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8/30/14

"Just Sayin'" By Author Randell O. Drake

 
Just Sayin'   
Or as My Wife Says "He is Not a Man of Few Words"
by Randell O. Drake (Tate, 2014)
From nothing to something... you are possible....
 
A Season of the Unexpected...No Watches. Just Time...Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda...Out Loud? No Thanks...Blue Eyeshadow and Red Lipstick.
 
These chapters from the book Just Sayin' reflects a collection of ideas, autobiographical stories, thoughts, Biblical exposition, and a good many words from author Randell O. Drake.
 
Drake is a regular guy who is a minister of the Gospel and loves God, his family, his church, and the world around him. We all have our life anecdotes, our family yarns, and our career chronicles, and Drake's personal recollections will reveal to you how different and similar we all are.
296 pages - $21.99 (paperback) (Tate Publishing).
 
 "It has been a long time since I read a book that spoke so powerfully to the life and events of a minister. Bishop Randell O. Drake's Just Sayin' does that with wisdom, humor, practical insights and just the right touch on certain very serious topics. You will appreciate the honesty and transparency that comes through as Bishop Drake opens the windows of his life to all of us. This book is a must read for any Christian." Bishop Doug Beacham IPHC General Superintendent.
 
Catch him today at Hastings in Muskogee (8/30/2014).

Raising Awareness One Book At A Time

Walking down any street in any town or city, have you ever wondered what is going on behind the faces, beneath the dark shades and the hurried pace? Is there any pause to wonder if that exterior is the whole story? To wonder if there is more than meets the eye?  The answer is that often there is much more bubbling under the surface where hidden passions, needs, hurts and fears linger.  That is the terrain one author bravely sets out to explore and in the process bring new understanding. She seeks to raise awareness...one book at a time.
 
Author  RH (Rhonda) Ramsey, lived in Oklahoma City/Edmond, Oklahoma until  she was eighteen-years-old.  Currently stationed at McConnell AFB in Kansas,  she is a military spouse, mother, and author with a small independent publisher. Her work is now beginning to take off and just recently, she has been interviewed on a local television show in the Wichita area, "The Brett and Sierra show." "My books have been accepted in The Blue Dragon Bookstore, as well as Bookaholics. My debut novel, Just Beneath the Surface, is also in the Derby, Kansas Public Library." She shared and added that last May, the Derby Informer also interviewed about the passion and focus that drives her writing, namely "Awareness." 

Ramsey describes herself as "very passionate about and dedicated to awareness -- giving a voice to the silenced, silencing those who judge with no intent to understand."  Her efforts are beginning to be noticed.
 
The need to make people aware of the complexities of a subject as old as time but ever reshaped by modern stresses, gives her writing a reality and passion.  "In my novel, Just Beneath the Surface: Landon's Story, readers learn the pathology of the abuser."
 
"Readers see that domestic violence does not always mean physical scars. It is also vital to me that those who are hurt do not fall into any particular category of race, personality, or social class. Many say what they would do if they were abused (mentally or physically) yet many do not understand that abusers are just as manipulative and ingenious as they are tyrannical; they chip away at their victim until he/she does not know who or where they are. It breaks my heart that people are critical and judgmental."
 
Her goal in this creative endeavor is clear and one needed in an increasingly complex and stressful society.  "My mission is to break apart stereotypes and try my hardest to shed light on what really happens behind closed doors, beneath the surface."
 
Her novels, Just Beneath the Surface I , Just Beneath the Surface 2: Landon's Story. The first novel is about physical violence, while the follow-up, which is not a continuation and has new characters/stories, is about mental abuse.  Released August 2014  her latest work is called, Like Shards of Glass. This is a novel about the aftermath of PTSD. 
 
For a review of Like Shards of Glass, go here.

8/26/14

Local Authors Book Fair to Feature Over 40 Authors


Kudos to the Tulsa area for supporting local libraries and local authors!  Kudos too to the local authors and talent donating their time to this worthy cause.
 
 Karen Marie Graham, Claremore, shares, "I've organized a fundraiser benefiting the Tulsa City County Library's Downtown Renovation." The desire is to spread the news among students, faculty, and writing library supporters.  The event involves Jim Stovall and 40 local authors from all over Green Country (NE Oklahoma).
 
The fundraiser is scheduled for September 13. 
From 1:30-2 p.m.  The local musical talent of Sean Al-Jibouri of Tulsa Jazz will be entertaining our guests as they arrive!

Author, motivational speaker, and movie producer, Jim Stovall, will be speaking at Hardesty Regional Library on "Turning Ideas into Books, Speeches, Columns, and Movies," from 2-3 in Conner's Cove, then from 3-4:45 forty local Oklahoma authors, including Jim, will be selling and signing their books in Frossard Auditorium. These authors are generously donating 25% of their sales to the Tulsa City-County Library downtown renovation project.

There will be giveaways, too.  For each book purchased, the customer will be entered to win one of 4 $100 gift cards, book baskets, and more!

