New Novel from Sue Duff! Stack A Deck on February 1st!

| January 30, 2017

We are so excited here at Reel Nerds to announce that one of our most favorite persons we have met and interviewed at Denver Comic-Con, Sue Duff has a new book coming out tomorrow February 1st! Stack A Deck is the latest from Sue Duff,it is the fourth book in her Urban Fantasy series The Weir Chronicles! Sue was so gracious to sit down with us not once, but twice! You can find her interviews in the Denver Comic-Con links on our web site and make sure you pick up her new book, Stack A Deck on February 1st, you can order it now on Amazon in paperback or hardcover, or if you like your books modern the ebook version is also available.


Stack   a   Deck   explores   the   tough   questions   of   a   world   gone   wrong

DENVER, CO — What if the Earth’s ozone layer decayed? What if asteroids weren’t destroyed  by outer atmosphere and impacted us on a regular basis? And what if the Earth’s core slowed its rotation, leaving our planet completely out of sync with the gravitational pull of the moon?

Bestselling author Sue Duff explores these terrifying questions in her latest installment of  her   urban   fantasy   series,  Stack a Deck  ( Book  Four in The Weir Chronicles.)

As the epic story continues, Duff’s main protagonist Ian Black learns how dangerous tyrannical  ruler Aeros has become, and sees for himself the narcissist’s impact on an entire planet. Ian is forced to turn his back on the Pur Weir and align himself with the rebels to rescue Rayne. But    when he travels to Earth’s alternate universe, he finds himself powerless and struggles to  survive. Though, it is here that he, along with eager readers of the series, finally discover the true   history   of   the   Weir   and   his   connection   to   Earth’s   imminent   destruction.  “ Stack A Deck  was  so challenging  because I had to consider he worst  future for Earth  and  ask  the tough  ‘what if’ questions , ”  said   Duff.     Stack a Deck is the fourth of five books in the Weir Chronicles, so fans of Duff’s novels can anticipate   an   exciting   close   in   the   final   chapter   in   2018.

Out of hundreds of submissions, Duff’s novel Fade to Black placed as a finalist in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest in 2011 and in 2015, her writing earned her the PEN Award from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers . Masks and Mirrors nabbed Duff a nomination for the 2015-2016  Independent Writer of the Year from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers , and Sleight of Hand  landed   on   the    Denver   Post    Bestseller   list   in   2016.      Additionally, Duff has completed a short story entitled D u o’v r for the anthology T I C K T O C K : Seven Tales of Time , which received the gold medal for Best Book Cover and silver medal for Best Anthology for the 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards . The anthology also was nominated for Best Anthology at the 2016 UTOPIA Con . A second  anthology is on its way in 2017 and, in addition to the seven Wicked Ink authors short stories, it will feature two short-stories hand-selected from over 45 submissions received from writers all over the world.

Q&A   with   Sue   Duff 
We’re   now   on   book   four   in   the   Weir   Chronicles.   Can   you   tell   us   where   readers   will   find  Ian   Black   in    S t a c k   a   D e c k ?

Ian   has   been   forced   to   turn   his   back   on   the   Pur   Weir   and   align   himself   with   the   rebels   to  rescue   Rayne.      When   he   travels   to   Earth’s   alternate   universe,   he   finds   himself   powerless   and  struggles   to   survive   the   dangerous   planet   while   staying   one   step   ahead   of   Aeros.

Since   there   may   be   some   readers   that   haven’t   yet   read    Fade to Black , Masks   and Mirrors and Sleight of Hand, can   you   catch   them   up   on   what   they’ve   missed? 

