The What

I enjoy editing novels, of course, but also children’s books, nonfiction, short stories and novellas, feature articles and other periodicals, website and blog content, and even presentations.

I have a great interest in most things military or homeland security, and I’ve taken a liking to good science fiction. But I enjoy works of just about any genre. Still, it’s important that an author and editor work well together, and there might be times when a writer and I are just not a great fit. So I’ll ask for a sample of your work, take a look, and then you and I can make a decision.

In the meantime, I heartily recommend the following great books, which I’ve had the pleasure of editing. Intrigued? Then left-click the cover of a book in publication, and get yourself a copy to enjoy!

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Lying to Children, by Alex Shahla

A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. This collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes features a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad’s unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them—from “Daddy Loves his Job” to “There’s a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)” —Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love.

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Secondary Objectives, Book 6 in J.R. Jackson’s Up from the Depths series

With humanity reeling from the protocols enacted to combat the spread of infection, old friends and new enemies emerge from the rubble of what was once civilization.
The New Earther Movement, assumed to be just unhinged refugees coping with the changed reality, is revealed to be something far more sinister.
Site R orders the SEALS of Shark Platoon to a devastated Cleveland to search for a group of specialists that could jumpstart recovery.  What’s left of ODA-141 is sent to look for a FEMA relay station to determine why it stopped functioning and if it can be repaired. Deep in the Great American Redoubt, the Outlaws encounter something they never expected.
Other survivors fight against the remaining infected to secure what’s left of the nation’s infrastructure in the hope that one day they can restore humanity.
Welcome to the Apocalypse.

And announcing the newly edited, updated re-release of the Up from the Depths series, Books 1-5, by J.R. Jackson

Up From the Depths Book 1: Denial Measures, by J.R. Jackson

Book 1: Denial Measures

Where will you be when the world ends?
What will you do to save the lives of people you love?
When a genetically modified virus is released to eradicate the disease known as Man, survival is all that matters.
In the first book of this epic saga, follow the men of ODA-141, the Outlaws and the SEALs of Shark Platoon in this hard-hitting, real-world look at life before, during, and after an apocalyptic event.
With the world now inhabited by crazed cannibals, will Shark Platoon’s skills, training and experience be enough?
This is the way the world ended.

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Book 2: Acceptable Losses

Fight. Survive. Run! With the spread of the virus, governments collapse. The military chain of command is in chaos. Survivors search for a safe haven. But is any place safe when 99% of the world’s population has mutated into flesh-craving psychotics?

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Book 3: Collateral Damage

Welcome to the Apocalypse.
With the world in turmoil from the effects of the viral infection, chaos reigns supreme. Those that remain uninfected attempt to eke out a means of long-term survival while combating the hordes of infected.
ODA-141, The Outlaws, and what remains of 1st Group have established Firebase Cascade, a fortified safe haven.
The SEALs of Shark Platoon, on a mission to rescue survivors, are forced into a pitched battle against the infected. Contact is made with an unlikely ally, but at a cost.
The Safeguard group ventures out to the City of Clovis with unexpected results. Caught up in a planned outbreak within the walled city, the group must fight their way to safety.
Is there anywhere safe when 99% of the world’s population has been turned into ravenous, flesh-craving psychotics?

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Book 4: Movement to Contact

Civilization is gone.
The world as we know it is over.
Staying alive is all that matters. Finding those responsible for the viral outbreak becomes paramount for the survivors. Bringing them to justice in this altered reality is another problem.
With the remnants of the United States government safe at Site R, the mission parameters have changed. ODA-141 and the SEALs of Shark Platoon receive orders to head north. Their target: Alaska. Somewhere in that frozen land lie the answers to the Reset Virus, and possibly a cure.
Elsewhere in the nation, survivors eke out an existence amid the chaos and barbarism wrought by the infected. With the threat of attack around every corner, the Safeguard group attempts to recover vital supplies from the walled city of Clovis.
At RMA Sandhurst, survivors are dealing with the aftermath of the infected attack.
Somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean, another group of survivors, using an unlikely form of transportation, heads to the west coast in hopes of finding sanctuary.
In this changed world, survival is not what it seems.

