Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Aaron Ryan's Interview

 


Aaron Ryan

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17360032.Aaron_Ryan
https://www.facebook.com/authoraaronryan

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school, etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Aaron Ryan lives in Washington with his wife and two sons, along with Macy, the dog, Winston, the cat, and Merry & Pippin, the finches.

He is the author of the "Dissonance" series, several business books on multimedia production penned under a pseudonym, and a previous fictional novel, "The Omega Room."

In second grade, he was tasked with writing a creative assignment: a fictional book. And thus, “The Electric Boy” was born: a simple novella full of intrigue, fantasy, and 7-year-old wits that electrified Aaron’s desire to write. From that point forward, Aaron evolved into a creative soul who desired to create.

He enjoys the arts, media, music, performing, poetry, and being a daddy. In his lifetime, he has been an author, voiceover artist, wedding videographer, stage performer, musician, producer, rock/pop artist, executive assistant, service manager, paperboy, CSR, poet, tech support, worship leader, and more. His diverse life experiences give him a unique approach to business, life, ministry, faith, and entertainment.

Aaron’s favorite author by far is J.R.R. Tolkien, but he also enjoys Suzanne Collins, James S.A. Corey, Marie Lu, Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen King.

Aaron has always had a passion for storytelling.

Visit www.dissonancetheseries.com for information on Aaron’s series.


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What inspired you to author this series?

I wanted to write about what terrified me and set it in a futuristic (but not too far), gritty, dystopian Earth setting.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I found the art online! A graphic designer had created it. It wasn't too far off what I had envisioned in my head. I needed to ask him to adjust the image a bit, but other than that, it was perfect!

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Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Personally, Jesus Christ, and my wife. I love them both dearly.

As a writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, by FAR.

What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Continuity. Maintaining correct facts, statuses, attributes, previous quotations, etc., takes some back-and-forth to remember what you said and a full read-through to ensure that there are no gaping plot holes.

Tell your readers about your book.

Cameron "Jet" Shipley was there when they arrived in 2026. He and everyone else lived through the next decade and a half, learning to hide. Learning to never make a sound. Learning the most important rule of all:

You just...don't...look.

The year is now 2042, and humanity is seeking an existence in the shadows. Cameron and his team are sent out on a recon mission in Clarksville, Tennessee, with events and developments that may alter the trajectory of Earth's fate...and his own.

Joined by newcomers Bassett and Trudy, Cameron and his brother Rut will have to contend with a powerful force that has laid waste to the planet and annihilated over eighty-five percent of civilization.

Will Jet's expeditions lead him on a slippery slope of discovery that demands accountability and answers?

Or will it plunge the earth, and everything in it, into further dissonance?

"Aliens" meets "A Quiet Place" in this dystopian sci-fi thriller series.

 

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Who is your target audience, and why?

Young Adult and Adult Dystopian and Sci-Fi/fantasy readers. Anyone who has read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, or the Legend series by Marie Lu, or The Immortal Ones by Shade Owens, can appreciate these. The plot thickens as you progress, and there is a sinister subplot at play.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My marriage, and my two sons. They are my life's greatest accomplishments. :-)

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I am a realist. My characters are based in reality, and unlike the shiny, glossy sci-fi future of many novelists' works, mine focuses on real grief, real experiences, real dialogue, real adversaries. Reality. I'm a big believer in verisimilitude.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Support Kelly Caudle's Road to Recovery and Adaptation

 




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Situation

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On a fateful day, November 12, 2023, a single moment shattered the world as Kelly and her family knew it. Kelly, a beacon of strength and love in our lives, was suddenly gripped by a life-threatening seizure, swiftly followed by a heart-stopping cardiac arrest. For six harrowing minutes, the world stood still - no pulse, no breath. Her fiancée, in a desperate battle against time, began CPR, fighting to bring her back from the brink. She lay there, lifeless, her color fading to a haunting blue, her heart silent.

Amidst the chaos, medical saviors stepped in, reviving her on the spot and employing a ventilator, a technique known as 'bagging,' to breathe life into her still body. The urgency was palpable as she was rushed to ICU, her life hanging by a thread on life support.

The night was far from over; at 3:27 a.m., Kelly's heart faltered again, succumbing to another cardiac arrest. This time, her mother, Melissa Caudle, bore witness to this heart-wrenching ordeal, oddly, she was on the phone with her best friend. Through the phone, her best friend Tina's voice was a beacon of calm in the storm, as Melissa watched, engulfed in agony and despair, the medical team's relentless efforts to revive her daughter.


