Thursday, January 31, 2013

What About the Big Stuff?

I decided to read Don't Sweat the Small Stuff:  And it's all small stuff again.  It is a good reminder not to take the small things in your life and let them affect your thinking, feeling, and acting.


What about the BIG stuff?


"That is a tough question.  For me the BIG stuff is what weighs heavy on my mind.  Money, housing situation, debt.  Those can all be big things to deal with and can weigh a person down.  I know those things get my head spinning and thinking.  I play scenarios out in my head and it keeps building.  I guess the main thing is to not worry.  Keep the thoughts to a minimum and focus on a positive solution and take small steps towards that solution.  When the negative thoughts occur, take a deep breath, and think positive thoughts.  Talking to someone helps too."

The Darth Writer

(Please share your thoughts.)

What do you do to deal with the BIG stuff?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Author Spotlight #31 - Lee Pletzers

Resurrection Child
By Lee Pletzers

Cthulhu introduced himself to a writer in the eighteenth century, with the full knowledge that more people would investigate the Cthulhu myth and soon a belief would spread. Like a virus it would infect millions as others learned of the old gods and their imprisonment. These writers wove more stories into the minds of millions, until one person discovered the hidden clues in all the stories, pieced together the ‘voices’ and understood what needed to be done. The Old Ones will return. 

Damon Hutter is a neo-Nazi thug going through a belief change. But when he witnesses the seeding of Caroline for the Old Ones, Damon realizes he must protect her from Roy and the rest of the Cthulhu cult in order to correctly bring forth the dawning of a new age: Cthulhu’s birth. Now it’s a race against time, the police, and two warring cults to get to Carol first. 

His life change is the will of Cthulhu. 
The killings are the will of Cthulhu. 
Everything is the will of Cthulhu. the will of Cthulhu.

Lee Pletzers is a writer who is very active in the genre world, online and off. He has five novels published:  Blood of the Wolf (2001), The Last Church (2009), The Game (2010), The Armageddon Shadow (2011), RAGE (2012) and Resurrection Child, (2012) via Dark Continents Publishing. He has over 70 short stories published online and in print and is also a member of AHWA (Australian Horror Writers Association), Fictioneers and a founding member SpecFicNZ. Lee has moved into the Indy scene and is publishing under his own banner: Triskaideka Books on Amazon and Smashwords. He still sends his books out to independant publishers, looking for that elusive million dollar cheque.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Neal James Follow Up

News Flash! 

Derbyshire author, Neal James, releases his fifth book – 
‘Full Marks’ (ISBN 9781782282631) on April 4th 2013.

Full Marks
By Neal James 

Dennis Marks thought he had seen it all. That was before Solomon Goldblum crossed his path – after that, things were never the same again. The trauma which the old Jew had inflicted upon him had brought about a near psychological collapse. That the DCI had been able to conceal the fragility of his mental state from the shrink whom the Met had forced him to see had been down to his sheer determination.

Now, all of that effort was about to be challenged by one of the most daunting figures at New Scotland Yard – Superintendent Eric Staines. The Independent Police Complaints Commission were about to take Marks’ life apart, professionally and personally, and Staines, as one of its fiercest inquisitors, was not a man inclined to show mercy.

A month was all that the DCI had to prove his innocence of a range of charges dating back to his days as a detective sergeant. A career spent putting away the dregs of London’s criminal world was to hang in the balance, and he was, he believed, for the first time...alone.

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The story tracks the fortunes of one of the Metropolitan Police’s finest officers as he tries to clear his name. A raft of accusations, laid before the IPPC, threatens to undermine everything that he has achieved in over thirty years in the force. Powerful forces, ranged on either side of the investigation, are set to determine the course of DCI Dennis Marks’ professional and personal life.

Following on the heels of ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’ (2008), ‘Short Stories Volume One’ (2009), ‘Two Little Dicky Birds’ (2010), and ‘Threads of Deceit’ (2011), ‘Full Marks’ is the latest in Neal’s growing portfolio, and can be obtained from the publisher, Pneuma Springs, at discounts of 40% for order of 50 copies or more per title.

