zaterdag 22 december 2012

Interview with Tom Blubaugh by Nick Wale

Hello!


This time Nick Wale had a very nice interview with author Tom Blubaugh!



Q) Tell me about your books– what are they called and where can we buy them? I think people will be kept hooked by Night of the Cossack.


A) The only book that is still in print is Night of the Cossack. It’s a story about my maternal grandfather. He died before I was born and I missed knowing him. In fact, both grandfathers we deceased when I was born. I knew very little about either of them, but I did know my maternal grandfather was a Cossack soldier. This always fascinated me. I wanted my children and grandchildren to know him so I basically created him in this historical fiction. The history is 100% accurate, but he’s 95% fiction at this point. 


Q) How do you promote your work? What internet sites do you use?


A) Every possible way I can–blog and radio interviews, blog articles, speaking, book signings and I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Pinterest and more. I’m working with a marketing consultant to pull all of my multiple thousands together and further develop my name and sales. 



Be sure to check out the rest of the interview by clicking here!

zaterdag 15 december 2012

Interview with Terry Irving by Nick Wale

Hey all!


Nick Wale interviewed the infamous Terry Irving for his latest interview! 



Q) It’s a pleasure to meet you, Terry. Let me ask you something personal before we begin. You didn’t come across Bobby Darin on your journalistic travels, did you?


A) He died in 1973. I did interview Ricky Nelson about Elvis Presley.


Q) Really? What was he like?


A) Dumb as a rock.


Q) No way! I like Ricky.


A) I was doing a story on the seventh anniversary of Elvis’ death and all the hagiography was just beginning. He had a fantastic manager that had all the stories about Colonel Tom down. Ricky was a loss. Also met Colonel Tom Parker at Elvis’ birthplace and Sam Philips in the the original Sun Studios down in Memphis.


Q) Colonel Tom was a genius in my opinion. I’m a huge Elvis fan and I don’t think Elvis would have been as big without Tom Parker.


A) He might have been bigger. Tom (Parker) kept him from growing. Do you know that he didn’t start advertising until Elvis’ shows were completely sold out? He created a frenzy.



Read the rest of the interview by clicking here!

woensdag 12 december 2012

Interview with author Nicky Peacock

Hey again!


Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicky Peacock about her latest work and writing :)


Books & Writing: Do you remember the first story you wrote?


Nicky Peacock: The first story I ever wrote was about a scarecrow when I was 5 years old – I was told off by my teacher because it came across a bit sinister!


Books & Writing: Were you inspired by someone or something?


Nicky Peacock: I think I was just fascinated with scarecrows at the time – kind of still am.


Books & Writing: What do you love about writing a story?


Nicky Peacock: I love shocking the reader – whether it’s a twist in a tale or an untrustworthy narrator. My aim is to have them want to read it again.


Books & Writing: Can you tell us a bit about your latest book and the main characters?


Nicky Peacock: My latest book is called ‘Bad Blood’ and is a vampires VS zombies urban fantasy set in England. The main character is called Britannia and is really fun to write. The book is first person from her point of view and she’s a 4 hundred year old vampire with a short fuse and a long patriotic streak.


Books & Writing: How did you come up with the story for the book?


Nicky Peacock: I read a lot and was actually looking for a vampires VS zombies book – I couldn’t really find one, so thought I’d write it!


Books & Writing: How long did it take for you to write the book?


Nicky Peacock: From start to finish – about 6 months.


Books & Writing: What attracts you to Horror and the Paranormal?


Nicky Peacock: I think it’s always been a part of me. Ever since I was little I’ve been drawn to the genre. It’s very rare that people come to like horror – you either love it, or you don’t.


Books & Writing: What do you like about writing short stories?


Nicky Peacock: This is awful, but that they take less time. A short story can go from idea to publication within months – a book can take years. I tend to have a lot of ideas so I get excited about my latest one – keeping the excitement alive for a longer manuscript can be difficult.


Books & Writing: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?


Nicky Peacock: Yes, join a writers’ group. If there’s not one near you – start one. It’s easier than you think (I did this myself)


Books & Writing: Which author inspires you?


Nicky Peacock: I have quite a number of authors who inspire me. I like the longevity of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Characters. I like the poetic gore of Poppy Z Brite. I love the worlds created by Karen Marie Moning and Laurell K Hamilton. I also admire Amanda Hocking for showing that Indie can work.


