Win-a-Book Wednesday: Inferno

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By Frederick Lee Brooke

The Drone Wars: Book 2

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Win a paperback or e-book copy (your choice) of Inferno by correctly answering the following question in the Comments section below:

Main character Matt Carney has a handicapped twin brother in the Drone Wars series — what is his brother’s name?

In your comment, be sure to specify your choice of e-book or paperback, and let us know where we can send it.

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Focus Friday: Doing Max Vinyl

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By Frederick Lee Brooke

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When it happened, Annie Ogden was staring at her screen, trying to understand how they assigned certain trucks to certain routes. Suddenly right on her screen the green rectangles that represented trucks all acquired thick white outlines. Then the trucks themselves turned white and became blank white shapes. Two seconds later, the white shapes and the entire gray background grid vanished entirely. All that was left was a solid blue screen.

The computer had crashed.

What came next she had never seen before. Slowly, one after another, four words in plain white type appeared on the blue background.

 

Tris. TRS. Without. I.

 

The cryptic message could not be clicked away. She touched her mouse. No cursor, nothing.

Rodriguez burst out of his office.

“Denial of service!” he shouted on the run, his door banging against the wall.

Whatever that meant.

He crossed through reception in three steps and disappeared into triage. Annie heard Rodriguez shouting orders as the door closed.

On her computer nothing reacted now, neither the mouse, nor the keyboard. Oh, well – she held the power button down a few seconds. The hammer approach, Michael used to say. When all else fails, power off. The screen with its strange message held for a few seconds. Then it switched off and the screen went blank.

In the distance she heard yelling. It was coming from the warehouse rooms, probably Rodriguez. She powered on once more. Only the blue screen, still frozen. No message this time.

She ignored the incoming calls, took off her headset, and walked into triage, and from there into testing. Over on the other side she spotted Roberto again.

“What’s going on? I had some weird stuff on my screen. Now my computer’s dead.”

“Lemme guess, something about Tris,” Roberto said.

“Yeah, that was a good one,” Murray said.

“Why did she leave this job? What can you guys tell me about her?”

“I don’t know, but my guess would be she’s getting her revenge on old Max today,” Murray said.

“You probably did it yourself, you old bomb-thrower,” Roberto said, punching Murray on the arm. Murray looked seriously offended and ready to fight. But they were interrupted by Rodriguez race-walking through the crowd.

“You,” he said, grabbing Murray’s arm, then Roberto’s, “and you. They need you down in the server room. Here’s your chance to show your stuff. You,” he steered Annie back toward reception. “Come back up front with me.”

“Sorry I left my desk, Mr. Rodriguez. My computer’s down.”

“Everything’s down. I need you manning the phones.”

“It freaked me out, that message.”

“What message?”

“Something about Tris. You didn’t see it?”

Rodriguez laughed, but it was a thin, forced laugh, not like he was really amused. “What a ditz. We’re TSR, not TRS. Looks like that tree-hugging bimbo’s dyslexic on top of all the rest.” He disappeared into his office.

Tree-hugging bimbo?

Annie had just got her headset back on when the little bell over the front door chimed. A man in a brown suit with a shaved head stood on the door, squinting at her. He had on a white shirt in this heat, and a green silk tie with birds.

“This is one hell of a place to locate.” He walked up to the desk and stuck out a hand. “Bob Olson from Sterling Accounting. I called earlier. Come to get my boss’s Thinkpad back.”

 About Doing Max Vinyl

Earth first. Okay, maybe second. Third? She’ll KILL you!
Max Vinyl’s type of success story can only happen in America. Rising from humble beginnings, he has reached the height of the computer recycling racket. Problem is, he’s using Lake Michigan as his own personal profit center. Even that wouldn’t have been a problem if his environmentalist girlfriend Tris hadn’t found out his dirty secret. And while Max is devastated by his love crashing down around him, he’s about to learn that the rage of a woman scorned packs far more firepower and potential for destruction than he had ever imagined.
Iraq War veteran Annie Ogden has spent three tormented months living in a cabin alone trying to re-discover her purpose in life. When two of Max’s thugs threaten Annie’s sister, she is dragged into his corrupt world in an unwitting alliance with the environmentalist, Tris. Which is really lousy news for Max. Will he hold up under the coordinated attacks of two furious women? As things spin completely out of control and complications mount, it’s all Max can do to stay one step ahead until it’s all he can do to stay alive!
A farce full of hysterics and chicanery, Frederick Lee Brooke’s first installment of the Annie Ogden mysteries is an incisive examination of corporate lunacy, greed and modern disconnection. Having received multiple four and five-star reviews on Amazon, Doing Max Vinyl: An Annie Ogden Mystery is loaded with razor-sharp dialogue, ingenious plotting and so much fun it should be illegal!

