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KICKER – The Forgotten Front – by R Grey Hoover

KICKER – The Forgotten Front – by R Grey Hoover

KICKER – The Forgotten Front

A World War II Historical Thriller – R Grey Hoover

 

An Excerpt from KICKER:

April 4, 1944 – Dinjan Airbase, India

…the hairs on the nape of his neck stood erect. At that moment, a distant flash of lightning faintly illuminated the scene, and in that instant of light, Sam could see the large form of a tiger standing beside him.

The animal’s head was enormous. Its eyes, momentarily reflecting light from the faraway lightning, gave the beast an evil, devil-like appearance. This was death incarnate staring directly at him.

Sam was frozen with fear, and his heart seemed to stop. His .45-caliber pistol hung on the wall not three feet away, and he cursed himself for not keeping it inside the mosquito netting with him. He knew the tiger could see that he was awake, and he feared any movement would cause it to attack.

The animal stepped closer, and Sam could see its dim outline and smell its damp fur and the fetid odor of its breath. The tiger appeared to know its victim was helpless. The great beast took its time as it sniffed the mosquito netting as if testing its strength. Slowly it raised a huge paw and placed it against the puny impediment. The tiger’s claws caught in the netting, and with a mighty swipe, it ripped the flimsy material away from the bed.

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The History – World War II

World War II is raging. A young father must choose between his family and duty to his country- a decision that could cost him everything.

Based on actual experiences of United States veterans and official military aviation history records from World War II, this is the thrilling story of a family’s journey into war. While his loved ones struggle with shortages and rationing at home, Sam endures relentless Japanese attacks against his unarmed aircraft over the treacherous mountains and torrid jungles of Asia. His job is to drop supplies to Merrill’s Marauders and over 750,000 allied soldiers fighting in the perilous jungles of Burma. If the enemy is not stopped, the American way of life will end.

The Story – KICKER

Non-stop action, humor and romance; and the chance to learn about World War II’s “forgotten front.” Buy KICKER today and find out how the “Greatest Generation” earned its reputation.

Comments from readers of Kicker:

“I could not put this book down, as the story of Sam, the young volunteer and aspiring pilot, unfolds. The author delivers his story with a rich back drop of historical details…” Elray

” What an interesting story! I learned so much about heroes not mentioned in history books.” JacquieRhoades

“History made real through the telling of one soldier’s story. This book made me miss my father and all of the stories he never told me. ” Linda S. Browning

“Hoover leaves nothing out. He shows the sacrifices made on the battle front, as well as sacrifices made on the home front.” Candi Silk

The Author – R Grey Hoover

R Grey Hoover is an Air Force veteran with a rich family tradition of military service. He wrote his book “Kicker the forgotten front” to honor his father and the World War II veterans who fought in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre.

During the war, the European and Pacific theatres got most of the supplies and media attention leaving the CBI theatre with the leftovers. Even in today’s media coverage of World War II the CBI theatre is never mentioned. The author’s book is an attempt to correct this gross oversight.

R Grey Hoover’s social media links:

Website https://rgreyh.wordpress.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/rgreyhoover

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rgrey.hoover

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/rgreyhoover/

 

Meet Sam Boush, Author of the Thriller – ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

Meet Sam Boush, Author of the Thriller – ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

 

Please welcome Sam Boush, Author of the great new Thriller – ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

Sam Boush, Author

Hello Sam, welcome, and thanks for doing the interview –

The Cyber War and ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

I just finished reading your amazing first book of your Cyber War Series, ALL SYSTEMS DOWN, and I was going to ask where a journalist and a novelist came up with the background for this story. But then, I noticed on your website: “Center for Internet SecurityInternational Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, and Cloud Security Alliance.”

How did you get involved in writing about cyber attacks, and a hypothetical and realistic war? It is a big step from being a firefighter, a journalist and owning a marketing agency.

