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Vote for the Good Looking One   5 comments

Marco Rubio is an attractive looking man who seems also to be well-spoken and polite. We could do worse. He’s also a Latino who speaks Spanish, so would appeal to the “color” coalition.

But I’m an issues voter, so putting all of that aside and looking at Marco Rubio like I liked at Barack Obama in 2008 — I could vote for him in the general election, except …

Dang! There’s always an exception.

First, I have to thank him for rebranding the EPA. The Employment Prevention Agency is a much more accurate meaning of the acronym. That was priceless.

For the most part, I agree with Marco Rubio on almost every domestic issue and I understand his immigration policy, though I don’t really agree with it. Waiving clear violations of immigrant laws just encourages greater law breaking and more illegal immigrants. But, I don’t disagree with him enough on that issue to vote against him. Then Rubio gets all hawkish on the military and I hit pause.

The United States is broke! We’re $19 trillion in debt and by the time Barack Obama leaves office we’ll likely be around $21 trillion in debt. We cannot afford to expand our military or get involved in another war that we have neither the inclination nor the resources to win. ISIS is tearing up Iraq and Syria and some other Middle East countries. That’s a tragedy, but the United States does not need to be involved in that. In fact, I think we’d be better off stopping the drone strikes and manipulation of governments. Concentrate on defending our own borders. We can do that and fix our domestic issues. We don’t need to get into another war.

I also disagree with him on the need of the government to spy on its citizens.

Rubio is a fiscal and social conservative, but there are some issues that concern me.  So, would I vote for him in the primary? No. Would I vote GOP in the general if he were the nominee? Hmmm….. not sure. Probably not, but maybe.


Why Not A Fiscal Conservative?   3 comments

I like John Kasich and would not object to him as President.

We agree on social issues like abortion and I suspect we could sit down at a Bible study together and not argue overmuch. I don’t require my presidential candidates to agree with me spiritually, but I feel better about their moral guidance when they believe the Bible.

I don’t agree with him about an amendment to prevent gay civil unions. I’d rather see us get the government out of marriage altogether.

I largely agree with him on civil rights. The battle was won a long time ago, but it will never be over so long as people of color keep insisting they are still owned something for what their ancestors suffered. This American Indian doesn’t want to be paid off. I just want to be free to pursue my liberty.

Kasich is a proven fiscal conservative, part of the Contract with America, whose policies as governor fixed a mess in Ohio. I think he has the best record on the economy of any candidate in the 2016 race. He clearly was awake in classic economics class and he votes according to his economic principles, including opposing ethanol (a touch choice for the governor of a farm state).

We don’t agree on prison reform, but then I don’t think I agree with any actual conservative candidates on this subject. I am not anti-death penalty (some criminals have done things that deserve death), but I have seen too many cases where DNA decades later proved the accused didn’t do it that I only support the death penalty in very narrow cases — serial killers, serial rapists, and serial paedophiles with overwhelming physical evidence supporting their convictions. I also think we lock up way too many people and that criminals ought to be forced to recompense their victims and prison prevents that.

I don’t think prohibition works, even though I oppose the use of alcohol or intoxicating drugs. The government needs to get out of the way and let private individuals and groups handle the alcohol and drug crisis in our country. So while we agree philosophically on the issue, we have a different pragmatic stance.

I am strongly in favor of school choice and any attempts to break the government monopoly on education is a good thing. Kasich has been rock solid on this front and I appreciate that.

I agree with him on the environment. The environmental movement has largely been the camel’s nose in the tent of tyranny, using government to force businesses and individuals to act against their own best interests in order to assuage an ill-informed and histrionic slice of the population. It has allowed the federal government to grow immensely powerful at the expense of individual and local liberty.

We agree on gun control. A natural right to bear arms pre-exists the Constitution of the US, so government has nothing to say about it — or should have nothing to say about it.

Largely I agree with him on government reform. Government, especially at the federal level (and that is the only area where the President should have any say) is too big, spends too much money and takes away too many liberties. Term limits and a balanced budget would help.

