Promo Post The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

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About The Book

21247087Title: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

​http​://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://CJSH.name

http://fan.CJSH.name

https://CJSHayward.com

http://tinyurl.com/luddites-guide-technology

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Author Interview The Age of Amy: Channel ’63 Tour

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Time travel and quirky heroines? The Age of Amy: Channel ’63 offers both! We’re so excited to interview the author of this YA novel on our blog today. Welcome Bruce Edwards!

How long have you been writing?

I wish I could say I was one of those prodigies that picked up a pen when he was five years old and never put it down, but I’m not that guy. My first book was published only a few years ago. But writing isn’t just a craft. Ideas just don’t fall from the sky; you have to experience them. In a way, I’ve been a writer my whole life. I’m only now putting my words into books.

What is your favorite manuscript you’ve written so far?

“Channel ‘63” — book #3 in The Age of Amy series, and the latest title — is by far my best work to date. Not that the other books aren’t great, too. (Should I say “lol” here, or are we beyond that?)

What was the most challenging part about writing “The Age of Amy: Channel ’63”?

This book tells a very personal story through the eyes of an adolescent girl. What she feels will not be unfamiliar to anyone who has survived their teenage years. I really had to dig deep into my own subconscious past and dredge up those somewhat uncomfortable emotions.

What is your favorite part of being an author?

I’ve always been a creative person. I have been a musician, a feature film animator, and even performed magic. Being an author has got to be the ultimate in artistic expression. You’re in full control with no one looking over your shoulder — accept your publisher, or course.

Will there be any more books in the “Age of Amy” series?

Now that Amy has found her voice, I don’t think I will be able to contain her. She just has too much to say, and as long as she’s speaking out, I’m obligated to write it down.

Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?

Book #4 in The Age of Amy series is subtitled “Behind The Fun Zone,” and deals with how easily people are manipulated into making bad choices. It’s actually a modern-day retelling of the Pinocchio story. It should be out by Summer, 2015.

About The Book

amy3_coverTitle: The Age of Amy: Channel ‘63

Author: Bruce Edwards

Genre: Young Adult

What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.

Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!

She struggles to be mindful of her speech, but finds the temptation to reverse the mistakes of the past irresistible. It is November, 1963 on the other side of the TV screen, and President Kennedy is about to be assassinated. Knowing the details of that tragic event, Amy hatches a dangerous plot to save the 35th president, unaware of the deadly consequences facing her long-ago friend, who must carry it out.

Author Bio

amy3_bruce_edwardsAward-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.

 

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AUTHOR LINKS

Channel ’63 Music Video
AgeOfAmy.com
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PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Powell’s
Publisher’s Store

Book Review The Bleaklisted Books

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BleaklistedBooksTitle: The Bleaklisted Books

Authors: Donna Brown, David M. Brown

Genre: Non Fiction: Humour/Pets & Animals

Rating: A+

Buy: Amazon

My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro… apprap… proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

Your Cat-tain

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown is the most amazing feline you’ll ever meet. He likes going through literature and deciding what’s crap and what’s not – and bleak-listing (or blacklisting) several books, and giving critic reviews of others. That’s exactly what he does in this book, “The Bleaklisted Books”.

This book is a must-read for anyone who likes reading. I loved it, and I’m sure I’ll read it again a few times. Amazing.

Book Review Godwin’s Law

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godwin_coverTitle: Godwin’s Law

Author: Bernard Maestas

Genre: Thriller

Rating: A

Buy: Amazon

Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.

Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?

Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan, a freerunning ex-commanda and a computer hacker, have to rescue Gwen Kane, the estranged daughter of a millionaire. Bernard Maestas is a master at painting action scenes – this book reads like a movie, with each scene happening right in front of the reader’s eyes. The characters are complex and intriguing, and their background story provides a rich canvas for the author to build the story on. There’s a chase through Europe, Canada and the United States, which seems to come right out of a James Bond movie, that’s how good it is.

With some funny dialogue and characteristic quirks, the author makes the world of this book all the more inspiring and intriguing. An excellent book, one of the best thrillers I’ve read all year.

