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Revelation:  Book One of the Revelation Trilogy

By:  M. J. Mancini

ISBN: 147920806X

Paperback                    

Publisher:  Create Space Independent Publishing

368 Pages

$13.86

Review by guest reviewer Irene S. Roth

Revelation is a story that resembles Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.  If you enjoyed that book you will certainly love this intriguing page turner too.  It is a book about murder, betrayal, intrigue, and the holy church.

Michael Gabriel Raphael is a devoted husband and father, enjoying a peaceful and fulfilling life. Then one day, one moment later, he is thrown into an abyss of frustration, torture, and suffering the likes of which is very hard to fathom. Accidents do happen, of course. But few accidents change the course of one’s whole life like this one did for Michael.

Michael’s estranged daughter is abducted by the Cavalieri di Satana (Knights of Satan), a society of devil worshipers. The Cavalieri plans to possibly kill his daughter in a ritual to prevent the second coming of Christ. Michael is told by Nicholas Nevsky, a religious theologian from Rila Monastery in Bulgaria that his daughter is the Holy Vessel Jesus Christ. There is no apparent coincidence between Michael’s last name and that of the Archangel Raphael.  Is Michael’s daughter who they think she is?

Revelation is a unique intellectual thriller.  It is violent, torturous, intriguing, and downright scary. The reader will be transported into this dark world of the Cavalieri. It is a nasty place indeed.  How could such a good man end up there?  How can he make it out?

This book is the first in a series of three novels in the Revelation Trilogy. M. J. Marcini was an only child. He was forced to use his imagination to entertain himself. Now, drawing from his wealth of creativity which permeates his writing, Mancini has become one of the most identifiable and intriguing authors.

This review was first published on Blogcritics.

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SPECTRA Tour Information

 

About the Book

Imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit and betrayed by those closest to him, Dean Weston struggles to stop the genocide of newly discovered energy-based life forms so unique they cause humans to acquire extraordinary intelligence for a brief period following exposure. As genius edges toward insanity for those exploiting the peaceful entities, a ruthless experiment goes awry leading to the creation of an evil capable of redefining human existence.

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About the Author

Joanne Elder is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario. During her professional career, she spent several years in the aeronautical and nuclear industries, published numerous technical papers in the field of Metallurgic Engineering and presented at international conferences. She now resides in King City, Ontario with her two teen-aged children and husband.

You can visit Joanne Elder’s website at www.sciencefictionthrillers.com. 

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Interview

Would you call yourself a born writer?

During my engineering career, I published many technical papers. Never did I think my love for science fiction would pull me to write in that genre, but it did. I feel fortunate, as few people stumble upon an unexpected passion as I have done with writing.        It’s an incredible thing to discover a born talent within you and run with it.

What was your inspiration for Spectra?

Often science fiction plots involve extraterrestrials carrying out ruthless experiments on humans. I loved the thought of switching it up and stirring in some deadly consequences for those immoral enough to exploit a newly discovered, peaceful and intelligent life form.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I love to explore the “unknown” and science fiction is the perfect avenue to do that with. As we know from the past, today’s speculative fiction may become tomorrow’s scientific fact. A subplot in Spectra narrows in on the human soul and what it is. Scientifically speaking, if it exists, it has to be something. So does God for that matter. I carried out a lot of research into the human energy field. In particular, a study done at UCLA where it was actually measured, thus proving that we have an “aura.” I also researched dark plasma theory to model the energy life forms in Spectra as plasma life, which, interestingly, could well exist. Spectra is fiction, but real science does support the existence of energy based life as portrayed in the book.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took just under a year to complete Spectra.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m extremely disciplined. When I’m writing, I become fully engaged with my story. I like to write first thing in the morning as I find I’m more creative when I’m fresh. If I get a dose of writer’s block, I take my dog for a walk. That usually cures it.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The scientific research I did for Spectra was fascinating and intriguing. The challenge was to take this research and convey it in a completely non-technical manner so it would be thought provoking for the reader but not confusing.

