Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Creek Dweller in the Bayou Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Dr. Melissa Caudle (Author, Publisher), Rachel Butler (Narrator), Liam Butler (Narrator), Lydia Butler (Narrator), Darwin Butler (Narrator)

 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Legacy Artifacts: The First of the Warm World Mysteries

 

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NAME: Jerry C. Blanton

TITLE OF BOOK: Legacy Artifacts: First of the Warm World Mysteries

 www.jerrycblanton.com or www.authorjerrycblanton.com

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I was raised in the United States Air Force, living primarily in Western states: Arizona; Spokane, Washington; Riverside, Southern California; Nagoya, Japan; Livermore, Northern California; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Livingston, Alabama; and finally, Florida where I have lived ever since I arrived here at 15 years old. Now I live in Homestead, Florida, an agricultural town that is fast becoming a suburb of Miami.

I graduated from Eau Gallie High School, Eau Gallie, Florida (1964). I have a B.A. in English (minor in education) from Florida State University (1968); an M.A. in English (minor in theater including nine hours of credits from Western New Mexico University where I directed a production of The Glass Menagerie) from Florida Atlantic University (1977); took six hours in art at Lee County Community College; a Certificate of Teacher Supervision (nine graduate credit hours) from the University of Miami (1978); completed 36 hours toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida International University. Took Intermediate Conversational Spanish from University of Miami.

I have been married twice and divorced twice. I have three children from the marriages. All have successful careers (attorney, anthropologist, cyber security expert) and are now middle-aged.

What inspired you to author your book?

It began as another Buck Jaspers mystery of which I have published 14, but I soon realized that this one was different because it had elements of global warming and globalization involved in the mystery. And I had other ideas along that line, and I have already written rough drafts of the second and third warm world mysteries. I feel that anything I can do to educate people about global warming is worthwhile even if in the form of entertainment.

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Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

As the major suspect remains hidden, Buck sends operatives to Egypt to find out if two known mummy dealers are trying to get one of the recently discovered mummies there. Since the mystery involves both Andean mummies and Egyptian mummies, I thought the cover should display one of each. And mummies seem to automatically suggest mystery.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

William Faulkner had a kind of reverse influence. I have read most of his books and studied them in college courses. As much as I admire his complex narrations and multiple narrators, I knew most people will never read one of his books. So, I decided I would keep my books simpler to appeal to a wider audience. But I would try to make my characters as lifelike as Faulkner’s are. Mark Twain also had a great influence on me, especially Huckleberry Finn, so I resolved to always tell the truth as I saw it.

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What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written? I had to learn enough about Peru and the Incas to make the book realistic, so research was involved.

Tell your readers about your book.

Buck is set to solve the mystery of the stolen mummies after the Peruvian Consul hires his firm to find the mummies and bring them back to Peru. His only target is a Peruvian anthropologist Sergio Mishioki who has stolen the mummies and brought them to Florida. Using what he knows about Sergio Mishioki and working with an ICE agent, Buck narrows his search and puts out a net that will catch the thief and reveal the billionaire collector for whom Sergio works.

Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is anyone who loves a mystery and has concerns or doubts about global warming and globalization.

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If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

They will enjoy it and be inspired by it.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I keep striving, for I may not have achieved it yet.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre? My global view.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I have never had writer’s block. My imagination is so fertile that ideas keep pouring forth. If anything, I have had times in which in the middle of one project, I am inspired to start another one, and return to the first after an interruption.

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What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.

If you are inspired to write, do it and keep at it. If you are honest with yourself, you will improve.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

I want to entertain, first. After that I hope I have inspired you to think about the world in a different way.


Monday, April 19, 2021

The Old Men Who Row Boats and Other Stories

 


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Friday, April 16, 2021

The Adventures of Bubbly Jock Jack 4-Book Series

 


Lori Armstrong



The Adventures of Bubbly Jock Jack 4-Book Series








Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Lori began her career in the legal field, working for a district attorney’s office for nearly ten years, and later moving to a small county town up in the mountains, pursuing her full-time writing career.

After her big move, she was offered a position as a published court reporter, covering criminal court stories for her local newspaper with weekly publications of reality and truths. She has currently written over 270 true crime articles - https://muckrack.com/lori-armstrong

Her latest mission is Write for Change which is LIVE on Kickstarter. This is a 4-part book series of The Adventures of Bubbly Jock Jack, starring Bubbly Jock Jack, a wild turkey. Bubbly Jock Jack confronts the tough issues of bullying, compassion, self-worth and more through humor and genuine kindness. Armstrong hopes to raise enough money to donate to foster homes, children’s charities, libraries and more.

Her book manuscripts began with ghostwriting several novels, one being for the daughter of a real-life mobster, expanding her services to compose and co-author several successful book projects.

Her book portfolio grew after she was hired by Michael Jackson’s friend to co-author and publish Behind the Gates of Neverland – Conversations with Michael Jackson, an up-close memoir about the friendship her co-author (Ray Robledo) shared with the generous, kind and often misunderstood Michael Jackson. The book remains successful as many people believe in Michael and not the untruths stimulated by greed and the media.

More of her books can be found on Amazon and her website: https://www.authorloriarmstrong.com/ along with the many services she offers to new authors.

She divides her writing time between ghostwriting, editing and writing her own inspirational children’s books and novels.

When Lori was asked how she is able to write true crime stories and inspirational children’s books at the same time she responded, “The colorful and comical Bubbly Jock Jack stories bring balance to my brain. After all, don’t we need to laugh a bit? Humor has become my therapy and I am grateful to be able to smile during these trying times. One sweet day at a time.”

