Do you love strong female characters?

Dandelion man press is pleased to announce the availability of the audio version of THE INN AT HERON’S BAY, a poignant love story set in beautiful coastal Carolina.

THE INN AT HERON’S BAY is the masterful tale of Elizabeth Padilla who is converting the family home and lighthouse into The Inn at Heron’s Bay. When Kathy and Dixon arrive from the West Coast to study the beauty and history of the area, they discover more than any of them imagined.

HERON’S BAY is a love story and much more.

The book is narrated by Ann Bumbak (www.seahorseaudio.com). Ann is a gifted voice actor having narrated more than a dozen audio books. She is also a prolific author. Her “Officer Down” series examining line-of-duty deaths due to firearms has achieved international recognition.

Listen as Ann Bumbak brings the characters to life.

The audio version of THE INN AT HERON’S BAY is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

The release of THE INN AT HERON’S BAY marks the third audio book published by dandelion man press.

 

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To Reform the Tax Code or Not?

Paraphrasing the Bard, “To Reform or Not Reform, that is the question.”

Tax Reform is all the rage in the United States. Those within the Beltway, on Wall Street, and even on Main Street are actively engaged in the debate. It is not a question of if but how much.

I am not a software expert by any means but I have developed a free APP that allows the user to estimate the Impact of the Unified Framework on Tax Reform.

Because the IRS code for individuals is over 50,000 pages long, this simple app does not incorporate all the forms and inputs that a fully filed Federal 1040 would require. It does however provide a quick and easy way to see the impact of the proposed changes in the tax code.

I have updated this APP to reflect H. R. 1 including the Chairman’s mark and the Senate version released November 10, 2017.

To download the APP you first have to go to the Google Play Store or Apple’s APP Store and download “Open As App”. Once the APP is installed, you can search for the HR 1 Tax Cut Calculator.

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Enjoy!

 

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Good-Bye

The old man’s throat tightened as he approached the door. It had never been easy for him in these situations; only getting worse since his wife passed. He had to force himself to leave the house.

Oh sure he went to church on Sunday; always at the earliest mass where few attended and he could sit alone in a pew with no one in the pew in front of him or behind him. It wasn’t that he hated people, it was just …

When he walked through the double doors he was looking at his shoes. The noise filled his ears and he fought the urge to turn tail and exit. It was if everyone had stopped talking and was staring at him.

Peering over the top of his glasses, his head still down, his eyes frantically searched the room for a familiar face. There was only a single person he recognized. She was standing to his left with her back against the wall talking to a group of a dozen people.

She was always the center of attention. But then she was attractive, with a voice that was at the same time calming and exciting. Her laugh was captivating, the type that compelled you to smile from across the room even if you couldn’t hear what the laughter was about.

Not that there was a lot of laughter. It wasn’t that type of situation. Still it was good to hear her laugh again. How long had it been – forty – no almost fifty years since he had heard that laugh. It echoed through his psyche. Memories flooded his thoughts – senior prom – that first kiss – that first blush of love. He was a different person then – happy – full of confidence – some would say an extrovert.

What had happened to him since those days?

He walked quietly to the other end of the room. There were fewer people; most were sitting in chairs, a few standing. Twisting his hands in front of his blazer, buttoned with a single button, he approached the coffin and knelt down. There in front of him was a woman he knew well in that previous life. He recited an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be then crossed himself and stood up. Reaching over he patted the woman on the hand, smiled then moved away glancing around to make sure no one saw.

So far so good. He wanted to say a final good-bye to his friend but somehow he lost the courage. He never could bring himself to say good-bye all those years ago when she broke up with him. Even when he saw her at her father’s funeral with his wife at his side he couldn’t bring himself to utter the words. A fact she had pointed out when they spoke that day. He was of course embarrassed to hear the gentle reproach especially since he was standing next to the only other woman he had ever loved.

He knew this would be the last time he would see her. Soon she would return with her husband to their home in North Carolina. He had lost the nerve and couldn’t, wouldn’t say good-bye.

Ever so slightly he inched closer to the door avoiding eye contact. As he reached his goal, his hand almost on the handle, he felt someone touch him on the shoulder. Frozen like a deer, he dared not move.

“You weren’t going to leave without saying good-bye were you?”

“Hello Dee. It’s so good to see you again. I’m sorry for your loss. Your mother was a dear, sweet woman. I always loved her and your father. God rest his soul.”

Dee didn’t wait for him to take the initiative. Even before he was halfway into the first sentence she had wrapped her arms around her old friend. Her body trembled as she sobbed quietly on his shoulder. By the time he had finished his nervous banter, tears were in evidence beneath his glasses.

He kissed her softly on the cheek and stroked her golden hair, movements that were once all too familiar.

