Monday, May 11, 2020

Straight From the Mouth of J. Richman Author of A Man's Late Night Thoughts

A Man’s late night thoughts did not start as a book. In the beginning it was a daily journal that I wrote each night I wrote a review of my days active and added my reaction and if I learned anything. I put that into a very short thought.

Then strange things happen. If during the day I would hear a odd word I found myself forming a raw thought that was a reflect of my past and that word---I made a note and placed the note by my computer and held in place by a plastic chunk of dog poop
From time to time late at night I review those raw ideas and started to rewrite them. Clean them up and shorten by removing unnecessary words---many of these were reworded a dozen times over time. Some were crap, some were great---I started to share these with friends and my kids---and when they added up to over a 100 I stared to think ---book---now 344 original  thoughts
These thoughts were about forgiving our self and others for deeds that could only fit into a nightmare.
Many were observation of screw ups that all men yes all of us do, but do not express our inter reactions. but should. Many our negative thoughts  come from the actions and words of other people that effect us---guilt trips that a boss or wife or so call friends try to give us, lesson is we do not to go—not required trip.
Forgive your self---few other will. One can say to yourself or other—that was before I knew better.
When women read the 344 thoughts and they gain knowledge of their man’s thinking and can change their reactions to how they handle problems in a way that will not further hurt their man and make every far worse.
At the same time many of the thoughts will give insight to all ladies problems and perhaps alter their life and how they think of themselves. Can I unwound you—Can you unwound me
Every man and every women or every teenager will like them self better after reading these thoughts

About the Book 

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS by J. Richman is a creative and life-affirming collection of ponderings that expose the deep thoughts and feelings of a man who has lived a life full of diverse experiences and challenges. This uniquely constructed compilation of more than 300 reflections focuses on several areas of living, including intimate relationships and acceptance of human frailty, as well as the author’s internal conflicts.

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS homes in on the complications inherent in intimate relationships from the opening pages of the book: “Problems accrue when we confuse how a woman looks with who she is.” Richman brings the perspective of a mature man to the lessons on love presented in the book, including, “Exploitation of another depreciates both parties,” and “The reason we fall in love with flawed people is that that’s the only kind of people there are.”

In addition to offering a brief study of intimate relationships, A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS probes human frailty and offers readers guidance in accepting this fact. “We must learn to be strong enough to be gentle,” brings into focus the need to deliberately work at treating people well. The author also encourages readers to show self-compassion when dealing with their own baggage: “Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the wreckage of our lives, but we must! Take heart! We are more than our mistakes.”

In A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, Richman further challenges readers to take the reins of their lives when he says, “Name those things that you would do if you had no fear then do something about it.” He offers words of caution regarding political rhetoric: “Beware of politicians who whip up emotions to make us suspicious of others unlike us.” And rounds the book out by sharing his internal conflicts: “The world has bent me more than I have bent it”; “too often my logical mind and my emotional mind are hostile enemies”; “every time I look in the mirror, I expect to see a younger man.”

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS began as a series of notes that Richman wrote to himself. “I found that if I do not write out my true, and often painful, thoughts and feelings, I do not deal with them.” Richman wishes a book like this one had been available when he was a boy because the knowledge enclosed could have assisted him in navigating his teenage and young adult years. He hopes A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS will assure men that they are not alone in their quiet musings. For women, Richman believes the book will provide a window into men’s unexpressed emotions.

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About the Author

Richman is the author of A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, a collection of thoughts about life, relationships, and humanity.

Richman’s work history includes his service as an undercover intelligence officer in the US Air Force; later, he established a thriving business in real estate investment. For 16 years, Richman owned and operated Modify My Mortgage, a company that worked with homeowners to prevent foreclosures. His business success allowed Richman the time to pursue his passions, which included serving as the president of Nova, a workshop that provided work and life skills training for clients with disabilities; cofounding A Way Across, a drop-in center for teenagers with emotional and substance abuse problems; and fundraising for several more public service groups.

