Time for some treble clefs and Martindale readers

What is a good friend? A good friend is someone who is there for you regardless of the radicalisms and/or mundanities. A good friend – shuffles through the weeds and finds your gold chips that were accidentally dispersed there by a runaway elephant, a court’s jester in shabby clothes and  sidekick actress from life’s melodramatic bowry .

A good friend takes time for treble clefs and Martindale readers.

A good friend has a heart and understands source energy as a blessing from God.

A good friend can peeve you off once in a while but works back into the horizon with you.

Town of Carthage Historic District

The Town of Carthage, in Moore County, North Carolina features a Historic District that is on the National Register of Historic Places with approximately eighty-five (85) historic buildings including contributing structures and an object.

This collection of Historic Homes includes Colonial Revival, Cottage, Craftsman Bungalow, Federalist, Foursquare, Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Victorian style of architecture. There are some “pre-historic” sites and anomalies and interesting asides. Also, combinations of styles in many of the home designs. Many of these structures have been renovated – a handful are vacant and lying in wait for rediscovery before going to waste – of those, many are still furnished, even though roofing repairs are needed but this is not easily observed by the passerby as the grounds-keeping remains intact within the Historic District.

According to The Gombach Group’s study of the Town of Carthage conducted some years prior,

The Carthage Historic District contains the largest and most intact concentration of buildings reflecting the growth and development . . . from the second quarter of the nineteenth century to the beginning of World War II . . . the county seat of Moore County in the state’s Sandhills region, dates its origins to 1796 . . . the earliest datable buildings are from the early 1850s . . .

The Gombach Group and “other” historic journals typically identify the following homes:

  1. Adams-Bryan House
  2. Carthage Community House
  3. Carthage Methodist Church
  4. Charles Sinclair House
  5. D.A. McDonald House
  6. Dr. John Shaw House
  7. Edgehill
  8. George Calvin Graves House
  9. Harley-Muse House,
  10. Humber-Spencer House
  11. J.F. Cole House
  12. Jenkins-McIver House
  13. Methodist Parsonage
  14. Presbyterian Manse
  15. Seawell House
  16. Shaw-McKeithen House
  17. T.B. King House
  18. T. Jones House

However, this list excludes another sixty-seven (67) Historic notations, which this “series” on the Town of Carthage’s Historic Homes will update over time as we work to achieve the total count with current still photos of each location and perhaps some “videos” as well.

Look for part “2” . . . where images may be added as well as citations for the remaining Historic Homes.

DRxug of Choice: Pick Your Poison by LGBTQ author Christopher Duquette available in pre-release

Author Christopher Duquette’s second nonfiction title is available in pre-release through 2nd Spirit Books . . .

2nd Spirit Books is set to release author Christopher Duquette’s newest title, “DRxug of Choice: Pick Your Poison” and re-release of “HOMO GOGO MAN: A Fairytale About A Boy Growing Up In Discoland” summer of 2019. Mr. Duquette’s first title has performed very well through private sales and independent self-promotion, so much so that it is being released with an enhanced cover design alongside his newest release, “DRxug of Choice.”

Christopher Duquette is a New York City / New Jersey native who began college in NYC and then navigated to Studio 54 where he learned he was homosexual and began a career dancing among the glitz and glam of the Studio 54 era. In reconciling his coming-out and reconciliation of same, he had a very supportive family who buttressed Chris’s acknowledgement and awareness of his inner identity, which resulted in his being able to move past addiction into recovery. All LGBT and LGBTQ lifestyle individuals are aware that in the Studio 54 era . . . even with a dystopian culture of the times . . . coming-out and self-acceptance toward total self-awareness was not an easy pill to swallow, which often resulted in pill-taking to achieve that goal. Moving beyond to a balance of whole self is what Christopher Duquette achieved. And, he is happy to call himself a homosexual now while residing with the love of his life, Storm. Having a soulmate in life aids every soul in reaching the horizon of tranquility and zen. Thankfully, Chris and Storm have this existence and getting there is a story, which is shared in both of these titles.

About DRxug of Choice: Christopher Duquette’s latest release summer of 2019. This is an expose on life and how trying to get it right sometimes results in things going wrong while following the direction of people who are supposed to be in the know and intending to do no harm. When the results of good choices go wrong – how you resolve it all and move into the knowing the good while reinventing life to an enlightened state is where the compass leads.

About HOMO GOGO MAN: Written in the first person, this fictional story is about a sexually suppressed boy who learns to dance to express himself, dance for a living, and dance to love life. Starting in the disco era of the 70 s, the protagonist is introduced to the fast world of go-go dancing, hustling, drugs and underground clubs after his first man-on-man encounter while exploring Times Square after he arrives at college.The story continues on his odyssey to live the big life in New York City as he trips through clubs, more drugs, and a series of boyfriends for two decades until he bottoms out in his forties from too much of the above. “Homo GoGo Man,” a play on words of the species homo sapien , is a tale of a gay man avoiding extinction.

