James Lalonde impressed me as a man that has tried almost everything. After attending university for a year abroad in Italy, he maintained a passion for the country and some of his writing is set there. He was a Gelato maker for several years. More recently, he has worked with the homeless and mentally ill as a counselor, researching Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans.
About Holotar: The Last Queen of the White Shamans
Walter Winkler is a Seattle street kid who can Google Minds. Not that he can help it. Who wants to know what people are really thinking?
His shelter shrink dismisses Mind Googling as mere schizophrenia and worse, intends to ‘cure him” if he keeps having “delusions” of getting sucked into other people’s heads. Nicknamed ‘Pinball,’ Walter has a gift for seeing inside games, too. He doesn’t play by the rules. He plays with the code. Avoids the monsters. Always beats the game.
Then Walter is lured into testing “Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans,” a new kind of holographic fantasy game designed by a mad Russian. Walter is beguiled into promising the ‘Last Queen’ that he will rescue her child being held captive in Siberia. He also discovers that the game has been hacked by a very real monster, an ancient psychopath unleashed into the new world of games and social networks, who is preying on young gamers – like him.
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About James Lalonde
James E. Lalonde was a technology and business journalist at the Seattle Times, KING 5 News and was involved in the start-up of half a dozen software and digital media companies in the Pacific Northwest.
Lalonde received the William T. Costello Poetry Award while at Gonzaga University, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Poetry. Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans, was a finalist in the 2010 Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Urban Fantasy Sci-Fi.
“I believe that every voice has a story that deserves to be heard and that often it is the unheard voice that is most profound,” says Lalonde. “As these voices speak to me, I try to remember what Plato said: ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle…’”
Lalonde lives in Seattle and is the father of three daughters. His wife is a fellow journalist. He is currently working on the next book in his ‘Mind Googling’ series.
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