Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Trailer for The Master Yeshua



Now that the book is finally out, I updated the book trailer to include a few excerpts at the end from the Kirkus review. Feel free to share with whomever may be interested.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Preakness Day Pick 4's

Well, today's betting strategy is called "I can't make up my mind!" I wound up betting two Pick 4 tickets and will hope they both hit. It's race 12 that has proved to be the real puzzler. Anyway, here are my two tickets. American Pharoah will have to win the Preakness for them both to hit.

TICKET ONE












TICKET TWO











Good luck! May all the horses come home safely.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Preakness 2015 Picks

Time for the second jewel of the Triple Crown! Here are my thoughts on the Preakness.

Well, after the Kentucky Derby, I would've said American Pharoah was the likely winner until he drew the rail. He likes to stalk, and the speed is immediately in the two-hole. Martin Garcia on Dortmund is not going to be kind to Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah and graciously leave a hole for him on the rail. So Victor will have to take Pharoah to the outside, meaning there will be a lot of jockeying for early positions. It could work out, or it could NOT work out. At short odds, I'm not sure I like the idea of singling American Pharoah.

Bob Baffert has also admitted that Dortmund was a bit colicky after a workout prior to the Kentucky Derby, so since he still hung on for third and has a shorter trip this time, assuming he's 100%, he may just give Pharoah a better race. Same for Firing Line, who passed Dortmund and for a moment looked like he might run away with the Derby until Pharoah mowed him down. So, again, with a shorter distance to go, a miscalculation by Espinoza (such as moving American Pharoah too late or finding himself boxed in) could set up a nice, clean trip for Firing Line on the outside.

The bottom line is that I think any one of these three horses could win--though, of course, my desire to see a Triple Crown winner after all of this time means that naturally I'm rooting for American Pharoah.

Of the other entries, I don't like them to win (they appear outmatched), but it's worth noting that Bodhisattva has a win over the Pimlico track, and Divining Rod, who qualified for the Derby, skipped it to be pointed directly at this race, so he's fresh. If they look good going into the race, I'll probably sprinkle those two on the bottom in the exotics.

I'll probably post a Late Pick 4 ticket for races 10-13 tomorrow morning after the scratches, so check back. Good luck!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My Latest Acquisition

Djed amulet, Late Period @500 BCE

Check it out! Though I'm no serious collector by any means, I'm proud of this one. It's a djed amulet from the Egyptian Late Period, dated approximately 500 BCE. It's also tiny, not quite an inch tall. There's also a tiny hole in the back through which a person could've strung a cord and worn it.

The djed, said to represent the spine of Osiris, most often imparted stability. But when the amulet was placed on the body of a mummy near its spine, it was said to ensure the mummy's resurrection.

I bought this from a collector in the UK, who acquired it at auction back in the 1980s.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hapless Tigger's Pick 4 (races 8-11) Ticket

Well, with the scratch of Stephanie's Kitten, I had to do a little rethinking, but this is the ticket I finally landed on. Good luck, all!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Derby Picks 2015

I'm afraid I don't have time tonight to 'cap the entire card, but I did consider the Pick 4 that commences in race 8 and ends with race 11 (the Derby). Here are my thoughts:

Race 8: Lady Lara, Sandiva, Coffee Clique; Tepin is a live longshot with Leparoux up and 15-1 odds.

Race 9: Bayern (although one hates to single a horse at such low odds unless his name is Zenyatta. He's also been inconsistent at times and is coming off a layoff from an injured quarter crack. Still, I've never known Bob Baffert to run a a horse that wasn't ready, and his works seem to say he is.) I may add Pants on Fire, Private Zone, and Gentleman's Bet. But if I have to pick a single, he'll be it.

Race 10: I have to root for Stephanie's Kitten! She's won over the course three times; let's make it four. But serious competition looms in Jack Milton, Optimizer, Finnegan's Wake, Seek Again, and Grand Arch. Coalport looks like a good longer shot. Argh. I suppose I could narrow it down a bit by picking Seek Again, who's been chasing the best in Wise Dan. (Note: in my Oaks-Woodford-Derby pick 3, I went with 1,5,7,8. So I probably, in the Pick 4, will choose 'Kitten, Seek Again, and others I've mentioned here that I didn't bet there since I did pick the Oaks winner. If 'Kitten wins, I'll be doubly thrilled.) UPDATE: STEPHANIE'S KITTEN IS A SCRATCH.

