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 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.






Monday, February 11, 2013




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Book of Paul Review



"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.


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








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


Rachel McClellan

Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!


What/who inspired you to become a writer??
I've always enjoyed writing and wrote all the time, but I never believed I could become an author. Honestly, I didn't think I was good enough, but then a trip to Ireland changed everything. Something there helped me grow a pair of ovaries to just go for it. So I guess you could say Ireland inspired me.

Do you have a favorite genre of book that you like to read/write? If so, why??
I love anything related to the supernatural: urban fantasy, paranormal, horror, etc. Life can be incredibly hard so I like "escaping" to worlds were good triumphs over evil, where a normal person can suddenly be the most important person in the world, where our imagination is pushed to the limits and on and on.

What helping aids do you use to focus when you write? Music?? Nature???
Two things are a must have: Music (dark, moody stuff) and my Alphasmart which is keyboard with four lines of visible text at the top. These two items go everywhere with me.

What character(s) of your book, Fractured Soul do you relate to the most??
Llona and Liam. I want to be the best possible person I can be, but there are times when it’s hard to keep fighting, keep putting on a brave face when you’re struggling inside. I was recently diagnosed with MS so this has come to mean a lot more to me.

What words of wisdom would you like to share with aspiring writers like myself?
If writing really is a passion, you must research everything about it. Stalk agents blogs, study other author’s novels, read books on writing, and encourage, even seek out, criticism of your work. It’s the only way you’ll get better.

How do you visualize your stories?? In pictures?? Conversations? Dreams?
They come to me in pictures, the exact way I’d see them as if on a movie screen. That’s why I like using the Alphasmart. With so few lines of visible text, it prevents me from being tempted to edit as I go. I can write as fast as my fingers can type.

What are your writing goals for the next 5 years??
I want at least one book a year published, which means I need to write a lot. I’d even like to get into screenwriting.

How long did it take you to write Fractured Soul? What/who inspired these books??
It took about six months and then another three to edit it. What inspired me to write this series? I wanted to write something different. I thought of all the supernatural beasties that "exist" in our world. As the little wheels in my brain turned, I thought it would be cool to have a girl who could use light as a power. Then when I overheard someone talking about the aura's surrounding a person, I sort of put the two together. Just like peanut butter and chocolate, it turned pretty good.

If you could have dinner with someone dead or alive, famous or not famous, who would it be and why??
My great, great and so on, great aunt was Mary Surratt, the first woman legally hung in the USA for her role as a conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. She always claimed she was innocent as did a few others. I’d like to know the truth.

Let's do something fun...write something about each of the next 10 words in 10 words or less.

What’s involved with my CrossFit workouts.

Hugh Jackman.

When all my kids get home from school.



Something I’m always striving for.

A very beautiful word.

The most important thing that helps me write.

Tampons rock.

Date night. Or using the bathroom.

Something I used to have before four kids.

If you found yourself on a deserted island, what 10 things would you take and why?
A yacht so I can get off when I feel like my kids might need me.
A TV so I don’t miss any of my favorite shows.
My mattress because I want to be comfortable.
A dirtbike because, um, yeah, so fun.
An Olive Garden so I will always have good food.
My husband so I don’t get “frustrated”.
An Alphasmart so I can still write.
A metal detector so I can find the buried treasure.
Prozac in case I start going all “Lord of the Flies”
A full tool chest so my husband won’t be bored, or more like so he can build me a sweet home.

How do you write your books?? Are you by the seat of your pants writer or do you plot out your books in advance??
A combination of both. I always know the ending before I start any novel. Then from there I’ll plan out the next few scenes ahead of time, but that’s as far as I go when it comes to organization.

And last by not least, if you could time travel what period of the history of future would you go to??
I love the beauty of the Downton Abbey times, but I’d get bored and would be pissed that I couldn’t do dude stuff and have wild adventures. That’s why I like right now. As a woman, I’m not limited to what I can do and experience. I hope it’s still that way in the future, but since I have no way of knowing, I wouldn’t want to go there.

Feel free to any other interesting tidbits about yourself :) Please include your social media links.

Author Bio
Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Brian Palmer & Jason Rowe Interview



Jason Rowe is a published nonfiction writer and journalist, and has been a creative writer professionally for nearly 20 years. Jason first had the vision for the XII saga in 2001 but it was only after sharing the vision with friend and co-worker, Brian Palmer, in the summer of 2008 that the two decided to join creative forces and give birth to this 8-book series including an imagined future earth, a daunting cast of heroes and villains, and the underlying message of the series as a whole.


