Monday, April 10, 2017

A Q&A With Hilary George, Author of "From War to When"

 Hilary George welcomes Hilary George, author of From War to When. Although Hilary calls herself a "rookie writer," she has indeed written "80 pages of literary paradise on earth" as one reader so aptly described her collection of poetry.

Hilary was born in Singapore of British parents. After fleeing the Japanese invasion early in World War II, Hilary, with her mother and sister, two tin trunks of possessions and five English pounds, found themselves refugees in a strange, new land – Australia.  Hilary and her husband worked two years as missionaries in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She has lived in the United States for the past 34 years. Her book, From War to When reflects her experiences.

MANA: Briefly describe to readers what From War to When is about.
Hilary George (HG): From War to When depicts some of my life experiences, how they affected me and what I learned from them. It ends with a letter to my children followed by a prayer for everyone.

MANA: Would you explain to readers what the title of the book, From War to When mean? It's assumed that the war is about World War II but what does "When" mean?
HG: World War II changed my life forever but my story is not finished yet. The "When" will be the fulfillment of lifetime hopes and dreams.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Celebrating Poetry And Poets In National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. The annual event was established in 1996 by the American Academy of American Poets to bring public awareness to the art of poetry. The Academy was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History month (February) and Women's 
History Month (March). The goal of National Poetry Month is to: 

• highlight the extra ordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American pets
• encourage the reading of poems
• assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
• increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
• encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry
• encourage support for poets and poetry

What's more, April 27 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is a day when people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Contribute to MANA's 2017 Blog Continuing Short Story And Help Domestic Violence Victims (MANA) is proud to announce the launching of its annual fundraiser – “MANA's Blog Continuing Short Story." MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported different scholarship funds and charities for years. "MANA's Blog Continuing Short Story" is yet another way of supporting charitable causes and organizations. 

The designated charity for 2017 is #MoveToEndDV (Move To End Domestic Violence), a California-based organization which encourages businesses and community members to help shelters provide services to victims of domestic violence in their local communities.  #MoveToEndDV is in partnership with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The goal of #MoveToEndDV is to inspire and encourage 10,000 businesses and other moving companies around the globe to make a pledge to #MoveToEndDV and commit to working with a local shelter to donate or provide a free product or service that will aid domestic violence victims. Domestic violence includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in a relationship. Statistics show that 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused by domestic violence every year. Click HERE for more information on #MoveToEndDV

MANA would also like to thank each and every one who participated in 2016 by contributing your comments to short story that benefited the Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Flint, Michigan-based public service sorority is providing bottled water to Flint-area citizens where the drinking water has been contaminated over the past couple of years by lead from aging water pipes.

Now, here is how "MANA's Blog Continuing Short Story" works: 

1. The photo in this blog post serves as a prompt. The first person to post can write five sentences or more based on the photo prompt. 

2. The next writer should add to the story of the first post. After that, every writer should add to the story of the previous writer.

3. For every 20 posts of five sentences or more, MANA will donate $10 to #MoveToEndDV.

This activity is twofold: It will provide money to help domestic violence victims and will allow an opportunity for you to be a part of a creative experience. 

To post your comments, look for the word, "COMMENTS"  below this post and click on it. You will be able to add your comments to the page. Also, encourage others to post so that you can release your creativity and help domestic violence victims in 2017!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

We're Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary With Special Self-Publishing Offers!, (MANA) a company providing self-publishing, marketing, and distribution services to authors and small businesses, is excited to announce the company's 15th anniversary.

And to celebrate, we have MANA special self-publishing offers for the month of March for authors who want to self-publish and market their books. Worried about costs for publishing you're book? Then don't. From now until March 31, chose one of our two self-publishing plans, and make minimal monthly installment payments for up to 15 months! A non-refundable downpayment is required for both plans. Click HERE  to get details of the self-publishing plans.

If you become a MANA author, you'll receive a 70 percent royalty for every book sold by MANA, and if you choose to sell your own book, you'll receive 100 percent royalties!

Since  2002, MANA has provided individualized services to its customers in such as way that makes it "Unique, Unsurpassed, & Unparalleled."  

" clearly reflects the second word of its logo – 'Unique,'" said Dr. Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, owner of and its parent company Robbie Dean Press, a traditional textbook publisher. (Click HERE to read Dr. Hayes-Scott biography.)  "When potential customers approach MANA, they can be assured that they are contacting a company that will not treat their work as an assembly-line piece with cookie-cutter offers. The MANA Team of editors, graphic designers, artists, and printers are able to provide a la carte services as well as work as a group to develop a finished product." 

5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Rewriting Your First Draft

If you're writing a fiction book for the first time, don't think that your book is completed and ready for publishing after you've finished writing. This is only your first draft and rest assured, you will have to go back and rewrite some portions of it.

Everyone rewrites in a different way. Some authors rewrite as they're going along while others complete the first draft before attempting any rewriting. It's best to write the first draft before you start any rewriting. This allows you to see the direction that your book has taken. Don't get discouraged if your first draft is less than magnificent. Remember, this is only a rough draft! The average book is about 80,000 words, although a rough draft of a book may be less.

