Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

Blinded Cover"Well, allow me to offer you a little campfire cooking advice.  Your smores technique leaves something to be desired.  Take my advice, you've got to burn the outside of the marshmallows or you don't achieve the right ratio of gooeyness to squish."  

54% on Kindle ~ Blinded by Amy Tucker 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Free e-book!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season!

Author Resa Nelson has reduced Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith to $0.00 for a limited time!

 
*Free from December 25 - 27, 2013 on Amazon*


“Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith” is a completely new story set in the time frame of Book 1 (The Dragonslayer’s Sword) in my Dragonslayer series.  


Here’s the blurb:
Astrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell.  She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple.  But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell.  If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.
One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village.  A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon.  The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it.  Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger.  Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.
Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s Sword, The Iron Maiden, The Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg).  Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up. 
 
 Visit Resa Nelson’s website at www.resanelson.com.   
Follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: Revelation (The Gift's Trilogy #3) by Patria Dunn-Rowe

Revelation (The Gifts Trilogy, #3) 

Book: Revelation (The Gifts Trilogy #3)
Author: Patria Dunn-Rowe
Publisher: Patria Dunn-Rowe
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:

In time all things will be revealed....

Six gifts found, three still remain a mystery, but with their upcoming plans to seek out Dr. Johnathan Miller in Japan, this new family may find that the answer to the biggest secret of all was right in front of them from the start. Levi's not the only one that’s hiding something. Rilyn's strange dreams are becoming more repetitious by the day, and the
story they tell, could end up ripping them all apart before the last three gifts are even found.

"A child cannot be born of the gifts."
The rule was clear, but with the Gift of Wisdom comes power, Faith, and Hope. Project X is what Miller called them, but to Nahla they were already more than that. It was all starting to make sense, but was it worth risking her life for? With their new found friend Danny, and Miller’s research as their guiding source, Gideon was now on a race to save the one he loved the most, but only with the death of the one true seeker, would the curse be broken.

My Review: 
 
Revelation is the last book in the gifts trilogy. I loved all three books. Each one gave readers something more than the previous book. I was hoping for a happy ending and that is exactly what I got.

Nahla and the other gifts set out to find the remaining gifts. They have no idea what is in store for them. When they arrive in Japan and find Johnathan Miller things really pick up. The story really takes off and doesn't let go until the end. I liked meeting and getting to know the new characters while learning more about the others. The relationships that start in this one are so good. Some happen really fast but are just so sweet. I thought the whole thing with the twin babies was really a good addition to the plot. Gideon's gift to be able to move things really comes in handy and is just somewhat amazing. You will understand once you read it.

There are plenty of on the edge of your seats moments. While at the same time there is some romance for those of us who enjoy that being part of a story. Overall a great ending to a wonderful trilogy. This will appeal to fantasy and paranormal romance fans. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more from this author. This e-book was provided to me by the author. This did not affect my review in any way.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Feature & Follow


  Increase Blog Followers  

Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read


This weeks Question:

Pick a book in your favorite genre that you’d recommend to a reluctant reader.

 

 Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) 

I would suggest reading the Unearthly trilogy by Cynthia Hand.  They are YA Urban Fantasy, which is my favorite genre.

I recently finished reading the last book in the trilogy.  I just love these books.   You will find yourself falling in love with the characters and the story.  This trilogy has angels, action, romance and so much more!

 

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Guest Post: Mike Hartner

 
 
My Writing by Mike Hartner

The question has been asked: “How did you start writing?”

The answer is really just another example of Destiny stepping in and changing a life.
When I was a young boy, I had a bad case of epilepsy. And therefore, I appreciated opportunities that were given to me a lot more than most. Or at least, that’s how it felt.  And every time something eventful came around, it tweaked poetry in me. So, for many years, I wrote poetry. And some of it was terrible. But there were the little gems.  
As I grew older, I went into the maths and sciences. I helped others as a teaching assistant, and tutor.  My writing sat in the background while I programmed code, or fixed computer hardware.

