A novel by David Tindell

Today I am thrilled to share a post from David Tindell:

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Quest for Vengeance

            On our honeymoon, my wife and I visited an exotic island. We had a great time as we celebrated the beginning of our new life together. Everything went well.

But suppose it hadn’t? Suppose something had gone wrong? And not just lost-a-suitcase, bad-sunburn wrong? What if my bride suddenly turned up…gone?

In Quest for Vengeance, it’s a year after the events of Quest for Honor, and brothers Mark and Jim Hayes are with their new brides on a honeymoon tour of Italy, the native country of Jim’s wife, Gina. The violence and danger of their recent past is behind them. In the city of Capua, a chance encounter with an old Army buddy of Mark’s leads to a festive reunion. While the guys swap stories at a trattoria, the gals make one last visit to the city’s boutiques. But there’s been one more chance encounter on this trip, and now that’s about to turn into the greatest challenge the brothers have ever faced.

Like the Hayes brothers, I grew up in Wisconsin, and like them, my two brothers and I wound up living considerable distances apart. Although we were never estranged, as Mark and Jim were, not being able to see them often created a distance between us that no amount of phone calls or emails could close. It’s only been in recent years that we have made efforts to get together more often. Our reunions have not been as dramatic as those of the Hayes brothers; we go to ballgames and museums, while Mark and Jim go to war.

Still, I don’t think what happens to Mark and Jim in the Quest novels is too much of a stretch. Mark’s military experiences are certainly not outside the realm of those for many of our soldiers, and while Jim’s encounters are somewhat out of the ordinary for the average American abroad, I myself have once or twice had situations overseas that could’ve developed into something a little too adventurous for my taste. Last summer, for example, Sue and I hiked the Salkantay Trail of Peru, and we never saw the armed guerillas our guide told us he faced on the same trek a few years earlier. But I had the feeling they weren’t too far away.

If something like that does happen to us, though, we can only hope we will face the situation with courage and honor. These are traits that are not inborn; they are learned, through dedication and self-discipline. Both the Quest series and my White Vixen novels feature protagonists who exemplify those traits. Yes, my fictional creations are highly-trained individuals, but they are not superheroes by any means. They are ordinary people who have chosen to train themselves to face whatever extraordinary challenges may come their way; indeed, to seek them out. Most of all, they have chosen to serve a higher calling. I don’t believe we were put here to simply meander through life. We were put here to strive, to achieve, to overcome our inevitable stumbles. When we choose this life, we are taking on challenges that will make our communities, our country, our world, a better place.

So come along with Mark and Jim, as they embark on their latest Quest. You can find the book here: http://amzn.to/2HnlFfN

 

Update!

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More Than I Can Say has passed through the final round of proofreading! Now we will set a release date in the next few days, and I can’t wait to see it launch.

Just in case you forgot what it’s about, here is the “blurb.”

Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling. Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?

A new release from Michael Poeltl

Today, I’m pleased to share a post about a recently released novel by Michael Poeltl.

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A.I. Insurrection – The General’s War Press Release. Feb, 15th, 2018

2162. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it’s the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia, unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it.

A.I. Insurrection, the new release by Michael Poeltl, author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, takes the author back to his roots of dystopian sci-fi. “This novel investigates global utopia and the struggle to maintain an unrealistic hold over everything and everyone,” Poeltl explains. “Certain aspects of humanity will never be satisfied with the thousand shades of grey a utopia will provide, no matter the spin. When faced with the threat of their robot slaves rebelling, distrust in the system begins to infect the general public, opening the door for a new world to emerge, and new leaders to rule.”  Discover how quickly a near-future utopian society can become a dystopian nightmare fueled by fear as the A.I. populace of United Earth become sentient and demand their freedoms.

Raymond Bellows, United Earth Chancellor, challenges the A.I. claims until an astonishing truth is revealed by Host: SENTA, one of hundreds of millions of individual robot Hosts who teams up with the Chancellor while struggling to discover her new-found awareness.  A secret coup schemes to over-throw the peaceful government, while a separate threat of human/tech hybrids who think the current regime is anything but idyllic arise from the Shadow net, taking direction from the mysterious Allfather avatar. In a three-sided war, humanity and humanity’s creation fight to claim their own place in an ever-evolving solar system.

