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27 Mar

Review from Literaryetc


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Book Review: Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler

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phototravelTitle: The Photo Traveler
Author: Arthur Gonzalez
Genre: YA / Science Fiction
Series: Yes / Book 1
Rating: 4 out of 5

I’m a fan of science fiction and as a historian, time travel plots can leave me rolling my eyes. When I came across Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler, I was a bit unsure of how to proceed, but within the first three chapters, I was hooked and didn’t want to stop reading.

Life hasn’t been easy for seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone. His adopted father is a drunk and beats him and his adopted sister lies to get her way. They both blame Gavin for the death of his adopted mother and he lives with the guilt knowing he caused her death. One night after a beating, he’s had enough. Finding his original adoption papers, Gavin decides to look for the grandparents who gave him up for adoption. One the way to Washington D.C., he encounters some unsavory characters who ask him for the glass vials and he has no idea what they are talking about. He eludes them and when he arrives in DC, he finds his grandparents are alive. Gavin confronts them and they admit to giving him up to protect him. They then tell him a secret…he’s a photo traveler and as one, he’s able to travel anywhere in the world as long as there’s a physical photograph or a drawing of an event as it occurred. Gavin goes on a journey to find the truth of what happened to his parents and along the way discovers how vital it is not to change the past because of the way it affects the future.

The writing is engaging and Gonzalez definitely is able to put the reader into the mindset of a seventeen-year-old boy. It’s quite easy for a YA science fiction centered book to be filled with clichés, but Gonzales does an excellent job keeping things fresh. The Photo Traveler is also well researched and incorporates aspects of history in the narrative. At one point Gavin travels to 17th century America and the Salem Witch Trials. I cringed when I read where he was going because anyone from the 21st century would stand out and instead of brushing that tidbit aside, Gonzalez addresses it. What’s a 17th century person suppose to think at the height of the witch trials when they see a teenage boy dressed in jeans? I won’t say what happens, but I appreciated the reaction to the incident.

In terms of character development, it’s not thorough, but since this is part of a trilogy, it makes sense to draw the characters over the course of the series. Without a doubt, this book is about Gavin and the journey to find out who he is. We find out how Gavin’s adopted mother died and it will be interesting to see if by chance a picture of the events of that day exists and if it does, will Gavin travel to that specific day? Also I have a feeling there’s more to Gavin’s photography teacher. He took an early interest in Gavin and something just doesn’t sit well with me. I think all readers will be able to associate with Gavin and his need for acceptance. Here’s a teenage boy on the cusp on being an adult who doesn’t know why he was given up. One moment he had parents and a loving home and the in the next instant he has nothing. The heartache he experiences will sadden you and make you want to reach out to hug him.

My favorite quotes:

But since I suck at lying, I was probably as believable as that girl, Cynthia, in our class who constantly shows up with hickies on her neck but keeps swearing she’s still a virgin.

When I open my eyes, a twelve-ton elephant is staring right back at me. It gives me the creeps.

With all works of fiction, especially science fiction, the ability to suspend disbelief is needed and The Photo Traveler is no exception. There are a lot of unanswered questions mostly with regards to Gavin’s mistake and inadvertently changing history. I expected a bit more drawn out discussion pertaining to the subject, but there wasn’t one. Book 2, The Peace Hunter, should touch upon this and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Arthur Gonzalez has done an excellent job with his debut novel and he’s an author to watch.



13 Mar

Italian Blog Interview from www.sarainbooklandblog.blogspot.cit


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Author Interview: Arthur J. Gonzalez, author of The Photo Traveler

Interview
1.Can you tell us a little about your novel, The Photo Traveler?
Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father. Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.” Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC. When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it. He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can time travel through through images.
But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want! His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love. For Gavin, life will never be the same.
2.What was the inspiration behind The Photo Traveler?
One of the most important people in my life was facing a difficult time when their grandmother passed away. It affected him in such a deep way that it consequently affected me. I remember him crying, staring at an old black and white photo of his grandmother in Havana, Cuba. He held it, staring at it like she was talking back to him.
He said, “I’d give anything to travel into this picture right now and hug her.”
I jumped off the couch, my mind spinning in every direction. “What if you could?”
And from that moment…The Photo Traveler was born.
3.Looking back at the novel, is there anything in the story you might have wrote
a little differently if you were just now writing it?
No. I think everything turned out exactly as it was meant to be. I am ecstatic with the final result.
4. Is this a genre you prefer to write in or is there any others you would like to try?
I love Young Adult, and will continue writing within this genre; however, I am also interested in Children’s and Adult Fiction.
5. Is this your first published novel or there are more?
This is my debut novel. But trust me…there are PLENTY more on the way!
6. Any other work in progress?
Yeap! I am working on a children’s novel, called ‘MONTY AND THE MONSTERS’, also a completely separate YA series, an Adult Fiction Series, and of course…the follow-up to ‘The Photo Traveler’, which will be titled, ‘THE PEACE HUNTER’.
7. What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
It will have to be regarding my next series (currently untitled), which surrounds the end of the world. But this story is based ten years after the fact.
Let’s just say, it will blow your mind. 😉
8.Print or eBook?
At first I was entirely against eBooks. I wanted to feel the book and smell it. But eventually…there were so many books that I wanted, it was only a matter of time before my love affair would happen with my Kindle. There are certain books I will always buy, but as of now…I see myself purchasing more and more eBooks.

