Interview with Tony Taylor, author of 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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Question1- Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Counters was my first novel, in 2008, and this (The Darkest Side of Saturn) is the second, released in July.

Question2- When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

Both books were published through iUniverse, so I think that makes them self-published, although I’m not familiar with the distinction between “vanity” and “self-“ published. Certainly I did not intend these books as merely for family and friends; I am seeking wide public acceptance for them.

Question3- How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

I signed the contract for The Darkest Side of Saturn in February of this year, and it was published in July, so altogether about five months was required. Part of the delay (about a month) was due to my withholding of a go-ahead to publish so that I could incorporate last-minute reviews into the first page of the book.

Counters took a little less time, but my memory of the events is hazy.

Question4-How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was elated and giddy for the first one, and sober and blasé for the second . . . well, not quite, but for the second one I didn’t have a lot of time to celebrate between the release and the beginning of activities for promotion.

I’d like to say that the ecstasy of finishing both my novels led me to get rip-roaring fall-down drunk, but it didn’t. Mostly it caused a sigh of relief and a few days of self-back-patting and catching up on everything that had been put aside—until I had to put everything aside again, and begin the harder task of promotion.

Question5- What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Very little was done for promotion of the first book, and for that reason sales were not high either. I’m working to avoid that mistake for the second book.

Now I’m in the middle of a promotion campaign. I contracted for ads on Kirkus and Google, contracted with Smith Publicity, and also had a virtual blog tour set up for me. Smith has come through with several interviews on radio and TV, and I’m hoping for ignition and liftoff in the near future.

It’s expensive. Is it worth it? That answer’s not in yet, but I hope to know in another month or so.

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.

Interview with Randy Coates, author of More Precious Than Rubies


Title: More Precious Than Rubies

Author: Randy Coates

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 174

Genre: Fantasy

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Paul Brager is twelve when his father tells the story of Iduna and her apples. Mr. Brager always tells stories before bed to entertain Paul’s little brother, Adrian—a ritual that has become even more important since their mother died. Iduna was a goddess who grew apples that made the gods younger and stronger, but one day she disappeared, along with her apples. Paul doesn’t think much of the myth; he has other things on his mind.

Paul and his best friend, Chad Tremblay, are excited to start the school year as seventh graders at Dorian Heights Public School. Even when they hear about the new principal, Mr. Theisen, they aren’t worried about ending up in his office. When Paul finally meets the principal, however, he finds him to be strange, mysterious, and extremely fond of apples. That’s when things start going wrong.

Theisen develops an uncomfortable interest in Paul, claiming he once knew Paul’s father. It becomes apparent to Paul and Chad that Theisen is after something, maybe some kind of treasure—and it involves the Brager family. Paul believes his family must be protected and that Theisen must be stopped. Still, he can’t get the story of Iduna’s apples out of his head; there seems to be an odd connection to the tale his father told. He and Chad want to know the answers, but learning them may put their lives in danger.

 

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How did you come up with the title of your book?

The book is based upon the revisitation of happenings in Norse mythology: namely, the story of lduna’s apples. lduna had an orchard of apples that brought strength and vitality to the Gods when eaten by the Gods.

In my novel,the apples make a reappearance and, because of their power,one might consider them “more precious than rubies,” gems that are comparable in colour and value.

What is your writingenvironment like?

I usually write with no one else around; however, people coming and going from the room do not disturb the flow of my writing. Ialways have a dictionary within reach.
If the weather is hot and sunny, I try to write outdoors. Interestingly, my greatest writing production comes when I am outside in a foreign country. Any change in creativity provides creativity in my writing.

Otherwise, if the weather is cold or gloomy and Iam at home, I have a desk at which Iwrite. Coffee shops were never my thing.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

Computers have certainly assisted in the editing process. When Ifirst started to send away my short stories to contests 30 years ago, Ifelt privileged to own a typewriter on which Ityped. The carriage that had to be shifted at the end of each line of typing did not seem like an inconvenience at the time. Nor did the white-out used for corrections.

Computers make the whole process faster and cleaner. Plus, one can save his writing and make multiple copies of it.

The internet provides an endless amount of resources. If a writer needs to do some research on a particular subject, he does not even need to leave his home. He can Google the topic quite handily.

What inspires you to write?

I get my ideas simply being around other people: not necessarily interacting with them but watching them and listening to them is sufficient.

As a teacher, I am influenced by how my students talk, what they say is going on in their lives (I have to be extremely careful with that), and how they communicate with me and each other.

