Jack: The Tale of Frost

Claus

Book 2
DeadPixel Publications
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The Jack Frost you never knew…

Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost.

He’s a strange man. Very short, very fat. And he likes his room cold. Some say inhumanly cold.

Mr. Frost’s love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. He’s made billions of dollars off the holiday and, according to Mr. Frost, a holiday he invented. Rumor is he’s an elven, but that’s silly. Elven aren’t real. And if they were, they wouldn’t be in South Carolina.

Sura takes a job at Frost Plantation that’s strange and magical and, for the first time in her life, a place where she feels like she belongs. She’ll uncover the mystery of what really happens at Frost Plantation and who’s making all the toys. She’ll discover the biggest secret of all—Mr. Frost hates Christmas.

Really, really hates it.

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A synthetic stem cell called a biomite can replace any cell in your body. They are infallible. As our percentages of biomites rise, we become stronger, we become smarter and prettier. We become better.


Can we resist the temptation of perfection? Are we still human when our bodies are replaced by synthetic replications?


If biomites exist, laws will be imposed to prevent excess and abuse. Those with 50% biomites will no longer be considered human. 


They will be halfskin.


Halfksin: The Vignettes is a compendium of short stories found throughout the Halfskin trilogy, a harbinger of what humanity’s pursuit of perfection may look like.

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR


WHAT GENRE DO YOU PREFER?

Science fiction, dystopia, technothriller and, to some extent, young adult. I do have a series of novellas in the vampire genre. Yeah, I know. Doesn’t fit. That character, Drayton, came out of nowhere when I was at a community theatre production of Dracula. I figured that an immortal vampire would more likely become compassionate and wise as he grew older. The technothriller Halfskin is similar to vampires in that technology promises immortality and complete control of our bodies. But then what?


WHY A SYNTHETIC STEM CELL?

Organic life is too nilly-willy. We’re limited by our DNA. Give it to the scientists to perfect this vehicle that carries us around because it is a vehicle. If we no longer have organic bodies, if every one of our cells is replaced by something manmade all the way down to the neurons and synapses, then what are we? What if our world is just a computerized environment, ala The Matrix? Would we know the difference? Look, we’re printing organs today. I’m not, but someone is. Some genius has figured out how to push play and heart or liver or kidney comes down the chute. Halfskin takes the idea into the distant future and explores whether this leads to more happiness or just more of the same. Because more money, more problems.


DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER JOB BESIDES AUTHOR?

Day job, I’m a college horticulture teacher. Writing is a passion. No plans to change it. 


WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Breathe.


WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE?

Omnipresent supergalactic oneness.


IF WE HAD A CUSTOM THAT ALLOWED US TO EAT OUR CHILDREN, WHAT KIND OF SAUCE WOULD YOU USE?

Ketchup, the miracle condiment.


ARE OUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES STEALING OUR SOUL? AND IF SO, DO YOU MAKE 

OFFERINGS TO YOUR TOASTER?

I offer white bread and the toaster gives back crunchy, brown bread. Never doubt a true miracle. 


If you liked Ready Player One and Ender’s Game, you’ll love the thrilling high-tech adventure of Socket Greeny!

I was a nobody before I was a legend.

I had this funny name and white hair and really didn’t care about anything. But then one day something happened and nothing was ever the same. Change is like that. One day you’re a nothing, the next you’re saving everything. Not everybody.

Everything.

It’s not that I didn’t want to do what I did. Someone once told me that true nature is a train—you either get on board or get run over. So I got on and let it take me. What I saw… the androids and the off-world creatures. The psychotic minders. It’s out there.

The rabbit hole is deep.

That’s the thing with the truth. It’s been right in front of us all this time. We just have to see it. Once you do, you’ll never unsee it. Once you know the truth, you can’t ignore it. I was once a nobody and now I’m a legend because I saw the truth about reality, about this universe.

And I did something about it.


