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  • New Dystopia, Cadáin’s Watch ~ Live on #Amazon for #Kindle

    After two years of work, Cadain’s Watch (Storms Of Transformation Series Book 3) has been published! This is the final installment of my dystopia.

    Cadain’s Watch is a near future dystopia. It is set in America, 10 years from now.  You can find the Kindle version on Amazon.

     

    For folks who would rather not read Ebooks, the paperback is coming soon, so stay tuned.

     

    Below is the Cadáin’s Watch Book Trailer.

     

     

    For reflections from an early reader, check out this post from Book Horde.

     

    I was sent a review copy which I just started reading and I am really impressed by how much the writer has grown since the first book, Tears of Paradox, which I reviewed last year. My main complaint about the first book was that we were too much in the characters’ heads and as a result the pacing was erratic and at times confusing.

    Cadain’s Watch does not have that problem – the characters are continually in action and the narrative flows briskly. This is great because it allows the writer’s talent for creating characters that feel intensely really come through.

     

    Thanks to all my friends and readers for your support! I hope you enjoy the book.

     

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  • #FreeKindle Promotion ~ Tears Of Paradox & The #CLFA Booknado

    Tears Of Paradox (Storms of Transformation Series Book 1) is free on Kindle through Wednesday February 15.

    Here’s what readers think about Tears Of Paradox.

     

     

    And, it’s time for the CLFA February Booknado!


    The monthly Booknado showcases books written by members of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, a counter-cultural group of talented authors, artists, columnists, publishers and other creative people who are working to bring quality books and other media to the underserved Conservative and Libertarian public.

     

    From the Booknado:

    New Releases:


    Live and Let Bite (Love at First Bite Book 3) by Declan Finn
    The third book in the Dragon Award nominated “Love at First Bite” series.


    The Undercover Captain (Captain Nancy Martin Book 2) by Henry Vogel
    It will take every bit of skill Nancy and Erica have to track down the evil genius behind the disappearances. Defeating them will be a different matter entirely.


    Letters from Aztlan by John L. Wolf
    In a dystopian, post-meltdown United States, a cynical, aging gunfighter receives a letter from an old friend in desperate need of help. He must fight his way across cartel occupied territory to find her.

    $1.99 OR LESS

    For the dates February 12 and 13, 2017, as reported by book author.

     99¢
    The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    Fringe meets Narnia at Hogwarts

     99¢
    The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (A Book of Unexpected Enlightenment 2) by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    Rachel Griffin returns for more rousing adventure and humor!

     FREE
    Tears of Paradox (Storms of Transformation Book 1) by Daniella Bova
    America has fallen to a Marxist bureaucracy, and the parents of an unborn child go underground to keep their baby’s existence a secret.

     99¢
    A Place Outside the Wild (Z-Day Book 1) by Daniel Humphreys
    Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.

     FREE
    Bulletproof Vestments (Father Jay Book 1) by Jane Lebak
    A former gang member has tracked down the man who ratted out his brother 10 years ago. It’s time for some good old-fashioned revenge, except the man in question is disabled. And he’s a priest. And no one’s going to let him go down without a fight.

     

    As you can see, there are Vampires, Harry Potter style Fantasies, YA and Dystopian titles, including my own book.

    Since July of 2014 I’ve been a proud member of CLFA. I have found new friends, writing advice and critiques, and professionals who offer their services as cover artists, editors and beta readers. Members include specialists in areas unfamiliar to me (like guns) who will happily answer questions.

    Other members have online radio shows that will book authors as guests.

    If you are a creative Conservative or Libertarian, please consider joining CLFA. You won’t regret it.

    Happy reading!

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    Please check out the stories and purchase a copy. You’ll be glad you did.


  • One Man’s Dystopia is Another’s Idea of Fun Times

    March 14 is fast approaching and I’m getting ready for the release of Cadáin’s Watch, book three in my dystopian series.

    My latest effort is a new book trailer.

     

     

    I’m very excited about my latest book. Part of the reason is that I no longer believe that it will all come true, now that Hillary Clinton was not elected president.

    As long as the GOP stands up to the Left and the courts don’t all go rogue, we have a chance to remain a free country.

    Of course it’s not certain. The courts are iffy. They’re packed with Leftists who do not glance at the law while deciding cases that may mean life or death for the Americans they were appointed to serve.

    We’ve seen evidence of it recently with an activist judge’s ruling (which is completely devoid of any reason and has nothing to with the constitution or the law) against President Trump’s EO for a 90 day travel ban from countries that are failed states and that may harbor people who want Americans to die.

    The 9th Circuit Court of appeals ruled against Trump, and now the case will go to the Supreme Court.

    My hope is that SCOTUS will look at the actual law and the constitution and reverse the 9th Circuit. Doing otherwise could be dangerous.

