22 May

4 out of 5 Rating by: http://newadultaddiction.blogspot.com


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Friday, May 17, 2013

GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

The Photo Traveler 
by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication: February 20th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel
REVIEW

I don’t know why I love time travel books because they drive me crazy. I over think them and even though I’m very willing to accept the fact that vampires exist or shapeshifters are sexy, time travel just makes me crazy.  I like simple time travel stories, and this one was very complicated.

However, I did enjoy it very much.

This book was so twisty I swear, if you just start it and don’t keep going, you have no idea what this book is about.  There is one twist at the end that leads up to the second book which just made me sit up and say what the heck just happened!

Some of the things the characters did seemed out of place – for instance, in certain circumstances Gavin et. al, were very naïve and childish, while others they were very mature.  I prefer them to be mature, but I think this inconsistency evened out when I take the book as a whole because the mistake Gavin made near the end was very grown up.  That’s all I can say, because that’s a major spoiler.

I also had a bit of trouble with the early time traveling, the Salem Witch trials, for instance. I don’t get how you can go back in time when there’s no photos.  I get how the author explained it, I just had trouble buying that reasoning.

But the science aside, I enjoyed the plot twists and this is a very fun book for teenagers, I especially think boys would like it because it’s not too romantic, although there is some of that going on, and of course, it’s got a male protagonist.

Gavin is quite a character, he’s pretty decisive and is willing to take big risks, heck, the beginning is one big risk after another.  This was definitely a fun read and I highly recommend it for young adult paranormal readers.




21 May

A Randomness Embrace for The Photo Traveler by: http://bookishrandomness.blogspot.com/


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Review & Blog Tour: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Hey, guys! Today comes to an end the blog tour for The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez, a young adult time travel book. I had the chance to read this book and I liked it, it`s perfect for YA readers (!). So today you can read the intro to The Photo Traveler and my thoughts on it. There`s also a giveaway.

Title: The Photo Traveler
by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication date: February 20th, 2013
Publisher: Fahrenheit Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel

After reading the synopsis to The Photo Traveler, some of you may think it’s like something from the movie Jumper but with time travel. At least that’s what I thought- a boy with a sad past, a sudden power to jump through time scapes with a help of photos and villians who want something from him. The movie was kind of cooler, though.

The Photo Traveler really surprised me in a positive way. Not only is the book interesting, it’s written in such a great manner that when you think of putting it down for awhile, something sudden and exciting happens. It kept my attention through the whole story. The whole build-up of the story was written in a really nice manner, I had no idea what to expect next or even how the story would unravel, I just sat there and enjoyed the ride this book took me on.

I liked the interraction between all characters, especially Gavin and his family’s. His relationship with them were really loving even if he didn’t get to grow up with them. After Gavin had started going to school he found a genuine friend in Marc, later Yogi who didn’t go to school with him.

I appreciate that all of the characters, no matter how minor, were still there in the story. No magic disappearances. I have found a few YA books that lack this feature.

As much as I enjoyed this book, there where a few things that bothered me a little, and made me give it a lower rating.

• His and Alenna’s relatioship escalated a little too quickly for my taste. I mean, he sees her in a photo, decides to meet her and in a few minutes of meeting each other, they’re kissing and hugging like it’s normal.

• I could try counting the I-love-you’s, I’m sure they would be more than any romance I have ever read. Although I liked the loving relationship between the siblings, the love was a little over the top for a paranormal book.

• A few times there was a subtle repeating, like the authors wanted to remind us the facts which seemed a little unnesessary to me.

• A cliffhanger! I loathe them. In The Photo Traveler it wasn`t like completely sudden in the middle of action, but it was a cliffhanger nonetheless. I thought I should mention it if you maybe find them displeasing, too.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and had fun reading Gavin`s journey which first started with a purpose to find more about him and his family and turned into an adventure that changed his life. You just have to read this book to understand what I mean, it`s actually really good. A great debut novel, I`ll bw sure to check out the future works of Arthur J. Gonzalez.
I still have some reservations about this book, but I think young adults and the lovers of YA Paranormal genre would love this book. I`d recommend it!


