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“Gathering In” Excerpt #5   Leave a comment

Julian headed off in the direction he’d indicated, carrying two gas cans, the wrecking bar he used for self-defense trailing out the back of his coat like a metal tail, his feet crunching dried leaves.

The empty street of clapboard houses and neat hedges on narrow sidewalks gave Perry the creeps. It felt like one of those horror movies where you find a deserted town and then the zombies climb out of the cellars. He popped the hood and methodically worked his way through the fluids – oil, transmission, brake, steering, and radiator. The truck’s age made windshield wiper fluid unnecessary. They needed to find a gas station with a working air hose. That back left tire looked a little squishy. They needed to get more trade goods. Perry had always been an honest man and it didn’t come naturally to think about stealing, but there might be stuff in these houses they could exchange for what they needed. Joseph had enormous resources that he couldn’t access in the current circumstances, but surely Ren Sullivan’s fortune didn’t go poof when the electrical grid fried. He’d have to talk to Joseph when he and Katharine came back.

He heard a scrape of a sole on pavement a split second before he felt the barrel of a gun in his right kidney.

“Don’t move! Hand over your keys.”

Posted October 23, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion

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A Taste of “Gathering In” – 1   1 comment

The latest book in Transformation Project – Gathering In – launches October 22. It’s the 5th book in the series about a small mid-western town that must cope when terrorists bomb distant cities and disrupt communications, transportation and supply lines. Already a self-sufficient people, the folks in Emmaus form their own disaster plan, dealing with challenges like protecting their livestock and themselves from radioactive rain, dealing with the breakdown of modern technology, and starting a war with the USDA to keep their crops from being confiscated. In the 4th book, Day’s End, they dealt with a smashed electrical grid, the fall of the big cities, and migrants on the move away from the encroaching winter.

So what more could I put these people through?


From the Prologue

It’s funny how your perspective on who is your neighbor can change when resources become scarce. Emmaus lucked out compared to most places after the Pulse. We were surrounded by corn. When we harvested all that belonged to us or the corporations abandoned, we had enough food to last until December or January. Or to feed half the five thousand residents who lived in the area until spring, when hopefully things might change for the better. Some families had more. The farmers had more. Most of them wanted something in return for sharing, which meant that shopkeepers, mayors and school teachers had to find something they could trade. Without electricity and with a lot of engines permanently stalled by the Pulse that most often meant labor.

Passersby, running from the cold northern winter that loomed – well, they weren’t welcome at all. Day after day, they pushed past our borders, now secured by electrified barbed wire and men and women carrying AR15s. It felt so wrong and yet there was no arguing with the fact those migrants represented starvation for us. It wasn’t our fault they hadn’t prepared for terrorist attacks. We hadn’t expected to either, but we’d grown the food so it was ours. We either secured our borders so we who were inside could live – maybe – or we didn’t, and we all starved.

In a world that had spun out of control, there were no good answers for how to live our increasingly fragile lives. Some reached out, others turned in, and some would make decisions with devastating results. And none of them were evil – not the migrants, not the townspeople — maybe the USDA.

JT Delaney

Gathering In is available for Pre-Order at $1.99 until October 21, but be aware the price increases by $2 after launch. If you’re interested in doing a review, however, contact me and we can work out a deal for an ARC — including the rest of the series if you haven’t read it yet.

Posted October 4, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion

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Last 48 Hours of #Sale   Leave a comment

January 1, 2019, all prices return to standard $3.99 except first book in series and Hullaboo on Main Street. Get your #reduced price books now.

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January 1 look for #free day for Life As We Knew It, The Willow Branch, and Hullabaloo on Main Street.

Posted December 31, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion

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Scenic Route   6 comments

December 31, 2018

Share your writing goals for 2019.

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I’m a big believer in goals. Goals give us structure in life. That said, I believe goals should be held lightly. They are guides only, not set routes that dictate our every turn.

This is a lesson learned hiking in Alaska. You have a goal – maybe to hike Mount Pennell. The peak is right there, but there are multiple ways to it. Sometimes you start out on the path you think is best and encounter a creek in flood. Now you can’t take the desired path, so you need to change your route. The main goal is still in view, but the route changes. And, maybe, in that new and unexpected route, you’ll discover great views or a wonderful flower meadow or sheep on the cliffside and that new route will become the desired route from then on.

That is my view of writing goals. I’m open to the need to adapt circumstances and sometimes I’m very pleased with where the writing detour takes me.

