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Michael J. Bowler

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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader's Favorite), Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, Spinner (Literary Classics Seal of Approval; Winner YA-Hollywood Book Festival; Honorable Mention YA-San Francisco Book Festival; Bronze Medal from Readers' Favorite), and Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot––who grew up in San Rafael, California. His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the S ...more

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Michael J. Bowler Write. Even if you think your first draft is garbage, write it. Most first drafts are garbage. That's what revising and editing are for. But FINISH…moreWrite. Even if you think your first draft is garbage, write it. Most first drafts are garbage. That's what revising and editing are for. But FINISH the manuscript. That's the first step in the writing journey, and the most important.(less)
Michael J. Bowler My new novel, Spinner - a teen horror/mystery, is currently in the editing phase with a brand new publisher and is slated for release in June. Cover…moreMy new novel, Spinner - a teen horror/mystery, is currently in the editing phase with a brand new publisher and is slated for release in June. Cover art looks amazing and I'm excited about this book. Outlining sequels now.(less)
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Hope EnduresWants versus needs. We humans seem to want everything, but actually need very little. Children need love, safety, security, shelter, clothing, and food. They need to be engaged in character-building activities. They need to be taught how to be decent human beings who accept as an axiom that all life is sacred. They need to be taught that life doesn’t revolve around them, that they are part of a...

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There Is No Fear (Drama)
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Description: The most famous boy in the world is a prisoner. He’s been charged with a crime he didn’t commit, a crime that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Languishing within The Compound, the most secure juvenile facility in California, while the district attorney vows to make an example of him because of his celebrity status, Lance must endure the daily indignities of the incarcerated. New Camelot is fractured without him. Ricky and Chris are bereft, living for the weekly phone call that becomes their only lifeline to the brother they so desperately love, while Arthur and Jenny feel the loss of their son with a sadness that can’t be quelled. And what about Michael, the highly volatile teen who helped write the proposition that will change California forever? Could he really be the monster he says he is? His hatred of Ricky is palpable, and his instability may well threaten the lives of everyone at New Camelot. As the election looms closer, Proposition 51 takes on an even greater significance in light of the pending trial of the century. The more harshly fifteen-year-old Lance is treated within the broken justice system, the more he contemplates the wisdom of his idea that children need more adult rights. If The Child Voter Act becomes law, won’t it simply allow adults to throw more kids into prison with impunity? Whichever way the voters decide, his greatest fear remains the same: will he ever again be with the people he loves? The Knight Cycle Continues…
Children of the Knight (Drama)
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Description: According to legend, King Arthur was slated to return at a time when Britain needed him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king appear in modern-day Los Angeles? And why is he recruiting and training children as knights for his new Round Table? This charismatic young leader leads these cast-off and unwanted kids on a crusade to establish a new Camelot within the City of Angels, a crusade to reject, revise and rebuild the adult society that has marginalized them. He unites the homeless, the abused, the rejected, and the gang-affiliated under a single banner, a banner that unfurls over every needy child regardless of race, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Over a period of months, Arthur and his chosen First Knight, an extraordinary fourteen-year-old discarded Latino boy named Lance, transform these societal-misfit children of the night into a well-trained and formidable army – the powerful and resolute Children of the Knight. He offers them a true purpose in life, something these kids have never had, a purpose that will win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, but will also pit them squarely against the rich, the powerful, and the self-satisfied power brokers who want nothing more than to maintain the city's status quo. Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young charges are about to find out. Children of the Knight, populated with unforgettable characters, is exciting, funny, joyous and tragic, yet always thought-provoking in its explorations of right and wrong, the value of children in our society, and the use and abuse of power. Mostly, however, it is a moving story of lost kids in desperate need of adult love and guidance who, through the intervention of one determined man, ultimately gain a truer understanding of themselves and their own worth.
A Matter of Time (Romance)
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Description: What is your destiny? This question haunts 20-year-old Jamie Collins. A junior at Santa Clara University in 1986, Jamie has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer. Then the dreams begin - nightmarish visions that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912! Less than a week before the 74th anniversary of its sinking, Jamie discovers that his fate is inexplicably linked to that of the famous vessel. Somehow, the two timelines are overlapping, and when Titanic dies this time, Jamie will die along with it. The dreams reveal something evil stalking the ill-fated ship, something that expedites the collision which sinks her. Jamie realizes that the only way to stop this evil and prevent his own death may be to prevent Titanic from sinking in the first place. But how? How can he stop that ship from sinking in 1912 when he hadn’t even been born yet? And even if he can stop it - should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? Jamie’s quest to fulfill his destiny ties friends and family together in ways he could never have imagined. A Matter of Time is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.
A Boy and His Dragon (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Bradley Wallace Murphy just turned thirteen, and he’s not happy about it. His life is lousy, with no relief in sight. He doesn’t fit in at school, he’s no good at sports, a bully torments him, he’s a disappointment to his parents, and his only “friends” are fictional characters on a TV show called “Dark Shadows.” He’s on the verge of manhood - and wants no part of that, either. Then he finds the egg. And everything changes. From this egg hatches Whilly, a supposedly mythological dragon that bonds with him physically, emotionally and spiritually. The sudden responsibility of hiding and feeding and caring for a rapidly growing dragon in a small California city in 1970 forces Bradley Wallace to grow up whether he wants to or not. Through their adventures together, boy and dragon learn the true nature of their symbiosis, and Bradley Wallace comes to understand that he is not just a misfit kid who happened to find a misfit creature from some other time. He is something far more dangerous. More dangerous than anyone in history. So dangerous that he’ll be killed if the truth comes out. The boy who doesn’t want to grow up comes to realize that it might actually be better if he didn’t.
Once Upon A Time In America (Drama)
1 chapters   —   updated Nov 10, 2014 10:35PM
Description: With Lance leading the way, the Knights of the Round Table have set out to convince the American people that amending the Constitution to protect children is right and just and long overdue. As the team travels from state to state, they are met with acceptance, indifference, and even hostility. But Lance’s popularity and mystique as The Boy Who Came Back, coupled with his innate charm, gradually sway more and more of the populace, not to mention state legislators, to their cause. The journey becomes a rite of passage that propels the young people into adulthood, and solidifies Lance’s status as an iconic and influential figure. But he’s uneasy. He knows Arthur is hiding something from him, something that will bring him great sadness. After The Excalibur Incident in Las Vegas, Lance becomes more and more certain that the future is one he won’t like, despite his stunning success at winning over some of the most intractable states. Then comes the attack, sudden and brutal. Now the Round Table is in disarray, and Lance must confront a cold-blooded killer who’s luring him into an obvious trap. But if he refuses the challenge, more loved ones will die, and everything he’s fought for will die with them. Surrounded by the diverse young knights who have become his family, Lance sets out to battle his enemy with the knowledge deep in his heart that only one of them will survive. Is this the end of the Round Table? The Knight Cycle concludes…
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Michael Bowler I'm plowing through a very detailed outline/rough first draft of my "Children of the Knight" sequel, tentatively subtitled "Running Through a Dark Place." It's already 224 single spaced pages and nearly 113,000 words, and I still have a ways to go before reaching the conclusion. A lot was set up in the first book that needs to be followed up on and much more happens as a result of new characters who were not present in part one. It really delves into how society sees its youth and explores the current adult response to kids who screw up badly or commit crimes. In the old days, adults recognized that children were different, that they made mistakes and bad choices, often REALLY bad ones. But back in the day adults gave kids a second chance, or a third chance. Kids were worked with to try and fix whatever led them astray. Today, in our disposable society, kids who screw up are thrown away like yesterday's trash. We don't rehabilitate, and we don't give them second chances anymore. It's both sad and disturbing. Writing these books is a challenge because of all the issues delved into, as well as all the character and plot threads, but it's fun, too. Hopefully those who read the first one, due out around June, will be interested in the sequel. At its core, of course, as with virtually all stories, it's a love story.


