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Saturday, February 9, 2019

"Our Teenage Years" by T. J. Wray

Our Teenage Years:
Growing up in a small town in the 80’s
by T. J. Wray

Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80’s by T. J. Wray

Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80’s is the first book in T. J. Wray’s My Life series. The author stops by today to share a giveaway and an excerpt from the book, which is FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Also available: The '90s: Life on the Road.

The '90s: Life on the Road by T. J. Wray

This is the first book in the My Life series. This book is about two best friends growing up in their teenage years in a small town. All the wild adventures and stories from my childhood. After my parents divorced and we went on the run for 11 years. This book includes my first job, girlfriend, prom, driver’s license, my first car and many other firsts we all did in our teenage years. But really this book is just about LIFE. It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. Please enjoy.

Howdy, my name is T. J. I was born in 1968 in Texas. Things sure were different in 1968 than they are today. I think the population explosion has created all the new laws and rules we have to live by today, and taxes are much higher today. Sometimes I wish I had been born in 1868 where things seemed much simpler. In those days if you had a problem with someone you went outside and settled it like men.
Anyway, in 1968 we lived in Burkburnett Texas, where my dad and granddad worked in the booming oil fields of west Texas. Across the street from our little rented house lived my dad’s mortal enemy (Sam). He was five or six years older than my dad, and according to dad, he never liked this guy. But he was always hanging around.
When I was two years old my dad was twenty-six and my mom was twenty. I had a sister Katie, who was two years older than me. So in 1970 when I was two and Katie was four, my parents got divorced. After being together for six years and being married for four years, they were finished. Dad said that he used to come home from work and Sam would be setting at his kitchen table. He hung around a lot and spent a lot of time with my mom while dad was at work.
They got into fight after fight about it, but dad said for months that he would come home and Sam would be in his house. So after a number of fights, they decided to get divorced. After working out the details they decided that dad would take me and leave my sister with my mom.
So one night after supper and another huge fight, probably about Sam, he put me in the car and left. He drove around the block, parked, sat there and thought for a few minutes. Then, leaving me in the car (at the age of two), he ran up the yard behind our house, jumped over the fence, and went through the back door to our house. He grabbed my sister Katie and ran back out, jumped inside the car and took off. He later said to me, “I didn’t want Sam the idiot raising my kids!” We spent the next eleven years on the run! Me and my sister recently sat down and figured it up.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“In my local library there are many books of memoirs on the shelves. The majority of those books are about the rich and famous. This book however contains the memoirs of a very ordinary man who was anything but ordinary. No matter what life threw at T.J he was always positive, worked hard and achieved. […] This book will make you laugh and make you cry. I couldn't stop laughing at the memory of the fishing trip and the alligator. […] Thank you for sharing your memories with everyone T.J. A very special book that I enjoyed reading.” ~ Shirley Revill
“My first thought after reading this book was that this is proof that no matter what someone has been through, they can overcome and continually strive to move in a positive direction. The narrator (and author), T.J., describes his adventures and ‘misadventures’ in a small town in Oklahoma in the 1980's. Most of these were with his best friend Terry. The friendship and unbreakable bond he had with Terry is a gift that few people are lucky enough to experience in life. If anyone remembers the 80's, they will certainly be able to reminisce as the author relays his anecdotes from this period in time. […] There is a common thread throughout the book based upon the life lessons that are relayed either directly or indirectly by the author through the stories. They are worth noting and were some timely reminders to me of what is really important in life. I want to thank T.J. for this as I needed these reminders in so many areas.” ~ Leslie Ray
“… many of the stories in this book were echoes of my own childhood. […] TJ's adventures made me smile, made me laugh, made me sad, made me nod my head in agreement and made me wince. […] I almost felt like I was reading my own life story. […] I could relate to 90% of this book, and to be honest it felt like I was reading a book written by a close friend. A close friend who went through an awful lot more and tougher times than I did, but still came out smiling and regardless of religion (race, colour, creed or nationality) with a proper sense of right and wrong and the understanding that treating people with respect and tolerance is the way to make the world better. Thanks TJ for sharing that with us all, it was a blast. And now bring on the 90s.” ~ Adrian
“T.J. Wray is going to tell you a story about his life as a teen and you know what? It is going to make you laugh, break your heart and have you thinking back to your own life as a teen! Our Teenage Years: Growing Up In A Small Town is the story of what made T.J. Wray the father and man he is today. It’s the story of friendship, dysfunctional families and having to grow up far beyond one’s years too fast. It’s also the story of love and loss and mistakes and triumphs. […] Told completely in his own words, no fancy phrases, just from the heart writing, this story is sweet, heartwarming and a testament to the strength of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and pushing forward without whining or blaming the world for their lot in life. Seriously, we read fiction to be entertained, this is our chance to read a true story filled with heart as one man exposes his very soul in an effort to entertain and give each of us a chance to look back on the life that we, too, survived and grew from! A real hidden gem that deserves to be read from an author who puts on no airs!” ~ Dianne

