Friday, December 23, 2011

Meet & Greet with Phil Stern - The Bull Years

Welcome to day 1 of The Bull Years virtual book tour with Phil Stern. Please be sure to leave a comment and introduce yourself and follow his tour to learn more about Phil. Let's get this party started! :)

Welcome Phil!

His debut novel, The Bull Years, was published in 2011. A hard-hitting commentary on both the frustrations and ultimate validation of modern-day life, The Bull Years follows the lives of four people throughout the late 80′s, 90′s, and into the 21st century, directly addressing the gradual alienation and disconnection often experienced during young adulthood.
“I wanted to write about characters everyone could relate to,” Stern says. “We’ve all had our ups and downs. I think people sometimes feel everyone else has experienced more success than they have, or are more firmly grounded in our world than they could ever be. My hope is that everyone will recognize a little part of themselves in Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke.”
Born in 1970 in Ossining, New York, Stern grew up with a love of all types of science fiction, including the works of Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, John Wyndham, Piers Anthony, and more.
“Speculative fiction is so different today than it was back then,” Stern says. “I wanted to write stuff a bit more recognizable to fans of my generation. Science fiction should be about ideas and alternate worlds, strong characters and good stories.
Going into talk radio after attending SUNY Albany, Stern hosted regular shows in the New York City area, Albany, Utica, NY, and Greenville, NC. He later went into the advertising and sales industries.
Stern now lives in Florida, and is working on his next novel.

*Adult Content*

What would your 20-year-old self think of the 40-year-old you’ve become?

For Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke, life hasn’t turned out as planned. Rather than easy fame and fortune, these happy-go-lucky teenagers of the 1980's found young adulthood a mystifying series of dead-end jobs, failed relationships, family scandal, and surging frustration. 

Now approaching middle age, all they want is to reverse their gradual alienation from life and one another, reconnecting with their earlier, innocent selves. 

But there’s a catch. Before any of them can move forward, they must collectively confront the outrageous night back in college that first drove them apart, revealing secrets potentially shattering everything they ever were. 

Nothing is out of bounds in this stunning, often hilarious, and ultimately uplifting look within the secret lives of what is surely America’s Most Disillusioned Generation. 
December 23 - Meet & Greet at VBT Cafe' Blog
December 26 - Interviewed at BK Media Entertainment
December 28 - Reviewed at Immortality and Beyond
December 30 - Reviewed at E-Reading on the Cheap
January 7 - Guest Blogging at Book Reader Addicts
January 9 - Interviewed by Brenda Woody & Steve Tindle
January 11 - Reviewed by Cindy Vine
January 19 - Reviewed at Wise Words
January 20 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
January 21 - Reviewed at Ink-Puddle
January 24 - Reviewed at S.W.A.K.R.
January 25 - Interviewed at From The Mind of Omegia
January 26 - Interviewed at Authors By Authors


BK Walker said...

Welcome Phil and thank you for touring with us :).

Feel free to ask Phil questions, introduce yourself or just say Hi.

Merry Christmas Everyone! said...

It's so cool to see Phil here -- #woot! I hope the tour is awesome.