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With the recent release of Season 3 of the hit science-fiction series The Expanse, Xlibris has decided to share tips and suggestions for writing your own story within The Space Opera Genre.

How will space travel work in your Space Opera story?

A sub-genre of science-fiction, Space Opera consists of a combination of space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary conflict, and risk-taking. Stories within this genre almost as a rule take place in a science-fiction setting. Space Operas can range from focusing on a handful of characters acting within a single solar system, to a Russian novel’s worth of characters acting across a galaxy. Examples of books, series, and whole franchises set within this genre include Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, the Berserker series, Firefly, Ender’s Game, and of course The Expanse, to name a few.

Balance the Spectrums

A recurring element throughout this article will be finding and navigating the balance between key and central elements of a Space Opera. Consider these opposite (but not opposing) elements to be sitting on a spectrum. A good story should not purely be on one end of each spectrum, but nor does it need to always stay in the middle for the whole story. Where and when your Space Opera moves along these spectrums is ultimately up to you and up to the kind of story you want to tell.

The Science & the Fiction

At its most basic, the Space Opera is a work of science-fiction, a narrative tale wherein currently nonexistent science and technology play a vital role in the plot and the setting. Thus we get to the first balancing act, the first spectrum, that between the Science and the Narrative.

The stars can be the new frontier… or the new battleground.

Two works that occupy different ends of this spectrum respectively would be Star Trek and Star Wars. While the ‘science’ of Star Trek can be highly debated, it does often play a central and dominating part in the narrative. At times entire episodes and plotlines will deal with encountering and understanding a strange and new piece of alien technology. Whereas on the opposite end of the Science-Narrative Spectrum, is Star Wars, where the science is only loosely described if at all beyond, ‘We have spaceships, blasters, and lightsabers,’ serving primarily as backdrops for the narrative.

A recent example of a series that occupies the middle spectrum would be the new iteration of Lost in Space. This reimagining of the television and sci-fi classic, emphasizes both the science and the narrative with the characters often using their knowledge in various fields, including science, to solve problems and advance the story.

Xlibris Publishing will return with The Space Opera Genre in Part 2.

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Xlibris Publishing returns with Folklore From Around the World: Slavic Folklore Part 2.

Leshy, the Guardian of the Forests

A strange and enigmatic figure, even within Slavic folklore, Leshy is the guardian spirit of the forests, and he does not tolerate any trespassers. His names and titles include: “Honourable One of the Forest,” “Forest Grandfather,” and the “Forest Master.” While Leshy is known to be a shapeshifter, his most well-recognized form is that of a masculine humanoid capable of changing in size and height.

Leshy’s regard for humans can be apathetic at best and outright cruel at worst. To Leshy, any human he finds in his forest is a trespasser. According to the stories it is best advised to either completely avoid the forest or at least treat the forest with the utmost respect so as not to draw Leshy’s wrath. In some stories Leshy leads people astray so that they become lost in the woods. In darker stories Leshy is known to abduct children.

In a way, Leshy embodies how the Slavic peoples viewed the forest, a dangerous place with little to no forgiveness for trespass.

Domovoi, the Keepers of the Home

The Domovoi, protector and helper of the home.

A much friendlier and less ambivalent entity of Slavic folklore is the Domovoi. The Domovoi is a house-dwelling helper spirit. While known to appear as a short, hairy, and heavily bearded man, a domovoi will also appear as one of the house’s residents while doing chores. Domovoi act to both help keep the home clean and to help keep the house safe, especially when kept happy. According to folktales, every house had a domovoi and most families made sure to treat the domovoi with kindness. It was an accepted practice to gift the domovoi with milk, porridge, bread, salt, and tobacco. A certain way to anger the domovoi was to constantly leave a mess in the house, or allow the house to fall into disrepair.

If the Domovoi becomes angry, whether due to messiness, disrespect, or abuse, it acts more like a western poltergeist- moving and throwing objects, playing tricks- but nothing harmful. If a family still refuses to change or improve then the domovoi will simply leave.

