I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again

I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again

Humor is everywhere you look. You’ll find it in a Boy Scout camping trip, a day at the beach, or on full display in the cafeteria. “I Like That Word” is the second installment in “The Daily Gripe” series, an insightfully hilarious collection of articles that finds the fun in everyday living, masterfully brought to you through the unique style of one of today’s best humorists.

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Do you enjoy book signings? I really do enjoy them. You make new friends and have wonderful conversations.

Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally? Always

Now when you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished? Yes, I guess. Besides writing two books, I’v been a tennis coach, a dad, a grandpa, and a marathoner.

Are you “there” where you wanted to be? Yes. There is always something new to do, but I have no regrets.

What do you do in your free time? Ride bikes, Nordic ski, run, trout fish, play team Trivia, watch sports.

Given the chance to live your life again, what would you change about yourself? Growing up, I worried too much about what other people thought of me. I would like to have been more self content.

Was it all too easy for you – the writing, the publication, and the sales? No, it’s work, and fun.

What is the secret to becoming a bestselling author? Good book, good publisher.

How do you feel when people recognize you in public and appreciate your work? I’m a small-town author, but it’s fun to have someone come up in the grocery store just to say hi.

Are you friends with other writers? Just a couple.

Do writers become narcissists once their book starts to sell? I hope not. I appreciate being appreciated

How are your relations with your family? Do you like to stay in touch? We are very close.

Which writer’s work do you believe most resembles your work? At some level, I resemble Dave Barry, but I have my own style, and he is a huge success.

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Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear

Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear

In Colorful Tales, lessons of love, acceptance, wonder, humility, joy, and courage are tenderly revealed through the adventures of life-loving Buz the Bear. No ordinary bear cub, Buz surprises and delights as he finds meaning in living everyday bear life. Through his stories, young readers find their own unique experiences given shape and purpose while celebrating their love of fun and adventure, the natural world, and the realness of the spirit.

 

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The Palisades Ronald J. Wichers

What nameless thing sustains us? Religion? What does it mean to be religious? And what sort of woman would faithfully minister to the needs of a dying husband, a man who has neglected her and betrayed her? A woman with no ties to any religious tradition.

And how many among us would remain loyal to a nation embroiled in a war that many believe should never have been allowed to happen—a conflict in which the mightiest nation on earth waged war on one of the very poorest?

And what is faith? Is it only rote learning of prayers and hymns, moral laws and historical facts? Or is it something that only a few among us are given—a seeking of something, of someone that resides in the heart of all things?

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Casting Stones by Jay Beck

Jay Beck has continued writing about the fascinating adventures of political consultant, Mark Young, in his next book, “Casting Stones.” Set in Greece during the 1985 elections, the historical novel pits the United States against the Soviet Union in a battle over Greece’s future political economic soul.

The novel is set in the turbulent times of airline hijackings, terror bombing and assassinations. The Soviet KGB, Greek secret police and terrorists all conspire against Mark Young as he tries to win a national election while simultaneously rescuing the most valuable ancient sculpture ever created.

Mark is torn between the turmoil in Greece and a critical situation threatening to end his relationship with his girlfriend, Vicki back in Washington, D.C. All of these diverse threads come together in an unexpected and thrilling conclusion.

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By writing fiction, I’ve try to expand on my history and the events I have observed. I still have a long way to go in tapping into all of that rich material, particularly since politics and entertainment so often go hand in hand, as I hope I have demonstrated in my work. These will be exciting areas for me to investigate and discuss while I continue to write about them. As I mentioned earlier, the third book in the trilogy concerns the interactions between the campaigns and the time of history of Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, and George Bush, a vast political world for me to plumb. I have stories to tell.

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Nikki Loves Her Hair by Nailah Jones

Nikki is a young girl who loves everything about her natural hair. She loves all of the hairstyles she can do and matching with mommy and friends!

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Nailah Jones is a natural haired girl from Snellville, Georgia. After years of getting relaxers, she realized her natural hair better fit her identity and later decided to go back to her natural roots. She has now had locs for two
years and counting. Nailah thinks that it is important to let other natural girls in her community know how beautiful their natural hair is, so they never have to wonder!

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If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?

Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston

How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?

