The Pursuit of Another by Chris DeBrie — author interview and excerpt

The Pursuit of Another

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Genre: Mystery, Detective

An uncompromising pastor hires Detective Reyes to find the truth behind a fight that left his grandson badly injured. Political and social lines are drawn during the investigation. Loyalties are tested and sometimes scuffed. As the search for the chief troublemaker moves across Roanoke Valley, Reyes finds himself questioning his own convictions.

Release Date: 02/15/2016

Tell us about this story.

The Pursuit of Another is the second in a series of mysteries about Detective Charles ‘Yey’ Reyes. He is hired to find the person responsible for a bar fight death. The case opens up all kinds of personal boxes for Reyes. He’s led to examine his family and his beliefs.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

Curly Howard. He takes a licking and always bounces back.

Who’s the favorite character that you created?

Alexandr Vikayanov, the killer who develops new convictions.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

Being in the will of God, surrounded by loved ones.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To never be paralyzed by creative options — pick a lane and lay the hammer down.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Unrequited love. Which is why the Lord is so good: He always loves you back.

Why do you write?

One reason is, the blank page is the only place where I can talk uninterrupted and always get the last word.

What is your most prized possession?

A King James Bible.

What is your motto?

Today, it’s “Be prepared for the worst, but expect the best.”

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Chris DeBrie is an American publisher and author. He lives in Virginia.

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In the Beginning : Author interview with BCE

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Sci Fi/Space Opera

Date Published: Releasing Sept 5th 2017  

The origins of Judeo-Christian religion and mythology come together in this mature science fiction page-turner. 
 
To combat overpopulation on the planet Orion, the government releases a birth control virus to keep women from becoming pregnant. Only the brightest and most attractive of their species are allowed to mate. But the virus rages out of control, killing both mother and child. Attempts to develop a cure fail. They only have one option left: search other worlds for advanced societies that may be able to help.
 
The two most intelligent minds on Orion—and former best friends—Lucifer and Zues band together to search for a secret planet. When they finally arrive, they are greeted with unexplainable death and destruction. This planet is not the answer. Something doesn’t add up. They discover an extra unknown planet in the solar system.  
 
The new planet is covered in lush land masses and bodies of water. Different species of hominids run—and mate—freely. Fire-breathing dragons guard the land. Lucifer is determined to figure out who or what created this planet. He thinks it just might be the key to saving Orion and the Orionites.



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Pet Peeves of the Publishing Industry

The query letter. The “grab my attention with the first line”. The agents. They’re not artists, they’re agents. They suck.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author

The incredible backlash and controversy you can create, even within your own circle of friends and family. People are crazy.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About BCE.

I have a BATCAVE-literally. I drive a BATMOBILE-literally. I think that Battlestar Galactica (2003) is the greatest thing that has ever been done in the entertainment industry bar none.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About “In the Beginning” It’s actually a study of: Does life have meaning if there is no God or Gods. Do you need a god or gods in your life to give your existence purpose and meaning?

How to Avoid the Slush Pile? I’d like to give you an answer. So far-it’s more luck than anything from what I’ve seen. Write to write-because it’s who you are. The rest will work itself out.

How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane? What fun is it being sane?!

How to Avoid the Rejection Blues? Rejection from others is not an indication of your worth. Basically-Fuck ‘em.

Why Book Covers are So Important? They are not. You cannot judge. There’s a reason that’s a saying.

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer? Who am I to say? Write what you write, when you feel inspired to write. If you’re not inspired to write, you may not be a writer.

How to Sell Your First Novel? Beg, plead, grovel, peddle, pray, work. Work, Work, Work.

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers? Same basic advice you always hear. Write the story you want to read. That’s where your passion is at. Passion will always come through your words.

Most Common Mistake in (genre here) Writing? There are no mistakes, just people’s perception of your mistakes. Again, Fuck ‘em. Write what you write, the way you want to write it and people will like it or they won’t. Who are you as a writer to edit and censor the words that pour forth from your fingers? You have a duty to put it out there the way it comes to you.

How Do You Keep Your Writing Different ? I don’t know. I just write.

