Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Adjustment Proven Unnecessary by Time

A chapter in my cartoonist’s memoir The Deserting Caricature Artist drew attention to a possible caricature portrait of Angelina Jolie. I was not sure that the famed actress was the subject of the ink brush drawing. But the portrait conveyed something of her likeness to strengthen my assumption.
It was one of those pictures I drew many years ago in practicing the art and building a portfolio. When the book was published the chapter acknowledged Ms. Jolie's marriage to the actor Brad Pitt. In fact, the chapter is named She Could Be The Wife of Brad. The book was published in early-2016 by CreateSpace.
Then news arrived that the famous couple is ending their marriage later that same year in September 2016. Then the thought rushed through my mind. Should I revise the book for that update? Eventually, I felt it is important to leave it 'as is.' Because the focus of the memoir wasn't about the latest gossip or star-tracking celebrities' current lives.
It is this month billions were taken by surprise hearing reports that Pitt and Jolie were discontinuing their divorce proceedings and reuniting their relationship. It is favorable news from a couple resolving their marital woes. What if Angelina and Brad decide to resume their divorce? Well, that's their personal business with their children. What is vital is the book The Deserting  Caricature Artist communicate respect for wedded unions and not celebrate break ups often highlighting in media.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fiddling Around

Greetings, uncertain of what to post here for the first day of August, it is my wish to share a new video. There is a portrait of a folk country musician in my  book The Deserting  Caricature Artist. Otherwise the video is not relative of my books, it is is called The J Afternoon Violinst.

The above is a You Tube video, many are aware there are video grapes who are raking in tremendous income and viewership with association with the Web site. Almost a decade ago, I was taking part in that arrangement allowing commercial advertising in the videos and on my video channel. Much of income resulted from how many persons watch the videos and click on the ads. 
Although I have a YouTube channel. I am not involved in the arrangements of earning revenue from the videos. Also, I am not endeavoring to get a high count of viewership, my interest is unexisting in these competitive endeavors. It does not matter to how much or how little other YT video producers are earning. The singular reason of posting the video above is to share it with you.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Smashwords Summer Sale Ends July 31st

Some days are remaining till the conclusion of Smashwords season sale, the last 24 hours of it is on July 31st. Of the site wide sale, there are digital books pricing as low as 75% off retail price and many reduced to no cost. My novel Waiting for Regina in epub, Sony, and other format is priced at $5.02 having 25% the retail price. You may wish to check it out before 11:59 pm of the last day of July.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Update on Dust Cover for Lulu HC

I realized the text on the new dust cover of my novel at Lulu.com was not large enough. I should have noticed earlier because of wearing progressive bifocal lenses. The book cover was adjusted to improve the type. One of the objectives is to have the lettering so noticeable people can see it from a distance if the book is positioning on display at a book shop.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Another Hard Cover Edition of Waiting for Regina

At the Barnes and Noble online store there is a hard-cover edition of Waiting for Regina in addition to the digital e pub and paperback versions of the novel. That attractive, white trimed B&N hard-cover have the cover design printed on it with no dust cover as you may be viewing in the photo on the left with the little black cellphone. It is on sale for $17.69, the price may increase to $19 due to the increased content from the third revision.
Another hard-cover edition was recently produced at Lulu, this is the one that is having the dust cover. It can be purchasing online for $20.79, if you are a member of Lulu you might get a discount. You may be aware Barnes and Noble offer incentives for their annual members. The Lulu dust jacket with inside flips appears as image below. The front cover inside flip is left partially blank for pending store retailers. It is highly desirable for me to also having a dust cover version on the market, thank you for visiting and happy reading!

Friday, July 7, 2017

It Might Fit In

The hard cover edition of Waiting for Regina is avilable for purchase from Barnes and Noble online book store. It would be a tremendous honor if you request your local library to purchase a copy for you and your fellow patrons. The novel is easy to find on the website and there are usually discounted rates for libraries and other insitutions. Also, your library director can read a sample of the book online.

Monday, July 3, 2017

App To The Times

Comfortable reading: a section
of a quilt inside Sayville Public
Library by an unknown artistian.
Having both the reading apps of Kindle and Nook Press, I learned recently of another difference between the two. People who purchased either the first or second edition of my novel Waiting for Regina can ask Amazon to update their digital copy to the third edition of the publication without cost. What about the Nook version of my book on the same tablet?
It was surprising for me to discover the Nook app automatically updated the novel to the third edition. I did not have to contact a Barnes and Noble's customer representative by phone or online. Although Amazon's current publishing profits and successes are painfully crushing to the B & N's Nook division, nevertheless, the Nook app have that updating advantage over the Kindle reading app. Is this a feature you favor? You may comment below if you wish, thank you.

