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Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Metaphysical Detective by Kirsten Weiss

 Lola

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Thank you for reading Jerry's Circumlocution where I promote independent authors, toss out a few reviews, wax eloquent occasionally on writing, or shamelessly self promote. 

Speaking of which, if you haven't picked up one of our featured author's works please do so. If so, and looking for more to read, please consider one of mine! And on behalf of all Indie authors including the one highlighted here, we live off of good reviews. Please consider dropping one to help them (and me) out! 


Freckles: The Dark Wizard  Middle Grade Fantasy

Simon is bullied. He also just discovered he is the only kid in school who can conjure a dragon.



InPassage

 Dystopian Western

Pitch knows three things. This is not his America, someone is trying to hunt him, and he is very good with a gun.


Or keep an eye out for these other titles!




A book is like a child. The author gives it birth. Then it is raised by the author and a team of teachers, coaches, and family (we call these people editors, beta readers, and publishers). all of this is to prepare the book for its journey into the world where it hopefully will meet you, the reader. I have the privilege of being my books' parent, but you are whom it is truly meant. Thank you.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Titanian Warrior by Victoria Saccenti

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One woman holds the key to his destiny—and his people’s salvation. Hagen drags himself to the gates of Hell, body and soul shredded by the bloodlust that consumes all the unmated of his kind. Awaiting the painful atonement that will buy him ten more years to find his eternal mate—or face oblivion. But Hades himself kicks him out with the bloodlust still prowling, unsatisfied, in his veins.

Bargained away by her parents to Master O, a mysterious, cruel wizard, Faiza serves in his household, keeping her small magic a secret, plagued by wild, confusing visions of a strange, suffering man. Then the master brings home a wounded Titanian warrior whose touch sends ice, fire, and desire racing through her body.

When she learns Master O plans to use Hagen as a weapon to conquer all races, she devises a desperate plan to free him—a plan that opens a portal to a world she’s never known. And a destiny entwined with danger that could destroy them all.


Read an Excerpt

The towering pair of boulders stood as gatekeepers and markers of the way. A steep path snaked between them until farther down the hill, the road disappeared in thick fog. Leaning on the closest rock, Hagen steadied himself to catch his breath, then pushed on.

Bloodlust crippled his Titanian vision. Still, he stumbled, rolled, and crawled over jagged rocks and gnarled roots with single-minded determination to reach his appointed meeting place, the cavern at the base of the Shivaliks, and the sole entrance to Hades’s domain on the earthly plane. A perverse satisfaction filled him each time he scraped and sliced his exposed skin, as this was only a precursor to the punishment he deserved. If he could shred his flesh to strips in anticipation as he had done with his clothes, so much the better.

Hagen advanced through the haze, seeking the deity’s promised signal. Images of his frenzy during the last skirmish prodded him. He strained past gore-filled images, and the effort paid off. There, deep within the haze, a faint red light marked the spot. Alecto had not forgotten. A hitched breath escaped his lungs as he stood and trod on a more secure step.

As the haze dissipated, the cavern’s hungry mouth gaped before him. Healing and deliverance acquired through pain would soon be his. As he inched closer to the wavering light, he removed the last remaining strips of clothing. The offering had to be bare and unadulterated. Nothing but skin would satisfy the Fury, purify his spirit, and postpone the horror of termination for another ten years—a mere blip in the lifespan of a Titanian.

About the Author:
Award-winning, multi-genre author Victoria Saccenti writes romantic women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Not one for heart and flower stories, she explores the edgy twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings. After thirty years of traveling the world, she’s settled in Central Florida. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. However, if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores. On a side note, in one form or another, Scotland appears in most of her stories.

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 Lola

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THANK YOU 


Thank you for reading Jerry's Circumlocution where I promote independent authors, toss out a few reviews, wax eloquent occasionally on writing, or shamelessly self promote. 

Speaking of which, if you haven't picked up one of our featured author's works please do so. If so, and looking for more to read, please consider one of mine! And on behalf of all Indie authors including the one highlighted here, we live off of good reviews. Please consider dropping one to help them (and me) out! 


