Happy Easter to my family, friends and readers.
I added the first chapter of my new book The Devil’s circus; well. not the whole chapter, half of it. Because after that I may make some changes, it’s in debate right now. Here’s the link: https://eugeneknight.com/the-devils-circus.html
My new book Burning Through Their Eyes will be in an Amazon countdown deal in a couple days, starting the 19th of this month at .99 cents and finishing at the original price by April 26th.
I have been keeping an eye on the past giveaway winner’s packages, and I don’t know why but all the books that have been sent to London almost a month ago now, have yet to reach their destination. There is nothing after March 26 on the tracking. I do apologize, but there isn’t anything I can do about it, but if they don’t arrive by next week, I’ll send you another copy if you contact me. I’m starting to think the winners on the latest giveaway may get their books before the previous winners.
Reviewed By Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 4 Stars
In an interesting and highly charged new read by author Eugene Knight, Burning Through Their Eyes is a book that will hook readers right from the start and will keep them obsessively reading all the way through to the very end. Follow the story of protagonist Toby, a man who is ready to start his life over with his wife and children after a move to Chicago. He harbors a hope that he will also be able to find out what truly happened to his father, who was murdered during his time working at the University there. What Toby finds, however, leads him down a dangerous path. The University is controlled by the NSA, and the NSA has been conducting nefarious testing while there; controlling people through their dreams and spying on them through their own eyes. When one of Toby's sons is kidnapped, and he suspects it is because of the natural abilities that his son possesses, Toby is willing to do anything to get him back. But once he finds out that a person who can see the future has seen his murder, he realizes that more than he ever thought possible is at stake. Will Toby survive? You'll need to read the book to find out!
I certainly enjoyed Burning Through Their Eyes. Author Eugene Knight has done a good job in creating characters that his readers will be able to connect with and relate to; certainly a hallmark of a great author. This book is exciting and very fast paced, and has a unique plot that most readers will not have come across before. Any reader who enjoys an action packed thriller would enjoy this book. I am pleased to be able to recommend Burning Through Their Eyes, and I look forward to reading more from author Eugene Knight in the future!
Happy Easter have a great week!
My first book In Between Dreams is free right now on Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L8DQQKG Not that you need to read the first book to understand the second book. I wrote them as a separate story, but every once and awhile I do throw out some stuff from the first book. It is available free April 8 through the 12. The third and book of the series you definitely need to read the second book to know what is going on, even though I will touch on stuff, but like most people have written in reviews, the story is very unique.
Here is another review I though I would share.
Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars
Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knight is a stunning sci-fi with a unique concept and surprising originality. When Toby decides to move to Chicago, it is because he wants to start a new life with his family and to get close to the place where his father was killed. But Toby is shocked with the things he learns, understanding that the University where he works runs a very dangerous program operated by the NSA. But that isn’t enough; one of his sons is kidnapped and could be in grave danger; his son would be subject to a dangerous research which aims at harnessing the ability to manipulate the dreams of others and to pry into their thoughts through their eyes. Now Toby must rescue his son, and to do so, he must use his own set of exceptional skills. The only problem, apart from a deadly adversary, is when a gifted seer of the future reveals that he’s seen Toby killed in a vision.
I was drawn into the story from the very start with the great writing and the author’s ability to lead readers into the conflict. The story starts with action and the major conflict is introduced in the very first pages. I wanted to know who the man being tortured was because he seems to have been deceived. In his thoughts, the young man remembers the words of Dr. Niles from the University of Chicago, telling them she needed their help because “You guys have great potential.” The element of suspense is introduced right at the beginning of the story and the author uses it so wonderfully to keep the reader interested and focused. Eugene Knight’s Burning Through Their Eyes is a powerful work that combines crime and intrigue to create an absorbing plot, great characters, and a drama that readers will enjoy. It reads like a motion picture.
This week I decided to talk a little bit about the editing issue that held the book from being published on the original date. It was kind of irritating. I sent the book out in November to have it edited and didn’t hear anything back until January where I received a crappy response from just asking how the editing was going; I guess that should have been the red flag. The editor promised it would be done by the release date with enough time to check it over. Well, I still have yet to hear from that person, even after I waited until the last minute then switched editors, because we had an agreement. But I guess agreements in writing mean nothing anymore. I wasn’t going to put a release date down and start the giveaway three months in advance, but she reassured me everything was going “good”.
