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What’s real…

So one of the things I try to do is keep as much of my books grounded in “real” things as I can. Almost all of the locations are real–except perhaps the caverns under Central Park, maybe. The modern weapons and tactics are real, too. But there are  a host of plot elements in both Havoc Rising and Chaos Unbound that are also based in reality that you might not be aware of (yes, I ended that sentence with a preposition–get over it–I’m from the south).

In Havoc Rising, there is a real connection between the very real terrorist organization I mention, Jundullah, and Medea. Her son Medus was the founder of the Medes, whom Jundullah claim heritage to. Kinda cool, right? If you want to read the free pre-prologue which goes into more detail on Medea and Medus’s run into what is now Iran, just email me and I’ll forward it to you. There is far more based in reality in Chaos Unbound, however. For instance, the blackout at the beginning of the book actually happened in Southern California. Again the places are all real, including Dytlov Pass and Aoikigahara. And I did as much research as I could on North Korea and the presidential train. And Kim Jong Il did indeed die on his train in that area on the day I list. Again, I have a prologue for Chaos Unbound that I can send you if you want that includes a unique conversation, also based in reality–which is damn scary to think once you’ve read it. Anyway, I always figured that the more I can ground my stories in reality, the better they are even though they are fantasy. I didn’t want to create a fantasy version of this world. I wanted to drag fantasy into it. Lemme know if you like it. Be warned. Book three, Rebellion Reborn contains more of this than either of the previous two books, including a telling of the Axeman Murders in New Orleans in 1919. After all, what fun is fantasy if it doesn’t have at least some connection to reality?

Blog Tour Schedule for Chaos Unbound

Chaos Unbound Button 300 x 225With the recent release of Chaos Unbound, I am doing a massive 39 stop blog tour over the next month. Beginning March 20, you can find me at the following blogs, talking about everything related to Chaos Unbound, Havoc Rising and The Metis Files–maybe even some stuff not related to my books. You never know.

Just so you know where to go and when, here’s the schedule.

Oh, did I mention you can register to win a signed set of The Metis Files books and even a $25 Amazon electronic gift card!

 

March 20
Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
http://creativelygreen.blogspot.com/

March 20
Just Another Bookaholic
http://itsgoingtobeobvious.blogspot.in/

March 21
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/

March 22
I Smell Sheep
http://www.ismellsheep.com/

March 23
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

March 24
Urban Fantasy Investigations
http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/

March 24
Read Day and Night
http://readdayandnight.blogspot.com

March 27
The Authors Blog
http://traceyawoodblog.wordpress.com

March 27
Amidst the Pages
https://muggleboooks.wordpress.com

March 28
The Paperback Princess
www.princessofpaperback.wordpress.com

March 28
Reading Renee
Http://www.readingrenee.com

March 29
Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
https://mellojune.com

March 29
Lisa-Queen of Random
http://www.Lisas2900.blogspot.com

March 30
For Love of Books4
Welcome Page

March 30
SImply Kelina
http://simplykelina.blogspot.com/

March 31
Supernatural Central
http://supernaturalcentral.blogspot.com

March 31
Traci Douglass

Home

April 3
Fang-tastic Books
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

April 3
Ctrl, Alt, Books!
Home

April 4
Roxanne’s Realm
http://www.roxannerhoads.com/

April 4
Reading From Dawn till Dusk
Www.instagram.com/reading_from_dawn_till_dusk

April 5
Another Book Hangover

April 5
Lisa’s World of Books
http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/

April 6
Chill and Read
https://chillandreadblog.wordpress.com

April 6
Books and Tales
http://booksandtales.blogspot.co.uk/

April 7
One Book Two
https://onebooktwo.wordpress.com/

April 7
Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog
http://ogitchidabookblog.blogspot.com

April 10
Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

April 10
Ramblings of a Book Nerd
www.booknerdramblings.com

April 11
Books, Dreams, Life
http://staceyschneller06.wordpress.com

April 11
Illuminite Caliginosus
http://darkwriter67.wordpress.com

April 12
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com

April 12
T’s Stuff
http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/

April 13
Don’t Judge, Read
http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca

April 13
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com

April 14
Books N Pearls
http://booksnpearls.com/blog

April 14
Infinite House of Books
http://www.house-of-books.com

April 17
The Book Junkie Reads
http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/

April 17
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/

Chaos Unbound updates

image1 (6)Book 2 in the Metis Files series, Chaos Unbound, has reached an important milestone in the editing process. Line edits are DONE. Finished. Finite! That means that the manuscript is in the proofreading stages. Its roughly 115,000 words, which means its similar in length to Havoc Rising. The proofreading stage usually doesn’t take very long, but I still don’t have an exact release date beyond “Winter 2017.” That implies February, but I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know for sure.

Chaos Unbound picks up where Havoc Rising left off, but only in time frame. You don’t have to have read HR to follow CU, although there are many characters that appear in both. Once again we get a little backstory about Diomedes service with the Grey Musketeers under the command of D’Artagnan (yep, he was real) and we get into the world of the Fae. And apparently even the Fae have boogeymen…

Stay tuned!

Audiobook for Havoc Rising!!!

For those that like to listen to books while they drive, workout, do housework, whatever, I am pleased to announce that the Audio version of Havoc Rising is now available! You can pick up a copy herehttp://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Havoc-Rising-Audiobook/B01KN1JYO8/  

I might also give away a few copies, so pop over to The Metis Files facebook page to check!

Contract signed for Metis Files, Book 3

So, its official. This week I signed the contract with Red Adept Publishing for the third book in the Metis File series, tentatively called Rebellion Reborn. While Book 2, Chaos Unbound, should be out in early 2017, Book 3 won’t be out until late 2017 at earliest. But that just gives me plenty of time to finish book 4! As always, I will post release dates, cover reveals and anything else I feel like whenever I can, so check back often!