Reblog from Smogasbord

Welcome to the weekly round up and the links to the Smorgasbord posts you might have missed.This week David has been swinging through the trees in the garden. Not doing a ‘Tarzan’ but wearing a hard hat and safety harness. He is removing some old and dead trees and also some that have grown too […]

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FREE ARC Copy of May 14 release

How would you like to read about this guy?

I have this book available on PreOrder through Amazon here. You can order now for just .99 and wait till May, or you can get a draft copy from me now.

It’s the story of a woman, who is interested in this man, and has trouble getting him interested in her due to her hoarding problem! Magic happens.

For the advance reader copy, which is FREE, I need to know that you plan to write a review and post it on release day. It can be quick, but hopefully a positive review. You’ll get a reminder to review.

Another way to help is just to forward this link to your contacts and reader friends.

Please let me know if you’d like to read now and review, and I will send a free copy right out to you. It’s not quite finished so keep that in mind. You’ll be able to download a completed copy on May 14 or if you buy now, they will send it to you on that date. For anyone that buys and reviews I will refund their payment via a .99 gift card.

Sound like a deal? I hope to hear from many of you.

Reply to this email. Feel free to refer your friends as well.

Let me know any other ways you may be able to share the release. Thanks!

Free books, reviews requested


Looking for #reader #reviewer for my books if you want a free copy. Please join email list Free short sci-fi story will be included in the first email.

All books free to Kindle Unlimited, otherwise email me with the book you’d like and in which format.

Please share and forward. Thanks!

Blood in the Water #FREE This Weekend

Creative post! I downloaded this book. Thanks for the reminder on the Oscars too. I always seem to miss those.


The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony – that’s the Oscars to you and me – will take place this Sunday and in celebration of this momentous occasion I am making my latest novel Blood in the Water available for FREE download all weekend!


What is the connection between Blood in the Water and the Oscars you ask?

Well, in addition to being the basis for a future Best Picture Winner, it has loads of connections!!!

First, the main character in the story is named Bob Oscarson, but he goes by the nickname Oscar.


Not enough for you?

How about this…in the story there are sharks – and as we all know Jaws (a movie about a shark) won 3 Oscars…Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music. It was also nominated for Best Picture, but lost to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. (Damn you Jack Nicholson).



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Book review: Creating Stories

Hank Quense has penned a masterpiece in Creating Stories. The structure of a story, whether it be long or short, story or book, is outlined with detailed instructions on how to make each of these sections work. For instance, rather than being made up of chapters a book is really made up of scenes. There is a standard outline for any story, but very briefly you are introduced to the main characters, and then there’s a conflict, then there is resolution of the conflict.

Quense used a number of graphics in the book as visual aids and they are sort of like flowcharts, for instance to outline many different aspects of the characters. I learned that I just have to double tap on the graphics to open them up larger. They are useful examples of what you could be doing to plan your work.

Quense shares his unique viewpoints and methods on plot, setting, characters, writer’s voice, and using humor correctly. Not written for Pantsers, this book will add structure to anyone’s writing. It’s the logical way to approach crafting a story.

Creating Stories is available for pre-order and will be released on April 1, 2017.

Order yours today.

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2017’s Quest to find 1000 “True” Fans

Just found this blogger. I’ll be following her journey to get 1000 buying fans.

Joynell Schultz

So, I must have been living under a rock. A few weeks ago I heard of this concept of “1000 True Fans” for the first time.  (Detailed HERE.) The theory is that an artist can survive on 1000 true fans. While, for a self-publishing author who sells their novels for $0.99, this isn’t exactly true. I’m a nerd, here’s the math.

  • I can write 2 books per year and make royalties of $0.32 per book sold. So if each fan bought both books… that would be: 2 books x $0.32 x 1000 fans = $640 per year. Barely covers editing costs.
  • This is eye opening. Let’s say I charge $2.99 per book, that gives me royalties of about $2 each… so the math: 2 books x $2 x 1000 = $4000 per year. Still not enough to pay the mortgage.

The article says that 1000 true fans is not…

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Book Review: The Failure of University Education

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Please enjoy the following review of a book about a new idea for university education.

The Problem:  “The problem of persistent underdevelopment has only one cause. It is the failure of university education to fulfill the promise to underdeveloped countries that it provides more than technical training. The consistent failure of university education to provide graduates with the ability to perform as effectively as expatriates from the West and from the developed countries of Asia is the single cause of underdevelopment.

