Thursday, July 28, 2011

Author Interview: The Trust by Sean Keefer


Recently, I had an opportunity to read the legal thriller The Trust. Here's a synopsis about the book:


To attorney Noah Parks, the probate of a will should be a simple task. But the Last Will and Testament of Leonardo Xavier Cross is anything but simple. Though Parks has never heard of Cross, he learns that the Will directs that he provide the legal representation for the estate and as part of his fee he receive the contents of a safety deposit box – a safety deposit box no one knew existed. Intrigued, Parks undertakes the task but after the body count begins to rise the otherwise basic task of probating the will becomes more complicated as each day passes. Despite all of Parks’ skills, the answers he seeks remain elusive and force him to delve deeper into the shocking and deceptive Cross’ family history which sets the stage for an explosive finale that Parks can only hope to survive. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, The Trust is the debut novel from Sean Keefer. Blending elements of traditional southern literary fiction, suspense and mystery; you won’t be satisfied until the final page is turned.


I had the privilege of asking the author a few questions regarding the book, and what inspired him to write it. I'd like to thank Sean Keefer for taking the time answer my questions.


What was your inspiration for writing The Trust?


The inspiration behind The Trust has it roots in my career as an attorney prior to beginning writing it.  I've seen a lot of interesting cases and met even more interesting people.  Though I do not practice regularly in the area of probate, the practice area featured in The Trust, I felt this was a great area for a novel.


What aspects of the main character, Noah Parks, do you relate to the most?


The qualities of Noah Parks that I relate to the most are his values and his loyalty his friends.  I believe that these are strong qualities that reflect upon the characteristics one would expect to find in the South and more particularly in Charleston.


What made you pick Charleston, South Carolina for the setting of The Trust?


Charleston was literally a given for the setting.  I've been in love with the area since I first visited as a child.  I have lived here for more than a decade and consider it my second home.  With Charleston you have a wonderful backdrop for a the story and there are always new and exciting things to discover here.


How did come up with the plot for The Trust?


The basic concept of the plot - A client walks into an attorneys' office with a will that requires the attorney to handle the legal work for the estate and the attorney has never heard of the deceased came to me one day from out of the blue.  Then it wouldn't go away.  I wrote out the opening scene and then kept writing.  I never did an outline or planned out the novel, or total plot, before I began writing, rather I let it develop as I wrote it.  I don't know if I would do that again, but it worked on the first one.


Is there anything else you have written or plan to write in the future?



At the moment I am working on a follow up that will be called The Solicitor.  It follows some of the same characters, Noah Parks included, in another story set in Charleston.

I'd also like to add that I recently learned Charleston Magazine had selected my book along with two others as suggested summer reads so I am quite excited about that.  The link for the article is here.

Sean Keefer was born and raised in the Carolinas. As far back as he can remember he has always enjoyed the written word. From roaming the stacks of any library he could find to burning the midnight oil crafting his own writing, Sean was never far away from the printed page.
Through the years he has worked in restaurants, tobacco fields and warehouses, renting boats, as a photographer, as a musician, as a salesman and as an attorney. From his collective experience he has honed his ability to observe and create. That is to say observe that which is around him to allow him to create his fiction.
While Sean has experimented in a number of styles and genres through the years, he has focused on mystery and suspense generally involving the legal profession given his experience in the field.
His first novel, The Trust, is a tale of mystery and suspense set in Charleston, South Carolina. Recently The Trust has been recognized with two national awards for excellence in fiction. Sean is currently working on the follow up to The Trust.
Sean lives and works on the coast of South Carolina.

Tour Notes:

Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting The Trust’s official blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

You can also enter to win a free paperback copy of this novel on The Trust’s official blog tour page. The winner of the give-away will be announced on Wednesday, August 10 – be sure to enter before then!

Book Trailer for The Trust:

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Learn more about this author by visiting his website, blog, Facebook or GoodReads pages or by connecting with him on Twitter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

There's An App For That



Ben stared at the screen, horrified.

“What’s happening?” he said aloud.

In the air, a mouse pointer floated in front of him and landed on his nose.

Tap, tap. It kind of hurt. Then his nose started running.

