BTF048: Martha Carr Discusses The Adventures of Maggie Parker

In today’s episode of Behind The Fiction: The Book Lover’s Podcast, we chat with Martha Carr about The Adventures of Maggie Parker series.

In this episode, Steve and Martha discuss the Terranavis Universe, what it means to be an Elemental, how her oldest sister is memorialized in her character Dianna, and lots of fun details about her main character Maggie. This book is going to have you coming back for more!

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Wild Wednesday – January 15th, 2019

 

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Investigating Deceit Snippet #3 Time!

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Erik’s MX 60 hovered about two hundred meters away from the warehouse.

Erik had adjusted its color to gray and black to better blend with the shadows. That didn’t do anything for the dozens of other police vehicles in the area, but they weren’t using their lights, and a swarm of drones kept an eye on the warehouse.

Only a few minutes remained until go time.

Erik patted his tactical vest, his heart offering a steady beat. There was something routine about the whole affair, so it didn’t trouble him.

His TR-7 was nestled in his lap, and the pockets of his duster overflowed with magazines. Two hours’ notice might not be a lot of planning time, but it was better than the almost monthly surprises involving terrorists or killer robots.

Jia wore her dual holster with both her stun pistol and her slug thrower.

In theory, neither detective would have to worry about running out of ammunition as they had in previous encounters, but there was no such thing as being overprepared when your life was on the line. Emma had even rehashed a recent scenario where they’d had to clear a building with only one full magazine.

They’d run out and had to depend on hand-to-hand for the last few opponents, but her point was well-taken.

Emma spoke up. “I’ve taken the liberty of examining some of the drone feeds. There are a sizeable number of gun goblins inside, based on the thermals. The warehouse’s systems have enough basic security that attempts to hack them might alert the criminals, so I’ll avoid doing any of that until the raid has begun. As far as I can tell, the CID and rest of the NSCPD are operating under the same assumption.”

“We’re a minute out,” Erik noted. “Go ahead and take us that way nice and slow.” He cracked his knuckles and picked up his rifle. “When we land, I want to head straight into the fun.”

The MX 60 headed toward the darkened warehouse. The lack of nearby external lighting, even in the Shadow Zone, was suspicious in and of itself, but if the locals understood it was controlled by organized crime, that was all the reason they needed to avoid it.

Jia pulled out her stun pistol, turning it sideways to check out the small status lights. “CID trusts the 1-2-2.”

“Huh?” Erik slapped a fresh mag into the rifle.

“We’re one of the few EZs they’ve selected, and the only one of the closer EZs involved in the raid.” Jia smiled. “I’d like to think that’s because we’ve proven ourselves.”

“It’s because we’ve kicked criminal ass,” he offered. “Nothing gets you noticed like success.”

“All units, we’ve got movement,” announced the incident commander over their PNIUs. “Go, go, go!”

Emma accelerated. Red and blue holographic lights lit the area.

Men scurried from nearby alleys in fear, their worn clothes and ragged appearance suggesting they were homeless rather than gangsters. The police vehicles descended on the warehouse, several circling the area, along with the drones. The MX 60 stopped a few meters from their appointed entrance.

Erik threw open the door and leapt out, pointing his gun. Jia exited at the same time. “Hey!” Emma shouted as Jia vaulted over the hood to catch up with her partner.

He grinned but chose not to point out that Jia’d copied a move she had previously mocked.

CID agents and police flowed out of their cars to form an instant army. Large TPST transports opened their back doors, allowing exoskeleton-clad specialists to leap out with loud, resounding clanks as they hit the ground.

Another officer arrived at the door first and slapped a small black metallic patch on it. They didn’t have time to hack it, so the override patch would have to do unless they wanted to blow the entire thing open.

The door slid open a second later and the officer charged in, followed by Erik, Jia, and several others.

Several large cargo flitters were parked in the main bay. Judging by their appearance, they were either disguised or stolen from different companies, including local delivery specialists such as Windward and Lee and Sons.

CID could follow that up later.

Dozens of criminals with pistols took up positions behind the vehicles, crates, tables, and even overturned chairs. Additional police and CID agents rushed into the room. The large bay door rose with a rumbling hum, revealing several officers in exoskeletons.

“This is the police,” bellowed a loud voice from the intercom. “This facility is completely surrounded. Drop your weapons and put your hands up.”

The criminals loudly spewed profanities in a number of different languages. Neo SoCal was where the best of the world gathered, and after the best came the worst, hoping to make a few dollars of their own. The criminals kept looking around, hoping to see a way out as cops continued to pour into the building. Finally, they dropped their weapons and raised their hands, spouting curse words that impressed Jia with their comprehensive command of the language.

“Erik,” Emma transmitted. “Someone’s escaped the cordon.”

Erik spun, catching Jia’s attention, and they started running back out of the building. “Where?” His head swiveled from left to right.

“Multiple suspects.” Emma transmitted a green directional marker to Erik’s smart lenses. “Alerting 1-2-2 Incident Command.”

“Don’t worry. We’ll catch them.” He sprinted toward the fleeing suspects with Jia following, looking for anyone trying to ambush them.

