The Sauvage Domicile COVER REVEAL!!!

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The Sauvage Domicile  by  Courtney Ruggles

Coming December 7th, 2016

The Revolution just entered the wild.

Q’s escape from the Vrai Domicile was supposed to be the final spark to ignite the people. But that spark was doused by a sacrifice that threatens to destroy her.

Now Q must forge a new path. Led deep into the woods to find the elusive Transients, she must not only protect those who escaped the Sixth Domicile with her, but also align with Transients who have their own plans of warfare. And their war calls for more death and destruction than Q ever thought possible.

As Q unites both Transient and Domicilian, she quickly realizes that even in the wilderness, no one is free. They must take the fight back to the Domicile. But this war brings with it more secrets, heartbreaking betrayals, and even worse sacrifices, as Q fights to protect her people from Elders who always seem to be one step ahead.

The face of the Revolution has changed. Q has entered the sauvage – a place she isn’t sure she can survive.

Book 3 in the Readers’ Favorite Domicile Series by Courtney Ruggles.

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Order of Succession

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Order of Succession   by:   Bill Thompson

 Getting Away with Murder of Presidential Proportions

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED THRILLER SERIES TESTS POLITICAL CLIMATE WITH TERRORISTS, CORRUPT LEADERS, AND TREASON

             The current political climate certainly leaves much to be desired; as the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to grow more heated and controversial, voters may begin to wonder if there are any decent, upstanding politicians left.

This question is explored in critically acclaimed new novel, Order of Succession: Getting Away with Murder, the fifth of the Brian Sadler Archaeological Mystery series by award-winning writer Bill Thompson. In this thrilling continuation, Order of Succession bravely tackles some of the country’s greatest fears.

Air Force Two, with the vice president aboard, has dropped from radar. Then President Harry Harrison and others also go missing when Air Force One vanishes. The nation’s at DEFCON 1, and despicable Speaker of the House Chambliss T. Parkes becomes the new acting president.

After wreckage from Air Force One is found, Parkes declares the passengers from both aircraft dead from a presumed terrorist strike. The late president’s father, a former senator, asks TV personality and antiquities dealer Brian Sadler, who knew the president well, to help find out what happened to the planes. Sadler agrees to perform a simple task for the CIA in London, where he meets up with Amina “Amy” Hassan, who’s on a CIA watch list along with her billionaire father, Amin.

The situation is dire back in America, as Parkes barely acknowledges the Falcons of Islam, who claimed responsibility for the attack and say that they have sleeper agents in the United States. But the CIA fears that Sadler and his attorney fiancee, Nicole Farber, may be in more imminent danger, as Amin sent a killer to follow Sadler back to Dallas.

Sadler learns of the top-secret Operation Condor and is used by the CIA for his expertise and popularity, and later as bait. The bad guys’ plan, as well as the good guys’ strategy to fight back, feature varying motives and inevitable double crosses.

Filled with action and adventure, Order of Succession meets a need for a subset of thriller and mystery novels no longer as prevalent in newly released novels, yet still beloved by new and old readers alike.

“There’s not a lot of archaeological fiction – Indiana Jones-type material – out there,” Thompson explains. “Most of what I have seen borders on science fiction. The Brian Sadler Archaeological Mystery books are more thriller-mysteries than out-of-this-world stories.”

With heart pounding action that will leave readers begging for book six, themes explored by Order of Succession include:

  • The dangers of a man with crude, vulgar, capitalistic and criminal qualities becoming President of the United States
  • The significance of archaeology and ancient sites, as well as the history behind them
  • Exploring the critical question: would an elected official of today sacrifice personal ambitions for the good of the country?
  • How easily a backer of terrorism could theoretically take control of a major U.S. corporation and the potential fallout if such a situation were to occur

 bill-thompson-medBill Thompson became a corporate entrepreneur early when at age 12, he started a company that bought and sold coins. By age 25 he had founded an insurance agency that became one of the largest in Oklahoma. Expanding and adding to that firm, Thompson created a financial services holding company that operated in several states plus Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and England. He later sold his interests and joined his son as an executive in a computer memory manufacturing and distribution company, which by 1995 had grown to be in the top ten nationally by sales.

