Thursday, April 2, 2020

Worried about the Coronavirus and other Environmental Problems?

Are you concerned about the environment and the survival of this planet?  About the fate of the world if there's a new virus, a continued rise in the population, or a breakdown in the power grid? What about global warming and rising seas? Are you sometimes troubled by such all-too-real possibilities?

If so . . . CHECK OUT MY STORY (and others) IN A DYING PLANET, an anthology just published by Flame Tree Press. Click on the link or picture below and scroll down to my discussion of the origin of "Free Air". Like other post-apocalyptic tales in this collection, "Free Air" presents a world of the future where global warming, climate change, and other problems have gone much too far.  While you're there, see what other gifted writers say about the inspiration for their individual stories.


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The collection is 480 pages and contains over two dozen stories by different authors.  It can be ordered below:

Friday, January 10, 2020

Welcome Gift by Jane P. Rosenman


My wife Jane is a writer, too. Here is a short piece she wrote about an unlikely family heirloom.



A few weeks after my family and I arrived in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1973, I was greeted by a lady from the local Welcome Wagon. Aren’t Welcome Wagons extinct these days? Anyway, we had a pleasant visit. On her way out of the door, she gave me cards for gifts from city merchants, urging me to drop by their businesses and become acquainted with their services. At each place, I would be treated with something of value such as a free oil change from Firestone. All of my visits were rewarding, but I hesitated to use my remaining card. The reason was that it was from a funeral parlor, which struck me as odd—not so welcoming Welcome Wagon choice. Gathering up my nerve, I finally ventured over to the funeral parlor where I was met by a sweet old man. We talked briefly, then he presented me with a strange metal utensil with a wooden handle. Perplexed, I asked him what it was. He kindly informed me that it was an ice cream scoop. Although it had a flatter shaped spoon than usual, I could see that the unique design might work.

Thanking the gentleman, I inquired why on earth a funeral home was gifting new residents with ice cream scoops. Smiling, he replied, "What else can a business like ours give out?"

Over the years, I've come to really cherish this ice cream scoop.  Nearly every day, I find it handy for serving all kinds of food, mixing batter, filling muffin tins, and so forth. Occasionally, I'll use my scoop for its intended purpose, then reflect on how this simple kitchen tool is my favorite--more prized than any modern electronic gadget.















Tuesday, October 22, 2019

ANOTHER BOOK SIGNING AND TWO NEW BOOKS ON KINDLE

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! On October 26 from 12 to 2 pm, I will be having my second book signing at the Book Exchange in Norfolk, VA. (116 E. Little Creek Rd. 23505). A few of the novels I'll be selling are featured below: A Senseless Act of Beauty (SciFi) and The Merry-Go-Round Man (Young Adult). Please drop by and chat. Hope to see you there!


                 
WIN A FREE KINDLE OF INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS, THE FIRST NOVEL OF MY INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS SERIES. The first three folks to answer the following question correctly win.  According to Wikipedia, Robert Heinlein "is usually identified...as one of the three masters of science fiction to arise in the so-called Golden Age of science fiction."  Name just one of the other two writers.  E-mail me at jroseman@cox.net.

TWO OF MY NOVELS ARE OUT IN KINDLE! They include the adventures of Stella Masterson, a female cyborg in Beyond Those Distant Stars and the heroics of Theophilus Merlan, a most unusual geologist in Speaker of the Shakk.         
                                                              


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Latest Issue of my Newsletter



John B. Rosenman Author Newsletter #13 - August 2019

   (Formerly The Writing Life Newsletter) - Subscribe on my website at http://www.johnrosenman.com - just click on the tab at the top. 
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My 4-Book Bundle is available for $2.99  
-- Featuring Preditors and Editors SciFi / Fantasy best story of the year, "The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes" -  Available at:  http://amzn.to/1mu6VAR

                               
                                     

               
                        
