29 Aug

How I Made My First Sale


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – How I Made My First Sale

BY CARRIE ON AUGUST 29, 2013

How I Made My First Sale

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Fortunately for me (unfortunate for them), I was able to coerce every family member into purchasing a minimum of five copies. No, I’m kidding! No, really … I didn’t do this. I swear! Pink promise.

I had told myself prior to publishing my novel, THE PHOTO TRAVELER, that I wanted/needed my first sale to be made by someone entirely foreign to my life. So when I published my story on all the online retailers’ websites, and witnessed my first sales roll in, I phoned my immediate friends and family and interrogated them. I wanted to make sure they weren’t lying to me and that it wasn’t they who were trying to nestle my ego. They swore up and down against my theory, and though I wanted to believe them, the little voices in my head told me that it likely was them.

But then the most empowering and surreal moment in my writing career occurred. I received an email on my website from a reader in Australia (yes, Australia!), encouraging me to continue writing and how my novel had instantly carved a spot on her top all-time favorite books. Then I received a second message from someone in the Philippines, then someone in the UK, and countless others from readers all over the globe.

I couldn’t believe it. It was the moment I had been dreaming of for years. You replay this moment in a variety of ways before it actually happens; but let me tell you now – nothing compares to the real thing. To read that I had touched someone to such a level as described, or to have someone beam with excitement only because I personally responded back to them – WOW!

I will never forget these moments. They are the ones I promise to hold on to until the day my mind fades and I have lost the ability to imagine.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

 



28 Aug

Some Fun Q&A With ME!


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Author Interview – Arthur J. Gonzalez

What movie do you love to watch? Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire – hands down! ::face in a pie:: “Heeeelllloooooo!!”

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? Human rights/Equality. I believe every human being should be afforded the right to live the life they feel they were meant to (so long as they are not inflicting harm on others!) It drives me crazy, the emphasis people place on what other’s do. WHO CARES!

What makes you angry? Ignorant people.

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? Ouch. I have so many. I am soooo clumsy and a major goofball.  Just the other day I was in the car singing my lungs off – but I mean, busting out –parked in my car. When I was done, I turned to catch a car full of teens laughing at me.

What does love mean to you? Everything I do is powered by love. Everything everyone does should be powered by love.

What social issues interest you the most? Human Rights

Who do you admire? Walt Disney

What is your favorite quality about yourself? Loyalty

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Paris (so far!)



28 Aug

Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author

I Didn’t Know Before

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Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

1. Editing takes up the bulk of the process

So… you finished your first draft. It appears to be nearly perfect. You send it over to your editor, anticipating some minor revisions.

WRONG!

A good editor will dig into the levels of your book you may have never thought of. This is an absolutely vital part to the writing process. You are challenged and because of it, you will evolve into a masterful writer.

This phase, for me, is the longest and most essential. So don’t get your hopes up and don’t get discouraged. It is for the better of your story (and longevity of your career), and your readers will love you for it.

2. The author is at the forefront of all marketing (Yes, even traditionally published authors – unless you have a Hunger Games).

You will read countless articles on how writers dread the marketing process, but it shouldn’t be. This is a vital step that allows you to connect and retain control over your fan base. Even traditionally published authors are the conductors of their marketing campaigns.

3.The Pros and Cons of all Print On Demand Companies

If you are a first time author, you will be very tempted to believe any gimmick thrown out you. And that’s okay. You want the best for your baby, and you are determined to get it on the market as soon as possible.

But take the time, beforehand, to research all the different companies. Learn the pros and cons of each. Research what others have experienced. There is a plethora of information on the internet by authors who have been in similar positions, who are voicing their wonderful or horrible experiences.

Along the way, we all learn from our past experiences, so take advantage of others’ journeys and use it to pave your own path.

4.Set Up a Mailing List BEFORE Your Book is Out

I do not know WHY I Didn’t think this was important before I released my first novel. I concentrated on everything social media platform, but completely bypassed a Mailing List – Which I have finally done.

