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Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella @dyedsouls @rararesources #bookpromo #Q&A #dyedsouls

Dyed Souls

Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California.

Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”

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Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.

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Dyed Souls has won two awards:

Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category

Chill With a Book Readers Award.

Q & A

Author Questions

1 have you always wanted to be an author? If yes why? If no what else did you want to be?

I’m never sure how to answer this. I think writing is something that picks you – a response to what you see in the world that doesn’t fit with your soul and you feel compelled to say something about it. I think if you intentionally try to become an author, you just come off as a narcissist. Writing is something that I do, not my identity.

2 where did your idea for this book come from? Do you plan or fly by the seat of your pants?

I worked in settings described in the book early on in my career. Most of us were fresh out of college – hardly what you’d call responsible adults. We’d pour over case histories, diagnoses, and treatment plans, but that always seemed to me to miss the larger point. We evolved to live in small tribal groups, held together by shared values, taboos and mores. But we’ve radically, and rapidly altered that paradigm. Rather than doing what’s best for our tribe’s interest, we do what is our own interest. We live in vast cities and suburbs, held together by laws, which may or may not be enforced, and are often subjectively interpreted. We seek out those who share our interests (and often enable harmful behaviour), but in our internet age, even these connections are tenuous. My goodness, if someone ever invents lifelike sex robots all intimate human interaction may cease to exist. Evolution has no set end game, it just is. But when you look at where we are going in the US – away from acquiring wisdom and knowledge – and ever onward toward materialism, entertainment, and a wide array of pseudoscientific and irrational beliefs and behaviours, you can’t help speculate that throwaway kids I write about are the by-product of such shallow values. This is the story I wanted to tell. Sure, you can point to biological damage, and abuse, and substance abuse, and poverty, and failed educational systems. But we’re the one’s who created this, aren’t we? It’s laughable to me when people say that redistribution of wealth coupled with more government programs is the answer. Unless we address the fundamental narcissism at the core of these issues, all the money and government programs in the world won’t mean a damn thing. And the far right is just as misguided. What is more narcissistic than believing there is a God that watches over us, and if we pray hard enough and live by the inconsistent and contradictory doctrine espoused by various religious texts that all will be well? To me, all of this is a problem: our beliefs on the left and right are far too human centric. As beings, we are an infinitesimally small part of a vast universe. We have to stop acting like we’re the only ones that matter, and that our happiness and all of the plants and animals on the planet are at our disposal. Though we think otherwise, except in the scientific community, we are only one very small step removed from the leap that Copernicus made. And in many ways, we are going backwards. We are becoming more, not less egocentric. (If you doubt this, spend five minutes on Twitter, or watch The Kardashians, which are veritable homages to narcissism.) The book conveys my fervent belief that it is our duty and responsibility to help each other – not because we are trying to gain God’s favour or fulfil some socialist ideology – but because that it what we evolved to do. It’s how successful tribes flourish. The greatest travesty inflicted on mankind is a modern one: that we are somehow not fully responsible regarding our obligations toward others and that government exists to fill this gap. Once you deflect individual responsibility toward an abstract third entity, you will have what is depicted in this book. This is why I think it’s an important read.

3 Who is your favorite character in your upcoming book? Are they based on anyone you know in real life? And why are they your favorite?

I love Margo and Javier. They know who they are. This doesn’t mean that they will have better outcomes than Charlie, but they have a certainty about themselves and their view of life that I loved writing. There is a strength and goodness about them. They makes mistakes, but they have the courage of their convictions. They aren’t based on anyone in real like – more like an amagam. In reality, I’m probably more like Charlie, the lead charactor. He’s ponderous, self doubting, often paralyzed by indecision. He goes through life in an accidental way, probably because he’s often punished when he does try to take a stand. That’s not who I am now, but that was certainly true of me in my youth.

4 if you could have dinner with any authorliving or dead who would it be and why?

Charles Darwin, hands down. The depth of his understanding, and the sensitivity behind his writing is awe-inspiring. I’d love to know why he withheld publishing Origin of the Species until Wallace forced his hand – what backlash he worried about, what his hopes were for people coming to a new understanding about man’s place in the animal kingdom (no longer being a divine creations). Honestly, that would be the best dinner ever.

