Chris Stoesen Fiction: 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hunting Season is on Wattpad

I am uploading a chapter a week of this story until it is complete. Thus far two chapters have been posted.
Swing on by and take a look.Hunting Season

Monday, September 19, 2016

CSS Appomattox is on sale from 9/18 to 9/25

I have CSS Appomattox on sale for the next week. If you have not had a chance to check it out, it could be yours for $0.99. It is on sale in both the UK and US Amazon stores.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Last Airship From Khartoum - Reviews

Just was looking at the reviews for The Last Airship from Khartoum this morning and noticed that I now have five reviews. Not too bad. They are coming in faster than they have for any of my other books. So far, everyone has been very kind. Thank you to all who have posted a review. It's been just over a month since the launch and I have been happy with how things are going.

Monday, August 1, 2016

July is Over and so is Camp Nanowrimo

Well, my great plans for Camp Nanowrimo have fallen aside. I managed a mere 2,751 words of a 65,000 word goal. The good news is I know what I am going to write. I just have been too sick to actually write. Hopefully, I can start to catch up on this project in August.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Last Airship From Khartoum

Despite my poor attempt to advertise, the book is doing well. Currently it is sitting around 66,000 on Amazon (Thank You!). I have 2 reviews that have come in so the book is sitting at 4.5 stars. Thank you for the reviews. If you have read the book, I would really like to hear back from you. Thank you for reading.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Last Airship From Khartoum

In just a couple of hours, I will be clicking the submit button and making the book availible on the Amazon store. I am looking forward to seeing how it does. It has been a long time coming and with the Editing done from both my editor and beta readers, I am proud of how it has turned out. If you get a chance tomorrow, please swing on by and check it out. I will be posting the link as soon as it is ready.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Firelock progress

I managed to do some outlining for my project Firelock. I should be all set for Camp NaNoWriMo. I just hope to be well enough to get some writing done. Been fighting a UC flare for over two weeks now. Hoping something changes for the positive soon.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Last Airship From Khartoum

I finally finished with the edits. I have sent out copies to my beta readers and hope to be able to post it on Amazon by the end of the month. It has taken a long time but I am actually close to completing this.

Next up, NaNoWriMo!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Last Airship from Khartoum

I have been making great progress in getting this thing edited the past couple of days. Down to the last 49 pages of edits to apply. The process is tiring but well worth it. The editor has done a fantastic job.

Once this is done, I will turn my attentions on Firelock again. The story is just right there but I am fighting my urges to write that and finish up Last Airship from Khartoum and release it first.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CreateSpace hard copy of CSS Appomattox

I just received my proofs of CSS Appomattox from CreateSpace. I am really pleased with how well they came out. I have approved the proof and they should be up on Amazon shortly.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

CSS Appomattox

I am working with a book promoter and they did some changes on my cover. Let me know what you think of the cover compared to the original.

Any thoughts?

Taking Store of my Stories

I started to work again on my next story when it occurred to me how many there were. First there is the third book in the Devareaux series. I have written about a chapter of that book so far. But then there are others in various states of completion that are pulling at my interest. Lets run down what I have in the queue. I would love to hear from you if you have an opinion on what you would like to see next.

1) Firelock - This is a book about the Revolutionary War that takes place shortly after the Fall of Charleston in May 1780. It deals with a company of militia that reforms following the surrender of their colonel and how they come to join in with Thomas Sumter's partisan brigade.

2) Appomattox Book 3 - I don't have a working title for this yet. Action will begin months after the events of Last Airship to Khartoum in England.

3) On to Kharkov - This is a WWII novel about German and Soviet soldiers fighting in the Ukraine in 1941. The principle action follows two infantry platoons as they move closer and closer to their fateful meeting in the Industrial center of Kharkov.

4) Hunting Season - This is my second attempt at a Zombie novel. I actually had it edited. It was fun to write and is at about 70% complete. It takes place in a small town in Georgia the night when Terrorists attack the CDC and unleash the apocalypse. It still needs some work.

5) Thursdays - It is a story about a terrorist attack on a major city and how the people who are there at the attack react. I have written three chapters of it and then put it on the shelf for over a year.

6) Eliazar's Promise - Set in modern Israel, an archeology team is attacked while traveling to a dig. They are forced to hide in a cave that reveals some ancient manuscripts. The story moves between the manuscript and the archeology team. I am probably about a 1/4 of the way into this one.

