ICE is free July 7-11

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I am humbled and amazed by how well my first novella has been received. With 70+ reviews between Amazon and Goodreads, it has been a great joy to know that most readers have enjoyed ICE. Is it perfect? No, but the vast majority of readers have said that they enjoyed the small-town feel, the suspense, and the sense of community.

ICE tells the story of one fateful November morning when the the fictional town of Minterville, Georgia, is brutalized by vicious thugs. Twenty women are kidnapped and set in a death trap that can quite literally be described as cold. Time is ticking away as the rest of the town scrambles to come up with a viable rescue plan.

Here are what some reviewers have said about ICE:

“This book is a crazy (in a good way) mixture of supernatural, thriller, and mystery.” Emily Woodmansee, who gave it 4 stars.

“The twist this story takes left me caring more about ICE and it’s characters than any book I read recently.” Barbara Chioffi, who gave it 5 stars.

“This was an enjoyable read and the story was good…This being a great beginning to a writing career, there are some things that I personally feel could have made this story far better.” Tom Fallwell, who rated it 3.5 stars.

“A fast paced entertainment that sets the scene frot an uncertain future.” Mmcqu2005, who rated it 5 stars.

“Very interesting storyline…unique writing style.” Amanshay, who rated it 4 stars.

“The plot was excellent, the descriptive a done in a way that made the author’s research excellent.” Amazon Pygmy Reviews, who rated it 5 stars.

“This had an excellent plot that kept m reading to the end but it could have been so much more…[the author] is talented and I would read more…just need more development.” Loki, who rated it three stars.

ICE is also the precursor to my upcoming C.I.N. Dystopian trilogy. If you are interested, check it out free until the 11th. Thank you for your support of indie authors.

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(Ice)-Manuela Escribano vs. Griselda Blanco

Manuela Escribano is a fictional drug dealer in my novella, Ice. I got the inspiration for her after watching a documentary about Griselda Blanco and other high-profile drug dealers. Blanco caught my attention because she was one of the most prolific female drug dealers, and she seemed to live two lives; one, a brutal, violent criminal, and the other, a loving, nurturing mother of three. Thus, the character of Manuela Escribano took shape (in the very early stages of Ice , the main villain was a Jigsaw-like character ironically named Emmanuel Bethel).

Although both my character and Blanco are immigrants who reside in Miami, Blanco is a native of Colombia and Escribano is from Nicaragua. Blanco had to endure extreme hardship in her childhood; whereas Escribano came from a privileged family. Escribano was well-educated, a teacher, and (unlike Blanco) did not use violence to get her way (until she partnered up with the sadistic Sebastian Quiroga). Blanco dealt mainly in cocaine, but Escribano made a name for herself by dealing in methamphetamine and “ice” (a stimulant drug similar to meth). A perceived betrayal by one of most trusted associates aroused Escribano’s everlasting fury, and Escribano is not one to let go of a grudge….

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417274357&sr=1-4&keywords=ice

Ice Character Spotlight-DeWayne Burgess

Character: Dewayne Burgess

Age; 22

Occupation: paramedic, pre-med student

Family: Georgeanna (“Georgie”) and Nolan Burgess (parents), Kira Holmes (girlfriend)

Tenderhearted but quick-thinking DeWayne is about to face the toughest moment of his life. His skills as a paramedic will come in handy when he has to assist in a strange rescue.

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417015458&sr=1-4&keywords=ice

Ice character Spotlight-Sebastian Quiroga

Name: Sebastaian Quiroga

Age: late forties

Family: Mercedes de los Satos de Quiroga (wife), Cierra Quiroga (daughter), Natalia de los Santos (niece), and many other family members. A mother in Guatemala. Father is deceased.

Occupation: unemployed ex-Marine

Sebastian is pure ice down to the core of his soul. He cares about no one, loves no one, and seems to have no life goals other than to torture as many people as possible. For more than twenty years, he has held a “grudge” against someone whom he has never met and who creates the perfect pretext to satisfy a sick, sadistic fantasy. He has no qualms about murdering innocent people and ruining the lives of many. Will he get justice in the end?

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1416760824&sr=1-2&keywords=ice

Minterville-an American Macondo

Minterville, Georgia is the idyllic setting for my novella, Ice. There is a crime rate of virtually zero, and the residents live in peace and tranquility (that is, until they are taken over by narco-terrorists).

Minterville is a fictitious town. In fact, I looked on online, and there is no town called Minterville in Georgia or any other state in the U.S. It most closely resembles Portal, Georgia in size, location, and population density. However, I modeled Minterville after Argyle, Texas, where I lived for a good bit of my childhood.

The main inspiration for Minterville comes from a housesitting adventure I had in 2009. It was July and the heat was excruciating. I was housesitting for a professor and his wife (in return for a place to stay while I was taking a summer class at Georgia Southern University). The house was located at the end of a mile-long driveway in the woods, which in turn was located at the end of a mile-long road. One of my tasks was to walk the dogs down this road. Standing at the end of the driveway one day, exhausted and delirious from the heat, I thought, “I bet if I didn’t know what was at the end of this driveway, I would go through it and find a magical village inhabited by elves.” (only partially joking here). That same summer, I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. That is when my plan for Minterville solidified. The fictitious town of Macondo, Colombia is home to a colorful cast of characters and strange happening, and they, too, are terrorized by foreign invaders. This the idea for Minterville, my American Macondo, was born.

