Ciao, amici! As the month of thankfulness is winding down, I have a new-to-this-blog guest I’m so grateful to call my friend, and I’m delighted to introduce you to her today, though I suspect most of you already know her. You do if you’ve followed me over to Story Empire because she’s a new contributor to our site there. She’s a talented and accomplished author who is so giving with her time and support, and I’m glad to open my little slice of the web to her today to help her promote her new book, Culmination: A New Beginning. Please help me give her the warmest of welcomes. Without further ado, I give you Gwen Plano.
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Staci, and for helping me launch The Culmination, a new beginning. It just went public on Amazon and I’m super excited. To celebrate, the Kindle edition is on sale at 99¢ through December.
So, what’s the book about? The Culmination can best be described as a military thriller. It tackles difficult topics such as denuclearization, the power struggles over oil in the Middle East, as well as the ever-present danger of war. Readers will find themselves sitting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walking in the historic Red Square, and laughing with children in an orphanage in Turkey. They will glimpse the horror of war and watch the give and take of a negotiated peace. Readers will also meet the two Heads of State who fall in love and subsequently commit themselves to creating a world in which all are family.
I never expected to write this book, but in some ways, I had no choice. The characters crowded into my office and insisted that I listen to them. In a very real way, they wrote the book. I simply tapped the keys.
The Culmination, a new beginning is the third book in The Contract thriller series. After an assassination attempt on an Air Force base in northern California, tensions mount. Heads of state meet to craft a denuclearization agreement. The meetings between these nuclear powers take a murderous turn. A nefarious conspiracy re-emerges and leads the characters into the heart of the Middle East, where they encounter the unexpected and find a reason for hope.
En route to Vandenberg Air Force Base, a Marine One helicopter got hit with a rocket-propelled grenade. The President was not injured because of the quick action of the two Marine pilots. Reporters have gathered at the base entrance and call out to the President for response. Using the base intercom system, the President addresses the crowd:
“Ladies and gentlemen. Today is a day of mourning. Two of our finest pilots lost their lives in protecting mine. I order that all flags get flown at half-staff for a full week, out of respect for these brave Marines. They embodied the best of our military and are heroes. Their names are Major Sarah Jameson (married with one child), and First Lieutenant Simon Vesey (married with no children). Our hearts go out to their loved ones.
“This is an emotional day for all of us, but especially for me. Two Marines just sacrificed their lives to save mine. To say that I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. Every morning, I offer thanksgiving for one more day, knowing full well that it might be my last. The presidency is the most targeted position in our country. Death threats are common, and attempts are just about as frequent. Because of the Secret Service and our military, I am alive.
“Daily, I commit to doing what I can to foster life, to make this a better world. Do you? I am serious. Do you? Circumstance has taught me that we are one family. It’s irrelevant whether we’re Republican or Democrat, Christian or Muslim, or Black or White. We are family, and as family, we need to help one another. In two days, I leave for Iceland, where I will meet with the nuclear powers. We will focus on denuclearization. On making our world a safer place. Each of us has a role to play.
“These two Marines died trying to help our world become a safer place. They acted without hesitation, without a thought to their own safety. I consider them part of my family, and today, I mourn. Please, allow me the emotional space I need to process my sorrow. I will have much more to say once I return to the White House, but now is not the time. One of my sisters and one of my brothers just died because of me.” His voice drops and he adds, “Thank you.”
The President turns away from the mic and faces the base Commander. With a slight shake of the head and tightened lips, he communicates his grief. He looks across the room. All the Airmen and Officers stand at attention. He acknowledges with a salute and then accompanies the Commander back to his office.
- Letting Go into Perfect Love
- The Contract between heaven and earth
- The Choice: the unexpected heroes
- The Culmination, a new beginning
Well, there you have it. Exciting, isn’t it? I know I’m on the edge of my seat. And I’m certainly wishing Gwen all the best with this one. I’m a bit behind; I read book one (a real page-turner) but haven’t read book two yet. I have to read that before this one, but I can’t wait!
I hope you join me in supporting Gwen. Use those share buttons, the download links, and of course the comment box below to show her some love. Grazie!