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his life worth living by Pat Ritter

His life worth living

Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
≈ Napoleon Hill ≈

Courage, determination, independence are some of the words to describe George Burtenshaw. His passing, aged one hundred and two years and a half truly showed inspiration with such self-determination, willpower and a ‘what he wanted attitude’ combined with a deep love for his huge family.

Born in 1911 at Newport Wales at seven years old his home destroyed by bombs at the close of World War 1. His family taken. He with his sister Lou taken to a Children’s Home. Alone with only his sister, he had no knowledge where his brothers and parents were. His life in a Children’s Home proceeded until his fifteenth birthday when he applied through Church of England, Council of Empire Settlement to go to Canada. Instead he ended up in Australia.

His arrival in Australia with four shillings to begin a new life, a job with a place to live in a new country and close to the town Gympie. His work ethics proved how important his life became. Aged eighteen years old, beginning of the Great Depression, he travelled by train to Rockhampton to seek work. Unable to find work he purchased a bicycle for seven shillings and sixpence leaving him little money. Four days riding along the beach, sleeping under a sheet of canvas returned to Kia Ora to be welcomed.

George worked for his old boss when a family arrived to share farm the property. Must had been ‘love at first sight’ because this family’s daughter Eva caught George’s eye. Eva later became his wife and they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary before she sadly passed aged ninety-six years old.

Having worked his apprecenticeship at a dairy farm he purchased a motor cycle journeyed west to find work. By 1942 World War 11 exploded across the globe. George enlisted. Before going to war he married Eva. Twelve months after leaving Australian shores for Mayala Japanese invaded Singapore. He became a Prisoner-of-War and incarcerated in Changi Prison until World War 11 ended.

He recorded a daily record in a series of war diaries. If his captors found these diaries he would have been decapitated. He concealed them in plastic and safe from the enemy. When reading this portion of the book one cannot help but wonder at the suffering and atrocities Prisoners-of-War suffered at the hands of their enemy.

After such an horrific time in his life, he returned to Australia. Eva nursed him back to health. George went on to live a life worth living.

At 10am on Thursday 13 September 2007 George attended a DEDICATION OF COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE to recognise the sacrifice and service of the members of 2/10th Australian Field Regiment 8th Division, Australian Imperial Force conducted at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra when at last he was recognised for his time as a Prisoner Of War.

George has certainly proven the words spoken by Napoleon Hill – Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. This is truly an inspirational story of survival mixed with self-determination with his life worth living.

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Pat Ritter for you!

Read Pat Ritter’s Smashwords Interview

Interview with Pat Ritter

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My teenage years were in Sandgate, a seaside suburb of Brisbane the capital city of Queensland Australia. In sub-junior I attended Sandgate High School. A teacher, Mr Imoff, our English Teacher after we wrote a composition approached me and said, ‘you have a gift for writing – you write the way you speak which is unique’. Unfortunately at the time I never had any idea of what he meant.

Again later in my life when I attended college a lecturer told me exactly the same words. I didn’t truly understand what he meant. However, with this lecturer we wrote and published my first book ‘Closing The Gap’ which started my journey of becoming an author.

When did you first start writing?
In 1986. At the time I attended college – my lecturer, Bob O’Sullivan took notice of a project I began when I used material from his lecture in this project. I was a police officer. In the area I patrolled, a number of teenagers ‘ran away from home’ and I didn’t have the skills nor the knowledge of stopping them. Bob lectured in a subject ‘Behaviour’ which gave me these skills and knowledge and soon after I developed this knowledge to help parents improve their communication with their teenage child. This project was an instant success. Bob suggested we write and publish a book about what I was doing in the community. He wrote the theory whilst I wrote the actual case studies of each parent-child interview.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Before 2009 I self-published books and sold them via my website using mailing coupons. When Mark Coker introduced me to Smashwords I immediately commenced to publish my books as ebooks and became an indie author. Since 2009 – the rest is history. I love it. All I need to do now is to write, publish, market and sell.

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Greatly. Daily I check for downloads, site updates. On one of these occasions Mark wrote about an author in America earning six figures annually selling ebooks on Smashwords. I read this person’s website and immediately followed his advise.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading feedback from my readers. Who would think I sit here at Brooloo in Queensland at my computer and communicate with authors across the other side of the world. It’s as if we sit across from one another. I love to write – I write each day. I belong to a writers group which meet weekly.

