Nobska Point Lighthouse, Falmouth Harbor, MA - a memory
August 7 is known as Lighthouse Day. I never thought much about lighthouses until the summer my Dad was on a research team at Marine Biological Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This was Cape Cod in 1960 before JFK made it famous. As a family, we often rode around on weekends seeing the summer sights . We had often heard the fog horn that was at the lighthouse at Nobska Point, but it had always been a far away tone. One day, my Dad drove out in the fog on our excursion. Sure enough, we saw the light in the distance. The real treat, however, occurred as we drove by the tall white cylinder that rose into the grey mist. The blast would have shamed Gabriel's Trumpet or the horns that leveled the walls of Jericho. To this day, a light shines in the darkness of my memory of that sound I heard back then. (I knew it could wake the dead). Much later, when I began to write, I chose a place like the lighthouse as my setting for an early (and never published) tale. In 2012 I looked for it when I visited the area, but time was too short for a visit. Maybe one day...
History of Lighthouse Day National Lighthouse Day – August 7th (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.) It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day. (http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/national-lighthouse-day/)
Pharos of Alexandria,
was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was the most famous lighthouse in ancient world and served as a prototype for all later lighthouses.
It was built by Sostratus of Cnidus, for Ptolemy I Soter and finished during the reign of Ptolemy II of Egypt about 280 bce. The lighthouse was built on the island of Pharos in the harbor of Alexandria and was more than 350 feet tall. The only taller structures at the time were two of the three pyramids at Giza.
A broad spiral ramp led to the top, where a fire burned at night.
According to some descriptions a huge statue of either Alexander or Ptolemy in the form of the sun god Helios stood atop the tower.
Two earthquakes in the 14th century brought it down. Most of it fell into the sea. Whatever was left was scavenged and repurposed.
In the 1960s; statues of a deified Ptolemy and his wife Arsinoe, were discovered underwater. At one time the Egyptian Government planned to build a break wall, but abandoned the plans in favor of a diver's paradise where one can swim down to see many statues, stone sphinxes, and the remains of the lighthouse.
And now let's meet J. T. Lozano
1. Who are you as a person? (brief bio paragraph)
I am a horror author that hails from Mission, a city on the Southernmost part of Texas, and I am the youngest of five children. Although I hail from Mission, Texas, I was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and moved to Texas when I was three years old. My writing career began in 2007 when I used poetry to express myself and followed that up a few short months later with my first short story. Ever since the writing bit me in 2007 I have not stopped writing, and although I spend most of my time writing horror/thriller stories I still find time to dab in poetry now and then. Ideas are constantly filling my head so I will keep writing as long as people keep reading my stories.
2. How long have you been a writer?
I have been a writer for the better part of around seven years, although I just recently started looking at myself as a serious writer/author.
3. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
I have been signed with Black Ribbon Press for a little over nine months, and plan on staying with them much longer. They are a small and fairly new press so I guess you could say I’m Indie Published.
4. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
The writers that inspired me are also my favorite authors. I grew up reading their works and finding myself lost in the worlds they created it. My favorite authors are; Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
5. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
The book I’d like to tell you about is called “The Last Ride”. This book is about a group of friends who decide to have one final weekend before they go on their own way to college. In the middle of their adventure they run into some car trouble, and that is where the real fun begins for them. As they walk to find help they begin to swap ghost stories they have heard while growing up not realizing that the best story is the one they are about to take part in.
6. What is the setting and genre?
The setting for this spine tingling thriller story is an old forgotten dirt road in the outskirts of town.
7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
My favorite character from this book would have to be Nick because he is a skeptic and dissects every single thing he is said looking for a logical reason to it.
8. What character is most like you?
I think from this story the characters that are most like me are Nick and Arnie. I’d say Arnie because much like him, I like to play jokes and have fun all the time. I would also say Nick because I don’t take what people tell me at face value. I like to do my own investigating when it comes to certain things and come up with my own conclusions.
9. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
If I had a supernatural power I would like it to be telekinesis. I’ve always been fascinated by the ability to move objects with your mind.
10. Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
I think the underlying theme in my book would be to listen to the warnings that are given to you in life. If the four friends had heeded the warnings about going out into the old and deserted road they wouldn’t have found themselves in their predicament.
11. How are you marketing your book?
I am marketing my book on facebook and by doing as many public appearances as I possibly can. I attend local markets and take the book with me, plus I am trying to attend author signing events.
12. Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
There are several people I’d love to meet. I’d love to meet Wes Craven, George Romero, and Stephen King because they are all masters of horror and I’d like to get their take on what makes a great story.
13. A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses. You want________________for your lead characters. For “The Last Ride’ I haven’t given it much thought, but for “Rayven’s Redemption” I have thought about it a lot and I’d love to have Elizabeth Gillies play the role of Rayven.
14. What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
Whenever I write I turn on the pandora radio app and listen to my Rob Zombie channel. It consists of music by Rob Zombie, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Megadeth, and other similar artists.
15. What Favorite foods
My favorite foods are lasagna, hamburgers, pizza, and as a snack it is flaming hot Cheetos with chees with either a Dr. Pepper or sweet tea to drink.
16. What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things make me laugh every day. A great comedian, a funny movie, joking around and swapping stories with family and friends. As far as crying, it would be losing someone very close to me.
17. What do you want written on your head stone and why?
I honestly don’t know because I’m too busy enjoying life to think about it.
18. Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Other than writing I like to make my own swag and do craft projects. I also like to make jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces using beads.
19. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy watching paranormal tv shows and also some crime related shows. At the moment I’m binge watching Rizzoli & Isles when I get the chance, but I also enjoy watching Castle, The
Librarians, and paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Fact or Faked, Paranormal Witness, Dead Files, and the list goes on.
20. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
If I wasn’t a writer I would have like to be a football coach or a scout for an NFL team.
21. What are you working on right now?
Right now I have a few projects in the works. I have two stories that I am working on plus I also have my group that I am doing my best to keep up with.
22. What future plans do you have in writing?
My future plans for my writing include to try my best to finish the two works I have recently started and to also write enough short stories so that I can publish another anthology of short stories in the next few months. I might have a surprise stored for the readers somewhere along the line too.
23. What links or website do you have? List them below.
The only Links I have are the links to my publisher’s page and the link to my group page on facebook.
Black Ribbon Press website; https://blackribbonpress.wordpress.com/
Story time With J.T.; http://www.facebook.com/groups/STWJT
Back from the dead...
About the Street Team:
Long ago, when I first ventured into self or Indie publishing, I learned that I ought to have a Social Media presence. I created, with help, an Author "Group" that I thought was a blog. I called it a blog and treated it like a blog. There I posted pictures and excerpts of my novel, told my life story and gathered a few fans.
At some point, junk postings and other objectionable materials began to flow onto the page without my permission. I asked what I might do about it from more knowledgeable writers. To my dismay, they told me that I did not have a "group" or a "blog". I had a page. The cure for the unwarranted ads and postings was to leave Facebook for an independent site and create a "blog" there. After a few false starts I created an Author Page on Facebook and a "blog" independently. I also archived the junk filled "Page" Neither the blog or the Author Page were as successful as I wanted with regard to reader interaction. I still wanted a place where I could communicate with potential readers. I was introduced to the "Takeover" and to the "Online Convention", but each of these marketing techniques required pre-existing knowledge of internet marketing and publishing formats. I didn't have these and most established authors don't have time for one-on-one instruction. I soldiered on. I was told I could build a Street Team from a group which met on a "page". The more it was described, the more I realized the illustration above. I had already done this in the beginning. I just didn't know it...or how to manage it.
FACEPALM ... Back from the dead...back where I started, but hopefully wiser. Join me there ... or anywhere really...