 When that company sold, he decided to pursue a lifelong passion—writing archaeological thrillers. His burning interest in ancient sites, mysteries of the past, unexplained things in the jungle and stories of adventure in remote places drove him to frequent trips around the world. He has visited numerous historically significant sites, including Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, Avebury, Egypt, Petra and many ancient Olmec, Aztec and Maya cities in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

 For more information, please visit www.billthompsonbooks.com, and connect with Thompson through Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

Order of Succession can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

The Trouble with Time Travel

While I lay here wishing I could fall asleep I found myself thinking about the Minions movie. If you’ll recall the scene at the villains fair you may remember the part where a scientist kept grabbing future versions of himself to help him in the present, which then led to the original version accidentally being killed and all future ones disappearing. And that got me thinking. Let’s say I have a bowl of soup, and I want to go to the future in order to bring back the future soup so I can then have 2 bowls of soup. The problem is eventually I’m going to eat the soup and then there’s no more soup. So if I go too far into the future then there will be no soup, but if I get it too close to the present then I’ll just have a constantly disappearing bowl of soup that keeps getting snatched up in the past. But mostly the problem is the soup is going to get eaten, and so if, let’s say I have a viewing glass that let’s me see into the future, would I even be able to see said soup because the only possible future that exists for it is that it’ll be eaten. Even if I decided I wouldn’t eat it until I brought a future version of it back the future would still show it gone.

Because isn’t traveling to the future in a way like traveling to the past. I mean of course we’ve all heard of the butterfly effect. Step on a butterfly you alter the future. So any events we might experience in the future or things we may bring back from the future would alter our present self which would change the future’s past that had been the time-line that led to the future we experienced that would no longer exist to be there for us to go to to alter our present.

Besides even the butterfly effect for our past doesn’t really make sense. It’s like the movie The Time Machine. In it the man builds a time machine to go into the past to save his fiancé, but while he’s able to alter the past in where she dies or how she dies, the fact is she always dies the same night, because if she never died he would’ve never built the machine to go back to save her. In other words we can’t change the past in such a way that would’ve kept us from going back in time to begin with. So no matter whichever direction you travel in you would create a paradox that would prevent all reasons for your travel or keep you from traveling to begin with.

In fact the only way I can see time travel existing is if it’s already a part of our time-line. As in we travel in time to cause events that already happened. Kind of like the movie Deja Vu, where the ending may have varied but it took the time travel bits to create both outcomes to begin with. Or more simply, like The Terminator, because if the robots hadn’t sent a Terminator to the past to kill Sarah Connor the humans wouldn’t have sent Kyle Reese to the past to protect her, and they wouldn’t have hooked up to create John Connor, the whole reason the robots were after Sarah.

And these are the thoughts that keep me up at night.

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Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Muertre…

Q and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels.

Except these rebels have been brainwashed, conditioned to be blind followers.

Q quickly learns of the Elders’ new plan for her – she is to become their warrior, to reunite the Vrai and Sixth Domiciles with purity, love, and unwavering faith. But to Q, she’ll be undoing everything she and the rebels fought for.

Now Q and B must fight to survive once more, forced to forge new alliances with strangers who promise nothing is as it seems. But surviving comes with a choice – follow the Elders and quash the Revolution, or defy them and free the people, putting B’s and Grandmother’s lives at risk.

In a place where the fire of rebellion is extinguished at every turn, can Q continue to be the spark that fuels the Revolution?

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Robert Wintner has been INTERVIEWED!!!

RW jpeg1.      What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

            Robert Wintner. RobertWintner.com  I’m on Facebook.

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

            Reef photography

3.       How long have you been writing? How many books have you written? They don’t have to be published.

            50 years. About 20 or 22, mostly fiction but including 5 volumes of reef photos with narrative insights on fish society, species status, and reef recovery.

4.      What genres do you like writing the most? And why? Is this genre the same as the one you prefer to read?

            Fiction, obviously. The reef photo books come very easily, with the material calling out for narrative.

5.      Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…

            Many great writers through history died young, failing to see or unable to respond to the rigors of mental stress. I have two books coming out in a three month span and two more ready to go in 2017. I’m pooped. I don’t take notes on quirks like I used to, but I still jot down the odd moment.A-California-Closing - jpeg

6.      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?

            Never an outline. Always an idea. Sometimes they go nowhere or lead merrily along to a dead end. But usually they roll over a horizon or two and come full circle to where they can resolve. Character drives story for me—the oddballs of literature know what to do.

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

            I am a devout stylist in the Strunk & White mode. Very few current writers edit and rewrite adequately. Reading a manuscript too many times makes it blurry. The hard lesson is to set it aside, most often for months, for a new view with new perception down the road. That’s where the best changes are made.

8.      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?

