Interview with Author Clayton Graham

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Interview with Clayton Graham

1) Tell us a little bit about how you got into writing.

I have written intermittently for many years and always loved Science Fiction. As retirement approached I thought that would be a good time to get serious!

It’s our connection with the rest of the universe which fascinates me. Science Fiction has been with me since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the cobbled back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. I treasured the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham – well before many were made into films.

2) What was the inspiration behind Milijun?

I wanted Milijun to explore how humanity would react when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It’s a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course, we are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance.

Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.

I trust the book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. The story challenges the reader to contemplate our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).

3) What was it like to fuse the science fiction drama with the complex theme of spirituality?

In a word, fascinating. Humans have always searched for the meaning of life. The idea that, like humans, intelligent alien life will more than likely have a spiritual side is worthy of consideration. We have developed our spirituality through thousands of years. We are growing closer to understanding it, and where our place is in the universe. An advanced alien society will have progressed much further – for example, maybe they will have proven the existence of the afterlife, or maybe they will have entered other dimensions. Anything is possible – we should not deride anything even if it’s outside our comfort zone.

4) What is more important to you when writing: developing plot or creating characters?

Because I love Science Fiction, the plot intrigues me most. And I love plots which interlink with the paranormal or the supernatural [which can be the natural we have yet to discover]. Dialogue is driven by the characters and is probably the easiest to compile – I just let it flow as I believe it would in real life, bearing in mind the people and events involved.

Scene description I spend a lot of time on, and is probably the area which is revised the most.

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5) What social media site has been the most helpful for reaching your audience?

To be honest there is not that much out there beyond the obvious players. My primary focus has been on Facebook and I am just starting on Google Plus. Currently I do not do Twitter but I do rely on Book Bloggers and several Book ‘Clubs’. If anyone knows of any efficient media they are more than welcome to contact me at my website.

6) If you were to come face to face with one character in Milijun, who would it be and what would you ask them?

I would choose Laura Sinclair – an ordinary mother, really – until she encounters mysterious events!

The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?

Based on that, I would ask Laura two questions.  What are her true feelings towards Major General Sebastian Ord? What does she think she is escaping to?

Knowing Laura, the answers would not be simple!
7) What advice would you give to aspiring writers out there?

We can start with the obvious one – read your genre. Don’t start to write before reading, that’s like running before you can walk. If you have done your reading, and you have the urge to write, just write and see what comes out. Never throw anything away – a lot easier now with the advent of computers.

Also keep a pencil and pad on your bedside table. Quite often you will wake up with an idea, a thought, maybe just a sentence or phrase, or even a piece of dialogue. Scribble it down, file it somewhere safe.

Also don’t release your book too soon. Check out marketing options and maybe get some reviews, but don’t be a slave to them.
8) What are your future plans/upcoming projects?

I am working on ‘Saving Paludis’ at the moment, which is set in the year 3898 AD, some one hundred and forty light years from Earth. This story is totally different to MILIJUN, but with the same elements of action, technology and the paranormal. It also includes some romance.

It explores the links between an alien culture and mankind, interplanetary economics, military force and power. It also asks the question: what happens when a culture concentrates on a single purpose-driven technology over a period of hundreds of years?

Web Site: http://claytongraham.com.au/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/claytongrahamauthor/

Authors Show Radio Interview: http://claytongraham.com.au/authors-show-interview/

YouTube Trailer:  https://youtu.be/d_0Na9Zu8JE

 

SALES AND REVIEW LINKS:

GOODREADS:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28525954-milijun?from_search=true

AMAZON:      viewBook.at/Milijun

APPLE:     https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/milijun/id1071758740?mt=11

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/milijun-clayton-graham/1123213251?ean=9780994495600

 

The Book Depository [Australia]:

http://www.bookdepository.com/milijun-Clayton-Graham/9780994495600

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Milijun by Clayton Graham Book Review

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Milijun by Clayton Graham Book Review

Reviewers Note: “I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.”

