Friday, September 26, 2014

Interview with Natsuya Uesugi, author of Grydscaen

ABOUT GRYDSCAEN

grydscaenTitle: grydscaen
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Author: Natsuya Uesugi
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 288 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2011

 Follow the lives of the main characters as they come together in the backstory to grydscaen:retribution, the first volume of the grydscaen saga. Faid is tired of life on the run in the Echelons, trying to keep his psychic power in check, he founds the Packrats establishing a safe haven for psychics. As a hacker he uses his jack to support his neurocyne habit. Lino is recruited by the Psi Faction and is sent on a mission to kidnap Faid. Riuho, Lino’s half brother becomes a prisoner of the Elite military and they experiment on him, train him and subject him to mind control, then send him out on a mission. On his return, Riuho is set on escaping and recruits Faid who hacks into the Psi Faction systems. They escape and return to the Packrats leading up to the start of grydscaen:retribution.

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Question1: What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

My family thinks I spend too much time on my writing. I have a day job as a systems analyst so that takes up the majority of my time ad I work in IT so I am in technology all the time. Grydscaen is about hackers against the government when you strip it down bare bones. I think my family doesn’t get it. My parents were computer programmers and use to talk about code and mainframes around the dinner table when I grew up so my dad gets it. My mom not so much but she doesn’t usually read science fiction like grydscaen so I can understand why she thinks I spend too much time with it.

Question2: Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have a few beta readers who have read some of the grydscaen short stories, not so much the novels. The grydscaen short story “A Storm’s Coming” was just illustrated by me and became a graphic novel because one of the beta readers liked the story and wanted to “see it” in action. I had always wanted to create a graphic novel of grydscaen and on the beta reader’s recommendations that short story was just turned into a graphic novel which I had printed just about a week ago. That was a dream turning grydscaen into a graphic novel and now I can say I have achieved that.

Question3: What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

I learned more about myself. I was a software engineer for a large IT company, if you look hard enough you can probably figure out where. I think the technology that I work with every day influenced the hackers in my books. I weave technology throughout the grydscaen story. I think too that I learned about myself because I have to be close to my characters when I write. I have to understand them so I have to understand myself. Writing was very cathartic.

Question4: How do you describe your writing style?

I think my writing style is straight and to the point. It is visual and written in like a story board format. Reviewers have said my characters are heroic and courageous and that the settings are exotic, edgy and dark. I think that is my style.

Question5: Do you hear from your readers? What kind of question do they ask?


I have heard from a few readers. They say grydscaen would make a great movie which I have also heard from Hollywood professional reviewers. My readers also say that they learn things from my books. That was nice to hear. If I can touch just one person through the grydscaen series and get my messages across of LGBT equality, stopping bullying, ending the stigma of mental illness and fighting for hacker’s rights and showing the plight of LGBT homeless youth on the street then I will be doing my job. If I can touch just one person that is all I can hope for. I have received questions about the hackers in the book and the ramifications and aftermath of nuclear war. I try to answer every reader’s question because readers are very important.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Darkest Side of Saturn by Tony Taylor Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

THE Darkest Side of Saturn
Title: The Darkest Side of Saturn
Author: Tony Taylor
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 492
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Ebook
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 It’s 1997 at a mountaintop observatory in Southern California where spacecraft navigator Harris Mitchel and astronomer Diana Muse-Jones discover a dangerous asteroid which may hit the earth within two decades. As the asteroid tumbles through space towards an uncertain impact, Harris and Diana fight bitterly over how to announce their discovery. When Harris goes public to a skeptical world—at the cost of his and Diana’s careers—he sends their already turbulent relationship into a blaze of conflicting passions. As his notoriety builds, a fanatical preacher and his unhinged followers stalk him while an obnoxious radio personality provides disruptive help. Harris becomes an unwilling Pied Piper for his own overzealous followers hungry for belief and eager for guidance into an uncertain and tumultuous future. In this science fiction drama the characters battle each other in contests of Damn your world view! against a background of hard science, religion, romance, metaphysical speculation, and the forces of nature versus human passions and dreams. Meanwhile an asteroid hurtles through the solar system and global salvation or disaster hangs in the balance. “A courageous and visionary work … an instant classic.” —BlueInk Reviews
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Tony Taylor spent a long career navigating NASA spacecraft—including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, Galileo, and MESSENGER—to every planet in the solar system. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned an MS in physics from the University of Arizona. Tony and his wife, Jan, live in Sedona, Arizona.
 

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What is Growing Out of Your Ear? by Angela Graham Book Blitz!


 
Title: What is Growing Out of Your Ear
Author: Angela Graham
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 24
Genre: Children's Fiction
Format: Ebook
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 It is summer and Angela eats a bowl of cherries. After she swallows some cherry pits, her Grandpa warns what will happen -- “A cherry tree will grow out of your ear.” Angela thinks that is silly. Do you believe a cherry tree can grow out of Angela’s ear? 

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 Angela Graham lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband, two lively children and their dog. She has enjoyed writing stories for her children since they were young to inspire the love of reading. Angela’s stories add a humourous twist to real life. This story is motivated from Angela’s own childhood.
 

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Torn Body, One Soul by Jamal Assadi Book Blitz


Title: Torn Body, One Soul
Author: Jamal Assadi
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 178
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook
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In Torn Body, One Soul, four Palestinian writers—sons and daughters of a Palestinian people torn apart—tell their own tales of their predicament, estrangement, and marginalization, their expectations and visions in a new, magnified voice, first to their people, then to their nation, and to a wider English-speaking public. The seventh book in a series of volumes on Palestinian authors, this collection of short stories, translated and edited by Jamal Assadi, contains works of writers hailing from different regions in Palestine and abroad. Through their stories, authors Gharib Asqalani, Huzama Habayeb, Akram Haniyya, and Mahmoud Shukair depict a faithful picture of the various aspects of life in both Palestine and the Diaspora. Their narratives defy taboos, battle oppression, break open locked gates, and speak their truth. Ranging from grave to light and humorous to sensual and remarkable, the stories in Torn Body, One Soul come from a diverse core of perspective, gender, and geographic location but provide insight into and a fragrance of a different civilization.


Jamal Assadi earned a PhD in English from the University of Newcastle. He chairs the Department of English at the College of Sakhnin and is a lecturer at An-Najah National University, Nablus. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, Assadi has written several books.  

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Half the Man I Used to Be by Brian Ray Gross Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Title: Half the Man Used to Be
Author: Brian Gross
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 167
Genre: Self-Help/Motivational
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 All humans have weaknesses. Even mythical warriors and superheroes have a weakness. For author Brian Ray Gross, that weakness is food. This creates an interesting paradox: food is intended to strengthen, nourish, and sustain—but when we consume too much, we become weakened by it. In this weakness, we cannot be the people God intends for us to be. In Half the Man I Used to Be, Gross shares his story about food, weight, and his weight loss journey. He tells how it all came to head in October of 2012, when he found out that he was diabetic and that his liver was failing. He was at his weakest point, and he had a choice to make: he could continue to let the weakness dictate the rest of his life, or he could seek the strength to overcome. He chose the latter, and the kind of strength he needed could only come from God. This memoir discusses Gross’s lifestyle changes and his weight loss success. His story serves to communicate there is hope for all who face the same challenges. It’s not too late to regain the life you desire. You have a creator who made you in his image, and he wants the best for you. You can do this, and when you do, you’ll be glad you did.
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 Brian Ray Gross earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Morehead State University. He is a social studies and English teacher for the Raceland-Worthington Independent School District. Gross lives in Russell, Kentucky, with his wife, Kristy, and their three children. Brian is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
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