Thursday, December 20, 2012

Olden Guy 007 is up!

Remember the Olden Guy post from last week? Well, it is now posted on YouTube. Come check out our James Bond parody, about an old, retired James Bond now known as James Blind. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeAx3rBzHL8

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Olden Guy 007 Preview

I'm working on a school project with a couple friends. We decided to do a video spoof on James Bond, labeled Olden Guy 007. It's the story of an old, slightly crippled, blind James Bond, named James Blind. It's a lot of fun, and I'll post the end result here when it's finished. For now, this picture will have to please you...and don't forget! There will be giveaways next week: including free books and previews of my upcoming novel.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Clockwork Angels: Book Review


   Clockwork Angels is a dystopian novel, set in a future where everything is supposed to be perfect due to the perfection the world's ruler, the Watchmaker insists on. Although almost everyone is happy with their boring lives, a young boy by the name of Owen Hardy is unsatisfied and wants to explore the wonders of the world. One night, he sets out and begins to explore the world. He stumbles onto a carnival, pirates, the seven cities of gold, poor and rich cities, among other things. Along the way, he meets a man that is determined to ruin everything the Watchmaker has done. He goes by "The Anarchist." Both the Anarchist and the Watchmaker want to use Owen for different reasons, and he has to decide between them, but ultimately doesn't like either path, making him question his life even more.
   My favorite character has to be the Anarchist. The world is too perfect, and needs a little chaos and disruption now and again. He has good intentions, but the way he goes about them is wrong and results in death and property defacing. I'm drawn to him because the Watchmaker is too perfect, and a life without risk is a life without life. That's said by the Anarchist himself.
   I liked the rapidly changing setting, because it always put Owen in tough and different situations. The book is really showing someone's journey to find themselves in a world where they're told what they are without their own exploration. The settings were well described and very different from modern life, always making it interesting.
   If I could change anything, it might be less inner thought and more action. At some points, the book felt slow, and I couldn't read it in one sitting. It drew me in but not enough to make me extensively invested in it. It was very thought provoking though, which changed things up for me.
   I'd give this book 5 stars. Not only because I liked it, but it really enhanced my view on the Clockwork Angels album. I now realize what the songs are about with more depth, and I appreciate them much more when I listen to them. There are a lot of corny RUSH references, such as Presto, Big Money, and Time Stand Still just to name a few, but they didn't take away anything from the story.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Why I Love December, and Giveaway News!

We're already 2 days into December, and only have a few weeks until Christmas. December is my all time favorite month of the year. I hate the cold, and prefer spring temperatures, but everything in December is so great I hardly ever notice the temperature.

When I think of December I think of car warmers, decorations, Christmas songs, fireplaces, family, friends, shopping, presents, parties, and the list could go on and on.

I also wanted to share an idea I had and think I'm going to use. Throughout the month on select dates, I will be giving away copies of my first and second book, along with previews of my newest (Agent J), and whatever else I come up with. Here's how giveaway days will work.

I will state the prize and ask  a question at the end of my post.You will have to comment an answer to go into the drawing, and names will be randomly picked and given the prize. I will give each post two days to rack up comments.

Make sure you subscribe if you plan on participating in these giveaways!

What's your favorite part of December/Christmas?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

James Bond vs. Jason Bourne

The other day ago, I went to the movies to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. I was very impressed, and if you liked Casino Royale, I believe you will like this equally, if not more. After watching the movie, I went home and caught a little bit of one of the Bourne movies (can't remember which one because they're all so similar), and I got to thinking: Who would win in a fight...James Bond...or...Jason Bourne?

I haven't posted much lately, and thought this would be a fun discussion. The factors that you have to think about are:

Intelligence
Who would win in a gun fight
Who would win in a hand to hand fight

I personally believe that Bond is more smart and better skilled with a weapon, but as we've all seen, Bourne can use just about anything to kill you.

