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Comes This Time to Float!

Please welcome Stephen Geez to my blog. Hello, Stephen, nice to have you here this morning. Shall we have a chat? Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

I’m Stephen Geez, author of novels in various genres, the GeezWriter How-to series for authors, oodles of scripts for television and other media, a collection of 54 mini-memoir essays, and the book I’m touting today, Comes This Time to Float: 19 Short Stories by Stephen Geez. I’m also the founder and publisher at Fresh Ink Group where I do cover design; editing; web development; trailer and video production; audiobook production; and international publishing of hard, soft, and eBooks.

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

During grad school I started establishing non-profits and setting up multi-million-dollar outreach programs for at-risk populations. I excelled at this for seven years but got too creatively itchy, so I transitioned into being a TV producer and eventually executive producer while also composing and producing music for television as a keyboard player. On the side, I wrote a short story (now lost), then wrote my first novel, Dance of the Lights. I set up Fresh Ink (not yet Group, LLC) to manage my literary contracts. Frustrated with traditional publishing’s lack of say-so and low payouts, I transitioned to Fresh Ink Group as a full publisher and media-production company. By then I had three novels already published, so when I got the rights back, I took them to FIG, which encouraged me to write more. Writing for print was always a side thing for me. It seems to have become that again, as I spend my non-FIG time composing music, intending to record an album of my own. A car wreck in November fractured both hands in twelve places, and both hands now have permanent damage, but I’m learning to play again with a thumb that won’t bend and a little finger that won’t fit next to the other fingers. I’m making it work. Watch for that album next year!

How difficult was it writing your first book?

Well, not at all. One of my B.A.s is English Language & Literature (Michigan), so I’ve long studied the art. I did make some mistakes with POV in my first few books, but my new agent explained some things I was missing, and I went on to study POV quite a bit (and wrote a how-to on it!), so I’m feeling good about my skills there now. “First book” sort of assumes the first of many similar, but in my case every new book project (except a series) is intentionally written in a very different style than I’ve used before. That’s the fun for me, developing a new voice and new methods. That means some have been more difficult than others, depending on what I was stretching into.

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

Not give up, no. I’m tenacious and would rather find five readers who get what I’m saying than a thousand who really don’t. With me it’s more of interests shifting. The only writing I’m doing right now is scripts, blurbs, etc. for FIG-author projects, focusing mostly on composing music. However, I have an out-of-print series that I’m editing and updating, so I’m still working on my own novels. I’m really thinking about ramping up FIG’s video production (had a meeting about equipment today) and maybe exploring short-fiction videos for YouTube and other outlets. I would script those myself or work on scripts with Beem Weeks, FIG’s chief video producer.

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

For “supportive,” there are many, but I’ll narrow it to Beem here at FIG. He’s the only one I trust to run my stories by. If the word is “encouraging,” I’d say the occasional fan note or posted review where the reader really got what I was doing and appreciated it. I’ve never had a bad review. I could cite a bunch of examples but check out Peacekeeper’s review of my Papala Skies. How could a review like that NOT encourage an author?

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

My biggest guiding principle has been using stories or essays to “say something.” There’s nothing wrong with a rip-roarer about catching the bad guy or exacting revenge or escaping the beast, but my stories all try to say something I consider important about human nature, life, values, relationships, and more. Of course, that means it’s mostly what I prefer to read—any genre but make a point with nuance and style.

What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

I’ve thought about this my whole life, and I’ve collected (but really need to write down) a couple of dozen examples of life-altering advice for which I will always be grateful. Most relevant to being an author: I was at Michigan doing a B.A. in psych but also taking extra lit classes because I was there were world-class experts were at my disposal. The head of the English Department approached me and said he normally doesn’t sponsor students unless someone really impresses him, and would I like him to be my sponsor—the staffer in charge of guiding my academic path. I thanked him but said I’m not planning an English concentration. Disappointed, he urged me to do both. Well, that’s 154 credits in eight semesters instead of 132, a buttload of work. His advice: “It’s worth the extra work because there is nothing, no career, no path you follow that will not be more successful if you are also an excellent communicator.” I did the double B.A. and an M.A. Everything I’ve done, even the public-service years, were aided by my writing and communication skills. The biggest irony? I retired from agency TV production and wound up running a publishing company where I also write books. Go figure.

