Writing during a Holiday Season

A Quick Update

Good day to you all, I’ve missed you. Writing during a holiday season is a challenge for sure. However, I can tell you that all of you, my readers, fans, friends and family alike, I think of you frequently day after day.

We came out of a four-day holiday in November, and I managed to put it to good use, writing several chapters in my latest book, the sequel to ‘Perfect Prey,’ book 2 in the Consortium series. I’m excited about how this book is shaping up.

The Trafficking ConsortiumWhen I started writing this book, I knew how to start it and how I wanted it to end. The trouble was, I didn’t know how I was going to get you there. Alas, during that holiday period, I figured it out. I can’t be more excited by how I have laid out the story. Trust me, friends, it’s right up there with my best work and a perfect fit in the stories that began with ‘The Trafficking Consortium.’

I am having so much fun writing this new book.

New demands on my time

Alas, new demands on my time are against me. Writing during a holiday season feels like just another task to be done. Just when I thought I would have a breather for a couple of weeks, I didn’t. Almost as soon as it was over, I had to set up for the next holiday. For me and my household, that’s Christmas.

That means carrying boxes up from the basement, unpacking and arranging decorations throughout my humble home. Then moving the empty boxes back down, and bring up some more over and over again pushed me to a cliff.

In the midst of that, I had a scare with my lower back. I hurt it but not so much as I did 15 years ago. From my experience, I knew what I had to do, and I did. I fought off the bulk of the injury and helped it heal. Today, I’m still sore and find it hard to sit for long periods.

On the welcoming side, it’s forcing me to use my stand-up workstation at work more. Honestly, I was getting lazy sitting at my desk instead. The standing, the flexing, stretching, and walking is helping it heal faster. However, by the end of the day, I am most certainly looking forward to going to bed. I just can’t stay there. Up and at them is the cure for my back.

Let the party get started

Still, the house is decorated. Our out-of-town guests arrived last week, and it’s been fun ever since. Some days we share quality time together, such as last night when we all went out to dinner. Other days, we see each other for a few minutes, and then they are off to visit their family in other areas around town. It’s a right balance between partying and recovering. This pace will continue right through to the end of the year, oh help me, please.

What does this all have to do with writing? Much. Lately, the best I could manage was to start a chapter and periodically pick up after a bit. Mostly, I write notes so that I don’t forget how I want to take Avril’s story in the Consortium. She’s in for rough times ahead, and her emotions can no longer stay bottled up.

The big question ahead of me. Will Avril break under pressure or persevere and overcome the challenges that await her. Stay tuned and see for yourself. I’m determined to get his latest segment in her story out by spring of 2019.

Wish me luck. Afterall, finding it difficult writing during a holiday season can be considered just an excuse.

Yours indeed in storied imagination. Have a very happy holiday season.
Richard Verry

Announcing: Perfect Prey arrives today

Perfect Prey

Perfect Prey arrives todayPerfect Prey arrives today on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader. Yep, that’s right. It’s out. Perfect Prey is Book 2 in the next suspenseful, thrilling chapter in the Consortium Series.

Announcing Perfect Prey arrives today

Check out the blurb on the book page at Amazon.

“Are you being hunted? Are you their perfect prey? What will you do after the Consortium takes you and sells you at auction? What happens after you are sold and transported across the world like cargo? Can you imagine your new life as owned property, with no hope of ever returning to your old life? To suffer and die at the whim of your owner. After you read this novel, you will never, ever stop looking over your shoulder.”

Scary, huh?

I’ll tell you, I think so too, and I wrote the story. What bothers me is that after I wrote The Trafficking Consortium, I started looking over my shoulders. I wonder, am I being followed? Unknown, but what I realized after the release of the first book in the Consortium Series, is that my story, while fiction, may emulate a real entity. I do not worry about being taken for someone’s pleasure. Instead, I fear that they might target me for getting too close to the truth and eliminate the threat of exposure. I wondered whether there really was an exclusive organization out there that routinely culls (kidnaps and kill) their prey.

Hostel

Similarities

Do you remember the Hostel movies starting in 2005? In the first installment, three backpackers hike around Eastern Europe bent on exploring hedonistic experiences. They become the prey an organization who torture and murder people for profit. They end up dead in scenarios not too dissimilar to my stories. The horrendous activities continue in the sequel with more gory killings. One victim turns the tables on her buyer who ends up being her victim. I think you will agree, the movies are believable and emulate a segment of real life?