“I believe science fictions fans, myself included, appreciate the complexities of artificial intelligence, and the moral questions which accompany it, like: when is intelligence consciousness? The novel also offers an exciting potential new proof of life for sentience.” Poeltl declares with an air of cloak-and-dagger surrounding the surprise reveal behind his new book.

Goodreads ratings for A.I. Insurrection are settling in at a respectable 4.25 stars and has one reviewer saying: “A great read for anyone who enjoys extensively built worlds, philosophical questions, and an ol’ fashioned A.I uprising.” – Ari Augustine.

This is Poeltl’s tenth book and the first of 2018. For more on Michael Poeltl and his books, visit his website: www.mikepoeltl.com Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or join him on Goodreads.

Update from Vermont

The weekend was full of cleaning the house, taking care of the animals, family time and other projects. Yesterday, I was able to spend a fair amount of time proofreading More Than I Can Say.

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Then I was able to spend a little bit of time on writing on book 4. Tonight is too busy for either proofreading or writing, but hopefully, tomorrow will have a bit more time for those things.

Now, another storm is predicted for Vermont. So far this winter, the weather predictions have been horribly off. We’ve had predictions of heavy snow, and barely gotten a dusting, then had times of no snow predicted, and four inches have fallen. We’ll see what happens with this storm!

 

A Little Different/Update

As I have written about before, I write romance novels. Contemporary romance novels. But I also am in the process of finishing a memoir entitled Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude. It chronicles the time period starting with the day after our middle son died, and follows my thought process (and my Facebook posts) from then through about eighteen months after his death. More than anything, it is my story of trying to find meaning, light, joy after his death.

It is a truly different process writing non-fiction instead of fiction, especially with a memoir which is written in first person. First of all, the professional editing process is different, in that while I don’t feel the book is “done” to my exact liking yet, it is almost there, and with such a piece, the editing process is done in chunks instead of the entire book at one time. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude has moved on to its final round of professional editing, which is faster than I had hoped in my original writing plan at the start of the year. It also is very different to think about how to market it, as you rely much more on a formal book proposal than the manuscript as you start approaching agents/publishers.

Thankfully, I have the most incredible group of cheerleaders and professionals around me, who guide, support, nudge me along the road, and give advice to help me make good decisions.

Stay tuned to see what happens!

A sneak peak!

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More Than I Can Say is at the proofreader, which means we are in the final stages before it’s release in e-book and print versions from Solstice Publishing!

In anticipation of that upcoming release, I thought I’d post a little bit of the prologue…

 

Prologue

Dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, Jackson started up the trail. The trail was 5.8 miles to the summit and he was looking forward to starting his training outdoors for the Spartan Race, instead of in city gyms.

At almost a mile in, he paused and adjusted his pack before beginning to jog again, happy that no one else seemed to be out this early on a Sunday morning. As he picked up his pace, he heard a noise behind him. He glanced over his shoulder and saw a small blonde woman rapidly approaching. As she caught up, she shouted. “Stay left!”

“Huh?”

She pointed to the greenery on the right without breaking stride. “Nettles. You’re in shorts, you’ll get stung.”

He swerved left. “Thanks.”

As she ran past him, Jack got a view of her very shapely backside framed in running tights, her fitted tank top highlighting her curves, and a very distinctive tattoo of a star on her left shoulder.

In less than a minute, she was out of sight. He picked up his pace, trying to catch up.

As Jackson reached the wooden steps just below the summit, he heard her voice again. “Careful. Last step is cracked.”

He adjusted his stride as his foot was about to come down, then slowed as he came into the clearing at the top of the mountain. There she was, standing on a large flat rock, water bottle in her hand.

Now you’ll have to wait for the release to find out what happens next!

 

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Welcome CJ Warrant!

Today I’d like to welcome author CJ Warrant!

First and foremost, thanks for having me. It’s a great pleasure being here.

Just a little bit about myself. My name is CJ Warrant and I write dark romantic thrillers, suspense and contemporary romance.

I currently reside in the Midwest with my wonderful husband and two of three kids. I worked in the beauty industry for many years before I shifted my talents to words and began writing full time.

