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Friday, November 16, 2018

Guest Post with William C. Dietz

Photo Credit: Joseph Walsh Photography

New York Times bestselling author William C. Dietzhas published more than fifty novels some of which have been translated into German, French, Russian, Korean and Japanese. Dietz also wrote the script for the Legion of the Damned game (i-Phone, i-Touch, & i-Pad) based on his book of the same name--and co-wrote SONY's Resistance: Burning Skies game for the PS Vita.

Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents. Dietz has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an international telephone company.

Dietz is a member of the Writer’s Guild, and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He and his wife live near Gig Harbor in Washington State where they enjoy traveling, kayaking, and reading books.


Before I tell you about a character in RED ICE, I need to share the premise.

World War III is one month old. After attacking, and sinking the Destroyer USS Stacy Heath, the Chinese invade Tibet, and India counterattacks.

Rather than allow the Chinese to seize control of the subcontinent the U.S. sends 20,000 U.S. soldiers and marines in to join the fight.

The Russians use the opportunity to invade Ukraine, which
 leaves NATO with no choice but to respond. A full fledged ground war begins. 

American forces are spread thin, and the decision is made to evacuate all personnel from Afghanistan. Troops have already begun to pull out, when Air Force JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) Dan Falco, receives orders to kill a ruthless Taliban leader named Noor Mohammad Hashemi. But it won’t be easy. 

Falco must enter enemy territory with a guide who may, or may not be a member of the Taliban, take up a position above an enemy held town, and call in a targeted air strike on a man standing in the middle of a populated area. 

Meanwhile 7,000 miles to north, the Russians are holding a training exercise called RED ICE. Except that it isn’t a training exercise and, if American forces fail to stop the enemy, the Russians will land on American soil. An accomplishment that would be a tremendous blow to American morale, and would suck much needed resources away from the conflicts in Europe and Asia.

Army Air Force and even Coast Guard personnel will do their best to push the Russians back.

But will their best be good enough?


Well, as I’m sure you could tell from my summary, Dan Falco is one of the main characters in RED ICE, along with a fighter pilot named Kathy Parker. And I feel a close connection to both.

But as a secondary character named Captain Marvin Soto began to develop, I came to have a deep appreciation for him. Soto is in command of the Coast Guard icebreaker Northern Dawn, a vessel never intended for war, but because there aren’t any navy ships in the artic, the Dawn has to take on the role of a submarine resupply vessel. Here’s an excerpt:

Chukchi Sea, 25 miles northwest of Wainright, Alaska, USA
Captain Marvin Soto stood with his feet spread as the Coast Guard icebreaker Northern Dawn shouldered her way between two looming icebergs, and pushed them aside. The helmsman stood a few feet to Soto’s right with both hands on the chrome steering wheel. It was wrapped with white cord and looked very retro in an age when joysticks were used to steer large vessels. But even though the Dawn had been launched back in 1976, and refitted more than once, the old lady still retained some of her original elements. And Soto liked it that way. 

He was looking out over a layer of so-called “steam fog,” which occurred when a layer of cold air slid in over warmer water. “Warmer” being a relative term where the Beaufort Sea was concerned.

Soto felt the Dawn shudder slightly as powerful engines drove the ship’s steel reinforced bow through a four-foot thick chunk of floating ice. The icebreaker could break through sheets of ice up to twenty-one feet thick if she was required to. But that won’t be necessary today, Soto mused. The skeptics could say whatever they wanted to, but Soto had seen the ice pack shrink year-after-year, and he knew that global warming was to blame. Not that anyone was focused on that… They were too busy killing each other. 

Thinking about the war caused Soto to shift his attention to what he thought of as “the abomination” mounted on the icebreaker’s bow. A wisp of fog was blown away to reveal the five inch MK-45 deck gun. The weapon had no place on a ship like the Northern Dawn to Soto’s way of thinking, but had been added a few weeks earlier nevertheless. 

