Drew Bankston

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs

Author Profile

Drew  Bankston

Drew has been writing all of his life, or at least from the time he knew what words and stories could do. In second grade he was writing audio plays and now, many...many years later, he's still writing. He's written the Tokorel sci-fi series, which has received numerous accolades, great reviews and awards, and numerous other books both fantastic and original. He loves sci-fi and fantasy but he also writes non-fiction as well. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wonderful family and runs a video production company to pay the bills, in addition to working for the city Parks Department. He loves people, so feel free to Email him anytime if you have questions about his books or want to chat. He can be reached at author@drewbankston.com.

Books

Drew  Bankston

Working Title: Sounds of Tomorrow

This Book Is In Development

Sounds of Tomorrow

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Jessi O’Donnell was your typical teenager, until a bus accident changed her life and allowed her to hear the sounds of events 24 hours before they happen! She has kept this ability a secret but when she hears the sounds of a woman being murdered, that all changes. How will she convince people that a murder will happen when she’s the only one, besides the killer, who knows?

Rough-Cut Book Bubbles from Sounds of Tomorrow

The First Time

My life is filled with firsts. I have a love/hate relationship with them. As with everyone, some of the firsts are good and others not so much. The funny thing about them is that because they are firsts, we sometimes don't realize what they are, or that they will ever happen again. In this excerpt, Jessi hears the future for the first time but doesn't know what to think. See if you would feel like Jessi did as you read this excerpt from "Sounds of Tomorrow". Enjoy.

When You're hurt...

I've been in accidents before. I think that it's possible that we all have. I tried to remember what it was like to be in an accident back when I was a teenager. It was scary and interesting all at the same time. What if it was an entire busload of my friends? What if one of them was taken to the hospital? I relived a few moments from my teen years and incorporated those feelings into this excerpt. See if you have ever felt this way and consider reading, "Sounds of Tomorrow" being published soon.

Drew  Bankston

Working Title: Khizara

This Book Is In Development

Khizara

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Book 1 in the Tokorel series. Life, death, romance and archaeology will drastically change the histories of two civilizations and create tensions that only the prophecy could predict. One non-believer, however, is thrown into the middle of it all and refuses to accept that she could be the center of the words of her enemy. Will she become the salvation of two worlds or their destructive force?

Rough-Cut Book Bubbles from Khizara

Outcomes

I have had several near misses in my ife. I'm not talking about a car almost hitting me, or ducking just in time to avoid being decapitated. Instead, I'm talking about receiving a small amount of unexpected money just before an unpaid bill is due. A phone call at the last minute requesting my services for a new client. A third party decision that makes things go much better in my life. These things happen in life and I try to incorporate them into my stories. This small segment is such a twist. Take a look and see what you think and enjoy this excerpt from book one in the Tokorel series.

The Morning After

You can't go home again. that's what they say. The reality is that you CAN go home again, but often times things are not as you remembered them to be. There are the small familiarities that may spark a flood of memories, but not all is as it was. Linsora has returned to her home world after being gone for a very long time. She spent the night enjoying the food and drink that she's missed, but now the morning light is shining old memories and present realities on her. What will she have to face? what people from her past will she encounter? Where will these encounters lead her? Read this short excerpt and see if you can relate to her feelings!

Planning Revenge

I have had situations when I feel pretty helpless. Situations where I despise what's going on and possibly the person involved with the situation, but I have little to no control over what's happening. Has that ever happened to you? In my mind, during that moment, I plan revenge. Do I carry through with it? Seldom, but planning and plotting the revenge certainly feels good. It turns me into a braver image of myself and one who can ignore the rules of society without actually committing the crime. Is this odd do you think? Probably not. My character is like this in the scene which you're about to read. She's just waiting and plotting. See why and enjoy this segment of "Khizara", book one int he Tokorel series.

Destroyed

Our bad guy, Gordek, is truly bad. Not so much evil and not an insane and maniacal villain, but bad. He knows what he's doing and often enjoys the discomfort that he gives others. He's greedy and power hungry. He wants others to know what power he has and that this power extends over everyone he meets, especially those he holds captive. Poor Linsora receives double as he not only holds her captive, but has a lusting desire for her, and he will do anything to have her. This means that he's willing to exploit her weaknesses to gain the control that he needs over her. This short segment is one of the times when he is slightly less than human. See what you think and please consider reading "Khizara" book one in the Tokorel series.

Dealing with Loss

I've always wondered about people and how they deal with loss. Some people are strong or at least seem strong in public, but mourn in private. Others can let it out emotionally no matter where they are, showing the world their sadness at the loss of someone so dear. Our hero, Linsora, is a very strong woman, but even at a time like this her actions can be unpredictable and erratic. How do you act when you experience a loss? See if what Linsora experiences sounds familiar to you in this short excerpt.

Danger

There are times when we all dream of being the hero. We imagine what it would be like to defeat the forces of evil and be the envy of everyone we meet. My characters are no exception. Ok, I'm no exception but I can live it out through my characters. I intentionally put my heroes in harm's way to see how they'll escape and in this case, the first thing that happens is that trust must be regained. I hope that you'll find this short excerpt intriguing and that you consider reading my book sometime in the future.

Arrival

In the Tokorel series, my characters have the opportunity to explore many worlds. Some worlds are deserted while others have both friendly and unfriendly inhabitants. I often wonder what it would be like to arrive on a world that's inhabited and what the reactions of those inhabitants would be. I imagine that it would depend on how advanced they are and how alike we are. There are so many possibilities that I dream about. This excerpt is just one of those possibilities and I think, rather interesting. See what your thoughts are!

Beware

A recurring character in this series is the mysterious Moragh. It's difficult to tell if he's good or not so much. Sometimes he's helpful and at other times you just want him to go away. Making him go away, however, is difficult as he is quite powerful. He seems to be helpful at this moment so our main characters are listening intently and welcoming his advice, that is until he says one thing that strikes discord with Linsora. Take a look and see what you think in this short excerpt and please consider reading "Khizara" coming out in a few weeks!

Love?

There reaches a point in all relationships where love either flourishes or dies. It's that strange crossroad that intersects the paths of life-long friendship and partnership. Sometimes that intimate connection takes a small push from circumstance while other times it take a large shove from fate. See which path you think this will take and from whence it came!

Ancients

In most countries on most continents and with most peoples we tend to make our past founders larger than life. They did little or no wrong. They were people to be looked up to and idolized. We would teach each generation about their heroism and acts of superhuman compassion. Their wisdom was amazing. So how would we feel to see the image and testimonial, in their own words, of what these people were really like? That was my thought as I wrote this book. That's what has just happened in this scene. Now, Permac has to wonder how he will continue with this knowledge and how he will tell his people. See what you think and please enjoy!

Reconcile?

As a person I always try to keep the peace. I try to be the first to admit wrong and the last to storm out of the room in anger. I guess some of that rubbed off on my character of Permac. He tries as hard as I'd like to think that I do. He wants to not only keep the peace, but he wants to win the girl as well. He can see how she would compliment him in everything he would attempt. He can see how she would make him whole. She, on the other hand, wants little to do with hi unless it's absolutely necessary. It was a battle of the wills and this particular battle was about to come to a head! See what you think of this passage and please consider reading "Khizara" when you have the chance! You'll like it.

Reporting

In observing life I've realized that even within an organization there is some level of conflict, jealousy, admiration and competition. It doesn't matter if it's a family, a large corporation or a military organization. So when I have one person reporting to another, I want to make sure that the proper checks and balances are there, and I believe that this particular scene was the best place to start. I wanted our characters to have a good relationship but I also wanted to show that there is a definite pecking order and respect. See what you think and please consider reading "Khizara" in the future!

Where?

During my lifetime I've had adventures and I've travelled. Sometimes, I can't wait to get going because of where I'm going. Other times I just can't wait to leave where I am. Drawing on those experiences, came this scene. I knew exactly how I wanted Linsora to feel as she was waiting for the ship that would take her, and Permac, to their next destination. Where she was was certain. Where she would be going was not. Adventure is in her blood and she was ready. I've been there and I knew that for most of her adult life she had been there too. See what you think with this small excerpt from "Khizara" and enjoy!

Old?

When I created this Terran Captain, I wanted to portray someone who loves what he does, but a person who is also tired of the routine of a captain whose crew changes much too often. Haavens was born. Our captain is signing up new crew members which is the perfect way for out heroes to escape this planet. The good captain is about to meet Permac and Linsora, two individuals who only needed each other long enough to reach this point in line. Time will tell who will win out, but I'm guessing it will be the one with the most authority...maybe.

How?

Just as when we developed Khizara, I had to come up with something unique for the world of Tokorel. After much thought I decided to give the Tokorellans a unique gift and a curse all wrapped up together in one ability. So I gave them the ability to not only sense the true emotions of the people around them, but to also be able to change those emotions. Besides being banned from all poker games throughout the known universe, the Tokorellans seem to get along with most people, that is until one Tokorellan, Permac, meets one Khizaran, Linsora, who can tell when she's being emotionally manipulated and doesn't take kindly to it. See what you think in this excerpt of "Khizara", book one in the Tokorel series.

Why Knives?

In writing this book and creating the Khizaran society, we needed something that would make these people stand out. They are highly emotional, structured, and have a lust for life. They also all carry knives. From the time they are ten years old, they are taught to use knives as a way to be more equal in their society. Outsiders, such as Permac, don't understand the need for such weapons. But then Permac and his people have a weapon of their own. It's a mental ability to sense and control the emotions of others and many outside of his society don't understand that. Two people skilled in their abilities to defend, but using much different techniques. See what you think of this excerpt and watch for "Khizara" coming soon!

Knives

We all carry weapons and as a martial artist, I know this to be true. I've spoken with my classes about how different parts of our body can be used as weapons and I've also spoken to them about the traditional weaponry that people might use to attack you. So in this book, I wanted to use that same traditional weaponry as something a little more common. So on Linsora's home planet of Khizara, everyone uses knives. They are apart of everyday life and children are trained to use them. Permac's society does not use knives and he's trying to understand the logic and reasoning behind it all. Enjoy this short excerpt from "Khizara" and see what you think!

Amusement

We all have different things that amuse us. Personally, I'm amused very easily having been a father for years and years and mostly, because I'm a guy and will probably never grow up. As a result, I find numerous situations slightly more than silly and laugh at almost everything! Being that way I have endowed many of my characters, including Permac, with that same trait. In this case he's very amused with a woman who has been in jail for some time and is now out on a shopping spree. He finds her enthusiasm and animated actions to be something worth hiding his laughter about. See what you think and please consider reading the rest of the book, coming soon to Amazon, Nook< Kobo and Apple!

Leaving Home

It's hard to leave a place where you have become comfortable. Even if you grumble and complain about the conditions, the rent, the neighbors or a myriad of other evils when the time comes to leave, you still feel that ache and pang that this place, regardless of how dismal, was still where you called home for so long. In this passage, Permac and Linsora are about to leave the place where Permac had called home for a short time while caring for Linsora, who was in prison. Now, he's taking one last look and the sentiment of the moment touches him. Please enjoy this excerpt and consider reading "Khizara" the second edition of book one in the Tokorel series!

You Had Me Arrested!

