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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Dark Side of Louisville and YA Author, Charles Suddeth

YA Author, Charles Suddeth, writes for 4RV Publishing. I also am a 4RV author, having published Victoria and the Ghost with them.

Since today is Weird Wednesday on "Writing with God's Hope" blog, Suddeth offered to tell about the dark side of his home town. For those who, like me, are making Suddeth's acquaintance for the first time, here's something about him.

Charles Suddeth was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, grew up in suburban Detroit, Michigan, and has spent his adult life in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Michigan State University. Over the years he has been a salesman, teacher, truck driver, and fulltime caregiver. He belongs to Green River Writers (Contest Director), the Midsouth SCBWI (Louisville Schmooze host), International Thriller Writers, and the Kentucky State Poetry Society. He also leads two critique groups for children’s writers.

He has had numerous poems and short stories published, including a poem in Spider magazine. Books: Halloween Kentucky Style, middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback, 2010. Neanderthal Protocol, adult thriller, Musa Publishing, e-book, 2012. 4RV Publishing will release three books: young adult thriller, Experiment 38, February 15, 2015; picture book, Spearfinger, 2015; picture book, Raven Mocker, 2016. Library Tales Publishing will release mystery, Eighth Mask, June 12, 2015.

Charles Suddeth gives us strange facts and tales that circulate about Louisville, KY. I found it fascinating. I trust this blog's viewers will also.

Take it away, Charles.

The Dark Side of Louisville

Read at your own risk!!! (those with health problems, fear problems, and so on skip this!)

Ghosts: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the country: a TB hospital that closed in 1962. It has been featured in TV programs & movies. The most famous attraction is the Tunnel of Death: bodies were whisked away at night. Do you have the courage to tour? Not everyone does.

More Ghosts: Tom Sawyer State Park was built on the grounds of an 1870’s mental hospital, Lakeland Insane Asylum. Once housing 3,000, the building is gone, but 2 unmarked potter’s fields hold possibly hundreds of bodies. Nearby, a bricked-in cave was used as a morgue. Ghost tours in October.

Things Best Left Unspoken: At the height of the Slave Trade, Louisville contained as many as 44 slave traders & 4 large slave pens. The term, Down the river, originated in Louisville: slaves were sold, dragged to the wharfs, & steamboated downriver to cotton plantations in the Deep South. Thankfully, nothing remains but historic markers.

Murder: On Bloody Monday, August 6th 1855, members of the Whig Party & the Know-Nothing Party rioted against immigrants, mainly German & Irish Catholics. At least 22 were killed in downtown Louisville and nearby Phoenix Hill. Many of the churches where people sought refuge still stand.

More Murder: The Pope Lick Monster (the Pope family were early settlers) is a half-man, half goat rumored to dwell under the lofty railroad bridge spanning Pope Lick Creek. It hypnotizes its victims, luring them onto the narrow train trestle until they are run over by trains. Despite No Trespassing signs, several people have been killed. By the monster?

Boom! The Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, located directly across the river from Louisville, covered about 15 square miles. It made gunpowder and rocket propellant from World War 2 through Vietnam. Rumors floated through Louisville about people and Jeeps blowing up. Part of it is now Charlestown State Park, but tall fences circle the remainder. Signs announce, No Trespassing.  Even without signs, I wouldn’t set foot on those grounds.

Gone but Not Forgotten: The United States Bullion Depository, AKA the Fort Knox Gold, holds the government’s gold. No one has been allowed inside since the 1970’s, because they don’t give tours, even to members of Congress. Rumors persist that the gold vanished, but no one’s talking. Is the Federal Government broke?

Very interesting, Charles. So much history around Louisville. Sounds like a good city to visit. I can imagine a lot of ghost tales around an old insane asylum, for sure, and we must wonder about the gold in Fort Knox.

4RV Publishing will be releasing Suddeth's YA thriller Experiment 38 this Sunday, Feb. 15, so watch for it and be ready to purchase a copy through 4RV Publishing award-winning catalog store.

