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  1. There's a New Kid in town... and he's brought a crime wave with him. Valuable items are going missing in school, and one of Jason's classmates is behind it. Someone in Arbortown is robbing the homes of the students at school - someone who knows when nobody's home. But when they rob Jason's home, they get more than they bargained for. You don't just rob the kid who can STOP TIME and expect you're going to make a clean getaway. Meanwhile, Kyne has problems of his own. Someone has kidnapped the Court Wizard, Garon, and Kyne heads out to rescue him. And while he's busy, an invading army has crossed Lynvia's northern border and is marching on the capitol. Delegates from the invading army are demanding the return of their kidnapped princess, who was seen being taken by members of the Royal Lynvian Guard!
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    Prince of Lynvia II - Of Mobsters and Magic

    When Jason Fentris, Kyne Goodrum's double, finds out his dad is still alive, he and his friends head out to rescue him from the Mob, confident in their newfound superpowers. But the Mob isn't going to let Jason's dad go quite so easily. After all, there's a contract out on him - and they have a rep to protect. In Lynvia, angry dragons are demanding assistance in hunting down a band of thieves - thieves dressed in the green uniforms of the royal Lynvian guard! These imposters have entered the forbidden dragon graveyard and made off with various dragon body parts... But what could anyone want with old dragon bones?
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    Prince of Lynvia I - Of Secrets and Sorcery

    Middle School is the least of Kyne Goodrum's problems. That is, it would be if he could take his dragon along. When Kyne moves to a sleepy little town in Tennessee, he has no idea the house his family is moving into is 'haunted'. He begins having dreams of a world where dragons live, where magic really works, and for some inexplicable reason, everyone he meets is trying to kill him! He spends each day dealing with bullies and burned-out teachers, and each night running for his life. When's a guy gonna get some sleep? His only friend is a sarcastic dragon who seems to know much more than he's saying.
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    Life in HyperSpace

    Spraypainting the cat? What was he thinking?? With four year college degrees under our belts and a dab of training in Child Psychology, my wife and I thought we were ready for anything when it came to this parenting gig. We had no idea we would be outnumbered and outgunned. From diet to riot, meds to charts, we've tried it all, to train up our ADHD kids in the way they should grow. From the Home School of Hard Knocks, our four ADD and ADHD kids have taught us more about coping and planning ahead than any four year college degree could have, especially when it comes to understanding what goes on in the mind of a five year old in a Buzz Lightyear costume flying on a treadmill. To Infinity, and Beyond. This is the chronicle of two adult ADD parents and their four ADD/ADHD kids living in a loving madhouse with four neurotic cats and a snow white bi-eyed monster dog that eats trees.Inside you will find more laughs and maybe some help and advice for what to do with the ADD kids in your own home, from someone who's Been There, Done That.
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    Another Johnny Story

    Apologies for such a late answer, Nicola. I do indeed have a blog up that contains many stories like this. One I don't really maintain much anymore, http://adhdfamilyfun.blogspot.com It has quite a few of the hilarious stories that spawned the book, but nowhere near all of them. The book can be obtained at Life in HyperSpace on Amazon Kindle. Pretty sure the Kindle version is a free download on Kindle Unlimited. Regardless, if you snag it and like it, leave a rating and review if you like, and maybe a clamor for a sequel. Johnny may literally supply one all by himself.
  6. Checked out your site, couldn't plow through your first post here though. The site seems well structured, you seem to have the menu tree designed well, now you need to compose, at a minimum, an About Us and a What We Believe, In fact, before you send out an all-clear for people to come visit your site, you'll want to replace all the text that's 'lorum ipsum' with actual content. Bit of a tall task, that. As far as composing articles for apologetics blog posts, if you are looking for ideas for topics, I can list a few below, but the resources you identified a few posts ago in this thread should give you better ideas. However, let me caution, whatever you decide to do, make sure everything you post is either in your own words, or give attribution to any quotes of any other websites or literature, and links to the actual posts if online. No sense souring a good work with accusations of plagiarism. Some ideas for blog posts are: What is Apologetics? How do you make an apology for your faith without apologizing for it? When to Walk Away - when a discussion becomes an argument Sharing your faith without words What is the Gospel, Really? Who Does the Work of Salvation? Hard Sayings of the Bible Defending the Faith What is a Doubtful Disputation? Just a handful to get you started. You might want two or more blog posts up before you spread the word, just so visitors have a bit of material to read, it leads them to follow the site. Oh, and create a rigid schedule of posts - will you post articles once a week? Twice a week? Every other week? Too often, and you drain yourself. Too infrequent, and your stagnant site will lose visitors rapidly. Articles should be brief. Not even as long as this post. Base rule is around 500 words. A quick read with good info makes for a returning visitor and a satisfied follower.
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    Another Johnny Story

