All about Oculus

OCULUS--Book 2 of "A Crisis of Two Worlds"

INFORMATION:
  • Paperback and eBook available.
  • Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing (November 2012).
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-77115-035-4
  • ISBN-9: 1-77115-035-1
  • Paperback Product Dimensions 6" x 9" (considered large print/trade paperback). This version is ONLY available as a "Print On Demand" book from LULU. The paperback and ebook share the same ISBN number as there has not been enough of a demand for paperback to warrant mass distribution online.
  • Pages: 534 printed
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EDITORIAL REVIEWS:
"What an amazing series Offutt has created here. I just finished Oculus, and I cannot wait for book #3. He's created a complex reality of two worlds - Earth and a parallel dimension Earth called Avalon. Essentially our hero Jordan is an unlikely superhero. A star of the hockey team at Cornell in Oculus, he ...has to save the world. Without spoiling the book for you, it's an amazing journey!! [5 stars out of 5]"

                                                                -- Rising Up From the Ashes Book Reviews

"Oculus, not only answers the nagging questions [from Slipstream], it sucks you into an incredibly well done story....[I]f you liked the first book, you’ll love this one. Now, if you haven’t read the first book, Slipstream, I highly recommend you do that first. Though this book could stand alone, references will make so much more sense if you begin at the beginning.

"The story doesn’t end with Oculus. This is, after all, science fiction! Offutt did a great job of making me hope that Book Three, rumored to be titled “Caledfwlch” will be out soon."

                                                                 -- Shelly's LGBT Book Reviews

COVER COPY:
Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon attends his first classes as a freshman at Cornell. Born with a brilliant mathematical mind, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.

But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.

SEQUEL:
"Caledfwlch" will be published in 2014.

SERIES:
"A Crisis of Two Worlds"
  1. Slipstream
  2. Oculus
  3. Caledfwlch (forthcoming)
  4. Black Tower (forthcoming)
  5. Eden (forthcoming)
THE PUBLICIST I HIRED FOR MY BOOK TOUR IS ROXANNE RHOADES.
My book had a full page advertisement in this magazine:
BOOK TOUR FOR OCULUS:

  1. Talking about Ivy League's own Cornell University and their suicide problem at Cally Jackson.
  2. Callie Leuck gave me a glowing five-star review for Oculus at her blog Write On! where she blogs about science, writing, books, and life.
  3. Ever wonder about cliches in writing? Well I visited with Theresa Milstein to speak about this very thing and to point out how I consciously tried to avoid them in writing Oculus.
  4. Incredible young adult author Michael Pierce featured me on his blog to answer questions (and I do talk about Caledfwlch), but he also honored me with an amazing review of Oculus. If you have time, please go check it out :).
  5. I had a promo spot on the Spirit Called where Musa Publishing's own C.D. Coffelt blogs about things that are her passion (Robert Jordan anyone?) The promo simply consists of the book blurb and links. Nothing much to look at.
  6. Author P.T. Dilloway did another promo for me (basically just a book blurb and a chapter one excerpt that you can read on this blog). However, he also wrote a 5-star review on one of his many blogs regarding Oculus. I'm thankful for him in giving my online ratings a boost. The link to his book review blog is HERE.
  7. Science Fiction author Ellie Garratt featured my book on her blog. Just like on P.T. Dilloway's and Spirit Called, all it consisted of was the blurb and an excerpt which may or may not be new to you. 
  8. Death as a theme in Oculus with young adult author Brinda Berry.
  9. The "oh so brilliant" magic system that I created for A Crisis of Two Worlds. It comes full force in Oculus and I talk about it at Delphina Reads Too Much.
  10. On Paper Mountain I talk quite frankly at why I think Oculus is the best story I've produced to date. Stop by and stay a while. And Brooke is a friendly and Hermione Granger smart young lady.
  11. Kay Dee Royal interviewed me for her paranormal and erotica musings website. If you ever wanted to know more about me or my writing, check out my answers on her blog. :)
  12. A promo spot at author Laura Eno's blog. It's just another cut and paste of my blurb and author information. Kind of boring really. But Laura Eno herself is quite interesting.
  13. The allegorical element in Oculus featured on The Indie Book Blog.
  14. Wondering why I made Jordan gay in A Crisis of Two Worlds? Well I talk about that with author Elise Fallson, American/French bug-specialist extraordinaire. I love the name Elise; it reminds me of Beethoven something fierce.
  15. Author, editor, and entrepreneur Cherie Reich posted an excerpt from Oculus on her blog. It's one from a bloody hockey game featured in the novel. Cherie is my editor, and she did an outstanding job on my book. She also reviewed it for me on Goodreads. You can read that HERE.
  16. I talk about HOCKEY! If you think hockey players are hot, check out the post at Puck Buddy's "For Guys who like Guys who play hockey."
  17. I talk about the business side of publishing on Melissa's Imaginarium. If you are trying to get published, you might want to read about what I have to say.
  18. Kolin (an assassin) is one of my favorite characters in Oculus. I talk about his background with Melissa Stevens at her blog located HERE.
  19. Monday, January 14th I'm at Alex J. Cavanaugh's with a funny Monopoly-themed post. Alex is a super blogger and a best-selling author. Together we racked up 168 comments (I'd say that's pretty good).
  20. Check out a picture of Jordan (of which I am proud) and read about my art when I talk with science-fiction author, Charity Bradford.
  21. The lovely Cindy Borgne who I think is an expert on Mars, space-opera, and on writing graciously reviewed Oculus on her blog The Dreamer's Perch.
  22. Love stories with rich people in them? I know I do. I have a fascination with the "1%". Maybe it comes from the fact that I'm poor. You can read about how I live vicariously through my stories and spend time with rich kids in Oculus when I talk with Joy Campbell, Jamaican author, at her blog The Character Depot.
  23. I disagree dear reviewer of Slipstream (the prequel to Oculus), liquid life is not vampirism. You can read about what I have to say with author Mary Pax where in her own words "The stars are the beginning..."

SHORT SYNOPSIS:

Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon attends his first classes as a freshman at Cornell. Born with a brilliant mathematical mind, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.

But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.

October finds Jordan earning a starting position with the Cornell hockey team. But a dark cloud gathers over his rookie season. Unexplained deaths, whispers of a cannibal cult, a prophecy, and a stone known only as the Oculus, cast a shadow over his athletic ambitions. It is the start of a terrifying journey down a path of mystery, murder, and to a confrontation with an Evil more ancient than the stars.

PROMOTIONAL IMAGES:
Jordan Pendragon from "Oculus."
This is Andy Callahan. Jordan meets and befriends Andy when he goes to play
for Big Red Hockey at Cornell University. I chose to draw Andy in the snowy woods
outside of his parent's home in the Hamptons. He's an only child. Jordan and Kolin
stay with him over Thanksgiving.
This is Jordan and Brianna in a crucial scene of the book. They make an important discovery
using the particle collider at Cornell University.
Dylan and Kathy having some fun (from a scene in "Oculus").

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