Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Five Star Review for Forgotten Soldiers

★★★★★ Another Five Star Review for Forgotten Soldiers
 – that makes 20 Five Star reviews

 Thank you to the Fans, Reviewers, Veterans, and everyone for your support and helping to keep the POW/MIA message alive “You Are Not Forgotten”

★★★★★Mind blowing truth and fiction, think about those who serve and thank god because we all Take our freedom for granted, thank all vets for their sacrifice.
★★★★★Great story, almost thought it was a true story…

★★★★★This novel could easily be made into a movie! There are twists and turns that could only be written by a soldier. I enjoyed the great detail the author lavished throughout the book. I was there and could see what he wrote which made it even more exciting!

★★★★★This book is truly captivating… Once I got into the book it was very difficult to put it down.

★★★★★This book is listed as Historical Fiction but reads like history, or as one of my teachers once told me: His Story.
 Get the E-Book at Amazon

Monday, May 5, 2014

Writers Roundup

If you are in the Texas Oklahoma area this Saturday May 10th, 2014, stop by and visit the Writers Roundup being held in Gainesville Texas. I'll have a table there with 30 other Authors and will be in very good company.
( MAY 10, 9am to 5pm Gainesville, Texas - First State Bank Conference Center - 837 E. California St.)

Meet authors and celebrities at the 2014 WRITERS ROUNDUP and BOOK FEST in historic Gainesville, Texas. Authors autograph their books and talk about them throughout the day. Movie and TV Celebrities will be on hand to sign stills from their famous movies and TV shows.
Speakers will talk on writing and marketing .

        Key Note Speaker will be the author of over one hundred best selling novels with over 4.5 million books in circulation....LOREE LOUGH !
          Other speakers are T. C. Miller and  Amanda Thrasher 

LOREE LOUGH                     MIKE TRAHAN                     EMMA GINGERICH                     
T.C. MILLER                          AMANDA THRASHER          JOE HEWITT                    RITA DEAR
STEVE NEWMAN                  SHARI PARKER                     AUREL MIRCEA              DAVID McKOY
KEN FARMER                        RICH WEATHERLY               SUSANNAH CORD
BUCK STIENKE                     FRED FUNK                            BOB DOERR
ALEX CORD                          LAURA ECKROAT                 LYNN HALLBROOKS
SHARON SROCK                  KERI FRY                                TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF AUTHORS
Alex Cord - "Stagecoach", "Airwolf", "Grayeagle"           Michael Druxman - "Cheyenne Warrior"
Buck Taylor - (Artist) "Gunsmoke"                                  James Drury - "The Virginian"

Marshall Teague - "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Roadhouse"            
Anne Lockhart - "Battlestar Galactia"                               Cheryl Rogers - Roy Rogers daughter
Burton Gilliam - "Blazing Saddles"                                    Barry Corbin - "Lonesome Dove"
Dean Smith - Olympic Gold Medalist and Hollywood stuntman
James Hampton - "F Troup", "Teen Wolf"

00 award-winning books ... & counting and with more than 4,500,000 books in circulation, best-selling author Loree Lough's titles have earned numerous industry awards and 5 movie options. She splits her time between her home in Baltimore and a cabin in the Alleghenies (where she loves to show off her "Identify the Critter Tracks" skills). With the release of Guarding Alyssa (#3 in the "A Child to Love" series for Harlequin's new Heartwarming line), Loree will have 100 books in print, including reader favorites like The First Responders series and the Lone Star Legends series. Loree loves to hear from her readers and answers every letter, personally. Visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and!  
Loree Lough: "You'll laugh, you'll'll always remember a Loree story...."

Author of Mischief in the Mushroom Patch, A Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch, The Ghost of Whispering Willow - a ghost mystery, Sadie's Fairy Tea Party, and a YA novel, The Greenlee
Project and What If...A Story of Shattered Lives, part of the D.R. S.R. program for the Texas Municipal Education Center.  She conducts workshops, shares her techniques with school children of all ages, and works closely with her local Barnes and Nobles raising funds through Book-Fair programs. Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, an innovative publishing company founded by authors, Amanda stays busy.
T. C. Miller
Picture T. C. Miller's twenty-four year Air Force career gave him the opportunity to live from coast-to-coast. It was during his assignment at Mather Air Force Base, California that he formulated the basic plot for his debut novel, BlackJack Bomber.
He is also an accomplished martial artist, and has studied Hakkoryu Jujitsu, since 1976. He operated
Kiyoshi Dojo, his school, for over twenty five years.
T.C. started writing as a pre-teen, and has authored newspaper and magazine articles, lesson plans, and advertising copy.  BlackStar Bay, the sequel to BlackJack Bomber, is scheduled for release in spring, 2014.
He is the founder of Coffee With the Author, a twice-weekly book-signing in the center court of Shawnee Mall, Shawnee, OK that features no charge to local authors to access mall patrons and sell their books. He was also instrumental in helping The Bean and Berry coffee shop establish The Book Nook within their store to sell books about Oklahoma, and by Oklahoma authors.
T.C. has been involved in sales and marketing for forty years, including teaching direct sales, formulating marketing plans, and managing sales operations. He and his wife travelled the U.S. for fifteen years as manufacturer's representatives.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The 10 Best Cities to be a Writer

...and St. Louis is in the Rankings at # 1

The below is a re-posting of a interesting MyLife Blog post article byChristian Neeser on the best cities to be a writer.  At the bottom of the post there is a chart of all 100 cities evaluated.