Books & Writing: Where can people go and read your work?


Nicky Peacock: I have an Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Peacock/e/B007UH2ACW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_4 – where you can see and buy all my published books.


Books & Writing: Where can people find you on internet?


Nicky Peacock: I have a blog: nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com and I’m also on Twitter @nickyp_author. Feel free to friend me on FaceBook too – just input my name and check the photos for a scary looking blonde!  


Books & Writing: Is there anything else you want to share with the readers?


Nicky Peacock: My latest book from Untreed Reads ‘Years End – 14 Tales of Holiday Horror’ is out now – it’s a great read ready for the new year and can be downloaded straight from the publisher’s website, or through Amazon on my page. Click the banner below to go to the page.




dinsdag 11 december 2012

Nick Wale reviews the book "Courier" by Terry King

Hello again!


This time Nick Wale reviewed the upcoming book Courier from Terry Kingwitch according to Nick will be a bestseller! Don't forget to check out the entire review by clicking on the link below the out take.



Work of fiction it may be, but, Courier delves into a vein of thought that many Americans have often pondered. What other travesties might Nixon have been committing behind the scenes? It is a well known fact that he was one of the most prolific foreign policy presidents and deemed his endeavors in that field as some of his greatest achievements. It is also well known that he was powered by money. One of his first moves post-Presidency was to engage super agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar and gain a huge advance for his overly long memoirs. The main motivation for that fatal Frost interview was also money. Is it so inconceivable that he wouldn't take bribes from South Vietnam?


Courier makes me wonder. I was not born during those heady days of Vietnam or when Nixon held the greatest power in the world at his fingertips. I was born during a different generation and in a different country. I only know of Vietnam through the books I have read and the history lessons I took at school. To many who were there, however, this book will bring back memories of Nixon and what he stood for. He was the man who bought America to its knees and then almost defaced the whole ideal of a Presidency.Courier brings all the injustice and behind-the-scenes activity of such a President into play. During this era, a man like Rick Putnam would have been killed for knowing such information. History has shown that there were no depths Nixon wouldn't claw to just to remain the President of the United States



 Click here to read the rest of the review!

donderdag 6 december 2012

Interview with Douglas R Cobb by Nick Wale

Hello everyone!


Nick Wale also does interviews with writers and from now on I will post some stuff from his interviews on this website. So feel free to check out the interview he has done with Douglas R Cobb. 



Q) Your daughter seems to be a big influence on your writing. I bet she is proud that her dad is a writer. Tell me– are you the same as any other dad back home with the family?


A) Though I always have loved to write, and I majored in English in college, I hadn’t really tried to sell any of my short stories, poems, or novels. I got wrapped up in starting up a family, getting a job, they usual sorts of things most people do with their lives. But, my daughter did get me back interested in writing, when she requested that I write a book about her dog, Lily. I ran with that idea, and made her into a talking pterodactyl, and the crime-fighting head of an organization of her friends, also mutant animals, called PAWS (Private Army of Warrior Sleuths). It’s become a series, beginning with Lily, Unleashed, the first book she inspired. After that, there’s Lily and Paws: The Ghosts of Summer  and Lily Solves Them All, in which Lily must solve 7 crimes using the methods of 7 of the world’s most famous detectives of literature and the Silver Screen. Included are Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple. Then, I wrote My Brother The Zombie: (The Zombie Revolution: Book One). My son’s photo is on the cover of that one. He’s also been an influence on my writing, especially with that book. And, my last book is Crossing The Dead Line, though I’m working on a Lily and PAWS Christmas novella currently. You and your girlfriend are in it, you know. (Nick laughs- “really?”) Yes, you two are werewolves–nice ones, so don’t worry–LOL.


Q) Thanks Douglas! Lori and I appreciate it! Did you see my latest interview? I gave a huge shutout to you, buddy! Hope you heard it in Arkansas!


A) Yes, I did–it was one that everyone who loves great literature should read, so that they can learn more about you and your book. I’m sure that it will be a hit, when it is published. Thanks for the shout-out! (Douglas paused for a moment and looked straight at me, a smile broke out on his face.) A brief answer for once, LOL…if I get too long-winded, just hit me upside my head once or twice…



Read the rest of the interview by clicking here!

maandag 26 november 2012

Interview with author Anthea Carson

Hi all!


