Sunday, March 30, 2014

Author Spotlight: Summoned for Greatness

Today I would like to introduce to you a new book by author, Rainy Kane. Summoned is a Horror book that was released on March 27th and has hit three Amazon bestsellers lists.

#4,680 Paid in Kindle Store 
#25 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > Occult
#28 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
#57 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Urban

Summoned can be found on Amazon at 

Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. 

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets. 

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him. 

A dark twist on the genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him. 

Who Is Rainy Kaye?

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

Author Spotlight: Mythical Beasts and Lost Cities #fantasy #DavidVPyle #scifi
Welcome back to the Author Spotlight. My guest today is David V. Pyle. David is the author of The Lost Cities (The Age of Beasts:1). His book is a YA Mytical Science Fiction book published by Mountain Springs House on March 28, 2014.

Hi David.  Can you tell us about your book?
In a world where beasts rule and humans serve, a rare free human named Kyra Lynne finds herself sought by the beasts for the knowledge she has about the legendary forbidden weapons – highly destructive instruments from ages past. She soon finds herself enslaved to a bovine prince named Meateus Khan who seeks honor for his race. A scheming Onk merchant sets them off on a quest to the legendary lost cities in the mountains in search of the lost weapons, joined by members of two other beast clans the canine and feline Panthera – who would see the weapons destroyed.

What inspired you to write The Lost Cities?
The inspiration came from an early 1980's comic called the Justice League of America, where they were battling a group called the ani-men. My mind started tumbling over what-ifs and I handed in my first version of the story for a 1984 college creative writing class.

How did writing The Lost Cities change you?
It gave me a desire to be a more accomplished writer like King or Spielberg.

Who is David V. Pyle?

Though David V. Pyle has held many jobs over the years, being a fiction writer has always been his
main interest even though he may not have always pursued it well enough. Originally from Princeton, IN, where he graduated High School and took writing related courses, he went on to attend Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and obtained a degree in journalism. After working a few years as a journalist and freelance nonfiction writer, he pursed other careers. Late in the 90’s his interest in writing fiction resurged with stronger and better ideas, he has taken courses through Full Sail University to help him hone my skills as a creative writer. Now his plans are to focus more on writing fiction in addition to his day job and build it as a career in as many ways as he can: books, short stories, scripts, comicbooks.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My #Irish Eyes are Smiling. #BaileysRevenge is #Amazon #Bestseller

My fans are awesome!!!

I woke up this morning to find Bailey's Revenge had climbed up the Irish Historical Fiction Bestsellers List on Amazon and was listed at one of the Top Hot New Releases in Irish Historical Fiction. I feel truly blessed. Thank you everyone for supporting this book. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Work Hard Be Rewarded Harder: #Screenwriting for #Hollywood

Mr. Bergenfeld is known around Hollywood as a leader in acquiring some of the most influential and respected intellectual properties worldwide. Teamwork is vital to all of his success and it will always be something of great value to Mr. Bergenfeld. Mr. Bergenfeld has worked hands on with, the Emmy Award winning production company, Trium Entertainment on all of his non-scripted creative. They developed all original content together.

Jason Bergenfeld has been working in Hollywood for over a decade and has produced shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, Discovery, SPIKE, Lifetime, MSNBC, TruTV, GSN, BET, AOL TV, A&E, and more.  I had the chance to sit down with Jason Bergenfeld and discuss what it takes for a screenwriter to sell his or her work.

Jason Bergenfeld is someone who anyone can look up to for inspiration. Diagnosed with Dyslexia and A.D.D. as a child, he had a very difficult time reading and writing. He overcame his struggles by constantly reading material over and over again. The past three decades his intense study of the written word changed his writing skills and creativity. He evolved with the help of a dictionary and thesaurus by his side. Today he reads hundreds of scripts and has a successful career as a producer on several projects including Sara Sweetcheeks (Film), Roughnecks (Film) & The You In Me (Film)*

Mr. Bergenfeld also likes to write the stories that leave him with a sense of “I have to write this.”  When I asked him about his writing process he said it all begins with a story idea that eventually evolves into a full story with story boarding. After he gets an idea he will spend weeks, even months, conducting research.  He wants to know what makes his story idea so different from the similar. He uses a wide range of research sources to glean the vital information that he requires to bring his story to life.  “People may know the subject but they don’t know the individuals that were responsible for each of the subjects,” Bergenfeld stated.

Character development and world building are vital for any screenwriter. There are plenty of good writers who write screenplays that never sell. Why don’t they sell? Because the characters are dry and there isn’t enough in the script to show the world in which the story takes place. “People are lazy these days. They just want to write and get it sold. What they don’t understand is that you have to create something that will fascinate people. If you cut corners people will see. Take the time to develop your story. If you work hard you get rewarded hard.” Bergenfeld explained.

