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2/7/16

AN AUTHOR RESPONDS :The Tall Tale of Acro vs. The Bone War of McCurtain County



Paul Fairchild’s Tall Tale of Acro
By Russell Ferrell


    These comments are in response to Paul Fairchild’s article titled The Tall Tale of Acro in the November, 2015, issue of The Oklahoma Magazine. I was contacted by Joyce Hall, who was quite upset about the article. The article was riddled with errors and conceptual flaws that were probably caused by bias or faulty sources. Fairchild did not do his homework and this sloppy excuse for journalism is unacceptable and unprofessional. What follows is a summary of the many errors and misperceptions found throughout the article, which are profoundly atrocious. On behalf of Joyce Hall and the memory of Cephis Hall, I am trying to set the record straight.
    Joyce and Cephis Hall had collaborated with me on a book project about their ordeal and harrowing experiences in connection with the discovery and excavation of the Acrocanthosaurus, the State Dinosaur of Oklahoma. I spent many, many hours interviewing Joyce and Cephis and other witnesses involved with the characters and events of the story; many have since become deceased. I also examined and read all the newspaper articles, archives, legal documents, and anything I could get my hands on in connection to the story. I spent almost four years researching and investigating the facts and several years writing, editing, and revising the manuscript, which resulted in two titles.  The first publication, Acrocanthosaurs—The Bones of Contention, (now out of print) was superseded by the newer and better title, The Bone War of McCurtain County.

In my conversation with Joyce Hall, she had stated that she was concerned about the motives of Mr. Fairchild after he called to interview Cephis about his Acro story.  She informed him that Cephis had passed away December 24, 2013. Fairchild proceeded to interview Mrs. Hall, but when she asked him if he would send her a copy of the article, he was evasive and non-committal. This raised a suspicion in her mind that he might not be a friendly interviewer or custodian of her husband’s story and memory. Her fears proved well-founded when she finally uncovered and read the article on the internet.
   
After having read the article myself, I share her sentiment. There was one particular part of the article that caused Joyce Hall to gasp in revulsion. I will explain the basis of Hall’s complaint as well as my own criticism of the article in the following passages.
   
Mr. Fairchild’s story is blatantly biased against Hall and riddled with errors. I cannot determine if Fairchild is himself biased, or has merely consulted biased or estranged sources. Other than Joyce Hall, he names only two sources in his article—Henry Moya of the Museum of the Red River and Ken Carpenter—neither of whom are first hand or knowledgeable sources concerning Hall and Love’s personal story. 
   
Mr. Moya, the current museum director, did not arrive at the museum until well after the real storied heart of the Hall-Love-Acro kernel had fully germinated and sprouted to fruition. By that time, the events of the story were largely over. The previous museum director, Greg Perino, was the man with inside knowledge. Perino was a witness to the transaction between Hall-Love and the corporate official who approved Hall and Love’s excavation. Perino gave a signed affidavit and had agreed to testify in court.  
   
Carpenter, a member of the elite scientific establishment, touts an academic bias and has a penchant for belittling Hall’s accomplishment. Carpenter knows little, if anything, about Hall’s personal story from a firsthand source, except maybe little snippets uncovered during small-talk with Hall during the Acro Fest ceremony.
   
Some establishment paleontologists do not look upon the Hall-Love story with favor, nor relish the idea of amateurs winning glory by making world-class discoveries or excavations. Cephis and Sid battled not just academics, but corporate officialdom and their politicians who wanted to seize their Acro treasure, but failed. Whether Carpenter or Fairchild wish to acknowledge it or not, the Hall-Love recovery of the Acrocanthosaurus represents one of the greatest paleontological discoveries (and excavations) of the twentieth century, indeed of all time. This is not because I say it; the facts speak for themselves.
   
Fairchild’s article is not just biased against Hall, but against the book that chronicles Hall’s accomplishment. The use of the descriptive term “tall tale” could have either innocuous or vicious connotations. Given the general negative slant of the overall story, I believe it was meant to have a pejorative connotation—inferring that the book, and possibly even the newspaper stories on the subject, is hyperbolic and ridden with deceit and fabrication. His use of the words anecdotes, rumors, and half-truths are highly loaded—implying that he has a superior source of information than what has been published, even exclusive access to the real truth. His article proves otherwise.
   
