Readers’ Favorite Five Stars Reviews for CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY and THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND

  

The superb staff members over at Readers’ Favorite and their entire operation are globally renowned for their professional, impeccable book reviews as well as their yearly, greatly-prized, book awards program. From this prestigious group, to receive either a Five Stars review rating on one of an author’s books or an even higher honor to be a recipient of a highly-coveted Readers’ Favorite Book Award are the highest goals of many authors, especially those Independent authors like me.

To date, I’ve been fortunate enough and honored to receive a Five Stars book review rating from them on two of my books, THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND and more recently on CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY. Publically, I’d like to share my deepest appreciation to Readers’ Favorite, Rabia Tanveer, and Ray Simmons for the excellent opportunities and promotions they provide to writers around the world. This heartfelt gratitude is also individually extended to Rabia Tanveer and Ray Simmons for their independent, touching, and very kind reviews of my two books.

BOOK REVIEW

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue: Canada Bound by Ron Shaw is the story of a teenager who went on a trip to Canada as a boy and came back to Atlanta as a man. Ronnie “Baby Whale” Shaw was one of the very lucky 17 boys who had perfect attendance at school and, as a reward, they get on the Yellow Bus and go on a trip to Canada. This free fun-filled trip was supposed to be a time to let loose and be boys again, but it turned out to be a lesson in life. There are laughs, good times, fries and burgers, and a murderous plot that can end the life of one of these boys. One thing is for sure; life will never be the same. With the vacation taking a weird turn, the only thing they want now is to make it back to their homes in one piece. But can they?

I expected this to be a children’s fiction, and to an extent it was. Nevertheless, it was so much more than that. This novel was filled with life’s lessons. It was happy at times, but sad too. Ronnie is such a cool kid; he was the guru of the group and he basked in the glory. However, he also took his responsibilities very seriously. He knew he had to take care of these boys and he did it well. This is definitely a very good novel that you would enjoy reading on vacation.

  

 

BOOK REVIEW

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

I am a Christian. I was born and raised as one. But my faith sometimes needs a strong shot in the arm. Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story by Ron Shaw gave me one today. It is June. We are a long way from Christmas, but I think this boost will last me at least until the Christmas season arrives. Then I will read the story again. I hate to compare anything to the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, but this story comes pretty close. One of the things I like about it is that it is told by an angel. I tried to remember if I had read any story told from the point of view of an angel and I couldn’t think of any…except ones told by Lucifer. And that’s not the angel I had in mind.

The angel in Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story does not steal the show. I like that. This is first and foremost a story about family. A modern family. A family falling apart. A family that really needs help. A family like this has the potential for a great Christmas story and Ron Shaw delivers on that potential. The characters are so real that I feel I know them. Some of them I have met before. Ron Shaw does characters almost painfully well. The plot is real too. I have seen families in this kind of situation. Thank God it wasn’t my family. Even if you are a Scrooge at heart, trust me, you will love this tale.

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The Power of Constructive Criticism

Regardless of what we create, whether it be novels, art, music, or fine cuisine, a large part of why we continue to do so rests with the feedback we receive from those who are willing to try what we’re putting out there. We seek validation that our efforts have not been in vain, wasting time and energy. It’s vitally important to the creative process to know what people truly think of our work. Realizing this does not soften the blow of criticism, but if it is rendered properly in a constructive fashion with valid suggestions offered, criticism can be the ultimate incentive to carry on and the stamp of validation for doing what we love.

As a writer and author, I hunger for acceptance from my readers, thirsting for their opinions of my works they’ve read. I find myself to be incredibly thin-skinned in these regards with visions of five-star ratings dancing through my head. The reality is far from the usual song and dance, partying behind my eyeballs. Five-star ratings can easily and quickly lead to a false sense of comfort that is problematic to seeing the proper reflection in the writing mirror. Unlike the wicked queen’s mirror, this one on the review wall tends to mislead the one seeking only the truest answers, asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall is this rating truest of all?”

Readers’ Favorite enters the blog and mirrored room. Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure and honor to request reviews of my books through one of the best, if not the best groups out there for authors and readers, Readers’ Favorite. I’ve also entered a few of my books in their prestigious Awards Contest. As far as their reviews are concerned, I can attest when you ask RF’s reviewers, you will receive the true answers you seek from their mirrors, minus any smoke. You’ll be given an in-depth review, emphasizing both likes and concerns with constructive criticism from top professionals.

Recently, I was given the lowest review of any piece I’ve published from one of their fine reviewers. Before this three-star rating, I’d received fives and fours, but even these higher ratings came with excellent suggestions as to how to improve my writing within the piece being reviewed. I will not name the reviewer of my novelette, CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY, but I will say her review of my story was absolutely fabulous, actually illuminating. With plenty of details, this reviewer for Readers’ Favorite expertly conveyed the aspects of my tale she found to be very good. While doing so, she made several pertinent suggestions as to how I could improve my story. This is a normal practice of their reviewers, but the unexpected thing here was, what else she offered was totally unique. She advised if I would take her suggestions and try to incorporate them, or at least some of them, within my story, she would be proud to own it for her collection of Christmas stories. She affirmed it was that good. She strongly suggested I do it, and if I was game to do so, to see to it she received the new version.Needless to say, for a while, I was speechless. My immediate reaction was one of disappointment for the lowest rating I’d received to date on any of my works, but in a flash, this dread evaporated faster than a pleasant dream when I realized her review was the best one I’d had the honor to receive. It was and is perfect.

Needless to say, for a while, I was speechless. My immediate reaction was one of disappointment for the lowest rating I’d received to date on any of my works, but in a flash, this dread evaporated faster than a thin dream when I realized her review was the best one I’d had the honor to receive. It was and is perfect. In a single review, my expectations and apprehensions of my books’ reviews changed for the better. It is no exaggeration to say a common burden of doubt had been obliterated.

After thinking seriously about her suggestions, I wrote detailed comments to her review at Readers’ Favorite, stating how pleased I was with her entire offering. I informed her that her expert opinions would be taken to heart, and per her advice, the story would be improved as best I could. Within a day or two of posting my comments, a representative of RF emailed me, thanking me for my comments and offering to pass my updated story on to my reviewer when I was finished with it.

