Saturday, May 23, 2015
Seeking to build a Kingdom by claiming as its own most of the western United States, the Mormon Church settles in Utah in the mid-1800's. Its goal is to take complete control of the territories and people there. The punishment for any church member who questions the faith, disobeys them, or interferes with that goal is torture or death. Under threat of torture and death for disobedience, John reluctantly joins the Mormon’s murderous vigilantes and attacks his own people. Having survived the church’s reign of terror against its own members, Anna bears witness to the Mormon’s slaughter of an entire wagon train of unarmed men, women and children. In modern day Utah a biological researcher, part of a conspiracy to achieve that goal, has been tortured and murdered for betraying them. His wife is kidnapped. Her sister, his friend, and a professor of mythology are being hunted as they search for her.
KINGDOM Book Two is my fifth thriller. I have also authored Kingdom Book One, Destiny’s Damned, Satan’s Scat, and Triumvirate of the Damned, a thriller trilogy. The initial inspiration for the trilogy was the writings of Joseph Campbell, a well-known and respected mythologist who was brilliant in his fields of comparative mythology and comparative religions.
I was born and raised in the Northwest United States. I have been a corporate attorney and a trial attorney. Though I’ve traveled extensively, my home is still in the Northwest. I recently retired from practice to devote more time to writing. Always having been interested in the philosophies of religion, I enjoy researching and writing about the histories behind them. I descended from Catholics, Mormons, Methodists, Baptists, and other Protestants and I try to be both critical and objective about them all. The inspiration for the research that led me to the KINGDOM series were my great grandmothers, who converted to Mormonism in 1854 and who were among the first European converts to immigrate to Utah. Some of the anecdotes in KINGDOM were based on their own stories.
My goal is to write thrillers that are fun to read and that inspire conversation.
KINGDOM-Book Two will be released by Solstice Publishing/Solstice Shadows. The story is 350 pages long. Its Amazon link is:
Friday, May 22, 2015
When Selena Dillon is caught in an assassination attempt on her planet’s ruler, she finds herself sentenced to twenty-five years servitude in the most feared military force, the Penal Regiments. Much to her surprise she enjoys the harsh military life and is quickly selected for officer training.
But something’s wrong, worlds are falling silent. There’s no cry for help and no warning, just a sudden eerie silence. When a flotilla of ships is despatched to investigate they exit hyperspace to find themselves facing a massive alien armada. Outnumbered and outgunned the flotilla fight a rearguard action, allowing one of their number to slip away and warn mankind.
As worlds fall in battle, and mankind’s fleets are decimated, Selena is selected to lead a team of the Penal Regiment’s most battle-hardened veterans, in a last ditch attempt to destroy the aliens’ home world. If she fails mankind is doomed. Little does Selena know that one of her crew is a psychopathic killer and another is the husband of his victim.
Can she hold her team together, get them to their target and succeed in the attack? Selena knows that if she fails then there will be nothing at all left to go home to.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For one student, college is about to become the education of a lifetime.
When Jay Ferragamo becomes Editor of The Scope, South Central College's campus newspaper, he quickly learns the financial disaster he's been handed. Rather than giving up, Jay embarks on a mission to secure the needed funds to revive the newspaper, and receives a lesson in both campus and small-town politics. Complicating matters, Jay learns the source of The Scope's financial travails; thievery by a former staffer who belongs to one of the college's most generous families. Calling this person to account will mean not only exposing one of the most notorious scandals in the city's history, but could also destroy Jay's college career.
Will Jay be able to get The Scope back in business and get justice, or will he and his newspaper become the big story?
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Free will is ever our blessing and our curse . . .
Rue has stood over human souls in judgment as a guard at Hell’s Gate for millennia. He has seen the worst humanity has to offer. In response to his harshness, Heaven’s Princes have sentenced him to life among humanity until he regains his compassion. He finds not only compassion, but love. Now he must choose: his new-found life with humans or return and share his compassion with his brother judges.
He has been dropped feet first into a game between the powers of hell and the might of heaven. He’s a pawn who must choose—temptation or righteousness, mortal love or immortal indulgence? A war is about to begin with earth as the battle ground and the souls of humanity as the counters. Rue is the first of heaven’s chosen soldiers, if only he chooses the right path.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In the future, Earth is controlled by one man, Supreme Leader Jeremiah Johnson. Fueled by a desire to control the world, Jeremiah Johnson infiltrated himself into the mega-churches and led a campaign of suppression and subversion that resulted in one Church of Enlightenment, with himself as leader. The political influence of the Church extended into the political arena where Jeremiah Johnson was also elected Supreme Leader of the World. With both the power of the church and the government in his hands, nothing stands between Jeremiah and world domination.
