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Blog Hop: To Hunt A Sub by Jacqui Murray

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To Hunt a Sub

by J. Murray

Release Date: August 15, 2016 by Structured Learning

Genre: Thriller

Cover by: Paper and Sage 

 

About the Book

The USS Hampton SSN 767 quietly floated unseen a hundred fifty-two feet below the ocean’s surface. Despite its deadly nuclear-tipped arsenal of Trident missiles, its task for the past six months has been reconnaissance and surveillance. The biggest danger the crew faced was running out of olives for their pizza. That all changed one morning, four days before the end of the Hampton’s tour. Halfway through the Captain’s first morning coffee, every system on the submarine shut down. No navigation, no communication, and no defensive measures. Within minutes, the sub began a terrifying descent through the murky greys and blacks of the deep Atlantic and settled to the ocean floor five miles from Cuba and perilously close to the sub’s crush depth. When it missed its mandated contact, an emergency call went out to retired Navy intel officer, Zeke Rowe, top of his field before a botched mission left him physically crippled and psychologically shaken. Rowe quickly determined that the sub was the victim of a cybervirus secreted inside the sub’s top secret operating systems.  What Rowe couldn’t figure out was who did it or how to stop it sinking every other submarine in the American fleet.

Kali Delamagente is a struggling over-the-hill grad student who entered a DARPA cybersecurity competition as a desperate last hope to fund a sophisticated artificial intelligence she called Otto. Though her presentation imploded, she caught the attention of two people: a terrorist intent on destroying America and a rapt Dr. Zeke Rowe. An anonymous blank check to finish her research is quickly followed by multiple break-ins to her lab, a hack of her computer, the disappearance of her three-legged dog, and finally the kidnapping of her only son.

 By all measures, Rowe and Delamagente are an unlikely duo. Rowe believes in brawn and Delamagente brains. To save the America they both love, they find a middle ground, guided with the wisdom of a formidable female who died two million years ago.

About Jacqui

jmm picJacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

10 Crimes in Seismic Crimes From Chrys Fey

10 Crimes in Seismic Crimes:

 1. Assault

2. Theft/looting

3. Drug Trafficking

4. Murder/Attempted Murder

5. Aiding and Abetting

6. Attempted Kidnapping

7. Use of a deadly weapon/Carrying

8. Disturbing the Peace

9. Prostitution

10. Death Threat

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Title: Seismic Crimes

Author: Chrys Fey

Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Format: Digital and Print

Page Count: 282

 

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An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

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I Got My Dates: Cover Reveal + Ebook Release

We all knew the day would come when I would get my dates for the cover reveal and release of White Light.

Here they are:

For the cover reveal, it’s Dec 8th. And the ebook will be released Dec 22nd.

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By now you should have an email if you volunteered for the cover reveal, or blog tour. If you didn’t get one, and want info, please contact me through the contact form, or my email.

The blog tour sign-up link is here and will be moved to the side bar next week.

I don’t know how I could do this without all your support. Thanks so much everyone.

With the up coming festivities I’m changing my blog-website combo around. Weebly is not user friendly enough for the likes of me. Wix, on the other hand, I’m finding extremely easy to use.

Let me be clear, each cheer-308040_1280has its pros and cons. But with Weebly I’d spend an hour learning how to work the darn thing every time I wanted to change something. I didn’t have the same issue with Wix. It was a easy decision.

But the job is huge. I’ve been plugging away at if for some time and given myself a deadline of Dec 8th to get the new site up.

Expect a few surprises on Dec 8th.

