Resolve and Retribution
By day, Ben Hammonds leads a routine life: Oregon state agency office job, distance running, and avoiding traffic when it's possible. But once the sun sets, his life isn't so ordinary. He's in a relationship with a vampire who hasn't drawn breath since she was a young noblewoman in Birmingham, England, during the seventeenth century.
Although Tabitha loves him, there's a secret she can't bring herself to divulge from that era. As Ben learns the hard way, there are rules for all-humans and vampires alike. He must decide how far he'll go to protect loved ones when an ancient undead adversary of Tabitha's intensifies an already bloody vampire power struggle.
And he must do it within his own hometown.
Available on Amazon 2/1/16
Hi, I'm Michael W. Holman--pleased to meet you.
Here's part of what BlueInk Review had to say about my first book: "Resolve And Retribution is an original genre novel sure to delight resolute vampire aficionados. The satisfying ending leaves readers hoping for more." If you would like to read their whole review, I invite you to visit www.blueinkreview.com when the opportunity presents itself.
I don't have a background in the construction industry, but I'd like to use an analogy as if I did. The foundation for my first novel was actually poured in the late 90's when a pen-pal I had in Birmingham England sent me a number of documents that contained interesting facts about the city's history, in addition to travel-related informative brochures. I regret to say my pen-pal and I lost contact with each other long ago. However, the material she mailed me remains in my possession to this day. Rather sentimental--perhaps antiquated since our planet's living in the Digital Age--but that's the way I roll.
As I said, the documents Jane sent were the foundation, but the building didn't actually get started until 2009, when I watched a DVD in my collection and a supporting character asked the lead one if he'd "ever written that book". When the sad reply was negative, a spark ignited inside. I remember telling myself "That WILL NOT happen to ME."
I began to ask myself what if. What if I wrote a story of vampires but with origins unlike what I'd read in works I'd enjoyed? What if it was the GUY who was the human with bills to pay and a job to do and his romantic interest stopped aging when she was a young noblewoman during England's Civil War? And what if, despite all the supernatural powers of the undead she possessed, it was that ordinary man's free will which would decide her fate in a VAMPIRE civil war?
So, there's the background of how "Resolve And Retribution" went from a concept to a novel that was published in September of 2013.
Will others agree with those five Amazon customers who enjoyed my first book enough to give it the coveted 5-star rating? I hope so, but I have no control over that, so I'll deploy the same power my fictional character lead character/narrator Ben does and use my free will to decide stress is stupid, thus I won't poison myself with it.
Besides, I don't have TIME for foolishness. I'm working on my sequel novel ("Returns And Reunions") after all--well--when I'm not on duty at my ODOT work station or running in Salem Oregon's Bush Park.
All the best to you and yours.