Mar 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Zachary Paul Chopchinski - The Curious Tale of Gabrielle

Zachary Paul Chopchinski - The Curious Tale of Gabrielle

Published: March 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Adventure, Historical Fiction
Series: Book 1 in The Curious Tale of Gabrielle 

A young Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. She cannot stop or rest until all within her reach has been experienced and explored. Driven by an astounding will and lack of common fear, she finds herself able to face things most adults might fall before. Yet has there been a journey that has been meant specifically for her all along? Is there a path that has been created just for her to travel? 

Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. What will happen as she discovers the lives—and tragedies—of the souls who choose her to see their story? It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined—except perhaps by a young girl.

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Top 10 Villains
By Zachary Paul Chopchinski

1. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter-Book)
She gets this title for the same reason any other person would put her on this list. Absolutely why not? She was a foul wretch in the Harry Potter books and became an utter toad of a woman towards the end. More just deserts could not have been requested.

2. Joker (Jack Nicolson) (Batman-Movie)
This role has long been an iconic villain and I think that there couldn’t have been a more sinister role than that of Jack Nicolson playing the Joker. It’s not so much the villain, as he is an icon, but rather the actor who played him.

3. Jack the Ripper (Real Life)
This is another foul soul that goes without saying. His acts were depraved, morbid, macabre and, simply, evil. For a short while this man embodies the boogieman on the streets of London and a lady of the evening could not walk through a corridor with a chill shaking them to their bones.

4. Predator (Predator-Movie/Graphic Novels) 
Invisible and ridiculously powerful super alien; yeah, that’s horrifying. As a child, I was quite a fan of these films. The simple fact of something watching you and having the ability to end your life without you even seeing it, how is that not what fear is made of? I spent so much time playing in the woods in my younger years, and often found myself standing in silence, staring off into the brush and wondering what might be right there in front of me.

5. Joe Pesci (in anything-Movie)
An icon in mobster movies (which I am a huge fan of), any character that he played was feared by not only his enemies, but his allies. He was psychotic and flew off of the handle at the slightest notion. He tortured and maimed many people in the films, but always got his in the end.

6. Handsome Jack (Borderland-Video game)
Borderlands is a long-time favorite amongst my video game escapades, and Handsome Jack is the villain with the plan. With snide jokes and toxic one-liners, Jack is a hilariously evil character with a love-him-but-want-to-shoot-him feeling.

7. Old Man Jenkins (or any equivalent) (Scooby Doo-TV Show)
This may sound like a strange one that many have not heard of…but you all have. By this, I am referencing every villain in every Scooby Doo cartoon ever. There was always a rickety old man who had a jaded agenda and would have gotten away with it “if it wasn't for those pesky kids.”

8. The Tank (Left 4 Dead-Video game)
Again, my love for video game comes roaring through with this one. The Tanks in Left 4 Dead always gave fearful grimace when you heard their distinct roar then charge. Notoriously difficult to battle and often leaving gamers screaming at their televisions, these guys most definitely make my list.

9. Hanibal Lector (Silence of the Lambs-Book)
Here is a character that should make it to any list. Intelligent to no end, he was methodical, cannibalistic and insane. A better combination could only be found in the nightmares of Freud. He would not only psychologically torture you, but then he would eat your liver with Favre beans and chianti.

10. George Milton (Of Mice and Men-Book)

I know, he is not the typical villain, however I feel he makes this list for his killing of Lennie. I understand that the way it was written that this was almost necessary, but it is still cold and heartbreaking.

About The Author:

Zachary is 27 and lives in Maine with his lovely wife, Layla. The two of them share a home with their 4 fur-children Thai, Bambina, Loki and Le vie (Thai and Bambina are cats and Loki and Le vie are dogs). 

Zachary received an Associates degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine. Zachary had two short stories published by Ohio State University when he was in elementary school, and a poem published when he was in high school. Zachary has always had two passions in his life, criminal justice and writing. After spending nearly 5 years working in security, Zachary decided it was time to give his other passion a chance. 

Zachary is very much a family man and when he is not deep in writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing video games or contemplating his next story idea. 

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