There have been some very good newspaper articles and reviews about the book published in such mainstream publications as: The Oklahoman, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Raleigh Telegram, the Texarkana Gazette, and the Nashville Leader, to name only a few. Local newspapers in southeastern Oklahoma did a fine job with day-to-day coverage of the topic over the almost two decades that the story unfolded. Needless to say, I have never seen such biased, distorted, and sloppy coverage as that provided by Fairchild in the November issue of the Oklahoma Magazine. I will now spend the balance of my comments addressing specific factual errors or biases in Fairchild’s article.
   
v The most egregious example of distortion and error is Fairchild’s reporting on the Hall-Love recovery of the Acro from the Balcones Lab at the University of Texas in Austin, which Joyce Hall considers to be slanderous and libelous. He alleges that Hall and Love committed theft when they burglarized the lab to recover the Acro skeleton. This description is erroneous and the contention of theft is fictitious and ridiculous. The term repossession would be more accurate, although a little bit devious as many repos are. To call it burglary implies that Hall and Love clandestinely and illegally broke into the building while it was locked and no attendant present. Actually Hall and Love had a scheduled appointment to meet with the lab director.

Coming with the intent of recovering their skeleton, they knew the staff would not be receptive to returning it. Thus, they had concocted a devious but legal stratagem to catch the lab attendants off guard and surprise them.
      
Outfoxed, the stunned laboratory staff could do nothing but watch the two men load the skeleton in plain view, and even unlocked some cabinets for them. If the lab attendants had thought a burglary or theft was occurring, they had ample time to call the police while the two men were loading their truck.

The bones were not owned by the university. A written agreement between Hall-Love and the university spelled out the stipulations and obligations of both parties. The bones were merely on loan to the lab, which had failed to live up to the terms of the agreement.
   
v Fairchild goes on to claim that the theft set off a dragnet—spurring the Texas Rangers to get involved in a search for the stolen dinosaur. This is totally spurious as the Texas Rangers had no jurisdiction concerning this Oklahoma-originated property dispute. The university might have had its feathers ruffled, but had no right to decry theft—having possession is not necessarily the same as ownership. Although the corporate landowner later alleged theft of the Acro from its’ timberlands, this, of course, turned out to be a bogus claim as the litigation settlement later demonstrated. Hall and Love were never formally charged or arrested for any alleged crime in connection with their recovery of the Acro. Paleontologists at the Balcones Lab in Austin were in no position to allege theft at any time—but they were out for revenge.
   
v Hall and Love had previously secured permission to excavate from a corporate official in McCurtain County and were told that the company wasn’t interested in any paleontological products they exhumed. Of course the corporation didn’t take the two amateurs seriously, thinking they were incapable of finding—let alone excavating—anything of scientific significance.
   
v After the bones were recovered from UT and brought back to Oklahoma, they were stored and hidden in a remote shed in rural Arkansas that belonged to Cephis’s brother, not a distant relative as Fairchild avers.
   
v Fairchild next leads the reader to believe that Hall’s house was subsequently raided after Texas policemen extended the search for the fugitive bones into Oklahoma. The raid on Hall’s house actually occurred almost a decade later and the real motive for that raid is unclear. Mysteriously, only two days prior to that raid, Hall had supposedly returned home from South Dakota with an artificial cast, rather than the real skeleton. Mere coincidence, or was the raid motivated by revenge on the part of Hall’s enemies?

v Cephis’s son’s house was never raided as Fairchild states in his article.
       
v A sub-heading in the article states: “The Dinosaur No One Wanted”, a catchy phrase but inaccurate. Scientists in Texas and Oklahoma wanted desperately to get possession of the Acro specimen. Scientific lobbyists even crafted legislative strategies inside the Oklahoma State Legislature in an apparent attempt to force Hall and Love to turn over the Acro to the public interest. The corporate landowner and friendly politicians were pressing to recover the lost treasure on several fronts. This was one of the rarest and most valuable dinosaur finds on record; consequently, it was a coveted prize.

