Happy New Year
Happy New Year!
2022 is upon us. I haven’t been as good about keeping this space updated with my writing news and useful articles as I hoped. One of my goals for 2022 is to do better. More frequent updates and maybe less of the wordy posts that take a while to read. So, if you’re reading this, thank you for subscribing to my site and I would be eternally grateful if you share it with others who might be interested in the following:
Thrillers (topical, political, or espionage)
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It’s only a week or so into January and I have exciting news. A Day in Fall, my topical thriller about agent Michael Larson and the first installment in the Echelon series, has been offered a publishing deal by an independent publisher in Texas. Pending a contract agreement we’re looking at a release date in late April or early May. Plenty more presale information to come.
Now, I know there are roughly a million great books out there to choose from. Why should you give A Day in Fall more than a passing glance?
A Day in Fall focuses on the rampant growth of political extremism in the United States. It’s a topic that can be very fear-inducing because of how real it is. Designs on limiting democracy, elections, etc. are underway even as you read this. And the fight is just beginning.
Read the first chapter HERE
After a noted scientist is abducted in the shadows of an extremist riot Michael Larson pieces together a chilling plot to distract the American people and rip away everything we hold dear. It’s fast-paced, full of twists and turns, and offers disturbing insight into a world that every single American could benefit from knowing more about.
I wouldn’t call A Day in Fall an espionage thriller or a political thriller, but it has heavy doses of each. It’s about the struggle to combat misinformation and extremism, and differing viewpoints on how we should move forward as a country and even a global community. It’s the first installation of a four-book series, and I urge fans of Daniel Silva or Brad Thor or thrillers in general to give it a shot. If you've ever been worried about things like politicians encouraging tribalism and disinformation, this is the book for you.
THE WORLD MARKET
We live an existence filled with universes. The Marvel Universe. The DC Universe. Universal’s Dark Universe.
The World Market is the first stitch in an ever-expanding tapestry I call the Crime Universe (pending a better name). Illicit activity is all around us, often right under our noses. Whether we’re aware of it or not nearly all of us have contributed to or benefited from what some call the shadow economy. Black and white have blurred into a world of greys.
That’s what The World Market is all about—the criminal world that exists in every crevice of society. It’s a fun, entertaining crime thriller with a family saga at its heart.
A notorious Chinese businesswoman is in Canadian prison. Her criminal brother wants revenge on the men that pressured the Canadian government to arrest her. In retaliation the Chinese sentence an imprisoned Canadian drug smuggler to death. Caught between two hostile nations, he sets out to get revenge on anyone with a hand in his predicament.
Another innocent is caught in the crossfire. All Haley McInroe wants to do is marry the man of her dreams in a tropical paradise. But her finance mogul father’s feud with the reclusive Chinese mobster could spell the end of her bliss. And maybe her fiancé isn’t who he seems. He can speak perfect Mandarin, after all.
The World Market is a complicated web of lies, secrets, and vendettas. Haley has no idea that her father could be a criminal, or that her destination wedding could coincide with the biggest illegal undertaking he’s ever attempted. But she’s about to find everything out the hard way.
Be on the lookout for more news about The World Market. It’s a fun read, and great for anyone who (like me) loves Stieg Larson’s Millennium series or Sidney Sheldon. I’m still in the editing stages and haven’t acquired an agent or publisher for this book, but I wanted to go ahead and get the word out. I’m really excited about it and hope to get it out to some beta readers in short order. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Well, that’s about it. Thanks so much for reading and subscribing. Please comment or email me at email@example.com. And keep reading! In 2021 I used the Goodreads Reading Challenge as a great way to stay motivated. And although I didn’t get 50 books read, I came way closer than I ever have before (like 40-ish).
— Charles Harned