Tuesday, June 18, 2024

GET BOTH BOOKS IN DREAMFARER SERIES

DO YOU LIKE TO DREAM?  ~ #scifi #fantasy

  • The year is 2170, 90 years after World War III. Thanks to dream machines, humanity can escape a dull existence through exciting fantasies that are far more fulfilling than ordinary life. Would you like to try it?
Buy both books in the Dreamfarer series on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Fj0MSu



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Friday, November 3, 2023

I'm Having a Podcast

 Hi, I've been battling Covid, but I'm having a podcast on November 8 at 8 pm. Please tune in using the link below and feel free to call.

 
https://www.blogtalkradio.com/voiceofindie1/2023/11/09/voice-of-indie-episode-171

Thursday, March 16, 2023

A FREE NEW STORY, "A Nice Donation"

 Do you like going to thrift stores?

Well, I always have. "A Nice Donation" is a short story I wrote on the subject. It just appeared in Four Star Stories. It takes only a few minutes to read and illustrates why I like visiting thrift stores and shops so much. You never know what you're going to find!

Here's the link: https://4starstories.com/html/bonus_story7.html ~



The beginning of . . , 

A Nice Donation

    The sign on Thrift World's front door read Donations Accepted Around Back, so that was where Marcelline went. She backed her pickup toward the Donation Center sign in the rear, then hopped out and opened the tailgate.

    "Hallo!" she greeted the slender woman who appeared in the doorway. "I have a donation for you, but it's rather heavy."

    "I'll get some help," the woman said, turning back inside.

    Soon two brawny men came out and carried her offering inside. It looked like a rosewood cabinet, four feet long by a foot and a half wide, and the men struggled with it.

    "Lady," the red-haired one puffed, "this thing is heavy."

    "I know," Marcelline said. She swished her long granny dress and fingered the beads on her necklace.

    The other man, who was black and bespectacled, grunted. "Darn thing weighs a ton," he said. "What do you have in here, a pile of rocks?"

    "Not even warm," she laughed.

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Friday, January 6, 2023

TWO BOOK SIGNINGS ON JANUARY 14.

I'm happy to announce that I will have two book signings on January 14 at the Book Exchange stores in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The first two novels in my Dreamfarer series will be featured as well as other books. Please check them out, and I hope to see some of you there!


#Sciencefiction #adventure - The year is 2170, ninety years after World War III. Thanks to the technological advances of dream machines, humanity is able to escape a dull existence through adventurous and romantic fantasies that are far more exciting and fulfilling than ordinary life.

But not all dreamers are so blessed. What happens to a “Dreamfarer” when he wakes after seven years to find that he has become a Waker, one of the three percent of humanity who are immune to further dream stimulation and who must face an empty future? This is the case with Sam Adams, who desperately seeks salvation and meaning in his life after he wakes up.

Many disappointed Wakers become Wreckers who seek to overthrow the Government. Others lose themselves in drugs and sex. Sam wrestles with both possibilities. In the end he embarks on a quest that may affect not only his future but others' as well.





Dec. 3rd 2022 Book Signing with Drema Writes and Hubby at the 21st Annual Fair Trade Festival at Elation Brewing in Norfolk, VA. 




Saturday, November 26, 2022

GO EAST, YOUNG MAN, Book 2 in the Dreamfarer series, available by Pre-order

GO EAST, YOUNG MAN - BOOK 2 OF THE DREAMFARER SERIES AVAILABLE BY PRE-ORDER on AMAZONhttps://amzn.to/3Xbehvq  - Book 1, dreamfarer available at https://amzn.to/2ZsFws1

#sciencefiction #adventure - Go East, Young Man, the sequel to Dreamfarer, takes place 150 years in the future after World War III. Sam Adams travels with his friends from San Francisco all the way to Denver, having dangerous encounters on the way. Sam, who played a vital role in shutting down the San Francisco Dream Services Center and waking up half a million dreamers, hopes to meet a mysterious contact in Denver who will recruit him for his next mission.

The goal of the nationwide Resistance is to cripple the Dream factories completely and wake up all Americans, saving them from their psychic dependence on machine-induced dreams, which are far more exciting and fulfilling than the often dull existence of ordinary life.
They journey across an America that has regressed to being a lawless frontier. Wherever they stop, thieves and murderers attack them. Will they ever survive to reach their destination? Can Sam even trust his friends? Does he have any chance at all of succeeding in his mission? Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Xbehvq ~


TEASER from Chapter 1

 

Now, Sam thought, he must continue on to help those in Denver to disrupt dream services in that city or anywhere else, must save other sleepers from the deadly addiction of dreams which denied life itself. He had committed himself to a worldwide revolution, a movement that those in power would do anything to crush.  


Something moved in the distance. He rubbed his eyes. The light was still dim and he had probably imagined it. No, there it was again, far back down the road he had come. It looked like…a man. And he was walking directly toward him.


Sam staggered up, instantly alert. He had no gun or other weapon, and was in no condition to defend himself. Glancing about, he saw only thin stands of trees on both sides of the road. They offered few places to hide.