Let the discussion begin...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was recently tagged for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop by Rob Pruneda, where I get to talk about my newest WIP. Here's how it works:

If I tagged you, use this format. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you to participate. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP. Include some pictures if possible. Tag five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after. Here goes my responses! 

1. What is the working title of your book? 
The working title of my current book is Agent J: Countdown to Terror.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
When I was 8, I wrote my first spy story: Agent J. It revolved around a bank robber turned CIA agent because of his skills. I am completely rewriting the story from scratch, but with the same basic idea.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Spy ans Espionage Action Adventure--if you want to get specific.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Christian Bale would play the main character Jack well, Samuel L. Jackson as the CIA director Sam, Mark Wahlberg as Davidson, Brad Pitt as Brad, and some new actors as the characters Adam and Nick. 

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A bank robber/weapons dealer turned-CIA-agent battles a British terrorist determined to destroy America by any means necessary.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-Published, but I actually might consider sending this to a small press of sorts.

7. How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm not done, but it will take a few months to finish. I am looking at an early summer (2013) release.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A James Bond novel or movie. It's very fast paced and relies on the villain to nitpick at the main character. The best relationship analogy I can give between Jack and the villain Smith is Batman and the Joker. Smith wants someone to stop him, to watch him succeed in his horror. He needs Jack. He is vital to the story, and I am having a lot of fun creating his character because I appreciate a good villain. 

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Originally it was my dad, but at this point in time it is to have fun and share my work with others. 

10. What else about your book might peak the reader’s interest?
It has my most recent writing in it, and I believe it will be my first full length novel, and probably my best yet. Because I'm so young, I keep getting better and better at writing, so with each novel release you can expect something with a higher quality.


MORE rules:
If I tagged you and you decide to participate, your blog post should go up between Nov. 12 and Nov. 18. Your blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.
Here are the authors I'm tagging, hope you have fun and get to participate!
If I tagged you, be sure to comment with a link below! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Having a Hobby Away From Your Work

I believe that having a hobby away from work is very important. For some it's model trains, others it's video gaming, etc. For me, it's drumming.


I got interested in drumming when I first started listening to rock music when I was 6 or 7. When I was 9 or 10, we set up an old electric drum kit in our house, and I drummed to songs for a couple years, until the drums stopped working as well and we had to put the kit away.

Recently, my grandma brought my dad's old acoustic drum set over, and it's been set up in our house and I've picked up drumming again. Having a hobby is a great thing, and I really enjoy drumming because it is an escape from stress and writing projects, which I consider work. Below is a video link to a drum cover I did for Van Halen's new song "She's the Woman."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCJ63NDmtNo&feature=plcp


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don't Do Something You Dislike & Other News

Today I have a cool story idea to share, and a piece of advice about doing what you love at the bottom-ish area. Enjoy!

In Writing class, we were given a simple prompt to write a short story (3 to 4 pages). I had to take the fatal flaw of the main character of the book we were reading, and make it their best character trait in a short story. The main character's fatal flaw was No Fear, and it actually killed him in the end of the novel. Of course, having No Fear can easily be the best character trait of someone, so the story was pretty wide open. I just wanted to share the synopsis of the short story, I thought it was a pretty cool concept. I'll make sure to post it on the blog once it's edited and finished up. 

In 2325, America's government has crumbled. The crime rate is through the roof, but you wouldn't know it unless you were part of a gang. The economy is at its best, and there is no "bad" side of town. Most people think America is great...everyone except the Patriots. Past presidents changed American rights with permission of the people, and America began to slowly divert even further from its original envision-ment of Patriots in the 1700's. America is eerily reliving its history, with Patriots and Loyalists dominating the United States. Patriots will stop at nothing, seeking to bring the United States to its original roots. 

In the story, I have the main character (Alex Wheeler) as an employed member of the Patriots, seeking to expose a Loyalist who has enough connections to easily put anyone behind bars.


