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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing book review

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, By Hank Green, is the first book I read in 2019 and the first book I finished in its entirety in quite a long time! (you can watch my TBR here).

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows April May, an aspiring young artist in New York City. One day April stumbles upon a giant metal samurai statue and makes a video with her friend Andy. Overnight the video goes viral as the world discovers these statues have popped up all over the world and are presumed to be alien.

I love this book. I never review books I don’t like because I don’t finish them. Well, I finished this one in five days flat. It may help that I laughed my ass off a lot, and that rarely happens with books!.. I am a long time fan of the Green brothers and the work they do. My first book, Blackout, had “DFTBA” a nerdighter reference in the first pages. Picking up this book I was preparing for a read similar to John’s style and was pleasantly surprised that Hank has a much different style of writing; almost quicker, adult oriented, and more personal. The standout for this book to me is just how modern it is as well. The characters make YouTube videos, converse through Facebook, and worry about their Twitter followers. It merges the written word with modern life and technology like I haven’t seen before.

AART is about the contact with these alien objects, the reaction of humanity, and the conflicting hate/comradery that comes with all this. But, all of this is more of a vessel for what I see as the real point of the book… Fame. April comes in to fame almost over night. Despite what she wants, she is consumed by the fame and loves every moment of it. She wants more of it, and she needs more of it. Hank Green himself speaks about this from a first person perspective and seeing an honest portrayal of the hunger for fame people have is awesome.

I legitimately see myself picking this book up again to read a second time. You should check it out.

Death Do Us Part: PRE-ORDER available!

My new novel, Death Do Us Part, will be releasing on both paperback and ebook on February 1’st. HOWEVER, you can pre-order the ebook right now for only $3.99 on Amazon. It will be downloaded to your device immediately on the first. Death Do Us Part is my third published novel and easily my favorite of all of them (though they’re all great, trust me, I’m unbiased). Here is the link and back cover synopsis…

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Not all love stories are happy. Not all tragedies are sad. Not everyone is exactly how they seem, and not every story goes exactly how you would think.

For Mark, life was easy, and he was content… He had no way of knowing he was truly empty inside until he stumbled upon something that made him feel more alive than ever before. Once he felt that way, he could never go back.

A modern tale of love, sex, murder, and everything in between.

Thank you to everyone for the support, whether you purchase the book or not!

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John Green books: Best-Still good

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(I would just like to say that ALL of his books are fantastic and he has been my biggest inspirations as a writer)

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An Interview with Paul W. West (Author of Bridgetown High)

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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a “Prune Picker,” though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

The rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, the quaint small town in which he grew up, and the colorful people who once lived there, have all teamed to fertilize his ever-churning mind with stories that are yearning to be told.

From his earliest days in high school, his English teachers saw some raw writing ability in him, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged him to pursue his dream of being a writer. In college his creative writing professors also encouraged him to mold his ability into a talent.

After settling on a career as an environmental biologist, where he’s written numerous technical publications, the stories swarming through his mind kept crying to get out. So Paul began writing fiction, but only as a hobby at first. He has recently finished his first novel,Bridgetown High, and is working on his second. Paul intends to keep letting his stories out through future novels.

Most importantly, why don’t you tell me a bit about yourself?

Originally I’m from a small town in Northern California called Port Costa. I attended the small, 3-room, grammar school there until the ninth grade, when I went to the much larger high school (John Swett High School) in the neighbouring town of Crockett.
After graduation, I attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California until the Vietnam war made me enlist with the U.S. Air Force. I served in the AF for nearly 4 years and spent most of that time in Germany. After discharge, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I met and married my wife.

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Range Science and a minor in Wildlife Biology. I
worked in Oregon for a short time, but now we make Taylorsville, Utah. We have four children, two and two, and 14 grandchildren.

What has your career as a writer been like?

Frustrating. My novel “Bridgetown High” has garnered several great reviews. Everyone who has read it has loved it. However, few people are aware of its existence. So, a lot of my spare time is spent marketing.

What do you aspire for the future of your career?

I would like to write more novel, many of which are currently swimming around in my head, including a sequel to “Bridgetown High.”

What are you working on at the minute?

A sequel to “Bridgetown High.”

What genre do you typically write and what draws you to it?

