Retired USN flight engineer with 43 years service. Started writing while in the USN Public Information Office -articles for major media releases and Stars & Stripes and Station paper ( North Islander)Worked as corporate exec up to 2001 then sold corporation and started writing. Action adventure fiction with two series in print as of this date. When not traveling and giving motivational lectures to recovering cancer survivors ( which Addison is ,) he lives with wife in Texas and Mexico. Most avid hobby for available free time is flying space available with the military.
How do you approach cover design?
I have always considered the cover to be the "sign on the door" for readers. They look at the cover and establish a preview of what is inside. I use a question on a lot of my novels because it helps to establish why the story was written. ("MH370 Heavy, Where Are you?"). I only did the cover on two novels that I published and to this day when I look at all the covers in a group, I can spot the ones that were done by my favorite cover gal Digital Donna. They stand out. This, in my opinion, is what you want when your book is on a rack with the others on the news stand or in the selection page of sites like Smashwords.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All the classics of American literature comes to mind but in reality and truth, my "Top Five" changes periodically. I just finished Leonardo Da Vinci- the complete paintings by Pietro C Marani and following The Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration by Michael Hirst and others. For some reason I became absolutely enthralled with the stories behind famous artists after seeing "The Da Vinci Code." The late Vince Flynn's The Last Man was the very best of Flynn's work. I had meant him several times and he was so very encouraging and motivating to be around. I was very sad when he passed. A Generals Life by Omar Bradley was full of ideas and great story plots. The Bin Ladens by Stephen Coll provided a lot of background on Al Queda and was very interesting to read. Next week, if you asked this question again, I'd have five different I'm sure.
Bowe Bergdahl was absent from his post in Afghanistan and the resulting odyssey that occurred after his walk in the park or capture has made for interesting reading. Depending on where you read the article or who is writing, it is always high speculative and sometimes opinionated. In this story we present the facts as known at the time of writing and some after action reports from covert ops.
Flying free on military aircraft is a benefit used by retired military and active duty personnel. Places to catch a flight to your destination and how to sign up for the best chances are described in this book. Photos of the facilities at bases in both USA and foreign countries are described as well as some trip reports from people that have made the journey using "Space-A". Includes links.
The pilot and copilot of MH370 knew the aircraft inside and out. They had flown together for many hours and shared the same training on the Boeing 777-200ER. So what caused this trained, experienced crew to absolutely vanish from radar screens and radio communications network as well as navigational satellites? The story told here may be close, it may be spot on and it will always be,..fiction.
You set the price!
Published: January 26, 2013.
Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Andy was still in somewhat of a daze from the loss of his wife of thirty years just last week when he walked into the house carrying her suitcase and purse. They had been in Salt Lake city visiting when Patsy died suddenly. Now, it was time for Andy to get back into the real world. Maybe the seminar to be held at the Senior Center he saw advertised in the local paper would be a start? New Friends?
Sean is on his way to the Islands to promote his newest book on action adventure fiction. At 67 he is still in excellent health and looks even younger. On the flight to the Islands, he meets Erin and this begins a relationship that challenges his sexual stamina as well as his mind.
What happens when you place the world's highest tech computer ( big brontobytes) in a UAV drone aircraft and let it think on its own? Add to this scary sceanario the possibility of adding one of the latest airborne laser weapons available to its capability and you have a real adventure in the works....Until something goes wrong. D J Jacobs has to find out what went wrong and get Hal back.
A sequel to the D J Jacobs series INTERDICTION. In Terrorist Number Two, D J is on his way to receive the Medal Of Valor from the Isreali government for his action in the capture of one of their most wnted terrorists when he gets a report from his office that they have reason to believe that Haydar, the Jahadist that tried to poison the Guadalupe river in San Marcos Texas.
This is a short exercise in formatting the images and getting hyperlinks to work with Smashwords. The book itself is the second in a series that will detail the ways to fly space available on military aircraft. This is for retired veterans who qualify for retirement benefits. The active duty military personnel can presently fly space available as well as their families. We have used AMC data.
A short instruction on how to use the time saving processes in MSword to do the index on your next novel. There are also some other time saving neat ricks we have used in our writing that may be new to you.
Is there any proven key to the positive way to sell you Ebook on the internet? Is there any one proven way that outdoes all the rest? What is the key? In this short, inexpensive 2,000 words and a few pages, we’ll show you how we had a bunch of people get acquainted with our work on just a few days.
As a sequel to EXTRACTION, RECIPROCITY involves the adventures of Tim Ryan and his veteran buddies. In this event, it is Tim's son Billy and his surfing buddy that works with him as an analyist for the CIA. All goes cool on a surfing trip to costa Rica until the boys are witness to the atempted murder of a US DEA agent. They are captured by the drug cartel. Tim Ryan and team to the rescue.
Bart and Jim are scheduled for a training check ride today in one of the newer company 737-300 aircraft. This is required every so often at different times by all major airlines to make sure their pilots are up to date on the latest happenings in their industry and qualified to perform as required. Most training flights are the same as scheduled routes and utilize the same procedures. Except now.
