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Robert Reoch

Robert Reoch Rolling Thoughts

Robert Reoch Rolling Thoughts is just me babbling when expressing myself won’t fit on Twitter. I’ll be adding to this same post over time.

October 22, 2014

Dear American Youth: Please read a self-help book on any topic. It will, at the very least teach you how to use your brain to accomplish something useful. Perhaps you might even avoid behaving badly like those fools that rioted in Keene, NH, during the annual Pumpkin Festival. What a bunch of douche bags. People with half a brain don’t pull this kind of shit—even if they get drunk. Only idiots riot out of boredom. Sad, stupid, no-common-sense morons. Like I said, please just read one self-help book on any topic. Try reading The Power of Positive Thinking, or Think and Grow Rich, or I’m Okay-You’re Okay.

Good luck. I hope you make it another year without injuring yourself, or someone else.

P.S. This is funny. I sound like a really old person. I’m getting there though. I’ve earned this. pht-t-t!

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Robert Reoch Writes “Mind Pastry”

Robert Reoch is Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Bakes

Robert Reoch measures, beats, and sometimes whips ideas to death. Welcome to “Mind Pastry,” a bakery of thoughts from my mind to yours. 

Robert Reoch is the Name

My last name, Reoch, is pronounced, Rē’ŏck (rhymes with Reebok). That  image of a piece of cake floating among the palm trees in my page banner is a slice from a red velvet cake that I actually baked! Robert Reoch's Mind Pastry CakeThere’s more to Mind Pastry than just the analogy, though. I actually love pastry—and I bake it too!—but that’s another post.

Mind Pastry is Layered

I offer a dose of conscience to the Internet through many of my posts. I believe we have too many “reality TV” shows and deceptive news outlets in the media. Too often, issues are discussed from just one point of view in the news. Many pop “journalists” aren’t doing their homework. They aren’t getting out to the field to research their stories. Much of current reporting relies solely on popular social memes—mass hysteria, as I see it—rather than on verified facts and nuanced examination of the gray areas. Please, people, stop thinking only in black and white. Look for what’s in-between. Ask what is the back story you’re not getting from the media. I try to present layers and perspectives that encourage people to discover full truths. I live by three principles: Love, Truth, and Knowledge. I resent journalism that ignores these values in favor of ratings and profit. I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in Mind Pastry.

Robert Reoch Writes

I’ve written a couple of books of short stories under pen name, Robert George Reoch. I wrote my Travelers’ Shorts books with the traveler in mind, even though my stories not about travel. The idea was to provide short stories for the traveler who didn’t want to start a heavy novel. Short stories provide entertainment in manageable chunks for the person on the go. My short stories are written with taste and richness (just like pastry). These epic tales offer drama, adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. You can order them here:

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

 

Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Please enjoy my books!

Robert Reoch

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Robert Reoch Cape Cod

Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

Robert George Reoch Blog is Now “Mind Pastry”

Previously known as blog.robertgeorgereoch.com, I’m still reformatting some old posts that were moved to this new site. (GoDaddy eliminated their original blog platform and replaced it with this Word Press version.)

Robert Reoch is Robert George Reoch

I’m Robert Reoch, aka author Robert George Reoch. I’ve written and published two volumes of short stories under the title, Travelers’ Shorts.  If you enjoy variety, drama, and humor, you’ll enjoy my short stories, but keep coming here for stimulating blog entries too. The list of categories is to the right. I’ve got a mind to speak about nearly everything, although I don’t write every day. I rant, babble, and educate—and sometimes pontificate—when in the mood.  That’s how we do on blogs.

Mind Pastry Name

I love to cook and bake. My other hobbies include music, travel, and physical fitness. I’m also one of those genius folk who think a lot. I bake and I think; hence the title, “Mind Pastry.” Again, I don’t post on this blog frequently. My everyday life is ordinary (and busy) and I enjoy spending my time living rather than documenting every burp and fart here. If you want that, go to Facebook.