Richman enjoys writing and editing at night after allowing his ideas to blossom and expand during the day. The author is married with three sons and five grandsons.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Straight From the Mouth of Dr. Anne Watson Author FLASH! THE SCIENCE BEHIND INTUITION


Intuition For All, But Does That Include People With Learning Disabilities?
By Dr. Anne Watson
So, the question put to me is, “Does everybody receive intuitions, messages from light?
Yes.
Everybody. 
No one alive gets left out of the blanketing of beneficial intuitions sent to them all the time. 
Like radio receivers, we are tuned into the energy field, sometimes called Source, Zero Point Field, the Akashic Field, the vibrational grid. Call it what you will, it is the non-Earthly plane where memories are stored, and from which thoughts and ideas originate and come to us as holographic messages in light. This is all explained in my book, FLASH! The Science Behind Intuition. 
If we pay attention to these intuitions and do as they suggest, we get in harmony with the harmony vibrations these messages send to us, and our lives become easier, “like butter.” But, if we fight them, overrule them, forget about them, or even scorn them, things don’t go smoothly and we end up saying “Darn, I wish I had listened to my instinct” or  “Why is everything going wrong for me?”
When I started to write FLASH! The Science Behind Intuition, I was puzzling about brain behavior in the children I taught who were Learning Disabled. A directed vision came along and in a flash I understood how LD kids could so frequently know the answer to a question or a problem and prepare to get it right, but due to neuronal derailing, get it wrong. The big puzzle of how their brains knew the questions in advance was suddenly solved. Intuitions, aided by a brain process called preafference, prime the brain for what is to come, before it arrives.
The problem with my LD kids (ADHD and Language Learning Disabilities) was not that they didn’t receive the incoming messages, but that the neural pathways being prepared to execute the commands too frequently glitched for them. The neuronal impulse derailed, or shunted off to an irrelevant or dead end spur. Misbehaved. Betrayed.
There are all sorts of things that can go wrong from inception to effection, from thought to action. Think about how these brain states will impact the carrying out of intuitions: anxious brain, busy brain, damaged brain, daydreaming brain, depressed brain, drugged-out brain, fearful brain, “i-mind” brain, lovestruck brain, stressed out brain, pressured brain, tuned out brain, and in the case of LD wrongly wired brain or physically damaged brain, and in severe cases of anencephaly, missing brain. 
Some of these mind states can be temporary, while others are permanent or permanent until (miraculously) cured. Many of these mind states cause, or are caused by neuronal trains that loop or derail, instead of moving forward: they stall, stay in one place, or bounce around from one rumination to another, messing with the focused, alert, and calm state required to be open to intuition.
Therefore, while everybody receives intuitions, not all people can always effectively get in harmony with their messages. This is, unfortunately, true for people with LD.
What to do?
Train the Learning Disabled or otherwise glitching brain to come into a controlled, alert, focused mind state, through meditation and/or EEG neurofeedback training. Train long and hard. Train as if the harmony of the planets rests upon successful individual mind state control, for it does.
Anne Watson is a Canadian author and educator and co-author of So You Have to Go to Court! A Child’s Guide to Testifying as a Witness in Child Abuse Cases with Wendy Harvey. She was raised in England, trained as a teacher, and after starting teaching in Canada at Thistletown Regional Centre School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, she then taught in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, and in Palm Beach County USA. Just before beginning doctoral studies in Special Education Psychology at U. of T., she travelled right around the world. Once a doctor, she became a Prof at UBC and later at Trent U., then switched to doing psychoeducational assessments (CSI of the brain!). After 30 years of midnight oil reports and early morning parent meetings she retired to concentrate on writing and art. Her calling is to help people contact their Inner Voice – the Universe – by fast tracking open brain states using EEG devices, some of which can be glimpsed in a couple of scenes in her just finished movie, “A Thousand Reasons.” She has two successful adult kids and one almost grown up granddaughter.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Twitter Link: @Post_Hypnotic

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Straight from the Mouth of Kiran Bhat, Author of 'we of the forgotten world'

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Website  → http://iguanabooks.ca/








 Interview

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author? 

