Who Art Thou Thursday: Gerard de Marigny

Guess what? okay. Don’t guess. 🙂 Gerard de Marigny has returned, this time for a little Q&A. Plus!!!! A little birdie told me his latest work, The Watchman of Ephraim, is up for grabs on Goodreads. If you haven’t entered the giveaway, definitely do that. Ends 9/11.

So, tell us about your most recent publication.

I published my debut novel, the political thriller, The Watchman of Ephraim, in January (2011) and I’m very proud of it. It’s a dream come true for me!

TWOE is a story about a guy named Cris De Niro. He’s a Brooklyn, NY-born and raised, self-made billionaire who lost his wife and unborn child in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. De Niro turns to his Judeo-Christian faith to deal with his rage. He reads a passage in the Bible about ‘The watchman of Ephraim’ that changes his life.

The United States is modern Ephraim in prophesy and De Niro knows that. So he decides to become the modern-day Watchman of Ephraim by acquiring a counter-terrorism firm – renaming it “The Watchman Agency.”

He puts together a remarkable staff, starting with his deceased wife’s brother, Captain Louis “Mugsy” Ricci, USN SEALS (Ret.)  and not a moment too soon because his agency immediately comes across a connection between a Mexican drug cartel and an Iranian businessman with ties to radical Islam.

Lots of stuff starts happening from there – one of The Watchman’s agents goes missing in Monterrey, Mexico and his disappearance may be linked to a mole within the Agency. Strange events start to occur at the U.S./Mexican border. The Watchman’s covert paramilitary arm, ARCHANGEL is sent down there to investigate. They team up with the head of the famed ‘Shadow Wolves’ Native American border patrol unit. The Watchman and ARCHANGEL figure out that something very big and very bad is planned to happen and soon … and it all culminates on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Meanwhile, De Niro is still coming to terms with the loss of his soulmate and wife, Lisa. His faith and his love for his two sons, Richard and Louis are all that keep him from losing himself to his rage. Things become even more complicated for him when he’s introduced to Dr. Moriah Stevens, a beautiful widow who also lost her husband on 9/11. Stevens falls for De Niro and he has feelings for her but his devotion to his wife is just too strong … even after 10 years.

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is when it all happens – when our country is targeted for another terrorist attack even more catastrophic than the original 9/11 attack – when our border is breached – and when a man who’s already lost the love of his life to terrorism, has his children and himself targeted.

But this time, Cris De Niro can do something about it – and let me tell you, these terrorists will learn a lesson about tangling with a tough Italian from Brooklyn … especially when you mess with his kids!

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

There’s actually a lot of my life in The Watchman of Ephraim, specifically because of the topic it opens with … 9/11.

My wife and I lost a dear friend in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, Danny Afflitto. We were also friendly with others who lost their lives in the Twin Towers that horrible day. We attended a lot of funerals … too many funerals.

My anger and frustration caused by 9/11 ultimately lead to my writing TWOE. I did my best to honor the friends and families of 9/11 victims by depicting the actual event, specifically, the crashing of American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower, as accurately as I could.

But I wanted to do more than that – I wanted to convey some of the angst, some of the overwhelming grief that loved ones felt. I was with Danny’s wife Stacey when he actually called her just minutes after the plane hit the tower. His last words to her were, “I think a bomb just went off, there’s fire and smoke everywhere … kiss the baby, I love you!” Then the line went dead.

Stacey went into shock … and she didn’t even realize she was pregnant with their 2nd son – a son Danny never even knew about because she only found out 3 days later. I can tell you, including my own Dad’s dying in front of me (peacefully, from illness), that was the most traumatic event I ever experienced. I was overwhelmed with compassion for Stacey but more than that, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of utter helplessness. I couldn’t do a thing for her, to ease her pain or to save Danny. It’s something I still haven’t gotten over.

In a way,  TWOE was my way of dealing with that feeling of helplessness. Writing a work of fiction falls far short of truly comforting the people who lost loved ones – it doesn’t bring any of them back and it doesn’t punish the people who were responsible … but it’s all I can do.