v The article alludes to some boys who had found a bone near the river and implies that their discovery elicited local interest and motivated Hall to go check out the site. The events and timelines Fairchild refers to in his article do not square with the facts or with Hall’s testimony. For instance, Hall did not break ground at the site for almost two years later and was unaware that bones had already been discovered there. A few bones were finally taken to the University of Oklahoma in Norman by Christi Silvey, the Beaver’s Bend State Park naturalist, but were not identified until much later when a paleontologist was finally brought on staff. One of the boys and his father spearheaded a primitive excavation of the site and recovered a few pieces; but soon afterwards they abandoned the dig and the bones were forgotten—until Hall finally arrived. Hall’s excavation site remained a secret.

v The article incorrectly describes Sid Love as an amateur anthropologist. Actually, a rock hound, naturalist, or amateur geologist would be more accurate.

v Fairchild states Hall and Love got $50,000 for the dinosaur. Actually, they sold the specimen to a commercial fossil dealer for $225,000, with a further stipulation that they be provided a mountable cast of the skeleton valued at $50,000. After paying the attorneys over $50,000, they ended up with about $87,500 each and eventually a defective cast.

v Hall did not take the skeleton to the Black Hills Institute. Instead, he sold it to a commercial paleontologist in Ardmore who subsequently transported it there.

v Hall’s defective cast was not stored in a barn, but in his clustered rock shop.

v The article says that the Museum of the Red River led the charge to have the Acro named State Dinosaur of Oklahoma. Actually it was local legislators, State Senator Jeff Rabon of Hugo, State Representative Paul Roan of Tishomingo, and State Representative Jerry Ellis of Valliant, all democrats, who pushed the legislation against partisan Republicans who opposed it. The strongest opposition came from the Tulsa area.

v Contrary to Mr. Fairchild’s report, the Acro was named the State Dinosaur in 2006 – not 2005.

v Fairchild states that the only displaying museum less than 200 miles away was the Museum of the Red River in Idabel. Actually, a cast of the Acro is also on display inside Graffham’s Hall at the Goddard Youth Camp Museum, 151 miles from Idabel, or an even shorter distance from Hall’s house in Hochatown. Cephis lived in the village of Hochatown, not Broken Bow, as Fairchild states in his article.

v The State Fossil of Oklahoma is not Aurophaganax maximus as named in the article, but Saurophaganax maximus.

v Fairchild claims the friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science didn’t do their research and that the Acro was never traced to North Carolina. Dr Dale Russell, the museum paleontologist, stated in a press release: “The ancient coastal plains where the Acro hunted are now submerged, making discovery of their bones nearly impossible. A delta containing sediments the same age as those where Acro was found lies buried under the waters of Pamlico and Albemarle Sound. It’s the right age, contains evidence of similar environments, and probably also acro bones, but they are hidden from us.”

There are a few other factual errors and conceptual flaws in the article, but I think I have mentioned enough. The article is so sloppy and devoid of accuracy it is doubtful that any violation of copyright protections could be raised. However, innovators like Fairchild need to always be cognizant of copyright protections, especially on a subject like this where the principal characters have all passed away and the only remaining source of their recorded testimony is found in a copyrighted book. Had Mr. Fairchild approached me in a sincere and friendly way, I would have been happy to assist him in getting an interesting and accurate story on the subject.

Russell Ferrell, January 10, 2016
Author of The Bone War of McCurtain County

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Posted by Marilyn A. Hudson, 2/7/2016 

1/2/16

Coin Collecting Book A Must for Serious People


Build the Coin Collection of Your Dreams Without Breaking the Bank!


Avoid the traps and pitfalls experienced by other collectors. "Quick Guide to Coin Collecting" will help you build the coin collection of your dreams whether you're just starting your numismatic journey or are an old hand frustrated with your results.

Discover how to:
  • Start and build a valuable coin collection,
  • Establish a budget and collecting strategy,
  • Evaluate coins by age, condition, rarity and more,
  • Detect and avoid counterfeit and altered coins,
  • Discover rare variety and error coins,
  • Involve the whole family in the coin collecting hobby,

11/29/15

Powerful Glimpse Into A Unique Period of Oklahoma History

ALL MEN FEAR ME, An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey. (Poison Pen Press, 2015).

This latest installment in the series by Donis Casey, stands alone well as a rollicking good mystery featuring the northeast and eastern Oklahoma family and friends of Alafair Tucker.  It can also be picked up and read by someone not familiar with the unique cast of Oklahoma characters. Additionally, it is probably the best in the series to date providing the reader with a well written, taunt, and unique story line with a delightful sense of pacing and suspense. 

