Monday, July 14, 2014

Digital data compromised...

News headline: Dean Del Mastro denies sending series of emails, trial hears.

In real life in 2014, it starts with the defendant denying he sent the emails but where does it end? 

Nearly 100 per cent of computer attacks are criminal in nature, say experts.Can a defendant argue the lab results were compromised? The police reports altered? The DNA analysis fixed? 

News headline: Malware threats making anti-virus software 'totally useless' 

Can organized crime hack into police computers? Pay someone to compromise forensic lab results? Force someone through blackmail or threats to fudge results? Can those with money and clout alter digital data to clear someone or, alternately, to make it seem their enemies are guilty? 

How safe is a forensic lab computer when hackers have been known to breach the computers of nuclear facilities? Hack attack on Iran's nuclear facility easier than thought 

There is an entire section at the back of my new near future release DISPASSIONATE LIES that outlines the news, technology and science headlines that inspired the story about the collapse of the internet, the global economy and the judicial system. It was written to provoke discussion and spark preparation for new technologies and their abuses and uses. 

 

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"...brilliant storyline..."
"...a fast-paced and enjoyable read"
“Romance, suspense and technological thrills round out this wonderful sci-fi novel.”
"A highly recommended read to all fans of futuristic fiction."

 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Imagine the chaos...

UPDATE: Now on Amazon!


It's 2035 and hackers have collapsed the internet. Economies teeter. Governments struggle.

The judicial system is in chaos as defense lawyers argue all evidence is tainted...police records, lab results, criminal records.

Sifting through compromised digital data, Ladesque tries desperately to find out the truth about her past while simultaneously designing the high-tech recovery of cyberspace.

"The world was depending on her; she had promises to keep..." --so begins my new release... DISPASSIONATE LIES.




Monday, May 26, 2014

Get DIVINE INTERVENTION for FREE!

Everyone needs a little DIVINE INTERVENTION. And now you can get it FREE at Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords!

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CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist―a murderer who has already taken the lives of three people.

Jasi and her team members―Psychometric Empath and profiler Ben Roberts and Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko―are joined by Brandon Walsh, the handsome but skeptical Chief of Arson Investigations. In a manhunt that takes them from Vancouver to Kelowna, Penticton and Victoria, they are led down a twisting path of sinister secrets.

Sifting through ashes and clues, Jasi realizes that there is more to the third victim than meets the eye. Perhaps not all of the victims were that innocent. The hunt intensifies when she learns that someone they know is next on the arsonist's list.

Unleashing her gift as a Pyro-Psychic, Jasi is compelled toward smoldering ashes and enters the killer's mind―a mind bent on destruction and revenge. And in the heat of early summer, Jasi discovers that a murderer lies in wait…much closer than she ever imagined.

Book 1 in the Divine series

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Guest author Kim Cresswell discusses "The Difference Between Mystery and Suspense"

Although mystery is an element found in every genre…what if there weren’t any secrets to uncover or bad guys to catch? Would you want to turn the pages and continue reading? Romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, historical and other genres all have some sort of element of mystery.

Mystery novels involve a puzzle—a game of whodunit. A crime usually happens and it’s up to the protagonist to uncover the truth.

In a suspense novel–a threat and imminent danger must be resolved not a puzzle being resolved.

Something is coming. Thunder. Footsteps. Bad guys. Run! Run! Run!

It’s the ticking bomb concept.

A suspense novel builds then ebbs creating an emotional rollercoaster and the author ensures it crashes at the perfect moment with a big bang.

The protagonist in a suspense novel is usually tossed into the role of the hero, and in most cases without preparation or the necessary skills. He or she would rather be working or at home with their family etc., but someone has made that impossible by putting the hero’s home or loved ones in danger.

In suspense novels, the stakes are much higher with the threat reaching an impossible level.

In my debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel), my heroine Whitney Steel is an investigative reporter determined to nail the “story of a lifetime” because her colleagues have always made their opinions clear: Between her father’s luster as a war correspondent and her ex-husband’s political connections she’s had a free ride to get where she is in her career.

But her journey to get the “big story” is not going to be easy as she battles billionaire, Biotech company owner, Nathan Shaw–who will do ANYTHING to keep his illegal human cloning project concealed from outsiders.

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Kim-Cresswell/e/B00B5LKAXA

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/kim-cresswell

About the Author: 

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing.

Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards: RomCon's 2014 Readers' Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD'tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004) and an Honourable Mention in Calgary's Romance Writers of America (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006).

LETHAL JOURNEY was a finalist in RomCon's 2014 Readers' Crown and From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).

Her action-packed suspense and thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, "Buckle up, Hang on tight!"

Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil - A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cresswell/e/B00B5LKAXA

Website: www.kimcresswell.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimCresswellBooks

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kimcresswell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6898395.Kim_Cresswell


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Futuristic Legalese

Science Fiction writers, if not looking to the stars, are often looking to the future. The fantastical that may one day be ours is a fertile field in which to wallow.

Futuristic technology, social norms, politics, fashion, weapons and time travel are common themes of the genre. Futuristic legalities? Not so much. However, I may have found a way to make even that fun.

In my first sci fi SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT I take a stab at explaining differences in eyewitness accounts--perhaps our consciousness is shifting between alternate universes, we may not all have exactly the same shared past. I think Chorie's lawyer summed it up best when he told her there was no fricken way he was arguing an alternate universe theory before the court. They'd both be judged insane and she'd for sure lose custody of her dying daughter. Yeah...that did stretch it a bit, didn't it?

http://bookShow.me/B005GLJET6

But, suppose the year is 2035 and all other universes are tucked neatly away and inaccessible, as they ought to be. What will our legal system look like then? Suppose hackers and criminal organizations decimated the world wide web, corrupted the internet beyond salvation. Suppose this corruption reached into police files, lab results, court orders, all things digital and transferred, stored, or otherwise exposed to the internet.

What then, my friend? What good defence attorney would not argue DNA results that proved guilt, might very well have been corrupted? What good gangster would not have hired a techie to alter a police report prior to trial? What terrorist would not have invaded government systems to drain dollars?

Ah, yes, the year is 2035 and computer whiz Ladesque is charged with getting the world back online with a system immune to attack, perhaps a task almost as impossible as hunting through corrupt data to find the truth about the pharmacological screwup that stole her generation's fertility and libido.

DISPASSIONATE LIES, coming later this summer from WolfSinger Publications.

Perhaps we ought to be more concerned about who's inventing the quantum computer than who has nuclear capabilities. Perhaps.


Eileen Schuh, Author
FIREWALLS
FATAL ERROR

Schrödinger's Cat
THE TRAZ