7) Border Crisis - This is a sci Fi short story that I had published on-line with WattPad and the Amazon version of it. I had very few readers there and mixed reviews so this project lies dormant.

At the moment, I am spending time on Firelock as it coincides with the research I am doing on another non-fiction project. I would love to hear from you if there is one of these that you are more interested in. Now to get back to editing The Last Airship from Khartoum.

Monday, May 2, 2016

And the Editing rolls on.

I am still working on the last batch of edits for The Last Airship from Khartoum. I am really pleased with the job the editor has done by applying the edits has proven more problematic for me. I foolishly printed out the edits with two pages on one to try to save paper. Turns out, my eyes are not up to this challenge. I have gotten through chapter nine of thirty.

So my release plans for April of this year are apparently some fantasy rather than anything realistic.

But I need some help from you. As the book sits now, it is really two parts. The first ten chapters deal with wrapping up some issues left over from the first book. Then the next twenty cover what the title is really about. Should these be broken up into 2 separate books? The whole thing is currently about 65K words in total. Do I release the first half as a novella for $0.99 and the second half as a book? Or keep the whole thing together? I can't decide.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Another Intereview!

Christopher Fisher of the blog "" has just published another interview. He has a cool site that covers mostly historical novels and books. Swing on by and take a look.

Pressing Forward

The Third Book in the Devareaux Series

I have started work on the third Devareaux novel. I had a burst of inspiration and started to work through the first chapter. The scene crystallized itself in my mind and it started to flow really well. What hasn't happened is the rest of the story. I had a first thought that i have already rejected. It started down an Indiana Jones type of path that really did not suit the stories as a whole.

What I am thinking of doing is bringing Devareaux and his crew back home and involve them in a war with Mexico. When Devareaux gets back to the Confederacy, it will be 1885 and the second year of Porfiro Diaz's presidency. Mexico was still involved with the Mayans in the Yucatan. They had just destroyed their independent state in 1883 but historically would not finish the fight with the Mayans until 1901. They had just finished with a coup which propelled Porfiro Diaz into power. They are just a few years away from the Garza Revolution in 1891.

Given this, it's time to make a mess of history again. Confederate Airships may just have to take to the skies above the state of Coahula. We will see how this all turns out.

Science Fiction Stories

i just got back from Space Camp with my Cub Scout. We all had a great time. But it triggered an idea for a story. I am thinking of posting it in sections here on the blog. Basically it a story of a commercial interest colonizing Mars. It opens with a board room meeting discussing why the colony is running over costs. Anyway, I hope to get something together for you.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New release by Judith Lucci The Queen of NOLA #Medical #Thrillers Dr. Dude #Mystery, #Thriller & #Suspense #animals #RPBP @JudithLucci

If you are into mysteries the likes of Murder She Wrote, this is probably one you will want to check out.

Dr Dude: A Michaela McPherson Mystery

A New Series Starter 
by Best Selling Mystery Thriller 
Author Judith Lucci
Hey everybody, I want to welcome you to my new series, Michaela McPherson Mysteries. The series is set in Richmond where Irish born Michela (Mic) McPherson, a former Richmond homicide detective her retired police dog Angel, and best friend and side kick 82 year old Italian Countess Dorothy Borghase are up to their ears in solving crime that requires quick thinking and ingenious solutions.

