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Roland wins 3rd place in RPLA

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On October 22, Roland: of pirates and patriots, was awarded third place in the prestigious Royal Palm Literary competition in the broad category of Book Length Historical Fiction. This is a major annual award by the Florida Writer’s Association, a highly respected literary organization that supports new and established authors, and was open to all writers, published and unpublished.

I am humbled by the award and want to thank the judges for their consideration.

Review Roland on Amazon: Amazon Link

Based on real people and critical events, Roland brings pirates and patriots together in a complex and gripping weave of deceit, courage, mystery, and adventure surrounding the War of 1812.

 

Book Signing Tour

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Kathy and I are heading out for a three-week BOOK SIGNING tour of RV parks in SEVEN states.

Now, for those of you who have read The Robbins: old farts gone bad, I want to assure you that Kathy and I are NOT crooks. We are not using the RV to cover perfect heists. We just want to meet fans and sign a few books.

Honest… we are not thieves. We’re just trying to promote The Robbins.

I’ll be sending pictures from the road of some of the great people we meet.

My laptop will not be idle. Julia—now that it is a murder/crime mystery—awaits my renewed attention. For those fans who have been asking, I’m working on it. Just chill! I have to launch the next novel in the Robert Curry series, Three Legs of the Caliphate first. That’s one scary book.

I’ll also be making a few of my books free downloads over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out.

Tim

Timothy Freriks Facebook Fan Page

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As I grow and gather a fan base, I have been told I needed to set up a Facebook Fan Page, @authortimfreriks. So I did.  This is the new link. Definitely, follow me.

Three Legs is my latest novel, and it is the most frightening. Why? Because this story is happening. If anybody is interested in reading an ARC, please email me at tfreriks@timothyfreriks.com .

The proposed release date is August 15th. Let me know what format (ePub, MOBI, or PDF) you want. I also have a few hard copies if that’s the only way you can read it.

When you email me, I’d love permission to put you on my mailing list, too. Every once in a while, I’ll send news and notices about free copies of new stuff I do. In fact, if you haven’t read the rather intense short stories in my Collection 1, here’s the link for that. Enjoy! Sorry, but they might be a little disturbing.

Banana – a short story

BANANA

A short story by Timothy Freriks © 2016

 

After all of this time, now I’m trash. No, sorry… I’m garbage. The newspaper I find myself uncomfortably snuggled up to—almost wrapped up in—is trash. He seems proud of that like it’s an important distinction and somehow better than being garbage.  I honestly don’t know the difference, but I respect his right to think that as I try to be proud of being garbage.

The cherry tomato with whom I share this tight, dark space, seemed to agree with me, but of course, he had to identify with garbage. Inanimate objects are trash, he had said. I’m not. He was awfully wrinkled and squishy at the time—old and maybe senile—so I don’t know if I trust his perception. A little later, when I tried to get some clarification, I got no response. I’ll have to assume he has died.

That fate awaits me as well as I feel myself turning darker, inside and out. My meat is soft to the point of being called ‘mushy’, and my once beautiful yellow skin is dark brown and, in spots, black already. I have to accept that final decay is inevitable, but… Continue reading

Three Short Stories

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Here are three pretty intense short stories for your enjoyment.

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Enjoy!!! visit timothyfreriks.com if you like them.

 

Below is a REAL short story.

 

 

BANANA

A short story by Timothy Freriks © 2016

 

After all of this time, now I’m trash. No, sorry… I’m garbage. The newspaper I find myself uncomfortably snuggled up to—almost wrapped up in—is trash. He seems proud of that, like it’s an important distinction and somehow better than being garbage.  I honestly don’t know the difference, but I respect his right to think that as I try to be proud of being garbage.

The cherry tomato with whom I share this tight, dark space, seemed to agree with me, but of course, he had to identify with garbage. Inanimate objects are trash, he had said. I’m not. He was awfully wrinkled and squishy at the time—old and maybe senile—so I don’t know if I trust his perception. A little later, when I tried to get some clarification, I got no response. I’ll have to assume he has died.