20 May

Review: 4.5 out of 5 from http://bookwyrming-thoughts.blogspot.ca/


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Blog Tour: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez – Review + Giveaway

The Photo Traveler
Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication Date: February 20, 2013
Publisher: Fahrenheit Publishing
Link: Goodreads
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free to review for the blog tour. My review is not influenced in any way.

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone has been in foster care with an abusive father since his parents died in a fire at a young age. The only thing that lets him escape the torturous life is taking photos. Just when he thinks that he’s going to be miserable for the rest of his life, he finds out that his dad’s parents are still alive and enters the dangerous world of a small group of people called Photo Travelers.
I honest to goodness hate his adoptive family, except for maybe Dina and Leyla. What a nasty temper his adoptive father has. I’m so glad Gavin found his grandparents, because if I could, I would probably say good riddance to Jet (of course, if I actually said it… it would probably get pretty… ugly). Then there’s Gavin’s adoptive sister. Mel. I was thinking she at least changed a bit when she went after him after he left. I mean, I can see why she would act like that, but still… I’m sad to say I’m disappointed in her. :(
     I guess that shows manipulative the villain is. 2 simple words with very simple (and good, if you look in the dictionary…) meanings… yet totally against what the other Photo Travelers are thinking of. It’s kind of ironic what they mean to do for the good of mankind in the future, yet they can still break rules of all kinds.
Gavin is a pretty likable character in broad terms. He’s loyal and protective when his family and friends are threatened by others. Though when it comes to some of his actions, I sometimes just want to give him a facepalm and ask, “Why, Gavin, whyyy?”

I love how The Photo Traveler started. My very first thought after reading the prologue was, “Oh boy, this is going to a great ‘ride!’” I also love how Gonzalez was very accurate (at least in historical facts) when it came to Gavin’s trips to places such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Great Depression. What’s a bit aggravating about the book, however, is the dialogue. The characters, including Gavin himself, just seem so… happy, excited or yelling all the time. There just seems to be a bit of overuse in exclamation marks. :/

     Then there’s the ending. There’s always that dreadful last few sentences at the end of the book where you hit the end and it seems to say right back, “The End.” With a lovely little cliffhanger. Somehow, you just want to say, “But… but… it was just beginning to get really interesting!” Despite the little mini protests, no one’s going to hear me, so I’ll hide in a cozy little corner, sip something nice and cold, and read on (after all, it’s summer and time to… chillax). *unhappy face* I’m so glad cliffhangers don’t have the ability to laugh at me… otherwise I’ll be laughed at often. >_<