Today I am talking to author Anthea Carson about her life and writing.


Books & Writing: Do you remember the first story you wrote?


Anthea Carson: The first story I wrote, I didn't know how to use letters. I noticed that there were symbols used to make sentences, so I tried using ice cream cones for the letters. I thought it wouldn't matter, and that my mom should be able to make sense of it anyway. I don't remember what the story was about, but I remember that my mom couldn't make sense of it. She tried to pretend she did, but when I quizzed her on what the story was about, she flunked terribly. I then sobbed and sobbed and stomped my feet because nobody could read my ice cream cone words. I don't know how old I was, but obviously couldn't yet read. So I tried to write my first story before I could read or write.


Books & Writing: Were you inspired by someone or something?


Anthea Carson: I used to stand outside and stare at  the sunlight shimmering through the trees, and the first time I found myself alone outside and saw the stars at night, I stood in awe and wonder at them. So I guess it was nature that inspired me.


Books & Writing: What do you love about writing a story?


Anthea Carson: I love to create the unspoken tension between characters. I love to mimic reality, and the flowing and undefinable nature of relationships. I love to show the cause and effect between people and the decisions that they make. I love how one thing leads to another, and how so often one event will set in motion a chain of events that cannot be stopped. I both love and hate that time is irreversible, and I love to ponder that and show the harsh reality of that in my stories. I love the struggles that are common to everyone like indecision, hesitation, and how each of us handles grief in his or her own individual way, almost like a fingerprint.


Books & Writing: Can you tell us a bit about your book Call me Jane?


Anthea Carson: Jane starts off as a somewhat of a blank piece of paper in her adolescent years and life begins tossing and turning her, changing who she is forever. She leaves her cushy private school for the rough and tumble public school because she wants to be more real The realness of life might not have been something she was prepared for though. And although she is naive, she is not innocent, and her choices also impact the world, as it impacts her. She is sly, and sometimes only seems innocent. She falls in love with her best friend's boyfriend, and justifies to herself the steps she takes to steal him. The harm she does to her best friend was something she hadn't expected, and wasn't prepared to deal with. Life wasn't playing dress up and barbies, like she half expected. Consequences were something she had simply never seen before. And sometimes it's not that you don't do the right thing, but simply that you wait too long to do it.


While Jane herself could be called naive, her new friends certainly are not. They are cynical, jaded, worldy and unpredictable. They play with her like a new found kitten, tossing her balls to chase. They are like a set of puzzle pieces that all fit together, or a chess board where the men all move differently, only she has yet to figure out her place in that strange world they have created.


Books & Writing: How did you come up with the story for the book?


Anthea Carson: It is fairly autobiographical although the names are changed, and mostly fictionalized.


Books & Writing: How long did it take you to write the book?


Anthea Carson: Call me Jane took about five years total, although for several of those years the manuscript simply sat on the shelf jelling.


Books & Writing: The book is part of a trilogy called "The Oshkosh Trilogy." Why did you decide to make a trilogy from the story and which part of the trilogy is "Call me Jane?"


Anthea Carson: The first book in the trilogy was not originally intended to be a trilogy at all. "The Dark Lake," as it is called, was the story of a woman who is caught in the past and for some reason cannot leave it. "Call me Jane" is the next book in the sequel, but it is in reality a prequel. "Call me Jane" shows the event she cannot remember in "The Dark Lake," twenty years later. The event happened at a party. In "The Dark Lake" she gets two separate events mixed up in her mind and has melded them together as one. "Call me Jane" and the next book, not yet titled, is the separating of those two events. She cannot remember what happened, and yet remembers fragments and blurs the lines between the two traumatic events. And the reality of what happened to her is much less terrifying than the nightmare her life has become by repressing the memories.


Books & Writing: I understand that you have written several books over the years. Can you elaborate on some of them?


Anthea Carson: I co-authored a children's chess book called "How to Play Chess Like an Animal," with the Colorado State chess Champion, Brian Wall. (I have been a tournament chess player and chess coach for many years). I wrote a young adult fiction called "Ainsworth," about a mystery of uncovering the disappearance of a long lost uncle on a farm in the Sandhills of Nebraska. This book explores the fascinating world of the Ghostdance, a phenomenon that spread across the Native American tribes in the late 1800's.