Experiment 38 (young adult thriller, 4RV Publishing, paperback) will be released February 15, 2015:
Eighteen-year-old Emily, small for her age, lives alone with her scientist-father and learns too late that he holds a terrible secret, one that might destroy her life.
As she and her boyfriend, Nate, try to unravel the mystery behind her father’s secret, they face danger and uncertainty.
ISBN: 78-1-940310-02-2

Here's how to find Charles Suddeth online:

Author website:

Facebook author page: Charles Suddeth, Author

Twitter: @CharlesSuddeth

Pinterest author page: Chuck Suddeth

Goodreads author page: Charles Suddeth

I loved meeting you, Charles. The book sounds as interesting as your post. I'll bet you have many of us in line to purchase the book this weekend. Good luck with it.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Author Interview with Harry Wegley

Christmas is coming. Books make wonderful presents. Just a friendly reminder. I try to help followers of this "Writing with God's Hope" blog to choose books wisely. On Dec. 10, I'll post my list of recommendations.

I've been blessed to have many super authors as guests the last few weeks. Today, I wish to introduce you to thriller/suspense author, Harry Wegley. I've read books by him and found them fascinating and thought-provoking. I asked him several questions so that you, and I, might get better acquainted with him as a person. So, here we go ...

 1. Harry, tell us a little about your writing journey.

As a research scientist, I suppose you could say I wrote professionally for several years. But my writing fiction began in the USAF when my wife and I were too broke to do much of anything. I got her hooked on Zane Grey books and, while she read, I wrote some short stories. They were awful – 3 paragraphs of telling and 2 lines of dialogue. Fast forward 40 years – I wrote my first novel in 2010, Hide and Seek, and writing that story was more than fun. It was fulfilling and exhilarating. But reality slapped my face when I had it critiqued and had to rewrite it. I attended some conferences, took classes, had it critiqued again, and rewrote it a second time. 18 months after the first draft, Hide and Seek won a contract. I now have a series of 4 contracted books and am finishing my 8th novel.


2. Congratulations. That's an inspiring story. Did you ever feel like giving up?  And how did you press through this?

I’ve never felt like giving up on writing, but I nearly gave up on publishing Hide and Seek. I went on to a second novel, On the Pineapple Express. The draft weighed in at 105K words. I submitted it and got a bite, but the acquisitions editor wanted it reduced to more like 65K words. I almost gave up on this story too, because of the effort to retell a shorter story, but that’s when I got the contract for Hide and Seek. For me, giving up on writing was never the issue, but giving up on a story has been an issue several times.

3. How did you come upon the title for your latest release?

My wife and I were joking about my heroine being a triple threat, beauty, brains, and brawn, the 3 B’s. Then I mentioned the 3 attack vectors used by terrorists in my story, cyber warfare, biological warfare, and forest fires.  My wife latched onto Triple Threat and it stuck.


4. How do you feel this book will help readers?

In a society that has become pluralistic over the past 60 years, we have probably all discovered that it’s much harder to defend our Christian worldview against attacks out in the marketplace of ideas than it is to sit back in our fortresses—our churches and friends— and take long-range pot shots at someone else’s beliefs. It’s intimidating to think about preparing to give a reason for our faith to anyone who asks, but that’s exactly what our Lord asks us to do. I tried to show some good ways of doing this, in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15, through my heroine, Katie Brandt. Over the course of the story, she refutes nearly every major objection to the Christian faith. Though she has an IQ of 180+, we can all use the simple facts and approaches she uses to defend her faith, approaches that look for the underlying questions and needs residing in the hearts of our audience.


5. Any other writing-related careers that we will find on your resume?

In your first question, I mentioned that I worked as a research scientist. I researched a variety of problems in atmospheric physics, everything from diffusion of effluents from nuclear power plants to wind energy. If you google H L Wegley, you’ll see several references to me in the scientific literature related to siting wind turbines.


