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Affiliated and Going Pro- Guest Post

Affiliated and Going Pro – Virtual Book Tour via My Addiction is Reading

 
Teen and Young Adult
 
Date Published: February 2016
 
 
Ever Dance With The Devil? 14 year-old Tajalik Stokes is a member of the 17th Street Serpents, a murderous gang in Chicago. After losing his brother to gang violence, Tajalik becomes defiant and violent in his own right. Nonetheless, Tajalik begins to wrestle with his pride when he is confronted with the gospel of Jesus Christ by his peculiar guidance counselor, Alfred Justice who tries to mentor him. Yet, Tajalik’s egotism and disobedience land him in a “Dante’s Inferno” experience at the gates of hell. Now, in agonizing pain, misery and regret, Tajalik finds himself in a realm of darkness trying to figure out answers as to how he got there. In this Author’s Cut of Affilaited, Champion weaves together the same elements from the previous edition, while streamlining the storyline to fully immerse the reader into the domain of the streets where good and evil are oftentimes hard to discern.
 
 
 
Teen and Young Adult
 
Date Published: August 2016
 
Enoch Zoles is an agnostic, egotistical, collegiate football star, primed to make millions of dollars as a professional football player. But a one-night stand with a seductive vixen leads to a downward spiral of devastating events, which cost him his reputation, his promising future, and his freedom. And, after experiencing an unexpected tragedy, Enoch wants nothing to do with the God his coach and mentors keep talking about. After repetitive visits to jail, he meets a mysterious inmate who challenges his humility, integrity, and faith—right down to the core of his spirit. But will it be enough to save him from a dreadful end? 
 
 


Chayil Champion is a graduate of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida where he double-majored in both English and Journalism while competing as a two-sport athlete in both football and track. After graduating from UM in 1998, Champion received his masters and doctorate degrees in education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He embarked on a career in education as an English teacher and vice principal in South Florida’s Dade County and West Palm Beach County public school systems respectively before moving to Los Angeles, California in 2009.

 A native from Evanston, Illinois, a suburb that borders Chicago’s north side, Champion developed a love for writing at a young age which carried well into his adult years. After penning his first book in 2009 upon his arrival to Los Angeles, Champion has gone on to write five more books, which include the Young Adult fiction novels, Affiliated and Going Pro, both from The Lost Souls literary series. Champion also wrote Exiting The Wilderness and But He Said He Was A Christian, two nonfiction Christian self-help books. His latest book, Majesties of Canaan: The Goliath Project is a Young Adult, super hero novel. It is the first book of many within the Majesties of Canaan Superhero Series and the second book of The Dark Spores Series where Champion has partnered with best-selling authors Keshawn Dodds and Braxton Cosby to form the new superhero universe and to collaboratively pen the upcoming superhero novel Infinity 7 due in early 2017.

Outside of his love for writing, Champion, runs his own education consulting company in Los Angeles where he continues to teach and tutor students. In his free time, Champion focuses on fitness as he is a gym rat, frequents movies, and enjoys spending time with his daughter Vanessa.

Contact Information

Website: www.chayilchampion.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chayilchampion

Twitter: @chayilchampion

Blog: www.chayilchampion.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DrChampion

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Amazon: http://bit.ly/Amazon_LostSoulSeries , http://bit.ly/Amazon_Champion

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Guest Post

Tajalik looked around in the dark void of where he stood, and saw the silhouette of more souls walking around him. Their faces were disfigured, too. He heard their weeping and moaning. Then, like them, he cried in misery and torment.

“William, what happens next? Is this it? We’re here forever, huh?”

“No, this is only the beginning, Stokes. Our affliction will get much worse.  For an eternity we-”

Loud screeching, screams suddenly interrupted William. Tajalik and the others, held their hands over their ears to block out the sounds that became intolerable. The noise only added to the burden of the souls. All of the afflicted began to run. Tajalik saw William turn and sprint, followed by the countless others that ran from the sounds. Tajalik tried his best to stay close to William. The screams seemed to get closer as Tajalik caught up to William. The two sprinted with thousands of others running away from the abominable noise following behind them. The screams of souls, echoed throughout the darkness, running from the predators who were seeking to destroy them.

