Friday, October 27, 2017

Books: Interview with Texas Author Curt Locklear

It's been a pleasure to have a chat with talented author Curt Locklear. He has a new book coming out soon, so read below to find out more about him and his writing!

Where are you from and what's your background?

I am a native Texan having grown up primarily in Austin. I have a Masters’ degree from Texas State University. I have taught history and English, and I’ve been a principal at all levels. I have three great, talented children and two wonderful grandchildren. I have ridden horses, stretched barbed wire fence, herded cattle, plucked chickens, and sung in a choir in Europe. I’m related to the first wing walker in the bi-plane barn storming era, Ormer Locklear. I regularly give talks on history or on writing and always play my banjo and guitar in the presentation.

You’re surely busy and doing lots of interesting things! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I started writing stories when I was in elementary. My first long story was about Santa Claus.

You started early! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I have an eclectic attitude in writing. I write historical fiction, contemporary fiction, romance, science fiction and mystery. My current focus is on historical fiction.

It’s always good to stretch the writing to different genres. How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

I have two books published now. You can go to my website and watch the exciting book trailers for the books. I won first place in a short story contest, and won an honorable mention in another. I have won two second place positions in short story contests. My short stories are published in four anthologies.

Congratulations on your writing accomplishments! What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

My favorite quote is “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can for all the people you can as long as you ever can. – John Wesley.

Excellent quote, thanks for sharing. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

My favorite book is the Bible. I like St. Luke’s Gospel the best. After that, I like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Beyond that, I have several favorite authors. Charles Frazier, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Robert Hicks, Ray Bradbury, and Geraldine Brooks. 

All excellent choices. So, if you could be a character from any book, which would you like to be, and why?

If I were to be a character from a book, it would probably be Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol. I believe he personified the essence of good will and a generous nature, and he has tremendous patience. 

We can tell you really enjoy A Christmas Carol! And what are you working on currently?

I’m currently working on the third book in the Asunder, Civil War trilogy. It is as yet unnamed. 

Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

You can find my books on Amazon and Outskirts Press and Warren Publishing. I am on Facebook with over 2000 followers. My twitter handle is @CurtLock. Anyone wishing a lively, fun presentation can contact me at

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I would like for readers to encourage others to put away their cell phones and T, and read a good book. I would encourage them to branch out of the genre they prefer and read other genres as well. I would encourage them to learn about history; else we will repeat the same mistakes. History, if well presented, is never boring.  

Thank you for the great suggestions and we wish you success in your upcoming release. It’s been a pleasure to find out more about you and your writing!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Books: New release: Out Of The Ashes by CN Stoesen

New Release!
Out Of The Ashes
A Story of the New Glasgow War 
CN Stoesen
Genre: Sci Fi/Action Adventure and Sci Fi/military
Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Publisher: Chris Stoesen

Format: eBook 
ASIN: B076JNY156

On Sale for Launch week for $0.99. 
The price will go back up on 10/30/2017 to $2.99

About The Book
In a war torn world, one soldier rises above the ashes to take the fight to the enemy. 

As the cities of New Glasgow lay largely in ruins, Sergeant Rachel Duncan leads her squad against the mechanized iron fist of the Federated Union of Planets. Short on men and materials, the odds are against them. Help is coming from other planets but with nothing left but strong willed determination, will they be able to hold their ground until it arrives?

In command of an under-armed platoon and ever increasing responsibilities, can Sergeant Rachel Duncan rise to the occasion, or will she crack under the intense pressure of a world under siege?

The rifle lay beside her as her back pushed tight against the shattered wall. She was breathing slowly to control her heart rate. The walker's metal joints squealed and its feet pounded the broken pavement of the street below. 

Counting in her head, she reached zero. With a flick of a finger, moved the rifle's selector switch to auto. Taking the pistol grip, she raised the weapon to her shoulder and braced it on top of the shattered wall.

The building was an apartment complex in the past. Now, it stood ruined and derelict like most buildings in her city. As she got ready to fire, she noticed the remains of wallpaper still clung to the wall she hid behind. Pastel ducks, bunnies and bears told her that the room she occupied was once a nursery. Now it was a ruin.

The Walker's thumping feet propelled it closer. There, it was two hundred meters down the street. Standing four stories tall, the Walker's torso pivoted from side to side looking for danger. Through the holographic site, she could make out the unit markings. This was a command vehicle of the Seventh Union Mechanized Infantry Division. It was probably the battalion commander's mech based on the antennas protruding from its iron grey head.

The Walker's sprouted small weapon pods from either side of its head. It was malevolence in motion. Walker's projected the power of the Union. More so than their navy as these were the sharp end of the Union's will.

Sweat rolled out from under her dusty balaclava and into her eyes. She tried to blink them clear as movement could attract unwanted attention. Waiting was always the hardest part. Engage too soon and you risked the rounds not being able to penetrate. Too late and they may not arm in time and would bounce off of the mech's armor.

