19 Sep

4.5/5 Stars by Reviewing Chaos


http://reviewinginchaos.blogspot.com/2013/09/review-photo-traveler-by.html

 

#Review – The Photo Traveler by @arthurjgonzalez #YA #fantasy

I introduced this book to you back in July and am thrilled to finally have the chance to share my review with you as well!

MY THOUGHTS :

Gavin has had a miserable life.  Losing his parents at a young age, he ends up in foster care and then adopted.  He was loved in that family until the day he received yet another loss-  his adoptive mom was murdered and his adoptive father becomes even worse – drinking and beatings.   One day he discovers he has living grandparents and strikes out to find them.

One would think that life can only go uphill from here for Gavin.  He does find his grandparents and now has a loving family but also now knows the secret of his legacy- he is a photo traveler.   Gavin will endure even more loss, along with more love than he’s known.

I really enjoyed reading The Photo Traveler.  The ability to go into a photo and go back to that exact time is amazing.  This book will pull you in.  There were plenty of twists and turns happening all the time.  As I was finishing the book,  I had maybe 20 pages left and had to stop for the evening.  I assumed the last 20 pages would just be wrapping things up but when I picked it up the next morning  I was shocked at how many new twists happened -leading us into a second book in the series!  Just when you think it’s over – BOOM! some new twist happens and you’re going in a different direction!  I love these kinds of books that keep you thinking and constantly reassessing everything!   One particular idea that I loved was the fact that although Gavin’s parents “died”  when he was 4years old, he is now able to go visit them and build a relationship with them thru photos.  Now some might feel it’s cheating to do this, but I loved it.  He has been through so much, it’s nice of the author to allow him this little concession!

All in all, I felt this was a well written Young Adult book.  Plenty of action abounds with a splash of romance thrown in to keep us girls happy!  Check it out and let me know what you think!!

4.5 Stars 



19 Sep

Author Spotlight Shines on Arthur Gonzalez


http://www.aspiringbook.com/2013/09/author-spotlight-shines-on-arthur.html

Author Spotlight Shines on Arthur Gonzalez

Tell us about your latest book.
THE PHOTO TRAVELER is about a 17-year-old teen, Gavin Hillstone, whom discovers his ability to time travel through photos and images.
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?
Can you imagine having the ability to time travel to and revisit old memories or moments in time!?  AMAZING!
So I developed the story line for my main character, which ends up traveling to distinct periods in history (The Great Depression and The Salem Witch Trials) for certain answers, and has this fierce, radical group of European Photo Travelers after him (called The Peace Hunters).
What’s your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
We are each given a gift my God. It is up to us to determine what that is. What we do with this gift, is our gift back.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
There are no limits. There’s no right or wrong way. If you have a story to tell, no one can tell you that you are wrong. No idea is too over-the-top. On the contrary, the bigger the idea, the better!
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
They can go to my personal website: www.arthurjgonzalez.com.  They can also sign up to my mailing list under the CONTACT tab.  Also, any one can visit THE PHOTO TRAVELER official website: www.thephototravelerbook.com.
Twitter: ArthurJGonzalez
Anything else you’d like to add?
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?
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


09 Sep

Interview by www.writersandauthors.blogspot.com


http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/2013/09/interview-with-arthur-j-gonzalez.html

Interview with Arthur J. Gonzalez

Posted by Jo Linsdell at 7:00 AM

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
You know, I think it’s something that I was always aware I’d love to do. I just never believed I could make a career out of it, so it was off of radar. I did it for the joy of the creation, and the peace it brought me. I would write songs and poetry even in the third grade.
But then, I decided to give it a shot. I thought, life is too short, and why can’t I do it? Why can’t that be me? I was the only person holding myself back.
Once I acknowledged that, I went for it. And I couldn’t be any more ecstatic by the feedback. I’m hooked!
What genre do you write and why?
I enjoy writing Young Adult novels the most. I think, deep inside, I’m still a teen at heart. But above all, I feel that I have certain perspective and voice to my writing that connects to the YA audience. It’s some of my favorite feedback coming from the YA community.

