Monday, July 6, 2020

The Story Behind Slow Down by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Slow Down is being reissued with a new publisher so it was written a long time ago. I’d been fired from my first job after college at a production company that was quite abusive, and I put that into the
start of the novel. I heard the song “Yellow” by Coldplay and imagined if many people had the same tattoo of a yellow circle. Without a job, I would write every day in the park, and it made me realize that writing was what I wanted to do full-time.

After finishing, I sent the book out to agents but it really wasn’t ready. So I stuck it in a draw and wrote a different book that landed my agent. We tried sending Slow Down out, but editors found the main character too “mean and unsympathetic”. It wasn’t until we found an indie publisher that liked the book for that very reason. It was exciting to have Slow Down be my debut and now three novels later, it’s even more exciting for it to be re-released and find a whole new audience. 

The theme of the novel is that the characters are moving at too fast a pace and will have to slow down to save their lives. They exist in a wealthy, Hollywood bubble that rewards them for their bad behavior. But the novel is a love story too between the two main characters, Noah and Nevie. To be together they must give up all the glitz and fame and escape to a place where they can just live simply. The question is, Do they make it out alive?

About the Book

How far would you go to make your dreams come true? For budding writer and filmmaker Noah Spaeth, being a Production Assistant in director Dominick’s Bambach’s new avant-garde film isn’t enough. Neither is watching Dominick have an affair with the lead actress, the gorgeous but troubled Nevie Wyeth. For Noah’s dream is to get both the film and Nevie in the end, whatever the cost. And this obsession may soon become a reality once Dominick’s spurned wife Isadora reveals her femme fatale nature with a seductive plot to get rid of her husband for good.

Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.

Here’s what readers are saying about Slow Down!

“Slow Down is a frenetic first novel…full of unedifying characters scrambling for the elusive, perhaps imaginary, brass ring.”
Publishers Weekly
“Lee Matthew Goldberg writes like a young Bret Easton Ellis doing a line of uncut Denis Johnson off the back of a public urinal. Memorable in the best possible way, also mostly illegal, Goldberg’s Slow Down is a mad man’s tour of Manhattan’s vices, follies, and ultimate betrayals.”
–Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and Sometimes the Wolf
What would happen if one of Raymond Chandler’s 1940’s femme fatales were to join forces with one of Jay McInerney’s enfant terribles? Lee Matthew Goldberg wrings every delectable trope imaginable out of this mashup while still managing a fresh spin. A writer to watch out for.”
–David Kukoff, author of Children of the Canyon
“Slow Down starts fast and gets faster quick, gunning through yellow streetlights on its way to a full collision with your shattered soul. Lee Matthew Goldberg takes on the American Zeitgeist in this stunning debut.”
–Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat
Slow Down is a brilliant rush of a work charting the rise and fall of Noah and other pretentious losers. Savor this book.”
Foreword Reviews
“Dark and hard-boiled writing that grabs you by the throat. Slow Down is one of those rare novels that’s so good you want it to go on forever!”
–Nick Pengelley, author of Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel
“The plot takes off…there’s no denying it’s fun to watch rich snots destroy themselves.”
“Goldberg’s portrayal of the New York demimonde is one of the book’s strengths and brings to mind Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero. He also succeeds in marshalling a complicated plot.”


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About the Author 

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming, along with his Alaskan Gold Rush novel THE ANCESTOR. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press, Monologging and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.



Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Story Behind What Did Jesus Say by Rev. Terry Allan Christian

I was 23 yrs. old in the middle of a ‘near death’ moment when I met the Lord in a dream. Jesus asked me, do you want to stay here or return and I asked Him what I’d do if I returned and I saw myself in front of thousands of people sharing HIS WORDS. I then told
Jesus, I wanted to return and woke up.

When I woke up, I was still a high school drop out after leaving a violently dysfunctional home at 16. I also stuttered so bad I couldn’t say 5 words in a row without people laughing and mocking me. After this near-death experience I would go onto to read over 500 books on personal development and become a Professional Speaker delivering over 2500 presentations before being called away to start a online Ministry.

When I asked the Lord what He wanted me to do in Ministry that hasn’t already been done, Jesus said, tell them what I told them and nothing more. I was then instructed to compose a book outlining what Jesus said without adding any personal opinions or comments.

