• Cheating spouses were commonplace for him, though in the case of Beverly and Byron’s marriage it was not another woman, but the intoxicating power of an online world gone mad. . .

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    EVENTS: Book-signing/wine-tasting events and book clubs draw enthusiastic readers.

  • SYNOPSIS: His mysterious client, Beverly, is Byron’s seductive, alluring but soon to be ex-wife. . . And now her multi-million dollar second divorce has erupted into a massive murder investigation.

  • PROLOGUE: Once inside the hangar, two men quietly hoisted their dangerous cargo, exchanging it with a normal tank from the bin marked Sunday. But theirs had been sealed with faulty welds. . .

  • CHAPTER ONE: The mammoth object passing overhead was so close it startled him at first—a hot-air balloon, descending gracefully toward the bright green field beyond his deck.

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Consumed-Readers Favorite Award Certificate copyNews Flash: September 1, 2014

CONSUMED received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Contest under “Fiction – Intrigue”. READ MORE…


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Michael W. Bugni

“Consumed” is a novel of suspense by author and attorney Michael W. Bugni, recently released by Archway Publishing. The book is available in hardcover and softcover, as well as for Nook and Kindle.

Excerpt:

. . . He wondered, was it really the prenup or her marriage he’d hoped to stop?

In the course of an average week, Les McKee might experience enough greed and duplicity to fuel a third world coup. Broken and battered clients drifted in and out of his office in a sad parade that never seemed to end.

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Cheating spouses were commonplace for him, though in the case of Beverly and Byron’s marriage it was not another woman, but the intoxicating power of an online world gone mad. Aware of the irony, he focused on his tablet, chock-full of Digitron software, as his query brought up a dozen out-of-state-cases on the issue of debunking a prenuptial.

A strange, distant hissing made him stop. He looked out at the field behind his house but couldn’t find the source. The hissing burst again, this time more abruptly, then rumbled low like steam. He turned his head up sharply, shielding his eyes from the sun’s glare. The mammoth object passing overhead was so close it startled him at first—a hot air balloon, descending gracefully toward the bright green field beyond his deck. Its giant torch fired on and off as it gently nudged its way toward earth.

The pilot was orchestrating a skillful descent toward their apparent landing site in the next field over. Directing his camera phone he started to record . . .

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From the Author

Immersive screen replacement, or virtual reality, is closer than you think. And it isn’t coming for video-gamers only. In the same week CONSUMED was published, Facebook announced its two billion dollar purchase of Oculus Prime, the industry leader in head-tracking HMD’s (or head mounted devices). The modern landscape of smart phones, social media and alternate realities is about to undergo a sea change before our very eyes. In CONSUMED readers will catch a glimpse inside the real time world of cutting-edge technology, which in the novel explodes unexpectedly, splashed across the front page of the Seattle Times on April 13, 2014, thanks to the brazen legal maneuverings of Byron Wells, who decided to go rogue in the midst of his highly-publicized divorce.

April 13 was also the novel’s launch, during the first of two book-signing events at Eight Bells Winery in Seattle. Follow the events of “CONSUMED” as we follow the intersection of technology, social engineering, and in this story… the drama-inducing landscape of modern-day divorce. It is said there are no good divorces… but a bad divorce can be murder.
— Mike Bugni