Tonight on the Write Stuff–Orphan Dreamer and the Glass Tatoo with J. Nell Brown

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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES meets THE DA VINCI CODE

Daniela Rose, a preteen modern-day Indiana Jones, must come to terms with her destiny, avoid getting committed to the psychiatric ward, endure nightmares about a mysterious boy, deal with the mean girls at school, and save the world by hunting through the past to uncover clues hidden before the dawn of time.

Easy, right?

After her thirteenth birthday, Daniela must juggle school, caring for a sick father and solving an ancient puzzle that will protect her friends—and enemies—from a dark, biblical-sized force that seeks to eradicate humans from Earth.

Will Daniela give up and stop fighting for the kindred spirit her heart is destined for—leaving him unprotected and doomed to certain death—or will she rise to the challenge and meet her destiny head-on.

If you knew your ending, how would you have lived your beginning?

Join me as I chat with J. Nell Brown and her new book! You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here:  http://tobtr.com/11412731.

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Is Capitalism Bad for the Environment?–The Parker J Cole Show

environmentOn June 12 Bernie Sanders told Americans that we must embrace what he calls “democratic socialism.” One reason he gave was that “democratic socialism” will give us a cleaner, safer environment.

“…we’re talking about the right to a clean environment,” he said. “… [All] over this country, you’ve got people who are turning on their water faucets today and the water that’s coming out is not drinkable. It’s toxic. You’ve got kids in the Bronx and many parts of this country, in urban areas, coming down with absolutely outrageous levels of asthma and other environmentally induced illnesses.”

A number of well-known celebrities, politicians, and other people of influence are putting their names behind ‘democractic socialism’, stating such a system would be better for all of us. Is the capitalistic system the bane of our existence? Let’s chat about it with my guest co-host Dr. Calvin Beisner from the Cornwall Alliance. You can call in at 929-477-1965 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11402333.

Tonight on the Write Stuff –Dragon’s Fire with Tiger Hebert

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After thousands of years, Slayvin, a corrupted, soul-devouring black dragon has finally escaped imprisonment. The war for souls has begun.

As the flames of the Black Dragon’s War are fanned, Orcs, Dwarves, Elves, Humans, and more are left with a choice; forge unlikely alliances, or forfeit their souls.

In either case, the future is grim. It is a future of war. Axes are sharpened, bows are strung, and cryptic prophecies are examined for the one thing that is all but lost–hope.

Join me as I chat with Tiger Hebert and his book! You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11389247.


tigerI am a firm believer that the Light shines brightest in the darkness. That’s not only WHAT I write, but also WHY I write.

I love to explore humanity through fantasy, because it allows us to take ordinary people (and orcs) through impossible situations and see what or who comes out the other side. It is often that through trials and tribulations that we get to see the most honest version of not only our charters, but ourselves. It is through this lens that we can discover truths. That is why I write dark, epic fantasy that dares to hope.

I am a Christian, husband, father of three young children, and a veteran. I have a BA in Communications. I was born and raised in Maine, and currently live in North Carolina. I love spending time in nature, and I especially enjoy hiking and swimming. When I’m not busy writing or chasing after my wife and kids, you can usually find me sneaking away for some quiet time with a good book. Some of the authors that inspire my writing are JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Brandon Sanderson, Steven Erikson, and Patrick Rothfuss.

GUEST STORY SHARE — Bridger: A Dystopian Serial — Episode 25 **SERIES FINALE**

Bridger is a dystopian serial story about Charlane, a disgraced career soldier leading a security team at a remote research facility. When Char encounters a humanoid creature who claims to come from another world, she sees a chance to save her career—and the dying earth.

Char, a strong, career-driven woman, is fighting to overcome crippling self-doubt after she lost everything in a military scandal. She’d given so much to that career, including her marriage. Now she is starting over. Char doesn’t know that her value as a person doesn’t change based on what she accomplishes. Can she accept the unconditional love of those who care for her?

Our social media and celebrity culture has placed enormous value on beauty, fitness, and lifestyle. Our work culture pressures women to continually rise up the ranks and press for better jobs. All of these are worthwhile things, but they are not markers of personal value. A person is valuable because of who they are, not what they produce.

Rated PG-13 for language

 


Episode 25: The Final Bridge

 

By eight in the morning, Char had heard nothing from Erwell, so she called her on the comm.

“Any word from the higher ups?” Char said into the device. She sat on the edge of Seth’s bed with his pillow clutched in one arm. She was glad Erwell couldn’t see her. Better she think they were still on the other side of a messy divorce.

Erwell didn’t answer for almost a minute.

“Nothing definite.” The director’s voice sounded strained.

“How are the Na’odani?” Char fingered the seam of the pillowcase.

“I have them talking to some of my scientists,” Erwell answered. “That will keep them quiet for now.”

“Keep me posted,” Char said.

“Okay,” Erwell replied, slightly crackled by the comm.

Char sighed and clipped the comm to her belt. She slipped out into the hall, grabbed some thermals from her room, and went outside.

She found Linc in a corner tower, pacing to keep warm.

“Hey, Boss,” Linc said as she climbed onto the platform. “How’s it going?”

“I’m jet-lagged,” she answered dryly. “Listen, Linc. Did you do what I asked?”

“Yeah.” Linc stood closer to her. “I went to go see the Na’odani.”

“And?”

“They asked me some strange questions.” Linc’s eyes narrowed. “Like about my range of hearing, and the material the compound is made of.” He grinned. “Concrete was hard to explain.”

“Huh,” she mused. “Go peek in on them at noon, will you?”

