Weaving Tapestries of Adventure — James Rollins and BLOODLINE

By Piper Bayard

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In James Rollins’ BLOODLINE, futuristic science meets ancient mysticism to produce a non-stop thrill ride that will keep readers turning pages into the wee hours and leave them making excuses to their employers about why they are late to work, looking like they just came from an all-night party.

BLOODLINE is the latest in Rollins’ SIGMA Force series, in which a top secret special operations division of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency investigates and neutralizes apocalyptic technological threats. When Somali pirates kidnap the US president’s pregnant daughter, Commander Gray Pierce and SIGMA team up with former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane to find her. What they uncover is a plot born in the ancient past that they must thwart before it comes to fruition, changing the very nature of human life in the quest for immortality. From the backlands of Somalia to the opulence of Dubai and the halls of Western power, Rollins extracts cryptic threads from the shrouded past and deftly weaves them into a clever tapestry of modern adventure.

One of the occupational hazards of being a writer is becoming too critical to get lost in stories, instead picking them apart and analyzing them until all books, movies, and shows are an extension of our work. Rollins, however, plaits tales that envelope and transport even the most jaded realist into a world where good really can triumph against the odds. A reminder we can all use now and again.

BLOODLINE comes out tomorrow, March 26, in paperback. You can order it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at James Rollins’ website.

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ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK!

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . News Agency Cites “The Onion” as Fact

Fars, the Iranian government-backed news agency, last Friday cited an article from The Onion as fact. The article said most rural Americans prefer Iranian President Ahmadinejad that President Obama. I cracked up when I read this, but then I realized there might be some truth in it if the rural Americans in question don’t understand Farsi and don’t allow translators. Particularly during election season. . . The worst part? Some of those at Fars still believe the story even after they found out The Onion is a satirical paper.

image aljazeera.com

Read the full story here. Iran Apologizes for Citing Onion Spoof Obama Poll as Fact

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins has a great new series about Apocalypse called Know it Now! Many sources predict the end of the world in just a few months. James Rollins looks at the possibilities for how that could happen and what we can do about it in a 12-week series that investigates different forms of Apocalypse. You can subscribe to these free videos at his blog, Know it Now! Introduction – Can We Predict the Future? Episode 1.

“Criminal Minds” should hire Catie Rhodes to help with their story lines. She finds the the creepiest facts. Early American Serial Killers: Jesse Pomeroy

By International Best Selling Author and Graceful Lady Vicki Hinze, What is Reversal in Fiction Writing?  Check out her latest romantic suspense, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, the first of the much-anticipated LOST, INC. series.

Tiffany A. White and Amber West are the two women I count on for my entertainment news now that there’s no TV guide in the Sunday paper.  Tiffany gives us a run down on the series premieres of October in New October Drama, and Amber gives us a peek at Lucy Liu’s modern day Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary, in Elementary, My Dear Watson.

Number One Amazon Bestselling Author Aaron Patterson directed me to this article, Average Price of E-Book Best Seller Rises Nearly $2 in Four Weeks.

Bad Police Sketches: a Photo Gallery

Reader Empathy: Catch It & Keep It with Guest Angela Ackerman. Angela also co-authored The Emotion Thesaurus, a MUST for every fiction writer. It belongs on the bookshelf right beside your Strunk & White.

Just in case you should need this one today, How to Escape from a Black Hole: Scientists Study Energy Jets.

My gift to my writing partner, Jay Holmes, along with all of you other guys who read this. “Miss Bum Bum” Pageant Seeks Brazil’s Best Butt

The 25 Funniest Tweets about the Debate

And an important health message for gamers from one of my all-time favorites, Nathan Fillion of Castle and Firefly fame.

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All the best to all of you for knowing satire from truth.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Is Pole Dancing an Olympic Sport?

I realize I ran a similar End is Near recently, but with the Olympic Badminton Teams from China, South Korea, and Indonesia exhibiting such poor sportsmanship in trying to lose to each other (see below), I’m reconsidering the merits of Olympic Pole Dancing. At least these ladies are ready to bring it.

