The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World Author Spotlight and Cover Reveal: Alex Shaw An international thriller/covert ops writer by trade, Alex and I have a lot of common ground outside of the post-apocalyptic genre. Like many of the authors writing in the Perseid World, he broke onto the scene with rapid fire, timeline driven thrillers. Hetman, his first novel, received critical acclaim in the UK and has been translated into several languages. Follow up novels featuring Alex’s signature protagonist, Aidan Snow, include Cold Black and Cold Blood. Alex spent many of his earlier years in the Ukraine, teaching and business consulting out of Kyiv. Currently, he splits his time between family in the UK and business development opportunities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. When I first spoke with Alex, I was particularly intrigued by his character, Aidan Snow, a former SAS trooper living in Kyiv. Coincidence? Write what you know? I’ll quit speculating now, before I get in trouble. 😉 Readers are in for a treat with BLACKLINE. He’s remained quiet about the plot, but I have learned that novella features an SAS trooper “on holiday” in Maine…during August 2019. I know—Bad timing. As you probably guessed, this won’t be a story about
The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World Author Spotlight: Greg Ferrell When I heard the Greg was interested in writing for the Perseid Collapse World, I quickly did a little research into his books. Zombies. Now we’re talking! With the Walking Dead midseason premiere a week or so away, the genre was on my mind, so I was excited to speak with Greg about his idea for a novella. I wasn’t expecting zombies, but I’ve often said that zombies might be a little easier to contend with in a post-apocalyptic world, mainly because they’re predictable. They don’t gain your trust, then stab you in the back for your supplies, nor do they kidnap your children for slave labor at the nearest FEMA camp. Yeah, I might prefer zombies oddly enough. I just need a katana. Probably cut my own head off with one of those. I’m off on a tangent. Back to Greg! I spoke with him at length about his writing, living in Florida (yeah, he’s another one of these lucky $#@#@!&! in Florida!) and his idea for the Perseid Collapse novella. First, I learned that his Humanity’s Hope series is far more than a zombie story. I won’t spoil
The Perseid Collapse Kindle World Interview Series: Sean T. Smith—author, songwriter, family man. Did I mention Sean lives in Florida? I’m a little focused on Florida these days, thanks to the five feet of snow accumulated on the ground in my yard, so I particularly enjoyed the setting of Sean’s Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds novella—The Florida Keys. Not the Keys I remember from Spring Break, but the descriptions of the mangrove swamps, sweltering heat and lush vegetation took me away from a harsh New England winter for a few hours. Of course, Sean’s novella was not a peaceful Margaritaville interlude. Set several months after the “event” that paralyzes the United States in the original Perseid Collapse Series, things are vastly different. Sprawling FEMA camps dominate the landscape, providing the only refuge for the vast majority of Americans caught off guard by the “event.” Not everyone lives in the camps, which is where Sean’s novel starts. Unfortunately, life outside of the camps is dangerous—in a Mad Max kind of way within Sunshine Patriots. Without giving any more of the story away, let’s kick off the interview. Sean, your story is the first novella published in the Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World that
Next in The Perseid Collapse Kindle World Interview Series: Bestselling author and tequila connoisseur Russell Blake. Russell Blake has been at the top of my “to read” list since his first two novels, Fatal Exchange and The Geronimo Breach, two crash courses in what a fine thriller novel contains. I read both of these novels on my sailboat, and reached out to Blake when I returned—to congratulate him on an incredible “breach and clear” style entry into the Indie book scene. That’s covert ops speak for “explosive,” and his books are nothing less than explosive…all 35 of them. You heard that correctly. Since 2011, Russell has released 35 novels in a variety genres—mostly thrillers. It’s an incredible accomplishment, which has required Russell to put in unearthly hours and put down untold quantities of tequila. To this day, he will not reveal which was more important to his production. Tequila jokes aside, there’s a reason Russell is an unmatched publishing phenomena. His stories grab you from page one, and he can write two to three times faster than most authors, while maintaining an unblemished level of quality. Let me tell you a quick story about Russell’s involvement in The Perseid Collapse Series
First up in The Perseid Collapse Kindle World Author Interview Series: Accomplished author and professional journalist Tom Abrahams. I’ve known Tom for most of my writing career. We met online…wait a minute, this sounds like a Match.com testimonial. Rewind. Tom and I became friends during my Black Flagged Series days, when I was writing globe-spanning covert operations novels. His first novel, Sedition, a political thriller set amidst a nation-toppling conspiracy in Washington D.C., captured my attention, along with his blistering follow-up, Allegiance. The rest was magic…there’s really no way to write this without sounding like we’re couple. Tom has penned a three novella series for The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World. Fans of my series will undoubtedly enjoy the story he has custom crafted. Let’s get started. Tom, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself outside of your writing life. I’m a husband and dad who works for a television station. I love reporting on politics and traveling around the country with our political leaders. It’s fascinating and fun and gives me a real appreciation for how a representative democracy works (or doesn’t in some cases). More than that I like watching Downton Abbey and Homeland with my