Michael Bowler My latest novel, "Children of the Knight," has been selected for publication by Harmony Ink Press, due out in paperback and ebook format around June. I'm excited it's finally going to be available and I'm already hard at work on the sequel. :)


Michael Bowler I'm heading this week to the Miami Book Fair International to accept a Reader's Favorite Silver Medal for "A Matter of Time" and to promote the book. I will also be pitching my new novel, "Children of the Knight" to any publishers willing to listen. Ha! Wish me luck. Or not. I'm going anyway. LOL


Michael Bowler Check this out: Jamie, the main character in my book, "A Matter of Time," kindly consented to an interview with "Beyond the Books" and speaks very highly of me and how well I portrayed him in the story. Thanks, Jamie for the compliment, but I'm afraid you're right about the sequel - that ton of bricks will fall on your head. Sorry, my friend.

http://beyondthebooks.wordpress.com/2...


Michael Bowler Check out my "Virtual Book Tour" all this month through Pump Up Your Book. Here's the link
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If you've read my book, take note of the following: I was asked to pretend my book was being made into a film and to "cast" the movie with actors I thought would fit my characters. Check out my choices and post your opinions. If you think someone else might be better in a role, post that here, too. Maybe Hollywood will take notice. Ha!
Here's that link:
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Michael Bowler J.R. wrote: "Thanks so much for the add and compliments! ;)"

You're welcome! I'll post up a review when I finish the book later tonight or tomorrow.


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J.R. Lenk Thanks so much for the add and compliments! ;)


Michael Bowler My name is Michael Bowler and I have a new book available on Amazon and at CreateSpace.com called "A Boy and His Dragon." Description follows and you can read part of the book on my website: michaeljbowler.webs.com. There is also a discount code available on my website for %15 off if anyone is interested in buying. Thanks.

Bradley Wallace Murphy just turned thirteen, and he’s not happy about it. His life is lousy, with no relief in sight. He doesn’t fit in at school, he’s no good at sports, a bully torments him, he’s a disappointment to his parents, and his only “friends” are fictional characters on a TV show called “Dark Shadows.” He’s on the verge of manhood - and wants no part of that, either.
Then he finds the egg. And everything changes.
From this egg hatches Whilly, a supposedly mythological dragon that bonds with him physically, emotionally and spiritually. The sudden responsibility of hiding and feeding and caring for a rapidly growing dragon in a small California city in 1970 forces Bradley Wallace to grow up whether he wants to or not.
Through their adventures together, boy and dragon learn the true nature of their symbiosis, and Bradley Wallace comes to understand that he is not just a misfit kid who happened to find a misfit creature from some other time. He is something far more dangerous. More dangerous than anyone in history. So dangerous that he’ll be killed if the truth comes out. The boy who doesn’t want to grow up comes to realize that it might actually be better if he didn’t.


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