Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review for Funeral in a Feminine Dress by MJ Burke Sr.



Funeral in a Feminine Dress: Depravity Reborn as Virtue by M.J. Burke Sr. is so much more than a memoir of a neglectful childhood in an alcoholic home. Burke’s clear and empathetic writing weaves in a larger message beyond his family that offers profound insights into society.

In brief the memoir tells of Burke’s childhood in 1950s and 1960s Denver. He’s the third of three sons. His parents Bill and Verma were never technically married. Bill always refused to grant Verma this fig leaf of respect after, in his opinion, she trapped him by getting pregnant.

Shacked up, Bill and Verma abuse alcohol while dragging their children from bar to bar or abandoning the young author at home day and night. His childhood was so deplorable that he insists that beatings from nuns at school were a good thing.

Years of misery go by for the author as he explains the sinister abuses put to his mother. As he grows up he participates in the family-wide dehumanization of Verma, who slavishly endures without love, kindness, or appreciation of any kind from anybody.

The author suggests broadly that the vicious abuse of his mother was rooted in the omnipresent social animosity toward the feminine. This socialization created the abhorrent attitude of his father toward his mother. Bill in many other ways was compassionate, but towards Verma he was monstrous.

His father calls his mother a “whore” for getting pregnant.

Often the author recounts how his father admonished him not to be girly. Even hugging his father was wrong.

Verma’s talents are ignored. When the family starts a business, Verma’s idea is overridden by Bill’s determination to have a cleaning business, which convicts them both to toiling with caustic chemicals and gives Verma no chance to excel.

The author makes a point to describe the domestic flare of his mother. Verma, despite poverty and alcoholism, decorated their homes thoughtfully, and Bill would always smash and break the d├ęcor.

Another shocking aspect of this memoir was that it showed social dysfunction beyond his family. They lived in poor neighborhoods where alcoholism was widespread. The suffering and lost talent reflected in the alcohol-poisoned environment were staggering to contemplate. But going deeper I understood that other forces were causing social despair that triggers this drinking and its attendant violence. Burke mentions the long hours, low wages, and workplace hazards that his father and many others endured. It’s also a culture where might makes right. Men are supposed to fight for their way. There is very little room for kindness.

For me, his presentation of a society tormented by systemic viciousness was related to hatred of the feminine. He masterfully peppered the memoir with this crucial point without being preachy.

This memoir is an addictive page turner. The writing and the candid glimpse into despairing lives riveted me. Burke’s story unfolds like a slow motion pile up of cars on a foggy freeway and tells his struggle to emerge from the wreckage a human being.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Smashwords Ebook Deals for the Week of February 26th

Smashwords Deals for the Week of February 26th

Smashwords provides ebooks in multiple formats to an international audience.


Oak Seer (A supernatural mystery)
Graham Higson

Occult Horror

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expires 3/9/14

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Womaniser Jack Briscoe is stricken with visions from the past. He can no longer work, nor can he perform. An ancient Pagan artefact lusts for women's blood, and in a desperate bid to save them he sets off to the remote Scottish Highlands where the past, and a ruthless enemy, await him.
Ultimate St.Patrick's Day cocktail's 2014

S.R. King

Cookbook Beverages

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Stunning Irish Cocktail's tweaked for St.Patrick's Day with a 'dash of humor.If your simply having friend's over,going to a bar or restaurant or joining in in the festivities this book is for you.Complete in true Irish humour have your friend's rolling in laughter as they enjoy one of the very finest Irish cocktail's including The Nutty Irishman,Pot of Gold,hilarious content and good time's.  

I'm showing off some of my titles at Smashwords. I have many of them. 
Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

Tracy Falbe

Epic Fantasy

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The epic begins as Dreibrand Veta and the conquering Horde of the Atrophane Empire reach a mythic Wilderness that beckons with a magical call to glory. But Onja, Queen of the rys, a race far more powerful than the greatest human state, guards this land. She has the power to imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for her desperate enemies, the union of renegades.

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

Tracy Falbe

Historical Fantasy

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Thal is wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting but still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger. Years ago I worked in casinos in Las Vegas as a craps dealer. This is my how to play craps guide based on my thousands of hours of live game experience. 
 
Get Dicey: Play Craps and Have Fun

Tracy Michigan

Casino Games

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Ever been in a casino and wished you knew how to play craps? Read Get Dicey and you'll learn which bets to play, how to play them, and most importantly which bets to avoid. Written by a Las Vegas craps dealer, here's your inside scoop on how to play the most exciting game in the casino.


Happy Reading!


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Smashwords Deals This Week for Ebooks Worldwide

Smashwords Deals for the Week of February 19th

Smashwords provides ebooks in multiple formats to an international audience.

This week for the first time I'm showing off some of my titles at Smashwords. I have many of them. 


Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

Tracy Falbe

Epic Fantasy

FREE! no coupon needed

Get it at Smashwords

The epic begins as Dreibrand Veta and the conquering Horde of the Atrophane Empire reach a mythic Wilderness that beckons with a magical call to glory. But Onja, Queen of the rys, a race far more powerful than the greatest human state, guards this land. She has the power to imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for her desperate enemies, the union of renegades.


Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

Tracy Falbe

Historical Fantasy

$2.99 $3.99 Save 25% with coupon code ZS29K
expires 3/31/14

Get it at Smashwords

Thal is wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting but still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.

Years ago I worked in casinos in Las Vegas as a craps dealer. This is my how to play craps guide based on my thousands of hours of live game experience.


Get Dicey: Play Craps and Have Fun

Tracy Michigan

Casino Games

$4.49 $5.99 Save 25% with coupon code VK52F
expires 3/31/14

Get it at Smashwords

Ever been in a casino and wished you knew how to play craps? Read Get Dicey and you'll learn which bets to play, how to play them, and most importantly which bets to avoid. Written by a Las Vegas craps dealer, here's your inside scoop on how to play the most exciting game in the casino.

Happy Reading!

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Authors: Send me your coupon codes with the form at the bottom of the Smashwords Deals page.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kindle Fire Giveaway on Then Like a Blind Man: Orbie's Story Blog Tour

I found this interview with Freddie Owens, the author of Then Like a Blind Man: Orbie's Story. He had a great quote about why he self published that I wanted to highlight.

"After many years of 'almost' and 'no' or 'yes but we wouldn't know how to market it' from agents and publishers alike, I've opted for 'certainly' and 'yes' instead."

Enjoy Owens' interview and find the link to his Kindle Fire giveaway at the end. His blog tour lasts until March 28th.

Interview with Freddie Owens, author of 'Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story' + Win Kindle Fire! (via The Writer's Life)

A poet and fiction writer, my work has been published in Poet Lore, Crystal Clear and Cloudy, and Flying Colors Anthology. I am a past attendee of Pikes Peak Writer’s Conferences and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and a member of…


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Smashwords Deals February 12th Valentine's Day Sucks and 2 Wintry Romances

I'm back with some new Smashwords bargain ebook picks this week.

Smashwords Deals for the week of February 12th


Winter: Eternal Solstice (Part 1)

Sakinah Rasheed

Young Adult Fantasy

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Set in England during the early 19th century, the story of Winter is told from the perspectives of several characters, including the antagonist.


Valentine's Day Sucks

Michele Bardsley

Paranormal Romance Short Story

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When a mischievous pixie grants a love wish to a reluctant human, it's gonna take more than Cupid and his arrows to fix to a broken heart. 



Nikita Rae

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Luke Reid has a lot going for him: sex appeal, badass tattoos and insane musical talent. A NYPD cop by day, singer in rock band D.M.F by night, from the outside Luke seems like he’s got it made. But falling hard for a girl whose father was accused of deeply sinister acts—a man whom Luke shares a devastating history with, himself—only serves to complicated things. 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Werewolves in the Renaissance Blog Tour Schedule

Thank you to all the generous bloggers who joined the Werewolves in the Renaissance blog tour for Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale. I sold four copies of the paperback over the weekend while exhibiting my novels at AlmaCon and readers were enthusiastic about the concept. I'm not the only one fascinated by Renaissance history and mixing it with paranormal characters made a fun creative playground for me.

On the tour I will be sharing interesting tidbits from my historical research for the novel. My interview on the HowlOutCast is already live so you can go listen to it. (See list below).

Every stop on the tour will also offer these great coupon discounts for the ebook and paperback.


Ebook

$3.99 (kindle, epub, or pdf) Available worldwide from Brave Luck Books
Save 25% - enter discount code WLT25 at checkout here http://www.falbepublishing.com/braveluck/werelord-thal.html (expires 3/31)

Paperback
$12.99 (6x9 trade paperback 356 pages)
Save 20% - enter discount code CU9KJ3E3 at checkout here https://www.createspace.com/4514070 


Blog Tour Schedule

January 28th (early bird) - HowlOutCast werewolf theme podcast
Author Interview

February 12th - Susan Stuckey
Author Interview

February 13th - The Kronicles of Korthlundia
The Medicinal Herb Garden of the Witch in Werelord Thal (Plus a review by Jamie Marchant)
 
February 18th - Mathew Reuther

Hammer of the Witches and a Brief History of Crime Investigation in Western Society

February 19th - The Vaetra Files 
The Historic Quarters of Prague

February 20th - Worlds of Magic and Adventure
Primero and the Rise of Card Games in the Renaissance

February 21st - Alesha L. Escobar 
Gypsies in Renaissance Europe

February 24th - Disciple of the Fount  
The Holy Roman Empire is Full of Rebels

February 26th - Wandering Around the Words
The Role of the Condottieri Mercenary Captains in the Renaissance

March 2nd - Art and Tree Chatter of Aquariann
Humanity's Love of Handcrafting

March 13th - Illusions of Intimacy
Researching a Novel with Help from My Favorite Renaissance Artists

Read the 4-chapter preview of Werelord Thal:



Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Love iBooks Week - iTunes Gift Card Giveaway


To show my appreciation for the iBooks readers who sample and buy my novels at the Apple iBooks store, I'm running a giveaway drawing for a $15 iTunes e-gift card.