Tell us about your latest book.

THE PHOTO TRAVELER is about a 17-year-old teen, Gavin Hillstone, whom discovers his ability to time travel through photos and images.
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?
 
Can you imagine having the ability to time travel to and revisit old memories or moments in time!?  AMAZING!
So I developed the story line for my main character, which ends up traveling to distinct periods in history (The Great Depression and The Salem Witch Trials) for certain answers, and has this fierce, radical group of European Photo Travelers after him (called The Peace Hunters). Click here for more details about the book.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?
I am involved in loads of social media. I am very active on certain platforms for authors, such as Wattpad, which is primarily geared towards the YA community. And I host as many giveaways as possible too!
What formats is the book available in?
Currently THE PHOTO TRAVELER is available in all eBook formats and paperback.
Arthur J. Gonzalez
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’m pretty big of forming memories. 
 
Who are your favourite authors?
I’m really enjoying John Green.  I love his style of writing and distinct voice he has.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Success does not come overnight. It takes hard work. If you want it, you must first define your own interpretation of success and be willing to work relentlessly towards it.
What’s your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
We are each given a gift my God. It is up to us to determine what that is. What we do with this gift, is our gift back. 
 
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
There are no limits. There’s no right or wrong way. If you have a story to tell, no one can tell you that you are wrong. No idea is too over-the-top. On the contrary, the bigger the idea, the better!
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
They can go to my personal website: www.arthurjgonzalez.com.  They can also sign up to my mailing list under the CONTACT tab.  Also, any one can visit THE PHOTO TRAVELER official website: www.thephototravelerbook.com.
Twitter: ArthurJGonzalez
Anything else you’d like to add?
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?


09 Sep

Interview by www.book-connoisseur.com


http://www.book-connoisseur.com/2013/09/author-interview-arthur-j-gonzalez.html

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Dead: Walt Disney.  Alive: Beyonce (Only if she promised to perform though)

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I love me my sleep. But if not, you’ll find me reading or going out for a run.

Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Success does not come overnight. It takes hard work. If you want it, you must first define your own interpretation of success and be willing to work relentlessly towards it.

How often do you write? And when do you write? EVERY day. The time depends, but I prefer to in the morning or afternoon.

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it –

What keeps you going? There’s this little voice in my head that nags at me constantly; reminding me that every moment I’m not writing, is time I am wasting off a best sellers list. ;)

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I hope they feel inspired or motivated. And if not, I’d at least like them to feel entertained and/or intrigued.

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!

Photo Traveler



09 Sep

PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR BEGINNING FICTION (OR OTHER GENRE) WRITERS


http://imaginationinbooks.blogspot.com/2013/09/arthur-j-gonzalez-practical-advice-for.html

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

 



02 Sep

Interviewed by Gentlemanreads.blogspot.com


http://gentlemanreads.blogspot.com/2013/08/author-interview-arthur-j-gonzalez.html

Author Interview – Arthur J. Gonzalez

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? For me I have a habit of writing multiple stories at the same time. So it’s easy for me to forget the small details. But these small details are just as important as the huge issues because they are essential to the character you create.  Even with real people, it’s the little details that make us who we are and differentiate one person from the other.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? It proved to me that I could do it. That I was capable of anything I genuinely pour my heart and soul into. That goes a long way.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I sure hope so!

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Oh yea. Its not that I go blank completely, it’s that sometimes I go nuts because I don’t think a certain idea is good enough. Usually, I go running outside and my mind becomes fluid and ideas come easily to me.

Can you tell us about your main character? Gavin is a character consumed by guilt and self-hate. But at the core of him is a naturally nurturing person who only wants to be a part of something.

Will you write others in this same genre? Yeap. I’m writing three separate YA series as we speak.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Never give up. Never ease your hope. At some point, we ALL find our way.

What contributes to making a writer successful? I think a successful writer needs to know their audience and connect with their readers. On a technical side, a writer should feel confident about their work, but also be flexible and open to suggestions.