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Young Adult Fiction Feature: Ndura. Son of the forest. by Javier Salazar Calle @Jsalazarcalle


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Chosen as best young adult fiction novel for 2014 in Spain!

When a common normal person, anyone of us, suddenly finds himself or herself in a life-and-death situation in the middle of the forest, would he or she know how to survive?

This is the simple dilemma that is offered to the protagonist of our story, who, returning from a relaxing holiday in Namibia on a typical photographic safari, is involved in an unexpected extreme survival situation in the Ituri forest, in the Republic of Congo in Africa when the plane he was in gets shot down by rebels. A place where Nature is not the only enemy and where survival is not the only problem.

A classic scented adventure which makes this book the perfect place to escape reality and feel within you, the anguish and despair of the hero while facing the challenges he is presented with. This book smoothly blends emotion and tension when faced with the challenge to survive, but also the psychological degradation of the protagonist throughout the story and an in-depth study on the environment, the animals, the plants as well as the people, that the author carried out. It also teaches us that our perception of where our limits lie are usually wrong, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

This novel comes highly recommended.

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About the Author:

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Javier Salazar Calle was born in Madrid on July 29, 1976. He is majored in Business Administration and Computer Engineering and has always worked in the banking world. When he was younger he mostly wrote short stories, but later moved on to the world of micro-stories, several of whom , including some poems , have been published in various contests.

“Ndura. Son of the forest” is his first book (voted best young adult fiction for 2014), his second book was “Use LinkedIn as if you were an expert” and he has just published his thrid book “Sumalee. Stories of Trakaul”, a drama one with detective and romantic plots.

He is characterized by the versatility of the topics he addresses and by the prior meticulous investigation labor he carries out before writing his books.

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Javier Salazar Calle nació en Madrid el 29 de julio de 1976. Licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas e Ingeniero Informático, siempre ha trabajado en temas relacionados con la banca. De joven se dedicó a escribir sobre todo relatos cortos, pero pronto pasó al mundo de los microrrelatos, varios de los cuales, incluidas algunas poesías, han sido publicados en diversos concursos.

“Ndura. Hijo de la selva” es su primer libro (elegida mejor novela juvenil de 2014 por el periódico El Economista), el segundo es “Usa LinkedIn como si fueras un experto” y acaba de publicar su tercero, “Sumalee. Historias de Trakaul”, un drama con tintes policíacos y románticos.

Se caracteriza por la versatilidad de las temáticas que trata y por la cuidadosa labor de documentación previa que hace en sus obras.


Featured Action Book and Interview: The Vatican Knights by Rick Jones @Rikster7033


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Action/Adventure


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The Vatican Knights Series Book 1

While on a visit to the United States, Pope Pius XIII is kidnapped by a terrorist cell calling itself the Soldiers of Islam. If the United States and its allies do not meet their demands, they will execute the pope. So when FBI Specialist Shari Cohen is called to duty to track down the terrorist cell responsible, she learns that she is not alone. Deep behind the Vatican walls a secret order dispatches a clandestine op group of elite commandos known as the Vatican Knights. Their mission: bring the pope back alive. As Cohen and the Knights work in tandem they uncover a White House conspiracy involving high-ranking members on Capitol Hill. When she begins to get too close to the truth about the pope’s kidnapping, she becomes the target of indigenous forces trying to keep the conspiracy safe. However, in order to get to her they must go through the Vatican Knights.

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About the Author:

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a major motion picture from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT, and TARGETED KILLING); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? Been writing for more than 20 years—since 1980, actually. Though I’ve only found success starting in 2013, which continues to this day. So it took me 23 years of perseverance and determination to get me where I am today. Never give up on anything, whether it’s writing or something else. Eventually you will get there.

How many books do you currently have published? 18

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Pretty much the Vatican Knights books. Of that group I’d have to say The Iscariot Agenda because it outlines Kimball Hayden (main character) in great depth, such as his personal suffering and torment while working under the control of the Vatican. Though he can defeat anything external, he cannot defeat his own demons.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes. The Black Key (Book #2 of the Hunter series).