Gone are the days when a writer could just write a script and sell it. Hollywood’s thinking has become transmedia. Transmedia means a story is told through novel, screenplay, television, game and graphic novel. A writer needs to understand how to convey their story in all media outlets if they want to sell their work. This is why character development is essential. Your characters and the world they live in needs to be able to cross into all media outlets, especially games and graphic novels. People want to interact with your characters. They tend to relate the characters to people they know or to themselves.

Lately, Hollywood has been releasing movies based on novels, games and graphic novels. Some of these movies are sequels or remakes of other hit movies. It may seem like Hollywood is out of ideas but Jason Bergenfeld disagrees. He believes Hollywood has fallen into the mindset of “gamification.” Gamification is the process in which you can take a story idea and develop it into a game and merchandise that will sell. A screenwriter needs to develop a story that can reach to the masses through gamification.  People want to see the characters on screen and become them in a game. Gaming has taken the world by storm and the fantasy world has exploded. Every story is a fantasy that can be exploited into a game and the screenplay needs to have the entire transmedia package in order for it to sell well.

Every story, including reality shows, needs to have a bible.  In fact, if you think about it, writing a novel is building a bible. You are giving the characters a voice and brining their world to life.  A bible is beneficial to the screenwriter because it explains everything about the world and the characters the screenwriter has created. You want to develop a believable world and characters. The facts gleaned from your research needs to be implemented into the world in order to make the story believable. Jason Bergenfeld believes writers who do not create their story’s bible are doing themselves an injustice. “People fall in love with characters. Stories are a dime a dozen. People who don’t take the time to build the world are going to have trouble selling stuff,” Bergenfeld stated

Whenever a screenwriter who has not taken the time to develop their stories world and create believable characters try to sell their story they may come across an study executive pass their work by saying “It still needs development.” Development means time and money. Studios rarely have the time anymore to develop an idea into a marketable screenplay. “If you know a character in your screenplay then why can’t you build it farther outside your script? Bergenfeld added. Don’t be in a rush to sell your story. If you need more time to develop your world and characters then take the time to do so. The more believable the characters and worlds are the higher probability you have to sell your work.

Education is key. If you’re not a knowledgeable screenwriter then that will show in your work. Go to school, read the books, read other screenplays, do what you must do in order to better your writing. Don’t be in a rush to sell that script. Remember, what Stephen King once said, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
based on a true story is a mix between Gangs of New York and The Dirty Dozen.  The first paratroopers for the U.S. military that helped defeat the Germans at a pivotal battle were not made up of trained soldiers, but rather convicted murderers on death row.  They were given a choice; die on the electrocution chair or die fighting for your country. Produced By: Anthony Samadani, Jason Bergenfeld & Eva Lontscharitsch.

Sara Sweetcheecks (Written By Babaloo Mandel) is funny and magical family entertainment about a widowed father who hires Sara Sweetcheeks, a modern Mary Poppins-like nanny to help raise his three children, only to discover that the endearing Sara is less like Mary Poppins and more like Lord Voldemort, only with a cuter nose. Produced By: Joshua Mandel, Anthony Samadani & Jason Bergenfeld

The You In Me (Written By Babaloo Mandel) is about two self-centered men's lives become intertwined, forcing them to become caring human beings, in spite of one of them being a thoroughly outrageous punk rocker who died in 1977. Produced By: Joshua Mandel & Jason Bergenfeld

#Blessings: My forgotten #literary #treasure revisted

Did you ever have a writing project that you wanted to write so bad but then something happens and you had to abandon it? I have a few of those projects. I have held onto an idea for a sci-fi book that is loosely based off of a Star Trek: TNG fan fiction story I wrote in Middle School. I rewrote the story into a screenplay when I was in High School then shoved it away. I had wanted to send it to Start Trek:TNG but never did. The story popped up again while I was in graduate school and we were studying graphic novels. I changed the characters, removed the Star Trek stuff, created my own world and renamed the series, Mystique. Little did I realize that I had been building that world for years every time I wrote the fan fiction. After graduate school I had a producer who was interested in using my story for a webseries. He created a banner for it but never green lighted the idea due to budget constraints. Without an illustrator nor a producer to help me I once again shoved my story idea to the back burner.

This week I was blessed to meet a wonderful artist in the UK named Carol Ann. She had created some art work for one of the MSH authors. I told Carol Ann about Mystique and she wanted to create the images for it. This is the first drawing she did of Ziva Benjamin.