About Frederick Lee Brooke

Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012. The third book in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Fred’s new series, The Drone Wars, comprises three books, Saving Raine, Inferno, and a work in progress.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He makes frequent trips to the United States to visit friends and family. Visit Fred on Facebook or Twitter.

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: Inferno, by Frederick Lee Brooke

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The master of action, Frederick Lee Brooke is giving away five copies of Inferno, Book 2 of the Drone Wars series. Just visit the Goodreads page before December 1 for your chance.

What is Inferno about?

When 19-year-old Matt Carney saved his girlfriend, Raine, from the crossfire between the government’s increasingly ruthless Homeland Security and March22, a terrorist group taking steps to strike a new, legitimate path, he thought his work was done. Was he ever wrong. Kidnapped by the brutal Dark Fiber militia, Matt is shocked to discover he’s been betrayed by those he trusted most. Stranded in an isolated location in the middle of Michigan, far away from the girl he fought so hard to regain, Matt is made March22’s point man in a plot to get control over a cache of thousands of stolen ground-to-air missiles. As time runs out, he’s their last—and best—hope of sparing the country of a heinous attack on commercial aviation that could quickly turn the United States into a permanent war zone. In this action-packed, explosive follow-up to Saving Raine, the first book in Frederick Lee Brooke’s The Drone Wars, Matt Carney finds himself at the center of a firestorm of stolen missiles, stolen drones, and stolen dirty nukes, tormented by stinging betrayals, clinging to a last hope for love. Sure, he was able to save Raine—but as the inferno rages around him, can he find a way to save the country from further violent chaos…and a way to save himself?

Fin Inferno is available on Amazon.

About the author

fredbrookeFrederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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Wordy Wednesday II

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What to look forward to from your favorite BestSelling authors

samreen-ahsanSamreen Ahsan, author of A Silent Prayer and A Prayer Heeded, is  writing a story about an angel who is sent to Earth on his vacation with a gift of “free will.”

Seb Kirby is a busy writer. Just months after releasing his third James Blake thriller, Forgive No More, he has also released the first two in the series, Take No More and Regret No More in paperback, and has an audiobook version of Take No More in  production.

Take No More ACX coverCurrently, he’s 20,000 words into a sequel to Double Bind, his science fiction thriller. “The new one is an alternative history of the first in which things work out differently because of some significant changes made in the past that our hero, Raymond Bridges, has to come to terms with,” Seb explains.

He is also planning a fourth story in the James Blake series in which James must come to terms with the kidnapping of his brother, Miles, and the attempts of Alessa Lando to take revenge for the loss of her son, Matteo.
New mom Shannon Mayer, is managing to get some writing in while the baby sleeps.
Look for new work in the coming months from the author of
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“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker. When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.”

Priceless, the Nevermore trilogy and 

High Risk Love.  

Sydney Landon released a book early. Pierced hit the shelves on July 2.
Circumstances bring two people that should have never crossed paths together and in the days and weeks ahead, they grow close quickly, each seeing a kindred soul in the other. As ghosts from their past rise to haunt them, they cling to each other as their lives start to spiral out of control. Soon, they realize that they’re both damaged possibly beyond repair. Will their love be what saves or destroys them?
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Frederick Lee Brooke has released the first two novels in his Drone Wars science-fiction series since the beginning of the year, and is taking a bit of a breather. Don’t worry—he has drafted a third book in the series. You know he won’t be able to stay away from it for long.
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They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope. The side effects were anything but hopeful.

And speaking of being away for long, Patricia Sands is wrapping up her European tours and expects to be hard at work on her next book, following up The Bridge Club and The Promise of Provence. Readers can’t wait!TBC Kindle cover

 

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It’s better to be safe, than to take a risk and have your life shattered into pieces alongside your heart.

