Monday, September 28, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Fly Twice Backward: Fresh Starts in a World of Troubles by David S. McCracken

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Fly Twice Backward by David S. McCracken. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Fly Twice Backward: Fresh Starts in a World of Troubles
Author: David S. McCracken
Publication Date: October 14th 2019
Print Length: 726 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
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You wake back in early adolescence, adult memories intact, including ones that could make you very wealthy now. Your birth family is here, alive again, but your later families are gone, perhaps forever. What has happened, what should you do about coming problems like violence, ignorance, pollution, and global warming? You realize one key connects most, the fundamentalist strains of all the major religions, disdaining science, equality, and social welfare. You see that there are some things you can change, some you can’t, and one you don’t dare to.

Fellow idealists help you spend your growing fortune well--such as an artistic Zoroastrian prince in the Iranian oil industry, a rising officer in the Soviet army working to find a way to destroy his corrupt government, a Bahai woman struggling against Islamic brutality, a Peruvian leader working for a liberal future, and a snake-handling Christian minister, grappling with doubts, sexuality, and destiny. They are supported by an ally who develops essential psychic powers. The group faces familiar-looking corrupt politicians, religious leaders, and corporate czars, but there is an ancient force in the background, promoting greed, violence, hate, and fear.

This exciting, emotional, thoughtful, humorous, and even romantic sci-fi novel weaves progressivism, music, movies, and literature into a struggle spanning the globe. Vivid characters propel the action back up through an alternative history toward an uncertain destination. Experience the unique story and its novel telling.

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EXCERPT:
“Up in the mornin’ and off to school!” plays in my head as I hear the latest hits on WVLK, while we eat breakfast on this third school day. Chuck Berry actually won’t be along with those words in “School Days” for several years, but I’m enjoying what is coming over the radio. Old friends. This morning I’m surprised to hear “Jambalaya.” I didn’t realize our station played anything so country/Cajun. Listening to these songs reminds me that back then, well, now, we all listen to pretty much the same songs, except for those of us who are very country or African American. A shared culture. People are starting to watch the same TV shows, too, though not my family.

I am so eager to start band today. First thing in the day, though, is the whole school going to the cafeteria to watch the film, Duck and Cover. How chilling to see the atomic war message made realistic. Especially in our room full of largely unaware children, surprisingly quiet: “We must always be ready for an atomic explosion, no matter where we are, no matter what we’re doing.”

Unfortunately, my very first band class is mostly consumed by a bomb drill and discussion of it. Thank goodness, I know the Cold War does end before any bombs fall: Wish I could tell everyone not to worry, now and for the next forty years. Wish I could say we can go ahead with band and our lives, worry-free!

The film that made it even more personally real, later? Oh, The Day After. I still remember vividly the horror the citizens of Lawrence, Kansas, felt when they saw the missiles based around them erupting from the ground, knowing the war was on, and hostile missiles would be coming back at them. The pathos of a survivor finding his way back to his home, trying to take possession of the rubble, from other survivors picking through it for anything that would help them survive. A woman with kindness and embarrassment, offering him an apple she’s found. What an impact on me now, remembering the innocent opening scene of it, in a band class . . . . Maybe it was the lack of having seen the later film that made the earlier Duck and Cover film pass unremembered, or perhaps I just wasn’t mature enough to be scared.

But how many of these boys around me will too soon die in the jungles, mud, and rot of Vietnam?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David McCracken was born in Louisville, KY, in 1940. Raised mostly in Winchester, KY, he now lives in Northern Virginia, with his third and final wife. He has three children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren.

After three years in the U.S. Navy following a lackluster academic start, he graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1963, in Diplomacy and International Commerce. He then worked as a Latin American country desk officer in the U.S. Department of Commerce until he returned to school to earn an M.A. in Elementary Education in 1970 from Murray State University, having always been intending to teach. Eventually realizing his children qualified for reduced-price lunches based on his own teaching salary, he studied computer programming at Northern Virginia Community College and worked as a programmer until shifting back into elementary teaching.

He began working on what became Fly Twice Backward in 1983 and finally finished it in 2019! At 79, David strongly doubts he'll be doing another novel of such scope and complexity, but is preparing to work on a children's science fiction novel with a progressive bent, being a devout progressive in politics and religion, as well as a lover of learning.

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GUEST POST:
- Do you believe in parallel universes? Why or why not?
Well, in my novel, there is at least one posited: the template of types, posited by Plato, “that other place” in my novel. It was convenient to the story, but not something I believe in. For the branching of timelines used by several time travel authors and scientists, they too are convenient, like there being a god to start everything, which both makes sense and doesn’t. I’d have to say I’m agnostic on both topics.
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GIVEAWAY:
David McCracken will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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87 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking time to share your book with us and it's always a pleasure in our family to learn about a new one.