Promo Post The Music Book

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We’re hosting a promo post today for the book tour for literary fiction “The Music Book”.

About The Book

coverTitle: The Music Book

Author: Dave O’Leary

Genre: Literary Fiction

What does music mean? Can it be more than the sum of its notes and melodies? Can it truly change you? Rob, a musician turned reluctant music critic, poses these questions as everything important in his life appears to be fading—memories of lost love, songs from his old bands, even his hearing. He delves into the music of others to find solace and purpose, and discovers that the chords and repeated phrases echo themes that have emerged in his own life. The music sustains him, but can it revive him?

The Music Book is a story of loss, of fear and loneliness, of a mutable past. But most of all it’s about music as a force, as energy, as a creator of possibility. What might come from the sound of an A chord played just so? Rob listens. And among other things, he finds surprising companionship with a cat; another chance at love; and the courage to step on a stage again and finally, fully comprehend the power of sound.

Author Bio

DaveO'Leary_photo_webDave O’Leary is a writer and musician living in Seattle. His second novel, The Music Book (Booktrope, November 2014), is a collection of the writings O’Leary has done about Seattle bands for both Northwest Music Scene (http://www.northwestmusicscene.com/author/davemusic/) and the now defunct Seattle Subsonic. It is a fictional narrative wrapped around and within the actual music, a story about live music in Seattle and, more broadly, about the power of music in our lives. A CD of the music experienced in the book will be released by Seattle indie label, Critical Sun Recordings.

His first book, Horse Bite (Infinitum), was published in 2011.

Photo by Stacy Albright. http://www.stacyalbrightimages.com

 

Links

The Music Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Music-Book-Dave-OLeary/dp/1620154625
Author’s Website: http://www.daveoleary.net/
Author’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dolearyauthor

Author Interview Godwin’s Law Tour

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What a thrill to feature thriller author (get it :p) Bernard Maestas on our blog today, and that the day before we’ll review his book (which we loved, by the way).

1) Why did you decide to write for a thriller?

Well, for one thing, I grew up in the golden age of action movies like the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon franchises. Coming up with the Internet Tough Guys series, I set out to write action movies, in book form, the way they once were and have since been forgotten. I’ve had some success with that, with my protagonists Alex and Ted once being referred to as “Riggs and Murtagh for a new generation.” With me, you get gunfights with some semblance of reality, car chases that don’t ignore the laws of physics, and fistfights that lack the acrobatic kung fu foolishness that’s so common in the watered down slop Hollywood feeds the sheep these days.

That said, I also have a lot of real life experience that translates well to the genre. It only seemed natural to make use of it so I did!

2) How long did it take you to write “Godwin’s Law” from start to finish?
About six weeks, if I remember correctly. I actually started on it while I was still finishing the first book, Say That to my Face. I carried the momentum I had from that book into the second and wrapped it up pretty quickly. Well, that was the first draft, specifically. I eventually had to put in a lot more work to get it into the shape it’s in, so, if you count from when I started it to when my editor approved the final draft, you’re talking like a year and a half.

3) Is this book part of a series?
Absolutely. The series is called Internet Tough Guys and features the same two kickass heroes – computer hacker Ted Reagan and commando-turned-merc Alex Kirwan – throughout. The first book, Say That to my Face, came out last year and the third one is currently in my editor’s hands.

4) How long have you been writing?
All my life! Even before I could actually write I was coming up with stories in my head and acting them out with G.I. Joes. Oddly, I never actually finished anything, even a short story, until the first book in this series, Say That to my Face, back at the end of 2012. Since then, I’ve somehow managed to write six complete novels despite my well-publicized and crippling bouts with writer’s block.

5) Who is your favorite character from the book? And your least favorite?
I don’t know that I could pick a favorite among the protagonists. Very importantly, as we’ll learn in Internet Tough Guys #4, Keyboard Commandoes, Alex and Ted are not the same on their own. Picking one or the other means more than just splitting them in half as, combined, they are more than the sum of who they are as individuals.

My least favorite would easily be The Big, Bad Dr. Wulfe, our love-to-hate villain. He’s a prick.