Following the assignation of the Middle Eastern dictator, the members of the patriot hunt club were lying low and trying to stay off the radar. However, an opportunity to finish the job---repay those that were responsible for the Bomb placed on Pan Am 103 presents itself and before you can say "go for it" one of the veterans of the NYC reception for Gadhafi takes the ball and runs.
This is the first in the Tim Ryan series of adventures and is a full length novel. Ryan a Navy reservist during the 60's takes an extra mission beyond his week end drill to crew a C54 to Viet Nam to support Air America. He returns to America only to find he has lost his job. He goes to work for Air America and is sent to Laos where he runs into a new character, Sean Casey. The result ?startling.
Interdiction is the parallel lives of two young men growing up in today’s global culture and how their lives are changed by the threat of terrorism. One is born in Iraq to educated parents and the other is a young American boy—the same age – born on his father’s earlier duty stations in Pakistan.
When the members of the hunt club based in the hill country of Texas learn that a Middle Eastern dictator is coming to the USA to address the UN, they consider a special event during his arrival. First in the Hunt club series, this is a hypothesis by the author on what could happen.
Interesting. I read it on my NOOK while doing a BM and finished both at the same time.
on March 11, 2011
We read gthis one today. In a word-- Good. I read Erni's Bio and said to myself--self--this guy could be your brother!! I'm with Ernie on several counts--I can't spell- I love to write fiction and I dislike ( using a polite word here) Facebook, myspace and twittie.The short-short Ernie reviewed of mine was a gasser to hook attention and count downloads for shock value--never intended to exhibit writing ability--just twitter, facebook and myutube chatter--honestly, I'm waiting on the day when these kids will post on FB their BM's by the hour.
Matt spends more time at mast than OJT it appears. Usual skylarking spin from a BM that ( I would guess from the writing) should have really been a JO. BUT it does make an old airdale laugh---especially where he just ignores the Jarhads as if they were never on the boat. Sea stories arount the chain locker and the bitter end of the anchor chain going thru that haus pipe are salty.
The Hall of Condiments
on April 09, 2011
How did it make it thru the copy edit desk,spellcheck.grammer check and metagrinder. Like,silly in a word
Whew, Stacy's REVIEW was almost longer than Catherine's story.
Good character structure and they work well with each other to make the story associate with children of that age. Obviously, Catherine is a Brit and the story is well done and holds the reader's interst to the last page. The story has a great hook in it for a sequel.
In a word---DYNAMITE! Blaine Zaid has written a novel that IMHO would compete for space on the NYBS list with Dan Brown, Vince Flynn or Dave Baldacci. His story is built from the begining to keep the reader chronologically abrest of the happenings as the story unfolds. Zaid has a gift like the unique storytellers W.E.B. Griffin and others. Robert Gaines is only a thin disguise for the boy wonder Bill Gates and that is detected in the first explaination of the main character. Zaid describes Gaines's lifstyle to the point of actually making you think he is perhaps his neighbor. The storyline is factually accurate and the topic of the embedded software makes the story even more believeable. The twist in the final chapters even lets you guess with some clues who the POUS is that Zaid is writing about. This is, in the true sense, why Smashwords lets authors place their books online for free---it definately made me want to look for more novels by this author---and I expect to pay for the next one!
Lenny has a winner here! All the characters, beginning with Dwyane and his spectacular single sex life and description of his playmates is a book in itself. Then there is Phil. You have to read the story to really get into Phil's mind. The dialogue, especially Aisha's, is done so well that you actually think you might have married her yourself. Storytelling is an art. To write as you would tell a story is another talent that is rare. Lenny has that gift. This one was free and it served its purpose well---it showed me that this is an author that can write dialogue that makes you think that he is talking right into your face. We'll buy the next one for sure.
Well, Lenny ALMOST had a story here that was interesting to follow. That is, if you like canoes, endless portages and a plot that starts on page one and you still do not understand even on the last page. I liked his previous story—death on the island but this one was quite different. The humorous Canadian vernacular and the constant running metaphors, along with the character Bob’s So-Ho accent and dialogue require going back over the line a few times to get the drift but the storyline continues. It was going well until the character Pica made her entrance. This turned the story from a story well written literature form to erotica on a canoe. Her first lines where she meets chubby Win on the dock holding the cat and asks “would you like to pet my pussy?” should tell the reader where this was going. It was not enough she teased the entire group with innuendos but the constant rehash of who she was boefing and about giving the cop a BJ in the cruiser was not necessary. The discussion on her thoughts of the Character George’s nine inch dick and doing her own Uncle were superfluous to the story, I thought. I’d like to say something nice about the story as Eric Winchester usually says;--- It was short.
