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Friday Journals 16.8.19

Closing the gap

Pat Ritter (co-author) of Closing The Gap was a police officer. His concern was when teenagers ran away from home. At first he didn’t have any answers however after attending college to learn about a subject ‘behaviour’, his lecturer Bob O’Sullivan and Pat decided to write a book to help parents overcome issues with their teenagers.

This book was bought about by frustration. There had to be an answer to the issue of teenagers running away from home. Pat discovered the answer by attending college to learn skills in communication, conflict resolution and problem solving.

He used these newly learned skills to educate parents of teenagers with great success.

Finally when he’d discovered the holy grail of parent/teenager communication issues, he with Bob wrote and published ‘Closing The Gap’.

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf rtf lrf pdb txt html
Buying Link: http://www.patritter.com.au/
closing the gap
Bob O’Sullivan and Pat Ritter
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52861

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Thursday Fun n Frolics 15.8.19

The Shearer

In 1891 Australian history changed forever because of ‘The Great Shearers Strike of 1891’ when shearers from across the country went on strike for better working conditions and wages. Joe Ryan was one of those shearers. This is his story.

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Buying Link: http://www.patritter.com.au/
The Shearer
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395642

Friday Journals 9.8.19

Click Go the Shears

“Click Go the Shears” is a traditional Australian folk song. The song details a day’s work for a sheep shearer in the days before machine shears. The enduring popularity of this song reflects the traditional role that the wool industry has played in Australian life. The song describes the various roles in the shearing shed, including the “ringer”, the “boss of the board”, the “colonial experience man” and the “tar boy”. After the day’s shearing, the “old shearer” takes his cheque and heads to the local pub for a drinking session.

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf rtf lrf pdb txt html
Buying Link: http://www.patritter.com.au/
Click go the shears
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/497192

Thursday Fun n Frolics 8.8.19

The proposition

Bundy Quicksilver received two medals from the Commissioner of Police twenty years after he retired.

He wrote a letter to show his appreciation; and received a telephone call from the Commissioner wanting him to visit his office.

Upon his visit, the Commissioner offered Bundy a proposal which he couldn’t refuse.

The Commissioner’s proposition was Bundy work with Detective Superintendent Kathleen Emerson on an investigation. A twelve year old child went missing eight years before.

Bundy accepted the Commissioner’s proposition to work with Detective Superintendent Kathleen Emerson to help find the missing child.

This is a story of old fashioned detective – working with the modern day detective to help solve a mystery.

Do they find the missing child dead or alive?

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf rtf lrf pdb txt html
Buying Link: http://www.patritter.com.au/

The proposition
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/246166

Friday Journals 2.8.19

My name is Siddharth Shukla, I’m a writer and have been in the field of digital marketing and design, and I’ve just completed my first novel titled “Beyond God’s Reach”. As a part of a giveaway and an effort of reaching out to more readers, I’m requesting you to download the free copy of my book. Owning a copy of my ebook from my website will have you entitled to the Amazon discount on the final copy that comes out on the Amazon Kindle platform in the month of May.

The theme of this book is crime and reality, reality of the dysfunctioning of our institutions, which we are a part of. The story is about a Hindu girl who gets raped and murdered by the son of a local constable. The constable, in efforts to prevent his son from getting jailed, contacts his cousin brother who compellingly helps him in building a false case. He puts all the blame on a Muslim prisoner with extreme psychotic behavior. As this false case builds up, the politicians and the media together start to concoct a web of lies of their own. So a battle erupts between fair justice and political dominance, not knowing who’d win…

I’m sure you’ve found that premise interesting; you can know more about the story from my site.

The final version comes out on 15th May, 2019. But before that I want you to read this work of mine on which I’ve effortlessly devoted my time, in between my day job. And I’m looking forward for your support as my source of motivation and inspiration to produce more interesting stories.

Kind Regards,
Siddharth (Sid)
https://fromsidart.com

Thursday Fun n Frolics 1.8.19

Young Anjali Mehra encounters a Broogh warrior wounded in battle … What will befall the two of them from this chance meeting? A supernatural monstrosity terrifies a small boy in the dead of night … Or does it? The Mirus, demigod of extinction-level events and former slave soldier of the alien Kai’Siri, prepares for his final stand. The hungry, powerful, and ruthless Magnus makes their debut as the Mirus is beaten within an inch of his life … What is the outcome? These and other works are part of this collection, and it includes one essay featuring the gigantic, alien Broogh.

Friday Journals 26.7.19

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 http://www.patritter.com.au

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?
Kindle.

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