Happy Anniversary CLFA!

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Just over a year ago, my friend and fabulous writer/author Jamie Wilson added me to a new Facebook group –  Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance. And I am so thankful she did because I’ve not only developed wonderful friendships but also discovered a wealth of creative talent to interview on Writestream Tuesday. Eventually, my involvement in the CLFA led to a great new segment in the show’s second hour – Right Wing Riot – Public Service Satire featuring Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread.

And on Tuesday, December 16, I’ll welcome one of CLFA’s founders, Marina Fontaine, to the program to share her thoughts about the CLFA’s  purpose, growth, and goals for 2015. We’ll also delve into universal challenges facing independent authors like choosing the right platform for you book, managing expectations, and using social media for success. Other topics to be discussed include how to write an honest but constructively critical review for fellow indy authors, and how CLFA members manage to remain friends even when passionate thread topics become….well, passionate.

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During the live show, we may even add to some of the gift-giving suggestions from the December 2 episode and welcome calls from CLFA members and Writestream listeners at (347) 945-7246.  After the first hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread!

To listen via computer, click on this link to Blog Talk Radio, Writestream Tuesday: Happy Anniversary CLFA! Or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.

 

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Author Daniella Bova on Steps To Salvation

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This latest five-star Amazon review from the author of Tears of Paradox, Daniella Bova, made my day:

In Steps To Salvation I learned a great deal about history. The book opens in the year 2412 in Africa, many years after a worldwide upheaval, “The Armageddon War.” The main characters are all fictional descendants of historical figures from the past and present day, including Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The characters are vividly written. They’re so true to life that I found myself laughing out loud during certain scenes containing the fictional future descendant of President Bill Clinton. In addition to laughing, parts of what I learned made me extremely angry. This book was painstakingly researched. It included facts about world leaders of which I was unaware, even though I’m reasonably up to date on current events as a rule.

Another reader mentioned that Steps to Salvation would be a very good choice for a book club. I agree. Many people of different faiths and backgrounds could find plenty to discuss. Mr. Attia’s ideas are sometimes a bit surprising. I can’t say I agree with every single point he made, but I can and do respect anyone who’s been through a near death experience. Mr. Attia’s ideas for the betterment of society were incorporated in a fresh, engaging way in the Steps To Salvation.

Visit Amazon.com to read the full review and pick up a copy of Shlomo Attia’s book, available in Kindle and paperback. With the holidays coming up, it makes a great gift.

 

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Writestream Tuesday: ‘A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer’

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I am excited to announce that Maureen Miles Bucci, ovarian cancer survivor and author of A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer, will join me on Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Maureen recently hired me to edit her manuscript, guide her through the independent publishing process, set up her social media platforms and train her on how to use them, and assist with special events.

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Getting to know Maureen personally has been an incredible experience. She’s one of the bravest, strongest, and most determined women I know. Are you coping with ovarian cancer or know someone who is? Please tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. During the interview, Maureen and I welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

In the second hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with the Luminaries of Liberty, The Prince of Whitebread, Scary Smart, and Ms. Always Right!

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Interested in purchasing A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer for someone currently undergoing treatment? It’s now available in paperback on Amazon.com and makes a wonderful, practical, and uplifting gift.

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Steps To Salvation now on Amazon

STSCoverWEBYou can now purchase a paperback version of Shlomo Attia’s Steps To Salvation on Amazon.com. While it will be available on Kindle soon, it’s not yet being sold in that format, although you can purchase it as an ebook on Lulu.com.

Check out this wonderful review from reader Gail Tenzer:

Steps to Salvation is a MUST READ. The author, Shlomo Attia explains that he experienced a Near Death Experience and while in that state, was charged with returning to life because “his work wasn’t finished!” Apparently he was to return to present solutions to the problems that have plagued mankind for the past millennia, in which we keep repeating the same mistakes, always expecting different results and failing. Once again our civilization stands on the precipice of a New Dark Age — and apparently Shlomo was charged with presenting some new solutions which if taken under advisement might prevent Western Civilization from once again going down that road.

The novel takes place in the year 2412 (400 years into the future), and proposes that at that time, we will already be living in the “Messianic Era…: which according to Jewish tradition “…will be one of global peace and harmony, an era free of strife and hardship” [Wikipedia].

2014_07_05_Shlomo_Book_012Looking back over World History, much of the strife the world has experienced and continues to do so in our times is due to “religious conflicts” directly relating to religious DOGMA! Let us remember that until the Enlightenment, political power rested within the Church. Many of today’s seculars also rebel against the concept of G-d or Creator precisely because they reject the political power that religious organizations (men) try to exert over their lives by manipulating religious beliefs to control them. In other words, it still comes down to politics masquerading as religion and the bottom line is still the ambitions of INSIDERS to exert CONTROL over the masses! It’s still all about Power and not really about the Creator.

Bill ClintonShlomo thinks outside the box and presents a vision of the future in which the world frees itself from this religious strife, and fulfilling the Jewish aspiration and prayer that “On that Day the Lord will be ONE, His Name will be One” by positing that without cohersion, mankind has accepted the concept of the One G-d Religion! Brilliant! No more strife amongst men that “My G-d is Better than Your G-d!”

So much for the solution to religious strife.