This is a wonderful (and essential) way to compound your fan base and keep in contact with some of your very first fans.

Tip: I used MailChimp. Easy and FREE (unless you’d like to upgrade)

5. Set Up Giveaways where Interested Readers Must Sign Up to your Mailing List

Giveaways are an outstanding way (especially on Goodreads and Blog Tours) to attract visibility to your book. By using free online programs such as Rafflecopter, you can even assign mandatory actions (such as Liking your FB page, or signing up to your Mailing List) in order for someone to officially enter the giveaway.

Tip: Be creative with giveaways too. Don’t just give away eBooks. Give away signed copies with special gift bags and customized letters.

6.Don’t go Banner Ad Buying Happy

Pretty self -explanatory. I bought ad space on every website possible. And I’m not going to say that it wasn’t effective, but for my first novel, I think I could have been a bit more strategic and held out on all the money I shelled out on banner Ads. I don’t believe the value in the end result outweighed the amount of funds I put into it.

There’s a right time and a wrong time for these things. Same with a PR company. You may not necessarily need this the first time around. Wait until you have two or three published books under your belt, and capitalize on your investment.

7. Read as Much as You Can.

Read, read, read! Pick up on the things you like and dislike in other writers. See how certain author’s works are being reviewed. Is there something they’re doing that you may not be?

8. Grow Thick Skin. Not Everyone Will Love Your Book.

This is the jagged pill you will have to learn to swallow. BUT if you train yourself from now to be realistic, then not all is lost. We don’t live in a perfect world, and your story or writing style may not appeal to every reader it comes across. Don’t let this bring you down. Uncover the silver lining. Try and derive the message of that bad review. What was it they didn’t like? Is this something that you can learn from? Possibly use for your future works? Trust me, there is good in everything. There’s a grand, important message there if you allow yourself to see it.

9. CONTROL YOUR FATE. LEARN ALL YOU CAN:

Read Up on Self-Publishing/Conventional Publishing, but be organized about it, or you will go crazy. There is so much information out there. Enough that will literally lead you to a nervous breakdown. But fear not – You will get through this! Just stay organized.

I printed and highlighted almost everything I read. Then I organized it neatly in a binder, with tabs to categorize the topics. BIG HELP!

10. Become Very Involved in a Blog/Forum/Group Discussion Board/Website where your targeted reader group is heavily concentrated.

This is a great way to connect with your direct readers. When readers feel like they can actually interact with you, it goes a long way. They feel connected to you. This connection will lead to higher sales, because these readers will feel motivated to market you to their friends or followers.

11. Blog Tours are your Friend!

I cannot tell you how essential blogger are. Their websites are hubs for your direct readership base. Bloggers have become the heart of the publishing industry, with major publishers relying on their reviews and fan-base.

Find a blog tour company that has the resources to setup a tour for your book. They will design a banner to market your tour, and with this, several blog websites (that market to your reader demographic) will sign up (if they find your novel interesting). The bloggers will decide whether they’d like to review your book, interview you, host a giveaway, or have you draft a guest post for the day you are featured on their site. In my opinion, this is the BEST way to reach your core reader group.

And an FYI – these are probably the periods where you would want to strategically price your novel and couple your marketing efforts. Just sayin’! J

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for up-to-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

 

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, life will never be the same.

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

More details about the author

Connect with Arthur J. Gonzalez on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/



24 Aug

Why Book Covers are So Important


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – Why Book Covers are So Important

Why Book Covers are So Important

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Before I published THE PHOTO TRAVLER, I scanned aisles upon aisles of book stores, as well as countless pages of websites until I was able to decide what I personally liked (and didn’t like). The thing is … the book cover is the first impression for any potential reader. It’s what they see before they decide to give your book an extended shot and dive into a synopsis (or even continue to skim over your blurb). Think of your own purchasing behaviors. Would you even consider watching a movie whose poster was tacky or completely contradicted your taste?

