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Monday, September 28, 2020

Neurogarden by Bryon Vaughn - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Bryon Vaughn and his new book, “Neurogarden”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Bryon and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

by Bryon Vaughn


GENRE: Science Fiction, Techno-Thriller



Where can you run when there is no place to hide?

Brenna Patrick is a brilliant technologist specializing in neural-cognitive functions and AI. She has cracked the code to solve one of the most troublesome problems in the field, and turned that into the multi-billion dollar NeuralTech Corporation.

Working quietly with the U.S. Department of Defense, NeuralTech is poised to leapfrog the competition with a revolutionary system for tracking people, starting with the world’s most wanted terrorists. But there are only so many terrorists in the world, so who’s next?

When a pair of Columbia graduate students, Jenny and Leo, stumble on the dark secret of NeuralTech’s success, it kicks off a tense game of cat and mouse. As they fight to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against them, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance…

NEUROGARDEN is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have readers pondering the nature of memory, and of reality, long after they've read the last page.



Every morning for Brenna Patrick began with a hot shower and a hotter cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee in the same oversized mug she had stolen from a cabinet while studying at Oxford. Some poor British sod probably spent days looking for his ever so clever black-and-white yin and yang mug, and now, here, it played a part in the daily rituals of the world's most renowned expert on artificial intelligence.

Halfway through her coffee, Brenna's usual routine of morning news about the weather or the latest political storm was interrupted by a story on the previous day's event at NeuralTech.

"According to sources, yesterday, in an impressive display of technical wizardry, the notorious Ethiopian strongman, Azim Dibaba, was eliminated by the U.S. military in partnership with NeuralTech. Stay tuned for exclusive video footage from the NeuralTech facility coming up after the break."

With a dismissive wave of her hand, the television powered off, and she downed the last of her coffee. Explicit rules about keeping cameras from the Observation Deck were put in place to stop this kind of leaked footage, not so much to keep it a secret, but to control how the message was released. There was no way NeuralTech would have built such an elaborate display of lights and gadgetry if the world was never going to see what they were doing. The fanfare was all a show, a carnival for the masses to distract from the visceral heart of what they were witnessing. Hell, they used to run the ops from a small conference room in the basement of NeuralTech HQ with two laptops and an iPad. The spectacle was created for virality, but she wanted the first glimpses to be better than some shaky cell phone video from a reporter behind glass.



Finding the Right Balance:

Most of the authors that I know do not make their living through their words, myself included. Many of us have jobs that pay the bills, and writing is our escape. No matter what you do in your non-writing work, it is all too common for work to take over and push everything else to the edges.

It is easy to tell you that you need to make time for your writing. Everybody says that, but as advice goes, that is pretty weak sauce. I’m not sure that I can offer anything much strong, because there is a ton of truth in that statement, but I will outline some of the strategies that have worked for me in the production of my first novel, Neurogarden.

1.)  Write every day. Only have five spare minutes? Write something. Not at a computer? Tap something out on your phone. (You all know your phone is ALWAYS in arm’s reach.) Don’t think it is worth it? Just do it and see. Some of my best ideas came from a paragraph I wrote on my phone.

2.)  If you are working on a novel, though it could apply for other types of work, keep a running list of scene ideas that you can come to whenever you get stuck. This will help you to avoid wasting your precious time staring at a screen. Stuck on that scene that you just don’t know how to resolve? Start another. I have found writing about some other aspect of the bigger story works wonders for unsticking me.

3.)  Treat your writing like a job, because even if you aren’t making much money yet, that is exactly what it is. Schedule your writing sessions and stick to it. If you have to reschedule make sure you do, don’t just say “I’ll skip it today.” Writing is not like leg day at the gym.

Hopefully, these three tips can help others trying to make a go of their dreams of being the next great author. They helped me to get Neurogarden finished, and have me well on the way to finishing the second book in the series.

Good luck, and please share links to your work when you get to the other side!



Ever since reading Douglas Adams back in my formative years, I have had an interesting relationship with humor, science fiction, and technology. My first computer was a TI-99/4A, so yeah, I’m old, but only until scientists have cracked the code on transplanting our brains into shiny new vessels.

My body may be showing signs of wear, but I’m keeping my brain tight.

When I am not dreaming of far off worlds and writing, I am living a semi-normal life working in New York City, and watching movies with my wife and her spastic cat, Moss.









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