Back to your question, in order for me to convey some of the emotion of that day – in order to drop the readers into that overwhelmingly powerful moment, I felt I had to write from the mindset of a husband who lost his own wife and unborn son in the Tower. I had to assume the role of the lead character Cris De Niro and I had to kill his wife … my wife, Lisa.

It was pretty radical, especially since I didn’t tell my wife, who’s one of the editors, or my sons … who became pretty upset when they read that mommy died in the book.

Sounds like you get pretty emotionally involved in your writing. Makes for a powerful piece. Which of your characters do you relate to most?

Cris De Niro and I both have the same mindset and worldview. We’re from the same old neighborhood, like the same food and drink and both moved into the Las Vegas valley.

The difference is, he’s a billionaire who could do something about the things that frustrate me most in the world.

He’s also better looking. (grin)

What’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The hardest part for me is actually opening the Word file and getting to work. Once I do, I’m okay, but for reasons I haven’t fully understood – I seem to procrastinate.

I’ve been mentored by a great writer, Dean Wesley Smith, through his excellent blogs and from personal communications. One of the things he told me I needed to do in order to become successful is to turn out 3-4 novel-length works per year. So, I’m continually working at removing obstacles to writing every day.

I’m totally with you with the procrastination bug. What’s the easiest part of the writing process?

The easiest part for me is coming up with storylines and characters – that’s a blessing from God.

My brother and I had a harsh upbringing. We dealt with it in different ways. He escaped by never being home. I was a homebody, so the only way for me to escape was to invent storylines and disappear into them. There always seemed to be a hero-type character in my storylines that could do the things I couldn’t do – take on the bullies in the world and save those in distress.

I’ve been inventing these stories my whole life – the difference is now, I writing them down and sharing them with others – but I’m never at a loss for storylines or characters … the world is full of characters to me.

With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

Yes, definitely – I would have started MUCH younger! I’ve been writing bits and pieces of the stories in my head for most of my life but I never had the confidence to publish them. I made some halfhearted attempts in late 1980’s but that was it.

I spent most of my life working at jobs that I really didn’t enjoy, feeling like I was meant to do something else – something that I’d love to do. I can’t believe I didn’t realize that my calling was to write literary works. Other than my Faith and my family, nothing satisfies me more.

If it weren’t for my wife Lisa, back in June 2009, literally scolding me to “finish a book and PUBLISH IT!” because she could see how depressed I was becoming, I wouldn’t even be here. I published my first work, TWOE this January, at 47 years old. <sigh> So many years wasted … but at least I’m doing what I love now.

What are you working on now?

I’m completing my second novel right now. It’s the sequel to TWOE, the 2nd installment in The Watchman of Ephraim series, called Signs of War.

It’ll be out by September (’11) … I’m very excited about it!

Then I’ll immediately start work on the third in the series. The storyline for that one is already shaping out. I’m intending to get that one out by either December (’11) or January (’12).

Thanks for asking!

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pencil

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Plotter

Favorite Candy: Anything with caramel in/on it

Worst habit: My wife says I’m a control freak – I guess I’ll go with that. (grin)

This was definitely the most heartfelt interview I’ve had the opportunity of conducting. Thanks for sharing with us, Gerard.

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About the Gerard de Marigny

Gerard de Marigny is the author of the geopolitical thriller, The Watchman of Ephraim, Book 1 of THE WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM series. The sequel, Signs of War is scheduled for release in September 2011.

Gerard de Marigny resides in the beautiful foothills of Las Vegas, NV with his wife Lisa and his four sons. When not bending an arm with friends at the local pub, he’s putting to paper the stories and characters that are alive in his mind.

Connect with Gerard de Marigny online: Website, SelfPubber’s Pub, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, and MySpace

Find The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny at:

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository

Smashwords

Amazon

Signed Hardcovers and Paperbacks

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at Goodreads!

Authors Helping Authors – Gerard de Marigny Talks Quality Standards

A few weeks ago, you might remember my writer friend, Gerard de Marigny visiting. 🙂 He shared with us an excerpt from his novel, The Watchman of Ephraim. Today he’s here to share his thoughts on publishing.