Music is a huge part of my life and I use it to motivate myself, celebrate big moments, get me through hard times, etc. So it’s definitely part of creating my zone.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?

I’m pretty good at zoning the rest of the world out, so I think I can write anywhere.

Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?

This isn’t true for me. I stayed very interactive with family and friends throughout the creation of my children’s book.

Writers usually have a particular Muse, but some also have a different Muse which inspired different books – does that apply in your case?

My inspiration was all of the young black children with natural hair who deserve to feel beautiful and special.

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Heart of Gold by Stephen Ellis Natelson MD

Heart of Gold by Stephen Ellis Natelson MD

This is the tale of an android who works for the NSA told in nine episodes. I have attempted to enhance the reader’s experience by presenting music, poetry, and interesting factual information in context.

Had I the technology, I would provide a button for the reader to push to hear the actual music, with the ability to turn it off or on at will. Instead, there are links to the web, where the music can be enjoyed for free.

Perhaps the whole project would work as a TV series or a film.

 

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Reign Drops (Bloodborne Series Book 1)

A simple Mayan girl. A powerful spirit. A bloodthirsty monster. All leading to a desperate quest.

When the Mayan calendar ended some people scoffed while others joked and a few waited for the end of the world. After living half her life apart from her native people, Dalia no longer believes in the supernatural and monstrous things that the final cycle predicted.
But unbelief is not protection.

Going home draws her into a fight against mythical creatures, limitless power and a battle for humanity’s survival. Can Dalia balance an outsider’s knowledge and tribal wisdom to give the world a fighting chance? Or will she choose to stay blind and let the world collapse around her?

Reign Drops is the first book in The Bloodborne Series, a saga of urban fantasy novels. If you like tenacious heroines, Mayan legends, and new twists on magical beasts, then you’ll love Chris Patt’s spellbinding series.

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An adept student with a powerful mentor. A diabolical witch huntress . Two friends working to avert a tragic twist of fate.

Dalia and her dragon’s quest for the histories of magic and humanity, and a long lost dragon tribe, lead them to Texas. While building her magical reserves, and satiating the dragon’s need for knowledge, they stumble across a powerful hex.

A curse that could cost her everything she loves.
Battling an unknown enemy, Dalia wonders if she can find the answers before time runs out. Finding enemies close and new allies in unexpected places it comes down to a battle of magics. Will the more powerful witch retain the upper hand, building on her generations of training? Or will Dalai’s faith in others be the end of her?

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The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7) Audio Book and ebook

The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7)

Has today’s technology advanced to the point that the line between the real and cyber worlds has vanished? If so, will this unchecked digital landscape provide new social predators with opportunities to unleash terror and pain on unsuspecting victims, while avoiding detection from anywhere in the world? How does anyone find the culprits holding international cities, big businesses, air traffic, and even emergency systems hostage to terrifying digital ransom demands.

Julie and Juan’s cyber assassin technology services team are immersed in these outrageous cyber-crime events occurring at multiple locations around the world. The CATS team is the next generation of hunters in the find and fix contest of cyber warfare, unlike any seen to date. How will they prove that the of 21st century video game playing has evolved beyond the that simple after-school distraction for children? With Supercomputers, the adage ‘bigger toys for bigger boys’ takes on a whole new definition. These Gamers may be after far more than just points.

George, Ty, Ernesto, Mercedes, EZ, and even Juan—travel to and investigate their respective assignments where they find they are undermined by organization’s leadership unwilling to listen to reason, playing the part of victim. Tampering with automated processes, driven by today’s explosion of technology use, is only the beginning of the competitive nature of these players. Cyber bad guys always think they can’t be caught or stopped.

Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma Series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. Book 7 of the series, The Enigma Gamers, A CATS Tale, is focused on misguided technology using Julie and Juan’s talented and tenacious team of professionals committed to finding and punishing evil achievers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

You may find yourself trying to rewrite the ending to match how you see the world, or how it should be.

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The CATS Team, led by Julie and Juan, is committed to avenging and administering justice to evil doers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

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  1. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

What a great question. Breakfield and Burkey began writing technical documentation many years ago. Armed with the technical expertise we delivered many technical workshops all over the world for leaders in technology.

