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February Frolic 2015

Posted by Herika R Raymer on June 30, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It is my birthday month, and to be honest I cannot really find a reason to get happy about rolling towards 50. Oh well, I will enjoy my family and have a good time.


Although, I WILL say I got a good birthday present in that I understand Charon Coin Press will be releasing State of Horror: Louisianna soon and I am slated to be in there! WOOT! For now, be sure to look for me in State of Horror: Illinois - also available in audio book.



January Delight 2015

Posted by Herika R Raymer on June 30, 2015 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The children and I went to Shadow Con at its new location - and I have to say it is a definite improvement! It was still small, but now it has room to grow. The hotel in West TN is lovely, the staff friendly, and the area clean. I really enjoyed sitting in one of the side rooms listening to Tommy Hancock, M R Williamson, and Allan Gilbreah all share stories about strange occurances in the past - especially pertaining to movies. Learned a bit I did not expect.


I am hoping to attend again next year, and hoping also the Con has a chance to grow.


Happy Christmas 2014~

Posted by Herika R Raymer on June 30, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Grief it has been a long time since I posted. Sorry about that.


Wanted to send my condolences to Fred Grimm's family. He passed this month, and I know it is hard on his loved ones. Still, I can hope the joy of the season can help ease the pain of their loss. I cannot begin to imagine their pain.

For all of us, here and gone: Wishing you all a Happy Christmas!

Stephanie Osborne - part 2

Posted by Herika R Raymer on May 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A Case of Spontaneous Combustion: An Excerpt

By Stephanie Osborn


 

I am pleased about the release of book 5 of the Displaced Detective Series, entitled A Case of Spontaneous Combustion!


 

This book continues the science fiction/mystery adventures of Sherlock Holmes, who has been yanked from an alternate reality in the which he exists, into our modern day reality by Dr. Skye Chadwick, chief scientist of Project: Tesseract. Unable to return to his own place and time, Holmes is forced to adapt, learn, and grow. With Skye's help, he succeeds admirably.


 

But when an entire village on the Salisbury Plain is wiped out in an apparent case of mass spontaneous combustion, Her Majesty’s Secret Service contacts The Holmes Agency to investigate. Unfortunately Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Dr. Skye Chadwick-Holmes, have just had their first serious fight, over her abilities and attitudes as an investigator. To make matters worse, he is summoned to England in the middle of the night, and she is not — and due to the invocation of the National Security Act in the summons, he cannot even wake her and tell her.


 

Once in London, Holmes looks into the horror that is now Stonegrange. His investigations take him into a dangerous undercover assignment in search of a possible terror ring, though he cannot determine how a human agency could have caused the disaster. There, he works hard to pass as a recent immigrant and manual laborer from a certain rogue Mideastern nation as he attempts to uncover signs of the terrorists.


Meanwhile, alone in Colorado, Skye battles raging wildfires and tames a wild mustang stallion, all while believing her husband has abandoned her.


 

Who ― or what — caused the horror in Stonegrange? Will Holmes find his way safely through the metaphorical minefield that is modern Middle Eastern politics? Will Skye subdue Smoky before she is seriously hurt? Will this predicament seriously damage ― even destroy — the couple’s relationship? And can Holmes stop the terrorists before they unleash their outré weapon again?


