Writing our History into our Fiction

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I’ve decided to write COVID-19 into my current fiction work-in-progress. Doing so makes me think of Stephen King’s The Stand with a shudder. Stores closed, streets practically empty. That is, until two weeks ago, when governors started announcing gradual re-openings. I am still playing it safe, though. If you were to write COVID-19 into your current work-in-progress, would you mention toilet-papergate? Stores running out of hand sanitizer? Stores with signs up requiring you to wear a mask? These are unprecedented times, and they are worth remembering and writing about. In my novel, the character will travel to our times from the earlier 2000s and will see some of those things. I do not plan to make it tragic, though. Still, who knew this would become our reality?

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In my most recent work of published fiction, Malachi, Ruse Master, I have written a whole chapter on Sept. 11th, 2001. My character is a young man living alone in the D.C. area. An ordinary day turns into an exercise in fear and uncertainty as news reports come in about the attack on the World Trade Center and the plane that headed for the Pentagon. The emotions were real, I experienced them and recall clearly what 9-11 was like.

I did a little research on what it may have been like for someone living in the D.C. area during 9-11 to get my facts straight. I do not know anyone who lived there at the time. I had lived there as a child, and I’m always reminiscent of the Potamac River and the weather changes. Living in Florida, the seasonal distinctions are not as clear. So, having a character living in that area around that time lent itself to writing that event into the setting. I feel that this is a way to frame the events of a novel, adding something we are all familiar with.

Like my character, Malachi, I did not really have a feeling of community reinforced for me. I just felt more alone. Though, I suppose, that is a result of terror. So why add such a horrible event into the setting? Because it is something we all remember, in many different ways. I also feel it helps us sympathize with the character. The book is considered a young adult novel, but it is not written specifically for young adults. It is something we all can identify with in some way; we’ve been there. My hope is that readers of all ages will find something to identify with in this book. You can learn about or get a copy of Malachi, Ruse Master at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086VYJYZX

As I grow in my writing journey, I am finding the importance of setting in a book, how it makes readers connect to the characters in the events. In a sense, a setting in any book is a character in itself.

What historical event have you lived through, and which fiction books express the experience well for you?

Malachi, Ruse Master Earns a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Review!

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I’m really excited about the feedback Malachi, Ruse Master has earned from Reader’s Favorite! From the review:

“Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
Malachi, Ruse Master is a work of fiction written for young adults by author Pamela Schloesser Canepa. This action-packed novel is a spinoff from the Detours in Time series… but can also be read as a standalone.

…As a flawed character from the off, our central figure is developed with a great deal of emotional realism and sensitivity, which makes him all the more endearing when you see both his triumphs and troubles. This novel is exceedingly well-plotted to put him to the test in all sorts of different ways, and the anti-hero meeting this hero-quest style action in unconventional ways is sure to be really exciting for the intended YA reading audience. I also thought the dialogue was really snappy, entertaining, and true to form in terms of characterization. Overall, I would highly recommend Malachi, Ruse Master whether you have started the rest of the series or not: an action-packed and uniquely developed read.”

Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations

 

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The first paperback copies of my latest book have arrived. As you can tell, I feel like a kid in a candy store…not because I am gathering riches and fame, but because I have made a life long dream come true, to know that feeling of holding my own book in my hands, to be a published author!

Want to know more or get your own copy of Malachi, Ruse Master? Click here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086VYJYZX

New release is live today!

Do you remember the days of your youth when you insisted on being independent, surviving on a diet of coffee and Ramen noodles?  Do you remember the search for your future destiny, sometimes thinking you might do anything for a paycheck?  Meet Malachi.  Follow him on the roller coaster ride! 

Malachi, Ruse Master is live today and ready for purchase in Kindle book, paperback, or on Kindle Unlimited.

Visit the Book Blast at the NN Lights Book Heaven Book blog; there’s a preview of an interesting excerpt:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/malachi-ruse-master-bookboost

You can order your copy or learn more at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086VYJYZX

Undercurrents in Time, a new #scifi release. Book graphic teaser.

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Tabitha, a carefree artist, and Milt, a socially awkward scientist came together in Detours in Time to explore the future and in the process, found an enemy they didn’t know existed.  What will they do to stop an enemy they have not met yet?

See what happens next in the sequel, Undercurrents in Time.