REVIEWS FOR SOCKET GREENY

“Absolutely the BEST sci-fi! Totally enjoyable!” –Dr. Bill Encke,  Reviewer

“THE best book I have EVER read!” – Reviewer

“I cried and laughed… I was captivated.” –Teresa Koschalk,  Reviewer

“A story along the lines of Heinlein’s best!” –SciFiGirl,  Reviewer

“Transcendent… a beautiful and well written expression.” Tiffany,  Reviewer

“A Great Series for the SF fan of any Age.” Greg T,  Reviewer

“Twists throughout woven in so well you may not notice the dominos until the very end.”  Reviewer

“This was one of the best sci-fi/tech audiobooks I’ve heard lately, and frankly I can’t believe it’s still relatively undiscovered.” Ms. Christian C.,  Reviewer


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DeadPixel Publications
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Nov 22, 2013
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9781493519934
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / General
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 Life hasn’t been kind to Oliver Toye. 


As if juvenile diabetes isn’t enough, he’s forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and the nights listening to the forest rumble. 

But when he discovers the first leather-bound journal, the family secrets begin to surface. The mystery of his great-grandfather’s voyage to the North Pole is revealed. That’s when the snowman appears. 

Magical and mysterious, the snowman will save Oliver more than once. But when the time comes for Oliver to discover the truth, will he have the courage? When Flury needs him, will he have the strength? When believing isn’t enough, will he save the snowman from melting away? 

Because sometimes even magic needs a little help. 


INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR


Where did you come up with the idea of writing science fiction for holiday characters?

My nephew mentioned the “secret Santa ninja elves” that visit his school during Christmas, and this spawned the idea of writing a semi-serious sci-fi version of Santa. How the ideas flesh out is a long process. I started keep track of how the story arc of my latest novel evolves, just to remember where it began. It’s all over the place. I love the challenge of bringing a story to light, letting the characters get in my head and telling me where to go. Flury: Journey of a Snowman is the third book in the Claus series. It was originally Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is copyrighted. It didn’t matter, really. The character was better suited to be something other than Frosty. Flury is a bit more serious.

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Are you getting any backlash for rewriting these Christmas legends?

Not at all. In fact, a lot of readers have connected to all the unanswered questions surround them, especially Santa Claus. How does he go around the world in a night? Why is he fat? Why does he live on the North Pole? How do reindeer fly? How does he carry all those presents? All of them answered with the magic wand of science fiction… I mean, the science wand of science fiction. The stories still have the fantasy element, of course. Some leaps of imagination. And also the romance angle. Why? Because all stories have love.

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What is your favorite character from the books that you have written?

Socket Greeny is one of my favorites. That science fiction trilogy was my first story. I wrote it in first person and really connected with him. However, Jack Frost is in Claus (Legend of the Fat Man) and Jack (The Tale of Frost) and has become my all-time fave. He’s childish, irreverent and dangerous, but at the same time lovable. 

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What order should readers purchase the Claus books?

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is the best start. After that, any order works. They all can be read as standalone novels.

This week only, save 10% to 40% on the boxed sets, Claus Boxed (Volume 1 and Volume 2)…

In the early 1800s, Nicholas Santa discovered an ancient race of elven.

Short, fat and hairy, they have lived peacefully on the North Pole since the Ice Age but Nicholas is quickly swept into the colony’s first and only fracture. The elven known as the Cold One has divided his people. His name is Jack. And Jack’s tired of hiding. Why should they live in a shrinking ice cap when humans occupy the rest of the world?

It’s just not fair.

There’s no stopping Jack from world domination until Nicholas Santa, the only human to enter the elven colony, joins helium-bladder reindeer, artificially-intelligent snowmen, and a merry band of big-footed elven to bring peace back to the North Pole.

And becomes a legend.


