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Genre-bending writer.

Q&A with Aztec Midnight Author, M.C. Tuggle

Here’s a short interview in which I discuss my writing process, what inspires me, and the back story of Aztec Midnight. 

Trigger Warning: Yes, the picture accompanying the interview shows my actual work space. Folks used to tidy offices may be offended, even shocked. It’s chaotic, but I manage to write there. Somehow.

Best fiction and writing blogs


The best fiction and writing blogs, compiled by Bret

Dave’s Corner of the Universe: The 2014 Davie Awards [Most outstanding work in Sci-Fi/Fantasy]
Cristian Mihai: The Angel in the Marble
The Quiet Fantasy Book Blog: Book Review – The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Cindy Knoke: Storm Surge [Coastal scenes that are both beautiful and treacherous]
Thoughts on Fantasy: 5 Ways to Keep Your Dragons Fresh [Great tips for writers! A must read.]
Confessions of a Readaholic: BOOK REVIEW: The Entire Predicament by Lucy Corin
A Writer’s Path: How the Seven-Point Story Structure Can Help Your Writing [This is EXCELLENT!]
Sarah C. Roethle: Print Book Giveaway!

Gifting an eBook

Aztec Midnight ebook

Now here’s a great Christmas gift idea from The Novel Fox:

Try ebooks this year as a gift for travelers, commuters, book club members, coworkers, teachers . . . or any book lover!

Many e-bookstores allow you to gift an ebook. It’s easy to make the ebook a more tangible gift by printing the book cover on card stock or photo paper and including the details on how to redeem it. An ebook is perfect for a stocking stuffer or a little something extra to go in a card, along with a baked good or small gift. Ebooks are an inexpensive, easy, and thoughtful gift for all occasions!

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Hemingway Writing

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Quinn’s Books: INVISIBLE MONSTERS by Chuck Palahniuk
Write on the River: Ascension: This Aint Sharknado on #Syfy
Oscar Hokeah: Video on True Confessions through Coffee Cups
Storytime with John: Language Barrier
1SIGRIDSSON: GOOD MORNING AGAIN, PRETTY AUTUMN! [You have to see these images. They look like hidden fens and thickets from Lothlórien]
Daily Echo: Notes from a small dog… a letter to Santa
Elan Mudrrow: Short Sayings
Down The Hall On Your Left: To Boldly Go … [Now THIS is funny! Anyone over 50 will appreciate this]

Aztec Midnight Release

Aztec Midnight

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By M.C. Tuggle

When drug cartels begin vandalizing ancient Aztec sites throughout Mexico in search of the sacred obsidian knife of Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl, the Mexican government reaches out to the U.S. State Department for assistance. Dr. Jon Barrett, an archaeologist and pre-Columbian weapons expert, then journeys to Cuernavaca with his wife Susanna at the request of Eric Winwood, a high-ranking State Department official, to find and rescue the knife before the cartels can claim it. Locating the knife proves more challenging and dangerous than Dr. Barrett anticipated, and he and Susanna soon find themselves at the center of the cartels’ search. For Dr. Barrett and his wife to survive, he will be forced to apply his knowledge of ancient weapons in the face of an ancient power he never imagined.

“This fast-paced novella amps up the suspense with well-crafted dialogue and a Mexican drug cartel subplot. . . . M. C. Tuggle’s meticulous creation of a suspenseful, driving thriller makes Aztec Midnight very engaging.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews

“It zips right along from twist to twist, eventually arriving at a bloody finale.” – Kirkus Reviews

Click here to buy Aztec Midnight and to read an excerpt. For background on the creation of Aztec Midnight, click here.

Best fiction and writing blogs


The best fiction and writing blogs, compiled by Treebeard

Sweating to Mordor: Creepy Boromir and Black Swans on the River
A Vase of Wildflowers: Artist Interview: John Holcroft
Ms. Toy Whisperer: Tested Faith
Fantasy Book Review: An interview with Patrick Rothfuss
The Silent Eye: Spokes on the wheel
Thoughts on Fantasy: The Special Effects You Don’t See (You’ve GOT to see the trailer!)
Ipuna Black: Life’s Little Moments
Confessions of a Readaholic: Ernest Hemingway’s reading list for all the Young Writers