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Today I will be showing you the art of creating a sharing page, with added inputs. For those who don't get the gist of this, what I will be doing is now creating facebook, twitter, LinkedIn etc website links that will direct you, the clickers, to their social media networks for easy sharing - if you like the links. It is the same method YouTube is using to increase their viewing rate, by adding the sharing snippets (facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, google+) below their video productions, the same snippets that I will now show you how to create. 

What these scripts will allow you to do is directly share your subject (published article, blog, promotional website, social links, video site etc) to multiple social media sites without leaving you page, instead of having to sign into each network and then individually posting to them. These scripts makes it easy to share directly to your network(s) without typing, just press the link and press ok. 

Developers with knowledge of php, sql, asp, html etc can decipher and better understand the language of these web-scripts.

Let's get started. These are the sharing snippets that I created for the Indie Writers Support homepage, facebooktwitterlinkedingoogle+ 

(Click or copy&paste these scripts to your web browser to view them)   (Share us with facebook)     (Share us on twitter)   (Share us on LinkedIn, must be signed in)   (Share us with Google+)

Now allow me to decipher the language of these scripts to their minimal. The first is a facebook sharing code developed by the facebook developers themselves. To make this link yours, simply replace the website link. For example;   CAN BE  -----  DO YOU NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE? --------DO THIS;

The second script is that of twitter. What's special about this twitter sharing script is that it allows you to apply subject inputs with the shaing, of anything less than 140 words of 'course.


If you copy the link to your browser, you will see that the twitter written inputs are highlighted.

Now pay attention to the changes I'm about to make, just like the previous one. Follow the inputs, they will be capitalized.'S%20BOOK,%20AUTHOR%20OMORUYI,%20HIGHLY%20RECOMMENDED&url=http://AMZN.COM/B007C4CY6A

The same system can be apply to the remaining two scripts for LinkedIn and Google+. Simply replace the website links and add your inputs. 

Here is one made for Author Omoruyi Uwuigiaren; facebooktwitterlinkedin, google+  

You can read more about this author here;

These links are best used as hyperlinks when you attach them to your forwarding emails and your social media welcoming messages.

There is another subject that I want to touch bases on. For those who are curious about this sample shorten url for amazon, and how you can apply it to your book, simply follow this step. is the shortest url link for, with the 'a' and 'o' removed. Type the to your browser and add your book's ISBN or ASIN number. For example, will take you directly to Author Omoruyi Uwuigiaren amazon eBook page.

Another pointer. and are the shortest urls for the Barnes&Noble bookstores. 

Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy this article. Don't forget to share the Indie Writers Support network (facebooktwitterlinkedingoogle+).

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- Judd Miller

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The long road from street gangs to success…
Wilton Latso is seventy two years old and a grandfather. In the middle of a heated argument with his adult daughter Abbie, Wilton realizes that she has no idea of who he is, where he came from, and why he did the things he did when he was bringing her up. Spontaneously Wilton starts remembering and soon he decides to write down the story of his life. Wilton came from a poor family living in a poor suburb of St. Louis, Missouri in the late 1940’s / early 1950s. In this era of street gangs Wilton is soon introduced to a world of violence, ego and selfishness. Wilton’s parents are staunch Pentecostal Christians, but Wilton doubts that faith from the start. The trouble is that he can see all too clearly his parent’s hypocrisy, particularly his mother’s. Throughout his life Wilton will continue to observe people, noting many to be hollow, offering friendship, espousing beliefs but proving to be fakes.

Donnell Wilson’s Hypocrites In His Midst: A Story About Flawed Human Beings is a fictional autobiography spanning seven decades. It is a story of “redemption” (Ch. 8) in a secular sense. This is a book about trying to “do the right thing” (Ch. 3), though the “right thing” (Ch. 2) is not always obvious or easy to achieve. Wilson’s novel, especially in the first three Parts, is broadly comparable to Nicky Cruz’s real life autobiography Run Baby Run (Logos, 1972), though that book is firmly Christian, while this book is firmly agnostic (Ch. 31). Most of all, this book is about how a person can growing to maturity (or avoid it).

10916212679?profile=originalThe novel is a first person narrative and as a result we hear much of the main characters thoughts and opinions and much less of the perspective of other people. This is very much a central character novel, partly because of the narrator’s self-confessed ignorance of and difficulty with “relationships” (Ch. 1). Other people are a mystery. For example Evelyn, Willy’s teenage bride (Ch. 2), remains in many ways a mystery throughout the whole book though she is ‘present’ for twenty one chapters. Also, throughout much of his life Willy has unstable job circumstances and as a result the story has many minor characters that come and go without Wil or the reader really getting to know them. It is indeed Willy’s frequent complaint that this happens (Ch. 1 and following). As it can be seen the book could have benefited from more dramatized conversations and events that illustrated the perspective of other characters, especially the main characters, and perhaps some of the minor characters could have been left out. The novel works very well, however, as an exploration of one man’s character and by the end of the story we feel as though we really know and understand Willy and have learned what life can be like for someone quite different to ourselves. Wil is very much from a lower class background, a regular frequenter of bars, and the narrative has the chatty ethos of a reminiscing story told by a friend, perhaps at a party or a pub. There is frequent foul language, sex is openly described and discussed and violence is openly depicted. This is certainly justified and in keeping with the ‘underworld’ ethos of the book, but conservative people may be offended. There are occasional “Oh my gosh!” moments and scenes of high tension which are well written. The marijuana trip and LSD trip in Chapter 13 very much capture the ‘Hey man! Cool!’ atmosphere of the sixties giving the reader an off-beat, fun, but dangerous, slightly “paranoid” (Ch. 13) feeling. In passages like this Wilson reveals his true skill as an author. Early in the story Wil’s friends take up calling him “Willy Lost Soul” and indeed the name Latso can be seen as a play on the words ‘lost soul’. Wil is a lost soul in the criminal underworld, but also a soul seeking personal ‘redemption’, albeit in an unconventional secular sense.

The plot is divided into five parts. Part I (Ch. 1 – 6) covers Wil’s childhood, gang membership and street life, teenage marriage and first jobs. Wilson then describes Willy’s first major attempt to exit his ‘underworld’ style of living by attending trade school and then working as a car body man and painter. The section ends in a major climax that moves Wil to new territory in an unexpected way. In Part II: A New Beginning (Ch. 7 – 10) Wil’s family moves to a new suburb and a partially better life. This section concentrates on Darwin, Wil’s younger brother who is perhaps in some ways even more lost than him. Wil attempts to help Darwin. He also gains his GED school qualification and begins a writing course in order to see if he can fulfil his childhood dream of being a writer. Once again events come to a crisis, though this time not so unforseen. Part III: Farewell Party (Ch. 11 – 21) sees Wil’s family Move to Boulder, Colorado where Wil meets and befriends Merlin an ‘out-there’ character who is deep into drug culture. This part depicts the late 1960’s / early1970’s Counterculture very well. The reader feels both an amusement and frustration with Wil as he seems to repeat his teenage mistakes all be it in a new way. Wil is never quite a ‘drop-out’ and he develops a bond with Merlin in a way he has never had with anyone else. Part III comes to a peak of a different kind, then there are two final chapters and the plot peaks again. Part IV: Learning the Three R’s – Rita, Reba, and Rachel (Ch. 22 – 33) covers love relationships with the title women. Rita receives six chapters, but Reba and Rachel are only allotted three each. Once again the reader is interested by these more unusual women but frustrated by Wil as he seems never to overcome his problem with human relationships. Once more there is a final unexpected crisis which propels Wil into a new life. Part V: Pain, Love, Redemption, and Success (Ch. 34 – 41) introduces us to Katie a nurse who becomes Wil’s final love interest. In this section Wil finally gains more maturity forming a more happy relationship, more enjoyable career and financial success. Wil observes, however, that in some ways people are the same wherever you are. As can be seen the book involves a certain amount of reputation on a theme, though each part is quite different from the last. As the book progresses Wil earns and so it is important to point out that the novel is not quite as repetitive as this very bare outline may make it seem.

