Aftershocks: A Slice of Life Story

Due to the number of books in this series I’m just going to add the link to the list of books I’ve reviewed by Ruby Dixon.

Aftershocks    description:

On the day the world shook, everything changed for the barbarian tribe. This short story goes back to the event and gives additional insight. How do Rukh and Harlow fare through the disaster? How does the chief handle the destruction of everything he’s ever known?

This short story is a slice of life and intended to be read after Barbarian’s Taming. It is NOT a stand alone. It is, however, intended to provide extra character insight for those who want to visit the ice planet for a little bit longer.

aftershocksBOOK 8.5: Aftershocks   5 STARS

While I have enjoyed the other short stories, this one probably added the most to the series. While Barbarian’s Taming of course showed the devastation that the tribe has gone through in the wake of the earthquake, the blow was softened by the love story going on between Hassen and Maddie, but this book was heartbreaking. Seeing the destruction that was wrought, not just on their home, but both physically and mentally to the characters we’ve come to love. We got to see the point of views and look more into what was going on while Hassen and Maddie were off in search of a new home for the tribe. The rotating point of views really let us fully grasp how this simple tribe will never be the same again.

The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street  by  Karen White  description:

A brilliant, chilling début featuring a Charleston real estate agent who loves the histories inside old manors.

Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. A man she recently met died, leaving his historic Tradd Street home; complete with a dog and family of ghosts anxious to tell their secrets.

Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries, has reason to believe diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden. He turns the charm on with Melanie, to discover he’s the smitten one.

traddBOOK 1: The House on Tradd Street   5 STARS

After finishing this book all I could think was, Why haven’t I read this sooner? It was wonderful from beginning to end. I’m not much for history, and most of this is made up anyway, but dealing with old mysteries, antique furniture, and ghosts makes this book so much fun to read. Figuring out the truth of what happened in the house Melanie had just inherited from a complete stranger was the main point of the story, and while the ghosts do drive her discoveries, the clues are very real world ones that have to be pieced together. Nothing given easily like a ghost saying hey this is what happened, it’s more they drive both the investigation or do their best to stand in it’s way, and that makes it definitely different from your average mystery or even paranormal story. But even the pages devoted just to describing their restoring of the old house are still entertaining to read as we see the characters interacting and changing. Especially Melanie, who wasn’t the only one who could see ghosts, which is another aspect of the book I liked so much. There’s just so much depth and development to the tale that I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.

Colleen Coble has been INTERVIEWED!!!

colleen-2012-black1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

Colleen Coble. You can find me at https://www.facebook.com/colleencoblebooks/

https://twitter.com/colleencoble

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

I love to travel! Seeing new places gets my creative juices flowing. I try to always visit the locale of my new series, and I learn things I’d never know otherwise.

  1. How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I started writing in 1990 after a younger brother was killed in a freak lightning accident. It took a total of 7 years for that first book to find a publisher. I’ve written historical romance, contemporary romance, and romantic mysteries, both historical and contemporary.

  1. What has been the greatest influence to your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…

I was lucky enough to land at a really great publishing house, Thomas Nelson, in 2002. The terrific editors I’ve been blessed to work with have taught me so much about the craft of writing.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…twilight-at-blueberry-barrens-jpeg

I’m always working on something new! I’m about to start a new series set in the Pacific Northwest, but it doesn’t have a title yet.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

I start off with an interesting premise. For example, with The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, book 1 of the Sunset Cove series, I wondered what would happen if my heroine found out she wasn’t who she thought she was. I focus on the creative part of just one story at a time, though I’m often working on edits from a previous book and doing promotion on another book while I’m deep in the creation process of the current work. It can make a writer feel a little schizophrenic!

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

I love every part of the writing process! I’m an extrovert so I even like the marketing because I get out of my “cave” and am around people. It’s hard to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses. Other people tell me one of my greatest strengths is putting my reader firmly in to the story so they live it with my characters. My editors would tell you my timeline can get a little murky. J

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

I love the marketing part of things because I get to talk to readers. I like to share pictures and stories of the research in the book and how I came to the basic premise. The biggest thing is to find out what you enjoy and then do it consistently. My favorite way of connecting with readers is Facebook and my newsletter.