    In the day or two after the Leftist judge made a ruling that Trump’s EO was not constitutional, refugees from the countries in question doubled in number compared to pre-Trump’s executive order.

     

    The State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries in the week since a federal judge’s reprieve, in what analysts said appears to be a push to admit as many people as possible before another court puts the program back on ice.

    A staggering 77 percent of the 1,100 refugees let in since Judge James L. Robart’s Feb. 3 order have been from the seven suspect countries. Nearly a third are from Syria alone — a country that President Trump has ordered be banned altogether from the refugee program. Another 21 percent are from Iraq. By contrast, in the two weeks before Judge Robart’s order, just 9 percent of refugees were from Syria and 6 percent were from Iraq.

    “There’s no doubt in my mind they would be doing whatever they could to get people in before something changes because, from their perspective, their motivation is to resettle these folks. It would not be the first time that State Department officials have prioritized facilitating someone’s entry to the United States over security concerns,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

     

    The above could be very dangerous. Back in December a Somali refugee raped a woman on a bus in Minneapolis. He had been admitted to America by Obama only three months earlier.

    A 22-year old Somali man who arrived in the United States in September faces charges of criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

    “A Minneapolis man is being charged with criminal sexual conduct after being accused of raping a woman on a bus passing through Crookston Friday,” according to the Crookston Times.

    “Mohamed Harir Ayanle, 22, was released from the Northwest Regional Correction Center Monday on a $5,000 bond and on the condition that he does not leave Minnesota,” the Times reported.

    According to the criminal complaint filed with the Minnesota 9th Judicial District Court in Polk County, the suspect “just moved to Minnesota on September 22, 2016 from Somalia.”

     

    That’s only one incident though. In Europe, where the refugee resettlement program is much further along than America’s, people are dying. See here.

    Here’s another horror story. Daughter of top EU official raped and murdered in Germany–Afghan migrant admits killing.

     

    Maria Ladenburger, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official, was returning from a party in the university city of Freiburg in Germany when she was assaulted on a cycle path.

    She was raped and then drowned before her body was found in the River Dreisam.

    The shocking incident happened on October 16 but details have only been released after an arrest on Friday.

    The suspect, an Afghan migrant, was caught after police found DNA on a scarf near the path.

    The scarf reportedly belonged to Maria.

    They also found a strand of hair on a nearby blackberry bush.

    Officers then trawled CCTV to see find people with a similar hairstyle, which led them to the suspect.

    Following his arrest the suspect, aged 17, pleaded guilty to the attack and will be sentenced next year.

     

    The stories above are not included here to sway Leftist opinion on Trump’s attempt to restrict travel for 90 days from countries classified by Obama as dangerous.

    The Leftists and Democrats who back the the decision of the court are beyond reason. They hate Trump, and no amount of pleas for reason will convince them that Trump is not Hiitler, but just the new President of the United States who is doing his job to protect Americans from harm.

    I included these examples to make the following point: If an American or Americans are hurt or killed by one or more refugees that were processed into the country at high speed just to get back at Trump, then the judge who began this, the 9th Circuit, and all of the Leftist media who do not report incidents like the above WILL be blamed.

    This is not conjecture. They will have blood on their hands, and President Trump will be well within his rights to call for the impeachment by Congress of the judges.

    Against the hostile media there is no justice. They are never held to account for anything and they never will be unless people stop watching them.

    And the bloody hands will also be worn by Leftists who would take the chance of allowing someone else’s child, mother, sister, brother, father or mother to be attacked by an un-vetted refugee.

    They will never admit that themselves, but they will be blamed by the rest of us. This will further divide America. However, they got back at Trump, so, no biggie.

    What does all of this have to do with dystopias?

    While perusing the twitter mobs on or about November 10 I happened to see a tweet from a leftist opining that he was finding it hard to get used to living in a dystopia.

    This led me to type the words dystopia and dystopian into a twitter search. There I found many such tweets, all from Leftists (some of them authors) saying they were living in a dystopia.

    This is still going on today. Try the search yourself and you’ll see the evidence.

    Now please. It took only the election of Trump to make Liberals “feel” like they are living in a dystopia. On what basis?

    Their candidate of choice lost the election.

    Meanwhile, conservatives have just lived through 8 years of tyranny and abuse by Obama and his Leftist minions.

    Our groups (Tea Party) were targeted by the IRS and declared to be “risky” by the Obama administration.

    We were and are being forced to purchase a product by law (health insurance) which violates our rights under the Constitution.

    Businesses were mobbed and attacked and sued by Leftists for refusing to bake a freaking cake. People’s lives were ruined, They were fired from their jobs for holding the “wrong” opinion on matters of conscience.

    The list could on for two pages or more, and these pretentious Liberals actually believe they were inserted into a dystopia one day after their candidate lost an election?