            Writers are now expected to buzz around social media calling out “Read me!” I hate it and most of the time will not join the chorus that rises to a crescendo of deafening white noise.

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

            Get a camera. Make sure you would not be better off in photography.

The Vrai Domicile COVER REVEAL!!!

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The Vrai Domicile  by  Courtney Ruggles

Coming August 24th, 2016

Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Muertre

Q and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels.

Except these rebels have been brainwashed, conditioned to be blind followers.

Q quickly learns of the Elders’ new plan for her – she is to become their warrior, to reunite the Vrai and Sixth Domiciles with purity, love, and unwavering faith. But to Q, she’ll be undoing everything she and the rebels fought for.

Now Q and B must fight to survive once more, forced to forge new alliances with strangers who promise nothing is as it seems. But surviving comes with a choice – follow the Elders and quash the Revolution, or defy them and free the people, putting B’s and Grandmother’s lives at risk.

In a place where the fire of rebellion is extinguished at every turn, can Q continue to be the spark that fuels the Revolution?

Book 2 in The Sixth Domicile Series by Courtney Ruggles!

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In Harm’s Way COVER REVEAL!!!

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In Harm’s Way  by  M. H. Snowy

Coming June 1st, 2016

Nightmares or waking dreams? Only the keeper of the Legend knows…and it’s up to him to keep them from Harm!

By day, Jeffery is the best friend of Montague the magician. By night, he’s the powerful warrior, Harm, The Legend, who leads a band of Berserkers—ridding the land of evil while saving villages by the score. Only Montague knows the villagers also have to cough up a hefty pouch of coin for the privilege of being rescued!

All Jeffery knows is he has no memory of any battle he fights. Under the Spirit of Lohocla, he awakens the morning after the battle barely able to think for the pain in his skull and the lethargy in his body. The more Jeffery tries to discover his lost memories, the vaguer Montague becomes until it’s too late not to tell the truth—at least part of it. But how could Jeffery ever imagine his entire life may be smoke and mirrors…just ephemeral fragments of dreams?

IN HARM’S WAY– enter a world of magic, mayhem, and mystery you may never be able to leave…if the Spirit of Lohocla captures you in its embrace!

Sexism vs. Realism

I just finished There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo, a book I absolutely loved. After writing up my own review I couldn’t help but see what others had said, and to my surprise many hated it, mostly because many deemed it sexist. At first I was very worried. Had I missed something? Am I one of those women that somehow brush such offenses under the rug as just how things are? I would surely hate to think so. After all, I’m a woman who was a mechanic in the Air Force, not exactly a stereotype of what’s expected of women. I’m all for women being brave and strong, of pursuing whatever dream they have. Whether that’s being a warrior or a stay at home mom. But that’s the problem isn’t it. Too often we expect for women in literature to play the roles that have so often been designated for men in order to prove our equality. Having the women work in the kitchen and the men going to battle is just sexist right? Does it matter if in reality that is how things might would be, we’re not talking about reality, we’re talking about how things should be. This is our battle cry that women can do anything a man can do, heck we can do it better. But really? Is this true? Is it fair?

In the book the world had come to a virtual utopia. People could literally be anything they want to be. I’m talking from mermaids to unicorns. They could play anywhere all over there world, they could pretend to exist in any time, and some picked up hobbies like farming and welding and mining like dwarves if they wanted too. But more so most partied and just enjoyed life. Then a war breaks out and the power that controlled these things that allowed them to live the perfect life went offline throwing them back to basically medieval times. They have to build their society from the ground up, and protect their homes with what they can, usually meaning swords and lances. This leads to what several people are upset over, mostly there are men fighting the wars, and the women fall to cooking and weaving, though they seem to overlook the fact they’re the doctors also. They see this as sexist, but it’s realistic.

Right now a woman can do whatever she wants, and yet a very small percentage chooses to go into the military. Is that bad? Should we demand that more women go in, or should we just accept that that life isn’t for everyone? But once more, we’re talking about characters that suddenly have none of the comforts we do so right now, such as birth control. Many women ended up pregnant before they realized the technology that was keeping them from getting knocked up isn’t working. And even those that weren’t yet knew that if they didn’t abstain they’d end up pregnant, and while pregnant women work in our military, that’s not very feasible for people who are marching across undeveloped terrain to fight in a bloody war. Even so there were those in the book that chose to join the military. That wanted to prove they were just as tough as anyone else, and they fought in the battles and some even led the troops. And the percentage added up to about the same as what currently exists in our own world.

