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The Severaine – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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K.J. Simmill

The Severaine by K.J. Simmill is a fantasy story that recounts the adventures of a band of heroes, led by a grief-stricken Daniel, as they set off into a world being tormented by the Severaine, a darkness that is set to destroy humanity. Told with action, emotion and packed with recognizable fantasy tropes, The Severaine sets itself up to be a fantasy novel to rival the very best in the genre.

While this is the second book in The Forgotten Legacy Series, the story acts well as a standalone novel, and readers will quickly pick up on the plot. Simmill has worked hard in creating a world and characters that readers will relate to, and with classical themes around revenge, loss and good vs. evil, readers will be quickly drawn into the quest and action sequences. The Severaine also seems to play homage to more traditional quest literature, such as the Odyssey with some glaring references to the Greek Epic as well as other mythologies.

However, while Simmill is creative and her world well fleshed out, it lacks focus, and the inclusion of magic, Greek Gods, portals, medicinal herbs, monsters and new characters hinders the reader’s ability to focus on all these elements; and in turn, forget their relevance to the story. This is a real pity as Simmill has something to offer this genre. Another issue with this novel is the dialogue. Many times, it feels unrealistic and is quickly swallowed up by descriptions and the need to describe every facial cue or action that precedes it. There is no doubt that The Severaine is an ambitious project but with better focus and fewer characters and creations, readers could be more invested in the central quest. The length of the book, at 624 pages, also speaks to the sheer “quest” that the reader must undertake to get through this novel.

Overall, The Severaine is a fantasy novel jam-packed with creative ideas. Fantasy readers will enjoy what Simmill must offer, but may not have time to appreciate and digest one fantastical element before being met with something equally shiny and exciting.

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Retaliation: Earth Reclamation Force – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

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Martin Wallace

Retaliation is the first installment of Martin Wallace’s Earth Reclamation Force series, in which Earth has been decimated by extraterrestrial beings. Human survivors were forced to flee their dead planet and seek refuge in outer space. Once there, they join in a militarized union called the Earth Reclamation Force; their primary objective is to seek vengeance against the creatures that destroyed Earth. Lieutenant Commander Scott Cave leads a renowned fighter battalion within the ERF and makes it his personal mission to retaliate against the destructive aliens at any cost.

Retaliation is a bit of a difficult read, largely because of its lack of coherent sentences. Navigating the run-on sentences, odd formatting, occasional plot holes, and winding, distracted narration is a chore; it takes a fair bit of determination to read it through to the end. This is incredibly unfortunate, as Retaliation’s concept is intriguing and has great potential. It just needs an extensive edit to reach that promising potential.

Despite its notable drawbacks, there is a most interesting story in Retaliation. In some respects, it seems to be inspired by some of science fiction’s greatest, like Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, or even Star Wars. In other areas, though, Retaliation is entirely unique. Martin Wallace’s writing is full of imagination, fantasy, and ominous foreshadowing of reality. The promise is there; Retaliation has the potential to join the ranks of science fiction’s greatest, too. It needs a bit of work to achieve that, to be sure, but it’s certainly within reach for this dramatic space adventure.

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The Mapmaker’s Daughter – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Joanna Emerson

In Joanna Emerson’s The Mapmaker’s Daughter, Paddy O’Brien is an Irishman struggling to cope with the sudden, tragic murder of his mother, Saoirse. Then, his plight becomes more complicated when a mysterious Japanese refugee arrives on the Emerald Aisle. Paddy is taken with Akemi almost immediately, but even he can’t protect her from the trouble looming on the horizon. Akemi is the Royal Mapmaker’s daughter, and her father has hired the Japanese shogun to bring her home alive – at any cost.


The Mapmaker’s Daughter is a unique and eccentric steampunk novel; however, perhaps it is a bit too eccentric to draw in readers who aren’t already fans of the steampunk genre. All the talk of gears, goggles, and airships may be confusing or odd for those expecting to find a straightforward historical fiction book. Coupled with distracting fonts in each chapter’s title and odd formatting and grammatical errors, The Mapmaker’s Daughter may not be the ideal reading experience for everyone.