When you see people walk by, do you create a narrative in your head of what they might be talking about? Or invent the life story of the hamburger you’re eating? Then you might be a writer.
But it’s difficult to thrive as such in just any city – your surroundings have be inspiring, and you need to be able to find work until you pen the next great American novel. To help authors determine what city best makes a great writer, we did an analysis using criteria we thought would help find the best of the best.

Here’s How We Ranked Them

We started with a list of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. and ranked them from one to 100 in each of the following categories:
  • Cost of Living – We’re not all Stephen King; most writers don’t have a lot of disposable income so it’s good to know which cities are affordable. We sourced Area Vibes for this information.
  • Writer Job Openings – In order to secure some of that disposable income, a writer needs a job. This only included jobs as a writer, not jobs that listed “writing skills” in the requirements. These positions were found on the job search engine, Indeed.
  • Percentage of Population Working in the Arts - Writing is certainly an art, and the more people in a city with the same ambitions as you can be a great source of inspiration. There’s also a better than normal chance their inspiring work will be featured around the city. And the more of these folks there are to meet, the easier it will be to collaborate and grow as a writer. Figures for this were from the U.S. Census.
  • Number of Bookstores/Coffee Shops Per Capita – Obviously, writers love reading, and hate Kindles and iPads. Nothing beats holding an actual book in your hands. And there’s just something about the mix of caffeine and people watching that gets the creative juices flowing. This set of data was found on Yelp.
After establishing a ranking for each of those categories, we assigned a score to each city for those categories as well. Once those were added up, we divided the sum into an average; the lower that average was the better.

1. St. Louis, MO

Photo from Flickr User Nathan Lucy.
The Gateway to the West, St. Louis ranked no worse than 26th in every category; that consistency vaulted them to number one on our list. STL ranked 11th in the percentage of population working in the industry category, and Dunaway Books helped it rank 14th in number of bookstores and coffeeshops.

2. Cincinnati, OH

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Nothing like killing two birds with one stone as Kaldi’s Coffehouse and Bookstore does, which helped Cincinnati rank second overall. The Blue Chip city ranked 15th in that category, and ranked no worse than 26th everywhere else.

3. Pittsburgh, PA

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Coming in at number three on this list, Pittsburgh was able to rank sixth in the number of bookstores and coffee shops category. But Steel City is of course famous for its hardworking citizens, and the writers are no different; it ranked 31st in the percentage of the population working in the industry category.

4. Atlanta, GA

Photo by Dustin Chambers
There are jobs aplenty for writers here in Atlanta; the city ranked ninth in that category, bested only by San Fran. Writing workshops such as Kill Your Darlings help aspiring writers perfect their skills for the working world. ATL ranked tenth in number of bookstores and coffee shops as well.

5. Orlando, FL

Photo by Joe Burbank
Universal Studios isn’t the only way Orlando is drawing attention to itself; they were able to rank in the top eight in three different categories. The Kerouac House offers free rent for a period of time to writers so that they can focus on their work.
6. Minneapolis, MN
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The bookstore pictured, creatively named in reference to “Where the Wild Things Are,” helped Minneapolis rank seventh in number of bookstores and coffee shops category.  They were able to rank in the top ten in percentage of the population working in the industry as well.

7. Buffalo, NY

Photo by Charles Lewis
Buffalo didn’t crack the top 30 in three of the categories, but used a number one ranking in cost of living to sneak into the top ten. The Young Writers Studio is molding aspiring writers to enhance their skills in the craft.

8. Denver, CO

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There is certainly no shortage of inspiration in the Mile High city; the mountains are good for a lot of things, and one of them is curing writers block. Denver ranked in the top 25 in three categories, including 11th in the number of bookstores and coffee shops, such as ink! Coffee.

9. Seattle, WA

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Creativity bursts at the seams in the Emerald City. Seattle has the most coffee shops and bookstores of all cities on this list, which is no surprise. But it also ranked tenth in percentage of population working in the industry, as demonstrated by the self-employed man pictured above, who writes poems for patrons at the Fremont Flea Market.

10. San Francisco, CA

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If it weren’t for its ranking of dead last in the cost of living category, the City by the Bay would likely have taken home the number one ranking, as it was seventh or better in the other three categories. San Francisco‘s world famous bookstores, such as City Lights, propelled it to tenth overall instead.

Where’s New York City and Los Angeles?

Although there are several cities for writers to thrive, many might wonder why well-regarded cities like New York or Los Angeles didn’t rank better. If you want to be a screenwriter or playwright, this ranking may not be for you, as there are probably more jobs in screenwriting and playwriting in both of those cities.
But if your focus is more general and you just want to write, this analysis will make more sense, which knocked down those cities for extremely high cost of living and average scores in the other categories.