grateful

365 Challenge: Day 343 – Grateful (Author Alert: Russ Towne)

Posted on Updated on

Grateful: (a) feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Russ Towne

Author Photo Sea B&W LowRes-2.jpg

If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who he is, what he’s writing, and how to buy his future work. I am pleased to present the very talented Russ Towne. You’ll find out more if you read one of his published books, but as two teasers, read the reviews I’ve already written on his children’s books Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down and Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon.

Russ is an incredibly gifted writer and a true gentleman. He and I connected about 4 months ago through a fellow blogger who thought we might want to chat given we both worked in the business world and turned to writing at some point in our careers. We followed one another’s blogs, chatted a bit, then he sent me two of his books (hardcover)! I was so excited when they arrived in the mail. After I read the first one, I brought it with me to visit family in Louisiana and shared it with younger nephews and nieces who will in turn share it with others. I have his second book on my shelf and will show it to friends with kids when they visit me in NYC. His books are beyond creative… they have lessons children can learn in a fun way.

He’s quite prolific as you’ll see below… and I am excited to check out some of his other fiction. Let’s turn today’s blog over to him and see what he has to say…


I began writing my first book when our first grandchild was announced, and released the book about 5 years ago. I now have five grandchildren and have written over six times as many books. I had no idea my first experience as an author would lead to a passion that grabbed me and never let go.

I know this may sound hokey to many, but I creatively go where the whispers of my heart send me, and passion is the fuel that inspires me to fly. If my passion for a project wanes, I set it aside and work on something else for as long as the new one continues to flow freely beneath my creative wings.

I often have several projects at various stages of development. I now have five: Two children’s picture books and three fiction genres for grownups including suspenseful crime drama, a magic/fantasy stories anthology, and comedy crime suspense stories.

I’m a romantic. All of my children’s stories have happy endings and nearly all of my stories for adults do as well. The latter often feature a touch of romance (though they are by no means romance novels as I understand the term.)

I love writing so much that many nights in my sleep I find myself dream-writing, and the dream progresses replaying sequences over and over again until I’m satisfied. Pieces of many of my dreams have ended up in some of my books.

I co-wrote songs for a few years before I began to write books. You can hear several them by typing my name “Russ Towne” into the YouTube search field. My songs are nearly as eclectic as my books.

{Alert Interruption from Jay: I listened to one at a time I needed a lift — it is wonderful}

My current projects include:

  • Mysti Z’s Magical Day children’s picture book scheduled for release February 21, 2018.

 

  • Sunny Saves the Day a children’s picture book scheduled for release February 28, 2018.

 

  • Blood Oaths a fiction anthology of suspenseful crime drama stories scheduled for release March 31, 2018.

 

  • Other projects I’m developing but which aren’t as far along include:

 

  • (Title TBD) an anthology of Magic/Fantasy stories.

 

  • Elm Street Ladies Club stories about a group of little old ladies that get into all kinds of predicaments, part comedy and part crime solvers/suspense.

 

 ***

Author Bio

Russ lives with his wife in Campbell, California, USA. They’ve been married since 1979, have three adult children and five grandchildren. His passions include family, friends, writing and investing. Russ wrote his first book in 2013 when he was fifty-six and has written and published dozens of books that can be found on Amazon.com and elsewhere.

 

Russ delights in seeing the expressions on the faces of young children and their loved ones as they experience his children’s picture, early reader, and chapter books. He enjoys reading his stories in classrooms, schools, libraries, and anywhere young children gather. Russ revels in interacting with youngsters, answering their questions, and inspiring a love within them for the magic of reading and writing.

 

Russ savors experiencing nature, especially near rivers and streams that run through giant redwood groves, and near beautiful beaches. He enjoys watching classic movies, reading, and visiting his tiny fern garden and redwood grove. Russ greatly enjoys managing the investments of Clients of the wealth management firm he founded in 2003.

 

***

Key Links

Amazon Author Page

 

***

Bibliography

The titles of the books he has written, compiled, and published include:

Books for Young Children:

  •  Sunny Saves the Grumpadinkles
  •  Mysti Z’s Magical Day
  •  Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down
  •  Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon
  •  Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon
  •  The Beach that Love Built
  •  A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree
  •  Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull
  •  V. G. and Dexter Dufflebee
  •  Ki-Gra’s REALLY, REALLY BIG Day!
  •  Clyde and Friends
  •  Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle
  •  Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly
  •  Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too
  •  Clyde and I

Non-Fiction:

  • Honest, Honey, That’s How It Happened
  • Stop Peeing in the Kitty Litter!
  • Slices of Life An anthology of the selected non-fiction stories of several writers.
  • Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man

Fiction:

  • It Was Her Eyes A novella
  • Touched Short stories and flash fiction
  • Palpable Imaginings An anthology of stories by several writers in various genres.