The Three Bogatyrs

The Three Bogatyrs: Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets and Alyosha Popovich

Much as Western Europe had its knights, and Japan had its samurai, the Slavic cultures had the Bogatyrs. A stock character in East Slavic legends, a bogatyr was the epitome of martial might and moral virtue, a protector of the people, a loyal servant to his lord. The most famous of these figures was the Three Bogatyrs: witty Alyosha Popovich, courageous Dobrynya Nikitich, and the great Ilya Muromets. In Eastern Europe the Three Bogatyrs are treated similarly to how King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are treated in Western Europe. Tales of the Three Bogatyrs include adventures where they battle dragons, giants, and other fantastical foes. Interestingly, while these stories are certainly fictional, there is evidence to suggest there were real people upon whom the Three Bogatyrs were based.

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Xlibris Publishing introduces Thomas D. Sharts, author of 15 Xlibris books including his latest book Bipolar Sagacity Volume 4.

 

Please briefly describe your latest book.

My latest book is Bipolar Sagacity Volume 4.  The book is a compilation of sayings, aphorisms, proverbs and questions in reference to all of the issues related to being human. As of April 2018, I have published 15 books with Xlibris.

Who is the author “behind” the book?

I am a Professor of Sociology and the current Department Chair of the Social Sciences and Fine Arts Division with Northern Marianas College. I also write feature articles for the Guam Business Journal and Marianas Business Journal. In 2017, I was a Finalist for the Montaigne Medal with the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for Thought-Provoking Prose in reference to the book Factual Wisdom for the Age of Apostasy. In 2002, I also won the NFL’s Community Quarterback Award via the Carolina Panthers for Human Services Leadership.

Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?

My personal interests are writing, reading, composing visual arts and travelling.

What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?

My books are inspired by personal introspection, meditation and the Holy Spirit. Also, the 21st century offers many opportunities to further educate individuals who thirst for knowledge and are looking for personal and vocational direction.

What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?

The primary message I want my books to convey to readers is that the truth is the mortar between the bricks of our successful short or long-term goals in life, and likewise, we should not fear the truth but embrace it because it’s an integral part of anything we successfully build in life.

Are you working on a sequel to your book?

I will be publishing two additional books in April 2018.

Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?

I would like to attend book fairs in Warsaw, Poland, Beijing or Shanghai in the near future.

Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

My advice to aspiring writers is don’t let anyone tell you that self-published books are not the way to go – because in fact – traditional publishing is fraught with marketing politics and potential years of waiting to see your work in print. Moreover, there are currently many outstanding self-published books in print. Moreover, once published, your work can become further recognized by traditional publishers, submitted and recognized through book contests, etc.

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Xlibris Publishing introduces Francis Pendlebury, author of Arkenfall.

About Your Book and Yourself

 

Please briefly describe your book

My book is called Arkenfall. It is set in an original, yet recognisable and easily accessible fantasy world. The story is focused around a city called Arken, capital of an empire that could be said to be waning. Life has been peaceful and good on the whole for a few decades although the issue of an heir has yet to be settled. News comes of a fresh invasion by their ancient, demonic enemy. The book is about the choices the empress, Elspeth, and her people have to make in order to survive, and how they unravel the true nature of the challenges they face.

Who is the author “behind” the book?

I have always endeavoured to be as creative as possible throughout my life. Writing came natural to me from an early age and I remember my ambition from my junior school years of wishing to be a writer of exciting stories. At this point in my life it feels as if I had to live, experience, suffer and know the grit and grist of a difficult, dangerous and very real life, before I would garnish enough patience to sit down long enough to write a reasonably effective book.