The winner will be able to spend the gift card at iTunes in the United States on iBooks, music, apps, and videos. 

Drawing is closed. Follow blog for future giveaways.
Congratulations to winner Jessie C.

  • Giveaway is taking entries through February 14th. I'll pick the winner on February 15th and email that person an e-gift card for $15. 
  • Drawing is open to U.S. based iTunes users. I'm only able to purchase an iTunes e-gift card that is redeemable through the U.S. iTunes store. I'd love to be able to make this worldwide, but I can determine no way for me to buy a gift card for other countries. 
My audience on iBooks is important to me. I'm continually grateful for all my readers and want you to be able to find my novels anywhere. Please browse my fantasy novels on the list below.



Enjoyable Weekend at AlmaCon


 




My blog has been a little quiet the past week because I was getting ready to exhibit my novels at AlmaCon at Alma College in Alma, Michigan. I had a great time at the convention. I met lots of book lovers, talked writing, and sold a bunch of books all weekend.

Friday night I donated a paperback copy of Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale to the charity auction. An elf (seriously she was an elf) informed me Saturday that Werelord Thal fetched a final bid of $20 at the auction. I'm so proud.

I realize people try to be loose with their money at a charity auction, but it's nice to know that my novel was able to contribute. Proceeds went to Relay for Life.

This is the second convention I've attended as a vendor and I very much enjoyed it. The cosplayers are splendid. Their creative expression is a delight to behold. I love costuming. It instantly boosts life energy and puts me in a good mood. Weirdly, I can believe there's hope for humanity when I see a grown man in a pink Care Bear suit. (A good choice for cold weather.) As all the cosplayers proove, Halloween just isn't enough anymore.

Monday, February 3, 2014

OMNIA is looking for an extra musician

I discovered OMNIA this summer on YouTube. I like to watch music videos on YouTube and I was impressed by this band that created a genre it calls pagan folk. After poking around the band's website I joined the mailing list. Today I received this announcement that they are looking for an extra musician. And it's a paying gig! I'm sharing the job posting below so maybe the right person will see this.



Have You got what it takes to be an OMNIA-EARTH WARRIOR?
'cause OMNIA is looking for an extra musician!!... Could it be YOU?

-OMNIA wants to meet some extra Musicians to join us on tour throughout the stages of the world this coming year... Do YOU Wanna join OMNIA?
OMNIA is a professional band of hard-working weirdos ,we do crazy tours, we're on a mission and we have loads of fun too!... we have created our own genre of musick called "PaganFolk" , taking the voice of Mother Earth and playing it pure and sweet for the mutant monkeys everywhere we go ... (and incidentally , because we are a "working-band" ... we can also pay well, and we always take care of our own!)

...Are YOU a really amazing musician who likes a challenge? ... Do You like OMNIA musick?... Can you play musick "the old-fashioned hard way" ie: on REAL, ACOUSTIC instruments? (no extra playback, no flashy effects, just a lot of skill)...
Are you really groovy?... Do you have stage experience?... do you understand even-rythms aswell as odd-rythms? ... are you available for touring with OMNIA starting in April 2014?... yes?... OK... what we're looking for is this:

- A very good experienced Guitarplayer
(either: Country/ Folk DADGAD / Folk-rock steelstring-style or Spanish/ Flamenco/ Classical nylon-string-style)

-A very good experienced Bouzouki/ Mandolin/ Banjo player (Country / Folk)

-A very good experienced Accordeon player ( gypsy-style)

-A very good experienced fiddle-player (Gypsy / eastern European or Irish/Scottish Folk)

-A very good experienced Hurdy Gurdy -player (European folk style)

-A very good experienced hammered Dulcimer player (Eastern European style)

Having a good singing voice to harmonize with us is a definite plus, too.

Can you do just one of the above things AMAZINGLY well?
(or even better)
Can you do two or more of the above thingz really fucking well?
Do you live on (or close to) the Dutch-German or Dutch-Belgian border?

Then the new OMNIA musician could be YOU! ...

So If You think you are the one... write us about yourself!
Who are you? : name, age , gender (include a photo or video)
what are your exact skills?
what is your experience on stage up to now?
and don't forget to include a link to video and sound material of you playing your instruments!

write to: management@worldofomnia.com with the header message:
"NEW OMNIA MUSICIAN"
and if your application looks serious, OMNIA will be in touch...

Greenthingz on Musickal wingz!
Shaman SteveSic, Jenny, Daphyd, Rob and the whole OMNIA family

ps: please share this message as much as possible on the internet!
(even if you are not a musician) Thanx groovy guys and girls!

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