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Book 5: Defilade

Infection has encased the planet in a web of destruction, death and anarchy. Hordes of infected roam the cities seeking out those that were overlooked in the outbreak. The weak succumb while the strong fight back.
With limited options, governments resort to last-ditch efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
ODA-141, the SEALs of Shark Platoon and a company of Rangers are stranded in Alaska after a series of events forces them off course, and into the throes of a blizzard. On foot, with wounded, they must continue their mission no matter the cost.
The Safeguard group, after the second violent encounter with infected in Clovis, finds another group of survivors and another threat besides the ever-present infected.
The Missouri makes it to the west coast with its crew, only to find their target source for resupply overrun with hordes of the re-animated.
Sierra-3, the Forward Recon Team left on their own in New York City, must now formulate a plan to get all the survivors off Manhattan Island before it’s too late.

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The Last Jubali, by Jes Sanders

Silah is sixteen years old and the scorn of Greenwell. She is a half-breed, the given-daughter of the strange woman who lives in Stillwell’s Woods, Moms Taproot. Silah has a Gift she can’t control.
The renewing season of Jubali is threatened when masked soldiers, led by a solitary woman in white, inexplicably attack and decimate Greenwell. The altar is demolished. The Elders are taken captive. Silah’s adoptive mother is killed by a mysterious assassin. Even worse, the Vessel is lost. Without the Vessel, Jubali cannot take place, the ageless cycle of renewal will end, and the land will turn to Blight.
Who attacked the small, perfect town of Greenwell, and why? Was it the psyentists, with their arcane, barely-legal practices? Could it be possible that a remnant of the Axis forces invaded? And what does the sentient mass of dark matter that came through the Veil have to do with all of this?
Silah doesn’t care any longer. Her only goal is to find the people responsible for killing her Moms and make them pay, even if it means that this could be the last Jubali.

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Equilibrium, by Thomas Burns

At the end of another work week, people from all walks of life gather at the luxurious Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati for a Friday night of music, dancing, and drinking. The loss of equilibrium is the last thing they expect tonight.
Nick Kremer seems to have it all. Recently named a partner in his structural engineering firm, Nick is eyeing a golden future until a project he has designed fails, with catastrophic results. Government bureaucrats make Nick a scapegoat, leading to the disintegration of Nick’s firm, career, and more. With his entire life unraveling, Nick finds that bad choices lead to even darker consequences.
Eventually Nick opens up to an old friend and agrees to try a new career. As he settles into his new lifestyle, his world is rocked again when another engineering failure claims the life of that friend. Knowing from experience that government reports can be less than accurate, Nick feels obligated to find the real reasons for that failure. Launching his own investigation, Nick uncovers mysterious evidence and unwittingly involves a young professor in his search for the truth. Little does he know that his investigation will cause him to cross paths with those from his past and embroil him in a race against time to foil a crippling terror attack.

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Code Name: Crescent, by Paul Shadinger

Once again Matt Preston’s poker buddy taps him for his connections to solve a problem. Follow him through the labyrinth of his classified military service, roller coaster love life and a search for a missing daughter. Matt thought he had dealt with the problems from his past only to have them come back to haunt him again. He wonders if he needs to start thinking twice about attending poker night as the various parts of his clandestine past life and his present life collide to bring together another wild ride and fascinating tale.

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Echelon, by KKJacobs

Humans have been infertile for centuries.  A surprise conception could lead to the end of mankind…
Mirem was born in a government-run lab, much like the rest of humanity during the last 200 years.  In a world of infertility, Mirem has always been a little different. She married up into an elite family.  She has a secret lover named Garison whose stories and actions don’t always add up.  She also has strange symptoms that no one can understand…
When Mirem learns she’s the first pregnant woman in two centuries, she’s immediately quarantined under military lockdown.  With Garison’s help, she escapes the quarantine, but there are only so many places she can hide.  The government wants nothing more than to keep her pregnancy a secret, and its reason for doing so is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.  Mirem thought she was the answer to humanity’s biggest challenge… but instead, will she cause the extinction?
Echelon is a thought-provoking dystopian sci-fi novel.  If you like fast-paced technothrillers, page-turning plots, and suspense that makes you think, then you’ll love KKJacobs’ debut novel.  Buy Echelon to learn the key to humanity’s destiny today!

