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This Changes Everything (The Spanners Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sally Ember
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Book Description

Many Worlds Collective Chooses Dr. Clara Branon, Ph.D., as 1st Liaison!

Are You Ready for the Changes?

Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse. When Earth is invited to join the Collective, the holos choose Clara as liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective to make the secret visits public and guide Earth's new leaders. While Earthers adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are, rebellions and conflicts arise. The Collective works with Clara to create the Psi-Warriors who fight the leaders of the resistance, the Psi-Defiers. With multiple re-sets needed to revise the past and future to save lives, in which of the timelines in the multiverse does her love, Epifanio Dang, get to be with Clara? Over Clara's thirty-year term as Chief Communicator, Earthers must undergo major transformations.

Sci-fi, Romance, Paranormal, Aliens, Multiverse, Utopian, Speculative ten-Volume Series for Adults, New and Young Adults: The Spanners, starts with This Changes Everything.

One reviewer says of This Changes Everything :"The experience is mind-altering, and would challenge readers to think beyond the bubble that we live in." Another notes: "This is an alien story where the aliens are helping rather than trying to take over the world." A third informs: "If you like, sci-fi, fantasy and or aliens, this is the book for you. I do recommend this book and I hope you try it."

The Spanners Series is for particular readers: "I have this odd feeling that I'm just not smart enough for this... I don't have the intelligence level to make good sense of it....If you like very well-structured notes, detailed descriptions of almost everything..., humor (really good humor I might add), and a slight love interest, this book will not fail to impress you. In fact, I guarantee you will love it if these are the types of things you look for in a book," one reviewer explains.

Find out how Earthers cope with becoming a member of the Many Worlds Collective. Read how multiverse timulter, Dr. Clara Branon, Earth's first Chief Communicator, deals with being with/not being with her on/off love, Epifanio Dang. Meet Esperanza Enlaces, her Chief Media Contact, Clara's son, Zephyr, and the rest of her family and friends to find out how they deal with the psi wars and psiskills training programs and the thousands of other changes in Volumes I - X of The Spanners Series, starting in late 2013 - 2018, with one new Volume every six months.

"Creative, Original Writing!" "Quality writing, creative and original story!"

What Multiverse Timeline Are YOU In?

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  • Print Length: 381 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Sally Ember, Ed.D., author of sci-fi/ romance/ speculative fiction/paranormal/ multiverse/ utopian ebooks for Adult/New and Young Adult audiences, "The Spanners Series," has short stories and articles published in "Out of the Kitchen" and has co-written, edited, and proofread many nonfiction books and worked for several magazines.

"The Spanners Series" starts with Volume I, "This Changes Everything," released 12/19/13 worldwide. Volume II, "This Changes My Family and My Life Forever," pre-orders 4/18/14 @ $1.99 via Smashwords; release date 6/9/14 Amazon, everywhere @ $3.99. Volumes III - X are planned and in various draft stages.

Sally was raised Jewish and is a practicing Buddhist meditator. She is also an almost-daily swimmer, a mediocre singer/pianist, avid feminist, dreamer, and devoted mother/ sister/ aunt/ daughter/ cousin/ friend. Her website includes a blog that touches on these topics as well as reviews, interviews, guest blog posts, and excerpts from Volume I and soon to have excerpts from Volume II. Visit and comment, follow, "like," and share!

In her "other" professional life, Sally has worked as an educator and upper-level, nonprofit manager in colleges, universities and private nonprofits for over thirty-five years in New England (every state), New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she now lives). Sally has a BA in Elementary Education, a Master's (M.Ed.) and a doctorate in education (Ed.D.).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Different 1 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, this is certainly a different kind of read. This original story is written very well, with an unusual main charcter - one who is chosen as a facilitator of sorts between aliens and Earth.

Some of it is first person, other parts from accounts - a very unusual mix and yet it works.

An interesting and thought provoking read for those who enjoy something different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi which makes you challenge your ideas 26 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Finally, a Sci-Fi Series that is not exclusively aimed at teenager. Don't get me wrong, there is a market and this book can be read by everyone. But it does challenge you mentally. What I like is that the main characters are not teenagers caught in some intergalactic wars.

Dr Clara Ackerman Branon, a middle aged Ph.D. school teacher, narrates the book (in most parts). She gets contacted by aliens from the MWC = Many World Collective. Led, Mick, Ringo and Janis - Diana (as Clara names them *geddit?*) appear to Clara in her bedroom as holograms and tell her that she is chosen to be earth's first Chief Communicator with the MWC. They have come to prepare earth for membership of the MWC. Clara is not too spooked by their appearance, as she had visions since childhood. For me, she is a very likeable character and I took to her straight away - she has a great sense of humour.

