Sticks and Stones: A Cameron Stone Action Thriller

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1667847694/

Raines, a protector, manages to get his client to safety from the fatal blast. However, this will cost him everything. As despair creeps in, so does solitude, training… and thoughts of revenge. So, he seeks out Tosh, a Japanese Master Martial Artist, and seeks purpose in life, to find himself and the truth.

Cameron Stone, also a protector, finds himself called away on protection assignments. Although his security details grow more complex and deadly, he's not the kind to back down from a challenge, and failure isn't an option.

Leaving his girlfriend, Sara behind isn't easy. She, in turn, trains in Martial Arts and Parkour and stands behind her love.

Three very different people on very similar paths discover that life has winners and life has losers; sometimes, we lose everything in the blink of an eye only to spend eternity thinking about that one moment…

Age of Conflict (Author Interview)

  

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Can you tell us a little about Age of Conflict?

The title was derived from the fact that the book takes place in the years leading up to the Civil War.  The book itself is going to be part of a series, with this book being the first and then 2-3 more going through the timelines.  Pre-Civil War, Civil War, Post-Civil War.  Just as America was entering an age of conflict, so was the main character, Garit Hotzmire.  The pre-teen through teenage years are quite conflicting in establishing your identity.  Through a pending war, loss of loved ones around you, and love interests and it gets interesting, to say the least.

What motivated you to write the book?

My professional career spanned 25 years in the healthcare sector, and throughout that time, I cared for people with both physical and mental hardships.  The genesis for the book came from imagining how hard it would be for someone with physical or mental limitations to function in historical times.  The ability to function in today’s world is vastly more accommodating than in times past.  Literally, the difference in life or death is due to the physical demands of functioning each and every day.  Riding a horse, plowing a field, chopping firewood, harvesting your food, or simply surviving in an often lawless society.  Then, add an impending War and the likely hood of being forced to fight.  The main character in this book was born premature, so he would be described as small, sickly, and weak in physical stature.  But his mind was his strong point, and his Mother knew it had to be in order for him to survive and prosper.  I wanted to show people that although this world is very cruel and harsh to those with issues, with love, support, and determination, we can adapt and succeed.  And that hope is a powerful force.

What type of reader did you write the book for?

Someone who likes historical fiction novels.  Stories from our past that weave in history so that, hopefully, we can learn and grow from our past victories and mistakes.

Can you tell us a little about Garit?

Garit is a precocious and very smart young man.  Having been born premature and not expected to live, he has faced physical and health related challenges most of his life.  Being smaller, weaker, and less physically able than the other kids around him.  He and his mother realize that in order for him to succeed and prosper in the harsh world of the Mid-1800s, he would have to sharpen his mind.  And thankfully, he was a very smart and adaptable student.  Education was his refuge, as well as his hope for a better future.  Often the last picked to complete any physical task or endeavor, he excelled in school and had a knack for mathematics.  This became a valuable tool for him as he grew into a young man.

How long did it take you to write Age of Conflict?

Approximately a year.  During the mid part of the year, my father became very ill and passed away.  Cancer and other related issues.  He was placed on Hospice for several months during that time, and he obviously, took precedence over writing.  I did discuss the book with him on several occasions and he was very keen to read it once completed.  Unfortunately, he passed on Feb. 1st of, 2022.   I took several more months off from writing as to lose my hero was shattering.  Grief overwhelmed my spirit to really do anything.  But, I knew he would want me to move on, complete my tasks and achieve my lifelong goal of writing a book.  So in July of this past year, I buckled down and wrote the remaining 70,000 or  so words to complete the story. 

How did you come up with the title for the book?

Really just a good description of the Civil War era, Garit’s conflict in his teen years, and then the subtitle: innocence lost, also a very good description of what happened to everyone during that horrible time frame of our country.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Age of Conflict?

Sticking to my original storyline.  You have an idea when you start writing about the book, and its path, but during the process, you see so many other ways to take it.  Some are good, some not so good.  Then, having to finally make a decision on which one to choose, hoping that your reader will approve of the outcome.  Tough to do, but I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I have a weekly Podcast called Nobody’s Fault But Mine, a Youtube Channel about cars, trucks and anything automotive-related, several small businesses, and my wife and I flip homes.  I retired about three years ago from my professional career with the intent on doing things I have always wanted to do.  Things that allow more creativity but also push me physically and mentally beyond what I thought I would be doing at 49 years of age.  It’s been really fun. 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Podcast link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/2058656

YouTube Channel: @epiccars

 


YOUR CHARACTER IS YOUR CROWN: CHARACTER IS DESTINY


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Character is a major thought that carries a ton of implications to mind. As people, we invest a great deal of energy pondering how character is assembled and estimated. Everybody attempts to characterize this thing called Character. It's not hard. Nobody works deliberately on their personality and this is a misstep. Character is making the right decision while no one's looking.


