Bogged Down

I’m sure everybody here has had struggles in their life whether it’s family problems, medical issues, financial struggles, or relationship complications. We all face some kind of obstacle in life that feels like an indestructible wall. If you’ve been there or are there right now, I hope you know it’s a temporary event in your life. It’s all about how you’ll climb that wall and make it to the other side unscathed.

Just wanted to let you guys know that moving forward and strengthening yourself as a person will help overcome some of these problems. I know over the last year I lost my motivation, my inspiration, myself, and my soul. I’ve been scratching frantically at the walls that continuously close around me. People say when one door closes another opens. Well, for me that other door remained locked. I’m still picking away at the lock in hopes of finding something on the other side but for now, I’m living and breathing.

Everyone stay safe for the holidays and remember family and friends are worth more than what’s under the tree. Don’t let the struggles overcome you and enjoy the ones around you.

Love to all!

Price Drop for Horizon on Kindle

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Just a reminder! Huge Savings on the Lulu sight on Horizon and now, Horizon is available in e-book format for only $0.99! Definitely give it a read and let me know what you think in the reviews and rankings! Thanks!

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I’ve lowered the price for Horizon from $3.99 on the kindle to $0.99. I’m really trying to push for more reviews on this book so if you’re interested right now is the best offer for this book on Amazon. I’ve also started the process of reducing the prices on my publisher website and other retail sites. You’ll see the changes on the kindle hopefully by the end of the day. The other sites, it could take up to 6-8 weeks. Thanks guys!

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A Wonderful Review of Horizon

Just read this on Barnes and Noble’s Nook page. This is a true testament to why I enjoy and love the art of writing. Especially when readers go out of their way to express what they loved about the novel. This was a five star review for my novel Horizon:

If you want thrill, fantasy, politics (that coincides with today’s politics) and a major adrenalin rush–get this book! It is SO well written, and in a “Game of Thrones” style, which I truly like. There are many characters whose stories are seperate but come together, so it helps that chapters are named by the name of the person it is about (to avoid confusion and keep the suspense). The concept/idea was brilliant and William Lloyd truly delivered! You will be hooked from the intro and screaming for the sequel once you are finished. A highly recommended book from a fresh new author. I actually found this book much more appealing than well-established authors out there….Dean Koontz was one of my favorites, but this author just bumped him down a notch. Not giving any spoiler alerts….just get the book and you will understand!

Deeper into My Personal Life

Since this weekend has been a wonderful weekend filled with love and joy of a newly married couple into the family, I would like to jump into a little bit about my fiance, Nadine Ford. I know I have written about many different and random subjects, but I don’t really get many chances to really write about the one that makes me who I am today.

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This is Nadine, Luna, and me during Thanksgiving.

I met Nadine about four and half years ago at a small pizzeria. It was on the corner of a four way street across from the Farmer’s Market. I remember I was in a small three piece band at the time, and I was working on the weekly vlog with my drummer, when I received a message from my guitarist. He wanted us to stop what we were doing and drive about thirty minutes away to this pizza place to do a mini acoustic open mic night. At the time, we both didn’t want to because we were tired as hell and just wanted to promote whatever gig we were trying to pack out at the time.

Anyways, we went anyways because the word “GIRLS” was brought up. I guess when your as young as we were that one world will have you in a whirlwind out the door and into the car. Anyways, we headed down to the pizzeria and when we got there it was a thin crowd, but I wasn’t going to walk away from any crowd if they were interested in our music. We walked inside the restaurant and that’s where I saw Nadine. She was sitting with her cousin in the booths, and I couldn’t help but feel my knees weaken. I seriously felt like I was going to either throw up, or pass out because I was really thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever met. If I remember correctly, I think she was wearing a Nightmare Before Christmas Hat.

I sat behind her near the booths and played it cool trying to seem like I wasn’t too eager to catch her number. Instead, I just texted her cousin and aunt constantly trying to find out who she was. Eventually, we started talking, and things clicked quickly between the two of us. It was almost like meeting my other half. Anyways, my guitarist and I played a few songs, and I proceeded to continue to try and flirt with Nadine like a teenage boy. I got her number that night and we met up at a shopping mall, where we could get to know each other a little better away from everyone.

