09 May

“My Favorite Scene to Write in The Photo Traveler”: Guest POST on http://momwithakindle.blogspot.ca


http://momwithakindle.blogspot.ca/2013/05/book-tour-guest-post-giveaway-photo.html

 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

BOOK TOUR [Guest Post & Giveaway] The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

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

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.

My Favorite Scene to Write in The Photo Traveler
   My favorite scene to pen was The Great Depression.  I’ve always found myself fascinated by this era for numerous reasons.  Much of Gavin’s personal views on this era were an extension of my very own.
  I couldn’t imagine living during a time of such limited resources and overt hardship. The will to survive and the resiliency to which these people acted absolutely astounds me. While researching, it provided a reminder of how wonderful things are in my life. Let’s be real- sometimes we can use that reminder.
  Through my research I was able to educate myself.  I have always been interested in history- specifically in the wealth of stories left behind.  Unfortunately, everything taught to me in high school was quickly forgotten. The way it was instructed wasn’t interesting and incidentally, it didn’t urge me to care or retain the knowledge.
  I’ve always hoped that through my stories I would be able to teach something.  This chapter was a discreet effort at educating my youthful readers (and older ones), by packaging the history in the adventure and story.
  And although I share a special bond with each chapter I write, this specific one made me feel like I was participating in something greater. At a speaking engagement I held at a high school, a student approached me and mentioned, “You know, I wish every teacher could teach history through a fun story. The Photo Traveler was the first time I had ever listened to anything someone had to say about the Great Depression.”  That moment made me feel so accomplished. It was something I had directly aspired to do; to integrate knowledge and entertainment. And here I was having a high school senior thanking me for it. I wouldn’t stop talking about it!
 In addition to my personal interest in the era, this chapter also provides a lot of answers for Gavin, while undergoing a sort of self-exposing realization and development.  We see a raw, paternal side to Gavin through his actions and feelings towards Martin (which may quite possibly mean something to Gavin’s not-so-remote future).
  Going forward in The Peace Hunter (Book 2 in the series), I think it will be increasingly difficult to pinpoint one favorite scene. I’m about 60% of the way through with the first draft and every page has me going nuts. It was the first time I have ever cried while writing. I cannot wait for the reader’s to check out the next installment. It is jam-packed with back-to-back riveting scenes. Maybe they’ll have better luck choosing a favorite chapter.
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.


07 May

A Memory I’d Love to Revisit- Guest Post on http://literaryetc.com/


http://literaryetc.com/2013/05/07/blog-tour-guest-post-giveway-arthur-gonzalezs-the-photo-traveler/

BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY-ARTHUR GONZALEZ’S THE PHOTO TRAVELER

 Guest Post 1 Comment 7th May, 2013

Today, I have the honor of having Arthur Gonzalez as our guest author and it’s also our stop on The Photo Traveler blog tour. I asked Arthur to write about the memory he’d love to revisit since The Photo Traveler is about being able to time travel to a particular moment in time (provided there’s a physical photograph or drawing).

I reviewed The Photo Traveler here and you can read my interview with Arthur here. I hope you take the opportunity to add The Photo Traveler to your TBR list and get lost with Gavin. I really liked the book and I hope you do too.


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Okay, let me gather a box of Kleenex real quick.

Got it.

My father passed away six years ago (it will be six years on June 30th). He was 48 years old when his life was suddenly stripped from us by a wicked heart attack. There weren’t any signs prior to the major incident, so you can imagine the hole it created in this then-22-year-old’s life.

For a long time all my father ever wanted was for the entire family (his new wife and their children, and my immediate family) to blend as one. Although things were always amicable, it wasn’t exactly the image my pops desired so desperately.

Just two months prior to his passing I graduated from the University of Florida. After the ceremony, the entire family went to dinner in celebration. My pops was there, my stepmother, my grandparents, my mom, my stepfather, and my sisters.

I’ll never forget how impactful it was. The entire family united as one, interacting and laughing. It was brilliant. There wasn’t a single shred of discomfort between anyone. The night was comprised of love and gratitude.
There was this one moment when I looked over at my dad and he was starring off in a daze at all of us. I smiled, because although it was my graduation, I could feel how monumental this moment was for him.

The entire night we all huddled together to take countless photos. I’d gladly re-visit anyone of these. It’s the first time we didn’t have to coax my dad into “smiling for real”.