What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

Perceptive, literary readers. Being able to discern that the entire tale is allegory, recognizing the metaphors, appreciating the cool finesse in my POV techniques—these are my people. I can spot them in their reviews. They get it. If slasher-stalking-teens stories are your thing, I’m happy you read and enjoy and find what you like, but you’re not likely drawn to my writing. If I wrote a slasher-teens story, I’d wind up making it literary and bury all kinds of meaning in there.

Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

At FIG we work with freelancers and stock imagery for covers, but our staff digital artist, Anik, always impresses me with his work, so I kept it in-house, him on art, me on titles and layout. The concept is based on the eponymous short story in the collection. A depressed old woman returns to the scene of her childhood happiness to commit suicide. The boy she liked back then had taught her that when you’re trying to cross the stream (or wade upstream—a metaphor), sometimes you’re going to lose your footing. You either panic and flail and drown, or you accept that it’s time to float and learn to make floating work for you. I’ve had to choose “float” many times in my life, as have all of you. So, I asked Anik to paint ME (name is on my shirt in case you’re not clear who that is) floating in an electric stream (not too literal) flowing into the distance. Anik painted the covers for your blogger’s When Angels Fly and Sammy: Hero at Age Five. With a resource like that and my own design abilities, why go anywhere else

What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

Decades ago, I published the first two books in my The Fixer series, but my contract got sold to a different publisher before I finished the third book. Since then, that name has been co-opted by other books and a movie, so I’m updating them as Rich Mr. Fixx, shooting for year’s end on both releases. Fixx is Sean, a young filthy-rich socially awkward guy who lost his family and was raised by his late father’s Jamaican biz partner. Friend Foster runs their biz empires where Sean is so low-key nobody realizes the kind of money he has. Friend Marcie travels around with him checking on ways he has invested in helping people, while looking for more opportunities to make wrongs right. Thing is, the mystery of his family is related to a history of latent mystical powers that he can’t control, which leads to some very cool situations. I’m not ready to excerpt the new versions, but I’ll reveal first time ever (gasp!) the covers, which were painted by Anik and titled by me. Subscribe to our newsletter on the home page of FreshInkGroup.com for updates on their release, and to see the eventual trailers and other media associated with this project.

Any last words before we wrap things up?

I really appreciate Mary allowing me to spend this time with you. Support those indie authors you enjoy, and always leave reviews and spread the word. We could all use a little encouragement. Also, when the challenges are too deep, the current too strong, don’t be afraid to let go and float.

Book Blurb

Prepare to think as you explore these wildly disparate literary short stories by author, composer, and producer Stephen Geez. Avoiding any single genre, this collection showcases Geez’s storytelling from southern gothic to contemporary drama to coming-of-age, humor, sci-fi, and fantasy—all finessed to say something about who we are and what we seek. Some of these have been passed around enough to need a shot of penicillin, others so virgin they have never known the seductive gaze of a reader’s eyes. So when life’s currents get to pulling too hard, don’t fight it, just open the book and discover nineteen new ways of going with the flow, because NOW more than ever Comes this Time to Float.

Book Trailer

Author Blurb

Stephen Geez grew up in the Detroit suburbs during the American-auto domination. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He retired from scripting/producing television and composing/producing television music, then expanded his small literary management firm into indie-publisher and multi-media company Fresh Ink Group. Now he works from a deck overlooking the lake in north Alabama, helping other writers share their compelling narratives with the world.

Contact Stephn Geez: https://freshinkgroup.com/contact-fig/

Website with Embedded WordPress Blog: https://stephengeez.com/

Fresh Ink Group Pages: https://freshinkgroup.com/author/stephengeez/

Geez’s Writers Website: https://geezwriter.com/

Author Services Website: https://GeezandWeeks.com/

Twitter: @StephenGeez

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Geez/e/B004SC5NNU?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1656884649&sr=8-1

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This entry was posted on July 6, 2022. 9 Comments

A Fatal Overture #Murder!

From Amazon: During the first winter of the twentieth century, Gilded Age trouser diva Ella Shane refuses to dim the lights on her dazzling show business career for marriage—even to a dashing British duke. But the versatile mezzo-soprano may have to put it all on the line once murder takes centerstage.
New York City, 1900. Renowned opera singer and theatre company owner Ella may have both much to gain and much to lose by getting engaged to her courtly long-distance love, Gil Saint Auburn. But there’s little time for romance or resolutions with Gil’s aristocratic mother and aunts visiting Greenwich Village—especially when the ladies discover a dead man in the bathtub of their hotel suite. The victim’s disturbing background and subsequent demise at the elegant Waverly Place Hotel leave the group puzzled beyond the obvious certainty of an unnatural death. Adding to the confusion and mounting fear, danger explodes through Ella’s close-knit circle after a friend makes a stunning confession and Gil becomes a fresh target for violence. Now, with a London tour run fast approaching, prenuptial worries weighing heavily on her heart, and an intricate Joan of Arc aria to rehearse, can Ella decide what she’s willing to sacrifice before confronting a relentless criminal bent on watching her entire life go up in smoke?