I learned a lot of things about her from her past relationship to her hometown on Long Island. She described the ups and downs of her life, and even revealed a few secrets to me that made me a little nervous at first, but I felt like there was something different about it from everyone else.

Over the years we have traveled together from Savannah, GA. to Illinois to New York City. It was a dream come true for me cause I was actually travelling alone without the my parents accompanying me. I always wanted that from someone else. Someone that wants to achieve the same goals and has the ambition to grow more every day.

I’ve had this question asked to me many times by people because Nadine and I have been engaged for two years know. We’ve been together for almost five years. I don’t usually have a straight forward answer with everyone I talk to about this because there are way too many things that come to mind. So THE QUESTION… Why do you love her?

I sat down and really collected the memories and events that have brought me to be able to answer this question that should be simple, but sometimes is a little cluttered. So here it goes. I love her because she believes in us, she has faith in better things to come, and all she wants is for me to be happy. I know we have both had our struggles in the past and even now, but I will say the will power that we have to get past some of the conflicts and bumpy roads is amazing. I’ve met people who are very materialistic and just have their eye out for a guy with cash. Well, I know Nadine isn’t like this because, well, I’m broke as hell at the moment. Also, there hasn’t been a moment where she has regretted being with me because of the finances. I remember writing my first book Horizon, and everyday she would flip through a few chapters. She always seemed to push me to keep writing. Especially any kind of romance that might be happening in the story.

I can honestly say, she is the motivational tool that kept me working on Horizon. She’s the reason I get fired up everyday to get another 10,000 words written. She is also the reason I wanted to get a real job, buy a house, and build a family with her. I don’t know how our lives got here. I don’t even know what path we both took to end up at that pizzeria, but every day I do wake up to the most amazing woman alive. When I feel her arms wrap around my neck, her lips press against my cheek gently, or her voice whisper into my ear, everything seems to just be at peace with me. I can’t complain about the things I wish I had, or the life that I wish we could be living right now. It feels like each stone has been placed perfectly for us to cross whatever void that might be below us. We are not you average couple by far. We play multiple video games like Destiny and Call of Duty. We read Walking Dead comic books together. We even enjoy watching Marvel movies together. Chick flicks have turned into no nos lately it seems.

She’s a fantastic cook. I could eat anything she makes and be left with a smile and a full belly. I do wish for more massages, but I can’t complain when I’m the one giving her a massage. She does work a lot, and I do too. I stepped down from my job just so I could experience a little bit more life with her. I can say she will tell you I’m very spontaneous, and I will instantly do anything. Sometimes it scares her, but she knows I try to do the best I can to make her happy. I’d give up anything for her. If there was a bullet in her way, I would be the one to step in front of her and take it. To me, love should not be about sacrificing, it should be about wanting to be with that person. It should be about letting the past go and building a future with that person. I’m in love with Nadine for the simple fact that we could go to hell and back, and still give each other a high five and a solid kiss.

These are only a few things to answer the question, Why do you love her? There are so many more clustered in my brain right now, and I know so many more memories will add on to the bundle later on in life.

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

Marriage

My cousin just got married yesterday, and I’m very happy for the guy. I was sitting down the other night with beer and pen in hand, thinking what’s the next step to getting Nadine and me to the alter. Well, after discussing it with my beautiful fiance we are currently ahead of the game as far as planning. Haha which I didn’t know.

I don’t normally give speeches, or talk much about what’s rumbling around inside me, but the last two days made me want to write.

My cousin Alex married his love Emma yesterday. It was a wonderful day for the Lloyd and Nolt families. I can remember a few glimpses in the past with Alex and still am in shock that we are already at this point in our lives. We were born two days apart, we had birthdays togethers, we experienced mischievous moments, some tearful losses, and a immense amount of time playing video games and watching football.

