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Books, Writing, History, and the Ritchie Boys

In "Books, Writing, History and the Ritchie Boys" I share my thoughts on certain books, the process of writing, the experiences of an indie-publisher, short pieces on WWII and the Holocaust, highlights of places from Immigrant Soldier, and, occasionally, profiles of Ritchie Boys. Everything in this blog reflects my personal ideas and feelings–a memoir of sorts, it is my perspective and any errors or omissions are mine.
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A Memoir of Love and Travel Van-Life Style

“A journey is more than a vacation; it is an opportunity to challenge our beliefs and expand our minds.   . . . At its best, travel brings cultural understanding between people and helps affirm our common humanity.”    I found this quote many years ago on a travel website that no longer exists: www.passionfruit.com. I wish I knew who actually wrote these words as my love of travel has always been based on the ideas expressed by them. 
 
What was the most influential journey of your life? How has travel changed your perspective? 
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The Muralist and LBJ, a Secret Hero.

Summer is a great time for catching up on that stack of books waiting to be read. Maybe your stack is on your bedside table, or in leaning towers on the floor under your desk, or stashed neatly in boxes in a corner of a little used room. My waiting books are scattered in small horizontal piles across the top of the neat vertical rows of titles in my several bookcases. 
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A Summer Book for Young Readers

After two years promoting my adult novel, Immigrant Soldier, I decided go back to my roots – children’s literature. As a result of the publication of the novel, I now have my very own publishing company. Why not publish a children’s book? 

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My Mother's Secret - A Self-Publication Success

I have to admit, Amazon has my number!  Whenever I sign in to my account on their website, I get a display of “featured recommendations,” and when I order a book, I am shown selections that “Customers who bought this item also bought.” It was one of these suggestions that lead me to the wonderful little novel, My Mother’s Secret   by J. L. Witterick.

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Book Promotion for the Self-Published Author

As a self-published author, the job of book promotion landed directly on my shoulders.  It also soon became clear that some venues for sales were not open to Immigrant Soldier because it was self-published, or at best, were difficult to break into.
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