Wilton Latso is a very flawed, but likable character. “Moxie” (Ch. 1 and following) is a characteristic he likes in his friends and is perhaps his own central trait. Wil is very determined and always fights back. He wants to do what is right, but right by his standard. He repeatedly says that he basically wants to be “left alone” (Ch. 1 and following), but finds that this is just what interfering people will not allow. On the down side Wil’s independence leads him into trouble and his individuality has a selfish side. He is ignorant of people and this compounds his selfishness. His early life has made him violent (psychologically and physically) and he repeatedly uses aggression rather than his creative intelligence to solve problems. Wil is in many ways like the ‘tough guy hood’ we all secretly admired in high school, who gave teachers grief, won fights and took flak from nobody. But while we later grew away from these things, though we never forgot them, Wil does not do this until much later (and in some ways not at all). We both like and dislike this very individual man, and his dynamo character certainly carries us through the book keeping us interested, if not always in an admiring way. We care enough about will to want things to go right for him.

Merlin is an important main character and the reader feels, as they do with Wil, both attraction and disapproval. Merlin is very easy-going and affable, also in a boyish way. He laughs a lot and is trustworthy as a friend. He is adventurous, but this is also his failing quality, as is his boyishness, as it leads him into an extreme life far from tried and tested ‘normality’. Like Willy we care for him and are carried along by him, caught up in his adventures and misadventures.

Rita, Reba and Rachel are all in their individual ways escapees from ‘normality’, each intriguing, but each having pronounced failings. Rita is very much an ‘out-there, zany lady,’ a product of the Counterculture. Not so long ago she was very much in into the drug scene, particularly LSD, and she still suffers from “flashbacks and hallucinations” (Ch. 25). She is sexually free and adventurous, and generally a free spirit who in many ways we like, particularly at first. Like many in the 1960s, however, Rita is adrift, lacking a centre, and even more than Wil she wants things and is willing to grab them in whatever way she can. If Rita is sexually adventurous, Reba is the ‘sex queen’. She and her partner Chuck have an ‘open relationship’ and are very ‘happening’ people. Reba also wants things, but seems unsure of the details. She doesn’t really know her mind. Rachel wants most of all to be loved and to be with a man that shows that love, but she holds herself aloof or even worse is aggressive. These failings partly prevent her from entering into the very love relationship she desires, and in depression, and perhaps desperation, she turns to drink. Rachel, too, is sexually adventurous, but in her dissatisfaction in life this makes her shifting rather than solid. All of these women, in their individual ways, promise love, but all are characterized by emptiness at their core. They are intriguing without being necessarily ‘good’ characters.

Katie, Wil’s final love, is “naïve, affectionate, very intelligent, warm, and pretty” (Ch. 35). She is a nurse and this reflects her helping nature. She is centred in others, rather than herself. While naïve she has the ability to learn to ‘get tough’ and that is exactly what she does. We like Katie because she is nice, but has her own style of “moxie” (Ch. 35). Katie also has a solid base that the other major women characters in the book do not have.

All these characters interest us and move us forward in the plot, though we do not completely ‘like’ most of them. What captures us about most is that they are quite different from the ‘normal’. These are people from the ‘wild’ side of life.

As the title suggests Wilson’s novel has hypocrisy as a major theme. People very much like to put up a front of ‘respectability’, but then say and do things that are far from this public persona. Even more, under the guise of ‘uprightness’ people like to interfere in the affairs of others, telling them what to do, but they themselves prove to be distant from ‘goodness’. Organisations, such as the church, government and business, can be particularly guilty of this, and those who participate in them tend to follow suit. But then even ‘drop-outs’ can prove to be less than ‘happening’. Self-hypocrisy is perhaps something that we are all victims of. We say to ourselves that we are one thing, want one thing, believe one thing, but really we are fooling ourselves.

The other side of hypocrisy is true values and ethics, what could be called secular spirituality. Wil believes that relationships should be based on “respect” (Ch. 1), but not the fake kind implied by class or money. We should “do unto others” (Ch. 2) as we ourselves would like to be treated. We should not break our word (Ch. 4). Wil sees the idea of eternal punishment “for sinning seventy years” as anything but “fair” (Ch. 2): balanced justice is important to him. He sees that we should be basically free to live our own lives, as long as we do no real harm, and be free of “accusation” (Ch. 3), and of course we should not accuse others. Beyond this, going deeper into spirituality, Willy has his own non-conventional kind of spirituality. He is mildly interested in astrology. He espouses views similar to the Unitarian faith (Ch. 6 & 31), particularly the idea that we are all on a journey up a mountain, though we are climbing it from different sides (i.e. different faiths). A car accident makes him very aware of the reality of death (Ch. 10) and later he experiences a ‘vision’ of someone he knew who is dead (Ch. 21) while friends of his experience strange occurrences at the exact time of the death of another (Ch. 37).

The theme of success is very strong in the novel. We often say that riches are hollow, but living without money, and perhaps worse, without a sense of achieving something is very difficult. Perhaps only those who come from poor backgrounds truly understand this. But does owning property, such as a house, assure us of success, and isn’t true success more than money?

Closely allied to the theme of success is the idea of maturation / search for the self. Wilson’s novel is very much about personal change: going from unhappiness to happiness, healing hurts. We are all hurt, but some of us are hurt more than others. Is it possible to lift ourselves out of the circumstances we are born into? What must we sacrifice along the way? Is change sometimes thrust upon us?

The first part of the novel very much depicts the 1950’s biased view of women. A classic example of this is the notion that men have affairs, while women, being ‘good little women’ do not (Ch. 3). In the character of Evelyn women’s dissatisfaction under the restrictions of this era is very much depicted. Feminist criticisms of society and solutions, however, are only hinted at. Evelyn wants to ‘find herself’, but never seems to really achieve this, though she does take charge of her life and gain a new kind of positive confidence. The 1960’s version of Feminism is hinted at in the character of Rachel (Ch. 31), but this character is certainly not depicted sympathetically. The freedom of the 60s, including freedom for women, seems to ring false in the three characters of Rita, Reba and Rachel. It is 1980’s that we come upon a more mature version of womanhood in the character of Katie. In this character we have a depiction of a woman closer to Betty Friedan’s ideas (Cathia Jenainati. Introducing Feminism: Icon Books, 2010, p. 90-94), that is both successful in her career and her family life, without betraying her femininity or becoming false.

Similar to women and Feminism, the novel very much shows men in their 1950’s guise, before the liberation of Gender Studies. Wil must be the ‘tough guy’ full of bluster and fight. He is indeed afraid to be afraid (Ch. 1). Wil is afraid of emotions and sees them, if anything as weakness. Crying is certainly something men don’t do (Ch. 4). For Wil relationships are difficult, if not a complete mystery (Ch. 1 & 2). In a marriage “the man is supposed to be in charge, not the woman” (Ch. 4). A man’s job in a relationship is seen as not much more than working to provide an income. But the whole novel depicts an evolution away from this situation as the story progresses. Indeed, right from the start Wil sees the caring nature of his father and grandfather as something to be admired (Ch. 1 & Ch. 36). Along the way, however, Wil must first give up his view of ‘the strong working father’ and then learn to express his love. This is for him a very long drawn out process, and even at the end of the book we wonder if he, despite all his intentions, has completely broken free of his 1950’s masculine conditioning.

