Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Music New Release: World5 has a new pop-rock single and it is a hit!

Back in February, we featured world famous pop-rock band World5. And it's our pleasure to announce their newly released single, released on Spectra Records (Spectra Music Group), Sept 15th.

"I won't let you down" can be downloaded by clicking one of the links below:

Watch the video on youtube - enjoy this great hit!


2017 - WORLD5, in its 3rd incarnation, has a new line up. Joining Rai, Steffen, and Joe are 2 accomplished journeymen. British singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Sam Stevens and Swedish bass player, Jimmy Olsson. Sam has been a successful songwriter, performer, and session guitarist in the European music scene, working with a number of artists and studios across Europe. Among those clients is pop impresario, Simon Napier Bell. Jimmy has performed with some of the most popular groups in Sweden, such as Nynningen, Nationalteatern and Björn Afzelius Band. The band is currently working on Album Number 3.

Sam Stevens: lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Joe Gavito: guitars, keyboards, vocals
Steffen Goeres: guitars, trumpet
Jimmy Olsson: bass
Raimund Breitfeld: drums, percussion

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Books: Meet the author behind the intriguing Paradox: Fascinating Anomalies of Science

PARADOX - Fascinating Anomalies of Science brings a fresh perspective to many of today’s hottest topics in science. The paradox is frequently ignored by scientists and writers alike. Here the reader will find a fearless exploration of science, providing a unique view and a deeper understanding of life’s puzzles. PARADOX will engage you from the start, helping you explore ideas in new, thought provoking ways. Did you know that the more fuel a star has, the faster it will burn out and die? Or that even though a child’s brain is smaller, it has 25% more neurons, and 200% more synaptic connections than an adult’s? Did you know that our brains have substantially decreased in size since the Ice Age? Are they becoming more efficient like our technology, or are we less intelligent than we used to be? During the exploration of these paradoxes and many more, you will discover a world of interesting anomalies along the way. Add to this the inclusion of entertaining stories throughout, and you’ll find PARADOX to be a science book you won’t want to put down.

We talked to Ted Weimann, the author, to find out more about his background and how he came about writing such an intriguing book. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!

Where are you from and what's your background?

I grew up in the Northeast U.S., studied Wildlife Biology at the University of Vermont (UVM), and I now live in the mountainous Pacific Northwest. I’ve always thought of myself as a scientist, and my passion for science has steadily grown over the years. I was planning to ultimately research predator ecology, preferably cougars. While at UVM, former U.S. President Gerald Ford came to speak to an invitation-only audience. I had an environmental question I wanted to ask him. But, I wasn’t invited. After I kept beating the Secret Service in their security protocols, the supervisor changed from being angry with me, to trying to talk me into a career with the them, as one of their Special Agents.  If you’d like to read more about that and one of my cases as a Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations, you can read about it at the link below to an article by an Associated Press reporter.

I obviously choose to become a federal agent over a predator ecologist, but if I was going to do that, I wanted to live near the wilderness with beautiful mountains to climb.  I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie.  I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, mixed martial arts, motocross, cliff diving, etc.

You have an impressive background! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

My wife is a published author. After I awoke a couple of times with the entire outline in my head for a book on athletic speed, I took her advice to write it. That book, Warrior Speed, was published in 2000. It detailed the science of developing athletic speed, specifically geared towards martial artists. It’s not easy finding the time to do all the research and write a book while working full time as a federal agent.  So, for Paradox, once I came up with the idea for the book, I started collecting idea topics and research over the years.  I subscribe to science magazines and read a lot of non-fiction in my futile attempt to keep up with the latest in my areas of interest. Once I retired from law enforcement, I was able to work full time on research and writing.

I guess that already answers the next questions, but how much research did you do before publishing the book?

A lot. But I love to learn, so it was fun.  

The subject is definitely interesting. What compelled you to write a science book?

I was compelled to write Warrior Speed because I wasn’t aware of any book that talked about the
physics, exercise physiology, nutrition, psychology etc., of athletic speed. Especially for martial artists.  I wrote Paradox simply because I love the topics discussed. It sounds corny, but every time I edited it, I’d think “man this stuff is cool”, as I read it.  I loved doing the research. I especially loved figuring out the implications of some of the laws of physics, and thus new areas to study, on my own. It was a fun process.

