FIVE YEARS – AND NO END IN SIGHT!

FIVE YEARS…AFTER THE WORST DISASTER OF THIS CENTURY…WITH NO END IN SIGHT

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake hit the Fukushima, Japan, area. It was of such large magnitude that a tsunami was generated with immense waves rolling into land. The control rods of the nuclear power plant were damaged. The generators that were to pump water to keep the nuclear fuel cooled flooded out. The fuel rods could not be moved, they could not be kept cool, and a chain reaction of the nuclear material began – also known as a melt down. Once it reached a critical stage it was irreversible. Fire, explosions, and chaos ensued. It took weeks before the government of Japan realized the enormity of what had happened and decided to evacuate the residents. Five years later – the land is still uninhabitable.

Because the nuclear fuel must continue to be cooled to prevent further explosions and spreading of radioactive material through the atmosphere, water is being pumped over the melted nuclear fuel masses. That water then flows into the ocean by the hundreds of tons each day. Last year there showed more and more signs of a massive die off of life in the ocean. Seals, whales, fish, crabs, starfish, algae, and single celled organisms have been found in massive dead piles. Sea dwellers bring the toxic sea water into their bodies and over their internal organs. “Cause of Death Autopsy” (a previous blog) went into the details. But there is little dispute that this is happening and more and more scientific confirmation.

What remains amazing is that there is little outrage. There are outstanding, recognized scientists speaking out…Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Arnie Gunderson, plus many others. But who is listening?

Donald Trump stated nuclear licensing needed to be reevaluated but he firmly supports further nuclear development, refusing to recognize the peril to us all. It is the safety of the world that is at risk from existing unsafe nuclear plants and incapable operators. Recently NRC employees made a public report that all but one of the nuclear reactors in the United States are operating with a deadly flaw that could cripple the cooling system and enable a nuclear meltdown at any of them.The world has shown over and over again, with its hundreds of nuclear accidents, people are not able to contain the deadly, dangerous power that they are working with.

Nuclear power plants are very profitable to the investor-backers. That is because the utility rate payers are on the hook to pay for all costs plus their 15% to 20% profit…no matter what happens. So, no wonder the controlling corporations are careless about repairs and maintenance. Nothing affects their guaranteed profits. (Not many businesses except government guaranteed monopolies are run like this).

So, as always, the happenings of the world are laid at your feet with the question – WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Ignorance is bliss – but may lead to death. You can write letters, articles, picket, rally, riot, etc. Most of us are too busy, too uninformed, too mired in our other problems. SO JUST DO ONE THING! TODAY! ON MARCH 11, 2016 – THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS DISASTER!

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE POLLUTION FROM FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT!

It takes 100,000 signatures to get a response from the White House. The petition asks for a world governing body to take over this pollution disaster. Signing this is taking a stand that ACTION IS REQUIRED!

Be a proactive person – make a statement – sign the petition.

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A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION – CLEANING UP FUKUSHIMA

FIGHT APATHY ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT!

Fukushima Nuclear Pollution is threatening ALL of us!

Sign the petition to get a response from the White House!

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A Proposal for the Cleanup!!! A Step in the Right Direction!

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Fukushima NPP Remediation Project Team
Executive Summary
Prepared by Dennis S. Watts
Environmental Systems Engineer/ Project Planner

What is the problem with Fukushima NPP?

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has gone critical and requires immediate attention by utilizing a comprehensive set of solutions. The fuel rods in three of the reactors have melted and the fissionable nuclear material has reached staggering temperatures that has led to a China syndrome”. In other words the meltdown has burned through the first containment vessel and the secondary containment which is the facility that houses the reactors. It was found back in October 2013 that the coriums, (Melted Fuel Rods) were missing from Reactors 1, 2 and 3. The most current information shows the corium’s have made their way to the underground water table and have entered the Pacific Ocean Basin. First level analysis shows that part of the fragmented corium could be in the Japan Trench which has a depth of 23,176 ft or 4.3 miles.

The problem

The experts within our team have donated many hours of their valuable time to make contacts and connections to the highest quality minds worldwide to identify the best path to a successful outcome of this impending disaster. The corium is the lava product of the melted fuel rods. Each Reactor contributed about 200 pounds of material that is contributing to the poisoning of the Pacific Ocean basin. The ocean currents are to this day swirling the radioactive waste to all corners of the pacific basin and even further.
Our research is showing extreme problems with the sockeye salmon in the process of dying or dead by the millions. The Pacific Northwest area near British Colombia has found 4 dead sperm whales, within a week, that have succumbed to the extreme radioactive waste level that have invaded the ocean ecology. Other whale carcasses have been seen floating lifeless in the ocean. This will have devastating consequences to all life on the planet and the beginnings of an Extinction Level Event (ELE).

The Solution

We strongly believe a set of solutions have been identified for the most important phases of the project. Our project team is recommending five Phases to the project solution set:
1. Phase One – Using sophisticated Thermography on the Pacific Ocean surface to find the hot spot and neutralize the harmful effect or the radioactive waste. Our initial research shows the coriums have fragmented and are spreading across the ocean. We need to find the concentrated areas and neutralize the waste.
2. Phase Two – Demonstrate a method to remediate the radioactive Coriums, waste water, soil and spent fuel rods.
3. Phase Three – Provide a plan of action to decommission the damaged reactors and other building that no longer serves a purpose.Also to clean and terra-form the Fukushima site with new flora and fauna.
4. Phase Four – Assist with the setup and treatment of all people who have contracted Radioactive Waste Poisoning both in Japan and the West Coast of the Pacific Ocean basin.
5. Phase Five- Consider the possibility of changing from Nuclear Power to Advanced Geothermal Power or consider Peter Shastri’s Hydro-Magnetic Power System (HMPS) that can produce an estimated 5000 Megawatts of electrical power.
(See the power point presentation for details of the plan of action).
The Opportunity
We will be introducing a way to neutralize the radioactive waste and this demonstration can be used to show other nations how to safely contain and remediate nuclear waste.
It is our hope that this potentially outstanding opportunity to change our global direction from storage of this toxic waste to completely eliminating it can be fully realized. We also believe this is an excellent opportunity to introduce the wide spread use of Geothermal Power production. This technology is clean and none polluting to the environment. The nation of Iceland is a great example of geothermal power production. We can learn from their example of clean power generation.
The idea of non-radioactive fuel rods is also on the table for consideration. This technology has been successfully tested at the Kawamata Labs in Fukushima Japan. This could be a game changer for the planetary future. Our civilization no longer needs to produce radioactive waste product to generate electrical power.

Competitive Advantage

The unique benefit of allowing our team to present solutions to this very dangerous problem is as follows:
1. Our solution will not require anyone to sacrifice their precious life to solve this problem. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. Chernobyl was fixed because some very brave Russians had to knowingly sacrifice their lives to save Europe and the rest of the world. The project team solution is virtually non- hazardous and environmentally friendly to all life.
2. It has been 4 years since the disaster and it is estimated that Japan has spent over $8 billion dollars on the Fukushima disaster only to go critical at this time.This fairly massive expenditure has only inhibited and maintained the current conditions now confronting us. Our project team is proposing a solution that completely remediates the fragmented Corium’s in the Pacific Ocean Basin and removes the radioactive waste water and soil.

The Model

Because of this disaster and the potential threat it has worldwide, our project team is expecting that all the major governments around the globe will participate in the solution sets that will be proposed. We are anticipating financially lucrative corporations, individuals, and governments will donate all the resources needed to solve this disaster and normalize the Fukushima site to the point that it can support life as it was naturally intended.
Our team will require passports and documentation by the state departments and military organizations to move freely across all national borders globally. The Project Team will need to have access to the Department of Defense and allowed to work with their Hazardous Material Experts. The Team will require access to sensitive satellite technology that can measure and track ground and ocean temperatures in a precise manner. This satellite thermal tracking will provide the metrics that can be used to gage our success. The Team will require papers and documentation from the United Nations Security Council to give free access for private and military transport of manpower, equipment, and supplies from around the world.
In other words the project team will need to have free access to all of the necessary resources wherever they exist in the world and have the ability to move man and materials without any of the usual “Red Tape”. It is vitally important that government bureaucracies known for long delays not hinder the project team’s progress. We will need cooperation from all relevant resources to execute this plan of action in a timely fashion. Time is extremely critical with this Fukushima NPP disaster plan. Any long delays could present catastrophic consequences.

The Fukushima NPP Remediation Project Team
1. Stephan Venczel – President and CEO of Nexxus Environmental Corporation
2. DennisS. Watts – Project Team Systems Engineer/ Project Planning/ Consultant
3. Peter Shastri – Industrial Chemist and Project Advisor and Consultant
4. Dr. Michael Levi PhD.– Consultant and Project Planner
5. Craig E. Witt – Project Team Intelligence Officer
6. Dr. Jeffery Prystupa DCProject Team Health and Healing Expert
7. Dr. Stephen Palmer PhD. MD. JD.- ProjectTeam Advisor and Consultant
8. Josh Staubach – Medical Advisor and Geneticist
9. Erin Schrauth- Contracts Advisor and Administrative Assistant

The Promise

The promise is to find and implement a technology that can remediate radioactive waste and restore the Fukushima area back to an environmentally sound space that can support life. The nuclear remediation industry is in desperate need for effective technologies that can actually remediate radioactive waste. We can no longer just bury our nuclear waste in the earth or in mountains with potentially, severe consequences being paid at a later time that will affect future generations. For those governments-countries who continue to employ this form of energy to provide power to industries and municipalities, this remediation technology could easily become a very lucrative industry for any wise investor(s).

Fukushima NPP Project Team Funding Requirements

The pain of this project is extremely compelling. Thousands of Japanese people have lost their livesdealing with the Fukushima NPP disaster. Thousands more of men women and children are presently suffering from the poisonous radioactive environment that has been created by this disaster.
This project is extremely time critical and requires the cooperation of the entire global community. This is why we will need the strength of the UN Security Council and the cooperation, influence, and resources of the Department of Defense of the USA, and pertinent sectors of Japanese, Chinese, and Russian governmental agencies, if possible, to make this project move forward in a timely manner.

Phase one of the project will require approximately $2.5 billion dollars to pay for heavy equipment and its transportation. To obtain qualified manpower to operate the equipment and provide hazard pay to all participants selected to operate equipment in the field.

Phase two of the project will require approximately $4 billion dollars. This phase of the project will extinguish the radioactive waste process in all affected reactors and remediate radioactive waste in and around the reactors. This will include the spent fuel rods, waste water in storage tanks and soil stored in various containers around the site. (See PowerPoint presentation for further details.)

Phase Three of the project will require approximately $3 billion dollars. This phase of the project will allow for people and equipment to renovate the entire Fukushima site. This will include removing damaged and destroyed buildings. The plan will also include the restoration of the earth and soil so that it will support life such as the flora and fauna. Create and restore the natural beauty that was originally intended by nature.

Phase Four – The radiation at Fukushima has escaped containment and has entered the Pacific Ocean and the Atmosphere. As a consequence the background radiation levels are reaching dangerous levels for all life on the planet. All of our dairy product and eggs are contaminated to some degree. This means the cumulative effects will start to show up in varying degrees in the population. Bleeding gums, loose teeth, skin rashes and blisters will be some of the tell tail signs of radiation poisoning.
We need to setup special clinics that can help people remove and neutralize the effects of radiation poisoning. This problem will overwhelm the normal healthcare system so it is suggested to setup privately funded triage that will help the populations that are effected.
It is estimated to start this project $2.5 billion dollars will be needed to support the clinics and the technologies that will be needed to neutralize the harmful effects of radiation poisoning.

Phase Five of the project will require approximately $4 billion dollars. This phase of the project will take into consideration the reuse of the Fukushima site by employing Earth friendly technology to produce a source for electrical power. It is highly recommended that alternative energy sources be seriously considered in light of these current circumstances (or in light of the danger we are currently facing). It makes good sense to advance to another level of understanding of the importance of working with an energy sources that are friendlier to the earth. It is suggested to look into geothermal electrical power generation. The Nation of Iceland is an excellent example of how to make that technology work for Japan’s industries and municipalities.

All five phases of the project can be completed over a period of 5 to 6 years. Phase one of the project, remediating the fragmented coriums in the Pacific Ocean will take about three months after all the equipment and supplies are in place.

Phase two of the project plan will take approximately 15 months of time once the supplies and equipment are in place to remediate the radioactive waste water, soil and spent fuel rods.

Phase three of the project plan will take 18 months to complete depending on the land survey and the area that will require restoration because of radioactive soil.

Phase 4 of the project will require constant attention from the very beginning. Strategic Locations of Clinic and notification of the effected population will be an on- going project for some time into the future.

Phase 5 of the project will require planning and design and development of the new technologies that will be used to produce clean renewable earth friendly electrical power. This process can be up to 3 or 4 years depending on the development and engineering firms used.

The total estimated cost of restoration of Fukushima site and surrounding areas is USD$16 billion dollars.

Your prompt and immediate response will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Proposal Presenataion –>
Dennis S. Watts
Consultant and Advisor
Nexxus Environmental Corporation
18609 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
Tel: 310-715-1689
http://wtsenates.info/nexxus/fukushima

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CAUSE OF DEATH AUTOPSY

More than 1,300 fuel rods sit in a damaged fuel pool 100 feet in the air at Fukushima nuclear plant #4. They contain radioactive cesium equivalent to 14,000 times what was released at the bombing of Hiroshima. There are some 6,000 rods in a common fuel pool nearby. There are some 11,000 rods scattered around the site. The three melted cores from units #1, #2, and #3 are missing. There are roughly 1,000 tanks holding billions of gallons of hot radioactive water that are leaking and could collapse in a large earthquake. (1)

Because the internal temperatures of the molten cores are estimated to be 5000 degrees Fahrenheit (water boils at 212 degrees F) an emergency system for the massive cooling required has been set up by TEPCO. 400 tons of water is being continuously poured into the damaged reactor buildings every day to keeps fires from occurring and cool the reactor cores so they do not explode. This cooling water then becomes contaminated by the exposed nuclear fuel. Additionally groundwater is flowing into the basements of the damaged buildings. It also becomes contaminated due to the cracked and damaged reactor containment vessels. Approximately 800 tons of contaminated water is required to be pumped up every day from the damaged buildings and treated to minimize its harmful contaminant content. This is currently being stored and/or dumped into the ocean containing radioactive cesium, tritium, and strontium.

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AND THE OCEANS’ INHABITANTS ARE DYING BECAUSE:

(A) Dumping radioactive water raises the acidity of the ocean – along with other things. Raised acidity in turn fosters algae blooms. Acidification also causes decreasing oxygen levels in the ocean which lessens the amount of life the ocean can support.

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(B) Algae blooms then produce toxic substances such as domoic acid, which can harm or even kill seabirds, mammals and humans.

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(C) The heat given off from radioactive substances dumped into the ocean leads to higher temperatures of ocean and inland waterways along with climate change and El Nino. These higher water temperatures cause death of animal spawned eggs, young animal life, plant life, and starves the higher ups in the food chain.

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(D) Death from DIC (Disseminated intravascular coagulation) occurs in humans and animals characterized by the widespread formation of blood clots in small blood vessels throughout the body. This leads to a failure of blood flow and can ultimately lead to multiple organ damage. In addition, as the coagulation process consumes clotting factors and platelets, normal clotting is disrupted and severe bleeding can occur from other body sites.

DIC does not occur by itself but only as a complicating factor from another underlying condition, such as radiation exposure. Yasser Arafat was exposed to radiation from Polonium which was found on his toothbrush. He died from DIC which was later attributed to the radiation exposure. (2) Such a death is described in fictional form to a nuclear worker in “#Betrayal” (3). There now have been autopsies of Pacific Ocean animals that show their cause of death was DIC.

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WHAT IS BEING DONE – CALLS FOR HELP

Japan’s International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (IRID) has called for technologies to treat such radio-chemical contaminated water. But while solutions are being proposed, no action is being taken to implement them.

There is a petition to the United Nations to recognize that there is a problem with the nuclear pollution from Fukushima and a request for that body to take over the coordination of a solution. (http://www.barbarabillig.com)

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RESPONSE

There are companies that are producing solutions – but nothing is being implemented by the Japanese. They continue to pour radioactively contaminated water into the ocean at a rate of 400+ tons a day. Typhoons and other large storms drop large amounts of water onto the molten fuel in the ground from the sky far exceeding the containment capacity and pumping abilities.

Here is what one company has said on their website and through email:

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Petitioning the United Nations – Fighting Extinction of the World!


The petition to the United Nations to ACKNOWLEDGE there is a problem with Fukushima dumping radioactive water into the Pacific ocean – estimated 300 plus tons of it every day – has not progressed with the speed of light.

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The petition to have non-profit status for the National Football league removed got over 500,000 signatures – and the NFL lost their non-profit status. Surely there is more interest in the effects of Fukushima radiation on the living inhabitants of the world than the NFL!

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Japan has now declared their leaking radioactive water a national emergency. They are beginning to ask for help. The United Nations continues to keep its head buried in the sand, hoping this problem will go away. However, we do not want the world population and its plants and animals to go away with the problem.

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The IAEA has started a new study of Cesium in the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands – a site of extensive nuclear testing when the atomic bombs were being developed. This is to be a benchmark for future studies of marine life. The United States contributed $400,000 to further this study. At least they are trying a small bit. But while a study such as this is a marker, it does not examine the more complex problem of what is causing the die off in the Pacific Ocean. If you read my previous blog, “Fukushima Radiation Releases DO Contribute to MASS DIE OFF“, my opinion is that Fukushima is a contributing factor…and a big one that is not being contained. In fact, a study published July 13, 2015 of marine samples collected off Fukushima, all had radioactive ceasium present. (1)

Thus, the petition. There are lots of genius scientists in the world. However, where is the world symposium or gathering to share ideas and solutions? Where is a leader to coordinate the monitoring of information? Where is a group that would include antinuclear scientists as well as the pronuclear? The United Nations has had designated as one of its functions ‘protecting the environment‘. So far, their position seems to be coming from the pronuclear scientists who maintain nothing is wrong.

Below is a link to a video (that is somewhat on the long side)

HORROR ” Pacific Ocean Now Dead From Fukushima Radiation “

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This video points out:  The entire 200 kilometers we checked of Canadian Pacific Coast Line was devoid of all life except 4 main species and they are very patchy and we a found several other species like limpets and snails etc in tiny insignificant spots never in groups.”

We do not want this death of our oceans to spread!

Thank you to all the people who read my blogs, my twitter posts, facebook, google+. I do appreciate you and even dedicated my second novel, “#Betrayal” (set after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe) to my social media supporters. BUT…there are THOUSANDS of you and the petition is not progressing in terms of signatures fast enough. I know it takes some time to go to the change.org site and they make you put in an email address, etc. Your information will not be sold or shared with anyone else. Your privacy will not be violated. If you wish you can enter an address c/o general delivery at your local post office. And if each 1000 people that signed contacted two other people then 3000 people would be on the petition. The new 2000 people could create 4000 additional signatures. Then the issue of the Fukushima nuclear disaster might gain status equal to the National Football league.

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There are other petitions circulating asking TEPCO to take action or somehow addressing the dumping of this radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean. I have signed each and every one of them and would urge you to do so also. Unless we stand up and be heard, make government listen, we may not be here in later years to do so. Please sign the petition and ask two other people to do so also. Thank you so much!

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(1) Cs-134/137 detected from all of the marine soil samples along Eastern Japan coastal area
http://twib.in/l/yn7M5zoLpeg

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Fukushima Radiation Releases DO Contribute to MASS DIE OFF

Scientists reveal details of unprecedented mass mortality on West Coast that began summer 2011 — “Many millions” of deaths before sea star wasting syndrome — Multiple species wiped out in days — Mortality rate of 99.99% over large region — “No documented event has been so severe”Enenews.com

This blog has been updated from last week (6/7/15) ,Updated material appears in yellow.

There has never been an event documented with the immensity of the Pacific coast die off which began in the summer of 2011…after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Initially tremendous amounts of radioactive materials were released into the Pacific ocean as the nuclear fuel rods melted down with temperatures above 5000 degrees Fahrenheit. The melted fuel soaked into the ground and contaminated the water being poured from fireboats and from the tsunami. As it rains, more water is contaminated and leaks back into the seas. Tepco estimated two TRILLION becquerels of radiation may have flowed into the Fukushima power plant bay in the first year.(1) During the ensuing days hydrogen gas was produced and huge explosions followed blowing the plants to pieces and sending radioactive materials into the atmosphere to circle the world, be breathed by humanity, be brought back to earth with the rains, settling in trees, cracks, dust, and once again entering the food and water chain.

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Testing of the ocean waters in certain spots reveals little contamination. But examination of a pod of 150 deceased dolphins washed up on a Japanese beach revealed bleached lung tissue which is indicative of radiation exposure. So perhaps there are hot spots, eddies and/or currents carrying radioactive particles. It has been said that ice has trapped fallen radioactive particles and when areas of ice melt there are radiation bursts released.

As radioactive elements break down heat is released. The ocean is noticeably warming. Carbon Dioxide is being released into the ocean from sea floor vents, perhaps from volcanic activity. That increases ocean ACIDIFICATION. But so does the release and breakdown of radioactive contaminants. It’s been over four years that hundreds of tons of radioactive water is being poured into the Pacific ocean EACH day from the Fukushima nuclear accident. And that’s not mentioning all the other nuclear facilities in the world that are leaking, venting secretly, or have abandoned nuclear materials into the ocean to get rid of them. The acidification state favors the algae blooms that choke off oxygen and the algae releases toxins which kill marine organisms. But acidification is the start of this process leading to death.

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Furthermore scientists state we can swim in the Pacific without harm so we are not to be concerned. However a human taking a swim is different than a sea animal or plant being immersed totally in a polluted ocean 24 hours a day. Year after year. One celled plants and animals form the basis of the food chain. They are not protected by skin or an outside skeleton. The ocean water and its pollution are the world in which these one cell organisms exist. When they are killed off by pollution all the other animals that depend on these tiny organisms do not have enough food. The die off begins on all levels.

Certain algae have been found to absorb radiation. It is thought  that algae’s secretions, which stick to their cell walls, absorb & retain the radioactive substances. It has been proposed that these algae be used to remove radioactive substances. But in the meantime – what about all the animals in the food chain that are eating this same algae (or other that functions similarly) that has been proven to absorb radioactive materials? (2)

In addition to lack of food, marine sealife, even those who breathe air instead of having gills or other mechanisms to obtain oxygen from the sea, have the polluted salt water flowing through their bodies constantly. There is intake for hydration, polluted water flowing through their digestive tracks, and if they have gills or like structures – constantly having the acidified and radioactive water in their bodies providing oxygen for life. That constant immersion in polluted water for breathing and eating and existing is far different than a human in a wet suit taking a swim.
The following is an example of a pollutant’s (DDT) concentration in water and how it changes throughout the food chain. Notice how the concentration is magnified as it moves up the food chain. (3) So stating the pollutant has a very negligible presence, therefore it is harmless, is not true.

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A recent paper was written by an environmental scientist regarding exposure to radiation from nuclear power plants. The study showed the incidence of breast cancer was five times higher downwind from the WelshTrawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station than would have been expected. Nuclear waste from the plant had been discharged into its adjacent lake. Those people in the study who had eaten fish from the lake had double the expected cancer rate. (4) 

Tuna are a wide-ranging fish, along with salmon and herring, and can swim back and forth between Japan and North America in a year. Salmon and herring have declined in population dramatically. The Canada Food Inspection Agency says it now relies on Japan for test results concerning radiation.American authorities aren’t testing fish for radioactivity either. But it is obvious that these fish are being exposed to the radioactive materials dumped into the ocean from the Fukushima disaster. (5)

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When cancer victims have chemotheraphy or radiation treatment, their immune systems are frequently damaged and they are more susceptible to infections, disease, etc. It is now being proposed that animals coming into prolonged contact with radioactive pollution, such as the Pacific Ocean, are dying because their immune systems cannot fight off infection. So while it cannot be proven that radiation was the cause of death – it would seem to be a contributing cause. Certainly there has never been an event documented such as is happening now in the Pacific Ocean.

Please support the petition to the United Nations: Acknowledge there is a world problem and take over the cleanup and containment of the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear catastrophe in order for it to be done properly and timely without further radioactive materials dumped into the Pacific or world.

Click here to view petition & sign

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Visit http://www.barbarabillig.com to support the petition and further nuclear awareness

1)http://wakeup-world.com/2015/01/28/5-things-youre-not-being-told-about-fukushima/
(2)Algae species can absorb radioactivity http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ2011101915176 via @DoomsdaysCW
 (3)http://radiationprevention.com/bioaccumulation-glossary-deep-dive/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost
(4)elevated risk of cancer http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/welsh-nuclear-power-station-responsible-9415019#ICID=sharebar_twitter
(5)Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?http://www.globalresearch.ca/is-fukushima-radiation-contaminating-tuna-salmon-and-herring-on-the-west-coast-of-north-america/5346942
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TWENTY YEARS BEFORE ALL LIFE IS EXTINCT – FUKUSHIMA’S LEGACY

TWENTY YEARS BEFORE ALL LIFE IS EXTINCT-FUKUSHIMA’S LEGACY

The recent argument put forth that Fukushima could not possibly be the causation of the massive plant and animal die off in the Pacific Ocean was that ‘there has been no die off reported in Japan’. Perhaps the Japanese, with their secrecy laws regarding the publication of Fukushima news, have not been eager to report more of their problems to the world. The bird life in the Fukushima area has been reported to show severe declines. But the recent beaching and death of almost 200 dolphins near Fukushima was too large an event to keep quiet. Large carcasses covered a vast stretch of beach…not a pleasant site.

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Thirty experts were called in to assess the dying and dead animals. Approximately seventeen were autopsied. The one common finding seemed to be that their lung tissue was white…absent of the healthy pink color that would indicate blood was flowing through. This effect has been associated with radiation poisoning. The researchers stated they had “never seen anything like this previously and were baffled”. This is becoming an oft repeated statement in the scientific world since the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

Two hundred fifty million years ago the earth went through its greatest period of mass extinction of plant and animal life. Very little survived after a sixty thousand year die off. It was theorized that volcanic eruptions turned the oceans acidic, causing a disruption of the food chain. Now scientists are theorizing the the continued release into the Pacific Ocean of hundreds of tons of radioactive water (daily) for over four years….and continuing….is causing the acidification of the ocean. The decaying of dead plant and animal material is an acidification event itself.

This last major die off lasted sixty thousand years before there was very little left alive…before mankind and even the dinosaurs appeared. So are humans smart enough to stop this …?

In fact Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris speaks about our extinction in the next twenty years from Fukushima
Question: “Do you agree that this is, essentially — if it runs the next 20 years without anything happening — basically an extinction event for a good part of the human race and higher life forms?”
Answer: Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer: “I just jotted down some thoughts really quickly, these are myths of Fukushima: Containment – there isn’t any, even though today they started off probably another failed attempt at the ice walls; Cold shutdown is a myth at Fukushima — they declared it, but there is no cold shut down there; Cooling is a myth there, because you can’t tell that there is actual cooling going to where ever the fuel is; Waste processing… mountains of plastic bags, a mountain of them — that’s waste processing?; Decommissioning is a myth; Cleanup is a myth, it’s a waste generation facility; … There is no containment; Emergency planning there is also a myth, as we have seen because of the faulty electrical systems and everything else from the makeshift system they do have running. So, I am in agreement with your statement.“

http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-agree-fukushima-become-extinction-event-containment-myth-nuclear-expert-radioactive-material-contaminated-pacific-coast-north-america-negative-impacts-accident-spread-world-video

It appears doubtful the concerted effort needed can be accomplished. The Pacific is one ocean in a world that is 75% water. It seems there has been no technology developed to stop the pollution from Fukushima. That would be a large help. But no one wants to take the responsibility for the prevention of further nuclear accidents. France just warned China that the steel vendor they both were using to build nuclear plants had produced flawed steel material in their nuclear plants. Other plants are aged over 40 years…out of date…needing expensive repairs. Articles have been written that safety containment structures could be constructed that would contain a nuclear event…but that would make the electricity too expensive. On the other hand killing off the life on earth like the fruit flies that have contaminated their breeding jar, makes the other harder, more expensive solutions suddenly sound attractive.

Solar batteries produced by Tesla are already being installed in some Walmarts to reduce their electric bill during peak hours. These will eventually be available at a reasonable price to all homeowners, providing each residence or business with its own source of power. This will solve our problem of reliance on an electrical grid and certainly do away with the need for nuclear power plants. But we still will have the remaining plants and their spent fuel around for thousands of years. These are accidents waiting to happen. The earth is showing us it is far more fragile than we thought.

While many people will say it is ridiculous that the earth will die out over the next twenty years – what if that prediction happens to be true? It is time for Americans to take a stand & insist Fukushima be contained, no matter what the cost, and immediately, not later.

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How can you evacuate 10 million people?
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What is this? The most ignored threat in the United States today –
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EVOLUTION OR EXTINCTION?

EVOLUTION OR EXTINCTION?

March 11, 2015 – the 4th Anniversary of Fukushima

Massive Sea Lion die off on west coast of North America.

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Gov’t: It’s getting “even worse” on West Coast this year — Experts say over 35,000 baby sea lions could be dead; “This phenomenon is unprecedented in scale” — Hundreds of times more pups than usual at rescue center — Doctor: “Definitely indicates ocean not normal… Really, we should be worried”Enenews

 

birddieoffBird deaths by the thousands on West Coast – blamed on a new parasite?  Enenews


starfish

Starfish extinction in the Pacific tidepools – blamed on perhaps a new virus (where did that mutation come from?) Washingtonsblog.com

Alaska death rate increase of infants

“Except for Alaska all thyroid dose estimates from the Fukushima meltdown are well below the 5 rem EPA” (NRC official documents – http://hatrickpenryunbound.com)

FukushimaAlaska Infant Deaths a Fukushima Effect?

 

Dead Zones

The Deep Pacific Ocean Is Broken/Dead; Devoid Of Life For Thousands Of Miles, Where It Used To Be Filled With Life

 

Isn’t it strange that ALL these things are showing up in the four years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. Or is it?

Scientists want to blame acidification of the ocean, because of plankton die off and/or death of oxygen producing algae. What could have made the one celled organisms die off? Just one cell is far more susceptible to the effects of radiation than an animals made of billions of cells. If the bottom of the food chain is killed off – it starves the rest in the chain that feed on them.

The Pacific Ocean is approximately six degrees hotter than normal. That’s El Nino conditions. One article explained in great length that it was the wind patterns that caused this. Or was it radioactive particles that have been flowing into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima for the last four years? Decaying radioactive substances produce HEAT.

So the world, which supports wildlife preservation, health care, saving species from extinction is now faced with some of the most dramatic changes in one year that we have seen in this century. Quotes from scientists:

“Fukushima radiation found in California milk, fruit, vegetables”
…states and independent labs since the accident, radioactive iodine and cesium—both toxic to human health—have appeared at elevated levels in milk and vegetables produced in California. Radiation has also been detected in milk sold in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Vermont and Washington since the accident.”
http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/06/01/fukushima-radiation-found-in-california-milk-fruit-vegetables/2/

But other than a nuclear plant disaster, “no other accident or disaster can affect 50 million people … no other accident could cause such a tragedy. Without nuclear power plants we can absolutely provide the energy to meet our demands.” Prime Minister Kan of Japan (After Fukushima catastrophe) http://theecologist.org

It has been four years since this disaster. The Olympics are in another five years (2020). What makes anyone think they will have resolved the problems by then? They have made very little, if no, progress as to date! The famed ‘Ice wall’ to contain the radioactive leaking water failed. Now they are considering dumping all the stored radioactive water in the tanks into the ocean. The only thing that Japan has changed is the upping of acceptable radioactivity levels from 1 millisievert to 20 millisieverts per year.

While no one thinks the world is coming to an end tomorrow there have been distinct periods in the history of the world when it almost destroyed itself with mass extinctions. Some scientists feel that we are in an ongoing period of this now. For a complete overview of how complex this phenomena is, please visit Wikipedia. It lists at least fifteen different interacting causes of mass extinction ˗ many of which we cannot control. But there is one we definitely can. We need no repeats of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. We have many plants around the world that are aging and of the same type as Fukushima. Third world countries, such as China, are proposing to build hundreds more. Their reputation for quality work is extremely low. Nuclear waste pools are being overstocked and their danger ignored. Unless people speak up, make their voices heard, nuclear will continue to generate its own set of problems affecting the world’s inhabitants negatively.

Enenews:

Expert: Disease outbreak on US West Coast is largest ever seen in any population of animals — Tens of millions dead — Official: Gov’t needs to declare emergency before extinction occurs — Many scientists believed radiation from Fukushima to blame (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/expert-disease-outbreak-west-coast-largest-ever-in-animal-population-video

 

 

A Fiction Novel of Suspense.

A Fiction Novel of Suspense.

A new 4th edition of “The Nuclear Catastrophe” has been released for the 4th anniversary of Fukushima. While it is a fictional tale we now know…it can happen. Click here to find out more details.

 

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“#Betrayal”, a Nuclear Fiction Novel of Survival, was written to bring attention to the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. Greed, lies, murder all intertwine. The happenings after such a disaster may be worse than the event itself. Click here to find out more.

 

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“Nuclear Road Trip – Onward to Destruction” was released in December of 2014. It is a novel that brings a group of young investigators at a nuclear power plant into the web of ISIS. They plan to far exceed the NYC events of 9/11. The kindle version is on SALE for this anniversary. Click here for more information.

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Participate In The Book Bowl: 2016 / Comments on Fukushima as Introduction

A short introduction:

Fukushima is a weighty matter/ ISIS threatens to reproduce these results!

Thirty years ago nuclear plants were part of the United States landscape and life was proceeding fairly smoothly. Thirty years ago I wrote the first edition of a novel called, “The Nuclear Catastrophe”. It was published in hard cover and shortly thereafter  the Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor (in Pennsylvania) had a meltdown.which was largely covered up and discounted – except by those who experienced it up close and personal. Chernobyl came and went – Chernobyl is located closer to New York than Fukushima is to Los Angeles. That was the Ukraine and again, not much information was released, but the land affected is still uninhabitable today. Then when the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred, the original novel became an accurate prediction of the future. Following these events with sadness, I wrote “#Betrayal”, a novel of the actions of the government, the Japanese Mafia, all betrayals, large and small. Things are progressively deteriorating. Pacific Ocean wildlife is dying off, Fukushima area cancers are said to be skyrocketing. And ISIS wants to take over the world.I have been successful in looking into the future as outlined above. Please take a moment to read my latest novel which suggests what is coming next: “Nuclear Road Trip – Onward to Destruction”.  ISIS has picked a target and intends to far surpass what happened on 9/11. We will all be affected if we do not secure our nuclear power plants.

“Nuclear Road Trip – Onward to Destruction” fiction based on truth
This story is a prediction of what is in America’s future. ISIS has chosen a target city and plans to far surpass the 9/11 twin towers destruction. What we do today becomes tomorrow. This book is getting ready to happen.