There. She pulled the trigger and unleashed on the walker. With the mech a bare fifty meters from her position, the inferno rounds ate deeply into the armored skin. The first four shots were right on target. They impacted on the cockpit view screen and armor in the head of the beast. The remaining eight rounds walked to the left across the head and into the right weapons pod. Using the recoil to push her over, she fell on her back beside the wall she used for cover.

The weapons pod pulsed with light that brightened the ruin she hid within. She could only feel the deafening explosion. Her ear buds she wore under the balaclava protected her hearing from loud noises but amplified the quiet ones. Blast waves rolled over the building and knocked loose more bricks, dust and debris into the room. Covering her head with her arms, she kept her face from being torn by falling brick and shrapnel. 

With her head turned towards the center of her position, she locked eyes with a blue cloth rabbit. The well-worn toy was dust covered. Another reminder of what the Union has done to her home, her people and her planet. She reached out and picked up the toy. The face and ears were threadbare from the attentions of a child now long gone from this ruin. She thought of her own family, her little sister Janice in particular. Janice was only eight when she joined the militia. It was only a year later when the bombs fell on her city and Sergeant Rachel Duncan's only remaining family was the militia.
Receive the prequel to the New Glasgow War series, Free Fall. 

About The Author
Lover of alternative history, zombies, and all things different, CN Stoesen is an expert at weaving factual and fictional subjects into stories that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. 

His Science Fiction debut comes alive with Out Of The Ashes: A Story Of The New Glasgow War and is available on Amazon now. The second installment in this exciting series is Counter Strike and is due out sometime in November. He has also written the Thomas Devareaux series, Historical War Game Scenarios, and more under the name Chris Stoesen.

Chris lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, and son.

Author Web Links

Friday, October 6, 2017

Book New Release: the much awaited sequel to Olympian Passion is now available!

Olympian Heartbreak, the long awaited sequel to Olympian Passion, the first book in the Olympian Love trilogy by Andrya Bailey, is now available and already gathering raving reviews.

Sabrina found out that Nikos returned to Greece with Maggie and is heartbroken until a surprising invitation to go to Athens gives her hope. Once she reconnects with him, their passion grows stronger. Nikos takes her to the most romantic places around Athens and even invites her to travel to a newly-discovered archaeological site. Her insecurities increase when she learns he's hiding a secret from his past, but his friends advise her to be patient if she really loves him. Their passionate week is suddenly interrupted when Nikos is faced with a tragic situation. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to help him?

What readers are saying:

"I adored this sequel. I have been patiently waiting for Ms. Bailey to write the sequel to one of my favorite books and was thrilled to know it was available. We have a wonderful story just layered with depth. The twists and turns really kept me on my toes. We still have most of the players from the first book and boy did the women kept me hopping. Our guy is still "swoon worthy". The love triangle turned into something well beyond what we had in the first book. I also loved the backdrop of intrigue that was woven into each page of this amazing story. I normally do not like books with cliffhangers but with this book I will tolerate it because it really added to the tension. Am I going to being nagging and bugging the author for book three? That would be yes Ms. Bailey. I hope she is seriously writing her fingers away as patience is not a strong suit of mine and I want answers. I also want to give a nod to the author because Greece actually seemed as if it was also its own character in this story. The pages were rich with all things Greece. I LOVE when an author does this because I felt transported to lands I can only dream of and here it made me want to visit these places. Great job Andrya! You should be very proud of this work. Thank you for publishing this book in paperback format as well! I had "the" best time reading this story. Now get to writing my book number three...quickly please!!! You set yourself a high bar and I can't wait to read what happens next!"

"I was so excited to be able to read this one, I looked forward to it. It did not let me down. I loved the whole book and was kept on the edge the whole time. I loved the intrigue that was involved, it really kept things interesting. I can not wait for the next one."

"I have been waiting for this sequel and I am SO happy it is finally here! Fall in love with Nikos and Sabrina again as Bailey heats up the pages in Greece! I highly recommend this author!"

"I couldn't stop reading this book and I cannot wait for the book number 3 to come out. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good romance!"

Editorial reviews:

Bailey heats up the pages in her second installment of Olympian Love. Just as in the first story, the passion between Nikos and Sabrina is intense and will leave you wanting more. Olympian Heartbreak is a thrilling read and I can't wait for the next! - K.R. Thompson, Amazon best-selling author of The Untold Stories of Neverland

Olympian Heartbreak is a sexy, thrilling romp through the exotic art and archaeological world of Greece, sure to thrill fans and leave them eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. - Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Amazon best-selling author of USA Best Book Award Winner Heaven to Betsy
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Olympian Heartbreak is the second book in the Olympian Love Trilogy by award-winning romance author Andrya Bailey. Olympian Passion is the 2016 New Apple Literary Medalist Winner in Contemporary Romance.