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls

Author Bio

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



18 May

A Witchy Preview of The Photo Traveler by: http://izzylovesbooks.blogspot.ca/


http://izzylovesbooks.blogspot.ca/2013/05/the-photo-traveler-blog-tour.html

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Photo Traveler Blog Tour

EXCERPT
I’m in the courtroom. It’s filled with agitated Puritans screaming at a teenaged girl who is being held to the floor by two burly men. Standing behind a tall counter across the room is the judge.
         Fortunately, I’ve landed behind the crates, which gives me a perfect view of the trial. I probably should have changed clothes to something less… modern. I don’t think they exactly wore jeans in this era.
         I’m trying to hear the judge’s words, but it’s difficult because the dozens of townspeople are howling over one another. One woman shrieks, “I’ve seen her wandering the streets in the middle of the night! What decent lady would act so?”
         A toothless, disheveled man next to her shouts, “And her husband! He’s disappeared!”
         Another man leans forward and spits on the girl. “She’s a daughter of the devil! With my own eyes, I’ve heard her speaking the language of demons!”
         The mob starts chanting. “Witch! Witch! Witch!”
         This is crazy.
         The girl, who I don’t think can be older than sixteen, is slumped over on the floor. Her hands are bound together with thick, coarse brown rope. She looks petrified and is weeping while facing the ground. I can’t hear her saying anything, but she seems to be whispering to herself. Maybe praying. She’s dressed in a long-sleeved black dress with a white collar and cuffs and her hair is hidden in a white bonnet. Like a costume. Like something along the lines to what pilgrims wore.
         I can’t believe that the actions playing out in front of me are actually real. But they are.
         “Elizabeth Wills!” the judge shouts. The two men holding the girl refer to him as Magistrate John Howlands. “You have been accused of demonic witchcraft. How do you find yourself?”
         As she turns her face toward him, the crowd goes silent. She swallows hard and then says softly, “I know of no devil. My faith is in my Lord. I know not of any other way.”
         “Blasphemy!” a woman near her shrieks. “She lies!”
         “Silence!” the judge thunders. He then orders his assistants, “Take her outside so we may examine the circumstances.”
         As the two men drag her outside, the crowd continues shouting. Their fury is terrifying. I feel my heart pounding. I have to shake the numbness from my hands and hold myself back from whimpering.             I look around and spot a narrow line of sunlight coming through an unobtrusive pair of swinging doors that lead out of the courtroom. Maybe I can get to her that way.
         Before I make a run for the doors, I look for the carving I had seen in the book. I feel around the crate in front of me until I finally find it—the initials “L + A 96” carved into one of the panels. I run my fingers along the marks. Could this be—
         I’m brought back to reality by the crash of a distant crate being pushed over. The crowd’s becoming more frenzied. I have to get out before I’m caught. I drop into a crouch and sprint for the swinging doors.
         Elizabeth is lying in a courtyard only a few feet from me. Her arms are wrapped around one of the posts that support the overhanging roof, bound by the same rope. She’s weeping and begging her God to protect her. I can feel my heart breaking. I know she isn’t a witch. But from what I can remember from the pages of the book, she will not survive this. I feel helpless. I know I can’t change the past, but there’s no way I can let her just die.
         I edge toward her from behind and stammer, “Miss Wills?”
         She keeps her face averted and doesn’t respond.
         “I’m not here to hurt you. I promise.”
         She still refuses to look at me, but I see tears running down her cheeks. “Please leave me alone! Let me be alone with my God!”
         “I don’t know how to say this, but I know you are not a witch.”
         “I know nothing of such vile things!” she sobs. “But at this moment I wish it were true, for then the death I am facing would have some justification!” She finally looks up at me and takes a deep, surprised breath when she looks into my eyes. “Your eyes! Where do you come from? Are… are you in fact a witch? Is that how you know who I am when I do not know who you are?”
         “No! I come from the future. I know it sounds strange, but—”
“Your eyes are like theirs’!
         My heart skips a beat. “‘Theirs’? Whose?
         “The lady and the man! You look like them!”
         “A lady and man who looked like me?”
         “They dressed as you do, and their eyes shimmered like the planets. They were witches, too!”
         My hands are shaking. “Where are they now? Please tell me! I need to know!”
         She turns her head away from me. “They disappeared into the air. While I was watching them. That is how I know they were witches. They left me to be hanged when it should have been them!”
         “Elizabeth, please! Are you sure they disappeared?”
         She doesn’t respond. Come on, Elizabeth, answer me. “Please,” I beg. “They’re my parents! Help me find them!”
