Happy New Year!

Hopefully, 2012 was a year that passed with good friends by your side and precious moments spent with your loved ones. As winter creeps in, I appreciate the chilled beauty all around me and stay warm by drinking lots of scorching hot tea. I always read a bit more during the frozen months, plus my mind races with short story ideas, and poems emerge with a distinctly cold bite to them.

Short stories and poems need to be published! So check out this post to venture into the exciting land of submissions. Keep in mind while searching for markets these all-important things…

  • Read the guidelines for each market carefully. If said magazine or e-zine states they only accept literary poetry and fiction, then do not submit horror, fantasy, or science fiction.
  • Take notice if the market for your work accepts simultaneous submissions (submit that poem or story to other markets at the same time) and/or multiple submissions (submit more than one piece at a time), and if your chosen market accepts reprints.
  • Read examples of what has been accepted to that market to provide a better idea of what those editors are drawn to. Some editors are all about surreal experiences that can be interpreted differently by each reader, yet others prefer details galore that make sure the reader gets exactly what the writer is saying. It’s fun to write both ways, so give it a try!
  • Does the market insist upon a bio and intro letter? Most of the time, I’ve included these with my submissions. If it is stated no such things are welcome, then do not send them. Why would an editor not want a bio or cover letter? I’ve worked with a handful of editors who want to judge a piece solely on its own merits and not the background of the writer. If the piece is accepted, then a bio may be requested.
  • If possible, find a submission editor’s name to use with your submission. It shows you have taken a little extra time to read about that market.
  • Unless the publisher’s guidelines state otherwise, use industry standard manuscript formatting. What is that, you ask? Check out William Shunn’s post on industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • Does the market pay? You must decide if this matters, but be sure you know before agreeing to anything.

MARKETS

IDEOMANCER: One of my favorite markets, Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry. Their guidelines state, “We want unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. We also have an eye for more traditional tales told with excellence.” Their site is beautiful, and the work published is top-notch.

INTERSTELLAR FICTION: If writing about little, green Martians, robots gone mad, or Slide1doomsday devices are your thing, check out this market. Interstellar Fiction loves the old clichés, but if something new blows them away, chances are a publishing credit is coming your way.

THE SOUTHERN REVIEW: You’ll have time to submit to The Southern Review because unsolicited fiction and nonfiction is only accepted (postmarked) September 1st through December 1st, and unsolicited poetry is accepted (postmarked) September 1st through February 1st. If you have poetry ready to go, hurry and submit! Fiction, poetry, essays, including nonfiction and literary essays that are previously unpublished, are considered. Simultaneous submissions are permitted but they ask to be notified promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.

PERIHELION: If hard science fiction is what you write best, I hope you submit to Perihelion. This e-mag says, “No fantasy. No horror. No fan fiction. No poetry. Stories do not necessarily have to restrict themselves to robots, rocket ships, and extraterrestrials. However, the science and/or technology must be integral to the story. If you remove the science, the story falls apart, or disappears altogether. If the plot can be easily reconstituted as a western, a swashbuckler, or a bodice-ripper, it is probably not for us, either.” Doesn’t this sound like a challenge? I really want to submit to this market!

THE BARCELONA REVIEW: All genres and a diverse styles and techniques are all open game at The Barcelona Review. “We’re after original, potent and powerful writing with a contemporary feel that is literarily sound; writing marked by a strong sense of imaginative distinction. (We do not publish tales, fables or re-worked fairy tales; nor are we after vignettes.)” Submit!

ABANDONED TOWERS MAGAZINE: A market for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, Abandoned Towers Magazine has an online presence for fantastic reading material and a print publication as well. Guidelines are listed for Art, Books for Review, Audio, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Video, so take your pick and submit.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE: A publisher of crime, mystery, and suspense short stories, AHMM has delighted readers for over fifty years by releasing mystery fiction of “the broadest range and the highest quality, featuring every subgenre of mystery fiction.” Kirkus Reviews adds, “The lack of a specific house style is its greatest strength.” This is an impressive market because many stories featured in AHMM have won dozens of awards, including numerous Robert L. Fish awards for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine features 12 issues (8 single issues and 2 double issues). Guidelines here.

PRISM: A quarterly magazine whose home is Vancouver, British Columbia, Prism International’s mandate is to “publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. Writing from PRISM has been featured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays and The Journey Prize Stories, amongst other noted publications.” Regular features include creative non-fiction, drama, and translations.

FIND MORE MARKETS

NEWPages.com: Do dreams come true? If you dream about a huge listing of links for literary marketsNEWPages.com states, “The most up-to-date and reliable lists of literary magazines on the web.” An example listing for Sliver of Stone shows a writer everything needed to pursue this market. Emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe are welcome to submit.

Speculative Literature Foundation: Speculative fiction is close to my heart, so this absolutely amazing list of market links is one to visit if you’re all about science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Ralan.com: Providing links to speculative writing markets for over sixteen years, Ralan.com is a site I often visit.

