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“Fans of apocalyptic stories looking for a change from tales of melting ice caps will enjoythis cooler treat.” (BookLife)

They said it wouldn’t happen. Everything would be better. They were wrong.

After a climate change experiment goes terribly wrong, August Madison, finds herself resurrected in a frozen wasteland.

With most of the world’s population and food sources annihilated, depraved nomadic gangs patrol the lawless landscape as outlasters claw for survival.

Amid the chaos, Graysen Marx, iron-fisted leader of the domed settlement Liberty, emerges from the catastrophic event with his own agenda.

When August crosses his path, he sees an opportunity he must exploit.

She sees an evil she must destroy.

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A new enemy rises. Surviving the cold is only the beginning.

Weeks after a failed climate change experiment triggers a new Ice Age, a dangerous resistance is growing at Liberty, the Mars prototype biodome settlement in Rhode Island after Graysen Marx is removed from power.

Trying to cope with the reality of the icy new world, August and a group of survivors are forced to make a perilous journey to Boston in search of biofuel but the lawless landscape and killing cold are more than just a breeding ground for deadly scavengers foraging for food.

When August discovers additional information about her father’s climate change experiment and Graysen Marx’s involvement, she learns that a young survivor who can predict the future may hold the key to the future of civilization. And August and her friend’s paranormal abilities may not be enough to save what’s left of humanity from what is about to come.

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In the third exciting installment of the Sum of all Tears series, the last of humanity needs a hero as chaos rises to dangerous levels inside Liberty and threatens the future of civilization.

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Lethal Journey by Kim Cresswell (Novella)
Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.
But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

Going Once, Going Twice, Dead by Jerri Drennen (Novella)
Gruesome murder rocks art world
Hard-nosed Detective Dane Reynolds has met his match with up-and-coming sculptress, Simone Preston, the prime suspect in his current homicide.
Simone is shocked when her ex-boyfriend is found strung to a piece of art she has up for auction, especially since he’s not the only former flame to be murdered.

Target in the Sun by Lynda Filler (Full-length novel)
An infant loses both his parents tragically and spends his youth and young adulthood in disconnected search and longing in coastal Mexico.
Anticipation builds as powerful human emotions span a search for love in a world of illicit drug trade from the depths of lush Mexican jungles across borders throughout America.
Amidst the turmoil Carlos becomes a man in a search for belonging that leads him on a dangerous romp from the sultry Mexican Riviera beaches to the heat of coastal nightclubs and salacious entanglements behind closed doors.
As time passes he meets Mia in Puerto Vallarta. At first mere carnal instinct, this new acquaintance brings discovery, emotional attachment and a burning desire for enduring love as it was always meant to be.

As the World Ends by Marian Lanouette (Novella)
Could you kill to survive? Would you?
Rob and Lauren Henderson are faced with these decisions as they escape to the mountains to wait out the chaos happening around the country. Explosions in their neighborhood and looting have them packing up their car to head to a secluded area. Believing the Mayan prophecy has come to pass, Rob swears to Lauren he will protect her at all costs.
Once up on the mountain they encounter man’s worse predator–man. Survivalist nut Roan Kline was prepared for the end. It doesn’t matter it’s happening a year later than predicted. He to heads up the mountain for the spot he had set-up for this very event.
Who survives when one man believes he’s entitled to another man’s woman? In the end there were three…then there were two.

Sovereign Plague by Rachel A Olson (Novella)
In the year 3127, the human race faces possible extinction when a viral outbreak spreads like wildfire during a never ending cold spell. Former militia member Barrick Hardison has been forced to use his training for survival before, and finds himself doing it again…but this time for a woman he hardly even knows. After meeting under extreme circumstances, Barrick begrudgingly allows Lyza to tag along with him.
When it seems like their situation can’t possibly get worse, the strength of the Defects seems to be growing with numbers, and Barrick’s sanity begins to waver amidst it all. Will he get Lyza and her precious cargo to safety or will his uncontrollable feelings and impending psychosis prevent him from reaching their much needed destination?

BLENDING TWO WORLDS – JET: DUPLICITY #newrelease @kindleworlds #IARTG #JetKWorld

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What is Kindle Worlds?

