Genesis 5020

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No Safe Place by H.L. Wegley September 25, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:44 am



How much would you sacrifice to regain your honor?
After ex-football star, Matt Mathison, allows a career-ending injury to send him to the far country, the prodigal wants to come home and regain his honor. But Matt returns with an assassin on his trail. When he encounters a young woman with secrets, a woman he is drawn to and who seems to need him, he must choose between helping her or endangering her.
Miranda (Randi) Richards, a young meteorologist, takes a job in a remote area near the Olympic National Park to nurse her wounds after her parents brutally disowned her when she converted to Christianity at college. When Randi, a world-class, middle-distance runner literally runs into Matt on a park trail, she believes she’s found someone who can help heal her heart. But she learns Matt has secrets that threaten both her heart and her life.
No Safe Place, book 1 in the Witness Protection Series, is an action-filled, romantic-suspense story that races from the scenic beaches of the Olympic National Park to the beauty of Lake Chelan in Central Washington State, a story of courage, honor, faith, forgiveness, and love.

My thoughts:

This is an action packed book that will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first pages.

I enjoyed the suspense and wondering what would happen next.

I did feel the romance was a bit quick, thinking about marriage after knowing each other two days. That part of the story really didn’t resonate with me.

I did like wondering what would happen with Matt when he went to the police with his story. Even though it was the right thing to do I didn’t want him to do it. So that kept things interesting.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own. 


Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley November 26, 2014

Filed under: Author Interviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:50 am
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Today we get write to the point with H.L. Wegley. He has visited us several times before. You can read his previous interviews here, here and here.

Today we thought we would have a little fun and I asked H.L. to interview one of his characters from his newest release. Read on to learn more about Katie Brandt.

For the June 11th edition of Who’s Who in Seattle, we have with us Katie Brandt, a graduate student and the University of Washington. Katie, it seems like just yesterday you were in the local and national news for several months, mostly related to your role in breaking up an international human trafficking syndicate.

Actually, that was five years ago. A long time ago for me, considering all that’s happened since then. Both my mom, Jennifer, and I were captured twice by the traffickers. Both times we escaped unharmed. I think God was watching out for us.

You say a lot has happened since then. Give us some highlights from the life of Katie Brandt over the past five years.

Well, Jennifer and Lee, now Mom and Dad, married and adopted me. Then using the Running Start Program, and some special testing, I squeezed high school and college into 4 1/2 years so I could start my PhD program this past year. My 21st birthday is coming in a few days and, if all goes well, I’ll have my PhD in Computer Science before the end of the year.

That’s an amazing accomplishment. But, didn’t you also play on the women’s fast pitch softball team at UW?

Yes, but my schedule was so packed academically, that I only played softball one year. Fortunately, it was the right year, the year we won the NCAA championship.

We’ve heard that you have quite an arm. You played shortstop, right?

Yes, I did. Our coach wondered why all our ladies playing first base were complaining of bruised hands, some sitting out games. I tend to throw a natural sinker. It moves from the webbing down into the palm of the first baseman’s mitt. Well, the coach brought out the radar gun, put a men’s baseball in my hand, and had me throw all out a few times. On a couple of those throws, I hit 90 mph.

 Are the Mariners interested in you?

I hope that was tongue-in-cheek. I can’t maintain 90 mph for 1 inning, let alone a whole game. Seriously, you would not want to see me on the mound at the Safe.

 You are beautiful, athletic, one of the brightest students ever to graduate from UW, so what’s next for Katie Brandt?

My mom, Jennifer, dropped out of her doctoral program to work for NSA. I’m carrying her research forward.

Would you please summarize this research for us, in layman’s terms?

Sure. Some big-data analysis problems, like analyzing raw Internet traffic to isolate interesting patterns of communication, were thought to be not computable, at least not in a workable time frame. But, using our knowledge of the way the Internet works, things like routing and the structure of the backbone, I am defining special cases that are computable.

And why do we want to do these types of analyses, Katie?

Compared to the current state-of-the-art, my techniques are an order of magnitude more efficient at identifying bad guys, like terrorists, collaborating on the Internet. I’m already getting some contract work with the FBI, NSA, and a couple of other organizations. But finding the bad guys is so interesting and so much fun that I haven’t stopped long enough to write my dissertation. Also, this area of research is so big, it really should be split into two parts. There’s plenty of room for two dissertations here, and I think I found just the right person to work with me.