It took a couple of months to redo the piece because I had other new and older works in the publishing process, but it was completed and forwarded to Readers’ Favorite. Their rep also advised the newer version would be presented to another of their reviewers for a second read and rating. By this time, I was so inspired by these entire events that I also created a new cover for CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY. Of all my new, cover mockups, it was the chosen favorite by others and me

As for me, it would be impossible to have a better opinion of the review staff over at Readers’ Favorite! They are the best at what they do, and this is why they are the premier choice of authors and readers for judging the quality of what we write and read.

Whether you are a reader or writer, it isn’t so much what you ask as it is whom you ask. Criticism, when offered constructively, can be a powerful force in the creative process, and within the mirrored mix, a kind voice can become both muse and mentor while the organization and group she works with soars above their competition.

I hope you and they will enjoy my Christmas story.

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Gifted!

Either tumbling head over knickers down the rabbit hole with Alice, entering Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone or winning baseball’s Triple Crown without swinging a Louisville Slugger or scoring a World Series game-winning run might best describe the current status of writing around this shallow end of the turbulent waters of the Amazon with authors.

Wonderous things do occur within this word-filled universe of folly and fantasy. Change is as inevitable as spring hayfever in Georgia, but when it comes, the shock can temporarily reduce one to stammering foolishly, gazing into the underbelly of a Trojan’s gift horse. Who truly knows what beasts of work lie in wait?

As beginner’s luck would suffer it, my first publisher has gone the way of the Atlantisians. Like Jonah himself, I’ve been cast from the belly of my captor into an Indie sea filled with the promise of controlling my own re-editing and republishing of my first three novels. In short, my new writing destiny has been gifted, placed squarely on my shoulders. My pen’s total response will finally be my own.

Forget the hundreds upon hundreds of tedious yet exhilarating hours it will take to rewrite re-edit, and republish novels one thru three. After completing the first of the three, SEVEN FISH TREE, I’m one thousand percent certain a finer product has now been offered at a more reasonable, fair, and competitive price for those who enjoy reading my work.

I’m excited to face the challenges ahead, recreating covers, revisiting my stories, making them better. Over the years, I’d like to think my writing abilities have maturated. At any rate, I know I’ve become a more careful writer, realizing a clock or personal deadline are of little or no consequence when writing. The stories tell me when they are finished. Now, I don’t rush them.

Currently, I’m working on my second novel, THE YELLOW BUS BOYS. It should be ready for republishing within one to two months. Once it is out there in eBook and paperback, I’ll take a month or so off before tackling my third, TRANSMUTATION: THE LIFE OF A TWISTED COP.

Below, you will find my new covers for each book. It has been fun to outright recreate them or use PhotoShop and PowerPoint to mold one of them into a fresh look.

I hope you will read and enjoy my “new” older books when they are presented in their 2nd Editions. SEVEN FISH TREE is available now in eBook and paperback.

 

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Author, Mike Resnick on The Ron Shaw Show

It was a total pleasure and a huge honor to have the internationally acclaimed author, Mike Resnick as my guest on last evening’s Ron Shaw Show.
Mike is an amazing man, author and giving mentor to many within the writing world.
If you missed the show live, please, click the link below and enjoy the very knowledgeable, entertaining and prolific author, Mike Resnick.
 
 

April 17, 2017 Show

Mike Resnick

A native of Chicago, Resnick attended the University of Chicago from 1959 to 1961 where he met his future wife, Carol. The couple were married 1961. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Resnick wrote more than 200 “adult” novels under pseudonyms, edited seven tabloid newspapers, and edited a trio of men’s magazines. He also produced a weekly column on horse racing for more than a decade, and for eleven years wrote a monthly column on purebred collies, which he and his wife bred and exhibited. His wife Carol is also a writer, as is his daughter, Laura Resnick, who is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. Resnick’s papers, consisting of at least 125 boxes, are in the Special Collections Library of the University of South Florida in Tampa. He was the Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon held in Chicago. He now lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Selected awards and nominations
Resnick has 5 Hugo Awards and has won numerous other awards from places as diverse as France, Japan, Spain, Croatia and Poland. Mike is first on the Locus list of all-time award winners, living or dead, for short fiction, and 4th on the Locus list of science fiction’s all-time top award winners in all fiction categories.

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A Writer’s Bench

Is there anything more lonely, painful, or exhilarating than being a writer?

Have a seat while I suggest a few answers.

An inviting and comfy bench silently demands of its user contemplation, introspection, the creativity of thought, and a genuine appreciation of nature, time, space, and respite. The expected responsibilities of a sitting writer are far greater. No bench should be taken lightly, without knowing the cost.

For me, an empty bench is an ideal metaphor for the solitude that comes when pen meets hand yet words refuse to appear. In reality, writing is a lonesome misery filled with the greatest of expectations. Some have suggested the satisfaction in doing so comes from the process rather than the inevitable ripened fruit. Partially, this may appear to be the case since the final product is usually anything but delicious… if revisited.

As demonstrated in the pictures above and below, we strive for color in our prose, but forces, seemingly beyond our creative control, creep in like a frigid malaise, draping us in a drab black and white landscape of indecision. At times, the futility of it all becomes deafening in the silence. Then, we dig deeper within, attempting to locate the vibrant words constructed of bold colors despite being presented in black on white.

Suddenly, and often unexpected, the words begin to gush in brilliant hues or in shades of pastels with accents of black and gray where needed. The pain and solitude subside temporarily while an exhilarating rush of endorphin washes over you. All external forces surrender to the overwhelming internal power that comes when pen’s ink paints unfettered. During this fragile period, you have command of creation. Love, hate, beauty, violence, pathos, life, or death are yours to mold. You’re firmly perched on the bench of power, and your words have endless capabilities.

Like with computers, the crash can appear at any time. Be assured, it does and will come to all writers. Call it what you will. But it’s a visceral, miserable, and painful period when a writer questions his or her creative control. To find you have very little power over this “virus” is like trying to breathe underwater without a tank of air. It has been reported by some writers that they can go through periods of insomnia while mentally chasing their muse on holiday or from worry at how long this word drought will last. Now, a bench seems awfully cold and uninviting… a foreign frozen metaphor shunning a weary sitter. The utter loneliness of your unrequited love addiction with writing marinates, festering within you.

