Book review: Reflections, by Clifton Kenny 

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Publication date: September 2015. Self-published 

Pages: 263

Details:

A humble youth. A paranormal gift. A haunting history. In 1974, Shane Sullivan is a quiet, gangly teen in the suburbs of Boston who discovers he can explore the ancestral memories of a person’s lineage. Confused and frightened, his pursuit of this supernatural ability takes him down a dark and unexpected road of history long forgotten —or rewritten by historians.

With the aid of his two friends, Jimmer and Paige, he contemplates a more ruthless version of the reality he thought he knew. Shane finds himself on a shocking journey into a celestial world of truth that puts him face-to-face with his own destiny.Filled with ghostly, historical discoveries of good versus evil, Reflections is a faithful, mystical tale about one teen’s unique coming of age.

Review:

First, I wish to thank Clifton Kenny for sending me his book, on a paperback…

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CKP Update, Summer ’17

Summer is here, and it is the sweetest time to do some writing! Clifton Kenny Publishing continues to grow, so below are some updates in bullet list form.

  • We are on Pronoun: This is a service that I would recommend to all indie authors out there. After countless hours of techie troubleshooting how to publish on iBooks, Amazon, and Nook, reformatting and even doing my own coding, I am thrilled to see this free service do it automatically for authors, plus they publish on Google Play and Kobo, so Reflections is now in those two markets for the first time!
  • Another perk from Pronoun is the ability to be available in the two biggest services that provide ebooks to libraries. Any library can now buy a Reflections title and let countless patrons borrow it as a library book. This is great for increasing our readership and reviews. We’re stoked to be on Bibliotheca and Overdrive!
  • We’d like to share some valuable links to book blogger lists we are finding to be rich in resources for book reviews, interviews, and more. We chip away at these each day in the summer in between writing sessions:  The Book Blogger List, The Top 100, and The Indie View. Indie authors, check these out!
  • Bad Luck Zach is drafting its fourth chapter! Working with Emerson Gamble on this project is a blast! We delve into the YA fantasy genre for the first time with elements like time travel, bilingualism, California coast and border-town diversity, middle school bullies, and secret adventures!  Here is BLZ on Pinterest for some inside scoop on our concept.
  • You may have noticed from a popup when you visited the blog or from our side menu that we have created an email list. The popup is one time only, it will never return, but you are always to sign up for some newsletter-type updates, and of course, FREE STUFF! You’ll get our first short story, The Navigator Part 1 just for joining.  CKP Email List

 

We’ll sign off with some more sarcastic memes from Man-Brain Wisdom. Feel free to use these. Peace! 🙂

    

Here is my interveiw with Clifton Kenny

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Man-Brain Wisdom: These are NOT Antonyms!

With keeping up several social media accounts to promote our writing projects, I’ve learned that we need a stream of interesting information on the CKP twitter, fb page, LinkedIn, etcetera. This keeps followers interested, engaged, and hopefully prevents us from sounding like constant advertising (or begging) for people to buy or review our writing.

Instead of searching for other people’s interesting or funny messages, I’ve started making our own. CKP is in the meme business. My first strand of memes bears the phrase “Man-Brain Wisdom. This is inspired by some of my recent years of teaching experience, and the lack of male role models for young people at home and at school. In a school of 1,100 students, over half of the student body were products of a divorce, living with mom only, and the other half had the highest percentage of military dads on deployment in the district. The administration saw nothing wrong with a staff of all women . . . except me and a one other guy, who left. Forty three ladies, and yours truly. Yay.

I started really noticing that men work differently, think, act, collaborate, teach, and parent inherently differently, in a positive, blunt, logical, necessary way. I heard it described once when a former associate principal (female) read a quote to our 97% female staff: “Mothers love unconditionally, but fathers love with expectations.” – Her point being we need a balance of both types of caring in our school. I care about my students, and found myself giving fatherly advise more and more often to balance the sea of ‘motherly’ on campus, and the absence of fathers at home.

On the adult side, I found professional collaboration with all women an extreme challenge. Thinking linearly, logically, in a supportive teammate kind of way would constantly lose out to complainers, multiple tangent topic changes, and proud multi-taskers doling out work, and doing prep work while participating in all conversations at once. Minimal progress was ever made, and these ladies prided themselves on solving the world’s problems at every meeting. I stayed content with the two common phrases administrators saved for me: “You’re kinda’ quiet,” and “I like his idea.”

Henceforth, the Man-brain Wisdom meme theme refers to fatherly advice I have given to young people, or edgier advice I wish I could give them, and philosophical points for anyone who could benefit from a tough, caring, experienced male perspective. We have become such a rarity these days. Who knows, it might even become a book someday. 🙂 Here are a couple samples. More are available on our Pinterest board and our Instagram account.

 

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Peace!

CK 🙂

Bad Luck Zach Concept

I’d like to thank Clifton Kenny Publishing for the hero’s welcome I have received. It is a privilege to be onboard for this new adventure.

The planning for our YA series opener titled Bad Luck Zach is well underway. In this story, Zach is a ten year old, extremely intelligent boy who has been thrown into a rough middle school two years early. He befriends a small group of misfits to help him get through life in a San Diego south bay border town.

Along the way, Zach deals with violent bullies, missing his deployed dad, his sister and mom running a food truck, and many other adventures. He deals with all of his bad luck experiences by writing digital stories on his phablet. In his stories, he incorporates some ingenious ideas that his friends discover may just predict the future!

So far, we’ve made a BLZ Pinterest board for some visual images of characters and arranging some story notes. Check it out! 🙂 Thanks for reading, and I will be sure to keep you posted on all things Bad Luck Zach!

-EG

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Reflections ebooks Reboot 2017

In Synopsis.pnghonor of our Reflections paperback second edition, we have now reformatted and updated all ebook editions. Our iBooks edition, Kindle edition, and Nook edition are now improved for easier reading with our most current CKP media links and cover art.

With this reformatting, our ePub files for kindle and iPad have never been easier to share, so anyone willing to read in exchange for amazon or iBooks reviews can get the updated version easily via email. It will function on your device just as if you bought the book.

Email us at cliftonkenny11@gmail.com if you would like to be a reviewer and receive a free copy. Every review helps independent authors like us immensely.

There has never been a better time to check out a Reflections digital edition!  

 

Happy-New-Year-2017-Wishes-for-Best-Friends-1024x576.jpgHappy New Year to all, and happy reading!

 

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New Navigator, Free Reflections!

killian-coverThe Navigator Part 2 has officially launched its iBooks edition and Amazon edition! To help kick this off, we are making The Navigator Part 1 FREE in both stores for 11/30 and 12/1. If you like Quantum Leap, Sliders, or Star Trek fiction, check out these NA speculative fiction short stories. New illustrator Oscar Aparicio brings these characters to life like never before. We could definitely use more reviews on Amazon, iBooks, and Goodreads.

 

iBooks.Reflections.back.cover.pngWe are rapping up a Reflections giveaway, but there are still two more days to enter. Five signed copies of our first edition will be given away to those chosen randomly by Goodreads. Enter to win until the end of the day on 11/30, and your copy will be shipped to you totally FREE on 12/1. There’s nothing to lose, and you might just win a free book! Several new reviews show a promising fan base gravitating toward this book.

 

We here at CKP have many irons in the fire with our first children’s book being illustrated, concept development on our first YA chapter book, researching the Reflections sequel, and a plethora of other projects. We will keep you posted as new projects come to fruition!

Peace!

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