Thursday, April 16, 2020

Quarantine Cheap Reads

So here we all are, stuck at home and binging everything we can on Netflix and HBO and Stars etc... Our eyes are tired from the endless barrage of screen time and our minds are getting weaker as entertainment is spoon-fed to us on our couches.

So what else can you do? Bookish people already know this one. Books! Even from your tablet or reader. And what better genre to read right now than post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels to make you feel better about your self-isolation?

As an author who got his start in this genre, I have several books you can choose from that meet the post-apocalyptic and dystopian categories. The Judas Syndrome trilogy, which follows Joel and his group of friends who find themselves faced with a dystopian future filled with fear and paranoia while they work together to forge a new path for the human race.

The A.I. Insurrection trilogy is another series I recently completed which deals with the end times as well here artificial intelligence claims sentience and declares war on their masters n the year 2163.

The Judas Syndrome, which was written in 1999 but only published in 2009 is one of the most original stories you'll find concerning the apocalypse and certainly a leader in the rush of dystopian novels that came afterwards.

Give them a try, most kindle versions are just $0.99.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Is COVID-19 Trumping the Climate Crisis?

I have mixed feelings on this issue. Yes, COVID-19 is top of mind and will be for the foreseeable future, but with China shutting down and manufacturing slowing, the virus is essentially helping lessen climate change for the many millions of tonnes of CO2 not being released into the atmosphere.

Still, the amount of monies being thrown at healthcare by our governments to fight the spread and support those who have come down with COVID-19 is extreme. It's good, but what if our governments reacted to climate change (which will kill us all) the way they have reacted to the spread of a disease that might kill up to 3% of us?

No, I don't want to be part of the 3%, nor do I want my ageing parents to succumb to COVID-19, but I think the reaction, though proactive, is a joke when you look at the bigger picture. Science tells us there is a somewhat deadly virus on the loose and everyone freaks out. Meanwhile, science is telling us that fossil fuel industries are killing the very planet we live on and we have governments throwing good money after bad to save them.... It's madness. Where are the COVID-19 deniers? Why don't they exist?

You don't get to choose which science you're going to back. You either back it or you don't. 

So, while you're hunkered down in your basement defusing oils and hoarding food and toilet paper, why not contribute to a cause that will not only give you books to read when the power goes out but will plant trees to help lessen the real problem of climate change?

COVID-19 won't last forever, but neither will the living conditions on your planet if we don't do something about it and accept the science. 

From Facebook page: We’re excited to announce that author Michael Poeltl is donating the March sales of his books to Forests Ontario! The generosity of our donors makes Ontario’s forests greener.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Donating March Book Sales to Forests Ontario

Here’s the good news: You Can Make a Difference.

It's an understatement to say this campaign means a lot to me. If it didn't, I wouldn't approach you with it. We're all intrinsically tied to our natural environment whether you live in the country, in a city or by the ocean. We all take from our environment every second of the day. We breathe the air our natural world produces, eat the food and drink the water that sustains us. So, this is how I can give back - buy a book and your March purchase goes to Forests Ontario in an effort to plant trees. It's as simple as that. Buy a book, plant a tree.  

To learn more about this initiative between Forests Ontario and my alter-ego, please visit click on the highlighted link and choose from the 12 books I have available. There's something for everyone. Kindle or paperback.  You have my sincerest thanks and respect for your part in helping to tree Ontario - for all our sakes.

Early April I will release my Amazon sales for the month of March for complete transparency on my Facebook Page.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Author Donating March Book Sales to Forests Ontario

Brantford, Ontario Author Donating March Book Sales to Forests Ontario for Tree Planting
Brantford, Canada March 1, 2020 – Author and activist, Michael Poeltl, is donating his March book sales to non-profit charity, Forests Ontario. The Brantford native says he wants to encourage awareness, tree planting, and the protection of our natural places.

“Every individual can do something to help decrease the effects of global climate change by reducing their carbon footprint,” says Poeltl.  “Considering that March is when we celebrate the first day of spring, Earth Hour, International Day of Happiness, National Puppy Day (which pairs nicely with the Day of Happiness) I’ve decided I can do more too.”

Poeltl is an author whose published books include: An Angry Earth, The Judas Syndrome trilogy, the  A.I. Insurrection trilogy, and Her Past’s Present to name a few.