Would this happen to be a male student by the name of Joshua West?

Yes. But who told you about him?

Agent Peterson at the FBI’s Seattle field office.

Uh … he didn’t tell you about our little disagreement, did he?

Whose little disagreement? You and Agent Peterson, or you and Joshua West?

Both of them. I mean, either one?

 No, but he did insinuate you were involved in locating active terrorist groups and that you take too many risks. How do you feel about that?

I think you’re probing into areas we should not get into.

 But, do you consider yourself a risk taker?

Look, Agent Peterson is like a second father to me, as well as my mentor. Like a father, he worries too much. Josh and I can take care of ourselves.

 Well, you heard it, folks Katie Brandt and Joshua West don’t need the FBI to take care of them.

Are we off the air now?


You said you wouldn’t talk about the fake honeymoon or Joshua West.

No. That’s not quite what I said. And … oops. I guess we aren’t off yet. It’s time for a commercial break, listeners.

Triple Threat blurb:

Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. perf5.500x8.500.inddSuspecting it’s only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh’s life, an agnostic, who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences for Josh, a mistake that could break Katie’s heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

Will Katie and Josh survive the investigation? If they do, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Triple Threat, an adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow’s paper, but pray you never will.


H.L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian-thriller-series with Pelican Book Group. He is currently finishing his 8th novel.

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Thanks so much for visiting us Katie…I mean H.L. It’s always great to have you here on Genesis 5020 🙂




Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley September 10, 2014

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:32 pm
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HLWegley_P13_pp2crop2smallToday we get write to the point with H.L. Wegley. He has visited us a couple of times before and will be visiting us again in a couple of months. You can read his first two interviews here and here. Read on to see what he is up to now and he has a giveaway for you.

Tell us about your newest book.

The title is Moon over Maalaea Bay and the story is set completely in Maui. Shortly after her wedding and, as her Maui honeymoon begins, an international trafficking syndicate vengefully abducts beautiful Jennifer Brandt, a brilliant NSA scientist. Immediately, a frightening array of bidders arrive on Maui for the auction. Some want her for what she looks like, some for what she knows, and others for revenge. Uncle Sam just wants to keep Jennifer from falling into the wrong hands, and Lee, the groom, thinks anyone’s hands but his are the wrong hands. Lee puts together a team of 3 geniuses who love Jennifer, a team whose members will go to far greater lengths to save her than the FBI, NSA, the Maui Police, or even the US military. But the clock is ticking out the last few hours before the auction.

The whole story unfolds in one furious, 24-hour time interval.


What inspired you to write this book?

I had planned for this story to end my three-book series and wanted to send my hero and heroine, Lee and Jennifer, on a romantic Maui honeymoon. After what I had done to them in Hide and Seek and On the Pineapple Express, they deserved some time in Maui. perf5.500x8.500.inddThat’s how I came to write the story, but a big part of the inspiration was the wonderful 6 weeks my wife and I spent on the island to wind down from our stressful jobs, right after we retired. After shooting 18 GB of digital photos of the island, I knew this was where I wanted to set a novel. So, unlike my first two books, which had a strong spiritual component to the inspiration, Moon over Maalaea Bay was inspired more by the physical beauty of this part of God’s creation.


What was your favorite part to write?

In book 2, I created a young lady whose POV was removed during editing. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to make beautiful, brilliant, 15-year-old Katie Lloyd a POV character in book 3. This girl, soon to be adopted by Jennifer and Lee, is fiercely loyal, an incredibly gifted athlete, young enough in years (and in her faith) to make big mistakes, yet fearless enough to give international criminals more than they can handle. By the way, she earned the leading role in book 4, Triple Threat, set 6 years later.


What was the hardest part to write?

It may sound silly, but after I’ve come to know and love my characters, I don’t want to do bad things to them. Don’t want them to feel sad. Consequently, that dark moment, when you take the last flicker of hope they have and blow out the candle, forcing them to change or die, hurts. That probably sounds silly too. But I almost ruined the plot of one of my novels by resolving the heroine’s problems too soon. It took major therapy for the book to recover.


What kind of research did you do for this book?

Besides spending 6 weeks on Maui 2 1/2 years before I wrote the book, my wife and I spent 10 days of targeted research in 2011, focusing on the settings for scenes in the book (when we weren’t snorkeling J). I also read 2 books on the history and anthropology of the Hawaiian people which, by the way, has an intriguing spiritual component. You can read about that in my post called, The Aloha People.