The Merry-Go-Round Man is the most personal of my novels, being based directly on my childhood. It's a rite of passage, coming-of-age Young Adult story of three boys growing up in the 1950s and their initiation into sex, violence, and self-discovery. Two of the boys were my friends, and one of them is me . . . sort of. It's available in all formats: Kindle, Print, and Audio - and costs only 99¢ on Kindle. Available at: https://amzn.to/2kiqg9v   

 

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TWO BOOK SIGNINGS (Sept. 14 and Oct. 26) - It's never too early to mention them. Both signings are at Book Exchange. The first (see below) is on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2720 N. Mall Dr. #200 from 12 to 2 pm. I'll be signing books and chatting with visitors. A few of the novels I'll be selling are featured below.A Senseless Act of Beauty and The Merry-Go-Round Man (SciFi and Young Adult). Hope to see you there! Check this link for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/513151479491342/

 
                     
 





















 
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TWO BOOK SIGNINGS (Sept. 14 and Oct. 26) - It's never too early to mention them. Both signings are at Book Exchange. The first (see below) is on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2720 N. Mall Dr. #200 from 12 to 2 pm. I'll be signing books and chatting with visitors. A few of the novels I'll be selling are featured below.A Senseless Act of Beauty and The Merry-Go-Round Man (SciFi and Young Adult). Hope to see you there! Check this link for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/513151479491342/


                     
  4-Book Bundle is available for just $2.99
-- Featuring Preditors and Editors SciFi / Fantasy best story of the year, "The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes" -  Available at:  http://amzn.to/1mu6VAR


                               
                                     

               
                        

The Merry-Go-Round Man
 is the most personal of my novels, being based directly on my childhood. It's a rite of passage, coming-of-age Young Adult story of three boys growing up in the 1950s and their initiation into sex, violence, and self-discovery. Two of the boys were my friends, and one of them is me . . . sort of. It's available in all formats: Kindle, Print, and Audio - and costs only 99¢ on Kindle. Available at: https://amzn.to/2kiqg9v   

 

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TWO BOOK SIGNINGS (Sept. 14 and Oct. 26) - It's never too early to mention them. Both signings are at Book Exchange. The first (see below) is on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2720 N. Mall Dr. #200 from 12 to 2 pm. I'll be signing books and chatting with visitors. A few of the novels I'll be selling are featured below.A Senseless Act of Beauty and The Merry-Go-Round Man (SciFi and Young Adult). Hope to see you there! Check this link for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/513151479491342/


                     
My 4-Book Bundle is available for just $2.99
-- Featuring Preditors and Editors SciFi / Fantasy best story of the year, "The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes" -  Available at:  http://amzn.to/1mu6VAR


                               
                                     

               
                        

The Merry-Go-Round Man
 is the most personal of my novels, being based directly on my childhood. It's a rite of passage, coming-of-age Young Adult story of three boys growing up in the 1950s and their initiation into sex, violence, and self-discovery. Two of the boys were my friends, and one of them is me . . . sort of. It's available in all formats: Kindle, Print, and Audio - and costs only 99¢ on Kindle. Available at: https://amzn.to/2kiqg9v   

 

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TWO BOOK SIGNINGS (Sept. 14 and Oct. 26) - It's never too early to mention them. Both signings are at Book Exchange. The first (see below) is on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2720 N. Mall Dr. #200 from 12 to 2 pm. I'll be signing books and chatting with visitors. A few of the novels I'll be selling are featured below.A Senseless Act of Beauty and The Merry-Go-Round Man (SciFi and Young Adult). Hope to see you there! Check this link for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/513151479491342/


                     
. Rosenman Author Newsletter    #13 - August 2019

   (Formerly The Writing Life Newsletter) - Subscribe on my website at http://www.johnrosenman.com - just click on the tab at the top. 


