her quest to survive life alone she makes a discovery not only about her strengths but also about his fears. Fans of Girl on the Train, The Husband’s Secret, and Gone Girl, will like The French Wardrobe.From the best-selling author of the Graham’s Resolution series.

And here are some of the wonderful things readers are saying so far.

“A refreshing look at dealing with the loss of a loved one with a terrific whodunit plot. Don’t let the title fool you. It is filled with deep character development, moments of sheer emotional strain, pure joy, and best of all, some great unexpected turns in plot. Imagine being so totally absorbed in your life partner that life itself seems useless when they’re no longer there. The protagonist experiences this, then completely reinvents herself to begin life anew. All this with an embedded mystery that kept me turning the pages to find out whodunnit and what she does about it. Highly recommended” – Author Burt Walker
 “It’s about familial love and the desire of a husband to protect his wife. I won’t say more but the ending was a total shock to me. Strength and love are a heady combination.” – Amazon Customer
“You will love what AR Shaw has done with The French Wardrobe as she steps out of her role as a master of post apocalyptic fiction to entertain us with a completely different genre. Enjoy this other creative side to her writing skills as she leads us through the twists and turns of various states of emotion, especially sadness, fear, and anger, at least for me. It’s an enjoyable ride on an exciting emotional rollercoaster.” – Amazon Customer
Right now is the best time to pick up your Kindle copy for only .99! And if you read it and love it, please, please, please, leave a review. I’m eternally grateful for good reviews.
AR Shaw

Surrender The Sun is now on PreSale!

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Surrender the Sun is now on PreSale!

What a crazy week! First, I released The French Wardrobe and then released Surrender the Sun as a Presale on Amazon.

Here is the description.

It’s happened once before, and it will happen again.

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself.

Maeve Tilton and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she’s barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she’s completely unprepared for what lies ahead. Only a war-torn man, one who prefers the solitude of the Kootenai National Forest, can rescue her and her son.

 

I’m really excited about this new release. The concept of the Maunder Minimum is frightening and the more I research the more I scare myself. LOL.

Surrender The Sun takes place in a location I know very well, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I went there last winter and did a little poking around during a snowstorm. It’s a beautiful part of the country and if you ever get a chance to visit, please do. You’ll never forget it. Maybe not in the winter…it’s a summer retreat. The background picture from above is one that I took off of a high ledge. There’s a lot of camping and hiking, fishing and boating to do.

But, Surrender the Sun changes all of that. A mini ice age that changes the world. When I say mini, I mean fifty years or so. That’s how long the last one lasted and that’s what some scientist are predicting to happen again around 2030.

I like the idea of taking real world threats and using them to create a catastrophe around. The realism catches reader’s attention and makes them think of the possibilities. I certainly hope there never is a mass plague as in Graham’s Resolution or a mini ice age in our future but the thought of such conditions makes us wonder how we could survive them. That’s a good thing in my view.

 

French Wardrobe is Live

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French Wardrobe is now live in Kindle format on Amazon as a new release!

The French Wardrobe story is sort of a mystery. It’s somewhat difficult to define the genre but that’s as close as I can get. It’s different than anything I’ve ever written and I think it’s mostly applicable to female readers though some of my more patient male readers might like it as well. Here is the brief description.

A husband’s fears become a widow’s nightmare.

The death of an overprotective husband brings his widow’s world crashing down. In her quest to survive life alone she makes a discovery not only about her strengths but also about his fears. Fans of Girl on the Train, The Husband’s Secret, and Gone Girl, will like The French Wardrobe.

Right behind this is Surrender the Sun. I’m halfway through the rough draft and intend to publish this, first in a series, as soon as possible.

I hope you enjoy The French Wardrobe and please leave a review if you did.

Thank you!

A. R. Shaw

 

Traveler Series by Tom Abrahams

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Traveler Series by Tom Abrahams is reminiscent of the old classic western series.

You must know what I’m referring to… the ones my dad in Texas still watches in the afternoon while sitting in his armchair. They were quality then, not like the quick scotch tape versions now. They were the kind that were laced with subtle humor. The ones you’d catch a moment later. Genius works of art, really. The films were long then. You had to have patience in the old days but they were worth every minute. That’s what Author Tom Abrahams has done here with The Traveler Series.

His main character, Battle, is like that famous actor, he’s tough yet weak, he’s dangerous and he’s funny. He’s got that quirky sense of humor that only men of danger rely upon. I loved the series.

The first book in the series, Home, begins in Texas before the Scourge, which was a pandemic. It’s where the pain of the character sets in profoundly. Tom Abrahams has two elements that many authors do not. This is where you see that he can provide both the action and the emotion. That’s uncommon and a great combination.