There had been a time when all icebreakers were armed. That was during and immediately after WWII. But things had changed since then. And by the time the Dawn put to sea in ‘76 icebreakers were no longer viewed as warships. The Dawn’s purpose was to keep shipping channels open—and to serve as a platform for scientific research.

Now everything was turned on its head. The Dawn still had an obligation to keep shipping lanes open. But the icebreaker had been given a second and equally important mission… And that was to serve as a submarine tender for the navy’s nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines, at least two of which prowled artic waters at any given time. They, along with twelve sister subs, carried fifty percent of the country’s thermonuclear warheads.

The other components of the so-called “nuclear triad” included long range bombers and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. Taken together those capabilities served to prevent countries like China, Russia, and North Korea from launching preemptive strikes against the American homeland. But even though Soto understood the strategic importance of his ship’s new role he didn’t have to like it. 

As you can tell Soto is a peaceful man. But later in the book Soto and his crew are forced to not only use the newly installed deck gun, but to confront an even greater challenge. One none of them ever expected to face.

  • I had the idea for the book more than a year before I wrote it, but didn’t start, because I knew how demanding the research would be. But the idea wouldn’t leave me alone. So I had to give in.
  • William H. Seward, the United States Secretary of State, negotiated the Alaska Purchase (also known as Seward's Folly) with the Russians in 1867 for $7.2 million. According to one estimate it’s worth $4 trillion today.
  • I can’t share the basic concept for RED ICE without giving too much away, but I will say this, it’s technically feasible.
  • The Imagery Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate is part of the NRO.
  • The Red Flag Aggressor Squadron that the character Kathy Parker belongs to actually exists. 
  • The Pugachev’s Cobra maneuver which the Russian pilot uses against Parker, can be executed with the right pilot and plane. 
  • The USS Nevada (SSBN-733) exists.
  • The Diomedes islands are split between Russia and the United States.
  • Tin City exists.
  • The U.S. Airforce Combat Controller motto is, “First There.” And for good reason. Combat Controllers often operate behind enemy lines, and lead the way for others to follow. 
I like to write all of my first drafts in longhand. I can compose at the keyboard mind you, a skill learned while writing TV news, but I find that the flow is better when I write using cursive.

And when you write by hand you can add notes in the margins, draw arrows to show where text should go without actually moving it yet, and don’t have to worry about spelling! The mechanical stuff takes care of itself when you type the handwritten copy into your computer.

I had always wanted to write a book, and promised myself that I would do so by the time I was 40, even if the product wasn’t good enough to submit. So when my 39th birthday rolled around, and I hadn’t written a word, I knew it was time to get going. The year was 1984, and being an avid SF fan, I set out to write an action adventure story about a futuristic bounty hunter. It was called WAR WORLD. (Later changed to GALACTIC BOUNTY.)

Personal computers were a rarity back then, and I didn’t have one. So I wrote the book on an old typewriter after work, and on weekends. Then I sent WAR WORLD into ACE books at Penguin. A month passed without the much anticipated rejection slip, so I called in, and spoke with an editorial assistant only to learn that the manuscript had been misplaced.

Long story short (pun intended) she found it, read it, and made me an offer. I made use of the proceeds to purchase my first PC.

The book did fairly well, so ACE bought another, and another--adding up to dozens of novels over the ensuing 30 years. First submission-first sale stories are rare, but they can happen. 

  • First, I would apply myself, and get better grades.
  • Second, I would stop smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
  • Third, I would get in shape.
  • Fourth, I would spend less time looking at girls. No, never mind. 
  • Fifth, I would thank people I should have thanked, but didn’t.
  • Sixth, I would make an attempt to learn more about politics.
  • Seventh, I would keep a diary.
  • Eighth, I would prepare myself for college.
  • Ninth, I would learn more about my extended family
  • And last, but not least, I would buy AT&T stock. (Remembering that Microsoft, Apple, and Google didn’t exist then.)
For more about William C. Dietz and his fiction, please visit You can find him on Facebook at: and you can follow him on Twitter: William C. Dietz @wcdietz   

From William C. Dietz, the New York Times bestselling author of the America Rising novels, comes RED ICE. A military thriller so believable the story could be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.

