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HUNGER FOR WORDS

Today, April 2, is International Children’s Book Day 2020. Read to a child. Or give them a book. Or encourage them to read. Though library activities have been cancelled, you can have your own book day at home. Though I am a children’s author, the choice of the book is up to you and your child.

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Book launch for my picture book Spearfinger! Saturday, August 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 at the Learning Express of Louisville. We will have a book reading, refreshments, and children’s activities. Come join us!

Learning Express of Louisville

[beside Kroger Middletown]

12619 Shelbyville Rd

Louisville, KY, 40243

502-254-7774

SPEARFINGER/ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᏰᏌᏗ/GATISDI GAYESADI

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages? Bilingual Cherokee/English picture book paperback: ISBN 978-1-940310-56-5: $14.99. Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-940310-57-2; $21.99. 4RV Publishing

Contains 60 pages of full-color illustrations and text in English and Cherokee.

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I would like to wish agents, booksellers, editors, family, friends, illustrators, readers, and writers the best year ever. May peace, joy, and happiness crowd out anything negative in your lives.

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Neanderthals in the 21st century? Find out the gory details. Neanderthal Protocol, thriller, Musa eBook http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=443

Also available at:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search[query]=neanderthal+protocol&search_type=books

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=neanderthal+protocol

Bookstrand:

http://www.bookstrand.com/term-search?term=neanderthal+protocol

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/neanderthal-protocol?store=ebook&keyword=neanderthal+protocol

OmniLit:

https://www.omnilit.com/product-neanderthalprotocol-1003566-235.html

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My list includes spec writers other writers don’t claim, but I will.

  1. Mr. Forgotten: Albert Payson Terhune wrote Lad, A Dog. I read the collie’s adventures when I was a kid. It predated Lassie. It made me realize animals had dignity. If you accept that animals have human-like feelings then you can accept aliens from outer space and robots as main characters.
  2. Ms. Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a long poem, “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver.” She wrote many other poems of the supernatural. Her poetry takes me out of Normal Mode into Spec Mode.
  3. Mr. Fireplace: I visualize Washington Irving sitting in front of a colonial fireplace, telling stories like “Headless Horseman” and “Rip Van Winkle.” How many spinoffs of these 2 tales are there? What would Halloween be without him?
  4. Mr. Steampunk: I didn’t understand steampunk, until someone said to me, “Jules Verne.” Need I say more? A serious dude who predicted computers and far more than just a huge submarine or balloon adventures.
  5. Mr. Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island fascinated me as a kid. I was convinced secret treasures lurked everywhere. Astronauts landing on a distant planet, bring me back to this story. Jekyll and Hyde was an early science fiction story that has been retold a million times.
  6. Just call him Professor: Sherlock Holmes was Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, but Professor Challenger was the character for a series of science fiction stories. The most famous one was The Lost World. Hollywood is still mining it.
  7. Really old guy: I don’t know for sure, but I suspect Homer made up the Iliad and the Odyssey. He called them old tales, because bards weren’t allowed to make up new ones. After 3,000 years, his stories are still going strong.What can I say?
  8. Sir, to you: When I was a kid, I loved Peter Pan. Heck, I still like it. Novelist/playwright Sir J. M. Barrie also wrote Mary Rose, which Alfred Hitchcock unsuccessfully tried to make into a movie.
  9. Strange Dude: H. P. Lovecraft wrote about Cthulhu and Necronomican. He was an unabashed racist and possibly mentally ill, but his writing has been very influential, especially with Stephen King. I like him and dislike him, which would probably make sense to him.
  10. Wild Child: Oscar Wilde not only wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, but he wrote at least 2 books of fairy tales. I’m not sure I’d read them to my little ones, but Oscar certainly lived up to his name.

    Now you know what inspires/scares me!

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I have signed a contract with 4RV Publishing for a picture book, Raven Mocker, tentative release date October 2015. A Cherokee boy fights off a monster/wizard who is trying to kill his mother.

This is a companion to my picture book, Spearfinger, to be released in 2014 by 4RV Publishing. A Cherokee boy fights a witch named Spearfinger.

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Today (Wednesday) I am live on Musa Publishing’s blog http://musapublishing.blogspot.com/. “Three Minutes with Charles Suddeth” I am discussing my thriller, Neanderthal Protocol. Comments welcome but not necessary.

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I finished the final proof for my YA thriller, Experiment 38. I haven’t received a release date yet, but I have an ISBN number, so it shouldn’t be long.

Experiment 38

978-1-940310-02-2

Experiment 38 (young adult thriller, 4RV Publishing, paperback)

Eighteen-year-old Emily lives with her scientist father and knows nothing about her mother. When Emily begins dating Nate, two strange men in a Lincoln Navigator follow them everywhere. After Nate discovers her mother’s identity, the two men kidnap Emily, but her father doesn’t try to save her. Nate’s rescue fails, so she tries to escape on her own.

Her father holds a deadly secret about her past. Are the two men working for her father? Will Nate give up trying to rescue her? Why do the two men want her? Can she escape and ever have a normal life?

YA thriller, publication TBA

YA thriller, publication TBA

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Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world.

I wrote my thriller, Neanderthal Protocol, with human rights in mind. Everyone deserves basic rights.

Neanderthal Protocol (adult thriller, Musa Publishing, eBook)
After cold-fusion physicist Greg Anderson’s DNA test marks him as a Neanderthal, he is forced to live like an animal. Rachel helps him search for the organization trying to destroy him.
PDF, ePUB (Nook, iPad, Android), PRC (Kindle), Mobi

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Geoffery Chaucer was born this week ca. 1343. (Halloween week, did they celebrate Halloween back then or did that get you burned for witchcraft?) He was a poet and story teller who refused to write in Latin and French, which was the norm for educated/wealthy people. Without him, I might not be writing in my native tongue.  And he was also a scientist.

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