Photo by Lululemon Athletica

In case you’re not familiar with the athleticism of this competitive dance form, below is a world champion pole dancer, Jenyne Butterfly. She starts with more interpretive dance elements, but after about a minute, she begins a genuinely amazing performance.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

London Olympics Badminton Scandal Raises Ethical Issues

In the face of copyright lawsuits against bloggers, Best Selling Author Kristen Lamb offers a solution. WANA Commons–Beautiful Blog Images without the Worry  

Great chance to catch up on your reading with New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins. ALMOST ALL of his books are on sale for $3.99 for a limited time. Get the scoop here. James Rollins Hot Summer Deal

Olympic Sports that Didn’t Quite Make It by Ellie Ann.

Lonny Dunn of ProNetworkBuild explains Texting in Politics. Check out his new happening site SocialInDC and watch there for Bayard & Holmes postings other great articles.

Great food for thought from Tami Clayton. Being a Genius vs. Having a Genius: Creativity and the Tormented Artist Construct

Renee Jacobson asks, Is It Wrong to Type Thank You Notes?

I know I can use this. From Donna Newton, Words are Words, But Grammar is Grammar.

If you watched Olympic coverage in America, you likely missed this beautiful tribute to terrorism victims. Can’t imagine why NBC found Ryan Seacrest more compelling. Abide with Me with Scottish singer Emeli Sande.

Now for our Pole Daddy Poll Daddy campaign style question of the week.

All the best to all of you for a week of dancing to your tune.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

From the Secret Blog Prison — James Rollins and Bloodline!

By Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes

Last fall, Holmes and I devolved into serial interviewers, targeting best selling authors. Our first victim guest at our secret blog prison hideout was New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins*. Dr. Rollins was a stellar interviewee, not once complaining about the handcuffs or the fact that his parachute got tangled when we pushed him out of the plane over his house. (James Rollins and New Characters for Sigma Force)

During that interview, my dog, Daisy, showed her astute doggie intuition and hit on just the right questions to pull some exclusive info from this author/veterinarian. She asked about war dogs. Here is an excerpt.

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Hi Dr. Rollins. *lick, lick, wag, wag* It’s so nice to meet you. I love meeting writers who get it. Writers who understand that dog readership is a driving force in today’s market. Would you please explain the benefits of having animals in books?

As a veterinarian, I simply enjoy folding them into the story.  I knew from third-grade that I wanted to be a vet, and though I only do volunteer work with my vet degree, that passion still runs strong.  So animals keep creeping in on silent paws into my books.  Also, I think an animal is a great way to personalize and characterize the men and women in a story.  Are they a cat person or a dog person?  Can they ride a horse?  What type of dog or cat do they have?  These details can really make a significant difference in how a reader views a character.

I know they certainly matter to me and to my pet human.

There’s been lots of news about Cairo, the war dog who took down Bin Laden. (Sincere thanks to Cairo’s pilots and assistants.) War dogs are really hot, the way they sky dive and save their pet humans from bombs. Have you ever considered adding a war dog to the Sigma Force team?

In fact, that’s coming up in my very next book:  Tucker Wayne and his canine partner, Kane.  They are an incredible team.

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On June 26, we finally got to see Kane and his pet human, Tucker Wayne in Bloodline, the eighth novel in the Sigma Force series. To celebrate this event, we tracked Dr. Rollins on his Bloodline Tour and approached him on the street outside of a bookstore to interrogate chat with him about this exciting new release.

When he first saw us coming toward him, he dodged into a nearby pet store. We found him crouched behind a large open glass container full of Belgian Malinois puppies, and, once we proved we didn’t have any blindfolds on us or black helicopters hovering outside, he agreed to answer a few questions.

Dr. Rollins, will Tucker and Kane be a natural addition to the Sigma Force team in Bloodline, or will they have issues to settle to blend in?

From a professional standpoint, Tucker’s training as an army ranger and his partnership with his military working dog, Kane, create a formidable search-and-rescue team—the perfect recruit for Sigma.  But Tucker is disillusioned and bitter and not a team player.  With Kane at his side, he’s a bit of a lone wolf.  His trust needs to be won—but can Sigma earn it?  That’s answered with in the pages of Bloodline

When you spoke with Daisy, you told her Sigma Force will go up against The Guild in Bloodline, and only one group will be left standing. Does this mean Bloodline is the close of the Sigma Force series?