World War III is a month old. After attacking, and sinking the Destroyer USS Stacy Heath, the Chinese invade Tibet, and India counterattacks.

Rather than allow the Chinese to seize control of the subcontinent the U.S. sends 20,000 U.S. soldiers and marines in to join the fight.

The Russians use the opportunity to invade Ukraine, which leaves NATO with no choice but to respond. A full fledged ground war begins.

American forces are spread thin, and the decision is made to evacuate all personnel from Afghanistan. Troops have already begun to pull out, when Air Force JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) Dan Falco, receives orders to kill a ruthless Taliban leader named Noor Mohammad Hashemi. But it won’t be easy.

Falco must enter enemy territory with a guide who may, or may not be a member of the Taliban, take up a position above an enemy held town, and call in a targeted air strike on a man standing in the middle of a populated area.

Meanwhile 7,000 miles to north, the Russians are holding a training exercise called RED ICE. Except that it isn’t a training exercise and, if American forces fail to stop the enemy, the Russians will land on American soil. An accomplishment that would be a tremendous blow to American morale, and would suck much needed resources away from the conflicts in Europe and Asia.

Army Air Force and even Coast Guard personnel will do their best to push the Russians back.

But will their best be good enough?

You can purchase Red Ice (Winds of War Book 1) at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you WILLIAM C. DIETZ for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Red Ice (Winds of War Book 1) by William Dietz. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

CEO Impact Theory - Neon Future - Tom Bilyeu Interview

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Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of billion-dollar brand Quest Nutrition and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Personally driven to expand people’s vision of wellness to a 360-degree view that encompasses body and mind, Tom created Impact Theory to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world. Through his content and public speaking, he inspires people around the world to unlock their potential and pursue greatness. Tom was named one of Success Magazine’s Top 25 Influential People in 2018 and Entrepreneur of the Year by Secret Entourage in 2016.

Impact Theory™ is a weekly interview show that explores the mindsets of the world’s highest achievers to learn their secrets to success. Hosted by Quest Nutrition co-founder Tom Bilyeu, Impact Theory is designed to give people the tools and knowledge they need to unlock their potential and impact the world. Subscribe for new episodes every Tuesday.

*Intended for Mature Audiences*

In a future where technology is illegal, a war is brewing between the Augmented, who have chosen to integrate technology into their bodies, and the Authentic, who have not. The resistance movement, Neon Future, strives to bring peace by showing the world a brighter future in harmony with technology.

But when Authentic hero and TV Star Clay Campbell dies unexpectedly, Neon Future’s mysterious leader Kita Sovee (inspired by Steve Aoki) is forced to decide whether to use his latest technological innovation to bring Clay back from the dead. This choice threatens to tip the uneasy balance between the government and the techno-class into an all-out civil war.

From Eisner Award-Winning Jim Krueger comes an innovative and compelling story of the dangers of blind trust and the power of human potential.

Tom Bilyeu at Los Angeles Comic Con with JBN Journalist, Erik Werlin.

Tom Bilyeu Tom Bilyeu at Los Angeles Comic Con.


