Amanda Matti’s Voicing the Eagle is now soaring!

The extraordinary true story of Fahdi Matti, a young Iraqi translator, who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military throughout the course of the Iraq War. In his own words, Fahdi recounts his experiences of going from life as a twenty-one-year-old, upper-middle-class student at the University of Baghdad to being recruited right off his neighborhood street to serve as an interpreter for a U.S. Army unit just days after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Over the next three years, Fahdi goes on to translate for U.S. drill sergeants training new Iraqi Army recruits in Ramadi, serves alongside the Marines during the Battle of Fallujah, and eventually lands a position as a linguist with Iraq’s newly formed national intelligence agency in Baghdad. Along the way, he suffers combat injuries, faces the challenges of integrating with American military members while living on U.S. bases, and eventually falls in love with an American service member. A de facto prequel to Matti’s Iraq War memoir, A Foreign Affair, Voicing the Eagle is a unique, firsthand perspective on one of the United States’ most controversial foreign conflicts.

Amanda Matti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wilmington College of Ohio and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Relations. She began a career in journalism following her separation from the military in 2006 and returned to the Middle East where she documented the lives and experiences of Iraqi and Lebanese refugees living in Jordan who escaped the turmoil in their respective countries. Her memoir, A Foreign Affair, chronicles her voluntary deployment to Iraq, falling in love and working with Fahdi, their subsequent fabricated false charges of espionage and treason, and how faith, hope, and Love conquer all. Voicing the Eagle is Fahdi’s harrowing, heroic, and patriotic journey leading up to his meeting Amanda, now his wife and mother of his two beautiful daughters.

Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency   Published by Argus Publishing

 

 

Kathleen Rodgers on Writer’s Block LA Talk Radio

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Kathleen Rodgers on The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio

The Writers Block on LA Talk Radio

Dear Readers, Friends, and Family,

Join me Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7pm (Pacific Time) on The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio. During this two hour special, we’ll discuss the publishing industry in general.
Llisten live or to the podacast at:
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Seven Wings to Glory reviewed in international editon of Stars & Stripes

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My third novel Seven Wings to Glory was recently reviewed in the international edition of Stars & Stripes

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Thanks to journalist and military spouse author Terri Barnes for the lovely review.
My prayers and thoughts go out to all who’ve been impacted by Hurricanes, random acts of unspeakable violence, illnesses, and those struggling to find work.
Take care,

Kathleen

Kathryn Brown Ramsperger is on a roll!

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The sacrifices of women soldiers…

We see lots of pictures of wounded male veterans but women in the military get wounded and maimed too.

You may need to take a second, closer look though.  The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles.

 

Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in.  These women and many others, as well as their male comrades, paid this price for our freedoms.

 

And, they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid!!! 

 

DID YOU GET THAT?!?

 

And a lot less than those over-paid athletes who choose to “take a knee” when the National Anthem is played!!!

They risked these injuries (or death) FOR AMERICA!

MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM!!! https://t.co/wbIjQ0ix4X

Waterhouse @ Aid’s Ozark Bookshop on the Historic West Plains Square

Lin Waterhouse will be signing her new book, The Ghost of Timmy Wahl: Eternal Secrets at Hunter’s Mill Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. @ Aid’s Ozark Bookshop on the Historic West Plains Square http://www.dtantiques.com/book-shop

Bookshop – Downtown Antiques

The Ozarks bookshop is located on the mezzanine of Downtown Antiques. It features books on the Ozarks and books by local authors. We feature many used books by authors such as Vance Randolph. We will search for books you want to add to your library. Call Toney at 417-256-6487 DTANTIQUES.COM

Flynn at Dragon Con!

Flynn at Dragon Con!

