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Yes! I’ve just read the second snippet for Investigating Deceit and I can’t wait for it to launch! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy because I want to listen to it the moment the audio version is released!

Get ready for a ride only Erik and Jia can deliver!

 

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“Drop it,” Jia ordered, pointing her gun at him. “Or we drop you.”

Erik inclined his head toward her, his own rifle coming up and pointing at the man’s face. “You heard the woman.”

Sometimes Emma added decent programming to the simulated enemies and allies, and sometimes they were nothing more than emotionless robots. She hadn’t specified at the beginning of the current scenario.

“You fools stand no chance,” the man replied. “I’m going to leave with this man. If you make any quick moves, he dies.” The jerk had a self-satisfied smirk real enough that Eric wanted to slap it off his face. “Then where does that leave you?”

The hostage whimpered.

Erik appreciated that touch. Decades might have hardened him, but it was important for Jia to develop a thick enough skin to focus on the criminal in a situation like this. It was far too easy to get distracted and end up with a dead hostage and a dead rescuer.

Rescuers didn’t always have time to soothe the victim, and a little fear was preferable to a hole in the head.

“You’re going to escape with a hostage through a forest?” Jia snorted. “I find that highly unlikely. Give it up. At least you’ll live to stand trial.”

The man shifted his hand, which was a mistake. The barrel now pointed away from the hostage’s head, and Erik squeezed off two shots. The first ripped through the hand holding the pistol, the second through the man’s forehead. He fell back, his pistol sliding across the floor.

The building vanished, replaced by the silver-floored white room of the training center.

“Congratulations,” Emma offered over the PNIU. “You’ve completed the scenario. I was hoping you’d get cocky and forget to take out all the roaming guards, but the hostage is alive, and there’s no one left to chase you. That’s why it ended. No point in making you walk the hostage to the evac zone.”

“You weren’t going to add new guards along the way?” Jia asked.

“No. I define the scenarios beforehand, even if I don’t tell you all the details. It’s far too tempting to cheat otherwise. I’m sure I could flood any given battlefield with a thousand men and you’d lose, but it wouldn’t prove anything. It’s not impossible, after all, for you to lose.” Emma chuckled. “Setting that aside, don’t you think your final shots were rather risky, Detective Blackwell?”

Erik shrugged. “I’m here to train for the real world, and in the real world, there’s no way I’d let a terrorist leave with a gun to the head of a hostage. The minute he got out of sight, he’d put a bullet in the hostage’s brain and run into the forest. That isn’t even a situation where I could have been happy I wasted a few terrorists along the way. Bad training leads to bad results. That scenario called for lead therapy, and I was happy to supply it.”

“I suppose,” Emma murmured. “But if your timing had been off, you would have failed.”

“Luckily, my timing wasn’t off.”

“And what about you, Detective Lin?” Emma asked. “Didn’t you find that move questionable?”

“I agree with Erik,” Jia offered. She blinked a few times. “I agree,” she murmured again, this time more softly.

“Problem?” Erik studied her. “You think I shouldn’t have taken the shot?”

“No, it’s not that. It’s not you at all. It’s just…” She bit her lower lip before looking at him. “I think I’m getting bloodthirsty.”

He eyed her, one eyebrow raised.

She continued, “I know we didn’t have the stun pistol option in this scenario, and these men weren’t real, but I didn’t think anything of it.” She stared into the distance. “I’m not saying that’s an awful thing in this kind of situation, but I do wonder about the future.”

“You can’t resolve every situation without lethal force.” Erik’s expression darkened. “And the kind of men who take hostages or threaten innocent people have no one to blame but themselves should they end up dead. If we had held back against any of the terrorists or criminals we’ve dealt with in the last few months, a lot more innocent people would be dead. We might be dead.”

“I know. I know.” Jia sighed and gave a slight shrug. “It’s like you said. I’ve come a long way, and I don’t always think about the implications. And my adrenaline is pumping too much after a real showdown for me to always think about what’s happened.” She waved around the room. “This is good training, but I never completely forget it’s not real, either. If that makes sense.”

“Perhaps you missed your calling,” Emma interjected. “Maybe instead of a detective, you should be a tactical terror with the TPST.”

“The same logic applies to that as to me joining the Army to become infantry.” Jia shook her head. “Being able to take down bad guys is all well and good, but it’s not why I joined the force. It’s like I said before. Cleaning up Neo SoCal needs investigation more than gunplay.”

“So you say,” Emma responded, mockery underlying her tone.

