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Book Excerpt The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature

Book Excerpt

Tallis should have been more attentive to watch for birds or deer, but she could not help but brood and be distracted by her own thoughts and worries. Thankfully, Donovan could not sleep, either.

Joining his cousin, he gently bumped her shoulder as a way of greeting.

Tallis glanced at him. “It’s not fair, cousin.”

Donovan nodded. “No, it’s not.”

“I thought that coming out here … I thought I’d finally have answers and figure out who I was. But now I don’t think I want to know. I don’t think I’m going to like what we find. I just want to go home and pretend like none of this happened. I’d even marry Henrik if it meant we could all just go back to the way it was.”

“Oh, come now, you’d be bored stiff if you married Henrik and stayed in Kincardine.”

“Maybe, but I didn’t want this.”

“I know, Tally. But the world is not obligated to care about what you or I want. I’m sorry it happened to you, but, well, if it helps, I think you’ll be able to handle it. Whatever it is.”

“But I don’t want to handle it. I just want to be normal.”

“Aye, but being normal is so dull.”

“So what? I’d rather be boring than hated and feared and treated as an outcast.”

“But this way, we’ll get to be a hero, Tallis. People would kill for the opportunity to save their country.”

“I don’t want to be their hero. I don’t want to be anyone’s hero. I just wanted the chance to be like everyone else. I wanted someone to protect me just this once. I don’t need someone to shelter me, but it’d be nice to be protected all the same. Don’t I deserve it? Strong or not, I want someone to hold me and tell me it will be all right.”

Donovan draped his arm around his cousin’s shoulder and gave her a gentle hug. “I know, Tally. And maybe one day you’ll find someone who will be able to hold you and make you feel safe and secure no matter what. But for now we have to keep going. We have to keep fighting.”

Tallis gritted her teeth. “Aye, you’re right. Thank you, Donovan. What would I do without you?”

Donovan chuckled. “Curl in a ball and try and hide, most likely.”

Tallis rolled her eyes. “Oh, right, I forgot all about running and hiding. Is that still an option?” They laughed together and passed the rest of the night in silence.

About the Book

Title: The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature

Author: C.E. Clayton

Genre: Fantasy

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends. But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.


Author Bio

C.E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, where she attended the University of Southern California (Fight On!) for both her Bachelors and Masters, and then worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts ranging from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love—writing—and hasn’t stopped. She is now the author of “The Monster of Selkirk” series and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, social media presence, and newsletter, can be found on her website: https://www.ceclayton.com/

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Book Trailer: Your Bridal Style

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About the Book

Your wedding day is possibly the most important day of your life, and your wedding dress may be the most important garment you will ever wear. Why not take control of the entire process of planning your ideal wedding – one that is fun, intimate and uniquely your own?

In Your Bridal Style, award-winning bridal designer Rani St. Pucchi shares her expert advice on everything a bride needs to create a truly unforgettable day, including:

How to define your personal style based on your specific body type.

Different wedding silhouettes and what is suitable for different venues
and ceremonies.

A helpful timeline for planning your wedding.

Do’s and don’ts for wedding dress shopping.

Tips on choosing fabrics, colors, accessories and other finishing touches.

How to avoid common wedding day mishaps.

A FAQs section which answers 53 of your most pressing questions.

Strategies for the photo shoot, and so much more.

This engaging, beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. With this book in hand, any bride-to-be can design and create the wedding of her dreams.


Author Bio

Rani St. Pucchi, a trendsetting fashion designer whose expertise has been recognized in such media outlets as Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot, works to help women define the style that flatters them the most – no matter what their age or stage of life, or what their body type is.



Author website: http://ranistpucchi.com/


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New Release: Leadership Wisdom


About the Book

51ejw0ncsBL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Leadership Wisdom

Author: Bob Vanourek

Genre: Nonfiction

Discover the timeless, inspiring wisdom of leadership from the sage masters of literature and other outstanding leaders written over the centuries right up to the present day.
Bob has selected over 70 poems, prose or speech passages, and curious verse, each with an insightful leadership message. He combines these pearls with bite-sized chunks of engaging commentary from his own vast leadership experience.
Then he closes each entry with practical applications that each reader can use immediately.
You’ll hear from an amazing array of poets, presidents, prime ministers, political leaders, social activists, soldiers, educators, journalists, business leaders, the Bible, religious leaders from many faiths, Native Americans, a lyricist, and relatively unknown authors.
This treasure of wisdom will activate your creative right-brain and then challenge your logical left-brain. The Foreword written by noted leadership authorities, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, captures it well:
“This is an inspiring book … an informative and practical book … a book full of the author’s personal reflections, which stimulates you to think deeply … an antidote to the hubris of know-it-all executives and authors … a fast-read book; however, read it slowly, and savor it to the last drop. This book will surprise you with its insights and simple truths. This book is a treasure…”
You’ll want to give copies to people you care about.