Kindle Worlds is  a place for authors “to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds” such as Russell Blake’s Jet World, Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga, Barry Eisler’s John Rain novels, Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series, and The Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson, just to name a few. Learn more about Kindle Worlds for Authors.  Readers…check out all the Kindle Worlds here.  At the moment, Kindle Worlds books are only available for sale on Amazon.com (US site only).
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**Featuring JET from Russell Blake’s bestselling action-adventure thriller series and characters from Kim Cresswell’s action-packed Whitney Steel suspense series!**

After eliminating an al Qaeda terrorist cell and destroying a dirty bomb in Colombia destined for the United States, JET, Mossad’s former deadliest operative is hidden half around the world in Bangkok finally living the life she’s always wanted with her daughter, Hannah.
But when a Russian troll farm wreaks havoc by circulating rumors that Jet and her team killed the leader of the Sur del Calle cartel, unexpected enemies surface and a past adversary with a thirst for revenge hunts down the team vying for the big payoff—kill JET.
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DUPLICITY  is the second book in the Survival Series and explores different genres. Action. Adventure. Thriller.  The story is set in Las Vegas, Bangkok, and Russia.  Las Vegas was chosen because it’s my two main characters (Hal Decker and Angela Donahue) usual stomping grounds. Bangkok was revisited because some of the stories in Russell Blake’s original JET series were set there.  It is a place where JET feels safe in my story–or at least she thinks she is. I also chose Russia because I’ve always been intrigued by troll farms, how they operate,  and how they choose the fake stories and propaganda to circulate.

 

Meet some of the characters from JET:  OBLIVION  and JET: DUPLICITY

“Known by her codename JET, Maya is Mossad’s deadliest operative. As beautiful as she is lethal, Maya possesses a colorful past—one littered with missions carried out in extreme prejudice. She’s faked her own death, found and lost love, and rediscovered the daughter who was stolen from her at birth. But with enemies all around the world, Maya’s future is uncertain and her past not fully revealed.”

Hal Decker and Angela Donahue are my two crossover characters. They were first introduced in RETRIBUTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book #2) and met during a covert mission in Colombia while Hal was helping a good friend save his fiancee after she was kidnapped by the drug cartel.

Hal is a former FBI agent, elite sniper and an ex-marine. He’s a mellow kind of guy with soft voice and has a serious vibe to him. People who meet him aren’t sure if he is friend or foe. He’s brilliant and cunning. He reminds me of a younger Ron Perlman playing the character Luther Braxton in the TV show; The Blacklist.

Angela is thirty-three years old and ex-US military intelligence (surveillance/reconnaissance) who worked intelligence operations in numerous overseas environments as well as in South and Central America. She’s also the go-to-girl you call to help get you out of a hostile territory during a dangerous mission. Her specialty—exit plans. She’s pretty good at kicking butt too.

I decided to use JET and Hannah from the original JET Series in  DUPLICITY. I wanted to show the softer side of JET as a mother forced to do whatever it takes to protect her child. I also wanted readers to see more of Hannah this time around.

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The major theme in DUPLICITY is the will to survive. Whether it’s a character who is an alcoholic or a character who’s risking her life to stop a terrorist attack—in the end it’s all about survival. It’s also the main theme in my other works as well. My books all have very strong female leads who have to fight to survive one way or another.

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“An entertaining and complex novella with some solid twists at the end.” -Cheryl Kaye Tardif, international bestselling author of SUBMERGED

“Chocked full of action and tells a complex story appropriately paced that does not rush the reader. Lethal Journey fits the adage, “good things come in small packages”. -Manic Readers

“Be prepared for a surprise ending that will blow you away.” -Fran Orenstein, Sunwriter

“The cops. The mob. The district attorney. Lethal Journey is an intricate and suspenseful thriller that offers an action packed thrill-ride with stunning revelations and a nail-biting conclusion!” -Patricia, Room With Books

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A killer lurks in the shadows of Hyde Park, New York…waiting.

Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.

For three decades, Gino Valdina has led New York’s Valdina crime family. Since his recent indictment for murder, the leadership of the family is in turmoil, appalled by the death of one of their own, Gino’s wife, Madelina. Without the support of the family behind him, Valdina will do anything to save himself.

