Welcome to Day 7 of the REIMAGINING NEON Blog Tour featuring Author, Linda C. Mims! @boom_lyn @ptlperrin @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @4WillsPub @4WP11 #TheNeonHouses

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Welcome to Day 7 of the REIMAGINING NEON Blog Tour! It’s an honor to introduce Author Linda C. Mims and her exciting, newly reimagined book, THE NEON HOUSES. I loved the characters in the original story, and I’ve preordered my copy so I can get reacquainted with them.

It takes a vivid imagination and a good deal of research to create a world that does not yet exist. Details matter, especially when they differentiate between cultures. Take food, for example.

Linda, how does food define the cultures in 2087?.

BUT WHAT ARE THEY EATING? 

The Neon Houses, set in 2087, depicts two worlds. One world shows a food desert where food is genetically modified, dehydrated, plant-based and powdered—if there’s food at all. The other world is a cornucopia of real meat, vegetables, poultry, eggs, fish, and fruit.

The main character, Noel Kennedy, has her feet planted in both worlds and is unapologetically sympathetic to the needs of the citizens in the Southland. When we first meet her, hurrying to the home of a recently murdered student, she’s leaning out of the passenger window yelling bloody murder at a thief who has just snatched a bag of groceries from an old man.

Back home at the annual barbeque she and her husband famously host, we see disks laden with platters of smoked meats, grilled vegetables, desserts, and other delectables. These dishes sail through the air, over the heads of guests who use remote controls to land a disk, or they summon human androids to take their orders. This scene is two-fold, lavishly contrasting the two societies, and setting the stage for the next murder.

Noel’s nemesis, Warren ­­­­­­­­­Simpson, is a cunning, ruthless villain who rules the land that borders the southern outskirts of her city. He is a thief and the purveyor of illegal goods. Yet, when his nephew is accused of murder, Warren discards that theory. The kid isn’t like him, and murder is the farthest thing from the kid’s nature. 

Simpson gathers his family around the dining table to plot murder, set-ups, and surveillance. During the meal, readers see dishes of roasted beef, whipped potatoes and gravy, green beans, fresh tomatoes, and warm bread spread out on a snowy tablecloth. Simpson’s wives, their children, and his young adult nephew surround him. When the food isn’t served quickly enough, his nephew makes smacking sounds and bangs his silverware on the table. Simpson cuffs him lightly. The scene is normal, almost endearing, and allows us to see the human side of the villain.

In undeniable New Chicago tradition, soy-dog stands, and taco stands dot the area near downtown. When a call comes over the radio warning Noel and her husband they’ve been spotted while scouting the primary suspect, they’re under the on-ramp of the Kennedy Expressway eating at a taco stand that’s located there. Before they hightail it, Noel takes a moment to wipe taco sauce from her husband’s mouth.

Fifty years into the future, the world has changed, but food, family, and gatherings remain the same—maybe more for my sense of normalcy than the characters’.

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EXCERPT FROM THE NEON HOUSES:

Noel and Dickey stood at a little taco stand on Morgan and Lake and ordered the special with cola spritzes.

“I’m too old to eat this junk,” Dickey said.

“I know.” Noel laughed. “But we don’t want to go too far away, in case Harlan calls. I figure we can eat this and get back before Jessica’s date is over. I want to see his face. Hell, I want to touch him.”

“You see that car?” Dickey asked, nodding toward a vehicle that had made a U-turn and was idling on the opposite side of the street. “I’d swear it followed us from the restaurant.”

Noel nodded. “That’s Warren Simpson’s men. They’ve been following me since the day Lord Nelson’s man chased me from shantytown.

“This isn’t us, Noel, and as soon as we get out of this, we’re never doing it again. Promise?”

She smiled as she wiped taco sauce from his mouth with her napkin.

Blurb:

What would you do if you were the daughter of a cult hero who boasted a past full of exciting, colorful exploits?

Suppose the thing that made your mother a cult hero was also inside you.

Now, imagine spending your whole life trying to hide it—until you shared the heart stopping death of someone close to you.

Supposed that death brought you face to face with the gift of the neon houses.

New Chicago and its neighboring town, The Southland, are vastly different worlds in circa 2087, but Dr. Noel Kennedy is an expert at navigating both worlds. As the Deputy Chief of Schools in The Southland, Noel has perfected being a solid, middle-class citizen. Not even her husband, Fredrick Kennedy, truly understands what she is.

