Friday, January 8, 2016

Virtual Book Tour for Average Joe and the Extraordinaires by Belart Wright

Average Joe and the Extraordinaires
by Belart Wright

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GENRE: Action Adventure, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

On a dark and balmy Floridian night, a strange and mysterious dark haired woman stalks the shadows of the local college football stadium, on the prowl for secrets buried deep beneath the Earth. These secrets, she knows, may change everything including this small town.

While knocking back illegal drinks with his friends at the hallowed Orangetown Pickers' college football stadium, average kid Joe Black finds himself desperately trying to save the life of a beautiful dark haired woman after a deadly explosion violently interrupts his fun and games. While trying to fathom why he would even do something so reckless he soon finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of terrorist plots, mistaken identities, hard boiled detectives, the criminal underworld, and of all things magic as he tries to escape with his life and make sense of it all.

Joe faces many challenges from all new enemies, assassins, and even his own friends. Can Joe navigate all this danger, escape with his life, and handle his biggest challenge to date, finding something about himself that is truly extraordinary? Find out within the pages of Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.



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Excerpt:

Joe could feel more sweat beading on his forehead.  He didn’t back away from Blonsky’s stare despite his own fear.  He couldn’t.  He just wasn’t taught that way.  His mom, dad, granddad, and grand-mom had all taught him to never back away from a stare.  A man is only as good as his handshake and if he can look another man in the eye without flinching, his granddad had always said. It was somewhat of a family motto.

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AUTHOR Bio and Link:


Belart Wright was born and raised in Detroit Michigan with a short but adventurous stint in St. Ignace during his childhood. Always poor, Belart had to learn to use his imagination to fuel the fun he had. Whether it was drawing cool and dangerous looking heroes to creating fully fledged storylines with his action figures to writing stories about kids similar to himself with fantastic abilities and destinies, Belart was always an expert in delving into other worlds that were not his own.

Always naturally talented at writing, it took the advice of his brother, and a little creative boost from his high school creative writing teacher to get him to realize that writing was something he could do really well and pursue as a career. To this day he revels in building worlds and characters from the ground up such as the worlds of Hell Warriors, Story of K, Cyborgs and Deadmen, and Pannam which are all working titles.

In his spare time Belart tries to update his two blogs whenever he can, but mostly just ends up writing or editing. As a huge gamer he plays a lot of games online and off with his favorites at the time being Borderlands 2, Phantasy Star Online, X-Men Legends, and Dark Souls. He just wishes he had more time to whittle his impossibly long gaming list down which goes all the way back to PS1 and Sega Genesis classics. He and his buddies at FlubberKnuckle Studios are also working on several new game IPs. He is also patiently waiting for the next installment of the superb Legacy of Kain series.

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The book will be $0.99 during the tour.

Q & A with Belert Wright

Topic: What made you decide to write?