Spending time and energy dealing with our strengths and shortcomings is time very well spent! Building character is very important. Individuals develop through experience if they meet life sincerely and fearlessly, for example, your habitual contemplations, such additions will be the character of your psyche; for the spirit is colored by the thoughts. This is how a character is built because character is not something you were brought into the world with and can't change, similar to your thumbprints. It's something you weren't brought into the world with and should get a sense of responsibility with framing.

A character can't be created effortlessly and calmly. Always act certainly, communicate your thoughts, have confidence in yourself, and don't go out and search for a fruitful character and copy it. A great character is a higher priority than riches, good looks, popularity, and even schooling. These things don't ensure satisfaction and frequently they become obstructions to developing a good character. Nothing about the character is genetic. Everybody, paying little heed to the social foundation, monetary status, race, or gender, enter the world with an equivalent chance to turn into an individual incredible or unimportant person.

What Happens After Sunset (Author Interview)

  

https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/dp/B0BSCKYV34/

What Happens After Sunset looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

What Happens After Sunset is a book that I first came up with about four years ago. However, it is only recently, two years ago recently, that I started to really write on it. It tells of Temperance’s journey from a broken woman to that of being the woman she is destined to be. We all face hurdles in life. We all fall down. It’s important to know that it’s okay to need help. It’s important to know that you are not a failure for needing others to help you carry your burdens. If the world is crushing you beneath its weight, seek help. Never give up your fight for the life you deserve. A life filled with happiness and love.

How many books do you have planned for the series?

I have four written so far. I am currently in the editing phase of the next three. As I’ve been writing for about fifteen years now, I have over a hundred stories in various stages written about that universe as well. I hope that my experience in publishing my first book will help me get my next ones out much faster. I would like to have at least two more if not three out by the end of this year.

Can you tell us a little about Temperance?

Temperance is a woman worn down by the world. I know her story is not all that uncommon in stories but she is a woman who has all but given up on all her dreams. She is still very much her mother’s daughter though and with a little help from those who love and care for her, she will find her wings once more and fly.

A Scourge of Innocence: Book One: The War Orphan Trilogy

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1735062464/

"The OUTSIDERS meets GOODFELLAS!"


A Life of Crime Begins With the First Hit.

Francis may be a little different than most kids his age. He hates maths in school, yet loves counting the money he hustles playing chess in the park with his vagrant friend, Marsden. And though he's prone to finding trouble by skipping work at his dad's restaurant, his life is pretty boring otherwise. Until the night a New Orleans Mafiosi shows up at his doorstep with some news that will change Francis's life forever. 


K.M. Woods takes you on a dark journey through the eyes of a forsaken teenager who's founded by the mafia in New Orleans in the first book of the next ICONIC mafia tale. THE WAR ORPHAN TRILOGY.

The Game of Murder (Author Interview)

 

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0BPW3JH7D

Can you tell us a little about The Game of Murder?

 Scarlet Lane has been living a double life.

The downside? It comes with secrets that sometimes gets her into trouble. The upside? Her best friend, Quinn Monroe, is right there along for the ride, willing to be a part of all her adventures; especially when they involve murder. So when Quinn invites Scarlet on a murder mystery weekend to a secluded lodge tucked beneath the Rocky Mountains, she jumps at the chance to take a break from her secret life. But when the game of murder takes a sudden leap from fiction into reality, Scarlet finds herself smack dab in the middle of a mystery as suspect number one.

Now, spending the entire weekend with a troupe of lovable (and not so lovable) characters, Scarlet has to piece together clues that point to the real killer before it’s too late.

What motivated you to write the book?

I love murder mysteries! Movies, books, tv shows…there’s nothing more satisfying then an unexpected twist or jaw-dropping ending that I don’t see coming. When I’m not watching movies or reading novels, I love to write…so, I figured I should probably combine my two loves and write a murder mystery.

Can you tell us a little about Scarlet Lane?

Scarlet tends to be a little hard on herself and not as confident as her successful career would suggest; however, her awkward demeanor and lovable sense of humor draws us in, compelling us to cheer her on.

How long did it take you to write The Game of Murder?

Thinking it would be a great time to write a novel, I decided to begin writing The Game of Murder during covid and had it published in December 2022. It took me longer than expected, but I truly enjoyed the journey with the characters in the book and really looked forward to spending time with them each day.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

 I had the title for the book before I began writing. Once I had the title, the rest just fell into place.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Game of Murder?