A young woman disappears after a job interview at a well- known dentist’s office in Richmond and Mic, Dorothy and Detective Slade O’Brien join forces to solve the crime…a crime with long reaching tentacles that spans continents and generations.
"Please don't do this to me. Why are you hurting me,” the young 
voice sobbed. “I don't know who you are!” 
A large hand with dirty, stained fingernails grabbed her shoulder roughly. “Shut up,” he growled as he shook her ferociously until her teeth chattered. 
Her tattooed abductor terrified her as she focused on the snake tattoo on his hand. “Just let me go, and I promise I won't tell anyone," the young woman whimpered. “I promise.” 
“Shut up, or I’ll really hurt you,” the savage voice promised as he slapped her face and slammed her into the side of the vehicle. He shoved her again and bent her body like a pretzel. His body covered hers, making it impossible for anyone to see her from three sides. 
The young woman's voice raised to feverish pitch as another person pushed her into the trunk of her car. The monster pinned her arms behind her head and shoved her elbow against the spare tire. She winced as an excruciating, burning pain sent stinging shocks into her head. She cried uncontrollably and could not stop shaking. 
"Shut your yammer,” the man hissed softly, his face so close to her blindfold she could smell his foul breath. “If you don't, it’ll be much worse for you," he warned as he loomed over her, making her feel small and defenseless. She couldn't see him through her translucent blindfold but sensed he had dark hair. 
"Please, please, please just let me go. My father will give you a reward. He has a lot of money." As she made the promise, her teeth chattered violently. Tears streamed down her face, making her cough. She was unable to brush them away. 
The man laughed a slow, evil sound that caused chill bumps on her arms. "Your father doesn't have enough money to stop what we have planned for you, not nearly enough, so shut your pretty mouth and be quiet before I put your lights off." 
A wave of fresh sobs exploded from the terrified woman as she lay in the trunk of the car. Her body shuddered from head to toe, and she couldn’t control the tears streaming from her face. 
The noise infuriated her assailant as he glowered at his helpless victim. A feeling of euphoria settled over him. He loved watching helpless women squirm. He shook her head and pounded it against the trunk of the car. 
"I told you to shut up. If you don’t stop screaming, I'm gonna cut your voice box out. Do you understand?" 
Allison nodded and coughed. 
“Be quiet.” Allison heard a female voice speak for the first time. “I’d hate to mess up your pretty face,” she said in a singsong voice that frightened the young woman more than the snarl and guttural voice of the man. 
A wave of fresh sobs exploded from the scared woman, as she lay helpless in the trunk of the car. 
She thrashed around wildly. Where’d the woman come from? She tried to see her through her blindfold but she couldn’t. For some reason, she was more frightened of the woman. Her body shook, and her teeth chattered. 
“I hope the bitch doesn’t mess herself up,” the man commented. 
The woman stared at him. “You know what to do, so just do it.” 
The man hesitated for an instant, and the woman pushed him aside and glared at the helpless young captive. 
That was when the lights went out for Allison Massie. The woman stepped back with an evil smile on her face and murmured, “Well, I guess I shut her up.” 
Despite the choke hold, the woman glared at him defiantly. 
The tattooed man let her go and pushed her against the car. “Get back in the office and do damage control,” he snarled, “and don’t ever cross me again.” He jumped in the car and headed west.

Judith Lucci writes what she knows.....Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down. 

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans. The main characters are Alexandra Destephano, a nurse attorney who is legal counsel for Crescent City Medical Center(CCMC) and Jack Francoise, a dedicated, gnarly, unyielding NOPD Commander who covers the 8th Precinct and the French Quarter in New Orleans. Add dashing surgeon Robert Bonnet, Alex's ex-husband and her best friend and psychiatrist Monique Desmonde, and the cast is complete. Lucci's thrillers are a fast-paced, riveting medical thrillers that offer readers believable drama, and memorable characters and extraordinary thrilers that allow them to escape into the complex, often mysterious world of health care. 

Watch for Dr. Lucci's new mystery series, Michaela McPherson, Private Eye. The series is set in Richmond where Mic, a retired Richmond homicide detective, her retired police dog Angel, and her side kick, 82 year old Countess Dorothy Borghase are constantly to their ears in crime and dangerous situations that require quick thinking and ingenious solutions. First release, Fall of 2015.

Virginia born Judith Lucci holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous academic and health-related articles and documents. Her novels are based on her clinical experiences, very active imagination and experiences living in New Orleans and Virginia. When not teaching or writing, Judith is an avid silk painter and multi-media artist. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her family and six dogs.