Why Self-Publishing Needs Quality Standards

Gerard de Marigny

EXAMPLE #1: Here’s a review of a work published not too long ago on Smashwords …

“Sorry, this may or may not be a great story but there are too many spelling, grammatical & punctuation errors to find out.

“I really dislike giving up on a book but in this case the many very simple spelling errors (fealt instead of felt for example) are simply too distracting so whilst the plot description intrigued me I gave up pretty early on. A simple spell check would have picked up most of the spelling mistakes; if the author can’t be bothered to do that how can he expect us to read his work?[Emphasis mine]

EXAMPLE #2: Here’s the short and long descriptions one author gave for his work:

Ebook Short Description

Children’s fantasy…

Extended Description

Children’s fantasy…”

… And here’s the one and only review that author’s work was given:

“I would find it much easier to decide to download if it actually had a proper description and tags to tell me whether it is worth it!! So in conclusion I have not downloaded it because of the reasons above!!”

EXAMPLE #3: Here’s one more piece of a review – keep in mind that all of these reviews were taken recently from Smashwords.com:

“It is difficult to review when I can’t tell what is a typo and what is supposed to be slang.”

I think I speak on behalf of ALL self-published authors (as those examples above were obviously all self-published) when I say that I’m embarrassed … embarrassed and frustrated at being included in the same light with those lazy, unprofessional writers above!

Anyone who has ever been the victim of bias can relate to the frustration experienced by professional self-published authors because of the poor perception most readers have about self-publishing in general. Growing up half Spanish-half Italian in a tough area of Brooklyn, NY where the Italians and Latinos pretty much hated each other, I can tell you from experience that perceptions can be a POWERFUL force. Negative perceptions can prove to be a profound disadvantage for anyone affected by them.

It’s difficult enough for a self-published author to learn the crafts of writing and publishing. You spend the money, time and effort on creating written works that are polished and professional, only to be dismissed by a growing mass of people simply because you are self-published. They haven’t read your works or even looked at your cover or summary – many won’t even do those things if the work was self-published. They’ve just dismissed all self-published works from the onset.

Here’s the really bad thing … I don’t even blame those people – because I’m almost one of them! Being a SelfPubber, that really pains me, yet, I cannot say that I don’t have a certain bias against self-published works. Now, I don’t dismiss them – of course I don’t – but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I do wonder about the QUALITY of a work when I know it’s self-published. That’s not something I concern myself with, when it comes to a traditionally-published work … and that’s the real point of this article.

With a TRADPUB work, I concern myself with the normal, subjective things like genre, topic, and author but with a SELPUB work, my primary concern is about an objective thing … QUALITY!

I’ve heard that self-published authors contend that some of them are too poor to be able to afford professional editors to edit their work … to which I say, “If you can’t afford an editor, find another way!” By the way … spell checking is free! Bottom line: those people would still be able to publish (if my proposed quality standards process went into effect), they just wouldn’t be able to receive the “Quality Approved” seal. Would that potentially hurt their ability to sell their work? I’d say, “Yes!” At least I hope it does, for the folks sake, that it is!

I was raised in a relatively poor family – a family that did not give quarter to laziness and a family that did not accept excuses! My Dad was a U.S. Marine. He taught my brother and me the same things he learned in the Marine Corps. When you face a problem and you can’t solve it easily … improvise and adapt so that you can overcome!

In order for the bias against self-published works to ebb, there is a need for quality standards to be established and maintained, and then for some sort of ‘Quality Seal” to appear on works that meet the established benchmarks.

What would this do? Well first, it WOULDN’T prevent any lazy fool from self-publishing … and you know something … I don’t want to prevent people from having the freedom to self-publish. I’m all for liberty and the freedom to do things like publish your own written works, even if they are garbage. I believe in the capitalist system of allowing the consumers to decide on what they will and will not consume.

HOWEVER … we must address the concept of “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware), when it comes to self-published literary works. That’s correct – we need to protect the folks first – NOT OURSELVES (read: self-publishers). People should have a quick and easy way to see that a self-published work meets certain quality standards with respect to the objective craft portion of the work – namely, proper grammar and spelling. A Quality Seal that represents that a work has met the criteria set out in established quality standards would be just the thing.