Freckles: The Dark Wizard  Middle Grade Fantasy

Simon is bullied. He also just discovered he is the only kid in school who can conjure a dragon.



InPassage

 Dystopian Western

Pitch knows three things. This is not his America, someone is trying to hunt him, and he is very good with a gun.


Or keep an eye out for these other titles!




A book is like a child. The author gives it birth. Then it is raised by the author and a team of teachers, coaches, and family (we call these people editors, beta readers, and publishers). all of this is to prepare the book for its journey into the world where it hopefully will meet you, the reader. I have the privilege of being my books' parent, but you are whom it is truly meant. Thank you.

Monday, January 2, 2023

Interview: Brendan O'Meara

 

BRENDAN O’MEARA BLOG INTERVIEW:

 


Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Brendan O’Meara.  Brendan has written the book, Cut From Stone.  First, let me thank you for joining me.  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

 

YOUR INFORMATION:

 https://www.cutfstone.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BFTMJJVF

https://www.instagram.com/cutfstone/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62063908-cut-from-stone

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/brendan-o-meara

https://twitter.com/cutfstone

 

Title of book we’re promoting: Cut From Stone

 

That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

I started writing because I always had an overactive imagination. Whether I was sitting on a plane, walking to school, or actively sitting in class trying to pay attention I often found myself drifting off to stories I came up with in my head. These stories were all based on books, tv shows, or movies that I was interested in. When I was working as an intern in DC I had more time on my hands than I thought I would and I randomly decided to start writing down one of the stories that I had thought of years earlier. After I started thinking more and more about the story I realized it needed more history to it and years later here I am with the finished product!


Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

I get inspiration from history and my personal life a lot of the time. When it comes to history there are some incredible stories that have been told a million times, but within those you can always find twists and “what ifs” that are fun to merge into my own storytelling. In terms of personal life I don’t pretend I’m some sort of special person who can save the world, but I write how people interact with one another and grow over time in my own life. I think that has a great connection to the reader and puts things into a real life perspective.

 

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

My family and I have a very active lifestyle and that definitely plays into my writing and storytelling. I also am a big believer in spending time with friends and family which also seeps into my writing quite a bit especially when I am developing characters.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

Your best writing comes when you stop thinking about publishing. I think that was such an important thing to hear and really puts things back into focus. It makes the writing the reason you do what you’re doing and not someone else’s acceptance of that writing.

 

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

I have a day job and a relatively time consuming one at that. I usually write at night at 730 or at 9 depending on how busy my wife and I are.

 

How many hours a day do you write?

I try to write a half hour at least when I sit down, but I stopped forcing myself to do a certain amount when I sit down. Sometimes if I’m stuck I find going back and editing is the best way to get things moving.

 

What is your favorite part about writing?

The mental exhaustion is incredible. After I finish a big chapter or particularly difficult section that mental exhaustion coupled with the feeling of satisfaction makes it all worthwhile.

 

What does literary success look like to you?

I really don’t know yet. I know I want to write full-time, but I can’t say I’d be happy at a low level or only with amazing success. I think I’ll have to figure it out when I get there.

 

EXCERPT:

“The world is changing. The Federation is no longer alone in the world and the BlankZone’s aggression will become more prevalent in the years to come. We must prepare in the present or we will have no future. We are doing all in our power to maintain friendly relations with the rest of the open world, and we will succeed with the support of our citizens. The embodiment of strength and perseverance has forever been the backbone of this country. We will triumph as a people, a country, and a driving force for the rest of the world to take notice. They will learn we are the strongest nation in the world, and we will not fail.”

            The TV turned off, and James turned around to see his mother holding the remote, staring shakily at the screen while his dad looked out the window at nothing.

  

What exciting story are you working on next?

I am working on the next installment of the Crafting Humanity series. I’m hoping to get a good chunk of it done over the next winter so I can start the editing process in the spring.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

My list spans a lot of different genres, but Erik Larson, Scott Lynch, Pierce Brown, Christopher Paolini, Brian Jacques, Harper Lee, Suzanne Collins, Michael Lewis, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are just some of my favorites.

 

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. It is so well written and lays out the story in such a way that it feels like fiction.

 

What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?

I think marketing is such a difficult thing to spend money on. I am fine with every other aspect of publishing and trying to get my work out there, but justifying the expense of marketing without knowing what will pan out is very stressful.

 

 

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

Add your links here again

https://www.cutfstone.com/

https://twitter.com/cutfstone

https://www.instagram.com/cutfstone/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62063908-cut-from-stone

https://www.amazon.com/Cut-Stone-Brendan-OMeara/dp/B0BFTMJJVF?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&ref_=fplfs&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/brendan-o-meara

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Interview with C. L. Kovacik


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Today, we have an opportunity to talk to C. L. Kovacik.  

C. L. Kovacik has written the book, Chicken in the City

 

First, let me thank you for joining me.

  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.


 Chicken in the City: 9781956851557: Kovacik, C L: Books

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chicken-in-the-city-c-l-kovacik/1142508637

 

That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

I started writing in grade school.  I remember the first contest I won was in 6th grade and I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest.  After that, I began writing stories and poems non-stop.  It always came very easy for me most of the time.  I would get lost in my stories and just let the pen flow.

 

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

I always start with the title.  If you have somewhat of an idea or a character that pops into your head, the title will usually sum it all up.  Once you get the title, for me that is the basis of your story.

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

My advice would be to carve out time each day and to be patient with yourself.  It has taken me years to write some of the books that I have but I know it’s because I wasn’t consistent with it.  Write every day.  Don’t walk away from your work.  And put in the hard work.  Because it can be hard but it will be worth it in the end when you have the finished product in your hand.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

 

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?I work full time and I have two daughters, ages 7 and 3.  So, writing full time isn’t really an option.  But I make myself find time throughout the day even if it’s only thirty minutes after I put the girls to bed.  It’s amazing how much you can get written if you dedicate at least thirty minutes a day.

How many hours a day do you write?

 

What is your favorite part about writing?I love just finishing a chapter.  It always feels like such a success and that you are that much closer to the finished product.  It also brings me joy with each chapter to see where the story goes and how my characters grow.

 

Can you provide us with a small exert from Chicken in the City? 

Chicken wakes up in a backyard in the middle of the city with no idea who he is or how he got there. 

 

He meets Jack, a black squirrel who thinks he's a dog, and Lupito, a possum. 

 

His new friends offer to help Chicken get through the fence in the backyard, but Chicken doesn't know which way to go. 

 

Lupito decides to take Chicken to see the King, a rat who knows everyone and everything that happens in the city. 

 

But, along the way, the group encounters some dangerous situations they must escape before they can help Chicken with his memory.

 


What exciting story are you working on next?

I am currently working on finishing up book 2 and 3 for Chicken in the City because it is a series.  There will be 8 books total when I am finished.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

I began writing horror books so my favorite author was Stephen King.  But I always had a soft spot for the Dr. Seuss books, too.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

I’m not sure I can think of an under-appreciated novel.  I tend to appreciate all novels for the shear fact that I know how hard it is to write one.  So I respect it.


What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I’m not one to spend a ton of money.  I think as writing goes, the best money I’ve spent is on my books.  It’s great to have copies of my book to hold on to and pass down to my children’s children.

 

What is your writer’s kryptonite?

Noise.  I have to have silence when I write.  Noise is too distracting and I can’t usually shut it out.

 

What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?

Marketing is always the most difficult part in my opinion.  The book is easy.  The marketing is where you really have to work.

 

Are you involved in any writer groups?

I just started joining some writer groups on Facebook and Good Reads.  It will be nice to see what other authors say about their journey.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

If you like the book, please be on the lookout for the next in the series being released in 2023.