There’s a lot of love that is spread by the Lloyds no matter what obstacles we face, or what views we have. We experience life to our fullest and usually have someone by our side whether it’s a close friend, or our true love. I remember my Uncle Lee’s girlfriend saying once, “I’m a northern girl, but these Lloyds are true southern gentlemen.” Now, I don’t know much about that first part, but I will say we are the ones that will hold the door for you, be at your side every waking moment, and kiss you good night even after a fight.

Marrying someone you love is a commitment, but a Lloyd will always do their best to leap over those obstacles, and keep that fire alive.

Congratulations, Alex and Emma Lloyd and to both of you may everlasting love continue to brighten your path.

Price Drop for Horizon on Kindle

I’ve lowered the price for Horizon from $3.99 on the kindle to $0.99. I’m really trying to push for more reviews on this book so if you’re interested right now is the best offer for this book on Amazon. I’ve also started the process of reducing the prices on my publisher website and other retail sites. You’ll see the changes on the kindle hopefully by the end of the day. The other sites, it could take up to 6-8 weeks. Thanks guys!

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Things to Consider

I was just going through Amazon Kindle’s unlimited section on my phone. I came across a book that looked like an interesting book to read, and I saw it had about 1500 reviews. Most were four and five stars. There were a decent about of 3 and 1 stars though. After reading some of the bad reviews, they all had the same complaint about the style of this author. After reading a lot of the 5 stars, it was very narrow minded explanations and not as much detail as the bad ratings. Now, what I gathered from this review is that the author forgets what her main character looks like, and some of her characters act childish with situations even though they are professional engineers. This really had me thinking for a moment because this seems to be one of her first books.

I understand as a first time writing there will be many mistakes, especially if you self-publish. I made that mistake on the first printing of Horizon, then I went back and fixed what my readers had issues with. It wasn’t so much the story line at all, more of editing errors. Let’s just say I learned my lesson quick. So now, I have this second novel I’m working on. I’ve learned from my first book that planning and brainstorming is the most important part of writing.

It took me about five years to finish my first book and it was mostly because I was following politics and researching a lot about the material I was writing about. Now, I’m working on Phantom Force with a totally new approach. I’m planning the chapters ahead of time, writing the characters descriptions, and drawing maps of the areas these characters visit. It almost seems like it’s easier to write this novel only because I have a better perspective of who my characters really are.

I understand everyone is not going to love what I write, but I would rather them totally not enjoy the genre/story than get frustrated with grammatical errors, poor character development, and lack of research. Just remember don’t rush to publish your first novel because it could hurt in the long run. Good luck with your writing everyone!

To Mom and Dad

I don’t say this enough to my parents, and I probably look like an ungrateful son for not. Thank you. Thank you for everything you have done from raising me to being here whenever I needed a ear to ramble to, or a shoulder to cry on. The last few days I thought a lot about things that have happened in the last year that scare me to utter death like someone calling my job to tell me my dad’s heart has stopped and he’s in the hospital, but really it was a hoax from a sick son-of-a-bitch. That isn’t the point though, it scares me to death to think that one day I will be alone on this earth. I will not have someone to dial and talk to about personal things. I will not have someone there to help me when I’m having tough luck in life. Honestly, I don’t know how my parents do it sometimes.

All the secrets and events that I have shared with my mom and dad are what make me who I am today. They spoiled me as a child, but I do appreciate all of the places we went to and the unique things I got to experience. If it didn’t happen then, I may not have experienced them now. It’s funny how they prepared my sister and I for everything ahead. They sacrificed time and money to give us the life they may have wanted as a child. From what I know, like anyone else, they both had struggles in life that they faced. Somehow they both overcame them and raised my sister and I very well. Honestly, I beat myself up so much just to be able experience the life they had again. I wish I had the work ethic and strength my dad had. I wish I had the talent and charisma my mom has, but I have never really been as successful as them two.

