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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.

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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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Guest Post The Moreva of Astoreth

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Please welcome Roxanne Bland today, the author of “The Moreva of Astoreth”, who is here to talk about her editing process. I’ll leave the word to Roxanne now.

The Editing Process and Me

The common wisdom holds that a writer is supposed to power through the first draft, not worrying about spelling, grammar, plot holes and all that, and not start editing until the manuscript is finished.

I don’t work that way. It’s supposed to be a big no-no, but I edit as I write that first draft. I can’t help it. I see a misspelled word, or something that’s ungrammatical, and I can’t go on until I’ve corrected it. I suppose this is what comes of being a spelling and grammar nazi. The same with plot holes. When I realize what I’ve done—or didn’t do—I immediately go back and make the appropriate changes. Again, I can’t help it. I’m a perfectionist. Then, when the first draft is finished, I go back and correct what I may have missed. Like, I have a real love affair with commas. Why, I love them so much I use them all the time, even in places where they aren’t needed or where they aren’t supposed to be used. And then I go over the draft again. I can’t tell you how many times I go over a draft, but it’s a lot. Only when my draft is as perfect as I can make it do I send it off to the editor. As an author, I see my job as giving my editor as little to do as possible in that regard—spelling, grammar, etc. I want my editor to concentrate on where I’m telling, not showing—which I tend to do—and help me work on the story’s flow. In other words, I want her to concentrate on the high-level stuff, not that which could have been easily corrected if I had been paying attention.

I know writers who, and I’ve heard writers say, how much they hate the editing process. For the life of me, I can’t understand why. I find the editing process to be almost as much fun and exciting as writing the manuscript. I love searching for a word that will convey the exact meaning of what I’m trying to get across, instead of just using a word that’ll do. It requires owning several dictionaries and thesauruses. My personal favorite is the Oxford English Dictionary—abridged, of course. I’m not sure the unabridged version would even fit in my house. Then there’s the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary, which thankfully, I can get online. And there are all kinds of thesauruses out there besides Roget’s. I don’t know—maybe it’s simply the thrill of the hunt. And I learn so much! Words are a writer’s friends. When I read the dictionary or the thesaurus, I see old friends, and I make new ones. It’s truly rewarding.

Call me crazy, but I love editing.

About the Book

MoA-cover-lighter (1)Title: The Moreva of Astoreth

Author: Roxanne Bland

Genre: Science Fiction

In the world-building tradition of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Moreva of Astoreth is a blend of science fiction, romance, and adventure in a unique, richly imagined imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of priestess, scientist, and healer Moreva Tehi, the spoiled, headstrong granddaughter of a powerful goddess who is temporarily exiled from Temple life in her beloved desert home to a volatile far northern corner of the planet for neglecting to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.

Author Bio

DSC_4693 2Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Ms. Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland with her Great Dane, Daisy Mae.

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Book Excerpt Fractal

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Anna grabbed Brendan from behind, wrapping her arms around his shoulders. As she caught her breath, she peered up at the ship. The air smelled like soda, lots of sticky sweet soda. Stairs and ladders traced the entire length of the tube, spiraling down to the base. The lights were no longer visible, since they formed the base resting on the grass. Markings engraved the metal from base to tip. There were no flags, no words of any language she knew.

“Wow,” exclaimed someone from behind her. It jarred her from staring at the rocket. The townspeople around her were pulling out their cell phones, taking pictures and recording videos.

“Come on.” Anna twisted Brendan’s collar in her hands, and he looked her in the eye. “Let’s go.”

He gestured to the ship. “No, but—”
“Let’s go.”
The corners of Brendan’s mouth and eyes turned down. Anna didn’t care; she had to get him

away from whatever just landed in town. Brendan took one long look at the rocket. She took his hand and pulled him through the crowd. They strode about fifteen or twenty feet before the scraping of metal-on-metal screeched. They stumbled, covering their ears. Though she wanted to get Brendan a safe distance away, her curiosity overcame her, and they swerved around.

A metal plank slid from the rocket toward the ground. Once it extended, a light flashed at the point where the plank met the rocket. Part of the wall disappeared, revealing a gaping, octagonal hole lined with neon-blue lights, giving her a glimpse inside a smooth metal hallway.

Some of the crowd backed away, each of them stepping back up Main Street a few paces. “It’s a space ship.” Brendan cried out. “We’re going to meet aliens. Real aliens.”
“Shut up. You’ll scare everyone. We have no idea…” Anna’s admonition died on her lips Men emerged from the doorway. Human men, or at least they looked like humans. Anna

sucked in a breath as she gripped Brendan’s hand. The men paraded two by two in unison. They wore red shirts and pants, with gold breastplates that came down to their waists. Gold and silver, rectangular shields rested at their sides. The Roman legion was paying them a visit. She blinked but the odd vision stayed the same.

This couldn’t be a hoax—it was far too elaborate—but she wouldn’t admit this was an alien spaceship, even to herself. She didn’t have a single logical, coherent explanation to grasp onto. Adrenaline sped through her veins, sending her into near panic. It didn’t matter what this was or wasn’t to her as long as she kept Brendan safe.