The mouse pointer moved over to his one hand, pressed on it, and lifted his hand. It held on tight and pulled his hand over to the tissue box. After another tap, his hand grabbed a tissue. The pointer released from his hand and floated back to his nose.

Tap, tap. After feeling the first one, this one didn’t bother him. His hand with the tissue approached his nose until they met.

Tap, tap.

Uncontrollably, he blew air from his nose, and all the mucus went into the tissue.

Then, he watched the pointer move to his upper left.

Tap.

The next thing he remembers is staring at the screen, horrified, and the mouse pointer floated towards his nose.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Novel Idea

There's a lot I'd like to say in my first post on The Time Capsule, but unfortunately, I just can't. So, I'll write what I can and see where it gets me.

First, I'd like to thank B.C. Young for allowing me to be a contributor to this site. It's great to find fellow writers who are willing to help each other find an audience for their works.

Second, I'd like to thank Forever Young Publishing for being willing to publish my first novel. This is a major step for me, and to have their help is fantastic!

So what is this novel I'm writing. I'll start by giving you the tentative title. Well, not the real tentative title. I'm only going to give you the acronym for the tentative title. Yeah, I know I'm a pain. Considering that I don't plan to release this novel until December, I gotta make sure that information trickles out and keeps your interest in the coming months. All right, since you've twisted my arm, I'll throw a word into the title. Here it is:

F.G. and T.I.A.

Now here's the fun part. I'd like to hear what you think the above title might be. Post your idea in the comments below. If someone gets it right (which you won't, and yes that is a challenge) I'll let you know immediately.

I look forward to the coming months and revealing more about my novel. If you have any questions, be sure to email me. You can reach me at first initial last name 210 at hotmail dot com.

Thanks for playing!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Colorful

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"All right," Dr. Seesa said to Kim. "When I take the bandages off, it might take a minute or two for your eyes to adjust."

"Okay," Kim said nervously. All her life, she'd seen things one way, and now it was all going to change. The thought of change scared her, but everyone told her it was for the better.

The doctor slowly unwrapped the bandages from her head and off her eyes. She kept her eyes closed, anxious about what she would see.

"Go ahead. Open them." Dr. Seesa's assistant, Jerry, said.

Her eyelids lifted slower than the bandages that were removed. At first, everything was blurry. Then she became fearful, because everything was the same. A bouquet of flowers sat in front of her, and it was all black and white. But then, color started to pop into view. First the yellow flowers, then the purple, the red, and then her entire view filled with color.

This was not what Kim expected. The colors overwhelmed her senses, and she shut her eyes. She opened them again, but couldn't take it. She just wanted it as it had been. The way she always saw things.

"Put them back on!" she screamed. "Put them back on. I don't want it! I don't want it!"

"Happens nine times outta ten," Dr. Seesa said to Jerry. "They get sensory overload, can't take it, and we have to reverse the surgery. Oh well. Tell Dr. Gray to prep the OR. We'll need it in an hour."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ouch


Jake stood on stage, glanced out into the audience, and caught the eye of a pretty girl near the back. He winked, turned around to his drummer, and counted.


“1, 2. 1, 2, 3, 4,” he yelled.


The drummer banged the drums, and the rest of the band joined in with the song. Jake did what every singer does; he bobbed his head, kicked his feet, and paced the stage.


“This is for the pretty lady in the back,” he said into the microphone.


“I love you,
You always will be mine,
I’ve had you forever,
Now till the end of time”


His gyrations went crazy with the beat, and then he bent back like he was going to do the limbo. The crowd went crazy; the yells, hollers, and hoots filled the room. As Jake continued his act, he lost his balance because he bent back to far. He slid off the stage, hit his head on the ground and was knocked out cold.


When he awoke, the back of his head throbbed. He touched it with his hand and blood wiped off on them. Then he looked around, and there she was.


“Pretty lady in the back, huh? I told you Jake, no more. Do it one more time, and I’m leaving you. Well you got your wish.”


Jake’s wife brought her hand up high, slapped him on the face, and stormed from the room.


He watched her leave, speechless.


“Man, buddy,” someone from the crowd said, “that must’ve hurt.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

An Introduction to Desmond Shepherd

The Time Capsule is about to go through a slight change. Up until now, I have been the only one to post on the site. But now I'm adding another contributor to the site.

