Friday, June 26, 2015

Win a $20 Amazon/BN GC - Practical Advice from An Evolved Soul

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The Author's View
Marcus Dino

A. The Clock

Inside my house what to I take a picture of but a clock. A clock represents time. How much time does it take a person to do a task, such as write a book? We are slaves to time. “I need extra time to do this.”” I don't have enough time to complete this task.” “I cannot afford to be late to work or even miss work.” As an author when I get writer's block sometimes I look at that clock and think of all the time I 'wasted' trying to write an important scene or even a conclusion to a story. The clock is also like a motivational tool. “You need to make an effort to finish that book or script or short story in a certain amount of time,” it tells me. 150 years ago Charles Dickens perhaps while living in London looked at 'Big Ben' when he wrote Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. 200 years from now a futuristic author perhaps will look at a futuristic watch that would be surgically implanted into his arm like in a movie I saw recently and being a writer I can only imagine how sophisticated future surgery will be. The bottom line is time and will be forever a guide in decisions we make in our daily lives.

B. The Tree

Outside my house I take a picture of my amazing tree in front of my house As you probably hear there is a terrible drought out here in California. Because of water restrictions we can only water outside several times a week. Yet as we can see from the picture, the tree looks amazingly green, beautiful, and strong looking. This tree represents growth and doesn't let a severe drought from stopping it grow. I see the same thing as a writer. I can't let what someone else things or writer's block from stopping me 'grow' as a writer. That tree has a determination to survive just as a writer I have the same determination to keep on writing.

"Fulfill your destiny Fifi, as you wander through the Wilderness," Goth her spirit guide tells her....

Marcus Dino's latest book 'Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul', an anthology like it's smash hit predecessor, 'Diary of a Mad Gen Yer.' has 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl 'Fifi' Larouche coming back outrageous as ever introducing new 'Silly Stories,' 'Silly Poems,' and 'Silly Blogs', plus an added new twist using the world of Twitter, Fifi's 'Silly Tweets.'

'Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul' is third in a series of 'Fifi's stories following Marcus Dino's top ten Amazon Bestseller 'Diary of a Mad Gen Yer' in addition to his original Hollywood novel 'Fifi.'

Many of the major characters from Mr. Dino's two earlier book are back in 'Evolved Soul' including Fifi's boyfriend Biff, her obstinate father Charles, and her two alien friends from the planet Zatoris, Alocki and Helos. In addition there are some very interesting new characters in 'Evolved Soul' including a long dead Englishman who said he knew great literary figures such as Dickens and Keats called 'The 200 Year Old Great Writer,' and two entities who say they are 'Fifi's Spirit Guides' Goth and Au.

Both Goth and Au write very inspirational blogs that convey a strong message in the 'Blogs' section of 'Evolved Soul.'

'Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul' is both humorous and inspirational and like it's two predecessors will entertain the reader from beginning to end.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Excerpt from 'A Midsummer Night's Silliness'


This is a night when strange demons and vampires arrive to doth try to steal the soul of the innocent…Tonight oh Neptune after the party we shall call the Royal Apothecary who will doth conduct a potient out of bat wings and garlic and the tongues of TV talk show hosts and politicians and other vile and smelly things…And whoever I praytell drinks of this potient will scare off all evil souls and who ever drinks of this potient will be strong as anyone who drinketh such foul and smelly stuff would have to be strong…and crazy…Now.. Come my good king and my subjects let us now go to the party at the palace to intake in wine and merriment….

(Image of Ghost from Hamlet appears)


What noblest of misfortunes that hath cursed my son Hamlet partakes thou fair Queen? I praytell that I shalt make amends for my son to be of assistance to thee…My son Hamlet at times hath not believed in me…I praytell thou noblest of Queens believe in me as I was once King Denmark…


I hath no misfortune oh Ghost of the King of Denmark…I praytell that thou may get into the minds of casting directors of good theater and good movies and good TV shows of which there are so few in 2012 and convince them of my acting abilities…Now Ghost of the King of Denmark a place where they doth are well known for changing men into women and women into men I doth praytell thou join us at the palace for an evening of wine, song, and merriment….

Marcus Dino has always wanted to be a fiction writer as long as he can remember. Living in Southern California plus his being a die hard movie buff has led him to write stories dealing with the struggles and conquests of heroic up and coming Hollywood actress Cheryl 'Fifi' Larouche.

Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul is an anthology and inspirational book and is Mr. Dino's third 'Fifi' series book. His first book, Hollywood novel Fifi was first published in 2003. His second book in ebook format, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, an anthology and Amazon best seller in it's category, was published in 2009.

