ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE (VOLUME V, ISSUE XXVI) | Article Published on: 27th May 2022 | www.demodemagazine.com
1. 'CLUBBED TWO' - BY AUTHOR ROBERT KARL
CLUBBED TWO is historical fiction, set in Philadelphia PA from 1982 to 1992. A love story is included, but this is not your typical gay romance novel. It's his second book in a planned three-part series exploring LGBTQ history and culture.
Much of the story is told in a first-person narrative by Joey, the owner of Club Sanctuary. Joey and his partner, Henry, continue to develop their relationship as they build the club into a huge success. However, in order to provide greater insights into the words, thoughts and actions of various characters, the author often moves into a third-person narrative. This allows the reader to dive more deeply into the stories of characters whom Joey might not know at all. This format allows Club Sanctuary to be a metaphor for the greater LGBTQ community, without limiting the scope of the story.
LGBTQ Pride; Diversity; Disability Awareness and incredible diversity in the LGBTQ community. Acceptance; Interracial Love; 1980s Queer Fashions and Fads; Ageism, Infidelity, and AIDS Activism.
Historical references are made as the characters attend the Gay Games, view the AIDS Memorial Quilt, or learn about the deaths of celebrities, AIDS activists and advocates, co-workers and friends. Others get involved with real-life organizations, such as ACT UP, as they struggle to fight against indifference and ignorance.
Readers have described the book as profound, poignant, fun, spicy, hilarious and as an amazing book with important stories. Come along for the ride and experience life in the true spirit of the Queer community.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR ROBERT KARL
Robert A. Karl is a native son of Philadelphia, PA. He spent his adult life as an active member of the LGBTQ community there. He earned his M.Ed. from Temple University and worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher and technology specialist for 30 years. He also taught courses in Educational Technology at the Temple University College of Education.
Losing many friends to the AIDS pandemic dramatically altered his world. Living in the LGBTQ community provided the historical background for his novels, CLUBBED: A Story of Gay Love and CLUBBED TWO: Anxiety, Anger, Activism. His work is a tribute to the LGBTQ Pride; Diversity; Disability Awareness and incredible diversity in the LGBTQ community.
By setting the novels in a specific place and time (Philadelphia, PA during the 1970s through the 1990s) the author uses Club Sanctuary as a metaphor for the LGBTQ community and the many characters in the books embody the fabulous, funny and flawed people of that community.
The author openly discusses issues of internalized homophobia, racism, ageism, sexism & other problems that continue to exist within the Queer community. Ignoring these problems does nothing to provide a solution. The author believes that open, honest communication is essential to preserving our culture and our world.
Currently retired, he is the proud Gay Dog Dad to Zuna, the Awesome Boston Terrier. Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he enjoys the beauty and culture of La Isla del Encanto, the Island of Enchantment.
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2. 'LIVING IN JOYFUL RESILIENCE' - BY AUTHOR KATE OLSON
Drawing from psychology, education and neuroscience, the book explains how joyfulness contributes to the responses that enable us to bounce back from adversity, thriving not just surviving. Included are resilience stories from the author and ten contributors that will resonate and inspire you. The book is divided into three parts.
In Part 1, the author explains the difference between resilience and joyful resilience, as well as,
some of the research on what we have defined as resilience and a little about the history and philosophy behind the traits that we have come to know as resilience.
In Part 2, the author tells her own resilience stories and resilience learned from friends. There are also, ten resilience stories contributed by other invited authors. Kate included these resilience stories to motivate and inspire you and to give some examples that readers might see in their life circumstances.
In Part 3, the author includes practices, exercises and tools to help you in building resilience traits and becoming both stronger and more joyful.
Throughout the book, Kate offers resources from traditional research, science, neuroscience, psychology and even the physical sciences and the world around us to demonstrate the link between joy and resilience and draw her concept together. This is her mission as an owner of Soul Fire Wisdom Coaching & Hypnotherapy. Author Kate was inspired to write this book during the pandemic and her move from Washington to the Arizona desert in 2020. She saw the signs of resilience all around her. The book is available in formats: kindle, paperback & hardcover.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR KATE OLSON
Being a writer was not the first career that sparked Kate Olson’s interest growing up. Archeologist, Astronaut and a few more were in the running, but writing was one she loved beginning in grade school when she discovered the magic of reading and books and it stuck with her.
