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Monday, January 27, 2014

Drawing strength

"Drawing strength from faith in Christ empowers a person to go beyond their deemed limits."


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the arms of the angel

Writing dialog for Society 713 brought back memories of Nya in Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code, which inspired the creation of the attached artwork.



There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough,
And it’s hard, at the end of the day.
I need some distraction

Oh, beautiful release.
Memories seep from my veins.
Let me be empty,
Oh, and weightless,
And maybe I’ll find some peace tonight.
In the arms of the angel, Fly away from here.

extract from “In the Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLaughin

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Run

Completed a 6km run yesterday with my ten year old daughter Jessica. Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most memorable.  We have done shorter runs together in the past, around 3km.  Double the distance was going to be a challenge. She made it though, pushed herself to her limits right to the end.

"Intellectual Assurance"

I must admit I'm a fan of Rosalind Picard.  Not just for her renown work in Affective Computing but also her brilliant talks on science and faith.

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the lab. She is also co-founder of Affectiva, Inc., delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Read her impressive BIO here http://web.media.mit.edu/~picard/index.php

As you would of seen in her BIO, Rosalind is well educated, a deep thinker, and like myself doesn't come to believing in something without solid evidence.

Below is a talk Rosalind gave. The transcript resonates to me. Many of the things she discussed I come across daily, or have come across in the past.

A 15 minute invited talk on the subject "Intellectual Assurance Christianity is Sound"

Prof. R. W. Picard

I grew up thinking that all religious people had basically thrown their brains out the window. I thought they had concocted their faith out of some kind of intellectual weakness. Or, perhaps they liked ritual for its own sake, or believed what they believed to please their parents. Perhaps religion was some kind of comforting deception. I prided myself on being tolerant of their beliefs, but I was not interested in religion for me. Who needed it? I thought "I am doing quite fine in life without it."

Although I might have attended a talk on religion I would probably not have been a good listener. Because of my closed-mindedness against religion, it would be hard to be objective. I thought my atheism was scientific, and therefore the best way to be. What it took me a while to realize was that my belief that there was no God was as unprovable as the religious beliefs I assumed were wrong. I had to face up to the fact that I really had not carefully considered the issues.

Perhaps some of you have negative thoughts and feelings about religion in general, or Christianity in particular: Isn't it outdated? Isn't religion subjective? Wasn't Jesus just a good teacher? And Professor Picard, well, she spent a lot of years down south in the "Bible belt," so we will be tolerant and say that's fine for her to believe.

Some of you have brought negative biases here, and will have to work hard to accurately hear what I will say. Consequently, I take the risk of being misclassified as a religious lunatic, lumped with televangelists, fundamentalists, and all those with whom I least want to be associated. I also don't have tenure yet, and could conceivably risk my job for professing religious beliefs -- "how can she believe THAT?"


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Society 713

A sneak peak at the blurb for the new stories I’ve began working on. These writings will be released as short chronicles.  Similar to a television series each story will be independent but with interconnecting links and characters.

Society 713 (Working title)

Across the world, a group of questioners unknown to each other, disillusioned with life prayed to see beyond the hidden veils surrounding humanity. Their prayers were answered through harrowing experiences none of them anticipated. Some made the journey, some didn't. The ones who did were left with spiritual gifts.

The survivors were drawn together by an invisible force and formed Society 713.

“Are their more of us?” Williams asked.

“Possibly. We will find them.” Davidson replied.

Together, stripped of their old ways they stepped through the strait gate onto the narrow, difficult, path only a few find.


These are their stories.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Angelic Gene - CBM Christian Author Press Release

CBM Christian Author Press Release

January 12, 2014

The Angelic Gene by multi-published novelist Steve Goodwin is the long awaited third book in the Elijah Hael Series exploring faith, love, doubt and fear.

Set in England during the 1860’s, beginning with Sophia’s birth, the reader will find themselves on an exciting adventure between life and death. Sophia as an orphaned girl, with a difficult birth and childhood, does not understand why a man wants her dead. She carries secrets unknowingly and will, in her life, experience humanity.

Goodwin takes the readers back to England in an age that has long since passed, yet still gives relevance of the human condition and the existence of the invisible spiritual realm. This novel is the first book in the beginning of the Elijah Hael novels and is recommended as to be read first in the series, but can also be read as the third book in the series.

