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What Happens at Comic Con …

… get’s broadcast all over the world, so behave yourself!
Crank the kid-bot introduces bio-kids to the "Hub's Adventures" books.

Crank the kid-bot introduces bio-kids to the “Hub’s Adventures” books.

Business has definitely taken me away from blogging the last few weeks. Some of you may not know that my “day job” is as a sales representative for an educational book distributor. It’s a great job, visiting school librarians and teachers every day! The school year has already started in our region and I have been on the streets – and the road – and away from my leisure time writing.

Last weekend, though, I broke away to Chicago for the Wizard World Comic Con. We had a great weekend, introducing our sixth-grader robot, Crank, to hundreds of kids and selling and signing over 175 books.

A comic con is a great, friendly atmosphere with dozens of artists and retailers (I think I counted 10 full-scale comic book stores set up in the exhibit hall) and thousands of participants rolling through – some costumed, some sightseeing, some looking for that special comic/sci-fi/horror-related item. I had an artist’s table with all my youth books – including the newly released “Hub’s Adventures” books, hot off the press for the event.

The green robot you see in the photo above was built by a sculptor friend based on my illustrator’s depiction of my sixth-grader robot character in “Hub’s Adventures.” He was a big hit with the kids, introducing them to stories of the future where humans and robots will be best friends.

A spider-man stopped by to get some "Hub's Adventures" books!

A spider-man stopped by to get some “Hub’s Adventures” books!

I also found a very robust market for my books – the perfect market for a guy with my temperament. I love meeting people, especially kids interested in reading. Many parents bought books for their kids – and some kids spent their show budgets on my books! I’m very grateful for all the attention and for the purchases, which make more books and more show appearances possible.

The Delphi Trilogy books sold very well, too, introducing teen readers to the first two books in advance of Book III’s release October 1.

Next, I plan to be at the Wizard World in Nashville (a little closer to home) September 26-28. I look forward to meeting more readers there and at other comic cons.

 

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3 great things about being at comic con:

  1. People assume my unfashionable clothes are some kind of costume.
  2. I can yell, “Look! It’s Spiderman!” and no one calls the cops on me.
  3. All day long I get to pretend I’m living in an A-ha music video with other cartoon characters.

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Cover to Dusty Cover (Dusted Off)

The secret ancient library behind the walls of the world’s oldest monastery.//

The fortress-like Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Mt. Sinai houses the world’s oldest continually operating library. -SacredSites.com

Bloggers note: I’ve been visiting a lot of libraries lately but none as old as this old, old, old library. This a re-post of a piece I wrote a while back. Enjoy.

Ever heard of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai? No? It’s also known as Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Nothing?

If you haven’t heard of it, that’s because this ancient monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai is so remote that until modern times only the most devout of seekers could get there via ten-day camel ride.

The monastery was built in the mid-6th century AD at what is considered to be the spot where Moses saw the burning bush. Known to have been occupied by Christians since at least as far back as the 4th century AD, the site, in fact, claims to host the original living bush that Moses witnessed.

Monk studying at Saint Catherine’s Monastery library – among the world’s most exclusive libraries. -beautiful-libraries.com

Just as amazing is that Saint Catherine’s also claims the worlds oldest continually operating library, stuffed with 5,000 early books, 3,500 manuscripts and 2,000 scrolls – a collection rivaled only by the Vatican. This is also one of the most exclusive libraries in the world. Only the monks of the monastery and select clergy and scholars are allowed in.

I am so fascinated with libraries – especially old ones – that I made a monolithic, centuries-old library the central battleground of my thriller The League of Delphi. And the fact that this library is surrounded by a virtual fortress makes it ten times more fascinating and meaningful to the story.

After a millenium and a half of cloistered existence Saint Catherine’s is now bringing the collection to the world through the tools of the digital age but the library itself remains inaccessible to most outsiders.

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3 books you might find in the world’s oldest library:

  1. Twilight: The Dawn of History
  2. The Genghis Khan Cookbook: Feeding a Band of Marauding Barbarians on a Budget
  3. Fifty Shades of Black: A Monk’s Wardrobe Confessions

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What librarians are saying about The Delphi Trilogy:

“The League of Delphi by Chris Everheart is super suspenseful and unputdownable in the best sense of the word. A great readalike for kids who have plowed through Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games. We have multiple copies of the book and they have not been on the shelf since we bought them. Teen patrons have loved The League of Delphi.” – Hannahlily Smith, Teen Coordinator, Johnson City Public Library, Johnson City, TN.

