Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Ripple in Space Time Blog Tour

Today, I’m pleased to turn my blog over to S.F. Chapman, author of Ripple in Space Time, for a wonderful guest post. Sit back and enjoy a beverage from bar.


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SF’s Car Service and Storymobile S F Chapman January 30, 2013

One of the big perks of being a freelance writer is that I generally work at home. Since I often have nervous bursts of creative energy in the middle of the night, I don’t have to dash across town to an office to channel it into something useful. I wrote much of my latest novel The Ripple in Space-Time at 3 in the morning on the big blue sofa in my living room.

I’m not confined to a fixed schedule either. This means that I have free slivers of time during the day to tend to other matters.

In the last few months I’ve taken to driving my elderly parents to various doctors appointments and social functions. Both have significant medical problems that make traveling difficult. I call my excursions with them “SF’s Car Service.”

My mom sits in the front seat while I drive. She’s a wonderful storyteller and often shares tales of her 81 years of funny moments, adventures and mishaps.

She recently told me of her family’s ill-conceived effort during World War II to raise rabbits for food in the backyard of their suburban house. Meat was scarce then and a few industrious neighbors were tending to chickens and ducks to makeup for the shortages.

So my grandfather got a hold of a few bunnies and the family set to work with raising them. Unfortunately my mother, who was then an especially empathic eleven-year-old, fell in love with the cuddly little fur balls. They all had names and elaborate back stories few months later when it came time to slaughter them. With big sad eyes my mother conceived my grandfather to spare the rabbits.

They had no meat but they had plenty of cute pets for the rest of the war.

My ancient parents aren’t the only people who use SF’s Car Service. My lively and gregarious teenage daughter is a regular rider as well.

She’s an excellent student and admirable athlete making her way through high school. She is also a very good storyteller.

When she was 5, she recently admitted, she boosted herself up onto the kitchen counter like a tiny superhero, wriggled past the stove and stretched precariously sideways to get to the topmost cabinet. There she retrieved a big bag of flour. The little rascal then secretly set to work making muffins for the family. The problem was that she had no idea of how to accomplish her culinary goal. The final results were sticky burned misshaped lumps and a pint-sized flour-covered superhero.

I’ve particularly enjoyed this recent storytelling in the eons-old verbal tradition and it all takes place in SF’s Car Service and Storymobile.


S.F. CHAPMAN

S F Chapman has done it all. He spent 4 years as a truck driver, 8 years as a scientific glass blower and 20 years as a building contractor. He’s a computer geek, handyman, music lover and relentless tinkerer.
But he is most excited about his latest endeavor. In the next five years, Chapman plans to release 12 books. His first, I’m here to help, launched on July 1, 2012. His next release is the science fiction detective tale The Ripple in Space-Time due out on February 1, 2013.
Born in Berkeley, Chapman is a California boy for life. He grew up on the Pacific coast and has spent the last 54 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He’s the third of twelve children, born to an endearing stay-at-home mother and traveling salesman father during the 1960s Space Race.
While working on his liberal arts degree at Diablo Valley College, Chapman chose mostly classes in the English Department, focusing on science fiction literature, composition and short story writing. He generated nearly a dozen short stories in two years and considers that period to be the beginning of his writing career.
S F's six works so far are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of Floyd 5.136, Xea in the Library and Beyond the Habitable Limit; the science fiction detective story entitled The Ripple in Space-Time, the literary novella I’m here to help and the general fiction tale of death and destruction called On the Back of the Beast. He is currently alternating between two entirely different writing projects; the first is a rough and tumble literary novel about homelessness called The Missive In The Margins and the second is a science fiction detective squeal to The Ripple in Space-Time dubbed Torn From On High.
He is the proud papa of a 19-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.
S F's huge gray male tabby cat keeps him company while he writes and was the inspiration for Striped Cat Press.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

BOOK OF PAUL REVIEW

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"Everything you've ever believed about yourself...about the description of reality you've clung to so stubbornly all your life...all of it...every bit of it...is an illusion."
In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure "beyond all imagining"-- an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will...and attaining eternal life.
When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book's occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.
The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul's clutches and Martin's destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul's sinister legacy. Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn't be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe--the Maelstrom.
A best-selling novel, The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

My thoughts:

The premise of the book intrigued me and this lurked in my TBR pile for a while whereas I was taunted regularly by some unknown deity that informed me I must read it. When I started reading the book, I almost put it down, the change of perspective drove me nuts but I decided not to give up and read it and it flowed from there. I had to read it from a metaphysical perspective. There is a lot of arcane knowledge dispersed numerous times in the book so if you are not into occult manuscripts it’s probably not your cup of tea and will go over your head. There are a lot of S & M references so if you are easily offended by that, perhaps this isn’t your book to read or mayhap you have a morbid fascination with the macabre that you aren’t yet aware. Either way, read at your own risk.

