Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Lizzy Stevens Print books online at Wal-Mart

 Get these books online at Wal-Mart!





Locked In A Castle (Paperback) - Walmart.com


Kelly wasn't like other women. She was locked in a castle. Ghost by day. Human by night. Day after day, the same thing. She was cursed. She could never leave the castle grounds. There was only one way to break the curse but it had to be done by somebody else and she couldn't tell them how to do it. They had to figure it out on their own and she had to find this person.Would she ever find them? Would they break the curse?



A Lost Memory (Paperback) - Walmart.com

Amazon Best Seller#36 in Kindle Store >Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Romance > Short Stories Alley wakes up in a strange bed. She has no idea who she is or where she is. Pain shoots through her head like a bolt of lightning every time she moves. As she drifts off to sleep images of a faraway land and a handsome man with sandy blonde hair and six pack abs fills her head. He keeps saying "Alley come back to me." Who is he and how does she know him?



MIA and Mason's Story: The Road Less Travelled (Series #1) (Paperback) - Walmart.com

Mia had dreams of being successful and becoming a Best-Selling author but she wouldn't take shortcuts to get there. She worked hard in every aspect of her life.She didn't have much family to speak of but Nate and Mary were more family to her than her real family. She would do anything for them and they for her. They owned the diner that Mia worked at. Everything changed for Mia when Nate had to have a back surgery and be out of work for weeks. They called in their nephew, Mason, to help them during their time of need. Mia knew Mason when she was a child but hadn't seen him in years. She didn't know what to expect since the only thing she could remember was a boy that used to pick on her and pull her ponytail when they were young.Mia and Mason spent a lot of time together as the weeks passed. They grew closer and both gave everything they had to help Nate and Mary. Mia got a call from a film producer interested in one of her books but she needed to fly to L.A. to have a meeting with him. She didn't want to go alone because it would be nice to have a friend along for the trip. However, there was no way that Mary or Nate could come with her because of Nate's surgery. Mia was surprised when Mason offered to go along with her. Was Mason only spending time with Mia because he felt like he should? Or Were they beginning to become more than friends? ````````````````You can find Lizzy on Twitter @lizzystevens123



Karma Is a Bitch : And Other Stories (Paperback) - Walmart.com


Karma And A BitchAnd other stories is a collection of stories including: "Karma Is A Bitch" Karmas are immortals that kept the not so good people in line. They lived by the motto "Do bad things bad things will happen." Tessa Waters was one of the best Karmas of the Karma realm. However, she wasn't the fastest. She would watch over the realms, Earth, being her main realm. When she saw somebody not behaving she would send down a Karma punishment on that person. They were always funny and made the other Karmas laugh but she wasn't fast enough. The head Karma thought it would help Tessa if instead of watching from a far she went down to Earth and passed out the punishments up close. Maybe that would make her faster. She could not return until she hit 100 Karmas. Tessa thought that would be no problem. Until the trickster of all tricksters, Loki, got in her way. How was she supposed to pass out Karmas if Loki was right in the way playing pranks on everyone? Now Tessa had to deal with the trouble makers and Loki. How was she supposed to hit her goal of 100 and make it back home? Quick Read Short Story "A Surprise For Christmas" Samantha wasn't expecting what she got for Christmas this year. Her doorbell rang and there sitting on her porch was a baby in a basket. This changes her life for the good. But then something happens. The baby's father comes for his child. How can Samantha convince him that she is the best thing for the child? "Cupid's Mistake" This 1800 word Quick Read by International Best Selling Author Lizzy Stevens is a fun and fast way to spend a few extra minutes that you have. Kylie Is a Cupid in training. She is one of the best at making love connections. She gets to work bright and early, is handed her assignments, and goes right to work. But one night she thinks what could the harm be in making a love connection all on her own? Why does she need to be told who to connect? She's good at her job. One of the best in fact. So why not just give it a shot? Well she soon learns there are many reasons why you don't just go out and do it on your own. Kylie makes a big mistake. How will she fix this problem? "An Unexpected Love"Olivia Vandergate's life is turned upside down when she finds out that she is pregnant. In love with her high school sweetheart she followed him to college. The problem was she grew up and he didn't. All he wanted to do was go from party to party and reminisce about the good old days of playing ball. She knew it wasn't what her child deserved. She had no choice. Enlisting the help of her father, a prominent man with many connections, he'd know what was best. He set his plan in motion. He arranged a marriage with a more suitable father and husband for her daughter. Avery Wentworth would be the man to marry Olivia, keeping the secret of the child's parentage forever hidden. Daddy's money ensured that. But how is she supposed to marry a man she doesn't even know? Much less love?