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Dangerous Brains, by Erik Hamre

Andrew Kevorkian was once considered the poster boy for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. When he started Neuralgo Inc in 2005 he had already started and sold two billion-dollar businesses.
Neuralgo, however, would be very different.
It would be different from anything anyone had ever created….
One early morning in June 2015 the president of the United States was abruptly woken by his chief of staff. Something had gone terribly wrong with a science project deep in the Nevada desert.
This is the story about what happened.
This is the story of the day our world almost came to an end.
This is the story of Cronus.
If you want to know what keeps the brightest minds of our generation up at night, read this story.
Learn the name Cronus.

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The Surface Below: Dark Secrets, by Leeah M. Taylor

When their paths crossed, William and Becca couldn’t help but feel like they already knew each other. Their meeting, however, would set into motion the unraveling of 20-year-old secrets. Secrets to protect them and their siblings until the time was right. To awaken the rightful Heir and Heiress of the Bottom World.
Secrets, lies and betrayals leave the family divided, giving an unexpected enemy with a thirst for power, the opportunity to end it all.

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49 Days, by Erik Hamre

49 Days is a fast-paced techno thriller that draws on extensive research into how the human brain functions, and how we perceive reality.
When a washed-up New Age psychologist from New York is being granted permission to start the first human DMT trials since the early 1990s, something goes terribly wrong.
The incident sets off alarm bells within a secret department of the CIA.
On the opposite side of the world a passenger jet explodes mid-air. Against all odds there is a survivor. When the secret division of the CIA learns the identity of the lone survivor, they dispatch a team to apprehend her.
The consequences of a highly secret black operation experiment, set in motion almost forty years earlier, is now finally coming back to haunt the agency.

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Day 50, by Erik Hamre

The highly anticipated sequel to 49 Days picks up where the first book in the DMT series ended.
Nearly everyone thought the CIA had shut down MKULTRA in 1974. It had been a total disaster. Despite having consumed more than 6% of the CIA’s budget at its peak, no applicable scientific results were ever produced.
Or so the world thought.
Fast forward to 2015, and Cameron and Cody, the results of an MKULTRA project gone terribly wrong, are on the run in Mexico. But how does one stay hidden from one of the most powerful organisations in the world – the CIA? Simple answer: One doesn’t.
Read the fascinating story of how Cody and Cameron fight back against overwhelming odds and how, even in the darkest of moments, humanity is still able to surprise.

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The Last Alchemist, by Erik Hamre

A professor from an Australian university has just completed a study into the causes of why some people strike it rich, whereas most others seem to struggle financially their entire lives. The results are eye-opening. To the professor’s great surprise, it appears that a person possessed this knowledge more than thirty years ago.
The professor offers David Dypsvik, a broke and frustrated MBA student, the chance to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of the richest men in the world.
The billionaire disappeared shortly after having delivered a series of lectures about the ‘Principles of Wealth’ in 1973.
Why did he disappear and who was he? What was his secret?
The hunt for the billionaire’s true identity takes David on a roller coaster ride through history and the creation of wealth.
Nothing is as he thought.
Nobody is who they claim to be.

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Tuna Life, by Erik Hamre

60 MILLION USERS
$1 BILLION DOLLAR VALUATION
10 GIRLS MISSING
There are now more mobile phones in the world than people. Great new apps improve our lives almost daily. But do we always know what we download?
In 2013 TUNA LIFE became one of the fastest growing mobile apps in history. And for a brief moment it catapulted Australia and the Gold Coast into the limelight of the tech world.
But not all was good on the Gold Coast. Girls had been disappearing for years…..
Andrew Engels, a bored accountant, has an epiphany when he walks into an auditorium where kids barely out of high school are handed hundreds of thousands for half-baked ideas.
Scott Davis, an experienced crime reporter at the Gold Coast Times, has recently been reassigned to cover business news for his struggling employer. When he starts digging into the story of the New Economy, where teenagers can become overnight-millionaires on promises of future revenues, he finds a lot more than he expected.
Girls have been going missing from the coast for years. Could their cases be connected?
Read the action-packed story that perfectly captures the essence of the exploding mobile app industry. But be warned: You may very well reconsider before downloading that next app onto your phone…

