Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies by WOLFGANG EDWARDS


At the University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies meddling with unknown powers can be dangerous work. Courses in arts and sciences experiment with supernatural forces to solve the mysteries of the universe, but when school projects go awry, the students may discover more than they would like to about the madness of the cosmic 'Beyond'. Eight interwoven stories follow students whose school work, social lives and inner demons crash together, leading to fantastic and horrible experiences, supernatural powers, and a fuller understanding of the dark depths of their world. Classes include subjects such as time travel, alchemy, oneironautics , psychedelic transformation, rogue automatons, cosmic ghosts, reality-warping crystals, and more. Inspired by many authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror, including H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut and Isaac Asimov. Buy on Amazon / Nook / Book Baby Wolfgang Edwards was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1987. He has been an aspiring writer since he was a child and intends to keep writing the rest of his life.

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EXCERPT
        The cascade of rain gushed from the sky, a cyclopean waterfall. Tornado-strength wind shrieked, ripping at my clothes. Veins of white lightning cut closer through the darkness, rumbling thunder overtaking the wind.
            For a long, mad moment I knew nothing but the din of the storm. I temporarily parted ways with the corporeal world, glimpsing the void realm of pure, unfettered confusion Beyond.
            I was possessed by a daemon I had known all my life.
            No spiritual entity or higher being, no religious visitation or ghostly apparition – it was the dark, sable soul hidden in a secret pit, burrowed in my own heart. My morbid, passionate, macabre, lascivious side. The nyctophiliac who made love to the shadows of the night with gnawing teeth and tender hands. The creature that howled at the moon and raised a drink to toast Death. The artist who found poetry in the hollow eyes of a skull, whose very blood radiated creativity in the midst of a storm.
            That soul – subdued and smothered with schedules and chores, plans and rules – was free atop that grotesque lightning rod.
            Whether there is any form of fate to this world none can say for certain – though the results of my misadventures would prove there are indeed some things beyond scientific reckoning. Yet luck, at least, played a part that night. My provocation did not entice the daemon of the storm to descend upon me in my moment of madness. Before the devil of lightning had the chance to find me and accept my challenge, an unexpected change of heart swept over me from the most peculiar source.
            A lull in the thunder and bellowing wind brought silence to the storm. The splashing din of the rain faded so low that my ears picked up the faintest notes of something terribly alien to that dark and vicious scene; Music floated up from beneath my demented perch and with it, a wisp of sweet mastic. The haunting scent and sweet melody struck me so intensely that I nearly lost my grip upon the daemonic weathervane.
            In that instant the madness within me found some modicum of control, a marriage between Order and Chaos, a colossal flood funneled into a manageable river of roaring energy.
            Rather than wait for the storm to regain strength or for Death to find me – its once eager sacrifice – I hastily slipped and crawled back down to the ladder from whence I came, heading directly for the source of the quixotic music.
            With every rung the dark side of my heart built toward something like direction, focus.
            A violin’s sweet, sorrowful notes glowed out from where the mysterious blue light emanated in the belfry.
            Reentering the tower I took the door to the belfry and halted at a sight I shall never forget; a vision to change my life forever.


Wolfgang Edwards was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1987. He has been an aspiring writer since he was a child and intends to keep writing the rest of his life.

Spotlight and Interview/ The Magician;s Workshop by Christopher Hansen & J.R. Fehr 

About the Books:

The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
Published by: Wondertale, California
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
ISBN: 1-945353-11-2
ASIN: B01MQGHGBH
Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
Ages: 12 and up.
Length: 85,000 words / 290 pages


Book Links:
Amazon * Goodreads


Synopsis:
Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

1) I love Magicians, have you ever seen a famous Magician live? We saw David Copperfield years ago, it was fascinating! You created a whole world of them, was that difficult?

At first glance the Magicians in our book are not at all like magician’s like David Copperfield. All of the people in this world have the same magical ability. Everyone can create what we call projections. The magicians are the people who have the most talent with these magical abilities.  


2) What sort of research was needed to create the magical powers for each character?

The magic in our book is not like any kind of magic we know of. Thus we couldn’t do any traditional research on it. Instead we spent many hundreds, if not thousands, of hours creating this new magic for the book. We looked at it from every angle we could think of. We labored to figure out what could be done and what could not. We had to figure out what a world that was based on this magic looked like. 
Then, as we figured out the wide variety of magical powers possible in this world we could then start thinking about characters. We wanted to find the magical powers that were the right fit for each character. We tried to make these powers feel like they were a natural outgrowth of that character. 

3) Are there characters with more than one power?

Yes. Lots of them do. 

4) I love mountains you created the islands of O’Ceea are islands your favorite setting in life as well as writing?