How to Identify Your Writing Problems? I have enough people who identify “my problems”.

Hardest Thing About Character Development? There’s no difficulty. The character morphs into what it is meant to be. Don’t over think it.

10 Favorite Authors & Why? Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Homer, Confucius, Nietzsche, John Locke, Voltaire, Epicurus, Laozi, and …John Lennon. No reason for a “why”.

10 Things Reader’s Would Be Surprised To Know About You? I don’t think there’s a God-but I pray all the time. Who am I praying too?

Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know? Don’t research anything. Just write.

5 Reasons to Writer Sci Fi-Let’s you study the human condition without pissing Everyone in the world off. They’ll still be pissed off-but whaddya goin do?

Authors That Have Inspired You? Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Homer, Confucius, Nietzsche, John Locke, Voltaire, Epicurus, Laozi, and …John Lennon.

Inspiration To Your Writing? I don’t know. I get a story in my head and it has to come out. If it doesn’t ,it feels like I might explode. I don’t want to explode.

Top 10 Favorite Books & Why? Iliad, Odyssey, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Buddhist Triptikas, Kebra Nagast, Book of Enoch. “Why” is self explanatory.

What Does Your Office Look Like? It is literally a BATCAVE with a BATCOMPUTER.

What Are Your Writing Quirks & Must-Haves To Write? Quiet, quiet and quiet.

Your Writing Process? Feels like an outside unknown entity downloads a living creature (the book) into my head and then I am forced to write this story out on paper or I will die. It drives me nuts. I try to ignore, it won’t shut up. I finally just say “Fuck It!” Sit down and start pouring it out. It’s awful.

A Day In Your Writing Life? See the question above. There’s no rest until the damn thing is out of me. It’s a miserable existence.



 BCE is originally from parts unknown and currently resides in areas of the planet yet to be explored. His favorite pastime is reading old encyclopedias while eating Peanut BCE avenue beginning author FB_IMG_1492701377300M&M’s. He does believe that the warehouse depicted at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark actually exists. He has only one goal left in his life that he wishes to accomplish: to live long enough to see the aliens return so he may look over at his beautiful wife in her nursing-home bed and say, “I told you so.”

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Chatur the Laundry Man by Subhash Kommuru — book promo

Children’s Book
Date Published: October 2016
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What can a business man, a lazy donkey, and an elephant teach kids about success and friendship? Read along to find out in this playful romp by the award-winning author of The Magic of Friendship!
Chatur the Laundry Man is a funny, lighthearted story with a subtle lesson. Chatur thinks of nothing but growing his business, but his friend Gadhu the donkey keeps telling him to take it easy. When Chatur has a bright idea to get more business, things seem to be going his way but take an unexpected turn. Will Chatur learn that sometimes success takes a little time and patience?
Praise for Chatur the Laundry Man:
“5 Star … a humorous tale.. illustrations are comical.. highly recommended..” – Readers Favorite Review
“.. kids will receive 3 fine messages the value of hard work, what happens when a push for profit supersedes quality of life, and how different approaches to work and play yield very singular results.” – Midwest Book Review

About the Authors

Subhash and Sujata Kommuru are a husband and wife team, known for their award-winning range of children’s books. They aim to introduce the vibrant culture of India to the children of the United States, the country which has been their home for several years.
Subhash began writing when he became a father. He created stories for his young son about his own childhood in India, to help his son understand the culture and values of his heritage.
Subhash’s wife, Sujata, is an illustrator, who soon began creating pictures to accompany her husband’s words. Her illustrations bring to life the colorful images of her own Indian childhood, giving children a vivid insight into a diverse culture.
Together, Subhash and Sujata offer children the chance to experience the life of an Indian child, and understand a culture vastly different from their own, while enjoying the simple similarities shared by children all over the world.
Their books are entertaining at the same time as being educational, and they have been honored for excellence by the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards.
With universal themes including friendship and the importance of self-expression, Subhash and Sujata’s books provide children with an all-important introduction to the diversity of the world they live in. Read them together and they’ll become firm favorites that your child will enjoy again and again.
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The Ivory Staff: A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War by M Lachi — book excerpt

 

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Book Synopsis-

Samiyah, a young peasant girl on a quest to find love and honor, wins a chance to attend the royal ball. Beyond her wildest dreams, she finds herself dancing in the arms of Prince Chad, heir to the throne. Yet because there brews a violent struggle between the brutal ruling-class and the oppressed peasantry, Chad and Samiyah’s growing, talk-of-the-town love spawns whispers of bloody uprisings and plots of swift usurpation.

