April 26 2021
When it rains, it pours.
Watch for my new book, The Wild Boys V; Coming of age.
At the moment it is in edit and cover design, but it will be coming soon. The Boys are just enjoying life with their family and friends, when the Daysons return to take them for their own greed. See how it all turns out, and what maybe coming next based on people’s interest. Maybe a ten year reunion when they have their own kids to handle. Only time will tell.
Also this week I was finally called back to work, just while starting to build a decorated wall out of river rock between the neighbor’s house and ours. My new schedule only gives me time for a few morning hours, IF I can get up that early. We shall see.
My only other complaint is trying to send my cover artist money for the work that she has done. This conferral box and sites keep denying my request. It is not like the funds are not there, and I just feel so bad for my artist to have to wait. I mean world transfers must go on all the time, why is this being so difficult. It is worse than pulling teeth, and make me so upset, and frustrated. So glad I have a wall to take it out on.
That is it for this week, because I am tired and just want to relax in the hot tub, and go to bed. Next week may be more interesting, so until then, enjoy your week and remember; Be nice to a stranger, they might just need only a smile for the day.
Everyone Makes Mistakes:
I use a pen and tablet to write my books, and sometimes cannot even read my own handwriting, let alone my poor spelling, but over the years with over 50 books, I have improved.
With it all on paper I transfer it to the computer by using a program called Dragon, where I read my words and it types them in. The problem is that because of my “Wisconsin Accent” the Dagon sometimes puts the wrong words, or misses a lot of ed, s, and the. So chapter by chapter, I read through and try to find and correct things as I go along.
When I have finished, I read through the whole thing, line by line, checking again for mistakes. Not Once, not twice, but three times, going forward and backwards. But in my mind I know what it is supposed to say and blindly miss them. Spell check and grammar programs help too with little blue lines, red lines, and suggestions. Awesome, the age we live in.
I just finished the Wild Boys V. Coming of Age, and used a new device called Narrator that reads the book back to me out loud, line by line. I thought I did well, but found 117 mistakes in 36,418 words. That is like less than one per page.
Now it is printed, and goes to my wife to read out loud, and to find some more, and believe you me, she will. After all of that, it goes to my editor for some more. When I get it back to make the corrections, sometimes I do find some more that my wife and I missed, and even the editor. I just think that my stories are SOOO good that they get into the book and can’t stop reading, and blow right passed the mistakes. (Is that the right, passed, past, pass??? I am sure someone will notice.)
All I am saying is, you can’t edit enough when doing it yourself. Heck, I even have to make corrections in Daniel Peters, Ace Reporter; B-29 Found, before placing it back on the market. A book that has been published and edited twice by professionals, and has been on the market for three years until the contract came to an end, and the vanity pub cancelled it. PULLED IT OFF, instead of transferring it over. Thanks for nothing, Fulton Books. Oh, I mean, Thanks for taking my money, and not doing anything. DON’T get me started.
I know I may have some mistakes, but get off the high horse and just enjoy the great story. Simple mistakes many people blow right by anyway, unless you think you are perfect. Well, you aren’t. There was only one man who was, and he has the holes in his hands and feet to prove it.
Thanks for reading my rant, and keep watch for my next book coming out soon. Just waiting for my cover concept. Check out my many others while you wait, 17 so far. They all have great reviews, at least from readers by word of mouth, or a Face book comment if not an amazon review.
Until next week, have fun, and stay safe.
Rick Kurtis Books, and PJ Richards
Last week I did not post. Taxes you know, and a whole new headache for authors. I don't want to get into that today. Maybe soon. Today's will also be short. I promise.
Today we break away from the normal, because we have a new member added to our team. Today we welcome a new author, PJ Richards. Let's give him a warm hello.
PJ RICHARDS INTERVIEW
Welcome to Rick Kurtis books. Today we welcome a new member to our team.
