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My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?
I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.
Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.
In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.
After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.
And I'm a big fan of plot twists.
Monday, June 22, 2015
AVAILABLE TODAY: The third book in Stacy Green's darkly thrilling, intensely psychological series about child-advocate-turned-killer-vigilante Lucy Kendall. In GONE TO DIE, Lucy can no longer run from her own dark truth. Locked inside the torment of her mind, she�s struggling to find a reason to stay alive... Until Chris Hale vanishes after a confrontation with his mother�serial killer Mary Weston. With only a puddle of blood in the snow and a few cryptic email messages left as a trail, Lucy must play nice with an FBI agent who claims to know about her bad deeds. When a secret from Chris�s past shatters everything Lucy thought she knew about her closest ally, she�s forced to consider a terrifying question: How easily will Chris bend to his mother�s evil will? Get your copy of Gone To Die: On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/GTD-Amazon On iBooks: http://smarturl.it/GTD-iBooks On Nook: http://smarturl.it/GTD-Nook On Kobo: http://smarturl.it/GTD-Kobo On Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GTD-GP And don't forget to add Gone To Die to your Goodreads list: http://smarturl.it/GTD-Goodreads Need to start the series from the start? You�re in luck: FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, get All Good Deeds, the haunting first book in the Lucy Kendall series, for only 99 cents! Get your copy: On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/AGD-Amazon On iBooks: http://smarturl.it/AGD-iBooks On Nook: http://smarturl.it/AGD-Nook On Kobo: http://smarturl.it/AGD-Kobo On Google Play: http://smarturl.it/AGD-GP SIGN UP for Stacy�s Reader Newsletter to know when her next book is available and to be entered into newsletter-exclusive giveaways and contests! Sign up here: http://smarturl.it/StacyGreenNews
Title: While You Were Gone
Author: Kate Moretti
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: September 2015
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Despite Karen Caughee’s intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn’t think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she meets American Greg Randolf just before she’s in a car accident. He pulls her from the wreckage, but after major surgery, her recovery is slow. Without her music, her life’s pursuit, Karen is pushed further adrift.
Greg stays by her side while she heals, and he sees her every time he’s in Toronto for work. Without any other support or friendship in her life, Karen craves his enthusiastic attention, and their friendship deepens to love. Though she’s fallen hard for him, he doesn’t share everything with her. In one heartrending moment, Karen’s life comes to a crossroads, and she must face the full truth about who Greg is, and about who she has become.
Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.
She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.
Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.
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“A must-read page turner.” Kirkus Review
About the Book:
"If the whole world falls into a Dark Age, which it could plausibly do, who could bring us out of it? According to David Litwack in The Children of Darkness, the only answer is us, now, somehow reaching into the future." - Kaben Nanlohy for On Starships And DragonwingsPublication Date: June 22, 2015 from Evolved Publishing Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/
“A fresh perspective on our own society...[an] enjoyable read that will make you wonder just how society will judge us in the future.” Lexie
About the Author:The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic. Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. After publishing two award winning novels, Along the Watchtower and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, he’s hard at work on the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers. David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor. Website: www.davidlitwack.com Facebook: David Litwack - Author Twitter: @DavidLitwack
Giveawaya Rafflecopter giveaway More Reviews! “Litwack’s storytelling painted a world of both light and darkness–and the truth that would mix the two.” Fiction Fervor “The Children of Darkness is a dystopian novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.” C.P. Bialois “This is a satisfying exploration of three teens' journey into the unknown, and the struggles faced by all who seek true emancipation - both for themselves, and for the people they love.” Suzy Wilson “Litwack's writing is fresh, and Nathaniel, Orah and Thomas come to life in your imagination as you frantically flip (or click) the pages of this book.” Anna Tan “...many profound themes, lovely characterizations and relationships” R. Campbell “I was enthralled and intrigued by the authors creation of this society... David Litwack has an enjoyable and captivating writing style.” Jill Marie “...a perfect story for young adult readers, but its underlying theme and character development will keep any adult engaged.” Kathleen Sullivan
Sunday, June 21, 2015
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Jed Ringel is hilarious. In a way, he's a Holden Caulfield for our Baby-Boomer culture. Surely there s nothing humorous about divorce (especially when children are involved) but Mr. Ringel' s recounting of his subsequent joys and tribulations as a "newly single" in the "where do I go from here" stages is vulnerable and touching--and yes, hilarious, because after all, despite all, he has survived the uproar.
I admire an author who lives her teaching, who puts "the rubber to the road" in experimentation to discover the workable solutions. Deirdre Maloney and her spouse literally put their normal lives "on hold" to travel the globe in search of the answer to balance. As it turns out, as Joseph Campbell counseled, "Follow your bliss." Ms. Maloney provides not just discussions, explanations, and instructions, but exercises and real-life anecdotes to guide the reader in abandoning the impossible "have it all" and instead, finding bliss.
Don't overlook this book if you're not in business! Any thinking reader can find much of benefit here. The subtitle indicates: How to Rewire Your Brain and Your Business for Success. Author Valeh Nazemoff interweaves up-to-date neuroscience to inspire and enable readers to become more. The Four Intelligences are: Financial; Customer; Data; and Mastermind. Who can't utilize all of these? Smoothly-written, easily-absorbed and put into practice, and cleverly illustrated, THE FOUR INTELLIGENCES OF THE BUSINESS MIND is beneficial for everybody.