When I think back on it, I’ve been a storyteller all my life.  I was the sort of kid who came up with episodic storylines whenever I played with my toys.  Whenever other kids would come over to play, I’d have to give them the run down on the happenings of everything that happened on “my world” before we could start playing so that the story continued in a proper fashion.  All my toys had names and powers and I had all types of separate storylines going like: wrestling, space adventures, mecha, superheroes, etc.  The characters and tone of these stories would always change depending on what type of story I was running that day, but I always kept the storylines separate.  I also drew characters and came up with profiles for them like their names, powers, a brief bio and their relations to other characters I drew.
I had an assignment in middle school where I and the rest of my class was assigned to write a story.  It was a simple language arts project just meant to teach us the mechanics of writing a story.  Of course, I got carried away and made a mini book called Brothers of Destruction.  It was only eight chapters long, but it was all I needed to see that writing was something that I enjoyed.
After that, I’d draw more and write more bios for my characters.  I’d even created a vague plotline in my head about many of these characters.  Fast forward to eleventh grade and I’d already created several notebooks of these drawings and bios with no real plan of doing anything seriously with them.  My drawing talent hadn’t ever been very good and I didn’t even consider only writing about these characters to even be an option.  I think that I thought that words wouldn’t be a suitable vehicle to bring these characters I’ve been drawing to life (how little did I know!)
I had moved in with my brother during the summer of the previous year.  The first thing he had me do then, was these homework assignments to keep me active I guess.  I did them, including writing a short story.  My brother read that story and liked it a lot.  He himself is a writer.  He gave me some encouragement and I began to experiment with writing during this period.  I didn’t do a lot of it though.
Now, back in eleventh grade, I had a creative writing teacher named Ms. Jean who had a very interesting method that she used to get us to write stories.  She’d give us a random black and white picture and have us note down all the details we can about it.  The pictures were completely random.  One day I had a picture of Dr. J dunking on someone and another day I had a picture of some actress in the 50’s taking a glamor shot.  Usually you’d need about ten or twenty details before you could proceed to the next part of the exercise which was to write a story based on the picture you received.  It was a truly fascinating assignment and one we’d do every day.  I loved it and to this day I still hold on to all of those crazy stories that I wrote.
So in a nutshell, it took the encouragement of my older brother and my teacher to get me to think of writing as something that I could seriously get into and excel at.  A few years after that, all that experimentation and encouragement led me to write my first novel, Hell Warriors, in 2008.  I’ve been writing ever since and coming up with tons of new ideas and saving them for when the time is right.  Now you guys and gals can find at least three of my stories on the internet and one currently in print.  I hope to increase both numbers pretty drastically soon.
Thanks for your time fans of T’s Stuff!


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Belart Wright will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.






28 comments:

  1. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  2. Enjoyed this excerpt a lot. Sounds like a great story.

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  3. Sounds like a great book-can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks, Betty! Please, let me know what you think of it.

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    1. Hi, Becky! I don't usually hunt genres when I'm looking for books, but if I had to pick one it'd be Urban Fantasy.

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  5. How did you decide on the cover for your book?

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    1. I had a very productive discussion with my cover artist, Fiona Jayde. I went through a few different cover designs, but Fiona steered me in an awesome direction with it.

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    2. It's an awesome cover. Really dramatic!

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  6. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

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    1. Thank you, Bridgett! Please tell me what you think of it. I am offering review copies as well.

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  7. This sounds like an action packed book. I like a page-turner.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It really is! I love action packed stories.

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  8. I enjoyed the entire post and especially learning about the process you went through to realize that writing is what you wanted to do! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Ree Dee! I hope my history with writing was at least entertaining to you.

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  9. Do you ever base characters in your books on people you know in real life?

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    1. Not really. Maybe subconsciously something like that happens, but as I see them, the characters I create are brought to life as themselves and nothing else. For instance, I don't know anyone in real life that's similar to Mod Malington from Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.

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    2. Thanks! It's even cooler that everything stems from your imagination!

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  10. If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?

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    1. I wouldn't want to be someone else in my book, but I would like to inhabit Orangetown as myself. It seems like a fun and adventurous (though somewhat dangerous) place. Thanks for the question Helen.

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    2. You're welcome! Thank you for the taking the time to reply! Was it difficult becoming a published author?

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    3. No problem at all Helen. These are good questions btw. I took the self-publishing route, so it wasn't very hard getting myself published. What was difficult was all the studying I had to do to make sure that I was ready to self-publish. Even with all that studying, I still wasn't really ready to self publish as I had a lot to learn still. A year after publishing, I feel I have learned what I need to learn to succeed in this industry. I am confident with publishing now, but as always there is still much to learn to guarantee success.

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  11. If you weren't an author, what would you be?

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    1. Wow! Another good question! I haven't even given this one much thought. Let's see, if I could never be an author and had to choose something else to be...I think I'd go with historian even though my second passion is designing video games. History is everything, I think, and learning history helps us avoid mistakes that were made in the past. Plus, for a storyteller and lover of stories, what better vehicle to hear great stories than from history itself?

      Thanks for that thought provoking question Helen! What would you do if you couldn't do your current occupation?

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