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Promo Post Ernie and the Evils of Insurance

About the Book

Title: Ernie and the Evils of Insurance

Author: Brent Ayscough

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Ernie, an experienced logger from rural Washington State, loses his job when the logging operation he works for is shut down due to the spotted owl. When he goes in to apply for unemployment, Ernie is persuaded to take a job out of state as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles. While he knows that Los Angeles will be a lot different than Sedro Woolley, Washington, and insurance adjusting a lot different than logging, really, how hard can it be? And there are lots of downed trees in Southern California after the recent earthquake and storms they had there. So packing up his trusty chainsaw in his saddlebags, Ernie hops on his motorcycle and heads south. But to his dismay, Ernie discovers that LA is a lot farther from Washington in more than just miles. Unprepared for the corruption and callousness rampant in the insurance industry, Ernie soon finds himself not only in trouble with his job, but on the top of an assassin’s hit list. Still, although Ernie might be a hick from the sticks, he’s far from stupid. Blessed with an innate intelligence, an abundance of common sense, and a redneck sense of humor, Ernie will give his enemies a hilarious run for their money…if he can just survive long enough.

 

Author Bio

Brent Ayscough or Ace, as he is known to friends, retired from the practice of law and lives in a house overlooking the sea in Southern California. He has always loved machines, from airplanes to motorcycles, structural design, and other interests. He has enjoyed the acquaintance of diverse and interesting people, and is widely traveled. Bits and pieces of characters he has known, places he has been, seasoned with the spice of his imagination, help him create unusual stories and characters. Extensive collaboration with experts and sources, hopefully, make his stories credible and interesting.

 

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Cover Reveal Blitz Hell Holes Book One: What Lurks Below

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Title: Hell Holes: What Lurks Below

Author: Donald Firesmith

Genre: Apocalyptic Science Fiction

It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist, talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect them from wild animals join the team. Their task: to assess the risk of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s unshakable faith in science. And destroy us all…

“I enjoyed my time in Firesmith’s world. I did not want to leave. I really got a kick out of it, and would happily come back for more. Recommended.”
MJ Kobernus, author of The Guardian: Blood in the Sand

“This book rocks.”
Barton Paul Levenson, author of Dark Gods of Alter Telluria

“a quick, enjoyable read. Full of action and fraught with danger”
Dave Robertson, author of Strange Hunting, Strange Hunting II, and The Brave and The Dead

“The book is an easy and quick read and an action-filled one that you’ll imagine as a TV series or a movie with no difficulty.”
Olga Núñez Miret, author of Escaping Psychiatry

“Your book is excellent. As for the ending … it leaves the reader wanting/needing more. I’d absolutely love to read more of your work.”
Patty Beaty, coauthor of Sunshine in the South

Author Bio

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of cats and dogs.

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Author Interview The Visitor

Have you been writing for a long time?

I wrote my first book in 1999

 

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I love telling stories.

 

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

Both The Visitor and Ernie and the Evils of Insurance are stand alone

 

Why did you choose this genre?

The Visitor was a super challenge in that I actually found out how to create a race-specific Ebola and it is explained in the story, as incredible as that may seem. The book has SI FI aspects, but that part is very real.

 

Ernie and the Evils of Insurance is based on actual cases that I had as a lawyer.  It was easy to incorporate them

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

No

About the Book

Title: The Visitor

Author: Brent Ayscough

Genre: Science Fiction

Tasked by the Federation of Planets to determine if Earthlings present a threat as they venture into space, Tak, an alien anthropologist, leaves her starship orbiting Earth and takes a shuttle to Kansas. Intending to study humans in the United States—as she has learned no Earth language but English—she is detected while descending through the atmosphere and only evades capture by fleeing to Europe, where she lands in Poland. There, she meets an international arms merchant, Baron Von Limbach, who becomes her guide. She studies “typical” human behavior by accompanying the baron as he fulfills his latest assignment—to get the Dalai Lama back into Tibet. His method of halting the communist takeover of Tibet is to create a race-specific Ebola that will only attack Han Chinese, giving Tak a prime example of how barbaric humans can be. However, the CIA and US military are aware of Tak’s presence on Earth and are determined to capture her. And if she is unable to complete her mission and return to her starship—her captain will destroy every living thing on Earth.