As an Army brat in my youth, I had the privilege to travel with my family, got to meet so many people and saw different parts of the world. I take my knowledge from the places I’ve been, to the people I’ve met and use it in my books…mostly.

Phew! Now that I got that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

One of the biggest question people have asked me, “Why do you write so dark?” For example my new release, Mirror Image is a dark romantic thriller, which you get an inside view of the female serial killer’s head. Yes, some of the scenes can get dark, but without those characters—knowing what goes through their heads and their actions, I feel there isn’t a full story to tell without them.

I also feel there should be a balance between the hero and heroine’s journey. In order to heal from what is broken inside, they need to discover and experience each other in a fast pace—sometimes in harrowing moments that brings two people together. Jazz and Michael did just that in Mirror Image. Two different people, with real issues, dealing with murders, revenge and twisted lies that pulled a family a part. What’s not to like when you have to hang on for deal life and fall madly in love at the same time.

Anyway, writing dark, light, sweet or erotic, my characters are the ones who speaks to me and tells me what their life story is all about…even the villains, which makes for an interesting story to tell.

If you like to know more about me, what I’m writing next, and where you can find me, sign up for my newsletter. http://www.cjwarrant.com/contact-cj.html

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Guest Blogger — Brian Harrison

Today I would like to welcome Brian Harrison, who has a new novel coming out in March!

The Vault

Why would a multibillionaire create a customized vault that is controlled by watch mechanics inside and have a self-destruct mechanism inside to destroy the billion dollars worth of artifacts inside?

Simple, because he can.

On paper, Sam Montgomery is your typical eccentric philanthropic pharmaceutical billionaire whom has literally mailed five dollars to everyone in the US so they can “pay it forward.” But what people didn’t know when made a rare public appearance was that he was announcing he had leukemia. And more shocking was that when he said, “I’d rather die than give my sister the opportunity to save my life,” no one even knew he had a sister.

Elena Diamante nailed the sit down interview – at his small home on the tiny island of Antikythera in Greece. She was only planning on getting the scoop about Sam and his apparently estranged sister but she was also going to be the first journalist to see inside Sam’s custom made vault. It was built using watch mechanics, so it was completely self-sustained, and only opened once a year. It was even rumored that if it were ever tampered with, everything inside would be destroyed in a custom acid.

Come to find out for Elena, there would be one item inside Sam’s vault that could save his life, or end it even quicker, it was just a matter of whether or not the vault would open in time.

The vault explores Sam’s family dynamics and how they inspired him to become the successful man he is. The story is also told using Sam’s own family photos growing up, as well as text messages and Facebook/Twitter. There are even hyperlinks within the novel as “Easter Eggs” for those readers that want to explore even more of Sam’s personal life, further blurring the lines of fact/fiction.

Living a Local Life

As we are still in the throes of winter in Vermont, I can begin to see signs that spring is coming. The Boston Red Sox are in Florida for Spring Training, the buckets are up on the maple trees, and our seedlings for the vegetable garden (the first group) have been planted.

Some of you know, we have a little family farm. Years ago, we made a family decision to try to produce as much of our own food as we could, and to try to locally source what we can’t produce. Now, we recognize that some things are hard to get locally — for example, it’s really hard to get local Vermont shrimp. But we are so fortunate to live in an area where we can either produce or buy most of our food needs from known entities. Currently, we produce our own maple syrup and honey. We shear our alpacas yearly, and I spin yarn from their fiber for knitting. We have laying hens who produce more than enough eggs for us and our extended family. We grow “non-laying” chickens for meat each year. In our vegetable and herb gardens, we grow potatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, beets, carrots, celery, cilantro (and therefore coriander), dill, tomatoes, hot peppers, bell peppers, basil, sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, green and yellow beans, kidney and black beans, garlic, onions, leeks, summer and winter squashes, kale and chard. Our fruit trees and bushes produce blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, gooseberries and currants. Hopefully this year we will add a couple peach trees. We also have one lone black walnut tree growing as well, but that will take a long time to produce walnuts for us. When the weather permits, we also have shiitake mushrooms growing. All in all, it’s a busy place year-round.

Here are a couple pictures, one of the layers investigating a pile outside of the big animal barn, the other of two of the alpacas waiting for a treat.