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BOOK BOWL – 2016

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Participate In The Book Bowl: 2016

Over 200 million Americans did not watch the Super Bowl this year. It’s hard to believe that no more than a third of the country is ever fixated on any one thing at any time.

We know with books that even runaway bestsellers are not read by well over 95% of the country.

Popular TV shows that draw 20 million viewers missed 300 million others.

Movies that do $300 million at the box office may have been seen by 25-30 million in theaters, leaving 290 million out in the cold.

Magazines that have readerships of three to four million or the biggest daily newspapers that have a circulation of two million are unread by 99% of America.

Online, even when some video gets 50 million views, chances are a lot of it is repeat views but even if every view represented a person and if all were Americans (they’re not), then more than five-sixths of the country never saw it.

All of this shows what a diverse, fractured, and disunified country we really are when it comes to our cultural arts, sports, politics, news, and faith.

What surprises me is if you get as many as 115 million people to watch an event like the Patriots-Seahawks battle – and the hyped ads and Katy Perry halftime show, why didn’t that number swell even more? If so many people say they are watching the Super Bowl, what turned so many others away from it – and what did they do instead?

I propose next year we throw a Book Bowl. No, it won’t be authors scrimmaging on the football field or literary agents lining up against publishers in a huge arena, but it could be something special.

Let’s take a day to celebrate books and to highlight the industry’s best authors, publishers, bookstores, libraries, literacy organizations, free-speech defenders, and book clubs.

What would some of the events look like? How would we turn this into a game or competition? Would advertisers run commercials – albeit for less than 4.5 million bucks for every 30 seconds – that showcase the same things you see during the championship gridiron match or would the ad fare match the presumed intellectual wit that’s watching the Book Bowl?

To give it a competitive element, I’d feature heated debates on controversial topics that relate to books. Let people go jaw-to-jaw like they’re on a daytime talk show.

You can add in a regional or city element by having authors and representatives from all over the country to participate.

You would have something for everyone when business authors talk to erotic novelists, while faith publishers interact with.

There would be readings by poets, novelists, and nonfiction authors.

Awards would be given out.

The event would have an interactive social media component as well.

Results from various polls and surveys that were researched before the Book Bowl can be announced before a live audience so that reactions could be measured.

Best of all, the Book Bowl could be like a Jerry Lewis telethon, where money could be raised so that literacy could be promoted and censorship fought.

Will you tune in to the Book Bowl?

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Meet: “The Nuclear Road Trip – Onward to Destruction” and get today’s publishing tip!

Last month Benjamin Netanyahu made a  speech to the UN. He, a prominent, famous, well recognized person warned us all. DO NOT TAKE NUCLEAR LIGHTLY. So, please, take the time to read and spread the word of a novelist releasing her third work saying the same thing. It is meant to be fun, enjoyable reading. But it says the same thing.  Thanks in advance.  And here is the Prologue plus the first chapter. If you like it, the link to order it is at the end. My thoughts – just another voice to get the word out to the world. Help, please.

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By Barbara Billig and Michelle McKeeth

 

 

Our book is fiction, grounded in reality and fictionalized current events; it will seem extraordinary at times. Right up until it becomes our true current event.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the Author except in the case of brief quotations in articles and reviews. In accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, the scanning, uploading, electronic sharing of any part of this book without the permission of the publisher constitute unlawful piracy and theft of the author’s intellectual property. Thank you for your support of the author’s rights.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

 

Copyright: 2014, by Barbara Billig and Michelle McKeeth

 

Prologue

 

THE FATUOUS BLOWHARD, Erich Schneider, was leaning over his desk, looking into a mirror placed directly in the center. He moved closer, and holding one nostril shut, sniffed deeply. The white powder on the mirror disappeared in a rush, hitting his brain with a jolt. He then inhaled through his other nostril; he loved the feeling of the jolt and the subsequent high.

He leaned back, thinking “aaahhhh,” when claxons began to reverberate loudly in his ears at monitor #3. “What the ???” he thought, jumping up from his chair. He glanced at the #3 monitor and saw the message: ‘RADIATION EXCEEDING MAXIMUM LEVELS OF EMISSIONS FROM STACK’.

He quickly scooped up the mirror, razor blade and the bag of white powder, folded a magazine around them and put the magazine with its contents in a file marked, “Classified.” This he stuffed into a desk drawer which he quickly locked. It was an extra cost for the powdered form, but he could afford it. Erich certainly did not want to do the work himself. It was called being inherently lazy.

Going to the door, he slid the deadbolt open and rushed past his secretary. “No calls, Margaret, not until I make sure this is under control,” he called out as he continued walking.

What is happening, Dr. Schneider?” she shouted anxiously, trying to be heard over the ear-splitting noise. Margaret had heard one too many alarms blaring since she began working for Erich. Each occurrence made her want to quit and move west where there would be far fewer nuclear plants surrounding her – in all directions. The Chicago area was rife with them.

Nothing to be concerned about, Margaret; it is probably just a bad sensor. But I want those damned alarms shut off,” he said brusquely as he turned into the corridor and headed for the main control room. “God, I could use another hit; this place with its constant stress and pressure is getting to me,” he thought to himself.

An employee wearing a white lab coat was coming toward him. As they came abreast of one another, the employee did a tight one-eighty, quickly swinging into step with Erich. “We are lowering the control rods now, Dr. Schneider,” he said loudly, albeit in a reassuring tone, searching Schneider’s face.

Do NOT patronize me, young man,” he stormed. “What is the chance it has a bad sensor?” Dr. Schneider snapped, continuing to make his way quickly to the control room.

Not good. Probably the same old, same old,” the employee answered.

I do not know what they expect of this 44 year old piece of crap. Can you believe they renewed its license to operate until 2028? I cannot. How stupid can they be?” Schneider’s face was red from the fast pace in tandem with his anger. The effects from the cocaine weighed in heavily.

The main control room was ahead and he jerked the door open. “Turn off that damned siren,” shouted Schneider. “We got the message already. There is a problem. Shut that damned thing off!”

The claxons were finally silenced. “Ah,” he sighed, and thought, “The sound of silence really can be wonderful.”

He looked around at the various employees, most in lab coats, in front of the computer banks, dials and gauges.

A young woman stepped forward and said quietly but firmly, “The rods are dropped, sir. We are going to have to shut it down, however.” Her voice sounded almost like a whisper after the noise of the warning horns.

Dr. Schneider looked apoplectic. “Pancorp is going to have a cow. A massive one…and it is going to dump all over me,” he exclaimed. “The bad publicity, the lost revenue from a shutdown, angry customers, and the cost of repairs are bad enough. But the board and the shareholders will be looking for someone to sacrifice. Are you certain?” he asked, a pleading look in his eyes.

Sorry, Doctor, but once again it is definitely a leak in the cooling pipes. They are old and have been patched in so many places already,” she shrugged. “A temporary patch simply will not do; it needs to be permanently repaired. We have to shut it down to remove the damaged section and weld a new pipe in its place. This time the hole is too large. We could replace all the piping, but that requires a permit. It would be really expensive, and the plant would probably be down for a year – at the very least.”

Okay, okay,” he waved his arms in the air, declaring defeat. “No big deal; and we will not be down for a year replacing pipes. I will prepare yet another press release,” Erich looked up, focusing a glare while raising his voice. “No one here is to say a word to the media. Not if you value you jobs,” he said, grim-faced. “In fact, no one, and I mean no one,” he practically growled, “discusses this with anyone outside this plant, including spouses, lovers – hell, even pets! Is that understood?” he demanded, staring in turn at each person in the room. “I am certain I can have you arrested for treason if you do,” he assured them. “And you can enjoy Guantanamo Bay for the rest of your measly little lives,” he turned on his heel and stomped back toward his office.

When Dr. Schneider returned to his office, Margaret was busy answering the plant’s phones. “Reporters are calling and asking what is going on—the alarms can be heard outside the plant,” she told him. “And the General Director of Pancorp called. They are sending five evaluators who work for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to the plant. He said to make sure the leak is repaired by the time they arrive. Pancorp wants to look like they care, but in order to downplay the seriousness of the situation, the evaluators have been given two weeks to arrive; they were essentially put on vacation. The plant, however, is to remain closed until they have finished their evaluation; the employees who were told to stay home are on paid leave. And the rest of the employees will stay unless told otherwise.” Margaret moved toward the keyboard of her computer. “I will print out the directive which just arrived by email.”

Dr. Schneider gazed blankly at Margaret for a moment, shaking his head in disbelief. “They are giving them a vacation when we are shut down? What the F?” he thought to himself for the second time that morning. He entered his office and dug out his magazine. He really needed another hit. Maybe two.

 

JAKARTIAN SAT IN the Barnes and Noble Book Store in Joliet, Illinois, west and south of Chicago. He was sipping the cheapest and smallest coffee the store had to offer, which he had loaded with sugar and cream at their expense. He sat watching the doorway. His name was really Jakarta, but felt Jakartian sounded more sophisticated and Jakartian did not make him sound like a city. He, as much as any other person, desired respect.

A dark-skinned man entered and casually glanced around the room before proceeding to the order station. After a few minutes, he had a cup of something hot and walked out the door into the parking lot.

Jakartian casually stood up, and he too left the book store. He followed the dark-skinned man as he continued around a corner within the covered shopping mall, leading him to a more deserted section. There was a vacant unit next to a music store where the dark-skinned man stopped, looking through the glass at nothing.

Jakartian approached and said casually, “Have you decided?”

The man responded, “No. We are still looking at a dirty bomb, or infecting their software, or both.”

You have the contact, though? That came through?” Jakartian asked softly, but firmly for assurance.

Yes. We believe we have someone who will work with us. We have had many discussions.”

Do I need to know who?” Jakartian asked.

No. No names. No email. No phones. They are watching everything. We are contacting each other through drops, just as you were contacted.”

But you can get the virus for the software prepared.” Jakartian made it a statement, not a question as he would not tolerate hesitation.

Again, yes. We have hackers just as everyone else does.”

You know they allow no strange personnel in these nuclear plants. They all have to have security clearances. And they cannot bring in portable devices either, as they are always searched.”

Snowdon had security clearances. How much good did it do them? None. And he was not allowed portable devices either. Everyone thinks a rule makes it happen.”

So what is next?” posed Jakartian.

Look into the water supply for the nuclear plant. Check out how the pipes bring it in and from what source. And get drawings or photos of the blueprints. They are public record. Look for vulnerable areas outside the facility,” replied the man.

All right. Give me a week. Check my drop for the signal telling you I have the material prepared.” Jakartian moved casually away, tossing his empty Barnes and Noble cup into the trash.

The dark-skinned man walked the other direction.

 

 

Chapter One: John and Aadhil on vacation

WHAT DOES ROUTE 66 have to do with anything?” asked John (Rocky) Rockford, a trim, solidly built 6′ 5” tall man who exuded strength, reliability and trustworthiness: a rock among men. “Nowadays, it is no longer traveled with any degree of frequency. It is not even on the maps anymore, although there is a movement to put it back,” John smiled. “Did you know that parts have been overtaken by Interstate 40?”

Lick, lick.

Darn it, Bear, stop licking me!” John grumbled for the umpteenth time, wiping his face with a towel he kept at hand. “Remind me why we brought this dog again?” asked John, although it was a rhetorical question and treated as such by Aadhil, who just grinned at John. Bear licked only John; it was a game they played. Well, Bear played anyway. He licked. John complained. It worked. It was routine. It was funny.

More than thirteen million people now travel Route 66 each year, so that is probably why it will go back on the maps,” responded Aadhil Nazir proudly.

Over the years it has been called, the “Will Rogers Highway,” “The Mother Road” and the “Main Street of America,” continued John, ignoring Aadhil’s comments. “And it stood as a symbol of opportunity, adventure and exploration for all travelers. It represented the golden years, when the world was still fresh and new, possibilities were endless, and life was simpler. It was completed in 1926 – about midway between WWI and WWII – but in 1985, Route 66 was officially decommissioned. The familiar highway markers came down, essentially closing the road. Oh, and it was also known for the song, “Get Your Kicks on Route Sixty-six” That was from the song, and the television show of the early 1960s, ‘Route 66’.” John was smiling with glee.

John was on a roll now. “Route 66 is a historical landmark. Its distance has changed over the years, from 2,448, in 1926 down to 2278 miles in 1947, running from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. It was the first cross-country road built and used extensively for travel, especially during the “dust bowl” years, which is somewhat ironic as it was initially a dusty, unpaved two-lane road. Parts of Interstate 40 eventually rolled right over it, so now there are bypasses and frontage roads. There are still many folks trying to make a living from Route 66 on those bypasses and frontage roads. Indeed, in a recent study done by the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, more than $132,000,000 is spent per annum in communities along historic Route 66, shedding new light on the importance of preserving it. Money speaks,” he finished.

Route 66 was important to Aadhil Nazir. He wanted to better understand his country of choice, and Route 66 represented a major role in the making of the United States. He also wanted a much needed vacation, as did they all, so it had everything to do with him, and ultimately, with all of them.

You have stolen my…my, I forget, but you have stolen it. Parade. That is it. Thief! How do you know so much about Route 66?” he demanded, now accusatory and suspicious. “You did not even want to come this way! Bear. Lick!” Bear obligingly licked John who wiped the slobber from his face with the handy towel while glaring at Aadhil.

Well,” replied John, “you have forced me to take a vacation and travel the dusty trails, so to speak. I, therefore, read a little about it.”

Some people have all the nerves,” replied a disgruntled Aadhil. “But I bet that is all you know.”

You have me there, Aadhil. I‘ve given you everything I memorized from the guide book!”

Good. Steal the parade from someone else in the future,” he blurted.

Aadhil Nazir was Muslim, still fighting for his place in a world. After twelve years of residency in the United States, he knew Muslims were largely disliked and automatically thought of as terrorists. Often he struggled with the concept of how to convey the reality that terrorists were a minority group, and not always Muslim.

Aadhil had very refined and pleasing features, with prominent cheekbones, black hair and nearly black, fathomless eyes. He was also a very good-natured, kind and gentle thirty-one year old man. Many of his colleagues considered him to be far too young to hold the degrees he had earned. Aadhil was a genius who achieved his PhD in nuclear engineering at the ripe old age of twenty-four. He accomplished this feat within a very suspicious country in which he was only now a new citizen, even though he had moved here at nineteen. He was 5’9”, of average build, usually hiding his musculature under Muslim garments. Friends and strangers alike found he always had their backs for a good cause because he was also a loyal and caring person. “This is my parade,” he declared, again wearing a determined look.

Please stop the truck, John. Bear-Lee-a-Dog needs to take care of his business and have some water as he is thirsty,” Aadhil reached into the back seat to pet his yellow labrador retriever, who looked rather dashing in his red mesh ‘Service Dog’ harness.

Did we not just do that?”

Quit telling of the jokes, John. You know he has not done his business since before we left, and he must be thirsty as well. I know I am.”

Once they had stopped, Aadhil let Bear out the back door and began walking a short distance from the road, with Bear glued to his side.

John watched them, smiling fondly. Aadhil’s doctor had suggested to him that a service dog might help Aadhil deal with the stresses of his job. The doctor had written a medical need letter after Bear had been adopted. The medical letter permitted Bear immediate access to any facility or building. But the dog had progressed with more training far beyond his initial service designations. He was, as far as John knew, the only dog allowed within the walls of any of the sacrosanct nuclear power plants in the entire world, making him quite unique.

Bear, beloved as he was, even had his own harnesses in a variety of colors, announcing he was a Service Dog and was entitled to be accepted within any establishment. Aadhil kept Bear’s paperwork in his wallet, just in case he was detained for any reason. He also had several sets of work clothes, each with its own lightweight cooling system so Bear’s core temperature could be maintained between 100̊ and 102̊ while inside any plant. The dog’s work clothes were emblazoned upon the sides with the words, ‘Service Dog’ as well and ‘Do Not Pet’. These work clothes met two important standards. First Bear was clearly designated as a Service Dog, permitting him entry anywhere. And secondly the dog had a sterile uniform which controlled his hair and dander while he was inside a nuclear power plant. The garment was made of a very lightweight mesh with such small holes it appeared to be a solid fabric. It was constructed somewhat like the pads available for human beds which kept the dust mites at bay, but was lighter. The material, which controlled his hair and dander, was developed specially for him, and for the other dogs that might follow in Bear’s footsteps. He had become quite the phenomenon within the nuclear industry.

John was very fond of Bear, but grumbled when the dog licked him, just because he could. And it gave Aadhil a kick. Aadhil was his friend whom he had sponsored for his American Citizenship. He was hoping the two other team members they picked up in Albuquerque did not grumble about Bear when they saw a dog was traveling with them. Bear had earned his seat. Furthermore, as far as John was concerned, if either complained, that person could sit among the baggage for all he cared. When John died, he wanted to come back as a Bear-Lee-a-Dog IV, for someone as amazingly wonderful as Aadhil. Of course, at thirty nine, John hoped to wait awhile.

 

BACK IN THE CAR John and Aadhil were continuing their conversation as they sped along Route 66. “What are you talking about Aadhil?” John grumbled. “Caribou in one sentence and the Morristown, Illinois, nuclear power plant in the next? What do Caribou have to do with Morristown?” John Rockford turned piercing blue eyes to the right, glancing at his passenger. “Caribou. Really. They are in Alaska, and we are on Route 66, which is not even in the general direction of Alaska. By the way, it is a really slow way to travel,” he sighed.

A nervous passenger, Aadhil Nazir, replied, “Please keep your eyes on the road, John. Yes. Caribou. You know…2011,” he said.

That was years ago—Know what?”

Are you trying to be one of the groups that dismisses what happened in 2011?” asked Aadhil, he looked frustrated but slightly comical as the wind from the open window spiked his straight black hair.

No, you are aware I know the significance of 2011. That nuclear disaster in Fukushima was one of the major events of the 21st century, not to be dismissed lightly. But I am on vacation now which is how I know you are not dressed appropriately,” John displayed an impish grin, dimples prominent, as he baited his friend. “He is such an easy target,” he thought.

What is wrong with how I dress?”

Well, you are wearing a t-shirt instead of a Kurta. And jeans? Really? I like your Kurtas and white baggy pants; they look so comfortable.”

I am on vacation, also, remember? And I am American Citizen now,” Aadhil proudly announced, a glint in his eyes. “So I will be wearing of the jeans any time I want, and I want,” he retorted, with a curt nod. “And you are trying to change the subject, my friend. Again.”

The Caribou population has been decimated, John. The herd normally declines an average of 3% per year, which is bad enough as it implies the herd die-off, and it has been declining for a very long time. But since 2011, it has dropped by 28%, for an overall decline of 52% in just 8 years. The largest drop in the herd occurred during 2011 and 2012,” Aadhil informed him, with a look resembling horror upon his face. “This is why Caribou are important. They are very important to us right now because of Fukushima. Studies have shown the airborne radiation has increased from Fukushima,” Aadhil concluded.

What importance does it have right now?” John asked, still confused.

Because of Morristown. Because of its leak.”

John shook his head, frowning. “Well, that situation is under control at the moment. They have closed the plant and fixed that leak; I thought we were on vacation,” was John’s retort. “We are going to be very, very busy once we get there, so we really need this vacation. Now.”

We are, but the Fukushima meltdown had a severe impact upon both sea life and of the wildlife along the Western Coast of the United States. Don’t you wonder what it has doing to the people who live there?” he persisted. “And especially if they have been eating of the local seafood. Morristown uses the same Boiling Water Reactors as Fukushima did, but Morristown is so much older,” he commented, “and it has the leaking of the radioactive particles and gases, which is why we are traveling there now, and why Caribou are important.”

Aadhil slapped his forehead. He was not to be deterred. “The Caribou are important, yes, but what about the children? Who is to think of the children?” he cried.

Aadhil was so upset John pulled off the road and stopped the car, giving him a questioning look.

What about the children? What children? What are you talking about?” John could clearly see Aadhil was agitated and about to panic, so he reached behind the seat and unbuckled Bear, calling him to jump into the front seat. Aadhil promptly wrapped his arms around his dog child.

The children on the Western Coast, especially in Washington, and now even in Nevada. The Caribou and the children. In 2011, right after Fukushima, there was a sudden and dramatic spike in the number of children born with the horrid birth defects; especially the babies born with only the partial brains, or none at all. And almost all died immediately, but the parents suffered.” Aadhil wore a horrified look, and with good cause.

John blanched. He was completely focused upon what Aadhil had to say now, while silently berating himself for getting sucked into this conversation. He was not ignorant of the impact Fukushima had upon the populace; it was not as if he did not work in the industry. But their colleagues both in the United States and in Japan were almost fanatical in not admitting anything was wrong after the Fukushima disaster. Their state of denial was thought to be an effort to protect their jobs. So much money had been invested in nuclear plants the government was determined to continue their operation to generate profits. So somehow various groups associated with nuclear had refused to see all this information while in pursuit of their own goals.

Aadhil continued, his face buried Bear’s in fur. “These occurrences decreased in 2012, but are still happening.”

I am so sorry, Aadhil, and you are right. It is catastrophic!” he exclaimed. “And Morristown, as you correctly pointed out, is a Boiling Water Reactor just like Fukushima. As old as it is, it probably should be permanently shut down.”

Yes,” responded Aadhil tears streaming from his eyes, “and now, children in New Mexico are endangered because of WIPP, the nuclear waste interment pilot project treatment plant that is leaking there.”

Thanks. Aadhil. One of the primary reasons I enjoy our friendship is because you are such a caring person; it is what caused me to want to be your friend. But this denial of consequences from nuclear accidents is a problem within our industry. It is good you have Bear. Perhaps, though, you should work on your emotions a little more, Aadhil. You store so much knowledge in your brain that you often become hyper-focused. That is why I think you don’t want to forget the children. Not even for a moment,” John added, sympathy clearly displayed in his eyes, along with sadness for all those endangered children and their families.

John continued, “Bear has an innate sense for knowing when you need him. I will move his seatbelt and he can stay upfront with us for now. Of course, Bear seems to sense that licking me will make you happy, so I will just …” John grunted while tugging the towel from beneath Bear, “hang on to this,” he smiled, dangling the towel in front of himself. As if on cue—lick, towel, sigh, and a chuckle or two ensued.

John moved Bear’s seat belt to the front seat and then restarted the SUV. They reentered traffic and proceeded along Route 66. “So, my friend, we must set these worries aside for now and move onward. Now, Morristown had a leak, which is very serious as it released radioactive material into the air. So, yes, we need to discover how and why, and fix this situation. Permanently. What you may not know, since I have not mentioned it, is that Pancorp is putting me in charge. I have the authority to do whatever it takes to either fix that plant from head to toe, or to shut it down permanently. This has been weighing heavily on my mind since we were ordered to Illinois by the NRC. We need to focus on Morristown, absolutely, and prevent more of the same.”

But right here, right now, we enjoy our vacation and let work wait until we get there. Trust me,” John said, “it will still be there once we arrive,” John urged. “And they did give us this vacation time, and we have not had a vacation since I cannot even remember when. So we will use it as such. Then we will be relaxed and ready to hit it hard when we get to the Morristown nuclear power plant,” he said, a little more forcefully than intended. “You said this is a vacation, so vacation. And just think of poor Bear,” he gave Bear a sad look. “He has never been on vacation.” Lick. Sigh. Towel.

This is true,” replied a guilty-looking Aadhil Nazir. “Eyes. Road. Thank you.” He gave Bear a big hug while Bear, never allowed to sit up front, enjoyed the sights.

What did you want to stop and see?” John adroitly changed the subject. “Since this is a vacation, after all, and I can see you have been bursting with excitement all morning, where to McDuff?”

Aadhil looked very confused. “Who is McDuff, John?” Aadhil looked at John, a little worried about his sanity.

Small things made Aadhil happy, and John was willing to oblige. They were on Route 66 after all, which was certainly not his idea; he would have rather gone straight to Chicago to sightsee. That would have been a much more relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Chicago was a thriving metropolis.

Why, you are McDuff, Aadhil. It is a joke,” said John, realizing this joke, like so many others, flew right over Aadhil’s head.

Ah. I see,” he said, although he really did not. But that was okay with him since John thought it was funny. They were back on track for now. “Well, when we go to Missouri, we need to stop in Fanning to see the “Route 66 Rocking Chair,” he responded excitedly. “It was completed on April Fool’s Day as a joke and everyone thought it was funny because who would be looking for a rocking chair off Route 66?” he queried.

John could not help himself. “Okay, I’ll bite; what is so special about this rocking chair?” he asked. “They are a dime a dozen.”

No, they are not,” he replied. Aadhil could be rather literal minded at times. “A good one is very expensive.”

Aadhil then looked at John, a huge grin forming upon his youthful face, an unmanly giggle escaping his lips and excitement glowing from his eyes. “This one is 42’1” tall and 20′ 3” wide, and weighs 27,500 pounds. It does the rocking, although they have to keep it tied down as it would be very dangerous if it begins to rock and falls over. It was completed on April 1, 2008. I saw it on an annoying food show where this man eats a ton of food,” he shuddered, “and looked it up. I have been waiting for this for a long while.”

John smiled, a big grin forming upon his face while shaking his head in amusement. “You sound as if you are quoting text, but you are a font of information, Aadhil. And are we planning to sit in this chair?” he asked.

That fat annoying eating machine did, but they had to hoist him up, so I do not know yet. He is famous. We are not. I hope we can. I have my camera, and four of us will be there to see,” he noted. “And the owner said if anyone is to build a bigger one, so will he, and he will call it “Mama Bear,” and the original would be the “Baby Bear.”

That did make John laugh heartily. “More Bears! Will our Bear go to the top if they let us?” Even he was looking forward to seeing the behemoth with Bear sitting on the rocking chair.

We must see first if it is safe for him to be up so far from the ground,” responded Aadhil.

What other sights have you chosen for our vacation?” John asked, giving in to the inevitable. “Or will we be bored until then? And where did you hide your itinerary? I have yet to see one.”

Aadhil pointed at his head. “Here,” he smiled. “is where I keep all good things,” he winked at John. “No, of course we will not suffer boredom. Did you know the original Route 66 was unpaved?” he asked, reverting back to guide book mode. “And for your predilection,” he smiled broadly, “we have The Rock Café, halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Rock Café had burned to the ground at one point, but it was re-built from sandstone that was removed as Route 66 was being constructed. It was completed the same time as Route 66 was finished in Santa Monica. Now it is historically significant,” he proudly informed John, “And do not forget that most people call you Rocky, so you should be right at home there.”

Ha! How many of these sights you have so carefully chosen are just places for you to eat to fill that bottomless pit you call a stomach?” laughed John.

Aadhil frowned at him. “None, but this one is important to Route 66 and just happens to be someplace where we can have an eat. It is a lucky happenstance, yes? As will be the others,” he gave John an impish grin. “How far have we traveled?” he asked.

About 90 miles. Why?” queried John.

Because the Petrified Forest is 120 miles from Flagstaff, right off Route 66. It should be our first stop because we need to take a break for Bear every two hours,” he pointed out. “We are very close. I hope the restaurant is tasty.”

Really?” exclaimed John. “Are you planning on eating the restaurant, Aadhil?” he joked.

I do not understand you John. Have you the crazies?”

John was chuckling. “No, Aadhil; I was joking because you said you hoped the restaurant is tasty, not the food at the restaurant.”

It is very clear to me that you are trying too hard to be funny, John.”

John was still chuckling but Aadhil continued. “Yes. Well, it is 142 miles from Palo Verde to Route 66 by Flagstaff, and another 120 miles to the Petrified Forest. Even you must be getting hungry, John.”

Well, yes, but please do not tell my friend, Aadhil, or he will start teasing me.”

They both laughed and drove on in companionable silence. They had worked together for seven years and considered themselves close friends.

When they were almost to the desert area known as the Petrified Forest, they stopped at a local pub to enjoy cheeseburgers smothered with grilled onions surrounded by curly fries. John had a beer while Aadhil, as a Muslim, drank water. Of course. Bear-Lee-a-Dog ate his kibble and slurped his water with gusto. His water was bottled by a well-known US manufacturer and cases of it were packed for him when he traveled. His stomach, therefore, would not be exposed to possible upsets from local water sources. After getting a tiny bite of burger as a treat, the dog smiled and thought, “This vacation is pretty much fun.”

While they were eating, John mentioned his sister, Chloe, who had once asked about petrified wood. She wanted to know if it could be burned in the fireplace. “She was born late in my mother’s life, and was only twelve at the time. She was so upset when I told her it really is not wood anymore, but rock. The striated colors come from the various iron and manganese compounds in the rock. On a sunny day these produce vibrant reds and oranges. The wood petrifies to become something else while still maintaining the look of wood.”

She gave me a look full of horror because she thought it was just really old wood which had dried out and become really hard over all the millennia. I think it was a week before she would speak with me again,” he said. “Even now, she still gives me the stink eye as she states, “petrified wood.”

Aadhil looked appropriately sympathetic. Mostly. He could also see her side, and hers was the more charming concept.

They had a fun afternoon sightseeing through the National Monument with Bear. After they exited the park Bear was allowed to go off leash so he could sniff everything around him, and there was a lot to be sniffed. Aadhil even allowed him to briefly chase a squirrel before returning to the truck.

As they both approached the truck, Aadhil attached Bear’s leash, which Aadhil handed to John. “Will you put him in and get him settled? I have a quick phone call to make,” he said by way of explanation.

John nodded and proceeded to open the back door for Bear so he could jump into the truck. He was removing the leash but noticed Aadhil had moved a short distance away. He could hear him speaking to someone. But the conversation was in a foreign language.

End of Chapter 1

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How to set up a Tweet network and get past the Biggest Mistakes in posting on Twitter

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How to set up a Tweet network  and get past the Biggest Mistakes in posting on Twitter

Advertise your book through tweets in a tweet network. Want to get 10 times more exposure just by getting 10 people to retweet to their followers? This can be done in the “organized” approach or the “random” approach. And you should get past the tweeting mistakes that are frequent on twitter.

The ORGANIZED approach

First retweet someone (let’s use@billigbooks -me) who posts frequently on your account. Try and RT a blurb about their book rather than just anything.  Then direct message @billigbooks -who posts frequently on your account (use the twitter “reply” arrow)  and ask them if they would like to do a tweet network for a period of time – 4 weekends, one month, every day, one week, on Sundays,etc.  I say state a time period because I know @billigbooks gets overwhelmed at times so cannot always participate. And state you will each RT the other 1 or 2 times per day.  Pick 10 accounts to do this with that have a good following of at least the number of people you have following you.  Now you have set up 10 accounts that you are agreeing to retweet each other.  If you each have 1000 followers, you will now be reaching 10,000 followers!

The RANDOM approach

Check your “@connect” tab at the top of the tweet page. This shows who has retweeted you. Click on their identifying picture and go to their page. Choose something interesting of theirs to retweet. Keep a list of who has RT’d you and who you have RT’d back – because the page “@connect” keeps changing as you use it. Make sure you return all favors with a retweet of their material, not a thank you.

 Putting in hashtags such as #authorRT is asking for a retweet – but people are not going to send your tweet out to the network – UNLESS – your are also retweeting them. Once you tweet from your home page – your tweet dies unless you have motivated people to retweet it to an ever expanding chain. If 10 people each have 200 followers and they each retweet you – you have reached another 2000 people!

Mistakes to be Avoided

1. Your tweet is not interesting. Who wants to read: @georgeangus @zanebradey @calebcasey22 @edwardkent @Billigbooks @am_sch @GeeksOfThunder @BalletMuzik Thanks for RTs & MTs on #FF! This is totally incomprehensible. Who would retweet this?

2. Your tweet has a shortened reference to another URL and makes no sense: #author of “xyo9jjjmade up” http://bit.ly/rusAVO #ian1 #amreading #historical #romance You are trying to communicate SOMETHING here – but you want to do it without making people take a second step to further open up that something. Most likely they will just move on & ignore you instead of opening up the url that may or may not make sense.  Shortening url’s on twitter does not necessarily give you more letters to message with.  Check it out with and without the shortened url. Make your tweet readable & interesting in and of itself.

3. You fail to respond to someone’s retweet of you or your material. “Thank you” is NOT what is wanted. The person who retweeted you wants some recognition of their tweets – not a thank you. Find something they have tweeted and retweet that. Or- they won’t bother with you again.

4. Not checking your “followers” list. Be sure to check it each day and those who have followed you – follow them.

5. You don’t tweet on a regular basis – tweet a bit every day and make it interesting – people will be looking for you.

6. You don’t send your tweets out at least 3 times a day. The most tweets are read between 3 and 5 pm but there are 4 time zones in the United States. There are millions of tweets. So, to get read – send them in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Various programs can be set to send them out automatically. You aren’t doing this for finger exercise are you?

7. If you can: Tweet about those who RT you. Go to the twitter notifications list and click on the picture of someone who retweeted you.  That will bring up their profile info and tweet about them – one per day is good. More if you have the time.

 

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These technothrillers are fiction novels based on fact. Should you read them? Should you understand the world we are now living in? Chance favors the prepared mind.

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110 Tips for Authors: 51-60

Barbara Billig is the author of “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, a fiction novel of suspense

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and “#Betrayal”, a technothriller, based on truth.

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51: Watch the experts. Look in the bookstore and gaze at the shelves. What do you see? What will be popular next year? Five years from now? Start working on that idea.

52: Exhaust all possibilities. After trying everything you will become limited to which way you should go next. Look at those limited options as useful. With no other ways to go, how can you go wrong?

53: A quick exchange using dialogue to illustrate a scene or plot twist can be more powerful than description.

54: The more you know about your genre and writing, the more value you are to others. The more value you are to others, the more opportunities you will have. The more opportunities you have, the more money you will make.

55: Go through your manuscript and look for overuse of adjectives. Example of an author pushing description down a reader’s throat: “Jeff was wise not to battle the bright, hot, sunny, day, because it was so dusty, yet smoggy.”

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56: The description of a scene can be slow and drawn out unless the author is only writing the important essentials. Do not over describe.

57: Grip the reader. Hold the reader. Never let go of the reader. Your book should read like it’s going a hundred miles per hour.

58: Delete all cliché’ phrases. “I’m in the twilight zone.” Or, “He was wondering if this was just a nightmare and he would wake up soon.” Instead, use clever description or dialogue to reveal your character’s feelings.

59: Have a book with you at all times. If you are waiting for something, then you have the opportunity to read.

60: Watch movies with the subtitles on. Understand why lines were written a certain way. Figure out why each word is important to that scene. It will be the same with your book; every word has a significant meaning.

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A Fiction Novel of Suspense.

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A Fiction Novel of Survival

A Fiction Novel of Survival

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"#Betrayal" wins in the Best First Chapter category in the 2014 Fiction Challenge from UP Authors awards!

“#Betrayal” wins in the Best First Chapter category in the 2014 Fiction Challenge from UP Authors awards!

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Monster Typhoon Heads for Fukushima, Japan, nuclear material

I invite you to go to the latest update of the Monster Typhoon bearing down on the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant.  Will the 50 foot waves and 150 mph winds spread the loose radioactive nuclear materials and stored waste onto land and into the sea?

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For your enjoyment read:

#Betrayal, a Nuclear Fiction Novel of Survival

Based on truth

Crime, Technothriller, Murder, Romance, Greed, Lies

Dedicated to:

All my supportive social media friends on twitter, facebook, google, pinterest and more, and to the inspiring preppers and survivors, and those writers who are trying to alert us to the dangers in the world.