For more information go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/840963465914689//  

6/29/14

Hal McBride Announces New Title

Gatewood: Tales from the life and time of Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ibooks.


SUMMARY: It is a historical novel that traces Charles Gatewood and his Coyotero Apache scouts through the late stages of the Apaches Wars.  It includes pursuits of well-known Apache warriors such as Nana and Victorio.  It concludes after his excursion which secured the surrender of Geronimo deep in the Mexican wilderness.  The cognitive dissonance of his evolution from soldier into an advocate for Apache rights is intriguing.


The story of the grand romance between Charles and Georgia Gatewood is tightly woven through out the entire story.  The insight into the life of life of Cavalry wives on the military outposts of the Arizona and New Mexico Territories of the 1880's is mesmerizing.

Available o Amazon at this link.

6/19/14

Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry: One Woman's Unique Vision




She is an author, a teacher, a poet, a visionary. Shaun Perkins is the guiding force behind the most unusual and interesting museum in northeastern Oklahoma, and perhaps, the country.  ROMP! is the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry residing in a bright red barn in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.  Increasing numbers of school groups, tourists and locals are discovering this unique experience mixing literature, creativity, workshops, and life in a place dedicated to the "poetry of the people."   The museum is a member of the Oklahoma Museums Association.  Add it to your lit of day trip options this summer. 

Check out the website

Shaun is the author of several books, and one of her poetry books is Aware of Birds Missing. Shaun Perkins is a diversely gifted individuals: she is a storyteller, poet, teacher, and workshop facilitator.  She often conducts workshops and presentations at the regional and national levels with such organizations as the National Storytelling Network, National Association for Poetry Therapy, National Council for Teachers of English, and many more. She has taught creative writing classes for high schools and colleges, in addition to online and with various writing communities. 

Contact Info:

rompoetry@gmail.com

Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry

6619 S. 4382 Rd.

Locust Grove OK 74352

6/18/14

Author Marilyn A. Hudson Interviewed by Red Dirt Report

A history of storytelling in modern Oklahoma is the topic of an article in the Red Dirt Report.  Author Marilyn A. Hudson is interviewed and explains her motivation for writing the book.

Norman based author, Marilyn A. Hudson, crafts a basic introduction looking at the art of oral storytelling as seen in many community groups, explores the theory of storytelling, and presents a directory of some of the pioneer and recent state story artisans.

Hudson is author of Tales of Hell's Half Acre, When Death Rode the Rails, Madame Delaine, The Bones of Summer, Noel Brooks, Those Pesky Verses of Paul, In Her Own Words, The Mound, Murderous Marriages, and Off the Page!   She is currently at work completing a suspense novel due out in the fall.

Stories Center Stage is available in print and Kindle versions on Amazon.com.   The author is available for interviews and some book signings, readings, and talks. 

See the article here.

6/10/14

Brian Young: The Sullen Queen (The Island of the Mighty) (Volume 1)


Enid based author, game designer, and scholar, Brian Young announces the release of an exciting new series, The Sullen Queen (2014).

Young Prince Rhun ap Maelgwn was restless and packed up his gear and left his home for adventure. What he sought was a faraway land in distress burdened by an ever-growing enchanted forest and its rumored shining queen from the Otherworld. What he got was quickly over his head in trouble and danger having no experience in either adventure, sword-play, or acting the hero. Now he must decide the fate of many kingdoms, people and somehow win the heart of one of the two princesses along the way while managing to survive in this 6th century tale set in a mythical yet slightly historical Celtic Britain. Strange enchantments, faery-folk, high action and adventure and memorable characters set the stage in this first of many tales in the Island of the Mighty Saga.

Brian Young's 'The Sullen Queen' is an enjoyable tale rich with mythic forms, setting and action.  The main character, young Prince Rhun ap Maelgwn, is well developed and suited to the role of the hero setting out on the journey that will test him to the core.  The pace is active and the plot often surprising making sure the reader is entertained and engaged.  At times, the writing takes on an almost epic and lyrical cadence.  As the last line is read and this volume concludes, there is a strong sense that one has returned from sitting at the feet of an ancient storyteller who shared some long forgotten saga.  Lovers of fantasy, of action, and all Celtophiles will enjoy this work and eagerly look forward to the next installment.  

Brian Young is an award winning (2013 Diehard GameFAN) game designer for Troll Lord Games, Secretary for the Celtic League, Educator (14 years), and an author with Damnation Books/Eternal Press with over half a dozen titles published already and more on the way. 

He was a local Horror Host on both TV and radio and creator and founder for a traditional Halloween event 'Scare on the Square' with a Bachelors in History from NWOSU (2002), and a Masters in Arthurian Studies from the University of Wales Lampeter (2007) , he is now beginning his PhD in Celtic Studies from Y Drindod Dewi Sant.

