W&B Publishing takes on Matthew Sherman’s Picture Yourself Shooting Pool, Step-by-Step Instruction for Successful Pocket Billiards!

W&B Publishing takes on Matthew Sherman’s Picture Yourself Shooting Pool, Step-by-Step Instruction for Successful Pocket Billiards! This book instructs and shows how players of any skill level may improve in pool via clear, systematic instructions with helpful color illustrations.

Matt Sherman

“Go from rank beginner to semi-pro with tools in one sequential book. The first-ever billiards book designed like an easy-to-read college textbook.” — Matt Sherman

Picture yourself dazzling your friends with your new and improved pool skills as you master the cue ball’s movements and hone your aiming and shooting techniques. Picture Yourself Shooting Pool provides practical and accessible pool theory and instruction to everyone from beginners up to skilled players. Filled with full-color images and step-by-step instruction on each new skill and strategy, the book walks you through each step of the tactics presented and also includes bonus tricks and special pool shots.

Beginning with the basics, you’ll learn how to select your equipment, including the proper cue stick for you. You’ll then cover how to grip and guide the cue and how to best align the body with the pool table. The book moves on to specific cue strokes for various shots and even offers instruction on pro stick moves to incorporate into your game. Master how to guide the cue ball and get an understanding of various ball impacts as you learn the key shots of the game. Strategy and tips on how to read the table, as well as basic rules for different pool games, table etiquette, and even information on how to purchase and maintain a personal cue stick and table are also covered.

Matt Sherman’s experience writing technical subjects for lay audiences and giving pool lessons and seminars for all levels of player from rank beginner to touring professional has made him the go-to expert for pool/billiards. Picture Yourself Shooting Pool has been handy for instructing newer to intermediate players and has served as a college-level textbook for billiards courses. Sherman has attended pro tournaments as a ringside commentator and performed at conferences, conventions, classes, and trick shot shows. As an established professional speaker and entertainer, having done James Bond tours all over the world, conferences, and speaking engagements, his extensive background and platform enables him to educate and enlighten.

Sherman is the author of several books: The Laws of Attraction: Myths & Facts About Christian Pickups, Dating, And Relationships, (CreateSpace, 2011) and James Bond’s Cuisine: 007’s Every Last Meal (CreateSpace, 2014). He edited: The Last Days Calendar (WinePress Publishing, 2003) Vic Flick, Guitarman: From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond (Bear Manor Media, 2008) License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (ChiDunnit, 2005) The Little Girl’s Tales (CreateSpace, 2016) Dear Younger Me, Victim to Victor (CreateSpace, 2018). Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency Published by W&B Publishing

 

LLA takes on The Mulligan by Daniel C. Lorti!

How many times have you thought, If I could do it again, things would be different. Suppose someone gave you the opportunity and you did it. Then, years later, you had the same thought… and the same opportunity…

Michael Callahan is an aged public golf course instructor down on his luck with a history of missteps and wasted opportunities. He encounters an old woman in a bar who asks, “If you could do it again and retain your memories, would you?” The moment he accepts, he finds himself back in his sophomore year of college, attempting to alter the course of his life. The now-calculated decisions will place him on an altogether different path with unexpected choices. He establishes a new and rather successful career, creates friendships, and acquires a family. In his later years, an unforeseen circumstance results in the loss of his savings, livelihood, and prospects. Callahan finds himself in a bleak situation and encounters the old woman. Once again, the question is posed. This time the response is not so obvious and his decision will depend on whether it was his life or the man that changed.

Daniel C. Lorti is the author of: The Avignon Legacy, a historical fiction account of a missing medieval treasure, Knights of Honor, the sequel to The Avignon Legacy, but not the last, and The Missing F_ctor, and The Business End (W&B Publishing, date pending), which embody Lorti’s professional background in an outstanding suspense thriller. He is a member of the Historical Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. An aerospace engineer with sensors, weapons, and intelligence background, he was the Chief Radar Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and was on President Clinton’s twenty-member committee for Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland. A former international arms broker, he conducted business in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During his career, he, with partners, sold a successful aerospace company to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He currently resides in Newport Coast, California. www.danielclorti.com Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency

 

Dr. John Flynn and DragonCon 2019

DragonCon 2019

General Info
Website: www.dragoncon.org Dates: August 29 – September 2, 2019 (Thu – Mon)
Important Contacts
Guest Operations: 404-500-8450 Guest Ops404-585-7378
VIP Badge Pick Up VIP Badge Pick Up – Marriott L508
Thursday 10am – 10pm
Friday 8am – 10pm
Saturday 8am – 9pm
Sunday 8am – 9pm
Monday 8am – 12pm
Please note, there will be several times that the Marriott will be closed to badged individuals only. If you arrive during one of the times, it will be necessary to instruct the security personnel on the doors that you are going to L508 for VIP Badge Pick Up. To ensure that you do not have any challenges getting in to pick up your credentials, we encourage you to print out this sheet to provide upon your arrival.

To help ensure that our VIP badge pick up is the best it can be, please understand that the following policies will be enforced:

  • All guests and attending professionals will be required to pick up their own packet (with the exception of agents) and show state issued ID in order to do so.
Event Location The event is spread across 5 hotels and the AmericasMart.

