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Welcome to the Bubble Battles   1 comment

Take a walk through America’s “bubble battles” with someone without a dog in the fight.

 

Hullabaloo Front CoverFor a committed democrat, it sure does suck when you lose an election.

 

You know what I mean?

 

Nearly half the country refuses to listen to the other half. We think we know what the other side means, but we never venture outside our own bubbles to actually find out.

 

Libertarian Connor infiltrates both bubbles in a Midwestern town on Election Wednesday 2016 and brings readers along for a wry non-partisan tour of the “Bubble Battles.” He even offers a solution … not that any bubble dwellers will listen.

 

This novelette is a work of fiction based upon real-life events. Any resemblance to yourself or people you know is purely coincidental.

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Missing the Point   Leave a comment

fiala Missing the Point CoverStephanie (Stevie) Jorgenson is a detective in Chandler County.  Though she comes from a wealthy ranch family, she made her own way in the world and followed her dreams.  Keeping Chandler County safe is her top priority.  When she meets the handsome security specialist from Bluegrass Security, there is an immediate spark and the two succumb to the attraction, but neither believes anything more should come of it.  Life, circumstance and intrigue follow the pair as they are thrown together time after time dealing with some terrible situations in Bourbonville.

I hope you’ll enjoy Missing the Point and the books of my fellow authors in Chandler County.

Amazon :  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Amazon
Barnes & Noble:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-B&N
iBooks:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-iBooks
Kobo:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Kobo
Google Play:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Google

Last Day to Thunderclap   Leave a comment

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Tomorrow my book Objects in View launches and to give it a good start, I’ve set up a Thunderclap to tell the world that it’s running free in the world.

A Thunderclap is a system that allows me to borrow your social media network for a second to send out a message that is important to me – that Objects in View is launching. Thunderclap does not keep any of your information, so after the campaign has “clapped” you will not be contacted by anyone.

Objects in View Front CoverI’ve participated in about 100 Thunderclap campaigns over the last two years and have had no issues with it. If you’d like to give my campaign a boost, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

Posted October 3, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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Watch for Launch   Leave a comment

Objects in View Front CoverObjects in View launches tomorrow. In its honor, some of my other books will have free days this week. Anyone wanting to pick up a free copy of my latest book to review can drop me a line at lelamarkham@gmail.com with “I’ll read for review” in the subject line and I’ll send you it in the format you request.

Posted October 3, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion

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Support My Book Launch #btiwob   Leave a comment

Objects in View Front CoverI’ve started a Thunderclap to announce the launch of “Objects in View”. Let me borrow your social media for a single pulse on October 4 and help to get out the word for my book. There is no cost to you and Thunderclap keeps no information on you or your accounts. I appreciate the help.

#btiwob, #followfriday, #apocalyptic

Christian Dystopia   Leave a comment

A friend of mine from high school (so, yes, she knows my real name) asked me why I’m writing dystopian fiction when I have this really cool fantasy series that she would prefer I write the next book to.

I could simply point out that my apocalyptic dystopian novel Life As We Knew It sells better than the fantasy, but I guess it goes a little deeper than that shallow capitalistic motive. Dystopian themes have been a part of our popular cultural for a long time. Stories about crumbling governments, pandemics, plagues, and looming apocalypses man made, alien and artificial intelligence, cycle through our collective psyches with startling regularity. George Orwell’s 1984, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Logan’s Run, Blade Runner, or Terminator, Americans seem fixated on the disaster at the end of our current mess. We always have been, but it may be getting worse as our culture and economy seem to be in spasm right now.

Front Cover LAWKI no windowEnd of the world as we know it themes do not all neatly into the category of dystopia, though they share the view of the future as a bleak place. Why are dystopian themes so compelling that we keep returning to them? My friend says she prefers my fantasy series because she just knows it will have a rosy ending. Epic fantasies are somewhat required to have upbeat endings, but I might not be so compliant, but she does have a point. Wouldn’t we rather envision a utopia where the world is lovely, clean and survivable? Yeah, but that wouldn’t be reality.

Utopianism grew out of modernity — the belief that technology and human ingenuity can build a better world. Industrialization led us to believe we could harness the better angels of our nature — conquer disease, aging, poverty, etc. That didn’t last long. Several world wars, genocides, natural disasters, governmental collapses and overthrows, overcrowded jails and over-medicated masses — reality sort of T-boned utopia. Then we looked good and hard at ourselves in the mirror and realized human beings aren’t capable of utopia. God gave us paradise once and we rejected it. Dystopia is our default position.

Yeah, I know, I’m a downer Debbie, but I’m also being realistic about human kind. and I’m drawing that vision from a Biblical worldview Manmade utopia is simply not possible and a dystopian future is far more realistic.

The Bible does not paint a rosy picture for mankind. Jesus warned about natural and cosmological catastrophes, plagues, and times of great deception. John the Apostle gave his own violent account of the end of the age, Scripture makes it clear that things will get worse before they get better. Yeah, we can make peace accords, invent new technology and develop wonderful therapeautic techniques, but Armageddon is still going to happen. Shangri la not found in the Bible. Christians read that our best efforts are going to put us in an arena, pitted against God, nature and, each other. We can try to deny it, but that’s reality.

Why?

Because man is broken and you can’t correct our damage with moral or technological enhancements. We are not inherently good and utopia is not in our future. History and personal experience have repeatedly shown us that, left to our devices, Man fails. Dystopian fictoin is an admission of the basic depravity of mankind. Everything we touch rots and the more we fiddle with it, the faster it decomposes.

Objects in View Front CoverSo why are we surprised that a society that grew out of a Judeo-Chrisian background is now coming to a creeping realization that we are broken and that things are only going to get worse? We see something in a screw up future that is familiar because we know ourselves and instinctively we know we’re going to blow it all to hell.

The dystopian trend is an affirmation of a Christian worldview which admits that no earthly power can save us from ourselves. In popular culture, dystopia runs over utopia because some truths are obvious, and the depravity of mankind is too obvious not to become the subject of any thinking novelist in reflection of our cultural corruption.

Objects in View continues the story of a small town coping in the aftermath of a nation-wide terrorist attack. Watch for it October 4 and it is on pre-order now.

“Objects in View” Needs Your Help   Leave a comment

Objects in View Front CoverI’ve started a Thunderclap to announce the launch of “Objects in View”. Let me borrow your social media for a single pulse on October 4 and help to get out the word for my book. There is no cost to you and Thunderclap keeps no information on you or your accounts. I appreciate the help.

http://thndr.me/zAg0ey

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