Tuesday, July 30, 2019

VBT Presents: Writer Get Noticed! by Colleen M. Story

Publisher: Midchannel Press
Date Published: March 20, 2019

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Stop feeling invisible and start attracting the attention you deserve.

Have you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you published your stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?

Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.

There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?

Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn’t know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.

Writers need readers to achieve their highest potential. Find your way to stand out, and let it lead you to the writing career that fulfills all your expectations and more.

In this motivational and inspiring book, you’ll learn:

  • Why improving your writing skills isn’t enough.
  • Why it’s critical you discover your strengths...and how to do so.
  • What’s stopping you from finding the readers who love your work.
  • What you really want from writing and why that matters.
  • Easy methods to help you build a more successful author platform.
  • What truly motivates you and how to use that to succeed.
  • The author theme that unites your creative work and fits your style.
  • How imposter syndrome can stall your progress, and how to overcome it.
  • How to make better decisions about your writing career as a whole.

When you find the treasure that’s been inside you all along, don’t be surprised if it opens new doors you never thought possible. 

About the Author

Colleen M. Story is on a mission to inspire people from all walks of life to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment. Her latest release, "Writer Get Noticed!," is a strengths-based guide to help writers break the spell of invisibility and discover unique author platforms that will draw readers their way. Her prior nonfiction release, "Overwhelmed Writer Rescue," was named Solo Medalist in the New Apple Book Awards, Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book, and first place in the 2018 Reader Views Literary Awards.

With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women's Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg's; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. Her literary novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” was a Foreword Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, and New Apple Solo Medalist winner, among others.

Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers. Find more at her motivational site, Writing and Wellness, on her writing career website, Writer CEO, and on her author website, or follow her on Twitter.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Shall We Raid Area 51 for Bob Lazar?

Area 51 By Eleanor Elizabeth 
The Facebook event called, “Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop us All” has gone viral as more than a million Americans intend to invade the area this September.  Although college students created the event as a joke to gain publicity, many are taking the event more seriously. According to an article by Forbes, hotels in the Nevada area are already receiving reservations. For instance, the owner of A’Le’Inn stated that at least 60 reservations were made to participate in this upcoming event. It is no secret that Area 51 is receiving a lot of attention lately-but why? 

In 2018, a Netflix documentary called “Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers” was released. Bob Lazar is an American physicist who claims to have worked on alien technology in Area S-4, which is a subset of Area 51. In this documentary and Joe Rogan's Podcast, Lazar describes his time at S-4 as exciting yet fearful at the same time. 

It’s not everyday someone gets an invitation to work on the advanced alien technology. Lazar received work in S4 after his recognition for making a jet powered vehicle in Los Alamos. Although technology has gone a long way, jet powered vehicles did not exist in the 80’s. Therefore, his car made him stick out. In fact, he even received a reference from the Father of Hydrogen himself. Little did he know that his next assignment would be to work on a reactor from a flying saucer. Although no one knows how the saucer works, many discoveries were found in this process. For instance, Lazar believes Element 115 is not from Earth. Meanwhile, he'd notice the reactor displayed other out-of-this world behaviors, such as: defy the laws of thermodynamics, have no magnetic fields, and creates its own gravity. How crazy is that!?!! 

Once again, there is a lot of hype to invade Area 51 this September due the believers and/or critics who follow the Bob Lazar story. Nonetheless, despite the hype to invade Area 51-Lazar strongly encourages against it. He specifically says, “It is dangerous” and that you can/will get “shot” on nearly all of his Facebook pages. He also does not follow UFO stories and has no interest in contacting aliens. Once again, Lazar makes it very clear in all his interviews that he solely cares about the technology. He says our planet would be better if there was less government security in the science industry. 

If you are interested in this story, do not invade Area 51. Please check out the links below if wanting more information! Also, please read The Best Seller and The Sequel by Dina Rae if wanting the perfect science fiction read about Area 51. If you are a fan/follower of the Bob Lazar story, The Best Seller truly is a must read for you!! 


Joe Rogan Experience #1315 - Bob Lazar & Jeremy Corbell podcast

Bob Lazar’s website: https://www.boblazar.com/

Forbes Article: 

Bob Lazar Netflix Documentary: 

The Best Seller by Dina Rae: 

Netflix's Documentary on Bob Lazar-Review and Recap

To piggy back on what Eleanor wrote, Bob Lazar is a whistle-blower.  The publicity of Netflix's original documentary has caused a stir among tinfoil hat wearers around the world.  Like Eleanor mentioned above, there is a raid planned for September.