    What does that say about them?

    While we suffered with no recourse and no voice, they were living it up, adding their tweets and their one star yelp reviews on pizza shops to the crushing of conservatives.

    While Harry Reid gutted the rules of the Senate and became a one man gatekeeper on which bills were brought to the floor for votes, Liberals were yukking it up and pointing and laughing and name calling us when we lost un-winnable battles in our representative government.

    While we watched in horror as Planned Parenthood executives spoke of selling the body parts of aborted infants in hopes of earning enough blood money to buy a Lamborghini, Leftists screamed that PP could do no wrong, even after seeing footage of the crimes.

    While we begged the press to cover the Gosnell house of abortion horrors trial, the press box remained empty but for one or two real journalists.

    While Obama made veiled threats against working class Americans and told his disciples to counter us by saying  ‘If they bring a knife to the fight, you bring a gun’ (paraphrase) Leftists were shouting us down on social media and labeling everyone who disagreed with them as a racist.

    While we fought for the recognition that four Americans were left to die horrible deaths at the hands if Islamist butchers in Benghazi by Hillary Clinton and Obama, they were tweeting “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi” and rolling their eyes.

    While we pleaded for the truth to be told at the Benghazi hearings, Leftists decided to run the woman responsible for the failed Libyan policy that led to the attacks for president.

    And they now believe they are living through tough times?

    The un-attachment to reality is evident.

    No, Leftists, you’re not living in a dystopia. We were.

    As a matter of fact, we still are. Your screaming and chanting protests are making life more difficult for everyone.

    During the terrible tyranny of Obama, which Leftists believed were high times, I prayed for deliverance from them and wrote my books.

    Each book contains fictional incidents that turned out to become fact under Obama.

    Book three describes my vision of the natural end of the path the Leftists were forcing us down.

    I still have hope that what I wrote will not become our future. But with the unhinged behavior and complete disrespect for law that we have witnessed since November 8, it’s still possible for my dystopia to become our reality.

     

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    Above is a free preview of Tears of Paradox, book one in my series.


  • Book Review ~ The Product, by Marina Fontaine

    I recently finished “The Product” a novella by Marina Fontaine.

    This story would be an excellent choice for High School English classes throughout the country, as a counterpoint to the almost universal pushing of “progressive” ideals through what some might term “literature.”

    This is real literature, in the mold of George Orwell. One can only hope a majority of parents have become exasperated enough with the public schools to search out books like this on their own, and then make their kids aware of them.

    Below is my review.

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    The Product is a grim look at human beings living in a totalitarian wasteland. Though the setting is urban, the images and ideas this novella evoked put me in mind of a sunless, dark and oppressive desert, where most people have become cruel and inhuman robots, like Stepford Wives with an added dash of indoctrination-fueled mob-like mentality.

    But humans weren’t created to be oppressed, and that’s where the product comes in. The dealers of the product are the subjects of this novella. It begins with the main character, Kevin, running to escape his oppressors. Without giving spoilers its difficult to explain in a review what exactly “The Product” is. Suffice to say that in this gray and dark environment, beams of light, color, action and sound find their way to those whose hearts tell them that things aren’t meant to be the way they are.

    These young humans, whose only notion of the way we live today comes from illegal stories handed down through untold generations, either stay in the gray, or fight their way to something better, through great danger & loyalty to their friends and trusted mentors.

    Though darker than Fontaine’s debut novel, Chasing Freedom, The Product is similar. It is the same tale in a vastly different time and setting–the story of humanity’s yearning and fight to be free.

     

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    Above is my system for rating books. The Product rated 5 stars.

     

    The Product did not make me laugh even once, but it did make me cry.

    It also was well written, and while the plot and story seemed mysterious at times, it all came together in this fine book. I got lost in the world of The Product…but I was glad I could find my way out.

    The questions it raised lingered, making me wonder how and why some people seem hell-bent on subjugating others, up to and including brainwashing and even, in some cases, death.

    Such people are on the rise. If we are honest with ourselves, we can see it. Whether America can break free of the movement that would ultimately lead to scenarios similar to that of Fontaine’s novella remains to be seen.

     

     

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    Marina Fontaine is an author, blogger, book reviewer, and co-creator of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, a counter-cultural group for writers, artists and others of a creative bent.

    Find Marina at her Amazon Author’s Page, Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, and her blog, Marina’s Musings.

     

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  • Update on Cadáin’s Watch

    My last update on progress was published back in March. (Click here to read).

     

     

    I’m happy report that my tiny grandson thrived in the NICU, and went home with his parents two weeks ago. He now weighs 6 pounds. (He weighed 2 pounds, 13 oz at birth).