Good luck submitting in 2013, and if you know of a great market, leave a comment!

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Isadora Daystar GIVEAWAY!

I’m so glad you’re visiting the Noracast today, because P.I. Barrington is offering up her dark, science fiction adventure “Isadora Daystar.” If you can handle a wild ride into the future where Isadora, a female assassin, comes head to head with her troubled past…and creepy aliens, plus close calls with death few would survive, then enter this GIVEAWAY! This is an action packed, often harrowing tale that pulls you in to Isadora’s world without mercy and will not release you until her secrets are revealed. Giveaway runs April 9th-16th, so leave a comment and contact info to enter!

When drug addled assassin Isadora DayStar finally snags a major interplanetary killing job, she thinks it will both support her habit and revise her status as the laughingstock of her profession. Instead, she embarks on a journey that brings her face to face with her tortured past.

Now, here’s my review!

Isadora Daystar by P. I. Barrington

Surprises abound in P.I. Barrington’s “Isadora Daystar”—a science fiction adventure that allows a truly flawed heroine to shine as bright as a star even though she succumbs to prostitution, thievery, drug addiction, massive amounts of guilt, and the job related tribulations that come from being an unlucky assassin get her into plenty of danger too. Isadora is far from being an angel, she’s a handful to be sure, with a past no one would want to claim, yet deep…very deep inside there lies a woman aching for a second chance at everything.

Barrington transports the reader into a future where aliens and humans co-exist and interplanetary travel is the norm. Religion was outlawed in 2080, so imagine Isadora’s shock when she saves Iphedea…a young girl on a doomed spaceship and ends up in a monastery with supposedly religious fanatics who’ve managed to evade the Directorate of Worlds authority. For me, this is the point in “Isadora Daystar” where the story really takes off, and I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Isadora and Iphedea. These two are strong-minded, stubborn women who exist in this futuristic world that seems unfriendly and harsh, especially to Isadora who survives by practically selling her soul. It is amazing she survives at all.

Isadora is a character who reveals herself more and more as the story continues, and I cheered her on hoping so much good things would come to her. Barrington makes sure this soldier/assassin suffers through hard times with her drug addiction to Ingentin and past decisions, yet I believe it all sets the stage for Isadora to find her heart once again. “Isadora Daystar” embraces the power of forgiveness and highlights what some people will do to save another. I definitely want to know where Isadora’s next adventure takes her. It’s a great read! 4/5

P.I. Barrington Bio: 

After a long detour through the entertainment industry, P.I. Barrington has returned to her roots as a fiction author. Among her careers she counts journalism and radio air talent. She lives in Southern California where she watches the (semi-wild) horses grazing in the hills behind her house.

Her work includes:

Future Imperfect Trilogy (Crucifying Angel, Miraculous Deception, Final Deceit)

Isadora DayStar

Independence Day (Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad anthology)

She can be contacted via email: pibarrington@dslextreme.com and loves to hear from readers. Her websites:

http://thewordmistresses.com

http://www.pibarrington.wordpress.com

http://thewriterlimitsauthors.blogspot.com/

http://curiosityquills.com/

Simply leave a comment and make sure to note your contact info to enter this giveaway. Please invite all of your dark, science fiction lover friends to come and enter as well.

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Accidental Hero/GIVEAWAY!

Danger—pain and suffering, mixed with excitement and enough adrenaline to kill an elephant is calling upon your sense of adventure. Let’s say, Jessie desperately needs your help, and if you fail to answer the calling…death will come her way. Are you ready to embrace this challenge and rush to sacrifice your life for another? Well, my all-time favorite heroes are the ones who’d do just that.

Ah, but things are never so simple. I love accidental heroes. These so-called ordinary men and women exist in their worlds doing what they are supposed to do, until a threat is unleashed that prompts a reaction from these people. Some folks reject the notion they could ever affect the outcome of a situation, others eagerly accept the new, completely risky endeavor dropped upon them.

Take a look at Jake Cottrell, the protagonist (and an accidental hero) in my latest release, The Twelfth Paladin. He’s a prime example of a person living a selfish existence, one who seeks out mischief and absolutely lives for adrenalines rushes, or as he calls them…smackdowns. Yes, Jake is a reckless character with a shady past and a family you would not desire, but he does have something special. Jake has courage and honor, yet they’ve been long ignored. After a death-defying Motocross accident, Jake is physically and mentally tested to see if he can rise above the wickedness around him and become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s (an angel) unit of supernatural warriors. He doesn’t seek out glory. No matter, it finds him anyway.

Another accidental hero I really like is Sam Deed (Vincent D’Onofrio) from the movie Happy Accidents (2000), which also stars Marisa Tomei. Sam is brave, determined, and a guy who never planned on having to endure such an adventure to find love. Although Happy Accidents is a science fiction movie, it’s actually more about the power each of us possess to change things.

