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Vector: Tradecraft: Phase Zero

When researcher Jawad Khattib gasps his last breath on the Massachusetts General Hospital floor, the Department of Homeland Security wants answers—especially after a preliminary autopsy suggests he died of radiation poisoning. What exactly was Khattib working on? And who was he working for?

DHS Agent Lee Jansen is rushed to Boston and paired with expert toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess to crack the case. All evidence points to the creation of a dirty bomb, but the clues seem too clean, too obvious. During the course of their investigation, they discover the horrible truth. This new weapon is far more deadly than anyone had expected. It isn’t just capable of killing hundreds—it’s capable of killing hundreds of thousands. Can they stop what’s been set in motion by a madman with a dangerous secret before it’s too late?

Vector is the first in the Tradecraft series.

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Good luck!  ☘

 

10 Statements – Barry Knister

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Barry Knister was a university professor before turning to full-time writing. His first novel, The Dating Service was published by Berkley. His second, Just Bill is a novel for adults about dogs and owners, and was published by Gold Mountain Press. Knister has published two previous novels in the Brenda Contay suspense series. The first (The Anything Goes Girl) draws on his years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The second (Deep North) is set in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, where he fishes each spring. Knister is the past secretary of Detroit Working Writers, and served as the director of the Cranbrook Summer Writers Conference. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, Barbara, and their Aussie shepherd, Skylar.

Find me…

Website:  http://www.bwknister.com/index.html
Amazon:  Barry Knister
Buy link “The Anything Goes Girl”:  books2read.com/u/mBe7XZ
Buy link “Deep North”:  books2read.com/u/brg7Qw
Buy links “Godsend”:  books2read.com/u/bQZXWP  >>> Release: February 3, 2017! <<<

 

My personal motto:

After many years, I’ve boiled down my personal motto to four words, here made acceptable to more delicate ears: “Don’t be an ***hole.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… a question I make no effort to answer: During the time I’ve been asleep, hundreds, in fact thousands of people have died. Why am I still here?
  2. I lose track of time all the time. In part, this has to do with growing old, but it also has to do with time being a river. Like everyone else, I’m splashing around in it, playing water volleyball or bashing others with a Styrofoam noodle as they bash me, without thinking about the river. Then something happens to make me aware of it. Say, a dorsal fin.
  3. I have always… avoided the concept of “always.” It’s too limiting, and I prefer to keep my options open.
  4. I have never… Ditto for “I have always.” Never say never, I say. Burning bridges is always an act of egotistical self-assertion, of vanity.
  5. Home means to me… the opposite of homelessness. At certain useful moments, I become aware of how good I have it, and how terrible it would be to be at an intersection with a hand-lettered sign. I realize how much luckier I am than I deserve. I’ve done nothing in particular to be worthy of the life I have, and I strongly doubt most of those with signs at intersections have “earned” their way to such an existence.
  6. I am inspired by… my wife. Every day, the high point for me is mixing a rob roy at Happy Hour (Scotch and a little sweet vermouth over ice, topped off with a dash of bitters), pouring Barbara a glass of wine, and sitting down for an hour before dinner. Looking forward to this time is inspiring, principally because my wife is such good company. But of course the rob roy has something to do with it.
  7. I would like to meet… Mark Twain, but this isn’t possible. I wouldn’t mind meeting the Dalai Lama, but I’m sure that’s out, too: he must be so booked up with people who want to say they met him that the velvet rope would never be opened for me.
  8. My worst character trait… is being perfect. This aspect of my makeup is a great burden, mainly because it tends to put people off. It’s annoying for normal, flawed humans to be forced to rub elbows with perfection.
  9. My best character trait… — an inevitable feature of being perfect — is unlimited humility. If you’re perfect, the least you can do is be humble about it, and so, being perfect, I demonstrate humility 24/7.
  10. The best advice I was given… has become my personal motto (see above).

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The Anything Goes Girl (Brenda Contay, #1)

Journalist Brenda Contay Doesn’t Look For Trouble—But It Keeps Finding Her

When she said “yes” too often in college, she became “the anything goes girl.” Pretty soon her sex life figured in locker-room graffiti.

But when Brenda Contay makes it big on local TV as W-DIG’s Lightning Rod reporter, everything seems to be turning around for her. Except succeeding in tabloid TV because your butt looks good in Levis isn’t much different from the “anything goes” days.

That’s why Brenda quits television to learn the truth behind an old lover’s death. Vince Soublik drowned recently, off a tiny island in the Pacific. But All-State swimmers like Vince don’t just drown.

When she gets to the island, Brenda learns that Vince’s death was collateral damage in a scandal of global proportions. And since it involves one of the ten richest men in America, Brenda’s chance of living to break the story is next to zero.