My writing goals for 2019 are similar to what they are every year. I want to finish the fifth book in Transformation Project (“Gathering In”)and maybe submit a short story to an anthology. I’m considering submitting “What If Wasn’t” to another round of beta readers to see if it’s improved enough for publication. I might combine the first three books in Transformation Project into a box set. I’ve got some adjacent novellas planned in the series universe, but I’m not ready to publish yet.

Finally, I’ll be working on the third book in Daermad Cycle “Fount of Wraiths”. It’s taking too long to write it, but that means it’ll be fantasy gold when it’s done.

I also have a YA I’m noodling on, but it’s not near to being done and isn’t even titled yet.

Although my primary project will be published sometime in the second half of the year, all other projects are subject to change, adapting to my life and my muse. It’s all well-and-good to have goals, but they should not constrain us to the point where writing becomes a rote exercise. They only provide us with structure for creativity. They aren’t the main event and too much adherence to them can destroy creativity as surely as having no plan at all.

Posted December 31, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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#Free #Political #Satire #Book   Leave a comment

1-day only. Hullabaloo on Main Street is #free December 17.

“Politics got you down? Why not laugh at the bubble battles instead?”

And while you’re at it, consider picking up one or more of my other books, all on #discount for the month of December.

Posted December 17, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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Stay Tuned for the Cover Reveal   2 comments

A Threatening Fragility, the third book in the Transformation Project series, will head to the beta readers next week. It should be published this fall. Soon, the cover will be ready for preview.

I recently took a couple of weeks mostly off social media to complete the working draft of the book. I reached a point where I recognized that maintaining my Twitter page was costing me time I needed to finish the book.

This book’s journey has been a more complicated than previous novels. When I published Objects in View (Book 2 of the same series) almost a year ago, I planned to turn my attention to the 3rd book in my fantasy series, Daermad Cycle, but I struggled to keep my attention on the project. I’m writing it and what I am producing is good, but I’ve had trouble concentrating on my stated primary project. I’ve written two short stories and revisited a literary fiction in my back catalog. Eventually, A Threatening Fragility won first place in this multi-pronged writing exploration. The point is to produce quality books, not to follow some predetermined publication schedule that risks causing writer’s block, which might impact my ability to produce quality books. This is the biggest advantage of being an independent author. My publishing cooperative doesn’t hold me to the same conditions a traditional publisher might.

If you’re a fan of Daermad Cycle, it’s likely you’ll need to wait until sometime in 2018 for Fount of Wraiths, but it will be good. Like fine wine, fine fantasy takes time.

If you’re a fan of the Transformation series, you can soon find out if Cai survives the Army’s search for him, if Shane kicks Rob’s butt for drugging him, if the farmers can hang onto their crops, and who is going to win the presidential wrestling match. Things are turning dark on the Kansas prairie. Come see how the people of Emmaus cope. For those unfamiliar with the series, it could be termed a libertarian apocalyptic. I don’t look for government to rescue people if society goes off the rails, but I believe powerfully in people being the heroes in their own story … individuals cooperating with other individuals to find their way to a better place. I also believe that human beings are varied in their skills and ability to cope. People who are nice in times of plenty may become evil when pressed by starvation or imbued with power. Come see how that works out in the book when it publishes sometime this fall.

 

Interview with Adrianne Lemke   1 comment

 

Today’s interview is with Adrianne Lemke. Welcome to the blog, Adrianne. Tell us something about yourself. 

AdriLemke Author PicI live in rural Wisconsin on a little hobby farm. We have two dogs, a bunch of chickens, several barn cats, a house cat, and two horses.

By day I am a Veterinary Assistant. By night, an author. I am part of a large family, but have no significant other. What I do have are three brothers, two sisters, two brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law. And with the married pairs, I have ten nieces and nephews and one more on the way.

I love horseback riding. I have been riding longer than I’ve been writing.

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I went to college I saw the beginning of a story I had started writing in high school (at the request of a friend) and decided to continue writing it. Since then I have written several other novels, and have self-published four of them so far.

 

 

Tell us about your writing process.

AdriLemke Fear CoverI usually write with the TV on in the background. It usually works best to have something I’ve seen several times, so I don’t have to pay attention to it. I almost never plan what is going to happen, and when I try, the story usually goes in its own direction anyway.

Normally I don’t let anyone read my work until the full story is complete. Most of the time I end up writing a pretty decent chunk of the book, then decide I don’t like it, or it could be better, and I start it over from the beginning. Sometimes I wonder how those aborted efforts would have ended…

 

I have a similar writing process. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

So many favorites…I think fantasy is probably the one I most enjoy reading. For writing, I enjoy Paranormal/suspense.

 

 

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

AdriLemke TrackerWhen I’m not writing, I am usually reading. I also spend time with my various pets, and do some horseback riding (when the weather cooperates). I also enjoy watching TV and movies.

