The newest developments and a renewed blog presence

Hey everybody,

It really has been a very long time since I have had a blog presence, but my intentions are that I will be back into action with some semblance of regularity. I have been primarily involved with book promotion for MILITARY LIFE – SERVICE OR CAREER  A SOLDIER’S PERSPECTIVE, although that is definitely not an excuse for being away. I have also been trying to finalize my TAKING RISKS  DEFINING LIFE  A SOLDIER’S MEMOIR, and I am pleased to say that it is for all practical purposes finished and ready to go.

At the same time, I received a very sad message from my friend and editor, Phillip, that his father, who had been in hospice, only had a couple of days left. He had no choice but to go to him. I have not heard from him since then, but the entire family is in my prayers. When Phillip is able to return, we will get the proof for the memoir, and shortly thereafter have that book published. I am hoping that within a couple of weeks I will have hard, signed copies ready to send out. Any of you could, of course, order an advanced copy any time you like by just emailing me at jrmcclarren@gmail.com. I would be more than pleased to do that for you.

The promotion for MILITARY LIFE has from all I can tell at this time been going very well. Most of the time, of course, I am in a holding pattern, which, as many of you know, is par for the course for most authors. The book is currently in the hands of at least a couple of reviewers, one for many of the pharmacies throughout the state of Michigan and another in the hands of a reviewer from Walmart. My hopes are high for both of them, but that is only the beginning. I have more than a few hopes; I have some goals to reach. I will, but it may take a bit more time. There is a great deal of truth to the old saying, “Rome was not built in a day.” That is also true about becoming a successful author. I plan to live to 111 years old; so, I have plenty of time. Why 111 years old? I threaten my wife, Deb, that I will still be around when it is time for us to celebrate our 75th wedding anniversary. That freaks her out completely. Hey, I am serious though, if I am still healthy.

Just as a final note, if you were one who enjoyed my first book, MILITARY LIFE…, you should like the memoir that is nearly here. I still devote over three chapters of that book to my military life, considering that it was a very significant part of my own life. The remainder is the other side of me, which, I like to think, is also a pretty good chunk. Taking risks has been a very big part of building my life into what it is today. Maybe taking risks is not your style, but I would never be one to discourage it. Sometimes it is necessary to take that sort of action to find success. It is also very possible that some of those risks might lead to failures. Those little failures, however, are just part of what develops into that ultimate goal in life. Take a another little trip with me. I think you will enjoy the stories and maybe identify with many of them.

 

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