Profiles of people populating the small town featured in the series presented are powerful, firmly but stylishly drawn and often highly memorable as people it would be easy to say had really lived. 

Events in this title all stem from a time period often overlooked but one rich in detail in Oklahoma. The era of early WWI, the early moments before the nation launched fully into participation in the conflict are spotlighted. All around is the anxiety, the fear, and the tension of uncertain futures. There are numerous back stories drawn from history that give an added reality to the tale: the union organizing efforts, the growing Socialist movement that was gaining a firm toehold in the nation, and especially among Oklahoma's disenfranchised,  the question of loyalty to the nation, accepting the alien immigrant, and the ticking clock as the drama of propaganda and nationalist fervor to gain backing for entrance into the war escalates.

Haunting in places, frightening in others, and satisfying to heart and head, this is a book not soon forgotten.  A recommended read for anyone loving mystery, history, Oklahoma, and having something to think about while a fictional story unfolds.

Review by Author, Marilyn A. Hudson


Disclaimer: The publisher supplied this writer with a copy of the book for possible review.

9/25/15

NIMROD Awards Conference for Readers and Writers Oct. 17

PRESS RELEASE: NIMROD AWARDS CONFERENCE FOR READERS AND WRITERS

Nimrod International Journal’s 2015 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place on October 17th at the University of Tulsa. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in bringing editors to meet one on one with writers who want individual critiques and guidance toward refining their work.  

Participants will be offered the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors, including the judges for the annual Nimrod Awards contest and other visiting artists. This year’s judges are two distinguished writers—Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, and Tina Chang, Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and author of Of Gods & Strangers.

Other guests include such celebrated authors as fiction writer Molly Antopol, a Stegner Fellow and author of The UnAmericans, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree; young adult writer Jennifer Latham, author of Scarlett Undercover; YA fantasy writer Sarah Cross, author of Kill Me Softly; mystery writer Megan Abbott, author of The Fever, nonfiction writer Hector Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free; and Oklahoma Poet Laureate Benjamin Myers, author of Lapse Americana; and over thirty other professional writers and editors eager to share their talent and experience.

The conference will feature masterclasses, readings, panel discussions, and one-on-one editing sessions. Each workshop and panel is designed to stimulate ideas and discussion and to inspire and improve participants’ writing. Not only will participants be able to attend classes with award-winning authors, but they will be able to interact with them during coffee breaks, lunch, and informal talk sessions.

After the choice of two opening panel discussions, one a general writing advice session and the other a Q&A session on editing and publishing, participants will choose from a wide variety of masterclasses. There will be classes on writing fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, nonfiction, and young adult literature and fantasy; ways to attract the attention of literary agents; and more. Just a few of the class titles: “Diversified: Incorporating Real-World Diversity into Young Adult Fiction,” “Down a Dark Alley: Atmosphere in Crime Fiction,” “Write About a Box: Taking the Fear out of Writing Your Memoir,” “The Fantasy Writer’s Cupboard: Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Myth” and “Writing with Questions: Empathy, Intimacy, and Interviewing in Nonfiction.” All are designed to encourage dialogue, share experience and expertise, and leave space for discovery. Most sessions will also include writing exercises, and all will have time for questions.

Those who pre-register and send their brief writing samples by October 10th will have the opportunity to sit down one on one with an experienced editor to discuss their work. These sessions are unique to Nimrod’s conference and are a conference favorite every year.

Lunch for registered participants will be accompanied by readings by Tina Chang and Karen Russell. An invitational reading with other featured guests and a group book-signing will end the day.

Each registrant is entitled to participate in readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, and one-on-one editing sessions.  The cost of Saturday’s conference is $60.00, including lunch. Full and partial scholarships are also available, but each participant must register. Those who wish to participate in a one-on-one editing session must send in the registration form and 2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction by October 10th.   Professional development credit is available for Tulsa Public School teachers.

Nimrod also offers a special Two-Day Pass to attend both the writing workshop and the Awards Dinner the night before, October 16th. The Awards Dinner honors the winners and judges of Nimrod’s annual writing contest. It will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Karen Russell and readings of poetry and fiction by award-winners Heather Altfeld, Leila Chatti, J. D. Wiley, and Emily Wortman-Wunder. A ticket to the dinner alone is $65. The Two-Day Pass to attend both the dinner on Friday and the workshop on Saturday is $100.

