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A new dawn is on the horizon, where boundaries are broken, diversity is embraced, and an optimistic, creative vision of our future on Earth takes center stage.

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


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“EOS, why don’t you tell everyone how nature pays the bills,” Nellie suggests.

“The windows are transparent, self-repairing solar photovoltaic cells containing nanocrystals that convert ninety percent of captured sunlight into energy. The nanostructures Dr. Oadira designed concentrate the sun’s energy over a thousand times its normal intensity. They trap and absorb the light with minimal loss. The electric voltage created is collected and channeled via array cables.”

“How do you store the energy for evening use?” Masako asks.

“Yes, EOS, how do we do that?” Rafael coaxes, swallowing the rest of his red wine.

“Through a process similar to photosynthesis. Energy from the solar cells’ electric current is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases and is stored in that form,” EOS explains. “When we need power, the gases recombine inside a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity.”

“That’s bloody brilliant,” Vanisa cheers, holding up her glass.

“Yes, very impressive,” Masako agrees. “Selene and I would be very interested in hearing more about the nanostructures and…” Masako looks around the room. “Where is Selene?” 

Nellie walks over to the door and peeks into the hall. “She’s riding in the hovertube with Arjun.”

Behind the Scenes
– Starring AtoZ rockstars –

An invitation to visit the secret summit soared to the top of Misha Gericke‘s Five Year Project bucket list. The sun-kissed setting alone sparked infinite ideas on how to spin her next fantastical journey, a sequel to her bestselling hit, Endless. Misha had taken charge of her life, scheduled a first-class flight from South Africa, and blocked out a month to spend at Viridis, a place where dreams don’t stay dreams.

Misha leaned over the rooftop railing beside Andrea to listen to her latest inspirational playlist. As someone who ate music & words for breakfast, with a side of pancakes, Andrea Michaels wasn’t one to leave room for silence. As a result, she was in charge of booking the music gigs for Viridis’ social calendar, but narrowing down the talent to 30 bands from across the globe was no easy task. She decided, The Script, would set a pretty awesome tone for the summit’s solar-powered stage.

Soumya Prasad tapped her foot to the beat drumming through Andrea’s earbuds while polishing off her second dose of coffee. A Bangalorite techie to the core, Soumya devoured every bit of glorious innovation Viridis had to offer. She jotted down her new tech obsessions in her life of leo holopad, a delightfully advanced prototype on loan from the summit engineers which she planned on conveniently forgetting to return.

Djinnia peers over Soumya‘s shoulder and eyes the ghostly holographic contraption warily. An authority on urban legends from around the world, she knew everything had a dark side, and felt certain Viridis was no exception. If there were monsters lurking about, djinnia would find them, and then write about her encounter after smiting them with her mammoth book bag.

Really Slow Motion – Battle Angel – The Sky is my Kingdom – Lionel Schmitt

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EOS Review Contest

Starting April 1st, I’ll reveal sensory-rich sneak peeks into the world of EOS, a futuristic sci fi solarpunk short story available on AMAZON for $0.99Post a REVIEW of EOS on AMAZON by May 31st and you’ll be entered to WIN a signed copy of RSM’s Battle Angel and signed limited edition print from painter, Jenny Vyas!

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Reflections of a Dreamer

InsecureWritersSupportGroupIWSG meets the first Wednesday of every month. A community of brilliant writers led by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Visit the Insecure Writer’s Support Group website and database! You’ll find  everything from writing to marketing, along with encouragement and support!

It’s fitting that today is IWSG. Seeing as how Alex has been an unfailing supporter since my online debut back in March of 2013, it’s no surprise that he’s a winner of a Biltmore-themed commenter prize!

And many composer collaborations later, I’ve finally cajoled Alex into joining my latest EPIC event with audiomachine! More details on the PHENOMENA project will be announced this FRIDAY! We’re accepting writing & art entries for audiomachine’sEpic Heroes” contest through May 15th, so tap into your imaginations and join the fun!A-to-Z Reflection [2014]

I want to send out my heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by during the crazy month that is April’s A to Z Challenge to take a peek at my upcoming Biltmore-inspired YA novel “Architects of Illusion“! This novel series is my biggest, most ambitious project to date. Needless to say, I was anxious to hear feedback. I truly value your comments and the time you spent in my world. The show of encouragement from gracious readers & inspiring composers alike have bolstered my passion for this story and will continue to push me towards achieving my DREAM!

