Blog Tour and Book Giveaway for The Victor’s Heritage

The Victor’s Heritage out on tour in early 2017. Check it out on these exciting book sites for book giveaways and more:

Jan 2- kickoff at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

Jan 2- Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang

Jan 2- Fundimental

Jan 3- Mythical Books

Jan 3- Teatime and Books

Jan 4- Authors and Readers Book Corner

Jan 4- Book Giveaways

Jan 5- Kronicles of Korthlundia

Jan 5- A Blustocking’s Place

Jan 6- The Avid Book Collector

Jan 6- Tales of a WannaBe Superhero Mom

Jan 9- Bound 2 Escape

Jan 9- Jazzy Book Reviews

Jan 9- TMBA Corbett Tries To Write

Jan 10- Snoopydoo’s Book Reviews

Jan 10- The Reading Spot

Jan 11- Triquetra Reviews

Jan 11- Turning Another Page

Jan 12- Bloodthirsty Muses

Jan 12- Books Dreams Life

Jan 13- CelticLady’s Reviews

Jan 13- Just A Little R&R

Jan 16- The Authors Blog

Jan 16- Cutting Muse Blog Review

Thursday Interview With the Drunken Druid

Anthony Caplan.

Today, I’d like to welcome Anthony Caplan, author of “The Victor’s Heritage” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!
Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer. Four three years he lived in a cabin in West Cork without electricity or running water. Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150-year-old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have a small apple orchard.
 
OK – HERE WE GO !!
1. Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?
Yes, I would, assuming the person I was intending to save was innocent. I can’t think of a law that I would obey in that case. But of course life does not work in neat binary categories of innocence or guilt. It’s those grey areas that get us in trouble. In general, my first instinct is to see the law as just a social utility to keep order. It is useful, but love is a much higher law.
2. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
The difference is a matter of consciousness. An amoeba is alive, but is not, we believe, capable of knowledge of a higher order. Being alive is being conscious of our relationship to others and our mortality and not freezing in fear at the suffering that is also a part of life. To truly live is to be unafraid. Of course, we could be wrong about the amoeba.
3.What motivates you to write?
The mystery is that it keeps me truly living in some strange way although it also cuts me off from much of daily life. Also it probably functions much like any addiction in that I have come to depend on it for pleasure.
4. Why do humans want children?
It’s hard-wired. The pleasure we get in the company of our own children is unmatched by any other. The chance to do better than our parents is also a huge motivation. Then when we inevitably fail at raising the perfect offspring, we can spoil our grandchildren and claim any of their successes as our own.
5. What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “The Victor’s Heritage” ?
The biggest practical challenge for me is always finding the time to write. On this book I also had to spend time before writing, researching and reading specifically on aspects of artificial intelligence, AI, biometrics and other technologies that I wanted to use in my story. Now of course the biggest challenge is getting the word out and finding readers.
 
6. What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
The most important skill we often fail to teach intentionally is adaptability and resilience. Underneath that, of course, is the faith that we are part of a much larger order of things.
7. How did you come up with the title “The Victor’s Heritage” ?
The Victor’s Heritage refers to the biblical promise that there is intention and design in the universe. That there’s a purpose behind all the seeming chaos and evil in the world. It refers to an idea that people who struggle for something greater than themselves do find some reward. Altruism, self-sacrifice and other human strengths come out of this concept. It seems like an intuition shared by all humans at all times.
8. How do you handle personal criticism?
Very hard. Not very reflective or sane at all. But I’m getting better. Obviously you can’t act on your worst impulses. It depends on the context, but my first thought is always to find the flaw in the other person’s argument and counter-attack. What I’m learning is that doesn’t work and sometimes the best approach is to take a step back and think before responding.
 
9. Why should people read your book?
First of all it’s well-written. It’s inspirational and entertaining. And it’s a dystopian novel reflecting some of our current concerns with technology and our decaying civilization. But mostly it’s a rousing story about a young woman who discovers her innate heroism.
10. Why is there something rather than nothing?
That is a question at the very forefront of theoretical physics. Beyond my own remit as a writer? Maybe not. My own feeling is that it is a question unanswerable by science at the present time and so we turn to the artists and visionaries. Something to do with love is the short answer.
Thank you Anthony  🙂
For taking the time to answer my questions 
& the best of luck with your new book! 
 
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SAVIOR LAUNCH DAY! HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY PASSOVER!

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Launch Day has arrived. SAVIOR is out on Kindle. Pick up your copy here.

Read a review from Tome Tender if you need more convincing:

“In the literary world, a gem comes along that deserves to be recognized and read. Grab your sunglasses because Savior by Anthony Caplan shines it’s brilliance up there with the rarest of rare finds! Part mystery, part adventure, part psychological thriller, part coming of age, 100% amazing, a non-offensive read for any age!

Al and his son Ricky have lived under the shroud of grief since Mary’s brutal death to cancer, growing more distant, each with their own pain. In an effort to re-kindle a connection, they take a surfing vacation to Guatemala, a place Mary loved, steeped in its ancient lore, beliefs and cultures. Through an innocent purchase of an ancient tablet that reminded Ricky of his mother, father and son are catapulted into the dark world of the Santos Muertos, a cartel bent on global purification and domination. Ricky’s tablet, the Chocomal holds the final secrets that will unleash the Santos Muertos’ diabolical plan.

When Al is taken prisoner, Ricky begins a desperate search to free his father while keeping the tablet safe. Spanning from Guatemala to Canada, his journey is one that legends are made from, his experiences are epic and his ability to improvise grows exponentially. Is there a force watching over him, keeping him safe? Will he find his father before the torture and imprisonment finally end his life?

Using flashbacks and a change of POV, we are carefully guided through this tale of love and sacrifice, determination and the classic good vs evil as Young Ricky takes on a machine far bigger than he to find the father he loves and save the world from devastation and evil dominance.

What can I say, Anthony Caplan has gone above and beyond with Savior by creating a world that is chaotic, frightening, and intriguing all at once! Ricky’s character grows with each page, as you see the love he realizes he has for his father, flawed or not. Al also realizes his mistakes as a father, that he must allow Ricky to make his own way in the world, not living vicariously through his son. Both will do all in their power to save the other, at any cost. Each satellite character is well-defined, fit perfectly into this tale and sometimes provide comedic relief which allowed me to loosen the white knuckle grip I had on my Kindle. Kudos to the talent of Anthony Caplan and his magnetic style as a story teller! If you are looking for something fresh, with dark undertones, yet still filled with love and hope, this is it!”    Dianne Bylo, Tome Tender

 

Watch the YouTube trailer and then pick up the Kindle.