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John L. Flynn gives his first-hand account of his adventure at the 2017 Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia! Flynn is the author of Everything I Know About Life I Learned from James Bond and Future Prime: Top Ten Science Fiction Films ( Library Tales Publishing and co-authored with Bob Blackwood), The Kate Dawson series Intimate Bondage (BelleBooks), Architects of ArmageddonMurder on Air Force One, and Terror at G-20 (2017) are published by Argus Publishing. Once you read one, you must have them all. John Flynn is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

 

Everything went smoothly. I flew into Atlanta on Thursday night, and hit the ground running on Friday morning when the convention opened. I had two panels on Friday, one on James Bond and one on the top Science Fiction films. I stayed after on each panel and signed/sold books to fans based upon what I had said during the panels. My degree of expertise was more than on display there. I was in the Dragon Con parade on Saturday morning with a group of James Bond fans, marching behind Bond girl Trina Parks who road in a convertible. I met Trina last year. She played Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever. Sunday morning, I had an autograph session, and sold nearly all of my books there, including copies of Intimate Bondage from Bellbridge. In the afternoon, another James Bond panel, and sold out completely on the Bond book. In the evening, I was on an X-track panel for The X-Files, and sold my few remaining copies of Murder on Air Force One. For the last couple of years, I’ve spoken on the X-track about the Truman documents, the Military-Industrial Complex and the Roswell crash, and of course those are featured in the story of Murder on Air Force One. People remembered my talks and asked to buy copies of the book. Another panel on Monday morning, and I sold more books. I returned home with just three books, and when I started out, I had a filled bag of luggage with 48 books. An excellent weekend for selling and promoting. I’ll need to get restocked prior to the Miami Book Fair in November. But I was very pleased to have the books on hand to sell to my avid readers. Overall, a very good weekend. Dragon Con is my favorite convention!

Ozark County Times’s article about The Ghost of Timmy Wahl: Eternal Secrets at Hunter’s Mill by Lin Waterhouse!

Ozark County Times’s article about The Ghost of Timmy Wahl: Eternal Secrets at Hunter’s Mill by Lin Waterhouse! Lin Waterhouse’s latest release, The Ghost of Timmy Wahl, is the second in the Hunter’s Mill mysteries set in the Ozarks; the first being Bred to the Bone: Deadly Secrets at Hunter’s Mill and both are published by Argus Publishing. Having been to Hodgon’s Mill (of the still-available-for-purchase flour named thereafter), it makes these two novels much more believable.

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    One minute those young people were having the time of their lives, and the next they were no more. All of Lin Waterhouse’s books may be found online at the many outlets (Amazon, B&N, BAM, etc.) and in many bookstores. Nike Roshe One Represented by Jeanie Loiacono, Loiacono Literary Agency   The Ghost of Timmy Wahl and Judson Warden and his dog.

    Two new opportunities to meet Judge Douglas McCullough, author of Sea of Greed!

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    Do You Have to Love a Character to Love a Book? by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger, author of The Shores of Our Souls

    Do You Have to Love a Character to Love a Book? by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger, author of The Shores of Our Souls
     

     

     

     

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    Hello from Kathy Ramsperger, author of The Shores of Our Souls,
    A HUGE thank you to everyone who ordered my novel, read my novel, and sent me feedback on my novel! I especially LOVED the photos you took of the cover! We should’ve had a contest on most creative photo with The Shores of Our Souls‘ cover! Thank you also for waiting for so long!
    To my Facebook contest winners: thanks for your wonderful support, and you will be getting copies of my books just as soon as I get my order! It takes several weeks for the final to print and copies be sent to me. You are the priority right now!
    If you’d like to hear me read from the book and hear a little bit more about me, you can find my launch Facebook videos on my Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/KathyRamsperger/
    I expressed my heartfelt gratitude there. I hope you can feel it here, too! My readers are my heros! Let’s keep taking steps that get us past hate and conflict and toward acceptance and peace, just as Dianna and Qasim strive to do!
    I’d love to hear how you feel about your read, and if you did read it, I’d appreciate an honest review wherever you bought the book from or on goodreads.com. This will help other people find my novel.
    <3 THANK YOU <3
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    Do You Have To Love A Character To Love A Book?
    Do you like Dianna? Do you like Qasim? I’d be interested in your opinion!
    Most of my readers have come to like them both (thus far), but you may find Qasim charming and Dianna wishy washy. Or you may find Qasim chauvinistic, even immoral and  Dianna relatable. I made a conscious decision as an author to make Dianna young, naive and less than perfect so:
    1. The novel would show the effect Qasim has on Dianna’s life, including increasing her self-esteem and empowerment;
    2. The novel would reveal character growth, not just plot;
    3. The novel could portray the 1980s in a realistic manner; women were just coming into their own in a still largely male-dominated society;
    4. Dianna could observe her relationship with Qasim through naive (read: innocent), less worldly eyes because that’s the only way people can see anything for the first time they run into it. I wanted a narrator who was new to meeting other cultures.
    That’s what I wanted. Here’s what I didn’t want:
    P.S.: A couple of you were surprised at the novel’s ending. A little secret: I have a sequel.  Dianna runs to Africa in the sequel, out to “save the world,” where she’ll mature and learn she needs to save herself first. Yet it is in Dianna’s and Qasim’s natures to “run.” We’ll see if they ever stop. If there’s a third novel, I’ll be interested to see if they can ever be together.
    Stay tuned!

