I Demand a Lawyer!

I’ve been jailed on a bogus charge!

Facebook jail that is.

Everything was fine, I was posting, liking, commenting, etc – and then – out of the blue – I tried to like a post by a friend and I get a message from facebook telling me that I am forbidden from posting or commenting for 3 days because something I posted violated the community standards.

Said post being this picture…

There was no trial. I was not granted the right to defend myself, nor was I granted access to counsel.

A bit ironic, don’t you think?

I was jailed as though I were an enemy of the state for implying that America was turning into a police state.

Since the offending picture was posted months ago – I can only assume that some cry baby complained about it to the powers that be which is apparently all the evidence needed for a conviction here on the interweb…

Be that as it may – I need your help.

As you know I am in the middle of a fund-raising campaign to finance a trailer video for my book Unfinished Business. Facebook was a one of my biggest outlets for promoting said campaign. Now I am dead in the water.

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I know it’s asking a lot, but believe me – I would do it for you…can you please share the link to this blog post on facebook? Tag me if you like – or not – if you don’t want to risk connecting yourself to a known radical. Reblog if it’s not too much.

I can’t afford to lose 3 days of campaigning!!

Please?

Don’t let my campaign die on the vine because somebody made a unilateral decision months after the fact to punish me for a post whose biggest offense was having a picture of a nazi.

The thought police are telling us what is good for us and what is unacceptable…I think we’re all big enough kids to make that decision for ourselves.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Have you ever wished you had gotten involved with something big while it was still small?

If so – this is your chance…

First – some background;

My novel Unfinished Business (released in June, 2013) has long been praised as the perfect story line for a TV series, and while I didn’t write it with that in mind – I’ve always known it.

Unfortunately, I’ve never had the time, resources or know-how to get it to that next level.

Until now.

I was recently asked by a friend, who works in the movie business, why none of my books have been made into movies yet.

The answer, I told her, is simple…in order for somebody to make a movie from a book – they first have to know the book exists. I went on to tell her about Unfinished Business and its potential as a great TV series. I explained that if I could only make a nice ten minute teaser trailer and send it to the networks it might do the trick.

It might be a long shot – but it’s a shot nonetheless.

About a week later she messaged me saying she had two film makers interested in the project – and would I want to meet them to discuss it?

Do I want to meet them? Is a bear catholic?

So I met with Stephanie (my friend), Graham and Kelly.

Considering I was the only one at the table with a vested interest in this idea – the enthusiasm blew me away.

I was expecting to have to convince them to want to help me…instead, we leapt from “Nice to meet you.” to “Here’s what we’ve got in mind.”

We spent two hours throwing ideas around, talking about filming locations, where to find actors, and a bunch of other stuff that was all Greek to me.

It was awesome!

Meeting #2 was even better. A director had been added to the mix and we had a solid lead on the actress for the role of Meg – the main character in the book.

Now comes the fun part – and the purpose for this post.

It’s time to talk about money.

In order to make this trailer good enough to impress the suits at the networks it’s got to be made by a competent crew using bona-fide actors.

And those people don’t work for free.

So I’m asking for help.

I’ve started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the do-re-mi needed to take Unfinished Business to the next level.

You can see the campaign here

There are three ways you can help…

First (obviously) is to make a donation. No amount is too small and every dollar helps (pardon the clichés).

Second  share this story far and wide. Post it on your social media sites and spread the word.

Third – if you know Matthew McConaughey and/or Sandra Bullock tell them I’ve got some roles for them.

I’m offering some pretty cool incentives on the campaign so please take a minute to check them out and see how you can be part of something small that may get pretty big!

 

As always – thank you for reading

 

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Put This FREE Book on Your To Do List Before it’s too Late

Don’t you hate it when you know about something really cool, but you can’t talk about it yet?

It’ll drive you crazy.

With that being said, check this out…

For the uninformed in the crowd – Unfinished Business was my 6th novel.

It was well-received, which is nice, but the overwhelming response was that it would make a perfect TV series.

I’ll be honest – when I was writing it, the thought never occurred to me, but in hind-sight I can’t deny it.

The story centers on mortician Meg Seabury.

Due to an unexplained phenomenon she becomes compelled to act on the final thoughts of every corpse she embalms.

Confused at first, she eventually accepts her new reality…until she embalms the body of a convicted murderer whose last thought was revenge on the man responsible for sending him to prison.

Meanwhile, Detective Dave Steere is investigating the murder of nightclub owner Mike McMahon.