Understanding yesterday is the basis for preparing for tomorrow. If we have no knowledge and are faced with a decision, that is when we shrug our shoulders and say we don’t know.

Years ago the scientists sold us on nuclear power and said an accident would never happen, it was impossible. Then when there were accidents, scientists told us that they were minor and not worth noting. When the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown occurred in 2011, one scientist wrote that the danger was already over and certainly the United States would not be affected. But the years have passed and now the damages are beginning to be irrefutably noted. The state of Washington had the highest number of fetal deaths in 2011 in the last ten years due to congenital (physical) abnormalities present at birth. The numbers went back in to the normal range in 2012. Deformities in birds are occurring all over the country of Japan, that were never seen before. Certain species in the oceans seem to be in rare decline, possibly headed for extinction?

The question is…..do we, as the population of the world, want this potential danger of nuclear radiation from nuclear power plants to threaten ourselves, our children, our food chains, and our wildlife?

So, to increase understanding and awareness…..to better make us able to make a decision

I have written “#Betrayal” as a fictional story based on truth

Reviews are 4 and 5 star.

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Fukushima is not a Japanese nuclear accident…..

Fukushima is not a Japanese nuclear accident – it is a nuclear accident that happened to occur in Japan. The problems that caused the Fukushima accident exist wherever these type reactors operate.

There are many reactors of this type in operation today – probably 45 out of the 104 reactors in the United States.

2:40 AM EST on June 13th, 2014 – Enenews

Japan Official: Bottom of reactor vessel suspected to have “broken off” at Fukushima Unit 2 after the explosion, called “catastrophic development… very grave” — Top US Expert: It’s inconceivable how melted fuel could be extracted

05:25 PM EST on June 12th, 2014 – Enenews

 Japanese Nuclear Expert: Melted reactor cores not in one piece at Fukushima, as gov’t claims — I think nuclear fuel scattered everywhere, stuck to walls — Chernobyl-like sarcophagus may be needed — Nothing has been done, by time they deal with this I’ll be long dead

 

 

The novel “#Betrayal”, was written to bring attention to the terrible aftermath, years later, following a nuclear catastrophe. The hashtag is indicative of more than one type of betrayal. The following is the award winning first chapter. Hope you enjoy.

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#Betrayal

a nuclear fiction novel of survival

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PROLOGUE

 

The white walls and the white linens surrounded her. The bareness of the room was overwhelming, not cozy and comforting. For the moment she was alone. Sara watched the clock click away and wondered if these were the last moments of her life. She wanted some more morphine but was afraid if she increased the dosage she wouldn’t wake up again. She fingered the pump. The pain hit her with an intense wave.

 

As the relaxing drug flooded her body she floated away. Help, she was too young for this! And she thought back…Sara thought back to her first baby who had been born after the devastating San Mirado nuclear catastrophe. When her child was delivered they had wrapped it in a towel and given it to her to hold. They thought she didn’t notice. But she did – she could feel it was too small and too thin. Ben’s baby – their son. Delivered in the presence of Dr. Bernard Parsons.

 

It had been the nuclear catastrophe that could never happen. Her then husband, Ben, had been the supervisor of the local nuclear power plant. He never failed to assure her how safe the nuclear plants were, they had thought of everything in the planning. They were fail safe. They had thought of everything except the earthquake that had frozen the control rods. The control rods that couldn’t be lowered into the core of the nuclear reactor to slow down the speed of the atoms splitting. The control rods which were necessary to keep the reactor from overheating. The reaction kept increasing in speed, releasing more and more heat as more and more atoms split, until a terrible explosion of pent up energy and overheated gases blew the place apart, causing a meltdown and a tremendous release of radiation.

 

People panicked and drove in the wrong directions, clogging the streets, trying to flee. They couldn’t believe their precious phones no longer worked, or the bank automated teller wouldn’t give them any money. The things they took for granted disappeared in an instant and they were not prepared.

 

And now years had passed. She was married to Dr. Bernard Parsons. And now they had Fukushima. The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe that everyone said could never happen. Just as it had been said the nuclear catastrophe could never happen in San Mirado. Would they never learn?

CHAPTER ONE

Dr. Bernard Parsons sat at his desk in his suite of medical offices adjacent to the hospital. His white lab jacket hung open over his open collared dress shirt and neatly pressed pants. He was a handsome man, but the past years involving the San Mirado nuclear disaster had aged him somewhat. He had already done his morning rounds for his patients. He had visited with Sara, his wife, in her private hospital suite, and made sure she was as comfortable as possible. Once again he had been reassuring to her. He was hoping for a miracle. The phone rang several times before Bernard could reach it. It was his direct line which bypassed his secretary and receptionist. “Hello, Bernard Parsons here,” he spoke into the telephone.

Bernard, how are you? Just calling to see what’s happening?” Sam Baxter said. Sam, of Baxter Investments, was a successful businessman in the real estate and investments market. He was the ‘go to’ person for getting ahead with your money. He had five sons from his first wife, who were in business with him. His second wife, Elise, had no children. But it was because he was insistent about her not having a child. And secretly, just to make sure he had his way, he had, as insurance, had a vasectomy. That served two functions. One, he could cheat without the fear of getting stuck with one more kid, blackmail, and/or a divorce. And two, Elise – who was incapable of taking care of anything – was prevented from having the child she constantly talked about wanting. She worried obsessively about who was going to take care of her when she was older.

You have over $50,000 cash in your investment account,” Sam said. “One of your bonds was called at par and you haven’t been spending as much lately, so you should put this to work. We have a good bond, in-house from a trust. The kids who are now in control want to cash everything out now since the father has died. They will sell it below market. The smell of money is driving them to get this done quickly. You can buy it for eighty cents on the dollar – 50,000 in the block.”

So who’s behind the bond? What’s it rated” asked Bernard.

Oh, you know I’m going to go through all the particulars with you. Just wanted to let you stop me dead in the water if you had other plans for the cash,” Sam responded. “It’s a bond for the Moorpark, Ca. school system, rated AA, and insured by Ambac. Moorpark’s a very upscale city, very healthy financially. Yield is 5% tax free.”

As long as it’s not Sacramento,” Bernard said. “Go ahead.” Then he paused slightly, not knowing whether he wanted to broach the subject or not. “How are the kids?”

With a sigh, Sam answered, “Doing well. I have to monitor their transactions and since there are five of them it takes a lot of my time. They’ve brought in a lot of business, got to give them that. But they just don’t believe that things can go wrong. And they resent my looking over their shoulder.”

We will have to have dinner one of these evenings when things settle down at my house,” Bernard said.

How is Sara doing?” Sam asked.

Realistically, not so well. But I’m always hopeful for a remission or a miracle. Listen, gotta run, my nurse has buzzed me several times…patients are waiting. Thanks for calling, Sam.” Bernard hung up the phone and pressed his nurse’s intercom button.

****

Fuji woke up hungry. The drab concrete block walls around him had no decoration and stared back at him silently. He blinked to clear out the sleep from his eyes. Other people were starting to move around, up from their cots. Soon the noise level would move to such high decibels people would gladly go outside to get away from it. But it was cold outside and almost as cold inside.

The government had been giving them rations since they had been evacuated from Fukushima, but they were hardly edible. First the authorities had said it was no problem for them to stay in the area. Then after two weeks they were told the area was very radioactive and there were mandatory orders to evacuate. He wondered how much radiation they had been exposed to.

Fuji thought about what he would do today. They needed a place to live. They had a home near Fukushima, Japan, but now they were no longer allowed to go there. They also needed clothes. Now he had no job. His wife and two children were alternately scared, hungry, bored, angry, and confused. They were sleeping on cots with hundreds of other families in a big warehouse. There were two bathrooms inside, outside were portable toilets, and one makeshift outside shower with only cold water.

Fuji…,” his wife said, “are you awake? I’m going to get the children up and go stand in the food line.”

Okay. I’m going to see if it is possible to shower.”

Have you heard anything? About what’s happening?” Shisa asked.

I’ll try and find out,” he replied. Slowly rising, he got off his cot in his rumpled, soiled clothes and began making his way to a door leading to the outside. A government agent would be there later he had heard. Possibly they would have some clothing to give out. It meant standing in line again for hours to take your turn. Some people had money or had relatives they could stay with. Fuji and his family were poor. They had no nearby relatives. They had no money. And now they had no possessions.

He stopped to piss on the way by closely hugging the wall and hoping no one would notice. At the shower there were only a few men as most people were in the food line. He took his place in line, hoping they wouldn’t run out of soap in the dispenser, or the paper towels, before his turn came. He hoped the sun would warm the cold air. Maybe he could get an extra shirt since there were no coats.

Did you hear anything?” he asked the man in front of him.

No one seems to know anything except we can’t go back now. The earthquake and tidal wave wiped out most of the area, the radiation from nuclear plants contaminated the rest.”

But we can go back?” Fuji said hopefully.

Who knows? There’s not a lot left there. Where did you work?”

I worked at the power plant”, Fuji said.

The nuclear plant? The one that blew up?”

Yes, the Fukushima nuclear plant.”

The other man shook his head and left Fuji standing there as he walked quickly away.

****

Bernard was sitting in his offices after the last patient had left and the employees had gone. There was not much of a push to get home since Sara was in the hospital located beside his medical offices. He would get dinner from the hospital cafeteria and take it up to eat with her. It couldn’t be any worse than what she was being served. Hospitals were famous for their bad food.

Bernard sat and looked over the latest offering from Sam’s company. His kids were pushing second loans on houses secured by real estate. Supposedly it could never go wrong with real estate constantly pushing upward in price. He thought back to the last catastrophe, when the nuclear plant in San Mirado, California, had blown up. Real estate values went to nothing in the area after all the radiation contamination. Didn’t make any difference whether you held the first loan or the second – you were out of luck. The lenders lost their money, the homeowners lost their houses. Insurance didn’t cover radiation disasters.

But, as the kids pointed out, these weren’t in Southern California, but in the suburbs outside San Francisco. He and Sara had moved there after getting married to start a new life together. And the government obviously believed nuclear was clean, safe energy or they would have closed the plants down. Just because there had been an accident in Fukushima didn’t affect the values here.

Bernard pondered whether he believed all this. He and Sara had been in the middle of the last disaster.

Bernard thought about the fact the United States was recognized as a world leader, a world power, perhaps the strongest of all the nations with the most modern technologies. Yet, as a doctor he contemplated why the United States didn’t lead the world in having the lowest mortality rate among infants. And it wasn’t even a close race. With approximately 188 countries reporting, the US was only number 34. And a lot of the countries ahead of the US had no nuclear power.

In fact it had been theorized that the health of the United States population had been compromised by all the above ground nuclear testing starting in the 1940’s, then the underground tests which followed, and the massive leaks of radioactive material. Australia, with no nuclear industry, was ranked 18 in the report.

Interestingly, the Japanese, who had been subjected to two massive nuclear bombs and had 55 operating nuclear plants in a small country, was number 3 in lowest mortality rating. It would be revealing to see what happened to their rating over the next ten to twenty years after their massive Fukushima nuclear accident. But the documentation showed the United States, in those years of testing nuclear bombs in the atmosphere and oceans, had detonated over one hundred million times the bombs which had been dropped on Japan. The US was first in the production of radioactive pollution.

****

Bernard opened the hospital room door softly, to see if Sara was awake. He hoped she was, but if she were sleeping he would return later. Her eyes were closed. Even with no makeup she was still beautiful, her features perfect. She had naturally blond hair and big dark eyes. The lashes were heavily fringed and surrounded those eyes, giving her a dramatic look. Slowly they opened and a smile came to her face. She lifted her arms to him, to touch him. He bent over and kissed her cheek.

I have good news, Sara,” he said quietly.

And what is that?” she asked still smiling.

Well, you have improved in how you are feeling, so we must assume the chemo and radiation have done some good. The tumor hasn’t grown. You could very well be in remission at the moment. But the tumor is inoperable and is still there in your brain. There is a new experimental procedure available. A doctor with your same tumor tried it. He figured it was his only chance to survive. His tumor began to shrink. Duke University has begun a larger study with good results for these glioblastomas.

Is it painful?” she asked.

No, not really. It requires an injection into the tumor, but it’s done with anesthesia. You would have some soreness in the scalp area after, but that’s about it.”

What is being injected?”

Polio virus. They have shown in mice the injection of the live virus into tumors shrinks them. First we would get your polio vaccination updated so you didn’t get polio. Then we would do an injection of the live virus into the tumor in your brain. Hopefully it will work for you as well as it has for this doctor.”

What kind of doctor is he?”

Interestingly enough he is a cardiac surgeon. When he got this brain tumor and was diagnosed with only six months to live he started doing research. This guy wasn’t a smoker; he only drank minimally and kept his health an important part of his life. So why did he get this tumor? He found a medical paper published wherein twenty-two doctors had all gotten this same type tumor in the same side of the head and the same placement. They were all doctors who had radiological studies going on while they were doing surgery.”

That’s rather scary, Bernard, you being a surgeon.”

Does make you think. But anyway, he then found the study with the polio virus injection and decided to make a try. For him, it seems to be working.”

Well, can I have a little break from the hospital before we try something else?”

Why not. I’ll ask your doctor to make a final determination and sign you out. I will discuss this with him and perhaps you can even leave today.”

Sara’s eyes lit up and then tears formed in them. She squeezed Bernard’s hand tightly. “I can’t wait to get out of here.”

****

Sara stared out at the view from the back deck of their home. They lived high in the hills north of San Francisco. She had missed looking out at the bay, the boats coming and going, the sunrises and sunsets. Bernard was close enough to his hospital so commuting wasn’t a problem. And there was no nuclear plant close to them. That had been a factor in their choice of where to live.

She also missed the activities she had shared with her friends. When she became ill, first with the headaches, then nausea, finally vomiting, Bernard had insisted she have a MRI. It had shown the tumor, an aggressive malignant type, located in her brain in an inoperable location. It was hard to talk with her friends about this.

They had called and she had simply chosen not to discuss it. “Let’s not dwell on this,” she said. If Bernard wanted to tell them he could. But their questions were depressing, and certainly she had no answer to the one which was repeated over and over – what are you going to do? Even though the doctors said radiation and chemotherapy had little effect on these tumors she and Bernard decided they would start with that route. Since his offices were at the hospital, it was easier to check in for a stay there while she received treatment. They had no children and had decided they didn’t want to take a chance on bringing a damaged child into the world after their radiation exposure from the San Mirado nuclear catastrophe which had occurred while they were living in Southern California. She thought about all those young Japanese women now heavily exposed to the radiation released when the Fukushima nuclear reactors melted down in 2011…and sighed heavily, thinking back on her own experiences.

But if she were going to continue her life, she had to rise above these thoughts and move on to what she enjoyed. She picked up her tablet and began to type an email to her friends. “I’m out of jail! I’m coming down to visit next week. Call me if you can go out to play. Sara”

This is the end of the first chapter. Thereafter:

The United Nations decrees that an independent team will be sent to Japan to evaluate this situation that threatens to contaminate the world. Bryce Anderson’s company in southern California is selected.. He finds that he is not welcomed with open arms by the country of Japan. In fact someone seems to be trying to kill him.

Bryce hires a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, John Taguchi to gather stories from nuclear refugees. Fuji, a former nuclear power plant worker, and Mr. Nouchi, a farmer and their families are displaced from their homes and work by this accident. The Japanese Mafia, known as the Yakuza, have invested money in these now ruined nuclear plants. They are making threats and demands. Mr. Tanaka, Japanese Minister of Public Affairs is pulled in many directions as he tries to satisfy everyone. Their lives all intertwine in this tale of betrayal. Lies, murder, greed, and power. Whom would you trust?  

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Earth Day and the Brain Catastrophe

 

EARTH DAY AND THE BRAIN CATASTROPHE

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Earth Day FlagWhat can we do to make the earth, our home, a better place for all of us? There’s lots of things to choose from but here’s today’s thoughts:

Read a book to gain some knowledge on a subject affecting the earth. It can be fiction or nonfiction but knowledge is power and enables you to make informed decisions. Choose one area of the environment that is endangered by forces trying to destroy it that interests you. Here are a few:

Wildlife preservation

Water pollution

Water wars

Nuclear disasters

Global warming

Preservation of earth’s resources

Clean energy

Go to Amazon.com or other online book site and enter your choice into the search section. See what comes up. Many books are extremely inexpensive – from free to 99 cents.

Only about 10% of people read one book per year. And a recent study shows that reading is one way to ward off alzheimer’s and dementia! Watching TV and movies are relaxing and entertaining, even informative, but these do not stimulate the brain the same way reading does.

So, why don’t we read more? My guess is that there is so much going on in today’s world the the time slips away into children, work, sports, and entertainment without us noticing. I’m just as busy as everyone else yet I manage to read several books a week, still work, and continue to have fun. How? I load the books onto my smartphone. There are free apps for smartphones which enable them to download Kindle books, Barnes and Noble, and all other types of Ebooks. Then, when I have spare minutes – before I fall asleep, or wake up in the middle of the night, I reach for my phone. The phone is lit when it is on (no bedlight required) and reading is always at close reach and not disturbing to anyone else. When you are stuck in the waiting room on an appointment, picking up the kids, have a client who is late you can read on the phone. The text can be made large or small so you probably don’t even need reading glasses.

You control the unwinding of the story. It is always there for you waiting to draw you further in. If you leave the tale in an exciting moment you will want to get back to see what has happened. If you run into a boring patch – skim through it. I loved “The Life of Pi”, especially the observations that the animals actually like being in a zoo. To animals, lack of change represents safety and they choose safety with food and shelter over excitement. (Maybe most of us do). But the religious philosophical portions did not catch my attention. Those pages got a few seconds each until I got back to the part of the story I enjoyed. Sure, some books are just not readable. But the majority have interesting parts that enrich our knowledge base.

Besides reading to increase your knowledge of the world and make you better prepared (a prepper) here are some other choices for Earth Day:

Make a recycle commitment

Make a clean power commitment

Buy something organic (or grow it)

Make a charitable donation (doesn’t have to be big) Try Global Giving for some ideas

Be nice to another person

HAVE A HAPPY EARTH DAY!

We are all in this together for the long run

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The Best Way to Sell Books

 

A MCS Blogs 3Marketing experts tell you to get a website, then you will sell lots of books. So you invest in a website, make it as special as possible, then release it to the world. What happens?

Nothing.

Then you’re told to start blogging three times a week, use search engine optimization, which will drive traffic to your website, then eventually sell books. So instead of writing books, you’re writing blogs. You wait for book sales, but…

Nothing.

Then you’re told to get a Facebook Page and Facebook Profile, which is the new way to sell books. So you spend time putting up your Facebook Page, making sure your profile looks amazing, then release to the world. You’re ready for the book sales to come flying in, but…

Nothing.

Then you’re told to promote your books by posting something everyday on Facebook, while adding Twitter and other social media sites. So you start writing posts and signing up for more social media sites, then write more posts instead of writing books. You’re anticipating sales, but…

Nothing.

In reality your website and social media are places to connect with readers, so what are you doing wrong? I’ll tell you…

Nothing.

The problem is that at some point authors are sold on the fact that websites and social media aremarketing campaigns. However, your website, Facebook, and Twitter are landing sites for potential readers.

Think about that for a second. Your website and social media are places for readers to connect with you during a successful marketing campaign.

Let’s put that all together now, so you fully understand. “Websites and social media are landing sites for potential readers during a successful marketing campaign.”

So…what’s the good news?

The good news is that you haven’t wasted any time. You do need a website for readers to know more about you, and yes, social media adds to that experience. However, most marketing plans are geared toward attracting readers, rather than targeting readers.

You won’t be able to draw in readers with a fancy blog, posts, or SEO. Those things are for you to connect with existing fans and potential readers.

What most authors are doing wrong is waiting for the readers to notice the website, Facebook posts, and Tweets, hoping that after they notice those things, book sales will follow.

Target readers, instead of waiting for readers.

Let’s say you attend a massive book conference with 500,000 in attendance. People from different cities around the United States have traveled to this conference and setup tents, waiting for authors to stop by.

Adding to those 500,000 people are 10,000 authors. Your first thought is, “How can I compete against 10,000 authors?”

You look around, armed with bookmarks, flyers, and sample books. There are 50 tents with 1,000 avid readers in each tent, looking to find a new author to read.

The other 9,999 authors are trying to make stops at all 50 tents and hand out information. Their goal is to reach every tent before the end of the day. Once everyone has their bookmark, the author anticipates that the readers will look up their website, or become a fan on Facebook. Then, book sales will follow.

You take a deep breath, ready to dive in and compete with these authors, hoping that your bookmarks, flyers, and sample books will do the trick.

Suddenly, there is a tap on your shoulder. A man hands you a list of 5 tents.

“What’s this?” you ask.

The man smiles. “Focus all of your efforts today on those 5 tents. Spend time there, meet the people, and talk to everyone in those tents. Don’t bother going anywhere else.”

You look over the list, glance at the 5 tents, then say, “But what’s so special about those tents?”

“Those tents are filled with your most ideal readers. They are from areas that love your style of writing. Plus, they are well-educated fans with have high-income levels. The other 45 tents only have a few of your ideal readers. It’s not worth your time.”

At this point you have nothing to lose. So you spend your time at the 5 tents on your list. The other authors are moving from tent-to-tent, but you are patient, talking to the people, handing them information. It doesn’t take much to convince them that you are their perfect author, because these people already love your style of writing.

Why will you be the most successful author at the book conference?

~ You efforts were focused in targeted areas with the best chance to succeed.

~ You didn’t just hand someone a bookmark and tell them to visit your website and Facebook Page, then move on to the next tent. Instead, you built a relationship with that reader.

~ You swung the odds in your favor by going to tents that are filled with ideal readers, well-educated people that earn lots of money.

The only question is, where do you get that coveted list of 5 tents? Well, the answer is after my name…

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Three Years After Fukushima

#Betrayal
a nuclear fiction novel of survival

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March 11, 2014, marks the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. My first fiction novel (published originally in hardcover), “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, predicted that this type nuclear incident was going to happen. But even after the Fukushima disaster there are still people writing on my Amazon page that “this writer knows nothing about nuclear.” But not only has the accident validated what terrible things can happen, others are now writing and saying the same thing:

“Fukushima is not a Japanese nuclear accident – it is a nuclear accident that happened to occur in Japan. The problems that caused the Fukushima accident exist wherever these type reactors operate.”

And there are lots of them of this type in operation today – probably 45 out of the 104 reactors in the United States.

At the end of the second year I wrote a blog that stated the disaster was of much greater magnitude than I had been led to believe. Some nuclear scientists that corresponded with me said they were not concerned in the least, they would do nothing if they were living close by, all radiation would be diluted by the ocean and blown away by the winds, and they would be more than willing to live in Japan. At that time a large portion of the land around Fukushima had been evacuated and was closed off to entry. Towns were deserted and vacant and the area was considered radioactive.

Now we are finishing year three after the accident. Many of the several hundred thousand evacuated people are still living in cubicles in warehouses, with no possessions. Financial aid is being cut off. And no cleanup has been achieved. Radioactive water massively leaks from the destroyed plants into the ocean. The heavily forested areas of Japan have radioactive dust throughout the tree foliage, with rain washing down this dust, spreading contamination. There is no where to dispose of radioactive soil, so it is bagged and abandoned. The government seems unconcerned.

For this reason I have written a fictional sequel to “The Nuclear Catastrophe” called “#Betrayal”.  Is the aftermath of the accident worse than the accident itself? It is set in Japan and Southern California.

                      Sara, who endured much in “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, has now remarried and   lives in the San Francisco area. However, she has a brain tumor and is very ill. When she is able she participates in a charity group raising money to send to nuclear victims in Japan.

                     The United Nations decrees that an independent team will be sent to Japan to evaluate this situation that threatens to contaminate the world. Bryce Anderson’s company in southern California is selected. He finds that he is not welcomed with open arms by the country of Japan.

                  Bryce hires a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, John Taguchi to gather stories from nuclear refugees. Fuji, a former nuclear power plant worker, and Mr. Nouchi, a farmer and their families are displaced from their homes this accident. The Japanese Mafia, known as the Yakuza, have invested money in these now ruined nuclear plants. They are making threats and demands. Mr. Tanaka, Japanese Minister of Public Affairs is pulled in many directions as he tries to satisfy everyone. Their lives all intertwine in this tale of betrayal. Lies, murder, greed, and power. Whom do you trust?

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SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING – New Release by JADE KERRION & New Scheduled Release by BARBARA BILLIG

      This is the second in the series of nuclear disaster  fiction novels of survival.  It is scheduled to be released March 11, 2014….the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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The first book of this series, “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, a fiction novel of survival, is set in beautiful sunny Southern California. Ben Harrington and his pregnant wife, Sara, live in San Mirado. Ben is head of Whitewater Nuclear Power Plant. On a fateful day, what could NEVER happen…..does happen. Ben and Sara, the plant workers, the people living in San Mirado and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions as to what to do, where to go.

Their choices have both good and bad consequences.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen.. History has shown us time after time that……what can go wrong….will go wrong. What would YOU do?

NOW………………………. #BETRAYAL

 Find out what has happened to Sara, a surviver of the nuclear disaster in San Mirado, Ca. after her baby.

Her doctor, Bernard Parsons, was one of the physicians working in the hospital located in the disaster area.

And, a nuclear disaster has happened in Fukushima, Japan, threatening the world with its contamination. Bryce Anderson’s company, located in Los Angeles, Ca. has been hired by the World’s United Nations to visit the country and report back to them. But Japan doesn’t want him there.

This is the second in the series of nuclear disaster fiction novels of survival. It is scheduled to be released March 11, 2014….the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

                                   And From  JADE KERRION

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“What makes Kerrion’s writing so compelling is the beautifully flawed characters that find themselves in unexpected relationships…these kind of character level conflicts make Kerrion’s writing so deliciously addictive.”—Noor A Jahangir, Author of The Changeling King

“Everything you want in a great story. Love, intrigue, action, betrayal, and understanding.”—Ch’kara Silverwolf, Author of Daughter of Light and Dark

Alone for a millennium, since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears to be at an end when her consort’s soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy.

Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampire, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker.

Furthermore, Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the icrathari and the vampires.

As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: what is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?

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With Tera beside her, Ashra strode forward. A wall of vampires parted to reveal the other two icrathari, Siri and Elsker. A dark-haired human slumped at Elsker’s feet, his wrists cuffed behind his back. Ashra stifled a chuckle. Surely Tera was overreacting; the human was by far the weakest creature in the chamber.

Tera knelt down, wrapped her fingers into the human’s hair, and pulled his head back. The human’s face was handsome enough—the slash of his cheekbones accentuated his perfectly proportioned, sculptured features—but taken as a whole, he was not compelling enough to justify the fuss.

Ashra shrugged. “You’re wasting my time, Tera.”

Apparently undeterred, the icrathari warlord shook the human hard. His eyes flashed open. They were brilliant green, the exact color of the emerald ring Ashra wore on the index finger of her right hand. His gaze was unfocused, and the reflexive narrowing of his eyes matched the clenching of his jaw, hinting of wrenching pain.

Tera looked up and met Ashra’s gaze. “Taste his soul.”

Ashra recoiled, her upper lip curling in disgust. She had no desire to taste a human’s soul. Over the centuries, humans had grown weak, their small lives consumed by superstition and fear. It was better to live on the edge of perpetual starvation than fill her hunger with the pitiful excuse humans called a soul.

“Go deep,” Tera said.

But why? Ashra’s brow furrowed. She glanced at Siri and Elsker, but the two icrathari shrugged, apparently no more clued in than she was. She looked back at Tera. The icrathari warlord known as Ashra’s Blade was the epitome of calm understatement. If she was so insistent, she must have had a reason.

Ashra knelt beside the human. Without flinching, she placed her hand against his muscled abdomen. It was bloody, his flesh ripped by a vampire’s talons.

The man tensed at her touch, and his eyes flared wide with agony when her soul-sucking powers leeched into him. His breath came hard and fast, his chest heaving with the effort as he twisted in Tera’s unyielding grip, trying to break free.

Ashra’s eyes narrowed. The human was weakened—tapped into his life source, she waded through his dazed thoughts and shivered from the echo of each spasm of pain that wracked his body—but still, he fought Tera on the physical plane and Ashra on the psychic dimension, denying her access to his memories and to his soul.

She frowned and slammed her will against his, tearing an anguished scream from his throat, but still, his will did not crumble.

Askance, Ashra looked at Tera. “Did you taste him?”

Tera nodded. “It wasn’t hard the first time; he didn’t know what to expect, but apparently, he does now and is doing a fine job of fighting back.”

Was that grudging respect she heard in Tera’s voice? “Does his soul really matter?”

The icrathari nodded again.

Ashra’s shoulders shifted with the motion of a silent sigh. His resistance left her with little choice. She leaned forward and glided her lips over his in a whisper of a kiss.

Human myths spoke of succubi and incubi—demons that, with a touch, could stir lust in their unwilling victims. All myths were based in reality. The maddening beauty and soul-sucking powers of the icrathari had spawned the legends of succubi and incubi. With a touch, the icrathari could lure their victims into a state of sexual ecstasy, bending the will and baring the soul.

The human tensed against Ashra, resisting the intimate contact. She almost recoiled. Had the centuries dulled her innate powers? Surely she had not forgotten how to lure a man.

She closed her eyes and remembered love.

As always, Rohkeus’s fine-featured face—those beautiful gold-flecked green eyes, so unusual for an icrathari, and teasing smile—came to the fore. With a dreamy half-smile, she deepened the kiss, driving the memory of love before her like a sharpened stake.

At last, the man relaxed, succumbing to the kiss. She leaned into him, heedless of his crimson blood staining her white gown. He was warm, feverish even. Just skimming over six feet, he had more than twelve inches on her, but his physical strength, compared to hers, was puny. She was well aged; over four millennia old, she was the oldest of the icrathari and the strongest. She could have broken his neck with as little effort as a human child snapping a twig.

Her hand trailed across his muscled torso. He made it easy for her to be gentle. His body trembled as if he longed for her. His mouth was hungry for her kiss. He arched up against her, as if craving more. His need was like a living creature, wild and aching for her touch.

Eyes closed, Ashra shivered. Only one other person had desired her as much.

And he was dead.

She forced her way through the memories of pale bodies tangled upon cool silk sheets. When her soul-sucking power leeched out, it found no opposition. Images of the human’s life rewound in a blaze of vivid sights, sounds, and sensations.

Ashra looked up at Tera, her smile little more than a barely perceptible curve of her lips. “He fancies himself the protector of the child of prophecy. Was she among those taken tonight?”

Tera nodded.

Ashra chuckled, the sound without humor. “It’s a pity her genetic heritage wasn’t sufficiently superior to prevent her from being culled.”

“There’s more. Go deep.”

She pushed past the blackness at the start of his memories, expecting deeper darkness. Instead, the colors shifted into shades of ochre and gray. Memories, older than his body, resided in his soul; memories of an Earth long since lost to them—a planet surrounded and nourished by water; images of tall buildings glistening beneath a benevolent sun, and of thriving cities filled with the bustle of humans; memories of quiet and intimate conversations beneath a silver moon, the same silver moon that now graced Malum Turris with its light, though a thousand years older and viewed only from beneath the protection of the dome.

She saw herself as he must have seen her, a much-younger icrathari, still hopeful for the future, never realizing that the Earth they had all known and loved was irretrievably lost. Had she ever looked that vulnerable? Had her smile ever been so beautiful, so filled with love as she looked upon—

Rohkeus?” Oh, blessed Creator, was that stricken whisper her voice?

~*~

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Attention Terrorists: The Theft of Nuclear and YOU

AN EARLIER POST WAS DEVOTED TO “THE ARAFAT MYSTERY”(HTTP://THENUCLEARCATASTROPHE.BLOGSPOT.COM/2012/12/THE-ARAFAT-MYSTERY.HTML ). THE BURNING QUESTION WAS…..DID YASSAR ARAFAT DIE FROM POISONING BY RADIOACTIVE POLONIUM-210? THE POLONIUM WAS FOUND ON HIS TOOTHBRUSH. SO HIS BODY WAS EXHUMED THIS YEAR AFTER HIS DEATH IN 2004. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE LA TIMES 11/7/2013 SWISS FORENSIC EXAMINERS FOUND SUFFICIENT TRACES OF POLONIUM IN ARAFAT’S REMAINS TO CONCLUDE WITH RELATIVE CERTAINTY THAT HIS CAUSE OF DEATH WAS POLONIUM POISONING. THE QUESTION REMAINS AS TO WHO PLACED THE POLONIUM TO WHICH HE WAS EXPOSED.

Arafat died at 75, less than a month after falling ill with what doctors thought was influenza. He had vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain, which are also symptoms of radiation poisoning. However, these symptoms are rarely diagnosed as such, unless the person has been known to be exposed. Radiation poisoning was used in 2006 to kill a KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko in London. Supposedly it was put into his tea. Again, the perpetrator is unknown, and the guilty party would be thought to suffer some exposure himself!


And now we have had nuclear material stolen from a medical device (such as an x-ray machine) being shipped by truck to a disposal site in Mexico. The truck was stolen from a gas station. The device was found later in a field but the nuclear material had been removed. Please read the following article as to the danger of handling this material. A person could die in as little as one hour.

While terrorists may think this nuclear material is something to add to their home made bomb…..hopefully they will be dead before it is completed.

Mexico Says Stolen Radioactive Source Found in Field

International Radiation Symbol
The international radiation symbol, or trefoil, indicates hazardous radioactive material. (Graphic: IAEA)

Mexico has informed the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) that it has located a dangerous radioactive source that had been missing since the truck on which it was being transported was stolen on 2 December 2013.

Mexico’s “Comisión Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS)” said law enforcement authorities tracked the teletherapy device down to a field near the town of Hueypoxtla in Mexico State, very close to where the truck was stolen, at around 14:00 (20:00 UTC) on 4 December 2013.

The radioactive cobalt-60 source contained in the device has been removed (by the thieves) from its protective shielding, but there is no indication that it has been damaged or broken up and no sign of contamination to the area. Police have secured the area around the source to a distance of 500 metres.

The source, with an activity of 3,000 curies (111 terabequerels), is considered Category 1. The IAEA defines a Category 1 source as extremely dangerous to the person. If not safely managed or securely protected, it would be likely to cause permanent injury to a person who handled it or who was otherwise in contact with it for more than a few minutes. It would probably be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period in the range of a few minutes to an hour.

Mexican authorities are assessing potential radiation exposure to persons who may have been close to the unshielded source, and hospitals have been alerted to watch for symptoms of such exposure. 

People exposed to the source do not represent a contamination risk to others. Based on the information available, the Mexican authorities and the IAEA believe the general public is safe and will remain safe.

The CNSNS and the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ) are preparing plans to recover and secure the source.

The IAEA remains in close contact with the Mexican authorities. It believes the actions taken in response to the discovery of the source are appropriate and follow Agency guidance for this type of event.

From Rueters:
As a follow up, the truck was found on Wednesday close to where it was stolen outside Mexico City. The thieves removed the radioactive material from a protective case, exposing them to dangerous levels of radiation then dumped it less than a mile away.