I don’t know if I wanted to be an author, really. I just think by disposition I have a lot of things to say, and I use writing as the medium to which I do it. I suppose all of us as artists want to take a medium and use it to make someone who isn’t us fully understand us, to the pulse of our muscles to the cracks of our ribs. I just chose writing because that’s the one I am best at, I suppose.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands? 

Honestly, it’s hard for me to assess that now. I like being a public speaker, and going on tour, and having people show a genuine interest in my book. At the same time, my life hasn’t changed so much yet. The only thing is that I’m just much busier, and that is not something I like, at all.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like? 

A mix! Yes, a mix. I am hybrid published, in that I paid for my publishing, but was vetted by an editor. It was the best option for me at the moment, so I don’t think I have much to say for it. I hope that I keep doing better and building my portfolio out.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry?

 It’s extremely close-minded for an industry purporting to want to discover newcomers. People who innovate or have things to say don’t have much space to be published anymore, and so much of that which gets published is too clinical and banal.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you? 

It was very difficult for my parents. They are very traditional minded, and really wished that I took the traditional path, too. At the same time, now that more people are learning about my writing, and I am doing so many events, they are proud of me. I only hope I keep proving myself write.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process? 

Nothing crazy has happened yet; will let you know later if anything does.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid? 

I really like facebook, but that is because I’m a traveler, and I use it to keep in touch with all the people I know. I really like the idea of twitter on paper, but I find it hard to use. I suppose it is because the communicative capabilities of it are endless, and when I see so many tweets not getting a like from anyone else, I feel like I’m cutting my skin into peels and throwing it into the garbage dump


What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about? 

The fires in Australia, the upcoming war with Iran, the CAB amendment in India... God, just too much!

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I guess I just love believing that I am finally getting a book out, and hoping that people will equally be ready to hear what I have to say!

About the Book



The Internet has connected – and continues to connect – billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.

In, we of the forsaken world, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.

Like modern communication networks, the stories in , we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.

As Bhat notes, his characters “largely live their own lives, deal with their own problems, and exist independently of the fact that they inhabit the same space. This becomes a parable of globalization, but in a literary text.”

Bhat continues:  “I wanted to imagine a globalism, but one that was bottom-to-top, and using globalism to imagine new terrains, for the sake of fiction, for the sake of humanity’s intellectual growth.”

“These are stories that could be directly ripped from our headlines. I think each of these stories is very much its own vignette, and each of these vignettes gives a lot of insight into human nature, as a whole.”

we of the forsaken world takes pride of place next to such notable literary works as David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2004, and Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, which was listed by the New York Times as one of its Best Books of 2017

Bhat’s epic also stands comfortably with the works of contemporary visionaries such as Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Straight from the Mouth of Author Paul Martin Midden


The Perils and Joys of Publishing

Publishing these days is both a simple and a treacherous thing to do. There are so many tools and resources to create a book, and there are numerous ways to get taken by seeming unscrupulous companies and individuals.

This may sound pessimistic, but I think it is an accurate portrayal of the lay of the publishing land. Let’s consider a few examples:

Traditional publishing: The highly selective system that depends largely on well-paid literary agents, whose success rate, so I understand, is one or two books sold per year. Considering the hundreds of queries they receive, the odds on being one of those is not zero but close to it. And then, of course, there are the publishers themselves, who take absolute control over a manuscript and do with it as they wish. This may appeal to many, but signing one’s book rights away is not everyone’s cup of tea.

And then there is the Wild West of self-publishing, indie publishing, or independent publishing (also called vanity publishing). This is a a growing field and is a doable path for most people. However, there are many choices to be made. Amazon offers a ‘complete package’ to publish a book, as does IngramSpark and others. Other services, such as iUniverse, also offer ‘complete’ packages. All of this can be befuddling to a novice writer, when s/he writer has completed a book and would like some guidance as to what to do next. The guidance impulse is the one that leaves the author most vulnerable.