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

Tom Bilyeu is a filmmaker and serial entrepreneur who chased money HARD for nearly a decade and came up emotionally bankrupt. He realized that the struggle is guaranteed, but the money is not, so you’d damn-well better love the struggle. To that end, he and his partners sold their technology company and founded Quest Nutrition – a company predicated not on money, but rather on creating value for people. The company mission was to end metabolic disease – one of two pandemics facing the planet. Despite not being focused on money Quest exploded, becoming a billion dollar business in roughly 5 years, making it the 2nd fastest growing company in North America according to Inc. Magazine. After exiting Quest and generating extraordinary personal wealth, Bilyeu turned his attention to the other pandemic facing society – the poverty of poor mindset. To solve the mindset problem at scale and help hundreds of millions of people adopt an empowering mindset he has co-founded the media studio, Impact Theory with his business partner and wife, Lisa Bilyeu. Their aim is to influence the cultural subconscious by building a single-minded content creation machine that makes exactly one type of content – content that empowers people. If Disney created the most magical place on earth, Impact Theory will be creating the most empowering place on earth.
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Stephen Leigh Author Interview

Photo Credit: Kyle Cassidy

Stephen Leigh has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. His first professional sale was in 1975 (to Ben Bova, then the editor of Analog Science Fiction Magazine) and has been publishing regularly ever since then, both with short fiction and novels. His first novel, SLOW FALL TO DAWN, was published in 1981.

He has been nominated for and won several awards for his fiction over the years. He's written several stories for the WIILD CARDS shared world universe (edited by George RR Martin). He has written and published the occasional poems and non-fiction pieces, as well.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
When I teach writing, I tend to break fiction down in four basic “atoms”: Character, Setting, Plot, and Theme -- along with the attendant molecules of Voice, Structure, Narrative Flow, and Point of View. Of the four atoms, I would argue that Character is far and away the most important. It’s the characters in a story or novel that we root for or against; it’s the characters that we care about; it’s the characters that we remember when we close the covers and think about what we’ve just read.

After all, Theme is what you use the characters to show, Setting is where the characters live, and Plot is what the characters do. I would maintain that you can have an incredible setting, a crackerjack plot, and a glorious theme that you want to examine, but if the characters are weak and one-dimensional, the story fails. Conversely, the setting can be minimalist, the plot semi-nonexistent, and the theme uncertain, but if the characters are vibrant, interesting, compelling, and complex, the reader will be sustained through the whole story.

It’s all about your characters!

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
My favorite writer in my youth was Ray Bradbury, and my favorite book “R Is For Rocket.” I fell in love with his writing very early and never lost that love. I read every book of his and every story I could find. His poetic language, his whimsy, his unique characters, his strong sense of setting, his compassion for the people who inhabited his stories: they were all traits I would try to incorporate in my own writing.

I had the pleasure of meeting him late in his life, and found that I liked him as a person as well as I liked him as a writer—that (alas) isn’t always the case when you finally get to meet your childhood idols, I’m afraid, but it was with Ray. I treasure the battered copy of “R Is For Rocket” that I had him autograph.

What chapter of A RISING MOON was the most memorable to write and why?
Hmmm… Tough one. I’ll give you two.

While Orla is the main focus of the novel, the book occasionally has chapters from the POV of Altan Savas, who for most of the novel is Orla’s antagonist. I think Chapter 5: Killing A God was one of the more satisfying chapters to write, since it encapsulates Savas’ personality: his portraying himself to those who command him as a “simple soldier”, yet displaying his ability to survive even in a political climate where he doesn’t feel entirely comfortable. The chapter also displays his instincts and willingness to throw himself into danger when duty requires it.

For Orla, I think a critical chapter is Chapter 6: A Mother’s Touch, which is where she first has to truly confront the powerful and dangerous ghosts of those caught in the Moonshadow, including that of her own mother. All the sections of the book where Orla is inside the Moonshadow were memorable to write (and difficult to handle), but that one stands out as displaying Orla’s personality and what Orla would one day be able to accomplish.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
Marry someone rich.

OK, just kidding. What’s important is that you must have a passion for writing—it has to be something you have to do, even if you never make a penny from it. You must also have dedication to the craft, because like any art you’re going to need to work hard and constantly to become competent. And you’ll need persistence, because it can be awfully tempting to quit you’re getting rejection after rejection. You have to force yourself to keep going and keep writing and keep learning.

