Erin L George – Dandelion Dance

Title: Dandelion Dance

Author: Erin L George

ISBN: 1451573065

Page count: 70

Genre: Poetry collection

Price: $9.99

Author Bio:

George began her writing career as a reporter for the Suncook-Hooksett Banner. She has since worked as a reporter for the Brattleboro Reformer and a writer for Monadnock Family Services. George has been published in several journals and magazines since 1995 and has received several awards from the New England Press Association for her work as a journalist. She holds a journalism degree from Keene State College.

George is also author of the poetry chapbook Insideout and childrens book Maxine the Rainbow Cow and Maxine and Ben.

For more of George’s work, visit www.erinlgeorge.com.

Tell us about your book:

Dandelion Dance is a poetry collection written by Erin L George about the people in my life – my muses, so to speak. Just like some people have a positive influence on us, others have a negative influence. Either way, they all touch us in one way or another. You can look at a dandelion as a weed or a beautiful flower. In the end, it’s still a dandelion. It’s a matter of how you view it, just like how you view the people in your life.

How long did it take to write the book?

This book is a collection of poetry written over a ten year period.

What inspired you to write the book?

I am very allergic to dandelions. As young boys, my sons could not resist picking them for me in the meadow behind our home. I found this precious that they would pick their mother flowers and always kept handfuls of them, and Claritin, in our house.

The first poem I ever wrote was called Dandelion Dance and was written about my sons and their innocence and loving spirits. My love for them led me to another love – for poetry.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I write every day for at least two hours. I began writing poetry about ten years ago. I am an avid reader of magazines and books on the writing process and am now getting involved with writing groups in my local area..

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I hope that they have a better appreciation for the old art form of poetry and are inspired to write poetry themselves.

Where can we go to buy your book?

www.amazon.com

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

For more on my work, please visit my website at www.erinlgeorge.com

Excerpt from book:

“Someone told me once, dandelions never die.”

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Tom Wiseman – Grey Skies Ahead

Title: Grey Skies Ahead

Author: Tom Wiseman

ISBN: ASIN: B0041HXPKK

Page count: 282

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Price: $4.99

Author Bio:

Tom was born in a suburb outside of Chicago in 1967. Three months later, his family moved out to California where he spent the majority of his childhood. He enlisted into the USAF in 1985 and spent ten years working on B-52G’s and B-1B’s. When the opportunity came to take a position as the squadron’s Small Computer Manager, he jumped on it. After four years there, Tom moved over to the network operation center and was responsible for backups, web development, server maintenance and user account management.

After his honorable discharge in 2001, he moved back to his hometown of Redding, California and was hired on as an Information Systems Technician. In August of 2003, Tom married the true love of his life, Deanna. He earned his private pilot’s certificate in October of that same year. Currently, Tom is employed as an Information Technology Specialist in the Sacramento area and is working on his Computer Science degree with plans on also earning a degree in Business Administration. As a private pilot, he tries to fly whenever time and money permit and can be seen flying Cessna 172’s all across Northern California.

Tom has been writing novel-length stories since 2004. In June of 2010, he signed on with Examiner.com, becoming a freelance journalist and dubbed the “Sacramento Aviation Examiner” where he writes general aviation articles. Finding the time to write is sometimes a challenge, but he usually carves out an hour per day for this task and is fully committed to his novels.

Tell us about your book:

Computer technician and new pilot, Tony Foster is about to lose everything; his job, car, apartment and girlfriend. Desperate and on the hunt for a new career, Tony is lured into working for a small team of terrorists; his questions kept at bay with bonuses and perks. When Tony begins to put the puzzle together, he struggles to decide what side of the law he wants to be on and unsure of what is more important to him; love or success. After Tony’s employer Sam learns that he went to the police, he questions Tony’s allegiance. Soon after, a devilish plot to kill thousands of innocent lives at a busy U.S. airport is concocted, with Tony told very little except he’ll be flying a package to Phoenix. Only in the air does Tony finally learn the horrific truth.

How long did it take to write the book?

This was my first full length novel and unfortunately, it took me quite a few years to finally get serious about finishing it. Sadly, Grey Skies Ahead was written over the course of three and half years.

What inspired you to write the book?

First and foremost, my love for flying and being a pilot. I love being in the air; it’s a magical sensation that is hard to put into words. I also drew inspiration from the tragic 911 events. Almost every day we hear news about terrorist activity somewhere in the world. My imagination took over and I began to wonder what would happen if a simple American pilot were to get involved with terrorists? Could terrorists use a single engine plane to transport their wares across the country?

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

When I was writing GSA, generally I would just sit down whenever I had some ideas and the time. It wasn’t until close to the end that I really got serious about it and threw myself into a “writing everyday” schedule to get it done. My research was pretty minimal since I’m a pilot and familiar with the protocols and procedures. I will say though, that I continually cross-checked my flight time figures and fuel consumption rates for the Cessna 182 that the main character, Tony flies. I didn’t figure the average reader would notice if they were off, but I knew hardcore readers or pilots would easily spot anything that wasn’t precise.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

Let morality be your guide through life.

Where can we go to buy your book?

http://www.amazon.com/Grey-Skies-Ahead-ebook/dp/B0041HXPKK

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
I’m currently engaged in writing my second novel, Humanoids, which a Sci-Fi thriller set in the 22nd century and I have outlines for several more projects.

For information concerning current and future projects, author information or the latest news, please visit Tom’s official website at: http://home.comcast.net/~vern_49/GSA.html

Excerpt from book:

Still smiling she turned away then brought me my check. As my stomach gurgled happily, I watched the news, mainly to see if I would encounter any storms during the rest of my journey into Utah or Nevada.