Have you heard about this Kindle Worlds thing? 🙂 I can’t imagine you’ve missed the news at this point. Instead of re-announcing the entire Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World, I thought I would give you some links and a round of basic information. You will find NINE novellas HERE, with links to Amazon. Up to TWENTY (total) will be available by mid-March, and that number has been rising weekly. Make sure to check back frequently to catch the latest addition. Read about the authors HERE, and don’t hesitate to visit their websites. I know you’re going to like what you read in the Perseid Collapse Kindle World, and that you’ll enjoy their wide range of novels. Who knows, you may pick up a new favorite author. My feelings will not be hurt. 😉 Want to write in The Perseid Collapse Kindle World? Seriously. This isn’t restricted to published authors. Kindle Worlds is a form of fan-fiction, with a twist. You get to use characters, elements, plots and the settings found in the original world…and get paid for it. Not a bad deal. If you found yourself reading the Perseid Books, wondering how you would have survived in the post “event” world? Maybe plotting it in
The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World Author Spotlight: Murray McDonald Murray McDonald has been a long time writer and friend, eventually introducing me to “good scotch” made in a distillery (Glengoyne) just north of the Scottish highland line. This alone was worthy of his inclusion in my Friends Hall of Fame (I just made up that organization). Beyond picking out fantastic scotch, his true talent lies in his writing. He can spin a masterful, international thriller, which is why I was ecstatic to learn that he would write a novella for The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World. His novella, Rockland, set in Maine, will shed light on the complex, nebulous Chinese conspiracy leading up to the “event” in The Perseid Collapse—exposing the brutal, human side of Operation Red Dragon. With Murray’s track record of delivering unexpected twists and turns, this is guaranteed to entertain. Look for this soon after the launch! See what Murray’s doing, and check out his novels here!
The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World Author Spotlight: Tim Queeney Having Tim onboard for The Perseid Collapse Series World was a big treat for me. Tim is key part of the “thriller” contingent in the Pine Cones Writer’s Group, a diverse, Portland, Maine, based group of writers that meets once a month to critique our latest works. He has an impressive range of writing, honed by years of work as a magazine editor, author and celestial navigation instructor…not sure how navigating by the stars corresponds to writing, but it was too awesome not to mention. I’ve enjoyed Tim’s Perry Helion adventure series, which pits his main character, a DARPA (Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) agent, against an array of James Bond level villains. Given the theme of The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World, I knew Tim could have some fun writing in the world—and he knocks it out of the park with The Borealis Incident. Set in Thule, Greenland, The Borealis Incident will take you where you least expect. Perfectly tied into the greater Perseid Collapse world, the remote U.S. Air Force base operated on Danish controlled Greenland contains a startling discovery—uncovered, or shall I say, unleashed by a series of events set
The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World Author Spotlight and Cover Reveal: G. Michael Hopf Author of the New World Series, G. Michael Hopf is no stranger to the prepped-themed post apocalyptic scene. With four books in the New World Series published by Penguin Press, he brings a powerhouse presence to The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World, along with a three novella story about a conflicted group of Marines in Boston. When I first spoke with him about the possibility of a collaboration in the World, I really hoped he’d be interested in writing a story with ties to the Marine battalion featured in the Perseid books. Geoff is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War, having thrived and survived as a Marine infantryman. I couldn’t think of anyone better suited to expand on the story of Lieutenant Colonel Grady’s Marines. We have a lot to look forward to in his story, as he leads a tight knit team of “Jarheads” from one coast to the next in search of a safe haven from The Perseid Collapse. Check out his books, bio, radio show…all kinds of good stuff at his website.
The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World Author Spotlight: Ian Graham In The Amsterdam Directorate, Political and covert operations thriller writer, Ian Graham, explores the impact of the Perseid Event, on the dynamics of a township still recovering from The Jakarta Pandemic. Set in rural Virginia, less than 150 miles from the largest recorded land strike in The Perseid Collapse Series, Ian puts his characters in the crosshairs of a natural and manmade collapse. The town of Amsterdam has mostly recovered from the 2013 pandemic, thanks to the directorate, but their hard won independence will be tested by outside forces hell bent on their destruction. I’m in the middle of reading Ian’s novel, which I guarantee will please fans of the series, along with SHTF readers everywhere. Ian is no stranger to gritty, no holds barred action, so hang on for a fast-paced ride through a unique post-apocalyptic landscape. To dig a little deeper into Ian’s world, check out his website. Political/Covert Ops thriller readers will be pleasantly surprised by his Black Shuck series.