About the Author
T. J. Wray
T. J. Wray grew up in a small town. He grew up quick and got his first job at only thirteen years old. He knew people depended on him to do his job every day. So, for two years he never missed a day. No matter the weather conditions, he always got the job done. He learned responsibility for his actions at a very early age. He was very active in his church and with his youth group. He learned a lot from the positive role models in his church, like his youth pastor and his Sunday school teacher. He didn't drink or party in high school. He was responsible and went to work after school. He got his driver's license at age fourteen and drove himself everywhere, while the other kids still rode the bus. Even though he was a teenager, he was an adult. He said, in a small town, people wave as they passed by and said hello as they passed on the sidewalk. He said, in a small town, people ‘actually shook hands’. In his teenage years, he was an avid fisherman. He once said he would ‘rather fish, than breath’. There's nothing that compares to hooking a largemouth bass. He was quoted as saying, ‘If they don't ride motorcycles and go fishing in heaven, I don't want to go!’.
Nowadays, he lives in the Big City. He says nobody knows anybody, and they don't want to. Everybody is always in a big hurry and would rather run over you then wait for one minute for you to move. No one ever seems to slow down and enjoy life, in the big city. He says he really misses life in a small town.

Enter the Amazon giveaway to win one of 50 Kindle copies of Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80’s by T. J. Wray (US only; ends 18 February or when all prizes have been awarded).

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"Abigail" by Jess Heileman

by Jess Heileman

Abigail by Jess Heileman

Abigail by Jess Heileman has just been released and is FREE today only (22 January).

This book blast and giveaway is hosted by I Am A Reader.

For Abigail Blakeslee, becoming a debutante and entering Society is happening far too quickly. But now, foregoing her first Season has brought an unwanted invitation to join her aunt and cousins for a summer at Timpton House, the large estate of the Stanton family.
Reluctantly accepting, Abigail is thrust into the vexing world of social propriety and match making. More vexing still is her cousin’s suitor, the young Timpton heir - Edwin Stanton. Moody and distant at times, remarkably endearing at others, Edwin seems a puzzle she can never solve, but can never quite put away. But then, Abigail has her own secret to hide - her own mystery to conceal. Perhaps such puzzles are better left unsolved, or perhaps love can find a solution.

