Books are the gateway to imagination

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

UPCOMING EPISODES OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE on BLOG TALK RADIO


NOVEMBER 12     RIVET YOUR READER 
                               with hosts Morgan St. James and Dennis N. Griffin

NOVEMBER 26    CREATING DYNAMIC DIALOGUE   Guest Mike Dennis-author, musician and audiobook narrator            

DECEMBER 10     WRITING WITH A PARTNER    Guest Phyllice Bradner-author, artist

WELCOME TO OUR PRODUCER ERIC MILLER

Friday, October 31, 2014

True crime writer and radio host Dennis N. Griffin will be a "sometimes" co-host/producer for my new Internet radio show Writers’ Tricks of the Trade with Morgan St. James, for those interested in the writing business and those who like to read. 

During this new show for writers, editors, literary agents, publishers and readers,that will launch on Blog Talk Radio on November 12, we will discuss the many aspects of the business and craft of writing. Guests will be those who have been there and done that and are willing to share their expertise. Listeners will be encouraged to call in with questions and comments or participate via the interactive chat room.

The topic for the debut show on November 12 is RIVET YOUR READERS - Create a "can't put down" book. Catch the opening episode live if you want to call in.

The show will run bi-weekly on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. PST /9:00 p.m. Eastern


Episodes will be archived for those who cannot listen to the show during the live broadcast. Share this with your friends interested in writing or how books are created. Call in lines will be open.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Writers' Tricks of the Trade radio show on Blog Talk Radio

Coming Soon ...

November 12, 6:00 pm PST/9:00 EST marks the debut of the new 


Writers' Tricks of the Trade Radio Show on 

Blog Talk Radio 

First show: 

"R is for RIVET YOUR READERS"



***Watch this spot for LATEST DETAILS***

Monday, October 20, 2014

CELEBRATING DYLAN'S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH US



One year ago--a year of unqualified love ago--Dylan the Dog joined our household. He has been such a
source of joy and never fails to show us how much he appreciates being rescued. That said, we have spoiled him completely, and he has earned the nickname "cuddle bunny." His greatest pleasure seems to be curling up partially in my lap and partially on the sofa or chair. At 35 pounds, he is just a tad too big to totally fit in my lap. Happy anniversary, Dylan.

Save a life. Rescue a dog or cat.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I THINK THE MECHANICAL REBELLION IS OVER!




Okay, so after two weeks of appliances and mechanical things failing one after another I think it is finally reversing.

It started with the water heater. A telltale leak in the garage that fortunately missed all or most of the things in its path. But, necessitated replacing the water heater and a water feed line. Even with our insurance with American Home Shield covering the replacement of the heater, we still had almost a $1,000 bill for the non- covered items.

The next day I was vacuuming the upstairs when without any warning the vacuum cleaner went stone cold dead. It simply wouldn't come back on. I thought I'd need a new one.

Then the internet (my lifeline as an author) went down and after an hour and a half on the phone with Cox they finally got it back on. The problem turned out to be the ethernet cable, but they said since my router was 7 years old it had been on borrowed time for at least 3 years and would have to be replaced. 

I went downstairs where hubby told me the big screen TV had gone completely black. It is an older LCD that requites a bulb that backlights it. Years ago I was told that was about a $600 repair.

Oh yes, also learned the battery in my car has a crack and will have to be replaced.

Then things began to reverse. I plugged the vacuum cleaner into a different outlet and viola! It leaped to life.
Found out the bulb replacement will be slightly over $200 for the TV. Always get a second estimate.
Will probably replace the router before it dies because I also have internet telephone. If death of the router is eminent, I will head it off at the pass. 
Discovered I hadn't bought the battery for the car that long ago. Maybe there will be some warranty credit left.

Yes, things are definitely looking up.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

RIPOFF promotion over after three days of intense marketing-Time to return to current projects

Yes, the promotion for RIPOFF is over and I am so grateful to all of the 5,600+ people who downloaded copies. I'm sure you will enjoy this funny crime caper and hope you will be motivated to post reviews. Most people don't know what big business manufacturing in Federal prisons is, but it truly is close to a BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR business.

With stories in the media every day about those who figure out how to ripoff  the government, what could have made more sense than for Caroline, a woman with a very active imagination and me, the author of ten books at the time, to use our knowledge of the manufacturing division to cook up a clever plot. It does need to be said that the real Federal
prison manufacturing corporation was set up in Roosevelt's time as a rehabilitation program for inmates, and it has worked so well with reducing recidivism (return to prison) that state programs and programs in other countries have been modeled after it.

We spent a long time developing the storyline, embracing some ideas and rejecting others. One of the things we considered was that the private sector marketing company we worked for during the time we were marketing furniture made in prisons to Federal government clients  did pull some shenanigans with seven figures of Federal "seed money" given to them to start the company. They got away with it and went bankrupt just as their five year contract was up. That was the basis for the ideas to begin to fall into place.

Sometimes we agreed wholeheartedly and other times disagreed vehemently, but in the end a retired FBI agent said our scam could have worked under the proper conditions and it was a good thing we weren't crooks.

Now it is time to finish up my current book. IZZY AND ME, with co-author Dennis N. Griffin as told by Gina Marion about the true story of the relationship between her father, Izzy Marion, and her. It is not what the public saw. Izzy was a fairly high-profile, often beloved, person in Las Vegas--hairstylist to the stars, entertainer, restaurateur, Mob affiliate and a myriad of other things. He also had a secret life behind closed doors that wasn't pretty. Target release is late 2014.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kindle edition of RIPOFF free for only 3 days

***DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY. IF YOU MISS THE PROMOTION THE REGULAR PRICE FOR THE KINDLE EDITION IS $2.99***

ALL REVIEWS ARE APPRECIATED!
 



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