Monday, May 13, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Revelations by Robert Sells

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Revelations by Robert Sells. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a very interesting guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Revelations
Author: Robert Sells
Publication Date: November 23rd 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
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Aster Worthington spearheads the First Contact Team who are unraveling a message from an alien race. The altruistic extraterrestrials promise free energy and an excited Earth builds a massive structure called the Dome to house the alien enterprise

Seven years later, no "free energy" and strange things are reported in and around the Dome. When Aster and her colleagues mount an expedition to investigate the interior, they are shocked to find it filled with humanoids having insect-like deformities. It becomes obvious their true purpose is to take over our planet. Now Aster and the scientists are trying to come up with a defense to fend off the invasion. A defense that is tied to a 2000 year old document hidden by the church. But, will it be too late?

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EXCERPT:
Dozens of the strange locusts had descended on the marine nearest her. Gun dropped, with arms, torso, and legs covered with the little creatures, his hands were frantically brushing off the locust-like creatures, but more and more took their place. Some had purchased holds on his hands, their small heads stubbornly attached like ticks on dog while their bodies bounced up and down with soldier’s panicky movements. More and more landed on his face and he started to run wildly, screaming all the while.

One of her earliest memories from childhood was her grandmother, a farmer’s wife, chopping off a chicken’s head. Headless, the poor bird ran in one direction, then another, somehow keeping its balance. After too many horrible seconds, the poor chicken fell to the ground, twitching. The man’s aimless running reminded her of the chicken running, not knowing it was already dead.

The man screamed again, fell to his knees and ripped his shirt open. The locust must have burrowed through his clothes because they now covered his entire chest. With each locust plucked away, a red wound appeared. She watched in horror as the man fell to his knees first, his arms by his side. Then he collapsed, face first, to the floor.

She pulled her eyes from the soldier only to witness other soldiers swatting at the locust or brushing them off their clothes, all experiencing the same horror. Some held tight to their guns while they tried to wipe the locusts off their uniforms. Others had discarded their weapons and employed both hands in ridding themselves of the vile little creatures. Small bumps of cloth rippled along their shirts and pants, giving the impression the uniforms were alive. There were more and more screams.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Sells has taught physics for over forty years, but he has been a storyteller for over half a century, entertaining children, grandchildren, and students. He has written the award-winning novel, Return of the White Deer, historical fiction about Penda of Mercia. His second fiction book, Reap the Whirlwind, was a thriller about the dawn of artificial intelligence and the subsequent decline of humanity. His third book, The Runner and the Robbery, was a young adult novel about a teenager and his grandfather who had Alzheimer’s disease. Revelations, a science fiction novel, is his fourth book.

He lives with his wife, Dale, in the idyllic village of Geneseo, New York with two attentive dogs who are uncritical sounding boards for his new stories. He is intrigued by poker and history, in love with Disney and writing, and amused by religion and politics.

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GUEST POST:
Do you believe in alien life? Have you ever had an experience with aliens?


I’m absolutely certain there is alien life. Our galaxy has over 500 billion stars. Dedicated telescopes are finding evidence that most stars have planets and moons, both possible cradles for life. Many planets exist in the Goldilocks Zone… not too hot, not too cold; inn fact, there are more and more planets conveniently situated from their star such that liquid water could form on the planet. With copious water, you will eventually have life. As it did on Earth, life evolves toward more complexity. So, on some planets, intelligence beings have existed, do exist, or will exist.

Science fiction often depicts aliens as humanoid. However, most likely they won’t be. In a sea-covered world why wouldn’t a sentient species resemble an intelligent octopus? In a world like our own, how about a dinosaur-like creature? Afterall, had not a large comet hit Earth 65 million years ago, dinosaurs would have certainly evolved into the intelligent species of our planet. In my newest novel, Revelations, the aliens have many insect-like characteristics. So, yes. I am certain there is alien life. However…

However, don’t expect that there will be any visits with aliens. Even in “a galaxy far away, a long time ago” there won’t be spaceships whizzing back and forth between inhabited worlds. Why? Because the energy and technology needed to get to even our closest neighboring star would be staggering… far more than all the energy we have consumed in all the past space missions combined pushing a ship so massive it could not be built on the surface of our planet. Further, the trip would take years, probably centuries. The chances of success… in the hostile and unforgiving space outside the fragile envelope of our planet… low. Interstellar space travel would be single massive ships taking hundreds of years to reach a destination.

Fortunately, there is a way we can interact with our soul mates from other planets, whether they be fish or fowl or monsters on land. It is my belief that man will eventually send out laser messages to star systems showing evidence of life. Those messages will tell any aliens who are listening our hopes, dreams, successes and failures. Once communication is established, we can share technology, life forms, and religious views with our new-found friends who live possibly hundreds of light years away. In fact, I believe there is a galactic internet doing that very thing right now as I write. We just have to tap into the right frequency, tilt our ears in the right direction.

