Vise Manor

Dinner. Drinks. Murder.

Eccentric tech billionaire Winston Vise has invited eight guests to his secluded home in the New York countryside. His mission: to find investors and buyers for his new line of artificially intelligent synthetic humans. After a lavish evening of drinking and feasting, Winston takes the stage in the conservatory to begin his pitch. But when the demonstration takes a sharp turn into murder, his prospective investors find themselves trapped in the sprawling manor with a killer and no way to call for help.

The doors open automatically at sunrise. Will there be anyone left alive to see it?

Brimming with veiled looks, dirty secrets, and augmented violence, Vise Manor is a cyberpunk murder mystery sure to delight fans of William Gibson, Richard K. Morgan, and Agatha Christie.

Available in print and Kindle formats on March 1, 2022.

About the Author

Daniel Verastiqui

"I never really wanted to be a writer, but when you tell people stories in person, they have a tendency to simply walk away after a while."

Daniel Verastiqui is a Science Fiction author from Austin, Texas. His latest novel, Vise Manor, is the seventh entry in a dystopian cyberpunk thriller anthology, a series of books that take place in a shared alternate reality but aren't direct sequels. His books explore the themes of relationships and identity in the context of unstoppable technological advancement, unbridled violence, and questionable nudity.

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Books by Daniel Verastiqui

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Book cover of Vise Manor by Daniel Verastiqui

Vise Manor

Demonstration is just another way of saying sales pitch. Winston Vise has something he wants you to buy, but if he’s selling synthetics, then there has to be some intelligence behind them. Now, if he’s inviting you all the way up there just to demo some procedural code, any of that machine learning or deep learning bullshit, then he's not only an asshole but a dumbass to boot. My guess is he’s got some kind of artificial intelligence, which means he either grew one from scratch or he’s playing Perion’s imprinting game better than Perion. Honestly, neither of those sound likely.”


Brigham Plaza

“Twenty years ago, you made friends with a thirteen-year-old girl who knew nothing about the Net. You helped her take control of it, carve out her own piece of it. Now that same little girl is sitting across from you asking for your help because she’s never killed anyone, and she’s never been shot at before. She’s never taken down an entire cipher den with a couple of guns and her bare hands.”

Book cover of Brigham Plaza by Daniel Verastiqui
Book cover of Hybrid Mechanics by Daniel Verastiqui

Hybrid Mechanics

“I’ll give it to you as straight as I can. I don’t think our world was real. Everything you see here on the screen is just a simulation.” He pointed to the center panel. “See that? Simulation integrity is sixty-eight percent. It’s been dropping ever since I woke up. And I think it’s because all those generators back there are starting to fail, or have been failing, and now we’re at a tipping point. No generators mean no power. Whatever computers are running the simulation are going to fail soon too. And I think the lights will go shortly after that. So far, I haven’t found any windows in this place. You get me?”


Por Vida

"I stayed with Vida for several days after I gave her the speech. It seemed like the right thing to do. Empathizing with her situation wasn’t difficult; though I could remember my life before the Día de las Máquinas, it was just as distant and out of reach as Vida’s. We are both passengers in the same boat careening down a river that will never run in reverse. I’ve given myself over to the current. Vida still mourns the loss of distant, unremembered shores."

Book cover of Por Vida by Daniel Verastiqui
Book cover of Perion Synthetics by Daniel Verastiqui

Perion Synthetics

In just a few short months, the cancer had thinned James Perion’s gray hair, hollowed out his cheeks, and relegated him to his bed for the remainder of his life. The morning strolls through the halls of the Spire were a thing of the past, as were the lengthy moments spent at the window in his study, staring out over the empire he had created, visualizing the people and cars as cogs in his massive machine. Dad was like that, able to macro and micro simultaneously, to stay involved where others would call in subject matter experts. All he needed were a few more years, more time to unseat Vinestead through sheer determination and market reach.