Islip, New York.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Updated Book Covers

A day for savoring the color of sand.

Below are images of the updated book covers of the 5.5 x 8.5-inch Nook Press US trade paperback ($8.89), 5.5" by 8.5" CreateSpace paperback (8.89), and the five and a half by eight and a half inches Nook Press hardcover (19.00 retail).  The contents of the publications are the same as so the black spine 9" x 6" paperback edition ($9.00)at Lulu's online bookstore. 
To note, the book product page on CreateSpace states the "2nd" edition, however, it is actually the 3rd edition of the novel. The correction would issue forth in near time. 
There is new book preview at CreateSpace, which include engrossing conversations between the characters without a book description. I am anticipating you'll be pleased overall of what they say.

Nook Press Paperback

CreateSpace (Amazon) Paperback

Nookpress Hardcover

Monday, June 26, 2017

The ‘Waiting' Team Returns to iTunes

Mr. and Mrs. Labeau, Kenny, the Andersons, William, Mrs. Hussang, April, and other characters of Waiting for Regina are making an encore at the iTunes store. They are returning after a revision was performed on the 1980's coming of age novel. 

A distant sighting of the 2017 graduating class of Bay Shore High School on Friday, June 23rd. A 1987 graduation ceremony in Waiting for Regina was a major scene of the novel.

As of many other publications listed at the Apple online retailer, there are no reviews of Waiting for Regina. Seems like they don't get them as much as Amazon and Goodreads. You could be the first individual to express your literary evaluation of my book if you wish. 


iTunes offers a free downloadable preview depending if you have the approved Apple device and software. The electronic copies of Waiting for Regina are available at other online stores including Kobo, however, there will be some waiting for the updated printed editions of the novel. There are no reviews yet of my novel at Kobo, the door is opened there also. Please stay tuned.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Third Edition of Waiting for Regina Released As ePub

The editing and re-editing the novel Waiting for Regina has been completed. However, it is no longer the second edition because there were changes made to avoid any plagiarism, (although it was all unintentional). Also, in honoring the previous reviews of the book, this recent revision excludes every possible grammar and spelling error existing. These were searched out word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter. Waiting for Regina is an essential story which should not be tripped up by these faults. 
Some present tense verbs and adverbs were changed to past tense to respect the high standards of American English language. Also, the overall publication was made more concise including the removal of any dangling modifications, incomplete statements, and unnecessary expressions. To add to this, I checked for and subtracted out any politically incorrect statements. For example, the word 'mankind' was exchanged for words as humankind, people, and humanity.  

A bus stop in East Islip, New York
As an enhancement, the vocabulary was increased throughout the publication. Mispha is the narrator; she is known to be a proficient reader who loves books. Of course, she would use some statements uncommon to literary laypersons but are learnable by the public. In the first and second editions, for example, there are scenes when the main character Mispha is looking directly, eye to eye to the person she is addressing. However, since her feelings and relationship toward each vary, she does not look at them the same way while conversing. Whatever it is conscious or sub-conscious, the new edition of the novel reveals such personal distinction with a variation of wording. 
     The updated ePub (ebook) is available now on Barnes and Noble's online store. By Sunday, June 18 the revised Kindle version will be on sale on Amazon. Please feel at ease to read the free book previews online at B&N and Amazon and share the news with others. To help recognize the third edition from the previous one, there is a new chapter in it entitled 'Other Books by the Author.' If you have any questions, please post them here, I will do my best to respond. Currently, there is a limited distribution of the electronic copies of the book with fewer website retailers. The edited print versions are not ready yet; these will by announced shortly.

Friday, June 9, 2017

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When she was reviewing my book, 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoon, a thoughtless Amazon book critic employed an unfair comparison using the example of her beloved toddler grandson as a better writer and artist than me. Her readers probably figured out that the unnamed youngster has not yet published any articles or books to prove her statements true. She should be forgiven. 57 Pages, the e-book was eventually unpublished on (removed from) Amazon. 

     New independent writers should be prepared for this kind of critical response to their works because, in this case, unethical unprofessionalism might run unchecked and undisciplined in a world that does not guarantee absolute professional fairness toward each individual. One of the important reasons why the book critic could have humbled and corrected herself is that positive activities such as drawing and writing can be upbuilding rather than degrading others. The visual and literary abilities can serve to bond individuals rather than divide them. 
     It is somber when people decide to utilize comparison and prideful tactics against one another or to advance undue favoritism in their societies. In my novel Waiting for Regina, two honor students, Regina and Mispha willingly assisted their lower achieving classmates educationally, despite those girls being minorities in an affluent community.

