Oliver Sparrow – Dark Sun, Bright Moon

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Title: Dark Sun, Bright Moon

Author: Oliver Sparrow

ISBN or ASIN: B00MAM0ECU

Page count: 502 pages

Genre: Alternate History / Fantasy

Price (Print and Ebook): $2.99 kindle / $22.49 paperback

 

Oliver_SparrowAuthor Bio:

Oliver Sparrow was born in the Bahamas, raised in Africa and educated at Oxford to post-doctorate level, as a biologist with a strong line in computer science. He spent the majority of his working life with Shell, the oil company, which took him into the Peruvian jungle for the first time. He was a director at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House for five years. He has started numerous companies, one of them in Peru, which mines for gold. This organisation funded a program of photographing the more accessible parts of Peru, and the results can be seen at http://www.all-peru.info. Oliver knows modern Peru very well, and has visited all of the physical sites that are described in his book Dark Sun, Bright Moon.

 

Tell us about your book:

Dark Sun, Bright Moon is about events that occurred a thousand years ago in the Peruvian Andes, events which fit with what we know of the region’s history. Readers in South America are slamming the book right now because it explores ancient practices, customs and beliefs that many believe should remain hidden in the past. To learn more, go to http://www.darksunbrightmoon.com/

 

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You can read Dark Sun, Bright Moon at the level of an adventure novel, with forays into the two separate universes which form and are formed by our own. You will meet apus and saqras from one of these domains, and nameless forces of creation in the other. Grand – ultimately, very grand – events take place. Our principal character, Q’ilyasisa, grows from an oppressed farm girl to a major power. She travels the Amazon jungle to confront civilisation-sapping parasites on sacrificial pyramids, is sent on ambassadorial missions to slavers who are developing a metaphysical weapon of mass control for their own society; she is adopted as the sister of a vast, authoritarian intelligence living in a volcano and ultimately thwarts and destroys that being in order to protect the new society that she has built.

The book is, however, deeper than an adventure novel. It explores a unique metaphysical and social order, developed over ten thousand years of total isolation. It is a world with a very different morality, where the community counts for everything and the individual for very little. One where tranquil harmony is not merely required of a community  by the nature of physical reality but enforced on it by its apu. Where there is little technology on our plane of existence – no wheels, no iron, no writing – but where there is an infinitely complex set of machinery to exploit in the other domains. This is sword and sorcery without swords, sorcery or even a dragon. But there is a Cheshire cat of a friendly saqra puma, who ultimately marries or blends with a macaw that is also a fortress. Curious? Read the book.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

It is available for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Bright-Moon-Oliver-Sparrow-ebook/dp/B00MAM0ECU

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
If you like exploring strange places and very odd ideas, you’ll love my book.

 

Excerpt from book:

Chapter 1: A Small Sacrifice at Pachacamac

A priest knelt before her, a feather from his head-dress tickling her face. His musky odour of old incense and stale blood was rank, even here on the windy summit of the pyramid. Four other priests held her body tipped slightly forwards, and the pressure that this put on her tired old joints hurt far more than the fine, cold bite of the knife at her neck. Quick blood ran thick down her chin and splashed into the waiting bowl. Then the flow weakened, the strength went out of her and she died, content.

Seven elderly pilgrims had set out for Pachacamac, following their familiar river down to the coast and then trudging North through the desert sands. Two of the very oldest of them needed to be carried in litters, but most were able to walk with no more than a stick to help them in the sand. Lesser members of the community had been delegated to carry what was necessary. These would return home. The elderly would not.

The better-regarded families of the town were expected to die as was proper, sacrificed at the Pachacamac shrine for the betterment of the community. Such was to be their last contribution of ayni, of the reciprocity that assured communal harmony and health. It was also their guarantee of a smooth return to the community’s soul, to the deep, impersonal structure from which they had sprung at birth.

The Pachacamac complex appeared to them quite suddenly from amongst the coastal dunes. They paused to marvel at its mountain range of pyramids, its teeming myriad of ancient and holy shrines.

Over the millennia, one particular pyramid had come to process all of the pilgrims who came from their valley. They were duly welcomed, and guards resplendent in bronze and shining leather took them safely to its precinct.