That’s what’s on my mind, for now. I think I’ll bake something.

Robert Reoch

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Robert Reoch Images

Robert Reoch Images

Robert Reoch uses the pen name, Robert George Reoch

Look for Robert Reoch’s Traveler’s Shorts Books available worldwide.

Robert Reoch at Grand Tetons in Wyoming, U.S.

Robert Reoch Grand Tetons

Robert Reoch in Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod

Robert Reoch
Robert Reoch Cape Cod

Robert Reoch in Old Quebec City, Canada

Robert Reoch Quebec City

Robert Reoch in Quebec City, Canada

Robert Reoch Op Pic

Robert Reoch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch at Tanglewood in Massachusetts

Robert Reoch Tanglewood

The other place to enjoy the magnificent Boston Symphony.

Robert Reoch in Italy

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It's only 422 steps to the top.

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It’s only 422 steps to the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Reoch writes short stories that have nothing to do with travel. Figure that out.

Robert Reoch

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SOS Stands for Safely Obtaining Sobreity

SOS

SOS stands for Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recover Aid

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

This SOS book provides the modern approach for attaining sobriety and keeping it. You do this on your own terms without the negative impact that many rehabilitation programs impose.

With SOS you have a positive alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and rehabilitation clinics. Written by a fully recovered former alcoholic, George Legacy, you get a wealth of information relating to alcohol dependency, alcohol addiction, and recovery. It’s all in one simple book written by an expert with decades of real experience. This uncomplicated plan works safely and quickly! After years of struggling and trying various programs, George Legacy used his own insight to put together a fool proof plan for getting sober and staying sober without all the shame and guilt of conventional, ineffective programs. George Legacy gives you the modern approach. It’s timeless. It will work for anyone for years and years to come.

SOS is the AA Alternative. This is the way to attain sobriety without institutions. There is no shame or guilt, and no religious affiliations. Explore this site. Click on any of the images for ordering. This book costs very little–far less than the thousands of dollars one might easily waste on institutionalized treatment. You can beat alcohol addiction on your own terms. This really works! The author has been sober for over six years, as of this writing.

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

 Best of health and good luck!

George Legacy

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

A Wild Ride: “Chance and Keanan: Adagio for Windowpane and Gazebo”

The above title is just one of several new short stories in my second book, Travelers’ Shorts 2.

In this riotous tale, two friends named Chance and Keanan explore Disneyland on acid—in a form known as “windowpane.”Fly with them along the I-5 freeway from La Jolla Cove to Disneyland and back. Who does that?

Chance and Keanan, that’s who.

Click the images below to order.

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers’ Shorts 2

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

What Are Travelers’ Shorts?

Travelers’ Shorts are my short stories. Although originally written with the traveler in mind, my short stories are for everyone. In fact, they’re not even about travel. I just thought travelers might enjoy reading short stories as opposed to a lengthy novel. Thus, the title: Travelers’ Shorts.

I used to travel on business often. I was never in the mood to begin a heavy book while jetting. I didn’t like reading long tomes on vacation time either. I craved something interesting to read (on a plane, train, boat, or bus) instead of the usual newsstand pulp and in-flight magazines. I realized that other people likely shared my sentiments too. Thus, I came up with the idea of writing short stories with the traveler in mind. I knew I could write interesting content. I had a flair for the dramatic and definitely a sense of humor that other travelers might appreciate. The results came pouring out.

I wrote several epic stories—if you can call a short story epic. Some are made-up, but most are based on real life experiences. They say, write about what you know. The truth is always more interesting. I’ve been around for a while. There’s been a lot gone on in my life that makes for first-rate story telling. You’ll be convinced when you read my books. You may find a bit of yourself in them too. 

From Batman to Bobby Kennedy and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Scenarios in my tales go from mausoleums to outer space. From Southern California swimming pools to New England. There’s a rich mix of heroes, soaring icons, everyday slobs, and royalty.

