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How Ferris Wolfe Got Fired

How Ferris Wolfe Got Fired is a memorable story about the intricacies of working for a corporation, in this case it is ‘Aquatic Hobbyist.’ The novella focuses on different perspectives within the company and the building where the company resides. The different perspectives give you insight of how unhappy people actually are working for this company. I really enjoyed this evocative story and couldn’t help but empathize with Ferris. Just as soon as he had tried his best in raising the company’s numbers and then being recognized with this accomplishment, he is fired for an incident that occurs in the office. Just as he is about to rejoice in his triumph he is quickly shot down and blamed for a lot of the actions that his employees partake in.

The reality of this intriguing story is how the most dedicated workers are punished, despite their devotion to their occupation, just like Wolfe, while the others are given a pass; it’s frustrating but it is true in essence. One thing I really like about the different perspectives, or rather focus on different characters, was that it gives readers a look at people who might have had a motivation to sabotage the company. We see characters like Elena and Theo who arguably are taken advantage of as well as Imogen. They are characters who attempt to not only work but do their best and pick up the slack–arguably they are underestimated. This is a short but entertaining tale that gives insights into how a corporation might operate and it reels you in with a curious whodunit story? Who has breached the system and attempted to take down Wolfe?

How Ferris Wolfe Got Fired is a quick read that has characters you can empathize with and a puzzling riddle that makes this mystery story an engaging read!

Pages: 113 | ASIN: B08RSQVRMR

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Mariposa Mysteries

Valerie Anne Hudson
Valerie Anne Hudson Author Interview

Watch What You Wish For follows a group of friends who accidentally unleash the evil powers within an ancient Wishing Tree. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Many people are dissatisfied with some aspects of their lives, and never more so when they are teenagers. I was originally going to have the characters make their wishes at a wishing well, but then I decided that a wishing tree could be a lot more dramatic!

Sophie is an interesting and well defined character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Sophie’s a bit of a follower, tending to be easily influenced by those around her. Had she ended up hanging out with the wrong crowd after her move to Mariposa, she could have ended up in trouble again. But through pure good luck, she ended up befriending a couple of really good kids who showed her the meaning of kindness and true friendship.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The theme of friendship was the most important one. I’m always amazed by the extent to which friends can affect a person’s life choices.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

‘Watch What You Wish For’ is now the first book in the trilogy entitled ‘Mariposa Mysteries.’ I’m currently working on a YA novel that will probably be available in late March.

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The friendliness of small-town life doesn’t appeal to 12-year-old Sophie, who has recently moved to Mariposa from the big city. Despite herself, she ends up making friends with two other adventurous seventh graders. Upon their discovery of an ancient Wishing Tree, they accidentally unleash the tree’s evil powers and turn the once-thriving town of Mariposa into a shadow of its former self. As people go missing and lives are turned upside down, our unforgettable heroes are desperate to get things back to the way they were, while each unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Book One of the new Mariposa Mystery Series.

Our Decisions Define Us

Douglas Misquita
Douglas Misquita Author Interview

Trigger Point follows Luc as he must stop a terrorist plot while navigating a political and religious web of corruption as a deadly team is hunting him. What were some sources that informed this novel’s development?

I was intrigued by “The Islamist: Why I joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left” by Ed Hussain, “Radical Islam: Past, Present, and Future: What Moderate Muslims Will Not Tell you” by Anita & Vann Boseman, “God’s Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders: Reynald de Chatillon” by Jeffrey Lee, “A Common Word Between Us and You” by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, Kingdom of Jordan. There was also “The Entity: Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage” by Eric Frattini. At the time of writing, the book was prohibitively priced to the extent I asked myself, ‘Who does not want us to read this?’. All-in-all, I wanted to challenge the stereotype of a terrorist and show that everybody has a propensity for violence if not checked.

Luc Fortesque is a consistently entertaining character. What were some character motivations that you felt were important to developing him throughout the novel?

In the first book of the series, The Apocalypse Trigger, Luc is the bad guy. Readers will hate him. By the time I wrote The Immortality Trigger, he seemed like the guy I wanted to return. So I set him on this path of redemption. He’d done some pretty nasty stuff and has always attributed his life-choices to external stimuli. But at the end of the day, our decisions define us, and who we become. That became the theme and we see it resolve in Trigger Point. The bad guy finds his soul, his righteousness. Also melds with my belief that everybody is doing what they can to survive in this world.

Was there anything taken from real life and put into the story?

Plenty. All the locations, vehicles are factual. Raynald de Chattilon and Nur ad Din were sworn enemies during the crusades. The syncretism of Catholic and Maya beliefs is real as is the ritual and the construct of the typical Maya village. Zombie Deer Disease is real, as is the (questionable) research that I caught onto and used to great effect. The Swiss vaults described in the book exist and nobody knows the true extent of the wealth or secrets stored there. The Japanese Unit 731 existed and its research was co-opted by the US after WWII. The Chinese AI entity is based on fact – Western companies are indirectly providing the expertise much to the concern of their home nations. I’ve done my best to be non-offensive yet informative in my exposition of Catholism, Islam and religious trends.

