A Divided State: A Civil War Novel

A Divided State: A Civil War Novel

A-Divided-State-Front-CoverFreeze Time Media recently released “A Divided State: A Civil War Novel.” Gravelly, Arkansas, was not too different from most small, towns in rural Arkansas. For the most part, there was not a great disparity in terms of wealth between the mostly lower middle class and a sizable lower class. Though poor, and largely uneducated, the hardworking Yell County residents were able to scratch out a living in the rocky soil of the Fourche River Valley. Cotton, the cash crop of the South, allowed most families to live reasonably happy, rewarding lives.

Though backward by some standards, the people were, for the most part, honest, hardworking, and God fearing. The standard of living was improving for most, and a brighter future lay ahead. Few people ever left Yell County and moved away. Most grew up there, got little education, selected a Yell County mate, bore children, worked hard, died, and were buried in one of the cemeteries. Since the industrious natives seldom had time for visiting and fellowship, they always enjoyed the occasional gatherings, whether church, revival, sale day, or even funerals or wakes. A segregated society existed, yet some knew not why since there were almost no blacks in Yell County. Of course, very few whites could have afforded to own a slave.

Beginning on May 6, 1861, life would begin to drastically change for most people in Yell County. Secession from the Union would change everything. Four young men, fast friends, would join the state militia. The four friends, all from slightly different social–economic levels and backgrounds, would become soldiers and prepare for the approaching invasion of Arkansas by Federal troops. From a training base at Van Buren, Arkansas, the Arkansas militia would march north to meet a Federal army moving down from Springfield, Missouri. The battle, on March 6-7, 1862, would be the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. The battle would result in a divided state of Arkansas, with a Federal capital at Little Rock and a Confederate capital at Washington, Arkansas.

“A Divided State: A Civil War Novel” is available in print from Amazon. The ebook is available from various sources, including Amazon, the iBookstore and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author

Joe-Poindexter-photoJoe Poindexter, a native of Oklahoma, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. Three years later, he graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State University with a master’s degree in public school administration. Joe served as teacher, coach, and school administrator in Oklahoma schools for thirty years. After retiring from education and relocating to Arkansas, he finished another degree in history and government. He taught ten more years at National Park Community College, Hot Springs, Arkansas. There he taught several history courses including Arkansas history.

Joe is president of Hot Springs Village Civil War Roundtable. He is also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He frequently makes presentations to the Civil War Roundtable and to local clubs, organizations, and public schools. Joe is also active in church, where he is a deacon and teaches a Sunday school class. He is also a chaplain at Samaritan Ministries, a homeless shelter for men located in Hot Springs, and he is also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope of Tales: Humor, Romance, Drama — All of the Above

Kaleidoscope of Tales

Kaleidoscope-New-Front-Cover-Feb-12Freeze Time Media recently released “Kaleidoscope of Tales: Humor, Romance, Drama — All of the Above.” The book of short stories includes a variety of subjects to entertain adult readers. It contains elements of humor, as in “Almost Perfect,” the remaining optimism of one who chronicles his physical ailments, and “Mother’s Day Gifts,” a hilarious story of a man’s experience with a wife and a girlfriend with a surprise ending.

The romantic at heart will enjoy “Rebirth,” the heartwarming story of newfound love for a widow of two years, and “A New Beginning,” the bizarre results of a dating-service utilization. Stories of a dramatic nature include “Willie’s Dream,” a true story about a legendary NFL quarterback who took time to make a dying boy’s dream come true, and “Demons,” an actual tragic story of the demise of a PGA tour golf caddy.

The stories are both fiction and nonfiction and should appeal to all ages and both genders. Many of the stories have won awards in literary competitions. Notes follow each story from the author detailing what inspired the story.

“Kaleidoscope of Tales” is available in print from Amazon. The ebook is available from various sources, including Amazon, the iBookstore and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author

Mickey-OriginalMickey Jordan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. He had a very successful business career culminating in owning and operating his own financial services firm. During his business life he authored numerous articles that were published in local, state, and national journals. Upon retirement he turned his efforts to writing short stories. Many of his stories, including some in “Kaleidoscope of Tales,” have won awards in literary competitions. He resides in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, with his wife, Becky. They have six children and ten grandchildren. He is a member of the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club. He is also an active participant of the Village Writers’ Critique Group.

Recent Release: Common Sense For Today’s America

Common Sense For Today’s America

Common-Sense-cropped-front-coverFreeze Time Media recently released “Common Sense for Today’s America,” which shows that there are practical ways of solving the ongoing issues Americans face today. The book covers government and politics, but also looks at family life, education, church, God, sports, and pretty much anything that makes people feel frustrated and wondering what happened to the American Dream.

Often with humor, Common Sense for Today’s America turns the most complex problems upside down and looks at them with the perspective of real solutions that do not adhere to any one philosophy or bias. JJ McKeever gives readers a chance to sit back and look at little excerpts of life that are happening in the United States today. A common topic is what goes on in our nation’s capital with President Obama and Congress.

While conservative in nature, Mr. McKeever is ready to give credit when due to liberals and Democrats and is ready to blast the Republicans when they get in their own way…which happens way too often. One of the biggest themes in Common Sense for Today’s America is that it is never all one side or the other that is responsible for the problems, or who has the perfect solution. America was founded on compromise; otherwise they would still be debating the Declaration of Independence! This is an intelligent vision of how to tackle our biggest issues, and you will often be laughing while reading them. This same philosophy permeates all other subjects.

While a Christian, JJ McKeever holds other belief systems in total respect while showing how religion can lose sight of both God and people. In a world where education is paramount, the dysfunctional way America sometimes tackles our education issues are brought to light. The importance of family and parents in their kids’ lives is also a common theme. This is all addressed with the idea that the United States is a great country and there is no reason why the American Dream cannot be a beacon for everyone to shoot for again. While our problems in America can be complex, the solutions can be relatively simple if people took time to actually listen to each other. Common Sense for Today’s America is to be enjoyed…and hopefully to make the reader think. We have a wonderful country…let’s keep it going for another few hundred years! Common Sense is available in print from Amazon. The ebook is available from various sources, including the iBookstore and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author

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JJ McKeever is a writer who has worked in the government, business, and nonprofit worlds, traveled around a lot, and never gets tired of watching people and figuring out how life works. Making the transition to full-time writer, JJ launched “Common Sense,” a daily column that looks at everything from government to the church and everything in between like school, sports, and family life. Started as a way of disciplining himself to write something original every day and helping people find his website (www.authormax.com), “Common Sense” took off! People liked to read his commentary and suggestions on practical approaches to some of the most vexing problems facing life in America today.
Born in New Jersey and living back there again, he is an admirer of other writers like Ben Franklin and Art Buchwald and loves how they could make a real point using short compositions riddled with observations, practical solutions, and humor. These influences along with a varied life, taught JJ to look at issues from all sides. It is that insight that he brings to his writings. He figures if people do not agree with him, at least he hopes he can help make them think! And in that thinking, the American Dream just may be attainable for all Americans.

Passion for Flight Vol. 4: In the Cockpit with Barron Hilton

In the Cockpit with Barron HiltonIn the Cockpit with Barron Hilton is now available in print and as an ebook. The book is the fourth volume in Passion for Flight, a series of short biographies regarding notable pilots who inspire young and old alike to take to the skies.

Barron Hilton is the retired chairman, president, and CEO of Hilton Hotels Corporation. He became fascinated by aviation when he was a child and learned to fly when he was 17. Regarded by many as the “patron saint” of sport aviation, his involvement includes founding the Hilton Cup, an international soaring competition, and sponsoring Earthwinds Hilton and Global Hilton, both efforts to circumnavigate the earth in a manned balloon.

He received the Gold Air Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 2009 and was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 2012 for his lifetime support of aviation. He owns a Cessna Citation V Ultra, a restored Beech Staggerwing, a vintage Bull Stearman, a Bellanca Super Decathlon, five gliders, two tow planes, three hot air balloons — and until recently — an Extra 300 and an MD 500-E helicopter. Before he retired from the cockpit in 2012, he flew them all.

A special Amazon edition of In the Cockpit with Barron Hilton is available in full color on white paper, 6.69” x 9.61,” 160 pages, with 50 pictures. Most interior pictures are in color; however, some vintage photographs are in black and white. In the Cockpit with Barron Hilton will soon be available in an economical black and white version.

Electronic versions are available through Gumroad, Amazon KindleBarnes and Noble and the iBookstore.

Visit Di Freeze’s Amazon page to see other books in this series.

New Release: Chapter and Verse

Freeze Time Media recently released Chapter and Verse, a gritty murder mystery by newcomer Frank Hamilton. The book is available through Amazon in print (15.99) and as a Kindle book ($.99).

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Premise:

It appears the Gospel Killer has returned from his sabbatical. A year and a half after the last victim was found, the dead bodies and pattern have begun anew. Every twenty-seven days a man is murdered. Each victim shares a Biblical name from the Gospels of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Additionally, each of the dead men is found nude, each has recently ejaculated, and the killer has used a serrated edged knife each time.

The Gospel Killer leaves his calling card, a King James version of the Bible, near each dead body. With Dallas police and the FBI both unable to stop the deaths, a wealthy and seductive widow of one of the Gospel Killer’s most recent victims hires private investigator Mark Witt to join in the search for the elusive serial killer.

Witt, an ex-cop and former seminary student, knows all too well of the ugliness that can occur in life. He knows the secrets that death can hold and he understands how killers cling to the shadows. What Mark doesn’t understand, though, is that the Gospel Killer knows of secrets too. When the Gospel Killer learns about a past mistake long held secret by Mark, it threatens the investigator’s entire life. In order to protect his family, and to keep his own secret locked in the shadows, Mark must now provide assistance to the Gospel Killer.

This is an untenable situation and one that both sides know will almost surely end in death…but whose?

About the Author:

Married father of four, commodities trader, online entrepreneur, part-time real estate investor and full-time sports enthusiast, Frank Hamilton wants more out of life. Frank wants to create a series of novels featuring the life and exploits of the toughest and most hard-core private investigator working in American literature today.

With that in mind and knowing there are only two types of people in this world, those that run from a fight and those that run to a fight, Frank writes of private investigator Mark Witt, a man whose troubled soul leads him headfirst on a hundred-meter sprint searching for fights. Not exactly Philip Marlowe, not quite Alex Cross, definitely not Lucas Davenport, but perhaps closer to Spencer for Hire, Mark Witt is smart enough to find the bad guys, strong enough to take them down, and mean enough to get a couple of unnecessary roughness penalties along the way. In Chapter and Verse readers learn two things about Mark Witt: he will go to any length to stop a serial killer, and if you screw with his family you will pay for it with your life.

So, Frank Hamilton asks, “Is that too much to want?” To be a happily married man (as if such a thing exists) and an ultra-successful writer? If it is, if perhaps it is deemed too much for one man to handle, then Frank can at least take comfort in the fact he was voted One of America’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2004…okay, that’s not true, but Frank does still contend the voting was rigged that year as he was indeed looking pretty hot back then.

“An imposing debut novel which zig zags to a scorching finale.” – Kirkus.

Passion for Flight Vol. 3: In the Cockpit with Cliff Robertson

Robertson iBooks CoverIn the Cockpit with Cliff Robertson, is now available in print and as an ebook. The book is the third volume in Passion for Flight, a series of short biographies regarding notable pilots who inspire young and old alike to take to the skies.

Cliff Robertson appeared in more than one hundred roles in his career as an actor, including a young John F. Kennedy in “PT 109,” his Academy Award winning performance in “Charly,” and most recently, Uncle Ben in “Spider-Man.”

But Cliff always felt more comfortable in a plane than in Hollywood. His fascination for aviation began as a child. He accrued several thousand hours in the cockpit and held single-engine land and sea, multi-engine, instrument and commercial licenses, as well as balloon, gliding and seaplane ratings. Over his lifetime he owned a variety of planes, including a Beech Baron 58, Messerschmitt Me 108, Stampe SV4, three Tiger Moths and a Spitfire Mk.IX.

His aviation accomplishments included helping launch the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program in 1992 and serving as its first national honorary chairman.

In the Cockpit with Cliff Robertson is available in Black & White and Color print versions through Amazon. Electronic versions are available through Gumroad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble and the iBookstore.

Visit Di Freeze’s Amazon page to see other books in this series.

New Release: The Left Side of Reality

Freeze Time Media recently released The Left Side of Reality, a haunting romance by newcomer Robert J. Smith. The book is available through Amazon in print (14.99) and as a Kindle book ($2.99).

Left Side of Reality Front Cover April 8Premise:

In the late nineteenth century, a strange and unique experience happened to a young French farmer. Witnessed by both the farmer’s wife and a local French physician, the strange occurrence remained a mystery throughout both their lives. Nearly a hundred years later, a newly graduated doctor of psychology discovered the physician’s documentation of the bizarre event in some old papers that had been preserved over the years. Unbeknownst to the psychologist, the event was about to repeat itself in the life of a similarly young American.

Steve Pearce is a mildly successful accountant with a beautiful wife, great son, and everything to live for. Suddenly, his life is torn apart in the same way the French farmer’s had been nearly a hundred years before. How will he recapture the life he’s lost? Where are his wife and son? Who is this strange woman who claims to be his wife and is this young child he doesn’t remember really his daughter?

It seems Steve has a myriad of questions and no answers. Somewhere out there is the life he lost. How will he recover it? Will he recover it or is this his life now?

About the Author:

Bob Smith grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  After graduation from high school, he spent two years at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, before joining the Navy.  During his time in the Navy he met and married his future wife, Barbara Williams.  Upon his discharge from the Navy, he went into the aluminum products business with his father in Hot Springs.

In the early 1980s, Bob sold the business and went back to college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where he received a business degree with a major in accounting.  Soon after graduation in 1985, Ouachita Technical College, in Malvern, Arkansas, hired him to teach math and accounting. During those years he commuted to Henderson State in the evenings, where he earned a master’s degree in business.

Bob retired from teaching in May 2000.  He wrote on and off for a number of years before finally getting serious about it after retirement.  Bob and Barbara live in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, where Bob enjoys golf, writing, and being active in his church.  They have two children and six grandchildren.  Their son, Greg, and his wife, Sue, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and their daughter, Sharon, and her husband, Robert, live in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Passion for Flight Vol. 2: In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover

In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover, previously released as an ebook, is now available in print. The book is the second volume in Passion for Flight, a series of short biographies regarding notable pilots who inspire young and old alike to take to the skies.

In the Cockpit with Bob HooverBob Hoover was shot down on Feb. 9, 1944, and spent 15 years as a prisoner of war. He was later assigned to Wright Field as a test pilot and served as Chuck Yeager’s backup pilot for the X-1 program. He left the military in 1948, joined General Motor’s Allison Division as a test pilot, and later tested and demonstrated airplanes for North American Aviation/Rockwell International.

He flew popular aerobatic demonstrations in airplanes including a Shrike Commander 500S and well-known P-51. In more than 50 years of flying, the legendary air show pilot performed aerobatics in more airplane types, events and countries, and before more people, than anyone in the history of aviation.

The first book in the series, In the Cockpit with Chuck Yeager, and In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover are presently available through Amazon and on Gen. Yeager’s website, in the Right Stuff Store.

It is the mission of Freeze Time Media to make this book and future books in the Passion for Flight series available to organizations, libraries and schools, to further interest in aviation. Please use the contact form to inquire about wholesale prices and donations for this purpose.

There are presently ten ebooks available in the series, at Amazon and BN.com. Those books will be available in print over the next few months. The series will eventually include more than fifty titles.

Di Freeze interviewed many of the world’s best known aviators during nearly a decade as editor in chief of a national aviation publication. Those biographies and others form “Passion for Flight,” a digital and print series of short biographies regarding notable pilots who inspire young and old alike to take to the skies. Follow the series as it unfolds at Passion for Flight.

Through Freeze Time Media, Di co-wrote and published “From the Ground Up: From the Tractor to the Trailer,” the autobiography of Colorado aviation sales pioneer Talmage E. Miller, available in Kindle form, standard paperback and larger print. She has also edited self-help, fiction and children’s books.

Click here to buy through Gumroad.

Passion for Flight Vol. 1: In the Cockpit with Chuck Yeager

In the Cockpit with Chuck Yeager, previously released as an ebook, is now available in print. The book is the first volume in Passion for Flight, a series of short biographies regarding notable pilots who inspire young and old alike to take to the skies.

In the Cockpit with Chuck Yeager

Brig. Gen. Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager was a test pilot and the first person to break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947. After he was shot down during World War II and evaded capture, he successfully fought a rule that banned shot-down pilots from re-entering combat and eventually became a double ace. In 65 years in military cockpits, he flew at least 340 different makes and models of military airplanes, including the Air Force’s entire inventory during World War II, as well as aircraft from Germany, France, England, Japan, Sweden and Russia.

In the Cockpit with Chuck Yeager is presently available through Amazon and on Gen. Yeager’s website in the Right Stuff Store. See a preview of the book here.

It is the mission of Freeze Time Media to make this book and future books in the Passion for Flight series available to organizations, libraries and schools, to further interest in aviation. Please use the contact form to inquire about wholesale prices and donations for this purpose.

There are presently ten ebooks available in the series, at Amazon and BN.com. Those books will be available in print over the next few months. The series will eventually include more than fifty titles.

Di Freeze interviewed many of the world’s best known aviators during nearly a decade as editor in chief of a national aviation publication. Those biographies and others form “Passion for Flight,” a digital and print series of short biographies regarding notable pilots who inspire young and old alike to take to the skies. Follow the series as it unfolds at Passion for Flight.

Through Freeze Time Media, Di co-wrote and published “From the Ground Up: From the Tractor to the Trailer,” the autobiography of Colorado aviation sales pioneer Talmage E. Miller, available in Kindle form, standard paperback and larger print. She has also edited self-help, fiction and children’s books.

Click here to buy through Gumroad.

From the Ground Up: From the Tractor to the Sabre

Freeze Time Media recently celebrated the release of From the Ground Up: From the Tractor to the Sabre, the autobiography of Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame laureate Talmage E. Miller. Di Freeze co-wrote the book, which is available in print ($17.95) and as a Kindle version ($5.99).

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Driving an old tractor around the fields on the farm wasn’t too exciting for Talmage E. “Tom/Tal” Miller until one of the National Guard biplanes had a forced landing nearby. He ran to get a closer look at this big bird — too late. They got it fixed and blew dirt in his face when they took off. That instilled a bug in him to learn to fly, which he did one night at Denver Municipal Airport in 1936.
His training was delayed when his father was transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska. WWII came about and he learned to fly in the Enlisted Reserve under the CPT program, where he soloed in 1942. He graduated from the Central Instructors School at Randolph Field and was assigned to Tex Rankin’s Primary Flight Training School. The war was winding down and less demand for pilots closed the flight schools. Tex Rankin helped him get into cadet pilot training at Santa Ana, California. He got his wings in Douglas, Arizona, and was assigned to “bombing through overcast” school flying North American B-25s.
When the war ended, he returned to the farm, but eventually landed an instructor job at Sky Ranch Airport before being hired by Combs Aircraft, a Beechcraft dealer, to sell airplanes. He flew everything from the Bonanza to the King Air 200 turboprop and won many awards for aircraft sales. He later founded his own airplane sales company with Bill Haines, chief pilot for the Dillon Company. They sold many kinds of airplanes, from DC-3s to North American Sabreliner models 40 and 60 in many parts of the world.
He collected many friends and stories along the way. His book describes encounters with Olive Ann Beechcraft, Roscoe Turner, Paul Mantz, Frank Tallman, Elrey Jeppesen and many other well-known names in the aviation industry.