Life and Death in Public Places by Chris Delyani, author of You Are Here

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Inside the Book:
You Are Here
Title: You Are Here
Author: Chris Delyani
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook/Paperback

All Peter Bankston ever wanted to do was paint.

An aspiring painter, Peter scratches out a pauper’s living in San Francisco, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he finds himself getting involved with not one but two very different men.

Like Peter, getting involved with another man is the last thing on Nick Katsaris’s mind. Smart, handsome, and good-humored, Nick’s done more than just survive—he’s positively thriving in San Francisco. But when he meets Peter, what begins as fun and games quickly turns into a game he can’t control.

Miles Bettencourt’s days are filled with longing. For him, San Francisco is haunted by Stuart, his missing ex-lover. Desperate to win him back, Miles wanders the streets in the hope of running into Stuart again. Instead, he runs into Peter—the one man who might hold the key to what Miles is looking for.

These three gay men soon form one very unlikely love triangle. Sometimes, when people break apart and then come together, they learn that discovering that where you are is the key to knowing who you are.

 

Life and Death in Public Places

I was in the thick of rewriting You Are Here when the HBO aired its last episode of the mob drama The Sopranos. I watched the last episode on DVD a few months after the actual airing, and so had a chance to listen to the Internet chatter about that tense closing scene in the diner. The dramatic cut to black. Did Tony die, or not?

For me, it didn’t matter. (Although for the record, I’d say Tony does die.) What mattered to me—especially in the context of my writing You Are Here—was that the final act of Tony Soprano’s operatic story had happened in a place as mundane as a diner. That the witnesses to the end of this story were total strangers, eating their dinners in the other booths.

That Sopranos scene gave me the idea to write my own life-or-death scene in a diner. I went to a hamburger joint near my job in San Francisco’s Financial District on my lunch hour, the same time of day as the diner scene in You Are Here. I bought some lunch, slid into one of the booths, and tried to imagine what it would be like to be sitting there with a knife at my back. (In The Sopranos, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is playing on the jukebox; on my own trip the hamburger joint, the song was Susan Boyle’s studio rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.”) I’d taken a notebook with me and wrote down all that I saw, heard, felt. Most of all, I looked at my fellow diners, imagining them cheerfully oblivious to the near-murder in their midst.

This is what I love about writing fiction. To sit in a place as ordinary as a diner on my lunch hour and imagine extraordinary things happening there, even if the extraordinary was a man sitting in a booth with a knife at his back. I really shouldn’t have needed The Sopranos to teach me the importance of setting in the writing of important scenes.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that crazy about the ending of The Sopranos. I know many people out there believe Tony doesn’t die, that in fact he and the family muddle through. But whether or not Tony dies at the end is crucial to understanding the entire story. Imagine if Shakespeare had left the endings of his great plays ambiguous: does King Lear die at the end, or not? It shouldn’t be the viewer’s (or reader’s) responsibility to solve how a story ends.

So, here, I respectfully diverged from The Sopranos. My diner scene has a definite ending. To learn whether the characters live or die, all the reader has to do is read.


 

 

Meet the Author:
 

In 1993, Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his native Boston to devote his life to writing fiction—and he’s been at it ever since. His first novel, The Love Thing, was published in 2009. He lives in Oakland, California.

 

 

Book Blast: A Beginner’s Guide to God by Eric Neal

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Title: A Beginner’s Guide to God
Author: Eric Neal
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 64
Genre: Religion/Faith
Format: Ebook

When it comes to religion, people often have more questions than answers. In A Beginner’s Guide to God, author Eric Neal hopes to eliminate some confusion surrounding religion and provide a clear and universal pathway to the creator.

In this guide, Neal addresses some of life’s biggest questions: Does God exist? What happens when we die? Is this our only life? Who created the universe? How was the universe created? Why was it created? What is the spiritual realm? Why do people believe in a higher power? In addition to addressing the large questions, A Beginner’s Guide to God explores the origins, history, and leadership of some of the world’s major religions and provides a synopsis of their teachings.

A Beginner’s Guide to God offers a general guide to spark interest and clarify aspects of mankind’s most important questions. Its goal is to help us make sense of religion, its progression, and the existence of a higher power.

This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age.

Meet the Author:

This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age. Visit him online at www.beginnersguidetogod.com

Giveaway

Eric is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 27.
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: Happen Like by Brian Warburton

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Title: Happen Like
Author: Brian Warburton
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 156
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

 

The text of this book has been written for children in the range nine to fourteen, maybe older. Possibly it is of interest for slow readers and boys at pre-teenage who need absorbing stories. The subject matter covers adult affairs for children, not excluding greed, jealousy and mention of crime and drugs. One story depicts girls and boys together. But no sexual content. On that, the book could be seen as rather subdued. there are some who might regard it as slightly old-fashioned.

 


Giveaway

Brian is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 26.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 27.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Feature: The Bomb That Never Was by J.R. Shaw

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Inside the Book:

The Bomb That Never Was
Title: The Bomb That Never Was
Author: J.R. Shaw
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Alternative History
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Praise for The Bomb That Never Was

“Hitler has the bomb, and it’s headed for the USA. This meticulously researched historical novel will have you asking, ‘What if?’ This is an intelligent, fast-paced page-turner that will make you forget that you already know how it all turns out. Provocative, informative, and entertaining—I couldn’t put it down.”

