“THE SLEEPING ONE” Blog Tour – Author, Karl J. Morgan

28 Jan

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my blog. Today I’d like to introduce author, Karl J. Morgan. He’s a talented writer of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Today I am featuring his new book, “Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One” and you can check out all his other books here.

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Author, Karl J. Morgan (Amazon Author Page)

 

 Bio:

With a long career in finance and as author of almost twenty books, I like to say that words and numbers are my life.

I have had a lifelong fascination with stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, whether it was the Tom Swift novels by Victor Appleton I read as a young boy, or television like Lost in Space and Star Trek. More recently, I have devoured film series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. That fascination is combined with a keen interest in cosmology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and spirituality.

That quirky combination along with the fantasy genre allows me to craft stories that reinforce the importance of family, friendship, and love. The protagonists must overcome incredible danger and challenges to survive their journeys, but eventually end up on top. It goes without saying that as a finance guy, my life has been less action-packed than my characters (thank goodness).

With Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One, I ventured back to comfortable territory. Many of my stories reinforce our direct connection to the Divine. While that is an element of this story, the sequels feature that relationship to a much greater extent. That element in my stories is an homage to what I believe really matters in this life.

I am the son of an Air Force pilot and as such, I have lived in many places, never for more than four years at a time. Thankfully, as an adult, I have lived in Chula Vista, CA for the past thirty-seven years. I met and married Aida, the love of my life, thirty years ago. Our grown children have made us grandparents four times over. It is a blessing to be around such wonderful parents and children.

My new goal is life is my stories. I hope you can follow me on this new adventure.

 

In His Words . . .

 

A Return to Fantasy

Fantasy has always been my favorite genre, especially if you include science fiction in the same category. Recently, I finished my jaunt into dystopian fiction with the four novels of the Revolution series. I honestly planned those books to be targeted to the Young Adult crowd, but when cannibals appeared in the second chapter of book one, I had to leave that dream behind. Thinking back on those stories, I am still surprised with the amount of violence and insanity that could flow from my fingers and onto the keyboard. While the story needed to be told, I am glad it is over now. It is interesting to me how our stories take on lives of their own. Hopefully that means the reader will feel a connection to what happens and come away satisfied that the journey was worthwhile.

With my new fantasy novel, Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One, I managed to control my fingers enough to keep the content acceptable to younger readers. Admittedly, much rewriting was necessary when things got too graphic. As with all of my stories, friendship, family, love, and faith are key elements. I also use the Hero’s Journey story mechanism, wherein the protagonist faces increasingly difficult challenges, but ultimately prevails. When I first read about the Hero’s Journey, all the books and movies I’ve read or seen made sense. It is a formula that is well known and enjoyed by people everywhere.

Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One is the story of three friends who travel far from home to attend the Bertrand Aloysius Thorndike Academic Institution. Thorndike is one of two schools on the entire planet that nurture the unusual abilities of their students. Since most of normal society believes these talents as evil, Thorndike is located in the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Carl and his friends, Grace Mulligan and Burt Jackson, are put in the hands of Aida Whitehall, a student two years their senior. The four become the best of friends as they explore and learn to control their talents.

The major plotlines of this book are the friendship among the four, the increasingly amazing talents each discovers, and the relationship between the Thorndike Institution and the Masterson Academy, the second special school. The rivalry between the two schools has always been strong, which is why Masterson is located on the opposite side of the globe on a South Pacific island. The conflict continues to expand, eventually leading to all out warfare.

The story is all about the talents. Grace has the Mother talent which makes all animals love her as their own mother. Burt is a self-taught Sparker, enabling him to travel great distances via lightning. Although he always thought himself an average teenager, Carl is the most talented of all. In order to save the school and his friends, he must become the master of all talents, the Invisible Hand. The story is fast-paced and action packed.

The other main characters in the book are Carl’s mother, Ginny, Headmaster Alex Dorchester, Dean Clarisse Whitehall (Aida’s adoptive mother), Professor Alistair Donnelly, Professor Bertrand Thorndike VII, and Barbara Conway (another student with a crush on our hero).

Carl’s journey does not end here. The next two books are complete in rough draft form. The fourth is currently someplace between my mind and laptop. Enjoy the ride!

 

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Karl Morgan’s Social Media and Contact Links:

 

Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L7HHNB3

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karlmorganauthor

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Karl-Morgan/e/B00A57RWPO

Website/Blog: http://www.karljmorgan.com

Twitter handle: @karljmorgan

 

**To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.

Thanks for supporting author, Karl J. Morgan and his work!

61 Responses to ““THE SLEEPING ONE” Blog Tour – Author, Karl J. Morgan”

  1. Helen Borel,RN,MFA,PhD January 28, 2019 at 10:41 pm #

    Thank you, VASHTI, for hosting this fine and diverse writer. Looks like Karl J. Morgan is yet
    another gifted writer I must explore.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Priscilla Bettis January 29, 2019 at 6:18 am #

    Oh, I would have loved to attend Thorndike as a child! But I’m afraid I don’t have any Sparker or otherwise unusual talents. (Rats.)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q January 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Priscilla! Are you sure? You may have a hidden talent you may not have discovered yet. 😉 Thank you for stopping by. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

    • Karl Morgan January 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      You never know, Priscilla. You might just be one of Those Who Sleep.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. yvettemcalleiro January 29, 2019 at 6:33 am #

    This book is right up my alley! I’ve read a couple of Karl’s other books and really enjoyed them. I can’t wait to read this one! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q January 29, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Yvette! I’m sure Karl will be thrilled when he reads your comment. Happy reading, my friend! 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

    • Karl Morgan January 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank you, Yvette. I hope you will like it and look forward to what’s next.

