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INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – Michael Gibney

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are spotlighting

Michael Gibney

author of

The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and the Shield #1)

a Middle Grade title from Tantrum Books!

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Physical books or eBooks?

Both.

 

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke (I’m a sucker for the original)

 

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook.

 

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You. (It’s such a cinematic song.)

 

Sweet or salty?

Salty.

 

Coffee or tea?

Tea.

 

Write on computer or notebook paper?

Computer. I’m left handed, so my handwriting is at a disadvantage, I’ve always felt.

 

About-the-Author

Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.

In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans – alone and unaware of the other’s existence or their royal heritage.

In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne.

But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth.

The Three Thorns is book one in an exciting children’s fantasy series called The Brotherhood and the Shield from debut author Michael Gibney.

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INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – Machines of the Little People

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Tegon MausMachines Of the Little People by Tegon Maus:

Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing (April 20, 2014)
Category: Mystery, Soft Science Fiction, Technothriller, Humor, Quirky
ASIN:  B00JU2VOGS
Tour Date: Oct/Nov, 2015
Available in: ebook, 166 Pages

Ben Harris’s sister died of cervical cancer more than three years ago… his best friend and her husband, Roger Keswick, disappeared the day before the funeral. For the next six months everyone from the local police to the Department of Defense searched for him but to no avail… it was as if he had simply fallen off the face of the planet only to reappear at work as if nothing were out of the ordinary.

Then by the purest of coincidences Ben finds himself pulled back into Roger’s life only to discover he has remarried… to Jessica… a woman the looks, sounds and acts just like his dead sister. To complicate things Roger is insistent his home, his car, his life is infested with tiny elf like creatures he calls the Katoy. He claims they run massive machines under his house and watch his every move… every move that is until Jessica is found bludgeoned to death in his living room and Roger is nowhere to be found . . . again.

Guest Post by Tegon Maus on THE POWER OF WORDS:

The Power of words… I had to think about this.  How hard is this?   Very, right ?  “Go West young man !”   “Remember the Alamo !”   “We gotta sink the Bismarck !”  “We have nothing to fear but fear itself !”     All pretty powerful if you think about it… doubly so for  “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Think about it… an enemy that was taking over Europe…  one that was openly trying to take over the world no less…  that was killing thousands of people every day !  If that wasn’t enough they suddenly start to bomb the living hell out of you with a brand new technology that only existed in Sci-fi stories… V rockets.  How terrifying would that be?   Bombs falling relentlessly from the sky and you’re told  “you have nothing to fear but fear itself.” And that, believe it or not, did the trick.   I think words are not enough.  I think it takes something to relate too.

Something beyond the ordinary, something that captures what people are thinking, what they’re feeling … or if we’re lucky something that grabs everyone’s imagination.  Words… the right words… can change things. Sometimes it’s for the better sometimes not so much so.  With the right words you can, bend the will of the people, gather them together and lead a nation.

With the power of words I can fly you to the far end of the Galaxy and back. I can tell you all about the strange and wonderful things to see… all the worlds and all the people who live on each. I can make you fall in love with the most homely man on the face of the world or hate the most beautiful of creatures… if I turn them just right, put them in just the right order I can make you believe I am the Sci-Fi writer you want to read for the rest of your life…  just saying. I have no interest in leading nations…  I’m a simple dream kind of a guy.

Praise for Machines Of the Little People by Tegon Maus:

“Tegon Maus is an author that I read when I need a wild and crazy ride! His characters are always so quirky and unique. I am pretty sure I’ve never encountered the type of characters that are in these books in any other books! They’re hilariously flawed and extremely well-developed. They could just walk off the page…though you wouldn’t want them to.  I just absolutely recommend this science fictiony type of book to those of you who appreciate great, quirky characters and wild, conspiracy theory type plots. I am seriously glad that I was introduced to his writing.”-Christy Maurer, Christy’s Crazy Corners

“As the saying goes, it takes all sorts. This is certainly the case with the characters in this story. As this story unfolds the characters are all so amazing, from psychic elderly ladies, to nine ‘sisters’ and sinister spy like characters and agents. Then, if that is not exciting enough, add to the equation a blossoming love affair, secret research projects and deadly weapons and you soon come to realise that this book is captivating from the first page.
Oh, and don’t forget those little people – and their machines…”-Susan Keefe, Book Reviews by Susan Keefe

“The SF angle was pretty neat, but the mystery is what drives the story. The characters come alive, and the writing is fast-paced and exciting, keeping the reader turning the pages.”- Virginia E. Johnson, Amazon Reviewer

About Tegon Maus:Tegon Maus

Tegon Maus was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends he could conjure. Not that he wasn’t friendly, he just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe he lived in his head way more than he should have, maybe not. He liked machines more than people, at least he did until I met his wife.