Nope.  This book exposes the true puppet masters of the Guild and dramatizes the final, fiery confrontation between this shadowy organization and Sigma. But as this story ends, a new thread begins that will carry the story of Sigma into the future. 

Would you please tell our readers a bit about Bloodline?

The president’s pregnant daughter is kidnapped by Somali pirates, and it’s up to Sigma and its newest recruits–Tucker and Kane–to rescue her from the mountainous jungles.  But her kidnapping masks a greater threat–one tied to her unborn child, a baby who may hold the key to the secret of immortality.

About this time, a Vietnamese woman who seemed well-acquainted with Dr. Rollins showed up. As she passed the puppies and pushed her way between us and our target friend, I noticed the outline of a Sig Sauer in her belt holster under her shirt. In light of this new development, we wished Dr. Rollins all the best and left him to resume his Bloodline Tour.

Our sincere thanks to James Rollins. We were honored to have another opportunity to speak with him. You can find Bloodline at his web site, James Rollins Bloodline, or at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Do you like the idea of a war dog and his pet human in a thriller?

*James Rollins is the author of eight Sigma Force novels, the Jake Ransom YA series, and the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. He is known for high adventure drawn from his extensive and accurate knowledge of science, technology, and history. He is also a veterinarian who regularly contributes his time to his local clinic to spay and neuter animals.

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Squeez Bacon in a Bottle

My editor/mentor/friend and Best Selling Author Kristen Lamb started a trend this week of giving me +K on Klout about Bacon. Several others followed suit, and this week’s End is Near is my expression of gratitude. Thank you for associating me with the choice gastronomic delight of Mt. Olympus. :)

So many uses, so little time. *deep sigh* I’m betting this will be a post-apocalyptic staple along with Twinkies and Spam.

Announcements, Blogs, and Articles in No Particular Order

Speaking of bacon, the awesome Prince of Prose and Porcine Delights, Ryne Douglas Pearson, now has his books Confessions and All for One available in audio. Also, watch for his new release, Cop Killer, later this summer.

New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins released his latest Sigma Force novel, Bloodline, this week. In it, war dog Kane and his handler join the Sigma Force team. Watch for an interview with this outstanding author  here with Bayard & Holmes on Monday, and click on this link for James Rollins’ Bloodline Tour Dates. Don’t be shy. Stop in and say hello. He’s a very nice man.

Jenny Hansen hosts Kasey Matthews, author of Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life, and Motherhood. Inside the Life of a Preemie Parent

As my son says, “When life gives you lemons, say ‘screw this’ and go get a steak.” Susie Lindau knows where to find her steak where the weather is concerned. I Am So Hot! and Dancing for Rain! A Colorado Wildfire Photo Essay

My friend and high school classmate Bob Farkas sent me this spoof on espionage which isn’t entirely a spoof. Tradecraft at The Covert Comic, by John Alejandro King.

Great advice for writers who are experiencing ‘white out’ from International Best Selling Author and Graceful Lady Vicki Hinze. White Out–When Writers Blank Out on the Page

The funny and clever zombie advocate, Shantnu Tiwari, reports that Zombies Demand Equal Pay and Rights.

Facebook’s New ‘Find Friends Nearby’ Feature: Creepy or Clever?

I found this kind of cool. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created this giant Rubber Duck that measures nearly 12 meters high as part of his Rubber Duck Project in 2009. Since then Hofman has taken the Duck around the world to float it down rivers and other major international water-ways. No doubt it baffles people, but I’m guessing it brings on lots of smiles.

As Hofman says, “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate (against) people and doesn’t have a political connotation.” It just makes people smile. This video was taken in Osaka, Japan where rubber ducks are apparently quite proliferous.

Okay, fess up. Will you be trying the Squeez Bacon? 

All the best to all of you for a week of simple smiles.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . The Queen’s Used Knickers Net $18k on eBay

PANTY FAN PAYS $18k FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S USED KNICKERS ON EBAY

Apparently, Queen Elizabeth left these used knickers on a private airplane when she was visiting Chile in 1968. I’m not even going to speculate on that one.