I love historic settings. I grew up near an old railroad terminal at the end of a railroad town, with historic buildings and houses. Even as a youth, my home town combined with the rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, and the colorful people who once lived there, all teamed to fertilize my ever-churning mind with fictional stories that are yearning to be told. From my earliest days in high school, my English teachers saw some raw writing ability in me, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged me to pursue my dream of being a writer. In college, I had creative writing professors who also encouraged me to mold my ability into a talent.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I got serious about being published several years ago when the idea for Bridgetown High
wouldn’t let me go. So, several years ago, I realized I could write during my lunch breaks and began penning some of the early scenes that did not become a part of my novel. Over the years, I’ve kept up with my writing regimen of writing for a half-hour a day until I finally finished and published BridgeTown High.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No. I just try to find a quiet half-hour and put pen to paper, or keyboard to computer.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I really do prefer paperbacks or hard back books, but I find a lot of my recent purchases have been for the electronic versions

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Yes. Come visit my blog on web site (www.paulwwest.com). I have been giving writing ideas and suggestions in my blog entries titled “Everyone Wants To Be An Author.”

What is your favorite book and why?

Oh, wow. There are so many. Aside from the Holy Scriptures, Jack London was my first mentor. I could name off numerous other authors I’ve tried to emulate including John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Richard Paul Evans, Dean Hughes, James Mitchner, and many others.

Favorite movie adaptation from a book?

After I’ve read the book, I rarely go to see the movie adaptation. I really prefer to read the story. However, I enjoy a good WWII movie such as “The Longest Day.” I also love drama movies if it’s not over done. Even though the current TV shows are largely police, detective, etc., and are totally fake, I enjoy the personal dramas depicted in them anyway.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14438236.Paul_W_West

http://www.paulwwest.com/

 

American Holdovers (my third novel)

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June 17th everyone! The Day is here! AMERICAN HOLDOVERS IS NOW RELEASED! You can find the book on the Createspace site right now (where I publish my books through). Amazon and the kindle store within a few days, and bookstores across the country in 4-8 weeks! I have included a link below.
American Holdovers is my third published novel and chronicles not only my time, but, also my many friends and fellow holdovers during our time as a holdover at Ft. Jackson during a hurricane and the consequences and events that transpired because of this a couple years back.
https://www.createspace.com/5959013

My New Book!

As many of you have probably noticed I have been quite absent the last month, though I have tried to stay a little active. Well, that reason is because I have been doing work preparing for the release of my second book which came out this morning! Some of you may or may not know that I am a (self) published author as well as running this site. I couple years back I released my first book entitled Blackout that did pretty well as far as sales and reviews went! Since then I have been struggling to find a new novel to write and came up with a solution… Entertainment 100 is a collection of one hundred of my early favorite posts from my website, now in novel form. It is volume 1 and I will be releasing a new volume between every novel I write. It is listed at $9.99 cents and is being released just in time for the holidays! Of course, you can also get Blackout, my first novel, for the same price if you like my writing style you have seen so for!

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In March of 2015 Bailey had a realization… If he started an entertainment review site than not only would he be able to write on a daily basis, BUT, it would give him a fantastic excuse to be a lazy bum… Bailey’s critiques have been describes as personable, conversational, and honest. So, open it up and share his taste in Everyday Entertainment.

Actor, Book, Documentary, Game, Movie, Music, Stand-up, Trailer, TV and YouTube reviews. Along with Lists, and Articles.

https://www.createspace.com/6740916

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In the future, after the world has succumbed to war. The government we know has collapsed, and the power has been turned off. A new government reigns supreme that wants nothing but control, and to hide the truth. Who will be able to stop us from being held down in a life before freedom or technology? Who will reveal the secrets and get the lights turned back on?

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Thank you everyone for your continued support, I am already in the progress of writing my next novel and will keep you posted!

An interview with Gail Ledford (Author of The Tail of Scarlet)

Gail Ledford is a 29 year old dog lover from Georgia. She lost her best friend, Scarlett, after spending the better part of 13 years together in January of 2015. Her first children’s book, The Tail of Scarlett, is a tribute to that friendship.

Why don’t you give us a short rundown on your new book The Tail of Scarlett?
“The Tail of Scarlett” is a children’s book based on a true story of my dog Scarlett and all of the different things that she and I went through together throughout her life (and mine).
 