But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

Monday, July 14th is Digital Book Day! Get FREE Bestselling eBooks!

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With all the chaos surrounding our industry, we thought it time to focus on the one person publishing can not survive without: The Reader.

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“An entertaining and complex novella with some solid twists at the end.” -Cheryl Kaye Tardif, international bestselling author of SUBMERGED

Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.

For three decades, Gino Valdina has led New York’s Valdina crime family. Since his recent indictment for murder, the leadership of the family is in turmoil, appalled by the death of one of their own, Gino’s wife, Madelina. Without the support of the family behind him, Valdina will do anything to save himself.

But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif Reaches for New York Times Bestseller Gold with SUBMERGED + Giveaway!

Submerged_FB_Banner1Canadian suspense author Cheryl Kaye Tardif is hoping to achieve a monumental dream this March—making the New York Times bestsellers list for her ebook, SUBMERGED. Gathering an “army” of dedicated friends and fans, she will be promoting this book with a special sale and a contest filled with awesome prizes. Join the army!

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From the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG comes a terrifying new psychological thriller that will leave you breathless…

“Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl.” –Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption–until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger’s calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

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Book Highlight ~ Feudlings in Smoke by Wendy Knight + Giveaway

 
 

Title: Feudlings in Smoke

Author: Wendy Knight

Series: Fate on Fire #1.5

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published: January 14th, 2014

Watching helplessly while your baby sister saves the world alone? It kinda sucks.

Will Delacour is one of the most powerful sorcerers to ever live. He’s Guard to the Edren Prodigy—his sister, Ari. But he walked away from the war, refusing to fight in a cause he didn’t believe in. He was deemed a traitor by the powerful Family, and now there’s a price on his head that leaves him trapped in a prison of his own making. And he can’t even tell the love of his life what she means to him because of the magical war that still controls their lives.

Instead of embracing his destiny, Will is forced to watch as Ari goes into battle over and over again, facing her enemies alone. She might be okay with it, but he’s not. He doesn’t believe in the war, but he does believe in her, and he knows his place is fighting by her side. Somehow, Will has to find a way to be there when Ari needs him , even if it means he forfeits his own life in the process.

 
 
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Ari pointed a finger at him, “Don’t think I’ve forgotten that little stunt you pulled today. I’m debating over an adequate punishment.” She shoved herself to her feet, crossing the room and touching a finger to the spark of the doorway she’d left burning. The portal bloomed to life, and he could see the airway hanger, and the sport utility vehicle she’d affectionately named Beep, waiting for her. She stepped through, but paused just on the other side. “Will?”
“Yeah, baby sister?” he asked with a smile. She was going to tell him that he needed to lighten up, or that he wasn’t allowed to lecture boys, or that she forgot his pizza, which she had, and now that he thought about it he was mildly annoyed, but she surprised him.
“You always say that you aren’t there to protect me like you’re supposed to. I think you don’t realize something.” She tipped her head sideways, considering him while his mouth hung open. “You trained me, Will. Without that, I would die a thousand times before the Prodigy ever found me. And today, you stopped that e-mail. You don’t have to be fighting by my side to protect me.” She cracked the barest hint of a sarcastic smile. “Anyway, I’m an uber-powerful warrior. I don’t need a babysitter.” Her sarcastic smile turned sad. “I need a brother who reminds me that I’m not a monster. Who loves me and always has my back. Who reminds me that I still have hope. If not for you, I would be lost. Remember that, Will.”
 
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Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera, etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.

 
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Book Talk ~ Ingredients of a Great Thriller

Every now and then you read a novel that has you glued to the story because the action is moving at warp-speed and you’re swept away not wanting to stop reading until you know how it turns out.

The tension rises and you ride along with the characters feeling every blow right up until the climax.

In my opinion, the main ingredient in a bestselling thriller is emotion. If you feel the story in your heart and gut then the author has done his or her job.

A great thriller is unpredictable. What if the FBI agent leading a murder investigation is the killer?

A great thriller has deadlines—the ticking clock. Will the FBI agent be caught before he kills again?