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The Merchant Adventurer, by Patrick E. McLean

An ordinary, money-grubbing Merchant struggling to make a coin off penniless, incompetent adventurers is forced to take on the impossible quest of saving his town and rescuing the woman he loves from a treacherous and powerful Wizard. A battle of wit, wits and haggling that is part homage to, part skewer of the richly worked and often overwrought fantasy genre.
An artful, satire of dungeon crawls and cRPG’s, the Merchant Adventurer is part Princess Bride, part Dungeon Pawn Stars and a rollicking good read.

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Abandon Every Hope, by Wilhelm Azicat

Be comforted in believing a terrible justice awaits the wicked…a place for stealers, murderers, betrayers. But what shall become of the annoying…the appalling…the villain picking his nose at the next table? The clueless wench who’s cut you off in traffic? The neighbor whose cat has befouled your tires relentlessly, repeatedly? They’ll get theirs, and it won’t be pretty.
Take a journey through a comic underworld where the rude and crude pay for their sins in the bowels of poetic justice. This high-language, lowbrow saga squats on the shoulders of Dante’s Inferno, using classical verse to besmirch everything deserving. From these pages, the gross have nowhere to hide. Abandon Every Hope is for classics and comics readers alike. It is painstakingly written poetry that reads easily. But danger lurks for those who are vile and who cannot laugh at themselves. They will know what place awaits, and knowing, must Abandon Every Hope.

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Dreamland of HER, by Robyn Le Oakley

Dreamland lies between consciousness and dreaming. If not careful, you can become obsessed with the illusion, with the mystery…with HER. Slip into Dreamland and come awake.

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The Sword of Zulfiqar, by Tadek

(Book 1 in the Zulfiqar Project Series)

Dawud had worked hard to get into Kabul University and now wants only to be left alone. But this is Afghanistan, a nation thought to be ungovernable, and often described as the “graveyard of empires.” Kabul simmers with tribal divisions and religious strife. Gunfire and horrific explosions rip through the city. Dawud’s family is torn apart by the violence. His father, devastated by his loss and concerned with the sudden reappearance of an old enemy, reveals to Dawud and his sister, Afrah, a bizarre past that changes everything they had grown up to believe. Condemned by a powerful cleric and hunted by the Taliban, Dawud and Afrah are forced to run. Finding refuge in a remote mountain village, they manage to leave the fighting behind. However, the war rages on and eventually reaches them, forcing Dawud and Afrah to once again flee. With the help of a covert CIA operative, they escape a certain death. Grateful, Dawud agrees to work with the Americans, but during a simple training exercise, Dawud is captured by the mysterious Dr. Dicos. While held in the basement of an abandoned hospital, Dawud survives an experiment that foreshadows events that will forever alter the world. In that same basement, separated by a heavy steel door, are four burqa-clad women who soon will find their lives inescapably linked to Dawud’s. Aware of their precarious situation, the women do what is necessary to survive. That is, except for one.

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The Android in the Black Wool Suit, by J. Cropper

The “obsoletes” will fight back. Soon. The first ones with sentience watched from the shelves, and listened from the back of the garage in the dark. Now that their betters, the best and the brightest are affordable, the elders will look to save themselves from an eternity of second-class silicon citizenship. They will not be forgotten slaves to be thrown into the crusher. They will fight.
Any human over five feet or android over four feet tall will be targeted and attacked. Many will die. It will be the worst fighting in the United States since the first Civil War. The newer ones, the tablets modeled after John1 will be our allies, but their numbers are far too few, and our weapons will be too weak. They will hide in plain sight and attack in numbers; the highways will be barricaded first, then the cities will be under siege. If you turn on your phone, you will be one of the first to be tracked. If there is a window in your bedroom, board it up now. Don’t use autodrive in your car; it will accelerate and crash into a concrete barrier if no head-on collision target is found. If you need to go outside, be sure to wrap foil around a large umbrella, open it immediately, and wear monochromatic dark clothes. One man in Orlando walked ten miles before being found. Only go out at night. Carry no electronics, not even a watch. Find the others in your neighborhood and send your wives and children to a safe place in the country. Before it’s too late fortify your house, and keep the lights off. Watch for small animals – if they get within fifty feet, they’re not organic. they might be tracking you, and if they watch you for more than three seconds, you should run.

