Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings + GIVEAWAY!: The Ruins of Tropicalia

Although my heart was back in my chest where it belonged, after too many years bound haphazardly to my flannel shirtsleeves by overused guitar strings and clichés, it was more exposed today than I’d prefer. I had no meetings scheduled today, but I played dress-up anyway.
- beginning of The Ruins of Tropicalia, Episode 1: Museum of a Museum

“You were CIA? I didn’t know that.” 

Charles wished he’d brought his notes. The Colonel was leaving out details, admittedly details unimportant to Charles’s reason for being here, but troubling in a different way. 

“Yeah. It wasn’t as glamorous as you might think. I made contacts, I wrote reports, but nothing ever came of it. Nothing objectively good or bad ever happened because of me that I know of. Tropicalia had become officially pacifist by then. Their war was over.”  
p. 6, The Ruins of Tropicalia, Episode 2:What Can I Tell You?
(there is no page 56!)

Book Details & Summary

Check The Ruins of Tropicalia website for two new episodes weekly! The first episode just came out JUNE 24!

Details: The Ruins of Tropicalia is a serialized adventure story, accompanied by new music by indie rock-n-roll band The Amends. Two new chapters/episodes of TROT debut each week from 6/24/14 until its completion at the end of August. Available for FREE in multiple formats (mobi/Kindle, EPUB, PDF, etc.) both ONLINE and on a mobile app.

A new single from The Amends will premiere each Wednesday throughout TROT’s run at the above locations as well as

TROT is written by Tyler Taylor, Elizabeth Troy, Regina Porter, and Anonymous. The Amends are: Drew Weikart (lead vocals/guitar), Tyler Taylor (guitar/keys/ vocals), Chris Childress (bass), and Shay Byington (drums).

Expanded Plot Summary: In early 2014, a group of Americans gathered on a remote Central American peninsula to experience the last days of an unsullied tropical paradise before its development into a corporate retreat for the world’s biggest tech company. Many of them believed they were there accidentally, but none of them were. This is the story of how a group of restless, indecisive idiot discovered who brought them there, and what they could be. This is the story of a country and a civilization few remember ever existed. This is the story behind the most mysterious mass Disappearance of the 21st things get bad, you rescue what you can...

Giveaway Time!


  1. Haven't heard of this one before, sure has an interesting concept.

    My BB and 56 :)

  2. I have never tried following a serialized story before but The Ruins of Tropicalia sounds very intriguing, especially with the accompanying music. I will have to check this one out. Have a great weekend!
    Happy Reading,

    1. When the authors pitched this to me, I thought it was such an interesting concept I couldn't say no! :) Hope you enjoy!

  3. Sounds intense and I love the sound of that beginning, with references to "overused guitar strings and cliches." Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “ MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY”

  4. That's a great giveaway! I love it when books and music are combined! It makes it all so much more personal, somehow! I really like the way the BB talks about the character's heart! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend :)
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. Interesting idea! I'm curious about this.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: INTERIOR DESIGNS.

  6. What a great beginning!! Worth checking out!

    Here is my POST.

  7. I love the whole concept of a story in episodes! I've bookmarked the link and will check it out! Thanks for sharing :)

    Sparrow's BB & Friday 56

    1. I really hope you like it. The story will grow and change from its inauspicious beginnings...

  8. I'm gonna have to check out The Amends... I generally have a thing for bands with The in front of their names... it's a punk thing. :-)

    Happy weekend!

    1. At the moment, all our music is free:

  9. I like the excerpts and I love that there's accompanying music. This sounds like a really great series!


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