 

Author Bio

Brent Ayscough or Ace, as he is known to friends, retired from the practice of law and lives in a house overlooking the sea in Southern California. He has always loved machines, from airplanes to motorcycles, structural design, and other interests. He has enjoyed the acquaintance of diverse and interesting people, and is widely traveled. Bits and pieces of characters he has known, places he has been, seasoned with the spice of his imagination, help him create unusual stories and characters. Extensive collaboration with experts and sources, hopefully, make his stories credible and interesting.

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The Visitor on Amazon (Kindle)

The Visitor on Amazon (Paperback)

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Book Review Redfern

Title: Redfern

Author: Gary Tinnams

Genre: Science Fiction

“Humans don’t project past their own frequency. It’s why you’re so isolated as a species. The beings of other frequencies can only witness what you build and feel what you destroy.”

Earth – Tomorrow – The Singularity:-

The machines have taken over and mankind is cast out.

Millennia later, the inhospitable planet of Redfern is in the process of being made habitable for the proposed rebirth of the entire human race. All is proceeding as planned until Enforcer, Ted Holloway, witnesses the unexpected appearance of a long dead and former friend – A man who can become invisible and immaterial, a man that can penetrate any and all security.

A man whose very existence should be impossible.

As Ted and his superior, Lisa Carmichael, investigate further, they face dangers and creatures that challenge their very concept of reality and also encounter the colony’s caretaker Machine Mind and the human Security Commissioner, both of whom have opposing and intricate agendas of their own.

For the true nature of Redfern is stranger and more deadly than anything Holloway or Carmichael can possibly imagine.

And it could change or destroy humanity forever…

Review: What impressed me the most  about Redfern was the writing style. It was fluent and still managed to tell the reader enough details to picture every scene. The characters felt like real people, epsecially Ted and Lisa. The story is very creative, and the plot keeps surprising the reader.

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Promo The Visitor and Ernie and the Evils of Insurance

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About the Books

Title: The Visitor

Genre: Science Fiction

Tasked by the Federation of Planets to determine if Earthlings present a threat as they venture into space, Tak, an alien anthropologist, leaves her starship orbiting Earth and takes a shuttle to Kansas. Intending to study humans in the United States—as she has learned no Earth language but English—she is detected while descending through the atmosphere and only evades capture by fleeing to Europe, where she lands in Poland. There, she meets an international arms merchant, Baron Von Limbach, who becomes her guide. She studies “typical” human behavior by accompanying the baron as he fulfills his latest assignment—to get the Dalai Lama back into Tibet. His method of halting the communist takeover of Tibet is to create a race-specific Ebola that will only attack Han Chinese, giving Tak a prime example of how barbaric humans can be. However, the CIA and US military are aware of Tak’s presence on Earth and are determined to capture her. And if she is unable to complete her mission and return to her starship—her captain will destroy every living thing on Earth.

Title: Ernie and the Evils of Insurance

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Ernie, an experienced logger from rural Washington State, loses his job when the logging operation he works for is shut down due to the spotted owl. When he goes in to apply for unemployment, Ernie is persuaded to take a job out of state as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles. While he knows that Los Angeles will be a lot different than Sedro Woolley, Washington, and insurance adjusting a lot different than logging, really, how hard can it be? And there are lots of downed trees in Southern California after the recent earthquake and storms they had there. So packing up his trusty chainsaw in his saddlebags, Ernie hops on his motorcycle and heads south. But to his dismay, Ernie discovers that LA is a lot farther from Washington in more than just miles. Unprepared for the corruption and callousness rampant in the insurance industry, Ernie soon finds himself not only in trouble with his job, but on the top of an assassin’s hit list. Still, although Ernie might be a hick from the sticks, he’s far from stupid. Blessed with an innate intelligence, an abundance of common sense, and a redneck sense of humor, Ernie will give his enemies a hilarious run for their money…if he can just survive long enough.

Author Bio

Brent Ayscough or Ace, as he is known to friends, retired from the practice of law and lives in a house overlooking the sea in Southern California. He has always loved machines, from airplanes to motorcycles, structural design, and other interests. He has enjoyed the acquaintance of diverse and interesting people, and is widely traveled. Bits and pieces of characters he has known, places he has been, seasoned with the spice of his imagination, help him create unusual stories and characters. Extensive collaboration with experts and sources, hopefully, make his stories credible and interesting.

Links

The Visitor on Amazon (Kindle)

The Visitor on Amazon (Paperback)

The Visitor on Goodreads

Ernie and the Evils of Insurance on Amazon (Kindle)

Ernie and the Evils of Insurance on Amazon (Paperback)

Ernie and the Evils of Insurance on Goodreads

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Author Interview The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting

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Have you been writing for a long time? 