I had these words spoken to me once by a very angry woman. She stood in front me while I was seated at a table in a science fiction convention. To make matters worse, she was dressed in very convincing Klingon make-up and outfit, complete with weapons. Although I tried to feign ignorance, she saw through me and knew that I had, indeed, had her confined to a small jail cell, for $5, to help a charity. Thus began our writing partnership and what would become the opening line to an incredible series. Please enjoy these two paragraphs, humbly offered, and please consider reviewing, "Khizara".

The Eyes of Tokorel: The Scope of Emotion

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Book three in the Tokorel series. After ten years of bliss and happiness, not having to think about anywhere else in the universe, Permac and Linsora suddenly find themselves thinking about Linsora's home world of Khizara, and a desire to return there. What they don't know is that leaving their home will take them on a chase across space when their son is kidnapped and taken from planet to planet being touted by his kidnappers as the savior to end all suffering and misery. Tokor's fulfillment of the prophesy of peace. Wars begin. Evil returns. Will all be lost and will this be the end of the series?

Book Bubbles from The Eyes of Tokorel: The Scope of Emotion

Interpretations

I've always felt that dreams were a link to some part of our lives. The future? The past? The spirit world? Or is it just our brains trying to work through the day and solve the issues that we're most concerned about, but doing so in a bizarre and distorted way? Not being a professional in that field, I really don't know. But it's fun to speculate and makeup the rules as I go along. So in this small snippet from book 3, Linsora had been unconscious and during that time, she had a dream. Now she wants to know what it all meant, and will find out with the help of her Aunt. You'll get a taste but won't find out unless you read the book. In the meantime, please enjoy!

Panic

We each have moments of realization in our lives. It that one point in time when everything comes together. Our brain processes all of the major points of the situation and we can feel a multitude of grand reactions; relief, satisfaction, happiness and hope. We can also suddenly be hit with fear, doubt, despair and hopelessness. When I wrote about his meeting, where many characters were talking about the events leading up to where they were at this point in time, one character, Permac, has a moment of realization. I've had many of these throughout my life and have felt what my character was feeling at this point in time. See if you've ever experienced such feelings and if you can relate. Most of all, enjoy!

A Terrifying Name

Some things strike fear in the hearts of the bravest souls. In the Tokorel series I have created a villain that is so insidious that his very name will make you shake. In book 2 he is trapped inside his own head, but it book 3 it is eluded to that he might be free from that internal prison. Is it true? Is he free to do his evil again? What about the people who might stand in his way? More importantly, what about the people who helped to imprison him? Take a look at this excerpt and please consider reading the Tokorel series. You might enjoy it!

Power

The characters in the Tokorel series are diverse and extreme. They range from evil to very good (with flaws, as we all have) and from weak to very strong willed. My characters like to tell stories and reminisce and, in this way, they can fill in you, the reader, on back stories that happened when I, the writer, wasn't present. So in this particular section, a story is being told that surprises our hero and hopefully you, the reader. To find out more please go to Tokorel.com or purchase your own copy of "The Eyes of Tokorel" series!

Reminiscence and History

As Linsora and Permac were, once again, preparing to leave for Khizara (actually, Permac's first time!) we needed to set the scene for what was going on there and what had happened during the couple's 10 year absence. So having Moragh explain what he had seen, and from his point of view, seemed to be the best way to do that. He is acting as the memory that needed to be there. When we think about places from our past, especially from 10 years ago, we tend to embellish what really happened and that embellishment could be good or bad depending on how we choose to remember. Please see what you think Moragh's state of mind was with this short excerpt from book 3!

When Families Fight

I don't know of anyone who doesn't from time to time, find a reason to disagree with someone else. I certainly don't know any families who can claim that they've never had at least a small tiff with another family member. It's human nature and can be connected with something as small as a poor night's sleep or missing a meal. Our emotional states are fragile at best and can be upset by very small things. But what if the family quarrel is intentional. Something to use as a teaching tool. And what if this learning moment involves knives? Such is the case between Linsora and her ten year old son, Tozar. It's a ritual that must be carried out. Find out more about the rituals of Khizara at tokorel.com or by reading the Tokorel series of books.

Life's Rituals

We all experience rituals as we grow. We might not consider them to be ritualistic in nature, but our parents tend to do things that their parents did, passing those small habits on to us. We, in turn, pass them along to our children. They bring us a sense of familiar comfort as we age, go out on our own, and progress in life. They are part of our individual lessons that show us how things should be, whether good or bad, in the way we were raised. It's then up to us to modify these rituals to fit our own sense of morality and comfort levels. Coming from two completely different cultures, Permac and Linsora are constantly learning about each other. Some things are easy to accept, while others, not so much. Learn more at Tokorel.com or buy you copies of "The Eyes of Tokorel" trilogy today.

Silence

Silence can mean good and bad things both. When asking for an honest answer, silence can mean a broken heart, a loss of trust or suspicions. When asking about the honest answer to a grand surprise, silence can be all revealing. Silence. After a bit of shocking news, silence can smother the inhabitants of the room in which the silence is laid. How can silence create such feelings; such emotions? On Tokorel, emotions are not private as they are here. Silence. On Tokorel, does it mean nothing or everything? Learn more about Tokorel at Tokorel.com or read the books in the Tokorel series yourself!

Secrets Revealed

We all have secrets. They are the small parts of us that remain ours. They are the things that we keep locked away inside of us. Some are only minor and insignificant pieces of the puzzle that make up our lives, while others can be dark and cavernous, consuming us until we find that one person to tell. Other, less innocuous secrets are things that we hind from those close to us in an effort to spare their feelings or keep them from hurting ours. At times, some secrets must be revealed, however, and when we final choke out those words, we wait in anticipation of what the receiver will tell us. Take a look at this excerpt and see how it unfolds.

Confrontations

In our lives, we have confrontations. I probably have more than many working security for Macy's and stopping shoplifters often. Many of us, however, find that we are often confronting our friends or family about petty things. In the Tokorel universe, where the Khizarans settle things with knives, and the Tokorellans use their mental trickery to settle arguments confrontation between the two can become a full blown battle. Here is a short excerpt where such a confrontation occurs and is intense, but short. Learn more about the Tokorel Universe and the people in it by reading the trilogy or go to tokorel.com for a peek!

Varying Degrees of Surprise

What do you think of when you hear the word, "surprise"? Do you think of people jumping out and yelling the word just before the start of a party? Do you think about driving down the road when red and blue lights suddenly appear behind you? The point is, there are good and bad surprises. Many times, we hope that our surprise will be looked at as a good one, but the one receiving it sees it as just the opposite. Such is the case with Permac and Linsora, and in this segment, Permac is hoping to present a pleasant surprise to his mate, but her reaction makes him wary. Take a look at this excerpt and find out more at tokorel.com

Accusations

When the truth is not known, and someone has been missing for a long time, it can raise a number of suspicions and accusations when the lack of presence is associated with numerous bad happening. Take a look at this excerpt and see what I mean.

Fade to Black

We sometimes rush into a situation. Often we can figure out a way to leave unscathed. Sometimes, though, we aren't as lucky. Sometimes we rush in and after a moment, life fades to black...

Patience

My characters, like me, can sometimes be not as patient as they should be. But, it seems that they are always rewarded for their waiting time. In this particular passage, it's not only the way that I feel sometimes, but the way that my characters must accept what lies ahead! Enjoy.

Rumors Breed

We all know that rumors are things that can't easily be stopped. When evil decides to spread rumors and use the crowd reaction to meet their own ends, then deceit enters the picture. But an evil person in a trusted position isn't always detected until the damage has been done. My evil characters are sneaky and vile. Take a short read and see what I mean.

Eating Microbes?

There are some things that happen everyday but we don't like to think about. There are some times when we've been told that at night, there's a good possiblility that we've swallowed a spider or that we've eaten some other bug at one time or another. It makes us gag. But what if someone told you that all of your life you've ben eating bugs? That's what I've decided to do in this, and a previous book, to poor Permac.

Family Duel

Many families fight. Not many like this.

I Can Fix It

I love surprises, unlike Linsora. I love to write surprises into my stories, and this book is filled with them. If you've followed the series, you'll be familiar with a couple of names, and this will peak your curiosity. Things are progressing in the Tokorel universe, and you'll be drawn in to an entirely new and ever changing world. This book sets the stage for book 4 which is underway even now. What happens next? Time will tell.

Saying goodbye

Linsora has had to leave friends, family and her home on numerous occasions, and it never seems to get any easier. I want my characters to seem real and so I take experiences from my past and project them into the situations that my characters are experiencing. Linsora's friend, Behazh, tries to comfort her before she leaves. She's tough, but has a soft side that is ever present.

Old Enemies

In book 3, the familiar elements that you've experienced from the first two books are present with some new twists. In this part of the book, I'm introducing the new antics of some old enemies. Life for our heroes continues to evolve, but where will it take them? You are really going to enjoy book 3 in the Tokorel series!

Emotions

In the first 2 Tokorel books, I showed how emotional Linsora is. I wanted to continue that right off the bat in book 3. Even though it's been 10 years since the adventures ended in book 2, I wanted to make it evident that Linsora hasn't changed that much. She's changed as much as a person normally would in 10 years, but she's becoming restless and entering an awakening period. She's gaining a realizations of...something that she can't quite grasp yet. Welcome to book 3 of the Tokorel series!

Compass Society

Science Fiction & Fantasy

In book one of the Gary and Stacy Winslow series, “Tears of the Silent Crow” you had the opportunity to meet this adventurous and fun loving couple and learned about their love of life and their ability to solve mysteries. Now in the second book, “The Compass Society” things have changed just a little. Stacy has been missing for six months. Not only has Gary not been able to find her, but he’s being blamed for her disappearance. His life is at an all time low. He’s lost everything, and now he’s considering the ultimate loss, taking his own life. He gives it one last try, however, and is recruited by an age old organization known as The Compass Society. The Society claims that there is no such thing as good fortune, luck or coincidence. Every person receives what they deserve according to a centuries old plan, and what they get is a result of the Society’s intervention. Gary has twenty-four hours to decide if he wants to join, and finds out some remarkable things during this decision period. Now he must decide if this organization will really be the salvation of mankind, or the cause of humanity’s ultimate demise, and at the same time, find the love of his life. The Compass Society will have you asking yourself questions about life that you only thought you knew the answers to. Join the Winslows as they solve the mystery of, “The Compass Society”.

Book Bubbles from Compass Society

A Hunger

I have a hunger to someday make a good living from my writing. It hasn't happened yet and so, just like someone who hasn't eaten in a while, my hunger continues to grow. In this excerpt, Gary hasn't eaten a good meal in a long time, and he's ready for one. He's just found a one-hundred dollar bill in the street and he's off to enjoy his meal, but just like life, something happens. See what you think as you read this short excerpt from "The Compass Society".

Ominous Preparations

I believe that life, if we look closely at events, has a way of telling us things that are about to happen. We feel this in our gut and show it when we "feel" that something isn't quite right or that something good is about to happen. In celebration of those feelings, I started this scene with some foreboding and preparation. Will it all pan out or will it be found out? Please take a look at this bookbubble excerpt and see what you think, and please consider reading, "The Compass Society" available on Amazon.