He squinted, trying to see better, to make out if the man was big or small. Whoever he was, he was probably harmless. Yes, the odds favored it. But the only times he had ever been a good gambler were in the Center’s dreams, when he had been a Western gunslinger or a secret agent. With his luck, the person had deliberately stalked him all the way from the Center to kill him for what he had done. It could be vengeance, plain and simple.


But vengeance made no sense and was completely implausible. How could anyone have tracked him all this way in the dark? And with all the panic and confusion, how could they have picked up his trail in the first place? Yet he had no doubt it was so and cursed himself for not moving into the trees immediately. He started to do so but at that moment the ripening sunlight touched the figure more clearly, revealing something familiar.


No, it couldn’t be. But Sam stood watching as the man grew closer and closer and finally halted a few steps away. Sam stared in amazement.


You!” he barely managed to say.



Sunday, October 9, 2022

INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA PORTELLI

John B. Rosenman was an English professor at Norfolk State University where he designed and taught a course in how to write Science fiction and Fantasy. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Horror Writers Association and the editor of Horror Magazine and The Rhetorician. He has published 250 stories in places such as Weird Tales, Whitley Strieber’s Aliens, Fangoria, Galaxy, Endless Apocalypse, The Age of Wonders, and the Hot Blood erotic horror series. 

Altogether, John has published over two dozen books, including SF action-adventure novels such as Beyond Those Distant Stars, Speaker of the Shakk, A Senseless Act of Beauty, Alien Dreams, and the Inspector of the Cross series (Crossroad Press). He also published a four-book box set, The Amazing Worlds of John B. Rosenman (MuseItUp Press). In addition, he has published two mainstream novels, The Best Laugh Last (McPherson & Company) and the Young Adult The Merry-Go-Round Man (Crossroad Press). Recently, he completed two science-fiction novels, Dreamfarer and Go East, Young Man that are the start of a new Dreamfarer series. Two of John’s early literary influences are Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson. 

Two major themes are the endless, mind-stretching wonders of the universe and the limitless possibilities of transformation—sexual, cosmic, and otherwise. 

Q. Tell me more about your latest book.

A. Dreamfarer is a novel of the future when 70 percent of humanity are serviced by dream machines after exercising their “option” at the age of thirty-two. These CIUs (Cerebral Interface Units) provide adventurous and romantic fantasies that are far more exciting and fulfilling than ordinary life in a post-nuclear-war America, now ravaged and divided into seven autonomous districts. The year is 2170, ninety years after World War III, and America, Russia, China, and the Caliphate are struggling for supremacy. Nuclear war on Earth is now banned, but the superpowers have exported their hostilities and suspicions to Mars and other planets, where they compete to control the solar system. 

What happens to a “Dreamfarer” when he wakes after seven years in a dream machine to find that he has become a Waker, one of the three percent of humanity who are immune to further dream stimulation and must face a dull and tedious existence? This is the case with Sam Adams, whose salvation lies in joining a movement to subvert and destroy the very technology that has robbed humanity of their identity and purpose. In the process, he becomes romantically involved with two radically different women, Trina and Diana, and through unexpected acts of heroism, finds he has become a national hero as well as a double agent like Seth Lance, a hero in one of his dream series. 

Q. What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book? 

A. Man, this book was difficult! Twenty or twenty-five years ago, a word popped into my head. It was “dreamfarer”, a made-up word. We have seafarers and wayfarers, so why not dreamfarers? And what is a dreamfarer? It’s someone who travels in dreams, perhaps to marvellous realms. In short, this one word was a mighty seed. It generated a whole novel in which people chose to be placed in dream machines that biochemically created the dreams of their choice. 

But it was hard to write the novel. My writers’ group wisely found fault with the style and execution, and I was eventually forced to set it aside for two decades. I picked it up two or three years ago and tried again. My writers’ group had dissolved in the meantime, but now I had an excellent beta reader to assist me. Sometimes, writers tackle a project too early and have to step back and wait until they’ve matured, and the idea has ripened in their mind. This, I think, was the case with me. 

Q.  What is your normal procedure to get your books published? 

A. Usually, I have certain publishers in mind as I write the book and conduct market research along the way. I used to submit my science fiction and fantasy novels and my young adult novel to the top or elite publishers, those who paid the most and had the best reputation and circulation. Those markets are damned hard to crack, though, and eventually I focused on those I had used before. Thus, once I had published the first novel in my Inspector of the Cross series with Crossroad Press, it seemed to make sense to publish the next five there as well. Since some of my books are stand-alone short stories or novelettes, I submitted to publishers or magazines that seemed to fit, paid the most, and had the widest circulation. If my work was rejected, I worked my way down. Sometimes I balanced the criteria off against each other. For example, would I rather be paid 5 cents a word by a publisher with a circulation of 500 or 2 cents a word by a publisher with a circulation of 10,000? In eight cases, I formatted and published short stories myself through Kindle Direct Publishing. 

