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Michael J. Bowler

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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, both in general education and students with disabilities. When Michael is not writing you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, volunteering within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles, or caring for his newly adopted son. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens ...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 th…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 I've been reading a lot of Japanese manga lately and that will continue this summer. I'm finishing the final released volumes of "Tokyo Ghoul" this we…moreI've been reading a lot of Japanese manga lately and that will continue this summer. I'm finishing the final released volumes of "Tokyo Ghoul" this week, then I'll complete "The Drifting Classroom" and move onto "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Death Note."(less)
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So far, 2020 has turned the world upside down in so many ways, none of them good. As a writer, I have seen much to decry and comment upon, but as the parent of a young child, it’s best that I focus on him and his immediate needs and leave the commentary to others who feel they are more qualified.





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I Know When You're Going To Die (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while he’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death. His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.’s eyes and “sees” his murder, a murder that will occur in less than two weeks. Stunned and shaken, the two boys sift through clues in Leo’s “vision” in a desperate effort to find the killer and stop him before he can strike. Aided by feisty new-girl-at-school, Laura, the boys uncover evidence suggesting the identity of the murderer. However, their plan to trap the would-be killer goes horribly awry and reveals a truth that could kill them all.
A Matter of Time (Romance)
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Description: The world’s greatest evil stalks the world’s greatest ship, and the only one who can stop him hasn’t been born yet. Jamie Collins is a junior at Santa Clara University in 1986. He has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer. Then the dreams begin - nightmarish memories that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912. When Jamie discovers a foreign cell in his blood that links him to the famous vessel, the two timelines begin to overlap and he realizes an unimaginable truth - something supernatural stalks the ill-fated ship, something that will kill him if he can’t stop it first. And the only way to stop it may be to prevent Titanic from sinking. But even if he can figure out a way to do that, should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? And what about the lady he wasn’t supposed to fall in love with? As her destiny becomes entwined with his, Jamie discovers the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.
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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 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.
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Michael Bowler added a status update: The award-wining first book in my Lance Chronicles series is FREE on all sites except Amazon, where it’s .99 cents. Check out CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT now and experience a genre-mashing coming of age series unlike anything you’ve ever read.
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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
http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/08...#

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.


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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