This is the third book in your Luc Fortesque Adventure series. What can readers expect in book four?

Visitors to my website will observe I’m happy doing trilogies before moving on to something fresh. For now, there won’t be another Luc Fortesque book. I’ve got another hero coming up and yet another that I’m concluding in another series. Then I’m contemplating a wild prehistoric adventure. Who doesn’t ?

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Smuggling himself into Europe despite an Interpol Red Notice? Possible. Avenging a German BKA officer? Easy. Evading special ops teams hunting him for his secrets? Impossible. Things are about to get more… interesting for Luc Fortesque. An escaped terrorist threatens a landmark dialogue between Muslims and Christians. More terrifying is the theft of a bioweapon from a secret vault operated by the Holy See. That the damaging news is not public hints the weapon will be detonated. With cataclysm imminent, the world’s oldest espionage agency – the Vatican’s L’ Entity – must get Fortesque first, hoping he might possess the cure. Treachery and corruption infect the upper echelons of religion and government, and Fortesque must confront his past to be free of it. If he survives the confrontation.

The Reader Can Feel Her Pain

James E Smith
James E. Smith Jr. Author Interview

1989: What Happens When A Killer Returns For Revenge is a haunting crime thriller that follows a woman who is determined to find the man that murdered her husband. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I wanted to create this vision of accomplishment and happiness, while also providing some background for Nicole, to get the reader to feel the joy and happiness that she felt at the beginning of the book, so when she finds her husband dead, the reader can feel her pain and understand why she went on this journey.

I also, wanted show how his death not only affected her, but how it impacted his partner as well. I wanted to show that not only was Sgt Allen close to Marcus, but how he was equally, if not even closer to Nicole. The goal was to show the internal struggle as he dealt with not only the death of his friend, but also the re-emergence of the Penny Murderer, and a new partner who doesn’t trust him.

Nicole is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?

She is a combination of both fictional characters and people I know. I wanted her to be both strong and vulnerable. I wanted to showcase her strength and determination, while also showing that she is a “real” person, hopefully creating someone that readers could relate to. I wanted her to be a “normal” person, someone readers would leave saying, I know someone like her or could see how she could be real. This was the same model I applied to all my characters.

I enjoyed the mystery at the heart of this story. Was the mystery planned or did it develop organically while writing?

It was a combination of the two. I started with a general outline, it was pretty basic, because I didn’t want to write myself in a corner. I wanted to give myself the ability to adapt the story as I went along. The story ended up playing out in real life. Every event that occurred, did so from the characters perspective. I tried to immerse myself in them and take on their behaviors and tell their story not how I thought it should, but how I thought they would react and act.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am working on the follow-up to 1989: What Happens When A Killer Returns For Revenge. This was just the beginning, there is still so much more left of the story to be told. It will potentially be available towards the end of the year.

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For three years a serial killer known as the Penny Murderer terrified Monroe, Georgia. His signature was leaving a note on the body starting with “A penny for your thoughts.” Detective Mike Allen and his team tracked down and arrested Samuel Johnson for twelve murders. Throughout the trial and even after his conviction Johnson always proclaimed his innocence. The controversial trial divided the city, and things exploded when he was found dead in his cell shortly afterward. A cover-up?
Old ghosts are awakened almost thirty years later when Allen’s original partner on the Johnson case, Marcus Jones, is found dead. Attorney Nicole Jones, Marcus’s wife, starts to be suspected of his murder, so she goes on a dark journey to find out who really killed her husband and why. She experiences a roller coaster of emotions upon learning that both he and former partner Mike Allen had kept many disturbing secrets from her.
Meanwhile, Allen’s own investigation takes him in a different direction as he tries to solve who murdered Marcus, all while dealing with a new partner who not only questions his every move, but also the actions taken during the original investigation. Is this a new killer? Or did they get it wrong all those years ago and send an innocent man to jail…?
In this page-turning novel, complex characters and unexpected plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out what will happen next.

Trigger Point

Trigger Point: A Luc Fortesque Adventure by [Douglas Misquita]

The third Installation of the Luc Fortesque series, Trigger Point by Douglas Misquita is an action-packed thriller. The novel follows the journey of Luc, who has acquired secret knowledge about an impending terrorist conspiracy. Forces are sent to get hold of Luc, as his knowledge puts the Holy See under the criminal radar. A former agent Raymond Garrett is on a mission to expose the EI Fantasma, but the drug mafia also has some plans in store for Garrett. Now the question is, will they be able to pierce through the veneer of rampant internal corruption, barbarism, and history of betrayal? Or will they be defeated in the face of intense corruption within the government and religious bodies? 

