Introducing Living Human

Living Human, by Adri Sinclair
-By Adri Sinclair

“I didn’t do it!” She shouted, her body being dragged off by two pairs of wings attached to The Guards.

“According to our witnesses, you did, and more. You’re going down, all the way down.” The voice from behind was practically pushing her out the door.

It was all a misunderstanding. She had no idea the room was full of naked men, and she certainly didn’t know why they were naked. She had nothing to do with the vanishing clothes, nor the rampant magic set loose on them. OK, it is fair to think she might have had something to do with this, but in all honesty – she was a bit more picky about her victims. She would never choose a bunch of cry-baby, emotionally unstable, eunuchs!

“Salsa, sit down please.” She sat herself down and wonder why they always made this such a schlep out of everything? The empty room and empty faces did not scare her at all, and if she could, she’d actually give this place a overhaul. Perhaps a dash of yellow on the white canvass walls. Oe! A sparkly gem at the end of the light-switch. She could imagine a wonderful…

“Salsa! I’m talking to you.” Oh right, he was. She turned to look who she got this time, and then she gawked. How did he become a chaperone? He always instigated trouble first – which she always took the brunt for.
“Dillan? What the hell man?” She waved her hands over him. “Suited and everything! I don’t believe this.”
“Do you have any idea what I went through to make sure when this day come I get to be here?” He growled under his breath at her. “And believe me, I knew this day would come!”
Salsa pinched her fingers over the bridge of her nose. She’s had so many lectures today, what was one more.
“Do you want to talk about it?” She asked sarcastically.
“What? No!” He pushed the stack of papers over the wooden desk, the swishing sound drawing her attention. Dropping her hand onto the table with a bang, she started reading out loud.
“… blah-blah blah… evicted… blah blah blah…. to live with humans…. blah blah blah…. return with clean slate.”

Swirling the pen like baton, she wriggled her signature onto the paper. There was no point trying to argue any more. They’ve made up their minds, she’s guilty and now she’s going to earth.

To where the humans live. To … A sly grin spread across her face and she wrinkled her nose before she whispered. “You set me up! It was you!”
Dillan’s face took on a mocking serious presentation, his mouth open in a large ‘o’ and his eyes stretched to model after saucers. His fingers pushed against his chest in a spider formation and when he spoke, the exaggerated disdain became almost comical.
“Would I do a thing like that? How dare you Miss Salsa Honey?” He raked the documents back, closing his mouth firmly, checking over the signatures.
“You would. You did!” She cried out. “Whyyyyy?”
“Eh, I got bored. Figured I’ve been a good lad for long enough. Shall we skedaddle?” He stood up from the desk, the chair screeching behind him. In the one corner of his mouth was a cocky curl and devils were dancing around the hazel flecks in both his eyes. This was the Dillan she knew.

Salsa and Dillan arranged their faces to look sad and solemn on her part; and authoritative and gloomy on his. It was only the sparkle behind the two hazel sets of eyes, which might have given away their real excitement. That is, if anyone bothered to look. Truth was, most avoided eye-contact with the chaperones and they avoided the criminals altogether for fear of catching mischief. Salsa mused about this. She thought it ridiculous how being adventurous was treated like a rash – how someone with said rash was considered contagious. If only.

She turned her attention back to her companion. “How many trips have you made down?” Salsa asked, chewing on a long strip of red liquorice.
“None, I saved myself for you.” He answered. “Not worth going at it alone.”
“Huh.” The sound she made was a familiar one between them. It could easily be replaced with ‘Well, what do you know?’ or something similar.

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New Amazon Review for Trauma Junkie

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Poor EMT’s watch people die, Poor Paramedics kill people….

Let me start by saying this, I am a Paramedic, and this
is very close to the real thing, very close.
From the banter among the crews and everyone around
them, to the huge egos Paramedics have, to the calls and
the emergency driving issues and problems, to the tattoos
that many EMS/Paramedics have.