Henry Thomas’ parents were on a mission to uncover evidence that would undermine the doctrine that is the foundation of the Church of Enlightenment. Ten year old Henry watched as his parents were deemed heretics and violently murdered by a death squad of Church fanatics. Captured by fanatics himself, Henry is sent to a Church orphanage to be reprogrammed. After six years of captivity he manages to escape and begin a life on the run. He meets the love of his life, Annie Pearl, who shares his hatred of the oppression that has created a world of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. When Annie is murdered for her outspoken views, Henry’s life is set on a course of revenge and hatred. His mission to destroy Supreme Leader Johnson will take him all the way to the Martian deserts surrounding the new Mars colony. On Mars he hopes to find the proof his parents were seeking, the evidence that will topple an empire and exact revenge for the murder of those he loved.
Monday, May 18, 2015
What would you do, if you found out your life was a lie?
After you were dead?
Arwenna Shalian spent her life in loyal service to a God she was never meant to serve. Tricked by her fellow priests, she betrayed a man she thought she loved by binding a demon to him. One that would send him to the brink of madness.
Can she find a way to forgive herself? And what of Hauk, the God she was Marked to serve? Will He find her and give her the chance to undo what she’s done, or leave her at the mercy of the creatures that torture her soul?
Friday, May 15, 2015
Treble Anner has a seemingly perfect life. She’s the daughter of a president, who governs a country known as a Pational. The world is divided by hair color: four Pationals, four hair colors. There are the black-haired Ravens, brown-haired Doves, blonde Swans, and red-haired Cardinals. Those with streaked hair become slaves known as Gaps, or holes to a perfect society. On the annual holiday of Doves, Treble's Pational, she is proposed to, and everything about her life seems perfect, though she can't hide her deepest worries of conflict. Sure enough, a war is announced, and Treble is kidnapped from her home and taken to Cardinals, where the leaders, Loretta, Silky Voice, and Jerry, hound her for information. When things couldn't seem to get much worse, the truth is revealed, and Treble’s life and everything about it is twisted into a maze of lies and tragedy.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Paul has chosen the night of game six of the 2011 World Series to face the man he has never understood or connected with. Their one chance at reuniting as a family is linked to their only shared memory: a love of St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
As they watch the Cardinals attempt to save their season against the Texas Rangers, Paul and Johnny Ray will rip open the wounds of the past and struggle to find a way beyond them. The grudges and fears of their past will resurface, but so will the forgotten need to accept and forgive.
One Night In October is a touching story of a father and son spending one final evening searching for a way to bridge a chasm built on years of anger and bitterness. The outcome for both their beloved Cardinals and their relationship will hang by a thread until the very end.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
After incidents involving a guinea pig, a plastic chair, and the principal’s office, Amira and Alicia fall into a different world called the Spirit Realm, a place filled with souls that have been kidnapped from their former bodies after death. There they meet a small army which is trying to save the souls, and Eden, a handsome, easygoing boy. The girls learn that they have the power to control and create nearly everything in the known universe, and that they could be the saviors of the Spirit Realm, with the help of new, mysterious powers. But the enemy wants Amira and Alicia on its side, too. What if one girl is destined to join the enemy? And what if she has to break her sister’s heart to do it?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.
But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.
Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.
Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society in this exciting tale.
Monday, May 11, 2015
It's nothing short of the end of the world. Someone has weaponized the broadcast spectrum – gazing upon the transmission is enough to steal your mind. Kaylee Colton faces a technological Armageddon when suburbia shatters into civil war. All alone, and unable to speak, Kaylee will need to fight to survive and transcend her own fears if she is to stand against these enigmatic forces of destruction. Transfixion is an action-laced rush that will burrow straight into your brain... A YA Sci-Fi Action Thriller
Friday, May 8, 2015
Looking for Blog Host for May 4th - 8th if you have any of those days available and want to host. Simply save the cover to your computer. Copy/past this blurb and buy link. ---- When Ella Jeffries receives a mysterious book, she is drawn into its pages and transported back in time. The year is 1709, and the place is the hauntingly beautiful Aingealag Estate tucked away on the shores of Loch Moibeal in the Scottish Highlands. She rescues Lucius "Luke" Benedict, the gorgeous Laird of Aingealag, from an unjust beheading for the alleged murder of his wife. Luke's burning dark gaze and sensual aura draw Ella into his tragic life, and the safety of his strong arms. However, the closer she comes to Luke, the more baffling the mystery becomes. With the help of Luke's beloved horse, Jury, a ghost cat named Shamus, and Moibeal the Loch Monster, she inches closer to clearing Luke's name. Can Ella save the Benedict family, or will Aingealag's shadows swallow them all whole?http://solsticepublishing.com/in-the-shadows-of-angels/
Thursday, May 7, 2015
First time authors have a hard time getting their first contract. Many of us have been there and it is discouraging to say the least. Solstice Publishing has published many first time authors and are actively seeking fresh new writers to add to our Solstice family. Many authors got their foot in the publishing door by writing short stories. This is a great way for authors to build their catalog while they work on their longer novels. At Solstice, we believe every book has a home. It may or may not be with us but we invite you to see if we’re the right home for your story.