For registration forms and more information, including dinner and scholarship information, please contact Eilis O’Neal at 918-631-3080 or e-mail: nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit the Nimrod website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.


9/18/15

Writing Contest

Sequestrum, a literary journal of new prose and poetry, is holding a contest through October 15th for new writers (anyone yet to publish a book-length manuscript). 

Says Managing Editor, Ralph Cooper, "I appreciate the vital role local and regional organizations play for writers in all stages of their careers, and I’d appreciate if you could pass this note along to any writers who might be interested in participating in the contest." The contest is open to short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with winners for both prose and poetry. Full contest details here: www.sequestrum.org/contests.

Their library contains NEA & Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize Nominees, and other award-winning poets and novelists. Cooper emphasizes, "We hope to put some of today’s emerging talents alongside them." 

Check out the attached file is a flyer with contest details and additional information about Sequestrum. A great opportunity for not yet published authors...

George Rhoades Was Celebrity Author At Belton, TX Event

Reader's Theater Features
Duncan Author's Poetry

George Rhoades of Duncan was the "celebrity author" at a Reader's Theater celebrating the Chisholm Trail on Saturday, Sept. 12, in Belton, Texas.   Performers gave interpretive readings from his books, "Along the Chisholm Trail" and "After the Chisholm." The event was sponsored by the Temple, Texas, Literacy Council, drew a large crowd, and also featured Western music, a chorus, chuckwagon food and other readings.

9/17/15

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to Host Fall Retreat

Two-day event to provide multiple workshops, speakers


Local writers and artists will have the opportunity to further develop their craft at an upcoming

Oklahoma's chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will host their 2015 fall retreat Oct. 9-10 at Stroud, conveniently located right between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

This year, attendees will experience in-depth study into their own area of interest, with individual tracks for illustrators, picture book authors, and novelists.

Friday workshops include the Illustrator Track, taught by Tim Jessell (www.timjessell.com), with a full day of technique instruction, hands-on practice, and group critique; the Picture Book Track, taught by Janee Trasler (www.trasler.com), who will share her secrets as a successful picture book author; and the Novel Track, taught by Anna Myers (www.annamyers.info) with Pati Hailey and Ginny Sain, and focusing on novel writing and editing including drama techniques for character development. The author workshops will follow their morning sessions with first page analysis and panel discussions.

Keynote speaker Linda Urban (www.lindaurbanbooks.com) will present the keynote address, “Fan the Spark of Creativity” on Friday evening. Urban, a successful author of both picture books and novels, will also be leading editing workshops on Saturday.
Linda Urban, successful author of both picture books and novels, will be the keynote speaker at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Oklahoma fall conference, Oct. 9-10 at Stroud, OK
Three publishing professionals have also agreed to accept work from attendees after the conference, even though they are normally closed to submissions. Christa Heschke, an agent with McIntosh and Otis; Emily Feinberg, an editor with Roaring Brook Press; and Anna K. Roberto, an agent with Feiwel & Friends, an Imprint of Macmillian Children’s, are all part of the off-campus faculty of this year’s SCBWI Fall Conference. Specific information and requirements for submitting work to these industry insiders will be given out at the two-day event.

Retreat registration will also include two bonus events. The first will be held the same weekend - an after-hours event Friday evening with Darleen Bailey Beard, a successful published author of picture books and middle grade books, along with other writing professionals. The second bonus will be free admission to SCBWI Oklahoma’s upcoming editing workshop.

“For the price of a good pair of shoes, attendees will receive instruction, feedback, inspiration, and encouragement,” said Helen Dunlap Newton, SCBWI-Oklahoma Regional Advisor. “The lasting effects on your writing and illustrating make this some of the best money you can spend on your writing dreams.”

The SCBWI Oklahoma Fall Conference is limited to 90 participants. All attendees will pay the same registration fee, but may take part in the entire two days or any portion. SCBWI member registration is $110. Non-SCBWI member registration is $160. Attendees may also take advantage of the discount SCBWI price by joining SCBWI for $95. Throughout the year, members enjoy full day critique sessions, monthly educational meetings, grant opportunities, intensives, sketchcrawls, illustrator showcases, friendship, and support.

