W.K Blais

I received a free download of the first version of School of the Assassins in July 2013, read it, loved it, and began a correspondence with the author W.K. Blais at that time. Dennis and our neighbour Rodger both thought it was a terrific read, as well. (Wendy also did me the honour of reading and reviewing Island in the Clouds at the same time.) Unfortunately, Wendy’s life became very busy, so we fell out of email contact before I set up Reading Recommendations. I was pleasantly surprised then a few weeks ago to see a new edition, with a new cover, of School of the Assassins being offered as a Goodreads Giveaway! Not only did I enter the contest (and once again made contact with Wendy, offering her promotion on my blog), but I won a print copy!!

I’m very pleased now to present to you, W.K. Blais!

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? School of the Assassins – Fiction, International Action Thriller

Quick description: The Ghost Writer meets A History of Violence in this evocative thriller about a half-American, half-South African mercenary pitted against an international gauntlet of obstacles while seeking justice for his murdered and displaced family.

When rebel Govan Seme kills Pieter Durant’s widowed American mother during an invasion of their South African farm, Pieter vows to avenge her murder and recapture his farm. But his younger sister, Jessie, is about to leave for America to attend her freshman year at Princeton, and he must shoulder her tuition costs. The twenty-one-year-old farmer joins the exodus of South African mercenaries heading to Iraq in 2007 for lucrative private security jobs. When an injury forces a visit to Los Angeles three years later, to the home of his American relatives, Pieter shortly finds himself the catalyst of a crime-syndicate coup. The FBI sting that follows, along with the faith of his American lover, provide the unexpected keys that finally free him for his quest—and his most arduous challenge yet.

School of the Assassins forges the classic elements of L.A. crime fiction with the political intrigue of an international action thriller. Stunning in scope and studded with realism, this novel examines the new privatization of war . . . amidst the ever-expanding proving grounds of the 21st century.

From my review on Goodreads: This is a fast-paced, well-written book, telling an original story with a main character I cared about and wanted to see win in the end . . . “School of Assassins” did not disappoint at all. Blais gripped me right from the beginning and I literally could not stop until I’d finished reading the entire book. Very, very good!

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Brief biography:
I grew up mostly in Los Angeles except for two years spent in Guadalajara, Mexico. I am an Air Force veteran, Honor Guard member and was captain of my flight in Officer Training School. After the Air Force, I used the G.I. Bill to earn a degree in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer for the Department of Defense. My early novels, White Trash and Croutons, were published under the pen name Katie Carothers by an imprint of Red Hen Press in 1995 and taught in literature classes at UCLA and four community colleges. My nonfiction articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Oxygen, Senior, L.A. Fitness and Hearing Health. I am an avid marine aquarium hobbyist, have two adult children and live with my husband Roger in Los Angeles.

Links to buy W.K. Blais’ book:
Amazon U.S.
Amazon U.K.
Amazon CA

W.K. Blais’s promo links:
Website
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Twitter
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What are you working on now?
I’m working on a sequel to School of the Assassins, Arc of the Assassins.

W.K. Blais’s reading recommendation:
I recently read The Son, by Philipp Meyer and loved it!

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TyCobbsTeeth

MugShotRobert A. Smith writing as TyCobbsTeeth

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Society for Supper
(Fiction – Action/Adventure, Thriller)

Quick description: Wide spread drought has gripped the planet and devastated food supplies around the world. Riots have started breaking out as chaos is tearing away at the fabric of society. Ben Donnelly, a former special weapons and tactics officer with the Boston police force, is in the fight of his life, trying to protect his family from the storm of inhumanity.

Society for Supper follows the Donnellys in their struggle to survive in the aftermath of the global food shortage and ultimately the collapse of society. The life they know is ripped away. They learn all too quickly, how we are all part of a precariously balanced community and when the balance is lost – society is devoured by the chaos of desperation.

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Brief biography:
I live in Eastern Canada with my wife, two daughters and 3 year old Tibetan-Terrier, Cheeky-Monkey. During the day I manage a small team of IT forensic investigators and at night I love a good book. Something that keeps me turning pages and staying up way too late.

Links to buy TyCobbsTeeth book:
Website

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TyCobbsTeeth promo links:
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter
Amazon Author Page

What are you working on now?
I’ve just started working on a new project that I’m excited about. It follows a killer around in the first person. I don’t want to give too many details away – plus it’s still only a few storyboard cards.

TyCobbsTeeth reading recommendation:
Recently I’ve been devouring the Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz. I love his sense of humor and writing style.

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Andy Mulberry

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is The Demonic Incident in Chinatown the second book in my Skycastle Series for middle grade-aged kids.

Quick description: Fast-paced, action-packed and funny, The Demonic Incident in Chinatown is the second in a series of middle grade books for fearless, adventure loving kids.

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Brief biography:
Andy Mulberry loves to write books filled with strange adventures, odd characters and mysterious circumstances. She lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof.

Links to buy Andy’s book:
Amazon – eBook, paperback, audio

Andy’s promo links:
My blog – Something smells fishy here…
Twitter

What are you working on now?
The third book in my Skycastle Series, titled The Demonic Kraken Debacle in Hollywood.

Andy’s reading recommendation:
I enjoyed reading The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare, it reads a bit like Harry Potter, which is totally fine by me.