      Liked by 3 people

  4. olganm January 29, 2019 at 6:34 am #

    Congratulations to the author and very good luck!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q January 29, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      That’s sweet of you, Olga. Thanks for stopping by and supporting Karl.
      ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  5. coldhandboyack January 29, 2019 at 9:00 am #

    Go Karl! Have a great tour.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. karljmorgancom January 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    Thank you so much for hosting my story, Vashti! I really appreciate the time you took for me.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q January 29, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Karl. Wishing you lots of success with your books. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  7. D.L Finn, Author January 29, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

    Sounds like a fun read Karl! I added it to my Kindle. I agree about Lost in Space and Star Trek:) Thanks for hosting Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q January 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      Hi Denise! Karl’s new book does read fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading it too. Thanks for the visit and the support of Karl, my friend.
      ❤ xo

      Liked by 2 people

    • Karl Morgan January 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

      Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it.

      Liked by 3 people

  8. Soooz January 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    Great post, Karl. It’s been delightful to learn more about you and your work. My TBR list has expanded yet again. Thanks for hosting Karl on this leg of his tour, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Rhani D'Chae January 29, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi, Karl. This is a great post, and I enjoyed reading it. I’m looking forward to the rest of your tour. 😀
    Vashti, thanks for hosting.

    Liked by 2 people

    • karljmorgancom January 29, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

      Thank you, Rhani. I hope you like the rest of the tour as well. I know I had fun writing everything.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by to support Karl, Rhani! It’s been my pleasure hosting him. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  10. rijanjks January 29, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    How wonderful to see Karl here! I love this book cover! It speaks volumes. Karl is such a diverse writer. I’m intrigued. Thanks for hosting, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi Jan! It’s been great having him as a guest on my blog. He writes fantasy and science fiction, two of my favorite genres. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

      Thank you Jan. I do like outrageous stories. This one just keeps getting better now that I’m immersed in book 4.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Guy Worthey January 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm #

    Friendship is one of my favorite themes. The book looks like a wild ride, Karl! Thanks for hosting, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Guy! It’s so nice to see you here! Thanks for supporting Karl. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:02 pm #

      Guy, thank you so much. Friendship is a critical element in all of my books.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Miriam Hurdle January 30, 2019 at 2:13 am #

    I’m g;ad to read about the story of Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One. It definitely is an interesting book to young adults as they love stories about friendship. This is a great post, Vashti, and thank you for hosting Karl’s tour.

    Vashti, I thought I made some progress dealing with jet lag but I was doing worse last night. I do hope to feel better soon to schedule my blog tour. I managed to make one post today.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that Miriam. I hope you adjust soon, but remember you did travel to the other side of the world. Thank you for stopping by to support Karl. I’ll swing by your blog later to check out your post. ❤ xo

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm #

      I’m doing so much better. Every day I feel stronger. Thanks for asking, my friend. ❤ xo

      Liked by 2 people

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm #

      Thank you, Miriam. All the best.

      Liked by 3 people

  13. Stephen Geez January 30, 2019 at 4:54 am #

    Hello, Karl and Vashti! I’m enjoying learing about the author and his process and this book in layers through the tour. Thanks for sharing that, Karl; and thanks for sharing Karl and his book, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      I’m happy to see you here, Stephen. It’s been fun hosting Karl. He deserves this. Have a happy Friday and weekend! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm #

      Always a pleasure, Stephen.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Patricia A. Guthrie January 30, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    Wow, Karl! Another book(s) I’ll have to add to my TBR list. That list might well keep me reading for the rest of my life. I love books that incorporate special talents, friendship sprinkled with fantasy. Now, I’m off to Amazon. Thanks Vashti for hosting this prolific author.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Patricia. Karl is a wonderful guest and I’m happy to learn more about him. It’s wonderful seeing you here. Enjoy the day! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm #

      Thanks Patricia. I would say that fantasy is more than sprinkled. It’s more like a downpour.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. D. Wallace Peach January 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks for the introduction to Karl, Vashti. This sounds like a book that would definitely appeal to Potter fans. I wish Karl tons of luck with it and the rest of the series. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Diana! Thank you for stopping by to show Karl some support. I’m sure he’ll be very happy with your comment. 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you so much. It might be a bit too spiritual for some, but it is fun and surprising.

      Liked by 2 people

  16. jinlobify January 30, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

    Your new book sounds quite interesting. You are right Karl, an author has to be very careful or the characters in the story will take over the show. 😀 Good luck with your tour!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by and showing your support for Karl, Joy! Happy Friday! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm #

      Thank you, Joy. You know, I like it when the characters take over. It’s pressure off of me, so to speak.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q February 7, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

        I like it too, Karl. For me it’s part of the fun when the characters add their own flavors to the mix. 😉

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  17. Bette A. Stevens January 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

    Congratulations, Karl! Great cover and post. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

      It’s nice to see you, Bette. Thanks for visiting and your support for Karl. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm #

      Thank you very much, Bette.

      Liked by 2 people

  18. RaveReviewsbyNJ January 31, 2019 at 9:13 am #

    Karl, what an interesting tale! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Vashti, thank you so much for the host!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Nonnie. Thanks for stopping by and showing your support for Karl. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm #

      Thank you, Nonnie. You are too kind.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. ~Mar February 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    Great post, Karl!! Vashti, thanks so much for hosting!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Mar! It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for your visit and support for Karl.
      😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  20. beemweeks February 2, 2019 at 12:36 am #

    This sounds like an interesting read, Karl. Wishing you the best.

    Thanks for hosting, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 11:05 pm #

      Hi Beem! Thanks for stopping by. Karl’s book does read fascinating. It’s been my pleasure! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

    • karljmorgancom February 4, 2019 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks Beem. Always a pleasure.

      Liked by 1 person

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