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“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” - Albert Einstein

Marissa and Justin are tossed into a life and death battle. When they meet Walker Mumfrey, he could back away from what he knows is truly evil, but he intentionally walks toward the conflict.

“David’s blackmail plan was dangerous and I told him so, but he was determined to proceed.” Walker paused. “I thought maybe if he could hurt them, even bring a little of their agenda to light, someone in law enforcement might become interested enough to investigate. Classmates and colleagues have tormented me off and on my entire life. What guy wants to be a librarian? Although I have no problem with the profession and have met lots of men librarians, I got to a point, the more I found out the more I wanted to step away from books and computers and do something.”

- Walker Mumfrey, Order of Fear

R is for Research

When I set out to write this book I knew I had a lot of research ahead of me. For example, I needed to learn about military war hospitals, PTSD in veterans and soldiers, and weapon terminology. As a previous clinical research manager and medical policy analyst, I was accustomed to research and love the process of learning new things. Internet searches were my first stop. I even watched You Tube videos on how to handle a gun. A stop at the library was next, where I picked up books on PTSD and the medical corps. Lastly, I spoke with veterans about their experiences in the military.

Performing the research for this book was a fun and educational experience. It’s my hope that I portray events, people, and situations as accurately as possible.

S is for Seven

In numerology, the number seven plays an important role. I decided to create The Order’s symbol using a seven-sided figure. Seven has many meanings, some visible in our society today. For example, Lady Liberty wears a crown with seven spires. Those seven spires are said to represent the seven seas and/or the seven continents. In the bible there are several examples using the number seven, such as, the seven plagues, Jesus performed seven miracles and on the seventh day God ended his work and proclaimed the seventh the Sabbath. In Roman Catholicism, there are seven sacraments. There are seven fundamental notes on a musical scale, seven colors of the rainbow, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, seven deadly sins and seven virtues. There is the seven itch in a marriage lucky number 7 and even James Bond OO7 gets in the game. This is just a sampling of how the number 7 is used in our society.

It was fun seeing how many ways, without going overboard, I could use the number seven in my book. Here’s a few: the seven sided logo, seven memos, seven members of the kill list, and a seven member council.

T is for Tease

Here is a tease from my book:

The sticky sensation of David’s blood coated Marissa’s hands. This wasn’t supposed to happen. She’d been ready to tell him she couldn’t marry him. Maybe they could have worked through their problems, or maybe they could have parted as friends, but now he was dead. Anger and preoccupation would no longer alienate them. The easy humor and quick laugh that had been absent in recent weeks would never return.

Surrounded by blood, she glanced at one wall of the kitchen. Her stomach roiled as she studied the brain matter splattered on the wall like abstract art. The wall had once been tan, but was now stained a ghastly shade of red.

Marissa blinked several times, hoping to erase the sick scene, but the reality remained. David was dead.

The last few weeks she’d been embroiled in romantic, tranquil colors. Soft peach hued roses. Elegant gray candles. Delicate swirls of ruffled silver icing on a too-pretty-to-eat wedding cake. A snowy white wedding dress.

Now her world was blood red.

U is for Utah

The story begins in Utah. Marissa is in Salt Lake City on a business trip about a week before her wedding to David. Despite the inopportune timing, she decides to take the trip to think about the status of her relationship with David. Days before her trip she’d discovered he’d been cheating on her. Their relationship had been strained for the last several months and Marissa had become uncertain about marrying him. The affair made her decision to call off the wedding a little easier. However, upon her return to their home in Virginia, she walks into a bloody death scene and the beginning of a life and death struggle to survive.

V is for Vivian Sinclair and Villain

Vivian is the villain. I didn’t plan to use a name so close to the word “villain” so that’s a happy coincidence. Vivian is a complex character. She can be intensely wicked but on a deeper level she’s looking for acceptance. Her father reluctantly allowed her to assume his position as head of The Order, yet she never feels his complete support. Even after her father’s death she’s searching for his acceptance. While there could be a case made that she’s a psychopath, she’s also quite pathetic in her quest for acceptance.

W is for Wonders of the World

The base for The Order is at Babylon Hall. When constructing the estate, Russell Sinclair, founder of The Order, wanted to equate himself and The Order with important aspects of history. The estate is named after one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and even simulates the hanging gardens

X is for X Marks the Spot

There aren’t many words I could use for this blog starting with x so I went with X marks the spot. No, I’m not on a treasure hunt, although that could be fun, but I have reached a certain spot. The X, at least as of April 26, 2016, is four days away from the release of my first full-length novel. I am nervous, excited, a little scared, proud, and feeling like I’ve just crossed the finish line of my first marathon. I’m already deep into the next book in the series and hoping, like the next marathon, to reach the finish line bigger and better!

Y is for Yippee

Almost done!

Z is for Zee Last Letter of the Alphabet

Okay, I kind of cheated on that one. I’m ending this with a quote:

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

- Og Mandino

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