Friday, June 18, 2021

Blog Tour: Born in Salt by T.C. Weber #blogtour #interview #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @savethereefs

 

 

Alternate history

Date Published: May 1, 2021

Publisher: Freedom Thorn Press


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Fifty years after a coup replaced President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a fascist dictatorship, America is a land of hopelessness. Ben Adamson, a 19-year-old farm boy in southern Illinois, wants only to spend his time fishing and hunting. But when his dead brother demands justice for his suspicious fate in a colonial war, Ben and Rachel, his brother’s fiancée, are drawn into an underground revolutionary movement.

After staging a rally against the war, Ben and Rachel are arrested by the Internal Security Service, who have perfected the science of breaking people. Ben is given a choice: betray the rebels, including his best friend from childhood, or Rachel will be lobotomized.

Although traumatized and addicted to a powerful drug, Ben refuses to doom anyone he cares about. Can he find a third option? Can he free Rachel and strike back at the dictatorship, while dodging the suspicions of police and rebels alike?

 



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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

In real life, there was a political conspiracy in 1933 in the United States to overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a dictator. According to retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization with Butler as its leader and use it in a coup d'état to overthrow Roosevelt. Fortunately for us, instead of going along, Butler turned them in. In 1934, Butler testified under oath before Congress on these revelations.

 

In the novel, the coup plotters chose a different leader, Walter Waters (who in real life, led the Bonus Army that occupied part of Washington DC), and the coup was successful. Born in Salt explores life under authoritarian rule, the abuse of psychology, the power of the dead, the realities and difficulties of drug addiction, and how everyday people can challenge impossible odds. It also explores the concept of morality in war and revolution; e.g., what means can be justified to achieve your side’s goals?

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The hardest part is sitting down every morning and getting into the flow of writing. Perhaps that’s the hardest part of any journey: to begin.

 

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written quite a few books and short stories. My latest novel, Born in Salt, just came out in May 2021. Born in Salt is a character-oriented alternate history novel. Fifty years after a coup replaced President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a fascist dictatorship, America is a land of hopelessness. Ben Adamson, a 19-year-old farm boy in southern Illinois, wants only to spend his time fishing and hunting. But when his dead brother demands justice for his suspicious fate, Ben and Rachel, his brother’s fiancée, are drawn into an underground revolutionary movement.

 

Zero-Day Rising, the final volume of the BetterWorld near-future cyberpunk trilogy, is perhaps my favorite book, released by See Sharp Press in fall 2020. In the series, a giant media corporation (MediaCorp) has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few.

 

The first volume, Sleep State Interrupt, was a Compton Crook finalist for best first science fiction novel. Waylee Freid, an unemployed Baltimore journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, and Charles, a teenage hacker from public housing, seek to wake up the world and bring about a brighter future. They must sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser, record incriminating admissions, and broadcast it during the Super Bowl. But to do so, they must avoid a huge manhunt and break into one of the most secure facilities ever built.

 

In the second volume, The Wrath of Leviathan, Waylee faces life in prison. Exiled in Brazil, her young sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them, and closing in fast.

 

In the final volume, Zero-Day Rising, the group is reunited and set on bringing down President Rand and MediaCorp. However, MediaCorp unleashes their ultimate plan: direct mind control with cerebral implants. Can Kiyoko and Waylee’s team stop them? Can they penetrate MediaCorp’s networks and end the company’s grip over humanity? All while eluding the biggest manhunt in history, in a country where everyone and everything is under surveillance?

 

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

I would choose a relatively unknown but extremely talented actor. A well-known actor would detract from the character being an ordinary person. But the actor would have to carry the movie and bring out the love, hate, despair, terror, and determination that define Ben’s journey. I’d leave it to the casting director to find someone who fit those two criteria.

 

When did you begin writing?

I’ve pursued writing since childhood, then learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college (along with a little bit of physics). I transformed those interests into novel writing while trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010, and looking for something productive to do. 

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

It typically takes me 6-9 months to write a first draft, plus another year to edit (although over half of this time is waiting on comments). I think they’ve all followed this schedule, although Born in Salt went through more revisions than most.

