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Author of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be

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now available!

A Place That Used to Be is now available for online order! Before you order from Amazon, please consider the following:

  • See if you can order the book through your local bookstore! Many businesses are offering curbside pick-up or other social distancing options.
  • Request the book through your local library!
  • Wait a few weeks: I’ll be getting an order of books to sell by hand, and I would be happy to sell you a signed copy!

The test copies just came in last week and they look amazing! You can watch the unboxing video here.

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I’m still working on the audio book of The Patch Project. It’s been a lot of fun to spend a couple hours a day recording and editing the audio! Hoping to get that up on bandcamp in the next few weeks!

Also, stay tuned for news about an online book launch for A Place That Used to Be! Can’t wait to share more about the book with you!

 

Sequel Update #7 – A quick note

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Hi friends! Just wanted to fill you in on a couple of developments with A Place That Used to Be:

  • The book has been sent to the printers! After I get the test copies, I’ll be able to put in a full order and narrow down a release date!
  • Christian Laforet put together a stellar cover that we’re both super excited about! Adventure Worlds Press is going to be posting a cover reveal in the next couple weeks, stay tuned!
  • I still have a few copies of The Patch Project available for purchase if you want to be up to speed with the story so far! Although it’s not required to read this book before A Place That Used to Be, it sets up some character points that are important to the sequel.

Hope you’re all doing well out there. If you’re looking for resources on anti-racism or ways to support Black Lives Matter, check out last week’s post for a starting list. There are so many online resources about ways to support the Black community at this time.

 

Sequel Update #5 – Exciting Stuff!

Some exciting stuff happening this week as we get closer to A Place That Used to Be‘s release. We haven’t settled on a solid launch date, the world being what it is, but I’m hoping for late June! In the meantime, here’s where the sequel’s at!

  • Ben Van Dongen of Adventure Worlds Press once again proves he is a rock star at book layout! The manuscript proper is all ready to be sent to the printers!
  • Christian Laforet (also of AWP) is working on a stellar cover design! Stay tuned for the cover reveal in the next few weeks!
  • There’s a book trailer! You can watch it on and share it from my YouTube channel.

It’s so exciting to see all the pieces of this book come together. Ben said it best in the Meet the Publisher post last week: being a writer/ author is not a solo undertaking! I’m thankful for the wonderful people I get to share this book journey with.

Also, I forgot to share a link to the article I wrote for Mirror World Publishing’s positive creativity series. You can read it here.

Until next week, hope you’re all staying safe and healthy out there!

the first thursday, featuring Ben Van Dongen and The Thinking Machine

For the next four Thursdays, I’ll be featuring a different book by a local author – and they’ll be featuring The Patch Project! It’s our version of a book exchange-style blog tour, and should be a lot of fun!

First up is Ben Van Dongen, with his new cyberpunk novella, The Thinking Machine!

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The Thinking Machine follows an outsider named Zed, a new arrival to the massive metropolis that spans most of the Eastern seaboard. The purpose of his visit is to hunt down a machine who, strangely, shares his name. A cyberpunk novella infused with Zed’s personal sense of mythos, this tale of humanity’s relationship with technology is full of suspense and intrigue.

It reads like a detective novel. Zed follows leads, passing through the less frequented corners of the bustling city. Ben Van Dongen’s cities are usually gritty and unforgiving places, riddled with back alleyways and dangerous doorways. This city is no different. The distinct locations of each scene create an impressive thematic atmosphere. Zed’s impressions of the city and the intermittent thoughts of his home in the forest, along with references to why he entered the city in the first place, really put muscle on the bones of this story for me.

The beginning of the book includes a couple of stereotypical side characters you would expect from an 80s dystopian film like Bladerunner, and there is a lack of multi-dimensional female characters. Until Belle, that is. I found that the interactions between Zed and Belle kicked this story up a notch, and created another layer of tension.

Also of interest is the implant which Zed receives in the city. I asked Ben about the role of technology in this book. “I write a lot from the hip,” he replied, “so the implants came from me thinking it was a neat idea that could push the story forward during an early writing session for the book. The idea of mechanical and technological prosthetics terrifies me. I am excited for the possibilities for people who need them, but when fake eyes out perform real eyes, how long will it take before people opt to get the new tech? Will that keep the people who don’t want augmentations behind? It’s a personal fear that I can see on the horizon.”

Overall, The Thinking Machine is a well-paced and engaging read. I’m really excited to see what Ben writes next!

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Ben Van Dongen was born in Windsor Ontario. He likes to think that if he tried harder he could have been an Astronaut, but he is happier writing science fiction anyway. He co-authored the books No Light Tomorrow and All These Crooked Streets, and is one half of the founding team of Adventure Worlds Press. You can read more crazy notions on his website BenVanDongen.com

**Next Thursday’s featured author is Justine Alley Dowsett with her newest co-authored novel, Mirror’s Deceit! **