What do you love most about being an author?

I love the creative aspect of writing. Writing is complete escapism and I enjoy it even more than reading a good book.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I’m published with MuseItUp Publishing, a small press. I was able to submit to them without using an agent, who would have been entitled to a percentage of the royalties. MuseItUp is a fantastic publisher and I’m very pleased with them. From the author’s point of view, small presses have many advantages such as the ability to put forth ideas for the cover art etc.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.sciencefictionthrillers.com and my facebook page is www.facebook.com/Spectra.Series. Follow me on Twitter @JoanneElder.

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A former journalist, Kellyann’s interest in Middle Eastern myth and legend stems from her stint as a Managing Editor of Publications for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. She is a published author of several genie romance novellas. One book, Angels & Genies, was included in a collection for which Charlaine Harris wrote the foreword. Kellyann lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and a jaunty terrier named Djin-Djin.

Her latest book is The Genie Ignites.

Visit her website at www.kfzuzulo.com.

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Interview:               

Do you have another job besides writing?

I work as a freelance editor when I’m not writing…or promoting a new book (which can turn into a fulltime job.) You could say I’m a language matchmaker: I enjoy putting wandering commas in their place, reuniting split infinitives and, basically, grooming sentences so they make a beautiful story.

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

The Genie Ignites, like most books I write, started with an outline. I had a general idea of the story in my head; I knew the beginning and the end. Then I work through chapter by chapter with a glimpse of what I want to happen. Of course, once I dive into the story, the characters frequently have ideas of their own of what they want to happen. I’m flexible.

Did your book require a lot of research?

The Genie Ignites required a lot of research. I wanted to be accurate about the Middle Eastern world where genies are an accepted part of lore, both in the past and in today’s world. I’d read a lot about the legends of the jinn, how they started and how they’re perceived today. I also subscribe to some archaeological magazines, which provide great insight into how the ancient world looked and how the people lived when Zubis first fell in love with the priestess Lina. Then I drew that forward into a modern world, which is where my own experience came in.

What was your goal when writing this book?

I wanted to create a story where a reader could imagine genies and humans living side-by-side. Genies are a very real part of the mythology in many parts of the world. They’re thought to be similar to humans but with abilities we can only imagine. There are even rules about the extent of interaction between the two races. What if a genie and a human tried to make their own way together, in spite of the obstacles? That’s what this story is about.

Who is your target audience?

My audience will be anyone who loves a good story that combines romance, suspense and humor. A tale that travels to exotic locations and dips into unique customs and styles. But, especially, fans of paranormal romance will really love this book.

Describe your working environment.

My office has a lot of windows, bud-green walls, and a tabletop fountain. The sound of gurgling water transports me to the midspace between reality and imagination where a writer lives. I have a small Bose stereo to play my iPod, which is loaded with Middle Eastern music, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, and a bunch of jazz. There’s a collection of clay oil lamps from theMiddle Eastdisplayed on my desk. I’m waiting for the day when a mist begins to seethe from one of the spouts. I won’t run from the room…promise.

Do you write non-stop until you have a first draft, or do you edit as you move along?

I write non-stop, and I mean non-stop, until the book is finished. Up at 5 a.m.for a few hours, take care of the kids and my husband in between, then back to work. When the muse has me by the hand, they are very understanding. Each morning when I check back in with the story, I do a cursory read-through of the previous scene and I’ll make grammatical changes. But the heavy edits wait until that first draft is finished. This is a piece of advice I once got in a writers workshop: Get it out. Then, fix it up.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Find your voice. That is, be who you are as a writer, not who you think you should be. Finding your voice can take years, but it’ll be worth it. 

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

My website is www.kfzuzulo.com with a blog at www.kfzuzulo.com/blog. Readers can also find me on twitter and Facebook at KFZuzulo.

 

 

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