My first book is a lively study of some of the lesser-known but highly interesting battles fought in England and Scotland at the times of The Anarchy and The Scottish Wars of Independence. I loved writing it although it is shelved for now. Then my life had to unravel to the point of having no other decision, no other hope, no other form of escape from the desperate loneliness and the utter desolation of my personal life and surroundings, with no other ray of light for me to focus upon, simply to find my way back from the dark. I had to find faith in myself, my raw talent, my persistence, my intellect and most of all my imagination, to turn my hand to writing a novel. Simply because a history book is far less likely to make a great impact upon my income! Fantasy as a genre fits the way I think, the way I create.

No boundaries, excepting perhaps those of a sales/product nature. Writing Arkenfall was like digging my way out of a collapsed tunnel, a dark mine of my own creation, towards the light of a life less suffocated. It was written in order to have the maximum potential a single book can have to take the author from a low-income, to one that can provide the support and comforts I most yearn for, for my sons, my wife, and my wider family as a whole. I hope my works make many people rich, as long as I am one of them! I suffer no delusions that my writing is so magnificent that my words alone shall propel me towards fiscal security and success, far from it. It is simply the fact that my book has the potential to become a fantasy film or TV series that could definitely increase my income many times. I work for a local government authority as a refuse collector. I worked earlier today. I showed the crew my book, which I received yesterday. They all know and some even believe my luck, charm and fate could somehow grant me great success, perhaps even a bestseller, who knows. They would love it to happen. I will be happy when I can just get off the bins! I do know that books can become bestsellers despite the ineptitudes of the author. That has happened in these modern internet times and that fact is a great inspiration to my hopes and dreams. These dreams are held up by the facts that modern computer-generated graphics can bring anything to life. Now, today, I hold the solid reality of my book in my hands. If I can get this far from where and how I started, I can go all the way, with hard work, good advice, open ears and incorruptible faith in my heart.

Xlibris Publishing will return with Francis Pendlebury in Part 2.

 

 

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Folklore From Around the World: Slavic Folklore

The people of Slavic descent make up the largest Indo-European language group in the world. They stretch across Central Europe, over the Ural Mountains, and throughout Russia and certain parts of Eastern Europe. In these places you can find the shared roots of Slavic culture in language, in traditions, and in folklore. Stories abound in Slavic culture, stories of terrible witches, cruel immortals, shy helper spirits, and heroes in all shapes and sizes. Xlibris Publishing wants to share some of these folktales and characters in Folklore From Around the World: Slavic Folklore, to hopefully inspire your own stories and ideas.

Baba Yaga, The Dread Witch

Baba Yaga, the most dreaded witch on both sides of the Ural Mountains.

One of, if not the most feared and infamous figure on Slavic folklore is Baba Yaga. The Serbians call her Iron Tooth, the Bulgarians and Romanians know her as Forest Mother. But however Baba Yaga is named, she is always spoken of as a figure of respect and fear… lots, and lots of fear. It is likely there is no witch in mythology or folklore whose name is as widely known and dreaded as that of Baba Yaga’s. She embodies the scary stories about a terrible old crone in the woods, cursing those who annoy her, and devouring those who cross her.

Throughout the Slavic cultures, certain parts of her story are constant. According to the stories, Baba Yaga lives in a house that has chicken legs, allowing her house to walk and travel where she wills it. She rides through the forests in a giant mortar bowl, pushing herself forward with the pestle in one hand, while sweeping away her tracks with a broom in the other. Her home is surrounded by a fence made of the bones of her victims. This fence is decorated with flaming skulls, each skull containing a soul imprisoned by Baba Yaga to serve her.

Oddly enough, another constant trait of Baba Yaga is her fickleness. While often depicted as a villain or antagonist in Slavic folktales, Baba Yaga responds favourable to people who show respect and treat her politely. Those who are perfectly polite to Baba Yaga she will let live and perhaps even provide advice or aid through her magic. As for those who disrespect or insult Baba Yaga, even unknowingly… her iron teeth are very sharp and her cooking pot is always warm.

Koschei the Deathless

Koschei the Deathless, hiding his soul in objects before it was cool.