The use of the tarot deck really fascinated me because I’m a tarot reader as well. There are surreal thoughts that occur whilst reading the cards that were noted in the book as well and I definitely can relate to that as it happens to me quite frequently.

I gave this book 5 fairies for the amazing story weave created by Richard Long. I would recommend this to occult enthusiasts and those who are in the S & M lifestyle.

If you are a tarot reader, it will interest you as well. There is a broad audience that could potentially enjoy this book.

I love forward to reading more of this mind blowing saga.

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Richard Long

Richard Long is the author of The Book of Paul and the forthcoming young-adult fantasy series The Dream Palace. He lives in Manhattan with his wonderful wife, two amazing children and wicked black cat, Merlin.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

S.P. CLOWARD AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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Did you always want to be a writer? If so, what medium did you start with? Poetry, Short Stories, Novellas, Novels??

- I have always wanted to be a writer of some sort, and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories. I really started writing seriously in high school for the school paper. After that I wrote a number of short stories and even began a couple of other novels prior to completing and publishing AfterLife.

What was the inspiration for your book, Afterlife?

- AfterLife originated from a dream I had about being a zombie. The concept of telling a story from the zombie’s perspective appealed to me. It evolved into the Mortui concept that is presented in the book.

Who is your favorite author??

- It’s difficult to pinpoint a single author as my favorite. I love to read and there are so many good books and writers out there. But if I have to name a couple, some authors who’s books I have enjoyed are George Orwell, Bruce Coville, Lloyd Alexander, J. K. Rowling, Orson Scott Card, and Dan Brown.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

-I enjoy reading both Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Although we live in the “real” world, there is something about escaping to worlds that are very different from our own that makes these stories compelling and exciting. I guess we all have our own means of escapism – mine is reading and writing.

Did you ever experience a major life changing event that impacted your writing?

-No, I don’t think there’s any single event that has impacted my writing. But I do believe that every person we meet and every occurrence or experience we have in life does impact who we are – just as how we deal with those individuals and experiences determine what we will become and how we think and look at the world around us. So in that way all life experiences have made me who I am as a person and thus had an effect on my writing.

If you could be any book genre, which one would you choose and why?

-I would be Fantasy. Fantasy worlds can have stories that are dramatic, comedic, suspenseful, and action packed all within imaginative settings that can’t be found anywhere in our everyday lives.

Name a song(s) that define(s) you as a writer.

-That would have to be “Life of Saturdays” by Dexter Freebish. It’s a song about visiting great places and experiencing life to its fullest. It is through my writing that I hope to transport readers to fantastic places to experience amazing things.

If the world was on the edge of extinction, how would you survive??

-I would retreat into the wilderness with my family, practice my farming and hunting skills, and try to survive off the grid. Of course, there is always the option of joining that secret government space colonizing mission.

What advice would you give to other aspiring writers like myself??

-Writing is about expressing yourself. Editing is about making what you write relatable and interesting to your readers. Both are important. I feel that a writer has to open up during the writing phase and just let go. But don’t forget to go back and edit or have someone else edit for you after.

What other projects do you have on the horizon??

- I’m working on the second book of the AfterLife series and I hope to have it out by the end of 2013. I also have a few other books in the works, one is a science fiction novel and the other is the first book in a fantasy series, but release dates are still to be determined.

Tell us about 5 books that changed your life in some way??

-“Anthem” by Ayn Rand taught me to think for myself.

“A Separate Piece” by Shel Silverstein taught me how to love.

“Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn taught me to look at mankind’s relationship to the planet in a new way.

“1984” by George Orwell taught me the importance of remembering history and the past to prevent others from re-writing it to fit their agenda.

The “Harry Potter” books by J. K. Rowling showed me that if you have a good story and tell it right, you can make the entire world want to read seven whole books just to find out how it all ends.

If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why??

-I think being in Europe during the time of the Renaissance would be an extremely exciting prospect. There was so much innovation in the arts and science at a time when the people of the world were searching for change and growth. There were also a number of great people that lived during that period who we still respect today.

And a fun one, what would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse?

-The best way to beat zombies is to play dead. If you can’t beat them, join them. Of course, I’m more worried about a Mortui apocalypse.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

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