From Moviefone: Is Ruby Weaver’s Mr. Right really an emissary from the year 2,470, or is he just a complete loon ball? This question is at the heart of Brad Anderson’s whimsical romantic comedy. The story opens with Ruby (Marisa Tomei) lamenting over her boyfriend Sam (Vincent D’Onofrio) to her shrink (Holland Taylor). In a series of flashbacks, the film quickly sketches Ruby as a neurotic with an unhappy track record concerning men and Sam as an oddball who is afraid of small dogs and has a barcode tattooed to his arm. But he’s nuts over Ruby, and at least initially, that is enough for her. Slowly, Sam begins to reveal his “past.” He tells her that he is from the Dubuque of the future and that he hails from a rare “anachronistic” family who believe that reproduction should occur the old-fashioned, fun way as opposed to the more popular cloning method. At first, Ruby is amused, until she realizes that he’s not kidding. After a series of arguments, he agrees to visit Ruby’s analyst, which yields unexpected results. This film premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Great news—GIVEAWAY! Ends March 27, 2012

Win a copy (e-book, print, or Kindle) of The Twelfth Paladin AND the movie Happy Accidents. Simply answer this question: Are you the type of person who’d become an accidental hero? Since I spend way too much time in the laundry room and grocery shopping…I’d definitely go for it. A little adventure can entice me anytime!

Still not sure if this giveaway is for you? Here’s the latest review of The Twelfth Paladin from Michelle. Her blog is A Lil of Dis A Lil of Dat Chelle Style.

“In all of my years of reading, I can’t say I’ve ever read a book about Angels and Demons. I tend to stick more towards suspense and horror books. Therefore, I was very excited to review The Twelfth Paladin and give myself the opportunity to break out of my reading comfort zone.

We start with the main character, Jake Cottrell, who is a rebel of sorts, if you will. Abandoned by his mom at a young age, living with an angry alcoholic father, it’s no wonder Jake takes to drinking, wild women, and motorcycle racing. However, during one of his races, he becomes injured and things will never be quite the way they were before his accident.

Have you ever had the sensation that things weren’t right? That there was an unseen force working behind the curtains, responsible for strange things or events? Jake deals with these very things as he is reconnecting with a “friend”, Davis Travers, now a successful heart surgeon. Davis, by any standards isn’t a very likable person. It’s a mystery to Jake how Davis managed to become engaged to the beautiful and mysterious Angie Helms as well as the tremendous success Davis obviously enjoys.

In the meantime, as Jake is skirting dangerously along the depths of evil, Micah, an angel, who is not on God’s good side, is sent to help Jake from losing his soul to the darkness. Micah is a likable character who has lost his faith in mankind after thousands of years. He’s witnessed the decline of human kindness and goodness towards each other. He is less than thrilled to be helping Jake and does little to conceal this fact.

I found myself mentally willing Jake to stop his actions as he stepped further and further into the darkness ruled by evil. At the same time, I found myself as curious as Jake as he begins to realize Davis isn’t playing an imaginary game. I became caught up in the action as Jake finds himself being pulled in by temptations which would appear to be too delightful to resist.

Nora Weston captures her characters with a vivid imagination. As you read, you can visualize the scene exactly how she describes it. You will find yourself rooting for the good guys, holding your breath, your heart beating just bit quicker during some of the more intense scenes, and completely caught up in this book!

I can say after reading The Twelfth Paladin, Nora has a new fan. I will definitely be paying attention to when Nora has a new book in the works. Don’t just take my word. Visit Nora and let me know what you think!”

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I appreciate the review Michelle! Okay, ready for a supernatural adventure with Jake Cottrell and a science fiction mission with Sam Deed? Enter the GIVEAWAY!

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Color Them Gray

“It’s an art to live with pain… mix the light into gray.” Eddie Vedder

Edmond Dantès from Alexandre Dumas,’ The Count of Monte Cristo is a successful merchant sailor living in Marseille, France (in 1815) who is wrongly accused of being a Bonapartist traitor. Edmond is imprisoned for fourteen years in the Château d’If. Pain and suffering ruin his colorful outlook on life…he transforms into a protagonist determined to seek revenge upon the men who imprisoned him, and he does this, so beautifully. Once Edmond becomes the Count of Monte Cristo, anything and everything he has is used to manipulate the wickedness in his life for the sake of vengeance.

Edmond feels justified; his motives for becoming a “gray” character…one whose thoughts and actions are not entirely right or wrong, whose morals have blurred into the gray area, adds danger and excitement to Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

I love characters smothered in gray—who are torn between right and wrong, who ache to do what’s right, but have lost their way. In my science fiction adventure, Guardian 2632, Zane Grayson fights with his conscience about betraying the time monitoring facility he’s in charge of, called Guardian TMF, because a pastian from 1998 needs his help, or she will perish. He is forbidden to assist pastians without clearance from the Elite Guardians, yet Zane is drawn to this pastian, named Julia Emerson, like never before. His desire for Julia becomes incessant, secrets are revealed. Zane’s sense of belonging in 2632 is stolen by Julia, so he dives into the gray area where chaos rules. A murky, dark shade of gray envelopes Zane, while he plans the most important mission of his life, however, if caught…merciless Time Mercs will execute him. Yeah, Time Mercs are big, bad, and ugly.