Author Spotlight #30 - Neal James

Two Little Dicky Birds
By Neal James

On Saturday 8th April 1975, in a fit of rage, Paul Townley took the life of his father, Harold. The significance of that single event was to affect the rest of his life, as he resolved to make it his mission to rid society of the kind of person that the man had become.  The first killing took place six months later, and over the following fifteen years seventeen more were to follow, as the trail of devastation left by a serial killer covered the length and breadth of England.  Detective Chief Inspector Colin Barnes looked down at the letter which lay on the desk before him. An icy hand gripped his heart as he read once more the details of the eighteen murders. Murders which had come back to haunt him from his past as he realised that he would, once more, be faced with the serial killer who had called himself ......Petey.

Neal James began writing in 2007 when a series of short stories found favour on a number of international writing sites. Since then, he has released three novels and an anthology of short stories. ‘Full Marks’, his fifth book in as many years, is a crime novel and a product of a vivid imagination set against a backdrop of exposés dating back to the mid-1970s. ‘Two Little Dicky Birds’, his 2010 release, was a finalist in the prestigious Peoples Book prize of 2012. He is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, and regular contributor to local newspaper features. Details of all his writing can be seen on his website As an accountant for over three decades, he has drawn on his background to provide an insight into much of the substance required in the creation of his writing to date. He lives in Derbyshire with his wife and family.

Review: The Golem's Eye

The Golem's Eye
The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is an amazing read and it continues with the second book, The Golem's Eye. Nathaniel, is now working for the Government when crisis strikes. A clay Golem is attacking London. Nathaniel and Bartimaeus work to uncover and defeat the power that is controlling the Golem. Jonathan Stroud is brilliant again in this second novel of the trilogy.

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Review: Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy

Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great continuation of the Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo. In this book Charlie Bone discovers a boy in the attic who is invisible. Charlie and his friends promise to help him become visible agian. Full of twists and turns, this series is always a fun read.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Author Spotlight #29 - Lynn Garthwaite

The Dirkle Smat Adventures
By Lynn Garthwaite

The first three books in the Dirkle Smat Adventure series are on the shelves and the fourth one is due March, 2013. These early chapter books are mysteries and adventures aimed at young readers who are just starting to explore chapter books and who love a mystery. Each book follows the adventures of the Explorers Club, led by Dirkle Smat, and gives the reader a peek at how these curious friends get themselves out of a bunch of sticky situations.

Available now:
Dirkle Smat Inside Mount Flatbottom
Dirkle Smat and the Flying Statue
Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield

Coming soon:
Dirkle Smat Meets a Time Traveler

You can find her website at

Lynn Garthwaite is the published author of a series of early chapter books, a columnist for Minneapolis Examiner on the topic of Writing and a board member of the Bloomington, MN Literary Council. She has participated in panel discussions on writing for children and speaks at schools on writing and publishing. She has spoken at writer’s events on the topic of staying motivated to write and the craft of writing for children and is currently researching and writing a middle grade non-fiction book about how our states ended up with such interesting shapes.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Author Spotlight #28 - Annette Reid

Domestic Violence The Disease
The Sara Faraday Story
By Annette Reid

Sara, was determined to marry the man of her dreams; Little did she know, her dream would soon turn into a nightmare. Naive, innocent Sara Ramsey, fell madly in love with bad-boy, Mike Farraday. Despite the negative rumors, Sara, married Mike, and soon became the target of his drunken rages and erratic behavior. After eight years of physical and mental abuse, Sara, finally realizes that she has to get out. Mike is determined that Sara won't live long enough to escape the hell that he has prepared for her. This story weaves lies with love, treachery with truth and serves up a menu of suspense-spiced with a tablespoon of murder. This story is fiction, but the events are based on true episodes that took place.

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This story can also be purchased at and Barnes.

Annette Reid can be found on facebook,

My name is Annette Reid. I am a Nurse in Alabama. I've been writing for 10 years. I usually do blogs for groups such as, I'm safe and She Writes. I am a member of the writers guild. I am a Domestic Violence advocate. I have been working with Domestic violence victims and survivors for several years. I attended the University of South Alabama. I am in the process of getting my second book, (Domestic Violence, The Nightmare of Sara Farraday)  published. I am also working on a third manuscript as well.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

J.K. Rowling follows up her debeut novel with this second book in her 7 book series. Harry is in his second year at Hogwarts where mysteris attacks happen at the school and a strange voice haunts him. J.K. does it again. A very good read.

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Review: The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy reading this book from time to time as it is the book that starts it all. I really enjoy how the magical worlds are brought to life and how Jadis is introduced and how Narnia is brought to life. Will always be a classic on my shelf.

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