Showing posts with label short story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label short story. Show all posts

Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Son of Waves" by Dylan Tauber


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Son of Waves:
A Screenplay/Short Story
by Dylan Tauber

Son of Waves: A Screenplay/Short Story by Dylan Tauber

Award-winning electronic musician, artist, and author Dylan Tauber stops by today for an interview and to share an excerpt from Son of Waves, available FREE from the author’s website and selected retailers.

Description
A story with original photography, digital art, and illustration, about Son of Waves, 12 Dolphins to save the planet, David The Visionary on the beach in Tel Aviv, a digital messiah, and an internet of Love.

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Excerpt
January 1, 2019:
Earth Soul is in an urgent meeting with the other planets of the solar system.
Earth: I am being destroyed by the very most evolved of my children. I blessed them with abundance, and they filled my oceans with plastic. I blessed them with endless love from every tree and blade of grass, and they cut down my rain forests. I gave them a loving sky with clouds smiling at them, but their scientists and governments made chem-trails trying to change my nature.
I gave them endless abundance, and they spent it on machines of war to kill each other. I am sick. What must I do? The symbiotic relationship I began with The Humans has been corrupted.
Venus: I cry for you my sister.
Mars: I cry for your earthquakes and tsunamis. When will harmony be restored? Must we decree a violent end to Man?
Sun: Enough of violent talk Mars. I spoke with God immediately before this assembly and He smiled. A solution is coming that will bring balance to the solar system.
God has decided to send everything. The Aliens are coming. The human messiah is coming. The digital internet of love is coming. The evil from which earth is suffering will soon be over.
Earth: Thank you great Sun for sending me this good news from the great God of the universe. My suffering will soon turn to love. I will alert my faithful.
Sun: May God bless us all. I will send extra love and light to you all my dear planets. Meeting adjourned.
A pod of 12 dolphins assigned to the coast of Israel dove deep.
The Ocean: I have a message from Gaia. The light has spoken. We will celebrate a healing soon. Spread the word. Swim far and spread the good news.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“Dylan is like no one I've ever come across. His mind exists on a whole different plane. He's written a short script that's a true representation of his unique heart and soul, which I could easily see, in my mind's eye, as the premise for an animated film or more.” ~ Nimisha S.

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Read (or listen to) the story of 21-year-old Son of Waves and his meeting with the new Messiah, David. Learn how, together with a pod of twelve dolphins, the Korean Tae-Kwan-Do team, and a group of Shin Bet bodyguards, they save the world from evil.
This is just a small part of the author’s universe, which you can visit via his multiple websites. He displays a powerful imagination and a depth of compassion for mankind. The book is illustrated with his own photographs and digital art, while the audiobook includes his electronic music and art. This screenplay would make a great short, animated film as a vehicle to spread the message of peace and love. “Love and you will live.”


Interview with the Author
Award-winning electronic musician, artist and author Dylan Tauber joins us today to discuss his latest project, Son of Waves.
For what age group do you recommend your book?
All ages.
What sparked the idea for this book?
The idea of a digital messiah and an internet of love was inspired by a homeless man I photographed on the beach in Tel Aviv.
So, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The story is fiction with autobiographical elements mixed in.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
I wrote this book very quickly - it just flowed as I typed.
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I want to inspire readers to embrace love for each other and the environment/Earth.
How long did it take you to write this book?
1 day.
Wow! What is your writing routine?
I wrote it on my mobile device. It includes my original photography, digital art and, if you read the free ebook on SonofWaves.net, it is accompanied by my original electronic music soundtrack.
How did you get your book published?
I self-published it.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Follow your vision.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I make electronic music - 12 albums for free download here: http://SWStudios.net/music.
What does your family think of your writing?
They like it.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
You can read a press release here: http://sonofwaves.net/press.
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I am hoping to release more electronic music.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Dylan. Best of luck with your future projects.

