The Adventures of Stupid the Cat

The Adventures of Stupid the Cat 51RSEUyV8lL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ by Bruce A. Borders and Brenda Borders

As a cat lover and owner of several cats, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I was not so crazy with the name “Stupid” for the cat – I like “Chips” much better. If you pay attention to cats you can learn their personalities such as which one likes to play with feet, which one is afraid of storms or strange noises. Cats like to please and if left outdoors they will bring their human caretakers gifts and not always alive gifts-moles, mice, birds, etc., however, I have never had one bring me a weasel and for that I am thankful. I don’t have a piano, however, I had a cat who liked laying on the laptop keypad – not sure if it was the noise from the laptop or the warmth which the cat liked most. This book is a great book for parents to read to the little ones and for those who can read by themselves to enjoy. It doesn’t take long to read–a nice bedtime story or a story for a rainy afternoon. Looking forward to reading more adventures of Stupid cat.

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Finding Relief

In her book, Allergic To Life, Kathryn Chastain Treat brings awareness to how the environment plays a role in lAllergic To Life by Kathryn C. Treatife in an unhealthy way: multiple chemical sensitivities. Many people suffer from allergies. Some take allergy pills and others take shots while another group must fight to stay alive. Treat fell into the latter category. A healthy stay-at-home mom feel ill shortly after she returned to work outside the home. Visiting one doctor then another, Treat was determined to find out what was causing her health issues. Perfumes she loved to smell became something she couldn’t tolerate. Foods she loved to eat began to attack her system. Her once beautiful home became a sterile prison so that she could survive because she became allergic to the carpets, etc.

Treat kept a daily journal of her battle for survival. Because she was going through medical issues, the journal is about doctors, medical test, treatment, and how those close to her reacted. When Treat had to explain to her friends that she could not got out to lunch with them or that their perfume and clothing made her ill, they soon abandoned her. Thank goodness for her family and those who stood by her through such an ordeal and that she found a treatment center and doctors that did not give up on her.

I met Kathryn Chastain Treat online before she finished putting her book together. We often corresponded via email and a couple of time through snail mail. When it came to deciding the cover of her book, she asked my opinion. I was drawn to the photograph of her stuck inside a sterile home looking out and longing to be outside enjoying the sunshine and the flowers.

There were times that Kathryn could venture outside and she did so enjoy being out in the fresh air. She lost her battle with life shortly before Christmas 2014, but not before the book was released.

Anyone suffering with allergies or who has a family member or friend(s) suffering with allergies should read this book in order to help them understand what that person is going through whether is be on a small scale or a large scale of suffering. Doctors and nurses should read this book so that when patients tell them what is happening with their bodies, they will be believed instead of being treated as a hypochondriac and left to suffer on their own. Medical students should read this book so they can learn to look beyond the obvious when treating and/or observing patients. Environmental safety officers should read this book, to learn what things they may think are harmless in a workers environment, could indeed be a culprit in making people ill: the culprit in a chronic illness.

Kathryn would want everyone who has any kind of health issue to never give up: never give up in finding a cure, finding what works to help relieve suffering.

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7 Beautiful Words, 7 Ugly Words

Have you ever used these words in your writing?

Beautiful Words

  • Effervescent: bubbly
  • Enchanted: charmed
  • Incandescent: glowing, radiant
  • Murmur: soothing sound
  • Quiescent: peaceful
  • Serene: peaceful
  • Tranquility: peacefulness

Ugly Words

  • Chafe: irritate
  • Disgust: distaste
  • Grotesque: distorted
  • Rancid: offensive
  • Shun: avoid
  • Slaughter: butcher
  • Visceral: crude

Write your own list of Beautiful and Ugly Words.  One of those words just may become a prompt for a new  paragraph, a new story, or a different angle to the story you are currently working on.

Happy Writing!

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Author, Joel Homer on Tour

fEVERSInto the lush tropics comes a troubled American, rebellious journalist, embittered Vietnam vet, desperate soldier of fortune. William Straw, who soon forms an uneasy alliance with a beautiful anthropologist, continues his tortured upriver journey-from jungle shantytown to opulent plantation, from explosive passion to brutal murder. Whether he is pursuing a story, an adventure, or a chance to finally exorcise his own inner demons, nothing will prepare William Straw for the sudden violence and bizarre cruelty of the one who is waiting ahead — Michael Fevers.

Praise for ‘Fevers’ by Joel Homer:

“Very engrossing novel. It felt a bit like reading a modern version of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The plot moves quickly and smoothly. The excitement never ends.”- Gerald Loev, Amazon Reviewer

About Joel Homer:Joel Homer

Joel Homer was raised in Greenwich Village, attended New York University and was a medal-winning veteran from the Vietnam war. Upon returning to the states, he began his writing career as a senior editor at Saturday Review.

His books include “Marathons” and “Jargon.” His produced plays include “Scenes Dedicated to My Brother,” “What People Do When They’re All Alone,” and “The Lieutenant Snuffs the Light.” In 1984 he was the first recipient of the prestigious Glickman Award for playwriting. His last play ‘Private Scenes” was a huge hit in San Francisco. While working in Los Angeles, he co-wrote the original script for “Beauty and the Beast” for EuroDisney….to date the most popular stage play in Disney’s history.

Joel Homer passed away in 2003 at the age of 58.

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Does Book Promotion Work?

Does Book Promotion work?

Yes and no.  Yes book promotion works, however, it only works for a short time, unless you book is something extraordinary.  Therefore, book marketing/promoting is a constant thing.

One of the biggest things in promoting books is to establish your readership.  You establish your readership by writing more books.

Once a readership is established, those readers are waiting for your next book.  Those same readers will blog about you, tweet about you, and tell their family and friends about you.  Slowly, but surely, you will grow in popularity and your readership will increase.

Just remember that before your publish your book, make sure it is the best you can possibly make it: proofread, revise if necessary, hire an editor if necessary, etc.

No one wants to read a book that does not flow well or does not have a plot going anywhere.

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Change Your Mindset, Help Yourself

Have you written a book?  What’s the genre?

Did you know you are an expert?  You are.

Start telling people you are an expert in whatever it is you do.  For instance if you write fiction, you could say that you are an expert writer of fiction.

If you conducted any research for your book, you are an expert researcher and an expert on what you researched.

Therefore, change your mindset and help yourself!

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Fevers by Joel Homer

Fevers by Joel Homer: 
Now for the sad news.  Joel Homer died in 2003.  His wife and son made ‘Fevers’ into an ebook in April, 2014.  They have have always dreamed of getting this book to readers and fulfil Joel’s last wish. I hope you can join me and help make this dream a reality.

 

 

 

‘Fevers’ would be rated R if it were a movie, mostly for violence.

Publisher-ebook:  Zac Homer, (April 20, 2014)

Publisher-Print: Bantam
Category: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller, Some Romance
Tour Date: May/June, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 261 Pages

FEVERS is a novel unlike any you have ever read. Exotic adventure, white knuckled suspense, torrid romance, and a haunting portrait of three damaged individuals – one man who has turned beast, one who must confront the beast within himself, and the woman torn between them.

Rio de Janeiro. 1984.

There are rumors that somewhere deep in the steamy rainforest of the Amazon a man, once civilized, is hiding in green shadows. To the primitive Brazilian Indios, he is considered their long-awaited “pale-skinned messiah.” Others believe he is an evil god with powers to stir the native masses to a frenzied, killing pitch. And others suspect he might be Michael Fevers.

Into the lush tropics comes a troubled American, rebellious journalist, embittered Vietnam vet, desperate soldier of fortune. William Straw, who soon forms an uneasy alliance with a beautiful anthropologist, continues his tortured upriver journey-from jungle shantytown to opulent plantation, from explosive passion to brutal murder. Whether he is pursuing a story, an adventure, or a chance to finally exorcise his own inner demons, nothing will prepare William Straw for the sudden violence and bizarre cruelty of the one who is waiting ahead — Michael Fevers.

 Praise for ‘Fevers’ by Joel Homer:

“Very engrossing novel. It felt a bit like reading a modern version of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The plot moves quickly and smoothly. The excitement never ends.”- Gerald Loev, Amazon Reviewer

About Joel Homer:Joel Homer

Joel Homer was raised in Greenwich Village, attended New York University and was a medal-winning veteran from the Vietnam war. Upon returning to the states, he began his writing career as a senior editor at Saturday Review.

His books include “Marathons” and “Jargon.” His produced plays include “Scenes Dedicated to My Brother,” “What People Do When They’re All Alone,” and “The Lieutenant Snuffs the Light.” In 1984 he was the first recipient of the prestigious Glickman Award for playwriting. His last play ‘Private Scenes” was a huge hit in San Francisco. While working in Los Angeles, he co-wrote the original script for “Beauty and the Beast” for EuroDisney….to date the most popular stage play in Disney’s history.

Joel Homer passed away in 2003 at the age of 58.

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