I'd like to introduce Desmond Shepherd. Desmond is an unpublished writer in the process of writing his first novel. The novel has a fourth quarter release date. Instead of starting his own site, Desmond thought it would be a good idea to contribute to mine. This gave me the benefit of having another person to post entertaining articles and to do some cross-promotion between his works and mine.

In the coming weeks, you'll see the first posts from Desmond. Most of them will probably revolve around the novel he is writing, which I must add sounds like it will be really good. So good in fact, that Forever Young Publishing is publishing it.

I hope you enjoy Desmond's posts, and hope you give him a warm welcome. There's nothing a new writer appreciates more than words of encouragement as he sets out on his journey!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hot

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As Alex, Tom, and Cindy walked through the outdoor market, Alex kept looking over at Cindy. Every time her eyes met his, he quickly look elsewhere.

"Hey. Check out these peppers," Alex's best friend Tom said. "Says their hotter than a party on the sun."

Yeah Alex thought But are they hotter than Cindy.

"Dare ya to take one and eat it," Tom challenged.

"No way," Alex said. He never liked spicy foods.

"What's the problem. You a wimp?" Tom asked.

Alex looked at Tom and then Cindy. She smiled. Such a beautiful smile.  He could get lost in that all day long. Maybe she'd think he was more of a man if he ate the pepper. Maybe it would impress her. Love can make people do strange things, and Alex decided this was one of them.

"Fine," Alex said. "Give me one."

Tom reached into the large basket of habanero peppers and pulled one out. Alex could swear it was the largest pepper in the basket.

"Here you go," Tom said. "You gotta eat the whole thing."

Alex grabbed the pepper in his hand, stared at it, then looked at Cindy. She just smiled. Why didn't she try to stop him from this mistake? Why was she letting him impress her this way? He put the pepper in his mouth, bit the thing from the stem, and started chewing it.

He couldn't chew it any longer. The heat forming in his mouth became so overwhelming that he spit the entire pepper out of his mouth. The pain was horrible, shooting from his tongue, to his lips, and back of his throat. Not thirty seconds after he ate the pepper, he threw up on the ground.

"Ew, gross," Tom said.

"You okay?" Cindy asked. She went over to Alex, and started rubbing his back.

"I'm...I'm fine." He had to stay tough. Had to impress her, but the world felt like it was spinning. The pain of the pepper caused beads of sweat to form on his forehead.

Tom leaned in close to Alex, who now lay on the ground while he waited for the pain to pass. Cindy knelt next to him on his right side. She looked beautiful. Eating the pepper was worth it. As he laid there staring at her beautiful smile, he heard Tom whisper something in his left ear.

"You can thank me later. But I can tell you this. You'll probably have just as hard a time handling her."

Friday, July 15, 2011

Greed & Guilt

Sometimes I wish greed didn't control me. Then I remember the gold, gems, and treasures I've discovered. Wouldn't have found any of those if I was a giving man. No siree. It's not even the wealth I desire; it's the thrill of the discovery. The one thing I do regret though is the guilt, and not because I live a thief's life. The map to the Grocol Diamond didn't mention the danger of taking it from its place in the Badgerhole. The devastation was cataclysmic, destroying everything in a 20 mile radius except the person holding the Grocol Diamond—me.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Reader's Advantage


Recently, I released the eBook All My Fiction. It has all my current fiction, and I will update it in the future with any new fiction I write. My purpose for creating the eBook was to change the way we think about buying books.


It's no secret that this way of providing entertainment to people is unique. It allows you to pay a flat fee and get everything I write now and in the future for a flat rate. Of course, certain things in the future may dictate I change the format, but for the foreseeable future All My Fiction will literally contain all my fiction. This provides a huge advantage to the reader for a couple of reasons. I've listed them below:




  1. Flat rate gets the reader everything. No need to go and buy another eBook by me.

  2. Lower risk. Maybe you buy one of my stories and don't like it. Which prevents you from buying another one you might have liked. Now you don't have the risk. You can like and dislike what you want, and not lose money from your pocket either way.


