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Interview with Author Glenn Maynard

Britbear’s Book Reviews is thrilled to feature author Glenn Maynard in today’s spotlight.

From the Black Rose Writing site:

Carter Spence is a 26 year-old accountant out of Boston who has an out-of-body experience Desert+Son+eimagefollowing a car accident that kills his parents.  He views the chaos from above the scene of the accident, then passes through the tunnel and reunites with relatives who have long been dead. A woman he does not recognize approaches him and says, “Welcome, son.” Her message to him is that he needs to be aware of his true identity and should follow signs that will lead him there. She mentions mountains, but Carter is jolted back into his physical body before she can finish.

After burying his parents, Carter heads west and meets a free-spirit named Brenda, whom he is drawn to on many levels. She becomes his travelling companion and leads him to Boulder, Colorado, and to an old white house of an old man named Martin. Diaries, hypnosis, and past-life regression reveal a bizarre connection between these three. Carter discovers that the truth to his identity can only be found by pursuing the answer to whether he is the reincarnation of his biological father in what is shaping up to be a love affair rekindled beyond the grave.

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Welcome, Glenn. Your Amazon author page says you worked for a year as a travel correspondent. Can you talk a bit about that experience? Is there a connection between this experience and Strapped into an American Dream?

After I got married, my wife and I quit our jobs, sold our cars, bought a used RV and travelled through the 48 continental states for an entire year. I needed something to write about, so I created something. I contacted a couple local newspapers about my trip and generated some interest. I then became a travel correspondent for these newspapers and published twenty articles along the way. Every two weeks throughout the year I would send off a story, and readers could follow along with these monthly updates. I published my first book, which detailed the people and places along the way in the USA, entitled Strapped Into An American Dream.

Ingenious idea!

Tell us a bit about Desert Son. Why choose to begin it with an out of body experience? Why choose to incorporate reincarnation in the story, too.

The story begins with Carter involved in a horrific car accident that kills his parents. I chose to begin this story with an out-of-body experience because there was a significant message from a woman he did not recognize who was claiming to be his mother. She told him to follow signs to reach the truth. There is a bizarre twist in this tale when he follows signs out west to Boulder, Colorado. The story revolves around the topic of reincarnation. Carter discovers that it is up to him to find out if he is the reincarnation of his biological father. The out-of-body experience was a spin-off of the reincarnation theme since this was a paranormal novel that needed injections of paranormal.

What genre do you consider Desert Son and why?

This has been a paranormal novel all along, but it is being marketed as a paranormal romance because boy meets girl. It might not be the first time they met, but the book was categorized as a paranormal romance for the better marketing plan.

Your webpage has links to three blogs you maintain. Why choose to maintain three separate blogs as a part of your author platform rather than combine them into one?

It’s one blog, but four separate pages. I have pages for my two books, a poetry page, and a page for my life that is not book related. When I write about non-book topics that I wish to share with Facebook, then I use that page. Every once in a while I have a poem in me and use [my] Poetry page. The two different book pages…well, that’s self-explanatory. I originally had a page for my first book, but when the second child came along, I needed a place to put it. Instead of creating another blog, I created another page within the original blog.

Speaking of the Poetry blog, why do you write poetry? Do you prefer writing prose novels or poetry?

When I was an English major in college (UCONN) I was taking Shakespeare and other complicated poetry classes that included notes on the bottom so you knew what the hell they were talking about. I would receive cash from my parents and siblings as a poor college student, and in return I would write funny poems. My family enjoyed the poems so much that I was getting more money sent just so I would thank them poetically. Sometimes I would write poems about other things, like when my dog died, or when my grandfather passed, as a way of coping; mourning. I created a poetry blog just to have a better way to keep track of my writing and to just have more out there with my name on it. I read my poetry at large family functions now. It’s a lot of fun and people love to laugh at it (some readings are on YouTube, but writing novels takes the cake. It’s a whole different ballgame and it cannot be compared to knocking off a poem in a day or two. Writing a novel is like having a baby (I apologize in advance to all the moms out there).

It certainly feels like birthing a baby sometimes, doesn’t it?

Your bio says you’ve had twenty articles published. Where were they published? What were they on? In a previous question I asked if you prefer writing fiction or poetry. Now I ask if you prefer writing non-fiction to fiction?

When I was traveling through the country, I was writing monthly travel articles to the Glastonbury Citizen and the Bristol Press, two local papers back home. I also wrote an article that appeared in the Sunday edition of the newspaper in Pocatello, Idaho. Readers would follow us along as I updated them monthly on the places we’d been, and the expected path ahead. I have written one non-fiction book and one fiction book, and my third book is a sequel to my fiction book, Desert Son, so therein lies the answer. I love writing fiction!

Your WordPress blog has quite a few posts on social media. What are your opinions about social media with respect to building your author profile?

I’m still trying to figure it out. I think all authors are in the same boat. There is no magic formula, and it’s a trial and error and see what works process. I share my blog posts with Facebook and LinkedIn. Now Facebook is set up so that you only reach about 10% of your established audience. There has to be a mixture of social media, reviews, newspaper ads detailing your speaking engagements, etc.

