Are YOU ready for the changes?
“ClaraBranon, ClaraBranon, ClaraBranon...”
This chanting has to be one of my usual, beta-blocker-induced dreams. I’m a 58-year-old Ph.D.– I am in charge of my experiences. I turn on the bedside lamp.
Five figures shimmer at the foot of my bed; one hovers. It is December, 2012. Nobody has the technology to send holograms to my TV-less bedroom.
Second possibility: more wayward apparitions from the nearby cemetery.
“What do you want? I’m tired. You’re dead. 'Om mani padme hung. P’hat! P’hat! P’hat!' Move on!”
Hold on. The ghosts never know my name. They are always silent.
“How do you know my name?”
The bouncy, bluish-grey, one responds, “We come because you call us. I am *&*&hat;% from the Many Worlds Collective, the leader of this delegation to Earth.”
Earth does need help. I am glad for the aliens finally to come out of the multiverse closet.
Because of its unpronounceable name and resemblance to a zeppelin, I nickname the leader “Led.” The four other, vaguely more humanoid ones eagerly announce their nicknames: “Ringo,” “Mick,” “Janis,” and “Diana.” Even aliens want to be rock stars.
"This contact must be made public in order to avert impending cataclysmic and systemic disasters. You will be our Chief Communicator."
Clara writes "This Changes Everything" eleven months prior to the delegation’s visit. Clara calls it fiction to make it easier for people to accept. "Timulting" allows Clara to depict several versions of her 30 years as the CC, some with her long-time love, Epifanio Dang: are going to be together? In which timeline? Clara wonders why aliens aren't the answer to everything.
The MWC authorizes several “Re-sets” of the Transition to ensure the fewest deaths among those who resist the "We Are Not Alone" newsflash. Clara saves her family by learning the aliens’ paranormal techniques, but telekinesis won’t bring her lover to her.
As a “Spanner,” Clara is one of millions of “Baby Boomers” who survive across two centuries and bridge the divide (hence, “Spanners”) between nonpublic and public contact with the MWC and many other major changes that occur during these decades.
Because most Earthers are not prepared to accept this type of reporting or storytelling as nonfiction, this first and some other volumes of the series are of the realistic fiction/science fiction/fantasy/ romance genres. Many of the characters, events and locations are actual; some are not, or haven’t happened (yet) at the time of first publication.
In "This Changes Everything" are: a love story, spanning about 40 years; dialogue and scenes of the relationships among the CC and her mother and siblings; communications between the CC and her adult son; dialogue between the CC and some friends; info about the selection and identity of the chosen media contact for the CC, with excerpts from her journal; news stories about the CC and the MWC events from Earth media as well as MWC media; background about the CC and the reasons for her being selected; excepts from minutes of meetings of the InterGalactic Council of the MWC; and much more.
"This Changes Everything" is the first of "The Spanners Series," which chronicles the public contact between the CC and the MWC and the impact of these contacts on Earthers and the MWC over the almost 30 years that Clara is the CC. Chapters are written from several perspectives. Some Volumes in series are purported to be nonfiction or have nonfiction sections, as this one is.
Sci-Fi/Romance/Multiverse/Paranormal/Utopian/Speculative Fiction, Adult/ New Adult/YA ebooks are in the 10-volume series. Volume II, "This Changes My Family and My Life Forever," releases in Spring, 2014. Even-numbered volumes focus more on young/new adult protagonists.
About the Author
Sally Ember, Ed.D. has been passionate about writing since she was nine years old. She’s won prizes for her poetry, stories, songs and plays. She began meditation in her teens. Now, Sally delights fans of paranormal and romance by blurring the lines between fact and fiction in a multiverse of multiple timelines, often including exciting elements of utopian science fiction and Buddhism. Her sci-fi romance/speculative fiction/paranormal/multiverse/utopian ebooks for New Adult/adult/YA audiences, "The Spanners Series," are getting great reviews. Vol I, "This Changes Everything, is now FREE everywhere since Vol II, "This Changes My Family and My Life Forever," released April, 2014. Look for Vol III, "This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change," in 2015, and Vol IV - X soon after that. Born Jewish on the cusp of Leo and Virgo, Sally's life has been infused with change. Currently, she meditates, writes, swims, reads and hosts her Google+ Hangout On Air (HOA) *CHANGES*, LIVE conversations with authors, almost every Wednesday, 10 - 11 AM EST USA, in Missouri. Archived *CHANGES* shows: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPbfKicwk4dFdeVSAY1tfhtjaEY_clmfq Learn more about and get yourself scheduled on as a guest: http://sallyember.com/changes-videocasts-by-sally-ember-ed-d/ Sally blogs regularly on wide-ranging topics and includes reviews, interviews, guest blog posts, and excerpts from her ebooks. Visit, comment, follow, "like," and share! http://www.sallyember.com/blog In her "other" professional life, Sally has worked as an educator and upper-level, nonprofit manager in colleges, universities and private nonprofits for over thirty-five years in New England (every state), New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to live in St. Louis, MO, in August, 2014. Sally has a BA in Elementary Education, a Master's (M.Ed.) and a doctorate in education (Ed.D.).