In    F a d e   t o   B l a c k ,   the   main   protagonist   and   “superhero”   is   Ian   Black.   Born   the   last   of   the   Weir,  all   hope   rests   on   him   to   save   the   planet,   but   he   doesn’t   inherit   the   powers   as   predicted.  Tortured   in   a   last   ditch   effort   to   bring   his   supposed   powers   to   the   surface,   he   escapes   and  hides   among   the   humans   as   an   illusionist   –   until   a   nosy   college   reporter   uncovers   his   secret.  Together,   they   discover   a   malevolent   Weir   who   is   sucking   Earth’s   energy   and   depleting   its  resources   at   an   alarming   rate.    The   Weir   are   a   race   of   magical   beings   who   have   served   as   caretakers   of   Earth   for   thousands   of  years   and   it   is   their   connection   to   the   planet   that   keeps   what   roams   above   in   harmony   with  the   energies   that   churn   below.   Unfortunately,   they   are   becoming   extinct   and   as   a   result,   there  is   an   intense   rise   of   natural   disasters   across   the   globe.   Desperate   to   save   the   earth   and  prevent   the   end   of   their   race,   the   Weir   turn   to   modern   science   to   perpetuate   themselves.   But  this   philosophy   separates   their   kind   into   two   warring   factions   –   the   Pur   and   the   Duach.   To   keep  them   from   killing   each   other,   and   all   but   guaranteeing   their   extinction,   a   Curse   is   created   by  the   Ancient   counsel   as   a   means   of   keeping   them   apart.   Of   course,   as   you   could   predict,   the  Weir   soon   discover   it’s   not   wise   to   mess   with   Mother   Nature!

A   band   of   rebels,   committed   to   stopping   their   mutual   enemy,   come   on   the   scene   in    M a s k s   a n d   M i rro rs ,     and   give   Ian   reason   to   be   suspicious   as   he   struggles   to   uncover   what   ulterior   motive  they   have   for   saving   Earth.    In   the   third   book,    S l e i g h t   o f   H a n d ,   Ian   pursues   answers   in   order   to   stop   Earth’s   natural  disasters   and   eminent   self-destruction,   but   the   rebels   have   their   own   agenda   and   poison   him.  Patrick   and   Rayne   search   for   a   cure   and   in   so   doing,   Rayne   ends   up   on   Thrae,   Earth’s   alternate  universe,   while   Patrick   confronts   the   rebel   leaders   and   learns   the   truth   about   the   Weir.

What   are   your   initial   thoughts   when   thinking   about   your   book(s)?  

I   write   the   way   I   like   to   read   –   short   chapters   that   end   with   a   cliffhanger   so   you   can’t   help   but  turn   the   page   and   read   just   ‘one   more   chapter.’   I’ve   received   feedback   from   individuals,   who  don’t   typically   read   my   genre,   but   end   up   loving   my   books.   Others   that   aren’t   big   readers   have  finished   my   novels   in   one,   two   or   three   sittings!

What   kind   of   research   did   you   have   to   do   for   your   book /series ?

The   fourth   book   was   the   most   challenging   of   all,   because   I   had   to   consider   the   worst   future   for  Earth   and   ask   the   “what   if”   questions.      What   if   the   ozone   layer   decayed?   What   if   asteroids  weren’t   destroyed   by   the   outer   atmosphere   and   impacted   the   early   regularly?   What   if   the  Earth’s   core   slowed   its   rotation   and   what   affect   that   would   have   on   the   planet   and   to   the  gravitational   pull   on   the   moon?   These   facts   are   the   basis   for   how   Aeros   affected   Thrae,   and  since   it   ‘used   to   be’   the   mirror   image   of   Earth,   I   had   to   apply   those   results   in   this   novel.

Do   any   pieces   of   the   book   come   from   personal   experience? 

When   I   was   a   teenager,   we   took   a   road   trip   up   the   California   Coast   and   spent   time   in   the  redwood   forests.   I   thought   it   was   the   most   breathtaking   place   on   Earth,   which   is   why   I   have  Ian   living   there   in   my   stories.

What   do   you   hope   readers   most   get   out   of   your   book   (or   the   series   as   a   whole)? 