Sam BoushAfter I sold my marketing agency, I had some time to finally jump into the career I’d wanted to pursue since I was a kid. (I have this theory that most of us secretly or not-so-secretly want to be an artist of some kind – whether it’s a rock star, sculptor, or scribbler.) So I wrote a novel on one of the subjects I find most interesting, which is the vulnerability of our physical infrastructure to cyber war.

 All Systems Down has done pretty well, and I’m feeling good about the sequel that should be out in 2019.

Glad to hear the book is doing so well and that’s great news about the sequel!

While I was preparing for your interview, I spent some time on your website, Cyberwars.com , and came up with some questions.

Great website by the way, okay, now to learn more about Sam Boush…

About Sam Boush

Sam, you’ve led such an exciting and no-doubt dangerous life first as a wildland firefighter and then a journalist. What led you to being a wildland firefighter and what, if anything, do you miss about it? And regarding journalist, taking into account France and Spain, am I right in guessing you were a foreign correspondent?

Sam BoushFirefighting was probably dangerous, but my journalism career wasn’t. I WISH I’d been a foreign correspondent. But, alas, my most successful article was a science piece about the (ahem) below-the-waist features of snakes. It did win a Society for Professional Journalists award, though!

“His Heart Belongs to Portland”

According to your website you have lived in France and Spain, but your heart belongs to Portland. I know there’s a story there, so please tell us as much as you want to share. Were you raised in Portland or does it have everything to do with your lovely family?

Sam BoushI’m originally from Eugene, Oregon, about two hours south of Portland. But I’ve lived in this blustery city for fourteen years, and really do love it. Great neighborhoods, very livable, nice people. And of course, my family, like you say. My kids are elementary-school-aged and I’m pretty sure they like this place as much as any kids can love their hometown.

The Irishman and the Vikings

Please tell us about your first full-length story. No, not the first one you published, but the very first one you ever wrote. How old were you and what was it about?

Sam Boush –I’ve told the story before about how my first story, as a kid, was Winnie-the-Pooh fanfic. (http://jodigallegos.com/author-spotlight-sam-boush/). But I don’t think anyone has ever asked me about the first full-length book I wrote (and never published) as a teenager. It was a cringy historical fiction attempt about a 7th Century Irishman who gets captured by Vikings. If I can say one good thing about it, tackling that manuscript taught me a lot about writing.

 Funny enough, the first fifty pages were actually decent enough to get me an award from the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I guarantee that if they’d read the whole thing (as a couple unfortunate agents did) they’d never have given me that award.

Advice for New Writers

Sam, congratulations on the award! You mentioned how much you learned about writing while you wrote your Irishman story. What advice would you give new writers, especially those “cringing” after their first story?

Sam BoushThere’s so much. The advice I hear a lot is just to keep writing—and I think that’s great. But I’d also add that there’s a lot to the craft of writing that new writers sometimes struggle with. A few examples are: plotting, especially creating acts (as in a three-act structure); ensuring all major characters have a story arc with a resolution; and focusing on chapter-level writing, rather than trying to write perfect sentences.

The Cyber War Series

What can you tell us about your next book in the Cyber War Series?

Sam BoushI can tell you that I’m wrapping it up now and that my publisher should be getting it after I get some more feedback from advance readers. There’s a much bigger military focus in this one, so I’ve got a lot of help from the good people in our armed forces around what they would do in certain situations if the lights went out and satellites started falling from the skies.

In Case of Cyber Attack?

Wow, how exciting. Can’t wait to read it!

Now, speaking of wrapping up, one last question, Sam. If there was a cyber attack on the US, much like in your book, knowing all that you know about the subject, where would you go?

Sam BoushWell, the conceit of the book is that the cyber attack in All Systems Down is hugely devastating. More devastating than we’d probably see in real life because of the difficulty in coordination. But if a cyber war hit us at that scale, I’d probably stay home if I could. Heading out into the country or off camping with my family just wouldn’t cut it.

