Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Apocalypta by Robin Matchett @RobMatchettAuth

Approach to Apocalypta by Rob Matchett

What people should know about the book…

Apocalypta is a novel about the future, perhaps even a novel from the future. I emphasize from because the setting of the novel is on the cusp of the 25th century and the story takes us back in time to our present 21st century. So it would seem in a sense that the story in the future is built on the past retrospective to our present time. I felt that it was important to capture to the best of my ability a realistic scenario of times to come.

Obviously, one can never know the future until it happens, but using a template of the past 400 years and its historical shocks and paradigm shifts, a fair guesstimate can be made. What is especially interesting is the sudden trajectory of technical progress within the last 30 years with the advent of global use of the internet through chip circuitry and fibre optics which apparently had their origin from alien technology according to highly placed sources that the author had researched.

A very credible source was Col. Philip Corso who was ordered to seed the reverse-engineered alien technology into the military-industrial complex 60 years ago. Corso sat on the National Security Council. Others have affirmed the veracity of his position and rank and revelations in his book The Day After Roswell. One might think this is ridiculous or delusional because there was not barely any notice taken of his story which came out in the 1990s. The media basically ignored it, because they couldn’t get any endorsement from any legitimate government agency.

Not surprising. Perhaps, the powers that be felt it couldn’t hurt the classified nature of deeply compartmentalized alien programs if a little information was released innocuously by a retired officer of the army. Or perhaps, little by little some plan had been enacted to slowly acclimatize the ignorant public about what is really going on. Anyone who knew the emphatic truth would naturally wonder why the media didn’t proclaim globally AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAS MADE CONTACT WITH ALIENS! Well, that has yet to happen. Is there collusion in government to suppress that kind of mainstream exposure? Or is media frightened of the shocking nature of that kind of information – the most profound in the history of civilization.

My book isn’t so much about this; just that the premise of this great secret kept from the public has a karmic resolution down the ages to come. Just as we discover and unlock secrets of the past, and history is constantly being rewritten to reflect new understandings, and so in our story we unlock the secrets of our present from the future. Whistleblowers have given us a glimpse of the deep political nature of forbidden knowledge and its uses in the power structures of global supremacy and security. Moreover, the phenomenal implications of a universe replete with thousands upon thousands of ancient civilizations, some hundreds of millions of years beyond us, and others only fifty thousand or so years beyond us, at least must give us pause as to our precarious emergence as a technological upstart.

Apocalypta is really about humanity and how we must adapt eventually to the universal family. And yes, we are apparently in a relative way, seen as such for the most part in spite of various bad apples on both sides. It should be known we are feared as somewhat barbaric and do not want our participation in a larger sense until we have managed our global destructive ways into something harmonious politically, culturally and ecologically. Indeed we have a long way to go – thousands of years.

Apocalypta attempts to enlighten our darker fears and dystopian defaults. Certain characters such as Cephren, Flower Child, Jimmy Pidgeon and Heyoka are new prototypes that alight the path to harmony for the ages to come. These types exist in all times, as well as their darker opposites. This is my story for humanity’s leap into the future and integration into the galactic community, which has already begun.

Meet the Author

Rob (Robin) Matchett was born in Paris, France, in 1956 of Canadian parents, and moved to Canada at four years old. Apparently on the way, he spent hours in a porthole watching the sea, pondering existence. Now his life continues through a porthole – a regret being he didn’t remain in France a few more years. 

Though, embracing Canada he went native, steeped in the elements from where land-locked on the crest of a giant windblown hill, he commands from the bridge of a ship, foundered on springs, fields and forests. Still unreleased from the yoke of his servitude, he dabbles in the stars, unlocking secrets from history and the future. Many transfigurations have occurred, of which he has faithfully transcribed into various literary forms, including novels, poems and film scripts, and continues to do so. Among other eclectic interests, he is known to be well-read; enjoy wholesome kitchen garden culinary pursuits; calvados; has musical inclinations, and often known to be wired into the Grateful Dead. He is of a retiring nature, addicted to movies and documentaries, considered a professional obligation rather than lesser appraisals.

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Twitter:                @RobMatchettAuth

More about Apocalypta

Apocalypta is a novel about a post-apocalyptic world at the cusp of the 25th century. With the discovery of a synaptic memory chip holding the memories of individuals in the past, there is an attempt to avert a return to the terrible conflagrations of the past. This chip - 'the eyes of god' - holds salvation through the truth. The main character, implanted with the chip, bids the reader to follow history back to our present time in order to understand the future. Moreover, humanity has a chance to become members of a galactic confederation, which through various species have been instrumental in our emergence from earliest times. Many unusual characters color this story, which is ultimately about the struggle for humanity to rise to a higher place in its long quest for survival.   
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Interview: Ashlee McNicol

