Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Interview with Bobbi JG Weiss, author of Hooked

Bobbi JG Weiss made her world debut one Christmas morning (cough-mutter-mutter) years ago, and as long as she can remember, she’s wanted to be a writer. Why? She has no idea. Probably a birth defect.

After several boring “normal” jobs, her writing wishes came true — she and her husband/partner David Cody Weiss began to make their living as full-time freelance writers, focusing on Hollywood tie-in merchandise like movie/TV novel adaptations, comics, and other related and often ridiculous products. After 20+ years of this, the “WeissGuys” decided to enter the wild world of self-publishing.

You can find more information about Bobbi, her books, her life, and her weird husband at She also posts on Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook unless her passwords mysteriously stop working and she can’t get on, which seems to happen a lot. Why? She has no idea. Probably computer voodoo.

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About The Book

He is not Captain Hook.

His name is Jonathan Stuart, and he’s just an ornery post-alcoholic bookstore owner from Pasadena with a mania for fencing and a bad habit of disappointing his girlfriend. He doesn’t want to be in the Neverland, impossibly trapped aboard the Jolly Roger with a horde of greedy stinking pirates. He was tricked there by Peter Pan.

Pan happily invites children to come to his wondrous magical island, but he has to trick adults. No adult in their right mind would go willingly. Adults, you see, don’t have a very good time in the Neverland. The fairies and mermaids are against them. The island itself is against them. Most of all, Peter Pan is against them.

In particular, Peter Pan is against Jonathan Stuart. Why? Jonathan had better figure that out, and he’d better do it fast before his mutating memories insist that, not only does he indeed belong in this nightmarish hell of bloodthirsty children, ticking crocodiles and vengeful boy gods, but he’s never existed anyplace else.

So you see, he’s definitely not Captain Hook.

Well, not yet.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

I got the idea for HOOKED waaaay back in 1990, when Disney's Peter Pan was first released as a VHS and I'd bought a copy. I remember the moment exactly — I was standing in my bedroom looking at the cover, and I thought out of nowhere, "Captain Hook isn't a villain. He actually seems rather unhappy. But why?" I decided to read the original novel by J.M. Barrie, and I discovered that Hook is miserable, often falling into "melancholy." And I thought, "Why did Barrie make him that way?" True, Pan took Hook's hand, but that makes Hook angry, not melancholy. The melancholy seems to come from somewhere else. I toyed with the idea for years, being too busy at that time earning a living as a full-time freelance writer to do more than jot down plot ideas. (The last thing you want to do after a long day of writing is write.) It took me practically 20 years to finish!

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

HOOKED was very hard to write. For one thing, I had no idea what I was talking about. Pirates and tall ships and beloved classic characters — I knew I had to do extensive research and get it right. So I researched my pants off. (I've posted my HOOKED research library up on my website if you want to actually see what I did. Go to the Store and then click HOOKED Behind-the-Scenes.)

The biggest problem I had was that I couldn't write the book at first. I realized I just wasn't a good enough writer to handle the complex story I wanted to tell. Instead of paring it down, though, I decided to let myself grow as a writer. That wasn't an easy decision to make, because I really wanted to write the sucker, but I forced myself to wait till I felt ready. That is the advice I'd like to give other writers. Be honest about your abilities. Don't put something out until it's the best it can be. If that means waiting awhile, then wait.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I self-published. When my agent of many years decided to quit and do other things, I knew it could take months just to find a new agent, let alone a publisher. I was already curious about the self-publishing movement, so I decided to dive in. It's been a ton of work, but it's been worth it. The process has taught me so much about so many different things!

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I crept up on publishing, first by selling short comics, then longer comics, then full Disney comic books, then books. So I was used to seeing my name in print by stages. (I will, however, admit to going to bookstores just to gaze at my name on the shelf!) And I've always been determined to be a writer, so for me, it was only a matter of time.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I'm used to juggling several writing projects at once, so I have 3 at present. 1) A New Adult SF trilogy that's sort of adventure/horror. By horror I mean creepy-in-concept like HOOKED is, not gore or anything. I like creepy. I hope to have the first book done and out within a year. 2) A wacky comedy chapter book series about a girl who was named after a bottle of shampoo. I'm almost done with that, so I plan to have the first book out next year, perhaps the summer. 3) Another chapter book series that's sort of edutainment (I do so hate that term, but whatever). This book will be fun to write because the protagonist is a lot like I was as a kid — she's growing up with a lot of animals, and I was a 4-H'er with lots of animals. I don't think the first book will be ready for awhile, though. It's my "back burner" project. And I have lots of ideas beyond those!