The saddest aspect of this condition is that you’ve been on this figurative roller coaster before and considering the weight of your books’ bag, maybe many times. Pain is easily forgotten with time and so is the fact you’ve been here far too often. If there is an easy answer or a process to control and end this misery, I’m clueless to it. But with time, I’ve learned one placebo to ingest for it, and it’s quite simple. Try not to worry so much about it before and especially when it occurs because like most things, this too will pass on its own schedule.

Rest easy because within your mind the benches of creation and wonder will appear in the most incredible locations, and your words will again roar.

There’s my bench!

 

 

 

 

 

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Galaxy Press’s John Goodwin, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Fred Tatasciore

Listen in to one of the best Ron Shaw Shows ever as four, funny, and talented actors affiliated with Galaxy Press come together on the show to discuss the release of BATTLEFIELD EARTH as an audiobook

I assure you that you’ll be totally entertained and definitely interested in following these men, their careers, and performances of audiobooks for Galaxy Press and L. Ron Hubbard’s works like BATTLEFIELD EARTH!

December 19, 2016 Show

Fred Tatasciore

has portrayed mostly secondary characters as well as monstrous-looking types. He is known for voicing the Hulk in several animated roles, including Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers, Hulk Vs, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In video games, he is known for voicing Saren Arterius from the critically acclaimed series Mass Effect and Damon Baird in the Gears of War video game series, and Zeratul from the game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. He also voices the character “8” in the Tim Burton-produced film 9 that was released September 9, 2009. His most recent roles are of that as Neftin Prog in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, Russian Nikolai Belinski in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Tookit in Thundercats, and the Business Cat in the webseries Our New Electrical Morals, with episodes posted in the Cartoon Hangover YouTube page, administered by Frederator Studios. He is also voiced Snap Shot, Slam Bam, Warnado, Zook and Cuckoo Clocker in the Skylanders franchise.

Jim Meskimen

is a well-known film, animation and TV actor whose credits include Apollo 13, The Grinch, Frost/Nixon, The Punisher, Not Forgotten, There Will Be Blood, Friends, Seinfeld and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jim provided the political impressions in JibJab’s internet shorts including the sensation This Land. Jim also has the distinction as the senior director, and major creative force behind the audio recordings of the Stories from the Golden Age. More recently, Jim has had a recurring role on the TV series, Parks & Recreation, appearances on America’s Got Talent and has starred in a TV series called Impress Me.
Meskimen lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress and founder of The Acting Center school, Tamra Meskimen. His daughter, Taylor, is also a performer, and his mother is actress Marion Ross, who was Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for her work on Happy Days (as Richie’s mom) and Brooklyn Bridge.
http://jimmeskimen.com/

Phil Proctor

is an award-winning actor, singer, writer and producer and a 45-year member of the thrice-Grammy-nominated Firesign Theatre comedy group which has just released three books, “Marching to Shibboleth,” “Exorcism in Your Daily Life” and “Profiles of BBQ Sauce.” He’s played on Broadway and off-Broadway, at the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, the Falcon Theatre and the Theatre @ Boston Court and is a proud member of the Antaeus Classical Theatre Company. He’s appeared in numerous films and TV shows and voices the Drunken French Monkey in the Dr. Dolittle series, Howard in the Emmy-winning Rugrats and Seahorse Bob in Finding Nemo, as well as characters in scores of interactive games and commercials. Currently, he’s working on two Pixar movies—”The Good Dinosaur” where Phil voices a dinosaur with an Amish accent and “Inside Out.”
www.planetproctor.com

John Goodwin

 is the publisher and president of Galaxy Press, has been involved with book publishing since 1986. He is a board member of the Audio Publishers Association, a national organization of the audio publishing industry. He has become very active in the Hollywood community the past several years serving as a Board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Board member of the Friends of Hollywood Central Park (an organization creating a 44-acre park over the Hollywood Freeway) and has been very active in creating the Hollywood Christmas Parade as a means of continued popularization of Hollywood. He is a member of the Explorers Club, Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Western Writers of America, as well as the Dubai Press Club as part of an international effort to introduce his publishing program into the Middle East.

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BOOKS by RON SHAW

   

 

   

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SEVEN FISH TREE

On a pleasant fall day in 2013, Rod Travis, a retired Atlanta police captain, encounters two miracles that will ultimately alter the lives of every being on earth. Beware of the questions asked; for the first time, they will be answered. Can mankind handle the ultimate truths? Time may tell.

THE YELLOW BUS BOYS

Within ten short days in 1964, a young boy’s life changed forever on his first vacation. Ronnie Shaw, a 6th-grader from the inner-city projects of Atlanta, climbed aboard the big yellow bus with thirty-three other boys for the vacation of a lifetime filled with laughter, tears, and tragedy.

In 1964, Ronnie Shaw is a recent graduate from the sixth grade with perfect attendance for the school year. Due to their perfect attendance, he and thirty-three other boys have won an all-expenses-paid vacation through The Warren Memorial Boys’ Club of Atlanta, sponsored by McDonald’s Hamburgers and The Lion’s Club. They will act as McDonald’s Hamburgers’ “Official Taste Testers” during their journey around Florida. For a few on the bus, this is their first vacation. Two adults and four teenage chaperones guide these young men on the greatest, wildest vacation ever. Most of the boys aren’t from the projects like Ronnie and his older brother, Mike, who is a chaperone. Travel with these young boys and men back to 1964; laugh and cry with them as they experience life at its best and, at times, rawest. Climb aboard the big, yellow bus; experience why and how lives can change in a mere ten days. For at least one of The Yellow Bus Boys there will be plenty of dramatic turns within the Sunshine State.

TRANSMUTATION: THE LIFE OF A TWISTED COP

What external and internal forces combine to create the perfect storm that causes a human being to become twisted? This is not a rhetorical question. Ron Shaw was molded into such a twisted boy and man. Look inside his life. Go back with Ron to the hell of his youth, the conflicts as a young man, and the desire to survive as an Atlanta police officer. Witness the struggles in graphic detail that hopefully made him into a better human being. What you will read, and with Ron Shaw live in words, is raw, rough, rude, deadly, and real. The stories contained from page one until the last typed word are precisely what transforms a man or any person into a twisted being in search of their humanity.

MARY’S TRUNK

Do you believe it’s possible to own, purchase, communicate, and come to know a ghost?