     Please consider a primary example among the populations who believe God exists and is alive. The fact is all humans benefit from his creations of a life-giving and sustaining earth providing us air to breathe, food and water for nourishment. To add to it, the Bible is the most widely distributed book ever! Very few if any can sensibly debate this literature was prepared and inspired to promote antisocial behaviors among its readers. 

     Not to overlook the marvels of creation (glorious sunsets, phenomenal arranged celestial night skies, awesome waterfalls and peak mountain summits) can be appreciated and enjoyed by any human. A blind, deaf and vocally mute person can feel the cool summer breeze, finger feel the shape of an odd sea shell, and smell his Aunt Bessie's home-baked cinnamon crust apple pie. We can say God is the greatest artist and author in the universe. 
     Yet amazingly, his works serve to benefit not diminish intelligent creatures (people of all sorts). Getting back to the privileges of drawing and writing, my advice is never feeling ashamed or discouraged to practice and share these endeavors with others. Some persons may feel they are beyond hope and can never improve, yet more truthfully any individual (if they wish) can in time grow progressively in their writings and drawings with actual application and diligence. 
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Where Faith Awaits You

In the local cafe, the statement on the unstained wood framed blackboard with pink and blue chalk words reads;

"Don't run from the unknown:
This uncertainty is where faith stems from. Where you are now now may not be your final destination...The journey is a marthon not a sprint though to settle is the opposite.> A new chapter awaits once you try."

The new audiobooks of my publication are among those pleasant unknowns you need not fear to listen to the samples on Audibles. Please click on the links below to hear Judy Rounda's performances.

Regina, What is The Color of It?

Regina, ¿Cuál es el Color de Esto (In Spanish, Regina What Is The Color of It?)

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Poetic and Dramatic Love Episodes of Ksana-Kai

My brother, Lewis N. Jackson composed three poetic style publications in a series about a couple beginning from their courtship and into their marriage and family life. The writing is beautifully expressed with the environmental and emotional textures of a relationship experiencing the joys and sorrows of modern life. It is recommending you get your taste of this collection. Mr. Jackson introduces you to each volume and invites you to read into chapters in the books' previews. 
In the free reading samples featuring on Amazon, you may begin to get acquainted with the couple known as Ksana-Kai, Kaji and the love of his life, Ksana. I could say more but do not wish to spoil your discovery of this series and Lewis' talent of poetry. Each of the books is in dual languages, English and French. These are the names of the publications also available at the CreateSpace online store, Ksana: A Love Story Told Through Poems, also Psyllie (Ksana-Kai, Volume II), and Finding Isadora (Ksana-Kai, Volume III).

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Judy Reads Regina Again!...in Spanish

It may be proud moment reaching out to an emerging language population in the United States. The Spanish recording of my short story, Regina, ¿Cuál es el Color de Esto? has been released globally on Amazon, iTunes, and Audibles. If you are unfamiliar with the Latin language. Can you still interpret what it means, the title of the 46 minute album, Regina, ¿Cuál es el Color de Esto? In English language, it is known as Regina, What Is The Color of It? Many persons may know it is the short story that inspired the novel Waiting for Regina.

Please visit Audibles, Amazon or elsewhere and listen to a free sample. Please note the recording is in dual language, Spanish and English of the same story. The artist behind the album is an experienced performer having more than a dozen recordings. I feel assured you will be pleased of Judy Rounda's narration in both major tongues. Like the publication the recording is based from, the album is offering an opportunity for individuals to enhance their abilities in communicating in either of both languages. Please share the favorable news. Since the price is not exorbitant, it is reasonable, ¿Cuál es el Color de Esto? may be a worthy purchase or gift, thank you for visiting.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chapter Two: Another Preview

There is a new preview of the youth drama publication Waiting for Regina for CreateSpace members and visitors. It features the entire chapter two with book cover of the novel.
For the record, it appears most individuals are reluctant to offer their viewpoints on a preview, which is their right and choice without obligation.

Nevertheless, there's is nothing to fear, you can provide your opinions nameless without anyone knowing who you are. And what you share could stick having value, your insight may be meaningful and benefit other writers, readers or visitors. Again, it is not required. Please, however, give it consideration if you feel inclined to express your thoughts.