Lastly, I wish I could stop jumping around. I had no idea I’d go this loopy over my news. What do you think? Is it too much? 🙂

Blog Tour: Things Mysterious

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ThingsMysterious_Cvr3Title: Things Mysterious
Author: Matthew Chabin
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Keywords: Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Mortality, Literary

About the Book:

Dasan Garret is a disappointed man. Recently divorced and just returned from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, he moves back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon only to find himself unexpectedly alone. His old friends are all gone, moved away, locked up, or dead. Women seem to occupy a parallel universe. With no community and few prospects, he takes a job as a night watchman and withdraws ever deeper into the shadows of his mind. Until one day when he meets Edenia, and she lights up his world like a bolt of pure energy. She seems perfect: vibrant, gifted, kind, sexy, a sudden and unlooked-for reprieve from the sad ruin of his life. And yet there remains a nagging sense that something isn’t right. Could it be that he is merely slow to trust the happiness she offers him? Or is there something behind that waver in her laugh, that fleeting look of sadness in her eyes?

The mystery deepens when one day Edenia disappears. Dasan believes he must find her in order to go on living. But to find her again, he will have to confront a devastating truth about her life, and his.

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About Matthew:

Matthew Chabin was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He served four years in the US Navy as a ship crewman, journalist and public affairs liaison. He studied literature and philosophy at Southern Oregon University. After graduating in 2010, he started teaching English abroad, working in the Czech Republic and volunteering with the Dalai Lama’s affiliate organization, Tibet Charity, in Dharamsala/Mcleod Ganj, India. He currently lives in Nagano Prefecture of Japan with his wife, Marie, and cat, Futa.

His work has appeared in Gravel: A Literary Journal, Southern Pacific Review, Piker Press, and Black Denim. He is the author of a memoir, Equaling Heaven, which he hopes to see published in the near future.

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Top Ten TV Shows With Great Writing

Disclaimer:
I watch a limited amount of TV, and I know there are a lot of shows with reputedly great writing (Madmen, comes to mind) that I simply haven’t made time for. I don’t mean to slight any shows that didn’t make the cut—I’m sure they’re great—and certainly the ones that did reflect my personal tastes as much as anything. That said….

10) The Sopranos
The flagship series that launched HBO’s golden age, the success of the show owed as much to the writing as to the cast. Some of the later seasons suffered meandering storylines and general sprawl, but overall this was one of the most memorable, best written shows in recent history.

9) The Shield
This West Coast crime drama, centered around an indomitable and corrupt cop, begs comparison to the Sopranos. I give it priority of place because it stayed tight and followed through with a much more assured ending.

8) South Park
Even after eighteen seasons, South Park can still deliver laughs and biting social commentary. In its prime it was the funniest and arguably one of the wisest running satires on American life ever to air on TV. If you’ve watched the show regularly and never once felt uncomfortable, you’re probably a psychopath. If you weren’t frequently reduced to tears of laughter, check your pulse.

7) Twin Peaks
David Lynch’s miniseries of small town corruption and supernatural noir was a weird and daring masterpiece of early 90’s small screen. Twenty-five years later, Showtime is bringing it back, which Lynch signed on to direct an 18-episode sequel. Here’s hoping they do it right!

6) Game of Thrones
An indulgent choice, perhaps, but I love this show. It brings a hard-core respectability to the fantasy genre by going medieval on view expectations. The source books’ author, George R. Martin, has done his homework, drawing on the violent histories of old Europe the same way the Sopranos and The Sheild’s writers mined the American underworld. It may not be Tolkien, but its riveting good entertainment for our day.

5) Louie
Another example of what happens when talented writers are trusted with creative control, Louie C.K.’s eponymous series is a rare delight. It routinely takes the viewer beyond the comfortable bounds of network comedy and into surreal, almost existential essays of uncharted territory. Behind the humdrum New York scenery and unprepossessing human specimens, you can feel how relentlessly driven this show is, how its animating genius hungers for authenticity like a fat man in line at a pizza parlor. If it falls a little short of polished, aesthetic perfection, one gets the feeling this is a calculated move, a concession to something, like Kafka’s truncated narratives.

4) Boardwalk Empire
A brilliantly conceived, aesthetically perfect, superbly written drama, Boardwalk Empire made very few mistakes in its five season run. If anything, HBO pulled the plug too soon, and the shortened last season felt rushed. Even so, the resolutions were beautifully orchestrated, crowned with a sense of transcendent, karmic gestalt that very few shows manage to pull off. This show had the strength of its convictions and repaid the viewers’ investment at three points or more above the vig.