It's great that you liked what you were writing! What was the most interesting fact that you found out while researching for the book?
The light cylinder of rapidly rotating neutron stars is fascinating.  I didn’t even know they existed until I did the math on the rotational rate of a collapsing neutron star.  That’s one example of where I ran into a violation of physics, special relativity. So is the evidence that France will suffer more flooding than Iceland if Greenland’s Icecap melts.  That’s due to a decrease in gravitational attraction upon the ocean by the missing Icecap, and to glacial rebound.

Indeed, these are fascinating! Do you think your book can motivate people to learn more about science?

I hope so. I believe in the importance of understanding how and why the world around us behaves as it does. I tried to write it in a manner that made it understandable to non-scientists, and interesting to scientists. I hope I accomplished that goal.

That's very important and I'm sure you've accomplished your goal! What do you perceive as the most important scientific breakthrough of our times?

That’s easy, our understanding of climate change.  Imagine where we would be in 200 years if we were to never develop an understanding of climate change, and therefore continued burning fossil fuels at increasing rates.

A scary thought! What are you working on now?

Healing.  I sustained a serious groin injury trying to turn a bouldering move into a gymnastics move.  I need to respect the science of aging more.

Hope you heal fast and write another book! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

Thank you for giving my book a try.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for sharing your work with us and much success with your books!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Music: Interview with Hip Hop Musician Cxnshus

We have another talented musician to introduce today. Check out this interview to learn more about this artist's life and work!

Please tell us a little about your background and where you are from.

My name is Tyrone Pritchett but I go by the stage name Cxnshus (Conshus). I'm from Baltimore, Maryland. I'm the oldest of 1 sister and 4 brothers. My mom raised me as a single parent when my dad passed away in 2005 of natural causes. 

Thanks for sharing. When did you realize you had a calling for music?

I realized I had a calling for music when I was in elementary school or maybe before that. I can't remember, because I started writing poetry at a young age. It just came to me and I remember when I got my first CD by Mario, I played it on my 6 disk CD changer everyday, and the first Rap song I remembered was “I know I can” by Nas. I used music to help me through my bullying through middle and high school, because I felt like I could be myself without anyone judging me.

That’s good that you focused on writing and on music to go through hard times. Who was your greatest influence to follow in the music career? Why?

I think my greatest influences are Nas, Kanye West, and anything Pop, Edm, or House. Nas and Kanye West inspired my lyricism and honesty in all of my songs, but the genre of Pop and House music influences my vibes, and the energy I bring to all of my music. I find it funny how I love Hip Hop so much, but I mostly listen to Pop or House music like The Night Crawlers, Calvin Harris and so on. Pop music just makes me feel alive and free.

You have an eclectic taste! Do you also write the lyrics and compose your songs?

I write all my songs and I composed a good number of them.

When was the first time you attended a live musical performance, and how did you feel?

The first performance I seen was Mobb Deep in concert, and all I could think was I wanna be on that stage one day.

I hope you will be on that stage. And talking about your own live performances, is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?

I feel like my best performance was when I performed in front of 100 people in the middle of my local mall. The crowd and cheers drove me to do outstanding on stage. 

Seems like you really had fun! What do you enjoy the most between your interactions with the fans?

The thing I enjoy the most about my fans would be how honest they are with me. I've had people tell me my songs have helped them through depression and issues they've dealt with for long periods of time. I feel like I could never be too famous to send the tweet or respond to that message to show them not only are the listening to me, but there's someone listening to them also.

That’s very thoughtful of you as an artist. How do you draw inspiration to write your music? 

The way I draw inspiration is through emotions and reading.

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future? 

My plans for the future is to hit the bigger festival and venues to connect with more people. 

Where can we find and buy your music?

You can buy my music on Apple.

I have an album out called The Vault:

Awesome! Is there anything else you'd like to add?

The last think I'd like to add is dreams are as real as you make them. Never let someone tell you unimaginable things are just fairytales, because there's a Cinderella born every day. Keep on believing. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

Thank you! That is a wonderful advice. Much success to you in your musical future!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Books: Interview with YA Author GuS Kenney

We have a new writer to introduce on the blog and we’re pleased to feature him and his books. Read on to find out more about his life and work!

