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Today, we've got an awesome speculative sci-fi adventure, full of time traveling drama and a frighteningly imaginable dystopian future.
We've read this one, and have our review below, as well as an awesome author interview, and giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card! Check all this out below, and be sure to share this post with your friends.
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~Released: June 15th, 2014
~Length: 488 Pages
~Genres: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Time Travel, Speculative Fiction
Travel to the future - it will only cost you everyone you love.
Attacked and injected with a drug which slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place- not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.
W. Lawrence weaves a future history filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family, and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.
1st Place for 2015 Feathered Quill Award, Science Fiction/Fantasy.
Finalist in the 2014 Book Pipeline Contest.
Finalist in the 2014 Book Pipeline Contest.
W. Lawrence was born in San Francisco, California, and moved two dozen times before settling in Pennsylvania with his extraordinarily patient wife and two precocious daughters. He wants a boy dog. He works in the world of corporate security as an investigator and professional interviewer/interrogator.
Lawrence is obsessed with 5K zombie runs, comes home empty-handed from hunting turkeys, and loves non-fiction books about pirates. He has no problem reconciling that his two favorite shows are Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.
with W. Lawrence, provided by Worldwind Virtual Book Tours
Thank You for this Interview!
Do you remember writing stories as a child or did the writing bug come later?
I wrote a collection of short stories as a kid and came in second place in the Young Writer’s Competition. Still have it, too. That was a really, really long time ago.
Do you remember your first published Piece?
Syncing Forward is my first published book, although I did help write a gaming supplement several years ago called Epic: Raiders, which was fun to work on.
What do you consider as the most frustrating side of becoming a published author and what has been the most rewarding?
Frustration and triumph seem to both come from the aspects of the ease of which one can publish. Nowadays anyone can publish a book, and it seems at times just about everyone has. I love that somebody is no longer held back by gatekeepers from sharing his or her ideas with the world.
While I enjoy the fact that I can simply put a book out there, competing for shelf space is difficult. Marketing involves a relentless list of tasks, most of which don’t pay for themselves in the long run, or even at all.
My biggest problem is not that people choose to pass on my book, but more so that they don’t even know what they don’t even know. How do get people to search for your product when they don’t know it exists? So getting the word out via blogs and other means is vital.
Are you married or single and how do you combine the writing life with home life? Do you have support?
I am married with two kids and a full time job. Fitting writing in between a salaried job, helping with homework, and fixing bathrooms feels daunting at times. Often I set my alarm for an hour before I need to get up to squeeze in some writing. I make up for it by sleeping behind the wheel.
Describe your writing style?
Not sure I have one yet and –if I’m lucky- one won’t develop. The next few books are already laid out and they range in genre and perspective.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not writing?
I like to shoot stuff. Targets if everyone else is lucky. Turkeys if I’m feeling smarter than I really am. A man can starve hunting those stinky birds, but they make for an excellent challenge.
Games – I love games. Board games, tabletop games, video games. Anything that involves another human being – I’m competitive on a genetic level, a gracious loser, but a terrible winner.
Where do you like to vacation? Can you tell us briefly about this?
Not sure I have a place I like to go. I like to keep it fresh and my list of qualifications is pretty low. I don’t like getting my socks wet and my food can’t be too saucy. Beyond that, surprises are great for me. My wife and I switch off each year planning our anniversary trip. One of us is always surprised by the other and you come home one day only to find out you are catching a plane in 4 hours. We might be gone for a night or a week. Packing is fun – bathing suits and ski jackets.
If you could be anywhere in the world for one hour right now, where would that place be and why?
Pitcairn Island. I’ve been fascinated with it ever since I read Richard Hough’s Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian about the mutiny on HMAV The Bounty. It remains as one of the most remote places to visit to this day and it would be great to visit without the travel time.
Who is your biggest fan?
My wife. My mother. It’s a tie, don’t make me pick.
Who is your biggest critic?
My editor. My dad. It’s a tie, don’t make me pick.
Where you most creative at home? Do you have a special place to write?
Sofa at 4am. My brain is fresh.
Do you have any pets?
We have a beta fish named Mr. Bubbles. He’s my daughter’s pet but we all love him.
Tell us a secret no one else knows.
I’ll tell you the last secret: there are no secrets anymore.
Funny, I use that at work when interviewing people who I know are guilty. When they are on the verge of confession, I throw that out and they spill the beans.
Tell us how you organize your writing and marketing? How do you strike that balance?
Not well, I am afraid. I have a publicity manager now (Bunny Cates from Aintwrite.com) along with a publisher for the audio book (Podium Publishing). I should have them take the lead on marketing, but I am a control freak.
What motivates you as an author?
I want people to like my stories, same as any author. Beyond that, there is an achievement of immortality when you write a book, a sense that you are leaving a piece of yourself behind when you pass. The closest thing I can compare it to would be to having a child. You spend tremendous effort into birthing it, you mold it, you love it, you get frustrated by it, and then ultimately send it into the world hoping it reflects well on you and performs well.
If you could be any character from a book, whom would you be?
Oscar from Heinlein’s Glory Road. Adventure awaits.
Respond to this quote: “Keep Writing, Keep Believing and never give up on your dreams”
…But never run from criticism and get a good editor. No, your mom does not count (unless she is an editor).
"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." ~Issac Asimov
Speculative fiction and science fiction novels are often daunting to me, when opening to the first page. The knowledge that a well-written dystopian adventure will effect me on many levels is intimidating, as well as exciting.
This novel is one I couldn't put down, despite it's large size. It was refreshing to experience a smooth mix of raw human conflict and drama, with the technological coldness of science and machines. Too often, novels in this genre loose readers with monotones and a lack of depth and human nature. Luckily, this book kept away from being dry and dull, balancing the techie stuff with emotion dripping from the pages.
The author was fluid with his writing, keeping a smooth pace and easy balance. While this book is extensive and deep, it's broken into several parts, keeping the story organized. The characters were incredibly easy to imagine, and I loved the personality given to each one. The use of modern terms and typical slang was refreshing, adding to the various personalities.
This is a book I would recommend to others, and I plan to read it several more times in the future.
*I was given a copy of this book, from the author via Worldwind Virtual Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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