Author Bio

This book was fun to write. There are too many books out there now with some new leadership model, some fable about fictitious characters, or some pithy leadership quotes without much in the way of how to apply them to your life. I wanted to write a different book about leadership.

I have been a student of leadership and poetry my whole life. I love good literature and have found keen insights into the human condition from the master writers of history.

So, why not look to the poets, prose writers, and famous speeches of history to see what the masters have already said about leadership? The answers we need today are all there. It’s been said before, and said very well. But how many people today are reading great literature or poetry? Not many, I fear.

So, I’ve made it easy for you the reader. I’ve selected over 70 poems, prose passages, excerpts from great speeches, song lyrics, or what I call “curious verse,” each with a leadership message that resonates with me. I place those passages on the left page of the open book. Then on the right page I tell you a bit about the author and context. Then I offer my commentary on the passage, drawing on my experiences, good and bad, in leading many companies, as well as the wisdom of the true leadership gurus of our time. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I close with some practical applications that you, the reader, can use immediately to take this pearl of wisdom and apply to your own life. The result is a powerful combination of left and right-brain thinking.

I sent a draft of the manuscript to some tough, seasoned leaders and experts whom I respect and asked them to give me their candid feedback. I was humbled by their words:
“inspiring” “informative” “practical” “a treasure” “engaging”
“thought provoking” “superb” “enlightening”
“brilliant” “simply genius” “a delight to read” “a must read”
“a treasury of leadership wisdom” “a breakthrough”
“timeless wisdom” “heartfelt” “I loved it”

I hope and trust that you will enjoy the compendium of leadership wisdom I have gathered here. Good luck and Godspeed on your leadership quest.


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Guest Post Trapped on Draconica


I’m hosting a guest post today by Dan Wright, author of fantasy “Trapped on Draconica” about his editing process. Enjoy! I’ll leave the word to Dan Wright now.

Guest Post

I love writing. I wouldn’t be putting out novels if I didn’t enjoy it. That pretty much goes without saying.

What I don’t like though – is the editing process.

Editing for me is like going to the dentist – a frightening concept and sometimes painful, but at necessary evil. Because just like going to the dentist is necessary to make sure your teeth stay healthy, editing is important for making your book look pleasant to read.

Now I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a good editor. In fact I have lost count of the amount of times I have looked back over something I’ve written and thought “What was I thinking?” I think the problem with me is, when I was writing (and this is something that I’ve been told about in the past) is that I write TOO much too often. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – after all, when you write, you want to make sure the reader understands what you’re trying to portray. But at the same time you don’t want them to be bored doing so. And this is sometimes I trap I find myself falling into. Often I’ll put in sentences that are just overly long and boring, adding nothing to the scene in question. Or sometimes they’ll just be nonsensical and strange.

So here is how I tend to go through my writing and editing process when putting together a novel. Seeing as I just recently got into painting models for my tabletop war gaming hobby, I decided to set this out as if painting a model.

Step 1 – the basecoat: Just write the story as I think it should go. Don’t worry about grammatical errors at this point, just putting down the foundation of the story. Just like you would put down the basic colours on your model so that you can colour over them.

Step 2 – second coating: After I finish the basecoat, I go through and try to remove any obvious mistakes – just like you would when painting. What I look for here, other than spelling errors, is the sentence structures. Are they giving enough info? Not enough? Does it contradict anything that’s already been set out? And more importantly, is this sentence too long? This is a perfect opportunity to trim down any overly long sentences and try to make them flow better. After all, short sentences will often be easier to digest than long ones. Also, if I have any new ideas for the story then this may or may not be a good time to see how they come across and whether they work.

Step 3 – the shading: Looking over the page to make sure my story to make sure the finer details are obvious. For example, if I use a certain word too much (like ‘said’ for example) are there other words I can use. This is where I use the website Rhymezone. It has a lot of great words to use for writers and even alternate words that you can use in your works. Adds a bit of variety to the story.