 

~~~Excerpt~~~


 

Prologue — Changes in Routine


 

Stonegrange was a little old English hamlet in the County of Wiltshire in the Salisbury Plain of England, much like any other such ancient British village: a tiny central square in the midst of which crouched a hoary, venerated church, surrounded by a few small shops, and residences on the outskirts tapering off into the surrounding farmlands. On Sundays the church was full, and on Thursdays the outlying farmers brought their produce in to market. The occasional lorry carried in other supplies, and the Post Office ran every day but Sunday. So small was the village that the constable wasn’t even full time.


Still and all, it wasn’t very far from a main thoroughfare, the A338, that ran through Salisbury and on down to Bournemouth and Poole, and it wasn’t uncommon for lorry drivers to stop for a bite in the local pub, or even park their rigs in an empty lot just off the square for a good, safe night’s rest. Sometimes they even used the lot to hand off cargo from one freight company to another.


So no one thought twice when a flat-bed trailer showed up overnight in the lot, a large wooden crate lashed firmly to its middle. The locals figured it was either a hand-off, or someone’s tractor rig had broken down and been hauled off for repair, while leaving the cargo in a safe place.


 

* * *


Dr. Skye Chadwick-Holmes, horse trainer, detective, and one of the foremost hyperspatial physicists on the planet, answered the phone at the ranch near Florissant, Colorado.


“Holmes residence,” she murmured. “Skye speaking.”


“Hi there, Skye, Hank Jones here,” Colonel Henry Jones, head of security for Schriever Air Force Base, greeted the lady of the house from the other end of the line. “If you don’t mind, grab Holmes and then hit the speaker phone.”


“Oh, hi, Hank,” Skye replied warmly. “Good to hear from you, but I’m afraid I can’t oblige. Sherlock’s not here right now. Billy Williams called him down to the Springs to update him on some new MI-5 HazMat techniques; I completed my certification last month, but Sherlock had a nasty little cold and missed out.”


“Oh,” Jones said blankly. “Well, are YOU available?”


“Um, I guess so, for whatever that’s worth,” a hesitant Skye said. “Depends. Whatcha got?”


“Murder in the residential quarters at Peterson,” Jones noted, grim. “Suspects and victim were all Schriever personnel, though, so I get to have fun with it. Joy, joy.”


“And you could use a bit of help?”


“‘Fraid so,” Jones sighed. “As usual, I’m short-handed right now. The Pentagon never seems to get the fact that ‘Security’ means ‘document control,’ ‘police force,’ ‘guard duty,’ ‘investigation,’ and half a million other different jobs all rolled together, on a base like this.” He sighed again. “Listen, is there any chance you could meet me down there in about an hour or so, have a look around the crime scene yourself, then call your husband in when he’s available if you need to? As a favor to me? I need to get rolling on it A.S.A.P.”


“Um, okay,” Skye agreed after a moment’s thought. “Yeah, I can at least get started on it, and collect the initial data for Sherlock. Maybe even come to some basic conclusions and formulate a theory for us to work on. Gimme the address and I’ll buzz on down…”


* * *


The trailer remained where it was, off Stonegrange’s central square, for two days, and still no one thought to question. After all, tractors had mechanical difficulties just like the residents’ own autos and lorries, and sometimes those difficulties took a few days to repair. So no inquiries were made. The trailer was ignored.


Until, at precisely 11:02 p.m. three nights after its arrival, the crate emitted a soft, reverberating hum. No one was near enough to hear it, however—at least, no one curious enough to bother checking it out. Exactly five minutes later, a loud zap! sounded from the box.


Stonegrange was as silent as the tomb the rest of the night.


The next morning, the flat-bed trailer was gone.


~~~End Excerpt~~~

 

The Writing Process Blog

Posted by Herika R Raymer on May 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been invited by Author S P Dorning to participate in the a Writing Process Blog Tour, so here goes!


I am still new to this blog concept, and am doing fairly well if I can update it every month, so please bear with me. This website is definitely meant to promote my writing and showcase my book reviews. I always thought such things were a bit vain, but then realized that for beginner author and artists it is one of the main ways to get your work out there. Silly me. So let's see what the questions are:


1) What am I currently working on?


Several short stories and two main projects. Of course I have been saying that for years, and I am sure my publishers have forgotten about me or written me off as 'talk no write', but I really am. I guess I am just so scared of the big projects that I procrastinate. One is to be a gift for my children, and I want it to be as great as I can make it - which I guess is making me drag my pencil.


2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?