Technical documentation is, well, boring, so we decided to take the best of our technical expertise and leverage it into completing technology-based scenarios relevant to today. The Enigma Series was born. There are ten books currently available in the series, each with a technical focal point like Identity Theft, or how AI steals our future. The first 7 in the series are in audible formats primarily narrator by our amazing voice actor Derek Shoales.

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

Collectively for Breakfield and Burkey we agreed it was Old Yeller. What’s not to make one cry with a beloved companion of a boy and all the drama this story takes the reader or audience through. Gheez, we still tear up thinking about portions of it.

This is also what we find Derek does with portions of our stories in brining emotions to high alert for humor, reflection or sadness. Our stories have a technology foundation then we layer on travel, intrigue, mystery, romance, and a dash of humor. We have found that migrating the story to audible provides a more immersive story and love it.

  1. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

This is such a hard question. Organizations are in business to make money so that’s how they are constructed. The unethical doesn’t seem to come so much from the industry but rather from those bad actors who take advantage of authors who want options on book publishing. There are horror stories are as plentiful as stars in the sky.

As an example, when we started down the paths of investigating audio formats for ours, we had zero experience, as we didn’t even listen to audio books. We had some awesome guidance and then found for us the best connection was via ACX from a quality perspective. The methods for altering the rights is in the fine print, so reading all the documents is key.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Breakfield and Burkey are both energized by creating compelling stories and then sharing them. We find that offering the books in ebook, paperback, and, yes, audio formats for the first 7, number 8 The Enigma Broker is being produced with delivery in the Spring 2019. What is exhausting is some of the marketing aspects like asking for reviews from listeners and readers to share with others. We have recently earning a Crowned Heart from InD’Tale Magazine for The Enigma Stolen audio, which of course reenergizes us while we are crafting number 11, working title The Enigma A.I. Wars.

  1. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Traps, hummm. We find the common traps including thinking if we write it they will come. Nothing says just because someone wrote a book everyone will buy it. In fact we find that the 80/20 rule applies significantly for authors in that 80 percent marketing to 20 percent of generating an amazing book. Adding the layer of getting the book transformed into an audio format requires even more marketing. We love to reach out to readers/listeners, but without the reviews and feedback we are never certain who we are successfully reaching.

 

 

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Rise of Prophecy by Abdur R Mohammed

Gods. War. Judgement Day. Novelist Abdur R Mohammed blends ancient myth, religious belief systems, and his deep imagination to create a fantastic new world on the pages of his fiction debut, Rise of Prophecy.

The Age of Virgo ends with an ancient Anuk prophecy looming over the world: peace ushers in prosperity; war brings annihilation. Prince Timon of Atlantis seeks the power of the Anuk star-people to conquer the world, but is challenged by the mysterious Liviana, who attempts to prevent the prophecy from unfolding. She is on a collision course with Alexius, a disgraced noble who inherits a secret from the gods. War is coming. Mortals and gods are in an epic power game in which strength, smarts, and allegiances are tested.

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Interview with Author Abdur R. Muhammed –

“Tell us a little about your book.”
It is a fictionalization of history, created from the flames of alternative-history, following the lives of six main characters, and two gods (Thoth and Persephone).
The story takes place at the end of the age of Virgo, roughly 12000 years ago.  For context purposes, two other periods are covered to paint a richer picture of the universe: before the Great-War, soon after (the beginning of Virgo), and the main timeline.
A looming prophecy details the return of the original Anuk (Visitors from the stars), who will pass judgment on humanity at the end of Virgo – Peace will bring prosperity; war brings annihilation.  The Empire of Atlantis is brewing war with the rest of the world which ensures the wrath of the Anuk.  The Characters are plotting for either outcome.

“Have you published before?”
This is my first book, although it has had two other incarnations.  The titles Chronicles of Atlantis and The Rise of Prophecy served as training wheels to get to this point.
The previous titles were immediately pulled after some lessons were learned, but the story itself of The Anuk Chronicles has remained the same.

“Are you currently working on anything else?”
I am almost finished my first draft of the second volume to The Anuk Chronicles entitled Rise of Villains.
Concurrently, I am detailing my experience with the self-publishing process, which I hope to publish at some point.  This would be a purely subjective expose into the pitfalls and triumphs I have achieved with The Anuk Chronicles series.
In addition to this, I have a concept screenplay I am working on.  Logline: Christmas is thrown into chaos when an accounting error assigns Santa to be Lucifer’s therapist.

