Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Are Angels Aliens or Vice Versa?

Are Angels Really Aliens or Vice Versa?  By Dina Rae

As a Christian and a believer in extraterrestrials, I wanted to write a novel about some kind of divine or intellectual race of beings who help humans evolve.  Are angels and aliens one in the same? 
We’ve all heard about UFO sightings, alien abductions, burnt crop fields, and cattle mutilations.  Roswell, New Mexico. and Area 54 are the meccas of American X-files.  Bright discs are seen everywhere around the world.  What does the Bible have to say about extra-terrestrials?  Were things so different three thousand years ago?  Or are we just using a different vernacular?
Anyone who has ever picked up the Bible knows the story of Noah and the ark.  God chose him and his family because they were ‘pure’ (Genesis).  The question is pure heart or pure bloodline?  Angels mated with women back in those days, producing a half breed called nephilim.  These beings were described as giants with superhuman powers.  Could the nephilim be an old version of modern day aliens of a mixed race or even early attempts at genetic modification?  Was Noah and his family the last ‘humans’ left of the human race?
Angels and aliens are always described as glowing with light.  Ezekiel, an Old Testament prophet, vividly describes a spaceship in his book.  Ezekiel 1:16: “The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.”  Many Ancient Alien theorists use this passage as documentation of Ezekiel witnessing a spacecraft landing on earth.  The description of the wheel is definitely futuristic.
Enoch’s writings about angels were controversial enough to be edited out of the Bible.  More of his writings were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  He regularly communicated with angels and ascended up to Heaven to speak with God on behalf of their shortcomings.  Possible abduction?  Genesis 5:24 clearly states that Enoch “walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
Did angels or aliens come to Earth to show mankind technology and weapons?  One of the Bible’s biggest examples of this, at least according to Ancient Alien Theory, is Lot’s wife.  Genesis 19:26 says, “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”  Lot and his family were warned not to look back.  We know now that nuclear blasts leave salt.  There are large salt contents all over the Dead Sea to suggest that there was once an ancient nuclear explosion.
In the Bible these beings appear to prophets, kings, and every day people.  In modern day many geniuses such as Tesla and Da Vinci claim that brilliant ideas just popped into their heads.  Some alien believers call these moments of greatness part of the Akashic record.
Whatever you believe, angels or aliens were definitely here thousands of years ago.  Our history books only tell us bits and parts of our past.  The Best Seller, my new sci-fi novel, uses ancient alien theory, New World Order, Nazi conspiracies, and aliens to weave an entertaining tale that will leave you wondering about our collective past.

The Best Seller (Solstice Publishing, May 31st, 2016)
When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQER8wJmaf8

Monday, May 30, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Stare Him Down by Riley Murphy

Stare Him Down
by Riley Murphy


GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance



This Dom’s life is turned upside down when he agrees to enter into a modern-day marriage of convenience with a woman who’s sassy and vanilla.

Only problem?

She’s not vanilla. And the side of sassy she comes with is sure to get them both into trouble when he finds out.



She closed her eyes and softly banged her head against the door. If she didn’t get the romantic ball rolling with him soon, her every chance with him could disappear. She hated having to throw Logan in the ring every time to get a reaction from James, but damn, how else could she…?

Suddenly another idea came to her.

She opened her eyes and looked down at the package. Did she dare?

The sounds of James moving around in the room next door cemented her decision. Absolutely. She’d do it.

In fact, by the time she’d washed up, unpacked the box of toys, and had given them a thorough going over, she’d convinced herself that James had really left her with no choice in the matter.


James got into bed and was determined to push thoughts of his in-name-only wife out of his mind. He was ready to count imaginary sheep, pennies, bouncing balls, real balls—damn—a picture of himself stationed quite happily between Michaela’s legs as he slammed into her over and over materialized—no.

“Think sheep. Count sheep. Sheep, sheep, sheep,” he whispered. Hoping to use this power of suggestion technique to his advantage. And it was working. He was slowly drifting off to sleep watching the…mechanical sheep? He tried to sink deeper into oblivion by overlooking the gears and metal parts that made the robotic animals leap effortlessly across the starlit landscape in his mind until...

He opened his eyes and stared at the ceiling. Why was he dreaming about mechanical—?