It would take me 12yrs to get published and 5 more years before I was healthy enough to talk about the book. I had been experiencing ‘Job-Like’ tribulations from the very day I got up to do (what I thought was) final editing.

My father would die on the day I began final editing, so I returned to help my mother since I was the oldest son. It had been 18yrs since I was in her home because my dad wouldn’t allow me to visit her at home. She would die 3yrs later and I was there at her deathbed breathing in her last exhausted breathe.

After her death, I returned to my book editing and I got injured helping a friend and could hardly walk for 2yrs, then came the worst case of Bladder Cancer the doctors said they’d ever seen and they gave me 3yrs to live unless they removed my bladder and attached it to my outside- wow-
The book suddenly was the least of my concerns and I decided to go for what I later called THE LIFE WALK. I created a 21day sabbatical experience where I prayed, fasted, ate biblical foods mentioned in Genesis adding fish while I read everything Jesus Said about healing in the 4 Gospels. And when I returned a month later to see my doctors they released me ‘cancer free’ and it’s been that way for 10yrs now. God gets the Glory while I put in the effort.

Now the back injury was resolved by surgery, the bladder cancer was divinely healed by God and then came emergency throat surgery the month my book was released and I lost my Hollywood smile and the ability to properly talk publicly for 5yrs. (Wow again)

Today, I live in Negril Jamaica where I came for the Life Walk experience. I counsel Christians worldwide online while helping the local schools where I teach LEADERSHIP SKILLS to the parents and speak to the children too. I’m 68 and feel 48 and expect to spend the rest of my life in Jamaica.

In closing I learned one thing from all this that JOB didn’t know at the time of his tribulations- God was allowing JOB to be tested for a bigger reason than JOB and I accepted whatever happened to me was with Gods approval so I considered it a test and not a penalty.

I am among men most richly blessed and whatever I become will be the result of Gods Blessings combined with my loving obedience to what Jesus Said.

In His Love, I serve.

Rev. Terry A. Christian 

About the Book

This incredible book organizes the teachings of Jesus using only the words spoken by Jesus and nothing more. The book puts readers into an imagined walk with Jesus on the beach, allowing readers to hear over 500 passages spoken by Him as recorded in the 4 Gospels.

“I was asked one time, where did this book idea come from?” says Christian.

“Well, when I was suddenly called away from motivational speaking at the top of my business career, I knew, I was being called to do what Jesus told me, 30yrs earlier. When I asked Jesus what He wanted me to do that wasn’t already being done, Jesus said; ‘Tell them, what I told them and nothing more, add no comments or opinions.’ With those instructions, I composed What Did Jesus Say: The Seven Messages from the Master containing over 500 scriptures spoken only by Jesus to those who loved and followed Him and I’ve added no opinions or comments. Whoever reads this book will know and understand what Jesus said to those who loved and followed Him and what’s expected from those who call Him their Lord and Savior.

Featuring the “best of the best” of what Jesus said, this book is a ‘one of a kind’. The scriptures, stripped of everything save for the words spoken by Jesus, have been composed into seven primary messages and serves as a daily Teaching Devotional.


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About the Author 

Since dedicating his life to Jesus at the age of 23, Terry Allan Christian has been reading the red lettered version of the 4 Gospels as recorded in the KJV Bible. Even though Terry reads the whole Bible, his primary focus is on the words of Jesus and the example of His actions.
Terry grew up in a violent dysfunctional family where he quit school at 16 and left home. He stuttered so bad he could only say 3-5 words in a row. His family and friends mocked him and that caused much stress in his early life.

At the age of 23, he had a near death experience and in which he had a dream. In this dream, he was told that one day he would be a teacher for Jesus. Needless to say, he was scared at first because of his stuttering and lack of structured education however, he always had a child-like faith and trust in Jesus as Lord.

After the dream, he was soon hired by the Dale Carnegie Organization and trained in sales and public speaking, where he met a man who taught him how to visually read. During the next few years Terry read several hundred books on the subject of personal growth.

At the age of 30, Terry became a professional Motivational Speaker and Executive Trainer and over the next 20 years he would deliver more than 2,500 presentations to private and public audiences across America and Canada.