Probably not.

Don’t settle on cheap, mundane covers. If a reader doesn’t like the cover, and/or it looks like a self-published piece of work…well, you’ve just lost a reader. And as it is, finding new readers and retaining them is a difficult task in itself. So don’t make it harder on yourself.

Go above and beyond for your book cover. Your cover needs to be of professional standard. Save up for this. This will set you aside from the thousands of already self-published novels. It also gives the reader an idea of what the book is about and who it’s marketed towards.

Some of my favorite reviews for THE PHOTO TRAVELER are in regards to how much people enjoy the cover, and their insistence on how sleek and professional it appears.

If you are tight on a budget, don’t become overwhelmed or discouraged. There are plenty of great websites that will resolve this problem. Initially, I used a website community for graphic designers, 99designs.com (there are many others just like it!) I paid a small fee and had over 300 customized designs to choose from within two to three days – without paying anything upfront! I was given access to inform designers what I wanted, and as they provided samples, I was able to direct their attempts. I will be honest – some of the submissions were pretty rough, but others were absolutely fantastic. Some designers provided over 20 covers each, based on my recommendations.

Eventually I found the perfect cover. Even more so, I formed a relationship with my cover designer, whom I now use for EVERYTHING!

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact



23 Aug

Interview Time by Dreaming Pages


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Author Interview – Arthur J. Gonzalez

Tell us a bit about your family. I have the most amazing family on the planet. I have amazing uncles, aunts, cousins, and step dad. But at the very core of what keeps me going, are my Pops, sisters (LeiLei and Stephy), my mom, and my grandparents (Mima and Pipo). These individuals have not only taught me what true family is, but they act on this very belief every second of every day. I do not know what I would do without them and I am bathing in the riches of the blessings we share together.

My Pops passed away from a sudden heart-attack when he was 48 years old (6 years ago). Yes – it forever changed my life. He is with me every day, and his passing is what inspired me to follow my dreams and never want to cease any attempt at it.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? This has been my biggest obstacle. I’ve had to really fight through my insecurities and not allow them to stop me in my quest for publishing success. There’re always the “This sounds like crap” or “this isn’t good enough” thoughts, but I’ve learned that a lot of times, the best thing to do is take a step back and then return to it. Often this has allowed me to return with a new, fresh perspective; and a lot of the time I find that what I wrote was actually pretty damn good.

We’ll always be our worst enemy when it comes to criticism.

What scares you the most? Dying prematurely and/or dying without leaving something meaningful behind. Something that I can be remembered by. And before I am able to set my family up for a worry/stress-free life. Everything I do is fueled by the ambition I have to one day call my mom and sisters and tell them, “Quit your job. I’ve made it. And so have you.” After my Pops died, I promised him I’d care for the family. And I can’t/won’t stop until I know I’ve accomplished that.

What makes you happiest? Being with family and friends.

What’s your greatest character strength? I would have to say that I am very thoughtful and genuine. I think this has allowed me to relate to the majority of people I come across. I always treat the other with respect and I make a concerted effort at making others feel appreciated and comfortable.

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, life will never be the same.

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

More details about the author

Connect with Arthur J. Gonzalez on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/



21 Aug

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers


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WEDNESDAY

Arthur J. Gonzalez – Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

I decided to write a post surrounding advice for beginning Fiction writers (which last year, I was at the very front line of). I can attest to the panic and fear, and relate to all the emotions that follow closely along every step of the way through this foreign and scary process.

If there’s one thing I cannot stress enough, is not to be intimidated by what’s already out there, or not to let what’s ‘popular’ guide the direction of your book. With that being said; however, know what is going on. Know the business, the state of things, what’s been successful and what hasn’t – just don’t let it direct your creative approach. Remember: at one point vampires and witches weren’t as popular as they are now. Someone crossed the line and decided they were going to create the next-big-thing.