That soft moan woke him right up, and when he snapped into a sitting position he knew why he’d been dreaming about machines. Mickey had opened her package and if he didn’t miss his guess, that was a Hitachi humming away.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Riley Murphy writes sexy, humorous, and emotional romance, happy ending guaranteed. An optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are complicated, but in a good way, and we should never stop learning. Riley currently calls Florida home with her gorgeous husband. She has two phenomenal kids, one adorable-to-the-max grandchild, and a very bossy pooch.

When Riley’s not working she enjoys reading, oil painting, and getting to the Sunday crossword before anyone else does, so she can fill-in all the easy answers first, and pull the smart card with the family.

Things Riley loves:

Writing books

Connecting with readers

Doing giveaways for her readers

Things Riley Hates:

Laundry. Seriously. She’d rather slam her fingers in a car door than do the dreaded bleach load.

A few of Riley’s favorite reviewer quotes:

If you love intellectual mind candy, read Ms. Murphy’s work!

Creative, profound and soul searing scenes abound...

One wonders if Ms. Riley is in the sex therapy and marriage counseling business as a day job. The D/s part of this story is Fabulous.

If Riley wasn’t an author she’d be an international spy with top-level security so she could have a peek at Area 51 and decide for herself if those green guys are for real. Failing that, she’d likely go with chicken sexer.

You can visit Riley website at:

www.AuthorRileyMurphy.com   or on twitter here: https://twitter.com/Riley__Murphy  or Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/riley.murphy.9469 or on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764709.Riley_Murphy


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Koolura and the Mayans by Michael Thal

Koolura and the Mayans is the third book in the Koolura series from author Michael Thal.  The reader doesn't need to have read the first two books to follow what has already happened in previous novels.  The story stands alone.  
Koolura's dad is getting married in Mexico City.  She and her best friend Leila, a deaf girl, go with Koolura's family for the wedding.  Koolura has many magical powers such as time traveling.  She and Leila go back in time to when the Mayans ruled Mexico.  She and Leila are not the only ones brought back in time.  Aliens have set up camp and plan on changing history.  Maya and Leila try to stop them, but have many obstacles to overcome.
My Review: This is a Y.A. thriller/adventure story, a genre that I don't usually read.  It was a joy ride to another era along with being an entertaining novel.  I especially liked Koolura and Leila.  Native American heroines and deaf side kicks are very unusual.  I liked the originality.  I think this would be a wonderful read for YA lovers of all ages.  Thal has managed to teach something about history while keeping the reader glued to the pages of the book.  Well done!  I am an instant fan!  5/5 Stars.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Review: Nazis and the Occult by Paul Roland

Nazis and the Occult by Paul Roland is a nonfiction book about the major influence the dark arts played throughout Hitler's regime.  Hitler was not the only one who dabbled spirits, astrology, ancient relics, seances, and the paranormal.  He filled his party with plenty of like-minded individuals such as Himmler, Bormann, Goebbels, Goering, and Hess. 

Roland started at the beginning, not Hitler's beginning, but the beginning of the modern day notion that the Aryan race was the superior race of the world.  Guido von List (1848-1919) kicked it off by claiming to be a descendant of a Nordic warrior with blonde hair and blue eyes who drove the Romans out of Germany.  His faith lied in the Wotan religion, a pagan religion.  He eventually incorporated God into this religion by claiming that the Aryan race was ordained to rule.  
List also claimed he channelled wisdom from the ancients through the Akashic Records (an invisible matrix of mental energy).  List was a scam artist.  He misused the "von" in his name to give off the illusion of aristocracy, but was a son of a tradesman.  List and then Madame Blavatsky played their parts in creating the Theosophical Society.  
Another phony aristocrat, Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorf, helped shape Nazi ideology as well.  He made Germans prove their purity by tracing their ancestry three generations and then even measured their skulls.  He organized a study for the lost continent of Thule which was thought of a the Nordic Atlantis.  
One of the most interesting parts of the book was Hitler's obsession with ancient relics.  He came into possession of the Spear of Destiny (the spear that punctured Jesus at the cross by the guard).  The Spear was on display in an Austrian museum.  Once Hitler rose to power, he seized the Spear, believing it gave the owner power.

My Review: This was a fascinating read.  The author admits he doesn't have 'hard' proof of some of the accusations, but does have witness accounts and plenty of research to suggest that the book is true.  Not sure if I believe every word, but enjoyed reading it.  It's very hard to picture a handful of insane people who are about to rule the world involved in all of this Woton/pagan stuff.  I learned a great deal of the craziness that was going on behind the scenes.  Hitler and his cronies seemed to pattern their Nazi regime off of Freemason pageantry and regalia.  
The theosophy link was especially interesting.  I used to live right by a Theosophy Society in Wheaton, Illinois, and always wondered what went on there.  Apparently this 'religion' is still thriving.  There website had something about reading tarot cards.

