Monday, February 25, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Moment Between by Gareth Frank

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Moment Between by Gareth Frank. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have a very interesting guest post from Mr. Frank about the afterlife as well as an excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and reviews. Enjoy!
Title: The Moment Between
Author: Gareth Frank
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: January 25th, 2019
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After four years of mourning, Doctor Hackett Metzger is determined to stop letting his wife's death control his life. He is finally beginning to live again, but his recovery leads to an unexpected fight for his own survival and startling revelations about what happens to all of us in The Moment Between.

Hackett, a brilliant neurologist, is a skeptic. He doesn't believe he will one day be reunited with Jean, or dwell with God in heaven. What he does believe is that he should have seen the warning signs of her heart attack; he should have saved her. He also cannot accept the possibility that his clinical study of near death experiences could prove the existence of a conscious afterlife. When Hackett falls for the mother of a patient, grief finally begins to fade. But he has no idea his new love is hiding her dangerous past. Will Hackett's damaged spirit endure another heartbreak?

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Excerpt:
Yu Lai’s eyes radiated sadness, and there was a slight tremble in her lips. Hackett could see her trying to flush out her emotions before speaking.

“Nobody really knows what death is, when it starts or when it is complete,” she said. You and I both know the body dies gradually. Under the right circumstances, someone whose brain stops functioning and whose heart stops beating can be brought back to life an hour later, even more. The cells of the brain don’t just die the second blood flow is cut off.”

“What are you saying, Doctor? Are you advocating that we outlaw transplants?”

“No. You know I’m not. I guess I was just spooked by the way her arms lifted up. It was clear that Mrs. Carrollton wasn’t coming back, but I don’t know if she was truly and totally gone.”

Hackett wanted to yell, wanted to shut her up. Death was death. When the brain died, the conscious mind went with it. Hackett had learned the hard way that it was better to face that fact.
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About the Author:
Gareth Frank is a former union organizer and administrator. He received a Master's Degree at the University of Wisconsin and later studied at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Moment Between is his first published novel. His short stories have been published in various journals and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as the Silver Pen Write Well Award.

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Guest post:
Do you believe in the afterlife? What do you think happens when we die?

The Moment Between is my attempt to entertain while also taking a serious look at the possibility of an afterlife through the lens of near-death experiences.

I grew up across the street from the Episcopal Church where my best friend's father presided as our priest. I went to Sunday school, learned about heaven and hell, but never thought about it seriously. I was a kid, fortunate enough to have seen very little of death. Now in my sixties, it is a subject that is increasingly hard to avoid. Still, when it comes to religion I am an agnostic and when it comes to spiritualism, I am even more skeptical.

So how does a non-believer like me explain near-death experiences, and the wealth of evidence surrounding them. I can't. I don't necessarily accept that they represent proof of a conscious life after death, and I don't dismiss that possibility either. The main character in my novel, like all of us must contend with two competing aspects of human nature — the tendency to be rational and the tendency to be spiritual. Each one of us fall somewhere on this continuum.

Not too many years ago, these tantalizing glimpses of life after death were almost universally dismissed as mere hallucination, but we are finding more and more evidence that something very real is happening. We still may not know what it is, but a lot of people are reporting physical sensations and memories at a time when medical science says there was no brain activity to support it. Dismissing these near death visions as mere hallucinations requires just as much conjecture as believing that they present proof of consciousness after death. Something is happening, and we who are skeptics should be open to answers.

The facts are:

• As reporter Judy Bachrach says in her book about near death experiences, we are living in the days of Lazarus. Modern medical resuscitation techniques have made it a fairly common practice to bring people back to life after they are clinically dead and absolutely no brain function is detectable.
• Afterlife experiences are surprising similar from person to person, across cultures and time periods.
• A 2008 study followed cardiac arrests at 15 prominent hospitals in the US and Great Britain. It found that 10% of those who survived and could be interviewed, reported near death experiences.
• We also know with certainty that the human mind is capable of incredible feats that appear to be more the realm of mysticism than science.

What is consciousness? How do the physical activity of neurons and other brain matter explain consciousness? Science can describe the activity, but can't explain how it produces conscious thought. It might as well be voodoo. The best explanation was presented 400 years ago by Rene Descartes, "I think, there for I am." And that doesn't really explain anything.

The physical basis of thought becomes even more confusing when Quantum theory is considered. Physicists have proven that the universe as we know it is defined and shaped by conscious observation. The nature of matter itself is determined by observation. Some theoretical physicists have even theorized that consciousness is the missing variable that Einstein was searching for in his quest for a unified theory of physics. (unifying general relativity with quantum mechanics)

Let me tell you a true stories. You can interpret it as you wish, but I believe that the underlying facts are true.