Another infamous figure in Slavic folklore is Koschei the Deathless. All modern fiction with characters who remove their hearts (Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean) or souls (Voldemort, Harry Potter) to become immortals, all owe the idea to Koschei the Deathless. A powerful sorcerer and warlord, Koschei put his soul into a needle, put the needle into an egg, put the egg into a duck, put the duck into a hare (or goat in some stories), and put the hare into an iron chest, which Koschei buried beneath an oak tree, which is on an island that cannot be found.

Koschei often serves as a stock villain in Russian fairytales, usually by kidnapping the true love of the hero.  As far as many Slavic stories and folktales go, Koschei is the evil wizard and tyrant to use as the villain. As Koschei is powerful and unkillable, the hero must resort to trickery, guile, and perhaps some supernatural aid to bring down the Deathless and save the princess. In some stories, it is Baba Yaga who provides the hero with a means to defeat Koschei the Deathless.

Xlibris Publishing will return with more figures from Slavic folklore in Part 2.

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By Ian Smith

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Xlibris Publishing introduces Alan Croft, author of There’s Always Risk in Movement.

  

Please briefly describe your book.

I came of age growing up in Reading, England in the 70s and 80s and took a stroll down memory lane during my second autobiographical novel, There’s Always Risk in Movement. It is a heartfelt snapshot of my journey from boyhood to adulthood and it is a documentation portraying the lives of a group of youths riding the crest of the wave to see where it would end.

 

Who is the author “behind” the book?

I am originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland and witnessed the effects The Troubles had on the young growing up in a culture of bombings, intimidation and sectarian killings during the 1960s -1970s, and how it became part of everyday life. Later the memories would haunt me and inspired my first novel, Belfast, Tears and Laughter that detailed my experiences during those dark days.

 

Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?

Two books that influenced me were, Martin McGartland’s; Fifty Dead Men Walking: The Terrifying True Story of a IRA grass, and Tony Macaulay’s; Paperboy.

 

 

What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?

When I left Northern Ireland for a new life in England I would find that the transition from a culture of violence and political strife to one of peaceful accord was pleasantly uncomplicated. There’s Always Risk in Movement: Tales of Old Reading Town, is an account of the contrasts between these two lifestyles. Within 12 months I had penned the sequel to my first book.

 

 

What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?

The therapy of writing is a powerful tool that helped me to no end and I would recommend it to anyone suffering in silence.

 

Are you working on a sequel to your book?

Yes, about my third life in Canada.

 

 

Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?

A home town book promotion.

 

 

What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?

Receiving the first copy of the book.

 

Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Everybody has a story to tell.

 

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Xlibris Writing Tips with Part 2 of The Sword and Sorcery Genre.

 

It’s Personal

Another key element of Sword and Sorcery stories is the scale. The stakes tend to be smaller in scale while still being important and impactful to the characters and readers. Rarely is the feeling in such stories “if the protagonist fails, the world will end.” The conflict should feel very personal for the characters, thus it will feel more personal for the reader.

Common motivations in Sword and Sorcery stories include personal vengeance or self-interest. While such motivations can range from the sympathetic to the highly questionable, usually people get such motivations. And this is not always the case. In many David Gemmell novels, which often feature revenge or self-interest as well, protagonists are as often driven by love or a will to do the right thing.

This can also apply to villains and antagonists. While it is perfectly viable to have truly despicable villains out for themselves, it can make for a very compelling story to have an antagonist readers can empathize and understand.

Moral Ambiguity

Going hand-in-hand with the above advice regarding scale, the conflict of a Sword and Sorcery story doesn’t have to be a battle between good and evil. More often the source of conflict is a case of personal goals or emotions that are at cross purposes. Characters, both protagonists and antagonists, can be at odds due to personal vendettas, political or personal allegiances, or even simply due to the circumstance of both wanting the same object which cannot be shared.

In the novel Legend by David Gemmell, the protagonists have to hold out defending a city and thus their homeland from the armies of the Nadir, a powerful Mongol-like horde that has conquered all others who have stood before it. But the Khan, the leader of the Nadir, does not seek conquest for personal power, wealth, or glory, but to uplift his people from a life of savagery in the wastelands. Both sides have strong convictions behind their actions, relatable and human convictions, which provide both dramatic conflict and human emotion.