Special thanks to my additional commenting winners–you guys rock! (Shoot me an email with your address to receive your Biltmore-goodies:)

Michelle Wallace

C. Lee McKenzie

SD Neeve

Djinnia

Yolanda Renee

To say April was a busy month would be the understatement of the year. Between novel edits, running an international album promotion for PHENOMENA, teaching an AMAZING group of gifted teens through Elevate Life & Art, planning a big book trailer, in collaboration with audiomachine, for Grammarly’s groundbreaking GrammoWriMo Novel, “The Lonely Wish-Giver” (which I also contributed to), AND juggling commenting/minion duties for the incredible #TeamDamyanti (muwah!)–I was ready to drown myself in a barrel of Biltmore wine!

With well over 2K participants, the Challenge was a huge success! There were so many awesome posts I enjoyed, and many more I didn’t have the chance to read. I hope to catch up on what I missed over the next few months. I loved meeting new folks and exchanging witty fun with familiar “faces”. You’re all welcome here anytime, where the bar, the banter, and the imagination, are always open.


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Calling all WRITERS & ARTISTS

Create an original superhero for a chance to be PUBLISHED in an audiomachine ebook!

Open APRIL 15th through MAY 15th.

Many Branches, One Tree

InsecureWritersSupportGroupIWSG meets the first Wednesday of every month. A community of brilliant writers led by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – Tree of Life

For this month’s post, I want to send my heartfelt thanks to the talented group of writers that exceeded the Tree of Life: Branching Out challenge I set out before them in a way I never would have dreamed.

Each of these writers possess a unique gift for the written word. They collectively merged their storytelling skills to create an overwhelmingly beautiful saga, wrought with meaning and woven with the essence of music.

With each new voice, the epic tale grew, branching out in unique ways that reflected the individual while honoring the whole.

I am in awe of their abilities, their strength, their enthusiasm and their support.

I may have planted the seed, but it is you who breathed life into it. Rooted in passion, it thrived on your imagination.

You are the branches of this, the Tree of Life.

It is an honor to have worked with you, and on behalf of audiomachine and myself, I cannot thank you enough for the incredible journey…treeoflife_branchingout_badge

Amy Willoughby-Burle, John Wiswell, M. Pax, Al Diaz, Gary Philip Pennick, DL Hammons, Susan Scott, Ruth Long, Djinnia, Daniel Swensen, KC Hunter, Shannon Kenoyer Lawrence, Tina Downey, Beverly Fox, Michelle Wallace, Mina Lobo, Gwen Gardner, Angela Brown, Lisa Shambrook, Sarah Wesson, Leighton Williams, Elise Fallson, Vidya Sury, Damyanti Biswas and C. Lee McKenzie

Tree of Life Composers:
Paul Dinletir
Kevin Rix
Danail Getz
Jeff Marsh
Steffan Michael Koch
John A. Graves

Special thanks to:

Marc D’Amour of audiomachine, for his continued support of this project!

Jennifer Redstreake Geary who gave our collaboration a visually stunning logo!

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Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Djinnia

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeWelcome to the TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, where creative minds meet epic movie music. To read the collective story in its entirety as it unfolds and for more details on this groundbreaking collaboration with Audiomachine click HERE.

Today’s featured guest is the mysterious spinner of tales, Djinnia. You can find more of her lyrical prose in the winner’s circle of Figment as well as Wattpad, Authonomy and Hexbound.

* Listen to the inspiring track from Audiomachine’s Tree of Life album featured in the sidebar music player

Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – Breaking Through – Tree of Life

A gust of wind tore through the Tree’s branches. Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled in dark tones. The threatening storm ruptured, and rain poured from the sky.

Zoe’s heart saddened as the vibrant new life became pummeled by the pelting rain. “Oh no.”

He touched her shoulder in comfort. “It’s all right. Death is as natural as life.” He lifted her face with the crook of his finger to meet his gaze. “Many will survive and be the stronger for it. Those that do not will be mourned by you because you loved them.”

She understood then. Love was the savior and the destroyer. It was the succor and the hindrance. It was the truth speaker and the deceiver. Love was meant to be clung to tightly yet strong enough to let go without reservation.

Zoe laughed as she threw her hands up into the storm. The freedom of her insight exploded forth from her heart like a Phoenix from the ashes. She grabbed his hands and danced away in giddiness as she imagined her soul flying alongside in joyous rapture.

The rain slackened then stopped. The clouds vanished to allow sunlight to create water diamonds to dazzle their eyes as a rainbow painted the sky.

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© 2013 Djinnia

ATTENTION FANS: You can WIN an autographed TREE OF LIFE Audiomachine album by LEAVING COMMENTS! On August 17th, two lucky readers will be chosen at random from the comments section of the story excerpts. The more you comment–the better your chances are of winning a piece of cinematic history! We want to hear from YOU!

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