Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - New Normal: Resistance by Dexter C. Channing

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for New Normal: Resistance by Dexter C. Channing. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: New Normal: Resistance
Series: New Normal Trilogy #2
Author: Dexter C. Channing
Publisher: Just Jane Publishing
Publication Date: September 3rd 2020
Print Length: 138 pages
Genre: Medical Thriller
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In New Normal – Resistance, a deadly pandemic is sweeping across the globe. Country after country is disintegrating into a lawless, terrified conclusion as it soon becomes apparent that there is a fate worse than death. Violence and discord stalk the streets; governments are beginning to introduce martial law and curfews in a futile attempt to regain control of a world thrown into disarray by a silent, unseen killer.

Jolyon Jones, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, knows that it is a race against time to find a vaccine for this highly infectious virus before the consequences wipe out humanity. He also knows that the virus is not the only killer. Small pockets of resistance are slowly emerging; survivors ready to fight not only against the virus, but against each other.

In the midst of the battle for survival, the faithful know that their wait for the Second Coming is nearly over. They know that He is here again. But who is He and will He be able to stop the virus before science reaches an apocalyptic solution?

Resistance is the second in Dexter C. Channing’s New Normal Trilogy. The first being New Normal – Virus, which was released earlier in the year. The final instalment is due to be released at Easter 2021.

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EXCERPT:
Across the Atlantic, early evening sunlight bathed the White House in an auroral light, shimmering in the gentle breeze which sighed across the velvet green lawns. Inside the Oval Office, nobody cared for the view, despite how peaceful and ordinary it looked. 

The President was wearing his most mulish look as the Secretary of State and the Defence Secretary reeled from his latest revelation. For a moment, only the distant wail of sirens could be heard in the thick silence which surrounded them following the President’s declaration. The sound mingled with the groan of despair from the Defence Secretary, an involuntary reaction to what he had just listened to.

‘Mr President, Sir,’ the Defence Secretary looked at the other man and felt like smashing his fist into the supercilious expression he found staring back at him. Did the President not understand what was happening and how there was a need for unity, not discord within global relationships? Obviously, he did not! ‘Could I ask you if Professor Benjamin did this without coercion?’

Spreading his arms out in a gesture that indicated he did not know or understand, the President replied, ‘All I know is that I have been told of a call made to Beyler School of Medicine from Professor Benjamin’s office. Who instructed him to make the call, I don’t know, but I do know that if there is a second spike, another “mutation”, then Watpharm had better understand it will need Gileath to bail it out of its fucking mess, pissing about with some bloody college students and those yellow skinned freaks!’

‘This has been done as retaliation because what, Watpharm didn’t want to set up shop with an American Company? Jesus Christ!’ The Defence Secretary’s fist came down on the desk, making the other two men jump. ‘We’re in the middle of a world changing crisis, Mr President, Sir! We have the threat of extinction and we have got non-humans running amok on the planet and some idiot professor wants some more business for his company?’

‘This administration gives Gileath a hell of a lot of dollars,’ the President glared at his Defence Secretary, ‘and I don’t want those dollars wasted! Working with Watpharm might also go some way to restoring America’s credibility on the world stage.’

‘I think what the Defence Secretary is trying to say, Mr President, is that if there is a second spike or another mutation of this current outbreak, then the world stage may not have much of an audience left to play to, Sir.’ The Secretary of State intervened.

The President threw his papers down onto his desk and stormed out of the office wearing a truculent expression.

The Secretary of State shook his head. ‘Sometimes, the thought crosses my mind that a couple of cups of disinfectant or bleach wouldn’t go amiss.’

They were both thinking of a disastrous video link press conference which had been held towards the end of April. It had been beamed around the globe, one of the few broadcasts that were made that day and America still hadn’t recovered from the backlash. Both men looked to the door, which the President had just slammed.

‘How much is a bottle of Clorax these days?’ Asked the Defence Secretary and they both burst out laughing, amazed that they still could.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dexter C Channing is something of a mystery to the literary world – and indeed, the team at Just Jane Publishing has never actually met this author, having been introduced through another writer during the Covid 19 Lockdown. 

The elusive author prefers to remain an enigma to everyone, simply stating a love of city life as opposed to the country because “it’s easier to disappear in a big city where nobody knows your real self”. That real self is “single, not available” and prefers being alone to the “ruinous pathway of a love affair”. 

Fact, fantasy and science all combine in this author’s often dark writing style, which takes you through conspiracy theories to conclusions you’d rather not reach in the real world. Or maybe, as Dexter says, you’re already there.