When Zarah Fisher, Noel’s young protégé, is murdered on a deserted street in The Southland, Noel knows the exact moment Zarah takes her last breath. Though miles away, Noel feels the girl’s terror, and hears her anguished screams inside her own head because of an inheritance that has left her with extraordinary gifts.

Can Noel find justice for Zarah without risking it all?

Murder, mayhem, and suspense abound in this action packed page-turner. More than a mystery, The Neon Houses thrills the reader with scenes of a futuristic 2087. Autoplanes, body planes, and flying buses are the norm. Robots and androids cook, clean, and serve the affluent, while dystopia lurks just around the corner.

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You are invited to connect with Linda via her social media outlets below:

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About the Author

LINDA MIMS is a writer, a dreamer, and an educator, who hails from a quiet village just south of Chicago. Her stories are mainly about urban characters who are engaged in mystery and mysticism. Her hope is that while entertaining and informing, she’s also sending the message that humans aren’t that different and all each of us want is a better world. 

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New Release! “Ghostly Interference” by Jan Sikes @JanSikes3 #WritingCommunity #newrelease #mustread #newage #runes #soldier #ghosts #romance @wildrosepress

Jan Sikes is an author whose books I’ve read and loved! It’s no exaggeration to say I’m excited to have her here today to share her new release, “Ghostly Interference.” Please join me in welcoming Jan Sikes!

FINDING LOST FAMILY

Hi, Patty! Thank you for allowing me to take over your blog space to talk about my new book release. I am truly grateful. 

In Ghostly Interference, Jag Peters is close to his mom and has been his entire life. His dad passed away when he was in college, and although he’d provided well for them, he never gave Jag the attention or approval he craved.

Jag has always lived a settled conservative life, so you can imagine the shock of finding out the man who had raised him was not his biological father. I do not want to give away any spoilers here, but it becomes an integral part of the plot.

Rena Jett had one brother, Sam. Their mother died from a drug overdose when Rena was a baby and they were thrown into the foster care system, as no relatives could be located to take them. 

But Jag is a whiz on the computer. Look what he found!

EXCERPT

His thoughts were on Rena and the night they’d shared. She was more than he’d ever dared to hope or to find in life. Every time he closed his eyes, he could still feel her warm and willing body under him. Her skin like soft fine satin and her dark hair like silk drove him to the brink of madness.

He wanted to give her everything she’d never had…a family, love, and security. An overwhelming urge to look for any existing members of Rena’s family that might still be alive sent him to the search engine. 

Thank goodness, births and deaths were all public records and easy to access. It would be a starting place. He first visited the Travis County website and typed in, ‘Marjorie Irene Jett.’

Options popped up and he clicked on three different ones before finding the right Marjorie Jett. 

The website told him that for five dollars, he could get access to arrest records and other details about her. He immediately paid the money and held his breath while he waited for it to click over. 

There was a picture and even though it was a typical mugshot, other than the blonde hair, he could see an uncanny resemblance between the woman and Rena. The law enforcement record was long but predictable. She’d been first arrested for prostitution in 1975, then other arrests for drugs and theft. 

He scrolled down. 

The record showed three live births to Marjorie Irene Jett in Austin. 

Shock raced through him causing the hairs to stand up on his neck. That meant there was another sibling somewhere. He clicked on the next link that took him to birth records. 

On June 23, 1976, Marjorie Jett gave birth to a son, Riley Austin Samuelson. Odd that he didn’t have the Jett last name. No marriages were recorded for Marjorie. Riley’s birth certificate listed Marjorie as his mother and father, Justin Earl Samuelson. 

His heart pounded. This meant that Rena had another brother out there somewhere. It might cost more money, but he would do his best to track him down and let him know he had a sister.

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Have you ever known someone who discovered they had family they never knew? I can’t say that I have, but both of the characters in Ghostly Interference did. 

It was fun adding that in as a subplot. 

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BOOK BLURB

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

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Blurb:  This is a second edition with updates on the state of this historic church. In the original publication files were lost then resurfaced with content altered along with missing photos during transition from one publisher to another. Such is the fate of an Independent Author.

This book evolved out of years of frustration at the total disregard and lack of respect for the contributions of Black Catholics in the city of Detroit. The author says, “We are not mentioned in the pages of history along with the other Catholic churches that sprung up during the World War II era, and that needed to be corrected.” The author did fulfill one dream since publication … that this church can now be found on the web even though it has merged with another church. It is now called Presentation-Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

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