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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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Most feared and notorious outlaws of Ottoman Empire from police records

  1. Piç Ardaş (Ardaş the Bastard): Birth: 1886, Sivas. He proclaimed himself as the new “King” (of the territory) after killing Mavnacı Ali (Ali the Bargeman), the ex-King. In 26th December of 1920, the Bargeman called Ardaş to Kuzguncuk for a duel. Although Ardaş lost his two fingers in the fight, he killed the Bargeman. Üsküdar district was his playground until 1923 when he disappeared with his girlfriend called Kumkapılı Ağavni. His sign in police records: His thumb and forefinger are cut. 
  2. Şık Manol (Manol the Elegant): Birth: 1890, Tokat. He always dressed elegantly, the reason why he was called the Elegant. His rich father having a large farm in Tokat sent him to Istanbul for a better education but Manol didn’t seem to want it. His playground was the district of Galata where he run a “kumarhane” (gambling place). He never had a gun, only used his head and fists when fighting. He received his fame after he defeated 6 bandits who wanted to receive “haraç” (extortion, giving money when the bandit demands) from the coffeehouse owner where Manol was sitting in. 
  3. Arap Hüsnü (Hüsnü the Arab): Birth: 1870, Tripolis. It is not known why he came to Istanbul. He has been famous after he killed two people in the bazaar who refused to give him the “haraç” he demanded. His playground was the district of Tophane. He has been deported from the country in 1923. 
  4. Karmanyolacı Yamalı Yorgi (Yorgi the Patchy Robber): Birth: 1892, Beşiktaş. He was called the patchy because of his burns in his cheek. He stabbed a fisherman to death in Rumelihisarı when he was 17. He killed 4 fishermen in Kandilli. He had been the most feared man after he killed the coachman in Bebek in 1921 and killed the coffeehouse owner in Ortaköy. His “territory” was the Rumeli-yakası region (European side of Bosphorus) where he extorted money and attacked those who refused. He was found dead in a nook in 1923 in Arnavutköy.
  5. Solak Ligor (Ligor the left-handed): Birth: 1888, Konya. He injured his right-arm after a fight. His father, who was a famous dressmaker in the region, wanted his son to help him in his business. Since he could not use his right hand, he found himself on the streets, becoming criminal. In 1908, he killed a Jewish merchant in Balat.  In 1921 he was sent to prison for counterfeiting.
  6. Kesik Nikola (Nikola the wounded): Birth: 1884, Istanbul. At first he sold the gözlemes (kind of food) his father made. After his father’s death, he tried to continue his father’s business but was not able to do so since he was an unskillful person in preparing food. His first job was killing his father’s friend, Tatyos, who denied to give the money he demanded. His territory was the Unkapanı region. He sat from morning to evening in the coffeehouse of Mihal. During a fight with a man, he was injured starting from his left-cheek until his eyes. From that time he was known as “Kesik” (means: cut, wounded). He extorted money from kumarhanes (gambling place). He was killed in Şık Manol’s place in 1922. 
  7. Odesalı Kosti (Kosti the Odessan): Birth: 1885, Greece. It is not known why he is called the “Odessan”. His first “job” was, in 3rd December of 1919, he entered the store numbered 80 in İstiklal Avenue, stole 3,000 drahmis breaking the money case. He killed an Armenian merchant in Ziba and stabbed a police officer to death. His territory was the region starting from Tünel to the Northern part of the avenue called Taksim. He was killed during a fight on 9th July of 1921. Distinguishing Features: Tattoo of a girl holding a dagger inside of his right-arm, tattoo of a cross and “M” letter between two flowers on his left arm.
  8. Konyalı Osman (Osman the Konyan): Birth: 1887, Konya. He has been the most feared man for 8 years in Kadıköy district. He died from tuberculosis. His sign in police records: Large swelling inside his right arm.
  9. Rum Hrisantos (Hrisantos the Greek): Birth: 1898. He was one of the most feared outlaw in Istanbul. He became karmanyolacı (robber) in his young age and established an organized crime gang with his friends, terrorizing the districts of Galata, Tatavla, Kurtuluş, Dolapdere and Beyoğlu. He killed 21 people including 13 police officers. He was 16 when he did his first “job”, stealing money from people in the tram. He was killed in 1921 by a police officer called Muharrem Alkor who later wrote a book called “Hrisantos'u ben öldürdüm” (I have killed Hrisantos). The movie called “Istanbul kan ağlarken” (Istanbul crying in blood) in 1950s is all about Hrisantos.

Dark Hedges - Northern Ireland

This avenue of Beech Trees, that is now commonly known as the Dark Hedges, was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century. The families intention was to create an impressive entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House, which has now been converted into a golf course. 

The stretch of road beneath the trees is though to be haunted. Local legend tells of Lady Grey, who is thought to be the ghost of one of the mansions maids, who died under mysterious circumstances. While the area has been popular with photographers for many years, this popularity peaked after the trees were featured on HBO series Game Of Thrones.