Ron Shaw does. He bought and paid for his own ghost Mary, on a crisp fall day in 2013, never having sought such a find, as he bunked and junked his way through the flea markets and garage sales of his native Atlanta, Georgia.

Warm, witty, and down to earth, you will find yourself entranced by this unique collection of stories and observations, replete with a full measure of Southern ambiance and hospitality.

You won’t want to miss this one!

MARY’S JOURNEY BEGINS

Would you believe a man and his ghost? Ron Shaw does, and what a story his Mary has shared with him!

I slept like the dead, he begins their tale – motionless and pinned down. It felt great, but as soon as sleep enveloped me, the dream began. No one could’ve prepared me for what was to come next.

Dusty rooms, indentured servitude, even a bat in the attic, all conspire as they draw Mary towards the inevitable.

Internationally recognized author and host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, Ron has done it again, weaving fear, joy, and even love into a story you won’t soon forget.

You won’t want to miss this one!

MARY’S JOURNEY CONTINUES

 The Third Place Bronze award-winning cover is by Angel Nichols at angelwingsdesigner.com.

Do you believe in ghosts? Ron Shaw does, because one named Mary entered his life with a story from the crypt that had to be told, and Mary has plenty to divulge.

Shadows of Mary and Mr. Dickens dance in the flickering flame of a single candle, as her tale unfolds.

An evil guardian, a bat in the attic, an untrustworthy poet, and a wealthy young lawyer all drive Ron’s ghost as she strives to escape the shackles that bind her.

Internationally recognized author and host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, Ron has done it again in this second volume of his acclaimed Cramped Quarters series, as he weaves fear, joy, and love into a story you won’t soon forget.

Don’t miss this one!

PAUL’S STORY

Do you believe in ghosts? Ron Shaw does, because one named Mary entered his life with a story from the crypt that had to be told, and Mary has plenty to divulge.

An evil guardian, a bat in the attic, an untrustworthy poet, and a wealthy young lawyer named Paul all drive Ron’s ghost as she strives to escape the shackles that bind her.

In this, the final offering in The Cramped Quarters series, Mary finally reveals Paul’s Story.

Internationally recognized author and host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, Ron has done it again in this final chapter of his acclaimed Cramped Quarters series, as he weaves fear, joy, and love into a story you won’t soon forget.

Don’t miss this one!

DARK TALES

Where can you find all the suspense, thrills, blood, and gore that reflect the dark underbelly of our world? Where do murder and voodoo curses stand alongside innocents and little children? Where do the kinder, gentler things disappear? Within the tightly crafted stories gathered for your enjoyment by Annie Acorn into Dark Tales From Gents’ Pens!

With their skillfully woven tales, the founding members of From Gents’ Pens, a cooperative of award-winning contemporary male writers, have forged a unique collection of stories that are sure to please those who enjoy a tingle running up and down their spines, as they face the monsters who no longer linger beneath their beds.

Contains:

The Halloween Clock by Annie Acorn

The Petrified Girl by Steve Cartwright

The Challenge of the Killer by Steve Cartwright

The Embalmer’s Apprentice by Steve Cartwright

The Reincarnation of Lou Gehrig by Joe Eliseon

The Horses of Paiute Canyon by D. A. Grady

The Two Hundred by K. Edwin Fritz

Shelter by William D. Prystauk

Ms. Grant by William D. Prystauk

The Dead and the Dying by Ron Shaw

THE DEAD AND THE DYING

The First Place Gold award-winning cover for THE DEAD AND THE DYING is by artist, Greg Palko of New Jersey and at palkodesigns.com.

Like to feel the hair rising on the back of your neck? How about a tingle chasing up and down your spine? Then internationally read, From Gents’ Pens author Ron Show, host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, has written the perfect story for you.

Bloodied streets, voodoo curses, and a mysterious cameo all set the stage as murder, young lovers, and an act of historic cruelty all converge and head blindly towards a suspense-filled conclusion on one horrific, rainy night in Georgia.

You won’t want to miss this one!

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Salvation can travel in mysterious ways, arriving through unlikely vessels…even while visiting a cemetery.

As one extraordinary man’s life ends, thousands of miles away a baby girl is born into a world of little promise. In time, this orphaned child of God will discover she has received a gift greater than life itself.

During the darkest moments of their lives and deaths, three hearts and six souls will find each other.

You won’t want to miss this short story of love, sorrow, hope, despair, kindness, and faith.

RED

The AUTHORSdb First Place Gold award-winning cover is by artist, Greg Palko of palkodesigns.com.

It was 1967 when she entered his life. She was the perfect girl that every teenage boy dreamed of having. The dream was real for one such boy.

Entering his life, she led him into manhood teaching him how to truly live. She showed that even for him to love and to be loved was possible.

WARNING: Dangerous Curves, Turns, and Twists Dead Ahead!

Once again, you have been WARNED in the passionate letters of scorching-hot l’amore.

I can see that you’re paying me no never mind…so, read on brave souls!

This is RED.

RED (French Edition)

The AUTHORSdb First Place Gold award-winning cover for Red is by artist, Greg Palko of New Jersey at palkodesigns.com.

RED

AVERTISSEMENT : Virages dangereux, tournants et spirales mortelles, droit devant !

Vous êtes dûment avertis ci-dessus en gras et en rouge, que le récit qui va suivre est torride.

Le chapitre suivant ne convient pas à des lecteurs dont la sensibilité risquerait d’être fortement heurtée par ce qui se passe entre deux jeunes amoureux consentants. Si les narrations à fortes connotations sexuelles ne sont pas votre tasse de thé, alors refermez ce livre immédiatement.

Cette ardente rédaction a chamboulé l’auteur bien au-delà de son état de santé mentale, l’amenant proche d’une mort à laquelle il a finalement survécu.

Encore une fois, vous êtes AVERTIS que le récit passionné de RED, est enflammé d’un amour incandescent.

Et même si vous ne me croyez pas, cela ne me dérange aucunement… Lisez donc ce livre mes bonnes âmes !

THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND

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THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND is a Readers’ Favorite Five Stars Review recipient.

It was a fantastic time to be a teenage boy in America.

In 1967, seventeen, Atlanta, high school boys embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, climbing aboard the little blue bus on a free, ten-day, summer vacation courtesy of the Warren Memorial Boys’ Club. This year’s trip sends them to Montreal, Canada and Expo ’67.