    So, I wrote a book on my kids called Life in HyperSpace, a non-fiction chronicle of our life as two ADD parents with four ADD/ADHD kids and all our neurotic pets. It's chock full of advice for parents of ADD kids, from those who have Been There, Done That. Many of the stories involve our youngest, John, or Johnny, as we call him.And two days ago Johnny pulled another one, one of those things that make you pray more as a parent. Thought I'd record it here, as I've told him I'm not writing a sequel, no matter what he does, I don't want him to have any motivation. John's at the age where he's gotten a taste of kids' horror. On the level of Goosebumps, I guess, as he comes through his various phobias and learns to deal with fear. One of the things he latched onto was Five Nights at Freddy's. Another is Bendy. Back at Halloween, Johnny had been enamored of a popular kids horror video game called Five Nights at Freddy's, Because of it we got him a costume of one of the animatronic characters in it, a purple rabbit named Bonnie. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Five-Nights-at-Freddys-Bonnie-Child-Costume-Kit-with-Free-Gift/372535029?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227104111694&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=219734739825&wl4=pla-354508802380&wl5=9010276&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=372535029&wl13=&veh=sem Scary looking smiley face. It was right around the time I was reviewing a horror book that involved a possessed mannequin. Johnny stuffed his costume with bubble wrap after Halloween, and put it in our walk-in closet. Scared the bejeebies out of me. I told him about the story with the evil mannequin, and I don't know where Bonnie is now. But i have my suspicions I'll run into him again when I least expect it. But he also, using paper sheets, made a life-sized poster of Bendy, a demon character that is a cartoon combination of Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse, but is a recurring respawning enemy in Bendy and the InkWell. He put Bendy's cutout on his bedroom wall. http://bendy-and-the-ink-machine.wikia.com/wiki/Bendy?file=Remastered-Bendy.png The video game, however, has Bendy jump-scaring you, and Johnny eventually spooked over it, While I was in the bathroom surfing Facebook, I heard the vacuum cleaner going full tilt. I wondered what my wife was sucking up. Eventually, Johnny knocked on the bathroom door, and asked me to come out, he had a confession to make. So, he confessed that Bendy had been scaring him, and he decided to destroy him. He pulled him down off the wall, took him into the living room, crumpled him into a ball, and set fire to him. On the Pergo floor. Didn't take him long to figure out that Pergo burns, too. He ran back and forth to the kitchen, silently, getting glasses of water and throwing them on the fire. Only took a few trips before he had it out. Then he got out the canister vac (note, NOT the SHOP vac) and sucked up all the water, until the vacuum quit sucking. It doesn't like drinking water, he discovered. So, I unplugged the shock hazard, verified the fire hazard was gone, got a towel and eliminated the slip hazard (the water), and then surveyed the damage. All while the canister vac was peeing on the floor. Bendy, the demon, was relegated back to the hell he deserved, and there wasn't anything left of him but ash. The floor has a semi-permanent black hole in it, one that would take an act of congress to fix, one I will require Johnny to help with this weekend, involving pulling all the trim and floor boards up. A killer task I'm not looking forward to, and one he has no clue what's involved. Bendy won't make a reappearance in our house, matches are now completely outlawed in our home, and if I ever find Bonnie, he's going the Way of the Dinosaur, before Johnny discovers gasoline...
  8. Thanks for your interest! I have three published books so far. The first one is A Prince of Lynvia One - Of Secrets and Sorcery: Middle School is the least of Kyne Goodrum's problems. That is, it would be if he could take his dragon along. When Kyne moves to a sleepy little town in Tennessee, he has no idea the house his family is moving into is 'haunted'. He begins having dreams of a world where dragons live, where magic really works, and for some inexplicable reason, everyone he meets is trying to kill him! He spends each day dealing with bullies and burned-out teachers, and each night running for his life. When's a guy gonna get some sleep? His only friend is a sarcastic dragon who seems to know much more than he's saying. https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sorcery-Prince-Lynvia-Book-ebook/dp/B00O98R38Q Book #2 is POL2 - Of Mobsters and Magic: When Jason Fentris, Kyne Goodrum's double, finds out his dad