I also think it’s important to find an editor you trust. This person will become your mentor and help mold you in ways you never thought were possible. As with what happened with my own editor, she became somewhat of a literary mother to me, as well as an essential friend to my life. I don’t know how I would have navigated the process without her.

Lastly, I know how compulsive and impulsive we all get during the process. We WANT/NEED our story to get into the hands on readers. And I agree – it does. BUT, be strategic and smart about the process. One wrong move may ruin your entire execution. It has to be right. Approach your writing as your real career, your business. You wouldn’t serve raw meat (I hope not) at your restaurant to please a hungry patron. It has to be cooked, the presentation needs to be onpoint, and the end result needs to yield satisfaction. You can’t achieve this if you try to hurry, hurry, hurry your way through the process. Trust me on this! I am beyond guilty of this behavior, but thanks to my editor, I was able to understand the importance of this virtue they call patience.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

Photo Traveler

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

More details about the author and the book

Connect with Arthur J. Gonzalez on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/



19 Aug

How I Made My First Sale


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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

Arthur J. Gonzalez – How I Made My First Sale

How I Made My First Sale

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Fortunately for me (unfortunate for them), I was able to coerce every family member into purchasing a minimum of five copies. No, I’m kidding! No, really … I didn’t do this. I swear! Pink promise.

I had told myself prior to publishing my novel, THE PHOTO TRAVELER, that I wanted/needed my first sale to be made by someone entirely foreign to my life. So when I published my story on all the online retailers’ websites, and witnessed my first sales roll in, I phoned my immediate friends and family and interrogated them. I wanted to make sure they weren’t lying to me and that it wasn’t they who were trying to nestle my ego. They swore up and down against my theory, and though I wanted to believe them, the little voices in my head told me that it likely was them.

But then the most empowering and surreal moment in my writing career occurred. I received an email on my website from a reader in Australia (yes, Australia!), encouraging me to continue writing and how my novel had instantly carved a spot on her top all-time favorite books. Then I received a second message from someone in the Philippines, then someone in the UK, and countless others from readers all over the globe.

I couldn’t believe it. It was the moment I had been dreaming of for years. You replay this moment in a variety of ways before it actually happens; but let me tell you now – nothing compares to the real thing. To read that I had touched someone to such a level as described, or to have someone beam with excitement only because I personally responded back to them – WOW!

I will never forget these moments. They are the ones I promise to hold on to until the day my mind fades and I have lost the ability to imagine.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact



17 Aug

Interview time: Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

1. Editing takes up the bulk of the process

So… you finished your first draft. It appears to be nearly perfect. You send it over to your editor, anticipating some minor revisions.

WRONG!

A good editor will dig into the levels of your book you may have never thought of. This is an absolutely vital part to the writing process. You are challenged and because of it, you will evolve into a masterful writer.

This phase, for me, is the longest and most essential. So don’t get your hopes up and don’t get discouraged. It is for the better of your story (and longevity of your career), and your readers will love you for it.

2. The author is at the forefront of all marketing (Yes, even traditionally published authors – unless you have a Hunger Games).

You will read countless articles on how writers dread the marketing process, but it shouldn’t be. This is a vital step that allows you to connect and retain control over your fan base. Even traditionally published authors are the conductors of their marketing campaigns.

3.The Pros and Cons of all Print On Demand Companies

If you are a first time author, you will be very tempted to believe any gimmick thrown out you. And that’s okay. You want the best for your baby, and you are determined to get it on the market as soon as possible.

But take the time, beforehand, to research all the different companies. Learn the pros and cons of each. Research what others have experienced. There is a plethora of information on the internet by authors who have been in similar positions, who are voicing their wonderful or horrible experiences.

Along the way, we all learn from our past experiences, so take advantage of others’ journeys and use it to pave your own path.

4.Set Up a Mailing List BEFORE Your Book is Out

I do not know WHY I Didn’t think this was important before I released my first novel. I concentrated on everything social media platform, but completely bypassed a Mailing List – Which I have finally done.