 

Most of my life, in one form or another, but only ‘seriously’ for the last seven years or so since I attempted to write a full length novel and enrolled on a creative writing course when I realised I needed to get a lot better. Since then I have been writing consistently and plan to carry on doing so for as long as I can tap away on a keyboard or lift a pen!

What inspired you to start a writing career?

 

Reading, mainly. I’ve read some very good books over the course of my life so far and thought, ‘I want to do that’, so I did. My first attempts weren’t very good so I endeavoured to educate myself, practice and try and get better. I still am trying! I think I always will be. I would probably stop if I ever thought, ‘yep, that’s it, I’ve cracked it’.

 

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

 

The book is stand alone in that I have written it to be enjoyed as one story with a start middle and end. However, the world it is set in is much bigger than this particular story, and if I em ever inclined, and people would like me to, I may return to it again.

 

Why did you choose this genre? 

This book started from a premise about the advancement of certain contemporary technologies into the future, so speculative/science fiction was the only way to go. That said, I purposefully avoided going down the ‘hard’ science fiction route because I want contemporary readers to be able to identify with the characters and the world it is set in, so I hope it is accessible to cross-genre readers.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I can’t tell you about success in marketing and sales, or getting published by a mainstream publisher, as I am still working on that myself. If, however, you are struggling to start or finish something, then I would recommend enrolling on a creative writing course or getting some learning resources to help you along and break the process down. As romantic as the notion of writing a book sounds, it takes a lot of time and effort and you still may never be satisfied with the result!

About the Book

great-connection-high-resolutionTitle: The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting

Author: Garry Abbott

Genre: Science Fiction

Following an unfortunate incident involving a delivery drone, a fishing net, and a very tall tree; Raif Masters finds himself forced by his overprotective alpha parents to spend his last school holiday exploring extraterrestrial worlds in ‘The Great Connection’: a real-time simulation of the observable universe, rendered into virtual reality home entertainment.

But Raif, a “child of three”, is not alone. Terry, bound to the service of the Masters family, is looking forward to a very early retirement after one last summer looking after his young charge.

Together they meet Cinder, a fellow simunaught who is seeking a crew to share a secret discovery from the other side of the galaxy that could change the life of the Masters, and the future of the Earth, forever.

But are some discoveries best left unconnected?

Author Bio

picture0044Garry Abbott is a science fiction author from Staffordshire in the UK where he lives with his wife and two cats.

Garry has published the short story collection ‘The Dimension Scales and Other Stories’, and his first full length space opera novel: ‘The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting’. He is currently working on his third title, a sci-fi comedy, working title: ‘Transported’.

As well as writing science fiction, Garry has regularly contributed topical comedy sketches for the BBC and produced scripts for community arts productions and performances.

Garry’s influences include Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Philip Pullman, George R. R. Martin and Dennis Potter.

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Author Interview Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple

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Have you been writing for a long time? 

My, that makes me think back to the 1960s, more than 50 years ago. So, I guess it has been a pretty long time – long before Harry Potter, social media, and the proliferation of selfies and funny cat videos as a means to connect with others. Before I started school I used to write and illustrate stories, usually fairly humorous, but to get a bit serious here, the assassination of President Kennedy made a profound impression on me at the age of four and I used to write short stories about it – three or four sentences – and draw pictures of the late President. Then I would set up a little card table and chairs and read these “news” stories. I had trained my two-year-old sister to sit beside me as my co-anchor. At the end of my “broadcast” before doting adult family members, I would say “Good night, Chet,” and my sister would say “Good night, David.” We only had access to one television channel back in the day in southwestern Virginia, an NBC affiliate, where I later worked as the overnight editor/anchor. There probably never has been a more stunning news story than the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  He inspired so many to think beyond themselves, dream big, and do things worth writing about.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Teachers encouraged me in elementary, junior high, high school, and college. At George Mason University, I was fortunate enough to take a creative writing class from best-selling author Richard Bausch, who noted I was a good writer in a book inscription to me. Cool guy. Later I joined the student newspaper staff, then became a professional journalist, writing for newspapers, radio, and television. At that point, my late mother began telling me I should think about writing a book someday. I said, “But what would I write about?” She said something would come to me. Little did she know, after she passed, I would end up writing a book about her dating life when I was told my biological father might not be who I thought he was and I found a bunch of suspicious old love letters, prompting a crazy paternity search and publication of my first novel, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? That project temporarily distracted me from my Dystortions series. Now I’m having fun with Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, released in October, and reviewing/finalizing manuscripts for the next two in the Dystortions series.