Here's the link: https://m.facebook.com/groups/599386350092593
So I thought I'd reprise and introduce my very own protagonist Marai this week.
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
Um…my name is Marai bin Ahu; That means son of Ahu
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I was born in Ai, a city in Kina. I think you now call that Canaan. The time you now speak of is sometime around 2600 BCE
3. How would you describe yourself?
Tall and big. My family called me half-giant because my head and chin cleared to tops of everyone’s heads. I had long black hair turning grey at the start of the story, sunburnt bronze color skin, black eyes, a hook nose and a long part braided beard. I had begun to put on an old man’s belly, even though I worked hard every day climbing rock and tending the sheep. After the changes I felt much better, stood even taller still with good muscle, had brighter skin and my hair was shorter and had gone smooth silver and gold like wheat silk. My beard was short and trim. My eyes were black but cast with a silver ore color that matched the Children’s Stone placed under my skin between my eyebrows.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I grew up traveling and herding sheep and goats with my family. When I was about five years old, after my mother died, my father remarried and came to the foot of God’s mountain, Sin-ai. There I grew up in a wadi, or dry spring bed, at a well. We still herded, but also ran a way station that serviced sojourners.
5. How old are you?
When the story began I was 35 sun years. As most of the story goes I am 90 years old but never aged past 35.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
It was glorious. There were beautiful open spaces and so much of the sky, you could feel the gods and goddesses moving in the firmament and over the land.
(Marai post changes as I saw him in a dream in 1974--->)
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I was in love with my half-sister Houra but it was a forbidden thing among our people. I married a foreign traveler Ilara but she died bearing a daughter who also died. I blamed myself because I had been indifferent to her and then mourned mateless and woman-less for 15 years until the Children came. Now they have given me three women whom I have come to love so deeply.
8. What do you care about?
My dearest ones: Ariennu, Naibe-Ellit and Deka. I care that I can bring the Children of Stone to Kemet, as they wish, despite the obstacles I may face.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Completing the task and learning the mysteries the Children have placed in my heart. Being of joy and helpfulness to others after my wives are happy.
10. Biggest fear?
That something terrible will happen to us as a family. My wife Naibe has dreamed this, and it scares her. She says something will tear us all apart and now has my brave Ari worried too.
11. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
Best: My wives and especially Naibe who walks with my goddess Ashera inside her.
Worst: When my wife Ilara died. Even though I have seen the reality behind our lives together, it still bothers me.
12. Most embarrasing thing that ever happened to you?
When I was on the Children’s vessel, they stripped me naked with their magic, burned up my clothes and examined my body without asking or even showing themselves to me.
13. Biggest secret?
That I’m making a lot of this journey up as I go along while I act to my companions as if I am wise.
Another secret: this new power. I can bring lightning and control storms with thoughts. I can even appear as a raging, wild bull if I get angry.
14. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
15. What is your current goal?
Just getting the tasks given me done so I can settle down, buy some land on which to graze some animals and hopefully raise many children with my wives.
Want to know Marai better? Start with Voices in Crystal Book 1 at the link below:
Remember I told You I would announce the winners of the THREE e-books and that it was going to be based on a raffle of all active folks and those who voted for me in the Have You Heard Competition?
Here they are:
Cheryl McMahan claimed bk2 Going Forth by Day
Rosemary Johns claimed bk 1 Voices in Crystal
and Angel Medina claimed bk2 Going Forth by Day
Didn't win? The next prize will drop on Eclipse day August 21... so be sure to comment, like and especially share the things I post about writing and my blogspots. READ and REVIEW my books too... or comment on the authors I've featured.
And visit me on Takeovers too. Next week I will start listing the planned takeovers each week. ABOVE ALL, DON'T JUST SIT THERE FACED INTO YOUR SCREEN - INTERACT!!!
Here's a list of some of the authors I follow and their coming soon-to-be RELEASES