Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOOK TOUR: The Mixtape Manifesto by SW Hammond

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The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional
SW Hammond
Published:  August 23rd, 2016
Publisher:   Surf Star Media
Genre:   Non-fiction / essay / relationships
Recommended Age:  16+


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A compilation of articles spanning more than a decade woven together to create the misguided anti-love story of a young man learning about relationships and the opposite sex through music, movies, and television.

From music industry professional, SW Hammond, comes The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional, a collection of provocative short stories on his life as a Lost Boy in search of Winnie Cooper.

Raised on rock n’ roll, Hammond blends an unparalleled view of pop culture and philosophy that follows him from his early twenties through his early thirties. The Mixtape Manifesto is filled with rich photography that captures Hammond’s days as a tour manager on Warped Tour and working for Sony Music Entertainment, as well as bringing to life the music, movies, and television that has plagued his rational sense of love and relationships. From childhood viewings of Full House leading to his lifelong hatred of John Stamos, his introduction to the Riot Grrrl movement and Kathleen Hanna, and to a questionable infatuation with The OC’s Summer Roberts—each story blends a reflective Kevin Arnold-like inner monolog with Wild Turkey.

The Mixtape Manifesto is the byproduct of one too many romantic comedies. Inspiration, enlightenment, and delusion fuel Hammond’s quest as he searches for a bit of meaning to life and someone to share it with.

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Excerpt from The Mixtape Manifesto by SW Hammond:

The Blunder Years

Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV? Casual drives over the Golden Gate Bridge and neon windbreakers to protect us from that brisk Bay Area sea breeze? Back when times were simpler and the world had three fathers—and by no means am I referring to the Holy Trinity. I’m talking Danny, Jesse, and Joey. All were miserable failures with personality dysfunctions, but somehow were able to pull themselves together to raise America’s favorite girls. What this country’s fascination is with “three men and a baby” is beyond me.

Aside from the horrible acting and Afterschool Special “the moral of the story is” writing style, Full House was mashed potatoes and gravy to my generation. When the theme song kicked on, you felt good because “everywhere you look there’s a heart and a hand to hold on to.” I always acted as if I was bored while I watched the show, though; even at an early age, I was aware that it wasn’t socially acceptable for a dude to like chick flicks. And that’s what Full House was—a weekly soap opera for young girls.

I watched habitually, though, especially once Rebecca became a regular. I’m not afraid to say it: Lori Loughlin was hot. She still is. In 1989, I didn’t even really know what hot was, but whatever Rebecca was, I liked it. And so began my lifelong hatred for John Stamos. The guy makes me sick. He’s too fucking cool. His gelled-up hair, scruffy metro shave (before the world even knew what metro was), black Italian boots, a rock n’ roll attitude but with a sensitive and understanding side… What a prick. Moreover, he was briefly married to a supermodel. Still, Romjin aside, the only Rebecca that really mattered to me was the one on Full House.

I remember sizing up Stamos on every episode. I’d sit there and scowl at the TV as I’d watch his performance. The majority of my Full House viewing was around the age of 10, so looking back, that must have been quite the sight. Back then, I didn’t know what it was, and I couldn’t clearly put my feelings into words, but I certainly knew that Uncle Jesse was a pretentious asshole. The Elvis impersonations are eventually what did me in. One too many “Teddy Bears” made Rebecca’s love for Jesse unforgivable and I eventually had to move on. I learned early on that chasing after women who were attracted to Jesses was fruitless. I’d never be that guy.

I tried to seek solace in DJ, but she just didn’t have what made me tick. Kimmy was way too easy, so I figured I’d give Steph a shot and maybe try someone my own age. I appreciated her wit and subtle vulnerability, but the fact she shared a roof with Stamos was a deal breaker. I finally had to part ways with the San Francisco family and I found myself becoming best friends with Kevin Arnold. His lifestyle was much easier to swallow than three misfit dads living in the gay capitol of the world. He rode his bike, played football with Paul, thought way too deeply about the world around him, and had a crush on Winnie Cooper—the single greatest young female character up to that point in television history.

