Friday, March 27, 2015

28 March: Take part in the global Earth Hour event #YourPower

Hundreds of millions of people around the world will mark WWF’s Earth Hour by switching off their lights for one hour. This is a peaceful, international and symbolic event to show how much mankind cares about the future of planet Earth.

What is Earth Hour?
Now in its ninth year, Earth Hour is a worldwide movement uniting people to protect the planet and is organised by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Engaging a massive community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
What’s new for 2015?

With just months to go before world leaders meet in Paris to agree a new global climate deal, Earth Hour has made 2015’s campaign objective “climate change” with the global tagline ‘Use #YourPower to change Climate Change at’

When does Earth Hour take place?
The  Earth Hour 2015 lights-out event is on Saturday, 28 March between 20:30 and 21:30 local time. But there’s far more to #YourPower than the one-hour event.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Dubious Race- The Phoenician Stones Author: Gerald J. Kubicki & Kristopher Kubicki

Ever wonder who really discovered America? Did you know they are still here? This book explores the evidence and the startling conclusions.

Colton Banyon enters the Law offices of Dewey & Beatem and finds his business partner, Bart, has gone missing He becomes mired in paperwork to keep the organization functioning. His day goes downhill from there as an old client, Professor Lisa Lange, suddenly intrudes and asks for his immediate help.
Professor Lange claims she has uncovered evidence which solves several ancient archeological mysteries and poses a few more. She has photos of ancient stones which tell an unbelievable story. She claims the Phoenicians discovered America and discloses evidence to prove it. Not only that, but she claims the Phoenicians never left and are still here.
Professor Lange needs Banyon’s help because one of the stones has been stolen from a ranch in Nevada. She needs it back as proof of her theories.
Banyon and his new team members race to the ranch to investigate, but soon find out there multiple suspects in the thief and an incredibly determined villain who will stop at nothing to own the ranch.


I was born and raised on Eastern Long Island in the Westhampton area. My youth was full of adventures since we had miles of woods surrounding my home and we were near the ocean. I didn't know until I reached college that most people didn't have celebrities living nearby. The Hamptons are loaded with them. I considered myself an athlete and excelled in baseball. My goal was to play major league baseball, but a shoulder injury ended that dream.
I attended college at Suny Plattsburgh on an academic scholarship and I am a proud member of Theta Kappa Beta fraternity. My mother told people that I was an educated bum.
I moved to New York City in 1970. My degree was useless and I worked a variety of jobs including food service, bartending and recruiting models and secretaries. That was fun, but not much money. I eventually entered the business world.
My first real job was in the Consumer Products industry. I was hired by a major manufacturer of food products. They trained me to be an executive and also to believe that anything is possible. They exposed me to the broader world. After ten years my division was sold and I moved on to the car wax business in an executive position and started to travel to other countries increasing my knowledge base. Eventually I went to work for the huge conglomerate, where I became involved with trade organizations for consumer products companies. As the age of computers blossomed I became an expert in developing business for our customers and developed many trusted contacts in business. This resulted in my development of a consulting business.
My hobbies are golf, reading, writing, traveling, all sports, cooking and even a little gambling. I am an accomplished speaker and have been certificated in Behavior Modification, facilitation, and business organization. I studied business management at Hofstra university. In addition to owning a consulting business, I also started an English language school in China.
My basis philosophies are: History will repeat itself, we are products of our environment, knowledge is always the key and everyone deserves justice. They are reflected in my books. One more thing, I also believe that there are unexplainable phenomena in the world, like spirits and curses.

He currently resides in Las Vegas.

You can find out more about this author by visiting his website.

Name: A Dubious Race- The Phoenician Stones
Author: Gerald J. Kubicki & Kristopher Kubicki
Series: #14 – they stand alone
Published: March 20th, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1508702634

Size: The book is approximately 340 pages and has 97,559 words
Genre: Action/Adventure/Mystery/Thriller/Sci-Fi
Author website:


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Big things are happening in the Klepto Cat Mystery office.

The Cats and Patricia have recently completed another blog tour.