There’s not a single thing I would change about this moment. After he passed away, it was the very moment we all remembered; something we were so grateful happened. He had finally achieved what he had wanted for so long.
On the days where his loss weighs down heaviest on me, I pull out the album and go straight for this picture. It’s exactly the way I want to remember him.

It was- and forever will be- one of my most prized, priceless moments.


ajgArthur J Gonzalez is a 28 year old, born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida. His debut novel, The Photo Traveler, is about 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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07 May

Creating Characters- Guest Post on http://thestorybehindthebookcover.blogspot.ca


http://thestorybehindthebookcover.blogspot.ca/2013/05/guest-post-photo-traveler-by-arthur-j.html

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Guest post: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez + giveaway

Today I welcome author Arthur J. Gonzalez. He was kind enough to write a guest post for you guys but first here is a little information about his upcoming release. Also, you will find the rafflecopter for the Tour Grand prize giveaway below the guest post.

Title: The Photo Traveler
Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel
Publication date: February 20th, 2013
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: AmazonBarnes & Noble

Synopsis(provided by the author):

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 PhotoTravelers—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 EuropeanPhoto 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.

Meet 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, ThePhoto Traveler.  The premise surrounds 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, calledPhoto Travelers, who can time travel through photosand images.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Guest post:

(Subject: Introduce us to your characters. How did they come to life?)

Creating dynamic, fun, relatable characters is one of the most entertaining aspects of writing for me. I become absorbed by their world and dilemmas, and secretly live vicariously through their own experiences. Here are some of the contributing factors and thoughts that went into breathing life into my characters.

Gavin:
When developing The Photo Traveler, I knew I wanted a main character to be someone who struggled with several internal demons; as we all have. I desired a character that would have the ability to evolve dramatically- but not forcefully- over the course of the story. A character I can develop from weak to strong.
With Gavin, I built his very foundation on this idea. Everything that he does or doesn’t do is a direct result of his struggles and constant inner battlers. We’ve all felt- to some level- the desire to be loved and accepted. We’ve all felt guilty for what has occurred around us- whether we were a direct or indirect influence to these problems. We each have our reasons as to why, and Gavin has his very own. I crafted a sequence of events that organically contributed to who he is today. If (and when) you read the story, you can’t help but connect to what Gavin is feeling. You can actually channel it and relate to it because any other alternative would have felt unnatural.

Meesha: 
When studying at the University of Florida, I would come home and work part-time at a major hospital. I had this one co-worker that was a splitting image of Meesha. From day one she took me under her wing for no apparent reason; which was funny, because we couldn’t be any more opposite.
This particualr co-worker spoke and acted just like Meesha. She had this innate ability to make me feel good, gave me advice on life, had the most amazing and distinct humor, and still always kept me (and everyone around her) on their toes. You either loved or hated her, but you always listened and respected her.
This co-worker didn’t necessarily save my life or do anything life changing for me, but I will forever remember her. This is exactly how I envision Meesha. I think she will be a character that everyone will remember.

Liam: 

Liam is a lot like my late pops that passed away six years ago. And he’s a lot like him in the sense of his character, not in regards to his lack of better judgment (those who have read the story, know what I mean). He is a character with deep love for his family, and as the story unravels throughout the series, you will see that there was nothing Liam would not do for his family.
The relationship between a father and son doesn’t need to be distant and cold, in an attempt to sustain masculinity. It wasn’t this way for my pops and I. We didn’t care to show affection. I never missed a moment to say, “I love you”, and neither did he. And looking back, I am so blessed and grateful we never wasted a moment to express that love, because we will never be able to again.
I wanted to draw this relationship between Liam and Gavin. I believe Gavin needed it- actually, I know I did. :)

Bud and Estelle: 
This couple was modeled after what I have assessed to be a rare commodity. They paint the picture of the type of love and integrity we rarely see nowadays; a time when divorce was a distant option and relationships were founded on the premise of real love, rather than superficial conveniences. My grandparents share this relationship, and the person by whose death inspired the idea- she and her husband shared this relationship.
I don’t know if it’s necessarily a value attributed to relationships of an older generation, but from what I have experienced, this seems to be a common theme. And by no means am I saying this is nonexistent in our current world; I only mean to say it has grown increasingly rare (from my point of view).
It’s a relationship I value tremendously. It’s one I have now, and one I aspire to have for the remainder of my life. I wanted these people to be a part of the story. Like Liam’s presence in the story, Bud and Estelle’s relationship was essential in healing Gavin’s many wounds. They served as a symbol of hope and change.