Brian Palmer has been a creative freelance writer for print and online publications in the music, literary, film and sports worlds since 2004. He graduated with a degree in English and an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Puget Sound in 2000. The XII saga is unlike any creative endeavor he has ever participated in, and it thrills him to no end.




Here is the blurb for the novel:

A century after the world was predicted to end, it was indeed reborn. Under the leadership of the Overseer of New Earth, minds were united, diseases were cured, and the Earth was healed when population centers minimized mankind’s footprint, and the remainder of the planet was turned over to the will of nature. War was eradicated, the world embraced one religion, and the New Era began.
But darkness rises now, mistaken for a mere shadow cast by the bright light of human progress. It is the time of which the ancients foretold. It is the time when all things must end. …It is the time of The Twelve.
Six men and six women representing all creeds and colors are supernaturally gifted, but the unlikeliest of heroes. They are barely adults by the world’s standards, but still they are called.
Only they can stand against the growing darkness – but will they stand together?
XII: Genesis is the first installment of an eight-book series in the Young Adult / New Adult genres. If action excites you, if the supernatural intrigues you, and if love compels you - then you are invited to join The Twelve in their fight against the growing darkness that threatens New Earth!

What inspired you to become a writer??

Brian: I was at a camp in high school, I think it might have been right before my sophomore year in high school, and they were offering a poetry workshop. I tried it out, dug it, and wrote a lot of poetry until I went to college. I majored in English and did my emphasis in creative writing, and after I took my first short story class, I was hooked and knew that writing--specifically short stories and novels--was what I wanted to do.

Jason: My earliest inspiration was my mother who was a writer, media, and creative talent herself. She instilled a love for reading and storytelling in me as soon as I was old enough to read. So my passion for reading led directly to my passion for writing.


What character(s) of your book(s) do each of you most relate to??

Brian: In a way, I think I relate the most to Juan just because he is not boisterous, and tends to be more introspective than anything else. He also has a habit of getting run over in conversations, which has happened to me on a number of occasions in my life.

Jason: I think there is inherently a part of me represented in each if the characters, make and female - but if I had to pick one, Stone is probably the one I identify with most as his personality, temperament, and mannerisms most closely mirror my own.


How do each of you visualize your stories? By dreams? Inner monologue with your characters, dreams, etc.?

Brian: Usually I’ll get some sort of flash in my mind, either while I am awake or sleeping, that sets me to thinking about what could result from that picture. Is this the beginning of the story? The middle? Who are these characters? What sorts of dilemmas are they facing? Then usually it is a process of freewriting to explore the possibilities while attempting to find the characters’ voices. I also try to think of where this story is set, what I know about the area, what I can add to the background so to speak, and then once I have exhausted those ideas, I determine whether or not I am just going to make up locations for the rest of the story to take place in, or try to use actual settings instead.

Jason: My stories always begin with drama or a vision and are then developed through internal monologue, more story immersion-based day dreaming while away from the keyboard, and then ultimately finished and polished through brainstorming or creative feedback.

What is your individual writing rituals? Music?? Silence? Meditation?

Brian: If I’m solo writing then it’s the film scores of Thomas Newman (American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, Road to Perdition, The Adjustment Bureau, Meet Joe Black), or the soundtracks to the Final Fantasy VII, IX and X video games. If Jason and I are Skyping together, that’s a whole other dance entirely! Prayer starts us off in the right direction, and then we hash out the details of whatever scenes we’re writing and pray that we won’t be interrupted too much by our kids!

Jason: I play each scene out in my mind starting at scene one (prologue or chapter 1) before writing it. Then I visualize the next natural step in the story that will most organically, plausibly, and compellingly take it towards the conclusion I have in mind. Because I allow the characters to tell me how they want to get there, I write in silence to better hear their voices. Prayer helps considerably as well.

What inspired you to write & collaborate on XII: Genesis ?

Brian: I’ll defer to Jason on the writing aspect since he had this idea long before he even met me, but as for collaborating, he told me about the idea for the XII Saga and even though it was completely unlike anything I had ever worked on before, I knew I wanted in right away. Even then, four years ago, this story was global in scope and potential, and the challenge of trying to wrap our minds around it all and figure out how we were going to tackle this appealed to me greatly. I was hooked!

Jason: I had the vision for XII many years before meeting Brian. What I envisioned was a dark themed, dystopian future epic with supernatural and heroic elements featuring young and new adults as the heroes. Beyond that, I wanted the story to have a purpose in addition to being compelling entertainment. When Brian and I began to toss around the idea of a collaboration, I shared the XII premise and we knew right away that it was the project with the most teeth and enough content to keep two capable and independent writers sharing the wheel effectively.


