The Confessions of Jonathan Flite: FREE 50-Page Preview!

The Confessions of Jonathan Flite: FREE 50-Page Preview!

I’m thrilled to share with you the first preview of my upcoming novel, The Confessions of Jonathan Flite! It’s the first in an explosive new YA/Adult crossover series that deals with the global clash—and eventual meeting—of science and spirituality. The story, set against a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, follows a Rhode Island juvenile delinquent named Jonathan Flite, who is born in 2020 with memories of seven teenagers who vanished mysteriously halfway across the country, ten years before his birth.

I’ve been working on this series for over a decade, and I’m thrilled to release this first preview exclusively on my website. Keep an eye out for the full book, coming summer of 2014!

 

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Thanks for checking it out, and be well!

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Thank you to THE ADVOCATE!

Thank you to THE ADVOCATE!

Last Wednesday, I got an email from David Artavia of The Advocate. I had been in touch with the magazine’s editor in chief last year regarding my novel The Breeders and possibly writing something for them, but I thought I had stupidly burned a bridge by letting my slew of 2012 life curveballs temporarily derail that effort. Mr. Artavia, however, was emailing to give me and a number of other authors a preview of the June/July magazine section we had been a part of.

WaitWHAT? I thought.

I clicked on the link David had included and was thrilled to see that The Advocate’s Clea Kim and Diane Anderson-Minshall had been kind enough to feature The Breeders on a new list titled “20 Must-Read Books We Missed Last Year.”

Crazy!

I’m incredibly humbled to be on the list, and I’m so appreciative of everyone at The Advocate who took the time to read my book and deem it worthy of such an honor! Without further ado, here is the link to their feature. Be sure to check out all the other great books, too!

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A Matter of Life

A Matter of Life

I’m writing this post as something rather incredible is happening just down the street. Right now, I have a beautiful new niece being prepared for her first trip into the wider world—out of the hospital and off to her new home. She is wrapped in blankets and blissfully unaware of how momentous an occasion her birth yesterday truly was. Her parents, my sister and brother in law, are filling out the necessary paper work, probably smiling and stressing with excitement and nerves brought on by the lifelong leap of faith they have taken (again) to bring child #2 into our stunning universe.

New life begs some pretty crazy questions, if you allow it to. First, where does it come from? Yes, male and female reproductive cells unite to form a living being, but think back a bit further. Of the particles that banged into our universe 14 billion years ago, how is it that they combined perfectly to form building blocks for the matter that creates us? And then—and this is an even more mind-boggling question—what is the true nature of the spark that animates this otherwise dead combination of universal elements? What causes our human cells to divide, our neurons to fire, and our individual presences to lend the world value while we are here?

I have been struggling with all these questions lately. I am endlessly fascinated by the mysteries of our universe, and in the past few months, I’ve been making my way through books outlining the truths and theories brought to us by scientists who have—incredibly—devoted their lives to the possibility of finding answers. What I didn’t realize was how unsettling it can be to think about all this stuff day in and day out. As relevant as it all is to the life I live, it has thrown me for a loop. It has made me wonder yet again what the value of any of this stuff is—the Starbucks I’m sitting in, the tea I’m drinking, the sidewalk outside, the cars speeding by. If certain cutting-edge theories are correct, it’s all nothing more than threads of energy vibrating in different ways to create the building blocks of matter. So, any thinking person must ask: What is the point? Why does any of it (excuse the pun) matter?

Unfortunately, the only reward for wondering these questions is a big fat question mark. For me, the underwhelming number of hints it provides can sometimes feel overwhelming.

Yet my little niece gets to go home tonight. She gets to experience what it’s like to have loving parents who will someday make her giggle like crazy, cause her to storm off to her bedroom in sadness or fury, or inspire her to pursue her talents and interests. She will also meet her brother for the first time, marking for them a start to the joys and tribulations of sibling relationship management. They will fight over toys, travel the world together, and grow into different people whose values and opinions may not always align.

Isn’t all of this the true meat of life, the value granted by those perfectly-combined particles that have somehow become us? I have no answers about the secrets of the universe, but I do know that my niece’s existence is a miracle. She came from nothing, and here she is, about to start this incredible adventure we call life. It can’t be meaningless, because it’s just too damned amazing. Some strange gut instinct tells me that this new addition to world is a quick wink and grin from the force that bridges matter and meaning.

A few weeks ago, I watched a TV show that gave me an interesting perspective. It involved a virtual reality game where characters played without having any overall knowledge of the game’s purpose. It resembled a heightened version of normal life, and players simply . . . played. At one point, a character asked, “What’s the point of the game?” and his cohort replied, “Nobody knows. Some people think the point of the game is to figure out how to play it.”

I’m pretty sure this is a perfect allegory for our existence. The scientific pursuit of truth falls right into it, because ultimately it will inform what we as human beings do—how we play the game. My beautiful new niece is just starting out. What she doesn’t know and may never know (unless she someday reads this) is that she has already given me a hint, already made her first move.

Perhaps someday I’ll be able to return the favor. Until then, the game continues.