Book Promo Feature – Into The Wilderness by Pamela Ackerson

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Pamela Ackerson to the blog. She’s the author of Into The Wilderness and she is here to share about her book. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.

 

intothewilderness500Blurb for INTO THE WILDERNESS

 

The time-travel saga continues in book 2 of the Wilderness Series. Dr. Karen Anderson returns to the past, to the Lakota and her life with Standing Deer. The Little Big Horn Battle – Custer’s Last Stand looms, ending a lifestyle the People have always known. Over the span of time, they fight for freedom and the promise of tomorrow.

Into The Wilderness is available from Amazon

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Pamela Ackerson was born and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life. She now lives on the Space Coast of Florida, a hop, skip, and jump from Orlando, where imagination and fantasy abounds. Pam writes historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and is a practicing herbalist in the use of the natural treatment with raw herbs for almost thirty years. As her day job, she currently works as the V.P. of Marketing and Advertising for the book review magazine, Affaire de Coeur.

Pamela can be found on:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Amazon Author Page

Excerpt:

 

The unbearable heat for a June morning cut a humid line down her back, but Spirit of the Mountain was determined to continue. She was finishing a shield of animal bones for Standing Deer. It wasn’t made in the normal round shape, but an upside down U. Wide enough to rest atop his horse and lean against him if Standing Deer needed both hands, or if he were standing, his legs would be protected. Once the bones were set in place she would attach a buffalo hide over the top to make it stronger. Beside her was an assortment of arrowheads and shafts she would be using for herself and Standing Deer.

She may not be able to change what was going to happen next month but she could surely protect her man as much as possible.

Standing Deer was going to a meeting tonight of the warriors and elders and would be late returning to the lodge. She had spoken with him about staying in the modern world for a few days so she could help James Black Elk. He agreed with her. It was their turn to help repay their friendship to their brother.

Bonnie, Sings to the Wind, called and entered into the lodge. Spirit of the Mountain watched her old friend with a smile on her lips. Sings to the Wind’s belly was swollen with child. She never looked healthier in her life but her face was troubled.

Pouring herself a cup of coffee, “We have to talk.” Sings to the Wind said in Lakota.

A sick feeling lay suddenly heavy in her stomach, Spirit of the Mountain nodded her head in agreement.

“I see you are making a war shield and arrows for Standing Deer.”

“Yes, my hands are tied and I cannot change what is to come next month but I can help him as much as possible.”

“No one dies at the Rosebud battle, but 66 die at Little Big Horn.” Flipping her hand in the air, “It’s what I want to talk to you about.” Sings to the Wind said, arrogance laced her words.

Spirit of the Mountain stretched the buffalo hide across the new shield and waited impatiently for her friend to continue.

“I have spoken to Sitting Bull and have told him of the coming battles; where the soldiers will be coming from; their battle strategy…”

“What?”

“I have warned our people of the impending battles and everything I know of what is to be.”

“NO! Do you know what you have done? By doing that you have changed history, you have no right.” Spirit of the Mountain had switched to English. Seething with anger, her breath, and heartbeat pounded, increasing with fear.

“Sitting Bull will be warning the other tribes. They will be meeting tonight and the next few nights to make battle plans. The white soldiers will never get to the village. The warriors will attack before they can reach us. I will not sit here and watch our nation be destroyed. If I can save their lives…”

“You cannot play God. Who do you think you are?”

“I am the one who will make a difference for my people…”

“Your people? What is that supposed to mean? This is not your decision to make.”

“I’m not playing God!” Pointing an accusing finger, “You are. You know what’s going to happen and you are going to let it happen. Just sit there as if on a throne, all full of pompous righteousness…and let it happen. I will not. If I can stop it, I will.”

“You can’t stop it! Because of this you may have changed everything. What if it’s worse because the warriors seek the white soldiers? Don’t you think the government’s wrath will make it ten times worse?”

“I was brought to the past for a reason. I will not allow…”

“You will not allow? You were brought here because I allowed it. I brought you to the past. It was my choice to allow you to sleep on my bed and go to this world. You have NO right to change the past.”

Sings to the Wind yelled “I do have the right!”

“You claim you want to do something to help the Indian. Why didn’t you go to DC and lobby for Indian rights here in this world? Why haven’t you gone to President Grant and pushed for the Indian’s rights? If you are so worried about the Indian, why don’t you do something about our world? Pine Ridge is one of the poorest in the nation. Why don’t you do something about that?” Raising her hands, “Well, Bonnie?”

When there was no response Spirit of the Mountain continued.

“The Bureau of Indian Affairs is having serious problems. Instead of hiding in the past, why don’t you do something about that? Peltier is still in jail. Why don’t you do something about that? I could keep going, if you insist. Bonnie, why don’t you do something that will change our world and the future; make things better for the Indian Nation in the modern world!”

“I have. By doing what I have done, it will change the future.” Putting both hands on her hips, “For the better.”

“I was warned NOT to change the past…the future. It was meant to be,” said Spirit of the Mountain.

Sings to the Wind growled. “I wasn’t warned. So it was meant to be.”

“No, Bonnie. You have made things worse. Now the white soldiers will be on an even bigger rampage.”

“You are a coward Karen. You just didn’t have the courage to change the past and I did.”

“You have given the Lakota a death sentence.” Spirit of the Mountain pointed to the opening. “Get out!”

