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So You’ve Seen My Post About The 2017 Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo – Confused?

Well, here’s your chance to get an sample of what you can expect from the main event.

Angela has collected together authors from a number of genres, to bring you some amazing books and events.

I’d love to list all the events and giveaways, but the nice thing about how this is all set up, is that you can go from one event to another, just as you would in a regular convention. So… Here’s how to get everything!

Get Access To All The Events & Giveaways

Enjoy three days of fun, games, and prizes

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Doctor Who Chat with Angela B. Chrysler

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Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while have no doubt seen me mention fellow author, Angela B. Chrysler more than a few times. This amazing woman is not just a fellow Doctor Who fan, writer and blogger, but is the driving force behind the Brain to Books author support platform, AND the yearly Brain to Books Cyber Convention.

The energy and drive Angela brings to everything is very evident in the videos that make up our Doctor Who discussion. It’s always a pleasure getting to sit down and chat with her, so when she invited me to sit down and talk about Doctor Who, I couldn’t resist.

Gaining A Fresh Perspective…

The original plan was to sit down for about half an hour, as part of her “Goodbye Doctor” series of YouTube videos. As an American coming to the show without the memories of growing up with it as part of her life, Angela wanted the perspective of a Brit who’d grown up on the show.

How To Lose A Year… The Fun Way!

Angela’d just finished watching the ENTIRE run of Doctor Who, the longest running science fiction series ever. It had taken her almost the entire year to watch every episode available, and that amounts to 53 years of television. No small undertaking. So of course, there was no way I could turn down the opportunity to talk about a show that’s been a huge part of my life. Better still, my wife was home when Angela and I sat down, so we invited her to join us.

Sandi’s been watching Doctor Who as long as I have, but is an American who grew up with the show, providing yet another perspective to the discussion. As you’ll see, the sit-down went on a little longer than planned…

So settle back and enjoy the discussion, which wanders through the entire history of Doctor Who, and sometimes diverts into other topics too.

Doctor Who – In Conclusion

  • Host: Angela B. Chrysler
  • Guests: Timothy & Sandi Bateson

About Angela B. Chrysler

Website, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon

About Brain to Books

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Brain To Books Cyber Convention Round-Up #3

Brain to Books & Cyber Convention Now Have Websites

There are two new websites that are getting me really excited. Last year, I teamed up with Brain to Books to participate in the first Cyber Convention, and I did it again this year. Both events were a lot of fun, and full opportunities for both readers and writers alike. And now they both have official websites:

Please bookmark both these sites, because they’re going to be the go-to resources for upcoming Brain to Books events, and next year’s convention.

Brain to Books Cyber Convention – Index Of Events

Angela B. Chrysler was kind enough to mail out a list of events from this year’s Brain to Books Cyber Convention. This list includes a huge collection of links, so there’s likely something for everyone.

Brain To Books 2016 Cyber Convention : Round-Up #2

2016So, last post I wrote about the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, and how much fun I had taking part.

There was so much going on that  spent a lot of my weekend skipping around between events, discussions and live video chats. I spent a chunk of time over on Google Hangouts, or Blab with other authors, as they were able to drop in.

You Can Re-Watch Some Of The Footage Here:

Joe Compton’s YouTube Channel (GoIndieNow)

Aurelia Casey’s YouTube Channel

 

Some Wind-Down Posts

Just as I’m doing this short series of posts about the event itself, and the wind-down, other attendees have been doing the same.

Joe Compton’s ‘Fuzzy Notions of an Insomniac’

Angela B. Chrysler’s ‘The Day After’

And In Case You Missed It:

Here was my booth at the event: Timothy Bateson Sci-fi & Urban Fantasy Author

Stop in at the other booths to discover some absolutely amazing authors, some of who were giving away free books, running contests and giving away information about their work. Who knows, some of them may still have their freebies posted and active.

 

Brain To Books 2016 Cyber Convention : Round-Up #1

2016The Brain to Books Cyber Convention was a complete blast. For those of you who missed the event itself, I will be putting together a list of links over on my blog, with some of the event highlights (in my opinion).

The People You Meet Make or Break An Event

I met some absolutely amazing readers and writers over the three days, and loved getting to chat with people like Angela B Chrysler, Joe Compton, Aurelia Casey, Jin Okubo, Kori D Miller, and so many more.

I can’t thank these folks enough for being willing to encourage me to get “on air” with them, and for being so welcoming to a camera-shy person like me. More than that though, these folks took the time to not only meet and greet everyone, but they shared so much of themselves, their work, and tips for marketing and publishing.

So What’s Next?

Over the next few days, I’ll be decompressing from the event, and getting my experiences down in blog post format. Please feel free to check in with me, but be aware it might take a little while for me to respond, while I recover from over-excitement.