This isn’t a game anymore.
The fall of the Safe Havens is close. A series of keys have been lost throughout the Four Worlds, causing our wildest dreams to come to life. As deceptions fuse with the truth, one girl is chosen to follow her people’s legacy and unlock the secrets that keep the worlds bound. These secrets are just the beginning, for she unravels a puzzle that she never could have imagined.
Led by a mysterious entity and a series of magical objects, she journeys to the unknown to meet the ones who started it all. However, defying magic comes with some consequences, as she risks exposing her secret. On this quest, failure is not an option, for once she starts, she can’t go back. There is nowhere to go. They are coming for her.
Interview with Ashlee McNicol
Gladden: What inspired you to begin writing?
McNicol: I started writing when I was second grade by a mere glance at a window suggesting that I should “write a book.” The thought was delightful to me, and I have been writing ever since. My fantasy worlds have only just began.

Gladden: Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?

McNicol: I would have to say more character driven because the characters lead my stories. Half of the time, they don’t listen to me anyway! I have to force them to stick with the same plot. Yet, when I do that, the story deteriorates. I just have to let them be and let them do what they were made to do. 

Gladden: Can you tell us a little about your main character?

 McNicol: The main character in the Secrets of Ghastillanda Series is an eighteen-year-old girl named Mrsorri Hall. She is a resilient girl of many shades. She is often referred to as a survivor and as the homage goes, she will do anything to survive.

Gladden: Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.

McNicol: The Four Worlds are breaking apart, and only one person can bring them together. Yet, she can’t do it without the help of some very strange pieces in the game of Ghastillanda.

Gladden: What do you hope readers take away from your book?

McNicol: I want to inspire young kids to dig into imagination. From the book in specific, I want them to learn more about the societies present between the Four Worlds. I hope to get them to think critically and investigate how these worlds were created. I want them to envision things with their mind and picture the fantasy setting.

Gladden: Now for a few fun questions! What song best describes your writing style?

 McNicol: I am going to have to say Sail by Awolnation. It gets me pumped and exerts action into the pages. The same themes are present in my book.

Gladden: Night Owl or Early Bird?

McNicol: I love sleep, but I know I am much more inclined to stay up into the wee hours of the night versus waking up at ungodly hours during the weekend. I vote Night Owl! Good question.

Gladden: Skittle or M&Ms?

McNicol: Peanut M&Ms! Love chocolate and peanut butter together. YUM.

Gladden: Who are your favorite authors?

McNicol: I am most influenced by young adult fantasy writers because I feel they really help kids expand their imaginations and live in different worlds. My particular favorites include Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and J.K. Rowling, of course. I love their writing, and am constantly inspired by the voices they use when portraying characters. Their premises are unique. That intrigues me, and makes me want to keep reading more. 

Gladden: Can you tell us about your future projects?

McNicol: I have several in the works at the moment, but the series itself is expecting some giant twists and turns in the next couple of books. The main character, Mrsorri, will be unlocking a series of secrets as the books go along, and you will slowly figure out where she came from and why she has her secret in the first place.  

About the Author
Ashlee spent her childhood bringing imagination to life by writing short stories that she converted to books with the help of some glue, paper, and staples. By the time she was nine, she completed hundreds of short stories that soon lined the shelves in the local Washington state elementary library.
Those short stories shaped her writing career, which has now launched to include over fifty full-length young adult novels, waiting to be read. Ashlee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Eastern New Mexico University and serves as her own publicist. Currently, she is crafting the Secrets of Ghastillanda Series and hopes to have all five books released by the end of 2015. You can expect this to happen because if you know her personally, you know she never backs down from a challenge.

For Eternity Release Day!

After what seems like forever, the final installment in
the FOR ALWAYS series is finally here!

In a world of Darkness, one must hold fast to the Light...

When Malyn Reed, seer of ghosts, fell in love with one, she knew it wouldn't end well, but when love pleaded with her heart, she was unable to deny it. Falling hard for the sexy, southern gentleman, Beau Brogan, who died in 1910, her already strange life quickly turned into a life she'd never imagined, filled with love and heartache that would change her... for always

When Beau Brogan died, left to haunt his homestead for over a century, he thought it was his hell on earth, until Malyn Reed moved in. Stealing the heart that hadn't beat in over one-hundred years, she gave him a new life that he'd never known, even while he was alive. But like his life, their time together came to an untimely end and they were forced to say goodbye... for now.

In this third and final installment of the For Always series, love will be tested in ways that Beau and Malyn aren't prepared for. During the battle of good and evil—Darkness and Light—choices will have to be made and sides taken. Unbeknownst to Beau, one final decision will change everything... for eternity

Their love survived beyond Beau's death, 
but can it survive beyond his absence 
and the Darkness that threatens them all?


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For Always is currently FREE & can be downloaded HERE

For Now can be downloaded HERE

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