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We’re excited to have Kristin Kuhns Alexandre at Beyond the Books! Today, one of her characters, Neci Stans, from GEM CITY GYPSY, has a problem she faces and she’s here to talk about it.
Guest Post by Neci Stans
It’s 1917 and the world is changing before my eyes. We gypsies used to be important to everyone in Dayton because we trained their horses. Now everybody wants a motorcar. Then there’s the war. America has been sucked into the war.
I’m 19 but I feel older. So much has happened in the last two years. My experiences have made me feel old. Like all those voices crying out as the ship went down. That’s the moment Lord Pool leaned over and pulled me out of that freezing ocean. He pulled Ezra’s dog Theda out too. Theda and I were so grateful to be alive.
I was on deck when the German torpedo struck our ship, The Lusitania. It was frightening. The first blast tore through the bottom of the ship and you could feel the deck heave. By then, everyone knew we were in trouble. My hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard told me to jump into the water and swim for my life. They were so calm as they explained that they were going to go down with the ship. They wanted to make sure they died together. But before they walked into the cabin holding hands they made sure my dog and I jumped over safely.
For the first time ever I felt completely, frighteningly alone, far away from my wonderful mom and my clan of gypsy horse trainers from Dayton, Ohio. We are respected in our hometown and consider ourselves royal. When my grandma Miltilda died, thousands of gypsies from all over America came to her gravesite and stood in the rain for hours. Some even jumped in her grave.
But those are the old days. We are still gypsies and not considered good enough for upper class people in Oakwood. They think of us a a novelty and watch us leave with our caravans for Tennessee. But their sons and daughters stay far away.
That’s the reality of it. That’s why I want to be someone else by the name of Neci Star.
About the Book:
When you read “Gem City Gypsy” you must conceptualize a whole world.
The Wright Brothers.
Industrialization leading to WWI.
So many vivid elements. The story is about a gypsy girl who must leap over bodies to survive the sinking Lusitania and escape murderous Germans who kill her mentor in Ireland. She later returns to her hometown, recreated as a wealthy woman trying to meld into the upper class. Neci Star captures our imagination and heart as she claws her way out of one class and into the abyss of another.
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About the Author:
Kristin Alexandre was raised in Dayton, Ohio where she worked as a feature columnist for The Dayton Journal Herald and the Kettering Oakwood Times. She has written two previous books: Nuncio and the Gypsy Girl in the Gilded Age, a graphic novel that was featured at the 2011 NY City Comic Con; and Find a Great Guy: Now and Forever.
Alexandre was a co-founder of Earth Day 1970 and worked on staff with House Beautiful Magazine and as a contributor to Town & Country Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and The Daily News. Her celebrity luncheon series for the Chairman of Ammirati & Puris Advertising at The New York Yacht Club was acclaimed, and she has also worked as a co-host and producer of Enough Is Enough a syndicated talk show for WLIW-TV, a PBS affiliate in NYC. Alexandre has worked as a publicist for The Economic Development Association of Puerto Rico and Champion International U.S. Plywood. She is a NJ Board Member of The Humane Society of America and resides in Delray Beach, Fl. and Nantucket , Ma. with her husband DeWitt.
Her latest book is the new adult fiction, Gem City Gypsy.
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We’re excited to have Chuck Waldron back at Beyond the Books. Today, one of his characters, Tanner from LION’S HEAD DECEPTION, has a problem he faces and he’s here to talk about it.
My name is Tanner
I’m afraid… terribly afraid, and I don’t care who knows it. My name is Tanner and I’m about to be a whistleblower, a snitch, an informer. I have good reason to be afraid because my boss will use all of his resources and all the resources of his company to stop me. He will kill to keep his intentions secret.
I know something about him he doesn’t want the world to know.He’s evil, pure evil, and he has people around him who have sold their soul to that devil. They will kill for him. All he has to do is pick up the phone and give the go-ahead.
The problem is that no one realizes he’s evil, hiding it so carefully behind a scrim. Nobody will believe when I tell them what he is planning to do.
I’ve thought about it, nonetheless. I’ve thought long and hard. When I whisper his secret I will be at risk, my family will be at risk, and it will extend to anyone I tell.
I was never sure what he saw in me when he sent his recruiters after me. Sure, I was way ahead of my classmates. I could design and administer communications technology in my sleep, which I often think I did. Claussen thought he knew all there was to know about me, but he didn’t know the real me, what was hiding inside.
In my position I could access all communications, even the ones Claussen imagined to hide behind his own privacy screen. It was one of his Emails that caught my attention. It hinted at a plan, really a conspiracy to undermine the country by instigating widespread social unrest, causing a demand for safety at any price.
But there was far more. He wanted to go beyond that to begin eliminating those he deemed unfit to live in his perfect world. I know enough about history to know that isn’t a new idea, but his plan had some new versions of how to do that.
I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to blow the whistle. I only have to decide who I am going to tell my story to.
About the Book:
In the prologue, the backdrop for Lion’s Head Deception is set, amongst rioting and unrest in a destabilized city.
Matt Tremain is a shy, private person who discovers a passion for writing blogs—a mission that propels him into investigative reporting. A tipster warns him of a diabolical scheme Matt simply can’t ignore. After the tipster is killed, Matt honors his memory by going forward to investigate the truth behind the conspiracy. He meets a television reporter and a cameraman also investigating the intrigue. Are they potential partners or rivals? A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his true motivation. He is equally unsure of the allegiance of those in the top administration of police services. Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run, evading the newly-formed security teams. They must expose the truth before they are discovered, arrested and perhaps exterminated themselves…
The reader is introduced to Matt Tremain when a test message warns him of impending arrest. The first part of the novel provides an understanding of how he learns about a conspiracy, and the person behind it. A television journalist is investigating the same treachery. Will they be able to join forces? The end of part one introduces a police detective. Will he be friend or foe?
Part two takes place at a private retreat. The antagonist, the scheme’s architect, unveils the complete details of his plan and gets the backing of his three co-conspirators. The location is the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. It takes place at Lion’s Head and gives the novel the working name.
In an action-packed run to the finish line, will Matt and his partners be able to face the challenges it will take to expose the lies and treachery behind Operation CleanSweep?
About the Author:
An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire’s plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.
“I grew up,” Chuck said, “listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James’ gang. It didn’t matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels.”
Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition – the good, the bad and the ugly.
As Chuck tells it, “stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet.”
His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception.
Visit his website at www.WriteByMeBooks.com.
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