Argus Publishing takes on Carl Watson’s historical, mid-grade/YA novel, Kid Clay, a tale of the old West set in the late 1800s.

Argus Publishing takes on Carl Watson’s historical, mid-grade/YA novel, Kid Clay, a tale of the old West set in the late 1800s.

Based on the real memoirs of Mr. Watson’s grandfather, this story follows Kid Clay through the Old West in search of a cowboy adventure. During his escapades, Kid Clay leaves his comfortable Kentucky home at the age of fifteen and sets out to discover what it’s like to be a real cowboy. During this time, he encounters many colorful characters such as Indians, Buffalo Bill, and members of the Dalton Gang.

Along the wagon trail, he encounters typhoid, cattle rustlers, stampedes, bank robbers, and a beautiful Indian maiden. Kid Clay has the determination and bravery he needs to survive, but as he makes his way along the trail, he discovers that the West is beginning to change. That’s when he makes a momentous decision that will affect the rest of his life.

Was the West more than Kid Clay bargained for?

A former educator, Carl Watson has taught Language Art classes in both elementary and junior high environments. He is a graduate of North Texas State University and Texas Wesleyan University (ME). Instrumental in writing a Boy Scouts of America Leadership Training Manual, he went on to assist in creating a syllabus for Social Studies in the Fort Worth Public School System. Then, the Fort Worth National Bank awarded him a fellowship to continue his studies in creative writing. A published author, his work has appeared in both adult and children’s magazines, as well as church school stories for the Methodist Publishing House, Child Life, and in True West Magazine. Kid Clay – A Cowboy’s Life on the Range is an article Watson wrote about his grandfather. Open, you can see the real Kid Clay. The quotes were taken from Kid’s journal.https://carlwatsontx.com/ Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency  Published by Argus Publishing (release spring 2018).

Argus Publishing acquires Bracha Goetz’s memoir Searching for God in the Garbage

Argus Publishing acquires Bracha Goetz’s memoir Searching for God in the Garbage

Searching for God in the Garbage, an extremely candid chronicle of how Bracha Goetz became an observant Jew and overcame anorexia, told through actual diary entries and letters, spanning through the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Searching for God in the Garbage reflects changes in both the inner and outer world of the Goetz during these exciting and turbulent times. The reader experiences the loss of her innocence through adolescence, struggles with increasingly riskier behaviors, and the emergence of a gradually developing anorexia.

Groundbreaking insights are realized, impacting her recovery from a wide range of addictions. The thesis of this psychological and spiritual detective book is that eating disorders stem from hungry souls. As demonstrated through the author’s recovery and eventual epiphany, these destructive traits are simply desperate cravings for spiritual nourishment.

Searching for God in the Garbage will not only help those with eating disorders, but anyone with an addiction or doubt about their faith — no matter the culture, race, or religion — and it also encourages, supports, and validates the role of mothers, whether they choose to work in or outside the home, single or married. It speaks to our souls, nurturing the beauty in each of us.

Bracha Goetz is a Harvard-educated author of over thirty children’s books. Amazon Author Page – Bracha Goetz Her first published piece was a poem that appeared in McCall’s magazine when she won a “Junior McCall’s” contest as a twelve-year-old. Years later, she helped coordinate and contributed an essay to the anthology, Women Look at Biology Looking at Women, while at Harvard, which became a text for many women’s studies courses nationwide. In addition, she writes articles for many newspapers and magazines and has had essays published in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She also coordinates a Big Brother, Big Sister Program for Jewish Community Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Goetz is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency. Bracha Goetz’s interview with David Clarke on Blog Talk Radio  Up Close with Bracha Goetz

 

Champagne Book Group signs David LeMaster and his horror/thriller Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Time Stops, Time Stops!

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Time Stops, Time Stops will make you fear the tick-tock of a clock…

During the Civil War, The War of Northern Aggression to Southerners, General Elijah Beauregard was heralded, although not within earshot, as a demon. Known for shooting his own men for running from carnage, he had no less respect for his beloved Virginia. She’d prayed for his demise, yet only received absolution in her own and her child’s death in childbirth. No one else, who dared live in his house, ever died in peace…nor left the premises.

Over a century later, and many mysterious deaths and events, he would have his Ginny… again.

