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It is almost time for the 2017 Rave Reviews Book Club Writers’ Conference and Book Expo. If you love to write and want to hone your craft, this is the place to do it. If you love to read, at the Expo you can connect with new writers who will expand your imagination and enliven your reading.
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The #RaveReviewsBookClub is an amazing group of highly supportive readers and writers. This is your opportunity to become part of the best. I hope to meet you there in October.
If you have the chance, get your copy of Tears of Gallia now. It is free this week (6/12-6/16) on Kindle. Enjoy!
If you read it, please consider a review or drop me a line to let me know what you thought!
I was just writing about the wonderful cover of my book Tears of Gallia, which was created by Ronald Calica. Since his work was so amazing, I thought I’d share all of the covers he made for me. He has a computer game designing background, which shows in the complexity and realism of his works. It has been some time since he moved back to the Philippines, but he is still a master of his craft. There is a link to his BlogSpot page below if you want to learn more.
As a writer, we all want our images to bring out stories to life. When a prospective reader is considering buying, the first thing they see is the cover. The first seconds they look at it, they will decide whether it is worth their time to turn to the back or read something about the tale; and even whether to buy or not. But it was an honor to work with such a talented artist. Here is the link to his page:
And without further ado, here are the covers:
I am doing a couple of giveaways on Tears of Gallia, book four in the Dave Brewster science fiction series, so I thought I’d delve into that story a bit. The cover is one of my favorites created by Ron Calica, a graphic artist who did several covers for me. It depicts the meeting between our hero and Fa-u-Bay, the greatest hero in Gallicean history. Dave is standing on the moon Solander, one of the two main moons orbiting the gas giant Lubna. The other moon in the distance is Fistan, an earthlike world.
The planet and its moons have significance because of who Fa-u-Bay was. He was a priest from long ago when the Galliceans were violent conquerors and empire builders. Fa-u-Bay lived on the planet Gallicea. When the then emperor of Gallia decided to slaughter the humans living on a nearby planet, Fa-u-Bay raised an army to fight back. Even though they were heavily outnumbered, the priest and his soldiers prevailed. Fa-u-Bay was immediately made emperor. The bloodstains on his hands overwhelmed him though. He took a new starship and crew and left Gallia to repent for his sins. There was an engine problem and the ship raced out of control. When they managed to regain control, they were beyond the edge of the galaxy, approaching a single planetary system adrift in open space. That system was dominated by the gas giant, which they named Lubna after a famous mythological mother. Hence, the Daughters of Lubna.
Tears of Gallia is a wide-ranging story, focusing on friendship, faith and courage. It is action-packed. If you like time travel and space battles, I think you will like it. If you get a chance to read it, please let me know what you think. #RRBC
My writing style could be considered “stream of consciousness”. As my fingers work the keyboard, new ideas flood into my mind and often I find I have discovered plot lines that even surprise me!
#SPOILERALERT Much of 2121: Twilight’s Last Gleaming sees our heroes battling cannibals. That battle reaches its crescendo at the end when they are faced with a massive armed of crazed, tattooed, half-naked killers. As I was dreaming this all up, I wondered how cannibalism could have taken root in any America or any modern country. It definitely is not a main-stream concept. Then it hit me: global warming! Now this is a stretch, but it is fiction after all. In my home state of California, the government has already made cattle flatulence a climate change issue. Now, if governments view livestock as a key source of greenhouse gases, why would they not move to eliminate beef and pork from our diets? If that same government was also bankrupt, how could they pay for imported meat? I suppose you could presume all people move to vegetarianism, but that would not provide the same levels of disgust and opportunities to fight.
Another tidbit relates to the Mexican border. We all know the commotion regarding the desire of the president to build a wall. Well, I took a different tilt on this. Since the America in this book has descended into chaos, it is Mexico who built the wall to keep us out! That flip-flop made me laugh when it first crossed my mind. If you read 2121, I hope you will enjoy the irony.
I will be doing a promotion on Amazon in the near future to get as many new readers as possible. If you have joined the Adventurers Club or follow this blog, you will be the first to know when. A special shout out to my friends at #RaveReviewsBookClub!
Okay, I admit it: I am a conservative. I am also extremely concerned about the rapid expansion of the Federal government. Under the guise of helping the folks, our representatives have created a political class that they view as above the normal folks like you and me. The Founders envisioned normal citizens taking time out of their lives to go to Washington and help set the course for the nation. After a term or two, they would return to their normal lives, grateful for the opportunity to serve. Let’s face it: that ended long ago.
Regardless of our political affiliations, I think we can all see that the train has come off the rails. We are at the point where the two sides do nothing, and cover their laziness with bickering and posturing about their superiority to their opponent and US!
In this book, I look one hundred years into the future, after too many failed administrations have drained all the money from our pockets to line theirs. They have imposed their made-up rules on us, denying the very benefits they had promised us. Ultimately, we are left to live lives of abject poverty and despair while they live in their domed city centers, keeping all the good things in life for themselves.
But while the situation is terrifying and bleak, that story is not about that. 2121: Twilight’s Last Gleaming (book 1 of the Revolution series) is about the innate goodness and strength of the American people. It is the story of Jack Kennedy, a fourteen-year-old boy living in a farming co-op in what used to be Iowa. He and his friends and family are about to discover how corrupt their government is and just how horrible life can be for regular people. But Jack will not give up, ever. With his girlfriend Alexis Johnson, and his best friends Tom Wainwright and Abe Gregory, they are going to take their country back.
It is an uplifting tale buried in the misery of the common citizens of that year. They will face terrorists, violent gangs, and ultimately the cannibals as they seek to escape the madness and find a safe place to begin anew. I am almost finished with book two, 2122: The Perilous Fight. That will be followed by book three, 2123: Dawn’s Early Light. Come along on the adventure with me. Crazy stuff is going to happen! #RRBC rules!
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I am running a Goodreads Giveaway for copies of my personal favorite book in the Dave Brewster Sci-fi series, Tears of Gallia. In the book, you will learn the intimate secrets of the Gallicean faith and travel to their most sacred worlds. At the same time, a nemesis from the previous book, Fola Untor, travels to our galaxy with one thing in mind: to kill Dave Brewster for what he did to him in The Hive. It brings so many new elements to the saga of our hero that it becomes an action-packed and galaxy-spanning story of love, war, and enduring friendship.
Come along for the ride! Enter now! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing the story.