 

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

I have a lot of favorite authors. To list a few, Ursula K. LeGuin explores important themes in imaginative ways. Kurt Vonnegut is very clever and has memorable characters and stories. Neil Gaiman is incredibly imaginative. Frank Herbert and J. R. R. Tolkien are incredible world builders. Cormac McCarthy writes dark but evocative prose. I am a fan of many other authors as well, like Carl Hiaasen, who went to my high school and writes scathing comedy about South Florida developers and other rogues.

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I like coming up with interesting, quirky characters and giving them internal problems that they have to overcome. Even better is when these characters take on a life of their own and do unexpected things instead of following the initial outline. 

 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

America under fascist rule.

 

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I’ve completed the first draft of The Council, a satire of local government. A newly elected councilman tries to save the last stand of forest in the county against greedy developers and a dysfunctional government. I’m still in editing mode, so it probably won’t be out until 2022.

 

And I’m revising a post-apocalyptic horror novella and several other projects. I expect the novella will also come out in 2022, although finding publishers for novellas is difficult.

 



About the Author

Ted Weber has pursued writing since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. His first published novel was a near-future cyberpunk thriller titled Sleep State Interrupt (See Sharp Press). It was a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook award for best first science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel. The first sequel, The Wrath of Leviathan, was published in 2018, and the final book, Zero-Day Rising, came out in 2020. He has other books on the way as well. He is a member of Poets & Writers and the Maryland Writers Association, and helps run writing workshops and critique groups. By day, Mr. Weber works as a climate adaptation analyst, and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents. For book samples, short stories, and more, visit https://www.tcweber.com/.

 

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Blog Tour: Ghosts of Guatemala by Collin Glavac #blogtour #giveaway #thriller #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @CollinGlavac

 


Spy Thriller

Date Published: 11-25-2019


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Who can you trust when corruption and danger are a way of life?

The CIA never left Latin America, and is facing catastrophic blackmail at the hands of an erratic Guatemalan drug lord: the infamous patrón of Antigua – Pablo Puentes. Desperate for a swift solution, the agency calls in their black operative fixer: John Carpenter.

John is a cold-blooded professional ready for the job. But the mission doesn’t have a simple fix. Pablo has a disastrous kill switch in place.

John is still haunted by the mysterious death of his best friend who died on a far too similar mission, and now is uncertain about how much he can trust his handler or his sensual partner.

Back at the agency, tensions are running hot as the stench of corruption is growing to a boiling point. If things aren’t put to rights – and soon – the entire mission will go up in flames and take the CIA down with it.

Only John Carpenter can bring this drug lord to justice and get the answers he deserves.

Because this mission is personal…

If you like the relentless tension of Daniel Silva and the gritty reality of Lee Child then you’ll love this first book in the John Carpenter Trilogy!

 



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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

 

I generally don't write moralistic fiction but there are still themes that I write about in my books that I hope people pick up on and appreciate. The John Carpenter series has themes of revenge, corruption, and the struggle of finding out what's right and wrong in difficult situations. I've been criticized for not having enough heroics in the series but I stand by trying to make it feel realistic.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

 I write my scenes out of order so putting it all together and making it all make sense can be very challenging. I am especially bad for including specifics like time zone differences or dates that have to be kept consistent between chapters. I use a lot of sticky notes.

 

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 

 I have written three books – two published thrillers in the John Carpenter series and one soon-to-be published YA Urban Fantasy. The latter is my favourite so far, only because I got to mess around with magic and cringe high school moments!

 

 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 

 Pierce Brosnan, 100%. Pierce, if you're reading this, you've got the role.

 

When did you begin writing?

 

 I began writing when I was twelve – that's when I really sat down and wrote pages upon pages of a wonderfully terrible high fantasy book. I wrote short and long stories throughout high school and university, finishing plenty but I didn't have something really good until late university, when I wrote my first play In Real Life.

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 

 It took two months of writing after a couple weeks of the initial idea stages, but then I dragged my feet and took another month to write the last chapter, and then editing and publishing and all the other stuff took a few more. Around six – eight months from beginning to publication I'd say. I am working on moving faster.

 

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

 

Christopher Paolini. A lot of us wannabee teenage writers saw him publish at a young age, and it proved to me that I could too!

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

As much as I find it difficult, I think I really enjoy stitching all my out of order chapters together and making sense of everything. There's also a lot of great discoveries that happen at this stage of the game, and lots of depth develops. It's also really easy to insert things I forgot or cool things I want to add and make it look like I'd thought of that from the start! 