A sure to please addition to fantasy collections and for those who love an action packed and mythic rich story line.  Readers familiar with his unique tale of vampiric horror in early day Oklahoma, De Civitate Sanguino, and his other titles, will delight in this new work.

Availible on Amazon here.

6/4/14

Hell With Lid Blown Off: New Work by Oklahoma Native Donis Casey

Scottsdale, AZ – Poisoned Pen Press announces the release of Hell with the Lid Blown Off by Donis Casey. Hell with the Lid Blown Off will be available wherever fine books are sold in June.  It has been "hailed" in a Starred Publishers Weekly review and is available June 2014.

The latest mystery by award-winning novelist Donis Casey, Hell with the Lid Blown Off has generated high advance praise, including a Starred Publishers Weekly review which calls the novel “excellent” and adds “as the action builds to a surprising denouement, Casey provides an engaging portrait of the close-knit society that was commonly found in the rural Midwest at the time. Alafair Tucker, her large family, and their friends are a pleasure to spend time with.” 

About Hell with the Lid Blown Off:   In the summer of 1916, a big twister brings destruction to the land around Boynton, Oklahoma.  Alafair Tucker’s family and neighbors are not spared the ruin and grief spread by the storm.  But no one is going to mourn for Jubal Beldon, who made it his business to know the ugly secrets of everyone in town. It doesn’t matter if Jubal’s insinuations are true or not: in a small town like Boynton, rumor is as damaging as fact. But as Mr. Lee the undertaker does his grim duty for the storm victims, he discovers that even in death Jubal isn’t going to leave his neighbors in peace.  He was already dead when the tornado carried his body to the middle of a fallow field. Had he died in an accident or had he been murdered by someone whose secret he had threatened to expose? There are dozens of people who would have been happy to do the deed, including members of Jubal’s own family. As Sheriff Scott Tucker and his deputy Trenton Calder look into the circumstances surrounding Jubal’s demise, it begins to look like the prime suspect may be someone very dear to the widow Beckie MacKenzie, the beloved music teacher and mentor of Alafair’s daughter Ruth.  Ruth fears that the secrets exposed by the investigation are going to cause more damage to her friend’s life than the tornado. Alafair has her own suspicions about how Jubal Beldon came to die, and the reason may hit very close to home.

Donis Casey is the author of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries, including The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, Hornswoggled, The Drop Edge of Yonder, The Sky Took Him, Crying Blood, and The Wrong Hill to Die On.  Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award and has been a finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. Titles from Poisoned Pen Press are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, and are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at: www.poisonedpenpress.com

Hell with the Lid Blown Off will be published in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0298-8, $24.95) trade paper (ISBN:  978-1-4642-0300-8, $14.95) large print trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0299-5, $22.95) and eBook editions.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Donis Casey an advance review copy of Hell with the Lid Blown Off are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com
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5/13/14

Author Charley Jordan

Moonshiner's Son: Becomes Multi-Millionaire is a true rags to riches story. It is a memoir about how a poor country boy captured the American dream. 

"I was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and grew up very poor in the hills north of town and my dad was a moonshiner. When I was 15 years old I started hanging chickens in a poultry processing plant for $1.18 per hour during the summer months. My teachers and class mates made fun of me for working in a chicken plant because it was an undesirable place to work. After graduating from high school, I went back to hanging chickens. At age 32 I had absolutely nothing, not even any clothes. At age 52 I retired as a president of a major poultry company in Siloam Springs, Arkansas (the same company I started hanging chickens for) and was a multimillionaire. Some stories are funny and some are sad. Moonshiner's Son inspires people to never give up on their dreams."

This book is for young adults and adults.

It is available in paperback and ebook on line through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and elsewhere. Ingram is a wholesale distributor also. Moonshiner's Son has 24 reviews on Amazon with a 5 star rating.

5/8/14

Has She Got A Story To Tell: Modern Storytelling in Oklahoma Surveyed in New Book

Norman based author, Marilyn A. Hudson, announces the publication of STORIES CENTER STAGE! Storytelling in Modern Oklahoma.  This work looks at the art of oral storytelling as seen in many community groups, explores the theory of storytelling, and presents a directory of some of the pioneer and recent state story artisans.

Hudson is author of Tales of Hell's Half Acre, When Death Rode the Rails, Madame Delaine, The Bones of Summer, Noel Brooks, Those Pesky Verses of Paul, In Her Own Words, The Mound, Murderous Marriages, and Off the Page!   She is currently at work completing a suspense novel due out in the fall.

Book and Kindle formats available at this link.  Bookstores and libraries can contact the author about multiple copy orders at this email.   The author is available for interviews and, in the Oklahoma City area, book talks.

The author and a limited number of books will be on hand for the Friday evening events of the Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival.  The author will be sharing a tale during a free ghost tales concert , "Ghosts in the Pavilion" at 9:15 .m.