A great villain is a must-have in any thriller—a villain that stirs feelings of hatred, fear, disgust and sometimes empathy in the reader.

A main character who is worthy to fight the villain and hopefully win.

The setting and the action must also be believable for the reader because if the reader doesn’t believe, the story ends.

In Lethal Journey, my heroine, Lauren Taylor, is a New York district attorney. She’s taking on the most important and dangerous case of her career, prosecuting mob boss, Gino Valdina and it’s not going to be an easy journey for her.

As the story progresses, it’s unpredictable, has deadlines, a villain who evokes fear, hatred and empathy, and a heroine and hero who are physically and emotionally worthy to battle the villain to the end.

Lethal Journey900“Lethal Journey, a fast-paced novella hits all the points of a romantic murder mystery. The protagonist is Lauren Taylor, the prosecutor in the trial of a Mafia crime boss who once before slid out from under the punishment he so deserves. Her father is the district attorney, both enmeshed in a tragic family history they can’t leave behind. Eric Brennan is the tough police detective, who moves in and out of Lauren’s life as their sometimes love connection flourishes and then falls apart. There are other great characters in this drama who deftly fill in the blanks as the plot of murder, deception and tenuous connections twist into a knot that defies the reader to solve the mystery and unearth the true antagonist. Be prepared for a surprise ending that will blow you away. –Fran Orenstein, Sunwriter

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Book Blast ~ The Offering by Kimberly Derting

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True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

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Praise for The Offering

“This was a truly epic ending to the series.” –Crystal Perkins, Goodreads Review

“The final book in Kimberly Derting’s Pledge trilogy is a thrilling conclusion. I was immediately swept up into it and powered right through. It was pretty much what I wanted with a few surprises along the way.” –Krys at Bibliopunkk Reads

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Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING (coming April 2014 from HarperTeen). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.

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“A Small Story for Page 3″ by Jack W. Germond

I’m honored today to be spotlighting A Small Story for Page 3 by Jack W. Germond.

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A Small Story for Page 3 is now available in print and eBook by MuseItUp Publishing. Sadly, Mr Germond passed away on the day the eBook released. His wife, Alice Travis Germond has graciously agreed to embark on a blog tour on Jack’s behalf. We are here today to celebrate not only Jack’s first fiction novel, but also his long and stellar career as a political reporter.

Germond had already published two non-fiction books: Fat Man in A Middle Seat and Fat Man Fed Up both with Random House. A Small Story for Page 3 was his first attempt at writing fiction. Drawing on his vast knowledge and experience of the American political scene Jack takes us the behind the scenes into the wrangling and maneuvering that is usually hidden from the public view. Of course, all the characters and situations are fictional, but Jack brings them to life and makes us care what direction their lives will take in relation to the events unfolding in the story.

65600-grey-divider-no-background-hiPlease welcome Alice Germond.

AliceTravisGermondAlice Germond is the Secretary Emeritus of the Democratic National Committee. She was elected Secretary unopposed three times from 2002 to January 2013. Alice also served on the Executive Committee, the Rules and By-Laws Committee and as Secretary for the Democratic National Convention where she called the role of states that determines the Party’s nominee. Alice has participated in every Convention since 1974 when the Party wrote its National Charter. Alice currently is an elected At-Large member of the DNC and serves on the Resolutions Committee.
Active in the Democratic Party for over 45 years, she has held leadership positions in local, state and national campaigns including Political Director for Clinton/Gore in CA, Deputy National Political Director for Michael Dukakis, and Super Delegate Director for Gary Hart. In 1988 Alice moved to Washington DC, and became Director of Political Operations for Ron Brown’s successful election as Chair of the DNC. She was named his Senior Advisor, coordinating DNC Party Programs and was his liaison to the 1992 Convention. From 1993—1996 she was Director of the DNC’s Government and Party Affairs Departments.

A strong advocate for issues and party values, Alice led the historic effort to put Geraldine Ferraro on the Democratic Ticket while Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus Democratic Task Force. During her tenure as Executive Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Fortune Magazine ranked NARAL as the most effective women’s organization in the nation. Alice also worked for the AFL-CIO’s Women’s Division and for SEIU. One of Alice’s earliest experiences was participating in Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” March on the National Mall.