I think the most challenging part of writing a murder mystery is making sure the clues sprinkled throughout the story are not too obvious. Not only do you want readers to be caught up in the story of the protagonist, but you also want them invested enough in the puzzle to search for clues and solve the crime themselves.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Besides reading (I have three books on the go right now), I love to bake…it relaxes me when I need to unplug from my laptop for a while. There’s nothing like freshly baked cinnamon buns and a cup of strong coffee to inspire one to write.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.ca/Game-Murder-Scarlet-Mystery-delightful-ebook/dp/B0BQ2627P5/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2SWWPGN0DIFDY&keywords=the+game+of+murder&qid=1673128052&sprefix=,aps,188&sr=8-1

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Madam Rhino - Troubled Waters: A Graphic Novel (Author Interview)




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Madam Rhino - Troubled Waters: A Graphic Novel  by Chris Lewis is an exciting story. So Chris tell us about the book.

Well as the title suggests it’s a comic. Angela Adisa is a secret agent (Agent Grey) who uses cruise holidays as a mission cover. Unfortunately, in this story, she is surprised by her family joining her ‘on holiday’. How can she complete her mission while her family are aboard and avoid them finding out she’s an agent? A bit of silliness where age is just a number.

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

In the future, ‘the when’ will depend on my interest and recovery from writing this story. I may do the original story to explain how Angela Adisa was recruited by the secret organisation called the Bridge Club. It has been four years in the making. I found it a lot harder than writing a traditional story of words. This was because I had to think about what the characters looked like and the scenes' content - I loved it!

 

What inspired the idea for your book?

I’m fortunate to have friends from the older generation who have been retired for decades. Most are sharp and very witty. Some of them are also a bit grumpy, and I love them no less than the ones who are jolly. One of my older friends commented that they were not represented in comics and that printed books were too time-consuming to read. So I thought, why not represent it in a comic? So I wrote the book and then used that as a basis for the comic.

I connected with a brilliant illustrator called Toisen from Brazil. Some of my older friends were not used to reading comics but chuckled at my prototypes, so I continued.

 

Can you tell us a little about Agent Adisa?

Angela is also a granny, master hugger and part-time secret agent. She was recruited as a secret agent in her eighties. Angela also has some superhero powers currently being explored, aka the nickname Madam Rhino. However, Angela prefers to use her secret agent skills and knowledge from being a retired scientist to complete missions.

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

The fight scenes were the hardest but also the most fun.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I can, I sleep and eat good food. I also write technical and business semi-fictional story guide books starring the Carnsa family in non-office situations. Angela’s daughter is called Claudia Carnsa.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

www.madamrhino.com

www.booksbychrislewis.com

The Day Terror Died (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0BQH24YVX/

The Day Terror Died looks like an exciting story. Can you tell us a little about it?

Imagine three innocent young people in a fantasy world who are thrust into the middle of the complex and deadly machinations of several powerful factions all maneuvering to take control of the youngest of the three, a 12 year old girl with rare and valuable psychic abilities. If this were not complicated enough, the girl bonded with a powerful, bad tempered dragon over their experiences of mutual loss when she was a child. Now knowledge of the young adolescent's powers is seeping out.

Some want to protect her, some want to use her and some she just doesn't know, but to stay free, protect her loved ones and get the answers about her past she desperately wants, she will need all the help she can get!


How many books do you have planned for the series?

The main story will take five books to tell, I believe, and there are some related side stories about some of the characters that I would also like to tell. After that, who knows?

That’s an amazing cover. Can you tell us a little about it?

Early in the process of writing, I came the across the picture of a little girl standing right in front of a ferocious-looking dragon, looking calm. I already had the scene of Charnel meeting the dragon in my mind, so when the time came to commission a cover, I showed the artist, Kitt Lapena, that picture as a starting point. I also wanted the two older boys looking on and two adult groups watching from the clouds, hovering over them all like shadows. I like effect that he came up with for the metaphor of Charnel's situation.



What inspired the idea for your book?

This story began as 10,000 word short story way back around 1997 and I can't even remember what initially inspired me to write beyond that I had this story locked up inside of me that was determined to open me up and let all of these words out. When I finally released them, I cannot tell you what a relief it was.

Can you tell us a little about Charnel?

I'd love too! When the story begins, Charnel is vivacious youngster enthralled with nature and all things in it. She and her older brother, Justhien are orphans. Their father was killed in an enemy raid a couple years earlier and their mother was kidnapped during the same raid and is assumed to be dead as well. The two youngsters are being raised by their Uncle, who is a wealthy mill owner in the tiny village of Forest Dell. Charnel loves her brother, he

The Life of a Quarantined Teen (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09TB354BY/

The Life of a Quarantined Teen looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

It’s a story about a year that is all to familiar to us, 2020. While it may seem like such long time ago, it was that year that tested us as a species but ultimately led us to where we are in our lives today. So this story is about a teenage boy who is transitioning to high school by the end of the year. With an interruption to his last year, his whole life gets disrupted. From then on, he goes on quests that break the rules of quarantine, but also allow him to experience freedom in such a stressful time.