BOOK TWO - MAY 20, 2011


“This is you,” said Abernathy, pulling the sheet and revealing a human skeleton. “Well, a plastic you,” he clarified. Slowly, he turned the model around until Deron could see the back of it. “The chip lives here.” He pointed to a cluster of wires at the base of the skull. “The tendrils extend throughout the body as far south as the ankles, though at that point they are too small to see. We have intrusion into the heart between these two ribs, mirrored on the other side of the spinal column to accommodate the lungs. And your brain…”

Book cover of Veneer by Daniel Verastiqui
Book cover of Xronixle by Daniel Verastiqui


“Did you know,” asked Anela, “that every time that we went into your head looking for the code, we would end up in this forest, on this bridge? That no matter what my ciphers threw at you, we could only get this far? Now, I understand how a woman in my position might procure herself a similar level of encryption but for a boy just out of high school, it just does not add up. So, imagine my position, if you will. A boy comes to me asking for a copy program. We deliver an advanced product that said boy modifies to copy an entire human consciousness. Unbelievable, of course, until he delivers the mind of his high school sweetheart on a code cube, asking me to splice it up. Do you remember what happened next?”

Notes From The Author

It's me. I'm the author. They're my notes.

Friday, December 31, 2021

The Minimum Jetpack Plan Needed to be Included in WordPress Reader

If you don't know, Jetpack is a plugin that adds a bunch of extra features to your WordPress blog. Those features used to be contained in a single subscription, but now they're available a la carte. With the goal of saving some money in mind, I started to wonder, What's the minimum Jetpack plan required to be included in WordPress Reader?

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Monday, December 20, 2021

My Marketing Resolutions for 2022

I have an unhealthy relationship with the publishing and marketing side of being an indie author. I lament how difficult it is, but at the same time, refuse to learn anything about it. Every day, I check my sales, reviews, and marketing spend--often multiple times per day--and I don't know what to do with the information. Didn't sell a book? Not sure why! Sold a book? No idea how! Finally, after attending an Amazon Advertising webinar and talking with a small business guru, I've decided to change the way I do things in 2022, with a primary focus on just one thing: profit.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Literally Everything Happening in December 2021

It's December 1, and the holidays are officially upon us. With so much going on in the world, I thought I'd put together a list of things to get excited about this month, from the return of beloved movie franchises to the return of beloved sitcoms to the return of beloved baking shows. There's something for everyone this month: snow bunnies, zombie enthusiasts, and of course, cyberpunk murder mystery readers with an uncanny ability to sniff out a good deal. Let's take a look at what the month has in store for us!

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Book Marketing: Having Fun With Your Built-in Audience

I started self-publishing in 2004, and it took me a long, long time to figure out what most authors already knew: you don't market to friends and family. For one, they're often not your target cyberpunk-loving audience. Second, if they do buy your book, it will be because they either love you or genuinely enjoy your work. Either way, it's a limited audience, and your efforts (and money) are better spent elsewhere. But... that doesn't mean you can't tell them you have a new book coming out. And since you're just telling them, and not marketing, you can have a little fun with it.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

November 19, Austin

Packages have been arriving all week, most of them addressed to Bambina Verastiqui, the placeholder name we've given to our daughter. Each box we bring in from the doorstep is a reminder that we are wholly unprepared to bring an infant into this house. And it's not just the easy stuff like decorating her room or building her crib; we really have no idea what it's going to be like with a newborn and a four-year-old in the house at the same time. With less than two months to go, I wouldn't say we're starting to panic, but we definitely aren't at ease, which is a shame.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

10 Signs You're a Rich Man in 2021

No one would argue that income inequality is one of the biggest problems facing the 99%. Billionaires make, well, billions off the backs of hardworking Americans and then use that money to go into space without the decency to stay up there and leave the rest of us alone. Well, it's not all bad news. Thing is, because income levels are so stratified, there's a good chance you might actually be "technically" rich.

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the tools I use to make cyberpunk

When I'm doing daily scratch writing, I use Typora.

First drafts are written in Novlr.

I revise and format for print with Word.

All of my graphics and marketing are created in Canva.

I listen to defonic and classical music while I write.