Monday, July 25, 2011

Mugabe and the White African - PBS

One family’s stand for Justice – catch the story on PBS 7/26!

I'll be blogging about the book Mugabe and the White African later this month, but I wanted to let you know that Point of View will air the documentary Mugabe and the White African on Tuesday, July 26th.

The film tells the story of Mike Campbell and his family of three generations of Zimbabwean farmers as they attempt to keep their farm under Mugabe's "land reform." Watch the trailer for the documentary below and visit the PBS Point of View website for your local listing.

The book Mugabe and the White African (Lion Books, distributed by Kregel Publications, July 15, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-7459-5546-9, $14.95) written by Mike Campbell's son-in-law Ben Freeth provides more detail regarding the family's struggles and court battles.The book chronicles the deeply moving and life-threatening struggle of a Christian family from Zimbabwe to protect their legally owned farmland, to protect the lives and livelihoods of all those working on the farm, and to live to see justice.

Freeth lays bare a beautiful but lawless land fouled by fear. A 'Clockwork Orange' state where racism, greed, and violence are ultimately humbled by almost unimaginable courage. Richly described, bravely chronicled, and utterly compelling. 
-Mike Thomson, Radio Foreign Affairs Correspondent, BBC

Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white farmers, his family's land was "reclaimed" for redistribution by Mugabe's government. But Ben's family fought back. Appealing to international law, they instigated a suit against Mugabe's government in the SADC, the Southern African equivalent of NATO. The case was deferred time and again while Mugabe's men pulled strings. But after Freeth and his parents-in-law were abducted and beaten within inches of death in 2008, the SADC deemed any further delay to be an obstruction of justice. The case was heard, and was successful on all counts.

But the story doesn't end there. In 2009 the family farm was burned to the ground. The fight for justice in Zimbabwe is far from over--this book is for anyone who wants to see into the heart of one of today's hardest places and how human dignity flourishes even in the most adverse circumstances.

Read an Excerpt (PDF)

Read the Press Release

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Multi-author signed giveaway!

When I found this giveaway, I was shocked. SOOO many authors are giving out signed books to the winner, and I'm desperate to win!! (as I'm sure most of you will be too) Before I give you the link, I want you to read this. For extra entries when you sign up, you can put down the email of someone who already signed up. Here is my email: manuscriptna(at)gmail(dot)com When you do this, both of us get extra entries! I'm looking forward to seeing who the winner is, aren't you?

Come To The Well

The album cover art for Casting Crowns' newest upcoming album, Come To The Well, has been released, and now you can pre-order it!

Monday, July 18, 2011


HEK-293. Human Embryo Kidney cells, and only on the 293rd experiment. Aborted babies. 293 of them, just to help create a flavor enhancer.


I just recently learned of an appalling fact. Senomyx, a biotech company, has been using aborted fetal cells for artificial flavoring, specifically HEK-293 (Human Embryonic Kidney cells). PepsiCo has just recently agreed to partner with them, for flavoring in PepsiCo products. You can see my other post about it here. I urge you to email PepsiCo, Senomyx, and even refuse to drink PepsiCo products. Who would want to after knowing what's in them?! You can find the email contacts at the link above.

Please post about this somewhere! Tell a friend, tell a dozen! Get the word out, and boycott! I certainly don't want to be drinking something that could contain aborted fetus cells, and I'm pretty sure you don't either!

If you do post about this somewhere, link me up here. I want to see all the noise we can make!

Here's a list of the many PepsiCo products. Even though they claim not to be using HEK-293, they are still funding it. Please consider avoiding these and giving money to a company that funds this atrocious act!!

Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Sobe, Amp, Tropicana, Dole, Gatorade, 7 Up, Lipton, Aquafina, Mirinda, Naked Juice (ugh), Propel, Izze, Aunt Jemima syrup, Frito Lay, Walkers, Tostitos, Sunchips, Doritos, Twistos,  Lays, Quaker, Near East, RiceARoni, Cap'n Crunch, LIFE cereal, Ruffles, Cheetos, Lebedyansky, Smith's, Sabrita's, Mother's, Gamesa, Fritos, Nestle, and Lays.

Think it's not real?

