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This is the third post on the topic:Isms, Addictions & Culture…

Commercialism, like capitalism, puts profit and acquisition as the highest good.  Profit can be defined in terms of wealth, ownership, and power to influence your environment. The obsession here is to define oneself through the…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 31, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments


In a continuation of my post on Monday, Isms, Addictions and Culture, I am reflecting on the dangers facing our culture today.  Last time I considered the concept of Humanism. Today I am considering the dangers of Secularism…

covered cross 2 Secularism tries to separate government operations from religious influences.  While this makes a great deal of sense to some degree, there are aspects of…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 29, 2014 at 5:55am — No Comments

Isms, Addictions & Culture

I started to write this blog and realized that it was waaaay too long.  There is a lot to cover so I have broken it up into parts.  I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so if you are interested, you can follow along and see where this particular adventure takes you…

I once heard someone justify a particularly blatant case of infidelity with the words: “Well, I believe God wants me to be happy.”  I remember thinking, “At any cost?” I suppose the response would have run something…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 27, 2014 at 6:04am — No Comments

Great review!!

Nice new review for DROP OUT. The book is really affecting lives!


Read what Kindle Nation Daily called "the sleeper hit of the year" what Kindle Fire Department called, "riveting, touching, and deeply heartwarming, a book that will stay with you forever"; an Indie Book of the Day winner in 2012.



5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary, moving story of…


Added by Neil Ostroff on October 26, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

1) Lots of literary endeavors this week.  First of all, I am continuing my Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogs with new pieces on The Isms and Addictions that Effect our Lives and I have joined CatholicM…

1) Lots of literary endeavors this week.  First of all, I am continuing my Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogs with new pieces on The Isms and Addictions that Effect our Lives and I have joined and Stop in and visit some time.  They are wonderful sites chalk full of interesting posts about family, faith, world events, and reflections on life and culture.…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 24, 2014 at 5:57am — No Comments

Eat to Live, Never Live to Eat

Food is big business in our society. But there are some things I have to keep reminding myself about food… 1) Something had to die so that I would live. With all the disconnect between people and their food – there are kids growing up today who actually believe that food comes from a store as if it materialized…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 22, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments


A few days have passed since my Kindle Books and Tips promotion for DROP OUT  has finished and I must say the results weren’t that bad. Though I have said in the past that I don’t believe paid promotion on websites has a return on investment and are good for exposure purposes only, this one seems to have paid out.


DROP OUT sold several dozen more copies on that day than it usually does so I…


Added by Neil Ostroff on October 20, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Mission Fields

It used to be that Christians who wanted to share their faith would go out into the larger world to tell the good news and share scripture, teachings, and traditions of their church.  But now the very term Christian seems to turn some people off and the minute you mention faith, beliefs, church, or God you…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 20, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

Writing as Reflection

Writing is an opportunity for me to think about my life, the larger world, and the issues of our times. Reflecting is akin to pondering and one of the women I admire most in the world was know for doing just that. Mary, the Mother of God, must have pondered many things in her heart. Her fiat was a…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 17, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments


Wanted to announce that DROP OUT is being featured today on Kindle Books and Tips!  What would you do if you knew your life was ending? Please check it out. Much appreciated.

Added by Neil Ostroff on October 16, 2014 at 11:39am — No Comments

Simple Joy

autumn 2014 2 There are a lot of ways to have fun, but I have found our most exciting, fun times happen when we are working together. Last week we had a chance to help pick apples at a neighbor’s farm and then, since we were such good workers, we got to go pick some pumpkins and squash.  It…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 15, 2014 at 6:10am — No Comments

The Cost of Losing Christ

Georgios symbol-fish4 There seems to be a prevailing argument that the world would be just as well off without Christianity – that the best in humanity will save us from the worst in humanity. Yet, if you have spent much time studying history, you will quickly realize that humanity has failed to make Heaven on earth every single time we’ve tried.  But just for the sake of argument, l’d like to consider…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 13, 2014 at 6:08am — No Comments

Sampling: An Effective Marketing Tool

One of the things I really enjoy about my monthly trip to Costco is all the samples I get to munch on while I peruse the aisles and shop. A few of these samples have even convinced me to buy the products being hawked.


Last month, McDonalds promoted their own sampling program. From September 16th to 19th, they offered free small coffees. McDonalds offered this free coffee to convince…


Added by Sarah Bolme on October 10, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

'Gorgon Tales Under a Blood Moon' for Shakuita Johnson (@sljay1184)

Gorgon Tales Under a Blood Moon, exclusive usage rights to…

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on October 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Compassion vs Personal Safety?

I recently read an article and viewed the accompanying picture which will haunt me for some time. It was about one of the Ebola victims and how after she had died her young daughter was left crying, alone, in their yard and the neighbors did…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 8, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

Winter writing

Woke up this morning to the first frost of the year. It’s winter writing time. I always look forward to the cold and snow and the isolation they bring. Though I do enjoy the sun, swimming, and warmth of summer it is not my best season for being creative. I found there’s nothing more stimulating than punching out a story while a snowstorm rages outside.

Winter is also the time when I do my best and most prolific marketing and promotion of my books. It’s always hard to spend hours…


Added by Neil Ostroff on October 6, 2014 at 12:43pm — No Comments

The American Catholic Almanac

When I first started reading The American Catholic Almanac, I was afraid that it might be boring because I link the term “almanac” with dull statistical facts, but this reference book is anything but boring.  Since I home school my kids, we know a fair amount about American Catholic history,…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 6, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Gifts, Portuguese, Cleaning Binges, Violins and Banana Trees


washing machine 1) Monday the washing machine was fixed and life began to return to normal – with the exception that every time I saw that particular appliance I felt ridiculously happy. Nothing like clean laundry to do a mother’s heart good.

2) My second daughter performed at her first violin recital on Sunday and played the Canon in D andThe River Flows in You and…


Added by Ann Frailey on October 4, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Author’s Legacy

When you buy a book in a bookstore, what do you look for? Is it the cover that attracts you? The fiery description on the back? The author’s profile picture? With ebooks, consumers can’t take it off the shelf and feel its texture, skim through the pages, or get a sense of the thickness and how long it will take to read. They must rely on the ‘look inside’ feature, good unbiased reviews, a blurb that excites and entices, and the promise of a captivating story to make their…


Added by Neil Ostroff on October 4, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

8 Jay Dubya Titles Enter Rakuten ( Top 100 Hardcover Fiction Books (56,350 books)

Eight of author Jay Dubya's 45 books have entered Rakuten's ( top 100 hardcover fiction titles out of 56,350 books represented.

The eight hardcover fiction books are:

1) Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy…


Added by Jay Dubya on October 2, 2014 at 4:26am — No Comments

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