Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Genius De Milo by Russ Colchamiro


Genius or Moron? You Be the Judge

When people ask me about the Finders Keepers series, which includes Finders Keepers and now Genius de Milo, I give them my standard answer:

They’re loosely based on a series of backpacking and road trips I took across Europe, New Zealand, and the U.S., set against a quest for a jar that contains the Universe’s DNA. Think road trip movies meet Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

And after given my little elevator speech, I typically get one of two responses. The first one is usually something like: “Whoa! Dude! That’s awesome! Where do you come up with these ideas? I need to read that!”

Admittedly, that’s a fun response.

The other typical exchange, however, is slightly different.

I say my bit, but instead of unbridled enthusiasm I am usually on the receiving end of a stern, cold, blank stare – accompanied by utter silence. I also can also pretty much see the thought balloons over their heads, and they go something like this: “You are an utter moron. Leave. Immediately.”

So I understand going in that when it comes to my sci-fi backpacking comedies — in the genre of what I like to call ‘Cosmic Lunacy’ — they’re not for everyone. That was never my intention.

If you’re the kind of person that prefers nonfiction, or history, New Yorker-style ‘literature’, or hard boiled spy novels, these books are probably not for you.

But if you’re a fan of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and Christopher Moore, and movies and TV shows such as Harold & Kumar, Bill & Ted, Hot Tub Time Machine, Time Bandits, Quantum Leap, Groundhog Day, Northern Exposure, and Third Rock from the Sun, then you’ll probably enjoy Finders Keepers and Genius de Milo.

I like to have fun when I write. And I want you, the reader, to have fun, too. I like to write big and wacky, but also bring disparate characters together on one big cosmic journey.

If you want to meet some of the characters, you can check out these illustrations:

Am I a genius? A moron? Neither? Both?

I’ll let you be the judge. But give my books a chance. You just might be surprised …

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  • geniusSeries: Finders Keepers, Book 2
  • Publisher: Crazy 8 Press; 1st edition (March 4, 2015)
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Comedy
  • ISBN-10: 0692395733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692395738
    Buy: Amazon, IndieBound, The Book Depository

Best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes barely survived a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that — thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found — almost wiped out the galaxy. But just as they envision a future without any more cosmic lunacy:

The Earth has started fluxing in and out of existence, Theo’s twin girls are teleporting, and Jason can’t tell which version of his life is real.

All because of Milo, the Universe’s ultimate gremlin.

Joined by the mysterious Jamie — a down-and-out hotel clerk from Eternity — Jason and Theo reunite on a frantic, cross-country chase across America, praying they can retrieve that jar, circumvent Milo, and save the Earth from irrevocable disaster.

In author Russ Colchamiro’s uproarious sequel to Finders Keepers, he finally confirms what we’ve long suspected — that there’s no galactic Milo quite like a Genius de Milo.

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russRuss Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy Finders Keepers, and the outrageous sequel, Genius de Milo, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ is now at work on the final book in the Finders Keepers trilogy.

As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.


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Excerpt ~ 

Jason’s smile dropped away, replaced with a silent, open-mouthed slug of resignation, that whatever was happening was authentic, and unfolding in real time.

In a shared-brain moment Jason and Theo slowly panned in Jamie’s direction  until finally she felt their accusatorial eyes lock on her. And though neither of them spoke, the imputation of blame came through with perfect enunciation: What did you do? What’s coming?

But what could she say? Which cluster of words could encapsulate both the scope and nuance of their predicament? Jamie could offer a pretty good guess as to why their immediate surroundings morphed before their very eyes—it had to be Brigsby-related, didn’t it?—but when it came to the what, she was equally mystified.

So all she could do was stand there. She blinked a few times. Then a few times more. The night went bracingly still, as if every fractal of sound had been drained from the Universe. The three of them held in place, petrified, as if the incredible forces converging upon them were seemingly just to be unleashed. Which, of course, they were.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, April 6

First Chapter Reveal Tour Kick Off at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, April 7

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, April 8

Interview at The Dark Phantom

Thursday, April 9

Interview at Examiner

Friday, April 10

Book Featured at The Bookish Ailurophile

Monday, April 13

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Tuesday, April 14

Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Wednesday, April 15

Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Thursday, April 16

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, April 20

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, April 21

Book Featured at Undercover Book Reviews

Wednesday, April 22

Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Thursday, April 23

Character Interview at Pimp That Character

Monday, April 27

Interview at As the Page Turns

Wednesday, April 29

Book Featured at 3 Partners in Shopping

Thursday, April 30

Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC

Monday, May 4

Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, May 5

Book Featured at Fabulous and Fun

Wednesday, May 6

Guest Blogging at FictionZeal

Thursday, May 7

Guest Blogging at My Life Loves and Passion

Friday, May 8

Book Featured at Celticlady’s Reviews

Monday, May 11

Interview at A Blue Million Books

Tuesday, May 12

Interview at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, May 13

Book Featured at Booklover Sue

Thursday, May 14

Book Featured at CBY Book Club

Monday, May 18

Book Featured at A Book Geek

Tuesday, May 19

Guest Blogging at Confessions of a Reader

Wednesday, May 20

Book Review at Our Families Adventure

Thursday, May 21

Interview at CA Milson’s Blog

Monday, May 25

Book Featured at Margay Leah Justice’s Blog

Tuesday, May 26

Guest Blogging at Mythical Books

Thursday, May 28

Interview at Review From Here

Guest Blogging at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, May 29

Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Monday, June 1

Interview at Blogcritics

Tuesday, June 2

Book Featured at The Literary Nook

Wednesday, June 3

Interview at The Book Connection

Friday, June 5

Guest Blogging at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Monday, June 8

Interview at Digital Pubbing

Tuesday, June 9

Guest Blogging at Secret Southern Couture

Wednesday, June 10

Book Featured at StoreyBook Reviews

Thursday, June 11

Book Review at Southeast by Midwest

Monday, June 15

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, June 18

Book Review at Quirky Book Reviews

Monday, June 22

First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, June 23

Book Review at My Book Retreat

Thursday, June 25

Book Featured at Undercover Book Reviews

Friday, June 26

Virtual Book Tour Highlights at PUYB Virtual Book Club





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