6. If your life resembled a song, what would that song be?

I think it would be a funny, lighthearted, country song that, I believe, BJ Thomas sang, Help Me Make It to My Rocking Chair. It expresses what we all need in our spouses, and it does so in a humorous but, in my case, fairly accurate manner. After 48 years of marriage, I found someone to help me make it to my rocking chair and, at this point in our lives, that chair is sitting right in front of us. Please don’t try to find any great spiritual message in this answer. You probably won’t. But if you’re interested in this musical masterpiece, here’s a link to the lyrics and the song:


 7. Anything more you'd like to add? 

Thank you for hosting me, Janet. If anyone has weather-related questions, especially for your writing, please feel free to contact me for weather stats, realistic scenarios, storm info, etc.. You can message Harry Wegley on Facebook. I have been known to do custom forecasts for people, upon request, but only if they promise not to sue. J


 8. How can readers find you?

Here are a few of my web links:

Author Web site:


H. L. Wegley has been a USAF Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer, performed weather research, and published in the scientific literature. After earning an advanced Computer-Science degree, he developed computing systems for 20+ years, then retired to write. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian, thriller/suspense series with Pelican Book Group. The 4th book released in November 2014. He’s currently finishing his 8th novel.


Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it's only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh’s life, an agnostic, who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences for Josh, a mistake that could break Katie's heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

Will Katie and Josh survive the investigation? If they do, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Triple Threat, an adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow's paper, but pray you never will.


Triple Threat purchase links:


Barnes & Noble:

Pelican Book Group:

Sounds like a winner, Harry. Can't wait to take another ride with Katie. She's quite a heroine, the kind we'd all like to be. 

 I enjoyed getting acquainted with you. Who knew we had our very own weather expert. We may be calling on you.  Anyone have a comment or question now? Click on post a comment below.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Giveaway Chance from H. L. Wegley

My guest today is H. L. Wegley. We met over the American Christian Fiction Writer's loop. I was one of those fortunate ones that won his new release in a giveaway recently. My first time to read one of Wegley's stories was a pleasant experience.

Check out the giveaway at the end of this post. Don't forget. Scroll all the way down.

Before I introduce Harry, I wish to share the Amazon review I put up for Moon over Maalaea Bay a few days ago.

Shows the nature of God through the characters' struggles

You may be wondering if you must first read books 1 & 2 of this series, but you can start with this book 3 & be instantly glued to the page. Wegley's research lends authenticity. He grounds readers into the love life of Lee and Jennifer as they begin their honeymoon in paradise with the future looking bright and hopeful until the bride and groom must face the challenge of their lives and their faith. Why does a loving God allow Christians to suffer persecution and pain? How does He show Himself faithful while they're caught in the clutches of the enemy's trap for revenge? Faith is tested to the limits. God shows up in small prayers and impossible situations. The author packs his story with as much of God's nature as that of the characters. Don't expect your sweet romance. The story will thrill, excite, and make you afraid. Moon over Maalaea Bay will answer many of your questions about "Where was God when ... "  Did I say you could win a free giveaway book at the end of this post?
Now, I want to introduce H. L. Wegley, the author of Moon over Maalaea Bay.
Harry, tell us about your new release. Explain a bit about why you wrote it.

Moon over Maalaea Bay, completed the story about human trafficking which I began in the previous book, On the Pineapple Express. Rather than me giving you statistics about this cancer growing in American society, I’m going to defer to my heroine, Jennifer, and let you listen to her impassioned voice as she gives a speech at a high school:

“There is an epidemic, no, a pandemic of child trafficking. Its dark, evil thread has become deeply woven into the fabric of our society. First came ethical quandary, then a loss of our moral compass, followed by the proliferation of pornography and the view that prostitution is a victimless crime, perhaps no crime at all.