Nobody likes to do things they dislike, but some people have the opportunity to do something they would like, and settle for less. I semi-recently got some great advice (paraphrase): 

"The day you wake up miserable to go to work, is the day you quit." 

Some people could work a little harder in college to get a job they would really like, while others won't attend college to get a job they hate. Not everyone can go to college, and that was really just an analogy, but only do what you like to do. Don't force yourself to be a writer, just to tell your friends you're a writer. Do it because you enjoy it, and don't do it if you don't like it. That simple rule should keep you happy all throughout life.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Going To Be On TV!

I have some absolutely awesome news today; I am working on a project with Mark Garrigus, and will be on TV in the New England states (not sure what channel or specific areas) in the near future. It will focus on me and my writing--a TV bio. I need your help for this:

Please write a question for me and I will answer them on TV! The questions can be about anything: music, writing, TV, movies, whatever you would like.

Looking forward to some great comments!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Look and Other News!

About a week ago I was messing with my old template and somehow deleted all the pages, so I had to set up a new template, the one you are viewing now. I hope you like it, I think it personally looks better than my old template, but I think it has to do with its freshness.

In other news, I recently began editing my first book: The Impenetrable Spy, in order to make the quality of it comparable to my newer writings. Some sentences are completely gone, some are edited a bit, and others have been smashed together so the writing could flow better. Other things are also being considered (making the plot more believable by twisting some details, and editing dialogue). Unfortunately, the writing itself will not be the same, but the relative story will. It's kind of bittersweet for me: although the quality will be MUCH better, the laughs from reading a 10-year-old's writing will be gone (for the most part, I might keep the scene with Zack eating Apple Jacks on the plane in, haha!) I'll make sure to save the old version for my own personal enjoyment. 

I also received some professional input on my newest WIP, Agent J. I'm looking to have this out by May, if I am able to complete the writing and editing fast enough. I believe this will be my first work that will extend over 100 pages. I'm not very far into the story, but I think this book will be around 170 pages. I focus on quality, not quantity, but this book has much more story to it. 

What's coming up: A post including pictures from the RUSH concert I recently attended at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, a preview of Agent J and the Impenetrable Spy, some advice regarding having fun at what you do, and a special surprise tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Collapse" Book Review

“Collapse” is a dystopian novel set in the near future—2027. America is in the second great depression, and is about to fall. The government is corrupt, and natural disasters have torn apart Florida and are after Texas. The story is told through many different character’s eyes, but the main three—Howard Beck, Richard Dupree, and Maxwell Harris—are the ones trying to save a falling America.

My favorite character was Howard Beck, the richest man in the world. His character was the most interesting to me, and a lot of his story was focused on futuristic technology. The author did a fantastic job on creating the futuristic setting, and Howard Beck’s character is the best representation of it. I really enjoyed his story, and his character was very likeable even though he wasn’t a people person.

For this novel, the setting IS the story. It makes the story what it is. In this book, the setting of the collapsed America sets up the main character’s destinies to meet each other, and also set up the conflict with the government.

Although I loved the book, I’d have to give it four stars. First of all, I’m not a big fan of dystopian—period. I find it depressing in a way, especially because a lot of it includes the truth about our modern society and how it could affect our future.

But with that said, I wasn’t very fond of Richard Dupree’s storyline, and sometimes the author would give too much information without involving story into it. But, I believe it was necessary, and the world he’s created is pretty amazing considering the thought that went into it. This book was a refreshing read, and I highly recommend it to all dystopian fans.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Interview with Young Author Robbie Coburn

What is Human Batteries about?
Human Batteries is a small collection of poems that focus mainly on the idea of people having an internal source of energy, or a battery, that can often go flat under the stress of everyday life. 

Where is your book available?
 The book is out from Picaro Press. It is available for $5 ($7 intl.) from their online store and can also be purchased directly from me from my webstore or from gigs and readings.