You will ride with EMS/Paramedics in NY, from call to call
and look into their private lives, from divorce to new romances
to child birth.
You will meet…
Brian Sheahan, Paramedic and main character.
Mel, Paramedic and Brian’s partner.
Amber, Paramedic and Brian’s ex wife, and still friend.
Beth, Paramedic and Amber’s partner.
Brooklyn, news stringer and Brian’s new love interest.
Along with many many others.
You will watch them deal with Hospital Diversion, heavy
equipment bags, O2 bottles, D-fib/Life Packs, ABC-CPR,
ET Tubes, Decompression, IV’s,GSW’s, car accidents
and a 3 alarm fire.
Yes, I have been there myself, and have done all of that.
This is book 1, of a 6 book series, I advise reading them
in order.
There are 2 more books after these, coming soon, I hope.
So, buckle up and enjoy the ride along..

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Book review of Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs

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Book review of Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs

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“Primitive Adventure on the Naked Streets” (4 stars)

This reminded me a bit of the Ed McBain police procedurals except with only a single story line and following an EMS and/or paramedic (apparently there is a difference—who knew?) instead of detectives.

It was dirty and gritty, from the lurid cover to the trauma deaths on the inside. A tortured soul, contemplating suicide but compelled to save others, fights his daemons and finds true love—we hope.

This was “primitive” like artwork brought back from the jungles, where the natives may not have the proportions or perspective right, but there is still “something about” those breasts on that fertility goddess. That may not be the best comparison. Perhaps it is more like a horrible car wreck that compels you to look anyway. I’m referring to the adventures on the street, literally car wrecks (and worse).

Summary: not perfect but a good, quick read. I liked it.

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Book Review: Trauma Junkie

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From the blog of: Vicki Hudson

Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs is a quick medical drama read. Brian is a no nonsense prior Air Force Special Ops medic turned New York City paramedic. The story revolves around him over a fast paced year during which he travels the darkness of one death too close and the consequence on his marriage while saving lives across the city. How do you save a life when you’ve lost your own?

A constant question of “what comes next” keeps the reader engaged. The characters are interesting and diverse. Immersion into Brian’s world is swift which makes the moments of poor editing all the more intrusive. There are some rough transitions, awkward sentence structure and over use of acronyms and abbreviations that only local New Yorkers would understand. There are long segments of dialogue which are realistic, though following who is saying what forces re-reading of a page at times. Each of these various occurrences bring the reader back into reality from a created suspension of belief.

Tom Hobbs’ medical dialogue and sequences seem real. Issues evoke emotion. A thread of mystery for a past event ties the journey together till the very end when the answer is revealed subtlety. Trauma Junkie is the kind of book to have on your E-reader. You won’t get lost in it but will be able to fall right back in when able to snatch a few moments on the commuter train, a waiting room or in between clients. An easy read. And when you’re done…you want more.

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Reunions: An Anthology of Heartfelt Short Stories

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A story for everyone!

Heartwarming and heartrending, this anthology of short stories tells the tale of reunions: Romantic reunions, friendly reunions, family reunions, and more. Each story lends a unique perspective to the meaning of a reunion, but all promise to trigger deep and intense emotions and keep you good company!

Grab a cup of tea, curl up with a blanket, and let yourself be transported into a rich world of love, loss, acceptance, grief, and healing, as seen through the eyes of people from all walks of life.

Book excerpt:

Mammy’s screams echoed through the sunless street, between sooty back-to-backs, greasy cobbles and a heavy hopeless sky. Barefoot, she wept in the road, inconsolable.The rent man nailed a Vacant sign to the doorframe, the door itself long since used as firewood. The little ‘uns cried too as they clung to Our Mam’s skirts. My brother Albert begged and bartered, vowing to work longer days at the factory. But I’d done algebra; I knew our debts were a noose. As much as we pulled, the knot just tightened.

I cradled Horace, the littlest, in my shawl. He never complained. His tiny body rarely made anything other than an irregular wheeze or occasional watery cough. Across the way, the step-scrubbers waxed so their toothless grins shone back. Friendship had no place on the threshold of ruin.

Their titters were the last thing I remember of Old Mill Street.

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The Science of Interstellar

Interstellar is causing rivers of electronic ink flow in turmoil. It is not a common thing to see a science fiction film received with so much controversy. The public seems to be divided into two camps: those who judge the film by Christopher Nolan a masterpiece, and those who destroy it mercilessly. Among the latter, many attack the film right on that aspect that should be the movie’s strongest point: its scientific plausibility.

