Denton Poets’ Assembly will meet on September 17th for poetry readings by members and guests at the Emily Fowler Public Library from 10 am – noon. For complete details regarding the meeting click the following link Denton Poets’ Assembly Sept 17 Meeting
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On this day in 1986 I setup equipment to record the Challenger launch for my employer. The company I worked for used Thiokol O-rings under extreme conditions. It’s an irony that O-ring failure caused the tragedy and the representative for O-rings warned weather for the launch was too cold to go ahead safely. NASA refused to listen and act on that advice.
Thank you Bob for sharing this poignant reflection.
The remaining post is from Author, Bob Mayer.
“My God, Thiokol. When do you want me to launch? Next April?” Senior NASA official on a conference call to the manufacturer of the solid boosters, when they recommended on the morning of the launch that it be postponed.
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by Author L.R.W. Lee
Vision of the Griffin’s Heart is an emotional roller coaster. Andy Smithson is growing up while facing unprecedented challenges.
In Book 5 of this Andy Smithson series Andy faces his greatest challenges so far. As the heir apparent to the throan of Oomaldee, he and his family become the primary target of the evil Abbadon. The story opens with Andy and his Mom back in Lakehills, Texas. Andy has been reflecting on events just prior to his leaving Oomaldee about a year earlier when a chest appears near the family mailbox. In it, a letter from this friend Alden and one from Yara Princess of Chromlech. “The two hit it off,” after Hans the healer lead a mission to rescue her from Abbadon.
Shortly thereafter a flock 30 zolts armed with swords appeared, accompanied by a sound like thunder on a clear day. The adventure is on.
Readers of this series by author LRW Lee have come to anticipate a host of challenges, intense battles and on a monumental scale. In Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, you won’t be disappointed.
Not all challenges require physical skills and acumen. As an example, while searching the contents of the attic at his home in Lakehills, Andy finds a parchment, the Prophecy of Deliverance. In the prophesy there’s a mystery. Deciphering the mystery gives clues to his fate. The prophesy begins:
The enemy borne from within appears, casting shadows, darkness, and fear.
He avenges without pity,
makes the Land’s inhabitants quake;
chaos and destruction
ravage in his wake.
Blind to the troika’s beacon,
a glow pierces the night.
This challenge and others provide guidance to Andrew, his friends and allies. Andy receives assistance from: his father, mom, his Mini-Me (sort of like his conscience), the magician Merwin and other leaders. As the story progresses, Andy realizes the people of Oomaldee can’t defeat Abbadon on their own. The allies must build a coalition with friendly states in the area to challenge Abbadon.
LRW Lee draws upon epic fantasies like Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia which to a large extent are based on Nordic myths and the Bible. These writings challenge protagonists to engage enemies in battles of good against evil. The good folks in these stories aren’t super heroes. The draw strength bonds of friendship, the participants working together toward a common goal. Sacrifices are made for the greater good of all. Friends draw upon faith from belief in a higher power, in God, and are guided by representatives of that power.
In this story Andy faces grief as people he loves either die or threatened with death. Through various means he is allowed to view and better understand, life beyond physical life, something that provides comfort if not elimination of grief.
This book shows us a more mature Andy, someone begins to understand the meaning of love and the pain that follows when love is taken away.
Andy Smithson Book 5 advances the ongoing quest as the stakes are raised. For lovers of fantasy, I consider it a must read.
L. R. W. Lee is the author of the Andy Smithson juvenile fiction series of epic fantasy books for kids 9 to 99 including teens and young adult, set in medieval times with knight, magic and mythical adventures. She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband and her daughter who is a Longhorn at UT Austin. Her son serves in the Air Force.
Her teen YA fantasy series includes free young adult books. Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie. Lee gives away the first ebook of her teen & young adult books for free in order to let readers sample her work at no risk and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.
LRW enjoys hearing from readers! Find her at:
Friends, Julia Robb is a former reporter and active novelist who writes western fiction. In her latest blog, she interviews Mark Gardner and expert in western history about the events connecting Billy The Kid and Pat Garrett. Julia Robb begins with the following.
Readers, Mark Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett and Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape.
begins with the following:Click the link below for the complete story.
Author Uvi Posnansky shares my review about about a young Marine who meets a beautiful pianist at the beginning of WWII. Their lives will never be the same again. Click the link below for the full review of this powerful story about two young people drawn together while facing difficult obstacles.
This year the Gathering of Authors gala has moved to a new venue. The organizer Tammy Holder Thompson will host the Charity and Book Signing event at the Texarkana Convention Center. In the past I’ve had the pleasure of working with this group but have a schedule conflict this year. It supports great causes. If you live in northeast Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas or southwest Oklahoma, don’t miss it.
For more information see the poster below or the link at the bottom of the page.
For more information see the poster below or the website at: http://www.gatheringofauthors.com/
Following is reblogged from the Gathering of Authors webpage.
ABOUT THE GATHERING OF AUTHORS
Texarkana Literacy/Charity Annual EventWe started this very unique event in 2010, focusing on writers in and around our
area, but since has grown into something far greater. We combine the importance
of literacy and giving into one. Four years ago, we added St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital into our event as our Charity of choice to donate to, but later included Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well. We bring in authors from all around to share their books, speak and do autographings at the event. These wonderful authors have become like family to this event and together we all work hard to raise money for these two remarkable hospitals that do nothing but save children’s lives. Please join our Gathering family and be a part of our event. ALL AUTHOR SPOTS ARE FULL FOR THIS YEAR, BUT PLEASE SIGN UP AND YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST SHOULD SOMEONE BACK OUT OF COMING TO THE EVENT…
2015 GOA Dates: Friday Nov 20, and Sat. Nov. 21st –
Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center
Greetings Friends~ The Denton Poets’ Assembly will meet again Saturday, October 17th from 10 A.M. to noon. Members and guests are welcome. Free Admission. See link for details. DPA October 17, 2015.
Denton Poet’s Assembly welcomes all poets, members and guests to our October 17th meeting of at the Emily Fowler Central Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon. J. Paul Holcomb plans to deliver a lesson. Please join us for a timely poetry presentation.