They had been expected. The priests were kind, welcoming them with food and drink, helping the infirm, leading them all by easy stages up to the second-but-last tier in their great, ancient pyramid. The full extent of the meandering ancient shrine unveiled itself like a revelation as they climbed. Then, as whatever had been mixed with their meal took its effect, they were wrapped up snug in blankets and set to doze in the late evening sun, propped together against the warm, rough walls of the mud-brick pyramid. Their dreams were vivid, extraordinary, full of weight and meaning.

The group was woken before dawn, all of them muzzily happy, shriven of all their past cares, benignly numb. Reassuring priests helped them gently up the stairs to the very top tier. In the predawn light, the stepped pyramids of Pachacamac stood sacred and aloof in an ocean of mist.

Each pilgrim approached their death with confidence. A quick little discomfort would take them back to the very heart of the community from which they had been born. They had been separated from it by the act of birth, each sudden individual scattered about like little seed potatoes. Now, ripe and fruitful, they were about to return home, safely gathered back into the community store. It was to be a completion, a circle fully joined. Hundreds of conch horns brayed out across Pachacamac as the dawn sun glittered over the distant mountains. Seven elderly lives drained silently away as the mist below turned pink.

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Allen D. Allen – God Behind the Movie Screen

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Title: God Behind the Movie Screen

Author: Allen D. Allen

ISBN or ASIN: B00MJ4REQ8

Page count: 43 pages

Genre: Nonfiction

Price (Print and Ebook): $3.99

 

imageauthorAuthor Bio:

Allen D. Allen is the author of God Behind the Movie Screen, an eBook published in August 2014. He is a retired scientist with an extensive body of published articles in the peer-reviewed physics and medical journals. Allen’s science training came from the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles. He has also worked as a film composer and has won several music awards.

 

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In God Behind the Movie Screen, Allen uses popular movies to bring science and religion together.

Allen uses the gratuitous ignorance in several motion pictures to demonstrate how little the public cares about science. As a result of this disinterest in science, Christians often give literal interpretations to biblical parables. Consider, for example, water and wine. Each fluid is made up of different kinds of atoms and the difference between those atoms is a tremendous amount of energy. As a result, to turn water into wine is the same as exploding a large hydrogen bomb. However, Christians don’t take the Bible literally when it says that unruly children should be stoned to death. The problem is scientific ignorance, not religion.

Scientists need not be atheists though. Scientific studies of obedience have shown that most people will commit evil acts, such as harming or even killing innocent people, if it pleases a human authority figure. It’s better to have a belief in a higher power that forbids such behavior.

If you’ve ever pondered the big questions, such as, “Where did we come from?” and “What does it all mean?” you’ll enjoy reading this book. Whether you are religious or interested in science, this book is for you.

To learn more, go to http://www.godbehindthemoviescreen.com/

 

Share any thoughts you’d like the readers to know about you and/or your book:

If you like pondering the universe and our place in it, you’ll love my book.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

It is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

Connect with Allen on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Excerpt from book:

In the spring of 2014, the Associated Press published the results of a poll on American attitudes toward science. This poll found that most Americans doubt scientific discoveries if they concern subjects with which the public is unfamiliar, such as the creation of the universe. This is also the reason for an apparent conflict between science and Judeo-Christian faiths. The Bible reflects human knowledge as it existed thousands of years ago when the books of the Old and New Testaments were written. People understand this when it comes to familiar subjects. When the subject is familiar, people can distinguish between what the Bible intends to teach and the antiquated way in which it’s being taught. Here’s an example:

Lesson for Parents: Children should be well behaved and disciplined when they’re not.

Deuteronomy 21:18–21: An incorrigible child, who misbehaves and defies his parents, should be taken to the gates of the city and stoned to death.Most Americans would agree with the above lesson for parents. Combined with love, it’s the essence of parenting. Experts tell us that without limit setting, children can become spoiled, antisocial, and anxious. But Americans don’t take Deuteronomy 21 literally. From time to time, for example, American mothers kill their children, or try to. These women usually plead not guilty by reason of insanity. They never invoke scripture to claim it was justifiable homicide because their children were unruly. Likewise, an armed man who lies in wait for the chance to murder some teenage thugs isn’t considered pious in America; rather, he risks being sentenced to a long prison term. Would he be found not guilty if he cited Deuteronomy 21 and said, “God made me do it”? Not a chance.

