Blazing a Trail with Detours in Time…Maybe? Check out this Kindle Countdown

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Doesn’t every author want to picture themselves taking the reading world by storm, blazing a trail toward notoriety and fame, imagining his/her name (or title) being emblazoned in lights?  Do we all have what it takes to battle to get there?  I don’t know, because as I envelope myself in the comfort of this world of words and my imagination, I at times imagine myself sequestered like Emily Dickinson, closing the door to fame or popularity and retreating with my delicious words that will never fail to please me.   Oh, they’re not always pleasant words, but at least I created them.   Yet, I so long to share my words with others.  I want them to be read.

At any rate, it has been a good week for reviews of Detours in Time.  There have been three more reviews that are four star and five star reviews.  The latest is by a book blogger, a 5 * review, and can be found at  https://literarytitan.com/2017/07/19/detours-in-time/

I value my writing and the work I put into it, however, I am all for the promotional opportunities that are offered by Amazon.  Detours in Time is on  Kindle Countdown until 7/25 for just 1.99 in the U.S.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF and also in the U.K. for a comparable discount, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0711ZW6XF.  I urge you to get your own copy today!

Side Character Sunday. A glimpse into the #scifi novel, Detours in Time

These are some of the side characters from my latest sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, a sci-fi tale of time travel and the mess we can make.

From left to right:  Elise, a vintage throwback in (2047), Amy (1997), Salamanca (2047), below is Tomas (2047) Click to see Tomas.

What would each character tell you about herself/himself?

*Elise: (2047)   “Yeah, you could say I’m a throwback to a better time.  What can I say?  I’m not sure about where this world of ours is going.  I have a decent job, and those bots can’t replace me.  Oh, and I get evenings off.  Gives me more time at the dance hall.”  *Winks.

*Amy:  (1997) “I’m Tabitha’s best friend; we met in Art school.  People look at me like I’m strange,  but to me, it’s all about self-expression.   I’m used to people staring at me.  Tabitha’s not really like that, though.”

*Salamanca: (2047)   “I met these two, Milt and Tabitha, by complete accident.  She couldn’t stop staring at me, must be the wings I just got.  I was passing by; I thought I’d just have a quick smoke. I’m really trying to quit, trying to straighten up my act.  Do you like my wings?  They have special meaning for me.  Helping me remember my momma and her angels.”  From the book:   “It’s okay.  I’m just a tad bit moody.  Sorry guys, I’m really working on my patience!”

*At bottom above, Tomas: (2047) “Milt and Tabitha were such a lovely pair.  I don’t know where they’re from, but it’s obviously not here.  Still, they needed a little help.  Milt was so appreciative of everything and very curious.  I never could get too much information from them, though.  Still, I was honored that I could be of some help to them.”

Next to Tomas is a representation of what his arm tattoos might look like.  Tomas is an avid fisherman for a living, and his tattoos reflect that.  He also dabbles in art on the side.

Stephen Pring, (2018) and Jared Hansen (1997), Pinky’s wayward brother.

*Stephen:  (2018)- “They came from out of nowhere, and saved me.  Everything happens for a reason.  I’m telling you, I will make sure we win this war.  People say I should bow out now because of the injury.  Not on your life.  I will make a difference.”

*Jared:  (1997)- “Well, yeah, I care about Tabitha.  She hasn’t heard from me in so long, because I’m trying to get my life together.  I don’t want to lean on her.  We all have our own stuff, our own garbage to deal with.  That, and the days sometimes just seem to blur into each other.”

To quote a snippet from the most recent review:  “I found it quite interesting and some of the ideas and characters brilliant and well developed.”

Find out about Detours in Time for yourself at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF  It’s available free in Kindle Unlimited, or on a Kindle Countdown for 1.99 from 7/18-7/25 for Kindle edition! (Normally priced at 2.99 for Kindle).

Detours in Time, Main Character Intro.

As part of my book launch for my first full-length novel, Detours in Time, I held a Facebook launch.  It lasted several hours, and I did have a few people who kept me company online for the event.  At any rate, one of the elements I loved the most was sharing my visual representations of the main, and side, characters in this sci-fi, time-travel novel.  So, I thought I’d share it with the WordPress community.  Side characters will be presented in a few days.  Today, I’ll share my main characters, Dr.  Milt Braddock and Tabitha Hansen.  I hope you enjoy!

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.

From the top left, we have two representations of Dr. Milt(on) Braddock, a Science professor, because he is truly a mix of the two pictured men.  He has a lot of hair like young photographer, yet he is a little older, with the smile lines of the second guy, and yes, he wears spectacles when needed.  I guess the hair is what gives him a little bit of a sexy edge, despite being older and super-intelligent.  By the way, intelligence is quite sexy!

Quotes on Milt:

“Obviously, being the scientist made him an authority at times.  At other times, she could tell he was struggling to behave in socially appropriate ways.  It was actually quite endearing.”

“He was odd, quirky, and comfortable alone.”

