Today is a day full of goodies! First there is the book I am presenting: Lost in a Looking Glass, Book One in the Irv’s Odyssey series by Irving H. Podolsky. Additionally – there is an interview with Irving, and a giveaway. You can enter to win one of 2 copies of Seeking the Way Home in eBook form, and every entrant will be entered in the final grand prize drawing for 1 eBook copy of the Irv’s Odyssey trilogy which contains Lost in a Looking Glass, To the Light and Beyond and Seeking the Way Home. Entry instructions and link are at the end of the post.
But first, let me welcome Irving H. Podolsky to the Blog….
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About the Book:
Food service and Irving Podolsky are NOT friends. Still, Irv rises to the level of waiter in the Fairmont Hotel. What about his budding film career, making the world a better place and finding a nice Jewish chick? Well, instead, Irv meets an exotic older girl from Germany. Could she be the one, Irv’s forever, but not-Jewish-at-all soul mate? Ben suggests she is. Ben is a drawling spirit voice channeled through a Puerto Rican pothead. And Ben knows all about Irv’s recent nocturnal fly-outs: those uncontrollable out-of-body trips that bring him to the Other Side where he encounters creepy crawlers in attack mode and goes back and forth in time and into his own future. These bizarre events are not dreams or fantasies. They are real. For as Irv finds out, magic and miracles do exist. And so does true love, if he can just convince his parents, it’s okay to marry a shiksa.Irving Podolskyresides in the mind of this writer and within the trilogy, “Irv’s Odyssey.” As your storyteller, I’d like to share the adventure with your younger YOU, that which seeks fun, romance and a wild ride into the Unknown.
Read one after another, this third book in this trilogy was my favorite, and provided a nice wrap up to the series for Irv and the reader. As a whole, I found reviews difficult to write without spoilers, and this book is no exception. What I can say that won’t give away key plot elements is that Irv has managed to present situations and encounters with such feeling and descriptive truth that a reader can remember the times, even not having lived them.
Here he encounters more ‘fringe element’ characters, and experiences some out of body moments where revelations seem to come fast and furiously at him, and even the hopeful spin he puts to chance encounters lead us along and entertaining pathway to some amazing conclusions. Here Irv finds his chance at love, in a wholly inappropriate woman (according to his parents) and comes steps closer to finding his purpose. An ending that just had to be, Irv also gives us updates on the characters that were such an integral part of his journey, leaving the reader smiling or tearful in turns.
With a lifetime full of adventure and encounters stuffed into 3 volumes and just about 5 years, Irv has managed to detail this learning experience in a thoughtful, entertaining and above all memorable way – leaving the ending neatly wrapped with a hemp and rainbow bow.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as a part of the Indie Authors Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Who’s Irving H. Podolsky? He’s a young man who hates his name, and he thinks his parents unfairly gave it to him. They didn’t. This author did. You see, outside the trilogy of Irv’s Odyssey and also Irving’s blog, there is no Irving H. Podolsky. Irv doesn’t know that though, and it’s best for all that we keep the secret to ourselves.
If you searched this author’s true identity, you’d find him laced through 23 consecutive pages of Google. That’s because he has earned nineteen film nominations and awards, including two Emmys. He is also a member of the Executive Board within his category branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he has worked on every studio lot in Los Angeles in television and feature films.
The author’s personal life? He resides in an old house in a quaint neighborhood in Southern California. He loves vintage drums and antiques. Consequently, he has many. His wife collects and sells them. (Not drums, furniture.) He also enjoys fast sports cars so he owns two. The second is on its way to becoming vintage, which you might apply to this writer. But like Peter Pan, this writer refuses to grow old, and accordingly, Irv won’t either. Irving is perpetually twenty-five. So when the lad needs advice, he asks his alter ego, the creator of his thoughts.
Other than birthing Irv’s soul, this author leaves his character pretty much alone. Irving now has his own friends and Google links. You can contact Irv at IrvsOdyssey.com. Or check out his blog: IrvsOdysseyBlog.com. He will be happy to hear from you and respond as best as he can.
And now – what can you win? Well, for entering this Rafflecopter here, you can be one of 2 lucky winners of an eBook copy of Lost in a Looking Glass AND be entered into the grand prize drawing to win the one eBook copy of the trilogy. Pretty groovy – huh?