Unlimited Everything

I've always wanted to have it all. Being rich and famous is something that I aspire to daily, but as with many of us, it eludes me. I decided, when I was a kid, that I really wanted for people to know who I was and what I did. I just can't seem to find that path that will lead me there. It's weird. So, I attempt to give those opportunities to my characters and then see where it leads them. Perhaps subconsciously I'm afraid that once fame and fortune hits it won't be all I hoped, and it sometimes is reflected that way in my stories. Gary and Stacy have an interesting life, and right now Gary is finding it even more so. I hope that you enjoy this excerpt.

All So Confusing

In my life I've had moments when everything just seemed a mess. Each moment appeared to not be conjoined to the next but instead should have been in a different timeline completely. People would say things that had absolutely no meaning whatsoever, and action would occur that made me doubt my sanity. Ever had one of those days? Well, if you have then you'll relate to this bookbubble. If you haven't, then step into this crazy world and maybe read it twice.At the very least enjoy this excerpt fro, "Compass Society".

Some People

I full-time job causes me to deal with shoplifters and the police on almost a daily basis. It's an amazing thing. I watch the police officers ask questions, sometimes trust more than I would but quite often find out more than I would! It's really interesting to watch and I often feel badly for the officers realizing that they see this on a daily basis. All of this helps me and inspired me to write this particular scene. Of course this is just a small excerpt, but you'll get the idea I'm sure. So read and enjoy and I hope that you'll consider taking a look at the rest of The Compass Society!

Trust

We meet people everyday and we need to make instant decisions on how much we wish to tell, or not tell these people about our lives. Some of us have certain instincts that we fall back on while others don't have the gut feeling and tend to say either everything or nothing. I've always trusted my instincts and have the characters in my books do the same. I must say that there have been times in my life when I've been disappointed and my characters reflect that as well. In this short excerpt you'll see what I mean, but you won't know what the outcome is. (Sorry!) But I hope that it will entice you to think about reading, "The Compass Society" sometime soon!

Life

In the Gary and Stacy Winslow series, I tried to pattern the couple after my wife and I. We have an amazing relationship! In fact, I can't imagine what life would be like without her, but I tried to do just that in the opening of The Compass Society. Gary has run out of luck and life holds little meaning anymore. I've always held on to the hope that each day will be better, and so does Gary. He hopes, but his hope is running out as well. See what you think about this excerpt and please consider reading "The Compass Society"! Who knows, you might like it!

Exhilaration to Depression

I've experienced it in my own life and I'm sure you have as well. You go from the incredible high and hit the ground like a passenger in a plane crash. We hit those highs and lows for various reasons and many times, they're different for us all. The story of The Compass Society starts out focusing on Gary Winslow. His wife has disappeared and no one seems to be able to find her. After a year of an amazing marriage, she just vanishes. Now, three months after the incident, Gary has lost almost everything else that made him, and his life, the joyful experience that it was. Please enjoy this excerpt, feel free to let me know what you think by emailing me (author@drewbankston.com) and please consider reading this exciting book.

Child-like Joy

Have you ever had a time when the way you have to dress for work just makes you want to go back to being a child? I wanted for Gary to show that deep in his heart, he was like this. Even though society dictates that one must dress as nicely as possible for a job interview, Gary found that wearing his dress shoes were not comfortable. So he decides to remove them to continue his walk. Doing this not only made him feel better physically, but made him feel closer to his missing wife. See what you think and then please read, "The Compass Society" to finish exciting your imagination!

Life and Luck

People have their own thoughts about life and luck. Some people think that only others have the best luck. I feel that we make our own luck based on what we know, what we learn and how we use that knowledge. But I wanted my character of Gary Winslow, to associate his luck with the one person who gave him confidence, love and happiness. Those three things make a person feel great about themselves. This short excerpt explains why he felt the way that he did. I hope that you enjoy and to find out more, please purchase your copy on amazon.com

Generous or Suspicious?

Have you ever had someone do something for you that is incredibly nice, and you find yourself questioning the motive? I mean, I try to never question when someone does something nice for me, but every now and then I get a feeling like it's just not our of the kindness of their heart that makes this particular person act as they do. So, here sit Gary and Stacy. Gary is about to accept a job with the same company that Stacy works for. His future boss is already kind to a fault, but now he is offering something before the job is even underway. Sounds almost too good to be true, and you know what is said about those situations. Please enjoy this excerpt from The Compass Society.

Imposter or...?

With time and distance things and people lose their importance in our minds. Sometimes, our memories either raise something or someone to sainthood or banish them from our minds all-together. In this excerpt, Gary runs into an old friend. He literally runs into her on the street. The only problem is, Char doesn't recognize Gary as the person with whom she attended high school. When Gary asks personal questions, Char becomes defensive. How would you act? How would you want to be treated? Read and let me know! Enjoy.

Generosity and Luck

Ever had one of those days where nothing can go wrong? One of those days where you are just on top of the world and everything that you touch turns to gold? That's the kind of day that Gary is having, and even though he's not sure why, he's certainly not complaining! In this short segment, Gary is about to have the first real meal in a long time. Not only that, but it's the second thing today that indicates how his luck might be changing. He's amazed at what's going on and although he chalks it up to a change in his luck, he will soon find that luck isn't all we think it is. Curious? Read The Compass Society to learn more!

That Empty Feeling

When we are used to living, used to life and people and fun and celebration. We don't do well when it suddenly and without purpose, ends. The Winslows are an amazing couple and the envy of everyone they meet, but when Stacy disappears, Gary's world stops suddenly. Like being on any ride which stops suddenly, Gary felt like he was being thrown through the windshield of a car. The rest of his days were spent in desperate searching and attempts to find the woman that he was meant to be with for all time. So here he is, on a typical day without his one love. See if you've ever felt this way. Then check out "The Compass Society" and experience a world of the future that, in part, we hope never comes true.

Good Morning

Have you ever had that morning when you were looking forward to sleeping in only to have your alarm clock suddenly and surprisingly, go off? Do you recall trying to turn off the alarm in a vain effort to silence the interruption to your rest? Your hand flailed. Your heart pounded. Your adrenaline pulsed through your veins. How could sleep ever come to you again? After all of that, what if your phone unexpectedly rang, just as you were trying to fall back into dreamland? I invite you to read about what happened to one person and feel his pain. Read more about Gary's adventures in "The Compass Society" and other books in his series.

Questioning Your Job

It's happened to each of us. We have all gone into the situation where we are interviewed for a new job and then given the opportunity to accept the offer or at least think about it before we accept or decline. At that point, we are generally asked if we have any questions about the job. But what if we aren't asked that? What if we aren't even presented an opportunity to ask. Would you speak up? Would you want to know more than what you have been presented? Would you be able to turn the tables and create a situation where your prospective employer is telling you more than you had hoped about your job? Gary was able to do this. See what happens.

Surprise!

On a daily basis we face surprises. Some are huge and ones that we never forget. These are both good and bad. Some are just small and insignificant. These are the ones that make no impact on our memories and we let them become absorbed into the fading memories of the past. The big ones. The ones that burn into our minds, are the ones that cause us to reflect on our lives and sometimes, who we are and much about our existence. These are the ones that can sometimes make a huge difference in the directions that we take. Gary found that such a surprise was waiting for him an a plain, unassuming room with a blackboard. Read and see what you think!

Sudden and Instantaneous

Have you ever had one of those times when something seems to happen so fast, that it's hard to catch your breath? It's happened to me and I'm certain, to many others. If it's happened to many, and it might be a common thing, then it's something that readers can relate to. So, sadly for my character, he had to go through it too. Take a look at what Gary is experiencing and then read books one and two in the adventures of Gary and Stacy Winslow.

Deceit with a Flair

The one person that you don't want to lie to is your future employer, but we often will gloss over the truth when we are speaking to them in an interview. Gary is trying to negotiate a few things with the man who will be hiring him. He's trying to set things up so that he has more influence over what he will be doing. Little does he know, he's dealing with someone who knows much more than he thinks he knows. His confidence, however, has not yet been quashed. See if you can guess what happens next and then read, "The Compass Society" to see if you're right!

How Would You Act

The person that you love has vanished without a trace. The police suspect fowl play and even worse, they suspect you. After several months the heat is turned down. But, in your effort to clear your name and find your spouse, you pretty much lose everything. You feel as if your luck is ruined and your life is a shambles, until one day, things begin to turn around and, in the midst of all of this, your true love suddenly and mysteriously returns. How would you react? Take a look at how Gary reacts to this in this short excerpt from "The Compass Society" courtesy of me and Bublish!

Life's Little Surprises

I think about life when I think about what my characters should go through. Their lives have to reflect events and situations that could happen in our lives, in order for my readers to be able to relate. Gary has been out of work for a long time and is about to lose everything, that is until he finds an ad for, what he hopes, will be his dream job. When he arrives at the building the physical appearance of the building isn't anything like he imagined that it would be. What will happen? How will it turn out? Read this short excerpt and, if you find yourself intrigued, get a Kindle copy for less than $3. Then let me know what you think!

Too Much

We all seem to become involved in things that we enjoy, sometimes beyond what we really should. We let time slip away, and forget about things that we need to do. It's the same with my characters and, in this case, Gary has been absorbed in his work and wants to finish it up, but his wants are vetoed by his boss and his wife. Have you ever been in a position like this?

Your First Bonus

Gary is considering joining an organization that has been around for centuries, but few have heard about. He's not certain that he wants to become part of it, but he's promised not only good pay, but incredible "luck" such as he's never seen. To show him what he has in store, many wonderful things have happened to him in the past few hours. Now, as he arrives home, there is another incredible surprise waiting. See what you think that you would do in Gary's shoes.

Business and Pleasure

Gary and Stacy, if you don't know by now, have an amazing relationship. Now that they will be working for the same company, it will be interesting to see how they manage to separate their home activities from their time at work. Bringing work home, however, is inevitable and in this moment from the book, Gary hasn't actually started with the company yet, so he's asking a few questions about what to expect.

Witness

What do you do when you're accused of kidnapping and assault? What would you do if you didn't do it and the police not only have you in custody, but you've been held by someone that you don't even know, and a woman is screaming at you and a young child, whose life you just saved, is crying out of control? Take a look and see what happens in this scene that sets the stage for so much more to come!

Alice

I've always loved "Alice in Wonderland" and bring it up from time to time in my books. This is one section where I did this and it really seemed to work. Gary is very nervous about this visit to a new company. The nervousness is compounded by the fact the the building he's entered is quiet, not as well lit as most and just plain creepy! He begins to imagine things and compares where he is to a childhood story that would give him joy when he was younger. A little comic relief within the story more for the character than for the reader. Please enjoy this small excerpt.

When the past invades

Gary has been alone for months. His wife has been missing. He has been blamed. He has lost almost everything. So now his mind begins to look into the past to find some solace, but not his past. He looks into the past of the television shows that he grew up with which, eventually, brings him back to reality. Have a read and enjoy!