—Joseph P. DeSario, author of Limbo and Sanctuary and coauthor of Crusade: Undercover Against the Mafia & KGB

“Authoritative and credible in its attention to detail, The Bomb That Never Was captures the spirit and temper of the WWII years and raises some deep philosophical questions about loyalty, treason, and commitment to country. A page-turner … tough to put down … a story well told.”

—Robert L. Aaron, journalist and public relations executive

Meet the Author:

J. R. Shaw is a pseudonym for a person who likes privacy, preferring to remain in the shadows.
If you’re interested in reading the next book, please turn to the back of this book and enjoy reading an excerpt from The Pieces. The Pieces will be out in 2016.

Interview with Charles and Irene Nickerson, author of The Crossroads of Space and Time

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The Crossroads of Space and Time
Title: The Crossroads of Space and Time
Author: Charles and Irene Nickerson
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 262
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook

Captain Bancroft couldn’t believe this resort. The beaches were pristine. The rooms were comfortable. Everything was so relaxing. The only area off limits was the northern beaches and an area they called the trench. He asked a Mr. Jones why. Mr. Jones told him that since he was head of security. He would take him out to the cliffs and show him the reason. While out there they saw a large sea bird flying over the water. That was when a large shark leaped from the water and snatched it from the air. Mr. Jones pointed out that is why the northern beaches and the trench were off limits. Bancroft decided that was a good reason. The rest of the crew was just having a good time. Mrs. Svedberg ran the resort like a general. The service staff seemed happy, despite the fact that she seemed demanding to work for. He also was confused by the large canus that seemed to have free run of the island. Till he was told they were part of the security detail. Yet, he liked what he saw. These Maxumus were good at what they did. Bancroft decided he was a lucky bear. At the very least his life would probably never be boring. He was going to be right.

The Interview

Can you tell us why you wrote your book?

To tell a story. For fun.

Which part of the book was hardest to write?

The end is the hardest part

Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know?

Good vs Evil

Besides books, do you write anything else?

When i was in high school I wrote poetry

Meet the Author:

Charles Lansford Nickerson has a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a BS in History from Iowa State University. He is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a Missile Combat Crew Member. He also taught History in Christian Schools for 10 years. He has previously published two acclaimed Poems. Irene Jean Nickerson is a graduate of Ankeny Christian Academy in Ankeny, Iowa. She is currently a student at Central College in Pella Iowa.


 

Interview with Jena C. Henry, author of The Golden Age of Charli

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Inside the Book:

The Golden Age of Charli
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

 

Interview:

Can you tell us why you wrote your book?

My book series is a tribute to my fellow baby boomers. We started our adventures in the youthful excitement and promise of the dawning of the age Aquarius. We didn’t trust anyone over the age of 30 yet now, years later, here we are, entering the new life of retirement. A life that may involve grey hair and creaking joints, but we still have that streak of adventure in us! I want us all to thrive in retirement!
Which part of the book was hardest to write?

It was all easy to write! What gets hard is knowing when to write more or knowing when to write less. Or when to edit or when to cut something. Those are the tough decisions.
Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know?

That love and family are essential, but relationships can change over time.
Do you remember when the writing bug hit?

As soon as I could grab a crayon. I cut out pictures from magazines and wrote stories. In grade school I glowed when I received a gold star on my story. Through the years, I would say to my husband, “I have always wanted to write a book.” One day, he looked up from the TV and said, “Well, you better get started.” So I did.
Besides books, do you write anything else?

I like to write poetry and I enjoy writing my weekly blog. I have always written for business.

Thank you for your questions and allowing me to get to know your readers.


     Meet the Author:
 

Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.

 

Book Feature: The Junior Officer Bunkroom by J.J. Zerr

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Inside the Book:

The Junior Officer Bunkroom
Title: The Junior Officer Bunkroom
Author: J.J. Zerr
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 282
Genre: Military
Format: Ebook

It is 1970, and Jon Zachery is a young United States Navy pilot who wants nothing more than to gain combat experience during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, his patriotic sacrifice is of no value to the navy or the nation. His squadron has been slated to decommission with most of its pilots destined for dead-end jobs. As the pro-war lieutenant awaits his orders and drowns his sorrows in whiskey, his wife, Teresa, prays and hopes for a better tomorrow.

Navy Lieutenant Amos Kane is a natural stick-and-throttle jockey who is known as Cool Hand Duke in the air and a prankster on the ground. As his dreams of being an attack pilot in ’Nam are taken away, he begins dating Charlotte Wilkins, who convinces him to adopt an antiwar philosophy. When orders cause Zachery and Kane’s paths to converge in a bunkroom aboard an aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf, it quickly becomes evident that the two lieutenants have vastly different viewpoints. As tragedy strikes and antagonism escalates, everyone discovers just how quickly life can change.

In this military thriller, the paths of two navy pilots come together in a JO bunkroom during the Vietnam War where their perspectives clash, instigating life-changing consequences.

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Meet the Author:

J. J. Zerr is a United States Navy and Vietnam veteran who holds bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering. He has published poetry, short stories, and other novels. J. J. and his wife reside in the St. Louis, Missouri, area.

Visit the author’s website at http://www.authorjjzerr.com.