We are thankful today for our family, friends, readers and all those who have been a huge support over the last year! We wish you all a happy, blessed and safe Thanksgiving Day. RC & JP Carter www.CarterNovels.com
Today we would like to introduce award winning author Linda Watkins. Apparently she likes dogs. We'll let her tell us the rest....
Born in New England, Linda Watkins' family moved to Michigan when she was a child. But her east coast roots remained strong and, each summer, she journeyed back to visit relatives in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Her favorite place to visit was a remote island, accessible only by boat.
When Linda graduated from college, (Carnegie Mellon '70), she relocated to San Francisco Bay Area where she lived and worked for thirty years. But the allure of that special island remained strong and, in 2006, she packed up her four dogs and belongings and fulfilled her dream, moving to Chebeague Island, Maine (year-round pop. 350).
She lived there for seven years and, while a resident, she penned her award-winning novel of horror and suspense, MATEGUAS ISLAND (published in April of 2014). In December of that same year, she published the sequel to MATEGUAS, aptly titled, RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND.
Today, she resides in Western Michigan and is at work on the 3rd full-length novel in the Mateguas Series, GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS.
Thanks Linda. If you haven't checked out her work, drop by BROWSE for BOOKS where she is currently featured.
A note to indie authors: Be sure to check out the new affordable promotional page -- the Indie Book Source. It launches January 1, 2016 and we are currently accepting orders. Click here to find out more: Indie Book Source
Clone Drones - Prepare To Be Entertained www.Amazon.com/dp/B00R757874
Here is our latest contest critique......
"CLONE DRONES by R.C. Carter and J. P. Carter is an imaginative, fast-paced, politically-tinged thriller for those interested in a story you could read the likes of in the headlines tomorrow. Fans of the O’Rourke crime novels series are sure to be pleased with this latest entry in the series....." --“Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.” www.CarterNovels.com
Hi ya'll, It's our pleasure to introduce you to British crime novelist Steven Latto. Here's Steven's bio so you can get acquainted:
Steven H Latto sold his first novel The Ferrier Boys while working as a Security Officer in Ascot, Berkshire. A few people, once they found out he had self-published a book, asked him to sign their copies while he was at work or hanging around with friends. Steven didn't expect much more to come of this. As it turned out, the quick flash in the pan that Steven expected it to be, with his urban crime thriller The Ferrier Boys making it to bestseller lists for the first seven months of its release.
To date, Steven H Latto’s book The Ferrier Boys is still on a bestseller list for urban fiction on Amazon Kindle, making the odd appearance in the top 100 on the list for crime thriller. Steven's novels will center primarily on the urban setting of London, a city he loves so much, and crime, part of his profession as a Security Officer in one of London’s most prestigious iconic 5 star hotels.
Though Steven H Latto now lives in Horsham, West Sussex, he was born in Munster, Germany and grew up in a military environment. After finishing school, he began his career in the Royal Air Force where he studied electronic engineering. It wasn’t until nine years later in search of new horizons, that he began to pen his first novel while staying in a hotel on the M3 motorway for three weeks. When not writing from his Horsham home, or on the train to and from work, Steven tirelessly researches for all his other books and ideas that float around inside his head all day, distracting him from everything else he should be concentrating on. His latest distraction has been his next three books: The Cuban Hustle, Bent and Diamond Geezers (not necessarily in that order).
(A special note to U.S. Readers: A big shoutout to readers in the USA. I want to gift 10 copies of my UK Amazon kindle bestseller, The Ferrier Boys. A review would be much appreciated in return... but not necessary, preferably readers with an interest in British gangsters, urban fiction, crime and thrillers. If interested please private message me your email address so I can send you a copy. Click here: Steven H Latto )
Thanks Steven! We're looking forward to more of your stories from the "non-tourist" area of England. Drop by and check out Ferrier Boys on our BROWSE for BOOKS page. That's all for now...blog later.....Chris (RC)
A BIG THANK YOU to all of you that supported us by voting for Clone Drones in the World's Best Story Contest. We found out today that we ended up in the Top 10. Now it's up to the panel of judges to select the World's Best Story and they will announce the results on December 8, 2015.
We need a last minute boost to bring us to the finish line. This week CLONE DRONES made it into the top 10 in the World's Best Story Contest. Yes, the TOP 10!!!! We need to stay there to enter the judging phase. Please go to : World's Best Story Contest and vote for CLONE DRONES.
Here's what it's about:
This high octane thriller has it all; murder, Mob revenge, political intrigue, a little romance, strong male & female characters with a storyline that could be tomorrow’s headline news. The O’Rourke team is called in to help solve a nationwide plot involving the assassinations of several US Senators. Will they succeed?