This is a wonderful (and essential) way to compound your fan base and keep in contact with some of your very first fans.

Tip: I used MailChimp. Easy and FREE (unless you’d like to upgrade)

5. Set Up Giveaways where Interested Readers Must Sign Up to your Mailing List

Giveaways are an outstanding way (especially on Goodreads and Blog Tours) to attract visibility to your book. By using free online programs such as Rafflecopter, you can even assign mandatory actions (such as Liking your FB page, or signing up to your Mailing List) in order for someone to officially enter the giveaway.

Tip: Be creative with giveaways too. Don’t just give away eBooks. Give away signed copies with special gift bags and customized letters.

6.Don’t go Banner Ad Buying Happy

Pretty self -explanatory. I bought ad space on every website possible. And I’m not going to say that it wasn’t effective, but for my first novel, I think I could have been a bit more strategic and held out on all the money I shelled out on banner Ads. I don’t believe the value in the end result outweighed the amount of funds I put into it.

There’s a right time and a wrong time for these things. Same with a PR company. You may not necessarily need this the first time around. Wait until you have two or three published books under your belt, and capitalize on your investment.

7. Read as Much as You Can.

Read, read, read! Pick up on the things you like and dislike in other writers. See how certain author’s works are being reviewed. Is there something they’re doing that you may not be?

8. Grow Thick Skin. Not Everyone Will Love Your Book.

This is the jagged pill you will have to learn to swallow. BUT if you train yourself from now to be realistic, then not all is lost. We don’t live in a perfect world, and your story or writing style may not appeal to every reader it comes across. Don’t let this bring you down. Uncover the silver lining. Try and derive the message of that bad review. What was it they didn’t like? Is this something that you can learn from? Possibly use for your future works? Trust me, there is good in everything. There’s a grand, important message there if you allow yourself to see it.

9. CONTROL YOUR FATE. LEARN ALL YOU CAN:

Read Up on Self-Publishing/Conventional Publishing, but be organized about it, or you will go crazy. There is so much information out there. Enough that will literally lead you to a nervous breakdown. But fear not – You will get through this! Just stay organized.

I printed and highlighted almost everything I read. Then I organized it neatly in a binder, with tabs to categorize the topics. BIG HELP!

10. Become Very Involved in a Blog/Forum/Group Discussion Board/Website where your targeted reader group is heavily concentrated.

This is a great way to connect with your direct readers. When readers feel like they can actually interact with you, it goes a long way. They feel connected to you. This connection will lead to higher sales, because these readers will feel motivated to market you to their friends or followers.

11. Blog Tours are your Friend!

I cannot tell you how essential blogger are. Their websites are hubs for your direct readership base. Bloggers have become the heart of the publishing industry, with major publishers relying on their reviews and fan-base.

Find a blog tour company that has the resources to setup a tour for your book. They will design a banner to market your tour, and with this, several blog websites (that market to your reader demographic) will sign up (if they find your novel interesting). The bloggers will decide whether they’d like to review your book, interview you, host a giveaway, or have you draft a guest post for the day you are featured on their site. In my opinion, this is the BEST way to reach your core reader group.

And an FYI – these are probably the periods where you would want to strategically price your novel and couple your marketing efforts. Just sayin’! J

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for up-to-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

 

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, life will never be the same.

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

More details about the author

Connect with Arthur J. Gonzalez on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/



15 Aug

‘Mom With A Kindle’ asks Me Some Interesting Questions . . .


