Friday, June 7, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Piper Robbin and the American Oz Maker by Warwick Gleeson @GoddessFish



Piper Robbin and the American Oz Maker
by Warwick Gleeson
GENRE: Fantasy (Epic)


BLURB:


WORLD WAR OZ from coast to coast.

An adult fantasy that takes one of America's favorite tales and transforms it into a dark and epic landscape few can escape much less understand. Imagine Potter meets Avengers in Emerald city and you're getting close.

After a homicidal alien from Orion arrives on Earth intent on annihilating human life, the 21st century's greatest sorcerers create a network of seven Oz-like city worlds designed to harbor the human race in a newly formed utopia while also protecting it from the alien entity. But the alien is far more magically powerful than anyone suspected. Piper Robbin, ancient daughter of the Earth's greatest sorcerer inventor, Edison Godfellow, must sacrifice all to defeat the implacable force that calls itself "The Witch Queen of Oz," and quickly, before Earth becomes only a cold cinder floating among the stars.


Excerpt:

THE FORGOTTEN CHILD IN PIPER ROBBIN, for the first time that day in the coffee shop, understood the meaning of true panic. Crushing a stone to powder or throwing a javelin half a mile wouldn’t fix anything (and neither would anyone in New York care) like in the old days of Ulysses. Muttering spells that made deserts bloom or oceans boil meant less than cooking a burger on the grill. Mortality for all, even the gods and greatest sorcerers, might be just around the corner. People think just because you’re a great magical being of some kind you have it made. Nothing could be more wrong. Your hopes and dreams are often spit on, your happiness ruined, your friends killed, and you lose sleep at night, worrying about shit just like everyone else. And besides obligations you really don’t want, you face mega-dangerous freaks way too often because you’re expected to, you know, cause you’re the official bad ass superwoman. By the gods! Really? You crawl in pain and heave up your insides for starters, die in lots of ways, and after all that trouble, sometimes you don’t come back.


Interview with Warwick Gleeson

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

I dim the lights, put on a Halloween glow-dark skull mask, and boogey to “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart while looking at myself in a mirror.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Cease debate on what it means to be a good person, and be one.
Covers a lot of bases.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Nathanael West who wrote Miss Lonelyhearts. He threw a harpoon in the side of positivity culture by revealing a world of true human suffering we choose to ignore, and by portraying efforts to cure said suffering as ultimately self-deluding.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

It depends on whether one is writing fiction for commercial or non-commercial markets. If genre commercial, important basic elements include:

1.   Prose mastery (to a level applicable).

2.   An inventive imagination that doesn’t just reflect the genre, but adds to it.

3.   Proper scene creation.

4.   Suspenseful, vigorous, and appropriately cinematic narrative.

5.   Utilization of dramatic story technique (back to Aristotle).

6.   The step-by-step points and nuances of commercial plot.

7.   Dynamic and multi-dimensional characters, especially strong antagonists who ignite the plot and embolden the protagonist.

8.   Theme(s) that interweave the story and provoke the reader in an artful manner.

How did you get the idea for this book?

I wished to write a novel that created a very different take on Oz, and in a manner that embraced the often misunderstood genre of science-fantasy.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Warwick Gleeson is a dedicated writer of screenplays, short stories, novels, and poetry. He has lived in both LA and NYC and worked many different jobs in his life, everything from roofer to waiter to small business owner to government analyst. He was the major writer, creator, and senior story editor for another project published by Del Sol Press called "War of the World Makers" that debuted in 2017. The novel has since won four national novel awards (two first place and two place) for SFF. Warwick is a big fan of great SFF television writing, like the kind you find in Emerald City, Gotham, The Expanse, and Umbrella Academy. He now lives in Tuscon, AZ, with a fat lazy cat and his most wonderful wife who is also a writer.


The book is on sale for $0.99 during the tour


Giveaway:

$50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC




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13 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

W.W. Gleeson said...

Thank you for having Piper.

Victoria Alexander said...

Happy Friday, thanks for sharing :)

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Teenyluvkins said...

Thank you for the excerpt and the interview. I enjoyed reading them both. Good Luck on your tour :)

Teenyluvkins said...

Favorite spot in your home to write?

Teenyluvkins said...

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Teenyluvkins said...

Favorite author currently writing?

Teenyluvkins said...

Who's your favorite character you've ever written?

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What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

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What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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