If you could be a book genre? Which one would you choose and why??

Brian: Before the XII Saga came around, I would have said that nebulous little thing called literary fiction because that’s what I wrote prior to starting work on this series. Now, I’m siding more with the notion of a supernatural action series like this one!

Jason: I would choose the young adult/new adult genre with a premise pretty much what we've created with XII. There's action, drama, romance, life choices, and using ones unique talents as well as the collaborative strength of partnering with others to overcome evil and leave a positive legacy in the world.


What knowledge do you want to share with aspiring authors like myself??

Brian: Be authentic, be passionate, be dedicated. People will be drawn to the story you write if they can tell you feel like it’s the coolest thing you’ve ever read or written. It doesn’t have to be the next Twilight, it just has to contain a vitality that jumps off the page at the reader in a way that says, “Wow, this author wasn’t just trying to follow a tried-and-true formula to become a National Bestseller, they freaking had the time of their life coming up with this story!” Readers are smart. They can tell if you’re faking it. Don’t fake it!

Jason: I think being a great writer begins with being a passionate reader. You can't make a great cup of coffee if you've never tasted one and writing is just like that. Having good ideas isn't enough. You have to learn the craft through absorbing inspiration from other writers and then honing your craft through the writing process. Too many talented individuals either give up because they don't think they are good enough, or they lack the endurance to stick with it through the long and often daunting process of birthing their story and characters into the world. Be passionate, believe in yourself, and stick to it.


if you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you bring and why??

Brian: A water filtration system, for obvious reasons. A Bible for guidance and peace because that book has helped me through a number of tough situations in my life and I think being stranded on a deserted island would be a pretty tough spot to be in! My laptop complete with a magical battery that could last for many, many years without dying...just in case! And I’ll cheat and say my wife and daughter, that way I wouldn’t be alone.

Jason: My wife because she's my best friend. A MacBook Pro with Word and satellite Internet connection for my writing. A bible for inspiration. A deck of cards for when swimming, body surfing, fishing, and tree climbing aren't entertaining enough, and a homing beacon so that I can be found when I decide its time to return to civilization. :)

What other books do you have to write or be written in the horizon??

Brian: I’ll let Jason handle the XII-related material we have in the works (which will keep us very busy for many, many years), but I also have ideas for smaller-scale projects like the novels and short stories I wrote before this series started. More along the lines of indie dramas. That said, I do have one or two high-concept novel ideas that I am currently fleshing out in my mind, but for right now it’s all systems go with XII!

Jason: We're currently working on book two of the series (there are 8 total). There are a number of nonfiction projects I have in development and another fictional series waiting for XII to be fully established on the best sellers list.


If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead? Who would it be and why??

Brian: Tolkien. I would love to pick his brain about how he became inspired to write the works he did, and I would love to hear what he thinks of how his novels have been portrayed in on film.

Jason: It feels cliché to say it, but Jesus. Not because its the answer I should give as a man of faith but because He was and is the ultimate storyteller and I'm sure I would take away more over a meal with Him than countless meals with anyone else I'm a fan of. People disappoint, Jesus never does.


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

Brian: The 19th Century, just because there was so much going on at the time and so many enormous historical achievements taking place here in America.

Jason: Wow. Just one?!! Probably the 19th Century because it was an amazing period for literature and progress.


How do you write your books?? By the seat of your pants? Or is it plotted out in advance??

Brian: The XII saga is the first instance where I have worked on something that involved plotting. Everything I had worked on before was more of a, “Let’s follow this rabbit down the rabbit hole and see where she goes” type of thing, and to a degree that’s how we began this series. But as time went on and we worked on re-writes, we learned that plotting this sucker out was essential, both to the integrity of the story and to help us keep our sanity!

Jason: I've learned to be more proactive through my professional experiences but I'm a dreamer and would be led by my dreams if I could do it without negative consequence to myself and others.


Here is a twist...in a sentence of 5 words or less, what comes to your mind first??

Brian: No day but today.

Jason: Change the world using words.

Brian: One final note is we are donating one-third of all net proceeds from this ebook to a non-profit organization in Oregon that is working to rescue women and young girls from the sex trafficking trade in Mumbai, India. We both used to work for this non-profit (it’s how we met, actually, and learned that we were kindred spirits in terms of our creative streaks, love of music, films, etc.) and I had the privilege of going to Mumbai in 2011 and seeing firsthand the work that was being done to change lives there, so this is an issue that is near and dear to both of us.