The first thing he can remember writing was for her. For the life of him he can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married him shortly after that. He spent a good number  of years chasing other dreams before he got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. His wife and himself had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

He was thrilled. If there is one thing he enjoys it’s making people believe him and he likes to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When he writes, he always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, he guarantees you, nothing, makes him happier.

He has consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and has been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Tegon Maus Website: http://www.tegonmaus.com/
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INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – At Water’s Edge

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At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson:

S. McPhersonPublisher: by S. McPherson Books (November 10,  2015)
Category: Romance/Fantasy
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-993360503
Available in: Print & ebook,  347 Pages

‘At Water’s Edge’, tells the tale of two lovers trapped in two different worlds. One world is Earth, and the other is Coldivor; a dimension full of magic and danger. When Dezaray Storm is mistaken for the most powerful sorceress of this other realm her life changes forever. She finds love in the arms of Milo Thor, but this love can also lead to her death and the destruction of seven empires.

‘At Water’s Edge’ is book one in the ‘Water Rushes’ series.

Interview with the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing?

From a very young age, I considered myself a poet. ‘Roses are red, violets are blue’ had nothing on me; in my five year old opinion. As I grew, I was drawn into film and the idea of script-writing; a notion I still wouldn’t mind toying with one day. I wrote many a script about other universes, an all-girl pop band and such but alas my seven to thirteen year old self, never made any leap with these. Then I moved on to songs; and that’s when I realised that my main love is the love of story-telling and I don’t mind what format it comes in. Through a painting, a dance, a novel, a play, a song; just tell me stories! And my love of stories, lead to my love to create stories and my favourite form of expression was with words; thus I write.

How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

Being published is always something I have dreamed of, though when I originally dreamt it was of the traditional way where a big-named publishing house does most if not all of the grunt work. I decided to go at it alone one afternoon when I was teaching. My classroom book selection was growing old and after we’d read Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Gruffalo’ more times than I can count, I decided to launch into my own made-up tale. The children’s positive reaction to my stories inspired me to dabble in the field of self-publishing.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want readers to momentarily lose themselves in my works and become enthralled in the lives of the characters and the fantasy world around them. I want them to get that gooey; excited or emotional pang that all of us book lovers get when we think of a favourite tale. Basically, I want my works to be enjoyed and not for the reader to feel like they have been told a story but for them to feel as though they have experienced it.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The thing I find most rewarding about writing is that wonderful feeling of having life, love and adventure at the tips of my fingers. A place where everything goes the way I want no matter how outrageous or farfetched. I delight in the opportunity to experience things that may never happen, and the way of momentarily making everything impossible, possible.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Finding that great idea; the one that makes your toes curl and causes butterflies in your stomach. I find creating characters exciting and inventing worlds fascinating but locking down on that one idea that gets the ball rolling, is more of a challenge. That said, once you get that idea, it creates that feeling I previously mentioned which is what I love most about writing. So perhaps what I find most challenging about writing is also the most rewarding to me in the end.

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

I could go on and on with tips for writers but my three main points would be:

  • Get a good idea– Though some experienced writers may be able to write a fascinating piece on watching paint dry, for those of us trying to break into the market, I’d say find something that inspires you (unless of course that is watching paint dry) and build on it. Throw in a mixture of characters, a series of events and one main issue to be resolved.
  • Write and rewrite within an inch of your life. Rewrite until you’re pulling your hair out and are tempted to throw your laptop out the window.
  • Don’t give up– sounds cliché but is so true it’s almost unreal. You’ll never get anywhere if you allow distractions or bumps in the road to steer you off track. Stay focussed on what you are aiming for and keep going until you get there.

What ways can readers connect with you?

I am always happy to connect with readers and likeminded people. I can be found in the below locations:

Twitter: @smcphersonbooks

www.smcphersonbooks.com

www.goodreads.com/smcphersonbooks

www.facebook.com/smcphersonbooks

Pinterest: Smcpherson

Praise for Chapters One-Three of ‘At Water’s Edge’ by S. McPherson:

“Loved the teaser! It pulled me in and made me want to read more. Your writing style is clean, uncluttered and brimming with tension. Well done!”

“You got a lovely and interesting story,  hope to read more from you.”

“I liked it a lot! While I was reading it, I was able to be drawn into the story easily by your words. A stormy night like you were describing sets the perfect scene for a suspenseful fantasy novel.”

“I really enjoyed reading your first chapter. It was gripping. The descriptions are well written.”