I highly recommend this book to history lovers fascinated with Hitler.  It was well-written, organized, and filled with history and conspiracy.  Loved it!

5/5 Stars

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Love's Encore by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Love’s Encore
by Kathleen Ann Gallagher
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GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Desire wins the lead role.

Sadie Layne, a creative and motivated high school drama teacher, is grateful for second chances. After surviving breast cancer, she embarks on a celebratory trip to LA with her two best friends. Sadie never expected to run into the handsome and charming Vince De Carlo in the hotel lobby. She hasn’t seen Vince much since they worked together in a theater company years ago. Their meeting interrupts her plans and reminds her of the life she left behind.

Vince, a struggling actor and cover model, is in LA to promote a television pilot. His old attraction to Sadie is stronger than ever. He never forgot her, even though a trusted friendship and a scripted kiss was all they’d shared.

The reunited pair give in to temptation, but reality soon collides with lust as strong doubts about their blossoming romance get in the way. Sadie dreads facing her defeat as an actress, and Vince doesn’t think a struggling actor like himself is capable of providing the accomplished teacher with what she deserves.

Will the couple find a way to keep their sizzling romance alive and build a future together? Or will their uncertainty win the lead role and smother the flames?


How on earth was she supposed to explain spending the night out to her friends? Her heart told her to stay with Vince. It wasn’t as if they’d just met. Some of the students in the workshop had told her he’d had the hots for her, nevertheless, she’d insisted it was platonic. It took honesty on her part to admit she’d had a strong physical attraction to him. All these years her fairy-tale romance was right in front of her eyes, and she had looked past it to put her acting career first. Her whole world had revolved around the theater. How could she have lied to herself for so long? If she’d known her path would divert into a different direction, she might have done things differently. At the time, her goals had come before any form of romance. No more. Not this time. She was going for it. Full speed ahead, girl. So long regrets.

“You have no idea how much I want you, and I always have. You’re the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. There is no other woman who can compare to you, Sadie.”

He trailed his tongue along her cheek and nibbled at her neck. Chills ran rampant through her body. Each gentle touch of his strong fingers along the inside of her thigh getting higher and higher. Sadie’s arousal escalated, and she wanted nothing more than to rip his clothes off. He made his way back up to her mouth, and she parted her lips to welcome his tongue. His passionate kiss intensified her longing to have all of him.

“I want you too,” she whispered softly.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. Kathleen discovered her passion for reading and writing in the fourth grade. She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.

You can find Kathleen at the following places:

Blog: http://kathleensplacetoreflect.blogspot.com/?zx=bccfbb97bd233c80
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Kathleenwrites
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Simply the Best-Collection of Award Winning Romances

Simply the Best: A Collection of International Digital Award Winning Romances
by L.A. Sartor, Laurel O’Donnell, Kathy L Wheeler, Dale Mayer,
Charity Tahmaseb, Cynthia A Clement
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GENRE:  Multi-genre



This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

Haunted by Death ~ Dale Mayer

Death haunts anthropologist Meg Pearce…

In her last summer before college, an innocent camping trip ended in a friend’s disappearance…and destroyed her life.

Angel’s Assassin ~ Laurel O’Donnell

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Be Mine This Christmas Night ~ L. A. Sartor

At Christmas, finding love and a family seems even more possible…unless you’re keeping a secret.

A Hunter 4 Rescue ~ Cynthia Clement

Worlds Apart. Joined by Love

A unit of elite alien warriors, known as Hunters, crash lands on earth and their leader is torn between getting his men to safety or protecting the human woman he has bonded with.

The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet ~ Charity Tahmaseb

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all

No one expects the girl who has mastered the art of keeping quiet to join the speech team. But Jolia does. When a crush-worthy rival offers to coach her in secret, she can't say no. But secrets have a price, and this one might cost Jolia everything.

The Mapmaker’s Wife ~ Kathy L Wheeler

In the midst of his worn-torn country, love posed the greater danger.