Canyon is after the Scourge and in the upheaval of a power struggle. Though there’s also another element in Canyon; one I thought Abrahams pulled off very well. He implemented a secondary storyline, weaved through excellently. I’m a terrible guesser to plot lines. I tend to ruin anything I sit through with the family… it was the butler! But, I didn’t see this coming which tells me he’s good and when he revealed the ending I was satisfied that he’d entertained me. That’s what we all want isn’t it? To be entertained. To not guess the ending or to know who did it in the end?

And then Wall brings everything’s full circle. Forget succession. Texas, in this setting, is long past succession. The state itself is fractured. In Wall, we still see an emotional struggle that’s very personal to Battle. He struggles to overcome the worst battle he’s ever endured and it’s within himself. Of course, there’s an outward struggle as well. Abrahams again brings in his artistic talent. He combines these battles for one man and makes him deliver despite the pain. And just like in the old west movies you wonder if he’s going to get the girl in the end, survive his inner struggles and triumph over the bad guys. Well, I won’t ruin it for you. Read it for yourself!

Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann: A Review

51VYYx9hHgL._SL250_Moonlit Garden is a treasure to read. I loved it completely.

I recently took advantage of the Kindle First opportunity to download The Moonlit Garden for FREE. It was a great deal and wasn’t to be released until the next month. I love Amazon Prime, there are so many benefits like the Kindle First program, Amazom video…Amazon will rule the world soon and we know it. Maybe that’s okay…I for one am fine if drones deliver my products. Sure beats the mailman delivering boxes and ringing the doorbell when I’m hard at work in my fantasy lab.

Anyway… I’m so far behind on my book posts that I wanted to highlight the few good reads that I’ve read in the past month. The Moonlit Garden is one and it’s a lovely story about a widow who receives a mysterious violin. She owns an antique store and tries to find out more about it. The journey she goes on is something she never expects and it was a treat to see her path as she discovers the true meaning of the violin, it’s original owners and how it’s related to her afterall.

This is one I know my female fans will like. It’s like the pearl in the gravel patch. It’s certainly worth a spot on your kindle. Enjoy.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker a Review

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker is a refreshing departure from my normal genre.

Yet, it’s still survival fiction and I’m beginning to think I have a problem. It doesn’t matter the genre I read, there is always some element of survival within those pages. Wreckage is as much about surviving life on a deserted island as it’s about surviving the ‘normal’ life once they’re freed from paradise.

Bleeker’s book is well written and completely different than anything I’ve ever read. The characters are well thought out and the premise is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. She did a great job. I totally recommend this book for both male and female readers. There’s something for both sexes in this book though I think female readers would enjoy it more. The emotion exuded by the main characters is strong and believable. And, she wrote the novel in an uncommon first person per character which is also refreshing and a nice change of pace from most third person novels.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.

Home by Tom Abrahams – The Traveler Series

 

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I just completed reading Home by Tom Abrahams and I’m blown away. This well written, fast paced story is a modern day western.

One that will have you riveted to your reading device. At times, I dodged bullets, cried, and prayed along with our hero who goes by the apt name Battle.

You can feel the emotion within Home. A lot of it’s humor though awful sadness too. It’s one of those books you think about for days later. Home is also a novel of preparedness but not overly so. I think there’s a great balance in Home that will satisfy not only the preparedness reader but also someone who loves to read survival fiction.

More and more readers compare the post-apocalyptic genre with westerns and I’ve got to say, Tom Abrahams proves it with Home. The great thing is, this is only the beginning… Home is the first book in The Travelers series.

Here is the description from Amazon:

HE THOUGHT HE WAS PREPARED. HE THOUGHT HIS FAMILY WAS SAFE. HE WAS WRONG.

Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world’s population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He’s alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child.

Unaware of the chaos that’s befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property he shoots first and never ask questions.

But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.

Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?

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If you’ve not heard of Tom Abrahams before, he’s from my home state of Texas. He’s also a news anchor for Eyewitness News in Houston, Texas. I met Tom, virtually, through the collaboration with Steven Konkoly’s Kindle Worlds Perseid Collapse project.  As I wrote Deception on Durham Road, he wrote three novellas, The Pilgrimage Series, as his own contribution. Either I’m a slacker or he’s an overachiever. 🙂 I’m just getting started on the second novella my own series.

He also has a successful three book series out titled, A Jackson Quick Adventure and a stand-a-alone, Sedition.

I know you’ll enjoy Home by Tom Abrahams as much as I did. It certainly is a new twist in post-apocalyptic fiction.

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