I really wish I had an answer for that one, because I am not sure that it is different. A wise man once told me that every story that could be told, has been told. No matter what I think of, it has already been done. The only thing I can do is put my own perspective on it - which is mine alone. Right or wrong, it is my thoughts or my questions or my assumptions. I will caution here that writing a story does not mean I agree with what I write, it means I want to tell a story. If I have an opinion to express, it will be in the non-fiction section. (smile)


3) Why do I write what I do?


It helps. I have a lot of stories in my head, and it helps when I am able to get some of them on paper. Granted, everything I write does not get accepted and many should be scrapped due to bad grammar and just being plain old tripe, but it is a bit therapeutic getting the scenes in my brain into a venue I can share.


4) How does my writing process work?


Well I hope I have finally found what works for me - writing scenes. I tried outlines, blitz writing, no outlines, notebooks, and other techniques - but writing scenes seems to help me the most. Yes, I still use notebooks where possible, gotta love writing longhand.


Well, I hope this was informative and I am going to loop this back to the one who invited me, S P Dorning, as well as the writers he mentioned: Robert Krog and H David Blalock. I would also like to add Stephanie Osborn and Selah Janel.



Heck, I would like to add all the artists and authors who participate in Imagicopter. Please take a look at the mystery, romance, literary, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and specualtive fiction Creatives who would love you to peruse their Galleries!

Guest Blog - Stephanie Osborn and Displaced Detectives

Posted by Herika R Raymer on May 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello all, well I am hosting a blog. This is my first time, so please bear with me. The Guest is science fiction novelist Stephanie Osborn. She is promoting her series Displaced Detective and her recently released novel. Please lend an eye and see what you're missing!

 

Who Knew?

By Stephanie Osborn

 

Wow! Who knew?


I mean, I always knew Sherlock Holmes was a popular character. But I guess on some level I didn’t realize HOW popular. Here we are, with a 3rd Sherlock Holmes movie (Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr.) about to be released, season 2 of CBS’ Elementary getting ready to hang cliffs, and series 3 of the BBC’s Sherlock been and gone, with series 4 in pre-production.


And the fifth book (NOT counting the Omnibus!) of the Displaced Detective Series released!


THAT is popularity.


For those of you who may not know me, I’m Stephanie Osborn, retired rocket scientist (yes, really) turned author. My preferred medium is the science fiction/mystery novel, and this Displaced Detective Series came out of an idea to play around with my favorite fictional detective, since almost all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories are in the public domain in the USA, and all of them are in the public domain in the UK. The series has been described as, “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files,” and that’s a pretty apt description. It starts out with Holmes in the Victorian Era of an alternate universe where he is combating Professor Moriarty, with Dr. Skye Chadwick in the 21st Century heading up Project Tesseract, a top-secret device literally UNDER Schriever AFB that uses M theory to access alternate dimensions. But in this particular version of events, Holmes doesn’t survive his encounter with the Professor at the Reichenbach Falls. When Skye knee-jerks in the middle of their climactic battle, she jumps through the wormhole between realities, breaking up the fight — and sending Moriarty to his death, and Holmes flying back through the wormhole into Chadwick’s reality.


There, he faces the choice of being sent back to die, or remaining and coming up to speed on the modern day...alone. Being a smart man, Holmes chooses to stay, and Chadwick is assigned as his liaison. Hijinks ensue as base security discovers a spy ring intent on wresting control of the tesseract.


By the time that mystery is solved, a strong, firm bond has been established between Holmes and Chadwick, and they continue to tackle mysteries of the STEM sort. By book 3, a...very Holmesian...romance of sorts has seen their way clear to marrying, as it turns out that Chadwick is her continuum’s parallel to the great detective, and to forming a consulting business, The Holmes Agency. A Case of Spontaneous Combustion takes place a bit shy of one year after Holmes’ arrival in his new continuum.


So when an entire village on the Salisbury Plain is wiped out in an apparent case of mass spontaneous combustion, Her Majesty’s Secret Service contacts The Holmes Agency to investigate. Unfortunately Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Dr. Skye Chadwick-Holmes, have just had their first serious fight, over her abilities and attitudes as an investigator. To make matters worse, he is summoned to England in the middle of the night, and she is not — and due to the invocation of the National Security Act in the summons, he cannot even wake her and tell her.