While this is a mainly heterosexual novel, LGBTIQ relations are occasionally touched on. Wil has a dream which makes him aware of a grain of homosexuality in himself (Ch. 19). He is not afraid of this, or does not feel bad as a result. When Wil’s work colleague Mel discovers that his son is gay Wil gives very positive advice about accepting and loving this young man (Ch. 34). The kind of bigotry that LGBTIQ people face is depicted in a disapproving way (Ch. 39). The picture is not all naively positive though. As a boy Wil was pressured by a gay paedophile (Ch. 25) and as an adult he receives too familiar a treatment from a male boss (Ch. 9), although it is not fully clear that this man is gay. Lesbians receive a brief sympathetic mention, though they are not depicted (Ch. 40).

The often ignored group of the aged are also depicted to a small extent. Wil’s grandfather, though an absent character, is spoken of positively. Late in the story Wil’s mother and father are depicted as old people. In the case of his father we see a positive representation, but in the case of his mother the circumstances are very negative. Of course people do not become miraculously wise and kind simply because they have aged.

Minorities, another classification of ignored groups, are frequently mentioned and depicted in small ways. Wil often expresses positive views of people of various races, declaring that colour does not matter to him. Racial bigotry is also often depicted in a disapproving way. Junior, a work colleague of Wil’s, receives fullest representation (Ch. 5 & Ch. 7). He is depicted as an affable man who receives bigotry with very good grace. Wil himself is of partial American Indian descent and characters of this descent pop up as minor characters. Some of these incidents dramatize the bigotry they face (Ch. 38). People of Mexican descent similarly regularly pop up in cameo appearances (Ch. 12 & following), and the bigotry they face is also portrayed and condemned (Ch. 18). Finally there is one rabid Jew hater depicted, who is certainly disapproved of (Ch. 13).

Wilson’s novel takes an interesting position in the Capitalism / Socialism debate as it takes the middle-ground, third way of Liberalism. As has been noted, Wil is no friend of interfering government. Maximum freedom of the individual is really his central point. Willy is a “liberal, progressive Democrat” (Ch. 32). None the less he certainly disapproves of rich “fat cats” (Ch. 9), noting for example their “rudeness” (Ch. 9), however, he is continually aware of his family’s “need [… for …] more money” and pursuit of finance is his central occupation. Partially this is a ‘poor man makes rich’ story and as such is firmly in the ‘great American Capitalist ideal’. Wil finally owns “a half-million dollar house on a waterway” (Ch. 1). None the less Willy describes himself as having “leanings of socialism from seeing inequities in society” (Ch. 9), and to be fair equality is very much an important issue to him. Class struggle and the unethical way the rich gain their wealth are also important issues to him (Ch. 26). These are certainly Socialist ideas and not surprising from a man of poor background.

Covering a life of seventy two years the novel is partially a social history. As has been noted, the first two Parts document the narrow views of the 1950’s social system, but from Chapter 11 onwards the plot enters the society of the Counterculture (late 1960s / early 1970s). “Hippies” (Ch. 11 & following), the anti-war movement (Ch. 12), the psychedelic movement (Ch. 13 & following) and “swingers” (Ch. 21) are all mentioned, and indeed drugs are an important part of the novel. This ear of freedom, though, does not go completely without critical analysis. The swingers seem to be simply looking for an excuse to abandon their partner, rather than being really open minded. Drugs, for all their excitement, propel the user into a narrow world where responsibility is easily lost. Don, a minor character, for example takes drugs all day while his pregnant girlfriend works (Ch. 19).

Most fiction is about ‘real’ people and so psychology, which aims to find the truth about individuals, is an important tool for an author. While Wilson’s book is not specifically ‘psychological’, it does touch on many issues related to that field of study. Wil himself may suffer from “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (Ch. 1), his brother Darwin is diagnosed as bipolar (Ch. 1 & Ch. 36) and after a bad accident at works Wil suffers from “panic attacks” (Ch. 3). Wil and his wife Evelyn attend marriage “divorce counselling” (Ch. 22), and Willy attends long after the divorce because he finds it so personally helpful. “Emptiness” (Ch. 19) as a motivation for drug taking is noted, as is the inevitable “downer” (Ch. 19) that they bring. These points could have been ‘fleshed-out’ more with a little study of the psychological literature. The novel is most ‘psychological’ in its observations of the influence of parents and peer groups on long term behaviour. Both Evelyn and Wil lack parents who can teach them how to communicate with a partner (Ch. 2 & following) and Willy even imitates his mother in her blaming attitude, though this is a quality he hates in her (Ch. 6). Wil listens to his peer delinquent group because he “wanted to be liked” (Ch. 2). The effect of both parents and peer group haunt him for the rest of his life and the book documents his attempts to escape this influence.

Wilson’s novel does not really use imagery; however, there is one scene where a pet “boa constrictor” (Ch. 17) eats two mice, who the men at Wil’s work have become very attached to. This story is aptly ghastly and serves as a good symbol for the whole book. The natural world is cruel and we are trapped in it, dancing around the aggressor, or looking dubiously at him, a little like mice. We can use our imagination to make the world better, but we will never really escape the snake.

Many stories, being what they are, have some mythic qualities and this includes Hypocrites In His Midst. In the first half of the novel Wil is almost possessed by his desire to earn for his family, and around the middle of the book this peaks in the task of building a family home. This is his proverbial ‘castle’ or ‘ivory tower’ in which his family will live safely and all will be well. Drawing on the cultural mythology of the Tarot we can see that the card of The Tower Of Destruction very much represents his predicament at this point. Describing this card Sallie Nichols says that two people “are being thrown from a position of lofty security into one of exposure and confusion” and that a “tongue of lightning has knocked off the golden crown that serves as [… the tower’s …] roof” (Jung And Tarot: An Archetypal Journey: Samuel Weiser, 1980, p. 283). Wil’s house is not literally destroyed, but a destructive crisis does occur and Wil is thrown into a state of personal confusion, which he must work through in Part IV. Later speaking of his mental attitude Wil says “I was already building an emotional brick wall to hide behind and protect myself” (Ch. 29). His desires for financial security, and later his attitudes, are a mental construct, a tower he has built for protection, and yet a tower that constricts him and causes as much harm as good. Nichols, noting that the title of the card in French “carries the meaning of hospice”, writes, “the two sick souls [ … ] are being liberated from an enforced incarceration rather than cast forth from their true home” (Nichols, p. 285). The tower depicted in the card has no door. Both Wil and Evelyn are indeed trapped in a marriage which was meant to solve a bad situation (a pregnancy), but which has brought mostly pain. Crowley notes of the card that it also carries the meaning of “the destruction of the old-established Aeon by lightning, flames, engines of war” (Aleister Crowley. The Book Of Thoth: Samuel Weiser, 1974, p. 107). The events surrounding the building of Wil’s house come in the context of the end of 1950’s values and the beginning of the era initiated by the Counterculture, and the personal meaning of this is certainly acrimony and conflict between Wil and Evelyn.

