A look back on the first month of publication–The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

The Last Orphans is earning a grip of great reviews from discerning readers! Last week it was named an Award Winning Finalist in the USA Book News Awards. The book just came out on October 9th–it’s been a busy month for my new baby!

“…Mr. Harris keeps one on the edge of their seat throughout this apocalyptic young adult story. “The Last Orphans” shows a terrifyingly realistic view of what could happen… …This story is a great start to an excellent series and will have readers begging and pleading for more!” Heather McGuire IND’TALE MAGAZINE–5 STARS and a coveted CROWNED HEART

“OHMAIGAWD THIS BOOK! I love, love, love post-apocalyptic style books, and was so excited that I found this one. While I adore zombies, plagues, and all the usual methods of arriving at “the end of the world”, I was overjoyed to find a unique take on the trip with The Last Orphans… …This is going on my re-read list, as well as my top 10 for this year…” 5 STARS–Bob the Platypire, PLATYPIRE REVIEWS

“…If you read nothing else this year or better yet, if your YA reader reads nothing else this year, make this a priority. All this fantastic reading and no zombies in sight!” 5 STARS–DILI, TOP 500 REVIEWER AMAZON.COM

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Interview With N.W. Harris, author of The Last Orphans

Originally posted on Books & Such:

Today I’m excited to welcome N.W. Harris to Books & 22030244 (1)Such!  His action-packed, YA post-apocalyptic novel, TheLast Orphans, was released October 9, 2014.  If you missed my review, check it out here.

Teri:  Tell us about your writing background.

N.W.:  I consider myself an artist. I like to paint, sculpt, build, anything that allows me creative outlet. Writing is the ultimate outlet for me. I choose to write YA because it is what I’ve always loved to read the most. I like YA characters, how much conflict they have in their lives, and I feel like I have something unique to offer in the genre.

 T:  What was it that planted the seed for The Last Orphans?

N:  I grew up in the South, and I love science fiction. I’ve always wanted to write a story that merges the two—that takes small-town kids and…

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Book review – The Last Orphans by: N. W. Harris

Originally posted on Little Rittwolf's Book Blog:

The Last Orphans by: N. W. Harris

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**This book is published by Clean Teen Publishing, but that does not mean that it is a clean read or recommended for all ages.

Please visit their website and read their Disclosure Tree to find out more about their rating of this book. The link to the content disclosure is located about half way down the page. **

Book description:

“In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world to fend for themselves. On a quest for answers, they discover the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No—they are its next victims. There is an unknown force out there, and it won’t stop until every human in the world is dead.”

My review…

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Interview The Southern Collective Experience’s Poet–Felino A. Soriano

I’m interviewing another talented member of The Southern Collective Experience, renowned poet Felino A. Soriano. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee with well over four thousand poems published in nearly six hundred online journals, he has established himself as a real force in the world of words. Felino, tell us about your work.

Thank you, Neil.

My poetry stems from a fascination with language’s limitless exposure to altering awareness, and its multilayered opportunities to perceive and further explicate, one’s environment. In addition to exterior motivation of looking for openings to expand on how the paradigm of language interactions engage with environment, I am also reacting to the exterior stimulation of jazz (or simply, good music). I often listen to this music—while driving, while working on a task at work, in addition to during the interaction with writing a poem.

In the context of my writing, jazz alters my perception; its language fascinates through rhythm, which subconsciously transfers into the language and pace of my poetry. I am also enthralled by jazz’s imperative function of improvisation, and this type of philosophy of creation is one I parallel with my own artistic endeavors; thus, I rarely, beyond correcting a misspelled word, edit any of my work. I have a wide spectral affinity for very disparate musicians (e.g. Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Takuya Kuroda, Christian Scott, Alice Coltrane, Peter Brötzmann, Susie Ibarra, Charles Mingus, Geri Allen, and many, many more), which over time, has transformed my style and brand of poetic language. My work is difficult, as I do not use a transparent language to create clarity for the sake of clear understanding. I learned early in my writing to avoid clichés in poetic description; and thus, I’ve taken that advice into a contemplative state each time I delve into the writing process, and endeavor to cultivate an authentic poetry.

I love your respect for words! Each time I sit down and write, I learn something new about words and how their arrangement can influence emotion and thought. Your poetry is great kindling to fire up the mind for sure! Tell us how it is you became a poet. What was your journey?

In high school I wrote poetry sporadically, mainly for then-girlfriends. This was in the early 1990’s. On January 1, 2000, I recall having a very strong desire to sit down and write a poem. Other than learning briefly about poetry in high school English classes and a bit in College, I hadn’t a true fathom of writing. I relied on intuition and searching for poets to read from which to learn. Around that time I was introduced to Octavio Paz and Li Po, which were very early influences. In 2004, while in a bookstore, I came across a copy of the literary journal The Bitter Oleander, which was fully dedicated to the acclaimed poet, philosopher, painter, and photographer, Duane Locke. Prior to seeing the issue, I hadn’t read Duane’s work. The issue contains several of Duane’s poems and a long interview discussing his multilayered work and philosophy of creating. I read the issue several times, and in 2006 I read more of Duane’s work online. One journal included his email address and I sent him a brief letter indicating my appreciation for his work. He responded asking me to send some of my work.