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

Okay, here goes — I LOVE FANFIC! I think some fanfic writers are better than some professionals. So now follows the obligatory statement: I have never stolen an idea or concept from fanfic. I've been around long enough that I have more of my own ideas than I can ever write. I like fanfic sites because I'm a shameless fangirl. (My very first "published" story was a Star Trek fic in a fan mag. Later, I took that idea and turned it into one of the Star Trek Next Generation: Starfleet Academy novels I wrote for Simon & Schuster, a Data adventure entitled Deceived.) GO FANFIC WRITERS!

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?
No message. I wrote HOOKED to give you the creeps, and maybe a few laughs. It's pure entertainment. (Well, unless you're a male with the last name of Stuart...)

Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Hauntings. Pirates. Doomed love. Sword fights. Frantic struggle. Madness. Storms at sea. Evil that is not really evil and kindness that is not really kind. And dreams about giants. Very big, very prophetic giants. Heh.

Interview with Cerece Rennie Murphy, author of Order of the Seers Trilogy

Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., with her sister and mom. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. As an ardent fan of John Donne, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut and Alexander Pope from an early age, Cerece began exploring her own creative writing through poetry. She earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively, and built a rewarding 15-year career in program development, management and fundraising in the community and international development arenas – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction through works like Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed,” Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and “The X-Files.” In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event - a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the “Order of the Seers” trilogy. Cerece lives just outside of her hometown of Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.

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About The Book

What would you do if you held infinite power in the palm of your hand?

The Order of the Seers trilogy poses this question within a story that fuses action, mystery, and romance within a science fiction adventure that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Captured and enslaved for their extraordinary gift, a group of individuals, known as Seers, are forced to serve a ruthless world organization that uses the power of the Seers to exploit the ultimate advantage: knowing the future. While a brother and his Seer sister fight to evade the group that hunts them, an unlikely captured Seer plots his escape from within the organization and sets off a chain of events that will change the world.

The journey begins with Order of the Seers (Book I) and continues with The Red Order (Book II).  The final chapter in the Order of the Seers trilogy, titled The Last Seer (Book III), will be released on September 30, 2014.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life! Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process. Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning? Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Well, first of all, thank you for having me! I'm thrilled to be here. The process of bringing the Order of the Seers Trilogy to life has been one of constant discovery. Four years ago, the idea for the story came to me while I was washing the dishes. I saw this man walking towards me with a cataract-like film over his eyes and ash-blonde hair. I knew instantly that he was a Seer and that he was enslaved for his ability. This entire world just came to me. I was so excited. By the time my husband got home, I had enough of the concept to know I had an actual story. At the time, I didn't even know if I could write it. Up until that point, I'd never written a full length story, but I was committed to trying. And the rest is history.....

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

You know, for the most part, I think I am lucky. I've had a story outline since before I started writing the first chapter. Halfway through writing the first book, I realized it was going to be a trilogy and I jotted down a very rough synopsis of events for the 2nd and 3rd books. So I've had a road map of where I was going since the beginning and that helped a lot. In many ways, my outline became my lifeline when my schedule left little to no time for writing. In fact, I would have to say that finding time to write was my biggest challenge with each of these books and the only advice that I have for that is to keep at it - no matter what. You will never get all the time you want, but if you keep writing, you will eventually finish.

The 2nd challenge that I faced was fear, which was constant and ongoing. Fear of rejection, fear of not being a good enough writer, fear of success (yes, every time someone tells me they bought or read my book, I feel a little queasy) and fear of failure. I'm truly sorry to say that I've never found a way around this, but what I can tell you is that I have learned to bare it without paralysis. With every book I write and publish, I'm a little less afraid. I know how to manage the fear better and work around it to get things done. Marketing guru, Seth Godin calls this dancing with the fear and I would say that is about right. My only tip on this subject is to acknowledge fear for what it is. I meet writers all the time who say "Well, I'm just not inspired right now," or "I've finished my novel, but I can't publish it until it's perfect, so I'm working on it. I'm in my 5th year of editing." I can tell that, to them, these all feel like logical and legitimate reasons not to write, but I call a foul. Are you uninspired or are you afraid that if you start to write, it won't be any good? Are you working to make your novel perfect or are you hiding behind the editing process because you are afraid of rejection? The quicker you identify things for what they are, the quicker you can decide if you're going to let fear win or not.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I self-published my books and it was really a great choice for me. Though it's been a challenging journey, I don't think my books would have gotten the exposure they have otherwise.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