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Arthur
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To photo travel, of course! 😉 Okay, okay! I would actually choose to teleport. If I could, I’d take us to do this interview in Paris of Greece.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’ve had people all over the world tell me how much they’ve enjoyed The Photo Traveler, and how it’s become their favorite book. It was  something I could only dream of hearing.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. You will become infatuated by Gavin’s epic journey!
Favorite food?
 I loooooovvvee Mexican and Mediterranean food. AND CHOCOLATE!
What book are reading now?
YA novel, The 5th Wave
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love California weather. When the sun is out, accompanied by a light breeze, and zero humidity.
What was your favorite children’s book?
 I really loved the ‘Frog and Toad are Friends’ book.
Beach or Pool?
Hm, that’s a tough one. Buuuuut, I was raised on beautiful Miami beaches, so I’ll always love the beach.
What is one book everyone should read?
 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m 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.
    My young adult superhero series, tentatively titled LADY ELEMENT (a series meant to break passed the typical male superhero mold, by focusing on a female main character, Charlee, who has developed her abilities to summon the elements. She is on the hunt for her scientist parents whom she discovers have been kidnapped by an underground governmental program, designed to create new strands of diseases for population control. Charlee suffers from body dysmorphia, has a hunky gay best friend, and in a matter of words…is quite fierce.).
  The third 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?
WOW!! You are a little busy! Can’t wait to read some of those. They sound great! Thanks for being here today and sharing a little about yourself and what you have planned for the future. :)

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.



15 Aug

5 Star Review by Deb Sanders! Wahoooo! ;)


http://debsanders.com/2013/08/15/the-photo-traveler-a-novel-youll-read-time-after-time/

REVIEW:

“The Photo Traveler” by Arthur J.Gonzalez takes a unique spin on time travel and wraps it up in a fast moving, action packed novel that hooks you from the first page.

I was a little off put by a YA novel but then I thought, “look how many mature women read and fell in love with the Twilight series.” The premise of time travel by looking at a photo was intriguing enough for me to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. And I’m so glad this is Book One of a series because I’m primed and ready for Book Two!

Gonzalez sets the stage by introducing us to 17 year old Gaven Hillstone, a young man surviving an abusive foster home after his parents are suddenly killed. While the dialogue in the beginning seems a little short and disjointed, I quickly realized this is exactly how a teenager would think. It didn’t take long to morph from a critiquer into a fascinated reader and I stayed in that mode for the rest of the book.

There is so much action going on in the first few chapters that I found myself engrossed in the story line, turning pages as fast as i could read. As we learn more about Gavin, we discover that he’s not an orphan at all. His grandparents are alive and living in Washington D.C. Gavin hops a bus in search of his biological family. Once he arrives, he realizes they gave up rights after his parents were killed to protect him. Gavin comes from a long line of Photo Travelers and there are unsavory characters who believe he has something of importance. They’ll stop at nothing to get it. (I know it’s vague but I can’t bring myself to fill in too many details. This is a book you should read without knowing the plot. It will make it much more interesting.)

As Gavin hones his photo travelling skills, he meets his parents, visits different events throughout history and meets a girl he soon learns to care for.

Gonzalez nails the time periods with great research. Not just a gloss over, he provides intricate details that made me sure I was right there beside Gavin during the Great Depression and the Salem Witch trials. He applies the same care with developing his cast of characters, making them realistic and believable.

Gavin soon finds himself treading water in a new world that reminds me of the movie, “Jumper” but offers a much more intriguing tale. As he struggles to protect his new found family from “Peace Keepers”, two devious travelers who are determined to steal the family’s hidden crystal vials, Gavin sets out on a series of exciting and at times, heartbreaking adventures that sucked this reader in with each page.

This is truly a unique concept and wonderful story that blends many genres to provide something for everyone. Read it! I give it 5 stars.

The Photo Travler Button 300 x 225The Photo Traveler

The Photo Traveler Series

Book One

Arthur J. Gonzalez

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Publisher: Fahrenheit Publishing

Date of Publication: Feb 20, 2013

ISBN: 978-0988891630

ASIN: B00BI4KEQC

Number of pages: 420 pages

Word Count: 87K

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Book Description:

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, life will never be the same.



