Monday, August 26, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Fantasy Man by Jean-Michel Désiré

Title: Fantasy Man
Author:  Jean-Michel Desire
Publisher: Mirador Publishing
Publication Date: August 7th 2017
Genre: Supernatural/Psychological Thriller
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The world nations are suddenly faced with terrorism in an unprecedented simultaneous attack worldwide. An urgent secret meeting is held with religious and political authorities of all nations to discuss the ensuing message from a ghostly character by the name of Fantasy Man, who not only claims full responsibility, but challenges all with a precise ultimatum. General Timothy Powell is assigned to the leadership of the taskforce with mission to find and stop Fantasy Man, but this assignment could not come at a worse time for the General who faces some very personal and delicate problems.

A British archeologist sets up an elaborate scheme to select a group of civilians to accompany him through a paranormal adventure never before attempted, an adventure that he has nicknamed ‘The war to end all wars’. Fascinated at the prospects of this paranormal adventure, the civilians will soon find themselves in a web of deceit while truly embarking in the unknown world of the supernatural. By the time the hidden agenda of the archeologist is understood, deepest and darkest secrets will have been revealed and only friendship and love will provide a slim chance for the civilians to come out alive. But who has deceived who?

A mastermind engineer disillusioned with the lethargy and inertia of the corporate world seizes an unexpected opportunity to start his own business, an entertainment outfit unlike any other. How could he possibly have known that he would become entangled with the taskforce against Fantasy Man?

Racing around the globe as well as around the clock to piece the challenging puzzle laid out by Fantasy Man will prove to be a quasi-impossible task for the authorities… until fate does what it does best, bringing together the most unlikely group of people to solve the riddle. But Fantasy Man had one last defiant act up his sleeve, another simultaneous worldwide show of force with a fatal outcome…

What would you do faced with the enormity of Fantasy Man’s challenge and a deadline to stop him?

If you were selected for the archeologist’s paranormal adventure, would you willingly take on the challenge of ‘war to end all wars’?

Would you give up your dream of a highly successful self-made career in the entertainment domain, to save the world, or simply to ease the burden of a troubled soul?

Fantasy Man will change your world forever, if you dare take his challenge…

Jean-Michel Désiré was born on the magnificent tropical island of Mauritius, where he completed his primary and secondary studies in compulsory bilingual French and English languages. An acute love of reading combined with a great interest in art (drawing and painting) pushed Jean-Michel from a young age to want to write his own comic books, but a lack of opportunity blocked his efforts. It was this same lack of opportunity of the time that triggered a need to perform further studies. At age 22, Jean-Michel left Mauritius for North London, England, where he completed a bachelor of Engineering in Electronics followed by a Master of Philosophy in Microelectronics.

While concluding his Master’s degree, Jean-Michel met the lady who became his wife a year later, year during which they also moved to Montreal Canada where Jean-Michel had been offered an engineering position in the Aerospace industry. Life had its own agenda, and within the first eighteen months, their daughter was born in the middle of a snow storm in Montreal. Six years later, their son came into the world and the obvious demands of family life became the main priorities.

During the winter of 2008, Jean-Michel slipped on the ice during a storm and fractured his ankle in multiple locations. Recovering at home after surgery, Jean-Michel decided that the time had come to revive his passion for writing. Within two years, his first book ‘The Storyteller’s Nights’ was published. The positive feedback from readers fueled Jean-Michel to exploit his bilingualism and he translated the story into French, ‘Les Nuits du Conteur’ being published in 2015. He then felt the wind in his sails and published ‘Fantasy Man’ in 2017, and recently, ‘Revanche (Revenge)’ (the follow-up to ‘Les Nuits du Conteur’) in 2019. ‘Fantasy Man’ is presently nominated for an award, top ten finalist to be announced on 22 August 2019. He has just completed the first draft to his next English book, entitled ‘The Miracle Ladies’, which he plans to send to the publisher within the next few months, after the essential rounds of self-editing.

Engineer by day, writer by night, Jean-Michel plans to keep letting his imagination go wild while capturing it all on paper. Surrounded by a great family, he plans to write a whole lot more. When he is not writing, he spends quality time with his family and travels yearly back to Mauritius to visit his Mom and brothers.

