Thursday, 26 April 2012

Child of Destiny by George H. Elder

Dr. George H. Elder has a Ph.D. from Penn State in Speech Communication and a Masters Degree in Writing from UNH. He also has a very eclectic work and personal history. He has been a college teacher, custodian, scholar, drug addict, weight lifting coach, bouncer, writer, retail merchant, and much more. He has authored numerous articles in the popular press and even a scientific text book that examines the neuropsychological basis of human communication. He has also addressed subjects such as philosophy, free speech, military history, weight training, drug use, nutrient effects, street life, and a wide range of other issues.

His varied life experiences and education give him a unique and interesting perspective, and he often weaves philosophical insights and pathos into his texts. His books are action-oriented, but they do not have simplistic plots wherein good vs. evil or some other hackneyed approach is used. Instead, Elder employs plot shifts that allow the characters and readers to question the relationships we often take for granted. For example, a hero may do great wrongs while a species once perceived as malicious can be revealed to be honorable and wise. This offers refreshing and exciting perspectives for readers as they delve into Elder's texts, for one never knows what to expect.

Child of Destiny (The Genesis Continuum #1)
The universe’s expansion is nearing its inevitable end and everything is being devoured by entropy. The key to having a future is a missing energy source, a legendary metaphysical being known only through ancient tales. The last hope of a dying universe is to awaken this dormant Seeker who possesses the capacity to link the entire universe in thought and deed. He alone may be able to rekindle the sparks of a new universal cycle.

The remaining advanced species desperately want existence to continue, and send for missions to search for the Seeker. One such mission unexpectedly and inexplicably materializes on a primitive world that is inhabited by the Labateen, a Stone-Age warrior culture. Here they encounter Kara, an outcast Labateen noble woman and fierce warrior. Kara knows details about the Seeker’s litany that go well beyond coincidence, although to Kara they are simply the ways of God.

Is Kara the key to locating the long lost Seeker? And what of the races who believe that existence should end in an entropic whimper and who will not sit by while others attempt to alter the end of the universe. Lofty ideals give way to brutal pragmatism as a confederation of races struggles to survive and save existence.

Pursuing a Legend (The Genesis Continuum #2)
The Alcara have destabilized the universe via the use of a titanic Mass Transfer Device. The positions of galaxies and star systems have been shifted. Tthe Confederation seeks to mobilize the long dormant Fulcan battle fleet in a bid to destroy the Mass Transfer Device. Thousands of ships are gathering to confront the most powerful weapon ever created. Will the fleet get through?

Kara also meets the Ancient One, the lone surviving member of the universe’s oldest species. She is a telepath of incomprehensible power who can help to develop Kara’s latent abilities. Will Kara’s enhanced abilities help during the greatest battle of all time? And most important, will the Kara and the crew be able to make the jump to Terra to awaken the legendary Seeker?

Forging A Future (The Genesis Continuum #3)


Monday, 23 April 2012

Black Oil, Red Blood Cover Reveal

Title: Black Oil, Red Blood
Author: Diane Castle
Genre(s): Murder Mystery, Legal Thriller
Published: 2012 by Wishlist Publishing

The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive.
Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows.

What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fianc├ę and a tantalizing new flame along the way. 
I didn’t even know how to use a gun before yesterday, and I certainly hadn’t become a

crack shot overnight. That didn’t bode well for my chances of survival at the moment —

especially since I was currently staring down the wrong end of somebody else’s barrel.

What was I supposed to do? Duck? Shoot first? Run?

Maybe the decision would have been easier if I hadn’t loved the guy pointing the gun at

me. I watched his trigger finger tense as the smoky, toxic air around us seemed to grow

even thicker. Walls shook and the floor rolled beneath me as an explosion thundered

through the building. The PetroPlex flagship oil refinery was fast on its way to becoming

nothing but a memory.

The doorframe buckled before my eyes—my only means of escape. Sharp orange

tongues of flame lapped at me from above, sending down a rain of fiery particles as

acoustic ceiling tiles disintegrated overhead.

That’s when I knew that gun or no gun, I was going to die.

  Author Bio:
Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips. Ms. Castle has published short fiction under a different name, and she has also written a stage play that was translated into German, produced in a castle near Munich, and sold out three seasons. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She also feels privileged to have been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism. She lives in Dallas with her husband and three dogs: Gracie, Lucy, and Mouse.

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Black Oil, Red Blood Blog
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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Indie Giveaway Hop!

Thanks to so many generous authors, this is a HUGE giveaway! 

Be sure to check out ALL the stops of the tour for even MORE chances to win!

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Monday, 9 April 2012

A Story Not Wished to be Read by Nicola Black

A Story not Wished to be Read is the thoughts and inmosts feelings of the author in poems of all styles. It contains darkness and self-doubt, but also hope and love. The style varies, but the message never does.

 Dark Passages
Don’t follow me
Down the dark passages of my mind.
Though I need you near,
Would you stay with me
To find my dark secrets?
Are you willing to risk
Getting lost in the shadows
To bring me light?

Come follow me
Down the dark passages of my mind.
I want to lure you and keep you
Forever mine.
To get entangled in my sinister thoughts
And never get free...
Would you want to be mine then?

Save me from
The cruel dark passages of my mind.
Teach me how to love, how to trust.
Take my hand and
Lead me to the light.
Give me yourself
And I’ll give you everything.

She suffered in the torment she made
When she did not trust God.
Through tears and fears she did wade,
Trapped in her horrifying abode.

He showed her mercy and love
And first she was blind.
All she saw were clouds above,
And Satan spoke in her mind.

When at last alone, tired, and afraid,
She thought to turn to His love,
All she thought He would do- upbraid
And knew she deserved Him to disapprove.