The truck was stolen on Monday while it was taking cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage center, Mexican officials and the UN agency said earlier.
“Both the container and the radioactive source have been located,” said Mardonio Jimenez Rojas, an official at the commission, told Reuters. “The radioactive source was removed from its container and was found a kilometer away.”
“The thieves were exposed to radiation,” he added, saying those exposed to the material could die. Experts were working on how to secure the radioactive material in a protective container, he said.
The vehicle was seized when the driver stopped at a gas station in the town of Temascalapa, 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Mexico City. Truck hijacking is common in Mexico and the theft occurred in the State of Mexico, which is not a drug cartel stronghold.
“Our suspicion is that they had no idea what they had stolen. This is a area where robberies are common,” Fernando Hidalgo, spokesman for the Hidalgo state prosecutor, said earlier.
In 2000, three people died in Thailand after a cobalt-60 teletherapy unit was sold as scrap metal and ended up on a junkyard. About 1,870 people living nearby were exposed to “some elevated level of radiation,” according to an IAEA publication.
About the same time in Mexico, homes built with metal rods that had been contaminated by stolen cobalt were destroyed, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said.
“Cobalt-60 has figured in several serious accidents, some of them fatal,” said nuclear expert Mark Hibbs of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think-tank. “If dispersed, cobalt-60 or other radioactive source material could cause radiation poisoning locally.”

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Los Angeles Times article: “Arafat probably poisoned, say Swiss Scientists” written by Carol J. Williams November 7, 2013

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-mexico-nuclear-iaea-idUSBRE9B30J820131205?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews 

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The Internet Catastrophe….and It’s Not Over Yet!

In the early years of dial up modems, the internet used to disappear or be down periodically.  Everyone would rant and scream, even though it was in its infancy and we had no idea what far out boundaries the internet would actually reach.  Besides emailing and texting, now we pay our bills over the internet, we look up every question we can imagine by googling it, we have facebook for our friends and businesses, twitter to get the latest news in 140 characters (plus maybe a picture attached) and hordes of applications for shopping, playing games, downloading EBooks and on and on.

So several weeks ago the internet connection at my house began to fade in and out periodically. I work out of my home and I had put off posting on twitter until after dinner.  When I switched on the computer it said “No Service”.  Piqued, I went to the cell phone:  “No  Service”.  Upstairs there was a computer with a DSL land line: “No service”.  I decided to wait until later.  Later was the next morning.  It was on when I awoke at 6 am.  But it went out about 8 am.  I tried rebooting the modem.  But I also have a signal booster and it was making angry red flashes.  When I tried rebooting that it went red for everything except power.

Now I am left with one alternative – call the service provider.  Verizon is a company that has grown tremendously large over the years.  They are now so large that hardly anyone can help you.  Time after time I have spent hours on the telephone with them to really get nowhere.  Call this number they say.  And when you do you spend at least 30 minutes on hold and the company says they are not the correct department after all.  But they give you another number to call.  The same experience repeats over and over until you give up.  So I was not looking forward to having to call Verizon.

Numerous phone calls resulted in about four hours of my time (one half of a work day) wasted.  The first time I got a live person on the phone I asked if there was an outage.  He said no.  He again had me test all the equipment and couldn’t find a problem.  I didn’t feel it was my equipment because it had all failed at one time – usually all four tires on your car don’t go at once.  But he referred me to another number.  This time the number was a pre-programmed message about things you can try.  At the end of the message it asked me if I would like to take a survey.  Yes, I did and gave my opinion that so far they were a zero.

The next day I decided to try one more time and managed to get a live person.  She was very nice and insisted we do an advanced check of the modem.  That meant I had to go into the equipment room and disconnect the cellular and the Ethernet routers, hook a portable wireless computer to the modem, and sit for an hour going through steps read to me over a portable phone.  It was about 80 degrees in the equipment room.  I was sweating by the time we were through.  She informed me that we had “an outage”.  I said that I had asked that question before all this time (my free time) spent on the problem and had been told there was not “an outage”.  She apologized and asked if I wanted to take a survey.  I said no.

There was then a recorded message the next day that  “there was an outage”.   I had had it.  I do most of my communication through the internet. I spend at least fifty percent of every day  using my computer.  I would drive down the street until I could pick up cell service and check my messages and answer  those that were most important on my hand held smart phone.  I called a lot of people that I usually messaged.  Now my business office had moved to my car using the minicomputer smart phone.  I went to the library to work, to Starbucks and McDonald’s, and down the street to hook onto a neighbor’s network – she let me sit in the backyard with a portable computer. 

So finally I was tired of living out of my car and other’s back yards.  I researched other internet providers and noticed that Direct TV advertised 99 percent signal dependability.  We had had Direct TV for years and in the beginning it was out a lot.  But for the past several years it had turned itself around and was hardly ever out.  So I called them and they said they would send someone out to set up a new internet service that was wireless.   Meanwhile I had never heard from Verizon again and still had “No Service”.

Direct TV technicians arrived promptly on time, with a 30 foot ladder to get up on the second story  roof. They worked with my husband (who is an electrical contractor) to understand our in house electrical wiring system and protect the roof tile from breakage.  Up the ladder they went to the second story, mounted a new dish to pick up the internet signal, pushed the wire down the metal tube meant for such into the electrical room, and hooked it onto their new modem.  Presto!  We had internet after being down for a whole week!

About one hour after we had our new wireless internet service, Verizon came back on line with cellular service (I don’t know about internet because we were disconnected from them at that point).  I logged on to “My Verizon” page and chose “Make changes to your service”.  Immediately a message came on the screen  “We have noticed that you have had outages.  We recommend you change to FIOS (a new division of Verizon that is hooked to you by high speed cable.) When I typed in my telephone number associated with the account, they gave me a number to call, saying they could not service my request over the computer. That person (when I reached them) did take my order to take my internet service off my bill but tried to continually sell me FIOS.  Sorry, I was already connected to Direct TV now.

While I had hoped this would be the end of the story, it turns out that satellite wireless (at least by Direct TV Hughes) will not allow your security cameras to be accessed by the internet.  (They are working on the problem).  Four hours of calls to them got me a sorry, but cannot help you.  So it’s off to another internet company next week.

I cannot understand why communication is so poor with these companies.  Direct TV spent a lot of money installing the equipment that I am now going to cancel.   And with Verizon, I hate to be paranoid but I was the only one on my street to be without internet for a week.  However, we are the last house on the street.  But they had been trying to sell us FIOS for over a year.  It isn’t possible that they interrupted our service just to get our attention, is it?  And the government doesn’t spy on us either, does it?  And I still don’t have the reliable internet service I want..

 

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WHAT’S UP WITH NUCLEAR? Have we made any mistakes?

WHAT’S UP WITH NUCLEAR?

Have we made any mistakes?

June 16, 1945:Our world’s most Ominous anniversary: On This Day 68 Years Ago the Nuclear Age Began when the U.S. Detonated The First Atomic Bomb in what is now called Trinity, New Mexico. Subsequently on August 6, 1945, the US bombed Hiroshima, Japan, with an atomic bomb in an effort to end World War II. Three days after the Hiroshima bombing, another atomic bomb, called the “Fat Man” killed 73,000 and injured 74,000 people in Nagasaki leading to the surrender of Japan & the end of the war.

Pacific islands surrounded a deep sapphire lagoon, Enewetak coral atoll was a beautiful place to launch the world’s first hydrogen bomb. Between 1948 & 1958, 43 weapons exploded over it. Among these was Ivy Mike, a world-first hydrogen bomb, 500 times bigger than Hiroshima’s Little Boy, that destroyed the entire island of Elugelab. By the time testing ceased, the entire atoll was highly radioactive, its reefs and islands dotted with craters that each measured several hundred feet in diameter.

1949:

SEMIPALATINSK, KAZAKHSTAN: The Soviets detonated their first nuclear device here. Anastacia Kyseleva saw her first atomic mushroom cloud from the fields near her village. Soldiers came and ordered everyone outside – a move experts now suspect was made to protect residents from potential house collapses. “It looked like a sunset,” says Ms. Kyseleva. Some stood frozen, staring; others ran toward the bomb. “Those people who followed it, they either died or they couldn’t walk afterwards.”

Feb. 1, 1951 Helen Bush Jenkins set up her camera on a Los Angeles rooftop in the darkness. The picture captured an atomic test blast in Nevada. The sky went from pitch black to daylight then back to black again.

1954:

The Castle Bravo test created the worst radiological disaster in the United States’ testing history. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, 1 March 1954. yielded 15 megatons and was the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated by the United States. By accident, the inhabited atolls of Rongelap, Rongerik and Utirik were contaminated with radioactive fallout, as was the Japanese fishing trawler Lucky Dragon. The controversy over radioactive fallout from testing activities caused great international concern.

Operation Mosaic G2-19 June 1956 -Monte Bello Islands, Australia. Yield: 98 kt This was the highest yield test ever conducted in Australia. Since the test yield broke an assurance made personally by PM Anthony Eden of the UK to PM Robert Menzies of Australia that the yield would not exceed 2.5 time that of Hurricane (thus about 62 kt), the true yield was concealed until 1984.

The H bomb was not clean. It delivered large amounts of fallout capable of immediate harm hundreds of miles from blast point. That the United Kingdom should continue with the pre 1954 mythology (the myth that H bombs are clean) in the modern courts is incomprehensible. The British weapons used in Australia astonished the US monitoring crews with their dirtiness.

1957:

Originally named Windscale, Cumberland (now Sellafield, Cumbria) this is the site of the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history. It was ranked in severity at level 5 on the 7-point International Nuclear Event Scale. The nuclear core reaction erupted into a severe fire, totally damaged the reactor, & released radiation into the surroundings. After more than 50 years the radiation levels have subsided & the government will attempt to dismantle this nuclear plant.

In 1957, the British military began conducting nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean and based themselves on Christmas Island. The tests ended six years later and parts of the island were sealed off for decades. in this 1962 test you see the spectators watching. (???)

1957:Mayak Nuclear Plant is one of the biggest nuclear facilities in the Russian Federation. The facility has experienced 20 or more accidents affecting at least half a million people in the past 45 years. On 29th September, 1957, the failure of the cooling system for a tank storing thousands of tons of nuclear waste resulted in a chemical explosion having a force estimated at about 75 tons of TNT. This released radioactivity over 15,000 sq. miles. A large area was left barren and unusable.

1961, a nuclear plant 40 mi from Idaho Falls underwent the first reactor core meltdown in American history, & the only failure that ever directly killed anyone. Jack Bynes & Richard Legg were killed on-site (Legg was pinned to a ceiling by flying metal), & Richard McKinley died shortly after. The event was instrumental in tightening procedures for nuclear energy production. The reactor’s central control rod had been raised close to twice what would be expected to cause a meltdown – by whom?

1966. A B-52 bomber carrying 4 nuclear weapons dropped them in Spain on the southern Mediterranean Coast after a midair collision from a routine refueling. Seven American crewmen were killed. 2 of the bombs hit the ground and ruptured, leaving a large area dangerously contaminated. One stayed intact, & the final one landed in the Mediterranean. The international incident led to the banning of all American nuclear cargo over Spanish airspace. The cleanup really never got done.

Yucca Flat, December 18. 1970 After the Baneberry test, involving the detonation of a 10 kiloton nuclear device underneath Yucca Flat in Nevada, the plug sealing the shaft from the surface failed and radioactive debris vented into the atmosphere. Eighty six workers at the site were exposed to radiation.

Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pa. On March 28, 1979,the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history shook the nation to its core.The island is home to 2 nuclear reactors. One of them continues to function & deliver power. The second one has not been run again since that day when a few malfunctions & a series of human errors resulted in a partial nuclear meltdown. About 20 tons of radioactive uranium spilled out of the reactor core and almost burned through the five-inch thick steel floor.

K-431 Chazhma Bay, August 10. 1985 During refuelling in Vladivostok, Russia, the Echo II class submarine (like the one seen above) suffered an explosion, sending a radioactive cloud of gas into the air. Ten sailors were killed in the incident and 49 people were observed to have radiation injuries.

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (Ukrainian SSR), which was under the jurisdiction of Moscow. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over Western USSR and Europe. It is considered the worst nuclear power accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

1987:

Goiania Accident, September 13, 87 More than 240 people were exposed to radiation when a junkyard dealer in Goiania, Brazil, broke open an abandoned radiation therapy machine & removed a small highly radioactive cake of cesium chloride. Children, attracted to the bright blue of the radioactive material, touched it & rubbed it on their skin, resulting in the contamination of several city blocks which had to be demolished. www.time.com/

The Davis-Besse nuclear generating station in Ohio, where a football-size hole overlooked by NRC inspectors nearly caused a catastrophe in 2002

March 11, 2011:

Picture of Fukushima nuclear catastrophe as the meltdown of the reactors begins. (Fairewinds)

2013: Cleanup operations at the Western hemisphere’s most contaminated nuclear site in Hanford, Washington. To build an atomic bomb during World War II, the US created the first-ever plutonium reactor. 68 years later,Hanford remains off limits because it has 53 million gallons of radioactive waste stored in aging tanks. With billions of dollars a year invested in cleanup, some 12,000 people work at Hanford, which at 586 square miles is twice the size of Singapore. Estimated 20 years to clean up.

The original novel, a fictional story of suspense and terror, published in hardcover, predicted all that could possibly be coming. Now that Fukushima has occurred we see how dangerous these plants can be. This is an updated version. Get prepared for disaster survival! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WDRWXY

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Words From a Writer to Readers

Writing comes from within. Everyone has a story inside themselves to tell. But not everyone can transpose this to a written tale. It is said that writers are dreamers, creators.

In an effort to make clearer to readers what it takes to produce a book, first think in terms of years. Books are not (usually) written in a month or months. If one has the luxury of doing nothing but writing (no kids, no pets, no chores, errands, or responsibilities) it still takes around a year to get those thoughts on paper – because they are in the beginning nothing but thoughts in your head. After writing and transcribing and re-reading and editing your thoughts for the day……then you have to take time to think about where your story is going next – before you start again. Really, it is exhausting.

In the olden days after your manuscript was finished you then searched for a publisher (might take a year) and then the publisher took another year to get your book edited and ready to print and distribute. So now we are at one year to write (Michael Crichton took twelve years to write “Jurrasic Park”) plus two years to get it into print. So you had invested three years of your life into getting a published book.

Now, Amazon’s (and other such) amazing book publishing process leads to getting the book into print immediately after the editing and cover selection period, which can be quick or slow depending on your digital knowledge and connections. Either way it is still a work that has completely come from within you.

So to you readers, who are the people we are trying to reach and connect with – please be gentle with us. We have put our hearts and souls and time and effort into the writing of our book. Years. We value your feedback, your constructive criticism. And we hope you enjoy our work.

If you did not enjoy something we hope you will be gracious enough to say, “It didn’t work for me.”
Thanks for listening. And here’s an excerpt from the new work just released by author
JADE KERRION!

The best of the four books. The perfect ending to an amazing series.

Enjoy an excerpt from Perfection Challenged, the thrilling conclusion to Jade Kerrion’s multiple award-winning, bestselling DOUBLE HELIX series. If you’ve never picked up the DOUBLE HELIX series, keep reading for a special offer on the six-time award-winning novel, Perfection Unleashed.

Perfection Challenged

“I have to get back to work,” Danyael said, adjusting the crutch under his left arm.

Alex Saunders, director-general of the Mutant Affairs Council, frowned. “Did Abd-al not explain to you the dangers of pushing your body too hard, especially given your situation?”

Danyael shrugged. “Live or die, the bills have to get paid, and gene therapy is expensive.”

“That’s what I’ve come to talk to you about.” Alex gestured at the lounge area tucked in a corner of the hospital suite. “Will you sit?”

Since Alex had been kind enough to open with politeness instead of threats, Danyael complied. Alex waited until Danyael claimed the armchair before lowering himself onto the couch. “We’ve been monitoring you, Danyael. I’m sure you know that. You’re one of the world’s most powerful alpha empaths, and you don’t have the luxury of privacy.”

Danyael said nothing.

“I know you want nothing to do with the council, and I’ve done my best to respect your decision.” Alex looked pained. “When you went to Nelson Harris to schedule the amputation, it was all I could do not to interfere. We both know the council healers could have healed you. In fact, they want to help. You have many friends, whether or not you know it, or care. You’re a fighter, Danyael. I don’t doubt your will to survive, but this…this newest crisis is beyond you. You’ll have enough difficulty finding a donor. Paying for gene therapy—”

“I may not be able to afford gene therapy but I can’t afford the council’s favors either.”

“Danyael, we can help. We want to help.”

He looked away, a bitter smile twisting his lips. “You need stronger psychic shields, Alex. I can sense the lie. What is the trap that you want me to walk into?”

Alex shook his head, the gesture sad and slow. “We need you to bring Galahad in.” He slid a tablet across the coffee table.

Danyael picked up the tablet and perused the article as Alex continued speaking. “You know Senator Sullivan’s daughter, don’t you?”

“Yes, Chloe. We dated briefly when we were at Harvard University.” Danyael’s brow furrowed. “What does Galahad have to do with the senator’s death? The article specifically says that he died of smoke inhalation.”

“John Sullivan was one of Galahad’s genetic donors, and the twenty-fifth of thirty donors to die in the past three years since Zara freed Galahad from Pioneer Labs. We don’t have physical evidence to tie Galahad to any of their deaths—”

“Yet you’ve judged him guilty based on circumstantial evidence.”

Alex winced. “You must understand. We have an obligation to investigate and to keep his surviving donors safe. If he’s guilty, if he is indeed hunting down his donors, you’re the only one of the five remaining donors who can stop him. No one else stands a chance against the epitome of perfection.”

“I’m surprised you think I do.”

“No one else can kill with a touch.”

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An alpha empath, Danyael Sabre has survived abominations and super soldiers, terrorists and assassins, but he cannot survive his failing body. He wants only to live out his final days in peace, but life and the woman he loves, the assassin Zara Itani, have other plans for him.

Galahad, the perfect human being created by Pioneer Labs, is branded an international threat, and Danyael is appointed his jury, judge, and executioner. Danyael alone believes that Galahad can be the salvation that the world needs, but is the empath blinded by the fact that Galahad shares his genes, and the hope that there is something of him in Galahad?

In a desperate race against time and his own dying body, Danyael struggles to find fragments of good in the perfect human being, and comes to the wrenching realization that his greatest battle will be a battle for the heart of the man who hates him.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK

PERFECTION UNLEASHED Perfection Unleashed

“Higher octane than Heroes. More heart than X-Men.”

Recipient of six literary awards, including First place in Science Fiction, Reader Views Literary Awards 2012 and Gold medal winner, Science Fiction, Readers Favorites 2013.

FOR A LIMITED TIME, E-BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR JUST $0.99 (Discounted from $2.99)

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

Connect with Jade Kerrion: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Barbara Billig is the author of “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, a fiction novel of survival. You can find this work at Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WDRWXY

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!!!!! JADE KERRION’S UPCOMING NEW BOOK !!!!

Perfection Challenged, the thrilling conclusion to Jade Kerrion’s multiple award-winning, bestselling DOUBLE HELIX series, will be released on September 17th and will be available in paperback and all electronic formats. Beta readers have declared Perfection Challenged “the best of the four books…the perfect ending to an amazing series.”

If you’ve never picked up the DOUBLE HELIX series, keep on reading for a special offer on Perfection Unleashed, the book that launched the DOUBLE HELIX series.

PERFECTION CHALLENGED

An alpha empath, Danyael Sabre has survived abominations and super soldiers, terrorists and assassins, but he cannot survive his failing body. He wants only to live out his final days in peace, but life and the woman he loves, the assassin Zara Itani, have other plans for him.

Galahad, the perfect human being created by Pioneer Labs, is branded an international threat, and Danyael is appointed his jury, judge, and executioner. Danyael alone believes that Galahad can be the salvation that the world needs, but is the empath blinded by the fact that Galahad shares his genes, and the hope that there is something of him in Galahad?

In a desperate race against time and his own dying body, Danyael struggles to find fragments of good in the perfect human being, and comes to the wrenching realization that his greatest battle will be a battle for the heart of the man who hates him.

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PERFECTION UNLEASHED Perfection Unleashed

Recipient of six literary awards, including first place in Science Fiction, Reader Views Literary Awards 2012 and Gold medal winner in Science Fiction, Readers Favorites 2013.

“Higher octane than Heroes. More heart than X-Men.”

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

FOR A LIMITED TIME, E-BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR JUST $0.99 (Discounted from $2.99)

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

To be the first to receive news of Jade Kerrion’s latest book releases, sign up for her New Release Mailing List. If Perfection Challenge makes it to the bookstores before September 17th, you’ll be among the first to know.

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The Annual Blogger Book Fair for Readers and Writers Guide to Success!

As a writer and blogger I am always looking for ways to participate and publicize. As a reader I am always looking for a new good book. So I was curious when I saw a tweet about signing up for the Annual Blogger Book Fair. This event was put together by Kayla Curry http://kaylacurry.com/ and required a tremendous amount of time and effort on her part to bring it off. She had approximately 200 Bloggers and writers sign up to participate. On the signup form it asked how many author/blogger posts you wished to host on your own blog page. It could be any number from one to fifteen. Not being shy, I took fifteen.

From there you got a variety of informational sheets, but the most important was the one giving the email addresses of the fifteen people I was going to host – and who were going to host me. The fair ran for five days and some people hosted different authors each day. I chose to host all fifteen of my authors each day but rotate their positions so that everyone would have the opportunity to be in one of the first three positions each day. While I was initially worried that the rotation might be a problem for a basically non-techie person like me……it turned out to be the easiest part of this endeavor of hosting fifteen people.

Realizing that there were time constraints for getting all this together I asked people not to wait until the last minute to get their posts to me. And I asked that their post be in one file, ready to go, that I could just paste into my blog. Here’s what I got:

1) Several authors sent me a complete file that opened, pasted, worked, and was timely.
2) Others sent me one file but either the pictures wouldn’t come up (their book cover or their characters) or their links back to their site would not work (were not “live” is the term)
3) Then there were those who sent nothing at all, requiring me to email them several times. Where are you? Are you participating?
4) One author sent a file that had everything he had ever done. If I had just posted it, it would have taken up about ten pages – far too long.
5) One author asked to change her post several times, even through the event. If all fifteen had done that I doubt that I would even be writing this, just still recovering from the stress.
6) One author, Jade Kerrion, helped me tremendously with some of the technical issues. Many thanks for that. http://www.jadekerrion.com
7) And finally, I got to meet a lot of very nice people whom I enjoyed tremendously.

My point in going over all of this is……if you want to participate in an event such as this……or even if you are asked to do a guest blog…..then there are some things you should know and know well before you submit.

1) Know how to prepare a “html-ready” file for submission of your promotional material. Older forms of Word use “save as html”. Newer forms of Word use “save as a web page”. Try the file out on your own blog page under “draft”. Paste it in and turn on “preview”. If it doesn’t work for you it is not going to work for the party you are sending it to.
2) Use the insert command from the top of your composing page to put in pictures and links. Then they will be “live”. The other way to do this is to use actual html language – but that is difficult if you have never been schooled in it.
3) Don’t make it too long (or use excessive pictures)
4) Don’t expect your host to write the material for you.
5) Be timely
6) Keep working at it! You CAN do this!

As I received the files from my guests I worked on the host post. Those that opened and worked immediately got first placement for the first day. The rest got placed thereafter as I got them ironed out. I finally gave up on getting some of the guests to straighten out their posts and I learned how to copy their pictures to my desktop and then upload them to their post to make them show up– but that’s a time consuming pain. I also learned how to schedule on my blog so the rotated guests showed up each day at just after midnight and I didn’t have to get out of bed. The first day’s post had some spelling errors and one missing person, but it finally got all worked out and we were under way for the five days.

The one final ingredient for the success of the whole “Fair” idea was the advertising done by all these participants so readers and writers would visit the Fair’s main page and also the host pages. The main fair page: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com/ had contests to enter and all sorts of giveaways. Anyone could host an event on the main Fair page. All the participants books were listed that were either free or 99 cents. There was voting for books in various categories. The whole Fair was very cleverly done.

Some of my guests advertised overwhelmingly. (Thank you very much). I gave recognition to Emma Calin http://www.emmacalin.com as an author who works at both writing and publicizing. I used social media to get the word out-twitter, facebook, google+, linked in, etc. It was impossible to know if some of the authors did any publicity if they didn’t make contact after the Fair started. However, that is the point of the Blogger Book Fair – to reach new readers and writers that had not been exposed to our work before…..and hopefully would like it. So if you participate it is extremely important that you spend time advertising both the Book Fair, pages where you are the guest, and your host page. That all takes a lot of work. Was it worth it? I think so. One best selling author wrote that “no one thing will take your book to the top. It takes many kinds of effort and persistence.”

If you would like to take a look at my fifteen authors and their books, I invite you to visit my last post: Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair – DAY FIVE – our last day! Thanks and be sure and sign up next year before June if you are a writer or visit the Blogger Book Fair in July!

Barbara Griffin Billig is the author of “The Nuclear Catastrophe” a fiction novel of survival. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WDRWXY

She supports writers and readers at her blog, @BilligBooks on twitter,and http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBilligReadersandWriters

For her book fans interested in “The Nuclear Catastrophe” she has:

Web page: http://mysite.verizon.net/resrrmof/

Follow on Twitter: @ barbarabillig

Blog: http://www.thenuclearcatastrophe.blogspot.com

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/barbarabillig/nuclear-catastrophes/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBilligTheNuclearCatastrophe

Available as THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe in Paperback

Read an excerpt now: http://bit.ly/pY8HxX

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Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair – DAY FIVE – our last day!

Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair!

WELCOME!!!

Blogger Book Fair begins July 22nd! There are Free books, Giveaways, and fun events in which to participate. You may visit the home site of the Blogger Book Fair at: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com

Be sure you visit the Fair’s page listing free Ebooks and 99 cents Ebooks. Some of these have been specially priced only for the duration of the Fair! Visit:
http://bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com/p/free-books-99-books.html

In our final day I am posting on top the author who (in my opinion):
1st: worked hardest at promoting this Blogger Book Fair and
2nd posting place for: the most technical help offered and
3rd posting goes for: keeping in touch

After that are the others in no particular order. But I thank all of you for your efforts and hope we all will stay in touch. Especially thanks to Kayla Curry for putting together this BIG effort involving over 200 authors. She has said it will become an annual event. To visit Kayla and learn more go to: https://sites.google.com/site/kaylacurryauthor/

Below you will find 16 posts by authors that are participating in the Blogger Book Fair with pictures, excerpts, descriptions and links to their sites. Hopefully you will find a book interesting to you and select it to read now or in the future. Thanks for visiting and here are the titles of the books or posts and their authors that are listed below:

Love in a Hopeless Place Collection by Emma Calin
Perfection Unleashed, science fiction novel by Jade Kerrion
Boxes for Beds by Mary Ann Miller
The Nuclear Catastrophe, a fiction novel of survival by Barbara Billig
Oracle, a fiction crimefighting novel by J.C. Martin
Love in Darkness by E.M.Tippetts
Double Crossing by Meg Mims
How I Choose Books by Kathryn Lively
When the Deep Purple Falls by Ed Aymar
Pursuit by Caitlyn Nichols
Pawnbroker by Jerry Hatchett
Seven Unholy Days by Jerry Hatchett
Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine
Rescued from the Dark by Lynda Kay Frazier
Cyberspace by Jeff Horton
The secrets of Clayton County Trilogy by Don Wooldridge
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FIRST POSTING PLACE GOES TO EMMA CALIN- AN AUTHOR WHO WORKS AT HER TRADE – writing AND publicizing. Thanks for all you have done for the Blogger Book Fair!!!
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Thank you for hosting me Barbara! You can find Barbara Billig‘s post on my blog on the 25th July.

My name is Emma Calin. I write hot steamy romance novels and gritty urban short stories and novelettes.

In my guest post for the Blogger Book Fair I am going to try to tempt you to read my book by giving you: a character, a location and an end-of-scene sentence from one of my books – Sub-Prime.

Book
Title: Sub-Prime

Genre:
Gritty urban short story
BLURB:

SUB-PRIME – A #1 Kindle Best Seller in Short Stories.

First in Emma Calin’s “LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION.” An award winning short story.

Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief

experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart?

Far more than a love story – this is a story about love.

Sub-Prime: a short story of our times.

5 Star Reviews…

  • ‘Sub-Prime is not a fun tale, but it’s truth, and truth, even well stated, is stark, in-your-face, and eye opening’
  • ‘Although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic’
  • ‘Powerful condensed full-flavoured shot of reality’
The first story in the “Love in a Hopeless Place Collection”. You can read it as a stand-alone title, or as part of the 5-part boxed-set of novelettes and short stories, including “The Chosen, “Angela”, “Escape to Love” and “Love in a Hopeless Place”.

Character:

She was close and he could smell her—a trace of greasy hair and
woman sweat. It wasn’t unpleasant to enjoy her pale silent
strength, their shared dirtiness, the untidiness of their beating
hearts.

Location:

Even the snow wasn’t real snow. At first it sparkled like
tinsel, giving the grubby old town that X-Factor moment of fame
before the gods laughed you off. Now grey slush soaked into Mikes
cheap trainers as he walked from the job centre.

End of scene
sentence(s!):
Would he go home to his missus with a
bag full of knock-off? Would he go home and tell her that he’d been
locked up as a scumbag thief? Theyd
never catch him … 6’4”, nearly two years rolling tyres off a lorry
… itd
take more than the pale-looking kid in the security uniform.


…And
if that doesn’t tempt you, all my books are reduced to 99c or FREE
for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Including my new release The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection:

LINKS:
Amazon Worldwide Link:
http://www.showbook.me/Subprime
Amazon Author Page: Emma
Calin Amazon Author Pag
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Emma Calin Website:
http://www.emmacalin.com
I
am featuring the following writers’ Three Sentence Seductions for the
Blogger Book
Fair
(BBF) on my own blog as follows: Real
Life According to Emma
See if these authors can tempt you too:
22nd
July: CAITLYN NICHOLAS & JAMIE CAMPBELL
23rd
July: EM TIPPETTS & PENELOPE REECE
24th
July: LR WRIGHT & RENATA SUERTH
25th
July: ARIA GLAZKI & BARBARA BILLIG
26th
July: DON WOOLDRIDGE
I
will be visiting these folk too during the BBF – please drop in and
say hello:
24th
Renata Suerth and Leslie
Wright

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THE SECOND POSTING PLACE GOES TO : JADE KERRION – FOR MOST TECHNICAL HELP & SUPPORT
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Perfection Unleashed

Six-time award-winner

“A breakout piece of science fiction.”—RPLA Judge

2011 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
2012 Reader Views Literary Award – Science Fiction First Place
2012 Reader Views Literary Awards – South-East Regional Winner
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
2012 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention
2013 Readers’ Favorites Finalist

Two men… One face…
One seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

What readers are saying about PERFECTION UNLEASHED:

“Ms. Kerrion has done something pretty great- she’s created a really interesting story. It’s not something you’ve read a thousands times before with different names and locations attached. It is truly a thing in and of itself, and for that I was surprised and delighted.”—Cristobal, Amazon reviewer

“‘Perfection Unleashed’ is a highly-enjoyable, brainy guilty pleasure of a novel: a perfect mixture of non-stop action, gripping plot, thought-provoking philosophy, and beautiful visuals…a feast for the eyes.”—A.L., Amazon reviewer

“The story was gripping right to the end, and the characters well imagined to keep us wanting to read more about them. The writing style of this book reminded me a lot of the excellent Idlewild Trilogy by Nick Sagan – and that should be enough to warrant you buying this, to be honest.”—Simon, Vine Voice Amazon UK reviewer

“The best aspect of the book, though, is that it is engrossing. I kept reading anxiously wanting to find out what was going to happen. If a story can capture the reader like that, if it can invest the reader in it, then you can’t ask for much more than that.”—Jonathan B, Amazon reviewer

“The best part of this story had to be that it presented some very deep questions, presented in a clear fashion within the story. It opened up questions about our world even as it is now (despite the book being set 50 years in the future), our state of morals, our emotions, and even about our governments. I also loved the author’s imagination for the storyline, which was vivid and alive.”—Miranda Stork, author of supernatural fantasy novels

“Take some of the excitement you find in many graphic novels and flesh that out with some outstanding characterization and stellar action scenes and you’ve got this book.”—Dena Martin, Amazon reviewer

“If you enjoyed watching Alphas and Heroes, or you’re into comic books, then you will enjoy this…Strong characterization and well developed world building.“—Noor Jahangir, author of The Changeling King.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

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THIRD POSTING PLACE GOES TO : MARYANN MILLER – STAYING IN TOUCH & GIVING FEEDBACK -Thank you so much!
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Boxes For Beds – a historical mystery by Maryann Miller

Set in Arkansas in 1961, the story involves gangsters who controlled Hot Springs during that era, kidnappings, a corrupt sheriff, and Leslie Richards, a writer who left New York to get away from a disastrous relationship. She was hoping to find peace in a small town near Hot Springs, but ends up being a suspect. The following is an excerpt of a conversation between Leslie and her ten-year old daughter shortly after their move.

Leslie chuckled, then lounged on the bed, propping her head in her hand. “I was thinking out there … and I got to wondering. You haven’t really said much about whether you like it here or not.”
“Sure.” Mandy shrugged and pulled her feet up to sit facing her mother. “It’s not nearly as dull as I thought it would be.”
“I’m glad. Moving in the middle of the school year. And to some place so different… well, I was afraid—”
“Don’t worry, Mom. What is that you’re always calling me? A … dab … ”
“Adaptable?”
“Yeah. That’s it. Us adappibles have to stick together.”
“It’s not too bad being away from your friends in New York?”
“Well, sure. I miss them,” Mandy broke eye contact for a moment, then she looked back with a smile. “But I’ve met new friends. There’s Betty. And that grandma lady, Emily. And there’s Matt,” Mandy’s smile turned into a mischievous grin. “He’s cute. Did you notice that?”
Leslie shook her head in mock indignation. “Oh, no! My daughter’s interested in boys already?.”
Mandy giggled for a moment before turning serious. “You know what? I just thought of it, but he looks a little like Ronald.”
Leslie swallowed hard. She didn’t know what to say to that. Mandy looked down and pulled at some loose threads on the quilt. “I’m sorry, Mom. I didn’t mean to—”
“That’s all right,” Leslie reached out and stilled Mandy’s fingers. “You can talk about Ronald if you want.”
“Do you miss him?”
“Of course.” Tears swam in Leslie’s eyes and she tried unsuccessfully to blink them back.
“He was almost as good as a daddy.”
The depth of pain beneath the words pierced Leslie, and she pulled Mandy close.
“Do you think he’ll stop being mad at us?”
“I don’t think he’s mad at us,” Leslie struggled with the rest of her response, knowing the fragile vulnerability in the child who had never known her real father. The struggle had been repeated often in recent years as Mandy had become more aware of the fact that her life was much different from most of her friends. Leslie knew her daughter needed truth, but not more truth than she was ready for, and certainly not something that would tarnish the memory of Ronald.