The Long Road To Love (Paperback) - Walmart.com


In this romantic comedy Jack and Jade, who have been best friends since childhood are both dating all the wrong people. After a date they meet up and discuss how horrible it was. Their dates generally go from bad to worse. Jack has been on dates where the girl is marrying them on the first date and Jade has been on dates where the guy asks her to help him rob a bank. They continue on down this long road to love leaning on each other through all the wrong turns.



Friday, April 1, 2022

Guest blogger DAVE VESCIO

 




The Spirits of Route 66, No. 1

Fine Art Photography on ChromaLuxe® HD Aluminum
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Colorado’s Giant Horseshoe

Fine Art Photography on Moab Slick Rock Metallic Paper
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About the Artist

Dave Vescio

Welcome and thank you, for getting to know me!

 

I went from Ex-con to Movie Villain to International Winning Contemporary Artist


Always attracted to the darker side of life, I quickly found my passion for playing the antagonist & villain and have performed in over 45 indie feature films, including 'Hick' starring Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne & Chloe Grace Moretz and now, two upcoming art exhibition films created by the world-renowned contemporary artist Paul McCarthy called 'Coach Stage Stage Coach' & 'Donald And Daisy Duck Adventure'.

 

Now, I did not become an actor until I was 32. Before that, I lived my life to the fullest, and it is my real-life personal experience that prepared me for the acting career and now the international winning contemporary art career that I currently have.


By the time I was 18, I moved 12 times. My father was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force who did three tours in Vietnam. I grew up watching TV news with my mom hoping to see my dad, but also hoping not to see him. Some of my friends’ family members never came back home from that war. I also saw my first dead body when I was 4 and I saw a motorcycle rider die in front of me when I was 7. After these tragic events, I kept on asking myself: Why are we here? And where do we go after we die?


Death & decay and, that fine line between life & death has always fascinated me. I grew up reading & watching everything that I could about war since I lived next to military bases & old military battlegrounds. I also studied ghosts, spirits, magic and illusions. Learned how to hunt, wilderness survival, and rose through the ranks as a Boy Scout. At 18, I joined the U.S. Army as a combat infantry soldier specializing in jungle warfare for the 25th Infantry Division.


Three years later, I seriously got into drugs and alcohol (we had a motto in the Army: “Work hard, play harder!”) and before I knew it, I started dealing drugs as a middleman in an LSD drug cartel. After I realized, I was dealing to an undercover agent, I went on the run for a year-and-a-half. I finally got caught and was sentenced to 10-years at Fort Leavenworth, a hard-labor, maximum-security prison for Department of Defense inmates. I lived amongst some of the worst criminals in the world. We had serial killers, rapists, child molesters, and even murderers. Which turned out to be the perfect training ground for me to study these monsters and figure out why they committed these horrific crimes. I did 5-years in total; two-and-a-half on the inside and two-and-a-half on federal parole. 


Prison was the best thing for me! I got my act together, cleaned up, and started to educate myself about art. I had a sense art would one day save my life. I finally went to college at Virginia Tech to study broadcast journalism with an Emmy nominated news reporter. In my junior year, CBS News pulled me out of school to work full-time as a TV photojournalist – where I specialized in spot news (which is natural disasters & man-made disasters).


At 31, I then decided to become a professional actor. I read over three dozen acting books. The two books that stood out to me were written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet. I attended his acting conservatory in New York City the summer of 2002 and trained another year before I got the courage to audition on my own.

 

Since I am an ex-con, I now wanted to become the hero of my own dark story! My mission statement as an actor is to educate the world on what real life villains are really like, so, they know how to protect themselves against them. Because everyone has a real-life villain in their life (if not within them self as well). From 2004 to 2018, I booked 68 acting projects in total that are listed on IMDb. I also acted with 19 actors who won or got nominated for the Oscar, Golden Globe, or Emmy.


