Oct 5, 2014

VBTC Tour : The Ferryman by Amy Neftzger


Title: The Ferryman


Author Name: Amy Neftzger


Book Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy
Publisher: Fields of Gold Publishing (Imprint: Fog Ink)

Release Date: 10/07/2014





Book Description:

Like most large career moves, this one happened by accident. Karen spent a lot of time planning what she was going to do with her life, but Fate had other plans for her, as she often does for most of us. Karen just happened to rob the wrong grave.

Excerpt:

“You won’t find what you’re looking for here,”Fate said loudly. Karen jumped at the sound of Fate’s voice and dropped the book she was reading onto the library table. Fate was smartly dressed in camel colored tweed pants and a brown asymmetrical sweater over a cream colored shell. Her nails were perfectly manicured with bright red polish, and they looked like tulip petals fluttering in the wind each time she moved her hands as she was speaking.

Although she had been looking forward to Fate’s appearance, Karen was still startled by the abruptness of her entrance. Karen took a slow, deep breath to steady herself as she flipped the cover of the book closed.

“There are less dramatic ways to enter a room,”Karen whispered coldly. The ghost of a librarian put her finger to her lips as she glared at Karen. Her dress was at least twenty years out of date, and she wore a large scarf around her neck. Karen thought it was odd how none of the living librarians noticed Karen or Fate, since Fate was so loud.

“I can be subtle when I want,”Fate replied. “In fact, I can be so discreet that people don’t even know I’m present until I’m gone. I’m like the wake of a schooner on a calm sea, rustling floating bathers into a wave of understanding.”

“How poetic,”Karen said.“What is it that you think I’m looking for?”

“A way out of your contract,”Fate replied. “But there isn’t one. It’s a solid deal.”

“So you say.”

“And what I say is all that matters here.”

Karen narrowed her eyes at Fate.“Look,”she said after a few moments,“we’re not friends. In fact, I don’t think that we like each other very much. So why don’t we simply go our separate ways? There’s no need to continue this relationship. We can part amicably.”

Fate laughed in an unfriendly manner as she placed one of her gloved hands to her own throat. Karen looked around, but no one else heard or was bothered by Fate’s uproar. Even the librarian’s ghost was more concerned with the whispering of other patrons as she floated around to scold them. The patrons continued their activities, no matter how closely the librarian leaned into their conversations to admonish them. After a few moments Fate’s laughter slowed, and she lowered her hand to place it on her hip, moving her dark green suede jacket aside in order to do so.

“I know you think I don’t like you, but I do. Very much. You wouldn’t be here if I didn’t,” Fate said with a too-bright smile.

“That’s odd, because from my perspective I think that if you liked me, I wouldn’t be here.”

“My perspective is the only one that matters,”Fate replied flatly. “When you control the future, you might have a say.”

“That hardly seems fair,”Karen shot back.

“‘Fair’is a word I choose not to keep in my vocabulary,”Fate replied. Just then the ghost of the librarian swooped down upon Karen and hovered above her. It felt as if she had brought a cold draft with her, and Karen shivered. When she looked up, Karen noticed the marks on her neck and wondered if the ghost had been strangled or hung herself. It was difficult to see the bruising behind the printed scarf, but the marks were there and Karen glimpsed sight of it more than once.

“I don’t expect her to behave,”the librarian hissed as she pointed her thumb at Fate, “but I do expect a bit more from the living. Respect the library. Be quiet or leave!”
Author Bio: 
Short Bio: Amy Neftzger published her first fiction book Conversations with the Moon in 2003. Since then she has published books for both children and adults, including All that the Dog Ever Wanted, Bedtime Stories for Dogs, Bedtime Stories for Cats,

Leftover shorts, Confessions From a Moving Van, The Orphanage of Miracles, and The Ferryman. She lives in Nashville with her family and pet gargoyle Newton.

Long Bio:Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.
Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and her Masters in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from both Universities with honors.
She has written numerous business and journal articles, but her fiction works have been the most commercially successful. In 2003 she published Conversations with the Moon, which was also translated into Korean and published in South Korea. In 2005 she collaborated with her husband, guitarist Tyra Neftzger on a children's book called "All that the Dog Ever Wanted." The book was designed to introduce children to jazz music at an early age and included a CD sampler of jazz tunes. In 2007 she worked as an editor on a business fable called "The Damned Company." She's also written "Confessions From a Moving Van" and "Leftover Shorts."

In 2013, Amy released her first Young Adult book called "The Orphanage of Miracles." The sequel to this book, "The Orchard of Hope" is scheduled for release in June of 2014, and The Ferryman (adult fiction) is scheduled for release in October, 2014.
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How to Choose a Group Read

Group reads are a lot of fun, but choosing the right book can be difficult. There are four basic things I look for when Im suggesting a book to a group:

Something that everyone or most of the group finds interesting.
This is fairly self explanatory because if group members arent interested, theyre not likely to participate in the read. Different groups have difference preferences. For example, a romance book may not be appropriate for a horror reading group.

The book is on a topic that can engage thoughtful discussion.
This doesnt necessarily have to be on a difficult or uncomfortable topic, but the book Wicked is a good example of this type of read. It changes the perspective on the whole Wizard of Oz story and shows that it may not have been black and white. I try to avoid any books that can bring about political discussions, though. Those can become heated and some readers may leave the group.

There are discussion questions or a group reading guide available.
This just makes it easier on the discussion leaders. Its great when leaders come up with their own questions, but a reading guide or list of questions can often help to kick off the discussion.

It relates to a current or historical event
Being relevant to current events can add an extra layer of interest in the book and discussion. For example, its fun to do things like read a book about space exploration when theres a new shuttle launch.  The book could also relate to an event in the past that group members have studied in history or recall from personal experience (such as the Vietnam War or the assassination of President Kennedy). These kinds of topics can bring about some interesting discussion on current events as the readers draw parallels or compare their perceptions and experiences of past events. Either way, it makes fro great discussion.

Finally, a book doesnt have to meet all the criteria, but Ive noticed that the more criteria the book meets, the better the discussions tend to be. Of course, once my reading groups generate a list of books that meet all or most of these criteria, we usually vote. This ensures that everyone has an opportunity to weigh in on the choice. And then we read :)


    Schedule
    September 21 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
    September 23 - Guest Blogging at Coffee, Books & Art
    September 25 - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
    September 25 - Guest Blogging at The Writer's Revolution
    September 25 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books
    September 30 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
    October 2 - Spotlight at Black Lilac Kitty
    October 7 - Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader
    October 9 - Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow
    October 13 - Review & Interview at platypire Reviews
    October 15 - Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt A Place In The Spotlight
    October 17 - Review & Guest Blog at My Life, Loves and Passions
    October 17 - Reviewed at I Feel The Need, The Need To Read


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