THANK YOU ALL!

Oh, and the Goodreads booths are still open, for anyone who wants to drop in and see some of the discussions, and information that authors dropped there.

Author Spotlight – Angela B. Chrysler

Angela is LIVE over on the 2016 Brain to Books Cyber Convention

Join Her @ Noon – 1 pm EST on April 8th 2016

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Broken

Broken by Angela B Chrysler 1600x2500WARNING: ADULTS ONLY. Readers are strongly cautioned. “Broken” portrays sensitive subject matters including animal abuse, torture, and graphic sexual violence. There is strong language, drug reference and is not suitable for some audiences. Please proceed with caution.

And Death it calls as the stone crow breaks. Streaks of blood malform its face. Death becomes its withered eyes and the shadows whisper, “Lies.”
When a young journalist, William D. Shaw, seeks out Elizabeth, an acclaimed author, in hopes to write her biography, the recluse grants him twenty-four hours to hear her story. What unfolds are events that teeter on the edge of macabre and a psychological thriller.
Together, they descend into the bowels of psyche and examine her past filled with neglect, rape, abuse, torture, and pedophilia to explore the psychology of a human being who has lived her entire life without love, comfort, family, physical contact, affection, therapy, or medication.
As William tries to understand Elizabeth’s decisions to embrace an isolated life, he witnesses Elizabeth’s multiple mental conditions that send her spiraling into the worlds of her psyche all while toggling the lines of insanity. Broken takes you inside the mind of a trauma survivor while one survivor relives the memories that resulted in her mental conditions. Experience what BPD and PTSD is like from the inside.

My Review of “Broken”

The Official “Broken” Homepage

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Dolor And Shadow: Tales of the Drui (Book 1)

Dolor and Shadow LargeAs the elven city burns, Princess Kallan is taken to Alfheim while a great power begins to awaken within her. Desperate to keep the child hidden, her abilities are suppressed and her memory erased. But the gods have powers as well, and it is only a matter of time before they find the child again.
When Kallan, the elfin witch, Queen of Lorlenalin, fails to save her dying father, she inherits her father’s war and vows revenge on the one man she believes is responsible: Rune, King of Gunir. But nothing is as it seems, and the gods are relentless. A twist of fate puts Kallan into the protection of the man she has sworn to kill, and Rune into possession of a power he does not understand.
From Alfheim, to Jotunheim, and then lost in the world of Men, these two must form an alliance to make their way home, and try to solve the lies of the past and of the Shadow that hunts them all.

My Review of “Dolor & Shadow”

The Official “Dolor And Shadow” Homepage

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2016 Brain to Books Cyber Convention – Science Fiction Blog Tour (Stop #2) – Author Biographies

Timothy BatesonWelcome to stop number two in the Science Fiction Blog Tour, hosted by the 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention team. I’m your host, Timothy Bateson, reader, writer, and lover of fantasy and science-fiction.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the authors who are taking part, and finding out a little more about them. You’re going to meet some amazing writers, and learn more about them, their writing, and how to follow their work.

Once you’ve met the writers, please don’t forget to hop over to stop number three, where Belinda Crawford will be introducing you to some of the work buy the people you’re about to meet. So, without further ado, let’s meet the authors.

J.D. Brink

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If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan’s protégé.  But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life.  Today (New Years, 2016) he and his family are stationed in Japan, where he’s providing a bad example for all Americans.  In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.

Where to find J.D. Brink:

Goodreads, Blog, Twitter

Kate M. Colby

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Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. Her first series,Desertera, consists of steampunk dystopian novels with themes of socio-economic disparity, self-empowerment, romance, and revenge.

Kate’s writing contains everything she loves about fiction – imaginative new worlds (the more apocalyptic the better), plots that get your heart racing, and themes that make you think. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Sociology from Baker University, which she uses to marry her love of the written word with her passion for the human experience.

When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

Where to find Kate M. Colby:

Website, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

Belinda Crawford

Belinda-Crawford-with-one-of-her-Arabian-horses-SMLNothing stirs author, Belinda Crawford, more than a fast horse, a blazingly fast computer or a really good book.

A Melbourne-based IT graduate, she expanded her passion for reading, and penchant for science fiction and fantasy, to creative writing, and in 2012 had her first short story, ‘Lex Talionis’, published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Somewhere between work, karate training and wrestling her keyboard away from a feline named Faust, Belinda wrote Hero, which, in 2013 won one of twelve places in the Australian Society of Authors’ annual mentorship program. Hero, the first book in The Hero Rebellion, was published by Odyssey Books in September 2015.

Currently, when she’s not wrangling a horse named Wombat, Belinda is hard at work on the second book in The Hero Rebellion.

