Growing up military, about me, a tidbit, "Casey Blane", Dr.Wesley Britton, April releases

April is known as the Month of the Military Child. In that same vein, Military Brats Day is observed on April 30th. As fate would have it my first grandchild Joey was born on April 30. He is a full fledged military child. My daughter and son-in-law were Naval Academy sweethearts who were lucky enough to be stationed in Japan after commissioning in adjoining ships. Love blossomed and they married near the end of that deployment. They were apart for almost 18 months and returned to Norfolk to begin a delayed life together. Joey was born within a year but faced with being apart from husband and child ny daughter decided to give up her commission and become a military wife with child. Sam was born in South Korea, Stell was born in Newport. Although it was exciting at first, the idea of moving every 1 to 3 years bothers Joey who misses friends he has made even though many of them are also military brats. My daughter has decided to home school to cut down on the changing of schools. This option was not available to military brats of the past. Now many Moms do this because many stay at home due to frequent moves. Email and skype help him keep in touch with old friends and help the world seem smaller.

Here's an article I found to help explain.

About one in 25 Americans … is a Military Brat. No one is sure of the number because the Department of Defense did not keep precise records of the children of military personnel. None the less, those children make up a cultural group whose members live in all 50 states, in most American Territories and numerable foreign countries. Their careers are various, their interests are many, but they share a common culture.

Once a nomadic band who struggled to stay in touch, Military Brats are leveraging Social Media to pick up and reconnect the disjointed pieces of their childhood. Unlike most children who had the same classmates K-12, Brats often attend four, six even 10-12 schools, seldom staying in the same place for more than a year or two. Many whose childhood homes were on military installations aren’t allowed to “go home again” unless they join the services themselves as adults.

Through significant sites such as the Military Brats Registry, Operation Foot Locker, American Overseas Schools Historical Society and others, Brats are finding lost friends, sharing stories and experiences, and organizing around various causes and activities.

Many military brats become military themselves of become readers and authors, because socialization for them was different than it was for children who had a "home town". I knew of two former Military Brats who are now authors and asked them to write to me of their childhoods

Guy Donovan (Author of The Dragon's Treasure series)

tells the story this way: My dad was an Air Force officer who served at Pleiku Air Base during the Tet Offensive of '68. My brother and I both served our own time 20 years later, he in the Army's 82nd Airborne and I in the Marine Corps infantry. My Welsh grandfather was a WWI tank driver, too, so my family's pretty much got the military thing down.

Mark McQuillen (Author of Valkyrie 1 & 2 and co author of many endeavors with Mara Reitsma and others including myself can be found at :

He says: Well my father was a lifer..he did a stint in the Marines at the end of WWII. He did the intial four years then switched to the USAF. He was a defense systems operator on the DEW line. I was born on Malestrom AFB in Great Falls, MT. Myself and my sisters followed my father around for all in his career including six years in Canada. Four years in North Bay, Ont. and Goose Bay, Lab. It was fun.

In a recent poll I discovered that many readers wanted to know more about me. In my desire to serve other indie authors I've neglected this.

So here I am:

Mary R. Woldering (wyrrd & unfiltered)

What made you want to be a writer?

I told stories and fables. That's me at age 2 already spinning tales of wonder.

I wanted to write them down so I could remember them for tell others later. I wrote poetry in first grade and later as prose became easier, switched to that.

Tell us your book’s genre?

There's always an element of the paranormal or fantasy in any of my tales.

Tell us about your book and how it’s available.

Here's the standard blurb and the links.


1)Voices in Crystal 2)Going Forth By Day 3)Opener of the Sky 4) 2018 – Heart of the Lotus – 16+



Like GAME OF THRONES in Ancient Egypt – With ALIENS

The Mystery of Ancient Egypt wrapped in a speculative and fantastic ride through history, mythology and magic.

Like ancient superheroes, those touched by the Children of Stone wander through the reality of ancient legends, RESHAPING myth and history.

Unforgettable people and their stories of mysticism, magic and never-ending love.

Amazon: Page/Group:

Author Page:




How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

At first I really didn't want to read other people's books because every modern book I picked up left me with a feeling that I could do better. Humbled by my first reviews, I decided to read more. I'm not the best critical reader. I confess I never really read for escape or for enjoyment...just information. Going through graduate school in Art History with all but a private cot in a library takes a lot of the reading for relaxation element out of it. Answering the question however, one must read if one is to write. All sorts of knowledge of the world and of the mechanics of writing is necessary.