The Photo Traveler
Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.
Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.”
Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.
When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.
He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!
His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.
For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.
Also available for iBook and Kobo!
The Author
My name is Arthur J Gonzalez.  I’m 28 years old, born and raised in Miami, FL.  I graduated from the University of Florida.  I am currently releasing my debut novel, The Photo Traveler.  The premise surrounds 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, called Photo Travelers, who can time travel through photos and images.
I love to write and create new ideas.  I’m a dreamer. I’m a lover. Family & Friends are everything to me. What else can I say?Oh!  I almost forgot- I AM OBSESSED WITH CHOCOLATE.


13 Mar

Interview on Long and Short Reviews


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INTERVIEW: ARTHUR J. GONZALEZ

March 12, 2013 by  1 Comment

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Arthur J Gonzalez, whose debut novel The Photo Traveler was recently released. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Arthur is currently working on the second book in the Photo Traveler series, called The Peace Hunter. He’s also working on another untitled YA novel dealing with the end of the world, as well as a more adult-geared novel regarding Greek mythology set in the 21st century called The Olympian Chronicles.

“Think True blood of Greek Mythology,” he explained. “Quote me now…it…will…be…EPIC! ? As a young reader, I loved THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and anything surrounding Greek Mythology. The whole fantasy aspect is still there. It’s a way to escape the realities of our own world and imagine what life would be like given these situations.”

When Arthur was growing up, he didn’t want to be a writer; he wanted to be a doctor and went to college for medicine. He thought it’s what he was supposed to do for success.

“The passion I have for creating was never there for medicine,” he told me. “But I learned success shouldn’t be graded on monetary variables, but on the level of fulfillment you have in your life.”
Currently, his favorite author is Veronica Roth.

“It’s not solely due to her writing style and story-telling ability, but what she has done for young authors is amazing,” he said. “She has inspired me, personally. She deserves all the success coming her way. It just goes to show different the publishing world is and long gone are the days are Best-Sellers being older individuals. She represents a new age and I applaud her endlessly for that.”

The hardest part of writing for Arthur is the editing.

“It’s a never ending process! Even after the book is released I find myself editing and critiquing the work. I imagine this is how parents feel when their children grow up and they worry about them feverishly as if they were five,” he told me. “Now I can relate more to my mom when she calls me twenty times in a row because I didn’t pick up the first 18 times and she thought I may have died or fallen or been abducted. Love that crazy lady of mine.”

When Arthur isn’t writing, he likes to laugh and make memories. Because life is so short, he tries to soak every moment he has. He learned at an early age how important this is because his father passed away at 48 years old, without any warning. It was the saddest and scariest day of Arthur’s life and he decided then that he wanted to make sure he enjoyed very breathing moment of his life.

“What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?” I asked.

“I discovered I have a knack for creating genuine characters. It’s something important to me and (I think) I do a pretty good job at it. (Hopefully others feel the same way and I’m not ‘that guy’ patting himself on the shoulder while everyone laughs,” he said.

Arthur likes the idea of inspiring youth to read. When he was a teenager, he didn’t read often, but he’s come to appreciate reading on a whole different level. Now he’s borderline obsessed with reading.
“What is your most embarrassing moment?” I wondered.

“I was having the best day ever one day after school. It was the third day of my junior high school year. So there I am, crossing the street with the goofiest smile on my face after a successful Student Government meeting and BAM! I get struck by a F-350 pick-up.(Yes F-350!) And you want to know the worst part? I was justhit by a damn car and the first thing I thought of as I peeled myself from the ground was, ‘I hope no one saw that.’ Sometimes, I crack myself up. The goof news- no broken bones, only internal bruising.”

About the Author: THE PHOTO TRAVELER is young adult author Arthur J. Gonzalez’s first novel. Arthur was born and raised in Miami surrounded by his loud Cuban family. He graduated from the University of Florida, where he acquired his coffee obsession and his chocolate hoarding antics. He’s the proud father of one baby girl, Sookie–his miniature schnoodle dog. Arthur is a self-professed goofball who spends 98% of his life laughing. He’s now working on his second novel.

Amazon for Purchase: “http://http://www.amazon.com/The-Photo-Traveler-Series/dp/0988891611/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1360886583&sr=8-35&keywords=the+photo+traveler+book”>http://www.amazon.com/The-Photo-Traveler-Series/dp/0988891611/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1360886583&sr=8-35&keywords=the+photo+traveler+book
Official website: www.thephototravelerbook.com
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08 Mar

5 Star Review by Book Blogger @ www.bitoeverything.com


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This is one book that I’ll be looking forward to the next one.  It literally had me wanting more!

The book is about a 17 year old boy, Gavin, that was given up by his grandparents after his parents died in a house fire (supposedly).  His adoptive mother died while protecting him in a robbery and his adoptive father became violent and a drunk.  Jet, his adoptive father, was very abusive to him and took all of his anger out on him.  In their last real fight, Jet let something slip.  Gavin decided it was time for research.  He located his maternal grandparents!  He hopped a bus to DC from Nevada to find them.  On his journey he was attacked by two individuals and it didn’t make since to him at all of what they wanted.  Gavin didn’t have any friends, loved photography and was determined to find a better life somewhere else.  It was 2-3 weeks before his 18th Birthday.  He was scared that his grandparents would not want him at all, but thought it was better than staying in Nevada where he had no friends and his family hated him, or at least what family he had known most of his life.
When Gavin get’s to DC, he takes a cab to his grandparents place.  He learns of a special trait that he never knew he had and why he had always been drawn to photography.
 
Arthur J. Gonzalez has put this book together so perfectly that it keeps you on the edge of your seat.  You will NOT be able to put this book down at all.  The whole book is just incredible.
I suggest you read the first 10 chapters that are FREE and you’ll be wanting to buy this book to read the rest.  It’s an incredible read with lots of history involved.”