The Dreamer Genome by Steve S. Grant: A Book Review

19 01 2013

Science fiction fans! I found us an author to fill the void left behind by Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan, and his name? Steve S. Grant. Mr. Grant has written a brilliant novel entitled The Dreamer Genome which begins in 2020, after a scientist conducts genetic manipulations, in secret, to give human fetuses the ability to survive long periods of hibernation. In other words, he splices genetic material from bears and humans to create a prototype for cryogenic life.

When the clandestine lab is destroyed to avoid discovery, test subjects are scattered and the reader watches these boys grow up and gets to monitor their changes. All of the boys live fantastic lives but genetic failure claim the lives of many. The reader and the scientist who created these boys learn which genetic manipulations worked and which have not. As the boys grow up, some of them, resent the corporate greed that rules them and fight to live an ordinary live, even with extraordinary genes. The reader sees the struggle of a few young men try to be individuals who have their own hopes and dreams fight against their pre-programmed purpose. They do not want to be guinea pigs who must give up everything to further scientific research into cryogenics but many of them cannot escape their fate.It is even more difficult to escape when the man who you have known as your father a scientist who created you for observation.

Love, hate, and genetic destiny are major themes in this book and they are explored from a variety of points of view. The Dreamer Genome presents some very realistic potraits of human beings. There are villains who love and heroes who hate. The multiplicity of the ethical issues that surround human experimentation and the scientists who work on such experiments are portrayed with depth and feeling. This is a book that will make you think long after the book is closed.

The Dreamer Genome tells us that to live forever, things will be sacrificed: hopes and dreams; morals and sometimes even men.

Find more about Steve S. Grant here:

http://www.stevegrant.ca/home/

Or buy The Dreamer Genome here:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/259480

http://www.amazon.com/The-Dreamer-Genome-ebook/dp/B00AEH0QW6

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Do You Want to Have Your Book Reviewed?

17 11 2012

Dear Readers!

Charles Henry Editing is looking for books to review! We were hoping to debut the book review series next Saturday, November 24th, with, Correction Line, by Craig Terlson.

If interested in having your book reviewed please email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com to schedule a date for your review to be published on the blog.

In the email include:

  • Name
  • Pen Name (if applicable)
  • Book Title
  • Book release date
  • Cover JPEG
  • ISBN
  • Where it can be bought
  • Contact info for our readers to connect with you, such as: FB Page, Twitter, website, blog , etc.

This information will be used in the introduction and conclusion of the review. A promotional reminder will go out to our blog followers, our twitter feed, and on our FB page so people will tune in to see the review.

Please send a copy of your book by kindle or hard copy. Hard copies can be sent to:

Carolyn D. Elias

Charles Henry Editing

4867 Quarton Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Please note that just because we are reviewing your book that does NOT guarantee a good/positive review. The review spots are filling up quickly so many will be appearing in December and January.

Thanks for your interest and I look forward to reading your book!





Query Letters: Top 10 Checklist

7 11 2012

One of my favorite things to write and edit are query letters. A query letter is equivalent to a cover letter in the business world however, it also should exemplify you as a writer. All the effort you put into your work needs to be encapsulated in your query letter. Perfecting the balance between business and beauty is difficult but here are ten things to make sure you have in your query letter:

1. Know the audience that will eventually read your book.

Knowing the genre of the book should give you an inkling as to who will be interested in your book but try to narrow it down to specific demographics.

2. State a marketing plan.

A sentence or two about how you are going to help sell your book will show that you are invested in the future of your book.

3. Confidence.

Most writers tear themselves down in their query letters. Be proud of your work, your accomplishments, and detail how you are going to achieve your future goals. Timidity and fraity have no place in publishing.

4. Your biography should describe you as a writer.

The biography section is neither an autobiography or the listing of you CV accomplishments. It is supposed to describe your journey as a writer-where you began, to how you got to where you are now. State publishing credits and how they have helped you.

5. Strong, conscise prose.

6. The letter should only be one page, double spaced.

7. Make sure you are pitching to the right agent.

Pitch query letters to a few agencies that SELL WORK LIKE YOURS. Read a few of the books that the agent recently sold and state how the books are complimentary. Craft each query letter- don’t send out a generic one and just change the name. Research the agent and learn a few things about them.

8.  State the genre.

9. State the word count.

10.  Proofread and fix:  grammar, syntax, and typography.

Want help with your query letters? Contact carolyn@charleshenryediting.com to set up an appointment to edit your query letters.





NaNoWriMo Special

1 11 2012

Happy first day of National Novel Writing Month! What are you all writing about? Well, whatever it is good luck! To celebrate National Novel Writing Month we are having a 1/2 off sale on all editing services. What sort of services does Charles Henry Editing offer? Quite a few! We specialize in content editing, copy editing, proofreading and manuscript evaluations for individual authors and publishers. We polish query letters and synopses. If you are writing a book we want to take it to the next level. Our slogan is: Where Good Books Become Great.

What if I’m not writing a book? That’s fine with us we also edit academic papers, business communications and student work.

We like to say: You Write, We Edit.

Check us out at

http://www.charleshenryediting.com

or email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com.








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