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This Friday we welcome an engaging new author, Ichabod Temperance, and his new novel The Title of Temperance. Thank you, Ichabod!

About The Book

Title: The Title of Temperance

Author: Ichabod Temperance

Genre: Steampunk / Paranormal

Ohhh, my noggin. What has happened? I took a whallop upside the head and woke up in a place far from my time and home. Instead of it being the modern era of 1877 like it ought to be, I am in the distant past of England’s Dark Ages! There are mighty warriors in gleaming armour, and beautiful ladies wearing colourful gowns with taffeta secured dunce caps.

This is the castle Camelot! I am in the company of King Arthur and his majestic Knights!

Golly, can you imagine? Me, Ichabod Temperance, an Alabama tinker in King Arthur’s Camelot!

Oh, Goodness, it ain’t took too long before I already have trouble up to my hat’s brim what with Mr. Merlin, Miss Morgana, and a big mean knight in black armour getting bristly with me. Gee whiz, if I ain’t careful, I might end up wrecking there ever having been a Western Civilization!

 

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  • Let’s start at the beginning… how do you like to start the day? How does your ideal day begin?

    Howdy! I sure am happy to be here with y’all. My day usually starts with adjusting one or both of the puppies off my face so that I can breathe better. I then get them up and out of bed before anything untoward happens. That’s an ideal day in itself! I reckon I like to have the coffee on before the Sun or Miss Plumtartt are up. Gee, I reckon I couldn’t ask for a better day starter than that!

  • The story of Arthur and Camelot has seen so many permutations and variations over the centuries. What in particular drew you to this classic tale? How do you think you bring something fresh to the table?

    To tell the truth, I have never read ‘Le Morte’ d’Arthur’, but I have seen ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ many times! I have also seen the movie ‘Excalibur’ about a dozen times, but it was a re-reading of Mark Twain’s ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ that drew me to tell this tale. I had thought about introducing a modern man of 1877 to a fantasy world, but visiting olde England worked out even better. I think it is my silliness and song that gives my story a fresh take on the Age of Arthur.

  • I love your eclectic background! What a life you’ve led! How does your past experience, be it in stunt work, karate, etc., color your writing today?

    I like to include a painful joint manipulation maneuver from time to time in my stories. This is how my karate finds it way into the books, as I am rather adept at wristlocks, et cetera. Sometimes I may include a wrestling suplex, or some such action, but the main influence comes from pro wrestling story-telling. In wrestling, a story must be told between good and bad. Over and over again, you must engage and draw in your audience. Match by match, and show by show, you must win your audience over for the good guy, and convince them to despise the bad guy. If you are not a good story-teller, you will not hold the audience’s attention.

  • What is next on your writer’s journey? What goal do you have in your sights next?

    Hopefully, there will be more and more silly stories spilling out. I have something in the works, but it is giving me tizzies!

  • Have you had any cool fan interactions? Have any of your readers’ responses particularly touched you?

    I have enjoyed a couple of good reviews, but I have not really met too many folks in a face-to-face interaction. It has been nice to have positive feedback on occasion, but I am still hoping to find someone that enjoys the few little tear-jerker moments that I like to include. I do not want to hurt the readers’ feelings, {I do not callously kill characters} but I do want to get an emotional reaction. I like to think that my inclusion of a few poignant and sweet scenes will affect the reader in a small way.

  • Can you share three new, relatively unknown books? We all love recommendations so choose three awesome titles to champion. (No fair picking your own!)

    Dane Curse {Matthew Abraham}
    The Prince’s Man {Deborah Jay}
    An Unsubstantiated Chamber {William Jackson}

  • Can you share one resource: website, marketing strategy, social media medium that you feel has most helped you and could help other writers on their way?

    The only social media format that I am good at is being kind to new followers on twitter. If, for instance, I was followed by Erika Gardner, my tweet may go out as follows: Eek! Run Miss Plumtartt! We are being followed by the author of ‘The Dragon in the Garden’, Erika Gardner! @Erika_Gardner Happy Writing Pretty Lady! ~Icky. 🙂

  • What do you wish your readers could know about you?