Yes, there is a wonderful community of authors out there who share their wisdom with you willingly and often for free. I encourage people to take advantage of the various websites and blogs where writers have posted information on everything from how to copyright your books to best tips for fighting writer's block. You don't have to believe or follow everything, but there is a lot of hard-earned insight available if you're willing to take a moment to look for it.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

Hmm. Right now, I am working on a children's book with my 6 year old son, who loves superheroes, skateboards and swords. I hope to have it finished by Christmas. After that, I will be working on a historical adventure and a 2-part space opera. Both of them will require some pretty heavy research and planning so I don't have a deadline for either of them right now. I also recently decided that I want to write a romance because, after Order of the Seers, I need a story where my characters are not facing imminent death every second of their lives! I've already started writing it, so who knows when it will be ready, but I'm having fun.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I'm not a big "online" person, but if I am on social media, I like Facebook because it simulates more of a human exchange than any other platform out there. It took me a long time, but I finally get Facebook.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

I believe that each of us has a God-given potential and purpose - to inspire, to educate, to free, to lead. At the end of the day, I would love for people to read Order of the Seers and then ask themselves, what am I really capable of? I believe each of us can be superheroes.

Q: Thank you again for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you again for the opportunity to share with you and your readers. It has been a pleasure. If anyone would like to learn more about me or my work, they can visit my website at

Married One Night Book Blitz - Win $25 Amazon Gift Card!

We're happy to be hosting Amber Leigh Williams and her MARRIED ONE NIGHT Book Blitz today!  Be sure to enter the $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway below.  Giveaway ends 12 a.m. October 2!

Title: Married One Night
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle
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What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

Book Excerpt:

Before Olivia could shoulder her way through the door, it opened quickly. She felt herself pitch over, tripping over the edge of the bedsheet. Cursing, she fell against the lean, chiseled chest of the man on the other side of the bathroom doorjamb.

She heard his surprised whoosh just before his arms snagged her under the shoulders and curled around her to keep her from falling at his feet. Her cheek pressed tight against his sternum. He was so warm. The deep timbre of a chuckle trebled beneath the ear pressed to his chest and words, rough around the edges, came floating from his mouth. “Ah, she wakes.”

When she tried to pull herself back, he held her fast to him for a moment longer to make sure she had her footing. With a murmured, “Easy there, love,” he released her and she stepped away, seeking his face.

He was smiling. The soft expression was tense around the edges, probably from what she could guess was a good deal of pounding happening on the inside of his head, too. She drew in a breath. His eyes were a brilliant shade of green. Dimples, or laugh lines, dug in around his mouth and the corners of his eyes. A man who smiled often and laughed well, Olivia surmised. His hair was blond and wet from a shower she assumed, judging by the steam behind him. He’d combed the hair back from his forehead, leaving his high brow bare.

A towel hung loosely around his waist. She blinked. She was staring. But the longer she stared, the more she could remember from last night, and the giddy spontaneity and blistering heat of all that had transpired made her forget for a moment how miserable she felt.

And, bless him, he didn’t seem to mind the staring. He was doing a good bit of his own. The smile on his lips deepened into a full-fledged grin, eyes softening further as he took her in. “Well. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.”

She found a smile curving at the corner of her mouth. He was British. His words were enunciated with the high-class sounds of English breeding and good humor. His voice was like fine-aged wine. Or whiskey.

Whiskey, she decided. It had a good, old-fashioned burn to it.

Lifting her hands to the sheet knotted just under her collarbone, she made sure it was in place before dragging a hand back through her long, curly, bedraggled tresses. “Erm…good morning?” Olivia said, unsure of herself. Usually, she knew how to navigate the awkward, morning-after interlude. But this stranger’s clean-cut, unexpected appeal threw her for a loop.

He beamed and held out a hand, skimming far and above the awkwardness of the situation with good-natured ease. “Gerald Leighton. It’s lovely to meet you…again.”