Your Website: www.robbiecoburn.com


Links to where your book is available:

Where did you get the idea for your book?
 It is not so much an idea as much as a way of pinpoiting my thoughts on things at a particular time in my life or expressing where my head was at.

How did you come up with the title?
The title is taken from a line in the first poem in the collection "Love Poem". Once I began compiling the poems into a collection, I realised that this concept of humans having an internal source of energy that rises and falls depending on the point we are in our lives, applied to most of the them.

Who designed the cover?
Melbourne-based artist Sandy Caldow. It is such a beautiful, evocative cover image. I'm extremely pleased with it.

When did you first begin interest in the arts?
It's funny, I used to depsise books completely until I was about 9 or 10. I got a voucher for a bookstore and under sufferance bought a book which I ended up really enjoying. So from there I started reading and later writing. My greatest inspiration to create and perform was after I fell in love with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and Peter Jackson's films. In fact, the first story i ever sat down to write was a bad Lord of the Rings rip off.

What made you go into doing stand-up comedy?
 My whole life I've made stupid jokes at inappropriate times. At home, at school, wherever. So it seemed like a completely logical thing to do. 

Do you plan on writing more stories and/or books?

I am always working on about ten projects at once, so yeah! I'll definitely be writing more books. Writing poetry can be pretty inconsistent for me, but it's something I always return to. As of now, I'm working on the last draft of a children's beginner chapter book and a Thriller eBook. I plan to write a verse novel for teenagers. I've also been working on a semi-autobiographical novel since I was maybe 14 or so, and I plan to write that properly over the next few years. I sort of feel I have to, like it's unfinished business.

How long did it take you to complete Human Batteries?
 Well there is no structured way that I write poems. Basically whenever I feel inspired or feel the need to put pen to paper. But the majority of the work was written over the last 3 or so years.

What is your favorite book?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


About Robbie Coburn:

Robbie Coburn is a writer, poet, artist and performer from Victoria, Australia.
His first chapbook Human Batteries, was released in 2012, published by Picaro Press.
More at: www.robbiecoburn.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2 Reviews of Future Dreamer On Amazon!

I issued Future Dreamer to 3 beta readers before the book's release, and two of them have Amazon reviews up!

The Impenetrable Spy grows up
By Kenneth Moore

"There is a great deal of Young Adult fiction on the market, but how much of it is written by young adults? The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer is actually the second book published by the precocious 13-year-old Spencer Brokaw. His protagonist, Zack Carter, is like James Bond written by a young Arthur C. Clarke. Framed for a murder that he didn't commit, Zack is on the run from his former employers in the CIA, trying to prove his innocence, find the true killer, and save the world for a second time. This book shows continued maturity and development of both the author and his main character. As long as Spencer Brokaw keeps writing, I will keep reading his books!"

For action, the name's not Bond, but Brokaw...Spencer Brokaw.
By P. Christopher Colter

"One CIA agent is murdered, and another, the dead man's good friend who has fallen out of favor with the agency, is on the run suspected of killing him. So opens the latest installment of the Impenetrable Spy series by Spencer Brokaw. In book two, Future Dreamer, Brokaw's protagonist Zach Carter takes the reader on a wild ride around the world as he tries to prove his innocence and bring his friend's killer to justice. It's a non-stop whirl of action, surprise, and technological wonders, and you will find your heart pounding every time you pick up the book (or e-reader).

Young Brokaw's writing style has matured quite a bit since the publication of the first Impenetrable Spy novel. The characters are fuller and the pace is more deliberate and measured. He has clearly done a great deal of research for Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer, adding an air of authenticity to a plot full of twists and turns that might otherwise fall flat. The inspiration Brokaw takes from films, video games, and other writers of the spy thriller genre is also clear, though the story is entirely his own.

This is a young adult spy novel, and I am a middle-aged adult, so I'd be less than truthful if I said all aspects of it were my cup of tea. I've not let that skew my review of this book, which in the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that Brokaw had me critique in an earlier draft form. His writing style still has a few kinks to iron out at this point, particularly when it comes to smoother wording, though I have no doubt whatsoever that he will. So, I am giving Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer 4.999 stars, but not a full five. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't allow for anything to the right of the decimal point.