However, The Mapmaker’s Daughter is a worthwhile read for most, largely because of the creativity and imagination that Joanna Emerson breathed into it. The characters of Paddy and Akemi are fascinating and complex, staying true to their heritages without ever seeming overly stereotypical or cliché. The plot itself is full of culture, magic, drama, and fantasy, making The Mapmaker’s Daughter a most enchanting tale. The Mapmaker’s Daughter is a delightfully quirky adventure that, at its very core, will spark the imagination of all who read it.


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Chrysalis and Clan – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Jae Mazer

In Jae Mazer’s Chrysalis and Clan, Beth thinks she’s on her way to a normal, albeit distressing, visit with her aging mother. However, one cryptic speech and a murder-suicide later, Beth wakes up in a hospital, full of fear and doubt. Who is she? What is she? She’s not so sure anymore. Meanwhile, her daughter, Etta, is caught in a tragedy of her own. A “boogeyman” has ravaged their family, and now, he’s relentlessly hunting her. Etta and Beth must find each other and band together to survive a devastating whirlwind of death, horrifying creatures, and the dark unknown.

Chrysalis and Clan is certainly not a book for the faint-hearted. It is a unique and seamless blend of traditional and modern horror stories, the paranormal, and science-fiction that, although done well, may be a bit too graphic for certain readers. Fans of the horror genre in general, though, are going to love this one. There are a few small plot holes here and there (such as the finer details of the otherworldly beings represented in this book), but none are so gravely detrimental as to ruin the overall reading experience. Rather, Chrysalis and Clan was immediately captivating, and never slowed down from there.

There are two main aspects about this book that make it such a winner for the horror genre, the first of which is Jae Mazer’s impeccable pacing. Chrysalis and Clan’s plot unravels in a manner that is simultaneously methodically mysterious and on-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting. The second winning aspect is the phenomenal use of description. From basic character descriptions to unraveling scenes of carnage and horror, Jae Mazer consistently delivers a vivid, enthralling image with her well-chosen words. Frankly, it is so clearly portrayed that it could make an excellent transition to film, one day. Chrysalis and Clan is a truly thrilling horror novel, one that does justice to its genre while still maintaining its own bone-chilling, expertly concocted individuality.

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Pulse: Book One of the Zoya – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Kate Sander

Pulse by Kate Sander is a fantasy novel that offers everything from bloody battles to slow kindred romance. Through alternating narratives, the ultimate battle between the Melanthios and the cruel New King of Languado takes place, and readers are treated to a fully fleshed out world where power struggles take center stage, and strong-willed characters refuse to be stopped. 

Sander is not overly descriptive in her writing and yet her characters and the world slowly take form over the course of the novel. The inclusion of strong female characters in Queen Anita, Senka, and the tortuous Intelligence is refreshing, and Sander does not shy away from giving them vulnerabilities. There are well-choreographed battle scenes, quiet moments between lovers and the well-placed plot twists that will keep readers engaged. Senke is particularly interesting and—although she is mute due to torture—she is a remarkable character who is both protector and natural-born fighter. All of these features team up with clean prose, straightforward language and Sander’s ability to tell a good story. 

The one minor problem with Pulse is the alternative “coma narrative.”  The style reduces a phenomenal story to a clichéd “dream “plot, which in turn diminishes the power of the story. However, this is the first book in a series, and the twist at the end does encourage the reader to wonder how the coma patients Lizzie and Charles are connected to the world of Languado.

Overall, Pulse is a well-written story that deserves praise. It is full of seemingly-real characters, intrigue and back stabbing. Sander has written a great novel that is comparable to the action and strength of the Game of Thrones and Hunger Games series but stands on its own for its creativity and execution. 