5/6/14

University of Oklahoma Student Releases Science Fiction Novel


NORMAN, Okla. – Mustang High School graduate Laura Wilcox released her first novel, Renegade, for Kindle and Nook on April 1, 2014. This young adult science fiction eBook offers readers a reinvented glimpse of history, radically shaped by a dying race of time travelers.

In this imaginative retelling of American history, time travelers live by three rules. Avoid all interactions, always travel alone and never, under any circumstance, lose your talisman. When 22-year-old time traveler Andrew Simmons loses his talisman in pre-revolutionary Boston, he must race against the clock to retrieve his only way home.

 Everything is on the line – family, love, freedom, honor and even the future. But time reveals a long line of dark secrets that threaten the traveler way of life, and Andrew realizes he must fight to save more than just his life. He must fight to save his kind.When time traveler Andrew Simmons loses his talisman in pre-revolutionary Boston, he must race against the clock to retrieve his only way home. Everything is on the line – family, love, freedom, honor, and quite possibly the future. But as time reveals a long line of dark secrets, Andrew realizes he must save more than just his skin. He must also save his kind.When time traveler Andrew Simmons loses his talisman in pre-revolutionary Boston, he must race against the clock to retrieve his only way home. Everything is on the line – family, love, freedom, honor, and quite possibly the future. But as time reveals a long line of dark secrets, Andrew realizes he must save more than just his skin. He must also save his kind.

“Laura Wilcox’s new time travel series hits the ground running, brimming with action, conspiracies and danger,” said Mel Odom, acclaimed author of over 140 novels.

Renegade is available on Kindle for $3.99 and can be purchased online at Amazon.  The novel will also be available for purchase on Nook soon. Paperback copies are available upon request. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/LostTalisman.

Wilcox currently lives in Norman, Okla., where she works as a staff writer at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. In May, she will graduate from OU with a B.A. in Public Relations and minors in English Writing and International Studies.  In her spare time, she loves blogging, knitting and obsessing over 90s boy bands.

To inquire about interviews and book signings, please contact the author at lawilcoxbooks@gmail.com.

4/9/14

NORTHWEST HOUSTON RWA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL LONE STAR WRITING COMPETITION

**Forwarding Permitted and Encouraged**

Northwest Houston RWA© is proud to Announce
the 22nd Annual Lone Star Writing Competition 2014

NEW for 2014 is the Romance Novella category which includes all sub-genres of romance, including erotic romance.

The Lone Star Writing Competition is one of the few contests where each first round entry is judged by two published authors plus one unpublished author.  Finalists’ entries will be judged by three industry professionals. (agents/editors/Epublishers)

Entry fee: $25.

Deadline is at midnight CDT on June 8th.

Finalists will be announced August 18th.

Winners will be announced at the LONE STAR CONFERENCE, October 4, 2014 in Houston, TX.

Contest Details can be found at: http://nwhrwa.com/writers-events/lonestar-contest/

4/7/14

"Off the Page!" Basics to a Story Time

Off the Page!: A Basic Guide to A Story Time.
Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS
 
List Price: $11.00
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
92 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1497544154 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1497544157
BISAC: Education / General
Perfect resources for child care providers, community event planners, parents, home schools, volunteers, teachers and public libraries planning to add story times to their programs.

This work is suitable for early childhood and pre-school programs and workers. it includes easy ways to inserting authentic learning into sharing of picture books with children or groups and in making storytime the most anticipated of events.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson has been a children's librarian in both elementary school and public libraries. In addition, she has been a college level library administrator and teacher...
 

4/4/14

AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING

Author Mariana Llanos announces: " I'll be signing my new book A Planet for Tristan Wolf Saturday April 12th 11-12.30 pm at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW XPWY). You are welcome to stop by and  invite your friends.:

4/3/14

MEET AUTHOR TONY A SMITH

Tony Smith was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma and grew up in the Oklahoma City area. Tony worked for AAA in Michigan for twenty two years and eventually decided to get back to his roots to be closer to family in Oklahoma. He currently makes his home in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma with his wife Denise and daughter Valerie. "Oklahoma Ride" represents the first in a series of books. I hope you enjoy the "Ride". 
 
"OKLAHOMA RIDE: Guideposts For Life"  was published in February of this year. The ISBN # is 978-1-62660-066-9. The work was edited by Denise Smith.
 
Image of Tony SmithAbout the book: "Don't we all wish we had a road map to keep us on the right track in life? We need certain cornerstones or guideposts in life to guide and direct us along our journey. In this book you will find those guideposts as described by a native Oklahoman, Tony Smith, who has been through his share of storms as well as blue skies. The stories are joyful, tearful, humorous, and thought provoking. Along the way you will also pick up some practical tips and tricks for improving your life to keep you going in the right direction."

In an interview with Oklahoma Writers, when asked what sparked his interest in writing this book, the author replied.  " I had thought a long while about writing a book like "Oklahoma Ride" and finally I decided to put pen to paper after my family and I made the decision to leave   Michigan after many years to return to Oklahoma. I started reflecting on many
of the life lessons I learned growing up in Oklahoma and along the way back   to what I consider my true home. I wanted to impart to others what took me   many hard life lessons to learn and offer a bit of encouragement and   sound advice along the road of life."