My books are available in print as well as Ebook, including wireless delivery. Enjoy my short stories at your own pace, in your own time. You’ll want to read them again and again (unless I exposed you in one of my stories). Order today and see what’s inside my “Travelers’ Shorts.”

Robert George Reoch

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

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The Queen, the Bird Feeder, and the Mausoleum

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

“The Queen, the Bird Feeder, and the Mausoleum”

This short story from Travelers’ Shorts is worthy of a Coen Brothers film. “The Queen, the Bird Feeder, and the Mausoleum” is about a mother and son whose twisted relationship defines their bond.  As Curtis’ mother, “the Queen,” struggles to sustain her hold of power, while her son seeks ways to compromise it. Caught in the middle of the chaos, the son’s friend, Oogie, a mere bystander, observes and does his best to stay clear the fray—involving a new bird feeder, a mausoleum, and a family dinner. Did anyone notice the fourteen-foot long python?

You’ll find the full story in, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move.

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers’ Shorts 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bullying and War

Bullying and War

“John Brake’s Wars” is About Bullying

Bullying has reached new levels in the information age. Youths and adults use new tools in cowardly ways for the purpose of intimidation. Bullying has been a social ill long before cyber bullying. I wrote a short story about a tragedy involving a childhood friend of mine. The story, “John Brake’s Wars,” is based on true events. It’s about a friend of mine, a school aged boy named John Brake, who was relentlessly bullied in school while his father, a U.S. soldier, was away fighting in Vietnam.

We have seen an increase in this hostile behavior in recent years. Cyber bullying has given small minds effective tools with which to wreak havoc. The consequences are too often becoming deadly. The effects are always lasting.

“John Brake’s Wars” is just one of the short stories in my book, Travelers Shorts.

Travelers Shorts

Travelers Shorts

 

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers Shorts 2

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You May Not Need a Full-Blown Rehab

Rehab or No Rehab?

Becoming Sober May Be Simpler Than You Think

You May Not Need a Full-Blown Rehab. Not Everyone Does.


Being trapped in alcohol dependency can feel like a slow death. Even though you may function at an acceptable level (or just slightly below that), there is an underlying anxiety because of not being able to stop drinking alcohol. There’s also the stress of being afraid to seek help—of being exposed. You hear about the Betty Ford Clinic and other rehabilitation programs, but they seem daunting and expensive. Organized groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can feel intrusive and too public. There’s the fear that everyone will know your business and you’ll give up your privacy. A good reason for at least making an attempt at becoming sober is that it can actually be simpler than you think. You can do this on your own terms.

Have you been considering going through an alcohol rehab?

It is possible to get sober without checking into a long-term clinic. I explain this in simple terms in my book, Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Years ago, I stayed in a rehab clinic for a month, but it didn’t work out for me. I stayed for the full program. I didn’t leave early, but I came away feeling negative about myself and I remained sober only for about 30 days afterward. I eventually slid back into drinking heavily again, and struggled for another decade before finally figuring out how to beat my alcohol addiction on my own terms.

I knew I didn’t want to go back to rehab. I knew that Alcoholics Anonymous made me feel embarrassed and ashamed, so I invented my own simple program from becoming sober, and it worked! I have been sober for several years now, and have not had a single drink. I don’t even struggle with it.

Find out more in my book, Safely Obtaining Sobriety. It’s available as a quick download to your PC, Mac, iPod, Tablet, or any computer. You can also order the book in print in a handsome softcover. The price is low. The cost is far less than a rehab clinic. Try reading my book before doing anything else. You may come out ahead by following my simple plan on your own terms. It worked so well for me, my family encouraged me to write this book. Order my book now and then get started when you are ready. Use the links on this site to order your copy. Make your move now.

Best of health and good luck!

George Legacy

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Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 2 Marketing

Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 2: Marketing

Books Don’t Pay Unless . . .

