Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Donald Trump and I

It's a strange dream.

I have been called into President-elect Donald Trump's office. He is trying to recruit me to work computer security for his administration.

I'm struck by his soft voice and respectful mannerisms, a stark contrast to the media portrayal of him that we'd been bombarded with for a year.

In my dream, I am of course not me, but Katrina Buckhold, the protagonist of my BackTracker series.

I decline his job offer, telling him he can't afford me. I say this to antagonize him because he is of course very proud of how wealthy and powerful he is. As Katrina, though, I am wealthy and powerful as well, having inherited millions from my parents' life insurance and having invested it both wisely, as of late, and in the lucrative cocaine market during my year with The Traz biker gang,

This wealth plus the fact I am the top techie in the world makes me at least on par with Trump in the power department.

"If you don't believe me, google it," I tell him, walking out.

It's not that Trump can't afford me. These days I usually work for free, my payment being the joy I get from doing great things that no one else can do.  I'm just letting him know I can't be bought.

I meet up with President Obama down the hall. I am apparently working for him as a Public Relations person.  I tell him there is no fricken way I'm working for Trump, that I gave up my career in computers for valid reasons and have no desire to return to it. I enjoy my PR job.

Obama gives me a knowing smile and I realize that although I have no inclination to work for Donald or with computers, I will end up doing so, for reasons I can't fathom but ones which Obama seems to know. It strikes me that the President is the one who referred me to Trump.

I'm quite curious as to what is going to happen to change my mind. It will have to be something quite extraordinary.

Then the dogs wake me up.

I hate it when dreams end that way...

Donald Trump and I has been brought to you by:


Book 4 in the BackTracker Series

http://mybook.to/OperationMaxTracker

"I was inexorably drawn into this dark and claustrophobic world of coercion, mysterious antagonisms and deep mistrust." ~Gilli Allan, author of Fly or Fall








Eileen Schuh, Author
OPERATION MAXTRACKER
SHADOW RIDERS
DISPASSIONATE LIES
FIREWALLS
FATAL ERROR

Schrӧdinger's Cat
THE TRAZ


Friday, November 4, 2016

Criminal Minds at Work: Top Secret vs Oversight

Criminal Minds at Work: Top Secret vs Oversight: The police spying on journalists in a democracy? A bit frightening. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/stephane-bergeron-quebec-police-j...

Monday, October 31, 2016

OPERATION MAXTRACKER


 



October 31, 2016



Cyberspace Teeters on Collapse

-- Fourth novel in thriller series has eerie ring of reality --


    ST. PAUL, AB, October 31, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Unsettling questions about the roles organized crime, governments, and law enforcement covertly play in controlling the internet are raised in Eileen Schuh's new thriller, OPERATION MAXTRACKER.
http://mybook.to/OperationMaxTracker

This fourth book in her ongoing BackTracker series is a fast-flowing follow-up to FIREWALLS, and continues the saga of young Katrina Buckhold's fight against The Traz biker gang.

With uncanny references to actual news headlines, Schuh creates in readers a quiver of anticipation and dread, leaving them to wonder who controls the Web (in both the story and reality) and for what purposes? Also unsettling, is the incredible power wielded in secret by those trying to keep cyberspace and the nation safe.

Well known for her past portrayals of psychological drama, Schuh takes OPERATION MAXTRACKER to a new level as danger, cunning and espionage spill out of the virtual world into real life.

Schuh is also known for her surprising and satisfying endings and OPERATION MAXTRACKER definitely delivers on that count.

About the book

Sergeant Kindle is counting on his top secret Operation MaxTracker team to thwart a surging attempt by criminal gangs to hijack cyberspace and take control of the world.

The tremendous power of the defensive system the team is creating and the potential for its abuse, has computer guru, Katrina Buckhold, on edge. Shrug, Head of Project Security, is supposedly keeping everyone and everything safe, but based on her past experiences with him, she's not confident he's up to that task.

Katrina's toughest battles, though, are not against those threatening cyberspace but against those who are concerned about her ability to raise her children, and Shrug's not helping with that, either.

Then unspeakable tragedy strikes, stripping all friendships to the core and laying bare the stunning truths behind the secrets, fears and mistrust.