         The word “parents” causes her to look at me again. She shakes her head. “They have fled. The man told the woman ‘great’ something, and ‘Quickly!’ And then I saw them vanish with my own eyes. Now leave me be!”
         “I can help you. I can help you escape.”
         Her tear-filled blue eyes light up. “Yes. Oh, yes! Please set me free. My Lord has heard my prayers! My Lord has heard my prayers!”
         “Please, be silent,” I warn her as I grab a jagged piece of rock from the dirt and begin scraping it against the rope. I’m getting more and more frightened. The waves of noise from inside are growing louder, and terror is catching in my throat. Just as the rope around her wrists starts to give way, I hear a pistol being cocked and feel the barrel of a gun against my skull. I freeze.
         “Step away from the witch and announce your name!” It’s the voice of one of the court officials.
         “I come in… peace?” I answer nervously.
         “Siblings of the black beast! You have come to protect your bewitched sister, have you not? Kneel before me!”
         He summons the other assistants from inside. They throw me to the ground and tie my hands with the same skin-prickling rope. What have I gotten myself into? This is not good. This is not good at all.
         They drag us both inside. The crowd, even more enraged than before, shrieks and jeers, “Hang them both! Hang them both!”
         Magistrate Howlands peers down on us. “You both have been found guilty. And will be executed by way of hanging immediately.”
         Did he just say… hanging? You’re kidding me! No, no, no! This is not how this is supposed to play out. This is supposed to happen only to her, not me! I begin to sweat profusely and grow more anxious. I try to remember the return chant that will take me back home, but my mind is frozen. This cannot be happening.
         Elizabeth stands with her eyes closed, tears rolling down her cheeks. She continues whispering prayers to herself.
         The same two brutal assistants grab us both by our bound arms and shove us toward the doors of the courthouse. The crowd screeches with frantic joy, hugging and rejoicing over our imminent execution.
         As they pour out of the courthouse behind us, the assistants drag us to a wooden platform, eight feet high, directly under a noose that dangles from a large limb of a leafless, skeletal tree that appears to symbolize death waiting for its next victim. I’m literally about to throw up.
         “No Beasts of the Blackness shall reside in our midst!” Magistrate Howlands announces. “Mistress Elizabeth Wills and her unidentified demonic brother will be hanged, never to walk our God-fearing community again!”
         I watch in despair as the assistants force Elizabeth up onto the platform where a man in an oversized black cloak who resembles the Reaper places the noose around her neck and tightens it. She continues moving her lips in prayer.
         When he steps back from her, she opens her eyes and scans the mob, which suddenly grows silent.
         “I pray that—” She stops to catch her breath. “—that your Lord will forgive you for my murder. I shall forever rest in peace, in the name of my God.”
         Then she moves her foot over the edge of the pedestal—and allows her body to follow.
         I gasp along with the mob, but I have to bury my chin to my chest because my hands are bound and I can’t cover my eyes against the sight of her lifeless body dangling in mid-air.
         Come on, Gavin! What are the words? “Back in time… Home I go…?” I’m trying desperately to remember but nothing works. I look up and my eyes meet Elizabeth’s dead gaze. I swear she’s looking right at me. I turn away, holding myself from nearly throwing up again.
         The Reaper grabs her body and pulls her in toward him. As he unties the rope from around her broken neck, she collapses against him and he loses his grip. Her body falls eight feet off the platform and onto the hard ground. Her head smashes against a small boulder near me, and when I see her bloody skull and lifeless body lying at my feet, I can no longer hold back my nausea. I turn my head to the side and let it all out.
         I’m pushed through the crowd as they hiss at me and throw stones and branches in my direction. I drop to my knees and beg for my life, and I don’t even feel the stones cutting into my skin because I’m so terrified. The assistants drag me toward the platform and hand me over to the Reaper, who pulls me up to my doom.
         “Please! Please! I’ll give anything!” Sweat is oozing from every crevice of my body.
         I can’t believe it’s ending this way. I can barely control my breathing. I’m standing on quivering legs on this platform under the stale wind.
         “No! Please!” I beg again, but the Reaper just continues adjusting the rope around my neck. The rough strands scratch my throat when I swallow.
         Magistrate Howlands throws me a look of disgust and tosses a small woven bag towards the Reaper. “Cover his head! I never want to see those vile and disgraceful eyes again. His final moments should be filled with darkness.”
         The Reaper pulls it over my head, stealing my final moments of sight and life from me. The material, which smells of a dead animal, scratches at my face. This is the last thing I will remember.
         “On my count of three!” I hear the magistrate proclaim triumphantly. “One!… Two!…”