What do you enjoy most about writing? Time to myself and the escape of going into new lands and situations.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? No. Not really. I have difficulty with the first few chapters, trying to get them right. After I feel comfortable with them, then I fly right through. I never write an outline. I don’t even know where the narrative’s heading. I just follow the logical path until story’s end. If you follow an outline, then there’s no surprises or enjoyment because you already know what’s going to happen. What’s the fun in that? Let the story take you away and follow its course. If you do, then writer’s block shouldn’t be a concern. At least it isn’t for me.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? All the time, which is why I never write an outline. As you write the story then you begin to see things that would deter from an outline and make the story better. Sometimes it hits you like an epiphany, so you add something which may change the direction of the entire story. But that’s what’s great about writing.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Kimball Hayden, lead commando of the Vatican Knights. Every hero in every book has to be flawed; every writer knows this. And since all characters are flawed and no longer unique regarding this, then you have to find something additional to add to their character in order to make them unique. In Kimball’s case, he was a former government assassin who killed with impunity, including women and children if they compromised his position in the theater of operation. After having an epiphany, Kimball seeks redemption through the Vatican. Though he’s strong and powerful and can command or defeat any external situation, he’s so fragile underneath that he fails to overcome his personal demons.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? Any knife scene involving Kimball Hayden. Gunfights bore me sometimes because it’s done all the time, though I do have the use of firearms in all my books.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? As stated before, never give up. It took me 23 years and I couldn’t have been more blessed. The Vatican Knights is in (motion picture) development with Amber Entertainment (London) with Ileen Maisel (The Golden Compass and Dangerous Liaisons) acting as producer. I will also be acting as co-producer on the project. The plan right now is to franchise the series into several films, which is why I revised the first four editions. So for anyone who wants to write, my advice to you is to persevere. That’s my tip. Success will not come overnight. It may not come from the sales of your first few books, either. Remember, it took me 23 years. But in the day of the Indie writer, it would probably be far less. If you quit, you will lose everything. If you stay with it, then you have everything to gain.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? The Vatican Knights because it’s the start of the franchise, and hopefully the first movie in the series that will blaze a path for more movies to come.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Working on The Black Key; looking for a February release date.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? Anything from Vince Flynn, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon and a few others.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Anything from Vince Flynn.

Thank you for the interview, it was a pleasure.




Action/Adventure Feature: Targeted Killing by Rick Jones @rikster7033


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Action/Adventure, Thriller


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Release Date: 10/18/16

The Vatican Knights Book 11

Long before Kimball Hayden became a Vatican Knight, he once served as an elite assassin for the United States government. After the ordered assassination on a United States senator by a cabal within the U.S. command, Kimball is set up for failure and is believed dead by the Pentagon Brass. But when a leading political principal involved with the senator’s murder discovers that Kimball Hayden is alive and under the protection of the Vatican, he’s immediately seen as a threat to a certain few on Capitol Hill regarding the sanctioned hit on the senator, and those involved.

In Malta, while on retreat, Kimball Hayden becomes the subject of a ‘targeted killing,’ and soon finds himself on the run from a CIA liquidation squad. As the Special Activities Division closes in to neutralize their target to keep secrets safe, the Vatican Knights are called upon to save one of their own.

But there’s another secret involved, a mission that was created to kill hundreds in order to promote a CIA agenda.

The clock is ticking.

Malta is on the brink of disaster.

And Kimball Hayden is running out of time, as an elite paramilitary unit hunts him down.

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About the Author:

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a major motion picture from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL and THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Action Feature and Interview: City Beneath the Sea by Rick Jones @rikster7033


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The Quest for Atlantis Book 1

Release Date: 7/29/16

A Mythical Relic.
A Mythical City.
An Ancient Secret.

In 2014, an earthquake off the Florida Straits uncovers a city that had been hidden beneath the sea for centuries. It’s a land of magical wonder, and a place that harbors extraordinary secrets and deadly curiosities.

Months after their narrow escape from Eden, archeologists and symbologists John Savage and Alyssa Moore are called upon to examine archaic texts inside the presumed city of Atlantis. The writings are similar to those discovered in Eden, the symbols a roadmap to mankind’s destruction by the year 2026.

Along with a commando unit, John and Alyssa quickly discover the pitfalls that were created to keep a fabled relic safe. After deadly challenges and conquests within the structures, they eventually come across the Emerald Tablet—the legendary plaque that holds the secrets of the universe.

But is the Emerald Tablet truly a source of great power and knowledge? Or is it disguised as Pandora’s Box that once opened it would quickly mark the beginning of mankind’s end?

From the bestselling author of the Crypts of Eden and The Vatican Knights comes Book #4 of a John Savage and Alyssa Moore Adventure (The Crypts of Eden trilogy), and Book #1 in the “Quest for Atlantis” series, City Beneath the Sea.

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About the Author:

rick jones

Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a major motion picture from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL and THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? It took a while for success—thirty-two years, in fact—but it was all worth it. Perseverance and determination will get you there all the time.

