Tip for Writers About What Time the Sun Comes Up…

A little tidbit for my fellow authors…

My wife and I just got back yesterday from a 9-day road trip. We drove from Dallas, Texas, to a resort about 90 minutes west of Chicago, Illinois. We took out time traveling, taking about three days to get there. Each morning we woke up to a cloud cover and some rain. We were wiped out once arriving and didn’t do much that day. The next morning, I was shocked when I woke up. By the sunlight streaming through the windows, I thought it was after 7 a.m. When I checked the resort’s clock, it wasn’t even 6 yet. Thinking it was wrong, I checked my watch. It wasn’t even 6 yet? I knew we didn’t cross a time zone, so I hit the computer. It seems the sun rose 58 minutes in Chicago before it rose in Dallas. I knew there might be a few minutes difference, but I didn’t know it was that much. (I think I once knew but forgotten or it just slipped my forward mind.) I made a mental note to check my timing in my third book, where I have different groups of characters in different locations.

I wanted to share this because I think some of us may forget the differences in timing as we write our stories. And I believe there are some who may not even know about this.

If you want to check the sunrise and sunset times for locations in your stories, you can Google sunrise and sunsets to get your choice of free websites that can help you to stay on time.

–Fly It Like You Stole It!—
USA: Eliminated! now available on Amazon at…

Coming soon to a bookstore near you, the second book from The Jupiter Factor Series. Look for Conflict: Earth!

What would be your first reaction if you saw a landed UFO?

–Excerpt from USA: Eliminated

Bright, white light almost blinded him; what he saw made him drop his PADD. The most beautiful sight sat in the middle of the room. He started walking forward. His mind raced full speed, several thoughts competing. Excitement brewed deep inside his chest, waiting to burst. He felt like a kid on Christmas morning discovering all the gifts under the tree. In fact, the last time he felt this way was when he was three on Christmas morning.

He reached with one hand, and he touched it. For most of Jack’s life, he had been chasing flying saucers. Now he caught one. A real flying saucer!

–Available at Amazon, Kindle, KU, and other fine bookstores.


Self Promoting Your Books With Very Little $$$

I’ve had people who are on a tight budget say they are having trouble self-promoting their books. So I thought I would pass on some of the stuff I’ve been doing and I hope it helps you.

First, I want to say I can’t track my results. Since I have a publisher I can’t get to the tracking page on Amazon to see if anything I do is helping. But, I DO know it’s better than not doing anything at all. If you don’t get the word out there about your book(s) then how will people know about them.

1. Give copies to your local libraries. They love to support local authors, and get free books. I gave a copy each to my local town and Dallas. I still have three or four others within 20 miles I can give a copy to. Keep copies in your car as you travel, even on vacation. You might spot a library in a new city to leave one at.

2. Don’t be afraid to talk about your book to people. You may never know who might be interested in purchasing a copy. (Another good reason to have copies in your car.)

I mentioned to the manager at our local Outback Restaurant that my book was out and he bought a copy. A few weeks later at our next visit he mentioned my book to my server and she bought a copy (again, I have a half dozen copies in the car waiting). Easy ten bucks earned.

3. I haven’t tried this yet but I have seen authors signing and selling copies of their books at Walmart. I’ve heard Kroger even allow you to set up a table to sign and sell.

4. Also, check with your local bookstores. Several have book signings monthly. My local bookstore is selling copies of my book for me, just to support me. Half-Price Books also allowed me to set up a table to sell copies. (Funny thing, my local Barnes & Noble told me they weren’t big enough to hold book signings. Not big enough? Come on, have you ever seen a small Barnes & Noble?)

5. Keep business cards on hand to hand out. You never know who might be interested in your book. And don’t be afraid to leave them around. I’ve place some on top of gas pumps before. As well as in bathrooms at office buildings, high-rises, and restaurants. Bookstores and other stores often allow you to leave cards on their counters. Also, keep an eye out for bulletin boards.

6. There are a lot of Facebook groups for promoting your books. Sometimes on a daily basis. I have a list of over 100 groups I usually post to weekly. I don’t do daily because people will get tired and maybe block you. (Don’t you get tired seeing the same commercial during every commercial break?) I usually post between Tuesdays because it stands the chance of being read on those days. Also, on Mondays people usually spend time deleting the emails they received over the weekend without reading them, and on Fridays they are usually busy with the weekend on their minds.

7. Think about adding a link to your author’s page or the book’s page at the end of your posts with a tagline. Something like this…

Take a wild ride in a flying saucer!

Excerpt from USA: Eliminated!

How long have the aliens been here spying on us? I’ve spent most of my life chasing flying saucers around the world, and it turns up they’re here in my backyard. How could we’ve not known it?
USA: Eliminated is available in print, Kindle, and free on KU at www.amazon.com/dp/B07G7DZD7X

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If you don't believe in UFOS...then you don't know Jack.

Slater Believed In UFOs…
Too Bad He Found One…

Disaster Hits!


USA: Eliminated! is available at Amazon, Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Barnes & Noble, and at other fine bookstores.


Would you take a flying saucer out for a joyride?

What is the first thing you will do if you discovered an abandoned alien base with an actual flying saucer sitting in the hangar? Do you explore the alien base? Or do you learn how to fly the saucer? Me, I learned how to fly it and took it for a joy ride. I even played tag with a couple of Air Force jets.–Jack Slater

My first book, USA Eliminated, was released last August and is available on Amazon here www.amazon.com/dp/B07G7DZD7X .

My publisher has picked up the sequel, Conflict Earth, and I hope it will be out this summer. Updates to follow.

Book Signing on Nov. 17 at Half-Price Books in Cedar Hill

I’ll be at Half-Price Books this Saturday, November 17, 2018, starting at 12:00 p.m. in Cedar Hill to sell and sign my books, USA: Eliminated!. The store is located in the Pleasant Run Towne Center at 711 N Hwy 67, Cedar Hill Texas.

If you are in the neighborhood come by and visit. I’ll be there until 2 p.m., unless sales are going great and I may stay until 4 p.m.


The book is available on Amazon, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited at…