Thursday, December 13, 2012

Giveaway and guest post by M.H. Mead

Caught Between Two Worlds
by Margaret Yang and Harry R. Campion
writing together as M.H. Mead

Being part of Generation X means always being one step behind. Those born between 1965 and 1982 learned to type on typewriters, yet we work on the latest laptops. We started with three channels of television, yet we adore Netflix. We grew up with rotary phones, yet we lust after the latest iGadget.

Many baby boomers, and the older generation before them, shun things like cell phones and Facebook. It’s overwhelming to them. They learn to use such things only when they must, and just when they start to understand it, things change. The older they get, the less the effort seems worth it. On the other hand, most Millenials (born between 1982 and 2000) are digital natives. They are as uncomfortable without their computers as their grandparents are with them. Millenials have no problem using Skype, Facebook and an iPod at the same time. Their grandparents are annoyed by change. Change is the rule for Millenials.

But what of Generation X, in between? We use the latest technology, but it’s a second language to us. No matter how well we understand it, we will always speak it with an accent. We both accept and are bothered by constant change. We carry our cell phones everywhere and check email constantly, all the while resenting that we have to.

It gives us a unique perspective. We used some of that experience when crafting the hero of our science fiction novel, Taking the Highway. Thirty-four year old Andre LaCroix is caught between generations when the world changes. However, Andre’s world is going in the opposite direction. High tech gadgets are considered tacky, and not for use in polite company. People still use their smart phones and computers as much as ever, but only when necessary, and only for work, never for play (at least not in public). In Taking the Highway, it’s the senior citizens who meet life armed with the latest gadgets, while the motto of the younger generation is “keep it real.”

Not only is Andre caught between generations, he’s also caught between careers—one high tech and one not. In his day job, he’s a homicide detective. He uses every available modern resource to catch killers, from holographic target ranges to a phone implanted in his skull. But he also moonlights as a professional hitchhiker, or fourth. Since cars need four passengers to access the super-fast, computer-controlled highways, those who come up short hire extra riders—fourths—to fill their cars. Andre literally stands on street corners, waiting to be picked up by cars needing a rider. There is no app for that.

It’s just this combination that lets him see things clearly when both sides of his life are threatened. Someone is killing fourths and Andre is the only one who can solve it. He needs all of his skills, both high-tech and non, to bring the killer to justice. Being in between—between two jobs, between two generations—is exactly what he needs to get the job done.

When hitchhiking becomes the profession that saves the city, who will save the hitchhikers?

Detroit is thriving, once again on the move. The key to this motion may be the fourths--professional hitchhikers who round out incomplete carpools, allowing the car entrance to the superfast, computer-controlled highways.

The city needs fourths. Fourths need the work. It's an easy way to earn some extra cash.

Or to end up dead.

Someone is killing fourths and the only one who can stop the killer is jaded homicide detective Andre LaCroix, who moonlights as a fourth himself.

Taking the Highway is the newest science fiction thriller from the authors of The Caline Conspiracy and Fate's Mirror.

Now for the giveaway.  The authors of this book will provide an ebook (format chosen by the winner) to one lucky winner.  Open internationally all winning entries will be verified.

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  1. Speaking, or rather typing, as someone who was born before 1965, I have to say "Bring it on!" about constant change, especially if I can use a computer instead of a dreaded typewriter.

    (Young people today just do not understand the horror of Tippex, or those little bits of correction coated paper that were supposed to “make mistakes invisible”!

    But to answer the question in the giveaway quiz: yes, I can live without my cellphone.

    I can make decisions without phoning a friend about what to buy for dinner and I can read a book without getting bored; my attention span is better than my 10 year old nephew’s, although he can beat me (every time) when we play Rabbids on the Wii and I have to admit that if I win this giveaway, I will have to borrow a Kindle (or similar) in order to read the book – all the same I hope I do win as this sounds like an interesting idea for a story and I’d like to know how things turn out for Andre LaCroix.

  2. Live withojt my celphone sure if I had time to write down my contacts numbers, because I dont knoe any of them