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As I started reading this book I was extremely confused. The initial writing style is uniquely jumbled and somewhat difficult to follow. However, I believe that this is somewhat intentional based on the first concept initiated within the story—everything happens all at once. Time is not linear, but expansive. Once I understood that this was one of the major messages being shared within the book (note, I do not believe that sharing this will be giving a spoiler as it’s pretty clear within the first 25 pages) the strange manner in which the story, itself, as written, makes perfect sense. Although I do not predict this story will become a mainstream success, it will definitely appear to a certain subset who have an interest in discussing the possibilities of linear time and alien interaction with what Sally Ember has labeled as “Earthers”. The concepts that the author discusses certainly align with some of my own beliefs and, perhaps, this is what kept me turning the page to see the direction in which the story would lead. By page 36, I was glad that I did. It was around this time that I started to enjoy the spin the author put on past events, giving them flavor that played well into her vision of the purposes of past alien encounters. I will say that what I enjoyed the most about the book was the main character’s interaction with both “The Band” and her fellow humans. The interactions gave ground to the underlying plot, taking it from something akin to a research paper and back to the world of storytelling. I especially liked the fact that not all of her family is receptive to the sudden announcement of the other world visitors and her realization that, perhaps, she’d best prepare some of these people for the publication of her visits to the world at large. Because I did have some problems following the timeline off and on throughout the book, I’m unable to give it a solid five star rating. However, I will say that very rarely do I finish a 248 page novel in the course of two days and that, even more importantly, I’m curious to see where the author takes this series in the next installment. This speaks volumes as to Ms. Ember’s writing skills and ability to keep her readers interested in her content.
After having completed Sally Ember’s “This Changes Everything”, I immediately reached out to the author. Here’s the thing, from the beginning of this work, I couldn’t help but doubt all that I know to be true. From the very existence of alien forms, multiple timelines, alternate universes, the idea of being able to reset events and so much more. As a matter of fact, in preparing my review, I almost referred to Sally Ember as Clara Brannon. I’ll explain. What Ember has created is a fascinating concept that addresses the what ifs of the world that we know. Not only has Ember written an exceptionally detailed Science Fiction novel that incorporates all the proper elements, she’s brought it to life in a remarkable manner. “This Changes Everything” does not follow a standard outline for a novel, as it chronicles the experiences of Clara Brannon. The writing is very complex, causing readers to pay close attention; however, it is very intriguing. As we learn of Clara’s role in being contacted by the aliens and being a sort of advocate. The foreign bodies, that appear as holograms, have been observing the goings on of earth. And apparently, now is the time to be known and for things to be brought to light. Clara records everything that is taking place, so one must be careful to pay close attention to the various shifts and settings. The layout of this work documents the entire experience on different levels, because it is multi-layered. Ember’s well-researched project is clearly an enhancement to the genre. It’s highly-imaginitive, but for so many different reasons, and outside of the normal scope. There are times when I felt that I was reading an actual research report of true to life events. Honestly, I’m sitting at my laptop, questioning if Clara has provided this work to Ember, or if the two are one in the same. The experience is mind-altering, and would challenge readers to think beyond the bubble that we live in. I would surely recommend “This Changes Everything” to anyone that enjoys a a well-written and researched Sci-Fi series. I will point out that it pushes the envelope, and toys with one’s perception. Well done! As I consider the rating, I am torn between 4 and 5. I’ve considered five stars because of the quality of research and overall planning that has evidently been put into this work, also the fact that it is well-written. Four stars because of its complexity.