But Americans are at a loss when it comes to science. How many Americans realize that if Jesus had turned two lighter chemical elements into heavier ones as described in John 2, it would cast doubt on what makes the sun and stars shine? For the same reason, it would cast doubt on whether nuclear weapons can work, as explained in the next chapter.

The unpredictable government of North Korea knows that nuclear weapons work. So does the radical government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. And the mullahs don’t seem deterred by the fact that nuclear weapons are a Jewish invention. Doubts about whether nuclear weapons can work could have devastating consequences for Western civilization. But how many Americans realize that a literal reading of John 2 raises such doubts?

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Phyllis f. McManus – The Ghost of Deep Gap

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Title:  The Ghost of Deep Gap

Author: Phyllis f. McManus

ISBN or ASIN: 9781492272939

Page count: 330

Genre: fiction

Price:   Book – $12.54; Kindle – $4.99

 

Phyllis-McManus-02Author Bio:

Phyllis f. McManus lives in North Carolina with her husband, Don. They enjoy traveling with their son, Chad, and grandson, Little Chad. When she isn’t writing, her family is usually on a road trip discovering new adventures she can write about.

She is an obsessive reader that loves a happy ending.

She began writing when she lost both parents in an auto accident. She was encouraged to use writing as therapy. She soon discovered it was a passion she enjoyed. She treasures the morals her parents instilled in her while growing up and she utilizes them in her writing.

Her published work includes, “Forever Girl,” “The Lie That Binds,” “The Southern Belle Breakfast Club,” and “The Long Dirt Road.”  She has won numerous awards for her short stories and poetry. She is currently working on a sequel to “The Southern Belle Breakfast Club.”

 

Tell us about your book:

Chad Butner and his parents moved from the city and made their new home in the mountains of North Carolina. They now lived in a little valley called Deep Gap. Chad had to keep the reason of their move a secret from everyone.

He soon discovered he was not the only one hiding secrets. This included a young mountain girl that quickly won his heart.

Why did the Ghost of Deep Gap walk the mountains in the dark of night? Why did the people of Deep Gap whisper of a crazy woman that placed her dead baby in a moonshine jar? Was the baby the Ghost of Deep Gap that roamed the hills looking for a final resting place?

Would Chad be able to keep his family secret and still win the heart of the young mountain girl or would her secret tear them apart?

Chad was determined to unravel the truth of the mountains before it destroyed the place he had finally learned to call his home.

He soon discovered that a secret could turn into a lie and change many lives that are involved.

 

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This book was a joy to write. My grandson had asked me to write a book about him. I told him  I would use his first name, his friends name and some of the things he enjoyed but I would write it in a different time and place. It would be written around the years 1946-48. I told him I wanted to use his picture on the cover and he had to be dressed in the clothes a young boy would wear in this time period. He finally agreed so off to the mountains we went for a photo day. The cover of the book is my grandson smiling proudly.

When I used my imagination for a little town for my characters to live in I had no idea there was truly a Deep Gap in the North Carolina Mountains. After the book was published I started getting messages from people that actually lived in Deep Gap. I was shocked but over joyed to learn of this. I have since traveled to Deep Gap and have met and made friends that will stay in my heart forever.

Writing fiction is an act of over rating the life you live in your mind’s eye. – Phyllis f. McManus

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

www.amazon.com

www.Kindle.com

www. Barnes & Noble Books.com

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
I ca be found on Facebook – Author Phyllis f. McManus

My blog – The Open Door at https://middlebutton.blogspot.com/

http://amazon.com/author/phyllisfmcmanus

 

Excerpt from book:

The first day of summer was warm, extraordinarily sunny and quiet. Maybe, it was a little too quiet. I was in the back seat of our car traveling to a new place leaving all my dreams of almost sixteen years behind. I was going to a place I had only heard about from my daddy.

I tried to act happy, especially in front of Mama. After all, she was the reason we were moving. There was no need to make her feel worse than the pain she was already experiencing. She no more wanted to move than I did, but felt it was necessary if she wanted to improve her health.

Mama had always been a proper Southern lady with a fierce independent streak. She would not hesitate to speak her mind. The last few months she had completely changed. She would smile and sit quickly while Dad and I talked about his day at work but the sparkle that once was in her eyes was no longer there.

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