Guest Author Eileen Schuh

Today our guest is Eileen Schuh, author of yesterday’s book Dispassionate Lies. Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5hK

Eileen Schuh

Let’s find out more about Eileen.

1) Where is your home town?

I was born and raised as Eileen Fairbrother on a small farm near Tofield, Alberta, Canada and have lived within a 150 km radius of that town ever since. I currently live with my husband, Alvin Schuh, in the County of St. Paul in north eastern Alberta.

2) How long have you been writing?

I learned to read before I started school and have been writing ever since. I pursued a journalism career in my younger years but always dreamed of publishing novels. It took me over a half-a-century to make that dream come true. In 2011 my first novel, THE TRAZ, was released. Making up for lost time, as of the release of DISPASSIONATE LIES last month, I now have six published books to my credit.

3) Are books with a sci-fi theme your preferred genre to write in?

I really enjoy weaving scientific facts, theories and discoveries into my stories. I feel like I’m doing a service to humanity by exploring the potential effect science will have on our future. However, I also love writing crime fiction so I generously mix the two genres. My Crime novels contain lots of science and my Science Fiction always has at least one crime.

4) Can you tell the readers what happened to the internet in Dispassionate Lies? 

In DISPASSIONATE LIES the internet collapses after criminal hackers hijack the web, compromising all digital data and throwing the global economy into chaos. I based this scenario on current events and include a list of relevant cybercrime headlines in the back of the book. From the Snowden and Assange data leaks, to computer assaults on nuclear reactors and jet engines, and including government espionage and corporate attacks—the vulnerability of today’s internet is very apparent. In DISPASSIONATE LIES, I took a guess as to where it will all end up and…it’s not a rosy future for cyberspace.

5) How does Ladesque feel about her sexuality?

Ladesque’s feelings about her sexuality shift throughout the novel. At various times she struggles to understand the purpose of libido, is in awe of the powerful effect sex has on individuals and societies and ponders whether the sex drive is a gift or a curse. Although these are issues we likely all think about from time to time, Ladesque’s unique personal experiences give her special insight into female sexuality.

6) What is the role of the workers from the tenth floor of Global Construction?

The Tenth Floor employees are so tightly bound to secrecy, they aren’t even sure who they are working for. Despite that, they dedicate their lives to pulling the world out of economic and cyberspace collapse…and are very proud of their moderate successes.

7) How will new Nano-technology help with future security of the internet?

Nations are dangerously focussed on defending against traditional weapons and symbols of power such as the possession of natural resources and monetary allocation. We must increase our awareness of scientific research happening around the world in nanotechnology, meta-materials and quantum computing. Developments in these fields have the potential to generate more power than nuclear energy ever did. Who will control that power and whether or not these developments will make our world more secure or more dangerous is yet to be determined

8) Why is the new super computer called Skinner’s Box?

I start the novel with a quotation from B.F. Skinner (1904 – 1990) . He was a famous psychologist who developed ways to scientifically study behaviour using an operant conditioning chamber, or “Skinner’s Box”. Since he was also very interested in artificial intelligence and computing, I felt Skinner’s Box was a good code name for the top secret computing project.

9) Tell the readers briefly about some of your other books.

SCHRODINGER’S CAT is my other adult Sci Fi. It explores the dilemma of Chorie, a woman caught between lives in two alternate universes. I also have three BackTracker novels published in my gritty contemporary teen series, THE TRAZ, FATAL ERROR and FIREWALLS. THE TRAZ also comes in a school edition with a Teaching Guide.

10) What are you working on at the moment? Where can readers find out more about you?

Aside from promoting my new releases, I am currently polishing an adult crime novel about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. I have also started writing another adult SciFi that will explore the science of death.

Dispassionate LiesFind a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Thank you Eileen, Good luck with the new book.

 

Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh

Dispassionate LiesDispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dispassionate Lies is a sci-fi novel with themes on women’ s issue mixed with romance. The year is 2035 and Ladesque lives and works in Boulder, Colorado for Global Construction. She has been working on a security programme to get the internet back up and running.The internet no longer rules the world after hackers and security breakdowns infiltrated its very core and data was no longer safe.

Ladesque has personal issues too. Born in the year 2000 she is the result of a generation of chemical birth-control pills. Diagnosed as Asexual, she’s one of 25% of North American females now infertile and lacking libido because of pills their mothers were prescribed. When FBI agent Paul Krimmons approaches Ladesque with a top secret job offer she finds herself attracted to both Paul and the chance to leave Global construction. But she is confused when her body starts to respond sexually to Paul.

Before she commits completely to the new job Ladesque must tie up the loose ends of her own life. She finds that her mother began research into cures for asexuality and finds shocking reports of a drug which could reduce birth rates, stabilise work forces and reduce crime. Digging deeper she uncovers material suggesting both her parents died trying to give their daughter a normal life.

Confused by Paul who swings between support and pressure to commit to the new job, Ladesque turns to fellow worker Roach. He’s against her giving up her life for Skinner’s Box. It’s a new super computer. It will make her a cybernaut and she may no longer exist in human form once she’s wired up to the main frame. It’s a life changing decision and Ladesque uncovers the lies around her and finally decides who she can trust.