Blurb:

Time travel took Tabitha and Milt to places they could never have imagined….
Now it seems the very things that cemented their bond will also drive a wedge between them emotionally. Travel to the future, discovery of a long-lost, troubled family member, and an unplanned baby all have taken a toll. Tabitha struggles to accept her new identity as a mother while remaining a strong, independent woman. She longs for a getaway, even a short one, but that getaway puts her on a collision course with danger.
Milt is busy trying to prevent a horrible future disaster at the hands of an enemy he has not yet met. While concerned, Milt doesn’t even suspect Tabitha’s plans, the very plans that will have her facing Milt’s nemesis.
Tabitha risks it all on a brief escape. How will she handle the unforeseen dangers she faces and make her way back home? How far will Tabitha and Milt go to prevent tragedy?

Get your copy in Kindle, K.U., or paperback:  Undercurrents in Time on Amazon

Visit any of the blog stops for exclusive excerpts from Undercurrents in Time and enter the raffle for a $10 gift card.  See a list of participating blogs here:  Undercurrents in Time Blog Tour  

Undercurrents in Time Blog Tour

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There is a ten day blog promotion tour of my upcoming novel planned through goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com! I am posting this here for my reference and yours, if you are interested!

“Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Excerpt Tour for Undercurrents in Time by Pamela Schloesser Canepa, a Sci-fi Time Travel available June 26, 2018. The tour will run June 25, 2018 to July 13, 2018.”

Visit any of these blog hosts for an exclusive excerpt each day from my new sci-fi novel, Undercurrents in Time(Undercurrents is the sequel to Detours in Time).  You will also find out how to enter a Rafflecopter for a $10 Amazon giftcard!

Here is the line-up:

June 25: Rogue’s Angels
June 26: T’s Stuff
June 27: Sharing Links and Wisdom
June 28: Long and Short Reviews
June 29: Welcome to My World of Dreams
July 9: Musings From An Addicted Reader
July 10: Fabulous and Brunette
July 11: Deal Sharing Aunt
July 12: B-Gina Review
July 13: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
July 13: It’s Raining Books

#WeekendCoffeeShare. Where was I?

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali.  It’s the end of the school year for many of us, and as a teacher, I breathe a sigh of relief.  I got to sit back and chat a bit with fellow teachers at a late lunch commemorating the end of the year.  It was nice, but I left before the part was over so I could get home to finish up assignments for my online class.

Yes, in the midst of working on getting another novel released and wrapping up the school year, I started a course for teaching Gifted students last week.  It actually started on the same day as my 50th birthday!  Fortunately, I did most of my celebrating over the weekend leading up to my birthday.  Here is a post I published here on WordPress where I attempt to humorously deal with turning the BIG 5-0:   A Girl Turns 50    Now, back to this Teaching Gifted course.  It will  last until June 22nd, though it may not seem as tedious next week when I have Weds. through Fri. off work!  I can do this.  I can do this.

After 6/22, I’ll have a few free days for fun.  There is my boyfriend’s birthday and the Pixies concert.  It should be a great time!  Good old eighties music, the best kind!  We’ll be pretty tired the day after the concert, I’m sure, so I planned the book release for two days after the concert.

Yes, Undercurrents in Time, my sequel to Detours in Time, will be releasing on June 26th!

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By the way, you can even check-out the pre-order page here for Undercurrents in Time, maybe even pre-order your copy at a reduced price before June 16th:

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That’s all I have for now!  It seems like plenty on my plate, I shouldn’t try to handle it all at once, but I think I can do this!  I just noticed how short this post is.  It has been another full-cup-of-coffee day, and I still have much more to do.  Have a great week, everyone!

*Weekend Coffee share is hosted at https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/weekendcoffeeshare-theatrics-games-and-potlucks/   where you can check out other fellow bloggers coffee shares and even enter your own for this week.  Check it out!

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

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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.  Milt and Tabitha (aka Pinky) travel to three distinct time lines and meet a variety of interesting characters.  Meet some of them here!

From left to right:  Elise, a vintage throwback in (2047),  Salamanca (2047), and below them is Tomas (2047)

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.”

Tomas is an avid fisherman for a living, and as is the style in his time, 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 on Kindle, for free in Kindle Unlimited, or in paperback!

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!

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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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