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The Shiva Syndrome

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The Shiva Syndrome

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Book Description:

KIRKUS REVIEW RECOMMENDATION 2016 

A professor and parapsychology researcher discovers a key to mankind’s evolution or destruction in this debut thriller. Beau Walker is a man without a field. Teaching at a backwater university after being dismissed from a government project because of his ethical concerns and bureaucratic maneuvers on the part of a one-time friend, Walker is an academic pariah until two soldiers appear one day. His former friend needs Walker’s expertise, and the professor–who is haunted by both his empathic abilities and the memory of the one time they failed him–has little choice but to cooperate. In the Russian city of Podol’sk, a project partially based on Walker’s work has gone horribly awry, killing thousands and leaving traces of mysteries that threaten humanity’s scientific understanding. Discovering what occurred, and how to prevent it from happening again, falls on Walker and his new friends, who are initially perplexed (in a meeting Walker confesses, “There’s something I can’t grasp, like trying to grab a slippery ball in a swimming pool. Always just out of reach”). But as secrets and revelations accumulate, the team’s combined knowledge and abilities maybe inadequate to stop what’s coming. Throughout the investigation, Walker, a complex intellectual, struggles with the duality of his heritage–African-American mother, Mohawk father–as well as the divide between the rigorous scientific experiments in neurophysiology and psycho pharmacology, and the intuitive, imaginative aspects of his psychological and cultural studies. Joshua writes with a sure hand, managing to squeeze in many discussions and esoteric concepts, ranging from mythic structures to neuropsychology to remote viewing, while keeping the dialogue realistic and sharp…The characters react in believable ways, even when the plot developments, which borrow from quantumphysics, anthropology, and psychology, inspire incredulity. In addition, Joshua has crafted an appealing protagonist in Walker. Short-tempered, kind, thoughtful yet impulsive, he is a flawed but ultimately heroic character, and serves as a narrative linchpin throughout this absorbing story. 

Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.

5 stars Lots of action, intriguing concepts, and examinations of belief systems and the greatest opportunity in human history to reshape the world…It’s very highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense throughout–The Midwest Book Review


Notes:

Science clashes against spirituality in this fascinating science fiction story by Alan Joshua. The SHIVA Syndrome will take readers on a metaphysical journey alongside the main character, Beau Walker. A researcher of parapsychology and a professor, Beau was kicked off of a government project as somewhat of a scapegoat. However, the project he was working on has caused a crater to appear in Russia. This isn’t just any crater. In fact, an entire town and all of it’s people simply vanished into a mile deep hole. Beau’s knowledge and expertise is now of great use to the government, and they basically force him into helping them. What they don’t know is that there’s more to Beau than meets the eye. He has supernatural abilities from being psychic to his uncanny ability to heal others. This is something he’s kept hidden and even rejected after a tragic event involving his sister. Yet, it’s vital that he help discover the cause of the devastation in Russia while protecting humanity.

Alan Joshua does a good job of giving readers a very interesting story while really building strong characters. Yet, there was so much information in regards to religions and spiritual traditions that I believe a lot of readers may feel bombarded. Without some grasp of these various belief systems, readers may feel lost or have to go back and reread some sections. Also, throughout The SHIVA Syndrome the story often jumps to a shamanic-like journey of Beau’s. These sudden jumps were confusing at times. Even so, The SHIVA Syndrome has a wonderful spiritual message around seeing what we believe in or in seeing what we know. Overall, Alan Joshua’s The SHIVA Syndrome allows readers to dive into a metaphysical, yet scientific, read that will have them curious until the very end.

Originally reviewed by Rob Alex for AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com


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Alan Joshua (pen name) is a Clinical Psychologist who has published nonfiction journal articles and book chapters. The Shiva Syndrome, his debut fiction novel, is a science fiction/paranormal mystery and thriller. He is fascinated with creativity and paranormal abilities and published research on paranormal healers. He also explored age regression and reincarnation using hypnosis and studied intuitives, “psychics,”  etc.  Joshua is a science fiction buff. The Shiva Syndrome has been recommended by Kirkus Reviews and is a finalist for the 2016 EPIC science fiction award.