PJ Richards is a children’s author, with over thirty up-and-coming books for children. They are geared for young and mid-grade readers even though many adults have enjoyed the messages that these books have to give. Welcome, Mister Richards. Let’s break the ice. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Good morning, Rick. I would be glad to. I grew up on a farm in southern Wisconsin, right outside a little town called Columbus. I’ve always wanted to please everyone, and work hard on doing so. I remember when I was around five or six, I put on a whole bunch of clothes, and preformed a clown act in front of my entire family. At the age of fourteen, I began to write. Some of my writings were even held by teachers, so they could show future classes. I grew up and managed not to work in one particular place for too long. I have always excelled, and soon became my own boss, and self-employed. Now I just have plenty of time to write.
You said you started to write at the age of fourteen. How did this come about?
All through grade school, I hated to read. But I always bought books from the schools’ book-fair to hide the fact that I had a dyslexic reading problem. I would sit at home and read, trying to improve myself, and fumbled through many books, but always lost interest. Through the years my reading improved, and I came across a few books that I really enjoyed reading them all the way to the end. I think that is what inspired me to write. I had so many stories in my mind, and tried to write them down on paper. Years went by, and the writing stopped for a long time, but my mind continued with scribbles here and there to help retain those thoughts. Finally, my life slowed down, and I once again picked up a pen.
So, now you write. Why children’s books?
I know, right? Children’s books are the hardest books to write. A child grows up so fast. Younger ones have to have a lot of pictures, and very few words. There are industry-standards to follow in order to form a child’s reading ability, and their young minds. The industry hasn’t wavered, but the children have changed. I write to bring joy to children, and give them something that is easy to read, and exciting. I want them to learn and grow up with good honest values, and morals. They can be tough, but also learn and know the difference between right and wrong. Children now days are learning to read earlier than we ever did. When I began, we read Dick and Jane in first grade. Children now days are reading adventure paperbacks, 360 page novels by the age of ten. I want a child to be a child, and give them books that they can enjoy. Books that they can share with their friends. Children learn to be adults way too soon, which I don’t mind, we all have to grow up, but I want them to remember to keep that child in them alive with honest feelings, laughter, and fun. I myself have never let go of my child like nature.
That is very noble. You have said you have over thirty books. Why are they not out there already?
Most children publishers are set in their ways, and have their very own in-house authors. Other publishers are bombarded with over 10,000 book submissions per month, and pay publishers will want an arm and a leg, just to sell you back your own book. Heaven knows, I have tried for years, but now with the Internet, Amazon, and self-publish, it has become easier, and you don’t have to jump through hoops for only five percent return on your hard work for sales. I did my research, learned the computer, and I am working on going from the paper pad to the word program. I am putting a lot of effort in the long tedious process of formatting, copyright, and all the drawings myself. Well, at least I hope.
So when can we expect a book?”
My first book will be coming out soon, it is called, Dick Flick, super adventurer; Lost in time. He is a private detective who carries a bull-whip, and always solves the case. It’s the first book with a second in the series called, Dick Flick, super adventurer; In the Galapagos. Both are written, and waiting for their cover art.
Out of thirty, why those two?”
I think because everyone used to love Dick Tracy, the Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. What better way to start with a two book series about a super adventurer detective.
Do you have any other series?”
As a matter of fact, yes. I have a seven book series filled with adventures, puzzles, and games that children can play later when they get with their friends. I also have a twenty-one book series that are geared for younger children to learn how to behave and how to act in certain situations. This one is being followed up with another twenty book series.
Wow, you have been busy. Being that you are releasing Dick Flick first, what inspired you to write them?
Both of those books came to me in two separate dreams. I woke up, and had to write them down. Then I thought about the character all day long, filling in the blanks. It was fun, and the books make you think. They give you real knowledge, so children can learn. I make up the story, but a lot of true facts are in many of my books.
Could you give us a little taste on what they are about?