06 May

Excerpt & GIveaway from http://wintrywords.blogspot.com


http://wintrywords.blogspot.com/2013/05/blog-tour-giveaway-excerpt-photo.html?showComment=1367854120847#c8204419533846193978

 

 Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Tour {Giveaway & Excerpt}: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez 
Publication: February 20th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel
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 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.
What do you do when a sudden gust of wind forces your boat totally off course and into the unknown? When from one moment to the next, the life that you thought you’d always be living morphs into one you’d never imagined?
         Ever since I could remember, I believed there had to be something more to life than the one I’d been thrown into as a child. Even though I sometimes told myself I had to be crazy because just the idea seemed so hard to imagine—given how things had gone so far, anyway.
         I would ask myself if it was wrong for me to feel this way. If I was being naïve to think there was something greater out there. Something that really belonged to me. But what do you if you feel an unknown force pulsating through your blood, constantly reminding you of it? Are you just supposed to ignore it?
         I suppose that most of the time that’s what they teach us to do. You know, “Forget it. Take the easy way out.” Sure. Never the right one.
         That’s what they kept telling me. “You’re kidding yourself if you think you can have a better life. Learn to live with what you’ve got.” Things like that.
         Maybe that’s why I started taking photos as soon as I got my hands on my first camera. It was a way I could distance myself from the life I was being forced to live. It let me create images of the world around me, finding life in the most ordinary moments…like when the sun makes a lonely tree sweat and it in turn gives water to a struggling, thirsty grasshopper below. Those things were real. Not the crappy life I’d always been trapped in.
         And then, just a few weeks ago, my life took a turn for the unexpected. And now all I have to say to you is—believe in your gut instinct. Intuition is what kept me alive. It’s what made me believe. At the end of the day, it was all I really had that was mine. And you can find what’s really yours, too.


18 Apr

NOOK & THE PHOTO TRAVELER GIVEAWAY ON TEEN.COM


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There is a new YA author and series to be on the lookout for this month!

The Photo Traveler is about a teen that travels to find his grandparents and discovers that his family has the power to time travel through photography. 17-year-old Gavin Hillstone will soon learn that his family’s secret is more dangerous than he could’ve ever imagined.

One first place winner will receive a brand new Nook with The Photo Traveler pre-downloaded onto it already and two people will also get a copy of the book signed by author, Arthur J. Gonzalez.

Head to The Photo Traveler Website to learn more about Arthur J. Gonzalez and read a full description of his new book. Enter below for your chance to win!

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27 Feb

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Interview with Arthur J. Gonzalez, author of THE PHOTO TRAVELER & Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today I have an interview with Arthur J. Gonzalez, author of THE PHOTO TRAVELER. Read on to get to know about Arthur and his debut novel. Of course there will be a giveaway that you can enter to win some prizes from Arthur. Just scroll down to read more! :)
Hi Arthur! Thank you for visiting and I’m happy to welcome you on my blog. Could you tell me about your self a little bit and what you do besides writing?
 
Thank you so much for taking the time out to interview me!  You could only imagine how exciting this all is for me.
I am 28 years old, born and raised in Miami, FL.  Both parents are Cuban, so naturally I love me some Latin food!  If you haven’t tried croquetas…you just have not lived.   I also have a small obsession with chocolate and love to go out for a nice run.  I know those two completely contradict each other…but I’ve found it to be a good balance. JI graduated from the University of Florida and worked for a very long time in the healthcare industry. Currently I am an Executive Group Leader with Target.

 
Croquetas, sounds very delicious, I think I must try it. I know nobody can’t resist chocolate ;). I guess you have a very busy schedule with your work. What made you decide to become a writer? Is this your dream all along?
What can I say?  I think it’s something that just comes natural for me.  It’s organic to my world.
I’m constantly generating new ideas.  Some of my best have come from a long, scenic run or from my dreams.
I started off writing poetry and writing songs (not actual sheet music!).  I have been selected as an Honorable Mention several times on VH1s Song of The Year competition.  But it wasn’t enough for me.  I kept creating these stories in my head and began putting them on paper.
It was a seamless transition to writing stories.  I had always written scripts or short stories late at night, locked away in my dorm room too.  But eventually I told myself, “Do it.  Write it down and make it happen.  Create the reality.  Make it happen.” So I did. And since then, there’s been no looking back.
Writing  poetry and songs, also as an Honorable Mention several times on VH1s Song of The Year competition, those sure are a lot of achievementsThis is your debut novel, right? how do you feel when finally your book is now out, when is the release date?
 

