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Monday, April 8, 2013

AfterLife by S.P. Cloward: Ten Pieces of Advice I Would Tell the "Teen" Me

AfterLife by S.P. Cloward will be free on Amazon from April 8 through 10!

Prior to recorded history, a small genetic mutation occurred that created a race of humans now found among every civilization in every corner of the globe. Unrecognizable to the rest of mankind but living among us and dependent upon humans for survival, this race is known as Mortui; those whose spirits do not sever from their bodies when they die. They are the source of all living dead legends.

At the time of his premature death, Wesley Lohmann discovers he belongs to this select group. Wes' transition plunges him into the center of a struggle between those who seek to coexist peacefully with humans and those who wish to use and rule them, a struggle that carries over into the treacherous world of dreams. The delicate balance human and post-human societies have maintained for millennia is threatened by a recent scientific discovery that offers Mortui the hope of returning to human life, and human sensation, but at a terrible cost. As he struggles with new and past relationships and tries to find meaning for his continued existence, Wes discovers within himself the true meaning of being alive.

AfterLife transcends the typical zombie or vampire genre and audience to present a plausible explanation of where such stories come from in an unsettling but believable way. Even those who usually shy away from this type of science fiction are falling prey to the “what if” question that makes this book so unique and is attracting readers who typically enjoy other types of fiction.
Ten Pieces of Advice I Would Tell the "Teen" Me:

1. Yellow is not your color. Don’t try to pull it off.
2. Don’t waste so much time trying to find a haircut you like. By the time you figure it out, you’ll be losing your hair and it won’t matter anyway.
3. Read for pleasure. Books are fun when you don’t have to write essays about them.
4. Learn to get out of your comfort zone from time to time. The earlier you learn to do this the more you’ll enjoy life.
5. Take care of your back. Good posture doesn’t seem important now but it will effect on you in the future.
6. Learn to play a musical instrument. It’s something you’re always going to wish you had learned to do and it’ll be easier to do while you’re still young.
7. The world is not as big as you think it is. The older you get the smaller the world becomes.
8. The “unpopular” crowd outnumbers the “popular”one. Become friends with people who can be your true friends during the rough times in your life. Having few good friends that care about you is more important than having tons of friends that disappear when you need them most.
9. Don’t focus so much on what others think of you. It doesn’t matter.
10. The sky is blue. Some people might tell you from time to time that it’s a different color but you should never believe them.

Happy Reading!

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