REVIEWS FOR THE CLAUS UNIVERSE

“Amazing rewrites that will astound you!” –Ruth Jackson,  Reviewer“Best Santa Story Ever!” – Bob,  Reviewer“Simply lovely.” –jl, Amazon Reviewer“MY HEART GREW THREE SIZES…” –  Reviewer“Couldn’t Put It Down.” –  Reviewer“Fantasy at it’s [sic] finest.” –Carol,  Reviewer“Absolutely phenomenal!” –JayFly,  Reviewer“A++” –TKJ 131,  Reviewer“Absolutely Awesome.” –Dee greusel,  Reviewer“I absolutely love this series…” –Kara McCabe,  Reviewer“Tony is an excellent story teller!” jjjlake,  Reviewer“I want MORE!” –J. Bunch,  Reviewer“Awesomely engaging!” –Janice Everett,  Reviewer
Catching Santa was nominated to the Sunshine State Young Readers Award committee for consideration for 2014-2015 SSYRA List!



Accelerated Reader Quiz #150476 (BL: 4.5, Pts: 9, MG)



Awards:

2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner (Children's/Juvenile Fiction)



Description:

High-tech gadgetry and ancient magic has done little to aid in the
centuries old search for Santa's rogue assistant, Servant Rupert. But
Servant Rupert has been searching for someone too –the fabled Pole, the
one person who can see Santa. But the search hasn’t fared well for
Servant Rupert. To make matters worse, his agents have contacted Santa’s
forces wishing to defect. A risky plan is quickly set in motion by
Santa’s Special Forces to divulge the location of Jakob Jablonski, the
Pole, in hopes it will lead to the capture of Santa’s forever naughty
helper. Wasting little time, Servant Rupert recklessly contacts Jakob.



In the ensuing mayhem Jakob is drawn into the mystery of Santa and
his dastardly rogue assistant when proclaimed a Pole by Servant Rupert.
He quickly demands that Jakob catch Santa...or he will turn everyone
Jakob cares for into coal! Jakob and his band of friends, partnering
with elf spies and rogue agents of Servant Rupert, begin to uncover
hints of a sinister plot involving more than just catching Santa.



In his exquisitely written fantasy debut and 2011 Next Generation
Indie Book Award Winner, David M. F. Powers, aka Marc Franco, creates an
original yet simple world while staying true the traditions of Santa.
Jakob's adventurous journey to self-acceptance of his destiny is one
readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.



Praise:

"A fun quick read. Ending was provocative." -- Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh, NY



"Good action and a nice paced storyline will keep readers interested
till the last page." – Williamsburg Public Library, Williamsburg, Iowa



“I think the book is going to be a best seller!” – Laura Brainard, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Lakeview Middle School



“Catching Santa is now a very popular book in our media center and
is being requested daily!” – Betsy Bernstein, Media Center Secretary,
Nelson Elementary School



“The book is great.” – Todd Merrick, Owner, Heroes Landing Comics



“We haven't been able to keep the book on the library shelf!” – Susan Tkacik, School Media Specialist, Maniscalco Elementary



“I have currently finished your book Catching Santa which I thought
was the greatest book ever!!” – Lydia Harrell, 6th grade student,
Lakeview Middle School



“The copies of your book were scooped up as soon as they hit the
shelf. Looking forward to the sequels.” – Teresa Nichols, Media
Specialist, Neptune Elementary School



“The students are really enjoying the book. And so am I!” – Teresa McGrew, Library Media Specialist, Lake Whitney Elementary



“My class loves it!” – Michelle Schultes, Third Grade Teacher, Windermere Elementary



“the kids loved it...” – Joyanne Herdman, Media Specialist, Bailey Elementary School