What do your fans mean to you?
Greatest! There is no better feeling when I receive feedback or read a review from one of my books. A couple of years ago I wrote and published ‘The Drover’ which has been a huge success. I still pinch myself to think people from across the globe love reading this book.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing I want to write. I write a novel per year and a 500 word story weekly. Research takes much of my time to ‘get things right’. I love to write.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watch television. Read. Take care of my property. Travel.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Using Smashwords, Amazon, Facebook and my website

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes – in grade four. The exercise to write was about describing a scene. I wrote a letter to my grandmother to tell her what I was doing. It was read to the class to my embarrassment.

What is your writing process?
I write whatever comes into my mind. I’m lucky I live in the country without any interruptions or neighbours. Bush is all around me. Before I write a chapter I see and act out the scene of what I’m about to write. For instance in my latest novel I have a scene where Joe leaves the place he loves. Each step of the process goes through my mind before I write then I write the scene. I write daily.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes – it was a story of an aboriginal boy who is saved by a sailor shipwrecked on a reef. Only a couple of years ago I purchased this book at a sale and re-read it. Memory flooded back of the joy I had when first reading this book.

How do you approach cover design?
I have a professional designer in America. Melissa does a wonderful job.

What are your five favorite books, and why?
These change from time to time. Once I read probably two books per year but since I’ve taken my writing seriously I am an avid reader. I can’t say I have favourite books because now I read up to possibly two to three books per week. I am amazed at some of the indie authors which in my opinion are some of the best in the world. With ebooks – if I don’t like the author, I delete them and read the next book. If the book doesn’t catch my attendion in the first few pages than I go to the next one. That’s how it is in todays environment.

What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly western, Australian, romance and at times crime depending on the storyline.

What is your e-reading device of choice?

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords, Amazon and Facebook.

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Beyond God’s reach critique by Sharmishtha Basu

Beyond God’s Reach
By Siddharth Shukla

The statutory warning is it deals with a very grim topic, not a very delightful topic for women, who are supposed to be mothers of girls. But thankfully Siddharth has dealt the topic with gentleness and has given hints mostly. Then I always skip the parts that hurt me, so I will be simply honest, I have skipped a few portions and read the rest.

Here comes my verdict, It is a very well written story that I finished in one go. I was thinking about checking it out in pieces, that is how I read almost all of my books, including classics written by awesome authors but Siddharth’s writing skill helped me to finish it in one go.

For a newbie author, it is his very first book I will say he is great! I remember my first book and blush a bit even now! He has written it very well and with a powerful conviction. He has captured the heart-breaking trauma that the parents went through and the terror that I felt when the keepers became devourers. They allowed a ghoul to go out free to hurt other kids, which they almost always do. I have read it in the profiles of many psychopaths how their “not getting caught” has filled them up with God syndrome.

It is very real and very sad how people who are supposed to protect the society end up devouring them. Starting from the kings to modern day rulers! Yeah they are rulers!

I will merrily give it five stars on writing skill even if it is not my pot of soup. I really, really utterly detest writings on torture of children and holocaust era. Just despise them! But the book landed on my table and I promised a fair critique. I think you should check out the book if you are as frustrated with our modern rulers as I am.

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Siddharth Shukla the author of Beyond God’s reach

Q: what is the inspiration behind your story.
Initially I wanted to write a story based in USA with American characters, then I dropped that idea because I wasn’t familiar with the common dialect of the regions in US. So I had several thoughts about an Indian story and tried to connect all the those to finish this story. I just wanted to tell a different story because I was studying and learning how to create a story with realistic dialogues and characters.

Q: this is your first novel, right? if yes then what is the mystery
behind the very well written story?
This is my first novel, but it’s not the last. I’ve already started working on my next book and a set of short stories. Honestly this, completing my first book was not a harmonious journey. I found after finishing it, that it had so many errors. I tried my best to clean every sentence in every chapter till it looked better than before. Besides I’ve now developed a habit of writing everyday which helps in my writing skills.

Q: from where can we buy this book.
My book, both kindle ebook and paperback versions, are available from 15th May on AMAZON.IN. But before that I’m giving away free copy of the first part of my book. Folks who download the free copy from my website: are eligible for an AMAZON discount on my final book that launches on 15th May. So, 14th May would be the last day for discount eligibility.

Q: do you blog? or are you in facebook and will like to share your
social media address?
My blog:, check the ‘writing’ section. I personally don’t like facebook, but you can find all the information on my website.

