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Why I Wrote Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?

The story behind Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway is a 30-year unfolding tale of suspicion, intrigue and questions.  My quest for truth started innocently when I first became a believer in the Messiah.  One of the doctrines I first became indoctrinated to was the practice of paying ten percent of my income to the coffers of the institutional church as a command from God.  As the years passed by I began to question this overtaxing financial obligation.  Although it was tough to pay this kind of money year after year, I dutifully kept my obligation to pay God ten percent no matter the circumstances.   Even in the face of not being able to pay my bills and struggling to feed my fam...
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Readers' Favorite Five star Review for The Cries of Manor Lannigan

Reader's Favorite has awarded my story The Cries of Manor Lanningan a Five Star review.https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-cries-of-manor-lannigan
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The weird world of the fiction writer

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The weird world of the fiction writer.

 

 It's 6 AM my Sheltie rest at my feet under the desk. Two hummingbirds buzz around the feeders. I’ll need to refill them later today. Occasionally they fly in and out the open windows of my office. Down by the apple tree a doe is munching on the grass. The possum I disturbed when I came to my office at five is probably asleep by now. Deep in the woods bard owls call ‘who cooks for you’. They will find each other soon their greeting sounding like a couple of monkeys. The stream down the hill is flowing calmly now. The torrent of last week’s rain gone, replaced by a gentle murmur. The music of the water falling over the log mixes with the songs of birds. The sky lightens in the east feathery mist rising from the fields. Within an hour, the sun will be steaming its way to a temperature in the 90’s.The world is waking up.

Yet I hear and see none of it. I’m deep in the writing of my most recent book. I’m involved in a shootout, police chase, murder, abduction or investigation. I’ve been at it awhile with still months to go before the book is completed. The writing is going well, but it’s the first draft. When it if completed it will be sent to the publisher corrected- the last thing I want is errors- a cover created and then sent to the distributors. When it’s finished, I will start again with another book. And it’s been this way for over 25 years. Thus is the life of a fiction writer.

Around eight I’ll come back to the real world shut down my computer and go have breakfast with my wife. Afterwards I will complete any task that needs to be taken care of around the house. Later in the day I’ll return to the pages of the story.

Do I feel guilty? Sometimes. How can you ask your readers to spend their money for what you would gladly do for free.

 Fiction writers are a little strange. We can be deep in the story living in another place experiencing heartaches joys triumphs bringing the hero or villain to existence. Then we step away from the computer and live a normal life. The next day or hour, we are back in the world only we are aware of. However, the story is always there haunting us invading our thoughts at times even our dreams. It can hold us captive for months or years. Yet it is not an unpleasant experience. We may seem distracted at times our thoughts far from the conversation at hand. Our eyes in some distant place, far from where our feet are planted. If you say something, we may ask you to repeat it. We’re not trying to be rude or disrespectful. It isn’t because we didn’t hear you but the voices of our characters drowned you out. If they walked through the door, we would not be surprised. Our characters have become as real to us as any member of our family.

As we write, we may weep, laugh or smile. If the writing is going well, we become lost in the story and the outside world fades away. Some may believe a book is not a book until it’s published. However, I believe it begins to live the minute you type or write out the first word.

 

 

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Hy Brasil:Island of Eternity an Authorsdb Cover Contest Semi finalist

Voting is open for the Authorsdb 2019 Cover ContestHy Brasil: Island of Eternity is now a semi finalist and hoping to go all the way.I'd appreciate your vote to help make it happen.Kind Regards.Robert E. Kearns
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Hy Brasil: Island of Eternity wins First Place in the Pencraft Awards

I'm delighted to announce that Hy Brasil: Island of Eternity has won First Place in the Pencraft Awards.Link: https://www.pencraftaward.com/
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Inkslingers Creepy Stories - Halloween 2019

My writing group - Inkslingers has just released a compilation of spooky stories that we wrote of Halloween.Among them is a tale from me - The Harvest.Hope you enjoy.Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0819VTGF3/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=inkslingers&qid=1573561258&sr=8-2
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Something Called Permafrost is a Free Download this weekend

Something Called Permafrost - A Short Story from Robert E. Kearns is a free Kindle Download this weekend, Nov 9 and Nov 10Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VJL61M3/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3
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Fourth of July receives Five Stars from Readers' Favorite

