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Thursday, May 30, 2013

SSP Anthology Extravaganza for Perfect Flaw: Guest Post with H.S. Donnelly and Giveaway

Hi, everyone!



I am pleased to participate in the SSP Anthology Extravaganza hosted by Tomorrow Comes Media for Perfect Flaw.


Editor Bio:


Robin Blankenship, a freelance editor and book reviewer has a background in teaching and social work. When not working or reading or editing she can be found at home in Kentucky with her husband, Andrew and two children, Christian and Beatrix. 






About the Book:


TITLE: Perfect Flaw 
PUBLISHER: Seventh Star Press
PUBLICATION DATE: March 19, 2013
FORMAT: Paperback, 322 pages
GENRE: Dystopian
ISBN: 9781937929114

Readers everywhere are invited to experience adventures of a dystopian nature in the anthology Perfect Flaw, from editor Robin Blankenship! Featuring seventeen speculative fiction tales, spanning many genres, Perfect Flaw explores the subject of societies gone wrong.

From “utopian” societies masking an underlying controlled state, to stories of people fighting back against repression, in hopes of a better world, the flaws that create a dystopian atmosphere are brought to light. Thought-provoking and entertaining, Perfect Flaw will be a welcome addition to any reader’s collection of dystopian literature.
Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback


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Featured Stories and Authors in Perfect Flaw:


Leslie J Anderson – “Michael’s Gate”
Jason Campagna – “Hope Unknown”
Frank Roger – “Cracks in the Concrete”
Mandi M. Lynch “Under a Pomegranate Sky”
Shaun Avery – “The Job Hunter”
Cathy Bryant – “Cost Benefit Analysis”
Carolyn M. Chang – “Smilers”
SC Langgle – “The Bird Below Ground”
Delphine Boswell – “Tomorrow’s Children”
Tanith Korravai – “Your Comfort is Important to Us”
DeeDee Davies – “The Ultimate Sale”
Ellen Brock – “Useless”
Herika R. Raymer – “Seventh Degree”
H David Blalock – “Guardian”
H.S. Donnelly – “First Head”
Jay Faulkner – “System Error”
Michael O’Connor – “The Choosing”



Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, H.S. Donnelly!

Mr. Donnelly has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to him!

How "First Head" Came to Be
by H.S. Donnelly


Cryogenics companies are more than willing to freeze you when you die. The only drawback is that, currently, there is no way to successfully thaw out and bring you back to life. Still, there is the chance that at some point in the future science will solve that problem and people will be revived, cured of whatever, and then will resume their lives.

But even the freezing process is complicated. Water expands as it freezes (which, of course, is why ice forms on the top of a lake, rather than at the bottom). So preventing cell rupture (cells being mostly made of water) is difficult if you are chilling someone down to −320.4°F. So to simplify the freezing process (and potential revival later on), only the person’s head is preserved.

First Head came to me when I read about Ted Williams being cryogenically frozen. Many SF stories have used some sort of vaguely described suspended animation, usually as a device to allow people to go on a really, really long voyage to another solar system. But here, finally, was a process that almost sounded, well, plausible.

Thus, First Head began unfolding. As I thought about it, I asked myself the usual What if ... question, as in, What if you had a society where cryogenics was part of everyday life? One of the things I wondered about was how a revived person would get a body. One conclusion I came to was that it would be much easier to thaw out a frozen Head than, say, hydroponically grow a body to attach that Head to. So there would be many heads competing for a much smaller number of bodies. And if that were true, how would they decide whom to attach?

First Head unfolds through the eyes of a man who suddenly wakes up in a society where cryogenics has become routine. Rather mysteriously he has no memory of being frozen, nor what he had been doing in his prior life. As he goes through the cultural adjustment process in the Revivology Facility, he slowly realizes that he is going to have to come up with a reason as to why he, specifically, deserves to be attached to a body.

On another level, First Head is about an organization that, superficially, claims to care about the individual, but in reality couldn’t care less. Of the people who have reviewed and critiqued this story, a few of them have really, really liked the story. I think that this aspect of the story is what appealed to them.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Mr. Donnelly!

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Perfect Flaw Tour Participants:



May 16 - Armand Rosamilla, Horror Author: Guest Post

May 17 -  Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews: Interview

May 19 - Angela Meadon Blog: Guest Post

May 20 -  The FlipSide of Julianne: Guest Post

May 21 - The Dan O’Brien Project: Guest Post

May 23 - Workaday Reads: Guest Post

May 24 - Books, Owls and Tea: Guest Post

May 30 - Darlene’s Book Nook: Guest Post

June 1 - Readings Sunshine: Review

June 4 - Jess Resides Here: Guest Post

June 5 -  Book Reviews and More: Review

June 6 - A Book Vacation: Guest Post

June 7 -  Word to Dreams: Review

June 8 -  The Witchy Contessa: Review

June 10 -  WTF Are You Reading: Review

June 12 - Bookishly Me: Review

June 14 - Sweet Southern Home: Guest Post

June 16 - SpecMusicMuse: Review and Interview

June 17 - Spellbindings: Guest Post




SSP Anthology Extravaganza Full Tour Schedule:



May 16 - Jay Wilburn Blog: 

Guest Post (Southern Haunts)



May 16 - MikesFilmTalk: 

Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 16 - Armand Rosamilla, Horror Author: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



May 17 - Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: 

Interview (Southern Haunts)



May 17 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews:  

Interview (Perfect Flaw)



May 17 - Come Selahway With Me:  

Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 17 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



May 18 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 

Promo-Spotlight (Southern Haunts)



May 18 - A Girl and Her Kindle: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 18 - Ian’s Realm: 

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



May 19 - Angela Meadon Blog: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



May 19 - Strange Amusements: 

Review (The End Was Not the End)



May 20 - Book in the Bag: 

Review (Southern Haunts)



May 20 - The FlipSide of Julianne: 

Guest Post (Guest Post)



May 20 - Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews:  

Interview (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 21 - Spellbound by Books: 

Excerpt (Southern Haunts)



May 21 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



May 21 -  Kentucky Geek Girl: 

Interview (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 22 - Darlene’s Book Nook:  

Guest Post (Southern Haunts)



May 22 - Strange Amusements: 

Promo/Spotlight (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 22 -  Bookishly Me:  

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



May 23 - Workaday Reads: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



May 23 - Book Den: 

Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 23 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews: 

Interview (The End Was Not the End)



May 24 -  Books, Owls and Tea:  

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



May 24 - Beagle Book Space:  

Promo/Spotlight (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 24 -  I Read a Book Once:  

Review (The End Was Not the End)



May 26 - Kentucky Geek Girl:  

Interview (Southern Haunts)



May 26 - Armand Rosamilla, Horror Author: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 27 - Bookishly Me: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 28 - Spellbindings: 

Guest Post (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



May 29 - Darlene’s Book Nook:  

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



May 29 - Book in the Bag:  

Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



May 30 - Darlene’s Book Nook: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



May 30 - The Cabin Goddess: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 31 - WTF Are You Reading?: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



May 31 - Literary Meanderings: 

Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 1 - Babs Book Bistro:  

Excerpt (Southern Haunts)



June 1 - Readings Sunshine: 

Review (Perfect Flaw)



June 1 - The Witchy Contessa: 

Review (The End Was Not the End)



June 1 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews: 

Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 2 - Beagle Book Space: 

Promo-Spotlight (Southern Haunts)



June 2 -  Kentucky Geek Girl: 

Promo-Spotlight (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 3 - Reading Away the Days:  

Review (Southern Haunts) 



June 3 - Book in the Bag:  

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 3 - Spellbindings: 

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



June 3 - The Witchy Contessa: 

Review (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 4  - Jess Resides Here: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



June 4 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 

Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 5 - Book Reviews and More:  

Review (Perfect Flaw)



June 5 - Once Upon a Time: 

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



June 6 - A Book Vacation: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



June 6 - Beauty in Ruins:  

Review (The End Was Not the End)



June 6 - Come Selahway With Me:  

Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 7 - Word to Dreams: 

Review (Perfect Flaw)



June 7 - Bee’s Knees Reviews:  

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 7 -  I Read a Book Once: 

Review (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 8 - The Witchy Contessa: 

Review (Perfect Flaw)



June 10 - Spellbindings: 

Guest Post (Southern Haunts) 



June 10 - WTF Are You Reading?: 

Review (Perfect Flaw)



June 11 - Darlene’s Book Nook:  

Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 12 - Celticlady’s Reviews: 

Promo-Spotlight (Southern Haunts) 



June 12 - Bookishly Me: 

Review (Perfect Flaw)



June 12 - Library Girl Reads and Reviews: 

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)



June 13 - The Witchy Contessa: 

Review (Southern Haunts) 



June 13 - Book Den: 

Guest Post (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 14 - Word to Dreams: 

Guest Post (Southern Haunts) 



June 14 - Sweet Southern Home: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



June 15 - Bee’s Knees Reviews: 

Review (The End Was Not the End)



June 15 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 

Promo-Spotlight (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 16 - I Smell Sheep: 

Guest Post (Southern Haunts) 



June 16 - SpecMusicMuse:  

Review and Interview (Perfect Flaw)



June 16 - Jess Resides Here:  

Top Ten’s List (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 16 - Once Upon a Time:  

Promo-Spotlight (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 17 - Bookishly Me: 

Review (Southern Haunts) 



June 17 - Spellbindings: 

Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)



June 17 - The Witchy Contessa: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 18 - Recent Reads: 

Review (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)



June 19 - Recent Reads: 

Review (Southern Haunts) 



June 19 - My Seryniti: 

Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)



June 19 - Come Selahway With Me:  

Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)

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