Synopsis:

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.

PURCHASE: 
AUTHOR BIO
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.

Author Links:

 



17 May

Interviewed by http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com


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1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book? 

One of the most important people in my life had recently lost their grandmother and was going through pure devastation. They held an old black and white photo of his grandmother, when she was a young girl in Havana, Cuba. He said, “I wish, more than anything, that I could jump in this picture and be with her.”

Then it hit me- What if we could do that? Who wouldn’t want to do that?

From there the idea for The Photo Traveler was born.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book? 

Definitely, Meesha. I would kill to go out and have a drink with her. I can see us getting buckwild. Hahaha!

3. Which came first, the title or the novel? 

The idea of the novel. But as I came up with the idea, the title came to me almost instantly. It was simple, to the point, and expressive of the story without giving away too much.

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why? 
I think I’m most proud of the Great Depression scene. I was proud that I was able to educate myself on the era, and in turn, teach something to the reader that is masked by all the entertainment.

Also, there’s a different side of Gavin that is revealed here; one that’s very paternal and endearing. I think it’s a chapter where Gavin illustrates significant development and growth.

There’s a lot that happens here and I felt it to be very natural, which is so important to me.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Besides technique and the in-and-outs of publishing, I have learned to believe in myself. I learned to listen to my creative voice; that I had something special to offer. Realizing this is such a beautiful thing, because we all want to feel like we are meant for something- that we have a special gift to offer.

I recently read a quote that I loved. It basically says that God grants us each with a gift; it’s what we do with this gift that is our gift back to God. I couldn’t say it any better. (I’m crossing my fingers and hope I figured my ‘gift’ out correctly! Haha!)

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

 I love the modern and simple edge it has. The colors appeal to both male and female, and it looks amazing. I remember when it was first created, we printed out a copy, covered another book with it and tested it out by putting it on a shelf at Barnes and Noble. It was an eye catcher. Several people stopped. I knew it was the one.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013? 

The third installment to the Divergent trilogy.

8. What was your favorite book in 2012? 

A biography on Walt Disney. His life story and individual perseverance gave me this unbelievable high and sense of hope. It really boosted my motivation even more. What an inspiring human being!

9. What’s up next for you? 

I’m definitely working on the sequel to The Photo Traveler, titled The Peace Hunter. I cannot express how excited I am about this book! This story takes off in directions I, myself, could not believe! 😉

My children’s novel, Monty and the Monsters, will hopefully be ready by end of summer/end of year. The story is about a newborn human boy, Monty, who’s taken from his world and raised by monsters (in a hysterical monster world I created, called Gloomsbury). Monty is raised by monsters his entire life, carrying the burden of feeling different, but never knowing he is actually a human. His life is filled with isolation and loneliness, constantly being the target of heavy bullying.

On Monty’s 15th birthday, he is informed of the truth of his origin and given the opportunity to venture to his human world; where there, Monty will have to decide if he will stay in the world he was stripped of, or stay with the monster parents he has grown to love, in a world that has always shunned him.

The story is about love, blended family, acceptance, bullying, and finding your way.

The second novel is part one in a still untitled YA series surrounding the end of the world. This story, though, takes place ten years after the fact, where five 5 teens wake to an earth that has evolved into a completely different planet than they remember.

They are forced to resuscitate their kind and reestablish civilization. But they soon realize why their world ended and discover that earth is still at its mercy.

And then I’m also working on an adult Fiction series surrounding Greek Mythology, The Olympian Chronicles: Hades. Think True Blood with Greek Gods, rather than vampires and werewolves. It’s an edgy, sexy, and modern take on Greek Mythology, with a 21st century twist. What would our favorite tales look like if they took place in today’s world.

This will be epic.



17 May

‘Nu Urban Lyf Mag’ Showing Huge Love for The Photo Traveler


Book Reviews

The Photo Traveler by Arthur Gonzalez

The Photo Traveler by Arthur Gonzalez is by far an excellent read for teenagers. It caught my attention from page one and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Its about this young boy named Gavin who is tired of his life and searches to find out who he really is and when he finds out its way more than he ever expected. His grandparents explain to him who he is and what his abilities are and he adjusts to it pretty well. Then stuff keeps happening and people are after him and his family. He does everything he can do to protect them and for the most part he succeeds. The ending has the biggest surprise and will leave you in complete awe. This story is unique and intriguing and I have never come across a story like this. Its a definite 5 stars and I would recommend it for your teen or even for yourself.



17 May

One of my Favorite Reviews by http://www.froggaritasbookcase.com/


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The Photo Traveler & Giveaway

By Froggy on May 15th, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Posted In: Uncategorized
The Photo Traveler
The Photo Traveler Published by  on February 20th, 2013
Genres: 
Pages: 213
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interviewspiderweb

Arthur, welcome to my Lily pad!! I am so happy to have you here today!!

First off tell us a bit about yourselves!!

I love exercising, which is great because I love chocolate (like, really love it.) I’m also partly a coffee addict (like so many other authors!)

I love, love, love my family. Not a single thing I would not do for them.

I’ve been caught one too many times singing in my car. :/ (but I mean, like, hardcore busting out. American Idol style.)

And I have a baby girl- Sookie. A golden mix between a miniature schnauzer and miniature poodle.

 

Now onto a segment I call……

Show us you’re Warts!

 

Authors, Lets talk about your wounded characters or character flaws that get exposed in the books! Tell us a bit about one of your characters and their flaws.