“While Catching Santa sounds like a seasonal title, I have just
finished reading it and know that it is more a fantasy adventure.” – Joy
Price, Media Specialist, Gold Hill Elementary
The Age of Not Believing is a beautifully illustrated new Christmas story for children, about a young boy at the ‘age of not believing’ who discovers, the true meaning and magic of Christmas. Filled with messages and ideals, twists and surprises, The Age of Not Believing is sure to please and to surprise. Synopsis: Thomas is awoken on Christmas Eve by a mysterious voice. As he follows the voice and walks towards the Christmas tree, he is magically transported to the strange and troubled land of Semdar (an anagram of ‘dreams’), where the wicked Torga has banished Christmas, forever. Only he can break the spell, but as his adventure unfolds, he is captured by silver wolves and taken to Torga’s castle, where through an unexpected turn of events, he ends up helping and saving the witch! The story ends with Thomas waking up beneath the Christmas tree. He wonders whether it was all just a dream, but then something catches his eye, to suggest that perhaps it was not... “...a great story filled with messages and ideals that parents will enjoy reading and sharing with their children as each modern and jaded Christmas draws closer.” The Writer’s Forum. “....a lovely tale...” Trinity Mirror Group of newspapers. “I stand by my comment of it being one of the best self published books I have seen....” Garry Blackman, Senior Buying Manager - Books. Tesco Stores. “I think the story's fantastic, I really liked it, very Grimm with shades of Angela Carter” Oliver Burston SPOOKY POOKA LTD. “...fabulous book...” Grace Anderson, Literacy Leader, St. Vincent’s School, London.
 Life hasn’t been kind to Oliver Toye. 


As if juvenile diabetes isn’t enough, he’s forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and the nights listening to the forest rumble. 

But when he discovers the first leather-bound journal, the family secrets begin to surface. The mystery of his great-grandfather’s voyage to the North Pole is revealed. That’s when the snowman appears. 

Magical and mysterious, the snowman will save Oliver more than once. But when the time comes for Oliver to discover the truth, will he have the courage? When Flury needs him, will he have the strength? When believing isn’t enough, will he save the snowman from melting away? 

Because sometimes even magic needs a little help. 


INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR


Where did you come up with the idea of writing science fiction for holiday characters?

My nephew mentioned the “secret Santa ninja elves” that visit his school during Christmas, and this spawned the idea of writing a semi-serious sci-fi version of Santa. How the ideas flesh out is a long process. I started keep track of how the story arc of my latest novel evolves, just to remember where it began. It’s all over the place. I love the challenge of bringing a story to light, letting the characters get in my head and telling me where to go. Flury: Journey of a Snowman is the third book in the Claus series. It was originally Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is copyrighted. It didn’t matter, really. The character was better suited to be something other than Frosty. Flury is a bit more serious.

.

Are you getting any backlash for rewriting these Christmas legends?

Not at all. In fact, a lot of readers have connected to all the unanswered questions surround them, especially Santa Claus. How does he go around the world in a night? Why is he fat? Why does he live on the North Pole? How do reindeer fly? How does he carry all those presents? All of them answered with the magic wand of science fiction… I mean, the science wand of science fiction. The stories still have the fantasy element, of course. Some leaps of imagination. And also the romance angle. Why? Because all stories have love.

.

What is your favorite character from the books that you have written?

Socket Greeny is one of my favorites. That science fiction trilogy was my first story. I wrote it in first person and really connected with him. However, Jack Frost is in Claus (Legend of the Fat Man) and Jack (The Tale of Frost) and has become my all-time fave. He’s childish, irreverent and dangerous, but at the same time lovable. 

.

What order should readers purchase the Claus books?

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is the best start. After that, any order works. They all can be read as standalone novels.

This week only, save 10% to 40% on the boxed sets, Claus Boxed (Volume 1 and Volume 2)…

In the early 1800s, Nicholas Santa discovered an ancient race of elven.

Short, fat and hairy, they have lived peacefully on the North Pole since the Ice Age but Nicholas is quickly swept into the colony’s first and only fracture. The elven known as the Cold One has divided his people. His name is Jack. And Jack’s tired of hiding. Why should they live in a shrinking ice cap when humans occupy the rest of the world?

It’s just not fair.

There’s no stopping Jack from world domination until Nicholas Santa, the only human to enter the elven colony, joins helium-bladder reindeer, artificially-intelligent snowmen, and a merry band of big-footed elven to bring peace back to the North Pole.