Readers always like to know where an authors influences come from. So we asked, "Is there an author that inspired you in what you are doing?"   "Stephen King probably inspired me the most after reading his own book "On Writing A Memoir Of The Craft" which was in part an autobiography. " Tony stated.  "He stated in his book to keep practicing your writing and to keep reading as much as you can to get better at what you do. Many of his books are  based in part upon things that happened to him along the way when he was younger."

 
The link to the ebook can be found at http://www.amazon.com/OKLAHOMA-RIDE-GUIDEPOSTS-FOR-LIFE-ebook/DP/B00IJOASBA/     He is part of the Goodreads author program and readers may visit his Amazon author page at https://amazon.com/author/tonysmith.
 
 
 

The Green Ghost Returns!

 
Airship 27 Productions is happy to announce the release of our latest classic pulp anthology featuring one of the most exciting pulp heroes ever; George Chance -The Green Ghost!

Former stage magician, George Chance, by various twists of fate, becomes an eerie vigilante to help the police solve baffling, unique mysteries. He is aided by his loyal crew made up of former glamor girl, Merry White, circus little man, Tiny Tim Terry, former bookmaker and gambler Joe Harper and Glenn Saunders, a novice magician who is his identical double.

“Initially, this series was published under the title, The Ghost, recalls Airship 27 Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “It was only later, after several painted covers portrayed the Ghost as having a green skull face that the title was changed. But that wasn’t the end of it. It seems there was still another earlier Green Ghost in the pulps. Written by Johnston McCuley, this Irish themed avenger wore a green hood over his head and was a typical crime fighting hero. The magic background in George Chance’s career is what set him apart in a very cool way.”

Created by writer G.T. Fleming-Roberts, the Green Ghost that inspired the Airship 27 title and his team battled all manner of villainy in some of the most macabre pulp adventures ever recorded. Now Chance & Company are back in four brand new tales as chronicled by a quarter of today’s finest New Pulp writers; Michael Panush, Greg Hatcher, B.C. Bell and Erwin K. Roberts. In these pages the Green Ghost faces a giant mechanical monster on a long abandoned boardwalk, attempts to solve the murder of his old mentor, and uncovers a ring of foreign saboteurs using radio frequencies to carry out their missions of terror and destruction.

With art by the amazing Zachary Brunner and designs by Pulp Factory Award Winner, Rob Davis, George Chance -The Green Ghost is another foray into the exciting world of the classic pulps. Here are pulp thrills and spills showcasing one of the most original pulp heroes ever invented, brought to you by Airships 27 Productions, the new home of High Adventure.

3/30/14

"Windows of Wesley" Gives Glimpse of Historic Building

Author Marilyn A. Hudson announces the completion of her most recent project, The Windows of Wesley: A Historic and Inspirational Journey, available  via Amazon.com and other venues. 
A historic and inspirational tour of the English Gothic Sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church (Oklahoma City, OK). The church was established in 1910 as Wesley Methodist Episcopal, North, and the sanctuary constructed in 1928. At that time four large (approx. 16 x 20 foot)  Christ windows, numerous smaller story windows, and extensive stone and wooden ornamentation.  Hudson has brought together church writings, history, and new research to uncover some interesting artistic and community history.

A blend of church history, local history, art history and the spiritual motivation sparking the use of the windows and the impact they have had on members.  Devotional writings by church members and leaders over the years further enrich the descriptions. Black and white images with accompanying historic, artistic, and inspirational text.
 
Information is included about the windows, their donors, and their known artistic influences. Additionally, other aspects of artistic expression at the church are also discussed, along with a reflective spiritual guide of the sanctuary.
 

On Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) at 3 p.m. Hudson will lead guests through an inspirational tour of the sanctuary windows.  Interested individuals should call Wesley UMC at 405-525-3521 to reserve a place on this tour.
 
ISBN: 978-0615991917   / 01-0615991912
 
Subject areas: Stained glass windows, Oklahoma, United Methodism (History), Oklahoma City, Wesley United Methodist Church
 

3/24/14

Authors Available for School Visits or Book Talks

If you have written a book suitable for school children and can be available for school visits, please send your information to the contact email.

All other authors send your information as well as book genre to the contact email.

3/21/14

Not Just Another Sermon on the Mount Book


Author Tom Yarbrough earned degrees from Howard Payne University and Southwestern Seminary.  He is a retired professional counselor and university teacher who has turned to full-time writing.  His fourth work is Treasures of the Kingdom: A Conversational Confessional. 
 
Written in an easy, very conversational manner, this work strides confidently into an area largely barren in contemporary Christian spirituality. Clinging clearly to scripture and using traditional theology as a lighthouse, Yarbrough blends his professional skills as a professional counselor, to create a logical, biblically sound, and emotionally satisfying guide to personal spiritual formation.
 