David LeMaster published over thirty plays and scenes for young people with Brooklyn, Heuer and Encore Publishers.  His plays are included in Smith and Kraus’s collections and anthologized by Prentice Hall.  His short stories have been in Eclipse Literary Journal, REAL, Story South, Exquisite Corpse, Fiction Warehouse, Eclectica, Antithesis Common, Spoiled Ink, The Southern Anthology and Kennesaw Review, among others.  He’s taught English, theatre, and speech at the college level for twenty years. LeMaster has penned three previous works: They Say I Shake a Little, The Parkinson Photographer’s Big Book of Butterflies, and The American Gator.  This, his latest foray into the literary world, is a true page-turner of the first order.

In March 2008, LeMaster was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s and decided to go public with it. Since that time, he has written a play, Shaken, to chronicle his experience. It premiered with great success at the Powell Arena Theater in Pasadena, Texas.   He also began dabbling in the world of photography.

Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency 

Published by Champagne Book Group  

 

Think today’s political climate is bad? Look at Civil War Missouri, where atrocities between neighbors were commonplace!

Think today’s political climate is bad? Look at Civil War Missouri, where atrocities between neighbors were commonplace! By Ed Protzel, author of The Lies That Bind http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?e=c6aaad4b04&u=8a8aa71e4b920613d70246196&id=8894fbe47d

Quantrill’s infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas

Black Opal Books acquires Robert Goswitz’s historical Vietnam novel, The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune!

An ancient king of Vietnam commanded his subjects to cover their arms and thighs with dragon tattoos. The accepted belief of the time was that the Dragon Spirit protected farmers against evil spirits in their rice paddies.

In 1971, Private Ed Lansky seeks protection from a different form of evil, Something to guide him through his year in country. Each time the war tries to kill him or burden him with guilt, the dragon appears, guarding and guiding him. A weight lifts from his soul as he discovers the power of the Dragon Spirit…

His Warrior Shield.

Although this is a work of fiction, much of what happens comes directly from Goswitz’s personal accounts, making it ever so real in the mind’s eye of the reader. Commendable writing of a turbulent time in American and Vietnam history. The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune endorsements and reviews

Robert Goswitz was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, graduated from Milton College, and holds an MA in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was drafted into the US Army in March of 1971 and served in Vietnam from September of 1971 to August of 1972, receiving the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for his service. After the military, Robert was a special education teacher from 1974 until his retirement in 2007.

As a proficient writer, Goswitz’s novel excerpts have been published in O Dark Thirty Literary Magazine and The Military Writers Anthology for 2015. Another excerpt received Honorable Mention from the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction/ Essay Contest sponsored by Winning Writers “One of the Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers.”  The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune is his first novel. Robert Goswitz   Facebook Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency Published by Black Opal Books 

 

John L. Flynn and DragonCon 2017

 From Thursday, August 31, to Monday, September 4, John L. Flynn, Ph.D. will be attending DragonCon 2017 in Atlanta as an attending professional. In tribute to Dr. Flynn’s Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond, special events have been planned throughout the weekend specifically for James Bond fans. On Saturday morning, for the first time ever, there will be a contingent of James Bond fans in the DragonCon Parade wearing costumes from the Bond Movies. Not only is Dr. Flynn joining these eager cosplayers in the parade, but Trina Parks, who played Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), will ride in a yellow Mustang ahead of the cosplayers. (The relationship between the Ford Mustang and the early Bond films is a unique one, having appeared in no less than five movies.) On Saturday night, Trina Parks will be John’s guest for dinner, meeting other Bond fans in the Atlanta Hilton. Throughout the weekend, there will be other events at DragonCon, celebrating Spy-Fi, including James Bond, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Our Man Flint (1966), Austin Powers, etc. Dr. Flynn will also be signing copies his James Bond book, and Ms. Trina Parks has agreed to sign photos of Thumper, the very first African-American Bond girl. Lots of other wonderful 007 events planned by Matt Sherman, the #1 James Bond fan in North America.