Once in London, Holmes looks into the horror that is now Stonegrange. His investigations take him into a dangerous undercover assignment in search of a possible terror ring, though he cannot determine how a human agency could have caused the disaster. There, he works hard to pass as a recent immigrant and manual laborer from a certain rogue Mideastern nation as he attempts to uncover signs of the terrorists.


Meanwhile, alone in Colorado, Skye battles raging wildfires and tames a wild mustang stallion, all while believing her husband has abandoned her.


Who ― or what — caused the horror in Stonegrange? Will Holmes find his way safely through the metaphorical minefield that is modern Middle Eastern politics? Will Skye subdue Smoky the stallion before she is seriously hurt? Will this predicament seriously damage ― even destroy — the couple’s relationship? And can Holmes stop the terrorists before they unleash their outré weapon again?


Next up for Holmes...


Fear in the French Quarter...


 

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Short bio:


Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including geology and anatomy. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 20 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the “Cresperian Saga” book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed “Displaced Detective” series, described as “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files.” In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily “pays it forward,” teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.


Website:


http://www.stephanie-osborn.com

 


May 24, 2014 - Free Speech Endangered

Posted by Herika R Raymer on May 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, due to recent events (of which I cannot personally speak on as I do not know the victim but I trust Stephanie Osborn and Jason Cordova) I have been made aware of something called 'trigger warnings'. In light of what these are supposed to be used for, I have to agree with this:


"Just when you thought American higher learning couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature." - Kathleen Parker


See more here.

 

"The debate has left many academics fuming, saying that professors should be trusted to use common sense and that being provocative is part of their mandate. Trigger warnings, they say, suggest a certain fragility of mind that higher learning is meant to challenge, not embrace. The warnings have been widely debated in intellectual circles and largely criticized in opinion magazines, newspaper editorials and academic email lists." - Jennifer Medina


See more here.


My take on this? It is unnecessary. People should be tougher.


People should consider stop being so Politically Correct, stop being self-appointed Thought Police, and learn to have a thicker skin and be able to debate something openly in a civilized manner without resorting to personal attacks. With modern technology, books and articles can been cliff-noted before reading the actual thing and having something 'triggered'.


NO, I am not unaffected by triggers, but I am able enough to recognize them and not let it overtly affect me. And if it does, I deal with it and move on. I do NOT attack the author and decide to smudge their names or make them generally appear like a degenerate. Especially if you SUBSCRIBE to a blog or other form of media, you know what it contains and should not be surprised if something upsets you.


Freedom of Speech is already being attacked on so many levels it is frightening. Now there are 'zones of Free Speech or Protests' - which negates the meaning behind free speech, literary works which are banned because they are 'offensive' or 'not PC', and now remarks and quotes are being taken out of context in order to satisfy a need to find a flaw. People of yesterday and today are being painted as something they are not because of what or how they write. Being a writer, unless otherwise stated by the author themselves, is kinda like being an actor. They write to draw a crowd so they can tell a story. Many write about topics they do not even agree with, just to present an idea. For that, they are targeted?


Let me clue y'all into a secret - we are all flawed.


Big surprise - people are imperfect. One does not need to twist their words to find that flaw, it is a simple fact. One does not have to paint their personal view on the other based on erroneous belief to justify their slander of the other individual. Just because they are not flawed in the way preferred does not mean this has to be forced - they are flawed in other ways. I guess it is just a matter of whether or not that flaw is profitable to the person looking to make a stink.


I guess I am just not the type of person who sees defaming another as a viable means of validating my own existence. Must make me strange.


It may drive me crazy to see women written as vapid, weak, or unnecessarily herculean - but it also annoys me to read stereotypes of ANY walk of life. However, there are times it works in a delightfully unexpected way - ie Tucker and Dale Versus Evil (movie) or Good Omens (book) - or allows an insight into another time that history books cannot paint - ie Twain's books.