A friendship then burgeoned, and Duane has encouraged my writing more than any other person.

My poetry is a function of my natural introversive disposition. I enjoy thinking critically about numerous topics and how to apply discovery to various aspects of my life. I write so often because it provides opportunity to interact creatively with language, which then provides a language exterior to the routine communication of everydayness. It is in this metaphysical endeavor I attempt to uncover through revealing altered descriptions of what exists in the plain and often missed angles of environment.

It seems poetry was a part of you all along, just needing a good reason to surface. Why do you think poetry is important in the world today?

Poetry—reading, writing, etc., for me, is an Epicurean act. From this standpoint, it is important to engage with creative endeavors that provide openings for engagement with joyfulness. I am happiest when spending time with my family, when working, when listening to jazz, and when reading and writing. Surrounding oneself with joyous occurrences assist in clarity of purpose and positioning of an encouraging perspective.

So what’s in the future? What are you working on now?

I’ll start with mentioning an online journal I founded in May called Of/with: journal of immanent renditions. It is a biannual journal that had its first issue released in September. I started this project from the perspective of wanting to showcase others’ works whom I find excellent. I am also the founding editor of another online journal called Counterexample Poetics, and a contributing editor for the online journal Sugar Mule.

Regarding my writing, I am currently working on a new collection I am calling Forms, migrating; it will be a five-section volume:

The improvisation of verbs

The animation of exteriors

The ornamentation of sounds

The derivation of hours

The circumference of silences

I am currently writing The animation of exteriors, which is fully dedicated to ekphrasis. The focus of this collection is on transvaluing the predetermined connection to forms, and highlight habitual movements that delve beyond circumstances of limiting understanding based on perspective and definitional sameness.

I’ve interviewed Cliff Brooks, Ezra Letra, James Chang, and other members of the Southern Collective Experience and can say some amazing talent surrounds you. I’m a huge fan and expect lots more great things from you guys. Where can we find your words, website, and FB page?

Absolutely, the gentlemen you mentioned are all excellent and are creating some fine works. An internet search will reveal many of my published works; however, my website has links to all of my available published poems, including those in journals, anthologies, etc., and links to my books. There, you can also read various interviews, see images, and read more about my editorships. I also have a Facebook page, and am on Twitter.

Personal website: www.felinoasoriano.info

Founding editor of Of/with: www.of-with.com

Founding editor of Counterexample Poetics: www.counterexamplepoetics.com

Contributing editor of Sugar Mule: www.sugarmule.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/felinoantoniosoriano

Twitter: www.twitter.com/felinoasoriano

Felino, it’s been a pleasure talking to you.

Neil, I appreciate the kind opportunity. Thank you, very much.

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The Last Orphans is now available for Kindle Unlimited!

The Last Orphans is now available for Kindle Unlimited! #KindleUnlimited #Amazon #AmazonPrime #AmazonUnlimited #KindleDeal

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Sold out at the Texas Book Festival in Austin!!!

Copies of The Last Orphans sold out at the Texas Book Festival in Austin this weekend, and I’ve seen a spike in sales on Amazon! A lot of these festivals attract more authors than readers, but my awesome publisher, Clean Teen Publishing, reports that The Texas Book Festival was crawling with readers who bought up nearly everything they brought. Need to find more festivals like this one!!!

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Zombie Crawl Blog Party–Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans

When I heard the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans was holding a Zombie Crawl party, you know I had to get onboard! For my part, I’m giving away a free Ebook copy of The Last Orphans. To enter to win, you must like my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorN.W.Harris, add The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris to your GoodReads TBR https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22030244-the-last-orphans, and post a comment here or on my FaceBook page under the post about the Zombie Crawl saying you’ve done both. I’ll be giving away one ebook a week from today. Make sure you go to http://bandofdystopian.com/ and enter to enter the Grand Prize Drawing!!!

What do I think of zombies? I haven’t been overly fond of them in the past, but lately they’ve been tempting me. In The Last Orphans, all the adults are killed and I had moment when I was writing it where I really wanted to turn them into zombies. Alas, it was not part of the story line, but this may be a premonition. What’s your favorite reason for people becoming zombies–disease, evil magic, aliens?

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Go to http://bandofdystopian.com/ for the grand prize drawing!!!

Zombie Crawl Blog Party Schedule

Party Host & Grand Prize: Band of Dystopian

October 22

Hope To Read | Author Jamie Canosa

October 23

Author E.R. Arroyo

October 24

Author Christy Sloat | Author N.W. Harris

October 25

Author David Moon

October 26

Two Girls & A Book

October 27

Secret Life of a Townie | The Writer’s Roadtrip

Author Michael Halliday | Author Aria Michaels

Imagine, Create, Share, Repeat!

October 29

Precious Monsters | Author Kate L. Mary

Z Plan – Zombie Book Series | Author Michelle Muckley

October 30

Author Rhiannon Frater | Author Cameo Renae

Author Angela Cavanaugh

October 31

Author Jessica Meigs

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read

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