HTML fun

Yes, I am now learning HTML! (and having fun with it too :P)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ryann Watters interview

Please welcome fantasy author Eric Reinhold, author of Ryann Watters and the King's Sword and Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith!

NA: Welcome! What drew you to write in the fantasy genre?

ER: I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and collected comic books.  As a father, I would tell an ongoing fantasy story to my daughters every night before putting them to bed.  At one point my oldest said, "Dad, you need to write a book so other kids can enjoy this." 

NA: What is unique in the Annals of Aeliana compared to other fantasy stories?

ER: The fact that it is driven by the factual realities of angels and demons instead of vampires, werewolves, witches and wizards. 

NA: As you look back on writing the books, what challenged you the most, and how did you get through it?

ER: The biggest challenge by far is having the time to write.  I have a regular "day job," am a Sunday School teacher at church, lead a men's Bible Study, am an Assistant Scout Master for my son's troop, and am very involved with my three children and wife.  Book 2 was written over the course of one year, getting up and writing from 4:30-6:30 am before getting ready for work.

NA: Wow, I like your dedication to writing! Which character was the hardest to write, and which was the easiest?

ER: Ryann's father is the easiest character to write since he is based on my life.  He's a Naval Academy graduate, involved with the family, and has a similar personality.  Ryann is a chip off the old block so he's straight forward to write and Liddy is patterned after a combination of my two girls.  I'd say Terell is the most challenging because he's an African American boy with a background that I didn't grow up in.  He is the most fun to create dialogue for because he has a great sense of humor.

NA: If you could be any character in your books, who would it be?

ER: Definitely Ryann.  He has the direct interaction with Gabriel and gets to use all the cool gifts - the ring and especially the staff with all the powers.

NA: Can you give us a brief account of your movie adventure?

ER:  There isn't a brief account lol, but it has recently changed from a studio (producer and director) with no experience and a lower budget to a very experienced producer (Jeff Maynard) and award winning director (Jenni Gold) and a budget over 4 times as large.  At the same time, a script was written for book 2 and they will be filmed simultaneously.  The Producer worked on "Arthur and the Invisibles" and will have a similar format of the real world in Mount Dora being filmed live and the fantasy world of Aeliana being done in animation.  This will also allow for some higher profile voiceovers from major actors, musicians, and possible someone from American Idol.  I am also pushing for a few of the authors from the 2008 Fantasy Fiction Tour to be voices of some of the animated characters in Aeliana.

NA: I’d love to hear that! What is your favorite spot in the town of Mt. Dora, Florida?

ER: My favorite spot in Mount Dora was the old bookstore/soda shoppe where Ryann, Liddy and Terell hang out in book 1, but sadly it went out of business.  If the movie does well, I'd love to buy the location and restore it to a bookstore and coffee shop.  Now, I like going down to the park, where the gazebo is and look out across the water to the lighthouse. Very picturesque and relaxing.

NA: Can you tell us three things about yourself we readers may not know?

ER: I have over 1,000 comic books from the 60's and 70's bagged and boarded, I lived in 6 different states by the time I entered the 3rd grade, and believe it or not... I can swallow my tongue!

NA: Can you tell us anything about Ryann Watters and the Belt of Truth?

ER: I've learned a lot writing the first two books and am looking forward to Belt of Truth coming together.  I have been getting a lot of mail from impatient readers, but I guarantee it will be your favorite.  I am waiting on the actors for the movie deal to be revealed, which will propel my agent to get a new book deal with a major publisher.  I can say that with Ryann, Liddy, and Terell going through a "baptism" in Aeliana, they will come back to Mount Dora with an "extra portion of the Holy Spirit" and have a power that they will discover and be able to use in Mount Dora.  Also, Drake comes back with a vengeance in book 3 along with a set of twin brothers who look like they could star for the varsity football team.

NA: Do you have future book plans or ideas?

ER:  I have plans for 7 books in this series which will certainly be driven by how the movies turn out.  Demand creates supply (laughs).  I also have been putting together ideas for a Science Fiction series, which I am eager to begin writing.

NA: Do you have any advice to those wanting to write fantasy?