The library was filled with books, and it reminded me of the one at Easton Manor with overstuffed shelves, large windows, and numerous seats for reading. I grabbed a thin book off a nearby shelf and held it in my hand. I traced my finger over the title, The Tempest. It had been sometime since I’d picked up a book. Mother taught me to read and had given me the joy of new worlds and unforgettable stories. I’d spent countless afternoons tucked in a chair in our library, unable to stop reading; but when Mother died, I found little delight in anything, including the things she’d taught me to love.
“Have you read it?” Edwin asked peering over my shoulder.
“Of course!” I answered placing it back on the shelf.
“And I presume you enjoyed it?”
“Very much. I admit I am easily satisfied by a happy ending.” I kept my eyes searching the books, having little desire to receive the look of censure awaiting me. “The Shakespeare writings I enjoy most are those that end well—Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew—the ones where love is victorious.”
“A common ideal among ladies, I believe, and the reason his comedies are so popular.”
I turned towards him, “Life has enough of tragedy and grief, is there something wrong with finding satisfaction in love and happy endings?”
“There is,” he said. “The harm is believing in something that isn’t real, Miss Blakeslee.” He stepped closer, and my feet faltered. “Love only brings misery. To think otherwise is foolish. You just declared life is full of tragedy—”
“And that is why love is needed!”
“And that is what love causes!”
Neither of us moved and I could feel his warm breath on me. It was only then I realized how close we stood, my neck craning to look up at him, but I had no desire to move away.
“You do not understand love then,” I whispered.
The resentment in his gaze caught me by surprise. “And you do?”
“Yes! Love has saved me.” His eyes searched mine, “The love I know has the power to lift and to heal, to see past weakness and turn it to strength.”
“Love is fickle and will fail you.”
“Never.” I said shaking my head as tears stung my vision. “I do not know what counterfeit you describe but the love I have found is faithful and unconditional.”
He said nothing and after a moment his eyes drifted from mine in contemplation. After taking a deep breath he looked down at me again. He wore the stern expression I knew so well and took a step backward. “I hope you are correct in your judgment,” he said with a brisk nod. “Thank you for telling me.”
As he turned from me I wanted to call out to him, but I was too confused to contrive a response. I followed him to the study in a daze. Edwin positioned himself near the desk with his eyes cast to the floor as Diana glanced between us bewildered.
“How is it you’ve found something to quarrel about already? You were in there less than five minutes! Perhaps I should take on the role of mediator instead of chaperon for the two of you.”
Neither Edwin nor I smiled.
“This will not do! What was the disagreement this time?”
“There was not a disagreement,” Edwin said. “Well, at least that is not what caused the discontent.”
Curious what the cause had been I glanced in his direction, anxious for him to finish. A knock interrupted his revelation.
Diana shot to her feet and reached out her arm towards me, “We will go out the library.”
Edwin blocked our retreat, “You are fine to leave out the study door.” He shifted his gaze at the repeated knock, “Come in!”
The butler opened the door, his eyes gliding over Diana and me, “The Slytons are here to see you, Mr. Stanton.”
“Show them in.”
The Slytons? I was familiar with the name, but surely they were not the same as I had known. My heart picked up pace regardless of what I told myself. The door opened again and a tall, wiry lady and a shorter, burly man stepped through the door. They were older and somehow uglier, but it was them. My knees nearly gave out, and I tightened my hold on Diana’s arm for support.
“Mr. and Mrs. Slyton, I am pleased you finally agreed to make the trip to Timpton. This is my sister, Mrs. Ellis, and our friend, Miss Abigail Blakeslee.”
Mrs. Slyton nodded in our direction but abruptly turned her attention back to Edwin. “With such a gracious offer, how could we resist?” Her scratchy voice brought a slew of memories that made my body tremble.
I cautiously turned to find Mr. Slyton inspecting me through squinted eyes. Did he recognize me? I hadn’t seen him since I was a little girl, and I hoped the years had done their job adequately enough to disguise me. I lifted my chin, attempting to appear unaffected by his presence and was relieved when Mr. Slyton turned towards Diana, appraising her with the same disgusting grimace he’d given me. I looked to Edwin and found him returning my gaze, a peculiar expression on his features.
Edwin moved to my side and placed a firm hand around my waist, guiding me to the door. My ears were ringing, and I was confident he said something to me, but I couldn’t be sure. As we walked from the study, his touch retracted, and Diana took his place directing me back down the corridor.
I was uncertain where I was being led and soon found myself seated in a distantly familiar room. “Bring refreshment at once!” Diana’s voice echoed through my mind. My head was spinning, and I rested it against the chair as my vision faded into blackness.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“I cannot even express exactly how much I loved this book!! I have no doubts recommending it to everyone who loves great writing combined with a gripping story line. The author's writing is beautiful and she's an excellent storyteller! It was so well done and I loved every minute of it! It truly is an incredible book. Her characters are so complex that it was easy to care for them (honestly, even within the first couple of pages I was already hooked). Jess Heileman wove a great story that had layers to it that any regency reader would love. I'm so, so excited to have this on my bookshelves!” ~ Loretta Porter
“Coming from a person who is not much of a reader, this book took me by surprise. It hooked me at the prologue. Abigail had me laughing out loud, tearing up and blushing. It was my show that I couldn't wait to get back to. It was a clever, easy read that had me guessing, what could possibly happen next? A perfect escape! Time for a squeal! Loved it!” ~ David Brundage
“This is one of the best books I've read in a long time! I'm thoroughly impressed with her ability to completely captivate me with her amazing storytelling. I've never heard of this author before, but I'm going to read everything of hers I can find! Well done! Once I started, I couldn't put it down!” ~ HeavenlyMarie
“Jess Heileman has a wonderful way with words that caught me up in Abigail’s world from the first page. […] I couldn’t help but love this absorbing historical novel, with its engaging characters and mysterious plot twist!” ~ Emily Farlow
“I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the relationships they build through out the book. It was full of surprises that will make you laugh and cry all at once. I never saw the end coming. It's clean and uplifting. It is a book I would be comfortable letting my teenage girls read it. It is a book that I will read over and over again.” ~ Wallaceandgrommit