 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 

 More magic, more problems.

 

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 

 Sure! I am in the final edits for Vaulter's Magic, the first in a new YA urban fantasy series. It's about a kid who inherits a whole bunch of magic stuff and has no idea how any of it works. Unfortunately, angels and demons are also very interested in that stuff too...

 

After I finish the edits and publish Vaulter, I plan on writing and publishing the last John Carpenter book. I'm a tad nervous but I think I know at least half of what I'm doing at this point in the game. But I really want to make sure I get everything right in this one because it wraps up the trilogy and I want readers to feel satisfied.

 

 

About the Author

Collin Glavac is a Canadian born actor and writer who lives in the province of Ontario Canada. He has written, directed and acted in two original stage plays, In Real Life, and LoveSpell. He completed his Dramatic and Liberal Arts B.A. and M.A at Brock University.

Ghosts of Guatemala is his first novel.

Collin loves hearing from readers, so please don't hesitate to contact him by email at: collinglavac@gmail.com

 

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The Rae Series, Book One

Romantic Erotica, Lesbian Erotica

Published: January 2021



Two years ago, Rae had a chance to bring joy and adventure into her life. After her husband’s death in Afghanistan, her friend, Andrea became a light for her, until fear took over and Rae ended any hopes of a relationship with Andrea. With her son, Mark getting ready to graduate from high school, she is awakening to the realization that she might have made a mistake by letting Andrea go. Rae tried to stay busy helping other military spouses who had lost their loved ones in the war, but it only went so far. One day, the phone rang, and the door reopened to the passion and love she had known so briefly before.


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Rae was a highly conservative, 38-year-old woman, married to a U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel with two teenage children, and it wasn’t until her husband was shipped over to Afghanistan for nine months that she was able to find herself. She was alone, the world on her shoulders once again, but she was trying to stay strong for the sake of her children.Andrea was a free spirited, 28-year-old, vibrant woman wanting to fulfill her life for the next nine months with something worth-while.To keep some modicum of sanity, Rae decided to try a yoga class. During her efforts to find one, she met Andrea at the recreation center on base. A friendship was struck, and the two women began walking down a path of exploration and growth.

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Sananda Allsgood is a new author who says his inspiration comes from his soul. The story line playing out in his mind and then transcribing it to the written word. This is the fifth such book he has written in this manner, although different genres. Sananda started writing after a huge shift in his life and an experience of Spiritual proportions that took him in the realm of Near-Death-Experiences, although he maintains it wasn't Near Death, but actual physical death only to return moments later, after the experience completed.


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Blog Tour: The Jesus Nut by John Prather #blogtour #interview #giveaway #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @JohnPrather3

 

 

Contemporary Adult Fiction/Satire

Date Published: June 1, 2021

Publisher: Atmosphere Press



The Jesus Nut tells the parallel stories of three unlikely pilgrims—a reviled professor, a delusional homeless veteran, and a priest who loves strip clubs—searching for the greatest religious relic of the 21st century. Thrown together after a raucous showdown with evangelists, they decide to ignore their differences and work as a team in pursuit of their holy purpose. Their journey to New York City leads to a fateful encounter with a former advertising executive, whose mad ramblings suggest he might be the very oracle to help them fulfill their destiny.

A quirky, subversive novel that addresses timely issues and lampoons evangelical hypocrisy, The Jesus Nut ultimately reveals itself to be a story of second chances and agape love. Along the way, you'll meet self-righteous academics, a curious and ambitious stripper, a farmer with a remarkable peanut, a trucker fascinated by the constellations, a profane church maintenance crew, and more. Prepare for an irreverent journey which will remind you of the value of friends and the miraculous power of faith.




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Jerry MacNeil, author of Rules of Thumb "Three people share a life-changing adventure. Pilgrimages are more rewarding during the journey than at the destination, and The Jesus Nut is a great ride." 


"Masterful raconteur Prather pulls out all the heretical stops... A highly original mix of belief and balderdash."




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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

 

Marginalizing people in the name of religion is a bad thing. Religious hypocrisy is a bad thing. Using religion to enrich yourself is a bad thing. Caring for other people, acting empathetically and gracefully, and lifting up your fellow man are all good things.