These aliens are actually friendly, and want to help earth and all its inhabitants (and that incl human and all other life) to live peacefully together. Reference John Lennon and "Image" here! Being aware of everything that went on at earth, they feel now the time is right to come forward and help earth with its transition to a more peaceful future.
While the book in most parts is narrated by Clara, the chapters are also interlace with interviews, press conferences and diary entries written by others. This may sound confusing and it was at first when I read the contents pages. But the title of each chapter, whilst long, explains exactly what it is, so you will always now where and when you are. And there are a lot of ideas to take in, so a very helpful section at the end explains main phrases / concepts / abbreviations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept--difficult translation into written form. 7 Sept. 2014
By Mrs. G - Published on
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DO NOT read this if you want a normal, linear story that makes complete sense and introduces ideas in a logical sequence.
DO read this if you want to try something very new and think about the universe in a completely different way.

I'm actually not even sure how to review this in a traditional way because the book was so very bizarre in its format. Let's go with this...

What I liked:
The aliens and the whole concept of the multiverses working together to make life better.
The characters (a lot of them) and how they felt real.
The whole idea of alternate time lines--something I've loved since Isaac Asimov's "The End of Eternity".
The enormous attention to detail in the whole world-building thing.

What irked me:
The fact that shortly after meeting the aliens, we are thrust into the future (or is it a flashback--that's how hard this is to follow) and a ton of acronyms and entities are suddenly taken for granted. There is an "appendix" with a glossary of terms. That might have worked for me except that in the ebook format at least, that meant jumping to the end and then there was no way to navigate back (no table of contents to take me back to the chapter I'd left). Perhaps in paperback form where I could dog ear the pages...?
As other reviewers have mentioned, the whole matter of tense and the writing style that makes it hard to know *when* I am. Which, yeah... Is a little moot when we're talking about alternative timelines and the fact that time is not linear. Yeah, I get it. But the readers still are used to linear, so we need to have it explained to us in that way.

I really think this would work better as a TV series where the visual clues might make it easier to tell "when" the reader is reading. It vaguely reminded me of Cloud Atlas, but harder to follow.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review 27 Dec. 2013
By Amanda Blankfield - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This Changes Everything. Sally Ember. Ebook.

Dr Clara Branon is visited by alien holograms one night. Although this is not shocking to her in itself because she has been visited by extraterrestrials since childhood, this is the first time the beings try to communicate with her. They call her by her full name and inform her that she is to be their chief communication officer between earth and the MWC, Many Worlds Collective.

Clara has to appoint a media contact to help her disseminate the information for the next few decades. At the same time, she has to explain to her son and other family members what she has undertaken to do, as well as her possible Future Husband.

Ember has structured the book into chapters and chapter interludes and it becomes unclear whether this is a work of fiction or nonfiction at times due to the structure and academic style used in the interludes.

There is only a loose plot and no villain as yet, which can make a reader lose interest, but Ember has appendices where she lays out the ideas for a series of ten of these books under the banner of The Spanner Series.

The book mixes world history and sociology together with extraterrestrial occurrences. It uses comic relief and shows Clara to be a really eccentric person through the story.

You may like this book if you enjoy humorous scifi such as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Changes Everything by Sally Ember - Review 25 Jan. 2014
By Alexander Crommich - Published on
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This is one of those strange books that was, on the one hand, difficult to read, but on the other, fascinating. The basic premise is that a school teacher deeply involved in Buddhism (and who accidentally views parallel and potential realities) gets visited by representatives from the MWC, a vast community of intelligent species. She is chosen as their chief liaison to the human race since, given the state of the Earth, they doubt Earth can survive without immediate intervention.

The book deals with interesting subjects ranging from alternate realities, reincarnation, some fairly trippy interpretations of science, and alien life that’s truly alien. It has a substantial number of problems, however. The pacing and presentation of the material made it difficult to read, a decent number of the author’s viewpoints get presented a bit too on the nose, and the author plays with the fourth wall too much for my tastes.

First, the whole idea of aliens constantly resetting small chunks of the universe to try and get the best outcomes for everyone involved is downright cool. This book treats parallel universes as a given and goes to great lengths explaining the different ways the MWC plays around with them to create a greater galactic society. It’s always interesting when a book decides that alien life is not only friendly, but has a utopian agenda.

Second, when the presentation of the material works, it’s a very unusual take on things that I found enjoyable. My favorite part is still a council meeting in which MEMBERS of the MWC discuss how they intend to handle the advent of nuclear power on earth. That, as well as how they handle religion, involves sleeper agents, reality resets, calculating probabilities, and a whole host of funky stuff that’s quite interest.

That being said, the presentation didn’t gel with me too often. The book had so many different styles and trains of thought going at the same time that it ended up feeling like more of a scrapbook than a novel. The author jumped between characters frequently, had a large number of different formats for each chapter of the book, and never quite settled on any one. It made the overall book difficult to read, although any individual section might be interesting on its own. This book would have benefited from picking from a couple of different styles for the chapters (such as the MWC meetings to determine the fate of Earth) and the ones focusing on Clara, rather than jumping around as much as it did.