One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

Add your links here again

Amazon.com: Chicken in the City: 9781956851557: Kovacik, C L: Books

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chicken-in-the-city-c-l-kovacik/1142508637

___________________
THANK YOU 


Thank you for reading Jerry's Circumlocution where I promote independent authors, toss out a few reviews, wax eloquent occasionally on writing, or shamelessly self promote. 

Speaking of which, if you haven't picked up one of our featured author's works please do so. If so, and looking for more to read, please consider one of mine! And on behalf of all Indie authors including the one highlighted here, we live off of good reviews. Please consider dropping one to help them (and me) out! 


Freckles: The Dark Wizard  Middle Grade Fantasy

Simon is bullied. He also just discovered he is the only kid in school who can conjure a dragon.



InPassage

 Dystopian Western

Pitch knows three things. This is not his America, someone is trying to hunt him, and he is very good with a gun.


Or keep an eye out for these other titles!




A book is like a child. The author gives it birth. Then it is raised by the author and a team of teachers, coaches, and family (we call these people editors, beta readers, and publishers). all of this is to prepare the book for its journey into the world where it hopefully will meet you, the reader. I have the privilege of being my books' parent, but you are whom it is truly meant. Thank you.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Alison McBain's The New Empire!!

 



Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Alison McBain.  Alison McBain has written the book, 

The New Empire. 

 

First, let me thank you for joining me.  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

 

The New Empire

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/New-Empire-Alison-McBain/dp/1954907427/

Author: https://www.alisonmcbain.com/

Editor: https://www.fairfieldscribes.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonMcBain


“Write towards the fear.” 


That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

 

Thanks, Jerry! I appreciate chatting with you today. I don’t even remember when I wasn’t putting pen to paper. I started my writing career at age four with a "self-published" horror story about the monster in the closet. 

That's awesome! Bet the family served as your critics and fans?

The story was highly lauded by my closest family members. Since then, I've received a number of writing awards and accolades from people not even vaguely related to me, but I still have a soft spot for that first short story. I started my career with shorts, and while I’m now getting full-length novels published, I still like to sit down every now and then and dash off a story. They’re addictively fun to write since you can finish them in one sitting and don’t have the same slog as writing a book over the course of months, if not years.

 

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

 

For me, inspiration is everywhere. I know writers will hate me for saying this, but I don’t know how NOT to be inspired by the world around me – there are always too many stories to write and not enough time. 


"This is a business you have to love with your whole heart and soul before it loves you back. It will always be a slog from start to finish. Keep writing no matter what."


I agree. I have a whole journal filled with ideas I want to get to.

Research, however – that’s another matter. My latest book is an alternate history, so I had wade through stacks of books taller than I am in order to get everything as factually accurate as possible. (And I’m sure I still made a few mistakes.)

 

Book ideas are a bit more complicated. I’m a very straightforward type of person. I envy the writer who overwrites and has to cut back. I’m the opposite – I know where my story is going and head straight to the end without any twists or turns. THEN I have to go back and add all the extras that make a story fun and interesting. I don’t think my writing style would work well in the mystery genre – my book would simply have a Perry Mason ending, ha ha.

 

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

 

I have a ton of hobbies, and while I put a bit of myself into every character, I’m not sure how many of my hobbies make it into my books. For example, I’ve never written about a character who can fold origami (learned from my Great Aunt Masako when I was six) or a protagonist who can play pool in a smoke-filled bar and knock down four balls in a row to win the game. Honestly, my hobbies are fun to do, but I make up more interesting people in my books because I find myself to be quite boring.

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

 

Write. Write! WRITE!!!

(laughs) True. True! TRUE!


 If you want to do this as a full-time gig (or even a part-time gig), you have to actually do it. Don’t talk about writing, don’t just outline a story, but get your butt in that chair as many days as you can and fill up that blank page with words. They don’t have to be great words – they don’t even have to be good to start with – but if you write down enough stories, you’ll get there eventually. Be persistent and don’t give up, no matter how much rejection you face. This is a business you have to love with your whole heart and soul before it loves you back. It will always be a slog from start to finish. Keep writing no matter what.