More information about the fall retreat, lodging availability, and registration is available online at www.oklahoma.scbwi.org or by contacting Helen Newton, helennewton@cox.net.

8/23/15

Author Program at South OKC Library, Sept. 1

'Crafting a Pitch'  invites authors and dreamers to the South OKC Library, 2201 S 134, OKC on Tuesday Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.  A panel of authors will talk about pitching your project to agents and publishers.

8/20/15

Call For Submissions


Les Weil, fiction editor for Silver Blade Magazine, announces: 
The Flash Fiction Press (theflashfictionpress dot org) is now accepting submissions. 100 to 1200 words. We are open to all genres. We will publish a 3-400 plus story every day, and sometimes with an additional shorter 1-200 word story.

8/18/15

Hudson to Appear At Paracon 2015 in Guthrie

Author and researcher, Marilyn A. Hudson, called the "bizarre history genie" will be on hand discussing her research into cold as ice murder cases and adventures along the way at the 2015 "Paracon".   The event will be Saturday, October 17, 2015 beginning at 10:00 AM at the American Legion , 123 N 1st street , Guthrie , OK (map).
 
Hudson is author of the horror novel, The Mound, a collection of short stories, The Bones of Summer, and several true history works: When Death Rode the Rails, Murderous Marriages and her latest, Into Oblivion: Murders, Missing Persons, and Mysteries.
 
 

8/1/15

Ozark Fiction Writers Conference Sept. 19

Ozark Fiction Writers Conference on Saturday, September 19 in Springfield, MO, featuring author and editor Candace Haven's wildly popular workshops: Fast Draft -- A Novel in Two Weeks and Revision Hell -- How to Get Through It! This event has much to offer all fiction authors and will focus on the fundamentals of good writing that will apply to any genre of fiction, including: drafting, laying groundwork for your story, scene and structure, revision and more! You will also learn vital information about publishing from industry professionals. More details and registration can be found at: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/conference-2014/oracon-2015/ This is a great 1 day conference that is priced at only $75.

7/28/15

Rose State Writer's Conference Set

Writer’s Conference at Rose State College Set for September 18-20, 2015
 
A three-day intensive writing workshop, where you will experience writing fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Organized by New York Times-bestselling author William Bernhardt, this conference will bring some of the nation’s most successful writers and industry experts to Oklahoma.
 
To Enroll online please go to: Rosestate.augusoft.net
 
In person: Go to Rose State College, 6191 Tinker Diagonal, The Tom Steed Bldg. Midwest City, OK. 73110
Telephone: 405-733-7392 to reserve your spot with a credit card
Course Fee: $129.00 on or before 8/31/15
$149.00 on or after 9/1/15
 
Lodging:
There are many hotels in the Midwest City and Oklahoma city area, including the Sheraton at the Reed Center and the Holiday Inn in Midwest City, Ok.
Visit our website for more information: rose.edu/writing-short-course  
 
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7/7/15

Conquer Writing and its Obstacles

After many requests for such helpful tips, Oklahoma Writers is happy to share a new page on "Editing."  A list of possible sources for help in this crucial area will be posted there. 
 
To get you started in the right direction, however, here  is an editing resource for you to explore.  "  Did you know you only need to write 547 words a day for six months to get a 100,000-word novel? "  The Curiouser Crusade will show you how.

7/1/15

Authors Charley Swanda and Amber Daniels

An exciting new Science-Fiction Fantasy work is the product of a brother and sister writing team from Mountain View, Oklahoma. Authors Charley Swanda and Amber Daniels had written individually most of their lives and when they finally teamed up, THE ASGARDIAN PROPHECIES: THE BLACK QUASAR, is the exciting result.
 
The work, inspired by Norse Mythology,  crafts a saga of one young man coming to terms with his heritage and his own place in a much larger world than the small Oklahoma town of his childhood roots.
 
The authors bring an exciting new energy and direction to a mythic frame known to many only through the work of the Marvel multi-verse.  Targeted to Young adults and Adult audiences it will be sure to find a strong following. Readers are already clamoring for more since its February appearance.

