Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Twelve Days of Geekness

Here's a little rerun of a holiday favourite of mine, enjoy.

The Twelve Days of Geekness

To be sung as a duet, with one singer singing in the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas style and the other doing spoken asides of the words in brackets. The last two lines are spoken.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Twelve Luxans Fighting (over who gets the last Christmas cookie)
Eleven Wizards Conjuring (including the two Harry’s, Dresden and Potter)
Ten Lords a-Battling (in a no holds barred war for Westeros)
Nine Nazgul Riding (run, Frodo run)
Eight Capacitors a-Fluxing (but no Deloreans, alas)
Seven Slayers a-Slaying (dust those vamps, Buffy)
Six Cylons a-Scheming (BSG forever!)
Five Magic Rings (my precious)
Four Birds of Prey (Klingon, of course)
Three AI’s (enter the Matrix, Skynet)
Two Firefly shuttles (plus Serenity and its crew)
And a Doctor Who in a Tardis (complete with sonic screwdriver)

I’m going to need more room on my collectables shelf (you got that right).

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Spotlight: 404

In today's spotlight, 404 by J.G. Sandom, a thriller to be released on November 21st, 2014, but available now for pre-order.

Now Featuring:

404 by J.G. Sandom

Planes crash into one another midair. Nuclear power plants go berserk. Railroad crossing gates rise, letting cars pass just as trains whistle by. Thousands are injured or killed. The only connection between these seemingly unrelated events is that the systems controlling them are all Internet-driven. 

FBI cryptanalyst forensic examiner John Decker, working at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Northern Virginia, uncovers a deadly plot to sabotage a key US defense contractor. When the plot leads to an old Islamist adversary, long thought dead, Special Agent Decker has no idea he is about to be thrust into a diabolical conspiracy that winds to the heart of our national defense. 

In the course of a week, America is paralyzed by a series of devastating cyber-attacks that cripple the nation’s security, financial markets and transportation systems. Assisted by beautiful and brilliant computer expert Xin Liu (Lulu), Decker must unravel the mystery behind whoever – or whatever – is taking over the Net. 

Who’s responsible for these deadly cyber-attacks? Is it Jihadists of the Crimson Scimitar cell, led by Decker’s old nemesis, El Aqrab? Is it North Koreans, working out of Dandong, China, instead? Or, is it somebody else altogether? 

An exciting, fast-paced, well-spun yarn of a patriot betrayed by his wife, his friends, his senses and, ultimately, even himself, 404 explores our nation’s vulnerability to cyber-attack and how the United States is coping with the twenty-first century struggle to balance the right to privacy with our cyber vulnerability. 

Former Special Agent Ron Jaco (FBI) said, "Team up with FBI code-breaker John Decker as he tries to stop a mysterious hacker, recently discovered penetrating government defense systems. Now, the cyber villain has set his sights on Decker and his family. As a former Special Agent, I found this novel not only plausible, but riveting and truly alarming. If you care about our nation's cyber-security, you MUST read this book."

You can find 404 on Amazon

Available for pre-order until its launch on November 21, 2014

Author Bio:

J.G. Sandom co-founded the world's first interactive ad agency, Einstein and Sandom Interactive (EASI) in 1984 before launching an award-winning writing career. He is the author of ten novels, including The God Machine, Gospel Truths and The Wall Street Murder Club, plus The Wave and his most recent techno-thriller 404.

Booklist called Gospel Truths "a splendid, tautly woven thriller . . . (and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." And Library Journal termed it, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception."
Kirkus Reviews called The Wall Street Murder Club "A Big Apple Deliverance, endowing New York culture with all the corrosively dehumanizing power of Dickey's wild nature." And Booklist said, "(Sandom) writes with stunning elegance . . . A sure hit with any suspense reader."

While known mostly as a writer of thrillers & mysteries, Sandom is also the author of several YA novels, including the award-winning Kiss Me, I’m Dead and Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher. The Washington Post said, "(Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction," and called Kiss me, I’m Dead "a subtle gem."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Spotlight: Dragon Choir

Now Featuring:

Dragon Choir by Benjamin Descovich

When the days stretch and the land bakes, dragons will again scour the sky.
A city of bones and a city of gold plot against each other while the rebellion gathers strength.
A young man is caught in a tempest of intrigue that will forge a new era of freedom, or forever scar the land. He must discover the secret of the Dragon Choir to save his father and end the stranglehold of an unforgiven nation.

You can Find Dragon Choir at:

Author Bio:

Benjamin Descovich is the founder of and works everyday writing the seeds to grow a better future. He is a passionate environmentalist, social justice advocate and holds a degree in Political Science. As an Australian living and working in Scotland, he has been spoilt with inspiration for his fiction. Dramatic landscapes, political intrigue and epic battles will keep you turning the pages while the dragons and magic take your breath away.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day

A poem in honour of this day...

In Memoriam

Battlefields of scarlet
where the flowers grow
and the wind blows past
the fallen soldiers.

Where the flowers grow
with memories of soldiers;
ghosts not forgotten.

And the wind blows past
rows of weathered stone,
that mark their graves.

The Fallen Soldiers;
lives given, sacrificed
in war, in honour.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Killers and Demons II: They Return

Now Featuring:

Killers and Demons II: They Return by A. F. Stewart

Evil is back, with a greater appetite for death.

