Friday, September 12, 2014

The Face Transplant by R. Arundel Interview, Excerpt & $50 GC GIVEAWAY

The Face Transplant
by R. Arundel



Dr. Matthew MacAulay is a Facial Transplant Surgeon at a prestigious New York hospital. His friend and mentor, Tom Grabowski, dies under mysterious circumstances. Matthew is forced to investigate. He uncovers his friend’s secret. A new technique that allows perfect facial transplants. No incisions, no scars. The surgeon is able to transplant one person’s face to another with the perfect result. Tom was able to accomplish this monumental feat with the help of Alice, a supercomputer robot with almost human abilities. While trying to find the people responsible for murdering his friend Tom, Matthew realizes he is the prime suspect. Matthew must flee for his life with the help of Dr. Sarah Larsson, a colleague and reluctant helper who has a secret of her own. Alice helps them make sense of a baffling series of seemingly unrelated events. Matthew is forced to undergo a facial transplant to hide his identity and help to uncover the truth. The clues carry Matthew and Sarah around the world. Matthew stumbles onto a sinister plot of monumental proportions, the real reason Tom was murdered. This discovery leads Matthew all the way to The White House with a dramatic conclusion. Matthew never wavers in his quest for the truth and perseveres against all the odds. He must race to stop a major catastrophe, ratcheting up the excitement until the thrilling conclusion. The Face Transplant is a powerful medical suspense thriller of the first order. The novel was written by a surgeon. The novel has a realism that only a surgeon can bring. The plot weaves politics, medicine and espionage into a tightly paced, intelligent thriller. The novel crescendos page by page to a totally unexpected conclusion.


Excerpt One:

1.         The poem The Beautiful Life

The Beautiful Life

Time and space are infinite. There is no beginning and no end.

Many have come before you and many will come after. You are lucky to be here.

Enjoy this moment; take pleasure.

Match your expectations to reality, if you don't, someone will be disappointed. Be willing to learn, it is the only thing that will keep you young. Take pleasure in life's endless beats, if you listen hard enough you will hear the beautiful rhythm.

Laugh always and laugh loud.

Life is full of irony, laugh when it occurs. Sometimes you will have to laugh at yourself to avoid crying. Laugh loud, laugh often.

Be satisfied with your accomplishments, your life, your career. They are yours and yours alone. No one could have done better given your circumstances, your challenges, your gifts. Be grateful. But remember, no one could have done worse given your circumstances, your challenges, your gifts. So do not become conceited. Be modest.

Understand and accept that not all people live congruently. Some are violent, treacherous, and deceitful. Pity them, they have not yet learned to live with grace. But be careful and avoid them if you can. You have every right to happiness, peace and love.

Take time to Love. Be ready for love anywhere, anytime. In the end only love endures. It cannot be diminished. Accept love wherever you find it.
Love endures.

Always be cautious of those who are too friendly or those who profess no vices. For those who seem the best friend may turn out the opposite.                                                                                

Those who proclaim no vices may be the most vile.

Maintain and nurture a spiritual life.

It will sustain you when all else departs. Hold it gently, but firmly. Let each person come to their own place, in their own time, on their own terms.

Remember one day it will all come to an end. When it does, what really matters?

That you lived. That you loved. That you tried.

Above all else never forget, life is a gift.

When you receive a gift, especially an unexpected gift, you must take it gently, cherish it dearly, and use it fearlessly.

And never forget to say thanks.

R. Arundel


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robert was born in London, United Kingdom.  His early formative years were spent in Toronto Canada.  Robert attended the University of Toronto Medical School.  After obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree he completed surgical training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto and obtained certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Robert Mounsey practices surgery in private practice in Toronto.

R. Arundel studied Film Studies at Ryerson University, after this he began writing screenplays and novels. The Face Transplant is his debut novel.

R. Arundel is married and lives in Toronto, Canada. When not writing or practicing surgery Robert can be found cycling.

1. Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
No. Never have. Maybe when I was a kid I wanted to be invisible.

2. What did you do on your last birthday?
Went out for a nice dinner.

3. Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?

4. What are you working on right now?
A story about a young boy who is transported to a completely different universe and is trying to get home. It is a very interesting story since I have to create this new world.  I have to determine what they eat, drink, wear.  What do the buildings look like?  What are the customs that govern social order? It is a very large task.


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  1. i enjoyed the short interview :)

  2. Thanks for hosting. The poem "The Beautiful Life" was written when I finished the book. I just sat down and wrote the poem. I think it is an excellent choice to include here. I'd be interested on how others feels about this "Guide to how to live your life." All comments welcome.

  3. the author interview. I really enjoy hearing about the author :)

  4. I think it's interesting to learn about the author. You can see why a person writes about the things they do. Often people will point out things about my writing style or choices I make in a story that are probably rooted in my background. Your background often informs your characters.

  5. The premise of the novel starts with a basic question. What will happen when technology advances to the stage where one person's face can be transplanted onto another persons. At first I thought wow, this will be great, trauma victims can get a new face and be rehabilitated. Then I began to think of how this technology could be used to create a network of spies and doppelgangers. You could transplant the face of a government official onto a spy and gain access to all the secrets of that country. Who would control this technology? how would it be used.?

  6. I liked the blurb. The story sounds intriguing.

  7. The story has many twists and turns. The plot moves from the university, to The White House to the mountains. The story builds block by block. The readers tell me they most enjoy the unpredictable twists

  8. it sounds like a really good book with a great deal of suspence, and a very good story line, thank you

  9. I love the excerpt. I always love getting glimpses of the book and this one looks intriguing!

  10. I liked the Excerpt!


  11. i enjoyed the interview