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MonsterCon and The Devil You Know

In honor of the Magic City MonsterCon (which I’m attending all weekend!) I’m doing the cover reveal for my newest writing project: The Devil You Know.

You can read the first four chapters of the book (what will comprise “Episode 1” in the final product) right now at Wattpad! Here’s a link: https://www.wattpad.com/user/TuckerAuthor

Two alien races vie for control of Earth amidst a human population decimated by a merciless plague, famine, and war.

Meanwhile, the denizens of Hell grow restless. The apocalypse they were supposed to instigate and revel in is happening without them…

Doing their best to create new lives in the aftermath of the chaos triggered by the aliens’ arrival, Abraham Black and Neri White come from backgrounds about as different as their last names would indicate. Yet, together, they may hold the key which allows humanity to remain the primary tenants of Earth. The question is: how much are they willing to give up to save the world? Their memories? Their lives? Their souls?

I’m describing this story as a Post-Apocalyptic, Epic, Suburban Fantasy… with Aliens. Yes, I think it’s going to be something unlike anything you’ve read before and I’m very excited about it. The story is more adult in nature than my previous works and it’s in the final stages of editing and rewrites and my goal is to have it available this winter, hopefully in time for the holidays.

So, without further ado, here is the cover:

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What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I hope to see some of you this weekend!

Abandon Hope, Chapter 1 Excerpt

So, under the “better late than never” category! …

I promised this last week and got buried again, but here is the first couple of pages in Dare’s next adventure, titled Abandon Hope.

***Spoiler Alert***

If you haven’t read Knot in Time yet, beware of some spoilers ahead. Wait a minute. You haven’t read Knot in Time yet? Go! Go get it now. I can wait. …

Abandon Hope, Tales of Uncertainty Book 2

Chapter One

I’ve never been a big fan of Westerns.

Oh, I’d seen some good ones. Val Kilmer was awesome as Doc Holiday in Tombstone. I also remembered hearing Tarantino was doing one later in 2012, which I’m sure would have been interesting, but Bob had showed up and my life changed just a bit after that.

Experiencing a Western first hand had not helped my appreciation of them.

A bead of sweat trickled down my cheek as a relentless southern New Mexico sun baked my uncovered head. Kim had dumped me into a blistering June day in 1889, to investigate a minuscule insertion she had discovered. The thing was so small, she’d only been able to pinpoint it to a half hour block of time. With me in the thread, she said she’d be able to isolate it. So, I’d been crouched near a parched sage brush, doing my impression of a baked potato minus the tin foil, for the past twenty minutes. I was pretty sure I was done.

“Anything?” I said, wiping my forehead with an already-wet T-shirt sleeve.

“Don’t you think I would have alerted you if I had detected the insertion?” Kim’s acerbic voice said in my ear.

“I think you enjoy seeing me suffer.”

“It’s only midmorning at your current position in the thread. The temperature in the area won’t peak for another four hours and sixteen minutes.”

“What’s the forecast for today? Searing to partly broiling?” I said as I adjusted my position in the sandy soil. Dust rose in slow motion from my movement, adding to what had already settled around my nose and eyes. “I’m going to look like a lobster before we’re finished.”

“Your complaints are ceaseless. I can easily repair any damage to your precious carcass once you return.”

I blew out a breath and bit back a retort about the only ceaseless things here being the heat, dust and boredom. Recent memories of M’sang Tah chastising me for my lack of patience replayed in my head. If I hadn’t known better, I’d have guessed this to be one of their “teaching” simulations.

I did, however, know better. My intuitive feelings — or more likely my ability to recognize them — had become sharper over what I guessed had been a span of three or four months. Hopping from thread to thread and, in between, existing in an isolated workspace, completely removed from time itself, well … I tended to lose track of the thing it had become my job to protect. Funny how that works. But Kim and M’sang Tah had been unable to trick me again with a simulation after my inglorious Abraham Lincoln episode. Even though Kim piped the information directly into my brain and everything looked, smelled, and felt real, some little corner of my mind wasn’t fooled. On their last attempt, a few weeks before, it had taken me less than two minutes to realize what was happening. The two hadn’t tried since.

“I have it,” Kim said. “Directly ahead of your current position. Thirty-four point six eight feet.”

*****

What’s that? You want more? Hm. I’ll have to think about that. Be good, tell all your friends, and maybe I’ll post some more next week 😉 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little taste!

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Time Travel Story

I’m very excited to announce the release of my latest book: Knot in Time. It’s currently on Amazon in Kindle format. Paperback and other formats will be coming in the next couple of weeks or so. Here’s the back cover blurb once again:

My name is Darius Arthur Heisenberg, but most people call me Dare. If the last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of my great-great uncle, Werner Heisenberg. He was a scientist who came up with something called the Uncertainty Principle. But, listen, Uncle Werner had no idea how uncertain things really are.

I work for a group, called the Keepers, that consider themselves the custodians of time. And, believe me, time is a mess. It needs all the custodians it can get. Which is, of course, why the Keepers selected me, a nineteen-year-old high school dropout, to join them. I had some recent experience as a janitor.

Okay, it didn’t make much sense to me either, but I wasn’t in a position to turn down a steady job and a roof over my head. Besides, all I’m supposed to do is travel through time and save the universe as we know it, how hard could it be?

Yeah, better hold on. This could get ugly.

I will be signing books at the Writer’s Roundup in Billings, Montana, on December 1st and I’m crossing my fingers and toes to have paper copies there to sign! I’ll have all the Mother-Earth series books there as well, so at least I won’t be empty handed.

Thanks to all those who have followed my writing for the past three years or so, I appreciate everyone who’s taken the time to read any of my scribblings!

Ladies and Gentlemen, An Introduction …

The finishing touches are going into this now, so I figured it was time for an introduction …

My name is Darius Arthur Heisenberg, but most people call me Dare. If my last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of my great-great uncle Werner Heisenberg. He was a physicist who came up with something called the Uncertainty Principle. But listen, Uncle Werner had no idea how uncertain things really are.

I work for a group, called the Keepers, that label themselves the custodians of time. And, believe me, time is a mess. It needs all the custodians it can get. Which is, of course, why the Keepers selected me, a nineteen-year-old high school dropout, to join them. I recently worked as a janitor for a couple months. Perfect fit, right?

Okay, it didn’t make much sense to me either, but I wasn’t in a position to turn down a steady job and a roof over my head. Besides, all I’m supposed to do is travel through time and save the universe as we know it, how hard could it be?

Yeah, better hold on. This could get ugly.

The first novel Knot in Time, in my new series, Tales of Uncertainty, should be available around November 14, barring unforeseen circumstances! I’m very excited about this book and can’t wait to share it with the world.