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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


Since I started this blog nearly four years ago, I never in my dreams thought that it would receive several hundred thousand views. My base of followers has grown steadily and my page views per day are increasing nearly every week. I would like to thank all of my followers and interested readers for that.


Looking back years ago at my first few posts, I can clearly see an old-soul writer trying to understand a twenty-first century technological world. Many of those first…


Added by Neil Ostroff on November 8, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Extraordinary Ordinary

1) Workmen have been replacing the roof on my house this week and I have found it an extraordinary encounter for two reasons.  First, it offers me a sense of security I have not known the last few winters as I watched shingles pile themselves up in the yard.  But more importantly, I discovered once again the gentle kindness in virtual strangers.  One very windy day, the workmen realized it would be an act of near suicide to attempt to work up high, so they were going to quit early. I agreed…


Added by Ann Frailey on November 7, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments


Addictions are those habits and behaviors which are not good for us, in part, because they crowd out something much better. Sadly, when addicted we accept a lie for the truth.

Sex makes people feel good.  But it is not just the act itself that obsesses our society, it is the whole fantasy of passionate…


Added by Ann Frailey on November 5, 2014 at 5:58am — No Comments


Voyeurism is my term for living life through passive distractions. It is one of the greatest dangers I see facing our young people today.  Instead of actually living their lives, some people experience the thrills and excitement of real life adventure through completely artificial means such as computer games,…


Added by Ann Frailey on November 3, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments


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

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