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Please join me in welcoming Jason Zandri, our Blog Tour Authors for Today

JASON CROP

ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex)

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“As Life Goes: Elementary” made its debut at the end of July and is my newest release. It was setup from the start as a story to be told in a multi-book series. Each book would include the same cast of main characters during different major events in their lives.

The future releases planned for the full series are:

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)


As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)

As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)

As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

“As Life Goes: Elementary” introduces the bulk of the characters that are planned throughout the series. Some of the secondary characters come, and go and there are some that will appear in later books, but for the most part, these characters will be around for most of the entire tale.

I wanted to tell the story mainly from the perspective of Matthew, the central character to the series as a whole, and his father Mark, who is the main character of “As Life Goes: Elementary”.

The story begins with Mark Sanford returning to his hometown with his son Matthew. He is recently divorced from Matthew’s mother, who has totally abandoned them both.

Mark decided the best way for him to have solid footing to rebuild his own life, while helping Matthew establish his own, was to return to his own childhood home. It was a place he thought he had left far behind. In the end, with his life in shambles, he’s come to realize it is the only thing familiar to him anymore.

Once there and settled with his father, Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school. He does his best to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman, Diane Wakeford, who responds to the help wanted ad Mark placed. They end up developing feelings for one another, but Mark’s ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost.

For Matthew, who is going through changes of his own, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

The only way I felt I could really capture the entire story of Matthew was to tell it in segments of how I see major events in his life. “As Life Goes: Elementary” is the start of that journey.

The complete story defines Matthew as he goes through his life and the series of events that forge him into the adult he becomes. In part these are the friendships built, the opportunities had and passed by, and the loves found and lost. I felt that could only be done properly in a very long story. Hence, “As Life Goes”, across five planned books.

It has been difficult for me to put the story outline together. I obviously have five major life events I am working around, but there are so many secondary ones that are also defining to each of the major characters that I wanted to include. I am planning to introduce some of them as links to the major events in some detail. Others I plan to subtly mention in an effort to allow the careful reader to go back and say “oooo, I remember in the other book when… that’s why [CHARACTER] responded like that!”

There is already a subtle backstory link in this book, for those highly attuned to my writing and storytelling.
Because of the casual and very subtle nature of it, some will miss it in “As Life Goes: Elementary”, but when the series of books draws to a close, it will be fairly obvious to most of my fans and followers.

I am so excited to be writing this series; I can hardly keep myself from rushing it all out.
With that – I am kicking off this intro post of the “As Life Goes” blog tour with a big thank you to all my followers, readers, and fans. I hope you enjoy this first release – “As Life Goes: Elementary.”

About As Life Goes: Elementary

“Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft 

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth 

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

As Life Goes: Elementary – Links to Excerpts

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt I 
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-i/

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt IIhttps://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-ii/



As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt IIIhttps://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-iii-author-jason-zandri/

Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Before-Another-Sunset-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00T11GKYE
Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)http://www.amazon.com/Another-Sunset-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00QD2FQU8/
I Hero: The Beginninghttp://www.amazon.com/I-Hero-Beginning-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00Y3LA41M/
I Hero: Nathan Returnshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64
As Life Goes: Elementaryhttp://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)

As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)

As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)

As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

Social Media links

Twitter – @GUNDERSTONE https://twitter.com/gunderstone/

Facebook Author page – https://www.facebook.com/jzandri

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonzandri

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/

Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/