But you never can tell about “the anything goes girl”—she just hates to lose.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/mBe7XZ

 

deep-north-by-barry-knisterDeep North (Brenda Contay, #2)

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT YOUR CHANCE FOR HAPPINESS?

Journalist Brenda Contay seems to have it all: a Pulitzer Prize, plenty of money and lots of friends. Just one thing is missing: a relationship that counts.

That seems about to change when lawyer friend Marion Ross invites Brenda to go fishing in northern Minnesota. But they won’t be roughing it: they’ll be staying on a big, comfy houseboat. Charlie Schmidt has a cabin nearby, and before long, Brenda is thinking a lot about Charlie’s gracefulness and good looks.

But two other men have followed the women. Louis Rohmer knew Marion in college, and has an Internet scheme to steal everything she’s worth. Jerry Lomak is much more dangerous: Marion’s legal skills destroyed him in court. He’s headed for prison, but Lomak has no intention of doing time, or of letting a woman lawyer get away with her “crimes.”

It’s a beautiful place, northern Minnesota. Cold, clear, unblemished. But none of it will count when Brenda Contay must choose between losing her chance for happiness, or committing a terrible crime.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/brg7Qw

 

godsend_barry_knister_fc_finalGodsend (Brenda Contay, #3)
>>> Release date: 2017-02-03 <<<

A year after Pulitzer journalist Brenda Contay killed a killer, she’s convinced what she did has destined her to a life of unhappiness. Determined to run away from her past, and the man she loves, Brenda meets her next story in Naples, Florida.

James Rivera is smart, charming, and deadly. He believes he’s destiny’s child and that fate is why he’s getting rich by helping people who want to die. Even when they change their minds.

Brenda’s search for the story behind James Rivera will lead her back to her troubled past, and to a life-changing lesson: destiny isn’t waiting for us. It’s what we make it.

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bQZXWP  >>> Release date: February 3, 2017! <<<

 

Cover Reveal: A Sinister Six by Steve Boseley

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‘A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic.

Come along, as we journey to the edges of reality and glimpse what lies just beyond our reach. Discover that nothing is quite what it seems, and explore the horrors that travel with us throughout our lives.

The characters you will meet within have been forced beyond the boundary of their reality and have encountered what lies beyond.

Die, Blossom Bloom is the story of TED HARRIS, an old man who feels a yawning chasm of grief and guilt from the loss of his wife and the way her life ended. Keeping these details secret leads him to commit acts he never thought himself capable of.

The Girl in the Park tells the tale of a boy who encounters an enigmatic young woman in the park. As he grows, he begins to fall in love with her, but it is only at the end of his life that he discovers how he can be with her.

A Snap of The Fingers asks the questions What would you do for a loved one? Would you die for them? Would you kill for them? Ten-year-old SETH ROGERS is asked that very question by a stranger that offers to save his mother from the cancer that is killing her.

The Photograph A photograph is rediscovered decades after it was lost, only now the picture has several new faces in it, faces that were not there when it was taken.

The Book demands to be read. It needs to be read. Doctor MONTE HILTON is tasked with helping a man that believes The Book is urging him to read it and that the very existence of our universe is in danger if he does.

I’m Watching You is the story of one man’s descent into insanity. Long hours and late nights force MIKE to question what is real and what is imagined. Some people can only be pushed so far before something breaks. 


Author Steve Boseley

Steve was born and raised in Nottingham, UK, in 1971, and he lives there now, with his wife, two children, two cats and a rabbit.

Steve worked with children and young people for several years, before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of just 30. He now works for a local charity, supporting and empowering disabled people. Writing resurfaced following his diagnosis, offering endless imaginary worlds to escape in to.

Steve was published in several online horror webzines, including Microhorror, Schlock! Horror, and several others, and he has also had work published by Alfie Dog fiction and those stories will be appearing in one of his future collections.  Over the past 18 months, Steve has had stories included in the anthologies The Asylum Within, and the Halloween edition of Dead but Dreaming.  Most recently, Steve was a guest author for the short story collection Deathly Musings, which was at the end of 2015.

Steve’s next goal was to self-publish his first book, which he succeeded in doing, when Die, Blossom, Bloom was published in May of 2016.


A Sinister Six will be published soon – I’ll keep you posted.

Steve offers a FREE copy of I’m Watching You by going here:  http://www.authorsteveboseley.com/freehorrorstories.

 

The Spirit Well by Charles E. Yallowitz #release #windemere #sword #sorcery

Return to Windemere in THE SPIRIT WELL!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Born from the light and darkness, Dariana can no longer avoid her fate.

