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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“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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Author Cliff Hill’s title, “The Broken Looking Glass” 2nd Edition release

“The Broken Looking Glass,” combines the perspective of the author’s cutting edge science and spirituality focus regarding materialism and duality as being causal of problems currently existing in the world.

Cliff Hill’s title, “The Broken Looking Glass: An American Adventure” in second edition summer 2019 through the Pashar Sage Press. This interesting title about self-discovery is reformatted, with new cover design and the authors’ changes, which expand on the original theme. “The Broken Looking Glass: An American Adventure,” combines the perspective of the author’s cutting edge science and spirituality focus regarding materialism and duality as being causal of problems currently existing in the world. Much in the tradition of J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain the book follows the author on a journey that begins with a wrong turn and takes him down a road of self-discovery he never imagined existed.

An excerpt:
They say Philadelphia is a dangerous place. Most of the people I had met were afraid of the area where the shelter is located. I felt no danger or fear. I was at peace.

Over the previous years of my life, I had discovered there were far more dangerous places to be. In 1963, the hospital delivery room at My Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana had offered more possible danger to my survival – but somehow, I managed to survive that experience.

Somehow, I had survived many dangerous and potentially lethal situations. I had cheated death many times. I had grown comfortable in places others considered dangerous. The truth was; for the most part, I felt safer and more comfortable lying on the ledge in Philadelphia than any other place I had been in the previous 48 years of my life.

As I was headed north on a greyhound bus one week earlier; it had occurred to me that Philadelphia was the place of the conception and birth of the American Colonist’s quest for liberty and transformation . . .

Later, it had also occurred to me that my quest for liberty and transformation had become a journey into the heart of what America had become; AND, it appeared it would end in the city where America had begun.
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About the author: Cliff Hill was an awarded organizational change and leadership development specialist. In Cliff’s final engagement, he provided strategic advisory services to Leadership at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Cliff has over 15 years of successful experience providing services to government and private sector organizations.

From 1983-1986, Cliff was a major label songwriter and re-cording artist. In 2007, Cliff co-wrote songs with Grammy-nominated pop producer and author, Ford. Additionally, in 2007, Cliff co-wrote songs with John Allen, the 2007 BMI Pop Award recipient for the most played Pop Song. Cliff currently lives on the road in his on-going pursuit of knowledge and freedom.
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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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Life, karma and validation . . .

2018_10-09, Karma

Karma, everyone mentions her name now and again. She’s quite the gal. Personally, I’ve learned to love her, even though she’s bitten me once or twice throughout this lifetime full of blessings, and the occasional tumultuous event thrown in for the measure of good story, and a healthy dose of wisdom.

“Life is what we make it.”

“Life is abundance.”

“Life is our vision in reality.”

“Life is for living.”

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

“Life is about creating yourself.”

“Life goes on.”

“May you live every day of your life.”

“If you’re reading this… congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about then I don’t know what is.”

At one time I prayed for wisdom – I wanted to be wise over everything else. And, the universe delivered – many trials and tribulations resulted in a need for wisdom to produce the best outcome.

After praying for wisdom, and understanding, and depth of spirit – I realized these desires are acquired through practical experience and our reaction to it. If we are praying for wisdom but do not practice it – we are provided greater opportunities to experience the need for it and to learn from those needs until we achieve what we have asked the universe to deliver.

Karma also delivers . . .

The Bible states:

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Isn’t that a hefty dose of karma? For a long time I’d believed that Heavenly Father was enacting cruel and unusual punishment upon the Saints for iniquity of the fathers visiting the children and the children’s children, but in learning more about wisdom, I came to understand poor qualities , negativity, iniquity, transgressions, sin, wrongful acts, criminal behavior, chemical dependencies, adultery, etc. naturally affects in an adverse way children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. It isn’t so much Heavenly Father’s vindictive as it is that the acts of a generation within family, community, regions, nations and the world have an effect on their offspring that takes generations to repair. It is a natural outcome.

The idea of what we put into the universe returns to us is a natural phenomena of life. If we awake to bless the day and remain thankful for our circumstance while envisioning an expanding universe – it is natural for our universe to expand. If we do so with clarity of mind and goodness in our heart, then our expansion is beneficial.

Conversely, if we perform negative acts, attempt to hide them, and set a course toward an expanding universe riddled with addiction, crime, negativity, poor intentions, wrong-doing – karma returns those elements to us in multiplex. It isn’t even a good thing to talk about.