And becomes a legend.


REVIEWS FOR THE CLAUS UNIVERSE

“Amazing rewrites that will astound you!” –Ruth Jackson,  Reviewer“Best Santa Story Ever!” – Bob,  Reviewer“Simply lovely.” –jl, Amazon Reviewer“MY HEART GREW THREE SIZES…” –  Reviewer“Couldn’t Put It Down.” –  Reviewer“Fantasy at it’s [sic] finest.” –Carol,  Reviewer“Absolutely phenomenal!” –JayFly,  Reviewer“A++” –TKJ 131,  Reviewer“Absolutely Awesome.” –Dee greusel,  Reviewer“I absolutely love this series…” –Kara McCabe,  Reviewer“Tony is an excellent story teller!” jjjlake,  Reviewer“I want MORE!” –J. Bunch,  Reviewer“Awesomely engaging!” –Janice Everett,  Reviewer
 When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds. 


Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane. 

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works? 


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR


HOW IMPORTANT ARE NAMES TO YOU IN THIS BOOK. DID YOU CHOOSE THEM BASED ON SOUND OR MEANING?

Almost all of my books have names with special meaning, some foreshadowing a big twist. In The Annihilation of Foreverland, Reed’s name was symbolic of his ability to tolerate suffering, bending in the face of gale forces but never breaking. 


WHERE DOES YOUR TOMORROW SPRING FROM? IN OTHER WORDS, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CRAZY WORLD?

Sometimes, I can’t remember how the story started by the time I get to the end. The Annihilation of Foreverland started with the premise of identity. I wanted to write it as a YA book in the science fiction dystopia genre in a way that slowly unfolded as well as questioned who we are and explore our fear of death, and what we’re willing to do to avoid it. Like all of my stories, it does have a romantic angle mixed into the action. Because it should.



GIVE YOUR BOOK THE BECHDEL TEST. IT HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO (NAMED) WOMEN IN IT WHO TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT SOMETHING BESIDES A MAN.

I failed because there’s only one female in The Annihilation of Foreverland. However, the young adult sequel (Foreverland is Dead) passes with flying colors since its mostly female characters that rarely talk about men.


WHAT SORT OF BODY COUNT ARE WE TALKING HERE?

The bodies die, but not necessarily the characters. Chew on that a second.


DO YOU WANT YOUR TOMORROW TO MAKE IT BIG, AS IN JK ROWLINGS-BIG? WHY OR WHY NOT?

Believe it or not, no. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to make enough cash to pay off this house and send my kids to college, but I’ll pass on fame and fortune. Anonymity is a blessing.


YOU CAST YOUR CHARACTERS FOR A MOVIE. WHO MAKES IT?

In The Annihilation of Foreverland, I only casted two characters in my head while I was writing it. The Director is Jeff Bridges and Mr. Jones is Anthony Hopkins. It was like watching a movie as I wrote.


HAVE YOU WRITTEN IN ANY OTHER GENRES BESIDES YA DYSTOPIAN?  WHAT DREW YOU TO YOU THIS GENRE?

I’ve been fascinated by consciousness, identity and what this all means since I was young. I would read my grandfather’s science fiction books with elements of artificial intelligence and alternate realities and wonder what happened when they died? I suppose that’s why all of my writing deals with the big mysteries of life in one way or another. In a way, I write for my own exploration, in a sort of thought experiment approach, pulling apart our identities, exploring what makes us who we are. If I lost my memories, would I still be me? If I had my body parts replaced with synthetic replications, at what point would I not be me? Do I even need a body? 


What am I?


A few years ago, I figured I’d write a romance novel. Since all of my books have a romantic element, I thought it would be fun. Halfway through the novel, I found myself thinking more and more about the next project—a dystopian idea. So 40,000 words in, I scrapped the romance novel and got back to what I love. Science fiction.

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