She began college as an English major with the idea of becoming a writer, but was soon discouraged by an advisor who told her all of the professors had wanted to be writers and they were teachers, so what made her think she could be one? If only she had known herself better and had more resilience at the time. She changed her major to Psychology, which probably did play an important part in her journey. Her degree, however, was just a stepping stone on the way and not a final destination. Writing skills became a resource Kate used throughout her career in marketing, technical writing and even a few articles and contributions to other people’s books, along the journey. It would be a lifetime before she achieved her initial objective of becoming a writer.
As a "Change Adventure Navigator", Kate helps clients to embrace change and see all its possibilities. This is her mission as an owner of Soul Fire Wisdom Coaching & Hypnotherapy. Kate believes strongly in creativity, self-expression and pursuing our passions. She believes in our uniqueness, worthiness and beauty. It is her mission to help clients see these qualities in themselves and to guide them to find their Path, Purpose and Peace. She is a speaker, author, radio host and retreat facilitator.
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3. 'THE BLOODSHED OF THE BETRAYED' - BY AUTHOR A. L. SLADE
Unable to feel emotions, angels are God’s devoted soldiers, who are tasked with carrying out God’s will. One of which is to answer the question: can angels handle the gift of emotions without it interfering with their loyalty to God?
Enter Laramie. Angel Laramie is given emotions as a trial to decide once and for all if angels are ready to feel again. However, she soon becomes sidetracked by an infatuation with a human called Maggie, prompting her to neglect her orders and allow her mission to fail. She returns to her superiors in hopes of helping the human only to learn her feelings were a test. Her failure means her banishment to Earth until she fades away forever. Magda Mercy is a twenty-three-year-old college student with dreams of becoming a doctor. Her life changes forever when her brother returns on leave from the military with devastating family news. In exile, Laramie is confronted by Lucifer with a confounding revelation that changes everything Laramie has ever known as an angel. Lucifer presents an offer of eventual immortality in exchange for Laramie’s ceaseless fidelity. When Laramie declines, Lucifer lashes out by tormenting the innocent Maggie as punishment for Laramie’s refusal. Laramie must now do everything in her power to save Maggie and prevent Lucifer from realizing his goals, even if it means reaching oblivion sooner.
The Bloodshed of The Betrayed is a diverse dual point-of-view fantasy/adventure novel for the upper YA markets that touch very maturely on dark subject matters.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR A. L. SLADE
A. L. Slade is the 18-year old author of “The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed” is the first book in the anticipated series, “The Mercy Chronicles.” Slade brings this skillfully adapted tale to life with her endless creativity and descriptive story-telling as her hopes to enlighten readers and portray young authors in a brilliant way is the backbone of her writing career. Slade has spent the past five years cultivating her first book, "The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed" to be able to share it with the world. Slade has been writing for as long as she can remember and has been a part of the writing field since early 2017 when she first self-published her book with a self-publishing company under the title ‘Retribution.’ Since then, she has gone back and implemented revisions to her book. She was unsatisfied with the preliminary result and has spent the past five years editing, revising, and developing her story into its truest form. Slade’s craft has always come very naturally to her and is undoubtedly her greatest passion in this world.
The author openly discusses issues of internalized homophobia. Slade is a young Canadian author, and her primary influence for writing is to spread awareness towards marginalized communities and minorities, as she elects to write about POC and LGBTQ + members to represent the underrepresented respectfully and accurately. Not only has she written the novel, but Slade has also designed the cover herself, enabling the book to be precisely the way she envisioned it to be from the very beginning. For A. L. Slade, writing allows her to create a world that is something incredible and what makes it unique is knowing that she can be a part of it.