More Precious Than Rubies shows the relationship that certain students have with certain adults, some of whom are teachers. It is not difficult to connect my own experiences as a teacher to events in the book.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I learned that, at the age of 50, I still have a long way to go before I am a good writer.

Even though I rewrote this book three times, using my friends’ advice and the suggestions of an editorial evaluation,I still received some poor reviews of the material.
What this tells me is that having an agent to guide me would be very beneficial. Ineed someone to tell me what would not work in the market and what Idesperately need to rewrite.
Three drafts of a book are probably considered too few.

I also learned that perhaps some books should not be written at all. They might have sections that are well-written. Yet, an agent would be upfront in sayingthat the book would not sell.

What is your favourite quality about yourself?

In the world of writing, I am extremely patient. Poor reviews of my work do not bother me the way that poor marks on university papers used to devastate me.

I have hardened myself to accept criticism,wait a few days,then resume the business of trying to make my writing better. This is where my patience surfaces.

Randy Coates graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of arts degree and went on to acquire his teacher’s certificate at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently an elementary teacher in the Toronto District Board of Education.

Conscious Experience by W.H. Sparks Book Feature

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Conscious ExperienceTitle: Conscious Experience

Author: W.H. Sparks

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 164

Genre: Philosophy

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The fundamental principles that explain the heretofore mysterious phenomena of consciousness are:

(1) Consciousness is energies of the environment, and energies developed in intrafusal muscle spindles are conscious experience, and

(2) the experience occurring as the developed energies, depending on purpose and intensity, are detected by muscle receptors. The conscious experience occurs as perception (the experience of the environment), imagery (imagination, memory, and dreams), feelings (emotion), or, when agreed to, the meanings of language.

Consciousness and conscious experience are not subject to the interpretations of scientific and religious knowledge because consciousness is the individual experience of each and every person.

In Conscious Experience, author W.H. Sparks presents a discussion of the relationship of consciousness and experience based on his extensive research and his personal experiences.

Along with a review of the development of the theory of consciousness, Sparks offers a plethora of facts and thoughts about conscious experience, including:

• An explanation of the nature and experience of consciousness

• How the experience of energies detected by receptors constitutes conscious experience

• The idea that conscious experience is detected as the energies developed in the intrafusal spindles by muscle receptors

• How consciousness is experienced by the muscle system

• The structures of experience are the intrafusal muscle spindles

• The impulse activity transduced from the detected energies innervates the muscle system

• The recognition of the part the muscle receptors play in conscious experience is the process that finally answers the question of consciousness and conscious experience

In the Conscious Experience, Sparks provides information that shows conscious experience includes perception, imagery, feelings, and the meanings of language—all qualities unique to each individual.

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W.H. Sparks graduated from the University of Colorado. His primary field of study was philosophy. After graduation, Sparks continued his interest in studies of consciousness. Sparks is the author of Language and Conscious Experience and The Nature of Experience. He and his wife live in Southern California.

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The Love Below by Dr. Shereese V. Battle Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: The Love Below

Author: Dr. Shereese V. Battle

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 216

Genre: Self-Help

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Are You Ready For Change?
Read. Reminisce. Receive. Restore.

Ever dated someone and felt the need to take drastic measures to preserve your feelings? 

Yeah, me too!  You want to give more of you, show more of yourself, and open up a little more.  But, you’re afraid!  You’re afraid that something so sweet could become so bitter.  So you caution yourself…  See, the beauty in Robot Love is it doesn’t have to end!  So, take your time and be mindful of your emotions.  But, keep in mind that, it’s OK for one Robot to love, and miss another.

Have you ever received a call from someone and felt the need to go into IMMEDIATE Prayer?

You think, “Lord, should I answer this call?”  Sometimes, you have to push the call-end button.  Quite frankly, I find myself doing it more often.  It’s not because I don’t want to be of service, but it’s hard to help someone who becomes rebellious against assistance.  So, help if you can.  But, know that it’s OK to let him/her go so you can grow.

Remember when you were a kid and had imaginary talks with yourself about growing up?

Yeah me too!  I can still hear my mother saying, “You better stay a child as long as you can.”  Momma told me there would be days when I wish I were still a kid.  And you know what?  “She ain’t ever lied!”  Despite my age, I still need her help.  I never anticipated facing so many challenges as an adult.  From me to you…Just be careful with what you wish.

