RIDING HIGH ON THE SEA AND INTO ROME: DAVID K. BRYANT RETURNS

The Authors David K. BryantSite favorite David K. Bryant returns with an update on Captain Flint and hints at what’s to come through the Proust Questionnaire. Clue: You must cross the Rubicon to get there! Welcome back, David.

THE BOOK

Step up the gangplank to an adventure tale set in the 18th Century, when the world made its money from conquest and slavery, pirates were the muggers of the sea lanes and life was fragile – with violence and disease never far away.

Tread Carefully on the Sea is the first novel by retired journalist David K. Bryant. Packed with historical atmosphere, it will take you on a voyage from Jamaica to the “New World” of the American colonies. The Tread Carefully on the Sea cover pictureaction comes as rapidly as the horrors in a ghost train, starting with the kidnapping of an aristocratic young woman on the night of her 21st birthday party by Captain Flint’s crew.

Amidst conspiracy, murder, cannonades, bare-knuckle boxing, disease and a devastating storm, there is the chance for all the main characters to reveal the better or worse sides of their natures. This is a swashbuckle, yes, but it’s also a story about the strengths and weaknesses of believable human beings.

“I’ve written an escapist yarn in the tradition of high adventure but in much more user-friendly language than the old classics,” says David K. Bryant.  “It’s exciting, involving, a bit tear-jerking and is pure adventure and romance.”

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AN INTERVIEW WITH CAPTAIN FLINT

“Captain Flint appeared only in reminiscences in “Treasure Island”. I’ve given him a story of his own in my book “Tread Carefully on the Sea”. But he’s got more life in him than that. So here’s a couple of add-ons…”

Captain Flint, it’s good of you to give time to a journalist. Do you mind if I ask you some blunt questions?”

“Not if you don’t mind some sharp answers.”

“Okay, I see you have your cutlass there and I wouldn’t want you to answer me with that. Anyway, first question. Could you describe yourself?”

“I have black eyes and I’m told they’re quite intimidating. They’re on you now.”

“Yes, uh, they’re quite charming. Could we change the subject? I hear you’re quite a sportsman.”

“I enjoy archery. I’m a bit tired of conventional targets. In “Tread Carefully on the Sea” I shoot a man in the head.”

“Oh, that must have been in self defense.”

“No, I just wanted to make an example of him.”

“It must be hazardous being a pirate but I expect you get a lot of fan mail.”

“Quite a few ghosts seem to have a sneaking respect for me.”

“Well that is unusual. Who do you most admire?”

“Anyone who’s still alive after I meet them.”

“Um, Captain Flint, you don’t mind me being here, do you? I mean, I’ll leave if I’m taking up too much of your time.”

“Too late. We’ve up-anchored since you arrived.”

“Oh dear, where are we going?”

“Ultimate destination – Hell. But before that we’ll be making a stop at Purgatory.”

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What are your thoughts on muses and do you have one?

Everyone has something in their head that no one else could understand. I believe in angels. I think I have some special ones who’ve helped me out at crucial times. That includes getting me to write books, rather than just think about it.
Characters have a great capacity to love, yet they’re starved. Why do you think this happens in fiction and in real life?

I think that we learn to restrain our feelings, for fear of getting hurt. We become too careful of each other. That may be worse for men than women. For example, when I be-friend a female on Facebook or exchange tweets on Twitter, I am cautious, lest she think I have the wrong motives. In all sorts of ways, we hold back. Fiction reflects true life in this. In fact, I don’t believe there’s any such thing as fiction – it’s just life presented in a story.
Without giving spoilers, would you say you’re a “happy ending” writer?

In my books it’s a happy ending for some, not for others. That’s because I start with a concept but I don’t know how the story’s going to end. I construct my characters and, as I go along, I ask how people like them would react to the circumstances. The characters often speak to me and tell me the answer themselves. That determines the next step in the tale and it goes on like that to the end. So their fate entirely depends on what they, or others, do. It’s great for me because it’s like writing the story and reading it at the same time.
What would you like to be remembered for?

Please arrange for my tombstone to be inscribed: “I tried.”
If you could dine with any historical figure living or dead, who would it be and why?

Elvis Presley or Margaret Thatcher. Elvis because he was a great wit and had a fun outlook. I’d persuade him to do a few songs after dinner. Margaret because she was one of the most visionary and resolute people ever. I had the privilege of working for her so my admiration was developed up close.
Past, present or future? Where does your mind dwell?