I also wrote "Two Moons," a short story about a female chess player and a strange man who follows her, a short story called "House Under Water," about a dream, a novella called "Girl with the Alligator Pants," which is a fantasy, stream of consciousness version of "Call me Jane," and "Cheese Doodles," a nonsensical short story about a drug addicted young woman in Texas whose life seems to be spinning out of control.


Books & Writing: What do you like about writing short stories?


Anthea Carson: I like the fact that they don't need to go on and on, and can contain strange ideas that, if carried on throughout a long sequence would become far fetched and ridiculous or lose momentum. I like the fact that they can be trivial and ridiculous. I suppose novels can too, but it's easier with short stories.


Books & Writing: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?


Anthea Carson: I recommend a book called "Writing down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg. She helps free the creative spirit. I recommend stripping off the mask and telling the truth although I must say that doing so exposes one's soul to the world and this may yet cause me to become a recluse if I'm not careful. Of course there is always chess I can escape to. Thank God for that.


Books & Writing: Which author inspires you?


Anthea Carson: Faulkner inspires me, but I don't want to write like him. I want to write like Hemmingway. I want to learn to keep it simple. But I love the complexity of Faulkner. I don't think readers are drawn to that sort of thing though, it is too straining. I also deeply respect and admire the work of George Eliot. Other major influences include Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte, Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Gone with the Wind. I know I know, not considered a classic. But it should be. Oh, and of course, the best, Jane Austen. I love Shakespeare too.


Books & Writing: Where can people go and read your work?


Anthea Carson: I have a free ebook on Goodreads, called "House Under Water." Otherwise my books are all on Amazon kindle. You can also order my paperback of Ainsworth from amazon. You can go to http://www.chesslikeananimal.com to order chess like an animal. I also have 2 new books out with a fellow chess player named Tim Brennan. They are called Tactics Time and Tactics Time for Kids.


Books & Writing: Where can people find you on the internet?


Anthea Carson: I am @chessanimal on Twitter, Anthea Jane Carson on facebook, http://www.antheajanecarson.com and Goodreads, Anthea Carson.


Books & Writing: Is there anything else you want to share with readers?


Anthea Carson: I have two or three more novels in the works. One is of course the third in the Oshkosh Trilogy, and another is a suspense/thriller about a woman trapped in a deadly marriage.


Below is an excerpt from the book Call me Jane!



ONE


Back in 8th grade we used to go to the Y dance every Friday night.


Lynn Bonner was my best friend. She would bring the clothes she planned to wear in a duffel bag to my house. She could never borrow any of my pants or shirts because she was so tall. She loved to do my hair and make up and talk about the cool kids who went to Webster.


Webster was the public middle school down on Hazel Street about one block from Menomonee Park. St. Mary’s, where we went to school, was only about four blocks away on Baldwin Street, but it seemed like miles. And once we started high school, those middle school Y dances seemed like they happened years ago even though it had only been a couple of months.


Lynn still did my hair but we weren’t getting ready for Y dances anymore, we were getting ready for parties.


“There,” Lynn said and stood back to admire her work. She had applied blue shadow over my eyelids, black eyeliner and thick mascara which made my upper eyelashes stick to my lower lids. Her own mascara was always smudged all over her cheeks.


 “Who is the most popular girl at Webster?” I asked.


It would be years before I realized how ridiculous this question was. And yet there would always be a part of me that wanted to be one of the popular girls too.


“Glinda. She really takes the cake,” Lynn said, shaking her head as she dabbed my face. “She dresses so cool.”


“And she is really coming here tonight?”


“Yeah, that’s what I heard. And Gay too, she’s coming. Actually, Gay is probably the most popular, but Glinda is the prettiest. She’s so pretty. And she dresses really cool. Nobody can imitate her style,” she continued. She had finished my make up and was working on her own hair, touching up one of the curls with that hot, clumsy curling iron, its cord bulky, stiff and awkward. It kept knocking over vials of nail polish and bottles of foundations that were always two shades too dark for my skin color. It was the 1970’s. Disco, feathered hair and dark tans were cool. I could never admit how pale my shade actually was.


“They all have such weird names,” I observed. “Like that girl Krishna? What do you know about her?”