15 Aug

Interview by http://bookwormbridgette.blogspot.com


http://bookwormbridgette.blogspot.com/2013/08/blog-blitz-photo-traveler-by-arthur-j.html

Can you please share with us a little about yourself? 
I’m a 28-year-old Cuban-American goofball. Born and raised in Miami, FL. I love coffee, going out for runs, chocolate, and laughing.  I also have a soft spot for Human rights, and a deep love for my golden Schnoodle (miniature Schnauzer/miniature Poodle).
Have you always wanted to be an author? 
I always wanted to write. When I was younger, my focus was on poetry and songwriting. As I aged, I took on a different form of storytelling. I loved the idea of creating a character that unfolds over a singular book or a series. 
Can you share with us your typical writing day.  Is there anything you have to have while writing? 
I typically write during the day.
But no matter when I write, there are two non-negotiables:
1) Coffee
2) Music
What would you say is the most challenging or rewarding part of writing? 
The most challenging part of writing for me is the self-doubt.  Sometimes when I reread a chapter I’ve just written, those annoying, evil thoughts start taunting me.  “That sounds horrible.” “People will hate it.” “You can do better than that.”
  When that happens I step away and come back to it. A lot of the time I find it was actually pretty good, but sometimes our own insecurities detour reality.
  You want nothing more than for readers to fall in love with your story, so I suppose it’s natural for you to feel so pressured to produce the most enthralling piece of art.
Can you please tell us about your latest book?
 THE PHOTO TRAVELER follows 17-year-old Gavin Hillstone as he discovers his ability to time travel through photos and images.
The story takes you on an epic journey through periods of time that everyone will find fascinating, such as the Great Depression and The Salem Witch Trials.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
THE PHOTO TRAVELER was created after one of the most important individuals in my life lost his grandmother. He was looking at an old black and white photo and said, “I would do anything to jump into this photo.”
  In that moment the idea came to me.
  I thought, Oh my god. What if we could?
  Imagine having the ability to time travel to and revisit old memories or moments in time!?
  Quickly, I developed the story line with that very premise, living the experience vicariously through Gavin.
Can you share with us your current work in progress? 
I’m 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.
    My young adult superhero series, tentatively titled LADY ELEMENT (a series meant to break passed the typical male superhero mold, by focusing on a female main character, Charlee, who has developed her abilities to summon the elements. She is on the hunt for her scientist parents whom she discovers have been kidnapped by an underground governmental program, designed to create new strands of diseases for population control. Charlee suffers from body dysmorphia, has a hunky gay best friend, and in a matter of words…is quite fierce.).
  The third 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?
Who are some of your favorite authors? 
Love me some John Green and Suzanne Collins.
Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style? 
There was something after reading the Hunger Games that really gave me a different outlook on writing from a first person’s POV. The way Collins expressed emotion and pulled the reader into the mind of the characters really inspired me to want to do just that.
Open your book to a random page and please reads us a few lines.
I was four when my real parents died in a house fire while I was at daycare. I ended up in foster care because I had no other relatives to claim me.
            I’ve never quite known how Leyla and Jet took me on, but after a year of fostering they legally adopted me. And until I was about eight, I was a generally happy kid even though Mel and I never really got along. I think she always felt threatened by me, and my guess is that she was jealous because Leyla and Jet had brought this random kid into her home and she had to share their attention with me.
            I guess it would’ve bothered me, too, if I’d been in her place. But it’s not like it was my fault. I wasn’t intentionally trying to steal them from her or something. I would never do that.
            That day, Leyla took me and Mel to the convenience store two blocks from our place. I was whining nonstop because I wanted sour bear gummies, and I wasn’t going to let up until I had them. But while I was happily grabbing my bag of candy, two masked men with guns barged in and ordered the clerk to hand over all the cash in the register.
            I had no idea what was happening, but I was so scared that I started crying. One of the guys pointed his gun at me and shouted, “Shut up, kid!” That made me cry even louder and harder.
            “I said shut up!” he repeated, and took a step toward me.
            “Leave him alone!” Leyla shouted. She grabbed me and put me behind her, shielding me with her body. Mel was crouched in a corner near the Slurpee cooler with tears running down her cheeks.
            “Hey!” the guy said. “Whaddya got in that purse?” He made a grab for it. She backed away from him, but he grabbed her and threw her to the filthy, sawdust-covered floor. His buddy ran over, held her down, grabbed her purse, and tore it open.
            “You can’t take our money!” I yelled. I ran over and kicked him in the shin to try to get him away from her. He swung the gun around at me and Leyla sprang up from the floor and lunged in front of me as the gun went off.
            It hit her in the neck, and seconds later she was gone.
            Before I could even process what had happened, the gunmen ran out of the store. I’ll never forget leaning over Leyla’s body and staring at the pool of blood spreading over the floor. Her jungle-green eyes—Mel’s exact eye color—were wide open, but I somehow knew that she couldn’t see me even though her tears never seemed to stop.
            “MOM!” I screamed. “Mom! Mom! Mom, I’m sorry!”
            I kept calling her name over and over and over even though I knew she would never answer me again. Finally I knelt down in all the blood and laid my head on her stomach until Mariela, the Mexican clerk who’d been working at the store ever since I could remember, hurried over and peeled me away from Leyla’s body.
            “Dios Mio! Mijito!” she sobbed, “Ven conmigo.” And as I started to hear the police sirens in the distance but getting louder every second, she led me into the stockroom so I wouldn’t see any more. Then she went back out to Mel, who was still huddled on the floor rocking back and forth in shock. She didn’t talk for almost a month. I’ve never eaten sour bears again.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for? 
I’m anxiously awaiting the final books in the Divergent series and the Shatter Me series.
Have you ever used anyone from your real life encounters in any of your books? 
Oh yea. For me, one of the most genuine and intimate methods to writing is by drawing from your real world experiences.
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while you were writing? 
On a technical level, I learned that I had a great sense for creating characters that were relatable. But on a personal level, I learned that I could do absolutely anything I put my heart and soul into.
 



