Junior Inquisitor

Junior Inquisitor

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cat drag races, Alianne Donnelly wants to scare you, and a spoiler for Soulless Monk

I'm feeling a bit lazy, and quite possibly drunk, so rather than talk about me, I'm gonna let someone else drive the 50 ft. Gerbil of Informative Death I call Farish's Freehold. I'm off to the cat drag races.
I've got 50 on "Fluffy."

Alianne Donnelly is a writer, and not just a scribbler of sad teen-age angsty gals yearning for the sweet love of a weepy beta male paranormal creature. One who doesn't mean to slaughter bus loads of orphans, but is just sooooo misunderstood. Nope. Alianne crafts a story with strings of blood and wrappings of terror.

I'm smiling because soon your liver will be mine.

Alianne is an avid lover of stories of all kinds. Having grown up with fairy tales in a place where it almost seemed they were real, it was no surprise when she began making up her own stories. She loves books, music, hiking, and archery, and won’t shy away from travel and zip lining. Alianne graduated with a business degree and when she’s not off in the land of fantasy, she lives in California.

Who wants to go camping now?

About Wolfen: There is a new world order in place and your choice is simple: adapt or die.

You thought it would be safe in a prison? You've been watching "The Walking Dead."

Man’s quest for genetic perfection has led to the creation of new subspecies. Wolfen were the pinnacle of scientific achievement, redefining the limits of what it means to be human. Their counterparts, in turn, grew into the ultimate predators. Incapable of higher thought, converts were unstoppable in their need to breed and devour, and when they escaped, they brought the world to its knees.

Almost two decades later, humanity is on the brink of extinction and only the heartless survive. Rescued by two Wolfen brothers, Sinna must now brave the treacherous wastelands of North America in order to reach safety and the promise of a better life. But when an unexpected gambit forces them to separate, a genetic advantage becomes a liability, and the worst monsters turn out to be the ones who don’t have claws.

In the game of survival, Wolfen were created to be champions. No longer. The enemy keeps evolving, rendering old tactics ineffective, and the only rule left is to endure at any cost.


Smashwords – Wolfen by Alianne Donnelly

Barnes & Noble – Wolfen by Alianne Donnelly

Media links:

Book website – http://wolfenwideweb.com

Related book video – https://youtu.be/We5rSRvU2eA


Wolfen Excerpt:


Start Recording…

I thought we had left it behind. I really believed it would all be over. I was so very wrong. This is Dr. Leslie Gerome. I am recording this because someone out there should know what really happened; how the world really came to an end. And it wasn’t with a bang, or a whimper. It happened with the splicing of a single cell. Man tried to become God, and Nature bucked under his command and struck out with unimaginable fury.

They never buried Chernobyl den as I had hoped. I think I died ten times over on the climb up to the surface, expecting the walls to start caving in on me any second. But they never did. No one ever came looking—for it, or me and Sinna—probably thinking the converts were too stupid to make it out, that they would starve to death down there. Maybe they were right and the monsters we created thirteen stories below a nuclear wasteland did eventually die there.

Those extracted, however, did not.

If anyone ever finds this, please believe what I am about to tell you. There is no such thing as an inert, no middle ground for the creatures we engineered. The DNA grafts might be dormant, but sooner or later, they always activate. One way or another. That was why Fukushima den imploded. They never realized how many potential converts they housed together.

The inerts who converted outside the dens are fully viable and capable of reproduction. It has now been three years since the dens shut down. In that time, world governments tried in vain to bury the story with mindless entertainment for the masses, but there is no hiding it anymore. Last night I found a video online of a female convert giving birth and promptly devouring her own young. Conspiracy theories estimate that the converts, or “Grays” as they are called, are reproducing at an increasing rate. Outside of stable laboratory conditions, Grays can develop three times faster than a human and, though they show each other the same ravenous viciousness they display toward prey, they do mate, and they do breed.

End Recording.

Author Links:

Website – http://aliannedonnelly.com

Blog – http://aliannedonnelly.com/blog

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/alydonnelly

Twitter – @AlianneDonnelly

Alright I'm back, won on several races and did shots with the pit crew. And I've got a bit of info about Soulless Monk, which is coming out 1 October 2015.
That's right you have six days to prepare.

Pre-order Soulless Monk now
Smashwords - https://goo.gl/NXw3Gr
Ready for the spoiler?
Sebastian has gotten on the Bishop's bad side, and needs more training. James needs to hide. In six days you will know what I'm talking about. So preorder your copy and get your blankie ready, cause Brother Sebastian is back!
And let's not forget the book that started it all
Junior Inquisitor
Book #1 of the Inquisitor Series

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Soulless Monk comes out 1 October

1 October Soulless Monk goes on sale

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Smashwords has all the major e-book formats to include Amazon's Mobi. Working on getting it loaded up on Amazon and via Createspace; a paperback version.

Blurb - Brother Sebastian is in trouble. Again. Banished from New England and sent to train with the hyper-violent Hammers, Sebastian wants to atone, but an army of necromancers, battle-mages, and at least one sorceress is seriously messing up his plans. James, former Inquisitor and disciple of Thaddeus, is lurking about, and even with the help of a bunch of heavily-armed Hammers, will Sebastian be to able stop gut-rippers, constructs, lichs...and a newly returned Thaddeus?

