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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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.

J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Lifestyle

Slide8In Carthage in Central North Carolina within the Sandhills . . . resides the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom. It is a gem among a multitude of treasures that delight the senses and sensibilities. It is our nugget in the stream of life and as proprietors we are happy to share with visitors to our area.

Airbnb Guest Room at J. F. Cole National Historic Registry Home

Mr. Jamie R. Hatcher and Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry are the proprietors of the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom – we are a son and mother. Mr. Hatcher is a thirty-seven (37) year old traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor of over sixteen (16) years. Having sustained a work-related brain insult in 2003, Mr. Hatcher (Jamie) has been through the most well-received treatment programs in the nation and now is in community re-entry with supplemental equine and “other” therapies that make his life more enjoyable. He loves to talk with guests about the stars, conspiracy theories and politics but is also very good about letting folks enjoy their privacy when requested.

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Ms. Quesinberry is an author, consultant and publisher – as a solo-entrepreneur, Donna features two distinct business tracks:

  • dpInk Ltd. Liability Companyhttps://www.donnalquesinberry.com – featuring business development, capture administration and proposal solutions – this includes coaching, copywriting, document layout and design, editorial, graphics, process flows, program management, senior technical writing, and website design – etc.
  • DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.https://www.donnaink.com – featuring thirty-six (36) authors as a small, woman-owned, traditional Indie publishing house – this includes cover design, editorial, formatting and layout, marketing platform, press kits, publishing, registrations, etc.

When guests arrive at J. F. Cole, even on our tight budget, Mr. Hatcher and Ms. Quesin-berry work to roll out the proverbial red carpet in hope Airbnb guests experience excellence in the Sandhills. Ms. Quesinberry is developing a book that identifies places to see and people to meet while visiting in the Sandhills as a phased project – initially, tried and true venues; secondly, unique finds; and third – unearthed treasures. There is a certain underground flavor in the Sandhills that J. F. Cole Airbnb guests deserve to have occasion to tap into.

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Apart from sights and seeing the interesting and/or unusual – the J. F. Cole Historic Home itself has an added layer of mystic. According to the owners original real estate showing realtor (not the listing agent purchased from), the J. F. Cole Historic Home is haunted! Now, Jamie and Donna haven’t officially seen a ghost or ghoul – they have seen a large orb manifest in the reading room and then move up the stairs and knock a picture off the wall but it was a fairly fast trek of light formation, which is nothing like what the realtor suggested of a malevolent ghost chasing another real estate agent from the upstairs bedroom that scared him and the buyers so much they wouldn’t return. While Jamie and Donna state, “Things do go bump in the night,” they share that only positive energies exist within the walls of the J. F. Cole Historic Home.

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In the future, new features are coming to J. F. Cole Historic Home, such as:

  • Author Readings and Book Signings
  • Book Release Launches
  • Craft Classes
  • Single’s Meet and Greets
  • Social Affairs
  • Etc.

And, more and more souvenirs and gifts for guests to consider from their stay in the quaint Town of Carthage in the Central North Carolina Sandhills!

To learn more contact: verylittlebookstore@gmail.com or jfcolehouse@mail.com.

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Audience

There was a time when I knew my audience innately and writing flowed to and Increasing Readershipthrough them but what happens if your audience changes? Recently, I’ve come to want more from my writing for the sake of audience and desire to include greater shares of readers. Albeit, this is altogether different than the audience changing, it is more closely related to an expanding horizon of readers.

 

How do you increase readership in a basic sense?
The answer is multi-fold. First, good writing. Second, consistent writing. Third, writing what you know and then, writing about what you know. It goes without saying, if you want readers to grow in number, your content must warrant them. In today’s quick-pace publishing landscape, how often do you see one novel from an author clearly well-edited that you thoroughly enjoyed; so much so, you research the author to learn more and find their website, blog, random media and additional materials. Taking a closer look you clearly note their Internet work is unedited and sometimes poorly written . . .  I don’t know about you but when this happens to me, I’m often disparaged and curious as to the variable. It makes for a tenuous budding reader interest on my part. The best use of every writer’s spare time is to “clean it up” on the Internet – make certain everything rings with a bell of clarity and consistency, with proper editing, featuring researched topics.