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The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose

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The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose

Matt Catania

Book Description:

The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose is the ideal novel for mature readers with juvenile senses of humor who enjoy satire, sex, knife fights, theosophy, bestiaries, sorcery, and some history thrown in for good measure.

This tale focuses on the comic misadventures of a 14th century Franciscan monk known as Brother Banenose, who dreams of becoming a saint. Unfortunately, he is afraid of being martyred. Even less fortunate, Brother Banenose inadvertently inspires murderous rages in many people he meets in the outside world, including a family of relentless barbarians.

When he learns that a precious relic has been stolen from his monastery, Brother Banenose sets off to recover it. Along the way he strikes up questionable friendships with some less than pious individuals including a sultry witch, a fraudulent swineherd, a warrior maiden, and a soothsayer who can only foresee doom.

His quest leads him to The Idyllic Land Of Bliss, which happens to be beset by both a menagerie of fantastical monsters and the Black Death. The situation grows even more perilous once the Holy Office of the Inquisition arrives in town.

If you were to put The Decameron, The Name of the Rose, and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle into a blender and hit frappe, you would wind up with something resembling The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose.

Original paintings by the author are included.


The Mastermind behind The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose:

Matthew Catania

Matthew Catania graduated summa cum laude from William Paterson University. He majored in Psychology and minored in Honors Humanities, English, and Studio Art. He was President of Zeitgeist, the university’s literary arts magazine, for two years.

Matthew co-wrote, directed, and acted in a short film titled FILLER!, which took the top prize in the Alternative Film category at the William Paterson University Film Festival. Then he graduated from New York Law School as an Associate of the Program of Law in Journalism.

He was a founding contributor to its award-winning legal journalism blog, Legal As She Is Spoke, and co-authored the monograph Generation Mixtape: A User’s Guide to Copyright Online. After passing both states’ bar exams on the first try, he has been admitted to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. Matthew made ends meet by working as an assistant librarian in the David and Lorraine Cheng Library and the Mendik Law Library.

Topless Robot and io9 have featured his articles. Additional ramblings may be found on his personal blog, Matt the Catania. When not writing or painting, Matthew is employed as an unpaid feline pleasure maintenance technician.

He is currently accepting donations to help pay off his law school loans and support his polydactyl pussycat.

Learn more at www.MattTheCatania.wordpress.com.

 


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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

We decided to share our top 10 author interviews for 2015.  It was exceptionally challenging to choose only 10 as we interview hundreds of authors and dearly LOVED so many of them.  

This is not about the top 10 books, but rather the authors themselves and their interviews. Every single one of these interviews are ones you should put on your “must hear” list…and perhaps, you’ll put their books on your “must read” list 🙂

We’ve opted to share these on the show as well as here in the shownotes in order of interview date versus in order of our favorites.  


Tash McAdam

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Book Description:

Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.


Michaelbrent Collings

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Book Description:

The Douglas family just wants to live their lives, and maybe find a bit of happiness. But when the ghost in their home breaks out of a centuries-long sleep, all hope for happiness will die. Because the thing that haunts them is not just evil… It is something much, much worse. Watching them from the shadows. Hungry to start killing once more. And thirsty for the blood of the children, the blood he has so long been denied. The thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is twisted.


Michael Modzelewski

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Book Description:

A memoir of my life as a Cosmo Bachelor with some names and locations changed to protect the not so innocent along with the innocent.


Jane Carroll

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Book Description:

Bertha-Size Your Life! Is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins. 

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she’s always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph! 

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette. 


James Goi Jr.

