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Coming Soon:  In the Wreckage (Metahuman Files 01)

All right everyone. I did promise that I was committed to this self-publishing venture. IN THE WRECKAGE is the first book in my m/m sci-fi military romance series that is scheduled to be published on February 24, 2017. Depending on when Amazon puts it up, it may actually drop earlier next week.

Regardless, I am so excited to share this story with you guys and would love it if you would reblog!

A Marine with honor.

After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.

A soldier with secrets.

Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.

Two men trying to survive.

Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love?

Please note, In the Wreckage is a steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a tiny bit of kink and a HFN ending.

Now, onto the story.


Ground level in the Chicago megacity was a humid, crowded mess on the best of days. When a mafia-backed terrorist group led by metahumans waged war against law abiding citizens, Chicago became a shitshow of the worst kind not even the police could handle. Which meant the best counterattack came not from local authorities, but in the form of government-backed metahumans.

“Where the fuck is our cover fire?”

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Sinbad’s memoirs have an interesting parallel with another self-made ruler, Julius Caesar.  It’s true that many politicians write their memoirs after becoming famous, but Caesar, like Sinbad, used his to become famous.

During his years as a general, Caesar wrote about his military campaigns in his published autobiography, which totaled 7 volumes in all.  It’s generally thought these volumes were published immediately after each campaign, acting as much as a newspaper as a biography.  Like Sinbad’s autobiography, they are also written in a cringe-inducing third person.

When Caesar turned to focus on building political power, he was already a celebrity.  People could not only name his military victories, but knew the play-by-play of those campaigns—framed in the most flattering way by his own books.

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WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges in the US

(WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The Department of Justice is reportedly considering criminal charges against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for their roles in several leaks dating back to 2010, multiple news outlets reported on Thursday.

WikiLeaks was one of several publications that published sensitive military files obtained from a former US Army intelligence analyst several years ago — and more recently dumped thousands of documents that it said detailed the hacking tools and techniques used by the CIA for foreign espionage in what appeared to be the largest leak of CIA documents in history.

Potential charges against WikiLeaks include conspiracy, theft of government property, or violating the Espionage Act, according to The Washington Post and CNN.

Assange is currently living out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London — avoiding arrest on a separate warrant for a rape charge in Sweden. Much to the US’s chagrin, president-elect Lenín Moreno, who was recently confirmed the winner of Ecuador’s presidential election after a recount, supports Assange and had no plans for his extradition.

It was unclear whether an official memo on the matter, still in the early stages, was drafted to pursue charges for the organization’s role in leaks that damaged the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election.

In 2010, WikiLeaks made available to the public thousands of classified cables and documents from the military and the State Department. However, during President Barack Obama’s tenure, the Justice Department decided against charging WikiLeaks, reasoning that it would be too difficult and similar to prosecuting a news organization that published classified information, The Post reported.

(US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said prosecutors were taking another look at the previous administration’s findings.

“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” Sessions said in a news conference on Thursday. “This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of.”

“We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious,” Sessions continued. “So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

In the more recent leak in March, top-secret files were published — allegedly by way of a CIA employee or contractor who operated a tool normally used by the spy agency to infiltrate various electronic devices, from smartphones to smart televisions and computers.

Thousands of top-secret files were leaked after the infiltrator used an “attack code” — which could be used to break into products from companies like Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft — to “gain unauthorized access to computers and smartphones,” especially if software updates meant to patch certain vulnerabilities weren’t available. The breach has since been referred to as “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks.

(Julian Assange.Thomson Reuters)

CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak delivered a stern rebuke against WikiLeaks for its part in Vault 7.

“The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries,” Horniak said. “Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.

The Justice Department’s charges also coincide with the sharp rhetoric from CIA director Mike Pompeo earlier this month, who called WikiLeaks "a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

Representatives for WikiLeaks — who claim that the US Justice Department had not discussed the matters with them despite requests — remain steadfast in their belief that there is “no legitimate basis” for the Justice Department to treat their organization differently than other news outlets, The Post reported.

(CIA director Mike Pompeo.Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“The fact of the matter is — however frustrating it might be to whoever looks bad when information is published — WikiLeaks is a publisher, and they are publishing truthful information that is in the public’s interest,” said Barry J. Pollack, Assange’s attorney. “Democracy thrives because there are independent journalists reporting on what it is that the government is doing.”

Pollack also added that he wished the new administration would be “more respectful, not less respectful of the First Amendment than the prior administration was.”

The news also brought about consternation from civil rights advocates. “Never in the history of this country has a publisher been prosecuted for presenting truthful information to the public,” Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said in a statement. “Any prosecution of Wikileaks for publishing government secrets would set a dangerous precedent that the Trump administration would surely use to target other news organizations.”

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anonymous asked:

I just have to say that I adore your enthusiasm about Nelson and Georgian Age of Sail in general! It's so cool! Thank you for writing this blog! Can you recommend any books, besides the obvious?

*blushes furiously* Ahhh thank you, anon! The Age of Sail is so fascinating, and Nelson is so ridiculously awesome (emphasis on the ridiculous), it’s impossible not to get enthusiastic about it all! :DD

For book recs, well, it really depends what part of the Age of Sail you’re interested in! But here are the ones I’d recommend to everybody.