If my book fare favorably on the market, I might treat myself to one of these desserts. (May it not be a long wait.)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Changing to Before from After

It is highly recommending that if you are publishing a book through varied platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, Lulu, Smashwords, and others. The content of the book should be the same on each of those venues, inside and out. 
It makes sense if the publication is priced smiliarly and being offered in different formats, print and digital. Recently, my first novel Waiting for Regina was differenting on that recommendation. The book cover was not exactly the same design among the online retailers. 
It is this week I made sure that the book cover is the same on each of the venues as much possible. The scene strip of the beach at the bottom of the front cover was removed leaving entirely the original cover of the first edition. It is my wish the adjustment will serve in the best interests of the public subtracting any confusion among the retailers.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It Can BE Heard Now

Voice Actress Judy Rounda produced the first audiobook recording of one of my publishing, Regina: What Is The Color of It. Please feel at ease to visit Audibles, Amazon or iTunes and listen to the sample. You may express your thoughts on what you heard if you wish, thank you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Covering Regina

There is some distinction among the print editions of Waiting for Regina in their book covers. In aiding your understanding, the Barnes and Noble versions have a white border around the cover designs. Please note the printing examples below.

The orange dotted lines are printing measurements, you won't see them on your copy. The other edition, the CreateSpace version do not have white borderlines. The cover design varies a bit, I had to make changes on it because the back cover borderlines were not aligned properly. Eventually, all the covers will be the same designs on both the hardcover and printed editions.

Top and bottom (or second and third) images here are the front and back cover of the CreateSpace editions. Did you note the differences apart from the Barnes and Noble? The hint is the position of the iris of the eye in the watch for the back cover? Please feel free to express your viewpoints of the book covers. Not my wish to confuse you; the interior contents of the 2nd edition of Waiting for Regina are the same in the Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace print versions. From my understanding, all the print copies of the remaining first edition of the novel have sold out. If you wish to purchase the 1st edition it is only in electronic formats on sale at iBooks, Smashwords, and other online retailers.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Waiting for Regina Is Now in Hardcover

There is a pick of three editions of Waiting for Regina. If you look below in the screen shot on the right side of the image of the Barnes and Noble's page of the electronic version of the novel.  You see a distinction of prices. The Nook book is an epub, and it is also the first published 157 paged edition of Waiting for Regina before the recent revision.
There are paperback and hardcover editions of Waiting for Regina, these are the revised versions of 186 pages which include added content to the novel, a table of contents, and short author biography. I left out the additional materials last year to reduce the cost of producing the book.
You can read the entire book for free if you visit a Barnes and Noble bookstore repeatedly. That would be after a customer is downloading the free ebook on a tablet or smartphone. You have to read it in the store. The publication will disappear off your tablet if you return to your car in the parking lot. There are also digital formats of the first edition book on sale at Smashwords including Apple iBook.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For Now, No Waiting at Amazon

The 2nd edition of my novel Waiting for Regina is now on sale online at Amazon and CreateSpace in print and digital versions. My apology for the price increase, the cost for printing risen due to added content. The second edition of Waiting for Regina may be on sale soon on Barnes and Noble and other online retailers or in early April 2017.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Please Stay Tuned


It has been while since I posted anything here. I have been busy with projects and college amid other obligations.

Currently, the print version of Waiting for Regina is not available. My hope it will be back on sale as soon as possible or by April 7th. The manuscript of Regina must undergo corrections and adjustments.

The processing for printing requires time. The digital edition of the novel is available at iBooks, Smashwords, Kobo, and elsewhere. Please stay tuned.

Friday, February 3, 2017

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Monday, January 23, 2017

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Here's your opportunity to creatively learn about this handheld technical wonder in a live class with others in diswonderment on how expensive thing works. For what you are shelling out for this talkie in costs and monthly celluar servicing, why not get the most from it? You'll notice there are other free live classes. Those  courses may be for the rest of us who don't want or are unable to afford an Apple iPhone.
At least two characters in my novel Waiting for Regina practiced craftwork. No cost-classes involve this artisan area plus how to use Keynote software and your DSLR. Yes, I do not own one, the iPhone, used a Samsung smartphone to produce this posting - happy learning!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Would You Be Reaching The Same Conclusion?

Have you been waiting to hear what others would say about the new novel they read? The first book reviews of Waiting for Regina are arriving in near time on Goodreads. Below is one recent example from Elizabeth White, would you find her assessment agreeable? 
The question may be a challenge to answer if you have not read the book. When someone as Ms.White shares an honest explanation of value, it can aid people to make a purchasing decision that beforehand might have seemed risky or uncertain. 
Barnes and Noble for the next few days until January 16th lessen the gamble for consumers. With any purchase from either their store or online, you get 15% off the retail price. There are other books and items of your choice, it is, however, an opportunity to get Waiting for Regina at a lower price. That would be a bargain if you came to a conclusion after reading it, that Ms. White is right about what she said of my first novel. The coupon code for the 15% off until January 16, 2017, is BNJAN17