“Dee, you said at your father’s funeral that we never really had the chance to say good-bye. Please forgive me.” He clutched her tight. He wasn’t looking at her. It was enough for him to imagine her eyes; eyes that danced like the flame of a candle. They would match its color he thought if the flame had been flecked with gold. And they were more precious even than that. “I couldn’t even bring myself to use the words at your father’s funeral. Now we both know that we will never see each other again so I need to say it. I will never have another chance.”

“I’m sorry about your wife. She was so full of confidence and love.” Dee had stopped crying and leaned back to look Wally in the eyes. Her tender voice caressed his ears.

“Thank you. Yes, she was always good to me. I do miss her.”

“I don’t know if you heard, but I lost Mike about a year ago.”

In that simple sentence, his entire future changed.

 

Author’s Note: Social anxiety disorder can make even the simplest task seem herculean. This particular story was inspired by a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do”.

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Listening to Santa Claus

Audio books are the latest way to multi-task. You can listen as you exercise or just watching the waves at the beach on a warm summer day.

Richmond’s own Samuel E. Hoke has just finished narrating an audio book that is a must listen. Mr. Hoke is a seasoned actor and voice professional. He has both radio and national television credits including twelve years of major market radio experience and hundreds of commercial audio productions.

“When I saw the audition call, I was really excited about this project; something just reached out to me. It is a great story, well paced, character development was spot on and the conclusion was satisfying.” Hoke said.

The story, DRONE, by W. M. J. Kreucher plays on our reliance on automation.  Our cars parallel park themselves.  The military uses unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance.  We can’t go anywhere without our phones.  Our lives are ripe for hacking.

Not that anyone would. 

When a group of high school friends meet at their 45th reunion, they discuss the hypothetical.  With all these wireless networks, could someone hack a military drone?  Unknown to them, a Russian spy gets wind of their idle chatter and plans to put their idea to the test.

Vasili Grigoriy Konstantinov commandeers a drone flying over Washington D.C. and terrorizes the National Mall with a low flyby.  Then, things escalate.

Written by W. M. Kreucher, DRONE is a spy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your Metro seat until the very last sentence.

The audio version of DRONE is being released this month. The release marks the first time dandelion man press has ventured into the fastest growing segment of the book publishing industry.

W M J Kreucher, the author of DRONE, said about Samuel, “it was a pleasure to work with a gifted actor. Sam is a true professional; he brought the characters to life in a way I never thought possible.”

I have listened to the audio and it makes for a delightful, even compelling, experience. But I warn you. You might find yourself glancing up at the sky when you finish. The audio version of DRONE is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Spoiler Alert: Cover the kiddie’s eyes. You might know Samuel by his real name, Santa Claus. He can be seen around the Richmond area from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.

Sam

Drone

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Writing for Audio Books

Views and readers are well aware of scene breaks. They are readily apparent in both these traditional media. Authors use them to denote a change of scenery or the passage of time. I never gave them much thought until I decided to delve into the audio book arena.

Just how does a narrator portray a scene break with the spoken word? It is a challenge, especially when the scene involves the same characters. Sometimes the passage of time is crucial to the plot.

As a writer, we need to be cognizant of this when we plan to release our treasures.

This is something I learned recently.

I am venturing into this brave new world of audio. I contracted with a very talented radio/television actor to produce an audio version of DRONE. The actors name is Samuel E. Hoke. He is a well known name in the Ohio radio market and has a number of theatrical roles to his credit. He is even working on a roll for a “secret” project for a big name series. There is a non-disclosure agreement so nothing further can be said.

Samuel has brought the characters to life in my story in a way I never thought possible. He has been a delight to work with and is a true professional in every sense of the word.

The audio version will be out sometime next month. You can listen to the trailer at this link. The trailer gives you the essence of the story but does not do justice to the varied talents that are on display with the other characters. I guess you will just have to wait for the completed project.

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Not Sugar-Coated

St. Paul’s First Letter to America

Stand Apart

To my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, Our Lord:

I hear that you sit in your houses, intentionally avoiding meeting your neighbors.  You care more about having the latest smartphone than the well-being of the person living beside you.  You store up treasure on earth when the Lord tells us to store up treasure in Heaven.

You judge people on how they look, what they do, and what they drive.  You look at the employee behind the Starkbucks counter and consider them below you.  You don’t stop to learn the story of why someone works retail, cleans the floors at the public school, or waits tables.  You sit there and see someone who is other, someone who is less.

You claim you are a special snowflake, but forget that everyone thinks of themselves as such.  Melt already.  Join in the common community of the world.  Immerse yourselves in…

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Featured Author

Bublish, a new publishing site is having a floating bookstore and this week, I am one of the featured authors. check it out.

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