“It’s an army.” Brendan clutched at her hand

She pushed him behind her, ready to run at the first sign of trouble. Every muscle tensed, waiting.

The two columns of soldiers stopped after about two dozen men exited the plank. All at once, the two lines shifted to face each other, forming a pathway lined with soldiers.

At the top of the plank, a lone soldier appeared. He surveyed the town, squinting in the early light of dawn. Tall and muscular, he filled the doorway with his frame. His sandy-brown hair, cropped short, accentuated his square jaw. He wore the same body armor as the others, yet a red sash across his front extended into a short red cape behind him that snapped in the breeze. The man’s eyes settled on the crowd of onlookers before he walked down the metal plank.

Anna couldn’t tear her eyes away from the scene. Still, she pushed Brendan up the street toward the house. A streak of movement caught her attention, and she jumped. She almost yelped, but the blur that ran up to her came into focus

“What’d I miss? What’s happening?” Hannah skidded to a halt beside them
“Shhhhh,” Anna continued to push them all back.
“They’re aliens,” Brendan whispered
Anna squeezed his hand in warning. Hannah’s eyebrows lifted and light danced in her eyes. She

swung toward the rocket and the strange soldiers. She bounced on the balls of her feet, as if Christmas had come early. It was the most exciting thing to happen in Sparta since the founding of the town.

When the last solider reached the others, they raised their arms in a strange salute and he strutted straight through their ranks. He stood in front of the waiting crowd. He studied every face. The townsmen stared at him, stepping backward up the street again, away from the gleaming invaders

“Greetings. My name is Varick. I am searching for the one you call Anna Cora.” He rested his hands on his hips

Anna froze and then shook her head. She couldn’t have heard that right. Her heart tumbled over itself. She feared she would faint before she got Brendan into the house when the tingling at the top of her head blurred her vision.

“Can you tell me where to find Anna Cora?” Varick asked the crowd.

 Everyone in the town turned in her direction. Her breathing became heavy. His gaze followed their line of sight and met her eyes. She thrust Brendan’s hand toward Hannah. She didn’t know why this stranger was looking for her, but if she could distract him, it would buy Brendan and Hannah a few minutes to run. She stepped away from her brother and best friend, raised her chin, her eyes wide and unblinking.

“I am Anna Cora.” She sounded far bolder than she felt. A flash of pride tightened her chest

Varick smiled at her. He motioned to the soldiers behind him, and they rotated in unison once again. He marched toward her, his soldiers in his wake. Anna willed herself to stand perfectly still, desperate not to shrink from this man. Stopping less than a foot from her, his smile broadened into a grin, and a small measure of her fear dissipated.

“Your Majesty, I am your new Protector. I have come to take you home.” He knelt before her on both knees, his palms upturned and resting on his legs. The soldiers followed suit.

She didn’t know whether to laugh or run, so she did neither. She eyed Hannah, who had pulled Brendan off to the side of the street. Hannah shrugged.

About the Book

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Author: Rachel

Genre: Science Fiction / Romance

Anna keeps to herself in rural North Carolina, raising her younger brother and never dreaming she might not be human. A ship descends from the sky and the handsome alien, Varick, proclaims that she is the long-lost ruler of his planet, forced to flee from their world by an experiment gone wrong. Determined to discover her heritage, she journeys with Varick to their abandoned planet. Along the way, Varick strengthens her belief in herself as she struggles to be the leader her people need. Anna discovers that as soon as they return, the Council will force her to marry a man she’s never met, even while her heart is drawn towards Varick. A romance between the Vadana and her Protector is forbidden above all, and can only end in Varick’s death. A prophet warns Anna and Varick that they can heal their solar system, but they can’t let anything stand in their way. Their growing love for each other will either save their world, or bring about destruction.

Author Bio

Rachel Mannino 3Rachel Mannino is a passionate writer who creates characters and settings that allow readers to explore power dynamics in relationships, the empowerment of women, and the ethical and moral dilemmas love can create in our lives. Rachel also uses her writing skills to raise thousands of dollars for entities that enrich our lives and create community change around the world.  She has worked for the Peace Corps; the Humanities Council of Washington, DC; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events in Boston, MA. Her first novel, Love or Justice, was published by Limitless Press in November 2015. Her second novel, Fractal, will be published by eTreasures publishing in September of 2016. Rachel has a BA in theatre studies and writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College, and she has used it every day since graduation.  She lives with her husband, author Christopher Mannino (http://www.christophermannino.com/); their son, Gavin; and their adorable dog and cat in College Park, Maryland.

 

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New Release: Acadia’s Revenge

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About the Book

Acadias_Revenge_by_Tracy_EllenTitle: Acadia’s Revenge (Undying Love, Book Two)

Author: Tracy Ellen

Genre: Scifi/ Apocalypse Romance

Acadia’s Revenge: Book Two, Undying Love Series by Tracy Ellen

Heart pumping action and toe-curling love, Acadia’s Revenge: Book Two, Undying Love Series is a science fiction/apocalypse-romance guaranteed to keep you up late into the night reading!