The work explores the well known Sermon the Mount with fresh eyes that reinvigorate the words of Christ and provide new vistas of meaning to their application in the life of faith. The author, however, does not lead the reader into a vague dimension of abstracts but builds his discussions on the "how to live this in life."  "I discovered that when you look carefully at Matt. 5:1-12, you will find an extremely actie list of privileged behaviors, not exalted states of being...I came to understand that the nine beatitudes as kingdom quests through which every Christian needs to grow" (pg. xv).   Reflective questions and a plan of action for 90 days of 'intentional living" bring out the 'treasures' intended in the spiritual life in real and immediate ways.
 
 Perfect for religious or spirituality collections and for the person who wants to probe more deeply what it means to be a Christian.  A new convert will enjoy its understandable writing style, and it would make an excellent small group or class resource. 

3/13/14

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

WESTPHALIA BANNER BIGGER
 
 

Policy Studies Organization (PSO) offers publishing opportunities through its imprint and book program, Westphalia Press. We are looking for original manuscripts  and hope to be able to assist anyone with their publication goals. Manuscripts from all disciplines are welcome for consideration.


Our focus is on wider readership and dissemination. We offer attractive terms to authors under a print-on-demand model, which allows us to produce books at a low cost for increased worldwide distribution among readers and reviewers. All of our books are published both in paper and electronic versions.

As a non-profit academic association, Westphalia Press is a growing part of the PSO’s  longtime mission of accessible scholarship dissemination, and aims to provide quality  volumes at affordable prices. We believe there is much valuable scholarship out there that  deserves to be shared more widely and effectively.
Westphalia Press is multidisciplinary in scope, and publishes titles on a diversity of topics including history, art, and literature, as well as politics and government. For a list of current titles visit the Westphalia Press website at: http://westphaliapress.org. For  questions or more information, please contact PSO Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org
 
 
 
 

3/12/14

Meet Author Travis Galen Smart

This book  causes the reader to stop and ask what is your purpose in life?

Author Travis Galen Smart wrote, My People It's Time to Come Home, because that was his question and, he noted, "It was a long time before I ever knew I had a purpose. Everything seemed that it was self-serving in life: you were supposed to have a family, a nice house, and a nice car with money in the bank.
 
I was born in Oklahoma, coached in Texas, retired and began living on our small ranch located in southwest Oklahoma. It has been in the family since 1917. The book was born out of a situation in 2008 where I needed to come up with a good sum of money for the mortgage on the land."

As is often the case, challenges can become guideposts and set one on a course to their destiny.

Smart added, "My dad bought one of the first Fender electric guitars made back in the late 50's or early 60's.  I was around 10 or 11 years old.  My dad passed away in 1988.  It was a valuable and rare guitar.The hard decision was made to sell the guitar to pay the mortgage. 
 
We sold the guitar to Vince Gill.  Vince wanted a picture of my dad with the guitar.  When I could not find a picture, I called Vince and asked if I could write him 4 or 5 lines about my dad.  Those 4 or 5 lines turned into 4 or 5 pages. 
 
At that point, I realized there was a story there with my dad, and other family stories that needed to be told.  A story of faith, love, and hope going back to the Revolutionary War.  It was, I believe, a purpose in my life."
 
That revelation of a life purpose will touch a cord in many readers and they will not be alone.  "The responses we have heard back from those who have read the book have been such a blessing.  "Smart added, noting that , "The book has been encouraging for a lot of people.  We have done a few book signings in our area, and I've spoken to a few groups with one scheduled next month."
 
Available in print and e-book formats from Tate Publishing, Amazon.com and other outlets.  See a book trailer here.  Want to interview, inquire as to appearances or simply contact the author ? - Click here.

3/11/14

MEET MARIANA LLANOS TODAY IN OKC!


Mariana Llanos announces the release of a second book, "A Planet for Tristan Wolf."     "I hope you can join me  Tuesday, March 11th for a Family fun night at Chick Fil A, at 6pm,  (NW XPWY and Rockwell) where I'll be signing books."

According to Readers' Favorite, my book is:  "(...) is full of surprises, unexpected turns, and exciting moments. The illustrations in the story... are colorful and they add to the story. The visuals breathe life into the story and the characters. It is a perfect story for children, filled with imagination and creativity. This adventure/sci-fi story will excite all young readers."

They gave A Planet for Tristan Wolf 5 stars!

My book is currently available on Amazon and hopefully (crossing fingers here) very soon at Full Circle Bookstore.  Please, spread the word. Independent authors need of your support!"



Mariana Llanos
Inspiring children and grown-ups, one book at a time.