After working with Paul McCarthy for two years as a performance artist in his art exhibition films (which Hauser & Wirth funded), I then decided to combine all my professional art skills into one art form – contemporary art. Contemporary art allows me to do everything I love to do! So, I spent the next two years consuming everything I could on contemporary art from PBS’s Art 21 to the writings & documentaries of past abstract painters, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and I even studied cave paintings (the actual birth of abstract art).

 

On my 50th birthday, I picked up a camera to invent a new style of abstract/fine-art photography that deals with that fine line between the life & death of objects, then death & decay, and now, a rebirth (aka spirits or other worldly beings like the supernatural). I specialize in up-close and personal, macro photography of urban decay. I have even won eight international fine-art photography awards for these artworks.

 

My mission with abstract/fine-art photography is to reveal to the world that even in death & decay, there is still beauty, as well as a new source of energy/life that wants to be born into this world, just in another way. We just need to look at it from a different light, a different perspective. Life truly never ends! It just gets reborn into this world again & again as another essence, another beautiful being. Just like how a caterpillar gruesomely transforms into a butterfly!

 

I also give my limited-edition abstract/fine-art photographs another kind of *rebirth*, by printing them on materials close to what they were originally born on. My macro/close-up photographs of metal decay are printed on archival metal; my macro/close-up photographs of decaying plastic are printed on archival acrylic (which is a plastic); to etc. It is my way of making sure my abstract/fine-art photographs become more life-like than ever before; making them seem like the actual objects that I photographed in the first place.


We all get old, we all die, we all have real-life villains in our lives. The sooner we accept the cycles of life, the sooner we embrace the changes that are needed, to become the hero/heroine of our own story! Where we will enjoy life more & enjoy all the different sources of energy that are all around us. We only live once (or do we?), so, enjoy the ride!

 

I hope you have a great day & feel free to share my rebirth art or my story with whomever you like! :)


DAVE VESCIO CONTEMPORARY ART  found here: Dave Vescio Fine Art

Lets make April Random Acts Of Kindness Month

 

It’s a new month. Spring is almost here. I am going to throw out a challenge to everyone. I’m making the month of April “Random Acts of Kindness month”. I challenge everyone to do as many random acts of kindness that you can throughout the month.

 

It doesn’t cost a thing to do something nice and helpful to another person. Examples:

Hold a door open for somebody.

 

If you see somebody drop something stop and pick it up for them.

 

If you see something left in a parking lot like a purse, phone, toy, anything take a minute, pick it up, and take it into the business to the service desk. Hopefully the person will be able to have their lost item returned.

 

Doing random acts of kindness doesn’t cost any money. It just takes a few minutes out of your day. Spread joy and happiness. Pay it forward and help somebody in need.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

March Madness means FREE books for you!

 March Madness brings you FREE books!



This 1800 word Quick Read by International Best Selling Author Lizzy Stevens is a fun and fast way to spend a few extra minutes that you have.

Kylie Is a Cupid in training. She is one of the best at making love connections. She gets to work bright and early, is handed her assignments, and goes right to work. But one night she thinks what could the harm be in making a love connection all on her own? Why does she need to be told who to connect? She’s good at her job. One of the best in fact. So why not just give it a shot? Well she soon learns there are many reasons why you don’t just go out and do it on your own. Kylie makes a big mistake. How will she fix this problem?




Deep Dark Secrets - Kindle edition by Stevens, Lizzy. Paranormal Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Evan Sanders was destined to a life of fighting. He wasn’t an ordinary man. He was a lycanthrope. Not only was he a werewolf but he was the pack’s leader. His mission in life was to protect humankind from vampires. Everything was on track for their big gathering of the full moon. Battle plans were laid out for the upcoming war between the werewolves and the vampires. Nothing would get in the way.

That’s what he thought until she walked into his life.
Cheyanne Willows was banging on his door one night needing help. She was on the run from vampires.

It wasn’t long before Evan learned that Cheyanne wasn’t an ordinary woman. She had no clue how powerful she was or why they were after her. He had to protect her from the vampires.

How could Evan focus on the battle and protect Cheyanne at the same time?