It’s funny though. No matter how many times I fall, they always are there to try and bring me back on my feet. They always seem to know how to turn my wheels or press my buttons to get my ass back in gear… even if it’s something I don’t want to hear. I hope that one day I will have something to be proud of like they did. They owned a moving company and traveled to many exotic places. It seems like just yesterday that I was on a beach with them belly surfing on the waves with my dad, or hearing my mom scream from the stands to “Hit that ball, Will!” or “Strike him out!”

I know my dad threw baseball’s with me and helped me practice. My mom always was the moral support that wanted to make me better. They have both contributed to molding me into the person I am today. I will admit that I still have my rough edges, but it is all just part of that journey. I love you, mom and dad! No matter how stubborn I am with certain subjects or sarcastic I am, I will always love both of you.

Horizon Reveal (Sample Chapter)

SAULTER

May 29, 2113

Los Angeles, California

Berringer and Son Law Firm

Saulter enters the law firm with his two CIA operatives, Foster Lancaster and Miguel Perez, close behind him. His stiff posture and masculine march brings everyone in the firm to a sudden silence as though waiting for one of their own to be sentenced to death. He pulls his badge from his pocket and reveals it with a swift snap of his wrist to the receptionist. The woman behind the desk cowers in her seat as she watches him return it to his belt. Saulter reaches for the desk tag and reads the name. A devilish smile appears on his cracked lips.

“Mrs. Rose,” he says underneath the raspy and barbaric undertones of his voice.

“Miss,” she replies.

“Really, now? For an attractive red head like you, I would’ve expected you to have a significant other waiting for you at home.”

“No,” she shivers. “Recently widowed.” She squints at his tag. “General Saulter Williams. Oh my, is there something wrong?”

Saulter removes his green hat. “Every day, Rose, something is always wrong. That is why I am always getting the tough assignments. It’s because I am the kind of man that gets the job done.” He smiles. “And you may ask, at what cost? And I will answer in a heartbeat—at any cost to keep the lives of this nation safe.” He leans back from the desk and returns the hat to his head. “Now, you can make my job easier by pointing me in the direction to a Mr. Nathan Berringer’s office.”

“I would, sir, but he is in the middle of a—”

“Tell him it would be in his best interest to speak with me at once. I am a very busy man, and I am extremely impatient.”

“I understand, sir, but he did give me very specific instructions not to interrupt him today,” she says, looking up at Saulter with her hazel eyes.

“Cute,” he answers, looking up towards the hallway behind her. “I’ll invite myself in then. On behalf of the President of the United States, I am authorized to go into that office.” He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a folded document. “Here is a warrant.” He tosses the papers on the desk and marches towards the door that has N. Berringer written across the glass.

“But wait, I can’t let you go…” Rose trails behind the men, still begging them to stop.

Saulter pushes the door open with both men close behind him. He discovers Nathan Berringer flipping through a mess of files on his desk. The stout man wrinkles his forehead as the three men enter without warning.

“Rose, I told you I can’t be distracted today!” Nathan exclaims as his glasses slide to the end of his nose.

“I tried…” she answers as Saulter slams the door behind him, locking it. Both of his men flank either side of the desk.

“Gentlemen, you can’t just barge into my office without an appointment. I’m a very busy man,” Nathan says in heavy breaths.

“No need for an appointment, Mr. Berringer. I have a warrant that comes straight from the Commander-in-Chief. So, in my professional advice, I would suggest you sit your ass down and listen up,” Saulter says, slamming his fists on the desk.

“I will not tolerate—“

“Oh, you will tolerate anything and everything I throw at you, Mr. Berringer.” Saulter turns to the bookshelves, taking notice of all the pictures of the lawyer’s family. “Not to mention the impeccable danger your family will be in if you don’t cooperate with us.”

“My family?” Nathan’s eyes widen in shock. “What do they have to do with any of this?”

“Nothing at all. It’s just in my nature to use people’s prized possessions as bargaining chips,” Saulter grins. “Let’s just see how much information I can squeeze out of you before I explain what my men will do to your wife and children if I don’t get the answers I want, okay?”