Governor John Kasich.jpgWe agree on health care and he has a proven record in that department. I agree with him on entitlements. I would limit welfare to two years and require proof of recipients to be seeking work or work training to get even those two years and I would hold former recipients who suffer a job loss to the same standards the rest of us must hold to — unemployment benefits that expire within a year. If we don’t fix Social Security, my kids will have paid into a system they’ll never get a benefit from, but what’s more, I doubt I’ll get my 35-year investment back. If Social Security lasts past 2025, I will be absolutely amazed. Fortunately, I have private retirement and kids who love me.

Kasich has made some kind of more hawkish statements during this race that concern me. I see no reason to life sequestration from military spending. We have the largest military in the world. We don’t need a bigger one, although I think we probably need to audit the one we have to see why it spends so much money.

His more relaxed stance on immigration doesn’t really bother me. I don’t support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but I could live with his stance of providing a pathway to legal status for illegals.

Kasich is a fiscal conservative Republican with some (but not enough) libertarian leanings. Although I won’t vote for him in the primary, I could be persuaded to vote for him in the general election. Hopefully, his fiscal conservativism would keep him from going nuts with the military, but I don’t wholly trust that, which is why he’s not my choice for the nomination.

Love A Pugalist   Leave a comment

I liked Chris Christie the first time I saw him. I find bluff, bold people who speak their minds to be attractive. They remind me of my father-in-law who is an extremely fun guy to hang out with … but that doesn’t mean I would vote to elect him as president of the United States.

There is no denying that Christie took a mess in New Jersey and made it better by cutting spending and not raising taxes. He has proven leadership experience in this area and I think we might need that sort of experience in the coming years as our $19 trillion debt chickens come home to roost. Point in his favor.

I agree with Christie that the government should stop catering to the wealthy and the corporations … but I don’t want to see the middle-class become yet-another special interest group. This is a neutral point. He’s partially right.

I think Christie is unreliable on the subject of abortion. I wouldn’t necessarily vote against him on that single issue, but it’s a point against him.

I strongly disagree with him on the subject of forcing Americans to embrace sexual immorality in practice. He may have justified his own beliefs, but the fact is that I cannot say I disapprove of homosexuality if I participate in homosexual weddings as a caterer, photographer, musician, etc. Refusing to allow Americans in business to opt out of that approval of what they consider to be sin would have galvanized our Founders toward another revolution because they believed strongly in the right of a free conscience. That’s a major point against him.

His history as a prosecutor puts him strongly in the camp of the tyrants. Police shootings should not be justified away and as president I’m pretty sure he’d do just that. Everyone has a constitutionally protected right to bail, so his no-bail stance concerns me.  That’s a point against him

I largely agree with him on drugs. He favors treatment over incarceration. We are divergent on marijuana. I do not support medical marijuana, which Christie does, because I think its claims are based on personal impressions and not on science.  I draw this belief from having worked in social services and listening to the arguments between the psychiatrists (doctors, who almost all opposed use of marijuana) and the social workers (not doctors, who almost all supported use of marijuana). The scientists/doctors had good reasons for their opposition. The social workers based their support on impressions and what they hoped was true. That said, I don’t think prohibition has worked, so I would decriminalize marijuana and just deal with the consequences. I would make being high during the commission of a crime into a aggravating circumstance like alcohol is treated today. Being high or drunk should not be an excuse for committing a crime. So that’s a neutral point.

I largely agree with him on education. Any candidate who would break the state monopoly on education is worth a look, in my book. We can’t afford “free” college — someone has to pay for it and you end up with everybody that much closer to the poverty level because of taxes trying to pay for it. And I love to see any candidate stand up to the teachers union. Major point in his favor.

I mostly agree with him on energy and oil. He’s a realist and so am I. Yes, alternative energies have their place, but they are not able to support the American lifestyle in the 21st century and after more than 40 years of subsidies, they are not substantially closer to fulfilling that day dream than they were when the gravy train started.  Point in his favor.

It’s when we get to foreign policy that I start to shake my head. He’s pretty aggressive and would use the muscle of the United States military to bully people around the world. So he’s not all that different from Barack Obama in practice, though he’d be more honest about it. Major point against him.

I mostly agree with him on free trade. Obama’s TPP agreement violates the checks-and-balances system of our country and I think it’s just going to export more jobs overseas. Point in Christie’s favor.

I mostly agree with him on government reform. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Federal programs come with a price tag called taxes and I can’t afford for the government to steal anymore of my money than it currently does. I agree with him that judges who legislate from the bench should not be reappointed. His record in that department is impressive and is a major point in his favor.