Adding gray is good for character building! Why? Do you know anyone who is perfect? I do not, and that’s okay because the imperfections found in us all make us unique. Spicing up your characters with moral dilemmas where they will either rise to the occasion and do the right thing, or fall into an abyss of misery are ways to push a story forward. Perfect characters would always decide to do the safe and logical thing, which doesn’t make for much of a story. Oh, but when a character, like Edmond Dantès goes to the pits and back to finally see the light…ah, now there’s sweet satisfaction found in that!

Going Gray

Think about your characters. Are their personalities, desires, and goals so lovely…and absolutely dreamy that they come across as unbelievable people?

For example, Zane Grayson (protagonist in Guardian 263) is a mastermind in charge of fixing paradoxes throughout time. I even used his last name as a hint to show he’s a character splattered with gray traits. It would’ve been easy to make him a super techie with a personality similar to a robot. His looks, temperament, dialogue, and habits could’ve been the typical, calm genius who wears glasses, always has a white lab coat on, has no desire for anything other than knowledge, and his only hobby would have to be building computers. B-o-r-i-n-g!

Zane left that nonsense behind. Going gray meant this character had to…

  • Be at odds with his conscience-Zane is a good man, but flaws exist. He time surfs (looks for paradoxes throughout time in unauthorized time zones), refuses to follow Guardian TMF’s dress code for executives, is an adrenaline junkie…needs danger and risk too often, he’s stubborn to the point some would say he’s insane, has quite a temper, and Zane is willing to risk everything he has in 2632 to help a pastian (Julia Emerson) in 1998. His ancestry is a mix of Japanese and European, and he is quite sarcastic. Going gray made him more interesting!
  • Understand his definitions of right and wrong are not written on white paper with black ink-Zane comes to realize laws must be written to serve people…all people, and not be written as a means to justify helping only the history makers. The gray area is an uncomfortable one to be in, but it forces characters to do something…Zane decides to fight for change.
  • Finally make decisions about what he believes is right and wrong-Once Zane becomes aware of things that needed altered, his grayness fades a bit as he steps back toward the light. He chooses to set things right.

What characters come to mind who are painted with gray? Riddick, from The Chronicles of Riddick is one of my favorites! He has a whole lot of gray going on… If you’re an author, what have you done to your characters to make them a bit on the gray side?

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SHINING STARS GIVEAWAY

The Noracast just wrapped up a horror giveaway with The Twelfth Paladin, so on to a science fiction and fantasy giveaway that sparkles with starlight. STAR TREK is well…you know, one of the shows I watched as a child that helped to warp my mind, so it had to be featured! Keep in mind, this movie is light years ahead of what I viewed, so do enjoy! STARDUST is a fantasy-filled, fun movie for the family.

Star Trek and Stardust have action/adventure, magical settings, and magnificent heroes who will stop at nothing to succeed. Both movies take you away into another place and time…like the scenario that plays out in my science fiction adventure, Guardian 2632. If you’re in the mood for some high-tech gadgets, time travel, Time Mercs, and Zane Grayson…a man on a mission to save the life of his beloved, Julia Emerson, then enter the giveaway!

SHINING STARS GIVEAWAY/US/International/December 2-December 15)

The winner receives…both movies and a copy of Guardian 2632!

Print, e-book, or Kindle versions available. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment and your contact info. Happy Holidays!

 GUARDIAN 2632 

Dr. Zane Grayson, the most accomplished executive director Guardian TMF has ever seen, is breaking the law…his law against time surfing. Zane has the supreme power, in 2632, to decide which paradoxes in time need altered, or deleted, but he’s frustrated. Something, or someone, is missing from his life.

Time surfing in illegal time zones is the rush Zane can’t live without. As addictive as the Martian dust called kilred, time surfing becomes Zane’s obsession. And knowing full well if caught by the Elite Guardians, he’ll suffer an unwelcome death by Time Mercs, Zane still dives deep into trouble. Soon, he discovers a mission in 2035 left him trapped in a timehole. This timehole places him in Pittsburgh, PA in 1998, instead of home. In Pittsburgh, Zane strolls into a coffee shop to see the bewitching Julia Emerson. From that point on, his life spirals out of control as he fights to protect what he loves most.

