Thursday, August 20, 2015

Resurrected Books 1 and 2: Resurrected and Insurrection by S. M. Schmitz

Release date:June 15, 2015
Subgenre: Science Fiction Romance, Paranormal

About Resurrected:

When Dietrich buried his fiancée, he descended into his own personal Hell … until he ran into her in a café in Houston two years later. Except this couldn't be her. Not after two years. She spoke the same, shared the same memories, yet something was different.

Determined to unravel this mystery, Dietrich attempts to find out how her resurrection is possible, only to find that the men who are responsible for her new life want her dead because something went wrong. As he becomes locked in this deadly struggle with those who want to destroy her, he will discover just how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the woman he once loved.

Resurrected is the first book in the Resurrected series, and begins the incredible journey of a group of friends who are struggling to survive against those who want them dead to protect their secrets.


I hadn't woken up this morning planning on chasing ghosts through the crowded sidewalks and streets of the Houston medical district. I still expected at some point to awaken, to discover this was one of those dreams that seemed too real and blurred the lines of what was life and what was imagination. Or maybe I would catch up to her and this time, when she turned around to face me, I would discover I had been chasing a complete stranger and I was about to get arrested for harassing and assaulting some poor woman who was just trying to get away from some lunatic who may or may not even be speaking English. Normally, she wouldn't have even gotten past me in the coffeehouse. People didn't get past me. But when my dead fiancée is crying, apologizing for something – what the hell is she apologizing for? Dying? – apparently, my reflexes are slower than normal. She got a pretty good lead on me.
       By the time I followed her out onto the busy, noisy sidewalk, the sun was fully risen, bright and blinding, and it took a few seconds for my eyes to adjust. Unlike Lottie, I was not short, and I spotted her light brown bun, falling out now in long, loose waves, hurrying away from the coffeehouse, away from me. We were sandwiched between a parking garage and a hospital, so we were like two salmon swimming upstream as we fought against the swarm of bodies trying to move toward the hospital. Either visiting hours were about to start or it was a shift change. Or maybe both. Or maybe it was always like this. I had never tried chasing anyone down a Houston sidewalk before. 
She came to a cross walk, an orange hand forbidding her to cross and indecision played across her face; I stopped breathing. I dared to look away from her to watch the traffic, which had seconds ago been annoying background noise, and now seemed so threatening. Deadly. Could ghosts die? My heart was pounding in my ears, my temples. She looked to her right – construction crews had torn up the sidewalk and yellow tape marked it off. There was a narrow pathway right next to the building, just wide enough for one or two people to walk. She wanted to keep going. Her body language told me she was ready to run, those cars still buzzing past her in the intersection. But she had stopped. And I remembered to breathe.

Release date:July 20, 2015
Subgenre: Science Fiction Romance, Paranormal

About Insurrection:

Eric thought he and his friends were safe from the people who wanted Lottie dead. But he was wrong. When they all join him in Houston to ring in a New Year, they discover these men are getting increasingly desperate to eradicate anyone who knows about Lottie’s existence – which means they are all targets now.

To make his life even more complicated, Eric finally meets the woman of his dreams while he’s trying to unravel this new mystery of who wants his friends and him dead now. And he will have to decide between his love for the woman he’s been waiting for and the friends who are depending on him to survive.

Insurrection is the second book in the Resurrected series and continues the story of Lottie’s resurrection and the dangers she and her friends face because she exists.


Dietrich sat on the arm of my sofa and looked up at me, still studying me carefully. “What do you think happened with this portal here? How could someone disappear like that?”
    I shrugged; he could probably guess how it all worked better than I could. “You said you thought these wormholes were theoretically possible, and they were somehow manipulating space, making huge distances smaller. What if it got stuck? Like Lottie’s paper analogy – you know how you’re supposed to travel through all those holes? What if somehow it started unfolding while he was in there?”
    Dietrich tilted his head and narrowed his eyes; he was considering this, weighing its possibilities against his far better understanding of astrophysics than mine. “But they’re not really traveling anywhere. Theoretically, wormholes either shorten distances or even create negative directions so that a person could travel back in time. But Lottie and Lydia said they enter one room on one planet, exit a different room on a different planet. The room doesn't move. They have to be manipulating space somehow but for someone to get lost like that, they must be traveling through some sort of space. It’s not instantaneous the way Lottie and Lydia have described it. Even the interior of the room looks exactly the same here and there.”
    “Whoa,” I said, I hadn't heard that detail before, “how can that be possible? They must have hundreds of different rooms then?”
    Dietrich just shook his head. “I don’t know. They were only brought into one room, so they never saw any others. I've been thinking, though, that maybe it’s an illusion on their end. Maybe they can change the appearance over there. But why?”
    I stifled a yawn. “These are questions we should ask those guys in Sugar Land. Larry, maybe. Alex is a prick. You don’t want to have to deal with him. And he’s a pisser.” That’s what we called the guys who pissed themselves instead of using those buckets. After a few days, that was one smell you could not forget.
    Dietrich exhaled slowly and stood up. “I was talking to Lottie about it. It doesn't make any sense to her either, how someone can just disappear like that. I want to see one of these rooms.”
    “Why? They said it would just look like any other room to us. They can only travel in their … original bodies. There’s something unique about them that let’s this happen or something.”
    “They developed this technology to transport people in one form, not another. That’s why I think it only works to get them here. And they don’t want anyone going back. But there must be something in these rooms that’s different,” Dietrich persisted.
    “And nobody’s ever noticed. For hundreds of years. Dietrich …”
    But Dietrich stopped me. “Because maybe we can’t see it. We've been assuming there were some sort of visible machines but what if they've figured out quantum communication? Maybe even how to travel with a similar principle of quantum physics?”

About S.M. Schmitz:

S. M. Schmitz has an M.A. in modern European history and enjoys teaching world history as well as writing. An avid reader, she delves into a variety of genres such as paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, and young adult. Her novels are infused with the same humorous sarcasm that she employs frequently in the classroom. As a native of Louisiana, she sets many of her scenes here, and like Dietrich in Resurrected, she is also convinced Louisiana has been cursed with mosquitoes much like Biblical Egypt with its locusts.

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