The Inferno Corporation will be Free

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My newest book will be free for 3 days starting Sunday.  FBI agent James Wright is facing his toughest foe.  A serial killer is terrorizing New York.   The murders are eerily similar to the many different levels of Dante’s Circle of Hell.  Can James Wright go to Hell and make it out alive?

http://www.amazon.com/Inferno-Corporation-James-Wrights-justice-ebook/dp/B00G8UERBY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1387661791&sr=8-3&keywords=inferno+corporation

 

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Who is the best James Bond?

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Who is the best James Bond?

There have been six James Bonds altogether and 23 movies.  Whenever a new Bond movie comes out or there is a change in the actor portraying Bond this question comes up.  There are many varying opinions on the matter.  In many respects it could be a question, which has no real answer.  However, while the best Bond may be in the eye of the beholder there are some factors, which can help us arrive at a logical opinion or answer if you will.

We will start by working our way backwards.

6. George Lazenby

I believe it is universally accepted that George Lazenby is the worst Bond.  While many would not argue this point, I would beg to differ.  Lazenby in my opinion did a great job in his one movie.  His timing and believability were spot on.  The movie, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” was actually a remarkably good movie. Diana Rigg starred opposite Lazenby and it is the Bond where you get the back drop of the character with his marriage.  Nevertheless, it was only one movie and while underrated it is still not enough.

5.  Timothy Dalton

After Roger Moore stepped aside the Bond franchise took a different turn and attempted to be more gritty.  The charm of the previous Bond movies was gone.  I often felt that while Dalton was not a bad Bond, the direction of the movies was wrong for him.  I think he would have been better received had the franchise not tried to be as gritty.  His Bond movies were two of my least favorite in the franchise.  Roger Moore was a tough act to follow.  I believe because of that it made Dalton’s Bond almost forgettable.

4.  Pierce Brosnan

After GoldenEye I would have probably put him almost in my top two, however, his portrayal seemed to get worse with each movie.  “Die Another Day,” was a difficult movie to both believe and swallow.  I felt let down by the time Brosnan stepped down.  It seemed that the character took a backseat to the gadgets and special effects.  Also it became difficult to distinguish Brosnan’s Bond from Remington Steele.  His Bond was filled with potential and much promise, however, he never lived up to the enormous expectations.

3.  Daniel Craig (curent Bond and rising up the list)

He could be the best Bond when all is said and done.  However, it all depends on how the next several movies go and what he does with the character.  He burst onto the scene in “Casino Royale.”  The more I watch, “Quantum of Solace,” the more I am impressed with not only the director but Craig’s portrayal.  I feel the same about “Skyfall.”  Craig seems to have both the charm of Moore and the ruthlessness of Connery.  He could end up being the best of them all.

To be continued

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Check out my New Book on Amazon Today

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The Inferno Corporation is a mystery/ thriller about FBI agent James Wright.  New York city is being terrorized by a cold-blooded killer.  There is only one man who stands in the way of this murderous foe.  James Wright must race against time in order to prevent this killer from hurting any more people.  Check it out today on Amazon for only $0.99.  I hope you enjoy.

http://www.amazon.com/Inferno-Corporation-James-Wrights-justice-ebook/dp/B00G8UERBY/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1382957033&sr=8-11&keywords=the+inferno+corporation

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The use of the ending “ly” in your verbs

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Over a year ago I began writing fiction.  I had never attempted writing before in my life, therefore, I did some research and found some books thru the Kindle.  I read many different blogs and books on how to write and create your story.  It was all helpful material, however, many authors discouraged the use adding “ly” to the end of verbs.

The thought behind the non-use of “ly” was due to the fact that using it cheapens the verb.  A “true writer” (as they would write) would work hard to find a verb in order avoid the “ly”.  I bought into this theory for a time and did my best to find alternatives for my writing.  I did understand and see the point those authors were making.

However, the other I was jogging and listening to the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  It was interesting because the more I listened the more “ly” verbs I heard.  At one point I heard three “ly” verbs in one sentence.  I was floored.

This revelation got me thinking about the “ly”.  Charles Dickens is one of the greatest writers of all time and if he reaches for an “ly” for his verbs then in reality it must be fine.  I realize I am not Charles Dickens or anywhere close to a writer of his caliber.  However, Dickens used any and all words he choose.  He did not limit himself.  Therefore, why was I limiting myself.

For me, all I can write is that I try to keep a balanced approach in my writing and the types of verbs or adjectives I use.  However, writers need to write and they need to have the freedom to use whatever words they feel are best.  Good luck on your road to writing.