Well, I’m thinking that’s good advice. Thank you, Sam Boush, Author of ALL SYSTEMS DOWN, for being here. I wish you continued success in writing career and all the best on your upcoming book.

And for those who want to know more about the Sam Boush, his links are below:

Sam’s Website

Twitter 

 

Splintered Love No More…

Splintered Love No More…

The Sad Demise of Splintered Love

 

I am sad to say, Author S.J. Hermann has ended the existence of his amazing dark-love collection, Splintered Love.

Now for the good news. The stories will live on, each available as a single story!

Coming Soon to Amazon

Leap of Faith – Could one find true love again and if you can, what if it came from an unusual place.

Inner Beauty – Today’s society is based on a person’s looks and not what they carry on the inside.

Desperate Souls – What would you be willing to give up for love?

Reckless Thoughts – You find your true love, then you carelessly throw it away.

Forever Love – Love is eternal.

 

From my interview with S.J. Hermann, an excerpt from my personal favorite, “Leap of Faith.”

For more on S.J. Hermann, including his amazing series soon to be on the big screen, The Morium Trilogy

Website: www.authorsjhermann.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Writing_Novel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJ-Hermann-250758318466659/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.j.hermannwriter/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SJHermann

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9784255.S_J_Hermann

Interview – SJ Hermann’s SPLINTERED LOVE

Interview – SJ Hermann’s SPLINTERED LOVE

Please welcome SJ Hermann, Author of  the MORIUM Trilogy and SPLINTERED LOVE –

 

SPLINTERED LOVE

Thank you, SJ, for joining us. The anthology Splintered Love is brilliant, but quite different from your Morium Trilogy with its focus on school bullying, I’m wondering where the concept for your collection of short stories came from?

Thank you, Ingrid, for having me on your blog.

I wrote Splintered Love after I finished the book of the Morium Trilogy, Dark Horizons. I wanted to try my writing skills on something more mature. Something that everyone deals with at some point in their life, and that is love. Most romance novels today all end in happy endings. I wanted to turn that around. All but one of the stories in Splintered Love have a happy ending.

As far as the concepts for each story, I just sat down in front of the computer and started typing, not really knowing where each one would go. All I knew was that they would have a supernatural / paranormal theme. I wrote them by the seat of my pants and wanted them to each leave a questions for the readers or having moral questions.

Leap of Faith – Could one find true love again and if you can, what if it came from an unusual place.

Inner Beauty – Today’s society is based on a person’s looks and not what they carry on the inside.

Desperate Souls – What would you be willing to give up for love?

Reckless Thoughts – You find your true love, then you carelessly throw it away.

Forever Love – Love is eternal.

I was lucky enough to have a great group of romance writers help me through my first stint as a romance writer. It’s their quotes you see at the beginning of each story.

Thanks, SJ, you answered another question I’ve had for the longest time. “What about those quotes?”

So, did the writers read your short stories before writing their quotes?

Yes. They were an important part in bringing each story together.

You certainly seem to have a knack for writing the darker side of love. I enjoyed them all, each so different and every one with surprise twists and turns.

Thank you.

I also noted what you said about moral questions, this seems to be an ongoing theme for you. May I ask where that comes from?

I have no idea, lol. When I start writing, I don’t have the idea to toss in morals into my stories, they just seem to evolve with the story. I shouldn’t say that. Inner Beauty was written for anyone who sees only what’s on the outside, and not the beauty of a person within. The other four in Splintered Love just came to be morality tales by the time I finished writing them.

Well, this formula definitely seems to work for you! I sincerely hope to see more of the same in the future. Speaking of which, haven’t you just put out a new book based on one of your Splintered Love stories?