In the first book, lost in time, Dick investigates a strange little man who is a university professor. He follows him into a warehouse where a light is coming out from the floor. One thing leads to another, and they both get sucked in and end up in a different dimension. They are now stuck, and have to find their way back. In this new place there are three foot, black rats, caves and caverns with twenty foot drop-offs, and mysterious characters, and an Indian princess.
Okay, what about the second book?
The other one is called, In the Galapagos. The United States Secret Service approaches Dick in a park for his help to find that same professor who has now been kidnapped. With a rookie partner, Dick has to follow the clues, which leads him to the Galapagos Islands, where he finds a giant lizard, the professor, unknowingly, is being held by his captors, and a new strain of highbred tiger lilies for medical research purposes.
Sounds interesting. Obviously you have had people read your books. What have they said about those two?
With the first book, they said they were confused or little baffled, but it all made sense by the time they came to the end. One woman said she could not read it when it came to the part where they walked into the cave, because she is claustrophobic. I took that as a good sign that my writing had enough punch to make her feel afraid. The other book had praises more like, while reading the book, I felt like I was there. I want to go back. It made me want to travel to the Galapagos Islands, and vacation there. You made it sound so interesting. I loved the humor and how Dick figured out the clues.
Our time is about up. Is there anything else that you would like to tell your readers?
Yes. Just keep watch for all my other books coming soon. I want to at least release ten books this year. Go onto Rickkurtisbooks.com and sign up to follow along for new releases. You will be able to purchase Dick Flick from there, or on Amazon and Kindle. I also want to thank you for this great opportunity by letting me join your team. Thank you.
That's it for today. Enjoy your your week and we will see you again next time. Don't forget to give a thumbs up and or a comment or share to help spread the news. Thank you. Rick Kurtis Books
The Wild Boys IV
In Deep Trouble
I thought that I would be done with The Wild Boys, with the third book, Twins Held Hostage. However after its release, I had so many people say that they wanted their life to continue with another adventure. They loved the characters charms and innocence, and felt that they were a part of their lives. So, they talked me into it with a whole new adventure, The Wild Boys IV; In Deep Trouble.
The Wild Boys III; Twins Held Hostage
Bringing a conclusion to The Wild Boys seemed natural to write. It felt as natural as my own children growing up so fast. This book delved into some things that we have all faced in so many ways. Going from childhood fun to adult hood problems, the boys need to figure things out for themselves during times of trouble. It also deals on how parents don’t have control over their maturing, children’s decisions, and either need help, or an outside influence to help their children to understand.
The Wild Boys II; Saving the Fourth of July
Many nights I sat after work writing down a story for my children while they still live in another state. My mind blazed with brilliance, making up a plausible story hand that had childish humor, arousing entertainment, and heart pounding excitement. I managed to complete the Wild Boys, a Space Adventure, the first book, by the time came to move my family, and to get settled in.
The Wild Boys, A space Adventure
When I had to get a job in a different state, I missed my children every day. My nights were lonely and I had plenty of time to think. My kids said I should write them a story, so I could read it to them when I came home. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I wrote the cutest story about my boys and their sisters getting caught up in an adventure with aliens. I put them in the best setting that I knew, Columbus, Wisconsin, where I grew up.
Okay. Even though I have eight other books on the market, and waiting for their recognition, today I want to plug with my new release, Twisted Bwitch. When my college professor told us to write the first four pages, and the last four pages of a screenplay, I didn’t know what I was going to do. Then once again, I had this dream from out of the blue.
Little Lost Girl
Valentine’s Day is over, but the love still remains. This book was written for the memory of a child, and the love that we all have.
So many books have been written about a lost girl. They range from a abduction, runaways, falling through the cracks in the foster care system, to a girl’s frame of mind, or how she coped through life.
My book is a little different. It is a murder mystery that came to me in a dream. Yes, once again, I am the main character. Why have these dreams, I have no idea,
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