About the Author
Jess Heileman
In kindergarten, Jess won a first prize ribbon for her original creation “Pigs in Wigs”. It was a solid storyline: there was this pig that wore a wig - and it rhymed. Not impressed? Neither were her children when shown the very masterpiece that influenced her to become an author. “You won a ribbon for that?” Yes. Yes, she did.
Thankfully, life has since exposed her to a thorough education with its share of awards and accolades - and, more importantly, to the trials and human experiences that form the heart of a storyteller and the substance of great stories.
Besides her love of writing, Jess is an avid reader, shameless people observer, international café loiterer, and partially retired photographer. She loves being a mother to five amazing humans and a wife to the greatest man she knows.

Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Son of Waves" by Dylan Tauber

Son of Waves:
A Screenplay/Short Story
by Dylan Tauber

Son of Waves: A Screenplay/Short Story by Dylan Tauber

Award-winning electronic musician, artist, and author Dylan Tauber stops by today for an interview and to share an excerpt from Son of Waves, available FREE from the author’s website and selected retailers.

A story with original photography, digital art, and illustration, about Son of Waves, 12 Dolphins to save the planet, David The Visionary on the beach in Tel Aviv, a digital messiah, and an internet of Love.

Book Video

January 1, 2019:
Earth Soul is in an urgent meeting with the other planets of the solar system.
Earth: I am being destroyed by the very most evolved of my children. I blessed them with abundance, and they filled my oceans with plastic. I blessed them with endless love from every tree and blade of grass, and they cut down my rain forests. I gave them a loving sky with clouds smiling at them, but their scientists and governments made chem-trails trying to change my nature.
I gave them endless abundance, and they spent it on machines of war to kill each other. I am sick. What must I do? The symbiotic relationship I began with The Humans has been corrupted.
Venus: I cry for you my sister.
Mars: I cry for your earthquakes and tsunamis. When will harmony be restored? Must we decree a violent end to Man?
Sun: Enough of violent talk Mars. I spoke with God immediately before this assembly and He smiled. A solution is coming that will bring balance to the solar system.
God has decided to send everything. The Aliens are coming. The human messiah is coming. The digital internet of love is coming. The evil from which earth is suffering will soon be over.
Earth: Thank you great Sun for sending me this good news from the great God of the universe. My suffering will soon turn to love. I will alert my faithful.
Sun: May God bless us all. I will send extra love and light to you all my dear planets. Meeting adjourned.
A pod of 12 dolphins assigned to the coast of Israel dove deep.
The Ocean: I have a message from Gaia. The light has spoken. We will celebrate a healing soon. Spread the word. Swim far and spread the good news.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Dylan is like no one I've ever come across. His mind exists on a whole different plane. He's written a short script that's a true representation of his unique heart and soul, which I could easily see, in my mind's eye, as the premise for an animated film or more.” ~ Nimisha S.