The release date is tentatively February 14th.

It was such a surreal moment when I sat back for a moment and realized the story was finally complete. I couldn’t believe I had actually done this; that I was just around the corner from being a published author. I actually (yes, I will admit it!) shed a few tears when the novel website (www.thephototravelerbook.com)actually went live. I felt so accomplished. So good.

I went there when you told me it went live, you’ve got a great website by the way, congratulations! Everyone should visit the website, so cool! Could you tell me about your book, what is the title and genre(s), is it a series or a stand alone?
 
The book is a Young Adult Fiction novel.  It will be a series.  The next novel (which I am actively working on now) in the series will be titled “THE PEACE HUNTER”.
THE PHOTO TRAVELER is such a fun story.  Just imagine- if you discovered the ability to time travel through photos and images; where would YOU go?
This was the idea I played around with.  I developed a story where a young character discovers he has this ability to do just that.  He is part of a small group of individuals called the Photo Travelers. 
Gavin, the main character, has always been told he had no existing biological family.  He has been forced to live in a broken home with an abusive adoptive father….until he finds out he has living grandparents. 
Then the adventure begins.  He visits the Great Depression, Salem Witch Trials, and some other fun places.  He also re-lives the relationship he never had with his biological parents…through photos.
So much happens in this novel.  It’s full of unexpected twists and turns.
The decisions Gavin makes in the pastwill directly affect his and everyone he loves’ futures.
But…you will have to read to find out. 

Sounds fun! I would love to able time travel through photos and images 😀The main character in this book is interested in photography and able to time travel, what gave you the idea about it?

One of the most important people in my life was facing a difficult time when their grandmother passed away.  It affected him in such a deep way that it consequently affected me.  I remember him crying, staring at an old black and white photo of his grandmother in Havana, Cuba.  He held it, staring at it like she was talking back to him.
He said, “I’d give anything to travel into this picture right now and hug her.”
I jumped off the couch, my mind spinning in every direction.  “What if you could?”
And from that moment…The Photo Traveler was born.  It was perfect.  It was as if she and my father plotted in the Heavens to gift me this story. 

I see there’s a mystery and suspense (maybe action?) in your book, on a scale of one to ten, what do you rate this book as an adrenaline rush?

 
It’s a fast-paced rush with twists and turns occurring at ever stage of the novel- even the very last page.I give it a 10!

Wow, that much, Interesting! There’s a big purple iris on your book cover how did you pick it?

I wanted something fresh and modern for the cover, but something that still represented the story.  The Photo Travelers’ eyes turn purple whenever they travel.  I envisioned it on the cover, and once my cover designer, Vanessa, put it together, I just knew it was the right choice.

Did you find any obstacles when you write this book?

 
Absolutely! I think the biggest obstacle I faced was my own self-doubt.  At some point I started questioning it all, becoming very insecure.  I’d ask myself, “Is anyone going to like this?”, “Am I serious?”, “Should I just stop?”
I would read other novels and compare it relentlessly, thinking mine would never measure up to those standards.
But fortunately, I drilled right through those doubts.  I promised myself not to give up even if my mom was the only person to buy a copy.
I’m glad that you were able to deal with those doubts, so we can read The Photo Traveler :). Are you self-publishing or working together with a publisher?
 
I decided to self-publish.  I have learned so much I can practically work for a publisher!  Ha, ha!
In all honesty, I decided to self-publish because of all the resources readily available nowadays.  I also wanted to be very hands-on during the entire process.  I did not want to pass along my baby and hope that others would make it a success.  I truly felt no one would be able to promote my book the way I could (as far as channeling and accessing the passion I have for my story).  I think any author can relate to those feelings.
 
Is your book already available either in print and ebook format and where to buy?
THE PHOTO TRAVELER will be available in eBook, paperback, and hardcover. It will be available at almost any large online retailer such as: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, etc.
 
What is your hope about your book right now?
I truly hope to inspire other writers to follow their dreams and challenge themselves to complete the countless piles of stories they’ve started.
I can only wish that this book will become a success, so that it will catapult me into a career as a fulltime writer and storyteller.
 
Last, what is your top ten favorite books?
Definitely the Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, the Beautiful Creatures series, The Fault in Out Stars, Looking for Alaska, and The Illustrated Man.
Thank you again Arthur for your great answers, congratulations on your debut novel and good luck with your book! :) 
So everyone, what do you think about his book, are you going to read it, and how about the interview, I know it’s a little bit too long :p, did you enjoy it?