The Books, Stories, etc. I Have Written 


Q.  Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? 

A. Yes, I do. You’re trying to write the best you can, trying to achieve perfection, and that’s about as spiritual an endeavour as I can imagine. The goal is divine and impossible to achieve, and the process tests your faith with every word you write and cross out. Sometimes you almost feel that you’re nailing yourself to a cross, especially when you expose yourself to others’ brutal criticism or force yourself to be honest and throw out fifty pages you used to love. But when it’s going well, when the words pour out of you like holy oil, there’s nothing better in life or the whole universe. 

Q. How many books have you written so far? 

A. I count nearly thirty on my Amazon Author Page. Five separate short stories are between publishers and another, a novel, is out of print. Over 200 of my short stories have been published in magazines and book collections. Here is a list:

1. Dreamfarer (Book 1) 

2. Go East, Young Man (Book 2) – Due to be published in 2023 

3-5. Starfighter Chronicles (first three novels of my Inspector of the Cross series): Inspector of the Cross, Kingdom of the Jax, Defender of the Flame 

6. Conqueror of the Stars (Book 4) 

7. Skyburst (Book 5) 

8. Crash (Book 6) 

9. Childhood’s Day 

10. Dark Wizard 

11. The Merry-Go-Round Man 

12. Dax Rigby, War Correspondent 

13. Speaker of the Shakk 

14. Beyond Those Distant Stars 

15. The Lazarus Trick 

16. Dark Desires 

17. Only God and Demons 

18. Music Man 

19. Daniel, My Son 

20. Killers 

21. Here Be Dragons 

22. A Mingling of Souls 

23. Alien Dreams 

24. A Senseless Act of Beauty 

25. Bagonoun’s Wonderful Songbird 

26. The Voice of Many Waters 

27. The Best Laugh Last 

28. A Breath of Fresh Air (currently submitting for publication) 

29. Green in our Souls 

Q. What’s the best way to market your books? 

A. Here are three ways: 1. Conduct careful research with the best market guides, both traditional and online. 2. Be sure to read books in your genres that were published by publishers you intend to submit to. 3. Attend writers’ conferences and make pitches to the most appropriate agents and publishers. 

Q,  How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing? 

A.  Very hard. Honestly, the odds are against you. If you define “career” in economic terms, then only a very small percentage of fiction writers make enough to support themselves by writing alone. Most fiction writers make below $30,000 a year. My advice: get a decent job and try to remain steadily employed to support your habit until or if you become monetarily successful. And if you don’t or can’t achieve financial success, learn to feel rewarded and fulfilled by creative success instead. Note: nonfiction or in-house writers of grants, reports, business proposals and the like will generally make substantially more. 

Q. What is your advice for aspiring writers? 

A. I’ll give them the same advice I often give myself. Write, write, write; revise, revise, revise. And lest I forget, Read, Read, Read. In fact, reading comes first. In my freshman English class in college, my professor told me that if I wanted to write, I needed to read as much as possible. I took him at his word, and I’ve tried to follow his advice. If you’re a writer who wants to be published, you also need to research the markets and aim for the best and most appropriate ones first, even if they are most likely to reject you. And keep sending your book, poem, or story out until you either realize it won’t sell or until you receive criticism that convinces you to revise it. And when you have revised it, send it out again. And again and again. Join a writers’ group of like-minded souls, weigh their comments, and revise accordingly. I belonged to a writers’ group for twenty years, and their advice—some good, some terrible—helped me to sell several novels and dozens of stories. Above all, don’t quit or become too discouraged. Put a story away for a week or month if necessary but resolve to return to it. Sooner or later, it will be worth it. 

Visit Author John B. Rosenman book links: 

Dreamfarer – Amazon: https://lnkd.in/dHN5MCT and Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3Eiv49a 

Inspector of the Cross, Book 1 in the Inspector of the Cross series: https://amzn.to/3saMkno and Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3r4MziO 

Kingdom of the Jax (Book 2): https://amzn.to/3cmmVAE 

Defender of the Flame (Book 3): https://amzn.to/3eAWhXz 

Conqueror of the Stars (Book 4): https://amzn.to/3pJNeFG 

Skyburst (Book 5): https://amzn.to/2NRv8Eo 


Starfighter Chronicles, Books 1-3, Inspector of the Cross series: https://amzn.to/2IphgP9 

A Senseless Act of Beauty: https://amzn.to/3btwBsW 

Speaker of the Shakk: https://amzn.to/3aKyClc 

Beyond Those Distant Stars: https://amzn.to/2NPR1UG 

The Merry-Go-Round Man: https://amzn.to/2MespEG 

Daniel, My Son: http://amzn.to/1Ix0CAj 

A Mingling of Souls: https://amzn.to/3SRVL8v 

Here Be Dragons: http://amzn.to/1H6SPwl 



Only God and Demons: http://amzn.to/1IK8PW8 

Childhood’s Day: http://amzn.to/1RjrAQJ                                                                                    Gypsy Shadow Publishing: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/JohnRos.html#Childhood                        Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/11323                                                 Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1MWGk8W 

The Lazarus Trick: https://amzn.to/3fEbbz4 

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