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Author Q&A with @BryonVaughn | NEUROGARDEN Book Tour and $50 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions #ScienceFiction #Techno #Thriller

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for NEUROGARDEN by Bryon Vaughn and it stops at Readeropolis with an author in...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for NEUROGARDEN by Bryon Vaughn and it stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The science fiction, techno-thriller is available now. 

The author will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.


NEUROGARDEN
by Bryon Vaughn
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GENRE:  Science Fiction, Techno-thriller

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BLURB:

Where can you run when there is no place to hide?

Brenna Patrick is a brilliant technologist specializing in neural-cognitive functions and AI. She has cracked the code to solve one of the most troublesome problems in the field, and turned that into the multi-billion dollar NeuralTech Corporation.

Working quietly with the U.S. Department of Defense, NeuralTech is poised to leapfrog the competition with a revolutionary system for tracking people, starting with the world’s most wanted terrorists. But there are only so many terrorists in the world, so who’s next?

When a pair of Columbia graduate students, Jenny and Leo, stumble on the dark secret of NeuralTech’s success, it kicks off a tense game of cat and mouse. As they fight to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against them, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance…

NEUROGARDEN is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have readers pondering the nature of memory, and of reality, long after they've read the last page.


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EXCERPT:

In a lonely pod on the 77th floor, Jenny floated. The only indication of life was a slow, rhythmic sway as the blue feeding solution swirled through the chamber, pushing through her body and out into the next in the chain. Her eyes closed to the world around her, a world she could no longer sense or interact with in any tangible way. Her body was there, but her mind had joined the others, and despite her ongoing confusion, she was now a resident of The Garden.

Her connection to the others came in ebbs and flows, their memories, their thoughts crashed into her own like waves on a distant, rocky shore, smashing at each other in an indiscernible mashup of sensation. In a moment of clarity, she wrapped her mind around her situation, how she had wrestled to free herself, the needle had plunged into her arm, the slow, sweet descent into slumber. Though the silent lucidity was fleeting, chased away, replaced by another barrage of brainwaves from the others.

--Welcome.

Somewhere in the melange, the chaotic furor of a thousand minds, there was a single voice, some kind of controlling singularity. Commanding attention, its words marshalled the disparate collective of thoughts, ever so briefly, into a cohesive direction.

--Welcome to The Garden.

"Who are you? Where is this place? Why am I here?"

--Time for that later. First, you must learn the rules.


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AUTHOR Interview:

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

I wish it was some crazy, inspired flavor like Bourbon and Corn Flakes, but sadly whenever I’m given a choice I reach for Rocky Road. There’s just something about chocolate ice cream, nuts, and the fluffiness of marshmallow that I can’t resist.


Which mythological creature are you most like?

In my work world, I have been called a unicorn more than once, so I could say that and it would make sense, but honestly I think of myself as more of a leprechaun. I have a streak of Irish in my blood, and can be a bit mischievous, though at six feet, I’m a little tall. Oh, and I don’t have anything resembling a pot of gold. So, yeah, a poor, tall leprechaun.


First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

In my genre, it would have to be Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. It opened my eyes to wonders that I never thought possible—telepathy, androgyny—and it was written by a woman, which at the time was a radical departure for the sci-fi scene. I remember an essay from Le Guin where she explained how she "eliminated gender, to find out what was left” in her work, and her visionary stories shaped the way I saw gender and sexuality for my entire life.


How do you develop your plot and characters?

I start with a high-level outline, a basic sketch of the main characters, and an underlying premise to bring it all together. This is what I begin with, but honestly, it never works out that way. I start down a path and the stronger characters—the ones that must be heard—have a way of pushing their way into scenes where they were not intended, or better yet, leading me to completely unexpected new scenes. I try to keep them on task, but sometimes you have to let them roam, to allow them to create those moments that make the story into what it needs to be.

But, the premise always remains constant no matter how the characters or plot changes throughout the process.


Describe your writing space.

I write wherever I can get it done. When I was first working on Neurogarden, I was writing in my head on my walk to my work office on 60th St. near Columbus Circle in New York. I would spend the thirty minutes dodging traffic from the East side to the West side traversing Manhattan talking to myself and figuring out what my next scene would be, then would sit at my desk knocking it out before everybody else started filing into the office for the work day.

Now, in the days of Coronavirus, I write at home in my one bedroom apartment in what I like to call my home office/living room/dining room/home theater/yoga studio. It isn’t optimal, but I put in my Air Pods, turn up some music that feels right for the scene, and get to work.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ever since reading Douglas Adams back in my formative years, I have had an interesting relationship with humor, science fiction, and technology. My first computer was a TI-99/4A, so yeah, I’m old, but only until scientists have cracked the code on transplanting our brains into shiny new vessels.

My body may be showing signs of wear, but I’m keeping my brain tight.

When I am not dreaming of far off worlds and writing, I am living a semi-normal life working in New York City, and watching movies with my wife and her spastic cat, Moss.

Relevant Links:
Web site: https://www.bryonvaughn.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/bryonvaughnauthor
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bryonvaughn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bryonvaughn

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Neurogarden-NeuralTech-Corporation-Book-1-ebook/dp/B08F7BWCDZ


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GIVEAWAY:

The author will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter.

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9 comments

  1. Good evening, Bryon! In response to your response from yesterday, it would be awesome to see a romantic sci-fi collaboration from you and your wife, the Rissa Kerguelen trilogy by F.M. Busby was epic!I hope that you can talk her into it. I'm a huge sci-fi fan from way back, a Trekkie of course, I love everything sci-fi from books to TV and films. Some of my favorites include The Expanse series both books and show. I loved Ursula's books when I was young and Clive is an excellent choice as well. Dream big I always say.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your great  book and for the giveaway too.

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  3. Love that cover! Thanks for sharing!

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