I mostly agree with him on gun control, though there are a few issues I have with him. I believe in natural rights and view the Constitution as acknowledging a right to be armed that preceded the Constitution. So when Christie tries to split hairs on the issue, he worries me. Neutral point.

I mostly agree with him on health care. A socialist single-payer system would ruin health care in the United States and leave us all seeking medical care in Thailand. Remember, I’ve worked in a Medicaid recipient agency and I’ve seen what that system is and it’s not something that should ever be considered. There are common sense approaches to making health insurance affordable that should have been tried before ObamaCare and I hope someone has the strength of resolve to get rid of it and replace it with a much smaller system that works without obligating us all to pay for health insurance even if we’re very healthy and don’t need full coverage. Major point in Christie’s favor.

On Homeland Security issues, I consider Christie to be a mixed bag. I oppose metadata collection — period! I agree with him on the refugees — Obama created the crisis and Syrian refugees (well, all refugees really) need much more stringent vetting. We should not trust the UN to do this for us. On the other hand, I wouldn’t refuse entry altogether, as Christie would. His strong military stance worries me. I believe in having a strong defensive capability, but I want to see our military pulling out of the bases overseas, except where we have a strong commercial interest and then our presence should be to assure the safety of American citizens, not to impose our will on foreign nations. So this is a point against Christie.

Christie’s stance on immigration (Syrian refugees aside) is not objectionable, though I would deport people who entered the country illegally and I completely oppose giving college tuition (or even college entrance) to illegal immigrants. I completely support LEGAL immigration, but when you sneak into the country by a backdoor or decide to let your visa paperwork expire, you are not showing yourself to be a good potential citizen.
I mostly agree with him on entitlements. Social Security is broken and will not be available for my kids’ generation, but my daughter is already expected to pay into it. That’s unfair and not at all what should be occurring. Entitlement programs are the single greatest driver of government debt. That needs to be fixed. Again, a major point in Christie’s favor

I appreciate Christie’s clear tax reform platform. Combined with his proven record in New Jersey, it’s a major point in his favor.

So I went through the list and decided … Christie’s aggression on military matters and his support of the government spying on its own people make it impossible for me to vote for him for president, though if I lived in New Jersey, I might vote for him as governor. And, if he were the vice presidential candidate with someone more conservative at the top of the ticket, he wouldn’t cause me to vote against the team.


It’s Not Brave If You’re Not Scared   2 comments

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Jesus Christ my Savior was a carpenter, so this is my carpentry metaphor. When wood is going to be contact with humidity (porch rails or against a concrete wall, perhaps), you can use pressure-treated wood to keep it from rotting. Pressure-treated wood has little slits cut in it. It is then placed in a tank of metal (often copper) which is pressurized to push that mineral into the wood. It causes the wood to last much longer.

The New Testament contains multiple examples of courageous Christians who were pressure-treated by their experiences, and endured what they faced with God’s grace.

My portrait in courage for this week is Paul the apostle. Several events in his life illustrate Paul’s bravery, but the most instructive is his final recorded letter to Timothy.

“The time of my departure is come…” he wrote (2 Timothy 4:6). Paul knew the end was near. It wasn’t his first rodeo. He had spent several years under house arrest in Rome pending a trial that had resulted in his release, but this time, he could tell he wouldn’t be released. When he wrote the letter to Timothy his execution was imminent, and yet he composed a letter with undaunted resolve to keep the faith, encouraging Timothy to do the same.

Timothy was encouraged, instructed, warned, and summoned by his mentor and friend, but Paul’s farewell admonition did not gloss over the Christian servant’s future. He warned Timothy that his faith and ministry would be challenged by antagonism. Paul’s personal condition indicated what might well happen to other Christians. The persecuted apostle used the word “suffer” six times. He was in bonds and treated as a criminal (2 Timothy 1:8, 12; 2:3, 9; 3:12; 4:5). He warned him about Alexander the coppersmith (2 Timothy 4:14) who seems to have offered testimony to the Romans.

Paul’s message was clear: Faithful service to Christ will bring antagonism — even persecution — but be strong and keep the faith (2 Timothy 2:1; 4:7).

