The Portal by David D. Bernstein Virtual Book Tour + Author Interview

The Portal
The Cort Chronicles Book 1
by David D. Bernstein
Format: 4 x 7 Black & White Paperback
ISBN: 9781478783107
Cover Price: $9.95
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Also Available: Ebook Edition
Pages: 85
Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
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Distributed via: Ingram
Published by: Outskirts Press, Inc.
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Publication Date: Jan 26, 2017

After falling into a time portal during a Little League baseball game in Trinity, New York, eleven-year-old Andy finds himself transported to a ghostly version of his hometown—101 years in the future. Twisted metal, rotten wood, and garbage litter the seemingly empty streets, but Andy will soon discover that the city is controlled by CORT robots . . . and that this reality is Earth’s possible future. When thirteen-year-old Zack receives a strange letter that guides him through the portal, he and his brother are reunited, and together they must journey through a nightmare world that only they can change. But how can two young boys alter the present by saving the future?

What is the title of your book?

“The Portal” Book one in The CORT Chronicles trilogy.

What is your book about?

The book is about two brothers named Zack and Andy who are transported to a ghostly version of their hometown 101 years in the future. They find out that it is now controlled by CORT Robots. They have made people slaves. This version of the hometown is a possible future of earth. The brothers must journey through a nightmare world that only they can change. But how can two young boys alter the present by saving the future.

Why did you decide to write it?

I decided to write this book because I strongly believe that our world today is full of technology, hate and is really hard for children to live in. I believe that this book can give our children a chance to escape everything and just enjoy an adventure. Imagination and storytelling play very critical roles in a child’s life and development. I believe this book could change their lives for the better. It gives them a chance to journey with these two boys as they save the world. I hope that children can immerse themselves in this wonderful world I created.

How did you get your book published?

The book itself took me eight years to write and edit. It also was send to few Traditional publishers before I self-Published.
After receiving some rejection letters, I decided to self-publish this work of literature; I decided to go with a company I was familiar with. I had self-published another book with Outskirts press before and had a great experience with the team. The process was very professional, fun and easy to do.

What types of readers will be interested in your book?

I think the types of readers this book will interest are people from 6 and up. It is a little hard for younger readers. I also believe that any adult who loves Science Fiction and fantasy would love this book. It creates a world controlled by a massive Corporation named CORT (Central Operation Robot Technology) their ultimate goal is to have full control of people’s lives in all they do. This includes foods, shopping habits and etc…

What is special about your book?

I think what makes this book unique is how it matches with our current times. Today people are waking up from a long sleep, and they are letting their voices be heard. We also have a world where technology has turned addictive. People of all ages are very dependent on it.
“The Portal” explores the possibility of what if Robots or a massive corporation takes over our world. What would each person do? Would they join a resistance? Would they join the Corporation? Would they just be part of the crowd? I think this is what makes my book special. It kind of is a warning to individuals of possible future.

What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

I believe that one of the biggest differences of my book is how it is very visual, action packed and it combines three Genres in one: Science Fiction, Fantasy and adventure. Another difference is it mostly revolves around children and explores a possible world we might become in the future. It takes readers on a journey that they will never forget.

Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Yes, I have my first book was a collection of poetry I wrote over the course of about 15 years. My second book was called “The Enchanted Rope” it was a picture book that helps both children and adults deal with a death of a loved one, my third book is named “The Portal” and my newest book is called “Peanut” it is a picture book that should be coming out in Spring 2018. It helps families and children deal with divorce.
In the near future I have plans to publish my other two books in my trilogy. “Spirral” which should be out by spring 2019 and “Rebirth” which should be out by spring 2020.

About the Author, David D. Bernstein
David Bernstein is a tennis instructor and energy healer who has worked with children for many years. He’s the author of a book of poetry and The Enchanted Rope, a children’s picture book. He has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. The Portal is his debut novel.
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