These services are costly but do have the advantage of providing an array of needed services, often including editing, cover design, interior layout, and the like.

In the absence of these, a writer will have to search out editors, designers, etc. for him or herself. That can be daunting. There are many people who will provide such services for fees ranging from a few thousand to many thousands of dollars. The trouble is that there are few ways to know on the front end how good such people are. There are often reviews online, but if they are on the provider’s website, it is reasonable to assume they have been carefully vetted, focusing on the happy customers. No one brags about their less-than-happy customers.

There are ways around this. Asking people you know and trust whom they might recommend. Asking the provider for references. Doing a ‘trial run’, such as editing a section of a manuscript. All of these can be helpful.

The advantages of doing this legwork, however, is that the writer has maximum control over the quality of his product. This in itself is worth a great deal, and this is where the joy comes in.


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Paul Martin Midden is the author of five previous novels, each of which explores different writing styles. He practiced clinical psychology for over thirty years. Paul’s interests include historic restoration, travel, fitness, and wine tasting. He and his wife Patricia renovated an 1895 Romanesque home in 1995 and continue to enjoy urban living.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Straight From the Mouth of Dr. Richard, Co-Author of TETRASTATUM

The Story Behind Tetrastatum by Dr. Richard


I had the opportunity to present my work as a PhD candidate to Richard Feynman and interact socially with Stephen Hawking. Both of these titans were my inspirational teachers and provided the
motivation to write the novel. As such, I dedicated the work to them. They were and are my inspiration in the exploration of the natural world. I happened to meet the co-author socially at a party in Chatsworth, CA and we started a dialogue that lasted several years.  As part of the discussion, we decided to write Tetrastatum a different kind of Hard Science Fiction novel that would introduce my research on Psychothotonix and the Unified Equation of Reality while exploring the socio-economic, political issues of the day.  Marcus and I hit it off and we spent years discussing the material, planning and finally writing the book.  
Writing and publishing Tetrastatum has definitely been a journey. After sending out numerous query letters and endless discussions with literary agents, wed decided to self-publish for the flexibility and freedom to shape the work as we originally intended as well as the economics vs traditional publishing. Publishing a book is definitely a labor of love.  We were lucky to surround ourselves with the right people (we needed a lot of them before it was over, illustrator, publicist, editor, social media guru, SEO specialist, web developer, video team, hybrid publisher). Our expectation was nothing more than the opportunity to present our ideas to those who may appreciate our work. It turned into a full time job that offered us no benefits and little to no reward other than seeing our vision materialize and knowing our ideas are out there for other readers to enjoy and ponder.
About the Author:

Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology.

website & social links

WEBSITE → https://www.tetrastatum.com

FACEBOOK → https://www.facebook.com/istarsfx


 About the Book:

In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel. The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to a wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.
“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.
TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”
Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”
The Independent Review of Books declares:  “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”
The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate...The layering of these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”
“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues.  He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific theories.”
Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Straight From the Mouth of Gordon J. Campbell Author of The Courier