Linc gave her a sloppy salute. “I’ll report when I do.”

Char climbed down, but paused at the base of the ladder. “Hearing? Materials?” she muttered. She rubbed her gloved hand over the back of her neck and blew out her breath.

She broke into a jog toward the compound, drawing up short by the door.

There was a fifty-fifty chance Erwell would have the Na’odani killed for their kemzog. If so, she would never see Leander, Seth and the others again. But if it came to that, it would mean powering the fading American cities—probably save millions of lives.

For the rest of the episode, click here.

GUEST STORY SHARE — Bridger: A Dystopian Serial — Episode 24

Bridger is a dystopian serial story about Charlane, a disgraced career soldier leading a security team at a remote research facility. When Char encounters a humanoid creature who claims to come from another world, she sees a chance to save her career—and the dying earth.

Char, a strong, career-driven woman, is fighting to overcome crippling self-doubt after she lost everything in a military scandal. She’d given so much to that career, including her marriage. Now she is starting over. Char doesn’t know that her value as a person doesn’t change based on what she accomplishes. Can she accept the unconditional love of those who care for her?

Our social media and celebrity culture has placed enormous value on beauty, fitness, and lifestyle. Our work culture pressures women to continually rise up the ranks and press for better jobs. All of these are worthwhile things, but they are not markers of personal value. A person is valuable because of who they are, not what they produce.

Rated PG-13 for language

 


Episode 24: Welcome to America

 

Instead of the long hike across the valley and along the mountain ridge, they took the aircraft to the plateau where the portal to Alaska was.

Char’s throat was tight with the emotions unexpressed when she left Seth, Leander, and her soldiers. She stood in the center of the plateau under the wing of the aircraft as Taig spoke to her soldiers. Marlene huddled almost right in her armpit, shivering in the cold.

“Too bad it’s also winter in Alaska,” Marlene muttered.

Taig turned from her group of soldiers. “Leader Char, are your people ready?”

“Yes,” Char said flatly. She wasn’t sure she was.

She’d hoped having sex with Seth would distract her long enough to sleep. He slept. She lay awake rehearsing what she would tell Erwell.

“Good,” Taig said. “Come, then.” She smoothed down her blue sash. Her eyes were pale in her porcelain face. She held out her hand.

Char gripped her cold fingers and advanced with her toward the portal.

The now-familiar sucking sensation greeted her. Char felt her whole body compress, then stretch out to immense lengths.

Then everything snapped back together. Char couldn’t see anything for a moment, but she smelled something familiar: burning garbage.

Her eyes opened. The black night sky swirled with stars above her. She heard the soft whir of the wind turbines and took a breath of smoky air.

“Welcome to America,” she said.

Leader Taig stood still beside her, eyes shut. “Your air smells sick.”

A half-second later the spotlights glared in their eyes.

An amplified voice boomed over the snowy ground. “Don’t move!”

Char raised her hands above her head and stepped to the front of the group. Anxiety rose up like bile in her throat.

For the rest of the episode, click here.

GUEST STORY SHARE — Bridger: A Dystopian Serial — Episode 23

Bridger is a dystopian serial story about Charlane, a disgraced career soldier leading a security team at a remote research facility. When Char encounters a humanoid creature who claims to come from another world, she sees a chance to save her career—and the dying earth.

Char, a strong, career-driven woman, is fighting to overcome crippling self-doubt after she lost everything in a military scandal. She’d given so much to that career, including her marriage. Now she is starting over. Char doesn’t know that her value as a person doesn’t change based on what she accomplishes. Can she accept the unconditional love of those who care for her?

Our social media and celebrity culture has placed enormous value on beauty, fitness, and lifestyle. Our work culture pressures women to continually rise up the ranks and press for better jobs. All of these are worthwhile things, but they are not markers of personal value. A person is valuable because of who they are, not what they produce.

Rated PG-13 for language

 


Episode 23: Back to Alaska

 

They landed in the dark.

From the heat of Na’o, the cold when the ramp opened went straight to Char’s bones. Venn and Jezeen shuttled them straight into the base.

Two other Na’odani took Char to her private room, leaving the others to go to the holding room they’d occupied before.

Char sat down on her bench bed. Her spine felt post-rigid. Her chest muscles felt like solid plastic.

Erwell will never give back that stone.

She just wanted to get them home. She wanted bring home the faithful soldiers that had followed her through worlds. She wanted to bring Seth home.

Actually, she wanted to take Seth home to Taylor Bay, to make stealthy love in his parents’ spare bedroom, to hike with him along the bay in the cool morning, to hold his hand and listen to the waves crash on the rocky shore.

That couldn’t happen, she knew that. Still, the thought of leaving Seth in Kaa indefinitely made her feet nauseous and empty.

Failure.

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Tonight on the Write Stuff–Waltz with Destiny with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

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As Hitler and his Nazis march across Europe…

The splendors of Detroit’s ballrooms spin Esther (McConnell) Meir around like a princess in a fairy tale Here she meets junior engineer Eric Erhardt. But will Eric abandon his playboy ways for Esther?

When war comes to America’s shores, Esther questions whether she has the grit to carry on the McConnell legacy. Meanwhile, Eric comes face to face with death when he’s drafted into the Army and shipped to fight in Italy.

Once again, war separates a McConnell woman from the man she loves as the Destiny saga reaches a page-turning conclusion.

Award-winning historical fiction author Catherine Ulrich Brakefield weaves fiction with real life events to create this inspirational fourth book of the Destiny series. Join us for the conversation by calling in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11365755.