Douglas Misquita’s use of lucid language complements this intricately woven story. Trigger Point does an amazing job at keeping the reader glued to the pages from the beginning till the very end with action that is easy to follow and a story line that is deeply intriguing. Although the novel contains a plot that can easily stand on its own, you should definitely check out the previous two novels in the same series–The Apocalypse Trigger and The Immortality Trigger. Written in the same vein as the works of Dan Brown, this story aptly captures the nuanced deception running through various international, political and religious institutions.

This is an action thriller written for action thriller fans. It contains all the high points I wanted in a high stakes crime fiction novel, and one of the best character developments I’ve seen in a series in this genre. There are multiple twists throughout, leading to a tense reading experience. However, the incidents, while highly entertaining, are still grounded in reality, possibly due to the thoughtful descriptions and exposition throughout the novel. The author has brilliantly executed an array of ideas into a comprehensive whole, utilizing a unique writing flair that I’ve come to expect in Douglas Misquita’s novels.

Combine the intricate nature of Dan Brown novels, add the intensity and political web of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series, with the world building of Michael Crichton and I think you’ll understand what Trigger Point has to offer readers. The characters in the novel are as intriguing as the storyline itself. Never for a moment, did I feel that these are not real-life human characters. They come alive with their virtues and vices combined, giving them a human touch. The author has put extra attention towards the development of each character, making them even more appealing to the readers. 

The complex yet easy-flowing storyline, the rounded characters, and the infusion of action make Trigger Point an enthralling read that immerses readers in a tumultuous world full of adventure.

Pages: 417 | ASIN: B08S7Q8JSD

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To the North

To the North by Evan L. Grove is the first book in The Awakener duology, a fantasy story set in a land full of magic and diverse creatures of many races. From powerful giants to talking cats, prepare to see an intricate world filled with history and realistic characters.

Emily Lee is a young woman without magical powers, which is strange for someone of her race. Despite this, as her father gets stuck in the capital of Odelia after the occurrence of some catastrophic events, Emily will try to do everything in her power to save him and get him home. She meets Lehksi Olent, one of the Scriptors, a very talented magician that uses her abilities to investigate weird occurrences around the country and fight dark powers. She and her young brother Marty, a cat-like creature known as a Haesees, are going to see themselves surrounded by trouble as they try to complete Lehksi’s latest job. Follow the adventures of Emily, Lehksi and Marty, as they travel all around the country to find some answers about the terrible things that are happening and try to defeat a new evil that’s starting to awaken and cause disruption all around the land.

Where should I start? This book is simply amazing. Creative, imaginative and unique. The story is intriguing and complex. The world depicted has many details that the author took the time to develop well: the magic system, the many characters and its different races, the political tension and its history; there were just so many things and they fit the story perfectly and were well explained to the reader. It takes some time to fully understand what’s really happening and how the world works, but the wait is completely worth it, it just lets you breathe in the world little by little, which allows you to be immersed in it as the story progresses. This intricate world building and deep lore reminds me the masterful worldbuilding done by George R. R. Martin.

This book was an adventure, and I can say I enjoyed it a lot. Each character has its strengths and weaknesses, I just loved how complex each of them were. The overall plot is also very intricate, and it was great getting to find out with each chapter new things about the world and about the story that was being told. Also, the storytelling is incredible, the author kept me glued to the page, I just wanted to know what was going to happen next, to the world and to the characters that I had started to feel attached to.

To the North by Evan L. Grove is a compelling dark fantasy novel filled with intriguing characters and a magical storyline that will appeal to readers looking for an epic fantasy novel. I can’t wait to read the next book in this duology to find out what comes next!

Pages: 389 | ASIN: B08P95R798

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Tragic Consequences

Rob Lockett
Rob Lockett Author Interview

Resurrection follows a man that is overtaken by a demonic antagonist. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

I have always been a fan of the supernatural and tragedies, through books and film, and the way they reflect societal issues. A major influence of particular significance has been the Tragedy of Doctor Faustus, where the protagonist enters into a pact- or a deal that is too good to be true. I feel as readers we have to question the motives for someone to sell their soul. Is it for the pursuit of greater power, like Dr Faustus? Or is it an act of desperation or vengeance? Does the character have nothing to lose? In answering these questions in the supernatural I feel that we are on a path to self-discovery. The journey of self discovery for the character of Adam follows a downward spiral that ultimately causes him to feel the need for reciprocity, but with tragic consequences.

The Dark Passenger is an intriguing character with a unique voice. What were some driving ideals behind the character’s development?