I would have switched editors a long-time prier, but I didn’t want to pay for two separate edits. On top of that, the editor did a good job on the first book. So, was hoping for the same thing this time.
I guess what I took out of it is how much should I trust someone that I’d never met? And at what point did she break the contract? It really is a moot point now. I’m definitely doing things different with The Devil’s Circus.
See you next week
My new giveaway is live on goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/229586-burning-through-their-eyes. If you haven’t stopped by yet and signed up, you should. The giveaway is until April 15.
Now that my new book is out there was something I wanted to bring up.
I talked a little bit about invisible body suits that were used in the book. Someone told me that that was a pretty farfetched idea that I threw out there. The truth is, it isn’t an unbelievable idea, it actually exists! I read about it, about, eight or nine years ago, in either a Wired or Popular Science magazine I don’t remember which. What makes it fascinating is there’s thousands of mini mirrors on the suit that somehow reflect what is behind the person and brings it to the front of them making it as though they look invisible. I attached a photo of the recent invisibility cloak down below. http://www.thedailypedia.com/2015/09/real-life-invisibility-cloak/ That is the link to the site where I just found it as a reference, but was not where I found the original idea.
What entertained me the most out of the conversation is the fact that manipulating minds and a seer of the future didn’t faze them at all, as though that was all believable. But when I threw out the invisibility suit in chapter 5, that was what stuck in their head until they had to tell me that was implausible. I couldn’t help but laugh, granted I write fiction, but it’s still makes me laugh thinking about it.
If you have visited my website in the last week, I added a new tab as a teaser. There isn’t anything remarkable there yet, but I will have the first chapter up for my new book The Devil’s Circus within the next month. The book isn’t out until next year, but for the people who enjoyed my last two novels, gives you an idea on what my next book is about. https://www.eugeneknight.com
Have a good week and keep reading,
I have a new goodreads giveaway coming up in a couple days here is the link for that
Also, below is another great review I received.
Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer
Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knight is the continuation of In Between Dreams, the story of Toby. When we first met him, he was getting to know his new powers and trying to cope with the violent dreams he had. Now that he has found love and has a family of his own, he is finding some stability and happiness with his wife and children. He moved to Chicago to start a new life with his new family, while at the same time trying to find out more about the death of his father who was murdered. However, things are not going as smoothly as he had thought; the NSA is researching mind manipulation and everything to do with it. They are sparing no costs when it comes to doing their “research,” even if it means that they have to kidnap an innocent child. Toby’s world comes crashing down when one of his children is kidnapped, but Toby is not giving up. He is ready to fight for his children, even if it means that he has to use his own abilities. But the road ahead is very difficult? Can Toby fight much more powerful people? Can he find his child before it is too late?
This is once again a great novel by Eugene Knight. I loved In Between Dreams and I absolutely loved Burning Through Their Eyes. I love the character development of Toby; I loved how he was so relaxed and affectionate and I enjoyed his determination to get his child back. The story is thrilling, captivating and very interesting. You will not want to put the novel down because you will want to know how this ends. And, most importantly, you will want to know what Toby does, you will be rooting for him, you will be cheering him on and you will feel connected to him in his struggle to find himself and be the protector that he wants to be. It is brilliant! I am a huge fan of Eugene Knight's writing style and Toby! I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because it deserves so much more.
It took me a little longer to release the book. I spent a lot of time on it this week to make it happen. I received half of the books in the mail Thursday evening, and spent Friday and Saturday morning getting them sent out, all the orders and the goodreads giveaway are not completely shipped yet, just the books that are going to GB, CA, and AU. This week I’ll have the rest of the book out. I feel bad for the post office employee who has to deal with me in the morning. it’s a lot of books. So, I didn’t want to send them out all at once or I’d be at the post office all day. I should get the rest of the books sent out by the end of the week. I could have sent them straight from the publisher, but I threw a couple of knickknacks in for everyone.
I was going to talk about the editing issue this week, but I received my first review from Reader's Favorite, which had me beaming. So, I thought I would share that this week instead.
Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
Eugene Knight is a name I will begin to associate with the likes of James Patterson. Yes, his powerful blend of thriller and sci-fi took me by surprise. Readers are introduced to Toby Ryan, a character with exceptional psychic powers, an underground network of experts about to create a deadly technology, an NSA project, and a band of criminals, all brought together in a very compelling plot.