Paul’s encouragement was not blind idealism. He had tested this way of thinking and living and had a genuine understanding and appreciation for God’s grace is all that is needed to face antagonists and hostilities (2 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Timothy 4:22).

Paul rightfully warned Timothy that he would meet obstacles if he stayed true to the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15), because a gospel-based Christian will engage those who have strayed from the truth and who have destroyed the faith of others.

Paul spok from experience. Hymenaeus and Philetus had been a gangrene in the body of Christ. Timothy was a young man and Paul send him a realistic message warning of obstacles, like false teachers, but encouragement to keep the faith, and preach the truth (2 Timothy 2:14, 25).

Paul knew from his own life a relationship with Jesus Christ is the stabilizing factor in a world of distractions. He encouraged Timothy to continue to heed the saving message of Jesus’ Word, which would make Timothy “competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).

Paul knew that faithful Christians would also face discouragement, that there would be many who do not want to hear God’s message to the world. There will be others who want to do harm to Christians just because they are Christians. Some who claimed to be Christians and sometimes even ministers will abandon the faith. Christians may stand alone at times. Paul, as Timothy’s friend and father in faith, still encouraged Timothy to keep and preach the faith (2 Timothy 4:8).

Paul’s farewell address to Timothy encourages modern Christians as well — both by example and instruction. We need encouragement because many of us face antagonism, obstacles, distractions, and discouragement.We can meet antagonism with grace, overcome obstacles with truth, ignore distractions with focus, and withstand discouragement with conviction. God will deliver us into His eternal kingdom. He will give the crown of righteousness to all who have accepted Christ’s salvation. Those will be obvious to all as those who keep, live, and preach the faith.

For the courageous Christian, there will be no eternal regrets. We may never make the newspapers, but our names are written in the Book of Life which is a far more important place to be listed than Who’s Who.

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Get It While It’s Reduced   1 comment

Life As We Knew ItLife As We Knew It will be on Kindle Countdown next week, starting February 2 through February 8.

I got an incredible compliment over the weekend. My brother read the book. He FINISHED the book. My brother is not a reader of fiction. He’s an engineer-y, math-y kind of guy. If I wrote a book on carpentry or aeronautics, he’d be excited and have had it done by New Years, but I wrote a fictional book about a terrorist attack on Kansas.

So, there are some things siblings must do for each other and my brother decided he was going to read an actual fiction book.

The first couple of chapters were slow for him and then he hit page 70 (which is when the action gets started) and he read it until he couldn’t keep his eyes open that night, got up in the morning for coffee and toast and finished the book by lunch. Now he wants to second book so badly he is grumbling that I’m also writing a fantasy series.

Yeah, I didn’t convert him into a fiction reader. His wife will give him the cliff notes on the fantasy. But it is an incredible compliment to me that he wants to read more of my books. I KNEW fiction readers would like what I write if they can discover it on Amazon and overcome their uncertainty of self-published authors, but I am encouraged that I have convinced a committed television viewer that books can be fun too.

A Taste of “Mirklin Wood” #3   1 comment

Front Cover RedThe book is in final edits. I just finished incorporating one beta reader’s suggestions and am waiting on another. If all goes well, the book will be on pre-order by March 1 and will publish mid-March.

I love this stage of the creative process because I can really see things coming together. The long slog to the finish line that is publishing a 130,000-word epic fantasy is gaining speed now because I can see the finish line.

Of course writers are never done, right? After I take a break to read someone else’s book for a week or so, I’ll resume work on the already-in-progress Objects in View (Book 2 of Transformation Project). I’m going to be talking about that later today.

In the meantime, here are some highlights of Mirklin Wood.

Dun Wmgleadd sat under a dinner plate full moon, the streets bright as noontide. A caravan had arrived earlier in the day, so the night sang with the great merriment accompanying hardworking men with coin in their purses after a long job is accomplished. Every inn of any reputation spilled over with light, laughter and frivolity, harlots plied their trade and ale flowed like water in a stream.

At the Blue Goose just off the market square, the gaiety was shattered by a scream and the dull thud of a body hitting a grassy yard.

Far from the celebrating throng, Padraig slept soundly, luxuriating in a morrow with no commitments. 

