“That book better not be about me!” Francesca was staring her down.
“What makes you think I’d want to write about you when there are so many other more worthwhile subjects?”
“Because you hate me!”
“Hate is such a strong word, Fran.” She hated when she called her Fran. “I prefer detest, abhor, and a few like-minded synonyms.”
“Bitch! If I find out it is about me, I’ll sue! You can’t prove that I had anything to do with Natalie’s suicide.”
“Touché, Fran. And you can’t prove the book is about you! That’s what disclaimers are for. However, the fact is that the flash drive containing her manuscript conveniently went missing and voila! You just happened to release a strikingly similar novel.”
“Coincidence, and if I hear you slandering me in the press, I will sue as well.”
“I don’t have to. I read her manuscript at her request. She wanted a constructive opinion. I encouraged her to tighten up the plot and flesh out the characters.”
“I gave her advice, too.”
“No. You laughed at her and then bullied her at work.”
“She wasn’t doing her job. I merely got her to pay attention to the job and get her head out of the clouds.”
“It was harassment, plain and simple. You bullied her, so she quit, and she was so despondent, she ended her life.”
“She would have been fired if she hadn’t quit. You also couldn’t prove she killed herself because of me.”
“So you say. I may not have proof, but your callous treatment after her book was stolen, speaks to her fragile state of mind. I will never be able to wash the image of her hanging there out of my head. You might not have pulled the trigger, but you sure as hell cocked the gun!”
Francesca walked away in a huff.
Sylvie Boucher sidled up to Terri’s table. “What was that all about?”
“Just Fran, being the piece of work that she is,” she responded.
“So, is it true? Did you bury the truth about Nattie’s death in the novel?”
“That secret will go with me to my grave, Sylvie.”
Natalie Fisher committed suicide after an author stole her work and published it as her own.
Two years later, her best friend Terri is found dead in her hotel room.
Are the two deaths connected?
Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons are on the case to trap a ruthless author trying to get away with murder!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ. She is the mom of a 27-year-old daughter and four grown stepchildren, a toddler granddaughter and a 7-year-old grandson named Izak who could very well be smarter than a fifth grader. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family, and online gamers. She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her third book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. Other than writing Karen loves to read, do crafts and play online games. Currently, she hosts an internet radio show called WRITERS ROUNDTABLE since January the 14th, 2014. She has a quirky sense of humor and shows this in her mysteries and her side hobby of stand-up comedy. DEAD MEN DON’T SWING AND JAMAICA DEAD WERE PUBLISHED in January 2015. LEFT FOR DEAD AND HOLMES IN AMERICA WERE PUBLISHED IN 2016. Karen is currently working on her 8th book in the Laura and Gerry series DEAD AIR. Karen is also a frequent participant of NaNoWriMo each year.
SPACE IS THE FINAL FRONTIER AND THERE IS NO GREATER ADVENTURE THAN SAILING THROUGH THE STARS WITH YOUR FAVE SCIENCE FICTION BOOK. IF YOU ARE A PURIST ISAAC ASIMOV AND ROBERT HEINLEIN ARE AMONGST YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS. LETS DEFINE SCIENCE FICTION TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED READING IT. (THESE PEOPLE ARE MISSING SOMETHING GREAT!)
SO WHAT IS A SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL ANYWAY?–
Science fiction (often shortened to Sci-Fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life.—GOOGLE
“Science fiction” is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes. James Blish wrote: “Wells used the term originally to cover what we would today call ‘hard’ science fiction, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to already known facts (as of the date of writing) was the substrate on which the story was to be built, and if the story was also to contain a miracle, it ought at least not to contain a whole arsenal of them.”
Isaac Asimov said: “Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.” According to Robert A. Heinlein, “a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.
Lester del Rey wrote, “Even the devoted aficionado—or fan—has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is”, and that the reason for there not being a “full satisfactory definition” is that “there are no easily delineated limits to science fiction.” Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying “science fiction is what we point to when we say it”, while author Mark C. Glassy argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography: you do not know what it is, but you know it when you see it.–WIKIPEDIA
SOME ELEMENTS OF SCI-FI
Science fiction elements can include:
- Temporal settings in the future, or in alternative histories.
- Spatial settings or scenes in outer space, on other worlds, in subterranean earth, or in parallel universes
- Characters that include aliens, mutants, robots, enhanced humans and other predicted or imagined beings.
- Speculative or predicted technology such as brain-computer interface, bio-engineering, super-intelligent computers, ray guns and other advanced weapons.
- Undiscovered scientific possibilities such as teleportation, time travel, and faster-than-light travel or communication.
- New and different political and social systems and situations, including utopian, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or post-scarcity.
- Future history and evolution of humans on earth or on other planets.
- Paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, and telekinesis (e.g. “The Force” in Star Wars ).