My short story Fourth of July has today received five stars from Readers' Favorite.I'm delighted with this wonderful praise for my work.https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/fourth-of-july
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Book Review: It's Ok to Not Be Ok


It's Ok To Not Be Ok by Kim Lamontagne is a collection of stories written by 11 contributing authors about their personal experience with mental health struggles.I heard about this book from Cat Davis, who blogs at High Risk Cat.  She contributed the Story "Looked Up", which is the first story in the book.  In her story, she describes her experiences with bipolar disorder, including becoming psychotic.Regarding an involuntary hospitalization, she writes: "It sunk in that I was stuck here until someone let me out. I gave up my freedom when I stepped through the doors of this facility. I was a patient, but more importantly, I was a prisoner. I had no idea that I was about to be sentenced to li...
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I'M GETTING THERE

Slowly but surely I am reaching the end of my final rewrite of Book 1 of my 2-book historical fiction collection. I've been working on this project for 7-8 years (on and off) and this will be my 5th rewrite.Next step will be finding my self a proficient editor and I welcome any and all recommendations any of you care to send my way.What a project!! Most of the time mentioned above was spent on research, something I quite enjoy and find fascinating + educational.
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Free ebook this weekend: The Imposters of Badington Bay

My short story The Imposters of Badington Bay is a Free Download from Friday to Sunday.Hope you love it. Here's the link:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V2TGB75/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i8
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Interview with The Authors Show

Here's the link to my interview with Danielle Hampson of The Authors Show.https://wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow1.html
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Authors Show - September 23

I'll be featured on The Authors Show with Danielle Hampson on September 23https://wnbnetworkwest.com/
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Interview with The Authors Show - September 23

My interview with The Authors Show is scheduled for broadcast on September 23.https://wnbnetworkwest.com/
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My EBook at a 67% Discount Price!


I am happy to tell you that my eBook Look for Me Under the Rainbow is again at a 67% discount price during Kindle promo week!Sunday, September 15, 2019, 8:00 AM PDT through Sunday, September 22, 2019, 12:00 AM PDTGrab this opportunity and read the story of a harp seal Danny at a favorable price! Please spread the word and tell your friends about it. If you care about its message and want more future readers to hear about it, please leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you!“I loved this short story about a sweet young harp seal who faces both adventure and loss despite being so young. This is a gentle, but realistic tale about the life many seals face out in the wild—with hum...
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Readers' Favorite Review of 'Something Called Permafrost'

I was delighted to receive this review of 'Something Called Permafrost' from Reader's Favorite"I enjoyed this quick tale because it tells a complete story in a relatively short space. Molly is the only character, and yet her role in the story is well developed and comes to a dramatic and surprising conclusion. The story moves quickly in a straight exposition form, with no dialogue or interaction between characters, except the strange interactions between Molly and the frozen man her team exhumes from the ice. Best of all, this is a great, quick read that you can enjoy in one sitting, just enough to spark your imagination and immerse you into a scene that's different from your day to day life...
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A Retrospective Trip Down Tourniquet Lane - Free Download this weekend

A Retrospective Trip Down Tourniquet Lane will be a free Kindle download this weekendhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W7WDT6W/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i11
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Readers’ Favorite Bronze for Look for Me Under the Rainbow!


Look for Me Under the Rainbow got another recognition—the Bronze Medal in the Fiction–Animals category in 2019 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest!Readers’ Favorite recognizes Look for Me Under the Rainbow by Bernard Jan in its annual international book award contest, currently available at Amazon here.The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and ...
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Free Download on August 30 and 31 - A Midnight Call to Monto

My short story - A Midnight Call to Monto, is a free Kindle download on August 30 and 31https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VW3ZY65/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i11
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Readers' Favorite Review of 'The Two Faces of Killer Kilbride'

The ambiance and period of the setting serve the story’s dark element well. The Two Faces of Killer Kilbride is an apt title; the townsfolk are enthralled with the lead character so much that they appointed him as the mayor. It seems they made the right choice until this likable man shows his dark side to the ones who are unfortunate enough to be his victims. Kilbride is so infallible that an unexpected turn of events only rattled him a bit. Nevertheless, I’ll say no more, just know that this short story will make readers ponder about the real 'Kilbrides' out there who know how to woo and eventually silent their unsuspected victims. With lyrical but tight prose, Kearns gives readers an enjoy...
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