STARDUST

Escape into the enchanted world of chivalry and romance in Stardust, an epic tale starring Claire Danes with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. In hopes of wooing a beautiful girl (Sienna Miller), Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises to bring her a falling star. But he’s in for the adventure of his life when he discovers the star is actually a celestial beauty named Yvaine (Danes). When an old witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) attempts to steal Yvaine’s youth, Tristan must protect her at all costs, in this magical family adventure that will make you fall in love over and over again. (Amazon Product Description)

 

STAR TREK 

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. (Amazon Product Description)

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Gabriel: A Quantum Guardian

Guardian 2632/Virtual Book Tour 

February 15: Guest Blog: Whispers                          February 18: Guest Blog: Hot Gossip Hot Reviews
February 21: Author Interview: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Complete virtual book tour schedule at Noracast II.

Exciting news! My Sci-Fi novel, Guardian 2632, has been released by Melange Books. It is also available at All Romance, and the print version is coming soon. Time travel, Time Mercs, Elite Guardians, and a magnificent time chamber set the stage for Zane Grayson to go on a perilous journey through time to fix something tragically amiss in the past…1998 to be exact. Check out Interview with Zane Grayson/Executive Director of Guardian TMF to read the interview and prologue.

In Guardian 2632, Zane utilizes the high-tech power of a quantum computer that he refers to as Gabriel. According to HowStuffWorks, “If, as Moore’s Law states, the number of transistors on a microprocessor continues to double every 18 months, the year 2020 or 2030 will find the circuits on a microprocessor measured on an atomic scale. And the logical next step will be to create quantum computers, which will harness the power of atoms and molecules to perform memory and processing tasks.” From what I’ve read, quantum computers will have the capability of being millions of times faster than the supercomputers used today. Do take time to read this engaging article about them at HowStuffWorks. Here are a few more links about these amazing computers…Science Daily and TFOT. I was simply blown away by what the future will bring.

Now, let’s get back to Gabriel. It’s a quantum computer so advanced that it possesses artificial intelligence, and its personality is virtuous, sarcastic…and always has the survival of its creator, Zane Grayson, in its molecular mind as the top priority. In Chapter 1, Gabriel does its best to warn Zane about impending pain.

(Scene Setup: At Guardian TMF, in the time screening room, Zane is hacking through time, which is illegal…and if caught, a brutal death at the hands of merciless Time Mercs will be Zane’s fate.)

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Suspending the time sequence, Zane shoved black bangs out of his eyes to study the holoscape for clues. Feeling a sense of corruption in the air, he said, “Something went tragically wrong at that portal and by God I’ll find out what it is. The Elites should’ve cleared these sequences years ago. It’s 2632 for heaven’s sake, so I need to save this data and find the truth.”

Moving the grid scanner through the enormous holoscape, Zane captured every square foot of the time sequence watching as the hijacked images transferred to Guardian TMF’s super quantum computer, named Gabriel. “Hey…Gabriel, now shoot this data to my Q-Gen, you know, Genny, so I can watch it later on a smaller scale and without using StaticAirVI.”

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but you want the data saved on Genny to view it later, without the risk of Miss Scott interrupting you. You never worry about StaticAirVI,” said Gabriel.

“Hey, Miss Scott, Marissa, is well…yes, you got me there. She loves to catch me time surfing.”

“And is your data grid ready?” asked Gabriel.

“My data grid upgrade from last week should be a go, I think it’s fine…just a little sore. Anyway, Genny needs the data grid to display the imagery caught by you, so let’s do this. This is too hot to miss, and the Q-Gen’s ability to display holographic data is way better than my Axsis or MIC.” Zane attached his quantum generated device…Genny, to his wrist.

“Dr. Grayson, if the data grid is inciting pain near your second cervical vertebrae, the axis…then I should not proceed with data transfer,” said Gabriel, “unless you are fond of your flesh burning.”

“Thanks for the heads-up, but my damn neck will not burn. And you know I hate drama. Come on, go for it. I have Genny on my wrist and that data grid in my neck is required for Genny to playback. They’re a team…we’re a team, let’s be team players, okay? Continue.”

“As you wish,” replied Gabriel, “but if your flesh catches fire…I told you so.”

“Okay, got it,” said Zane grinning at Gabriel. Yeah, this quantum computer is thinking a bit too much on its own, artificial intelligence for sure…but that’s the price I pay for building this technology. He watched as Gabriel’s lights flashed and the data grid/Genny transfer was activated. Feeling a slight tingling on his neck as the data grid saved the holographic imagery, he refused to let Gabriel know he felt it.

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It’s true…the future holds astounding possibilities in all aspects of our lives. Vehicles will progress to become sleek transportation units that do not rely on gasoline, homes will no longer use old-fashioned building materials or designs, and once believed science fiction gadgets trapped in the imagination will become handheld realities.

Take a look at the future…Stunning Future Cities, Mbolic, Quno, NASA aircrafts of the future, and Futuristic Homes.

What do you think will be the biggest technological advancement in the next fifty, one hundred, or even five hundred years? Could it include time travel? I can’t say if time travel will ever be possible, but what a kick it is imagining the possibility of it.

