D. R. Casselman Pens Epic Fantasy Adventure

road-to-andolan-front-with-butler-kudoA new author, D. R. Casselman, has burst on to the scene with an epic fantasy adventure requiring four volumes to tell. The series is Tales of Narda and the first installment is Book One: Road to Andolan.

This will not be a lengthy review, as I do not wish to publish any spoilers.

Suffice to say, in this first book there is ample action and adventure, coupled with a bit of mystery and the hint of a pending love story.

There are characters that you will love and some you will most likely despise as the main characters make their way to the land of Narda and, upon arrival, begin their quest to find three of the five missing Seeing Stones, about which you will discover more when you grab the book and start reading.

There are also a range of unusual creatures, some good, some bad, which seems only fair.

You will be taken to a whole new world to thoroughly enjoy.

Dragon Award-winning author D. J. Butler, said of this first book, “A strong start to a new series! The Tales of Narda are classical fantasy that will reawaken in you the same thrills you felt when you first encountered Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.”

And, I certainly agree with him, as I recall first reading The Hobbitt and The Lord of the Rings more years ago than I care to remember. Narda is a rich and imaginative world within your grasp. Do yourself a favor and visit the Tales of Narda website. Aside from being able to order the book, you can download some great free wallpaper.

I do have to note that the official publication date for Road to Andolan is October 20, 2020, the 65th anniversary of The Return of the King.

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Producer and Director Norm Novitsky Pens Novel

Two Faces of a PatriotNorm Novitsky, producer and director of the award-winning In Search of Liberty Constitution movie, has penned a novel titled Two Faces of a Patriot. Billed as a compelling novel for our time, it intertwines factual data and occurrences alongside fictional characters, new tech, action, adventure, politics and a bit of a love story with a time stretch into the near future.

Novitsky, the creator and principal author of the tale, and contributing author John Truman Wolfe (Mind Games), have served up a captivating story with roots based on a fictional account of real-life events that occurred at the turn of the century while being primarily set in the near future, at a time when paranoia, control and power have changed virtually everything in American society and where tensions have risen dramatically, calling for extreme measures to be taken in the name of freedom.

New York Times bestselling author David Farland (The Runelords), one of those who read a pre-publication edition, said, “It’s been a long time since 1984 came out. Every few years, though, someone comes up with some ideas that kind of play off of that, that show social engineering as it is going on today. This is one of those stories. It deals with a future in which social engineering is moving in such ways that it is impinging on human freedom. I recommend this book and give it five stars.”

While another reviewer, Air Force veteran and author Diann Thornley Read (The Sergey Chronicles), had this to say, “Using the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and extrapolating into the decades that follow, authors Norm Novitsky and John Truman Wolfe have written an important and powerful novel…one that should be read by every American who values the freedoms established by our Founding Fathers and the Constitution.”

Visit the Two Faces of a Patriot website for more information.

Two Faces of a Patriot

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Veterans Day 2019 – Thank you Vets

US_Armed_ForcesIn the United States there is a day honoring all of our veterans.

That day is today – Veterans Day.

A veteran is any person who has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and was discharged, left the service, under any conditions other than dishonorable.

The significance of this particular day is that it marked the end of World War I which formally ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Thus, 101 years ago, today.

A Congressional act, approved on May 13, 1938, declared November 11 to be a national holiday, stating that November 11 is “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” The name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

Vets Day Honoring All Who ServedSo, thank you Veterans.

We are still the Land of the Free.

Because of the Brave, our Vets.

As a final note, for those who may not know, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the attributive form (no apostrophe) is used rather than the possessive case as the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”

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P.S. – And, yes, this post was published at 11:11am Eastern on 11-11-2019.

New Painter Refuses to be a Struggling Artist

Mirit and her First Sale - Even Water BreaksThere are artists who create their vision and hope that someday, in the not too distant future, they will make it, that they will be discovered. Then there are artists, such as Mirit, who break that mold entirely. The first sale by the 43-year-old novice painter was for $28,000 – within months after she picked up painting brushes for the very first time.

“Even though I came to the game late and only taught myself to paint a few months ago, I swore that I would never be a starving artist,” Mirit says. “I’m a business woman and an artist and decided that I will focus on making high-end art for collectors, celebrities and people who can afford the quality of the art that I want to create.”

The proud owner of Mirit’s first sale, “Even Water Breaks,” is Marina Shea, an avid South African art collector who operates several dental offices in Southern California. A lover of beaches, Marina was immediately drawn towards the painting due to its sensual and romantic nature, encased by a dynamic, heavily lacquered natural wood frame.

MiritOne of Mirit’s driving forces is not being discouraged by “art critics,” especially those who may spew their negative judgment upon new painters, or artists of any kind, while in many cases not being able to create art of their own.

Born in Israel, raised in a Nigerian jungle in Africa, and then legally immigrating to the United States, Mirit is not your typical artist. She escaped an extremely abusive marriage from a disbarred attorney and found herself on welfare with two young daughters to raise.

To provide for her family, she entered the business world and became very successful in the field of high-tech, long before she even considered painting as a vocation.

“For some reason,” Mirit says, “I can paint with no former training. It’s taken over my life. I paint every chance that I get and sometimes wake up in the middle of the night or at 5 a.m. because I have to paint.”

Mirit is blazing a new trail, one that very few novice artists have ever traversed. One of her strongest beliefs that continues to guide her is, “I truly believe that we’re all artists at heart.” Learn more about her and check out her unique art as prints, home décor and more at Mirit.