The list of people with motive to kill McMahon is long so Steere doesn’t expect any surprises in his investigation. Until the evidence leads him to a suspect with no known connection to the victim…

A mortician by the name of Meg Seabury.

While Steere tries to connect the dots, Meg is still taking care of items on the to-do lists of her clients – until their paths cross and a resolution must be reached.

No spoilers here – you’ll have to read the book to find out how this mess is resolved!

But there is good news!!

Unfinished Business is available as a FREE Kindle download until midnight on Monday Feb, 10.This is your chance to read the book and tell your friends “I read that book before that big thing happened which I didn’t know was going to happen at the time because the author couldn’t tell anybody, but it was big and it happened and I read the book before it did!”

Admit it – you’ve always wanted to say that…

 

As always – thank you for reading

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A-R International: Marcello Di Cintio

Another author for your consideration…

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Marcello Di Cintio
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I was born in Calgary and studied Microbiology and English at the University of Calgary. I was also a member of the university wrestling team. I graduated in 1997 with a pair of degrees (a BA and BSc).

Later that year, I traveled to West Africa with a volunteer organization and taught biology in a Ghanaian village for three months. When my volunteer placement was complete, I wandered through western and northern Africa for nine months. My stories from Africa resulted in my first book, Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa. This won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book.

In December 1999, hot with millennium-fever, I traveled to Jerusalem to watch the clock turn on 2000. I wandered throughout Israel and Egypt before returning to Calgary to begin a career as a freelance writer. Since then…

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A-R International: Mary Smith

Another indie author worth checking out…

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Mary Smith
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I was born on Islay. My family moved to the mainland when I was seven and I grew up in Castle Douglas in south west Scotland.

I worked for ten years with Oxfam in Lancashire, fundraising and campaigning on development issues. The next ten years were spent first in Pakistan, then Afghanistan, where I worked for a small health organisation primarily concerned with leprosy and mother and childcare. My experiences living in those countries inform much of my writing.

I returned to Castle Douglas when my son was five years old so he could have somewhere to put down his own roots.

I have always written. As a child I wrote adventure stories in my own books made from wallpaper off-cuts and as a teenager I wrote very bad love poetry. For most of my life I’ve kept a journal. While still working in Afghanistan I…

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Another Sad Chapter in the Story of Mankind

Did you know that Charles Manson co-wrote a book containing his “true confessions”? It’s true – it’s available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He also recorded an album. Actually he is credited with many records – the last of which (The Lost Vacaville Tapes) was released in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you also know that the Unabomber’s Manifesto is available on Amazon for $9.95?

There are also books written by John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz and quite a few other notorious killers.

 

I’m sure the list of books written by the worst members of society is surprisingly long, which is a little disconcerting. Not exactly the finest in American Literature, but when it comes to art, whether the written word, recorded music or any other medium, one man’s art is another man’s trash – and vice-versa.

Would it be fair to lump Manson, Gacy and Berkowitz in the same category as Mark Twain, Harper Lee and J. D. Salinger (each of whom has had attempts made to ban their books from school curriculums).

Who is to say which books are good or which ones are bad?

Nobody.

That’s who.

Which brings me to the inspiration behind today’s rant.

This story;

 

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This is the third time I’ve blogged about censorship in one form or another – once here and once here –  and it really pisses me off.

Is it just me, or does the concept of banning books from a public library bring with it a bit of deja-vu?

Trying to legislate morality is like trying to prevent your car from breaking down by only driving it on “the good roads.”

It just doesn’t work that way.

I am not an expert in sociology, but it seems to me that banning books only creates a “forbidden fruit” mentality.

This whole affair reminds of the song Harper Valley PTA (Jeannie C. Riley 1968) – where a select group of hypocrites makes it their mission in life to preach about character, morals and integrity.

Does anybody, beside me, see the inherent problem there?

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Time for Another Free Book!

 It’s been a while since I gave away a book – and because a reader left a very nice review of Eyewitness Blues on Amazon today let’s give that one away!

First things first…here is the review:

 

As any author (independent or otherwise) will tell you – getting a nice review is (in my best Rhode Island vernacular) wicked awesome! It’s arguably why we write…it’s at least one of the top reasons. I wish I could personally thank each and every person who leaves a review, but Amazon keeps the reviewer’s identity private. So this is my way of saying thank you!