Alice has broad experience as a speaker and working with the press. Her op-eds have been published by major newspapers and on the internet, and in 1995 CBS hired Alice for their special Convention Coverage Unit. She has spoken at Party Events in 50+ States and for the campaigns, organizations and issues with which she is identified. Her international work includes lectures at Tsinghua University in Beijing, leader of two delegations to Taiwan, presentations in Madrid, London, Barcelona, Toronto, the Virgin Islands and several NDI exchanges including one for the European Parliament.

In 2013 President Barack Obama appointed Alice to the prestigious Commission on White House Fellows where she currently serves. Prior commissions include the CA Council on Criminal Justice (Gov. E G Brown, Jr.) and the LA Olympics Government Affairs Committee.
Alice earned her BA from Bennington College, VT in 1965 where she received a non-resident term scholarship and was Chair of the school legislature. Her MS Degree in Public Administration/Recreation was awarded in 1977 from CA State Un. LA with a 4.0 average.

Now living on a bend of the Shenandoah River in West Virginia, Alice grows vegetables and fruits, goes running with her dog Freddy, and watches the bald eagles who have returned to the region. Coffee on the deck, warm conversation with many friends and visits from six grandchildren are a constant pleasure.

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Meet Jack W. Germond

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Jack Germond (January 30, 1928 – August 14, 2013) was a retired newspaper man, columnist and TV pundit. But like a Thoroughbred racehorse, a reporter never actually retires—he just writes about other things. The author brings his vast knowledge and understanding of the press and the business of getting the information to public to bear in his breakout novel, A Small Story for Page 3.

Mr. Germond was nationally known as a bemused liberal and was a regular on The McLaughlin Group as well as appearing on other public affairs TV programs — CNN, Meet The Press and The Today Show among others. He covered ten presidential elections, and with Jules Witcover wrote a book covering each presidential election from 1980 to 1992. Timothy Crouse made Germond a prominent figure in “Boys on the Bus” his acclaimed book on the 1972 presidential election. Mr. Germond has previously published two non-fiction books, his memoir “Fat Man in A Middle Seat” (Random House 2002) and “Fat Man Fed Up” (Random House 2005) a scride on the decline of politics in the United States. Along with Jules Witcover he wrote a syndicated column that ran in 140 papers five days a week from 1977 to 2001.

Chris Farley once spoofed Germond on Saturday Night Live. Germond was known for his no nonsense approach to reporting and his love of good food, good liquor and good friends. He instituted The Germond Rule which two generations of political reporters have adhered to. The rule simply stated that when a group of reporters dined together the tab would be split evenly, no matter who ate or drank more. This caused his many friends to eat and drink defensively when covering stories and enjoying good company.

65600-grey-divider-no-background-hiNow a little about Jack’s novel–A Small Story on Page 3.

Alice was kind enough to answer a few of my questions. I hope you enjoy our brief interview!

Kim:  What is A Small Story on Page 3 about? 

Alice:  Jack’s novel combines his love of journalism with his passion about politics and “how it works” – or doesn’t.  It’s a newspaper/political potboiler.

Kim:  What inspired Jack to write this particular story? 

Alice:  It was churning about in his head for a number of years and the time was right.

Kim: Describe Jack’s writing in three words.

Alice:  Clear, reportorial, fast.

Kim:  Are characters in the book based on anyone Jack knew? 

Alice: There were many characters that grew out of Jack’s experiences covering stories on the road or in the newsroom.  Then they took on lives of their own.

Kim:  Who gets to read Jack’s drafts before they’re published?

Alice: I read the draft, several times, the first time without permission.

Kim:  Where the names of the characters in A Small Story on Page 3” important?

Alice: Jack spent a lot of time mulling names. He had fun with that.

Kim:  Is there anything else you would like to say to Jack’s readers about A Small Story on Page 3?

Alice: It’s a fun read, particularly thinking about the great days of newspaper business and the questionable behavior of politicians.

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Blurb

After Eddie Concannon dies, the ‘nugget’ of information in his unfinished investigation leads ace reporter Harry Fletcher into a nest of scandal and intrigue.

