Wednesday, December 28, 2011

M.O.D. by JC Allen - Interview, Giveaway : Featured Author

Where would you draw the line between right and wrong?

When a wanted hacker from the 80's resurfaces with the means and intent to overthrow what he perceives to be a corrupt government, this question becomes of tantamount importance to the future of the country. Scott Carver is asked to make this decision when this hacker, going by the acronym "M.O.D." asks him to help plan a revolution.

Scott is a young FBI agent partnered with a 14-year veteran, the temperamental Sheelia Tanner. MOD hand-picks the two agents to toy with in their home town of Vero Beach, Florida, with the ultimate goal of recruiting them.

While eluding authorities for decades, MOD has pirated trillions of dollars in fund and equipment for his rebellion. He aims to topple the government in the name of the Constitution and its founding fathers, making several compelling arguments. Is he maniacal? ... or is he right?

While Scott accepts the offer to join, Sheelia rejects it and vows to hunt her old partner down along with MOD. One of MOD's old adversaries, "MaStErMiNd," who is still serving time in federal prison for crimes for which he believes MOD set him up, approaches Sheelia with an offer to help. He thinks he can catch MOD, for a price: his freedom.

Sheelia, with the full support of the President, accepts the offer, kicking off a digital struggle over the fate of the country. Political and ethical lines are blurred, right and wrong are no longer black and white, only fuzzy shades of gray. The two sides debate and wrestle with these issues as they prepare for the showdown that will change history forever.


The partners fixed and ate breakfast together while reading the newspaper.  “Who is M.O.D.?” was the headline.  The majority of the first section was dedicated to the subject in one way or another.
Sheelia finished first and called her boss.  Scott remained silently reading and eating until he heard Sheelia shriek, “You’re kidding!”
He jerked his head to face her, “What is it?”
Sheelia finished her conversation as Scott impatiently waited, then said, “More than 35,000 US troops disappeared last night, along with another few thousand ships, planes, tanks, missiles, explosives, etc.  Not surprisingly, nobody knows where any of them went.  Planes disappeared from radar, vehicles vanished from the road, and the people… nobody has a clue.  That’s not the worst though.”
Scott shrugged, “Nothing will surprise me at this point.”
“Oh yeah?  We lost over 800 field agents and a few hundred support crew, technicians, etc.  The CIA lost contact with a fourth of their operatives.  Even members of the Secret Service are missing.  Some of these people had personal transponders embedded in their bodies and they still can’t find them.  The Army and Marines have recalled all troops to defend the country.  The Air Force and Navy have ordered all ships and planes to return as well.  They’re calling up the Reserves, National Guard, and Coast Guard.”
“We’re going to war with ourselves.  Great,” Scott said lazily.


How did you start your writing career?
I began writing the true story of what had happened to me and people kept telling me I had a talent for it, so I continued spending my spare time writing novels the way I felt they should be written, instead of the cookie-cutter method I had grown bored of reading.  Everyone encouraged me to publish, so I spent about four years trying the traditional route before stumbling upon e-publishing.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I have always wanted to travel to the Amazon jungle and live with the tribes who have maintained an uncomplicated, balanced life for millennia.   I often dream of the simple life, free from worries and the manufactured drama of the "civilized" world.

Does travel play in the writing of your books?
I always try to find interesting places to go in my books.  I am fascinated with local histories and customs as well as the obvious scenic changes.

Tell us about your current release.
MOD is a fantastical story of political and social debate about good and evil.  It's about a nefarious hacker with the lofty aim of overthrowing the US government because he feels it has devolved into a tyranny.  He amassed trillions of dollars worth of supplies and technology (mostly stolen through his clandestine activities over the past 30 years) in preparation for his own revolution.   It focuses mainly on an unlikely FBI duo - one of whom is targeted to join the enormous empire MOD has built.  It blurs all the lines.

Tell us about your next release.
My next release is probably going to be a YA sci-fi trilogy in which a young girl finds an interesting artifact and her family helps her figure out what it is, which turns out to be the key to a time machine.  They have to locate the time machine, then use it to foil an evil plot by going back into four controversial points in history (the JFK assassination, Jesus' birth, the Salem witch trials, and ancient Rome), and must answer riddles along the way.  They learn previously unknown historical facts throughout their journey and have to save the world in the process.  It's called Chronicles of Time, and Book I is very close to being released.  I have several others (over 20) that are coming soon as well.  Among those are: Guilty of Innocence - a hard-hitting, vicious thriller series (currently on volume #4); Edge of Knight - a YA fantasy series about a young boy who must face the devil... eventually (on #5); Generation One - a sci-fi space exploration series in which a more realistic view of space travel takes place; The Terea series - a YA fantasy series about a young Elvin sorceress; Noah's Revenge - an Armageddon sci-fi novel with a unique survival plan; and Novel Ideas - a story set in the future, about the retirement of the last producer of original ideas, who joins his granddaughter in fighting the government to encourage the world to start unplugging and creating again.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
The most surprising things I have found while writing my books are that I enjoy writing, and that others enjoy what I have written.  It still humbles me every day to hear someone praise my work, or even criticize it, because it has engaged them so.

What do you think makes a good story?
I always thought great characters made for great stories.  You have to have a good plot, but your characters are what make or break the story.  If they're boring, the story is boring.  If they're great, the story can be great. 

I have a small website:, and you can follow me on Twitter @jcallenbooks.  The video book trailer can be seen on YouTube:


Free copies of M.O.D. will be gifted (via Smashwords coupon) to the first ten people to contact my editor at  

One paperback will be awarded by a random drawing of all participants in the giveaway.  The paperback giveaway will run through the end of January 2012 and is open to all US/Canada residents.



Arthur Levine said...

Great Interview. MOD sounds like a great read.

Arthur Levine

Muddley Talker said...

I loved the book. I hope you go from strength to strength with your writing, and I'll be keeping a lookout for your sci-fi's.

Excellent interview J.C.

J Bryden Lloyd

mountainmama said...

Arthur and Bryden, Thank you for the encouraging comments!

Rebecca said...

What an intriguing concept! I really enjoyed the excerpt and would love to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

wyantebay said...

Thanks for the giveaway and what an intresting interview.

bn100 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading the book. said...

great read would love to win so i can read it

Goldenmane said...

Somehow I wouldn't mind a revolution like that. One wonders how we got in this situation, with the 'haves' dictating to the 'havenots' what they can have and do and what is against the rules. It amazes me that people are still waiting for food stamps that they applied for five months ago, when those who receive multi-million dollar (billion dollar?) bailouts get them right away. I can't wait to read this book!

Ronda said...


wyantebay said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. :)

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This sounds like a great book and I would love to win!

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

Anonymous said...

thank you for the chance to win!

Maegan Morin said...

Look great thanks alot!!

megnate at telus dot net

Katrina said...

Love the idea. Thanks a bunch for the giveaway.

I.S. said...

Sounds pretty cool xD

Tina Anthony said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great book:)

The Zoo said...

Anything FBI and I'm in!
swak50 at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

sounds like a great read! i am excited about your giveaway- thanks

catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

hhkaufman78 said...

sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win it!
heather kaufman

daniel thornton said...

Looks like an interesting book.


Heather said...

love the review. Thanks for the chance to win this.

Laurie said...

The Winner is Courtney Wyant. Congrats!!