Just for the latter, a very interesting take is from the book—released to coincide with the film—The Science of Interstellar, signed by that Kip Thorne scientist who is also the scientific advisor for the script, and one of the leading experts in blacks holes, curved space, quantum effects on gravity and time.
The book, in English, aims at readers with an average science education. Kip Thorne is the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, USA.

How well did the Interstellar?

In the introduction, Thorne tells how the project of Interstellar was born. In a phase of his life, Thorne was single and trying to raise a child alone — in Interstellar, the father-daughter relationship is central — and came to know that Carl Sagan, with whom Thorne was in close friendship, had organized an appointment with Lynda Obst, a former journalist who was trying to break into the world of movies as a producer. The two had a brief romantic relationship, but even if in the end it did not work they remained good friends.

Years later, in 2005, Obst, who had produced Contact, the film based on the novel by Sagan, proposed to Thorne to work on a script on a similar subject. Thorne became interested in the idea, and in the next four months he knocked off what would have been the subject of Interstellar, with inside all the topics that interested Thorne: blacks holes, wormholes, gravitational waves.

Obst was pretty good at her job, and was able to engage a big-time screenwriter, Jonathan Nolan, and Steven Spielberg as director. But the project with Spielberg was wrecked, and for a couple of years it seemed that everything would end and lost to oblivion. Then Obst succeeded in involving Christopher Nolan, and Interstellar, the project, received a fresh, new start.

Scientific Consultant

The script was re-written by Jonathan Nolan this time together with Christopher, and with the advices from Thorne. The thing, says Thorne, worked like this: Nolan said Thorne what had to happen in the film, and Thorne had to find the scientific justification.
In the book, Thorne explains how they dealt with various aspects of scientific history. For example, as regards to the first part, for the blight that is destroying all plants on Earth, Thorne invited to dinner the elite of his university’s biology and medicine, and, sitting around the table, began to make assumptions in order to give a scientific explanation the type of disease that was described in the script. After discarding many assumptions, the conclusion reached by the group was that yes, it was possible — although not very likely — that a certain type of organism would evolve to become able to attack the chloroplasts and then kill plants and decrease the percentage of oxygen in ‘atmosphere. The implausibility, however, is that the effect could be as rapid spreading as the one described in the film, unless one hypothesizes, for example, that the amount of plants on the bottom of the oceans is much higher than what is estimated today together with their contribution to the atmosphere.

Others, like Phil Plait, criticized the fact that the planet Miller was so close to the black hole to be subject to such a strong time contraction (every hour on the planet was equivalent to seven years for the ship in orbit) and, yet, without being destroyed by tidal forces of the black hole.

The idea, though, was not Thorne’s, who reveals that Chris Nolan has basically imposed how things were, then asked him to find a scientific explanation. Thorne found it then by assuming that the black hole had a huge mass (similar to blacks holes at the center of galaxies) and rotated very fast. The same Plait later admitted that he had considered the rotation, and that he was wrong in formulating its critics. Things remains that different mathematical models can give different answers to the same questions.

Things Unscientific

Not all things went as Thorne wanted. The biggest regret of the scientist was the elimination in the plot of gravitational waves, a theme he was very keen to explore in the movie (being a subject that has long occupied in his career). But it became too complex and the story would not hold well together.

In other cases his advice has not been used for artistic reasons. Thorne is very proud of the representation of the black hole, visible in its glorious, real appearance for the first time in the rendered images of Interstellar. The computer provided the answer through complex calculations based on studies from Thorne. Conversely, the calculations performed by Thorne to see the shift in the wormhole were discarded because the effect would be too similar to things already seen in other science fiction films (imagine the effect warp of Star Wars or Star Trek); Nolan then decided to use something completely different.

Is There a Way to Travel Between Stars?

In a very interesting chapter, Thorne also addresses the theme of travel in the interstellar space. As we know, the nearest stars are a few light years away, and to reach them with today’s engines would require thousands of years. Thorne analyzes five or six kind of propulsion that would allow a ship to travel at speeds reasonably close to the speed of light; interesting hypothesis, but all, concludes Thorne rather improbable and still quite beyond our current capabilities.
The only possibility is therefore the wormhole. But wormholes may exist?