Complex Characters

At the heart of the Sword and Sorcery Genre, moreso than the action or the sorcery, are the characters. Characters who are iconic and remembered despite oftentimes displaying less than admirable qualities. Characters who are at once larger than life, yet very human at the same time. Characters that are surprisingly complex.

Protagonists within the Sword and Sorcery genre tend to be a combination of positive and negative qualities, resulting in flawed and very human characters for the readers to follow. It should be noted that the flaws should not be allowed to overshadow the positive and likeable character traits, thus risking alienating readers. Interestingly the reverse works perfectly well with villains. Having your villain display likeable and respectable qualities gives your antagonist depth, but be careful of forgetting that this is the character meant to be opposed in your story. In worst case scenarios, readers may completely abhor the ‘hero’ and prefer the ‘villain’ much more.

Conclusion

There is great deal more to the Sword and Sorcery genre than one might expect upon first glance. For writers it can be a chance to grapple and explore a combination of action, the strange, and very human emotions and drives.

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Xlibris Publishing introduces Thomas D. Sharts, author of 15 Xlibris books including his latest book Bipolar Sagacity Volume 4.

 

Please briefly describe your latest book.

My latest book is Bipolar Sagacity Volume 4.  The book is a compilation of sayings, aphorisms, proverbs and questions in reference to all of the issues related to being human. As of April 2018, I have published 15 books with Xlibris.

Who is the author “behind” the book?

I am a Professor of Sociology and the current Department Chair of the Social Sciences and Fine Arts Division with Northern Marianas College. I also write feature articles for the Guam Business Journal and Marianas Business Journal. In 2017, I was a Finalist for the Montaigne Medal with the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for Thought-Provoking Prose in reference to the book Factual Wisdom for the Age of Apostasy. In 2002, I also won the NFL’s Community Quarterback Award via the Carolina Panthers for Human Services Leadership.

Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?

My personal interests are writing, reading, composing visual arts and travelling.

What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?

My books are inspired by personal introspection, meditation and the Holy Spirit. Also, the 21st century offers many opportunities to further educate individuals who thirst for knowledge and are looking for personal and vocational direction.

What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?

The primary message I want my books to convey to readers is that the truth is the mortar between the bricks of our successful short or long-term goals in life, and likewise, we should not fear the truth but embrace it because it’s an integral part of anything we successfully build in life.

Are you working on a sequel to your book?

I will be publishing two additional books in April 2018.

Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?

I would like to attend book fairs in Warsaw, Poland, Beijing or Shanghai in the near future.

Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

My advice to aspiring writers is don’t let anyone tell you that self-published books are not the way to go – because in fact – traditional publishing is fraught with marketing politics and potential years of waiting to see your work in print. Moreover, there are currently many outstanding self-published books in print. Moreover, once published, your work can become further recognized by traditional publishers, submitted and recognized through book contests, etc.

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The Xlibris book, Ten Thousand and One Nights by “Chicago“ Carl Snyder, has been reviewed by the publication Blues Blast Magazine.

The Author

“Chicago” Carl Snyder is a longtime professional musician who has worked with a great variety of artists and bands, including some of Chicago’s greatest blues stars. Still active in the Philadelphia area, he also operates the record company Lost World Music and hosts a weekly jazz radio show. When he was much younger, he worked as an editor at three national magazines and as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

The Book

Ten Thousand and One Nights is the musical autobiography of “Chicago” Carl Snyder, who went to the Windy City in 1966 to write for Playboy Magazine and ended up playing keyboards on the road and in the studio with many of the world’s greatest blues artists. Carl played in forty-six states and eleven foreign countries, in Roman castles and Mississippi roadhouses; he has appeared on almost fifty albums, including two that won the Handy Award. Told in a quick-moving, anecdotal style, the book is replete with adventure and humor. And it presents a cross-section of American life and culture over the past fifty years, with cameo appearances by well-known actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes, plus other characters who are less famous but extremely colorful.

