Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Moment Between VBT

Blurb:
After four years of mourning, Doctor Hackett Metzger is determined to stop letting his wife's death control his life. He is finally beginning to live again, but his recovery leads to an unexpected fight for his own survival and startling revelations about what happens to all of us in The Moment Between.

Hackett, a brilliant neurologist, is a skeptic. He doesn't believe he will one day be reunited with Jean, or dwell with God in heaven. What he does believe is that he should have seen the warning signs of her heart attack; he should have saved her. He also cannot accept the possibility that his clinical study of near death experiences could prove the existence of a conscious afterlife. When Hackett falls for the mother of a patient, grief finally begins to fade. But he has no idea his new love is hiding her dangerous past. Will Hackett's damaged spirit endure another heartbreak?



Excerpt:
In those first months, he tortured himself with the notion that Jean’s voice had been real. He was sure that she had been present while he tried to save her. He prayed that she lived on in death, hoped that even as he failed, she had a soft landing on the other side. Her voice became his torture.

And so he understood death as he never had before. He understood grieving and pain. He understood what it meant to miss someone and to know that he would never see that person again. He understood loneliness. Most of all he understood the foolish and painful illusion that life might somehow continue. There was no voice. Jean had not talked to him from beyond. He had tortured himself from within. She was dead. He had learned to accept that cold hard reality. Anger had settled into the dark hole that was his memory of that day, poisoning his spirit. For weeks he stayed home from work, for months the blackness held him captive, until slowly he emerged into the world once more. His sanity hinged on his acceptance that Jean’s voice had been an illusion. Death was just death.





Do you believe in the afterlife?

Polling has consistently shown that about 70% of Americans believe in some sort of afterlife, be it heaven, hell, nirvana or some other spirit world, but would you believe a friend who told you they had died and met God? Far fewer people will go that far. So why is it that so many believe the abstract, but are skeptics about personal experiences?

What about consciousness? What is it? How do we explain our own existence?

Science can describe the physical activities in our brains, but can't explain how conscious thought itself is possible. It might as well be voodoo. The best explanation was presented 400 years ago by Rene Descartes, "I think, there for I am." And that doesn't really tell us anything.

These questions and an unusual Christmas card are the ideas that drove the creation of my novel, The Moment Between.

As Steven King once said, "(The writer's) job isn’t to find ideas but to recognize them when they show up."

My inspiration showed up in the mail when I received that Christmas card from a friend who mentioned the death of her brother-in-law and alluded to his wife being the murderer. A very strange Christmas card, indeed. I couldn't stop thinking about it. When I called my friend and asked what had happened, I found out that, as they say, fact was stranger than fiction. I used the woman in question to create one of my characters. Some people think I created a monster. The truth is, real monsters are often real people.

The Moment Between is a psychological thriller that brings death to life through the story of Doctor Hackett Metzger, a neurosurgeon still recovering from the passing of his wife when he becomes involved in a medical study of near-death experiences, and falls for a woman with a dangerous past. Hackett, a likeable and brilliant doctor, is also a bit of an awkward nerd. He agrees to support the study even though his heart and mind tell him that death is final.


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Author Bio and Links:
Gareth Frank is a former union organizer and administrator. He received a Master's Degree at the University of Wisconsin and later studied at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Moment Between is his first published novel. His short stories have been published in various journals and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as the Silver Pen Write Well Award.


37 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. Thanks Rita, and thanks to Sharing Links and Wisdom for hosting my guest post. GARETH FRANK

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  2. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  3. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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    1. Sorry for the late response. At the moment, marketing is taking a lot of my time, and writing is falling behind. When I am focused, I usually write five days a week, anywhere from 2-8 hours in a day.

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  5. What author do you most admire?

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    1. Kurt Vennegut is one of my all time favorites. Lately I have been enjoying Fredrik Bachman, and Haruki Murikami. GARETH FRANK

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  6. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  7. Why am I writing all these comments?

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  8. Would you ever like to see a movie made of your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Of course! I have been encouraged to write a screenplay, but the truth is getting attention for a book is hard enough. A movie deal seems unattainable. GARETH FRANK

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  9. How many books do you read in a year?

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  10. An intriguing synopsis and excerpt. This sounds like a truly unique and emotional read.

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  11. When did you start writing?

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  12. What's your favorite season?

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  13. Does it snow where you live? It's snowing here right now.

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  14. Is it cold where you live? We have a wind chill advisory for -25 degrees.

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  15. We had sunshine today, did you?

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  16. It's snowing right now. Enough already?

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  17. Last night snow. Tomorrow rain. Is it Spring yet?

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  18. High wind warning for tomorrow. Do you get high winds where you live?

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  19. Is it Spring yet where you live?

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  20. Blizzard forecast for Wed. Will you be getting it?

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  21. 63 degrees here today. Blizzard tomorrow. Is your weather this crazy?

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  22. Sometimes the weather people are wrong. Today's blizzard was not one of them.

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  23. LAST DAY! Do you live in a place with wild weather?
    Thanks for the contest.

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