“For every one of my books purchased in March of 2020, whether kindle or paperback, I am donating all proceeds to one of my favourite environmental charities – Forests Ontario,” Poeltl explains. “Forests Ontario is the non-profit charity responsible for the 50 Million Tree Program, The Ontario Envirothon, and Forest Recovery Canada. They’ve planted more than 33 million trees in Canada so far, and I want to help that number rise.”
Poeltl went on to say that, “There is a quote I love, and it makes me think of my father who has been a big supporter of the environment by planting trees, gardens, and maintaining a balance in his approach to living in a modern world while understanding his part in keeping it beautiful for his children and grandchildren. It’s an ancient Greek proverb which, I think, rings truer now then ever before: A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Let’s be great!”
Poeltl adds that in the first week of April, 2020, he will release his Amazon sales statistics for the month of March on his Facebook author page with the donation confirmation. “My birthday wish is that everyone can enjoy a bright future. Read a book under an old tree this summer, grateful for someone else’s foresight in planting it.”

On a final note, Poeltl has this to say, “The climate is changing. The countries that don’t change with it will die. Like the industrial revolution, the climate revolution will change the way we manufacture our futures, and how we produce our energy. If Canada doesn’t stop investing in fossil fuels now and realize the only way we’ll have an economic future is through Green practices, we’ll suffer the consequences on every front. Let’s be the example of how the world can prosper from Green energy and sustainable living. Let’s not exist in an unsustainable past. This March, give and get.”

To purchase books and support Forests Ontario visit Michael Poeltl’s Amazon author Profile.

About Michael Poeltl
With an interest in the paranormal, as well as nature and science, Michael Poeltl has found his stride. HE develops stories which instil a sense of wonder in the spiritual world while often referencing science and its hard-fought principles as the paranormal’s greatest advocate. This mixing of strange bedfellows reveals the lengths Poeltl will go to tell a story, researching both seemingly opposing worlds, finding their common bonds, stitching them together and telling a unique tale which is all-at-once captivating, enlightening and recited in a fast-paced, character-driven storyline. Michael Poeltl was voted Best Writer/Author for 2010 by View Magazine: A weekly alternative newspaper reaching over 1 million potential voters/viewers.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Author for Life - A Reminder

So, my 9-year-old daughter and I found some ancient history the other day. A stack of my old works. These range from when I was 10-years-old through 14-years-old. That’s early to mid 80’s folks. Some are close to disintegrating, but she has begun to read them - carefully. It’s kind of awesome listening to your kid read something you wrote.

Just as I was doubting myself, as I do, we pulled out the old briefcase from its storage place under her bed. It has travelled with me for many years from house to house, left wholly untouched. I've had it since I was a young man. It was in this worn leather briefcase we found many of my old sketches and - Holy S*%t - books! We excitedly pulled them out of the briefcase and I reviewed the dates. These weren't antiques by any stretch, but they were up to 37-years-old! Vintage? LOL. Maybe just to me.

This treasure chest of old books from my childhood instilled a sense of wonder in my daughter and nostalgia in me. But not just glassy-eyed nostalgia for the past, but rather hope for the future. My future. That I've been writing stories and physically creating books since I was ten offers tangible proof that I was meant to do this. Have I met my 10,000 hours doing what I love yet? God, I hope so!

Upon further investigation into the magical briefcase, aside from the books, we realize I have literally dozens of comic books with multiple superheroes and villains running through advanced storylines I created from age 12 to 17. I also wrote screenplays for my brothers and our friends, many of which were realized through my father's video camera and friend's surprising editing abilities. To say I've been creative my whole life is a truth I often forget during my 9-5 day job.  Perhaps my daughter will enjoy the comics as well. She loves graphic novels...

My Grandfather too was a writer, hopeful to emerge from his management role in an utterly unrelated industry. He was a playwright mostly. I'm told community theatres and churches worked with my grandfather to produce his plays. How fitting my books sat in his briefcase all these years. I think I'll look for his scripts next. Maybe they're in the briefcase...

Friday, November 22, 2019

Author of The Judas Syndrome wants to scare your children

Author of the Post-Apocalyptic trilogy; The Judas Syndrome wants to scare your children into change with a new picture book.

“The guns reminded me this was just an attempt to punch holes in the darkness that enveloped us now.” This quote was taken from book one of Michael Poeltl’s dystopian trilogy, The Judas Syndrome. It’s easy to recognize the dark themes which accompany many of his fictional works once you’ve read more than one. In book three of the series, another candid notion leaks into the storyline suggesting; “Life is a gift, and should be cherished, lived and experienced. Though experience often reveals itself as pain in this world, it is still purposeful, it still has its place in the evolution of our spirit.” In another, stand-alone book from the author: Her Past’s Present, this quote appears: “In such a person, sadness breeds purpose; finding inspiration in the darkness and oftentimes, I believe, they will impress a hell onto their own lives in order to re-create it, that others might suffer the experience from the comfort of their armchairs.”

