KAISHAKUNIN

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VENGEANCE, INTRIGUE, AND BLADES COLLIDE IN HISTORIC JAPAN-‘KAISHAKUNIN’ DEBUTS FROM PRO SE PRODUCTIONS

KAISHAKUNIN

Continually pushing the boundaries of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, Pro Se Productions proudly announces the release of author Shane McInnis’ debut novel, Historical Adventure at its best. KAISHAKUNIN is now available in print and digital formats.

In a country where a person’s name and the honor it carried was more important than life itself, and a time when only a samurai could carry a sword, a young man with neither a clan nor status strives to find his life’s purpose. Caught up in the tumultuous events of early Tokugawa Era Japan, Kai must survive the schemes of the shogun’s court long enough to claim his revenge and finally rid himself of the stigma of the title Kaishakunin. A novel of historical action and intrigue by Shane McInnis. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a stunning cover and logo design by Brittney McInnis and print formatting by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, KAISHAKUNIN is available in print at Amazon for $9.99.

McInnis’ historical action novel is also available as an eBook formatted by Lo Iacono and Marina on the Kindle for only $2.99. The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

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HIGH ADVENTURE HISTORY: HISTORY’S HEROES

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A PAST FULL OF PULP ADVENTURES! HIGH ADVENTURE HISTORY: HISTORY’S HEROES DEBUTS!

History is full of Heroes…and Heroes make history! Pro Se Productions announces the release of HIGH ADVENTURE HISTORY: HISTORY’S HEROES, available in print and digital formats.

The highly anticipated follow up to Pro Se Productions’ HIGH ADVENTURE HISTORY focuses on the over the top pulpy adventures of characters chosen or even forced to take up the fight for right throughout time. Regardless of the era, heroes are always needed and Teel James Glenn, Matthew McRae Martin, Dale W. Glaser, and D. Alan Lewis deliver tales of derring do and danger in HIGH ADVENTURE HISTORY TWO: HISTORY’S HEROES. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring an atmospheric cover, logo design and print formatting by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, HIGH ADVENTURE HISTORY: HISTORY’S HEROES is available for 99 cents at Amazon.

The second volume in the historical pulp anthology series is also available for the Kindle for $2.99. HISTORY’S HEROES is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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Highjump (excerpt from a work in progress)

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The skiplane landed first needing the room on the snow while the helicopter floated to the surface with a gentle thump. The slow rotation of the Sikorsky’s main rotor the only sound which could be heard either close at hand or in the far off distance. Even my own breath seemed to die as soon as it left my mouth. It was an eerie sort of tranquility. I felt like prey even though no predator could be detected.

Where was the crew? The first noticeable thing was the utter lack of motion from the stricken plane. There was absolute stillness about the scene. The air is so brittle it could snap from our hails as we approached. The radio silence was eerie enough, this lack of human response caused a dread to creep down my spine, as spider carefully leaving a trail of silk.

When we pulled the hatch none of us were prepared for what greeted us. In the dim wintry light of the interior, the crew was utterly still and more than slightly frozen. They could only have been dead for hours. At first glance, the cause isn’t apparent but the chances of them all dying being natural, even in this harsh and unforgiving environment, are remote.

The navigator and radio operator were at their stations. The rest spread along the floor of the cabin, as if in repose. Their still forms perfect in every way.

The mechanics began their inspection of the aircraft, quickly locating the broken line. A repair of this nature under ideal hangar conditions would take three to four hours. This was less than ideal. If the weather held, the crew chief estimated this could easily be a 12-hour job.

We set up under the tent pulled from the stranded crafts emergency stores and unloaded the tools and parts needed for repair. The skiplane is capable of carrying ten passengers. It had carried six, four mechanics and two medics plus tools and supplies to the location of the ill-fated flight. The Norseman would ferry six of the ill-fated crew on its return to Little America. The S-52 would carry the other four. A new crew would return on the Norseman to pilot the aircraft once it was repaired.

The medics performed a cursory exam of the crew as the bodies were evacuated to the skiplane. While evacuating Reeves body, his nickname had been Curly because of his premature bald spot, a small hole was found in the crown of his head. Upon noticing this abnormality, the crew was reexamined. A hole, about the size of a number two pencil, was found in the same spot on each of the men. None of us, could even begin to guess what could have caused this wound, much less, how did they all receive the same wound with no signs of a struggle?

Six of us watch the two aircraft take off, heading back to Little America. The three mechanics and the crew chief, one of the medics and myself temporarily stranded in this barren wasteland of white. So far, at Little America, we have been fortunate to encounter temperatures varying no more than between zero and 20° or 25° above, no more rigorous than a New England winter really.  Here deeper into the continent the temperature on this open plain has already fallen to minus 5°. The rampaging wind from the nearby plateau whips the snow into the air, which even with goggles on is blinding and stings any skin it can reach.

As designated sleep time approached, we realize there is no room in the tent for all six of us with the supplies. The crew had accomplished a great deal in disassembly, they were not quite to the point of removing the faulty fuel pressure line. Preparation to install the new line would still be at least half a day’s work. The replacement, which had to be flexible for installation, could not be allowed to freeze before completing repairs. While none would admit it, none of us truly wanted to spend the night in the R4D. We decided to draw straws for three us in the plane and three for the tent.

Inspiration for Winter Tales

Where do inspirations come from?

Began thinking about this question with a story I recently finished. Winter Tales, my second story squarely in historical fiction. The first was Ned Land vs. The Kraken Cult. Much more fiction but so much about the history of whaling and some of the locations it crosses into historical.

The answer really depends on who is answering your question. Everyone I have spoken too, artists, authors and musicians, all have different sources. For many no two creations were inspired by the same source. A few can tap the same well time and time again. This is a broad topic, one I certain to visit again in more detail.

No secret I am a history buff, and as a result I follow various sites and magazines. Fictional stories about Vikings are popular right now. Especially stories about the raiding which we have come to associate with the word, Viking.

Once, people pictured a painting of the first documented raid on Lindisfarne or maybe Hagar the Horrible when you mentioned Viking. Today, people are more likely to know the show popularized on The History Channel. None of the three are really telling the whole story. indeed, as I researched this story there are so many elements of life not mentioned in the Eddas or supported by archeology.

I wanted to write something other than the usual pillaging and plundering. The Norse peoples were great explorers and traders. Oh yes, life was more pragmatic for them and a merchant crew could defend themselves or conduct a raid. Some days it depended on which course was more profitable. A Viking merchant would give a Ferengi a run for his money.

Which brings me to my inspiration for the story. I hope when it is published that you will read it and the other fine stories in the anthology. As of this writing, I do not have a date or even estimate yet, but I promise I will let you know as soon as I do.

Here is the article which inspired it:(if the link does not work, please copy and paste it)

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2015/02/islamic-coins-found-in-viking-grave.html#vskdklmXLpqBy4II.97