Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#Writers Room #Author Tom Bryson Spotlighted

Tom Bryson says:  I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland, in the historic city of Derry - Londonderry aptly coined 'Stroke City'.'So - where do you come from, Tom?' I hear you ask. I  now live in the West Midlands of England in the attractive village of Kinver and write novels. Developing an e-book/pod publishing venture is proving quite a challenge and eats into my writing time. Only myself to blame For That though .. My published novels are crime thrillers 'TOO SMART TO DIE' and 'SARCOPHAGUS' in e-book and print format on Amazon and Lulu.com. I have similarly published an illustrated short story 'ZEPPELIN THE EDGE OF KINVER'. My latest novel is nearing completion - once again featuring Birmingham based DCI Matt Proctor - Whose murder Investigations take him into the deadly world of sport's spot-fixing gambling syndicates. (Provisional title 'IN IT FOR THE MONEY')  In the past, my short stories published in anthologies Have Been With Some Radio broadcasts and one-act plays directed and performed professionally in West Midlands theater / arts venue. 

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SARCOPHAGUS


‘A taut,pacy thriller’. Bomb disposal expert Greg Stevens' past returns to haunt him when he is blackmailed into investigating powerful Mafioso oligarch Bogdan Katchenko in Kiev, Ukraine. Greg nearly died twenty years earlier in Ulster - now he faces not only danger to his own and his family's lives - but a threat to millions from a 9/11 PLUS terrorist attack. 'Menacing’. In Kiev, he teams up with US Homeland Security agent Sean O'Neill - an ex journalist friend from his army days. In a world of bluff and counter-bluff Greg and O'Neill must work together to fight corrupt political and business interests, while battling tensions from their own conflicting agendas. What comes first? Your country; or you and your family's lives? A thriller about torn loyalties, betrayal and political corruption - and a man and woman's search for love. Available in print and e-book format.


TOO SMART TO DIE


Cop Matt Proctor, investigating a gruesome murder, is charged with drug dealing corruption and kicked out of the police. He fights to clear his name while hunting down a cyberworld cult that brings killing from computer gaming to the streets - who target Proctor and stalk his daughter Sarah as their next victims. 

He also has relationship issues with police colleague Inspector Azzra Mukherjee... 


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Monday, September 29, 2014

#Leadership Great leaders never lose sight of the big picture


Good leaders never shrink from dealing with the realities of the here and now, no matter how depressing they might be. Yet, they never lose sight of the big picture and what the ultimate future looks like.


Leadership must stay in touch with both the present and the future. Vision separates leaders from followers. 



Which one are you?


Followers                                                              

1) Sees the here and now                          
2) Driven by the atmosphere of today       
3) Limited perspective on their abilities   
4) Can be diverted by today’s losses        
5) Key word: immediate                              

Leaders

1.) See the ultimate goals and potential

2.) Driven by their vision of tomorrow

3.) Larger perspective on everyone's abilities

4.) Stays on track by focusing on the goal

5.) Key word: ultimate





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Sunday, September 28, 2014

#Sunday #Snippet The Knight of the Dixie Wilds

Today's Sunday Snippet comes from The Knight of the Dixie Wilds. Based on true events set after the American Civil War, this book will give you a glimpse into the Reconstruction Years of the South.

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Maggie had also drawn her pistol. The picket stepped behind a tree and said, “Don’t shoot Maggie; it is I, Hal Douglas.”
Maggie re-holstered her gun and demanded, “What are you doing in the jungle at this late hour?”
“I will ask you the same question,” replied Hal. “What brought you here?”
With a mischievous smile, Maggie replied, “My horse brought me.”
“Don’t get smart with me this time, Maggie. I am on picket duty. Now, tell me why you are here.”
“All right, Hal, I will tell you. I heard it whispered yesterday that the recall of Buck was being considered. It was reasonable to suppose that Colonel Tyler would be consulted on the matter.
“I want to speak to him before the question is disposed of. En route to his house this evening, I saw him and Bill Thompson riding toward the swamp. As a matter of policy, I did not follow at once, but soon after they were out of sight, I took up their trail and followed it to this point.
“Move out of the trail and let me pass. I must find them.”
“You can go no farther, Maggie. The Clan is in session under those large trees over there by the lake and my orders are to let no one except a Clansman pass that way.”
“Go tell Colonel Tyler to come here. If you refuse to do this, I will ride into their presence.”