6) What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished a noir crime thriller/mystery called Concrete Smile. Trying to get that published is a battle that’s almost on the level of a full-time job. At the same time, I’m writing a brand new YA fantasy novel under the working title OneiroKnights It’s a pretty cool twist (I think) on the genre and, in general, is just fun to write. I felt like I needed break from thrillers having written Concrete Smile immediately after finishing You Think This is a Game?, the third Internet Tough Guys novel.

About Godwin’s Law

godwin_coverTitle: Godwin’s Law

Author: Bernard Maestas

Genre: Thriller

Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.

Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?

Will Alex and Ted get paid?”

Author Bio

Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, and not distracted by video games or the internet, he is usually hard at work on his next book.

Links

www.bernardmaestas.wix.com/bernardmaestas

www.facebook.com/BernardMaestasOfficial

www.twitter.com/bernardmaestas

Book Excerpt from Kristin’s Ghost

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Book Excerpt

Xander set the pointer on the center of the board.

   “I’ve got a question,” Yzzie said.

“Let’s get started then,” Xander stated, then he put the fingertips of his left hand on the pointer. The girls did the same. “We’ll take turns asking questions. You can go first Yzzie.”

She looked at both her friends and then asked, “Are there ghosts in this house?”

All three of them immediately turned their attention to the Ouija Board between them. Nothing happened. Five seconds ticked slowly by.

“Why isn’t it working?” Kristin asked Xander.

“I don’t know,” he responded. “Maybe we just have to give it some time.”

Another five seconds passed. The pointer jerked slightly forward. Kristin gasped. The pointer began to move slowly in a clockwise circular motion. They watched with fascination as the tiny circles widened.

“I don’t believe this,” the skeptical Yzzie exclaimed. “Are you doing this Xander?”

“No,” he shook his head. They both looked over at Kristin.

“Don’t look at me.” The wide-eyed girl denied any involvement.

“This is incredible,” Xander whispered, watching the heart-shaped piece of wood glide smoothly around and around.

The old Ouija Board was adorned with delicately drawn images and beautiful calligraphy. The lettering was an ancient looking ornate scroll that Xander had never seen before. The markings looked as though they’d been deeply hand-carved into the polished wood surface but felt absolutely smooth to the touch. Ouija was spelled out in large lettering in the very center of the board. The alphabet had been arranged in two arching rows above that and the numbers one through nine plus zero were curved below in slightly larger font.

Life-like three-dimensional figures appeared ready to break out into song or dance at any time. In the upper right corner there was an old man standing next to a crescent moon with the word ‘no’ next to it. The upper left hand corner contained a smiling young woman sitting on the sun beside the word ‘yes’. The bottom left had an image of a red devil dancing with his pitchfork and the word ‘hello’ just underneath. An angelic fairy, casting a spell with a magic wand, occupied the remaining corner with ‘good-bye’ scrolled below her.

The pointer straightened out and headed straight toward the dancing devil. It slowed to a stop. The sharp end pointed right at the devil.

“What does that mean?” Kristin asked, her voice betraying her confusion at the message the board was trying to convey.

Xander leaned forward until he was directly above the board. Looking through the hole in the pointer, he could see the number one.

“I think it is telling us there is one ghost,” he smiled and sat back as he continued, “take a look.”

About The Book

Kristins-ghost-1600x2400Title: Kristin’s Ghost (The X+Y Files #2)

Author: Wayne A.D. Kerr

Genre: MG Paranormal Adventure

Night after night a strange apparition appears at Kristin’s bedside. Is it dangerous? Is the dancing spirit trying to send her a message?

When Xander and Yzzie discover that their friend is being haunted, the seventh graders make it their number one priority to solve the mystery of Kristin’s Ghost.

The truth will surprise them all!.

 

Author Bio

Wayne A D Kerr was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the United States for the past twenty years.  When not writing or reading adventure novels, he is most likely hiking, biking or playing tennis.

 

Links

http://www.waynekerrnovels.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kristins-Ghost-Files-Wayne-Kerr-ebook/dp/B00MSUD72S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415866108&sr=8-1&keywords=kristin%27s+ghost