15 Quotes To Give You That Extra Motivation

 

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Having a hard time getting started or finding the will to continue? We’ve all had those days when we find it hard to go on with whatever project we’ve started, or even getting started at all. As an author, there are times of self-doubt and discouragement that can slow me down. Sometimes a bit of wisdom or inspiration from those who have also experienced these things is in order. We all need that pat on the back and encouragement to push us onward to success. One of my favorite little sayings is ~ Resistance means Persistence. So I persist forward in my goals as an author/writer, and hopefully you will too in whatever endeavor you’ve chosen.

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeat.” ~ B. C. Forbes

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” ~Art Linkletter

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it!” ~ Winston Churchill

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.” ~ Georges-Louis Leclerc

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” ~ Albert Einstein

“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ King Martin Luther, Jr.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If you do not have persistence then no amount of education, talent, or genius can make up for it. ~ Stephen Richards ~ Aristotle

 “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

 “The most essential factor is persistence–the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” ~ James Whitcomb Riley

 “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” ~ Louis Pasteur

“Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” ~ Josh Billings

 

 Here’s hoping that whatever inspires you will make 2016 a successful year for you!

 

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

What’s happening at Mt. Drago?

owlBook Three of the Dragomeir Series, “Egg of the Amphitere” has been released!

The Urban Fantasy is here to usher the reader into the current incredible developments at Mt. Drago, located in Phoenix, Arizona.  Just when the inhabitants believe that all is safe, a new threat is forced upon them by strangers that no one knew existed.  They introduce a Gate system that is not only extraordinary, but could very well be the end to mankind.

As a result of these peculiar people, dragon rider Tanis and his fellow riders are still battling the Dark Lords of the Provinces even though they have managed to acquire the third Crystal Key. Even with the introduction of the new dragons, the Amphiteres, will they be able to fend off the  intense evil that has  threatened to devastate their world?

Join The Ariella  and her riders as they contend for their lives and possibly those of all humanity in “The Egg of the Amphitere” – Now at the following locations –

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBookstore

Kobo

Lulu

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Thanks for following – Happy New Year 2016 to Everyone!!!

Solitaire

 

 

Merry Christmas Mt. Drago 2015!

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It’s time for the Holidays! Mt. Drago has once again erected the Christmas tree in the middle of Commons. This one is the second of its kind, and has been decorated by the kids of Mt. Drago. Last year they picked their favorite dragon and created a Christmas ornament for them. At the end of the season all of the ornaments were gathered up and boxed for this year’s celebration. We have more children approaching the age where participation is possible and a whole new bumper crop of dragon ornaments to hang from the tree. All of the ornaments were carefully wrapped and packed into a series of “Holders of Things” to ensure they were kept safe.

Above is an image of the new and updated tree. We hope your Holiday Season is as joyful as ours.  Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours…

Tanis, Demi, Bubo, and Chaos.

Go to solitaireparke.com to find the Dragomeir Series Books at various locations.

 

 

 

“Egg of the Amphitere” Book Three in the Dragomeir Series is here!

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Tanis, Queen Mother and the Dragons are continuing to fight for their mountain home against the Dark Lord and his hordes from the Provinces.  There are unexpected revelations at every turn, bringing excitement, danger, and possible death to the dragon riders of Mt. Drago.  With the help of their friends and some strategic maneuvering, they are determined to win the ongoing battle, but at what cost?  Who will be left standing?

 

 Book Three of the Dragomeir Series,

“Egg of the Amphitere”

is now available at the following locations –

Solitaireparke.com

Lulu

Smashwords

Check out the other books in this series at my website or in this blog under Books.

Solitaire

 

 

 

A Prayer to Remember

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O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen.

-Samuel F. Pugh

Let’s always remember to be Thankful for God, Family, Friends and every Blessing.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Solitaire

 

Why are Headlines Important to You?

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Reaching customers in a deep and emotional way is a key to successful writing. Your headline is probably the most important draw you can use to reach potential readers whether it is your newletter, blog, email or any piece of copywriting. Of course it’s important that your content is amazing, but no one is going to read it if the headline falls flat. The majority of people use headlines to decide whether or not to read your content. So here are 8 locations where you can find helpful information on this important topic.

If you’ve found any other sites that would be helpful to writers, please share!

Have a great day!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

Creature Feature – The Savants

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In the Dragomeir Series Book Three, “Egg of the Amphitere”, some of the more unusual visitors to Mt. Drago were the Savants. They entered Mt. Arcadia first, and impressed with three of the Amphitere Dragons, after having just appeared in the common area. Within minutes they disappeared and went to Mt. Drago to present information to Queen Mother. It was not received well.

The Savants were an ancient race of diminutive people that hailed from Oblivion. Standing only four feet tall and incredibly frail, they had managed to impress with the most violent of the species of dragons, the Amphiteres. The people of Mt. Drago only saw three of this race, all female, although Tanis had a difficult time determining their sex until an introduction was made.

All three of them wore floor length white smocks, were bald, and only spoke by writing their messages on a series of Post it Notes.

Seemingly able to move through both time and space, these unusual females quickly angered Queen Mother into a bold show of power to establish who was in control . . . and who was not.