3) The Wire
There are a number of reasons why you could argue for a lower ranking on this one. The second season was weak. The focus drifted. The dialogue wavered between inspired and ho-hum (consider the often forgettable and seemingly random quotes that opened each episode). And yet this was one of the most addicting, intriguing, and downright moving dramas ever put on television. I think the reasons have to do with the writers’ passion and commitment to realism—not just for the sake of street cred, but born out of a missionary sense of purpose, to tell it like it is in the heart of beleaguered urban of America. The Emmy Awards set only injured their own reputation when they snubbed this one year after year. But those who were watching remember.

2) True Detective
Plenty has been said about this highly intelligent, atmospheric, incredibly intense police drama. Apart from some scattered, uber-jaded dismissals from somewhere beyond the Crab Nebula (it must be lonely to be that cool), the only cogent hit against this show was its lack of strong female characters. That’s fair, but the exclusion followed partly from the sniper-like focus on the two male leads (a year after watching it, who can name any of the other characters, male or female?), and will apparently be redressed in the second installment, set to air this summer. Personally, I think art this good gets a lot of leeway in dictating its own terms.

1) Deadwood
For all the great television HBO has given us since, they never really atoned for the sin of shuttering one of the greatest shows ever after just three seasons. Creator David Milch drew on such weighty works as The Book of Job and Moby Dick to craft his themes, and achieved a result worthy of those influences, television that sinks deep in the way of great literature. The profane, elaborate, architectural dialogues posed a challenge for many viewers, but at its best it could be staggeringly powerful and terribly funny, often both at the same time. I leave you with a taste….

Al Swearengen:
“Her husband came here with childish ideas. Bought himself a gold claim with me an honest broker. Claim pinches out, which will happen. But he can’t take it like a man, has to blame somebody. Sellers left camp, so he picks on me. Says he’ll bring the Pinkertons if I don’t offer restitution. I got a healthy operation and I didn’t build it brooding on the right and wrong of things. I do not need the Pinkertons descending like locusts. So I bend over for the tenderfoot cocksucker. Reconnoiter your claim fully, I say. And then, if you’re still unhappy, I’ll give you your fucking money back. And the tenderfoot agrees. Just as he’s finishing his reconnoiter, cocksucker falls to his death, pure fucking accident. But up jumps the widow in righteous fucking indignation. Wants the doctor to examine him for murder wounds. My vision of locusts returns. I see Pinkertons coming in swarms.”

Merry May Blog Hop + Giveaway

Win an eCopy of Portals: A Fantasy Anthology, a dragon pendant, or bookmarks

Thanks to Roane Publishing for this opportunity to giveaway some goodies! They’re offering up THREE etitles of your choice. Be sure to click on the image above for their giveaway and the linky list of other participants
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First Prize…

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Where you’ll find a short Mexmur, the Huntress written by yours truly.  Check it out.

Excerpt

We follow a path through a wide field of ripening oats. I catch the scent of wild flowers edged along the forest to the north. A breeze ruffles the gelding’s mane, and I pat his neck as he raises his head.

I feel it too. Something in the wind. I stand in my stirrups, shade my eyes, and look around. My heart misses a beat.

How did I not notice the two blue moons in the afternoon sky? Below them, in the distance, sits a circle of white in the middle of a wild field.

From the East or West, all visitors see the same thing—an empty circle. But, approach from the North or South and there it stands, a stone archway. For the protection of all, it was decreed a buffer of white stone be created to mark this unexplained weirdness. It slowly appears as we adjust our heading northward. The archway designed with two stacks of rough stone meeting in a high rounded arc. Within its maw sits a black wrought-iron gate which may be older than time.
Smoke floats, sliding between the bars to hide the landscape behind it. All kingdoms have magic—dwindling magic—and this is the source.

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