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Book Description:

How to Attract Money Using Mind Power may be the most concise, usable book of its kind. It sums up key points taught in countless mind power, metaphysics, and success books. It shows how to apply this knowledge to attract money. In twenty brief chapters, the science of attracting money is presented in such a simple, straightforward way, that any person of average intelligence will be able to grasp and use these profound teachings. Now, using the techniques given in this astounding little book, anyone can attract all the money they want by harnessing the power of their own mind.


Melissa Krivachek

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Book Description:

BOLD Is The New Sexy! Everyone dares to be great but very few ever have the courage to step into their greatness.” Have you ever wondered what it was like to jump off a cliff and soar or take a leap of faith knowing it will work out? Following the principles shared within the book the authors have created the life and lifestyle they truly desired. But it wasn’t the titles, accolades, power, or money they’ve acquired that has made them BOLD because when they first started they had none of that yet they jumped anyway. 

Sharing their passions, stories, and expertise you’ll discover why BOLD is the new sexy! You don’t have to be smart, sassy, strong or sophisticated to be BOLD but as a result of being BOLD you become all of that and so much more. In fact you’ll find yourself running up the cliff without fear ready to take on the world as you explore opportunities you never knew existed while playing with a child-like behavior, and what was once just a dream soon becomes your reality. If you know you deserve better than mediocrity, excuses and the BS stories you tell yourself then…….. you owe it to yourself to get BOLD! 


Ernie Lojoi

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Book Description:

The Preyers, Lijoi’s latest blockbuster in his best-selling crime thriller series based on his true life service as a deep cover undercover cop using his guise of Eddie Pannoni, drug dealer and gun-runner extraordinaire.

Targeted for assassination because of his success in infiltrating the organized crime families, resulting in their arrests and imprisonment, Pannoni (Lijoi) has had enough. Five innocent people are killed as the drug lords from Columbia unleash their killer, seeking revenge. 
First they murder New England’s main narcotics connection. Then they take out his partner. Then it’s time to punch Eddie Pannoni’s ticket. But Eddie is no novice to the gun game. 

Eddie (Detective Ernie Lijoi, Sr.) and his partner Detective Jack Wade decide not to wait for the Columbians to send their henchmen, but to go after the drug syndicate with all guns blazing. It’s a fight to the finish and the devil takes the hindmost.


Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Designer Relationships

Book Description:

Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute’s Polyamory Archive, has called “designer relationships.”

Designer relationships may encompass: people who bond emotionally but not sexually; people who agree to be non-exclusive; single people who have occasional lovers or friends with benefits; multiple partner configurations where long-term bonds exist among all or some; partnerships in which people are kinky and that make room to explore kink.

The possibilities are limitless, and thinking about a partnership as something people can craft allows for flexibility and change. Relationships can open and close or have varying degrees and kinds of openness as circumstances demand. In the context of a designer relationship, decisions are made mutually, consciously, and deliberately. Best-selling authors and nationally known relationship experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years. This book explains exactly how you and your loved ones can design your own life and love.


Paul Margolis

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Three years ago, Jack was a brilliant young detective with the LAPD. Now he plays poker to make ends meet, and to forget the horrific event that ended his police career. Out of the blue Jack gets a call from his father Joseph Pearl, a distinguished Harvard professor who is in Los Angeles for a philosophy conference. The two haven’t spoken in years yet Pearl seems anxious to discuss some matter in person, behavior strangely out of character for the emotionally-distant dad who Jack still blames for the family tragedy that tore them apart. But when the philosopher fails to show up and can’t be found, Jack knows something is wrong and feels compelled to find him. 

As his shaky detective instincts kick in, Jack tracks down a beautiful yet troubled Yale grad student named Claire who was having a clandestine affair with Pearl. Together they search for the man they both have issues with and uncover secrets and lies in the world of philosophy, including a trail of murder and no shortage of colleagues who wanted Pearl dead. The more Jack risks his life for answers, the more he fights old demons and his growing attraction to Claire. Then just as he learns the shocking truth behind his father’s disappearance, Jack finds himself drawn back into the haunting, unsolved case that got him kicked off the force. 