Book Excerpt-

As I made my way to my master’s chambers, I paused from a top outer hallway and peered down to the open space of the main greeting hall. Never had the palace been under such duress. Men with slings and arrows hanging from chandeliers; men fighting with degas, boughs, bloody axes, stones and large branches, using dead bodies as shields; men with severed limbs using whips and chains; men with torches on horseback in the dining rooms; men fighting with wheelbarrows, baby carriers and kitchen cutleries; everyone fighting desperately until they fell upon their ill-fated destination: death.

One of the sling-shooting chandelier dwellers, a young Moudera boy, struck every guard or defenseman he targeted. He couldn’t have been any more than eight years old. He’d been taught Davidian shooting tactics, for he targeted big men and struck them directly between the eyes. Like finger-snapping, the boy decimated ten to twelve unsuspecting victims in a row, using bits of chandelier glass, killing his victims upon impact. He easily claimed more lives than anyone else in the palace, and he could have attained legendary numbers if the young assassin hadn’t died by his own tactics. As blood dripped from his eyes, he pulled out a gory piercing arrow from his back before falling from the ceiling to the floor.

M. Lachi is an author, songwriter and composer. She lives in New York City and enjoys reading, composing and catching live performances.

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The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand — book promo

Children’s Book
Date Published: February 2017
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Careers, entrepreneurship
“Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” – Crystie Cook, poet.
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, job ideas, and moving up in an organization (for kids ages 4 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn about business. Teach someone to fish. This how-to book on work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, careers, small business, finance, economics, and what they should know (how to serve others).
About the Author

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com
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The Adventures of Fawn: ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls — Al E. Boy

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Book Genre:  Children’s Fiction

Print Length: 517 pages

Publisher: Al E. Boy (October 1, 2014)

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00NRZO920BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The Adventures of Fawn is a ‘coming of age’ series set in the magical world of Santa’s North Pole! The year is 1849, and legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen have a young daughter, Fawn. In this first book, ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls’ the young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village with no friends and nothing to do.

While her parents caution her she’s much too young and inexperienced to go exploring outside Santa’s Village by herself, Fawn disagrees. Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement and adventure. She’ll find them all…but also find herself facing dangers like a fierce hungry wolf, a freezing North Pole blizzard, and the treachery of a sea captain capturing animals of the arctic to sell to a zoo in New York City.

Along the way, she’ll also learn some valuable lessons about what’s really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun and excitement for all ages!


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ABOUT AL E. BOY:Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.

It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he’s been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!

Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.

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The After War by Brandon Zenner — book feature

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Book Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian. Can fit in Thriller, Literary, and Science Fiction (not so much on the sci-fi part, but I know Dystopian is usually categorized under Sci-Fi).
Publisher: Brandon Zenner
Release Date: October 20, 2016
BuyLink(s):https://www. amazon.com/After-War-Complete- Novel-ebook/dp/B01JMS9CA4/ref= asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

Book Description:
Two years have passed since mankind faced extinction. 

Brain Rhodes and his cousin, Steven, are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth. 
On the other side of the North American continent, young Simon Kalispell is leaving the safety and seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston. 

For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few. 

Simon Kalispell and Brian Rhodes are not yet aware, but the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined.

 
 
 

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Author Bio:
Brandon Zenner is an American fiction writer and an Amazon best selling author. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon’s best seller list many times. His second novel, WHISKEY DEVILS, was released in early 2016. THE AFTER WAR, a dystopian thriller, was released in fall 2016. His genres of choice are thrillers, crime, dystopian, and science fiction.Author Links –
Website http://www. BrandonZenner.com
Blog https:// brandonzennerblog.wordpress. com
Facebook https://www. facebook.com/brandon.zenner/
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