Author Guest Post: Andrew Joyce

What you are about to read is a true story. It’s from my book, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. It came about because my editor hounded me for two years to put all my short stories into one collection. Actually, it was supposed to be a two-volume set because there was so much material. I fended her off for as long as possible. I didn’t want to do the work of editing all the stories. There were a lot of them. But she finally wore me down. Instead of two volumes, I put all the stories into a single book because I wanted to get the whole thing over with. I had other books to write.

Bedtime Stories is made up of fiction and nonfiction stories and some of ’em are about my criminal youth. I must tell you, I never thought any of these stories would see the light of day. I wrote them for myself and then forgot about them. By the way, there are all sorts of genres within its pages, from westerns to detective stories to love stories and just about anything else that you can imagine.

There are a whole lotta stories in the book—700 pages worth. Enough to keep you reading for the foreseeable future.

Here’s one of my hitching adventures. By the way, in the hitching tales, I use my real name, Billy Doyle—Andrew Joyce being my pen name.
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Author Guest Post by Andrew Joyce

32285027My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank Johanna for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage I write about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in my fact-based tale of fiction were real people and I use their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.

Now that the commercial is out of the way, we can get down to what I really came here to talk about: the Sioux people. The people we know as the Sioux were originally known as the Dakota, which means ally. The name Sioux came from the Chippewa and the French. The Chippewa called them Nadonessiou, which means adder, or enemy, and then the French shortened the name to Sioux.

Every culture has an origin story. We in the West have Adam and Eve. The Ancient Greeks had Gaia. According to the Norse people, Odin and Ymir founded the earth. If you will allow me, I’d like to tell you the creation story of the Dakota.
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Author Guest Post: J. Frank James “Dead Money Run”

jfrankjamesMy name is James F. Johnson, Jr. and my father was killed in WWII while flying a B-24 over Hungary during the war. When he was alive he used his middle name of Franklin and liked to be called Frank. When I decided to write books I took the name J. Frank James in honor of my father. The interesting thing is that during the war he was last stationed in Savannah, Georgia which has often been mentioned in a lot of my books as well as an old abandoned airbase called Harris Neck Airfield.

For several years during WWII Harris Neck Airfield was used as a staging point for the detection of German submarines off the coast of Georgia that were lying in wait for the Liberty supply ships leaving the Port of Brunswick in Brunswick, Georgia and the Navy port of Mayport established in 1942 just outside of Jacksonville, Florida.
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Author Guest Post: Andrew Joyce

29913910My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. Johanna has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to promote my new novel RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure. I think it’s a good book, but what do I know? Anyway, I’m kinda shy about tooting my own horn. So I think I’ll turn things over to my dog Danny—Danny the Dog. He always has an attitude and usually does not speak highly of me. But please understand that we co-exist as the old Soviet Union and the United States once co-existed. We tolerate each other. So without further ado, here’s Danny.

Andrew took me away from some very important business of mine to help him out here. There was a duck outside the boat we live on and I had to bark at him. It’s my job.

Now on to the reason why I was so unceremoniously dragged here: For a person who works with words for a living, Andrew has very little to say in real life. He wants me to tout his book for him, but I don’t think I will. Instead, I think I’ll tell you a little about where we live.

I, of course, am Danny the Dog, purveyor of wit, wisdom, and words.
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Author Guest Post – Andrea Lochen: Ten Most Delicious Desserts Inspired by Novels

Ten Most Delicious Desserts Inspired by Novels

by Andrea Lochen

As an avid reader with a major sweet tooth, I love when authors include the recipes for the yummy desserts they’ve made me drool over throughout their book.  It’s a marriage of two of my favorite activities—reading and baking!  And if you’re a book club member, what better treat to bring to your meeting than a dessert straight out of the novel?  Here are ten of my favorite book-inspired desserts!
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Author Guest Post: Yvette Bethel Plus a Giveaway!

unnamed2014 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey reports that 72 percent of the American public are aware of workplace bullying.

Author Yvette Bethel knows she can help individuals successfully learn how to be three steps ahead of the underhanded games people play at work by developing their E.Q. Librium.

I was employed by a Fortune 500 company for about twenty years before I became an independent business consultant at Organizational Soul.  In my role as an employee, I was exposed to many circumstances and I was especially fascinated by the supportive and not so supportive behaviors employees exhibited toward each other – regardless of the level within the organizational hierarchy.  I started creating a list of these not so supportive behaviors. I called the list, “The Games People Play at Work”.

After looking at this list I started to search for a common thread. After extensive research I stumbled onto emotional intelligence, a science that not only explained the behaviors but also provided the practical skills executives, business owners, managers and employees need to build their emotional quotients and improve engagement.
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Author Guest Post: Jodi Thomas – Ransom Canyon

Special guest post by New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Jodi Thomas, winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and National Readers’ Choice Award Winner. You can learn more about Jodi and her books by visiting www.jodithomas.com

Plus – Read below to see how you can get a FREE copy of her book Winter’s Camp!

With seven generations of my family in Texas, of course I write about the state I love.  In this new series I’m going more modern-day western than I ever have.  Step into the life of small towns and ranching with me.  I promise, you’ll fall in love with the people of Ransom Canyon.

More than anything else I’ve always thought the people make the stories in books.  I love characters who walk off the page and the reader falls a little bit in love as they discover not only passion, but a bond as deep as time.  I wrote the Ransom Canyon series so that everyone could see what the people of West Texas are like.  Step with me into a small town nestled between huge ranches and small farms.  A place where people fight and help one another.  A place where love runs deep and forever.
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