Eden Plague by David VanDyke

A thriller/military science fiction apocalyptic technothriller.  BOOK 1 OF THE SERIES. Rule #1: Try not to shoot your future wife. When special operations veteran Daniel Markis finds armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he soon finds himself on the run from the shadowy Company and in possession of a biological breakthrough that might throw human society into chaos. Out of options, Daniel turns to his brothers in arms to fight back and get the answers he needs. Soon he takes possession of a secret that threatens the stability of the world, as he leads a conspiracy to change everything. This thriller leads readers into the exciting and engrossing Plague Wars military science fiction series. The Eden Plague is a science-fiction military techno-thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, with shades of David Drake, Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling, Vaughn Heppner and B.V. Larson. Second Edition. Buy Now @ Amazon Genre – SciFi /Adventure Rating – PG13 About the Author David VanDyke is a former US Army Airborne enlisted Soldier and US Air Force officer. He served in and out of combat zones all over the world in the 1980s through the 2000s. He lives on the East Coast with his wife and three dogs. If you are an established reader/reviewer, please contact the author at one of the places below to obtain a free review copy of any of his works. Connect withDavid Van Dyke on Facebook &  Twitter Blog https://davidvandyke.wordpress.com/...

The True Story Behind The Movie Pain & Gain by Marc Schiller

The True Story Behind The Movie Pain  & Gain This is the untold true story of one citizen’s pointless torture and month-long captivity. The story, formerly miss-told if not utterly overlooked, has been made into a feature film. Even as a dark comedy, there is little amusement to be found in human suffering. The sick and twisted minds of Mr. Schiller’s captors would be fodder for the Darwin Awards if the results were not so alarmingly inhumane. Physical, mental and emotional torture, as well as sensory deprivation and starvation, the prisoner of war-like conditions differed only in the fact that Mr. Schiller was completely alone. Mr. Schiller chronicles his story in tortuous detail. His humiliation, pain and suffering at the hands of these perverted social misfits is a shocking revelation.What is it like to be imprisoned in near dungeon-like conditions? All this mayhem on American soil toward the end of the last millennium.Greed, lust for power and the desire to inflict pain and misery were the apparent motivating forces behind this gruesome incident.Truly a harrowing tale and one that not only you won’t soon forget but will uplift and inspire you!! Buy Now @ Amazon Genre – True Crime Rating – PG   What inspired me to write this book? by Marc Schiller  I started to write the book almost 17 years ago when after my ordeal had ended I wrote 200 pages of detailed notes. Soon afterward I made a halfhearted effort to see if anyone would be interested in publishing it. With no visible interest I put my notes away. In 2008 I did a television program about my ordeal and once again did a halfhearted effort to find someone that would be interested...

“Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy” Guest post by The Call of Agon author Dean F Wilson

THE LAST LINE. THE LAST WORDS. THE LAST CHANCE. Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god Telm, who mated with mortal women, and who imprisoned the Beast Agon in the Underworld. Armed with a connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld and a scroll bearing Telm’s powerful dying words, he is tasked with ensuring the god’s vital legacy: that Agon remain vanquished. Fear forces Ifferon to abandon his duty, but terror restores his quest when the forces of Agon find his hideaway in an isolated coastal monastery. Weighed down by the worries of the world, but lifted up by the companions he encounters along the way, Ifferon embarks on a journey that encompasses the struggles of many peoples, the siege of many lands, and discoveries that could bring hope to some—or doom to all. An epic fantasy set in a world replete with its own lands, races, languages, history and mythology. An immersive and lyrical tale with flawed and mysterious characters. A page-turner right up to the last page. Enter the world of Iraldas. Answer the Call of Agon. Buy Now @ Amazon Genre – Fantasy Rating – PG Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy by Dean F Wilson As a form of self-expression, writing is naturally a therapeutic medium, in much the same way recovering alcoholics might be encouraged to take up art to help them work through their issues. Writing, by its very nature, helps get whatever is in the mind, potentially eating away at the psyche, out onto the page, where it can be dealt with, even if...

Spotlight and Giveaway for Range – I Am Not Junco – Book Four by J.A. Huss

Range – I Am Not Junco – Book Four by J.A. Huss  Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain.  Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that’s not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-assassin, Junco Coot. Now Junco has to learn to live with the consequences.  Her Siblings are suspicious and angry, half her team is dead, Tier is wreaking death and destruction, Lucan is holding his secrets close, and she is spiraling out of control. There is only one partnership that matters anymore – only one person she will trust and take direction from – and only one way out of the Hell she’s been sentenced to. Junco is tired fighting and death. She’s had enough and this time she means to end it – once and for all. J.A. will be awarding a $25 gift card to Amazon or PayPal cash, winner’s choice, plus a custom angel necklace, plus swag (Book marks, stickers, postcards) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (USA ONLY) Excerpt Selia comes out of the bathroom, her eyes darked up, her lips glowing and pink, and her golden hair flowing down her back in large bouncy ringlets. She’s beautiful. And I’m jealous of how easy she fits into her own skin, at how she can make small talk with strangers – even the guards in the elevator and downstairs in the lobby. And most of all, at how her face always seems to be smiling. No wonder Ashur...

$50 Giveaway and Guest Post from Susan Russo Anderson – The Slippery Nature of Time

Reading the Four Quartets is like reading Proust on an empty stomach, but even so, I love the poem. Yesterday I listened to the voice of Audrey Niffeneger in between the lines of The Time Traveler’s Wife, and was reminded of Eliot and Proust, especially when I read her phrase, “the duplicity of the Now.” Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past. (Four Quartets, “Burnt Norton,” T.S. Eliot) Time is fleeting even as it is feckless. In memory, Past slips into Now—and vice versa—faster than Proust’s madelaine dips into tea, and the past in the garb of memory is gone before I can grasp meaning. It’s necessary to have daily word goals, but the process of writing is much more than that. For me, giving room to the subconscious is a necessary part of the process of writing and impossible to quantify. When walking the dog or feeding the cat or scratching the pen across blank pages, I rely on my subconscious to understand my characters and to arrive at plot. In the words of Eliot, written I can’t remember where, “I am here or there or elsewhere,” lost to my surroundings and in a time beyond time. Today I’m in the skin of my protagonist grappling with the villain, prodding my characters to come up with the bones of story. A gripping tale of murder and deceit. A baroness poisoned . . . A family masking dark secrets . . . and one woman determined to uncover the truth.   Sicily, March 1870. When a headstrong aristocrat commissions Serafina to...

Interview with Marquis Boone author of Til the Last Drop with $50 Giveaway

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have always been a fan of english. Even though I have a hard time speaking it sometimes lol. English was my favorite subject so it all started there in a class in high school and my teacher really enjoyed my writing and helped push me into developing my writing more. How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I have been in grade school. But I would have to say that I have been writing professionally since I was in about 9th grade. What inspires you to write and why? life really inspires me to write. I think everyday just living and dealing with people everyday, I find that people want answers and hearing their stories cause me to explore the unknown and makes me start to write. What genre are you most comfortable writing? I am very comfortable with writing in non-fiction inspiration but as of this year I have found a new love for fiction/ general/ religious. What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? The most challenging thing about writing for me is making sure the reader understands and receives the information the way I intended. What is your greatest strength as a writer? I would have to say my greatest strength as a writer would have to be the ability to get readers to connect with the characters so quickly. I develop my characters as believable people and allow each reader to form how the character looks in their mind. I don’t spend too...