Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Author Profile - Marshall Frank

Marshall Frank launches new book

Criminal Injustice in America: Essays by a Career Cop is available and here are a couple of words from reviewers:

“Challenging and daring. Marshall Frank gives us all much to think about...." —David Waksman, author and Ass’t State Attorney, Miami, Florida

“Marshall Frank challenges conventional thought and policies that are not working. He uses the criminal justice system as a mirror of where our society has been, and a window of where we should be going. Buckle up for a thought-provoking episode of Frank talk.” Douglas W. Hughes, Retired Police Major, former Florida Drug Czar

In Criminal Injustice in America, Marshall Frank draws on his years of experience in and his vast knowledge of our justice system that is choking on injustice. In his own words, he points out how "...archaic thinking has produced a morass of social oppression that creates more crime than it prevents and serves a prison industrial complex that has grown into a cheap labor pool for corporate America."

The book covers the broad topics including:
  • The Failed War on Drugs
  • Prostitution
  • Capital Punishment
  • Sex Offenses
  • An Outdated Constitution
  • Cops, Courts and Prisons

Marshall Frank served for thirty years in law enforcement in Miami Date, Florida. For 16 of those years, he was in homicide/CSI and served as commander. He was called to Washington in 1980 to testify before a congressional sub-committee on violent crime in America. He knows his topic well.

This is not Frank's first book. Since he retired, Frank has authored five novels, four non-fiction books and over five hundred editorials. His books are in demand. And Frank is in demand as a guest speaker at libraries, civic groups, schools and conferences. Multi-talented, Frank speaks on a variety of law enforcement topics as well as on topics including writing and humor.

If you're lucky, he'll also play the violin for you. If you're really lucky, he'll bring Doc along and you'll be able to hear the Dick & Doc Duo. I've had the pleasure of hearing them. They provide a great time for all: music, humor... and much, much more.

The derivation of their name is obvious to those who know them. Violinist Marshall Frank is a retired homicide "Dick" and pianist Jay "Doc" Barnhart is a retired physician and forensic pathologist. Thus, Dick & Doc Duo...what a pair! You can find more about them on Frank's website.

And there's much more information about Frank's books as well as ordering information at his website, too. Go to http://www.marshallfrank.com/ to order an autographed copy of Criminal Injustice in America or any of his novels or books of non-fiction. Of course, you are welcome to go there just to read a little more about Marshall Frank, too.

Author Profile - Kee Briggs

Congratulations to Kee Briggs... after many months of work and research he is venturing into the world of ebooks. He came up with a wonderful idea and he has just launched his new endeavor.
Kee Briggs’ latest mission is to inspire people to write to live longer. As a writer I understand the concept. My writing certainly gives me a reason to get up every day and to push myself to do more and more.
Kee's contention is that it’s important to keep your mind busy with a meaningful task. By doing so, you can lengthen your life or at the very least make your life more interesting.

Kee is on his umpteenth incarnation. During his life, he has traveled out of the Pacific Northwest, through the Far East and on south to Mexico before settling in Florida. As far as vocations go, his path has led him through college, military intelligence, linguistics, newspaper reporting, TV news, photography, law enforcement, real estate, construction, promotions, securities, insurance and teaching.

You might think that the list above would be enough to write about, but that's just the first part of his life. In addition, he has been a teacher of oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, life drawing, and sculpture. And he has applied his skills as an accomplished sculptor and painter. He expressed himself through his art, before he got hooked on writing.

With all those experiences under his belt, he began translating thoughts, experiences and impressions into tangible form by exploring the written word with a dozen novels. He has written a series of mysteries called the Usher Orlop Mystery series.
There are eight of them in all and more on the way. If you like mysteries, read them from the beginning and get to know Usher Orlop and his wonderful friend Anasette.

Also, Kee has two sci-fi novels that you'll find intriguing: Finders-Keepers and Losers-Weepers. In addition, he has written The Third Removed.

Now, he has added an ebook called Write to Live Longer to his accomplishments. This ebook is not just for writers, but it is geared for everyone.