Books don’t pay unless:

A) Your book comes with built-in name recognition, or a signed book deal with a major publisher eager to profit from your celebrity (in other words, you are already rich and famous, or at least in the midst of your 15 minutes of fame), or

B) You’ve written a true literary masterpiece and have a well-connected saint for a book agent. There’s a caveat to the latter too. Most agents won’t touch you unless you can show you’ve already sold at least a thousand books! (See A).

Books Only Profit When They Sell Tens of Thousands of Copies

If you’ve been thinking of having your book published in hopes of making tons of money from royalties, read the above paragraph again. Depending on the price of your book, your cut will be small
compared to the actual retail price. Printers, distributors, and retailers (even Ebook retailers) take a big cut. If you sell 100 books, you will likely receive less than a thousand dollars. If you sell 1,000 books, you’ll probably make less than $5,000. If you are distributed through a site like Amazon, you’ll be
competing with millions and millions of books. Millions!

Why Your Book Won’t List at the Top

On Amazon’s site, your book title won’t necessary be listed in order, alphabetically. Algorithms decide how to list your book as befits the retailer. These secret formulas are dictated by consumer demand and will determine how early-on in the list of publications your book appears—even if your book should be first alphabetically. More popular books with similar titles will be positioned near the top of the list. If you are a new author, or unpopular, your book will quickly be lost in the morass. Again, even if someone searches for your book title by typing it in alphabetically exactly correct, it won’t pop up near the top of the list unless it’s already a big seller. (I know this from experience. Go ahead, experiment with my book titles if you like.)

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch

Marketing is Key

I ran out of time for marketing my books. You may laugh. Seriously, I had an entire strategy, but life happened and I had to move away from my book projects before I could delve into serious marketing. I had given myself a timeline. Even with a solid year dedicated, life gave me too many interruptions. I finished self-publishing my books, but I needed to go back to my day job. I didn’t have time to market my books properly. However, I missed a window that would likely have been fruitless anyway. (See A in paragraph 1).

Book Marketing Requires Research

Even though I ran out of time, I still made a modest effort to market my book. I quickly discovered that book agents put up walls. While searching Online, I found websites for agents who advertised, openl, that they don’t take clients whose books have not already sold at least a thousand in number. Was I discouraged? Of course, so I moved on. I could have continued looking, however I feared I might spend more time and money for naught by falling victim to someone preying on another new author’s dreams. Some unscrupulous agent might take my money and just make a few empty promises. Perhaps they would make some weak gesture such as offering to issue a press release—something I could have done myself. That’s how things panned out.

I put up a couple of websites for my books, which was a hopeful idea, but even that doesn’t help  if people never see the websites. Meanwhile, social media explodes. This could be good. Yet, even putting one of my books on Facebook did nothing measurable.  Facebook wanted me to purchase ads (like the ones you can block). Those Facebook ads cost me more than all of the royalties I’d ever received. Ouch! (Yes, you can laugh.)

My Books Have Been Purchased

The few purchases of my books were probably made by distant relatives of whom I’ve never heard. Perhaps I made a few sales from people who happened across one of my websites, or one of my Twitter accounts. Maybe they saw the poster I tacked up on a bulletin board along the bike trail near my house that was later mowed down by an errant bicyclist. (How’s that for sophisticated marketing?)

If you want to market your book and you don’t fit the profile in item A of paragraph 1 above), you’ll need a lot of luck, plain and simple. Maybe you have a big congregation at your church who can be easily guilt-ed into buying your books.

At the end of the day, at least books should be written if only for the love of writing. Keep writing…or don’t. Be happy.

Robert George Reoch

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Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 1

Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 1

Book World and Self-Publishing

In the book world, self-publishing has taken off over the last ten years. I learned about self-publishing in 2009 as I was writing my first book of short stories, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move. I discovered on the Internet a company called iUniverse and decided to give myself and them a try at publishing my stories. I had no idea what I was doing, yet I was determined to give it my best shot. I was certain people would love my short stories. Once my books were published, and once people began buying my books, I would get rich! I’d have a best seller!