The dark passenger idea originally comes from the Jeff Lindsay Dexter novels, though in Resurrection it reflects the swirling influence of the voice that overtakes the subconscious. What starts as an inner monologue quickly develops into something far more sinister. The dark passenger also symbolises our own personal inner demons and the voice we create from a history of depression and anxiety, clouding our sense of self. The growing power of the dark passenger in Resurrection ultimately takes over like the Hulk with Bruce Banner, leaving the real self in the backseat, taken hostage as they bear witness to all manner of indescribable evil.

In developing the transition into the dark passenger, I was also exploring the idea behind cells and cell mutations, and if cells can regenerate or change their genetic information. Imagine if they completely change to create a completely different entity within a person. Would it be a complete transformation? Or would they hold onto past memories?

Again, I’m hoping by posing these questions that readers can do some navel gazing and ponder the significance of their own sense of identity.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Themes that were crucial to the novel relate to the importance of how power corrupts and how evil often manifests by preying on weaker minds. The novel also involves the process of Self-discovery, which can also be both frightening or rewarding depending on perspective and the events that affect the individual, For instance , the characters of Adam and Sarah are vastly different and have shaped a very unique path for each to follow. Do these destinies converge at the end like a Robert Frost poem? you decide. It also thematically follows both the path of self-destruction one can find themselves on, while also allowing the classic clash between good and evil.

Another crucial theme is about how we can idolise or make terrible choices under desperation. In Resurrection, no characters are perfect. The original protagonist is deeply flawed and the dark passenger at times can be strangely charming or empathetic at times despite enacting acts of atrocity. It is often in their desperation that all characters show who they truly are.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Despite the insistence by my wife Chivonne that I should write a traditional crime novel (a side project), I’m currently working on a YA fantasy novel in the style of Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Name of the Wind, etc.

The working title is called The Way of the Guardians and it focuses on the fantasy world of Celesk where a group of people called The Guardians have to fight for survival and to prevent the world order from descending into one of chaos and evil. I’m determined not to write lengthy passages about Characters that hike for miles on end; rather it starts off with an epic battle, a siege and very much a tense chase style thriller as the heroes avoid the great might of the villainous Valezk and his vast army.

There’s also some dedication and subversion to the original Hero’s Journey as the heroes debate their own existence, along with the villains. Like the force in Star Wars, there is also a completely new religion or ideology in The Way of the Guardians.

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In the beginning there was Adam…. A world-weary global backpacker working as a bartender in Southern England; his life starts to take a series of downward turns and his thoughts start to become dark, very dark. Supernatural forces are circling Adam and he makes a deal that will see him play host to one of the most demonic antagonists to grace the pages of History. His world is quickly overtaken as he bears witness to a series of encounters that will set off a chain of terrifying events in both the UK and the USA. Adam quickly learns the terrifying ease in which humanity can ultimately be corrupted.

A new leader rises in a religious cult that has waged war against a foreign enemy. Is this the same man?

Sarah is an undercover operative tasked with infiltrating this infamous cult. What will she uncover and will she be too late to stop the monstrous plans of this cult leader?

1989: What Happens When A Killer Returns For Revenge

Nicole Jones has her work cut out for her. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she has managed to achieve great things and has done so despite the tragedies that haunt her. When she loses her husband, the secrets they have been hiding for years begin to rise to the surface and threaten Nicole’s very future. A murderer has made an appearance and seems hell bent on ruining the lives of everyone associated with a case from the past. Nicole, lonely and confused but determined, makes it her mission to find out who is behind these copycat killings and who stole her husband from her.

James Smith’s 1989: What Happens When a Killer Returns for Revenge, takes readers on a thrill ride that unfolds over decades and through the lives of everyone involved with the Penny Murders. The trail of despair left by these murders has inched its way into the lives of Nicole, her husband Marcus and everyone around them.

Right out of the gate, Smith hits the mark with this fantastic thriller. I enjoy a mystery with as little fluff as possible, and Smith delivers that and much more. This dark and engaging thrill ride draws readers into the lives of Nicole and Detective Howard. The steps the two take to find out who is responsible for killing Nicole’s husband are extensive and keep readers on their toes. When I can predict the killer in the first half of a book, I am disappointed to say the least. Smith, however, has managed to keep me guessing to the very last page–definitely a page-turner.

Smith’s characters are written with an intensity that keeps readers invested in every move they make, and he balances their appearances well throughout the plot. I appreciated the glimpses into the past, and the character development moves along at a nice clip. Readers will become attached to Nicole and her plight from the first chapter of Smith’s work.

James Smith’s 1989: What Happens When a Killer Returns for Revenge is a haunting crime thriller that will appeal to murder mystery fans. While it stands as a fairly long novel at just shy of 400 pages, Smith’s writing is a quick read. Readers will find themselves devouring the mystery surrounding this new onslaught of murders. The ending of Smith’s work will leave readers guessing and, as I have become fully invested in the characters, I am hoping to see more from Smith in this series.

Pages: 392 | ASIN: B08R6G856J

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