Brandon's Secret - Kindle edition by Stevens, Lizzy, Miller, Steve. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Rochelle moves to the beach to get her life back on track after her mother dies in a car accident. Shortly after she arrives she meets tall, dark and sexy Brandon. Night after night he shows up at her beach house and they have a great time together, but he never comes around during the day. Where does he go all day? He says that he is at work all day , but Rochelle decides to do a little digging around and unveils more than she wants to. What secret is Brandon keeping? “Brandon’s Secret” is a short story packed with romance, mystery, and secrets.



Amazon.com: Karma Is A Bitch eBook : Stevens, Lizzy, Miller, Steve: Kindle Store


Karmas are immortals that kept the not so good people in line. They lived by the motto “Do bad things bad things will happen.” Tessa Waters was one of the best Karmas of the Karma realm. However, she wasn’t the fastest. She would watch over the realms, Earth, being her main realm. When she saw somebody not behaving she would send down a Karma punishment on that person. They were always funny and made the other Karmas laugh but she wasn’t fast enough. The head Karma thought it would help Tessa if instead of watching from a far she went down to Earth and passed out the punishments up close. Maybe that would make her faster. She could not return until she hit 100 Karmas. Tessa thought that would be no problem. Until the trickster of all tricksters, Loki, got in her way. How was she supposed to pass out Karmas if Loki was right in the way playing pranks on everyone? Now Tessa had to deal with the trouble makers and Loki. How was she supposed to hit her goal of 100 and make it back home?




Blackbeard's Treasure - Kindle edition by Stevens, Lizzy, Miller, Steve. Contemporary Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard, was killed November 22, 1718. Two months before, he purposely ran his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground at what is now called Beaufort Inlet.

He emptied the ship of all treasures into his other ship, The Tender, and fled to where nobody knows. Two months later, when he reappeared, he was killed in battle, and his body was tossed into the ocean. To this day, nobody knows where the treasure went.

For years, people have searched high and low for his treasure. It has been said that Blackbeard said nobody but he and the devil knew where it was located.
Cassie Andrews returns to Branson Missouri to clean out her grandfather’s house, who recently passed away. While emptying the attic she comes across an old diary belonging to a woman who claims to have been married to Edward Teach. Cassie soon realizes that she holds the key to the famous Blackbeard’s Treasure.

Cassie turns to her friend Levi for help in finding the treasure. "In her zeal to uncover the clues to Blackbeard's Treasure Cassie lands herself in the hospital.

Attraction explodes off the page as Levi nurses Cassie back to health and together they experience the adventure of a lifetime to uncover their true feelings for one another and Blackbeard's Treasure





Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Guest Blogger: Lily Amis: Children & YA Writer, Blogger, Artist, Lyricist and Voice4Refugees

 


As far as I know, no former refugees or international artist has ever released a song to this date to bring awareness about the plight of refugees worldwide. I hope with the miracle of music, my powerful lyrics, and the strong vocals by British singer, songwriter, and producer Thir13een we can make this petition happen!


The following press release was sent out this week to 500+ news websites, TV & Radio, Trade/Industry, national and International News sites.

Former Refugee, Lily Amis, Releases New Song To Help Bring Awareness To The Plight Of Refugees

The sensational song titled “80 Million People!,” was performed by British R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and producer, Thir13een, and is scheduled to be released on all streaming platforms on the 22nd of February, 2022

February 17th, 2022: Lily Amiss is pleased to announce that she will be releasing a new song to bring awareness to the plight of refugees. The Iranian born writer hopes that the miracle of music and the power of lyrics will be a wake-up call for privileged people who have a negative view of refugees and don’t show a sign of empathy, understanding, or support for their horrible living conditions.

Titled 80 Million People!, the meaningful lyrics of the new song were written by Lily Amis during the global pandemic and will be performed by the British R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and producer, Thrir13een from London. Scheduled to be released on the 22nd of February, 2022, 80 Million People is a clarion call for empathy, kindness, and the nurturing of the world's collective humanity.

Lily Amiss is an Iranian born Children and YA writer, Blogger, Lyricist, and Voice4refugees. Lily became a refugee at the tender age of 10, forced to witness the horrors and mayhem of the Iran-Iraq war which broke out in 1980. And even after more than three decades, the songwriter says her mind is still fresh with the memory of the carnage, hinting that the scars of war are never truly forgotten.