    I really am the guy in the books. The adventures might be a little outrageous, but the books are an honest representation of myself.

  • If you could play Fairy Godmother for one night and give three people a gift, which three would you visit and what would you give them?

    – I would give Thomas Wayne {Bruce’s dad} tickets to an alternative movie.
    – I would give Britney Spears some undies.
    – I would visit Merle Oberon and give her a big hug. {Okay, that last one would be a gift to me…}

  • Favorite classic candy? Be it salt water taffy, Jolly Ranchers, Hershey kisses? And why?

    I never met a food, much less a candy, that I did not like. I am going to cheat and say that chocolate, ALL CHOCOLATE, is my fave. I don’t know why.

  • If you had to choose… country music or rock and roll… what would you choose and why does your choice speak to you?

    Outside of a few artists, like Hank Williams Sr. or Johnny Cash, I am not a big country music fan. I do not care for ‘pop’ country. I do like ‘rock’ music. When you say, ‘rock and roll’, it makes me think of old instrumental bands like ‘The Ventures’, which I also enjoy. Music in general ‘speaks’ to me and I include it in the books. In fact, ‘The Title of Temperance’ almost comes across as a musical!

  • And lastly… what is your favorite reward after a long day of writing—that little treat you give yourself?

    This is the easiest question yet! The answer is Miss Persephone Plumtartt! She is life’s sweetest reward! She is a great, big treat, all in herself!

          Thank you, Miss Gardner, ma’am! I sure do appreciate you hosting us here today!

          Happy Reading and Writing!

          Your pal,

          ~ Icky . 🙂

How to Buy The Book & Find Ichabod

Amazon US:
https://www.amazon.com/Ichabod-Temperance/e/B00J71862M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Amazon UK:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ichabod-Temperance/e/B00J71862M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1486419808&sr=8-1
Amazon AU
https://www.amazon.com.au/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Ichabod+Temperance
Ichabod Temperance website:
http://ichabodtemperance.com/wp/
Ichabod on twitter:
https://twitter.com/IckyTemperance

Author Bio

Standing over five feet, seven inches and weighing in at better than one hundred and thirty pounds, Ichabod Temperance is ‘The Alfalfa Male.’ After lengthy music, karate, and pro-wrestling careers, Ichabod’s involvment with movie stuntwork has led him to write these whimsical, steam-driven adventures. Mr. Temperance and his lovely muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, live in Irondale, Alabama, USA, along with their furry pack family.

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This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian. If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog. Erika’s debut novel, The Dragon in The Garden can be found at Tirgearr Publishing.

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No, despite the title I will not be referencing Monty Python, much as I adore them.  Today’s slice of Musical Monday is dedicated to the song The Lesson off the 2012 debut solo album, British Lion from Iron Maiden founder and bassist, Steve Harris.  For my metal friends out there, I should warn you that due to the wide variety of people who read this blog, I chose the album’s one ballad.  While I enjoy music that can peel paint from the walls, not all of my readers do.  I try to share tunes that I think people will enjoy and, hey, maybe if a few of them go download this song then I will have helped spread the word a bit for one of my favorite artists.

British Lion is a very good, straight forward rock album.  If you are a fan of rock in general then I encourage you to check this one out. It is not as heavy as the majority of the Maiden catalog, however, fans will recognize the signature time changes and Harris’ intelligent song writing.  (This is not a man who limits himself to composing on the partying he’s going to do on Friday night– he reads too much and has a ton to say.  Most refreshing.)  Not to mention, as any Maiden fan will tell you Harris’ bass features playing that sounds more like a rhythm guitar than a typical heavy metal bass line.

Steve Harris- bassist, solo artist

Steve Harris- bassist, solo artist

The Lesson is about those sometimes painful moments of self-realization in life.  Too often we learn the lesson we needed, but after it would have been most useful, “A lesson learned, A lesson that’s too late for learning.”  Life moves forward, carrying us with it whether we wish to change or not.  In fact, change is the one constant that we can all count on.  No matter what tomorrow brings, it will not be the same as today.  You can move forward and grow, or you can waste precious energy trying to hold back the tide, “Everything and all that I know Is changing, I wish I could slow things down.”

