How you feel when other people are talking about your writing

This is an interesting topic for discussion.  Having recently attended an authors’ workshop, we spent a lot of time giving and taking feedback. When you talk about writing or listening to others talk about yours, we find there are two schools of thought. Someone can attack you personally rather than talk about the various writing aspects. For example, when you introduced John, you failed to provide the reader with enough detail to get them to draw a picture in their mind or connection. This far nicer than something like, That John guy you added was about as useless as your writing. You need to take your ideas into a dark hole and flush them out, before thrusting onto the public at large. A bit harsh at best.

As an author you expect all your targeted audiences to love your product. In our case that is a TechnoThriller story. The Breakfield and Burkey formula for that genre is real technology applied to a specific subject focus, such as cryptocurrency as in The Enigma Source, with characters who have real life backgrounds, travel, intrigue, mystery, and a dollop of humor. Not everyone who uses smart devices, likes a bit of complexity in their stories, or even appreciates applied technology. What we hope for are readers who fall in love with the stories and return for the growing character universe and the next immersive story we craft so our readers and listeners become our raving readers and voracious listeners.

Then there are written reviews, which we also consider other people talking about our writing. Kirkus Reviews has provided comments on every one of our stories which has helped each subsequent story improve. In fact, one of their comments was regarding Julie and Juan who we had paired up to work a specific story angle. The comments Kirkus made were so favorable we decided to do a fork in the series at book #7, The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale, to explore their new business of feet-on-the-street cyber technicians. We recently released this in audiobook format with our fabulous narrator, Derek Shoals, our voice of the series.

Reading all the reviews is something Burkey takes seriously and does each morning. Make certain and do a lot of reviews so she can make a day of reading them. If they are mean spirited, she is depressed and tries to analyze all the inuendoes whether stated or imagined. One extremely mean review was a personal attack that questioned our professional careers. In an effort to seek clarity an email exchange was done by Burkey which allowed further pointed comments to be made. Some people love being “trolls” based on the anonymity of the Internet today so they can launch unfounded attacks without having to look the person in the eye. It is a real shame as it only demonstrates a lack of personal integrity.

Constructive feedback is something Breakfield and Burkey appreciate. We try very hard to be mindful of our fans and their enjoyment of our stories. The commentary we have received on various characters’ and their evolution have made us smile. People tend to evolve just like our characters do. Some in good ways and others in poor ways. In our stories the bad actors do eventually receive their just deserts.

We very much look forward to hearing your comments or seeing your reviews. You can reach us directly at

The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7)

Has today’s technology advanced to the point that the line between the real and cyber worlds has vanished? If so, will this unchecked digital landscape provide new social predators with opportunities to unleash terror and pain on unsuspecting victims, while avoiding detection from anywhere in the world? How does anyone find the culprits holding international cities, big businesses, air traffic, and even emergency systems hostage to terrifying digital ransom demands.

Julie and Juan’s cyber assassin technology services team are immersed in these outrageous cyber-crime events occurring at multiple locations around the world. The CATS team is the next generation of hunters in the find and fix contest of cyber warfare, unlike any seen to date. How will they prove that the of 21st century video game playing has evolved beyond the that simple after-school distraction for children? With Supercomputers, the adage ‘bigger toys for bigger boys’ takes on a whole new definition. These Gamers may be after far more than just points.

George, Ty, Ernesto, Mercedes, EZ, and even Juan—travel to and investigate their respective assignments where they find they are undermined by organization’s leadership unwilling to listen to reason, playing the part of victim. Tampering with automated processes, driven by today’s explosion of technology use, is only the beginning of the competitive nature of these players. Cyber bad guys always think they can’t be caught or stopped.

Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma Series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. Book 7 of the series, The Enigma Gamers, A CATS Tale, is focused on misguided technology using Julie and Juan’s talented and tenacious team of professionals committed to finding and punishing evil achievers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

You may find yourself trying to rewrite the ending to match how you see the world, or how it should be.

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Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. In book 7 of the series, *The Enigma Gamers*,
The CATS Team, led by Julie and Juan, is committed to avenging and administering justice to evil doers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

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