Step 4 – the second opinion: Here I will give it to a second pair of eyes for them to see what I may have missed. In this case, my mum. She will go over it with a fine tooth comb and tell me of any errors she thinks might need to be changed or corrected.

Step 5 – the final touches: After she has gone over it, I make ONE final read through of it myself, making sure everything is as it should be. Here I will try and clear out as many of the tiny errors as possibly so that I make it as easy to read as it can be.

Once this is all done, I know the book is ready to be published.

Of course, there are other things I do in between this – such as asking my friends if they can beta read it and give opinions on the story. I have a friend that is very good at this and his feedback has helped me amend the stories accordingly where I think they need to be amended. So things like that are extremely useful.

Editing is a long and sometimes boring process – but it IS necessary. No one wants to read a book full of typos and long winded sentences. And no writer that cares about their work would ever dream of putting a book with these in them out to the general public – not intentionally anyway. Even if you’re only doing writing as a hobby, you should still put the same attention into your work as if you were trying to make a living out of it. Ask your friends and family if they will have a look over it, get a fresh pair of eyes on it. It will help you in the long run, trust me.

About the Book

TOD Updated Cover EbookTitle: Trapped on Draconica

Author: Dan Wright

Genre: Fantasy

Barely into his teens, Ben Anthony has not had it easy. With his father in prison, his mother struggling to keep him under control and his friends little more than criminals in the making, Ben is already on a self-destructive path. But his life is about to get much worse.

Teleported to the world where dragons once ruled, Ben finds himself the target of the malign Baalarian Empire – of which Emperor Gothon seeks to capture him for reasons yet unknown. Teaming with warrior Princess Daniar Dragonkin, her altruistic sister Erowin and the revenge seeking Leonidan Prince Kalak, Ben sets out on a reluctant quest to find his way home. And thus begins his incredible adventure…

Author Bio

Dan Author Pic 2Dan lives in the United Kingdom – born in the historic town of Canterbury, Kent. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.

His biggest influences are Douglas Adams, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, Hiromu Arakawa and George R R Martin. He is highly influenced by Anime, Video Games and Comic books. He has also written a fan parody series on YouTube called Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron.

As well as writing, Dan plays guitar in a metal band. He likes all kinds of music—but he mainly listens to rock and metal, rap, some pop music and also film and video game scores. He also loves Disney and Pixar movies—often finding himself singing along to the tunes, or crying manly tears!

He is also a slave to his cat, who takes up a lot of his time when he isn’t at work or writing!

To learn more about Dan and the world of Draconica, visit the following places:

Blog: http://pandragondan.weebly.com

Draconica Website: http://draconicaseries.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrappedonDraconica

Twitter: @PandaDanWright

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Release Blitz Trapped


About the Book

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]Title: Trapped

Author: Alison Aimes

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Release Date: March 1st 2016

Publisher: Indie Published

Print Length: 239 pages

Format: Paperback and Digital

Print ISBN: 978-0-996-4683-1-2

Digital ISBN: 978-0-9964683-0-5

HIS PLANET. HIS RULES… Trapped by Alison Aimes is an action-packed, sexy sci-fi that takes you to the brink of oblivion on a planet where only the strong survive. When Bella West crash lands on penal planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge. A tale of unbridled desire, stunning sacrifice, and unwavering love, Trapped is the first book in The Condemned Series.

Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious penal planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight grueling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.

But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise savior or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.

Author Bio

© 2015 | Kristina Sherk Photography | www.Kristinasherk.comAlison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy sci fi romance series the Condemned as well as the sizzling contemporary romance Billionaires’ Revenge series. A sci fi fanatic with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all over the map kind of woman whose always had a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, listening to a fabulous TED talk, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.

Alison can be found on line at www.alisonaimes.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook/alisonaimes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alisonaimes

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Guest Post Naked Reverse


Today I’m hosting Michael Boylan on my blog, author of literary fiction “Naked Reverse”. He’ll talk about his editing process. I’ll leave the word to him now.

Guest Post

On editing. The British humorist P.G. Wodehouse once wryly commented that any true writer knows that once he has written a draft that the work was golden and not to be disturbed ever again! Well, there certainly is a feeling of relief when one finishes a draft of some manuscript. It is often a long process and has caused some anxiety in the activity. Why shouldn’t it be viewed as perfect?

