Data Runner is Here!!!

June 25, 2013 in Books, Data Runner

Ladies and Gentlemen… DATA RUNNER IS HERE!

Seems like it’s taken forever to get this thing out of the gate, but now that it is, I can’t wait for you guys to finally read it. We’re going to keep pushing to get the word out, but in the meantime I just want to thank everyone who has helped us get to this point with their ARC reviews and tweets.

Phase One complete… on to Phase Two!

sam

5 Days, 20 Hours, 20 Minutes and counting… Data Runner drop date almost here!

June 19, 2013 in Books, Data Runner, Writing

Wow, I can’t believe the Data Runner drop date is almost here! With all the pre-marketing we’ve been doing, it’s actually kind of surreal to realize that people will no longer have to tag Data Runner for future reading but will be able to download and read it on the spot.

There’s been some really good buzz that I want to share with you guys. I just found out today that Data Runner has been featured as a Teen Beach Read on iBookstore (click here for Data Runner on iBookstore), so that’s exciting.

I also want to share an awesome review written by fellow YA author (and UM alumni) Braxton Cosby. Here’s a snippet…

I’m running. I’m running. And I can’t stop. As an ex-track athlete who spent most of his time doing the exact same thing in high school and college, I can appreciate a good run. I was a hurdler. Leaping over a 42 inch barrier, running full speed, with multiple adversaries in the adjacent lanes next to you is no small feat. It takes a great degree of focus and energy . . . Sam Patel set out to create a new series that captures the essence of these elements with his stunning debut in Data Runner.

Please do check out the full review here at Cosby’s Corner.

I’m also pleased to announce that I will be doing a guest post called “Building a Different Kind of Dystopia” for Writing Belle on July 8th, so keep your eyes open for that as well.

That’s about it for now. More updates to follow…

sam

Casino Royale Parkour Chase

June 10, 2013 in Data Runner, Media, Parkour, Television and Movies

It occurred to me after my last entry that I couldn’t post any more Parkour videos without first posting the kick-ass Parkour chase from Casino Royale. This sequence features the great Sébastien Foucan, one of the founders of Parkour (of course, people have been doing Parkour since people have been around, but Foucan was one of the originators of modern Parkour as a structured form).

If you haven’t seen this clip, you’re in for a treat. Watching Sébastien Foucan trace is like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Serena Williams play tennis. It truly is a thing of beauty.

Let’s even make a little game of it. How many of Jack’s moves from DATA RUNNER can you spot in this sequence?

More Parkour Videos

June 2, 2013 in Data Runner, Media, Parkour, Sports

Hi Everyone.

First, I just want to say thanks to all the early reviewers who have taken the time to review/blog about DATA RUNNER.

I did read something in one recent review by Ms. Nose in a Book that really caught my eye.

Something I found really interesting about this book was the weaving of Parkour into the story. Before reading this book I didn’t know what Parkour was and I am really intrigued by it. The book does explain Parkour throughout the story but I feel like it’s given to us through a more personal perspective through Jack’s narrative so I ended up Googling it to get more examples and even Youtube videos of Parkour. I feel like after doing that I have a deeper sense of what it is. I just love that it’s not just something that’s thrown in the book as a mention it was worked in really well and just adds another piece of depth to not only the story but to the character of Jack as well.

I’m so glad that this story was her entry point into the world of parkour, and in the spirit of her newfound interest in the sport, I thought it might be a good opportunity to post a few parkour videos for you guys. This one is a great compilation that’s been getting a lot of hits lately.

And this clip “Parkour Girls Lahijan 2013” was forwarded to me by the marketing and publicity manager at Diversion Books, who thought the idea of young Iranian girls tracing as a form of self-expression was right on point with the story…

That’s all for now, but be sure to check back soon for more. And thanks again to Ms. Nose in a Book and all the others for your honest reviews.

sam