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WRITER'S BLOCK, Issue #004--Finally, a title!
October 01, 2015
Welcome to the WRITER'S BLOCK newsletter!

To CELEBRATE the long awaited title...


Cut Throat Trail

Yes, David's dear ole computer has been seen blowing smoke, and some of it even means progress has been made on the adventures of Ruben and the gang. The boys get roughed up a little, here and there; and one of them does more than a small amount of bleeding. They are traveling new territory and are an awfully long ways from home. And, that's only around 35,000 words into the book! At this point, David ain't even sure what's gonna be happenin' to the boys. We're all on edge about that...and you should be too!

WRITER’S BLOCK…Why I write, part 2

Before this bit begins, you need to know about an unfortunate situation in my life. Two women outnumber me five to one. I think this syndrome probably dates back to first grade, for I cannot remember ever being free of it. It is the reason that, once again, I have been compelled by Ulva, the magnificent, and the coveted Laura to write on why I write. This time, they want a story.

Many years ago, in an enchanted cabin on the bank of the scenic Sangamon River, a boy child was born. His name was David, and for a very good reason. In that place at that time, an evil witch made it law throughout the Shire that at least three out of five male babies had to be named David. This was done so that, in later years, one woman could stand in a mall, shout the name, and seventeen men would answer her.

From the beginning, little David loved music and the self-expression that came from playing it. While still young, he practiced his music every day. For several years he, in the company of other blessed young musicians, even traveled the kingdom sharing their music over hill and dale to the delight of the citizenry, causing the populace to dance with joy at the glorious sound.

When he became a young man, David went to school in a far off land to learn how to make better music and also to study a strange new skill called journalism. It was a wonderful place, full of other young people who had also come to study, and he was greatly encouraged by the thought that he would learn to do what he did even better.

Alas, such was not the case. The teachers there wanted him to do everything their way and threatened to send him back home to the Shire if he didn’t give up and become like everybody else. Poor David was crushed.

However, he met a wonderful wizard called Professor Pollard, who had studied with another wonderful wizard named John Paul Sartre. The Wizard Pollard took David aside one day and told him that the true purpose of the school was to shrink minds and make everyone just like everyone else. He encouraged David to run from that evil place lest he become unable to think for himself. David took the wizard’s message to heart, packed his bags, and, to use the vernacular of the day, did the boogie.

Next time? Whatever the ladies want.


2 Authors we like to read

Melissa Haag and Paul Hollis

Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

Several years ago, Ulva did book reviews. She read a lot of books she didn't like--mostly because they were poorly written and had shallow characters. So, just for fun, she decided to read a book totally away from any genre she would normally read. That's when Melissa Haag entered our world. (We swap lots of ideas along with info about marketing and places to advertise!)

Melissa writes YA (young adult) paranormal romance novels. Her Judgement series is about werewolves--but these stories are not the typical werewolf variety. Instead, the characters are well rounded and believable. (You know, the kind of character development that makes you wonder if the shaggy haired guy across the restaurant could be a werewolf.)

Ulva never did get that book review published. Instead, Melissa convinced her to do content editing for her. And now, we sing her praise to everyone...but, you don't have to take our word on how good Melissa Haag writes. Check out her 1st book in The Judgement Series. It's free on Amazon. Just click the book cover above to see for yourself.

The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis

If you follow the Ironbear-eBook Facebook page, you have probably seen shares or likes being swapped between David and Paul. Every once in awhile, they even share their wit with each other. (It's really rather scary.)

Paul has written a great suspense thriller, The Hollow Man. It has won several awards, and Ulva gave it 5 stars back when she was writing the reviews we mentioned earlier. It has everything--politics, spies, killers, terrorists,and intrigue. It truly is a great read.

Click on the book cover. It will take you to the book's Amazon location. While you are there, click on Paul's name so you can go to his author's page. He has a great book trailer video for you to watch.

The CROCKETT series:

eBook #1 of the CROCKETT series, FEAR OF THE FATHER, is still free everywhere.

As we mentioned last time, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books in the series, and as of August 15th, there are 4 that have been published.

We still have plans for releasing #5 soon, but we are just not yet sure when "soon" will be. (We seem to have "too many sticks in the fire" and we're not sure yet which ones need to be pulled out!)


We have an announcement...

We are really excited to you let you know that David has just finished recording Fear of the Father. It will be around the first part of November before the eAudio book is available. But, that's okay. It'll make a great Christmas present for your sweet self!

Ironbear eBook Facebook link ***** Heartland Memories story page *****

See ya again on November 1st! And, if you enjoyed this newsletter; please tell all your friends to visit our website and sign up for the fun.

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