Now, I’m NOT talking censorship here. I do not believe that any subjective portion of the work should be considered in a quality standard. Subjective aspects of writing are things like storyline, characters, settings, etc. Dialog would also be included as a subjective aspect – so, writing dialog that utilizes vernacular or slang would not be subject to review by the quality standard review process.

Self-publishing needs quality standards so that readers can easily determine whether a self-published work meets a certain level of professionalism. Currently, when a reader purchases a book published by a legacy publisher, the very fact that the book was published traditionally serves as a quality-approved seal. Until readers can make that quick of a determination of whether a self-published work is of acceptable quality, ALL self-published works will be circumspect.

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About the Gerard de Marigny

Gerard de Marigny is the author of the geopolitical thriller, _The Watchman of Ephraim_, Book 1 of THE WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM series. The sequel, _Signs of War_ is scheduled for release in September 2011.

Gerard de Marigny resides in the beautiful foothills of Las Vegas, NV with his wife Lisa and his four sons. When not bending an arm with friends at the local pub, he’s putting to paper the stories and characters that are alive in his mind.

Connect with Gerard de Marigny online: Website, SelfPubber’s Pub, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, and MySpace

Find The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny at:

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository

Smashwords

Amazon

Signed Hardcovers and Paperbacks

Teaser Tuesday: The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny

A few weeks ago, I met Gerard de Marigny, debut author of The Watchman of Ephraim. We exchanged a few emails. I have to say, he’s quite the conversationalist. 🙂 He had a few ideas he plans to share with us next time he’s’ around. Until, he’s sharing a chapter from his novel. Thank you for the goodie, Mr. de Marigny.

Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet, all of his money couldn’t protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. 10 years passed since the tragedy. De Niro and his sons relocated to a sprawling ranch near Las Vegas. Turning to his faith to overcome his anguish, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. From a biblical passage, he reads about the “Watchman of Ephraim,” a defender who kept watch over the land. De Niro decides to acquire a lackluster counter-terrorism agency in order to transform it into a modern-day version of The Watchman for the United States but there’s not a moment to lose.

Aref Sami Zamani is planning a terrorist attack on American soil – codenamed “Antioch,” a plot to detonate a nuke over the city of Las Vegas. The Watchman uncovers a connection between Zamani and a Mexican drug cartel but their agent goes missing before they can learn more. That’s because Zamani has a spy working for The Watchman. Strange events start to unfold near the Nogales border crossing. References are discovered to something the Mexicans are calling “Noche Del Espantada” …Fright Night,” but can it mean something else?

September 11, 2011 and the sun hasn’t risen yet in Las Vegas or Nogales. Antioch is in motion! At the border, Noche Del Espantada has begun and there are intruders at De Niro’s ranch. De Niro has to protect his sons and someone new in his life, Dr. Moriah Stevens. She too, lost her spouse on 9/11. Moriah finds herself in love with De Niro but his devotion to his wife is proving too powerful for him, even after 10 years. It’s the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil and unless De Niro and his new team are successful, the day will be known as “The 2nd 9/11.”

Chapter 1

World Trade Center Mall
New York, New York
8:30a.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2001
(16 minutes before terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into Tower One)

The shopkeeper smiled at the handsome, well-tailored customer as she finished tying a ribbon around the box of long-stemmed roses he picked out. She noticed his wedding ring and could surmise for whom the flowers were intended. The earthy woman’s ruddy cheeks glowed with satisfaction as she affixed the final touch to her handiwork – a big red bow – to the top and center of the lid.

“Will this be cash or charge?”

De Niro handed over his American Express black card as he flipped his cell phone open and hit an auto-dial button.

The shopkeeper raised her eyebrows when she examined the oddly-colored card and read the famous last name embossed onto it. After swiping it through the terminal, her blue eyes sparkled with curiosity as she handed it back to him. De Niro knew the look on her face well. He’d seen it countless times before, and though he bore little resemblance to the legendary actor with the same last name, curiosity got the better of most people.