A word of advice: Step away from your first draft for a few days and come back and read it "cold' – as if you're reading it for the first time. Don't rush through the manuscript, take it slow and look at the elements in the most important part of your book – the first page. When determining whether a rewrite of the first page is necessary, ask yourself:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A MANA Call For Culturally Diverse Poetry Or Prose

Two years ago, a campaign began that “took the Internet by storm” over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The We Need Diverse Books campaign soon mushroomed when parents, teachers, librarians, authors, booksellers, and book publishers joined in the call for more diversity within the publishing industry. 

We Need Diverse Books' Mission Statement says it is now a grassroots organization of children's book lovers that advocated essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Since then, there have been calls for more culturally diverse books for adults as well as for children. A Diversity in Publishing study was released in 2015 that showed “the number of diverse books published each year over the past twenty years has been stuck in neutral, never exceeding, on average, 10 percent.” The Diversity Baseline Study results included responses from eight review journals and 34 publishers from across North America. Go HERE to read the results. (MANA) supports racial and cultural diversity in publishing. What's more, MANA represents works by authors of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Examples of the wide variety of books we offer by African American, Latino, and Asian authors include: 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

MANA's Special Self-Publishing Sale!

Will this be your year to self-publish your book? If so, MANA wants to help you as much as possible to accomplish your book-publishing goal in 2017. From now to February 19, MANA has a special offer for all authors who want to see their manuscript turn into a printed book or E-book. 

If your manuscript is no more than 30,000 words, you can have your book published for $1,250 or $1,300, depending on the plan you choose. What's more, you can pay in minimal installments for up to 13 months and receive the following services:

• Proofreading
• Editing
• Customized designed color covers
• Webpage on website for a year 
• E-commerce, acceptance of major credit cards and electronic checks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Dancer & Other Tattered Threads of PTSD Lives: After the Wars" by T. Patrick Devlin

There’s no getting around it, Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is real and has affected soldiers of various wars. In his latest book, Dancer & Other Tattered Threads of PTSD Lives: After the Wars, author T. Patrick Devlin has taken the challenges of PTSD  for veterans and conveyed them into three short stories. 

Although the stories are fictional, Devlin does not approach these challenges in a stereotypical manner. Instead, in the short stories, Dad’s TV, Dancer, and Roadkill the author brings clear insight into the lives of veterans, their family members and others who interact with them.

In Dad’s TV, Devlin gives the reader a first-hand account of a son dealing with the effects PTSD has on his father, a World War II veteran. Set in the 1950s, Dad separates himself from his family by means of his new television set:  

To be honest, at no time did Dad ever seem quite right. There was no real normal for him. He hadn’t totally adjusted. I suppose that it was still too soon after the war. He was silent, remote and constantly appeared to crave distractions and diversions. He avoided any possibility of interaction with his kids. The TV set was just one of those diversions. However, in our house, it cemented the separation. The screaming audio and visual imperatives to pay full attention to it and to ignore every other living thing on the planet, were totally effective. 

In Dancer, a dog is rescued from an abusive experience and is taken to a safe home. Yet, Dancer is having a hard time adjusting to her new environment:

Dancer was in another new place. She had been traumatized by the experience of being imperfectly rescued from the agony of her mistreatment as a puppy. She had experienced some time when she was in a safer place, but the wounds to her little brain were probably only being cauterized and not successfully identified and soothed from the damage that had already been done. In her internal desperation to find refuge from her harassed existence, she clung to Arianna like frost on a pane of glass. Our eldest daughter, though, was not in a position to be a healer. She was already burdened by the usual household duties as well as the advanced coursework of her university studies. The chances for the dog to improve were further compromised by the two male members of the family who were seemingly indifferent to the dog’s presence. They were also, most likely, an unpleasant connection to Dancer’s memory of the past. 

A Korean War veteran-turned sheriff of a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the main character in Roadkill. Trying to solve one of the biggest crimes the town has ever seen while staving off loneliness and keeping his composure after reliving the nightmares of war are not easy tasks for the ex-Marine:

During the rehabilitation of the lodge, Dukes’ psychological trauma from the war was beginning to heal. The exhaustion from the new job and the fatigue from the labor that he expended on his essential need for shelter, shut out most of the nightmares. As he mended the old lodge, he began to repair the damage caused by the war to his mind while he cautiously reshaped his department.

He took plenty of time to do all three jobs. As a result, he stayed away from marriage. In those few moments of genuine loneliness, he did think of the comfort of having a woman around. “No sane woman would have me” came the instant, unspoken rebuke. The dreams were too violent, too, frequent. When he’d break out from the terrorizing grip of another nightmare dream, he was aware that he was swinging, screaming, or waking up crawling across the floor. “No, this wasn’t something to put a woman through…” he told himself.

Devlin, also author of Redball Mission, engages the reader and places them into the thoughts and feelings of those affected by PTSD. To preview Dancer & Other Tattered Threads of PTSD Lives: After the Wars, go to

To read an excerpt from Redball Mission, visit To purchase the book, visit