Buy link for Boxes For Beds http://www.amazon.com/Boxes-For-Beds-ebook/dp/B00BM9G53O/

Visit Maryann at her Website and Blog and follow her at Facebook and Twitter

Website – http://www.maryannwrites.com

Blog It’s Not All Gravy http://its-not-all-gravy.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryann-Miller/176896965725974
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THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE, a fiction novel of survival (3rd edition)
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A new FICTION NOVEL for EVERYONE – written for your entertainment & to raise nuclear awareness. Now that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has happened, we know how dangerous these nuclear plants can be.

THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE is set in Southern California and deals with characters caught in a disaster that they thought could NEVER happen. Ben, head of Whitewater Nuclear Power Plant & his pregnant wife Sara live in San Mirado, near the ocean. One fateful day the unexpected happens…..Ben and Sara, the plant workers, the people living in San Mirado and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions as to what to do, where to go. Their choices have both good and bad consequences.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen. History has shown us time after time that……what can go wrong….will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel. Read how these characters faced difficult choices – and decide what you would have done – or will do.

This book is available at Amazon.com as an ebook (Kindle version) or in paperback. Kindle books can be downloaded to The Kindle or to a PC or Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone. Visit Amazon.com to download a free Kindle app that allows this book to be read on a PC, Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone.

This fiction novel is meant to entertain and to educate. Very little has been written on this subject that is not a deep non-fiction book. Yet, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world as of January 2011. The United States has 104. Whether it is a terrorist dirty bomb or a nuclear melt down – we should know what is happening and be prepared. I hope you will take the time to read this.

What some of the readers have said:

“I enjoyed this book because it could happen. I think anyone living in a state with a nuclear reactor exists should read this.”

“A frightening tale of survival. You never really think about the events that take place after you have been stripped of normal day to day resources. No police, hospitals, you are your own 911 and now have to protect yourself against the world.”

“A worthy read! This is a book whose vivid, thought-provoking images have stayed with me even months after reading it! It helped me to better understand the potential repercussions of a nuclear disaster.”

Thanks,
Barbara Griffin Billig

Web page: http://mysite.verizon.net/resrrmof/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBilligTheNuclearCatastrophe

Follow on twitter: @Barbarabillig

Available for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WDRWXY

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/barbarabillig/nuclear-catastrophes/

Read an excerpt now: http://bit.ly/pY8HxX

Available also as THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe in Paperback

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: The secrets of Clayton County Trilogy by Don Wooldridge
What if the current economy placed an increasing number of people into positions where bartering was their only way of survival? What if small town America was suddenly flooded with IRS Agents who came to destroy the very fiber of that cultural existence? The Secrets of Clayton County is being written as a Trilogy, in part to support the belief that bartering is a way of life more than it is a deliberate avoidance in paying taxes and as such, extends over more than two decades. The story of Sarah Hunter begins with her first position with the IRS office in Chicago – a job that brings her to Clayton County, Iowa, and being tasked to expose and break up what the IRS deems revenue generation in such a manner to avoid paying taxes. Sarah finds many secrets in Clayton County… secrets which ultimately change her life in unforeseen ways; realizing as much as things change, they remain the same.
New Beginnings: Book 2 of the Trilogy focuses on Sarah’s return to Clayton County, and ultimately becoming a thread in the fiber of a culture of community support. Sarah experiences myriad continued secrets throughout her years in this sleepy little rural community, and comes to understand there is no easy way to be a part of a community and not participate in its underlying culture.
The third and final book in the Trilogy, The Homecoming, takes readers into Sarah’s life as a key community member, wife of a local hero, and mother of two children who have developed into personalities as strong and independent as Sarah. Although the fabric of community and culture remains strong in the final book, and the issue of bartering is revisited again and again, it is the sense of relationships within Sarah’s immediate family that keeps readers turning pages.
AUTHOR BIO
Each of these books is written from a genuine sense of knowing the community; author, Don Wooldridge, born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, and lived in the Mississippi River Valley for over 30 years. Grateful for the privilege of living along the Mississippi river, as a writer Don remembers the people of the small river communities and shares their faith that small town values and lifestyle will be everlasting.
Don’s education spans from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas to Rutgers University in Brunswick, New Jersey. An accomplished writer, he spent 30 years in the technical training and development arena, as a technical writer, instructional designer, and interactive learning systems designer and producer. Wooldridge’s career took him far from his roots… throughout the US and Canada, as well as England, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

Today, Don enjoys putting his voice to print, and using his writing as a vehicle for taking readers back to their own roots. Writing novels inspired by his heritage, Don always welcomes the opportunity to speak about bartering, the Trilogy, or his journey as an author.
MEDIA PAGE:
http://donwooldridgeauthor.com/media/

Taking readers back to their roots, with a little romance and suspense!
~ Don Wooldridge

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Author Interview http://bit.ly/donwIntv
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Sample Chapter: New Beginnings Book 2 – The Secrets of Clayton County Trilogy

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Bible Moments
September 8, 2011
There are times when the Lord knows that the only way to get you when He wants you, is to lead you down the path that passes through the valley of the shadow of death. Yet at that time He walks closely with you guiding you and calling you.

The author has walked that path, and wrote Bible Moments to share the inspirations learned in his walk, so that you may open your eyes and see the Lord’s will for your life.

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New Beginnings by Don Wooldridge

This is the second book in Wooldridge’s series I have had the privilege to read and review. The novel, set in rural Clayton County, Iowa, provides the reader with an enjoyable view of what life really was in the 1980’s. The reader is captivated by descriptions from the human aspect as Kent and Sarah reunite and create a family. The author’s depictions of close-to-the-heart events rekindles the reader’s interest, not only for knowing the intimacy of the family, but involving the entire towns-people through the maturation and “naturally occurring stages” associated with maturing.
The author subtly addresses educational issues—could children best learn lessons of life through experiential, family issues or should children only focus on what is in an ambiguous curriculum? Could children really empathize with the uncomfortable-ness of a pregnant teacher, or should they go through high school expecting to learn coping when the time is ripe? Would it be better if children never learned what incarceration might be like or should they have an experience that would serve as a serious deterrent?
Mr. Wooldridge’s writings are in a light-hearted vein, providing the reader with laughable moments, intertwined with sobering events leading the reader to feel closeness, relief, and a desire to continue to experience “what comes next.” So many elements of New Beginnings encompass the teachings of his earlier work, Secrets of Clayton County; bartering is an inherent part of our lifestyle.
I personally laud Don Wooldridge for his efforts in creating a creditable masterpiece of life as it was and possibly still exists someplace in America.
~T. R. Stearns, EdS
Chandler, AZ

There are so many reasons to read the works of Don Wooldridge, but after reading the second book in his Clayton County series, I find that his mastery is, without a doubt, in the capacity to develop the characters in his novels. The story lines have been filled with just enough suspense and romance to keep me turning pages; it is the evolving lives of his characters that keep me coming back for the next book!
Sarah Hunter and Kent Crodin came to life in The Secrets of Clayton County, as did the many people in the small Iowa town Sarah was sent to investigate. Readers make emotional connections with the interesting people who stabilized rural America during the 1980’s. They can also experience the rich manner in which Wooldridge continues to instill qualities in his characters in New Beginnings, such as Adel and Wendy, knowing they will come away wanting to read subsequent books… having become emotionally attached to someone!
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Horton

Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton.

What Writing Means to Me

My name is Jeff Horton, and I am a novelist. I say I am a novelist and not an author because an author can be someone that writes about anything including novels, historical biographies, travel guides, etc., while a novelist is an artist, a painter if you will. Imagination is the paint and the keyboard the paintbrush.

I enjoy writing because for me it is pure creativity. From my imagination proceeds people, places, sights, sounds, and events which have never really existed. For me, writing a novel is sort of like watching a movie. I start writing with an idea of what I’m after, but the story truly takes on a life of its own as I write, often taking me in a direction I never could have imagined it going in before. The end result is that I have no idea how the story is going to end myself until I have finished the first draft. Even then, the story can morph as I make my way through a series of inevitable revisions where the rough stone is cut and chipped away at, before being polished into what I consider to be a work of art.

When I write, I strive to create storylines that are meaningful on many levels. I like to explore and understand the emotions, the struggles and the pain that we feel as human beings, as well as the joy. It is also important that there is a message in the story, a warning, a message of hope, etc. I want readers to always come away having learned something new, something valuable, and something important. These are ambitious goals, of course, and unfortunately, I’m never as successful as I would like to be at meeting these goals.

Another thing that is important to me as a novelist is that the characters, the events, and the setting all feel very real to the reader. This then is a key, in my opinion, to drawing the reader more deeply into the story. People are complex creatures and rarely (if ever) do we really know anyone. It is unfair therefore to suggest to readers that a character is a cardboard figure. While I may not spend as much time on every character as I would like in the interest of brevity, I do try and ensure that at least the key players are well-developed, and that they also change and grow as the story progresses.

My first three books were mostly futuristic, apocalyptic thrillers, all written for the masses but from a Christian worldview. My faith in God makes up a big part of who I am and what I do, and I’m sure it comes through in my writing. One of my books that reflects that faith is different than the first three because it’s more of a YA/juvenile novel entitled, The Way of Nacor. My goal (always lofty!) with The Way of Nacor was to create a well-blended recipe of a little Chronicles of Narnia and a little Pilgrims Progress, with a pinch of science-fiction thrown in as well. In The Way of Nacor, a family of children is stranded on another world, where they face many obstacles as they try to find their way home. My most recently published novel is a techno-thriller entitled Cybersp@ce, the first in the Cybersp@ce Trilogy. I like to think of Cybersp@ce as Tom Clancy meets Michael Crichton (two of my favorite authors). The next two in the trilogy are Frontiers and New Beginnings, and they chronicle humanity’s emergence from where we are today, to an interstellar, space-faring species.

Honors, Citations or Prizes

2012 Book of the Year for: CYBERSP@CE Readers Favorite Five-Star Award for: THE LAST PROPHET

Novels:

Cybersp@ce (1/1/2013)

The Way of Nacor: Tales of Eden (9/1/2012)

The Last Prophet (2011)

The Dark Age- Survivors of the Pulse (2011)

The Great Collapse-Survivors of the Pulse (2010)

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Pursuit
By Caitlyn Nicholas

Legendary hacker, Dimity Pond, is on the run from the law.

Her landlord’s sold her home, her money has disappeared along with her two-timing husband, a cyber-terrorist named Nemesis is forcing her to wreak havoc with a nasty virus and she’s developing a vile migraine.

Six years ago, Nemesis framed Dimity for the collapse of one of Europe’s biggest banks. The money was never found, and the bank’s failure caused untold damage to its customers. She’s been living under the radar ever since. The only way she can clear her name and live a normal life is to uncover Nemesis’s identity, but he’s always one step ahead.

Since Lord Richard Summerhayes left the Special Forces he’s built the best disaster-recovery network in the world, known as The Bunker. Banks, militaries, airports and other major systems around the world rely on him as the last unshakeable digital fortress in the face of disaster. Richard has been keeping an eye on his neighbor who has a dubious hacking past. He doesn’t like hackers, and when someone nukes his network with an intriguing new virus he knows exactly who to blame. But when he confronts her, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.

When Nemesis commits an unthinkable act of terrorism, the last hope is an encrypted file that only Dimity can crack. Will Nemesis manipulate Dimity into helping him wipe out the world’s biggest financial center? Or can Richard and Dimity take Nemesis down once and for all?

Excerpt

When Dimity and Richard first meet its not exactly love at first sight…

The purr of a powerful engine made her glance around. A luxurious car cautiously made its way into the yard, its fat tires creeping through the mud.
A pitchfork leaned against the side of the stables. Dimity grabbed it and stepped out in front of the car. It jerked to a halt, and its driver stared over the steering wheel, as if deciding whether he could run her over and get away with it. Then, with a slow shake of his head, he turned off the engine.
“You’re Dimity Pond,” he said with grim resignation as he got out of the car. He was taller than she’d imagined, lean and dressed entirely in black. His hair was dark brown, same as his eyes, and he had the pale skin of a cave-dweller. There were deep lines of strain around his eyes.
He took a step toward her, keeping a close watch on the pitchfork.
She tightened her grip.
“And you’re Richard Summerhayes.”
This couldn’t be about the virus – it was untraceable – so she glared at him, though he didn’t seem to notice. Instead he glanced down, frowning as his black boots sank into the mud. There was a controlled rigidity about him, as if every movement was planned. He wasn’t quite what she’d expected.

Author bio
Caitlyn Nicholas began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant and coping with a demanding toddler, she decided the time was right to embark on a writing career.

To her family’s eternal startlement she is now the author of five novels and a short story.

Her debut novel – and the first manuscript she had ever written – Running Scared, was published in 2007. This was followed by Secret Intentions in 2009, The Danger Game in 2012 and, Drive Me To Distraction, also in 2012. Her next novel, Pursuit, will be out in August 2013.

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Author website: http://www.jerryhatchett.com

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Bio and Books: Jerry Hatchett was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta. After plenty formative
years in the Magnolia state, he writes now from Houston, Texas. His specialty is writing tales you can’t put down, plots
that capture your attention early and never let go, populated by rich characters you can cheer for and against.

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PAWNBROKER (thriller): Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your
family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good,
with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon
Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get
it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t
have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

Book website: http://www.pawnbrokernovel.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LYDM4W

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SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS (thriller): “A simple glitch in a power grid heralds the beginning of a madman’s
scheme to bring about a biblical apocalypse. Written in a staccato style that will leave readers
breathless and flipping pages long into the night, Hatchett’s…novel, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, is a thriller
not to be missed!”

NYT and International Bestselling Author James Rollins

Are monsters born or created? Is it possible for mortal man to bring about the apocalypse of
Armageddon? Technology and insanity combine to create a very bad week for the United States and the world. In this
can’t-put-it-down thriller, tech celebrity Matt Decker is on top of the world until his flagship creation, the system that
runs the U.S. power grid, suffers a crippling cyber attack. The week is all downhill from there, with the USA and
eventually the world suffering from escalating disasters that stretch from New York to Israel to the “sulfurous scarps of
hell.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C4YXN36

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Ruby’s Fire by: Catherine Stine

“Seventeen year-old Ruby and her little brother Thorn, have only known a life blighted by the extremist Fireseed Cult. The night Ruby is set to be claimed by one of its cruelest and oldest leaders, she makes a bid for freedom. With Thorn in tow, she stumbles into the world beyond, and finds an opportunity for a fresh start in Skull’s Wrath under the guidance of Nevada Pilgrim, a woman who may not be all she seems. Ruby’s new life could bring her friendship, love, even fortune, but nothing comes without a price. Is Ruby’s talent for elixirs keeping the roof over their heads, or do some of her associates have a more sinister and lucrative interest in them? Life outside a strange cult isn’t without its dangers, and the experience leaves Ruby transformed and communing with the Fireseed more closely than she ever would have imagined. Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.” -YA’s The Word

“With an astounding creativity and unique world-building, Catherine Stine created a futuristic adventure that will surely keep you turning the pages until you beg for more.” -Books for YA!

“Gripping and addictive, Ruby has imagination packed into every page and scene! Unexpected and original.” -M. Pax, author of The Backworlds series

Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.

More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She’s taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.

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Kurt, the Kung Fu Fighting Cop
By J.C. Martin

Kurt LancerThis is Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer, the protagonist in my crime thriller, ORACLE.

Kurt is a half-English, half-Nigerian homicide detective in the London Metropolitan Police. I didn’t consciously set out to make him mixed race, but his ethnicity is a perfect reflection of the multicultural melting pot that is the East End of London, and I like to believe it lends Kurt an air of authenticity as a home grown cop who was brought up in the area.

At six foot two and built like a rugby prop forward, he is conscious that people may find his physique intimidating—something he uses to full effect when interrogating a suspect. However, it bothers him that strangers would judge him by his appearance.

Perhaps this is why the martial art he practices, Wing Chun Kung Fu, is a relatively ‘soft’ fighting style that exploits an opponent’s force and motion. Size and strength do not confer any advantages in Wing Chun, so when Kurt is training, he doesn’t feel singled out because of the way he looks.

Kurt is a widower and dad to daughter Meghan, who suffers from a progressive genetic disorder. His only other family is younger half-brother Reggie, who Kurt grew up protecting as they survived foster care together. He continues to worry for Reggie, a layabout and petty criminal who hangs around with members of a street gang.

Oracle

In between a demanding job, a child that requires special care, and a wayward brother, Kurt has little time for anything else—especially with his latest case, which threatens to derail London’s much-anticipated hosting of the Olympic Games.

If you’re intrigued by Kurt’s story, I hope you’ll enjoy ORACLE!

For your chance to win an e-book copy of ORACLE, why not enter my giveaway at the bottom of this post? The contest is on for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Good luck, and a big thank you for Barbara for having me on her lovely blog!

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

J.C. MartinJ.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children. A 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu, she writes dark mysteries, psychological thrillers, and the occasional horror story.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband, son, and dog.

Contact: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn’t go away.

After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave. Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can’t fight fate.

He is what he is.

Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.


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About E.M. Tippetts

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA. These days she lives in New Mexico – the place where she grew up – with her family.

She also designs book covers and formats paperbacks and ebooks for her company E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

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Meg Mims is an award-winning author of western historical mysteries. Double Crossing won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel and was named a finalist in the 2012 USA Book News Awards. Meg published the sequel, Double or Nothing, in March of 2013. She is also one-half of the writing team D.E. Ireland with a new cozy mystery series coming out from St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

What’s your favorite food and drink?
Truly, it’s cookies. I would trade anything for cookies and a mug of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea or a Caribou Mint (dark chocolate, please!) Mochoa. Panera’s shortbread, to be precise, drizzled with chocolate, or the chocolate/vanilla cookie from the Mexican bakery in Silver Springs, MD. I don’t mean to be fussy, but hey. Priorities.
Tell us about your Double Series.
I wrote Double Crossing as a twist on True Grit and Murder on the Orient Express. I was ecstatic when it won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2012 for Best First Novel. I mean, really?? That’s equivalent to an Edgar for mystery, to a Rita for romance, to a Bram Stoker for horror! So the pressure was on to make Double or Nothing, the sequel, just as entertaining yet different and a wrap-up to the heroine/hero relationship between Lily Granville and Ace Diamond begun in Double Crossing. With the flavor of California mining and dynamite history thrown in, plus a sumptuous banquet based on an actual event in November of 1869 to honor the CPRR bigwigs. Oh yeah. Had to put all the food and decoration details woven in that scene.
What’s next for your career?
I’m teaming up with a writing partner as D.E. Ireland for a cozy mystery series featuring Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. We had a blast writing the first book, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, which will debut next year from St. Martin’s Press. And we’re planning on having even more fun writing the second book in the series! My agent is shopping a Lighthouse Mystery series that I wrote as my thesis during my MA in the prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. I also write contemporary Christmas romance novellas. I hope to put Santa Paws and Santa Claws out in print this coming November.

Double Crossing: A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust–the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?
EXCERPT from Double Crossing…
Evanston, Illinois: 1869
I burst into the house. Keeping the flimsy telegram envelope, I dumped half a dozen packages into the maid’s waiting arms. “Where’s Father? I need to speak to him.”
“He’s in the library, Miss Lily. With Mr. Todaro.”
Oh, bother. I didn’t have time to deal with Emil Todaro, my father’s lawyer. He was the last person I wanted to see—but that couldn’t be helped. Thanking Etta, I raced down the hall. Father turned from his roll-top desk, spectacles perched on his thin nose and hands full of rustling papers. Todaro rose from an armchair with a courteous bow. His silver waistcoat buttons strained over his belly and his balding head shone in the sunlight. I forced myself to nod in his direction and then planted a quick kiss on Father’s leathery cheek. The familiar scents of pipe tobacco and bay rum soothed my nervous energy.
“I didn’t expect you back so early, Lily. What is it?”
With an uneasy glance at Todaro, I slipped him the envelope. “The telegraph messenger boy caught me on my way home.” My voice dropped. “It’s from Uncle Harrison.”
Father poked up his wire rims while he pored over the brief message. His shoulders slumped. “I’ll speak plainly, Lily, because Mr. Todaro and I were discussing this earlier. My brother sent word that George Hearst intends to claim the Early Bird mine in a Sacramento court. Harrison believes his business partner never filed the deed. He needs to prove our ownership.”
“Hearst holds an interest in the Comstock Lode, Colonel.” Todaro had perked up, his long knobby fingers forming a steeple. The lawyer resembled an amphibian, along with his deep croak of a voice. “His lawyers are just as ambitious and ruthless in court.”
Father peered over his spectacles. “Yes, but I have the original deed. I didn’t plan to visit California until next month, so we’ll have to move up our trip.”
“Oh!” I clasped my hands, a thrill racing through me. “I’m dying to visit all the shops out there, especially in San Francisco. When do we leave?”
“We? I meant myself and Mr. Todaro.”
I stared at the lawyer, who didn’t conceal a sly smirk. “You cannot leave me behind, Father. I promised to visit Uncle Harrison, and what if I decide to go to China?”
“Lily, I refuse to discuss the matter. This trip is anything but a lark.”
“It’s a grueling two thousand miles on the railroad, Miss Granville. Conditions out west are far too dangerous for a young lady,” Todaro said. “Even with an escort.”
“The new transcontinental line has been operating all summer. Plenty of women have traveled to California. I’ve read the newspaper reports.”
“I’m afraid the Union and Central Pacific cars are not as luxurious as the reports say. You have no idea. The way stations are abominable, for one thing.”
I flashed a smile at him. “I’m ready for adventure. That’s why I’ve considered joining the missionary team with Mr. Mason.”
Father scowled. “You are not leaving Evanston until I give my approval.”
“You mean until you dissuade me from ‘such a ridiculous notion.’”
“Need I remind you of the fourth commandment, Lily?”
“No, Father. We’ll discuss this later.”
My face flushed hot. Annoyed by being reprimanded in front of Todaro, I ignored the rest of the conversation. I’d always wanted to see the open prairie and perhaps a buffalo herd chased by Indians, the majestic Rocky Mountains and California. California, with its mining camps, lush green meadows and warm sunshine, the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco that had to be as exhilarating as downtown Chicago. I’d pored over the grainy pen-and-ink drawings in the Chicago Times. Uncle Harrison, who’d gone west several years ago to make a fortune and succeeded, for the most part, would welcome me with open arms. I plopped down on an armchair and fingered the ridges of the brass floor lamp beside me. Somehow I needed to persuade Father to allow me to tag along on this trip.
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Double or Nothing:
Lily Granville finds herself in more trouble when her guardian announces her engagement to a hand-picked suitor. But she is in love with Ace Diamond, the Texan renegade who saved her life on the journey to California — a man her uncle is determined to keep away at all cost. Ace is just as determined to prove himself worthy of Lily’s hand — but is framed for murder after a dynamite explosion. Will Lily be able to save him from the hangman’s noose?
BUY LINK for DOUBLE CROSSING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-Crossing-ebook/dp/B00E1OINC8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374358637&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=double+crossing+meg+mims

BUY LINK for DOUBLE OR NOTHING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-or-Nothing-ebook/dp/B00BUCU0DY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374358970&sr=1-1&keywords=double+or+nothing+meg+mims
Coming as a HC Large Print in December!

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Kathryn Lively: How I Choose Books

Hello, my name is Kathryn Lively and I am living the dream –
I work for a bookstore and manage a social site for readers and authors. Every
day at AReCafe.com, I match books to
readers and offer authors a popular avenue for promotion. While we focus on
romance, we welcome authors of all genres whose books are available for sale at
our stores sites – AllRomance.com and OmniLit.com. Naturally, part of my job
involves keeping up with new books and top-selling authors. I still have to
pinch myself when I realize I have a job that requires me to read!

I do my best to average a hundred books read a year. I set a
goal this year of 125 and I’m halfway there. I need to get cracking so I don’t
fall short, and I’m never short on recommended books.

You may wonder how I choose the books that end up in my
digital reader. Okay, maybe you don’t, but if you’re an author looking for tips
on selling big it doesn’t hurt to hear from an avid reader. I don’t really have
a system per se, but when I go on the hunt there are a few things I look for:

Subject Matter – I
will pretty much read interesting, but there are certain subjects and tropes
that stay with me. I read entertainment non-fiction and memoirs, but I also
like contemporary romances set in small towns, cozy mysteries with amateur
sleuths, and the occasional high fantasy. If I’ve exhausted one author, I’ll
look for somebody similar.

Old Favorites – Everybody
has a few “auto-buy” authors – people you buy on the day of release, and if you
discover somebody new you may go back and stock up the backlist without
checking the book blurbs. I have alerts sent to me when a favorite author puts
out a new book, and sometimes I’ll check with friends at AReCafe or Goodreads
to discover authors who write the same genres.

A Simple Title – Never
underestimate the power of a short, concise title. I’ve grabbed books from
shelves just because the title looked interesting. Sometimes I came up with a
winner, other times not, but I find any time spent reading a book is not a
waste. Come up with a catchy title, and you’ll catch a reader.

If you’d like to learn more about buying and selling books
at All Romance or OmniLit, you’re welcome to visit both sites and see what’s
available. Check out AReCafe.com, too, for reviews of recent romances and guest
blogs by great authors.

Kathryn Lively is
manager of AReCafe.com, a social news and review site for romance readers and
authors. She is also a published author – visit KathrynLively.com for her backlist.

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 "WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It's a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it's a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year."


“WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It’s a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it’s a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year.”

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Linda Frazier

I’m Lynda Kay Frazier and an avid reader of romantic suspense. I started writing about a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds cliché, but that’s how it started. I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front of my computer working on my next story.
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http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L7TK04
Rescued from the Dark“, is my first full length novel, and the first in my Guardians of Hope series. It will be an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to do due to restrictions.

This is a story about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring. While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved. Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up to bring Mercy back to him.

She has no memory of their love…
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.

He knows the truth, but no one will listen…
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?

EXCERPT:
An explosion ricocheted behind Jason Michael’s eyes as the pressure mounted in his head. The rush of panic consumed him. He struggled to move, tried to swallow, but nothing. His throat burned as the flames engulfed his lungs. He needed to breathe but couldn’t. Shit. He strained to make out the muffled voice, but the pounding in his ears erased all hope. His head started to spin and he succumbed to the realization, this was it, the end. He won. The flames dampened and his heartbeat slowed as the drums subsided, then the voice became clear.
“Give it to him now you son of a bitch. What were you thinking? We still need him.”
In a split second, Jason sucked in a breath, causing stabbing pains to shoot through his chest. Every muscle fiber burned as the cold blast of air shot through his lungs releasing the oxygen his body craved. He arched his back, raising his chest up to pull in more air when his head snapped to the side and the crack from his neck echoed in his ears. The pain ripped through his jaw, racing across his cheekbone. Before he could gather his senses, intense burning set his face on fire. What the hell?
The slap against his cheek stung, and his eyes snapped open. He wrenched upright, hitting his head on the roof of the SUV. His gaze darted back and forth looking for something familiar until he locked onto the ice-cold stare of the devil himself, Shaun Flanagan.
Damn, that was close. Jason could not blow his cover, even if it meant he would die as David Logan and not Jason Michaels.
“You’re finally awake, my boy. We almost lost you,” Shaun cold, emotionless laugh caused Jason’s blood to boil. “You stopped breathing, I think. It’s hard to tell with this new stuff. I hope you’re not too injured. We’ve got work to do.”
Jason’s vision blurred, but his other senses were sharp. Shaun had known exactly what the drug would do and the burn in Jason’s throat was a harsh reminder. Shaun’s sarcastic tone spoke volumes to him. He was evil and did not play by anyone’s rules but his own. Jason had spent the last two months undercover, playing their games and doing their dirty work to buddy up tight to this family. He’d earned his spot with Thomas Flanagan, but his son Shaun had issues trusting anyone, even his own father.
Jason’s anger burned inside of him, but he couldn’t afford to make mistakes, not now. He was too close. It’s time to step it up, but first the drugs had to stop. He rubbed his aching jaw with one hand, clenching his other into a fist to hide his visible shaking. He had to get control of this game before he lost everything.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFYANMK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rescued-from-the-dark-lynda-kaye-frazier/1114500674?ean=2940016369129

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285303

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Rescued-from-the-Dark/book-mS6P9bqlx0ifOjztxuBrmg/page1.html?s=BNbii4WZ40uUHUgelR46hg&r=1

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-rescuedfromthedark-1061653-152.html

BOB: http://www.blackopalbooks.com

For more information about my book, and the others in my series you can find me at:

Web- http://www.lyndakayefrazier.com
Blog- http://lyndafrazier.blogspot.com
Twitter- https://twitter.com/lynda_kaye
Amazon-
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L7TK04
goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7794016-lynda-kaye-frazier

Thanks for stopping by. J
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And thanks to all you readers and writers who have visited today. Please be sure to visit the Book Blogger Fair’s website: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com
and vote for your favorite book. Thanks to KAYLA CURRY FOR PUTTING THIS EVENT TOGETHER!
https://sites.google.com/site/kaylacurryauthor/

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Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair – DAY 4

Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair!

WELCOME!!!

Blogger Book Fair begins July 22nd! There are Free books, Giveaways, and fun events in which to participate. You may visit the home site of the Blogger Book Fair at: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com

The Blogger Book Fair is hosting READER’s CHOICE AWARDS. Vote for your favorite book in various categories here: http://shutupandreadgroup.blogspot.com/2013/07/readers-choice-awards.html

For those of you who have enjoyed this – Would love your vote for “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, a fiction tale of survival at the above “READER’S CHOICE AWARDS”. Regardless, please pick a book or author to vote for!

Below you will find 16 posts by authors that are participating in the Blogger Book Fair with pictures, excerpts, descriptions and links to their sites. Hopefully you will find a book interesting to you and select it to read now or in the future. Thanks for visiting and here are the titles of the books or posts and their authors that are listed below:

The Nuclear Catastrophe, a fiction novel of survival by Barbara Billig
Perfection Unleashed, science fiction novel by Jade Kerrion
Oracle, a fiction crimefighting novel by J.C. Martin
Love in Darkness by E.M.Tippetts
Double Crossing by Meg Mims
How I Choose Books by Kathryn Lively
When the Deep Purple Falls by Ed Aymar
Boxes for Beds by Mary Ann Miller
Pursuit by Caitlyn Nichols
Pawnbroker by Jerry Hatchett
Seven Unholy Days by Jerry Hatchett
Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine
Rescued from the Dark by Lynda Kay Frazier
Love in a Hopeless Place Collection by Emma Calin
Cyberspace by Jeff Horton
The Secrets of Clayton County Trilogy by Don Wooldridge
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Linda Frazier

I’m Lynda Kay Frazier and an avid reader of romantic suspense. I started writing about a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds cliché, but that’s how it started. I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front of my computer working on my next story.
LndaFrazierrescued-200x300&gt
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L7TK04
Rescued from the Dark“, is my first full length novel, and the first in my Guardians of Hope series. It will be an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to do due to restrictions.

This is a story about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring. While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved. Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up to bring Mercy back to him.

She has no memory of their love…
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.

He knows the truth, but no one will listen…
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?

EXCERPT:
An explosion ricocheted behind Jason Michael’s eyes as the pressure mounted in his head. The rush of panic consumed him. He struggled to move, tried to swallow, but nothing. His throat burned as the flames engulfed his lungs. He needed to breathe but couldn’t. Shit. He strained to make out the muffled voice, but the pounding in his ears erased all hope. His head started to spin and he succumbed to the realization, this was it, the end. He won. The flames dampened and his heartbeat slowed as the drums subsided, then the voice became clear.
“Give it to him now you son of a bitch. What were you thinking? We still need him.”
In a split second, Jason sucked in a breath, causing stabbing pains to shoot through his chest. Every muscle fiber burned as the cold blast of air shot through his lungs releasing the oxygen his body craved. He arched his back, raising his chest up to pull in more air when his head snapped to the side and the crack from his neck echoed in his ears. The pain ripped through his jaw, racing across his cheekbone. Before he could gather his senses, intense burning set his face on fire. What the hell?
The slap against his cheek stung, and his eyes snapped open. He wrenched upright, hitting his head on the roof of the SUV. His gaze darted back and forth looking for something familiar until he locked onto the ice-cold stare of the devil himself, Shaun Flanagan.
Damn, that was close. Jason could not blow his cover, even if it meant he would die as David Logan and not Jason Michaels.
“You’re finally awake, my boy. We almost lost you,” Shaun cold, emotionless laugh caused Jason’s blood to boil. “You stopped breathing, I think. It’s hard to tell with this new stuff. I hope you’re not too injured. We’ve got work to do.”
Jason’s vision blurred, but his other senses were sharp. Shaun had known exactly what the drug would do and the burn in Jason’s throat was a harsh reminder. Shaun’s sarcastic tone spoke volumes to him. He was evil and did not play by anyone’s rules but his own. Jason had spent the last two months undercover, playing their games and doing their dirty work to buddy up tight to this family. He’d earned his spot with Thomas Flanagan, but his son Shaun had issues trusting anyone, even his own father.
Jason’s anger burned inside of him, but he couldn’t afford to make mistakes, not now. He was too close. It’s time to step it up, but first the drugs had to stop. He rubbed his aching jaw with one hand, clenching his other into a fist to hide his visible shaking. He had to get control of this game before he lost everything.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFYANMK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rescued-from-the-dark-lynda-kaye-frazier/1114500674?ean=2940016369129

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285303

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Rescued-from-the-Dark/book-mS6P9bqlx0ifOjztxuBrmg/page1.html?s=BNbii4WZ40uUHUgelR46hg&r=1

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-rescuedfromthedark-1061653-152.html

BOB: http://www.blackopalbooks.com

For more information about my book, and the others in my series you can find me at:

Web- http://www.lyndakayefrazier.com
Blog- http://lyndafrazier.blogspot.com
Twitter- https://twitter.com/lynda_kaye
Amazon-
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L7TK04
goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7794016-lynda-kaye-frazier

Thanks for stopping by. J
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Thank you for hosting me Barbara! You can find Barbara Billig‘s post on my blog on the 25th July.

My name is Emma Calin. I write hot steamy romance novels and gritty urban short stories and novelettes.

In my guest post for the Blogger Book Fair I am going to try to tempt you to read my book by giving you: a character, a location and an end-of-scene sentence from one of my books – Sub-Prime.

Book
Title: Sub-Prime

Genre:
Gritty urban short story
BLURB:

SUB-PRIME – A #1 Kindle Best Seller in Short Stories.

First in Emma Calin’s “LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION.” An award winning short story.

Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief

experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart?

Far more than a love story – this is a story about love.

Sub-Prime: a short story of our times.

5 Star Reviews…

  • ‘Sub-Prime is not a fun tale, but it’s truth, and truth, even well stated, is stark, in-your-face, and eye opening’
  • ‘Although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic’
  • ‘Powerful condensed full-flavoured shot of reality’
The first story in the “Love in a Hopeless Place Collection”. You can read it as a stand-alone title, or as part of the 5-part boxed-set of novelettes and short stories, including “The Chosen, “Angela”, “Escape to Love” and “Love in a Hopeless Place”.

