David McKoy is a former U.S. Navy Petty Officer who has over 35 years of combined experience in military and private security. David puts his experiences as well as things he has learned over the years to work in this novel. Because David still works in the private security industry he prefers not to be in the public limelight.
Lynn Hallbrooks is a former U.S. Air Force Sergeant who has over 30 years of combined experience in military and civilian Health Information. Lynn has put her medical and life experiences to good use in writing novels and short stories.
Together this writing duo have created
Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) -book 1 (novel) published in 2011
Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Wings of Eagles) - book 2 (novel) published in 2013
Genesis: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Slice of Life - book 3 (novella) published in 2014
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in High School. I would write poetry and short stories for fun, as in not for school assignments. I showed some of my work to a friend once, he must have really liked it because I still haven't seen it to this day. I learned right then always keep the original - make copies and give them to people.
I first started writing professionally in December 2009 with another friend, David McKoy, we published our first book in 2011 and the sequel was published in 2013.
What is your writing process?
David McKoy is very old-school, he uses pen and paper. The ideas roll from his head and get written down as fast as he can manage it. Overall he is a pantser - does not know how to do an outline. He gives me the hand written work and my job is to type it up.
I type it up in rough draft - what he put. Then I do a rough draft of how I would word things. I send that to him. He reviews it and from there we go back and forth.
Recently we added a couple of beta readers to the mix. That helped us fix some sections that we didn't realize had gaps.
Then we have someone read over for typos and such. Hopefully I put the right version in for publishing. :)
The Santa Shop
on Nov. 07, 2011
Tim Greaton's book, The Santa Shop, was given to me by a really good friend. It is one of those books that has a mix of emotions. The reader is given an inside look at the main character's inner most thoughts. As the story unfolds, I kept wondering what is the connection between the first and subsequent chapters. It isn't until the very end that all the pieces fall together.
I personally love the book and I hope that others will love it as well.
Recall! Return of the IRR
on Aug. 04, 2012
A word or two of caution, this book is for mature audiences especially those of a military mindset.
The book is autobiographical. It sheds light on the author and his background. I never read Doug DePew's first book, SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat, but I plan on doing so as I think it would give me the reader a better perspective of Mr. DePew's previous military journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed Recall! Return of the IRR. I could plainly visualize the events as they were unfolding. I'm former U.S. Air Force so it wasn't difficult to do. In addition, I was a dependent spouse to an U.S. Army Reservists who participated in Operation Desert Storm. So the book took on a more personal feel as it progressed.
The book has many humorous parts. I was reminded of the movie 'Stripes' in some parts but you'll have to read the book to understand why.
The Family Is Made : Part 1 (Thuggin In Miami)
on Aug. 21, 2012
Rich Kid and his "family of street warriors" suffer losses and gains both in members and in business.
Disclosure: Ristrict Publishing & Co allowed me the opportunity to read this book after I commented that I like crime fiction. After reading some of it, I discovered it was different than other crime fiction books I've read. You see, the view point is from the members of the "family" as opposed to law enforcement. Due to this fact, there is mention of drugs; sexual situations; violent acts, and coarse language throughout the story.
The characters and dialogue used are believable. The action is well paced. Despite my unease in reading this type of book, the ending left me wanting to read the next book in the series.
on Oct. 15, 2012
I was first introduced to Doodling on Independent Authors and Writers were I was impressed with the book page enough to give it Book of the Day: http://www.independentauthors.org/201... At some point later, Jonathan blessed me with a discount to the Smashwords version. It was on the terms that I was not seeking this from my review of his page but that I was happy for the opportunity to read and review his book with an open mind and an honest review.
Neville falls off the world and visits several asteroids. Why does he do this...well you'll have to read the book to find out.
I think this is a cross between Fantasy and Satire. Fantasy because we all know that people can't really survive in outer space without forms of protection. A Satire because there are subliminal references to society yet they are not caustic in nature.
My imagination was captivated by Mr. Gould's descriptions of the people and places. I couldn't help but wonder how this was all going to turn out. I was quite pleased when all the pieces of the proverbial puzzle fell into place in the end. In some ways it put me in mind of "Gulliver's Travels".
Love's True Second Chance
on March 07, 2013
The reader is taken on the journey as Mr. Dawson relays his true story about life with Debbie.
