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Monday, April 13, 2015

Savage Winds

Savage Winds
by R.J. Merle



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.


If only Stedford could spend his Saturday afternoon working on projects. Nowhere near as lucrative or fun, keeping track of Cantrell was a honking full-time job.

Up ahead, a left-to-right movement shifted among the towering tree trunks.

He choked out a loud whisper, “Cantrell?”

A coyote howled. Behind him. Too close.

A rush jolted through Stedford’s veins. He shoved the phone into his back jeans pocket and dashed into the brush.

Branches slashed and snapped.

Briars grabbed, snagged, and snatched free.

The pounding smash of his high-tops bulled through the scrub. Grayness reduced the reach of his eyesight. As dusk fell toward nightfall, he wouldn’t be able to see squat.

Zero night vision.


After pulling up to a halt, like a tree among many, he stood stark still.

What had he been thinking coming out here like this?

That maybe he might keep Cantrell from getting into trouble, all the while protecting his own chances to contract for a special project. Nothing wrong with looking out for both their futures.

If Uncle Merv’s contacts worked out, the brothers would be set money-wise for life.

Not a bad deal for a geeky eighteen-year-old.

Except Stedford would soon be wandering the dark.

He retrieved his phone and gauged the average power usage. Three and a quarter hours of battery life. Tops. Way before midnight, his flashlight app would die with the phone, and he would flounder in total darkness.

Ominous shivers goosed his chill bumps.

A stick snapped atop the hill.


1.What's the best and worst part of being an author?
The best part of being an author is making up stories… I cannot imagine a career more awesome than that! I get to entertain myself during the writing process, as well as entertain readers. Fun, fun, fun!
The worst part of being an author is that I am ALWAYS writing in my head. At the dinner table, while driving, and even during—gasp!—episodes of the Walking Dead. I struggle to focus on the moment at hand, and to thoroughly enjoy reality, because I’m having so much fun storytelling in my head.
2. Which book of yours is your favorite? Why?
Savage Winds, the first book in the Children of the Elements series that features the local community where I grew up, is the the whirlwind start of the series about psychically gifted children and their struggles to survive, so it has a special place on my fav list.
3. What are your favorite authors in the genre that you write?
Suzanne Collins, Ilsa J. Bick, and Veronica Roth.
4. Which of your characters is most like you?
Eighteen-year-old Stedford Thackett’s point of view weaves through the entire series—five full novels, one huge story—and no matter how bad he’s messed up, challenged, or defeated, he struggles to keep on keeping on.

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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NOTE: Savage Winds is FREE!
The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Use the link below to enter. You can find the tour schedule at

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

katsrus said...

Sounds like a great series. Great covers.
Sue B

R.J. Merle said...

Thanks for hosting, Hope. Dreams. Life... Love Blog! Please note that the regular price for Savage Winds is $3.99, and, that for this most awesome blog tour, the price is discounted to $0.99. (Sorry for the confusion on the pricing.) I look forward to questions/comments!

R.J. Merle said...

Mai T, in today's publishing climate, one aspect for an author to consider might be a possible hybrid (both self and traditional) publishing career.

Jenny Andrews said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds intriguing.

Amber Daulton said...

Self pubbing and traditional pubbing both have pros and cons.
With self pubbing, you have to market your book yourself without much outside help but you get to control the marketing and do what you think is best.
With traditionally, you have to rely on someone else and you usually don't have a say in how your book is largely seen by the public. You still should personally market your book if you go the traditional route, but you have no control over how much--or little--the publishing company does for you.
In my opinion, it's a catch 22.
There's both good and bad to both kinds of publishing.
Thanks for the giveaway.

MomJane said...

What an exciting excerpt. Leaves me wanting more.

Rita said...

I enjoyed the excerpt.

Karen H said...

Enjoyed reading your interview today.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and interview!

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R.J. Merle said...

Thanks again for hosting, Hope. Dreams. Life... Love Blog. I appreciate everyone stopping by. Best of luck with the Giveaway drawing!