W. Blake Heitzman
Blake grew up just south of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he spent his spare time exploring the desert in his World War Two surplus jeep. Sometimes he listened to old timers’ tales of Geronimo, Pancho Villa, and Billy the Kid.
Today he weaves his love and respect for the desert along with bits of what he’s heard and seen into his stories.
A retired Professional Engineer in the State of California with Masters Degrees in Energy Conversion and Urban Planning as well as experience as a college math instructor, Blake's interests range from science and history to aliens and the Kaballah.
An avid reader, Heitzman is influenced by his favorite writers: Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Michael Crichton and Tony Hillerman.
He is currently writing The Shaman Gene series, the story of Earth’s rise to join galactic society. "The Robot's Daughter", is the second in the series, although it has been designed to be read as a stand alone novel as well. Two more novels: Seekers of the Scroll and The Forceps of Sharon are in draft.
You can read more and comment at Blake’s website: www.shamangene.com/BLOG
Blake is member of Tri Valley Writers Club.
Where to find W. Blake Heitzman online
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Tales of the Weißenbach Bridge: The Bartender
by W. Blake Heitzman
There has always been a bridge near Weißenbach in the Black Forest. At first it was just a fallen log. Later, when settlements developed nearby, a wooden structure was built. Now days, it’s paved and cars pass over it, but since the beginning, locals have known not to wander upon it under a new moon. The bartender’s tale, is the first of several stories about careless or desperate souls who did.
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Smashwords book reviews by W. Blake Heitzman
- How to Find a Job
on Feb. 22, 2013
You can spend more money, but this little book has the information you need.
Larry Gray's "How to Find a Job" is a must read for all college seniors, as well as, professionals who seek new employment. College students, even those who are majoring in technical professions, seldom are instructed in job search tactics. In today's world, the serious job seeker cannot leave their job application to happenstance. There are too many others competing for your job, and it's too easy to be overlooked; or worse, tossed aside for unprofessional or sloppy practices.
I divide Larry's book into three keys parts: prior to the interview, the interview, and post interview. All are important, but getting the interview is probably the most challenging for most people. When you finally land the interview that you worked so hard to get, you certainly want to make the most of your chance to land the job. Follow Larry's suggestions. I assure you they have worked for people I have hired, and friends who I have helped prep for their interviews. Often there are two or more candidates that are in the running after the interviews. Use Larry's follow up advice and swing the decision in your favor.
- Problem Solving - Dealing With Employee Issues
on Feb. 22, 2013
You can always learn from other people. I managed staff for 30 years and still learned something from Larry’s book. Typical of Larry Gray, his books aren’t long and wordy. You get the kernel of his information very quickly, and he gives you an actionable plan. Can you think of a better deal? His book is based on the initial premise, “There is no such thing as a problem, only an unsolved opportunity.” Although you must follow the procedures put in place by your business, maintain this attitude and you can make the difference in the final outcome. If that turns out to be the termination of an employee, his approach to the final meeting is a valuable guide. I give this 5 stars based on its value to managers and employees across all businesses.
- I Have to Give a Speech - Now What
on March 18, 2013
“I Have to Give a Speech” is short and to the point. Just like his other books, it gives a quick and simple guide for you to follow while steering yourself through your presentation. A key point is to remember that you aren’t there just to speak; you are there to communicate ideas. Do it as concisely as possible.
- Phantom Canyon
on March 24, 2013
Joe writes a good old fashioned western adventure with all the touch points: bandits, calvary, ranchers, lost conquistadors, and many more. He starts off with brief descriptions of the key characters, both their physical appearance and the psychological issues that plague them, then he gets right into the action.