HARD VS SOFT SCI-FI
While many beautiful entries in the science fiction universe do bend the rules about what is or isn’t possible in our physical universe (see Star Wars and the Force), much science fiction is actually based in science. This is hard science fiction. Hard science fiction exists inside the realm of scientific possibility.
Soft science fiction, or soft SF, is a category of science fiction with two different definitions. It either (1) explores the “soft” sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, or psychology), rather than engineering or the “hard” sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry), or (2) is not scientifically accurate. Soft science fiction of either type is often more concerned with character and speculative societies, rather than speculative science or engineering. It is the opposite of hard science fiction. The term first appeared in the late 1970s and is attributed to Australian literary scholar Peter Nicholls.
IF I WERE TO PICK A CATEGORY I WOULD SIDE WITH SOFT SCI FI–THERE IS A WIDER ABILITY TO MIX IN DIFFERENT ELEMENTS LIKE ROMANCE AND FANTASY. FOR THAT TYPE OF SCIFI I WOULD RECOMMEND THE LONE WOLF SERIES BY DELLANI OAKES. SHE SAYS SHE LOVES WRITING SCIFI/FANTASY BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. SHE INVENTED SENTIENT SHIPS (THEY WERE ALIVE), A RACE OF CAT PEOPLE WHO ARE FIERCE WARRIORS, AN ANCIENT EVIL SPECIES CALLED THE KAHLEA. HER MAIN CHARACTER WIL VANLIPSIG IS A GENETICALLY ALTERED SUPER SOLDIER WHO APPEARS TO BE A TOTAL BAD ASS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HIS FRIENDS AND HIS WIFE MATILDA HE IS THE BIGGEST TEDDY BEAR. THERE IS A LOT OF HUMOR AND STEAMY ROMANCE INVOLVED AS WELL.
MY FAVE DYSTOPIAN NOVELS INCLUDE-THE GIVER BY LOIS LOWRY, THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY BY SUZANNE COLLINS AND THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY BY VERONICA ROTH
I COULD GO INTO MORE DETAIL BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TRY SCI-FI ON FOR SIZE YOURSELF AND SEE WHAT YOU LIKE. DIVE IN AND DRIFT AMONGST THE STARS !!!!
CEREAL AUTHORS WHO WRITE SCIFI-HEATHER POINSETT DUNBAR, STEPHANIE OSBORNE AND DELLANI OAKES
SOURCES OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA
“Hey, it’s Moe.” Moe was one of my friends from the first day of grade nine. She was also labeled untouchable by association with me and the others in our group, even though her folks weren’t welfare bums and had good jobs; she still didn’t mind slumming as she hated the snobbery around the school.
“Hey, yourself. What’s up?”
“Did you get it?”
“The invitation? Yeah, it came today.”
“Thinking about it.”
“Matter of fact, yes, but that’s beside the point.”
“They’re going to fillet you and serve you up for dinner.”
I have the optimistic hope that some of my former classmates may have grown up. “I am done running from them, Moe. They Don’t scare me. After years of therapy, I am finally comfortable in my own skin.”
“Well they still scare the shit out of me and I am forty-eight years old.”
“No reason for that, dear. You have a great life now, and if they are still calling us losers, it’s their problem, not ours. Suck it up and come with.”
Natalie was searching frantically for the flash drive that contained her manuscript.
Where did it get to? I swear it was here at lunch.
The thought of losing that thing made her sick, as she had worked long and hard on it for the past year. She and her friends, Sylvie and Terri, had dared each other to write a story and get it published. Since the three of them worked for Transient Press, they would also get to see what it was like to go through the process from start to finish. It was a great way to better serve their clients. Natalie worked in acquisitions editing, while Sylvie and Terri worked as representatives for various authors. Not only would this be a great exercise, each of the women had always wanted to get published.
Just as Natalie was about to upend her desk drawer, Terri and Sylvie came around the corner.
“Whoa, Chica. Where’s the fire?”
“I misplaced my manuscript for the book!”
“You mean the flash drive?” Sylvie spoke up.
Natalie nodded. “Yes. That’s what I was working on during my lunch hour and I was interrupted.”
Terry spoke. “By whom? Maybe someone saw you with it?”
Natalie frowned. “It was Fran, trying to get me to do some Joe job, below my pay grade.”
Sylvie stood there with her hands on her hips. “What a bitch! She treats you like a slave. I don’t know why you don’t stand up to her.”
“I tried that once. It’s easier this way. I do what she wants to get her off my back, so I can fly under the radar. One time when I tried to stick up for myself, she tried to get me fired. I swear she’s got the big guy in her back pocket.”
ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA!
Fantasy literature is literature set in an imaginary universe, often but not always without any locations, events, or people from the real world. Magic, the supernatural and magical creatures are common in many of these imaginary worlds.