Throughout the novel Wil notices “my own foolishness” (Ch. 3 and following) and we see many examples of his jokey, uproarious behaviour at parties. Following from this it can be seen that the Tarot card of The Fool applies to the whole book. Nichols describes this character as a “wanderer, energetic [… and …] ubiquitous” (p. 23) and indeed this is Wil ‘to a tee’. He moves from place to place and job to job, is always rushing to some new project and is in many ways an ‘everyman’. Nichols notes that “the word ‘fool’ is derived from the Latin follis, meaning, ‘a pair of bellows, a windbag’” (Nichols, p. 28). Wil frequently notes that he cannot “keep [… his …] mouth shut” (Ch. 2 & following). Again Nichols notes that the fool’s approach to life includes “the innocence of childhood” (Nichols, p. 26), and as has been said Willy in many ways remains the schoolboy ‘tough’. Nichols notes that the Fool, possessing secret wisdom, was often advisor to the king, being free to “criticise him and offer challenging suggestions” (Nichols, p. 29). As has been noted Wil often hands out advice to the governments of his day. Writing further Nichols notes that the fool’s cap was “originally conceived as a satire on the monk’s cowl, [… but …] nevertheless betrays a serious connection with the spirit” (Nichols, p. 27), and, once again as we have seen, Wil is both critical of the Christian church but personally concerned with ethics and ‘spiritual’ concerns. In a summing up passage Nichols writes:

“… the Fool’s spontaneous approach to life combines wisdom, madness, and folly. When he mixes these ingredients in the right proportions the results are miraculous, but when the mixture curdles, everything ends in a sticky mess” (Nichols, p. 24).

This could be written about Wil. Much more could be said about the relevance of The Fool to Hypocrites In His Midst, but space does not permit.

Wil becomes interested in astrology and this is another source of cultural mythology that has relevance to the novel. Wil is “Aries” (Ch. 23) and examining this sign reveals much about the book. Aries begins at the equinox when “light and dark are perfectly balanced” (Nicholas Campion. Zodiac: Enhance Your Life Through Astrology: Alhambra House, c2000, p. 21) and it is interesting to see that Wil is an unusual mix of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Many would call him a simple criminal, yet he has an ethic of his own. He is interested in very earthy, practical solutions to problems, like building a house, yet he has ‘spiritual’ interests. Aries is characterized by “unlimited power and individuality” (Campion, p. 21) and Wil, as has been noted is very dynamic and quite a character. Aries is ruled by Mars (Campion, p. 22), the god of war, and Wil is never afraid to fight and indeed finds himself regularly in a battle. Aries has “drive and ambition” (Campion, p. 23), and Wil, more than most things, wants to get ahead. Aries can fall into “extremes” (Campion, p. 23), and during his psychedelic phase Wil does just that. Aries needs to learn the lesson that “other people have feelings and that they may be hurt by our words or actions” (Campion, p. 22) and this is indeed one of the main elements in Wilson’s novel. Once again, much more could be said about the relevance of this mythological sign, but space does not permit.

At 630 pages Hypocrites In His Midst is not really a quick weekend read. It really needs several weekends to take in the full extent of Wil’s seventy two years of living. This book needs to be thought about at least a bit. The characters are likable, but not exactly “good” people. The themes of hypocrisy, ethics, success and personal maturation reflect the more individual natures of the characters, certainly giving us something to think about. The changing role of women is looked at, though some Feminists may raise their eyebrows. The changing gender role of men is described in detail, though we wonder if Wil has completely freed himself of the 1950s perspective. LGBTIQ, the aged and racial minorities receive representation and sympathetic treatment. There is an interesting blend of Capitalism and Socialism, though as a Liberal work the main emphasis is Capitalist. Mythology can reveal much about the novel, though it does not specifically use imagery. Wilson’s novel could be read and enjoyed simply as the story of a ‘tough’, but it is really quite a bit more than that. The exploration of Wil’s seventy two years takes us at least briefly to many different ideas and aspects of life. I am happy to rate this book as 4.5 stars out of 5.   Hypocrites In His Midst (Kindle ed.) Hypocrites In His Midst (Facebook page)

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Excerpt: Finding Anna

The following is an excerpt from my soon-to-be released novelette entitled “Finding Anna”. A daughter finds herself abandoned by her own mother and courses through life under the shadows of self-doubt, abuse and rebellion.

"Finding Anna" will be released on December 24th. If you wish to contact the Author, please feel free to leave a note in the comments section or email to For more of her short stories, musings and thought-provoking articles, you can visit Tumblr.


I don’t know what made Anna decide to terminate the old lady from her job as my nanny. Did she find out about the abuse? I guess that is a question I will never find the answer to. All I know is that Anna picked me up one day and brought me to the city. She said it was a special day because it was my birthday.

“What’s a birthday, Mama?” I asked as I hopped and walked to fall into step with her. Geez, she had such long legs I could barely keep up, she held on to my right hand and almost dragged me as she strode along.

“It’s the anniversary of the day you were born,” she replied.

“How was I born?” I asked again.

“I gave birth to you. You grew inside my stomach and when you became big and heavy enough for my stomach to contain, I had to find a midwife to help you out,” she explained.

I stared straight ahead as we traversed a rocky, dusty, sun-dried road and mulled over what she said. So, that’s the reason why one of Lola’s neighbors had such big tummy, there was a child growing inside!

“Is that how people are born?”

“Yes, first they grow in their mothers’ tummies and then they are pushed out and become babies. And then they grow up because they eat vegetables. You are six now, but look at you, you’re so skinny and small. You should start eating more vegetables.”

I still hated vegetables. And being six didn’t mean much to me.

“What’s a midwife?” I asked again, hoping that my question would distract her from remembering to feed me vegetables tonight.

She briefly explained what a midwife is and it sounded like a profession that I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with. I abhorred any job that required looking or holding blood, human parts and human waste that was why whenever Anna would say, “You will be one of the finest nurses this country will ever produce,” I’d stomp my feet, cross my arms on my chest, pout and say, “But I want to be a teacher!”

After what seemed like an eternity of walking, we finally reached the end of the rocky road and stood on the side of a paved highway. Anna waved her right arm to flag down passing utility vehicles. Judging from the way the sun was shining, it was mid-morning and judging from Anna’s attire which consisted of denim jeans, a white sleeveless top and sneakers, it looked like we were on our way to the city.

“Where are we going, Mama?”

“We are going to see your Godfather. And then we are going to visit the Grotto. Happy birthday, Darling,” she replied as she stopped walking to scoop me up in her arms and kiss my cheek.

            My Godfather owned a shop in the city. I don’t exactly know what the shop’s services offered but there were racks and racks of television sets. We didn’t have a TV at Anna’s nor did Lola’s family have one. All Lola had was an old red transistor radio that boomed overhead every night before everyone fell asleep. Lola would hush us to settle down after dinner and she would switch on the radio just in time for a radio play I have come to learn as “Si Matar”. The radio would crackle and hiss every night and I barely understood what the voices were saying, but what stuck with me was the eerie sound one of the characters made. I would crawl under my blankets and try to shut the noise out, I feared Si Matar. It sounded like a horror program.

Visiting my Godfather was a treat, he would give me money, candies and he would allow me to sit in front of one of the big TV sets and watch whatever program was on. He was a fair-skinned man, to my recollection, who had a mustache, straight cropped hair, a thin frame that was always slouched on his chair. He was always working on television parts, his table was always laden with screws, black boxes with circuits, tools and wires. I loved my Godfather for his kindness and even though I didn’t get to see him often, I knew that he cared for me and Anna.

“How is… Uhm… Frank?” I overheard him ask Anna.

“Who can tell? He hasn’t written in months. He hasn’t sent any money. I went back to work.” Anna replied with a sigh.