Operation MaxTracker Amazon Purchase Link
Operation MaxTracker Smashwords Purchase Link

"I was inexorably drawn into this dark and claustrophobic world of coercion, mysterious antagonisms and deep mistrust." ~Gilli Allan, award-winning author of "Fly or Fall"

The novel includes Book Club discussion questions that explore the social, legal, and ethical issues touched on in the novel.

For those who can't get enough of the BackTracker characters, Schuh advises that Sergeant Kindle's law enforcement team plays a major role in her other recent thriller, SHADOW RIDERS.

In addition to the four novels in her ongoing BackTracker series, The Traz, Fatal Error, Firewalls and Operation MaxTracker (The Traz also comes in a school edition), Eileen Schuh is the author of the adult thriller, Shadow Riders and two adult SciFi novellas (Schrodinger's Cat and Dispassionate Lies).

Born Eileen Fairbrother in Tofield, Alberta, Schuh now lives with her husband in the boreal forest near St. Paul in north eastern Alberta, Canada.

She invites you to visit her online:
Website
Blog
Facebook
Amazon author page
Twitter

To request an interview email: eileenschuh@yahoo.com

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Contact Information:
Eileen Schuh
Kastle Harbour Publishing
St. Paul, Alberta
Canada
Voice: 780-645-7890
Website: http://www.eileenschuh.com


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

What's in a (sports team's) name?


There is a call to drop sports' teams names and/or logos that make reference to aboriginal peoples, such as the Cleveland Indians and the Edmonton Eskimos.

Although many sports team have animal and bird names (Blue Jays,Tigers, Cardinals, Lions), or weather/geography names (Hurricanes and Avalanche), North American aboriginals aren't the only identifiable group of persons whose names have been adapted by sports teams.

We have the Vancouver Canucks (which is slang for Canadians and at one time was considered derogatory), the Montreal Canadiens (whose nickname is the Habs, which is apparently short for the phrase referring the French residents of Quebec, les Habitants).

We have the Dallas Cowboys, the Ottawa Senators, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Fransisco Giants, and Oakland Athletes. The Edmonton Oilers.

The Ottawa RedBlacks insist their name has nothing to do with skin colour, but refers to diverse groups of people who have red and black as their official colours, such as other Ottawa teams, the RCMP, Ottawa’s Cameron Highlanders, and the Governor General’s Foot Guards.

And then there are the New York Yankees...




Chill with a Book!: The Final Steps

Check out my latest post on Chill with a Book!: The Final Steps: Top selling author, Eileen Schuh talks about the, heart stopping final steps before publication day. "Writing a novel is labour intensive...

Eileen Schuh,Canadian writer www.eileenschuh.com

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cover reveal (Part 3) OPERATION MAXTRACKER

The teddy bear...

 

Of all the symbols on the cover of my soon-to-be released thriller, OPERATION MAXTRACKER, the rough-looking worn pink teddy bear is the most apparent. Without thought, potential readers will know there's a child in the story, and perhaps a child in trouble.

We learn very early in the story about an endangered child, so this intensely emotional graphic is not misleading and gives nothing away.

The worn pink teddy bear, the eerie blue binary curtain, the top secret file, the coffee stain, the cellular phone and mittful of drugs--together what these graphics symbolize pretty well sums up the novel.

One other important thing about the cover--

I don't like 'flat' covers and together with Cathy over at Avalon Graphics we worked to get a dimensional feel. We laid the file down, tilting it as if on a desk, we stood up the teddy bear and brought it forward, we used the lines from the phone, the file, the notebook, to draw the eye into the cover, back behind the injured or endangered child, beyond the secrets, deep into the eerie electric blue curtain of binary symbols.

I hope this amazing cover draws you into the story, too.

OPERATION MAXTRACKER, coming soon.



Sergeant Kindle is counting on his top secret Operation MaxTracker team to thwart a surging attempt by criminal gangs to hijack cyberspace and take control of the world.

The tremendous power of the defensive system the team is creating and the potential for its abuse, has computer guru, Katrina Buckhold, on edge. Shrug, Head of Project Security, is supposedly keeping everyone and everything safe, but based on her past experiences with him, she’s not confident he’s up to that task.

Katrina’s toughest battles, though, are not against those threatening cyberspace but against those who are concerned about her ability to raise her children, and Shrug’s not helping with that, either.

Then unspeakable tragedy strikes, stripping all friendships to the core and laying bare stunning truths behind the secrets, mistrust and fears.