Is Dexter C Channing an American? There’s a possibility, but then anything is possible, if you believe what goes on in Channing’s imagination, often taking us to places we’d rather not go. It’s clear at some point that Channing did live in America, and still has some links to Miami and Deerfield Beach. 

More of late, Channing has been residing in England and has actually allowed the team at Just Jane Publishing access to a list of favourite places which include Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Liverpool, and a surprising one, given the penchant for city living – a tiny village called Kettlewell, in Yorkshire.

What does a mysterious author who nobody really knows do when they’re not writing? Channing watches. Things. Events. People. Then they get written about. Is Channing a one trick pony? Far from it. There are links with law, property, and a love of music, which is always in the background when Channing is writing. 

Virus” was the first of Dexter C Channing’s world-changing trilogy of novellas. “Resistance” is the second in the series, and the final, concluding book, “Resurrection” will be published by Just Jane Publishing around Easter, 2021.

#IsitAVirus?

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GUEST POST:
- What was your writing process like for this book series?
Painstaking, I think is the one-word answer! To elaborate on that, I’ll give you a bit of background. I write ‘Faction’. That means I take a whole heap of facts from actual events – this series is called ‘New Normal’ and it’s about the current global pandemic caused by Covid19. Whenever newsreels showed anything about the virus and its development and the way it was spreading so quickly around the world, I found myself thinking, ‘hey, you know what? I don’t buy this.’

I’m a naturally suspicious person, a bit of a conspiracy theorist, I suppose. I almost never believe anything I am told, and I have a natural tendency to dig a little deeper. You know what they say, it’s the stuff written in between the lines which tells the real story. Once that story takes hold of my brain, I start to research things. News reports, press cuttings, political statements, and in the case of this series, the science behind Covid19 all go into a huge back up drive in my brain and they are often there for days, weeks while I’m gathering the background to the news that everyone else imbibes every day. Then I’ll look at the real-life characters involved in all this and I can then start to gather my cast, so to speak. The facts in this particular plot read more like fiction anyway, so the writing of the fictional bits of my book was quite fun, although I’m not really a fun person, or so I’m told.

This particular series reads a bit like a timeline of actual reported news during the Covid19 outbreak – it is perfectly true, for instance, that the World Health Organisation was informed by the Chinese authorities of an outbreak of a novel coronavirus on 31st December, 2019, but whether or not the Virus was already in the United Kingdom on Christmas Eve of that year, and whether that was what killed Mark Tanner’s Grandma, is that fact or fiction? 

I keep the reader guessing right through the first two novellas. The third book is slightly different because it is written in retrospect, after an event which happens right at the end of book two. In a way, the third book is the hardest one to write, because I’m now writing about events which are taking place now, only I’ve fast forwarded a little so people can see how the future might be panning out.

I also compartmentalise my writing, so that I can swap and change scenes without ruining the timeline of the plot. My publisher tells me that’s a knack that is used in screenwriting, but that’s never entered my head, being honest. I write things that I think the public should know, they can see and relate to the current events and then I present them with a fiction which isn’t too far away from what could really happen. My editor said book two – Resistance – terrified her and whilst she couldn’t put it down, she got confused about what was actually real and what was my imagination. I’m quite pleased with that.

I don’t sit at my computer all day and just write; I would find that very limiting. I think as a writer you almost have a duty of care to your readers to produce a work that is well informed and well rounded. It’s important if your writing is based on some current event and factual events that you have researched it well enough. I spend a lot of time reading myself and watching events as they unfold.

Do I write in order to terrify people? Yes, I think I do, because you know, sometimes the fact is more frightening that the fiction. People don’t get that; they don’t see what is really happening. Is it a Virus? I’ll leave you to be the judge, but don’t say I didn’t warn you, when you start reading book three.

Thank you for inviting me to air my thoughts, and I hope I’ve not terrified you too much.
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GIVEAWAY:
Dexter C. Channing will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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29 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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  2. How long did it take you to write your book?

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  3. thanks this sounds pretty interesting

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

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  5. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

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  6. looks like a fun one

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  7. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  8. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and about tge writing process for this book! Your book sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing with me!

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  9. This book sounds like one that my Husband & I would enjoy.

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  10. Question: What was your favorite book growing up?

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  11. Well this story is certainly timely. Sounds really good

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  13. The cover is interesting. The colors really caught my attention.

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

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

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  16. The cover is pretty cool looking and bright

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  17. The cover is pretty cool looking and bright

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  18. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

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  19. The idea of the book is quite interesting.

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