All over the ……. place. I do believe, however, in the motto: “Start from where you are.”
What informs your writing most?

My love of history. The pirate era of the 18th Century was the premise of my first book, “Tread Carefully on the Sea“. Ancient Rome is the setting for the second, “The Dust of Cannae“. Those two novels took enormous research. My third and fourth take place in the 1960s and 1970s and mostly derive from my own memories. Yes! – I remember the 60s and I was there!
Growing up in the Seventies, school kids were encouraged to think globally and act locally. Have you ever flirted with this philosophy?

If we want a better world, I think we all have to do the best we can every day.
Guilty pleasures: we all have them. What is yours?

I can’t answer the question “What is yours?” because “is” calls for a singular guilty pleasure. I have a lot. And I’m not telling.

(Good one! lol–ed)

Your greatest victory?

Getting my books published. And for anyone who wants to know why – it’s a fight. There’s advice for aspiring authors on my website, www.davidkbryant.com and I’m always ready to answer questions.
Tell us about the one that got away. Person, place or thing.

I would have loved to have been a musician. I tried, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the “pitch perfect” queue when I was preparing for this life.
What are some of the overriding themes in your work? Do you have a favorite?

The caprice of life and “revenge is a dish best served cold”. Favorite = fortunes always change.
Who do you admire and why?

Those historical figures I said I would like to dine with, Elvis and Margaret, plus:

Bill Clinton – what a shame he’s remembered mostly for Lewinsky. I once saw that man deliver a twenty-minute speech without notes or autocue in which he covered every major aspect of world affairs, displaying a deep knowledge.

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan – effective campaigners as well as top entertainers.

Winston Churchill – the reason is obvious.

Homer – who invented the novel.

David Cameron – the best British prime minister since Thatcher, but we have a General Election on May 7th and who knows what then.

Are writers fully formed works of art or works in progress?

No book or writer cannot be improved upon.

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Best wishes from the author of the adventure book “Tread Carefully on the Sea” and the upcoming Roman drama “The Dust of Cannae”

And thank you, David, for stopping by. As a fan of the excellent HBO series “Rome” I look forward to The Dust of Cannae. Be sure and let us know when we can expect it. Meantime, I’ll content myself with old Cicero! Cheers!

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TOMORROW: Author Penny Estelle chats it up with the boys from HIKE UP DEVIL’S MOUNTAIN, A Teen Novel and her latest.

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BATTING IT OUT OF THE PARK WITH RALPH PELUSO AND THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Authors Ralph PelusoBaseball season has sprung and it is the perfect time to pick up a great new book about the sport’ s all-time greatest player.  “512” Ralph Peluso’s recent novel is based on the life of Babe Ruth. This is not your John Goodman/ William Bendix portrayal of the greatest baseball player of all time. This is a more serious character, emotionally scarred driven to excel at baseball – Learn about the many intriguing characters who went in and out of his life – See him as the game’s most solidifying man who stood fast against the gamblers deep hold on the sport – Discover what really lead to his sale to the Yankees and his nearly  two decade feud with a mean spirited, bigoted commissioner, Judge Landis – Ride his journey to crush batting records and chase Young’s elusive 511 win mark – See how the love of a strong women led him on the right path Read 512 ! Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth is widely regarded as the most recognized American sports icon. In 1902 at age 7 disheartened parents abruptly delivered him to an “orphanage”. Called incorrigible” his father coldly turned and walked away. Emotionally scarred Ruth forever craved acceptance. Painfully he mistook the exploitation of his talents for emotional bonding. Decades later his emotional void finally filled by the love of a strong and determined woman.

At the turn of the 20th century, popular American sports had fallen prey to the evil influence of gamblers, baseball was not immune. In a game controlled by mean spirited and cheap owners, players were the real victim: chattel tossed aside when no longer having purpose. Impoverished players easily lured into the web of deceit. In 1903 with the advent of the World Series, the stakes increased. Players had big paydays altering the outcomes. Baseball’s little secret hidden until 1919 when news shocking the nation broke. The World Series was fixed!