The final corrupted temple stands between the champions and Baron Kernaghan having their great battle. Only one problem: the Compass Key refuses to work with Dariana, who long ago wiped all memories of the Spirit Well from her mind. Now, they are forced to follow a trail of clues that Dariana’s former self left behind centuries ago. It is a path that will lead the champions into a part of their friend’s past that could tear them all apart.

Will the bonds of friendship be stronger than the call of blood?

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Excerpt: I’m Sorry . . . Again

“I’m sorry, but I told you that my powers make the Compass Key argumentative when it comes to the Spirit Well,” Dariana sheepishly explains while rubbing her clear ring. She smiles when Fizzle lands on her head, the drite’s cool tail running down her spine. “This is very scary for me. None of the champions have made it to this temple, much less the final battle with my father. It’s hard to take in after this destiny being my entire life for so long. I used to always dream of how I would handle my temple, but things are different now that it’s no longer a distant dream. What if I make a mistake and get someone killed?”

“We trust you, my friend, and know that you will not fail,” Timoran whispers as he slides the Compass Key across the table. He is confused when the relic sparks at her touch and gets pushed back into his hand. “That is fairly disheartening. If you cannot use the Compass Key then there is no way to find this Spirit Well. Perhaps it does not like your physical touch and will respond to your telepathy. I wonder why the gods would create this obstacle.”

“It’s possible that we did this,” Delvin suggests while using one of his enchanted rings to create a delicious cup of coffee. He gestures for the barbarian to throw the relic over to him, but the red-haired barbarian refuses. “You’re right, Timoran. Probably not a good idea to toss something like that around. Anyway, we had the Compass Key warded against agents of the Baron. They aren’t able to see it, which means they can’t find or use it. The decision made sense at the time, but things are different now. Maybe our spell has a small effect on Dariana. Not saying you’re working with the Baron, but there could be enough of an aural touch to cause this problem. Do you think we should cancel the spells, Nyx?”

The channeler heats up a cup of tea, which she sips at while considering the possibility of her magic being the issue. “They should stay because I don’t think they’re the problem. Dariana said this has happened before, which means the gods made a mistake. Sorry for how that came out. Gabriel, who better not get angry at this conversation, created the Compass Key first and then turned Dariana into a champion. He couldn’t fix the problem thanks to the Law of Influence, so it’s remained all this time. Though he had to have created something to help us move on.”

“Maybe we have to find Isaiah and he’ll lead the way,” Sari says from the couch. Flipping to her feet, she joins her friends and immediately takes a strawberry off Luke’s plate. “He hasn’t been much help since the first temple, so one has to wonder what his purpose is. I doubt we need his protection any more, which means he has to have another role to play. What do you think, Dari?”

The telepath rubs her temples while scanning the city for a sign of the fireskin, part of her praying he is not nearby. Dariana finds evidence that Isaiah has been spying on them until recently, but the caster is long gone. She considers tracking the faint trail and goes as far as the outer wall, which is where the psychic tracks make an odd leap into the sky. The strain of following Isaiah any further makes Dariana pull back and return to find that everyone is staring at her again. Realizing that she can no longer delay the inevitable, she gets out of her chair and kneels to her friends. Fizzle is still clinging to her head, which makes the apologetic bow both amusing and awkward.

“I know I say this a lot, but I really am sorry, my friends,” Dariana states while keeping her forehead pressed to the stone floor. She looks up at the sound of rustling feet and is surprised to see that everyone is approaching her. “Long ago, I managed to avoid being put back to sleep long enough to track down the Spirit Well. My curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to know where my path would meet its end. I was still forced to wipe my memory of the location, but I do know that I left a map behind. There are a few clues that I buried in my subconscious where even I could not dislodge them after erasing the original discovery. More may come to me as we get closer, but all I know now is that we should go to Rodillen. I was hoping the Compass Key would work and we could avoid this extra journey.”

“Like our luck would be that good,” Nyx mutters while she helps Dariana stand.

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Interested in a new adventure? Then grab your Kindle & dive back into the world of Windemere! Don’t forget an apple for Fizzle.

Author PhotoAbout the Author:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

Blog:  www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter:  @cyallowitz
Facebook:  Charles Yallowitz
Website:  www.charleseyallowitz.com

 

Published: In a Small Compass, Vol. 1

Dear friends and readers,

cover_inasmallcompass_1It has finally happened: My first book, In a Small Compass – Vol. 1, was published on November 30, 2016 as a multi-format ebook by Smashwords. As many of you may know, the book comprises my first 15 (optimised!) short stories. I hope you’ll take time to check it out at Smashwords, where you can download the book for free.

In a Small Compass – Vol. 1 is available at many retailers. Mobi format is available at Smashwords.

Buy/download links:  books2read.com/u/m0zodW

I am looking forward to your feedback and reviews.  🙂

Best wishes,

Karen