    For more about my characters, and point of view, read my blog on my publisher’s page: http://shoresofoursouls.com/2017/03/politics-passion-and-point-of-view-by-kathryn-brown-ramsperger/

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    7 Ways To Support Your Favorite Author
    …that you may not have thought of….
    So much has changed in the publishing world today, you may want to support your friend who has published a book, but you may not know how. Here are a few suggestions:
    1. Buy or rent their book. This one is pretty obvious. You can ask for a book in your local bookstore, in your local library, or you can purchase it online. Most stores and libraries will purchase a book if they have a reader who is interested in it.
    2. Buy book bundles. If you’re thinking of buying books other than mine, buy my novel with other books (together). When you buy books together—especially if they’re in the same genre—it helps all the books you purchase  appear on “also bought” lists, which increases visibility across the retailer’s website.
    3. Want to Keep It Local? Your Indie and/or brick-and-mortar bookstore might not carry the book of your favorite author, but they can get it for you. By requesting the book and showing interest, you help create demand for the book, which can help get it in the hands of new readers.
    4. Want an E-book? If you’re looking for the e-book version, many bookstores partner with places like Kobo Books to offer you the widest selection possible. And of course there’s Amazon.
    5. Request Shores and other friends’ books at your local library. Libraries usually have the access to the same wholesalers that indie bookstores do.
    6. Leave an honest review. Reviews help other readers find new books! If you’re a frequent reader, you could even consider starting your own book blog, where you post reviews, or book club, where you start conversations. I leave it up to you to find the link to your favorite sales and/or review site, but if you don’t know how to post a review, contact me and I’ll walk you through it…for me or other authors. And if you want a site that doesn’t sell books at all, try goodreads.com or barnesandnoble.com.
    7. Come celebrate with them. Attend a live or social event. Bring a friend. At events, you can get your book signed or purchase a copy. If it’s my event, feel free to ask questions. Try to stump me. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll get one for you. You may think a publisher or publicist or bookstore finds and invites people who automatically attend readings and signings, but you’d be wrong. These days authors need to get people to show up.
    8. Share their book. You can buy a new one to give as a gift, or you can lend it, or you can donate it. My message is more important to me than sales (though thank you if you’re purchasing Shores!) If you like my book, please let your friends know on social media or elsewhere! So many of you have already done this with photos of my cover in your homes! Thank you!
    We authors love to write and tell stories. We don’t mind promoting our own books, but if you love a book, pass the word on. I’m not asking you to do all (or any) this, but I think you need to know what would assist if you’re thinking of assisting. We writers ALL thank you from the bottom of our creative hearts!
    Questions? Comments? Email me @ info@shoresofoursouls.com.
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    Upcoming Events

    October 7, 2017, 2 p.m. — Long Beach Island (NJ) Public Library — “The Shores of Our Souls, the debut novel by author Kathryn Ramsperger, tells the story of two people from two cultures with one love and a world of conflict.  Most of the novel was written here on LBI, and the author will talk about the process of writing, and her journey to a small publisher.” – http://theoceancountylibrary.org/Branches/LBI/lbi.htm

    Wednesday evenings, October 11 – 25, 2017 — ONLINE COURSE, sponsored by the Bethesda (MD) Writer’s Center. You do not have to be in the area to register. “Navigating the Publishing World.” Online classes are through the Moodle by Blackboard platform, and forum based. There’s no set time for when participants log in, but workshop leaders usually post the weekly lesson and assignment every Monday and then there are discussion threads throughout the week. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of the publishing world today and get feedback on their queries. $135.00 — To register:   https://www.writer.org/online-workshops