Yes, it’s called Eventus and it follows the same formula as, Reckless Thoughts. Actually, Eventus came before Reckless Thoughts. I reworked the ending to follow the romance theme of the anthology. To go further, the book I am currently working on titled, Perfect, is about a teen who is born nearly omnipotent. As he gets older, he gains more abilities. He suppresses his powers until a tragic event happens. After that, he doesn’t give a damn about anything and he uses the powers for his own amusement. It goes into depth about the main character in Eventus / Reckless Thoughts as we watch him grow from an innocent child into a monster.

It’s something about having godlike abilities that can make one hell of a story and that’s why I’m drawn to it.

THE MORIUM TRILOGY

Speaking of topics you’re drawn to, I recently got a chance to listen to your interview with Laney Smith on BlogTalkRadio from October of last year. Such an emotionally powerful interview.

I especially enjoyed the discussion on the Morium Trilogy and how you’ve used it to encourage a focus on bullying. As someone who was bullied most of her school years, I must ask, how do you feel being bullied has changed you?

Thank you for listening. I thought really hard if I should bring out my demons for all to hear. Laney is such a fantastic host it made it easier. For the longest time, even after the bullying had stopped, I would say my Junior year, the emotional scars stayed with me. My self-esteem was in the toilet. I had no confidence in anything I did. Thirty years later, I still suffer from depression and anxiety with bouts of self-harm. Writing has become a tool for me to release some of what I’ve kept locked away, which is probably why my writing is dark in nature.

In what ways do you feel your writing has helped you?

It’s an outlet to convey how one (myself) deals with emotional problems. I can write about it and yet, I hope, don’t come across as being preachy. Devin is Desperate Souls was/is essentially me. Living in darkness waiting for a glimmer of light to shine through the darkened skies. Now, in the story, it was Moira that’s the glimmer of light. Where in me, it’s the writing.

And what reactions have received to your “bringing out your demons”? I hope supportive!

They have been positive. The main reason I decided to come out was to show that men do suffer from depression and self-harm and not solely focused on women.

We all have our demons. Without my going into specifics and as one who has revealed his demons, what advice would you offer people like me? People who’ve been buried under this crap, afraid of their “shadows” so to speak?

Find a creative way to step out from the shadows. For me, it’s not only through writing, but with art as well. I understand how difficult it is to express your inner feelings for fear of being called weak, especially if you’re a male. There are so many great resources to turn to for help.

Thank you, SJ. I appreciate your advice.

 

DIGITAL ARTISTRY

Before this interview I did get a chance to check out your artwork on your website and FineArtAmerica.com . I really enjoyed your digital art pieces, especially Spring Serenity and Calm and your use of color in By Dawns Early Light is amazing. Just briefly, because are running out time, how did you get started in digital art?

Thank you. I actually started art back in, I would say, sixth grade when I started drawing hockey logos. From there my drawings became of cartoon and animated characters. It was during those times that my eye got trained to draw what I saw. I slowly drifted into landscapes with charcoal and graphite, then to pastels. It wasn’t until the last few years that I moved into digital art. Some say that digital art is not truly art. I beg to differ. It’s using your creativity to create a painting. The same rules apply whether it’s by traditional, or digital.

One last question, aside from your next novel, Perfect, are there any other upcoming projects you’d like to mention?

I am currently working on the screenplay for the first book in the Morium trilogy. Once that is complete, I send it off to my producer and the long process of having it turned into a movie begins.

A movie? How exciting for you, SJ! I think it’s every author’s dream to see their “baby” on the big screen.

In closing, Thank you, SJ Hermann, for joining us.

Thank you, Ingrid,  for having me.

Readers, to learn more about Author SJ Hermann, please check out the links below.

Also, as a special treat, SJ has given us an excerpt from his short story, “Leap of Faith.” One of my favorites from his book, SPLINTERED LOVE.