Erik nodded. “We get more done as detectives anyway.”

“Exactly,” Jia replied. “And—” She winced. “Darn it.”

“What’s wrong?” Erik frowned.

Her eyes shifted to the side as she looked at something on her smart lenses. “A personal alarm. I lost track of time. I’ve got a date with Corbin in less than an hour.”

Erik snickered. “And how is the down-to-earth businessman doing these days?”

“He’s doing well enough.” Jia headed toward an exit. “We’re going to the symphony tonight.”

Eric scratched his razor stubble. “Sounds boring.”

Jia rolled her eyes. “I like the symphony.” She stopped and spun toward Erik, her eyes narrowed as she pointed at him. “And don’t think I’ve forgotten.”

“Forgotten what?” Erik grinned. “You can’t force me to like the symphony.”

“This has nothing to do with the symphony. Not directly, anyway.” Jia stabbed her finger at him. “I’m talking about our bet for December. I have clearly had more dates than you in one month. Not that it was hard, given that any positive number is greater than zero. I don’t even know why you took the bet if you weren’t going to try. My victory isn’t as satisfying that way.”

“I meant to try.” Erik stopped scratching his cheek and started scratching the back of his head, a blush coloring his face. “I’ve, ah, I’ve been busy.”

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BTF046: Charley Case Discusses The Adventures of Finnegan Dragonbender Series

In today’s episode of Behind The Fiction: The Book Lover’s Podcast, we chat with Charley Case The Adventures of Finnegan Dragonbender Series. This series has been a hit right out of the gate and we are excited to get the inside scoop from Charley.

In this episode, Steve and Charley chat about how he started writing and ended up at 20Books London, how his story came to be (we’re talking solo dwarfs that are giants and tiny dragons, you’ve got to hear this), the interesting challenge of honing your genre, and what it is like to be an author with LMBPN.

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It’s that time again, and I couldn’t be happier! With the new year, comes a new OpusX book! It’s time for Investigating Deceit and I have the first snippet for your reading pleasure. 🙂

January 5, 2229, Neo Southern California Metroplex, Pacific Tactical Center

 

Erik crawled over the leaf-covered forest floor.

The density and texture of the dirt and plants were off, a subtle reminder everything around him was simulated. A device resembling a thin silver choker was wrapped around his neck.

He’d signed all the waivers and paid for the full sensory immersion package, including mild pain and stuns. The physical risk of the average barfight was greater, but it was enough to discourage bad habits.

One arrogant turn on a real battlefield might end with him missing more than an arm.

“How are we doing, Jia?” he whispered as he looked through the foliage. “You in position yet?”

A building stood nearby, partially obscured by the dense trees.

“I need a couple more minutes,” Jia sent back, her voice beamed directly into Erik’s ear via his PNIU. “The guards changed their patrol pattern suddenly, but I did spot the hostage before they covered the window. Given the size of the building, we’re talking less than ten meters between either the front or back door and the room they’re keeping the hostage in. We time this right, and it should be an easy recovery.” read more…

Week In Review – December 29 – January 4, 2019

 

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BTF045: “Alexa, What Is Coming From LMBPN This Week?”

In today’s episode of Behind The Fiction: The Book Lover’s Podcast, we give you all the details on what is coming your way this week from LMBPN!

Already out today is The Magic Legacy. This is the third series in the new Terranavis Universe brought to you by Martha Carr and Michael Anderle. Witches are being murdered in Austin and the three witches of Pressler Street need to figure out how to put the monster one of them released back in the vault. No pressure right? He’s only going after them first. Sounds like the girls better figure out how to work together – fast – to save their fellow witches and themselves!

Good news on this series too! You won’t have to wait long for book two, Making Magic, to come out, it releases next week. And book 3, Spellbound Magic will be available for pre-order soon and releases later this month.
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Book two of The Adventures of Maggie Parker releases this week with The Gnome’s Magic. Nothing is going as planned for our dear Elemental who’s learning to make magic. Maggie’s living on borrowed time and a quest she’s on could fix it all. She just has to find the other four elementals and gather the necessary ancient tools in time. Continue the adventures with her this week!

And finally, book two of The Adventures of Finnegan Dragonbender launches on Thursday with Hunt of the Dwarf King. Finn and Penny are asked to hunt down a pack of hell hounds that are terrorizing the magical community. The job might be above their pay grade, but they’ll go on the hunt of a lifetime. Tell you what, they’re glad the treasure they found doesn’t bite back like the hell hounds do!

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