Thursday, 14 November 2013

Guest Post by Chris Reardon

ObstaclesAbout the Book

A child will die. You're afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he's lost in paranoia.

Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott's horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn't right.

Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man's obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts.

A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari's life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment.

Death's claws shall not grasp Gari's soul.

Guest Post

Have you ever wanted to write a book? I did, but had absolutely no idea what I was getting into! At first, I figured, everybody seems to have written one, so it can't be that hard, can it? I was completely wrong! After I felt like I had written a ton, I decided to peek at the word count. I was shocked to discover; only 10,000 words! Wow. All of that work just for a measly 10,000 words. I could not even fathom the people that seem to bust out 120,000 word novels like it's nothing.

At this point, I had to ask myself if this was seriously going to happen. My efforts and determination had to multiply 100x if I was going to accomplish this. After thinking long and hard, I decided I was going to do it. I had worked this hard already, and I was sick of quitting things halfway through. So, I kept going.

I am so glad that I did. I learned things that I could do with storyline, characters, people, and circumstances that I never would have before. I took my characters and twists in new directions that I would have never thought of initially. When it was actually complete, I could not even believe it. I was so happy I could finish something I put my mind to.

So, I would tell anybody that wants to write a book; GO FOR IT! Just make the decision up front if you are in it for the long haul. It's not something that happens easily. You have to go through tons of writer's block, lack of patience, and outlines keeping the story in check. Through all the hard work, determination, and patience, I guarantee you won't regret it.

Here's where you can reach me! email

Chris ReardonAbout the Author

Christopher Michael Reardon is a writing fellow at a Michigan College where he's currently a student. He says you always learn something new about writing when tutoring other students. Reardon is always searching for exciting books to read, especially new authors.

Reardon graduated with Honors from Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan. He's also an avid tennis player, being on the varsity tennis team for four years. He received the honor of most valuable player his senior year at number one and two singles.

Obstacles is Reardon's first novel. He says fantasy adventure books have always been an interest, because they challenge the mind and send you on an epic journey.

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