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Guest Post by Brian Paul Bach, author of ‘Apotheosis’

Brian Paul Bach has kindly written a special guest post that I’m sharing with you today! Learn more about Apotheosis which is due to be released tomorrow and its author then read on to discover Brian Paul Bach’s Ten Favourite Things about writing the Forward to Glory quartet!


 Butterbugs is somebody now. He has arrived – at the top. In fact, he’s much higher than that. Ultrastardom, they call it! As the world’s first ultrastar – and trillionaire – he is still compelled to act for acting’s sake alone. Taking the lead in the most ambitious film ever, he will need all his gathered resources for the staggering job ahead.

Butterbugs is a phenomenon for billions. His own depth of character and the diversity of creatures around him constitute a power and influence far surpassing any strolling player’s entertainments. However, not everyone on Earth is so dazzled. Well below his stratospheric plane, undercurrents coil in unholy pools.

The screen upon which APOTHEOSIS shines is gigantic, as befitting the story that commands it. FORWARD TO GLORY is nothing less than an epic-noir-satire. The momentum built by TEMPERING and EXPOSITION does not let up for a second. By its very name, APOTHEOSIS propels the reader toward its merciless climax with determination and grandeur.

Butterbugs is truly blessed with friends and associates who share his triumphs: Saskia and Justy – closer than ever; Sonny Projector – agent and champion; Edna Tzu – favorite director and facilitator; Hyman Goth – studio mogul with a dreaded knowledge; Mayella – stabilizing lover; Egaz – transcendent director and artistic equal; Keenah – the mate Butterbugs has waited for… possibly; The Seven Muses – who inspire the ultrastar in his most challenging role; Marshall – the disabled vet who changes the course of the nation; and Heatherette – always a force for good, who reappears at the perfect time.


Information about the book

Title: Apotheosis (Forward to Glory #3)

Author:  Brian Paul Bach

Release Date: 9th October 2018

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42203589-apotheosis

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apotheosis-Forward-Brian-Paul-Bach/dp/1912262975


Author Information

Brian Paul Bach is a writer, artist, filmmaker and photographer; he has worked across the entertainment business. He now lives in central Washington State with his wife, Sandra. His previous works include The Grand Trunk Road From the Front Seat, Calcutta’s Edifice: The Buildings of a Great City, and Busted Boom: The Bummer of Being a Boomer. He writes a regular column for Kolkata On Wheels magazine.


Website: https://forwardtogloryquartet.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ftgquartet/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brianpaulbach/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hooghlyside/


Ten Favourite Things About Writing The Forward To Glory Quartet
by Brian Paul Bach

  1. Because Forward To Glory is a work of pure invention, I had total freedom in creating my own version of Hollywood, as well as the people involved, and the movies themselves. The settings are fairly true to life, but things are specially enhanced.
  2. In the fourth volume (soon to come), which is a virtual grab-bag of items relating to the main saga, I have a Filmography of 1001 totally made-up movies, in which the central character stars. It was tremendous fun concocting movie titles, plots, and casts of characters.
  3. All through the Quartet, I’ve dropped a lot of names, both real and invented, to convey a sense of being inside the movie industry itself. Because the business is all about who’s doing this and who did what. Big time, small time, it’s all about ‘ACTION!’
  4. As the story progresses, each scene is like an episode in one continuous movie, or extended TV series. Personally, I think the narrative is best taken at the reader’s leisure, rather than in the popular ‘binge-watching’ style. Better savoured than gobbled!
  5. Doing the artwork for the covers of all four volumes was enjoyable. Drawing and painting have been lifelong pursuits. I’d love to do a fully illustrated version of the saga. Or a movie and/or TV series for both screen and streaming.
  6. I liked mixing genres together. Drama one minute, comedy the next. After all, the movies cover both, and needless to say, all the territory in between. Audiences have always loved variety.
  7. Inventing realities based on my own preferences as far as characters, style, and settings are concerned was really fun. My intention is not to make readers feel they have to figure out every last nuance or reference. I hope they can just sit back, relax, and let the storytelling lead them along.
  8. Sheer wordplay is another license of invention to employ. It appears throughout Forward To Glory, mostly for its own sake, without any subjective commentary or symbolism. For example, ‘Butterbugs’, the lead character’s name, just came to mind, without any ‘ulterior motive’ or comic intent. When I first read Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ at the age of 12, and saw the name ‘Bilbo Baggins’, I thought I was in for a Disneyesque romp. Not! As far as my own wordplay goes, some of it might be a little distracting at first, but I like to make the ingredients memorable. So, when it comes to conjuring names, I’m firmly in the camp of Dickens (e.g. Magwitch, Pumblechook, Smallweed, M’Choakumchild, and Gamp), rather than that of Hemingway (e.g. Robert Jordan, Catherine Barkley…).
  9. I guess it’s a kind of joyfulness – the joys of pushing the possibilities, even as far as preposterousness – that urges me to install some of it amidst the gravitas, the sensuality, and the necessities of narration. This is a theatrical, cinematic extravaganza, not an academic documentary or thesis. It’s ornate with detail, but sincere in its emotions. So anything goes.
  10. I don’t really care for the term ‘over the top’, mainly because it’s so overused. Besides, the implication that any old top to go over ends up being based on little more than someone’s hastily-made opinion. I confess, Forward To Glory probably jumps over parapets that have somehow been established as good and proper limits to obey. However, like the movies themselves, Forward To Glory is larger than life. And because the process of making films is such a complicated business, a saga of this scope should be, as well. May I humbly suggest that in the case of this Quartet, checking out the view from such heights just might be entertaining, fulfilling, and worthwhile after all. Come on over! The show starts NOW!

Tour Schedule

Monday 8th October           Splashes into Books

Tuesday 9th October          Celticlady Reviews

Wednesday 10th October  Donna’s Book Blog

Thursday 11th October       A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Friday 12th September       Fantastic Book Dragon

Saturday 13th October       Big Book Little Book

Sunday 14th October          Jazzy Book Reviews


Many thanks to Faye at Authoright for providing the content of this post and organising the tour it is part of.

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