Regardless   of   the   naysayers,      believe   in   yourself   and   follow   your   own   strengths   and   path   in   the  world.   Ian   didn’t   develop   his   powers   as   the   prophecy   predicted,   and   Rayne   wasn’t   the   firstborn  male   Sar   that   her   father   desired.   The   fact   that   Ian   turned   to   illusions   in   order   to   do   what   he  couldn’t   naturally   (lack   of   powers   in   a   magical   world)   is   key   to   his   character.      Tortured   for   what  he   had   no   control   over,   he   discovered   and   nurtured   something   that   he   could   control.     I   also   hope   that   my   readers   can   accept   that   science   can’t   explain   everything   and   embrace   the  wonders   and   mysteries   in   the   universe.   My   favorite   line   from   the   first   book   is,    “There will always be magic in the world , as long as we believe in what we don’t  understand . ”

You   also   released    T I C K   T O C K ,   an   anthology   with   six   other   Colorado   authors   this   past  year.   How   did   that   come   together,   and   do   you   have   anything   planned   for   2017?

Our   first   anthology,    T I C K   T O C K :   S e v e n   Ta l e s   o f   T i m e ,    was   nominated   as   Best   Anthology   of   2016  by   UTOPIA   Con   in   June,   and   we   also   won   the   silver   medal   for   Best   Anthology   of   2016   and   the  gold   medal   for   Best   Book   Cover   through   Colorado   Independent   Publishers   Association   EVVY  Awards   in   August!   Our   next   anthology   is   based   on   short   stories   inspired   by   our   favorite   song.  In   addition,   we   opened   the   second   book   up   to   submissions   and   received   more   than   45   from all   over   the   world!   After   the   marathon   readings   and   critiques,   we   chose   two   that   stood   out  above   the   rest   and   we’re   excited   to   include   them   in   the   second   anthology,   releasing   this  spring.

So   after   working   both   solo   and   in   tandem   with   other   authors   on   a   project,   do   you   have   a  favorite   method   of   writing?

There   are   pros   to   doing   both!      I   love   my   Wicked   Ink   team   and   we   do   so   much   to   support   each  other.      It   can   be   daunting   to   self-publish   a   novel,   but   with   having   a   team,   the   burden   can   be  shared   by   all   –   which   makes   it   easier.      But…I   also   love   writing   on   my   own,   because   the   final  decisions   and   content   are   solely   mine   and   I   don’t   feel   so   stressed   by   deadlines   –   albeit   the  ones   I   put   on   myself.      But   truly,   I   have   the   best   of   both   worlds!



Author   Biography   of   Sue   Duff 

Sue Duff has dreamed of dragons and  spaceships before she could even read, so it’s  only natural that she now combines both  fantasy and science fiction as her favorite genre. Having written since high school, Duff  never took it seriously until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A few years later, her first urban fantasy novel, Fade to Black , was one of five finalists in the RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest .  Duff’s writing has also earned her a PEN Award , a nomination for 2015-2016 RMFW             Independent Writer of the Year , three consecutive years as a featured panelist at Denver ComicCon    and   a   coveted   spot   on   the    Denver   Post    Bestseller   list.     She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single   drop   of   testosterone   in   a   sea   of   estrogen.     By day, Duff is a dedicated speech-language therapist at an inner city school district,a career she pursued much in part to her aunt who got her hooked on stories of the profession when Duff was younger. She is passionate about the work she does and regularly   works   to   help   those   students   that   need   it   the   most.    Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and The Pikes Peak Writers .She calls Colorado home and when not saving the world one page at a time, she can be found walking her great dane, getting her hands dirty in her garden, or creating something   delicious   in   her   kitchen.     Check   out   her   blog,    A   Cook ’s   Guide   to   Writing and other musings on her website.

About the Author:

As far as nerds go, there are not many reeler than Ryan. His love for movies is unmatched. He also loves comic books. When you combine comic books and movies Ryan is at his happiest. He enjoys all forms of pop culture and prides himself on knowing more then average nerds. Ryan has a couple of characters he prefers over the rest, first and foremost is Spider-Man. He also loves Ash from the Evil Dead. Ryan also enjoys Finishing people in Mortal Kombat and hopping on Goombas. He has attended Comic-Con and several Starfests with his good buddy Brad. He is amazed on how awesome Brad is at designing Reel Nerds pages. But don’t tell Brad he needs to stay humbled. Favorite movie: Army Of Darkness Favorite Genres: Action, Horror, Comic Book, Comedy
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