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Friday, June 27, 2014

3 Wolverine Stories That are Better Than The Death of Wolverine

In case you haven't heard, Marvel Comics is scheduled to kill off Wolverine. Since Wolverine is one of their most recognizable and bankable characters, no one with half a brain believes this is a death that will actually stick. In comics, almost no one stays dead forever. Most have very hasty resurrections. So why bother? Death of a character doesn't have any relevance if it's only temporary.

So here are three other shocking story lines Marvel could write that would generate media attention and drive up sales.

1. Wolverine Goes Gay

Yes, I know Wolverine and Hercules had a gay moment in an alternate universe  but this could be different. None of this politically-correct "let's get married" type of gay man either. Go all out and reference Bryan Singer's sex scandal. Logan heads to Hollywood and engages in pool-party orgies with barely legal boys. He already wears lots of leather. It won't take much to turn him into a total, S&M sex addict. This would ensure you piss off everyone, gay and straight.

Sure it wouldn't do much to progress him as a character, like say killing him does. Turning him gay would be seen as nothing more than lazy writing and a stunt to drive up sales. Kinda like killing him.

2. Wolverine Kills Vladimir Putin

Wolverine becomes convinced the Russian leader is the next Adolf Hitler and he decides to prevent WWII. There could be epic battles as Wolverine slashes his way through Russian tanks, survives a nuclear bomb, followed by a brief incarceration in Siberia. After the inevitable escape, Wolverine tracks down Putin and finds the Russian president in a power suit built by Tony Stark. Another epic battle is followed by Logan slicing off Putin's head.

If you're looking for controversy, this would pretty much take the cake. You could attempt the same thing with Kim Jong-Un but he would claim it was an act of war and threaten a nuclear strike.

North Korea Calls New Seth Rogen Film An Act of War

3. Wolverine Becomes an Actual Frickin' Wolverine

Picture it: Wolverine gets on the wrong side of an extradimensional baddy like Mephistopheles who turns him into a walking, talking wolverine.

I imagine him walking on two legs wearing the classical black and yellow uniform carrying a miniature magical sword called Snikt! He joins a crusade to stop an invasion from Narnia.It could happen.

Sure, it sounds ridiculous but the did it with Thor. Back in the 1980's, Loki turned Thor into a toad. And, when you think of it, it's no more ridiculous than killing Wolverine off. Again. In fact, Wolverine has already "died" almost as often as Jean Grey. Death is boring if the audience knows or believes it isn't permanent. And no one


I've been a comics fan for over 30 years. It seems some major character "dies" every year. I know marvel has said "this time it's for real" but they said that about Captain America too. And Professor X. And Sabertooth. And...the list goes on and one.

In other words: Death of Wolverine = great big "yawn".

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Release Day - Beyond the Black Sea: With Video

My third book, Beyond the Black Sea is now available. Here's the smart link to direct you to the Amazon in your

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Reptilians - Do They Exist and How They Influenced My Writing

I've always been fascinated by conspiracy theories. Years ago I ran, while researching ancient mysteries, I ran across a website run by David Icke. My first instinct was to roll on the floor laughing. Now, I'm not saying I believe any of it but you have to admit: it's pretty interesting fodder for a writer.

The Short Story

The reptilians are supposed to be a race of shapeshifters who live at the center of the earth. Originally they came from the an alien star system, either the Draco, Orion, or Sirius system depending on whom you ask. They interbreed with humans to create a half-reptilian who have infiltrated every level of government, every religion, and every power structure on the planet. They are devil-worshipers, vampires, baby-eaters and, according to some, incredible lovers. Ick.

What We Know

David Icke has written several books on them. And he's not alone. As for hard, physical proof they exist, there is none. There are many witness reports, each one more mindblowing than the next. A quick search on youtube provides a plethora of 'video evidence'. Much of it is laughable. A few may be the sign of serious mental health problems. But not all of them.

Is  David Icke Insane?

Many say David Icke is insane. I disagree. I've read a few of his books. If anything I would question his lack of objectivity. He's so far down the rabbit hole that he can no longer, in the the words of my father, 'tell shit from shinola'. But try to see things from his point of view. If you have that many people come to you, people who do not know each other, all repeating slight variations on the same story, wouldn't you be tempted to think there was something to their story.

He's been  accused of being antisemitic. This does not appear to be true. His words have been taken out of context, skewed, all in an effort to discredit him. There's really no need. If you want to attack him, focus on his academic credibility. For example, in a chapter on the importance of not believing everything you read, he quotes Hitler. The best part about it, the quote is actually from Richard Beltzer, a Jewish comedian. This is either incredibly ironic or he's crazy like a fox. Think about it. If there really is a race of shapeshifting lizards who control the world, would they let anyone who knew their secret live? Perhaps the only reason Icke is alive is because no one takes him seriously. Well, no one they deem important.

Is There Any Truth To It?

Who knows. I've never seen one but I've seen enough weird stuff in life to realize that anything's possible. I've seen ghosts, UFOs and even the entities people call the Grays. I rarely speak about any of that stuff because I know it sounds crazy. I honestly don't give two swift you-know-whats if people believe me. I know if I was in their shoes, if I hadn't seen the things I'd seen, I wouldn't believe me either.