 

 

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

For a long while, it was just finding the time to do it. When I was a full-time teacher and coach, with a family, time was often a scarce commodity. I find I work best in the morning and when I can work consistently for weeks if not months at a time, so that’s always a challenge. I have plenty of ideas, I love the process of creating worlds and characters and writing dialog and coming up with nifty metaphors and trying to craft the perfect sentence. But it still takes time.

 

 

 How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 

 I’ve written a couple of screenplays (one of which began as a screenplay, then became a novel, then was rewritten as a screenplay) and one other novel (The Adminisphere, self-published in 2016). The Jesus Nut is by far my favorite. I think it’s my best. It’s deeper and more complex, more ambitious even though it’s fairly short (66,000 words), more nuanced, and certainly more timely. It attacks topics about which I care deeply these days. Yet it’s still damn funny.

 

 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 

With an MA in screenwriting, this is something I’ve considered from the beginning. Indeed, I’ll be working on the screenplay this summer in hopes the novel creates an audience.

 

I’d love to see Chris Pratt as Father Brian William Callum Robert O’Shea. He’s got sort of a bemused attitude that perfectly reflects the character. Kate McKinnon would make a wonderful Dr. Haley Berkshire, but honestly I’d love for that role to go to Jayme Lake, who voiced the character in my audiobook and is absolutely phenomenal. Jesse Morales is the casting decision that’s got me stumped but, fortunately, if it gets to that point there will be lots of smart people who can tackle it.

 

 

When did you begin writing?

 

 I wrote a few stories as a kid, but I’d say my first real writing experience was in my high school Spanish class, where my teacher allowed me to write my own dialogs rather than using the boring ones from the textbook. I created some weird stuff, but I loved the process and was empowered by the response.

 

When I got to college, I played in a softball league with a bunch of twenty-something journalists, including the film critic for the Arizona Republic. He got me interested in film at a much deeper level than before, which led to me to pursue my MA in screenwriting at the University of Texas.

 

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 

 My first book, the novelization of the screenplay, probably took me about a month since most of the dialog was already written. So that one doesn’t count. Plus it hasn’t been published anyway.

 

The Adminisphere took me, depending upon how I choose to answer, either eight months or 11 years. I began it during a How to Write a Novel class in 2005 and wrote the first eight chapters before I bogged down and put it aside. I tinkered with it from time to time but accomplished little. I finally returned to it with purpose in 2015, cleaned up the bog in the middle, wrote the second half, revised, and self-published in June 2016.

 

 

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

 

Most of the authors I’ve enjoyed, from Matt Christopher and Mary C. Jane as a kid to John Steinbeck and Joseph Heller as an adult, had some influence. I loved to read, which I think is absolutely vital for a writer, and so storytelling has always been a vital part of my life. Certain novels such as Catch-22 and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were a particular influence on me, but I think the desire to create characters and tell stories has built since childhood, with every book I’ve read, every TV show I’ve watched, and every film I’ve seen.

 

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

 I love writing dialog—probably from being an introvert who listened to others and, later, from my experience as a journalism major. I love the challenge of creating a snappy, clever, meaningful conversation that conveys character while making the reader laugh, and I think I’m pretty good at it. (Oddly, though, when I listen to music I’m most drawn to the music rather than the lyrics.)

 

I also really enjoy creating a new metaphor or simile to describe a character or a situation. Figurative language, when done badly, is painful, and when clichéd is exasperating. So I particularly appreciate the times I manage to do it well.

 

 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 

 Satirical, irreverent, empathetic quest.

 

 

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 

My next project will be the screenplay of The Jesus Nut. With my MA in screenwriting and the many people who have said the novel is cinematic, I think it’s a logical step. I don’t yet have any interest from stars, directors, or production companies, but that’s a goal I’m most certainly dedicated to pursuing.

 

Beyond that, I have a few ideas in various stages of outline. Not sure which one will eventually prevail, but I guarantee it will be similar in tone to The Jesus Nut. I bear absolutely no ill will toward those authors who have made a career from writing about magical children and mythical creatures and time travel, but that’s not my thing. I’ll keep writing satire.

 


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John Prather is a baseball fan, satire aficionado, mustard enthusiast, and film noir devotee. Now retired from teaching and coaching, he lives in Carlsbad, California with his long-suffering wife, extraordinary teenage son, and neurotic Bichon/Poodle mix. He once ran, a lot. His favorite color is orange. He has broken his nose 15 times. Visit him at JohnPratherWriter.com.


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