More so, for a group of people who were used to relaxing and having fun, how many would want to pick up the harder tasks, and how many would have the skills to do so? And someone has to do the weaving and the cooking. People act like the women are shunted off to do woman’s work, but keeping people fed and clothed is just as vital if not more than protecting them from possible attack. Because the attack may or may not come, but everyone gets hungry and cold every day. Besides, no matter which a way you slice it, only women have babies, and only women can breast feed a baby when there’s no such things a formula any more. So if that’s the case for a people to thrive and grow women have to be able to be in a situation to have children and care for them. That’s not sexist, that’s reasonable. They’re precious and need to be protected. We live in a world now that is set up for women to have kids and work. We have daycares, and baby formula, and so many things that make such easier. But if such things weren’t available, would we still expect women to go and work and do the same things men do while also at the same time having kids and care for them? That’s unreasonable and putting way more work on women than men.

In the end my point is that sometimes we’re too hasty to call things sexist. That equality doesn’t mean everything is perfectly 50/50. In the book everyone went through the same training program and everyone made their choices, which seems pretty equal to me. But also, you shouldn’t hold a group of people against our own standards when their own situation is so vastly different than ours. While fiction is there to push the boundaries and dream up new possibilities, it should also hold onto a bit of realism to ground it. It has to make sense, whether it seems fair or not.

Aliens vs Germs

So I was thinking about War of the Worlds today, go with either the movie or the book, in the end it is germs that kill the aliens, because they had no immunity. I know folks that said that was lame, a total cop out, but thinking about it today it really does kind of make sense. I mean a large portion of the Native Americans that lived here when European settlers came over were wiped out by germs. Sicknesses that they had no immunity too, and that’s dealing with people who live on the same planet as each other. I’ve seen this dealt with in other science fiction stories. I’m currently reading Vorpal Blade by John Ringo (2nd in the Looking Glass series), and while getting ready to go into space they’re inoculated with one of those nice unknown shots that is basically supposed to hopefully protect them from whatever might be out there. Even in Agents of Shield episode FZZT from season 1 had humans getting infected by an alien virus that is carried through skin cells left behind on a Chitauri helmet. So it’s not like this isn’t something considered and dealt with in the science fiction world.

However, like really thinking about this, shouldn’t that be the number one issue that we would have to over come if we ever were to go out into space, or if aliens ever really came here. Although, that’s something that was also sort of explained in The Host by Stephenie Meyer. There the aliens abducted people in order to cure their illnesses so they wouldn’t have to worry about it, though that was more so their host bodies would be healthy, since they’re a parasite. So I’m not sure if that really had anything to do with their own immunity, but would make sense for alien abductions before invasion. Regardless, if we ever do make it out into space, wouldn’t any habitable planet be full of microbes that could infect us. Things we have no immunity for. Would any existing microbes carry over even if we terraformed a planet?

Heck, right now our antibiotics are beginning to fail against the sicknesses we currently have here on Earth. How could we ever truly prepare for whatever may be out there? We are often so afraid of the aliens that may exist if we started traveling the stars, but shouldn’t we be more worried about all the tiny things that could crawl under our skin into our veins and kill us from the inside out. The next thought is could it jump species? Germs do here, it might take a bit for it to adapt and become something that can infect us, but after a while it’ll get us before we can get it. Screw aliens beings, alien germs are what freak me out.

300 Writing Prompts

300 writing promptsSo I usually dismiss such books. I mean it’s not like I need an idea for a book, and the prompts within are rather silly. “You are the wind’s interpreter. What is it saying?” or “Write a diary entry, dated 10 years in the future.” and so on… It’s almost laughable they’re so ridiculous. The sort of thing my teacher might’ve asked me to write on as a morning assignment in the 6th grade.

But then again I’ve been in a bad writing slump. No real ideas, and just reading over what I got and editing a little, but nothing new to add. And so while perusing Barnes&Nobles for books I don’t need, I came across this book. They also had a version with 500 writing prompts, but I figured I’d pace myself. And while I’m not suddenly flowing with ideas (I’ve only filled out a few anyway), the fact is they are fun, and they do keep me writing something.

They’re not the sort of prompts to get you off writing great literature, they’re juvenile at best, but that kind of makes them fun. Getting you to think about stuff in a different way, and wondering about unusual stuff like what the wind might be saying. So if you’re stuck and bored then perhaps a book of frivolous stimulus may just be the way to go.