Enter a self-serving and biased federal judge handed absolute power to save the crumbling sport. He looked for help in the one player unapproachable by gamblers. In Ruth, Landis found a perfect and unsuspecting accomplice for control over every aspect of baseball. Ruth, with popularity soaring, was not controllable. A second scandal erupts in 1926 threatening to end the Landis grip on baseball. Never more fragile, the game was on the precipice to status as another corrupt sport. Landis looked to Ruth once again. This time Ruth wanted assurances about his future.

This is the remarkable journey of Ruth’s assault on the baseball record book including his attempt to surpass the unreachable record of 511 wins as pitcher. He meets an assortment of unique characters and experiences colorful events; leading to a dramatic showdown with his chief adversary, Commissioner Landis.

About the Author

rp pixRalph was born and raised in New York City. At a very young age his father introduced him to baseball. He has been a sports enthusiast since. Active in youth sports for over thirty years, he has coached high school and middle school teams to many successful seasons. He has served on the board of several regional youth team organizations. He is an advocate of player and parent sportsmanship. In 2006 he became a member of the Society of American Baseball Researchers and currently serves on the Overlooked Legends committee.

He has an MBA in Finance from Bernard Baruch College (Zicklin School of Business) of the City University of New York. Ralph has had a successful and award winning business career, serving in senior executive positions for several major corporations including MCI, WinStar and Cisco. Today he is a partner in a boutique consulting practice that helps emerging companies fulfill their promise.

Ralph has published a series of short stories including ‘Outer Banks Chronicles’ and ‘Jersey Shore Fever and Other Seaside Maladies.’

Ralph and his wife Renee currently reside in Virginia.

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What are your thoughts on muses and do you have one?

A personal muse, sure do have one: the sight of the early morning  sun peeking over the horizon, the soothing warm rays  gracing  my face, the sounds of the dawn silence broken by the gentle commotion as the city awakens,  and the blending  of the sweet  aroma and jarring  taste of that first cup of  steaming coffee.   All of my senses awakened fully.   Inspiration 101!

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No need to worry about my muse being turned into a magpie, as a plethora of fresh thoughts erupt,  I just hope I can write them down quickly enough before I forget them.

Yup this daily routine led to the creation of many of the great scenes in 512.  My favorite, a young Ruth, in his best pre-teen mezzo soprano voice sings the Ave Maria at an all school Mass.

Your central character in 512, Babe Ruth has great capacity to love, yet he was starved. Why do you think this happens in fiction and in real life?

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 You can find Ruth among the bevy of children.

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” This is a great quote from Mark Twain.

The legendary George Herman “Babe” Ruth is perhaps the most misunderstood and misrepresented person in sports and entertainment history.  He was full of love, especially for family and children.  He fought for the little guy, a well-paid athlete who battled miserly owners to help other players make more money.  He did things for other people today’s superstars would not dream of, unless they could make a buck from it.  One time hearing a semi-pro team lacked enough players to field a team, so Ruth borrowed a uniform and played first for them.

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Ruth after playing a game for the Hartford Poli semi-pro team.

In his life Ruth was starved for love, he suffered deep emotional scars from abandonment numerous times.  Neither fictional nor biographical accounts can describe the extreme distraught this rambunctious seven year old must have felt when he was unceremoniously dropped at the “feet” of the Christian Brothers by cold parents.  He spent the next dozen years at St. Mary’s Industrial School. This was not an orphanage but a “reform school”.  From this point on Ruth yearned for acceptance.

A few days shy of his 19th birthday, Ruth is “emancipated” from this safe environment, thrust into cruel heartless world, his guardianship entrusted to a complete stranger who was simply looking for a pitcher. Within months, that same man sells Ruth to a different club.  Ruth, now among the real life wolves, would suffer pain of abandonment several more times.  What young adult male with money to burn and no support system, free from rules after years of rigid discipline would not act out? And he did, very wildly at times.   Ruth acted foolishly but he was not a fool.

After an ill-fated and hasty first marriage, he finally discovers love and family guided by a strong willed woman, Claire.  She pierces his external personae, seeing his vulnerability, and that he is easily exploited by others.  She grabs hold of him and guides him on a path of stability.  From Claire, Ruth learns how to accept love.

Through all of his wildness Ruth never lost his ability to give love.  I did have the fortune of interviewing Julia Ruth Stevens his daughter, the deep sense of love for “Daddy” ever present.