Ziva is the protagonist of Mystique. She's Bene Isreali originally from New Orleans, Lousiana but after the Second American Revolution ended in 2045 her nationality is not USA but United Eastern Alliance because she lives and works in New York City. She's the mother of K'Lara (age: 14) and Hope (age: 7) Williams. Ziva has an off and on again relationship with the father of her children, K'Shawn Williams that is interrupted when she and her daughters are transported to 2070 in a car accident. A deadly warrior trained in the martial arts with a dark past and no family to help her raise her children, Ziva not only struggles with her own personal demons but with the new life she is forced to live as a member of the Mystique.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WWI America: German - American Hysteria and Internment Camps

Public Domain
WWI Injustice:
The German-American 
Detention Camps

World War I changed the lives of many people throughout Europe and the United States. Hatred, fear and prejudice has never been a stranger to our American culture. The last time I wrote about a social injustice that occurred in United States History I wrote about the Eugenic Laws of Edwardian society. The Eugenic Laws were well into practice by the time the United States entered World War I.
World War I, also known as the Great War, began in Europe on July 28, 1914. The United States tried to remain out of the European conflict. On May 7, 1915, Germany torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. The British ocean liner was on route from New York to Liverpool. Out of the 1,959 passengers and crew on board only 764 survived. Of those who perished 128 American lives were lost including American publisher and writer, Elbert Green Hubbard. The lost of American lives outraged the American public. On April 2, 1917, the United States entered World War I.

German-American Immigration History
The first German families arrived and settled in Pennsylvania between 1671 to 1677. These German colonists came to Pennsylvania to escape from religious persecution. A hundred years laters,  8.6% of the American population and 33% of the population in Pennsylvania was German. During the American Revolutionary War the German numbers were strengthened when around 30,000 Hessian soldiers came to the United States to fight on behalf of England. After the war, 5,000 of those warriors chose to remain behind and start a new life for themselves in the newly formed United States of America. 
Germans also entered the United States through the redemptioner system. A German peasant would board a vessel for free and upon arrival at an Atlantic port would be sold to an American businessman for four to seven years to win his freedom and pay for his passage. This scheme lasted until 1815 and was the only way some could immigrate to the United States. 
Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars of 1815, the United States saw large immigration waves from Germany. 6,000 Germans entered the United States during the 1820's. Most of these immigrants were Lutherans who sought religious freedom. During the 1840's, Germany was suffering from the same potato famine that Ireland was. Nearly 1 million Germans immigrated to the United States during the 1850's. That figure dropped to 723,000 during the 1860's and slightly grew to 751,000 during the 1870's. It peaked at 1,445,000 in the 1880's. By the time the United States entered WWI German-Americans were the largest population in the United States whose language wasn't English. 

German-American Hysteria
The German-Americans had enjoyed a wonderful like in the United States before the United States
NY Times article on Name Changing Bill 1918
entered the war. Most German-American families had maintained their cultural heritage through their faith, customs, education, and by speaking the German language. Everything changed when the United States entered the Great War. "With the start of World War I, German Americans suddenly became the face of the enemy in the United States, and they suffered through violent harassment. Anything remotely "German" was attacked and/or destroyed. Books were burned, street names changed, and German businesses boycotted. Music by German composers like Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was removed from public performances. Hamburgers, sauerkraut, and dachshunds were renamed "liberty burgers," "liberty cabbage," and "liberty hounds." German Americans were physically attacked, tarred and feathered, and even killed. Robert Paul Prager, a German-born coal miner who was lynched by a mob in 1918, became the symbol of anti-German violence." - US History in Context.
German-Americans were expected to abandon their cultural heritage and take up Americanism or face their destruction. Throughout the United States anything that had to do with German cultural was attacked. The attacks on German - American culture had a devastating blow to the preservation of German-American cultural heritage. Today, most German-Americans have lost the cultural treasures their ancestors had once enjoyed.
The German-American hysteria was largely fueled by President Woodrow Wilson's administration. President Wilson's administration released thousands of propaganda posters like the one at the top of this posting to dehumanize the German-American population. Once you dehumanize someone it's easier to cast violence against them. 

President Woodrow Wilson issued two sets of regulations on April 6, 1917 and November 16, 1917. These regulations imposed restrictions on any German male over the age of 16. They were written in German and English. The regulations imposed restrictions on any German descent male age 14 years or older. 250,000 German American men were required to register at their local post office, carry their registration card with them at all times and report any changes to their address or employment. 
President Wilson stated in his Flag Day speech on June 14, 1917, “The military masters of Germany have filled our unsuspecting communities with vicious spies and conspirators and have sought to corrupt the opinion of our people….[these persons] seek to undermine the Government with false professions of loyalty to its principles." President Wilson wasn't the only one in his administration to speak out against the German-American population. On April 18, 1918, the same restrictions were imposed on females. 

German - American Internment Camps
President Wilson had been ready for his attack against the German-American population. He established three internment camps for the German-Americans who would not denounce their cultural ties with Germany. You can learn more about the internment of German-American at this link
The internment (concentration) camps were ran by the United States Army. The main concentration camps were located in Fort McPherson and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and Fort Douglas, Arizona. The camps in Georgia were established for German-Americans east of the Mississippi while the Fort Douglas camp was for those who lived west of the Mississippi.  In addition to the three internment camps twenty transit stations were also established throughout the United States. These stations and the camps were managed by the Enemy Alien Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Thousands of German-Americans were arrested and detained as enemies of the United States just for being of German descent. Most were not released from captivity until two years after the war had ended.