Moreover, as you probably figured out by now, these movies are favorites of mine. Interestingly enough, they did not factor into my idea of writing my version. That was sitting in a doctor’s office and pondering a question. A question that began “What could happen if …” From there, my mind went wild and out came the first story. It wasn’t until months later that I realized the similarities.

Perfect Prey

The new suspense thriller Perfect Prey picks up several months after the end of the first book. Avril has trained under her owner, learning about the human body, what makes it tick, and more importantly, what it takes to silence forever the souls that once occupied the desecrated corpses.

The sequel expands upon the horrid desires of the Consortium membership by identifying and culling several people in their quest to satisfy their wants and needs. In spite of their cruel behaviors, they have some scruples with severe consequences to the violation of the rules. Who would imagine an organization hellbent on the torment and snuffing of innocents would fatally punish their own for operating outside the boundaries?

In light of her earlier experiences, Avril navigates her treacherous trail through the maze of blood and gore. In trying to avoid the fate of so many others, she hopes that she will one day escape the clutches of the Consortium. The problem as she sees it, is that the Consortium is large and experienced with covering their tracks. Likewise, she knows that simple escape would be meaningless. On the run, she would never be able to trust a loved one, a stranger, or even a member of law enforcement. Anyone of them might be a Consortium associate. No matter what, she learned to accept the truth revealed on her first day as captured prey. Her old life was forever over. She would never return to it. She would never again feel safe.

The plan

Yet, she’s determined to regain her freedom. She desires her freedom to live her life as she wants, without fear of being recaptured. The problem is, how. How can she orchestrate events that will lead to her freedom? What price must she pay? Somewhere along the way, she comes up with a plan, a plan that has some semblance of success. Once and for all, it would also save thousands a year from suffering her fate.

Can she pull it off? As Niccolo Machiavelli asked ‘Will the ends justify the means?’ More importantly, will God forgive her for what she must do to save herself and others?

Perfect Prey arrives today on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader. Next month, the print version will be available for those of you who prefer an actual book in your hands.

After you read Perfect Prey, the next suspenseful, thrilling chapter in the Consortium Series, I suspect that like myself, you will forever look over your shoulders to see if someone is following you, hunting you, and preparing to steal you from your loved ones.

The Trafficking Consortium comes to life

The Trafficking Consortium

How did I come up with ‘The Trafficking Consortium?’

The Trafficking ConsortiumComing up with the idea for my novel ‘The Trafficking Consortium’ occurred quite by accident. In the summer of 2016, I suffered a severe concussion which lay laid me for months. After a trip to the hospital, I started seeing doctors and therapists four to five days a week. In the beginning, I didn’t care. They helped me get better.

About three months after my injury, I realized that I was missing something in my brain, that being the creative stream of images and ideas that flow through my mind every hour and every day of my conscious life. Frankly, I was getting scared. Would it ever return? Would I have to live my life without my favorite friend in my mind? After another two months, I was still wondering.

As a change of pace and to get out of the house, I accompanied my girlfriend when she needed to attend a conference in Washington DC area with her daughter. After arriving, while she was out for the day, I stayed behind and pulled out my drawing tablet and pencils. For three days straight, I drew. Not from imagery in my mind but from photographs and what I saw out the window of my hotel room. All well and good, and it was a change of pace that I needed. Still, though, the creative stream remained elusive.

Voilà

A couple of weeks after I returned home, I found myself sitting in yet another doctor’s office waiting to be called in for an assessment. As I sat there, I watched people come up to the check-in window, hand over their personal information, and sit down to wait. Some of the people I saw were quite attractive, decked out in outfits that emphasized their bodies designed to appeal to potential lovers and bedmates.

Watching them, I suddenly had a thought. “What if?” I asked myself.

  • “What if the secretary handed over my personal information to those whose agendas were unrelated to the doctor’s business?”
  • “What could happen?” “Do I really want to share my personal information?”
  • “Can I trust them?”
  • “What can I do if I can’t trust them?”

And for a brief time, my mind ran rampant with the possibilities. On that day and in that instant, a story idea exploded in my mind and consumed me. I had to write it down. In about five weeks, I had written the first draft of ‘The Trafficking Consortium.’ After that, I began the refinement process and six months later, the story was published to outstanding reviews.

Oh my, poor Avril!

