Coming Soon

Fran Orenstein has a new book coming out soon.  Here you will find the information on the book that is coming soon and once it is available you will find the information on how to order it on this site as well.  The title for the book is “One Amber  Too Many” Check it out.

One Amber Too Many by Fran Orenstein – a chapter book for children ages 7 -10, coming in early Spring from World Castle Publishing

Bad things are happening in Gillian Sandler’s life. Just after her ninth birthday her parents announce that they are getting divorced. If that wasn’t enough, her dad is leaving for a younger woman named Amber whom he intends to marry. Even worse, Gilly, the star goalie for the school soccer team, knows three Ambers, all on the team and in her fourth-grade class. Embarrassed and furious, Gilly conspires to get rid of Amber, her future stepmother, and enlists the help of her older brother, Marcus. Whatever she tries seems to backfire, until one terrifying night, when she learns something important about Amber. Then there’s the Amber Club at school. If she can become a member, will they join the conspiracy?

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Guest Blogger

Check out Fran Orenstein’s website: http://franorenstein.weebly.com/new-blog.html.  Her quest blogger for February is J. R. Lindermuth.  His subject is “How do you get those ideas?'”  An interesting read for all writers and a chance to win one of his books just for leaving a comment.  Get on over to Fran’s page and check out the latest blog from J. R. Lindermuth.

Fran Orenstein

After having been waylaid by a back injury Fran is back and out there for you to see and hear.

On Saturday, February 2 she will be doing a presentation on The Ins & Outs of Publishing for the Wesley Chapel branch of the Florida Writer’s Association. It’s at 10 am at the New Tampa Library located at 10001 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL. Come join us and meet a great group of writers, too.  Even if you are just thinking about writing come on out and hear Fran give you her very knowledgeable information on this subject.

Guest Blogger

Fran Orenstein is a guest blogger on Lindsay Ann Kendal’s blog site from Sat. Jan 19th through Wed. Jan. 23rd. Read her humorous and serious blog on writer’s block and what to do about it. It’s at http://lindsayannekendal.blogspot.co.uk/  Win your choice of one of three give-away books, if you visit and enter. 

Fran Orenstein’s New Guest Blog for January

Check out the new Guest Blog on Fran Orenstein’s website.  This month it is done by Elizabeth Seckman.  There will also be a give away to one of the people who comments on the blog.  A randomly chosen person will receive a signed copy of one of hers books.  Check it out right away before you forget.

 

http://franorenstein.weebly.com/new-blog.html

 

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

New Amazon aStore

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.

Check it out at: http://astore.amazon.com/dryoboansomum-20

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