“He let it down slowly and hesitantly, as if having been forced to choose between the bug and Pinky.  He was like a teenage boy when it came to bugs, worms, caterpillars.  Pinky hated bugs, but still found his excitement amusing.   He was truly a young soul in that fifty-year-old body, that honestly didn’t look fifty, anyhow.”

“While at times he felt she was wasting her time with him, he also felt incredibly lucky.”

Tabitha (Pinky) Hansen is the woman pictured above, a struggling artist who was hired to clean Dr. Milt Braddock’s office by his colleagues, years before the plot of this novel begins which is in 1997.  At the point of this novel, she works in an art gallery.  On her off-time, she is normally dressed in jeans, Doc Maartens, and a band t-shirt, with lots of hair.  She doesn’t wear much make-up except for special occasions.  She is a good bit younger than Milt, yet not as socially awkward.  She is quite independent due to having lost her parents when younger.  She is also just a little stubborn and not as open-minded as Milt.

Quotes on Pinky:  “She had a big voice for such a small girl, along with even bigger dreams, first, to become a dancer, and later, to break into the Art scene.”

“Anyone who knew Tabitha well never asked why, at thirty, she wasn’t married yet.  She was fiercely independent and moody.”

“She was the realist of the two of them.”

“Milt liked raising Pinky’s ire at times, just for fun.”

Milt and Pinky don’t agree on everything, but they make each other laugh and get along pretty well.  That’s probably helpful when you get into a sticky situation.

The bottom line is, when you are setting out on a time-travel journey, it is best to take a friend.  Be sure it’s someone you can trust and can stand being around for days…..

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Detours in Time, the tale of a sci-fi, time-travel journey, is available on Amazon in Kindle, in paperback, and free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

Detours in Time, Book Promo Graphic. (A Mad Scientist’s Reflection)

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So you contrive a powerful piece of machinery that can take you to the past or the future.  Only, it in itself is not foolproof.  There are always bugs to be worked out…

Then, you contrive a list of rules for time-travel to avoid sticky situations and a possible paradox.  Except, your time-travel companion has a different moral compass than you.  Can you make her adhere to your made-up rules when they start to challenge her sense of ethics?  With two people of completely different mindsets, can a compromise be reached, or does one of them have to bend?

Read Detours in Time and its tale of time-travel and the messes we can make.  What the heck.  It’s summer!  Time for a journey….

I thank the two people who have reviewed my book this last week!  The review goal is truly an uphill climb, but they are coming in.   This is my first full-length novel, after all.

Detours in Time is 305 pages long, available in Kindle and paperback, or free to read on Kindle Unlimited.  Look it up at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF and add it to your Kindle or bookshelf!

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Today’s Book Promo Graphic for Detours in Time, a.k.a Fun with Canva

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The question is: Who would YOU bring to the future? Read the time-travel novel of two friends who take a fun journey that becomes an intense and challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions. Detours in Time, in Kindle and paperback, or free on Kindle Unlimited! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Let my latest sci-fi release take you on a journey!

I’m loving this latest graphic, because it looks like an album cover, and to me, it looks like summer, and it screams, “Let’s go on a journey, you and me!”  Be sure to take someone you trust, someone you could stand getting lost with, and someone who can think quickly in urgent situations.

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Teaser:  

“He (Milt) let it down slowly and hesitantly, as if having been forced to choose between the bug and Pinky.  He was like a teenage boy when it came to bugs, worms, caterpillars.  Pinky hated bugs, but still found his excitement amusing.   He was truly a young soul in that fifty-year-old body, that honestly didn’t look fifty, anyhow.”

Author’s note– (I actually had to answer this in one of my blog interviews)

By the way, if I got stuck with a character on a deserted island, I’d totally choose Milt. How fun that would be with his childlike wonder and curiosity!  He’d chart the stars for us at night and tell me stories about the constellations.  He’d know the best way to build shelter.  He wouldn’t mind getting dirty either, nor would he care if my hair got frizzy. Awkward scientist trying for the part of book-boyfriend.  Works for me!

Detours in Time, Visual Book Promo. (Fun with Canva)

Yes, this post is about book promo graphics and a little bit about my new book.  I’ve had fun making them with Canva for my new sci-fi release, Detours in Time, a tale of two steadfast friends who take a life-changing journey to the future that becomes a challenge course in difficult decisions.  This post is also about the characters from my book.  I think each post says something about them that is important to the story.

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The above says the characters are human.  They make mistakes.  They know there are  rules to follow and that time travel can be very sticky.  Yet, each individual has their own standard for abiding by rules.   For instance, would you break a rule to save a life? Where would you draw the line?  If you change something in the future, is it actually changed at all?  What if you found out too much about the future?

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This graphic above screams romance.  Yet, my book is not classified as romance, since I think romance is my man joining me in goofy song when I sing Bohemian Rhapsody.  Is there even a genre for that?  However, let me say this, the best time traveler* usually has a steadfast companion.  This graphic gives some insight into what Pinky thinks of Milt.  While the guy pictured does not look as Milt is described in the book, he has a youthful smile, and so does Milt.  In my opinion, an awkward scientist with youthful curiosity is definitely appealing.  Milt was fun to write.  🙂  So was Pinky, which brings me to the next photo…..