3/1/14

Author Seeks to Benefit Runestones

Poteau, Oklahoma, February 28, 2014  In conjunction with the non-profit group Friends of Heavener Runestone, author Joe Harwell is re-releasing his first novel, The Indian Rock Vampire based on the symbols on the runestone as a benefit for the park. Since the State of Oklahoma withdrew funding for the Heavener Runestone Park in 2011, Joe has donated copies of the novel which are sold in the gift shop to help with fundraising. Advance, signed copies of the 262 page novel printed in soft cover can be purchased through the following link for $15, which includes tax and shipping. Each copy purchased by the public will result in a copy given to the gift shop to continue funding the park. http://www.gofundme.com/5gohtc
Under the guidance of Friends of Heavener Runestone, the park has undergone significant improvements through donations, volunteer effort and hard work. The park is located in Leflore county in southeastern Oklahoma on US Hwy 59, about forty five miles south of I-40. The runestone was originally called Indian Rock by French explorers who discovered it in the 1700's. In the twentieth century, Gloria Farley, a Heavener resident and researcher proved the markings were made by Vikings who visited North America almost one thousand years ago.

Harwell's novel is his own fictionalized interpretation of the origin of the markings. The book has been re-edited with a new cover featuring his teenage granddaughter, who is the same age as the lead character.

The Heavener Runestone Park will hold its annual spring Viking Fest on April 12 and 13, 2014. Admission is $5 per carload with music, dancing, arts and crafts from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Overnight camping is available on a first come, first served basis for $10. The park has restroom facilities, but no showers. Ten by ten vendor spaces are available for the festival at $25 each. Call 918-653-2241 to reserve campsites and vendor spaces.

2/21/14

Enid Writing Seminar


A Writer's conference is coming to Enid.  Featuring NYT Best Seller Jamie McGuire and several other great writers, the March 1 conference costs only $30 plus lunch.  The Enid Writers Club is Oklahoma's oldest writers' organization.   From novice to published - hone your craft.

Cost: $30 /  Half price for students, faculty, an active duty military with ID.

Visiting authors will be NY Times Bestselling author Jamie McGuire; Darlene Shortridge ; Dusty Richards; Marsha Kay Oldham ; Shawn Holliday and Tara Hudson.

Sponsored by the Enid Writers Club.

To register and for more information :

www.enidwriters.com




1/3/14

A "Dead of Winter" Writing Contest Seeks Short Stories to Chill

From Strange State comes this opportunity: "Submit your best short horror work (of roughly 2,000 words or less) and a panel of judges will weigh your darkened soul against the feather of Maat and see who comes out on top. Prize will be awarded and will be announced at a later date."

The deadline is January 31st and winners will be announced shortly thereafter.   For now, writers, dip your quills into the dark ichor of winter fear and begin scratching out the most chilling passages you can fathom.
c2013, Strange State. C. Hudson

12/31/13

Author Melva Noakes, "April Mourning"

April Mourning
The Story of the Murrah Building Day Care
by Melva Noakes
Tate Publishing, 2013

This a powerful and true story written by America's Kids Day Care operator Melva Noakes, and it tells how time stood still in the aftermath of the bombing. How families faced the reality of losing their little ones, comforting those who were injured, and healing a community as shattered as the glass on the streets.

It was all laughter and playtime at a daycare center in downtown Oklahoma City until 9 a.m., April 19, 1995, when a bomb inside a Ryder truck blew the face off the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building across the street, killing 168 people and injuring more than 680.

Take the journey. Hear the stories. Heal in the Heartland.  No collection on the events of that 1995 day would be complete without this work.  No collection dealing with terrorism, grief and recovery would be complete with out this work by Melva Noakes.

100 pages - $9.99 (paperback) - An E-version is also available.

11/6/13

Author Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers is an Oklahoma author who writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and YA.   "When she’s not strapped to her computer at their rural Oklahoma home, she can generally be found poking around a dilapidated old building or visiting some historical place, perhaps searching for her next “out of body” character.."
 
You see. she is an author who writes about ghosts.  " I write for YA and Adults--but always about ghosts. I created ghost talk to help feed my unquenchable fascination with the paranormal. While the topics will mainly deal with ghosts there will also be post on writing, the road to publication, and of course things just for fun!"
 
On Haunted Ground, a nonfiction adult book can be found here
Angelina's Secret, a YA fiction can be found here
 
 

11/1/13

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS RELEASES NEW CRIMSON MASK

A SON’S REVENGE
 
The Crimson Mask is back…and Airship 27 Productions has him!  The Crimson Mask, the first title in an on-going series, features four brand new adventures by some of today’s finest pulp writers.
 
Veteran Police Sergeant Clarke is gunned down by hoodlums, shot in the back of the head.  As he lay dying, a rush of blood to his face formed a macabre mask, a crimson mask!  When his son, Doctor Robert “Bob” Clarke, saw that strange stigmata he interpret it as a sign, inspiring him to become his father’s avenger, the Crimson Mask!
 
Once again Airship 27 Productions digs into the dusty vaults of long forgotten, second tier pulp heroes to revitalize another great character in brand new, exciting adventures.  Writers J. Walt Layne, Terrence McCauley, C. William Russette and Gary Lovisi took on the challenge of creating new, bizarre mysteries for the pharmacist turned crime-fighter and, in doing so, have put together a terrific collection of fast paced pulp action echoing the thrills of the original classics.
 