The gifts she is most grateful for are her daughter, son and the gift of writing.

What inspired you to author this book?

My inspiration for the The Adventures of Bubbly Jock Jack arose while walking the country roads in my small-town neighborhood.

It was a quiet afternoon, just before dusk, when I heard something rustling in the leaves. I looked up and couldn't believe my eyes. There was a rafter of turkeys, flying up to the tree branches.


When I returned home, I immediately researched "wild turkeys sleeping in trees." I learned that wild turkeys have poor night vision and in order to avoid predators, they sleep in the trees. I learned so much more than that and realized these quirky and quite intelligent birds often get overlooked in regard to the children's book department.

Being a true crime writer, the time spent researching and writing children's books brought a sense of balance to my brain that was often filled with crime related topics of doom and gloom.

I did further research and discovered the proper Scottish name for a wild turkey is a Bubbly Jock. I named my main character Jack - hence, Bubbly Jock Jack was born.

I wanted to write for change and make a difference.

Each book in my 4-part book series touches on difficult topics that children struggle with...bullies, self-worth, animal kindness, acceptance and healthier food options. My goal for these books is not to be preachy but to open the conversations with children, their parents and teachers.


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Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I recalled my favorite books when I was a little girl. I loved bright colors and humor.

Two of the books in the 4-part series actually share a conversation with Bubbly Jock Jack and a bossy bunny while another shares a conversation of Bubbly Jock Jack and a misunderstood goose.

I wanted color to attract a child and humor to make them smile.




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Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


The most significant influence on my writing career has been Little Golden Books.

I cannot pinpoint any one specific author who has inspired me, but those Little Golden Books inspired me to write my own books when I was 7 years old.

I can picture it now. I sat at the little desk in my room, cutting binder paper into 5 x 5 pieces, trying my best to bind the pages together with scotch tape. Once I had all my pages taped together I began to write my story. I drew the illustrations in pencil and usually wrote about animals.

The "books" would fall apart but I was so proud of my accomplishment.

            Thank you Little Golden Books.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

The obstacle I still have to overcome is funding the books.

My mind is like a fantasyland, so writing for me is not an obstacle.

I am not an illustrator by any means, and I must pay an illustrator to create the magical pictures I have in my mind onto paper. My latest project is a 4-part book series and I have hired the same illustrator to create a consistent flow of pictures. As of now, the project is on hold until I can fund the illustrations, delivery of books and marketing.

My daughter helped me create a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the 4-part book series. The Kickstarter ends May 7, 2021 and I have all fingers and toes crossed the campaign will be successful. My goal is to donate these books to children's charities, libraries and foster homes.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/authorloriarmstrong/the-adventures-of-bubbly-jock-jack-4-part-book-series


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Tell your readers about your book.

The Adventures of Bubbly Jock Jack is a children's book series like no other.

There will be four children's books within the series, and each will cover a topic that matters to children and I am hoping will matter to parents, too.

A Kickstarter Campaign is in the works and I would be grateful for any support. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/authorloriarmstrong/the-adventures-of-bubbly-jock-jack-4-part-book-series


​Book 1:

BUBBLY JOCK JACK AND THE THANKSGIVING FALLACY, which not only explores the universal theme of being true to oneself and knowing your self-worth. Six to ten-year-old fans will be introduced to the topic of kindness to animals and plant-based options. This book is in no way "preachy" or driven by a right or wrong way to live your life. This book is more about options our children can be introduced to., allowing them to understand and appreciate the differences of the human race. Most important of all is to know their SELF-WORTH.

​This book won first place in the Humor Category for children

AND second place in the Animal/Pet Category for children through Dragonfly Book Awards!!

Book 2:

BUBBLY JOCK JACK AND THE JIVE TURKEY touches on the all too common topic of bullies and how to deal with bullies. This story can also help bullies understand how their actions can harm others and change their lives in a positive way.

​"No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything."

​Book 3:

BUBBLY JOCK JACK AND THE BOSSY BUNNY explores the cancellation culture. While there may be times in life when we should walk away from someone abusing us or constantly hurting us, it is important to reflect on maintaining friendships that matter. Just because your friend simply voices a different opinion than your own, realize that not everyone is going to agree with your opinion...and that is okay.

Shaming others is lowering yourself to the level of a bossy pants. Be respectful and understand when it is important to walk away.

Book 4:

BUBBLY JOCK JACK AND THE MISUNDERSTOOD GOOSE touches on the topic of treating those who look different than us with respect. Learn about your friend's culture and share your differences.

Never assume you know a person without taking the time to communicate. Judging someone when you may not know what they are going through or where they came from is unkind.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Children, parents and teachers are my broad target audience.

But when I break down the different topics for each book, anyone who supports taking a stand against bullies, support of animal sanctuaries, parents looking for healthier food options for their children and those looking to help their child find their self-worth and refusing to cancel out one another...these books are for you.

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What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I am proud of two successes in my life.

My son and my daughter are my rocks and my reason for looking forward to every day.

They support me with every book I write and offer details to help me make my books better with their suggestions.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I ghostwrite for other authors and format books to the worldwide Amazon platform.

I absolutely love helping other authors achieve their goals, offering book publishing and marketing tips!



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Black Jadeite Queen

 

www.drmelcaudle.com


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Black Jadeite Queen Paperback – April 8, 2021