Ronnie “Baby Whale” Shaw of THE YELLOW BUS BOYS is on his fourth such trip with several of his yellow bus boys friends. New characters will emerge during this “summer of love” vacation.

This outreach program was sponsored by the Boy’s Clubs of America, McDonald’s Hamburgers, and the Lions’ Club for local boys who had attained perfect school attendance.

Climb aboard the bus with the boys and their adult chaperones for laughs, tears, and plenty of teenage hijinks as they plunder their way from Atlanta, Georgia to Montreal, Canada and back, hitting all points of interest in between.

They’re a ragtag bunch of rowdy boys who manage to light up every tourist spot along their path. The people, places, and things they encounter will probably, never be the same.

A murder plot is hatched.

Will they all make it home in one piece?

Can the boys handle the pressure on this gantlet of a trip?

Will Niagara Falls claim an Atlanta boy?

Have the bail money handy, and be ready to laugh your primordial tail off.

Experience the metamorphosis as two of the boys are forced to grow into men while enjoying the seedy streets of the French section of Montreal.

The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue Canada Bound is an excursion of riotous fun!

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: TWO BADGE TOTER’S TALES

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The AUTHORSdb Second Place Silver award-winning cover for AROUND THE CAMPFIRE is by artist, Angel Nichols of angelwingsdesigner.com.

 Telling tales around campfires goes back to the beginning of cowboy days and even before. This group of tales differs in that they are told by D.A. Grady, in the comfortable role of a working cowboy, and his friend from Atlanta, Ron Shaw host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Network, who’s been invited to ride with him as D.A. mends fences on a ranch where he works.

Both men bring to this fictional experience an actual law enforcement background, one in the rural West and the other in urban surroundings, providing an unusual twist as they compare true cop stories – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Along the way, the reader is introduced by these two internationally read members of From Gents’ Pens to a variety of unexpected events along the trail, and nights abound with skillfully woven tales, mostly true, that tug at your every emotion. So settle into your sougans, and let the boys top off your mugs as they share with you tales from Around the Campfire.

You won’t want to miss this one!

WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: POEMS BY RON SHAW

WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: POEMS BY Ron SHAW is a Readers’ Favorite Four Stars Review recipient.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other published works are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR: POEMES PAR RON SHAW

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Après la publication de douze œuvres, au plus profond de moi, est née l’envie irrépressible de m’exprimer d’une manière totalement différente.

Aussi loin que je me souvienne, la lecture de poésie a toujours été une passion. Elle pourrait bien avoir été l’un des facteurs clés dans le choix de la littérature anglaise durant mes études supérieures.

Cette collection est le résultat de l’expression de mon âme et de mon cœur que je n’avais jamais envisagé de faire.

Alors que mes autres œuvres publiées font partie intégrante de moi, je comprends maintenant que la poésie est l’essence de ce que j’étais, de ce que je suis, et pour toujours serai.

Avec la compréhension que ce sont là mes offrandes inaugurales à la compassion d’un cœur faible et sans âme intérieure, j’espère que vous apprécierez mes poèmes.

DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEIL DEUX: POEMES PAR RON SHAW

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An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other published works are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEILS UN & DEUX

An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally.

This special edition of WITHOUT FORM WITHIN contains a combination of both English and French versions of my book of poems. It may prove to be an excellent educational book for those studying English or French and especially for those who appreciate poetry.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other published works are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

Cette édition spéciale, DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR, contient une combinaison des deux versions françaises de mon recueil de poèmes en anglais. Il peut se révéler être un excellent livre éducatif pour ceux qui étudient l’anglais ou le français et surtout pour ceux qui apprécient la poésie.

Après la publication de douze œuvres, au plus profond de moi, est née l’envie irrépressible de m’exprimer d’une manière totalement différente.

Aussi loin que je me souvienne, la lecture de poésie a toujours été une passion. Elle pourrait bien avoir été l’un des facteurs clés dans le choix de la littérature anglaise durant mes études supérieures.

Cette collection est le résultat de l’expression de mon âme et de mon cœur que je n’avais jamais envisagé de faire.

Alors que mes autres œuvres publiées font partie intégrante de moi, je comprends maintenant que la poésie est l’essence de ce que j’étais, de ce que je suis, et pour toujours serai.

Avec la compréhension que ce sont là mes offrandes inaugurales à la compassion d’un cœur faible et sans âme intérieure, j’espère que vous apprécierez mes poèmes.

DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEILS UN & DEUX: WITHOUT FROM WITHIN

An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally.

This special edition of Dans L’Abime Interieur Recueils Un & Deux contains a combination of both English and French versions of my book of poems. It may prove to be an excellent educational book for those studying English or French and especially for those who appreciate poetry.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other published works are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

Cette édition spéciale, DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR, contient une combinaison des deux versions françaises de mon recueil de poèmes en anglais. Il peut se révéler être un excellent livre éducatif pour ceux qui étudient l’anglais ou le français et surtout pour ceux qui apprécient la poésie.

Après la publication de douze œuvres, au plus profond de moi, est née l’envie irrépressible de m’exprimer d’une manière totalement différente.

Aussi loin que je me souvienne, la lecture de poésie a toujours été une passion. Elle pourrait bien avoir été l’un des facteurs clés dans le choix de la littérature anglaise durant mes études supérieures.

Cette collection est le résultat de l’expression de mon âme et de mon cœur que je n’avais jamais envisagé de faire.

Alors que mes autres œuvres publiées font partie intégrante de moi, je comprends maintenant que la poésie est l’essence de ce que j’étais, de ce que je suis, et pour toujours serai.

Avec la compréhension que ce sont là mes offrandes inaugurales à la compassion d’un cœur faible et sans âme intérieure, j’espère que vous apprécierez mes poèmes.

TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw

Poetry commands the singular ability to lay one prostrate and bare before the reader, giving safe refuge to words and thoughts of depth excavated from crevices yet explored deep within the poet. I find no other form of writing to be so utterly and beautifully invasive.

