Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EKHO by Marie D. Jones:Character Interview and Excerpt

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An Interview with Jordy Roos,
Elite EKHO Agent and
best friend to Elvis, Levi and Jackson


Where do you dream of traveling to...and why?   

I want go to everywhere that James Bond went in all his movies, but only if I get to use all his killer spy gear and cars and stuff. I don’t care so much about all the pretty girls, just let me travel all over the world fighting bad guys and using cool spy tech to do it. Oh, and I also want to go to Comic Con again. Maybe go to Mars on a mission, only if they have WiFi though.

What are your favorite TV shows? 

Well, my Dad won’t let me watch “Breaking Bad,” even though Elvis gets to watch it. I like “Falling Skies” and “The Walking Dead” and stuff that involve aliens, zombies or conspiracies. Oh, “Ancient Aliens” is cool, you know, that guy with the crazy hair! My Dad and I like to watch game shows, too, but don’t tell anyone that. We watch “Wheel of Fortune” and see who can yell out the answers first. I used to watch “Storage Wars,” too. I liked that Barry guy, he was cool. Sometimes I watch “Pawn Stars” because I think Chumlee is funny!


What would we find under your bed? 

Ummmm, socks and old homework I forgot to turn in? Probably some of my Dad’s cool conspiracy magazines. He reads a lot of them. Maybe some of my EKHO spy gear. X-Box games, old Pokémon cards...It’s different every time I look under there!

What makes you happy? 

Hanging out with my friends, Elvis, Jackson and Levi. Doing major EKHO missions and when we help kids out, that feels good. Being with my Dad and doing stuff together. I miss my mom a lot, but my Dad always tells me stories about her so I can remember her. I like to eat, too. And getting money from relatives for my birthday!


What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 

That just because I’m really small, I am tough on the inside. And I can play piano. I don’t tell people that much because then they want to come over and make me play stupid stuff for them like “Chopsticks.” I hate playing that. What else...Oh...I can cook, too, and sometimes I make dinner for me and my Dad when he is fixing the broken screen door or cleaning up dog poop in the backyard.

You just won a huge lottery. What is the first thing you’ll buy? 

Lifetime tickets to Comic Con, because last year my Dad tried for seven hours to get onto the website to buy tickets and the site crashed. Then maybe a big house with a lot of secret rooms and tunnels. More spy gear for EKHO, too, really expensive stuff we can modify.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip or saying? 

Yep! It’s from my favorite TV show that isn’t on anymore. “I want to believe.” It’s from the X-Files. My Dad and I have the DVDs. I believe in UFOs and aliens. There are aliens walking among us, did you know that? My Dad believes in all kinds of cool stuff, we talk about it all the time. I believe in ghosts. I think I saw a ghost once, but it might have been my neighbor’s cat.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what is it? 

Yep. From the “X-Files!”  It’s “Trust No One.” I like that because people are not always straight with you and a lot of people lie or want to hurt you. I guess I trust a few people, like my Dad and my friends. But I won’t trust anyone else!

Who is your favorite author? 

My Dad lets me read his Dean Koontz “Odd Thomas” books and I love those, Odd is awesome, and I love Stephen King. I got to read the first three books of the “Dark Tower” series. I like reading creepy stuff, like horror stories that could really happen. I like all the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, too. I can relate to those a lot. But mostly I like to be scared. I read all the “Goosebumps” books. I never read any Harry Potter books because the books are bigger than I am. My Dad has a Kindle so maybe I can read the eBooks. I can’t hold those big giant books! I guess I didn’t really answer your question so my answer is I don’t have a favorite author cuz I like a lot of them.

What one word best describes you? 

If you ask my Dad, he’ll say “crazy,” but he means it in a good way. Jackson says I’m “hyper” and sometimes people say I am like that Energizer Bunny commercial because I never stop. If I had to pick one word, it would be “awesome.” I think I am pretty awesome, even if I do get picked on a lot for my size. My mom used to say, “Good things come in small packages.” Right?

EKHO by Marie D. Jones

EKHO Cover newTen-year-old Elvis Jones is tired of being picked on, taunted, and teased by the bullies at his elementary school, so he does what any smart, technologically brilliant kid his age would do: he creates EKHO, the Evil Kid Hunting Organization, a sophisticated network of kid spies and secret agents that utilize a variety of cool gadgets to stay one step ahead of the enemy – the bullies. They hire kids, make them swear allegiance to the organization, and train them as Commandos, Privates, and Elite Spies. As kids rise through the ranks, the missions, posted on an encrypted EKHO website, require more smarts and skill, especially when the bullies form their own counterspy group called DEKE (Destroy EKHO Kids Everywhere).

It’s all in good fun, until the kids of EKHO must put their pretend skills to use for far more serious, and dangerous, missions. As field agents come across evidence of more sinister forces, they now have to deal with the strange, weird, and the unknown as they look for the truth about the bizarre and creepy threats to their school, their families, and their own lives. They experience betrayal, intrigue, infiltration and counter-espionage as well as teachers and adults who act more mysterious with each passing day, which leaves Elvis and his EKHO team wondering: who can you trust when the person standing next to you might not be entirely human?


Elvis stopped and turned to see one of the remaining school bullies—big Billy Bradshaw—standing there smirking. And next to Billy was his evil sidekick, Joe Broadback. Joe didn’t talk much, just stood there all meaty and mean looking, like Billy’s bodyguard. Both boys were in the fourth grade but looked like sixth graders.
Elvis thought about saying something about their odd and extreme size and asking whether they’d been held back a few years, but he stopped himself before the first word squeaked out. He liked living. He wanted to live longer.
So he yanked Levi through the classroom door and pulled it shut.

Author Marie D. Jones

Marie JonesMarie D. Jones is a best-selling author with an extensive background in unknown mysteries, metaphysics, science, and the paranormal. She has been featured multiple times on the History Channel in Ancient Aliens and Nostradamus Effect. Marie also served as a special UFO/abduction consultant for the 2009 Universal Pictures movie, The Fourth Kind. She is a staff writer for FATE Magazine and Intrepid Magazine and a regular contributor to Paranoia Magazine and New Dawn Magazine. Marie has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows all over the world, including Coast to Coast AM, and has been featured in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and online publications, internationally. She has lectured widely at major paranormal, new science, and self-empowerment events, and is the screenwriter and co-producer of 19 Hz, a paranormal thriller in development with Bruce Lucas Films.

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