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    1. I'm happy to share it, James Robert, and I hope you'll read and review it.

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  2. Glad to see my novel up on your site. I will happily respond to questions and comments. Now, oops, I see the price listed here is obsolete: I had to raise it to $2.99 to cover the cost of advertising. Sorry. BUT: for many years of work and 725 unique pages it's a bargain. Read, enjoy, review, please!

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  3. Congratulations on this book. It sounds very interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Peg. It IS very interesting. And there are parts that still choke me up. Please read and review!

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  4. Very awesome cover, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Ah, Victoria, many readers agreed the book is as awesome as the cover. Please let me know what you think in a reveiw.

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  5. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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    1. Thanks, Paula. I hope it seems even more so after your read the novel, and that you write a review.

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    1. Rita, I'm so glad you liked the excerpt. I'll modestly say there are lots more passages like it. Please read and review.

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    1. Oh, it is, as many readers commented. Please read it and give me a reveiw.

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  8. Susan, thanks for your comment. I hope you will read and review my novel.

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  9. Sounds like a very interesting book
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  10. Oh, it is, Sherry, filled with ideas and emotions. Please read and review it!

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  11. Thanks. Now, please read and review!

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  12. I love the cover. It has awesome artwork.

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  13. Thanks. I'm proud of the cover, and the book is even better. Please read and review it.

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  14. Science fiction - I go for that!
    And I love the cover with the eagles.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  15. Thanks, Barbara. I just realized that's my old book cover here. Please check out the new one on Amazon, when you go to buy and review (heh) and tell me which you prefer.

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  16. congrats on the release, this book sounds pretty interesting

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Many readers have found it FASCINATING! I hope you'll read and review it.

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  17. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks for the praise, Deb. There's a lot to discover in it. I hope you do, and leave a review.

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  18. What do you want readers to come away with from this novel?

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    1. A great question, Caryl. I hope they gain memories to feel, ideas to mull, and a dedication to action! Please read it and let me know in a review if it works like that for you.

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  19. This sounds like a great read. Awesome cover!

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    1. Debbie, I still find it fascinating and beautiful to read. Really! I hope you do, too, and tell about it in a review. And I love the cover I created with an artist.

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  20. Enjoyed the excerpt and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Me, too, Stormy. Much about Fly Twice Backward still chokes me up. I hope you read it,and feel the same way, and say so in a review.

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  21. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Diana, I enjoyed exploring the ideas and relationships, and learning the background of many of the historical events. If you read it, I hope to hear your reaction in a review.

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    1. Thanks, Katie. Beautiful book, too! Please read and let me know what you think in a review.

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  23. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds interesting.

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    1. If you liked the excerpt, there's a LOT more you'll like. Please review it and let me know in a review.

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  24. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. ATTENTION: I have cut the price to 0.99 until 10/11. What a bargain! It may take a few minutes to get posted.

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  26. awesome cover, this sounds really good

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    1. Thanks, Marisela. Your name reminds me of an important character in the book, Marisa, who was named for a beautiful young Panamanian woman. I hope you'll find the novel as awesome as the cover and say so in a review.

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  27. Thanks so much! If you go to the book's page on Amazon, you'll see a later cover. I hope you'll tell me which you prefer, and read the book and write review.

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    1. Thank YOU for sharing, Victoria. I will modestly say it IS great! Please read it and let me know what you think in a review.

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  29. IMPORTANT: Some wrong site links somehow made their way in here. I don't know how, but I am NOT a fundamentalist minister! The links are being corrected, but for now use nothing but thee Amazon one.

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  30. This book sounds different from every other book I've read. Can't wait to get it and read it.

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    1. There is much I care about passionately. I want to have an impact on them and to communicate with others in the process. And it's just fun to fit pieces together into something that's never been.

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    1. It is, Molli. Give it a shot for 99 cents and tell me what you thought in a quick review, please.

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  33. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  34. Thanks! I hope you do. Please leave a brief review to let me know.

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  35. I hope everyone is having a great day.

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  36. What is your five year plan for writing?

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  37. It is rare that I am able to find a book that my husband & I will both enjoy. This sure sounds like one of those!

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    1. Oh, I hope you do both enjoy it, and leave a brief review saying so.

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  38. sounds like a fun one

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  39. Oh, it IS a FUN one, and a fascinating one. Hope you read and review it!

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  40. What have you felt discouraged writing?

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  41. What was your best writing moment?

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  42. I followed David McCracken on Amazon.

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  43. I like the background of the book cover. :)

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  44. Sounds really interesting and the cover looks amazing.

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  45. The book cover looks awesome. Sounds like a interesting read!

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  46. Great cover sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading

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  47. Tiffany, Holly, Yellowlabs, and Laurie, thanks for the good reaction. Please do read my novel and let me know what you think then, in a short review.

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