“At the club?” Godfather momentarily looked up from what he was doing to direct his question at Anna. Beads of sweat formed on his forehead and trickled on the side of his jaw. Anna was fanning herself with a piece of cardboard she had seen lying around. The air was humid, thick and heavy and Godfather’s employees were predicting a heavy downpour soon.

“It’s the only job I will probably ever be good at,” Anna laughed in between words, revealing a perfectly white set of teeth and thin lines on her forehead. She can work here, I thought to myself, and then I can watch TV everyday.

My Godfather clucked his tongue and shook his head, “Find a man who will marry you, Anna.”

“Sure. When you find a man who would take me and accept my daughter, let me know and I will sign the papers in a heartbeat,” Anna replied a bit haughtily.

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Author of Juan Ponce de Leon

I am the author of Juan Ponce de Leon His New And Revised Genealogy. It took me 15 years of research within the Ministry of Culture, Spain to gather up new data on Juan Ponce de Leon, the first governor of Florida.

My book has digital copies of original documents that serve to support Juan Ponce's genealogy and descendants.

If you are a genealogist, historian then my book will serve you well.

It is available in traditional book form as well as pdf that is downloadable for tablets, lap tops and desk tops.

Check it out: Juan Ponce de Leon His New And Revised Geneaolgy


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A Great Life Is Always Within Your Reach!

I know it's human nature to sometimes feel like you are living in a rut, so whenever that does happen to you - and I sincerely hope it is infrequent - I want to offer several things you can try in order to "escape!"

First of all, take a good, hard look at yourself in the mirror, and realize that, to get to this current point in your life, you are already amazing, and full of unlimited possibilities.

Then, go for a walk, and just take notice of all of the beautiful things around you, like the warm sunshine, children playing without a care in the world, birds chirping, and your environment in general.

Next, make a list of all of the things you have already accomplished in life, and one that contains those that you still wish to get done.

Call it a bucket list, if you want, but make sure you think this through first, and include everything you always dreamed of since you were a child.

The point here is to realize that you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to, and if that includes something that has been on the back burner for years as a result of one reason or another, it is never too late to accomplish it.

I have learned through trial and error, and from experience, that if one is not happy in the activities that occupies his or her time, then it leaves a feeling of unfulfillment that cannot be counteracted by money, or other material things, such as cars, homes, jewelry, etc.

Simply put, happiness comes from within, so make sure you spend some time on introspection to find out what you true passion is.

You might also attempt something new - even if it is way out of line with your personality and comfort zone.

Hopefully, you will discover it to be totally enjoyable, and the start of more good things to come.

So, instead of waking up one day regretful over missed opportunities or chances never taken, make sure you leave no stone unturned in your quest for complete satisfaction in life.

Until next time, everyone, always reach for the moon, because, even if you miss, you will be among the stars!

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Slashing Strokes

As an editor I, unsurprisingly, receive submissions that have been deemed, by agents or friends, much too long. While an acclaimed book like Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch can run 784 pages, I would advise most writers not to scale such heights. The desired maximum length agents frequently cite these days is 100,000 words, or 400 double-spaced manuscript pages. If you have written 160,000 words, though, you have roughly 630 manuscript pages. You have to ask yourself: are my characters and plots strong enough to support that much reading? If you are a debut author, an agent or publisher will likely tell you: don’t think so. They may not read past that figure in your initial query letter.

You can employ a variety of strategies to pare down the length. You can comb through the draft looking for extra verbiage, redundancy, and the like. That’s what I do during a line edit. You will probably not achieve as much reduction, however, as you intended. I tend to compress a great deal as a line editor, and yet I expect to take out only 10 percent of a manuscript that way. In our hypothetical example, that reduces 160,000 words to 144,000. You’re still not even in the right ballpark.

You need to think in terms of broader strokes. One useful place to start is examining characters just beyond your top circle. If you are using an omniscient narrative voice, you will have maybe three dominant narrators. A triad allows you to cover a lot of ground while at the same time limiting the number of persons in which the reader deeply invests his sympathies. A character outside that circle may appear less often, carrying 5-10 scenes, say. The truth is, you may have written further scenes for her because once you started her plot line, you had to play it out to a satisfying conclusion. That is a prime candidate for reduction.

When I suggest this strategy to authors, a common response is: I guess you’re right. I’ll just cut her out of the book. Leaving aside the distress that such an abject submission connotes, I actually feel that only the point of view needs to be addressed. This is a character whose viewpoint has been running those 5-10 scenes. Cutting a character entirely out of a book can require significant rewriting, and all you want to do is cut down the length. She could be cut down so that she appears as only a supporting character in her early scenes. That way you as the author don’t need to worry about filling out her plot line—because she has been relegated to another’s plot line.

The other consideration here is: what theme is the character embodying? Many authors devise a character to convey an underlying message. You might want to study whether one of your major characters’ portrayal can be expanded to include that theme. In so doing you are strengthening a character in which you already want readers to invest their emotions. In the name of reducing the length, you are adding power to an aspect of the book you want to enhance anyway.

Exercise: If you need major cuts, start by looking at characters just beyond the players that are carrying the novel. You may well find that you don’t even like one of these signficant characters. You had an original conception of weakness, or the like, that you wanted to include, but he has grown into an unsightly weed in your book—just because you had to keep feeding the theme. That’s your guy—slash away!

“My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.”
—Elmore Leonard

Copyright @ 2013, John Paine

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What Can A Literary Agent Do For You?

The relationship between an author and a literary agent is multi-layered and rich. Part muse, part accountant, the agent guides the author through the unknown waters of a writing career, from the sublime to the mundane.

The cornerstone of the relationship is strength in negotiation. Basically, the agent’s commission is 15% and that is 15% of proceeds --- whatever the author gets. The agent should be able to get at least 15% more for the author than the author could get for him or herself. That means that everything else, every other benefit of the relationship is, in a sense, free.

The first benefit, aside from strength in negotiation, lies in being part of a nexus, a web of publishing relationships, the editors that the agent deals with, the other authors and even, independent publishing professionals. This web of relationships brings me into contact with online directories and, as I have time, I fill them out. Once such directory is “Who Represents…”, part of Publishers Marketplace. As I filled out an entry for A Time to Heal, a more than twenty-year old, backlist recovery book by Timmen Cermak, M.D., little did I know that a Polish recovery publisher was looking on the internet for the agent for the book, to arrange a translation.

Directories and entries that list clients, even my web site, are all little showcases of books that I represent and can lead to new opportunities in the global publishing marketplace.

Another, more obvious benefit grows out of being a creative sounding board and helping shape the author’s new work. For this, I often use the Socratic method, sitting with an author and asking questions about their experience with the topic (since I only handle nonfiction) until a mutual “light bulb” goes off and what seems obvious finally reveals itself.

I remember sitting with psychologist and dream expert, Alan Siegel, for six hours, drinking coffee, helping to shape the idea for his first book, Dreams That Can Change Your Life.
Once the idea for a new project is shaped and focused, it becomes necessary to express that idea in a blueprint known as the book proposal. rint known as the book proposal.

The Book Proposal is a convention. It is formulaic. A way of establishing common ground among diverse book concepts so they can be judged. A secondary benefit derives from the fact that if an author goes through the exercise of creating a proposal, he or she will have a thorough understanding of the book they are proposing to write. For structuring the proposal, I prefer the model established by Mike Larsen in How To Write A Book Proposal . An agent, who has written dozens of proposals, assists the author in putting their unique proposal together. Because I have experience as a publisher, I can look at a proposal from that point of view and help make it bullet-proof.

Deciding what publishers should receive each proposal is part science and part art. It is based on past relationships as well as knowledge as to who is publishing what. Today, most submissions take place electronically via email.