“She is really popular.” She finished one curl and went on to the next, eyeing it in the mirror from a strange angle. This next curl was further back, on the top of her head. It’s what gave her hair lots of volume. She didn’t always do those top curls. “She hangs out with Carly Carter. Maybe Carly is the most popular. Even more than Gay. But they don’t hang out together.”


A question was forming in my brain. Didn’t all the popular people hang out together in one big popular group? But I didn’t ask her this. Instead I said, “Are those guys coming here tonight too?”


 “Everyone is. At least that’s what I heard. They all found out we had booze, and that your parents are going to be gone all night,” said Lynn.


 “What about Lucy? How popular is she?”  I asked.


            “She is really cute. She hangs out with Krishna. But Krishna is super-cute because she’s so dark. Actually Lucy’s pretty dark too. I would love to be that dark, and not have to lay out all the time.” It was brushing time. And she always loaded on the hairspray right about now. It choked me till I had to leave my bathroom, and back out into my wooden back room. It wasn’t really my bedroom. It was the den, and even when I tried to turn it into my bedroom, it still looked like the den.


She brushed and brushed, and then put her thick mess of hair down and shook it and brushed it forward. Then stood up, sprayed some more and brushed it back. Then she shook it side to side and gave it a wary eyed inspection.


“Sit down,” she said, closed the green toilet lid and pointed to my toilet. She loved to work on my hair.


“You are so cute,” she said.


“No I’m not,” I said. It didn’t mean I didn’t think I was cute, although I didn’t. It was just the standard thing you said when someone told you that you were cute. If you said nothing, you got a reputation for being stuck-up.


When she was done she said, “Is that what you’re going to wear? That?” Pointing at the outfit I had laid out on the bed. “You are not going to wear that.” She tossed it aside and began poking through my things.


I had no built-in closet for my clothes like I would in a real bedroom. My dad bought me this wardrobe thing and we set it in the corner by the door. It worked but it looked weird and temporary and if you pulled the doors too hard it tipped over. And it was metal. And yellow. There was a narrow mirror on one of the two doors on it. Next to it was the big old fold out couch. I never slept on it since I got my army cot. There was a big picture window that looked out at my backyard. I loved to stare through it. I was staring through it now, while I listened to Lynn rattle off the names of the popular kids I could never hope to be one of.


zondag 21 oktober 2012

Interview with author Tom Abrahams

Hello all!


Today I had the pleasure of talking to author Tom Abrahams about his book Sedition and his writing experiences.


Books & Writing: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself.


Tom Abrahams: Thanks very much for inviting me!  I am a first time novelist, long time husband and dad.  I have been married for 17 years.  My wife and I have two children.  And we live in the Houston, Texas suburbs.  I've been a television reporter (specializing in politics) for the last 20 years.  I've traveled around the world covering interesting people and places.  And I've been fortunate enough to witness a lot of history firsthand.  


Books & Writing: Do you remember the first story you wrote?


Tom Abrahams: I remember an assignment I had for a 5th grade paper.  It was supposed to be a 1 or 2 page creative writing paper.  Mine was more like 10 pages and focused on a fictional me winning a gold medal in the Olympics in world record time.  That, of course, never happened.  But I did get a A on the paper. 


Books & Writing: Were you inspired by someone or something?


Tom Abrahams: I've always loved reading.  I like the temporary escape, the ability to envision another reality.  And so, I've always thought that if I could provide that for others, as an author, I'd be sharing the gift.


Books & Writing: What do you love about writing a story?


Tom Abrahams: I love the surprises.  I wrote with a very crude outline.  And so often, when I am writing, I am surprised by where the characters take me.  I always manage to get from point A to point B in the manuscript.  But how I get there is rarely how I plan.


Books & Writing: Can you tell us a bit about your book Sedition and the main characters?


Tom Abrahams: Sedition is a political thriller based on an 1820 British plot called the Cato Street Conspiracy.  In it, a group of disaffected patriots scheme to kill the prime minister and his cabinet.  Then, they believe, they'll be able to take over the government.  I took that basic idea, modernized it, and set it in Washington DC.


Books & Writing: How did you come up with the story for the book?


Tom Abrahams: My wife and I were watching The Tudors on the Showtime network.  We wondered how much of the storyline was historically accurate and so we got online and started researching it.  In doing so, I noticed a footnote about the Cato Street Conspiracy.  I Googled it, read about it, and thought it would make a great political thriller.  The next day I began outlining ways to tell the story.