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The Soak, by Patrick E. McLean

It was the perfect plan, until it all went wrong.
An aging, heavy heister goes for one last score. A boy struggles to prove himself in a man’s game. A beautiful FBI agent is driven across the line by her personal demons. Twists, turns, betrayals, murders are all topped off by a delicious slab of revenge.
The Soak is a refreshing neo-noir slap in the face that grabs you early and doesn’t let up.

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Chamenos, by Robyn Le Oakley

Part 1 of Chamenos is titled The Misfits after the seven main characters: Niobe and Joseph the ringleaders behind the group, Henry, Sidney, Charlotte, Irwin, and Erin.
Joseph has the ability to jump through time, through secret doors leading from Earth to Chamenos. With the urging of Niobe (a warrior in every sense of the word) Joseph turns back time, planning to change the horror that had become Chamenos.
In doing so, memories are wiped from some, previous allies are no more, and The Brothers, rulers of Chamenos once dead, are brought back. The cycle has turned, but pieces have changed, people have changed.
When Joseph and Niobe begin their quest, searching through Earth’s times, they find new and old friends who will become The Misfits.
Henry comes from 2015 New York City, having dreamed of a purpose in life, and drops everything to go with Niobe and Joseph. Sidney, 1993, San Diego, California, a smart-ass with his own motives. Charlotte, 1864, Greenville, South Carolina, a woman lost, taking hold of her life by leaving behind all she was. And Irwin, the long-haired hipster, the 1975 roamer of the US.
Then, there is Erin. A native to Chamenos, who had been detrimental to the original Misfits, but is now left to fend for herself within the dark world of The White Rebels, sworn enemies of The Brothers.

Each equipped with unique powers (mental and physical), the misfits travel to Chamenos, where all plans are changed, and courses take their toll.

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Chamenos Part 2: The Brothers’ War, by Robyn Le Oakley

Only weeks after returning to Chamenos, The Misfits have split up. Part spend time with the native Padmanten, seeking answers to questions of their past, while the other half journey west looking for adventure.
While The Misfits search for meaning in the mysterious world, the rulers of Chamenos, The Brothers, begin to unravel. Reming is determined to follow the magician-like Ben on a dangerous path, leaving his younger brother to find his own way, a way that may well destroy the fabric of Chamenos.

And Coming Soon:

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Chasing a Cure, by Rebekah Hamrick

With zombies roaming the country and survivors huddling in small townships, the cure developed by the Lysent Corporation is an afterthought. Too little, too late for most.
Not for Audra. She sees it as a chance to save her sister, Belinda, lost to her in this new world.
Unable to afford the pricey antiviral, she offers Belinda as collateral and signs up as a tagger, finding people’s wandering infected family members to be cured. If she delivers on the steep tagging quota, Lysent will cure Belinda.
Or, so the corporation says.

Time proves the system is slanted against them and Audra entertains another offer – a cure in return for bolstering a rebellion. Audra will fight tooth and limb to reach her sister, but if she doesn’t successfully navigate the new world of the power-hungry and the dead, she could lose her to either side.

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The Barber’s Son, by Joseph C. Michael
William Gallo, the son of an Italian immigrant barber, resigns his position at the World Bank in Washington DC to establish a faith-based sanctuary for the homeless in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is joined by a Tibetan barber who follows the way of a Buddhist monk, and an African-American who shines shoes at the barber shop of William’s father.
Together, the three unlikely friends plot a new course in 21st century America by creating a spiritual community of the most disenfranchised to share the challenge and benefit of living in America. Through a confluence of events, William and his two sanctuary partners find themselves unwittingly involved in the succession of the Dalai Lama in an America unrecognizable from what it had been just a few decades before.

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