Guest Post by Award-Winning Author Linda Rondeau

September 28, 2012

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Just started my first Linda Rondeau novel last night. Now here’s a talented wordsmith. And she’s versatile, too, writing in each of her genres as if it were her sweet-spot. Here’s some info about her:

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Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight),  LINDA RONDEAU, writes for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption and God’s mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community.  Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com.  Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, Trestle Press, the first in a dystopian trilogy, is a futuristic political now available in ebook on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  Print edition is coming soon. She is also contracted with Trestle Press for a prequel to her America II trilogy called Rains of Terror. This will appear in serial form. Volume One will be released soon.  An Adirondack romance will be released in October by Lighthouse of the Carolinas in time for the Christmas season and is called, It Really Is a Wonderful life. 

 After finishing Darkness, I want to read America 2, dystopian fan that I am. Linda has put together a little questionnaire related to this new novel. Check it out and have a little fun with it. The answers are at the bottom ;-)

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America II: The Reformation by LW Rondeau, is set in 2073, 61 years into the future. What will the world be like then? And what was the world like 61 years ago. Take this quiz and find out. Don’t cheat…answers are at the end of the article.

 

 

1.  What comic strip appeared in newspapers for the first time on March 12, 1951?

 

  1. Beetle Bailey
  2. Nancy
  3. Dennis the Menace
  4. Peanuts

 

In 2073, entertainment will be fed through a main computer, called EVE (external virtual educator). Viewers (only citizens) will project the feed. Viewers will have opportunity to take themselves into the feed and walk around.

 

2.  What was the average cost of a new house?

 

  1. $5000
  2. $7000       
  3. $9000
  4. $11000

 

In 2073 homes within the city will be hard to buy and only the very wealthy will afford individual family homes. Most will live in high rise facilities, small and condensed quarters. These homes will be equipped with scanners in every room and exterior hallways, monitored by EVE.

 

 

 

3.  What was the cost of a loaf of bread?

 

  1. 17 cents
  2. 19 cents
  3. 21 cents
  4. 23 cents

 

In 2073 there will be a huge food shortage. Only the very wealthy can afford fresh food of any kind. Most will subsist on cloned meats, often to the third and fourth generation, and cloned vegetables and fruits. The strawberry is especially rare and an extreme delicacy. Honey is almost unheard of since the bee is nearly extinct, raised only by the Border Community of the Western American outland.

 

4.  Cost of a dozen eggs?

 

  1. 24 cents
  2. 27 cents
  3. 30 cents
  4. 33 cents

 

 

In the future, meat is rare as are all dairy products.

 

5.  What was used to generate electricity for the first time?

 

  1. Coal Power Plant
  2. Hydroelectric Dam
  3. Natural Gas Power Plant
  4. Nuclear Power Plant

 

In 2073 solar power is the main source of energy. The cities are covered by domes that let in the solar light with engineered night glows during the dark

 

 

6. The first color broadcast transmitted in New York.  What network did it?

 

  1. ABC
  2. CBS
  3. NBC
  4. Westinghouse

 

In 2073 all entertainment is fed through a micro, a cube –like device that does everything through EVE.

 

 

7.  Who hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”?  National League playoff game that was won in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk off home run.

 

  1. Mickey Mantle
  2. Bobby Thomson
  3. Roy Campanella
  4. Ralph Branca

 

In 2073, public entertainment consist of defector parades, those people put on display and humiliated for their decision to defect, that is to leave the cities and live in the outland. They are paraded through the streets to the Defector’s Gate where they are expelled naked, their implants, or identification ornament, purged. Other pubic entertainment takes place in an arena where crowds may witness a repatriation event or a signing of a familial contract. There is no marriage in the future, rather groups up to six who agree to form a family.

 

8.  What was the average cost of a new car?

 

  1. $1000.00
  2. $1,500.00
  3. $2000.00
  4. $2500.00

 

In 2073, outlanders depend heavily on rovers, or hovercrafts that travel at high speeds. They are not permitted to use air shuttles. Only the wealthy can afford air shuttles or even allowed access outside the cities. There are some entertainment areas for nature walks within the walled area from the domed city to the outland called Subcity. But by and large, most citizens use public transport. Or arrange for private transport through transport services.

 

9.  The first NBA All-Star game was played.  What city played host?

 

  1. Boston
  2. Jacksonville
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Syracuse

 

In 2073, sport leagues are virtually non-existent.

 

10.  What North African country gained its freedom from Italy?

 

  1. Algeria
  2. Libya
  3. Morocco
  4. Tunisia

 

In 2073, the world is governed by a global entity called the Constitutional Government, divided into 21 provinces. Most of the world is inhabitable. Those who agree to follow the Articles of Constitution, may abide in the domed cities and will marked by an implant. Those who refuse to abide by the articles may defect into the outland. The Western America outland is the most organized, consisting of an illegal subgovernment called The Network, an interlocking representation of six communities (formerly known as states) also linking hubs or smaller residential neighborhoods.

 

What do you think of the year 2073?

 

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Answers: 1-c , 2-c, 3-b, 4-a, 5-d, 6-b, 7-b, 8-b, 9-a, 10-b

You can connect with Ms Rondeau via the following links. Highly advised; this is good stuff:

Website  http://www.lindarondeau.com/
 
Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430341.L_W_Rondeau
 
PInterest  http://pinterest.com/lindarondeau/
 
Fb  http://www.facebook.com/booksbylindarondeau
 
Twitter  https://twitter.com/lwrondeau
 
Amazon author page https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/books?ie=UTF8&addBookNow=1

 

 

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One Response to “Guest Post by Award-Winning Author Linda Rondeau”

  1. Linda always gives a great interview. Loved, loved, loved this one. Thanks, David and Linda.

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