Even after everything I've seen, I like to think of myself as a skeptic. When I hear anyone use the term Annunaki or reptilians, my instinct is to roll my eyes and take a step back. Okay, maybe a few steps back. Most people I've met that talk about ancient aliens and global overlords probably belong in a padded room somewhere. Just because a few people agree on a "fact" doesn't make it real.

But just because you haven't experienced it doesn't meant it's not real.

How I Used Them in my Writing

In my novels, the reptilians are a race known as the edimmu. I've kept some elements of the mythos - shapeshifting abilities, live underground - but they are not part of the illuminati. Instead, they've been enslaved by the Orpheans, a race of shadowy beings imprisoned in a pocket dimension who torture humans and want to take over the planet. They are natives of Earth. In biblical times they were know as the Watchers. They taught humans advanced mathematics, the secrets of agriculture, any many other things. But their days of helping humans is long over. Now, they are something else.

David Icke's Secrets for Spotting the Reptilians Running the U.S. Government
Reptilians, Reptoids, and Lizard People

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

4 Fun Facts About Atlantis and Why What You Think is Wrong.

Source: Atlantis Pernah Wujud...
I've always been fascinated with Atlantis, so much so that I made the protagonist of my series, Wisdom, survivor of the lost city. There is much misinformation spread about Atlantis. As you'll see below, most of what the average person believes is not true.

1. Plato is not the only ancient writer to mention Atlantis

Plato's famous dialogue in Atlantis dates to around 350 B.C.
However, it is not the first mention of Atlantis in recorded history. Herodotus, ancient historian means the Atlantis ocean, rather than the Atlantic Ocean as we refer to it today.

"Herodotus could have chosen the adjectival inflection, atlantikos ("Atlantic"), meaning "of Atlas," in which case could be construed to refer to Mt. Atlas in Morocco; however he did not do so. Furthermore, I know of no major body of water named after a mountain." Source: Atlantis Quest

We also have Hellanicus of Lesbos (490-410 B.C.) mentioning a kingdom called Atlantis founded by Poseidon and ruled by Atlas, a son of Poseidon. If nothing else, this shows that Plato did not invent the name Atlantis.

Now a quick word about the "son of Poseidon." This may not mean he was a physical son. It's quite possible it is used in the same context as the saying "child of Christ" that we use today. If we say someone is a child of Christ, it simply means they are a devoted follower of Christ. Anyone claiming to be a real son or daughter of Christ would be seen as a looney. We'd think the same thing as someone claiming to be a son of Poseidon.

Timeline of Ancient Writings on Atlantis
Pre-Platonic Writings Pertinent to Atlantis

2. Edgar Cayce and Atlantis

Much of modern, "new age" beliefs about Atlantis come from Edgar Cayce. Perhaps the most famous american psychic of all time, Cayce is known as the "sleeping prophet". He would enter a trance and give readings to others. According to his son, Cayce gave over 14,500 readings in his life. Of those, 700 related to Atlantis. Source:  Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet, On Atlantis from source: The Hieronimus & Co Newsletter

Cayce claimed Atlantis was a very old land mass: over 200,000 years old. There was a series of three destructive events, not a single earthquake, that eventually sank the island. He claimed the island was very advanced technologically and had something similar to atomic power.

A.R.E.'s findings on Atlantis
Source:Did Atlantis Really Exist?

3. Atlantis was huge

Contrary to what many people think,  Atlantis was not a single city. It was a continent. Legend says it you could see it from the Straights of Gibraltar as well as the coast of what is now Newfoundland, Canada. To the north, it was short journey to Great Britain. In the south, sections reached the Bahamas. Plato said the island was as large as Libya and Asia combined. To give you some context, here's a map of the ancient from the ancient world.

4. There is a Hole in Our History

The world is filled with artifacts and locations our current ideas of history cannot explain. But they make perfect sense if Atlantis was real. Some suggest there was an ancient, global civilization with access to air travel and intercontinental trade. Sound ludicrous? Well explain any of the following:

1. Ancient Hieroglyphics in Australia
2. Stegosaurus Depicted at Angor Wat dates to 12th Century. We "discovered" it in 1877
3. Map from 1500s shows Antartica. We "discovered" it 1840
4. Vimana - flying machines mentions in Vedic texts from 16,000 B.C
5. Nasca lines in Peru that can only be seen from the air

Of course you could discount a few of these. But take 10 minutes and Google ancient mysteries. There are too many things that don't add up.


The Lost City of Altantis: The Facts


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Gobekli Tepe - Truth and Fiction

Gobekli Tepe - the ancient temple in the world

The Short Story

Located roughly six miles from Urfa in Turkey is a great mystery: Gobekli Tepe. While Stonehenge is a single circle of standing stones, Gobekli Tepe has more than 250 standing stones spread out over 30+ acres. Many of the t-shaped pillars are engraved with figures of animals, some known and some fantastic. That alone would make the site interesting. However, there is more to this mystery. More than 8,000 years ago the entire structure was buried.

