Friday, October 2, 2015

Maxx Fragg, Snippet #5 - Tears on my Poltergeist

Hi! Welcome back to another round of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday! There’s a chill in the air and the rays of summer are all but forgotten but what better way to warm your thoughts than with a sturdy dose of Sci-Fi / Fantasy writing. If you haven’t already checked out all of the engaging contributions from this week’s authors, just shoot on over to the main site at SciFiFanSat. This week, I’m still sharing snippets from the opening chapter of my latest novel, Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. Things are about to go down and Maxx’s terrified clients are having second thoughts.
Debbie raised her hand and asked, “Would it be okay if I just darted to the lady’s room first?”
“It’s too late for that,” Maxx said.
“But…” Debbie persisted.
Maxx secured the detecting rod back in his bag and withdrew a long barreled shotgun with a plastic cylinder attached to each side. “You can put your hand down now.”
Pumping the stock, a neon gel flowed through the tubing running the length of the barrel. Maxx hit a button and the liquid energized, bubbling as it flowed the course of the weapon. The couple simultaneously pulled their feet up off the floor.
It was time for Maxx to set up the final act.
“You wouldn’t want to miss the show, would you?” Maxx asked. 
“They’re professionals, Debbie,” Travis said, trying to reassure her with a half-hearted smile.
Debbie dug her nails into the couch. “I guess.”
Maxx knew they needed to get through the rest of this job without any more problems. Debbie appeared on the verge of crying and Maxx knew Tane’s concentration shattered at the sight of a girl’s tears.

Let’s hope Tane can keep it together long enough to see some action. I promise some ghost thumping action in the coming snippets – just in time for the merry month of Halloween! If you want to check out more from Maxx Fragg, you can check out the first chapter over at Goodreads or even better, you can get your very own copy of the book, print or eVersion, by clicking HERE. I’m running a giveaway over at Goodreads where you can enter to win a free signed copy of the book by clicking Goodreads Giveaway.  I hope you enjoyed the snippet. Leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Stay warm and dry and I’ll see you in seven!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Maxx Fragg Snippet #4 - Operation Oops

And…we’re back. After taking a week off to attend the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention last weekend, I’m here and ready for my weekly dose of science fiction and fantasy writing. I had a great time at the convention and Maxx Fragg, VPI got a lot of great exposure. I’ll be sharing again this week from Maxx Fragg’s opening chapter. I hope you enjoy. Make sure you stop over at the main page and check out the contributions from all of this week’s authors by clicking HERE. _________________________________________________________________

“You’re lucky you called us when you did,” Maxx said. “Have you ever seen anything like this, Tane?”
Taking his cue, Maxx’s teammate finished unloading some equipment and crossed the room. His six foot eight inch frame exerted considerably more effort to move around the furniture as size fourteen  army boots left hefty impressions in the plush red carpet.
“We need to evacuate the whole building,” he said, reading the device.
Maxx elbowed him in the side and whispered, “Over doing it a little there, partner.”
“I mean, yeah, those are some numbers. Maybe we should call in our other group, you know, the Black Oops Guys?”
“You mean our Black Ops Special Detention Squad?” Maxx turned his back to the couple, pulling Tane around with him. “I think we can handle this one on our own.”
He gave his partner a quick jab in the ribs. “I can’t believe you.”
“Ow,” Tane said, rubbing his side. “Quit hitting me, Maxx.”
“You’re going to blow this whole thing,” Maxx said.