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Read (or listen to) the story of 21-year-old Son of Waves and his meeting with the new Messiah, David. Learn how, together with a pod of twelve dolphins, the Korean Tae-Kwan-Do team, and a group of Shin Bet bodyguards, they save the world from evil.
This is just a small part of the author’s universe, which you can visit via his multiple websites. He displays a powerful imagination and a depth of compassion for mankind. The book is illustrated with his own photographs and digital art, while the audiobook includes his electronic music and art. This screenplay would make a great short, animated film as a vehicle to spread the message of peace and love. “Love and you will live.”

Interview with the Author
Award-winning electronic musician, artist and author Dylan Tauber joins us today to discuss his latest project, Son of Waves.
For what age group do you recommend your book?
All ages.
What sparked the idea for this book?
The idea of a digital messiah and an internet of love was inspired by a homeless man I photographed on the beach in Tel Aviv.
So, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The story is fiction with autobiographical elements mixed in.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
I wrote this book very quickly - it just flowed as I typed.
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I want to inspire readers to embrace love for each other and the environment/Earth.
How long did it take you to write this book?
1 day.
Wow! What is your writing routine?
I wrote it on my mobile device. It includes my original photography, digital art and, if you read the free ebook on, it is accompanied by my original electronic music soundtrack.
How did you get your book published?
I self-published it.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Follow your vision.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I make electronic music - 12 albums for free download here:
What does your family think of your writing?
They like it.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
You can read a press release here:
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I am hoping to release more electronic music.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Dylan. Best of luck with your future projects.

About the Author
Dylan Tauber
Dylan Tauber is an award-winning electronic musician, digital artist, and author, who has been based in NYC, Jerusalem, Miami, a remote island in the south western Pacific, and now in northern Israel.
Dylan Tauber has been producing music, artwork, and writing since he began his prolific 22 year career in 1996 with the ambitious Double Mirrors anthology, which includes a book, video slide shows, soundtrack, and companion website. The Double Mirrors project evolves years later, as Tauber continues to explore the cyber-spiritual revolution.
In addition to releasing twelve ambient/electronica/trance music albums (all 12 for free download) through his Son of Waves Studios music label, Dylan runs a network of nineteen websites which include an online imaging/photo gallery, and a video archive. This network of websites has reached over 2.5 million pageviews since 1996.
Dylan completed a circle around the planet from 2000-2001, beginning and ending in Israel. He published two books in 2001, and two ebooks in 2013. A picture book of Dylan's photography and digital art was published in 2005.
In 2015, Dylan Tauber completed his eighth album, titled Near Death Experience. Also in 2015, Dylan produced a 9th album titled Dolphin Trance. In 2016, Dylan completed a new 10th album, Dolphin Trance 2, and an 11th album, which is a compilation of all his best songs from 2006-2016 (the second ten-year period of Dylan Tauber’s career). This new project is entirely electronic music with vocals. In October 2017, Tauber released a new 12th album, Sounds from Space, featuring ambient soundscapes, and the vocals of Enlia and Francessca Belisario. A single from this album, “He Loves Carmen Remix (Radio Edit)”, was released in July 2017.
Dylan’s music has been featured on over 65 radio stations since 2013, reviewed in over 40 music publications, and his music video “He Loves Carmen Remix (Radio Edit)” was shown on Channel 98 TV in Israel in December 2017. 11 more Son of Waves Studios music videos were shown on channel 98 TV in Israel in 2018.
Son of Waves: A Screenplay/Short Story by Dylan Tauber, was released on 30 March 2018 for free download. An audiobook was released for this “Son of Waves” screenplay on 17 April 2018, also for free download.