How did you come up with this fantastic idea?

Dreams and visions. I've always been a lucid dreamer and had the experience of very haunting and colorful dreams. For about a decade in my life (My twenties and part of my thirties) I practiced meditation, controlled imagery, astral travel, spirit communication, seances, past life regression and a variety of other psy and mental activities. Children of Stone came from the combines studies and experiences friends and I recorded from each other's sessions. That's me at the left in 1974, Buddy B. to whom Book 3 is in memory, Cathy O. P. who is still around as a fan and studied the Celtic segments, Annette T. who channeled and developed the stories with me and formed the base for the character Deka and later characters.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel? All of my characters have a portion of myself in them, but my character Ariennu is my "bad girl" side. She's the woman I might have become had I given myself permission to be as wild and crazy as some of my dreams. In reality, outside a dirty mind, I'm really tame. As for another... That's Mary G. C. AKA Ceridwyn/Morrigan and many Valkyrie types. We were a wild and at large bunch.

Did the Bible have anything to do with your idea for this novel?

I looked at the Old Testament and the nature of the One God portrayed there...also took background for the way wandering tribes lived. After that much of my research centered on ancient legends and myths.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

There are so many. Mostly keep going regardless of the situation. Don;'t get consumed by negative energy. Help others.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

Marketing, every bit of it.

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write.

As few distractions as possible. Sometimes I put on quiet music. I get woefully side-tracked by Facebook chats.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

Coffee in the morning, fluids the rest of the day.

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel?

Time to get any of it together, That's still a problem. I have a rather chaotic life.

When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

My adult children.

How do you market your book?

I'm up for anything if it's cheap. I usually go for free opportunities because I sell so few of my books. I can't bring myself to thrown money at things like other writers do. Right now it is Facebook. It's the only social media I understand.

Have readers every contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

They like my work and want the next book. Most however have said it's a hard read and many have not finished it.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

My children. A couple of online friends.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc. Holly Berry Craft fair at my church. I sold and signed 5 books. That was 2013 The decor was Christmassy, I was on the stage with another writer who was selling Christian fiction. Most buyers had sen my at church and bought the book because they knew me. One reader later complained that my book was too intellectual for her. A good take-away was that I met the leader of a Writer's Group and joined his group.

What do you enjoy when you’re not writing? I'm usually just writing or trying to find time to write these days. In the past I sold junk on Ebay, did needlework, drew a little and repaired/refinished furniture. My daughter says she loved my gardens. My garden didn't love me. I never had time to keep it up after the initial planting. I'm also into wellness and fitness. At almost 70 that's a requirement.

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who Mary is.

I don't really have a favorite food. I like desserts and sweets of most kinds. Color? black or rainbow - I know that is not specific. I have different preferences for different things. I abhor pink clothing, but love pink walls in rooms or as accents, for instance.

Tell us your favorite novel?

That's tough. I have way to many to even start. Usually they are dark fantasy of some kind, old pulp stories.

Now a fun game answers. I prefer live opera, not recorded. I eat chips instead of crackers, chicken sandwiches, fries, milk shakes, thunderstorms, kindle. And that's me in my Pink Lotus Office as of the Fall of 2017.

Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?

Yes. Writing style was antiquated and there were many typos I never found. I also made mistakes with classifying a genre and target audience; mistakes in promotion, pricing. You name it, there was a likely mistake.

What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?

Don't wait to publish until it's perfect or until you retire. It will never be perfect, and you won't have as much time as you think when you retire.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?

Online companions

When is the release of your next novel?

Hopefully in June. It's hit a number of stalls. It was supposed to be out in February but things happen. It's Book 4 of the Children of Stone Series Heart of the Lotus.

See the links for everything above.

Working on Book 4 Heart of the Lotus--hopefully releasing for your summer reading. We have a new antagonist. It has always been there, but remote. It is, for lack of a better word a fallen watcher or angel, trapped in this dimension because it became enamored of being a creator and in the entire idea of separations between mortal beings. In the second segment of the first chapter we see it beginning to contact Marai for the purpose of confusing him.

