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It's here! - As It Is in Heaven

I’m very proud to announce the release of my follow up to my Amazon best seller, DROP OUT. AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (Literary philosophical thriller) is now available worldwide. Get you copy today! Thank you.


End of life is only the beginning.


Collin Weaver has died in a horrible car crash. A beautiful woman named Heaven appears at the wreck like an angel of mercy but Heaven is no angel. Transporting Collin into anonymous lives, he embarks on a harrowing journey…


Added by Neil Ostroff on January 15, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Garbage Mountain

I used to be a “neat freak” – maybe not on the level of antiseptic obsession – but I’ve always I liked order over chaos.  As time and kids have molded me – I have learned to accept a certain level of untidiness. But garbage still bothers me. Garbage is that stuff that is completely unusable – even by the slugs and ants of the world.  When nature’s cleaners can’t handle the mess we’ve made – we’re in trouble.

We live in the countryside so we have a few alternatives that city…


Added by Ann Frailey on January 14, 2015 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Hiding Behind Our Bodies

I recently read an excerpt from a famous person’s blog which stated that she had never been comfortable with her body and had resorted to plastic surgery to make herself more attractive.  I don’t name the celebrity simply because the story is all to familiar.  I know of countless individuals who aren’t famous and feel the need to “change” something to make themselves more attractive. Is that a problem?  The cosmetic industry might not think so. Nor any industry built around our insecurities…


Added by Ann Frailey on January 13, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments

Hope in a Tragic World

What stirs the imagination often directs the soul.  When you look at the fiction available to young people today – to all people really – it doesn’t take a great leap of logic to wonder if there is a correlation between what grief people read and what grief people inflict.

I often read historical biographies, and I find them fascinating because there does seem to be a strong connection between the way a person grows up and the way they use power as an adult. Not everyone grows up to…


Added by Ann Frailey on January 7, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Epiphany of the Divine

Epiphany used to conjure up images of the three Wise-Men who came from the east to honor the infant Christ as Lord and King. Later, as men and traditions waxed and waned, it came to simply mean a highlight – a sudden and profound understanding. The divine intervention aspect was shrouded by a modern dedication…


Added by Ann Frailey on January 5, 2015 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Marketing Your Books

Indie authors can give themselves the greatest opportunity to sell more books if they create interest long before the book is in print. By giving focus to how you’re going to promote and market your book before it is out there in the world will assist you to plan and organise your marketing campaign for optimal sales.

Usually, self-published authors seek out reliable book reviews and/or endorsements as a means to market their book and persuade readers to buy it. This is a great…


Added by Maggie Anderson on January 4, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Blessings of Fiat

As a child growing up I had a tendency to get things mixed up.  For a while, I actually thought that “The pursuit of happiness” was one of the Ten Commandments.  It was a revelation to realize that I was not commanded to pursue happiness.  In fact, as I got older and began to read and re-read scripture, I discovered a rather contrary expectation – that God wants us to offer ourselves to Him freely, as He offers Himself freely to us.

I can’t think of a better model for this approach to…


Added by Ann Frailey on January 1, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments

Predictions for 2015

No one can predict the future. Only God knows the future. Still, every year, people make all sorts of predictions about the coming year. I don’t make predictions. I don’t feel qualified to do so. Besides, usually only about half of the predictions made come true, meaning anyone has a 50-50 chance of making a true prediction.


Here are a few predictions I have seen for…


Added by Sarah Bolme on December 30, 2014 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas!

This year has been a bit of a roller coaster trying to discover how to mother my eight children while we all learn to accept my husband’s and their father’s death.  It has been a time of trial and error, a time of experimentation, a time of wonderful successes and a few wobbly failures.  But through it all, we have learned to care for each other more deeply and with greater sensitivity.

I have learned that I cannot do everything I want to do.  In fact, I can’t go to the store, teach…


Added by Ann Frailey on December 24, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

Birth of a Book

Finishing a new book is like giving birth to a child (yeah, I know this analogy has been done to death). And as I finish my latest, I’m feeling especially proud of my newest child. Not only for the accomplishment of finishing my twelfth book but because it is exactly the book (and baby) that I wanted to write.


What do I mean by this? Since I indie published my first book in 2011, I’m been slowly catering my plots and stories to what I want to write and not the stories I think…


Added by Neil Ostroff on December 15, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments

"On the Twelfth Day of Christmas" Day Twelve of Christmas Discount Tour

Today's Slideshare Presentation is as follows:…


Added by Marilynn Dawson on December 12, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

The Final Read

Sitting down for the final full read of my latest book AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am reminded of the events leading to this point. Although the book is not as long as I envisioned (only @ 20,000 words) the novella has communicated the story I wished to express. It is complete.


I wrote the first sentence to this novella on April 12th 2014. I wrote what I consider to be the last completed scene on December 1st 2014. This is an usually long time for me to write…


Added by Neil Ostroff on December 2, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

State of Writing Today!

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free.


I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of…


Added by Neil Ostroff on November 25, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments


Cyber Monday is the Monday after thanksgiving.It is an internet buying spree. Since NO ONE works on Thanksgiving week, we are holding this show--the week before.…


Added by World of Ink Network on November 22, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon.


In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.



Added by Neil Ostroff on November 20, 2014 at 9:58am — No Comments

Georgios - Hidden Heritage

For those who have been following the progress of Georgios I, I am happy to announce that it is finally published as a paperback on Amazon.  The e-book will be available soon.  We are also working on Georgios II and it should be available in the spring of 2015.  There is an excerpt of Georgios II in the back of Georgios I so you get a taste of what is coming.  Enjoy and happy reading!



Added by Ann Frailey on November 15, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Read 1st Parts of 50 Jay Dubya Books at or at Barnes &

The 1st parts of Jay Dubya's 50 hardcover/paperback/e-books can be read for free at, at Barnes and or at Smashwords.

Added by Jay Dubya on November 14, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

Emotion, emotion!

          Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms from mere idea bubbling in the brain into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high.

          Emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next (sometimes hourly). Today is a good day…


Added by Neil Ostroff on November 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Hobbit or Not?

My husband was a big Tolkien fan and it was really he who insisted that I should write a book connecting the Christian aspects of The Lord of the Rings to people’s every day lives. I’m glad I followed my husband’s advice at the time he gave it, because he is no longer here it offer it.…


Added by Ann Frailey on November 12, 2014 at 5:44am — No Comments

Say What? & Free Books

Say What?  It is a lucky thing that everyone speaks at least one language in common in our household – or we’d be in serious trouble.  Case in point, my six year old daughter was looking at a notepad the other day with “Hello Kitty” written on the top.  I said, in that teacher voice I sometimes use, “Hey, do you know what this says?”  My little one looked at me smugly and said, “Yep, that’s Heloikio Kitty.”  Short pause as I digested this bit of information.  “Say again.”…


Added by Ann Frailey on November 10, 2014 at 5:35am — No Comments

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