What’s the best thing about being an author?

Author’s get to create stories and characters to inhabit them. We get to live through our characters, vicariously. It’s exhilarating and delightful. It’s a bit like playing God, a role we should carry out responsibly. And a manuscript is the probably only place we can do all this without being thrown in to prison or committed to a mental institution. There is one more thing. As C. S. Lewis said, “Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people’s minds under the cover of fiction without their knowing it.”  However, in the end, we want them to know it is theology, the knowledge of God, that we’ve communicated.


What’s the hardest thing about being an author?

In a word, marketing. My head tells me it’s necessary, but that does not make it enjoyable or even palatable. If I had to be a used car salesman, I would probably die of starvation.


What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?

Don’t let your fear of failure, embarrassment, or looking less than perfect paralyze you. If God gave you dreams, go all out for them. Don’t hold back. If you fear getting off track, trust Him. He can redirect a willing heart. It’s the hearts always seeking to protect themselves, trying to control everything, that cannot be easily directed.


If you were writing about your life what would the title be?

How to Win Playing Small Ball. I’m not proud of it, but that’s what I did. If the right fielder played to the left, I’d slap the baseball into the hole down the 1st base line—an easy single that good wheels might stretch into a double. But I wish I had swung for the fence a lot more instead of playing it safe.


Anything you would like add?

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Melissa, and helping add another plank to the platform that seems so hard for a new author to build!

Watch the trailer for Moon Over Maalaea Bay here.

Thanks for visiting us again, it’s great to hear what you are up to and we look forward to your visit in November.

Readers, H.L. is giving away a copy of his book to one commentator. Leave a comment by Sept. 16th at 5:00 p.m. to be entered to win his book.




Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley May 7, 2014

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:38 am
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AuthorPicture_HLWToday we get write to the point with author H.L. Wegley. I interviewed H.L. a while back, you can read his first interview here.  Read through to the end, he has a giveaway for you.

Tell us about your newest book.
My newest release is On the Pineapple Express, a thriller, with a little romance, about a beautiful, young NSA research scientist who accidentally intercepts a cell call on her research equipment. The call gives her clues about a group of girls who are soon to be sold to international human traffickers and smuggled out of the country. With time running out before the sale of the girls, insufficient information to engage the authorities, and a 100-year storm bearing down on them, my heroine, Jennifer, and her fiancé, Lee, attempt to find the traffickers’ holding location. This soon raises a question in Jennifer’s mind, will she survive to see her wedding day or what the traffickers have planned for her … its antithesis?
The sequel, Moon over Maalaea Bay, set entirely in Maui, releases June 13.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My wife and I have led a weekly, small-group Bible study for more than 20 years. We both love hiking the rugged Olympic Peninsula beaches, when it’s not raining. We also love snorkeling Maui and are currently saving our pennies for another trip to the Islands. I read a lot and listen toperf5.500x8.500.indd music. I used to participate in several competitive sports, but after breaking a wrist, hyperextending an elbow, and having rotator-cuff surgery, all on my right arm, I’ve retired, content to have a rehabbed arm that has full motion and doesn’t hurt anymore.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas have come from a combination of my work experience and the news. I subscribe to several newsletters on the internet that provide information you won’t see much about in the network news, but it’s great fodder for thrillers.
Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?
My preference is to have a little structure to what I do, but not too much. Consequently, I construct my plot minimally, just enough to make sure I have the proper plot points, and then I capture that plot in a very simple outline. The outline serves as my roadmap as I write, but I’m not averse to taking alternate routes along the way. Sometimes I write out my outline as a sequence of scene cards. In the past I’ve used 5X7” cards, but will probably use Scrivener in the future.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Yes. I have a complete, professionally edited manuscript that has had 3 rejections. It’s a good story, borrowed from the life of someone I knew. I’m thinking about self-publishing it before it gets technologically dated.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?
My first novel turned into a 4-book series. This was my first foray into fiction, and I was worried about creating realistic characters. Since the hero would be around for 3 or 4 books, the solution to my concern was to give him a shortened version of my resume, my childhood experiences, and most of my interests. This worked pretty well until my wife recognized me in the story and read about my hero kissing the heroine, a beautiful, young, Japanese-Hawaiian lady. That raised her eyebrows and a few questions. It still does. Now I get in trouble for everything my heroes do, even the ones who aren’t so much like me. 
Are you working on a new project now?
Currently I’m polishing a high-action, romantic suspense story, The Janus Journals, and writing book proposals for it that 4 agents have requested. This is my best writing yet, and I have high hopes for it. Of course, we all think that with each new story … until the rejections start coming in 😦