He’d been on the move constantly since leaving Clarcom more than two moons hence and a single night without concern for the morrow was a rare luxury that he meant to savor until dawn. When the dream of the eastern mountains began, he though mayhap it was a melting of the blockage he’d labored with for more than a moon, for this had the flavor of vision more than of dream.

The majestic sunlit peaks soared behind Gly as he shouted at Padraig from a great distance. The elven master’s words shredded on an unfelt wind so that Padraig recognized only the word “sword”. Sword? What sword? Gly gestured, directing Padraig to look behind him. He flinched back as lightning rent a storm-black sky. An unnatural raven unfolded enormous wings to launch itself into the storm, somewhat clenched in its talons. Just as it threatened to disappear into the clouds, the raven dropped what it carried and Padraig stared as a sword flashed past his perch to fall broadside upon the grassy yard he suddenly stood upon.

A large fat goose with blue feathers honked at him and waddled off into the darkness. A falcon lifted its beak free of the shelter of its wing in a tree in Mulyn and launched itself into the sky, pushing southward. Ryanna picked up a walking stick of beautiful willow. A Kin woman he knew from the holt told her elfling husband she was with child. Lydia watched Danyl as he slept. A dark and forbidden forest stretched toward unknown mountains. Gly’s voice echoed through his head.

“The broken sword has value. Arise, sleeper, and protect it.”

The dream vision dissolved as loud whispering called his name.

“Padraig of Denygal? Where are you? Padraig?”

Men began to curse the voice that awakened them and Padraig crawled out of the tent in only his small clothes to keep Braeden from being killed … or more like having to kill someone to keep from being killed. Braeden’s reputation was no doubt deserved.

Interview with Peter Martin   1 comment

Martin Peter Author PicThis week’s interview is with psychological suspense novelist Peter Martin. Welcome to the blog.


Tell us something about yourself. 

I come from the UK, and live in the outskirts of Birmingham which is the second city.  I work in banking for one of the big four banks, and am soon to retire after 42 years. I have been married to my wife for thirty-six years. I have one daughter, and two grandchildren aged 4 years and nine months respectively.


At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I have always had a great love of reading from a very early age, and was brought up on authors like Wilbur Smith, Alistair MacLean, and Graham Greene. It wasn’t until my twenties that I got interested in writing myself, and began to pen books late at night and early morning in longhand. I finished at least a dozen, without really thinking about trying to get published or editing them, and it wasn’t until recently that I decided to do something about it.


I don’t miss the long-hand days, myself. Tell us about your writing process.

Martin Peter Against Her Will CoverI don’t really plan a book as such, although I do have a brief outline in my head. When I begin, the story just comes out of me and onto the paper. I write in longhand still first, then once that’s finished I type it up on Word myself. Then my wife and I go through it together ironing out the faults, typos and grammar. And then again or until we are both satisfied with it.


What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

My favourite genre is Mystery/Suspense/Thriller for both reading and writing. But I will read anything so long as it doesn’t have graphic violence or sex. I don’t like writing series, as I’d find myself getting bored with the characters. I try to write something different, like the story of a rape victim from her point of view, and about a missing boy, from the perspective of the parents.


What are you passionate about?

Obviously I am very passionate about reading and writing, my family, music


What is something you cannot live without?

My computer which I use to write. It is so much easier to make alterations and get the ebook looking good. I would be lost without it, as I live and breathe writing each day


When you are not writing, what do you do?

I spend a lot of time with my grandchildren who I adore, I listen to music, folk rock such as Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit and so on. And I love dogs, I have a border collie who is adorable.


Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

Yes, Against Her Will has had a profound effect on me. The trauma women and girls suffer due to this dreadful crime, and then afterwards the humiliation of facing your attacker at a trial. These women must be so brave to relive their ordeal again in front of all those people.


Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

I get my inspiration from people around me, films, other books, and I find I get a lot of my ideas taking the dog for long walks.


What sort of research do you do for your novels?

Obviously there is a need to get my facts right, so I google anything I’m not sure of, and there are always libraries.


Wow, someone else who still uses the library. My compliments! If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I’d classify my books mystery suspense novels that build up to a breath taking climax, and have lots of twists and turns along the way.


Martin Peter Missing Cover.jpgDo you have a special place where you write?

I always write in my living room, preferably with music in the background on my own without any distractions.


Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

There is no particular recurring theme, except that I am on the side of people fighting against adversity, of them winning against the strong and evil.


Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

I am more plot driven, as the story is everything, and the characters are just instruments in that story.


Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

I am a discovery writer, as planning is too restrictive. I never know what is going to happen until I write it on the paper.


What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I usually write from one or two points of view, third person, but I like to experiment, and am currently writing from first person and quite like that too, as it allows you to get into the head of the main character.


Do you head-hop?

I would never do it, but I have read some authors that do, and it does seem to work. However I prefer to sit on the fence at the moment.


I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

It would have to be a notebook, my computer and any number of books by Stephen King who is the master.


Talk about your books individually.

Against Her Will is about a beautiful young woman who is savagely raped, and her struggle to overcome this terrible act. She descends on a downward spiral that ends up with attempting suicide, and she is sectioned by her parents in a Mental hospital. Here her recovery is slow, and when she makes another suicide attempt she is saved by a male nurse, who eventually she befriends. However the nurse may not be all he seems, and she finds herself in great danger.

Missing – Dead or Alive is about a middle class family whose fourteen year old apparently model son goes missing.  The family are baffled and distraught. A police investigation reveals Tim wasn’t quite the son they thought he was. Frantic attempts to find him fail, and when their quest becomes an obsession this causes problems between them. But they never give up, and are determined to find him DEAD OR ALIVE, even though it may cost them dear.


Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

Yes. I wanted to show my reader that rape is a terrible crime, and how it affects women for the rest of their lives. My message is that no man should be allowed to get away with this, and they should be punished severely and made to realise what their actions have caused.

With the second book I wanted to show how anyone’s son could turn out good or bad despite their upbringing. And that there is something within them that makes them how they are.


What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I want them to enjoy the books and want to read more. I hope they will understand what I’m trying to say, and that we all human and as such we all make mistakes. Some we learn from, some we don’t.


What influenced your decision to self-publish?

Really I was getting nowhere with traditional publishing. The odds for getting published are probably 1000 to one. KDP has changed the ball game. Anyone can publish a book, and if it is good, and they are prepared to put in a lot of hard work in promoting etc, you can be successful. The odds are still against you, but at least you can get a book out there, which was never the case with traditional publishing.


If you have experience with both traditional and indie publishing, compare the two.

The only experience of traditional publishing is hundreds of rejection slips. Indie publishing is daunting too. You are on your own, you have to do everything yourself, and that is a difficult learning curve. You need help, the book must be edited and proofread, but who do you choose. A cover must be done. Promotion must be done, or no one will know your book is out there. A lot of this is trial and error, and it will take years for you to get anywhere.


There are people believe that traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

I wouldn’t say traditional publishing is on the ropes, but self-publishing is definitely a threat. But the big guys still have a lot of clout, and can charge whatever they like for a book. They can spend a lot of money on effective promotion for their authors. But at least now a lot of the small guys stand a chance. Most will fall by the wayside, but some will make it. There are a lot of talented writers out there who, but for KDP, would never have made it into print.


That’s my take on it too. Competition is good and the reader can decide for themselves who is a good writer and what is a good book. What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

Having control over your own book.


Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

Help and expert guidance with editing , cover design and promotion


With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

Relentless promotion on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Linked in and Good Reads. Once the book can get in the rankings of 5000 or above people will see it.


Who designed your book cover/s?

Fiverr. There are some very good designers out there, and if you look hard enough you can find one


Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Yes, I do. But experience is everything. You learn such a lot along the way, and you have to be persistent to succeed. And never put your book out unless you are 100 percent happy with every aspect of it.


Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

No, and have no experience of one.


Where do readers find you and your books?


Peter Martin on Amazon

Peter Martin on Goodreads

Peter Martin on Twitter



Stay Tuned for Writing Wednesday   Leave a comment

Look for an interview with Peter Martin, an excerpt from Mirklin Wood, and maybe some other features.

Stay Tuned for Thoughtful Thursday   Leave a comment

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Houston Energy Company Gives $100,000 Bonuses to Each of Its 1,381 Employees   Leave a comment

As the company aims to double in size every five years, it offers team members increasingly lofty incentives.

Source: Houston Energy Company Gives $100,000 Bonuses to Each of Its 1,381 Employees


An “evil” privately-held corporation that … what? WOW!

Posted January 26, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized


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