What about talent, you say? Talent is overrated. It’s nice to have some native talent, but I’ve seen many new writers with capital-T Talent who don’t have passion, dedication, and persistence… and they all fall by the wayside—because talent alone isn’t enough. Someone with just a modicum of talent, but with an intense, burning desire to be successful at writing and a willingness to put in the hard work and time will always, always, do better than someone who is relying entirely on native talent.

I teach creative writing at a university. I tell my students every semester that they probably already know if they should be writers. All they have to do is ask this: have you always written stories? Do you write stories because you have to write them? Do you write even when you’re not taking a class that forces you to write? Do you write outside of class? Do you make time in your day so that you can indulge that need to write?

If so, maybe you’re a writer.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Sunpath Cycle series, how would you introduce it?
The Sunpath Cycle is essentially alternate history in a world where magic actually works. It’s based (extremely loosely) on the Roman occupation of Britain, though the occupying force in my books is more based on the Turks than the Romans. Specifically, I’m looking at the 1st Century CE and the time of the Celtic tribal queen Boudica/Boudicca/Boadicea/Boudicea/Buddug (there are tons of alternate spellings of her name) and her uprising against the Romans.

Voada, in A FADING SUN, is essentially Boudica—as I say in the Acknowledgments at the end of A FADING SUN, “The historical Boudica has been forced to wear the masks of many agendas throughout history, not all of them complimentary and certainly few of them accurate. In this book, she wears a mask of my own making, and it’s as false as any of the others.”

Orla, in A RISING MOON, is her daughter. In real history, the fate of Boudica’s two daughters isn’t known; I thought I’d rectify that (though in my books, Voada has only one daughter). The Sunpath Cycle explores power and how power can corrupt even those who intend to do good with the power they’re given.

Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
Well, I’m in the midst of boxing up my literary papers (drafts, manuscripts, galleys, notes, correspondence, etc) to Texas A&M University for their science fiction and fantasy archive collection. I received an email from Jeremy Brett, the Curator of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection at Texas A&M University, saying they were interested in handling my papers since they have a growing collection from science fiction and fantasy writers, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Bob Silverberg, Ursula K. LeGuin, George RR Martin, and several other luminaries of my genre. All people with whom I’d love my manuscripts and papers to be sharing an archive.

Though, to quote from an essay I wrote about this:

“I’m finding the task of packing up all this stuff somewhat bittersweet. On one hand, it’ll be nice to have uncluttered the office and my files somewhat, but now all those manuscripts I toiled and sweated over, that I read and re-read and re-read again, that Denise and I corrected and marked, will no longer be with me. I won’t ever see them again, in all likelihood. Maybe no one will ever see them again except the archivists at TAMU.

“I find myself looking at the manuscripts as I’m putting them in the boxes, examining the stains and wrinkles on the paper, the sometimes illegible marginal writing here and there, the colorful flags sticking out from the sides marking pages that needed attention, the cover letters from various editors and assistant editors, and so on. Even though in many cases I haven’t looked at the manuscripts in years or decades, seeing them again brings up memories of that time, and I’ll no longer have their presence in my office to spark reminiscence.

“I lay them in the boxes like I’m burying old friends—which to some extent, I am. I won’t be there when they’re exhumed at the other end, examined by dispassionate hands and eyes that know them not at all—to be catalogued, then re-entombed somewhere else and perhaps forgotten from that time forward.”

Still, on the whole this is a good thing to have happen, and I’m glad that TAMU asked me to contribute. At the moment, I have nine boxes full of paper ready to go, with probably a few more to fill before I’m done.

Choose a unique item from your wallet and explain why you carry it around.
Rather than my wallet, let’s look in my pockets. I always carry around two or three guitar picks: two or three because guitar picks are far too easy to lose, and also because one never knows when you might come across a guitar you’d like to play and I’m particular about my picks (for the curious, they’re Dunlop Primetones in 1.0 mm thickness.)

