Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Tour/World Building Guest Post & Giveaway For STATION FOSAAN By Dee Garretson

Author: Dee Garretson
Pub. Date: Feb 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks 

Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain. 
Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things. 
During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders. 
Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home.


World Building - Putting the puzzle together
Excerpt from STATION FOSAAN:
Mira walked up and down, “I’ve never seen anything like this before. I don’t think it was a building people lived in. The curving walls don’t make sense. What would people do in this room? And where’s the roof?”
“I guess it collapsed,” I said.
“Where? There’s no rubble.”
I hadn’t thought of that. The floor was made of some dark material in a triangular pattern. There was no broken stone on it, nothing except fallen leaves. “Maybe they used something that has decayed over time, so there’s no sign of it now.” She was right about the room though. A narrow three-sided room with curving walls that met in a sharp point was about as impractical as you could get. “Is it some sort of religious shrine?” I asked. I’d read a little about Fosaanian religion which mentioned shrines, but there were no images and I’d seen nothing that was an obvious religious building.
“No, it’s nothing like a torey.” She began to turn around very slowly, like she was memorizing each wall.
Being able to create a world has to be one of the most fun parts of writing science fiction and fantasy, though it’s also very challenging. It’s putting together a puzzle when you don’t know what it looks like until you finish. For a unique world, a writer can’t just take an existing or historical culture and rename some elements or change up a few aspects.  The world has to be built bit by bit.
I had to think about two different worlds in this book. STATION FOSAAN is about a clash of cultures: those of Earthers who now control much of the galaxy, and that of the Fosaanians, who have survived a devastating apocalypse and want to remake their lives.
The Earthers were fairly easy to deal with. Their society is not so much different from our own, though it is more inclusive in some ways. The political system has changed and I did detail some of that in this book, though it plays a bigger role in the later books.
For Fosaan and the Fosaanians, I started with a list of all the elements I had to pull together: history, environment, family structure, societal structure, culture (art, music, etc.) and religion. Since Fosaanian culture went through an upheaval after the apocalypse, I put together some bits of what I thought their culture would have been before, but mostly concentrated on how the culture had changed as they struggled to survive.
One of the characters who acts as a historian describes their current culture this way:
When a civilization comes close to extinction, what emerges out of the ashes? On Fosaan, music did not, and art has turned to survival craft.
Once I realized they would be consumed with the struggle to survive, it became much easier to delve into the world building. I think that’s the key. Figure out how much or how little your characters are in control of their physical environment, their means to survive and their own futures, and build from there.

Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.

Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
2/13/2017- S.E. MuirExcerpt
2/13/2017- Book Review BeccaSpotlight

2/14/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview

2/15/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview

2/16/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post
2/16/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview

2/17/2017- So Few BooksInterview
2/17/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt

Week Two:
2/20/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
2/20/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview

2/21/2017- Susan Heim on WritingExcerpt
2/21/2017- Book-KeepingReview

2/22/2017- Wishful Endings- Interview
2/22/2017-Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post

2/23/2017- Always & Forever FangirlingExcerpt
2/23/2017- the Blacksheep ReaderReview

2/24/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review

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