15 Aug

GREAT Review by Concise Book Reviews by Michelle!


http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-photo-traveler-by-arthur-j-gonzalez.html

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez Blitz ~ #Giveaway ~ Amazing Time Travel Book!

The Photo Traveler

by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication: February 20th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel
Read longer Excerpt Here 
 
My Review
I genuinely enjoyed this book so much. I was hooked pretty quickly too. The Photo Traveler is packed with suspense, action, intrigue and even a bit of romance. This idea is unique too, and the characters strong and likable as well. The twist along the way really keep you guessing what will happen next. I really can’t wait now to read The Peace Hunter, part 2.
The idea of the travel with photos is not new to me however, and anyone who watches movies, but in a different way, I am talking about that movie Jumper, but he can only travel to all the places of the photos, in his own time, not time travel, and that idea I always thought was great, and this takes it to a whole new level with the time travel. That similarity is what actually drew me to this book, and then seeing it was actually time travel through photos really got me excited to read it.
It took me a little while to warm up to Gavin, though I did feel for him and his abusive family situation. It was more the fact he is a teenage boy, and I usually read books from the females point of view, but will say I enjoyed getting the perspective from a guy. I liked it, really I did.
I think the writing style was perfect for the age this is meant for.  Thinking YA maybe even New Adult, only because he is turning 18, nothing else would make it be out of the YA area.
I enjoyed his travels to the different times, like the Salem Witch trials, which I would not have had the guts to try. Heck, anything not “normal” to them would mark you as a witch, lol. Then the sadness of the Great Depression. That showed Gavin’s touching heart, in helping out the freezing little boy. That warmed me to him more than anything else.
I do not want to say to much more, I want to keep this spoiler free. It’s a great story, and I highly recommend it.
5 out of 5 stars for me. Go get it! You won’t be sorry.
I was provided a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
This review is also posted at Amazon Here..
I also have it up at Goodreads, Here