Bob has been touting the same story for decades.  While working as a physicist during the 1980s, first at Los Alamos, and then S4 of Area 51, he announced to the world that the U.S. has nine alien crafts hidden outside of Las Vegas.  His job was to reverse engineer the crafts and figure out how they were powered.  Netflix's Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers (directed and produced by Jeremy Campbell) digs up the old story while interviewing Bob, George Knapp (reporter), his wife, friend, and mother.

When talking about the crafts, Bob described a new element, Element 115, that was not known back in the 1980s.  This element needed to be stored in a metallic triangular-shaped cylinder make out of disks.  When utilized correctly, the element could manipulate gravity in anyway needed to power the craft.  These crafts flew sideways with the belly facing forward.  There was nothing like these crafts back in the '80s and nothing like them today.  The seats inside of the craft were meant for very small life forms.

The heat Bob has taken for spilling the beans on this top secret operation is unbelievable.  His degrees at CalTech and MIT have vanished, and his job references at both Los Alamos and S4 are denied.  However, some loose ends were left behind to help corroborate Bob's story.  Bob is not a perfect man.  He claims that he was fired from S4 because he brought friends to the site and showed them the crafts.  Later on in life, he was arrested for hiring hookers.  Ironically, his arrest also corroborated his story as he insisted to the judge that he graduated from CalTech and MIT despite no records.  Bob has been searched by multiple U.S. agencies on two occasions, possibly looking for the stable version of Element 115 or other extraterrestrial items he might have stolen.  He does not deny or confirm having anything from S4.
Outstanding documentary for all, especially high school students in physics or chemistry.  As a teacher, I believe it would get young people interested in science while also bringing up a fun discussion on propulsion.  Thanks, Eleanor, for making me watch it with you!  BTW-she's in a physics class right now and starting to enjoy the class! 5/5 Stars.
As a writer, I can't help myself!  This documentary was tailor-made for me to promote The Best Seller and The Sequel.  Both novels are about Nazi scientists who engineer humans underground the base of Broom's Lake (get it-Groom Lake/Area 51).

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

RABT Presents: Detective Madison Knight Series by Carolyn Arnold

Mystery Detective, Police Procedural, Crime, Suspense
Date Published: Between 2011-2019
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb to name a few. This series is also bound to entertain those who enjoy Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Power Struggle, Shades of Justice, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Neflix Review: Stanger Things Season 3

Netflix's Stranger Things Seasons 1 and 2 were about a group of kids who discover a secret laboratory in their hometown of Hawkins, Indiana.  In the lab evil scientists used children with gifted powers to communicate with aliens inside of a portal underneath the town.  Without giving too much away, season three picked up with a new type of alien who possesses people to do its dirty work of domination.  The kids and a few parents saved the day, but with a cost.

My Review: I loved the first two seasons.  This last one was a little rough for me.  There were too many holes in the story to ignore, and the plot became too predictable.  I still loved all of the characters.  Lots of humorous lines were effortlessly pull-off by the kids.  The '80s mall setting brought me back to my childhood.  Whoever was in charge of the wardrobe, mall stores, home decor, and language had the '80s culture down to a science.  The kids aged into high school teens and stole the show with their hilarious love lives and one-liners.  I especially found Hopper the cop on his game for laughs as he is forced into fatherhood with Eleven.  The season was watchable and even enjoyable, but story fell flat towards the end.  The monster alien wasn't as scary as the other aliens in the first two seasons. It looked like a gooey crab with lots of teeth.  I will probably watch another season, as the ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger.  However, the writers need to work on a better alien story with more conspiracy.  3/5 Stars.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

VBT Presents: War and Money by Sofia Diana Gabel

Science fiction
Date Published: January 26, 2019

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Dax, low status and a non-conformist, is stuck in the middle of the unending aliens wars. It's 2187, and Earth has the Katarga trapped on the moon, refusing to allow them to escape. Then there are ongoing threats from the Piltrak and Jurale, which forces Global Command to recruit 15-year-olds like Dax, as soldiers. She never imagined she'd be advanced as a soldier, yet she was hand-picked by gruff Commander Viteri and taken from her parents, never to see them again. She doesn't want to kill aliens, and suspects there's more to the wars than keeping the aliens at bay. The problem is, she has to find a way to stay alive long enough to reveal the truth.

I’m a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but now lives in Central California. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, I enjoy being out in nature when I’m not glued to my desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of mine, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

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The Bifurcation of Dungsten Crease

    Science Fiction Date Published: March 15, 2021 Publisher: Del Sol Press In the course of a morning, Dungsten Crease resurrec...