Kevin and I got along great, primarily due to our strikingly similar inner monologue. Yes, that’s what it sounds like in my head all day. Winnie was off-limits, however. I admired her from afar, but the show taught me trust and loyalty, one of the lessons that always seemed laughable coming from Jesse’s mouth. Winnie was everything a 12-year-old boy could ask for. She had her own set of wheels, enjoyed milk shakes, and was never afraid to make the first move. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t sound too bad to someone in their mid-twenties.

Kevin was my boy though, even through their on-again off-again late adolescence. We shared a comradely, an understanding of sorts. Kevin always ultimately did the right thing, learning life lessons along the way. I took notes and mentally never had an affair with his girl. That’s how it all went down until the final episode.

That night, I turned on my TV, half-depressed. I was anxious to see the big finale, but I felt like my childhood was ending just as Kevin’s was. The suspense ate me alive as I slurped from my juice box. The show ended by flashing forward to present day. Winnie got off a plane from studying art in Paris only to be greeted by Kevin, his wife, and new son. Those fuckers. I dropped my fruit-flavored beverage and let it seep deep into my favorite childhood blanket.

From that moment on, it’s been nothing but Guns n’ Roses, cheap strippers, Wild Turkey, and an immense Winnie Cooper void I’ve never been able to fill. Rebeccas are a dime a dozen, just like the Jesses they date. But not Winnie Cooper. Only a Winnie can make you… melt.


About the Author:

SW Hammond, short for Sean William, is the author of The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional and The Final Book fictional series. He is also a freelance writer contributing to countless music zines, athletic, lifestyle, and technical magazines and websites across the world.

SW’s writing style, particularly within his commentary, is often compared to Chuck Klosterman-esq with countless references to pop culture, especially music. His brazen and honest approach creates camaraderie with the reader, then tests the boundaries with sensitive subject matter. Philosophy, ethics, and nobility square off against a materialistic society driven by instant gratification, with Hammond treading water directly in the middle.

His fictional writing makes a conscious effort to blend perception, rumor, and fact leaving the reader to question reality. His stories often taking place in historical settings or playing on modern headlines, Hammond uses common themes to drive home critical points about the human condition. Though often grand, epic, and futurist, the backbone of his novels hinge on honor and virtue, or lack thereof.

Hammond has a very unique background as a music and sports industry professional. He has worked for Major League Baseball as a Marketing Coordinator, was an Assistant of Arizona Operations in the Kansas City Royals farm system, and a Stadium Manager of the Los Angeles Angels Spring Training facility. He is also credited as a Marketing Representative for Sony Music Entertainment, a Senior Tour Manager for the Vans Warped Tour, and an intern at WAR Records / United Interests Management.

SW was born just outside of Denver, CO and hasn’t stopped moving since. Aside from Colorado, growing up Hammond also lived in Maine, California, Utah, and Hawaii. As an adult he returned to Colorado and Utah, also adding Arizona and Nevada to the list. He currently resides in Las Vegas. Hammond has never been married and has no children.


Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
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Monday, August 22, 2016

AUTHOR INTERVIEW & REVIEW: Marcy Farmer


Welcome to Black Words-White Pages and this week, we are featuring Author Macy Farmer and there is a slight surprise at the end with a review. Today, we will be learning a bit about this author and learning some facts that we have never known about this author. Ready to meet the Author? Let's go meet the Author.....




AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made you decide to go that route?

About five years ago I gave the first four chapters of my first book to a publisher. After reading it he ‘advised’ me as to how the book should end. Told me what I should write, wanted me to change when Seager and Natalia met etcetera.

Confused I asked if he wanted to read the remainder of the book. He proceeded to tell me no, that he knew what would and would not sell.

Since he does it for a living I agreed that he probably did know more than I and added that I wasn’t interested in publishing his book, that I was interested in publishing mine.

It was insulting that he was telling me how to write my story without even reading the entire book.  

