Posted By John Poindexter

Spring has finally arrived in Northern Indiana.
It is nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

This weekend is Mother's Day.
Don't forget to celebrate with your mother.
Even if it is just spending time with her will make her happy.

How many of you read Lee Child's books?

I read Gone Tomorrow as my first one. Once I got into it I could not put it down.
Now I have the Killing Floor to read. Just have to find the time to sit and read.
I find that Child goes heavy on descriptions. He describes every detail thoroughly. It is so detailed that you can picture yourself there with the characters.

With warm weather here, I have so much I need to do and want to do that sitting and reading is down the list.

Writing, too, has been postponed again as it is just too hard to get started when you want to be somewhere besides behind a computer.

As I wrote last time, my heart test came out okay. Now if I can just figure out what the problem is I am experiencing now, maybe it can be solved and I can enjoy doing more outside. As it is, I have to limit my sun exposure.

Here it is May and high school graduations will be taking place before long.
Our grandson will graduate on June 1st.  His plans are to attend a college in Michigan next year.
I hope he finds it to be what he thinks it will be.
His course of study will be Graphics Management. He has been doing some great things in his Graphic classes. They have a full printing shop in our local school. There is nothing I can think of that they cannot print.

Recently they added a metal cutting machine to make various things out of the metal. He has made me a couple of wonderful metal cuttings. One was a Bear face representing the Chicago Bears and another was the Air Force Shield.
Both hang in my living room. For Christmas last year, he gave us our last name cut out in metal so that it can be hung over the front door.

He is a great grandson and has been doing wonderful in his classes.
We wish him the best in future ventures in college.

Now it is your turn to tell us what you are up to, now that spring is here and summer is coming.
Just go down below to leave your comments. Just click on the word Comments down there and share your thoughts with us all.
We would enjoy reading what you are up to.

Until next time,


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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
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

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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

I hope your past two weeks have been good ones.
I went in last week for heart tests due to the pain in the chest and not being able to breathe.
They called this week and said the tests were all normal. No heart problems at all.
Now trying to figure out what to do next.
Have not felt like working on the novel.
I do hope to get back to it before long. But, I have to find the energy to do so.

Can't wait for the warm weather to get here so I can get of the house and do things outside. Maybe that will make me feel better.

I have a request for you that read this Blog.

How about going down to the Comments link and tell us what you are doing this time of the year.

I and the others that read this page will be very happy to know how and what you are doing.

Sorry for the short Blog this time. Hopefully, I will feel like writing more later.

Take care and have a great spring.

Until next time


Please visit my website at

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
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.

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

Can you believe it is February already? Sorry it has been a month since I updated.

I started the year off giving myself a concussion from falling off a ledge in the basement and hitting a steel toolbox.  No, I was not drinking. I was checking a water line that was frozen. Still suffering headaches from it, but the CT scan was normal.

For those authors out there, who might read this, do you think it wise to try and get a main stream publisher to buy your book or just go the self-publishing route? Please answer below where it says Comments. Thanks!

One of the latest novel I am working on is called Deadly Revenge.

Between Book 1 and this one, they have a child. Some tension builds when she decides to go back to work.

“Steve, I've been thinking about coming back to work.  Do you think it's too soon?” she asked, glancing over the paper at me.

“You don't have to come back yet,” I said.  “Your leave of absence is not due for review for another two months and I think Patricia needs you here.”

“We can always get someone to watch her.”

We had discussed this before, but I still wasn't sure how I felt about it.  “Yes, but she's only six months old and I think her mother should be the one she is with for a little longer.”

“Well, we can discuss it more tonight.  With the change in mission, I may be needed,” she said.

“If I need a female agent, I can always use someone else.  That way I won't have to worry about you,” I said and knew instantly I had said the wrong thing.

“If that’s the way you think, then good-bye.  I'm going to check on the baby,” she said, shoving her chair into the table.

A lot of fast-paced action in this one keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next.

I will be looking for Beta Readers when it is all finished.

Another one I am working on it called Dirty Bomb.

Mike came back and said, "Steve, she was on the phone telling somebody that she had hooked up with us just by chance and had placed a homing device inside the left rear fender."

"I do know that we have to lose that device." I said.

"Why are we stopping here?" Jenny asked. "We just got going again."

I said. "I want to know who you're working for?"

"I don't know what you mean," she said, her eyes opening wide.

"Yes, you do," I said, taking a step closer to her. "Mike heard you tell someone that you planted a homing device on our car. Now either talk or we leave you here."

"He must be mistaken," she said bitterly. "I'm not working for anyone."

"Take off your shoes, socks, and coat," I said as I pulled my gun.

"You're crazy!" she said and backed up.

"Do it or we will," I said.

As she pulled off the items, I said, "Jim, search her bag."

"There's nothing in the bag except clothes," Jim said.

"Put these in there," I said as I tossed him her shoes, socks, and coat. "You're on your own now lady. By the way, your device is on another vehicle," I said as I climbed back into the car.

