Friday, April 10, 2015

Straight Chatting From the Library: Savage Winds by RJ Merle

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops in the tour.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Teen’s struggle to rescue psychically gifted children threatens an apocalypse.

(10 words… Now, THAT was a challenge!)

Favorite place to read?

Anywhere and everywhere.

Favorite genre?

Young Adult Science Fiction, Adventure, and Horror, as well as Adult Fiction, Adventure and Horror.

What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

Interview with a Vampire. (I fear I read the book WAY too early in life.)

What is your favorite book today?

R.E. Blake’s Less than Nothing.

What are you reading right now?

David Farland’s Nightingale.

E-Reader or print? and why?

Either, as long as I can read!

Favorite book to recommend?

Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines Series. (Great read!)

Savage Winds (Children of the Elements, A Secret City Science Fiction Adventure Series, Book 1)

A dangerous conspiracy unfolds...

In Author R.J. Merle’s whirlwind start of the Children of the Elements series, a clumsy teenage techno-geek struggles to protect kidnapped children from a covert government organization responsible for creating their abilities to control the five elements. A mighty wind…

Eighteen-year-old Stedford Thackett’s conspiracy theorist brother ensnares him in a real life children-as-weapons plot, while a determined scientist grooms happy-go-lucky five-year-old Darcie Lynn Carpenter to use the wind as a deadly weapon.

Out of control...

Despite the firm hand of Scientist Nora Hicks, Stedford struggles to rescue the kids and escape, even as Darcie Lynn fights to gain control of the surging power of the savage winds.

A Word-o-Gram for the series would include descriptions to include Psychic Powers, Telekinesis, Apocalypse, Electro-Magnetic Pulse, Zombies, and Mutants.


Dead men don’t tell tales, yet the late project head’s records held revelations kept from Scientist Nora Hicks for far too long.

In an office deep inside an East Tennessee mountain, Nora snapped a black leather-bound book closed.

Except for the carved stone ceiling, the office mimicked a non-descript working office in Anywhere, USA. Bulky military-issue metal and wood furniture stood as a harsh legacy to the covert Secret City project and to the starkness of her life.

Sitting at the borrowed hulk of a desk in a dank underground office, she asked, “Why was this kept from me?”

Across the desk in a guest chair, General Gardner, with thin hair sprouts sprayed into place, said, “Ever since Oak Ridge existed but did not even appear on a map, the city continues to hold and foster more than its share of secrets. As a trusted senior scientist and manager of the project, Dickenson claimed you and your son were the only ones involved.”

“How long have you known there were more of us?” Her grip on the desk’s metal edge forced her gloved hands to stop shaking. The usual underground chill pressed into the heat of her temples and an off-putting tartness oozed over her tongue.

Were Scientist Daniel Dickenson not already dead, she would kill him with her bare hands.



Author R.J. Merle stepped out of the realm of Top-Secret documents (shh, don’t tell…) to write sci-fi and paranormal fiction.

R.J. survived and escaped both the entertainment field and the government-contracting environment, craves the Walking Dead, and entertains what-if tidbits about “supposed” technological and biological advances.

No stranger to the goings on in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, R.J. Merle blends a down-home flavor with a former in-the-know—hypothetically, of course—technical background to craft the twists and intrigue of Secret City Adventures.

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  1. Thanks so much, Straight from the Library, for hosting! I look forward to comments and questions!

  2. Such a fun interview!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  3. Great excerpt sounds amazing. Entering under the name of Virginia

  4. Great excerpt sounds amazing. Entering under the name of Virginia

  5. Enjoyed reading your interview today

  6. I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you!

  7. Thank you, again, Straight from the Library, for hosting! I appreciate everyone dropping by and wish you the best of luck with the Giveaway drawing!

  8. I love this series! No, I haven't read the books yet but the premise is so intriguing to me and I hope I win so I can buy them!

  9. I love geeks and stories that involve psychic powers! Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the tour!