I also have an Irish half-crown coin from 1951 (my birth year). I’ve been to Ireland a few times now, and will be going back in May 2019 (co-leading a student creative writing trip) and in August 2019 for the science fiction worldcon, which is in Dublin next year. I have fallen in love with the country, as well as the scenery and history there. My initial books with DAW (the Cloudmages trilogy) were inspired by my first visit to Ireland, I’ve written another book (THE CROW OF CONNEMARA) based on my visits, and my current novel-in-progress (the working title is SLEEPING WOLF, but I intend to replace that with a better title) was inspired by a visit to the gorgeous Dingle Peninsula and the Blasket Islands. The half-crown is essentially my ‘worry stone’ and a reminder of the emerald isle.

I also always carry a pen in my pocket, because you never know when an idea or inspiration might strike; if you don’t write it down immediately, it’ll be gone forever!

What is the most important object you own?
That’s a tough one. My laptop is something I use all the time, and it’s terrifically important since it’s on that device that I do all my writing. But it’s certainly possible to write without a computer—a pencil and paper work just fine (and even has a “delete” key, in the form of the eraser).

I play music professionally on a semi-regular basis, both in a band and as a solo act, so my guitars, my bass, amps, and sound system are all also important objects that I’d hate to lose. If they were suddenly gone, I’d feel the need to get another instrument quickly.

I write every day; I play/practice music pretty much every day as well.

If you could live in any period in history, where would it be and why?
There are innumerable places and times in history I’d love to visit. But to actually live in them? I think about the level of health care, or the difficulties of travel and communication, or the lack of an accepting society for people of all races and sexual preferences and it’s “Uh, no thanks.” I don’t think I’d care to actually live any-when except the here and now, and only in certain countries even now (and only in certain areas of certain countries, for that matter). Sometime in the future might be nice, but we don’t know what the future holds.

Essentially, I’m happy to visit other places and times in my imagination and in books, but for actual living I’m mostly pleased to be where I am.

Thanks for inviting me to your blog! I love Book Nerds.

The second novel in this gripping historical fantasy series, set in an alternate first-century Britain, follows Orla Paorach, freedom fighter and daughter of a Boudica-like warrior.

"Orla! Hurry, girl! You must come with me!"

Orla Paorach's life was overturned for the first time when her mother Voada was beaten senseless, and Orla was taken by Bakir, a minor Mundoan army officer, as his second wife. Now her world is shattered a second time: Bakir has died in battle, and so has her mother, now known as the Mad Draoi of the Cateni.

Orla flees northward to Onglse, the island home of the draoi that is the center of the Cateni rebellion against the Mundoa. She becomes quickly embroiled in battle as well as deceptions from both sides of the conflict, as everyone expects that she's come to take up her mother's mantle. Those who knew her mother offer their help, but can she trust any of them? Can she avoid becoming the Mad Draoi herself, lost in the magic her mother once tried to wield?

An intense, fast-paced novel, A Rising Moon explores trust, courage, and the deep seduction of power.

Praise for A FADING SUN

"Leigh’s complex and substantial fantasy series opener adds elaborate spellcasting and powerful sorcerers to the legend of Celtic warrior queen Boudica repelling the Romans.... Leigh skillfully weaves together a comprehensive and rich mythology, intricate fight sequences, and a mother’s all-consuming revenge." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers, who will detect a resemblance to Ireland, Scotland, and England during the Roman era, will eagerly anticipate the sequel." —Booklist

"Leigh builds a vivid, thrilling and exciting new world that will captivate and hold the imagination in A Fading Sun." —RT Reviews

"Stephen Leigh’s A Fading Sun is another powerful entry in the category of stories about the change wrought by empires—for better or worse." —Barnes & Noble Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog

You can purchase A Rising Moon (The Sunpath Cycle #2) at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you STEPHEN LEIGH for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of A Rising Moon (The Sunpath Cycle #2) by Stephen Leigh..

