Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Author Guest Post! Barcode: Legend of Apollo by Kashif Ross-Love, the Villain

I am happy to Welcome Kashif Ross, author of Barcode: The Legend of Apollo to Shadow Kisses Book Reviews! Kashif has been kind enough to offer a fabulous author Guest Post for your reading pleasure, on a topic we all crave for.....Love! Please keep reading to learn how love is the villain of every novel and find out more about Kashif and his new book!
Kashif Ross

Question: Why Am I Falling In Love?

Answer: It's likely that you're an idiot.

Love, taking risks, and stupidity are all cousins and they prey on the weak...What? You thought love was the protagonist of your adventure?

No. I'm happily married, for the most part, and I'd like to let you know that love is the antagonist of every story. It's the sick and twisted human mind that goes out of its way to make love a hero.

Love's a naughty girl that lends herself to anyone that wants a ride. She doesn't offer any discretionary rules and you don't have to be very tall to get onto her roller coaster. But when you're strapped up and locked in, she'll do nothing but throw you for loops and turns.

So why do we search for love in novels and movies? What is it about romance that makes humans so stupid?

It's natural for all humans to want affection. If we could live without it, we'd be happiest, in my opinion. However, we'd also be emotionless. There would be no thrills or heart pumping rides. We wouldn't embark on adventures to see the unknown. Therefore, there would be no risk takers to point and laugh at. Love, like any great antagonist, is an excellent motivator to do more amazing things.

I'm an Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction author and I add the evil character, love, to every story. There's no way to avoid her. Love adds a bit of spice to everything.

Unlike the word 'passion' love isn't cliche or boring. Seeing the word stand alone can cause emotions that you never knew you had. That's why I write about her.

Love is a villain that belongs in every good story. She is meant to be conquered and tamed. But in reality, there's no telling when she'll go away or turn against you. Thrill seekers all around the world know what I'm talking about.

-Kashif Ross

About Kashif

Kashif Ross is a mystical warrior known to combat words and spew their remains on pages and pages of manuscripts. Though he's widely known for teaching math, writing, research skills, and how to be amazing, he is a writer at heart.

In his most recent novel, Barcode: The Legend of Apollo, Kashif is a self-proclaimed "god". When asked why he'd do such a blasphemous thing, he replied, "I wanted a god with flaws in my story. Because each one known to man is perfect in every way, I decided to use myself. My characters know and acknowledge me as The Writer. They're able to speak against me and hate my decisions, but I keep the praise to a minimum because that just gets weird."

When "The Writer" isn't creating a new world, you can find him practicing his Les Paul, engaging in war like battles on his PS3, or torturing his incredibly supporting wife.



Barcode: The Legend Of Apollo

Spencer's an infamously well-known “god” uninterested in his own fate. He turns nineteen-years-old on the first day of his last year at Colt Academy, the academic institution for gladiators. To celebrate, he unwillingly mentors a mysterious nerd, watches his family's helicopter plunge into the ground, and meets a strange Louisianan boy that may want to kill him. With the future of his family's fortune on the line, Spencer not only has to fight the occasional trip to Hades, but also train with his most hated childhood friend, discover the truth about his mother's death, and reestablish his legend as America's savior.

Read the first few chapters for FREE on Amazon Now!

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