Goodwin writes with ease, excitement and fast-paced dialogue giving the readers a sense of being there as the story unfolds. Historically accurate, The Angelic Gene, encapsulates the culture and era of 19th century England. Uplifting, exciting and heart-warming, Goodwin gives the readers “something special” in this novel that they will not soon forget. With well-developed characters, intrigue and suspense, this novel will keep the reader longing to protect orphan Sophia while giving a glimpse of what evil that lurks within the shadows of humanity. Fascinating and awing!

You may get your copy of The Angelic Gene at Amazon, in Kindle Edition and at other fine online bookstores. Be sure to visit Steve Goodwin at The Angelic Gene, at Elijah Hael Novels and at Steve Goodwin's Blog where you can find out more about the author and his books.

A CBM Christian Author Press Release, sharing great reads with the world.

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 - Writing, Business and Faith

2014, 10 days in, and a brilliant year it is.  I don’t get wound up in New Year resolutions. I’m the sort of person to wind myself up every day.  I see each moment as an opportunity to grow, and, being as impatient as I am, want to see the growth as soon as possible. Not wait until a year is over. Life is short!

2013 in many ways brought about large changes in my life due to releasing my first full length novel, Elijah Hael – The Last Judgement to the public in late 2012.  Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to find the time to diligently write Elijah Hael – The Genetic Code released in mid-2013.  Without pausing, I moved onto the third novel The Angelic Gene released a couple of weeks ago.  The novels have brought about new acquaintances, some of which are blossoming into rewarding friendships across the world. Today’s technology, as one of my readers Wendy pointed out is amazing in that it allows someone on the other side of the world to read one of my works, then send feedback, and from that establish a friendship over time. Wendy’s daughter, Jennifer, as a result was chosen for the model for the front cover of The Angelic Gene.  No doubt in the future I’ll plan a world tour and meet these wonderful people.

Business, my company Software Development Pty Ltd, is moving on with some exciting projects in 2014.  The most notable is the expansion of Aeropower’s Asset Management System to version 5.0 bringing about many new functions.  The software is used in major power companies across Australia and will shortly be introduced to other industry sectors.  Another exciting project we are working on for a client is MagMan which is launching this year and will change the way mine sites control their inventories utilising ultra-modern technology integrated with the cloud.

oneFlow™ has taken off with a flying start satisfying the accounting needs of individual entrepreneurs. Some great things are planned for oneFlow™ this year which will be announced in the coming months.

On a business note, I’m a strong believer in faith and how faith can empower a person to greatness. A book I refer to for the scientific fact behind that is “How God Changes Your Brain – Breakthrough findings from leading Neuroscientists” 

In 2013 I wrote a couple of articles for Faith DrivenBusiness, article 1, article 2, an organisation that specialises at helping people incorporate faith into their business. Faith is a powerful asset, which cannot be purchased, but can be received for those who are willing to pursue truth with an open heart and mind.


2014, here I come, all guns blazing, moving forward to new, exciting, and wonderful opportunities.


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Monday, January 06, 2014

Peter Younghusband's review of "The Angelic Gene"

Peter Younghusband, pro blogger, and Christian Fiction Review Guru , review of "The Angelic Gene"

This is the long anticipated third book in the Elijah Hael series, however it can read as standalone without having read the previous two books. Having said that, this is a great introduction to this series, and I would encourage any reader new to the Elijah Hael series to start with this one. It definitely gives the background to Sophia, and you will understand her better in the Elijah Hael books from reading this one. The other advantage is that the reader should pick up some connections from this book to the previous two, so Goodwin states and is quite proud of this fact. He throws it out there to see who picks up these connections. I must confess, I am still working on this as it is within 4 months since reading the previous two. I have mentioned this to the author, and he has allowed me to mention that "....The crucifix Anne gives to Michael is the same one that Seth uses in The Genetic Code".

Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene is different from Elijah Hael books and after reading this, I would agree. Set in a much earlier time than the previous two, Sophia is much younger, her age spans from birth to age 16 years in this novel compared to a much older and mature age in the other two books. In this novel she is human and in the other two in another form. You will have to read these novels to know what I mean by that statement. No spoilers!