"The sound of the bombs dropping has stayed with me. It was like a firework, and even now after more than 30 years, when everyone is happy about fireworks, it still sounds to me like those bombs dropping."

According to Lily, her goal now is to raise as much awareness about the horrible plight of refugees and inspire people all over the world to take willful action, towards changing the way foreigners in distress are being treated, when they relocate seeking sanctuary. The brilliant author artfully captured her experience as a refugee, in a memoir titled Destination: Freedom (also published as The Stolen Years In Zurich), and is currently responsible for an online petition - #HumanityB4Nationality, which seeks to change the refugee law regarding education and integration rights worldwide.

“We have witnessed this horrible humanitarian crisis for over a decade. It is time to make a fundamental change and rescue the refugees from their life of misery. Refugees deserve a life of dignity. Safety and privacy, housing and food, medical and sociological care, and guidance for participating in the legal asylum-seeking process.”

The #HumanityB4Nationality petition is also available in German, Italian, Spanish, and French.

While the world awaits the release of 80 Million People!, the lyrics to the sensational piece of music can be read by clicking on the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBRkEVFadmk


Monday, February 7, 2022

Guest Blogger: Paul Levinson

 


Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code & The Plot To Save Socrates; his LPs Twice Upon A Rhyme & Welcome Up. His nonfiction including Fake News in Real Context, The Soft Edge, & Digital McLuhan have been translated into 15 languages.

Paul Levinson | Vocal





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It's Real Life | Fiction (vocal.media)


Excerpt: 

“That’s 'Real Life,' from the Beatles’ 1985 Come and Go LP, and I’m Pete Fornatale on WFUV’s July 4, 1996 weeklong celebration.”

Pete sighed with a mix of all kinds of deep emotions as the song played. Every time he played that song – every time he heard it – he felt like crying, and his eyes burned right now. The song was not only heart-tugging and beautiful but profoundly unsettling, and he felt that he was somehow connected to it.

The Beatles were close to breaking up. Lennon had made that clear in his long interview with Pete's colleague, disc jockey Dennis Elsas, earlier this year. McCartney had, too, in what he had said about his solo song, "My Brave Face," co-written and co-performed with Elvis Costello, the first time any Beatle had done that with a non-Beatle. But no, that was not the reason Pete felt this unspeakable sense of foreboding about the Beatles, about Lennon in particular.

Pete put another piece of vinyl on the turntable. That was still his favorite way of playing music. “Here’s one of my all-time favorites – George’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ from the Beatles' 1974 Band on the Run LP. They brought in Nicky Hopkins to play piano on that one.” Pete hoped the song might make his foreboding pass. It only made it worse.

He looked at the stained analog clock on the wall. He had just twelve minutes left to his show. Maybe he'd take a walk in the tunnels below Keating Hall. That had always cleared his mind when he'd first started walking there, when he was a student here at Fordham University in the 1960s. He'd found it cleared his mind now, too, since he'd returned to Fordham and WFUV about two years ago.

***

No one knew exactly when or why the tunnels had been built. Likely near the end of the 19th century, in one of Fordham's many expansions, so students could go from one building to another without getting frostbitten in winter or drenched in the spring. There was a rumor that Edgar Allan Poe had something to do with constructing them, and one of the tunnels went straight to his home up on Kingsbridge Road. Not likely, but who knew. Poe's cottage on Kingsbridge off the Grand Concourse was definitely real.

On this Tuesday after July 4, the tunnels were danker than usual, but Pete didn't mind. He was kindly disposed to the fungus or lichen or whatever it was on the walls, and the dankness was part of their charm. There were all kinds of stories about what existed or what could be done in the tunnels, ranging from ghosts to teleportation portals to Pete's favorite – he'd encountered it in a science fiction story written by a professor in the Communications Department a few years ago, about how the tunnels actually were conduits to alternate realities.

Pete felt vaguely relieved. The very thought of alternate realities made him feel better. Maybe he could get to an alternate reality where he wasn't plagued by this inchoate feeling of dread about John Lennon.

Hmm … he'd been thinking so hard, he'd walked a little further than he'd intended in the tunnels. He didn't recall seeing that thick wooden door before. There were plenty of them, here and there in the tunnels, but they were always locked. He'd once asked a maintenance guy in Keating what was behind them, and he said cleaning supplies.