Gavin is a character full of self-guilt and hate. He blames himself for everything that’s gone wrong in his life. It makes it difficult for Gavin to communicate to people and allow himself to be seen as vulnerable, but in reality all Gavin wants is to feel loved and accepted.

How do you think this flaw impacts the reader’s ability to relate with the character?

It shows something we all have- a weakness. This specific weakness was born from his upbringing and a series of unfortunate events that occurred in his lifetime. I think anyone can relate to that.

Do you think the flaw makes him seem more likable to the readers?

I think everyone always wants to feel accepted and loved. Even those who don’t seek it directly. It’s an instinctual feeling. My hope, is that it makes Gavin much more likable because he’s real at heart.

Do you see this flaw as a weakness or as a strength?

I think at the surface, it’s a weakness. But, it’s what we do with these weaknesses that really shows our strength.

What do you think truly frightens our character and do you consider this a flaw?

Allowing someone into his heart, only to lose them. Which for Gavin, I think is completely understandable. Unfortunately, the flaw in it is that it shields him from surrounding himself with people who genuinely care.

 

If you could tell your character a piece of advice what would it be?

The time to believe is now.

What’s up next for you?

 

I’m definitely working on the sequel to The Photo Traveler, titled The Peace Hunter. I cannot express how excited I am about this book! This story takes off in directions I, myself, could not believe! ;)

My children’s novel, Monty and the Monsters, will hopefully be ready by end of summer/end of year. The story is about a newborn human boy, Monty, who’s taken from his world and raised by monsters (in a hysterical monster world I created, called Gloomsbury). Monty is raised by monsters his entire life, carrying the burden of feeling different, but never knowing he is actually a human. His life is filled with isolation and loneliness, constantly being the target of heavy bullying.

On Monty’s 15th birthday, he is informed of the truth of his origin and given the opportunity to venture to his human world; where there, Monty will have to decide if he will stay in the world he was stripped of, or stay with the monster parents he has grown to love, in a world that has always shunned him.

The story is about love, blended family, acceptance, bullying, and finding your way.

The second novel is part one in a still untitled YA series surrounding the end of the world. This story, though, takes place ten years after the fact, where five 5 teens wake to an earth that has evolved into a completely different planet than they remember.

They are forced to resuscitate their kind and reestablish civilization.  But they soon realize why their world ended and discover that earth is still at its mercy.

And then I’m also working on an adult Fiction series surrounding Greek Mythology, The Olympian Chronicles: Hades. Think True Blood with Greek Gods, rather than vampires and werewolves. It’s an edgy, sexy, and modern take on Greek Mythology, with a 21st century twist. What would our favorite tales look like if they took place in today’s world.

This will be epic.

 

Thank you so much for joining us on Froggarita’s Bookcase! We loved getting to know your character better and hope you stop by again soon! ;)

 

Froggy 



17 May

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Blog Tour: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez (review, giveaway)

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The Photo Traveler
written by Arthur J. Gonzalez
published by Fahrenheit Publishing

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooks,SmashwordsGoodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted byXpresso Book Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy this book. The synopsis drew me in as something different from anything I had read in the past. The Photo Traveler did not disappoint. I read this book every free chance I had.

I felt for Gavin from the get-go. I wanted him to get away from his adoptive father and move on to something, anything else. I had hoped that he would find some family somewhere and that he did, along with so much more. Gavin found out he was a photo traveler. He can look at a photograph and travel to that time period with a few words. This was a great, new concept for me. I haven’t read anything quite like this and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I think what I enjoyed the most was Gavin experiencing just what his actions in the past created for the present/future time. It was so interesting to read about Gavin’s travels to and from different time periods for specific reasons. He meets so many different people, including his parents. Gavin also meets the love of his life. That turns into a whole lot of trouble and happiness and disbelief for Gavin.

I liked Estelle and Bud. I would have liked them more except for their decisions early on in Gavin’s life. I was happy to see the three of them falling in line with each other as if no time had passed since the last time they had seen each other. Gavin’s parents were interesting. They have their secrets but it is clear that they truly care about Gavin. The other characters, namely Mario, Naima and Axel, Alanna, and Yogi, all added to this story and gave it their own interesting twists.