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Each time the chilling question, "Does she have a pulse?" was met with a devastating "No pulse," Melissa's world crumbled a little more. Time seemed to stand still, each minute stretching into an eternity of fear and prayer. By some miracle, the medical team managed to restart Kelly’s heart, but her battle was far from over. Her body was on the brink, with failing organs, which now included being put on dialysis, a collapsed lung, a cracked rib, and a fever climbing dangerously high.

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As dawn approached, her parents were summoned for the most heart-wrenching conversation. The doctor painted a grim picture - total organ failure, the need for dialysis, life support barely keeping her tethered to this world, and she would most likely pass within hours. The family was called to gather, preparing for the worst. A global prayer chain ignited, holding onto hope against hope. Her children, her siblings, one rushing from California, converged in a solemn vigil, offering prayers and tearful goodbyes.

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In those moments, the fragility of life and the unyielding strength of love were profoundly felt, as Kelly, our beloved, fought a battle that seemed insurmountable, if not impossible, surrounded by the prayers and heartache of all who cherished her.


Turning Point

In the shadow of despair, where hope seemed like a distant memory, something extraordinary happened. Kelly, whose life hung by a thread, began to defy every odd stacked against her. Each day, we witnessed a testament to the human spirit's resilience as prayers were answered. She transitioned from a state of grave danger to one of critical stability, a beacon of hope in the darkest hour.

Seventy-two hours into this journey of uncertainty, the medical team faced a pivotal moment – testing Kelly for complete brain function. The moment she was removed from the mechanical breaths that had sustained her, she drew her first unaided breath in what felt like an eternity. However, the path ahead remained shrouded in uncertainty – the potential brain damage, the loss of motor functions, the unanswered questions that haunted our every thought.

In a heart-wrenching turn, Kelly's fight intensified. She ceased breathing again, necessitating her return to life support. In the days that followed, she endured two more cardiac arrests, each a terrifying dance with mortality, yet each time, her pulse returned, as if guided by the relentless prayers enveloping her.

 

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Then, in what can only be described as a series of small miracles, Kelly began to show remarkable signs of recovery. One by one, the machines that had been her lifeline were removed – the breathing apparatus, the dialysis machine, and finally, the medications that kept her in a deep sleep. With each passing day, she started to exhibit purposeful movements – a tangible sign of her fighting spirit.

The true measure of her progress came in the form of simple, yet profound responses. She began to track movements, respond to pain, hold up a peace sign with her fingers, and most heartbreakingly, a smile would grace her face at the sight of her family's pictures and videos. Initially, recognition eluded her for her mother, father, and sisters – a poignant reminder of the journey still ahead. But, in an instant filled with pure, tearful joy, she recognized her children, ages 8 and 13, from their pictures and videos of their summer swim meets.

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In those moments, we were reminded of the incredible power of love and family – a bond not even the deepest trials could sever. Kelly's journey, marked by struggle, resilience, and an unyielding will to survive, became a testament to the miracles that faith, hope, and relentless love can bring.

Current Situation

On a chilly November morning, the 22nd of 2023, Kelly embarked on a new chapter in her arduous journey toward recovery. She was transferred to a skilled nursing rehabilitation facility, a place where she would face a challenging yet hopeful path of occupational, speech, and physical therapy, coupled with counseling in a multi-disciplinary approach. The aftermath of her cardiac arrests had left indelible marks – struggles with short-term memory, an inability to walk without support, and challenges in speech. Her road to recovery, as outlined by her doctor, seemed a long one, estimated to take at least a year to regain the semblance of her former independence. The word 'miracle' scarcely does justice to her resilience.

But now, we stand at a crossroads where the harsh realities of life intersect with our unwavering hope. Kelly faces not just the physical hurdles of rehabilitation but also the monumental task of adapting her home to her new needs. Wheelchair accessibility, a walk-in shower, kitchen modifications – these are just the tip of the iceberg. Compounding these challenges, her home bears the scars of Hurricane Ida, with a damaged roof, gutters in disrepair, and sheetrock damage, all left unattended as her insurance company collapsed into bankruptcy.

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In this moment of profound need, we reach out to you with a plea for help. We have initiated a GoFundMe campaign, not just a fundraiser, but a lifeline, to aid Kelly in adapting to this drastically altered life. Your support will directly contribute to covering the daunting costs of her rehabilitation and the essential modifications to her home, creating an environment where she can thrive as the amazing mother to her two children and a cherished member of our community.