Sunday, January 1, 2017

For The Guys Too

In the new novel, Waiting for Regina, a father facing a long departure from his family asks his youngest daughter a difficult question. He was wondering if she is willing to wait for him until he returns, possibly years later in the future. In response, the enthusiastic little girl answers in a way any loving "daddy" would delight in hearing from his child. 
Family life is one of the currents
flowing throughout the new novel,
Waiting for Regina.
Waiting for Regina may easily be billed as 'chick literature,' for the girls only. The three central characters are women, the main narrative told by one of them. Additionally, a mother reaches out to claim her child from a threatening situation. The same woman willingly renders first aid to an unknown boy. The women in this book are encountering very uneasy and straining happenings in their lives and are responding admirably. 
The novel is written by a male, yes; that is me. There is a lot in store for the guys too. For example, it is a father who takes the lead in restoring his daughter's self-esteem. He also defends her reputation against bad rumors. Likewise, it is him too, spearheading for his children's education as head of the household. In the book, a husband makes a critical decision with his spouse supporting him which, unfortunately, contributes to a family tragedy.
In the book also, a man boldly demonstrates his attachment to a woman before hundreds of eyewitnesses, who might otherwise be questioning the relationship. Men are also are taking the lead role in disaster relief efforts towards desperate citizens in need. A few others are the first influencing fraudulent acts and other hurtful deeds.At that point, readers might contrast the differences between persons abusing their powers and those using their authority responsibly. 
Hannah unkindly rebuked by the high priest Eli in
First Samuel chapter one. A Bible illustration
by Julius Schnorr von Corolsfeld (1794-1872)
The accounts of Ruth and Esther have women as the principals. Their sterling examples are inspiriting to many young ladies for generation after generations. The facts bear men penned those books. Including Samuel who's relating his mother, Hannah's acute disconsolation as a barren wife in First Samuel chapter one. Few would argue today's females would be unable to relate to the emotions and circumstances of these historical figures. Because also, their stories are universal, appealing to all humans.
Admittedly it was challenging and uncertain at times, for me to relate Mispha's experiences in her words. I do confess how impossible for me to identify with accuracy a woman's feelings. When writing a scene basing from Mispha's narration, I would spend days into a week configuring how she sees it. Then when you felt it stated wrong, you may hear that voice behind you, "No, that is not the way I told you! Cross that out, write it over please." Isn't what this Nassau County high school student from Chestnut Bay would say to me?

Of course, Mispha is not a real person; she's a fictional creation in literature. Chestnut Bay is not an actual location on Long Island. Nonetheless, there is some truth to "men are from Mars and women are from Venus." Rather than pretend, I know what she is thinking or feeling. I viewed myself as Mispha's writer carefully jotting her sayings the way she utters them. When Mispha explains her sadness and happiness, I fought to recall what others of her gender and age level tell it. Little to question woman authors taken a similar approach relating the thoughts of men. Would you like to be more acquainted with Mispha, her family, and friends?
It is my pleasure and privilege to announce to the world my first novel, Waiting for Regina is releasing in the market for your purchase-NOW. It is distributing through Barnes and Noble by way of Nook Press Print. For the time being, it is only in print, soft-bound, 176 pages, twenty-one chapters. The digital format may be available in a few days. It is is a first for me. Usually, my books are introduced in digital files first then eventually in physical page turning form.
If you live anywhere, please entertain to your public library staff to purchase a book or two for your community. If you are attending junior high, college or high school, please make the suggestion to your institution's library to buy copies of Waiting for Regina. It is unique young person fiction that drives realistically into issues affecting many of them today, including a tough-to-discuss subject of colorism, also teenage depression and other youth struggles. If you are a student, Waiting for Regina may be an idea essay or class report.
Possibly it is a version of Chupe de Camarones
soup. A least three named cuisine dishes were
prepared by characters in Waiting for Regina.
If you live on Long Island, please consider visiting the book product page, read the description and purchasing the book for yourself or as a gift for someone else. At your choice, if you wish. The reason for these requests on this blog site? If there is enough positive attention toward Waiting for Regina, I may be able to visit local Barnes and Noble bookshops for book signings and possibly have discussions about the publication. 
If there are such possible appearances (not guaranteed), it would be announced here and at local Barnes and Nobles stores. If Waiting for Regina is saying something vital you want others to hear, please clear the path for it to be sounding out reaching the individuals who may desire hearing it. Please remember people may respond to a book variably as individuals tasting the new cuisine in town. Not every dish is for everyone. But enough may like it to keep it on the menu. Please feel at ease to sample my book.