Meet the Members of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure Team

@bradonpurposeKids, Join Zak, Ra-Kit the Magic Cat, and Sampson the Flying Dog on their Eco-adventures##kidsread ##kidsfantasy ##lifelongreader ##kidsactivites ##benfife♬ original sound - user4869067526413 Kids and parents, join the Zak Bates Eco-adventure team & receive your free audiobook and ebook of Dominion Over All, book one of the series, by going to my HOME PAGE. Find a complete list of online bookstores where you can pick up the full series by going HERE, or at my personal [...]

2021-08-24T18:58:13+00:000 Comments

And the Research Fun Continues with Cat Island

Shortly after discovering that my “clan of cats” that will appear in my upcoming novel, Junkyard Dogs, reside in the abandoned Renwick Smallpox Hospital on Kennedy Island, I shared this research with my wife, Ann, who’s always ready to share her own ideas, many of which appear in my stories as well. As I finished sharing my research with her, she added, “And the cats that now live on Kennedy Island migrated from the Island of [...]

2020-12-04T18:30:15+00:000 Comments

Researching Stories is Fun…Sometimes

I would have to say that as a fiction author I have a love/hate relationship to research or at least a like/dislike one. One thing I dislike about research is that it can be a nearly bottomless pit into which I can lose myself spending far more hours than I want when what I most want to do is just start writing. On the other hand, I very much like it when in the process of [...]

2020-12-04T18:24:51+00:000 Comments

Call Out for Beta Readers for Ghost Elephant: Book 3 of the Zak Bates Eco-Adventure Series

Let me start by sharing what led me to start the Zak Bates Eco-Adventure Series so you'll understand why this series has such a special place in my heart. My love for reading science fiction and fantasy started the summer before I entered the fourth grade shortly after my widowed mother moved us to Raleigh, North Carolina. It didn't take long before our new neighbor took pity on my harried mom who I was driving crazy [...]

2019-06-01T21:53:49+00:001 Comment

Ghost Elephant Sample

Falling through the Rabbit Hole Nia Gaines and her parents had been shopping for hours which felt like days to Nia. And to think how excited she’d been when her dad, Edwardo Gaines, had invited her to come with them on what he’d described as a combination family vacation and business trip. When does the vacation part start, Nia, wondered? So far, she’d been dragged along from one antique store to another. Beijing China has sounded [...]

2020-08-28T16:23:22+00:000 Comments

Sudan’s Passing: Last Male Northern White Rhino Died March 19, 2018

I first heard about Sudan on CBS Sunday Morning, followed by an online article from Wired a day or two later. The story struck a chord for a couple of reasons. First, I'm a long time animal lover. It's what had me decide at the age of seven to pursue my first career as a small animal veterinarian. Second, I've been pondering for some time what I might write about on this blog that my readers would find [...]

2018-04-03T22:38:15+00:000 Comments

Grandpa – What's an Elephant?

I've recently started the 'prewriting' stage for my third book in the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series that began with Dominion Over All followed by Endangered (which is in the final editing phase). I started this series with Ivory - Zak Bates Eco-adventure #3. The purpose of this series is to share my journey from story idea to a finished book entitled Ivory. It's my hope and intention that both writers and readers of visionary fiction will find [...]

2014-08-06T21:08:36+00:000 Comments

Ivory: Zak Bates Eco-Adventure Book 3

Like many people I've been appalled by the horrendous killing of thousands of majestic elephants by poachers over the past several years so I've decided to do my part to spread the word so this senseless killing can be stopped before it's too late and elephants become one more species that no longer exists on our Earth. Ivory is the working title of the book. It'll be the third book in the Zak Bates Eco-Adventure series [...]

2014-07-16T15:39:34+00:000 Comments

New Beginnings – One Audio, One Written

It was a good week and a very creative one.  I started two new book projects as well as starting my first pastel painting in over fifteen years.  I love times like this and it's one of the joys of being a writer. The first project was inspired by my listening to a new audiobook by Spider Robinson, Stardance. What prompted the new project was that the book was recorded by the author. I'd enjoy recording [...]

2012-12-13T18:35:01+00:001 Comment

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!

This past Tuesday, Oct. 17, 49 exotic animals were killed in Ohio.  They were: 9 male lions,  8 lionesses, 6 black bears, 3 mountain lions, 2 grizzlies, 2 wolves, 1 baboon . . . and 18 Bengal tigers (By the way, Bengal tigers are on the endangered species list) One report (Pat Summers of writing for ) sited the cause of this horrendous tragedy to be due to "lack of tight regulations." [...]

2011-10-25T08:00:27+00:000 Comments