Also, this disrupted the pacing of the book. The moment one train of thought got developed, the author switched to a different one. There was never a point where the chapters flowed together. There were a series of chapters that, had they been back to pack, would have flowed nicely, but they were divided up and scattered about the book. It’s not that I don’t think this style of writing can work, but it’s tricky to do, and it never quite came together for me.

The plot never quite hit the point where there was enough conflict to really grab me outside of my intellectual interest in what was happening. The major conflict in the book boils down to Clara coming to terms with being the most important person on Earth and not being able to be with the man she loves. All of this, however, plays out in little drips, and the level of tension never picks readers up and carries them along.

I also think the book would have worked better if the author had focused on how Earth was changing in more intimate detail, dropped a lot of the other material, and followed Clara closely as she dealt with these changes. As it is, she’s a bit detached and removed from it all. Sure, there’s a lot of interaction with her family, speeches, and stuff like that, but the book never shows me something like how, say, a Muslim living in a German slum’s life changes. I wanted Clara to be the vehicle for the personal stories of how the world changes rather than the detached narrator.

Another problem with the book is that, it’s clear either the author, or the character, or both, have very fixed political viewpoints (some of which I don’t even like to call political, because they’re, ahem, just what any human being with a soul should support). These viewpoints get thumped onto the reader without any serious discussion of the opposing viewpoints. It’s not a terrible thing, but the tone and presentation of these viewpoints can rub a reader the wrong way, especially as they build up over the course of the novel.

My final criticism is that the character seems to be a different version of the author, but more so than is usually the case. That, combined with the way the author presents the book (she plays with the fourth wall extensively) made me a bit uncomfortable. It’s not that I feel the character was a Mary Sue, it just did not sit well with me. Maybe in a short story, a comic, a movie, but in a book, I really like the book to be a new world, and any reference to it just being this one, that reminds me I’m reading fiction, tears me out of it. It’s a personal thing more than anything to do with the quality of the book itself.

In summary, this book never flows together into a focused novel, which is unfortunate given how interesting the subject matter is. It does, however, present enough fascinating ideas and viewpoints to partially redeem its shortcomings. I’d almost recommend treating it like a scrap book and picking out the various chapters that seem to interest you, rather than reading it cover to cover straight off the bat. All told, I give it a 3/5.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and dense. 10 May 2014
By Rich M. - Published on
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Confusing and dense. That’s the big thing about this book. A reader doesn’t know if this should be metafictional, metaphysical, or what? The author seems to be aiming for something along the lines of Fringe or some similar concept using alternate worlds, but goes into from the wrong way (at least to me, and I’m someone who can tell you who lived on Earth-2, Earth-X, Earth-616 and easily followed the dimension jumping in Heinlein’s books).

This is one of many books that I’ve read recently that attempts to be “multimedia” and fails horribly. Many chapters are prefaced or consist of media-style transcripts of conferences and the like that had they been formatted a little differently from the main narrative (assuming that can be found here), they would’ve added a bit more to the story. As it is, it’s more of a mess than anything else.

This is perhaps the first book that I have ever found to be offensive. I have no problem with most things; hell, you can write about fisting nuns and putting kittens into woodchippers while wearing Nazi regalia, and if it’s interesting, I’ll have no problem with it. And I can understand wanting to key the story into major real-life events, but to conclude that Chernobyl, the Challenger disaster and the Columbia’s destruction were due to “memory lapses” is OFFENSIVE to the talented people who died in those tragedies. That simple passage put me completely off this piece of crap book, and anything this writer WILL EVER write in the future. She is a non-entity from now on.

I attempted to read another 25% or so into the book, just on G.P., but nothing really improved. The book isn’t really worth wasting my time on.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DNF - 0 stars 11 July 2014
By The Every Free Chance Reader - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
DNF - 0 stars

Where I stopped reading: location 418 of 2632 in my eBooks app

Why I stopped reading: It was too much.

There were too many characters, too many acronyms, too many tenses. Too much of me wondered which reality was true – the one where “Clara” writes a fictional account of her alien encounters, the one where “Clara” writes a true account of her experiences, or the one where Ms. Ember struggles so much to find the truth that we, as readers, are left to question her own sanity. I’ll say this: either Ms. Ember is an absolute genius, or she’s in need of some serious psychotropic meds.

I was only part-way in to chapter three, but I’d already waded through too many “Chapter Interludes” to keep the plot straight. The most I can tell you is that “Clara” seems to be in contact with some alien life forms, who encourage her to believe that everything is happening all at once and that she should write her possible-biography/possible-novel (however confusing it might be) in the present tense. Clara also seems to lack the ability to prioritize – her examples all include gratuitous examples, and goodness help me I had no idea what I was supposed to pay attention to (and yeah, I know I ended that sentence with a preposition).

There might be more plot. It might be awesome. But, for me, there was too much EVERYTHING ELSE.

Sorry, Ms. Ember.

As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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