Spotlight & Author Interview: A Reservoir Man + Giveaway

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Book Title:  A Reservoir Man
by L.J. Ambrosio
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 340 pages
Genre: Fictionalized Memoir
Publisher: Self-Published, Amazon
Publication Date: May 25, 2022.
Content Rating: PG-13 +M: There is a few explicit sex scenes, some mentions of sexual abuse, some bad language


Book Description:

Everywhere Michael turns he sees a Reservoir Man. Michael’s endless trials of survival include sexual assault, The Vietnam War, an arrest in Spain, Hollywood scandal, the AIDS outbreak, 9/11 and beyond.

​If only Michael could find the one thing he values most, freedom. Michael’s coming-of-age is tarnished by many but the courage to live his truth may just keep Michael one step ahead…or will he succumb to the embraces of a Reservoir Man?

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Praise:

“This book is a dream, a gamble, a utopia, even. Or perhaps it is essential, evident, as something that can only be so. This book is a game, a risk, an elixir with magical substance, and wisdom, where silence and prayer read the imperceptible growth of the plant until its flowering, and then, until the luxuriant time of its fruits, after the freezing winter.”  Kalyan Panja, Book Critic
“Fiction that reads like an intensive biographical account, A Reservoir Man is an action-packed tale filled with recognizable metaphors. Be sure not to blink because you just might miss a pivotal moment in Michael’s rousing, larger-than-life story.” — R.C. Gibson, Indiestoday.com
“Heartfelt, engaging, and thought-provoking, author L.J. Ambrosio’s A Reservoir Man is a must-read coming of age story of 2022. The themes that the author explores, from betrayal and family to secrets and identity, become the perfect backdrop to the protagonist’s story and make the twists and turns in the narrative even more impactful. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!” — Anthony Avina, Author, Book Critic
“I applaud the author for his innovative and imaginative storyline.” — Grant Leishman, Critic, Reader’s Favorite
“Sometimes, a good book can do funny things with time. I flew through this book and in many ways it felt like it was over in the blink of an eye, but I somehow lived a whole lifetime while doing it.” — Lizzie, Critic, Elementary My Dear Book Blog
“What I particularly found novel about this work was that it had a unique approach and perspective to it. This is a hard thing to find.” — Jeyran Main, Critic, Review Tales

Author Interview:

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?

Yes I snack on Gummy Bears. My favorite snack, besides Gummy Bears is chex mix.

Where do you write?

In my office, it is a glass-enclosed space that overlooks my garden, a beagle is nearby.

Do you write every day?

No.

What is writing schedule?

My schedule is when I’m moved to tell my story.

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

Yeah, I get my Coffee!

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?

Yes I took continuity notes in my journal of character name changes, and a rough outline.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes, representing talent and producing films.

How long have you been writing?

Not long, though in my early twenties I had a number of narrative poems published. I just discovered the pen now at my ripe old age.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

No.

What is your next project?

A continuation of Michael’s story from “A Reservoir Man.” The title is tentatively “Reflections.”

What genre do you write and why?

Fictional memoir because I find them to be more emotional and truthful, I can share my insights with the reader.

What is the last great book you’ve read?

I don’t read anymore. I read most of the masters and learned from their insight. I had read so many books until I arrived at “Celine’s Journey To The End of The Night.” I arrived at the end of the search and a different one began. There are many good writers today but I learned their insights long ago, and other than a change of costumes, they reach the same reality, maybe in a different language.


PictureMeet the Author:

Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.

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Reading is My Passion – book spotlight

Sep 7 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
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Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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My Reading Getaway – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Sep 14 – Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
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Spotlight, Excerpt & Author Interview: Starbinder + Giveaway

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Starbinder
by Mark Timmony
Published: 2016
Series: The Eye of Eternity #.5
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Pages: 114
Publisher: Ravenhawk Press (Self Published)

Forged in betrayal. Tempered by the stellar winds. Chosen by the stars.

For five hundred years since the Sundering, the order of the Shaluay Starbinders has been dwindling. With their Starwells lying dormant, key artefacts of their order lost and their seers driven mad by the powers that broke the world, only one hope remains to the man who leads them; a fifteen year old girl.

Born to a clan of Wanderers, Reiana has been raised by a harsh grandmother who blames her for the death of her daughter, Reiana’s own mother. When bandits attack the clan’s camp, Reiana leaves the safety of the caravans to pursue the abductor of her younger cousin, heedless of the dangers.

But when a creature of the Void takes notice can Reiana’s own untapped abilities save her, or will the truth of a betrayal see her lost forever?

