Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Time Of The Lioness: Internet Apocalypse by S. B. Redstone @sbredstone @RABTBookTours


Apocalypse, Post Apocalypse, Thriller, Female Heroine, New Adult

Date Published: 10-04-2021


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You’re at work, in school, at home, out shopping, trapped in an elevator, or sky-high on an amusement park ride when the power and lights suddenly go out. For a moment, you’re just annoyed, expecting only a momentary problem. Doesn’t happen! Along with the power outage, all means of communication have been severed. The Internet is down, and a terrorist’s face on the screen gloats. Fear now creeps into your optimism. Hours later, with a world overly dependent on cyberspace, global economies begin to crumble from this irrevocable cyberattack. Totally freaked out, what will you do to survive the anarchy?

Annie Oakley Frye is a Cyber Warfare Specialist accepted cyberspace had become a cesspool of evil based on the multitude of daily cyberattacks. Annie does not live in a dystopian, fantasy world like Katniss Everdeen, Beatrice Prior, and Lara Croft—she lives among us. Once she discovers this invisible menace is lurking in a million networks, and it can’t be stopped from obliterating world economies, she sheds her mild-mannered personality and becomes the lioness of her youth to survive. Out of kindness, she warns her friends about this approaching cyber nightmare, but they scoff at her insider information and doomsday scenario, believing the government won't let it happen. Once the cyber nightmare launches a surprise arrives at her door!



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Interview with S. B. Redstone

    For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

    Almost daily, in the news, thousands of serious cyberattacks against corporations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals are uncovered and discussed. Should a reader wish to know more about cyber terrorism, a mountain of scary knowledge about international hacking exists with just a few keywords.

    How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

    In all honesty, I became frightened by the ferocity and frequency of cyberattacks around the world, most kept secret. I wanted to know more about international hacking and the reality of a global threat. Interestingly, I thought I was creating a make-believe virus for the novel until a startling realization occurred during further research. The menace already existed and has been used by Iran. The novel follows the apocalypse of an economic Armageddon.

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

    Based on the reviews, my goal was to create a realistic and troubling story, knowing world governments have done little to stop devastating virus attacks, and I believe I have been successful. A century ago, children were taught how to survive threatening situations and environments, but children are taught to be concerned about careers. I hope I’ve motivated new adults to be more proactive in self-preservation.

    Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

    Take the theme of my novel seriously! Let’s all advocate to force governments and corporations to seriously protect the Internet from terrorism. If the Internet falls, world economies fall.

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    I love to research. But this research sent shivers through me. And I love my characters, who must deal with their stable world crumbling without warning. I am them. As a school psychologist and clinical social worker, I care about people and societies. I realized, including myself, few of us are prepared for a global cyber-terrorist attack. We depend on governments to protect us, but they haven’t. How would we protect ourselves and our families from anarchy and violence, I had to learn that as well?

    Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

    This novel is book 1. I’ve written Book 2 of the Time Of The Lioness, but it needs months of editing. I am a perfectionist. All my stories have to do with human nature and relationships. My future is unknown. I’ve written a horror novel and a suspense thriller. I’m certain something bad will occur in the world and a story will develop in my head.

    How long have you been writing?

    I’ve been writing for over twenty years, beginning with short stories and a typewriter. My careers in the helping professions offered me very little free time. In addition, I have a wife and kids that could not be ignored. Nor golf. Eventually, I worked less and more words came on the screen.

    Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Time Of The Lioness: Internet Apocalypse Book 1.

    Annie Oakley Frye had a militaristic childhood, which she hid to have friends. She is a cyber warfare specialist. Through her curiosity and initiative, she discovers this menace and attempts to save her friends from the anarchy. Her friends represent the young adults of today that feel secure in an insecure world. They’ve been taught to be dependent, not independent thinkers. During the apocalypse, the clash of personalities is the focus of the novel.

    If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Time Of The Lioness: Internet Apocalypse Book 1 who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where would you go, and what would you do?

    I would love to hang with Annie and let her teach me about survival. How to protect myself and my family from an economic meltdown. As an author, it is easy to write “tough” but harder to be “tough”. I am the most non-violent person, like her friends, and that will be a detriment in a crisis. I’d go to the gun range with her. 

About the Author

Like Shakespeare and Hemmingway, I am an eclectic writer. My stories develop from my imagination and passions, usually just before I fall asleep. Before I became an Indie author, I had two novels published by a respected independent publisher, which went out of business. Since books cannot be removed from Amazon, A Sinister Obsession is now Dead Can’t Haunt You, and Stardust Dreams will soon be Forrester’s Folly. During my clinical careers as a School Psychologist and Clinical Social Worker in private practice, I had a book on human nature published by a traditional publisher and when the editor passed away, it vanished. That book will be updated and launched next year. Happily, I am now an Indie author with the same quality of work but now under my control. My genres have been horror, suspense/thriller, senior romance, sci/fi, and now apocalyptic, which is based on my worries about the precarious future of cyberspace. Besides writing, I am an avid golfer, bowler, and tennis player. I reside in Florida with my lovely wife and Mickey, our handsome Shih Tzu.

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Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the interview and the book sounds like a thrilling and fascinating read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy & successful New Year!