Bestseller: Beneath a Scarlet Sky (Mark Sullivan)

Grab this bestseller that, to date, is still holding on strong to a 4.9-star rating after over 1,200 reviews!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by [Sullivan, Mark]From Amazon

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

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Get Yours Now: Wind Screen

I’ve been hearing a series of book trailers with voice-over work that has a lot of static and background noise. For less than $10, you could get a wind screen for your microphone that will help reduce (and possibly) eliminate the excess noise that brings down the quality of the trailer. Find purchasing info below. Happy book-promoting!


Unreal Tech: Personal Drones (“Prones”) Could Hit Market Soon

It looks like a butterfly, hummingbird, or even a puppy. But it can read a book to you when you’re tired, find your car keys, drop off a letter, help you find a lost sock, or even bring you a glass of water when you’re thirsty. It’s called a Prone, it comes in whatever shape you want it to, and we all need them in our lives.

Just imagine, your own personal drone that hovers right over your shoulder helping you avoid some of the more tedious tasks that we have to deal with on a daily basis. Your Prone could do your laundry, wash your car, make you a sandwich, summarize a lengthy email, or even grab aspirin for you when it senses that you have a headache.

From the Masterminds at Microsoft

Prones have been in use for the past ten years. Microsoft has only handed them out to people who could afford to pay for the prototypes. This means people like ultra-sexy lifestyle-blogging goddess Erika Wogo or her master, Khaled Wogo. Only a a few dozen have been operating worldwide. Microsoft hopes to be able to bring Prones to the masses soon. Wogo says of her own dove-shaped Prone, “It is like having the most versatile and tireless assistant in the world.”

A Watchful Eye and a Helping Hand

Prones come with an easily embedded microchip that goes under the skin behind your ear. This microchip allows the Prone to keep track of various aspects of your physical health, including vitals like blood pressure and respiration. When a Prone senses high stress levels, it can assess the current context to make decisions based on whether you’re excited, angry, or actually in mortal danger.

And beyond being a great companion for the laziest among us, there are several speculative applications that could mean saving lives once Prones become as common as smartphones. An elderly person fails when they’re home alone, a Prone can call for medical assistance. A blind person can navigate around their city without having to rely on an animal that others are allergic to, must be fed, must have water, needs a space to sleep in, can get sick, will die, and must be trained. Children and teenagers traveling around their neighborhoods or the world alone will always have a Prone to be able to ward off potential kidnappers who could hold them for ransom, exploit them, sexually assault then, and even kill them. How many rapes could be eliminated because the Prone senses non-pleasurable stress and physically intervenes or calls for help as needed? This could include intervening if it seems that sexual intercourse is about to occur if a person’s blood alcohol level is above a certain limit. The droves of people who die each year from accidents, murders, and suicides could all have a greater chance at survival because a Prone would be around to get them the help they need quickly.

Learn More About Prones and Pre-Order Yours

In case you haven’t realized it yet, Prones only exist (right now, anyway) in the science fiction realm of Show Her, the latest psychological thriller from T. L. Curtis. If you want to learn more about how Prones work and hear more about what they can do, click on your favorite site link below to instantly download the book:

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When Writers Strike: 2017

Reports have been popping up throughout the internet of an impending writers strike. Some of you may remember how this affected the production of entertainment media the last time it took place back in 2007/2008. Here are links to further info about the strike so you can keep your eye on the situation.

The next time someone tells you that writing isn’t a worthwhile career, you might want to let them know that the average salary for a TV or film writer is over $187,000.

Don’t forget to chime in about the strike at these sites and make your opinion heard. #WriteOn


New York Times:

Vanity Fair:


Erika is such a relatable character (if you’ve ever been burned) and you’ll find yourself at times rooting for her then in the next breath you’re cussing her for her stupidity.

–Laura Greeson,

Don’t forget to grab your copy of Show Her from Barnes and Noble or!


Get Yours Now: Tablet Mount

Kiss your carpel tunnel good-bye! This nifty bit of hardware can help you read, browse the internet, watch movies, and video chat in a convenient, hands-free way. As writers and readers, it’s critical that we take care of our hands, so instruments like this are essential. Mount it on the side of a table, the seat in front of you, or even your headboard to read as you drift off to sleep. Would make a fantastic gift for anyone who owns a tablet or e-reader.

Ruby Tuesday: New Collar Needed

Your New Favorite Book Light

This little gadget can come in handy for those who habitually read at night, or find themselves doing so as passengers on long road trips or on air places. The Carson PageGlow book light is slender and light weight, concentrating light on the book and not splaying it around in the face of your fellow passenger or sleeping spouse.




10 Tips for More Writing Time: Shop Faster

Think you’re running out of minutes in the day to get some writing done? Here’s one place you can shave off a few minutes of wait time and get back to writing sooner: The Grocery Store!

