Thursday, March 13, 2014

Clay Dolan asks the burning question : "Are people interested in Bigfoot stories?"

Are people interested in bigfoot stories?
You bet ...
SXSW: Lionsgate Acquires Rights To Eduardo Sanchez Bigfoot Pic ‘Exists’ :
"(Austin, TX & Santa Monica, CA, March 8, 2014) — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has acquired North American distribution rights to EXISTS, a new horror film from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director Eduardo S├ínchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists."
The first two of Clay Dolan's bigfoot stories (Fierce Hunger and Fierce Pursuit) are available now from High Noon Press. Book three will be released soon.

Patti J. Smith - "Friends & Change"

When I lived in Seattle in the 70's and 80's, I had six really close friends, in fact one of them was a room-mate. Our priorities were our careers, men, shopping, partying - all the things single ladies cared about in the big city. We were always together and were more like sisters than friends. None of us practiced any form of religion, in fact, (I hate to admit this) considered Christians "cultish".

We all eventually married and settled down but still carried the same negative view on Christians. When I relocated to Southern California we stayed close through visits and constant phone calls. That was until I got sober and subsequently found my way back to Christ. My getting sober wasn't the problem, none of them drank like I did...I had joined "the cult". In 2005, I entered the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program and was baptized in 2006. Through RCIA and attending mass I fell head over heels in love with God.

I was euphoric and wanted to share my new life with them because, as I said before, they were like family to me. I knew how they felt about Christians and I wasn't trying to convert them (but secretly praying they would) ... I just wanted to share my joy . That's when the visits, phone calls and e-mails stopped. Come to think of it, so did the birthday and Christmas cards. I was up in the Seattle area a couple of years ago and decided, although we hadn't had much communication, maybe we could at least get together for lunch for old time's sake, but they all had "other plans".

I suppose the change was just too radical for them to accept. I wasn't the Patti they knew and loved anymore, the one they befriended over thirty years ago...and that's okay because:

I am the Patti GOD knows and loves, and nothing else matters.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COMING SOON: Tom Ramstack- "A Mangled Marathon"

"To victims of terrorism whose innocence was ripped out of them with the unseeing heartlessness of bomb shrapnel."

A Mangled Marathon takes reports of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings a step beyond the terrorist blasts that killed three persons and injured more than 260.
It reports on the legal defense of the prime suspect, how victims are coping and the broader social implications of the bombings.
In a note to the reader, the author writes, “Although this book focuses on the April 15, 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon, its victims and the prosecution of the prime suspect, it is equally about “lone wolf” terrorists. Lone wolves refer to terrorists who plot their attacks alone, usually with no organization to support them and no official links to violent groups. There is almost no way to know their next target until they strike. U.S. intelligence agencies call them perhaps the biggest terrorist threat to the United States and its allies.”
“But before the race was over, few people cared who won or lost. Boston’s Patriots Day, a day of festivities to celebrate the American Revolution, was about to become the latest nightmare in America’s ongoing war on terrorism…”
“The pungent smell of gunpowder hung in the air while shrapnel, ball bearings and nails littered the streets near the blast sites. Spectators left behind backpacks, cell phones and handmade signs with runners’ names. Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital later treated one patient whose body had been pierced by 12 carpenter’s nails.”
A Mangled Marathon was written by veteran journalist and Washington, D.C., lawyer Tom Ramstack. He has reported on court cases for much of his three decades career as a journalist as well as defended a few criminal defendants. He comes into the situation as a witness to a similar event. On July 27, 1996, he stood outside Atlanta’s Centennial Park as a different terrorist bomb ripped into a crowd of people watching a concert during the Summer Olympics.

Sneak Peek at tomorrow nights Helping Hands Press "Thirsty Thursday" Facebook Party!

It is almost time for another “THIRSTY THURSDAY”- what is Helping Hands Press “THIRSTY” for:
Your input! Your ideas! Your feedback!
The authors at Helping Hands Press will be ready to answer your questions, listen to your thoughts, and to help you have a great experience!
The Party starts @ 8PM EST, we hope that you can make it!

Here is a sneak peek at what is happening tomorrow night:
-The Kindle Fire HD Tablet & $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway continues.
-There will be a new giveaway launched!
-New releases by Sheila Seiler Lagrand, Tracy Krauss, Michele Huey, James J. Griffin, Mark Carver...
-Preview of the cover for a new historical series that Murray Pura is launching!
-New Goodreads giveaways!
-And much, much, more!

"The Blogging Code" by Karen Lange

The Blogging Code by Karen Lange
Have you heard of The Code? You probably have, although maybe not in those terms. It's what I call the blogging guidelines about followers, comments, content, etc. As newbies most of us muddle through, observing the veterans and gaining hands-on experience. While The Code may vary a tad by individual, locale, and genre, these unspoken rules of etiquette have universal threads. Here are my top items:

Followers - When someone follows you, you follow back. Do you do this? I do, unless I cannot locate their blog, the topic is something I can't embrace, or is written in another language (even with the translate feature it can be tricky).

