Friday, February 3, 2012

My Blood Runs Blue

Book Trailers are a thing nowadays. No more do we have to haunt book stores, reading back blurb after back blurb. Gone are the days when authors and publishers had to pull you in with only the written word and some graphics on a city bus. The days of begging to be put on some newspapers To Be Reviewed list are over. With the internet and television, authors and publishers can touch thousands or even millions using video trailers. Reaching that many people  might even help bring non-readers into the fold. Certainly the following trailers by today’s guest author have that potential. 

Check out these trailers out and then come back for our interview with internationally famous Stacy Eaton, author of My Blood Runs Blue series.

My Blood Runs Blue:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thinking About Thinking: "Choosing Reality"

Choosing Reality: A Contemplative View of Physics and the Mind
B. Allen Wallace
New Science Library (Shambala Publications),
Boston & Shaftsbury (Eng)1989
various publishers for more recent works:

I first found this book at a second hand book store. The cover was graphically interesting (trails, I believe, from particle physics experiments), and after checking it out for a bit, found there was a good deal of information about the history of physics, and how science develops ideas, in language that  I, the one-time liberal arts student, could actually  mostly understand.

Once I got into the book, I found an entire landscape that explained, to a great degree, some of the questions that I've had on my mind from time to time. Why do we think that today's science is immutable truth? Why is it that groups of scientists looking at the same data, can come up with wildly different answers? How real are the constructs that are generated to explain unexpected results in experiments? What kinds of processes generate new information about our reality, and how do we know if they are true?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New find!

There was a time when I thought the slush pile reader at a publishing house was the best job anyone could ever have. After all you get to read all those books for FREE! And if the book was bad, you just tossed it aside. Fact is, I would have read the slush pile for free.

Since receiving my Kindle last spring, I have been haunting the cheap books on Amazon.  Really for the price of an order of french fries you can get a book. But I've learned how hard it is to just toss a book. Unlike that cup of coffee you just dump because it didn't taste right,  you really want to give the author a fair chance, so you read more than just a few pages.  And the real reason I wanted to read the slush pile? So I could be the one who found the gem the publishers missed. With the kindle and the low cost of reading self published works, we all now have the chance to find those special books. But unlike that coffee, buying a book is more than just money, it is an investment of time.

The Childe Lots of books are read before something is posted because I want you, dear reader, to trust what is placed here. So when I say my money and time was well spent with this book, you can be assured  I don't say it lightly.

The Childe
By C. A. Kuntz
Published by C. A. Kuntz

From Barnes and Noble:
Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager growing up in the small port town of Astoria. Sure, she is taller than average, has a mane of fiery red hair that is impossible to tame, is left handed, and has one eye that is sky blue and one that is amber, but that is where the differences end . . . unless you include the “minor” detail of her slow metamorphosis into the Childe. 

We all know how difficult high school can be, and for Cat Colvin it is no different. Except for the fact she has the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times.