Today’s Featured Author – Haris Orkin

Please welcome author Haris Orkin to my blog. His debut novel, You Only Live Once, a comic thriller, was released in March 2018. It is a contemporary take on Don Quixote as a mental patient believes he’s a James Bond-like super spy. This new release already has 19 5-star reviews!

Book Blurb

James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, fluent in four languages and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.

When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.

This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.

About the Author

You Only Live Once is the debut novel by Haris Orkin, who has had successful careers as an ad writer, screenwriter, playwright, game writer, narrative director and voice director. He received a BA from Beloit College and an MFA in Creative Writing from USC. His produced screenplays include Save the Dog (Disney Sunday Night movie) and A Saintly Switch (directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Vivica A. Fox and David Alan Grier). Haris has also written scripts for Universal, Columbia, 20th Century Fox and Paramount. His play, Dada was produced at The American Stage, The Nebraska Rep, and the La Jolla Playhouse. His Nobody Lives Forever was performed at The John Harmon Theater and The Player’s Club in New York City. In 2005, Haris broke into the world of game narrative with the script for Dungeons and Dragons: Dragonshard, and he has written eight games since. Red Alert 3 (2008) earned Haris a Writer’s Guild Award nomination for best video game script while Mafia 3 (2017) garnered him a BAFTA Award nomination. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (2009) was released to strong sales and excellent reviews.  Dead Island (2011) and Dying Light (2015) were the top selling titles for their years.

You can purchase You Only Live Once on Amazon.

New Release: The Book of Joshua II – Believe

Iris Bolling just released her latest book – The Book of Joshua II – Believe (A Gems & Gents Series) – in April. She took time out of her schedule to let us know a little more about herself and her books.


Tell us a bit about yourself.

irisNot much to tell. I’m a fifty something year old woman who works a regular 9-5, then come home to work another 6-12 writing and love every minute of it. I’m blessed with a sweetie who supports and literally takes care of me. I mean, when I go into write mode, I dont’ stop to eat or do anything. He will cook, clean and fuss when I don’t take a break. Then he listens when things are not going the way I want. He encourages me to let things go and move on. I love that man. Anyway, I’m also a mother to 1 son, who works in politics, 2 nieces and 1 nephew who I raised. My last niece child is in college. So I now, semi have my house to myself. I love reading as much as I love writing. If I’m in write mode, the only thing that temps me to stop is a new book by Beverly Jenkins, Francis Ray, Julie Garwood or David Balducci. And Gwyneth Bolton, if she will ever stop playing and give us another Hightower story……hint….hint. I love music, family and friends. Not in that order, but you get the drift.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Moved to Morristown, NJ during my Freshman year of high school. Then moved back to Virginia after college.  So I’m a Virginia/Jersey girl.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Honestly, not until I wrote Once You’ve Touched The Heart as a way to release stress from work. One of my friends read it and said you should do something with this. So I published it, and here I am. I am still amazed  people like to read these crazy stories that pop up in my head.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

My life is not that interesting as my characters, believe me. LOL! Seriously, I think a little of my life is in every book I write. I do have my JD who test some of the love scenes with me, but other than that, not much.

Please tell us about your current release. 

The Book of Joshua II – Believe is my current release. The CIA Agent, known from The Heart Series and The Book of Joshua I – Trust, reemerges with a HUGE chip on his shoulder. Injured, he finds his life in the hands, of all things, a woman. The last position he ever wanted to be in. To make maters worse she is just as skilled as CIA Operative as he is. Together, they are task with discovering who is trying to take down the current President of the United States.

What inspired you to write this book?

The character, Joshua, inspired me to write both books Trust and Believe. Joshua is such a hero to others, I thought it would be great to expose a few weak spots just to make him human. He still emerges as the hero, but this time he finds a sidekick for life.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

For Trust and Believe, I used the internet, of course, FBI sites, CIA sites, and The White House sites. I was fortunate to have access to a few people for personal interviews.

Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?

No, not at all. I was surprised who the true antagonist was at the end of this espionage novel.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? 

Rene Naverone, the ex-Secret Service agent from The Pendleton Rule, simply because she is fierce. The woman is beautiful, deadly, and very comfortable with who she is. Men are intimidated by her beauty and skill, yet, there is something about her that, entice them to want to know more. In addition to all of that, she has such a future ahead of her in my novels.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.    

I have a really hard time approaching people. There are authors I admire, who I have a difficult time approaching. It’s not that I don’t want to, its’ I just don’t have the nerves. I love Beverly Jenkins, I mean, just love her. She is one of the most approachable people you will ever meet–ever! I have talked with her on several occasions, she has helped me in ways you would never imagine, but I still hesitate approaching her when we are at events or even on line. But, whenever I do, she is always there willing to share her knowledge. Gwyneth Bolton is the same way. She is always there when I reach out. The first time I saw Gwyneth was on a Romance Slam Jam cruise. She was at a table with several other authors, some I knew. Rochelle Alers was also there. I want to go over to that table and listen to whatever they had to say, but I just could not get my nerves together to make that move. On that cruise, with the flying trays and all,  Gwyneth won an award and so did I, we were on stage together. I so nervous, I grabbed her hand and held on for dear life. It meant the world to me, when she didn’t turn around and smack me. LOL! So, if you see me out and about, and I’m sitting somewhere by myself, it’s not because I don’t want to be bother, it’s because I’m still working on getting my nerves up to say hello.

