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The Reality Of Fiction

After a long career in aerospace, Logan Fletcher is looking forward to a quiet, relaxing retirement.  But when an unusual news story catches his eye, he begins to suspect that terrorists are using plans and tactics stolen from his wife Cathie’s novels and turning them into grim, bloody reality.  Logan contacts an old friend, Chuck Johnson, an aging CIA agent, and the two concoct a bold plan to trap the terrorists by baiting Cathie’s latest novel.  But Logan and Chuck are unaware that the jihadists they are hunting are receiving money and intel from a powerful Chinese industrialist and his beautiful, sociopathic daughter, bent on destroying U.S. world dominance

  The cell has an additional edge:  the services of a long-missing U.S. Special Forces operator, Jason Stone, who has turned, and is now directing attacks with savage efficiency.  Haunted by his shattered loyalties and a critical, unfinished mission from his past, Stone plans his next moves, which are destined to put him on a collision course with Chuck and Logan . . . 

 

Enjoy…

Chuck & Steve

 
The Christmas Store

The small city of Frogmorton, Wisconsin, is the home of the Christmas Store, a mazelike collection of interconnected buildings housing an Italian bakery, a florist, a grocery … and many other businesses, including a shop with the finest holiday decorations in the Central Time Zone. The Christmas Store also provides miracles. Not thunderous, earth-shattering, apocalyptic miracles, but those small, modest miracles that often pass for good luck or coincidence. Eddie Barnes is a newcomer to town. After a horrific car accident left his mother near death, and after his heartless father abandoned him, Eddie was compelled to move from Los Angeles to Frogmorton, where he lives with his uncle, and is now the ‘new kid’ at Frogmorton High, beginning his junior year. Lonely and anxious at first, Eddie begins to establish relationships with several students that he comes to think of as ‘near-friends.’ He also engages in an unusual, frightening, and awkward relationship with a rather unique senior at the high school, Delilah Anderson—‘Del’ to those who would rather not be abused. And Eddie begins to clumsily sense what might lie beyond friendship. But just as Eddie is beginning to feel that Frogmorton is becoming his home, tragedy deals him one more devastating blow. With his faith in life and his hope for the future all but crushed, can the Christmas Store deliver the greatest miracle of all?

 
Eccenwhil

Dreams aren’t always dreams. Del Anderson and Eddie Barnes, two unlikely friends, have discovered that their ‘dreams’ are excursions to other realities: a few out of the infinitely many that make up the universe. Abandoned by his father after a car crash that put his mother into an extended coma, Eddie found himself living with his uncle in Frogmorton, Wisconsin. Uncertain and anxious during his junior year at a new high school, Eddie began to establish friendships with several students, and engaged in an awkward relationship with a fascinating senior, Del Anderson. And he began dreaming of strange, empty worlds where he was a lonely exile: extraordinarily realistic worlds that seemed to be far more than illusions of sleep. Now Del is off to college in the city of Eccenwhil, Wisconsin, and Eddie is beginning his senior year in high school. And while Eddie is experiencing all of the usual confusion, angst, and excitement of growing up, including the thrill of a whirlwind relationship with a vibrant girl named Jenny, the troubling dreams continue to haunt him. Del’s adjustment to life in Eccenwhil has been equally difficult, though an intelligent, empathetic roommate and a bold, handsome suitor are some compensation. But she is finding that her dreams are now of such startling realism that she is no longer certain as to which are illusions and which is true. The solution to this riddle is both surprising and terrifying. As Del’s and Eddie’s awareness of the true nature of their ‘dreams’ grows, they find that not only can they remember their travels, they can control them. But just as their ability to travel is beginning to offer fantastic opportunities to visit other versions of their world in other times, a deadly bleeding between realities—a horrible transference of material and temporal events—threatens the existence of all realities and the annihilation of infinity itself. With disaster looming, Del, Eddie, and their friends begin a desperate battle to repair a shattering universe and avoid their own destruction. Eccenwhil is the first book of the Infinity’s End series.

Eccenwhil

Dreams aren’t always dreams. Del Anderson and Eddie Barnes, two unlikely friends, have discovered that their ‘dreams’ are excursions to other realities: a few out of the infinitely many that make up the universe. Abandoned by his father after a car crash that put his mother into an extended coma, Eddie found himself living with his uncle in Frogmorton, Wisconsin. Uncertain and anxious during his junior year at a new high school, Eddie began to establish friendships with several students, and engaged in an awkward relationship with a fascinating senior, Del Anderson. And he began dreaming of strange, empty worlds where he was a lonely exile: extraordinarily realistic worlds that seemed to be far more than illusions of sleep. Now Del is off to college in the city of Eccenwhil, Wisconsin, and Eddie is beginning his senior year in high school. And while Eddie is experiencing all of the usual confusion, angst, and excitement of growing up, including the thrill of a whirlwind relationship with a vibrant girl named Jenny, the troubling dreams continue to haunt him. Del’s adjustment to life in Eccenwhil has been equally difficult, though an intelligent, empathetic roommate and a bold, handsome suitor are some compensation. But she is finding that her dreams are now of such startling realism that she is no longer certain as to which are illusions and which is true. The solution to this riddle is both surprising and terrifying. As Del’s and Eddie’s awareness of the true nature of their ‘dreams’ grows, they find that not only can they remember their travels, they can control them. But just as their ability to travel is beginning to offer fantastic opportunities to visit other versions of their world in other times, a deadly bleeding between realities—a horrible transference of material and temporal events—threatens the existence of all realities and the annihilation of infinity itself. With disaster looming, Del, Eddie, and their friends begin a desperate battle to repair a shattering universe and avoid their own destruction. Eccenwhil is the first book of the Infinity’s End series.

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