Toby returns to Chicago to start a new life with his family, but Chicago will always remind him of how his father died and could it be because he needs to know who killed him and how? His first surprise is that his son is kidnapped and might be in grave danger. Toby quickly understands that things aren’t going to be the way they seem as he learns of an NSA secret that can transform the kind of skills he is born with into a formidable weapon. What matters is finding his son and he will have to use his power to control dreams and pry into the minds of others by peering through their eyes. Can he succeed when a deadly prophecy hangs upon his head? Burning Through Their Eyes is a tantalizing, hard-to-put-down story.
Eugene Knight has used a narrative voice that allows the different POV’s to come out clearly. The writing is top-notch, and the author makes great use of different literary elements to make the story interesting. The story starts with a dramatic event, a boy being tortured, and the reader also gets a great idea of the kind of conflict developed throughout the story. The shifts in narrative voices, from the first person narrative to the third person, respect the different POV’s and this creates suspense and anticipation in the reader. Burning Through Their Eyes is fast-paced, well-written, with memorable and compelling characters, a story that is insanely entertaining. I won’t hesitate to recommend this one to fans of sci-fi, crime and investigation. It is a thriller with great psychological depth.
Have a great week
I know the title this week is pretty long, but my blog is touching on all those this week.
I received my book back from the editors yesterday. I started going over all the changes and am reading through it one more time to see if there is anything that I or the editors may have missed. As of right now I am about half done with the read through, I’ve spent most of my time on this since I received it back and I am expecting to get it out by the 14th or 15th this month; even if I have to pull a couple all-nighter's to make that happen.
I am excited! I know that the extra time it took me to release the book will pay off for the readers. It will leave the readers speechless when they read this book.
As long as everything continues at the same pace and no huge issues arise. I will have all the goodreads and pre-orders out by next Monday.
In my next blog, I will go into more detail on what the holdup was on the book release.
Thanks for reading
Today, was a pretty busy day for me and my family in general. My Aunt Joyce passed away and her services were today. Thinking back on some memories of her from when I was younger; about four-years-old to be precise, she used to come over and tutor me, I remember enjoying it and hating it all at the same time. I hated having to actually sit on a chair, and try to sit still for a couple hours, but loved the bribe of M&M’s to actually say m and m, since I had a huge issue with m’s and n’s and remember thinking they were the same letters back then. That was also when my family realized I was left-handed.
My favorite pass time with my Aunt was garage sale’s on the weekends when I was around eight. I don’t really know why I loved garage sale’s so much back then, maybe it was being able to go out with my Aunt and cousin who usually came with, some times she would take us to the beach too.
My Aunt moved to California a long time ago, and I didn’t really see her that much, but always thought about her and the other family that moved and lives out there.
She became an elementary school teacher, and married out there around ninety-seven, which I flew out for the wedding and reception with some family. For the most part the reception was a blur to me other than Karaoke, that turned out to be surprisingly fun. I remember my dad and his three-brother’s singing Hotel California. Most of my other memories of that wedding were the toilet and the bushes.
Some of the other memories was how my Aunt would always speak her mind when she felt she needed to. She will be missed.
On a lighter note, I was able to see some family that I haven’t seen for sixteen years or so, and they all looked good and are doing well. I was glad to be able to spend some time with them. It was nice to see them after so long and reconnect with them. The one thing people should know is, we love to drink and we’re rowdy when we get together.
I enjoyed some of the memories that other family members had of my Aunt.
Have a good week
Congratulations to all the winners on the goodreads book giveaway, I will get all the books out as soon as possible. I did have to hold the release date off for a couple weeks due to some editing issues, I apologize for that, but the issues are being taken care of, as soon as it is done I’ll get them all out in the mail.
