Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What happened to my son tonight

To say that I am pissed tonight doesn't come anywhere near what I'm feeling right now. I am so far and beyond pissed that I can't even describe it.


So my son had his 1978 camaro parked at an apartment building today. He left his car there and got into the truck with his friend ,who lives there, and they were gone most of the day. 


When he got back his car was gone. He was freaked out. He called me instantly. He thought his car had been stolen. But no that wasn't the case at all. You won't believe what happened.


First let me tell you how we licensed his car. His car has year of manufacture plates on them. So it says at the top of the plates the date of 78 on the left hand side.  Then in the middle is the state of Missouri and then on the right hand side it has the month of march.  Then on the plates has the license number like all other plates. So basically it is historic plates for the car.


Ok here is where it all goes crazy. So the apartment complex didn't recognize the car so they called the cops. Even though my son was with somebody who lives at the apartment building. So the cops get there and a young one I guess didn't understand what Year Of Manufacturer ( Historic Plates) are. So they said that the tags were expired and agreed to have my car towed to the tow trucks yard. Where my car is still sitting because they are closed. We call the tow yard and they said that it was towed because it had expired plates on it. 


This is bull shit.  This car is completely legal. So I call the police department. And they deny the fact that one of their officers misunderstood the plates. They said they towed it because the apartment complex is private property and they had to do what they said. So they towed my son's car. 


The tow yard said that I can not have my car back unless I pay them $125 to get my car that was basically stolen today.


There is no excuse for what has happened to us today. None at all. That apartment building had no right to have the car towed. It was in a parking spot the way it was supposed to be. And the police department had no right to tow that car. If they didn't know what year of manufacturer plates were they should have called somebody else. I mean really who on this planet would actually drive expired tags from 1978. I mean come on. I've seen people not get their plates renewed and be a month off. But seriously you see a 1978 plate and you seriously think somebody just thought it would be a good idea to drive it if it wasn't legal.


So now they want me to pay $125 to get my own car back out of a tow yard lot. This is fucking ridiculous. 



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Guest blogger Geoff Nelder









      

1.     XAGHRA’S REVENGE is an historical fiction piece focusing on something that, sadly, continues to today--slavery. What is it in your past or psyche that facilitated the need to obtain social justice for Gozo's inhabitants?

Never mind the past, I am a slave now! I don’t just mean marriage; a slave to the economic system; a slave to society’s cultural mores and laws. I am a slave to my damn brain. It’s a writer’s lot to own a rabid imagination and mine gets into the being of my characters so much I can’t escape. Of course it’s not like the physical slavery of people being brought from a poor country and forced to work for example in my Britain because they owe a fortune to the gang who brought them. I hadn’t come into contact with an actual slave or knew much about them before I went on a family holiday to Malta. There I learnt with horror about the 1551 mass abduction by pirates of the entire island of Gozo. I couldn’t believe that cultured and intelligent people such as those pirate leaders could do that. We’re not talking about uncouth Hollywood pirates, but well-educated Muslims (Rais Dragut, who had himself been a galley slave to a Christian Knight of St John!) and Jews (Pasha) who have loving families at home. Yet it was acceptable for them to abduct whole towns and islands. Split up families, torture and kill for their meagre wealth then go home to their own people. It’s another culture completely to that I was brought up with. Of course Dragut had religion on his side. If the abducted were righteous their God will see them right, Okay?

On Gozo I discovered that not many people knew much about the 1551 abduction. It didn’t happen to them or their personal families because the emptied island was looted and reoccupied by people from Italy, Sicily, and Malta. The pirates were cunning enough to steal property deeds and sell them to the rich in Tripoli and Constantinople. I found direct descendants of those Gozo abducted but over in Tarhuna, Libya. They are still there! I could not find many people who felt strongly about that abduction so I had to do something on their behalf. Xaghra’s Revenge is for those 5,000.