An alien threat will test one mother and her quest to protect her teenage son in Milijun by Clayton Graham. Showing an alien incursion and
analyzing philosophical questions involving spirituality and the lengths a parent will go to for their children. Here is the official synopsis:

It is Australia in 2179. On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials
endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation
of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility. Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the
Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous
armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm. What follows tests
the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of
her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible. All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn
children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …

This book does an excellent job of fusing futuristic sci-fi storytelling with themes of spirituality and questioning mankind’s place in the
universe. The struggle for Laura to hold onto some sense of normalcy while the world around her begins to get more complicated and more chaotic
is a great way to humanize such an epic science fiction adventure. Exploring a future version of Australia, this book features creepy,
mysterious aliens and government operatives with hidden agendas all their own. As the story progresses, the audience will be on the edge of their
seat as they must ask themselves: are the aliens invaders, or friends?

This was a well written sci-fi thriller with complex, developed characters, profound themes that need to be explored, and an exciting plot that
continuously keeps the reader on edge as they read through this layered story. By the end of the story, readers will be confronted with a shocking
end, one that can either be seen as the beginning of a journey, or the end of one. You must decide for yourselves. Be sure to check out Clayton
Graham’s Milijun, available for purchase now!

Rating: 9/10

Guest Post: Cine-Books

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Hey guys!

I have an exciting post for you all. A company reached out to me and asked me to post a guest post, and I thought this would be a great article
for you all to read. I will be including pictures, the article and a link to the official YouTube trailer for the company. I hope you guys will
enjoy this post.

Author Anthony Avina

 

CINE-BOOKS — read, listen and even watch books!

 It is believed that the age of books is over. This is partly true. The Internet readily provides almost any information you can imagine. You don’t need a dictionary to translate a single word, and there’s no more need to keep a collection of encyclopedias at home. Entertaining websites, social networks, TV and cinema gave a good thrashing to fiction, but the fight is not over yet. The CINE-BOOKS Company decided to bring a new life to the book-reading.

 

Do you sometimes find yourself thinking that a book was much better than its movie adaptation? The major advantage of books today is their capacity for information and display of authors’ unique styles. An average book holds much more content than a movie. Author’s description of some location could be much more interesting than just a view of a mountain or forest in a movie. At the same time movies involve us in the story in the easiest way. We can behold everything from behind without any necessity read and imagine what’s going on.

Thus the question of marrying the new visual technologies and advantages of the traditional book reading remained open until recently. The CINE-BOOKS Company is going to move literature to the next level and make it competitive to other modern kind of entertainment.

Every book is adapted entirely and literally. There are no more cuts and directing errors like in general movie adaptations. Absolutely every piece of a story in cine-books is enriched with cinematic animated illustrations. They seamlessly merge with the text creating an organic flow, rather than selectively illustrating the fragments of the plot.

 

The company holds a full cast of film crew and hire professional actors to illustrate each cine-book. Every frame that appears before the eyes of a cine-reader is directed with exactly the same requirements as a Hollywood movie. Сostumes, makeup, scenery — everything is selected in full compliance with the author’s description. Both location shooting and green screen technology are used to create a spectacular and realistic cine-books. Afterwards the footage  gets processed by the 3D artists and animators who bring the image to its final quality.

 

You can READ cine-books like regular written stories illustrated with cinematic quality photos on each page. LISTEN to them as audio-books with professional voice-acting, background audio and musical inserts. Or even WATCH them just like movies with dynamic animations and special effects that breathe new life into every story!

 

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Many innovators are eager to create something radically new, but in this case their efforts are not appreciated. The reading audience holds to traditions. Cine-books are an organic blend between the classic book reading experience and the cutting-edge technologies, perfected with the highest standards of quality during all stages of production. Once a heavy leather-bound volume with color illustrations was a source of great pride for its owner. Today, cine-books are ready to take over the torch. Cine-books bring the best experience and total immersion wherever you are — on the road or at home, alone or with family. Cine-book format makes reading more fun without sacrificing quality or depth!
Visit cine-books.com to learn more and support this ambitious startup.

