New From Fran Orenstein

I want to share with you all a poem written by Dr. Fran Orenstein shortly after the tragedy as Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  It is an amazing work that needs to be spread around the globe.

Unfinished Lives

Not an auspicious day

An ordinary winter Friday

A week before the ending

Or the new beginning of the world

Only two days after 12-12-12

A day of ascendance and movement

When meteors raced across the sky

And planets began their prophetic alignment

On this ordinary December day

The world shook in fear and rage

As twenty tiny stars winked out

And darkness fell on unrealized dreams

When hope crashed in a hail of bullets

Unspun dreidls, unopened Chanukah gifts

Hidden Christmas toys waiting in vain

A red bike buried in a box never to be ridden

The unbearable agony of drifting souls

Reaching out for Mommy’s arms

Their unfinished lives

Now only a fantasy

Fran Orenstein 12/14/12

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The brand new Dressing Your Book and So Much More Amazon aStore is open and ready for ordering.  What this store does is links all of the authors I work with on one page and you can go and look at all of their work in one place.  All you do is click on a title and it takes you to the ordering page for their book.  Christmas is coming soon but there is still time to order and get them by the big day.

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Empowering Children Through LIterature

Check out the latest article from author Fran Orenstein.  With her background in counseling and education she is the perfect person to write this article.

Empowering Children Through LIterature

Children learn by observation, imitation, and rehearsal, until the behavior becomes ingrained in their psychological makeup. What happens when a child is different and exists on the fringes of the social order? Perhaps he has no role model to emulate, no one to listen who understands, or she cannot find the words to express her feelings. Some children act out inappropriately and become the class clown or bully. Others seek friends who will get them into trouble, such as gangs or the wrong kids because they need to feel accepted. Others retreat into their own world and become loners.

Meet Jeff Horton

I want you all to meet Jeff Horton who has a new book coming out in January called Cybersp@ce.  He has other books to his credit as well but currently he is preparing for the release of his new book so more on the other writings later.

Here you will find Jeff’s bio as well as his reason for doing what he does, and so well at that.

Biographical Information

Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant, where he spent the first four years of his life before moving to North Carolina. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton.

What Writing Means to Me

My name is Jeff Horton, and I am a novelist. I say I am a novelist and not an author because an author can be someone who writes about anything including novels, historical biographies, travel guides, etc., while a novelist is an artist, a painter if you will. Imagination is the paint and the keyboard the paintbrush.

I enjoy writing because for me it is pure creativity. From my imagination proceeds people, places, sights, sounds, and events which have never really existed. For me, writing a novel is sort of like watching a movie. I start writing with an idea of what I’m after, but the story truly takes on a life of its own as I write, often taking me in a direction I never could have imagined it going in before. The end result is that I have no idea how the story is going to end myself until I have finished the first draft. Even then, the story can morph as I make my way through a series of inevitable revisions where the rough stone is cut and chipped away at, before being polished into what I consider to be a work of art.

When I write, I strive to create storylines that are meaningful on many levels. I like to explore and understand the emotions, the struggles  and the pain that we feel as human beings, as well as the joy. It is also important that there is a message in the story, a warning, a message of hope, etc. I want readers to always come away having learned something new, something valuable, something important. These are ambitious goals, of course, and unfortunately, I’m never as successful as I would like to be at meeting these goals.

Another thing that is important to me as a novelist is that the characters, the events, and the setting all feel very real to the reader. This then is a key, in my opinion, to drawing the reader more deeply into the story. People are complex creatures and rarely (if ever) do we really know anyone. It is unfair therefore to suggest to readers that a character is a cardboard figure. While I may not spend as much time on every character as I would like in the interest of brevity, I do try to ensure that at least the key players are well-developed, and that they also change and grow as the story progresses.

My first three books were mostly futuristic, apocalyptic thrillers, all written for the masses but from a Christian worldview. My faith in God makes up a big part of who I am and what I do, and I’m sure it comes through in my writing. My next book, which reflects that faith, is different from the first three because it’s more of a YA/juvenile novel entitled The Way of Nacor. My goal (always lofty!) with The Way of Nacor was to create a well-blended recipe of a little Chronicles of Narnia and a little Pilgrims Progress, with a pinch of science-fiction thrown in as well. In The Way of Nacor, a family of children are stranded on another world, where they face many obstacles as they try to find their way home.  The novel following The Way of Nacor is a techno-thriller entitled Cybersp@ce. I like to think of it as Tom Clancy meets Michael Crichton (two of my favorite authors).