My Review: Third time is the charm, although with this novel, books one and two were also charms themselves. The villain was carefully woven in such a way that I simply didn’t consider him the villain until down to the final fourth of this novel. Enough on that, though. If you like romance, stage productions, humor, swashbuckling divas, a handsome duke, and devine teas and meals, as well as murder from the beginning, this five star book is for you.

Clement: The Templar’s Treasure

Book Title: Clement: The Templar’s Treasure

Series: Clement (Book 3)

Author: Craig R. Hipkins

Publication Date: 4th May 2022

Publisher: Hipkins Twins

Page Length: 233 Pages

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Twitter Handle: @CraigHipkins @maryanneyarde

Instagram Handles: @craighipkins3 @coffeepotbookclub

Hashtags: #HistoricalFiction #YoungAdult #YAfantasy #Medieval #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub

Tour Schedule Page: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/05/blog-tour-clement-templars-treasure.html

Interview

First, thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. My name is Craig Hipkins. I am originally from Hubbardston Massachusetts, but I currently reside with my teenage son in North Carolina. My latest novel is Clement: The Templar’s Treasure which is the 3rd book in the Clement series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but to get a better perspective of the characters it would be advisable to start with the previous two books.

Writing has always been a big part of my life. My twin brother Jay (who died in 2018) and I created our own imaginary fantasy world when we were young. Neither one of us became serious about publishing anything until about a decade ago.

I found it not at all difficult to write my first book. It was a history book on meteors. The hardest part was the research. Some of the source material was hard to come by and I had to borrow a lot of books through interlibrary loans and from universities who were generous enough to lend me the material for my project. I found the experience rewarding and decided I would write fiction after this. I thoroughly enjoy the writing my novels. I feel as if I am living the experience with the characters as the words roll off of my brain onto the keyboard of my laptop.

I have never wanted to give up writing. I imagine I will continue to write until I am no longer able to do so.

My son Robbie has been a big supporter of my writing. Also, my mother and my brother’s widow, Tina and her sister Tracy have also been an enormous help. They encourage me to write and always proof-read my work and make corrections as needed.

I would like to tell my readers that I thank them so much for reading and supporting my writing.

Probably the best advice was given to me by my twin brother shortly before he passed away. He told me to keep writing and to never give up. I started writing my first novel, Adalbert, the day that he died. It is a sequel to his novel, Astrolabe. I came up with the idea in the hours after his death. In a way, it has helped me cope with his passing. Sometimes I feel that Jay is feeding me ideas and that when I am writing, it is actually him using me as a receptacle to his thoughts.

My target audience is YA but I hope that all adults at any age will enjoy my books. One of the strong themes of the Clement series is friendship. Also, loyalty and perseverance when confronted with hardship. Clement is strong willed and completely loyal to his friends who in turn give him the same respect.

I worked with an artist to create the covers for my books. I usually have a good idea of what I am looking for, but the artist can bring it to life.

I am currently working on another YA novel called Bandy. It takes place in the months preceding the US Civil War and the attack on Fort Sumter. It is about a lonely young boy named Isaac Barker whose only friend is a passenger pigeon named Bandy. He is orphaned after his family dies in a tragic house fire and he goes to live with his elderly uncle in Boston. His uncle is an ardent abolitionist. He sends young Isaac to Virginia to bring back a young slave girl named Joy, who is dying of a brain tumor. However, when he arrives in Virginia, Isaac realizes that his uncle has been duped. Isaac and Joy escape from the plantation and the rest of the novel is filled with excitement and adventure as the two unlikely friends attempt to avoid their evil pursuers. I am currently attempting to find an agent and publisher for this book.

I hope that my readers enjoy my latest book Clement: The Templar’s Treasure.

Clement: The Templar’s Treasure

(Clement, Book 3)

By Craig R. Hipkins

Blurb

Clement & Dagena return for another action packed adventure. From the cold and dreary shores of Greenland to the fabled land of Vinland. The legendary treasure of the Knights Templar awaits.