Poeltl has a way of getting into your head with his novels and, as a trained illustrator, has taken a shot at a children’s book in the same genre as his popular Judas Syndrome trilogy: Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian fiction.

“There needs to be more awareness focused on our environmental crisis,” Poeltl says, “and though my own daughter is learning about what she can do in school to prevent an end to our way of life, she isn’t being shown that end.”

So, Poeltl decided to show her, and every other kid out there just how bleak the world will become if they don’t take action now. “We all have a favourite book from when we were kids which held a hard lesson. I remember mine.” Poeltl explains. “With this book, I wanted to revisit that classic fairy-tale type ending where things don’t go right. Trauma, I’ve found, is an excellent trigger for change.”

The story, entitled An Angry Earth, has been treated as a children’s book with pen and ink illustrations gracing every page. Poeltl admits it is his favourite medium to work in when illustrating. Images of sea turtles being speared and their shells drilled to produce an inky black liquid allowed Poeltl to use his learned interpretive illustration techniques while getting his point across with some straightforward text.

The book is dedicated to his daughter and nieces who – Poeltl says – will experience the negative effects of global climate change the rest of their lives if nothing is done to stop it. Then, a short, yet enticing history of the world turtle begins the book. Poeltl interprets the world turtle as a metaphor,  indicating the world is alive. The overwhelming message is that there are consequences for your actions, as well as your inactions as explained through an 11-year-old boy who is tasked to write down each terrible plight upon the world as it happens.

Pick up the book, and if you’d rather not, pick up some garbage. Poeltl hopes An Angry Earth sparks engagement with his audience. “Some evenings and lunch hours I will take a few bags and walk the shoreline or a park or forest picking up trash of all manner,” Poeltl says. “It’s not enough to count on others to do what needs to be done. We all have to pitch in. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be an example for your children. It’s the most serious topic of our time. I’m not a cynic, I’m a realist employing a pessimist’s lesson to encourage positive action.”

An Angry Earth is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Find Michael Poeltl’s Author Profile showcasing all of his books, a blog and photos from previous works.

Connect with Poeltl on Facebook and Youtube to see his latest MEMEs, videos and book trailers.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Teaching Reincarnation Through Story Telling.

We all want to accomplish something of worth in our lives, right? Something more than just making money. I want to help my audience change their world. Enlighten you to your inner truth. 

Reincarnation is that for me. I know it’s that for you too. That’s who I write for. You. Whether you recognize it or not, you’re curious. In my opinion, there is nothing more reassuring in this life than knowing everything I do will affect my next life.

I’ve seen what the Catholic church and every division of that church offers as I was baptised and congregated in the Lutheran faith. It’s all fear-based. Fear of going to Hell. Guilt for being human. It’s not a good place to start. Since leaving that idea of one life to live behind, I found new reasons to get excited through living rather than worrying about dying. So many more faiths believe in an immortal soul that revisits the human experience to learn and love and live in peace. We rarely have the opportunity to live like that the first, second or even third time here. So we are given limitless opportunities to learn and better ourselves and those we interact with through actively living our experiences and then graduating to a higher level.

I have included reincarnation into many of my books as a theme because I feel it is my purpose to share information about it through story. It took me until my 20’s to truly branch out and find my voice and the voice that spoke to me.  I’ve always been a spiritual person, but the Christian faith crumbles quickly when you begin to question it. Reincarnation, however, just makes sense. I believe we’re spiritual beings having a human experience. I’ve connected with energy and know that I am energy and that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. That’s science. Put science and spirituality together and you come out the other end with reincarnation. Our energy is our consciousness and vice versa.

So, why am I telling you all this? I’m connecting to you, my reader or potential reader. We share a common belief. Whether reincarnation is the main theme or an underlying theme to my stories, it is often included to further embed this reality. The Judas Syndrome trilogy sees reincarnation in action in a post-apocalyptic setting. The A.I. Insurrection sci-fi series deals with reincarnation in intelligent androids. Her Past’s Present takes a young woman’s trauma to realize reincarnation when she meets a man claiming to know her from another life. Each of these books deals with the theme in different ways, but the end result always offers proof.

I know if you haven’t already read one of these, that you will enjoy the experience. Each reinforces the truth of reincarnation in their own way. We believe what we believe because we are compelled to believe it. That for me offers much of what makes it real for me. That and I’ve spent three hours with a past life therapist and lived three lives through the experience. It was all at once upsetting, yet enlightening. Since then I have read and researched the subject and written many books.  So, if you’re looking for some relatable reads, you’ll find them in my library.

Happy reading.