Those who have read "Ana's Dream of Flying" in the Dreamtime Dragons Anthology will recognize him as the stately and draconian "Mr. Man"

The entity shaped the crystalline orb it formed with what might have been a hand.

Human. As man.

It self-whispered as the dark blue star-filled shape with the emerald bracelet at its wrist became clear, took on the appearance of ruddy skin and solidified.


Remember that bond, man of the sand.

Know at last why you were chosen.

You have asked to know the answer many times

thinking priests would unlock the secrets in your heart, merely because I told you this at the start of your journey.

Innocent flesh.

Innocent thoughts.

Spirit that remained uncorrupted despite all challenges and temptations.

Engendered of mortals then raised up

as I have created many,

but know you alone might free me of my eternal task.

First, however…

The formed hand swept over the crystalline orb beneath it, searching.

So, last week I introduced Jodi Fahey.

Today her character Casey Blane speaks to us.

1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.

My name is Casey Blane.

2.Tell us where and when were you born.

I am an October baby and born on Long Island, NY.

3. How would you describe yourself?

Hmmm…I’ve gone through many transformations, so that’s a hard one for me. Right now, I have blondish/ brown hair and “acid green” eyes. That’s what Takota calls my eye color.

4. Tell us about where you grew up.-

I grew up on Long Island. I bounced around a bit, so where is difficult to say. For the beginning part of my senior year of high school, I lived in East Meadow and then moved to Brookville area. We had to move the coven back to Ireland by the beginning of March.

5. How old are you?


6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?

My family was always kind to me. I had a hard time fitting in with school, though. We had to move often and so I just never really got to feel like I fit in anywhere. It also didn’t help that I thought I was magical and failed miserably.

7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?

Wow…great question. Well, I’ll give you my history.

Over four hundred years ago, King Davalian, The Letorian King, protected the covens from the Pandions and townspeople during the medieval times of the black plague and the witch hunts. Two very gifted sorcerers were part of his army and fought alongside him. One was a woman named Lily who not only helped him to victory but won his heart. Lily was not at all interested in King Davalian. Her love was Connell, the other gifted sorcerer.

During King Davalian’s reign, Lily discovered the secret to eternal life through a series of talismans, a reborn vampire, which she tried on herself. Connell was to be next, and they were to live out their lives, each generation, with each other. Except, that night, things went horribly wrong and even though both had been blessed with eternal life their bond was never completed. Instead, in a jealous rage, King Davalian cursed Connell and forced him to an entity of being controlled by the moon and to never forget.

Connell was forced into a wolf, and after King Davalian’s death, Lily became their queen. That was when a devastating prophecy of her great-granddaughter was told. Her great-granddaughter would be slaughtered by the King to the Pandions, the talismans were to be found, and it would be the demise of

the Letorian Coven. The Pandions were destined to be the new ruling coven and destroy everything on its way to get there.

I am Lily’s great-granddaughter, Casey Blane. I’ve been kept hidden my entire young human life to protect me from my past and the prophecy. Everything changed for me the day when I was discovered by the Pandions. My entire life changed forever.

8. What do you value above all else in life?

I value everyone in my coven’s lives. They are my life. I want to protect them all. Even though I am their high priestess or to-be-queen, my life hold no more meaning than theirs. In fact, theirs holds more for me.

9. What are you obsessed with?

Obsessed…that’s tough. I’m going to have to say that I do have a nervous habit, if that can be an obsession. I have a special locket that my great-grandfather gave me before he died. It’s a family heirloom. For some reason, I feel strength when I hold it, especially when I’m nervous about things. It calms me.

10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?

Wow...another tough question. Honestly, my life got turned completely upside down that I am just holding onto what I can. I was blessed a wonderful family and great friends. I would say they have helped me get as far as I have because without their trust in me, I couldn’t have.

11. Biggest fear?


12. What line will you never cross?

With all my special “gifts” I am able to control not only things around me, but a person’s mind. That is one line I hope I will never have to cross. I feel it’s wrong to have that much power over another human being.

13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

Best thing and worst would have to be the connection I have with Knoxavier.

Just like we have a ruler figure, so does the Pandions. They have a king, a leader. That same leader has been connected to my family through many generations and it’s not a simple connections. His ancestor was in love with my great-grandmother. He was cured to be born in the form of a wolf, so he’s been that form until two years before I was born. The curse was broken and he was born a man.