German sailors held at Fort McPherson

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Do What You Love To Do: My Interview with A&E Executive Producer Sai Abishek

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Sai Abishek, the executive producer of India’s A&E Networks TV 18. Mr. Abishek has worked in the industry for many years and I wanted to know about his perspective of working in the entertainment industry.

1) What is the most rewarding part of your job as an executive producer for A&E Networks TV 18 and why?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing various thought processes and ideas translate and fructify into something that is solid and tangible. There is a pleasure in nurturing and seeing something grow from an embryonic stage to its full potential. Success or failure, the journey is a reward in itself.
2) What is the hardest part of your job and why?

The hardest part is definitely making sure everything is running as it should be and keeping all the nuts and bolts well oiled. Though this sounds routine, it has to be the most crucial part of the job as I need to be prepared for any eventualities and emergencies at a moment’s notice. So it goes a long way in making sure your shop is in top condition at all times and prepared for turbulence.  

3) Being an assistant producer can be hard work yet is often times a great way to break into the business. What were some of the lessons that you learned when you worked as an assistant producer with CNBC TV 18?

Learn quick, observe and absorb everything, volunteer for anything that comes your way, make no room for mistakes, deliver each time, build relationships and most importantly keep your wrist watch at home!

4) Do you think it is important for people who work to understand journalism? Why?

No matter what you do for a living, it is very important to not work in silos.  Understanding journalism improves the overall understanding of the world we live in and therefore we make better choices as individuals. Like in daily life, you will always be thrown into situations which will be beyond your control. The choice you make will depend on the sum total of your life experiences and the understanding of it.

5) In 2009, you transitioned from being an assistant producer to journalism. What did you learn from your experience as a journalist that has helped you in your current career?

In my brief stint in journalism, the most important lesson I learnt is time management. Often times, life is chaotic, the work is never ending and the deadlines were the day before. Schedule your day, prioritize your tasks and be ready for everything to come crashing down!  

6) If you could give someone advice about breaking into the business as a producer what would you tell them?

Read books & newspapers, watch films constantly, listen to music, travel as much as you can and pursue a hobby of any sort. This has nothing and everything to do with being a producer. There are important experiences there.
Go to work at the top of your game, always challenge yourself, be aware and never take your work for granted. You are among the chosen few, so show all you’ve got!

7) When considering a project for A&E Networks what do you look for?

Originality, freshness of the concept and brand identity. I constantly look for ways to engage with & expand our rapidly growing audiences. Be it through shows, characters or just a break out concept. In a time of chaos with hundreds of television channels and copy cat ideas being tossed around, it is not very difficult to spot & pursue the exceptional.

8) Being in the business what would you say that you had to sacrifice?

I’m tempted to say, “a social life”. But that isn’t completely true.  According to many, I did not make enough money, did not have enough personal time, did not get enough sleep and did not get enough holidays. But those are not the reasons why I joined the business anyway. If you love what you do, there’s nothing really to sacrifice. Stop comparing and live your life. There is a virtue in that.

9) What’s next for you?

After the successful launch of HistoryTV18 in 2011, I’m looking towards yet another launch of a brand new property in the network.  Exciting times ahead this year!

My #Musical Muse: #Inspiration, #Creativity and #Empowerment

Good Morning! It's another Tuesday. That means I'm ready to bare my soul with the Express Yourself Weekly Blog hop. This week I was asked to post about my favorite song or songs that I like to belt out when it comes on the radio.  I've listed my ALLISON'S TOP TEN HIT LIST today to share my all time favorites.  

10) Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson 

9) Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena 

8) Baila Esta Cumbia by Selena and the Kumbia Kings

7) Man I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain

6) I'm Every Woman by Whitney Houston

5) I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelley

4) Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne

3) Everything I Do - Bryan Adams

2) She's Not Just a Pretty Face by Shania Twain

1) Roar by Katie Perry

And the winners are..................

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Leaping Lizards and Frolicking Fairies Giveaway. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Roar like a dragon. Be the dragon....My #blog won the #Dragon Loyalty Award.

I want to thank Krsytol Diggs for nominating me for the Dragon Loyalty Award. I feel so blessed. I had never heard of this award before. The rules are simple.

1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 4 deserving Bloggers with the Award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
5. Write seven interesting things about you

Seven Interesting Things About Me

1) I LOVE dragons and fairies.

2)  My dream car is a Corvette. 

3) My favorite animal is a bear.

4)  I love Big Band music.

5) I am a Trekkie. 

6) I'm a bicentennial baby.

7) My heart lies in Germany and Ireland. 

Four Deserving Bloggers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

#Author Spotlight: Unspoken #Dreams Comes True
Welcome back to the Author Spotlight. Today I have Alisha Guenzel on my blog. Alisha is a new
author and her book, Unspoken Dreams, was released a few days ago via Mountain Springs House. Unspoken Dreams reached under 47,251 on the Amazon Bestseller List only a few hours after being released and has continued to climb up the list ever since.