This is something we all feel but then again we all know that every artifact needs to be reviewed and thought about over and over again. In my novel The Extinction of Desire (originally completed in 1990, but not published until 2007) I went through 37 drafts over 17 years before I felt it was ready for publication. That may be an extreme case.

But time needs to pass by so that our eyes see the manuscript anew. Sometimes (as in the case of The Extinction of Desire) I will throw out a series of re-writes (e.g., drafts #11-16) and go back to draft #10. For Naked Reverse I finished the first draft in 1982. That’s a span of 34 years! I only went through 14 drafts, but I took considerable time between each draft. I wanted to get my message right: one sometimes has to leave his comfort zone of life when s/he is becoming stale. This is necessary even if the risks are high. In Naked Reverse the stakes are life and death.

Then there are the key scenes that convey a large part of the story’s message. In Naked Reverse there is one central scene towards the three-quarter mark that my readers have told me stays with them. I went over this particular scene at least 50 times reading aloud to myself and at poetry readings that I give every 10 months or so. Getting audience reaction is great for insight on how you are communicating. We do not live in a bell jar.

I believe in editing. First, on the level of one’s composition, and second, working with copy-editors and proof readers. One must never fall back into the P.G. Wodehouse attitude (even though he was making fun). One must not take the other extreme that it can never be perfect so that one throws the whole thing away. Instead, think of a carpenter working on a table. S/he has to get all the joints correct. The wood must be properly prepared (planed, sanded, and stained). One should fiddle with the final product awhile, but then give it up. Just like having a child, there comes a time when you have to let it go out into the world.

I’ve just let Naked Reverse out into the world. If you have any questions or comments, visit my website: michaelboylan.net and post a comment. I’ll reply back to you.

About the Book

NR_cv_HRTitle: Naked Reverse

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Adventure

There’s a secret back door to the Ivory Tower. Follow college professor Andrew Viam through that secret passageway as he goes on an Odyssey into the real world full of love and violence. Will he survive? This is an open question. He falls for a woman, but then she’s running away from a boyfriend who’s into Organized Crime and wants her back. From the tough city streets of Chicago to the wild woods of Wisconsin, Andrew will have to call on new resources if he wants to make it alive to next term. It’s a summer break he’d never experienced—and hopefully never will again.

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 29 books and over 130 articles in literature and philosophy. He has delivered invited lectures in 14 countries on 5 continents. He is a lifetime fellow of the British Arts Trust in Reigate, Surrey.


Website: http://michaelboylan.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelboylan22207

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelboylan60

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Cover Reveal Last Dance of the Roses


About the Book


Title: Last Dance of the Roses

Author: CS Patra

Genre: Romance

Rose Xu had two passions in her life. One was her boyfriend of many years, Blake Chen, a talented pianist and her constant support. The other was dance. She grew up dancing from a young age and vowed that she would never stop dancing. Despite injuries and mental issues, she told herself that she would always be the prima ballerina. Unfortunately, one incident in her past tends to haunt her. It’s an incident that Blake knows about as well and he’s sworn to protect her at all costs.

Then one night, everything changes for both of them. That one moment is enough for Rose to realize what she’s been doing. It’s enough for her to want to give up everything that she’s worked hard for. It’s also enough for her to push away everything she loves including her two passions. Her decisions cost her a lot of things including Blake. However, her mind has been made up. She is going to perform the final dance of her life.

Author Bio

CS Patra is the author of several book series. They include but are not limited to The Reaper’s Apprentices, Operation: Genome, Cirque Macabre, Portman’s Creamery mysteries, The Patterns & Parallels Saga, Ghosts of Burning Inn, and Flavors of Love. She loves to dabble in different genres and loves to cross over. Her personal favorite thing is write about female characters in different situations.

Although she does work during the day, most of her nights are taking up by writing. Currently, she lives in North Carolina with her family. She loves ladybugs, yellow roses, movies, book signings, mysteries, watching old Youtube videos, ghost stories, gossip, music, people making her fanart, museums, ice cream, and being a wisecrack though not all in that order. Writing and peacocks hit the top of her list though.

Feel free to contact CS Patra on Twitter @ CyberPeacock.
You can also check out her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/citharapatra/
And browse her blog: cspatrawork.blogspot.com


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Guest Post and Giveaway Kellynch


Today’s guest is Kwen D. Griffith, author of Jane Austen fanfiction / romance “Kellynch”. Welcome!