As for blogs, they provide a window into how someone thinks about a particular subject. However, this does not mean it provides the ONLY opinion they have. Remember people are not only flawed but also multi-faceted. There is more to them than just "Yes" and "No". Being targeted because of opposing views apparently no longer affects well-known personas like Condololezza Rice or Orson Scott Card, but now non-spotlight individuals as well. The need to silence opposing opinion or those who encourage debate about opposing opinion (like in Tim Bolgeo's The Revenge, which is Subscribe by the way according to Jason Cordova's blog) is something I find more and more distressing.


Why not try talking to people directly before making judgements about their character? And if you do not agree with them, then agree to disagree. No need to make your opponent 'evil incarnate', just know you have different points of view.

May 2014 Magic!

Posted by Herika R Raymer on May 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Woo Hoo!


One of my short stories will be featured in an upcoming anthology released by Charon Coin Publishing. Check out the list of stories here!


http://charoncoinpress.com/2014/05/12/announcement-state-of-horror-illinois-story-list/


In addition, friend and novelist Stephanie Osborn has the latest in Displaced Detective series being released. If you have not read it and are a Sherlock Holmes fan, definitely pick up a copy and give it a try!


 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K98AI6Y/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=15DF84Y7M3EGEQ7YW5MB&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846


A Case of Spontaneous Combustion (Displaced Detective) By Stephanie Osborn has just been RELEASED!!!


When an entire village on the Salisbury Plain is wiped out in an apparent case of mass spontaneous combustion, Her Majesty’s Secret Service contacts The Holmes Agency to investigate. Unfortunately Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Dr. Skye Chadwick-Holmes, have just had their first serious fight, over her abilities and attitudes as an investigator. To make matters worse, he is summoned to England in the middle of the night, and she is not — and due to the invocation of the National Security Act in the summons, he cannot even wake her and tell her.


Once in London, Holmes looks into the horror that is now Stonegrange. His investigations take him into a dangerous undercover assignment in search of a possible terror ring, though he cannot determine how a human agency could have caused the disaster. There, he works hard to pass as a recent immigrant and manual laborer from a certain rogue Mideastern nation as he attempts to uncover signs of the terrorists.


Meanwhile, alone in Colorado, Skye battles raging wildfires and tames a wild mustang stallion, all while believing her husband has abandoned her.


Who -- or what — caused the horror in Stonegrange? Will Holmes find his way safely through the metaphorical minefield that is modern Middle Eastern politics? Will Skye subdue Smoky before she is seriously hurt? Will this predicament seriously damage -- even destroy — the couple’s relationship? And can Holmes stop the terrorists before they unleash their outré weapon again?

April 2014 Apprehension

Posted by Herika R Raymer on April 24, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Want to say WELCOME to the New Members! Thanks for joining the site!


Goodness, am I ambitious or what.


I have actually submitted to a couple of publishers outside my established comfort zone of Seventh Star Publishing and Dark Oak Media. Unfortunately, I have not met with much success, but Pro Se Publishing and Charon Coin Press have expressed interest in some of my writing. Looking to see if I manage to make the cut. In addition to submitting more short stories, I am bound and determined to have Charm of Dragonelles complete and submitted to Dark Oak before the end of the year. Before the end of summer really if I can just get focused.


In addition to writing, I have teamed up with Alexx Miller and am posting Book Reviews on her site. I will be providing links on the My Reviews tab of this site. It is really exciting for me, and hopefully for the authors who have been asking me to proof for them.


Yup, still beta reading too. All in addition to my day job. Just hoping to get another day job by summer, but we shall see. Things seem to be looking up, so I am tentatively hopeful as far as my writing 'career' goes. I have reached the 10 short story minimum I set for myself, but somehow still cannot seem to call myself an actual 'author'. Weird huh?

March 2014 Mayhem

Posted by Herika R Raymer on March 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Eh ok,


Got a new member who inserted photos into my photo album without permission. Please do not do this. This will get your pictures deleted and your account removed. 


Thank you.


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