SLIDEWAYS, and the sequel SLIPTIME, are available on Amazon Kindle for $.99 and $2.99 respectively. Enjoy. Book 3, UPSTART, is a work in progress for 2019.
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If your home, or just want to get away, dive into SLIDEWAYS and slip into the multiverse—a great Sci-Fi novel for the holidays. Available on paper, or digital ($0.99), at Amazon. https://amzn.to/2OGqKmW
Kirkus Review: In Grode’s sci-fi debut, a teenage boy becomes involved in a battle for the fate of the universe. . . Grode’s writing is densely saturated with detail, taking plenty of time to explore his rich concept. . . The story finishes with a satisfying resolution, laying the groundwork for future adventures. An eventful an immersive inter-dimensional romp.
Nestled in the wooded community of Columbia, Maryland are the most beautiful trails for an early morning bike ride. I zipped through the alternating shade and sunlight as the sun leaked through the canopy of green leaves above.
Exhilaration churned my legs as I wheeled up a rolling hill, coasted downward, and hit the brakes on a small wooden bridge in a flash of large birds squawking. I had startled a ‘committee’ of vultures. Feathers flew as ten of the large black birds took wing. I heard their wings strain when their heavy bodies lifted from the bridge. They circled me and landed in the nearby trees.
I counted thirty-five birds in the surrounding trees. If my math is right, seventy eyes watched me in the eerie morning silence. What did they see in me—a curious human or a future meal? I took a few pictures, but decided to move on.
As I left the bridge, I wondered if I had interrupted their rest or their morning meal. According to Wikipedia, “a group of vultures is called a kettle, committee or wake. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting on the ground or in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.”
Had they been feeding? In my mind I pictured a dead deer laying beneath the bridge. That’s easy to reckon. You often see vultures in groups of three waiting on street lights in Columbia for their next meal. Waiting for the blue Honda Accord to accidently hit a squirrel, raccoon, or something larger. The vultures provide a service to our community—cleaning up the dead varmints in the neighborhoods, or at least most of them.
But what if they weren’t feasting on a deer carcass laying below the bridge? What if it was an animal that had walked on two legs? I turned the bike around and coasted back to the bridge.
Seventy eyes watched me dismount my bike, kneel by the railing, and study the murky green water below. My eyes searched for arm, a leg, or a soggy pair of Nikes, but I only saw long feathers. I couldn’t peer directly under the bridge, not without crawling down the hill and getting wet. I glanced back at the vultures who waited silently and patiently should I slip and bump my head on the way down.
Alas, my curiosity has its bounds. I climbed back upon my bike, rode through the pleasant neighborhoods, and made it home in time for breakfast.
Great news. Summer is waning, but there’s still time to have a quick summer read.
If you’ve enjoyed my first novel, SLIDEWAYS, and Ben Fuller’s wild ride through the multiverse, you’ll be happy to know the sequel, SLIPTIME, is now available on-line via Amazon. Think robots and time-travel!
Purchase your copy push via this link: https://amzn.to/2OGqKmW
In SLIDEWAYS, sixteen-year-old Ben’s confidence and family life have never been better since meeting Jack, his doppel-brother from Terra, a planet in a parallel universe. Earth battles with Erde, a desolate planet from the multi-verse, and Ben’s sacrifice saves countless lives.
SLIPTIME, a Brothers of the Multiverse Novel, Book 2, follows the adventures of Ben, Jack, Lori, and Patrick. Ben, his grandfather, and a resurrected robot slip the bonds of time to save the world.
Patrick races the clock to stop an enemy drone from opening a portal between Earth and Erde. He rebuilds a damaged robot, Amorphous, modifies its microprocessor, and unlocks the mystery of time travel. The stakes have never been higher as secrets turn past friends into foes, and brothers into allies.
Ben borrows Patrick’s new time-medallion, attempts to help Jack with a personal crisis on Terra, and is shocked by what he finds. Ben accepts help from Amorphous and dares to change the past once more. Despite the risk of unintended consequences, Ben rides the twisting timelines to save his friends, family, and the future of his world.
Thanks. Hope you enjoy. Jeff Grode
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My name is Jeff Grode. I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and currently reside on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I love the beach and tidal rivers and know my way around kayaks, horses, and a good story.
I’m a lifelong fan of reading science fiction, fantasy, and spy novels, and found a love for creative writing. Science fiction is the backdrop for my stories, but I focus on interactions with friends, family, and conflict in a world undergoing fast technological change.
I hope you check out my books and enjoy the ride.
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