About S. McPherson:S. McPerson

S. McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) teacher. When she was younger S. McPherson travelled a lot with her family, though, no matter how often her surroundings changed, one thing never did. And this was her love of writing and dreaming up the impossible. After combining her two loves of teaching children and writing, S. McPherson self-published her first book; a rhyming verse children’s story titled ‘Shania Streep wanted to Sleep’. Thus fuelling her love of seeing her work in print and sharing her stories. This is S. McPherson’s first novel.

Website: http://www.smcphersonbooks.com/

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INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLITZ – Steve Bryant on Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show

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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!

Today, we get up close and personal with

Steve Bryant

author of Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show
from Tantrum Books.

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Steve Bryant

Steve Bryant is a new novelist, but a veteran author of books of card tricks. He founded a 40+ page monthly internet magazine for magicians containing news, reviews, magic tricks, humor, and fiction; and he frequently contributes biographical cover articles to the country’s two leading magic journals (his most recent article was about the séance at Hollywood’s Magic Castle).

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Middle School Thoughts

 

What is your favorite memory from school?

My favorite memory from middle school days was spending time at Verble’s Café, a hangout run by a classmate’s mom. It had snacks and a juke box, and we learned to slow dance with the girls we had grown up with, to songs by Johnny Mathis and Jimmy Clanton.

What is something you know now that you wish you knew in middle school?

I know to have paid attention to everyone, especially the shy or quiet kids who often turned out to be special adults. The most important was that girl with the blond ponytail, a seventh grader when I was an eighth. I eventually married her, but I hate it that we wasted what might have been an amazing school year.

Tell us your favorite book when you were in middle school.

I loved all the so-called Robert A. Heinlein juveniles, such as Time for the Stars and Tunnel in the Sky. If you had asked me then, I would have said I liked them because I liked science fiction. Years later I realized that I liked them because Heinlein always pitted boys and girls together against formidable odds, and romance ensued. I have always remembered to make romance a key part of any stories I write.

What was your favorite subject in school?

I equally liked math, because I was good at it, and English, because I loved it. All those books and poems were written for our entertainment. My eighth-grade English teacher lived to be 103, and to the end she would admonish us for spelling or grammar errors.

Any advice for kids heading back to school?

Enjoy every day. Middle school was my favorite time ever. Keep a diary or journal, and write down each night what you appreciated about that day. Even better, use your iPhone and take lots of photos and videos. How I would love to have those from my school days!

 

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Lucas Mackenzie has got the best job of any 10 year old boy. He travels from city-to-city as part of the London Midnight Ghost Show, scaring unsuspecting show-goers year round. Performing comes naturally to Lucas and the rest of the troupe, who’ve been doing it for as long as Lucas can remember.

But there’s something Lucas doesn’t know.

Like the rest of Luca’s friends, he’s dead. And for some reason, Lucas can’t remember his former life, his parents or friends. Did he go to school? Have a dog? Brothers and sisters?

If only he could recall his former life, maybe even reach out to his parents, haunt them.

When a ghost hunter determines to shut the show down, Lucas realizes the life he has might soon be over. And without a connection to his family, he will have nothing. There’s little time and Lucas has much to do. Can he win the love of Columbine, the show’s enchanting fifteen-year-old mystic? Can he outwit the forces of life and death that thwart his efforts to find his family?

Keep the lights on! Lucas Mackenzie’s coming to town.

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INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – The Heroine Next Door

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Zeena NackerdienThe Heroine Next Door by Zeena Nackerdien:

Publisher: Book Venture (January 7,  2015)
Category: Modern Day Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Health
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
ISBN: 978-1941736-272
ASIN: B00TIMY97G
Available in: Print & ebook,  154 Pages

The emotionally-wounded survivors of the 9/11 attacks include a fifty-year old, South African Muslim scientist, Leila, who lost her fiancée, Khalid, on that fateful day. She is the narrator of a story threading together the lives of four South African Muslims navigating a technologically advanced and increasingly-complicated world.

Initially tentative in pursuing her dream to aid patients with HIV/AIDS and other diseases (following deaths of loved ones to these illnesses) in the face of adversity encountered as a US immigrant, Leila finally asserts herself in middle age to carve her own identity and provide possible solutions to the management of diseases rampant in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Interview with the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing?

A pen, a napkin, and an over-active imagination. I am kidding, of course.

Life as a child in pre-Internet South Africa consisted of either being good at sports or academic life. Since I tended to have my nose stuck in Alan Paton, Antjie Krog, or any fill-in-the-blank leading South African author’s books that I could lay my hands on in the local library, it followed naturally that I would try to emulate their works. However, writing more technical works seem to be a better fit for my writing style.