For general Age of Sail:

  • Nelson’s Navy, by Brian Lavery. The indispensable reference book for most aspects of the navy between 1793-1815. Lavery’s an eminent naval historian who knows his stuff, so it’s worth checking out his whole backlist.
  • The Wooden World: An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy, by N.A.M. Rodger, one of the definitive studies of life in the Age of Sail. Rodger also has a two volume Naval History of Britain series. The second volume, The Command of the Ocean, covers the Georgian period.
  • Roy and Lesley Adkins have published several great books on the subject, packed full of info, and very readable. Their Jack Tar is a fabulous book about the lives of the ordinary seamen of Nelson’s navy, very much recommended. There’s also their The War For All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo and Trafalgar: Biography of a Battle.
  • If you want to get technical, Seamanship in the Age of Sail by John Harland is the book. It’s also very rare and expensive - I got my copy for £65, and that was a steal!
  • William James wrote a six-volume Naval History of Great Britain in the 1820s. It’s a stunning work, painstakingly researched, and more accessible than you’d expect. It’s fascinating to dip in and out of - James arranges his history by year, and by type of action: fleet, single-ship duels, boat actions, etc. And you can get it online! :D
  • As a general rule, historians like David Cordingly, Andrew Lambert, Sam Willis, and Tim Clayton are worth checking out, and they write on a variety of naval subjects, from biographies to certain battles/wars/ships. Seaforth Publishing are a division/imprint/whatever of military publishers Pen and Sword, and publish loads of naval history books, so worth checking out.

And because nothing beats a good, old-fashioned memoir, here’s the ones I have:

  • Autobiography of a Seaman, by Thomas Cochrane. I’ve only read bits of this one, but even those were very entertaining! 
  • A Voice from the Main Deck, by Samuel Leech, who was a ship’s boy in both the British and American navies. Fascinating, even if Sam himself is insufferable!
  • The Narrative of William Spavens. The backstory behind this one is quite poignant: Spavens was a Chatham pensioner who was compelled to write his memoirs as a way to make ends meet.
  • The Adventures of John Wetherell. I’ve actually just started reading this one, but so far so good! He hates his captain and writes terrible poetry, what’s not to like? XD
  • A Mariner of England, by William Richardson. The point of view of a pressed man who eventually ended up as a gunner. 

For Nelson:

  • John Sugden has written a recent biography of Nelson in two massive volumes: A Dream of Glory and The Sword of Albion. Phenomenal work, and totally terrifying! I use them as reference books, for dipping in and out of; I haven’t dared try to read them cover to cover yet!
  • The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson, by Roger Knight is a much more manageable size than the Sugden, and full of interest.
  • Nelson: A Personal History, by Christopher Hibbert is just what it sounds like, and full of delightful anecdotes.
  • Basically anything by the late, great Colin White, who was the Nelson expert until he passed away in 2008. I haven’t actually got round to reading his Nelson: The Admiral, but that one in particular seems to be about him as a leader.
  • For Nelson in his own words, the various volumes of The Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson can often be picked up quite cheap, there’s Nelson: The New Letters edited by Colin White, and the two volumes of The Letters of Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton (if you have a Kindle, you can get these for free!).
  • Also, if for some ungodly reason you haven’t already read it, the Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson by my bb Dr. William Beatty, Victory’s surgeon, was, and still is, one of the key eyewitness accounts of Trafalgar and Nelson’s death. And it will make you cry ALL THE TEARS.

Whew! That’s a start, anyway! Hopefully there’s a few less obvious ones in there for you. :D I’m also prone to flail a lot over naval surgeons, women at sea, the War of 1812, Philip Broke, and James Cook, so if you’re interested in any of those things, I have recs for them as well!

(A table of contents is available. It will be kept updated throughout the series, and I will reblog it upon completion of the series. This series will remain open for additional posts.)

Part 27: Military Fiction in the Fray

Military fiction is a sub-genre for nearly every genre out there, which is why I decided to pull it out and give it its own post. The idea of military fiction is to follow the lives of individuals in and around the military during war times. What it isn’t is the civilian life during war times. Most times, stories that deal with war, battles, and skirmishes are also part of another genre, so the stories that are about people being affected by war are usually better labeled by the other genre. That distinction is a small one, but important to keep in mind. Despite the fact that my own works in progress are set in war times and the characters are very much impacted by those events, none of them are part of the military units of the world, meaning the story isn’t military fiction but simply straight up fantasy with military themes. The difference is important.

What makes a military fiction story?

That the main character is in the military or an interconnected discipline to the military, and set during war are pretty consistent within the genre. They may be dealing with military organization and hierarchy, intelligence gathering, or such common themes as life and death, military values (including bravery, sacrifice, duty, and camaraderie), technology, and morality. Many of the events depicted are battles, forays, missions, as well as battle preparations and the military command structure.

Much of the military fiction available falls into two groups: historical fiction and science fiction. The historical military fiction includes such titles as the Sharpe and Horatio Hornblower franchises, while military science fiction includes The Extinction Cycle books and The Shadow Saga. Military fiction is often transformed from book to screen since action is one of the traits to the genre, making it ripe for holding audience attention.

Cross-genre-ing is one of the most prominent features of the genre, allowing multi-faceted stories to evolve out of the military framework. Romance, dystopian, fantasy, supernatural, thrillers, religious, you name it–it can cross-genre. Publishers for military fiction abound, often looking for something new and refreshing from the age-old stand-by of Civil War stories. Be sure to evaluate whether the military aspect is the forefront of your story or a secondary facet to another genre. This opens a wider options, of course!

Next up: Western fiction!