 

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Friday Focus: Inferno, by Frederick Lee Brooke

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The Drone Wars: Book 2

Chapter 1—Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11 p.m.

Near Lolo, Montana

“Pretty hot girlfriend,” the March22 fighter said. “Too bad she ain’t on this patrol, keep us all company.” When Matt Carney didn’t react, the man prodded his shin with the toe of his boot. That was going too far.

The tight space in the back of this modified SUV held eight men, sitting hip to hip on benches along the sides. No more than two feet separated their knees. The man’s thick lips curled into a lewd smile.

“Yep, sure has a nice rack. Reminds me of Nina Nardelli.”

“I didn’t get your name,” Matt said. The reference to America’s premier sex symbol was offensive. This dude clearly wanted to fight, but did it have to happen when they were on a mission?

“Malone. Just call me Mike,” the man said. A large mole stared like a third eye, exactly placed between his bushy eyebrows.

“Listen, Malone, we’ve got a job to do, here. So why don’t you keep your teeth together and focus on that.”

Their vehicle was the rear guard for a hazardous big rig load. They’d picked up the big rig from another March22 team east of Spokane before crossing Idaho, and into Montana. These mountain borders out west had no checkpoints. In forty minutes, they would hit the highway south to Big Sky Base, where they would offload the dangerous cargo far from any active fault lines.

“What’s the matter, first mission jitters?” Malone continued.

Matt’s boot kicked up hard, as if spring-loaded. It hit Malone’s shin with brute force. People learned not to mess with Matt Carney.

Malone screamed in pain, at the same time exploding out of his seat, his fists flying. Suddenly all the men sprang into motion. The tight space boiled over with shouting, grunting men trying to intervene or dive out of the way. Malone landed one blow on Matt’s helmet as Matt planted a fist in the man’s solar plexus. One of the men took Malone’s next wild punch in the eye. Everyone was shouting, muscles bulging. Finally the others got organized and held them both down. Malone had fire in his eyes.

“I’ll kick your ass, Carney.”

“Settle down, Mike,” one of the men said.

After that, they just sat and glared. Matt kept his focus on the mole, wary of another attack as the SUV rolled down the highway.
Information was highly compartmentalized in March22. That explained him being the only one here who knew those weapons in the big rig was could make the entire Pacific Northwest uninhabitable for the next thousand years.

About the book

When 19-year-old Matt Carney saved his girlfriend, Raine, from the crossfire between the government’s increasingly ruthless Homeland Security and March22, a terrorist group taking steps to strike a new, legitimate path, he thought his work was done. Was he ever wrong. Kidnapped by the brutal Dark Fiber militia, Matt is shocked to discover he’s been betrayed by those he trusted most. Stranded in an isolated location in the middle of Michigan, far away from the girl he fought so hard to regain, Matt is made March22’s point man in a plot to get control over a cache of thousands of stolen ground-to-air missiles. As time runs out, he’s their last—and best—hope of sparing the country of a heinous attack on commercial aviation that could quickly turn the United States into a permanent war zone. In this action-packed, explosive follow-up to Saving Raine, the first book in Frederick Lee Brooke’s The Drone Wars, Matt Carney finds himself at the center of a firestorm of stolen missiles, stolen drones, and stolen dirty nukes, tormented by stinging betrayals, clinging to a last hope for love. Sure, he was able to save Raine—but as the inferno rages around him, can he find a way to save the country from further violent chaos…and a way to save himself?

Inferno is available on Amazon.

About the author

fredbrookeFrederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: Collateral Damage by Frederick Lee Brooke

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This week’s contest stakes is an e-copy of Frederick Lee Brooke’s bestselling Collateral Damage, the third Annie Ogden novel.

To win, leave a comment below answering the question: 

In the book, Annie Ogden is 30 years old. Do you think the cover picture does her justice?

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Fred will choose the most interesting answers as winners!

About Frederick Lee Brooke

Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

Contact Frederick Lee Brooke on Facebook, Twitter (@FrederickBrooke), Goodreads, his blog or via email at info@frederickleebrooke.com.

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