Excerpt - Final exams aren’t supposed to be this hard, I thought as I tried to get the fat warlock into the trunk.

Two days ago, I’d been dropped off in the slums of Phoenix with a sealed envelope and a plastic grocery bag of items. I’d watched the van drive off and walked over to a nearby alley to find out what my mission was and what supplies I’d been given. The sun was just short of setting, the buildings giving off long shadows. Despite the lateness of the day, it was still hot. The streets were deserted, for the most part, but that would change soon enough.

The alley was a bit cooler and well littered with refuse and cast offs. I wended my way carefully—to avoid tripping over anything—and making sure there were no homeless present. My clothes would blend in a bit, but no one would be fooled for long.

I took one more long look up and down the alley then squatted on my heels to see what I had to do. After putting down my bag, I tore open the envelope. Inside was a map, and a printed piece of paper with a grainy picture and instructions underneath. I read the mission brief first.

Daniel Aftowsizi, day trader, 35 years old, single. Lives and works at 23 Crescent Circle, Phoenix AZ. Makes twice daily trip to barbershop on corner of Euclid and Baxter, probable front for gambling. Subject is possible warlock. You are to observe him, subdue him, and bring him to All Saints Church, 15 All Saints Drive, Phoenix AZ. Do not cause permanent harm.
After delivery, go to Zola Butte, and get to the top. You have three days.
The map had the house, barbershop, and church all marked for me. The house and barbershop were just ten or twelve blocks apart, but the church was on the other side of town. Neither my current location nor Zola Butte were marked.
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And just in case you haven't read the first one yet,

Junior Inquisitor Book #1 of the Inquisitor Series

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In the Home Stretch

While the arrival of my book , Soulless Monk, is not quite as important as Arbor Day, it is still kind of a big deal for me.
The holiday no one celebrates

Soulless Monk, is busy being formatted, and when that is done I shall load it up into Amazon and Smashwords for distribution. As for Google and Barnes and Nobel, well, they turned out to be more trouble than they were worth, besides Smashwords has formats for all major e-readers. With luck Soulless Monk will be available by the end of September.
Coming soon as both an e-book and paperback

Part of me now wonders, what to do next? Relax? Count the money as it rolls in, maybe drain the pool so I can swim in my cash like Scrooge McDuck? Nope, the easy part, if writing editing, formatting, and everything else it takes to get a book ready could ever be called easy, is over. Now I have to market.

As soon as I have an exact date of when my book will be available, I will commence with the blog tour. I will continue to tweet daily and update Facebook. Lastly, of course, I will keep writing posts here that go into detail on what is happening. I’m also thinking that about a few contests to coincide with the release of Soulless Monk.

Number three which I will be calling The Witch’s Lair is being edited, or at least when I have time I’ll get back to edits and re-writes. But first of course I need to take a swim in my money pool.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My review of Waking Wolfe by S.L. Shelton

The difficult part of turning an everyday man into an action hero, or in this case a junior spy, is the transformation. There is a lot of training, changes in attitude and awareness, oceans of knowledge that must be consumed and skills internalized. In short, too much detail to really be able to explain what you learned and did too anyone who has not been there. The difficulty for a writer to describe the process of transformation is just as difficult. It is a balancing act, spend to much time on the change and it gets dull or bogged down in techno-babble, skimp on the change and you might as well say, “And with a wave of his magic wand James Bond created another fully trained, mission ready clone.”
No more beer for you Mr. Wolfe!
S.L. Shelton has found a middle ground that shows how Scoff Wolfe goes from Techno-geek to CIA asset and more. There is a realness and rawness a visceral truth that Shelton is able to describe to the reader, so that even when Scott is kicking butt, dodging bullets, and fighting for his life, he still believably, a real, regular guy.

The basic plot is Scott has to rescue his kinda, sorta, ex-girlfriend, when right after they have a fight she kidnapped. However this is no “lone man on a mission” trope that we often see in action novels, Scott has a back up computer team, unusual allies and a few converts to help. Standing in the way, agents of The US Government, who thinks he shouldn't get involved, and Russian and Serbian gangsters.

But to call it just a rescue story, or pulp adventure, or coming of age story is to absurdly and incorrectly pigeon-hole this book. The hero doesn't get by on one liners and “just happened to be handy tools and weapons,” nor is it a techo-geek's wet dream where despite being nearly blind with-out glasses, allergic to air and everything else, as well as the social skills of a rabid, incontinent, escapee from the loony bin, he still gets the girl, it is, instead, a believable story about a normal guy who rises to the occasion.
Waking Wolfe is not this at all

Another skill that Shelton has is tying together details that seem trivial in the beginning, but you realize later on had to be there for the story to work, nothing as clumsy as foreshadowing, but hints and clues that you do not realize are there to be examined until you have passed them.

I will be buying the next in the series and enjoyed this one thoroughly.

                        Available at Amazon
                                                        Waking Wolfe

Now for updates on my stuff

The Soulless Monk is just about ready to go to the publishers. I'm thinking the release date will be around the end of the month. I'll know more once it has been uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon.

Of course, I'll need to do a bit of a blog tour to help publicize The Soulless Monk, so if you have a blog and like getting traffic, let me know when you have an opening and we'll do a post to remember.

Junior Inquisitor remains available for just 2.99 and can be found here -

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