“All of which is why Airship 27 Productions exist,” reaffirms Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “Specifically for great, fun characters like this one. Characters relegated to forgotten back files of the classic pulp hero ranks.  Well, not anymore.  The Crimson Mask always had the potential to be something better; now our writers and artists are making that happen.”
 
Aided by retired Police Commissioner Warrick, his former college roommate David Small, and lovely nurse, Sandra Gray, the Crimson Mask must hunt down the villainous distributors of tainted heroin, stop an invisible thief, learn who ignited the latest city gang war and solve a killer targeting his father’s allies. 
 
Talented artist, Andy Fish, provides twelve stark black and white interior illustrations plus a truly wonderful, colorful and iconic pulp cover painting. Art Director, Rob Davis, handles book design to offer a truly stunning, quality package that will delight even the most jaded pulp fan.
 
Hold on to your fedoras, jump onto the running board and get ready for blazing thrills galore pulp fans as the Crimson Mask is back!
 
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10/28/13

Short Term Offer: Space at Arts Festival for OKC Area Authors

The Ruth Haddon Fine Arts Festival at Wesley UMC in OKC on Nov. 2-3 has some space they are offering to local authors to sell their books.  Space may be limited but any authors interested in renting a booth should call ASAP Gay Abarr at 745-7799 or 229-6625.  Photographers and artists might wish to contact her as well.

10/21/13

Some Great Oklahoma Based Seasonal Treats


Arts Festival Set for November 2-3

            Wesley United Methodist Church - OKC is the site of the 5th Annual Ruth Haddon Memorial Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2013.   The festival hosted by the Wesley Explorers, features Oklahoma artists, and will be held in the church fellowship hall 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2, and 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3.     Wesley UMC is located at 1401 NW 25th (Classen and NW 25th) Oklahoma City.
Art for sale includes paintings, prints, photography, Native American art, glass pottery, jewelry, and more.  
 There is no admission charge and everyone is invited to come view the art and shop this annual event.   There will also be special guided tours of the historic and artfully rich 1928 Gothic Sanctuary on both days.
            This event benefits programs and missions of Wesley UMC, including the school, New Hope Academy, in Liberia.
For additional information contact Wesley UMC-OKC 405-525-3521 or Festival Coordinator Gay Abarr 405-745-7799.

 

Contact:   Susan Howard

                  2020 NW 21st

                  Oklahoma City, OK 73106

                  405-524-1556

                  rshoward@aol.com

                   Date of Release:  September 20, 2013 
 

 

 

 

 

9/14/13

STILLWATER 'READ LOCAL' AUTHORS FAIR





The Stillwater Public Library  is hosting a "Read Local" authors fair on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m.  As the name implies the library will be focusing on locally connected authors.     

"We are inviting any author who has an association with Stillwater, Payne County, any of the town’s in Payne county or anywhere within the 50 miles surrounding Stillwater." stated Stacy Delano of the library.  "Which means if the person lives in the area, went to school in the area, went to OSU/OAMC or worked in the area, then they would qualify."

The Stillwater Public Library, in partnership with Stillwater Writers Group and New Forums Press, is hosting the “Read Local” authors fair on Saturday, October 26, from 1-4 p.m. The fair is intended to introduce the community to local authors and to give local authors a forum for selling books. The fair features writers from Stillwater, Payne County and those who have a connection anywhere within the fifty miles surrounding Stillwater.

This event will be held in the Stillwater Public Library auditorium at 1107 S. Duck. Authors will be provided a table for booth space which may be set up at the authors’ discretion. Sales will be made through the authors. Chairs will also be provided, so that community members can visit with authors.

FEES: 
►FREE with a donation of two books by the author or $25.00
             ►One copy will be a giveaway and one will be added to the library’s Special Collections.
ACTIVITIES: 
►Stillwater children’s book illustrator Tim Jessell at 2 p.m.
►Five minute author readings throughout the event
►Free coffee bar
►Children’s illustrating activities
►Giveaways-eligibility is based on visiting authors’ tables
►We are coordinating the event with the Stillwater Film Festival for maximum attendance at the library.

REGISTER: The fair is limited to 35 authors. To register, fill out the application at http://tinyurl.com/readlocal2013.

DEADLINE: Registrations must be completed by Friday, Sept. 20.

TO BRING: 
►Books to sell, money box, receipts
►Decorations for tables
►Pamphlets, business cards or other information
►Table giveaways, if desired

Although we are asking for the donation of two books (one to be archived in our special collections), we do not want this to be a “deal breaker” for anyone and we’ll be glad to discuss options for anyone who cannot provide the books.

CONTACT:
405-372-3633x124
sdelano@stillwater.org
library.stillwater.org

Stacy DeLano
Stillwater Public Library