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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Spotlight Saturday: Guest Post and Giveaway with Stephen Tremp, author of Opening

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!

We will be joined today by Stephen Tremp.

About Stephen:
Stephen Tremp lives with his wife and two daughters in Mission Viejo, CA. He has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers.

His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it!


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Stephen!

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

30 Second Elevator Pitch

Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Stephen Tremp and I’m the author of Opening: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan.

Here is a fun little exercise I learned from one of my Yahoo! Writer's Groups. You can do this in your spare time (what's that?). And we’re doing a book giveaway too, a free download of my book, Opening!

Okay, here we go. Make a keyword list. Then make a book synopsis using lots of those keywords. In fact, for fun, use them all! But no more than three sentences. Yes, that's right. Your book in three sentences. It may be the worst synopsis/blurb you've ever written, but don’t let that stop you. See if you can make us understand what the heck your book is about in three sentences.

First, begin by making a list of key words in your book or that describe your book. Here is my list:

* Battle
* Betrayal
* Biochemistry
* Breakthrough
* Chase Manhattan
* Death
* Desperate race
* Destroy
* Discovery
* Einstein-Rosen Bridges
* Fast-paced
* Global science-based oligarchy
* Greed
* Killers
* M.I.T. graduate students
* Mayhem
* Multi-faceted
* Murder
* Nanotechnology
* Power-play struggle
* Physics
* Science
* Spiritual contemplation
* Stolen
* Suspense
* Technology
* Threatens
* Thriller
* Unconditional love
* Wormholes

Now put them together in three sentences the best you can. Here's my blurb I made from my list of key words:

A scientific breakthrough in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, is stolen by a group of misguided M.I.T. graduate students who wish to usher in a global science-based oligarchy leading the way with breakthroughs in physics, biochemistry, and nanotechnology. As the death toll mounts, Chase Manhattan and a multi-faceted cast of characters must battle this skilled team of killers on both coasts in a desperate race to control or destroy a discovery which threatens life as we know it. Greed, betrayal, murder, mayhem, spiritual contemplation, and unconditional love define the power-play struggle in this fast-paced suspense thriller of technology gone too far.

Feel free to leave your three sentence blurb (no matter how good or bad it sounds) or other exercises you use in the comments. Thanks Darlene for hosting me and it's great meeting you all! Have a great weekend!

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Thanks so much for joining us today, Stephen!

One lucky winner will win a digital copy of Stephen's book, Opening, which is the second book in the Breakthrough Series. If the winner is from the United States, you will have the option of paperback or digital copy.

 “A scientific breakthrough of such magnitude it could radically alter the future of humanity—for better or worse—is in the wrong hands.”

The Premise: The Breakthrough Series poses a basic question: is mankind ready for a scientific breakthrough that can change altogether our perception of our world and our place in it. The conflict is simple: will this discovery be used to benefit and advance the world in ways only previously imagined, or will greed and incompetence be used to manipulate the masses and benefit a select few.

Amplifying the problem, a scientific Pandora’s box is knocked over and the contents spilled across the floor. Events escalate, similar to Mickey Mouse, who oversteps his limits in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Disney’s Fantasia. Yes, there is the element of the paranormal woven into the plot.
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This giveaway is open worldwide. If the winner is from the United States, you will have the option of a paperback or digital copy. The contest will close at 12:01 AM EST on July 7, 2012.

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  1. Thanks DArlene for hosting me today! I'll do some Twitter blasts to help spread the good word!


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