Erik Martin Willén

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is the second volume in my debut story, Nastragull. Hunted is the second part in my debut series. Nastragull: Pirates was the first. Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Space Opera, Action, Adventure, Military, Romance, Strong Women

Quick description: Nastragull: Hunted (volume 2) – After escaping from pirates with an emperor’s ransom in loot in NASTRAGULL: Pirates, young Alec and friends take refuge in a roving collective of space stations and massive starships called New Frontier. Along with fleets from Nastasturus and the rival Florencian Federation, three massive pirate armadas descend like locusts upon New Frontier, triggering a cataclysmic battle. Crippled and flung deep into space by an explosion, Alec’s ship becomes the quarry of everyone.

Nastragull: Pirates (volume 1) – As a tight-knit group of human cadets heads home after eight years of military training, their interstellar transport, Bright Star, comes under attack by pirates and after a bloody battle, they’re taken prisoner. One of the cadets, Alec Horn, eventually manages to escape with the Bright Star’s captain and an emperor’s ransom in loot. Together, they set out on a harrowing adventure to rescue their friends and comrades.

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Brief biography:
My name is Erik Martin Willén, a first time author from Sweden who loves books and loves writing even more. I live in a small village in south Sweden and I received my education at an American Business University.
I recently published an original science fiction novel titled NASTRAGULL: Pirates, the first book in a projected series that combines the non-stop high-tech adventure of Star Wars with the awe-inspiring, complex cultural backdrop of Dune–with quite a bit of Quentin Tarantino thrown in for good measure. This action-packed novel includes elements of military SF, traditional space opera, dystopian SF, and the sociological explorations of writers such as Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. At heart, though, it’s a love story–the tale of two literally star-crossed lovers, and their Herculean efforts to move Heaven and Earth (sometimes literally) to find each other again and again as circumstances rip them apart.

How it all started: This is a story that I’ve kept coming back to since I was very young. Back then, a friend and I decided to create a cartoon. He was a great artist and could draw anything—and I was a bit crazy with my creative imagination. We decided I would come up with the story and he would handle the drawings. Boy, what a team we were! We produced a couple of pages, and then we got bored and went outside to play.

Through the years, I made notes on the topic … many notes. Several times I attempted to write a book based on those notes, but didn’t have the patience to complete it; after a few pages, I simply stopped. Years went by, and from time to time, whenever I faced difficulties in my life, I made more notes. Eventually I wrote the outline for the saga and turned it into several screenplays: Dawn Sets In Hell, Twenty-First, Nastragull, etc.

The turning point in my life, the one that made me an author, was when my younger sister Sofia was diagnosed with Lupus SLE—and died shortly thereafter at the young age of 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sofia’s death came as an incredible shock. It hit my family and me very hard, and made me re-evaluate my life. During my grief I started to write, and I wrote and wrote, and I held back nothing. Finally I had found my author’s voice, and the result is the saga called NASTRAGULL.

Links to buy Erik’s book:
Pirates – eBook & paperback

Hunted – eBook & paperback

Erik’s promo links:
Amazon Author Page
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter
Google+

What are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on part 3, Nastragull: Dawn Sets in Hell & also Section Twenty-One (4) They should both be published later on this year.

Erik’s reading recommendation:
Emperor, The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden

The Nastragull Saga

Chris Tucker

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Lost Voyage – It’s an Action/Adventure novel

Quick description: In 1857, a steamship carrying a valuable cargo vanishes during a storm. For well over a century its whereabouts are unknown until one day it is discovered lying beneath the forest of the Nicaraguan jungle.

Sean Mercer, along with NESA (National Environmental Security Agency), is in Nicaragua studying the effects of water pollution that have wreaked havoc on local communities. What they uncover is more sinister and deadly than just the threat of tainted water. Mass genocide, brutal dictatorship, and a country living in fear of its own leaders is just the beginning of what Sean and his team must put an end to before it’s too late.

When knowledge of a ship with a priceless cache surfaces, two sides struggle to uncover the mystery of how and why the lost ship came to be buried so far from sea, and what exactly it is that lies beneath the dense forest floor.
Now, it’s a race against time stop the bloodshed, find the ship, and retrieve the valuable cargo before Mercer and NESA become victims themselves.

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Brief biography:
I grew up in New England and joined the Army after high school. After college, I spent my time traveling and exploring the country, before landing in Hawaii. I currently live in Denver, Colorado. I have 3 books published, including my novel and two short stories that are in the zombie/horror genre.

Links to buy Chris’s book:
Amazon US, Canada, UK – eBook and Paperback
Amazon Australia – eBook
or
Author’s Website
or
The Tattered Cover Bookstore – Denver, CO

Chris’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the follow up novel to Lost Voyage and I am also writing the third book in my short story series, The 5280 Diaries.

Chris’s reading recommendation:
Tim Baker, Jason Wolfgang Gehlert, Clive Cussler

Don Marnock

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Time On Target – action-thriller

Quick description: A deteriorating ex-Spec Ops soldier turned Homeland Security agent struggles to foil a drug cartel employing American teenagers and must ally with a teen hunted by the gang for failing to kill him.

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Brief biography:
Don Marnock lives in Calgary, Alberta, and has been creatively writing for fourteen years. His first love was screenwriting for which two of his plays were optioned by a production company. He authored his first novel in 2013 titled Time On Target, inspired by a prior screenplay. This book draws from his experiences serving as an executive protection specialist. Also for many years he has been a martial arts instructor, teaching at levels from military Spec Ops members, as well as private citizens of all stations of life. He holds an honors degree in Radiography and is authorized by the CNSC in the transportation and handling of radioactive material.

Links to buy Don’s book:
Amazon Canada, US, UK, Australia – eBook

Don’s promo links:
Facebook

What are you working on now?
A screenplay called Iron Fist Silk Palm

Don’s reading recommendation:
Charles A. Ray