Longing

When we lose someone close to us, the memories can take us to places that we long for. Dreams can do even more, evoking those strong emotions that only dreams and reality can bring out in us. It's different when we sit and think. We experience a sadness or longing, but those emotions of that person being right there just don't feel as strong. So when Gary dreams of his wife, who has been missing for months, those emotions are there in the morning, and his day begins in a depressed funk. See what I mean but please try to enjoy!

Ah, Love!

Gary and Stacy have this really wonderful relationship. It's an amazing relationship of which many people would be envious. Even when they're joking around, the old adage applies, "Many a true word is spoken in jest," and when they do, indeed, jest with one another, they needs be careful about the outcome. I take time in each word and each interaction between these two, to reinforce the fact that they are a wonderful couple meant for each other. Please read and enjoy!

Romance

Just a quick romantic moment to end your evening. Please enjoy!

When Things go Bad

When things begin to go bad, there are people who can make it feel like it will never get better. In this segment, I showed how this could happen. It would certainly make me uncomfortable. Take a look, see what you think and enjoy!

Ooops!

Gary and Stacy are very committed to each other and errors happen. At this point in time, The receptionist seems to have an attraction to Gary, and when Gary and Stacy shows up together, she realizes that she never took the time to ask if Gary was married before she let her feelings take over. Now she's learning this fact for the first time, and it's, well, not good! Enjoy!

Dolt?

Gary lost Stacy about 6 months ago. He's been accused of having something to do with her disappearance, but in reality, he knows nothing about where she went. So when he thinks that he sees her, he runs out of the restaurant to try and find her. Now he's run into a woman who is scolding him about his actions. For the first time in six months he's made a woman smile, but where will this lead? Enjoy!

Curiouser and Curiouser

As the story continued and Gary was given 24 hours to make the decision of whether he wanted to join the Society or not. It had been a long time since he had eaten a decent meal. He just left his interview and turned back to the building to see it empty. I wanted to make this old business an enigma and force Gary to think about what was going on. Take a quick look and please, enjoy the read while thinking about where Gary might go from here!

The Right Touch

The Compass Society has some amazing technology, including technology that some of those working there have no idea about. Stacy and Gary are about to learn about something that they haven't been told before, but now is not the best time for them to learn. I wanted to show that the Society was able to separate them at any time that they chose. Please enjoy!

Lightning in her eyes

In this segment I wanted to give some insight into Stacy's personality and how Gary feels about it. This shows how she thinks and how she figures out how to solve big problems. I always try to express these types of things in just a few sentences, and I believe that I was pretty successful in what you are going to read here. Please enjoy!

Where am I?

In this section of the book, I wanted to create curiosity not only for the reader, but in Gary's mind as well. He has just arrived at the Compass Society to apply for a job and he notices, right off the bat, that a few things just aren't right. I had the feeling while writing this part, that he had just fell down the rabbit's hole in Alice in Wonderland, and that perhaps he might think the same. But see what you feel when reading this and above all, enjoy!

Power At Work

One of the things that Gary is leery of in his new job, is how much power and control the company has over his life both at work and when he's away. Gary sometimes forgets about it while he's programming and absorbed in his work, but little moments snap him back to reality. I wanted to create an ultimate experience to demonstrate this, and here is what I came up with. Please take a look and let me know what you think. Did I convey this in such a way that you too are irritated at Gary's boss? Enjoy!

Crimes or Error

Gary is having an interesting time at this particular point in his life. He's enjoying his new job, but doesn't enjoy the power that it appears they have over him. He's liking the challenge, but wonders about way the company is run and most of all, about his safety. So, paranoia is beginning to set in. Here is a scene where a stranger stops to help him, but then Gary realizes that this guy isn't a stranger after all! Please enjoy! If you'd like to share your thoughts with me please contact me at: author@drewbankston.com

Addiction

In this book, Gary, a computer programmer, has just learned that this new company that he's working for, uses what they call, "the stream" to allow their workers to program. The stream interacts directly with your mind and Gary is finding out that it's becoming addictive. I wanted to point out that as so many addicts realize, what he was experiencing wasn't real, although he begins to rationalize as well. See what I mean in this short excerpt, and enjoy!

Alternate Reality

When I first started writing about the Compass Society, I wanted to make it impressive. It was, after all, a very old establishment and being exclusive and secret, it's had the opportunity to recruit only the brightest and best. As a result I wanted to show that they were years ahead of anything we could imagine technologically, so I came to this scene where Gary is arriving at work on his first day. I wanted him to be amazed right from the start. This is what I came up with and believe me, it just gets better from here! I hope that you enjoy!

Where Will I Work?

Gary is not sure that he wants to work with the Society quite yet and so asks to see the "cubical" where he will be stationed. I wanted to show the technology that this company has and that it's beyond what even Gary expected, so there were a few surprises to tempt Gary into working there, Please enjoy this excerpt from "The Compass Society".

What the Society Wants

The Compass Society (the organization in the book) is a very old and powerful organization. Gary is supposed to report for work today, for his first day. This passage shows a small way the the Society reveals to Gary how much control they will have in his life, but he doesn't realize it yet. Enjoy!

Wonderland

In this scene we begin to see what the Compass Society is really like. A world of mystery and strange events. Gary is intrigued by the wonder, but right now more physical needs require his attention.

What Lies Ahead

Gary has lost everything. He desperately needs a job. As fate (or whatever is controlling his life) would have it, a free sample of the local newspaper appears in his driveway. As he looks through it, he finds what he hopes will be his next job, but when he returns to look at the ad again, it has disappeared. This is a reflection of his life and a preview of things to come. Watch how he reacts to this bit of news.

Reaching Rock Bottom

In this paragraph, I wanted to convey how low Gary's life had become without his wife, Stacy. He had lost everything in the way of possessions and was beginning to lose those internal feelings that would keep him alive. Those dark feelings were beginning to encroach on his regular thinking.

It Begins

I wanted to start this book out with a tense moment and let you know what the relationship between Gary and Stacy was in case you hadn't read the first book. Stacy went missing and Gary blames himself, as do the police, but he has no idea who took her. He sees a man push her through the door, but can't see what his face looks like. Stacy gives one helpless look at Gary and then she's gone. I wanted to portray the helpless ness that they both experienced during this time.

The Eyes of Tokorel

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Only a portion of Tokor's secrets have been discovered on Khizara. Now Linsora must go to the feared planet of Tokorel to discover the rest of Tokor's plan. How will Tokorellans receive this barbaric Khizaran and will she be able to control her emotions enough so as to not give away her alternate reason for being there?

Book Bubbles from The Eyes of Tokorel

Magic vs Military

In the Tokorel series, there is a mixture of military and civilian heroes. Each hero has advantages that the other does not. When they work together, it becomes an amazing force! In this short passage, Kral, a military leader, is working with Tayla, a civilian with some unusual powers. Together they are trying to located a kidnapped woman aboard an unfamiliar ship and together, they are making headway that the two of the, separately, would not be able to do. Teamwork is a theme that runs through these books, both with the good and bad guys. See what you think and please consider reading the Tokorel series.

Leaving Home

As I imagine what it would be like to leave home, and by that I mean leaving your home planet, I can only surmise that it might feel as if it were a permanent departure. With the perils of space, one would never know if returning would be a certainty. On the other hand, if space travel were a common and frequent thing, would it be any less certain than what we feel when we drive to work, take a jet to another destination, or go on vacation using a number of other modes of transportation? I wanted Linsora to comment on her departure, while at the same time, show her indifference to the act of leaving as we might when leaving home. See what you think and please consider reading "The Eyes of Tokorel" series.

Changing Fortunes

In life, most people fail to have a life of continuous good luck. Each of us experiences some degree of bad luck or changing fortunes. This particular scene was a bitter-sweet one happening to Linsora. Things were about to change for her. Not a change in the roller coaster ride of ever changing fortunes, but an increase in the intensity of the ride.

Medical Facilities

We are all familiar with medical facilities. Whether a doctor's office, dentist, specialist of some type or a hospital. You know the smell. You know the feel. We all know it. In my mind, that feeling is universal. That sense of knowing what that smell and feel is, is universal. So when Linsora was led to a place where she was told some healing was taking place, she was prepared for such a building. What would you do if you expected to arrive at a hospital but instead, were ushered into what appeared to be an office building? Would you feel secure? Would you feel apprehensive? I hope that you enjoy this short glimpse into the universe of Tokorel.

Sensitive Subjects

Have you ever wanted to speak with someone about something, but you realize that it might be a sensitive subject? Imagine what it would be like to be an ambassador from one planet to another. Now, imagine that you have never learned how to do that job, but you're thrust into it, not by choice. Linsora is in this position, but she's smart enough to realize that certain subjects are sensitive and she is cautious. Take a look and see what you think you would do in this situation.

One and Many

In a way, we are all ambassadors in our lives and of ourselves. We daily present ourselves to the world and the people in it. We show our best face to some, and our true face to others. Sometimes we're beautiful in our actions while other times the things that we do are ugly and not something to be repeated. Others present themselves to us, and we react according to what we see and what we know. We sometimes wonder how others would react to the same presentation. In this short excerpt, Linsora realizes that she is representing her home world of Khizara, and is angered by one small statement. She wonders how the people on her planet would react, as a populace, to such a statement.

When You Think of Evil

I have to wonder what your perception of evil might be. I think that we all have our fears and we all hope to never encounter those fears of evil during our lifetime. My characters, however, encounter all sorts of evil. Gordek is one of those evils in the form of a Tokorellan. He becomes a living nightmare for Linsora and she, in turn, finds her strength and her will battling with her morality. How to deal with this man? This was a turning point for our hero. How will she survive this? How will it change her? Find out more by reading "The Eyes of Tokorel" series and visit Tokorel.com to learn more about the people in this universe!

Years of Mistrust

How do you know when someone has changed their ways, especially after years of you believing that they haven't? Better yet, how do you know if an entire civilization has changed after 200 years? This is the question that our hero, Linsora, faces as she arrives on Tokorel, a planet that her people has loathed and feared for 200 years. She is the first of her people to visit this "demon" planet, and now she comes as an ambassador. What will she find? Check out the "Eyes of Tokorel" for yourself or go to Tokorel.com to learn more about the people of that universe!

Death

How would you deal with the death of a loved one? A loved one with whom you have grown, who started out as your enemy, but turned into someone whom you couldn't live without. Now, you're being forced to live. Forced to work. Forced to go to places that you didn't want to be. How would you deal with such a situation? Linsora is a strong woman, but even she has a breaking point. Is this it? Please enjoy this short excerpt and read more in the Eyes of Tokorel series.

Say What you Mean

If you think about how language evolves, you will see how it changes over a period of time. We might not notice it as much in our lifetime, but look into the past and see what popular phrases have evolved into in the past 200 years. The America first declared independence, I'm willing to bet that the people still spoke with a British accent and used popular terms of the day. But look at us now! So it is in book 2 of the Tokorel series. As the Ambassador from the home planet of Khizara, Linsora is faced with speaking with the leaders of the break off colony from 200 years earlier. Learn more about the Tokorel universe by reading the Tokorel series or by visiting Tokorel.com.