Some have asked me if I understood I'm losing money by doing this. Essentially, I write a new book and those who bought All My Fiction get it for free. I'm losing sales. They're correct. Potentially, I am losing money by offering this option to readers. It doesn't serve a huge advantage to me as a writer because I don't make more money. But it does help get my name out there.

In the end, I want to benefit the reader and hopefully develop some loyalty from those who do buy All My Fiction. I'd love to see this thing take off because people read it, see its advantages, and tell others about it. It could bring a whole new change to the eBook world, and you might see other authors follow suit. That would be a revolution that everyone would talk about.

Either way, successful or not, I am trying something different here, and your support in any form is greatly appreciated!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Old Fashioned

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"This item here was used as late as the '80s and even the early '90s by society," the tour guide said to the students. "Once computers became common in the mid to late '90s however, they were all but extinct."

The class continued through the museum. Most of them paid no attention to what the guide said as they were just grateful to not be in school.

"Here we have what was called an iPod. The first of its kind and the predecessor to the iPhone and other similar devices. This marked

Friday, July 8, 2011

If Time Is All I Have

All right, I said last week I wanted to focus my blog on entertaining people. Now this post isn't me personally entertaining you, but I think it is entertaining nonetheless.

Below is the video for James Blunt's song If Time Is All I Have. Perhaps you've heard it before, perhaps you haven't. Either way, follow these steps for entertainment:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vacuum

“You sure you want to do that, chief?”

“No choice, we’re dead no matter how you cut it. Better at our own hands than theirs. Help me turn the handle.” Dale replied. Nothing like having his brother, Zack, question his abilities.

Dale’s hand reached out for the right side of the circular handle. Zack grabbed the other side.

“Now listen, when we open this hatch, it’s gonna suck us through quicker than soda through a straw. Could knock us unconscious. Could rip our helmets off. Be ready. Once we get oriented, turn on your jet pack and set your bearing to .456. That should take us to our ship.”

“What if one of us is knocked out. Then what?” Zack asked

“We can’t worry about each after that. Once we’re out there, don’t worry about me and I won’t worry about you. On my count, turn the handle. 1 – 2 – 3!” Dale yelled.

They turned the handle clockwise. At first, it moved slowly, but as they loosened it’s tightly closed grip, it moved fast. Before they had a chance to open it all the way, the vacuum of space sucked it out along with Dale and Zack. The force of the pull whipped them out and they slammed into each other. The force didn’t knock them out, but they faced each other; their helmets touching.

“Jet packs on,” Dale said.

But before they could do anything, they saw the crack caused by their collision in their helmets. They only had seconds to say goodbye, and neither got the chance.

Running To Keep Her

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Running To Keep Her Exercising and staying healthy is a way of life for Neil, but it isn't a life he chose. It's the only thing he can do to always be with his wife. One day something happens that could break the cycle forever. (Approximately 5,800 words)

This story is included in the ebooks Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 & All My Fiction. Pay Once—Read Forever


Available on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Do you live in the UK? You can purchase this story for your Amazon Kindle.

Can’t decide if you want to purchase the story? Approximately 50% of the story is below.

If you have an Amazon Kindle and rather not read the excerpt on the site, you can use the “Send To Kindle” app for your browser or smartphone to read it there. Details can be found on http://klip.meEnjoy!
Running To Keep Her

© 2011 B.C. Young

Every time Neil’s feet hit the pavement, it sent a jolt through his legs. When he first started jogging, the vibration didn’t hurt, but afterwards, his legs begged for a hot shower. Every evening after work, his brain told him not to do it. It’d say it’s too late. He can’t run when it’s close to midnight.

New eBook Release: Running To Keep Her

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Today I uploaded a new short story to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords called Running To Keep Her. The best way to describe this is to call it a scifi love story. But it's definitely not a love story in the traditional sense. I'd estimate that I spent 8-10 hours writing, editing, proofing, creating the cover, and preparing for publication.

Of course, you can read a 50% excerpt of the story by clicking here.

If you have purchased All My Fiction, this story has been added into the publication. That's right! You get the story at no extra cost because you purchased All My Fiction. This brings the eBook to version 2.0. For more information on All My Fiction, please see click here.