A mortal literary sin I’ve fallen victim to, is lack of consistency, not in relativity of accurate data but in seeming bursts of material followed by hiatus’ that can really put-off readers. And, I know it is a folly of mine, I’ve had since elementary school. When you have good writing that is relative throughout all your media with content you can even brag about – don’t stop there. Keep your eye on the ball, keep it in play, stay the course, move the game forward.

Expressly, if you are a blogger or entertaining syndicated columnist or features writer . . . don’t shirk readers with five weeks of effort followed by three weeks of off the radar. Readers have a synergy with writers, especially columnists and/or bloggers. People used to laugh at Internet bloggers when they came on the scene, the “Oh she’s just a blogger” was a chiding remark heard round about under the breath between others. Today, it is obvious, bloggers often experience take-off careers with par excellence! And, they earn them through consistent and loyal presentation.

Of course, writing Rules 101 states, “Write what you know.” Novice authors often think, “Well, I’m from XYZ, haven’t traveled the world, only know ABC, how can I write what I know and be compelling?” It seems like a reasonable question. Writing what you know is about morphing experience for reader consumption. For instance, you reside in a small town. All around you are characters and monumental visual imagery to share with readers – so many stories – so detailed and so riveting – so much so they entertain an entire landscape for generations. In writing what you know, take the bits and create original characters, combine some stories, take out the boring part, put your genre of spin on it and create a new community that is all your own that your readers will love to share. Or, if you are from the city, with its diversity, developing universal intonation when wielding the pen should come naturally, you can speak to the world – you know its characters.

So, content, consistency and knowing your story grabs readers who, in turn, share what entertains them and expands your reach.

How do you make a pivotal shift toward greater audience without compromising your writing style?
Your style is your own. Every writer is special in that regard. Many emerging authors start out wanting to write like a previously famous author and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – eventually their own voice emerges – but for a surety, all writers have a method that is theirs. The glory of a literary or nonfiction writing career, is the art. Every keystroke belongs to the writer who strikes it – just as every brush stroke belongs to the artist holding the paint brush.

Expanding your audience isn’t a sell-out. I know a famous artist who has famous artists for relatives. His family members market their work and earn a great living doing so but my friend believes it is a sell-out to broaden audience through sales and marketing. He believes his art should speak for itself. It is the classic, starving artist syndrome and while I see both viewpoints – I know the art is best served viewed. Regardless of what comes first, art or marketplace, each is essential to the audience – without the art their is no market and without marketing their is no realization of the art’s existence. The same is true for writers. In thinking of audience, and growth, you are not duping readers – you are privileging readers to have greater awareness and access to your work!

It isn’t a sell-out to increase readership through expanding writs within and around genre, target and secondary markets.

It is my hope we all reap our greatest intended rewards regarding our art and our audience!

About the Author:
Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a mother, daughter, sister and friend. Donna
has five adult children and eleven grand-children. She also has two dogs
(Scuddle and Charlotte) from two states, and four cats (Cali, Garfield,
Jersey and Lucious), from three states. And, she’s thinking about getting a
goat and some laying hens in 2019. Ms. Quesinberry is also a federal proposal
and grant writer, business developer and capture administrator through dpInk
Ltd. Liability Company as Founder and CEO. She has a small publishing initiative through DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. as CEO and President. She has an inactive partnership, Developmental Arts and Community Services, L.L.P. as a General Partner and manages an Airbnb at the J. F. Cole House (J. F. Cole Mercantile, since 1889) in the historic district of downtown Carthage, North Carolina, where she is the Proprietor / Host along with her son, Mr. Hatcher who has a work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) post-insult fifteen years. Donna has written and published works since childhood. She has over 10,000 published stories to her name. She is a former syndicated columnist, online university course instructor, author, poet and journalist/stringer and story writer. Her second volume of a poetic series is being released fall 2018 and a year plus over-due.

