A 20th Century version of “Bread and Circuses.”

MIRRORProfoundly poignant axioms can often be found in episodes of The Twilight Zone.

One such example: In the episode entitled The Mirror, the main character, Ramos Clemente, played by a young Peter Falk (and acted exceptionally well, I might add), is a South American revolutionary (essentially a Fidel Castro doppelgänger).

As Clemente is speaking of the easily manipulated people he now finds himself dictator over (and how to control them) he utters this maxim:

“The entertainment must be varied. Must be constant change. You fill their stomachs and you empty their brains. They have cheap tastes and short memories.”

This axiom is as true today as it was over 50 years ago when this episode first aired.

“Bread and Circuses” was how Rome kept its subjects distracted and obedient and it’s how modern day Americans are kept distracted and obedient.

Here’s an excerpt from my time travel story, The Visitor. It’s a conversation between two characters that takes place on the day JFK is assissinated in 1963:

img_0107“Bread and circuses,” Theodore answered. “As long as the people are fed and entertained, they will care about little else.”
“America is not Rome.”

“Not yet. But within the next couple generations Americans will become so distracted by various gratifications that they won’t realize their government revoked most of their liberties. And by the time they recognize what’s happened, it will be too late. They’ll awaken to discover that they’ve amused themselves to death.”

Rome, Ramos Clemente, and modern day America prove that we never learn from history.

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This will be your last chance to ever download “The Visitor” for free.

img_0107Attention readers: Beginning November 1st, The Visitor will be available through other channels besides Amazon (e.g. Smashwords, iBooks, etc.). Thus, I will no longer be able to offer it for free download anymore.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on this unique time travel story for free, then today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) are your last opportunities.

The Visitor has over 40 reviews, maintains a 4.5-star rating, and is being favorably compared to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone.

Don’t miss out on this free offer. Download The Visitor for free today!

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Today is your penultimate chance to download The Visitor for free.

After today I will only be offering this title for free download one more time, so if you miss it today you’ll only have one more chance to get it for free in the future. But why take chances? Download THE VISITOR for free today on Amazon and see why it maintains a 4.5-star rating.

Here’s a sample of just three of the 42 reviews THE VISITOR has received so far:

End of Summer review.

Repeat after me: fall is here, fall is here . . . this is the best time of the year.

imageNow that we got that out of our system, here’s what I’ve been up to over the summer.

– I released my second ebook, Alibi Interrupted, in July.

– This blog surpassed 700 followers and exceeded of 57,000 views.

– I’ve been asked to write a guest article on a website for a publishing company which I’ve agreed to do (coming soon).

– I’ve done two interviews for two different websites (both coming in October).

– I’ve been working on two more short stories: The Man Who Thought He Could Fly and The Dreams of Evil Men.

img_0941-1– Based on a demand (albeit small, but still a demand) for my stories in physical book form, I released Saving Kennedy which contains both The Visitor and Alibi Interrupted in paperback. Please stop by CreateSpace or Amazon to order your copy.

– I held two “win it before you can buy it” book giveaway contests for Saving Kennedy. August’s winner was Sydney of Florida and September’s winner was Jonathan from California.

– And finally, this summer I was blessed to attended a father/son retreat in Colorado with my eldest boy where we had time to rest, relax, and recreate. We also had the opportunity to meet speakers and authors, Scott Brown and Kevin Swanson.

As we head into fall and winter, my plans are to continue working on finalizing some of my short stories to get them ready for my anthology, and trying to finish my novella, The Island.

Thank you to all who’ve read my stories over the past summer. Your support means a lot. If you’ve read any of my stories and haven’t yet left a review on Amaon, please consider doing so. Reviews are vital for authors.

Thank you again to all of you. You guys make the lonely road of writing a little less lonely.