 

Apart from "write, write, write!" what is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

 

More than a few years ago, I attended a one-day writer’s conference at Southern Connecticut State University. It was a free event put on by the college and had a variety of professors and graduating MFAs who were talking about their publishing experiences. While there was a fair amount of writing advice that was practical for newer writers, most were things that I already knew, having been in the business for a while.

 

Until one of the organizing professors took the stage. I wish I could remember who it was, but he said something that stuck with me, advice handed down from his own professor when he was in college. And it was this: “Write towards the fear.”

 

That struck me then as significant, and it still sticks with me today. It was a revelation about why some of my writing was much weaker than other pieces. To me, it means don’t shy away from what you’re afraid of. Don’t hesitate to write what you believe, what you feel, what you’ve experienced because it’s taboo or strange or you think no one can relate to it. Look fear in the face and put it down on the page. THAT’S where you will find your true voice, and that’s where you will find that what shocks and appalls you can be great literature.

 

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

I feel incredibly lucky that all of my work is writing-related. My day job is as a freelance editor and writing coach. I do get paid to write articles, and I have several books published and more on the way, but I’d say writing is about a quarter or less of what I consider as my “real” job that pays the bills.

A good editor is hard to find! How many hours a day do you write your own material?

I don’t believe in the advice “write every day.” That’s a great way to burn out the muse. However, it’s also a business, so if I have a deadline, you better believe I’m writing every day. Depending on what project I’m currently engaged with, if I’m on a book deadline that’s not too pressing, I’ll write about 3-10 hours a day. However, I might not write for weeks at a time when I’m in between projects, so it really depends on what deadlines I currently have.

 


Please tell us about your current release.

 

In The New Empire, the world undergoes a drastic change in the fourteenth century when Chinese ships land in what is currently known as the Bay Area of California. Fast forward four hundred years to a much different America than we know, a land dominated by a tribal confederacy grown out of a strong alliance with Beijing. Told from the main perspective of Jiangxi, a Chinese slave, it’s an epic story that highlights the experiences of characters often overlooked in the history books. In doing so, it tells a unique—but still emotionally relevant—tale of American slavery and freedom that will resonate with readers in today’s conflicted world.

 

And you have won a few awards?


I was thrilled when my book won the Gold Award at the When Words Count Pitch Week contest and was offered publication by Woodhall Press. I’m hoping that this book has enough dedicated readers that I can justify writing the sequel.

 

Can you read / provide us with a small exert? 

 

In this excerpt, Jiangxi’s master Onas has just told a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) tale about a girl who doesn’t listen to her family but is saved from her foolishness by a god.

 

The fire popped as Onas subsided and the spell of the story that held his visitors captive was released. Jiangxi re-gathered the bowls from supper as the men sat thinking. He turned and walked away.

 

As he cleaned the bowls, he thought about the kuksui’s story. And it was then that he had a plan on how to carry out his revenge. The girl in the story was spoiled, and he felt no sympathy with how she made her own unpleasant fate. In fact, he had wanted her harmed for her willfulness, for having the best of everything and being contented with none. It reminded him of the slaveholders, overflowing with abundance and giving the slaves nothing in return.

 

Jiangxi’s plan was simple. He would be the beautiful serpent in their midst. He would smile and nod and be agreeable, and he would lull them into following him into the dark.

 

He would find a way to free the slaves. All of them, not just himself. He would find a way, some way—any way he could—to lead his people to freedom.

 

What exciting story are you working on next?

 

My next book is being published chapter by chapter right now on Pocket FM, a free app for eBooks and audiobooks – the story is a contemporary romance about a woman who inherits a house with a zillion problems that she wants to turn into a B&B. She has two great guys who want to help her out – and ask her out too.

 Link: https://www.pocketnovel.com/novel/1eb53a161008183cfb437891676c0d8c649633ef

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

There are so many great writers out there that this question is almost as hard to answer as, “What are your favorite words?” Well, depends on the circumstance. But some good ones: Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Moon, Kristan Higgins, Guy Gavriel Kay, Amy Tan, Tanya Huff, Tanith Lee, China Mieville… and about a million more. So many talented writers out there.