This book should make you question just how safe we are in today’s age of technology and think about what we will be passing on to our future generations.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Eileen will be our guest author on the blog tomorrow, do come back and find out more about her and her writing.

Good Deeds Year 2, Week 9

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

This week I’ve been doing the following;

June 15th – Met a friend at the shops and asked after her mother who had recently broken her hip. Visited my parents and helped Mum with a little computer question. Discussed with my Dad, how to collect a swarm of bees should I ever find one and he’s not around. (He keeps bees)

June 16th – My morning helping out at school. Then a NEW mad capped idea to run a series on book reviewing ending with a challenge to readers getting them to read and review a book and get it posted here on the blog. Drafted up my review of Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh.

June 17th – Mad blogger syndrome still taking hold as I badger people to help me with the book review series challenge,  giving bloggers and authors a chance to promote themselves.

Made my friend’s day when I saw her new picture on Twitter and sent her a compliment. Thought she looked a “Super hot Mamma”!

June 18th – This spontaneous idea stuff is a bit scary sometimes! I am having so much FUN. Who would have thought that my week would turn out like this? Back story here, when I came home at lunchtime on Monday the day was dreary and I felt low and depressed. Not wanting to feel this way I asked myself how I wanted to feel. I wanted to be happy and bubbly, so I asked what made me happy and bubbly? The answer came; Having fun on my blog and helping people. So I thought, what do I do on my blog? I do book reviews, why? Because I think they’re really important to authors and readers. So I literally started weaving a plan around that one idea, now look at it. I’ve got loads of FREE books from authors, I’ve got friends and fellow bloggers writing articles for me, people are signing up to the review challenge and it’s complete madness and I’m loving every minute of it.

The winner of a copy of Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb was delighted to receive her copy of the book today.

Finished reading The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler,

June 19th – Am reading The Agben School by Jo Sparkes, second book in The Legend of the Gamesmen series, which will soon be coming hot off the presses. Adding more books to my book review challenge and drafting up pieces of advice on book reviewing. Discussed with fellow author Stephanie Hurt the possibility of running our very successful Romancing September Tour again this year. Let us know if you’d be interested, last year we did author interviews, book promos and talked about writing romance in 2 locations around the world each day for 30 days. Haven’t discussed if we’ll follow the same format or make a few changes, will keep you all posted.

June 20th – Still busy with the Book review Challenge posts. Walked to the post box at lunchtime and picked up litter on my way home. Here’s a link to one of the posts about the challenge http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5kG

Left a little comment on a fellow blogger’s site to help cheer her up and I hoped it helped.

June 21st – Tonight we’re off out bearing gifts to help celebrate our friends 25th Wedding Anniversary. Had a great time and donated money to The Children’s Cancer Trust as the bar was free, but asked for donations. Started reading In Praise Of Lilith, Eve And The Serpent In The Garden Of Eden And Other Stories by Susan Scott. Got inspired by the first essay to clean my house as a reflection of cleaning up my life. Such a good book.

Good Deeds Year 2, Week 8

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

This week I’ve been doing the following;

June 8th – Am reading an ARC of Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby. Downloaded and promoted The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips a 45 page novelette with all profits going to The British Stammering Association.

June 9th – My morning of volunteering at school ticks of my Good Deed today. My name’s down to provide the  cricket teas this evening too. It tried very hard to rain but the cricket played on, picked up litter and did extra tidying in the clubhouse kitchen while I did the teas.

June 10th – A work morning. Such a lovely sunny day that I spontaneously stopped off on the way home at a countryside site and walked to Odiham castle. It was from here that King John road to Runnymead to sign the famous Magna Carta. Now just a flint ruin it is preserved for those like me who wonder at what it’s seen in the 800 years it’s been standing there. Picked up litter on my walk, I circled round along the Basingstoke canal watching dragonflies dancing round the reeds and crossed the field to the river Whitewater where there is a ford across a small road.

For everyone still at a complete loss as to the rules and language of cricket I’ve found a site and a book written by Mums which explains it all. All about Boys have written a book called “Stumped By Cricket – A mother’s translation” available for Uk and overseas deliveries.

June 11th – Just small good deeds today. Helped out a fellow author with a bit of advice this morning, agreed to read and review another book and of course there was my book review post and all my social media sharing.

June 12th – Today I sponsored some friends who are running a Race for Life in aid of Breast Cancer. My friend survived her own battle with the disease and now runs in aid of others. Finished reading two books today Some People Prefer Hotels, Motorhome Novices Tour Cornwall by Nigel R. Hicks and The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips

Good deeds received; My friend dropped the oldest child home after the college bus broke down in town.

June 13th – A lovely ending to another glorious summer day. The village cricket green is awash with families all enjoying the sun while the lads play cricket. Shared my food and comfy cushion with friends but fell off the kindness wagon, so must donate to my charity pot. Drafted up my book reviews for the August editions of the magazine’s I write for as copy deadlines are near due to the upcoming summer holidays.

June 14th – Finished reading Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh and began reading The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler. My book post today was for a lovely group of ladies who put together over 50 short stories, Flash Fiction and Drabbles, well worth a read, here is the link to “Suppose” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5cw