DNF - 0 stars Where I stopped reading: location 418 of 2632 in my eBooks app Why I stopped reading: It was too much. There were too many characters, too many acronyms, too many tenses. Too much of me wondered which reality was true – the one where “Clara” writes a fictional account of her alien encounters, the one where “Clara” writes a true account of her experiences, or the one where Ms. Ember struggles so much to find the truth that we, as readers, are left to question her own sanity. I’ll say this: either Ms. Ember is an absolute genius, or she’s in need of some serious psychotropic meds. I was only part-way in to chapter three, but I’d already waded through too many “Chapter Interludes” to keep the plot straight. The most I can tell you is that “Clara” seems to be in contact with some alien life forms, who encourage her to believe that everything is happening all at once and that she should write her possible-biography/possible-novel (however confusing it might be) in the present tense. Clara also seems to lack the ability to prioritize – her examples all include gratuitous examples, and goodness help me I had no idea what I was supposed to pay attention to (and yeah, I know I ended that sentence with a preposition). There might be more plot. It might be awesome. But, for me, there was too much EVERYTHING ELSE. Sorry, Ms. Ember. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
7/10 -- mostly because even though I didn't finish I had this nagging feeling through the whole read that in this book's particular style it's brilliant. Note to self: must read more books like this during the year. After reading the blurb for this I was more than excited about reading. After the first three pages. Way excited about reading it. After that. Excitement slowly fizzled away into oblivion. I just couldn't get into this book. Every page I read felt like I was cramming for an exam tomorrow and if i didn't pay attention I'd fail. Information overload, brain system: crashed. The main character, Clara Branon, had a rather intriguing intro in chapter one. I laughed, my interest was piqued. Who is she. What are these visions she has, and these strange holograms in her room. Real or unreal. And the sense of wit, for me at least, was genius. Then after all that my brain was muffled down with a certain lack of flow or connective direction. Too many acronyms for my brain to physically hold onto. Groups for this and that and just overwhelming amounts of information. If you're more into information gathering than story reading this book is for you. There's lots of perfectly sectioned and detailed accounts of things that happened over the years long before the protagonist even receives her first visit from the alien beings. Most of this info-giving is in interluded chapters, between the actual chapters. I think they are prefect. There isn't anything in theory I can find wrong with them. Except for one glaring thing. Well two things. They bored me and I had no idea what they had to do with moving along the plot. They felt like research notes for a paper I'm not working on because I'm reading a novel. I kept reading them thinking, what do these have to do with my protagonist and her mission to bring information about the news of the alien organisation to light. Is this stuff that she would need to know. Probably. But do I need to know it. Nope. It was information that, as a reader, just distracted me. I wanted to find a way to connect these things to the storyline and just couldn't. Information just so I could know is what it appeared to be. It got so bad I actually stopped reading the interlude chapters. The more I read the more I felt I was either stupid or just missing something. Every actual chapter, not the interludes, seemed to have some sort of information that just came out of nowhere without any hint or foreshadowing in the previous chapter. For instance, when the main character mentions her son being chosen for something in the grand scheme of things and how she gave people chapters of this book she was writing. I was like huh? As far as I knew she fell asleep thinking of who her earth media contact would be, she had a name and a physical description of said person in her head before hitting sleepy-town, and I was looking forward to her figuring out how she was going to convince this person she wasn't crazy. How she was going to convince the world she wasn't crazy. And most importantly how she was going to accomplish this if the aliens only spoke to her. I was already thinking this was a lost cause which was why I was so intrigued. I wanted to go along the ride of her becoming this new person. Needless to say we jumped into the future to find out she's writing a fiction book. Wait that's not entirely accurate, she's written a fiction book has shown it to people, her son is part of a group supporting the, oh I can't even remember. And she's ever so excited about this plan that is somehow magically already in existence. From first visit to book already being written, and obviously she's chosen the contact for said book which she is masquerading as fiction but is really truth. Still no idea how that's going to work (shoulder shrug) but it is a brilliant idea. And i don't mind reading things in flashback it's fun. It's just nice to know firstly that I'm in the future, secondly what the plan is, and then go back to mention certain pitfalls or rather entertaining dialogue exchanges. And being able to see multiple futures, (this comes up a lot in the book. Simultaneous existence's.) is just fine. But telling me the lead will have to deal with the loss of never meeting her love for life, and then later on, a good twenty years or so in the future she's asking him to write his account of the alien intervention, again no idea how we got this far into the future when some of the chapters are still clearly working on her present day ESP training. How, when, and where did the decision get made that this was the future that would happen, if indeed it is happening as the male character muses himself in the book. Wasn't she moping over their possible nonexistence as a couple only a few chapters back. Where's the part about how she's so happy that, that future wasn't the one that actually happened out of the multitude of possibilities she saw. And probably wrote in this book she is writing. If I could sum this experience up in one sentence it was like playing connect the dots except none of the dots on the page had numbers. So I was kind of ambling through them hoping that I'd lend on them correctly. It actually pains me to write this because the premise of the novel was great. The actual chapters are written well and are rather hilarious. I love good humor. But the lack of connectivity just pretty much defeated me. I think the reality of the situation is I'm clearly not smart enough for this type of writing style. Something to work on in future reading endeavors. This book might very well be brilliant. But as I couldn't finish it I really don't know. I just know I was screaming to enjoy this book but didn't. If I could remove the interlude chapters, take a thread and string all the other ones together in one cohesive plot line I would. Instead I was left with this overwhelming scratching my head feeling. Just didn't get it. Again, I have this odd feeling that I'm just not smart enough for this book. I don't have the intelligence level to make good sense of it. So even though I didn't get the greatest experience ever. If you like very well structured notes, detailed descriptions of almost everything (kind of like how Anne rice can spend five pages describing the veins on a leaf), humor (really good humor I might add), and a slight love interest, this book will not fail to impress you. In fact I guarantee you will love it if these are the types of things you look for in a book.
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