Character:

She was close and he could smell her—a trace of greasy hair and
woman sweat. It wasn’t unpleasant to enjoy her pale silent
strength, their shared dirtiness, the untidiness of their beating
hearts.

Location:

Even the snow wasn’t real snow. At first it sparkled like
tinsel, giving the grubby old town that X-Factor moment of fame
before the gods laughed you off. Now grey slush soaked into Mikes
cheap trainers as he walked from the job centre.

End of scene
sentence(s!):
Would he go home to his missus with a
bag full of knock-off? Would he go home and tell her that he’d been
locked up as a scumbag thief? Theyd
never catch him … 6’4”, nearly two years rolling tyres off a lorry
… itd
take more than the pale-looking kid in the security uniform.


…And
if that doesn’t tempt you, all my books are reduced to 99c or FREE
for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Including my new release The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection:

LINKS:
Amazon Worldwide Link:
http://www.showbook.me/Subprime
Amazon Author Page: Emma
Calin Amazon Author Pag
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Emma Calin Website:
http://www.emmacalin.com
I
am featuring the following writers’ Three Sentence Seductions for the
Blogger Book
Fair
(BBF) on my own blog as follows: Real
Life According to Emma
See if these authors can tempt you too:
22nd
July: CAITLYN NICHOLAS & JAMIE CAMPBELL
23rd
July: EM TIPPETTS & PENELOPE REECE
24th
July: LR WRIGHT & RENATA SUERTH
25th
July: ARIA GLAZKI & BARBARA BILLIG
26th
July: DON WOOLDRIDGE
I
will be visiting these folk too during the BBF – please drop in and
say hello:
24th
Renata Suerth and Leslie
Wright

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
What if the current economy placed an increasing number of people into positions where bartering was their only way of survival? What if small town America was suddenly flooded with IRS Agents who came to destroy the very fiber of that cultural existence? The Secrets of Clayton County is being written as a Trilogy, in part to support the belief that bartering is a way of life more than it is a deliberate avoidance in paying taxes and as such, extends over more than two decades. The story of Sarah Hunter begins with her first position with the IRS office in Chicago – a job that brings her to Clayton County, Iowa, and being tasked to expose and break up what the IRS deems revenue generation in such a manner to avoid paying taxes. Sarah finds many secrets in Clayton County… secrets which ultimately change her life in unforeseen ways; realizing as much as things change, they remain the same.
New Beginnings: Book 2 of the Trilogy focuses on Sarah’s return to Clayton County, and ultimately becoming a thread in the fiber of a culture of community support. Sarah experiences myriad continued secrets throughout her years in this sleepy little rural community, and comes to understand there is no easy way to be a part of a community and not participate in its underlying culture.
The third and final book in the Trilogy, The Homecoming, takes readers into Sarah’s life as a key community member, wife of a local hero, and mother of two children who have developed into personalities as strong and independent as Sarah. Although the fabric of community and culture remains strong in the final book, and the issue of bartering is revisited again and again, it is the sense of relationships within Sarah’s immediate family that keeps readers turning pages.
AUTHOR BIO
Each of these books is written from a genuine sense of knowing the community; author, Don Wooldridge, born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, and lived in the Mississippi River Valley for over 30 years. Grateful for the privilege of living along the Mississippi river, as a writer Don remembers the people of the small river communities and shares their faith that small town values and lifestyle will be everlasting.
Don’s education spans from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas to Rutgers University in Brunswick, New Jersey. An accomplished writer, he spent 30 years in the technical training and development arena, as a technical writer, instructional designer, and interactive learning systems designer and producer. Wooldridge’s career took him far from his roots… throughout the US and Canada, as well as England, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

Today, Don enjoys putting his voice to print, and using his writing as a vehicle for taking readers back to their own roots. Writing novels inspired by his heritage, Don always welcomes the opportunity to speak about bartering, the Trilogy, or his journey as an author.
MEDIA PAGE:
http://donwooldridgeauthor.com/media/

Taking readers back to their roots, with a little romance and suspense!
~ Don Wooldridge

MEDIA Collateral
Author Amazon Central Page
Author Interview http://bit.ly/donwIntv
Author Headshot
Sample Chapter: The Secrets of Clayton County
Sample Chapter: New Beginnings Book 2 – The Secrets of Clayton County Trilogy

CONTACTS________________________________________
Thank you for your invite! Please continue to connect:

booksbydon@gmail.com

Please add as a friend on my Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pdwooldridge

Please “Like” my fan page on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Don-Wooldridge-Author/183742818445409?fref=ts

Follow me on Twitter
https://twitter.com/DWoolAuthor

Amazon Author Page
http://www.donwooldridgeauthor.com
http://www.amazon.com/Don-Wooldridge/e/B005IAZZP2

Amazon Sales Pages
http://bit.ly/NEWBEGK
http://www.amazon.com/Beginnings-Secrets-Clayton-County-ebook/dp/B00CU6F34K

http://bit.ly/NEWBegPR
http://www.amazon.com/New-Beginnings-Secrets-Clayton-Trilogy/dp/1482787164

Pin me on Pinterest

Visit me on Goodreads
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/18793242-don-wooldridge

Take a walk around my website
http://www.donwooldridgeauthor.com

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LOGO:
http://donwooldridgeauthor.com/about-the-author/donw-headshot/
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Bible Moments
September 8, 2011
There are times when the Lord knows that the only way to get you when He wants you, is to lead you down the path that passes through the valley of the shadow of death. Yet at that time He walks closely with you guiding you and calling you.

The author has walked that path, and wrote Bible Moments to share the inspirations learned in his walk, so that you may open your eyes and see the Lord’s will for your life.

PROCEEDS GO TO CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
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Product Details
• File Size: 434 KB
• Print Length: 40 pages
• Publisher: Don Wooldridge (September 8, 2011)
• Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
• Language: English
• ASIN: B005M2QTLU

NB Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/Beginnings-Secrets-Clayton-County-ebook/dp/B00CU6F34K
File Size: 534 KB
Print Length: 312 pages
Publisher: DPW Publishing; 1 edition (May 16, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00CU6F34K

NB Print Copy

http://www.amazon.com/New-Beginnings-Secrets-Clayton-Trilogy/dp/1482787164
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 11, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1482787164
ISBN-13 978-1482787160
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
312 pages
| ADVANCE PRAISE
New Beginnings by Don Wooldridge

This is the second book in Wooldridge’s series I have had the privilege to read and review. The novel, set in rural Clayton County, Iowa, provides the reader with an enjoyable view of what life really was in the 1980’s. The reader is captivated by descriptions from the human aspect as Kent and Sarah reunite and create a family. The author’s depictions of close-to-the-heart events rekindles the reader’s interest, not only for knowing the intimacy of the family, but involving the entire towns-people through the maturation and “naturally occurring stages” associated with maturing.
The author subtly addresses educational issues—could children best learn lessons of life through experiential, family issues or should children only focus on what is in an ambiguous curriculum? Could children really empathize with the uncomfortable-ness of a pregnant teacher, or should they go through high school expecting to learn coping when the time is ripe? Would it be better if children never learned what incarceration might be like or should they have an experience that would serve as a serious deterrent?
Mr. Wooldridge’s writings are in a light-hearted vein, providing the reader with laughable moments, intertwined with sobering events leading the reader to feel closeness, relief, and a desire to continue to experience “what comes next.” So many elements of New Beginnings encompass the teachings of his earlier work, Secrets of Clayton County; bartering is an inherent part of our lifestyle.
I personally laud Don Wooldridge for his efforts in creating a creditable masterpiece of life as it was and possibly still exists someplace in America.
~T. R. Stearns, EdS
Chandler, AZ

There are so many reasons to read the works of Don Wooldridge, but after reading the second book in his Clayton County series, I find that his mastery is, without a doubt, in the capacity to develop the characters in his novels. The story lines have been filled with just enough suspense and romance to keep me turning pages; it is the evolving lives of his characters that keep me coming back for the next book!
Sarah Hunter and Kent Crodin came to life in The Secrets of Clayton County, as did the many people in the small Iowa town Sarah was sent to investigate. Readers make emotional connections with the interesting people who stabilized rural America during the 1980’s. They can also experience the rich manner in which Wooldridge continues to instill qualities in his characters in New Beginnings, such as Adel and Wendy, knowing they will come away wanting to read subsequent books… having become emotionally attached to someone!
Anna Weber-Stearns, BSBAM, MAOM | Literary Strategist
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THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE, a fiction novel of survival (3rd edition)
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A new FICTION NOVEL for EVERYONE – written for your entertainment & to raise nuclear awareness. Now that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has happened, we know how dangerous these nuclear plants can be.

THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE is set in Southern California and deals with characters caught in a disaster that they thought could NEVER happen. Ben, head of Whitewater Nuclear Power Plant & his pregnant wife Sara live in San Mirado, near the ocean. One fateful day the unexpected happens…..Ben and Sara, the plant workers, the people living in San Mirado and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions as to what to do, where to go. Their choices have both good and bad consequences.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen. History has shown us time after time that……what can go wrong….will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel. Read how these characters faced difficult choices – and decide what you would have done – or will do.

This book is available at Amazon.com as an ebook (Kindle version) or in paperback. Kindle books can be downloaded to The Kindle or to a PC or Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone. Visit Amazon.com to download a free Kindle app that allows this book to be read on a PC, Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone.

This fiction novel is meant to entertain and to educate. Very little has been written on this subject that is not a deep non-fiction book. Yet, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world as of January 2011. The United States has 104. Whether it is a terrorist dirty bomb or a nuclear melt down – we should know what is happening and be prepared. I hope you will take the time to read this.

What some of the readers have said:

“I enjoyed this book because it could happen. I think anyone living in a state with a nuclear reactor exists should read this.”

“A frightening tale of survival. You never really think about the events that take place after you have been stripped of normal day to day resources. No police, hospitals, you are your own 911 and now have to protect yourself against the world.”

“A worthy read! This is a book whose vivid, thought-provoking images have stayed with me even months after reading it! It helped me to better understand the potential repercussions of a nuclear disaster.”

Thanks,
Barbara Griffin Billig

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Available also as THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe in Paperback

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Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton.

What Writing Means to Me

My name is Jeff Horton, and I am a novelist. I say I am a novelist and not an author because an author can be someone that writes about anything including novels, historical biographies, travel guides, etc., while a novelist is an artist, a painter if you will. Imagination is the paint and the keyboard the paintbrush.

I enjoy writing because for me it is pure creativity. From my imagination proceeds people, places, sights, sounds, and events which have never really existed. For me, writing a novel is sort of like watching a movie. I start writing with an idea of what I’m after, but the story truly takes on a life of its own as I write, often taking me in a direction I never could have imagined it going in before. The end result is that I have no idea how the story is going to end myself until I have finished the first draft. Even then, the story can morph as I make my way through a series of inevitable revisions where the rough stone is cut and chipped away at, before being polished into what I consider to be a work of art.

When I write, I strive to create storylines that are meaningful on many levels. I like to explore and understand the emotions, the struggles and the pain that we feel as human beings, as well as the joy. It is also important that there is a message in the story, a warning, a message of hope, etc. I want readers to always come away having learned something new, something valuable, and something important. These are ambitious goals, of course, and unfortunately, I’m never as successful as I would like to be at meeting these goals.

Another thing that is important to me as a novelist is that the characters, the events, and the setting all feel very real to the reader. This then is a key, in my opinion, to drawing the reader more deeply into the story. People are complex creatures and rarely (if ever) do we really know anyone. It is unfair therefore to suggest to readers that a character is a cardboard figure. While I may not spend as much time on every character as I would like in the interest of brevity, I do try and ensure that at least the key players are well-developed, and that they also change and grow as the story progresses.

My first three books were mostly futuristic, apocalyptic thrillers, all written for the masses but from a Christian worldview. My faith in God makes up a big part of who I am and what I do, and I’m sure it comes through in my writing. One of my books that reflects that faith is different than the first three because it’s more of a YA/juvenile novel entitled, The Way of Nacor. My goal (always lofty!) with The Way of Nacor was to create a well-blended recipe of a little Chronicles of Narnia and a little Pilgrims Progress, with a pinch of science-fiction thrown in as well. In The Way of Nacor, a family of children is stranded on another world, where they face many obstacles as they try to find their way home. My most recently published novel is a techno-thriller entitled Cybersp@ce, the first in the Cybersp@ce Trilogy. I like to think of Cybersp@ce as Tom Clancy meets Michael Crichton (two of my favorite authors). The next two in the trilogy are Frontiers and New Beginnings, and they chronicle humanity’s emergence from where we are today, to an interstellar, space-faring species.

Honors, Citations or Prizes

2012 Book of the Year for: CYBERSP@CE Readers Favorite Five-Star Award for: THE LAST PROPHET

Novels:

Cybersp@ce (1/1/2013)

The Way of Nacor: Tales of Eden (9/1/2012)

The Last Prophet (2011)

The Dark Age- Survivors of the Pulse (2011)

The Great Collapse-Survivors of the Pulse (2010)

Author Contact Information:

Email: jeff@hortonlibrary.com

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Pursuit
By Caitlyn Nicholas

Legendary hacker, Dimity Pond, is on the run from the law.

Her landlord’s sold her home, her money has disappeared along with her two-timing husband, a cyber-terrorist named Nemesis is forcing her to wreak havoc with a nasty virus and she’s developing a vile migraine.

Six years ago, Nemesis framed Dimity for the collapse of one of Europe’s biggest banks. The money was never found, and the bank’s failure caused untold damage to its customers. She’s been living under the radar ever since. The only way she can clear her name and live a normal life is to uncover Nemesis’s identity, but he’s always one step ahead.

Since Lord Richard Summerhayes left the Special Forces he’s built the best disaster-recovery network in the world, known as The Bunker. Banks, militaries, airports and other major systems around the world rely on him as the last unshakeable digital fortress in the face of disaster. Richard has been keeping an eye on his neighbor who has a dubious hacking past. He doesn’t like hackers, and when someone nukes his network with an intriguing new virus he knows exactly who to blame. But when he confronts her, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.

When Nemesis commits an unthinkable act of terrorism, the last hope is an encrypted file that only Dimity can crack. Will Nemesis manipulate Dimity into helping him wipe out the world’s biggest financial center? Or can Richard and Dimity take Nemesis down once and for all?

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When Dimity and Richard first meet its not exactly love at first sight…

The purr of a powerful engine made her glance around. A luxurious car cautiously made its way into the yard, its fat tires creeping through the mud.
A pitchfork leaned against the side of the stables. Dimity grabbed it and stepped out in front of the car. It jerked to a halt, and its driver stared over the steering wheel, as if deciding whether he could run her over and get away with it. Then, with a slow shake of his head, he turned off the engine.
“You’re Dimity Pond,” he said with grim resignation as he got out of the car. He was taller than she’d imagined, lean and dressed entirely in black. His hair was dark brown, same as his eyes, and he had the pale skin of a cave-dweller. There were deep lines of strain around his eyes.
He took a step toward her, keeping a close watch on the pitchfork.
She tightened her grip.
“And you’re Richard Summerhayes.”
This couldn’t be about the virus – it was untraceable – so she glared at him, though he didn’t seem to notice. Instead he glanced down, frowning as his black boots sank into the mud. There was a controlled rigidity about him, as if every movement was planned. He wasn’t quite what she’d expected.

Author bio
Caitlyn Nicholas began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant and coping with a demanding toddler, she decided the time was right to embark on a writing career.

To her family’s eternal startlement she is now the author of five novels and a short story.

Her debut novel – and the first manuscript she had ever written – Running Scared, was published in 2007. This was followed by Secret Intentions in 2009, The Danger Game in 2012 and, Drive Me To Distraction, also in 2012. Her next novel, Pursuit, will be out in August 2013.

Author Links
You can find me online at: http://www.caitlynnicholas.com
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Author website: http://www.jerryhatchett.com

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Bio and Books: Jerry Hatchett was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta. After plenty formative
years in the Magnolia state, he writes now from Houston, Texas. His specialty is writing tales you can’t put down, plots
that capture your attention early and never let go, populated by rich characters you can cheer for and against.

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PAWNBROKER (thriller): Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your
family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good,
with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon
Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get
it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t
have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

Book website: http://www.pawnbrokernovel.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LYDM4W

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SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS (thriller): “A simple glitch in a power grid heralds the beginning of a madman’s
scheme to bring about a biblical apocalypse. Written in a staccato style that will leave readers
breathless and flipping pages long into the night, Hatchett’s…novel, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, is a thriller
not to be missed!”

NYT and International Bestselling Author James Rollins

Are monsters born or created? Is it possible for mortal man to bring about the apocalypse of
Armageddon? Technology and insanity combine to create a very bad week for the United States and the world. In this
can’t-put-it-down thriller, tech celebrity Matt Decker is on top of the world until his flagship creation, the system that
runs the U.S. power grid, suffers a crippling cyber attack. The week is all downhill from there, with the USA and
eventually the world suffering from escalating disasters that stretch from New York to Israel to the “sulfurous scarps of
hell.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C4YXN36

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Ruby’s Fire by: Catherine Stine

“Seventeen year-old Ruby and her little brother Thorn, have only known a life blighted by the extremist Fireseed Cult. The night Ruby is set to be claimed by one of its cruelest and oldest leaders, she makes a bid for freedom. With Thorn in tow, she stumbles into the world beyond, and finds an opportunity for a fresh start in Skull’s Wrath under the guidance of Nevada Pilgrim, a woman who may not be all she seems. Ruby’s new life could bring her friendship, love, even fortune, but nothing comes without a price. Is Ruby’s talent for elixirs keeping the roof over their heads, or do some of her associates have a more sinister and lucrative interest in them? Life outside a strange cult isn’t without its dangers, and the experience leaves Ruby transformed and communing with the Fireseed more closely than she ever would have imagined. Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.” -YA’s The Word

“With an astounding creativity and unique world-building, Catherine Stine created a futuristic adventure that will surely keep you turning the pages until you beg for more.” -Books for YA!

“Gripping and addictive, Ruby has imagination packed into every page and scene! Unexpected and original.” -M. Pax, author of The Backworlds series

Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.

More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She’s taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.

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Perfection Unleashed

Six-time award-winner

“A breakout piece of science fiction.”—RPLA Judge

2011 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
2012 Reader Views Literary Award – Science Fiction First Place
2012 Reader Views Literary Awards – South-East Regional Winner
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
2012 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention
2013 Readers’ Favorites Finalist

Two men… One face…
One seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

What readers are saying about PERFECTION UNLEASHED:

“Ms. Kerrion has done something pretty great- she’s created a really interesting story. It’s not something you’ve read a thousands times before with different names and locations attached. It is truly a thing in and of itself, and for that I was surprised and delighted.”—Cristobal, Amazon reviewer

“‘Perfection Unleashed’ is a highly-enjoyable, brainy guilty pleasure of a novel: a perfect mixture of non-stop action, gripping plot, thought-provoking philosophy, and beautiful visuals…a feast for the eyes.”—A.L., Amazon reviewer

“The story was gripping right to the end, and the characters well imagined to keep us wanting to read more about them. The writing style of this book reminded me a lot of the excellent Idlewild Trilogy by Nick Sagan – and that should be enough to warrant you buying this, to be honest.”—Simon, Vine Voice Amazon UK reviewer

“The best aspect of the book, though, is that it is engrossing. I kept reading anxiously wanting to find out what was going to happen. If a story can capture the reader like that, if it can invest the reader in it, then you can’t ask for much more than that.”—Jonathan B, Amazon reviewer

“The best part of this story had to be that it presented some very deep questions, presented in a clear fashion within the story. It opened up questions about our world even as it is now (despite the book being set 50 years in the future), our state of morals, our emotions, and even about our governments. I also loved the author’s imagination for the storyline, which was vivid and alive.”—Miranda Stork, author of supernatural fantasy novels

“Take some of the excitement you find in many graphic novels and flesh that out with some outstanding characterization and stellar action scenes and you’ve got this book.”—Dena Martin, Amazon reviewer

“If you enjoyed watching Alphas and Heroes, or you’re into comic books, then you will enjoy this…Strong characterization and well developed world building.“—Noor Jahangir, author of The Changeling King.

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Kurt, the Kung Fu Fighting Cop
By J.C. Martin

Kurt LancerThis is Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer, the protagonist in my crime thriller, ORACLE.

Kurt is a half-English, half-Nigerian homicide detective in the London Metropolitan Police. I didn’t consciously set out to make him mixed race, but his ethnicity is a perfect reflection of the multicultural melting pot that is the East End of London, and I like to believe it lends Kurt an air of authenticity as a home grown cop who was brought up in the area.

At six foot two and built like a rugby prop forward, he is conscious that people may find his physique intimidating—something he uses to full effect when interrogating a suspect. However, it bothers him that strangers would judge him by his appearance.

Perhaps this is why the martial art he practices, Wing Chun Kung Fu, is a relatively ‘soft’ fighting style that exploits an opponent’s force and motion. Size and strength do not confer any advantages in Wing Chun, so when Kurt is training, he doesn’t feel singled out because of the way he looks.

Kurt is a widower and dad to daughter Meghan, who suffers from a progressive genetic disorder. His only other family is younger half-brother Reggie, who Kurt grew up protecting as they survived foster care together. He continues to worry for Reggie, a layabout and petty criminal who hangs around with members of a street gang.

Oracle

In between a demanding job, a child that requires special care, and a wayward brother, Kurt has little time for anything else—especially with his latest case, which threatens to derail London’s much-anticipated hosting of the Olympic Games.

If you’re intrigued by Kurt’s story, I hope you’ll enjoy ORACLE!

For your chance to win an e-book copy of ORACLE, why not enter my giveaway at the bottom of this post? The contest is on for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Good luck, and a big thank you for Barbara for having me on her lovely blog!

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

J.C. MartinJ.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children. A 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu, she writes dark mysteries, psychological thrillers, and the occasional horror story.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband, son, and dog.

Contact: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn’t go away.

After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave. Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can’t fight fate.

He is what he is.

Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.


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About E.M. Tippetts

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA. These days she lives in New Mexico – the place where she grew up – with her family.

She also designs book covers and formats paperbacks and ebooks for her company E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

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Meg Mims is an award-winning author of western historical mysteries. Double Crossing won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel and was named a finalist in the 2012 USA Book News Awards. Meg published the sequel, Double or Nothing, in March of 2013. She is also one-half of the writing team D.E. Ireland with a new cozy mystery series coming out from St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

What’s your favorite food and drink?
Truly, it’s cookies. I would trade anything for cookies and a mug of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea or a Caribou Mint (dark chocolate, please!) Mochoa. Panera’s shortbread, to be precise, drizzled with chocolate, or the chocolate/vanilla cookie from the Mexican bakery in Silver Springs, MD. I don’t mean to be fussy, but hey. Priorities.
Tell us about your Double Series.
I wrote Double Crossing as a twist on True Grit and Murder on the Orient Express. I was ecstatic when it won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2012 for Best First Novel. I mean, really?? That’s equivalent to an Edgar for mystery, to a Rita for romance, to a Bram Stoker for horror! So the pressure was on to make Double or Nothing, the sequel, just as entertaining yet different and a wrap-up to the heroine/hero relationship between Lily Granville and Ace Diamond begun in Double Crossing. With the flavor of California mining and dynamite history thrown in, plus a sumptuous banquet based on an actual event in November of 1869 to honor the CPRR bigwigs. Oh yeah. Had to put all the food and decoration details woven in that scene.
What’s next for your career?
I’m teaming up with a writing partner as D.E. Ireland for a cozy mystery series featuring Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. We had a blast writing the first book, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, which will debut next year from St. Martin’s Press. And we’re planning on having even more fun writing the second book in the series! My agent is shopping a Lighthouse Mystery series that I wrote as my thesis during my MA in the prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. I also write contemporary Christmas romance novellas. I hope to put Santa Paws and Santa Claws out in print this coming November.

Double Crossing: A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust–the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?
EXCERPT from Double Crossing…
Evanston, Illinois: 1869
I burst into the house. Keeping the flimsy telegram envelope, I dumped half a dozen packages into the maid’s waiting arms. “Where’s Father? I need to speak to him.”
“He’s in the library, Miss Lily. With Mr. Todaro.”
Oh, bother. I didn’t have time to deal with Emil Todaro, my father’s lawyer. He was the last person I wanted to see—but that couldn’t be helped. Thanking Etta, I raced down the hall. Father turned from his roll-top desk, spectacles perched on his thin nose and hands full of rustling papers. Todaro rose from an armchair with a courteous bow. His silver waistcoat buttons strained over his belly and his balding head shone in the sunlight. I forced myself to nod in his direction and then planted a quick kiss on Father’s leathery cheek. The familiar scents of pipe tobacco and bay rum soothed my nervous energy.
“I didn’t expect you back so early, Lily. What is it?”
With an uneasy glance at Todaro, I slipped him the envelope. “The telegraph messenger boy caught me on my way home.” My voice dropped. “It’s from Uncle Harrison.”
Father poked up his wire rims while he pored over the brief message. His shoulders slumped. “I’ll speak plainly, Lily, because Mr. Todaro and I were discussing this earlier. My brother sent word that George Hearst intends to claim the Early Bird mine in a Sacramento court. Harrison believes his business partner never filed the deed. He needs to prove our ownership.”
“Hearst holds an interest in the Comstock Lode, Colonel.” Todaro had perked up, his long knobby fingers forming a steeple. The lawyer resembled an amphibian, along with his deep croak of a voice. “His lawyers are just as ambitious and ruthless in court.”
Father peered over his spectacles. “Yes, but I have the original deed. I didn’t plan to visit California until next month, so we’ll have to move up our trip.”
“Oh!” I clasped my hands, a thrill racing through me. “I’m dying to visit all the shops out there, especially in San Francisco. When do we leave?”
“We? I meant myself and Mr. Todaro.”
I stared at the lawyer, who didn’t conceal a sly smirk. “You cannot leave me behind, Father. I promised to visit Uncle Harrison, and what if I decide to go to China?”
“Lily, I refuse to discuss the matter. This trip is anything but a lark.”
“It’s a grueling two thousand miles on the railroad, Miss Granville. Conditions out west are far too dangerous for a young lady,” Todaro said. “Even with an escort.”
“The new transcontinental line has been operating all summer. Plenty of women have traveled to California. I’ve read the newspaper reports.”
“I’m afraid the Union and Central Pacific cars are not as luxurious as the reports say. You have no idea. The way stations are abominable, for one thing.”
I flashed a smile at him. “I’m ready for adventure. That’s why I’ve considered joining the missionary team with Mr. Mason.”
Father scowled. “You are not leaving Evanston until I give my approval.”
“You mean until you dissuade me from ‘such a ridiculous notion.’”
“Need I remind you of the fourth commandment, Lily?”
“No, Father. We’ll discuss this later.”
My face flushed hot. Annoyed by being reprimanded in front of Todaro, I ignored the rest of the conversation. I’d always wanted to see the open prairie and perhaps a buffalo herd chased by Indians, the majestic Rocky Mountains and California. California, with its mining camps, lush green meadows and warm sunshine, the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco that had to be as exhilarating as downtown Chicago. I’d pored over the grainy pen-and-ink drawings in the Chicago Times. Uncle Harrison, who’d gone west several years ago to make a fortune and succeeded, for the most part, would welcome me with open arms. I plopped down on an armchair and fingered the ridges of the brass floor lamp beside me. Somehow I needed to persuade Father to allow me to tag along on this trip.
BUY LINKS: Amazon B&N Smashwords also available HC Large Print and Audiobook
Double or Nothing:
Lily Granville finds herself in more trouble when her guardian announces her engagement to a hand-picked suitor. But she is in love with Ace Diamond, the Texan renegade who saved her life on the journey to California — a man her uncle is determined to keep away at all cost. Ace is just as determined to prove himself worthy of Lily’s hand — but is framed for murder after a dynamite explosion. Will Lily be able to save him from the hangman’s noose?
BUY LINK for DOUBLE CROSSING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-Crossing-ebook/dp/B00E1OINC8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374358637&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=double+crossing+meg+mims

BUY LINK for DOUBLE OR NOTHING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-or-Nothing-ebook/dp/B00BUCU0DY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374358970&sr=1-1&keywords=double+or+nothing+meg+mims
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Kathryn Lively: How I Choose Books

Hello, my name is Kathryn Lively and I am living the dream –
I work for a bookstore and manage a social site for readers and authors. Every
day at AReCafe.com, I match books to
readers and offer authors a popular avenue for promotion. While we focus on
romance, we welcome authors of all genres whose books are available for sale at
our stores sites – AllRomance.com and OmniLit.com. Naturally, part of my job
involves keeping up with new books and top-selling authors. I still have to
pinch myself when I realize I have a job that requires me to read!

I do my best to average a hundred books read a year. I set a
goal this year of 125 and I’m halfway there. I need to get cracking so I don’t
fall short, and I’m never short on recommended books.

You may wonder how I choose the books that end up in my
digital reader. Okay, maybe you don’t, but if you’re an author looking for tips
on selling big it doesn’t hurt to hear from an avid reader. I don’t really have
a system per se, but when I go on the hunt there are a few things I look for:

Subject Matter – I
will pretty much read interesting, but there are certain subjects and tropes
that stay with me. I read entertainment non-fiction and memoirs, but I also
like contemporary romances set in small towns, cozy mysteries with amateur
sleuths, and the occasional high fantasy. If I’ve exhausted one author, I’ll
look for somebody similar.

Old Favorites – Everybody
has a few “auto-buy” authors – people you buy on the day of release, and if you
discover somebody new you may go back and stock up the backlist without
checking the book blurbs. I have alerts sent to me when a favorite author puts
out a new book, and sometimes I’ll check with friends at AReCafe or Goodreads
to discover authors who write the same genres.

A Simple Title – Never
underestimate the power of a short, concise title. I’ve grabbed books from
shelves just because the title looked interesting. Sometimes I came up with a
winner, other times not, but I find any time spent reading a book is not a
waste. Come up with a catchy title, and you’ll catch a reader.

If you’d like to learn more about buying and selling books
at All Romance or OmniLit, you’re welcome to visit both sites and see what’s
available. Check out AReCafe.com, too, for reviews of recent romances and guest
blogs by great authors.

Kathryn Lively is
manager of AReCafe.com, a social news and review site for romance readers and
authors. She is also a published author – visit KathrynLively.com for her backlist.

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 "WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It's a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it's a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year."


“WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It’s a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it’s a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year.”

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Boxes For Beds – a historical mystery by Maryann Miller

Set in Arkansas in 1961, the story involves gangsters who controlled Hot Springs during that era, kidnappings, a corrupt sheriff, and Leslie Richards, a writer who left New York to get away from a disastrous relationship. She was hoping to find peace in a small town near Hot Springs, but ends up being a suspect. The following is an excerpt of a conversation between Leslie and her ten-year old daughter shortly after their move.

Leslie chuckled, then lounged on the bed, propping her head in her hand. “I was thinking out there … and I got to wondering. You haven’t really said much about whether you like it here or not.”
“Sure.” Mandy shrugged and pulled her feet up to sit facing her mother. “It’s not nearly as dull as I thought it would be.”
“I’m glad. Moving in the middle of the school year. And to some place so different… well, I was afraid—”
“Don’t worry, Mom. What is that you’re always calling me? A … dab … ”
“Adaptable?”
“Yeah. That’s it. Us adappibles have to stick together.”
“It’s not too bad being away from your friends in New York?”
“Well, sure. I miss them,” Mandy broke eye contact for a moment, then she looked back with a smile. “But I’ve met new friends. There’s Betty. And that grandma lady, Emily. And there’s Matt,” Mandy’s smile turned into a mischievous grin. “He’s cute. Did you notice that?”
Leslie shook her head in mock indignation. “Oh, no! My daughter’s interested in boys already?.”
Mandy giggled for a moment before turning serious. “You know what? I just thought of it, but he looks a little like Ronald.”
Leslie swallowed hard. She didn’t know what to say to that. Mandy looked down and pulled at some loose threads on the quilt. “I’m sorry, Mom. I didn’t mean to—”
“That’s all right,” Leslie reached out and stilled Mandy’s fingers. “You can talk about Ronald if you want.”
“Do you miss him?”
“Of course.” Tears swam in Leslie’s eyes and she tried unsuccessfully to blink them back.
“He was almost as good as a daddy.”
The depth of pain beneath the words pierced Leslie, and she pulled Mandy close.
“Do you think he’ll stop being mad at us?”
“I don’t think he’s mad at us,” Leslie struggled with the rest of her response, knowing the fragile vulnerability in the child who had never known her real father. The struggle had been repeated often in recent years as Mandy had become more aware of the fact that her life was much different from most of her friends. Leslie knew her daughter needed truth, but not more truth than she was ready for, and certainly not something that would tarnish the memory of Ronald.

Buy link for Boxes For Beds http://www.amazon.com/Boxes-For-Beds-ebook/dp/B00BM9G53O/

Visit Maryann at her Website and Blog and follow her at Facebook and Twitter

Website – http://www.maryannwrites.com

Blog It’s Not All Gravy http://its-not-all-gravy.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryann-Miller/176896965725974

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And thanks to all you readers and writers who have visited today. Please be sure to visit the Book Blogger Fair’s website: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com
and vote for your favorite book. Thanks to KAYLA CURRY FOR PUTTING THIS EVENT TOGETHER!
https://sites.google.com/site/kaylacurryauthor/

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Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair – DAY 3

Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair!

WELCOME!!!

Blogger Book Fair begins July 22nd! There are Free books, Giveaways, and fun events in which to participate. You may visit the home site of the Blogger Book Fair at: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com

The Blogger Book Fair is hosting READER’s CHOICE AWARDS. Vote for your favorite book in various categories here: http://shutupandreadgroup.blogspot.com/2013/07/readers-choice-awards.html

Below you will find 15 posts by authors that are participating in the Blogger Book Fair with pictures, excerpts, descriptions and links to their sites. Hopefully you will find a book interesting to you and select it to read now or in the future. Thanks for visiting and here are the titles of the books or posts and their authors that are listed below:

The Nuclear Catastrophe, a fiction novel of survival by Barbara Billig
Perfection Unleashed, science fiction novel by Jade Kerrion
Oracle, a fiction crimefighting novel by J.C. Martin
Love in Darkness by E.M.Tippetts
Double Crossing by Meg Mims
How I Choose Books by Kathryn Lively
When the Deep Purple Falls by Ed Aymar
Boxes for Beds by Mary Ann Miller
Pursuit by Caitlyn Nichols
Pawnbroker by Jerry Hatchett
Seven Unholy Days by Jerry Hatchett
Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine
Rescued from the Dark by Lynda Kay Frazier
Love in a Hopeless Place Collection by Emma Calin
Cyberspace by Jeff Horton
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Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton.

What Writing Means to Me

My name is Jeff Horton, and I am a novelist. I say I am a novelist and not an author because an author can be someone that writes about anything including novels, historical biographies, travel guides, etc., while a novelist is an artist, a painter if you will. Imagination is the paint and the keyboard the paintbrush.

I enjoy writing because for me it is pure creativity. From my imagination proceeds people, places, sights, sounds, and events which have never really existed. For me, writing a novel is sort of like watching a movie. I start writing with an idea of what I’m after, but the story truly takes on a life of its own as I write, often taking me in a direction I never could have imagined it going in before. The end result is that I have no idea how the story is going to end myself until I have finished the first draft. Even then, the story can morph as I make my way through a series of inevitable revisions where the rough stone is cut and chipped away at, before being polished into what I consider to be a work of art.

