Welcome to the Blog Tour for Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis by Douglas P. Cornelius, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis Author: Douglas P. Cornelius Publisher: Gatekeeper Press Release Date: March 15, 2021 Genre: Middle Grade/Teen Historical Fiction (age 13-17)She is outgoing, but orphaned. He is introverted, but a world-renowned scientist. Would moving in with Uncle Isaac Newton work? When his head was always in a book or the Bible? Teen-aged Catherine Barton tries desperately to connect, so seeks a match for her energy in the London coffeehouses. That women were not welcome there in the late 1690’s would not stop her, and she does find promising boyfriend John. Meanwhile, Uncle Isaac, as new Warden of the Mint, has his own challenges—nabbing counterfeiters, including the notorious, William Chaloner. He enlists Catherine to spy at the coffeehouse, and she welcomes the bond—all until boyfriend John gets implicated in a counterfeiting scheme. Then a case of smallpox, a pandemic scourge that had killed millions just decades earlier, sends her off to dreaded isolation in the countryside. And Uncle Isaac’s battle to nab the devious Chaloner turns into a challenging chess match. Will famous scientist Newton be embarrassed by a scofflaw from the street? Will Catherine ever find her true connection? Based on actual historical events and people. Author is a prior recipient of Moonbeam and Illumination Awards for books for faith-driven teens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a print copy of Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis, winner’s choice of another book by the author, and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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- What led you to write faith books for teens?
As I entered retirement, writing had a great appeal to me as something constructive to take on. God nudged me to tell the faith-based stories I’d missed growing up. How many people know how important world-renowned scientist Isaac Newton’s faith was to him? I didn’t until the last few years. I figured I could write to reveal those nuggets about him, as well people like Bonhoeffer, W. W. Brown, and E. Lovejoy.
- How did you research the facts in the book?
I read a great deal from two voluminous biographies: Priest of Nature by R. Iliffe and In the Presence of the Creator by G. Christianson, as well as additional stories to provide texture and flavor such as Newton and the Counterfeiter by T. Levenson.
- Do you plan to write more historical books?
Historical fiction for MG/YA is my niche, and I hope to get inspired to keep at it (as well as stay healthy, God willing, as I had some major heart issues two years ago, with a long recovery.) A story about Mother Theresa is in its infancy.
- You have a variety of former careers. Did you always want to write?
The desire to write came late in my life. I began as a history teacher, but a family business pulled me into a business career, and I spent most of my time negotiating contracts. I had always been complimented on my business writing, but never pursued writing as a career. Now, liberated from the dry language of contracts, I’ve relished learning new writing skills, and am pleased I can combine that with the latent desire to still teach.
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