Please tell us where you are from and a little bit about you.

I'm from Western New York and have lived here my whole life. I don't have much in the way of a background. Dropped out of college when I realized I didn't want to be a weatherperson (the orientation speech from the local weather authority did nothing to help that feeling) and started working blue collar. I guess my time as a janitor at an old folks home gives me some experience in the horrors of how people can treat each other and the disgusting things the human body is capable of, but I will spare you the details that are unfortunately carved into my mind, not to mention there is no way to accurately describe the smells. And there were so many.

Oh, wow, that could be a book in itself. When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I realized at a young age that I wanted to be a writer or I should say that I just started writing
stories when I was a kid. I don't think it was until I learned that the people that wrote all the books that I loved had that as their job that I considered writing as something more. Many people were quick to inform me that you couldn't make a living writing so I looked at other options for income (hence the ill advised decision for college and meteorology). It wasn't until I got married and moved in our Money Pit that I started to take the time to really work on my stories; to finish one all the way through (an extremely difficult task at the time) and start to share them with others (scariest moment of my life!).

I bet! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I typically stick to fantasy as that is what I have always enjoyed reading, but have aspirations to self help book? I don't write with a target audience in mind. I write the story I would enjoy first, so I guess the audience there is 36 year old married males who watch a lot of cartoons and work on locomotives 40 hours a week. But when it is done and I pass it along to my family/editing team, I get their feedback and tweek the story a little to make it more palatable to others. Given the demographic of my editors/family, it explains why the book is very appealing and enjoyed by intelligent, talented, successful women of varying ages, but always youthful in appearance and spirit (yes, I'm sucking up to them, but it is true). I've found that the Complications of Being Lucy though labeled as YA has found fans in all age groups and genders. From 11 year old boys to 86 year old women.
venture into other realms. Not non-fiction though, as I'm not very good at fact checking and I can't help myself, so how would I ever write a

It's wonderful that you can reach such a wide audience. How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

I have succeeded in publishing 3 books thus far; all part of the Complications of Being Lucy series. The Changeling and the Cupboard is the first in the series, followed by The Changeling and the Borrowed family. Most recently, the third book has come out to the world and that is titled Traitor's Niece. I have never, as far as my steel sieve of memory can recall, been published in anything other than these three books that I have done independently.

Do you have a favorite quote and if so, who wrote it?

Unfortunately, no. Mostly because as much as I read and write, I don't retain specific words. The thought and the idea, yes, but not the very letter of it.

And do you have a favorite author? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

Terry Pratchett and Maggie Shayne will probably share the top spot for some time. I love both their styles and stories and both have influenced my work in different ways. Growing up reading fantasy, it was all very stiff and formulaicero, quest, sword, bad guy, girl, victory. Terry Pratchett showed me how different the main characters could be. New kinds of heroes and all of it, with a touch of humor. Maggie Shayne taught me how to add emotional content and to never judge a book by its genre.

If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be? Why?

Pete Lattimer from Warehouse 13: A Touch of Fever by Greg Cox, because at the end of the day it would mean I could work at Warehouse 13, and that seems like the greatest job in the world!

I bet that would be pretty cool indeed. What are you working on now?

A butt-load of marketing for the Traitor's Niece, but other than that, I've started writing the 4th book of the Complications of Being Lucy. I think I'm sticking with the title as Daughter of Ash and it will continue to expand on Lucy Bison's story and her place in the world.

Sounds interesting! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

My website has some info:
But I usually post updates more frequently on my Facebook page dedicated to Lucy's story :
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

Nah. I think that covers most of it without incriminating myself or inciting violence. I should come up with some kind of send off like 'Spay and neuter your pets' or something like that. Not bad advice really. Pet shelters are getting overcrowded. So yeah, get your pet fixed and if you don't have one yet, adopt!

Yep, that's a great advice. Thank you for your time telling us about you and your books. We wish you great success in your writing career!

For more on Gus Kenney, click on the links below and make sure to follow him on social media to get updates on his upcoming releases!