Be Sure to Check Out All the Stops on My Blog Tour!

July 29, 2013 in Books, Data Runner, Writing

Okay, so I know I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. That tends to happen when you get deep into a new writing project. Everything else just kind of falls by the wayside. But that’s not to say that I don’t have some new posts for you guys. My blog tour to promote Data Runner starts today, so be sure to check out my guest posts/interview at the sites listed below.

Monday July 29, 2013

The first stop on the tour is YA’s The Word by Katja, where you can read my post called “My Favorite Kind of Dystopian: When Hi-Tech meets Lo-Tech”

Tuesday July 30, 2013

The second stop on the tour is an interview with Books4Tomorrow where I talk about writing and publishing Data Runner, as well as reveal some personal details about my own life and how it has affected my growth as a writer. Here’s a little sample…

What would your choice of music be as a theme-song for Data Runner?

For the action sequences, I definitely imagine music that gets the blood pumping. Something industrial like Rage Against the Machine or Nine Inch Nails. I love the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did for David Fincher’s remake of Dragon Tattoo. I would love for those two to score the parkour action in Data Runner.

Wednesday July 31, 2013

Today’s stop on the blog tour is at Books and their Worldly Realm, where you can read my post entitled Writing Action: How I Brought the Parkour to Life in Data Runner. A definite must read for anyone writing an action-driven story.

Thursday Aug 1, 2013

Okay, you’re probably getting a little tired of hearing me talk about the book. How about hearing what someone else has to say? Today’s stop on the blog tour is a lengthy review and giveaway by Arra Abella on her Style Reader blog. Be sure to check it out for a chance to win a free copy of Data Runner.

Friday Aug 2, 2013

And the final stop on the blog tour is… a very insightful review by HeartJess at her awesome blog Such a Novel Idea. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely check it out.

Data Runner Featured as a Nook First!

July 1, 2013 in Books, Data Runner, Parkour, Writing

I’m pleased to announce that Data Runner has been selected as a Nook First: Compelling Reads From Emerging Authors. The book itself can be found here at Barnes & Noble.

With all that, I’d just like to take a minute to welcome all my Nook readers who may have found their way here through their eReaders/tablets. And to all my readers who have found their way here through whatever means, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a bit about the book and why I wanted to write it.

If you want to know how I first envisioned the idea for Data Runner, you need look no further than the prologue. The vision of a young courier being chased across rooftops with an army of private security on his tail was the seed for what would eventually become this book. I’ve always loved corporate espionage, particularly when it’s blended with sci-fi, and that was one area I felt had yet to be explored as a modern Young Adult story. I’ve always loved the early cyberpunk novels of William Gibson, and there is no question of his influence in my story (sneakernet, megacorporations, etc.). What I really wanted to do was bring back that particular genre of sci-fi and modernize it for the current YA audience.

One of the ways I wanted to modernize it was by using the modern form of running known as parkour. But unlike other books that simply describe the action of parkour, I wanted to get underneath it to the core philosophy behind the Art of Movement. That’s what makes this story different. Just as it is in real life, the parkour in my book isn’t just a series of movements executed by the characters, it is a way of life that requires as much discipline and dedication as any martial art.

Data Runner is a fast-paced, action-packed, thrill ride. If you’re a fan of classic cyberpunk, it’s certainly not a book to be missed. Even if you’re not a fan of classic cyberpunk, or if you’ve never even heard of cyberpunk, the one comment I’ve been seeing over and over again is how unique this book is. And in this day and age, when everything is a copy of a copy of a copy, anything unique is not to be missed.

Enjoy!

sam