Mr. Dino has a Masters degrees in Education and Engineering and is a graduate of Chapman University. He has a distinguished career as an electronics engineer working for several Aerospace companies and also as a mathematics teacher in Los Angeles area schools. He currently resides in Santa Maria, California.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Writer's View: R. Scott Mackey

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The Writer's View
R. Scott Mackey

I write standing at an adjustable-height desk cluttered with notes, book ideas, marketing timelines, blank index cards for more notes, and three coffee mugs—two filled with pens and pencils, one filled with actual coffee. The three-shelved bookcase to my right stores a handful of each of my books, along with an Oxford Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, Chicago Manual of Style, and other reference books.

An exercise ball, exercise roller, and dumbells are scattered about the room, the exercise ball seeming to have a mind of its own, sometimes settling into a corner, other times resting dead center in the room or underneath my standing desk. There is little ornamentation, but what there is speaks to my interests—a print of Rogers Hornsby, the baseball player, three baseball bobbleheads, and a baseball signed by the members of the Little League team I coached several years ago. Pinned to the small cork bulletin board above my desk are my upcoming travel schedule, tickets to the Senior PGA Championship, a hotel recommendation in San Francisco, and, most importantly of all, pictures of my wife, two kids, and my dog.

When I move to the closet and look inside it brings a mix of emotions. The closet was my son’s and some of his clothes still hang inside. He’s off at college now, the younger of my two kids. We see him now and again, but it’s never enough and I miss him every day, just as I miss my daughter. There’s also a bookshelf in the closet and it is filled with about thirty books on college football, the subject of my next non-fiction book. The books make me anxious because I don’t know when I will be able to get to that project, one that will take two or more years to complete. The microphone mounted atop a tall stand also makes me anxious. I’ve been planning to do some podcasting, maybe even some voiceover work, but there aren’t enough hours in the day. I shut the closet door but the mix of nostalgia and anxiety stays with me.

Back at my standing desk, I work on Courage Lies Beneath, book number four in the Ray Courage Mystery Series. I pause to think about my writing space. I hadn’t planned on it making a statement about who I am. Funny how it truly does.

Ray Courage’s wife Pam died thirteen years before in a car accident. Or did she? Ray’s world is turned upside down when he receives a series of e-mails from someone claiming to be his dead wife, accusing him of attempting to kill her and vowing revenge. Ray sets out to find the identity of the e-mailer only to discover the circumstances of his wife’s apparent death appear to be all but accidental.

Soon Police Detective Carla Thurber comes to suspect Ray of killing his wife, and of a subsequent murder of Pam’s confidant. Meanwhile, a murderous predator who does not want the facts of Pam’s death to surface aims to stop Ray. In the greatest challenge of his life, Ray must outrun the police and elude those who are out to kill him as he seeks the truth about his wife’s death.

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After she left I took out my phone and opened the email from Pam1111, fully intending to delete it after a quick glance. Instead of some offer for an erection booster or the chance to aid a Nigerian princess, the message gave me an immediate chill:

How could you have done that to me 13 years ago? Me, the person you said you loved? Well, it didn’t work. I’m not dead and I am going to make you pay after all these years. Better look over your shoulder.

About the Author:
Scott Mackey lives in Northern California, where he writes both fiction and non-fiction. His first book, Barbary Baseball, achieved critical acclaim from baseball historians for its quality research and writing. He followed that with two young adult novels. His popular Ray Courage Mystery Series includes Courage Begins, Courage Matters, and Courage Resurrected. The fourth book in the series, Courage Lies Beneath, is scheduled for release later in 2015.

Scott's career arc has included stints as a corporate communications manager, college professor, copywriter, bartender, and youth sports coach. In addition to obsessing over punctuation and grammar, he cares about his family (including his dog and cat), the San Francisco Giants, and his rather sad golf game.

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Win a $25 Amazon/BN GC - Virtual Tour: Back to Us by Teresa Roman

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MediaKit_BookCover_BackToUsAbandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. Jessica’s vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life. But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?

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“I don’t want to bail on you, Justin. I love you.”

“It’ll be easier if you walk away now, before I fall even more in love with you than I already am,” Justin whispered, his voice hoarse.

“Please don’t say that to me again or I’m going to feel like it’s what you want.”

“You seemed so unhappy earlier after we left my apartment. I thought if we came back here I could make you forget what an awful time you had at my house.”

“Is that why you were overdoing it on the champagne?”

“You noticed?”

I nodded. “It’s not like you to drink that much.”

“God, I’m so sorry. I was just upset about the way my mom treated you. I kept thinking that you wished you had gone with your brother instead.”

“It wasn’t that bad,” I said. “Let’s just forget about it, okay?

Justin nodded. I lay back down and pulled him down beside me. It was half past three and I was tired. “If I turn off the lights and we try and get some sleep, do you think you’ll be okay?”

“Do you still love me, Jess?”

“Of course I do,” I insisted, surprised that he could think otherwise.

Justin wrapped one of his arms over my shoulder. “Then I’ll be all right.”

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_BackToUsTeresa Roman is a lover of books. That's what prompted her to try her hand at writing. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and the puppy her son convinced them to adopt. When she isn't at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer hard at work writing or with her head buried in another book.

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