I got married, and we moved to Vancouver. Still my work took precedence, and my writing languished. And then, I started looking into family genealogy. I started with roughly 75 names. And through a report from an organization, and some internet digging, that number went to nearly 18,000 over the period of four months. And one of those people was a distant cousin. My fifth great grandfather’s brother was my wife’s fourth great grandfather. Pretty thin, but the family line was there. We were talking on the phone one afternoon, and she asked, “If you know so much about the family, why not write some of it down?”  

That comment twisted my arm strong enough to get several genealogy books. I wrote them, independently published them, and then bought enough copies to send to relatives.  Along the way, I also became interested in writing another story. It was a mid-1970s story, with a ‘Magnum, PI’ - esque flavor to it.   

That story, I wrote for two years, and couldn’t get it into shape to publish. So, when my editor directed me to take one aspect of the story as far back as I could, I found Walter Crofter. And I, Walter is his story.

And the ‘Magnum PI’- esque story? Still there. Promising to be written when I, Walter’s Eternity series finally gets to the 1970s. We shall see.

    1. I, Walter

    2. by Mike Hartner


I, Walter is the first in a series of books in a saga which will span continents and time to arrive in present day North America. 
Each in the series will be connected, though that connection may not be obvious for several more books.  
It's almost like looking at a menorah (sic). Many lines, seemingly individual, connect to center at different points. 

Walter Crofter was born into Elizabethan England.

In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself?

Especially given his family background?


      1. About the Author

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

      1. Book Details

  • 224 pages
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Age: Young Adult
  • Available from: Amazon.com
  • ASIN: B00C7FJ7B4

      1. Review Excerpts

"I, Walter is a grand tale of adventure that reminds me of the Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin adventure series but with a noble innocence and, a most refreshing, charming slant. Romance, adventure, mystery, rescues, deception, and vivid descriptions make I, Walter a most enjoyable and inspirational read of chivalry. This CBR reviewer looks forward to reading more of the Crofter saga from Mike Hartner" Chanticleer Book Reviews
“This book truly is New York Best-seller material!" Charity Langley, Author
      1. Contact Details

  • Email: assistantk8@yahoo.com
  • Website: www.mikehartner.com


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Spellbound Winter Book Tour: Favorite Character Moments

Favorite Character Moments from the Spellbound series
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Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance and suspenseful thrills. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, she is doing this awesome book tour to share the update with fellow booklovers.
Sherry has compiled a few of her favorite moments from the first two Young Adult books in the thrilling and romantic Spellbound series. Enjoy the excerpts!

Quote from BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN – “Initial Glimpse”:

The hottie sat down and reclined, stretching out his arms on the back of the bench. He crossed his legs in the dude-esque, one ankle-over-the-opposite-thigh leg cross, and I caught a glimpse of his badass black motorcycle boots. The skin on his face was fair and smooth, and only his strong, square jaw saved his features from femininity. Gorgeous—a ten on a scale of Abercrombie model hotness. Tall, too, with spiky blond hair and eyes an amazing emerald hue.
He turned his head, his gaze capturing mine. My face flamed, interrupting my ogling. His eyes widened, then narrowed. His arms dropped to his sides. Once those hypnotic eyes seized mine, the atmosphere shifted and, for a moment, my heart ceased to beat. The intensity of his stare seemed to quiet all the thoughts and emotions whirling around inside my head. The lingering anxiety from this morning vanished.
After who knows how long, he slowly—almost reluctantly—turned away. He kept his head down like he had something to hide. Something he didn’t want people to see. Something he didn’t want me to see.
Quote from BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN – “Meet the Kitten”:

“Ah, poor baby. Are you hungry?” I asked and the kitten loudly meowed. “Can we feed her?” I glanced at Trent with a pouty expression. “Please?”
He shook his head, throwing up his hands. “Sure. There’s milk in the kitchen. I’ll be right back.”
He returned with a bowl of milk and set it on the floor. I lowered the cat and she greedily lapped up the milk.
“She’s cute,” Trent said.
The ball of fluff raised her head, licking white drops off her mouth.
“What should we name her?” I hoisted the kitten and cuddled her in my arms.
Trent wrapped one arm around me, and scratched under her white chin. “Charm?” he asked, looking into my eyes as his breath tickled my neck.
I melted into the crook of his arm. “It’s perfect.”  
He rubbed the cat behind her ears. “I’d rather have a dog,” he teased.
I covered the cat’s pointy ears with my hands. “Shhh, Charm will hear you.”
Trent grinned, taking the kitten from my arms and surprising me by kissing Charm’s head. He set her on the floor and grasped my hand. The same shock lit up all my nerve endings.
“Come on,” he said, then turned back. “Here kitty, kitty.”
Charm obediently followed us through the lower level, consisting of three parlors, a drawing room, library—with bookcases that nearly reached the ceiling and contained hundreds of books—dining room, and an enormous kitchen.

Quote from BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN – “A Kiss”:


His hands gripped my shoulders and he yanked me against him, his mouth covering mine in a deep kiss. The caress of his lips was softer than I’d imagined. An unfamiliar rush of excitement engulfed my senses. My hands wrapped around his neck, fingering his silky hair. His moist lips seared a path along my neck, igniting a blaze of desire that flooded my skin everywhere his lips touched. My heart pounded. Then his mouth found mine and my whole body tingled. He touched my face softly with his fingertips, holding me in place. My own fingers caressed his face, his neck, grasped onto his shoulders. My nails dug into his shirt as I kissed him back. I was overcome with heat and yearning. I pressed myself closer to him, knowing all the while that we could be caught at any moment by his uncle. I didn’t care.
Boys had kissed me before, but not like this. Never like this. And I wanted more. Now. I leaned into him…


Quote from SHATTERED SILENCE – “Scars”:

Nothing about you is ugly, Shi. See this scar on my lip?” Trent pointed to the faint, discolored blemish on his mouth that ended in a jagged line at his jaw, barely marring his perfection.
I thought his slight imperfection made him more empathic. Not such a ten on a scale of Abercrombie model hotness. It also made him more human—which was kind of weird because there was a whole argument going on in my head at the moment about whether he was actually human, but I dismissed it. Just my overactive imagination. And I had enough crap to deal with.
I nodded, chin touching my chest. “That’s nothing.”
“Let me see it.” His fingers played with my sleeve. “I have ugly scars, too. Except you could say mine are all psychological.” He laughed, but it seemed so hollow and sad.
Sitting up, I pushed his hand away. “Oh, those are not good.” I looked deeply into his eyes, lost in those deep, green pools.
He stretched out beside me, tugging me close to him. His voice low as he said, “It’s only because my mom died. My dad forced me to go to therapy for years. It sucked, but now I’m kinda glad I went.” He blew out a breath, but turned his face away, so I couldn’t see his eyes. Read his expression. “Not sure it did much good though. Anyway, my last therapist said I harbored internal guilt because my mom killed herself...and although my dad never said it, he implied that she did it because of me.” His voice sounded brittle. “Like it was my fault that she didn’t wanna stick around and take care of me… sometimes life just sucks.”
I laid there for a moment, feeling for him. Feeling for me.


Quote from MOONLIGHT MAYHEM – “Hero Intercedes”:


His hands flickered upward, and before I knew it, they were cupping my face. So damnably fast now. Demon-like fast. He reeled me closer, and our foreheads joined. He held me, while I trembled in his arms. I was vaguely aware of Evans and Maxwell watching, although it didn’t seem important. Nothing seemed important whenever he held me. As if we were enclosed in our own personal bubble made only for the two of us. We stood like that until my shaky legs regained strength. I shut my eyes and pretended my body wasn’t sizzling with heat-lightning because Trent stood so close. My hormones always decided to rebel whenever he put his arms around me. It felt like the best thing I’d experienced since before Dad’s death. And that’s saying a bunch.