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Interview with Zane Grayson/Executive Director of Guardian TMF

It’s been awhile since I posted. Where have I been? Well, let’s just say I’ve had my hands full keeping up with Dr. Zane Grayson. This handsome guy, whose linage is a mix of Japanese and European, not only controlled my waking moments, but also my dreams where he wreaked havoc. For weeks, I’ve tried like crazy to catch my z’s, but alas, they belonged to the ups and downs of Zane.

What’s a girl to do? I mean this guy is unstoppable.  Dark eyes, a body to die for, strong and determined in every way…I had to help him. Who is he? Take a minute, and go on a literary adventure to find out about the protagonist in my latest novel, from Melange Books, called Guardian 2632. It hits the market in February 2011. The interview with Zane follows the excerpt.

Book Blurb:

Dr. Zane Grayson, the most accomplished executive director Guardian TMF has ever seen, is breaking the law…his law against time surfing. Zane has the supreme power, in 2632, to decide which paradoxes in time need altered, or deleted, but he’s frustrated. Something, or someone, is missing from his life.

Time surfing in illegal time zones is the rush Zane can’t live without. As addictive as the Martian dust called kilred, time surfing becomes Zane’s obsession. And knowing full well if caught by the Elite Guardians, he’ll suffer an unwelcome death by Time Mercs, Zane still dives deep into trouble. Soon, he discovers a mission in 2035 left him trapped in a timehole. This timehole places him in Pittsburgh, PA in 1998, instead of home. In Pittsburgh, Zane strolls into a coffee shop to see the bewitching Julia Emerson. From that point on, his life spirals out of control as he fights to protect what he loves most.

It’s possible Zane’s future is no longer in 2632…but actually in 1998. Guardian 2632 reveals what a man will sacrifice to save a life. This is the amazing story of Dr. Zane Grayson.

GUARDIAN 2632

“Man…can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way.” H.G. Wells, The Time Mahine

Prologue

April 18, 1955

“Albert is dead.”

“I’m terribly sorry. This is awful,” said Sophie, “but yesterday, I knew the end was coming when he was admitted to Princeton Hospital. Didn’t you sense it, Dr. Rosenthal?” she asked shoving her teal rimmed glasses back in place.

“Yeah, I suppose so. He’ll be greatly missed here at IAS and—”

“Forgive me, Dr. Rosenthal, it goes without saying he’ll be missed. More importantly, Albert will never be forgotten. Albert Einstein changed the world during his seventy-six years,” said Sophie as a few tears slid down her pale cheek.

“Um, Sophie…Miss Cervantes, head home. I’ve put you in charge of organizing Albert’s office, but that can wait,” said Dr. Rosenthal in a soft-spoken voice eliciting true compassion.

Feeling her stomach flip, Sophie grabbed her raincoat to leave, but then stopped. Picking up a black and white photograph of Einstein, she said, “This one’s my favorite…he looks happy. It was his 70th birthday party at his home in Princeton, New Jersey.” Sophie’s trembling fingers skimmed the photograph’s glass as a half-smile momentarily eased her pain. “He loved the kids, you know?”

“Yeah, Albert sure did,” he said while admiring the photograph. “They are the future.”

“Yes, well…the future will have to wait on me.” Placing the photograph back on Einstein’s cluttered desk, she said, “You’re right. No way can I work now.” Hurrying past Dr. Rosenthal, Sophie mumbled, “This is a dark day, indeed. I’ll miss you, Albert.”

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May 23, 1955

Slipping away from Sophie, the dusty box hit the floor to break open. Documents, notes, and files spilled out making a huge mess.

“Fantastic. I’ve killed an antique lamp and a picture frame, and now this happens. Jeez, what’s next?” Plopping down beside the paper mountain, Sophie then instinctively alphabetized the labeled files and stacked everything else in small piles. “Hum, where do these belong?” she asked looking at a bunch of papers. “This is not Albert’s handwriting.”

Flipping through the stapled hodgepodge of wrinkled papers, written in various colors of ink, curiosity got the better of her. “Time Travel 1953? Whoa, is this a short story? Yeah, maybe one of Albert’s previous students wanted him to see it.” After reading a few pages, Sophie confirmed Time Travel 1953 as fiction. “Oh, boy…Charlie will get a kick out of this. I mean, seriously, a time machine?”

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June 30, 1955

“Charlie! Open up…I have something for you,” said Sophie while pounding on the office door, IAS-238.

“No. I’ll pass. Just go away, Sophie,” replied Dr. Charlie Wilkinson.

“Oh, come on, don’t be a baby. I’ll pay to have your car fixed, okay? It’s only a scratch.”

The door opened like a hurricane had just passed by. “Just a scratch? It runs down the entire left side of my Jaguar. Hell, I knew something would happen, but I ignored that voice of reason in my head,” said Charlie still peeved about her irresponsibility.