Brief History of the Wormhole

The idea of wormholes dates back to 1916, and was theorized by the Viennese physicist Ludwig Flamm. Later, the topic was studied by Einstein himself with Nathan Rosen, and the two gave the name to that effect that is known as the “Einstein-Rosen bridge,” while the term ‘wormhole’ was coined by another great astrophysicist, John Wheeler.

The concept works like this: a caterpillar who wants to move from side to side of the apple has two roads; circumnavigate the apple, or dig a tunnel and go through it. Essentially two-dimensional universe is coming out of the surface of the apple to get into a different dimension that “cut” through the space between two points of the universe-apple.
Thorne explains how a natural wormhole is completely unstable and would have no more than a few seconds before it evaporates. However, by including in the wormhole exotic matter, you can lock the wormhole, expand it, and make it stable. In essence, says Thorne, wormholes are possible, but only artificial ones. This allowed Thorne to win a bet with Steven Hawking, who argued the impossibility of a stable wormhole. Hawking agreed to pay the bet, but argued on the regularity of the solution, because the artificial wormhole should not have been foreseen as part of the bet.

Thorne, of course, knows his subject, and we must recognize that he’s also very good at exposing, captivating the reader, and entertain him with a hint of irony.


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Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a scientist writing science fiction, he went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy.

His novels have received the Seal of Excellency from both AwesomeIndies.net and IndiePENdents.orgDaimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
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Book Review-Gone Girl

Gone GirlGone Girl goes far and beyond the limits, pushing the envelope in exploring the remote possibilities of what can happen in a very messed up marriage.

Amy Elliott comes off as a girl who is viewed as a ‘Tomboy’. She’s a vulgar, down to earth, tell it like it is without sugar-coating a word type girl. Nick Dunne is a handsome, semi-hard-working, likes to hang with the guys, mostly without the wife kind of guy. Who just happens to be best friends with his twin sister, Margo or ‘Go’.

The first section of the book draws the reader a picture of the marriage in the beginning. Both Nick and Amy are writers; Amy the center of a book series about ‘herself’ called Amazing Amy. Nick is a newspaper columnist. Happy, romantic, healthy newlyweds they are until the bottom drops out and unexpected things happen.

First, they both lose their jobs, then Nick’s mother develops terminal cancer, forcing them to relocate in order to help his sister Go care for her. Finally, adding insult to injury, Amy’s trust fund from Amazing Amy is suddenly relinquished to her parents, who have run into serious and irreversible financial despair.

Before the Elliott’s money troubles come into light, Amy fronts the money for Nick and Go to open a bar, leaving Amy with nothing but their cat Bleecker and too much time on her hands.

While Nick is at The Bar, teaching part-time and hanging with his friends, Amy remains holed up in their house, seemingly obsessing over the little things; Nick didn’t pay enough attention to me this morning, Nick didn’t take out the trash, Nick didn’t do this, Nick didn’t do that…..until one day Nick gets a phone call from a neighbour, reporting that their house has been abandoned, and the door is left wide open.

At first it would seem that she just left him, given her plethora of reasons to. But when the supposed crime scene is revealed, many eyebrows lift.

In the second section of the book, the reader learns….and subsequently learns to hate…..Nick. We’ve already discovered he’s an imperfect husband. Although, one would also point out that Amy seems to be a drama queen and severely nit-picky. But we soon discover all the other things that he’s done that he thinks his wife didn’t know about.

The twists and turns in this book were incredibly well laid out. Nick’s character is, as he admits himself, indifferent. He doesn’t fit the part of being a victimized husband, who is grieving over his missing and presumed dead wife. Cold, inconvenienced and pasting on a frown is more what he is. But we start to ask ourselves: does that make him a killer?

The author does a tremendous job pacing this story and giving the characters the voices they need to elaborate their plight. Done in first person, both Amy and Nick tell their sides of the story in diary-like formation that captivates, manipulates and keeps the reader guessing until the end.

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Read FREE Award Winning Trilogy from Science Fiction Author Massimo Marino

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Hello, I’m a physicist. I worked at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland for 10 years, then moved to the US to join the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in California. I then moved to the private sector with Apple Inc. at the European Head Quarters in London, and then with the World Economic Forum in Geneva/Cologne. I’m self-published and I have refused twice to sign a contract with a publisher:

Nowadays, most are out of touch with reality in what they offer writers.