The poems that follow are my second collection of published poetry. My initial traverse into the

purest of all literature, poetry, Without From Within, has surpassed my greatest expectations. It has been well-received. I’m humbled by the praise it continues to garner from readers worldwide. I’m delighted many have found favor with my poems and the photographs contained within the book. I see no reason to alter what has been a successful combination of poetry and photography. Hopefully, each offering will please your senses as well as touch your emotions. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a poem speaks volumes.

I hope you will enjoy TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw as well as the photographs presented by my brother-in-law, J. Robert Sosby.

CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY

CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY is a Readers’ Favorite Five Stars Review recipient.

Travel back to 1958 with an angel on a mission to a CHRISTMAS PAST, as we’re shown a heart-rending story of a destitute family who happiness and Christmas had all but passed over.

Do the impoverished deserve kindness, generosity, or love?

Striving to survive life’s frigid and bitter winds, a jilted mother and her four, young children will be tested like never before.

Despite the crushing odds, will one boy’s prayers be answered?

Only time and AN ANGEL’S STORY will tell.

THE REBOOTED

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At dusk, three, loud knocks at her front door scared the young, grief-stricken mother of four – the tale begins on Halloween’s Eve, continuing – Huddling around her in front of a solitary space heater, Ann’s three children jumped, startling her even more. For a brief second, they shivered, fearing it was death itself that had come knocking.

As a result of an accident, the youngest of her sons lies in a coma at an Atlanta hospital, living only by machines. His impoverished mother and her children must make the decision when to pull the plug. Two mysterious men appear with an offer to bring her boy back from the clutches of death, but she must sign the bottom line, allowing them and their company to experiment on her 8-year-old son.

Will they save Russell?

Will they snatch him from death’s grasp?

If so, who or what will come back?

How many must die for one boy to live?

Did death come knocking that Halloween evening?

In six short days, the truth will be revealed in The Rebooted.

THANKS GIVING

For one Georgia family, Thanksgiving 2016 looms, ominously.

After their last Thanksgiving together, surviving this one may well depend on a force beyond their control.

Thirteen for dinner this year fuels those with trepidations about attending another three-alarm affair.

Can they depend on an ambulance arriving on time this go around?

How many family members will be served a drumstick-less trip to the local Emergency Room?

Through the laughs, tears, and tragic moments, this THANKS GIVING may prove to be the best… or worst ever for one Georgia family.and two new arrivals, expecting normalcy.

You dare not miss this dinner bell!

SHORT & FUN STORIES

Short & Fun Stories, Vol. 1 anthology is designed for the busy person with a few minutes to escape.

Within these pages are fourteen of the best writers in the business. You will laugh, cry and shiver, just like with any great novel. The advantage here is that you will get right to the meat of the action, within minutes, without frills.

Unlike other short story collections, this one is by several different authors, thus the variety is beyond wonderful, it is awesome!

The authors are all successful published writers with many prize-winning full-length novels to their credit. For some, short stories were right up their alley. For others, writing a short story was a new endeavor, but they accepted the challenge and came through with delightful results.

Each piece is preceded by a short editorial comment giving you a preview and an estimated duration so that you can open one that fits your mood and reading time available.

Following each story, you will find a short bio of the author and an introduction to his/her novels, for your consideration. If you find an author you like, there are easy links to more books by the same writer.

We have done our best to see that the contents are acceptable for G (General) or GP (General with parental guidance) readers.

SOUTHERN BREWED POETRY

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Southern Brewed Poetry is Georgia author, Ron Shaw’s third publication of poems. The reader will find them to be unique, at times, quite literary, thought-provoking, and intriguing. As the title indicates, the author has tapped into his Southern roots to brew an eclectic mixture of marvelous poetry certain to capture the imagination, whimsy, heart, and soul of the reader.

Like his earlier poetry books, these poems are interwoven with the superb photography of J. Robert Sosby of Atlanta, Georgia. Rob is the author’s brother-in-law. He possesses a keen, artistic, and discerning eye, reaching beyond his camera, drawing the viewer into his world of serenity and beauty.

Ron and Robert hope you enjoy Southern Brewed Poetry.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. ROBERT SOSBY

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This presentation is the result of a collaboration between photographer, J. Robert Sosby of Atlanta, Georgia and author, Ron Shaw of Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Ron has used photography by his brother-in-law, Rob, in three of his poetry books, Without From Within: Poems by Ron Shaw, TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw, and Southern Brewed Poetry. For the first two books of poems, a photograph by Rob was also chosen for the covers. Ron has also borrowed another for the cover of his novelette entitled J. This publication’s cover will also be created using one of Rob’s photos.

In this book, the author has attempted to present a visually pleasing showcase of his brother-in-law’s fine photography without cluttering beauty with unneeded text.

The reader or viewer will begin to appreciate the photographer’s keen eye and impeccable, artistic vision, capturing nature in its splendor. Rob’s visual voice is subtle yet strong. To Rob, photography is a passion that he continues to pursue, spending countless hours waiting for the perfect sunlight, shade, or position of his subject before snapping the shots. There is a calm presence, possibly an innocence that emanates from his photography.

Simplicity will guide this project. The book’s contents will be divided into sections, such as Flowers, Plants, Landscapes, Trees, etc.

Rob and I hope you enjoy his marvelous photography.

POETRY EAST TO WEST

I’m Georgia author, Ron Shaw.

My good friend, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. of Texas, a multiple-time, No.1 bestselling author, and I present for your enjoyment a new collaborative book of poems and photographs entitled Poetry East To West.

This marvelous project spanning from Texas to Georgia contains incredible poetry and wonderful photographs of nature by Richard M. Knittle, Jr. and Atlanta photographer J. Robert Sosby’s photos of nature and wildlife.

Richard and I present two, very different, and distinct styles of poetry. Richard’s poems mainly concentrate on his personal relationship struggles, his victories, and brutal experiences in life. He writes about what is, what was, and hopefully, what may be. My poems take an entirely different path in an eclectic mix of mental meanderings about many subjects.

In these poems, the reader will find hope, strength, perseverance, love, humor, beauty, and tragedy as a small sampling of themes.

Richard and I are certain that you’ll enjoy and treasure these poems and photographs as much as we do and did in creating them.

NOVELETTES AND SHORT STORIES

This set of four books contains three, seasonal novelettes, The Rebooted, Thanks Giving, Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story, and one short story of love and inspiration entitled J.

The first of the novelettes, almost a novella in length, is a Halloween, horror, science fiction piece entitled The Rebooted.

