Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Reading for Kids 2014

This week, July 28th to August 1st, my publisher, Jolly Fish Press, is launching a campaign highlighting summer reading for kids. The purpose, among other things, is to encourage parents to inspire their children to read during summer. Up In the Air was one of the five books selected and will be featured on July 31st.  As an incentive, the price of the book will be $1.99 for this one day only.

I would like to enlist your help in getting the word out this week, especially since I’m sure most of you realize the importance of reading in a child’s life. So spread the word here on FB, tweet about it or send emails to your friends and family. You can also post your favorite summer reads or pictures of your kids reading if you feel comfortable doing so. For tweets you can use the hashtag #SummerReading2014

Please remember to leave a review of Up In The Air on amazon.

I have also been asked to write a guest post on why reading was important to me as a child, and this will be up on the Jolly Fish Press blog, Jolly Fish Talk on July 31st.  I hope you’ll check it out. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Review of 'Fires of Man' by Dan Levinson

     I recently posted Dan Levinson’s take on the importance of character.  Now it's time for my take on his amazing Sci-fi novel, Fires of Man.

Fires of Man takes the reader on a whirlwind journey into a world governed by people who have control over their psionic powers and those who don’t. There is a war going on – not only between nations, but it’s good vs. evil. Each side wants to recruit as many people with magic as possible in order to gain the upper hand. And the bad guys don’t care how they do this.

The story is fast-paced and is a quick and entertaining read. The success of Fires of Man does not rely purely on its magical or fantasy element, but on the range and diversity of the characters themselves. There are quite a few ‘main’ characters, which is at first disorienting, but each one is well-defined and thought out with strengths and weakness that weave into and around each other in a mystical and intriguing dance.

Dan Levinson seems to be laying the ground for something huge and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Dan Levinson is a New York-based fiction writer, screenwriter, and librettist.

His debut novel, the sci-fi war epic FIRES OF MAN (#1 in the PSIONIC EARTH series), is due out June 17, 2014 from Jolly Fish Press.

Dan has studied with authors Irini Spanidou and John Reed, playwright Daniel Goldfarb, and screenwriter Jacob Krueger, among others. He is a sometimes-member of the Paragraph NY writer's workspace, and can frequently be seen attending their monthly events. He graduated from NYU with a BFA in 2007.

He currently resides on Long Island.

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