Today I’d like to introduce Kindlemojo’s Books and Bacon readers and followers to my award winners novels of “The Daimones Trilogy,” and to the holiday ongoing PROMOTION for Vol. 1,

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The trilogy is a post-apocalyptic story where one of the dominant races in the galaxy culls the human race for inscrutable reasons.

Vol.1, “Daimones”, introduces readers to a silent but deadly invasion that leaves the few survivors befuddled, wary, and broken.

51XqWB3lsvL._SL250_Dan Amenta and his family awake one day in a world where everyone is dead but no evidence points to a cause. Initial searches for survivors yield nothing and—in panic—the family turns their house into a stronghold.

Eventually, they find Laura, a young, sexy, and disruptive girl who have seen…things. Her presence adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality. She manages to win their hearts…and leads Dan to temptation. Laura reveals her panicking encounter with strange entities which Dan recognizes in his childhood hallucinations.

Vol.2, “Once Humans”,

OHMankind is undergoing rebirth, the spared ones are closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. People thrive with the aliens’ support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moîrai and in the galaxy. But peace and security of the cradle are shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.

The events reveal a cosmic conspiracy—and involving other races—full of betrayal and fear, being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction.

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“Vol 3, “The Rise of the Phoenix”, sees the death of the last spared human on Earth.

TRotPThe new race of man—the Selected and their progeny—has no more moral obligations, and its leadership can now prepare for revenge. Confusion, sadness, and fear mix into Dan’s mind, and doubts accompany him as he becomes the leader of transgenic humans. A new neurological drug, Fusion, is heavily produced on Eridu and has created the path for a rapid evolution of the new humans, richness and good fortune.

The past events–Daimones Trilogy Vol.2–revealed the crucial role the humans have in the galaxy organization…and made them aware of their strength.

Once Hope, the last surviving daughter of Dan Amenta leaves this life, a moral obligation suddenly is no more. Things can change, and they must. A new order and a new course will put in place the events the Moîrai have sewn and destined to rip apart the foundations of the galaxy.

PA novels are often about cataclysmic events, survivors fending off dangers at every page, zombie attacks, aliens destroying everything for inscrutable reasons, or as a fulfillment of a religious prophecy. Daimones is different. The novel places a few survivors in a world that experienced a planetary culling of humankind, one with no immediate or apparent cause. The Apocalypse has arrived yet the ‘why’ and ‘how’ remain unknown in a frustrating and fearful reality for Dan Amenta and his family. They will grow, and the Selected will part more and more from the ‘spared ones.’ in subtle ways.

Daimones Trilogy is a sci-fi for the thinking person and who loves to envision a story through a growing, and complex character personality. Written as a journey into what makes humans what they are.

Readers not accustomed to sci-fi have received the story well, too, as romance and love haunt Dan at every page.

I’m present online with thousands of followers in both FB and Twitter and my blog posts are regularly retweeted many times. (http://massimomarinoauthor.com)

While Vol.1 targets a more mature audience (not exactly teens), Vol.2 and Vol.3 feature more action scenes and faster paces as the direct confrontation with the aliens unfolds, thus they both can attract younger readers, too.

Oh – and it would be great if you left your review.

With best regards,

Massimo Marino

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Interview with Creator of Amber and Blue

Interview with the Creator of Amber and BlueToday I have the privilege of speaking with (Karen) K.R. Rowe, author of the Amber and Blue series. Being a fan of romantic suspense myself, I have read and reviewed the first book, and I’ll use an excerpt from my review to give the audience a little background.

“K. R. Rowe does an amazing job weaving two stories together in this romantic mystery. Amber and Blue begins with some back story, setting the stage for the mystery portion of the novel. Afterward, we are knee deep in an enthralling romance.

The second story is what throws the reader for a loop, but it’s a good loop. Without any spoilers, I’ll simply tell you that the main character, Grace, finds herself falling in love with another, Lucien….having ‘forgotten’ her first love, Alex.

When Alex and Lucien began competing for Grace’s love, I found myself rooting for Alex, and desperately wondered if other readers felt the same. K. R. Rowe pulled the storylines together very well and left the ending without a subtle cliff hanger, which I really felt was clever. I personally think there is much more impact when a series draws the reader to the next novel with a strong story alone, and the author does this very successfully.”

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