This one wasn't locked. Maybe someone on the maintenance crew had left it open, accidentally or because he was in the middle of a job. Pete couldn't resist. He opened the door. All he saw in front of him was another tunnel, with no sign of cleaning supplies.

***

He walked through the door and in the tunnel beyond for a few minutes. He saw nothing unusual – the same mottled walls – and the occasional door bolted shut. He looked at his analog watch. He'd been in these tunnels too long, and realized he was now in danger of coming late to his appointment with the WNET people in just an hour. The meeting was important – they wanted Pete to host a retrospective on the Beach Boys, another one of his favorite groups.

He looked back on where he'd been walking. He needed to find a faster way out of here, so he could catch either Conrail or Fordham's Ram Van downtown, depending upon where he was able to exit.

He knew there was more than one exit. He'd used multiple exits ever since he'd starting walking here in the 1960s. And— ah, there was one! A different kind of door, not bolted. With any luck, there would be a steep flight of stairs upward on the other side.

And there was. He sprinted up the stairs so fast his legs hurt. He opened the door to a soft rain. It wasn't bad. He squinted and saw he was on the west end of the campus. Ok, it would be Conrail to Manhattan. He had no idea what its schedule was, but the trains ran pretty often.

He walked quickly past Duane Library towards the train station. He loved that old library, with its winding steps to shelves over-crowded with books. He heard a train in the distance and quickened his pace. It was definitely coming from the north. It would be close, but he was good at catching an arriving train. He knew he could pay onboard. He dashed past the ticket booth, nearly collided with an elderly woman, and apologized over his shoulder. He rushed down the stairs to the tracks, just as the train came into the station. He walked through the open doors and smiled. He always enjoyed these last-minute boardings. He sat on one of the worn cloth seats and awaited the conductor.

A woman soon approached in a tight uniform and a book of tickets.

"Grand Central Terminal," he told her.

She nodded. "Five dollars," she said.

Pete gave her a five-dollar bill, and she reciprocated with a ticket stub.

As she walked away, Pete noticed that it said "Metro North" on the back of her uniform. He hadn't seen that before. It usually just said "Conrail."

***

The train arrived at Grand Central about 20 minutes later. A group of buskers caught his ear and eye. Three young women were singing "Yes It Is." It was one of Pete's most beloved Beatles' songs.

He looked at his watch. He'd made good time on the train and had a few minutes to spare. He took another five-dollar bill from his wallet and placed it in the open guitar case, which already had plenty of bills and coins.

The women finished the song with the word "true" in lovely lilting harmony. "Thank you," the lead singer, a woman with long black hair, said to him. The other two were blonde. The three reminded Pete of the Bangles.

"You were wonderful," Pete said. "Do you do requests?"

The lead singer nodded.

"How about 'Real Life'"? Pete asked.

The woman scrunched her face. "You mean 'Real Love'? I think I read in Rolling Stone that 'Real Life' was the original name of the song."

Pete shook his head and laughed. He'd read every issue of Rolling Stone, and had never seen any article or review or interview that said that. He certainly didn't want to insult these singers and tell them he was Pete Fornatale and he no doubt knew much more than they did about the Beatles. "Ok, could you play me that song?"

The women nodded and began singing. It was beautiful – exactly the same as "Real Life," except they were singing "Real Love."

"Thank you," he said, when they were finished, and impulsively reached in his wallet. All he had was a ten-dollar bill and a twenty-dollar bill. He put the ten in the open guitar case with a flourish. "You deserve it," he said.

"Isn't that President Reagan?" one of the women asked.

Pete nodded.

"When did they change the guy on the money?" one of the other women asked. "Alexander Hamilton's on my ten-dollar bills."

Pete didn't know what to say. He looked at his watch. If he stayed here much longer, he'd be late for his appointment. He pulled his cellphone out of his pocket and called one of the WNET people he was supposed to meet. The phone rang and rang with no answer, and no voicemail. He put the phone back in his pocket. He didn't really care about the pictures on the money. He cared about NET. But he cared most about the Beatles. "Can you tell me all you know about that song?" he asked, gently.