Books & Writing: How long did it take you to write the book?


Tom Abrahams: It took me 7 months to write it and then another 6-9 months of rewrites.  I really wanted it to be tight, fast paced, and enjoyable from the beginning to the end.  At first, I had to much "info dumping" in between the good parts.  It made for a really well-researched novel, but one that moved too slow.  So I condensed the information.  The first draft was probably 105,000 words.  The final product is right at 90,000.


Books & Writing: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?


Tom Abrahams: Don't ever give up.  Keep writing.  If one book doesn't work...the next one will.


Books & Writing: Which author inspires you?


Tom Abrahams: I love reading Michael Crichton.  I really enjoy the seamless way in which he incorporates the real world into his fantasy.  I try to do the same thing.


Books & Writing: Where can people go and read your work?


Tom Abrahams: The book's website is http://seditionbook.com  You can also buy the book from Amazon, iBooks, and on the nook at Barnes & Noble.


Books & Writing: Where can people find you on internet?


Tom Abrahams: http://seditionbook.com  my twitter account (and i follow back) is @seditionbook  i also have a facebook page, which you can find linked at the book's website.


Books & Writing: Is there anything else you want to share with the readers?


Tom Abrahams: If you read the book, and I hope that you do, please review it.  Good or bad.  I also encourage readers to email me at seditionbook@gmail.com  with any questions or comments they have about the novel.  I love interacting with readers.


Below is an excerpt from his book Sedition!



Sir Spencer Thomas stirred the Chivas Regal Royal Salute with his left pinkie then sucked the rare liquid from his finger.


He’d saved the fifty year old scotch since 2003 when it was gifted to him at the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Now was as good a time as any to self-medicate with a $10,000 bottle of Strathisla malted scotch.


From his high back, brown leather chair in his suite at the Hay-Adams Hotel he could see The White House, The Washington Monument, and the 52 inch LCD television alit with coverage of President Foreman’s sudden death. The news was minutes old and already the spin doctors were talking succession.


“The body isn’t even cold yet,” he thought and crossed his legs.


He took a sip from the leaded glass and listened to the commentary on T.V.


“What complicates matters so much,” opined the pundit on the screen “is that the President’s death comes so soon after the prolonged illness and death of the former Vice President. It leaves us with a bit of a constitutional crisis. The replacement nominee is confirmed, but hasn’t taken the oath. Does this mean the Speaker of The House becomes President? Does she take the reins only until V.P. nominee Blackmon is sworn in? Who is in control right now?”


At the bottom of the screen flashed a crawl of announcements. Sir Spencer muted the television as he read the information moving from right to left across the screen.


Wall Street trading suspended after sharp 900 point drop. Mourners gather outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Cabinet meets in emergency session in White House. Leadership vacuum not a concern, says Speaker Jackson. Doctors say Foreman’s last checkup revealed no health issues. Aneurysm suspected in President Foreman’s sudden death. Autopsy is scheduled for late tonight with results tomorrow.


Sir Spencer took another sip. The scotch was smooth and it finished with a creamy taste. He stood from the chair, using his left hand to balance his six foot five inch frame as he rose. It was a simple task that had become increasingly difficult with age and indulgence. Sighing slightly, he stepped to the window overlooking the People’s House and thought about the incredible opportunity that fate chose to bestow upon him.


The possibilities!


The knight was a man for whom manifest destiny was a deep belief. It did not end with his adopted country’s purchase of Texas, as some historians suggested. It did not end with the Imperialism so many believe the U.S. employed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


It was, for him, the idea that America’s place as the world’s foremost military, economic, and social power was ordained in perpetuity. Sir Spencer believed the death of a president and the ensuing uncertainty might be exactly what was needed to regain its authority and rightful place in the hierarchy of nations.


This is what we’ve waited for. This is our opportunity.


Sir Spencer reached into the inside breast pocket of his combed, blue cashmere Kiton jacket. He pulled out his Sigillu encrypted cell phone and punched a series of numbers with his thumb, pressed send, and slipped the phone back into the pocket. “A Deo et Rege,” he murmured as he again lifted the glass to his lips. From God and The King. He could smell the strength of the scotch.