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4. 'YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF' - BY AUTHOR KRIS CREWS
Why You Need to Read “You Owe it to Yourself” Today for Mental Wellness
Anxiety. It’s a word that we’re hearing a lot nowadays as we’re bringing this to light and normalizing discussions about mental wellness and health. Over the years, Author Kris struggled with depression and anxiety, and before meeting an actual therapist, writing served as a therapy for her. She always felt safe writing out her feelings. It was not until recently that she started becoming more honest with herself when she write and not feel ashamed to admit when she was struggling. She started to recognize that the emotions she is having are valid and that not addressing them would be a disservice. She owed it to herself to start putting her mental wellness and health first. During the lockdown, she continued writing as her anxiety was at an all-time high. She needed an outlet to make sense of the madness, and little did she know that she would find a way and that it would be shared with so many people through the release of 'You Owe it to Yourself'. The quotes and stories in her book are from her experiences that came in the most challenging times.
How You Owe it to Yourself can Help Others on their Mental Wellness Journey
At the time, when Author Kris was writing this for herself - for her healing - but over time, she realized that this could help others prioritize themselves, improve their mental wellness, and share their stories too. In a world that constantly asks so much of us, it’s easy to get caught up in our schedules and forget about what makes us happy. She hopes that her book will give people the space to slow down, breathe, find happiness, and rest through the prompts.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR KRIS CREWS
Kris Crews is an author from Columbus, OH, residing in Los Angeles, CA. Over the years, writing became a haven for her, acting as a form of therapy and escape. Little did she know that writing in her journal would turn into something bigger, leading her to gain her BA in Journalism and Media Communication.
Soon, she wrote for publications like Huffington Post, MTV, Black Excellence, and 1 and1Life. While writing for these publications brought her joy, she wanted to pursue writing a book. Fast forward a couple of years, and she released her first book, You Owe it To Yourself. She hopes to continue connecting with others and building communities that support others in sharing their stories through her writing.
She wrote a quote that started the beginning of 'You Owe it to Yourself'. The quote read, “Silly of me to be afraid of the end when I haven’t even started.” She shared it on her Instagram and received positive responses and messages from many people sharing how they felt similar. From then on, she continued writing and kept sharing more quotes. She wanted to create something more interactive for others to participate in while highlighting parts of her own story and vulnerabilities. She has tons of journals from other authors and always found herself using them because of how beneficial they are.
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5. 'UNCONVENTIONAL' - BY AUTHOR JAMIE ANDREA GARZOT
Jamie Andrea Garzot was one of the least likely people to become a cannabis entrepreneur, advocate, and industry pioneer. She had no business background. She was not involved in politics. She had only a four-figure capital investment to start with. And, surprisingly, she had very limited experience with cannabis products. So how did Garzot find herself at the forefront of California’s cannabis movement?
In this inspirational memoir, Garzot describes her trajectory from a cannabis retail rookie navigating an unregulated market to a cannabis authority. During her time in the industry, she developed a wildly successful line of artisanal edibles, managed $12 million a year in all-cash sales, and became an advocate for cannabis legislation at the state capitol—all of which led to an eventual acquisition by High Times, one of the most recognized names in the industry. From office intrigues, personal crises, and shifting regulations to teamwork, innovation, and community leadership, Garzot, with good-natured humour, shares how thinking creatively, planning ahead and forming connections in the most unlikely places contributed to her success in a continually shifting business landscape.
Unconventional is the story of an industry in its wild heyday, the inner workings of local and state government and cannabis’s dicey road to regulation, and the seismic changes in the way cannabis was distributed and sold. But it is also the story of one woman’s tenacious spirit and all the lessons she learned the hard way.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR JAMIE ANDREA GARZOT
With eleven years of lawful cannabis industry experience, Jamie Andrea Garzot is one of California’s pioneers, drawing from boots-on-the-ground experience as a state-licensed cannabis retailer, an appointed city official, and an industry advocate.
Since the beginning of her industry tenure in 2009, Garzot has logged thousands of hours advocating for responsible cannabis regulation before the California State Legislature and provided cannabis policy guidance to local governments throughout the Northern California region. In August 2020, both of her groundbreaking businesses - 530 Cannabis and Synergy—were acquired by the most globally recognized name in cannabis, High Times.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in British literature. Jamie remains a high-profile industry advocate, educator, and public speaker.
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6. 'WHERE WILL WE GO? A SEQUEL' - BY AUTHOR EMILY CRAIG
Two years of marriage were ruined by one drunken mistake.