Hi Alisha.  Can you tell us about your book?
Samantha had always had big dreams of becoming a journalist for The New York Times. So the day of her college graduation she felt like she was on top of the world. She was going to get her dream job, she was with the love of her life Jonathan Carson, and life couldn’t get better. But when she took a pregnancy test that tested positive her whole world changed. It wasn’t till eight years later when she went home for her niece’s birth that she realized she still had Unspoken Dreams.

What inspired you to write Unspoken Dreams?
When the idea of Unspoken Dreams entered my head it was a love story, a love that although life got in the way was still strong after so many years. But what inspired me to create Unspoken Dreams what it is today was the parents of special needs kids. Although Unspoken Dreams is fictional some of my experiences with my own son are written in there. Life can be hard raising a special needs child but its also rewarding. I want to give parents hope that things aren’t so bad. That even with their child’s “Added Characteristics” their dreams can come true.  To give hope. The books that got me through my dark moments with my son were the books that said “It’s going to be alright.” I wanted to do the same with Unspoken Dreams.

How did writing Unspoken Dreams change you?
It made me grow as a writer. It made me learn that the first draft of a story is never the last. Unspoken Dreams went through many revisions to get it where it is today. As I changed so did my characters. The life that came to them through writing their story was amazing and it taught me a lot about your first idea may just be the seed of a great book.

Who is Alisha Guenzel?
Alisha Guenzel, is a new author. Unspoken Dreams is her first book to be published. Besides writing her family is her passion. She lives on her five acre horse ranch with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing or blogging she is spending time with her family or her horse Peanut. Unspoken Dreams is just the beginning, since writing Unspoken Dreams she is working on a Cowboy series that has to do with a family of three son’s and how they find their true love’s, it’s called “The McGregor Saga”

Saturday, March 22, 2014

#Author Spotlight: #Aliens, #UFOs and #JohnVentre

Welcome to the Author Spotlight. My guest today is author, John J. Ventre. You may recognize him as one of the hosts on H2's Hanger 1: The UFO Files. John is the author of many books. His lastest release, An Alternative History of Mankind, can be found on Amazon and his website at I've asked him to tell us a little bit about his new book, what inspired him to write and how it changed him.

Hi John. Can you tell me what your new book is about?
In the beginning, it was “Them”. It has always been “Them”. They have been here from our beginning and are the missing link in our “Evolution”. Follow our alternative history from Egypt to Rome to our Founding Fathers to Hitler to the accidental sinking of the Titanic by a USO to our Presidents. Our true history is now documented for you. If you were hoping to read just another run of the mill UFO book, then this book isn’t for you. This book will cause you to question everything you’ve ever been told from Science to Evolution to Creation. Do not sit up at night and read this book to your Grandchildren!

What inspired you to write An Alternative History of Mankind?
 I have been lecturing on UFOs since 2008 and have been a MUFON member since 1998. I finally accumulated enough knowledge on the topic to compose a book that tells our true history along with pages of facts in chronological order. I believe any novice or UFO expert will learn something from my book. It is a UFO 101 book and also tells a possible past history that has been hidden.

How did writing the book change you?
 I believe this book and my role in the History Channels H2 series called “Hangar 1: The UFO Files” will give me name and face recognition in this field. I believe I will get more speaking engagements which I enjoy. I do not plan to write any more books. This is my best work to date and I will end it there.


John Ventre is the retired PA-WV-VA State Security and Public Affairs Director for UPS and was his Companies liaison to his local Congressman. John used to also head up his companies Crisis Management team for 3 states.
John is the Pa State Director for the Mutual UFO Network and on MUFON’s Board. He is the author of 5 novel’s including “UFOs over Pennsylvania”, “An Alternative History of Mankind” and “Apophis 2029”. 
It was John’s research into end time prophecy and cultures that got him interested in UFOs in 1997. Many cultures spoke of star people or people from the sky. 
John’s articles have appeared in various magazines from the MUFON Journal to FATE to Intrepid. He appeared in the Discovery Channels “UFOs over Earth” series in 2008, the History Channels “UFO Hunters” in 2009, the Anderson Cooper show in 2012, Destination America’s “Alien Mysteries” in 2013 and H2’s “Hanger 1” in 2014.
John has appeared on numerous radio shows and is a speaker at various UFO and Paranormal conferences such as the MUFON and Paradigm Symposium’s, UFO Congress and Fortean Conference’s. John has also lectured at Duquesne and Drexel Universities. John gives five different presentations: End Time Prophecy, The Case for UFOs, UFOs in Art and History, Do you know, Should you know-The Chronology of UFOs and the 2008 Pa UFO Wave.
John was a member of the FBI’s InfraGard group and the DHS Regional Business Coalition. He is also a lifetime member of the NRA. John served on the Board of Directors for Juvenile Diabetes, the Westmoreland Economic Growth Connection, MUFON, Rotary and United Way Tocqueville Society member for charitable giving. John is his Rotary Club President.
John is the co-inventor of the Thor Wood Splitter and owns the UFO themed Mexican restaurant trademark “Flying Salsa”. 

