Friday, November 11, 2016

Author Quotes

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Sometimes it's nice just to sit back and reminisce. A photo album of past experiences and acquaintances can somehow put things into perspective. That is also true for books; it's good to learn what other authors have said about writing and literature in general. So today we're going to take a look at literary quotes, some from long ago, some from more recent times. 

“Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” 
                              ― Boris Pasternak

“One glance at (a book) and you hear the voice of another person - perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time.” 
                               ― Carl Sagan,Cosmos

“I have a realistic grasp of my own strengths and weaknesses. My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his war hammer, and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much...” 
                               ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“A great book is a homing device 
For navigating paradise. 
A good book somehow makes you care 
About the comfort of a chair. 
A bad book owes to many trees 
A forest of apologies.” 
                             ― J. Patrick Lewis

“Weren’t all books ultimately related? After all, the same letters filled them, just arranged in a different order. Which meant that, in a certain way, every book was contained in every other!” 
                               ― Cornelia Funke, Inkdeath

“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines--it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.” 
                             ― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“I don't know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make your brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr.” 
                            ― John Green

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"From the Nose of Our Kayak" will return November 16, 2016...

Hello fans of our free blog book, "From the Nose of Our Kayak." 

Just a friendly reminder...JLB Creatives and its divisions are entering a busy fall season and will be taking a break from their Wednesday blog posts.

But not to worry..."From the Nose of Our Kayak" will return NEXT WEDNESDAY November 16, 2016. with Chapter 20.

If you're new to the blog and are interested in reading our #FREE blog book, "From the Nose of a Kayak," Chapter 1 can be found in our archives starting in June 2016. 

Monday and Friday posts will continue on the blog so be sure and stop back to catch our latest excerpts and writing tips! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Excerpt Extravaganza! This week's author is J.D. Karns

Welcome to the JLB Creatives Blog, where an eclectic team of creative geniuses share their fantastical imaginations. 

On Mondays we are featuring an excerpt from one of our creative authors. And what makes this feature so fun is that we publish a wide range of genres. You'll never know what to expect for the excerpt.

To read all of our excerpts thus far, we invite you to visit our blog archives and look for our first Excerpt Extravaganza! that began on August 1, 2016.


All previous excerpts are available in our archives. We began this series on August 1, 2016.

Today's excerpt is from author J. D. Karns. His historical fiction novel, "28 Months of Heaven and Hell" has peeked the interest of veterans nationwide.

During the fifteen days Chester was home Sue spent most of her time at our house. I couldn’t always tell whether she was there or not when I got home from school, because her sweet perfume lingered pleasantly in the air regardless. 

Chester treated Mike and me to a very special evening on Saturday. He took Sue and us to see a picture show, “Two Girls and a Sailor.” There was something about that big screen that made Ava Gardner, June Allyson, Van Johnson, and Jimmy Durante look amazing. And to top it off, we had a detailed presentation of the newsreel before the main feature; Chester told us bits and pieces about the war as the pictures appeared. I remember that trip to the box office being a real eye-opener. I wondered how many other guys were home on leave and telling their families about the war as the images jittered on the silver screen. 

Fifteen days seemed like fifteen minutes. But those few days created memories that would last forever. When Chester finally had to go back, it didn’t seem as hard for me to say goodbye. But Sue clung to him like a bee on honey. I can’t say as though I blamed her, and Chester certainly wasn’t telling her to let go! 

He dished out the remaining hugs and made certain to muss up my hair. I laughed at that. He walked out the door and waved. We watched him until he once again disappeared out of sight as he went to the corner where the bus would pick him up. Mom shut the door, and we all looked at each other. I saw Mom holding back tears. I noticed Mike was maintaining his composure with a bit more strength this time.

To discover more about J.D. Karns or to purchase his historical fiction novel visit his author page on JLB Creatives. 

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