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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Hive Outdoor Living – #1 Tampa Bay Pool Builder

Tampa Pool Builder - Hive Outdoor - EnclosuresHaving worked in the swimming pool industry a few decades ago, for a company that won more national design awards from the National Swimming Pool Institute than any other builder, it is wonderful to see that quality swimming pool and spa craftsmanship is alive and well.

Especially in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Hive Outdoor Living, based in Tampa, designs and builds custom pools and spas in the area, and has the motto, “Create Your Own Paradise.” And by looking at what they have designed and constructed, that is certainly the case.

Adding a custom swimming pool to your backyard is virtually guaranteed to improve your family’s life for the better. Certainly your children will love it…just be prepared for their friends coming over more often to visit. But that is a good thing, in fact, a great thing.

The good news is that you can build a pool almost anywhere, regardless of the size and shape of your backyard.

Backyard paradise - Hive Outdoor LivingThe professional designers at Hive Outdoor Living work with clients to maximize available outdoor space, with the goal of transforming it into your family’s go-to enjoyment location, your own fabulous staycation.

And the design process?

It has improved dramatically from the days of pencil drawings on drafting paper. At Hive Outdoor, the design takes shape utilizing a 3D computer aided design program, allowing you to view your soon-to-be-a-reality pool and adjacent area from all angles and vantage points.

Your new backyard environment will become the place for your family, and friends, to come together, for fun and entertainment. It will better your health (swimming is the best exercise). And, your new pool and surrounds will provide a much-needed balance between your work and your life. Not to mention, making great family memories to be cherished for years to come.

And, you don’t have to stop there.

Tampa Pool Builder - Hive Outdoor - Outdoor CookingContinue creating your new lifestyle with a spa, waterfall, fountain, a wide array of lighting options, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, an assortment of decking options, screens and enclosures, and even lush, exotic landscaping to top it all off.

When you think about it, adding a backyard paradise makes sense on many levels. It is the perfect solution to enhance your family lifestyle.

If you are in the Greater Tampa Bay area, and are even remotely considering installing a pool and/or spa, you owe it to yourself to see what Hive Outdoor Living, the area’s #1 custom swimming pool contractor, has to offer.

You might be totally surprised. And tremendously delighted.

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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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Grateful American by Gary Sinise review

scott d welch - grateful american by gary siniseI was fortunate to become a member of the Grateful American Launch Team, a group of people who follow Gary Sinise on Social Media, who are Patriots and who love books, which afforded me the opportunity to receive an Advance Readers Copy of his book for review.

Actor Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, CSI:New York, etc.) wrote “Grateful American – A Journey From Self to Service” which skillfully and wondrously chronicles his life, all the while describing the subtitle perfectly.

In his Prologue the tone of the book is set…there will be much emotion, there will be introspection, there will be memories, and there will be defining moments where ideas come to fruition and where decisions are made. You are being prepared for what is to come in this very personal journey.

In the Prologue, Sinise writes “…my life’s mission and passion today are to shine a light on those who serve and defend, the true heroes who go into harm’s way, volunteering to lay down their lives so we can have the freedom to make something real and good of our own lives.”  You can feel his Patriotism and his pride throughout.

The events detailed in his book leading up to how he goes about accomplishing this mission are quite entertaining and very moving.  The details of relationships, not just with our military and first responders, but with his acting peers, especially those in their early years, show not just a quite talented man but a sincerely humble one.

From beginning to end, page after page, you feel as though you are getting to know Gary, the person, and that if you were ever fortunate enough to meet him in person one day, it would be like two old friends shaking hands and hugging, though it would be vastly one-sided in that knowledge.

Sinise is certainly fulfilling his mission and passion.  Evidence, outside the book, is quite abundant.  To check out his recent, and former, activities with and for our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need please visit the Gary Sinise Foundation and his Lt Dan Band website.

I am proud to share and support his journey.

Releasing February 12, 2019 and several places can be found here.

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