My most recent hobby is making wire-wrapped trees and some jewelry items. I have an etsy store (Craftree Treasures) and hope others can enjoy the items I’ve made.

 

 

 

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

I think more character driven. I am of the opinion that if people enjoy the characters, they will accept the situations the characters are in. That said, I don’t put much superfluous detail into my books. Most of the events and situations the characters find themselves in help to drive the plot forward.

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

AdriLemke KindredI am a discover writer. Planning has never been my strong suit. Also, I always feel like if I don’t know how a certain situation is going to end, then the reader won’t necessarily know either. J

 

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I enjoy writing in first person. I love being able to get in a character’s head and explore how they would react in any situation.

 

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

 

I would love to explore the area. I would bring my horses and ride all over the place. I would bring my computers and journals so I can keep up with my writing. (Can’t tell you how much I’d love that kind of uninterrupted writing time! J)

I would also bring my kindle so I could read in the time I’m not writing or riding around. I think it would be a very relaxing and productive month.

 

Talk about your books individually.

AdriLemke StrikeSo far I have four novels I have self-published. Three of them are part of the same series. The Earthshaker Series starts with Tracker.

Tracker introduces Jason, a street kid with a dangerous secret; he has the power to control the ground. In Tracker, the main ‘big bad’ is Trevor Mason. He is a criminal who discovers Jason’s power, and wants to use it for his own gain.

Kindred is book two and continues Jason’s story. After the events in Tracker, he wants time to recuperate and get back to normal. One person prevents him from doing so; Kindred. Kindred is an assassin who worked with Trevor Mason, and now won’t leave Jason alone.

Hunter is book three. Two years after Kindred, Jason is working as a Private Investigator. He gets involved with a case that hits close to home.

The Earthshaker Series is a paranormal/suspense series, and I have two more books planned: Oblivion (book four) and Earthshaker (book five). As of right now Earthshaker is planned to be the final book in the series, but if more ideas hit, I am definitely willing to stay in Jason’s world a bit longer. J

 

The other book I have out is a Mystery/Thriller: Fear.

Fear is a novel I wrote as my undergraduate research project at Wisconsin Lutheran College. After a couple major revisions and editing, I decided to share it with the world. Fear is written in third person and tells Ryan Parker’s story. Ryan lost his parents as a child, and became a police officer to find their killer. The case is made more difficult by the fact that the killer has been stalking Ryan since the murders.

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

AdriLemke Secret PowerMostly I simply hope they enjoy the story. I enjoyed writing them, and I would love to know that people are liking them.

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I did attempt to go through traditional publishing first. I sent out several query letters, got a couple nibbles and chapter requests, but nothing panned out. After some encouragement from my family, I decided to self-publish.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

I get to keep all the rights to my books.

 

 

That is a great advantage. What do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

There are a lot of people who won’t spend money on self-published books. So we’re missing out on some potential sales to readers who would most likely enjoy the books, but won’t take a chance.  We also don’t have big-name publishers behind us to help with publicity and to help readers take us seriously.

 

I tend to agree that reader perception of self-published books is a problem for us. With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

I use Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, my blog (adrianne-lemke.blogspot.com ) Instagram, and my website (adrilemke.com) to help promote my novels. I have also joined in a couple short story anthologies (Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales and Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse, and When Disasters Strike)

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

I have used two designers so far: David McGlumphy (designed the cover for Fear and the cover for Secret Power– a fantasy coming soon. He also designed the original covers for the first three Earthshaker series books)

Christian Bentulan is doing the redesigns on the Earthshaker series. I have had him re-do the first two covers so far.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

I do. I think self-published authors need to make sure their work is completely edited and as smooth as possible, get the best covers they can, and work with people to help market their work and get it out to the general public.

 

 

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

I do not. The stories I write are (mostly) clean, but I don’t want to limit my pool of potential readers. Eventually I may write a more Christian novel, but for now I am writing for everyone.

 

 

You and I are kindred spirits on that topic. What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

I want to make sure I don’t glamorize things that go against my faith. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m okay with things that are not okay with God.

 

 

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

I have my characters in situations that test their desire to remain good people. They have to fight desires for revenge, their fear, and other problems in order to stay good.

 

Where do readers find you and your books?

 

 

viewAuthor.at/AdrianneLemke
viewBook.at/Fear
getBook.at/earthshakerbookone
getBook.at/earthshakerbooktwo
getBook.at/earthshakerbook3
www.facebook.com/earthshakerfans
www.adrilemke.com
https://twitter.com/AdrianneLemke
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751742.Adrianne_Lemke
Thank you for the opportunity!
Adri Lemke

 

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