It was a dark and stormy night.

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the novel Paul Clifford (1830).

 

Opening your mind.

How far have you travelled from your home base?

Your worldview is determined by your exposure to the world. If you stay in your home territory, you see the world as an extension of your home. You live in a belief bubble.

It’s hard to imagine things being different someplace else if you’re always in familiar surroundings – whether those surroundings are physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual. Continue reading “Opening your mind.”

Are you measuring your progress?

It’s the start of the second quarter.

How’s your productivity improvement plan going for 2018?

Are you sticking with your plan to lift your game or are you backsliding?

If you’re on plan, great. If you’re not, it’s not too late to refocus and get back on track.

If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to do something. Continue reading “Are you measuring your progress?”

Stella Bruno escapes into the wild.

Don’t buy your books from Amazon?

That’s okay.

Amazon isn’t the only bookstore in town. There are lots of others.

I’ve decided to make all my books available across a wide range of online bookstores, including my own StreetLib Store.

That means the Stella Bruno Investigates series, which I released exclusively with Amazon, is becoming available across that range of stores.

In fact, The Identity Thief and A Gun of Many Parts have already escaped into the wide. The other titles in the series will be running free over the next couple of months as their exclusive time with Amazon expires.

It’s a fun process distributing a book. It’s a process built on trust and it takes a little time for a book to make its way into stores across the globe – sometimes even I don’t know where the titles are available for purchase.

To celebrate Stella’s escape into the wild, The Identity Thief, the first book in the series, is now FREE in all stores.

Quest for Vengeance

Guest post from thriller writer, David Tindell.

            On our honeymoon, my wife and I visited an exotic island. We had a great time as we celebrated the beginning of our new life together. Everything went well.

But suppose it hadn’t? Suppose something had gone wrong? And not just lost-a-suitcase, bad-sunburn wrong? What if my bride suddenly turned up…gone?

In Quest for Vengeance, it’s a year after the events of Quest for Honor, and brothers Mark and Jim Hayes are with their new brides on a honeymoon tour of Italy, the native country of Jim’s wife, Gina.

The violence and danger of their recent past are behind them. In the city of Capua, a chance encounter with an old Army buddy of Mark’s leads to a festive reunion.

While the guys swap stories at a trattoria, the gals make one last visit to the city’s boutiques.

But there’s been one more chance encounter on this trip, and now that’s about to turn into the greatest challenge the brothers have ever faced. Continue reading “Quest for Vengeance”

A I Insurrection – The General’s War.

2162. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it’s the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it.

A.I. Insurrection, the new release by Michael Poeltl, author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, takes the author back to his roots of dystopian sci-fi. Continue reading “A I Insurrection – The General’s War.”

Living alone. An opportunity for self-discovery.

For your entire life, you live with the best friend you could ever have – yourself.

Many of us live our lives oblivious to that fact, and when we find ourselves on our own, we feel lonely. Some of us actually treat ourselves as the enemy.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

One of the possible outcomes of living alone is finding out who you really are. I say one of the possible outcomes deliberately, because there are others, and you need to make a deliberate choice to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Continue reading “Living alone. An opportunity for self-discovery.”

It’s better than it looks.

I listened to this interview on NPR with Gregg Easterbrook discussing his latest book: It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear.

His work raises an interesting point: despite the facts showing things have never been better for us, we’ve bought into the story that things are really bad.

Why is that? Continue reading “It’s better than it looks.”

I am trusting

 

I always trust people – until they demonstrate they cannot be trusted.

This means there have been times when I’ve discovered my trust was misplaced. Most times, though, I have found people to be trustworthy.

I trust in the process of life. Continue reading “I am trusting”

Conscious Living

Conscious living is being aware of who you are, what you believe, and what you’re doing.

Cultural stories.

We are all born into a cultural story. We’re all told our cultural story is the truth about how things are in the world and in the universe.

However, what you are told depends on:

      • where you’re born,
      • which religion your parents belong to,
      • who is in charge of the government where you live,
      • what they teach in the schools you attend, and
      • the messages of the marketplace.

Continue reading “Conscious Living”