Starbinder is an action-packed prequel novella to The Blood of the Spear. If you like flawed heroes, fast-paced storytelling, and intricate world-building, then you’ll Love Mark Timmony’s character-driven introduction to the epic fantasy series, The Eye of Eternity.

This is Your Life • Waiting for a Star to Fall • Never Enough

Content/Trigger Warnings:

Shown on Page (things clearly told to the reader):

  • Suicide
  • Gore
  • Child abduction

Alluded to (things only mentioned in passing or hinted at):

  • Child murder

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Excerpt:

Starbinder

When I first came upon the Face, I was newly raised to the rank of Seer. My cora’stone was still uncoloured, though as much a part of me as the air within my lungs. 

As an initiate, I had not known the depths of Arleth’taur nor the secrets we Shaluay Starbinders kept. I had learnt of the outer world, the stars around Sobia and the history of the realms. As a Seer, I had been presented before the Probability Matrix, deemed worthy and given access to the libraries to better research and understand what I Saw.

But books are not the only thing of which the Ardes Librantus are conservators. The world within Arleth’taur, the Cradle of the Stars, contains histories as well as prophecies, works of art as well as books and scrolls, nightmares as well as dreams. 

And daemons.

My daemon was trapped within the Face.  

I did not know its nature when first I saw it. The quantstructs of the Shaluay often mimic life, and intelligence. I found the Face—an enormous head sculpted from metal—in a room of water, the floors and walls running with it. It rested on the floor, untouched by rust, staring at a dark ceiling and weeping red tears. 

I was not meant to be in this room, but having been born to the Imperial family, I had been denied nothing and thought I knew better than my teachers. 

The levels that were forbidden in Arleth’taur are the ones I sought. It was only after I Fell that I understood they were restricted with good reason.

Its voice was soft, gentle. It reminded me of the mother I had lost long ago. It enticed me, lowered my defences, and baited me with the tiniest hint of the knowledge I craved. 

There is a reason the Shaluay keep their initiates sheltered, just as the Ciralys do for those who can see the Light of the Eye. But I was strong, the strongest my teachers had found in a hundred years, though in the end, I was not so strong as she who came after. 

Pride. It is ever the downfall of humanity. The daemon in the Face spun its web to entice me, and I was caught without protest. I let it in, and it would not leave. It did not force me; it didn’t have to. I worked with it willingly. I wanted power, and it offered that to me, as long as I allowed it to use my body, as long as I gave it the freedom to work the will of its Daemon Queen by my hand.

But it is not my story you come seeking, oh no. It is hers. She who found the Empyros and returned the Summoners to our world. She who reforged the Shaluay and reignited the Starwells. She who discovered the truth of my captor and returned it, and me, to this Face that had been built to contain it. Leaving it—leaving me—trapped here forever, a warning, a cautionary tale, that the denizens of the Void do not just seek to possess those who can wield Asai.

But it is her story you want. Not mine. No, never mine.

Come then, stranger. Sit and hear the advent of the Queen of the Stars.


Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about how this story first came to be.

Starbinder began life as the first piece of writing I ever did for what became The Blood of the Spear, Book One of the Eye of Eternity. It was originally the prologue. But as time went by, I set it aside for other ideas as the world and the story took greater shape in my mind. But I always came back to the story and the events in Starbinder, and I wondered if I couldn’t use them in some way to write a novella. So, after finishing The Blood of the Spear I turned my attention back to this old prologue and started rewriting the story to bring it more firmly into line with events in BotS, and the lore that had refined itself with the writing of book one and fleshed out the events – as well as adding new scenes and characters to the work.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

Hmmm, I’m not sure I learnt anything specific. I think I’m finding the more I write the faster I am getting. I noticed that I was picking up errors in prose, or that I needed to create tension in scenes, as I was writing them where previously I’d catch it in the second draft. I count that as personal progress.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?

The thing that surprised me the most was how easily the story I had originally written was able to be expanded. I had never planned to do more with the original prologue yet when I started writing it, I found it naturally lent itself to a larger story than had been intended.

4. If it’s not a spoiler, what does the title mean?

A Starbinder is a member of the order of Shaluay Starbinders, an organization of people with mage-like abilities who powers are sourced from the stars.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

No, my characters may have characteristics lifted form people I know in real life, but they are creations of my own, not based on real people.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

Not really. I mean it might be in there somewhere, but I don’t consciously think of these things when I am writing.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?

That’s like asking apparent who their favourite child is. I have a few favourite parts, but I’ll leave you to read the book and determine your own.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

I didn’t have any particular difficulty with any of the characters. They come pretty easily and I am able to get into their mind without too much trouble.

