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Monday, 17 August 2015

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - Trispero by Sean Adelman


by Sean Adelman



Our intellect directs us. Our humanity defines us.

What if the key to unlocking our genetic code and our future lay within some of our most disenfranchised individuals? Would we still shun them?

Seattle in the year 2330: centuries of conflict have led to this precipice. If the world is to move forward, Olivay has the difficult task of teaching Alucia her history. Olivay knows that without understanding where she came from Alucia will never be able to help humanity explore the universe.

In present day Seattle, Jason Roy is a scientist whose life revolves around his daughter, Lily. Within her genome lies a secret that Jason has dedicated himself to uncovering. The mundane life of a scientist and his family takes a turn when a multinational corporation decides Jason Roy's research is a danger to them.

Jason and Lily are now running away from an unforeseen enemy and toward a discovery that will change mankind. Altering the world may come too late for Jason to save what matters most in his own world.

The great irony of unlocking our genetic potential was finding that our greatness was found in our love for one another.
-Trispero almanac


“Ms. Sydney, you have five minutes left.”

I don’t have time. Debbie made a split decision. She moved the files directly into her drive before her program finished. “Thirty seconds, twenty seconds, five seconds. Download complete.”

“Ms. Sydney, what are you doing?”

The alarm had notified him. Debbie carefully watched as the security guard moved toward her. He was the only other person here. The young guard at the window was not in her direct line of sight. Debbie quickly removed her drive. The guard moved in closer.

“Ms. Sydney, I will need you to give me that drive and come with me!”

Debbie bowed her head as she turned with her hand held out gesturing toward the guard as if she was going to give him the drive. The guard reached to take it when Debbie seized his hand pulling him forward and allowing his momentum to increase the force as her opposite elbow collided with his temple. The guard was dazed but not out, so before he could alert anyone, she put him in a sleeper hold until he was out completely. Debbie quickly slid him under the table and moved toward the door. The guard in the window must not have heard anything as indicated by his curt nod. She returned his gesture and took great care not to run as she went toward the stairs. Patience. Don’t attract attention. 

Debbie left the stairwell carefully walking past the administration building security. The lines from the morning were gone so the guards acknowledged her. She turned and smiled while pushing on the door just as the alarm went off. Debbie ran with all her might away from the security gate at the road entrance. Running behind the building as the alarm got louder and louder, Debbie pulled out her phone.

“Agent Davis, come get me.”

14 Common Misconceptions About Writing

1.    You can't do it.  Writing is something anyone who knows how to read and write can do.  You don't have to write a thousand page novel to be a writer.  You just need an idea and a desire to tell a story to someone else.  Writing isn't easy, but you can't be dissuaded by others either.
2.    Writing is easy. I truly believe people can write if they want, but writing a great story is anything but easy.  Anything truly worth doing is rarely easy.
3.    You have to have a publisher to be successful.  This seems obvious now as many of us appreciate there are a lot of successful "self-published authors out there.  When I started writing this was not the case and I am hopeful that the trend for people being able to get their stories out there continues.
4.    All you need is a great story.  I believe whole heartedly that a great story is the start.  What I did not understand was how important the editing process was.  I knew you needed an editor, but I didn't fully appreciate how important it was to have a great developmental and copy editor. That is a crucial bit of advice I give everyone.
5.    There is one perfect way to write a story.  There are many books on how to write, but it is crucial that you understand different people's brains work differently.  Some people have to have everything perfectly organized and plotted out.  Some people have to just get the story out and go back to edit.  Clearly, some methods are more efficient, but at the end of the day you have to learn what works best for you.
6.    More is better.  Just because your favorite book is one thousand pages long doesn't mean you have to include every possible detail to make your story as long as possible.  Your story is almost meaningless if it becomes so boring no one wants to read it.  Find the detail you need to give the readers the info they need, but keep the pace of the story.  I would much rather fall in love with my favorite 90 page short story then fall asleep 50 pages into a snoozer.
7.    Write the story, the characters will come.  I wasn't sure how to write this misconception.  What I want you to understand is that as important as the actual story is, it is equally important that you develop strong characters that people want to believe in, that they can connect with.  Human beings are reading your books so give then some good ones to read about.
8.    If you do get a major publisher your set. Unfortunately, I think even if you do get the wonderful opportunity your work is far from over.  Many publishers will not do much towards the marketing and publicity of your book, unless of course you are a known entity.  This means that you have to have a plan for marketing and publicity, so give this some thought as you contemplate your work.
9.    Everyone will want to read it, I don't know what my audience is.  Everyone may love your story but it is crucial that you have an audience in mind when you are writing.  Talking to a second grade class is not the same as giving a college commencement address. 
10.  It's fiction it doesn't have to be real. Even science fiction or fantasy has to be believed on some level.   There has to be a reason for things that happen in the story.  People can't escape into your story if they doubt its truth.
11.  The story is just happening now, my readers will understand that.  You have to ground your readers, they won't intuitively know when or where things are occurring in the story.  You want your readers to be comfortably seated in the environment of your novel so they can watch the story unfold.
12.  My friend is a great artist I just going to have them draw a picture of a scene from the story for the cover.  That may work ok, but there is much more to a great cover then just a picture from the story.  Just the logistics of the dimensions for creating a cover can get tricky.  The cover is the front door to your story you want something that will cause people to want to pick it up and read the back cover.  There is a ton written about creating a cover, but it is crucial that you give it a lot of thought, create that first emotion you want your readers to get from your story.
13.  I'm going to use my favorite excerpt from the story for my back cover. If the front cover is the door, the back cover is the foyer, you want your readers to read the book now that they have picked it up.  There are lots of "how tos" about the back cover but it should be brief if enough that people will quickly read it. You don't want the entire back cover just full of text.  It should also be exciting.  The formula often cited it situation, problem, hope, and tone or mood. 
14.  I don't use social media much I will just hire someone to that for me.  The world we live in uses social media. You may need help but you have to own it if you want your message to stay true.

Sean Adelman will be awarding a paperback copy of Trispero to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour - ends 28th August

Click HERE to enter

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sean Adelman is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Seattle. When he isn't working hard to put people back together he enjoys writing, running, and attempting to play his electric guitar without frightening his two dogs, Chestnut and Orion. Sean has three children Brenna, Devon, and Ian with his wife of 25 years Susan.

Advocating for people with developmental disabilities is his life's passion and his inspiration for the middle grade book series, Sam's Top Secret Journal, and now his first adult novel, Trispero.

Join Sean on Facebook for book giveaways, events, and news on Sam’s Secret Journal and Trispero at or visit his website at

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