You can read the prologue and chapter excerpts there as well. Thanks in advance for your support.
Here's the current featured author on our BROWSE for BOOKS page: BROWSE for BOOKS
SNOWFLAKES IN JULYby Warren BellGenre: Action & Adventure Domestic terrorist bombs explode in the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, at New York police stations, and on military bases! Prominent moderate leaders are being assassinated! And a Marxist terrorist group has a highly placed mole in the Pentagon!
The mole electrifies the terrorist high command with details of weaknesses in the storage of Navy nuclear weapons. Elated, the group prepares for a commando raid to steal some of the warheads and force the government to transform the United States into a Marxist society.
Back in the Pentagon, Navy Captain Mike Duquesne, a former Vietnam POW, becomes suspicious of the mole and launches a secret investigation. He enlists the aid of Leslie Thomas, a Navy staff lawyer. Alerted by her inquiries, the terrorists target her for blackmail with photos a youthful indiscretion. Luring her to their Virginia hideout, they force her to further incriminate herself under the cryptic codename, “Headmistress.”
Will Mike’s investigation uncover the plot to steal nuclear weapons before the terrorist can mount their raid? And what indignities await Leslie at the hands of the radicals in the meantime?
Snowflakes in July has exciting aerial combat scenes, political assassinations, terrorist bombings, high-stakes commando operations, hostage abuse, and torrid romance.
Recently we spent a week on Flagler Beach. We (RC & I, our son & one of our daughters & their families) rented a beautiful, brand new home. Our son, daughter & son in law surfed everyday. RC, my daughter in law, grandchildren & I played in the waves & rescued starfish washed ashore by an off shore storm. We also took lots of long walks, built sandcastles & spent time stargazing.
Flagler Beach is close to St, Augustine Florida, one of our favorite places to visit. It is also one of our favorite places to ghost hunt. St. Augustine is very old & has lost many of it's citizens to a Yellow Fever epidemic & the many battles to storm the city. Castillo de San Marcos Fort is an undefeated fort, it was never lost in battle but many tried to overrun the fort & city. It is also the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. So on this visit we decided to visit the fort at least one day. We found it so interesting we came back the next day after visiting St. Augustine Lighthouse in the morning. We asked the Park Ranger on duty if there were any spots in the fort that were reportedly haunted. He told us many people reported seeing , hearing & "feeling" things. He told us stories about the Indians kept in the fort & about the many battles fought there. Before we left his company we asked where the "hot spots" were & if we could do some investigating. After being told "Go for it" we went on our merry way. We set up in one of the many reportedly haunted places & immediately started getting EMF hits. Two women came in & asked what we were doing, after we told them they immediately told us there house was haunted by a child & asked if we could investigate their home. Unfortunately we had no time on this trip. We packed it up & went home for more surfing & swimming. As I said we had spent the morning at the lighthouse. If you ever get a chance to visit St. Augustine & you like history both the fort & the lighthouse are a must on your itinerary. The fort has a self guided tour & at the lighthouse you can either do a self guided tour or a guided tour during the day. However if you like the paranormal you HAVE to go on the Dark of the Moon Tour. You can find the times, price etc. on their website: http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org . The tour is both informative & entertaining. The only way to see the lighthouse & grounds at night is on the tour. Even if you are not a believer in things that go bump in the night the lighthouse & the view from the top are beautiful. We have done this tour more than once. RC, our daughter, our daughter in law, our grandson (14) & I did the tour this time. We did the guided tour & our daughter immediately started getting hits on the EMF in the lighthouse. She & our grandson were asking questions & getting "yes" "no" answers on the EMF detector (Lit up means yes, not lit up means no). We however had not much luck. We set up a laser grid & recorder in the lighthouse office (the recorder is for EVP-electronic voice phenomena; voices not heard with the human ear but caught on the recorder). Then the tour went on to the keeper's house. As I said we had done this tour before. We have always had the most activity in the basement of the keeper's house. At the end of the tour you have an hour to explore by yourselves. We asked lots of questions using the EMF detectors & then decided since "Pete" (a lighthouse keeper when alive & apparently while dead also) was being so responsive to do a flash light session. You can watch a four minute video taken at the beginning of the session which lasted for the better part of an hour here: https://youtu.be/psPJQkpu3uw. Most of the people on the tour stayed & watched. You can hear their reactions on the video. They had lots of questions which we gladly answered. One woman asked to see the flashlight when we ended the session. I told her "Of course!" When she finished she exclaimed "Oh my gosh! This is just a normal flash light! And there is NO WAY to make the light dim & brighten like it did! I'm a believer now!" One of the interesting things that happened was RC asked "Pete" to move the flashlight......which he did. Well more stories later.....Joan (JP)