May 182011
 

A while back I was contacted by this author asking if I would like to have my blog participate in a Birthday Bash he was having for his book.  It sounded like fun so I did.  And recently he emailed me asking if I would read and review his book, since I am a bit behind, and remembering it sounded like it would be a fun read, I invited him to be a guest and he accepted, and hopefully it won’t be long before I get to read and review his book.  So, please help me welcome Graham Parke today to the CMash blog!!!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.
No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut.
You can find it here:  http://www.amazon.com/No-Hope-Gomez-Graham-Parke/dp/1432752480

You can visit his website:  http://grahamparke.blogspot.com/
GRAHAM PARKE WILL BE STOPPING BY TODAY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE OR RESPOND TO ANY COMMENTS THAT YOU LEAVE.

GUEST POST
I almost met James Cameron today!Just to be clear, it wasn’t that the Avatar 3D director and I just missed each other, it was just that it was almost him, but slightly, just slightly mind you, someone else. I hate when that happens. You get so close, then, nothing…

But this incident started me thinking. This kind of thing has been happening to me a lot lately. And not only with celebrities. Just the other day, I almost ran into Garry, a friend of mine. From a distance, at an angle, it looked exactly like him. A dead-ringer. Could have fooled his own mother. It wasn’t until I came closer, and he turned his head a few degrees to the left, that he revealed himself to be just a little bit someone else. The thing was, when I walked passed him, he gave me a long, thoughtful look. He looked me over, then shook his head and turned away. But I knew what it meant. I knew exactly what he was thinking. He had almost recognized me back!

Now, almost-Garry almost recognizing me back made the whole situation much more complicated. My mind went haywire, trying to understand this, trying to figure out the underlying meaning. Was it possible for someone who was almost Garry but not quite, to recognize me but only slightly? Was it? And, if so, what was I to him exactly? Was I someone who looked like someone he knew? It was hard to say, but it was unlikely. All I knew for a fact was that I was someone who was known by someone he looked like, but who wasn’t him. And, in fact, to be fair, he probably didn’t even realize that he was almost Garry but not quite.

Are you still following me?Probably not. Probably your brain isn’t defective to the point of reasoning this way. Good for you. You’re better off for it. So, let’s back-track a little. Let’s just assume that the easiest explanation is the correct one. It usually is. And if it isn’t, it should be. Really. Life is hard enough already.

So, I almost recognized Garry, and almost-Garry almost recognized me (that look was unmistakable). This must mean that there is another Graham-and-Gary combo out there. This almost-Gary actually knows an almost-Graham. And this idea has big implications. As you know, and understand inherently in the core of your being, the universe is nothing if not a little fractally-inclined. Recursion-mad. If there are two sets, there must be more. There are probably thousands. Thousands of Graham-and-Gary combos. And this, of course, is upsetting. Because the first question that comes to my mind is, what if some of them are better at being a Graham and Gary combo? In fact; what if most of them are better? What if my friend Gary and I are in fact the worst of the bunch?

So, to summarize, I did ask almost-James Cameron for his autograph. Of course I did. I’m no fool. So, if you’re interested in almost-autographs, check out my store on eBay. You won’t be disappointed!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s the age-old tale:
– Boy meets girl.
– Boy stalks girl.
– Girl already has a stalker.
– Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly.

When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog.

What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman who hounds him day and night,

the super sexy research assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science.

But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life.

No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides it’s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.

Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a nurse with big boobs!

A finalist in both the Foreword Book of the Year Awards, and the USA Book News Best Book Awards, “No Hope for Gomez!” is available from Amazon and on order at any book store.
Stop by tomorrow, Mr. Parke has a surprise in store for all of my visitors!!!!!! 

It’s the Summer of Gomez!Get free books and win a Kindle or iPod.

As reviewers have been calling “No Hope for Gomez!” the perfect summer read – light, fast, fun – I decided to give this summer’s Gomez readers some exclusive content and the chance to win prizes.

About No Hope for Gomez!

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It’s the age-old tale:

 –   Boy meets girl.

 –   Boy stalks girl.

 –   Girl already has a stalker.

 –   Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

  

We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly.

 When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. 

What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman who hounds him day and night, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science.

But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides it’s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.Read a chapter.

Nominated for Humor Novel of the Year by ForeWord Reviews, USA Book News, and the IBA Awards, here’s what reviewers have to say about “No Hope for Gomez!”:

“Extremely witty and clever writing.” — California Chronicle
“An unputdownable read. a Coens Brothers’ film in book form.” — BookReview.com

“A veritable page turner of nonstop laughs!” — Reader Views

“A Party for your Brain!” — Warren Baxter

Warning: clinical studies have shown that reading this novel is likely to make you more attractive to the opposite sex and elevate your random luck by about 9.5%**

(** These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!)

With every cool summer party comes a gift bag, so here’s just some of the stuff all summer readers will get:

Exclusive new story collection

  • No Hope for Gomez: The Lost Chapters
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signed hi-res poster + bookplate

Additionally, several lucky readers will win a prize. I’m raffling off a Kindle, an iPod Nano 8GB, and five exclusive spin-off paperback novels that are not available elsewhere!All you have to do to have a “Summer of Gomez”, is get the book from any store before July 12th 2011 and forward your receipt to nohopeforgomez@gmail.com.(Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, Amazon DE)
Every purchase counts as an entry so increase your chances by stocking up on some extremely cool birthday presents 😉

Points towards additional entries are gained by getting your friends to join in, and tweeting/blogging/face-booking (is that a verb?) about the summer of Gomez.

DISCLAIMER

I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,in exchange for my honest review.No items that I receiveare ever sold…they are kept by me,or given to family and/or friends.

ADDENDUM
I do not have any affiliation with Amazon.com.I am providing this link solely for visitors that may be interested in purchasing this EBook.I do not receive any monetary compensation from any parties

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  One Response to “Guest Author Graham Parke”

  1. I don't know what's going on, however, I will be back tomorrow to find out.

    It was nice meeting a new author.

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