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The Rave Reviews Book Club is an online book club of more than 500 independent authors and readers. One of the programs sponsored by the book club is honoring an author as the SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR for one week. Part of that program is a book blog tour featuring the honored author on several blog sites. I am honored today to be hosting the book tour for SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR John Fioravanti.

Greetings! I’m John Fioravanti, and welcome to the sixth post of my “Spotlight Blog Tour” sponsored by my family at Rave Reviews Book Club. I’m very grateful today to be a guest of Kenneth Kerr.

In previous posts, I described my new novel, ‘Passion & Struggle’, and explained how my Sci-Fi series, The Genesis Saga, came to be. Last winter, we enjoyed a cruise to the western Caribbean, and the visits to a few tropical islands provoked some thoughts about building a new civilization on a tropical world like Genesis. Today I’ll share that reflection with you:

Paradise on a Tropical Planet?

Recently Anne and I enjoyed our third cruise in the Caribbean Sea. It was especially enjoyable this year because we left behind the worst winter to hit our area in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario in about twenty years. As we left Buffalo the mercury registered -15 C. When we landed in overcast Fort Lauderdale it was a balmy +22 C – that took some getting used to! Cruising in the Caribbean aboard Royal Caribean’s Oasis of the Seas, took us into hot humid environs where the humidex registered in the mid to high 90s F.
Ah… winter in the Caribbean! As we toured Labadee, Haiti; the northern coast of Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico I began to think about the fictional planet which is the focus of my science fiction series. The planet is called Genesis, which became home to a UN selection of survivors from Earth. After their departure in the late twenty-first century to find a new world, humanity on Earth succumbed to a sentient biological weapon. The UN colonizer ship, UNS Divine Scepter, took almost one century to reach Genesis.

Genesis had a tropical climate with rainforests that teemed with life. However, the humans found no other forms of life as advanced as humanity upon their arrival. Imagine, no native life forms to battle for supremacy. Genesis was theirs for the taking! Untamed natural beauty and bounty to sustain their lives easily was here at hand. It was a Garden of Eden, and they didn’t have to fight bloody wars to win it or to keep it. Eureka!

As I baked in the scorching sun and retreated to the shade when I had enough, I thought about what living on a virgin tropical world might mean. What an opportunity! Humanity could learn from the mistakes of the past and create a far more perfect society where everyone had a chance to prosper in peace. To live in harmony in the midst of unparalleled natural grandeur was a goal within the grasp of these human survivors.
Unfortunately, the newly settled planet of Genesis did not evolve into any kind of utopia. Without the unifying factor of a common enemy or a deadly hostile environment, humanity turned against each other. What about learning from the mistakes of history on Earth? Hmm… good question.

This is the universe created by Kenneth Tam in his 
Equations novels. With his blessing I am fleshing out part of the story of the struggle of humanity on Genesis as they strive for a better society. Unfortunately, after almost seven centuries on Genesis, the various leaders didn’t share the same vision of what a “better society” entailed. How they dealt with these issues is my task to describe in Passion & Struggle and the following novels in my series, The Genesis Saga.

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John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008. His teaching career was split between two schools: St. Benedict CSS in Cambridge, Ontario and St. David CSS in Waterloo, Ontario.

Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class (Data Based Directions, 2002), along with an international version of the same title. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching  Iceberg Publishing, 2007, 2008, 2010) (Fiora Books 2014) is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.

John’s first work of fiction is ‘Passion & Struggle’ and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life!

At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books. After four decades of marriage, they decided to become business partners as well.

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Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O7X5SXK

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/passion-struggle




Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUqwuCcAEyU


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30 Responses to RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR BLOG TOUR – 10/22/14

  1. Great post, John. Maybe man will learn to live in harmony one day, but that would make for a boring book! LOL! Thanks for hosting, Ken.

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  2. It’s unlikely mankind in their sinful state will ever live in a utopia until the final one. Great thought-provoking post.

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  3. Very interesting post, John. Although, the inhabitants of Genesis sound a lot like Americans – never satisfied, even when things seem to be going well. And like Michelle said, it makes for a boring story anyway:)

    Thanks for hosting, Kenneth!

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    • kkerr19963 says:

      Traci, thanks for visiting.


    • Thank you for your comments, Traci. American, Canadian, British, French… and on… human nature is a constant. Cultural expressions of that common nature will vary. In the last few chapters of Passion & Struggle, the characters, Marie and Annie, have an interesting discussion with an Earther (new species who control Earth) about the differences between human nature and that of the Earthers. That was a tough chapter to write! Thanks for visiting!


  4. PHS says:

    John, that’s a excellent example of using real life in application to writing. Enjoy the rest of the week on the grand tour!

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    • kkerr19963 says:

      PHS, thanks for the visit and thanks for following my blog


    • Thank you, Peter. (I use your first name because my older brother is Peter and I love him very much.) I agree – as writers we all start from there – from what we know (or think we know, as one of my theology professors used to qualify those types of statements.). I love to write and I’m grateful that I can learn from so many gifted authors in the RRBC. Thanks for your ongoing support!

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  5. Enjoyed this reflection John. Thanks, Ken for the hosting duties.

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  6. Kenneth – this is an awesome site! I’m very grateful that you hosted my blog this day!


  7. kkerr19963 says:

    John, my pleasure to host. Hope you have a successful week as Spotlight Author, and hope you sell lots of books.


  8. Congratulations John. I am learning a little more about you and your writing through these wonderful “spotlight” author blog posts. I am looking forward to reading Passion & Struggle.

    Thank you Kenneth for hosting John.

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  9. harmonykentonline says:

    Awesome book trailer! I love it! I’m really enjoying following you on this tour, John 🙂
    Kenneth, once again, thank you for hosting a Spotlight author, and for having John on your great blog today! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Harmony – glad you like the Trailer! I like it so much, I watch it every day at least once, and I crank the volume! Thanks again for joining my party – I really appreciate the support!


  10. Marlena H. says:

    Great post, John!! Very thought provoking! Kenneth, thank you so much for hosting John & showing your support!


  11. beemweeks says:

    Great post from John! Thanks for sharing, Ken!


  12. Ah yes, what indeed could be better than finding a tropical paradise? Too bad humanity hadn’t learned those valuable lessons, although without conflict, there is no story, so… 🙂 Ken, thank you for hosting, and John, congrats on your SPOTLIGHT Author nomination! xoxo 🙂

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    • Thanks, Dani! As I always told my students… I firmly believe that human nature has not changed one iota since we crawled out of the caves. Now the Earthers… they’re quite different! I appreciate your ongoing support!


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