Fiction and reality exist in blended harmony within my characters; it is tough to separate the two.

Without giving spoilers, would you say you’re a “happy ending” writer?

Unless I am writing a humorous piece I definitely want to leave the readers thinking one of two things:   “What the heck just happened? “Or “Could it have happened that way?”

My view is to make the work memorable, a water cooler conversation piece for the readers.

I want them to let their minds wander and debate all aspects of possible outcomes.

What would you like to be remembered for?

This is sort of like writing your own epitaph. I think the remembrance I would most want is simple admiration for having a positive impact on lives that I have touched, whether through my writings, in business, teaching or coaching children.

But, most of all I want to be remembered by my family members; who had to endure the countless odd ball life stories I shared, each having a unique moral they called “RalphO-isms”.

Don’t ask why they stuck the O in the middle of the name, that’s a story for another day.

If you could dine with any historical figure living or dead, who would it be and why?

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Nixon, opening day 1969, most likely only President to ever wear a baseball glove while throwing out a first pitch! What a geek!

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The 37th President of the United States

I guess I just have a soft spot in my heart for the completely misunderstood enigmatic heroes.  Richard Milhous Nixon never was comfortable in the limelight but he was equally uncomfortable when not in a suit, shirt, tie and wingtip shoes, even when strolling on the beach. He was bold and confident enough to take on the most difficult decisions imaginable, but vilified for the easy arrogance with which those decisions were made.  Despite the many achievements during his abbreviated tenure in the Oval office, he is remembered most for his departure in disgrace, which he accepted valiantly. Nixon went through a second resurrection after leaving office, with historians finally recognizing the importance of his accomplishments.

Nixon was a man counted out at least twice politically but managed to arise from the ashes each time.  I think anyone can learn from him.  The art of perseverance, what does it take?  How do you muster the courage to face the fierce adversaries who criticize and have beaten you, then to reverse your defeats?

Heralded and hated, there is so much I would like to ask him.

Past, present or future? Where does your mind dwell?

The George Harrison lyrics frame it for me.

“Sunrise doesn’t last all morning

A cloudburst doesn’t last all day

Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning

It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass

All things must pass away”

Each day is a new page in our lives, only we can complete the chapter or the story.  As I get older, I believe that there is pre-destination to our lives. The beginning and ending are known but we assemble and shape our own journey. Along the way we will encounter rocky and smooth points; how we pave the road will determine our happiness.

The forward of 512 is the true life story of my friend Larry.  I talk about his path taken and the certainties that would have happened to others had he gone down a different road.

When I get up, I think about the kind of road I will pave today.

What informs your writing most?

Life, every bit of it! Everything has a story.   People watching is one great source of creative material.   It does not matter where you are: at the mall, on the beach, on a crowded subway platform. Absorb what you see, hear and experience –“the truth is stranger than fiction”, especially when you can write it your own way.

Growing up in the Seventies, school kids were encouraged to think globally and act locally. Have you ever flirted with this philosophy?

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Learning to survive a nuclear attack in the 1950’s

Well I actually grew up in the 50/60’s. We were encouraged to think about careers in which we could not be replaced computers.  But that was after we were taught to kneel under our desks and put our head between our knees in case of an attack by the Soviet Union.

Guilty pleasures: we all have them. What is yours?

Guilty pleasures, well there are all too many to name; but none that I feel guilty about!  But if I had to narrow it down to just one, I would say 18 holes of golf, alone, on a not too crowded course, playing three or four balls each hole.

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Ruth could hit the golf ball a long way!

 Your greatest victory?

My greatest victory was convincing my beautiful wife to marry me, after years of heavy pursuit. Not sure how or why she caved finally but that was a big win!

Now if you had asked about greatest accomplishment, then it would be watching the youngest of my children graduate knowing each child was now on their way to a fulfilling adult life on their terms.

Finishing close behind the above is having 512 published after the 4 ½ years of research and writing effort.

Tell us about the one that got away. Person, place or thing.

I grow up in the Bronx and did a “boat load of fishing” (no pun intended) let me tell you many, many more than one got away.   But I have to draw from Don Quixote quote “in last year’s nest there are no birds this year”.  Don’t spend time looking backwards.

I try not to get stuck thinking about the past; or thinking the grass always greener on the other side.