“Now we have children being lured by predators into a life they would never voluntarily choose, while others are snatched literally from their own front yards.

“The average lifespan of a young girl sold into sexual slavery is less than four years. If she is properly marketed in the right location, she will make four to five million dollars for her owner before she dies. Sex trafficking is so profitable that arms and drug dealers are incorporating it into their highly organized operations.

“The average age of girls entering prostitution is thirteen, but it drops every year. Next year it will probably be twelve. For every eighteen year old, how many nine-, ten-, and eleven-year-old girls are required to produce that average? You can do the math. The numbers paint an incredibly evil, ugly, perverted picture.

“Behind me are Katie, Melanie, and Kirsten. Katie was lured to the street in front of her house by a girlfriend, where she was grabbed and pulled into an SUV by two men. Someone abducted Melanie while she walked home from school in plain view of other classmates. A van pulled alongside, and Mel was gone. Kirsten went shopping at a mall with her mother. She left her mother’s side to visit the ladies’ room. Before she could rejoin her mother, Kirsten disappeared.

“I accidentally discovered the traffickers who abducted these girls while working on the Olympic Peninsula. My husband and I went searching for the place where the girls were held and I was captured, too. The traffickers held the four of us, planning to smuggle us out of the country and to sell us who knows where? Southeast Asia? The Middle East?

“Can you imagine what it feels like when a young girl who is helpless and hopeless catches a glimpse of what’s in store for her? Before I could find the traffickers’ holding location, a sixteen-year-old girl hanged herself with her own shoestrings rather than let the traffickers sell her.

Sell her … that’s an understatement. Children are sold not once, but a dozen times a night for as long as they live.” Jennifer paused to let the information sink in. “And every thirty seconds, somewhere in the world, another girl is victimized by traffickers. In the United States, every two minutes someone’s daughter falls victim.”

Jennifer continued, telling each parent what to look for to prevent their children from being lured into prostitution, what precautions to take to reduce the chance of a child being taken, how to attack the epidemic at its roots—laws with deadly teeth, a moral awakening in the nation, and a sustained public outcry.

Near the conclusion of her presentation, Jennifer asked the three girls to stand. She gestured towards them. “Beautiful, aren’t they? That was their only crime. Look at them closely. Any one of them could be your daughter.”

If Jennifer’s words moved you, there are ways you can help fight this heinous crime against our children. I just googled “human trafficking Seattle” and on the first page of links found 5 local organizations where I could get involved at several different levels of participation to help fight trafficking. At the time I drafted On the Pineapple Express (2010) this wasn’t the case. But now people are becoming aware of the extent of this crime and many are taking action. I challenge you to google “human trafficking ______” and fill in the blank with the name of the closest large city to you. You’ll find information and ways you can make a difference.

Human trafficking is a depressing thing to contemplate. I don’t like depressing stories. Rest assured, Moon over Maalaea Bay is not that kind of story. I think you’ll like the characters and love the ending.

I agree, Harry, it's not depressing at all. Moon over Maalaea Bay brings hope to a dismal problem, even a little humor at times.  Tell us something about yourself.

H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels.



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What a treat to have you visit with us today at Writing with God's Hope blog. Thanks for teaching us more about human trafficking and for sharing the news about your book. I encourage others to buy and read it.

Now, here's Harry's offer to those reading this blog.
I will give the winner a choice of a signed, printed copy of any of the books 1 – 3 of the Pure Genius Series? Those books are:
1.      Hide and Seek – espionage romantic thriller
2.      On the Pineapple Express – human-trafficking thriller
3.      Moon over Maalaea Bay – Maui thriller
A printed copy offer is only for authors in the US or Canada. Other parts of the world must take an e-book. If, for any reason a winner prefers e-books, I can, instead, give them an e-book for just about any e-reader they might have.
All you need to do to be entered into the giveaway drawing is leave a comment below before midnight on July 19. Be sure to list your e-mail address, so we can contact you if you win. Good luck.