As promised, here is the first of two year-end reviews of the two works I published in 2016.
We start with my first release, Guns & Dogs, a young-adult sci-fi thriller that debuted on June 21st. It was the first true young-adult novel I had written outside the Leopard King Saga universe and the first book in the American Legends Trilogy.
Guns & Dogs is a mash-up of various genres (with influences from Back To The Future, X-Files, and Men In Black )and written in the Universal Pen System. It features a teenage hero who is teamed up with an army veteran, and two highly-trained canines called Jessie & Studs, who are on the trail of two gun-loving teens that are part of a global conspiracy.
I’ve put my new YA/Science Fiction novel Guns And Dogs on sale for 99 cents. This promo runs through the end of June on all amazon retail websites worldwide. Click HERE to read a sample of Guns And Dogs.
A few days ago I talked about the origins of Guns And Dogs regarding the current disease that has afflicted our society, which is the all-to-familiar shootings. Now I’d like to talk about the other half of Guns And Dogs, the better half, which involves dogs.
Dogs are such a precious gift to human society. They are our friends who only ask for love and companionship. Dogs are much-loved around the world. And it’s no secret that they’re called “Man’s Best Friend.” While some humans may disappoint us with their flippant actions, we can always count on our dogs to be there for us.
Which brings me to my next point. In Guns And Dogs we’ll meet a pair of Red Doberman Pinschers called Jessie and Studs who will play an important role in the story. Mark my words, the human protagonists will call on these brave canines to help them save the day. And it is my hope that every dog lover out there will have the chance to experience the value that they bring to the story.
Guns And Dogs is now available for Pre-order. Click HERE to purchase at the special discounted price.
By now many of you are aware that my upcoming Young adult novel, Guns And Dogs, which will be released worldwide on June 21. But many of you are probably curious as to how I arrived at writing this book. What was I thinking when I started crafting the outline in 2014?
I would have to say that school shootings takes up a huge chunk of the plot. I don’t have to explain what a national crisis shootings have been. From random violence against individuals to school shootings, and now the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando all have a place in Guns And Dogs.
Instead of taking a side on gun control, I’ve written a realistic story and allowed the reader to make up their own mind. I personally don’t care much for them, but being preachy about guns would defeat the purpose of writing. A writer must lay out a story and let the reader decide for themselves. That is the definition of freedom.
So with all these tragic shootings that are destroying the fabric of our society, what can we do to stop the violence? That is the question put forth in Guns And Dogs. And that is the question every reader must decide for themselves.
Awhile back I promised to publish an excerpt from Guns And Dogs, my upcoming Young Adult novel that will be published worldwide on June 21st.
So here it is. The first chapter. Hope everyone enjoys.
Bloodboy hated high school.
It wasn’t the acrimonious stares he endured in the hallways, nor the shoves in the back he received when he was trying to open his locker in the hallway, although those were definitely part of the problem. No. It was much more than that. It was the uphill battle he faced just to be accepted. He didn’t give a flying fart if his teachers liked him or not, they could all go to hell as far as he was concerned. It was the other kids who hated him. Just cause he was different.
His only friend was Frank Dooley, whom Bloodboy called by his hacker name “Diablo.” Diablo, like Bloodboy, dressed in black. They called themselves the “Black Brothers,” even though they weren’t related. But most of the kids, the jocks especially, called them the “Butt Brothers.” Bloodboy wished there weren’t so many of them, then, maybe, he could sucker punch one of them and exact his revenge, especially for the locker room beat-downs he’d endured after gym class.
Was it fair? Course not. His parents had drilled that into him since he could remember. But he and Diablo would get even. Yes. They would both show these high school pricks what pain was all about.
Diablo’s father kept a gun up in the attic, an old M1903 Sniper Rifle that his great-uncle had used during World War II. But it was just one gun. Between the two of them, there was only so much damage one gun could inflict.
One day, after school in a secluded corner of McDonalds, using various code words to mask their proposed transgression, they had discussed their plan to get even with their schoolmates. It was then that a strange man calling himself Grendis had approached them. Bloodboy whispered into Diablo’s ear, warning his friend to be on guard, that the newcomer could be a plainclothes cop who had overheard their conversation and was trying to entrap them. Despite their precautionary measures of speaking, it was possible they had been discovered. They ignored him at first but he stood there. Both boys told him to get lost but Grendis remained. He then placed a small briefcase on top of their table and told them to open it outside the restaurant. Grendis also placed a business card on the table, and told them to call him in case they needed anything else. At first, both boys scoffed at Grendis’ offer, but the man just stood there and smiled at them both. Grendis’ eyes looked confident but there was still something odd about him that he just couldn’t put his finger on. Diablo knew Blood would need more convincing, but he decided to take a chance.
It seemed too good to be true. But after Grendis had left they’d inspected the contents of the briefcase in Diablo’s car and found two TEC-9s and four hand grenades. Along with a tablet filled with notes and diagrams explaining how to inflict maximum damage in public places.
“You still think he’s a cop, Blood?” Diablo asked.
Bloodboy stared at the instruments of destruction Grendis had gifted them. He thought hard and pushed away his doubt before smirking. “No, But I do think he could help fix all our problems.”
As everyone who follows LeopardKingSaga.com knows, I’ve been working on a YA adventure novel called Guns And Dogs since last fall to reward my readers who voted on what I should write next.
This month and in June, I’ll be featuring detailed bios on all the main and supporting characters that will feature in Guns And Dogs. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
If you’d like to learn more about this upcoming YA novel, click HERE for a detailed synopsis.
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T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing and sales & marketing. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox.
Here’s the latest update on Guns And Dogs, my upcoming YA novel that all of you voted for in a poll last Summer. I’ve now passed the halfway mark and have been writing like crazy. The story is constantly evolving and I’m confident that it will be appreciated by lovers of Young Adult fiction.
More updates as they become available.
I wanted to give an update on Guns And Dogs, my upcoming YA adventure. Right now I’ve hit the quarter-mark in the manuscript. I’ve been cranking out 5000-7000 words per week in an attempt to get this book out by late-summer, early fall.
Thanks for your patience. If you’d like to learn more about Guns And Dogs, check out this link.
Here’s another promotional poster for my upcoming YA novel Guns And Dogs. Hope everyone likes it as much as I do.
I thought I’d write an update as it’s been awhile. As most of you already know I’ve been working feverishly on my next novel, GUNS AND DOGS, a Young Adult story chosen by you, the fans.
There’s been a lot of new developments in the outline, which means more surprises. I’m still shooting for a late-summer release. I’ll have more on the official release date in the near future.
Thanks for your patience.