Amazon Author Page:
5.0 out of 5 stars
A superb read for all lovers of outstanding crime thrillers.
By Enrico Grafitti on February 17, 2016
Queen of NOLA Medical Thrillers, Judith Lucci, starts a new series with ‘The Case of Dr. Dude” and it has all the promise of being a new bestseller for her avid fans. Set in Richmond, Virginia, the series features an ex-cop turned Private Investigator, Michaela McPherson, whose informal partnership with an ageing Italian noblewoman, Countess Dorothy (Dottie) Borghese, and backed-up by her retired police dog Angel, make for an intriguing and heart-warming trio that tackle the most brutal of crimes. In this first novel of the series the issue is the kidnapping and selling of young girls into the white slave trade.
The author’s impeccable research shows on every page as her protagonists delve into the mystery of the missing women and take on the Russian mafia in this fast-paced thriller. The skill with which Lucci has placed her readers on the streets of New Orleans in her medical thrillers is present here too and we quickly feel at home in Richmond, as the tale unfolds.
The story is solid; the villains despicable, and the protagonists people you will instantly empathise with in this complex tale. Mic and Dottie find themselves in a race against the clock to save the life of the victims and you will find your heart thumping with excitement as the story barrels along to its finale. A superb read for all lovers of outstanding crime thrillers.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent read
By Peter Martin on February 19, 2016
Another Winning Series!
Judith Lucci has done it again! She has created another great series filled with unique and interesting characters, great description and a complex plot with twists, turns and surprises. Michaela (Mic) McPherson is a retired homicide detective from Richmond, Virginia (Lucci’s home town) whose best friend is Dottie, an aging Italian Countess who, along with Mic’s ‘retired’ police dog, Angel, solve difficult crimes. As always, Lucci’s book is impeccably researched and peppered with suspense and intrigue. The trio in this book have attacked the global issue of human sex trafficking as Mic, Dottie and Angel tussle with an aberrant dentist, his crazed assistant and the Russian mob to rescue a young woman who disappeared after a job interview at Dr. Dude’s office.
Judith Lucci again has penned an amazing page-turner in the first book that is as.exciting and memorable as Alex Destephano medical thrillers. I cannot wait for the next Mic McPherson mystery.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Awesome Gang Interview

Just had a nice interview posted from the Awesome Gang. Stop by their site and check it out. They need to shrink that picture before they scare little kids though. :)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rukia Just Featured me on their site.

I have had some success with Rukia promotions in the past. Their free promotions have been helpful. This month I decided to give one of their paid options a try. They featured me on their website. To check it out, go to: They did a very nice interview and have proven to be a very helpful group to work with.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sharpsburg Sunrise Updated

A reviewer spotted an inconsistency between the CSS Appomattox and Sharpsburg Sunrise. And he as absolutely correct. In CSS Appomattox, the crystal of the watch Devareaux carries is scratched. At the end of Sharpsburg Sunrise it is repaired. This has now been fixed and uploaded to all distributors.

Sorry about that.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Editing The Last Airship from Khartoum

I am still going through the edits that I have received so far. I have no idea why, but it is a job that I absolutely dread doing. The changes recommended definitely improve what I have done. But it completely feels like I am back in High School English class and receiving back a paper that is fairly dripping with red ink back from the teacher. Things are not nearly that dire as back then but the feeling remains the same.

As such, I have been dragging my feet in getting these edits done. I am going to get back to work on it today. The editors that I have found on Fiverr have been fantastic and I am very happy with their work so far.

Here is hoping to a new release on Amazon by February!

Monday, January 18, 2016

2015 Year in Review

In many ways, I am very happy to see the end of 2015. It was a very challenging year personally. However, writing wise it was rather exciting for me.

1) Published The Home in August.
2) Published Sharpsburg Sunrise in December.

3) Completed the first draft of the Sequel to CSS Appomattox, The Last Airship from Khartoum.

I also published two short stories on WriteOn.

I looked through my book sales and can sadly note that I offended Amazon by leaving KDP Select in mid February. Things never were quite the same again. But all in all, it was an exciting year. I have sold books in over seven different countries. The UK being the second largest by far.

2016 needs some goals set. First is to finish the editing on Last Airship to Khartoum. I want to release by February. But that means I need to get my act together and edit.

I am starting a new project which will be a historical fiction book on the Battle for Kharkov in 1941. I think I can have this done by summer. Depending on how that turns out, I will either go back to the Devareaux series for the final book or another historical fiction book.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone

Welcome to 2016. It is looking to be an exciting new year. I am getting closer to releasing Last Airship from Khartoum, the second novel in the Thomas Devareaux series. I am working my way through the edits.

I also am making some good progress on a historical novel, On to Kharkov. This one follows the German advance through the Ukraine in October of 1941. So far it has been fun to write the first two chapters of it. It follows the historical battles of the German 101st Light Division and the Soviet 216th Infantry Division through the battle.

I have some other ideas that I am batting around in my head once these are done. Let's see where this year leads.