“What is your favorite writing snack?”
That is a hard one.  I’d say a bowl of Cheetos.  Although, I have been trying to eat healthy, so celery stalks have been breaking up the crispy goodness from time to time.

“What gets you in the mood to write?”
I can tell you what gets me out of the mood to write: X-box.  I’ve been obsessed with a very popular Ubi-soft title which is providing months of gameplay.  This has been my Achilles heel for the past few months.
When I do end up in front of my fake monitor (32in LED TV), with fingers resting awkwardly on the keyboard, however, I am compelled to open the floodgates and let my imagination flow.
I would admit that once I have translated the first few images and feelings in my soul, then the anticipation to complete a chapter propels me forward; so really, the act of writing puts me in the mood to write.

“Who is your favorite character, and why?”
Another hard question.  As I complete Volume Two’s draft, Liviana is quickly becoming my favorite.  In Volume One she is a notch or two above two dimensional, maybe 2.5 dimensional.  This is done on purpose in order not to take away from the main protagonist, Alexius.  But in Volume Two however, she is demanding a fuller expression of herself.
In Rise of Prophecy, Liviana is a driven, self-confident power-house with purpose.  Nothing it seems could faze her, resembling many people whom we all know that exhibit these traits.  She is at the same time vulnerable to all the things we mortals have to deal with, and this is what seems to be flowing much easier with her, for me, than the rest.

“Favorite book of all time?”
I will have to say Dune by Frank Herbert.  This masterpiece is echoed in small ways in my story – subtle, but it’s there.  I read the novel at age nine or thereabouts.  I couldn’t grasp the totality of the universe Herbert created back then but this would ultimately lead me back to his works in my adolescent and adult years.

“I think breakfast says a lot about a person; what is your perfect breakfast?”
If I were to ignore any dieting strategy, I’d have to say pancakes, medium eggs, corn-beef hash, buttered toast (white bread, not that healthy stuff).  Then there is the untapped coffee, cream with real sugar.

“Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?”
I love the past.  Not the recent past mind you, but the ancient past.  There is so much rich culture and beliefs with a refreshing freedom that is lost it seems.  Would I like to live there?  If there was Internet, anti-biotics, quick inter-continental travel, Keurig, and baked goods…maybe there were; we’ll never know.

“Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!”
Why suffer Game of Thrones anxiety and withdrawals?  No that’s not it.
While academics argue about alternative history, spend some time in a world they only fantasize about.

About the Author Abdur R Mohammed is from New York City and currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA. He spent 13 years with the U.S. Navy, serving in F/A-18 fighter squadrons, and travelling the globe where his deep-seated curiosity about mythology and philosophy was further stimulated. Mohammed has degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He is working on Vol. 2 of The Anuk Chronicles while polishing up the screenplay for Vol. 1.

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*Old flames burn hotter the second time around…*

It’s been four long years since McCrea Coldiron watched Eleanor Mackenna
walk out of his life. He wasn’t ready for the marriage noose then and never
thought he would be. Single, free to do as he pleases, and running the
Promise Point Horse Rescue Ranch are the things that make him sure he was
right to let Eleanor go… This is until she comes back to town with a
daughter he never knew about in tow.

Eleanor knows just how badly McCrea can burn a woman and how persuasive
he can be when he wants something, so she’s more than cautious about
his charming words and cocky grin when she comes home to arrange the
sale of her grandparents’ ranch. But when a flat tire in a thunderstorm
introduces four-year-old Sophie to her daddy, Eleanor knows McCrea’s love
for his daughter is genuine. Can she trust it will be the same for her? As
the icy walls around her heart begin to melt, Eleanor must find the courage
to trust her heart or run away from the man who has always owned it.

Being shown what he lost is a wake-up call for McCrea and he isn’t about to
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Mina and her husband live on a small farm in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southern Kentucky. She’s an artist, an avid reader, a dog lover, and a miniature horses enthusiast.

Life in her corner of the world consists of long winter nights curled up by the fire, cheering on her favorite football teams in the fall, enduring March Madness in the spring and walking barefoot through her garden with a cold jar of tea in the summer fireflies at sunset accompanied by a serenade of crickets and frogs, and lazy nights in the porch swing.

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