Impossible to put down, THE NAKED PHILOSOPHER is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping crime thriller about family and revenge that keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.


Bill Cortright

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Book Description:

In Bill Cortright’s new book, TRUTH: The Ten Minute Life Plan, we explore the real reasons we procrastinate. How diet, exercise, self-talk, childhood programs, and stress will cause us to procrastinate. You are going to gain easy-to-use tools that will help you break through and break out. If you claim any of these tendencies, this simple book will change your life. 

DO YOU HAVE A TENDENCY TO: 
• Put things off to the point you rush in “panic mode” to complete them? 
• Daydream about what you are going to do one day but never seem to get it done? 
• Get lost with distractions such as computer games, social media, television, movies, etc.? 
• Start a new diet or proclaim the same New Year’s Resolutions every year? Do you lose weight and gain weight on a regular cycle? Are you overweight? 
• Make “To Do Lists” that are never completed? Do you feel overwhelmed with so much to do but get little accomplished? 
• Believe that there is a “magic time” when things will get done? 
• Put off what you should do now with a set time in your head for when you will make up for the lost time?


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Rob and Janelle

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Our Lives Are Really Fiction

According to Evan Shapiro, our lives are really just fiction.  We create our story.  In fact, our brain responds to storytelling, so why shouldn’t we create our life as a story in our minds?

When Evan first started to craft his story he wanted to change the world.  But, as time passed and he moved through life his outlook changed a bit even though the core of his story remained the same.  He had hurdles of his own making, but eventually respected himself, his time and his story enough to finish it.

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Evan Shapiro’s debut novel, ROAD TO NOWHERE, is a near future, cross-genre, satirical page turner that serves up insight, action, mystery and the absurd in equal measure. It’s also occasionally steamy and likely to stir the delicate reader into the odd conniption. Remember, you were warned.

 


 

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The second of four children born to left-wing academic parents, Evan Shapiro grew up on a diet of independent cinema, junk TV and chocolate biscuits. As a toddler he drank Dettol and shampoo and stuck forks into power-points. Growing up he was often reminded by his family that he was lucky to have survived past the age of five. While his parents blamed him for being dangerously active and carelessly inquisitive, he lays the responsibility squarely at their feet for repeatedly leaving Dettol, shampoo and forks within his grasp.

He likes to define the resulting confusion from his upbringing as his ‘perspective’ which he now relentlessly channels into works of fiction.  Learn more at by clicking here.


Writing our own story,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

 

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Earth Girl Returns to a Magical Planet in 24th Century

What if this happened to you? What if this was the Monday morning headlines about you: Earth Girl Returns to Magical Planet?

In the twenty-fourth year of the last Highking of Doria: Aurora Celeste crash lands on Talus IV and finds herself scarred, stranded, and all alone, save for her android companion, on an alien planet full of magic and danger. To make matters worse, Aurora is also the focal point of a prophecy that foretells of a cataclysmic war that will test the souls of men. To Aurora, she is nothing more than a little girl, stranded and fighting to survive. To the inhabitants of the planet she’s landed on, Aurora is known and revered as… The Starchild.

What would you do?  How would you react?  Fred Strange’s main character is just 13-years-old, has a scar on her cheek that is connected to a prophecy, and she is abandoned and alone on a plant ruled by magic.

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If you enjoy reading “fish out of water” stories blended with fantasy and science-fiction, then this book just might be for you.

 


Me

Fred Strange was born in California. An Army brat, he spent his elementary school years living in Kansas, Germany, and Oklahoma before returning to California. Fred wanted to be a musician, but unable to secure a band, he tried teaching, and focused on prose literature. Fred started on his first major project in 2001 titled Starchild: Prophecy, completing the book in 2003. Fred has written one full novel, Starchild: Prophecy, and has several short stories.  Learn more at http://richcelt.wix.com/fred-strange-author.

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