T. J. MacDonald

Biography

A retired associate electrical engineer, Tom enjoyed a long career designing and building automated manufacturing and robotic systems - a much more creative task than most may realize. He still holds the necessary registrations to work within that field; but, now spends most of his time writing.
He is the father of three successful men, each a wonder in his own right; and, a grandfather of four incredible grandchildren. His wife, Tanis, was the love of his life, when they married; and, still is today. She maintains the most incredible restraint and patience; when, he is obsessing in his creative mode. Though he is close to all his boys and their families, his oldest son Tyler is the graphic artist responsible for the cover illustration.
Tom was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus (SLE) several decades ago; but, he's never let its insidious nature interfere with work or creativity. He says that; along with the treatments available, a positive attitude is the best medicine.
Righteous Reign is his first published fictional book; though he has copyright on other specialized technical works. Righteous Reign was a labor of love; taking enough time to write, that; the space opera area of Sci-Fi, may no longer be in vogue; as, it goes to publication, in February 2016. But, it is still a work that should be seen.
Much of the time involved was devoted to research. He always says; he's determined to make his stories authentic by making the science fiction grounded in real science; as, we understand it, today. In addition, the military nature of the stories made it necessary to understand today's armed forces; and, extrapolate to envision where they would be in two hundred years. His own military experience was too distant to draw on.
The sequel should be finished sometime in the same year; but, will be more of an actioner. It will establish "Righteous" as a series.

Smashwords Interview

How would you catagorize Righteous Reign?
Righteous Reign does not fit into the standard sci-fi categories. There is action; but, it's not a space opera. It is military; but concentrates as much on the personal relationships. I would say it's more like a saga. The hero or heroes make great journeys, face powerful obstacles, find the loves of their lives and win great battles. Saga is not usually considered a sci-fi category; but, I like the hopeful upbeat nature of this type of story.
So, if Righteous Reign is a saga, does it have a lot of characters and character interaction?
I believe Righteous Reign has one hundred eighteen characters. Thirty-nine are heavily developed; enough so that, I have a dossier on each of those. It includes all the data pertinent to any persons life. Appearance, build, day and date of birth, home town, elementary school, secondary school, universities and colleges including degrees and graduation dates are all included with a lot of other information. As far as interactions go - they are the glue that keeps the story flowing. There are mutual problems, happy moments, crimes and even weddings within Righteous Reign.
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Series

Righteous Reign
In this series ,Kurt Brubacher spins a rich history of the giant Empire he serves; and, the story of its greatest hero - Admiral George T. Bryant. As Inspector General, Kurt is privy to the most sensitive information. He shares his friends' loves, fears, wins and failures. And he takes us back to the very beginning as he relates this complex tale. During two decades, the Orion Empire gives birth to the Orion Federation - a peaceful Constitutional Monarchy with half a trillion citizens spanning four million cubic light-years. Plagued by rebellion from within and attacks from aggressive worlds, George and Kurt must collaborate to overcome these trials. In the end, they face their most imposing enemy as the Isesinis drive The OFSA - the Federation defence force - out of their own territory. By final installment, the Federation is in shambles and the OFSA is in hiding. Espionage and treason abound. George will throw everything he has into the fray. They will be free - or the Federation will no longer exist. Space is very cold. Love and war are searing hot.

Books

Righteous Reign Episode 4 Ragged Remnant
Series: Righteous Reign. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,360. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Fourth and final installment in the exciting Righteous Reign Series. Space is very cold. But, love and war are scorching hot.
Righteous Reign Episode III Rampant Rampage
Series: Righteous Reign. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,100. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Rampant Rampage is the exciting fast paced third episode in the Righteous Reign series. Kurt Brubacher takes the reader on a roller coaster ride describing the effort of George Bryant to free their besieged Federation. As they solve one issue after another, the two men realize they are facing a tyrant who will stoop to anything to possess the region he so deeply covets.
Righteous Reign II Righteous Rule
Series: Righteous Reign. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 100,180. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Kurt Brubacher continues the saga of Admiral George Bryant relating the spell-binding story of the stressful encounter with an enemy that wages war like playing chess. Shifting us from one scene to another Kurt relates the twists and turns of Georges effort to triumph. If he wins things return to normal. If not it will be the end of the Orion Federation.
Righteous Reign
Series: Righteous Reign. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 189,670. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Like the Greek sagas, this post-apocalyptic tale of the birth, spread, politics and battles of the giant Orion Empire and its greatest hero. Admiral George Bryant will do anything to protect his one true love and the Empire he serves and loves. He is a man of ethics and deep convictions; with the tactical genius to wage wars on a galactic scale. The shocking twist is in who leads a rebellion.