What inspired you to write this book?
This is going to sound a little bit sad, but grief is pretty much what inspired me to write this book. I had always wondered what it would be like to write a children’s book, but I could never come up with anything that “felt right” if you know what I mean. And then Scarlett passed away in January of 2015. She was 13 years of age and she had been with me since she was 6 weeks old. That’s a long time! So, of course I was extremely devastated when she passed and I was trying figure out a way to process my feelings (she was my best friend in the entire world after all), but I also enjoy helping others as well and so I thought that I could use the book as a way to help others who may be grieving the loss of their own pet, especially children, because more often than not it’s the death of the family pet where they have their first experience with this kind of thing. I basically wanted to use this book to create a reminder for people to always remember the good times you had, and when the time comes to say goodbye, to always remember that you gave them the best life that you possibly could and to know that you will see them again someday.
 
How difficult has the marketing process been?
I won’t lie and say that the marketing process has been easy (I’m a terrible liar so that would not have worked anyway, haha!) This is definitely new territory for me and I’ve been learning as I go. I’m lucky that I have a great support system here at home who is willing to help me out in any which way that they can, and I’m very lucky to know a fairly large group of animal lovers who have been able to help me find places where I know where a great amount of my target audience will be. It definitely has not been all sunshine and daisy’s, but I’ve been enjoying it more than I thought I ever would.
 
So about you. Do you write full time or part time?
I am not a full time writer, at least not at this point in time. When I’m not writing I’m a nanny to my five year old niece (who is in the book by the way!), and I do volunteer work at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia on the weekends (I live about 30 minutes away from there so it’s not too bad of a drive). There, I work closely with the education department where I educate zoo visitors about the animals that live there along with all of the ways they can help their counterparts in the wild.
Did you always see yourself as an author?
I’ve always enjoyed writing stories, but I don’t think I have always seen myself as an author. I sometimes even have trouble saying it to myself now! Even after the first couple of book sales (which were mainly just to family and friends really) I found myself saying, “am I an author now? Is this like, official?” Then the local newspaper did a small interview with me and I went to my first self-published authors event and I was like, “well I guess I AM an author now, huh?” It’s definitely been a lot of fun.
 
Is there any other genre you might want to take a crack at?
This might sound rather odd coming from a 29 year old, or maybe it doesn’t, but kind like Young Adult books. I think I ever got the chance that would be the one other genre that I would eventually like to take a crack at.
 
What made you decide to sit down and write your first book?
As I said before, I’m lucky that I have a great support system here at home, but I think what really inspired me to write this book was that I felt like I needed a way to process the feelings that I was having. Scarlett might have been a dog, but we were together for 13 YEARS. That’s a long time to be best friends with someone, even if it’s a person! So I guess I felt like I just needed a way to finally release all of the emotions I was feeling inside. It turns out that it’s actually helped quite tremendously! And I’m not just talking about me either, others have come up to me after buying the book and have told me that Scarlett’s story has really helped them process their grief, or they bought it for a friend who was going through the same thing and how much it really helped their friend. And this is just the adults! I also know that sometimes it’s hard for adults to explain certain things to their children, and I was hoping that The Tail of Scarlett would be able to aid in that in some way.
If you could be the original author of any book, which one would you choose?
I LOVE J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, so I think if I had to pick it would be that.
 
What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?
I have to pick just one? Hehe. There are actually quite a few book-to-movie adaptations out there that I think are quite decent. But if I absolutely had to pick one to put at the top of my list it would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, every time I go back and read the book I can’t help but hear Gregory Peck’s voice every time Atticus speaks in the book. His performance gives me chills every time.
 
 
And finally, what are you working on now?
Right now, I am slowly but surely working on another children’s book. This time it will be an animal alphabet book, but because I do volunteer work at a zoo, it might not be the typical animals that you are probably used to seeing. I tend to enjoy animals that are more of what I call “the obscure variety.”
 
Thanks for taking the time for this Gail! Anything you would like to say or plug?
Well, the most prominent feature of the book is Scarlett’s tail (hence the name) which makes an appearance throughout the entire book. The same goes for her real life counterpart. And if you notice throughout the book, Scarlett’s tail, no matter what she is doing, is ALWAYS wagging, because that’s just the kind of dog she was. So, I guess I would like to just say, “always keep your tail waggin’!”
You can check out Gail Ledford here…

 

An Interview with A.C. Efverman (Author of Game)