Your email list is your best marketing tool because everyone on it is there because they want to hear about your books and your life. I’m comfortable with being very transparent about my life and include personal things in my newsletters. This past year my readers prayed for my daughter who was pregnant after suffering multiple miscarriages, and I was quick to send a newsletter with his adorable picture. Being real with your readers forges an important connection.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

Be patient! It takes time to build a readership. It usually doesn’t happen with your first book. Also make sure you attend at least one writers conference a year to begin and continue that all important networking. I can’t stress how important it is to find others to connect with in the writing community. Some of the best friends I have in life are ones I met at a writing conference.

Just a Kiss

BOOK 1: Falling Like Snowflakes  by Denise Hunter

BOOK 2: The Goodbye Bride

Just a Kiss   description:

Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

kissBOOK 3: Just a Kiss   4 STARS

This book was a lot more about the romance than the other 2 books. No woman on the run or woman with amnesia, just 2 people trying to figure out how to make the love thing work. Though, it always irritates me when people act like it’s crazy for best friends to fall in love, like you love spending all your time with the one person who understands you better than anyone else in the world, and yet you don’t think a relationship would work? Doesn’t make sense. Regardless of that, I think Hunter did a good job of capturing the struggles Riley was going through after not only losing his leg, but also seeing the horrors of war. His character really felt rounded out, and the journey was a good one that focused on a lot of different things a person like that may need to go through when they come home. However, Paige felt a bit repetitive at times, and the whole Darleen scene felt a little too contrived even for a romance novel. Paige did feel realistic, it’s just that I think Hunter could’ve found different ways of approaching her issues or have her deal with them, honestly there did feel like the book might have needed one more read through on the editing end. In the end, though, this book did a great job of rounding out the series, and I’d love to find more by her.

Lastly, and it’s not a knock against the book exactly, it did bother me that the fact that Riley came out of the military disabled, and yet none of his benefits were mentioned. Like getting disability or the GI Bill, which would’ve helped with some of the complaints he had when trying to readjust to the civilian life. Like needing money, and not having a degree. Then again, even some veterans don’t take advantage of these benefits, or even seem to realize they’re available, so I can’t completely fault Hunter for not mentioning these facts.

Greyson Gray: Camp Legend

Greyson Gray: Camp Legend  by  B.C. Tweedt  description:

At Morris College All-Sports Camp, Greyson Gray discovers intense athletic competition, quirky huddlemates, and budding romance to distract him from the loneliness he has felt since his father’s mysterious disappearance. The lighthearted camp atmosphere turns, though, when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist’s sinister plot brewing in the observatory – a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend. Suddenly, Greyson toils with two dueling worlds – one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and hormones. Spurred on by his father’s words to do the good that ought to be done despite the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a cunning and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives.

greysonBOOK 1: Camp Legend   4 STARS

For a book that’s basically aimed at middle school boys, this story was pretty intense. Felt like a spy thriller complete with evil scientist, gun wielding henchmen, multilayered save the world plans, and cool gadgets. I liked that it was all pretty much within the realm of possibility for kids this age to do, and all the characters in this book felt real. Greyson is just just your normal everyday athletic boy that is a genuinely good guy, who wants to do what’s right, and the friends he makes at camp are a colorful collection of odd kids that you can’t help but love. And while a lot of the girls come across as ditzy and the worst stereotypes of single minded boy crazy girls, Sydney really helped balance it out by being able to keep up with the guys, and showing the boys that girls aren’t just there to look pretty. I even liked that while there are plenty of bad adults, or just easily fooled adults, Brandon, their counselor, was there for them in anyway he could be. It’s a nice change from a lot of books I’ve read like this. However, my main complaint for this book is in the writing style, where there’s nothing to indicate a transition between scenes. It flip flops between the action happening at multiple places without even a “meanwhile back at the ranch” to let you know you’ve moved. It was especially frustrating when it came to the dialogue during these instances, trying to figure out who is saying what to which person. Regardless, it was still an exciting book to read, and I can’t way to see what happens next.