9. What are your immediate future plans?

To get The Pillars of the Sky, Book Two of the Eye of Eternity written. I’m hoping to have it out by mid next year.


Author Bio & Information:

Mark Timmony was born in Sydney and grew up on the Northern Beaches. He’s wanted to write for as long as he can remember and has several notebooks filled with illegible scribblings from childhood to prove it. The desire to write led to work as a bookseller and he spent almost a decade working as a genre specialist in Sydney.

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Spotlight, Author Interview & Excerpt: Last Star Standing + Giveaway

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Last Star Standing
by Spaulding Taylor
Genre: Thriller (speculative)

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Aiden has always felt like an outsider. After the rebel assassin is captured and imprisoned by the world’s galactic overlords, he awaits execution. Then a mole working for the occupying regime alerts him to a plot that could destroy the entire resistance…

Engineering a daring escape, Aiden’s growing feud with the new rebel leader leaves him out in the cold and smouldering with resentment. Faced with deceit and betrayals on every side, he recruits a group of overlooked outcasts and stakes everything on one last mission.

Can the restless, reckless Aiden take a stand long enough to save humanity from enslavement?

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Excerpt:

Nothing. Clean as a whistle. Until my massive hand grasped hold of something, something which must have blended into its background so perfectly that I hadn’t even spotted it. Something alive, nestling under the co-pilot’s seat. I couldn’t believe it. A live gromeline. Trembling, possibly with fury, and trying in vain to squeeze back. Grabbing my trophy – I could feel its hot little heart throbbing like an injury against my palm – I hopped out of the plane so fast that my wound protested.

‘Bully!’

Bully raised one eyebrow. Two would have been overkill.

‘Bully, you are not going to believe this. I found a gromeline!’ The gromeline – only about fifteen centimetres – bit my finger, hard, even though I could have easily crushed its entire body with my fist – and probably would have, had I been a tester, and not merely disguised as one.

Feisty little gromeline. I flicked it lightly with my sausage-sized finger. When it protested, I growled, ‘Cheese it, munchkin,’ though I could feel it struggling obstreperously against my palm.

Bully was intrigued. ‘Is it genuine?’ ‘Of course it’s genuine. It just bit me, didn’t it?’

Bully probably considered this no proof. But they’re rarer than clean air these days and his fascination was obvious. Now gromelines come from the farthest galaxy so far discovered, can speak any tongue and own enviable mental powers. They are also brave to the point of stupidity and ludicrously small. This one was mouse-coloured – they can be spectacular – with tiny red eyes. Few humans have ever seen one.

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Author Interview:

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
To zip, Star-Trek-like, from place to place and be reassembled effortlessly.
This is because, except for trains, I loathe all means of transport.

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
I’m also a pro cellist, who has played on four continents with orchestras including the BBC Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic.
And there IS a lot of music in some of my books. However, there isn’t in this one. I didn’t “see” my principal character, Aiden, as being musical.

When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
Good question! I believe that people have auras. I go for that, first. Gender, race, attractiveness – everything else is secondary.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Have never plotted in my life. Have never written out a grocery list, or failed to forget what I came to shop for, either. ☹

Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so, what?
I set out to learn a lot, and I learned even more than I’d ever hoped I would.

I challenged myself – a middle-aged, straight, unheroic female mother – to write a novel from the perspective and narration of a young straight male kid-less hero – and I did.

And, had I not convinced, it could never have won a Kirkus Star, or been runner-up for the Independent Press Awards in Action/Adventure, or be a finalist – today – for CIBA’s Cygnus Award – or been a finalist for the Wishing Shelf and Eric Hoffer Awards.

It was a risk – to “be” a guy – but a risk I wanted to take.
Not being a guy – ever – just seemed too big a thing to miss out on.


About the Author:

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Alice (Spaulding Taylor) McVeigh has been published by Orion/Hachette in contemporary fiction, by Unbound Publishing in action/adventure and by Warleigh Hall Press in Austenesque fiction. Her novels have won Gold Medal/First Place is the Global, eLit and Pencraft Book Awards, been runner-up in the Independent Press Awards, finalists in the Eric Hoffer, Rone and Wishing Shelf Book Awards and selected by Shelf Unbound as one of the “top indies” of 2021. Two of her novels are currently finalists in the CIBA Book Awards (the Cygnus and Goethe Awards). Her most recent novel (Harriet: A Jane Austen Variation) was just selected as Editors’ Pick “outstanding” on Publishers Weekly.

A professional London cellist, Alice lives in London and Crete with her professor husband: their only child is completing her Masters in Chinese Literature. They also share two miniature long-haired dachshunds and an incurable addiction to tennis.

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