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June 2015 Blog Posts (97)

Words from a Pro

Recently I heard a well known youth author talk about having an agent. He discouraged it.  He feels that agents today do very little for you and that a publishing company does very little.  Therefore, he encourages going directly to a publisher if you can be so successful, or publish as an indie.  As a hybrid author, I think he may be right.  However, I find that writing for fun keeps your brain operating, and creative thoughts moving along.  Great to be living.   

Added by Frances Altman on June 30, 2015 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Cruise Control

June 30th.

It all began in Juneau; panhandle capital of Alaska. That’s where my first novel, North Slope, opened. And that’s one of the reasons we wanted to cruise Alaska: to see just what it was like. Although my book was published thirty five years ago; a curiosity about the country has always been part of mine and Pat’s life. Pat’s more so than mine. As an author, I suppose it’s natural to forget about the places in which the stories are set, but for Pat it meant…


Added by Michael on June 30, 2015 at 12:21pm — No Comments

A Cleansing of Emotions

Why do we seek out books that we hope will help us release our pent-up feelings? It seems like crying is something we would like to avoid, but somehow we feel good and refreshed afterwards.

Well, I’ve come across a book that is so heartfelt, profound and poetic in its approach to living, loving, and letting go. Peggy Warren’s “Very Much a Woman’s book” is a cathartic piece of art that seems to exude something so beautiful. Each poem in the book allows you to feel the emotions that the…


Added by Peggy Warren on June 30, 2015 at 2:20am — No Comments

How to Accept a New Family Member

When a family welcomes a new member, change will occur in the life of the family as a whole. The family has to deal with everyday life in a new way.  It may take some time to make adjustments and work out the growing pains in order to live together successfully.

To help your children accept change in the family structure it is important to allow them to participate in welcoming the new individual.  Keep them involved and allow them to come up with acceptable and creative ways to…


Added by Ethel Coffey on June 30, 2015 at 1:43am — No Comments

Who’s Who: The Movers and Shakers of the Abolitionist Movement

Who do you think are the most influential American abolitionists? Well, here’s a look at five individuals who helped pushed for the end of slavery. I’m sure these are familiar names. Thomas Jefferson (1706-1790) – The 3rd president of the United States was a slave owner himself; however, it is widely held that he was opposed to the institution of slavery on both moral and practical grounds. In 1784, Jefferson proposed to the United States Congress legislation that slavery should be banned in…


Added by Frederick Gaertner on June 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Jay Dubya Books Now Popular in India at

Book News Announcement: is a large online buying portal in India that is presently promoting Jay Dubya (John Wiessner) books.  The paragraph below is taken from the Jay Dubya webpage at in India.

Jay Dubya Books Online in India

Jay Dubya is a popular author in India and…

Added by Jay Dubya on June 29, 2015 at 8:18pm — No Comments

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, yet is considered a “son of Baltimore.” He came from a Baltimore family, spent a part of his life there, and died in the city. It’s been said that his literary career was ignited when he won a contest sponsored by the Baltimore Saturday Visiter.

His last surviving residence in Baltimore was opened as a historic house in 1949 and is home to the Edgar Allan Poe Society. The brick building, located at 203 North Amity Street, was set to…


Added by Keith Steinbaum on June 29, 2015 at 2:12am — No Comments

The Chinese American

What does it means to be Chinese in the US today with Beijing throwing its weight around. Is it true? The fact is, it is not true. Beijing is not throwing its weight around.  Beijing is not militarizing.  It is only telling the whole world what it own over 2000 years ago, and this property is still their property today.

These Chinese American are either born in the US or emigrated to the US and are holding US passports. They or their parents must have been disillusioned in their…


Added by Poh Tiong Ho on June 28, 2015 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Profile: Author Barry Hornig

Were you on line at Studio 54? Did you ever swap drugs for gold in Tangiers? Or try on a dog collar at the Botany Club? Ever marry a countess or a Playboy playmate? Meet Barry. He did all of that and a lot more. He’s had many ups and downs and has probably forgotten more than you’ve fantasized, but this book is what he can recall…

Thus goes the pitch…


Added by Mayra Calvani on June 28, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

My hiking book is now available at Zion National Park (Utah)

We all like to think our writing, however wonderful, also has commercial value. My recently published hiking book Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas has a dozen or so online sales each month—not bad. Now, thanks to the Zion National Park Foundation, my hiking guide is available at Zion National Park Visitor Center.