Where to find Belinda Crawford:

Website, Amazon, Email, Twitter

Chess Desalls

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Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

Where to find Chess Desalls:

Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr

David M. Kelly

FilePhoto10David M. Kelly is a writer of speculative fiction. Raised on the classics of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Harry Harrison among others, he focuses on character-based fiction, fascinating plots and solid story-telling.

David’s interest in science and technology began early. At the age of six his parents allowed him to stay up late into the night to watch the television broadcast of Neil Armstrong stepping on to the surface of the moon. From that day he was hooked on everything related to science and space.

David writes about science, technology and politics on his blog. His short story “Inser” was published in Canadian science fiction magazine Neo-opsis. He is currently working on his novel, codenamed MOE.

David has worked for many years in project management and software development. Previous interests have included IPSC combat (target) pistol shooting, crew chief on a drag racing team, and several years as bass player/vocalist in a heavy rock band. He also managed to fit in some real work in manual jobs from digging ditches and work on production lines to loading trucks in a haulage company.

Originally from the wild and woolly region of Yorkshire, England, he emigrated to Canada in 2005 and lives in Northern Ontario with his patient and supportive wife, Hilary. When not writing, David can be found driving his classic Corvette ZR-1 or exploring the hiking trails around Lake Superior.

Where to find David M. Kelly:

Website, Book Pages, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Tsu

M.T. McGuire

MTMcGuirePhotoM T McGuire enjoys the real world but wouldn’t want to live here full time. That’s why she writes books. She grew up, or at least, got bigger, half way up a windy down in Sussex. Her home was also the first location choice for Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter films, so maybe it’s not so strange that she’s ended up writing spec-fic. Perhaps there’s something in the water up there, apart from chalk. She used to do stand up but sat down and started to write books when she got married. She now lives in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, with a McOther, a McMini, a McCat and a selection of very silly cars. She hasn’t found a way to make any of the cars fly, and none of them is fitted with ordnance like the ones in her books, but she and her team of evil scientists are working on that.

Despite being in her late 40s now, and supposedly, an adult, M T checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia. She hasn’t found one so far but she lives in hope.

Where to find M.T. McGuire:

Website, Book Pages, Blog, Facebook, Twitter

Massimo Marino

So, I’m Italian, and because even in Italy that means everything and nothing at all, I should say, I am Sicilian. I was born in Palermo, and as it happened with countless Sicilians, I left it, back in 1986. I lived more years abroad than in my home country, and I have changed in many and different ways than my old friends there. It is always a pleasure to go back, but it is now 6 long years since my last visit. Saudade? Maybe, a little.

I lived in Switzerland, France, and the United States. I have a scientific background, and have spent over 17 years in fundamental research. I always wonder at how much Google is able to find about everyone. I am sure one has to Google oneself so not to forget too much…

I worked for many years as a physicist and computer scientist at CERN—an international lab for particle physics research near Geneva, Switzerland—then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fantastic moments and memories from those years. In 2005 I moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc. as Head of Business Development for EMEA in the Scientific and Industry R&D sector and to position the brand with those clients. CERN, for example, is full of Macs, I know I’ve been instrumental to make that happen, there and elsewhere. Then, I went to my first Davos meeting in 2007, and started working for the World Economic Forum as Director for IT projects, specifically a private social network environment for Forum constituents. We collaborated with many IT giants, one in particular is now a major social network. What you find and use today there, it has also been the result of the things we put in place together at the Forum. So, if you like some of those social features, we experimented with them and I’d reply “you’re welcome.”

I’m also a novelist, an awarded Science Fiction author, member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and I’m published by Booktrope Publishing LCC, based in Seattle. I wrote since I was a kid, short stories and novellas, but never had anyone read any of those. It was a personal thing. Then, work and life took their toll, and I stopped.

I thought my muse dead, but she was only asleep. For various reasons, I started writing again in 2010 with some burnings inside that needed to come out. On the first weekend I got over 15000 words, then worked to fine tune my prose with established peers and editors, spent a year keeping on writing and getting feedback, and finally in September 2011 my debut novel saw the light. It received the 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award in Science Fiction. A debut novel among so many established authors in the competition. That debut novel was followed by a second, a third one, additional awards, a collection of horror/crime short stories.

I’m writing now my 4th novel, an YA Urban Science Fiction novel that will come out to the public toward year end, still published by Booktrope. You can find my novels (in English) on various retailers, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, etc, ask for them at Payot in Geneva, and at bookstores worldwide.

Where to find Massimo Marino:

Amazon, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+

And that folks, is the end of my part of this tour. Stop number 3 is being hosted by Belinda Crawford, and she’s spotlighting books by these wonderful authors.

Join Belinda Crawford at Stop #3 of the Science Fiction Blog Tour

Discover some great books, and see what these wonderful authors have been working on.