The leader of the Savants called herself Caesarea Maritima (Also a city in Israel), and although very old, had the body of a child. The other Savants looked identical to Caesarea making it difficult to tell them apart. Their existence in our world was made possible due to the Hearths they controlled, and an underlying hatred for the Dark Lord.

The Savants can be found in my forthcoming book, “Egg of the Amphitere.”

Visit me to find out more at – www.solitaireparke.com

Solitaire

 

 

 

SECRETS IN THE DESERT

 

 SECRETS IN THE DESERT

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Mount Manchester is the highest peak in the Dead Mountains of extreme northeastern San Bernardino County, California in the Mojave Desert. The Dead Mountains are 12 miles northwest of Needles, California. It is the highest point at 3,598 feet. The Dead Mountains border the Colorado River on the east, and the Piute Wash of the Piute Valley on the west. Piute wash drains south, then turns east for 8 miles at the south of the range to meet the Colorado River.

Tanis, the lead character of the book,”Egg of the Amphitere,” is shocked to find a massive artifact depot deep inside the Mojave Desert. He is even more shocked to discover he has inherited its contents. A secret kept from him since he became a Thaumaturgist/Machinist, Tanis is overwhelmed by the vastness of the icons and technology held within its walls.

Once there, he determines the artifact depot is under Mt. Manchester, accessible only from the Thaumaturgists headquarters located in Phoenix Arizona.

The technology found within its caverns becomes instrumental not only to Tanis, but to the inhabitants of Mt. Drago as they struggle to keep the Dark Lord at bay.

I’ve always looked at the artifact depot as a combination of Warehouse 13, and the alternate dimensional library of ancient antiquities.

To uncover the secrets hidden in the mountain you’ll need to check out my forthcoming book,

Egg of the Amphitere” which will be available in November. To purchase the previous

Dragomeir Series books,

The Emerald Dragon” and

Flight of the Aguiva

go to my website and you will find them at a variety of places –

www.solitaireparke.com

Solitaire

Where is Caesarea Maritima?

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Perfectly kept aqueduct of the Roman period at coast of Mediterranean sea in Israel

In my forthcoming book of the Dragomeir Series, “ Egg of the Amphitere,” one of the key points is the location known as Caesarea Maritima. It was one of four Roman colonies for veterans in the Syria-Phoenicia region created by the Roman Empire. The ancient Caesarea Maritima city and harbor was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 B.C. It was named in honor of Caesar Augustus.

Caesarea was built like a model Greco-Roman city and laid out on a grid. There was a forum, theatre, temples, public baths, paved streets, and an elaborate villa that probably belonged to Herod himself. Giant twin aqueducts brought fresh water from Mt. Carmel, and formed part of an elaborate water and sewer system. But the focal point was a temple dedicated to Augustus.

Caesarea’s strategic location placed it at the juncture of important trade routes. In the harbor, Herod’s engineers constructed two huge breakwaters, lined with warehouses. At the end of the southern breakwater stood the lighthouse, whose fires burned 24 hours a day. Six enormous bronze statues marked treacherous sandbars. To ships coming in from sea, the sight must have been truly impressive. The city had been populated through the late Roman and Byzantine era. Its ruins lie on the Mediterrean coast of Israel, about halfway between the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the site of Pyrgos Stratonos (“Straton’s Tower”).

A hearth is discovered there and plays an important role in the near destruction of Mt. Drago, the mountain around which my story is based. (In general in ancient Greece, each state, city or village possessed its own central hearth and sacred fire, representing the unity and vitality of the community. The fire was kept alight continuously, tended by the king or members of his family.)

Tanis finds not only a hearth in the ruins, but also the remains of one of the original prytaneums. (A prytaneum was a public building or hall in an ancient Greek city containing the state hearth and serving as the place of meeting and dining for the prytanes or priests, and sometimes of official hospitality for distinguished citizens and visitors.) Further study shows him the convergence of multiple Ley Lines and a portal to Oblivion.

I chose the hearth at Caesarea Maritima because similar structures also show up in other parts of the world where Ley Lines are present. What better way for the book’s characters to travel on and off the Provinces?

In the real world, Caesarea Maritima is open to the public and is certainly one of the oldest settlements, dating back over two thousand years.

Want to find out more?  Check it out here:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarea_Maritima

Solitaire

Top 10 Best-Selling Fiction Authors of All Time

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“You can find a chart detailing the estimated sales figures of the top best selling authors on a number of different web pages and you’ll notice they all look eerily similar. But you’ll also notice that the estimated sales figures have large margins for error, this is because no matter how much research you do there is no one consensus on how many books any author has sold. It is hard to say with certainty who sold how many books since a lot of them, you might have noticed, were written a long time before computers, the internet and all the record keeping wonders of the modern world. (Then again I’m not so sure we can trust modern figures either.) But while there may be a few surprises for some people you will also find that it makes sense when you think about it. So instead of this list being a record of who sold more fiction novels, it is instead an attempt to explain why these authors have become the top 10 best sellers of all time.

So lean forward, dig in, and try to understand exactly what you have to do in order to follow them. Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling fiction authors of all time, and why.”

Check out the following site to find out who these authors are –

http://akorra.com/2010/03/04/top-10-best-selling-fiction-authors-of-all-time/

Know any more that should be added to this list?

To see the latest cover of my new Dragomeir Series book “Egg of the Amphitere” – due out very soon, go to my website –

solitaireparke.com

Check you soon,

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

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