Please feel free to ask my anything. And do contact me @ Mostly I use this email address.

Regards & Thanks,
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Nobody’s Home by Robert Sherriff

Please read this. Don’t run away. This book is about (“Domestic abuse”) and (‘Sexual Abuse”) Most people don’t want to talk about it? You say taboo you say “NO” too hard subject.

It entitles everyone to be brought up in a safe and secure environment, free from violence, abuse, and cruelty. It is one of the fundamental rights of anyone brought into the world by parents who should love and care for them above all else.

But for Robert Sherriff, it wasn’t like that. First behind the closed doors of an ordinary family home and then in the dark recesses of a society that was ill-equipped to deal with the trauma and suffering he experienced, Robert found that mercy was just a dream.

At the hands of a brutally violent father, his complicit mother and a society indifferent to his suffering, Robert became another statistic in the South Australia State’s role of shame, exposed to institutional abuse, rape, and murder.

In his book, Nobody’s Home, Robert tells his story in graphic detail as he literally struggles to survive a system where young children were commodities and the law turned a blind eye to unimaginable evil.
He writes about the men and the mechanisms that consumed their innocence and then discarded them to a life of shameful silence, only living freely when his father took his own life.
By speaking out, against the odds, Robert is concluding his miracle of survival and giving hope to others. if you are an abuse survivor, this book is for you. Remember, it was not your fault. you were a child innocent. You trusted everyone you did not know there was so much evil in this world who listened to your screams who listened to you crying who who-who?

I hope you put my book on your list. I feel it is important as abuse survivors to read other’s stories. We must support one another. My book is an honest look into my past. If you ever read my memoir NOBODY’S HOME please click on any of the links below.

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dead blue caterpillar by R.D. Murray

This is very hard to write, but when I was in the 3rd grade I was bullied so badly I wanted to kill myself. All because I was shy, quiet and awkward. I was thrown in the boy’s bathroom by these 3 particular kids who would punch and kick me as hard as they could. I could barely walk as everyday they would abuse me over, and over again. The other kids in school would just laugh at me and no one helped. In fact, those same kids who watched and knew about my abuse would just join in, tease me, and they even threw food at me during lunch. My mom came to school so much to fight for me, but it didn’t help. I had just about given up living in this world. Somehow God saved me and I found writing. It was an outlet to take me away from the pain I was going through in this world. I wanted to create different characters, and a different world just to escape. Writing really saved my life. Now at 42 I just released my first novel. My Dead Blue Caterpillar. I have to say I still am a bit shy so this is hard for me to ask but any support for my book would be very helpful. It’s very inexpensive and a good read. I want to thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you so much for joining me. R.D. Murray

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critique of Memoirs of a Pakhtun Immigrant by Author Teresa Schnapasky

Memoirs of a Pakhtun immigrant by Teresa Schnapasky
Critiqued by Sharmishtha Basu

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At first I will tell you that I don’t read biographies, they always bored me to death, I started Teresa’s book without paying much attention that it was a biography then Teresa’s writing captivated me!

She is a very, very good writer! There is something in her writing that captivated me and kept me hooked to the book till I finished it.

It is the fantastic story of a young man who left an extremely remote village of Afghanistan and travelled across the world to make his own place. The strangers he came across in his journey and the plights too! It in depth is a very heart-warming story that raises your opinion about human beings. Their kindness and warmth is highlighted in this biography.

By the time I finished the story I could understand why this story received such raving reviews from so many critiques, it is absolutely worthy of them and more.

Teresa makes us a part of Gafoor’s journey, a fascinating journey, she expertly shares the glimpses of his life in Afghanistan and his first few pages about his life in Asia, before he landed in Canada, she really handled that part very expertly.

I will without least hesitation give this book a five star, for five reasons-

1. It is a fascinating story, Gafoor’s accomplishment his huge! It can be quite motivating for many!
2. Teresa’s writing is really, really good.
3. The story reflects a lot on kindness and goodness of human beings, that is something we really love to know about these days, and what is a better source than a true story?
4. I believe it takes a lot to write a true story about someone who is from absolutely different cultural background, I can’t imagine doing that! Most writers who try it often sound like fish out of water, honestly you can clearly understand that they really don’t understand what they are writing about!
5. In today’s world that is again trying to separate us from each other using hundred and one pretexts and doing hundred and one spiteful things this story is a balm, a reminder we can live together in harmony and peace!

In the end I will thank Teresa for gifting me this fantastic book.