Posted By John Poindexter

In a discussion with some writers the other night on how you feel about your writing, I made the statement I felt my writing on the second book was better than the first book. My opinion is it has more action than the first.  It was suggested that maybe I should combine the two.

Thinking about this, I remember that I had done that years ago when they were both written in first person.

Original book one has 291 pages with a word count of 52,614. The one is written in third person.

Original book two has 299 pages and 65,261 words. This one has not been rewritten yet and is still in first person.

The combination book is 416 pages and 75,083. But, it too, is in first person.

The series is about the Espionage, Terrorist Bureau which is under the control of the President of the United States.

Thrust into the unwanted leadership of the president's secret unit, Hawks must lead his agency while worrying about the female agent that he has fallen in love with.

In book one, Steve Hawks (POV), Director of the Espionage-Terrorist Bureau, must face several investigations simultaneously, including his new wife being kidnapped. This causes a dilemma for Hawks because while trying to protect his wife, who is also an Agent, he is pressured by his boss, the President of United States, to work on only one investigation dealing with a senator’s son.

Book two starts off with the president assigning a new role for Hawks. Steve must take on the drug cartel and stop the drug flow in the country. Hawks must go undercover to reach the leaders. On the way to the top of the cartel his wife is lost at sea and other agents are injured. All this takes place in the Florida panhandle and Colombia.

Here is where I need your help.

Should I combine them or leave them separate as book one and two of the series. Book three and four are started.

Then next question is should they be in first person or third person?

Please leave a message down below in the Comment section. Just click on the word Comments and be assured the info you put in will not be sold or used in any way.

 

I look forward to reading your comments and hope you can help me make my mind up on how to go forward with this series.

 

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

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She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

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Hollywood Dream
 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

Hello again,

It is hard to believe that the middle of August is here already. Where did summer go?

I am at 11 weeks post-op and feeling good. A slight pain remains in the chest muscles and the thighs. But, nothing like it was. No more shortness of breath and I am able to do more of what I used to be able to do.

Finally printed out the old synopsis for book one and two. Have not started to rewrite them yet or create an outline, but I might sometime this week.

Need to find my Muse, so I can get back into the writing.

What do you do to get started writing?

My wife is facing surgery on shoulder, so I will be nursing her instead of her nursing me. Good thing I am better. Hopefully, her recovery will be as short as mine.

 

Okay, it is your turn tell us about what you have been doing or will do this fall.  Leave a message down below and tell us about yourself.

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

 

She Rises at Dawn
 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

Six weeks have gone by since the triple bypass.  People I meet say, you look really good or your color is good. Well, I feel good, except for the muscle pain in my legs and chest area.  They told me that it would take six months to a year for that pain to go away.

I have rehab twice a week.   Drive 40 plus miles to ride a bike and walk a treadmill. I can ride the same type bike here at home, as the wife has one. And I can walk outside or up and down the stairs to get my exercise until the heat breaks where I can walk outside again.

My wife has been taking great care of me. And keeping me from doing something that I should not do, like lift a heavy object or even cut grass. My youngest and his wife have been doing the yard work.  Maybe before too much longer I will be able to cut grass again.

I have not felt like writing, as the Muse is not back from vacation. I need to do a query letter and synopsis, but the energy is not there for it. Hopefully, that will return before long too.

This is not to say I have not been plotting in my head, just not on paper or the screen. I have three more stories started besides the one that is done in first person that needs to be changed to third person.

Okay, it is your turn tell us about what you have been doing or will do the rest of summer.  Leave a message down below and tell us about yourself.

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.


 
Posted By John Poindexter

What a month I have had. We first went into the Porter Hospital for an Angiogram on the 14th. Seemed like we just got started and he stopped. I finally asked the male nurse, are we through?

Not yet, he is on the phone with the surgeon. At that point I knew something bad was wrong.

A few minutes later, the female nurse, who was doing almost all of the work anyway, started undoing things and told me that we were through for today.

When we were back in the recovery the doctor came in and described the problem.  I had three bad blockages that he felt need to be fixed by surgery rather than trying to put stents in. One problem was they were too close to old stents and on a curve in a three-way artery. 

About an hour later the surgeon came in and asked me if I wanted him to fix it. Of course, there was not much choice. He explained what he would do and that it would happen next week.

On the 22nd we showed at Porter at 5:30 in the morning, only to learn that I had been rescheduled for 8 am.

There we sat, almost all of the family, only one daughter-in-law could not be present.  It was nice to have my sister there too.

Then the time came and I don’t remember anything until after I was fully awake with this tube down my throat breathing for me.  It seems that I was a hard case for him as most of my veins were not good enough for use in the bypass. Varicose veins can not be used.

Five incisions in my legs later, and he finally found enough to the do the bypass. So, the triple bypass was completed and we go on from there.

I have been home now for 5 days and everyone keeps telling me you look so good. I do feel a little better, but the pain is going to take a long time heal, especially the legs.

I must say that they do a wonderful job at Porter Hospital in Valparaiso, IN. I had two of the best nurses that I have ever had. Tricia and Holly. You will never be forgotten. The doctor is great and really cares for his patients. He is in there at least twice a day and for me on a couple of days he was in there more than that. He even stopped in one morning and asked how I was feeling. Then said he was on his way to surgery and would see me later.

My family has been there for me the whole time and that is a great feeling to have them so close.

Now my wife and I are working to get me healed. She takes real good care to follow the checklist every day that I must complete and takes me on the walks that I have to have.

I am hoping that I will be back to normal in at least two months or less.

Then maybe I can get back to writing and trying to sell that first novel I finished before all of this happened.

Hopefully, you all are having a great start to summer.  Leave a message and tell us all what your plans are for summer.

Go down to the bottom and click on COMMENTS and leave us a note about what you are doing.

 

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

Sorry this is long in coming. I have not done much since March 28th when I lost my best friend Dr. Richard Lochner.

Rich and I spoke every day about various topics. He and I shared the same likes, dislikes and hobbies.

There wasn’t a day go by that we didn’t talk, message or email each other several times. He was more like a brother than just a friend.

He will be missed and I know he is up in heaven looking down on all of us.

Bene vale amici mei

 

In the last two weeks I have gone back to editing and have about 76 pages to go then I will be done with that book.

I need to get back to rewriting book two. However when the sun is out, I keep getting drawn outside. It is nice that now the weather is starting to get warmer. 

How are you doing now that spring seems to be coming in? 

Anyone have a new book coming out this summer?

Share what you are up to in the comments and I will include it in the next update here.

Go down to the bottom and click on COMMENTS and leave us a note of what you are doing.

 

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

All in the Family
All in the Family
 


 


 
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