Too many people think “Oh my life would have been better if…”  Thinking that way one will never be fulfilled and the basket of ones that got away will rival the parable of the fish and loaves, never ending.

What are some of the overriding themes in your work? Do you have a favorite?

I have a soft spot for the plight of the underdog who manages significant accomplishments while facing long odds or against a more powerful adversary.  It is hard to imagine the iconic Ruth as an underdog, but certainly he was.

Born in perhaps the poorest section of Baltimore, emotionally crippled, he substitutes a street gang for family. The only life he knows is inside the walls of a tough love reform school. He is a boy with no interpersonal or social skills. Somehow this youngster, barely 19, not only survives but thrives through pure determination of will to crush all the baseball records, transcend the sport against an antagonistic and megalomaniacal commissioner, and to this day 67 years after his death remains an iconic figure.

Ironically, Ruth himself had a soft spot in his heart for the underdog and downtrodden.

Other favorite themes are “conspiracy and the hidden agenda.”   I enjoy keeping the readers on their toes.

Who do you admire and why?

Again this is tough question, especially when you think about all those who helped build our great country.  In honor of 512, I will stay with the baseball theme.

As product of the Bronx, New York who else is there to pick but Mickey Mantle, nearly every New Yorker’s hero from 1951- 1968. So much has been written about him.

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Before every game both legs were heavily taped so he could play through the pain

Blessed with blue eyes and golden hair, and an even more golden smile, this powerfully built athlete had to fight demons his entire life.  From a small rural mining town in Oklahoma, the shy 18 year old was thrust onto the bright New York City lights, with a cardboard suitcase and one change of clothes. His athletic prowess and boyish charm elevated him and hid his real fears from the public eye.  No male in his family had lived beyond the age of 40.  Imagine electrifying a city six months a year for 18 years believing your time on earth had a defined expiration date.  He did that while battling chronic pain from injuries his entire career. Such great fortitude is deserved of every ounce of admiration I can muster.

Mantle used excessive drinking to suppress his demons.  Ironically, Mantle lived into his mid-sixties, losing his battle from the effects of alcoholism.  In the end Mantle’s story was a true a Shakespearean tragedy.

Are writers fully formed works of art or works in progress?

 mosesHum…writers are fully informed works of art in progress!  Writers, I think are like Michaelangelo.  Years and years after studying anatomy he creates the statute Moses.  The work is an astounding sculpture renowned for its detail, the muscle definition in the arms and bone structure in the hands are exquisite perfection.  Nearly completion, Michaelangelo step back to review his work.  WHAM!  He banged his mallet in frustration on the knee of the statute, dissatisfied with an imperfection he noticed.

The delete key is my mallet; definitely I am an informed work of art always in progress.

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Thank you so much for stopping by Ralph. All the best with 512 and we’ll see you on the links!

 

The AlphasTOMORROW: Author Angel Schenna talks THE ALPHAS, endings and the ideal muse.

 

 

 

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COUNTING DOWN WITH MARISSA CAMPBELL

Author and fellow B7 Sista Marissa Campbell is throwing a Countdown Cover Party on Facebook this Sunday, March 8 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. EST to celebrate the September 8 launch of her first historical novel AVELYNN through St. Martin’s Press. During that time, Marissa will be hosting authors and offering free give aways every hour.

A Bit About Marissa

Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Her debut historical fiction, Avelynn, is due out September 8th 2015, from St. Martin’s Press. Currently hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writer’s Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.

When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!

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One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut

It is 869. For eighteen years, Avelynn, the beautiful and secretly pagan daughter of the Ealdorman of Somerset, has lived in an environment of love, acceptance, and equality. Somerset has flourished under twenty years of peace. But with whispers of war threatening their security, Avelynn’s father makes an uncompromising decision that changes her life forever.

Forced into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status, Avelynn’s perception of independence is shattered. With marriage looming, she turns to her faith, searching for answers in an ancient ritual along the coast, only to find Alrik the Blood-Axe and sixty Viking berserkers have landed.

In a year of uncertainty that sees Avelynn discover hidden powers, stumble into a passionate love affair with Alrik, and lead men into battle, Avelynn must walk a fine line as her deceptions mount and Demas’ tactics to possess her become more desperate and increasingly brutal.

Avelynn and Alrik are caught in the throes of fate as they struggle to find the way back to themselves and onwards to each other.