 

 

Cine-books trailer: https://youtu.be/Z1NyEb0BeNQ

 

Interview with Author K. Hanson

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Interview with Author K. Hanson

1) Tell us about the inspiration behind The Azrael Initiative.

I’ve always enjoyed the books of Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, and other thriller writers. I love the idea of writing books that tackle modern issues, so I wanted to start a series of books that does just that. The Azrael Initiative is also about taking a normal person and turning her into someone who would willingly head into dangerous situations, such as being dropped into Syria to fight ISIS. As the series progresses, the events of this first book will prepare her for new dangers.
2) Why do you think it was important to tackle such a complex subject like terrorism and specifically the threat of ISIS?

I appreciate books that challenge me and make me want to learn more about a topic. I wanted to use The Azrael Initiative as an opportunity to challenge the reader to think about terrorism and ISIS from the perspective of someone who is on the ground and in the fight. I also wanted to highlight the fact that just as many Muslims are victims of their hateful acts as non-Muslims are. I hope that The Azrael Initiative inspires readers to pick up a nonfiction book or two on the topic of terrorism to learn more.
3) What made you want to get into the world of writing?

What got me into writing was actually me desire to make my own video games. For a long time, I’ve had story ideas for games floating around in my head. Unfortunately, to make those games the way that I want to, I would need to hire more people to help me, and that requires money. Eventually, I realized that while I couldn’t make games alone, I could write the stories myself. From the moment I made that realization, I studied some books on novel writing, outlined my first story, and got into hammering out the rough draft.
4) What social media sites have been the most helpful with developing your readership?

For me, I think Facebook has been the most helpful, though I’m still working improving my Twitter game and learning how to use Goodreads effectively.
5) What matters most to you when writing: developing plot or creating characters?

I actually give equal weight to developing an engaging plot and creating interesting characters. An exciting journey is important, but I also need someone memorable to go on that journey. There also needs to be an internal journey that matches the external events in the story. Story events should change characters and what they learn should be on display with how they act.
6) What are your future/upcoming plans? Any plans to continue with the Kayla Falk series?

Right now, I’m working on editing the first novel in a fantasy series. This book is titled Storm Raven and features a pirate captain who stumbles into magical abilities. Once I’m done editing that book and while I’m waiting for beta readers to get through Storm Raven, I plan on starting the second book in the Kayla Falk series, which will focus on the issue of human trafficking within the United States.

Website: http://khansonbooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KHansonBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/khansonbooks
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16149902.K_Hanson
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Azrael-Initiative-Kayla-Falk-Book-ebook/dp/B01NAGQQ2F

MOM | Her Voice Is My Voice

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MOM | Her Voice Is My Voice

Hello everyone. You guys have been watching me on YouTube and reading my blog posts as I document my life as an author, whether that’s through daily vlogs, tag videos, short films or my semi-weekly writing podcasts.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to make this video/blog post.

My writing, my journey, and my voice are not just my voice. My voice comes from the strongest, most loving woman I know: my mom.

I know to some out there this will be seen as either corny or childish, but I think a big part of life should be honoring and cherishing those closest to you, whether that’s a parent or a friend or a significant other. I have an incredible mother who has supported me my entire life and whose strength gives me the courage to pursue my dreams. She has risen above hardships and struggles galore to pursue her own dreams, and despite impossible odds she goes out and does the things she’s most passionate about.

My mother has struggled with disabilities her whole life. I do not want to get into detail how many illnesses she suffers from but suffice it to say she lives with pain every moment of every day. I know because I have inherited several diseases genetically from her, and can feel some of the pain she feels. It breaks my heart to see her like that.

However I am encouraged and overjoyed to see her push herself day in and day out. Not only has she taken on the mantle of caring for our family, who struggles with our own health daily, but she has pursued her passion for photography. In just a few short years she has become one of the most amazing photographers I’ve ever seen, dedicating herself to learning camera techniques and editing lessons to make her photos truly beautiful.