The Bride’s Baby

The Bride’s Baby  by Liz Fielding   description:

The wedding of the season! Events manager Sylvie Smith is organizing a glittering fund-raising event: a wedding show in a stately home. She has even been roped into pretending to be a bride… a bride who’s five months pregnant! The bride everyone is talking about! It should be every girl’s dream to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it’s not Sylvie’s. Longbourne Court was her ancestral home, and she’s just discovered that the new owner is Tom McFarlane–her baby’s secret father. Now Tom’s standing in front of her, looking at her bump…

brideThe Bride’s Baby  2 STARS

Though this book is good in its’ way, it’s just too ridiculous, and I doubt I’ll ever read it again. I mean, how hard is it to say ‘this is your baby’. It’s like she says everything but that, making every encounter between them obscure and awkward. And why it was that Tom left and stayed gone, and everything in between felt too perfectly set up to make everything seem as bad and easy to misunderstand as possible. The events were just too unlikely, and though most of these books tend to be like that to a degree, it was just a little more farfetched than normal. I spent the entire book just frustrated with the characters wishing they would just open their mouths and say what they were thinking. It isn’t that hard.

Married by Mistake

Married by Mistake  by  Abby Gaines  description:

Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiance on live TV And that really was Memphis’s most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead. Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn’t prepared for the news that their “fake” wedding is legal and binding.

While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family scrutiny forces them to put on their best loving-couple act. Except by now, neither one is quite sure who’s acting….

mistakeMarried by Mistake  3 STARS

Other than the thought of how exactly this whole “by mistake” thing would really happen, because it didn’t really make sense to some degree, it was a pretty good story that beyond.  The characters felt like real the people in their struggles, and not like some that feel so over done or stereotypical. Plus, this isn’t like some of these romances that go straight to naughtiness, there’s a real story line and different people in Casey and Adam’s lives that keeps the story going. It’s also not just about the main couple, there’s actually some other angles to the story, and other people falling in love and trying to make their relationships work. However, it is a fairly quick story, but good for some fun light reading.

B.C. Tweedt has been INTERVIEWED!!!

Profile Pic - BC Tweedt1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

B.C. Tweedt

www.GreysonGray.com

www.TweedtSpot.com

Twitter: @Greyson_Gray

http://www.Facebook/GreysonGraySeries

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

I love working with young people! On Sundays I volunteer at the youth group where I met my wife six years ago (she was the director, not a student). The junior-high students bring so much enthusiasm, hilarity, and joy to my life that I lead a small group of them outside of Sunday meetings. We’ll make music videos, serve the community, tube down rivers, or even tackle my to-do list together. In all this, I look for every opportunity to impart wisdom and help them through the trials of being a teen. There are not many adults who are blessed with the ability to enjoy the company of junior-high students, so I’m happy to give my time when I can. Also, the crazy kids keep my writing current, giving me great ideas for off-the-wall characters and witty humor!

  1. How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I’ve been writing stories since sixth grade (often while the teacher was teaching). Throughout junior-high I was writing books hundreds of pages long—mostly science fiction stories about a space bounty hunter or a fight-to-the-death match that predated The Hunger Games by a decade (but with aliens races instead of districts). Once I hit high school, my writing took a back seat to filmmaking—another way I could create stories while still staying behind the scenes. It wasn’t until college, when I started as a summer sports camp counselor, that I tried my hand at writing again, this time armed with a plethora of wacky characters and stories that would translate to Greyson Gray: Camp Legend. Though I haven’t written outside of young adult realistic fiction, I would love to return to my science fiction roots once the Greyson Gray Series comes to an end.

  1. What has been the greatest influence to your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…

I squeeze every good drop from my life experiences, mix it with my love of cinema, then season it with C.S. Lewis and the Animorphs Series (anyone remember these books?). The content is predominantly made up of characters and settings that I have seen in real life. Camp Legend takes place at a sports camp modeled after one I counseled at in college. Fair Game sets the kids (and terrorists) loose in the Iowa State Fair, a place that is dear to my wife’s heart—and mine, now! Deadfall sinks a cruise ship (I love cruises); Rubicon finds Greyson in the Rockies (my vacation place) and Dallas (my birthplace). In all the books I work toward a cinematic feel with an emphasis on endearing characters who have been sucked into a world much bigger than they are (like those Animorphs).