Excerpt from XAGHRA’S REVENGE
Xaghra is a real town on the small Mediterranean island of Gozo. I chose it to begin the story because I’ve been there many times. It’s the site of one of the world’s oldest buildings, The Ggantija Temple – older than the pyramids and Stonehenge! I’ve hugged those huge limestone blocks and the vibes touched me. I’ve stood in the spot where Stjepan hears the alarm bell, where he sees his friends chased by pirates, and outside his house. It’s personal.
This opening sets the story with a contrast and conflict: an idyllic rural and family scene versus a worrying incursion threatening to disrupt everything.

CHAPTER ONE from XAGHRA’S REVENGE published 15th July 2017 via Solstice Shadows, imprint of Solstice Publishing.

The Mediterranean island of Gozo 1551, July 24th

Stjepan leaned on his hoe and listened. His beans needed rescuing from the bindweed, but they’d have to wait if that was the warning bell coming from the city.
Five… He stepped up onto a low limestone wall and scanned the horizon. A flock of starlings created an air sculpture – God’s chariots chasing each other. It always lifted his heart.
Six… The Citadel topped the hill to the west; the clock tower visible, but he couldn’t see if people were running up the lanes to the city walls.
Seven, eight… He strained to see, but hills prevented a clear view of the ocean even though Gozo was less than a day’s ride across.
Nine… Perhaps a pirate ship had been seen again. The damned Turkish corsairs raided more often these days. Pirate dogs. He spat at the soil. His short sword lay under his cot at home.
Ten... In spite of the heat, he shivered at the thought of his wife and four-month-old son thrown into the dank belly of a corsair galley.
Eleven, twelve… He held his breath as if that aided hearing. The starlings swirled around the citadel as if they knew something. His heart sank.
Thirteen, fourteen… curses.
He drove his hoe into the stony soil, wishing it was Dragut’s black heart. Stjepan picked his way through berry bushes and olive trees until he reached his village, Xaghra. Karlu, his neighbour, called as he walked in the opposite direction towards the capital, Rabat.
“Ho, Stjepan, you’ll get fined again.”
“I’m not going without Lidia and my son. Your wife?”
Karlu stopped, scratched his head and twitched his moustache. “In Rabat, staying at her mother’s. She’s been coughing up hairballs.”
“That’s cats. Ah, you never liked Senora Angelina. I’ll see you there.”
 In spite of the humour, panic tightened his chest as he ran across the central square. Stjepan saw his marmalade cat, its tail upright. She possessed a sense for trouble. “Heket, you’re supposed to be Lidia’s guardian.”
He frowned pushing past neighbours then saw Lidia waving at him outside the church.
“Father’s tripped on the steps. He can’t walk to Rabat.”
“He’ll have to go on the priest’s cart.”
“Already gone.”
Stjepan gnawed on a knuckle while his brain raced. He couldn’t afford another florin fine, yet the alert was probably another false alarm.
“I’ll carry your father.” Blood seeped through Alfredo’s grey robe from his knee. His eyes apologised.
Stjepan crouched before the old man. “Come on, I’ll carry you on my back.”
They crossed the wide village square. Stjepan found the old man lighter than he expected. Nevertheless, he stopped.
“What about Calypso’s Cave?”
“No.” Lidia breathed heavily carrying infant Pietru. “It’d be too obvious a hiding place. Keep going.”
He did, with increased pace until he reached the top of the steep scarp slope. The lane wriggled as it fell to the valley floor before climbing the Citadel’s slopes an hour’s walk away. They could see the exodus along the most direct route from Xaghra to Rabat.
Lidia stopped. “No.”
“What?” He followed her free arm pointing to the north. A dozen men ran along the valley floor lane. Their scimitars flashed in the midday sun, and their white turbans gave them away as Turkish corsairs.
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To read more of this chapter head over to Amazon Kindle http://myBook.to/Xaghra Free on Kindle Unlimited

There’s another excerpt from Chapter 23 where two slaves consider escape while watching a beetle in the hot desert sand.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Guest Blogger: James Moushon

BREAKING NEWS: Another Jonathon Stone Short JUST RELEASED.
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NOW AVAILABLE at Amazon for $0.99:  https://amzn.to/2tYuAjx

Shout Out to Readers would be GOOD. A PURCHASE would be GREAT. A PURCHASE and a REVIEW would be DOUBLE GREAT.

