Monday, August 27, 2018

Death Logs Out by E.J. Simon


Working – and Writing

I’m often asked if I write full time or whether I also have a “regular job.”

I have spent most of my adult life in the corporate world, working myself up into senior leadership positions. I didn’t write during most of that period. At one point, however, I took five years off and wrote full-time. In the beginning, it was exhilarating, just being able to get up in the morning and know that all you had to do was to create a story and write.

But a funny thing happened along the way. During that time it was pretty much just me and my computer. Of course, I have family and friends and acquaintances, and the Fed Ex and UPS guy who ring the doorbell but, during the better part of the working day, it was just me and the computer screen. I missed work, I missed being part of something involving other people, I actually missed being in a meeting. Mostly, I missed the personalities, the adrenaline of a challenge. Of meeting goals, of solving problems, other than the ones I created on the page and in the world of the stories I had created. I needed the adrenaline of real life, things I couldn’t totally control the way I could with the written world I had created. And so, I accepted a position as an executive with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston in Raleigh, NC. Now I do my writing early in the morning, often as early as 5:00 am and in the evening, after a glass of wine, before dinner.

I get to meet new people, I deal with business and personal situations each day that stimulate me. Artists and writers historically worked at full time jobs while pursuing their art. Full time artists have been more or less a modern phenomenon. The poet, Frank O’Hara 1964 book “Lunch Poems” is a series of reflections he made on his lunch breaks from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he worked as a curator for years.

For me, a traditional job becomes an umbilical cord to the real world. What I lose in time away from writing I more than make up for in the range of my experiences and the constant interaction with people, the ones I work with every day and the new personalities that I meet. The time I lose from being able to write, I make up for in the range of my new daily experiences, in the satisfaction from the actual work (loving what you do helps a lot) and the perspective that I gain from a different, professional work world.

My computer and I still get along, we just need to see other people.


Book Details:

Book Title:  Death Logs Out by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 3

Category:  Adult Fiction, 300 pages
Genre:   Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher:  Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date:  July 27, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF & ePUB, NetGalley download)
Will send print books out:  Internationally

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Includes some f-words, religious profanities (such as "God d*mn", "Jesus Christ!" and other terms such as "*sshole", "f*ck", "sh*t") non-explicit sex scenes (no description of the sex act or private body parts), and violence. Deals with mature themes such as adultery, murder, church abuses.)

Book Description:

Is Alex Nicholas really dead?

Two years since the brutal shooting of Alex Nicholas, a gambling underworld boss in Queens, NYC. But his brother, Michael, a respected CEO, struggles with a secret: his murdered brother has been communicating with him via his laptop using AI. This AI-Alex can foresee dangers in Michael’s path, and appears to be trying to help him – even controlling machinery and electronics via WiFi. Meanwhile, trouble is stirring in the historic capital cities of Rome, Berlin and Paris. Inside the Vatican, Monsignor Kurt Schlegelberger has designs to build his power and prepare for the sudden ascension of the Free Forces Party, a throw-back to the Nazis. 

Schlegelberger will stop at nothing, but first he must deal with a new threat: someone appears to know the true story behind a series of murders in the US, committed by clergy to cover their tracks of child abuse within the Church. Alex’s re-appearance puts Schlegelberger’s plans in jeopardy. Dead or alive, the way to finish off Alex for good can only be to get to his close family, namely his brother Michael…

This fast-paced third instalment of E.J. Simon’s Death series will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Praise for E.J. Simon

‘A fine technological thriller that only gets better as it goes along.’ – KIRKUS REVIEW
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Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon
Book Details for Book 1:

Book Title:  Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 1

Category:  Adult Fiction, 291 pages
Genre:   Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher:  Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date:  July 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF & ePUB)
Will send print books out:  Internationally

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M 

Book Description:

Where does life end, and death begin?

Brothers, Alex and Michael, weren’t particularly close in terms of their careers in their later years. But when Alex is murdered, Michael finds it necessary to keep Alex’s business running, at least for the foreseeable future. 

With very little knowledge about what Alex actually did for a living, little does he envisage the level of complication this entails. Working closely with his cousins, Fat and Skinny Lester, Michael starts to get a sense of what needs doing … in whatever way Alex would have dealt with things. 

But, when Alex’s current wife, and his two ex-wives, surface and start to dish out demands, Michael finds himself going deeper and deeper into Alex’s personal space. All his ex-wives knew there was money left hidden … but only Alex knew of its exact location. 

When Russell, an old friend of Michael’s, and Alex’s most trusted person, offers to help Michael find the money, Michael feels he can start closing up on Alex’s loose ends and move on with his own, increasingly complicated life. 

Until … Russell is brutally murdered …

Someone else is after Alex’s money … and it’s not a friendly person.

But is Alex really dead? Or is he as dead as he has prepared himself to be? 

Michael is beyond confused … is he imaging the conversations he’s having with Alex? But Alex was shot dead in his own restaurant, one filled with policemen. Surely, Alex is dead?

Whichever way Michael tries to rationalize things in his head, Alex’s support is beyond what he needs. Finding himself face to face with a crook, Sharkey, one who has no qualms about killing people, one Alex was in debt to, Michael takes on Alex’s advice … dead or not!

As the number of deaths rise, Michael and his wife, Samantha, are left on their toes. Would they ever feel safe again? Is anyone safe? And how far did Alex go with his new venture?

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Death Logs In by E.J. Simon
Book Details for Book 2:

Book Title:  Death Logs In by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 2

Category:  Adult Fiction, 340 pages
Genre:   Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher:  Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date:  Dec 14, 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF & ePUB)
Will send print books out:  Internationally

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M 

Book Description:

​Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother Alex can save him—the problem is that Alex is dead.

It’s been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens-based underworld boss, was gunned down. After Alex’s brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother’s business, but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company. By night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the world’s largest illegal gambling operations.

Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor information—and people—in ways the NSA would envy.

It is Alex who discovers Michael’s life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens to the highest officials in the Vatican—and they all want Michael dead.

Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone. Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautiful and lethal bodyguard.

How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?

Death Never Sleeps by E,J. Simon (old edition)

Death Logs In by E.J. Simon (old edition)

E.J. Simon
Meet the Author:

E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website:

Connect with E.J.:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter   ~  Instagram


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