John L. Flynn is the author of twenty books, including Everything I Know About Life I Learned From James Bond and Future Prime: Top Ten Science Fiction Films (published by Library tales Publishing and co-authored with Bob Blackwood). His first novel, Intimate Bondage was published by BelleBooks. The other three in the series, Architects of ArmageddonMurder on Air Force One (2017), Terror at G-20 (2017), and Merchants of Death (contract pending) are published by Argus Publishing. He is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

    

Author Bob Blackwood

 

Reflections on America this 4th of July

As I edit the manuscript Treason on the Mississippi by Jack Martin, and ponder the hell our great nation has gone through — all the birthing pains, learning to walk, to run, and to soar — I am reminded of so many great men, leaders and grunts alike. As in any chain, we are only as strong as the weakest link. “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

Many great, original quotes in this novel were profound for that era, but they can also be easily applied to us now. Here are a few I would like to share:

  • “It is well to remember, some days are better than others, and there is a world of tomorrows.” — Bierce
  • “There are all kinds of slavery; not all of them involve physical chains and formal bills of sale.” -— Lot
  • “I bore it, for my father’s sake. He told me this was now the white man’s country, and that I should go to his schools and learn his ways, for it was no sense to wish for yesterday to come again. Still, it was years before I understood fully what he meant when he said it would take more courage to live than to die in battle.” — Major Parker
  • “Sir, I mean no disrespect; but I would pose this question: if someone cannot resist the pull to treason, how can they be expected to show gratitude for mercy?” — Clay
  • “I would answer your question with a question, Captain. If someone has once killed to no purpose, how could they be relied upon not to do so in the future? Well, Captain, if it consoles you, it may come to what you desire. If they surrender, most will live to see their homes again. But if they do not surrender, then I will maintain this siege until every, last one of them starves, if that is what it takes to possess Vicksburg. Someone must want mercy before it can be granted. Let’s hope that Pemberton realizes the hopelessness of his situation.” Grant took a pull on his cigar and grimaced.
  • “Alphonso, there’s been cruelty and injustice since the Fall,” said Lot quietly to his cousin and friend. “You can’t solve it all; you can only keep from adding to it.”
  • “This whole war is inappropriate, Captain. One can either jeer at the folly of man or go mad with the tragedy of it; I prefer to jeer.” — Bierce
  • “Here, here,” chimed in the fidgety Sherman, who was constantly shifting about in his chair, thin fingers drumming incessantly on the table. “I’ve supply difficulties to attend to. Steamer with all kinds of things destined for my corps blew up today, somewhere south of Memphis. Only good thing about the disaster is there were half a dozen newspapermen aboard. I guess we’ll have the news from Hell by breakfast.”
  • “‘Treason doth never prosper; what’s the reason? For if treason doth prosper, none dare call it treason!’ There is a great truth hidden in those lines. People who commit treason seldom admit, even to themselves, that they are so doing. They justify it by appeals to “states’ rights,” “the people’s will,” “the greater good,” etc., and know that if they are successful they will be hailed as great men, not traitors. However, it is still treason in my eyes. — Clay

Now consider how political parties and the media are forcing a united country to choose sides yet again — not North and South, but Democrat or Republican. Parties be damned! We are all Americans who want this country to thrive, not survive. We must think of it as our HOME. No one wants druggies, burglars, robbers, rapists, murderers, or terrorists in their homes, nor do we want them in our land. Extreme vetting is necessary. It’s hard enough policing legal citizens, but when you have those here you can’t account for, how can you? Look these words up: nefarious and malevolent. Those who come here and seemingly assimilate into our society with nefarious and malevolent intentions are not our friends. They are here to harm us.

In the same way, the media or celebrities that do not tell the truth (Walter Cronkite has gone to be with Jesus and he was the last true journalist) and assist in blocking, disrespecting, and hindering the president on every turn, is not a loyalist but a traitor. If they despise the USA so much, they can turn in their passports and leave. You are either with us or without us.

All President Trump wants is the best for us, just like President Lincoln did, who was determined to keep the Union, no matter the cost. We must adhere to the Constitution, which was founded in Biblical principles, support President Trump, and stand united against all evil, political and spiritual, around the globe.

We have come a long way for such a young country, endured many wars and hardships, but only together shall we move forward with confidence to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  • Jeanie Loiacono

DAYS OF WINE AND WATERCOLOR by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

DAYS OF WINE AND WATERCOLOR by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Rochelle is the author of Please Say Kaddish For Me, From Silt and Ashes, As One Must, One Can, and the soon-to-be coffee table book, A Stone for the Journey — all published by Argus Publishing and represented by Loiacono Literary Agency

If you would like to meet Rochelle and purchase art or books, she is having a 4th of July picnic today! Join her in celebrating the birth of our nation, the greatest country in the world, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!