 

The business of time and communication

The end of the year provides such melancholy, and opposing bliss, that we waver like the tide. Hopefully, each of us between these rises and falls grow increasingly aware of our moments where faith stirs our hearts toward greater aspirations of humanity; while we cope with the currents of business and time and minutia of communications set to pierce our hearts as they maneuver in those aspirations.

Life is a complicated journey.

To all the Carthagians I’ve grown to love ~ thank you for remaining aware of faith in aspiration that far outweighs those piercing interludes we, together, overcome blissfully.

Each of you have restored my soul.

Happy and Joyous Noel

with God’s blessings as we aspire into 2018 . . .

As It Is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian – my newest novel . . .

secretos-comprension-lectora“As It Is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian” is my new novel and this is day one of her creation! Filled with supernatural events, under-worldly organized crime, and sin plotted against belief, this title brandishes a small town Americana universe comprised of Carthaginians who are pitted against The Dark Chambers, a group of power-crazed organized crime members who keep a lid on their piece of the American pie.

The protagonist, is a supra-normal social scientist, who begins to discover supernatural gifts, which disclose themselves in karmic fashion as each Dark Chamber member begins to be plagued. It appears the universal source intends to overcome evil by delivering sin for sin.

Will the Carthaginians rediscover their freedoms? We shall see!

Where a series of facts are set into play, the ideal of a conspiracy is moot!
10_give-the-fish-its-jungle-backIn my new title, “As It is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian,” you get a dose of realism penned with the swag of creationism. In this novel, the small Carthaginian Village maintains a church on every corner, if not two, three or four and has long been stripped of freedoms in a nation of the free.

The protagonist is a woman. She learns The Dark Chambers, a group of savvy business leaders hellbent on power, have drawn a clear line in the sand between elitism and everyone else. They don’t allow anyone to overcome the autocracy they’ve created. Even representatives are staged as Sovereign leaders who reign, instead of advocate for their local diatribe. And, in support of this Sovereign facade, scores of criminals thrive while the town’s believers and law enforcing white-lighters strive to enact propriety and uphold liberty and nationalism.

The Dark Chambers continue overlooking criminals because they are members of the organized crime families and help them stay in power.

Where Organized Crime meets Small Town USA
160322105Organized crime has a long-standing history in America and “As It is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian” is her newest breed of Cointelesque Organized Crime Madness.

Where newcomers with fresh ideas are beset against the stepford lifestyle landscape; community oldsters have long-since shrugged off the ideals of liberty. They’ve exchanged free-thinking with complacency and an under our thumb dictatorial mantra.

Is there hope?
Our protagonist is a supra-normal social scientist who wields her gifts unwittingly. Karmic events are brought from behind the veil and wielded on one Dark Chamber member at a time. As the crimes of the Dark Chamber are unearthed; the protagonist’s visions disclose their dark history revealing the true light of the Village of Carthaginian.

Then the long-quieted Carthaginians themselves, reawaken source and reveal greater and greater works of light. Is it enough for our protagonist to prevail until the Carthaginians are totally free of The Dark Chambers bondage?

Supra-normal vs Organized Crime . . . who will prevail?
bfb013f84eb6e53710941122704dc8e8As the author of this emerging supernatural drama, I can only say, you have to read “As It Is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian.” And, while I do not like gratuitous sex, this remains a clean read title but it is riveted with seven deadly sins and also includes lust, prostitution, adultery and even murder because The Dark Chambers, as all organized crime, is driven by, and resonates in, a world driven by evil.

Will the Village of Carthaginian be restored to the light of Christ?
The Dark Chambers, disguised as agents of Christ, are malevolent creatures of an underworld bent on serving hedonistic manna to the community of “everyone else.” However, these true believers of even greater numbers, held down by unwritten traditions of multi-generational underworld organized crime, are determined to rise up and yield to the protagonist’s powers as they are revealed. The Village of Carthaginian begins to acknowledge the karmic events that happen daily and add their own gifts and powers toward the climax of this title.

As it is written – so shall it be!