That fate awaits me as well as I feel myself turning darker, inside and out. My meat is… Continue reading

Startup Assembly Manual Nominated for Small Business Book Awards 2016

From Small Business Trends:

“The focus of “Startup Assembly Manual” is squarely on the product in the “startup” process. Most “startup advice” books focus on the marketing and inspiration needed to launch a product, but only a few focus on the product, which drives the whole thing. Without a good product (or service), your startup will not successfully launch. The book, in particular, embraces its own self-developed methodology, “ACE methodology” (Assess, Confirm, Execute), which focuses on analysis validation, and constant feedback to refine marketing and product design. It features one of the simplest and most straightforward formulas for pricing that a reader will ever see.”

Do you have a brilliant idea for a product or a business and you want to start your own company? SAM is a book for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a great idea and no clue how to go about bringing their dream to reality.

It is focused on the foundation of any successful business: proving you have a saleable product first.

SAM is built from Mr. Freriks’ ACE Methodology, which embodies three basic steps: Assessment, Confirmation and Execution. It is a process of Assessing yourself, your customer, your product… Continue reading

Julia – new novel teaser

Cover_realSmallI’ll be finishing this novel up sometime late summer. I’d love some comments on Chapter One.

Julia is not ‘stunningly’ beautiful as most heroines tend to be. Neither is she ‘striking’ unless of course she happens to be striking you. No, Julia is none of that: she’s ‘odd’, not falling into any category or stereotype easily identifiable. With her round white face, pink-purple lipstick, and dead black hair, you might start with ‘punk’. However, the pink polo shirt screws that perception up pretty good, although the strangely patterned and oddly colored over-sized scarf flung over it might give you pause.

The ragged, torn, and apparently dirty jeans might not bring you back to ‘punk’—more like ‘unkempt’. The black cowboy boots? Well, aside from the fact that they match her hair, your brain might start to frazzle in its attempt to make any sense out of this. Her ‘just a little plump’ body does stretch the denim a little, but ‘it works’, she likes to say. Looking at the 26-year old woman, you might disagree, but on closer examination, you might nod your head and think that maybe it does work. Somehow. Julia thinks her body is a different… Continue reading

Boiling Frogs – September, 2087

BOILING THE FROGS

September, 2087

By Unnamed. (withheld for protection)

 

Recipe for Boiling a Frog

  1. Do not boil water first; the frog, upon being thrown into a boiling pot, will instantly jump out and hop away.
  2. Simply place the frog in the water then slowly turn up the heat until it is boiling—the frog will become progressively acclimated and increasingly sluggish and unaware of the danger until it is too late.
  3. Reduce heat and remove the frog when it has lost its will to live.
  4. Strip the frog of all of its protective coatings; remove its independence, its need for self-expression and its soul, put it back in the water, adding flavorings to suit your tastes. It is now ready to serve you.

Cautions: Remember the life cycle of frogs:

Bondage to spiritual faith;
Spiritual faith to great courage;
Courage to liberty;
Liberty to Abundance;
Abundance to selfishness;
Selfishness to complacency;
Complacency to apathy;
Apathy to dependency;
Dependency to bondage.

Frogs are most tender as they move from Apathy to Dependency. Catch them at that point and don’t allow spiritual faith to occur.

Notes:

The vast majority of people in the world are—and always have been— frogs. The people… Continue reading

How do you get “Great Ideas”?

QV-7When aspiring entrepreneurs finally realize they have what it takes—desire, passion, drive, ambition— to be successful, they inevitably ask: “what great idea do I use to start my business?”

Or, it is the other way around: They have great ideas and ask: “now what?” and “do I have what it takes?”

I wrote my book for the last group, but I find there are a lot of people in the first group, too.  One thing is common to both, however: the word “idea”.   The second group already came up with an idea and the first group needs to come up with an idea.  So, what’s the process of coming up with “ideas”?

I don’t necessarily believe in the pure “light bulb going on” explanation.  Great ideas come from somewhere.  Like the first big bubble of a pot of water set to boil for spaghetti, getting a worthy idea doesn’t just happen; there’s a lot of planning (filling the pot, turning on the fire) and time. The water just sits there for a while, the potential for boiling just invisibly building up. There are a bunch of little bubbles, but barely noticeable, especially if… Continue reading