It’s a blast! Every day, Patricia and the Cats stopped over at a different blog site and shared stories about the writing life—sometimes from Patricia’s perspective; sometimes from the cats’ perspective. And you’ll see pictures of cute kitties. There are reviews of Patricia’s latest book, Mansion of Meows, secrets from her long path as an author revealed. Even Patricia’s cats shared in the fun. Here are some of the titles of Patricia’s guest blog posts:
“Writing With Cats, the Joys and the Challenges,”
“The Writer’s Cat—by Lily the Tabby,”
“Cats—the Author’s Pawtner,”
“A Mystery-Writer’s Confessions.”
Be sure to read about the fun and interesting journey Patricia and the Cats have taken. The first stop was at Catscapades blog
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 The Idea Factory: Where Do Story Ideas Come From?
By Patricia Fry

Readers sometimes wonder what inspires the stories they read. What part of the author’s brain composed it? What, in the author’s life, triggered it?
            When I wrote nonfiction, I chose my subjects based on two criteria—what I was interested in and what my readers wanted/needed. My books for authors are being used in many, many writing rooms and author’s offices. I often came up with the topics based on the authors’ questions I received while speaking at writers conferences, while participating in book festivals and so forth. I tried to address current needs for authors related to the publishing industry and the process of book promotion.
            Today, however, I write fiction—cozy mysteries, to be exact. Well, some people call mine revved up cozies. There are thousands, if not millions, of mystery fans and a whole lot of readers who enjoy books featuring interesting animals. So, when I decided to write fiction, I developed a mystery theme with people, of course, but a main cat character who often steals the show—along with the belongings of others. You see, Ragsdale (aka Rags) a klepto cat. His “people” are Michael and Savannah—both veterinarians. Throughout the course of the stories, Rags collects an array of friends—both human and otherwise. You never know who (or what) you’re going to meet next.
            I don’t think you can write a book without at least a smidge of the author in it. And astute people—especially those who know me—will see me showing up here and there in my stories. They’ll notice my passions, thought process, values, personality, and more. But where do the ideas for my stories come from?
            Catnapped is the first book in the series. I wrote this story based loosely on a true story that took place in a real community in California. Neighborhood cats were going missing and, in this case, the catnappers were not coyotes or cat-haters. They weren’t scientists seeking experimental animals. These knuckleheads had a more primitive reasons for stealing cats off people’s porches, as will be revealed in this book. Of course, Rags helps solve the mystery.
            In Cat-Eye Witness, I wanted to try creating a murder for which the only eye-witness was the cat. How in the world would they get the Rags to reveal the murderer? That was a fun story to write because there are so many avenues leading the reader on intriguing journeys before the actual culprit is “pawed.”
            Last year, I decided I’d like to feature a cat colony and try to build a mystery around this theme. Boy oh boy did this story lend itself to a whole lot of interesting turns and twists. The Colony Cat Caper was one super fun story to create.
            The Gallery Cat Caper came about when I decided to change the location of the story. I sent Rags and his people to a beach community in Southern California for a couple of weeks. But why? I asked myself—I knew my readers would ask, too. So I brought in an old college chum of Michael’s who has become a well-known artist and developed a mystery around the art gallery.
            Savannah has a horse who is great friends with Rags. I thought it would be fun to feature Peaches in one of the books and The Corral Cat Caper was developed.
            The latest book in the Klepto Cat Mystery series, Mansion of Meows, like The Gallery Cat Caper, takes place in a different location. This time, a mansion in San Francisco. This certainly opened up a whole new range of possibilities for our main characters and their friends.
            Sometimes I wonder how many viable stories I can write featuring Rags, the Klepto Cat without the fountain of ideas running dry. In fact, when I finish a book and send it off to be published, I usually do not have another book in mind. But as soon as I sit down to outline a new story, one is very soon bubbling over and out of me into the computer. Within a few weeks, I have a very good first draft and a month or so later, a completed book. Next step is handing it over to my beta readers, then to my proofreader, and then on to my Kindle formatting person.
            Bernadette Kazmarski is the cover designer. Throughout the writing process, she and I spend a lot of time going back and forth on design issues until we are both satisfied. It’s a fun and sometimes frustrating process.
            See all of the books on the Klepto Cat Mystery page at Notice our interesting array of great covers. Order any of the 9 books for your Kindle. Currently, the first five books are also in print, with more scheduled to be published in book form.
Patricia Fry has been writing for publication since 1973 and has 49 books to her credit. Her current passion is writing The Klepto Cat Mysteries.