- What inspired you to write this book?
I got really tired of seeing people use religion as basis for exploiting differences and wanting war. I thought I would at least attempt to trigger some thinking about how it is futile to use religion for such acts. If the messengers do a poor job of delivering the message, or worse, if the messengers provide an example that is contrary to the intent of the messages they are delivering, it does not make the message wrong or void. As such, I did a lot of research and read multiple books before finally writing the first few lines of ‘Fantasy Man’. The message was quite clear as far as I am concerned that the teachings are all very similar from all major denominations. As I got more into the adventure, I was really surprised how the storyline remained fluid and I completed the draft within nine months, compared to two years for my first book ‘The Storyteller’s Nights’.

- What can we expect from you in the future?
My third book was just published in French. My fourth book, ‘The Miracle Ladies’ is in the completion stage of the draft. I will then perform the tedious review and editing process before submitting to publishers. With a little luck, Mirador Publishing, Silver Dagger Tours and other means will help take it where it needs to go. That’s as much as I can say for the near term future. For 2020, my main aim will be to translate ‘Revanche’ from French to English, and ‘Fantasy Man’ from English to French.

- Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I’ve been thinking about it but nothing has truly materialized in my mind yet. So, maybe, just maybe, there’ll be something of interest there at some point.

- Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Fantasy Man?
Howard Clayworth is from a lineage of archeologists who have successively discovered evidence of a recipe for a trip into the paranormal. As part of a delicate plan, he offers the opportunity for some people to accompany him on such a trip, of course, not revealing his true intentions.

Barbara Llewelyn is his administrative assistant, but has more up her sleeves than meet the eyes.

Glynis Knight is a journalist who is living a difficult marital relationship. Her sister, Isla St-John, is a professor of religions of the world. Isla encourages her sister Glynis to participate in Howard’s selection of people for the paranormal adventure, hoping to provide enough distraction for Glynis to momentarily forget her streak of bad times.

Aurelien de la Haie is a French cop who has taken time off from the force, having lost his partner and best friend in a drug bust that went sour.

Armand Beaudet is a quiet type of man, married, with teenagers in the home. As is often the case, Armand’s reserved personality is a mask for a terrible secret that will be revealed in a shocking display.

Giacomo Bianchini introduces himself as a librarian with time on his hands. He too, carries a secret that will reveal itself in a most unexpected other shocking display.

Sarah de Castellane is a writer in search of the next big inspiration for her next book. But Sarah is just a whole lot more than she presents herself as.

Michael MacMasters is a brilliant engineer who has been disillusioned by the corporate world. The net result, Michael has started his own business, an entertainment outfit for all ages and like no other.

Fantasy Man is a ghostly character who challenges the world in an unprecedented and unique terrorist way, an ultimatum that will result in the death of religion if our human ways do not improve. Fantasy Man’s power appears limitless, with events under his control happening simultaneously all over the globe.

Francesca Seymour is a technical expert in state-of-the-art research into the human psyche. She is MacMasters business partner.

US Army General Timothy Powell is assigned to lead the task force with prime directive to stop Fantasy man before the latter executes his plan of annihilation. Timothy wishes to retire but faces a difficult family situation.

US Army Lieutenant General Kurt McQuade is assigned to assist General Powell in a transition and transfer of information when General Powell resigns.

And so, the war to end all wars will parallel the madness of Fantasy Man’s challenge and the exhilarating entertainment outfit of MacMasters and Seymour, until fate brings them together for a purpose than none could have perceived in their wildest dreams.
Win a $20 Amazon gift card or an eBook of Fantasy Man by Jean-Michel Desire!
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18 comments:

  1. The cover and book description look great!

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  2. The cover looks like an alien :)

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  3. The book sounds like a great read.

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  4. I could not vote the link is not working.

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    1. I'll have to let the tour organizer know. Unfortunately, I'm not in charge of the giveaway =( Hopefully it will be working soon though!

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    2. Dale, the giveaway is working properly now. =)

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  5. the book sounds great, fine book cover.

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  6. The Author Academy awards link isn't working for me??

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    1. I'll have to let the tour organizer know. Unfortunately, I'm not in charge of the giveaway =( Hopefully it will be working soon though!

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  7. thecover looks really awesome

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  8. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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  9. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks like an amazing read!

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  10. I like the cover-thanks

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  11. I like the paranormal aspect of this book!
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