Lucy’s story is not yet over. In the sequel Where Will We Go? Lucy Berry is faced with new challenges that will both excite and challenge her. Newly divorced from her high school sweetheart David, she is plunged into a new world where David is now engaged to his mistress while she has to navigate life after love and heartbreak. Just when Lucy is feeling unworthy of happiness, a silver lining presents itself. She lands her dream job as a travel writer. Follow aspiring author Lucy as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery with her best friends by her side. Witness as she blissfully immerses herself in French culture while hitting all of Paris’ hot spots for her new job. Laugh along while she helps throw an epic murder mystery birthday bash. Most of all, join Lucy as she transforms her self-doubt into self-love, ending a tragic year with the surprise of her life.
Will Lucy finally leave David in the past or will he continue to haunt her dreams?
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I would strongly recommend this book to New Adult and Women's Contemporary Fiction readers. And also to those readers who like reading about travelling and especially if you are a Francophile (like me) you will love this book! ~ said a reader on Amazon.
I had a really healing experience reading this book. It's important to love yourself first, and that's the message in the book.
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR EMILY CRAIG
Emily Nicole Craig is an author, poet, and blogger. With a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of North Alabama, she always knew writing was her future. Her background in writing covers many genres, ranging from Southern Gothic to Young and New Adult. With five pieces of published poetry under her belt and after the success of her debut book, Will You Love Me Again?, she wanted to fuel her passion for writing with a sequel, thus Where Will We Go? was born. She lives in Athens, Alabama with the love of her life Dustin and their dog Buttercup.
Where Will We Go? is a self-discovery story about a woman’s journey after a devastating divorce. She struggles with self-doubt, heartache, and nightmares that ultimately make her stronger on her road to pure happiness.
Emily wrote Where Will We Go?: A Sequel because she wanted to continue her writing journey with a sequel to my debut book, Will You Love Me Again?. She has loved writing since she was 10 and now has two published books. Writing has been her escape from the world for
over 15 years, and in the last year, She doesn't know what she would have done without it. Writing helps her heal her pain and allows her to grow through her struggles. Craig's books showcase how we can find hope after heartbreak or any storm in our life.
Although her author journey hasn't been typical (publishing in 2020), She is grateful for every part of her journey. Her words are out in the world because she never gave up on her 10-year-old self's dream.
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7. 'A FINAL CALL' - BY AUTHOR ELIOT PARKER
In the thriller 'A Final Call', Cleveland Homicide Detective Stacy Tavitt is contacted by a former
college classmate who asks for help in finding her missing son, Colton. Still reeling physically and emotionally from her last investigation―which led to the disappearance of her brother--Stacy reluctantly agrees. At first, there is little reason to suspect foul play in his disappearance until he becomes the primary suspect in the murder of an ex-girlfriend. It’s a race against the clock as Stacy tries to find out what happened to her brother and clear his name, all while stopping a lethal killer who continues to target the friends and family connected to Colton. Beset by threats inside and outside of her life, Stacy must go to great lengths to find a killer and save her brother.
This book is a sequel to a previous book featuring Stacy Tavitt titled Code for Murder. In Code for Murder, Stacy makes an overzealous decision that leads to a botched undercover investigation. As a result, Stacy is attacked, and her unconscious body is dumped into the frigid Cuyahoga River. Six months later, Stacy’s first case back from medical leave involves the murder of Cleveland Browns football player Devon Baker. With little forensic evidence connecting anyone to the crime, Stacy sets out to find the killer. As Stacy comes very close to unravelling the tangled threads of the case, the killer wants her, and those close to her, to suffer for another impulsive decision she made in the line of duty. The killer just may be more familiar to Stacy than she realizes. While reading the book, you'll love Stacy's commitment to justice.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR ELIOT PARKER
When he was in the eighth grade, he won the school writing award. His English teacher, Mr Tom Cyrus, had submitted his name and some of his samples to a committee of faculty who ultimately made the award decision. That moment changed him forever. His experience being a student in Mr Cyrus's class changed him forever. Throughout that entire year, he encouraged him to write and at intervals asked him if he had been writing anything new. More importantly, he gave him notecards with inspirational quotes and messages about writing as a motivational tool to keep writing.