Avril GilliosPoor Avril Gillios, the heroine in this story. I wrapped her story around the people I observed while waiting to see my doctor. To no fault of her own, she was tagged, kidnapped, and sold into bondage half a world away. Fighting for her life, she never gave up looking for an opportunity to escape. More horrifying, is that she was not alone. Hundreds of people; men and women alike; are taken by the Consortium each year. Most are dead within months. All of them become objects of Consortium members depraved desires. Have you ever wondered how many adults go missing over the years, you should

Her story is one of determination to survive and to return to her old life. Along the way, something buried inside her awakens, and she discovers that despite her disgust towards the organization, she finds that her new owner and master isn’t so bad after all. She struggles with the paradox that she can’t seem to resolve. Her Surviving her ordeal and keeping her soul unstained; drives her work within the system, determined to escape and return to her old life.

In the coming weeks, I’ll talk more about Avril and the Consortium. How I came up with her character, as well as those exposed to her. I’ll write about the motivations of those behind the counter and their private agendas. In the meantime, you can discover for yourself, some of what drives Avril on her webpage at my site.
[https://richardverry.com/stories/consortium/trafficking-consortium/who_is_avril_gillios/]

You can also read the book ‘The Trafficking Consortium’ for yourself. Get it on

amazon.com.

The Trafficking Consortium released

The Trafficking Consortium

The Trafficking Consortium released

These last several weeks have been hard, but I have some good news. I completed the final steps in order to submit for publication my latest book, ‘The Trafficking Consortium.’ I uploaded it to Amazon last Wednesday. Sales for the first three days are off to a great start, selling numerous copies in the U.S., Great Britain, and Germany in only three days. This without any real marketing.

I’m ecstatic.

The Trafficking ConsortiumOh yes, I have been talking about it for months now, but now it is a reality. Now begins the daunting task of marketing the book. Seeing the early results, I’m trying something new. I’ll let you all know in the months ahead how it goes. All that is left to do is the prepare the paperback version and upload it to the printers. If you get a chance, check the book out. It is available for free on Kindle Unlimited or just $2.99 to purchase it outright for your Kindle or your favorite eBook reader.

It’s a brutal erotic suspense thriller about Avril Gillios, a young woman in her mid-twenties, who get’s caught up in an international organized crime ring specializing in human trafficking. The thousand-year old organization call themselves ‘The Consortium.’ Their affluent and influential members can order or acquire anyone, men and women alike, to satisfy their unique needs and desires. From organ acquisition; to perverse sexual satisfaction; or feasting upon their prey, they seemingly operate above the law all across the globe.

Told from Avril’s point of view, the story describes how this criminal organization targets her, kidnaps her right off the streets of NYC and sells her to the highest bidder; marking the beginning of a new life, forever barred from returning to the only life she ever knew.

The Trafficking Consortium
Copyright (c) Richard Verry 2016

She must navigate the perilous events that threaten her life to survive her ordeal and attempt escape. Sold to a sadistic monster, her captivity is relatively comfortable. Locked in a luxurious suite with all the trimmings included in the most elegant high-end luxury apartments enjoyed by the upper one-percenters, a cage is still a cage.

She endures brutal beatings and violent ravishments as her new owner trains her to be compliant to his demands and needs. Along the way, she discovers that her sadistic owner loves her, in his own way.

Confused and bewildered, she must figure out how to navigate the ever narrowing serpentine path to escape the growing threat to her life. Her captor eventually gives her an impossible choice, one that takes away all doubt of what he intends to do with her. However, he requires that she select the path that her life will take. Failing to choose is the same as choosing a horrific, slow, and painful death.

Will she choose life or death? I encourage you to find out for yourself.

New Novel finish and publishing soon

Trafficking In Women

New Novel finish and publishing soon

Trafficking In Women
Source: epthinktank.eu

Hello, all my fans and followers. Over the past few weeks, I’ve mentioned that I’ve worked on getting a story out of my head and written down.

I’m happy to announce that I finished it yesterday. At 92,000 words, it’s an interesting commentary on the human condition. I hope to turn it over for final editing by the end of the week, while I work on a cover design and the rest.

Be sure to look for it. It’s an erotic story about a woman who finds herself in an impossible situation, eventually forced to make a horrific choice to either sacrifice her soul and avoid an agonizing death or to save it and suffer the appalling consequences.

Both options are equally awful and unfair, yet she must choose her fate. If you liked ‘Her Client’ and ‘The Breakup,’ you’ll love this one.