What was the most challenging part about writing this book? 

With three books now written in the Dystortions series, one of the more challenging aspects of the project is to keep facts and story lines consistent, even though each book can stand on its own as a separate novel. I’m setting the stage in Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, creating characters and describing events that will be referenced in future novels, putting pieces of the puzzles together to make sure they make sense to new readers. So, it was imperative to take special care to track dates as I deliberately distorted events and tried to make the story realistic and account for the progress that might naturally occur. I developed a timeline so I would not get tripped up with the months or years and suddenly refer to something that had not yet happened in this book or a future book which wouldn’t fit in the sequence.

Why did you decide to write this book? 

Just before Christmas on December 23, 2002, it was the anniversary of my late mother’s death. My husband had open heart surgery that turned out to be more harrowing than expected, I was recovering from a miscarriage, my business was a shambles due to the recession, and I was deeply in debt, making mortgage payments for my townhouse with credit cards. I was distracting myself from my troubles by watching late-night comedy and listening to the Beatles’Magical Mystery Tourduring the commercials. After Paul McCartney’s “Your Mother Should Know,” which always makes me think of my mother, comes John Lennon’s “I am the Walrus,” with its trippy otherworldly swirl of crazy lyrics and juxtapositions. Then, back to late-night comedy, came a joke about a politician speaking in amusing malapropisms. I thought, wonder what it would be like to be someone else, in a different world where malapropisms rained, er, reigned, on a planet named Malaprop? So, with a few mal-appropriate thoughts in mind, I decided to escape down that rabbit hole, feverishly writing all the way. I hint at, but wildly exaggerate the situation and those feelings in Chapter 24, entitled “December 23, 2502,” but delve deeper into the rock ‘n’ roll music angle in my next novel in the series, Dystortions: Purple Haze. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll mystery in a parallel universe.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write, then edit, then edit about 10 more times before you ever show anyone anything you have written. Richard Bausch used to tell our class, “No one’s words are written in stone, be prepared to edit and be edited.” I would add, try to make it is as perfect as you can before you have a professional review it. Try to be as clear as possible in your writing and avoid mundane details and story lines. Make details and descriptions count. Bare your soul, but try to make your book as interesting as possible to others. Speaking of others, if you haven’t built up a social media network yet, you are way behind. With hundreds of thousands of books published every year, it’s tough to be noticed. Build up Facebook friends, maintain professional connections on LinkedIn, reach new people through Twitter, pin images on Pinterest, have fun with images on Instagram. There’s also SnapChat, Google+, Tumblr, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and probably several I’ve missed, with more to come. It’s all about connecting with the world. Network – you’ll come across valuable information and real-life characters to improve your story and help you market it later. Again, keep reading! As others have said, if you’re not reading, you’re probably not writing worth a damn. Learn from the masters.

About the Book

dystortions-eimage-coverTitle: Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple

Author: Lisa Pell

Genre: Scifi / Mystery

Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple is a tale of mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe, with a bit of humor. Addy O’Malibul is a former journalist who is convicted of murder and imprisoned on a planet called Malaprop, strikingly similar to Earth, but with a few twists and many Dystortions in translations of data transmissions from a planet known as Hearth. Glitched up radio communications are bombarding Malaprop – a world where fearful national security analysts, politicians, and P.R. flacks re-write history and distort facts to recreate their reality in Hearth’s image. The Dystortions in those radio communications sometimes appear to twist words backwards and create opposite meanings, but maybe also reveal underlying truths.

There’s just enough good science and wacked-out myth-busting to make the story hauntingly credible – and enough saucy romance to keep things hot. It’s much warmer and more colorful than any shades of grey.

Author Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAABOUT LISA PELL: An award-winning former newspaper, radio, and television journalist, Pell has spent most of her career in the communications business. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? (Aberdeen Bay, 2012), was selected for a Virginia Federation of Press Women award. Born in North Carolina, Pell was raised in Virginia, is a graduate of George Mason University, and attended Harvard Business School. She has strong roots in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and has lived in Tennessee and West Virginia, where she covered news stories in Kentucky and southern Ohio. Connoisseurs of well-told stories, rock ‘n’ roll music, impressionist art, golf, tennis, oysters, and fun people, Pell and her husband, the self-styled Agent Provocateur, JonRe Pell, live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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