(1) $25 Amazon gift card
(10) e-book copies of the “shorts” in the Enigma series
I'm thrilled to feature the dynamic duo of Breakfield & Burkey on my blog today - Welcome!
Breakfield and Burkey work full-time yet have a passion for writing. We wanted to share what we have done to make writing a priority for us. We also wanted to explain how we keep stories fresh.
Full-time jobs are necessary for each of our households. When we reach Best Selling and Million Books Sold status, that could change. We each set aside time every day to contribute to a story, research, and/or think up new angles for the current novel. We are successful with set times for writing. We would devote more time, but those endearing customers and our leaders do require we do our jobs. For Breakfield, he is often called upon to pull a technical rabbit out of the hat, on-demand.
Our habit is to write for two hours each morning, usually to try and capture the dreams we had the previous night. We find we are both at our freshest and mentally alert at that time. To be fair, we don't always write on the current work item because we may have woken up after dreaming about something completely different. In fact, these off-target writing events often come with one of us telling the other what has to be the most terrifying 4 words in our vocabulary. "I have an idea…"
Breakfield has threatened Burkey's suffocation with a pillow, and Burkey has threatened Breakfield with the stake used against the vampire Nosferatu. Usually, we end up in a lengthy discussion where we accept the idea as crazy, then try to do something with it. One of our writing rules is we do not discard anything we write, as it will likely come in handy in some other endeavor if it does not fit in the current project.
Keeping the scenarios and threats fresh is part of our secret sauce. We reuse our core hero teams of the R-Group and their counterparts, The CATS (Cyber Assassin Technology Services) Team, throughout the series. From story to story, we use the characters with the history in a given cyber threat or location of the cyber threat to expand a hero.
As in The Enigma Threat, we started with the overall theme of artificial intelligence and supercomputers running amuck, then outlined the story structure. In other books in the series, we approach genetic reengineering of humans, commodity market fraud, or identity theft and then exercise the characters in these situations to allow them to grow and expand. So, it is not a formula but a methodology for creating new story conflicts with every book.
We have another edict we use for our novels. We write each book as a standalone novel. To achieve that, we need to bring some history and frame the story for readers who pick up a particular book for the first time. We walk the line of providing background for new readers but not totally bore a continuing reader. The feedback to date confirms this as the preferred approach.
We began this process because if we get a reader engaged for one book, regardless of the number it has within the series, we insist that it be a great reading experience. Readers do not need to read the whole series to understand the current book, which has been repeatedly confirmed by reviews and subsequent buys of the other books. Admittedly the story is richer if a person reads the whole series, but definitely not a requirement.
The Enigma Threat is focused on the newer generation of the R-Group Characters; thus, the approaches are more contemporary and fresher from their points of view. We initiated a Kickstarter campaign because we believe this one is ripe for a screenplay. We would love you to check it out
Judith and Xiamara are freebooters who steal machine time for their PaaS, porn as a service business. The machine they chose for delivery is the last untapped supercomputer not in the hands of a sovereign. Their activity is spotted by the MAG, but the renegade R-Group steps in to alter the outcome. Leroy teams up with Zara to help these opportunists escape prosecution. They are drafted as reluctant participants in the fight.
Jacob and Quip are trapped in the Chihuahuan Desert trying to reconstruct the base of ICABOD’s logic core. The stress of their isolation is taking a toll. Their wives and children are safe in Brazil for the time being, but Interpol is prowling for answers.
The R-Group has assembled a way to communicate with orphaned satellites. While the next R-Group plans the ultimate honey pot to trap their nemesis who is driving their corrupted agenda. The odds are against R-Group’s success, but they have creative surprises on their side.
The stakes have never been higher. The R-Group young and old must rise to defeat the MAG.
The Enigma Threat teaser: Gracie and Jeff
About The Authors:
Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments. She works with customers all over the world focusing on optimized customer experiences. She writes white papers and documentation, but found she has a marked preference for writing fiction.
Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females, as well as young and experienced adults. They bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today.
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