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So far for the year, Courtesy of Publisher’s Weekly

1 Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Tegen)
 2 The Fault in Our Stars (paperback) by John Green (Penguin/Speak)
 3 Insurgent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Tegen)
 4 Allegiant by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Tegen)
 5 The Fault in Our Stars (hardcover) by John Green (Penguin/Speak)
 6 The Fault in Our Stars (Movie tie-in) by John Green (Penguin/Speak)
 7 Looking for Alaska by John Green (Penguin/Speak)
 8 Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (Abrams/Amulet)
 9 Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)
 10 Frozen by Victoria Saxon (Random House/Disney)
 11 Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson)
 12 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss (Random House)
 13 Frozen: The Junior Novelization by Sarah Nathan (Random House/Disney)
 14 Heaven Is for Real (Movie tie-in) by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson)
 15 Frozen: Journey to the Ice Palace by Frank Berrios (Random House/Disney)
 16 Minecraft: Redstone Handbook by Scholastic (Scholastic)
 17 Minecraft: Essential Handbook by Scholastic (Scholastic)
 18 Frozen: A Tale of Two Sisters by Melissa Lagonegro (Random House/Disney)
 19 Frozen: Big Snowman, Little Snowman by Tish Rabe (Random House/Disney)
 20 The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)IreadYA-select

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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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The Green River Writers Summer Retreat is only a few days away, from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday July 13 at the Kavanaugh Center in Crestwood, Kentucky. This retreat is for poetry and prose. Lodging is available, but day visitors are welcome, and we may have as many day people as lodgers. We will have critiquing, writing exercises, & time to write! I will be there, and I will be glad to answer any questions about the 2014 GRW WriTabernacleting Contest. (I am the contest chairman) Greenriverwriters.org

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Neanderthal Protocol (adult thriller, Musa Publishing, eBook)  neanderthalprotocol-200[Check last weeks post for several Neanderthal  recipes, if you dare]

Greg Anderson is a physicist working on Project Cold Sun, which will generate electricity via hydrogen fusion. After a DNA test exposes him as a Neanderthal, he lives on the streets like a wild animal. Near death, he meets Rachel Waters.

After Greg’s former boss is murdered, the police blame Greg. Rachel helps Greg search for the killers. Can Rachel and Greg find the people who are trying to destroy Project Cold Sun before the police charge Greg with murder and execute him?

PDF, ePUB (Nook, iPad, Android), PRC (Kindle), Mobi

[available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Musa Publishing’s website, independent bookstores via Kobo, and other online retailers]

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Green River Writers will hold a retreat from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday July 13 at the Kavanaugh Center in Crestwood, Kentucky. This retreat is for poetry and prose. Lodging is available, but day visitors are welcome. We will have critiquing, writing exercises, & time to write! I will be there, and I will be glad to answer any questions about the 2014 GRW WriTabernacleting Contest. (I am the contest chairman) Greenriverwriters.org

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Neanderthal Protocol (adult thriller, Musa Publishing, eBook)  neanderthalprotocol-200[Check last weeks post for Neanderthal  recipes, if you dare]

Greg Anderson is a physicist working on Project Cold Sun, which will generate electricity via hydrogen fusion. After a DNA test exposes him as a Neanderthal, he lives on the streets like a wild animal. Near death, he meets Rachel Waters.

After Greg’s former boss is murdered, the police blame Greg. Rachel helps Greg search for the killers. Can Rachel and Greg find the people who are trying to destroy Project Cold Sun before the police charge Greg with murder and execute him?

PDF, ePUB (Nook, iPad, Android), PRC (Kindle), Mobi

[available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Musa Publishing’s website, independent bookstores via Kobo, and other online retailers]

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You gotta watch those full moons! Other kids too!  Halloween Kentucky Style (middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback)
Mike and Timmy try to scare Alice and Rosie. The trick’s on them when a younger neighbor and a homeless man team up to give them a real Halloween scare! It can be ordered from any bookstore or on-line retailer.KentuckyHalloween

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