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…COVER -Rubicon (front only)

I’m in the planning stages for the fifth book in the Greyson Gray Series. I can’t tell you too much without giving the ending of Rubicon, but it will be bigger in every sense of the word. The country is at the edge of civil war, a hidden organization is pulling strings in the highest offices, and our hero is forced to grow more dangerous to keep up with his enemies. Just like Rubicon introduced new weapons and drones, the fifth book will give us even more cutting-edge technologies—including human exoskeletons. And after the divisions caused in Rubicon, the characters must choose sides for the coming war and face the consequences.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

First, the stories begin as little nuggets of ideas I note in my phone as they come to me. They may be jokes, characters, twists, or plot structures. I’ll then refer to these as I outline the basic plot. As the series has progressed, my outlines have grown in length and complexity, with plenty of meat in them. I spend enough time on the outline that I rarely refer to it once I’ve started writing. Sometimes the story takes twists and turns I didn’t expect, and the characters grow in ways I didn’t anticipate, so the final product deviates quite a bit from the outline.

I occasionally get ideas for other books, but I can’t see myself working outside of the Greyson Gray Series until it is finished. When I’m writing it, my mind works ceaselessly, playing the scenes through my head over and over as I drive, lay in bed, or talk to my wife. When I’m editing, I envision changes in the story and characters, resulting in even more worlds vying for my mind’s attention. When I’m done editing, my time is consumed in marketing and brainstorming the next in the series. If I added a whole other story with a whole new world and new characters to the mix, I think my brain would explode!

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

I’ve had several reviewers mention that my books read like movies in their minds. I attribute this to the fact that I earned a Cinema minor in college, produced an abundance of videos, and created my own book trailers. When I write, I visualize the scenes like a movie, and I use pace, description, and other techniques so that others will, too. The younger generations crave video more than any other medium, so I see this as my strength.

My weakness may be my lack of long, lyrical prose. I’m not very good at making my sentences beautiful. Thankfully, I don’t think young adult literature demands it. Young adult focuses on character development, intriguing relationships, and exciting plots rather than style.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

I’ve tried everything at least once. There’s the necessary stuff everyone does—like setting up a website and managing social media pages. I’ve also purchased a few reviews from the bigger companies. I’ve had a book launch party with family, friends, and fans. I’ve produced two live-action book trailers. I’ve continually created compelling images and videos, ran contests, and blogged to make the content fresh. I’ve bought email lists (didn’t work) and email promotions through places like BookBub and FreeBooksy (did work). Besides all the digital work, I’ve also traveled to dozens of school and public libraries to donate the first book along with a snazzy promotional flyer featuring reviews and the links to buy the rest of the series. I’ve even sold books at multiple fairs—including an arts and crafts fair (surprisingly sold well!). After all this, I’ve yet to achieve enough momentum to help me quit my day job. If it weren’t for all of the great reviews I have received, I would have given up long ago.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

Let real life inspire you more than books and television. You want a unique voice with fresh content, so find unique places and people, and spend time with both. Of course, don’t give up reading and watching, but understand that everything you take in may become ingredients for the next book. Do you want the recipe to use natural and organic ingredients, or processed and packaged ones?

Also, if you want to have a lucrative career in self-publishing, be prepared to spend a lot of money in marketing. While there’s a very small chance you’ll make it big just by posting serials or by making social media accounts, there’s a slightly bigger chance if you hire an editor, a cover professional, a publicist, a website designer, and a weekly masseuse (or therapist). The influx of self-published authors is a double-edged sword. Your voice is ever smaller, and the pool of people seeking your money is ever bigger. Start saving your money as you write your first best seller.

B.C. Tweedt lives in North Liberty, Iowa, with his wife, Julie, and their son, Maverick. When he’s not working on his next book, Tweedt volunteers at his church’s youth group as a mentor of young boys, several of whom served as the inspiration for characters in The Greyson Gray SeriesRubicon is the fourth novel in the series, preceded by Deadfall, Fair Game, and Camp Legend. Tweedt plans to continue expanding the series, following Greyson as he grows up in an increasingly divided and threatening world, and is currently working on the fifth Greyson Gray novel.

For more information, connect with Tweedt on his website, or through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, LibraryThing or LinkedIn.

Greyson Gray: Rubicon is now available exclusively on Amazon. It will be available online at Barnes & Noble and iBookstore in November 2016.

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Barbarian’s Taming

Due to the number of books in this series I’m just going to add the link to the list of books I’ve reviewed by Ruby Dixon.

Barbarian’s Taming   description:

As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy…except me.

I need…affection.
Attention.
Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely.

Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister. It’s wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling.