Nathan sits back in his chair and looks up at all three men. Saulter pulls out his badge and rests it on the desk. He sits across from Nathan in an empty chair. He stares at the lawyer’s frizzled brown head of hair and dirt cheap suit. The prime example of a compulsive liar and cheat in American society. He watches Nathan reach for the badge and bring it close to his face.

“Director of the CIA, huh?” Nathan chuckles. “Had nothing better to do today, I presume.”

“Nathan, you have something the president wants immediately, and he is going to get it whether you want him to or not,” Saulter answers, snapping his fingers to Foster.

Foster pulls out a manila envelope from his black jacket and hands it to the general. Saulter flips through the contents and pulls out a letter addressed to Nathan that reads: From the desk of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States.

“I just wanted to make this more formal. President Rashaad has requested that the inheritance and/or inheritances of Captain Weston Lambright be confiscated and not recorded to the decease’s immediate family members,” Saulter says, watching Nathan skim through the letter.

“As much as I would love to cooperate with this request, I cannot, General,” Nathan replies, setting the letter back onto the desk.

“And why can’t you do this simple task?”

Nathan looks down at Saulter’s badge again. “General, due to the moral code of ethics and attorney-client confidentiality clauses, I can’t release that information. In addition, my client specifically instructed me not to release anything to the government, only to his sons.”

“But there are no legal issues that you are obligated to. You would risk the lives of your family and yourself for this man?” Saulter taps his fingers on his lap. His light-hearted spirits turn to a ruthless darkness within seconds as his eyes narrow like a hungry predator.

“I think it would be best if you and your two pets leave now,” Nathan says, leaning back in his chair.

“Oh, you have some large balls, Nathan, but, unfortunately, mine outweigh your ignorance.” Saulter cracks his neck and looks at both of the stone cold faces of Miguel and Foster. He leans closer to the desk. “You know, I’ve dealt with many persistent lawyers who have, like you, used the constitution and law to keep the government’s hands off of important documents. Although I commend you for your bravery to stand up to us, I also recommend you beg for mercy from my pets? Isn’t that what you called them?”

Saulter stands to his feet, looking outside the blinds of the window and slowly shutting them. Thin lines of sunlight stripe the walls of the small office.

“My pets were instructed not to do anything too drastic to you, considering you have delicate information, but I am afraid they have not learned the meaning of obedience just yet.”

Foster walks behind Nathan’s chair. He clenches the brown hairs between his fingers and spastically bashes Nathan’s head onto the glass cover on the desk. Foster pulls Nathan’s head back to the headrest of the chair. Blood seeps into the crevices of the cracked glass. Nathan tastes iron on his lips and feels blood drip from his chin. His eyes are beet red and deep gashes line his forehead.

“Are you ready to hand over those documents?” Saulter shrugs and leans close to Nathan’s face. “You can make this easy for me, or messy for you. Honestly, it’s really your choice.”

“Don’t you have his records in your damn database? What more could you need from the inheritance he left for his boys, you sick son-of-a-bitch?” he cries. “You’re the fucking government for god’s sake!”

“Do you not realize technology has created firewalls to keep the government’s hands off of certain individual’s files? Weston has figured out a way to slip through the cracks of our system and now we are at the verge of world destruction as we speak!” Saulter growls, while tossing files and papers off the desk. “Stop feeding me bullshit, Nathan, and give us what we want!”

Nathan keeps his mouth sealed tight. Saulter’s anger overwhelms him as his brain feels as though it could split at any moment. He nods at Miguel and walks away from the desk.

“Fine. I guess we’ll be here for a while then,” he says, reaching for the file on the floor. “Hmm… Becky Berringer. You have a file for your wife?” Saulter flips through the contents. He hears Miguel reeling back his fist and thrusting it into Nathan’s ribcage. He looks back to see Nathan heaving from the blow to his stomach. “Who keeps a file of their own wife, Foster? Isn’t a picture enough to satisfy a husband?” Foster laughs in the corner as Saulter tosses the file behind his head.