How many books do you currently have published? 19

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? The Iscariot Agenda. It’s part of the Vatican Knights series which really spells out the lead character’s tortured life and how his past catches up with him. I also liked the way that City Beneath the Sea turned out as well. This one talks about mankind’s destructive path which is leading us into the Abyss.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I have four in my queue. A couple of Vatican Knights, a Hunter series project, and the second installment to the Atlantis line.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The end product.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Kimball Hayden of the Vatican Knights series. The man is seeking redemption from a violent past through the aid of church, but he’s incredibly volatile and unpredictable. Whenever he takes a step towards the Light of Salvation, he’ll always does something that sends him back two steps closer to the Darkness.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Kimball Hayden, Shari Cohen and Alyssa Moore. They’re all spitfire characters. There is no least favorite. Wicked is wicked and good is good, elements necessary for all novels to work.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? Any knife-fight scenes in the Vatican Knights. I’m tired of the gun-slinging.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? It’s hard work paved with many failures along the way. But at the end the rewards are great. Keep going and never stop writing. Like I said before: perseverance and determination will get you there all the time.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? The Vatican Knights, which is about to become a major motion picture by Amber Entertainment, who wants to franchise the series.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love political thrillers in the vein of (and my all-time favorite author) Vince Flynn, Ben Coes, Brad Thor and Brad Taylor. I also like action/adventure from Clive Cussler and James Rollins. From the horror/suspense line: Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Robert (Rick) McCammon.

What about television shows? Movies? Action and horrors. Not really a big fan of all these super-hero movies.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Anything from Vince Flynn. Just a great writer who left us too early. The entire Vatican Knights series was inspired by his Mitch Rapp series.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I’ve recently returned from a lot of traveling going to book conventions and such. Now I’m home relaxing and I’ll be doing this for a long time. My only traveling for the near future will only be to Los Angeles and London for movie production reasons, or back east to see close family and friends. Traveling became too exhausting.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Well worth the hardship. Look at all the rejections as a learning process.




 


Thriller Book Feature: ICE by Kevin Tinto @kevintinto


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Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson Thrillers Book 1

We are writing with some fabulous news! ICE has been named the Winner in the ACTION/ADVENTURE category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations!”
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Edition! 6/16 Edits, Additions, TWO CHAPTERS OF ICE GENESIS, THE NEXT IN THE LEAH AND JACK SERIES!

Archaeologist Leah Andrews stumbles upon something inexplicable in southwestern New Mexico: inside a dark cavern lies an undiscovered, Native American cliff dwelling abandoned for 800 years. While twisting through one of the narrow underground passageways, Leah’s flashlight illuminates the remains of a violent massacre.

Ancient human remains—all slaughtered in a long-ago massacre—cover the cavern floor, along with a number of brilliantly colored, granite crystals. The rare crystals are native to only one place on earth: a frozen mountain range in central Antarctica.

Could Native Americans have traveled to the frozen continent of Antarctica 800 years prior to the first known human exploration? If so how? And why?

There’s only one person who can get Leah to those mountains in Antarctica: her estranged husband and climbing guide Jack Hobson.

At their destination they make a stunning discovery that will change history and science forever. But Leah’s team is far from the only interested party.

As her secret makes its way to the highest levels of government, a race to seize the Russian-claimed Antarctic territory brings the world to the brink of nuclear conflict.