Assuming you have done your homework well and that there is interest in your project, you will often have to wade through a minefield of questions and qualifications like “How much is written?” “Can the author beef up their platform?”

Today, an author is expected to take the lead in online efforts and social media used to promote their book. The agent will step forward to tutor the author in social media or to suggest classes or coaches who can help them learn how to promote their book online (blogging, email marketing, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Sometimes the first question an ac acquiring editor will ask is “What is his or her platform”. The conventional wisdom is that creating your platform is at least as important as writing your book.

Negotiating the major terms of a book contract is glamorous and sexy: Advance, royalty rate and subsidiary rights splits. Negotiating the rest of the contract is tedious but necessary. Option clauses, noncompetition clauses, right to audit and so on. Agents will know which publishers can give way on which clauses.

Once the contract is signed, the editorial process takes over. Generally, agents will step back and let the creative energy flow between editor and author. However, every once in a while, there arises a profound difference of opinion between author and editor. At this point, the agent steps forward to mediate the process, essentially becoming the author’s advocate to the editor and the editor’s advocate to the author, until the situation is rectified.

The same conflict resolution function takes place during the marketing phase of the book, something that often resembles “shuttle diplomacy.”

Agents are invaluable in helping authors decide what their next book should be and how this might fit in with a longer term career plan. Nowhere else can an author go for objective advice in either of these categories.

Looked at from this point of view, the agent-author relationship is one of the great bargains in publishing. The agent works on commission. On speculation. You don’t get paid. We don’t get paid. Chances are that the commission rate will be absorbed by the negotiating strength of the agent. That is, they will obtain an offer at least 15% better than you could have gotten yourself.

The agent functions as an editor and helps shape the book idea, offers advice on how to develop and build a promotional platform, helps create the book proposal, researches potential publishers, negotiates the major terms of the contract, negotiates the minor terms, smoothes over the editorial and marketing processes and helps maintain the publishing relationship.

Agents are not just dealmakers, they are midwives to the publishing process.

Peter Beren, Literary Agent and Publishing Consultant, is the author of The Writers Legal Companion, California the Beautiful and The Golden Gate. Formerly the Publisher of Sierra Club Books, VIA Books and VP of the Palace Press Group, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Words of an Angel


After losing her job at the local newspaper, Rayanne Bradley finally had the time to reach for one of her dreams—writing a book. What should have been an easy task end’s up getting off to a slow start, until the day her muse shows up. Now, whenever the masculine scent of musk mysteriously fills the air, her thoughts flow freely as she types them into what will become her book. As the manuscript unfolds, the mystery deepens and becomes entangled with coincidences. Could this be real? Had she met the long haired, sexy, man of her dreams? Could she believe and trust the words of an angel?


“Rayanne, I really want to thank you for this evening. I haven’t had such a wonderful night since I moved here,” he said after the waitress left their table.

“I have to agree with you, I’ve really enjoyed myself tonight.” She took another sip from her glass, then placed it back on the table. She was totally surprised when Caliban reached for her hand once it was free from holding the steam-ware. Shivers shot through her as she felt the warmth of his fingers on top of hers, his thumb lightly caressing the crease of her palm.

“There’s just one more thing I want to do before we call it a night,” he said with his deep, masculine voice.

Rayanne tilted her head to the side and looked at him quizzically. “And what would that be, Mr. Tempest?” She watched as he rose from his seat and stood at the side of the table, never letting go of her hand.

“I want to dance with you. Please, would you do me the honor?”

Rayanne couldn’t help but softly chuckle. “Are you serious? Here…now?” She’d never seen anyone ever get up and dance in the restaurant any of the times she’d been there. It just wasn’t that kind of place.

“I’m very serious,” he replied as he lifted her hand, gently tugging, persuading her to her feet. Still holding on to her hand, not giving her a chance to say no, he guided her a few feet away from their table where there was a small clearing. He turned and winked at her, pulling her closer into his embrace so they could dance.

Rayanne didn’t protest. She looked around and saw that the restaurant was practically empty, but saw that the few remaining customers and staff were all now watching them. She could only assume that they had to be thinking they were crazy. She looked up at her partner feeling slightly embarrassed, but the uneasy feeling was quickly replaced as her attention was drawn to the wonderful feeling of Caliban’s warm hand on her lower back as he moved her to the music’s beat.

“I think we’re being watched,” he chuckled, trying to get her to relax when he felt the tension in her body.

“Ya think?”

“Just pretend no one else is in the room except for you and me,” he spoke softly. He let go of her right hand and smoothly wrapped his arms around her waist pulling her just a little closer. He could feel the tension ease from her body as she relaxed and wrapped her arms around his neck. He looked down at her then murmured, “Trust me.”

Rayanne looked up into his dark eyes.  She did trust him that much was certain. With his arms wrapped around her she felt safe; that he wouldn’t let anything or anyone hurt her. Without saying a word she inched closer, until their bodies were completely touching as they swayed to the melody. Her left cheek rested on his shoulder, his long dark hair mixing with her own. She closed her eyes and breathed in his sensual, manly scent as the fingers of her right hand involuntarily began to rub his neck at the hair line. The corners of her mouth lifted when she heard the faintest gasp emanate from him. Then she felt his fingers move in a gentle, circular motion on her lower back, rousing an aching need at the very core of her womanhood, a feeling she hadn’t felt in a very long time.

“See, now this isn’t so bad, is it?” Caliban asked.

“Mmmm, no it isn’t,” Rayanne sighed. She was lost in the moment and no longer cared what anyone thought of them. The wonderful feelings at that instant far outweighed any criticism from on looking strangers. She turned her head, nuzzling her forehead into his neck. She felt his hold on her tighten slightly, as he brought his cheek down to touch hers. A gesture so normal, yet felt as if she was experiencing the intimacy of dancing for the very first time. She could feel his warm breath brush against her face each time he exhaled, stirring the need—and want, to experience more of his touch.

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Merle Temple's novel, A Ghostly Shade of Pale, Stirs Interest in Hollywood 

Tupelo, Mississippi, native Merle Temple has written his first novel, A Ghostly Shade of Pale. It has garnered warm reviews from readers and Southern Writer's Magazine calls it "suspense-driven and you will not want to put it down..., his personal experiences make it a compelling read from cover to cover..., memories have their way with him so those raw emotions would surface and be laid bare on page after page of remembrances, in order for his readers to feel what he felt." 

Criminal Minds' Jim Clemente says "Ghostly is a crime story as literature. Merle Temple is a great storyteller, writing to all of your senses. He weaves a story so detailed and complex, yet beautifully sinister, that the reader is immersed in the feeling of absolute reality." 

Producers are looking at Merle's novel for a possible movie or TV series, and Merle signed books for the casts of Criminal Minds and Major Crimes while in Hollywood to meet with producers. He also appeared on Media Mayhem in Beverly Hills. Host Allison Hope Weiner said, "Captures the South, the period in the 1960s...evocative of some of the great Southern writers...a taste and feeling for where you are...intriguing, a lot of layers in this fascinating book..." 

Signings from Tupelo's Gum Tree Bookstore to LifeWay in Hollywood, and Barnes and Noble in Las Vegas to Marlowe's in Memphis have been greeted with long lines of book lovers. The crime-mystery thriller is written as fiction but based on Merle's experiences as a narcotics agent in the first declared "War on Drugs" in the early 1970s.

History files on a bygone era are ripped open and rewritten in games of murder, betrayal, the macabre, and the supernatural in A Ghostly Shade of Pale. 