Except…I’m not so good with the whole ‘rules’ thing.
And he’s not so great with the ‘fling’ thing.

tamingBOOK 8: Barbarian’s Taming  4 STARS

After finishing the Barbarian’s Touch, I knew this book would be about Maddie and Hassen, and to be honest I couldn’t fathom how Dixon was going to make that feel realistic after he had kidnapped Lila. I shouldn’t have doubted Dixon, once again she’s able to bring together this pair and create a story that keeps the series fresh and exciting. Maddie and Hassen are the outcasts, and in search of finding a connection they find each other. You come to understand Hassen’s actions in the past, and see how much he regrets acting so brashly. Maddie, whose been fairly unlikable herself, comes to find her place in this new world, and things really get shaken up. Beyond the romance though, Dixon continues to delve into the mystery of this new world and the history of the Sa-khui people. It just makes for a really well rounded tale that only makes me want more. And by more I mean I better be hearing about some Asha and Hemalo next. However, what did knock this down from a 5 STAR review was how Hassen kept thinking of Lila as the weak crying sister, and even sneering in disgust at the thought of her. While a lot of this story was aimed to gain sympathy for him, that made it hard at times to feel for him when he has no sympathy for the woman he kidnapped and held against her will. Even though he never meant her harm, it was a little messed up how he looked down on her in that way, though in the end I think he grew enough to think differently, but it still kept feeling like a knee jerk reaction to hate him all over again every time that thought came up, which was a lot.

Lesley L. Smith has been INTERVIEWED!!!

(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)
(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)
  1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

Hi, I’m Lesley L. Smith. You can find me at my website: www.lesleylsmith.com or my blog electricspec.blogspot.com.

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

My favorite thing to do is read; science fiction and urban fantasy novels are my faves. If I’m being honest, I also really enjoy watching TV. Right now there are a ton of neat fantasy/science fiction shows on various media. Since I’m being honest, I also really like eating: Mexican food, Chinese food, sushi, and desserts, anything chocolate. Basically, anything chocolate is fun. And drinking—especially craft beers. Well, you asked! J

  1. How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I’ve been writing pretty much my whole life, mumble-mumble years. But I got serious about it about fifteen years ago. I try to write every day. About 95 percent of what I write is science fiction and the rest is fantasy or horror.

  1. What has been the greatest influence to your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…  

A huge influence in my life was author Isaac Asimov. I blame him for me becoming a physicist and for loving science fiction. Physics has a huge influence on my writing. I also love the writing of Connie Willis and Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…The Quantum Cop Cover

I’m finishing up edits on a fun new space operetta called A Jack By Any Other Name in which a man is murdered and his clone has to solve the crime. It takes place on a spaceship called The Shakespeare. I also just started book three in my Quantum Cop series. Madison is going to get up to all kinds of trouble…

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

I typically begin my projects with a physics idea. For The Quantum Cop the idea was: what if the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics is correct, i.e. what if human beings have a special role in the universe? I followed this idea to its logical conclusion and ended up with a quantum cop. In general, I do very little planning or plotting in advance; I just jump in. I usually work on two novels at once so I have something else to work on when I get blocked or stuck on a project.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

I’m good at dialogue. Some people think my writing is funny (some don’t!). I hate, hate, hate writing descriptions because I’m bad at them.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

I’m still learning about marketing. Honestly, I need tips. What do you know about it?

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

The best advice I ever got was: write! So, I’m recycling it: write! It’s impossible to be a successful writer without writing. I know this seems obvious, but I know some writers who always seem to be planning to write and somehow never write anything.

I also recommend finding your tribe of writers. Check your local library and online. It’s great to be able to bitch and moan, er, brainstorm and compare notes, with other writers.

Thanks for this interview opportunity! I appreciate it.

Lesley L. Smith, Ph.D. has earned a plethora of degrees, including a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics. In 2012, she added to her collection by completing her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. Dr. Smith’s short science fiction has been published in several venues, such as “Analog Science Fiction and Fact,” “Daily Science Fiction,” and Nano Meets Macro. She is an active member of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW), and is also the founder and editor of Electric Spec.

 Dr. Smith has held a variety of scientific jobs, including investigating quarks, dark matter, extrasolar planets, clouds, atmospheric chemistry, and global warming. She has worked for a variety of research institutions, while her nonfiction articles have been published in venues that include the Physical Review and Modern Physics Letters. She is a long-time member of the The American Physical Society (APS) and The American Geophysical Union (AGU).

For more information, connect with Dr. Smith on her website.

 The Quantum Cop is now available on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.

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