The Love Below is an empowering, self-help guide for overcoming life-changing situations. This book will also provide practical tools to help reflect on the past by offering essential steps to move toward a healthy future.  Shereese Battle is a certified and credentialed Life Coach, Spiritual Advisor, and Therapist.  Shereese is publisher of Robot Love HeartWrites Publishing (www.robotloveheartwrites.com). She can be contacted atdr.shereesebattle@gmail.com.

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Shereese Battle, a certified and credentialed Life Coach, Spiritual Advisor, and Therapist, is a devoted woman of Christ, and the mother of two: Chynah (seventeen) and Ayden (five).  Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, she relocated to California in 2010.  After losing her mother in December 2009, Shereese was broken and shattered.  However, she sought healing and instead of being defeated by grief, she used wisdom and prayer to help ease the pain.  It was during this time that Shereese also had an epiphany, which prompted her to a Holy Spirit-led move across the country.  She knew as long as she had Jesus, she had everything!  This was the beginning of her new life.Since 2010, Shereese has been an ongoing student with Liberty University.She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Life Coaching, and she is currently enrolled in Liberty University Seminary School where she is pursuing her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling for Marriage and Family.  She has also completed and graduated from two years of ministry school.  In addition, she holds a degree in Developmental Disabilities.

Shereese currently resides in Southern California with her children.  She loves devoting her time to things that will add and bring volume in her life.  Her mission is to continue to allow God to use her, bless others unconditionally, and to live every day in appreciation.  It is here where she is focused on creating the change that she would like to see, as well as, growing in her purpose so that she can continue figuring out who she is by becoming a better person.  She loves baking, being creative, playing tennis, traveling, and writing, as well as, meeting new people.  She can be contacted at dr.shereesebattle@gmail.com.

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The Actor by Douglas Gardham Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: The Actor

Author: Douglas Gardham

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 352

Genre: Fiction

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It is 1991 when Ethan Jones finally wins the role of his dreams in an upcoming, big screen movie. With the envelope holding the script clutched in his hand, he arrives at his California apartment where he can hardly wait to tell his girlfriend the exciting news. But when he finds the door unexpectedly ajar, he has no idea that in just a few seconds, the life he has fought so hard to obtain will be shattered.

Eight years earlier, Ethan is attending university in Ottawa, Canada. One evening after seriously contemplating suicide, he finds his way into a club where he meets Mila Monahan, a beautiful acting student who saves him from himself. After he watches Mila rehearse a university play, Ethan catches the acting bug and decides to pursue his own creative passions, causing a collision with his more secure ideals. But when Mila suddenly disappears, Ethan vows he will never stop chasing the dream she inspired in him, believing in a world entirely different from the one he is living in.

The Actor is a gripping tale of a young man’s unforgettable journey of self-discovery in overcoming the trauma of a personal tragedy. It is a story of love, hardship, persistence and overwhelming joy where The Actor learns he can portray anything he can imagine.

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Douglas Gardham is a writer who loves music, movies, and books. He lives near Toronto, Canada, with his wife and dog. This is his first published novel.

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Love Cycles by Arlow Bailey Book Feature

Love CyclesTitle: Love Cycles

Author: Arlow Bailey

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 108

Genre: Body, Mind, Spirit

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After a failure in a relationship. The author starts all over in his entire way of thinking. This book walks us through Arlow’s look on Spirituality, Life, Looking for Love, Finding Love, Lost Loves and then doing Positive Affirmations in order to find the strength to do it all again. Thus Love Cycles. Look for his new book Creative Dating to be coming our soon. Creative Dating is the first attempt to change showing off to showing love. It puts back the creative juices in dating instead of dinner and a movie. Find out how.

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What ever possesed me to write this book? I am from Iowa orginally. I live now in Florida. I am an Orthopeadic Physican Assistant by day. A writer poet by night. I love both parts of me. I am divorced. I understand your pain and pride. I hope you will understand mine.

Wings That Spread by Ramesh Sangle Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Wings That SpreadTitle: Wings That Spread
Author: Ramesh Sangle
Publisher: PartridgeIndia
Pages: 202
Genre: Family/Relationship
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This is the story of two loving souls, Jessica, a Spanish village girl and Aniket, son of the Indian Ambassador to Spain, who first meet at a school competition. As they grow older, they fell in love with each other. But, circumstances forced them to move on with their separate lives and Aniket moves back to India. Tragedy strikes their lives individually and they both loose their loved ones. Can Jessica and Aniket ever be together? Can they be united despite the differences in culture, religion and nationality? Is the whole world just one big happy family?

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