Kee has an infectious attitude toward writing. He thinks that writing is not just for writers anymore. In his own words, “Writing is a wonder potion. If you are afflicted with boredom, loneliness, pain, worry or sleeplessness, a good dose of writing will ease these conditions.

“Pursuing the written word seems to annihilate time. I can leave the TV during the half-time report of an NFL game to add a few more words to my current novel, with the intention of returning to the game once play resumes. Many times my next awareness of the TV is hearing the theme music for the post-game show. With such time consumption, there is little time for loneliness. I feel no driving need to go out seeking entertainment or companionship. It keeps me out of the bars at night.

“However, writing doesn’t make one a recluse. Unless you are delving into string theory or nano-technology, social input is vital. Fiction is full of it. Writing seems to enhance one’s sociabilities. It hones your observational skills and burnishes your communicative acumen.”

Kee has convinced me. If I weren't already a writer, I'd be looking into this. It's never too late to adopt a stimulating activity.
Kee was prompted by the fact that his father died at 52 and he never knew any of his grandfathers. Therefore, he's been particularly interested in being proactive about his own longevity. The idea for Write to Live Longer grew out of his desire to take command of his destiny.

For information about Kee's novels, visit his website at http://www.keescapes.com/.

And to check out Write to Live Longer for yourself or for someone you think might enjoy it or profit from it, visit http://www.writetolivelonger.com/. For a limited time, those who buy Write to Live Longer will also receive a free bonus of an ebook edition of his novel The Painted War.

Author Profile - Linda Wagner


Linda Wagner writes Lady Flatterley
~a book for children~

I am pleased to announce that Christian author Linda Wagner from Cape Canaveral, Florida, has written her first book for children with more to come. Lady Flatterley, published through Outskirts Press, is a story that takes children through the metaphorical journey of the transformation of Lady Flatterley the caterpillar to Lady Flatterley the butterfly. During the process, Lady Flatterley faces many fears, such as the fear of failure and the fear of change.
Now you have seen
How butterflies are made
Caterpillar to cocoon, then to butterfly
'Tis God's loving way

Through Lady Flatterley's journey from caterpillar to butterfly, Linda Wagner illustrates her message to children in a way they can understand. Wagner wants children to know that even though they may be shy and fearful of change, nothing should stand in the way of their dreams. Through Wagner's beautiful choice of words, Lady Flatterley gives her young audience the message that the journey is worth the effort. Your children or grandchildren will fall in love with this book.

About the author: Linda Wagner has been a registered nurse for 29 years and is in the process of writing other books. She considers herself a spiritual person and writes books that are not only educational and motivational, but that also reflect God's character in the story.

As a Christian mother, grandmother, and nurse, Wagner says that spending time with her grandchildren brings her joy because their little minds are so inquisitive and are like little sponges. "We have the greatest opportunity as adults to teach our children Christian principles and provide good reading material for them. My grandchildren have inspired me to write and this is what I enjoy doing."

You can read more about Linda Wagner and about Lady Flatterley at her website at http://www.lindawagnerbooks.com/. Her books can be purchased through her website by clicking on Lady Flatterley in the list of children's book titles. It is also available in the children's book section at http://www.amazon.com/.

Here is the information from the book

  • ISBN: 978-1-4327-3233-2
  • Format: 8 1/2 X 11 color paperback
  • Genre: children's books
  • Price $22.95 (at her website, it is $16.99)

Illustrator: Lady Flatterley combines the beauty of the text with the beauty of the illustrations. Children will love the caterpillar version as well as the butterfly version of Lady Flatterley. It's a plus to be able to see the story come to life through the colorful illustrations on the pages. Brevard artist Pearl Ollie created the illustrations. The rich color of them and the expressive drawings lend much to the book-reading experience. See other information about Pearl's work and how to contact her at http://www.sevenartists.com/pearl.htm

Layout design: A tricky part of the production of any book is the layout design, especially when combining illustrations and text. Jerry Hanzl is responsible for the beautiful layout of the book. Other examples of his work and his contact information are available at http://www.digitalartbyjerry.com/