When I write, I strive to create storylines that are meaningful on many levels. I like to explore and understand the emotions, the struggles and the pain that we feel as human beings, as well as the joy. It is also important that there is a message in the story, a warning, a message of hope, etc. I want readers to always come away having learned something new, something valuable, and something important. These are ambitious goals, of course, and unfortunately, I’m never as successful as I would like to be at meeting these goals.

Another thing that is important to me as a novelist is that the characters, the events, and the setting all feel very real to the reader. This then is a key, in my opinion, to drawing the reader more deeply into the story. People are complex creatures and rarely (if ever) do we really know anyone. It is unfair therefore to suggest to readers that a character is a cardboard figure. While I may not spend as much time on every character as I would like in the interest of brevity, I do try and ensure that at least the key players are well-developed, and that they also change and grow as the story progresses.

My first three books were mostly futuristic, apocalyptic thrillers, all written for the masses but from a Christian worldview. My faith in God makes up a big part of who I am and what I do, and I’m sure it comes through in my writing. One of my books that reflects that faith is different than the first three because it’s more of a YA/juvenile novel entitled, The Way of Nacor. My goal (always lofty!) with The Way of Nacor was to create a well-blended recipe of a little Chronicles of Narnia and a little Pilgrims Progress, with a pinch of science-fiction thrown in as well. In The Way of Nacor, a family of children is stranded on another world, where they face many obstacles as they try to find their way home. My most recently published novel is a techno-thriller entitled Cybersp@ce, the first in the Cybersp@ce Trilogy. I like to think of Cybersp@ce as Tom Clancy meets Michael Crichton (two of my favorite authors). The next two in the trilogy are Frontiers and New Beginnings, and they chronicle humanity’s emergence from where we are today, to an interstellar, space-faring species.

Honors, Citations or Prizes

2012 Book of the Year for: CYBERSP@CE Readers Favorite Five-Star Award for: THE LAST PROPHET

Novels:

Cybersp@ce (1/1/2013)

The Way of Nacor: Tales of Eden (9/1/2012)

The Last Prophet (2011)

The Dark Age- Survivors of the Pulse (2011)

The Great Collapse-Survivors of the Pulse (2010)

Author Contact Information:

Email: jeff@hortonlibrary.com

Website: www.hortonlibrary.com

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/Jeff_Horton

Goodreads Page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton

Amazon Author Page:http://tinyurl.com/8tapc5x

Blog:http:// http://anovelsperspective.blogspot.com/

Shelfari:http://www.shelfari.com/jeffhorton

Librarything:http://www.librarything.com/author/hortonjeffw

AuthorsDen:http://www.authorsden.com/jeffwhorton

Pinterest Page:https://pinterest.com/authorjhorton/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/111088200879432148676/posts

You Tube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/hortonlibrary?feature=mhee
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Pursuit
By Caitlyn Nicholas

Legendary hacker, Dimity Pond, is on the run from the law.

Her landlord’s sold her home, her money has disappeared along with her two-timing husband, a cyber-terrorist named Nemesis is forcing her to wreak havoc with a nasty virus and she’s developing a vile migraine.

Six years ago, Nemesis framed Dimity for the collapse of one of Europe’s biggest banks. The money was never found, and the bank’s failure caused untold damage to its customers. She’s been living under the radar ever since. The only way she can clear her name and live a normal life is to uncover Nemesis’s identity, but he’s always one step ahead.

Since Lord Richard Summerhayes left the Special Forces he’s built the best disaster-recovery network in the world, known as The Bunker. Banks, militaries, airports and other major systems around the world rely on him as the last unshakeable digital fortress in the face of disaster. Richard has been keeping an eye on his neighbor who has a dubious hacking past. He doesn’t like hackers, and when someone nukes his network with an intriguing new virus he knows exactly who to blame. But when he confronts her, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.

When Nemesis commits an unthinkable act of terrorism, the last hope is an encrypted file that only Dimity can crack. Will Nemesis manipulate Dimity into helping him wipe out the world’s biggest financial center? Or can Richard and Dimity take Nemesis down once and for all?

Excerpt

When Dimity and Richard first meet its not exactly love at first sight…

The purr of a powerful engine made her glance around. A luxurious car cautiously made its way into the yard, its fat tires creeping through the mud.
A pitchfork leaned against the side of the stables. Dimity grabbed it and stepped out in front of the car. It jerked to a halt, and its driver stared over the steering wheel, as if deciding whether he could run her over and get away with it. Then, with a slow shake of his head, he turned off the engine.
“You’re Dimity Pond,” he said with grim resignation as he got out of the car. He was taller than she’d imagined, lean and dressed entirely in black. His hair was dark brown, same as his eyes, and he had the pale skin of a cave-dweller. There were deep lines of strain around his eyes.
He took a step toward her, keeping a close watch on the pitchfork.
She tightened her grip.
“And you’re Richard Summerhayes.”
This couldn’t be about the virus – it was untraceable – so she glared at him, though he didn’t seem to notice. Instead he glanced down, frowning as his black boots sank into the mud. There was a controlled rigidity about him, as if every movement was planned. He wasn’t quite what she’d expected.

Author bio
Caitlyn Nicholas began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant and coping with a demanding toddler, she decided the time was right to embark on a writing career.

To her family’s eternal startlement she is now the author of five novels and a short story.

Her debut novel – and the first manuscript she had ever written – Running Scared, was published in 2007. This was followed by Secret Intentions in 2009, The Danger Game in 2012 and, Drive Me To Distraction, also in 2012. Her next novel, Pursuit, will be out in August 2013.

Author Links
You can find me online at: http://www.caitlynnicholas.com
My blog: http://www.caitlynnicholas.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CaitlynNicholas
Fb: https://www.facebook.com/CaitlynNicholasAuthor
Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105412279044420141735/

Buy links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D8MYCTM
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D8MYCTM
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pursuit/id659158185?mt=11

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Author website: http://www.jerryhatchett.com

StoryFreak blog: http://jerryhatchett.blogspot.com

Public email: newsletter@jerryhatchett.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JerryHatchettAuthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Chop0Matic

Author Central: http://amazon.com/author/jerryhatchett

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4238078.Jerry_Hatchett

Bio and Books: Jerry Hatchett was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta. After plenty formative
years in the Magnolia state, he writes now from Houston, Texas. His specialty is writing tales you can’t put down, plots
that capture your attention early and never let go, populated by rich characters you can cheer for and against.

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PAWNBROKER (thriller): Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your
family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good,
with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon
Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get
it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t
have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

Book website: http://www.pawnbrokernovel.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LYDM4W

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SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS (thriller): “A simple glitch in a power grid heralds the beginning of a madman’s
scheme to bring about a biblical apocalypse. Written in a staccato style that will leave readers
breathless and flipping pages long into the night, Hatchett’s…novel, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, is a thriller
not to be missed!”

NYT and International Bestselling Author James Rollins

Are monsters born or created? Is it possible for mortal man to bring about the apocalypse of
Armageddon? Technology and insanity combine to create a very bad week for the United States and the world. In this
can’t-put-it-down thriller, tech celebrity Matt Decker is on top of the world until his flagship creation, the system that
runs the U.S. power grid, suffers a crippling cyber attack. The week is all downhill from there, with the USA and
eventually the world suffering from escalating disasters that stretch from New York to Israel to the “sulfurous scarps of
hell.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C4YXN36

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Ruby’s Fire by: Catherine Stine

“Seventeen year-old Ruby and her little brother Thorn, have only known a life blighted by the extremist Fireseed Cult. The night Ruby is set to be claimed by one of its cruelest and oldest leaders, she makes a bid for freedom. With Thorn in tow, she stumbles into the world beyond, and finds an opportunity for a fresh start in Skull’s Wrath under the guidance of Nevada Pilgrim, a woman who may not be all she seems. Ruby’s new life could bring her friendship, love, even fortune, but nothing comes without a price. Is Ruby’s talent for elixirs keeping the roof over their heads, or do some of her associates have a more sinister and lucrative interest in them? Life outside a strange cult isn’t without its dangers, and the experience leaves Ruby transformed and communing with the Fireseed more closely than she ever would have imagined. Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.” -YA’s The Word

“With an astounding creativity and unique world-building, Catherine Stine created a futuristic adventure that will surely keep you turning the pages until you beg for more.” -Books for YA!

“Gripping and addictive, Ruby has imagination packed into every page and scene! Unexpected and original.” -M. Pax, author of The Backworlds series

Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.

More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She’s taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.

Links for Ruby’s Fire/STINE

With this, I’d love folks to sign up for my newsletter! The link: http://catherinestine.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1fe566b1e53f7d3e95b7443e4&id=93554d599e

Buy links (and online links) for Ruby’s Fire & Catherine:

Amazon illustrated paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/Rubys-Fire-Fireseed-book-2/dp/0984828222/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371413548&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby%27s+Fire+by+Catherine+Stine

Amazon Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Rubys-Fire-Fireseed-book-2/dp/0984828222/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371413548&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby%27s+Fire+by+Catherine+Stine

B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rubys-fire-e-pub001-catherine-stine/1115718625?ean=2940016711201

Subscribe to Catherine’s newsletter: http://catherinestine.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1fe566b1e53f7d3e95b7443e4&id=93554d599e

Catherine’s author page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Stine-author/160174947415366?ref=hl

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/crossoverwriter

Ruby’s Fire on Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17970591-ruby-s-fire

Catherine’s blog:
http://catherinestine.blogspot.com/

Catherine’s website:
http://catherinestine.com/wp/

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Linda Frazier

I’m Lynda Kay Frazier and an avid reader of romantic suspense. I started writing about a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds cliché, but that’s how it started. I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front of my computer working on my next story.
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Rescued from the Dark“, is my first full length novel, and the first in my Guardians of Hope series. It will be an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to do due to restrictions.

This is a story about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring. While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved. Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up to bring Mercy back to him.

She has no memory of their love…
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.

He knows the truth, but no one will listen…
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?

EXCERPT:
An explosion ricocheted behind Jason Michael’s eyes as the pressure mounted in his head. The rush of panic consumed him. He struggled to move, tried to swallow, but nothing. His throat burned as the flames engulfed his lungs. He needed to breathe but couldn’t. Shit. He strained to make out the muffled voice, but the pounding in his ears erased all hope. His head started to spin and he succumbed to the realization, this was it, the end. He won. The flames dampened and his heartbeat slowed as the drums subsided, then the voice became clear.
“Give it to him now you son of a bitch. What were you thinking? We still need him.”
In a split second, Jason sucked in a breath, causing stabbing pains to shoot through his chest. Every muscle fiber burned as the cold blast of air shot through his lungs releasing the oxygen his body craved. He arched his back, raising his chest up to pull in more air when his head snapped to the side and the crack from his neck echoed in his ears. The pain ripped through his jaw, racing across his cheekbone. Before he could gather his senses, intense burning set his face on fire. What the hell?
The slap against his cheek stung, and his eyes snapped open. He wrenched upright, hitting his head on the roof of the SUV. His gaze darted back and forth looking for something familiar until he locked onto the ice-cold stare of the devil himself, Shaun Flanagan.
Damn, that was close. Jason could not blow his cover, even if it meant he would die as David Logan and not Jason Michaels.
“You’re finally awake, my boy. We almost lost you,” Shaun cold, emotionless laugh caused Jason’s blood to boil. “You stopped breathing, I think. It’s hard to tell with this new stuff. I hope you’re not too injured. We’ve got work to do.”
Jason’s vision blurred, but his other senses were sharp. Shaun had known exactly what the drug would do and the burn in Jason’s throat was a harsh reminder. Shaun’s sarcastic tone spoke volumes to him. He was evil and did not play by anyone’s rules but his own. Jason had spent the last two months undercover, playing their games and doing their dirty work to buddy up tight to this family. He’d earned his spot with Thomas Flanagan, but his son Shaun had issues trusting anyone, even his own father.
Jason’s anger burned inside of him, but he couldn’t afford to make mistakes, not now. He was too close. It’s time to step it up, but first the drugs had to stop. He rubbed his aching jaw with one hand, clenching his other into a fist to hide his visible shaking. He had to get control of this game before he lost everything.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFYANMK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rescued-from-the-dark-lynda-kaye-frazier/1114500674?ean=2940016369129

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285303

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Rescued-from-the-Dark/book-mS6P9bqlx0ifOjztxuBrmg/page1.html?s=BNbii4WZ40uUHUgelR46hg&r=1

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-rescuedfromthedark-1061653-152.html

BOB: http://www.blackopalbooks.com

For more information about my book, and the others in my series you can find me at:

Web- http://www.lyndakayefrazier.com
Blog- http://lyndafrazier.blogspot.com
Twitter- https://twitter.com/lynda_kaye
Amazon-
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L7TK04
goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7794016-lynda-kaye-frazier

Thanks for stopping by. J
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Thank you for hosting me Barbara! You can find Barbara Billig‘s post on my blog on the 25th July.

My name is Emma Calin. I write hot steamy romance novels and gritty urban short stories and novelettes.

In my guest post for the Blogger Book Fair I am going to try to tempt you to read my book by giving you: a character, a location and an end-of-scene sentence from one of my books – Sub-Prime.

Book
Title: Sub-Prime

Genre:
Gritty urban short story
BLURB:

SUB-PRIME – A #1 Kindle Best Seller in Short Stories.

First in Emma Calin’s “LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION.” An award winning short story.

Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief

experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart?

Far more than a love story – this is a story about love.

Sub-Prime: a short story of our times.

5 Star Reviews…

  • ‘Sub-Prime is not a fun tale, but it’s truth, and truth, even well stated, is stark, in-your-face, and eye opening’
  • ‘Although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic’
  • ‘Powerful condensed full-flavoured shot of reality’
The first story in the “Love in a Hopeless Place Collection”. You can read it as a stand-alone title, or as part of the 5-part boxed-set of novelettes and short stories, including “The Chosen, “Angela”, “Escape to Love” and “Love in a Hopeless Place”.

Character:

She was close and he could smell her—a trace of greasy hair and
woman sweat. It wasn’t unpleasant to enjoy her pale silent
strength, their shared dirtiness, the untidiness of their beating
hearts.

Location:

Even the snow wasn’t real snow. At first it sparkled like
tinsel, giving the grubby old town that X-Factor moment of fame
before the gods laughed you off. Now grey slush soaked into Mikes
cheap trainers as he walked from the job centre.

End of scene
sentence(s!):
Would he go home to his missus with a
bag full of knock-off? Would he go home and tell her that he’d been
locked up as a scumbag thief? Theyd
never catch him … 6’4”, nearly two years rolling tyres off a lorry
… itd
take more than the pale-looking kid in the security uniform.


…And
if that doesn’t tempt you, all my books are reduced to 99c or FREE
for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Including my new release The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection:

LINKS:
Amazon Worldwide Link:
http://www.showbook.me/Subprime
Amazon Author Page: Emma
Calin Amazon Author Pag
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Emma Calin Website:
http://www.emmacalin.com
I
am featuring the following writers’ Three Sentence Seductions for the
Blogger Book
Fair
(BBF) on my own blog as follows: Real
Life According to Emma
See if these authors can tempt you too:
22nd
July: CAITLYN NICHOLAS & JAMIE CAMPBELL
23rd
July: EM TIPPETTS & PENELOPE REECE
24th
July: LR WRIGHT & RENATA SUERTH
25th
July: ARIA GLAZKI & BARBARA BILLIG
26th
July: DON WOOLDRIDGE
I
will be visiting these folk too during the BBF – please drop in and
say hello:
24th
Renata Suerth and Leslie
Wright

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THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE, a fiction novel of survival (3rd edition)
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A new FICTION NOVEL for EVERYONE – written for your entertainment & to raise nuclear awareness. Now that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has happened, we know how dangerous these nuclear plants can be.

THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE is set in Southern California and deals with characters caught in a disaster that they thought could NEVER happen. Ben, head of Whitewater Nuclear Power Plant & his pregnant wife Sara live in San Mirado, near the ocean. One fateful day the unexpected happens…..Ben and Sara, the plant workers, the people living in San Mirado and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions as to what to do, where to go. Their choices have both good and bad consequences.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen. History has shown us time after time that……what can go wrong….will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel. Read how these characters faced difficult choices – and decide what you would have done – or will do.

This book is available at Amazon.com as an ebook (Kindle version) or in paperback. Kindle books can be downloaded to The Kindle or to a PC or Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone. Visit Amazon.com to download a free Kindle app that allows this book to be read on a PC, Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone.

This fiction novel is meant to entertain and to educate. Very little has been written on this subject that is not a deep non-fiction book. Yet, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world as of January 2011. The United States has 104. Whether it is a terrorist dirty bomb or a nuclear melt down – we should know what is happening and be prepared. I hope you will take the time to read this.

What some of the readers have said:

“I enjoyed this book because it could happen. I think anyone living in a state with a nuclear reactor exists should read this.”

“A frightening tale of survival. You never really think about the events that take place after you have been stripped of normal day to day resources. No police, hospitals, you are your own 911 and now have to protect yourself against the world.”

“A worthy read! This is a book whose vivid, thought-provoking images have stayed with me even months after reading it! It helped me to better understand the potential repercussions of a nuclear disaster.”

Thanks,
Barbara Griffin Billig

Web page: http://mysite.verizon.net/resrrmof/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBilligTheNuclearCatastrophe

Follow on twitter: @Barbarabillig

Available for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WDRWXY

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/barbarabillig/nuclear-catastrophes/

Read an excerpt now: http://bit.ly/pY8HxX

Available also as THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe in Paperback
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Perfection Unleashed

Six-time award-winner

“A breakout piece of science fiction.”—RPLA Judge

2011 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
2012 Reader Views Literary Award – Science Fiction First Place
2012 Reader Views Literary Awards – South-East Regional Winner
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
2012 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention
2013 Readers’ Favorites Finalist

Two men… One face…
One seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

What readers are saying about PERFECTION UNLEASHED:

“Ms. Kerrion has done something pretty great- she’s created a really interesting story. It’s not something you’ve read a thousands times before with different names and locations attached. It is truly a thing in and of itself, and for that I was surprised and delighted.”—Cristobal, Amazon reviewer

“‘Perfection Unleashed’ is a highly-enjoyable, brainy guilty pleasure of a novel: a perfect mixture of non-stop action, gripping plot, thought-provoking philosophy, and beautiful visuals…a feast for the eyes.”—A.L., Amazon reviewer

“The story was gripping right to the end, and the characters well imagined to keep us wanting to read more about them. The writing style of this book reminded me a lot of the excellent Idlewild Trilogy by Nick Sagan – and that should be enough to warrant you buying this, to be honest.”—Simon, Vine Voice Amazon UK reviewer

“The best aspect of the book, though, is that it is engrossing. I kept reading anxiously wanting to find out what was going to happen. If a story can capture the reader like that, if it can invest the reader in it, then you can’t ask for much more than that.”—Jonathan B, Amazon reviewer

“The best part of this story had to be that it presented some very deep questions, presented in a clear fashion within the story. It opened up questions about our world even as it is now (despite the book being set 50 years in the future), our state of morals, our emotions, and even about our governments. I also loved the author’s imagination for the storyline, which was vivid and alive.”—Miranda Stork, author of supernatural fantasy novels

“Take some of the excitement you find in many graphic novels and flesh that out with some outstanding characterization and stellar action scenes and you’ve got this book.”—Dena Martin, Amazon reviewer

“If you enjoyed watching Alphas and Heroes, or you’re into comic books, then you will enjoy this…Strong characterization and well developed world building.“—Noor Jahangir, author of The Changeling King.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
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Kurt, the Kung Fu Fighting Cop
By J.C. Martin

Kurt LancerThis is Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer, the protagonist in my crime thriller, ORACLE.

Kurt is a half-English, half-Nigerian homicide detective in the London Metropolitan Police. I didn’t consciously set out to make him mixed race, but his ethnicity is a perfect reflection of the multicultural melting pot that is the East End of London, and I like to believe it lends Kurt an air of authenticity as a home grown cop who was brought up in the area.

At six foot two and built like a rugby prop forward, he is conscious that people may find his physique intimidating—something he uses to full effect when interrogating a suspect. However, it bothers him that strangers would judge him by his appearance.

Perhaps this is why the martial art he practices, Wing Chun Kung Fu, is a relatively ‘soft’ fighting style that exploits an opponent’s force and motion. Size and strength do not confer any advantages in Wing Chun, so when Kurt is training, he doesn’t feel singled out because of the way he looks.

Kurt is a widower and dad to daughter Meghan, who suffers from a progressive genetic disorder. His only other family is younger half-brother Reggie, who Kurt grew up protecting as they survived foster care together. He continues to worry for Reggie, a layabout and petty criminal who hangs around with members of a street gang.

Oracle

In between a demanding job, a child that requires special care, and a wayward brother, Kurt has little time for anything else—especially with his latest case, which threatens to derail London’s much-anticipated hosting of the Olympic Games.

If you’re intrigued by Kurt’s story, I hope you’ll enjoy ORACLE!

For your chance to win an e-book copy of ORACLE, why not enter my giveaway at the bottom of this post? The contest is on for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Good luck, and a big thank you for Barbara for having me on her lovely blog!

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

J.C. MartinJ.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children. A 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu, she writes dark mysteries, psychological thrillers, and the occasional horror story.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband, son, and dog.

Contact: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn’t go away.

After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave. Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can’t fight fate.

He is what he is.

Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.


Available from:
About E.M. Tippetts

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA. These days she lives in New Mexico – the place where she grew up – with her family.

She also designs book covers and formats paperbacks and ebooks for her company E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

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Meg Mims is an award-winning author of western historical mysteries. Double Crossing won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel and was named a finalist in the 2012 USA Book News Awards. Meg published the sequel, Double or Nothing, in March of 2013. She is also one-half of the writing team D.E. Ireland with a new cozy mystery series coming out from St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

What’s your favorite food and drink?
Truly, it’s cookies. I would trade anything for cookies and a mug of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea or a Caribou Mint (dark chocolate, please!) Mochoa. Panera’s shortbread, to be precise, drizzled with chocolate, or the chocolate/vanilla cookie from the Mexican bakery in Silver Springs, MD. I don’t mean to be fussy, but hey. Priorities.
Tell us about your Double Series.
I wrote Double Crossing as a twist on True Grit and Murder on the Orient Express. I was ecstatic when it won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2012 for Best First Novel. I mean, really?? That’s equivalent to an Edgar for mystery, to a Rita for romance, to a Bram Stoker for horror! So the pressure was on to make Double or Nothing, the sequel, just as entertaining yet different and a wrap-up to the heroine/hero relationship between Lily Granville and Ace Diamond begun in Double Crossing. With the flavor of California mining and dynamite history thrown in, plus a sumptuous banquet based on an actual event in November of 1869 to honor the CPRR bigwigs. Oh yeah. Had to put all the food and decoration details woven in that scene.
What’s next for your career?
I’m teaming up with a writing partner as D.E. Ireland for a cozy mystery series featuring Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. We had a blast writing the first book, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, which will debut next year from St. Martin’s Press. And we’re planning on having even more fun writing the second book in the series! My agent is shopping a Lighthouse Mystery series that I wrote as my thesis during my MA in the prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. I also write contemporary Christmas romance novellas. I hope to put Santa Paws and Santa Claws out in print this coming November.

Double Crossing: A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust–the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?
EXCERPT from Double Crossing…
Evanston, Illinois: 1869
I burst into the house. Keeping the flimsy telegram envelope, I dumped half a dozen packages into the maid’s waiting arms. “Where’s Father? I need to speak to him.”
“He’s in the library, Miss Lily. With Mr. Todaro.”
Oh, bother. I didn’t have time to deal with Emil Todaro, my father’s lawyer. He was the last person I wanted to see—but that couldn’t be helped. Thanking Etta, I raced down the hall. Father turned from his roll-top desk, spectacles perched on his thin nose and hands full of rustling papers. Todaro rose from an armchair with a courteous bow. His silver waistcoat buttons strained over his belly and his balding head shone in the sunlight. I forced myself to nod in his direction and then planted a quick kiss on Father’s leathery cheek. The familiar scents of pipe tobacco and bay rum soothed my nervous energy.
“I didn’t expect you back so early, Lily. What is it?”
With an uneasy glance at Todaro, I slipped him the envelope. “The telegraph messenger boy caught me on my way home.” My voice dropped. “It’s from Uncle Harrison.”
Father poked up his wire rims while he pored over the brief message. His shoulders slumped. “I’ll speak plainly, Lily, because Mr. Todaro and I were discussing this earlier. My brother sent word that George Hearst intends to claim the Early Bird mine in a Sacramento court. Harrison believes his business partner never filed the deed. He needs to prove our ownership.”
“Hearst holds an interest in the Comstock Lode, Colonel.” Todaro had perked up, his long knobby fingers forming a steeple. The lawyer resembled an amphibian, along with his deep croak of a voice. “His lawyers are just as ambitious and ruthless in court.”
Father peered over his spectacles. “Yes, but I have the original deed. I didn’t plan to visit California until next month, so we’ll have to move up our trip.”
“Oh!” I clasped my hands, a thrill racing through me. “I’m dying to visit all the shops out there, especially in San Francisco. When do we leave?”
“We? I meant myself and Mr. Todaro.”
I stared at the lawyer, who didn’t conceal a sly smirk. “You cannot leave me behind, Father. I promised to visit Uncle Harrison, and what if I decide to go to China?”
“Lily, I refuse to discuss the matter. This trip is anything but a lark.”
“It’s a grueling two thousand miles on the railroad, Miss Granville. Conditions out west are far too dangerous for a young lady,” Todaro said. “Even with an escort.”
“The new transcontinental line has been operating all summer. Plenty of women have traveled to California. I’ve read the newspaper reports.”
“I’m afraid the Union and Central Pacific cars are not as luxurious as the reports say. You have no idea. The way stations are abominable, for one thing.”
I flashed a smile at him. “I’m ready for adventure. That’s why I’ve considered joining the missionary team with Mr. Mason.”
Father scowled. “You are not leaving Evanston until I give my approval.”
“You mean until you dissuade me from ‘such a ridiculous notion.’”
“Need I remind you of the fourth commandment, Lily?”
“No, Father. We’ll discuss this later.”
My face flushed hot. Annoyed by being reprimanded in front of Todaro, I ignored the rest of the conversation. I’d always wanted to see the open prairie and perhaps a buffalo herd chased by Indians, the majestic Rocky Mountains and California. California, with its mining camps, lush green meadows and warm sunshine, the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco that had to be as exhilarating as downtown Chicago. I’d pored over the grainy pen-and-ink drawings in the Chicago Times. Uncle Harrison, who’d gone west several years ago to make a fortune and succeeded, for the most part, would welcome me with open arms. I plopped down on an armchair and fingered the ridges of the brass floor lamp beside me. Somehow I needed to persuade Father to allow me to tag along on this trip.
BUY LINKS: Amazon B&N Smashwords also available HC Large Print and Audiobook
Double or Nothing:
Lily Granville finds herself in more trouble when her guardian announces her engagement to a hand-picked suitor. But she is in love with Ace Diamond, the Texan renegade who saved her life on the journey to California — a man her uncle is determined to keep away at all cost. Ace is just as determined to prove himself worthy of Lily’s hand — but is framed for murder after a dynamite explosion. Will Lily be able to save him from the hangman’s noose?
BUY LINK for DOUBLE CROSSING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-Crossing-ebook/dp/B00E1OINC8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374358637&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=double+crossing+meg+mims

BUY LINK for DOUBLE OR NOTHING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-or-Nothing-ebook/dp/B00BUCU0DY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374358970&sr=1-1&keywords=double+or+nothing+meg+mims
Coming as a HC Large Print in December!

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Kathryn Lively: How I Choose Books

Hello, my name is Kathryn Lively and I am living the dream –
I work for a bookstore and manage a social site for readers and authors. Every
day at AReCafe.com, I match books to
readers and offer authors a popular avenue for promotion. While we focus on
romance, we welcome authors of all genres whose books are available for sale at
our stores sites – AllRomance.com and OmniLit.com. Naturally, part of my job
involves keeping up with new books and top-selling authors. I still have to
pinch myself when I realize I have a job that requires me to read!

I do my best to average a hundred books read a year. I set a
goal this year of 125 and I’m halfway there. I need to get cracking so I don’t
fall short, and I’m never short on recommended books.

You may wonder how I choose the books that end up in my
digital reader. Okay, maybe you don’t, but if you’re an author looking for tips
on selling big it doesn’t hurt to hear from an avid reader. I don’t really have
a system per se, but when I go on the hunt there are a few things I look for:

Subject Matter – I
will pretty much read interesting, but there are certain subjects and tropes
that stay with me. I read entertainment non-fiction and memoirs, but I also
like contemporary romances set in small towns, cozy mysteries with amateur
sleuths, and the occasional high fantasy. If I’ve exhausted one author, I’ll
look for somebody similar.

Old Favorites – Everybody
has a few “auto-buy” authors – people you buy on the day of release, and if you
discover somebody new you may go back and stock up the backlist without
checking the book blurbs. I have alerts sent to me when a favorite author puts
out a new book, and sometimes I’ll check with friends at AReCafe or Goodreads
to discover authors who write the same genres.

A Simple Title – Never
underestimate the power of a short, concise title. I’ve grabbed books from
shelves just because the title looked interesting. Sometimes I came up with a
winner, other times not, but I find any time spent reading a book is not a
waste. Come up with a catchy title, and you’ll catch a reader.

If you’d like to learn more about buying and selling books
at All Romance or OmniLit, you’re welcome to visit both sites and see what’s
available. Check out AReCafe.com, too, for reviews of recent romances and guest
blogs by great authors.

Kathryn Lively is
manager of AReCafe.com, a social news and review site for romance readers and
authors. She is also a published author – visit KathrynLively.com for her backlist.

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 "WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It's a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it's a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year."


“WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It’s a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it’s a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year.”

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Boxes For Beds – a historical mystery by Maryann Miller

Set in Arkansas in 1961, the story involves gangsters who controlled Hot Springs during that era, kidnappings, a corrupt sheriff, and Leslie Richards, a writer who left New York to get away from a disastrous relationship. She was hoping to find peace in a small town near Hot Springs, but ends up being a suspect. The following is an excerpt of a conversation between Leslie and her ten-year old daughter shortly after their move.

Leslie chuckled, then lounged on the bed, propping her head in her hand. “I was thinking out there … and I got to wondering. You haven’t really said much about whether you like it here or not.”
“Sure.” Mandy shrugged and pulled her feet up to sit facing her mother. “It’s not nearly as dull as I thought it would be.”
“I’m glad. Moving in the middle of the school year. And to some place so different… well, I was afraid—”
“Don’t worry, Mom. What is that you’re always calling me? A … dab … ”
“Adaptable?”
“Yeah. That’s it. Us adappibles have to stick together.”
“It’s not too bad being away from your friends in New York?”
“Well, sure. I miss them,” Mandy broke eye contact for a moment, then she looked back with a smile. “But I’ve met new friends. There’s Betty. And that grandma lady, Emily. And there’s Matt,” Mandy’s smile turned into a mischievous grin. “He’s cute. Did you notice that?”
Leslie shook her head in mock indignation. “Oh, no! My daughter’s interested in boys already?.”
Mandy giggled for a moment before turning serious. “You know what? I just thought of it, but he looks a little like Ronald.”
Leslie swallowed hard. She didn’t know what to say to that. Mandy looked down and pulled at some loose threads on the quilt. “I’m sorry, Mom. I didn’t mean to—”
“That’s all right,” Leslie reached out and stilled Mandy’s fingers. “You can talk about Ronald if you want.”
“Do you miss him?”
“Of course.” Tears swam in Leslie’s eyes and she tried unsuccessfully to blink them back.
“He was almost as good as a daddy.”
The depth of pain beneath the words pierced Leslie, and she pulled Mandy close.
“Do you think he’ll stop being mad at us?”
“I don’t think he’s mad at us,” Leslie struggled with the rest of her response, knowing the fragile vulnerability in the child who had never known her real father. The struggle had been repeated often in recent years as Mandy had become more aware of the fact that her life was much different from most of her friends. Leslie knew her daughter needed truth, but not more truth than she was ready for, and certainly not something that would tarnish the memory of Ronald.

Buy link for Boxes For Beds http://www.amazon.com/Boxes-For-Beds-ebook/dp/B00BM9G53O/

Visit Maryann at her Website and Blog and follow her at Facebook and Twitter

Website – http://www.maryannwrites.com

Blog It’s Not All Gravy http://its-not-all-gravy.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryann-Miller/176896965725974

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And thanks to all you readers and writers who have visited today. Please be sure to visit the Book Blogger Fair’s website: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com
and vote for your favorite book. Thanks to KAYLA CURRY FOR PUTTING THIS EVENT TOGETHER!
https://sites.google.com/site/kaylacurryauthor/

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Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair- DAY TWO

Barbara Griffin Billig Welcomes You to the Blogger Book Fair!

WELCOME!!!

Blogger Book Fair begins July 22nd! There are Free books, Giveaways, and fun events in which to participate. You may visit the home site of the Blogger Book Fair at: http://www.bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com

Below you will find 15 posts by authors that are participating in the Blogger Book Fair with pictures, excerpts, descriptions and links to their sites. Hopefully you will find a book interesting to you and select it to read now or in the future. Thanks for visiting and here are the titles of the books or posts and their authors that are listed below:

The Nuclear Catastrophe, a fiction novel of survival by Barbara Billig
Perfection Unleashed, science fiction novel by Jade Kerrion
Oracle, a fiction crimefighting novel by J.C. Martin
Love in Darkness by E.M.Tippetts
Double Crossing by Meg Mims
How I Choose Books by Kathryn Lively
When the Deep Purple Falls by Ed Aymar
Boxes for Beds by Mary Ann Miller
Pursuit by Caitlyn Nichols
Pawnbroker by Jerry Hatchett
Seven Unholy Days by Jerry Hatchett
Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine
Rescued from the Dark by Lynda Kay Frazier
Love in a Hopeless Place Collection by Emma Calin
Cybersp@ce by Jeff Horton

Horton

Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton.

What Writing Means to Me

My name is Jeff Horton, and I am a novelist. I say I am a novelist and not an author because an author can be someone that writes about anything including novels, historical biographies, travel guides, etc., while a novelist is an artist, a painter if you will. Imagination is the paint and the keyboard the paintbrush.

I enjoy writing because for me it is pure creativity. From my imagination proceeds people, places, sights, sounds, and events which have never really existed. For me, writing a novel is sort of like watching a movie. I start writing with an idea of what I’m after, but the story truly takes on a life of its own as I write, often taking me in a direction I never could have imagined it going in before. The end result is that I have no idea how the story is going to end myself until I have finished the first draft. Even then, the story can morph as I make my way through a series of inevitable revisions where the rough stone is cut and chipped away at, before being polished into what I consider to be a work of art.

