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Book of the Day: Death is Not the End, Daddy

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John Doe

John Doe is a killer. Fourteen children in the last twenty six years. Teddy tells him to and he listens. He has to listen. He is parked across the street from the elementary school in Payne, North Dakota, waiting for Teddy to tell him the name of the next child. He hasn’t yet, but he will…

Matthew Mills

God is good. It’s the only truth Matthew Mills needs. But, pain is still pain. It has only been a week since his wife had her second miscarriage in the last three years. She has become a shell of who she was. Only his daughter Marcy is a light in his life.

What would happen if she was taken away?

“A revolutionary piece of fiction that expands far beyond the Christian market.”
-Clover Hogan (Smashwords Review)

“An incredible work of art.”
-M.J. Elliott (Smashwords Review)

“By far the book I’ve ever read.”
-Amit Sharma (Smashwords Review)


John Doe

I don’t remember much before Teddy, but I do remember the laced leggings I found in the backseat of dad’s Buick. They weren’t mom’s. She was already sick by that time. Sick and dying. But, he was out sticking his piece in someone else…

He stuck his piece in me, too. That was the day Teddy came into my life. He wasn’t just my faded brown bear anymore. He was Teddy. He understood the pain of watching mom die; he understood the hate growing in me after daddy stuck his piece in me. He helped it grow.

Even before mom died, Teddy told me daddy didn’t deserve to live. At her funeral, he cried. The fake! Those tears attracted someone else, who he stuck his piece in later that night.

After mom died, I only had Teddy. He has never spoken in the way a person does. But, he does talk. His voice is constantly in my head. The bear just sits. And when I look into his eyes, I see blood. Lots of it. Blood and pain. I fill with tingles. Teddy says that’s as normal as the hatred I still feel for daddy. Sometimes I question it, though. And sometimes, Teddy gives me horrible nosebleeds, where my eyes feel ready to pop.

Teddy told me to come to Payne, North Dakota, and park across the street from the elementary school. He hasn’t given me the name of the next child yet. But, he will. He always does. My identity is what Teddy tells me to be. When I question it, he makes the blood I see in my head come out of me. He told me to kill daddy. With mom gone, there was no one else. It was just Teddy. Daddy didn’t even say a word to me anymore. He was gone most of the time. And when he was home, he scared me.

Teddy promised me that it would help. I listened. He was only protecting me. Teddy told me when to kill him, and what to use. There was blood. Lots of it.

Matthew Mills

God is good. It is the only truth I need. It has kept me afloat through my wife’s second miscarriage in three years. But, pain is still pain. It’s only been a week since she lost the baby.

Sometimes I wonder how Job felt when everything was taken from him. He made it through and came out a better person. The Lord uses pain to mold us—

I worry about my wife. The light has left her eyes. She used to profess her faith. Now it seems like she is drowning, and no matter how much scripture I read, the light doesn’t return. I am the pillar of this house. The Lord gave me that job, and I will stand even as everything else crumbles around me.

The devil has filled my head with thoughts of suicide. He tries to convince me that the razors from her shaver will be the death of her. He tells me to leave the bathroom door open when she showers, just in case. And I do, just in case. There is weakness in me. I’m not afraid of the enemy. My victory is through Jesus Christ. But, sometimes I fear her death is in His plan. Anyone who tries to tell me He would never allow that, I refer them to Job. The Lord takes away, sometimes for reasons we can’t understand.

My bible is out; the highlighter has already run across a few Proverbs, and a comforting piece in John. I have found quite a few verses that reassure me of my place in Him. I believe I have two sons in heaven.

I cling onto my Marcy. She is eight and a bundle of silly and sweet. I feed her the Lord daily. And His light shines from her in every way. I love her more than I thought possible. She is my little princess, and I try my hardest to make her feel that way, especially now that Janet has shut down…

Something is stirring tonight. I can feel fear trying to slip into my house. It’s trying to claw up the back of me, and enter through the front. I have a job to do tonight. My bible is highlighted on mostly every page. If a battle is coming, then I will win, because greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I am the pillar, and I can feel the pieces beginning to crumble. Help me stand tall, Lord. Help me stand tall.