Acadia King hadn’t once thought the catastrophe she’d predicted and diligently spent years preparing for would be a zombie apocalypse, nor had she ever imagined surviving a global pandemic would be easy. But, incredible or not, that time had come and over one hundred people had fled their homes to seek protection from the infected at King Farm, along with one impossibly gorgeous, insanely sexy, much too young, pro football player.

Acadia is damn sure defending against those homicidal crazies is her number one priority, and not her Jerry Springer-esque personal issues of Rod “Ram” Ramaldi inexplicably proclaiming his forever love. The hot football player might be driving her crazy with desire, but Acadia steadfastly ignores her personal relationship with him to focus entirely on the defense of their safe haven. Her grim determination to ignore Rod works only all too well. Then tragedy strikes. At an unbearably brutal cost, Acadia discovers Tryg Johnson, the psychopathic leader of the Iron Fists biker gang, escaped the infected and wants Acadia back in the worst way. Now Acadia is all about getting personal, and about getting revenge!

You don’t want to miss out on Acadia’s Revenge: Book Two, Undying Love Series, available wherever eBooks are sold. Acadia’s Apocalypse, Book Three in the series is coming your way October 2016!

(Tracy Ellen recommends reading Acadia’s Law, Book One in the Undying Love Series first, so you’ve experienced all the heart-stopping, sexy action leading up to Acadia’s Revenge!)

Preorder your copy today at select bookseller sites.

Author Bio

Tracy_Ellen_author_picTracy Ellen was born in Indiana to middle-class parents, the third out of five hellions. She often used her supernatural powers to compel her family members to listen to her talk and tell stories. When that tough crowd laughed of their own free will, Tracy knew the world would someday, somehow be her stage. Now she’s a full-time writer living her dream. Tracy’s resided in the Midwest her whole life–in a small town, on a farm, and in the big city. Currently, she lives in the suburbs of St Paul, Minnesota with her husband and family. Stay in touch by checking out Tracy’s website, and then signing up for her monthly newsletter to be notified of new books coming your way, giveaways, and exclusive content. She also has a fetish about giving fun surprise gifts to her lovely newsletter members every edition. (Hint: She hopes that entices you to her website.) http://www.tracyellenink.com/getthenews

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Author Interview The X-Cure

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Have you been writing for a long time?  

Yes, I have been writing for a number of years. My first non-fiction book, Unlocking the Healing Code, was published in 2007. Before that, most of my writing was for my work as a college science instructor, such as curriculum, course materials and so on. I also wrote an electronic text in 2008 and self-published a study guide in 2013 before writing my first novel, The X-Cure in 2014-15. 

 

Can you tell a little bit about your career? 

Sure, I’ve had a very interesting career. It started with running away from home to join an ice show (a long, long time ago). I was a champion skater and ended touring with them for three years and then coaching in the U.S. and Australia after that. I then became interested in electronics and after completing some college coursework, I worked for a defense contractor building and designing digital circuits (yawn). After that I became interested in alternative medicine and went to chiropractic college. I ran a successful practice for a while and then transitioned into teaching college. I now teach anatomy and physiology full-time. It’s been a wonderful journey full of a variety of experiences. 

 

What inspired you to start a writing career?  

I love writing. I especially love getting into my head and becoming absorbed in a project, then emerging with something I think is great. Right now, like many writers, I can just write part-time since I have a day job (which I also love). I am fortunate however to have some nice blocks of time to write such as the summer months. 

 

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

The X-Cure is a standalone book as is my next book Alan2 (a cyber-thriller). My next book for which I am using the working title, The Healers, may end up as a series. I’ll see how it turns out. 

 

Why did you choose this genre? 

I chose science fiction because it’s what I understand. My science background provides for a lot of material and experiences to draw on. I don’t write space fantasies or hard science fiction however. My stories are set in a reality much like what we experience every day, except with a twist here and there.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Sure, my main advice would be to keep writing, no matter what. Sometimes a story you think might be dead can come alive again after a break. I would also say to not sweat the grammar and try to make everything perfect as you write. I would recommend just getting your story down and then going over it several (sometimes many) times to shape it.

About the Book

xcurefinalcover-600Title: The X-Cure

Author: Bruce Forciea

Genre: Medical Thriller / Science Fiction

Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.

Author Bio

authorpic1-cropped-600Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and has written several books on healing and biology which include Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and An eText of Anatomy and Physiology. The X-Cure is his debut fiction work. Dr. Forciea teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Moraine Park Technical College and Unitek College. Professional projects include writing and producing college science courses, producing digital media including over one hundred science videos, ebooks, custom labs and websites. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits for a defense contractor, treating thousands of patients while running successful chiropractic and wellness clinics and now teaching life science and wellness. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters.

Links

Link to The X-Cure on Amazon

Author Website: http://www.drbruceforciea.com/

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/DrBruceForciea

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorbruceforciea/

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