A flippant proposal and an attack on her person finds one young woman married to the mapmaker who only needs someone to take control of his ungovernable child. Feelings quickly shift into something less platonic and when the enemy gains vital secrets, her suspicions land her in jail.



from The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet by Charity Tahmaseb

So we keep going, up the driveway and the three steps onto the front porch. There, the lamplight turns everything yellow, even Sam’s eyes, which look more like autumn than summer right now. I should open the door and go inside. My fingers are ice, my nose threatening to run. My teeth, which I’ve hardly thought of all day, prick at my upper lip. Insidious words pop into my mind.

Can you even imagine anyone wanting to kiss that? I can’t remember why I ever thought she was pretty.

“Thanks for helping me today,” I say despite my teeth.

“Thanks for helping me. What did I tell you? It’s like the Montagues and Capulets, only with scripts instead of swords—and a tree branch.”

I laugh.

“See you tomorrow?”

I nod.

“I’ll text you.”

We don’t move, like earlier in the garage, when it felt like the very air changed. It does that now, becomes hard to breathe. I sway forward, slightly. I don’t mean to—it just happens. Sam takes my hands, squeezes them. Then he sways forward.

His kiss is so warm, it should melt all the icicles hanging from the eaves. My heart beats so hard, it should shatter all my ribs. When he breaks the kiss, and I suck in cold air, I feel like I’m plunged from a warm dream into an icy bath.

“Tomorrow!” He dashes down the stairs and into the night.

In that single word, I hear his promise. We will see each other tomorrow. We will practice. We will … kiss?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

This multi-author boxed set will be sold for $0.99 cents.

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author known for her page turning plotlines and heartwarming characters. A prolific writer, she specializes in Romantic Suspense, but also writes thrillers, comedy, and contemporary romances.


Award winning author Kathy L Wheeler loves travel, fantasy football, NBA and musical theatre. As an avid reader of romance and patron of the theatre, her main sources of inspiration come mostly from an over-active imagination. Kathy writes contemporary and historical romance, from sweet to spicy.

Website - http://kathylwheeler.com/
Blog - http://kathylwheeler.com/blog-right-sidebar/
Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/kathylwheeler
Twitter -https://twitter.com/kathylwheeler/

L.A. Sartor is a bestselling, award-winning author. She began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at L.A.’s insistence, wrote them down and L.A. illustrated them. As an adult, she writes suspense and action-adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation!  She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date.  L.A. loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey. 

Website -http://bit.ly/Msu6J8
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Facebook Author Page -http://on.fb.me/MUU9HK
Twitter  -https://twitter.com/LesannSartor

Laurel O'Donnell is a best selling author and has won numerous awards for her medieval romances, including the International Digital Award and the Holt Medallion Award.

Website -http://www.laurel-odonnell.com/
Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/LaurelODonnell.author/
Twitter -https://twitter.com/laurelodonnell

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction (short and long) and works as a technical writer.

Website/blog -https://writingwrongs.wordpress.com/
Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/charity.tahmaseb
Twitter -https://twitter.com/geekgirlx2

Cynthia Clement is an award winning author who began writing when she was a teenager. Her novels reflect her love of romance, strong honorable heroes, and suspense intertwined with the intriguing and unexplained.

Website -http://www.cynthiaclement.com/
Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-A-Clement-Author-124053354459215/?ref=hl
Twitter -https://twitter.com/CynthiaAClement

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Kaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden

Kaitlin’s Tale
by Christine Amsden
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GENRE: Paranormal Romance



Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the hunters guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.



To: Cassie.Scot@gmail.com
From: Kaitlin.Meyer12@gmail.com
Re: Jason is Dead

Jason is dead.

Go ahead. Say “I told you so.” You never do, but just this once could you stoop down to the level of us mere mortals long enough to sneer like a ten-year-old? Put a little hip wiggle into it and wrinkle your nose. Roll your eyes at me like I'm the biggest moron on the planet.

After all you did, in fact, tell me so.

And when you're finished, I need you to do me the biggest favor I've ever asked in my life. In all likelihood, the last favor I'll ever ask. I need you to take Jay. I need you to keep him safe, because you and Evan are probably the only two people who can. I hope that one day you can find it in your heart to love him like you love your own daughter.