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415558485&sr=1-2&keywords=ice

To read One Hundred Years of Solitude: http://books.google.com/books?id=pgPWOaOctq8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=one+hundred+years+of+solitude&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kcBfVO6ULcmYNo_9gYgE&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=one%20hundred%20years%20of%20solitude&f=false

Ice character Spotlight-Barbara Jenkins

Barbara Jenkins is a gardener. She is not from Minterville and one of the few people in town without access to The Minter. She has a habit if using vulgar language and talking too much…

Age; Around 40

Family: Eric Jenkins (husband), Robbie and Joseph Jenkins (sons)

Occupation: gardener

Why is she important to the story: i don’t want to create  spoiler here. Read chapter 12 and you will find out…

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Ice Character Spotlight-Carolyn Holcomb

Large-and-in-charge Carolyn Holcomb is one of the three first person narrators of Ice. Even under extreme duress, she still exhibits sound judgment and a cool head.

Age: between 45-50

Occupation: jewelry sales

Family: Mark (husband), three children, one daughter-in-law, one unborn grandchild

Hobbies: eating!

Why is she important in the story? She narrates one of the more graphic parts of the tale with as much objectivity as can be managed under her circumstances. She also discusses her own thoughts and feelings and what she has learned from her experience.

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415397978&sr=1-2&keywords=ice

Ice Character Spotlight-Tom Watson

Although he is not a narrator, Tom Watson is one of the central characters in my novella, Ice. A native of Miami, he settled in Minterville in 1980, married the founder’s daughter, and became the mayor upon the death of the town’s founder. He is a father of two and his adult daughter is one of the wealthiest women in America.

Little is known about his past, which bothers no one except police chief Andy Thompson. However, the town will soon discover that Andy is right to have his suspicions…

To find out what secret Tom is hiding, and what lengths he will go to in order to save the community he has come to love so much, check out Ice today:

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Author Spotlight-Bryce Allen

Writing a story for the public to read is enormously risky. You are either (a) going to put a lot of time and effort into something that’s a total bust, (b) write something admirable but not especially memorable (c) write something so fantastic that your readers are going wonder when it’s going to get made into a film.

I am finding the more talented writers are actually indies who self-publish. See my blog “Transitory:The Best Book You’ve Never Read”). Bryce Allen’s The Spartak Trigger is one of those books that under category C. Allen is such an amazingly talented writer that I can’t believe he isn’t more widely known (or that he hasn’t been contacted by Hollywood producers.).

The Spartak Trigger is told in first person, but there is an invisible “narrator” who cracks jokes and makes fun of the protagonist, Shane Bishop, the whole time. The tone is very tongue-in-cheek and sardonic, which adds to its readability; a lot of spy novels are difficult to read because they rely to heavily on the readers’ knowledge of espionage). Bishop is a aging former cop who now does various odd jobs involving corporate espionage. The companies that are his targets are real-life companies for which Allen changes the name but does very little else to disguise their identities.  When Bishop is framed for the murder of Zimmerman, the CEO of ChumSpot (It’s not hard to imagine what his allusions here are…) it seems the only way out of this jam is to agree to a bizarre plan to prevent one of the Internet’s largest Corporate giants (Tetrach, based not-so-loosely on Google) from completely dominating the internet “world.” Shane Bishop is an amoral combination of Ethan Hunt, Snake Plissken and Holden Caulfield. He loves booze, drugs, and a$$ and has no shame in admitting it. He also has no problem telling it like it is, pretty much makes fun of everything, and had no problem sucker-punching some a$$clown whom Bishop feels deserving.  In fact, it’s hard to believe he’s not a complete sociopath until the scene where he sees his adult daughter for the first time in many years (don’t want to spoil it here). The funniest part of the whole book is when Bishop is outside a Russian bar when he is summoned inside for a phone call, only to find out he has been tracked down by a telemarketer.

I will conclude by saying that this is not for those individuals who are faint of heart and/or easily offended. It is also definitely not for children. But if you’re looking for an entertaining, well-written story that is unique and not a complete carbon copy of everything on the “bestseller’s” list, then I highly recommend The Spartak Trigger. I for one hope it gets made into a film. Blog readers, please assist me in spreading the word about this very talented writer.

To read The Spartak Trigger: http://www.amazon.com/Spartak-Trigger-Bryce-Allen-ebook/dp/B00J27G8PI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414940911&sr=1-1&keywords=the+spartak+trigger

Clearing Up confusion about “Ice”

I was so excited about publishing my first novella, Ice, as it had been three years in the making. I had decided in the beginning that the use of multiple first-person narrators would be appropriate for this particular story. The story recounts simultaneous action from the point of view of three different characters. When I published Ice, I couldn’t wait for reader feedback. I expected both good and bad reviews (Hey, you can’t please everyone…)The feedback I have received about Ice, while generally positive, has been that my use of the multiple narrators is causing confusion. To my readers: I would like to express my deepest appreciation for your support and feedback, and I apologize that my narration was confusing.

To clear things up:

Part 1 (chapters 1-4) is narrated by Elliot Atkinson. Of the three narrators, he is the most objective.

Part 2 (Chapters 6-9) is narrated by Andy Thompson, chief of police. A lot of this part focuses on Andy’s thoughts and feelings as he tries to deal with a crisis situation while terrified that his daughter may die.

Part 3 (chapters 10-16) is narrated by Carolyn Holcomb, one of the victims of the crime. She recounts in gruesome details the horrors that the victims experienced and (towards the end) some of the lessons she learned from the terrible experience.

Part 4 (Chapters 17-20)- narrated again by Andy as he and others are trying to figure a way out of the crisis without causing further harm to the victims. Basically, Part 3 is the “inside” version and Part 4 is the “outside” version. It is simultaneous action told from two very different perspectives.

Part 5-(remainder of the book)-told by Elliot as he recounts the aftermath of the terror and how Minterville coped, and eventually began the healing process.

I hope this clears up any confusion, and that you will read and enjoy “Ice”

http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414617782&sr=1-1&keywords=ice

In the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414617897&sr=1-4&keywords=ice