The Marriott Marquis 404.521.0000
265 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hyatt Regency Hotel 404.577.1234
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hilton Atlanta – Downtown 404.659.2000
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 404.659.6500
165 Courtland Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel 404.659.1400
210 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
AmericasMart Atlanta
Building 2
230 Ted Turner Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303
Panel Info Title: Project Blue Book: Accurate or Not?
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
Description: Fan discussion of Project Blue Book on the History Channel. How much of the show is accurate & how much is…XFile-ish conjecture?
Panelists: John L. Flynn(M), ML Bennett-Conner

Title: To Tell the Truth
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
Description: Nonfiction opportunities in the SF/Fantasy markets.
Panelists: John L. Flynn(M), Gray Rinehart, Chantelle Aimée Osman

Title: Government Oversight of the Apocalypse
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Valdosta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: They go by many names: X-Files, Bureau 13, MIB, & many more–to ensure that the people are protected. How do they get anything approved by Congress? Join in as we discuss the secret origins of secret governmental agencies.
Panelists: David Boop(M), John L. Flynn, Jody Lynn Nye

Title: MJ-12 & the Truman Documents
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
Description: Dr. John Flynn will share updated information on Majestic 12 (MJ-12), including recently declassified documents from the Truman Administration. Additionally, the “slush fund” Sen. Harry Reid held for UFO investigations also ties into MJ-12 & will be discussed.
Panelists: John L. Flynn(M)

Title: Bond & Cocktails: Shaken Not Stirred
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: International South – Hyatt (Length: 2 Hours 30 Min)
Description: Cocktail hour, James Bond style. Don your tuxedos & fancy dress for a cocktail hour filled with murder mystery & all things James Bond in celebration of 50 Years of various films in the franchise.
Panelists: Caro McCully(M), Bob Nygaard, John L. Flynn

Title: Author Signings
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: International Hall South 4-5 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: John L. Flynn

Title: Who Needs Research?
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
Description: Readers are smart. No matter the genre, authors need to research certain aspects of their stories. Discussion will concern research techniques & when to stop–and write.
Panelists: Lee Martindale, D.J. Butler, Marc Alan Edelheit, Declan Finn, John L. Flynn(M), K.N. Lee

Charity We are so very excited to partner with the Atlanta Affiliate of the American Heart Association as our 2019 official charity. This year’s charity selection is a very personal one, done in the honor of our Comics Director, Thom Trainor, who lost his battle with heart disease in July of 2018. Dragon Con will again match dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2019 convention.

We would love to show how much HEART our fans have by sending the total match to AHA!

The American Heart Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives and a catalyst to achieving maximum impact in equitable health and well-being. Around the globe and in the U.S., the American Heart Association helps all populations address overall health and well-being. Anchored in cardiovascular and brain health, they focus on breakthroughs in science and technology, changes in systems and policy, and engaging with individuals to transform communities.

To learn more about the American Heart Association, visit https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/georgia/atlanta.

Each guest agreement requests two donations to our Charity Auction. This is your friendly reminder that YOU have the opportunity to make a difference and help us raise money for a great cause. We get a lot of questions on what to donate, so we are happy to provide some ideas to help you: autographed headshots from our Walk of Fame Guests, any show memorabilia they may own (this has brought in *huge* dollars in past auctions), signed artwork, autographed sides (episode notes from shows), autographed scripts, or autographed movie or television promo posters. Want to give something personal that fans would go wild for? Try auctioning off a meal with a fan while at the show. For the authors out there, signed books certainly work, but if you prefer a more creative approach, we’ve had great success auctioning off Tuckerizations.

Items can be dropped off in VIP Badge Pick Up or in the Charity Auction booth at the Marriott.

Thomas E. Simmons to speak at the Hancock County Historical Society’s September meeting!

Thomas E. Simmons will be speaking at the Hancock County Historical Society’s September 19, 2019 meeting at the Kate Lobrano House located at 130 Cue St., directly across the street from the Hancock County Courthouse in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

The meeting will begin with a luncheon at noon, followed by the presentation of guest speaker Thomas E. Simmons, author of several books set in Mississippi — The Man Called Brown Condor, The Quinn Family Saga – By Accident of Birth, The Last Quinn Standing, and No Promise for Tomorrow, and Forgotten Heroes of WWII.

EXCELLENT! STATS ON GUN VIOLENCE

EXCELLENT! STATS ON GUN VIOLENCE

Interesting statistics! This jives with the research of Prof. Lott at the University of Chicago, who is a noted expert on gun laws and stats.

Here are some facts:

  • There are 30,000 gun-related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.00925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

65% of those deaths are by suicide, which would never be prevented by gun laws.
15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified.
17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – better known as gun violence.
3% are accidental discharge deaths.

  • So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Now lets look at how those deaths spanned across the nation.
    480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
    344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
    333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
    119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
    So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
  • This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.

Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So, if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

  • Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assaults are all done by criminals. It is ludicrous to think that criminals will obey laws. That is why they are called criminals.
  • But what about other deaths each year?
    40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
    36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths.
    34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide).

Now it gets good:

  • 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer walking in the worst areas of Chicago than you are when you are in a hospital!
  • 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So, what is the point? If the liberal loons and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).
  • A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total number of gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides ……………. Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions! So, you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns?

It’s pretty simple. Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs. So, the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed.”