The two veered down another dark path. On both sides of them were barren trees. It was so dark; the two were vaguely able to see in front of them. They continued to run as they heard the screams of other souls being picked off and tortured, by whatever creatures captured them. Tajalik looked through the forest. Alongside the path, he thought he saw a hill. He was only able to make it out because of its height in the background; which towered over the trees. Suddenly he felt inclined to veer off the path. Everyone running behind him seemed to be getting intercepted by their attackers. It made sense to take the road less traveled. He turned and ran through the forest of barren trees; leaving William to his own fate. He continued to hear the cries of the other souls. It was unbearable. Tajalik worked his way towards the hill; through the trees and thickets. As he ran, he heard himself getting farther and farther away from the screams. He stumbled and even ran head first into some branches that were unseen in the darkness. It still did not stop him. Finally, he came to the forest’s end.

He was standing in a small field, just a few yards from the base of the hill. He heard more branches rustling. He continued to run again, fearing he was being chased by the creatures that terrorized the dark. A figure emerged, running through the trees. Tajalik continued to sprint towards the hill, as he got closer he spotted a crevice at the base. It looked like a cave. With nowhere else to run, he headed straight inside. He stopped in dead in his tracks at the sight of a group of boys staring at him through black hoods. Tajalik became faint with fear. These were the boys that he saw in his dream; following him down the long dark road. Their unsettling stare terrified Tajalik even more. The figure that had been running behind Tajalik now stood at the opening at the bottom of the hill.

“Who are you?” asked the figure.

“Tajalik.”

“You’re new, huh?”

“What were those things?” Tajalik asked as he backed himself against a side of the cave wall, where he could keep an eye on the figure and the group of boys.

“It’s part of our sentence. Just don’t get caught. If you do, it makes your after-life that much worse.”

“What the hell are you talking about, man?”

“Hell is precisely what I’m talking about; Tajalik…Hell is precisely what I’m talking about…” The figure entered the cave finally and began to approach Tajalik.

“…But the children of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew chapter eight, verse twelve. I bet you wish you believed now.  Don’t you?”

Tajalik looked at the figure as the figure slowly approached him. Tajalik was baffled. It was another young boy in a hood. He nodded towards the other boys.

“We’re all lost souls, man. I’m Lavelle. I grew up in church. Had a mother and a grandmother who prayed for me consistently. They made me go to church regularly, even had me memorize scriptures from the Word. I had mentors who were constantly around me, telling me what to do and what not to do. I didn’t listen. I bucked authority because I loved the street life. I made the choice to not listen to the information, not to listen to the truth that was given to me. That’s the one thing that separates us that dwell here and those that dwell in paradise. That’s the key; Jesus Christ and the choices we make in life. I chose to rebuke the information. So here I stand.”

“So what do we do?” asked Tajalik in intense trepidation.

“We run and hide, Tajalik. It’s only a matter of time before they come through those woods to seek us out. They know this side of the gulf inside and out.”

 

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The Secret King – Letháo

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Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Date Published: September 30, 2015
 
Kendro, King of the Aonise, can do nothing to prevent their sun from collapsing, consuming their home planet Letháo in a single fiery blast. Running out of time and options, he evacuates the entire population, setting off into the unknown galaxy in four crowded ships. Under constant danger from their ancient enemy, the Zefron, treasonous dissent seeps into his inner circle. Threatened inside and out, Kendro struggles with who to trust, until a mysterious vision finally brings hope to the distraught King. A new home awaits the Aonise, if Kendro can only unite them long enough to survive the journey.


About the author:
Dawn Chapman has been creating sci fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13 episode Sci Fi TV series, with great passion for this medium.

In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She’s been working with coach EJ Runyon who’s encouraged her away from fast paced script writing, to revel in the world of TSK and Letháo as an epic prose space journey.