On a side note, I had to include a song with the line, “But I worship the wind.”  There’s a short story, or maybe a novel, in that line, I can feel it.  So, here you are, friends.  Enjoy The Lesson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_utSb5vv8Q

Released September 24, 2012

Released September 24, 2012

Here are the lyrics to The Lesson:

As I walk through corridors
Find a room to rest
Lay down there upon the bed
Rest my weary head

A labyrinth in suspension
Open up the veins
take me to a dimension
Free me of this pain

Everything and all that I know
Is changing
I wish I could slow things down

You can’t predict
‘Cause nothing’s set in stone
A lesson learned
A lesson that’s too late for learning

As I walk this lonely road
The sun begins to fade
There’s many Gods and many ways
But I worship the wind

Now I could’ve done things better
Didn’t mean to be unkind
And I could never cause you hurt
The last thing on my mind

Everything and all that I know
Is changing
I wish I could slow things down

You can’t predict
‘Cause nothing’s set in stone
A lesson learned
A lesson that’s too late for learning

This post was written by Erika Gardner.  If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on this blog.  Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner or “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.  Check out her creative contributions to the BBB Blog.

Okay, for once you have to admit a Monday is looking pretty good.  Wait, hear me out, there’s a reason that I am saying this.  It’s a new week, thank heaven.  Let’s face it, last week was one of the worst week’s in news that we as Americans have faced in quite some time.  When the troubles rain, they pour.

Last week’s news brought us:

Taken individually, any one of these four would have been a major news story and a source of deep emotion for this writer.  To have them piled in a week is nothing short of mind-numbing.

I got up this morning believing that I was going to have to address at least one of these topics, but I realized something.  The emotion involved would be incapacitating. Boston and West, Texas move all of us to heart-wrenching grief, while those senators who have clearly sold their souls to the gun lobby make me so angry I can’t think straight.  Likewise, I’m not happy with the politicians who saw the will of the people in defeating SOPA and PIPA last year, only to put forth CISPA now. Grrrrrr.

I absolutely have to function.  It’s a busy week and there’s a lot I want to accomplish.  I may return to one of these four later, but right now I need to focus on the bright side of life.  We all do.

This brings us to today’s Musical Monday.  I have chosen Monty Python’s, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from their classic 1979 film, Life of Brian.

Because there were good things that happened last week, though albeit dwarfed next to the sadness and anger we faced.

  • Babies were born and couples joined in marriage.
  • Iran has agreed to return to the table with UN negotiators in mid-May regarding their nuclear program.  Mind you I am not holding my breath, but we can always hope.
  • Brazil has provided 1.2 billion (that is with a “b”) towards clean energy research.  Click here for article.
  • The infant mortality rate has fallen by 12% in the US since 2005, due in part to fewer premature births.
  • South Korea recently swore in their first woman president.
  • Saudi Arabia, of all places, is pushing forward a new renewable energy program to help lessen the amount of oil they are burning.
  • We discovered not one, but TWO, “earth-like” planets.
  • My family, my friends, all the people in my village, on my island, whatever, are all still here.  I shall be taking extra time to hug them.

I grant you, none of these things erases, or even diminishes the bad news, but they are good tidings nonetheless.  While I certainly am not advocating ignoring the dark times, I would urge everyone to keep going and not to let them overwhelm or derail us. I have a strict policy in the belief that the good shall outnumber and overwhelm the bad.  Light over dark.  We can laugh or we can cry.  I choose to laugh, although for the moment there’s a bit of laughter through tears in my expression.

I hope with all sincerity and fervor that your week is filled with happier things than last week.  I’ll be pulling for us all.

After the storm, the sun.

After the storm, the sun.

 

This post was written by Erika Gardner.  If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on this blog.  Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner or “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.

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