"You can't leave me here like this," she said frantically. "I'll freeze."

"It’s not that cold," I said as Mike pulled away.

This is going to be a cold snowy week for us.  Have a great week and let me hear from you down below in the Comments.

Until next time,



Posted By John Poindexter

I found this first part while cleaning off a thumb drive. It is from 2014.

Hi all,
After a year my muse has come back and I am starting out on that road of publication again.
Yes, it’s been a year since I have written anything, but that doesn’t mean that the well is dry.
I have been plotting in my mind different stories and revisions of two novels. Oh, so much so that I find it hard to get to sleep as the muse was getting closer to returning every day, and she has landed back in my life.
She hit with a vengeance, and the trouble now is to do it all at once, plus hold down a full day of teaching.
She has me re-writing two novels and starting a new one at the same time and IT FEELS GREAT!
She came back with plans for a whole new approach to my writing, a new genre other than the thrillers that I write.
It has been so long that I didn’t think she would ever return, even though I was plotting I couldn’t sit down and type or write. The muddy thoughts were getting to thick and then early Sunday morning before the sun rose over the east wall she landed right in my lap and said, “Let’s go. Get off your ass and write this shit down.”
So, as I sit here telling you about this and listen to Jim Croce sing away, she is hitting me with more plots and telling me to get the hell off of here.

2017 wasn’t much different, except most of the writing this year has been editing.

As those you who read this know, I am an Amateur Radio Operator.  Recently, I have been enjoying the new digital mode called FT8. Out of the last 120 contacts I have made on the radio, all but 2 were with this new mode. The other two were Morse Code and Single Side-band (or voice).

I just completed an Award called Triple Play. This is where you use voice, Morse Code and digital to work all 50 States. You must work the 50 States on each of these modes, giving you a total of 150 contacts. This is not an easy task as only 1,964 Amateur Operators have completed it.

But, I must try to concentrate more on the writing than the radio and playing on the Internet.

Several thousand-people read this Blog when I post a new one. It would be nice if you left a message down in the Comments Section telling us what is going on in your life.

I, and those people, really would like to know how you are doing.

See you later,

Hollywood Dream

Posted By John Poindexter

Ah Facebook, what a font of interesting developments. Case in point: I ran across this post written by an aspiring author (identifying information has been removed):

Very much feel like giving up today. Up to now, I’ve written 1 x 115kword novel about two blokes on a road trip, 1 x 25kword romance/erotica, 2 short erotica and 2 short erotica reader magnets, I also have a 2 chapter free sample available of the longer novel. I’ve spent all my savings (15k sterling) sold my beloved classic motorcycle and now am putting my home up for sale. I have 4500 email subscribers and good open and click rates (40-50% open, 15-25%click) but since January this year when I decided to give it my all, I’ve made less than £100. I’ve used professional editors and had my covers designed properly to give a branding theme. nothing seems to work for me. I have 2 days left now to decide whether or not to risk going into debt for [A VERY POPULAR WRITING] course, any ideas/help/advice would be greatly appreciated !! and they may stop the tears!!

(Beth again):

OK. We have a bit to untangle here.

1. It’s great that this person is putting feet under his dream. KUDOS for writing. However…

2. The author has four books (apparently) in Amazon. You should note that they’re in two different categories. If I were coaching them, I’d get him to pick one genre and then build a strong author platform. It’s way easier to promote one genre than two.

3. I’d tell him to write works of varying length, various price points, and engage in copious guerrilla (low cost and no cost) marketing tactics to build organic traffic to his website. He can go on Podcasts. He can write articles (with fat bylines). He can participate in forums. He needs organic traffic to his website where visitors can sign up for his email list if they desire to do so.

4. Once he grows his list with fantastic subscribers, he needs to offer valuable information, entertainment, insights, and keep in touch with his audience.

5. After that, he could start growing his Amazon readership slow, attracting purchasers in his genre so Amazon’s magic algorithms can work their magic.

6. Under no circumstances, would I advise he go into debt. It’s one thing to plow your profits back into your business, it’s another to throw good money after bad and dig yourself deeper into a business strategy that clearly isn’t working.

7. I’d get off Facebook (or get in better groups) where I’ve often found it’s a “blind leading the blind” situation or (worse yet) a “guru” who offers advice for copious amount of cash, then somehow finds a reason to blame you when his/her techniques fail and/or their techniques no longer work because they’ve already milked them for all they’re worth. (Uff, that was a mouthful, eh?)

8. I’d tell him to write his next book. Invest time in building an authorship right, don’t fork out tons of dough trying to replicate someone else’s success, but (and this is super important) enjoy the ride!

Writing is a great profession. However, it’s got a few pit falls. Luckily there are many solid, seasoned writers more than willing to share their experiences for way less than the big bucks many gurus charge.

Finally, I’d suggest he freelance like a farmer. It’s the only way I’ve found to provide a consistent wage in this topsy turvy profession.

(Don’t know what “freelance like a farmer” means? I’ll talk about that next time.)

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