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Hello, my name is Valorie. I have a Master's Degree in History and a license to teach-- I have been both university professor and public school teacher. Currently, I am a middle school social studies teacher. I love horror movies and spooky things. Every day is Halloween. I am also a passionate book blogger.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blog Tour, Book Review & Author Interview: Synarchy: Book 1- The Awakening by DCS

About Synarchy: Book 1- The Awakening

Thirteen bloodlines, The Brotherhood, fanatically loyal to their gods, the Anunnaki, have controlled the planet since his-story was written.. In 1925 Stefano Vasco Terenzio, head of the Terenzio crime family makes a deal with the Anunnaki to solidify his control over the American Mafia.. Clever and manipulative, Stefano's true goal was to put his family in a position so one day they would be able to turn on their masters. Two generations later, the shockwave he ignited was still being felt. Now, as the world inches closer to 2012, time is running out. The only thing in the Brotherhoods way is Terenzio, a family now divided as a truly epic battle begins that will determine whether mankind continues existing in a world of lies, or shatters the chains that have held it prisoner since his-story was written. Shocking yet hopeful, Synarchy slowly unravels the tightly laced reality we have created for ourselves. Blending the metaphysical with conspiracy, fact with fiction, debut author DCS has opened up a world that will force you to rethink everything you believe about your own. The knowledge within provokes the question; do you really want to know?

My Review of Synarchy: Book 1- The Awakening

Synarchy: Book 1- The Awakening is certainly a book that is hard to describe. The plot is so intricate and the characters so plentiful that to describe it would take a lot of time, and probably give away more of the storyline than I want to disclose. So, to keep it short, Marcello Terenzio is on his deathbed and summons his triplet grandchildren--Vasco, Lucien, and Simone-- to finish what they started in their past lives: the Ascension. The Ascension is opposed by a group of creatures known as the Anunnaki who use humans as servants, some of those being members of the Terenzio family. One by one, members of the Terenzio family awaken to their former lives and connect on opposed sides to either stop or aid humans in their Ascension. It won't be easy, though, because the Anunnaki is backed by a group of 12 loyal and powerful families known as The Brotherhood. The Anunnaki and The Brotherhood want to stop the Ascension because they want to stay in power on Earth. Ascensions have failed before, resulting in the destruction of planets. God and human alike hope that this one will be the last and finally successful attempt. Light read this book is not. The plot is intense and involved, and there are a lot of names and relationships to juggle. Many, many times while reading this book did I have to flip back to the previous pages to recall a person or a connection (hint for those who haven't read yet- there's a family tree online at the Synarchy novel website). 
The concept of Synarchy: Book 1- The Awakening is entirely unique. I've certainly never read anything like this before. In a world where every idea has been done and redone, it's refreshing to read something that hasn't been done quite like this before. The intricacy of the plot only enhances its uniqueness. I am surprised that a book this good, this well written and original, hasn't gotten the attention that it deserves. There's a considerable amount of science and metaphysics in the book, so you have to pay attention in order to fully grasp what the characters are trying to achieve. The idea is that humans can affect things with thought and emotion, and that ultimately all humans are connected in a way deeper than we can understand. At least, not until we Ascend. But it would be wrong to classify this book as science fiction because it's fantasy and mystery and thriller, as well. But in this way, within its complexity and perhaps because of it, the book is very thought provoking and it sort of makes you wonder if you have been looking at reality the right way all along.

Interview With DCS

Q: What do you do to prepare to write? What is the process that gets you ready to sit down a lay out a story?
A: My desk area must be clean. I am a little OCD about this. Messy will distract me. But there isn't much more of a process, I don't have a set time that I write everyday. I don't like routine, so I have my to-do list of things I want to get accomplished and I make a commitment to get them done that day. I write whenever the urge strikes me, but I'll never go more than a day without writing something. I've got a lot of notebooks and notes everywhere.

Q: How much of yourself do you put in your characters? Are they extensions of you, or are they independent creations that take on a life of their own after coming from your imagination?
A: My characters definitely take on a life of their own but, I find that some of my traits do sneak into them. One of them will have a penchant for playing the piano, something I love, or will write as a hobby, etc.

Q: How did you come up with the Anunnaki? What was your inspiration for them?
A: I actually can't take credit for coming up with the Anunnaki. The Anunnaki are referenced primarily in Sumerian mythology. Google them and you'll actually get a lot of different information.

Q: What sort of research went into making this book?
A: Index cards. Lots and lots of Index cards. And a lot of reading! I spent a lot of time trying to find what I felt was truth from all the conspiracy and 2012 theories out there. Theories about our origins and what we are here to do. It was a lot to dig through, especially when it all sounds fantastical. I've lightly scratched the surface on the topics like metaphysics, quantum physics, secret military installations, and everything in between.

Q: How much does your world resemble our own? Is it an Alternate Universe or a mirror into our world?
A: Synarchy is a mirror. I'd like to think I'm pulling back the curtain and exposing to the reader the potential that lays hidden in ours.

Q: Which author or authors have been the most influential to you and your writing?
A: I'd have to say Dean Koontz. There is a subtle spiritual message tucked away in some of his novels that I really enjoy. From the Corner of His Eye is one of my favourites of his.

Q: What is the most valuable piece of knowledge that you've picked up after becoming a published author that you wish you knew from the start?
A: You know, I actually don't have any after the facts. I definitely didn't know it all from the get go, I've learned so much about the publishing process and book promotion just by trying things. I think the journey has gone the way it should for me.

Q: What is one thing you've never done but would love to do?
A: Travel the world. I want to see Cairo and the Pyramids first.

Q: What would your "theme" song be on the soundtrack of your life?
A: Defying Gravity from the Broadway musical Wicked.

Q: Finally, could you share with all of us a quote that you love?
A: "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." Rumi-mevlana

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