Rememberers the Playlist

RememberersRememberers by C. Edward Baldwin

The playlist:

1. Back to Life – Soul II Soul
2. If This Is It – Huey Lewis & the News
3. Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar
4. You Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby
5. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
6. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss – P.M. Dawn
7. I’d Die Without U – P.M. Dawn
8. You Gotta Be – Desiree
9. Hopeless – Dionne Farris
10. I Know – Dionne Farris
11. Next Lifetime – Eryka Badu
12. The Light – Common
13. I would Die 4 U – Prince
14. Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
15. Fantasy – Mariah Carey
16. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
17. Fantasy – Earth, Wind, & Fire
18. I wish – Skee-Lo
19. I Try – Macy Gray
20. 1999 – Prince

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I lied–I Believe in God

You heard that old saying: You can’t see the forest for the trees. Basically what it means is that sometimes you’re too close to a situation to see the bigger picture. And that I must confess is exactly what happened in my writing, particularly with my latest novel, Rememberers. People have called me out on it being a ‘religious’ book. A charge I flatly denied. After all, I didn’t set out to write a religious book, I said. And it was true, I didn’t set out to write a religious book. I equated ‘religious’ book with ‘Christian fiction’ And I know I wasn’t writing Christian fiction. I don’t have a problem with Christian fiction. But, I don’t want to write it. But, here’s the confession. My first two books are “GOD’ fiction. I believe in God, and alas that belief has crept into my writing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (except for some of the venomous messages I’ve received). Based on some of the messages I’ve gotten, it seems that GOD is not cool at the moment. I can’t tell you how many people have let me have it because of the “Religiousness” of my work. At first, I ran from it. Some of you read my previous blog, I vehemently denied that my work was religious. But I’m going to have to retract that. It is religious. Again, it’s not Christian fiction. I know, because I’m a Christian. My late mother was a Christian. I have fictional concepts in the book that are decidedly not Christian. But that’s okay. The books are works of fiction. In the fictionalized world of these two books, GOD exists. Don’t mean to offend anyone but it’s true. If that bothers you, here’s my suggestion–DON’T READ THE BOOKS. I want to also say, don’t trash them. But I also believe in free speech. So, you’ll get to say whatever you want about them. My sincere hope is that you would judge the books on their merit and not just because you abhor anything remotely religious.

Rememberers Is Not Really Religious – Sorry

I just wanted to clarify something about my new book Rememberers which is coming out this June.
Yes, I believe it’s 5-star stuff (lol) But, I’ll refrain from rating it. But I do want to address something as well as give the playlist of songs that inspired its creation. The major thing I want to address is the religious aspect of the novel. While I hate to disappoint anyone, Rememberers is NOT meant to be a religious book. It’s an urban fantasy thriller that has supernatural elements such as eternal return and demonic possessions, etc. To my mind, to write a book with such things and not address the religious overtones is to ignore the elephant in the room. So, I chose not to ignore religion, I decided to use it. So, yes, there are biblical figures in the book, but there’s also a goddess. And as the series moves forwards, there will be combinations of biblical figures and mythical creatures. The comparison to the Da Vinci Code is only in the sense that both books claim that religious info has been kept from the masses by a select few. But beyond that, Rememberers is its own thing. It combines science, philosophical, and religious themes in a fictional world. Publishers Weekly called it armchair philosophy; but I didn’t take offense as I was in my armchair most of the time while writing it. Anyway without further adieu…the playlist:

1. Back to Life – Soul II Soul
2. If This Is It – Huey Lewis & the News
3. Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar
4. You Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby
5. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
6. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss – P.M. Dawn
7. I’d Die Without U – P.M. Dawn
8. You Gotta Be – Desiree
9. Hopeless – Dionne Farris
10. I Know – Dionne Farris
11. Next Lifetime – Eryka Badu
12. The Light – Common
13. I would Die 4 U – Prince
14. Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
15. Fantasy – Mariah Carey
16. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
17. Fantasy – Earth, Wind, & Fire
18. I wish – Skee-Lo
19. I Try – Macy Gray
20. 1999 – Prince

Note: Advance Reader Copies are available now thru StoryCartel.com & NetGalley.com. If you take advantage of this opportunity to obtain a free copy of a ‘yet to be released” copy of this book. Please understand, I’ll giving it away now, so you can read and REVIEW it. Whatever your thoughts are, I need to see them posted on Amazon and/or GoodReads. That’s why I’m doing the ARC giveaways. I’ve refrained from asking for the REVIEWS. But too many people are just getting free copies of the book and not posting anything. Look, whether it’s positive or negative, post it. YOUR HONEST feedback is all I’m asking. Okay. Please and thank you!! Whew, okay that’s done.
C. Edward