So the king to the Pandions, the same Pandions that want me dead, stalks me. I can feel him watching me. I can hear his thoughts and see through his eyes. When he touches me, there is such an energy that passes through us that it’s unnerving. I am drawn to him and I think he’s actually able to control me, too.

14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

To be honest, I have had so many. I think the first time that I found out Takota could read my mind was probably the most embarrassing.

15. Biggest secret?

When you live a life where everyone can read your thoughts, secrets are very few and far between. I think the only secret I have is that I don’t fully trust Knoxavier, but I’m pretty sure he knows that.

16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?

Me? Even though I hate the word, I would say a freak. Takota would call me a super freak.

17. What is your current goal?

My goal is to protect my coven from the Pandions and to keep the talismans out of Tatiana’s hands.

Sadly, I just learned today that our next author Dr. Wesley Britton lost his wife last Thursday. I'll go ahead and post the interview but do extend my sympathies. If you bump into him on the information highway, please wish him well and caring healing.

The Interview of Dr. Wesley Britton

What made you want to be a writer?

Writing was something I expected to do all my life. From the time I could read, my nose was always in a book. It surprised no one that I earned my Masters and Doctorate in American literature at the University of North Texas or that I spent 33 years teaching English in Texas, Oklahoma, and finally Pennsylvania. It surprised me that virtually everything I wrote for over two decades was non-fiction, mostly research oriented.

Tell us your book’s genre?

The Blind Alien and its five sequels are science fiction.

Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)

Right now, The Blind Alien is available for free at Kindle Unlimited for a limited time. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get the e-book at Amazon for 99 cents. If you prefer paperbacks, an edition is also at Amazon.

The other five e-books are available at a number of vendors including the BearManor Media website. You can get all six books in one e-book bundle at the same places.

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

I’d say, for me, reading is indispensable. Of course, reading and writing have been my reason for being for nearly 60 years.

How did you come up with this fantastic idea?

I posed one question to myself. How would a blind person fare if they were suddenly whisked away to a different earth where the languages, customs, everything was completely different? How would they survive if they were considered property of a scientific collective in a slave-holding country?

Everything sprang from that beginning concept.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

That would have to be Dr. Malcolm Renbourn, the major male protagonist in the series. He shares a number of characteristics with me, for at least the first two chapters in The Blind Alien. From that point on, he’s pretty much his own man.

Did the Bible have anything to do with your idea for this novel?

Very little. Religion, on many levels, did. After all, we’re on a different earth where Christianity doesn’t exist. Worship of Olos (Mother Earth, if you will) and Sojoa (the sun) are what Beta-Earth humans worship. So I had to create rituals, beliefs, customs, the like for a different world.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

I hope there are many. Acceptance of other people’s beliefs and customs is one. Not just tolerance, acceptance. Freedom of the individual will. Other themes are up to the reader’s interpretations.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

It used to be finding a publisher. For many years, I treasured the input and guidance of editors. Until I was given one who fancied himself my co-author and I was so disappointed with what he insisted on doing to one of my books. Never again.

Now, it’s all about marketing. Some of it I find rather fun to do. I only wish all my efforts paid off better than they do.

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I need two things. Yes, quiet, in terms of people not trying to talk with me. I also need big blocks of time with few interruptions. I need to get into the zone and be there.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

There aren’t any. I sit in my recliner with my laptop—no desk.

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.

Hmm, that’s a toughie. I suppose it’s getting to a point where I think a book is more-or-less done and ready for the editors. I’m always thinking of new revisions—small adds, huge cuts. I’m never sure a book is as good as it can be.

When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

These days, that would have to be my patient PA, Karina Kantas.

How do you market your book?

Every way I can. Have website, FB page, two blogs. I have YouTube trailers and narrations, blog tours, giveaways, cross-promotions. We’re just starting up a newsletter now. I do as many interviews as I can. So thanks for having me!

Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

Yes, I’ve heard from a handful of folks. I love it when they say the books aren’t the sort of science fiction of any typical or expected approach. The Beta-Earth Chronicles are simply more original and very different from usual expectations. As one reviewer said, “Science fiction yes, but so much more.”

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

Hmm, usually it’s just the editors at BearManor Media. I suppose that’s one weakness of mine—no real network of Beta readers.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

I’ve never had a book signing for my Beta-Earth books—after all, they are e-books.