At the time I was in a book club. I expressed my outrage. They all said it was standard and suggested that I self publish. So with Book Rhythm’s help I am self publishing my books.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Writing a book is easy, just let your imagination go and trust your characters. Editing, marketing and selling… I was very surprised to learn how difficult it has been over the years. WoW



Do you have a particular writing habit??


Music must be playing in the background. It sets the mood. Just give me some alone time with my laptop, music in the background and my thesaurus, and I’m all set.



If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?


Too many great writers to choose just one.





Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?


DC Renee. I’ve read all her books, except for her newest release. Enjoy every one of them and highly recommend that you check her out.




What is the hardest part of your writing?


Editing and revising. Wish I could just snap my fingers and the necessary changes are completed. *laughs *




Do you have any advice for other writers?


Write. Every day, write. Never give up. Ever.





Describe yourself in three words.


Humble, appreciative, and grateful





I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books?

Seager from The Magic of Black Forest Series. My favorite. He’s Natalia’s best friend, a white wolf/shepard mix. She rescued he from a local shelter and they have been inseparable.



Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?


I let the characters tell the story. So, basically, when they don’t feel like talking, I got nothing. *laughs *



If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?

Too many to count or mention here. Every book I’ve read has influenced me one way or another. Whether it be the plot, characters, punctuation or grammar, good or bad, every author has taught and influenced my writing.




What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Right now I’m focusing on releasing Awakening and answering your questions.
I’m researching for a variety of ways to market both Dreamlike and Awakening. Afterwards, I’ll focus on editing and revising book 3 of the series, Fate.

Awakening:
The Magic of Black Forest series continues with Awakening.
To protect Natalia, Bradley accepts his fate when he awakens the one thing he’s spent his entire life fighting to control.
A plan to defeat their enemies has been set in motion when Bradley puts Natalia into hiding with a trusted friend. While Bradley hunts down their enemies the man he trusted to protect the love of his life makes a move to win Natalia’s heart.
The deception continues when Bradley’s ex-lover shows up for dinner. And food is not on her menu, Bradley is.
But it’s not their enemies that will drive Natalia away from Bradley. It’s his broken promises.
Will Natalia and Bradley say "I do," or will their enemies tear them apart?


Fate:
After defeating their enemies, Natalia and Bradley thought their lives would get easier. They quickly learn that nothing is easy with Margaret, Bradley’s evil ex-girlfriend, around. Tormenting them every chance she gets, Margaret is hell-bent on getting her ex-lover back, at any cost.
Bradley’s worst fears come true when Margaret takes away his reason for living.
Death and a life altering change will put Bradley’s love for Natalia to the test.




Thank you so much for stopping by today, Macy!! I have had fun picking your brain and learning some new things about you!!



AND NOW A SURPRISE FOR THE AUTHOR....
MY REVIEW OF AWAKENING


HAPPY RELEASE DAY, MACY FARMER!!!



Natalia and Bradley are faced with deception and betrayal by friends and family. 

To protect Natalia, Bradley accepts his fate when he awakens the one thing he’s spent his entire life fighting to control, the vampire within. 

A plan to defeat their enemies has been set in motion when Bradley puts Natalia into hiding with a trusted friend. While Bradley hunts their enemies down the man he trusted to protect Natalia makes a move to win her heart. 

Deception and broken promises force Natalia to leave the man she has dreamt about her entire life.







WOW, this book was full of all kinds of awesomeness. I love this author's writing style. This author has a way with words that will keep you turning the page from beginning to end. The characters are phenomenal and I felt as if I was part of the action and suspense throughout the entire story. I was just as worried as Natalia was and rooting for Bradley. So much happened in this story, but I feel as if this one is by far my favorite of the two so far. I loved the strength that Natalia had in the story. Sure, she was worried and naive but who isn't. Bradley has more strength than anyone I have ever seen before. He is so gentle and yet extremely overprotective of Natalia. These two characters were so made for each other in this life and passed lives. This is a beautiful story with some twists and turns, but I feel that it is a remarkable read and I can't wait to see where the author takes us next.


BookRhythm provided me with a digital ARC copy of the book for review purposes only. No remuneration was exchanged.