On a November day in 2008, Doctor Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, like my fictitious Hackett Metzger, lay dying of bacterial meningitis at Lynchburg General Hospital in Southwest Virginia. He had lapsed into a coma. The doctor's treating him did a brain scan which showed he had irreversible brain damage and no chance of surviving. He was toast. With assurances that his brain was in fact already gone, his family took shifts at his bedside waiting for the inevitable moment when his heart would beat one last time. But deep within, Eben Alexander was not only conscious, he was in the midst of a life altering experience. He would later say that he crossed the plain of death before returning to this world. During a time when his brain was shut down, he reported looking down on his own body, hearing people talk even as the neurons in his brain were inactive. Seeing people move around the room, when no electrical activity flowed from his optic nerve. Having conscious thought, when his doctors said that dreams even were not possible. Upon waking he related conversations that his ears could not have heard and eyes could not have seen.

He experienced The Moment Between life and death.
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Giveaway:
Gareth Frank will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to leave a comment on a different blog each day to increase your chance of winning. You can find a list of participating blogs here. Good luck!
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69 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

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  2. Great sounding book!! I have showed this to a few people that are interested in it as well!!

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  3. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading your book.

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  4. Sounds like an awesome book, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Sounds like a good book, thanks for the chance.

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  6. Did any books or movies influence any of the characters in your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. I think that most of the fiction, be it books or movies, about the afterlife, are a little too fantasy driven. I love the Sixth Sense, but it wasn't what I was trying to portay. I also loved Peter Matheson's "What Dreams May Come", but that also involved too much speculation, so I tried to create something of my own. GARETH FRANK

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  7. This book sounds like a really fantastic read.

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    1. Don't wait. I'd love it if you read it soon! GARETH FRANK

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  8. One of my favorite genres. From the description it sounds like I'll enjoy this read.

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  9. Sounds awesome can't wait to read this book.

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  10. I can't wait to read the rest of this.

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  11. This sounds like such an amazing book! Im so excited to try a new author.

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    1. Yes, I am really pleased with the cover. Glad you like it too. GARETH FRANK

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  13. I just want to say I am intrigued by your book...very much so. I will be buying it, reading it, and sharing with others.

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  14. I am a Christian and this book is something that intrigued my mind. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  15. nice book cover and the story sounds interesting.

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  16. It's not the body that drives the spirit, it is the spirit that drives the body. That is where I am in the "continuum." :)

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    1. That is a point well taken no matter what your view of the afterlife. GARETH FRANK

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  17. The cover looks pretty and terrifying.

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  18. You know, that point about resuscitation is very interesting because he's right, we do have ways of "bringing people back" that we didn't previously have. It's kind of crazy that we possess that much power.

    Emily @ Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

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  19. With or without an afterlife, this world is beyond belief. GARETH FRANK

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  20. Thank you ALL UPS AND DOWNS for posting about my novel. Your readers are amazing. GARETH FRANK

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  21. Excerpt and blurb both sound good. How did you come up with this book idea?

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    1. I've always been interested in near-death experiences, and other aspects of human consciousness that hint at an almost unlimited capacity. So that was the theme I chose to write about behind the story. For the story itself, the idea showed up in the mail. I got a Christmas card indicating that my friends brother died and they though he had been murdered by his wife. WHen I found out more, the story blew me away, so I created one of my characters based on that. Thanks for your interest. GARETH FRANK

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  22. Love the excerpt and the cover. Adding this to my must-read list.

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  23. This sounds like a great read.

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  24. For you,what is the most difficult part of writing?

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    1. Of course, you need determination. That is perhaps the biggest thing, but the thing I find most difficult is perfecting a story line so that it flows quickly from point to point and creates a whole picture that doesn't leave the reader shaking their heads. Thanks for your interest. GARETH FRANK

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  25. This sounds like a fantastic read.

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  26. WOW this looks amazing, love the cover and the title. Definitely adding this book to my Must Read File !

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  27. Oh this sounds so good! I cannot wait to read and see what happens with Hackett as he tries to move forward...and who this new lady is! Sounds like there will be lots of twists and turns along the way!

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  28. Sounds like a very interesting book. Congratulations on your new book.

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  29. I liked the excerpt, and I am looking forward to reading this story.

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  30. looks like a fun one

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  31. The cover reminds me of a science project and the excerpt leaves questions about spirituality and the afterlife beyond.

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