Yes, exactly. I love islands and forests, thus you will find both in the book. (I also love mountains, but for some reason they don’t show up as much in my stories.) 

5) I like the idea of the conflict as Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. Is it easier to write the beautiful or the monstrous for you?

What a great question!
Monsters, for me, are easier. But, like Layauna, I want to create beautiful things. This is what another character, Talia, also wants to do, but she has a lot more success at it. Like Talia, this does not come easy for me. It requires a lot of hard work. 
Writing about the beautiful is difficult. It’s easy to lean upon cliches. The emotions need to be far more subtle. Beautiful things are more easily damaged. They also tend to be concocted out of a complex mixture of emotions that need to be formed to just the right taste.  
I do enjoy creating monsters though. There are relatively simple ways to create simplistic monsters, just add claws, sharp teeth, creepy masks, and fireballs. There is a fair amount of this sort of thing in the book. The hope is that it makes a nice contrast with the beautiful. We try to paint with both bright and dark colors. 

6) What is the best part of the writing process?

There are so many, but I will say it's the actual act of writing. To be more specific, one of my favorite things in life is when time disappears while I’m writing. Every so often I discover hours have passed as if they were minutes. In these times writing is effortless, and words flow without friction. 
A second is the ability to create worlds and characters and then to fall in love with them. 

7) What is the hardest part of the writing process?

There are so many things here as well. I will again say the actual act of writing. Finding the right string of words can be tough.





The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
Print Length: 273 pages
Publisher: Wondertale
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
ASIN: B01N988TW7
Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
Ages: 12 and up.


Book Links:
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Synopsis:
Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

About the Authors:

Christopher Hansen

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.




J.R. Fehr

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.




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The University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies

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At the University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies meddling with unknown powers can be dangerous work. Courses in arts and sciences experiment with supernatural forces to solve the mysteries of the universe, but when school projects go awry, the students may discover more than they would like to about the madness of the cosmic ‘Beyond’.

Eight interwoven stories follow students whose school work, social lives and inner demons crash together, leading to fantastic and horrible experiences, supernatural powers, and a fuller understanding of the dark depths of their world.

Classes include subjects such as time travel, alchemy, oneironautics , psychedelic transformation, rogue automatons, cosmic ghosts, reality-warping crystals, and more.

Inspired by many authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror, including H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut and Isaac Asimov.

Buy on Amazon / Nook / Book Baby

Follow on Twitter / Facebook / Blog

Monday, February 20, 2017

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on February 8, 2017

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I absolutely loved how the author wrote this story. This author has always had a unique style of writing and can reel in and capture her audience with her words on paper and this story is no different. This story was so much fun to read!! It was a magnificent mystery full of surprises, and a few giggles, that I didn't see coming, with a remarkable twist to it at the end. The characters were incredible and the story-line was just fantastic. I loved how we got to know the thoughts and feelings of each individual character that played a roll in Bruce's life. I also loved how each ex-wife was a different color in the sculptor's mind and how the death of Bruce brought the whole family together in the end. This was a great work of art and I can say that I believe that this author is a complete genius!! I highly recommend this story to all adults to enjoy!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Character interview. GROWING UP MESSY ~ Paromita Coswami

Title of the book :

 (A Hilarious Coming of Age Series Book1)

Author  : Paromita Goswami

Genre :  Middle School, Teen and YA


1) HOW OLD ARE YOU? 
I am five year old. But that’s just officially. Technically I consider myself almost nine years old. Most of my friends are older to me.

2) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TOY? 
I love playing outdoors with my friends. It’s more fun outside, climbing up the trees or go swimming in the river. But I also yearn for my Talking Doll which Ma will be getting for me soon.

3) WHAT MAKES YOU SO MESSY? 
I am not Messy. It is Raju who teases me by calling me that and I hate him for it. Now all my friends have started calling me Messy. I know I mess up work sometimes but not always.

4) CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? 
Hmm..Can I have both?

5)FAVORITE FOOD? 
I love the langar Tadka Dal and Roti. And of course the tasty Panjiri Prasad which Panditji gives in the temple.

6) FAVORITE COLOR? 
I love blue. All the shades. Especially the clear blue sky in the morning.

 

The Blurb:
Childhood is considered to be the best time of one’s life. What if you get a chance to live it once more with a five-year-old?
Misry, a naughty five-year-old girl, lives with her parents in a B.S.F border outpost near Indo-Bangladesh border. But with no schools and friends she feels very lonely. She tries to befriend some local village kids. But they find her incompetent in their rural antics. They nickname her Messy as most of the time she messes up their plan. Can Misry really be a part of the gang?
Set in the early eighties, join Misry in the adventures of her life.