 

LINKS FOR SJ HERMANN

Website: www.authorsjhermann.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Writing_Novel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJ-Hermann-250758318466659/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.j.hermannwriter/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SJHermann

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9784255.S_J_Hermann

 

 

 

An Excerpt from SJ Hermann’s Leap of Faith

An Excerpt from SJ Hermann’s Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith 

A splintered love story

Coming soon to Amazon

He reached under the bed and took out a small silver box graced with a darker shade of a silver band just above the opening. For a fleeting moment, she pondered how many times he had rehearsed this scene in his head, but as soon as he flipped the lid open the thoughts vanished. Wishing she could see the ring through the tears, she fell to one knee.

“Lisa Fielding. My devotion. My love. My soul is yours, and I would be honored if you take my hand in marriage and be my wife.”

Author S.J. Hermann

 

Author Barbara Wood, Historical Thrillers!

Author Barbara Wood, Historical Thrillers!

Like most writers, I’m an avid reader and when I’m lucky, I stumble upon an author who has not only written an enjoyable story but has also inspired me. Some books are just to meant to touch your life, as if by fate. For me, two books by Author Barbara Wood have done just that. First, The Prophetess which I read back in the in the early years of this century and now, The Divining.

If you enjoyed Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code and prefer stories about strong woman, Barbara Wood’s The Prophetess, is the perfect book for you. I first read The Prophetess back in 2001 and it immediately became a favorite.

The story centers around a young archeologist who finds a series of papyrus scrolls in what may be the Well of Miriam, the Prophet Moses’ sister. For me, the story ignited the idea that the women in the Bible, though for the most part supporting characters in the male-dominated Word of God, had truly made more of an impact upon our history than what we are led to believe.

There’s so much more to this historical thriller that I enjoyed reading long before I’d ever heard of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. But if you enjoyed Dan Brown’s amazing thriller, you’ll love The Prophetess with it’s non-stop action, adventure, and conspiracies!

From BarbaraWood.com:

The Divining

While doing research for my Esme Bohlin Suspense Series, I developed an insatiable appetite for all things Germania. It was then by a stroke of good fortune that I found The Divining by Barbara Wood.

The Divining takes place during the 1st century AD when the western world was ruled by Rome and trade with China was still a dream. The main character is Ulrika, a young, amazing but naive woman who, through trying to find herself, leaves the security of Rome to learn more about her mysterious and absent father in Germania. From page one, I was absorbed into a different time and place in history. A time when the early Christian Church was a small group of Christ’s followers meeting in secret and healers and seers were still esteemed by the rich and powerful.

About The Divining (Amazon): And that, dear readers, is my author focus for this week. Thanks for reading!

Next week, I will be focusing on another favorite author from my bookshelf, Clea Simon.

A HOME FOR ROSE – A Dark Desert Tale

A HOME FOR ROSE – A Dark Desert Tale

One of the things that attracted us to moving to the desert, was the lack of grass to mow. But, likewise, we also quickly noted that with no grass or ground cover, everything living or buried within the sandy earth was hard to hide.

So, as we began our gardening adventures, we found things that the desert had long ago claimed. In my office, I have a lion and a small dragon. Both are made of brass and both were found buried in the crusted dirt around our home.

But when my husband presented me with the dragon, it occurred to me, “What if he found something that was actually best left buried?” What if the object he unearthed only appeared to be treasure, but was actually so much worse?

And so, in the tradition of creepy stories everywhere, I wrote my second dark desert tale, “A HOME FOR ROSE.”

FRESH MEAT – A Dark Desert Tale

FRESH MEAT – A Dark Desert Tale

While living in a small town in southern Arizona a few years back, I was out walking my dog around our apartment complex when I spotted, high in the sky, a flock of large black birds. They were circling a grove of cottonwood trees.

My imagination, being a sometimes strange and dark place, began to wander, to form the “what ifs.”

What if someone lived in that grove of cottonwood trees? And what if that someone were to feed those large black birds much like one might feed the wrens and cardinals? 

…and so, Fresh Meat came into being…

“Do you want to feed my birds?” A soft voice broke through Timmy’s thoughts as the old woman turned toward him. – Copyright – Ingrid Foster 2015