At dusk, three, loud knocks at her front door scared the young, grief-stricken mother of four – the tale begins on Halloween’s Eve, continuing – Huddling around her in front of a solitary space heater, Ann’s three children jumped, startling her even more. For a brief second, they shivered, fearing it was death itself that had come knocking.

Thanks Giving is a warm, humorous, and somewhat tragic Thanksgiving tale.

For one Georgia family, Thanksgiving 2016 looms, ominously.

After their last Thanksgiving together, surviving this one may well depend on a force beyond their control.

Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story is a novelette that will take you back to the 1950s in Atlanta, Georgia where one impoverished family prays for a better life and a real Christmas.

Travel back to 1958 with an angel on a mission to a Christmas Past, as we’re shown a heart-rending story of a destitute family who happiness and Christmas had all but passed over.

J is a contemporary short story with controversial themes of life, death, and rebirth. It’s a love story filled with intrigue, love, hope, and some tragedy.

Salvation can travel in mysterious ways, arriving through unlikely vessels…even while visiting a cemetery.

Uya: A Beast Like No Other

Something deadly sinister is roaming the mountains of southern Tennessee and northern Georgia. A ravenous beast with a thirst for blood and carnage has law enforcement in two states baffled.
From Native American, Cherokee mythology, the beast has been named Uya, a malevolent evil spirit of the night.
The rancorous creature has so far outwitted the best the law has to offer, and now, the stakes have been raised as farm animals no longer satisfy Uya’s hunger.
An Atlanta Federal Penitentiary inmate on death row may hold the clues to apprehending the vicious fiend. But time is of the essence because Uya has now gorged herself on human blood, flesh, and bones.
Another victim has been taken from its crib.
Will Uya be stopped in time?

You won’t want to miss this one!

UYA is A BEAST LIKE NO OTHER!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ron Shaw is an Atlanta, Georgia, native who currently resides in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. He attended Roosevelt High School in Atlanta and continued his education at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia for two years. Ron met his future wife in Atlanta after his second year at Mercer and transferred his junior year to Georgia State University.

In 1973, with new responsibilities, he became an Atlanta Police Officer while attending college full time. Ron attained a BA degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in 1974. He retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 1996 after a very fulfilling and personally satisfying career.

Ron is an award-winning cover designer, best-selling and prolific author, writing in a wide variety of genres. His novels are; Seven Fish Tree, The Yellow Bus Boys, Transmutation: The Life of a twisted Cop, RED, The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue Canada Bound. He co-authored a novel with Texas author, D.A. Grady entitled Around The Campfire: Two Badge Toters’ Tales. Ron has three novellas and a short story in his paranormal/historical romance Cramped Quarters series, consisting of Mary’s Trunk, Mary’s Journey Begins, Mary’s Journey Continues, and Paul’s Story. His published short story, The Dead and the Dying, also appears in the horror anthology, Dark Tales. Another of Ron’s published short stories, J, also appears in the anthology, Short & Fun Stories. He has two books of poetry and superb photography (courtesy of his brother-in-law, J. Robert Sosby) Without From Within: Poems by Ron Shaw (available in English and French) and TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw. His latest work is a novelette, Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story.

You can find Ron hanging out and tweeting at @RonGizmo on Twitter, pinning at Pinterest as Ron Shaw, knocking about LinkedIn (Ron Shaw), tumblr Books by Ron Shaw, G+ (Ron Shaw) and friend him on Facebook at Author Ron Shaw or Ronnie Shaw. His website is ronshawmedia.com where he posts and blogs regularly. His website contains an eclectic mix of interesting, humorous, sad, and possibly whacky posts… blogs and otherwise.

Ron has contributed articles and blogs to various publications and websites such as Southern Magazine. He has been interviewed by Fairy Tale Access for cable television and featured on a number of podcast shows like The Last Knock crashpalaceproductions.com, Talk2Cleo @Talk2Cleo, Out of My Head Radio outofmyheadradio.com, Authors-First ArtistFirst Radio Network, and Poetry Because It Matters ArtistFirst Radio Network.

You can catch Ron live every third Monday night from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as he hosts The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network at artistfirst.com/ronshaw.htm. He interviews exceptional guests, musicians, authors, entertainers, publishers, actors, celebrities, filmmakers, and storytellers from around the world. All of his past shows are archived at Ron’s website ronshawmedia.com, at his radio website, and at his Facebook page, The Ron Shaw Show.

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Thomas Rocky Wade – a lifelong friend, fellow poet, and stellar soul!

Throughout the history of literature, many writers have presented their perspectives on what the true meaning of life is as well as that which we do or should treasure as human beings. The concept, allure, rarity, and at times, aversion to developing friendships have been constant themes in prose and poetry. At the core of these pursuits is one question. As human beings, what is it that we seek or expect from our personal relationships?

With age comes the realization that the answers to these lofty inquiries are rather simple to know, yet they remain extremely difficult to discover in your fellow man and possibly, even more so to practice.

Thomas Rocky Wade is a perfect example of the embodiment of those rare traits we covet. As if these attributes weren’t enough, Rocky is also somewhat of an enigma. During the decades I’ve known him to always be a kind, giving, caring friend, I’ve come to the conclusion he is quite unique. You’d be extremely hard-pressed to locate a man or woman with a bigger heart, giving infinitely more than he or she ever receives or would desire to. It is in this last comment about desire where the truest beauty of Rocky rests. He expects nothing while steadfastly giving to all. His smile and laughter are infectious, adding to the genuineness of this man.

To love and to be loved are universally thought of as being the most important goals of life. I’ve learned through knowing a select few people like Rocky Wade that if you truly learn how to love, to give, and to practice these as routinely as breathing, your life will be filled with love from others.

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The young man on the left in this photo is Thomas Rocky Wade of Atlanta, Georgia. As long as I can remember, he has always been called Rocky. The other, young man in this photo is my older brother, Mike. This picture was taken at Roosevelt High School, located in the Grant Park area of Atlanta.

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Rocky has been our dear friend since the early 1960s when our family moved into an Atlanta housing project named Capitol Homes. Rocky also lived there. He and Mike were the best of friends during their high school and college years. They and I also attended Mercer University in the early 70s.