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This photo perfectly wraps up Pinky’s attitude and tells a little about the dynamics between Pinky and Milt at the start of the story.  Unfortunately,  I had to use a photo with a girl who looks like a teenager to convey the right sentiment.  Pinky is 30 years old.  Well, she dresses like a teen.  So, the sentiment expressed here is perfect.  I could not explain all of this on Twitter, but I figured my bloggers’ community would understand.

DetoursPaperback_5211604616564778768_n  Detours in Time is my latest sci-fi novel, released on 6/16.  It is available on Kindle, in paperback, and free on Kindle Unlimited.  https://www.amazon.com/Detours-Time-Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF

(Of course, I would love for a lot of people to read it, no matter what format you choose, and feedback is a wonderful thing).

Brief Blurb:  Pinky and Milt have been steadfast friends for years, but their journey to the future becomes a challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions. On an unplanned “detour,” the two set events into action that could save one life and destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action?

 

*Please note:  Evidently I can’t spell traveler wrong.  In the U.S., it’s spelled with one L.  In Britain, it is spelled with two.  Since I read books from both places equally, neither looks right to me, therefore, neither one can be wrong either.  I’m sticking to that story.  🙂

Peace,

Pamela

 

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare. Of Books, Dogs, and Yoga.

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com.  It goes like this, If we were having coffee today, on the 24th of June, I’d tell you that:

I actually worked on a book manuscript today!  (Not the one I just published).  Well, the draft is already written, but little bits and pieces have been coming to me, and today I finally decided to add them in.  I can’t tell you my word count, because I only do that during NANOWRIMO.  I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this one.  It felt so good, because it seems such a long time since I’ve done that.  You see, I’ve been working on promoting my new sci-fi release, and most of my writing efforts have gone into that.  I must say, though, I really miss entering the Flash fiction challenges, and I need to get back into it.  The Weekend Coffee Share has been my one semi-regular post in the blogger community.   DetoursPaperback_5211604616564778768_n  Photo:  Detours in Time is my new sci-fi release.  Buy link is in my footnote!

You see, I’ve been writing blog guest posts and answering interview questions in order to get featured on other blogs.  I’ve been contacting book bloggers about reviews and writing those e-mails, as well as searching my book for some really good teaser quotes to add to my Canva graphics.  I published a post earlier this week that explores part of the background in Detours in Time, which is the 1990s.  Find it here:  https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/10-reasons-the-1990s-were-not-so-bad/ This week, I was also part of a blog tour that I signed up for through a blogger in Ireland.  Each day, a different part or element of my book was revealed. Friday, my first page was featured at https://thefirstpageblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/419/  Please do go and check it out!

DetoursMeme1 (2) The book promo graphic that I made on Canva and posted Thursday.  It’s a quote teaser from Detours in Time.  If you couldn’t tell, it’s a time-travel book. 🙂

You may also want to visit this link this weekend, where my book is being featured and a giftcard giveaway takes place when you sign up for my newsletter (a once or twice monthly update) and follow my social media:  https://eskiemamareads.blogspot.com/2017/06/eskiemama-dragon-lady-reads-saturday_24.html

Other than writing and book promo, I’ve been reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  The social dynamics from that era are interesting.  I have also been going to yoga class and trying some yoga at home.  I go to the studio at least twice a week, get some cardio at some point, and then try to get on the mat at home a few days.  The yoga at home doesn’t last long.  My dog thinks I’m just having fun, so he comes and rolls around on the mat.  It’s a little distracting, but I get what yoga  I can until he just has to have attention.

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So, all the writing and typing gets my shoulders in knots.  Therefore, I had to have a massage yesterday.  It was great!  Later today, I am headed to St. Augustine Beach with my boyfriend Kenny.  We’ll get some beach time, and then later, we’ll have a really good dinner.  It’s his birthday weekend!  I so need a little getaway.  We may get to the shops, unless it’s too hot.  This heat has been overwhelming at times.  Even lukewarm coffee gets to me.  My room also has thin curtains so the sun comes in, full force and bright.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world, though.  My corner should be and needs to be sunny to maintain my state of mind.  I can always go to another room to cool off!

On the home range, things are still going well.  I had to catch my attitude, as I am the only driver in my family right now.  I am not used to being a caretaker for the family.  For my child, yes, I’m used to that.  I had to check my attitude, though.  It left me feeling petty.  I gifted my mom with a pack of Klondike bars, though, and she was so appreciative.  Everyone seems to be on the uphill climb lately.

Well, that’s my week.  How about yours?  Please leave me a comment, and visit Emily’s Coffee Share.  You may even want to post your own #weekendcoffeeshare.    http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-life-just-keeps-being-fun/

Have a great weekend!