When John goes out for the evening, UFOs take pictures of him. . . . .

Friday, March 21, 2014

Welcome To #Blog #OZ. The Great and Powerful Theme Reveal. #author #history #writing

Next month I have a great surprise for all of my readers. I have accepted the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day I will be blogging a historical topic based on a letter in the alphabet. My posts will be of interest to anyone who wants to read about historical events, people and situations that you never learned about in the history books. The posting schedule will follow this calendar. 

I will continue to post my regularly schedule topics along with the daily blogging schedule for the A to Z Challenge. You will want to look for posts that have a banner like this one on the top of the page.  

 There are many bloggers who will be participating in this annual blogging event. You can get a sneak preview of other blogger's topics by checking out their blogs listed below. 

#Blessed by Bailey's Revenge #Irish #Family #Catholic

I have had a wonderful week! My book, Bailey's Revenge, has been out for a week and has taken Amazon by storm. The day after it was released I awoke to find my book had hit the Top 100 Bestsellers List in Irish Historical Fiction. The following day it fell off the list and then on Wednesday I awoke to find this on Amazon.

My book had climbed so fast on the Bestsellers List it stayed on the list and as a Hot New Release until this morning. I feel so blessed by all my fans, family and friends who bought my book. 

I am having a giveaway on my blog this week. Four lucky people will win a copy of Bailey's Revenge. You can enter by going to this link.

Born into poverty by parents who once ruled over Kilmore, Kathleen McGillpatrick never longed for an affluent life just a peaceful one. Death and destruction follow her as her older brother, Bailey, leads Irish rebels to depose Earl Isaac Turner and reclaim his birthright as heir of Kilmore. Kathleen's chance encounter with Earl Turner gives Bailey an idea. Since the English Earl is so smitten by Kathleen, she should seduce him and reclaim the estate through marriage. There's only one problem. Kathleen loves Isaac and despises Bailey. Torn between her love for the English noble and her family loyalty, Kathleen must chose to honor one of the other in order to stop Bailey before he destroys everything.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hanging Out With History Channel's Hanger 1: UFO FILES #scriptwriting, #television #HistoryChannel

 Ancient Aliens, UFO Files, and the UFO Hunters. The History Channel has been exposing UFO and alien investigations for years with specialized series. On February 28, 2014 H2, a channel owned by the History Channel, introduced the world their new series Hanger 1: The UFO Files. 

The brain child of producer, Paul Villadolid, Hanger 1: The UFO Files highlights UFO investigations conducted by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and is hosted by UFO researchers, Jan Harzan, John Ventre and Jeremy Ray of MUFON along with Richard Dolan, Grant Cameron, Leslie Kean, Jason McClellan and Michael Schratt. MUFON has received plenty of requests over the years from a wide variety of producers but 90% of the time the shows never air. Three and half years ago, Paul Villadolid pitched the idea for the series to MUFON. “We said ok because these types of shows we get inquiries for all the time as far as wanting materials for shows. Ninety percent of the time these shows never air. They can’t sell the network on it,” John Ventre stated. The History Channel green lighted the project last summer for eight episodes. John Ventre hopes that Hanger 1: The UFO Files will run for a total of twenty episodes in season two. 

Like with all television shows, the lifetime of Hanger 1: The UFO Files is based on ratings. Advertising for the new H2 show was limited, as the History Channel did not start advertising the show until the week of its season premiere. The premiere “Presidential UFO’s” rating listed at #25 with 663,000 viewers. That’s not bad for a new show with limited advertising. If the ratings continue to improve MUFON could see the show go into another season. 

The first season of Hanger 1: The UFO Files is comprised of eight episodes. MUFON granted the producers complete access to their 70,000 files housed in their Hanger 1 warehouse located in Cincinnati, Ohio. MUFON maintains control over which cases the producers decided to highlight. The themes were chosen based on historical evidence and the MUFON cases the producers wanted to highlight. MUFON freely allowed the producers access and permission to air their cases because they want the world to know who they are and what they do. Their organization has been around for 45 years and they are the gatekeepers of all UFO information. MUFON is not bound by any government. 

John Ventre isn’t a stranger to media. He has represented MUFON on the
Anderson Cooper Show, Destination America and Discovery’s UFOs Over Earth. Although he’s accustomed to being on television, the filming schedule of Hanger 1 was more demanding than anything he has ever done. Hanger 1: The UFO Files were filmed in September of 2013 in Los Angeles. The filming schedule was thirteen hours long. 

Hanger 1: The UFO Files can been seen on H2 Friday nights at 10E/11P. 

