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NATHANIEL MYER - On the back cover

Published by Margaret Sisu in Nathaniel Myer · 21/3/2014 13:25:34
Tags: Adultcontemporaryfictionnovelthrillersuspenseintrigueromance

Hunting the animals who destroyed his life, Nathaniel Myer has few resources. He loses everything save the clothes on his back and a crumpled wad of papers he got off of a crooked detective. His life comes down to just one purpose: justice—or vengeance, depending on your point of view. He's certainly no one's hero.
But even as he closes in on a sociopath the law just can't seem to touch, Nate finds himself the reluctant guardian to a ragged band of misfits—a cantankerous old army veteran, an emotionally disturbed kid, and a mother and child hiding out from their case worker.
Then his life takes another series of blinding turns and, with final justice threatening to slip through his fingers, Nate discovers that his toughest test is just starting.





NATHANIEL MYER - Prequel to Hell

Published by Margaret Sisu in Nathaniel Myer · 25/10/2013 23:04:15
Tags: Adultcontemporaryfictionnovelthrillersuspenseintrigueromance

Sunday Jan 16.
07:15 a.m. – This is how it begins. I’m feeling swamped and would love nothing better than a Sunday morning lie-in, but church starts in an hour and Lauren says that afterwards, we need to talk.

08:15 a.m.
–Our congregation is like a big family, with all the love and strife that comes with it. And in the end, nothing’s more important than family.

08:45 a.m.
– Lauren and Li’l J head off to Sunday school in the rec room. My wife’s been a Sunday school teacher since our son was two years old. Everyone loves her. I’m smart enough to love her too.

08:48 a.m.
– The pastor preaches about blessings and forgiveness. I’m praying God will forgive me because I know my family is the real blessing in my life.

09:45 a.m.
 – Lauren’s tidying up after Sunday School. I help the youth band pack up then try to track down our little hell-raiser to tell him it’s time to go. Usually, it’s hard to even find him.

10:30 a.m
. – Lunch at Leon’s is a Sunday ritual, as is trying to talk Li’l into having more than just apple juice and cheesecake, and Lauren more than salad and tuna. Having said that, she's got a great body.

12:00 noon.
– Heading back home, I fill up the SUV so I don’t have to stop at the gas station on the way to work in the morning. I like my job but lately, things at the office have got a little complicated.

12:21 p.m.
– At the traffic light, I pull up beside a beaut of a 1978 Mercury Marquis. Flawless paint work, gleaming chrome, sexy V8 engine roar. I admire it. I even chat with the passengers.

12:21:31 p.m.
– This life I have, the life I work for and nurture, and yes, sometimes get impatient with, this life ends forever. Only I don’t know it…yet.




Another glimpse of upcoming NATHANIEL MYER's storyline

Published by Margaret Sisu in Nathaniel Myer · 17/10/2013 20:07:04
Tags: Adultcontemporaryfictionnovelthrillersuspenseintrigueromance

      Software engineer, Nathaniel Myer, is a restless suburbanite with a guilty secret, whose world is shattered when mere chance puts him in the path of a genius sociopath with the sweet face of an angel and plans for a cold-blooded criminal empire.
      Nathaniel brushes off the fleeting encounter but in the hours that follow, he falls asleep in the arms of his wife and awakes to unimaginable horror.
      Nate battles back through frailty, grief, guilt, and ultimately rage when time after time, the four suspects, guided by their clever leader, skip ahead of the police then completely through their fingers and underground. Unearthing them becomes Nate’s sole purpose until his obsession destroys what little he has left.
      On the street, owning nothing but the clothes on his back and a crumpled wad of papers he got off a crooked PI, more than ever Nate cares for little beyond his single-minded crusade.
      His plans and Fate’s aren’t completely in alignment, however, because when a cantankerous army veteran with unusual PTSD, an emotionally disturbed kid with too many body piercings, and a feisty mother and brutally honest child all need a hero, he’s somehow always in the right place at the right time and the man he used to be can’t do other than help them. As long as none of his temporary wards depend on him long term, because Nate doesn’t plan on sticking around anywhere once his own crusade ends, and it doesn’t matter that new emotions are beginning to painfully prod their way through cracks around his hardened soul.
      As it happens, staying sharp and playing reluctant street guardian draws him closer to the very animals he’s hunting and, most importantly, their elusive leader.
      Then abruptly, Nate’s life takes another series of blinding turns, landing him at yet another unexpected crossroads—confronted by the bridges he’s burned without regard, the lives he’s endangered without foresight, and the question of where it will all end.

     He might have to choose between the justice he’s sought so long, letting a habitual killer smile and slip away again, and daring to hope once more.  Or he might just have to become the ultimate human sacrifice.