 Poetry:

  • Kaleidoscope

 

To see more about Russ Towne on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his dedicated author page where future content and books will added as he publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Advertisements

365 Challenge: Day 256 – Thanksgiving

Posted on Updated on

Thanksgiving: today’s holiday where we give thanks in the US

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. In today’s post, I am listing the top 10 things I am grateful for today (in no particular order):

  1. Health
  2. Freedom
  3. Family
  4. Friends
  5. Safety
  6. Home
  7. Ryder
  8. Books
  9. Food
  10. YOU

TG.jpg

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Blog: Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on Updated on

Happy Mother’s Day! As I head out the door in the next few minutes to visit my mom out on Long Island, I wanted to take a few moments to wish all my online friends and their families a very happy Mother’s Day. Many of you are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, sons, grandsons, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, caretakers, colleagues and friends of the women we are celebrating today. And some of you are mothers too. You deserve all the thanks and love in the world for everything you’ve done through the years.

I also wanted to take a moment to remember any mothers we may have lost this year, and to send lots of love to their families, as it will be a difficult day. My significant other’s mother passed away last fall, and I know it’s going to be a little bit of a rough day, remembering her and feeling that loss on the first mother’s day without her. As well, for anyone who lost their mother years ago, it’s just as hard.

I cherish the time I have with my own mother. We are going to see her today, cook brunch and spend the afternoon together. And I’ll be sure to tell her how much I love her for everything she’s done for me, for simply who she is as a wonderful, caring and giving person, and for putting up with me over the years! 🙂

Have a wonderful day celebrating and remembering the mothers in your life!

Happy Mother’s Day.

 

About Me

For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. <i>Note</i>: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 36 – Thankful

Posted on Updated on

Thankful: pleased, expressing gratitude and relief

Easter has come and gone, and for many of us, we remember how thankful we are for all the things we have in our life, the favors people have done for us and the blessings we have around us. For the last five days, I’ve been spending time with family who visited from out of town for a long holiday weekend. And I am thankful to them for the great experiences we all had together.

Although I grew up in New York, it was not “the city” I was raised in, as I lived in the suburbs, Long Island, and had spent the first 30 years of my there. I moved into Brooklyn for about a year, and I lived in San Francisco for about a year, but otherwise, I hadn’t spent much time in a big city, especially NYC, other than commuting to/from for work for 5 years, and the occasional event or dinner with colleagues or friends. Since I moved into NYC 5 years ago TODAY, I’ve had a lot of catching up to do on all the NY experiences. And while I’ve accomplished a lot, seen a tremendous amount, and had several quintessential experiences over those years, the last 5 days was a whirlwind tour of NYC from the eyes of many family members who have either never been here, or only stopped in for a day or two. Plus there were kids on this trip, so it was all about ensuring they had the perfect NYC trip to remember. And so did I… hence why I am thankful for it today.

Between the Statue of Liberty (which I had never been to in my 40 years), to the Central Park Boat House and a row boat ride on a lake (which I had not ever done before in NYC) and to walking around Chinatown, I was full of new NYC fun in a group setting surrounded by tons of people. Yes, there were a few moments where my head screamed “too many people around us,” but seeing the kids experience it first hand, plus some of the adults, was a memorable treasure. Running around on subways, trains , cabs and walking for 14 hours each day was tiring, but extremely fun. We laughed, cried, got sick (some just can’t take the cab ride!) and tried so many new things. I never picked up a book or watched TV the entire time, a rarity for me, but my imagination was fully alert.

Growing up so close to the city, but spending so little time in it never seemed odd to me. It was an hour train ride away, and I wasn’t big on crowds, so I never felt like I missed anything. Seeing new things as an adult is probably a different experience, one still very memorable and amazing… and being able to share it with loved ones is a rewarding gift. And so, while I am thankful for so many things in my life, having people whom you enjoy being around, celebrating an Easter holiday with family on both my side and my significant other’s side (for the first time together!) makes you see so many parts of life that I wish everyone had available to them. But not everyone does, which is why I am thankful to have these opportunities, to build relationships, savor memories and make plans to do it again in another city… just to see if we can make it even better.

We all say thank you. And sometimes we take a moment to think about what it is we are thankful for, but it often becomes just a habit of saying we appreciate something. Instead, we need to take a little time to remember what it is that we are happy about. What memory did we create. What feelings do we have. Why do we want to say thank you. What can we do besides just use the words.

Is it a hug? A kiss? A picture? A memory book? A letter? A reminder phone call? Posting on social media? Or just expressing it in words like I’m doing today. And though none of them read this blog (that I know of!), I hope some day, they will stumble across this and realize I’m talking about them… and everything we shared this last week. THANK YOU.

These shibas look like Ryder, my 10 year-old shiba inu.

Don’t ever forget the little things. Always remember to share what you love with your family and friends. And don’t mind me being a little sentimental and thankful today for getting a gift I hadn’t even realized I needed.

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay. I am 40 and live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post.