These countries now have an army of university graduates. Yet, they continue to wait for development to begin at some unknown future date. The university education received has been good mostly for technical skills which still needs to be supervised by somebody else.”

I wondered who made this claim, and what his expertise was to qualify him to make it.  Here is some information about the author:

Author Bio

Born in Nigeria, Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr. left for college in Texas in 1982 and has lived in Austin ever since.

A new big idea about how education actually works and how to bring real development to the rest of the world has finally been developed.

“I stumbled on this discovery decades ago, after years of working as a freelance research assistant in the Austin, Texas area. I realized that this is what marked the difference between education that could make the university graduate an effective manager, no matter the area of specialization, and education that merely promised to do so. It was the difference between the disorder of the world in which we live, and one where every country can be as developed as the western nations.

But I was not an academic, and I’m still not one. This meant I couldn’t pursue the new ideas full time. Nevertheless, I spent much of my free time researching and substantiating these ideas. However, the demands of making a living in a business that is unrelated, and the demands of family made it a never ending project.

Meanwhile, 9-11 happened, then the Arab Spring, then ISIS.  In all these events, I believe my ideas had an important role to play. I believe they provide the essential but missing narrative in these events as well as in many others. The new ideas provide the answer to a lot of questions.

In 2015, after the loss of my father and younger sister, I realized I may never have the time to present the ideas in the 5 volumes I had always planned.  At the same time, I also realized that the solution was more important than the presentation or its length. I then proceeded to write down my key ideas in 1 short volume, using language that is accessible to the casual reader. I now have a book ready!

I’m in the process of presenting the contents of the book on, broadcasting them as much as I can, taking on all challengers, and raising funds to begin implementation anywhere on the planet.

But first, I need to get the ideas out there.  I’m hoping this book tour will help.”

THE REVIEW, by Mary Blowers:

When I read this book, I was surprised to realize that I had experienced some of the author’s same thoughts. You see, I have a high IQ, but I never finished college. I just couldn’t settle on a major that would a) make my parents happy, secure in the knowledge I could take care of myself, and b) become a passion and be something that would make me love to go to work each day. I found myself, years later, thinking that I should just learn everything from other sources. I could learn foreign languages on  the internet. There are YouTubes to teach you about life and how to run a business, and much of this knowledge can be had for free! Why should I have to sit through weeks of math classes, when I really just want to write books?

The Failure of University Education proposes that rather than teaching skills and data, universities teach resonance, which as far as I can tell is a sort of resourcefulness, flexibility and coordination hybrid. This means that if something fails to go as planned, employees trained this way will find workarounds and plan Bs. Not to play devil’s advocate, but it reminds me of homeschooling in the US. Homeschoolers,learn social skills and life skills in addition to their math and science. But it might well make people better able to handle the unexpected.


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Book Review: The Real Truth About the Media

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There have been countless conspiracy theories presented, and this book attempts to bring them to the public eye, to make readers aware of the insidious agendas behind television commercials and news, advertising campaigns, and even political campaigns. I know I learned a lot from The Real Truth Behind the Media and you will too. Jason Knapper has provided a good overview of some programs to be aware of as you navigate life, to keep your identity and your health and safety intact. Television programs may be selected or not selected based on whether they promote the homosexual lifestyle for instance, or unwed motherhood, or goth counter cultures, or whatever will get people to watch in a particular time period rather than get out and make the world better. Television in particular is rather mind numbing and Knapper even makes the case that that is the reason networks use the word “programming,” as if the shows are somehow influencing viewers to choose some lifestyle, war, or political agenda. And perhaps they are.

Everyone knows about subliminal advertising, where a concept, picture, or message is flashed on a screen for a fraction of a second, to quick to be noticed but for a long enough time to make an impact on a viewer’s mind. These experiments have been going on since the 1950s when the BBC began trying this on television. Knapper maintains that these subliminal messages have been conditioning us all to perform some way that “they” want us to. Behaviors can be strongly influenced in this way to pacify and control the masses. Did you ever wonder why there is so much “entertainment” television and far less educational? This situation is improving, but even the educational programming could have an agenda set up by anyone with enough power.

In addition to subliminals, the flickering rate of television waves can also change your brain to function in an alpha state (similar to that used in meditation or day-dreaming) rather than it’s usual waking beta state, which is more active and might entice you to get up and do something instead. The Real Truth Behind the Media, while it just skims the surface of what is probably going on out there, is enough to open one’s mind and make you think.