is still alive, he and his friends head out to rescue him from the Mob, confident in their newfound superpowers. But the Mob isn't going to let Jason's dad go quite so easily. After all, there's a contract out on him - and they have a rep to protect. In Lynvia, angry dragons are demanding assistance in hunting down a band of thieves - thieves dressed in the green uniforms of the royal Lynvian guard! These imposters have entered the forbidden dragon graveyard and made off with various dragon body parts... But what could anyone want with old dragon bones? https://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Magic-Prince-Lynvia-Book-ebook/dp/B010NYE1VG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Book#3 is a non-fiction account of our life with two ADHD parents and four ADHD kids: Life in HyperSpace: Spraypainting the cat? What was he thinking?? With four year college degrees under our belts and a dab of training in Child Psychology, my wife and I thought we were ready for anything when it came to this parenting gig. We had no idea we would be outnumbered and outgunned. From diet to riot, meds to charts, we've tried it all, to train up our ADHD kids in the way they should grow. From the Home School of Hard Knocks, our four ADD and ADHD kids have taught us more about coping and planning ahead than any four year college degree could have, especially when it comes to understanding what goes on in the mind of a five year old in a Buzz Lightyear costume flying on a treadmill. To Infinity, and Beyond. This is the chronicle of two adult ADD parents and their four ADD/ADHD kids living in a loving madhouse with four neurotic cats and a snow white bi-eyed monster dog that eats trees.Inside you will find more laughs and maybe some help and advice for what to do with the ADD kids in your own home, from someone who's Been There, Done That. https://www.amazon.com/Life-Hyperspace-Chris-Solaas-ebook/dp/B01N9KXVAR/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
  9. So, the History Channel says there are more writers than mosquitoes in the Amazon. Wonder how they counted that. Is that like counting kids in daycare while they scatter in every direction? Brad appears to be bitter. And yes, tis the season for snowflakes. Why whine, without cheese? One thing that wasn't mentioned on this thread is the pervasive idea that information should be free. As in, your books, free for the taking. And, now that writers far worse than I would be, writers that will self-pub their nanowrimo without even an edit, are slushing up the Amazon marketplace, it's difficult to even give your books away. Free for the taking, and nobody even wants them. This happened with the music industry. The few, the known, continued to do 'ok', as their albums continued to sell. But the garage band, the individual producing quality work, just got buried in the noise. And everywhere, the music was being pirated by people chanting the mantra that information should be FREE, whether digital art, music, books, recipes, programs, games, whatever could be digitized, including, if possible (watch TRON) YOU. I spent six years writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting, marketing, editing, killing my darlings, removing the word 'said', looking for the word 'that' in my novels. Attribution by action. remove anything that doesn't carry the story. destroy your dialogs, nobody has time to read it. Remove any dangling participles, don't use adverbs at ALL, don't use -ing. Beware the m-dash vs. the n-dash. Don't head hop. One POV, they can't or wouldn't describe themselves, so drop the main character's description. literally killing my writing style to fit other writers' and publishers' and agents' ideas of what a book should be like. It practically destroyed my 'voice'. Finally self-published, and before my book was even on Amazon's shelf, in Kindle, I discovered that I could download it for free, from a pirate site. Wow, I felt almost famous, until I realized that bots were doing that to all kinds of books. So, if you don't give it away, it might just be stolen. If you don't believe me, google your book title, your name, in quotes, and the word 'Download'. Hmmm... BTW, I do what Phy was talking about. I post on FB, on G+, on Twitter, even Pinterest, thought-provoking devotionals, just daily reflections from my morning devotionals. And I work on projects that, I know, if I ever complete them, will be giveaways without any real means of supporting me. And if they make anyone's day, if they touch a life, that's the payoff I look for, anymore. Because in the current market, I don't see making money at this.
  10. Working with NaNoWriMo on writing my 8th book, Gold. The Yellow Door. It's a MG Sci Fi on issues of Greed and Pride.

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