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

I think so, it wasn’t originally the plan, but I want to see where Jake’s journey takes me. He is such a dynamic and interesting character that I want to further explore.

 

How long did it take you to write The Life of a Quarantined Teen?

Including the writings, the first draft, the illustrations and the act of publishing, it was a long year and a half before it was available to customers.

 

What inspired you when writing The Life of a Quarantined Teen?

I was sitting home and me and my younger brother were thinking about a book character that could have lived in 2020, given the circumstances. Because we had created the whole backstory of the character in that one sitting, we decided that we couldn’t let this idea fade. So, we decided to start typing

 

Can you tell us a little about Jake?

He is a 15 year old boy who is a backbencher, a street smart, sneaky and smart-ass. He relies on his friends a lot and his older brother to help him and/or join him in his crazy plans. His parents are completely oblivious, because like any teenager, he would not tell them what’s going on.

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I definitely found the 4th chapter fun to write. The drawings were not only challenging, but the context of the story itself at that point was really engaging.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Life of a Quarantined Teen?

I mostly found the ending challenging. It was difficult to wrap up such a crazy year for my character and to try to leave the audience with a feeling of joy having read the book. It was also difficult to start the story out. It wasn’t simple but it ended up working out for my character. 

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I love to do photography, aerial photography, painting, YouTube videos, and sometimes if I’m feeling it, math homework. But I also like developing story ideas for other projects I want to take up in the future.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

If ty go to my Instagram, @applejuiceizay_official, and my YouTube Channel, Izy409 (https://www.youtube.com/@user-xo4fj5cu5r), they can be in the loop about all my work. They can also visit the book’s Amazon page to buy my book.

 

How old is this author?

The author of the book is currently 16 years old.

 

How can I read this?

The Life of a Quarantined Teen is available in e-book form for those who own an Amazon Kindle and a physical copy, both available through Amazon. 

 





 

 

Rusted Synapse (Author Interview)

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BP2GWQSN

Rusted Synapse looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Sure. I like to think Rusted Synapse is what you might get if you tossed two of my favorite films, Oceans 11 and the 1995 version of Ghost in the Shell, into a blender and then sprinkled a bit of the Robert De Niro action film, Ronin, on top. It's a healthy mix of intrigue, twists and turns and kinetic action scenes that hopefully combine to help the existential philosophy discussion hiding in between the lines go down smoothly.

If we’re talking plot, Rusted Synapse is a techno-thriller set in the far flung future of 2140 where we follow one Viviana Rodriguez, a woman left for dead as an example after she was caught stealing from a powerful drug cartel. As she waits for the end, her life is spared by a shadowy organization when she agrees to join a clandestine mission to abduct a valuable prisoner from the closed state of China in exchange for her greatest desire: enough money to become human again.

You see, there’s not much left of Viviana that’s still human. In this vision of the future, the world has been stricken by an endemic disease known as “rust” that, before the events in the novel, required Vivi's body to be replaced with a human looking prosthesis to survive (think robot arm, but it's just about her entire body). Unhappy with her empty feeling life in prosthesis, Vivi engaged herself in all manner of illegal activity in order to afford a pricey clone body, which ostensibly will allow her to be human once again.

Unfortunately for Vivi, her path to humanity remains locked behind this dangerous job where she's forced to work as part of a team that includes the man who left her for dead in the first place. So, unsure of who she can trust, what at first glance appears to be this straightforward heist, unfolds into a web of conspiracy when it becomes clear someone or something doesn't want Vivi and crew to complete their mission alive. She’ll need to decide what's more important to her: her humanity or her life.

I did my best to craft a brisk reading cyberpunk tale that would be more accessible to newcomers than say Blade Runner while also still being enjoyable for anyone who's already steeped in the rain-slick streets and endless nights the genre is known for.

 

That’s a bit of a different take, having a cyborg character desiring to be human. Isn’t it usually the other way around?

Right? I wanted to do something different. I think there’s a really weird trend in the cyberpunk media where many times the characters in these stories are obsessed with, I don’t know, chopping off a limb and replacing it with a rocket launcher arm or something.

And, you know, as cool as I think rush hour would be if I had a rocket launcher for an arm to clear the road, I have absolutely zero desire to cut off one of my arms for the ability. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s probably true of most people.

Which isn’t to say I don’t like the idea of cool, futuristic robot body part replacements as an aesthetic, but rather I wanted there to be a good in-universe reason why so many people in my book would be sporting them. This is why I invented the “rust” disease for the novel. It’s a kind of antibiotic-resistant leprosy that eats body parts.