Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kingdom Online Book Tour and An Author Interview

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10/08/2012 - Urban Fantasy Reviews - Guest Post

10/09/2012 - Flying Monkey Press – Interview

10/10/2012 - Free Book Dude - Review
10/11/2012 - Beauty in Ruins - Review
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10/14/2012-  Full Moon Bites – Guest Post
10/15/2012 - Heather’s Book Chatter Review
10/16/2012 - Watch Play Read - Interview
10/17/2012 - The Flip Side of Julianne - Interview
10/18/2012 - Alchemy of Scrawl – Review
10/20/2012 - The Independent Review - Review
10/21/2012 - Azure Dwarf Horde of SciFi and Fantasy – Review
10/22/2012 - Miraculous! -  Excerpt – Giveaway
10/23/2012 - I Read a Book Once – Review
10/24/2012 – Bookishly Me – Review
10/25/2012 - Edi’s Book Lighthouse – Review
10/26/2012 Jess resides here - Interview
10/27/2012 – Sheila Deeth – Review
10/28/2012 - Bee’s Knees Reviews - Review
10/29/2012 – Ali’s Bookshelf – Review
10/30/2012 - Workaday Reads – Guest Post
10/31/2012 - Book and Movie Dimension – Interview
11/01/2012 – Cabin Goddess – Review & Recipe

Thanks to First Rule Publicity had the chance to ask Anderson the author of Kingdom some questions. See the interview below.

What readers are saying about KINGDOM

“A taut, brilliantly conceived thriller with impeccable pacing bursting with ideas…For fans of noir-laden science fiction in the vein of Philip K. Dick that is in equal measures suspenseful, gripping, darkly funny and philosophically challenging.” (starred review) -Kirkus Reviews
“Toss William Gibson, Andrew Vachss and David Fincher into the Petri dish, irradiate them, then infuse the result with Transylvanian meth, and you’ll have some sense of what O’Donnell has concocted.” - Jack O’Connell, author of Box Nine and The Resurrectionist.
“There simply aren’t enough stars to communicate the impressiveness of O’Donnell’s work here. He has taken religion, science, politics, theory and philosophy and blended them all together to create what is easily one of the most important books to come out this year.” - Pavarti K. Tyler, Fighting Monkey Press & author of Shadow on the Wall

Kingdom by Anderson O' Donnell

In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project—codename “Exodus”—has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.
Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation’s collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.
In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead—an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.
And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution….closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus—and one man’s dark vision for the future of mankind.
Welcome to Tiber City
Author Interview
Questions and Answers

Get Kingdom through

What is something readers are sure to enjoy from reading your book?
KINGDOM takes a big step beyond the traditional pillars of genre pulp—the drugs, violence, and sex; the loser anti-hero taking one last stab at glory with the tattooed dancers. Not to say KINGDOM doesn’t have its fair share of all of that; it does. But it goes one step further—and this is a big step. KINGDOM some hard questions about what’s wrong with the modern world, and then I look for answers in places that, I believe, lots of other genre fiction ignores: William James, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Book of Exodus, T.S. Elliot, and Shakespeare, just to name a few. So you get all the great stuff that comes with genre fiction, with some philosophy and religion on the side. It’s an interesting combination that I think most readers will dig.

 What is something unique about yourself you'd like to mention?
I once got stuck in an elevator with Cory Feldman.

Besides writing what do you enjoy doing?
I’ve been a father for almost three years now and, I love it. So that takes up the majority of my free time. I try to get out downtown every so often, just to try and see what’s going on; to try and take the city’s pulse, so to speak. And that’s something that’s very important to my writing. But really, these days, when I’ve got downtime, I’m rolling in the mud with my boys.

The hard little things and easy things about writing?

The easiest little thing, for me, is cutting scenes, or even characters. I rarely fall in love with my own prose, and will cut if my beta-readers suggest I do so. 

The hardest little thing about writing, for me, is remembering to turn off the Internet. I’ll forget, then catch myself tumbling down the Wikipedia rabbit hole.

What has really inspired you to write in general?
My wife has been a huge inspiration. She is a cancer survivor and her will to fight and reclaim her life just blows me away on a daily basis. So, on the mornings when I don’t feel like dragging my ass outta bed to write, I take one look at her and get moving.

On you as a regular person: Do you visit book blogs? What do you like
visiting them for?
Before publishing KINGDOM, I hadn’t spent a ton of time on book blogs. Part of that was because I just didn’t have the time: between my bill-paying job, my family, and my writing, there wasn’t a whole lot of extra time. But now I’m hooked. I love hearing about new authors, and new ideas: this is where the new revolution in digital media is coming from…not the boardrooms of conglomerates.

7. How has the Kingdom Online Book Tour been so far?
The private jets, the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms: what’s not to love?  But seriously, it’s been incredible. I’ve had a chance to not only talk about KINGDOM, but I’ve been able to interact with people who love to read, and who are passionate about indie writing and the indie literary community. Its inspiring, and has, on some level, re-kindled my basic passion for books. I think, as an author, its possible to lose a little of that unbridled love of books—we start evaluating them as professionals, rather than just reading the suckers. This tour has helped me reconnect with that pure love of books.


Anderson O’Donnell presents a biopunk, dystopian noir-esque thriller in this amazing read, KINGDOM. Most people are familiar with the term “cyberpunk,” but “biopunk” is harder to nail down. In many ways, biopunk is similar to the cyberpunk genre, and shares many of the same themes and archetypes: the dystopian future; the overreliance on technology; mega-corporations; a constant and overwhelming flow of data; the anti-hero—these elements are integral parts of both genres.
Both genres are fueled, to some extent, by the sense of rebellion and desire for individual freedom expressed by the original punk rock revolution. But the main difference—the most important difference—is that while cyberpunk focuses on invasive technological modification of the human body, biopunk explores the dehumanizing consequences of biological modification, of re-arranging our DNA in the pursuit of perfection.
Anderson lives in Connecticut with his wife and sons. Anderson himself deems Kingdom as “a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O’Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we’ve been building for the last half-century.”
His debut novel, Kingdom, a dystopian, biopunk thriller, is now available in paperback and ebook format. Kingdom is the first part of the Tiber City Trilogy. Look for part two, Exile,in the summer of 2013.

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