This book is bargain priced from 01/14/2014 until 01/15/2014
Hidden within the deep woods of rural Alabama, along the forgotten southern course of the Black Warrior River, lies an unseen world feared for centuries by the residents of the tiny town of Carlsdale. Only one person has ever survived a visit to this place long enough to tell about it. His name is Jack Kenney.
Thirteen years old at the time of the event, Jack and his family were forced to flee Carlsdale and head north to the larger city of Tuscaloosa. The menace from their former home left them in peace for nearly eight years. But after the brutal murder of a noted archaeologist and teacher at the University of Alabama, everything changed. Jack and his older brother, Jeremy, attend the University and are close friends of the late professor. Within days of his death, they are abducted by the FBI, held against their will in a secret holding facility near Manassas, Virginia.
Frustrated by the brother’s seeming refusal to cooperate, the agency’s interrogations become increasingly violent, until Jack gains a welcome reprieve when Special Agent Peter McNamee arrives from the FBO’s Richmond office. He befriends Jack and gains his trust, drawing upon a similar supernatural event from his own youth. Willing, finally, to talk after so many years spent in sworn silence, Jack leads Peter on an extraordinary roller-coaster ride involving a mystical and deadly realm located in America’s Deep South…
Targeted Age Group: Early twenties on up
Book Price: $0.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write in several genres, so I am quite comfortable in moving from Action Adventure to vampire romance to ghost stories and to murder mysteries. But at first, I was most comfortable in fantasy–especially fantasy with ties to every day life.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write from the heart and never give up striving to improve your craft. Success is measured in a variety of ways, but if you love what you create and the process of writing stories, then keep going. You may well look back on an interesting and rewarding hobby that turns into a valid career. But the first thing is to start it from your heart.
I began writing stories roughly fourteen years ago, after pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in Denver and later in Nashville. My writing career could’ve been a brief one, as it started one night when it was my turn to read a bedtime story to my two young sons. Rather than read the ‘Mouse birthday book’ for the umpteenth time, I began a ramble about a mystical world parallel to our own, a world where sinister creatures sought to take a little boy into their hidden lair… forever.
My first critical reviews from my young audience were mixed. My youngest child, Tyler, was enthralled about the magical place I created, and eagerly awaited more. However, my oldest, Christopher, thought it was the dumbest tale he had ever heard! Luckily, my wife, Fiona, listened nearby. She thought the idea had potential, although she kept that fact a secret until the following spring, 1997. When she suggested I create a fuller blown version of this story, it marked the beginning of my love affair with writing stories.
I wish I could tell you that the experience has always been a glorious progression, where crafting characters, incredible landscapes with captivating plots, and surprising twists was easy. Far from it. It took nearly three years for me to complete my first novel–based on the bedtime story to my boys who by then were young teenagers—and another two years to decide if I liked it enough to show it to anyone else.
Since then, I have written nine more novels, and presently have five established book series out there, with a brand new sixth series set to start in the fall with Curiosity Quills Press. The first installment of this new series is entitled “The Serendipitous Curse of Solomon Brandt”, and will be a serialized project before it is released as a full book in early 2013. After this series, which explores the true nature of good and evil, who knows what will be on the menu next? Something dark and creepy… Or, perhaps something light and fun?
Definitely, I intend for it to be something well worth your time to check out—Just wait n’ see!
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is my very first novel, that started as a children’s story and somehow went terribly wrong. (smile). The book has been rewritten many times during the past 16 years, and has been published three times–the latest with Curiosity Quills. The inspiration for it was a bedtime tale I told my young boys, who are both in their early twenties now. From there, my wife encouraged me to write it down a year later, and that’s what started the genesis of this tale and the Talisman Chronicles.