There is one thing I realized while reading the last book I read, I love physical copies of books. I always buy digital copies, but end up buying the physical copy anyways. I love being home with the light on and turning the pages. For some reason, I don’t get that feeling when I read digital copies. I have so many books, I don’t know what I’ll do with them all. I do go back every once and a while to find something I read in a book from a couple years ago, that I wanted to reread. My bookshelf is set up to have my favorite books in it; the books I think about. I just don’t get any of those feelings when I read digital books. Not that digital books are bad, I personally don’t find them as fun as real books. Digital copies let you buy the book cheaper; sometimes, and you can have the book right then. Physical copies of books are more expensive, but there is one thing that they have that I don’t get from digital copies. After the ending of the book, after it’s reached its climax and is resting itself in my head, or that feeling that I get of being blown away by the ending; I get to close the book and give out a sigh, and say that was really good, then read the back cover over, as though I missed something or a yearning wishing the book was longer or had more to read. I don’t know if that is true or not.
One thing I can say for sure right now is, I have a head cold and any kind of lights are giving me a headache right now; including typing this, so a kindle book is no good, had to order a couple books off Amazon today.
I’m curious about other readers, do you feel the same way about books and eBooks or are you the other way around? I’d love to hear what other people think about the two, or what you prefer?
Have a good week
This weekend was the Chicago Auto Show. I have so many videos and photos to go through. I was thinking of making a new tab on my web page so people can see them. I’ve already posted several on twitter. I'll put some on Facebook soon. It is probably going to take me a week or so to go through all the pictures and pick the ones I like, but I’ll post a couple of my favorites down below. With a new picture of Bruno at the vet, there’s a story behind it which is too long; I tell you guys about it another time. This weekend was exhausting, but was well worth it. I gave out over twenty books, ten t-shirts, pens, and bookmarks. I’ll post some pictures of the Nissan Rogue, that I had to see for myself. All and all I think Ford had the best display, even though I would have liked to seen some concept cars from them; that's a hint for Ford for next year. I did get a couple from Toyota.
I was thinking of giving away t-shirts as a special book giveaway of 5 signed copy's on goodreads, but I’ll have to think of a way to get the sizes people would want, maybe have them tell me the size in a direct message. Of course, the front of the t-shirt is a picture of my book cover and the back is my favorite slogan, “Is your mind safe anymore?”-picture at the bottom.
Congratulations to all the kindle book winners of In Between Dreams on Twitter, I hope you enjoy the mystery.
Have a good week
My dog Tazzie was a handful when she was a puppy, that is why I named her Tazzie after the cartoon. Tazzie is about six years old now, she was rescued in the Kankakee river, with eight of her brother’s, sister’s, and mom who were dumped by some jerk. She has a bump on her nose where it broke a piece of her skull off. She's the best dog I’ve ever had, and is smart too, sometimes too smart.
After getting two more puppies I realized that all puppies are just bad, there is no going around it. They’re six months old. Buttercup is the mischievous one, she loves getting into stuff, anything she can reach while standing on her hind legs is her hobby. Bruno, who is all muscle, and twice as big as his twin sister, gets whatever his sister grabs from the counter and eats, that goes for anything, including something weird they may find outside. I constantly need to watch them. Recently, I caught Bruno eating a pop can they found outside. Here is a small list of the stuff they’ve gotten a hold of in the last month that I caught them eating, including, but not limited to: napkins, plastic, paper, pens, anything electrical, shoes, controllers, CD's and socks. Those are the items that I’ve found them chewing on. I have no idea on the stuff I didn’t see. When I pick up after them outside, I always end up wondering where they got some of the items that hang out of their stool.
Recently, one of my dogs got a hold of Tazzie’s medication, I was thankful that it wasn’t harmful to them, but my cat seemed to have a hand in that case, she helped knock it off the counter so the dogs could get it; it's a conspiracy, with all the animals involved.
They’re just puppies, but a pain in the butts. I always feel like one of them is keeping my attention while the other one is getting something they shouldn’t be, as though it was planned from the beginning. Just like I picture my dogs listening to rock music and banging their heads while I'm at work, like in the animated movie, The Secret Life of Pets.
Below are some picture of the pain in the puppies, the 1st picture is right after I brought the little adorable trash eaters home; they are Bullies. The 2nd picture is of them coming in after playing in the mud, Buttercup is on the left, Bruno is on the right. The last picture is Tazzie, who is part lab and chow.
On another note, The Chicago Auto Show is going on now, I’ll be there the 18 and 19, promoting my new book, giving away t-shirts, copies of my first book, and some other stuff as well. I want to check out the Nissan Rogue’s Star Wars Edition crossover vehicle with wings, that’s funny, it has wings. I need some pictures of that.
Have a good week,