Cybersp@ce

Cybersp@ce

Captivating New Techno-Thriller from author Jeff W. Horton

Cybersp@ce is an intense, captivating, non-stop thrill ride complete with crippling cyber attacks that kill over a hundred thousand people, a former KGB agent bent on the rebirth of the Soviet Empire, and Area 51.

Jeff W. Horton’s thrilling saga follows Cyber Command’s Nick Reynolds and scientist Kate Summers as they struggle to prevent a massive cyber attack, which they know will trigger a global nuclear war that will devastate the planet.

High Point, North Carolina
Nikolai Chervanko is a former KGB officer with a single objective––to create a new, glorious Soviet Empire that far surpasses the original. To achieve his goal, he comes up with a masterful plan; through a series of deadly cyber attacks against the United States, he will create an international standoff between the United States and China. A devastating war between the two nuclear nations will then create a power vacuum that only the Soviet Empire will be able to fill.

After one hundred thousand Americans die in one of the cyber attacks, with evidence pointing towards the Chinese, tensions run high as the two nations stand on the brink of war. Nick Reynolds and Kate Summers race against time to find a means to thwart the next step of Chervanko’s plan, a massive, extremely advanced cyber attack against the infrastructure of the United States. They soon discover that in order to save the future, however, they must first look to the past.

Most of Cybersp@ce takes place in Russia, and at the mysterious Area 51, located at Groom Lake in Nevada. Cybersp@ce is a Sci-Fi/Thriller, and is scheduled to be released sometime in January.

Cybersp@ce, is an exciting, action-packed story with plenty of surprises along the way. “I wanted readers to completely immerse themselves in a story they found too compelling to put down,” says Horton. “Cybersp@ce will keep readers engaged from beginning to end and then, just when they believe the story has ended, they learn that in reality, it has only begun.”

World Castle Publishing is based in Pensacola, FL. Cybersp@ce will be released in January, 2012 and will be available worldwide.

Jeff Horton’s other novels includes: The Great Collapse, The Dark Age, The Last Prophet, and The Way of Nacor.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

For more information visit http://www.hortonlibrary.com or his blog anovelsperspective.blogspot.com

Matthieu Gallant

Today I am going to introduce you to a writer from Canada.  His name is Matthieu Gallant.  He has a new book coming out in January called When The Levee Breaks – it is book two of the Outage Series.  I read the first book in the series Darkness Falls in less than 48 hours.  I will post information about both books in a little while.  Right now I would like you to read a bit of information on the man who is writing these books.

I was born and raised on the East Coast of Canada, in a province called New Brunswick. Went to school from Kindergarten to grade 12 in French, so I’m fluently bilingual. You might be interested to know that even from a fairly young age I was fascinated by the apocalyptic genre. In my junior high to high school days I was known for getting up at the end of classes – when the teacher was done for the day – and drawing “end of the world sketches” on the chalkboard. I know that sounds a little out there, and I doubt in today’s hyper-sensitive environment I would be able to do it without having the SWAT team called on me, but back then I was allowed to grab a nub of chalk and draw out my fanciful ideas about how it would all end. Many times my classmates would take part and give me suggestions, so they were into it.

Since graduation I’ve gone to college twice, once to get a diploma in the IT field and again a few years later for journalism. To be quite honest, as the product of the French education system, I was really more interested in taking journalism to measure myself against the products of the parallel English system. I ended up graduating as the valedictorian and giving the commencement speech, so I guess I measured up just fine. It was also during that period in my life that I started working on the Outage Series. It started as just some journal type entries that grew and grew until one day I created a character, Robert Jones Hendricks. (The last name is thanks to the Jimi Hendrix CD case on my desk at the time.)

Since then I’ve spent some time working as a journalist in every possible medium, but that didn’t work out too well for me. I’m not pushy enough to get the good interviews (just like I’m not pushy enough to be a good salesman.) I spent some of that time working as a driving instructor (oh the books I could write) as well as in the IT field, where I am currently. I would desperately like to get out of IT and get into writing full-time.

Family wise, I live with my long-term girlfriend and my eight year old step-daughter. My mom and dad are still alive and well and I have a younger brother. I wouldn’t say we’re all that close – even though I live nearby I can go a couple of weeks without seeing them – but we definitely love one another and get along well enough.