However, I have some memorable moments at signings for my non-fiction spy books at the International Spy Museum. On each of those three occasions, I first presented a program related to the book, then sat down to sign copies for new readers. I loved meeting new spy fans. The first time, I was interviewed by two local radio stations. No food, no drinks, just good comradery, especially with the CEO and staff of the Museum.

I can’t say much about the visuals as I’m blind and didn’t see anything. However, I know the book covers were flashed up on the screen behind me. I’m pretty sure there’s a photo of me doing my thing with the cover behind me for Spy Television posted at my website.

What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?

Spending time with my grandson. So little time for hobbies or even leaving the house.

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who Wesley Britton is.

Foods—seafood. Haven’t seen a color in over forty years.

As this hasn’t come up before (in this interview), I am blind due to a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa. My vision declined over several decades before going completely about twenty years ago.

Tell us your favorite novel?

That’s much too tough. There are so many. I spent many years exploring the works of Mark Twain. At different times in my life, I especially enjoyed John Fowles, Frank Herbert, Ian Fleming, Philip Jose Farmer, all the classics of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American literature.

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference is. Let your readers know what you love.

A live drama or the opera? Live drama. I despise rap, hip-hop, country music, and opera.

Chips or crackers? Crackers.

Hamburger or chicken sandwich? Hamburger, by miles and miles.

Fries or onion rings? How about tator tots and/or nuggets instead?

Milk shake or smoothie? Chocolate shake, please.

Thunderstorms or star gazing?? Again, back to the blind thing. I can say thunder storms don’t bother me except on Sunday nights when I have to get the trash out.

Kindle or paperback novels? I prefer PDF versions I can download into a portable reader for the blind called a Victor Stream I carry around. I really rely on PDFs for the endless book reviews I write for

Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?

Oh goodness, I’m always thinking of things I could have done better. In terms of my spy books, I wrote my 2009 Encyclopedia of TV Spies in part to correct howlers in my 2003 Spy Television.

In terms of The Blind Alien, I was able to do some clean-up for the print edition. I’d still like to go back and clarify some vocabulary, the major complaint I’ve read in reviews.

What kind of advice can you give to other aspiring authors?

I really hate to give other authors advice. We all have very different paths to follow.

But I must say, as many have already, write! Get off Facebook, Twitter, etc. Stop wasting time with all those distractions and write!

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?

Depends on help with what? I have friends who have different ways they can advise me.

When is the release of your next novel?

Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.

Six novels are out now. The Blind Alien, The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, The Third Earth, and Return to Alpha.

Books 1 through 4 are the epic 20 year journey of Dr. Malcolm Renbourn and his family as they travel around different countries on Beta-Earth. Book Five transport six of those characters to Serapin-Earth where further adventures await the Renbourns. Book 6, Return to Alpha, is set 40 years in the future when four of Malcolm Renbourn’s children come to his home planet of Alpha-Earth to tell us about what the multi-verse is all about.

I have a novella in the pipeline featuring the characters introduced in Return to Alpha. I’m currently working on placing three short stories out there. Somewhere. Don’t know where yet.

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?

My Beta-Earth website is at:

My Amazon Author page:

Books 2 through 6 are at this site where my publisher often offers sales prices:

Here are some good links for all sorts of things:

There are two trailers and two readings at my YouTube channel:

or at

Here’s my Goodreads blog featuring many of my book reviews:

Here’s my Book Likes blog with reviews and articles:

Here’s my Beta-Earth Chronicles Facebook page:

Dr. Wesley Britton,

Author, The Beta Earth Chronicles


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These are for the Month of April.

C. L. Schneider 4-17-18 Lyra Shanti 4-18-18 Ariel Marie 4-17-18 Andrew Seiple 4-21-18 Desrtiny Hawkins 4-23-18

And thus another week. I'll be traveling so I hope to have the blog fired off Sunday night. If you know someone who wants an interview or a free promo. I am available.

Party Hat Winner...Who has supported and shared the most? Reviews If I have them More excerpts about my writing and bits of my stories and characters. Dr. Brittons's Dr. Malcolm Eric Renbourn and Andrew Cairnes. Join me then! Remember the three R"s (well no, but I though the effect was good) READING



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