So, no. There have been no alien visits. And, there never will be. However, we will, eventually, know about these distant worlds, their geography, their culture, their religion, their flora and fauna. The galactic internet will be the single biggest discovery of all time.

My fourth book, Revelations, introduces the possibility of this galactic internet. Yet, the story is about an invasion of aliens. Does my novel contradict my beliefs about space? No. The aliens don’t arrive in spaceships or through some fantastic Stargate or via a fifth dimension. They arrive through the message. Their method of taking over planets is clever and possible and… a warning reminiscent of “Greeks bearing gifts”.
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GIVEAWAY:
Robert Sells will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, follow the book tour, and leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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40 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting my fourth book, Revelations. Please feel free to ask any questions; I will do my best to answer them all.

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  2. How many books have you written so far?

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    1. Bernie, how is you are on so many sites? Are you my commenter-associate? LOL. Anyway, thanks for the question. I've written four books (five?). You see I wrote my first book, Return of the White Deer and found out that editors at small publishing houses don't really do a good job editing. So, my first book has an embarrassing number of errors. So, after my third book, I rewrote. Found many errors myself, added a character, reduced the number of pages (it was primarily intended for young adults), and set up a group of friends (English majors) to proof it as well. And, they found many, many errors! Then gave it to my wife and that dear lady also found a few errors. So, I published it again... actually self-published it.

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  3. This book sounds like an fantastic read. Awesome cover!

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  4. My question for the author is where do you get your ideas for your stories and your covers.

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    1. The stories come as questions in my mind. Why is that small ranch house in the center of the corn field? Maybe there is a single path leading to it. A man parks his car in a single paved space that simply says RESERVED. He steps out of the car, locks it, and then walks through a thin path through the corn field. He reaches the house, a small house a 12 x 12 room with a desk and chair and another room marked Bathroom. He carefully takes off his suitcoat and hangs on the hook on the back of the door and sits down at his computer. A car is on his screen. He studies it. Then his eyes light up and he blurts "Deception". As he types the word, he smiles. The enter button his pushed and he gets up from the desk, takes two steps toward his coat and puts it on. The walk back to his own car takes the exact same amount of time. His work is done for the day. He is the person who comes up with the names for cars, perfumes, computers, cell phones, and occasionally movies. So, my stories usually start with a question.

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    2. I love this explanation of story ideas!

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  5. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This story sounds like a must read.

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt and learning about this author!

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  7. Very interesting. Going to have to get a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. I am shocked, shocked I say, to find that anyone would be so deceptive.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing a book description and giveaway also. Sounds great!

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    1. I go to sleep pretty soon after I hit the bed. But, sometimes my wife has the TV on and get focused on a show.

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  11. Loved the excerpt! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  13. Like books that address aliens...can read all that come my way.. will read this book as soon as I can... Best of luck and thank you

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  14. I don’t usually read a lot of sci-fi but this sounds interesting! I’ll put on my TBR shelf

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  15. Robert seems much cooler than my physics teacher!

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    1. How long it takes to get a book right. I've read that writing genius Steven King does only two edits and then submits his novel. The great masters like Dickens probably did the same. Me? Well, I can't get it right until after twenty or thirty edits. That means going over the entire book, page by page, word by word... twenty or thirty times. Takes time.

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  17. Enjoyed the excerpt can't wait to read this.

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  18. sounds like a fun one

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  19. What was your biggest error writing?

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  20. Oh, Jamie, you just hit me in the stomach. I work hard at eliminating small, silly, stupid errors like a misspelling or grammatical error (their instead of they're). It never fails to amaze me how many I miss! That is why I have a small, but dedicated, army of proofreaders... mostly English majors... reading my final copy. One after the other, they find even more errors. My final proof reader is my wife... a very deliberate word-for-word reader. After my efforts and those of about a half dozen friends, she found over twenty errors in my latest book! So, I figured I had done it... I took out all of those pesky errors. Got about 50 books from Kindle to sell on my own. Gave one to a friend. "Great read, Rob. But..." Oh, God! "But, I found a few errors." She circled them in her copy that I borrowed from her. Another dozen errors! So, I edited the book again and changed it in Kindle. So, my biggest error in writing? The silly, stupid ones!

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  21. Love science fiction and this looks so good!

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  22. I am so glad that I met Robert Sell.

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  23. How have you progressed in your career this year?

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  24. In writing, yes. But, slowly. Getting a book up and running is a difficult business. Time consuming. So, my new writing is put on the back burner. Yesterday, however, I started the tenth rewrite of my fifty book, a Romance... well, a murder and a Romance. Actually, there were two murders. Wait, I've got to be more accurate. There were four, in total, done by one guy. Whew.

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