“Fast-paced and well written, this thrilling mystery sucks readers in and leaves them anxiously waiting for the next installment of the trilogy. This is exactly the type of book teens enjoy and it will draw in even the most reluctant readers.” – Kiersten Doucette, Teen Services Librarian, Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL

Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

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Free Kindle Ebook – The League of Delphi

Grab a piece of dark conspiracy that you won’t want to put down!

Free for Kindle July 14-18

THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy is FREE on Kindle until Thursday.

THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy is FREE on Kindle until Thursday.

Hey Kindle users, grab a thrilling read to go – for FREE.

THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy is free on Kindle Sunday-Thursday!

Readers say they can’t put it down, so pick it up and fall into a dark conspiracy that will keep you turning the pages until the end.

Read it now in advance of Book II’s October release.

Here’s what readers are saying about THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI:

  • “Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”
  • “It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense … and very well-written characters.”
  • “From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”
Read it now – before the October 2013 release of Book II, THE DELPHI DECEPTION!
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Why would a boy who escaped the clutches of a killer conspiracy return to the most dangerous place on earth? Find out in …
THE SHADOW OF DELPHI
A Short Delphi Trilogy Prequel

 A teen’s funeral. An ominous encounter. A fateful decision.

Also AVAILABLE NOW on Kindle – only 99 cents!
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Announcing: The Delphi Deception

Book II of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy

Available October 2013!

THE DEPHI DECEPTION: Book II of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy will be available October, 2013!

THE DEPHI DECEPTION: Book II of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy will be available October, 2013!

A desperate teen, a dangerous alliance, an ancient foe.

The gripping Delphi Trilogy continues with Book II, THE DELPHI DECEPTION, plunging you deeper into a dark world of conspiracy and danger.

After ten years in hiding 17-year-old Zach made the mistake of returning to his wealthy hometown. He slammed head-on into the conspiracy that killed his parents, drove a childhood friend to suicide, and exploits other teens to fulfill an ancient agenda of greed. Zach should have run. But he stayed, and now the consequences are burying him.

His blind pursuit of the town’s deepest secrets has left him injured and terrified. The answers he’s gotten about his true identity are more disturbing than he could have imagined. And his first love, Ashley, is in more danger than ever.

Desperate to save Ashley, Zach is deterred by the mysterious man he thought was his ally. Forced to team with Ashley’s ambitious sister who’s willing to help—for a price—he enters an alliance fraught with deception and betrayal.

As the League of Delphi’s vicious new security chief closes in on him, Zach is propelled back into the jaws of danger by a cryptic command from beyond this world. Will his misguided mission save Ashley? Or will it get them both killed?

THE DELPHI DECEPTION promises to deliver the same page-turning thrills and suspense that teens and adults alike are loving about The League of Delphi:

  • “Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”
  • “It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense … and very well-written characters.”
  • “From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy
A lone teen. A suspicious death. An ancient conspiracy.
Read it now – before the October 2013 release of Book II, THE DELPHI DECEPTION!

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Goats to Gods: The Delphi Legacy

How a goatherder’s pasture became the center of the world for over 1,000 years.

(Re-post in celebration of my latest author interview at B.L. Kosiner’s Book Blog – Enjoy!)

Model of the temple mount at Delphi, Temple of Apollo top. -Lonely Planet

A crack in a mountainside 100 miles from Athens influenced the ancient Mediterranean world for an entire age. The holy city of Delphi was home to sacred temples, wealthy treasuries, renowned theaters, and active sporting arenas that marked it as the most important cultural, religious and financial hub in the Western world.

The mother of Delphi’s influence was a fissure in the rock breathing a mind-altering vapor, discovered by a goatherder around 1400 BCE. As the ancient mind went, this was obviously a portal into the divine dimension. The spot was considered the navel of the world and a sacred site grew up around it, eventually inspiring a huge Temple of Apollo to awe its visitors.

Priestess of Delphi -John Collier, 1891

Ensconced on a tripod seat over the fissure in the temple’s hallowed chamber, the entranced oracle – called the Pythia – became the conduit for the god Apollo, who would deliver for seekers vague personal messages to be interpreted by the attendant priests. The prophecies covered every human interest from romance to finance to empires.