About the Author:

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guest post: "Promotion for Writers," by Beverly McClure

I want to write. Isn’t that what writers are supposed to do? Well, maybe once upon a time all writers had to do was write. Times have changed. Today, writing isn’t enough for most writers. Now, if you’re already famous for some reason, if people know your name, you can probably get away with very little promotion. Your famous name will sell your books. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, no one except my family, friends, and former students have ever heard of me. So that means if I want people to read my books, I have to let them know they’re published. There are a lot of ways to do this. I’m trying them all and still don’t know which ways are best. I’ll share with you what I do.

One: Blogging. I have two major blogs and some for my different books. On Blogspot, I promote not only my work but the work of other writers too. I post book reviews, cover reveals, guest posts, interviews and whatever an author would like to say about his/her book. Once a month, I also post for a group I belong to that links to hundreds of writers, The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, started by Alex J. Cavanaugh. We post about our insecurities and encourage each other. Sheri Larsen’s baby is the Rebel Writer’s Creed that helps us evaluate how we’re doing each month.

Wordpress is my other blog. Here I talk about my work, my editing, awards, when a book is coming out, and things like that. I also have tips for writers and excerpts from my books, along with videos and other information I hope readers will enjoy. I also have links to my blog for my YA novels and for my MG novels.

Two: Facebook is another place where I promote my work. I have three pages there, one a fan page. I post about my work, about other writers, and also about my life. I talk about my cats. I post pictures of the sunrise, birds, and my cats. I wish other writers Happy Birthday. Basically, I keep in touch.

Three: Yes, I tweet on Twitter too, for my friends and me. Good Reads, Library Thing, and Shelfari are some of the places where I post reviews for others and have a few friends.

Four: And don’t forget personal promotion too. Book signings at bookstores and libraries, craft fairs, and school visits are where you can show off your work and find new fans. Even if they don’t buy your books then they’ll remember you and perhaps buy them later. I give away little finger puppets to the wee ones, bookmarks, pencils, and other stuff that fits the theme of my books. SCBWI and other conferences (though I’ve only been to a couple) are great to meet editors, agents, and publishers. Check for Online Conferences which often are free and have a lot of information.

I’ve probably left out something very important here, but I can’t think what. I’m always looking for new ways to promote my books.

Happy Promotion to You.


Title: Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat
Genre: Paranormal
Author:  Beverly Stowe McClure
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
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Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.
Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, and the fun begins.


When Beverly Stowe McClure was in eighth grade, her teacher sent her poem “Stars” to the National High School Poetry Association, and she was soon a published writer in Young America Sings, an anthology of Texas high school poetry. Today, Beverly is a cum laude graduate of Midwestern State University with a BSEd degree. For twenty-two years, she taught children to read and write. They taught her patience. She is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats.
Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices in her head tell her. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps photos of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. She also enjoys visiting with her family and teaching a women’s Sunday school class at her church. Her articles have been published in leading children’s magazines. Two of her stories are in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ANTHOLOGIES, and she has nine novels published, two of them award winning novels at Children’s Literary Classics and other competitions.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Blitz: Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz #bookblitz

We're happy to be hosting William R. Leibowitz and his Miracle Man Book Blitz today!

About the Book:

Title: Miracle Man
Author: William Leibowitz
Publisher: Manifesto Media Group
Pages: 428
Genre: Cross-genre Thriller
Format: Paper/Kindle

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The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. 

Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real. 

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history.  But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect.  Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal.  But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.  

Book Excerpt:

  A tall figure wearing a black-hooded slicker walked quickly through the night carrying a large garbage bag.  His pale face was wet with rain.  He had picked a deserted part of town.  Old warehouse buildings were being gutted so they could be converted into apartments for non-existent buyers.  There were no stores, no restaurants and no people. 
  “Who’d wanna live in this shit place?”  he muttered to himself.  Even the nice neighborhoods of this dismal city had more “For Sale” signs than you could count.
  He was disgusted with himself and disgusted with her, but they were too young to be burdened.  Life was already hard enough.    He shook his head incredulously.  She had been so damn sexy, funny, full of life.   Why the hell couldn’t she leave well enough alone?    She should have had some control. 
 He wanted to scream-out down the ugly street, “It’s her fucking fault that I’m in the rain in this crap neighborhood trying to evade the police.” 
  But he knew he hadn’t tried to slow her down either.   He kept giving her the drugs and she kept getting kinkier and kinkier and more dependent on him and that’s how he liked it.   She was adventurous and creative beyond her years.  Freaky and bizarre.  He had been enthralled, amazed.  The higher she got, the wilder she was.  Nothing was out of bounds.  Everything was in the game. 
  And so, they went farther and farther out there.  Together.  With the help of the chemicals.  They were co-conspirators, co-sponsors of their mutual dissipation.  How far they had traveled without ever leaving their cruddy little city.  They were so far ahead of all the other kids. 
  He squinted, and his mind reeled.  He tried to remember in what month of their senior year in high school the drugs became more important to her than he was.  And in what month did her face start looking so tired, her complexion prefacing the ravages to follow, her breath becoming foul as her teeth and gums deteriorated.  And in what month did her need for the drugs outstrip his and her cash resources. 
  He stopped walking and raised his hooded head to the sky so that the rain would pelt him full-on in the face.  He was hoping that somehow this would make him feel absolved.  It didn’t.  He shuddered as he clutched the shiny black bag, the increasingly cold wet wind blowing hard against him.  He didn’t even want to try to figure out how many guys she had sex with for the drugs. 
The puddle-ridden deserted street had three large dumpsters on it.   One was almost empty.  It seemed huge and metallic and didn’t appeal to him. The second was two-thirds full.  He peered into it, but was repulsed by the odor, and he was pretty sure he saw the quick moving figures of rodents foraging in the mess. The third was piled above the brim with construction debris.
  Holding the plastic bag, he climbed up on the rusty lip of the third dumpster.  Stretching forward, he placed the bag on top of some large garbage bags which were just a few feet inside of the dumpster’s rim.   As he climbed down, his body looked bent and crooked and his face was ashen. Tears streamed down his cheeks and bounced off his hands.  He barely could annunciate, “Please forgive me,” as he shuffled away, head bowed and snot dripping from his nose.

About the Author: 

William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years.  He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses.  At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group). 

William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.  He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George. 

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.
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In the Spotlight: Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso

Title: Lieutenant Henry Gallant
Author: H. Peter Alesso
Publisher: Video Software Publishing
Pages: 320
Genre: Science fiction space opera
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders.

Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans.

With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity.

In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

Book Excerpt:


The noise startled everyone.

The conference room door had been slammed against the wall with enough force to produce the loud bang—calling a halt to the proceedings and focusing attention on the arrival of a young slender blonde with a shapely figure, dressed in rugged outdoor hiking gear, who marched boldly into the room. She was about a year or two younger than Gallant, perhaps twenty.

She dominated everyone’s attention. It wasn’t because she was so shockingly belligerent as to require an immediate rejoinder, though she was clearly intent on being provocative—nor was she was so strikingly beautiful so as to inflame male passions, yet she was certainly attractive. No, she dominated the situation, despite portraying a rebellious joy of life, because of her defiant bearing, her air of resolution, and her dogged expression—all of which were so clearly evident—by marching, hands on hips, into the focal point of the room, thereby demanding the immediate and undivided attention of all present.

 “Alaina, you are interrupting important state business. What do you want?” demanded Wolfe, standing up to express his annoyance with her theatrical appearance.

Wolfe’s carefully crafted mask of self-assurance had slipped.

“My grandfather is unable to attend, so he asked me to take his place, which is his prerogative. Certainly that’s allowed? Isn’t it?” she asked with an authoritative voice, shifting her gaze from one council member to another, causing them to fidget in their seats as her stare met theirs.

Clearly internal politics were at play, but Gallant was wary of how he should interact with this new dynamic in the room.

Wolfe heaved a sign of resignation and sputtered, “Well—of course—under those circumstances, you’re welcome. Please sit. Here, sit next to me.”

Alaina brushed back her long flowing blonde hair and walked toward Gallant instead. “Well aren’t you going to introduce me to this officer?” she asked.

Again Wolfe heaved a sign of resignation, this time deeper and more sustained. “Lieutenant Gallant, this is Alaina Hepburn, granddaughter of Professor James Hepburn, a leading citizen, a member of this council, and our leading expert on cybernetics.”

“I’m glad to meet you, Ms. Hepburn,” said Gallant, standing and offering his hand.

“A pleasure, Lieutenant.” Alaina bowed her head slightly, but kept her hands clasped to her hips.

A moment later, to Gallant’s surprise, she flashed him a luminescent smile and took the seat beside him, tapping her fingers impatiently on the top of the table. With her hair pulled back from her face, the creamy beauty of her skin was exposed.

Gallant took his place beside her.