When I write, I strive to create storylines that are meaningful on many levels. I like to explore and understand the emotions, the struggles and the pain that we feel as human beings, as well as the joy. It is also important that there is a message in the story, a warning, a message of hope, etc. I want readers to always come away having learned something new, something valuable, and something important. These are ambitious goals, of course, and unfortunately, I’m never as successful as I would like to be at meeting these goals.

Another thing that is important to me as a novelist is that the characters, the events, and the setting all feel very real to the reader. This then is a key, in my opinion, to drawing the reader more deeply into the story. People are complex creatures and rarely (if ever) do we really know anyone. It is unfair therefore to suggest to readers that a character is a cardboard figure. While I may not spend as much time on every character as I would like in the interest of brevity, I do try and ensure that at least the key players are well-developed, and that they also change and grow as the story progresses.

My first three books were mostly futuristic, apocalyptic thrillers, all written for the masses but from a Christian worldview. My faith in God makes up a big part of who I am and what I do, and I’m sure it comes through in my writing. One of my books that reflects that faith is different than the first three because it’s more of a YA/juvenile novel entitled, The Way of Nacor. My goal (always lofty!) with The Way of Nacor was to create a well-blended recipe of a little Chronicles of Narnia and a little Pilgrims Progress, with a pinch of science-fiction thrown in as well. In The Way of Nacor, a family of children is stranded on another world, where they face many obstacles as they try to find their way home. My most recently published novel is a techno-thriller entitled Cybersp@ce, the first in the Cybersp@ce Trilogy. I like to think of Cybersp@ce as Tom Clancy meets Michael Crichton (two of my favorite authors). The next two in the trilogy are Frontiers and New Beginnings, and they chronicle humanity’s emergence from where we are today, to an interstellar, space-faring species.

Honors, Citations or Prizes

2012 Book of the Year for: CYBERSP@CE Readers Favorite Five-Star Award for: THE LAST PROPHET

Novels:

Cybersp@ce (1/1/2013)

The Way of Nacor: Tales of Eden (9/1/2012)

The Last Prophet (2011)

The Dark Age- Survivors of the Pulse (2011)

The Great Collapse-Survivors of the Pulse (2010)

Author Contact Information:

Email: jeff@hortonlibrary.com

Website: www.hortonlibrary.com

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Goodreads Page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton

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Blog:http:// http://anovelsperspective.blogspot.com/

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Meg Mims is an award-winning author of western historical mysteries. Double Crossing won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel and was named a finalist in the 2012 USA Book News Awards. Meg published the sequel, Double or Nothing, in March of 2013. She is also one-half of the writing team D.E. Ireland with a new cozy mystery series coming out from St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

What’s your favorite food and drink?
Truly, it’s cookies. I would trade anything for cookies and a mug of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea or a Caribou Mint (dark chocolate, please!) Mochoa. Panera’s shortbread, to be precise, drizzled with chocolate, or the chocolate/vanilla cookie from the Mexican bakery in Silver Springs, MD. I don’t mean to be fussy, but hey. Priorities.
Tell us about your Double Series.
I wrote Double Crossing as a twist on True Grit and Murder on the Orient Express. I was ecstatic when it won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2012 for Best First Novel. I mean, really?? That’s equivalent to an Edgar for mystery, to a Rita for romance, to a Bram Stoker for horror! So the pressure was on to make Double or Nothing, the sequel, just as entertaining yet different and a wrap-up to the heroine/hero relationship between Lily Granville and Ace Diamond begun in Double Crossing. With the flavor of California mining and dynamite history thrown in, plus a sumptuous banquet based on an actual event in November of 1869 to honor the CPRR bigwigs. Oh yeah. Had to put all the food and decoration details woven in that scene.
What’s next for your career?
I’m teaming up with a writing partner as D.E. Ireland for a cozy mystery series featuring Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. We had a blast writing the first book, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, which will debut next year from St. Martin’s Press. And we’re planning on having even more fun writing the second book in the series! My agent is shopping a Lighthouse Mystery series that I wrote as my thesis during my MA in the prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. I also write contemporary Christmas romance novellas. I hope to put Santa Paws and Santa Claws out in print this coming November.

Double Crossing: A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust–the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?
EXCERPT from Double Crossing…
Evanston, Illinois: 1869
I burst into the house. Keeping the flimsy telegram envelope, I dumped half a dozen packages into the maid’s waiting arms. “Where’s Father? I need to speak to him.”
“He’s in the library, Miss Lily. With Mr. Todaro.”
Oh, bother. I didn’t have time to deal with Emil Todaro, my father’s lawyer. He was the last person I wanted to see—but that couldn’t be helped. Thanking Etta, I raced down the hall. Father turned from his roll-top desk, spectacles perched on his thin nose and hands full of rustling papers. Todaro rose from an armchair with a courteous bow. His silver waistcoat buttons strained over his belly and his balding head shone in the sunlight. I forced myself to nod in his direction and then planted a quick kiss on Father’s leathery cheek. The familiar scents of pipe tobacco and bay rum soothed my nervous energy.
“I didn’t expect you back so early, Lily. What is it?”
With an uneasy glance at Todaro, I slipped him the envelope. “The telegraph messenger boy caught me on my way home.” My voice dropped. “It’s from Uncle Harrison.”
Father poked up his wire rims while he pored over the brief message. His shoulders slumped. “I’ll speak plainly, Lily, because Mr. Todaro and I were discussing this earlier. My brother sent word that George Hearst intends to claim the Early Bird mine in a Sacramento court. Harrison believes his business partner never filed the deed. He needs to prove our ownership.”
“Hearst holds an interest in the Comstock Lode, Colonel.” Todaro had perked up, his long knobby fingers forming a steeple. The lawyer resembled an amphibian, along with his deep croak of a voice. “His lawyers are just as ambitious and ruthless in court.”
Father peered over his spectacles. “Yes, but I have the original deed. I didn’t plan to visit California until next month, so we’ll have to move up our trip.”
“Oh!” I clasped my hands, a thrill racing through me. “I’m dying to visit all the shops out there, especially in San Francisco. When do we leave?”
“We? I meant myself and Mr. Todaro.”
I stared at the lawyer, who didn’t conceal a sly smirk. “You cannot leave me behind, Father. I promised to visit Uncle Harrison, and what if I decide to go to China?”
“Lily, I refuse to discuss the matter. This trip is anything but a lark.”
“It’s a grueling two thousand miles on the railroad, Miss Granville. Conditions out west are far too dangerous for a young lady,” Todaro said. “Even with an escort.”
“The new transcontinental line has been operating all summer. Plenty of women have traveled to California. I’ve read the newspaper reports.”
“I’m afraid the Union and Central Pacific cars are not as luxurious as the reports say. You have no idea. The way stations are abominable, for one thing.”
I flashed a smile at him. “I’m ready for adventure. That’s why I’ve considered joining the missionary team with Mr. Mason.”
Father scowled. “You are not leaving Evanston until I give my approval.”
“You mean until you dissuade me from ‘such a ridiculous notion.’”
“Need I remind you of the fourth commandment, Lily?”
“No, Father. We’ll discuss this later.”
My face flushed hot. Annoyed by being reprimanded in front of Todaro, I ignored the rest of the conversation. I’d always wanted to see the open prairie and perhaps a buffalo herd chased by Indians, the majestic Rocky Mountains and California. California, with its mining camps, lush green meadows and warm sunshine, the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco that had to be as exhilarating as downtown Chicago. I’d pored over the grainy pen-and-ink drawings in the Chicago Times. Uncle Harrison, who’d gone west several years ago to make a fortune and succeeded, for the most part, would welcome me with open arms. I plopped down on an armchair and fingered the ridges of the brass floor lamp beside me. Somehow I needed to persuade Father to allow me to tag along on this trip.
BUY LINKS: Amazon B&N Smashwords also available HC Large Print and Audiobook
Double or Nothing:
Lily Granville finds herself in more trouble when her guardian announces her engagement to a hand-picked suitor. But she is in love with Ace Diamond, the Texan renegade who saved her life on the journey to California — a man her uncle is determined to keep away at all cost. Ace is just as determined to prove himself worthy of Lily’s hand — but is framed for murder after a dynamite explosion. Will Lily be able to save him from the hangman’s noose?
BUY LINK for DOUBLE CROSSING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-Crossing-ebook/dp/B00E1OINC8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374358637&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=double+crossing+meg+mims

BUY LINK for DOUBLE OR NOTHING — http://www.amazon.com/Double-or-Nothing-ebook/dp/B00BUCU0DY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374358970&sr=1-1&keywords=double+or+nothing+meg+mims
Coming as a HC Large Print in December!

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Kathryn Lively: How I Choose Books

Hello, my name is Kathryn Lively and I am living the dream –
I work for a bookstore and manage a social site for readers and authors. Every
day at AReCafe.com, I match books to
readers and offer authors a popular avenue for promotion. While we focus on
romance, we welcome authors of all genres whose books are available for sale at
our stores sites – AllRomance.com and OmniLit.com. Naturally, part of my job
involves keeping up with new books and top-selling authors. I still have to
pinch myself when I realize I have a job that requires me to read!

I do my best to average a hundred books read a year. I set a
goal this year of 125 and I’m halfway there. I need to get cracking so I don’t
fall short, and I’m never short on recommended books.

You may wonder how I choose the books that end up in my
digital reader. Okay, maybe you don’t, but if you’re an author looking for tips
on selling big it doesn’t hurt to hear from an avid reader. I don’t really have
a system per se, but when I go on the hunt there are a few things I look for:

Subject Matter – I
will pretty much read interesting, but there are certain subjects and tropes
that stay with me. I read entertainment non-fiction and memoirs, but I also
like contemporary romances set in small towns, cozy mysteries with amateur
sleuths, and the occasional high fantasy. If I’ve exhausted one author, I’ll
look for somebody similar.

Old Favorites – Everybody
has a few “auto-buy” authors – people you buy on the day of release, and if you
discover somebody new you may go back and stock up the backlist without
checking the book blurbs. I have alerts sent to me when a favorite author puts
out a new book, and sometimes I’ll check with friends at AReCafe or Goodreads
to discover authors who write the same genres.

A Simple Title – Never
underestimate the power of a short, concise title. I’ve grabbed books from
shelves just because the title looked interesting. Sometimes I came up with a
winner, other times not, but I find any time spent reading a book is not a
waste. Come up with a catchy title, and you’ll catch a reader.

If you’d like to learn more about buying and selling books
at All Romance or OmniLit, you’re welcome to visit both sites and see what’s
available. Check out AReCafe.com, too, for reviews of recent romances and guest
blogs by great authors.

Kathryn Lively is
manager of AReCafe.com, a social news and review site for romance readers and
authors. She is also a published author – visit KathrynLively.com for her backlist.

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 "WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It's a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it's a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year."


“WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS is a free weekly serial about a hit man who has lost his girlfriend, his job and soon, maybe, his life. It’s a comedy! Not really, but it has some funny moments, and it’s a prequel to my debut thriller being published by Black Opal Books later this year.”

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Boxes For Beds – a historical mystery by Maryann Miller

Set in Arkansas in 1961, the story involves gangsters who controlled Hot Springs during that era, kidnappings, a corrupt sheriff, and Leslie Richards, a writer who left New York to get away from a disastrous relationship. She was hoping to find peace in a small town near Hot Springs, but ends up being a suspect. The following is an excerpt of a conversation between Leslie and her ten-year old daughter shortly after their move.

Leslie chuckled, then lounged on the bed, propping her head in her hand. “I was thinking out there … and I got to wondering. You haven’t really said much about whether you like it here or not.”
“Sure.” Mandy shrugged and pulled her feet up to sit facing her mother. “It’s not nearly as dull as I thought it would be.”
“I’m glad. Moving in the middle of the school year. And to some place so different… well, I was afraid—”
“Don’t worry, Mom. What is that you’re always calling me? A … dab … ”
“Adaptable?”
“Yeah. That’s it. Us adappibles have to stick together.”
“It’s not too bad being away from your friends in New York?”
“Well, sure. I miss them,” Mandy broke eye contact for a moment, then she looked back with a smile. “But I’ve met new friends. There’s Betty. And that grandma lady, Emily. And there’s Matt,” Mandy’s smile turned into a mischievous grin. “He’s cute. Did you notice that?”
Leslie shook her head in mock indignation. “Oh, no! My daughter’s interested in boys already?.”
Mandy giggled for a moment before turning serious. “You know what? I just thought of it, but he looks a little like Ronald.”
Leslie swallowed hard. She didn’t know what to say to that. Mandy looked down and pulled at some loose threads on the quilt. “I’m sorry, Mom. I didn’t mean to—”
“That’s all right,” Leslie reached out and stilled Mandy’s fingers. “You can talk about Ronald if you want.”
“Do you miss him?”
“Of course.” Tears swam in Leslie’s eyes and she tried unsuccessfully to blink them back.
“He was almost as good as a daddy.”
The depth of pain beneath the words pierced Leslie, and she pulled Mandy close.
“Do you think he’ll stop being mad at us?”
“I don’t think he’s mad at us,” Leslie struggled with the rest of her response, knowing the fragile vulnerability in the child who had never known her real father. The struggle had been repeated often in recent years as Mandy had become more aware of the fact that her life was much different from most of her friends. Leslie knew her daughter needed truth, but not more truth than she was ready for, and certainly not something that would tarnish the memory of Ronald.

Buy link for Boxes For Beds http://www.amazon.com/Boxes-For-Beds-ebook/dp/B00BM9G53O/

Visit Maryann at her Website and Blog and follow her at Facebook and Twitter

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Pursuit
By Caitlyn Nicholas

Legendary hacker, Dimity Pond, is on the run from the law.

Her landlord’s sold her home, her money has disappeared along with her two-timing husband, a cyber-terrorist named Nemesis is forcing her to wreak havoc with a nasty virus and she’s developing a vile migraine.

Six years ago, Nemesis framed Dimity for the collapse of one of Europe’s biggest banks. The money was never found, and the bank’s failure caused untold damage to its customers. She’s been living under the radar ever since. The only way she can clear her name and live a normal life is to uncover Nemesis’s identity, but he’s always one step ahead.

Since Lord Richard Summerhayes left the Special Forces he’s built the best disaster-recovery network in the world, known as The Bunker. Banks, militaries, airports and other major systems around the world rely on him as the last unshakeable digital fortress in the face of disaster. Richard has been keeping an eye on his neighbor who has a dubious hacking past. He doesn’t like hackers, and when someone nukes his network with an intriguing new virus he knows exactly who to blame. But when he confronts her, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.

When Nemesis commits an unthinkable act of terrorism, the last hope is an encrypted file that only Dimity can crack. Will Nemesis manipulate Dimity into helping him wipe out the world’s biggest financial center? Or can Richard and Dimity take Nemesis down once and for all?

Excerpt

When Dimity and Richard first meet its not exactly love at first sight…

The purr of a powerful engine made her glance around. A luxurious car cautiously made its way into the yard, its fat tires creeping through the mud.
A pitchfork leaned against the side of the stables. Dimity grabbed it and stepped out in front of the car. It jerked to a halt, and its driver stared over the steering wheel, as if deciding whether he could run her over and get away with it. Then, with a slow shake of his head, he turned off the engine.
“You’re Dimity Pond,” he said with grim resignation as he got out of the car. He was taller than she’d imagined, lean and dressed entirely in black. His hair was dark brown, same as his eyes, and he had the pale skin of a cave-dweller. There were deep lines of strain around his eyes.
He took a step toward her, keeping a close watch on the pitchfork.
She tightened her grip.
“And you’re Richard Summerhayes.”
This couldn’t be about the virus – it was untraceable – so she glared at him, though he didn’t seem to notice. Instead he glanced down, frowning as his black boots sank into the mud. There was a controlled rigidity about him, as if every movement was planned. He wasn’t quite what she’d expected.

Author bio
Caitlyn Nicholas began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant and coping with a demanding toddler, she decided the time was right to embark on a writing career.

To her family’s eternal startlement she is now the author of five novels and a short story.

Her debut novel – and the first manuscript she had ever written – Running Scared, was published in 2007. This was followed by Secret Intentions in 2009, The Danger Game in 2012 and, Drive Me To Distraction, also in 2012. Her next novel, Pursuit, will be out in August 2013.

Author Links
You can find me online at: http://www.caitlynnicholas.com
My blog: http://www.caitlynnicholas.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CaitlynNicholas
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Buy links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D8MYCTM
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D8MYCTM
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pursuit/id659158185?mt=11

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Author website: http://www.jerryhatchett.com

StoryFreak blog: http://jerryhatchett.blogspot.com

Public email: newsletter@jerryhatchett.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JerryHatchettAuthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Chop0Matic

Author Central: http://amazon.com/author/jerryhatchett

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4238078.Jerry_Hatchett

Bio and Books: Jerry Hatchett was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta. After plenty formative
years in the Magnolia state, he writes now from Houston, Texas. His specialty is writing tales you can’t put down, plots
that capture your attention early and never let go, populated by rich characters you can cheer for and against.

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PAWNBROKER (thriller): Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your
family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good,
with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon
Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get
it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t
have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

Book website: http://www.pawnbrokernovel.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LYDM4W

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SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS (thriller): “A simple glitch in a power grid heralds the beginning of a madman’s
scheme to bring about a biblical apocalypse. Written in a staccato style that will leave readers
breathless and flipping pages long into the night, Hatchett’s…novel, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, is a thriller
not to be missed!”

NYT and International Bestselling Author James Rollins

Are monsters born or created? Is it possible for mortal man to bring about the apocalypse of
Armageddon? Technology and insanity combine to create a very bad week for the United States and the world. In this
can’t-put-it-down thriller, tech celebrity Matt Decker is on top of the world until his flagship creation, the system that
runs the U.S. power grid, suffers a crippling cyber attack. The week is all downhill from there, with the USA and
eventually the world suffering from escalating disasters that stretch from New York to Israel to the “sulfurous scarps of
hell.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C4YXN36

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Ruby’s Fire by: Catherine Stine

“Seventeen year-old Ruby and her little brother Thorn, have only known a life blighted by the extremist Fireseed Cult. The night Ruby is set to be claimed by one of its cruelest and oldest leaders, she makes a bid for freedom. With Thorn in tow, she stumbles into the world beyond, and finds an opportunity for a fresh start in Skull’s Wrath under the guidance of Nevada Pilgrim, a woman who may not be all she seems. Ruby’s new life could bring her friendship, love, even fortune, but nothing comes without a price. Is Ruby’s talent for elixirs keeping the roof over their heads, or do some of her associates have a more sinister and lucrative interest in them? Life outside a strange cult isn’t without its dangers, and the experience leaves Ruby transformed and communing with the Fireseed more closely than she ever would have imagined. Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.” -YA’s The Word

“With an astounding creativity and unique world-building, Catherine Stine created a futuristic adventure that will surely keep you turning the pages until you beg for more.” -Books for YA!

“Gripping and addictive, Ruby has imagination packed into every page and scene! Unexpected and original.” -M. Pax, author of The Backworlds series

Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.

More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She’s taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.

Links for Ruby’s Fire/STINE

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Buy links (and online links) for Ruby’s Fire & Catherine:

Amazon illustrated paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/Rubys-Fire-Fireseed-book-2/dp/0984828222/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371413548&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby%27s+Fire+by+Catherine+Stine

Amazon Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Rubys-Fire-Fireseed-book-2/dp/0984828222/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371413548&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby%27s+Fire+by+Catherine+Stine

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Catherine’s author page on Facebook:
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Twitter:
https://twitter.com/crossoverwriter

Ruby’s Fire on Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17970591-ruby-s-fire

Catherine’s blog:
http://catherinestine.blogspot.com/

Catherine’s website:
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Linda Frazier

I’m Lynda Kay Frazier and an avid reader of romantic suspense. I started writing about a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds cliché, but that’s how it started. I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front of my computer working on my next story.
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Rescued from the Dark“, is my first full length novel, and the first in my Guardians of Hope series. It will be an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to do due to restrictions.

This is a story about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring. While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved. Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up to bring Mercy back to him.

She has no memory of their love…
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.

He knows the truth, but no one will listen…
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?

EXCERPT:
An explosion ricocheted behind Jason Michael’s eyes as the pressure mounted in his head. The rush of panic consumed him. He struggled to move, tried to swallow, but nothing. His throat burned as the flames engulfed his lungs. He needed to breathe but couldn’t. Shit. He strained to make out the muffled voice, but the pounding in his ears erased all hope. His head started to spin and he succumbed to the realization, this was it, the end. He won. The flames dampened and his heartbeat slowed as the drums subsided, then the voice became clear.
“Give it to him now you son of a bitch. What were you thinking? We still need him.”
In a split second, Jason sucked in a breath, causing stabbing pains to shoot through his chest. Every muscle fiber burned as the cold blast of air shot through his lungs releasing the oxygen his body craved. He arched his back, raising his chest up to pull in more air when his head snapped to the side and the crack from his neck echoed in his ears. The pain ripped through his jaw, racing across his cheekbone. Before he could gather his senses, intense burning set his face on fire. What the hell?
The slap against his cheek stung, and his eyes snapped open. He wrenched upright, hitting his head on the roof of the SUV. His gaze darted back and forth looking for something familiar until he locked onto the ice-cold stare of the devil himself, Shaun Flanagan.
Damn, that was close. Jason could not blow his cover, even if it meant he would die as David Logan and not Jason Michaels.
“You’re finally awake, my boy. We almost lost you,” Shaun cold, emotionless laugh caused Jason’s blood to boil. “You stopped breathing, I think. It’s hard to tell with this new stuff. I hope you’re not too injured. We’ve got work to do.”
Jason’s vision blurred, but his other senses were sharp. Shaun had known exactly what the drug would do and the burn in Jason’s throat was a harsh reminder. Shaun’s sarcastic tone spoke volumes to him. He was evil and did not play by anyone’s rules but his own. Jason had spent the last two months undercover, playing their games and doing their dirty work to buddy up tight to this family. He’d earned his spot with Thomas Flanagan, but his son Shaun had issues trusting anyone, even his own father.
Jason’s anger burned inside of him, but he couldn’t afford to make mistakes, not now. He was too close. It’s time to step it up, but first the drugs had to stop. He rubbed his aching jaw with one hand, clenching his other into a fist to hide his visible shaking. He had to get control of this game before he lost everything.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFYANMK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rescued-from-the-dark-lynda-kaye-frazier/1114500674?ean=2940016369129

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285303

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Rescued-from-the-Dark/book-mS6P9bqlx0ifOjztxuBrmg/page1.html?s=BNbii4WZ40uUHUgelR46hg&r=1

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-rescuedfromthedark-1061653-152.html

BOB: http://www.blackopalbooks.com

For more information about my book, and the others in my series you can find me at:

Web- http://www.lyndakayefrazier.com
Blog- http://lyndafrazier.blogspot.com
Twitter- https://twitter.com/lynda_kaye
Amazon-
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L7TK04
goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7794016-lynda-kaye-frazier

Thanks for stopping by. J
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Thank you for hosting me Barbara! You can find Barbara Billig‘s post on my blog on the 25th July.

My name is Emma Calin. I write hot steamy romance novels and gritty urban short stories and novelettes.

In my guest post for the Blogger Book Fair I am going to try to tempt you to read my book by giving you: a character, a location and an end-of-scene sentence from one of my books – Sub-Prime.

Book
Title: Sub-Prime

Genre:
Gritty urban short story
BLURB:

SUB-PRIME – A #1 Kindle Best Seller in Short Stories.

First in Emma Calin’s “LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION.” An award winning short story.

Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief

experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart?

Far more than a love story – this is a story about love.

Sub-Prime: a short story of our times.

5 Star Reviews…

  • ‘Sub-Prime is not a fun tale, but it’s truth, and truth, even well stated, is stark, in-your-face, and eye opening’
  • ‘Although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic’
  • ‘Powerful condensed full-flavoured shot of reality’
The first story in the “Love in a Hopeless Place Collection”. You can read it as a stand-alone title, or as part of the 5-part boxed-set of novelettes and short stories, including “The Chosen, “Angela”, “Escape to Love” and “Love in a Hopeless Place”.

Character:

She was close and he could smell her—a trace of greasy hair and
woman sweat. It wasn’t unpleasant to enjoy her pale silent
strength, their shared dirtiness, the untidiness of their beating
hearts.

Location:

Even the snow wasn’t real snow. At first it sparkled like
tinsel, giving the grubby old town that X-Factor moment of fame
before the gods laughed you off. Now grey slush soaked into Mikes
cheap trainers as he walked from the job centre.

End of scene
sentence(s!):
Would he go home to his missus with a
bag full of knock-off? Would he go home and tell her that he’d been
locked up as a scumbag thief? Theyd
never catch him … 6’4”, nearly two years rolling tyres off a lorry
… itd
take more than the pale-looking kid in the security uniform.


…And
if that doesn’t tempt you, all my books are reduced to 99c or FREE
for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Including my new release The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection:

LINKS:
Amazon Worldwide Link:
http://www.showbook.me/Subprime
Amazon Author Page: Emma
Calin Amazon Author Pag
e
Emma Calin Website:
http://www.emmacalin.com
I
am featuring the following writers’ Three Sentence Seductions for the
Blogger Book
Fair
(BBF) on my own blog as follows: Real
Life According to Emma
See if these authors can tempt you too:
22nd
July: CAITLYN NICHOLAS & JAMIE CAMPBELL
23rd
July: EM TIPPETTS & PENELOPE REECE
24th
July: LR WRIGHT & RENATA SUERTH
25th
July: ARIA GLAZKI & BARBARA BILLIG
26th
July: DON WOOLDRIDGE
I
will be visiting these folk too during the BBF – please drop in and
say hello:
24th
Renata Suerth and Leslie
Wright

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THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE, a fiction novel of survival (3rd edition)
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A new FICTION NOVEL for EVERYONE – written for your entertainment & to raise nuclear awareness. Now that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has happened, we know how dangerous these nuclear plants can be.

THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE is set in Southern California and deals with characters caught in a disaster that they thought could NEVER happen. Ben, head of Whitewater Nuclear Power Plant & his pregnant wife Sara live in San Mirado, near the ocean. One fateful day the unexpected happens…..Ben and Sara, the plant workers, the people living in San Mirado and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions as to what to do, where to go. Their choices have both good and bad consequences.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen. History has shown us time after time that……what can go wrong….will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel. Read how these characters faced difficult choices – and decide what you would have done – or will do.

This book is available at Amazon.com as an ebook (Kindle version) or in paperback. Kindle books can be downloaded to The Kindle or to a PC or Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone. Visit Amazon.com to download a free Kindle app that allows this book to be read on a PC, Tablet, Notebook, or Smartphone.

This fiction novel is meant to entertain and to educate. Very little has been written on this subject that is not a deep non-fiction book. Yet, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world as of January 2011. The United States has 104. Whether it is a terrorist dirty bomb or a nuclear melt down – we should know what is happening and be prepared. I hope you will take the time to read this.

What some of the readers have said:

“I enjoyed this book because it could happen. I think anyone living in a state with a nuclear reactor exists should read this.”

“A frightening tale of survival. You never really think about the events that take place after you have been stripped of normal day to day resources. No police, hospitals, you are your own 911 and now have to protect yourself against the world.”

“A worthy read! This is a book whose vivid, thought-provoking images have stayed with me even months after reading it! It helped me to better understand the potential repercussions of a nuclear disaster.”

Thanks,
Barbara Griffin Billig

Web page: http://mysite.verizon.net/resrrmof/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBilligTheNuclearCatastrophe

Follow on twitter: @Barbarabillig

Available for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WDRWXY

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/barbarabillig/nuclear-catastrophes/

Read an excerpt now: http://bit.ly/pY8HxX

Available also as THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe in Paperback
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Perfection Unleashed

Six-time award-winner

“A breakout piece of science fiction.”—RPLA Judge

2011 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
2012 Reader Views Literary Award – Science Fiction First Place
2012 Reader Views Literary Awards – South-East Regional Winner
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
2012 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention
2013 Readers’ Favorites Finalist

Two men… One face…
One seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

What readers are saying about PERFECTION UNLEASHED:

“Ms. Kerrion has done something pretty great- she’s created a really interesting story. It’s not something you’ve read a thousands times before with different names and locations attached. It is truly a thing in and of itself, and for that I was surprised and delighted.”—Cristobal, Amazon reviewer

“‘Perfection Unleashed’ is a highly-enjoyable, brainy guilty pleasure of a novel: a perfect mixture of non-stop action, gripping plot, thought-provoking philosophy, and beautiful visuals…a feast for the eyes.”—A.L., Amazon reviewer

“The story was gripping right to the end, and the characters well imagined to keep us wanting to read more about them. The writing style of this book reminded me a lot of the excellent Idlewild Trilogy by Nick Sagan – and that should be enough to warrant you buying this, to be honest.”—Simon, Vine Voice Amazon UK reviewer

“The best aspect of the book, though, is that it is engrossing. I kept reading anxiously wanting to find out what was going to happen. If a story can capture the reader like that, if it can invest the reader in it, then you can’t ask for much more than that.”—Jonathan B, Amazon reviewer

“The best part of this story had to be that it presented some very deep questions, presented in a clear fashion within the story. It opened up questions about our world even as it is now (despite the book being set 50 years in the future), our state of morals, our emotions, and even about our governments. I also loved the author’s imagination for the storyline, which was vivid and alive.”—Miranda Stork, author of supernatural fantasy novels

“Take some of the excitement you find in many graphic novels and flesh that out with some outstanding characterization and stellar action scenes and you’ve got this book.”—Dena Martin, Amazon reviewer

“If you enjoyed watching Alphas and Heroes, or you’re into comic books, then you will enjoy this…Strong characterization and well developed world building.“—Noor Jahangir, author of The Changeling King.

E-books available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Paperbacks available at Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
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Kurt, the Kung Fu Fighting Cop
By J.C. Martin

Kurt LancerThis is Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer, the protagonist in my crime thriller, ORACLE.

Kurt is a half-English, half-Nigerian homicide detective in the London Metropolitan Police. I didn’t consciously set out to make him mixed race, but his ethnicity is a perfect reflection of the multicultural melting pot that is the East End of London, and I like to believe it lends Kurt an air of authenticity as a home grown cop who was brought up in the area.

At six foot two and built like a rugby prop forward, he is conscious that people may find his physique intimidating—something he uses to full effect when interrogating a suspect. However, it bothers him that strangers would judge him by his appearance.

Perhaps this is why the martial art he practices, Wing Chun Kung Fu, is a relatively ‘soft’ fighting style that exploits an opponent’s force and motion. Size and strength do not confer any advantages in Wing Chun, so when Kurt is training, he doesn’t feel singled out because of the way he looks.

Kurt is a widower and dad to daughter Meghan, who suffers from a progressive genetic disorder. His only other family is younger half-brother Reggie, who Kurt grew up protecting as they survived foster care together. He continues to worry for Reggie, a layabout and petty criminal who hangs around with members of a street gang.

Oracle

In between a demanding job, a child that requires special care, and a wayward brother, Kurt has little time for anything else—especially with his latest case, which threatens to derail London’s much-anticipated hosting of the Olympic Games.

If you’re intrigued by Kurt’s story, I hope you’ll enjoy ORACLE!

For your chance to win an e-book copy of ORACLE, why not enter my giveaway at the bottom of this post? The contest is on for the duration of the Blogger Book Fair!

Good luck, and a big thank you for Barbara for having me on her lovely blog!

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

J.C. MartinJ.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children. A 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu, she writes dark mysteries, psychological thrillers, and the occasional horror story.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband, son, and dog.

Contact: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn’t go away.

After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave. Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can’t fight fate.

He is what he is.

Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.


Available from:
About E.M. Tippetts

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA. These days she lives in New Mexico – the place where she grew up – with her family.

She also designs book covers and formats paperbacks and ebooks for her company E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

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Horton

Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton.

What Writing Means to Me

My name is Jeff Horton, and I am a novelist. I say I am a novelist and not an author because an author can be someone that writes about anything including novels, historical biographies, travel guides, etc., while a novelist is an artist, a painter if you will. Imagination is the paint and the keyboard the paintbrush.

I enjoy writing because for me it is pure creativity. From my imagination proceeds people, places, sights, sounds, and events which have never really existed. For me, writing a novel is sort of like watching a movie. I start writing with an idea of what I’m after, but the story truly takes on a life of its own as I write, often taking me in a direction I never could have imagined it going in before. The end result is that I have no idea how the story is going to end myself until I have finished the first draft. Even then, the story can morph as I make my way through a series of inevitable revisions where the rough stone is cut and chipped away at, before being polished into what I consider to be a work of art.

When I write, I strive to create storylines that are meaningful on many levels. I like to explore and understand the emotions, the struggles and the pain that we feel as human beings, as well as the joy. It is also important that there is a message in the story, a warning, a message of hope, etc. I want readers to always come away having learned something new, something valuable, and something important. These are ambitious goals, of course, and unfortunately, I’m never as successful as I would like to be at meeting these goals.

Another thing that is important to me as a novelist is that the characters, the events, and the setting all feel very real to the reader. This then is a key, in my opinion, to drawing the reader more deeply into the story. People are complex creatures and rarely (if ever) do we really know anyone. It is unfair therefore to suggest to readers that a character is a cardboard figure. While I may not spend as much time on every character as I would like in the interest of brevity, I do try and ensure that at least the key players are well-developed, and that they also change and grow as the story progresses.

My first three books were mostly futuristic, apocalyptic thrillers, all written for the masses but from a Christian worldview. My faith in God makes up a big part of who I am and what I do, and I’m sure it comes through in my writing. One of my books that reflects that faith is different than the first three because it’s more of a YA/juvenile novel entitled, The Way of Nacor. My goal (always lofty!) with The Way of Nacor was to create a well-blended recipe of a little Chronicles of Narnia and a little Pilgrims Progress, with a pinch of science-fiction thrown in as well. In The Way of Nacor, a family of children is stranded on another world, where they face many obstacles as they try to find their way home. My most recently published novel is a techno-thriller entitled Cybersp@ce, the first in the Cybersp@ce Trilogy. I like to think of Cybersp@ce as Tom Clancy meets Michael Crichton (two of my favorite authors). The next two in the trilogy are Frontiers and New Beginnings, and they chronicle humanity’s emergence from where we are today, to an interstellar, space-faring species.

Honors, Citations or Prizes

2012 Book of the Year for: CYBERSP@CE Readers Favorite Five-Star Award for: THE LAST PROPHET

Novels:

Cybersp@ce (1/1/2013)

The Way of Nacor: Tales of Eden (9/1/2012)

The Last Prophet (2011)

The Dark Age- Survivors of the Pulse (2011)

The Great Collapse-Survivors of the Pulse (2010)

Author Contact Information:

Email: jeff@hortonlibrary.com

Website: www.hortonlibrary.com

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/Jeff_Horton

Goodreads Page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton

Amazon Author Page:http://tinyurl.com/8tapc5x

Blog:http:// http://anovelsperspective.blogspot.com/

Shelfari:http://www.shelfari.com/jeffhorton

Librarything:http://www.librarything.com/author/hortonjeffw

AuthorsDen:http://www.authorsden.com/jeffwhorton

Pinterest Page:https://pinterest.com/authorjhorton/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/111088200879432148676/posts

You Tube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/hortonlibrary?feature=mhee
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