Airplanes on fire, Dimash, Alpha Obsession Book Club & New Releases. Oh my!

Recently, I fell asleep on the plane coming home from a London concert and woke up to people screaming the plane’s on fire as black smoke billowed from the engine and chemical fumes filled the plane.

Fortunately, we were taxiing for takeoff and still on the ground. But, before I boarded that plane I was flagged by security and bomb tested. Oh, and security guy that bomb tested me and my stuff for chemicals was a frumpy grumpy old man with bad breath. Lol

We sat on the plane two hours, before we were told there was a problem with the pilot’s headset and we had to disembark. Two more hours later, I am back in line to board… can you guess what happened? I was again pulled out of line and bomb tested! Oh, the life of a writer and all the crazy things we google surely ended me up in this Ground Hog Day nightmare.

FYI, going to London, the plane to JFK circled for half an hour because all the runways were closed. Our pilot, a true warrior basically said,”well I told Air Traffic Control clean me off a run way or I’ll circle until I run out of fuel and put her down at JFK the hard way. Needless to say they’re cleaning us off a runway.” Total bad ass!

People were screaming as we landed because of the choppy water. They thought we were crashing into the river. I knew the runways at JFK run through the water, so I wasn’t worried about that, rather my thoughts went to sliding off the end of the runway. But our pilot was really good we skidded a few times, but he stopped before the end. All this crap happened within six days. Two airports with emergency vehicles all along the side of our planes was surreal.

I have an idea, maybe I should turn it into a story. What do you think?
So, I guess the plot goes like this:

Sexy pilot guy does a super hero landing during a snowstorm. Now most of us are stranded at the airport bar as everyone crowds around hearing stories of near misses and heroic landings from the pilot. I sit in the corner away from the crowd, but sexy pilot guy kept glancing my way. The next morning the snow still hadn’t let up. the car rental shop only had one car left both sexy pilot and I agree to share…

In reality, with my luck, I’d be stuck at the bar and in a car with frumpy grumpy bad breath bomb security guy. 😀

Was the trip worth it? You betcha! I saw a great friend while in London, the concert was outstanding and I got to party with the band after. I stayed up all night and rushed to my flight…the engine on fire flight. I’ll tell you more about my London trip and our private view at the Louvre from Angelina’s restaurant in Paris next time.

Three things checked off the bucket list: Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and seeing Dimash in concert with Andrew, Ryan and G’Man…priceless.

Check out Dimash on Youtube, a new singer with a six-octave range. Let me know what you think. 🙂
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Dimash singing his heart out in London.

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The drummer GMan and me.

GMan and me

Andrew Moore and me. Love the hair! (His, not mine)
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Dimash and me.
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I looked like the cat that ate the canary!

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John Locke Bought Reviews…So What!

Recently I have read some articles bashing mega self-published author John Locke for buying reviews from Todd Jason Rutherford on his now defunct website GettingBookReviews.com.  The thing that struck me about these articles is that John Locke instructed Rutherford that if the reviewers didn’t like his book they should feel free to say so in their reviews.  So what is all the hype about?  If John Locke had instructed the reviews all be sterling 5 star dribble to his greatness I could understand why people in the industry have said he is a fraud. What do you think?  Is there a difference in offering free books for reviews?  What about the Kirkus review?  That costs money does it make it any less valid to you?

 I have to wonder at this point what is considered a valid review. A lot of people bashed John Locke for paying people to buy his book. As a new author and publisher I have offered free books in exchange for honest reviews, and so far I feel the reviews for Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories offered up on Amazon are valid.  I have offered a few people the book as a gift in exchange for reviews. Is that dishonest?

His success is still going strong, do you think the 300 reviews John Locke paid for in 2010 is what catapulted him onto several best seller lists or do you think his talent and marketing skills are the true reflection of his success?  Has the revelation that he paid for reviews changed your view of him?  I must admit I have wondered will people truly give  an honest review if you give them a free book. What do you think?