Harry Fletcher can’t for the life of him figure out what exactly the ‘nugget’ of information his colleague, Eddie Concannon, uncovered prior to his death is. Picking his way along the threads of information, Harry soon finds himself at odds with government officials and his own newspaper seems to be involved in the collusion. Join Harry as he deciphers the clues and enjoy a journey into the world of investigative reporting set against a colorful back drop of characters and locations.

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“Oddly enough, ladies and gentlemen of the TV audience,” Harry announced in his persona as Larry Largelungs of Action Central News, “the condemned man was smiling and singing as he approached the gallows.”

The mood changed when he arrived at Wear’s office to find the executive editor and the managing editor waiting and somberly reading printouts of the story.

“This thing has to be settled today,” Wear said. “It’s gone on long enough, it’s tied us in knots, and we need to find a solution.”

“I thought we had one,” Harry said. “The story shows he has been sailing under false colors as a corruption fighter by trying to protect one of the targets of the investigation with whom he had a connection, perhaps lucrative, not previously disclosed.”

“We’re not the ones who have to be convinced,” Mike reminded him.

When they walked into Marcotte’s office, it was obvious he was not prepared to be persuaded. The publisher remained behind his huge mahogany desk and with a brusque gesture he seated the others at the small conference table.

“I’ve read the story you people seem to think should run on Page One as soon as possible,” he said, “I think it’s still libelous horseshit, and I intend to spike it, this time for good. You still have no hard evidence that Tyler Bannister resisted Phase Two because of some personal concern. But Tyler denies it flat-out and there’s no quote from him to corroborate it.”
Harry was trying to contain his fury. “The only quote from him in reply was “go fuck yourself.” Do you want to use that?”

“Don’t be flippant, Fletcher, this is a serious question.”

“We all understand that, Dave,” Wear said, stepping in quickly. “If you want a clearer denial in more decorous terms, we can do that.”

“A denial isn’t going to change the fact that we are doing serious damage to Tyler Bannister’s reputation and potentially his political career,” Marcotte said, his voice rising. “I don’t intend to be a party to that.”

“That was never our intention,” Wear said. “We’ve gone where the story has taken us. The truth is that this episode raises serious questions about Bannister’s candidacy.”

“It shows him interceding in behalf of a friend and former business associate in an official investigation,” Harry said with some heat. “That’s a part of the truth about him that we know but our readers do not.”

“Don’t give me that truth and readers crap, Fletcher,” the publisher said. “I remember you calling him a trimmer way back there. You had it in for him from the start. So did Concannon.”

“This story quotes Tom Lawton saying Bannister called him with a warning about being on Carvaggio’s list of targets and it quotes Rudy Myers as confirming that Bannister ordered Lawton’s name stricken from that list once he agreed to retire from the bench.”

“I know what the story says but, as I told you earlier, Fletcher,” Marcotte said, “it is the publisher, not the reporter, who decides what appears in the News and I have made the decision on this one.” After an interminable twenty seconds of silence, he continued, “I think we’re through here, gentlemen. Thanks for coming in.” When the elevator dropped them at the third floor, Wear beckoned them into his office and closed the door on Meg. “I don’t know what we do now,” he said.

“What you and Mike do,” Harry said, “is keep faith with the good people here who depend on you to let them put out a good newspaper and hope for change. What I do, is clean a few things out of my desk and walk out of the building. I don’t have any choice now.”

“What are you going to do about the story,” Mike asked.

“I haven’t thought it through, Mike, but I’m not going to give it to the Trib or some television station. I don’t know if the story is mine to use elsewhere or what. It would take a lot of time and effort for anyone else to duplicate it.”
Wear had a different concern. “What are you going to say when the word gets out that you’ve left the building?” he asked.

“I could just tell the truth—that I have left the News after almost thirty years because of a decision by the publisher to spike a story I wrote. Period.” He laughed. “I’ll leave it to Amy Whiting to fill in the blanks.”

At Wear’s office door, he turned to his two old friends. “Look, this isn’t the end of the world. Let’s all have dinner later in the week, some place public for all to see. Meanwhile, I’ll keep you posted.”

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