About the Author: I am beginning to field my title once more in NYC after a sabbatical in Rural New York to recalibrate from over technologicalization of my life; however, all things come full circle, and I missed the Big Apple. Currently, I hail in Jamaica Queens NYC and I am busily finding my path to the hidden niche’s of books, people, and readings . . . look for me throughout our great city and beyond in the 2017 – 2018 book-signing circuit. If you have a venue, bookshop, store, grocery mart, location for a book reading and signing – I’m interested in hearing from you and so is my publisher, “Q” of DonnaInk Publications, which is a small, economically disadvantaged, woman-owned publishing initiative who offer writers everything but the kitchen sink – they have big hearts and – although, due to size, they can’t deliver everything they’d like to – DonnaInk Publications delivers quality creations, heartfelt support, and authorial success in spite of it all. Mostly, I want to say I appreciate you all as readers who have traversed the Disco Era or heard about it. If you are coming out, in the closest, straight and unafraid of life choices, or as gay as a blue-jay – thank you for being here and sharing this glimpse of history. As a clean adult, post-era, I’m privileged to share a moment of history in recovery and pray the same for each of you.

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Purchase Information:
“DRxug of Choice: Pick Your Poison” and 2nd edition of “HOMO GOGO MAN: A Fairytale About A Boy Growing Up In Discoland” are available in “pre-release” NOW featuring a discount through the publisher, 2nd Spirit Books imprint through DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. visit https://www.donnaink.com – enter the coupon code: CELEBRATECHRISTOPHER for discounts.

Both titles are also being made available on AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other fine book retailers . . . the deep pocket discounts are relative to the publisher website only.

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Comedian Ed Tasca’s novel, “GOOD MORNING: Why Is Everyone Here Naked?” releases

Actor, comedian, humorist, playwright Ed Tasca is prepared to share a unique spin on Christopher Columbus this season . . . his latest work is an alternate ending satirical illustrated journey where readers make the travel log decisions

Readers are always thinking up plot twists and turns while reading their favorite titles. Ed Tasca’s newest creation, “GOOD MORNING: Why is Everyone Here Naked,” is just what the doctor ordered for the spirited reader. Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and that everything else is a blur – so what if some re-navigation or plot adjustments happened along his way?

Well . . . Ed gives some alternative answers to this modern dilemma regarding what Christopher Columbus actually did do. Readers have an engaging time determining their own endings for Columbus. Mr. Tasca’s nonsense humor is highlighted with his showcased wordsmithing that remains a delight for book lovers of all ages. Ed charms readers by brandishing his satirical pen coupled with zany illustrations.
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About the Author: Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Ed is an award-winning humor writer currently residing in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. As a successful actor, author, columnist, humorist / comic, playwright and screenwriter, he has also published multiple works of fiction – most are comic novels or novellas. He has been published in Australia, England, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. And he currently writes a humor column for The Guadalajara Reporter, Mexico’s largest English-language newspaper. He has often said, “People become humorists because the job market for roofers is so overcrowded.”

His humorist, playwright and screenwriter awards include (non-comprehensive):
2014 – American Movie Award Finalist for Truthers.
2011 – Screenplay Search Competition Award for Vinegar and Brown Paper.
2009 – Robert Benchley Society Humor Writing Award.
2006 – America’s Funniest Humor Award in several humor publications.
Humor Press Award.
M. Culbertson’s Life and Humor Award.
Page International Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finalist for They Call Me Mother.

His books, columns, and writings include (non-comprehensive):
2019 – Good Morning, Why Is Everyone Here Naked? DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Novel:
2017 – The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci. RoseHeart Publishing. Collection: ten fables fleshed
in from annotations in the great genius’s notebooks. For readers of all ages.
2016 – Apocalypse Now… Grab the Karaoke Machine. Aardwolfe Books. Novel: comic story about a Homeland Security spokeswoman who inadvertently and clumsily foils a bioweapon attack.
2016 – Mark Twain, Uncensored. Mexico’s largest English-speaking Community Theatre. Two-Act Play.
2015 – Something Tells Me. StageScripts. Full-length Play.
2013 – Parlor Games. Eldridge Play Publishing. Full-length Play.
2012 – God’s Creatures . . . or Darwin’s? American Star Books. Collection: a collection of comic essays on the controversial subject, done in the voices and styles of America’s greatest comic icons.
2010 – Lub Dub. Roseheart Publishing. Novel: runaway donor heart is sidetracked when delivery team driver sees girlfriend with another lover.
2010 – Autobiography of a Worm. Eternal Press. Novel: man, fraught with depression descends into murder and madness.
2008 – The Fishing Trip That Got Away. Roseheart Publishing. Novella: comic misadventure in the wilderness that ends in redemption and discovery for both principal characters.
2002 – Return of the Lost Horses. Publish America. Novel: metaphysical romance that takes place over many lifetimes.
1999 – Rosebud (Comedy Short Screenplay). Delonra Films. Sold outright.
1998 – Most Dangerous Woman in America. Docudrama: optioned in 1998 in Los Angeles. By Orly Adelson Off-Camera. Momentum Pictures. Comedy | Drama: feature optioned in Canada.