Control

In any situation we want control. Mostly, we want control when something bad is happening in that we never want it to get "out of control" before we have an opportunity to reign it in. Often, we have a chance to plot and plan before a situation occurs. We know exactly what we'll do should things proceed as our mind says that it will. What sets leaders apart, however, is the ability to control the situation and think as events unfold. What if the leader is not so virtuous though? Take a look at this short excerpt and see where you think it might go, and be sure to visit Tokorel.com for more backstories and information about the characters!

Convincing

Evil has a way of trying to twist words and intentions to sound good and convincing. Have you ever noticed that? Evil, in its way of trying to deceive good, will do what it can to convince good that intentions are pure and should be gone along with. So, in my stories, it's sometimes hard to tell, at first, who is good and who is not. Clues are present if you look hard, but sometimes they are disguised as something else. See what you think of this passage and see if this, Gordek person, is a good guy or a bad one.

Honest Politics

I give you the title of honest politics. Almost a contradiction in terms. But, we can all hope and dream of the day, can't we? In book 2, Linsora become the Ambassador to Tokorel from Khizara. It becomes the first official contact between the planets in 200 years. By now, if you've learned nothing about Linsora, you at least know of her honesty, and straightforward demeanor. Does this make for grand diplomacy? Probably not. But some people find it refreshing. See what you think. And please learn more at Tokorel.com, where the universe of Tokorel is becoming more and more complete with your help and input. Enjoy.

No Choices Left

There are times in our lives when we feel as if all choices have been taken from us. Those times when, no matter what we do our anticipated result is not achieved and we feel helpless. In this excerpt, Linsora is surrounded by three of the most vile people that I could conjure and they are trying to break her using their mental abilities. In a last ditch effort, she tries to take her own life, thinking that this might be the final choice she has available to her, but then even that choice is taken from her. See what you think and learn more by visiting tokorel.com. Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive information on free books and prizes.

Protection

Protection. It's something that we all have an instinct for. We want to protect those that we love. We want to protect ourselves. We will sometimes do anything to accomplish those two things. How do we know how far we will go until that time comes? We don't. We imagine what we will do, and certainly, that helps when a situation arises, but we never truly know until that time. What if we have that amazing instinct, and are willing to do what we need, but have something, or someone, step in to effectively do what we wanted without knowing who that someone is? Almost like a superhero. Something quite similar happened in this segment. Learn more at tokorel.com.

Scrutiny

Each and every day we are under scrutiny. Shakespeare said that "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances" and we have an audience of people in the world, who constantly watch us. My characters are no different. You are their audience and you, and the other characters, judge their actions. It's a whole other universe that I have created. Read and enjoy. Go to tokorel.com and learn more.

Talents

We all have talents. Some, we choose to share with others. A few of our talents, however, we choose to share only with close friends or family and not with those around us who we know as casual acquaintances. We each have our own reasons for what we do. Sometimes those reasons are legitimate while other times they are only to hide our embarrassment or to protect our pride. Either way, they remain our secret talents. Here is a talent that I'm quite certain I would not want, and yet, my character has it. She chooses, however, to share it only with close friends. After all, why share something that others would not understand?

When Evil Strikes

Literally. The evil and the bad guys in these books know no boundaries. Not only are there the capabilities to inflict physical pain and torture, but there is also the ability to enter into the mind of the person held captive, and torture from within, extracting every feared emotion and causing one to feel the deepest fears that their minds can conjure. Combine both the physical and the mental, and the forthcoming of information is swift, or a coma-like state may follow as the person withdraws into their own mind. As the interrogation begins, you'll feel the fear of being put into this situation. Read this and the trilogy by ordering your copy today at tokorel.com.

Diplomacy

In life there are diplomats and those with less tact than a dog in heat. Diplomacy can be something that is learned as an actor in this world. When I speak of diplomacy in my books, I want people to guess if the character is really being diplomatic or not. Here is a sample.

Parting is...

When two people who are in love have to leave each other, it's difficult. It's especially hard when the two people have committed their lives to each other, and they've lost each other once before. Now, throw into the mix the fact that the one leaving has to sit in a cramped vehicle with someone that she despises and it makes it even more difficult. There is more to the story, but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens. Enjoy!

Sights and Sounds

There are always a few things from our pasts that hit us hard, and many times we are struck with those memories when a sight, sound or smell hits us. Keeping that thought is mind, I like for my characters to to be struck with the same thing. Linsora thinks that she's going to a hospital and prepares for the sights and smells involved with such an institution, but what she sees tells her something different.

Large Descriptions

When I introduce a character for the first time, I like to compare him or her to the natural surroundings in their lives. Yorel is not only the leader of a planet, but he is also prosperous looking and surrounds himself with wealth and affluence.

Shrewd

Linsora is not stupid by any means. She shows her great intelligence many times throughout the series, and in this case, she is showing her shrewd side by not playing her cards all at the same time. She needs the leverage of the historical books to get what she wants, and what she wants is something that she can only obtain through the power of the leaders on this foreign world. In book 4, she reaches out to use this power one last time, but for now, in book 2, she's testing the waters.

Politics Don't Change

It's my thought that no matter where you go in this big, vast universe, you're going to find ambition, greed and corruption as well as honesty, compassion and selflessness. People with emotions are people and they want to get places in life. On Tokorel, Linsora meets the extremes of good and evil. Here is a sample of her first meeting with the political powers on Tokorel.

When Does More Become Too Much?

I've always wondered this. When does more become too much? It's an interesting concept. Does more make our lives better or worse? Does less make our lives more meaningful? When I write, I believe that many of my life's questions come out of my subconscious through the words of my characters, and sometimes the answers appear on these pages as well. A little interesting insight into not just the characters, but me as well.

When Something's Not Right

There are times when people feel premonitions. Times when we should listen to our gut instincts. I've always believed this and when I taught martial arts, I believed in sharing this with all of my students. Linsora is a strong person and I firmly believe that the strongest people follow their gut. Linsora can tell that things are not right, but she doesn't know what or what she can do about it. Please enjoy this excerpt from book 2.

Worst of the Worst

The bad guys in the Tokorel series are power hungry, uncaring and unfeeling nasties that care only for themselves. I liked showing some vulnerabilities but, when small victories arose, I wanted to show how pumped up these bad guys become. Human nature. In this scene, the bad guy just experienced a major coup, and now will take this weakened woman as his prize, for his pleasure. See if you feel your hatred increase for this man with each word that you read.

Magic?

In this section I wanted to show the different opinions that are shared between Khizara and Tokorel. Linsora is speaking with the second in command of the planet of Tokorel and they are sharing, candidly, their thoughts about their worlds. Take a look and please enjoy!

Anger and Politics

Politics don't change from planet to planet. This is what I wanted to show in this passage. Not only the fact that politics don't change, but the fact that people get tired of the power struggle. Linsora, especially was tired of hearing the two people in front of her, bicker, while she was waiting for news. Read on and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Traitor

In this segment, I wanted to show that even Linsora can become, strong as she is, flustered under the correct circumstances. Although she's on a planet that is not her home, she is still trying to maintain diplomacy and maintain her sense of justice. She trusts a man who has just been publicly declared a traitor to his world, and she announces this openly. How would she visualize these people? Read and please, enjoy!

Dignity

We all want it and oft times find it lacking, however, there are numerous times when it's lacking because we want it to be. Sometimes, the lack of dignity can be used to embarrass others. I wanted this to be the case here, when our heroes were about to be taken into custody and were out for one last fling! See how I did in this short excerpt. Enjoy!

The Past Speaks

Linsora has an interesting talent. Truth be told, she has many interesting talents, but this one in particular crops up in the books throughout the storyline. Here was a different take on the voices that Linsora hears when she visits old places. This was Tokor's "first" hoe which had been turned into a museum of sorts, and place where people could tour and see how their leader lived. But the voices of the past are muted by the people of the present. Please enjoy this excerpt.

Politics are Politcis

Very brief excerpt from book 2. The second in command of the planet is a very sensible man and speaks plainly about his relationship with the Director of the planet. Enjoy!

Don't Surprise the Girl

Linsora is skilled with her knives from a lifetime of using them, but her enemies are just as skilled with their abilities to manipulate the emotions of others with only a thought. Sometimes, two or more will gang-up on one person. I wanted to show how quickly this type of assault can disable a person. Please enjoy this excerpt from book 2 in the Tokorel series!

It's All Fun and Games Until...

Here we wanted to show that even the heroes are human and, when it seems like their final farewell, might truly do what humans do. Take a look and you'll see what I mean.

Not Always Work

In this section I wanted to show that our hero, Linsora, is not always working or in jeopardy or being attacked, but she also has a cultural side. It's important to balance your characters lives just as we would balance our own. Enjoy and be sure to check out Tokorel on Amazon or CreateSpace!

Even on the Most Peaceful Planet

On Linsora's home world of Khizara, knife fights are commonplace. On Tokorel, that type of physical violence is unfathomable. In this short excerpt, I wanted to show that concept between Linsora and the second in command of Tokorel.

Treading Lightly

In book 2, Linsora gets to travel to Tokorel as the Ambassador from Khizara. As she sits, speaking with the 2nd in charge of the planet, they touch on sensitive subjects. Linsora is not one to pull punches. In fact she will generally speak her mind to anyone at anytime. But this time, she feels the need to walk cautiously.

Mixed Impressions

LInsora, although fierce and very good with knives, also has a pleasant side. It's easy for people to forget that, and in this short passage of the book, we see during a conversation with a new friend, that sometimes Linsora's impressions are not always the ones that she chooses to give but instead, those picked up intuitively by others.

Good vs Evil

The age old battle is not lost in our stories. The bad guys always seem to have an ultimate goal in mind but are checked even by their own. This one conversation speaks volumes of the two characters. Linsora believes that good will win, while Gordek is certain that evil will triumph, as long as it's his evil that is in the lead!

When your mood is challenged

When Linsora starts out in a bad mood, there are some things that you just don't do. Boring her is one of them...

Subterfuge

How a dignitary who is an enemy of the state, gets around with the blessings of the head of the planet.

A Warm Welcome

Linsora is greeted by regal politicians on her first trip to Tokorel.

Power

Some people want money. Others want fame. Some just want power and all of the perks and curses that come with it. Linsora's brother, Yokosh, wants it all.

Secrets

Secrets don't always remain so. Sometimes, they are meant to be revealed when fate needs a good laugh, and other times when a good lesson needs to be learned. In book 2 of the Tokorel series, fate is often fickle and teasingly so.

What to Expect...

After going through so much, what would you expect or at the very least, hope for, when being called to an unknown place? Would you hope for a reward? Would you expect at least words of praise? Linsora hopes for more...

I'd Rather Die...

Linsora is strong for her stature, but when other around you have the ability to control your emotions, it becomes difficult to use that strength. And when you want to use it to escape your captors by ending it all, and you can't, you come to the horrible realization that the toments will continue.

Not So Different After All

Linsora learns a valuable lesson about life. Even though you have enemies, it doesn't always mean that they are so very different from yourself or your people.

When Enemies Help

Gordek is an enemy to Linsora, but it's imperative to him that she makes a speech to the public of a planet that she has never set foot on. In fact, no one from her home world has ever been there, but in order to find what she's looking for, being accepted is necessary. What would you do if an enemy helped you to further their own needs while helping you find yours?

Victory?