The women looked at each other. The first one he had talked to looked up at him and considered. "You gave us $5 of real money. Even if the $10 isn't real, I guess your $5 is worth a few minutes of conversation."

"Thank you," Pete said. "When did you last hear that song?"

"I saw the video on MTV the other night," one of the women said. "Very moving."

"I don't think I've seen that," Pete said. "What did you find moving about it?"

"I mean, you know, with Lennon and all, it was very emotional," she said.

"Yeah," Pete said, "John always has a voice that pulls at your heart."

"And seeing him come back to life on that video, on this song, was really something," one of the other women, who hadn't spoken before, said, with something like tears in her eyes.

Pete opened his mouth to say something but stopped. This was getting crazier by the minute.

"What do you mean 'come back to life'?" he asked, slowly. Had something happened to John Lennon that he somehow hadn't heard about? Impossible!

All three women looked at him, with expressions from suspicious to amazed. "You know he was assassinated in 1980, right?" the woman with long black hair finally asked him, in a husky voice.

No, I don't, Pete thought. "Look, I— thank you. You have a lot of talent. Apologies for the interruption." He opened his wallet for the twenty, but thought the better of it. He might need it for other things. He reached in his pocket and found two quarters. "Thanks," he said again, and put them in the guitar case. They had George Washington on them. "They're real, right?"

All three women nodded.

"Thanks," Pete said again and hurried away.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Guest blogger James Moushon

 


New Release
TIMEOUT! by James Moushon
A Jonathon Stone Mystery Novel
Now available at Amazon and Kindle Unlimited: https://amzn.to/3G4Y6H6

Thank you for your great support.
 
Blurb
 
The wind was blowing briskly off the ocean with a slight mist in the air.
 
Jonathon is dispatched to San Diego with Chuck Chun, another CIA special agent. The CIA had received an alert. A notorious arms dealer was arriving in San Diego with a large number of guns and explosives on a freighter from the Far East. This dealer had been very elusive for a long time.
 
At the same time, FBI Agent Jodi Shannon and Agent Brian Baker from LA join the San Diego FBI field office team in a joint investigation. Their assignment: Get to the bottom of a white-collar crime, sports fixing.”
 
At the center of things was Willy Payne, a veteran basketball player for the San Diego Bays. He quickly becomes the focus of both investigations.
 
Eventually, Payne runs out of time.
 
HBS Author’s Spotlight Book Showcase: Timeout! By James Moushon
Read More https://bit.ly/3Hxc7xM
 
This is the fourth novel in the Jonathon Stone Mystery series which includes 17 short stories.
 
Thanks again for your support.

Another FREE Stones Short Story coming soon.
 
James Moushon


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Guest blogger: Matt Krahula

 Welcome Matt Krahula to my blog today.


Matt Krahula is the lead singer of  Nightmare River Band. He is the bass player for Henry Kapona and he is 1/2 of Beyond Hope Music. 


You can follow him on Twitter  here:

@mattkrahula


And keep up with Nightmare River band and Beyond Hope Music here:


@beyondhopemusic


Stop by and subscribe to his Youtube Channel 

mattkrahula - YouTube






Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Guest blogger: James Moushon

 



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Joy, the Little Girl from Hope:

A Summer at The North Pole 2021


Again, this year you can get a Christmas Short Read for Free. It is Humorous and Sad. You can hear about Santa during the summer at the North Pole. And you will fall in love with Joy from Hope, Arkansas. Last year it was Number One Short Read on Amazon during the Christmas Season.

Blurb:
We join Santa and Ms. Claus relaxing on the porch after a hard day’s work. It is summertime at the ranch as everyone prepares for Christmas Eve. Many things have changed over the years but the goal of bringing joy to the world is still the same. Things are just more modern now.
 
One of the tasks Ms. Claus oversees is the many letters received from children. Just as things seem to be going smoothly, they receive a heartbreaking letter that changes the mode of the day. Santa must take care of this problem immediately.

FREE at Amazon from 12/20/21 through 12/25/21. Click this Amazon link.

A great story to share with your family and friends.
#1 in 30-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads


I have added some Christmas music to get you into the Holiday Spirit. You can listen to it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IZmK7RJpVAo
 
Merry Christmas everyone.