Friday, March 22, 2013

The Foundlings by R.M. Garcia: Tens List and Excerpt: Juniper Grove Tour Stop


What 10 things do you most enjoy?

1)     Writing, of course. It is one of my most favorite things to do. Creating new worlds and stories cannot be beat.

2)    Playing X-Box. One of the few times I allow myself to regress to a childlike state. Though I don’t play with others online, I enjoy playing games solo.

3)    Playing table top Role-playing games. Good ole DnD. I have been playing since I was 15 and plan to play it until I can no longer toss dice.

4)    Karaoke. I’m a born performer, and unlike most I’m not all that bad. Nothing beats singing to your lady and watch her blush, magic.

5)    Playing Heroclix. Clix is a table top strategy game based on Superheroes. It is hugely popular and it rank in my top 3 hobbies.

6)    Reading. The genres I like to read are fantasy, Sci-fi, and paranormal. I also do not like to read anything written in the first person.

7)    Watching History Channel. This is a weird one I know, but a lot of my writing ideas come from history. There is always a new idea that comes to me from the past.

8)   Watching Sci-fi Channel. Most of the shows on this channel are my guilty pleasures. I talk badly about most reality TV shows but, I’ve realized it’s just a matter of taste. I enjoy face off, and now Robot Combat League. Come on Giant Rockem-Sockem Robot smashing one another, it’s Real Steel come to life.

9)    Eating Dinner with my Family. This is a good time to slow down and remember just how lucky I am to have these people in my life, not everyone is so blessed. 

10)  Watching my wife dance. She does a style called Lyrical. It’s like ballet, but smoother. I am always transfixed when she spins and bends. Its just so beautiful.


Title: The Foundlings

Author: R.M. Garcia

Published: June 2011

Page Count: 396

Genre: Urban Paranormal Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+

Awards: Received 2nd place in the 2011 Reader View Awards



After the worst year of his life, all Donnie wanted was happiness, and when he met Abbie, he was sure he had found it. But their happiness together is placed in jeopardy when they are dragged in to the world of Vampires. Orphaned, now they must fight to survive, fight to live and fight to keep their love alive. They find themselves outcasts in this world, the world of the Foundlings.



DONNIE’S TENSION LEVEL rose significantly as the situation escalated. Abbie was in front of him and was guarding him against the old tall bum. He was not sure what was going on, but Abbie and the old man, who he now knew as Hulderich, were getting ready to square off for some unknown reason. To make things worse, a storm front rapidly enveloped the area. The winds picked up and so did the moisture in the air. Abbie leaped forward and attacked Hulderich, and he was still not sure what he was witnessing. Abbie delivered three swift punches to Hulderich’s abdomen; each blow drove him back several feet. He countered with a sweeping back hand that sent Abbie flying back into an exterior wall of the cottage. Wood splintered under the force of her impact. Donnie moved forward to help Abbie, but she looked to him, and he froze in his place at what he saw next. “Stay back, Donnie!” she yelled to him with her fangs bared. Donnie stared in disbelief as she bounded forward yet again. Hulderich was ready for her this time and caught her in mid-leap by her throat. He bared his fangs at Abbie as she struggled against him.
“Foolish girl, you have no chance against me, yield!” Hulderich ordered.
“No! I will not! I . . .” Abbie said as she struggled. Hulderich slammed her in into the sand repeatedly, and then pinned her in place, and then delivered several blows to her chest with his free hand. With each blow, Donnie could hear Abbie wince in pain as her bones shattered. The action was fast, almost too fast for normal eyes to follow, but Donnie found that he was able to see everything clearly. He began to move to help her.
“No, Donnie, stay back!” she cried out from the sand.
“That’s good advice, boy” Hulderich said as he stood up. Abbie began to get to her feet, but Hulderich delivered a vicious kick to her head. The force of his boot drove her through the cottage wall, and she ended up in the kitchen. Donnie moved to the hole and spotted Abbie; she was trying to get up but collapsed onto the floor. Donnie had enough!
Donnie began moving toward Hulderich, “Hey, asshole, how about picking on someone your own size?!” There was a flash of lightning overhead. For a brief moment, it was as bright as any day. Hulderich was eerily standing in the sand, and his smile reminded him of pure evil. The skies opened up, and an immense downpour began. The winds raged and howled with angry tones. The rain seemed to be coming from every direction as the wind violently pushed it around.
“Very well, I don’t need you alive,” Hulderich said and charged at Donnie.
“Bring it!” he yelled back and moved forward. Hulderich took several swings, and Donnie evaded them easily. He performed flips and rolls that kept him away from Hulderich’s strikes. He realized that he was much faster now. Hulderich’s swings seemed to be coming at him in slow motion, and even the rain seemed to be falling slower. He took a few swings of his own on Hulderich. The old man was obviously an experienced pugilist and blocked the attacks easily. He continued to trade swings with Hulderich, and neither had yet to land a blow.

About the Author:

Born and raised in NJ, R.M. Garcia is the son of Puerto Rican parents who moved to NJ from PR shortly after getting married. He has two younger siblings, twins, Eric and Erica. Growing up he was a simple child who never asked for much because his imagination provided him with everything he would ever need. He was considered a dreamer by all of his teachers, but he never thought that was a bad thing. R.M. was initially very shy until he got older and stopped caring what others thought about him. Either you liked him or you didn’t but he was always true to himself. He has been called weird, quirky, funny, and trustworthy; all titles he holds dear.

R.M. originally wrote the short story of The Foundlings when he was still in High School and it was not until much later that he fully developed it into a book. Back in the day, he used to write poetry and often compared his work to the work of a friend, Travis, who was far better at poetry in R.M.’s opinion. After High School, R.M. moved to Florida where he attended college before dabbling in varied professions over the next several years. Such jobs included Hotel Manager, Accountant, Insurance Agent, Travel Agent, Customer Service Rep, Draftsman, and even a Fry Cook. When R.M. started writing his book, he realized that writing was his true passion and what he is ultimately meant to do.

R.M. loved writing The Foundlings and even if it does not become a bestseller, he will continue to write. God willing, and with the help of his fans, The Foundlings will make a mark in the literary world.

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    •  The Foundlings
    • The Beasts Within
    • The Vampir Manual of the Reich
    • The Codez of Vampiric Bloodlines
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