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About the Publisher: Laughing Cleaver Press is a satire and comedy imprint of DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C., a small, woman-owned, traditional and Indie publishing house with over thirty (30) authors and their eclectic titles for discriminating readers.

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Bulk orders can be requested through purchase order derived from the Sell Sheets or a PO will be generated.
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Vintage funky, retro, rustic, shabby chic at The Vintage Barn in Carthage North Carolina

The Vintage Barn has an eclectic assortment of trend-setting nostalgic, urban, and timeless artifacts, bustiers, clothing, collectibles, costumes (Halloween!), masks, and other merchandise you just cannot find elsewhere!

Style has been undergoing a continuous revolution since it became a thing and The Vintage Barn, located in Central North Carolina – Town of Carthage, is a surefire representation of a renaissance in elegance! The Vintage Barn features an extremely unique array of antique, funky, retro, rustic and vintage albums, artwork, books, boudoir items (beads, bustier, faux fur, garters, robes, nightgowns, silks, tulle, wedding dresses, etc.), cards, collectibles, costumes, cowboy boots, dreamcatchers, furnishings, hats, kitchen wares, jewelry (magnificent selection), period clothing, personality memorabilia (Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, etc.) masks, instruments, rustic boots, wall-hangings, woodworking as well as “original” attention-grabbing artworks. This go-to location for Central North Carolina travelers

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(especially when visiting Pinehurst, Southern Pines and surrounding golf communities) is a hidden gem. If you don’t visit – you are missing an experience in coolness.

Owned, and operated, by Ms. Ann Turner, The Vintage Barn is a small woman-owned business and, as such, deserves a tribute for its resilience in maintaining a visage, which easily could be beamed to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City,  or Paris (etc.) as a cat’s meow destination for opulence that disavows designer labels (unless they are previously owned of course). Ann demonstrates her visionary art and theater senses, through interior interpretations her guests come back for time and again. Because once bitten, she’ll be the first to say, customers maintain a strong repeat performance. And, if not for the wares, they return for the lady herself because Ann is as eclectic as the items she represents! Most definitely, guests love the advent of occasion at The Vintage Barn that usurps the ideal of routine shopping excursions “and” often at cost savings too boot.

During the summer, when everyone is searching for weekend “to-do’s”, The Vintage Barn is a definite “must visit” destination. Ms. Turner’s collectibles are hand-picked from venues up and down the seaboard. These delightful “previously owned and celebrated” collections are pieced together to create one-of-a-kind results.. Ann is also very personable . . .  she often shares . . . “I don’t price per product – I bundle. Pick the items you like, and I’ll price it affordably for you.” The novel regalia, and décor to choose from, is exhaustive at The Vintage Barn. And, the store is expertly laid out and designed, it is like a museum tour – guests do get lost for some time while visiting. And, if you are an early planner, The Vintage Barn sells out of Halloween goodies early; if it does there’s “other” holidays but you don’t need a holiday to visit. The Vintage Barn is a great experience every, and any, day.

If you aren’t already an aficionado or collector, here’s a quick lesson on the differences between 1) antiques (rule of thumb 100 years or older), 2) retro (1940’s and 1950’s), and 3) vintage (not antique and not retro – usually older than twenty years). While vintage is often used as a “catch-all-phrase” for antique, collectible, pop, previously owned, retro and vintage collections – it is really its own blend of sumptuousness.

The Vintage Barn is registered with the State of North Carolina Film Office as a filming location and a venue for props. It is housed within a historic building and within the  Historic District of Carthage, North Carolina. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11AM to 5:30PM and Saturday from 12PM to 4:30PM. Location is 108 McReynolds Street, Carthage, North Carolina 28327 in Moore County.

If you are traveling a long distance, as many customers do, be certain to pick a Friday or Saturday when the store is certain to be open . . . and/or call ahead!
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/thevintagebarnincarthage (https://www.facebook.com/thevintagebarncarthage

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United Kingdom author Steven Kay’s novel, “Pebbles” soon to release

“Pebbles: Love Across the Morecambe Bay,” is a 2nd edition of author Steven Kay’s work with a new cover and minor plot changes through Iron Mantle Books – a dramatic romance novel imprint.

Iron Mantle Books announces impending release of United Kingdom dramatic romance novelist Steven Kay’s title, “Pebbles: Love Across the Morecambe Bay,” a romance novel about Frank Taylor from northern England who meets Karen, becomes involved and marries – eventually having a son, Mark, together.