Brokaw writes the kind of story that he, and countless other readers like him, would absolutely eat up. For them in particular I especially recommend Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer, though any action-adventure fan will enjoy this adrenaline rush.

Can you believe that I actually made it all the way through a review without mentioning that Spencer Brokaw is a 13 year old kid?

Oops."


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer Releases!

The day's finally here. After writing and editing for a little over a year, The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer has released to Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and within a few hours, it will be available in paperback from CreateSpace.

In the return of the Impenetrable Spy, special agent Zack Carter's oldest friend has been murdered and the crime has been pinned on Zack: his prints are on the gun and now he's on the run. With agents on his tail and danger ahead, Zack races from Nigeria to Chicago to Langley itself in a search for the truth. And the deeper he goes, the more he realizes he's been caught in a conspiracy of apocalyptic proportion. Now he must clear his name and stop the true killer before time runs out ... and the world goes up in flames. 
   
"Like Spencer’s first book, Future Dreamer is a short, fast-paced thriller full of Bond-style plot twists, megalomaniacal villains bent on destruction and domination, and bloody action that will remind you of video games."-John Rykken. 

"This book shows continued maturity and development of both the author and his main character.  As long as Spencer Brokaw keeps writing, I will keep reading his books!"-Ken Moore.

There are many people I’d like to thank for helping me during the process of writing, editing, and publishing this book.

I’d like to thank my dad for editing this book, and devoting a lot of his time to ensure that I got it the way I wanted.

Thanks to Chris Colter, Ken Moore, and John Rykken. I’d like to thank John for helping me create a wonderful product description, and all of them for reading my book before its release. They pointed out things that helped tremendously.

Thanks to the Book Guys for hosting me on their podcast. Find it on iTunes!

Another thanks to my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Elliott for getting me in two local newspapers, letting me talk to her class about writing, and providing me with plenty of encouragement.

A very special thanks to Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott for taking me under her wing, helping me get the word out on my first book, inspiring me to start a blog and inviting me to be a part of hers, interviewing me for a podcast, designing multiple concept covers for this book, before finally narrowing it down to the great cover you see now, doing a wonderful formatting job, and providing me with encouragement and inspiration!

Finally, I’d like to thank my family members and friends, who continue to support me on my writing journey. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Future Dreamer Coming August 27th!

My 2nd book, The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer is coming August 27th to Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and in Amazon paperback.

To accompany this awesome news, here's Future Dreamer's newly created book trailer!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr7mGyCFWhI&feature=player_embedded

Thanks to my uncle Adam for creating the trailer with me. He spent a lot of free time to ensure the trailer was as good as it could be.



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Video Blog 3

Here is the 3rd bit of the video blog--I discuss my current works, mainly Agent J and it's differences from the Impenetrable Spy series.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Video Blog 2

Here is the second piece of the video blog--I discuss TV Shows, Books, Movies, and Video Games that have inspired me and my writing. Enjoy!


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Video Blog 1

I filmed my first video podcast/blog today which is roughly 20 minutes long. Over the next few days, you will be getting pieces of the whole video. For today's clip, I discuss The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer and my process for writing. Sorry for the low-resolution; this was the only way I could upload the video. I hope you enjoy, thanks for watching!


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Listen To Me Talk With Sarah Newton On Talented Teens!

A few weeks ago I was able to sit down and have a Skype interview with Sarah Newton of the Talented Teens website. I talk about writing while "grounded" and several other topics, including how I came to publish The Impenetrable Spy in the first place.

Come and take a listen! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sarah-newton/2012/08/17/talented-teens--young-author-shares-his-story

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Flickr- The Solution to Copyright Blog Pictures

If you haven't noticed, I haven't used hardly any pictures for blog posts for quite some time now. 