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Southwestern New Mexico

CHAPTER 1

“Just one more step and you’re gonna get a real good look at the bottom of the canyon,” said Garrett Moon.
Dr. Leah Andrews pulled the binoculars away from her eyes and watched as the toe of her boot slid over the edge of the cliff. A spray of sand floated toward the green valley floor hundreds of feet below.
“I know where I’m standing.”
Sand and gravel cascaded down the rocky slope behind them, followed by a giant who wore his hair in a short ponytail over a three-day-stubble beard. Only a well-placed sandstone boulder prevented his 280 pounds from barreling over the cliff.
“Delicate as ever,” Leah said.
Juan Cortez wiped a mixture of sweat and dust from his face. “The coast is clear, but I’d wager those park rangers are sniffing around nearby.”
“What’d you expect?” she asked, grinning despite the risk. “We are trespassing illegally in the middle of a national park.”
“She smells a cliff dwelling,” Garrett said.
Juan looked over the ledge and shook his head. “A monkey couldn’t climb that face without modern equipment.”
Tall, anvil-shaped clouds began rolling in from the southwest, signaling the beginnings of a late-season thunderstorm. The winds preceding the storm kicked dust up in flowing red curtains.
“That’s a hint of things to come,” Garrett said. “You want to be dangling from a rope when that hits?”
“Speaking of rope, where’s our climbing expert?” Leah asked.
“Resting on his climbing gear near the top of the mesa, last I saw,” said Juan.
“Figures.” Leah hoisted her backpack into place. “I’ll wake Sleeping Beauty.”
Juan took another peek over the cliff. “You’d think a couple of relatively intelligent guys would have more sense than to rappel down a sheer wall in the middle of a thunderstorm.”
Garrett grinned and pushed strands of black hair away from his face. “Yeah, but who else would look after her?”
“Don’t let her hear that,” Juan cautioned, “or we’ll both be sporting black eyes.”
“You two better not be whispering about me,” Leah called back as she climbed the slope.
“We’re just a pair of lowly, underpaid archeologists,” Garrett answered. “Our discussions are purely of a scientific nature.”
Leah was still shaking her head when she came upon Marko Kinney leaning on his climbing gear, listening to audibly heavy metal through his ear buds.
Leah poked at the shaggy young man with the toe of her boot until he killed the music. “We’re checking out a wall crack.”
Marko looked up and pointed toward the billowing clouds. “Mr. Thunder Bumper’s headed this direction, and he’s looking worked up.”
“Meet me on the other side of the rock bridge with your gear.”
The rock climber shook his head in disbelief, then gathered his gear and chased her across the rock arch toward a gnarled but sturdy-looking pine tree growing near the mesa’s edge. He dropped the pack, pulled out a nylon-anchoring sling, and wrapped it expertly around the pine tree’s trunk. Marko secured the slings, removed two 165-foot climbing lines from the backpack, and tied them together with a double fisherman’s knot.
Juan and Garrett joined them while Leah fitted herself into a padded climbing harness and fastened the metal waist buckle. Marko fed the doubled line through a standard figure-eight descender, triple-checked all the connections, and patted her on the shoulder.
“You’re cleared to fly,” he shouted over the rising wind.
She nodded and stepped to the cliff face. As sloppy as Marko looked, he was a fanatic about safety. Because of his attention to detail, Leah felt at least some peace of mind. If her dad had enjoyed the same kind of attention, he’d have been alive today.
Marko climbed into his own harness and threaded another line through the anchoring rings. He’d feed rope as she rappelled in a classic belay technique taught at most climbing schools. If she suffered gear failure, he would serve to break her fall, at least in theory.
Garrett dug out his own harness, peeking over the edge at Leah’s descent.
“I know you guys are the experts at finding cliff dwellings,” Marko said, “but I’m not thrilled about roping down that cliff face with lightning cracking around my ass.”
“Chances are she’ll shine her flashlight into the crevice, find a dead end, and we won’t be climbing down anyway,” Garrett said.
The line slackened, and a moment later Marko felt three distinct tugs on the belay. “You were saying?”
Garrett glanced up at the sky. “I guess we’re climbing down.”
Marko yanked up the freed belay. “Okay, you’re next, G.”
A minute later, Marko had a hesitant Juan in his harness and ready to join the others. “They’re waiting for you, Juan.”
The big man hesitated, then took a deep breath and leaned over the brink of nothingness. All that separated his ample posterior from a three-hundred-foot freefall were two thin strands of high-strength climbing line.
“Down you go,” said Marko.
As Juan descended, an unexpected gust of wind twisted him around, causing his face to scrape across the sandstone wall, shaving skin off his right cheek. Thunder cracked in the distance as he attempted to gain position against the rock.
“Come on, Juan,” Leah shouted encouragement from the ledge below.
Juan pushed off and rappelled until his shoes touched the ledge.
“Was that so hard?” Garrett secured him to the ledge.
“Still gotta climb back up that mother.”
Marko slid spider-like down the line and noted with quiet satisfaction that Leah had already inserted a removable locking-cam inside a weathered crack in the cliff. He crouched to examine the narrow opening. “It’s less than a meter high. How are you gonna get inside?”
“Seriously, Marko?” Leah asked. “Lie down like you’re taking a nap.”
Garrett winked and patted the young climber on the back. “You’re doing fine. Don’t let her bully you.”
Leah pushed Marko aside and dug a small flashlight out of her gear bag. “If you want something done….” She slithered quickly through the scar-like blemish in the rock cliff. Once inside, she switched on the steel penlight and crawled along on her hands and knees through the confining passageway. Ahead, the tunnel opened into a larger chamber.
“Garrett,” she called back. “You got the big light?”
Garrett crawled in behind her and handed over the high-powered halogen flashlight. Leah fumbled with the switch and then lit the chamber ahead.
“Oh, my God,” she whispered.
A massive subterranean cavern at least 50 meters high stretched far beyond even the powerful beam. The light did a fine job of illuminating the pristine remains of an 800-year-old Native American city hidden in the depths of the Gila National Wilderness.


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Check a movie trailer for ICE at www.writingthrillers.com

Kevin Tinto is based in Tiburon and Lake Tahoe, California. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Reno Gazette Journal, Bike Transamerica, Scuba Diver Magazine and more.

He is an avid mountaineer, skier, scuba and free diver, Private Pilot and adventurer.
Kevin is a Level II Certified Ski Instructor and you can often find him teaching at Northstar, California, when not testing the Palisades at Squaw Valley.

Editor-In-Chief of www.slidingonthecheap.com with more than 50,000 subscribers.
He is currently working on the final edit to the second in the Jack Hobson, Leah Andrews Adventure/Thrillers titled: ICE GENESIS! Due out fall 2016.

READ TWO TWO CHAPTERS OF ICE GENESIS AT: http://www.writingthrillers.com