The two detectives now led a small force of four other cops. The group rapidly closed on the six fleeing criminals. The suspects broke into two groups and ran in different directions. Erik and Jia followed one group, and the other cops rushed after the second.

The chase led Erik and Jia away from the darkened warehouse to a narrow street between distressed buildings in need of repair, but at least the occasional light shone to fight the gloom.

Jia jumped a pool of stagnant water. “Why always the stench?” she griped. “Couldn’t they choose an alley with better airflow?”

Eric snickered. What he was thinking, she was willing to say out loud. He dodged a shaky-looking pillar of boxes. “Why aren’t they shooting?”

“Maybe they don’t want to risk additional charges,” Jia called to him. “Or they realize who they’re dealing with?”

A bright yellow Taxútnta MX-60 hovered down the street. The car’s doors popped open, and the suspects picked up the pace of their desperate charge toward the vehicle.

“You obviously…share…similar tastes,” Jia remarked, panting as the two of them continued their effort to catch the criminals.

“Now they’re just pissing me off,” Erik growled. He ejected his magazine, catching it and slipping it into his pocket as he selected a different one, pulled it out, and popped it into his gun. He whipped up the weapon and narrowed his eyes. Using aim assist wouldn’t hurt, given the distance and the lighting.

Jia glanced at him, having overtaken him while he was switching magazines. “You haven’t fired a shot yet. Why did you reload?”

“You’ll see.” Erik slowed his run and waited until the three suspects had jumped into the car. He fired three times, satisfied with the blue arcs his shots produced. The flitter fell a meter to the ground, throwing out brief sparks.

“Disruptor bullets,” Jia observed.

“Trying to be more prepared,” he admitted as the two resumed their run.

The suspects hesitated for a few seconds before opening the doors, and the two detectives closed the distance. Erik shoved his weapon into one man’s face as he turned around, gun in hand. Jia stunned a second.

The third man, the driver, had his gun out but shook his head and ran for a nearby alley.

“Damn it.” Erik shoved his suspect to his knees. “Take care of this guy.”

Jia hurried around the front of the car and fired a round, stunning the suspect. “There.”

“That’s not what I meant, but that works.” Erik chuckled as the two of them hurried after the remaining suspect.

“You want to take him down, or should I?” Jia’s voice was getting a little strained. The run wasn’t a normal jog in the park.

“Knock yourself out,” he answered, looking around for any issues on their six.

Jia lined up her shot and fired once. The man yelped before collapsing. She winced at the hard impact and the two teeth that launched from his mouth.

“They shouldn’t run.” She shook her head. “This kind of thing wouldn’t happen if they didn’t run.”

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I LOVE how Jia is coming along. Hehehe, she’s totally kicking butt and not asking questions!

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BTF047: “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!

We have so much good stuff coming your way this week! Be sure to pull out your coziest reading blanket, a good cup of coffee, and your headphones so you can binge our two audiobooks releasing this week.

Have you started reading the Judge, Jury and Executioner series yet? If not, Dispute, book 8 in the series, came out today and to help people who haven’t started the series yet get started, book one, You Have Been Judged, is free for the next few days. Get to know Rivka Anoa and her team in this exciting space opera adventure legal thriller.
The last book in the Hellbent Halo series, Hell to Pay, is finally here this week, a week later than promised due to a glitch in the calendar. Are you ready to read the exciting conclusion to the series? Josiah is looking for God and has to find him in order to put an end to Armageddon. Keep an eye out for Lazarus to make an appearance in this novel too! You won’t want to miss it!
Huntress Apprentice continues the adventures of Quinn Faust and her clan as they work to counter the efforts of demons bent on invading our world. Not everything is as it seems and it looks like there may be an even greater evil gunning for them. Do they have what it takes to save those she’s sworn to protect?
Are you ready for another ZOO series? If so, you’ll have to check out the newest series, Cryptid Assassin when Hired Killer releases this week. This new series takes place in the Zoo Universe, but outside of the Zoo itself. In fact, it takes place in Las Vegas, where Michael lives! The JIT team really likes this series and I bet you will too! I can’t wait to read it myself!
Roseland Volume Three brings us to the conclusion of the Darlene saga. Ginger Mitchell became a private investigator to bring her mother’s killer to justice but Darlene is still on the loose. Darlene was manipulating Ginger from afar, but no longer. She’s in Portland wreaking havoc up-close-and-personal. Ginger feels like she’s always one step behind Darlene. Will her next move be her last? Get the thrilling conclusion to the Darlene Cycle with the last six books in this omnibus!
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Week in Review January 6 – 10, 2020

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Bonding with Dragons? Could anything go wrong? Check out the action of the second book in the Dragon Approved Series Now!

The Scions of Magic third book has more magic, more problems, and more chances to get it right! Read all about Cali and her dragon lizard.

What’s harder than one witch problem for the Hadstrom sisters to solve? Two. And the second one is life or death.

You won’t want to miss out on Alison Brownstone’s epic conclusion!

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Investigating Deceit Snippet #2

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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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Wild Wednesday for January 8 2020

 

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Investigating Deceit Snippet #1

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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…

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