Bonnie blinked in surprise.

“Bonnie, get out of my home.” Spirit of the Mountain growled. “Now.”

 

Author Interview with John Forelli, author of The Simulations

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome John Forelli to the blog. He’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about his book, The Simulations. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.

IBP – Try to describe your book in one sentence.

 

John – Office Space meets The Matrix.

 

IBP  – What’s your current guilty pleasure?

 

John – House music, specifically this song by Avicii: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL_RapW49nM

I know liking this kind of music kind of makes me a douchebag, but there’s just something so possessive and epic about it.

 

IBP – State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.

 

John – I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was nine and was in a coma for two days. All good now.

 

IBP – Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?

 

John – The best advice I’ve ever heard for writers is from the movie Finding Forrester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLBEFvMkQCo

 

IBP – What’s your favorite part of writing a book?

 

John – That moment of inspiration when something occurs to you spontaneously and you have to get it out onto the page or you’ll die in a vacuum of unfulfilled thoughts.

 

IBP – How long did it take you to write your current book?

 

John – From the moment I conceived the story to the last word I typed, almost exactly thirty days. I started writing in early January and finished an hour before the Super Bowl, which was fortunate because this year’s Super Bowl was amazing and I would’ve kicked my own ass had I missed it.

 

I’m usually a slower writer than that, but for whatever reason this one just clicked from start to finish.

 

IBP – What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?

 

John – I watched The Matrix a couple weeks before I started writing The Simulations, and it was fascinating to me. I was magnetically drawn to the idea that what we perceive as reality is not necessarily the complete truth, and I wanted to flesh out the possibility that “reality” is something that happens inside our heads, and can most accurately be understood as a construct of the human mind. As such, it’s restricted and influenced by the conditions therein. That idea is basically what The Simulations is about.

 

IBP – What is the one book that you think everyone should read?

 

John – The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran. The writing is breathtaking and the message is so enlightening it makes Siddhartha read like a damn cartoon.

 

IBP – Where can your fans find you?

 

John – My website, www.johnforelli.com. Or on Twitter at twitter.com/johnforelli

 

IBP – If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want for company?

 

John – Kate Upton and Tyrion Lannister, for very different reasons.

 

IBP – What is in the works for you next?

 

John – I’m happy to announce here for the first time that my novel One Woman, Two Towers will be released on June 9th! Stay tuned to my website and Twitter for upcoming details.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 6.05.46 AMBio: “John is 24 and lives in Philadelphia. In his free time he enjoys drinking too much with friends and complaining about the Phillies.” 

John can be found on his site and Twitter 

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Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 6.05.28 AMBlurb: “When Ray Ality arrives for a job interview at Simulations Inc. he’s immediately drawn to Delilah, the cute receptionist. Only one problem: she’s engaged.

Ray soon concocts a plan to win Delilah over, as he and his new, eccentric coworker Bob use the company’s software in an attempt to simulate the process of courting her. Ray soon discovers that the simulations aren’t exactly what he expected, and as he sinks deeper into virtual reality it becomes harder to distinguish real life from the imaginary.

This novel is Office Space meets The Matrix–an existential discourse told among keyboards and cubicles.”

The Simulations is available from Amazon

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THE SIMULATIONS excerpt

 

Back through the purring Mainframe I go, exiting the cool, dark trappings of Server Room 42 for the stale monotony of the rest of the office. My eyes take a minute to adjust to the overlit swath of cubicles stretching before me like a maze to be solved.

 

Something Bob said echoes in my mind. In my head I repeat it. ‘Reality is what you make it.’ If my reality is to be an endless line of reformatting requests, then perhaps I should make some good of it. And so I proceed quickly through the maze of cubicles as the corners of corporate tedium trace my path on either side. I walk past the company’s receptionist in the foyer. She’s not the one I want, and she’s probably too occupied with an episode of The Office anyway.

 

Through the door and into the elevator I go, nervously tapping my foot as the floors tick past. 9…8…7…

 

What should I say? It’s not like me to be so spontaneous, but Bob’s speech was strangely inspirational. I can feel butterflies beating against the walls of my stomach in time with my heart against my chest. They’re playing a symphony of apprehension in time with the elevator’s metronome. 6…5…4…

 

In my mind I go over what I’ll say. ‘Delilah, if we’re both going to be working here, maybe we should get to know each other better. I was wondering if you’d like to get a coffee one day after work?’ In my heart it’s the apex of romance. In my head it’s the apex of anti-climax. 3…2…1.

 

The doors open and the lobby is bathed in the natural light utterly lacking upstairs. The rays shine through the windows opposite Delilah’s reception desk. The revolving door refracts the light into a twirling, glowing symphony that lights the desk as though it’s heaven.

 

Delilah stands there, and my heart jumps for a split second when I think about how perfectly romantic the moment is.

Then I see the man standing there facing her, his facial hair coarse and obscene next to her smooth, dimpled cheeks. He stands there like an oaf, hands in his pockets as Delilah reaches over the reception desk to kiss him. She reaches up with her left hand to touch the scruff and that’s when I see it: a diamond ring, glinting in the sunlight and blinding me with jealousy and disappointment.

 

The elevator doors close, confining me in blank sterility under sickening artificial light. I was right. The moment was perfectly romantic. It just wasn’t mine. •

 

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