Several years ago, Terry retired as a public speaker after feeling the Holy Spirit redirecting his life. He was led to do what Jesus told him many years earlier. After researching the 4 Gospels he composed the book What Did Jesus Say: The Seven Messages from the Master, using only the Words spoken by Jesus as recorded in the 4 Gospels, without adding any personal comments or opinions.
As in all God called missions it took longer, cost more and challenged him to the edge of his faith. He would later say, he had to read the Book of Job just to understand why this was happening to him and was he being tested or penalized. In the end, he was being tested and by the grace of God, he prevailed.

Now after 12 years of study, obedience, difficulty and struggle, this book is now available in Paperback, eBook, Audio Book and Kindle.

Today, Author and Counselor, Rev. Terry Christian is founder of Foundations for Life ‘Online’ Ministries and he presently lives at Negril Jamaica where he does local missionary work in schools and churches while counseling Christians worldwide online thru his program Christians Helping Christians.

Negril, Jamaica is where Rev. Christian went to fast & pray while seeking divine healing for Bladder Cancer. His doctors gave him 3yrs to live so he created a healing sabbatical and after fasting & praying, and walking the beach for 21 days, he returned to his Doctors and they released him ‘cancer free’.

Terry calls this program: The Life Walk –aka- The Miracle Walk and now offers this ‘restoration’ program online or in Negril, for everyone seeking Life, Health or Marriage Restoration.
Terry believes: WITH GOD, all things are possible, all the time, wherever we live and at every given moment, when we pray, believing.



Monday, June 1, 2020

The Story Behind The Marvelous Mechanical Man by Rie Sheridan Rose

The book originally started when a friend challenged me to write a Steampunk novel for that year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Since I hadn’t decided what to do that year yet, I decided to take him up on the idea. I also decided to add another level of challenge to it and make it
first person, because I had never successfully managed to do a full-length piece from that PoV. So, The Conn-Mann Chronicles were born. The Marvelous Mechanical Man was the first book in the series.

I have always been Victorian at heart, so Steampunk seemed like the perfect genre for me. I had read several works by Gail Carriger and scattered others, but—despite being an Anglophile—I didn’t want to set my book in England. I decided to use New York City as my backdrop because it was the cultural hub of the country in the 1870s to me. There was so much happening in the area, and it seemed like the perfect spot to tweak a bit for my city that “never actually was.” I liked the light tone to Gail’s work, so I didn’t try to be dark and dangerous like a lot of the genre. I like to call my style “Steampunk meets Dime Novel.” It’s adventure with a touch of romance and mechanicals.

It has been fascinating researching exactly what was available at the time—so much of the technology we take for granted didn’t exist. Can you imagine living without a microwave or even a telephone? Fortunately, the Steampunk genre gives you a chance to play with things like airships and giant mechanical men. And the book proved to be so much fun that I just kept going. There are now five books in The Conn-Mann Chronicles series, and I am working on a spin-off novel with potential to become its own series.

The first two books were originally published by a small press in Texas, but as the series kept growing, I decided to take up the mantle of publisher myself, so I could control all aspects of the process. It’s been challenging, but also extremely rewarding.

About the Book

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is the first book in a Steampunk series featuring the adventures of Josephine Mann, an independent woman in need of a way to pay her rent. She meets Professor Alistair Conn, in need of a lab assistant, and a partnership is created that proves exciting adventure for both of them.

Alistair’s prize invention is an automaton standing nine feet tall. There’s a bit of a problem though…he can’t quite figure out how to make it move. Jo just might be of help there. Then again, they might not get a chance to find out, as the marvelous mechanical man goes missing.

Jo and Alistair find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of kidnapping, catnapping, and cross-country chases that involve airships, trains, and a prototype steam car. With a little help from their friends, Herbert Lattimer and Winifred Bond, plots are foiled, inventions are perfected, and a good time is had by all.


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About the Author 

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly Vols. 1 and 2. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. These were mostly written in conjunction with Marc Gunn, and can be found on “Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits” and “Pirates vs. Dragons” for the most part–with a few scattered exceptions.

Her favorite work to date is The Conn-Mann Chronicles Steampunk series with five books released so far: The Marvelous Mechanical Man, The Nearly Notorious Nun, The Incredibly Irritating Irishman, The Fiercely Formidable Fugitive, and The Elderly Earl’s Estate.

Rie lives in Texas with her wonderful husband and several spoiled cat-children.


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