I really loved this novel! One of my favourites! It really is a beautiful story. There is a gentleness in Goodwin's writing but a firmness or solidness in its delivery. It flows well, and Goodwin has, without too much detail, transported the reader into the 1870s. Some of these are done well by adding historical events such as who the character of Jack really is other than Memphis' pawn and what he is known for in history is connected to Memphis' plans.

I have a soft spot for Jack. Despite his infamy in recorded history, the background Goodwin provides for this character encouraged me to see him as a lost soul caught in desperation of his condition and a slave of his fear of dying and of the afterlife. This develops in him a hatred of God and of Christians, but it is this that actually enables him to consider over the course of this book, that these Christians have the peace and freedom that he so desperately desires and that God might just be who He says He is. Memphis, who hates God with his entire being, actually unknowingly and unwittingly gives Jack a clue to this revelation. And it is this that gives him the motivation to make divisive action against his master. I did admire him for this but was heart broken that despite this, his outcome and end was the same as if he had not done this action. I consider Jack one of Goodwin best developed characters.

Another event recorded in history is that of Kate Kibble, one of 37 women, banned from Birmingham pubs for being habitually drunk and yes she did have one eye! I thought the inclusion here of Kate's demise while Jack was contemplating his situation in the pub and to have to attend to Kate was well done and strengthened my affection for him! Yet another, was the reference to William Booth, who we know as the founder of The Salvation Army. All these events have added credibility to the era that Goodwin has successfully transported the reader to.

Goodwin has depicted Anne and Sophia as very realistic children of their age groups throughout the novel. Developing their characters right from the beginning, their innocence, vulnerability and frailty due to be orphaned is well done and endears you to these two. You cannot do anything else except feel for them, support them and want to protect them and Goodwin's development of Michael as guide, protector and mentor helps the reader here in developing the reader's rapport with these two orphans. Goodwin has also depicted the closeness of Anne and Sophia very well as inseparable friends (and something deeper, but you will have to read the novel to find out in what way this is!!) and this adds a great depth to the plot and their important role in the fight against Memphis and fulfilling the prophecy.

I must make mention here of the dog, Dash. This adds another "character" to become endeared to and I discover from the author that Dash is based on his own dog of the same breed and name as his own. I can see how Goodwin has portrayed Dash here as pretty much the same as he experienced Dash in his life and the depiction of the relationship between Dash and the two girls. Very nicely done.

Memphis has been developed successfully as the demon bent on destroying Sophia and all connected to her in achieving his dominance of the world and Goodwin provides him with a great degree of evilness that does make you feel creepy, especially in his mastery of the demonic practices of sorcery and necromancy.

I love the way Goodwin has introduced the angelic involvement. With one angelic character, there is a twist that I did not see coming, but once you do, it makes sense and I chuckled at the cleverness of Goodwin to include and add another layer to the plot and relationship between the characters.

I loved the ending, the final confrontation between Sophia and her band of warriors against Memphis and his demonic army and the aftermath. I did cry at the demise of one loved character and the happiness of another and how this could flow into a sequel.

All in all, the loose ends are tied up but I can see that it is possible for a fourth book in this series, especially one to follow on from this one but also to fit in with the previous two.

Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene has a special place in his heart and I can understand why, I can say the same for me as well. Won't forget this one in a hurry. I would love to see this made into a movie!! It would be a ripper!

The author gifted this novel to me as a Kindle edition and this has not influenced my review. I have made it known to him that this review is based entirely on my opinion and how I interpreted his novel.

The Angelic Gene: Highly Recommended


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Be sure to check out Peter's blog at http://christianfictionreviewguru.blogspot.com.au/ for other detailed reviews.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Review for The Angelic Gene

I've read the outstanding first two books in this series (Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement / Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code) and have finished the excellent third. The entire series is a winner and I hope that Goodwin has more coming down the pike.

K. Bolas (North California) review of The Angelic Gene, via Amazon US

Thanks K. Bolas, I appreciate the review.  And yes, there are more stories coming.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The Angelic Gene paperback proof approved

The first print version, the proof copy, of The Angelic Gene.  It's been approved for publish which means the paperback will become available over the next couple of weeks through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other good book stores and distribution outlets.