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Like lots of adults after college, Rocky and I drifted apart for many years due to family, careers, and life in general. While an Atlanta Police Officer, occasionally, Rocky and I would run into each other in Downtown Atlanta or while I was attending Georgia State University and working in uniform. Regardless of how brief, every meeting was a joyous event.

I’d like to think we were recently reunited in friendship through high school reunions mainly due to serendipity combined with a newly-discovered knowledge that we shared a love for writing in general and poetry in particular. I knew that Rocky was a writer for and then head of our Mercer University campus paper, and I’ve always known that he actively struggled for the rights of his fellow man, woman, and child. That was and will always be Rocky. He’s a champion for those less fortunate in need. This innate passion became his life’s work.

I don’t think Rocky has formerly published his poetry, but I’ve read many of his poems. They are as centered and grounded within the miraculous wonders of life as Rocky. His words are rich with that which money cannot buy, and his voice has the gentle force of a placid stream, flowing slowly, purposefully to open minds and loving hearts. There’s a gentleness in what he writes that’s palpable, and at times when necessary, a soft-spoken indignation void of righteousness comes forth.

Frankly, I love this man like a brother, always have, always will. Like Rocky, his poetry is easy to love.

Below is an example of Thomas Rocky Wade’s poetry – my lifelong friend, a fellow poet, and a truly, stellar soul!

 

Sitting quietly sharing a chilly Morn with Leonard Cohen

Rising early on a chilly Saturday morn, to meditate

To process the noise, the craziness, the chaos of the last two weeks

Seeking clarity in what seems like confusion

 

A varied tribute to Leonard Cohen in the background

Thirty different singers sharing their variation of “Hallelujah”

Jon Bovi, K.D. Lang, Susan Boyle, Alexandra Burke and

A choir of angelic voices jubilant with hope

Sitting quietly, a cold chill from the morn and the music

Remembering Leonard Cohen, sensei

 

It has been a wakeup call for many

That time when we transition it what is to be next

Without knowing what is to be next

 

“People do not mind change, they do not like to be changed”

 

We gingerly step forth, anxious, hoping that our steps are sure

So Zen in practice, each step a meditation

Seeking clarity but what most of us what is just a hug

In a time of uncertainty…

 

I reflect on my favorite prayer and mantra

Celtic yet Zen, complex yet so simple in application

 

“May there always be a warm wind to your back,

Warm sunshine to your face

A laugh to cheer a weary soul, and

Deep love to warm your heart”

 

And maybe a dram of bourbon to wash it down

 

I, too, feel like a ship afloat but I know

That this cycle will come and go and there will be more

We will survive

We will prosper

We will experience the best is yet to be

 

It is a time for humanity

It is time for us to reach deep

It is time to reach out to those unwashed, unloved, unnoticed

And show of what we are made.

 

It is time for grace, jubilee, for Hallelujah

Sitting quietly, a cold chill from the morn and the music

 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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POETRY EAST TO WEST by Richard M. Knittle, Jr. and Ron Shaw

Poetry East To West

Several months ago, while discussing poetry with a fellow author, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. of Texas, a suggestion was floated that we collaborate on a book of our poems and photographs. It would be a Georgia to Texas writing project, containing poems in two distinctly different styles.

We tossed the idea around for about two minutes before deciding to jump into the project. In addition to penning poems, Richard would showcase his photography, and I would turn to my brother-in-law for the umpteenth time for his permission to use his fine photos for my section of poems. Naturally, he agreed to allow it.

Each of us was extremely busy with other writing projects in various phases for publication. So, mutually, we agreed to allow the process to take its own sweet time… no hurries and never any worries.

Richard M. Knittle, Jr. is an Amazon, multiple-time, No.1, bestselling author. His poems and poetry books are nothing short of amazing. I don’t think he would mind me letting you know that he has been nominated to become the Poet Laureate of Texas. I wish him all the luck in the world. I know he would be an excellent choice for the Texas honor.

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Rather quickly, a title was agreed upon for our book, Poetry East To West, and the cover became a pleasant task for me to design. I’d decided to contact NASA once again for permission to use one of their spectacular Hubble images for our book’s cover. I’ve done this several times over the last year. The folks at NASA are incredible, and once again, they gave their approval for our book’s cover. Below are the Hubble image and finished cover we used.

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Richard’s poems are absolutely magnificent. I’m a big fan of his epic poetry. He has a style that draws the reader deeply into his world, feeling the hope, pain, anger, disappointment, joy, and love of which he so eloquently writes. His photographs within the book are breathtaking.

J. Robert Sosby’s (my brother-in-law) photography is a perfect compliment to my poems. His photos of nature’s beauty are splendid.

Richard, J. Robert, and I, Georgia author, Ron Shaw hope you will enjoy our book, Poetry East To West.

Texas author, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. (Amazon) can be easily contacted at Facebook at Twitter at Google+ and at LinkedIn .

Georgia author, Ron Shaw (Amazon) can be contacted anytime at Twitter at Facebook at LinkedIn at Pinterest at ArtistFirst Radio Network, The Ron Shaw Show and at Google+ .

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Southern Brewed Poetry

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Southern Brewed Poetry is Georgia author, Ron Shaw’s third publication of poems. The reader will find them to be unique, at times, quite literary, thought-provoking, and intriguing. As the title indicates, the author has tapped into his Southern roots to brew an eclectic mixture of marvelous poetry certain to capture the imagination, whimsy, heart, and soul of the reader.
Like his earlier poetry books, these poems are interwoven with the superb photography of J. Robert Sosby of Atlanta, Georgia. Rob is the author’s brother-in-law. He possesses a keen, artistic, and discerning eye, reaching beyond his camera, drawing the viewer into his world of serenity and beauty.
Ron and Robert hope you enjoy Southern Brewed Poetry.

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Southern Brewed Poetry is my latest book of poetry to be published and the second Hubble image I’ve used for a book cover. The first was used for the novelette, Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story.

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This latest offering may well be my best collection of poems to date, and the photos by Atlantan, J. Robert Sosby are incredible!
Southern Brewed Poetry is live now at Amazon.
Once again, I’d like to personally thank the fine folks at NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScl) for granting me permission to use another of their stellar Hubble images. I’ve forever been fascinated and mesmerized by the cosmos. I could not be more honored, humbled, and thrilled by their kindness.

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