So where is the validation in all of this?

Well, if you have been through a rough patch while remaining diligent with positive acts, benefiting the people you encounter, sending good vibes, believing in affirmative outcomes, going into your prayer closet and moving toward an expanding universe of abundance . . . the universe hears you, the magnetics of life receive you, Heavenly Father restores you and your prodigy and their future generations reap the just reward.

Eventually, if you hold fast and continue in faith, things will align and even those wrongful deeds you may have sustained unwittingly or without cause will be unearthed and disclosed. Karma will result, and the ultimate power will be your own expanded vision, and the joy of the wisdom of understanding, because life delivers the meaning you place on it . . .

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About the author: Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a resident of Carthage North Carolina, and lives in the Historic District in the J. F. Cole House, created in 1889. Originally from the metropolitan Washington DC area, she has resided in Hawaii, California, Florida, Virginia, and Maryland. Donna has published in excess of twenty thousand journalistic quality publications and was a syndicated columnist for many years, including business documentation and solicitations as well as books and poetry. She is a mother of five successful adult children and Grandmere’ to eleven (11) les enfants petits. Currently, she is working on a new book while publishing authors’ works, performing grant and proposal efforts and continuing as a publication guru.

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Pivotal moments in the lives of women

Pivotal moments in the lives of women

PR Log Press Release, by Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry

Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry, CEO – President of DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C., a fledgling Indie publishing initiative, shared the written word relative to child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault, which is pivotal “in the now.”

Stolen Lullabies and Secret Impasses, by Donna L. Quesinberry

CARTHAGE, N.C.Sept. 25, 2018PRLog — Talking about child abuse and neglect, Stolen Lullabies and Secret Impassesdomestic violence and sexual assault is never an easy accomplishment, especially when you’ve been exposed to one or the other of these hurtful topics. Statistics tell us, every one of us has experienced, or have a close association with someone who has experienced all three, one or classically two of these travesties that the majority of us like to believe we’ve grown “past.” Presently, these are pivotal moments in the lives of women “and the men they know.”

In today’s employment, entertainment, political and religious industries or practices, we are hearing story after story that reach down into the inner core of our beings. People who have suffered injustices, abuse, neglect, mayhem, torture, blackmail in the guise of sexual perpetuity are being thrown into the media daily. Initially, people were appalled, then revolted and crying for retribution and “now” folks are beginning to suggest it is too much.

Why all this “coming out” against abuse, assault, neglect and violence anyhow?

Why didn’t all these people speak up when the acts occurred?

Haven’t we had enough of these latent revelations of injustice?

If it hurt so much, they would have said something way back when?

These must be lies . . . These stories are embellished . . . This cannot be true . . .  After all, we’ve known that priest our entire life. The newscaster has been exemplary in every other way. No one said anything about this when he was on syndicated reality television. The family should have stopped him before he blew up the house. She could have left the backyard at any time. It is only when s/he is being elected these folks come out of the woodwork . . .
Why should I care?
It was just a century ago when marriage between cousins was still an acceptable act in some states and countries – it may still be legal in a few nations. It was just a century ago that slavery was accepted. It was less than a century ago that desegregation occurred. It was only within the past century women earned the right to vote. In the previous century children were permitted to work, indentured service was permitted (and is somewhat permitted today through immigration), women did not work outside the home, the glass ceiling was like steel, men held private clubs and associations, and television aired programs depicting women stayed at home, men held jobs, alternative lifestyles didn’t exist, we forgave indiscretions because a) we never heard of them or b) they were overlooked.

In the book, “Stolen Lullabies and Secret Impasses,” the author, Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry, uses poetry to exculpate sexual assault from her memory banks onto the published page. And, her work is timely because through her poetry, which her mentor stated reminded him of Hermann Hesse . . . with backstories and prior reviews . . . she inadvertently answers the questions ringing in the media “today.” The reasons for waiting are many and real and visceral and have a pulse that makes sense when readers and pundits care to understand.

If you are interested in learning the “why’s” of latent disclosure regarding abuse, assault, neglect and violence – take a moment to leaf through this title that is easily digested in an afternoon. Afterward, revisit the burgeoning revelations regarding these vile topics and our universal history of sweeping them under the rug, before discarding them in the current hour.

Stolen Lies and Secret Impasses, by Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is available at http://www.donnaink.com for biggest discount and it is also available on major online retailers (i.e.: AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, etc.).

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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.