~ About the Book ~
The Curious Tale of Gabrielle
Author: Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Adventure, Historical Fiction
Book One in The Curious Tale of Gabrielle book series
~ Synopsis ~
A young Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. She cannot stop or rest until all within her reach has been experienced and explored. Driven by an astounding will and lack of common fear, she finds herself able to face things most adults might fall before. Yet has there been a journey that has been meant specifically for her all along? Is there a path that has been created just for her to travel?
Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. What will happen as she discovers the lives — and tragedies — of the souls who choose her to see their story? It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined — except perhaps by a young girl.
~ Excerpt ~
“Hello…?” Gabrielle pleaded with the silence, hoping for a response from anybody at this point. She could feel that something was wrong, as she found herself looking at the vase of flowers that she had admired the day before. She could feel her heart stop as she looked at the once beautiful vase of flowers. Something was terribly wrong, the flowers were all dead. Not only were they dead, but they had been dead for some time, by the look of them, as they were dried with most of their petals on the table. Gabrielle’s mouth hung ajar in shock. These flowers had been alive and vibrant not several hours ago. How is this possible?
The urge to run came over her, as all of her senses were telling her to leave now and not look back. Something was wrong and she could feel it. She wasn’t sure how, but she could feel that whatever it was, was in the next room, lying just out of site. Gabrielle wasn’t sure how she knew this, but something was telling her as though it was being whispered into her ear. She stood frozen in fear for what felt like a lifetime when she heard the ‘click’ again.
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~ Guest Post ~
The Importance of Asking ‘Why’
Quality of life is something that is gravely examined and implicated in focus in all societies in the world. We often spend most of our time trying to better ours, that we often forget about the world around us and the other people both near and far to our lives. Selfishness eludes our sensitivities and all we can see is ourselves orbiting ourselves. It is not only a noble idea, but a social obligation to help and further our fellow humans if we intend on getting through this construct we have come to know as our lives.
Within this, there are some flaws that need addressing. As with anything, and nothing being perfect, humans are our own worst enemies. We follow blind ideologies, hopeless social regulations and obtuse reforms that we cripple our progression with trivial matters. What I have come to find, in my life at least, is that asking the simplest of questions is the best way to receive the grandest of answers. If we don’t ask the questions, how will we ever learn and progress?
One question in particular stands out in my mind as the perfect proposition to acquire any knowledge or answer you might ever desire: Why? Simple, three letters with the strength of a golem, this simple inquisition will cut through anything and find the truth hiding within the core. However, in order for this to work, it must be universally applied to all aspects.
For example—and a very common one at that: “You must adhere to my religion for it is the right way to live!” Well, why is that? Don’t simply focus on the immediate answer, but really ascertain as to why something like this not only should pertain to you, but why it is right. Why should I follow a set of ideologies (especially if they are not your own)? Why, really why, is it imperative that I adhere to all of your thought and regulations? Why do you think it is needed for you to change for something that doesn’t directly affect your live—or it may?
As the child always asking why aggravates responses from their parents, it’s this beautifully simplistic notion that will agitate the answers from life. If we keep asking “Why” to everything, eventually the universe will give us the answers if only to shut us up.
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The Curious Tale of Gabrielle Blog Tour Dates
I’m A Book Shark (Mickey) – Guest Post – March 7
Tales of a Formerly Inadequate Fat Girl – Guest Post – March 13
I’m A Book Shark (Mickey) – Interview – March 20
Kate M. Colby – Guest Post – March 25
Review of The Curious Tale of Gabrielle – Book Review – March 28
Author Christie Cote – Promotion/Guest Post – March 30
~ About the Author ~
Zachary is 27 and lives in Maine with his lovely wife, Layla. The two of them share a home with their 4 fur-children Thai, Bambina, Loki and Le vie (Thai and Bambina are cats and Loki and Le vie are dogs).
Zachary received an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine. Zachary had two short stories published by Ohio State University when he was in elementary school, and a poem published when he was in high school. Zachary has always had two passions in his life, criminal justice and writing. After spending nearly 5 years working in security, Zachary decided it was time to give his other passion a chance.
Zachary is very much a family man and when he is not deep in writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing video games or contemplating his next story idea.
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Best of luck to my very talented friend! So happy and VERY proud of you, Zachary!!! <3