Quote from RECKLESS REVENGE – “Zombie Encounter”:

With sluggish, jerking movements, a teenage girl appeared from the fog. Thick blue veins swelled through her waxed paper skin. The ivory trim on her ragged cheerleading outfit was yellowed and grimy. Her aura glimmered like a dying fire. A sickly sweet stench rose from the blond-haired walking dead. She licked her dry, cracked lips.
Zombies. Seriously? Not bad enough I had to battle lycans, but now the walking dead?
She shambled forward with outstretched arms—full Thriller-style. “Aaarrgghh!”
I shrieked and pointed the squirt gun at zombie girl, then squeezed the trigger. A stream of holy water struck the walking dead in the face. She thrashed her head and shook off beads of holy water from her short blondish hair. She charged and hit me hard. The force of my landing knocked the wind out of me. Confused and frightened, I scrambled to my feet.
I kicked her in the stomach and she stumbled backward into a tombstone. I glanced at the shades. “Could use some help here, guys!”
Nothing. Only stares. Creepy smiles. Friggin’ great.
I crouched to sweep one outstretched leg behind zombie girl’s ankles, yanking her feet from under her. She stood faster than I would’ve thought possible for a dead chick and took two staggering steps back, then lunged. I headbutted her crazy hard. Even I saw stars for a second. I swayed, but managed to stay upright.
Guess my kickboxing lessons had finally paid off!
Before she could attack, I created a fireball between my palms. I raised my hand to throw the ball of flames, and then froze. The fire illuminated her cherub face. That’s when I recognized her…


Thank you so much for letting me chat up my YA series with all of you. It’s been an honor to share my favorite moments from the first two books in the Spellbound series. If you haven’t seized your copy of BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN yet, please do so. Epic thrills, spooky adventures, and passionate romance await you! I hope everyone enjoyed this post, now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably one of mine.
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Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.
Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.
But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
BUY BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (book 1):
ISBN: 978-0976180425
ASIN: B0058DE8YI
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Platform 21 Blog Tour

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*Best Debut Author of 2013" award from the Bookworm Best Awards* 

The Role of Music in Writing, and Platform 21 

Art is a living, breathing element. We crave art and the beauty it brings our lives. Without it, our world would be cold and passionless. Music, in particular, is a very special kind of art. Just about any other type of artist draws from music for inspiration. As for me, I can’t remember a time when I could sit down and write much of anything without music. It became so important to this journey of mine that without it, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to find the story that I did. My debut novel, Platform 21, is connected to a variety of songs and music. Music breathed life into my writing. As a result, I often feel the music moving through me and onto the pages of my story. It’s an absolute joy when this happens – it just becomes a necessary part of the process once you experience it. 

Music became so interweaved with my writing experience, I can link a song for just about every chapter in my book. “This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight” by Dinah Washington and Max Richter followed me throughout much of my writing, but I could definitely feel it with me when I wrote the climactic experience in Chapter One. “Bleeding Out,” by Imagine Dragons became the anthem for the two main characters and the sacrifices they make for each other throughout the book. Their partnership was strangely destined, almost pre-determined. Though they struggle with each other as their inner turmoil overflows, they still knew to find comfort in each other’s arms. Now, as I’m writing Book 2 of Beyond the Veil, ‘The Vorago Initiative,’ when I think about these two characters I can’t help but to listen to “All of Me” by John Legend. Their story just pours through the music – I almost can’t help myself but to stop and think about all of it when the right tune comes on. 

Some of the music even made it on to the pages of my book. East Liverpool, OH - the setting for Platform 21, is home to one of the greatest hymnists of all time. Will Thompson called this little potter’s town home and he even donated a large plot of land to the city to be used as a park. To this day, the park still remains, and so does the spirit of his music. Pulling from his long list of hymns, two made it into the book. Both “It’s going to be a great day,” and “Softly and Tenderly,” were essential elements to crafting the story, and setting the mood in critical parts of the book. I remember when I conducted the research to connect Thompson hymns to the book. A journey I thought would take days only took minutes. This music seamlessly weaved its way into the fabric of the story, and in many ways set the tone for the book and even the rest of the series. 