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The cover of my soon to be released book

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The Inferno Corporation is about a serial killer who terrorizes New York.  FBI agent James Wright tracks the killer through his seemingly never ending levels of Hell.  Will James be able to stop this killer before his grand finale?  Find out Tuesday October 8th.

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FInding Time to Write

I have read many blogs and ebooks about writing. Many if not all have said the same thing about finding the time to write. I knew this would be true, however, I did not think it would happen to me. Oh course, it did. It seems crazy, because once one day passes another day will soon pass and then a month and then a couple of months. I have soon realized that I had not written anything.

It all started when I reached a point in my new book where I did not know where to go with it. I was about 25,000 words into and I was stuck. In fact I am still stuck. I thought a break would be good and in some ways it has. However, I was not accomplishing anything. I was not writing. I stopped writing my blogs. While the break was good and may be even much needed, I regret the time lost in writing.

What I learned from the time lost is that even if I need a break, I still need to write something each day. Each day I need to work on my craft and develop my style. Whether the time I have is 15 minutes or an hour or two. When you work and write in your spare time this can be difficult to balance everything.

I am a first time author/ writer. Before I started writing I was not on Twitter or Goodreads. I received a Kindle as a Christmas gift and I found some books on writing and they peeked my interest. I learned about setting up a platform through social media. However, when you are an indie writer like me finding the time to do all of this and write becomes increasingly difficult.

If you are like me then you would rather not pay someone to do the work for you. I was not in a position to do so anyway. The way to balance it all when you are first starting out is to do a little here and little bit there. You may not do everything well, but that is besides the point. The point is to do what you can. If you can only tweet once a day then do that. If you can only afford to write for 15 minutes then do it. Baby steps help us toward accomplishing our goals. Good Luck taking your baby steps!

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First page of the new book

SD Robb © All Rights Reserved.  This is the first draft and first page of my new book.  It is my first venture into the horror category.  Please let me know what you think.  The book will be called “The Hunger.”

The nightmares do not happen as often as they used to.  However, I am afraid to go to sleep some nights for fear they could be there waiting for me.  I wish I could tell you how they started.  Or when the nightmares began.  I have been reliving the same nightmare over and over for the last fifteen years.

I can remember as a child waking up screaming in the middle of the night.  My heart was beating so fast that I thought it would pop out of my chest.  The nightmare appeared to be extremely real to me.  My mother would come in and hold me until I clamed down.  Then she would sing a lullaby my grandmother used to sing to her.  I would soon be drifting off to sleep again.

The nightmares are the same almost every time.  There are slight variations in each one.  Sometimes I am older.  Sometimes there is snow on the ground.  However, I am always walking in the same forest at night.  I am alone, but I feel as if someone is watching me.  For some reason I begin to run.  I can feel the breath of someone or something behind me.  It is reaching for me.  Grabbing at my jacket.  I can feel the tug of my jacket as I run.  I can see the safety of a house up ahead.  I try to run faster.  However, the hand has gotten ahold of my jacket.  Then I wake up.  My mother has always been there for me, however, I do not know much if anything about my father.

I have very few memories of my father.  One haunting memory stands out from the rest.  It happened when I was six years old.  I went outside.  It was summer.  I just wanted to play and run through the meadows.  After stepping outside I saw him arguing with someone over by our barn.  I was not sure who the person was in fact I had never seen them before.  I remember the man wore a black cavalier hat and a black cape.  I had never seen a man dressed like that before.  The argument became quite heated and I saw my father stomp off into the barn.   I never saw my father after that moment.

We had at the time lived on this huge property in a massive mansion.  I recall running through the house and seeing strange things like suits of armor and heads of animals on the walls as well as furs on the wooden flooring.  I used to run my toes through the fur rugs because they gave me the chills.  It was not an inviting house to be raising a child, but it was filled with the things my father loved the most, which was hunting.

There were maidservants who attended to the day-to-day household chores and a butler who managed the servants and the household affairs.  I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but I never lacked for anything.   It was a luxurious life that we lost instantly one night.   I sometimes wonder if that is the reason my mother and grandmother never speak of my father.

When I was seven years old my mother awoke me in the wee hours of the morning.  She told me that I had only a few minutes to grab my things because we were leaving.  I asked her where my father was, however she ignored my inquiry.  From that day forward we lived out of our suitcases and in hostels in the Spanish countryside until finally settling down in the grand city of Barcelona by that time I was 16 years old.

My name is Alejandro Salazar and my mother’s name is Gabrielle Salazar.  She gave up her married last name as well as everything else when we left.  She worked odd jobs during our nomadic time many years ago to put food on the table.

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