And the plot thickens. I hope you’re enjoying some of the book so far. If you’d like to read more, you can download and read the entire first chapter over at Goodreads. You can pick up your own copy of the book over at AMAZON or at my book publisher Ink Smith Publishing. Please leave a comment on your way out. They’re always appreciated. Have a great weekend and see you in seven!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. - Paranormal Pottery 101

Welcome back to another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday – a place where authors from their respective fields share snippets of their published or current works. Make sure you stop over and check out all of the great contributions this week by clicking the main site Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. This week I’m sharing another section from the opening of my new novel, Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. It’s been an exciting week as the book launched a week ago and has been getting some great media attention from Scoop to Nerdspan to American Mythology to some familiar faces like Dragons and Triplanes (Peter Vialls), T.K. ToppinJC Cassels, and many others. Thank you to everyone who has supported the book from posts to retweets to mentions. I really do appreciate it. This is a great site and hosts not only some fantastic authors but people also! Okay….here’s my snippet. Enjoy.
             Everyone had their own pre-conceived notions of how to get rid of a ghost. Maxx heard them all, séances, sprinkle salt along the door, burn sage, hire a bunch of meddling kids, craft some pottery together. He’d probably find it all funnier if he actually believed in any of it.
             Maxx pulled a long metal rod from his bag. Standing next to the couple, he pushed a switch on the base, holding it over his head. The staff hummed and vibrated like a radioactive tuning fork sending palpable energy out into the air around the room. Maxx swung it over their heads as they both instinctively ducked. They were like two kids watching their first fireworks display and Maxx was the guy lighting the wicks. He read the digital display on the club’s handle.
             Satisfied, Maxx brushed his hand through his spiked hair, trying to express some fake concern. “You’ve definitely got a presence here. Readings are off the charts.”
             Pulling a notepad from his tactical vest, he scribbled down some notes. Maxx drew a smiley face with a frown and tears streaming down both cheeks. Underneath his sketch he wrote Travis.

What do you think so far? Hopefully you’re enjoying the read. If you want to check out more, you can read the book blurb over at my website or check out the first chapter over at Goodreads or even better pick up your very own copy of the book by clicking Maxx Fragg,VPI. Thanks for reading and all of the support! Have a great weekend and see you in seven!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Maxx Fragg,VPI - Pillow fights and Poltergeists

Putting a little friction in your science fiction every weekend – that’s what we’re all about here at Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday. We’re trying to make the weekend a little brighter with some great writing snippets from a great group of authors and writers who love the genres just as much as you do. Stop over at the main site for all of this week’s picking and you’ll see what I mean by clicking HERE. This week’s already been an exciting one for me with the fresh off the press release of my new novel – Maxx Fragg, V.P.I., so I’ve decided to share another excerpt from the beginning of the book. If you haven’t already – stop over at my website to check out the book! Read on!
“I think I’d rather see what’s coming,” Travis said as he pulled a cushion on his lap.
“You expecting a pillow fight?” Maxx asked, dropping the equipment bag slung over his shoulder.
Debbie jumped. “What are you going to do with that?”
“What I’m being paid to do.” Maxx nodded across the room to his partner, who shook his head in disapproval. Bending next to the couch, Maxx slowly unzipped the bag. He was close enough to see the goose bumps on Debbie’s arm rise with each click.
“I don’t care what it takes, just get that thing out of my house,” Travis said.
“You’ll be ghost free in no time.” Maxx knew his clients needed to believe he could make it better, take away their fears. If only it was that simple. Everyone wanted to name the night, put a label on their personal horrors. He wished someone could shut the door to the monsters in his own closet.

Ahhhhh….the old monster in the closet syndrome. So is Maxx part hero – part conman – a bit of both? Check back next week for another exciting excerpt from the novel’s opening. If you want to jump ahead, you can check out the entire first chapter posted over on GOODREADS and if you REALLY want to jump ahead (I’m okay with it, really), you can pick up your own copy of the book by clicking over to my publisher INK SMITH PUBLISHING or at AMAZON where it’s available in both eBook and print. Thanks for reading along – see you in seven!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Maxx Fragg, VPI Blog Tour

The Maxx Fragg, VPI Blog Tour is officially underway and coming to a blog near you!!!

Follow along as the tour moves along to some truly awesome blogs leading up to the book's release date and beyond!