Was some of this book hard to believe? Yes. It was difficult for me to hear Gavin, a 17 year old boy, describe various scenes,  most notably the restaurant on his birthday, with such detail and awe. I reasoned that it was because he is so into photography. But part of me kept saying, “But he’s a 17 year old boy! He wouldn’t think about such details!” I’m not sure which way to go with that. Did it distract from my reading an enjoyment of the novel? No.

Another thing that kind of bugged me was the use of actual historical events and people along with the use of fictional historical events and people. There is mention of a President Bower and a threat of an all out war. I have no problem with this on its own. However, when the main character travels to places and events that actually occurred – Hooverville during the Great Depression, the Salem witch trials – then there is reference to a fictional person, President Bower, well, that just bugs me. Either make it all actual historical facts or make it all fictional reality. Not both. Also, there were quite a few typos throughout my copy of The Photo Traveler. That kind of bugged me because some of the typos were rather obvious. However, it didn’t detract from the overall story. It wasn’t enough to make me not want to read the book.

Was I happy about the ending? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why did it have to end on such a cliffhanger????? WHY???? I will have to wait until The Peace Hunter is released because I must know what happens next!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good time travel book.

Will I read it again: I will not but I will read book #2 in this series, The Peace Hunter.

chrissysig

 



17 May

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Book Review: The Photo Traveler By Arthur J. Gonazalez

miércoles, 15 de mayo de 2013 en 8:47 a.m. | Publicado por Rhomy PP
The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication: February 20th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel
 
 

My Thoughts:

First I want to thanks the author and Xpresso Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book. This was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly it was an amazing read!

Let’s divide it in a some categories to make it easier:

Cover: GOR – GEOUS! Absolutely adored it… as you may see I love purple hehe, that’s what caught my attention in the first place.

Characters: Welt built, strong and defined personalities, outstanding ability of the author to “show” us how Gavin feels instead of just tell us.

Gavin’s life has been extremely sad, a little tragic and his present is not the best when the book begins but that makes him a ver interesting character and makes you want to get to know him.

Writing: Nice. Simple and smooth, loved it.

Story:

“To this time, allow my travel. Take me there, let me unravel”

This is a time travel story, and it takes you to amazing places in a perfect way. Gavin travels through photographs. He can see an image and he can just jump into that world.

I found the plot great, interesting and the story is full of action.
A lot of twists and turns that make it a super fast read, but not at expense of depth or quality, on the contrary, it is a fast read because it’s highly entertaining!

I couldn’t put it down, I read it in one sitting, and believe me, I don’t have time to read a book in one sitting 😀

One thing I could criticize, is that Gavin found out about everything too fast and too easily. But then again, the story has so many details and twists that there is no need to it.

I discovered a beautiful world and adventure and I hope to read something else from Arthur J. Gonzalez soon.
I would totally recommend this book!



17 May

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway OHMY!!! The Photo Traveler by: Arthur J. Gonzalez

Thank you to Arthur J. Gonzalez http://arthurjgonzalez.com/ & Giselle http://www.xpressobooktours.com/ for having me join the blog tour
Title: The Photo Traveler 
Author: Arthur J Gonzalez
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Fahrenheit Publishing 
Publication Date: February 2oth 2013
Paperback: 352 pages

My Book Review:

So the book starts of and we meet Gavin a 17yr old boy who’s life just seems to get worse and worse he lost his parents in a horrible house fire when he was younger and his grandparents gave him away for adoption to what seemed like a loving home. Well it was in the begging anyways then tragedy strikes again & his adoptive mom gets shot while trying to protect him during an armed robbery.As times passes  his foster dad has become a drunk who now takes out all his anger on poor Gavin he literally treats Gavin like garbage. But this is the result of him blaming Gavin for his wife’s death (which is still no excuse).Let me tell this is a book that movies are made of.

But Gavin has found an escape for his horrible life he takes solace in taking and creating pictures but one day something weird happens he finds out that that he is able to travel in time through his pictures which for me sounds so AH_AMAZING!!! Hello getting to experience different places whenever you wanted without the jet lag sign me up!!! As the story progresses Gavin finds himself in some pretty dangerous scenarios and that sometimes things that seem so innocent turn out to be almost deadly.