Personally, I could relate to so much of what he shared of their journey. I’m not sure if it is because I’m also a child of the 1970s or because I've loved and lost. Either way, I felt his emotional ups and downs. I literally cried at the end of the book. I also laughed out loud at some parts because I could visualize them happening.
I commend Mr. Dawson for sharing his story with others. I look forward to reading other books by him in the future.
Game 7: Dead Ball
on Nov. 05, 2013
I've loved baseball and reading mystery books since I was a child. It is so rare that I get to combine the two. I don't recall seeing a category Baseball mystery but if there is one this belongs in that category.
Marshall Connors is an umpire who worked his way up through the ranks. So when his mentor taps him for the position of Chief Umpire for the World Series he is stunned and honored. When his best friends are involved, his world is rocked - not necessarily in a good way.
The story alternated between omniscient and first person. In this particular story it works well together.
I have put the other two books in this series on my wish to read list.
If you love mysteries and baseball this is a winning combination that I highly recommend.
Lust, Money & Murder - Books 1, 2 & 3
on Dec. 10, 2013
After reading the first book, Lust, I felt compelled to read more thus I purchased the complete set here on Smashwords. I wasn't disappointed.
Elaine Brogan's father tried to protect her from reality. But reality found a way to ruin her family and toss her into the fray. Her intelligence and beauty get her only so far.
In some ways the character, Elaine, is portrayed as naive and a person who doesn't catch on as quickly as I would have thought she should have. Maybe deep down she knew but didn't want to believe what was happening to her. Either way the vulnerability plays a vital role in moving the story forward. Overall I loved the trilogy.
The Golden Peacock
on Jan. 30, 2015
I have read Once in Every Generation and enjoyed it. When I was asked by Ms. Grossman to read and review her newest book for free I was honored. The following is my honest review.
This book is Historical Fiction.
In the beginning we read about Jana, a young Jewish female in the 1930s. Then we are introduced to the main character, Rainee, an author working on her second book in 1997. Their two lives become intertwined after Rainee finds a long forgotten ID from the Holocaust Museum which the reader discovers gives Jana's biography. Rainee sets out to learn more about the woman who shares her birthday, albeit 30 years difference. Will Rainee find out enough to write the next bestseller? Will she stir up a hornet's nest of trouble that gets her dead? You'll need to read the book to find out.
I learned so much about events that occurred during World War II throughout this book. I enjoyed the twists and turns and unexpected outcome.
Warning: This book is best read by Mature Audiences who can deal with the atrocities and violence of war. There are sexual situations as well as Adult Language throughout.
Melody Jackson v. The Woman in White It Happened on Lafayette Street (Season One - Book One)
on Feb. 24, 2016
This is a mixture of Young Adult, Mystery, and Paranormal genres.
Melody Jackson has a few phobias but looking into mysteries isn't one of them. When faced with an unusual occurrence happening across the street from her house, Melody decides to do something about it, at first she tries to get the building taken down. When her parents get involved they come up some other solutions.
I love the interaction between Melody and her parents. It is funny, sweet, and so much like what I experienced with my children. I also love that the parents took enough interest in what Melody was doing to help her when she was going a bit over the deep end with her ideas.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy as part of a book discussion/review group.
Melody Jackson v. the Hound from Hell It happened on Lafayette Street (Season One - Book Two)
on May 22, 2016
This is a Paranormal Mystery.
While Melody's much younger second cousin visits, there are sounds coming from across the street. Are the two events related?
Melody's reaction to her parents make me laugh sometimes. She is a bit more intelligent and somewhat mature for her age.
Warning: There are some scenes that may be scary for young readers.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
on April 19, 2017
A sweet short story that shares about Grace and her son Finn.
I loved how as a mother, Grace has to balance between wanting to keep her son safe and allowing him a social life. It isn't an easy task.
The Verona Exchange: A Rainee Allen Mystery
on Aug. 14, 2018
Reader's note: This is the second book in a series. If you haven't done so I highly recommend you read the first one, The Golden Peacock, beforehand. That said, if you are sensitive to violence as well as adult language and situations, then perhaps these are not the books for you.
Rainee Allen is one determined lady especially when you threaten her family.
I could so relate to how Rainee was feeling and I just had to see how things unfolded. I would like to think that I would have the same grit and determination if my maternal "hackles" were raised.