The Story Behind The Courier

By Gordon J. Campbell

I'm not worth the crumbs from the tables of the likes of James Lee Burke, Lee Child, and Robert Crais, but these great thriller writers inspired me to set out on a course to produce a novel. I'd be genuinely gratified if any of my work resembled their style or exceptional ability to create a world of their own.
A few of my associates felt a book based on my business experiences would be a more natural path for a first foray into the writer's world. The result would have been a study on Japanese market entry solutions. This project might be realized in the future.
I agree that a thriller novel is considered a leap from my everyday experiences, but I argue that a fictional story is also a powerful vehicle to showcase real-life experiences. It is more fun to read about a businessman’s daily interactions, when they are enhanced by action and artistic embellishment.
Some of The Courier’s pages are influenced by people met, and times enjoyed or suffered through in Japan.
I have met a Yakuza with tattoos inked from ankle to neck who claimed to have sold futures on his skin.
My work selling medical products to US Government hospitals at military installations in Asia and Europe put me in contact with professional soldiers who generously shared stories worth emulating in thriller novels.
An evening stroll through any of Bangkok's red-light districts will allow enough research by observation to create an account worth sharing.
I asked myself what would happen if a salesman without military training entered into a dangerous situation unfamiliar to anything in his world. Could he stand up, perceiver, and protect his people?
How would he do under fire or when facing extreme challenges from evil and dangerous antagonists?
Would he man-up to survive and be capable of protecting his family?
Who would help him when everything was on the line, and what would it cost him when the smoke cleared? Would his life be unalterably changed?
I hope these questions are answered when you read The Courier. May you have as much fun reading the novel as I had in its creation and development.
About the Author
Gordon Campbell is a Winnipeg born Canadian who’s spent most of his life in Japan. He’s worked as an English teacher, a market entry consultant with a focus on the medical and sporting goods industries, and as a sales director for a corporation with multiple product lines.

He’s presently working on the second novel of a series initiated with The Courier, and its protagonist, Gregg Westwood.

Gordon leans on his experiences built around decades working and traveling in Asia. He’s trained at several karate dojos, run full marathons, and skied black diamond hills in the Japanese Alps.

He played American football at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and started in the Canadian championship game known as the Vanier Cup. Gordon is a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Sinim Masonic Lodge, and the Tokyo Valley of the AASR.

When he’s not writing, working, attending one of his daughter’s vocal concerts, pumping iron, or at a lodge meeting, you’ll find him dining with his wife Mako at their favorite local bistro.

website & Social links

Website → https://www.gordonjcampbell.com/

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/gordonjcampbellauthor/

Twitter → https://twitter.com/GcampbellGordon

 About the Book

An expatriate businessman, Gregg Westwood, leaves the Officers’ Club at an American Air Base in Japan unaware about the impression he’s made on two intelligence agents. They sized him up as

someone with potential for strategic deployment, and more importantly, he’s under the radar.
Gregg’s exploits start with what he thinks is a one-off assignment as a courier, and the straightforward task spirals out of control. He’s forced to rise to the occasion and use every resource available to survive. Even his family is jeopardized which forces him to return to Japan to settle scores.

The Courier is one man’s struggle to fight for survival in a world that he’s not been trained for and where violence and retribution are the names of the game.

Praise:
“The Bottom Line: One of the year’s best thrillers.”
–BestThrillers.com  
“With such fine attention to detail in creating some amazing scenes, I give The Courier 4 out of 4 stars. Campbell creates an amazing and well-edited adventure that could even someday work on the big screen. Readers that enjoy action adventures or thrillers will likely enjoy this one as well.”
–Official review by Kendra M Parker, OnlineBookClub.org
“The Courier is an exciting ride from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and wanted more when it finished.”
–Gyle Graham, entrepreneur and longtime Tokyo expatriate
“The Courier would transform well from a thriller novel to an action movie.”
–Michael Harrison, marketing expert and martial artist

Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W89JND1?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Straight from the Mouth of James D. Bell, Author of 'Maximilian's Treasure'


You Don’t Have to Wait 40 Years to Publish Your Novel!
I should know.  It only took me 35.

         Okay, I’m not proud that it took so long to publish my first novel, but it only took seven years to publish the second!  That’s big improvement!

         In 1977 my best friend and I were young lawyers defending citizens charged with crimes in Mississippi.  We attracted a bit of attention because we kept winning cases.  Jack was a loyal friend, an intrepid investigator, and a great researcher.  Together we regularly accomplished what at first seemed impossible.  Jack died twenty years ago; too young; too soon. 