WOW. If that is a writer's life,....excuse me. I want, need friends. Travers, who I have never read before, either in paperback or any of his columns ( Hmmm, wonder why? I lived in the L.A. area from 1946 to 2005) Jim Murray I appreciate, Bo Bolinsky is a story in himself. Travers was evidently close friends with Hunter Thompson--the guy we called "The psycho behind the stallag 17 fence" When I visited Aspen several winters including 1969. Thompson's voice was certainly sui generis and his crowd of friends--evidently including Travers, were not considered locals. Back to this book; opinionated, somewhat racist and certainly politically biased has nothing to do with a writer's life in general IMHO. It is a review of a guy that was a sports writer and in that catagory of journalism was introduced to several people that he felt free to write opinions about. The book has too many pages, rambles from his hots for Sarah Palin to Halberstam (another friend in the Thompson clan tent)to rants about Tom Wolfe's work. I lasted to page 1276 where he started giving writing instructions on plot and characters. I do not know if Travers was trying to compete wordwise with War and Peace for number of useless pages or just wanted a big novel but I had to be a quitter by then. Maybe I should have gone on to page 1800 before the multitude of reviews following and found the reason for this effort?
Its obvious Blake likes to write and write well. He presents the story well, his characters are believable and he has a good plot and ending. There was nothing about this manuscript that would keep it from selling well as a short in any market.
My buddy Ernest has done it again....written what everyone else THINKS. I have often wondered why that same question. The other question or statement I guess would be,....Boy!! do they ever change as they get older!!!. Hang Lose Ernie
Jeff has it wired. I'm late in writing this review but perhaps that is better because I just checked my SEO for two of my sites that I completely revamped after reading his book and---Yes--- it works!. At least in my case. Jeff truly has the interest of his fellow authors at heart because he gives you what has taken him (obviously) some time to learn and put into practice. Definate five star material.
Lynn does a champion job of explaining what goes on in our little toys we use to write with and how we can keep the room clean. Well written and clear which is what is needed along with simplicity when we are describing computer instructions IMHO.
Adam!! What a winner you are. This "IntroGuide" is complete, up to date ( hard thing to do when writing about social programs) and is easy to read and follow. For thos considering to D/L this 5,000 words of wisdom-do it. NOW, Adam, you have us hooked so do the same "Intro" for FB--only this time, charge at least .99 so you have something for Miller Time.
Double Dog Dare
on Aug. 23, 2011
I double-dog dare you to skip this short,Grandpa-to-grandson close to the heart story. This is where you get the logic that is in your blood--Grandpa! lol
I love a good robot or android story and read a lot of them. This one ranks in the top ten
Leading 100 Billion Neurons - A journey into the brain and how this impacts business and leadership
on Nov. 07, 2011
An absolute masterpiece of work explaining the brain, its parts, function and ultimately its use in human behavior. Andy Habermacher is a genius in explaining the relative functions of the brain and its different sections. The book can be read, re-read and still there are parts that are new every time you open to a new page or one you have read. I placed the book on my Nook carried it with me as I wrote my novel that related to computers and the human brain. It was a main reference used and then I printed out the entire story and read it as printed media making notes for reference. This is a quiet little gem hiding in the free section of Smashwords that is a treasure to read and quote from. The results of the many authoritative tests that Andy quotes moves the reader closer and closer to understanding human behavior I found the section on rational processing and emotional intelligence very informative and interesting. Again, Herbermacher makes a very complex human organ simple to understand and appreciate. Well done!
Almost missed the star rating ( They should make this area more obvious IMHO) this one is a winner at 5!
Smashwords Style Guide
on Dec. 18, 2011
Brian; For what it is worth--the meatgrinder and epubchecker do not like MS2010. Hidden code I guess. I have three books I'm trying (now for about 5 months) to get past it for preme status. They say there is a text box...after having three people look at the manuscript and four other authors review the file which I provided them on a flash drive they all comment--"What text box???....where??" I reply --THAT is my question. Other than these skimpy details, its a decent guide.
Mark has gone where no publisher has gone before. He has instructed newbie authors a means to publish a novel on the net and become one of many people to distribute their work--all for free. He should have the Nobel prize because he has motivated such numbers of young authors that would have, without his help and excellent guidance, never have published their book. For a new writer to look at his dashboard and see the sales start to accumulate in their account in dollar signs is beyond description. Keep the guide handy. After writing and publishing over 12 novels on Smashwords, I continue to refer to this guide when I start a new project. Thank you Mark for you and your organization. You are our hero.
Quite an odyssey. A lot of Mid East history woven into the story as Rod seeks his place in the journalistic legends of writers such as Hemmingway. His British soldier friend Benjamin is quite an adventurer in his own right traveling as his career requires from Egypt to India among some of his interesting stops. His heart broken in his youth by an Egyptian girl, he is forever distraught when they lose contact. Interesting story but a little hard to follow. Benjamin is a private and three pages later he is a sergeant and then later he is back again a private. A lot of reading for a free novel. I honestly never finished the story as I got lost in the multitude of different cultures described and the changing locations.