“Yeah, well, I’m here to make amends.” Shoving Time Travel 1953 into his chest, Sophie’s pale blue eyes lit up. “Since your British skin won’t come to the July 4th party, read this. It’s hilarious. I almost forgot about it.”

“Um, thanks,” he said grasping the papers, “but the last piece of literature you recommended was total crap.” Moving Sophie’s black as midnight hair away from her eyes, Charlie sounded insincere saying, “I don’t want it.”

“Uh-huh, right. You’re dying to know what I found and I can tell,” said Sophie violating Charlie’s space. “I know you all too well.”

“Am I that obvious? Damn.”

“Yep, I’m afraid so. You’re biting your bottom lip while staring at me like I’m offering you a ride to the moon…that’s a dead giveaway. So, lighten up, it’s just some gibberish, maybe compiled from one of Albert’s past students.” A warm smile smothered Sophie’s face as she turned away from Charlie knowing she was forgiven for her unwanted, yet still highly proficient skill-set of destruction. “See you next week.”

* * * *

December 23, 1955

Michael? Are you still here?” Agitated, Charlie hit the door harder. “Michael!”

“What is your problem?” asked Dr. Michael Hodges opening the office door to greet his co-worker and best friend, Charlie. “And, yeah, I’m still here. Well for about two more minutes anyway. Why?”

“Hey, I know Christmas is days away and all, but…um…I—”

“Is something wrong, Charlie?” asked Michael. “You look like shit.”

“Oh, thanks…sleep deprivation for almost six months will do that.”

“Yeah, I’ve noticed you’ve been pushing it too hard. So what’s up?” asked Michael concerned for his friend. “It’s like you left the planet as of late, and the excuses for ignoring me are getting ridiculous.”

Placing a folder in Michael’s hands, Charlie leaned in to whisper, “Okay, I’m sorry. You’re right, but what’s up is that folder. You’ll understand everything soon enough. So read through Time Travel 1953. Do not show it to anyone, and I mean anyone. When you’ve done the math, abandon reality as you know it—and then we’ll talk. I know you’ll be impressed. I have to go.”

* * * *

March 22, 1956

The grease-slicked parking lot at IAS felt the downpour as puddles swelled on this rainy day. Thunder crashed and lightning flashed, maybe warning Charlie he was about to embark on an adventure of once believed impossibilities that held the fate of mankind within its realm.

Come on, Michael…why are you always late? Tapping on the steering wheel of his black Jaguar, Charlie’s heart raced like a runaway train while sweat rolled into his gray eyes. “My God, what are we doing? Michael has filled in most of the holes so it just about works. What if this is a huge mistake?”

The car door opened. Michael entered saying, “Stop it right now.”

“Stop?”

“Yes, I can tell from your unshaved face, your refusal to get a haircut, and by the repulsive smell of that cheap cologne, used to mask the fact showering is no longer part of your routine, that you’ve become a grotty prat…as you Brits say. You’re cranked on regret because we’ve solved so many of the mathematical problems within Time Travel 1953.”

A heavy sigh escaped Charlie as he glared at Michael. “Yeah, uh-huh…well we can’t all be Gregory Peck, so back off.”

“That’s funny and all, but only a few students have said I look like him. And that’s hardly worth mentioning. All joking aside, the data we have is—”

“We should burn this dangerous data and you know it.”

A contorted, arrogant smile overtook Michael’s handsome face. “But we’re not going to burn anything, are we, dear friend?”

Rolling his eyes, Charlie’s British accent was especially thick as he quoted Einstein saying, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” Staring at Michael, Charlie grinned.

“That’s right. We’re going to transform the world,” said Dr. Michael Hodges.

* * * *

August 22, 1978

“So, it’s a done deal? Time Travel 1953 is mine…to do with whatever I see fit?” asked the highly renowned physicist, Max Kieto, of Outscape Technology located approximately 100 miles south of Kugluktuk, Canada.

“Yes, as long as you follow the guidelines in the contract, you’ll grow old,” warned an elderly, but still intimidating, Dr. Michael Hodges. “Charlie’s dead, but before he died, he hired watchdogs…hounds from hell if you get my drift, who will monitor Outscape Technology’s every move.”

“I understand,” said Max. “I’ll follow the guidelines you and Charlie outlined in the contract. I’m a smart guy, you know?”

“Yep, and I’m counting on that. You’re the only person we considered to protect this volatile data. At this moment in time, you’re above reproach…the most ethical physicist we know, but don’t be seduced by the power of Time Travel 1953. Always do what’s righteous, Max or—”

“I get it, Michael,” said Max. “I won’t disgrace myself by disregarding the incredible trust you both put in me. You and Charlie got very close. I believe with OT’s equipment, we’ll move subatomic particles through time within a decade…possibly sooner, God willing.”

“Well, I won’t live to see that happen. Damn,” said Michael.