Click here for the full story from TMZ.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

The Comfort Zone is for Pets, Not Professionals by Kristen Lamb. Because you can’t get a “yes” if you don’t ask the question.

Two of my favorites in one place. Humor Hits Hook Readers by Margie Lawson over at Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell.

The brilliant Donna Newton, best DFW Writers Conference roommate ever, got some great pictures and video. I was most impressed with her shooting. She has a video of her second time out. Second time in her whole life, that is. (She lives in the UK. They don’t trust their citizens with guns over there so responsible adults have to come to the US to be treated like responsible adults. Yes. That was a gun control dig.) Anyway, Donna earned the nickname Kickass when I took her shooting. She was at 15 yards from the big jug at the beginning and about 20 yards from the can at the end. These are shots most people can’t make with a pistol without some practice, and many can’t make ever. Donna Newton’s How to Hook an Agent….The ‘SOO’ Publishing Way.

Jenny Hansen, Donna Newton, Piper Bayard, Ingrid Schaffenburg, Kristen Lamb

Last week, I went to the DFW Writers Conference. Ingrid Schaffenburg sums up the lessons well in Encouraging Words from Seasoned Professionals.

Need a vacation but can’t leave your desk? Check out Nicole Basaraba’s Visit La Piscine (The Pool) Museum in Roubaix, France.

Awesome Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins about his upcoming release, Bloodline. Bloodline Question and Answer Exclusive

Big It bless these dogs. I can’t even get my dog to jump out of a car, much less an airplane. From Jodi Lea Stewart, HEROES: Military Working Dogs (MWDs).

Warning: If you’re still in your Youthful Party Phase, or you’ve moved on to your Old Farts Recapturing their Youth Phase, this video might have you stuck to your chair for the rest of the day. Via the Prince of Prose, Ryne Douglas Pearson, I give you a Slinky on a Treadmill.

All the best to all of you for a week of keeping your knickers where they belong.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Chinese Women “Occupy” Toilets

China’s ‘occupy toilet’ protests spread

Fed up with the long lines at the ladies’ rooms next to the absence of lines at the men’s rooms, Chinese women are having their own “Occupy” movement by occupying men’s rooms as a way of protesting. They are demanding equal time, or lack thereof.

Click here for the full story.

What do you think? Should American women try this one? Especially at sporting events?

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

Vicki Hinze’s Diamond Giveaway Contest. Enter to win a copy of her exciting new release, NOT THIS TIME, and a half carat diamond necklace. (Feel free to lie and say your name is Piper Bayard when you enter. :))

I love seeing two favorites in one place. New York Times Best Selling Author James Rollins interviews Golden Globe winner Howard Gordon, a writer who’s brought us such gems as X-Files, 24, and Homeland. Author to Author: From Screen to Page with Howard Gordon

Howard Gordon, writer of X-Files, 24, Homeland, and now Awake.

Wonderful analysis from Lonny Dunn over at ProNetworkBuild. Does Your Twitter Profile Really Matter?

Holmes spotted this hysterical post by Leanne Shirtliffe over at Nickmom. 9 Ways Feeding an Infant is a Lot Like Having Sex

Having grown up in a very fundamentalist Christian part of the world, Jenny Hansen’s post had me ROFL, especially the video. Perfect for the season of Lent. Help Prevent Sinning with “The Sin Collar”

I went to see This Means War with my daughter, and we loved it. Great fun. Jillian Dodd has a terrific review with, of course, some great pictures. Movie Review: This Means War

Welcome to the Otherworld by Kate Wood. This falls under “pleasant things to think about that stimulate the imagination.”

Foods for a Beautiful Brain by August McLaughlin. You’ll be surprised at some of the foods on this list that can help your brain be its best. The only flaw I can see in it is the absence of bacon. That has to be a mistake.

A little known Piper Fact. I love rabbits. So when I saw this video of a Swedish rabbit that takes charge of the barnyard and herds the sheep, I had to share it with you. It had me laughing through the whole thing. I especially like how the sheep dog and the farmer hang out and and watch through a lot of it. Meet Champis, the sheep herding rabbit.

All the best to all of you for a week of keeping your sheep in line.

Piper Bayard