She’s had success with a web series, co-written with ‘Melvin Johnson’, produced by Nandar Entertainment, and a short film Irobe, also co-written. This year her experience of working with Producers/Directors from the US and AUS has expanded. From Drama, Sci Fi to Action, Dawn’s built a portfolio of writing, consulting and publishing.

 Contact Information
Website: www.thesecretking.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-King/836723299691777
Twitter: @TeamSecretKing
Blog: http://kanundra.com/
Any Others:  http://www.tskproductions.com/
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Guest Post by Suzanne Burdon

 What would Mary Shelley think?

 In November there will another representation of the Frankenstein story in cinemas with James McEvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. (Q and A with the stars http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/meet-the-original-mad-scientist-in-latest-featurette-for-victor-frankenstein/)  Since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein there have been more than 100 performances, adaptions. parodies and satires on stage and large and small screen. In 1931 Boris Karloff created the iconic image of the monster in the Universal Pictures production of Frankenstein. One of the most recent acclaimed stagings was in 2012, with the National Theatre’s Frankenstein starring Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating roles as the monster and the scientist. ­­

I think Mary would have enjoyed the varied performances on their merits and would not have been precious about interpretations. She certainly was very tolerant of the stage production that she saw in 1823.  After Shelley died in Italy, Mary went back to London and on August 29th saw a performance of ‘Presumption, or the Fate of Frankenstein’ at the English Opera House. It was very successful, and although Mary thought they had taken liberties with the story, she enjoyed the performance and found it amusing. As well, even 200 years ago new media exposure had benefits in reinvigorating the book sales! These are her comments to Leigh Hunt after seeing it.

 “But lo and behold! I found myself famous! – Frankenstein had prodigious success as a drama and was about to be repeated for the 23rd night at the English Opera House. The play bill amused me extremely, for in the list dramatic personae came –– by Mr T Cook: this nameless mode of naming the unnameable is rather good. On Friday, August 29th Jane my father William and I went to the theatre to see it. What like looked very well as F – he is at the beginning full of hope and expectation – at the end of the first Act. the stage represents a room with a staircase leading to F workshop – he goes to it and you see his light at a small window, through which a frightened of servant peeps, who runs off in terra when F exclaims “it lives! “– presently F himself rushes in horror and trepidation from the room and while still expressing his agony and terror – throws down the door of the laboratory, makes the staircase and presents his unearthly and monstrous person on stage. The story is not well managed – but Cooke played –– ‘s part extremely well –is seeking as it were for support – he’s trying to grasp at the sounds he heard – all indeed he does was well executed. I was much amused, and it appeared to excite breathless eagerness in the audience – it was a third piece, A scanty pit filled at half price – and all stayed till it was over. They continue to play it even now”

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Social researcher, academic and author Suzanne Burdon’s research for Almost Invincible has been extensive. She travelled to the UK, the US and Europe to maintain the authenticity of the story. The book whilst factually based, beautifully imagines the emotions, conversations, and some of the mysteries surrounding Mary Shelley’s life. Burdon says of writing the book, ‘Amongst the volumes of extant information and many complex biographies I glimpsed a Mary who was a teenage rebel, a grieving mother, a determined author and a long suffering lover of a man well ahead of his time. It made me want to tell her story.’ Suzanne is British, and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. 


 

Blog Post by Jessie Andersen

LAST PAGE FIRST

My mother has what I consider a terrible habit. Maybe terrible isn’t the right word, for I fear many of you are like her in this respect. But, for me, it’s the epitome of horrifying.

Now, I need to clarify that my mother is a wonderful woman. Loving, caring, understanding. She’ll go out of her way to do most anything for you. She values faith, relationship and education, and she’s a fantastic grandmother to boot. There aren’t enough words to convey my appreciation for what she’s done for me over the course of my life.