 

How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

It was a gradual process. I started writing a blog that seemed to attract readers. One blog post became ten and then twenty and so on. Over time, I thought it might be a good idea to frame some of the self-contained stories that had a South African flavor into a book. That is when my first book, “The Heroine Next Door,” started to take shape.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Understanding is the foundation of good relationships and fosters peaceful societies. Treating others as one would treat oneself – the common thread that binds atheists and theists– is an important tool in accomplishing that frame of mind. The themes of nationality, immigration, religion, sexuality, history, and illness that run through “The Heroine Next Door” and the companion non-fiction books, “Perspectives on Type 2 Diabetes” and the HIV/TB/Diabetes resource kit, illustrate the difficulty in achieving understanding, even among reasonable people. In an ideal world everyone, regardless of their beliefs, would set aside grievances to pro-actively fix major problems in their respective countries. Access to 24/7 news flashes on digital devices underscores the harsh opposite truth.

However, human beings can and do learn from their mistakes. We are blessed with access to technologies that could have a child in Kuala Lumpur communicate with one in Australia on how best to solve a math problem or entrepeneurs mine the collective wisdom of others to take their ideas to the next level. Leila, the main character in “The Heroine Next Door,” is a fictional example of a global citizen transcending complex circumstances to contribute to meaningful solutions in her country. I am sure that there are thousands, if not millions of Leilas around the world and, with the gift of the Internet, we can find them sooner rather than later.

Finally, I have deliberately over-referenced all of my books to spur the imaginations of interested parties to either pursue these topics further or reframe it in their own voices.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The catharsis that comes from being able to articulate prose that reflects one’s inner thoughts and that can be understood by others, even if they are critical of those sentiments, is something that cannot easily be described in words.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

My focus is on integrating modernity with history, science, myths, and religion in fictional and non-fictional settings. These “heavy” topics are not fodder for easy writing or reading. Had I been a true novelist, my answer probably would have been the crafting of fully-developed characters and emotional plot twists that will have readers craving more action. However, I am honing my craft and delighted to see that poetry collections with themes about refugees, science, and society are garnering attention (“Mist over Peace” and “Scatterlings”).

 

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

If you are a born writer, you do not need advice from me. Believing in your vision and putting in the long hours necessary to realize that vision on paper are necessary qualities for any aspiring writer.

I find the reader to the best guide for any author. The spouse or relative who frowns in confusion over an unexplained plot twist or diligently deletes extra punctuation marks are indispensable to any indie author.

 

What ways can readers connect with you?

Please reach out to me via my author site at: http://heroinenextdoor.com/

or I can also be reached via email at bloedsiekte@gmail.com.

Praise for The Heroine Next Door by Zeena Nackerdien:

“As a scientist turned patient advocate and writer, Nackerdien is intensely interested in building relationships with people from different cultures through storytelling and education. It is that drive that is palpable in this novel THE HEROINE NEXT DOOR – the author’s dichotomous life as experienced in apartheid-South-Africa and a Western world responding to the digital information age and emergent diseases: she knows terror, especially as a Muslim woman. She incorporates all of this In THE HEROINE NEXT DOOR, surprisingly her debut novel, by creating a fictional character, Leila, emerging from the darkness cast by personal and political upheavals, who gains a sense of her own identity and contributes knowledge gained in the USA to improving the management of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other illnesses in South Africa.
One of the many shining aspects of Zeena’s luminous novel is her sharing the sensibilities of immigrants whose new life in a new country must sort out not only language and dress barriers but also religious or spiritual belief differences. In electing to focus on that turning point moment in history – the 9/11 tragedy – as the stimulus for altering life perspectives she manages to give us all a better sense of understanding and at least a different point of view – both healing factors in a nurturing a wound worthy of comparison to Amfortas’ wound in PARSIFAL. Highly recommended.” –Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer, Hall of Fame

“I am able to identify with both the notion of being personally and/or emotionally uprooted on and after 9/11 as well as the concept of being utterly overwhelmed by life in NYC. Zeena Nackerdien’s work rings a personal note with both natives and those making the journey to establishing themselves in the metropolis.”-Curt, Amazon Reviewer

” What a haunting story. We all remember that fateful day. We are introduced to Leila, a brilliant woman whose life is turned upside down on September 11, 2001 when her fiance is killed in the attack. Through a series of Facebook posts we are taken on a journey that explores Leila’s past, her relationships with family and friends, and her background in the field of science. Heartwarming and raw, you will find yourself in a great story of triumph. Zeena Nackerdien has written a wonderful story, highly recommend this read!”- Sierra Klein, Amazon Reviewer

About Zeena Nackerdien:Zeena Nackerdien

Zeena Nackerdien is a dual US and South African citizen. She obtained a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Zeena has been a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland and a senior research associate at The Rockefeller University in New York.

She is the author of several publications in scientific journals and two poetry collections, “Mist Over Peace” and “Scatterlings.” As a scientist turned patient advocate and writer, she is intensely interested in building relationships with people from different cultures through story-telling and education. Zeena currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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