As with life, there are triumphant achievements and defeats that leave a sour taste in one's mouth. After a confrontation, it's always fun to see the "good guys" come out on top, but that isn't always the case. So what happens after the victory? Here's a quick look!

Fresh Air?

I thought about travelers in space. They're cooped up in a very enclosed environment for a very long time. Even though the air is recirculated and refreshed, it must become stale and something that a person gets used to over time. So, when a space traveler leaves the ship, what does the planet smell like? Does each planet have a signature smell? Take a look at what Linsora thought as she stepped foot, for the first time. into the Tokorellan air! Enjoy.

What is a Prison?

We tend to think, in general, of a prison being a confined place with guards and bars and locks and so much more to keep us from escaping to freedom. Often however, a prison can be anyplace where we feel trapped and uncomfortable. After Linsora was forcibly brought aboard Gordek's ship, even though she had her own quarters and was fed well, she was still at the mercy of this man who was not her friend. A prison. A now she is being forced to bend to his will in obtaining access to a planet from which he had been banned. Please enjoy!

Linsora Never Gives Up!

This is a scene from book 2 in the series, just prior to a mental battle. Linsora is helpless and at the mercy of three of the most heartless and cruel captors she could imagine. Together, they are about to attempt to destroy her champion should he attempt to save her. Still, she will fight them, with her words if nothing else, until the end.

How Crazy are Khizarans?

Here, I wanted to show that Permac and Linsora have an amazing relationship and compliment each other while, at the same time, grow with each other. When they are running to escape a battalion of guards, it turns into a game and comes to an interesting end. Just a small sample of what you'll find in this book of adventure!

Revenge!

Linsora had been battered and beaten by her half brother and his girlfriend. I wanted to show that Linsora is tough and is willing to get even, but is creative in the way that she gets that revenge. Kral, her friend and former lover, has been on her side the entire time, but has also had moments where he had been controlled by the bad guys as well, so he's more than willing to help get them out of the picture. Please enjoy this short excerpt.

Monster's Lap

Biographies & Memoirs

Three-year-old Julie has a secret which she has been told NOT to tell. If she tells, her mommy will be hurt terribly. Secrets in the head of a three year old, however, are like thinking that the sun will forever hide behind the clouds. Eventually, they will both come out, and when Julie’s secret does come out it tears apart two families while bringing them closer together at the same time. “The Monster’s Lap” is a real story based on the life mis- fortunes and betrayals of a young three-year-old girl and the family that loves her. You will have an intimate look into the ups and downs of this family as well as the little known process that goes on from discovery to the final verdict in court. Can a three-year-old express what has happened in her life enough to convince the District Attorney to take on this case, or will the word of a well spoken, well liked thirty-year-old man be more believable? “She can hardly talk. I didn’t do anything and after all, who would believe a three-year-old?”

Book Bubbles from Monster's Lap

Bail or No Bail

In this story and in particular, this excerpt, the judge has heard a great amount of evidence from a number of people, and now she is about to rule as to whether Charles will remain in jail or go free. This is a point in time when everyone, the accused and the family are all on pins and needles. Will this man go free or will he remain behind bars? Please read this short excerpt and consider purchasing "The Monster's Lap" to help support organizations that prevent child abuse!

Tears and Children

This book was difficult for me to write. As a parent, I love my kids, I love my grandkids and I hate the thought of anything happening to any of them. In this scene, Doug is being asked questions in court, and reliving a short conversation between he and his granddaughter. It summed up what this three year old girls was feeling, and the words that came out of her mouth were ones that no child should ever feel comfortable saying.

It Begins

The Monster's Lap is a book to let people know that sexual assault happens in many homes, and not just one. It happens to many people, not just one. It can be stopped. The beginning of the book sets the stage for what is to come. Please read this book bubble and consider reading, the Monster's Lap. A portion of the book sales goes to the 28 Hours of Hope, a Northern Colorado non-profit organization that raises money to help advocacy centers for children to help stop child abuse.

The Imagination Stone

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Tom Parker's business is about to fail. His love life is non-existent. He feels as if his life has been a series of one failure after another and now he's about to let down his employees which would be the greatest failure of all. He goes for a walk along the beach and finds a magical stone that brings out the child-like imagination in the person who holds it. As he enjoys this great fortune and is about to present the greatest pitch of his life, the stone is stolen by his long time rival, Corbet Richards. Will this mean total failure for Tom, or will be be able to find what he needs to save his life and the belief of those around him? If you like feel good books you're going to love "The Imagination Stone."

Book Bubbles from The Imagination Stone

Old Evil

We tend to look at older people as frail, helpless, and sometimes kind. I, personally, have seen both. I've seen some older people who pretend to be all of the above but in reality are devious, conniving, and quite evil through and through. I decided to reach into the experience and create this sweet and helpless old woman to delay Tom Parker in his quest to secure a new client for his advertising agency, so that her son would win out. Take a look and see if you recognize this woman in any people that you've encountered and enjoy the excerpt!

Have Mercy!

I have had a number of people help me throughout my life when I was down, and I've tried to do the same for others. The bad guy in this story loves to fire people whenever they let him down, even if it's not their fault. In this excerpt, such a thing has just happened, but the poor guy is in luck. I would hope that this would happen to me in the same situation. How about you? See what you think and please enjoy this short scene from "The Imagination Stone"!

Keep Your Job

I try to make my bad guys really bad. I guess it's because I like most people and unless they're really bad, or mean, or just plain nasty I tend to like them or at the very least, I tolerate them. When I wrote my character, Corbet Williams, I wanted him to be a really dislikable person. I hope that I succeeded. See what you think.

Celebrations

It's always been difficult for me to celebrate. I do so inwardly, but expressing it outwardly is difficult for me to do. I'm not certain why that is. It's just one of those things, I guess. I love to go to gatherings, parties, bars, clubs, and small social gatherings, but it's always been difficult for me to mingle. Hard to keep a conversation going. I'm guessing that the part of my brain that needs to think quickly about subject matter isn't there, or perhaps it's rusty. I've always admired people who can do that. One of my kids is that way. He can keep a conversation going like nobody's business. As a result, I like to have some of my characters act as my alter ego. They are good at many more things than I am. Tome is one of them. This excerpt shows you the leader in Tom and how he can keep his team together. Enjoy!

A Piece of Work

We all know someone like this. The piece of work. The one person that we either can't stand and stay away from, or tolerate only because we have to. This is the person who makes life miserable for so many. In this boom, "The Imagination Stone" this character is Corbet Richards. He was like this in high school and never got better. In this excerpt, two women are talking about him. You'll gain a little insight into the life and personality of this man. See if he resembles anyone you know!

Arrogance

I have seen many different types of people in my life. In my current job I see a lot of people who are prideful, dishonest, arrogant, and who blame others for them not being successful in stealing. These people are thieves. I see the bad part of society almost daily so when I write in a character in my stories, one who is not so nice, I tend to include many qualities that I see in the shoplifters that I see daily. Corbet Richards is my bad guy in this book. Rich, spoiled, feeling entitled, and willing to walk all over anyone, he is the one you hope loses in the end. Take a look at this short excerpt and see what you think of this interesting character from the "Imagination Stone".

Goodbye

I love this story. It's by far one of my most favorite books that I've written. This is an excerpt found toward the beginning of the book when Michelangelo is throwing the magical stone into the sea. He's sad that he must do so, but knows that it's time. The stone has been around for centuries and helps talented people enhance what they already have and become great! I love the thought of this! Please enjoy this short excerpt and consider reading "The Imagination Stone" when you want some inspiration!

Hello?

Most of the time, our days are routine to the point where they are almost mundane. We go through the motions of saying hello, smiling, and rubber stamping the day with the same things that we do each day. Sometimes however, just every now and again, something will happen to roll our day in a different direction. A something that might put a smile on our face or a little trembling in our body, and not trembling for a good reason. Adrenaline courses through our body as we attempt to figure out why the difference has occurred, and we try to correct the change. The mother and her daughter are about to experience a shift from the mundane. Enjoy this short bubble and please consider reading The Imagination Stone!

Receptionists

In most businesses the receptionist is a businesses, and boss' first line of defense. The receptionist is the one that you need to impress and get past when you want to see the boss and get something done. This wonderful person can make and break careers. Don't make the receptionist mad. In this case, Tom did something but he has no idea what it could be. Whatever it was that he did however, it was bad. It went from a beautiful smiling receptionist to one that would not even look up to respond. Tom has been shut out. Blackballed. I wanted to put him in a situation where only a miracle would pull him out. Enjoy this passage and please consider reading "The Imagination Stone".

Deceipt

When I write, I love to create really nice good guys that you can fall in love with from the beginning. By the same token, I try to create some really nasty bad guys whom you would never want to become friends with. Corbet is one of those people. He's fun to read about, but being his friend is social suicide. Outwardly, he is kind, friendly and smart, but don't turn your back on him, because he hides a dagger that's ready to to end your career with one swipe should you lose his favor. Take a look at this sarcastic excerpt featuring the bad guy himself!

When it Turns Around

We occasionally find ourselves in situations that just go badly. No matter what our good intentions are, they don't turn out the way we want them and are sometimes even worse than we ever thought that they could be. But then that tiny miracle happens, and that terribly bad situation turns itself around and we find ourselves dancing for joy! That's what happens in this particular passage. A very bad situation for Tom turns into the opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to some quick thinking on his part. I hope that you enjoy this passage and that you'll consider reading "The Imagination Stone".

One of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days? We all have. I have them from time to time and so my characters don't get the chance to escape them. The kind of days where everything seems to go wrong and nothing can go right. Thus it is with my character, Tom Parker. But, as with other parts of life, this day is the day before things turn around for him. It's the hour prior to a miracle happening, It a time, for him, when life as he knows it, will change forever. Have you had one of THOSE days? Hopefully, we all have. This family friendly book is filled with wonder, surprise and yes, imagination. Enjoy this book bubble and please consider reading the book.

Happiness

I have numerous days when I'm extremely happy. In fact, no matter how I slept the night before, or how I feel when I wake up, the first thing that I do is smile. It gets those endorphins going and starts the day out right! Not everyone is like that. In my book, Tom is really not a morning person, but this one particular morning, he surprises one of his employees by not only being in a fantastic mood, but by being a little crazy in a crazy sort of way! Please enjoy this excerpt from an amazing book!

Happiness and Hope

There are times in my past when happiness and hope have bathed my outlook on life from the get go of the day. As I've grown older, I've learned to harness that feeling and call upon it all of the time. It's a great feeling that, when utilized often, makes each day a welcome addition to the overall days of life! I tried hard to capture this through the actions of my character, Tom Parker. I want everyone to feel this incredible spark that life can bring you and even though Tom finds it through the Imagination Stone, we all have that ability to look into our own imaginations and find that same sense of exhilaration! I hope that you enjoy this excerpt!

A Boss Like No Other

When I created the character of Corbet Richards, I wanted to create a boss like no one has ever seen before. I think that I did a pretty good job. In my mind, he's the worst of the worst. In this small excerpt, Corbet has just fired one of his executives. Just before the man leaves, Corbet can't resist adding insult to injury as he tends to do often. I hope that you enjoy this BookBubble and it's my wish that you never have a boss like Corbet!

Ah, to ruin lives...