If I had a dollar for every time someone gibed me with the famous line, “You talkin’ to me …” … I can only imagine what it’s like to – be – Robert De Niro.

Smiling politely, he answered her question before she even asked it.

“No relation.”

Born Cristiano Stephen De Niro, De Niro had long ago given up teasing people by telling them, “We’re cousins.”

After deciding whether she should believe him or not, the shopkeeper flashed De Niro a knowing glance. Handing him the box, she added a little too loudly for his comfort, “I understand, Mr. De Niro.”

De Niro rolled his eyes and with a few curious stares from other customers, made a quick exit from the store.

Located behind the “Twin Towers,” the florist shop was nestled in the far corner of the concourse, the largest shopping center in Manhattan. The WTC Mall was also a main stop for a number of trains including the PATH that carried people into the city from New Jersey as well as the N, R, 1 and 9 lines that ran from Brooklyn and Queens to uptown. As he passed the entrance to the PATH train platform heading for the Tower One lobby, De Niro detected the familiar smell of the subway below. It brought to mind his harried youth, when he took the train from Brooklyn to uptown to go to work.

The smell of the subway and over-cooked pretzels will always remind me of Manhattan.

He hadn’t been to the Trade Center in awhile but De Niro could see some things hadn’t changed – his call wasn’t going through – so he disconnected it and tried again. Being there brought back so many memories of when he first met his wife, Lisa. At the time, she worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, the world-famous bond house. Lisa landed her job with Cantor right out of college and worked her way up the ladder, eventually becoming the firm’s chief market analyst. Lisa and Cris both knew God had a hand in their meeting despite the fact they didn’t get off to the best start.

De Niro blushed with embarrassment whenever he thought about how they met. It was at a cocktail hour that kicked off an investment conference in San Francisco, where they both were scheduled to speak. He arrived late and had just walked into the reception area. Lisa greeted him and introduced herself in her usual, confident manner. He offered his hand to her and began to introduce himself, when she interrupted him with just a touch of sarcasm.

“I know who you are.”

Winking, she glanced over his head and walked away. De Niro was perplexed until he noticed that he was standing directly under a ten-foot billboard poster of himself, complete with his name in bold, printed under his picture. Apparently, someone working for the event’s promotion department thought it was a brilliant idea to plaster the behemoth posters all over the conference center.

After catching up to Lisa, De Niro asked her to dinner. He remembered it like it was yesterday. Before that, he was used to taking women out who were either interested in talking about themselves the whole night or turning the date into a Fortune magazine interview about his net worth. Lisa, on the other hand, captivated him from the start. She was a total knockout but didn’t seem preoccupied with her looks; he liked that in a woman. Unlike the vain model-types that ordered a salad and picked the croutons out for fear of gaining an ounce, Lisa had a hearty appetite.

Not only did she polish off what was on her plate; she asked me if I was gonna finish what was on mine!

When he told her to have at it, she casually reached across with her fork, as if they knew each other forever. Savoring the fish from his dish made her flash that beautiful smile of hers. It beamed as much from her golden eyes as from her mouth and was accented with a dimple she said she inherited from her granddad. She proceeded to talk about everything except the two of them, from sports – they both loved the Yankees; he was an avid Oakland Raiders fan, she hated them, to politics – they were both conservative; she was outspoken and active, he mostly kept his views to himself, to how many kids she pictured having when she married – incredibly, they both wanted four.

De Niro recalled how the entire evening passed and she never uttered a word about what she did for a living. When he asked her why, she simply said, “That’s what I do … it’s not who I am.” De Niro was well aware though, from listening to her speak at the conference, that she knew her stuff. In fact, he teased her that if things didn’t work out between them romantically, he was interested in hiring her as a consultant. Without missing a beat, Lisa gibed back that, either way, she didn’t come cheap.