For the first time in my writing career, I was moved to compose an original set of lyrics. One of the most fascinating characters of the book, Jessica, is a contestant on a singing competition show called, “American Diva.” It’s an all-female singing competition, and she manages to snag a spot in the finals. Just before her second performance on the big stage in Las Vegas – a terrible event happens in her home town. As a tribute to her friends, family, and neighbors, she writes an original song. This moment had to be written perfectly, as Jessica’s place in the series is a very important one and she doesn’t get much ‘screen-time’ in the first book. What resulted (strangely in only a matter of minutes of writing on my part) was a song that related not only to her, but also many of the other characters in the book. In fact, the song became relevant in two different places. What resulted was perhaps one of the most memorable scenes I’ve ever written, all while giving a voice to a moment so heart wrenching, it would have been impossible to write without. 

However, the music just didn’t stop there. After releasing the book to Kindle, I started to get e-mails from readers who submitted their own playlist of songs they felt helped inspire the book. The range of music sent to me was a bit overwhelming and exciting. Readers felt music in my writing. They made the connection and feverishly searched for their own piece of musical influence. Songs like “The Royal We” by the Silversun Pickups, and “Wake Me Up” by Avicii started hitting my inbox. I’ve never heard of these songs before, but after listening to them – I felt like I’ve known the music for many years. 

It’s all just a bit of magic that stemmed not through my writing, but rather, the music that inspired me. Inspiration and passion travels full circle. It is my hope my writing will inspire others to create powerful works of art. It would be one of the greatest gifts and honors I could ever receive. Just think, it all started with a song, and in the end – it became something much bigger that could potentially grow and grow long after I’ve finished walking this earth. 

ABOUT PLATFORM 21 

Luke’s life is about to take a dangerous turn. But first he has to die. 

In the year 2052, high school sophomore Luke Gibson considers himself an average teenager in a world on the brink of monumental change. Joining his parents and sister, Laura, at the first World Energy Initiative Conference, he is among thousands gathered in a Denver arena to celebrate free renewable energy when a massive earthquake strikes killing everyone in the stadium. The last thing Luke sees before his death is a girl reaching out to him—a stranger whose face he remembers from his dreams. 

The end, however, is not the end. Suddenly, inexplicably, Luke is back home in Ohio and everything is different. His sister is gone, the victim in an unsolved homicide years before. Angela, his mysterious dream girl, is here also, and the only person besides Luke who recalls the previous reality. And now their determination to uncover the truth about Laura’s murder and their transformed world is making them targets—forced to flee for their lives from a nameless shadow organization and a government seeking vengeance for an unthinkable act of terror—as they stand on the threshold of a dark conspiracy that threatens all humankind. 

With Platform 21, a brilliantly inventive and unrelentingly exciting excursion to a troubled near-future, author T.R. Patrick joins the ranks of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Pittacus Lore (I Am Number Four) and other masters of YA speculative suspense fiction. The first book in the “Beyond the Veil” series, Platform 21 follows teenager Luke Gibson up to and beyond his death in a horrific terrorist attack in Denver in the year 2052. Reawakening in a world strangely transformed, Luke sets out to uncover the truth about his new reality—joining forces with Angela, a girl he had seen previously in his dreams, in a desperate race for survival that will propel them across the threshold of an insidious global conspiracy that threatens the future of all humanity. 

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Author Bio Author Timothy R. Patrick, born in 1985, started writing when he was only nine, delivering his first short story to his Mom for her birthday. Since then, writing has been an incredible passion. Every chance he could write, he took it. He even scratched out a few stories in Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Tim spent four years in the Navy achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class. He served three years aboard USS Chosin and was deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror, and Iraqi Freedom. However, he would always be remembered as the guy who sat in the corner of the mess decks writing a book he would never release. He said it wasn't good enough.

After his time in the Navy, Tim became a Test Engineer working for companies like Scientific Research Corporation and Hewlett Packard. During this phase of his life he moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he bought a home and tried to settle into the American Dream. But Tim wasn't content with that, he wanted to do something more than work the 9 to 5. So, he tried his hand at politics and ran for Dorchester County Council as an Independent. They said he was too young and verbose. After losing the election, he decided to try his hand at writing instead.

Today, Timothy Patrick is the author of, Platform 21 - the first installment of the "Beyond the Veil" series. Platform 21 is a novel set in the near future which follows a young man on a journey to solve his sister's murder in the midst of global conspiracy. His current project is, The Vorago Initiative - which picks up right where Platform 21 left off.

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