I try to make my bad guys about a s bad as anyone has ever seen. Now most authors think about bad guys as being those who will torture, harm, tear, saw and so much more. My bad guys are more like the bad guys you see everyday and maybe, just maybe, you don't realize how bad they are until you're watching the news and suddenly, there they are. Corbet is a rich "bad guy" who never really wants to get caught being a bad guy, but will admit it to everyone. Sometimes, he'll find an employee that admires his abilities, and is gutsy enough to admit it. See what you think of this short excerpt about one of my "bad guys".

Romancination

When imagination sparks, so can a romance. When people share their imaginations, it releases an inner child-like feeling that brings on laughter, fun, silliness and so much more. When two people laugh and have fun together, it can cause hidden feelings to surface. Once they begin to appear, there is little we can do to stop them. Tom and Julie have been laughing together a lot. Now, they are noticing the spark in each other's eyes. Is the timing right? Read on dear fan, and see what happens next.

When you know that Something is Wrong

Have you ever been in a situation where you know, you just know, that something is not going right? You've done your homework. You've plotted and planned and everything that you've worked for is hinging on this one event, and suddenly, you know that something is wrong. This is hat's going on with Tom and his partner. They have just shown up for an appointment, but little do they know that their rival has called in ahead of them and created an atmosphere of animosity toward them. What would you do in this situation? What happens next will absolutely amazing you. Read the Imagination Stone to see for yourself!

Here's What I Need

Have you ever heard that phrase? How does it make you feel to hear it? If it's a charitable act, then you anticipate what is needed. But what if it's from a, not so benevolent, boss? What if you're in a group of employees, a small group of employees, in an executive meeting, and your boss has just chewed you all out. The competition is suddenly taking your field by storm and taking away clients. Now, you boss says those words and follows them up with a few promises of what will happen to those who fail. How are you feeling now?

Imagine That

Imagination is a thing that we all have. Some of us can take it to extremes, while others of us have to try very hard to make it seem, in the least bit, real. Imagination is the door that takes us to places heretofore unknown and unseen. It takes us to other worlds, other places and other dimensions. Imagination opens doors and closes realities. Imagination will make you rich and bring kings to greater heights. In this book, Imagination is everything. Not just a small something, but everything. Enjoy and check out drewbankston.com for more information.

A Gray Day

Do you ever have one of those days where it just seems gray and that the sun will never shine again? I wanted to convey the feeling that Tom had reached that point in his life. He was about to find something that would change his life, and this needed to be shown in a very drastic way. See if you feel that I hit the mark with this passage.

A Good Act

In life we see people who are incredible actors. People who never reach the stage and yet perform everyday in front of all that they know. It's an amazing feat! In my books I love to emulate real life, even though the book might be a fantasy. Here, a woman is trying to keep Tom from reaching his meeting on time, and doing a pretty good job with it.

Money Talks

We all have bad luck from time to time. Depending on who we are, we could experience long running streaks of it. Tom has just taken time to stop and help a poor old woman change her car tire and has no idea how filthy he looks. Now he's shown up for a meeting with a client, 20 minutes late. Tom is about to find out how the way you look can actually change your luck.

Ah, Love!

People are so funny. We feel things and, if we used our senses, could tell what others were feeling toward us as well. But most of us have lost the ability to do that and I wanted to show that, even though his imagination has been enhance a hundred fold, his old feeling s of insecurity haven't been so blessed. Take a look at this interesting conversation and please enjoy!

Just a Teaser

Sometimes we want to just give you a small teaser, and this is what Tom was doing to his co-workers. He was teasing them with information about the day before he sprang the big and exciting news on them. It's important to show how the other characters are reacting to what is being said and here is one instance. Please enjoy.

What Kind of Person Would do This?

Throughout this book, I wanted to emphasize Tom's personality and what a soft heart he had. I hoped to get this point out there at the very beginning of the book and I think that I did a pretty good job during this interaction. Tom, late for a meeting, stopped to help an old woman by changing her tire. Now he's taking extra time to replace everything in the back of her car at the cost of being late. See what you think and please enjoy!

Money

Tom's business is going under, and it's never a pleasant thing for an employer to tell his employees, but especially hard when it's a small company. This is the point in the story where Tom needs to tell them that things are not going well. He does this in case anyone needs to start looking for another job. He's very nervous about this, but has to to it. Here's part of what happens. Enjoy!

Love's Money

As I've mentioned before, I created the character of Corbet Richards to be one of the most vile bad guys I could think of. Smug, arrogant and doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, Corbet is just on of those people who only have friends that suck up to him. So, when a banker comes to visit Tom, he passes Corbet on the way out and a discussion ensues. See what our friend Corbet has to say. Enjoy!

Turning Point

Early on in the book I wanted to show that Tom was running out of time and needed to figure something out in order to keep his business from folding. In this scene I chose to put Tom in a position where he is about to throw in the towel. There was nothing more to do. I tried to show this through action and thought. This actually set-up for Tom to find out more about his team in addition to finding his way to locating the stone! Please read and enjoy!

Redemption

Throughout the book, Tom has numerous ups and downs. In this small excerpt Tom has attempted to redeem himself in front of the owner of a large Microchip manufacturer. He uses the power of the Imagination Stone to show the owner amazing sights. I wanted to show how Tom gets himself out of a bad situation wile at the same time show how much power the stone has in the right hands. It was a lot of fun to write and I hope that you enjoy! Oh, and by the way, I have the real stone here at my house. Look at the cover and you'll see an actual photo of it!

A Very Bad Thing

As I was writing this book, my daughter was the same age as the girl in the book. It was her inspiration that created the character, and many things spoken by my character were things spoken by my daughter. This particular scene was the turning point in the story and it follows what should have been the highlight of Tom's life thus far. A cloud covers the lightness of success however. See what I mean and enjoy this excerpt.

Bottom of the Barrel

Throughout this book I did my best to show how incredibly low and slimy Corbet Richards could be. In fact, I don't think that there is a single scene with Corbet where he's not flaunting his disgusting nature for the entire world to see. This excerpt is just such a spot. Corbet shows a woman, whom he is trying to date, just how little he cares for children. Is this the best way to win over a single mother? Please enjoy this excerpt.

Coming Home to the Business

Tom Parker is the main character of this book. I wanted to portray Tom as a good hearted individual who, like many of us, tries his hardest everyday to be happy and make the people around him happy as well. His Advertising company, Parker Ad Agency, is small but he wanted it to be a fun place for people to work when he first set it up. I wanted to show that somehow and did so in this short paragraph. Tom has just had a bad day, but comes back to the office feeling good to be there. Please enjoy this short excerpt.

Introducing The Stone

The Imagination Stone is a mysterious stone that is mentioned briefly throughout history as an aid to many great people. At least, that what I decided to put in this wonderful work of fiction! In this opening segment, Michelangelo has just thrown the stone back into the water and walks off to resume his work. I wanted to show a correlation between having a youthful imagination and a youthful appearance. I then wanted to take time to show how the stone, supposedly, influenced the work of others throughout history. I hope that you enjoy this excerpt. If so, please visit Amazon on September 17th and 18th, when the Kindle version will be free for those 2 days only!

Lines of Force: The Weekend Adventures of Andrew Barton

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Andrew Barton is an ordinary man who, each weekend, stumbles into extraordinary circumstances. With a college degree in Agricultural Sciences but a job driving a forklift in a warehouse, Andrew, like many of us, finds that his release from the humdrum workweek comes through the tinkering in his garage on the weekends. Although his goals are directed toward other ends, he mistakenly travels through time, into other dimensions and even ends up taking his family and friends on a ride to a location that is the last place anyone ever wants to end up! Lines of Force will take you on adventures that you’ll never forget and want to enjoy time and time again. Let Andrew Barton take you along to unexplored territory in this book about mistakes becoming incredible exploits!

Book Bubbles from Lines of Force: The Weekend Adventures of Andrew Barton

Not My World

I've always loved to speculate how this world would have turned out if only one or two things had been different, and I tend to write things that reflect that. In "Lines of Force" Andrew invents things that he doesn't know how to control and consequently, he ends up in some very strange situations including inter-dimensional travel. In this particular chapter, he's jumped to a world where things have changed and morals are completely upside down from the way he was raised. The person who is his best friend in his home dimension is explaining the differences. They horrify Andrew but are perfectly normal to Matt. How would you fare stepping into a totally different world?

The Future

I've always wondered what the future might hold for us all. Not tomorrow or the next day, but the far away future. I can imagine and that imagining takes my characters into futures that are fun and fied with my thoughts on how it might be. It's very cool to be able ot read how they react with the future and how the future reacts with them. In a way it's almost like I really get to go there, and it makes me smile whenever i go back and read what I've written. When I was a teenager, I would dream about how the future would be. I'd draw pictures of what I thought buildings would look like. My big future was the twenty-first century. Even though it didn't turn out quite the way I imagined, it's still pretty cool! I hope that you enjoy my excerpt!

The Future of Confusion

I've always been fascinated with the thought and theory of time travel. Since it hasn't been done, there are so many things on which we can speculate. I've always wondered if we would be able to visit ourselves in the past or future, deliver messages, reminisce or many other things. What a rush that would be.At any rate, since it hasn't been done I can theorize to my heart's content and come up with all sorts of scenarios that, at the very least, sound good. Take a look at this excerpt from "Lines of Force" and see if you agree with what i came up with!

Being Human

Being human is something that we all take for granted. When we see someone who we feel is not as emotional or sensitive as we believe they should be we sometimes consider them to be not quite human. I have met so many people like this and when I finally see a spark of humanity ooze from them I sigh with relief. Humanity found! One leader has discovered that his team has a spark of humanity in them and you'll see what his reaction is in this short excerpt from "Lines of Force".

The Woman

We all have accomplishments. We all have friends. We like to share our accomplishments with our friends. All of us at one time or another, have misspoken when speaking. When I write, I try to make my characters as real as possible, so it should come as no surprise that my character frequently makes mistakes. Poor Andrew. He gets put on the spot for not quite saying the right thing. See what I mean in this new book bubble from my book, "Lines of Force".

Theories About Time

"Lines of Force" was a book that allowed me to go crazy with theories about time and time travel. I was able to express whatever feelings I had about it and since it's never been done, well, they sounded plausible. This was a theory that my character, Andrew Barton, was trying to explain to a neighbor. I think that he did a pretty good job and I was happy with the explanation when he was done. See what you think and I hope that you'll consider reading, "Lines of Force" when you have a few moments!

Trying to Understand

I've always wanted to travel in time. I've always thought that it would be incredibly cool to be able to to do so. I've always wondered what the results would be. Would it be like watching a movie where you wouldn't be able to interact with the things that have already occured, or would you once again be a part of the action? How much would change and how much could you change, if anything? It's a concept that many people debate over and one that we may never, at least in my lifetime, find the answers to. In my stories, however, I'm able to fantasize about what might happen and Andrew has just taken that first step into the realm of time travel. He's just not certain how he did it. He's about to find out what repercussions there can be. See what YOU think and enjoy this short excerpt from "Lines of Force" available through Amazon! Buy your copy today.