Having said this, there’s one area in which we cannot agree. It’s how we read books. You see, she reads the last page first. The last chapter even. She wants to know how it ends to see if she’ll like it. If she does, then she reads the whole thing. Now, I do give her credit for actually reading the entire book after knowing how it ends. I can’t say I’d do the same. But, Mom, come on! You’re ruining the whole experience of the story. You see, I’m the type that will see the all caps at the bottom of the page and know there’s a huge revelation, and I still keep my eyes from glancing down. I can’t ruin that moment of elation or epiphany for myself. I want to feel the tension and the wonderment of what’s going to happen next.

Being a writer, this whole Last Page First concept is maddening. I see how stories are constructed, how much writers put forth their sweat and tears to create The Experience. You writers know what I’m talking about. We want our readers to become wrapped up in our words, in the emotion of our characters. We want them wanting more and staying up till all hours of the night just to see what happens next.

I can tell you my mother will not stay up all hours of the night to read. Heck, she’s been known to drop a book or two in the bathtub while falling asleep.

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Image of Author’s mother and grandmother (courtesy of J Andersen)

Anyway, when I put that much of myself into a book, I want readers to follow my emotional journey, the journey of my characters. But my mom, bless her, will be content in her own emotional happiness knowing how the story ends. I’ve tried to reason with her. I’ve explained my side of the argument. I even told her when I gave her my rough draft of my first novel that I was going to hold back the last chapter so she couldn’t read it. Unfortunately, I forgot this little detail when I handed over my manuscript, and later that day, she called to inform me that she had indeed read the last chapter first.

But recently, she had a change of heart. She started a new book and for some odd reason (Maybe she hadn’t had her morning coffee yet, I don’t know.), she decided to read the story straight through. And you know what happened?  Emma. Emma happened. Emma is her dog, and just like my mother, Emma wanted to devour that book. But, this is the kicker, guess which part she ate first?

You got it. The last chapter. HA!! I laughed so hard when my mother told me this. “Did you get a new book and finish it?” I asked. “No,” my mom said, “I refuse. I threw the book away. But this just goes to show,” she added, “that I’m justified in reading the last chapter first. You’ll never convince me otherwise.”

Oh great. Just when I thought we had a convert. This whole story took place several years ago before my first book was released. I think I’m finally rubbing off on her because when I gave her my manuscript for THE BREEDING TREE, she read it straight through—no last chapter first!

So tell me, dear readers, what’s your habit? Do you read straight through? Do you skip the flowery language?  Do you read the last chapter first? If so, WHY??? I don’t understand. Please, enlighten me to your ways.


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Author Bio:

There’s not much to do growing up in a small town in Western, NY, so J. Andersen wrote stories and won high school writing contests. But in college her writing was limited to term papers. While teaching middle school she began to read young adult books and got serious about writing. She now writes full time, volunteers at the town library, helps to run a School of the Arts at her church, and sings in the church band. She enjoys good coffee—read: home roasted by her husband—crafts, baking, and chasing after her children. You’ll rarely see J. without a book in her hands, and that’s the way she’d like to keep it.

 

 

 

THE BREEDING TREE-- final cover
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BLURB:

Is the opportunity to create the next generation of life a dream come true or a deadly nightmare? 

When seventeen year old Katherine Dennard is selected to become a “Creation Specialist” in Sector 4, the opportunity sounds like a dream come true. But Kate soon discovers the darker side of her profession – the disposal of fetal organs and destruction of human life. It makes sense, really. In a society where disease and malformations don t exist, human perfection demands that no genetic “mutants” be allowed to live. For Sector 4, “survival of the fittest” is not just a theory – it’s The Institute’s main mission. 

When Kate discovers that The Institute is using her DNA to create new life, her work gets personal. In order to save her unviable son, she’ll have to trust Micah and his band of underground Natural Born Rebels. The problem is, if The Institute discovers her betrayal, the next body being disposed of could be hers.

Links:

THE BREEDING TREE: Amazon pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1941103987/

Website: https://www.jandersenbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandersenbooks

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