When he was in his M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at Eastern Kentucky University, he learned how to be a better and more concise writer by taking courses on genre and learning how to write short stories that catch a reader’s attention from the first page and hold them throughout the narrative until the end. Since his first novel 'Breakdown at Clear River' was published in 2012, he wrote four more thrillers and a collection of multi-genre stories titled Snapshots. He was awarded the 'West Virginia Literary Merit Award'. He also received the 'PenCraft Literary Award and 'Feathered Quill Book Award' for his short story collection. His thriller novel 'Fragile Brilliance' was a longlisted finalist for the SIBA (then the Pat Conroy Prize) for thriller writing in 2017. My latest thriller, featuring Cleveland (Ohio) police lieutenant Stacy Tavitt, titled 'A Final Call' came out in November 2021. He also hosts an author interview podcast program on the Air Global Radio Network titled Now, Appalachia.
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8. 'BEING SAM: I SAID WHAT I SAID' - BY AUTHOR GEOQUASHA BROWN
We’ve all been through the phase in our lives where we don’t feel worth it, or that we don’t deserve to be happy. It is a part of life that we all have to go through good and bad days. Some even worse days. Sometimes the hard times last longer than we thought and nothing seems to work out for the better. Feeling hopeless is not uncommon or unheard of. But it is important to remember that even in hopelessness there is hope. Sam’s life is much like any of ours. It’s a beautiful thing to see her rise above her troubles and find herself.
The troubles and triumphs; the failures and the successes of the protagonist might feel very personal to some readers who have experienced the same or similar in their life. To get anywhere in our lives, we first need to get to ourselves. People or the reader or the audience will take something meaningful and positive from this special book.
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This book is a great read for children to enjoy. Hopefully, the author makes more children's books, my sister really enjoys them. She wants a series and so does I. - Kay
I like the authentic vibe of this narrative. Reading Sam’s thoughts gave me great insight into the things unnoticed. I no longer felt lost in my reality. I would recommend this to anyone in their mid 20’s; you’re not a failure, you just got to take the time to understand who you are and push yourself to elevate to a higher level. - Kriss
This book was very good and it was short and easy to read. I would recommend to a friend. - Lisa
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR GEOQASHA BROWN
Geoquasha Brown is a young author that is way beyond her years. The writer and children’s book author grew up aspiring to be an author one day but never knew when it was time to take that leap of faith. Throughout her years of schooling, Brown mainly remembers her English teachers and professors because they made such an impact on her writing career. She looked forward to going to school every day just for her English classes. With her debut novelette, Being Sam, Brown has received much recognition for the series. The five-star rated series set the tone for Brown being named the voice for the millennials. Brown has aspired to connect with her readers through her authenticity and personal experiences. For the proclaimed force to be reckoned with author Geoquasha Brown declares her journey as a writer is just beginning. Brown grew up in Hampton, Virginia. The Virginia native migrated to North Carolina after earning a full scholarship to play basketball and earn an education at Campbell University.
Before she began her writing career, Brown earned her graduate degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her graduate degree, Brown transferred from Campbell University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Science from West Virginia State University. Graduating back-to-back cum laude as a student-athlete, Brown made her mark as an over-achiever. Brown is also a retired professional basketball player who later played in Europe and Mexico for several seasons. Today, Brown resides in Dallas, Texas with her loving family and puppy.
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9. 'LOVE IS WAR, WAR IS LOVE' - BY AUTHOR ALFRED QUINSAY
Capping off three miles amidst the breezy landscape of the vast area of Zambales, Emilio trotted towards the highest peak of the summit overlooking a disputed island called Scarborough. The thin air was evident as it passed through his lungs, savouring the high altitude mountainous breeze. Clarity seemed to take over as his mind began to relax while he fixed his gaze on the shoal, a wondrous work of nature that would be soon obscured as man made structures curtailed foreign objects encroaching within its radius. Once a haven for local fishermen had now become a restricted zone, threatening to apprehend those who would persist.
Alfred Quinsay's Love is war, war is love, follows the story of a rich man Tony Hua, who wants to acquire land in the Philippines, where the world's largest mall is about to be built. He gets involved in some illegal deals and some unruly businesses to get what he wants. Ronald Rim, the man in charge of the construction, however, has another thing coming for Tony. Emil, an engineer, and a military secret agent come over to oversee the construction, and to Tony's great surprise is he is also the ex-boyfriend of his wife Lily.
