Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guest Post: Free Zebra on Amazon

Today I am handing over my blog to an excellent author friend of mine, who I met over on Scribd.com. He is giving away his fabulous book, The Sun Zebra, FREE for the next 2 days. I loved it! Here is my Amazon review:

"Initially, I was unsure whether this collection of short stories would be my type of book and started with the attitude of reading it as fast as possible. Well, I did read it quickly but only because I couldn't stop reading. It is a beautiful and inspirational book, exceptionally well-written. Rolando takes us by the hand and gently leads us into a magical world seen through the innocent eyes of his daughter, Nell. Unsullied by the cynical view of others with supposedly more experience and wisdom, Nell is not only a delight, but shows she has an innate knowledge and purity which allow magic to happen. This book is touchingly poignant. I could feel my heart opening as I read it. It reminded me of simple, yet powerful truths. Rolando skillfully describes the joy, innocence and simplicity of being a child, while charmingly showing us what a truly marvelous father and husband he is at the same time. I cannot wait to read this again and would highly recommend this to anyone, child and adult alike."

Over to you Rolando or, as he is sometimes known, Phantomimic!

 
What is a dad to do if his daughter claims she has encountered a zebra in the middle of rural Pennsylvania? That is what the dad in my book had to figure out. Fortunately he went to “look for the zebra,” and that made all the difference because what he found was an animal that turned out to be part flesh and part metaphor.

There is more. In my book an insect boldly goes where no insect has gone before, Poe’s poem “The Raven” gets a new twist, a Christmas tree reveals its secrets, and a forgotten superhero makes a triumphant return. These stories may sound like stories for little kids, but my book is not a children’s book. My book is what I call a “children’s book for grownups.”

But what is a “children’s book for grownups” and more importantly: why write one? I wrote it because I feel that the point of view of children is undervalued in our society. This is probably because children require adult supervision to survive and thrive in our world. They may be "cute" and "funny" and a "joy to the heart," but children are seldom taken seriously. And why should they be? In their tender years what can a child possibly teach us about the complexity of the adult world with all its danger and opportunities? As it turns out, I think they can teach us a lot.

Many of us have by and large forgotten what it was to be a child even though much of what we are as adults is a result of the child we used to be. Children can help us get in touch with that inner child hidden in the deep recesses of our minds. We just have to listen to them, take their hands, and go explore the world together.

In my book the world of adults with its skepticism and its hard realities collides with the carefree magical world of children, and sparks of wisdom fly everywhere. My hope is that these sparks will help those who read my stories to learn the things children can teach us and remember what it was to be a child.

Now for the best thing: My book will be free on Amazon from July 18 to 19. You can download your copy during those two days at no cost. I hope you can read my book and let me know what you think of it. I also want to thank Claire for the chance to write about it on her blog.

My book’s Amazon link is:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sun-Zebra-ebook/dp/B006AC5FCU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342572267&sr=1-1&keywords=the+sun+zebra

Thank you very much for reading my post.I am Rolando Garcia, the peculiar eclectic writer.

Visit my website:
http://phantomimic.weebly.com/
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/phantomimic
Or like my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rolando-Garcia-Phantomimic/203347659698101

So, what more can you ask? An inspirationally lovely book, written by an accomplished writer, FREE! Go get it now and tell your friends.

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation, Claire. P.S. It's also available free on Amazon UK.

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    1. Oh thanks for that, Sally. Great. It's a wonderful book.

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    2. Thanks for that info Sally. I didn't know the Amazon listing for the UK was different. In the US my book has 45 reviews, while in the UK it has only one! I hope you like it.

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  2. Sounds like an awesome book! I love the idea of a children's book for grownups. It's fun to step back and look at things more simply. Running over to check it out. Best, Rolando! *waves* Hi, Claire! :o)

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    1. Thanks Leigh, it is an amazing book.

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    2. Thank you Leigh, I hope you like it!

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  3. I've just purchased it and look forward to getting a chance to read it. Claire has never steered me wrong yet!

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    1. Hopefully you got it free, Bridget!

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    2. Thank you Bridget and hopefully Claire has steered you right this time too! : ^ )

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  4. Thank you Rolando and Claire for this lovely guest post. What I love most about "The Sun Zebra" is the sense of wonder in it -- both father's and daughter's. I cannot recommend this extraordinary book highly enough.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. And your books are wonderful too :)

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    2. Thanks for having me here Claire, and thank you for your comment Barbara. Your books are indeed wonderful too!

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  5. Oh, this sounds awesome!! I have to agree...I wouldn't be initially attracted to a book full of short stories, but you're right, it could be full of great surprises! I'm going to have to check this out :) I love the title and the cover art. It's very intriguing!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Jax. They are short stories but they are all related as they have the same major characters. The cover gives away a little of what is going on in the book. I hope you find it full of surprises like I did! : ^ )

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  6. It sounds very interesting. And I know we can learn so much from children. Such imaginations they have! And of they they say the darndest things:)

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    1. And we were like them once. The trick is reclaiming that vision of the child while remaining an adult. Thanks for your comment Gwen! : ^ )

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  7. I can't wait to check this out!

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    1. Please when you do let me know what you thought of it. Thanks!

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