“You… can’t… do this. It’s against the law,” Nathan coughs.

“That is where you are very wrong, my friend. We actually can do whatever we want to suspected terrorists now. We can even do some pretty fucked up things to the family, as well. You should know this already though, you’re a lawyer.” Saulter sits in the chair across from Nathan again.

“You don’t understand. You have the wrong guy. I’m not a terrorist and neither is Weston. You guys are trying to frame us!” Nathan exclaims as blood spatters across the desk from his torn lip.

“No, you don’t understand, Mr. Berringer, the government decides who is a terrorist, whether it’s an innocent stay-at-home mom, or a corrupted lawyer.” Saulter walks over to the window again and watches everyone in the street. “We have passed laws only to satisfy the safety of our leaders, and we have desecrated the ones that our forefathers created to protect the people. This nation is no longer a perfect union for the people, it is now a country run by tyranny.”

“That’s bull!” Nathan interrupts as his head meets the surface of the sheet of broken glass on the desk.

“I didn’t want to jump to this scenario.” Saulter looks down at the photo of Becky. Nathan hocks a wad of bloody saliva towards Saulter. He dodges the red slime and looks up at both of his men with rage boiling in his eyes. “Please, do something about his mouth!”

Foster grabs the stapler on the desk and presses the metallic beam against Nathan’s forehead. He slams his fist against the top of the stapler as multiple staples puncture the lawyer’s forehead. He continues to press until he makes his way to the mangled lips. Miguel presses Nathan’s lips together as Foster staples his mouth shut. Droplets of blood rise from the wounds. Nathan moans as tears well up in his eyes and staples bend in and out of his head.

“Is the brave lawyer crying? Please, help him wipe away those tears,” Saulter laughs in amusement at the torture of an innocent man. He watches Foster seal his eyelids shut and press the stapler firmly against the rim of his eyelids.

Nathan’s shriek in his throat makes Saulter stop the two men.

“Do you have something to say now, before we permanently blind you, Mr. Berringer?”

“Mm…mmm…mmm,” Nathan mumbled behind his sealed lips.

“C’mon, let the guy at least have a chance to speak.”

Foster grabs the small staple remover from the desk drawer and wedges the sharp edges underneath each staple, ripping each one out with a slight tug. Saulter watches and listens to Nathan moan in pain until he can finally speak.

“Now, you were saying?” Saulter asks, leaning on the desk.

“Oh, god,” he exhales.

“Sorry, Nathan, but the big guy upstairs had to take a leak. It’s just you and me now.” Saulter grabs Nathan’s chin and turns the lawyer’s head towards him. “Could you stay coherent long enough to hand over those documents I so desperately need, or should I tell my men to torture your family ever so slowly?”

Nathan lazily tosses his head back. His eyes bulge as staples hang from his eyebrows like tiny meat hooks. His lip dangles from his mouth.

“Fuck… you…” he says under his breath.

“Wow! That’s a first from a lawyer, isn’t it, boys?” He looks up at his men with a devilish grin. “Usually your occupation requires you to squeal under pressure, but you, my friend, are the toughest bastard of them all,” he chuckles. “You should’ve joined the military instead. What a waste of talent.”

“Why are you doing this to me?” he asks.

Saulter clenches Berringer’s cheeks together. “This is what happens when you are a hero. It turns you into a person you never thought you could be. Almost superhuman.” Saulter tosses Nathan’s head back and sits back into the chair across from him. “It also turns you into a monster. Yes, you may get some nice feedback and decorate yourself with awards, but, in the long run, all people see is a scorched piece of shit.” He waves both men off of Nathan. “I don’t value the lives of anyone anymore. I only value the death of insubordinate citizens.” He looks out the window at the people in the streets with no sympathy behind his eyes.

Horizon Sample Chapter Reveal

Later tonight I will be posting a sample chapter from my novel Horizon. I’d like to thank the people who have already purchased the book and those who are interested but are still on the fence. I know I’m a new author in this large world of creation, but I hope all of you will enjoy the world in my head.