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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Editorial Style Part 4 #writing

What Is Editorial Style?

Editorial style is commonly confused with writing style. While writing style may refer to a writer's unique voice or application of language, editorial style refers to a set of guidelines that editors use to help make your words as consistent and effective as possible. A good book editor will be sensitive to maintaining a balance between your unique writing style—your voice—and editorial style. Studies have shown that consistent editorial style not only lends credibility to your work but also makes it easier to read and understand.

Word Choice and Consistency

Capitalize brand names (e.g., Popsicle, Kleenex, Kool-Aid).

Use American English (e.g., criticize not criticise) unless the context, setting or audience dictates otherwise.
When Merriam-Webster lists multiple spellings of a single word, use the topmost spelling (e.g., judgment, not judgement).

Commonly Misspelled and Mis-capitalized Words

Acknowledgments (no e after the g)

Foreword (not Forward, when referring to front matter in a book)

Internet (always with a capital I)

e-mail (with a hyphen after the e)

In-Text References

Do not use in-text references that refer the reader to a particular page or page number (e.g., on the previous page or on page 52). When your book is converted from an 8.5" x 11" page, the formatting and page numbers change, making all such references invalid. If you do make in-text references, either make them relative (e.g., later in this chapter, in chapter 5, in the following paragraph) or be sure to correct these after your book is formatted.

Citation, References, and Bibliographies

Authors have two main choices for dealing with sources:

Use author-date parenthetical citations within the text, paired with a bibliography.

Use endnotes and a bibliography.

Author-Date System

When you use something specific from a source, such as a quote or a paraphrase, one option is to use a parenthetical text citation in author-date style. (If you use this method, you will need a bibliography.) For example:

A dog can improve your life by giving you unconditional love, developing responsibility in your children, providing you with security against intruders, and perhaps even lowering your blood pressure (Wyant 1999, 29).

Endnotes/Bibliography

Another option is to create a footnote. Here is an example of how a small numeral is placed within the text to reference a footnote:

Many people have found that caring for these loving companions has actually resulted in lower blood pressure.1

The reader can then look to the corresponding footnote to find information on the book you quoted. In a book, endnotes appear at the end of a chapter or, more commonly (because they are easier to locate), at the back of the book. If you put your endnotes at the back of the book, strongly consider including a bibliography to expand on any publication information that does not appear in the endnotes. Endnotes are preferred over footnotes for books that appeal to scholarly and general audiences. Here is an example of a footnote that would be used in conjunction with a full bibliography:

1. Wyant, The Dog Lover's Guide to Life, 29.
The corresponding bibliographic entry would give more information:
Wyant, Wendy. The Dog Lover's Guide to Life: How Your Dog Can Make You a Better Person. New York: Star Spirit Press, 1999.
Bibliography Style

iUniverse follows the style below for referencing books and periodicals in bibliographies.
Referencing Books
Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. City, State of Publication: Publisher's Name, Year.
Referencing Periodicals
Lastname, Firstname. Year. Title of Journal Article. Journal Name Vol: Page–Range.

Permissions

If you've borrowed material from other copyrighted sources, you may find yourself wondering whether you need to seek written permission to use another author's words or thoughts. While you must cite the source for every quotation or paraphrase you decide to use, some borrowed material requires further permission from the copyright owner before it can be used in your book.

If you're still unsure whether you need to seek permission, refer to chapter 4, "Rights and Permissions," in the Chicago Manual of Style. You can also look to the website of the National Copyright Office.
Once you've determined what permissions are necessary, you'll need to send a formal request to the copyright holder. Our sample permissions letter (PDF 61KB) provides a helpful template for preparing your requests.





