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Friday, September 16, 2022

Locksmith's War by Paul Briggs - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Paul Briggs and his new book, “Locksmith’s War,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Paul and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Locksmith's War

The Locksmith Trilogy

Book Three

by Paul Briggs


GENRE:  YA Sci-Fi (Young Adult, Science Fiction)



For Lachlan Smith, learning the secret of the apocalypse was the easy part.

Ever since Locksmith found the portal to the future, he has been wondering who or what was responsible for the empty, uninhabited world he found.

Now he knows—and now he has to fight them.

He thought he had fifteen years in which to prevent the extinction of the human species.

Now, he has only hours.

When the portal is stolen by a cabal of dangerous fanatics, his mother and many of his friends are trapped on the other side. Now the enemy is after him, and the only way to thwart their genocidal plan is to retake the portal and hold it—at both ends.

With very little time left, a handful of allies who don't trust each other, almost no chance of success and the survival of humanity itself at stake… Locksmith is going to war.



Rikki’s First Plan of Escape

Rikki’s first plan of escape was simple — wait for somebody to open the door, then pounce on them, beat them up and start running. She couldn’t act on this plan until the drug wore off.

She was still feeling jittery from the drug when the lights went out, leaving her in something very close to pitch darkness. The tags on her ears glowed in the dark. The lights stayed off for a fair stretch of time — it might have been an hour. Before long, even with the drug out of her system her pupils had dilated to the point where the light that leaked in under the doorway looked like a line of yellow-white fire, dimly illuminating the room.

Then she heard the footsteps out the in the hall. Someone was headed this way. Rikki pointed herself at the doorway and got herself into a sprinter’s crouch like she’d seen Lock do.

The footsteps stopped in front of the door to her cell. She could see the shadows of somebody’s feet. Just one person. Good. Heavier than average, from the sound of the footsteps, but still better than trying to tackle two or more people at once. Her leg muscles were ready to launch her at the enemy. She got her fists into position. A few good blows to the solar plexus and kidneys…



My biggest vice as a writer? Worldbuilding. I do too much of it.

Different writers have different preferences. Some writers make it up as they go along, keeping the focus on their characters and never creating more details than they need at any given time -- or at least it seems like that’s what they’re doing. Others really indulge themselves, drawing maps and crafting conlangs -- Tolkien and his six appendices being the most famous example.

This sort of thing isn’t necessarily limited to fantasy and science-fiction authors. One of the first things I do when creating a character is create their family tree. I’ve learned not to allow myself to go past their grandparents unless it’s absolutely essential to the story. This gives me a complete list of aunts, uncles, and cousins, in case they ever become relevant. (It happens sometimes. Just not very often.)

Of course, I am a fantasy/science-fiction author, and this sort of thing used to trip me up a lot. I’m the sort of person who can be fascinated by a map of a continent, with its mountains and rivers and plains and climatic zones, even before anybody happens to mention who lives there. Maps, lists of planets, timelines of history, family trees, even the occasional attempt at conlanging -- I spent years doing a lot of this thing and I don’t have a lot of actual writing from those years to show for it. (Just as well. My writing, back then, was not very good.)

There’s no one weird trick to avoiding this sort of thing, recognizing when the desire to flesh out the surroundings becomes a delaying tactic. It’s one of those things that just takes years of experience.



In addition to writing books, Paul Briggs has worked as a newspaper editor, court reporter's assistant, and audio transcriber. In his spare time (when he has any) he sometimes performs in community theater, most recently taking on the roles of Bottom, Petruchio, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Richard III in a Shakespeare compilation. An Eastern Shore native who grew up in Chestertown, Maryland, Paul earned a BA in English from Washington College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland – College Park.

He is the author of several short plays, including the award-winning The Worst Super Power Ever and The Picture of Health.  He is also writing the sequel to his 2018 science fiction novel Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, which vividly imagines the dislocations that follow when the Arctic Sea ice finally melts and the Chesapeake Bay is drowned by the effects of climate change.









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  1. Thank you! If anyone's curious, the designers that did the book cover, and the covers for the re-release of the first two books in the trilogy, are called MiblArt. They're in Lviv, and have kept working even through the war.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book.

  3. Happy Friday! Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and my teen-aged grandchildren and I are looking forward to reading The Locksmith Trilogy. Do you have any reading or writing plans for the weekend?

  4. This book sounds like an excellent read!

  5. I enjoyed reading the guest post and I enjoyed the excerpt, Locksmith's War sounds like a great fantasy for me to enjoy and I have added the trilogy to my TBR pile!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous weekend!

  6. I really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you for sharing

  7. Thanks for the great blurb and excerpt. The book sounds intriguing. Love the cover.

  8. I just recently started reading sci fi books and so far I’m a fan! I love being immersed in an alternate reality