About the Author
Dylan Tauber
Dylan Tauber is an award-winning electronic musician, digital artist, and author, who has been based in NYC, Jerusalem, Miami, a remote island in the south western Pacific, and now in northern Israel.
Dylan Tauber has been producing music, artwork, and writing since he began his prolific 22 year career in 1996 with the ambitious Double Mirrors anthology, which includes a book, video slide shows, soundtrack, and companion website. The Double Mirrors project evolves years later, as Tauber continues to explore the cyber-spiritual revolution.
In addition to releasing twelve ambient/electronica/trance music albums (all 12 for free download) through his Son of Waves Studios music label, Dylan runs a network of nineteen websites which include an online imaging/photo gallery, and a video archive. This network of websites has reached over 2.5 million pageviews since 1996.
Dylan completed a circle around the planet from 2000-2001, beginning and ending in Israel. He published two books in 2001, and two ebooks in 2013. A picture book of Dylan's photography and digital art was published in 2005.
In 2015, Dylan Tauber completed his eighth album, titled Near Death Experience. Also in 2015, Dylan produced a 9th album titled Dolphin Trance. In 2016, Dylan completed a new 10th album, Dolphin Trance 2, and an 11th album, which is a compilation of all his best songs from 2006-2016 (the second ten-year period of Dylan Tauber’s career). This new project is entirely electronic music with vocals. In October 2017, Tauber released a new 12th album, Sounds from Space, featuring ambient soundscapes, and the vocals of Enlia and Francessca Belisario. A single from this album, “He Loves Carmen Remix (Radio Edit)”, was released in July 2017.
Dylan’s music has been featured on over 65 radio stations since 2013, reviewed in over 40 music publications, and his music video “He Loves Carmen Remix (Radio Edit)” was shown on Channel 98 TV in Israel in December 2017. 11 more Son of Waves Studios music videos were shown on channel 98 TV in Israel in 2018.
Son of Waves: A Screenplay/Short Story by Dylan Tauber, was released on 30 March 2018 for free download. An audiobook was released for this “Son of Waves” screenplay on 17 April 2018, also for free download.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Just Kylie" by Monique Gooch

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Just Kylie
by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. You can get a copy of this short story for only $0.99. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Kylie Bransford was all girl. She loved her long black hair that touched her lower back, and refused to cut it no matter how much her mother pleaded. She wore pink sneakers on the field when she cheered, her room was surrounded by mermaids, and her walls were decorated in pink and purple shades. She was "all" girl. Kylie loved to be on the go and in the know. The only thing that made not only her world, but her heart stop was Myles Russin. Myles was one of the cutest boys in the 8th grade. The night she invited him over to watch television was the night she knew for sure she’d receive her first kiss. Her tongue trailed the braces that shielded her teeth as Myles leaned forward with his eyes closed. With much disdain she pushed him away. Kylie had to come clean and reveal her secret. Kylie Bransford was biological born a boy, but lived as a girl. She just hoped Myles could see past her situation and like her for who she was and not what was in between her legs.

Excerpt
Chapter 1
Kylie
“Just so you know, your friends are watching us,” Myles said with a meek smile, nodding toward the gaggle of girls behind her. Kylie glanced over her shoulder at her friends who were giggling. Kylie sank her teeth into her bottom lip, but closed her mouth quickly, embarrassed by her pink and silver braces. She couldn’t wait to get those things off, but that would be another two years. Kylie raked manicured shaky fingers through her thick raven locks that hung down her back.
She couldn’t believe it. Myles was actually talking to her. Myles Russin, the cutest boy in the 8th grade. Was this what flirting felt like? Her palms began to sweat.
Kylie beamed, practically melting into her locker. “No, they’re just being…goofy. They uh…they think you’re like, really hot.”
Myles turned ten shades of red and smiled a face-splitting grin. She grinned to herself. He couldn’t hide his excitement if he wanted to. “Th-they do?” He glanced at her friends again. They continued to snicker. “Wh-what do you think?”
Me? Well, I think you’re…” Play it cool girl, play it cool. “Okay.”
“Just okay?” Myles chortled.
Kylie suppressed her laugh and glanced down at her pink high top Sketchers. She stole a quick peek at him, and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear, revealing her mermaid stud earrings. Myles was one of the tallest boys in the 8th grade, much taller than she was. His voice was starting to deepen, just like Mrs. Vance taught them in sex-ed class last quarter. Kylie thought he looked like a model or better yet, a movie star. The bell rang snatching her from her trance. She realized she'd been gazing into his hazel eyes. Awkward.
“Um, maybe we can hang out one day.” He cleared his throat as his voice squeaked slightly.
Kylie’s pulse quickened. “Really?”
“Yeah really,” he playfully nudged her shoulder. “I think you’re cool. We should hang out.”
“Okay um, well you could always come to my house to watch TV or something. My mom won’t mind.”
“Cool,” he responded looking down at his feet. The blush in his cheeks gave him away. “Wh-what about this afternoon?”
She immediately pulled out her smartphone. The second bell rang, indicating they had two minutes to be in their seats. “Er—let me text my mom.” She began typing furiously.
“Okay, just let me know.” As he began his journey to class, her phone buzzed. The returning text from her mother said, Absolutely not! I will not be home until 6 o’clock. No boys unless I’m there.
She looked up from her phone and stopped him, “Myles.”
“Yeah?” He turned. His sneakers squeaked against the tile floor.
“My—my mom just texted back.” Kylie stuttered.
“Is it cool?” He looked hopeful and clutched his backpack tighter.
Kylie glanced at her phone again. The words on the screen stared back at her, “Absolutely! It’s totally cool.” She fired off her address and time to meet at her house.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
"Even though this is a short story, it covered a serious topic and one I'm sure is more common than people realize. People need to stop being judgmental and accept people for who they are. (It's a hurt feeling to be teased because you are different.). Take the time to educate yourself about the things you don't understand as the character Myles did in this book. It's good to see a parent support their child the way that Kylie's mother did . Myles proved himself to be a awesome friend in the end." ~ Kindle Customer
"This story has a positive message and could help kids grades 5th-9th have an understanding of what it means to be transgendered, and see transgendered people as what they are, simply other humans with feelings." ~ Amazon Customer
"Usually don't read this type of story, but this was suggested to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the reveal with the boyfriend interest." ~ Amazon Customer