Michael Parker comes of age as the tranquility of the old South is shattered in the 1970s by civil unrest, the Vietnam War, and a wave of drug abuse that brings the war on drugs to his front door. Fresh out of Ole Miss, he joins the newly formed Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and enters a world he is not prepared for. A chain of events unfolds that lead him to become an unlikely player in a game of international intrigue and a clandestine struggle for the soul of America.

The remote crop-duster airfields of Mississippi become launching pads for soldiers of fortune hired by intelligence agencies to smuggle guns into Central America. They return with drugs to fund black operations and shape what their employers call the "Real America." These intelligence rogues employ Fredrick, a murderous psychopath, to manipulate protests against the war and as a contract assassin who has no remorse. They realize too late that his loyalties are not to them or to the communists he also manipulates as a double agent but to the voices in his head that speak to him incessantly.

An uneasy and complex alliance between these shadowy figures, organized crime bosses, and corrupt politicians form a matrix where Fredrick indulges his madness, slimy Mississippi politicians nurture their deviancy, and snipers ambush Michael and his agents on frozen fields of regret. A deadly game of cat and mouse threatens the life of the woman Michael loses and finds again as she washes down black beauties with champagne in the seamy Memphis nightclubs of the Dixie Mafia.

As he searches for an elusive peace and tries to resist the charms of his troubled lover, the Dixie Mafia tries to kill him, mob lawyers try to bribe him, and the Bureau of Narcotics is infiltrated and compromised. Parker, a modern paladin in search of just causes and dragons to slay, is a cop-philosopher commenting on the world in which he travels as he awakens at twenty-six to find that the whole of his life-his notion of right and wrong and good and evil-was all a lie.

The plan to alter America filters down to and corrupts government at all levels and claims the lives of those who could never know or imagine the origin of their demise. It all comes unraveled in the madness of Fredrick and the conflicted state police agent who unwittingly becomes the fly in the ointment to machinations he cannot begin to grasp until he is forced to fight for his life and the lives of those he loves against enemies seen and unseen. 

A Ghostly Shade of Pale, the first in a trilogy, is available in hardback and eBook (Nook, Kindle, and iTunes) at and Barnes and Noble at, Gum Tree Bookstore in Tupelo, MS., Square Books in Oxford, MS., TurnRow Books in Greenwood, MS., Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, MS., Barnes and Noble in Tupelo, MS and Henderson, Nevada, and LifeWay Books in Tupelo, MS. and Brea, CA.

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 Sharon’s life was at its fullest or so it seemed. She had one of the best paying jobs, a high flyer; climbing the career ladder at a pace most people could only imagine. Blessed with toys typical of the fast-paced 10916212662?profile=originallife, state of the art automobiles, jetting from one city to another on vacation, and been courted by the most eligible bachelor at work. What more can a girl possibly ask for?

 This was Sharon’s life until a sleeping beast from the past rose and dealt her an eternal wound. Would she recover from it?

Left alone by family and friends, she turned to the one who has the answers to the questions of life. A Rough Diamond portrays the frailty of human affections in the face of adversity, Sharon’s emotional battles with God who she held responsible for her woes and the strength that came when she decided to put her faith in an invisible God.

In this story, we will get to see that death is not the end of human existence; it is only a door to eternity.

From this classic piece, we will see how a life can be beautifully remolded and transformed by tragedy; how good can spin out of a tragic event and how the human spirit through faith in God can rise above every conceivable challenge of life.

Emotional, gripping and deeply moving, this is a book that will hold, possess and remain with you forever.

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Renee thought she had gone through the worse nightmare thought possible, but little did she know that more danger lurked in every shadow. Her intentions were to go back to Cuba and fulfill a promise made to ‘the two’ that helped her escape an unbelievable hell.

What she discovers on her return, changes her destiny and places her on a path that could only be imagined by the morbidly insane. Many questions remain… will she be able to fulfill the needs that have taken hold of what little heart she has left? Can the faith of a country girl turned breeder, with the help of those who would follow her into hell itself… be enough? Or will they find themselves in a situation that no one could get them out of?

*Not for the faint of heart*

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Murder Most Foul available now

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BLURB: When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.

The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. Determined to find the truth, before anymore killings, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.


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for my father on veteran's day

if we work hard and pray,
perhaps one day all wars
will go away

for my father on veteran's day

they stormed the beaches
on that cold gray day.
they did not know what to do
nor what to say....
they ran straight ahead into enemy fire
friends around them shot dead
such scenario dire.
yet fought they did
for the freedoms they believe.
we are thankful for those who made it
and for those who didnot, we grieve.
for without these heroes
we could not type these words
stand for that which matters
have our voices heard.

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Self Introduction

I am Terry S Bradley. The Creator and Founder of Nubbiebee's. A 2012 Award Winning Poet, Children's Book Author, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Activists and Idealist. It is with "Hope and Belief" that all things are possible. Though I am not charismatic I am indeed (cazsmatic) in my ability to overcome by the grace of God. With just a simple motto of 'Dream Big, Hope and Belief Equals The Power to Overcome!' I am neither special or deserving of the many blessings that I have received. But I can tell you that irregardless of your life's path, you hold the keys in finding your way even if you're the only one that believes in yourself. Your greatest gift will be in helping others, if only to believe in themselves!

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Can A Child's Voice Save An Adult?

It's time to listen to our children. They come here attached to their intuition until parents, society, environment, religion (and the list goes on) invades their ability to hear their intuitive (God) voice. They are fresh young spirits here to tell us something and if we stop and listen, we will learn new things.

In my novel, "Through Eyes That See," Darcy Preyer clearly sees the truth about the adults around her but since she is a young adult no one listens to her. After all, what could a teenager teach an adult? Her mother, Lillie Preyer, is wrapped up in the idea that the new man in her life, Wilder Coles, is a gift from God since he is a "God-fearing Christian".

So, at the tender age of thirteen, Darcy begins to question her belief system and the conventional bible-believing adults who instilled it. After Wilder and Lillie marry, Darcy finds herself trapped in an abusive home where she is silenced and neglected. Her intuition of what is right and true is constantly challenged by her home life. She is thrust into hell on earth as she realizes the adults around her are blinded from the truth. Confused, Darcy retreats into a world where she is occupied by serious questions. Afraid of losing her inner voice, she embraces new ways of coping to avoid her contradictory reality

Can you think of a time, when you were young, when you could have changed a situation for the better, if only your parents had listened to you? 

Let's open our hearts, open our ears, close our mouths and listen. It will be good for you and for the child.


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Fighting Stance

His movements are swift and elegant. The aesthetics of Tai Chi are all important to him, especially stances. One recalls animals and at times a butterfly, being here and there, resting for a few seconds with sudden bursts of movement that are of dire consequence to his opponent, and certainly deadly to his enemies in battle. Yet he always seems a dancer, fleet-footed with bursts of speed and in repose as if frozen for a moment, to gain the concentration resorting back to his inner and outer balance he'll need to finally overthrow his opponent with harmonious arm movements. And at times it looks a confusing exchange of fast and furious arm movements, pushing hands, as it’s called in layman terms, trying to catch the opponent for a throw. It becomes faster, more furious and reminds Kathy of kungfu movies she had watched with Goran, when he studied other fighters in various disciplines.

Goran seems to have slowed down and his opponent senses an opportunity for a throw, but just as he attacks and thinks he has gained control of a move, Goran turns with the speed of a feral cat and catching his opponent unaware throws him to the floor. There’s big applause from the Goran camp, who wants their favourite fighter to win. At the opposite side the hall the supporters of his opponent are quiet, some are booing, with a dusky man in their midst looking angry..