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Friday, September 26, 2014

Power Greens Breakfast Skillet


Start your day off right with this veggie and protein-packed breakfast skillet. It’s loaded with dark, leafy greens and sweet, caramelized onions. Elle Penner, R.D., notes it’s perfect for weekends or weekdays—just caramelize those onions ahead of time for a mouth-watering breakfast in under 10 minutes!
   

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)
4 cups assorted greens like kale, spinach, baby swiss chard (chopped if not baby greens)
3 eggs
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of salt & fresh cracked pepper

Directions

In a medium size cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium to medium-low heat. Add onion, stir to coat. Allow at least 30 minutes for the onions to caramelize. Stir every so often so the onions don’t burn. They will be done when they have a deep brown color.

When onions are done, set the oven broiler to Low and move the rack to the middle if it’s not there already. Add greens to the skillet and continue to cook on the stove until wilted. The amount of time will vary depending on the type of greens you use. Form 3 wells for the eggs. Crack one egg into each well and cook for 3-4 minutes until whites start to set. Sprinkle with cheese before transferring to oven and broil eggs until they are cooked to your liking.

Note: Caramelize extra onions to make another skillet later in the week. Use 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil per onion. Leftover onions should keep in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 2  |  Serving Size: 1/2 of skillet

Per serving: Calories: 285 ; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 271mg; Sodium: 357mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 17g


Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 856mg; Vitamin C: 281%; Vitamin A: 266%; Iron: 19%; Calcium: 34% 



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#History: U.S. Nuclear Disaster Narrowly Avoided in 1961

A B-52 bomber like this one broke up in mid-air and dropped its payload over Greensboro, N.C., in 1961.

A U.S. nuclear incident worse than those in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was avoided only by luck one night in 1961, as two atomic bombs hit the ground near Goldsboro, N.C., CNN reported.
A B-52 bomber flying over the area had a right wing failure, CNN reported a declassified National Security Archive document as saying. The plane broke apart and its passengers, the two bombs, fell out.
One of the bombs' parachute deployed; the other did not. And the sequence to arm and detonate the bombs began on both. Both bombs hit the ground, but amazingly, didn't go off. Mechanical failures on both bombs kept them from exploding.

PHOTOS: Cold War-Era Satellite Images Reveal Lost Cities

If they had detonated, the damage would have killed tens of thousands of people. The bombs' explosive yield was 3.8 megatons. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 0.01 and 0.02 megatons.
While not common, accidents like these do happen at the rate of about one a year -- or at least they did between 1950 and 1980, when there were 32 accidents involving nuclear weapons, according to CNN.
According to CNN's reports, "There are at least 21 declassified accounts between 1950 and 1968 of aircraft-related incidents in which nuclear weapons were lost, accidentally dropped, jettisoned for safety reasons or on board planes that crashed.

Rare Photos Show Civil War Life

"The accidents occurred in various U.S. states, Greenland, Spain, Morocco and England, and over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the Mediterranean Sea."
As for the Goldsboro incident, at the time, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara commented: "By the slightest margin of chance, literally the failure of two wires to cross, a nuclear explosion was averted."
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#History: WWII: Test your knowledge; British Spitfires mistakes…


Fact: The first British air raid of the war, on September 6, 1939, resulted from a disastrous false alarm. British Spitfires mistakenly shot down two British Hurricanes. There were no German aircraft over England.

1)   Where did the largest tank battle in history take place?

          a)   Tunisia
          b)   Ardennes Forest
          c)   Kursk

2)   What was the name of the bridge at Sant’Angelo, Italy, over the Rapido?

          a)   Brooklyn Bridge
          b)   London Bridge
          c)   Mussolini Bridge

3)   Which was the only major surrender after D-Day that was not accepted in the name of the Allied powers?

          a)   Rome
          b)   Paris
          c)   Berlin

4)   The first Allied troops to cross the Strait of Messina and set foot on the Italian peninsula were under the command of:

          a)   Mark Clark
          b)   Bernard Law Montgomery
          c)   George Patton

5)   How many .50 caliber machine guns were on board B-17 Flying Fortresses?

          a)   Eight
          b)   Thirteen
          c)   Between fifteen and twenty


Answers:

1)   Around the Kursk salient in July 1943, where the Russians and Germans employed approximately 3,000 tanks. Germany lost more than 400 tanks in the conflict.