The oracles were famously, even cruelly, cryptic. In the most infamous military blunder of all time Lydian king Croesus consulted the Oracle before invading Persia and was assured that a great empire would be destroyed if he did. Imagine his surprise when he lost the war he started and it was his empire that was destroyed!

Aegeus Consults the Pythia -ancienthistory.about.com

Among the many seers and oracles of the ancient world, none wielded the power and respect of Delphi. For more than a millennium kings, aristocrats, commoners and colonists paid dearly for a precognitive utterance from the Pythia that would give them some warning, guidance or blessing for their next endeavor.

Delphi’s influence eventually waned and it was shut down by Christian Rome in the 4th Century CE. But the mark of Delphi on our civilization is an undeniable hint at our magical, mythical and humble past.

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3 oracles from Delphi we wish we hadn’t followed:

  1. “Gerard Butler and the cast of 300 shall go into battle shirtless.”
  2. “The great vessel Titanic is indestructible – you shall turn off the radio and sail it anywhere.”
  3. “You shall have a new queen and she shall be named ‘Snooki!'”
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI

Available Now
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Mis-misspent Youth

New study confirms an alarming trend: Young people are loitering … at the library!

Wouldn’t want to meet this gang in a dark alley … but, wait, is that a BOOK under that kid’s arm?

This trend proves a sad fact – kids don’t know how to misspend their youth anymore. So, if you’re looking for your older teen/young twenty-something and suspect they’re up to something, check the library. This new study from the Pew Research Center‘s Internet and American Life Project says that’s where they might be.

These rebellious youth still don’t listen to their elders. And it’s a good thing in this case, because young people are not adhering to us oldsters’ moans of “Kids aren’t reading enough” and “There’s too much competition for the written word” and “The library isn’t relevant anymore!”

In fact, according to the study, “More than eight in ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. At the youngest end of the spectrum, high schoolers in their late teens (ages 16-17) and college-aged young adults (ages 18-24) are especially likely to have read a book or used the library in the past 12 months.”

In the near future robots will tell kids to stop reading books but the rebellious brats won’t listen.

As a movie fan, I can’t help remembering a line from the 2004 techno-mystery/action-thriller I, Robot. Angered by Detective Spooner’s (Will Smith) distrust of technology taking over the world in the year 2037, the robotics billionaire Lawrence Robertson (Bruce Greenwood) snaps, “And I suppose you would have banned the Internet just to keep the libraries open!” I remember stroking my chin and thinking, “Mmm, prophetic words …”

Turns out, I was wrong – partially at least. Many of our young people do know where the library is and how to use it and it is indeed quite important to them!

What’s got me on about libraries this week is that I’m working with the Youth Librarian at the Johnson City Public Library to plan a daylong Teen Lit Fest that will feature the official release party for my YA thriller The League of Delphi. What I see every time I enter the library is people of all ages swarming like brainy ants at the book shelves and information desks (not only at the free computers). As I was leaving there a few days ago, I was marveling at the sheer volume of information that a book can hold, how intimate the relationship is between writer and reader, and how much information and expression is in that building alone.

While I would like to think that I’m the only one clever enough to have such deep and reflective thoughts about books and the importance of the library, it turns out not to be such a unique sentiment. And, lucky for all of us, our young people know it and are using their library for more than just an Internet node.

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3 unspoken reasons young adults are at the library

  1. Heard about the hilariously naive sex scenes in Judy Bloom’s books.
  2. Thought it was a retro Aeropostale clothing store.
  3. Just to piss off their parents.
Chris Everheart is author of the thriller described as “unputdownable” and “it will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI

Available Now
Learn more about what makes this writer tick. Read my author interview at PaperBackSwap.com!
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The Olive Computer Corporation

How the Ancient Greeks invented the laptop computer over 2,000 years ago – and why.

The Antikythera Mechanism computer determined many astronomical events, plus the dates of the Olympic Games. -wired.com

There’s a lot of competition for the title of Inventor of the modern laptop computer. But one thing is confirmed – the Greeks had a computer small enough to hold on a person’s lap more than 2,000 years ago.

The Antikythera Mechanism, discovered in 1900 in a Greek ship wrecked in the first-century BCE, is a delicately designed and extremely precise astronomical computer.

The diagram of the internal working of the Antikythera Mechanism shows more than 30 tiny bronze gears.

Careful reconstructions of the device demonstrate that a knob on the side of the foot-high wooden frame turned more than 30 small bronze gears to adjust the circular displays on the front and back of the box. These displays showed several bits of information important to the ancient Greeks: zodiacal alignments; phases of the moon; yearly calendar; sun position; positions of the five known planets; eclipse cycles; even the schedule for the Olympic games.

