Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Tribal Affairs (Guest Post, Review, Giveaway)

Book Details:

Book Title: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann

Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Matt Dallmann

Release date: July 2017

Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017

Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

Book Description:

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

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Meet the author:

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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Review: So much more than just fantasy! I really love how this book was written! It has a little of everything, and in perfect portions! Magic, fantasy, action, romance, mystery, and suspense for good measure! I really liked how the plot played out in this one, and enjoyed the characters. The characters were complex and well thought out, the plot pulled me in, and the writing style was well done. This was a quick read, and I'm excited to see what else Mr.

The Symbol that Led Me Astray

Originally I just wrote—insert symbol here—and thought I could write the rest of the story and figure it out later. Admittedly, I wouldn’t recommend or advise that to anyone. If others had done it this way we might have ended up with a piece of flat bread instead of the Mocking Jay pin or a Harry Potter with a forehead scar like Gorbachev’s birthmark. Once I could finally write no more with out it, I embarked upon my journey to find the perfect symbol, one that embodied the theme of my book. Since it’s about genies, and genie folklore is centered in the Middle East, I started with Arabic calligraphy. It was during this research that I learned Arabic and Persian/Farsi are actually two different languages. In today’s geography, Farsi is mostly spoken in Iran and Afghanistan, and Arabic is spoken in the remaining part of the region. As my genies were around hundreds of thousands of years ago, I had to look at the time period when the Middle East was mostly occupied by Persians and Greeks. So, onto Persian symbols and calligraphy I went and found the Faravahar, the Persian symbol for their ancient Zoroastrain faith. I actually became fairly fascinated with this ancient religion and its culture and was 95% set on using the image. After all, it was the embodiment of spiritual progression. But wait, my book wasn’t about spiritual progression. I was so set on the Faravahar, that I almost bought a bunch of stuff with its image; a lighter, a necklace, some bags, a rock; you name it. Then, just before I clicked the “check out” button I noticed something under the “things you might like” section. Well, thank God for Big Brother because I did like one of those items; the Eshgh. An artist had created a beautiful necklace based on the Eshgh, the Farsi symbol of love. Turns out that if I had used the Faravahar symbol I would have completely missed the mark. I got too wrapped up in history and geography that I almost forgot the essential theme of my book; love and forgiveness. I ultimately decided not to include the actual image of the Eshgh on my book cover for marketing and appeal concerns, but that’s a blog post for another day.

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