2)   London Bridge

3)   Paris. It was accepted in the name of the Provisional Government of the French Republic, according to instructions de Gaulle had given General Leclerc.

4)   The Eighth Army, under Montgomery, did it on September 3, 1943.

5)   Thirteen




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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#Writer Room #Author Mike Bove Spotlighted


Mike Bove, grew up in Vermont. I wrote articles and drew cartoons for his college newspaper. Mike was as actor and manager Involved in High school, College and Community theater. I have adapted a Russian folk tale the Nosebag , for the stage, produced and directed it. He is a public school teacher, track and soccer coach. He moved to Cape Cod where I Became a avid fisherman and golfer. His first book Willowtree  was  published in 2011.

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"Willowtree" by Mike Bove is a mystery set in a small town in Arizona. I hesitate to add 'cozy' to that description because that term conjures up garrulous, bumbling amateurs enthusiastically poking around in affairs that don't concern them. This isn't the case here as Bruce DelReno finds himself dragged into affairs very reluctantly after stumbling across some bones during a golfing session. Bruce has recently retired as a mailman and is filling a lot of his new free time with golf. And whilst it is true that there isn't any full frontal violence or gore in the story, a requirement of 'cozy', it has at its heart a person's death which is inescapably a brutal act. Bruce uses his local knowledge and tenacity to solve the case.

"Willowtree" is not just about a murder. There is an interesting look at life after retirement. Bruce is coping well mainly through his keen interest in golf but his wife Genny feels she is not ready to completely stop contributing her skills. Bruce's interest in golf provides an extra layer to the story. You don't need to be a golfer to appreciate it and it is quite handy to pick up a few pointers as to what it is all about the next time you see it on TV. Bruce is a very real person. He is grumpy, witty, and caring and he can be annoying. He is a flawed and unlikely hero. But he is determined and curious and he sees this mystery through to the end. He is also a loyal friend and there is a great sense of trust and comradeship between him and the companions who he ropes in to help in his investigations. 


Taryn Maguire was good at hitting the shot called a stinger, good enough to get on the PGA Tour. Taryn was called Stinger. A top golfer, he was also known as a humanitarian. He was found brutally murdered after returning to Willowtree, Arizona, his hometown, for a charity event. 

Bruce DelReno, a retired postman and golf enthusiast, found the body and becomes emotionally involved in the murder investigation. With his friends, including Ben Samuel, his Apache sidekick, he uncovers secrets long held by people in Willowtree. When Stinger’s own secret is discovered it becomes a bigger story than his death. Fans of Willowtree, the first Bruce DelReno Mystery, will find more of Bruce’s unique relationships with friends, the police, witnesses, and suspects.


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She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

4 ways to Develop #Leadership Qualities


Have you ever wondered what qualifies a person to be a leader? Most natural leaders don’t aspire to be great leaders; they aspire to be great persons. Personal qualifications lead to leadership qualifications. When leaders lead their own lives well, others naturally want to follow.

Consider Mother Theresa of Calcutta, India. It is doubtful she ever said, “I am going to set out to be a great leader!” Yet that is what she became by determining to be the person God created her to be. She developed personal qualities that became leadership qualities.

If we want out leadership to last, we must pay attention to four crucial elements:

1) Character.
          a) Character enables us to do what is right even when it seems difficult.

2) Perspective.
          a) Perspective enables us to understand what must happen to reach a goal.

3) Courage.
          a) Courage enables us to initiate and take the risks to step out toward a worthy goal.

4) Favor.
          a) Favor enables us to attract and empower others to join us in the cause.






Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.


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