Frank and Karen take their work, rest and play seriously and when their grown son sets off in search of adventure he returns with a broken heart. The couple set to task to get Mark back on his feet but a bout of bad luck results in their missing grand-daughter for a few years where they watch their son’s loss first-hand . . . the story unfolds and shares how the most impervious of items during somber life events often result in the most momentous bouts of courage in the face of obstacles that characters can’t see beyond. For Frank and Karen’s son it is a blue slate pebble that turns out to be his good luck charm . . .

This is the first of five titles that Mr. Kay is re-releasing through Iron Mantle Books, an imprint of DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. as the first in their Iron Mantle Books imprint, which is expanding to include non-dramatic romance novels fall of 2019 and into 2020. The additional forthcoming novels include:

“In Wordsworth’s Shadow”;
“You and Me”;
“For the Love of My Children”; and
“The Satanic Court.”
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About the Author:
Steve Kay was born in Lancashire and he grew up in Hambleton close to Morecambe Bay and the Forest of Bowland. His father introduced him to the great outdoors and his mother showed him how to make the most out of his life. His education started in mathematics and at university transitioned to languages.Steven Kay leads a simple life as a health-food enthusiast, he loves to go lake swimming, cycling and camping. He maintains fluency in Dutch and he intends to retire in Austria where the landscape reminds him of Cumbria but without the continual rains. In Austria he communicates fluently with the locals, and meets up with many flying Hollanders, who also appreciate the Low Countries rather than the Alps. Finally, without a car and TV, Steven values love of a bygone era and the peacefulness it allows him to enjoy.
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About the Publisher:
Iron Mantle Books is an imprint of DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C., a small, woman-owned, publishing house with over thirty (30) authors that features literary fiction and nonfiction written by eclectic authors for discriminating readers the world over.

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Publisher, Publicist and Book Developer, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. located in “Sweet Carthage” within the J. F. Cole House

Every little town has hidden gems and Carthage North Carolina is no different! Within the city limits is publisher, publicist and book developer, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.

The Founder and President, Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry resides in the J.F. Cole House, which is located in the Historic District with her son, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. The J.F. Cole House was bought at auction June of 2017, it had been auctioned a few occasions with “no” purchasers meeting the seller’s (Housing and Urban Development) bottom-line. Thankfully, the Quesinberry – Hatcher purchase met HUD criteria and renovations brought the home to more current standards.

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Authors that Q represents are from nine (9) countries and five (5) continents and she features a variety of imprints, such as: 2nd Spirit Books, Beat Deep Books, Laughingcleaver Press, Ironmantle Books, Moondust Media, Nocturnum’s Muse, Owlhouse Books, Pashar Sage Press, and Thunderforge Pubs, as follows:

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What does DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. do for authors?

As an author’s title representative, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. reviews the author’s query and synopsis. Upon approval, a title agreement is prepared for the author review, any agreed upon adjustments are executed and then signatures are executed. Once this occurs, a press release is presented to industry regarding representation of the impending title. From there, standard book development and production is committed with copyright and registrations taking place. There is no cost for representation, which may take a year or longer from acceptance and signing of the agreement to production of the book for retail sale. Q states, “We are not a dump and pump entity – books go through layers of development and even at the time of release – I often feel we could have taken more time, but there is a point where you just need to let the title leap in faith.”

During this process, authors are supported through monthly conference calls, newsletters, marketing tips and target / secondary market strategies, etc. that include:

  • Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)
  • Author Website (3 to 5 pages – that carries an advertiser logo, without logo costs a monthly fee)
  • Audiobooks
  • Author’s Page on DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Website
  • Book Design and Development
  • CDs
  • CD Cover Design
  • CD Jewel Case Enclosure Design
  • Cover Design
  • eBook Design
  • eBook Formatting and Layout
  • Edit (basic; developmental and/or substantive edits or ghostwriting cost a fee)
  • Fact and Sell Sheets
  • Formatting and Layout
  • Front Matter
  • Ghostwriting (for cost)
  • Graphics
  • Information Page
  • Illustrations
  • Market Kit
  • Press Releases
  • Print in soft or hardbound (terms of production are included in agreement)
  • Registrations
  • Retail Distribution
  • Review
  • Tables
  • Target and Secondary Marketing
  • Etc.

What about unrepresented titles and authors?

Unrepresented titles feature the “same” support services; however, each item has a fee associated with it. Some authors desire to self-publish, or publish elsewhere, but require a cover design, help with formatting, or other requirements that DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. will assist with at cost-effective rates.

To learn more: write to contact@donnainkpublications.com

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To visit DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. you must make an appointment forty-eight (48) hours in advance. There are no “drop-in” visits to the J. F. Cole House.