Zion has approximately three million visitors per year. While they don’t all check out the visitor center, tens (hundreds?) of thousands do. I imagine…


Added by Tom Garrison on June 28, 2015 at 12:02pm — No Comments

6 Jay Dubya Hardcover Books in (Rakuten) Top 100 Hardcover Fiction Titles (49,000 titles)

Hammonton, NJ author Jay Dubya (John Wiessner) now has the #1 hardcover  book (Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces, 176 pages) out of 49,000 hardcover fiction titles sold at (Rakuten). Five other Jay Dubya titles are in the (Rakuten) top hardcover fiction 100.
Click below:…

Added by Jay Dubya on June 27, 2015 at 3:57am — No Comments

Part 2 of A History of the History of the Boys of the American Civil War

As the Civil War veterans aged into the twentieth century, there seemed a lull in historical interest. Fewer regimental histories were published. Johnnie Wickersham’s memoirs were published in 1918, shortly after his death. The Robert Hendershot controversy came to a close, the first collection of biographical information about boys from the war was published, and the last veteran of the Civil War retired from active duty. Robert Hendershot was confirmed to be the drummer boy of the…


Added by Joel Arthur Moore on June 26, 2015 at 3:04am — No Comments

Times are a changing!

As most authors now know Amazon is going to start paying authors for the amount of pages read and not for each complete book. I’m not certain how I feel about this. On the plus side, it could free readers up to explore more books if they are only going to pay for it if they like it. On the negative, most casual readers never finish a book or do it over a long period of time. And how about if readers skip a section? What will it do to royalties?


Of course, there are other…


Added by Neil Ostroff on June 25, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Poem: Baptism

With baptism, one identifies with The Christ,

mirroring His death, burial and resurrection;

in this symbolic gesture of Faith, one sees a

formal acknowledgment of His gift of Salvation.

This practice, instituted by John the Baptist,

teaches one to reflect on the sacred sacrifice- 

that Christ -alone- redeemed all of Humanity

and that His unequaled actions will suffice

as the second Adam, for our enduring redemption.…


Added by Joseph J. Breunig 3rd on June 25, 2015 at 10:03am — No Comments

Poem: Blessed Solitude

Another day has dawned

and I find myself alone-

although I’m not lonely,

I’m drawn unto His throne

by the blessed solitude

of being in His Presence.

This indescribably peace

of spiritual pleasance… 

fuels my unsatisfied hunger

for only the Divine things,

that serve my earthly purpose

to honor my righteous King.

There’s no greater treasure,

than spending personal time,  …


Added by Joseph J. Breunig 3rd on June 25, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments

New Release: Mistaken Identity

Ann's idyllic vacation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers the body of a young woman on the beach.

Ann feels like she’s in Paradise as she digs her toes into the soft, white sand and…


Added by Patricia Gligor on June 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Jay Dubya Now Has the #1 and #2 Hardcover Action/Adventure Novels (out of 3,030 titles)

Jay Dubya (John Wiessner) of Hammonton, NJ now has the #1 and the #2 books in hardcover Action/Adventure at (Rakuten) out of 3,030 titles listed.  Ron Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a modern-day satire-parody on Miguel Cervantes Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, first published in 1605.  The Ron Coyote novel takes place in Hammonia, New Jersey, a fictional pseudonym for Hammonton.
The 2nd Action/Adventure novel is The Great Teen Fruit…

Added by Jay Dubya on June 25, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments

Aging Out

It is hard turning 18 — moving out, getting a job, going to college, etc. Now, imagine someone who has to go through all that without the support of his or her family. Youth who aged out of the foster care system have to do all these by themselves, and because of this they face many unique challenges that their peers in the general population don’t. For these youth, turning 18 doesn’t just mean living independently; it also means losing the emotional and financial support that they can count…


Added by Anne (John) Coppola on June 24, 2015 at 9:32pm — No Comments

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