Will Emil's presence affect more than just Tony's business venture? Is Emil being there really just a coincidence? This book will keep you in it for the longest time. The storyline is engaging, with a perfect blend of drama, suspense, and conspiracy. A perfect book to read for the fans of the adventure, and thriller genre. The book has a unique plot and is packed with action and drama.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR ALFRED QUINSAY
Alfred Quinsay found his knack for writing novels when he was in his early twenties. It started more like a script for a movie, but as the plot and the characters of the story developed, it turned into a novel. He completed his first book after about a year but decided not to get it published because of fear of embarrassment from peers. Being young and inexperienced, he also lacked the resources and connections at that time so he thought it best to pursue other practical endeavours. For the next twenty years, he went after other goals and temporarily abandoned writing novels. He also became a CPA and earned an MBA degree.
During the intervening period which he later called his “real-world education,” he worked in various industries. After his stint in various industries, he became a university professor in 2010 teaching accounting and business subjects. In 2012, he contemplated going back into writing contemporary novels which depict real-world experiences. Despite his regular job, he was able to complete his first official novel in 2014. This time, he made sure he submitted it to a publisher. From there on, he never looked back and returned to writing books with more passion & resilience. He realized those years that may seem inactivity in writing were really “a gathering of enriching experiences” that has honed him to be a better thinker and writer at the same time. They were never wasted, they were more like preparation according to him. At the time of this writing, he has self-published five more books & his latest book, “Love is War, War is Love,” is an internationally released novel published by Olympia Publishers in the UK.
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10. 'THE ADVENTURES OF ZORAX ZOOMSTER' - BY AUTHOR SHEMAR JAMES
In this thrilling fantasy tale, a teenage alien crew ventures off into a vast galaxy with the hope they can save their civilization from a powerful ruler determined to carry out an evil plan. In the city of Zorgatopolis on the planet Zorga, teenage alien Zorax Zooomster has just saved the planet from a meteorite apocalypse.
As Zorax and his skilled team head to the planet where Zemus lives to save Vanilla, Zorax trains with different skilled teachers on each planet who mentor him on learning new elemental powers to use to fight Zemus. As the trio travels through the galaxy, they perform smaller rescue missions, combat crime, befriend other alien companions, and do other good deeds along the way.
Zorax Zoomster is a fresh, new sci-fi original story that tells an exhilarating adventure of teenage alien heroes battling for freedom in a futuristic, dystopian universe. As the story develops, Zorax’s team of heroes grows, each member possessing a unique superpower and personality to go along with it. Zorax’s galaxy taps into the fun of alliteration with most people and places beginning with the letter Z, encouraging the reader to really pay attention to who each character is and expand their imagination. The story is centred around determination, teamwork, patience, growth, forgiveness, and the battle for liberation against oppression. There are countless mini-adventures and action-packed scenes in the book, sustaining the reader’s engagement and building overall excitement through the entire story arc.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR SHEMAR JAMES
From a very young age, creative writing has always been something that Shemar has done in his free time. Writing was a way to explore his imagination and create fantastical worlds, develop fun characters, and craft interesting plots. In elementary school, Shemar recalls journaling numerous pages of funny short stories where his classmates would gather around in anticipation and enjoy the comedic and action-packed adventures his characters would venture on. Being inspired by the television he watched and the video games he played, Shemar wrote and illustrated many stories both on his own and some with other friends. A close friend he rode the school bus with would wait impatiently for him to add more to his story journal so that she could pick up where she left off in the story and enjoy reading with the few minutes she had. He also remembers an older cousin that would come over and read his very early drafts of his published book, The Adventures of Zorax Zoomster and shared with him that “I wouldn’t be reading your stories if I didn’t think they were interesting.” From these moments of his childhood, Shemar knew that he had something special to share.
Shemar is originally from Chicago and he completed his Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship last year. His long-term objective is to see his works transformed into television series, movies, or video games. He wants to inspire people who may be aspiring to become an author like him never to give up. He encourages aspiring writers to fix their eyes on the dream and just start writing.
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