The Review

Blue Blast Magazine delivers a comprehensive and positive review of Carl Snyder’s Ten Thousand and One Nights. The review praises Snyder’s easygoing yet engaging writing style that does not deny or ignore the pitfalls and shortcomings of the blues musician’s lifestyle. Even though the book is steeped in aspects and personalities of the blues music culture obscure to most outsiders, the review states that readers will have no trouble thanks to Snyder’s ability to bring the culture and peoples he experiences to life.

The review can be found here: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/chicago-carl-snyder-ten-thousand-and-one-nights-book-review/

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Xlibris Publishing returns with Noeline Slowgrove, author of TWO WORLDS, ALIENS and ANGELS, and X’LENT TALES.

After numerous rejections from publishers, I became fed up with the idea of publishing, and banished all my characters to MARS. But I did continue to write and joined as many creative writing classes as I could to develop my craft. There was one short story titled The Princess of Unreality.  This was a story about peace in a magic kingdom. It was read out by a fervent young man (not unlike “Bushhead”) leading a peace rally in a township on the outskirts of Canberra.  The next day it was read out over the radio. And this was a magical moment for me.

Not long after I became a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Surrounded by older, successful writers, I began to think about the Magic Medallion I had banished to Mars. I decided to write another book.  Still up on Mars, resurrecting some of the main characters of the MAGIC MEDALLION, and introducing two new characters to tell the story, I wrote a speculative science fiction book titled THE PACIFIST PLANET. This manuscript also met with the same fate as my former book. Rejection, upon rejection.

Now there were two of my books languishing on the red planet. So, I got on with life, continued to write short stories and forgot about having my novels being published. I married and started a family.   And then a strange thing happened… I found I had become a senior. Once again I returned to Mars and salvaged what I could from my two books. I re-wrote the Magic Medallion and the Pacifist Planet into one book and titled it TWO WORLDS. But… the rejections still kept coming… nevertheless, I was a “trier.” I joined a Seniors Creative Writer’s group and settled in with tyro writers like myself. Eventually I re-edited TWO WORLDS and self-published with the Xlibris company.

Within two months the first copy of my book with a cover I designed myself, landed on my doorstep.  And I had a web site.   More copies of TWO WORLDS arrived which I was able to give to family and friends.  Encouraged, I went ahead and self-published ALIENS and ANGELS and X’LENT TALES with the same company. I couldn’t have been more thrilled…. at last I was a published author and my characters and most of my characters had returned to Earth.

I believe my writing has been influenced by my interest in world peace and a longing to know that we are not alone in the Universe.  In every story I tell, I try to write with word pictures dialogue, and take my readers on a journey to another place, another time… past, present and future… a place where the reader has never before gone. One of my favourite short stories is one from Aliens and Angels, titled RETURN TO THE MOON where there is a speculative thought on why NASA never returned to the moon.

The message I would like to send to my readers is to know is that I have enjoyed every moment of my time while writing my stories. In TWO WORLDS I don’t wish to lecture readers about world peace.   BUT here is my thought….before the nations of Earth can learn to get along with each other we should not be thinking about intruding into the universe.

As much as I would like to market my books for worldwide distribution, I feel this is unlikely because sad as it may be, I am told by publishers and other writers there is a greater market for crime, autobiography’s of celebrities, cook books and gardening books…. which leaves very little room for speculative sci-fi books, fantasy, stories about angels and stories with unusual twists at the end.

I would like to finish off with a little advice to other fictional writers… don’t wait until your senior years to follow your dream.  Don’t keep hoping for that moment of inspiration… it rarely comes… while you have the keenness to write a book, take what you have read, learned and experienced in life, store it in your mind and allow your imagination to take hold of your subject and GO FOR IT.

Self-publish if this is your only option….you will not regret it.

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