Buy Links:

This novel is available on #KindleUnlimited

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/mKd7qd

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clement-Templars-Treasure-Craig-Hipkins-ebook/dp/B09ZNHQG3L/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Clement-Templars-Treasure-Craig-Hipkins-ebook/dp/B09ZNHQG3L/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Clement-Templars-Treasure-Craig-Hipkins-ebook/dp/B09ZNHQG3L/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Clement-Templars-Treasure-Craig-Hipkins-ebook/dp/B09ZNHQG3L/

Author Bio

Craig R. Hipkins grew up in Hubbardston Massachusetts. He is the author of medieval and gothic fiction. His novel, Adalbert is the sequel to Astrolabe written by his late twin brother Jay S. Hipkins (1968-2018) He is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys astronomy in his spare time.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.hipkinstwins.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CraigHipkins

Facebook: www.facebook.com/craig.hipkins.9

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-hipkins-7a042357

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craighipkins3/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/craighipkins/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Craig-R.-Hipkins/e/B004RDJMNC

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19975162.Craig_R_Hipkins

This entry was posted on July 1, 2022. 1 Comment

Time Sneak: Emergence #scifi

From Amazon: Brain trauma has rendered 21-year-old Emily colorblind. But the ability to see far more colors than the average person is hard-wired in her brain. As a test subject, Emily believes she can help CuraeCare Pharmaceuticals detect disease, save lives, and maybe even restore her color vision. While CuraeCare aims to take advantage of Emily’s latent gift, beings from another dimension want to see the world with fresh eyes, Emily’s eyes. Meanwhile, Emily is being hunted by another CuraeCare pawn, fledgling serial killer, Laverne Eddy. While Laverne closes in on Emily, a demonically possessed CuraeCare executive penetrates her mind. As Emily will shields her from the finishing blow, her best friend Holton and a heroic indigenous shaman put up the fight of their lives to save her.

My Review: Where to start? The begining, I guess. I’ve never read any book with anything similar to this novel. We start off with a woman, Emily, who was able to see as a true Tetrachromac person with four cone types in her retina, rather than the standard three that most people have, and a brain injury that robbed her of her sight, rendering her color blind. There is so much going on in this novel, and one could reasonably wonder if anyone would survive. But I digress. Combine vision issues with technology, and you get a “anything is possible” scenario. And it was! The author touches on chimera – not in true chimera – such as one born with both male and female DNA and internal and external reproductive organs intact. But I digress. The author brings into the story chimera as a part human and part non human self mixed, then ending up as different entities all together. Add in just a touch of serial killings, evil personas, who to trust issues, and some ethnicity understandings, and you get one explosive book.

The Thing About Kevin by Beem Weeks

Please welcome Beem Weeks to my blog. Hello Beem, nice to have you on my blog today. Shall we sit and have a chat?

Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

Greetings. My name is Beem Weeks. I am a lifelong resident of Michigan, except for two years spent in Florida back in the 1980s. I am an author, podcaster, video/audio producer, and editor.

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

I wrote my first short story at the age of eight. My teacher encouraged me along this path. I’ve been a writer ever since. I wrote record and concert reviews for my high school newspaper. I began writing my first novel about fifteen years after I graduated. I knew it was time to write it when the story and characters became fully formed in my head.

How difficult was it writing your first book?

It took me about eight years from start to finish. However, I put it away for two years, and I never intended to publish it. Stephen Geez is the one who encouraged me to release it to the world.

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

No. I’ve never been that discouraged with my writing. If a story isn’t working, I put it away and begin working on another idea. I usually return to the paused project with new insights and a fresh approach.

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

I would have to say my mother. She has been incredibly supportive since I released my first book. My publisher, Stephen Geez, has been a great encouragement as well. And anytime a reader leaves a nice review, that’s certainly encouraging.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I am truly grateful to all those who have read and reviewed my work over the past ten years. I am humbled by the kind words and reviews readers have sent my way. Without readers, there would be little use for us writers. I am thankful for each one.

What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

The best advice I’ve received as an author came from Stephen Geez. He told me to take the time to outline my stories. This was twenty odd years ago, and I still adhere to that piece of advice. Outlining has made me a better writer and storyteller.

What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

I tend to write for those who appreciate literary fiction, those who may be fans of Barbara Kingsolver, A. M. Homes, Daniel Woodrell. These are usually adults aged 18 and older. Mostly, I write for myself. If it entertains me, it’s likely to entertain others.

Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

I work with Fresh Ink Group to get the right look, tone, and vibe. With Jazz Baby, we didn’t nail it the first time. I was eager to get it out there. That’s always a bad move. Take your time with these things. Have patience. In the end, we redesigned the cover and rereleased that book. With The Thing About Kevin, the book I’m showcasing here, I had a vision for the cover. I worked with Stephen Geez on that concept, and we got it exactly how I imagined.

What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

I am currently at work on two novels. The Secret Collector is a historical fiction story set in 1910. This deals with the early suffragette movement. The POV character gets involved with the fight for women to get the vote. At first, she sees it as foolishness. But as the story progresses, she comes to see the value in having a voice. My second WIP, Before the Streetlight Come On, is set in 1977, and tells the story of a young girl with a very high IQ. A family secret is uncovered that changes everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) she’s ever known in life.

EXCERPT FROM THE SECRET COLLECTOR:

Violet sat in a cage in the basement of the Fulton County Jail, imagining the sort of reception she’d receive once returned to her father. The very notion of hitting a police officer would not sit well with Early Glass. The man didn’t often resort to using his belt on his daughters. But every now and then, one of the Glass girls may have wandered across that imaginary line drawn somewhere in the dirt. In such cases drawn from past experiences, well, it usually called for three or four solid swats with that leather strap. But this infraction? This blatant disregard for the natural order of things? This stain upon the Glass family name? Violet may as well not even bother returning home. Maybe she could stay in Montgomery with Rosie and Leonard, be a sort of nanny to the baby.

An hour into her stay, other women from the protest began to trickle in, finding accommodations in those other cages lining the hallway. News filled the air.

A riot!

Dozens arrested!

Fighting in the streets!

“We’ll have the vote within the next year,” proclaimed one of the suffragettes. “We’ve got their attention now!”

The cages began to empty almost as quickly as they filled. Women were shuffled in and out as fines were paid.

Still, Violet remained. Even as the sun began to set, bringing the growing darkness into the basement.

“What about me?” Violet asked the man extracting the last of the suffragettes from their cages. “Do they know I’m down here?”

“Doesn’t matter who knows you’re down here,” the skinny fella quipped. “You slugged a police officer. Ain’t no paid fine gonna get you sprung. You’ll be seeing the judge come Monday morning.”

It’s a moment like this that can bring a girl to the deeper truths of life—like, just what the heck did she get herself into?

Fear crept into her belly, filled her with a dread she had never known before, left her wanting nothing more than to be back home with her family. Violet dropped onto the small bench in the corner and took to crying. Pleading words of hope were sent up to God—though she hadn’t spent much time in conversation with the Almighty in recent years.

But still, it couldn’t hurt to ask.

*      *      *

Sunday morning brought another round of sticky heat and a breakfast of cornbread and grits. Violet contemplated a change of life if ever allowed to return to her family. She’d be a better daughter to her folks—and a nicer sister to Lily Mae and Rosie. Perhaps she might even overlook some of Granddad’s faults—he did lose his wife, after all.

“You the one smacked that police fella?” asked a man pushing a broom over the hallway floor.

Violet said, “I’m awful sorry I did.”

His grin bragged of two missing teeth up front. “They’s a man from over to Alabama come to fetch you out.”

Daddy! She thought, gaining her feet. Perhaps it might be safer to stay right here. “Does he seem angry?”

The man’s shoulders pushed up a shrug before spindly legs carried him down the hallway.

“May as well take my lumps,” Violet said, reclaiming that small bench.

*      *      *

Leonard Broussard shared a laugh with a man behind the front desk. They chatted about the new addition to his household and where he stands in his climb to the top of Alabama government. He gave his promise that Violet would be leaving Georgia that very afternoon and would never again return—at least not for some foolish notion like votes for women.

In the motorcar he let her have it. “Striking a police officer? Are you touched, girl?”

Violet offered nothing by way of explanation or excuse. She’d done wrong and accepted this fact. “Does Daddy know?” she asked, settled into her seat.

Leonard wrestled the car into gear and moved them toward home. “Nobody but me and Rosie knows what’s what.”

“How’d you find out?”

“That Pamela girl—and now you got Rosie all upset and half in tears.”

“Pamela told you?”

“She sent a telegram. You just better be thankful I was in my office on a Saturday.”

Warm air whipped through Violet’s hair as Leonard gunned the car along a lonely stretch of road wending through cottonfields and hill country. On the seat between them lay a copy of the Atlanta Sunday newspaper. The headline screamed of Yankee agitators bringing trouble to good Southern folks.

