The Veritas Deception
by Lynne Constantine
The assassination of the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice plunges his widow into the heart of a conspiracy to bring down society.
- Fiction, Religion, Spirituality, Suspense, Thriller
- Page Length:
- 250 – 500 Pages
- Book Status:
- Completed Manuscript
Can you really be sure that the decisions you are making are entirely your own, or are the shows and movies you watch written with the intent to shape your opinion on life and death matters? What if policy changes and legislative battles are fought and won in your living rooms not the voting booths?
Do you long for a return to the days when the line between right and wrong, good and evil was clear and obvious? Are you tired of turning on the television only to see shows dominated by sex and violence?
THE VERITAS DECEPTION was inspired by my days inside the world of marketing and advertising when it was my job to design campaigns to alter behavior; and use emotional triggers used to influence and shape opinions.
THE VERITAS DECEPTION will draw you into a world where nothing can be taken at face value—a world where the truth is a luxury granted to a select few. This explosive conspiracy thriller with spiritual undertones delivers a timely message. A message that will leave you questioning long after you’ve closed the cover on the last page.
I am asking for your donation to secure the funds necessary to publish the book and help it reach as many people as possible.
When the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is murdered, his wife, Taylor, discovers that his entire identity has been fabricated and his vote owned. She is shocked to find her ex-fiancé, investigative reporter Jack Logan, in her house with a message from the dead justice. Jack tells Taylor that her husband had given his allegiance to a sinister organization headed by a reclusive figure. Together, Jack and Taylor uncover an intricate conspiracy, wider and deeper than they ever imagined. Allies turn to foes when they discover that those closest to them are a part of the deception, and that they too have been manipulated and their own lives choreographed.
From his facility in a remote corner of upstate New York, Damon Crosse controls the destiny of millions. Behind the towering walls of his training institute, brainwashing and shock tactics re-educate each wave of recruits. Through his careful placement of men and women in positions of power—from the back halls of Congress to the high-rise offices of Madison Avenue—the tentacles of his network insinuate themselves like an invading cancer. The subtle, yet steady shift in television programming and other media is no accident: the immense strength of special interest groups to effect damning legislature perfectly deliberate. Shrouded in secrecy and guided by dark forces, Crosse’s ultimate aim is known to no one.
Jack and Taylor are embroiled in a labyrinth of deceit whose genesis has its roots in one unspeakable act. Can they stay alive long enough to find the evidence they need to stop to Crosse before his dark intentions for society are fully accompished?
Interview with Lynne Constantine
Why did you write the book?
This book came to me over 15 years ago when I worked in marketing and had a lot of time to think during the commute from Baltimore to the D.C. area. Spending hours in meetings with ad agencies devising campaigns to lure people into buying things they couldn’t afford with money they didn’t have, I was struck by how susceptible we all are to the images and messages that inundate us hour after hour, day after day. How our opinions on a broad array of issues such as euthanasia, legalization of drugs, human rights, and allocation of resources, just to name a few, are also influenced by media and entertainment. The characters and plot lines have undergone many changes from inception to creation, but the themes and messages have remained the same.
As I noticed the very climate of television and pop culture evolving over the years, I couldn’t help but be concerned by the drastic change in values and mores espoused. The shows that kept me company in my teen-aged years centered around families and communicated a clear sense of right and wrong. Only a few decades later, we turn on the television during the now non-existent “family hour” and near pornographic images and themes are impossible to avoid. How did things get so far in such a short amount of time?
THE VERITAS DECEPTION is a book that I felt needed to be written.
Is this the start of a series?
The book was originally intended to be a stand-alone but as the characters came to life and the book reached it’s conclusion, I realized there was still much more to tell. There will be at least a sequel, and possibly a trilogy.
What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?
Social media will play a key role in the marketing of the book and I will incorporate the lessons I learned marketing CIRLE DANCE which was a Kindle best seller. I have built a consultancy around all I’ve learned about social media to help other authors, and I will do the same to market THE VERITAS DECEPTION and with your help we can take it to the bestseller list.
Specifically the money will be used for:
– Cover design
– Final editing
– Book layout
– Reward fulfillment
– Online banner ads
– Email marketing campaigns
– Online book tour
– Print ads
– Public Relations
– Press Releases
– Book Reviews
– Paid Promotions
What is your favorite thing about the writing life?
I love having the ability to enter into any world I want. Being a writer allows me to travel to wherever my imagination takes me. As I get involved in a new story, I enjoy the research process and learning something new. I also fall in love with my characters as they develop and am often surprised at the how they turn out.
I love getting feedback from readers. When I get an email telling me that a character or a piece of writing has spoken to someone—it is extremely gratifying. I always enjoy participating in book club discussions and hearing the different interpretations of the story from the club members’ perspectives.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Anything Nancy Drew. One of my best memories was going every week with my father to buy the latest in the series—that was back when department stores carried them. Afterward he and my mother and I would grab dinner upstairs and I’d have vegetable soup and grilled cheese with my new book on the table next to me.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis in an all time favorite for his gorgeous prose and fantastical worlds. Dean Koontz for suspense—no one keeps me turning the pages like he does. David Morrell has been a longtime favorite of mine, he’s a master of the thriller genre and poetic writer. He also happens to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and I always look forward to seeing him at Thrillerfest in New York every year.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
If I’m not writing, you will find on social media working and doing some socializing—my kids who are social media aficionados themselves—tell me I’m on too much. When I do tear myself away, I like to take long walks with my husband and our golden retreiver, Tucker. I love to spend time with the family watching a good show or just hanging out. I am crazy about the beach, and of course, I love to read.
Lynne is a coffee drinking, twitter addicted, fiction writer always working on her next book. She is the co-author of CIRCLE DANCE, a family saga written with her sister, as well as the author of several short stories. She is the managing partner of a social media consulting firm & gives talks on the role of social media in publishing. She likes to run her plots by Tucker, her golden retriever, who rarely disagrees with her.