Your Friend,



AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she's a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

Christine will be having a launch party on May 16 with lots of prizes:

Social Media Links:
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Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
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Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)
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Madison's Song (a Cassie Scot Companion)
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Movie Review: Money Monster

Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, is about a disgruntled investor taking over a financial show in a terrorist style.  The gunman (Kyle) loses all of his money after taking Clooney's advice and investing in a 'can't lose' company.  The company goes belly-up after a week and then blames an 'algo' or algorithm for "losing" all of its assets.  Without spoiling the movie, a mini-mystery is attached to the company's demise.
My Opinion: Jodie Foster, the director, proves once again how talented she is.  The movie is full of action, suspense, and an interesting plot.  Although the story line is fiction, it made me think of the mortgage industry, hedge funds, the S and L Crisis, and several of the true stories on American Greed.  Foster taps into a growing disdain most Americans feel about Wall Street.  The gunman is just a poor schmuck who wants to get ahead.  His low wages would keep him in debt forever.  During the middle of the movie I felt sorry for him. Maybe that was Foster's point.
The acting is wonderful as is the story telling.  The movie brings up some interesting and valid points about the rules or lack of rules that allow heads of companies to burn through the stockholders' assets for personal gain.  Great movie for adults who are suspicious of the stock market.  4.5/5 Stars

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How Operation Paperclip Continued the 3rd Reich

While writing my newest novel, The Best Seller (May 31st, 2016, Solstice Publishers), my Nazi research led me to Operation Paperclip.  This American covert operation smuggled somewhere between five hundred to five thousand men who were at the top of their fields in technology, weaponry, and science into the United States to continue their work.  
This operation was originally called Operation Overcast.  Most of it is still classified today.  The names of many of these Nazi engineers and scientists were written on a special list called Osenberg's list.  A Polish tech found part of the list on a toilet seat at Bonn University.   
Government officials found these men and recruited them to the United States.  Neither the state department nor those in charge of prosecuting war criminals were informed.  All of this was done in the name of power and progress.  
These scientists worked at secret bases in New Mexico, Texas, and Alabama.  Many feared that if the U.S. didn't take advantage of these great minds, the Soviets would.  Both sides knew Germany was the most advanced country in the world when it came to weapons of mass destruction.  America caught a glimpse of the marvelous German advancements after capturing a German sub that held V-1 glide bombs and V-2 rockets. 
Wernher von Braun, perhaps the most famous Nazi rocket scientist, was part of the program.  He led the U.S. air and space program. One of his most prestigious engineering feats was the Saturn V.  Many rumors circulated on how and where he got his information.  Some claimed he communicated with aliens about space travel.  One of his proteges, Doctor Carol Rosin, stated otherwise.  She announced to the world that Braun feared Eisenhower's ultimate political warning-the military-industrial complex.  On Braun's deathbed, he supposedly said that America was playing the alien card.  In other words, when the time came, America would claim that aliens were a threat and all kinds of weaponry and related space gadgets would be needed to defend the world against these advanced beings from other galaxies.  According to Rosin, Braun called aliens the ultimate lie.
Many believe America's superpower status was largely due to their World War II victory and the Germans they embraced. Some even call America's power the Fourth Reich.  This conspiracy might very well be reality.
The Best Seller uses Operation Paperclip as part of the story line when explaining the progression of genetics.  

The Best Seller (Solstice Publishing, May 31st, 2016)

When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Nighthawks by Jeremy Flagg

by Jeremy Flagg


GENRE: Sci-Fi (Dystopian)




“…Seabrook, New Hampshire is gone. If you’re just tuning in, the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant has just exploded. We have no word yet on what caused the explosion, but we do know there was a catastrophe resulting in failure of the systems at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.”

“God help them,” said the woman at the news desk.

He could hear Elizabeth gasp at the announcement. His mind was moving a million miles an hour. His wife, still covered in sweat and grime from giving birth, his newborn son, his office calling him to alert him to the news, all of it caused his head to swim. He was unsure of what his next move would be.

The television flickered and turned to static. Mark reached up and smacked the side of the box. The static began to take the shape of a person. He stepped back to see the solid outline of a man on the TV.

“United States of America,” said a voice through the static, “land of the free and home of the brave. We are calling out your discreet operations. We know all about The Culling. Individuals who for years have been in your employ, using their more-than-human abilities to further your goals, will not die in vain. Killing empaths, slaughtering clairvoyants, and the genocide of telepaths will be responded to in kind.”

“Eleanor,” he said in a hushed voice as he realized what they were talking about.

“The United States has declared war on the wrong people. We can see you coming. We can hear your plans. We will not be eliminated. You’ve seen our reach.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”

My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.

I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to  Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.

I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.





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