The price is right. Enjoy the Mystery and Action of a Jonathon Stone Mystery by James Moushon. READ MORE - http://bit.ly/2NuunMZ

A reminder. A marketing opportunity for you.
If you have a new release coming soon or you have scheduled a promo this summer, please get on my schedule to do a showcase post to help promote your book. Just send an email to: james.moushon@gmail.com

Also, if you’re going to release a set of your books, let me know and I will set something up. As you might have heard, we recently passed ONE MILLION views on our blogs.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Don't write in Clichés


Don’t write in Clichés

 

What does that mean? The meaning of cliché is this:

Definition of cliché

1trite phrase or expression; also the idea expressed by it
2hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation
3something (such as a menu item) that has become overly familiar or commonplace

We are going to talk about example #3. Something that has become overly familiar. If it’s overly familiar that means it’s overly used. You want your writing to be original. Not the same old story told over and over. Here are some examples of things overused in writing and movies.

1.  Woman and girls seem to have forgotten how to walk. Writers think that the only way to have a romance in a story is if they start out with the old cliché that a woman has to be walking, trip to fall, and the guy has to catch her. Then the romance can begin.  No. They honestly can have a romance and fall in love without the woman doing that played out scene of falling and needing to be caught.


 2.  The second one on the list is another forgotten thing. Apparently, people have forgot to eat. They can’t seem to open their mouths wide enough to get the food into it. It has to always fall on their face and the man or woman has to lean over and wipe it away with the long gazing look and then the romance starts. Truly and honestly there can be a romance without needing to have your character fall face first into their food. They don’t need to be toddlers needing cleaned up after. I just watched this in a tv show over the weekend. Yet again the woman gets bar b q sauce all over the side of her face and the guy has to take his finger and his napkin and clean her up and again you had the just a little bit longer look and then the quick look away. Okay here’s the truth about romance writing; you really can have a romance where the characters can actually get food into their mouth all by themselves and not need the help of the soon to be love of their life.

 3.  Number 3 would apply to any genre. But don’t overuse things to give your story filler. I admit it I’m bad about this one too. It’s hard to get your story going where it needs to be so your characters end up having more baths or showers than you can count or they eat a lot of food in your story. Easy thing to do. Like I said I do this. I will read back through my story and see that wow this character has went to her kitchen 100 times in this story for food. Ok maybe not 100 LOL But you see the point. So you look down and say ok I need to do a few small rewrites. My character doesn’t need to go cook or eat in every scene. There are so many more things your character can do. Just to name a few; they could watch tv, do laundry, fold laundry, actually go somewhere and do something. Hey they could go out to eat LOL or they could go to a movie. The ideas are endless. But they don’t have to do the exact same thing in every scene. And no I’m not saying don’t fix food or take baths and showers. LOL I’m saying just don’t do it in every scene.


I hope some of these tips are helpful.





Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Guest blogger: Tia Didmon





Please tell us about your latest book.
Virgin Mate is the first book in the Cascade Cougars Series


What can we expect from you in the future?
Book two in the series is coming out in a few months

How do we find out about you and your books?

 How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I write Paranormal so not a lot in that area but I hope the characters with a good sense of humor come from me.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I started thinking about writing when I was in high school. When my kids started getting older and more independent I decided it was time to go back to my writing.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I try to write (or edit) for at least a couple hours a day.

What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
I three kids so I definitely have interruptions in the summer months. During school months I write when the kids are in class.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I live on Vancouver Island so in the summer there are a lot of lake or beach days. I definitely write more in the winter months.

Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. Dreams. Something I see in real life.

Do you feel humor is important in books and why?
Yes! I do. Regardless of the genre I am reading I love humor in a book.

What kind of research do you do?
I Research the area I am writing in first to make sure my area facts are correct then I move on to speech patterns and slang if they differ from my area. If I reference a specific event in my book I look that up as well.
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Please tell us about yourself.  

What are some of your favorite things to do?
Swimming, spending time with my family, travelling and you guessed it writing.


Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
J.R Ward and Nalini Singh

What do you think of critique groups in general?
I don’t mind them. They give you honest advice.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
With a dozen books published and two kids graduating.

How many books have you written, how many have been published?
I have written two complete books and both have been published.

After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
Yes, I bought both books on Kindle after publication and read them.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
My favorite hero is Hunter. He is coming out in book three of the Cascade Cougar Series.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Having a reader, email you or post on social media how much they enjoyed your book.

If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
I would find a way to write even if it was on a napkin.

What is your greatest desire?
When my kids are older I would love to take an extended trip and write about the exotic locations I come across.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
You hear it time and time again but keep writing.




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Guest blogger: KC Sprayberry







New Release ~ Adrift Souls Barren Holiday 3


Good morning. Today, we’re getting the first glimpse into the third novella in the Barren Holiday series. In this tale, Jen and Nik are caught up in a world of political correctness taken to the extreme degree.

                                                           



                          

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Blurb

Adrift, they create a miracle for teens.

Jen and Nik thought they were competing for the marketing manager position. Each was hoping the other would get the job they were so qualified for. In a matter of minutes, they learned their fate was far worse. Their company released them from their employment, along with a lot of other employees.

Cast adrift, they rally the other former employees and work together to create a company dedicated to teens without a good chance in life.

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Excerpt

Everything is different, changed, causing me more pain that I’ve ever felt in my life. Questions are thrown at me daily: Do I support the madness sweeping through the nation? Am I willing to acknowledge that I am not a good person, because of my ancestry, my privilege? Nothing I respond with is good enough for the questioner. They accuse me of using my ethnicity, or what they call a lack of ethnicity, to get ahead in my job.

“Hey, Jen.” Trey Johnson prances up to me. “Boss wants to talk to you before you leave today.” Tilting his chin to one side, he gives me a sidelong look. “Are you going to mess up my chances for that prime new job? You’d best decide it’s too much for you, because I’ll get it any way I can.”

From deep within me, panic rises. I’ve been working to get this promotion for years. All the nights sitting in classrooms, to finish my master’s degree; the weekends I spent hunched over a computer, studying what I needed to know, all of that may have been in vain.







About K.C. Sprayberry

Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Guest Blogger A.A Schenna




Please tell us about your latest book.
Never Say Never is a romance short story for readers of all ages. It’s a story about two young people who look forward to discovering the first leaps of love. Readers who love action and time-travel should know that ZeuS is coming very soon and I’m so happy! Thank you Solstice publishing.

How do we find out about you and your books?
You could find me right here! Website: www.aaschenna.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASchenna Amazon U.S.A https://www.amazon.com/A.-A.-Schenna/e/B00PY4Q4QQ Amazon U.K https://www.amazon.co.uk/A.-A.-Schenna/e/B00PY4Q4QQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A.ASchenna/ https://www.facebook.com/Books2EncourageYourFantasyWorld/

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book? I’d say a few weeks.

What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
Both in life and in my writing, Love, and interesting personalities mean a lot to me.

Where do your ideas come from?
From life, the people I come across and from my experiences.
What kind of research do you do? I read a lot because fiction has rules and I do my best to follow them.


Fill in the blank favorites - Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.
Ice-cream, I know it’s not a city but it’s my favorite place, Skopelos Island, summer, serious, lady-I like characters who respect themselves.

What are some of your favorite things to do? I love walking, going to the beach and talking to people.


Where do you see yourself in five years? Writing my stories in front of my pc, being healthy and happy.


How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer? Many, many years, I knew that one day I would become a writer but didn’t expect it would happen so soon.


How many books have you written, how many have been published? I have written twenty books, solstice is my publisher and I feel so lucky!


What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun? Lullaby was the easiest, Trapped in Timelessness the hardest, ZeuS which is coming very soon the most fun.


Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? What are the elements of a great romance for you?
Setting, story, Characters.

What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you? The hardest part is the development of the characters, the easiest I would say the conflicts.


Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it? Yes! I spend time with friends and I don’t read anything for about a week.


What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
I guess it’s the fact that you help readers forget their problems for a few hours.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Patience!