Here's a peek at the schedule:

Blame It on the Books                                - Sept 1
T.K. Toppin                                                - Sept 2
Gotta Name My Blog   (Book Release!)    - Sept 3
Dragons and Triplanes                               - Sept 4
Lyndi Alexander and Worlds of Wonder  - Sept 5

Here's a link to today's stop:

Blame It on the Books 

I hope you check out the book!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. - The Other Syde is Waiting

Guess what time it is? Yes, it's the end of summer. Yes, it's also back to school time. Okay, it's NFL pre-season. I know, Labor Day is next weekend. But more importantly, it's a new Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday! That special time of the week to kick back and enjoy some of your favorite authors and their writing snippets. Don't believe me? Just head on over to the main site by clicking HERE and find out for yourself. This week, I decided to share the opening from my upcoming novel Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. since it's releasing this coming Thursday through my publisher Ink Smith Publishing. Enjoy!
Tucked between the shadows and the night, standing in a darkened corner of the room, Maxx Fragg watched the young couple huddled on the couch. They had no idea what he had in store for them. He almost felt sorry. Almost. He watched as Travis stroked Debbie’s hand and whispered something in her ear. Maxx locked eyes with her as he moved across the apartment. He saw the desperation mixed with fear in her eyes and he grinned. He liked it that way. Pulling a pair of gloves from his belt, Maxx cinched them around his wrists. The rush of adrenaline rose up from his chest. This was far from his first job but he still got a thrill each time. He clicked off the lamp and the room went black.
Debbie gasped. “Can’t we leave a few lights on?”
           “I prefer to work in the dark,” Maxx said.
What exactly is Maxx doing there? Is he a guest...or something else? Check out the blurb for the book over on my web page .Here's a link for the video book preview MaxxFraggTrailer. You can pre-order the book now by clicking HERE. Stop by and "like" the Maxx Fragg Facebook Page. Thanks for following along. Oh yeah - check me out on the first wave of my world wide web blog tour for the book running from September 1rst through the 5th. You may see some familiar faces along the way.  I'll be posting updates and links to the sites. I think I'm all linked out - this was longer than my snippet. I hope you check out the book. See you in seven!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Last Zombie Standing #12

Saturday? It’s already Saturday? Where does a week go? The good news is that means it’s time for another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. Summer is sadly winding down and so is my story – Last Zombie Standing. This will be my last snippet from the short. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please leave a comment on the way out and let me know what you think. I’ve attached links for all the other snippets along the way in case you missed one. Make sure you check out all of the great writing contributions this week by clicking over to the main site HERE. Enjoy!________________________________________________________________
          “But why?” the general asked.
          “It’s not working, sir. Maybe our friends from beyond are trying to tell us something, maybe we’ve already lost more than we can get back.”
          “Don’t do it, son. We’ll find another way.”
          “I think any way we go is a dead end, sir.”
          An electrical surge shot through Zulu-2’s body, causing it to convulse.  The near-skeletal corpse slowly fell forward, its chest collapsing against the plunger, pushing both down against the base.
          The energy rippling across the dome stopped. Tiny bursts of light erupted across the blue and green sphere in the distance. They expanded and convulsed into each other until a white circle glared against the backdrop of blackened space. Waves of light and debris spiraled away from the former planet as Zulu-2 watched from his belly along the moon’s surface. A faint wind gusted across the lunar landscape, gently blowing the flags of the nearby space modules. As the light dimmed, the world’s last necronaut crawled away, clawing the loose sod in clumsy handfuls, pulling its way up the next hill, searching for…something. 

Well…who saw that coming? Who was your favorite character – the General? The quiet but formidable Kingston? The ever-irrepressible Zulu-2? Let me know. Thanks for reading along. Tune in next week when I share from my upcoming novel Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. – releasing September 3rd from Ink Smith Publishing, and already being reviewed as “Beetlejuice meets Tron”. If you want to check out more, you can click HERE to read a blurb and even pre-order a copy. As always, been a blast – pun intended. See you in seven!              

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