Comments - When someone comments, you reply, either within the comments or via email later. What's your policy? Some argue that people don't come back to see the reply you make. While this may be true most of the time, I've had visitors return and comment on my reply. I also think that when someone visits and jumps into the discussion, they can see that you read and value comments enough to leave a reply. I liken the conversation generated over a post to sitting around talking to friends. It's one way to help us get to know each other and see what's happening out there.

Time is another factor, and writers often find commenting "one more thing to do". I agree, it is, but I like to show my gratitude and interact with visitors this way. I appreciate the bloggers who shoot me a quick email of thanks when I comment on their blogs too.

Content - Offer interesting content with take away value. Whether it's how-to info on topics A to Z, book spotlights or reviews, links, interesting musings, stories, or other content, this is a key reason why readers return. Right? Providing meaningful content is important, for I want readers to come away with something useful, or at least feel like we got better acquainted.

Personality - Be a good reflection of you. A blog, unless it is strictly for business use, reflects the writer's style. It offers a glimpse into our world and unique perspective. Concerning writing style, I was once told to "Relax and be yourself. It develops over time." Good advice. It applies to blogs too, don't you think?

There are exceptions to The Code, of course, such for those who lack time due to pending projects, family situations and emergencies, seasons of life, and commenting issues and whatnot. While we shouldn't let unrealistic expectations or requirements dictate our signature style, there are elements that can help make our blogs shine.

Do you have a code? What would you add to the list? How does your blog reflect your personality?
Karen Lange is the author of Homeschool Co-ops 101. She and her family were active in co-ops during their sixteen-year homeschool journey. Her three children have since graduated, and she is now a freelance writer and online writing instructor for adults and homeschooled teens. Connect on Karen’s Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Check out Tracy Krauss' new series -"Neighbor's"

Lester Tibbett has to leave his farm in Southern Alberta for the big city. It means starting over in an unfamiliar environment - a heavy burden for the guardian of a teenage sister full of angst. The apartment complex to which they relocate is a far cry from their spacious farmhouse and offers little anonymity for a man used to doing things his own way. During the process, he pushes his own loneliness aside in favor of looking after his sister. As Lester struggles to find a church that will meet both their spiritual needs, he quickly learns that neighbors come in many forms, some of them quite meddlesome. Still, he is happy to accept help from an overtly friendly neighbor named Jed who also happens to work for the same construction company. The two soon become friends, despite Jed’s habit of trying to set Lester up with every available single female, and end up frequenting a local pub where Lester is surprised to discover an ‘old school’ mechanical bull just waiting to be ridden. The former rodeo cowboy in him rises up, but not before he meets a mysterious woman who is out of his reach.

Tracy Krauss is a multi-published author, playwright, artist and teacher, with several best selling and award winning novels to her credit. Originally from a small prairie town, Tracy received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Saskatchewan with majors in Art, and minors in History and English. Apart from her many creative pursuits, she directs an amateur theater group and leads worship at her local church. She and her husband, an ordained minister, have lived in many remote and unique places in Canada's north, and currently live in northern British Columbia. For more visit her website:
Tracy’s story is available on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Barnes & Noble Nook.
Here is the Amazon Kindle link for the story:
Tracy Krauss’ Amazon Author page:

Guest Post by Western author Jerry Guin: "Keeping it Clean".

Keeping it Clean
All my stories, including “Charlie’s Money” have a little salty dialogue in them but not intended excessively profane. You will find the occasional use of S.O.B and bas…. Those words, purposely chosen for the dramatic effect, tell the story, in a way that someone might actually talk in that era.
Here is an excerpt from page 34 of Charlie’s Money. Keep in mind that this is in a saloon in the 1873 old west. “A man, at the far right hand table, had jumped to his feet and yelled out, “You cheated! You’re a rotten bas….!”
The man who felt cheated voiced his opinion in a forceful manner, perhaps in hopes of restitution. He got the point across and everyone’s attention with a minimum of foul language.
Calling someone a cheat is an insult in itself. Calling them a rotten bas…. adds emphasis to the situation. There was no need for further inflammatory remarks. Fighting words, you say. Well sure and what followed was a saloon shootout.
I think most of us would react in a like manner, if we felt blatantly slighted before witnesses.
I see no need to use foul language in the extreme (taking the Lord’s name in vain) to get a reader’s attention. I refuse to do it.
I treat sex and romance the same way. The Ladies of the evening or soiled doves, which frequented the saloons, are referred to as painted ladies and at times whores. That was common language used at the time by both men and women. Offering a suggestion of things going on between a soiled dove and a potential customer is one thing, however, I feel actual bedroom antics is taboo. Excerpt page 33. “The third one was sitting on a big smiling cowboy’s lap idly fingering his hair while he ran his hand up and down her leg.”
I think everyone gets the idea. I see no need to go further.
The bottom line is that, at least from my part, I enjoy writing about the old west and do work at it to keep it clean.

The Amazon Kindle link for “Charlie’s Money” is:

Jerry Guin’s latest release is “Crossroads Fast Gun”! The Amazon Kindle link for that is: