So Much is Happening

Wow, the month of February is over, and we’re halfway through March.  Time is really flying by.  But suddenly, many of our activities have come to a stand still.  Staying busy and maintaining the norm is crucial during this critical time our nation is facing.

For me, this means more time to read.  If reading is your passion, let me help.  Effective immediately, I have lowered the price of all of my ebooks to just $2.99 -including my latest release.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, this is the start of my busiest time of year at work.  People begin to receive their income tax refunds and many of them spend it on new cars.

And since I am an insurance agent, I have really been busy trying to keep up.  I think I’ve already written more new policies this month, than I did the entire months of January and February combined.  Needless to say, I come home exhausted.

I’m so thankful that my sweet husband cooks supper for me and brings my plate to me on a tray.  After nearly 33 years of marriage, I think I’ll keep him.

Today is the first day I’ve worked with my publisher all month.  I’ve got to finish editing Shattered Dreams.  Special thanks to my two beta readers, Chuck and Dorinda.  Y’all did a great job.  I’ve finally gotten all of your corrections added to my rough draft, now I’ll start back on page one and see how it reads.  I’m really close to submitting Shattered Dreams for print. More details to follow.

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day.  Being on the Keto diet meant no chocolate for us, but we survived. As a nation, we’re going to survive this epidemic we’re facing too.

REVIEWS:

“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

Intriguing mysteries, with great characters, that hold you in suspense.” –  CB
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The Journey Begins

“Life for me before writing my first book Issues, and the life I have now are two totally different ball games. My life before, was a life filled with resentment, anger and pain. Issues released me from those chains of self-oppression. Before, all I could do is hurt …now all I want to do is help.

Issues is an outline of all the times I was tarnished. My own self-will was to blame many times. There was a breaking point somewhere, when I was young. I quit caring about doing what was right because I felt I was done so wrong in life.

I knew at an early age that if I didn’t care about the consequence, I’d push it till all those that stood against me gave in first. They used alternative punishment, when all I needed was the truth and perhaps a heck of a butt whooping. This all gave birth to Issues!” -Paul Kurko

Issues by Paul Kurko

In his autobiography entitled Issues, Paul Kurko talks about the resentments he had when his mom died. Resentments that eventually led him on path straight to prison.

When Paul submitted his story to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support program, I asked him “Why do you want to share your story?” He said, “Dude, I’m worried about the younger generation coming up out there. I’m a father now, and I don’t want them to experience everything like I did. They need to know that their past does not define their future. Maybe my story will show them.

“This page turner will grab you. In it, Paul doesn’t hold back. He says what he means and means what he says. That’s why we know you’re going to love his story. It’s real.” -Eric L. Jones, Sr., Publisher

TGIM New Release: Dreams Are Forever

When a freak accident robs him of his wife and children, a quirky but seemingly normal man is driven to a dangerously obsessive need to restore his family.  The aftermath brings terror into the lives of innocent children and their families.

In this second book of the Dreams Never Lie series, Josh Howard is summoned back to the FBI as a consultant, child kidnapping cases being his passion.  With no ransom demands, no witnesses left alive, and the lives of the children hanging in the balance, Josh resorts to the sordid world of the dark web where every form of evil lurks to solve this case. He has no choice. Time is running out.

Color: Black & White on White paper
Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Page Count: 446 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1726024013
ISBN-10: 1726024016
BISAC: Fiction / Thriller / General

Have you read the first book in the Dreams Never Lie series?

Dreams Never Lie by Elsie Varn HarrellJosh Howard is only eight years old when the little girl next door, Doni, is kidnapped and killed.  Josh vows to catch her killers when he grows up.  As a FBI agent, he knows the chance of solving the case after so many years is slim to none, but he still dreams about Doni.

Josh is assigned a serial murder case in which the victims are tortured and raped before being killed. After a long string of murders with no leads, Josh starts receiving coded messages from the killer, warning when another attack will take place.  Then, there are hints that connect the killer to Josh’s new wife.

As Josh faces one of the most perplexing cases of his career, his personal life is now in shambles.  Will he be able to stop this maniac before he strikes again?  Will he be able to save his marriage?  Is his wife the next intended victim?

Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Color: Black & White on White paper
Page Count: 526 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1976016257
ISBN-10: 1976016258
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General

About Elsie Varn Harrell

Elsie was born and raised in Brooksville, Florida a small town about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. She moved to Texas with her three children in the 1980’s where she met her husband on a blind date. The lovely couple recently celebrated their 30th anniversary.

Elsie lives in a small town in Texas where she is an active member of a Baptist church. Elsie is an insurance agent, and is also hard at work on her next novel. She loves the north-central Texas area as is evident in her books.

Kurko Inspires: When The Odds Are Stacked Against You

“Sometimes in life, you may feel as if the odds are stacked against you. This is the point where you buckle down and push hard to get through the day. For tomorrow will become yesterday with a little  faith. Push forward, it won’t last forever …unless you let it.

We as humans are flawed, each and every one of us. We all have issues. What we do with our feelings defines us to a point. Feelings are hard to deal with for most of us.

With that said, think of something in your life that hurt you. Afterwards, you probably felt changed. Maybe you lost some joy, trust or that deep down goodness. Then multiply that over and over. That’s what some of us go through.

Never being able to deal with that first issue that hurt you -when multiplied by more hurtful events, can take a toll. Makes your light go from dim -to darkness. Well, I want you to know that you are not alone. Don’t believe me? Then read my book entitled ‘Issues’. When you’re done, use the Contact Form below to connect with me. Who knows. Perhaps, we can be there for each other.”  -Kurko Inspires

Issues by Paul Kurko

In his autobiography entitled Issues, Paul Kurko talks about the resentments he had when his mom died. Resentments that eventually led him on path straight to prison.

When Paul submitted his story to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support program, I asked him “Why do you want to share your story?” He said, “Dude, I’m worried about the younger generation coming up out there. I’m a father now, and I don’t want them to experience everything like I did. They need to know that their past does not define their future. Maybe my story will show them.

“This page turner will grab you. In it, Paul doesn’t hold back. He says what he means and means what he says. That’s why we know you’re going to love his story. It’s real.” -Eric L. Jones, Sr., Publisher

Buy The Book $9.99Download The eBook $4.99

 

Kurko Inspires: Breaking Point

“Life for me before writing Issues, and the life I have now are two totally different ball games. My life before, was a life filled with resentment, anger and pain. Issues released me from those chains of self-oppression. Before, all I could do is hurt …now all I want to do is help.

Issues is an outline of all the times I was tarnished. My own self-will was to blame many times. There was a breaking point somewhere, when I was young. I quit caring about doing what was right because I felt I was done so wrong in life.

I knew at an early age that if I didn’t care about the consequence, I’d push it till all those that stood against me gave in first. They used alternative punishment, when all I needed was the truth and perhaps a heck of a butt whooping. This all gave birth to Issues!” -Kurko Inspires

Issues by Paul Kurko

In his autobiography entitled Issues, Paul Kurko talks about the resentments he had when his mom died. Resentments that eventually led him on path straight to prison.

When Paul submitted his story to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support program, I asked him “Why do you want to share your story?” He said, “Dude, I’m worried about the younger generation coming up out there. I’m a father now, and I don’t want them to experience everything like I did. They need to know that their past does not define their future. Maybe my story will show them.

“This page turner will grab you. In it, Paul doesn’t hold back. He says what he means and means what he says. That’s why we know you’re going to love his story. It’s real.” -Eric L. Jones, Sr., Publisher

Buy The Book $9.99Download The eBook $4.99

Booking for Paul Kurko

20170624_201819861_iOSEnlighten, entertain, and encourage your group by booking Paul Kurko for your next event. His motivating and inspiring message touches the hearts of diverse audiences from all walks of life.

“Paul’s story really encouraged me, and reading his book gave me hope. It was like I was drowning in life, and Paul threw me a life jacket. I was afraid to pursue my dreams until Paul spoke to us.” -Cameron White, Student

The cost of $700 is definitely less than the benefit you get when you book Paul for your next event. Your group will step beyond motivation into impact, and leave with tools they didn’t have before. The price includes 50 of Paul’s books entitled ‘Issues’ that he will autograph for your group. You may purchase copies at a discounted rate if you need more. Price does not include travel. Use the Contact Form below to book Paul Kurko.

TGIM Books: What inspired Fire Light Fire Bright?

Many people have asked what was my inspiration for writing Fire Light Fire Bright.  I guess I would have to say, the Vietnam War.  I lost some close friends there and I wanted to write this book as a tribute.

I originally planned for the Vietnam Veteran to be the main character and, of course, be the  hero. However, as I began writing, my characters developed minds of their own, and they sort of took over.  My vet was pushed to the background, and Dodge, the sheriff, moved front and center.  I started putting in hints to make the readers suspect that the vet was the bad guy. Then to really muddy the waters, my mind did a complete reverse and I decided I really would make him turn out to be the guilty party.  Then, I changed my mind again.

I seesawed back and forth throughout the entire writing process.  To tell you the truth, I wasn’t positive who was going to be the one, until I wrote the final chapter.

***Spoiler Alert*** Nope, not going to do it.  You’ll have to read the book to see if he turns out to be the good guy or the bad guy.

Fire Light Fire Bright

The small north-central town of Glenwood, Texas is being methodically burned to the ground. Every few days another fire. Acres of scorched pasture, and skeletal remains of the once majestic trees that surrounded the township attest to the skill of the arsonist. Sheriff Dodge Brewster is frustrated by his inability to find even a single shred of evidence.

Several teenage girls in surrounding communities have been brutally raped. When the rapist finally targets Glenwood, the girls are not only raped, but murdered also. Deep in the woods outside of town, a Vietnam vet lives as a hermit. The people of Glenwood accuse him of every misdeed that occurs. The arson, rape and murders are no exception. They are demanding that Dodge arrest the vet, but new evidence in a turn of events point to his own friend.

Will Dodge be able to prove his friend’s innocence? Will he have to arrest him? Or will he go along with the townspeople and arrest the Vietnam vet?

Elsie Varn Harrell Virtual Book Club

Date: Sat, January 13, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST

Cost: Free

Where: Online

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