 

Yes there are!! I know I often struggle under their standard to do my own writing. What is your writer’s kryptonite?

 

Procrastination. I usually have about 100 things to do and can never get to everything at once. And I tend to prioritize the very LEAST important thing on my list – I don’t know why. I love to write and love the work that I do, but sometimes it’s a real struggle to just sit down and do it.

 

Are you involved in any writer groups?

 

I don’t think my work would exist without the many fabulous writers’ groups I belong to. First and foremost, those I consider family: the Fairfield Scribes. We write, we publish, we run a magazine together, and we’re the closest of friends. If you don’t have a group like that, try and find one – or even start one yourself. You’ll be thankful you did.

 

That is so key! I have the same sine quo non with my two groups:

Crazy Buffet

Corner Scriblers


Also, a shoutout to Shut Up & Write, a great organization that helps writers do just that – they provide a space either online or in person to get your butt in the chair and write. They have free events all day, every day, and you can find them through the website Meetup or their own website: https://shutupwrite.com/.

 

That is great. I will have to check them out. One more time, how do we buy your work?


The New Empire

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/New-Empire-Alison-McBain/dp/1954907427/

Author: https://www.alisonmcbain.com/

Editor: https://www.fairfieldscribes.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonMcBain


MY REVIEW:


I appreciated the point of view shift as we watch a Chineese boy travel to America. However, the America is very different. It reminded me a lot of the world building in The Man in the High Castle. The America presented saw the Ming Dynasty arrive first. Europeans are on the horizon on the east coast, but they are not the first to settle and interact with Native Americans.

The story centers around Jiangxi who, though born of noble birth, finds himself sold into slavery. He finds nobility, I think , even in his low station as shown by the end of the novel. Without offering any spoilers, the ending is as real and raw as the world the story is set in. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for those who like alternate histories. The author seems to have done the research necessary to honor the past as well as draw new creativity from it to form a new vision.




Wednesday, December 14, 2022

MAZ, Origin



Maz, Origin

by T.L. Ford

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GENRE: Sci-fi/Science Fiction

 

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Entering the witness relocation program after lawfully escaping a massive walled-in prison, teenage Merrill tries to fit into our society. Her background and decisions may not let her.

 

Maz, Origin is a story of growth and love, guilt and innocence, and changing goals. What is morally right and what is legally right? What's legal for humans may not be for aliens...

 

 

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Excerpt:

 

I heard shots being fired from below.  They were aiming at the helicopter or the guy that landed on the scaffolding above me.  The sign offered some level of protection, but they'd move into position directly below shortly.  "It's ok, miss, we'll have you out of here in a jiff.  Are you hurt?"  The man began to wiggle through the bars, which was no small feat because he was wearing some sort of heavy armor.

 

He reached down toward me, and I hesitated, terrified of grabbing that hand and leaving my life behind.  He clenched his teeth in frustration and urged me, "Come on, miss!  Just take my hand."

 

Gunfire from below decided for me.  I lifted my good arm, and he latched onto me.  As he jerked me upwards, pain shot through my shoulder and abdomen.  I gave up life and slipped into darkness.

 


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

T. L. Ford is a programmer, writer, and artist. She spent most of her professional career supporting the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland.  Her science fiction novels imagine possibilities while focusing on society and personal relationships and decisions.  Her fantasy novels are heavily influenced by Dungeons & Dragons and are light "weekend reads".  She's also created two art books, a thriller novella, and an interactive math iBook.  She enjoys sailing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

 

 

https://cattail.nu/books/maz_origin/

https://www.Cattail.Nu

https://www.facebook.com/theresa.ford.52

https://www.instagram.com/theresa.ford/

https://www.amazon.com/T.-L.-Ford/e/B0034Q6Q2S

 

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Maz-Origin-T-L-Ford-ebook/dp/B0BBBXXC2J/ref=sr_1_1c

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