About Eyewitness Blues…I remember the moment I came up with the “what if” for the story;

The owner of a local pizza parlor had been arrested for assault after attacking a customer who tried to return a calzone. Come to find out – said pizza parlor owner was living here as part of the witness protection program (from New Jersey I believe). Here is a local news story from the incident.

Oddly enough – after the incident made the news he disappeared.

There was lots of speculation around the water cooler about where he had “disappeared to” – maybe the feds had relocated him, or maybe his “friends” from Jersey had paid him a visit.

I never found out, but while talking about it to a co-worker one day I thought; What if there was a guy who was convinced that the only way to escape his crappy life was the witness protection program. The only problem being…he hasn’t witnessed anything.

That was all it took!

Please download your FREE copy of Eyewitness Blues. If you’ve already read it please pass this along to somebody who might enjoy it. You are my best marketing representative!

The giveaway begins at midnight Tuesday, January 14 and runs until midnight Sunday, January 19.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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A-R International: Susan M. Toy

Here is the woman who routinely helps other authors…

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This promotion post is dedicated to the memory of my sister, Betty Bridgman, a avid reader all her life, an enthusiastic supporter of my writing and publishing career, and one of my biggest fans.

Susan M. Toy
Authors-Readers International

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I have been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through my company, Alberta Books Canada. I am also an author and publisher, under my imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, I represented authors directly, helping them find promotion for themselves and their books, seeking out new readers, and assisting them in making wise career decisions.

I championed Alberta authors in particular, singing their praises throughout the province and online to the rest of the world, and displayed books for authors and publishers at Alberta library conferences. I continue…

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A-R International: Tim Baker

Author Susan Toy constantly goes above and beyond in her promotion of indie authors. Visit her blog and check some of the other fine authors she has featured.

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Tim Baker
Authors-Readers International


Let me begin by saying I hate writing bios about myself. I’ve had to do it a few times since I became an author, and it doesn’t get any easier.

It would be nice if I had somebody else to write it for me, but sadly I can’t afford such luxuries yet. I suppose I could have written it in the third person, talking about myself as if I were not me…but I am me so I just couldn’t do it.

Anyway, I was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island. I’m old enough to remember Get Smart, The Flintstones and Hogan’s Heroes when they were on in prime-time. I moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 2006 and I love it here. Before I moved, my older brother suggested I visit Florida in August to make sure I could handle the heat. I told him…

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2019 Year in Review

 

…and just like that we are welcoming another new year.

The list of my writing accomplishments in 2019 is a very short one – consisting of four or five blog posts and a couple of thousand words on my work-in-progress. For the non-writers in the audience a couple-thousand words is usually considered a moderately productive weekend – not a year.

2019 now stands as only the second calendar year since Living the Dream was released in 2009 in which I did not release a new book. The last time was 2017 – but I made up for it by releasing two books in 2018 (24 Minutes and Doomed to Repeat) – a feat which I am going to try to match in 2020.

So despite not releasing a book – 2019 was still a very good (nearly flawless) year for me.

The one downer of the year came in late March when I had to say goodbye to my longtime buddy Philbert.

I rescued Phil when he was only 8 or 9 weeks old and he was with me for 16 ½ years before succumbing to liver failure.

Other than that brief blip of sadness – 2019 was the year when, after thirteen years in Florida, I finally purchased a home of my own! It’s a modest place, but it’s in a beautiful area and it suits my needs perfectly. It is indeed my home.

My previous living arrangements ended in January, followed by a few weeks of homelessness where I stayed with a friend before moving into the new place in mid-February.

I had begun work on my next novel (tentatively called Rising Tide) in August of 2018. Progress was moving nicely until the whole moving thing got in the way – bringing production to a halt for a few months while I got settled.

Once I resumed writing in May I still hadn’t developed a routine so the word count wasn’t exactly soaring and Rising Tide hovered at the point of being about two-thirds complete until last weekend (I know…SLACKER!).

Last weekend I finally gave myself the kick in the butt I usually use on procrastinating writer friends who shall remain nameless.

In two days I matched the total word count of the previous four months!

I still have a long way to go – as I said the book is only about two-thirds complete – but I’m finally back in the groove!

The best part is that even though I didn’t do a lot of writing in 2019, I did come up with two really good (at least I think they’re really good) story ideas. Thus my biggest challenge of 2020 will be deciding which one to work on first!

I hope your 2019 was more productive than mine and I hope your 2020 is the best year ever!

 

As always – thank you for reading

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