Friday, August 24, 2018

Death Logs Out by E.J. Simon

Book Details:

Book Title: Death Logs Out by E.J. Simon

Series: Michael Nicholas Book 3

Category: Adult Fiction, 300 pages

Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller

Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)

Release date: July 27, 2018

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Includes some f-words, religious profanities (such as "God d*mn", "Jesus Christ!" and other terms such as "*sshole", "f*ck", "sh*t") non-explicit sex scenes (no description of the sex act or private body parts), and violence. Deals with mature themes such as adultery, murder, church abuses.)

Book Description:

Is Alex Nicholas really dead?

Two years since the brutal shooting of Alex Nicholas, a gambling underworld boss in Queens, NYC. But his brother, Michael, a respected CEO, struggles with a secret: his murdered brother has been communicating with him via his laptop using AI. This AI-Alex can foresee dangers in Michael’s path, and appears to be trying to help him – even controlling machinery and electronics via WiFi. Meanwhile, trouble is stirring in the historic capital cities of Rome, Berlin and Paris. Inside the Vatican, Monsignor Kurt Schlegelberger has designs to build his power and prepare for the sudden ascension of the Free Forces Party, a throw-back to the Nazis.

Schlegelberger will stop at nothing, but first he must deal with a new threat: someone appears to know the true story behind a series of murders in the US, committed by clergy to cover their tracks of child abuse within the Church. Alex’s re-appearance puts Schlegelberger’s plans in jeopardy. Dead or alive, the way to finish off Alex for good can only be to get to his close family, namely his brother Michael…

This fast-paced third instalment of E.J. Simon’s Death series will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Praise for E.J. Simon

‘A fine technological thriller that only gets better as it goes along.’ – KIRKUS REVIEW

To read reviews, please visit E.J. Simon's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website:

Connect with E.J.: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

Interview with E.J. Simon

What advice would you give budding writers?
First read and write a lot. Second, get a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing, it’s an excellent primer on writing, keeping it simple and clear. Third, take some courses in the genre that you plan to write in. You need to know some of the rules before you can break them.
How long have you been writing?
At least seven years. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Journalism and Communication, so writing and communication – of some sort - has always been a passion of mine.
Do you write every day?
Yes, even if I don’t write a lot, I make sure I write each day so that I continue to make progress and stay in the story. It can be hard to leave a manuscript for a few days and then return. I find it better to be sure I do something each day that keeps me in the game and engaged in the story.
Your books are set in Queens, NY, Paris, Rome, Saint-Tropez and so many other interesting places. Have you ever been to most of them?
I’ve been to each location – and even each restaurant or hotel, assuming it’s real in the first place, which almost all of them are. If the scene takes place in a restaurant, I’ve probably even eaten the meal that’s described.
What is writing schedule?
Since I also work full time, I get up at 5:30 in the morning, and write for an hour or two and then maybe too at the end of the day. When I travel, however, I love to write on an airplane, especially on a long flight to Europe. There’s something very different about being inside an insulated cabin, up in the air, no phones, no refrigerators, just a hushed silence up in the sky, it rewires your brain and opens up your imagination. I guess it should, you’re flying, you’re 30,000 feet up in the air. I also love to write in hotel rooms, particularly if they’re comfortable ones in interesting places, like Paris or Florence. I try and reflect these actual experiences, too, in my writing.
Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?
If it’s in the early morning, I love having a cup of freshly made hot coffee. With that in hand and my computer in front of me, open to a blank Word page, it’s like, okay, let’s create a new world today. It’s exhilarating!

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
I generally do almost all of my writing on my desktop or laptop. Occasionally, if I’m inspired somewhere where it’s inconvenient or impractical to use my computer, at the beach, for example, I might use a pad and pen and then type it into my computer. I use Word. It’s simple and flexible.
In your book, one of your characters describes artificial intelligence as the greatest threat to organized religion ....what did he mean?
Alex Nicholas is duplicated on a computer after a breakthrough in AI, just before he is murdered. As a result, he has become immortal, living proof that one can exist – virtually, in cyberspace – forever. Life after death. Up until this point, the church or organized religions, have had a monopoly on immortality, it’s their secret sauce, to many, the source of its power. This isn’t totally science fiction anymore.  The late Stephen Hawking predicted that AI will soon be able to reproduce a human being on a computer – including his or her conscience and consciousness. Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple has said the same thing. It’s a Brave New World.

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