Our practice created many novel opportunities.  For instance, forty years ago a weathered elderly Choctaw man told us that he believed that Civil War gold was on his farm in Mississippi.  He believed that Maximilian, the Emperor of Mexico, sent gold to support the South’s war effort, and that none other than Jesse James (then a member of the Confederate Cavalry) was involved with the shipment.  The war ended when the gold was near his farm and was hidden there.  He asked us to help him look for the treasure.  This was too far-fetched to believe, but my friend and I said, “Why not?”  We traveled with him to his farm and had a great day listening to his stories while we searched with him. 

You might think this unusual.  It’s not.  It’s just another day of law practice in Mississippi, where the unusual and outlandish is an everyday occurrence.

            I started writing novels based upon some of our adventures over forty years ago, but I lacked the discipline to finish a whole book.  I didn’t have the right motivation.  I penned a few short stories and sent them to magazines, hoping that would kick start my writing career. 

Crickets.

No response.  At last I received a rejection!  I thought about framing it as proof that my writing had finally attracted the attention it deserves from a publisher.  Years passed.  The unwritten stories kept bubbling up, needing to be told.  Yet, I couldn’t make myself finish a novel. 

For years I shared my book ideas with my wife, bless her.  Finally, on New Year’s Day 2011, she dared me to finish a book that year.  She asked me, “Why do you want to write?”  I didn’t have a quick answer.  Then, it struck me that every book and every movie used to have a purpose, a “moral to the story.”  I feel that we have lost that purpose with some of today’s entertainment.  I am motivated to bring back the moral to the story.  That gave me my reason to write.  I finished our first novel, Vampire Defense, that year.

“Okay,” she said.  “You have a novel, now what are you going to do?”  I found a course at Millsaps College, “How to Sell What You Write,” taught by a publisher.  I followed the advice in the course.  Then, good fortune struck.  The teacher of the course agreed to publish my book.  I put as much work into selling the book as I put into writing it.  The work paid off.  The publisher told me it was his best-selling novel.  He was happy to publish my second novel, Maximilian’s Treasure, a book inspired by actual experiences.

Don’t wait 35 years to finish your work.  You have a purpose.  Find it.  Live it.  Write it.  Be ready to spend as much time selling your work as you spent writing it.

By the way, you really need to buy Maximilian’s Treasure.  It is an action-packed legal thriller filled with treasures that will enrich your life.  

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Genre: Romantic Adventure 
Author: James D. Bell
Find out more on Amazon       

About the Book:

Rumors of a legendary treasure fuel a battle over possession of a Choctaw family farm.  Two young lawyers, John Brooks and Jackson Bradley, agree to help the family keep their farm.  Early legal success prompts the drive-by murder of the patriarch of the family.  The grandson chases the suspects whose bodies are found on the farm, scalped.  At the same time clues to a vast treasure are found on the farm.  Jackson, pursued by fortune seekers, adventurers, an exotic beauty and a homicidal maniac, follows the clues from a Caribbean reef to the Chiapas jungle.  John stays behind to defend the grandson and continue the fight for the farm.  His efforts are complicated by arson, murder, race riots, and the realization that he lost his one true love.  Though there is great distance between them, their adventures are intertwined as they rush toward a triple climax that could shake the world.  Join the adventure and discover your Maximilian’s Treasure.

About the Author:

James D. Bell is an award-winning author and retired Judge who received the highest bar association approval ratings ever given to a Mississippi Circuit or County Judge. He is listed in Preeminent Lawyers, Outstanding Lawyers of America and Top 100 Attorneys of North America.  He is the author of two novels, Vampire Defense and Maximilian’s Treasure.  His short story, The Adventures of Sherlock Hound, was published in Mardi Allen’s collection, Dog Stories for the Soul, alongside stories from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Willie Morris and others.  The son of a Choctaw mother and a Mississippi businessman, Judge Bell is devoted to his wife, Joanne.  They live near Jackson, Mississippi and have four children.  Judge Bell returned to law practice but is frequently called back to the bench by the Mississippi Supreme Court for short term assignments.

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