ER: Patience.  Read a lot of different authors.  As you think of ideas, write them down.  Try to imagine yourself as the reader and what you'd be excited to read about.  If it excites you, it will probably excite your readers.  Always end each chapter with something left for your reader to wonder about so that they won't want to put your book down.

NA: It's been great to have you! Do you have any final words for our readers?

ER: God works things out in his own timing.  Be diligent, but also patient.  If you help others seeking advice or help from you, it will be returned somehow in the future and in ways you might not expect.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Music player

I have another question for you, this time concerning a current blog feature, the music player. I have had it set to play automatically, and that might be annoying some of you. I would like your opinion on how (or if) to have it set up. Should I keep it how it is, put it near the top (where it can be seen) and take it off automatic, put it near the top and keep it on automatic, use a different source for the player, get rid of it altogether? Let me know what you think below.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Errant King COVER ART


Alpha Redemption Giveaway! (CLOSED)

To celebrate 140 followers, (WOOT!) I am giving away my only copy of Alpha Redemption by P.A. Baines. It's a wonderful book and you can read my review of it here. (for all you facebook users, you just got one more entry option :D See details below)


All comments should include an email in no-spam form. [johndoe(at)example(dot)com]
Open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

The only way you can enter is by commenting, using the means below.

  1. You MUST do this to be eligible for any other points. You can follow this blog. A follower widget is located on the blog's sidebar. (earns 1 entry)
  2. You can post about this giveaway on your blog. Comments MUST have a link. Limited to once per week. (earns 2 entries)
  3. If someone comes to this blog from your blog post and comments, you get one extra entry each. (Tell them to say you sent them!)
  4. You can tweet (on twitter) with a link to this post. Comments MUST have a link. Limited to once per day (earns 1 entry each)
  5. You can share this giveaway on facebook. Comments MUST have a link to your facebook post. Limited to once per day. (earns 1 entry each)
  6. You can add my blog button (located on my sidebar) to your site. Comment MUST have a link. (earns 2 entries)
  7. You can read any of my reviews or interviews on this blog and comment on it. (no double commenting) (earns 1 entry each)
This giveaway ends Saturday, July 30th, 11:59 pm PST

Spearhead Books!

Authors Christopher Hopper, Wayne Thomas Batson, Christopher Miller, and Allan Miller have created a new "guild" where they will be publishing and selling their own books! The site has just launched, and you can watch the recorded webcast about it by the Miller Brothers here: Here is the link for the website:

And here is a sample of how the White Lion Chronicles will look!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Independence Day

Yes, this post is quite late, I know. But, here is what I did on Independence Day. My family and I went to Downtown Port Orchard (where a big show would happen at 10:30 pm) early to get a good seat (which we did). During the wait, we walked all over, explored some new spots, and I took tons of photos, some of which I will share with you now.

Front yard Independence Day decor

Puget Sound waterfront

One of many dock views from the edge.

Another waterfront view.

Port Orchard library. RIGHT next to the waterfront, which is really nice.

I like this image :D

Happy Independence Day!

Totem pole monument...

Dock entrance.

LOVED this! (Sarah, thought you might like this after our conversation) 
See the sign in the corner??

Street view in late afternoon. Also decked out for the Fourth :)

Many Port Orchard alleyways such as this are decorated thus. LOTS of wall paintings...

Torpedo, if you hadn't guessed... :P

Open, rail-less dock. Very shifty. (00)

View of the shore from the open dock.

Port Orchard Town Hall

Nuff said?

Awesome shot, I think :)

View of the shoreline at high tide.

Remnants of a dock.

So many docks like this. See that "B" on there? It goes on to F, I believe, if not more.

My brother Jesse

Nearing firework time!

Even closer to the show!

Silhouettes, gotta love 'em. :D

About time for the show to start. (it was a bit darker than the photo shows)

(sorry, I don't have any shots of fireworks!)

I have some videos of them, but blogger's mad right now...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Heavenly Man winner!

Well, there weren't as many entries as I had hoped there would be, given it lasted a few weeks, but maybe that's because it was nonfiction. Anyway, the winner is.... ADELE TRESKILLARD!!!!! Congrats!! I will email you for your mailing address, and you have one week (7 days) to respond, before I pick another winner. And thank you to everyone else who entered :D You are still appreciated greatly :)