Anything you would like to add?
I would like to emphasize a couple of things about On the Pineapple Express. First, the subject matter could lead to R-rated scenes. I avoided them, making this a book your teenage daughters can read. Secondly, there are a couple of takeaways for the reader. If we trust God and are willing to follow Him, even in the face of fear and danger, He will provide the courage and power to accomplish His purposes through us. Then, for readers who do not know our Savior, there is another message that is presented simply and without preaching, the message of redemption.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers again. It is great to hear what you are up to and how God is working in your life.

Readers, leave a comment for H.L. by May 13th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win his book.


Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley February 20, 2013

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:10 am
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AuthorPicture_HLWThis week we get write to the point with H.L.Wegley.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

My wife and I were raised in Grants Pass, Oregon. But after a stint in the military, during the Viet Nam War, we ended up in WashingtonState. Working as a research scientist in atmospheric physics, I wrote for several years, publishing technical reports, journal articles and some books. But it was only after I retired in 2008 that I thought about writing fiction. I wrote my first novel in 2010. Then I rewrote it twice and received a contract for it in 2011.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My parents took me to church every Sunday from the time I turned five, but I remained on the outside, looking in. I was a pretty good kid, but at 18 I was facing adulthood without having settled the most important issue in life. At that time I started dating a young lady who immediately challenged me on the salvation issue. I committed my life to Christ as Lord and Savior at 18. Two years later I married that young lady.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My debut, an espionage thriller with romance, released on February 1. Besides telling a suspenseful story, I had a couple of things in mind when I wrote this book. For those who know our Lord and Savior, I hope they will see that the barriers to faith on others’ lives are most often the heart-rending existential questions, not the big intellectual issues. We have the answer to all their questions, the Person of Jesus Christ, and we need to share that answer with them. For those who don’t know our Savior, Hide and Seek is my heroine’s redemption story. I hope these people will see that a relationship with the one true God is available to them through Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

Ouch! That’s a sore spot. My blog, The Weather Scribe, has great potential, but it has been sadly neglected during the past 6 months while I wrote 4 manuscripts. I want to use Weather Scribe to help writers with weather-related aspects of setting, help them deal with apologetical and technical issues that arise in their stories, and I’ll devote some time to guest posts and book reviews.

I would love a blog like that, what a unique offering for writers.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Christy Barritt’s Key Witness (posted reviews on Amazon & Goodreads) and am restarting Tim Downs’ Nick of Time. Tim is one of my favorite authors.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

We were young parents in the USAF during the Viet Nam War. Just before I made captain, I had orders to a remote base on the Cambodian Border. Simultaneously we were offered an opportunity to choose an early out. For our children’s sake, we decided to forego a military career. This all happened during the oil embargo of the mid ’70s. The Air Force gave us a really early out. We left North Dakota in the dead of winter, headed for Oregon with only 3 weeks notice and no job leads, heading into an economy that had completely tanked. Inflation was running wild. Gas was scarce.  We drove on fumes most of the way across Montana. A month later we were still living with our parents in Oregon, money was running out, and when things looked their darkest, I was offered a Meteorologist’s position at Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Washington, but the job didn’t start for 3 more months. We took what little money we had and drove to Washington hoping somehow this would all work out. To make a long story short, we found a house where there were no houses available, a temporary job that lasted precisely until the permanent job started, and “accidentally” drove into the wrong church on our first Sunday morning, a church that became our home church for 12 years. Only in hindsight did we see that the plans God had for us were better than any we could have made.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I’m somewhat of a self-taught Christian apologist. You can probably guess what my ministry verse is, 1 Peter 3:15. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give anperf5.500x8.500.indd answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (NIV)

Where can we find you on the web?

My web site:
Author page on facebook:
Facebook profile:
My blog: The Weather Scribe

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thanks so much, Melissa, for hosting me on your blog. Launching a debut novel can be a crazy, intimidating time, but help from people like you makes it much easier.

Thanks for stopping by and we pray God’s blessing over your writing.

Readers, H.L. is giving away an ebook copy of his book. Leave a comment for him by February 26th at 5:00PM.