Solstice Shadows publishes Fantasy, SciFi, Paranormal, Horror, and all sub-genres therein. If you have a short story that falls into one of these genres, we welcome you to read on and consider entering our short story contest.
Official Contest Information:
Solstice Shadows wants to read your short stories!
Do you have a short story collecting dust? Are you an aspiring author who wants to be published? Are you an established author who is willing to take risks? Are you a self-published author who wants to see what it’s like working with an Indie Publisher?
Solstice Shadows is hosting a short story contest starting June 1st through July 6th 2015.
* Accepted genres: Fantasy, SciFi, Horror, Paranormal, and all sub genres therein. (We do not accept non-fiction/overtly religious stories/pornography)
* Story length: Up to 20K words.
* The story cannot be currently for sale on any platform.
To Submit: 1.) www.solsticepublishing.com/submission
2.) Click on ‘Solstice Shadows’
3.) Type “Shadows Short Story Submission” in the ‘Title’ box.
4.) Your cover letter should tell a little about your story and a little about you.
5.) Follow the directions for submitting your story.
1st place – A 3 year contract for the short story, A promotional video highlighting the book and author, and a FB release party hosted by Solstice Publishing.
2nd Place – A 3 year contract for the short story, a promotional video highlighting the book and the author.
3rd Place – A 3 year contract for the short story.
Winners will be notified by August 1st,2015 via email.
How will the stories be judged? Here’s what we’re looking for in no particular order:
1.) Submission guidelines followed
2.) A social media presence
3.) An exciting first scene.
4.) A clear and organized plot.
5.) Interesting characters.
6.) Engaging dialogue.
7.) Correct grammar/punctuation
8.) A satisfying conclusion to the story
9.) A unique voice.
We hope you decide to enter and look forward to reading your stories. If you have any questions, feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or catch us on Twitter (@solsticeshadows)
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
It’s 1942. With war raging, and millions of lives hanging in the balance, the world faces an urgent need for chin-up heroics. Having barely escaped South American headhunters in his last adventure, Jack Hunter seizes the chance to prove his courage. He uses “skills” picked up as a former actor so he can pretend to be a Chicago gangster and pursue spies collaborating with the mob.
A bold plan, however, is not always a clever plan, and when Jack goes missing hope falls on Maxine Daniels, the great love of his life, to pick up a trail that leads all the way to Shanghai, China. Once there, she finds Jack in a race against time involving priceless jewels, secret weapons, a mysterious Chinese singer, and a fiendish warlord.
It’s been five years since they survived the Amazon. This time Jack and Max set out to save more than each other – and end up facing a greater danger than they ever could have imagined.
Also included, a book bonus – Jack and the Jungle Lion, Jack Hunter’s first adventure.
Rave Reviews for Jack and the Jungle Lion…
"I was delighted with it from page one to the end. It's amusing, rollicking tale will make you nostalgic for the old days of glitzy Hollywood when fantasy and reality were often too close to tell apart." – Ron Fortier, Pulp Fiction Reviews
"... has the crackle and snap of a thirties comedy. There's also plenty of the cliff-hanging action of a Saturday morning serial." – Kendahl Cruver, A Classic Movie Blog dot Com
"Here's a debut novel that will knock your socks off. The pacing is spot-on, the characters believable and endearing, the action jumping off the page. Stephen Jared has just staked his claim as a pre-eminent voice in the growing legion of writers producing retro style adventures. Jack and the Jungle Lion is a topnotch entertainment." – Errol Flynn biographer Thomas McNulty
"Jack and the Jungle Lion may be an affectionate tribute to adventure serials and screwball comedies of the 1930s, but it stands on its own as a great fun read. The story is as entertaining as it is refreshingly free of cynicism. I loved Stephen Jared's first novel, and sincerely hope it's not his last." – Indiana Jones and Star Wars author, Ryder Windham
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.
I had a privileged and unique upbringing in Malaysia. Following in my brothers' footsteps, I was sent to an exclusive boarding school in England. It is there that I was inducted into a clandestine organization, E.R.O.S. The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society. For four years, unbeknownst to my family, I was willingly and happily part of a Harem.
My story has been kept under wraps for close to 45 years. The correct moment has arrived for me to make known my unique education.
Monday, May 4, 2015
When a stagecoach is robbed, two men are killed and young woman is kidnapped. Soon after, Yancy and Cooper Landon find themselves pursuing them.
Meanwhile, their old foe Lee Mattingly has his own problems. Betrayed by his partners, Lee sets out on a path of vengeance while at the same time trying to help a young captive girl.
It isn’t until their trails cross that both sides realize just how entwined their paths are. And, they soon realize that if they are to achieve their goals, they will have to go down the same path together.http://solsticepublishing.com/entwined-paths/