Guest Post

I grew up in a part of the country where television coverage was rare. In order to get a television signal, a hookup to a line, much like a telephone line, was required. In my childhood home, books were the primary form of relaxation. Long before I was inspired to write, I was inspired to read.

Reading allowed me to go places and do things that would not otherwise be possible for a kid raised on a ranch in Idaho. I was old enough to understand wordsmithing when I read my first book by Ernest Hemingway and he became my hero. He not only provided a pastime for me, but he set free an enthusiasm that allowed me to almost become a part of the story. I was no longer just a reader; I was a witness to the happenings on the pages. His knock-about, no holds barred, damn the rules style of storytelling excited me and awakened in me the desire to write.

My obligation to anyone who chooses to read one of my books is primarily to entertain them. I want reading one of my books to simulate a rollercoaster ride. Allow me the first chapter to buckle you in and start the car in motion. I view the first chapter to simulate the coaster slowly crawling up the big climb. I don’t mean to say it’s boring or slow-moving but it starts the adrenalin flowing and the butterflies churning.

Once the top is crested, the story, just like the coaster picks up speed and the rush is on. The story is laid out just like the track. It is connected and continuous but it contains surprises and unexpected twists and turns. A common compliment I receive is, “I gave up trying to outsmart the writer and just set back and enjoyed the book.”

As the story comes to a close, just like on a coaster the momentum is spent and bumpers help the cars come to a stop. I want the reader to close the book, take a deep breath, and say “Wow that was fun.”

I am a history nut and so I like to put tidbits of history in my stories. Not enough to get bogged down, just enough to tack the story in place. In one story, for example, I talked about the first game played by the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Doing this also feeds my need to do research.

I invite you to give “Kellynch” a try. I think you will enjoy it, but if regency era fan fiction is not your genre of choice, check out my other books on Amazon.com. Drop me a line; let me know what you think.

About the Book

Kellynch Book coverTitle: Kellynch

Author: Kwen D. Griffeth

Genre: Jane Austen Fanfiction / Romance

Jane Austen completed “Persuasion” in August 1816. It was to be her last book. She left us with the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth and she left them approaching “happily ever after.” What happens the day following “happily ever after?”

The story of Kellynch picks up three years after the couple married and were able to secure the Kellynch estate from Sir Walter and Cousin William Elliot agreed to waive the entailment.

It would seem all is well with the young couple, but all is not as it seems.

Kellynch is a story of deceit and treachery as well as courage and overcoming the odds. It is a story in which those who were assumed to be friends are not and where support comes from unexpected places. Love again, will, be tested in a story set against the backdrop of historical events.

Throughout the book, I have tried to remain true to the characters as Miss Austen created them. I sought to develop and introduce new characters that would meet with her approval.

Author Bio

Author PhotoWhen describing my life, I think Douglas Adams said it best, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Books have always been a large part of my meandering.

I grew up on a ranch in southeastern Idaho and my friends were a mixed and rowdy bunch. Louis L’Amour told me tales of the west, but Edgar Rice Burroughs took me to the jungles of Africa. Sir Author Conan Doyle walked with me through the fog-covered streets of London, and Jane Austen taught me to be a gentleman.

I read several other authors but I was fourteen when I met the man. Sitting in an English class, I chose a book from a required reading list and I was introduced to Ernest Hemingway. His book, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” allowed Mister Hemingway, Robert Jordan, and I to fight in the Spanish Civil War and I never left Idaho. When I closed the back cover, I knew that no matter whatever else I did, I would be a writer. Even today, when I think back, I am still in awe of how Hemingway’s words touched the soul of an adolescent boy.

I entered the Army a year after high school and stayed in uniform for the next two decades. The military offered me the opportunity to live my own adventures separate from the ones I lived vicariously in books. While in uniform, I worked in a variety of fields, Infantry, Military Police, and Military Intelligence. I worked on a psychiatric ward and later at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. I took trips to Mexico, Canada, and twice to Germany. I have visited the forty-eight contiguous states and desperately want to see the other two.

Along the way, I met and kept printed friends Allister Maclean, Robert Ludlow, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy. I had flings with several others, Joseph Wambaugh, Clive Cussler, and Stephen King.