Talk a bit about your writing process and Desert Son from start to finish.

The idea for this book came after reading the book, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, by Ian Stevenson. This book was about the spontaneous recall of previous lives by children. I was so fascinated by these children in third world countries recalling lives of people who had died, and who had lived an unreachable distance from these kids. Researchers would then follow the kids’ claims and travel to talk to the surviving members of the deceased’s family. The claims of the children exactly portrayed the deceased, sometimes including the language they spoke, and with information that nobody other than the deceased would know. Desert Son evolved from this book.

The topic of reincarnation is certainly an interesting one.

What about your next project? Can you tell us a bit about that?

I have written the sequel for Desert Son, and [I’m] contemplating a third and final book in the series. The sequel occurs four years later, and the paranormal [theme] continues with that very bizarre twist occurring just as it did in the first book.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell your readers but that’s not included in these questions?

You will never see me do air quotes or say “if you will,” “per se” or “at the end of the day.”

Thanks so much for the interview, Glenn. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

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About the author:

glenmaynardimageGlenn Maynard is the author of the books Strapped Into An American Dream and Desert Son. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a degree in Communications. After spending 4 years living in Denver, Colorado, he returned home to Connecticut and now resides in Wethersfield. Glenn has a 14 year-old son named Andrew. As a travel correspondent for three newspapers while exploring the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey, Glenn published a total of twenty newspaper articles. His story was captured on the NBC local news upon his return.

“Tainted Energy” by Lynn Vroman Puts New Spin on Romantic Fantasy

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tainted energyTainted Energy

by Lynn Vroman
Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can’t keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her. Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. 

However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known even if that life doesn’t include him.

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Review of Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroman

Lena loves horror movies. There’s something about experiencing fear in a safe place that draws her to them. Maybe it’s because there’s so much fear in her real life, making her feel anything but safe, primarily because her father is an alcoholic who beats her and her mom. Then there’s the fact that the theatre seat tried to eat her and her bed tries to swallow her. Lena holds out hope that the mysterious man in her dreams will one day find her and save her as he promised.

The premise of Tainted Energy is super-clever–souls are recycled into another realm in a sort of karmic reincarnation. Energies from the superior plane of Exemplar are punished by being recycled onto Earth. Those reincarnated are not supposed to remember their past lives, but what if they did? This is the question posed in Tainted Energy.

Lena is a strong female character who, like many teen readers, may be trapped in an abusive relationship. Her one dream is to save herself and her mother. She realizes Tarek, the man in her dreams, may not be real and she refuses to wait for her knight in shining armour who may or may not appear. Kudos to her. Also, like many teen readers, Lena holds a lot of pent-up anger at her situation, and she doesn’t always handle it well. I wanted Lena to rise above her anger and show her father she’s better than him. I was disappointed when, instead, she uses fists instead of words to get even with him. I was glad to see that, while Vroman pens an intense sexual desire between Lena and Tarek, they do not act it out. When you’re a teen, everything is intense, but seeing as this Lena and Tarek have just met and Tarek is in his twenties and Lena is not yet 18, the characters do not give into temptation.

Tainted Energy was an enjoyable, quick read. Though romance and fantasy aren’t my favourite genres, I found myself looking forward to reading it. The story manages to put a fresh spin on reincarnated romance and multiple-worlds theory, and I really liked that.

Mamabear gives this book:

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Note: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

lynn vromanBorn in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during Math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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“The Intruders” is good, as long as you read the book first.

the-intruders“Intruders” is perhaps the best new sci-fi television shows this year. One of the things I liked about it was the slow build it took toward the climax, meting out hints about the true theme of reincarnation in small bites. In fact, viewers were kept guessing until after the first few weeks. John Simm, a favourite of mine since “Life on Mars”, is amazing in the role of Jack Whalen. Ditto James Frain (from “True Blood”) who plays cold-blooded Richard Shepherd. When the season ended, I wasted no time buying the book to relive the thrill and mystery.

But for the television connection, I don’t think I would have finished reading Michael Marshall Smith’s The Intruders. Breadcrumbs in the novel were dropped at a much slower pace than on TV. Readers are kept in the dark until the last chapters, and even then, they’re kept guessing as to what was actually going on.

As a testament to casting,  Simm’s acting rings true to the voice of Whalen in the series.

By contrast, Madison, another of my favourite characters, was poorly fleshed out in the novel. Chapters detailing her story alternate from the points of view of Madison, her parents, Shepherd and Marcus Fox, which makes it difficult to follow.

Like the series, Anderson’s ghost machine is mentioned but never explained. Also like the series, Amy leaves Jack, but the connection to the secret society that organizes and funds the returned souls, as well as the connection to Rose, isn’t truly there. The novel’s climax does not do the suspense justice, unlike the series finale which left me hoping for another season.

Though the narrative–especially when told through Jack’s eyes–was intriguing as is the premise, The Intruders falls flat. Smith’s novel is great as a companion to the series, so long as you read the novel first.

Mamabear gives this book:

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