I've been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was eight, my mother brought home an old typewriter. On that day, I became a young journalist, lifting stories from the Boston Globe and rewriting them.
My first career was in radio as a copywriter. Before I got married, I finished a novel but decided I had to choose between writing fiction or having a family. I chosed the latter and have two beautiful girls to show for that decision.
As I advanced to become station manager and part owner, I still had to write commercials, advertising and marketing campaigns, proposals and business plans, and on the side, dabble in fiction.
When I left the radio business, I became an independent financial planner where my writing skills were even more in demand. I also taught at NYU and Adelphi University and have written books on the financial planning practice, entitled "The Seven Stages of Financial Planning" and "The Financial Planning Seminar."
Starting in 2005 as I wound down my practice due to medical issues, I returned to writing. I wrote another novel just for fun, and when I finished, the idea of a young dad being conflicted with his career and family life struck me as a great modern day premise for a science fictiion/fantasy book. In this genre, I am able to magnify the hellish consequences of his decision to put career over family life. One innocent day, he wasn't there for his family when they needed him the most. All I had to ask next was WHAT IF, that magical expression that opens the universe to one's imagination.The idea grew and now that I am retired, I have the time to complete the story.
In 2015, I wrote what I now consider a prequel to The Fortress of Time series, Angel of The Lord. The book has spawned three others:
The Return of TAU, The Rise of PI and The Attack on Gaia.
The Return of TAU will soon be available on Kindle and in paperback. The Rise of PI I have slated for release in late 2020, and The Attack on Gaia in mid-2021.
Please don't think you have to read the entire series to get a satisfying read. Each book stands on its own despite the trilogy being a continuous story. Kirkus Reviews said of this aspect: "While it's the first installment in a series, this volume wraps up its story threads more neatly than other SF sagas, not leaving readers stranded in a ninth circle of cliffhanger hell."
Shaken by the disappearance of their bodies, a young dad is at a loss to find his family. Only an alien friend knows where they are, Lord TAU of the Kronogons. He's a powerful, shape-shifting creature whose whole being is to fight time, the very meaning of Kronogon. His people have taken them, he tells Jonathan, the father, but why? To bring them back to life, he says.
Jonathan can't believe what TAU is saying. With no other course but to follow the Kronogon, he and his friends go with him. Perhaps, the trip may take his mind off the guilt he has for not going on vacation with them, for trading their last day on Earth for one more day at work.
After being overwhelmed with awe traveling in space, Jonathan later sees his family from a distance, and he believes the unbelievable: they seem to be alive in a medically induced coma. His joy is soon shattered when he witnesses the Greys of Nardomon abduct them, the Kronogons' perennial enemies.
An operatic space battle ensues in which laser beams trade barrages with replicating torpedoes. To Jonathan's horror, the Kronogons are defeated, but he, TAU, and his friends survive. They then pursue the Grey leader to Earth, who has taken Jonathan’s family with him.
What do these aliens want with dead Humans? Jonathan asks. TAU suspects the worst.
An unlikely pairing of two fishermen and a beautiful young woman/half-angel accompany Jonathan and TAU. To get back to heaven, she must convert her hatred of Humans into helping Jonathan. The fact that she's an angel is no guarantee of success, for she has failed everyone since the beginning of time.
His human friends, too, are paralyzed with fear to help him. Jonathan must stand alone against a resolute enemy as the odds unwind slowly against him – even with the return of TAU.
“The two alien races may scheme like Cold War antagonists, but they have enough imaginative touches and exotic cultural details to merit genre respect, say on a Star Trek series level… Angelina registers less as a channel for holy thoughts…full of mild wisecracks and spunky patter... than as a superhero type…The author is adept at keeping things moving and throwing cinematic-level twists into the Robert Ludlum-sized narrative to maintain reader interest…While it's the first installment in a series, (entitled “Fortress of Time.”) this volume wraps up its story threads more neatly than other SF sagas, not leaving readers stranded in a ninth circle of cliffhanger hell. Aliens, angels and an action-hero dad star in a rousing genre mishmash that plays out better than it sounds." – Kirkus Reviews
Jonathan Prescott is taking his family home in caskets in cargo when a brilliant white light suddenly engulfs his plane. Seconds later, a terrorist missile strikes it. All are lost, except for Jonathan, who falls from the sky and lands in the sea. All Jonathan knows is that it was no ordinary light that saved him.
A deranged President who wants Jonathan dead because of what he saw sics a rogue FBI team on him. Others want him dead as well. The terrorists who shot down the plane chafe at his celebrity status for having survived their handiwork. Jonathan doesn’t know it yet, but the light is a wormhole through which Earth will be invaded.
The leader of an advanced alien party, named TAU, covertly controls the President. He, too, doesn’t want panic in the streets if the people learn the true identity of this light. For all of his brute presence, TAU says he comes in peace as does his people, the Kronogons. To his chagrin, he feels he has to assist others in killing Jonathan or wind up doing the job himself.
Only an angel can rescue Jonathan. Angelina, a nun and a nurse by day, is doing penance on Earth. Her latest assignment is to protect Jonathan and help him find his dead family. There’s no guarantee she will succeed. She’s been failing her mission for eons now.
She’s no ordinary angel either. Her patter can be snarky at times, and she can also fight for her charge. Her only weakness is that she cannot kill. The two grow in their relationship. An idealistic Jonathan hopes to prove her wrong about Humans despite his own guilt in not being with his family when they died. What’s at stake now is not just Jonathan’s survival, but the world’s. In the end, they form one Dynamic Duo as they battle to keep Jonathan alive, and in the process, perhaps, save the Human race from both the evil forces in this world and the ones out of this world.
As of now, we are anticipating a January 1st launch of
The Return of TAU.
I will keep you posted. Join me on Facebook, or check in here whenever you get the inkling.
The Incas of Cusco, Peru knew as well as anyone the joy of executing the perfect fit and finish.
Writing is like building a wall over an uneven surface. Rarely, does it go in a straight line but at every ragged turn, the writer must seek perfection so that characters, twists and scenery all fit neatly into place.