Race 11: As I posted earlier, I have a soft spot for the undefeated Dortmund. That big guy is a freak of nature! But American Pharaoh simply can't be ignored, even if he is stuck way out in the 18 hole. I'd put those two on top. Other contenders to include in the exotics: Materiality, Carpe Diem, Firing Line, Frosted, and Upstart. (update: I'm having second thoughts about Carpe Diem due to his post position coupled with the fact that he tends to work himself up before races. Obviously you can't check how he looks before betting the Pick 4, but for trifectas, etc, I'd have a look at him prior to the race to see how much energy he's burning off.)

These are just preliminary thoughts. I'll post my actual Pick 4 ticket tomorrow, so check back!

Good luck to all!

Actual ticket:

Oaks/Derby 2015

Hello, fellow horseplayers, I know you've not seen anything from me lately but a barrage of posts about my novel. Never fear, I'd never shirk my duty on the Derby! I'm afraid I'm getting to this rather late today since my tummy was giving me problems this morning, so all I've got are Oaks, Woodford, Derby picks. 

In the Oaks, I want to like Stellar Wind, but John Sadler does horribly when he ships out of California. So she's nothing approaching a single. So really there are any number of fillies that could step up. I like Larry Jones a lot, so I'm not leaving out his two entries. And Joel Rosario will be a big threat on Condo Commando. I also like Birdatthewire. Yeah, I'm spreading there, but if you have deeper pockets, you might consider adding the 1 horse as well as a potential upset.

This year's Kentucky Derby is the most competitive one I've seen in quite some time. But I have to pick somehow and frankly, I have a soft spot for big ole Dortmund. That horse is a freak. Still, American Pharaoh is not to be trifled with either. I hate to pick the two favorites, but those two stand out head and shoulders for me. It should be something to see them tackle each other. Either way, I think Bob Baffert will win the Derby this year unless there is a total pace meltdown and some horse at 50-1 shuffles over the wire first.

More tomorrow, I hope.

Oaks-Woodford-Derby Ticket

Oaks: 5,7,8,12,13
Woodford: 1,5,7,8
Derby: 8,18

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Finally, the eBook Version of The Master Yeshua May Be Pre-ordered

The cost is $7.99 for the Kindle. You can order your copy at Amazon.com here: For the Kindle

If you have a Nook, Barnes & Noble has knocked a dollar off the price. Pre-order your copy here: For the Nook

Publication date is May 29th.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pre-ordering through Indie Shops

Some have asked me if they can't order The Master Yeshua from an independent bookstore rather than Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and the answer is always "yes." You just need the title, author, and ISBN number, and your local bookstore can order it for you. Just be aware the book is still not out until May 29th. (Those wanting ebook versions will need to wait a few more weeks, but there will be an ebook version available shortly after pub. date.)

There are a couple of online indie booksellers I know of that are offering the book for presale.

In Massachusetts, there's Readmore Books: Readmore Books

In Salt Lake City, there's the King's English Bookshop: King's English

In Wisconsin, there's Northwind Book & Fiber: Northwind Book

You can also ask your local library to order it.

I hope this helps!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Barnes & Noble Taking Pre-Orders

Good morning, folks. If you missed it on Facebook, Barnes & Noble is now accepting pre-orders for The Master Yeshua. They're even offering a discount, so get 'em while they're hot!

Pre-Order Here


Monday, March 2, 2015

Updated Book Trailer, THE MASTER YESHUA

The book trailer is now on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/121086243

Those wishing to pre-order can still do so at Amazon.com (in the US, submit an email address and Amazon will let you know when the book is in stock). Or, if you prefer to order from your local bookseller, supply the title, author, and ISBN number, and they should be able to order for you whenever the book appears in their system.

Review copies are going out to various outlets this week, so fingers crossed, y'all.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Bit of Wisdom Leading into the Weekend

 Oh, I know Max Erhmann's "Desiderata" has been quoted many, many times, but today it brought me peace when I needed it in a difficult moment. So for those not familiar with it, read on:
 
 
"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. 
 
The Flower of Life
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. 
 
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
 
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
 
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
 
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
 
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
 
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. 
 
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
 
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."
 
Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Woot! Book News!


Finally heard from my publisher today with a solid "in stores" date of May 29, 2015. But I think once the book is off the presses, it will be shipped to distributors, so folks will probably be able to pre-order it, at least on amazon.com, within another couple of months. I know some folks hate amazon and would rather support their local bookseller; in that case, I'd say once the book is available for pre-order, you can supply your bookseller with the title, author, and ISBN number, and they should be able to find it for you and order you a copy.

The printed price is $22.99 USD; the ebook (Kindle) version will be $7.99.

Here's an updated book trailer with the pertinent information at the very end. I'll holla once the book is available for pre-order.






And I now have a pic of the back cover as well:


So, we're rolling right along.