"It is wonderful to watch Goran, don't you think?' Kathy addresses her friend Susan; she had asked to accompany her to the quarterfinals of the local championship, where Goran is contender for the top spot again.

"I do not understand much of martial arts," Susan replies, "but it certainly draws one into its ban." Kathy smiles."I guess I am biased,"

"After all he is an exceptional man, Kathy."

"I adore him, venerate him and I am in love with him."

"I am glad for you Kathy."

The fight has passed its main part and Goran leads the scoreboard. The gong announces the end of the fight. Goran is declared the winner by points. Kathy jumps up with joy and sends a kiss to Goran who bows.

While the two friends have a drink at the adjoining cafe waiting for Goran to fetch them, Kathy congratulates him on her cellphone. Shortly thereafter Goran calls her back.

"He'll be here in 10 minutes," Kathy tells Susan, whose emergency beeper signals and she checks it.

"Unfortunately I have to go, Kathy, a patient needs my urgent attention.

"Pitty you cannot meet Goran, but I appreciate you could come at such short notice."

"Sometimes I have a chance to sneak out." She smiles."Bye Kathy, stay in touch."

"Bye Susan see you sometime soon."

"Allright, when I have another chance to get away." Kathy watches her friend move and she muses about her. What a wonderful person Susan is, always ready to help people in need, especially the burns unit she had put up from her fundraising: Selfless and capable, one of the best maxillofacial surgeons in Europe. It had been not an easy start for Susan. She had been sponsored by a wealthy eccentric, who had a sexual deviation and abused her. However she wanted to be a surgeon and financed her studies by succumbing to her sponsor's unusual needs.

"A penny for your thoughts."

"Hi Goran," Kathy kissed him. "Congratulations for your win."

"Thanks, it was not an easy fight." 

"But you did well Goran." He smiles at her with a boyish grin, his lips curling. Kathy loves this expression, the one she remembers best when she fell in love with him the first time.

"Where is your friend?" Kathy stirs.

"Oh you mean Susan. She had to run off to a patient."

"Ah doctors are always on the move."

"She promised to keep in touch. Perhaps we can arrange a lunch?"

"Certainly. I would like to meet her."

"Let's go Goran; I have booked a table at your favourite restaurant."

"In that case I am ready."

"Allright. I drive." Kathy takes his arm and Goran's sinewy body touches hers for a moment. A spark of electricity enters Kathy's thighs and she is stirred. Wow, she thinks, one touch and she is all feeling ready for his embrace. It is wonderful to love Goran and sense that our libidos are working so strong. She presses the remote to her car and Goran opens the door for her. She swings into her seat with her mini dress sliding up her legs. Goran joins her and he gazes at Kathy's legs. She has started the car and drives off. Goran places his hand on her thigh. Kathy looks at him shortly and a pleasurable feeling chases up her spine. Kathy drives the short distance from the club to the restaurant. Goran’s hand aroused her and she opens her legs slightly. By the time they arrive at the restaurant she senses that Goran is ready for some more intimacy. She parks the car. Then she cannot wait to embrace him. They kiss and she touches him. He is aroused.

“I want you Goran.”

“I want you too Kathy.”

“It’s not possible to do it in the car.”

“Let’s try the backseat.” Goran smiles and opens the back door, takes a seat and waits for Cathy to follow. Kathy’s sexual appetite heightened, she falls over Goran’s body, opens his waist button and lowering his pants she starts devouring him. Goran slides his hand below her soft top. Their intimacy is intense and Goran peaks.

“Kathy you were wonderful, how I enjoy your oral attention.”

“I love all of you Goran, my man!” Kathy cleans Goran up and they adjust their clothes. Kathy locks her Subaru and they both head toward the facilities to clean up.

The maitre welcomes them.

“Ah Mr Goran, nice to see you again and Mrs Cathy.”

“Good day Alexandros, nice being here.” He takes them to Goran’s usual table overlooking the Saronic Gulf. Goran gazes at Kathy, still in awe of her seducing skills. ‘The kiss of life’ she calls it. Goran smiles.

“Look Goran how wonderful calm the sea looks today.”

“It is you who look wonderful,” he says and Kathy takes his hands and squeezes them. Their knees meet below the table. Goran feels a new sensation through Kathy’s touches and as he gazes into her eyes, he feels great desire for her moving his hand below the tablecloth and touching Kathy’s inner thighs. “Oh Goran,” she moans, “You have the sparks to arouse me again.” He looks into her eyes that have taken on the blue-green colour of the sea. A scent of jasmine is in the air from a bowl of flowers nearby. She is so special to me, Goran muses. My hurting from the fight is gone and I feel like a reborn child. Kathy looks into Goran’s eyes that have a lively brown sprinkling around his iris that had become translucent green.

“We complement each other Goran,” she coos, but by now my stomach grumbles.”

“OK, let’s order Kathy.” He winks at the maitre‘d who takes their orders.

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Evidence of Insanity

5.0 out of 5 stars Irrepressible Spirit,
This review is from: Evidence of Insanity (Paperback)

EVIDENCE OF INSANITY has an untamable spirit. It's the memoir of the highlights (and lowlights) of a spitfire of a woman raised in small town North Carolina circa 1960. It's told first-person in her voice with charm, verve and lots of personality. The characters and settings of each episode are rendered creatively and memorably.

I loved the childhood of her growing up as a young girl. She experiences serious travails as the adult world pummels her family, primarily by a cheatin', hard drinkin', mean but church-goin' father. Her hell-cat mother fights back and throws him out (an unconventional move then and there) and subjects the five children to poverty and humiliation. Some circumstances would make some readers cry with pity but Piner will have none of that. None of this can keep down the irrepressible spirit of the young girl. She recounts the tragi-comedy episodes and their characters with such daring and boldness you'll be glued to the page. She unleashes a wild humor and emulates her feisty, independent mother as she turns the travails into adventures. She is quite happy not being molded into a "normal" (boring!) family.

There's some wicked funny stuff here. The ghost in the bedroom is a riot. Her mother rams her car into her husband's Cadillac when she sees him with another woman - giving all the denting details. Roller skates fly all over town when the rink her mother worked at is demolished in a hurricane. That's where crazy comes in. You know the kind of crazy you may call your friends when they do something outrageous for fun. Insane crazy. But Piner can also write expressively and skillfully as in the following quote.

"He [Daddy] knew I had been watching the butterfly, so he reached down, not a word was said, and snatched the butterfly out of the air by its wings....he pinned it to my hat, close to my right ear. It was still alive and struggling. He watched me a minute to see if I was going to cry or something. When all I did was give him what I hoped was an evil eye, he cussed me and stalked off....I got up, walked into the house and headed for the kitchen where it seemed Momma spent all her time. I got right in front of her. Daddy was half sprawled over the kitchen table cramming a piece of chicken down his gullet. I didn't say a word. I just glared at Momma, willing her to look down at me. When she did, she saw the butterfly, never doubting how it got pinned to my hat. She calmly reached down and unpinned it. It was dead by then, because there was no struggling coming from it. She looked me straight in the eye, turned and quietly dropped it in the trash. Her way of telling me to do something about something I could do something about and leave what I had no control over to her fine, competent hands. I was too young, too small. She, however, was tall enough to walk over to the kitchen table when Daddy was still feeding his face and..."

For me this book looks at life like one of those wild roller coaster rides. Up or down, there's never a dull moment with Carol Piner. I turned the pages eyes wide open, eager to see what was coming around the next bend.       Review by John Cooker. The image is the cover that I painted. She's Raven10916213695?profile=original

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