My second novel, The Rising
, is drawing to a close. What that means is somewhat fuzzy. Novel time is softer than real time and dashes or drags according to its own rhythm. There are months, such as November, when I write 23,000 words and months when I write 2,300. I try to write some each day, and certainly understand the importance of a deadline (I've written over 40 books), but when noveling isn't your prime source of income, days have a habit of slipping by.
The Rising is a unique story. No, really, I mean it. I'm a huge fan of military adventures, paranormal-based novels, and love stories (not romance novels, but love stories). All three genres are a large part of The Rising. On its surface this is a book based in the same world as Lock 'n Load Publishing's World at War: Eisenbach Gap board game. It's 1985 and our long-standing cold war with the Soviet Union has gone hot. The book includes lots of detailed and authentic (hopefully) tank battles, infantry fights, and the like, but slowly the characters begin to realize that this is more than a fight between superpowers. Attracted by the horrific violence, things--things horrific in their own right--are drawn to the fighting, and a new conflict erupts. In this excerpt, Mike Hudson, who was trapped behind enemy lines when the Soviets overran Klappebruck. comes face to face with a new reality.
You can read the entire excerpt here