I started to write and failed. Repeatedly, I would start a story, only to end it and discard it as it sounded too much like the works of one of my friends. I went through periods when I refused to read, because I was frustrated and angry with those friends. Those friends who were what I wanted to be.

Fifteen years ago, I got sick. I got sick and it was misdiagnosed. I almost died, but then I met the doctor who figured out the riddle and, with his help, I started working my way back. As I got better and my brain got stronger, stories, characters, and plots started to form. I found my voice and I published my first book, a novella called “Dear Emma,” in February 2012.

I used to feel strange telling people, “I got better and now I hear voices,” but the statement is accurate. I feel I am in good company as several authors have made such references. As I said at the beginning, I am exactly where I need to be.




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Author Interview Revelations From Outside the Box


Author Interview

Have you been writing for a long time?

My first attempt in writing happened when I was around nine years old. Instead of, what was expected, a half page or so on Recycling as homework, I wrote a fantasy story of four and a half pages. The teacher dismissed this as ‘too long’. I never attempted to write for school again.

During the last 30 years. Too busy with kids I only wrote articles. After retiring some years ago I wrote more seriously, starting with the first part of my autobiography: “Escape – Growing up in Nazi Germany.


What inspired you to start a writing career?

I would not call it a ‘career’. I simply write in an attempt to document a different world view. The disappointment from my school experience left a shadow of pessimism behind that followed me through life. So even now I see my work as leaving something of value (??) behind for my future family members who might be curious about that funny ancestor who changed in midlife from living in the Northern hemisphere to the one in the South. In short, I’d be surprised if any of whatever I produce might become worthwhile on a larger stage.


Is Revelations From Outside The Box your first book? If not, can you tell us about your first book? 

My frist book was a transcript of a 90 minute interview that I had produced in the early 11980s. The centre topic: Programming children for success in adulthood.


Why did you choose this genre?

Although I do write occasionally fictional material to illustrate or clarify a point, I prefer to remain on the, for me, ‘safe’ ground that relates anything I write to real life situations and issues generally. Having lived a long and adventurous life has given me a large repertoire of experiences and insights. Those are the reasons that I adhere strictly to this genre.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Ask yourself what is your passion, to start with. When you are passionate about any of the endless possible venues that life offers, ideas tend to come to you rather than trying to generate them. The dreaded writers block happens to most of us. Once we are passionate about whatever the topic may be, this block usually vanished into the background. Also I had a lesson from what I heard about Jeffry Archer: (this is from memory) he re-writes up to ten times. I do too. Often it is a simple word that needs to be replaced by something that is more appropriate that makes a significant difference. Finally, re-write at different times. The human mind is never exactly the same. Look at your work the next day and you will find ways to improve it.


Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

My latest BIG assignment is my Autobiography Part Two. To be called something like: ‘My Life Under The Southern Cross, I expect it to be twice as long as Part One. I am somewhat frustrated in that I cannot devote more time to this. There are too many obstructions. Retirement can be a busy time…

About the Book

25462288Title: Revelations from Outside the Box

Author: Peter Schmedding

Genre: Mind, Body & Spirit

How often do we wish we could say what we really feel in our guts? Do we ever feel free from restraints that stifle our true emotions and thoughts into oblivion? How long will we remain in denial of the effects of our evermore toxic world?

Revelations from Outside the Box brings into our awareness the unknown traps that secretly compromise our view of reality, undermine our conversations and ever so often lead to disagreements and hostility.

This book questions what we perceive and accept as reality. Relating a string of events that were observed in real life report factors, although they are the causes of untold, needless suffering, that we commonly ignore.

In the introduction to Revelations from Outside the Box we already get a glance of what the book is trying to tell us. An episode shows how a family of three people live in the same household and, by closer examination, in the way they see each other are miles apart. It also suggests how a simple adjustment not only prevents such estrangement but rather fosters a sound and productive relationship, in this case, between father and son.

Beyond the primary purpose this book describes certain arcane happenings of the human mind. It asks the question, could it be that there is a wellspring of wisdom that could benefit us all? A hypothetical time travel over a couple of hundreds of years gives us yet more food for us thinking outside the box.