Shlomo then posits solutions to helping entrepreneurs through a lottery system of funding, solutions to education, the prison system and the rehabilitation of criminals, and other challenges facing present day society.

Characters in the book are descendants of Historical figures, including the progeny of Hitler, Kissinger, Mao, etc. — those who are the progeny of evil doers are restricted to a colony in Africa called Arisha, and have to devote their lives to the study of their ancestors, their wrong-doings, and admit remorse for the evil they have wrought, and ultimately have to pass a test in order to Adolf Hitlerget to see the rest of the world. This is a totally new way of looking at things as they are and have been in the world, and how we can avoid repeating history.
In these grim times, the book is refreshing, presents interesting solutions and a light at the end of the tunnel — demonstrating that there is hope for a better future after all. I wonder if applying his solutions can help usher in the Messianic Age. Without going into details to give away the solutions, Shlomo presents a solution to the current Middle East strife particularly with the Muslims and their hatred for Jews. Read the book to find out how this can be brought about without bloodshed!

I read the book in 3 days and could not put it down!

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Writestream Tuesday with author George Galdorisi and the Right Wing Riot

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Tune in to Writestream on Tuesday, July 22 when I welcome author George Galdorisi at 1 p.m. Eastern.

George Galdorisi is a former naval aviator who began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings.  His Navy career included four command tours and five years as a carrier strike group chief of staff, as well as three years leading the United States delegation for military-to-military talks with the GaldorisiAshesChinese navy.  He is currently the Director of the Corporate Strategy Group at the Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego, California.

He has written nine books, including the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film starring U.S. Navy SEALs; the Amazon and Barnes and Noble top-seller The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph; as well as over 200 articles in professional journals and other media.

George Galdorisi leverages his broad professional experience to deliver written products across a wide spectrum of media, providing diverse and unique professional writing talent. With nine books – both fiction and non-fiction – the primary focus of his work is in book format and also includes chapter-length contributions to other books.  Additionally, he frequently edits books by other writers at all stages of the production process.

These book length-projects build on an additional body of work including over 200 articles in professional magazines, defense journals, newspapers, and professional conference proceedings, among others, and are captured in his curriculum vitae (also on this website).  Additionally, he has presented over 60 professional papers at a wide array of professional conferences in the last decade and has published many of these papers in peer-review journals.  Of note, he wrote or co-authored over 50 articles in 2011 and 2012 alone, demonstrating a unique ability to provide a substantial volume of quality, publishable content on deadline.

His work has been recognized with numerous writing awards, including the Navy League of the United States Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, the Military Writer’s Society Award for both fiction and non-fiction, the Surface Navy Association Author of the Year, Hook Magazine Contributor of the Year, and a diverse array of literary awards from organizations such as the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval Helicopter Association, the Navy League of Australia, the Naval Helicopter Historical Society, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego. Additionally, his articles in professional journals such as Joint Forces Quarterly, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and U.S. Naval War College review have been recognized as identifying important military and technology issues and trends well before they are identified in the mainstream media.

His ability to write with authority on a broad array of military matters, cutting-edge technology, strategy and policy is supported by his thirty-year career as a naval aviator.  His wide-ranging career included over 3,000 flying hours in multiple types of naval aircraft, as well as tours aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines.  His four commands, two as helicopter squadron commander of new-technology SH-60 series aircraft, the amphibious assault ship USS Cleveland (LPD-7) and Amphibious Squadron Seven, as well as his five years as a Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff for two combat deployments to the Arabian Gulf embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), provide him with sustaining insights into the broadest possible array of naval, joint and coalition operations.  Ashore, tours in Washington, D.C. the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College have provided him with a well-nuanced background in strategy, policy, programmatics and acquisition.  His current work as a strategist, analyst and long-range planner at the U.S. Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego supplements his active-duty experience with a full immersion in emerging command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies, including work with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

His ability to create quality prose, coupled with his ability to deliver it in a compelling way, has led to numerous speaking opportunities beyond the regular book signing circuit.  He has been an invited speaker and panel moderator at venues as diverse as U.S. Naval Institute and Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association Conferences, the United Kingdom’s Royal United Services Institute Conferences, the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conferences, Common Defense West Conferences, U.S. Naval Academy Naval and Maritime History Symposium, the National Fire Control Symposium, the International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Symposium, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Symposium, the Canadian Maritime Forces Pacific Maritime Security Challenges Conference, the Navy Human Systems Integration Symposium, and many others – as well as speaking engagements at several universities nationally and internationally.  Additionally, he frequently is in demand to moderate panels at these and other conference and symposia.

George and I will discuss his esteemed career and his latest release, Tom Clancy’s Out of the Ashes:

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded—leaving the country in terrible danger.

But when terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums around the country leaving men, women and children dead or mutilated, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center—an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high tech crises of the 21st Century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. A renegade Saudi Prince with ambitions of controlling the world’s oil supply has an ingenious plot to manipulate America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran. Next, they would ignite a sleeper cell to attack the America homeland, resulting in a bloodbath unlike any other. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?

Looking forward to a fascinating interview!

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In the second half of the show, join The Prince of Whitebread, Scary Smart and Always Right for the Right Wing Riot, featuring Public Service Satire on the latest cultural and political happenings.

As always, during the live broadcast we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author George Galdorisi and the Right Wing Riot.

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