The book ended on quite a cliffhanger which for me is was ugh!!! I so hate books when the do that but I understand ( Well I try to ..lol) why it has to be done I’m anxious for book 2

My Final Thoughts:

I would recommend this book  to anyone who loves Time Travel in books cause this one will blow you away!!! It has the right amount of Sci-Fi Fantasy without out being unbelievable its such a fresh read.

*Lisa

About  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.



17 May

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Photo Traveler by @arthurjgonzalez


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Fahrenheit Publishing

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.

Shortly after I started this site I came across The Photo Traveler as soon as I read the synopsis Arthur was kind enough to gift me an ARC to read in return for a review. This week I finally got around to reading it and as soon as I started I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t read many pure sci-fi books and I found myself really enjoying it.

I think that was mainly down to the lead, Gavin, I connected with him from the first words I read. He’s had the worst luck in the world, his parents are dead, he lives with an abusive adoptive father and uses his attachment to photography to escape but what he doesn’t know is that there is a reason he’s so connected to photography.

After ruuning away and to his biological grandparents he learns he is a photo traveler, a unique and rare community who are able to travel to anywhere in the past by reciting a chant to a picture of that time. I loved this concept, I think we all have that one picture from historical times that we’d love to jump into so getting to read about people who can do it was amazing. Of course there are rules, it has to be a real picture and they mustn’t mess with the past.

Although it all starts out well enough with Gavin getting to finally know his parents and starting a friendship with Mario (who I adore by the way. It turns into him not only having to protect himself but also his grandparents and only family, Bud and Estelle. He has to protect the vials they own from two so called peace hunters who are after them. This aspect of the story was great and how it developed was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I think having this threat helps Gavin to realise his ability to protect himself and his family and he’ll stop nothing at doing so.

Tied in with all this Gavin is Gavin’s frequent trips to Mario’s dead cousin, Alanna, he sees her picture and feels an instant connection, at first I wasn’t sure about this and how it would develop but Arthur used it in exactly the right way and I can’t wait to see the outcome of that relationship in the books to come. Alanna and Gavin really did seem to belong together but whether they will get together remains to be seen.

Every sci-fi book needs a great villain and The Photo Traveler started to build up to just this and as the series develops I can’t wait to learn more about the villain of this tale.



17 May

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Book Tour: The Photo Traveler ( Review & Giveaway )

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Publication: February 20th, 2013     –     Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel

Links : Goodreads  /  Amazon  /  B&N

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.

                My Thoughts                

I loved The Photo Traveler, it immediately sucked me in. The Photo Traveler is a whirl wind adventure through time, with unexpected twists and turns !

Gavin’s parents died in a house fire when he was just a kid, having no family to take care of him he was adopted. After his adoptive mother was was murdered things only got worse for Gavin. Left with an abusive adoptive father who blames him for his wife’s death, and an adoptive sister whos only mission is to get Gavin in trouble, life is no cake walk. When Gavin turns 18 he finds that he may have some living family after all, and sets out in search for his biological grandparents. What Gavin learns next, no one could prepare for. Gavin has always felt a connection to photography, it’s always made him feel calm, but little did he know that he and his family are Photo Travelers. They can look at photographic images and travel through them. This gift however comes with its troubles, and Gavin is faced with so much more than just time traveling woes.

The Photo Traveler imediately grabed my attention, I was rooting for Gavin  from the very begining hoping that he would get out of his abusive situation and find his family.When he found out he was a Photo Traveler I was hooked!

What I liked best about The Photo Traveler is that the plot delt with multipule issues. This story is multi dimensional. The Photo Traveler is not just about a kid who escapes an abusive situation, it’s not just about him finding out he can time travel through photos, it’s not just about a girl and a romantic trist, or even finding his family.. its about ALL of that and SO MUCH MORE! For the sake of not spoiling this book for you I can’t tell you all shocking things that happen, but believe me, the end it was hit with one shock after another! What a great Debut book , I can’t wait to read book 2 in the series , The Peace Hunter!

The Cover :  Rocks my socks amazing, I’m a huge fan of bold and dark designs !
The Characters : Great characters. I connected with most of the characters. I only had some small isues with why and how quickly he fell in love with Alanna, however, I now see where and why she was a part of the story!!
The Plot: Multi-dimensional , filled with so much more twist and turns than I ever expected!
I give it 5/5 Stars ! 

                 AUTHOR BIO

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.

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