COMING SOON - NEW NOVEL! "Nathaniel Myer"

Published by Margaret Sisu in Nathaniel Myer · 10/10/2013 20:29:17
Tags: Adultcontemporaryfictionnovelthrillersuspenseintrigueromance

"NATHANIEL MYER" on the back cover:

          Hunting the animals who destroyed his life, Nathaniel Myer has few resources. He loses everything save the clothes on his back and a crumpled wad of papers he got off of a crooked detective. His life comes down to just one purpose: justice—or vengeance, depending on your point of view. He's certainly no one's hero.
       But even as he closes in on a sociopath the law just can't seem to touch, Nate finds himself the reluctant guardian to a ragged band of misfits—a cantankerous old army veteran, an emotionally disturbed kid, and a mother and child hiding out from their case worker.
      Then his life takes another series of blinding turns and, with final justice threatening to slip through his fingers, Nate discovers that his toughest test is just starting.

(I know, I know. This novel took a little longer than expected ('a little', ha!), but I don't like bringing something to readers until it's up to scratch and worth their time and money. Now it’s been through the paces and is in the publishers’ hands, so stay tuned for its official release date later this year. And look out here and on facebook for more freebie glimpses of the high stakes, emotional storyline. In the meantime, if you haven't read The Nude, get your hands on a copy already! Check out the reviews here.)




Xlibris Blog - Pt 1 - Author Margaret Sisu Bares Naked Truth about Writing and Her Debut Novel ‘The Nude’

Published by Margaret Sisu in The Nude · 20/2/2013 20:29:51
Tags: NudeartnonfictionmysteryintrigueromanceKinky

I am honored to be in the Author Spotlight on The Xlibris Blog for my first novel, The Nude.
Writing Roots
“Picture a chubby five year old in a hallway full of books trying to decide what she’ll read today—by herself. Picture a reedier nine-year elbowing her out of the way because she’s taking too long. Picture parents calmly reaching over their heads to grab something for themselves and leaving them to their own devices. In my childhood home, if you were old enough to ask what a book was, you were old enough to start learning to read it for yourself, to the adults—not the other way around.
Growing up in a book-filled environment (my father was an English teacher and school principal—enough said) my sister and I became inveterate readers. At lights-out, the illuminated cone under the blanket was us sneaking in another chapter. Throughout later life, reading has remained a bulwark-and-reprieve we come back to like home base.
I went a step further and conjured up stories in my head but the past time took a back seat as my medical career advanced. Inevitably writing floated back to the surface in the last several years.
Since my mother always said—’If you’re going to do something, you might as well do it properly,’ (she was a bit prissy) — I took a year of fiction writing to learn the art of its finer nuances. Then I spent another year plodding through the first draft of my first ‘real’ novel. I feared criticism so ripped the band-aid off by finding a ‘real’ editor—someone who would pick up my fledgling effort with disdain, criticize without heart, and itemize my literary abominations, forcing me to put my effort back together again minus the bits that didn’t work. I wanted learn to write like the authors I admired—Ludlum, Christie, Steele, Moseley, Morrison, Dickey, to name a few.
That first novel—The Nude—I self-published because I figured agents were unlikely to take on a nobody. Then I chose to get official book reviews but chickened out when the email arrived and wouldn’t open it for a week so as not to ruin my Christmas.
When I finally sucked it up, Kirkus had given it a star, calling it ‘a masterful debut. An enthralling first novel.’ Whooppee! Writer’s Digest remarked, ‘This book was extremely well-written. The plot was fantastic.’ And Blog critics for Readerviews said, ‘[The Nude] is a perfect combination of romance and intrigue…Readers are sure to be surprised.’ It was even recommended on USAToday.com. That’s all well and good—and vital—but I’m looking now on getting sales where it really counts. And I’m onto my second book, feeling more pressure, not less.”
On Her Literary Influences
“By my early teens, I was reading Toni Morrison, Archie comics, Stephen King, and poetry. My indiscriminate reading made me less genre-focused. If writing is good, it’s good, whether it’s series romances, erotic fiction, graphic novels, Pulitzer-prize fiction, or biographies.
Writing, however, I lean towards melodrama but I want my words and my plots to be equally strong. I admire Toni Morrison’s and Eric Jerome Dickey’s lyrical language and ability get into the heads of characters and depict what drives them; I like Carl Hiaasen’s and Terry Pratchett’s ripping tongue-in-cheek humor. Brilliant Mary Balogh and Sandra Brown elevated romance to an art form. Robert Ludlumand Agatha Christie did intrigue worlds, eras, and settings apart and both were equally gripping.
My focus, hence, may be a little muddled but I’m working to straighten that out. I wanted to learn to write like the authors I’d come to admire—Ludlum, Christie, Steele, Moseley, Morrison, Dickey, to name a few—and to my crashing disappointment, I haven’t yet learned to write like them.
Instead, I am learning to write like me.”
The Nude
“The Nude is about a young photographer, Gwen, who enters into a love affair with an older, globetrotting and very talented artist Adam, until he discovers that she’s the daughter of a man he once knew—an artist whose brief spotlight was shattered by his own destructive narcissism. Gwen in turn discovers one of Adam’s works—a stunning nude—hidden away in his closet which he refuses to exhibit or even discuss. When the painting does find its way into a prestigious New York exhibit and garners international acclaim, Gwen finds out that it’s connected to secrets in her family’s past, and her digging to uncover those secrets brings down a storm on her and Adam’s heads even as those around them begin plotting their own agendas for the now famous painting.”
There’s a Part 2, which can be found here on the Xlibris Blog.





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