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Strands of Faith by Rachel J. Bonner @RachelJBonner @rararesources #bookspotlight #giveaway #q&a

Strands of Faith

Stand of Faith - Front cover FaithWhen the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

A girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love.  But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery.  That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk?  Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey.  All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her.  When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control. Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about?  

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice.  He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war.  Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for.  He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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1) When/how did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I’m not sure I ever did! This story developed in my thoughts over several years. In the end I had to write it down just to get my head space back – I have a hard enough time remembering what is going on in my own life, let alone the lives of all these characters. And once it was written down I was a writer, so I got on with polishing it and getting it ready for publication.

2) How do you come up with the names of your characters?

The main characters – Leonie, Prospero, Gabriel and Andrew all appeared in my head complete with names. I couldn’t call them anything else. As for minor characters, I’ll just sit and think through names until I find one that feels like it matches the character. I do a lot of genealogical research as one of my hobbies so I’ve usually got a fair range of names in mind. A number of the characters in Strand of Faith are named after some of my relatives!

3) What was the inspiration for your book?

I dreamt a small part of one of the scenes in Strand of Faith. I was so taken by the dream that I had to find out what happened both before and after, so I started questioning the characters in my head. The rest developed from that, bit by bit. It’s definitely influenced by things I enjoy.

4) Who/what are some of your favorite authors/genres to read?

How long have you got? Some of my favourites include Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett (Discworld), Jodi Picoult, Annette Marie (urban fantasy), Jodi Taylor (Chronicles of St Mary’s), Sarah Woodbury (After Cilmeri time travel fiction), Trisha Ashley (romance), Diane Gabaldon (Outlander), Anne McCaffery (Dragonrider series). But there are many, many more.

5) What’s your favorite place to write? Do you need complete silence or do you like to be surrounded by sounds/music?

I write in my study (grand title for a not very big space) at home. It doesn’t matter to me what the noise level is like. I don’t tend to have music playing, but being interrupted or hearing other sounds around the house doesn’t bother me at all.

6) Do you have any pets?

No, we’ve not really had a lifestyle that would be fair on most pets, although we did have tropical fish for a while. And I had a cat called Aberystwyth as a child.

7) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’ve visited a lot of Europe and quite a bit of North America because my family travelled a lot when I was a child. I’d like to go back to Canada because I don’t really remember it, but if I had to pick one place it would be New Zealand. I’ve heard so much about it and I’d really like to visit.

8) What were your favorite books as a child?

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne. I still enjoy it as an adult and I’ve got several different editions from one that belonged to my Dad as a child to a new box set my son gave me last year. There’s a children’s book referred to in Strand of Faith. It isn’t named but in my head it’s Winnie the Pooh.

9) Top 3 favorite foods:

Chocolate is top. Either Hershey’s Kisses or Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Freddos

Fresh baked bread with butter and marmite (yes, I’m a marmite lover)

Egg on toast. My youngest brother and I agree that egg on toast is our go-to comfort food. I like my eggs fried, but he prefers scrambled.

10) What book character would you want to go out to dinner with?

Bertie Wooster from P G Wodehouse’s Jeeves books. He’s a bit of an idiot but he’d know all the best places to dine and follow it up with the theatre or a jazz club or dancing somewhere. And Jeeves would make sure nothing went wrong – or at least sort it all out in the end.

11) Do you ever write characters based on someone you know? Do you ask them first? Has anyone guessed it?

No character is totally based on someone I know. Every character has a bit of me in. But I can see individual characteristics of some of my friends reflected in some of my characters – one of my characters might have traits from several of my friends. I don’t ask them first because I don’t know it’s going to happen until the character is well established. So far very few people have guessed – or at least they haven’t told me if they have. My family can see me and my husband in the two main characters, but they aren’t a total reflection of us.

12) What do you do when you get stuck?

Leave it and write a different scene or change POV. I usually get stuck because what I’m working on isn’t what is currently dominating my thoughts – so I have to clear the scene that is dominating my head space by writing it and then I can get back to the original scene.

Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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