#History in the Making: William Booth and the @SalvationArmyUSA. #faith #Christian #stewardship #PayItForward

Salvation Army Crest
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We shop the Salvation Army stores and may even donate to help their cause. We hear about them in the news when disasters strike and during the holiday season we hear their bells toll. Yet, many people don't realize that the Salvation Army is more than a movement. It's a church.

The Salvation Army began in 1852 when William Booth, a British Methodist preacher, began ministering in the streets of London to the poor, homeless, hungry and destitute. William Booth was born on April 10 1829 in Sneinton, Nottingham, England. He was the second son of five children born to Samuel and Mary Booth. The struggles he faced in his childhood would influence him into a life of ministry that would spark a movement.

It All Began With His Father

Samuel Booth was a speculative builder who had been born into poverty. He worked as a nail builder but found the work mundane. Samuel was a difficult man. He was often described as cold hearted, unemotional and cold minded. He was attracted to money and he was driven to acquire as much as possible. Samuel married Sarah Lockitt, nine years his senior, on November 13, 1797 in Nottingham and resided with her there. Sarah gave birth to their only child, William Adcock Booth, either in 1799 or 1800. Sarah died on January 13, 1818 or 1819. Samuel wrote and had the following poem placed upon her gravestone.

With deepest thoughts spectator view thy fate
Thus mortal pass to an immortal state;
Through death's dark vale we hope she's found the way.
In those bright regions of eternal day. 

Although he wrote the poem Samuel was not a churchgoing man. William Adcock Booth described his father as "religiously blind" and claimed he could "never remember him in a place of worship." 

The British Industrial Revolution began in 1770 and ended in 1850. It was during this time England's economy shifted from an agricultural to industrial. The change did not occur overnight but was created by technological advances in several fields. Although it was hard for the society to change, some men took advantage of the opportunities the Industrial Revolution allowed. Samuel Booth was one of these men. He left his life as a nailer behind him and embarked on a new one as an architect. The funds were significant enough to afford him a comfortable life. Samuel was a shrewd business man who was able to convince many he has more wealth than he actually had. 

William Adcock Booth married Catherine Edwards on November 14, 1822 and died of tuberculosis on July 26, 1824. While Samuel had done well throughout his widowhood without many abrupt changes it was the death of his son that caused the most significant change in his life. 

Soon after his son's death, Samuel visited Ashby-de-la-Zouch in hopes the spas would heal him of his rheumatism. It was here he met Mary Moss, sixteen years his junior, and was smitten by her. Mary was often described as a proud woman with piercing eyes like a duchess. She was also describes as a woman of very few words that had an air of mystery about her. Like Samuel, was of Jewish descent. Samuel proposed marriage but Mary refused. He returned to Nottingham heartbroken but determined. Samuel continued to visit upon Ashby-de-la-Zouch and proposed to Mary every time until she eventually submitted to his cause. The couple were married November 2, 1824 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and lived in Nottingham where Samuel was an architect. Mary gave him five children - Henry, Ann, William, Emma and Mary. Henry died when he was three years old leaving William the only son with an elder and two younger sisters. 

Although Samuel was not involved in his children's lives he did insist that they go to church. William
William Booth's Childhood Home
Sneinton, Nottingham, England
and his sisters faithfully went to Sunday School every week. Life was a series of financial ups and downs for the family.  Samuel was considered a gentlemen when William was born yet it would not remain. Bad times came, as so often they do, and Samuel struggled. There were a series of unfortunate financial transactions but Samuel pressed on. William had claimed the biggest part of his father's financial situation came when his father had taken employment as a bondsman. The employer went bankrupt and Booth was left to pay the debt on his own. He paid every last farthing and left his family in debt. Another bad financial decision came when Samuel pored his entire life's savings into the cottage his family was living in. In 1837, the economy crashed nationwide. William was eight years old. The circumstances plunged the family further into debt and poverty.

The stress of raising four children and her husband's financial struggles laid heavy upon Mary's heart during William's early years. William once stated of his mother during this time, "She had no time to attend to me." William had a very unhappy childhood. His father ignored him and his mother never encouraged him. When asked of his early years, William often declared is was, "a season of mortification and misery."

William was sent to the Biddulph's Academy in Nottingham, which was owned and operated by a Methodist minister, when he was six years old. Not much is know of his education except that he studied here for seven years. William's father was forced to declare bankruptcy and could no longer afford the luxury of sending his children to a private school. In 1842, Samuel withdrew his son from the academy and was sent to be an apprentice pawnbroker in the poorest area of Nottingham. William hated the job. William had known poverty from his own experience but here he was a witness to starvation, homelessness and other symptoms of extreme poverty. It was an experience that would forever change his life. 