About the Author
Monique Gooch
My name is Monique Gooch, and I make stuff up for a living. Let’s just get "write" into it, shall we? You’re either here, because you’ve read some of my work, heard about me somehow, or you’re a friend/family member OR… you’re in my writer’s group, and wanna know more about me. Regardless how you found me ... ya’ found me and I say ...WELCOME!
I am the author of new adult and adult commercial and contemporary fiction. I also dabble here and there in writing erotica. To put it simply, I write books that I would want to read.
I currently have four short stories self-published online at Amazon. I have two manuscripts written, that are being edited, after that I’ll pitch to an agent. And lastly, I am the host for my own writer’s group in Hermitage, TN called, "Mastering Writing Workshop". It is there that I, along with other writers, help others critique their work to the best of our abilities. The group has been going strong for nearly two years. You can find us on the meetup.com!
I have been writing since I was 10-years-old. I even asked Santa Claus for a typewriter, and guess what? I got one! And I’ve been writing ever since! It is here, you’ll be able to be added to my mailing list to keep up with new projects, and to be notified when new books will be released. And if you’re looking for a beta reader, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

"Wildcat: V. I. Warshawski's First Case" by Sara Paretsky

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Wildcat: V. I. Warshawski's First Case
by Sara Paretsky


Wildcat: V. I. Warshawski's First Case by Sara Paretsky is currently on tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Check out the full list of V. I. Warshawski books here.


Description
Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V. I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.
V. I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age. It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.
With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.
What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous. As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch, Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harm’s way.

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Praise for the Book
"Sara Paretsky is a Grand Master and proves it once again in this novella, this time set in the 1960s when V.I. is just 10 years old and still known as Victoria. Not to be missed, especially by die-hard fans of the V.I. series." ~ DCReader1
"Enjoyed reading about the younger Warshawski and the interaction with her parents and cousin. Kind of wish that there were more background stories prior to her becoming a full-time detective." ~ Mystery fan
"I really enjoyed this introduction to V.I. - so to speak. Being able to see and get to know her mother and father was wonderful! Fun read." ~ hardworker
"Terrific story of a young VI and her family. Good background for later stories." ~ J. Vandegriff
"Despite its brevity, Wildcat is rich in atmosphere. You can feel the anger spew into the sweltering heat, turning neighbors into vicious mobs. The writing is intense and immensely visceral forcing us to feel the emotions of the characters, indeed the emotion of the era." ~ Cozy Up With Kathy

My Review


By Lynda Dickson
Sara Paretsky is the author of eighteen V. I. Warshawski novels. This is the story of her famous detective's first case, when young V. I., then know as Victoria or Vic, is only 10 years old. Set in Chicago in August 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King's visit sparks a race riot in Marquette Park, where Vic's police officer father is on duty. Vic sets out to warn him of impending danger and gets caught up in a murder. She uses lessons learned from her mother to survive by her wits and manages to solve her first case with a bit of help from her trusty Brownie camera - not quite a digital, but it does the trick!
The story includes appearances by her cousin Boom-Boom, her mother Gabriella, her father Tony, and his friend Sergeant Bobby Mallory. An adventurous story in its own right, I'm sure long-standing fans of the series will find it a hoot. At the end of the story, Vic makes a promise to her mother that we know, in hindsight, she will not be able to keep.
The author includes a complete backstory about her character V. I. Warshawski, from her childhood to her education, marriage, divorce, and career as a private investigator.
This edition also includes the first two chapters of her newest V. I. Warshawski novel, Fallout, due out 18 April 2017.
Warnings: coarse language, violence.

About the Author
Hailed by P.D. James as "the most remarkable" of modern crime writers, Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen previous novels, including the renowned V. I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers – alongside John Le Carré, Sue Grafton, and Lawrence Block – to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V. I. Warshawski. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V. I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a "courageous, sexually liberated female investigator", she "has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack" (P. D. James).
Sara Paretsky lives in Chicago with her dog.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of five ebook copies of Wildcat: V. I. Warshawski's First Case by Sara Paretsky (US/Canada only).

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