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{Kindle Force} Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 2, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781944109141
ISBN-13: 978-1944109141
ASIN: 1944109145


"... a thrilling psychological work ... Catching the current vogue of teen psycho and revenge tales like Bates Motel and 13 Reasons Why ... a horrifically brilliant book ... Beau Devereaux could have easily been a clich├ęd psycho, but the plot constructed around him and his development during the novel really shone as a masterpiece of character creation ... much in the style of Dexter or Hannibal." K.C. Finn, Multi-Award-Winning Author

"Rare is the story that simmers and rises to a boil so naturally and constantly that the reader manages to be repeatedly shocked ... a full-speed rollercoaster that doesn't slow down until the final page. Employing an evocative setting, powerfully defined characters, and taking along hard look at the darker side of human desire, this novel will catch your breath and hold it until the very end. RECOMMENDED" Michael Radon, US Review

"While the authors have written a chilling story here, there's more to Death by the River than thrills. It's actually a fascinating study into the effects of good and bad parenting on children. Do it badly and parents, children and society as a whole pay the consequences. This book is not just an exciting read; it's a sobering one." Viga Boland, Retired high school English teacher and Author of No Tears for my Father: Viga's true story of incest

"While the story follows compelling characters, it also plunges readers into an intriguing setting. It is ironical that the horrors are taking place along the river that runs so close to a seminary, an establishment that should evoke a powerful sense of God and reverence for life. The characters are sophisticated and readers will learn to honestly hate the villain of the story -- he is well imagined and developed with skill. In a subtle way, the authors allow his crooked mind to reveal itself. Like most serial killers, he is a charmer and an intelligent young man, but beneath the cool surface is a cauldron of simmering evil. Weis and Astor have written a riveting crime tale with strong psychological underpinnings. Death by the River is ingeniously plotted, written in gorgeous prose, and featuring a strong conflict that propels the narrative forward. The suspense intensifies as the story moves on, with the reader always feeling as though something awful could happen at any moment, and this feeling grows in intensity until the explosive climax. A real thriller!" Romuald Dzemo, Readers' Favorite

"A suspense-filled thriller steeped in equal parts atmosphere, insanity, and revenge." Mary Ting, Award-Winning Author of ISAN: International Sensory Assassin Network

"Weis and Astor have created something so dark, edgy, and gritty, it will stay with you long after you close the book." Julieanne Lynch, Dragon Award Finalist: Horror (2018)

"... a crime thriller that pulls readers into the twisted mind of the protagonist and holds them engaged till the exhilarating finish. The writing is flawless ... Death by the River is psychologically engaging, emotionally rich, and utterly absorbing." Christian Sia


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Some truths are better kept secret.
Some secrets are better off dead. 

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

WARNING: Readers of Death by the River will encounter situations of violence and sexual abuse which could be upsetting.

Death by the River was born from a nightmare. Lucas Astor has strange dreams. After Alexandrea Weis teamed up with him on the multi-award-winning Magnus Blackwell Series, their agent felt her experience as a nurse with victims of sexual assault could breathe life into the characters who suffer at the hands of the psychologically twisted Beau Devereaux. Weis's understanding of mental health issues also brought to life Beau’s decline into depravity.

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Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is a multi award-winning author of over twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. ​

Lucas Astor, Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight. He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.​

Weis and Astor’s first collaboration was the multi-award-winning Magnus Blackwell Series.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Gratitude Giveaway Hop
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"Fresh and...wonderfully told." Booklist

"Clare's well-developed protagonists..., pell-mell action sequences, complicated family dynamics, and fascinating magic system continue to engage." Publishers Weekly

Fresh and...wonderfully told. Booklist

Clare's well-developed protagonists..., pell-mell action sequences, complicated family dynamics, and fascinating magic system continue to engage. Publishers Weekly

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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1 Winner will receive a copy of Queen of Air and Darknessby Cassandra Clare.
Queen of Air and Darkness will be purchased through Book Depository.

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