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Writestream Tuesday welcomes ‘Amy Lynn’ author Jack July – UPDATED with Archive

AmyLynnNext week’s Writestream Tuesday resumes interviews with the talented authors of the CLFA on Facebook. I’m thrilled to welcome Jack July, author of the exceptional novel Amy Lynn, to the show on March 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern:

Come fall in love with a little Southern Christian Girl as well as her eclectic family as she grows into a woman, a very special woman with very special skills. Life is a journey, Amy Lynn takes a wild one. The violence and sexuality of this book make it inappropriate for those under 16 years of age.

July’s book enjoys an amazing five-star rating with 52 reviews on Amazon like this one:

I originally bought this book as an act of charity. The author participates on a blog that I frequent, he mentioned a few months ago that he had written a book. “Good for you” I thought, and then moved on. In the weeks following, I noticed a few people commenting how much they liked the book. This plus the fact that I had always liked Jack’s posts on the blog led me to but the book. I figured, “Hey, he seems like a nice guy, I’ll throw him a buck or two in royalties”.

Boy, am I glad that I did. What Mr. July has done here is commit a wanton act of storytelling. The book reads like a tale told by a much loved older relative, the kind of thing that keeps kids spellbound on the porch of the family home as a perfect summer evening darkens to night. At times while I was reading it I almost expected to see the wink of a firefly in my peripheral vision or to hear the whine of a mosquito as settled onto my neck for a late evening snack. That’s the world Mr. July takes you to, and the prose is so brisk and compelling that it almost seems that, to steal a line from the newsreels, “YOU ARE THERE!”.

Amy Lynn is a delightfully charming coming of age story that should replace the putrid A Separate Peace in middle school classrooms across the nation (God DAMN you John Knowles, 30+ years later and I still keenly feel the loss of however many hours I wasted on your excrement). If I had one complaint it’s that the author seems to slightly overuse the deus ex machina plot device, but it’s always in the service of moving the story forward and can be forgiven. If Mr. July continues to write stories, however, he might want to keep a close eye on this tendency. Late in the book, as the story of a simple hillbilly girl has widened onto the world stage, the President of the United States appears. I laughed out loud with glee when I realized that what Mr. July had done, giving me at least in fiction something I had devoutly hoped for in real life. Thanks for that Mr. July, I loved it.

In short, buy this book. If you don’t want to, buy it anyway, it’s just that good.

I cannot wait to interview Jack July on Writestream Tuesday on March 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern. As always, we welcome your calls at 347-945-7246 and your participation in the live chat!

 

UPDATE: Did you miss it live? Click below to listen.

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The symbol of The One God Religion in the novel, Steps To Salvation.

Update on Steps To Salvation

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After several years in the making we are finally in the home stretch! Without a doubt this has been the most challenging, thought-provoking and creative project I have ever worked on, for various reasons. And I do believe Shlomo and I met for the purpose of producing this book, as dramatic as that might sound to some readers. When they (hopefully) read Steps To Salvation, I believe that will become clear. Although we’re very different in many ways, my client and are also alike in our spiritual development, belief in limited government, support of positive (pure) capitalism, and our desire that the world finally learns from history so that we can stop repeating its mistakes and every country on the globe can function as a constitutional republic.

Yep, that’s a tall order. But as Jamie Wilson says,  “News stories inform your mind. Fiction and art inform your soul.” 

To that end, I’ve worked diligently to make Steps To Salvation as entertaining as possible while also showcasing Shlomo’s practical ideas for energy, education, medicine, money, food and other important industries. Some of the themes of this fictional story will probably anger traditionally religious people (especially the belief in reincarnation and The One God Religion) as well as those with a collectivist mindset in terms of politics. Many aspects of plot will most likely shock a majority of readers including the Arusha Race Unity Regional High School graduating class characters — all of whom have been forced to take on the name of an evildoer from the End Days.

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We carefully selected the historical figures referenced in the book and in the interest of brevity, could not have possibly based a character on every malevolent human that ever walked the earth and made life miserable for the innocent. Sadly, there are just way too many of them to mention and doing so would’ve mandated about 5,000 pages instead of my goal of 200. So when you read, keep in mind that the characters selected related specifically to a concept we wanted to get across. For example, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun’s love story (the 2415 characters, not the real people from the 20th century) embodies the concept of complete atonement and final payment of a karmic debt.

There are so many layers to this multi-faceted novel I couldn’t possibly do them justice in a single blog post. Once the book is released next month, Shlomo and I will create a series of weekly videos in which he will delve into each idea with more depth and clarity. Steps To Salvation is actually the first step in a long series of projects my client is envisioning and planning. But before anything else can come to fruition, the book must be released and marketed.

So that’s where we are. Please visit Shlomo’s new blog for more information including a synopsis of the story. Follow him on twitter @ShlomoAttia and like his Facebook Page, Shlomo Attia, Author.

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The Paradoxical Commandments

ParadoxicalCommandmentsGood Monday morning!

I logged into Facebook to discover that my dear friend Kirsten Lombard had posted The Paradoxical Commandments:

The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders. This website provides information about the origin of the Paradoxical Commandments and the many places they have been sighted over the years. You can purchase books and products based on the Paradoxical Commandments, join the “Live the Paradoxical Commandments Anyway” Facebook page, and share your storyabout how the Paradoxical Commandments have made a difference in your life. You can also learn about the author and contact him directly.

For more than thirty years, the Paradoxical Commandments have circled the globe. They have been put on walls and refrigerator doors, featured in speeches and articles, preached from pulpits, and shared extensively on the web. They have been used by business leaders, military commanders, government officials, religious leaders, university presidents, social workers, teachers, rock stars, parents, coaches, and students. Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta.

The Paradoxical Commandments have touched the hearts of millions of people all over the world. We hope that the Paradoxical Commandments will touch your heart, too!

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Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments has been published around the world. View the book covers and publishers here.

What a great way to start a new week! Check out The Paradoxical Commandments below:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Have a fabulous week!

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Fabulous Friday: Today’s Note from the Universe

In my inbox this morning:

Daria, wasn’t it clever of me to think you up? I mean, come on…

Never has there walked the face of the earth someone who thinks with your degree of insight. Who loves with your degree of care. Or who feels with your degree of hope. And never has there been such a need for someone with gifts like yours, because at this very moment there are people only you can reach and differences only you can make.

Your #1 fan,
The Universe

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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