Find The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny at:

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository

Smashwords

Amazon

Signed Hardcovers and Paperbacks

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About the Gerard de Marigny

Gerard de Marigny (pronounced “de-Mar-E-nee”) has been a successful musician and entrepreneur and now intends to bring his passion for his faith and writing together, in his novels. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Gerard was the lead guitarist for a rock band that sold many thousands of records all over the world. His band won the “Best New Video” award on MTV in1983, but a life-threatening illness (cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) and an epiphany of faith inspired him to leave that lifestyle and devote himself to “living his faith.”

Gerard continued writing music for TV and a movie, while branching out and starting his own businesses in the transportation and financial industries. Yet, his lifelong ambition was to bring to life righteous characters that would inspire others.

In 2007, Gerard was awarded the prestigious Fischer Family Scholarship for the Arts from Penn State University, for a 5,000-word autobiographical work he was commissioned to write.

In 2011, he completed his debut novel, THE WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM, a political thriller which is book one of his WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM series.

Visit Gerard de Marigny’s Website

Sunday Showcase #7

Welcome to another edition of Sunday Showcase. I happened to land three reads this week. 🙂

Last witch in the world, Faith Scott, and her Irish vampire boyfriend Trent have just come back from fighting for their lives to recover the Vampiric Blood gem and Werewolf Moon gem. Thinking they could finally relax and work on the romance growing between them, they now meet a mysterious psychic vampire named Vincent who has his heart set on being with Faith.

Soon bizarre killings of Zou Tai’s werewolf pack begin, with rumors of an alchemist possessing the famed philosophers stone being the assailant; which, causes Faith to turn to Vincent for help in figuring out why the werewolves are being murdered.
It isn’t long before all those around them test Trent and Faith’s love, along with their abilities, once again. It is all Trent can do to keep Faith safe by his side while both go up against a deadly alchemist, deceptive gods, and having to rescue the werewolf prince; yet, after a deal with the God of Werewolves will Trent be able to save himself too?

Why I Picked It up: Ms. Kolodziej has a blog tour coming up this week, and I’m lucky enough to be a participant. She offered an ARC, and I accepted. So far I’m enjoying it. Be sure to stop by next week, as she’ll be making several stops.

Available at: Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles.

 

Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood.

Why I Picked It up: I actually won this late last year in a giveaway over at Addicted 2 Novels. Somewhere along the lines, it didn’t make its way to my place. I sent off a quick email, and my copy made an appearance last week. Woot! The simple reason I wanted this book… okay the only and main reason is I was a fan of the Sweet Valley Twins as a girl. Now they’re back, and I’m interested.

Available at: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet, all of his money couldn’t protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. 10 years passed since the tragedy. De Niro and his sons relocated to a sprawling ranch near Las Vegas. Turning to his faith to overcome his anguish, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. From a biblical passage, he reads about the “Watchman of Ephraim,” a defender who kept watch over the land. De Niro decides to acquire a lackluster counter-terrorism agency in order to transform it into a modern-day version of The Watchman for the United States but there’s not a moment to lose.

Aref Sami Zamani is planning a terrorist attack on American soil – codenamed “Antioch,” a plot to detonate a nuke over the city of Las Vegas. The Watchman uncovers a connection between Zamani and a Mexican drug cartel but their agent goes missing before they can learn more. That’s because Zamani has a spy working for The Watchman. Strange events start to unfold near the Nogales border crossing. References are discovered to something the Mexicans are calling “Noche Del Espantada” …Fright Night,” but can it mean something else?

September 11, 2011 and the sun hasn’t risen yet in Las Vegas or Nogales. Antioch is in motion! At the border, Noche Del Espantada has begun and there are intruders at De Niro’s ranch. De Niro has to protect his sons and someone new in his life, Dr. Moriah Stevens. She too, lost her spouse on 9/11. Moriah finds herself in love with De Niro but his devotion to his wife is proving too powerful for him, even after 10 years. It’s the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil and unless De Niro and his new team are successful, the day will be known as “The 2nd 9/11.”

Why I Picked It up: Mr. de Marigny offered me a copy for review. Originally I turned it down, since it didn’t fit into a genre I read. HOWEVER, I couldn’t help but read the first page or two. The next moment, I was eating crow.

Available at: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository, and Smashwords