Don't forget about the giveaway I am having on my blog this week. Five lucky winners will win copies of Bailey's Revenge. Bailey's Revenge tells the story of Calico's grandmother in Ireland. It's currently on the Amazon Bestsellers Top 100 List for Irish Historical Fiction.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

#ExpressYourself: A caring woman and #family secrets #Shawnee #IamWriting #Calico #TurnerFamilySaga

Express Yourself: 
My Favorite Character

Welcome back to my blog. This week I was asked "Name one favorite character you have written or read about." That is SO HARD. I have so many stories and characters it's hard to pick just one. I'm actually sitting here right now trying to figure out who I am going to write about today. LOL!

Time's Up. 

Alright. Of all the characters I have written. I would have to say my favorite so far has been Calico Marie Turner Lutree from the book, Calico. 

Calico is the daughter of Fran├žois and Anna Marie Turner Lutree (Dubious). She and her twin sister, Rose, were born in a Shawnee village during the French and Indian War. Calico's parents and uncles have lied to her since the day she was born because they all want to escape from their past. Their lies eventually endanger Calico and Rose. Calico is a very interesting character to me because of all the characters I have ever written I can relate to her the most. She doesn't quite feel like she fits in with her family and would rather be a member of a culture she wasn't born into. She's idealistic and has a good heart. She loves to help to others. She's intelligent, a leader in her own right, and spiritual. Calico believes the lies her family tells her and loves them unconditionally. Through that unconditional love she has touched the hearts of not only her white family but her Shawnee one as well. 

In the harsh northwestern frontier of Ohio and Kentucky, a prophecy has been told. A man whose heart appears pure shall deceive her. The power he holds over her will lead her to evil. She shall denounce the ways of Our Grandmother. Another man comes, whose pure heart beats for her alone, and who has a pure spirit devoted to the goddess, Our Grandmother. He shall defeat the evil and set her free. 

Calico Marie Turner, a white woman raised by the Shawnee and destined to become a great medicine woman, must trust the one man who hates her the most. How can she trust Chief Little Owl Quick as the Wind to save her from his best friend and village shaman, Hunting Bear?

Don't forget about the giveaway I am having on my blog this week. Five lucky winners will win copies of Bailey's Revenge. Bailey's Revenge tells the story of Calico's grandmother in Ireland. It's currently on the Amazon Bestsellers List for Irish Historical Fiction. 

I won! #Lighthouse #Blog #Award: Giving Back to the Community. #kindness #PayitForward

Great things are happening in my writing career right now. My book, Bailey's Revenge, hit the Top 100 Bestsellers List the day after it was released and sat there for a day. Yesterday it fell and when I woke up this morning I found it had made it's way back up the list again. I'm having a giveaway on my blog this week where five lucky people will win a copy of Bailey's Revenge. Just click the word giveaway for more information.

I want to thanks Krystol Diggs for nominating me for The Lighthouse Award. I have never nor heard of this award before. The Lighthouse Award is given to bloggers who like to help others. I LOVE helping people. Most people have described me as having a "servant's heart." The rules of the blog award are simple enough.

• Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
• Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
• Inform your nominees of their award nominations.
• Share three ways that you like to help others.
• Nominate as many bloggers as you like.

How Do I Help Others?

I like to help people in all kinds of different ways. I believe in giving back to my community in order to  to make it a better place. I love the Pay It Forward concept. If I help you then pay it forward. I'm only supposed to limit my answer to this questions to three, though. So here it goes. 

1) I will buy extra food to help someone in need. 

2) I offer advice to new authors. 

3) I use to drive my Amish neighbors around when I lived in Kentucky. 

We can change this world one kind act at a time.

Bloggers I nominate 
It's time to pass the award on to a few kind bloggers. 

I nominate:

Monday, March 17, 2014

#FREE #Irish historical fiction. #SaintPatrick's Day #blog hop.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

It's a great day to be Irish. Saint Patrick's Day isn't just a day to wear green and drink beer. To the Irish it's just as important as Christmas. It's a day you spend with your family and friends celebrating all things Irish. Saint Patrick is an important figure in Irish culture because he brought Christianity to Ireland.

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day I am taking part in the Leaping Leprechauns and Frolicking Fairies Giveaway hosted by Candace's Book Blog and Gin's Book Notes. Five lucky people will win a copy of Bailey's Revenge. 

Born into poverty by parents who once ruled over Kilmore, Kathleen McGillpatrick never longed for an affluent life just a peaceful one. Death and destruction follow her as her older brother, Bailey, leads Irish rebels to depose Earl Isaac Turner and reclaim his birthright as heir of Kilmore. Kathleen's chance encounter with Earl Turner gives Bailey an idea. Since the English Earl is so smitten by Kathleen, she should seduce him and reclaim the estate through marriage. There's only one problem. Kathleen loves Isaac and despises Bailey. Torn between her love for the English noble and her family loyalty, Kathleen must chose to honor one of the other in order to stop Bailey before he destroys everything. 

The contest will run until midnight of March 25th. You will have four chances to enter. All you have to do is press the buttons on the table below and do what it says. I'll announce the winners on March 25th. 
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