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Parmenters Wager [Kindle Edition]

Terri Main
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Book Description

Rev. Chris Parmenter enjoyed a comfortable life as pastor of a prosperous suburban church. Then one day, a parishioner reveals that she is a clone and asks a provocative question, “Do I have a soul?” His search for an answer leads him to a surprising conclusion as he balances faith, compassion and the business of running a church.

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I know the premise of this story almost sounds like a joke. "A clone walks into church and..." However, I hope it causes some serious reflection not only about what it means to be human, but also about our own fears and prejudices.

One of the powerful aspects of science fiction is that it can start the conversation about social issues in a relatively safe way. No, I'm not preaching to anyone here. I'm not even advocating for or against cloning. I'm simply raising some questions we may have to deal with in a few years. The question is not so much how do you or I feel about the issue philosophically, but how do we deal with it on a human basis in day-to-day life.

About the Author

Terri Main lives with her five cats in Central California. She is a retired college professor who jokes that she is a fast-fading cultural stereotype: "Old Maid School Teacher with Cats." However, she has had an eventful life. In the 1970s she helped produce Christian rock concerts in a day and age when "sometimes we had to fill the drums with blankets to appease the older church goers."

She worked in radio, produced video documentaries and taught communication for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2012 to pursue writing full time. She recently completed her seventh National Novel Writing Month event writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

"Now comes the hard part - editing."

She has a varied background in writing. She has written for newspapers, magazines, radio and TV as well as the internet. Currently she has eight books available in print or on Kindle with more appearing weekly.

Product Details

  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (April 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XD0S84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars What Makes One Human June 12, 2013
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In this futuristic tale of a time when we have discovered how to clone humans, Terri Mann probes the haunting question of what makes a person human. The setting is a church congregation who is confronted with whether to welcome an otherwise quality person into their midst who also happens to be a clone. This short story will raise questions for you that need to be examined as we live into the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Premise June 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was rather surprised to discover that this is not a full length novel, but more of a longish short story. It is a measure of how much I enjoyed it, that I am sorry it is NOT a novella. I wanted to read more.

The question posed in this work is, when is a "human" not a human? Terri Main's skilful writing leads her main character to answer the question, "Do I have a soul?' in a very satisfying way, and to outwit and outface those of his parishoners who would caste a newcomer out into religious darkness.

I am not in favour of writing spoilers, so I will challenge any would-be reader to discover the answer to this interesting question for him or herself.

Thoroughly delightful read.
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More About the Author

Terri Main is a woman on a mission.

"I want to bring the joy back to reading, and you can't have joy when you have to take out a loan to buy a book." She says.

This is the reason that she sells all of her self-published books for just 99 Cents.

"I've gotten a lot of grief from other authors about that price point," she notes. "They say that I am somehow demeaning the product. Since when has giving people a quality product for a reasonable price demeaning? I tell them that I don't sell my books at 99 cents because I value them less. I sell my books at 99 cents because I value my readers more. Sometimes we forget that's who our writing is for - The Readers!"

Terri points to her own childhood as the daughter of a sawmill worker in the 50s and 60s.

"We sometimes had to pull the cushions out of the car to find spare change just to buy a loaf of bread or a quart of milk. Forget half gallons we certainly couldn't afford that," she recalls.

Her only escape from the persistent worry about money was in her books.

"I got 50 cents every two weeks allowance. I could buy a book for a quarter and still have enough to get one school lunch on Thursday. That was the day they had turkey."

She notes that since it costs very little to publish through Kindle, that she can give her readers deals the Big companies can't afford.

"Back in the 80s and 90s, these big companies saddled themselves with huge printing plants, office buildings, trucks and distribution infrastructure built around selling print books in brick and mortar bookstores. And since a handful of companies were the only show in town, they slowly raised the prices. When the digital revolution came, they were unprepared and slow to respond. That's when small presses and indie writer/publishers had the advantage. We can produce a quality product without all that overhead."

So, she passes those savings on to the reader.

"Why not? I make a healthy profit. They get a bargain. And I sell more books than if I raised my prices." She says with a wink.

Terri also makes her books available in the Kindle Online Lending Library through Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime.

"Hey, this is great. People get to read the books for free. And I get paid. Talk about a win-win."

So, what is Terri up to now? At Age 62, retired from 30 years as a college professor, she is writing one to two short books a month and novels every three months or so. Living happily with her five cats in Central California.


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