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Swedish crime fiction author A.C. Efverman was born in Stockholm, year 1972. She lived and worked in many countries before she finally settled in Australia in 1996. During her time of travel she saw and experienced a lot – in one horrific moment she had a gun pointed at her head. She writes from her experience of being a victim of crime, as well as drawing from her extensive imagination, plus many hours’ research of real life murderers, police procedures and forensic data. Her novels contain the same main characters and the stories are set in her adopted home town Sydney. A.C. Efverman is also an artist – she is a graduate of Stockholm School of Arts – and she utilizes her artistic view of the world in her writing. Her books are available world wide in both English and Swedish.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I have always written stories since I was a child; I started out by writing novellas and poetry. I then started reading books by Agatha Christie when I was about eight years old and I also read real life crime stories in my grandmother’s lifestyle magazines at about the same age – and looking back at it, I think that this sparked my interest in crime fiction. I started writing many novels when I was in my late teens, but at that time I had started travelling the world, so I left many unfinished manuscripts in my wake… and it wasn’t until I had settled in Australia that I finished writing a crime fiction novel – a book that was published in Sweden year 2002.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

When I have a deadline I keep a strict schedule of when I write and do my research – when I don’t have a deadline; the time spent writing is more scattered…

What genre are your books?

Crime fiction / Mystery / Thriller.

I understand you are a Swedish author. Is the Swedish market any different than the English?

Yes the Swedish market differs from the English speaking market in my opinion. Swedish readers grow up with Scandinavian Noir (like I did) and they are more open to the cold and realistic way us Swedes tell a story.

Is it difficult to translate your own books?

No it’s not difficult, as I know my stories inside out – but it’s very time consuming.

What inspired you to settle down in Australia?

I travelled the world by myself for six years and worked and lived in many countries – Australia was my favourite country of them all and I when came back to Sydney in 1996 I met my husband. You can work out the rest…

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I start with an idea of a plot – and from there the story grows constantly in the back of my mind.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

For me it was natural to write a book series – I have created characters that need to live on. I do have an idea for another story that wouldn’t involve my main characters, but that book will have to written further down the line as I’m completely immersed in this series for now.

Can you tell me about the time you were held up at gunpoint?

I came to Australia for the first time in 1994 – and I landed in Perth. A few days after I had arrived, I went to the beach – it was a windy mid-week day and there was no one else on the beach. In fact, it was so windy I had to take shelter among the sand dunes; and I had been sitting there for a while reading, when I looked up and saw that a young man was running down a sand dune towards me. I remember thinking that he was good looking and that it was odd that he was running straight towards me but he wasn’t looking at me. When he reached me he still didn’t look at me, but he took a gun from his shorts pocket and held it to my head. I just froze in sheer terror and fright. But then the guy turned his head slightly and stared at something behind me and I turned my head and saw that a middle aged man was jogging towards us on the beach. The guy then put the gun back in his shorts pocket, turned his back on me and ran up the sand dune. I sat there and watched his back until he was gone and then I ran down on the beach, but the middle aged man was gone; there was no one there – so I kept running on the beach until I reached a kiosk; where I asked the man who was working there if I could use his phone to call the police. The police came and they took me in their car, cruising the area to look for the man – but he was nowhere to be seen, so they took me to the police station where I gave descriptions of both the young man and the middle aged man. The police then told me that both of these men were suspects in a string of rapes that had been committed under gun threat in the local area! I suppose that the middle aged man had jogged on the beach towards us to warn his partner that someone else was coming – but I can’t be sure of this, or why the men didn’t carry out their attack on me; and I never will know.
I left Perth a few days later, feeling lucky to have escaped unharmed. A few years later I heard on the news that young women had started going missing in that same area in Perth and it was later revealed that they were victims of a serial killer – a killer that still hasn’t been caught… With all the research I do on serial killers, I know that most of them start out as serial rapists and I have a disturbing thought that I could have ended up in a shallow grave in Perth if the timing had been different…
I will say this though: this experience – and other experiences I have had the misfortune of experiencing whilst travelling – have taught me what it feels like to be a victim – and I recall these feelings when I write about the victims in my books.

Ever thought about branching out into other genres?

No, I write crime fiction only. It’s a genre that I love: both reading and writing.

What are your ambitions for the future of your writing career?

I plan to write more books in my series ‘DS Morgan Callaghan’ – and I can’t wait to see what else happens to my characters! And, as I mentioned earlier; I have an idea for a different kind of book – but it’s still crime fiction.

Favorite movie adaptation of a book?

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer – both the book and the movie were outstanding!

If you like what you have heard, and why wouldn’t you, you can check out  A.C. Efverman and pick up her new book here…

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14391148.A_C_Efverman