Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Machines of the Little People by @TegonMaus

Contemporary / Soft Sci-Fi

Date Published: April 22, 2014

Ben Harris’s sister died of cervical cancer more than three years ago… his best friend and her husband, Roger Keswick, disappeared the day before the funeral. For the next six months everyone from the local police to the Department of Defense searched for him but to no avail…  it was as if he had simply fallen off the face of the planet only to reappear at work as if nothing were out of the ordinary at all.

Then by the purest of coincidences Ben finds himself pulled back into Roger’s life only to discover he has remarried… to Jessica…  a woman that looks, sounds and acts just like his dead sister.  To complicate things, Roger is insistent his home, his car, his life is infested with tiny elf like creatures he calls the Katoy. He claims they run massive machines under his house and watch his every move… every move that is until Jessica is found bludgeoned to death in his living room and Roger is nowhere to found…   again.

1.     Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?     Yes !  There are so many good writers it’s hard to keep up. If you’re looking for true murder stories you need to read Donalie Beltran. If you like Thrillers try Troy Lambert and if you’re looking for great romance look no further than Kemberlee Shortland !

2. What are your current projects?     Book 2… The Wishing Stone will be released in August followed by book 3 The Cordovian Effect at the end of the year.

3. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.     Normally, I credit my wife for my writing but outside of her I can name three.  The first is my Mentor and friend Terri Valentine. She is an instructor for Writers Digest and has done more for my writing than I can possibly explain here. Second, I would have to say my publisher at Tirgearr Publishing… Kemberlee Shortland… a fantastic Romance author herself, took the time to read me and was willing to take a chance on a completely unknown writer and has thrown her full support behind me as well as all the other writers under her care. Third but not least, would be Troy Lambert… the Word Master who has given me countless hours of his time and talent to make my writing far more superior than I would have thought possible!

4. Do you see writing as a career?     Oh yes! Or at least I would like to think so… I have a good number of books that are already published and even more that are still in my desk drawer, not to mention a hand full that are  bouncing around in my head… it would be a shame to have them just gathering dust.

5. What would you like my readers to know       Yikes !!  That one is a tough one.  How would I tell them I’m very funny and spin a very intriguing tale without sounding boorish or like I’m bragging??  You would have to read me to believe me… that or ask someone that has read me!!  You can ask either one of them… they will tell you I’m good !

            I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else... devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn't friendly, I just wasn't "people orientated". Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
         The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can't remember what it was about... something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.
         It wasn't a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. "Be as detailed as you can," we were told.
         I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it's making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn't be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of "it could happen" very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

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May 16-RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

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