Any Excuse

When I become involved in something like a project or work, and I really like what I'm doing, I can work into the wee hours of the night and never notice the time slipping away. I've done it often when I write songs, or when I write books, or if I'm working on marketing of some kind. I'm certain that each of us have had those major moments when time rushes by and leaves the rest of the world in the dust. My character, Andrew, absolutely loves to tinker in his garage. He never really knows what the results will be, but always hopes that they'll be spectacular. Even when friends stop by and try to convince him to go out. See what I mean and please enjoy this excerpt!

Magic or Science

My father used to work as an Electrical Engineer. As I was growing up I got to see some pretty amazing things. When I was in fourth grade, my dad brought home a Tesla Coil so that I could show my class. Another time, he let me show a box that had a three dimensional hologram to a class. Many times during my life I saw scientific things that bordered on seeming magical, so it made sense that some of my characters could view a scientific breakthrough as unbelievable and magical. That's where this segment came from. Please enjoy and consider reading "Lines of Force" when you want an original story to entertain your imagination!

This Time and Next Time

My characters all have certain personalities. Andrew Barton is a lovable dork, and so when he speaks, he often does so without really thinking first and it often gets him in trouble. Do you know anyone like that? In this short segment, Andrew is having a heartfelt conversation with his wife, Julie, but his words are not quite what he wants them to be. Take a look and enjoy this short bookbubble!

And now you know where they go...

One sock in the dryer. Keys being moved. Papers suddenly vanishing from where you always keep them. Have you ever wondered how it all happens? In this short segment, I wanted Andrew to know that he wasn't going crazy but that, in fact, his numerous accidental discoveries have caused certain anomalies to appear in this dimension. It's actually just him playing tricks on himself from another time. Please enjoy this excerpt from "Lines of Force" and check it out on Amazon if you're interested in learning more!

Popularity

In "Lines of Force" I created Andrew Barton to be a bumbling and yet likable fellow. He stumbles on one discovery after another and even though he's not quite sure how they work, he continues to explore their possibilities. At this point in the book, he has tried to go back into the past, but instead he ends up traveling to the future. The people there are expecting him and many of them look at Andrew as a celebrity. So when the police are called to find him, they are intrigued about this man from the past and they wonder if they'll be able to have something to show that they did, indeed, meet the man from history.

Celebrities in the Future

I love to write about time travel, travel between dimensions and travel techniques that seem impossible but may someday be common place. But the time travel is fun to write about and speculation about what might happen. I know that we could discuss time travel and how something might work and others might not. The thing is though, that I write fiction, and I can choose how the situations will turn out. I try to think about how they might really turn out, but that makes my head hurt. Anyway, here's an interesting scenario that will show you how I think about these things. Let me know what you think. Email me at: author@drewbankston.com

When Reality and Illusions Collide

Many times in our lives, our senses are deceived. In fact, they are tricked almost daily, and we don't really consider that to be the case. When we watch movies, we are drawn in to the story and the setting and can almost feel ourselves there and a part of the action. On hot days, we can see things that aren't there. Mirages. But what would you do if the thing right in front of you turned out to be only an illusion? What if most of your life was an illusion? What if everything else was real, but it was you, in actuality, that was the illusion?

My future is Your past

When I write about time travel, I like for my characters to think about certain phrases that they use and how literal they are and aren't. I love for them to catch what they're saying and either correct it or see the irony in what had just been said. I love it when they announce what they're thinking to the rest of the world around them. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Enjoy!

Learning

It's said that we can learn from our mistakes, but all too often we are more frustrated at the mistake than we are interested in learning. My characters are no different and when Andrew tries new things that don't quite work the way he wants them too, he becomes as frustrated as anyone would. You'll see when you read this excerpt. But life goes on and Andrew eventually discovers new things. Not always what he's looking for, but strange and amazing things none-the-less. Please enjoy this excerpt from one of the weekend adventures of Andrew Barton!

A Different World

Most of us want to do the right thing. We're raised by parents who want us to become a better, smarter and more successful version of them. So we try our hardest and do our best and do what we can to please those who raised us. So what would happen if you woke up one morning, only to find that the world you grew up in, had changed? That all of the values you had learned were suddenly different? How would you fare in such a world? In this book, Andrew suddenly finds himself in a strange and different world where his values have suddenly become something that is totally unacceptable. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Hangover

As I always try to make my characters more lifelike, I tend to draw from real life experiences even when the story is a fantasy or sci-fi novel. In this scene, Matt is visiting his friend, as promised. The night before, however, Matt was out celebrating with his buddies. He's not at his best at the moment and things become, shall we say, interesting.

Friends will be Friends

Andrew knows that he only discovers things by accident. In fact, he wishes that he had more formal training so that when he did make a discovery, he knew why and exactly what it meant. To Andrew, his tinkering is not only fun but he feels somehow that it's important and will someday make a difference. So he likes to spend as much time as possible on the weekends working in his garage. He also wants to make sure that he balances his this with his family life. His wife, Julie, understands this. That's what this segment is all about. I hope that you enjoy!

Gas Engines?

Matt and Andrew have a unique best friend relationship. In this passage, I wanted to show just how close they were and how well they are able tyo get along. This is early in the book and part of the character development stage. Please enjoy!

The king

As Andrew's knowledge of what he's doing increases, I wanted him to go to someplace unique. He's gone to this place with his family and friends and after they arrive and are invited to the castle, where the king greets them and shows that he has certain powers. The King, seems to know much about Andrew and his family and friends, which shows us more about the team. Take a look at what I did here to present you, the reader, with more insight into my characters. Enjoy!

Confusion

Time travel is an interesting thing, and when I write about it, I have the opportunity to think about what the reactions would be to the simple action of traveling through time. It's an interesting thought, and in this scene, I present one possibility of what could happen if a person goes back in time and displaces himself from the timeline. Yeah, this is how I think sometimes. :-) Go ahead and read and enjoy!

Nut Case

I wanted to throw someone into the story who was less than ethical but very enthused about his job. We never find out who he works for, but even his partner doesn't care much for the way he behaves. In these few sentences I wanted to show how crazy this man was. See what you think as you read this excerpt from "Lines of Force." Enjoy!

Escape or Trapped?

Andrew had wanted to do so much with the accidental discoveries that he had made. He didn't know how to use what he had discovered, and now he was hoping to do one thing but ended up doing something quite different. He arrived with his friends and wife just before dawn, but dawn where? The description gives you clues, but will you understand right away? Take a read and see. Most of all, enjoy!

Dilemma

Andrew has gone into the future. I intentionally made this a future that he inadvertently created, and that he now feels the need to try and correct. As this was his first visit, this is where the mistake was made and so his future self also appears, which wold be a paradox in and of itself. But you know what? It's fiction and fun to read. So, take a look at this excerpt. Speculate and discuss amongst yourselves and enjoy!

Fighting with Yourself

In writing this book, I realized that messing with time and inter-dimensional travel could create some really odd effects. I really had fun with this and created this scene, where another Andrew appears in the garage and tries to destroy the POD. When the real Andrew appears, the fake Andrew vanishes mysteriously and Matt goes into his defensive mode by trying to be funny. Take a look and see how much fun this was to work with. Enjoy!

Tricky Time

Time travel is a tricky thing. Setting straight something that you've messed up in the future is even trickier. I wanted to show that poor Andrew is getting smarter through his life, and was able to figure out how much he had messed things up in the future and hi plans to fix them, at least as much as he thought they should be fixed. Please enjoy this short excerpt!

Instantaneous

Poor Andrew doesn't know what he's doing and bumbles into one amazing discovery after another, but he wants to think that he knows what's going on. In this passage I wanted Andrew to show that he tries, oh so hard, to sound smart, but he admits that things he discovers are by accident. Little does he know that the next few moments are going to change his life drastically! Enjoy and please follow me on Bublish!

History Changes

In this small section, Andrew is attempting to escape back into the past to his own time, but the Governor is determined not to let that happen. I wanted to show her frustration and how helpless she's feeling about history changing before her very eyes. Please enjoy this excerpt.

Confusion

In this paragraph is the beginning of the mass confusion that enters Andrew's life. Even though he has no idea how it happened, he has not only thrown himself back in time, but actually crossed over to a different timeline. He no longer has just one child, but now has two. He has to go through old photos and writings just to discover who he is and now it's time to try and get back to where he belongs. What has he done?

Differences

I wanted to show just how different Andrew and Matt are and was able to do so in this short segment. Andrew, the prim and proper and Matt, the carefree soul. They meet the Governor in a distant time. Andrew is polite. Matt, well, take a look for yourself. The two balance each other well I think!

Chapter Intros

In "Lines of Force" I have the main character, Andrew Barton, give a brief introduction to the coming story. He wants the reader to think about what he or she would do if faced with the upcoming situation. They were questions that I asked myself when writing the book and before each chapter. So basically, when you read each chapter, I'm asking you to think about the world in various situations and think to yourself, "what would I do and how would I react?"

Alcohol at Your Finger Tips

In the future, Matt has discovered that he can tell the glass what he wants, pour in water, and get...

Everywhere

Andrew realizes that with time travel. he can be multiple places at the same time by going to the same time, but appearing in multiple locations!

When You Make a Future Whoops!

Andrew is trying to explain to the police, in the future, why he was there, but really wasn't there in a place that didn't exist until he arrived...

When Someone Else Does it Better

Andrew has just perfected a device that allows him to float in the air, using magnetic forces against each other. His friend, Susie wants to try it, but Andrew is reluctant. He finally gives in and Susie shows him how floating in the air is really done!

The Future is the Past

Andrew and Matt have gone into the future and are being held captive in a hotel room. Matt watches the equivalent of today's television and what he finds out amazes even him

Technology changes and Improves

When I was writing about Matt and Andrew stumbling into the future, I thought about how things might change. Security for one thing, would be different, and in this scene, Matt is shown how keys have been replaced my a ring on the finger transmitting a frequency in combination with the speed of the swipe to begin a sequence to open and close hidden doors.

We Always Want What We Can't Have

Andrew and Matt have landed in a future time, where the people there were expecting them. Andrew and Matt didn't expect, however, that there would be people who would want to go back to what they felt was a simpler time...the 21st Century.

The Future Knows You're Coming

Andrew Barton is always making mistakes, and when he makes mistakes, he makes them in big ways! In this scene, Andrew has tried an experiment where he hoped to go into the past, but his friend, Matt, who came along with him, has discovered some interesting things about the place where they now reside!

Chapter Introductions

When I was writing this book about the crazy discoveries that Andrew Barton would stumble across, I thought that it would be interesting to have him introduce each chapter. In this chapter intro, Andrew looks back on the story which you are about to read, and gives you the slightest of a hint as to what is coming. Read more in "Lines of Force".

Magician's trick or...?

Working with electricity, plasma and magnetism, Andrew thinks that he's found a way to overcome gravity. He asks his friend, Matt, if he would like to try. Here is an excerpt of Matt's answer.

What if?

Andrew Barton is about to enter a world where all of his current values are thrown out the window...

The River of Time

This was one of the first experiences that Andrew had with mistakenly traveling in time. It's not originally what he was looking to do, but it happened. I wanted to show that things have changed because of his accident, and what better way to show it than by revealing his wife's surprise? Enjoy!

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