  My 4-Book Bundle is available for just $2.99

-- Featuring Preditors and Editors SciFi / Fantasy best story of the year, "The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes" -  Available at:  http://amzn.to/1mu6VAR


                               
                                     

               
                        

The Merry-Go-Round Man
 is the most personal of my novels, being based directly on my childhood. It's a rite of passage, coming-of-age Young Adult story of three boys growing up in the 1950s and their initiation into sex, violence, and self-discovery. Two of the boys were my friends, and one of them is me . . . sort of. It's available in all formats: Kindle, Print, and Audio - and costs only 99¢ on Kindle. Available at: https://amzn.to/2kiqg9v   

 

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TWO BOOK SIGNINGS (Sept. 14 and Oct. 26) - It's never too early to mention them. Both signings are at Book Exchange. The first (see below) is on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2720 N. Mall Dr. #200 from 12 to 2 pm. I'll be signing books and chatting with visitors. A few of the novels I'll be selling are featured below.A Senseless Act of Beauty and The Merry-Go-Round Man (SciFi and Young Adult). Hope to see you there! Check this link for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/513151479491342/


                     

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Issue #12 of My Newsletter is Now Live

Check out the latest issue of my Newsletter and compete for a free, prize-winning short story.

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The Writing Life Newsletter #12 - July, 2019


John B. Rosenman, SciFi and Fantasy Author (Subscribe on my Website, just Click on the tab at the top.)

How many of us take a chance and do something frivolous or foolish, something just because we want to even if people laugh? Maybe it's something dangerous or expensive, or something ambitious and a little bit daring. For me, this month it's the shirt I'm wearing in the above photo. I saw it online and tried to resist, but it's the most gorgeous shirt I've ever seen. Now it's mine and I wear it joyfully even though dogs tend to bark when I pass by. What about you? Have you ever done something different and out of character, something even publicly embarrassing?

Book Signings


Speaking of something a little different, I've arranged to do not one but two book signings at the two branches of the same store. I'll be at Book Exchange in Va. Beach on Sept. 14 from 12 to 4 pm and Book Exchange in Norfolk on Oct. 26 from 12 to 2 pm. Free bookmarks, come by and chat with the author. Stay tuned for any changes.
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A Senseless Act of Beauty

Too Big to Write?


It wasn't until I was five or ten thousand words into A Senseless Act of Beauty that I realized how ambitious a venture it was. Should I quit and try something safer? Ultimately the novel ended up over 115,000 words long. What's more, it's a frame narrative that contains four thematically-linked stories, two of which are about Nigeria, a country I'd never visited. Is this epic about a futuristic Nigerian hero struggling to save a New Africa in space any good? Check it out and let me know. It's free with #KindleUnlimited at A Senseless Act of Beauty -
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The Turtan Trilogy

Can I Write a Series?


This is even bigger, since it involves an entire series. The sixth book in the Inspector of the Cross series will be out later this year. Actually, this undertaking crept up on me incrementally. When I wrote the first novel about Turtan, my star-travelling hero, I never intended to write a second. I suppose that's the case with other authors as well. To the right is a GIF I designed of the first three novels in the series. I call it The Turtan Trilogy. It's at The Turtan Trilogy -
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Special Offer


The first three readers to respond will receive a free Kindle copy of my science-fiction horror short story, "Killers".

What comes first, love or duty? Diana, a 24th century Supervisor of time travel, learns that Dero is taking unauthorized trips into the past. She knows she should arrest him, but she loves him too much. Obsessed, she follows him repeatedly into the distant past to save him from the machine-like killers that police the timelines.

One day he goes too far, threatening the delicate fabric of history itself, and Diana must make a terrible decision. (Winner of Editor's 2013 Top Pick Award for Musa Publishing).

Check it out on Amazon at Killers -
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Robert A. Heinlein

(July 7, 1907 -

May 8, 1988)

There was so much to grok, so little to grok from. -
Stranger in a Strange Land

I always get the shakes before a drop. Starship Troopers

See you next time! If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at jroseman@cox.net or johnr829@gmail.com