PROMOTIONS FROM VENDORS ATTENDING THE
Nonfiction, Military, Autobiography
Vietnam veteran with the USAF as a pilot. During his time in the Vietnam conflict, he flew 165 combat missions including 100 in North Vietnam. During that time, he either led or participated in the rescue of 69 people from life threatening situations. For his efforts, he was awarded 11 Air Medals and 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses.
SANDY ONE, THIS IS CROWN
It follows his journey from childhood airplane fascinations to USAF pilot training, and preparations for the war and many combat missions.
SANDY ONE, THIS IS CROWN
SURPRISE, YOU HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT
Chapter 1 Excerpt
San Antonio Air Traffic Control Center had turned us over to Laughlin Approach control for our descent to the centerline for the straight in ILS approach. The student would direct the ILS. He was flying the aircraft ”under the bag”, on instruments, in the back seat of the sleek, white, 2-seat, twin jet, supersonic trainer on the final leg of his cross country flight. Laughlin Approach Control turned us over to the Radar Ground Approach Control or RAPCON which monitored all of our ILS approaches. They cleared us to land. The student had put down the gear and flaps earlier in the approach, but I checked them again, just to be sure. I always told my students: “When I am flying, I am flying. When you are flying, I am flying”. That meant that as an Instructor Pilot, I was the guy who signed for the aircraft.
Sign Up Today Before It's Too Late!
#SpringfieldOHBookFair #Summer #Books #Authors #HenHousePublishing
I don't think so. My husband claims to be devoid of creativity; however, I beg to differ. He can take what I describe and manufacture it. To me, that's not just skill, that's creativity in application.
Creativity comes in wit: the person who thinks fast on his feet and always has a pertinent and witty comeback. I envy that kind of creativity, if only because I'm the sort who must mull things over to maybe find that clever retort. Comedians like Bill Engvall, John Pinette, and Gabriel Iglesias demonstrate comedic creativity based on their lives and what they observe: art imitating life.
Say what you will about Mark Zuckerberg, he demonstrated impressive creativity when he developed Facebook. Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and others turned their creative efforts toward computer programming to spark the digital environment in which we live, work, and find entertainment.
Have you watched Master Chef? Despite Gordon Ramsay's profane lambasting of cooks who don't measure up to his exacting standards, the creativity displayed by those same cooks when presented with often unusual ingredients and always unreasonable demands astounds me. (By the way, I stopped watching anything featuring Ramsay years ago.)
I believe that creativity is a manifestation of the divine spark, that gift from God which elevates humanity above the rest of the animal kingdom and inspires us to seek, investigate, explore, ponder, and create. That eternal search for something sublime, for answers, and for knowledge marks us as inspired creatures.
Much of what's considered creative does not appeal to me; however, that does not negate the creativity of the person who produced the work. I can admire the creative effort, even if I do not like the results.
Books for businessmen purport to teach creativity. I don't think it can be taught, although I think that people can learn to tap into their own stores of creativity. Children are naturally creative; they don't need to be taught. Societal expectations and judgment often stifle creativity rather than direct it. The songs "Roses are Red" by Harry Chapin and "The Logical Song" by Supertramp illustrate that. Value engineers claim to prize "unfettered" creativity, but they most often direct their efforts to cost cutting, which I don't consider creative.
Creativity often fails in execution. Craftsmanship plays a critical and integral part of the expression of creativity. Don't believe me? Just go to a music recital filled with beginning musicians or an art showing by people who an barely wield a charcoal pencil. It's excruciating, but we all smile and clap, offering encouragement to budding musicians and artists who exhibit little skill because they must learn proper use of the medium and by which they express their creativity. Mastery of a skill gives rise to craftsmanship which creativity then elevates to art.
The Eagle at Dawn
(Immortal Shifters Book 4)
Rachel's brother uses her as collateral to settle a debt with an outlaw motorcycle gang. She flees to a local bar and pleads with a darkly handsome stranger to help her. His help results in homicide. When eagle shifter Diego's vacation is interrupted by the innocent young woman he recognizes as his mate, he flees with her across national borders because she's his and he's not letting her go.
Having essentially swapped one captor for another, Rachel knows the dashing, sexy Spaniard is keeping secrets from her. He showers her with kindness and generosity in exchange for her obedience. Diego's control over her and his secrets elicit her distrust and resentment.
When freedom beckons, Rachel answers its call; however, freedom brings hardship and indignity. Will she return to the controlling alpha male who stirs her blood or cling stubbornly to her freedom?
“Come, Rachel. We must go.”
She looked up at him, those fierce dark eyes, the bruise blooming across one cheek, the taut planes and angles of a warrior’s face.
“Oh, my God,” she whispered. “Oh, God.”
“Come, Rachel,” he repeated, making the effort to gentle his voice. “The police will be here shortly.”
She blinked in puzzlement. “But--”
“I have killed four men for you. Come.”
Gathering her scattered wits, she took his hand and let him draw her to her feet. She watched in dumb horror as her rescuer dug in his pants pocket and withdrew a wad of bills which his slapped on the bar. The bartender squeaked when he caught the man’s gaze.
“This should cover the damages.”
The bartender nodded and pointed toward the employee entrance in the back of the building.
“Gracias,” Diego said and rushed in that direction, pulling his woman along.
What perturbed me the most is that the Google statistics don't mesh with the statistics provided by my web hosting service. Annoying, that. Regardless, it's time for a refresh. I've added keywords to web page meta tags, which should help with SEO. Fingers are crossed. As I told a possible client recently, my understanding of SEO is basic, like kindergarten level.
Other projects are under way, too.
The Summer Book Fair still has two tables available. I'm not sure why they haven't sold. I kept the registration price low to be affordable for indie authors who operate on shoestring budgets. Sure, they have to bring their own tablecloths, but they get a unique and wonderful venue in exchange for that inconvenience. Even better, they get to sell their books where the people are. The success of this event hinges upon being where the people are. Registration closes on July 31.
I'm in a creative slump. Ever since producing The Eagle at Dawn, my brain can't hold onto a story. This has happened before and typically indicates that I need more time to recharge. Although our initial collaborative project, Six Shots Each Gun, isn't doing well even though the handful of people who read it liked the stories, I will still be collaborating with Russ Towne on another collection of short stories; however, this time we'll veer into western romance. Because we're still trying to capture western readers, romantic material will be sweet, maybe edging into sensual, but certainly not steamy.
My family can breathe a sigh of relief.
Anyway, Russ and I will get back on that project in the fall.
I moved The Barbary Lion to Project Gutenberg. You can also download it in MOBI or EPUB format from this website. It's now a free read. I haven't made any progress on going wide with several other titles, but that's on the "Honey, do" list. Don't hold your breath; this is not a high priority item on the list.
Freelance work in general has declined this summer. I canceled one contract, a move that could be termed as financial stupidity, but good for my peace of mind. A major client lost funding for its newsletter, so that long-term project ended. I finished some editing gigs. Yep, folks, I'm in gig-hunting mode. Like everyone else, I need to find paying work.
Oh, and I need to sell a horse. Anyone up for a challenge?
Enjoy your summer.
Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, and sunny side up: eggs are the musings of Holly Bargo, the pseudonym for the author.
View Guest Author Posts
Looking for a place to swap blogs? Holly Bargo at Hen House Publishing is happy to reciprocate Blog Swaps in 2019.
For more information:
Book Of The Month