“Your name is in there,” Leonard said, his gaze moving from road to girl, and back again. “Violet Marie Glass, cop slapper.”

Violet dared ask, “You suppose the Alabama papers will blab on it?”

“I didn’t see anything before I left this morning. Can’t know for sure until the evening edition runs.”

The steady whine of the engine filled gaps where conversation fell off, leaving Violet to her thoughts over what might come next. Would she have to go back to jail or pay a fine that might drain her family’s meager savings?

“Do I have to see the judge over there?” she asked.

“No man—especially not even a police officer—wants to go before a judge and jury and admit to being slapped by a fifteen-year-old girl. I called in a favor, okay? So, stop fretting over what can’t be undone.”

Violet said, “Thank you, Leonard. I mean it.”

“Oh, you and me, we ain’t done, girl. You owe me big for this one.”

Violet’s head tipped a nod. “And just so you know, I didn’t slap that man. I socked him a good one, right in his eye.”

***

Any last words before we wrap things up?

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be on your blog, Mary. I am grateful.

BIO: Beem Weeks is an author, editor, blogger, podcast host, and audio/video producer. He has written many short stories, essays, poems, and the historical fiction/coming of age novel entitled Jazz Baby. Beem has also released Slivers of Life: A Collection of Short Stories and Strange Hwy: Short Stories, and the novella The Thing About Kevin. He is a lifelong native of Michigan, USA.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BeemWeeks

BLOG: https://beemweeks.wordpress.com/

WEBSITE: https://beemweeks.com/

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Beem-Weeks/e/B007XIDZYA?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1609174897&sr=8-2

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/beem%20weeks

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/beem-weeks

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6112818.Beem_Weeks

Fresh Ink Group: https://freshinkgroup.com/author/beemweeks/

Ridge: Day One (Ridge Series Book 1)

From Amazon: The darkest hour is just before dawn. But with bloodthirsty Beasts cutting brief lives shorter, can one man beat the ticking clock? Rezin Hamel will protect his people until his dying breath. Resolving to carry on past every dearly departed loved one, the forty-four-year-old General has no idea how he’s lived over a decade beyond the average life expectancy. But when he’s shamed and cast out for an out-of-character act, he sets out to end the constant attacks from creatures staining the walls with death. Searching for answers in society’s seedy underbelly, Hamel is shocked by the conditions ravaging the lower rungs of the city. But the strategic genius’s quest takes a staggering turn when he’s blindsided by a secret that could tear his tight-knit community to shreds. Can Hamel restore his honor and stop the carnage before he’s the next one taken by the Dusk? Ridge: Day One is the action-packed first book in the Ridge dystopian thriller series. If you like fantastic worlds, heart-trembling suspense, and twisted surprises, then you’ll love Shawn P. B. Robinson’s peek behind the Ridge veil. Buy Ridge: Day One to mark the calendar of doom today!

My Review: Two nations, one of honor and the other not as much, trials and tribulations hit. Disgraced general, Hamel, decides to infiltrate the other nation and find out what he could in regards to his nations death rate. His daughter is the nations matir and together the plan is hatched to get down to the bottom of what is going on. There are battles and blood, one nation honor and duty, the other no honor and malice all around, and they keep certain people as slaves. Will Hamel find the answers? Will he survive? How will events unfold? The reader will discover more than originally thought, and the ending will leave you questioning how this tragic story continues in book two.

Twelve New Bespoke #BookCovers @MaryLSchmidt

I have 12 new designs to add to my collection. Are you interested in having a book cover designed for you? As an artist, I can create for you custom book covers using images that are free to use, such as an image from Pixabay, or my own art gallery. Each cover includes one free 3-D mockup, one free banner, and one free animation. You will own the completed design. Covers are 1600 by 2400, 8.5 by 8.5 for kids’ books, I will make any book size, and 3600 by 3600 for audio books. You will receive the jpg and the pdf versions. Once a premade cover is chosen and bought, that cover is marked as sold. I will work hard to make your dream cover a reality. If not satisfied, I will refund your money. Payment is made through PayPal only and if your currency is different than the USA dollar, the conversion will be as close as possible at the exchange rate via PayPal. Contact me on Twitter @MaryLSchmidt or here. Please scroll down this page and see what I can make special for those who have lost their child. I have two boys in heaven, and this is close to my heart. Sample covers of all kinds except Satanic. I also have painted covers available – see down this page for graphic information. PLUS you can buy a blended bespoke pre-made cover without text for only $20!