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Taking time

Book 1 of the Physics, Lust and Greed Series

The year is 2044. The setting a secret complex beneath the eastern Arizona desert. A consortium of governments and corporations have combined in a program on the scale o the Manhattan Project to bludgeon the laws of physics into submission and make time travel a reality.

Rife with insecurity, Marshall Grissom has spent his whole life trying not to call attention to himself, so he can't imagine he would be remotely suited to the role of time travel pioneer. He's even less enthusiastic about this corporate time-travel adventure when he learns that nudity is a job requirement. The task would better match the talents of other candidates, like the smart and beautiful Sheila Schuler, or the bristle-tough and rattlesnake-mean Marta Hamilton. The three are among a hundred candidates bying to comprise the first traveling team.

As the project evolves into a clash between science and corporate greed, problems escalate. Those contributing the funding are mostly interested in manipulating time travel for profit, and will stop at nothing, including murder.

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Melanie Hooks began voicing characters for authors as a scifi and fantasy workshop leader at the twice/yearly Southern California Writers Conference. One thing led to another, and a shelf full of audio titles later, she’s thrilled to have worked with writers from all sorts of genres: middle grade fantasy, historical coming of age, mainstream fiction, murder mystery, adult dark grim, and of course, the delightful Mike Murphey’s time travel adventures. Check out her titles anywhere you listen to audiobooks.

Wasting time

Book 2 of the Physics, Lust and Greed Series

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When time travelers fail test after test to significantly alter the past, most financial backers abandon the Global Research Consortium leaving veteran traveler Marta Hamilton to administer a vastly scaled-down project. She must protect the past from a greedy future, fend off political meddling, and foil a murder plot originating in a parallel universe. She presides over a conspiracy to hide the truth of her best friend’s death while coping with a confusing and discomforting romantic entanglement involving fellow traveler Marshall Grissom.

Marta, who has by professional necessity always distanced herself from emotional commitment, lapsed by allowing herself the luxury of friendship with Sheila Schuler and a night of wild sex with Marshall. Now, Sheila is probably dead, and—according to a genius physicists’ theory—Marshall soon will be. As she assumes her role as administrator of the time travel program, Marta must choose between the risks of loving someone, or the lonely safety of emotional solitude.

(No cats were harmed in the telling of this story.)

Wasting Time Audio Book, narrated by Melanie Hooks, is now available on both Audible and Amazon

the conman... a Baseball Odyssey

At every crossroads he's encountered in life, Sean Brody has made the safe choice. In the year 2046, at the age of ninety-three, Sean is given one final opportunity to deal with his greatest regret. Sean is the only person Marshall Grissom and Marta Hamilton can find who might be able to save Sheila Schuler, their friend and fellow traveler lost in the distant reaches of time. If Sean accepts the task of traveler to his childhood in a parallel universe--with no guarantee that any aspect of the past can be changed--Sean must also accept his death in the only world he knows.

                The Conman is based on the Life of Keith Comstock. Keith pitched professionally for sixteen years, including Major League time with The Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins. Following his retirement in 1992, Keith has held minor league coaching and managing positions with several organizations.  For the past decade he has served as the rehabilitation coordinator for the Texas Rangers. 

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"The Conman is a truly enjoyable fictional retelling of a true story. From the highs (being signed with amazing teams, marriage, loyal friends) to the lows (being released from contracts with amazing teams, relationship difficulties, losing loved ones to illness),Murphey and Comstock really encapsulate the human experience from an athlete'sperspective." - Five Star Review by Indies Today

The Conman Audio Book, narrated by Steve Carlson, is now available on both Audible and Amazon

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