What We Know

First examined in the 1960's but originally dismissed as nothing more than a cemetary.

"Schmidt says the monuments could not have been built by ragged bands of hunter-gatherers. To carve, erect and bury rings of seven-ton stone pillars would have required hundreds of workers, all needing to be fed and housed. Hence the eventual emergence of settled communities in the area around 10,000 years ago."

The great mystery is why did they build it? And, perhaps even more bizarre, why did they later bury the entire structure.
Source: neil beer


Some suggest that Gobekli Tepe was a temple to worship the dog star.

"I propose that the temple was built to follow the 'birth' of this star," says Magli. "You can imagine that the appearance of a new object in the sky could even have triggered a new religion."

Linda Moulton Howe believes it is some type of alien machine. She believes there is link between Gobekli Tepe, Stonehenge and the Sphinx. Next to Gobekli Tepe is a man-made mountain, Nimrud. She believes the structure is a warning to stay away from whatever is buried beneath the mountain.  Some believe the structure beneath the mountain is similar to the Sphinx.

Some see a link between Gobekli Tepe and Atlantis, the mythical land said to have sunk beneath the waves more than 10,000 years ago. One of the strongest arguments against the existence of Atlantis, (aside from the fact we can't find it) is that we had no evidence of real civilization that far in the past.  Some believe the discovery of this site gives more credence to the truth of Atlantis.

Andrew Collins, famed fringe-theory writer, suggests there could be a connection between Gobekli Tepe and the Watchers mentioned in the bible. I'm a tad obsessed with his writing. His book, From the Ashes of Angels introduced me to vulture shamans, the underground cities in Turkey and the edimmu.

How I Use it in My Novels

In Beyond the Black Sea, it is revealed that Gobekli Tepe was designed to be a center of scientific discovery where Atlanteans worked with humans and reptilians.

It was here that the prison dimension, the Black Sea, was created. Once created, the entire structure was buried to prevent the anyone from entering the prison from Earth. Wisdom uses his elemental powers to unbury an ancient  Atlantean teleportation portal to enter the Black Sea.

Meanwhile, the Orpheans are attempting to escape from the other side.

To learn more about the Atlanteans and Gobekli Tepe in my novels, pick up Beyond the Black Sea June 21, 2014.

Meanwhile, catch up with the story by reading the first novel in the series, Council of Peacock.

Further Reading:
Gobekli Tepe: The World's First Temple
Video: Full Gobekli Tepe Documentary

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Release Date Set - Beyond the Black Sea Available June 21, 2014

Book Two in the Activation Series is currently available for preorder on Smashwords. Click here to add it.

It will be available for purchase June 21st through Amazon in paperback or electronic versions.
Amazon Author Page with links to available books. 


She’s dead because of me.

Josh Wilkinson is haunted by two words written in still-warm blood: Your fault.

Wisdom, an immortal raised by the djinn, has gathered a band of super-powered teenagers to stop the Council of Peacocks, a group of evil sorcerers. After the battle in Thessaloniki, the Council is on the run. Just when final victory appears imminent, Josh’s mother is murdered and the prime suspect is his father.

Once Josh was integral to the Council’s plans for world domination. Now Josh learns his cousin, Travis, is the one set to activate the Verdenstab, an alien terraforming device. If he does, the Orpheans, demonic allies to the Council, will escape the Black Sea, a pocket dimension that serves as their prison.

In a last-ditch effort to prevent the invasion, Wisdom and Josh use an ancient portal hidden beneath Gobekli Tepe to enter the Black Sea. The rest of the team – a pyrokinetic, a telepath, and a mercenary – head to stop Travis from activating the device.

The end is closer than anyone suspects. The Activation is set to happen tomorrow.


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Five Star Review - The Nightlife: San Antonio by Travis Luedke #asmsg #vampires

I'm running out of words to describe just how good Luedke's books are. Every new release is his best book yet.

The Nightlife: San Antonio is a blood-splattered roller coaster of fun. It feels very grounded in reality making the supernatural action elements all-the-more powerful. Adrian is my new favorite everything. Total badass and everything I wish I was... which is probably not something I should actually say in public. Because he's a tad cray-cray.  But I dare you not to cheer for him.

If you haven't read anything by Travis Luedke yet, start with San Antonio. A few chapters in you'll be as hooked as any bloodslave.

P.S. the "rowed the boat ashore" scene is a classic.


Vampires, Mafia & Mayhem: The Nightlife San Antonio is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

All she wanted was to escape the police. All he wanted was to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for.

EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a Mexican mafia shootout. He can't explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later and then ducks the San Antonio police and the Feds. Well, the hot sex might have something to do with it.

She needed to hide. With no memory of even her name, she didn't know from who. She only knew she wasn't safe.

Adrian soon learns she is much more than a damsel in distress, and he’s stuck with her. It isn't long before the past she cannot remember begins to catch up with them both…

THE NIGHTLIFE SAN ANTONIO is a non-stop thrill ride through the shadowy borderworld of mafia politics and vampires – and sex.

Released Date is June 9th. You can pre-order now on Smashwords.

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Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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