 Book Description

believeWhile in another country, CIA Operative Joshua Lassiter uncovers a plot targeting the current president of the United States. His loyalty to the country that betrayed him in the past comes to the forefront as he takes action to prevent the treasonous act. He is injured during the course of the mission and now must trust the new administration will rescue him. 

In-active CIA Operative known only as ROC is called back into duty by the White House. Her mission is two-fold. Bring Joshua Lassiter home, alive. Restore him to the number one weapon in the United States covert arsenal. 

The mission plunges the two into danger and uncertainty as the plot revels it is the United States military trying to prevent them from reaching the President, by any means necessary. 

Who do they TRUST? ——- Who do they BELIEVE? 

You can purchase this book on Amazon and be sure to check out Iris’s other books.


Today’s Featured Author: Hyrum Laney

Today I have Hryum Laney on my blog discussing Time Bomb Ticking, the first book in his Die Hard Patriots political thriller series.


Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Utah, but I have two homes here in Western Oregon. My summer home is out in the field, in the cab of a tractor or combine. My winter home looks over the field and has a dinner table and computer.

What or who inspired you to start writing?

I had a college professor tell me I could write for a living. Her statement was very gratifying, but at the time I had little interest to write. Twenty years later that changed and I began to dabble in the art.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I spent twelve years writing my first two novels. I made several attempts to write about the mission into the Bo Hai Bay, but wasn’t satisfied with the manuscript. So I wrote the second book in the series, which turned out much better. Then I went back and wrote the final version of Time Bomb Ticking. That version took three and a half years. During that time, I told less than two dozen people I was writing anything, because I didn’t want any pressure. I didn’t consider myself an author until the day my novel became available on Amazon.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

Yes, my next novel is in the works and should be out in the fall of 2013. It’s a political thriller and I hope readers will ponder the possibilities it raises.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

No. I work when the farm calls. I prefer to write when the weather is bad or it’s dark.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The worst advice was to go the traditional route, i.e. by getting an agent and then trying to find a publisher.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

The Die Hard Patriots series revolves around several issues that could threaten our national security. One issue in particular was the motivating factor in writing the series and will be the keystone of book three.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Most of the information I used came from the internet. In the end I was able to acquire a source that added clarity to the technical elements and jargon used by submariners. You could say I had made a car, but this source put the wheels on it.

If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The next book will be out this fall. It will answer all the lingering questions left hanging in TBT, and will set the stage for the next three books.

What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?

Describing the inside of a Los Angeles class submarine. Just a bit tricky without ever having been on one.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

Uh…of course. The Hunt for Red October. That book is the benchmark for all submarine books. Not only was it an excellent story, but it was written at the right time—the last days of the cold war.

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished A Wanted Man, by Lee Child and plan on reading No Easy Day, by Mark Owen. I also hope to read Fearless by next fall. That said, my reading time fades as the summer farming season begins, and of course, I have another novel to write.

 Book Description

Time Bomb Ticking

Captain Larry McGraw is the best at underwater espionage. His Los Angeles class sub, the USS Charlotte, is designed to transport the Advanced SEAL Delivery System, a mini sub created to insert SEALs in dangerous places so they can spy, sabotage or eliminate ‘problems’ as needed. When the President suspects China is preparing to expand its borders in a hostile way, he orders McGraw to slip into the Bo Hai Bay-only 100 miles from the capital city of Beijing-and sit on the bottom while the SEALs conduct nighttime operations. Feasible, but rather risky in the shallow bay. Should the Chinese detect them, the only place to hide is the deep waters of the Ryukyu Trench 600 miles away, a journey that would be fraught with dangers. To make matters worse, Captain Jim Beecher and the USS Asheville will be stationed near the bays entrance to act as a decoy, should trouble arise. The two captains have an intense rivalry. McGraw isn’t sure he can trust Beecher. Little does he know that the fate of the Charlotte rests in Beecher’s hands.  Time Bomb Ticking is Book 1 of the Die-Hard Patriots, a Political Thriller Series.

About the Author

Hyrum Laney lives in western Oregon with his wife and three children. He farms forage grass seed, and writes when he’s not farming.With a keen interest in politics, he has blogged and written commentary on agricultural issues facing American farmers. As a fiscal conservative, he is concerned about the national debt and the dangers it poses to our national security and ultimately our liberties.

You can find out more about Hyrum on his website.

You can buy Time Bomb Ticking on Amazon.