 
$10.99 / Perfectbound
ISBN: 9781457535437
224 pages
The Asgardian Prophecies: The Black Prophecy is published by Dog Ear Press.

6/24/15

New Book Focuses on Murder, Missing Persons and Mysteries

Norman, Oklahoma, June 23, 2015 — Norman author Marilyn A. Hudson announces release of a new work exploring murders, missing persons and mysteries titled, Into Oblivion: Murder, Missing Persons, and Mysteries.  

In the book Hudson explores the world of the mid-century and how some people took a wrong turn on a road of lingering questions.   Hudson gives a sweeping overview of some of the dastardly things people were doing to each other in the 1930's- 1960's in average and normal America. The unsolved Cleveland Torso murders, the Black Dahlia, and others are presented as the backdrop to a mid-century killing spree. Those cases include the almost unknown torso murders in Oklahoma, along with very similar, and still unsolved, cases from Texas and New Mexico from the 1950’s and early 1960's. 

Then she provides some deeper looks deeper into the lives of several victims whose cases are still unsolved. She profiles a bride who left the Crown Motel in Moore, Oklahoma never to be seen alive again in the story of Carol Batterman.  Through interviews she expands the story of a woman murdered in Louisiana, Ruth Tilotta and raises questions about a similar case in the disappearances of Audrey Moate. Missing wives, murdered women, and unsolved mysteries are presented as links in a chain of possible connections to solving these decades old crimes.
Finally, she offers a tantalizing summary theory that connects  several of these previously forgotten crimes with other unsolved murders. She hopes authorities will decide to look a little deeper and cast their net a little wider. For, as she notes, "there is no statute of limitations on finding the truth." 
Hudson has published sixteen other titles in the areas of nonfiction (history), inspirational, juvenile, and fiction. Titles include, The Mound, When Death Rode the Rails, Stories Center Stage, Murderous Marriages, and Elephant Hips are Expensive.
Armchair true crime enthusiasts will want to add this one to their reading list. It is a perfect fit for collections on true crime and with its emphasis on several Oklahoma crimes, those interested in the Sooner state.

For more information, contact Marilyn A. Hudson (marilynahudson@yahoo.com). The book available (to individuals and book buyers) on Amazon.com

6/22/15

A GATEWAY TO HOPE SEES FLOOD OF APPROVAL

Author E.C. Jackson eagerly looked forward to the launch of her new book.  "On May 22, which happens to be my mother’s birthday, A Gateway to Hope became available on Amazon, and Smashwords."   (It is also available for purchase as an e-book at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks).  Her debut novel met with positive reader responses and was reviewed at the Hog on Ice: Books and Independent Learning blog.  "And it is being featured during the month of June on the Folks Tales Things blog", the author noted.
Now the paperback is available to purchase on Amazon. Barnes and Nobles will follow in three to five days. Also, with the ISBN you can order a copy in bookstores everywhere.  The good work continues to mount as of this writing. On Amazon it received 17 Reviews (4.8 stars out of 5); Goodreads 4.92 12 ratings 11 reviews. ; Barnes& Noble (8 Reviews Average Rating 5).
 
Here are some samples:


Five Stars: An Excellent Debut Novel
A gateway to Hope is an excellent debut book from E.C. Jackson. Neka and James are very well developed and fully fleshed out characters with a believable relationship that is built organically and not forced. It is refreshing to find a romance novel where the story and the relationship is not all about sex. In this book the author has not gone down the easy route of including loads of sex scenes to show their attraction to each other. Overall this is an excellent book that had me hooked from the first page and I actually finished it in 1 sitting. Each character and the plot of the book is very well developed. Both main characters are very real and relatable. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to read an actual romance story where the characters actually connect with each other and develop their relationship without jumping into bed every other scene. (Amazon)

Five Stars: Refreshing and well written romance - Many people believe that arranged, or forced, marriages in powerful families are the stuff of Hollywood movies and dramatic fiction. I tend to believe that this stuff really still happens and is a tragedy for all involved. This is only one of the themes so masterfully examined in author E.C. Jackson's "A Gateway to Hope". The story of James, who is set to marry someone he doesn't love, yet fate puts him in front of the right person after all. Neka has been friends with James for a long time and the two come together as support but there is much more to the story, which is what made this a very intriguing read for sure. Very well-written, well paced and so hard to put down. (Goodreads)

Five Stars: I found this book impossible to put down until I finished reading. The style of writing puts the reader right in the middle of the action. I look forward to reading her next novel. (Barnes and Noble)
 
Take a look at the book trailer and chapter one video and visit the website and author page.
 