My mother has taken this passion of hers and has begun to build a family photography business, teaching us photo techniques and even inspiring me to want to learn more about videography and improve my video shooting style. Despite the pain she pursues this passion with a zeal and confidence that inspires me to pursue my own dreams. More than anything, I see the joy and happiness it brings her, and when I see her smile as she is on a shoot, I know that because of her example, I can find that happiness as well.

My mother is not just one of the most inspiring women I know, but one of the most inspiring human beings I’ve ever met. Through her, she has shown me a life where I am free to make my own decisions, and has given me the tools to become a better human being. My passion for equality in all things, whether it’s race, gender or sexual identity, comes from her. My passion for creativity through books comes from her. My sense of
humor and belief in hope and romance comes from her. My voice is her voice, and her voice is my voice. I am me because she is my mom. Mom, I love you. Thank you for being the influence I need in my life.

Thank you guys for checking out this post. In honor of International Women’s Day, tell me about a woman who inspires you. Leave your comments down below. If you enjoyed this blog post I hope you will follow/subscribe to my blog and follow me on my journey. I will also include the link to my new video on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs, and if you guys enjoy it I hope you will subscribe to my channel as well. Your support means the world to me everyone. Thank you to all of the amazing, strong and inspirational women in the world who make me want to be a better person. Especially to my amazing mother.

 

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The Helper by M.N. Snow Book Review

An emotional story of hope, love and the power to help, and what people do with that power. That is how I would describe The Helper, a fantastic
novel written by author M.N. Snow that explores the story of three people with unique abilities that allow them to help others, and the
complicated lives they lead because of it. First, here is the official synopsis:

A tale that combines contemporary, speculative fiction with an ambiguous spirituality. The book explores relationships between lovers, friends,
families, and what Powers of Good there may be.

John Sloan is an ex-Marine with a life-long secret that is haunting him. He is a conduit to a healing light that draws him to people on the
brink of emotional disintegration, people who are then healed and Helped by this light. His blue-collar world is shattered when he finds that
his connection to this anonymous portal has vanished. He is alone, seemingly beyond aid, and in desperate need of a Helping himself.

The book tracks the intersecting lives of John and two other Helpers. His lifelong friend Dusty Hakalla is a mixed-blood Ojibwe, with a secret
of his own. His power to Help is remarkable, but was once destructively misused. A career Marine, his scarred childhood and momentary abuse of
power have left him jaded and bereft. Deena Morrison, also a Helper, is John’s girlfriend. Adopted as an infant, she flees John to find her
birth-mother, while carrying within herself her own secret. Another character shadows their lives as narrator, Nan’b’oozoo, the trickster god of
Ojibwe legend—at times sarcastic and petulant, at others insightful and humorous.

The novel travels from the gritty Lake Superior port-cities and Indian Reservations of northern Wisconsin to the Jewish neighborhoods of North
Miami Beach, Florida—from Parris Island to the war zones of Kuwait and Afghanistan.

The story of John, Deena and Dusty is packed full of emotional stories that jump back and forth through time thanks to the narrative storytelling
of the narrator. Watching these characters grow up separately in very different circumstances, and seeing their very different approaches to the
gift of Helping was gripping to read. This is an incredibly well-written story, that often reminded me of the same storytelling style of
Stephen King, creating eloquent plot lines with realistic characters that spoke of the various types of people you’d expect to meet in these
places and time periods written about in the book. Getting to see the impact this force of good has on these individuals, and getting to see protagonist
John give so much of himself to others, only to discover he is the one in need of Helping once his power seems to disappear, taking pieces of
himself slowly and painfully as well.

Analyzing the impact of war, racism, violence and the struggle to remain good in a world that constantly threatens to overwhelm people with evil
and darkness, The Helper is a phenomenal read that deserves to be read. The passion that this story is told with showcases a strong command
over the narrative, and author M.N. Snow showcases a talent that is too bright not to be recognized. Filled with romance, friendship and the
constant struggle to remain good, this is a powerful book that everyone should get, so be sure to pick up your copies of M.N. Snow’s The Helper
now!

Rating: 10/10