You may not normally consider how much time you waste at the grocery store, but a chunk of this could be time better spent writing. Here are 10 things you can start doing today that will shave some serious time off your multi-daily, weekly, or monthly grocery outing.

1. Make a List, Check It Twice, and STICK TO IT!

Distractions are a writer’s worst enemies (well, when it comes to time management anyway) and can turn a seek-and-destroy mission into a wild goose chase. Make a (short) list of the things that you need from the store and bring it with you. Use a sticky note, phone app, voice recording, self-email or self-text.

And don’t casually wander into the bakery, ice cream, or candy areas just because you happen to be walking past it. Stay focused!

2. Grab a Hand Basket or Smaller Cart

Going into the store with a monstrous cart is like sitting down in front notebook with 100 empty page–you’re gonna want to fill it up! Or, best case scenario, you won’t realize how off track you’ve gotten with your shopping because every time you see the cart it won’t look full…and won’t look full…and won’t look full, until it is. Using smaller carts helps you stop shopping faster when your load starts to get too heavy or you quickly run out of room to hold items.

3. Frequent an Establishment

When you go to the same store every time you shop, you gradually begin to learn where everything is. This cuts down on you having to wander aimlessly or find an employee to help you look for something that you want.

4. Stick with Boxes and Cans

How does this save time? Because these scan the most quickly and reliably. When you buy things in bags, sacks, tiny packages, or oddly shaped containers, the bar code isn’t as easy for the scanner to read, and often isn’t even easy for the cashier to find. Precious time is wasted. If you are a big junk food eater, this isn’t much of an issue since a lot of junk comes in boxes. However, if you’re big on fresh produce, you may be wondering how you’re going to save time. The best a fresh producer fiend can do is opt for bags and plastic containers instead of items that are loose or only tied with twine or wire (meaning the cashier has to search for or ask for the PLU code to be able to ring it up). Also remember that, some loose produce items (such as potatoes or garlic) must be weighed, which takes even more time). For example, instead of a fresh bunch of wet cilantro, just buy the cilantro that comes in a jar or clear plastic box that has a clear, easy-to-read bar code on it. Instead of loose garlic, get the garlic in a box or jar.

5. Estimate As You Go

Estimating the price of your order as you go helps you keep from being surprised at the register. It also helps you know how much cash to prepare (as suggested in tip 7). Remember to always round up. $4.99 is $5, $3.23 is $4, and so on. And still add a few dollars onto the running total before you head to the checkout for tax. You’d rather be under budget than over budget.

6. Unload

Don’t just sit your order on the belt and start texting or daydreaming. Make checking out a process in which you are fully participatory. Unload your items and put your basket away under the conveyor built or hand it to the bagger when it’s your turn to be checked out.

7. Unload Intelligently

When it comes time to hit the register, put your items on the belt with the bar codes either facing you or facing down. Grocery scanners have a plate on the bottom and mirrors on the side opposite the cashier. So, if you place your bar codes like this, you won’t have to wait for the cashier to find it, and it’s more likely to be registered quickly by the terminal.

8. Prep (your coupons, school cards, discount cards, gift certificates, etc.) 

Translation: Get your shit together before it’s time to check out. Don’t wait for the cashier to ask you if you have a shopping card or coupons. Often, you’ll be standing in line waiting to be rung up anyway. Instead of staring a magazine covers, browsing candy labels, or texting on your phone, use this time wisely. Check your pockets for coupons. If you have partner or loyalty cards on your keychain, have them out and ready to hand to the cashier the moment the order before you is complete.

9. Start Paying As Soon As Possible

If you’re paying with plastic, most terminals are able to complete the early parts (and sometimes most) of the payment process as soon as it’s your turn to check out. Do this so that you utilize your time well while your items are being rung up. Just step up to the card reader and insert your chip (or slide, if you still have to do that).

If you’re paying with cash, open your wallet and pull out at least $5.00 more than you think your . Pull out four pennies. If you have four pennies to give, you won’t get any back. For example, if your total is $44.04 and you give $50.04, the pennies get absorbed. Then, as the total for your order rises, start pulling out bills. When you get the final total, you should have everything you need to hand the cashier exact (or near exact) change within about three seconds.

10. Bag

It may be difficult emotionally, but try to set your pride aside and help yourself get out of that store as quickly as possible. Lots of grocery stores may have times during the day when they don’t have a bagger around to help out (and the manager is with a belligerent customer and the other cashier is in the bathroom and the customer service is swamped, and so on). When this happens, jump in and get it done. As soon as you’ve followed the previous step with your credit or debit card, slide to the end of the check lane and start bagging up what your cashier has rung out. If a bagger steps in before you’re done, by all means, step aside and let the expert handle it. But don’t let poor staffing at a store keep you there any longer than necessary.