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May Day: New Cover Reveal

Today, I’m pleased to present the new cover for May Day: Book One of America Sulla by Thom Stark. May Day is a brilliantly written book I highly recommend. Check it out:


When the unthinkable happens … what happens next?

A nuclear weapon destroys Lower Manhattan. A million people die. Millions more flee from a gigantic, deadly cloud of fallout.

The crisis has only begun.

President William Orwell Steele and his cabinet labor to cope with the aftermath of an unprecedented terrorist attack, while a host of ordinary Americans struggle merely to survive in a world where everything has changed. From the corridors of power to the squalor of refugee camps, from world capitols to the lawless frontiers of Pakistan, from economic collapse to armed rebellion, the impact of the May Day attack swiftly spreads to every aspect of society and every corner of the globe.

The most ambitious thriller in decades, the first book in the American Sulla trilogy will leave you cheering the debut of a major new talent.

Praise for May Day – Book One of American Sulla:

“The visual imagery is excellent and reading chapters of May Day is like watching episodes of a television series, I can easily imagine this an action packed film. The graphic detail is delicately woven into the chapters in such away that it haunts you long after you finish reading.”

“This is a book that makes me wish I still belonged to a book club, because I desperately want to talk about it for hours. It’s the type of book that also makes me wish I could give it more than five stars because my enjoyment of this book goes way beyond, well… enjoyment. Stark raises questions most of us never consider. What happens to those who survive the blast, only to discover their homes will remain uninhabitable for generations to come? Where do all those people go? And, how does a government that is barely holding up under crushing debt manage to find the resources to support millions of refuges? What happens when the economy begins to crumble, or when insurance companies file bankruptcy? He also looks at our country’s deep-seated prejudices. He shows us the ugly side of humanity and people who seek to profit from disaster, and shows us those who use tragedy as an excuse to let lawlessness run rampant. He introduces us to a conspiracy theorist who has the ability to tap into the fears of like-minded individuals who are willing to act on their hatred. He also delves into the psyche of a man who is forced to harness almost unlimited power while under immense pressure and personal grief.
It isn’t often that I can recommend a book to all readers, regardless of the type of book they like to read. But, in this case, I can make an exception. The book is highly readable–the type of book that should be made into a movie. Read it and really think about the question, ‘What if?’”

“… detail, depth and vivid prose reminiscent of James Michener volumes …”

“A great read for anyone who loves techno-political drama.”

About the Author:

Thom Stark has been a professional writer since 1995. He is best known as a columnist and feature writer for the late, great Boardwatch Magazine. Mr. Stark currently lives in Chillicothe, Ohio, with his wife Judy and their lovable mutts Wally and Watson. He is hard at work on War – Book Two of American Sulla.

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No Good Deed: Book Review

No Good Deed by Tim Baker

Kurt’s life is moving in the right direction for a change and he wants to keep it that way.

Al Godfrey has found the ticket that will save him from another winter on the streets of Atlantic City.

Candy’s boyfriend was murdered in a hotel bathroom and she needs answers to some strange questions.

Howard is a two bit Florida con-man looking for the next score.

All four of them are about to become linked in a bizarre hunt for two million in missing mob money.