They lurk forever in the shadows, smile at you in the morning, and haunt your dreams at night. You can’t hide, you can’t run, and there’s no escape. You can only scream when they come for you.

Killers and Demons II:  They Return is a collection of thirteen tales, blending short stories and flash fiction, tales where the blood lingers on your tongue or spurts quickly from the swift cut.

The Villainous Roster:

Wade, every parent’s nightmare
Hannah and Mr. Greeley. Who is the victim and who is the villain?
Simon and Zoe, a married couple who are dying to be single again.
Norman and his "cookie" of a wife, Mabel.
Millicent and Jane, a delightful duo you shouldn’t invite to your Regency tea party
Amanda, who literally has a skeleton in her closet
Balthazar, the demon bounty hunter on the hunt once more.
Sarah, a young woman going through some changes and craving new tastes
Emmeline, hanged as a witch, now back from the dead for revenge
Gabrielle, a woman haunted by shadows
The Dollmaker, she showers death, and an umbrella won’t help
Nightmare Demons, bent on driving a town insane

And then there’s Alice, a little girl locked in the basement by her Daddy…

Together they form a spine-chilling cadre of predators.

Author Bio:

A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home.  The youngest in a family of seven children, she has always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, sword collecting, and oil painting as a hobby.

Ms. Stewart is an indie author with several published novellas and story collections in the dark fantasy or horror genres, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Quick Review of Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Yes, Virginia, you will believe in talking, gun-toting raccoons.

Having I never read—but being somewhat familiar with—the Guardians of the Galaxy comic books, my initial interest was minimal when the movie announcement first came down.  That changed with the release of the online trailers, and my curiosity perked up considerably. The humour, the music, the action, all beckoned. So with high hopes I ventured to the theater…
… and the movie more than lived up to the promise of the trailers.
It is a fun, cheeky, dynamic romp, that fully realises the breadth and scope of the Marvel universe.  The plot is tight and fast-paced, with some stellar action scenes and great CGI, plus the main characters are the sorriest, angriest, craziest bunch of misfits that you can’t help but find irresistible and irrepressible.
It’s a must-see summer movie.

And if you’re going to stay and watch the final scene after the credits, read the last disclaimer line, you’ll get a chuckle.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canada Day Flash Fiction: Family Secrets

Happy Canada Day!

Today, I bring you another story set in the world of my free download, Even the Paranormal Play Sports. In this quick piece of short fiction, I bring you the tale of a family with a secret...

Family Secrets

The screen door banged shut as I walked into house. I strolled into the kitchen and put the box of Tim Hortons doughnuts on the counter. Dad stood by the sink sipping coffee. I opened the box, picked out a honey cruller, and took a bite.
“The RCMP came by today.”
Shocked, I swallowed badly, coughed, and the doughnut crumbs went flying. Catching my breath, I sputtered, “What?”
“You heard me.”
I flopped down on one on the kitchen chairs, my insides churning.
“What did they want?”
“They said they just wanted to talk. Asked all sorts of questions about the neighbour’s mutilated cows, and if I’d seen any strange animals.”
My sick feeling worsened. If the cops were nosing around, maybe they knew. I inhaled a deep breath.
Please don’t let them know.
“Was Frankie here?”
Dad shook his head. “Your brother was over at Sharon’s house.”
“They didn’t go in the cellar, did they?”
“Nope, but that isn’t all. The police brought two stiff-looking fellows in suits with them.”
I grabbed the edge of the counter and took two more breaths to quell the rising nausea.
“It’s them. Dad, it’s them. Those CSIS people, the ones that investigate paranormal crap. I told you this secrecy would get us into trouble.”
“Don’t panic. If they actually knew something we’d be under arrest, they were just sniffing for information. As long as we keep our wits, and stay off their radar, this will blow over.”
“Unless there’s another incident like last month. What if Frankie busts out again?”
“He won’t. I fixed the lock, reinforced the cage in the cellar. Your brother isn’t going anywhere this full moon.”
I loosened my grip on the counter and willed myself to calm down. “I still say this is crazy. We should’ve just reported what happened.”
I stared at my father, hoping my face reflected my desperation. “Maybe we still can, Dad. We should come clean to those CSIS agents. Just get Frankie registered.”
Dad slammed his cup on the edge of the sink, and coffee spattered over his hand and the floor.
“No! Frankie isn’t going to put his name on some federal register like he was some criminal. It isn’t right what they’re doing, hiding things, creating secret registries, making people disappear.”
My father gave me a hard look. “Is that what you want? Do you want your brother to disappear?”
“No, but… we only have Maggie’s word about what happens. Maybe it isn’t what she said.”
“Wasn’t it her husband that got Frankie in this mess? Didn’t he vanish suddenly? Right after Maggie reported him? That’s enough for me to accept Maggie’s word.”
I nodded, feeling dreadful, memories stirring. Sam didn’t mean to bite Frankie that night, but it was the last straw for Maggie. She called the government and the next day Sam was gone. Maggie’s been half-crazed with guilt ever since.
I grabbed another doughnut and ate past my anxiety, talking as I chewed. “I don’t like it, but maybe you’re right. I certainly don’t want anything to happen to Frankie.”
“Well then, it’s settled. We’re not turning Frankie over to CSIS. Your brother might be a werewolf now, but he’s still family. And you protect your family.”
I nodded and swallowed the last of my jelly doughnut.

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