Entries in The Crisis Trilogy (8)

Saturday
Jun162012

Who Knew A GEICO Magazine Could Impart Wisdom?

Got a GEICO magazine in the mail, and can't believe how invaluable some of the info in it is. Everything from proper car maintenance to being frugal with your household budget by curtailing spending, cutting out needless extravagances, and hypermiling, among many other things (some I'm never going to attempt, like living out of an RV for months or years on end). I've been with GEICO for years now and love their easy-to-use website and low premiums. I don't drive anything fancy so I don't need preminum coverage (best o' luck to the other guy who decides to ram me), and I'm not in a high density city like Seattle or Boston, so that helps. Desert Hot Springs is a refreshing alternative to those kinds of places.

According to some of the stuff I read, it turns out I don't have to have my oil changed every 3,000 miles, despite what the manual and GM says. Every 7,500 miles will do, since I don't drive as much as most folks. I'll probably take their advice on couponing and doubling up on mortgage payments to cut the outstanding balance down on that whenever possible. Invaluable info, as I said. Turns out that naming your car also forces you to treat it nicer. Thinking of naming my Chevy Traverse "Fiero," in honor of a loveable and loyal character from The Crisis Trilogy. Gordon would get a kick out of that.

Thursday
Apr262012

The Crisis Trilogy - A Look Back

Some have said that the Crisis Artifact starts out a bit slow but once it picks up the adventure breaks open with cinemactic greatness. First off, Gordon and I intended to open the book with a slow, thoughtful character study centered around the protagonist, Caesar Guevara. Much as we love Indiana Jones, even Raiders of the Lost Ark didn't open with that ball chasing down Indy, though many don't remember that. We had to firmly establish our hero in the minds of the readers from the opening page; cause them to identify with him before we could take them on a wild journey filled with many unbelievable events.

The first book in the trilogy The Crisis Artifact, as many of you who have read it will know, is grounded in reality (well, compared to the other two books at any rate). While the other two books have been accused of being over the top. We warned folks that this would be the case. The second and third books don't let up on action, wild adventure, supernatural occurrences, or plot momentum. The story moves at lightning speed and carries you toward a bizarre but fitting climax that encapsulates the entire story arc while bringing closure for fans of the epic. And the main players' stories are wrapped up nicely. We explain things that puzzled readers from the first book and build on the trials Caesar had to undergo in book 2, The Chaos Pendulum. We explain the origin of the statues in the temple itself, who they represent as well as who they are, and the whole mythos is laid out plain as day for all who make it through the three books in the series.

But you have to read all three in sequence, because I've read the woes of some disappointed readers who skipped book two and barrelled through The Catastrophe Scroll without fully embracing the full story and were lost. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I look forward to hearing what the rest of you think about the books. Please send us your feedback. We welcome it!

Monday
Jan232012

22% Discount on Crisis Trilogy Print Books

For a limited time only, you can purchase the first two print books in the Crisis Trilogy at steep discounts of 30 and 22% off at Amazon.com. Usually priced at $5.99, these two books can be snatched up for $4.65 and $4.22 for a short time, so act now!

Click here for The Crisis Artifact Amazon product page, and here for The Chaos Pendulum page.

The Crisis Trilogy is an action-packed rollercoaster ride of temple exploration, artifact-hunting, globe-trekking, and sci-fi adventure with a heavy dose of the supernatural to whet any appetitite. The third book in the trilogy is also available now at a moderate discount if you want to complete your collection.

So join Caesar Guevara, Lionel Galton, and Fiero on their epic quest to save the world from utter destruction, as they race against time to und the damage created by one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands.

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Also, save more by taking advantage of Amazon's 4 for 3 special, where you can buy three books and get a fourth for free. So grab the Catastrophe Scroll to finish the trilogy, then choose another 711 Press book, such as Feral, Kill Factor, Flight 666 or Long,Cold Winter for FREE.

Friday
Sep302011

James LaFleur and Gordon Massie Interview

Despite their hectic schedule and the vast distance that separates these dynamic Sci-fi authors, 711 Press managed to wrangle its two promising debut authors for an eye-opening interview, which can be read below:

711 Press: So how did you two get into writing?

James LaFleur & Gordon Massie: We actually grew up together, spending our summers in Europe with each other. Our parents did the same growing up and just carried on the tradition. We were both junior explorers and loved movies like Indiana Jones, so we let our minds run wild. Most of this info is in our 711 Press author bio by the way, if anyone is interested.

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Friday
Sep302011

The Crisis Trilogy is complete with the release of the Catastrophe Scroll

And so the journey of Caesar Guevera comes to an end....The fallen archaeologist has risen from the ashes in the first book of the trilogy, "The Crisis Artifact" to find the key to saving our world from devastation. He traveled the world to conquer the tasks that would provide him with the knowledge to save the world in the second book, "The Chaos Pendulum". And now, in the third installment, "The Catastrophe Scroll," Caesar must complete his destined path in order to save his wife, Anna, the true bearer of the Scroll of knowledge, which has the ability to save-or-destroy the world. Will he succeed or will Anna Guevera destroy us forever?

Learn more about "The Catastrophe Scroll" HERE

 

Watch the official Crisis Artifact Book Trailer:

 

 

Saturday
Jul162011

Give Me Stories That Aren’t Bogged Down

I read a lot of feedback dished out in reviews for popular book series and sagas of the day; series and sagas written by big name authors, and put out by large, far-reaching publishers with deep pockets. What I tend to see time and again are complaints that are pretty much summed up in one reviewer’s title: “Good writing, but little forward momentum.” What this means is that, after spending ten years reading a series written by a big name author who takes years to produce one book, when said book comes out (which just happens to fall somewhere in the middle of a planned series), the reader fails to add checkmarks to their list of plot resolutions, character arcs, or basic movement in the overall storyline. Why? Because these big name authors are dragging out the story on purpose at the behest of greedy publishers. They essentially milk their saga for all its worth for the sake of making more boatloads of $$$.

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Thursday
Jun232011

The Chaos Pendulum Releases Tomorrow

Chaos Pendulum, book 2 in our Crisis Trilogy is officially out tomorrow! Pick it up. You're in for a wild ride. The fan base is steadily building for the trilogy, and James and I couldn't be happier. I think that by the time Catastrophe hits later this year, the groundswell will pretty much be in place. This has been one of the best writing experiences of my life, and the early fan reaction means the world to me. It tells me you all get it! Thanks to all those who have supported our efforts thus far.