“Hey, you never know, maybe you—”

“Uh, lung cancer says no I won’t. And lose the long face…it’s pathetic. I’ve lived an amazing life, so you do the same.” Michael shook Max’s hand placing the fate of mankind with Outscape Technology.

* * * *

February 8, 1991

The world is forever altered on February 8, 1991, although only Max’s crew of physicists, scientists, and technicians witnessed the subatomic particles as they traveled through time. Experiments intensified, people lived and died working at Outscape Technology as the data from Time Travel 1953 annihilated old theories while inspiring new ones to ensure the success of time travel.

* * * *

March 2, 2299

Three-hundred eight years vanished. World War III (2082-2086) altered the map of the world, including Canada, so Kugluktuk became Terents.  Research and experiments performed on the private site of Outscape Technology eventually gave birth to Guardian TMF…a time monitoring facility that had its first, small scale time machine routinely working after March 2, 2299. By 2343, Guardian TMF’s responsibilities toward the past, present, and future expanded with the completion of the time chamber…an enormous, silver sphere capable of escaping the so-called parameters of time.

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May 19, 2632

The spec of time called 2632 belongs to Dr. Zane Grayson, and he’s in charge of exploring paradoxes in authorized time sequences. He decides which tragedies and mysteries to bring before the Elites so they can be evaluated for missions. The Elites at Guardian TMF trust him unconditionally and why shouldn’t they? A mastermind and a gifted military surgeon, Zane has a perfect employment record.

Guardian TMF couldn’t be more pleased, but they are in the dark as to Zane’s crippled state of mind. He’s a daring man, determined to continue his quest of illegal time surfing, meaning time scans in unauthorized time sequences, because he believes something is out of sync. No matter, Guardian TMF has mastered the art of time travel taking a pledge to protect the world from its worst enemy…mankind.

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Interview: Dr. Zane Grayson

NW: Okay, so you work in the year 2632 at Guardian TMF. What is Guardian TMF?

Zane: Guardian TMF is a monstrous time monitoring facility located in Terents, Canada. At Guardian TMF, paradoxes in time are explored and, if possible, fixed. Its roots go all the way back to Albert Einstein’s death in 1955.

NW: Really? That’s interesting. How is Albert Einstein’s death involved?

Zane: Well, after Einstein died, curious looking papers, written in different colors of ink, were discovered by his assistant, Sophie Cervantes. Eventually, as you read in the prologue, the Time Travel 1953 papers found their way to Outscape Technologies and to the famous physicist Max Kieto. Guardian TMF was birthed from the findings at Outscape Technology.

NW: Good to know. Now why are you qualified to be the executive director at Guardian TMF?

Zane: I was elected by the Elite Guardians. They are the corporate owners of Guardian TMF. They decide what time zones, and then on a smaller scale…what time sequences, are authorized. From the time sequences, I choose what paradoxes to alter or fix. The Elites are; Victoria Merrick, Nathan Westfault, Marcus Rhoades, Sasha Yurtanu, Urik Rosdale, Max Reinhold, and Harrison Bellows.

NW: So, that’s it, you just get elected?

Zane: Oh, no…it’s not that simple.  I was born and raised at Guardian TMF. My father, Dr. Christian Grayson, met my mother, Asuka Ishikawa, at Guardian TMF. I followed in my father’s footsteps by joining its military, and my specialty is medicine. I became a surgeon. While in the military, I realized no way could I do a standard “nine to five” job. Whether this is good or bad, I don’t know…but I thrive on dangerous situations. After my military stint, I ran against Nathan Westfault, Aaron Cranston, and Kayla Preston for the executive director position at Guardian TMF.

NW: Can anyone run for that coveted position?

Zane: No. A person has to pass a series of tests, both physical and mental, before candidacy is announced.

NW: That makes sense considering you work with quantum computers, time machines, high-tech weapons, and so on and so forth.  I noticed Nathan Westfault became an Elite. Do you guys get along?

Zane: Yeah, I could write a book as an answer to that one. I’ll keep it simple…no.

NW: Now for an easier question. Your favorite color?

Zane: Black.

NW: Is that really a color?

Zane: Well, that depends on who you ask. If you ask a scientist, the answer might be, “no.” If you ask a six-year old, who is coloring with crayons, the answer will be a resounding “yes.”

NW: Okay, I’ll drop it because if I push it…I imagine I’m going to get a lecture about the Additive Color Theory.

Zane: Yes, you will. I like theories.

NW: Are you addicted to anything?

Zane: Hum, mostly time surfing. And caffeine. There are days I would kill for it. Chocolate is also high on my list, but don’t tell anyone. Oh, and of course, feeling a rush from the onset of a perilous situation that may lead to my death.

NW: Your biggest fear?

Zane: You have to read Guardian TMF to find out.

NW: No problem, I can handle that. What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?

Zane: This almost sane lady brought me to life so I could share my story.

NW: Ah, thanks.

Zane: You’re welcome! See you in your dreams, Nora.