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 “69”-ing: Does It Satisfy?


On a blog I perused recently, I picked up an interesting tidbit. It’s a practice called "69-ing" and, no, it’s not that 69-ing! With all the published and self-published books out there in the market these days, hip readers have found a new way to test whether a prospective purchase is worth their money and interest. They flip the book open to page 69 and start reading. Apparently, the theory is that by page 69 in any work of fiction, the reader should be happily caught up in the story. Thus, if you "cold" read page 69 of a contender and you like what you read, you'll probably enjoy the whole book from the beginning. Granted, 69-ing as a before-purchase test doesn’t work well for e-books, bu...
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas Fiction -- Bainbridge Island Edition: Eagle Harbor Book Company


How long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASHINGTON then here is a good place to start…EAGLE HARBOR BOOK COMPANYIN THEIR OWN WORDS: “We are a full service, locally-owned and proudly independent bookstore located on Bainbridge Island....
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Scott and Gary were cool, they had chrome burner bmx bikes and flew high over the jumps at the bmx track down the hill from their house
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Best Part of My Day

 Best Part of My Day Ah, it’s Monday! I’ve done my exercises! I’ve shaved, showered, had my one cup of coffee, my English Muffins – crisp, with butter, cream cheese, and strawberry preserves, my glass of milk, and I’ve thanked my good wife. Oh, and I’ve given Lady Gray her ‘Temptations’ treat!Except for the exercises, shave, and shower, all the rest takes place laid-back in my ‘Lazy-boy’ recliner. Hey, just saying, everybody has to be somewhere! Then comes my ‘think period’. I’m writing my seventeenth novel. It’s a fictionalized mind-buzz about an actual crime here in my state (my geographic location), and I’m really on a ‘tear’, letting the words fly onto that magical laptop screen. The ‘th...
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Why am I Still Alive?

Why am I Still Alive?Why Am I Still Alive?Ah, let me list the ways! Why am I still alive? To annoy people who tire of my sometimes pedantic and/or melancholy matters of the heart and mind! A mechanic will tell you what’s wrong with your car, often times, not words you wish to hear! “A cracked engine, you say! My God, man, don’t tell me that! Can’t you caulk it, put cement along the crack and seal it? I drove it in here! It was running fine! I just wanted gas! Now, you give me more gas than I wanted! You must be wrong! My engine cannot be cracked! I just drove this car off the showroom floor! You’re mad! Yor’re a scoundrel!”Now, a noble ‘Romantic’ comes along to tell you that his words can br...
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Writing


Busy writing a story at the moment:Philip Philps, also called PP is 66 years. He is a sober and sharp-minded man. PP is tall and sporty of nature. He has been a police officer all his life and he is now retired, criminal commissioner. He has worked in the “Yard” the last 15 years before he retired. He wanted to stop early to work, which many disagreed of, especially his good friend. The reason he stopped previously, was as he said is he wanted something more of the life than just his work, in spite of he loved it much. He has a little crush on the neighbor opposite the apartment facing the street; Mrs. Esther Dowling called Mrs. D colloquially. She participated in his clarifications on the c...
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas Fiction, San Francisco Edition -- City Lights Booksellers & Publishers


INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas FictionINDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES: SAN FRANCISCO, CAHow long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit SAN FRANCISCO, then here is a good place to start…CITY LIGHTS BOOKSELLERS & PUBLISHERSIN THEIR OWN WORDS: “A literary m...
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EVO UNIVERSE GOING AUDIO


OFFICIAL GENESIS AUDIOBOOK RELEASE IS 10/16/18! PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON TODAY @ https://www.amazon.com/Genesis-First-...You can get Genesis and the other novels within these series in the links below: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...BE SURE TO LIKE, SHARE, AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE EVO UNIVERSE WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS BELOW FOR THE LATEST UPDATES!http://www.evouniverse.com/https://www.facebook.com/EVOUniverse/...https://mobile.twitter.com/JoEwershttps://www.instagram.com/evo.universe/https://www.patreon.com/EVOUniverse
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GENESIS AUDIOBOOK RELEASE DATE


OFFICIAL GENESIS AUDIOBOOK RELEASE IS 10/16/18! PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON TODAY @ https://www.amazon.com/Genesis-First-...You can get Genesis and the other novels within these series in the links below: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...BE SURE TO LIKE, SHARE, AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE EVO UNIVERSE WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS BELOW FOR THE LATEST UPDATES!http://www.evouniverse.com/https://www.facebook.com/EVOUniverse/...https://mobile.twitter.com/JoEwershttps://www.instagram.com/evo.universe/https://www.patreon.com/EVOUniverse
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The Story of Danny at Discounted Price