Every penny, every share of Kelly's story, brings her a step closer to a life brimming with hope and newfound independence. The funds raised will be meticulously managed in an interest-bearing account by her mother, Melissa Caudle, ensuring that every contribution directly supports Kelly's journey back to life.

In this moment of solidarity, we ask you to extend your kindness, generosity, and support. Share her story, contribute what you can, and join us in weaving a network of love and assistance. Together, we can be the pillars upon which Kelly rebuilds her life, a testament to the power of community and the strength of the human spirit.

Thank you, from the depths of our hearts, for being a part of this miracle.


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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Guide to Financial Freedom: Discover Money Skills for Teens to Retire Early, Tax Strategies, Budgeting, and Rich Habits by Christian Pérez

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Christian Perez was born and raised in Spain. He holds the unique distinction of being a former physicist turned finance specialist with a wide range of business inclinations.
Through perseverance and hard work, he embarked on his quest for financial freedom. Christian ravenously devoured everything he could on the subject and quickly became a subject matter expert culminating when he earned his MBA from EAE Business School.
Christian’s passion became purpose. He continues helping others climb out of their struggles by teaching them methods to obtain “the ultimate freedom” - One unattached to any country, business, schedule, or person. A freedom he now shares with anyone willing to learn.

Friday, January 12, 2024

Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact by Ivan Ertlov

 

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Dear Readers,

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I am thrilled to share with you a book that has captivated my imagination and reignited my love for space opera: "Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact" by Ivan Ertlov. Released on July 13, 2021, this masterpiece is not just a book; it's an interstellar adventure that will take you on a journey beyond the stars.

From the first page, Ertlov plunges us into a universe rich with history and complexity. Set 2000 years after a united spacefaring coalition defeats a ruthless species threatening the galaxy, we are introduced to Frank Gazer. He's a descendant of humanity, a species now viewed with disdain and mistrust by the galaxy at large. Frank, a prospector by heart, is far removed from the legacy of his ancestors' destructive past. His character is a refreshing take on the anti-hero archetype, focused on survival and profit rather than grandiose quests for redemption or glory.

As the story unfolds, Frank's pursuit of a lucrative comet leads him to a discovery that could change the fate of thousands of worlds. Ertlov masterfully weaves a narrative that is not only gripping but also layered with political intrigue, a cold war between star empires, and the eternal question of what it means to be human in a universe that has moved on.

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Fans of the "Avatar" series and the "Goliath Chronicles" will find "Stargazer" a natural evolution of Ertlov's storytelling prowess. This book stands out with its fast pace, witty dialogue, and a sense of wonder that harkens back to classics of the genre.

One cannot help but be amused and intrigued by Ertlov's warning of "traces of nuts, antimatter, and fellatio trout" – a testament to the book's blend of humor, high-stakes adventure, and the bizarre. "Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact" is more than a book; it's an experience, a journey that challenges our perceptions of humanity and our place in the cosmos.

"Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact" is a must-read for science fiction aficionados and anyone who loves a story that combines adventure, humor, and a deep dive into the complexities of the human spirit. Ivan Ertlov has outdone himself with this one, and I can't recommend it enough. Grab your copy, fasten your seatbelts, and prepare for a ride across the galaxy you won't forget!

Happy Reading!


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Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in the 1970s in Czechoslovakia, raised in Austria, currently living in the simmering heat of Western Australia. Creative Writer, CM and Producer on International video game hits like Gothic, SpellForce, Hitman and RISK.
Won 25 Game of the Year awards before he decided to write and publish his own novels. Sometimes trashy, sometimes cheeky, often politically loaded, always fun to read.
Best-selling Author in the German Fantasy and Science-Fiction market.
6 x winner of the "Goldener Stephan", Germany's audience award for fantastic literature.
Random facts:
- Ran for councilman in Lower Austria 2000, won a seat, defended it in two further elections. Spent 15 years as an elected politician.
- Played American Football in the Austrian National League (Divisions 4, 3 and 2), won a bowl.
- Knows how it feels to get stabbed, shot and drowned.
- Former medieval full-contact sword-fighter, won the Marchtrenk tournament (which he organized, so take that with a grain of salt)
- Has a daughter in Germany who doesn't think dad is "cool". Mental note: You can produce video games, ride your Harley through the Australian outback and write SciFi bestsellers and your own offspring will still be more embarrassed than proud.
- Speaks 5 languages fluently with a terrible accent, can beg for mercy and ask for a lawyer in 8 more

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