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My Review: When Al finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, his fortune suddenly changes. From living on the cold streets to living it up in Florida, Al is about to hit it big. He enlists the help of his new friend, Howard, but will he regret it? Kurt has hit rock bottom in the past, but he’s on his way to living a respectable and meaningful life. He’s made a choice to do the right thing, but will his new philosophy get him in trouble? When he meets Candy, a woman on a mission to discover her late boyfriend’s secrets, Kurt finds himself caught up in a situation that quickly spirals out of control.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the fast-paced plot to the well-drawn characters, No Good Deed was a book that kept my interest. In Al, Kurt, and Candy, the author has given us characters we can root for. Though most of us have never shared their experiences or faced the challenges they’re facing, the author has made them easy to relate to. The plot was tight, without a single hole I could find, and it’s obvious the author really did his research with this book. I’d recommend it to anyone.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Interview with Seumas Gallacher

Today, we’re celebrating the re-release of Seumas Gallacher’s novel, SAVAGE PAYBACK. I first met Seumas on his excellent blog. If you’re not already a follower, I suggest you subscribe. I’m happy to have Seumas here today to answer a few questions. Before we begin the interview, let’s have a look at SAVAGE PAYBACK:

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A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

Available on Amazon:  US  |  UK  |  Canada  |  Australia 


Welcome, Seumas. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Bought my first ever laptop about 6 years ago to start typing the first Jack Calder crime thriller, one finger from each hand, which is still how I work. Just realised one day it was about time to give myself a kick in the butt and get on with writing a novel, any novel, just so I could say I’d done it. Now I can’t see myself not writing, either the novels and/or the blog.

Born Scottish, but travelled internationally in career spanning five decades and three continents. LUVVED every minute of it, and still do.

When did you begin writing?

Apart from the usual teenage scribbling of some poetry and short stories, I never got going until six years ago. I think the wait has lent a lot more depth and life experience to contribute to the credibility of my quill-scraping.

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

SAVAGE PAYBACK is the third in the series of a trio of former SAS commando officers who set up their own specialist security firm. During the protection of their clients interests , they rub up against international crime lords, drug pedlars, people traffickers, money launderers and more nice guys like that. They indulge their black operations skills in dealing with the various villains.

How did you get the idea for the book?

I was a corporate troubleshooter for many years. One of my engagements in the Far East required the constant use of an armoured car and armed body guards. They had been trained by a former SAS officer. That’s where the ideas stemmed from.

If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?

How can you ask any literary parent to choose amongst their wee babies? I genuinely like all of them. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

All the main characters have their unique attractions for me, but one minor character appeared in the first novel, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY. He‘s Rico, a South American ‘facilitator’ for stuff  the main guys need in pursuit of the bad guys. He’s funny, but smart, and I hated having to write him out (I didn’t kill him, so he may return at some later stage).

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

Learning the basics about pace, balance, and relevance of the content in the narrative. Making the story ‘breathe’ by understanding the difference between passive and active technique.

What is your primary goal as an author?

As a writer, I want to continue to enjoy the buzz I’ve enjoyed since starting this entire trip. As a businessman, on the commercial side, like most authors, I wouldn’t say no to multi-million book sales, and a TV series and a Hollywood script!

What projects are you currently working on?

The fourth Jack Calder story in the series, KILLER CITY, is current Work-in-Progress, but I have ideas fomenting already for the fifth book.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Start right now to develop a strong presence on the social networks, particularly tying your channels in through an Author’s blog, and continue to do that regularly. Write, write, read, write, write. Enjoy it!


About Seumas Gallacher:

profileSeumas Gallacher was born in Clydeside, Govan in Glasgow and spent his formative teens in the idyllic Scottish Hebridean island of Mull. His career as a banker took him from Scotland to London for ten years and thence on a further  twenty-five year global odyssey through Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines in Asia. Along the way he metamorphosed into a corporate troubleshooter and problem solver. He came to the United Arab Emirates for a month in 2004 and has remained in Abu Dhabi ever since.

A late discoverer of the joys of writing, his first two novels, The Violin Man’s Legacy and Vengeance Wears Black have sold more than 70,000 copies. The third in the Jack Calder series, Savage Payback was launched in late 2013.

Seumas has become a strong proponent of the use of the social networking channels to reach and engage with a global readership market in the new age of self-publishing and eBooks. Seumas is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on how to develop productive online relationships. He was voted Blogger of the Year 2013.

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