    Isn’t he darling? We are so happy and thankful to God for him. 🙂

     

    Baby Grandson

     

    During the past couple of months, work on my manuscript has been slow but steady. I have managed to average around 4,000 words per week, in addition to blogging and attempting to create my vision of Cadáin, the warrior angel, in photoshop.

    I had the image of the warrior in my mind and set about finding him somewhere on the internet. I looked all over Deviant Art to find artwork that I could lease or buy, but I had no luck to speak of, so I decided to make my own angel. He’s in progress and the going is slow. Still, I’m learning a new skill.

    If my artwork is acceptable to me when the book is ready to be published, it will be on the back cover of the paperback, and if I find that I’m not happy with my creation, it will never be seen by anyone but me. (And the few trusted family members and friends who gave me their honest opinion that it stunk.)

    Now, back to the manuscript. Today I outlined the last few chapters of the book, and after months of planning and outlining, and a year of writing during every spare minute, it’s getting close to being finished.

    As I said in the post linked above, I have learned not to set deadlines. They are counterproductive, and my use of them most likely made the writing of this book take longer than it it would have without them, because I get too stressed. At the thought of a deadline I freeze like a deer in the headlights, and sit with my fingers poised above my laptop, worrying about whether or not I will finish on time.

    Without a deadline, I sit down to enjoy writing and end up with finished chapters. So I can’t say when the first draft will be finished, but I will say it’s getting close.

    It will be a great day when I finally finish this book, but also a little sad. It’s the final book in the Storms Series, and I’ll miss writing about Michelle, Jason, Brad and all the other characters. Still, the time is fitting for this series to end.

    My characters have been through a lot over the past seven years since I began writing my vision of a fundamentally transformed America. I have also been through a lot, since some of the scenarios I have written seem to be on the verge of becoming reality, or close to it.

    Writing a near future dystopia during this particular period of time is not something I would recommend to everyone. You need to be calm when news stories appear that mimic what you wrote a few years earlier. Sometimes it’s not easy to remain calm, and I end up in a puddle, trying to drag myself back to my computer so I can finish this series before America becomes something it was never intended to be.

    But lately I have a little hope. Maybe things are getting a bit brighter. My characters have survived, and America, though demoralized, tired, battered and bruised, has also survived this transformation that some of us didn’t ask for. We can never go back, but perhaps we can learn from our experiences.

    Cadáin’s Watch will be finished and ready to be published sometime before the November elections, unless another family crisis occurs. The grace of God was responsible for the entire project, since I never set out with firm plans to write such a series. Though I did have dreams of writing as a child, I never pursued them until the idea for Michelle came to me in the summer of 2009.

    So, I think I’ll keep working as hard as I can, and readers will have the book when the time is right.

    I will write another update when the first draft is finished. And then… the revisions begin.

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  • Book Review ~ Domino, by Kia Heavey

    Kia’s Heavey’s  new book, Domino, published by Kindle Scout, is truly a wonderful piece of art.

     

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    I feel quite emotional after reading it. I will not give anything away, because not all readers are the same, and each person will find something different to inspire them while reading this book.

    I will only say that I was completely immersed in the story, which took on a dreamlike quality. It’s been quite awhile since I read Watership Down, by Richard Adams, but I seem to remember the same sort of feeling from that book.

    It’s hard to explain. Readers should hurry to get this book, and find some quiet hours to enjoy it. Then you’ll come back to reality, and wish that the book wasn’t finished.

    Following is my review. (5 Stars on Amazon).

     

    A timeless tale of courage, love, sorrow and loyalty, Domino is a book that you’ll read again and again.

    Kia Heavey’s Domino is, in a word, timeless. It’s one of those books that make you stay up all night reading, while at the same time wishing it would never end. Few books affect me, as a reader, in this way. Heavey’s prose draws in the reader, and her descriptions of various farm scenarios, such as tool sheds and rock walls, make you feel like you are there in the story.

    Domino the barn cat, though seemingly living the average cat life, becomes a hero, larger than life. His ordinary days on the Brown family farm, keeping vermin away from the chickens and garden, show him to be a cat who desires to pull his own weight. His courtship of a female who lives in the woods, combined with nights on the prowl with friends, show him to be a real tomcat. And his sorrow when friends are harmed because they fall under the spell of a haughty new cat lets readers know Domino has a heart.

    This isn’t a children’s fairytale, but a story that might well become a classic. High schools in need of new and innovative literature would do well to assign this book for summer reading, or in the classroom.

    I know that I will never forget Domino the barn cat, and once you read the book, neither will you.

     

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    Above is my criteria for rating books. However, I must say that Domino met all four on the list. It truly is a wonderful book.

     

    Author Kia Heavey

     

    Kia Heavey was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in German Literature and went to work as a creative professional in advertising. Her hobbies include fishing, music, reading, hiking, and most of all, being with her family. Her husband is Chief of Police in their hometown. They have two children and a cat.