I’d love to see you on Thursday, August 17th!

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Just one week from today, I will hold my first author reading event and you can be front and center to witness it!

I hope those of you who live in the greater Puget Sound region of Washington State will be able to wend your way to Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park for my 7 pm event. It’s really, really close to Bothell and Kenmore, and not at all far from Redmond, Kirkland, and Bellevue.

Be sure to allow ample driving time…not only will people be in a rush to get home after their work day, but they’ll probably be clamoring to get to Lake Forest Park for my 7 pm event. 😉

Lighten up Mondays

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Because I’m in a grandparent-ty mood, today’s funnies focus on children:

  • What do you get when you cross a baby with soldiers? Infantry.
  • What is a baby? A small human that makes a lot of noise at one end and has no sense of responsibility at the other.
  • What does a baby computer call his father? Data.
  • A worried mother does better research than the FBI.
  • Shower Schizophrenia: The constant belief that you hear a baby crying when you’re trying to take a shower.
  • I see all these moms who can do everything, and then I think, “I should have them do stuff for me.”
  • My parents accused me of lying today. I looked at them and said, “Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny” and walked away like a boss.
  • I haven’t been able to get my kids to pay attention to anything I’ve said all day, so I’m gonna sit here and pretend I’m on the phone. That should do it…or try to sneak-eat a candy bar or read a book…same result.

Kindness Fridays

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Today’s kindness takes yet another turn: I simply cannot not write about our grandson, Lucas.

Lucas came into our world on May 11th, 2017. His parents were already a blessing in our lives and when their family increased by one, the blessings increased exponentially.

He just turned twelve weeks old and let me tell you, his personality is coming through very clearly.

If you’re me, you talk a lot.

If you’re my grandson Lucas, you’re subjected to all that talking.

Just as is the case with every human being out there, when he’s had his fill of my jabbering, he’ll let me know that his Grandma Olson talking threshold has been reached – for the time being – but before that happens, he gifts me with smiles and conversation to beat the band.

What a reward it is to have an impact on a young person’s life and when that young person is now able to gift others with smiles, funny faces, and “language”, my oh my, that’s a gift of kindness of greater value than all the riches in the world.

 

Online purchases: whether cotton balls or books, customer reviews are a must!

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If a book doesn’t have any reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers’ sites, does it really exist?

It does, but to potential readers, no reviews may equate to a risky purchase. Let’s face it, you can hardly purchase a bag of cotton balls online without having dozens – if not hundreds – of reviews to peruse prior to consider pushing that all important BUY button.

The same goes for books, but even more than that, an author’s literary credibility is tied in with author and sales rankings and reviews are part of what feeds those rankings. Authors aren’t getting rich on their craft, and that is certainly not my goal. What is my goal, however, is that many people read my novel and at its end, they feel they’re better off having done so.

If you have read REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO, won’t you please post a review on three of the sites for which said reviews are very important? Here’s the link for Amazon, and for Barnes & Noble, and for Goodreads. But fear not; you do not need to write a unique review for each of those sites, simply write a review on Amazon, for example, then copy and paste it into the review sections for the other sites. Easy peasy. And many, many thank you to those who have already posted your reviews. You have fed my soul and made my day.

AND IF YOU’RE ONLY GOING TO POST A REVIEW ON ONE SITE, PLEASE MAKE IT AMAZON.

If you have yet to purchase my novel…please consider doing so. And if you have a copy but have yet to read it, please remember my shameless begging in this post and submit a review once you have. Please, no mention of your relationship to me…absolutely not necessary and it’s advisable, from Amazon standards, that you don’t.

My plea for reviews isn’t my attempt at stroking my flaccid ego, no, it’s merely my efforts at making my novel more attractive to the person looking for a book on the subject, and when they purchase and read it, and they are impacted in a positive way by my words and my experience, then all that has lead up to this time will have been worth it.

The secret of Alzheimer’s disease

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I discovered something shocking during the weeks that followed my novel’s release:

Alzheimer’s disease is still a secret.

I know; we’ve all certainly read about it, especially when a celebrity is diagnosed with the disease. Every once and awhile there might be an Alzheimer’s Association commercial on television…that is assuming we don’t fast forward through it or walk out of the room. Another reason we’re familiar with the disease is that it is happening to so many people with whom we are acquainted – whether intimately or tangentially.

But it’s still a secret. The very definition of the word speaks to its intent: adj. not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others; n. something not properly understood; a mystery. from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary

In many of my promotional posts and boasts for my novel Requiem for the status quo, I’ve indicated that my book tour would probably look more like a senior center tour than what is normally the route for authors: readings and signings in major and independent bookstores. That’s the tact I took, approaching numerous senior centers in Western Washington. 25% of those I approached booked my author event on their activity calendars.  But when I approached a major senior housing community foundation to get on their speakers’ calendar, I was told the residents pushed back at the foundation’s previous efforts to enlighten and inform when they hosted those who spoke to the reality of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

Damn. Read the rest of this entry »

Lighten up Mondays

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The following funnies came directly from a BuzzFeed page poking fun at book nerds:

  • He said, “Books or me.” I sometimes remember him when I’m buying new books.
  • I like big books and I can not lie.
  • A cartoon shows a husband and wife sitting in their reading chairs with an open book on each of their laps…but their chair tables were empty. “We forgot our reading glasses.” Lo’ and behold, a glass of red wine appeared on each of their tables in the next frame.

And here are a few from JokeQuote.com:

  • The great thing about books is that there are no commercials.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P.J. O’Rourke
  • I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. – Woody Allen
  • One trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize a book is boring you’ve already finished it.
    – Franklin P. Jones
  • Sure reading a book under a tree is peaceful but imagine how stressful it is for the tree to see a bunch of it’s dead friends in your hand.
    – Kyle Lippert
  • Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – Harry S Truman

Indie Interview

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So very grateful to Rebecca Howie, the author who interviewed me in a July 16th post on her blog. Here’s another interview that she so generously conducted of an author who writes younger-person books.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: Rebecca forgot to include the name of today’s Indie interviewee in the title of this post. Rebecca’s finally lost it after trying to organise so many of these interviews over the last few months.

But I haven’t (yet) and I didn’t forget to tell you who today’s interview is with.

There was a reason for that and the reason is I’ve been trying to keep today’s guest a secret, because she’s one of my favourite authors and I’m so, so happy that she’s here and I wanted to keep this a surprise for you.

And now the wait’s over, so today’s guest is…

Jean Ure

Jean is the author of a plethora of pre-teen novels including Strawberry Crush, the Frank Foster trilogy, and Boys Beware, and very generously agreed to be today’s author guest.

 books_starcrazyme (1)books_FrankieFosterFreaksOutjean1Hi, Jean. Welcome to Read A Lot.

You’ve published…

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