My book Look for Me Under the Rainbow is in Kindle promotion days! Here are the scheduled dates for discounted prices in Kindle Countdown Deal:1          September 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM (PDT)       80h      $0.99   67%2          September 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM (PDT)       80h      $1.99   34%End     September 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM (PDT)                 Original list price $2.99Grab your ebook, if you don’t have it yet, and tell your friends who would love to get it at discounted price. Now is the time to do that and let them know!Erwin’s eyes refocused on the present. “Helen, the boy in this legend was the first Rain-bow Warrior to walk this planet. We were named after him.”She watched him bleary...
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Reviews new new dark SF Audiobook

Just a note to say reviews are starting to come in and are good on one of my new audiobooks, In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear. It is a dark sci fi story and my first ever published back in 1990 in a horror quarterly review. I've recently updated it for release as an audiobook and I am using a voice actor (Tom Remick) for narration. It is a story seemingly familiar today how one man changes the course of America and not necessarily in a good way, or...well, you'd just have to listen to it, or read the ebook version. Cheers! Audible review
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas Fiction - Soldotna, AK Edition: River City Books


INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES: SOLDOTNA, AKHow long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit SOLDOTNA, ALASKA then here is a good place to start…RIVER CITY BOOKSIN THEIR OWN WORDS: “A small, fully stocked bookstore with easy access from Sterling Highway at the Y in So...
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I'm Still Searching ....

Can any author here recommend an editor who offer her/his services at a fair price but more importantly delivers great work? I have a book requiring editing in the near future.
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Can You Help Me Finish My Latest Book?


G'day Everyone,I'm looking for at least 5 Beta Readers who would like to help me with Book 1 of my new 2-Book Historical Fiction Collection. Its working title is THE ARCHER'S DIARY and those who would like to be my Beta Readers can also help me with ideas for the ending of Book 1.An Australian is given, for his 21st, various items passed on down through the centuries and protected by those relations on his mother's side. One of these is a diary. At the same time he learns of a sister he never knew he had. Together they set out to research the authenticity of the artifacts, particularly the diary that is purported to belong to a legendary figure long thought to be only fictional.The Aussie di...
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas Fiction: Palmer, AK Edition -- Fireside Books


INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES: Homer, AKHow long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit PALMER, ALASKA then here is a good place to start…FIRESIDE BOOKSIN THEIR OWN WORDS: “Open since 2001, Fireside Books celebrates good writing in the small town of Palmer, Alaska. ...
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas Fiction: HOMER, ALASKA Edition -- The Homer Bookstore


INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES: Homer, AK How long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit HOMER, ALASKA then here is a good place to start… HOMER BOOKSTORE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “The longest running independent bookstore in Southcentral Alaska with new books, great not...
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WORTHY WORDS from Owen Thomas Fiction

SEQUACIOUS adjective  se·qua·cious   \ si-ˈkwā-shəs \1archaic : subservient, tractable2: intellectually servileExample: “Mike, ever since the campaign people have told me that you’re sequacious – many, many people – and I tell them that Mike is not only sequacious, he’s the most sequacious man they’ll ever meet; he’s extra sequacious is what I tell them, because I have the best words and I have all the best people.”“Oh, thank you, sir. Thank you.”
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES from Owen Thomas Fiction: Seattle, WA -- Elliot Bay Book Company


How long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit Seattle, then here is a good place to start…ELLIOT BAY BOOK COMPANYelliottbaybookcompanyIN THEIR OWN WORDS: “Located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood business district, The Elliott Bay Book Co...
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WORTHY WORDS from Owen Thomas Fiction

WORTHY WORDSAnd now a word that does not actually exist. I have completely made up this word and, as a writer of fiction, I have done so without compunction or regret. I have submitted this word to John Koening, author of “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows,” for inclusion in that brilliant resource. I have not heard back as yet. Nevertheless, I unveil this brand new word here, on the Owen Thomas Fiction Blog, because I think this is a word for our times. Ready? [drum roll] Here we go:SINTENACIOUS \ˈsin - tə-ˈnā-shəs \ adj. The quality of being undeterred by scandal or the prospect of moral failing.   Example 1: “The sincerity of the candidate’s courtship of evangelical voters was utterly bel...
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AND NOW THE NEWS from Owen Thomas Fiction

Dateline: San Carols Bay, FloridaOTF News reporting tonight that 1960’s television star, Flipper, has filed suit in Florida State Court against the Trump Administration and Donald J. Trump, personally, for defamation and interference with prospective economic advantage. According to a statement released Friday evening from Flipper’s counsel, the suit seeks $15 million dollars in damages and an apology from the President to all dolphin species for “using the media to impugn the natural inclinations of waterborne mammals and to sully the reputation of mankind’s most highly celebrated, perpetually smiling aquatic ally.” Flipper, born Philip Schwartz in Pacific waters not far from San Diego, att...
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