The Mechanism was part of a trove of ceramics, glass work, marble and bronze statues, and other treasures being shipped across the Mediterranean to Greek colonies on the Italian peninsula.

While some Greek aristocrat or merchant stood on the shore waiting for his stuff to arrive, his ship was dashed against the jagged shore of the island of Antikythera and his treasure made a date with the twentieth century. His loss, our gain, and history (of the laptop at least) has been rewritten.

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3 little-known ancient computer facts:

  1. Many ancient Greek computer users were addicted to the Angry Gods game app.
  2. Early computer sales tanked when consumers realized that “486” stood for the last year BCE the PC would be usable.
  3. Unfortunately, Greek civilization fell before delivery of the a-Pad – Antikythera’s much-anticipated handheld media device.

Chris Everheart is author of the thriller

THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI

Available Now
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Flicker to top Amazon Kindle lists?

Flicker: a short psycho-thriller by Chris Everheart shoots up FREE Kindle Genre Fiction and Horror lists on wave of thrilling popularity.
Free through Wednesday, August 15.

In a high school crowded with kids, Ben fights a single-handed battle against a sadistic bully, crushing pressure to achieve … and a gruesome, menacing shadow bent on stealing his soul.

Throughout Tuesday, “Flicker: a short psycho-thriller” raced up the amazon.com rankings for free Kindle downloads, zooming past horror classics like Frankenstein and Dracula. What explains Flicker’s popularity?

Even before the free Kindle promotion, readers were raving about Flicker. “… I couldn’t put my Kindle down. This book grabbed me from the very first page and didn’t let me go till the very end. I was shocked at every suspenseful turn!” -amazon reader

Another reader connected with subtle teen issues in the story. “… this story sucks you in and doesn’t let you go even after you’ve finished reading it. Where my wife and I disagree is whether or not this story is appropriate for younger teens. I believe it is and that it provides a platform for parents to talk to their teens about some difficult and real issues such as bullying.” -amazon reader

This short story thrills and makes the reader think. Because of the intense themes included, it won’t be appropriate for all younger teens. Parents, teachers, and teen readers will likely have much to discuss after reading Flicker.

Get Flicker: a short psycho-thriller free on Kindle Wednesday, August 15 here.

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The Price of Being Terrified: $0

Flicker: a short psycho-thriller by Chris Everheart is FREE on Kindle Tuesday, August 14 – Wednesday August 15.

In a high school crowded with kids, Ben fights a single-handed battle against a sadistic bully, crushing pressure to achieve … and a gruesome, menacing shadow bent on stealing his soul.

“… I couldn’t put my Kindle down. This book grabbed me from the very first page and didn’t let me go till the very end. I was shocked at every suspenseful turn!” -Laci, amazon reader

Get Flicker free on Kindle Tuesday, August 14 – Wednesday, August 15 here.

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The Dewey Digital System

5 ancient books you can view and read online – in today’s Burger Bite.

The ancient Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea collection -facscimile-editions.com

  1. Discovered in a desert cave in the 1940s, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest surviving biblical and extra-biblical texts. The digitization project, a partnership between Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority started in 2010 and is expected to continue until 2016.
  2. In April 2012, the British Library in London acquired for US$14 million a hand-scribed Gospel of St. John entombed with British cleric St. Cuthbert in the 9th century and immediately imaged the book in digital format for worldwide public study.
  3. The Bhagavad Gita, the 700-verse section of the sacred epic poem the Mahabharata, dates as far back as the 4th century BCE. Considered one of the axial Hindu scriptures, it is a guide to effective spiritual living and was Mahatma Ghandi’s favorite book.
  4. Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’s journey home to his beloved Penelope from the battle of Troy is believed to have been first composed around the 8th century BCE and considered a foundational work of Western literature. The oldest known manuscript of The Odyssey dates from the 10th-11th century CE.
  5. For over 3,500 years, the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead has magically guided souls to the heavens, intrigued scholars, and fascinated viewers. The earliest known translation dates from 1805, leaving millennia of onlookers in the dark about its contents.

The hieroglyphic Egyptian Book of the Dead depicts the ceremony where the deceased’s heart
is weighed to judge purity.

Chris Everheart is author of the thriller

THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI

History’s darkest secrets hid in plain sight.
Available Now
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