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Author Bio

Author photoAfter working in the media for 25 years, Peter Schmedding retired and for another 25 years devoted himself to children’s preparation for adulthood. This fulfilled his lifelong dream to give to the young the nurture and support that he never received during his growing up years. Paradoxically, it was Peter’s emotionally and academically impoverished childhood that taught him, from the inside out, how such neglect damages the personality. Later in life Peter studied different philosophies of mental health and psychotherapy. He worked as a counsellor for many years. He lectured and presented papers on respective topics locally and overseas. Now, in his advancing years, he writes from personal experiences in a long and adventurous life.

From Peter’s Life

Category one, Educational clips

Electronics for Kids:


Atoms and the Universe:


Electricity Revealed #4:

Electricity four:


Peter and 1000 kids:


Road Safety:


Category two, Talk

The News. A speech at Toastmasters:


In Conversation with Susan Hampshire:


Across Generation Gap, Interview practice:


Category three, Peter’s Music


Another Sunny Day


Peter at the Organ playing his Interval:


Two songs without words:


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Guest Post To The Promised Land


Today I’m hosting an interview with Michael Boylan, author of literary fiction “To The Promised Land”. Enjoy!

Q: Why did you write this book?

MB: This book fulfills two overall purposes. First, it explores forgiveness. This is a fundamental problem in the human experience. We all do bad things. Most of this is against a particular person. Some are in the unfortunate experience of doing bad things that hurts many people. In this story we have the character of Moses Levi who experiences both: he has betrayed his college roommate, Peter Simon and he has gotten a large chemical company off the hook from any legal damages after the company killed and injured thousands of people.

Q: That reminds me in a small way of the Holocaust.

MB: Yes. Unfortunately group forgiveness is required in so many instances. Just recently in the U.S.A. there was an instance of forgiveness witnessed by the victims’ families of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The perpetrator did not ask for forgiveness, but the families of the victims came forth anyway and offered their forgiveness for this horrendous crime. In other instances it isn’t so simple. The chancellor of West Germany once tried to go to Israel’s Knesset to ask for forgiveness for the Holocaust.

Q: But aren’t there lots of examples like this?

MB: Yes, every single day on a small scale there are instances of group atrocities. The larger ones are thankfully rarer. Each person needs to establish her own position on this. Books like To the Promised Land hope to help get you there.

Q: What about the individual case of forgiveness?

MB: This is very common. There are many models for this. To the Promised Land examines one approach from the Jewish tradition.

Q: What was the second reason you wrote this book?

MB: The book is the third in my De Anima series of novels that examines prominent worldviews loosely based upon the major world religions.

Q: Who is your target audience?

MB: People who want an entertaining story that also gives them something to think about afterwards: an aftertaste, if you will.

About the Book

TTPL_cv_HRTitle: To The Promised Land

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Mystery

Every student leaving the protected grounds of school wonders: must I now throw away my ideals, or can they guide me through the rough-and-tumble city? The philosopher Socrates’s descent into the bloodsports of business and politics was called “ketabasis.” But for the old college friends Moses and Peter, it is betrayal and murder found in Michael Boylan’s fast-paced and gripping novel, To the Promised Land. Can their friendship, and their morals, survive in the Washington world of corporate crime, backstabbing bosses, floundering do-gooder groups, and a media ravenous for scandal? The old adage, “Do no harm,” is pulverized in Washington’s internecine power-struggles: for nearly every action brings an unexpected harm, and several enemies. Moses leaves the law, seeking atonement for shielding a company that poisoned a town; Peter leaves the small world of the campus, and takes up a controversial campaign to alter affirmative action, seemingly to bring about “the greater good.” Their threads of ethics must do battle against lawyers, private detectives, secretive lobbyists and, looming over all, the charge of first-degree murder. Boylan sets philosophical passions, and an engaged dialogue about forgiveness, inside a film-noir world, where affection, family loyalty, and trust come under threat. Propulsive and witty, To the Promised Land is smart about ideas, and smart about people negotiating justice and power in public life.

—David Gewanter. Professor of English, Georgetown University.

Michael Boylan’s thought-provoking novel, “To the Promised Land,” is a gem. Read it for its suspense-filled, fast-paced action, for the philosophic insights its characters raise as easily as they breathe, or for probing its main mysteries: why did Moses Levi disappear; why did he send his journal to his college roommate; and, more profoundly, how can one heal a guilty conscience or live without harming others?

—Virginia L. Warren, Professor of Philosophy, Chapman University

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 26 books and over 120 articles in Philosophy and Literature. Details can be found at michaelboylan.net.


Website: http://michaelboylan.net

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelboylan60

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