“News Flash — Today at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport, Jose Padilla, better known as Abdullah al-Muhajir, was arrested after arriving on a flight from Iran on suspicion of supporting overseas terrorism. Padilla is also suspected of planning to build and possibly detonate a dirty bomb.”

Holy shit! Could that be the same guy?

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Tom Lichtenberg – Squatter With A Lexus

Title: Squatter With a Lexus

Author: Tom Lichtenberg

ISBN: 0557211719

Page count: 100

Genre: Mystery

Price: $0.99

Author Bio:

I’ve been writing for a long time, but only in this past year began to self-publish via Smashwords, Feedbooks and Amazon Kindle. Most of my books are a mash-up with elements of mystery, science fiction, paranormal, satire and comedy

Tell us about your book:

Pearson Holmes disappeared a long time ago, leaving behind a potentially valuable safety deposit box. Freddy the Freegan is the first to stumble across the mystery, but soon a whole cast of characters are out to find the key and claim the treasure before time runs out, and the contents are forfeit to the state.

How long did it take to write the book?

This one took about a month to write

What inspired you to write the book?

This book came about when I came across the existence of people called ‘freegans’, who try to live entirely “off the grid”, and I wondered how they would go about doing that in today’s complex and technological society. Then it occurred to me that modern freegans have their historical roots, including people who might well have been their hippie parents or grandparents.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I always begin with at least two seemingly unrelated ideas and try to weave them together. One idea just doesn’t seem to be enough. Then I write the first chapter. After that, I make it up as I go along and see what happens. I like to not really know what’s coming next – this is the challenge I set myself – and I go around in a sort of internal frenzy, always plotting, always planning, and writing whenever I can. When I do finally get close to the end, the spell seems to be broken and I’m done with it. I can’t be bothered any more. In this way, writing, for me, is more like reading a good book.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I only hope they enjoy the ride as its happening, while they’re reading. Once they’re done I should hope they’ve had enough!

Where can we go to buy your book?

‘Squatter’ is available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Squatter-With-a-Lexus-ebook/dp/B002Y26QWS

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
You can find more about me and my books on my Smashwords profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tomlichtenberg

Excerpt from book:

When Katie Parsons received a letter notifying her that she had thirty days to present the key to the strongbox or its contents would revert to the state, she realized that either this was a mistake or else her ship had finally come in.

It was a mistake.

When she inspected the envelope she discovered that the letter was addressed to a Mr. Pearson Holmes. She had never heard of any Holmes outside of Sherlock.

“Oh well”, she sighed. “easy come, easy go”, and tossed the letter into the kitchen garbage pail. It sat there all day Wednesday, all day Thursday, and most of Friday, until her husband, Keith, finally took out the trash. Then the letter sat in the yard beside the garage for the rest of Friday, and well into Saturday morning.

It was retrieved by Freddy the Freegan on Saturday, June 23rd, at 11:47 A.M. That is when our story begins.

2. Lieutenant Mike

Going through people’s junk mail wasn’t his usual thing, but Freddy sometimes made exceptions. A man has got to pay some bills, after all, no matter how far off the grid he’d like to get. There’s some wiggle room in the freegan ethics, and sharing information doesn’t pose any major contradictions. He looks, he finds, and if he can make a little something on the side for sharing, it’s all good.

“Those Parsons keep it clean”, he tells Lieutenant Mike.

“They’ve got their reasons”, Mike replies. He’s got some sort of feeling about Keith Parsons. The information sharing goes one way, as far as he’s concerned.

“I mean no scraps, no junk, no reusable anything”, Freddy relates. “They’ve got some consciousness going on in there”.

Mike speaks Freddy’s language by now. There’s been a history of sharing. Not usually a patient man, he lets Freddy ramble on. His coffee’s getting cold as they sit there in the Main Street Diner. Freddy would like another slice of pie but Mike is holding out.

“So they got a disposal”, Mike says, “come on. Tell me what you saw”.

“Nothing”, Freddy says, “they do recycling too. Someone drinks a lot of Gatorade and Red Bull. Or maybe one of them drinks the Gatorade and the other one the Red Bull. I could dust for prints and find out”, Freddy chuckles. He thinks he’s being funny. Mike doesn’t even smile. He’s staring at the cream congealing in his cup.

“What else”.

“They get some junk mail”, Freddy says, “I’m surprised they don’t recycle it. Catalogs especially. What a waste. She likes furniture and gardening, I’d say. I’d guess they own the house because of all the mortgage re-fi junk they get. Someone’s getting old – they get a lot of cruise brochures and retirement shopping specials. And some other banking stuff”.

“Banking?”, Mike looks up.

“Yeah, a couple of things”.

“What bank?” Mike asks.

“Fourth Fidelity was one. Hedgerow Funds the other. First was bogus, though. It wasn’t addressed to them,” said Freddy, handing over the mail.

“Oh?”

“Yeah, somebody Pearson, no, no. Pearson Holmes. Mailman probably mixed it up. Parsons, Pearson, easy. ”

“What about the Funds?”

“Brochure. pamphlet. Nothing personal”.

“Damn”. Mike is disappointed. “Nothing else?”

“Nope”, says Freddy, wishing he had more to say. “The rest was basic trash. Paper towels, wrappers, peach pits – love that summer fruit, you know.”

“All right”. Mike gets up, peels out a twenty and throws it on the table. He’s a very large man, barely squeezes out of the booth. Freddy swipes the bill and sticks it in his pocket, nodding.

“Any time”, Freddy says.

“I’ll let you know”, the cop replies, and walks away. Freddy waits until he’s gone, then slides the cooling coffee over. Waste not, want not, he tells himself, as he calmly drains the remains. Thirty days, he thinks, only now it’s more like twenty-five. Who the heck is Pearson Holmes and where’d he put that key?

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