But still He gave love, mercy, and grace
And with tears in her soul
She fled to His warm embrace
And no longer felt cold.

Looking back on my short life
Should I be ashamed?
What did I do and who did I please?
And was there an innocent blamed?

When I account for my life
Will I be able to say
That I did my best and tried my best
And made the darkness go away?

Only time will tell whether
I deserve the crown
The crown that God will deme fit for me
For my life, for my time I’ve been around.

Is there enough time in this world
To do what you want to do
To be as helpful as you can be
To do what you long to?

Is there enough time in this world
To think what you want to think
To be as creative as you can be
To not think of your rank?

I think there’s enough time in this world
To do what you want to
To think what you want to thin
To do what you long to.

Nicola Black has always been a very creative young woman.  When she was younger, she and her mother would make up stories together.  As Nicola got older, she started writing them down.  However, she would never finish anything.  Throughout school, she had to write poems for English.  She was homeschooled and her patient mother taught her how to write well.  Eventually, Nicola started writing poems outside of school projects.  At first she did not think they were very good, but after a while, she finally published her first set of poems on Smashwords.  After receiving some very good reviews, she finally realized that she could write.  Nicola Black is currently working on three novels and a compilation of short stories.
             Nicola Black has been to Scotland three times, but is currently living in the South.  She has also joined the Navy and is going to boot camp in September.  She also enjoys writing music.
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Friday, 6 April 2012

Author Interview - John Hansen

 Author John Hansen stopped by our blog today for an interview and to share his short story,

Entertainment is changing forever. Comedies, dramas, and reality TV shows are out. Murder is in.

In a world where murder is being exploited on TV, viewers watch live assassinations for their own entertainment. A hit game show where the challenge is to kill arises, stirring up remarkable popularity. Millions of viewers all across the globe watch it, vicariously experiencing the thrill of murder without ever committing the crime. And they all love it. Murder is the world’s latest and most remarkable excitement turned entertainment. But what happens when it goes too far?

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Thank you John for stopping by!  When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you?
I guess, like most writers, I always wanted to be an author. I wrote my first story—something about a mouse who could talk invading an alien ship and fighting robot-alien people (don’t ask)—when I was only five years old. I still remember my passion for writing early on. I bothered my elementary school teachers about stories and poems I wrote, asking for their feedback. I was notorious for being a writer in the blithe, carefree days of 1st grade and was always told by my teachers “When you write a book, I’ll be the first to read it”. Of course, at that age, I didn’t know about agents and people actually needing to accept and publish it. I thought you just write a book and it magically appears on bookshelves. Oh, the good old days…

Anyway, I’m asked the question about my inspiration for writing a lot, and honestly, I can’t remember. I don’t think it was just one factor that inspired me to write—it was my love of reading combined with my creativeness, spontaneity and need to express myself that got me started. Over time, my writing developed from constant practice, repetition and most importantly, reading books by the best and learning about their styles. 

What was your first introduction to horror literature?
I was never really introduced to the horror genre. In fact, until I wrote ‘The Perfect Game’, I never especially liked horror. When I wrote it, ‘The Perfect Game’ was supposed to be just another crime fiction story. I had no intention of writing horror. But, I must’ve been feeling just a tad sadistic while writing it, because I made it much darker than I ever thought I would. 
When it was completed, I realized what I had written was horror. It was surprising at first, but ever since, I really delved into the horror genre and have surprised myself by enjoying it. 

So I guess one could say ‘The Perfect Game’ was my introduction to the genre. 

 How did you come up with the idea behind The Perfect Game?
It all stemmed from a book title I saw for some random self-published book. Oddly enough, that book was a romance, but the title made me think of parodying TV. It was then that I knew my next short story would be a TV parody, and with a dark twist, I decided. That’s when it hit me: what if I wrote about a game show where people kill each other on live TV? 

And thus, the idea was born.

What reality TV shows do you watch? If The Perfect Game was real, would you watch it?
 Probably not, given what ‘The Perfect Game’ does to people. [Insert evil laugh here]. Believe it or not, I don’t watch reality TV show, either; I just thought it would be fun to write about one. And oh, it was. 

What do you think draws people to horror stories? Why do we, as readers, like to be scared?
People are drawn to horror stories because they want to be taken to a place they have never been, and vicariously experience what humanity would never have thought possible. Horror is a dark twist on reality. People like to be taken to that dark place; and like a mysterious shadow in the moonlight it provokes a certain curiosity within the reader. Horror answers the question “what if?” and naturally, people want to know the answer to the “what if?”. With horror, you experience so many emotions in one story. It’s like a rollercoaster ride. You’re afraid, yet at the same time excited, nervous, intrigued and extremely curious. You can’t help but wonder: where’s this ride going to take me? And the best part is that there are no rules in horror, so that ride can lead anywhere. 

 What scares you?
Publishing a book that only gets 1-star reviews.

On a more serious note, I guess I’m scared by books and movies where the main character is walking down a dark hallway with scary music in the background. The floorboards are creaking, there’s rustling to the side and you know something terrible is about to happen to the poor character. You just don’t know what. For me, those types of scenes are both the scariest and most exhilarating.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I wish. Often, I also pretend to have hidden talents. But really, I have none. Well, except for my ability to eat an entire chocolate cake myself (not really). Shh. Don’t tell. 

 What book are you reading now?
‘The Book Thief’. Although I feel the character of death (who narrates the story) is a little overdone and clich├ęd, the novel is beautifully written with likable, three-dimensional characters, rich prose and a nice, suspenseful plot. I’m really enjoying it—no wonder it was a New York Times Bestseller!

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