6/12/15

Author Book Signing in Tulsa June 20


Dennis McDonald will be having a book signing at
4421 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146 on Saturday, June 20.  McDonald is the author several highly popular horror books and frequently appears at various conferences and comic-cons around the country.
 
​​​"Welcome, fellow traveler, to my humble website. Though I prefer to speak through my writing, I do think an introduction is in order. I was raised during the 60's and fed a constant supply of black-and-white late night monster movies. Because of such influences, I inherited an overabundance of imagination that drives me to put tales to paper. In the past, I've written a role-playing game system plus scripted, directed, and performed for a local horror hosting show on television. Currently I'm the author of four books: 13 Nightmares, Ebon Moon, Undead Flesh, and the first installment of my fantasy trilogy titled Oathbearer: Bound by Blood. For 2015 I have three more in the works which are 13 More Nightmares, Oathbearer Book Two: Destiny's Road and the return of my Adventure Maximum Role Playing system! So feel free to navigate the various pages of this site and take a peek behind the curtains of my dark and twisted mind. If you like tense, fast-paced character driven stories, I 'm your author."

OKC CHRISTIAN WRITERS TO MEET JUNE 13 IN EDMOND.

 Carla Stewart, Oklahoma award-winning author, will speak at the June 13th meeting of Wordwrights OKC Christian Writers. Stewart’s newly released book, A Flying Affair, features the era of the 1920s when aviation was a new world for women. Stewart will give tips on researching and writing historical fiction. More information is available at www.carlastewart.com.  
     Guests are welcome, no charge to attend. Wordwrights meets from 1-3 p.m. at Mardel Christian Store, located in Edmond, Oklahoma, at 3300 S. Boulevard. For more information regarding the meeting contact Donna Le, Public Relations Chair, at DKLE45@gmail.com.

6/8/15

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS LADY ACTION

 
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS  Presents  LADY ACTION
 
Airship 27 Productions, one of the leading publishers of New Pulp, is thrilled to be releasing the first ever prose novel featuring Lady Action, based on the character from the popular toy action figure line. It is titled Lady Action: Sands of Forever.
 
THE SANDS OF FOREVER
 
When a top A.C.T.I.O.N. agent goes missing in the arid wastelands of the Libyan Desert, the super secret organization sends in their top field operative; Nicola Sinclair – Codename: Lady Action.  
 
An ancient power as old as the earth lies buried there and a wealthy Arab tycoon with ties to Islamic Terrorists groups will do anything to claim it.  With only a few brave allies and her considerable skills, the lovely and deadly Lady Action must defeat this powerful villain and uncover the secret of the Sands of Forever or the civilized world is doomed to destruction.
 
Combining the modern day flair of today’s spy thrillers with the pacing of new pulp adventures, Ron Fortier, writer of the Green Hornet, Terminator – Burning Earth, Captain Hazzard and Brother Bones : the Undead Avenger,  brings to life one of the most charismatic new action heroes ever to dive into danger and suspense.   The stunning cover is by Ted Hammond with design work by Pulp Factory Award winner, Rob Davis.
 
DAMBALLA BACK IN PRINT
 
Airship 27 Productions is delighted to announce that the history making pulp adventure, Damballa by Charles Saunders is now back in print and selling at a fair price on Amazon.  Published several years ago, the book was the first ever pulp adventure to feature a black 1930s hero finally putting to rest the ignorant racism of the old pulps.
 
The story takes place in Harlem, deals with a prize fight between a local hero and a Nazi German.  It has interiors by Clayton Hinkle and a cover by Charles Fetherolf.
 
Initially published by Airship 27 via Cornerstone Books, the print version quickly sold out and in the past few years has commanded prices in excess of $300 a copy, although the Kindle version has always been available.
 
“When we learned about those ridiculous prices, we knew we had to do a new edition that was affordable to all pulp fans,” explains Airship 27 Production’s Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “And so here is the third edition selling at a reasonable price once more.  Meanwhile, we will continue to bug Mr. Saunders for that long awaited sequel.”