Fantasy is a sub genre of speculative fiction and is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes, respectively, though these genres overlap. Historically, most works of fantasy were written, however, since the 1960s, a growing segment of the fantasy genre has taken the form of films, television programs, graphic novels, video games, music and art.
FAMOUS FANTASY BOOKS (SERIES):
LORD OF THE RINGS J.R.R.TOLKIEN
HARRY POTTER J.K. ROWLING.
DRAGON RIDERS OF PERN ANNE MCCAFFERY
THE BELGARIAD SERIES DAVID EDDINGS
A WRINKLE OF TIME MADELAINE L’ENGEL
SECRET WORLD OF OG PIERRE BURTON
CHRONICLES OF NARNIA C S LEWIS
IF YOU WANT A LITTLE ROMANCE AND STEAM IN YOUR FANTASY NOVELS I WOULD RECOMMEND BOOKS BY JULIA MILLS, DARLENE KUNCYTES AND ANDI LAWRENCOVNA! JULIA MILLS STORIES REVOLVE AROUND DRAGON SHIFTERS. IF YOU LIKE VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES AND FEY A BOOK BY DARLENE KUNCYTES IS WHAT YOU WANT. ANDI SPECIALIZES IN PUTTING A NEW SPIN ON A FAVORITE FAIRY TALE.
JULIAS AMAZON PAGE
DARLENES AMAZON PAGE
ANDI’S AMAZON PAGE
Okay here are the bare facts. The ugly truth; I am a dog! I guess it could have been worse; I could have been born a cat. Now there’s a bad attitude and a waste of fur if ever I saw one. With dogs, you always know where you stand. Cats have a hidden agenda. Always appear like they couldn’t care less. Let me tell you this people! IT’S A FREAKIN’ BIG LIE!!!!!!!!!! CATS DO CARE!!! IF IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THEM, YOU PAY FOR IT BIG TIME!
“Hi, I’m Laura. I live in Ethel’s building. In fact Gerry and I are the supers of the complex.”
He held my hand in his, and introduced himself.
“My name is Sanford Louis Brown. You, my peach can call me Sandy. Ethel and I were dear friends. In fact, we schooled together at one point. Seems like a lifetime ago.
“Tell me Laura, who would have done this horrible thing to such a warm and loving woman?”
“Sandy the police are going to get to the bottom of it,” I replied, “Inspector Gibbons is a fantastic investigator you can be assured justice will be served.” I shared with him that I had no clue why Ethel had been victimized in such a way
“I’d like five minutes alone with the SOB who hurt my Ethel,” said Sanford with a frown. “Just let me kick in his knee caps when the time comes.”
“I have an ‘in’ with Gibbons I’ll see what I can do,” I assured him.
At that point, a statuesque blonde-haired person strode up to Sandy. The woman looked at me like I was poaching on her turf. She was head to toe in Vegas bling, but looked like Yonge street hooker trash.
”Sanford!” She yelled with her hands on her hips. “We have to go! I have to be in New York in the morning. We need to catch the Red-eye!”
Sandy sighed and looked at me to bail him out somehow. “She is trying out for the Rockettes,” he whispered to me, just out of Blondie’s earshot, “but between you and me, Leena is a bit long in the tooth for all that. She’s closing in on 40.” Sandy looked at Leena –and then back at me. “Alas my wife and boss have spoken. The glitzy Mrs. Brown was preening at her compact mirror. “You don’t have to yell Leena,” Sanford addressed her; “I have my hearing aide in.”
Leena looked at me with derision again. “Who’s the floozy?” she sneered.
I was seeing red and Sandy’s face was turning a similar color.
“Floozy?” I spluttered. I wanted to scratch her eyes out, but I refused to succumb to the base temptation to beat the broad senseless. Sensing an impending catfight Gerry rushed to my side.
Sandy looked at his wife sternly. “Leena that was tasteless and crass,” he admonished her, “you will apologize to Laura. How dare you defame this funeral of my dear friend Ethel by insulting this lovely girl?”
“Girl my ass,” Leena snarled, “she’s gotta be at least 35.”
If Gerry hadn’t held me back I would have bitch-slapped her into next week. Okay so I was almost 35; but that wasn’t the point.
Sandy was livid. “I apologize for my wife’s bad behavior. I had better take her out of here.”
He handed me one of his cards and said he would be back in a few days most likely without his spouse.
“Okay Gerry,” I said, “cut the crap! How did you get Velcro’s’ body in here?”
“What do ya mean how? You mean you think I did this, thanks a lot!” he said, somewhat pissed.
“This wasn’t your handy-work?”
“No! Why would you think I would do such a horrid thing?”
“Not sure really; maybe because you and Ray have the only keys besides me, and you love practical jokes.”