Why? Because I don't want to be sued for a picture that someone has the rights to. So, I stopped using pictures on my blog, but recently I found Flickr. Flickr is a photo website with a large gallery of images. If you search something like "drumset," using the advanced search tool with Creative Commons check boxes checked off, you are allowed to use what you find on a blog, in your book, book trailer, etc. 

I hope this helps, I know it did for me!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Perfect Villain

Yes, we're supposed to root for the "home team," or in this situation, the protagonist, but sometimes you can't help but root for the villain. Heath Ledger's Joker is a great example. I am a huge Batman geek, but Heath Ledger was so perfect as the Joker, that in certain scenes I was rooting for him. He's a likable villain.

So, do you write a villain that's relatable and can be understood, or do you write a villain with a sadistic mind that you find yourself wanting to murder? 

It all depends on the story. In some books, you need your readers to hate the villain. You want the reader to rip their heads off, feel the pain of your protagonist. But sometimes, your story needs a villain (still evil) with a sense of humor to lighten things up. 

What's your perfect villain? Is he funny or mean, tall or short, fat or skinny, does he have a scar, is he a master of Krav-Maga? Details on the villain can make or break him. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Perfect Price Point

Many authors have been pointing out that the 99cent price mark isn't a good choice. I originally priced my first book, The Impenetrable Spy at 99cents because

1. It was my first book,
2. I wrote it at 10,
3. It's short-novella length,
4. And I don't need to make profit from my book.

   I still stand by that price. But if I was an adult, that would not be my ideal price point. I think the perfect price point for an ebook is $2.99. It's a little less than a coffee, and a good-looking price. It's cheap, but not too cheap, and allows you the 70% royalty deal from Amazon.  

   I started thinking about price points after reading this post on fellow blogger and author, R.S. Guthrie's blog. Some authors will argue (and they are most certainly right), that their book IS worth more than a coffee. They should be charging respectable author prices because I have read self-published authors whose books are much better than some big-name traditionally published ones. But unfortunately, so many self-published authors charge their books for such a cheap price, that if you charge just a little higher than someone else, your book will not be bought--as much.
 
I think that for a self-published author, the $2.99 price point is perfect, but only for now. Once people open their eyes and realize that us self-pubs CAN actually write good stories, then it should be raised, but for now, self-published authors are viewed as if their stories are a step down.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see
the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from
Chaos?

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never
looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Overview of Enemy in Blue


 The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold
badge.
What if the good guys weren't good?
What if a cop went
rogue and killed an innocent man?


What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to
cover it up?
Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a
scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to
nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?
Genre- Thriller



Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun


When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams,
they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known
as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a
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career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman
into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses
threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is
once again in danger of losing everything he loves?




Genre- Contemporary Romance


Overview of This Time Forever


Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson
met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the
leopard and the cowboy--but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she'd
thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other
than the man she came from New York to find and discredit. Against her will,
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Genre- Contemporary Romance



Overview of Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

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Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous,
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Overview of Gray Justice



Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut
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father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the
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attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for,
but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster
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Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00



"Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds..."
A Prominent P.I. is
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Now,
her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and
riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves
The Privileged Ones.
Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground
parties.
They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by
members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is
to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off
into the sunset.

 

Overview of Allegiance


Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?


After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history,
lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That
plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him
and his wife.


Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything
to serve up revenge?


Genre- Thriller


Overview of Curbchek Reload


Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by
Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and
the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and
mentally damaged from years of urban violence, Zach fights a losing battle to
maintain a hold on reality. Join him in the passenger seat of a police cruiser
for more of the darker and meaner side of life: The inner city. In
Curbchek-Reload you get a front row seat to an attempted murder of a cop,
suicide attempts, rapes, and DARK cop humor. Curbchek-Reload - Fasten your
bullet proof vest and buckle your seatbelt, it is gonna be a wild ride!



Genre- Police Procedural 






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