Eileen Schuh, Author

SHADOW RIDERS
DISPASSIONATE LIES
FIREWALLS
FATAL ERROR

Schrӧdinger's Cat
THE TRAZ

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cover Reveal (Part 2) OPERATION MAXTRACKER

The coffee stain...


A complete image of the OPERATION MAXTRACKER cover came to me very early in the process of discussing my new novel with Cathy, my cover designer over at Avalon Graphics. That's never happened to me before.

I usually have a general inkling of what I want the covers of my new books to look like (although there have been times when I've had no clue). But this cover came to me complete, in full colour, with graphics and text, background--the whole thing.

And in that vision, on that TOP SECRET file centering the cover, there was a brown stain from a coffee cup.

I wasn't sure why, since there had been no mention in the story of such a file, nor of a coffee stain.

Upon reflection, I realized potential readers seeing the cover, will likely interpret the stain as long, late, tension-filled hours of hard covert work...because what else would a ring of coffee on a folder stamped 'Top Secret' symbolize?

That interpretation is very representative of the story. Strange how one small, well-placed graphic can carry so much meaning. A picture perhaps really is worth a thousand words!

Avalon Graphics did a great job of translating my vision into a reality--replete with the coffee stain.

Stay tuned for the backgroud info on other elements of the OPERATION MAXTRACKER cover.



Cover Reveal (Part 2) is brought to you by:

The BackTracker Series

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016DHRSDU/ref=series_rw_dp_sw The BackTracker team--sacrificing their souls to save the world...one crime at a time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Awarding winning author....


Would you like to add "award-winning author" after your name? Self-published authors and those who have published through small independent publishers now have a chance to pick up this honour with the newly-established CHILL WITH A BOOK AWARD.

Pauline Barclay, author and founder of the award visits Magic of the Muses today to bring us more information on the award.
Thanks for dropping by, Pauline!


Chill with a Book AWARD

 by Pauline Barclay


http://www.chillwithabook.com/

September saw the launch of a brand new award, Chill with a Book AWARD.

The Award is exclusively for indie authors and authors with small indie publishers and is designed to promote the best books from indie authors.

Indie authors write some of the great reads on offer in the market place, but due to a number of constraints their work is not always as visible as authors published with large publishing houses, yet many of them deserve as much, if not more, recognition.

For those who know me, understand I am very passionate about supporting indie authors, I am one myself and know from personal experience how tough it is to gain recognition and a large following whilst sitting down and writing the next novel, and that is why I have created Chill with a Book AWARD .
 
Pauline Barclay
I want Chill with a Book AWARD, not only to gain a reputation for recognising great reads, but for authors to feel proud to receive the accolade. However, the AWARD is not for everyone, it will only be honoured to the best.


How the process works:

Once a title has been accepted for consideration it will be read by a number of Chill’s readers and checked against the following criteria…

  • Were the characters strong and engaging? 
  • Was the book well written? 
  • Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next? 
  • Was the ending satisfying? 
  • Have you told your friends about it?

Readers have clear instructions on how to arrive at their evaluation.

Authors must understand that a book accepted for consideration for a Chill with a Book AWARD does not guarantee it will receive the AWARD.

Authors of books accepted for consideration for the AWARD will be notified directly whatever the final decision.

Awarded books will be promoted on Chill with a Book’s web site, Chill's Pinterest board, Chill's Facebook page and Twitter

A small fee of £15 is charged for each book accepted for consideration payable via Paypal (the fee is for the purchase of Kindle copies for readers and any balance left used to maintain Chill’s web site)

There are limited places each month for books to be considered and if you are interested in submitting your title, please email Pauline at paulinechill@hotmail.com in the first instance.

Chill with a Book’s decisions to accept or reject a book for consideration is final.
Chill with a Book's decision to award a book or not is final.

It is an exciting time for Chill with a Book and indie authors and I look forward to seeing great, well written reads sporting the coveted Chill with a Book AWARD button on every book shelf.

For more about Chill with a Book AWARD click on the following link: 

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"Awarding winning author"  has been brought to you by


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016DHRSDU/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

The Traz, The Traz School Edition, Fatal Error, Firewalls and the soon-to-be-released fourth book in this dynamic action-packed series, OPERATION MAXTRACKER


Bikers vs cops on the Alberta prairie...
and throw in a 13-year old girl.