Books Don’t Sell Themselves


“…once people began buying my books.”—that’s the telling phrase. Nobody buys your books if they haven’t heard of you. I worked for nearly two years with iUniverse and finally finished my project. When all was said (written) and done, I eventually realized that if iUniverse had things their way, I would have bought hundreds of my own books myself.  They actually expected me to buy caseloads of my own books from them so I could peddle them on the street myself. They aggressively offered me discounts for buying quantities of my own books. I live in an apartment. I don’t have room to stockpile books. Fortunately, being a salesman from way back, I could see their angle. Get me all happy that I’ve written a book, then turn around and sell it to me for their own profit! Nuts. I’m the type of person who has foresight. I can usually see the end-game coming. iUniverse had already charged me hundreds of dollars for holding my hand and doing some minor editing (which mainly threw me off my rhythm). They reformatted my pages to fit the printed book (tasks that, later, I realized I could have done myself for free). Yes, I was that green.

Books on the iUniverse Shelf

iUniverse offered marketing and distribution options for my books, including some expensive ad campaigns. I remained leery because they were still constantly trying to sell me box loads of my own books (and I wasn’t biting). Once—just once—I paid them a large sum to show my book at a book fair in Miami. Unfortunately, there was never any concrete evidence that my book even made it to the fair. I never received any sales as a result of the fair. In fact, in following-up, I checked my account records online at iUniverse and discovered that nobody at iUniverse had procured a copy of my printed book prior to the fair, which they would have needed in order to show it. When I mentioned this to iUniverse after the fair, they refused to refund the promotional fee. There later appeared a post-fair record of an internal request for a copy of my book on my account records. Someone had attempted to manipulate the records and backdate an order to make it appear as though they had procured a copy, but the system wouldn’t allow it. It showed the true date confirming the internal book request was made well after the date of the Miami book fare. They were trying to cover their tracks, it was obvious. It wasn’t worth  pursuing. Without having flown to Miami on the day of the book fair, I couldn’t prove anything. I laugh at the absurdity of the book fair ploy (and my gullibility). Nobody bought my book in Miami, and it took months before anyone purchased my book through iUniverse, or from any of the other bookseller’s to whom they claim to distribute. By the way, your books are not sent to retailers at all. These books are printed on demand by those who sell the printed copies online. iUniverse did nothing to promote my book. It sat on their online shelf in virtual reality. Of course, they offered other advertising options costing thousands of dollars, but . . . are you kidding?

Second Book Similar Fate

I also published my second book, Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers, with iUniverse. Am I crazy? Well, since I already knew the process, I went ahead with iUniverse again. Once you understand the mechanics of self-publishing, the venue at iUniverse works fairly well—enough to get a book out there. Your books find their way to Amazon (see Part 2). I wanted to get my second book published quickly as a way to show legitimacy. I had written several good short stories. People who read them loved them. For my second book, I made the mistake of using one of iUniverse’s book cover designers. (I designed the cover of my first book myself and was quite happy with the way it turned out. It kept with my vision.) For the second book, instead of trusting my gut and going with my own cover design again, I used one of iUniverse’s “professional” designer’s. That was a mistake. I had created a design of my own, but I took a chance with the iUniverse designer and it isn’t what I had pictured. I should have taken the time to change it. One day, when I publish a compilation of all of my short stories, in a single volume, I’ll design that cover myself. I may republish the second book and use my cover. At least, I discovered I’m a better cover designer than at least one paid professional. See my book cover (below) for Travelers’ Shorts? Those shorts are an actual pair of mine that I photographed and photo shopped.

Travelers Shorts

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers’ Shorts Contain Gems

My books are gems. Of course I say that because I wrote them! The stories speak for themselves. In my first book, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move, my prose leans toward being overly rich, or “purple,” as my aunt would say. However, I learned to move the story telling at a more contemporary pace in my second book, Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers. You can click on the image below to find out more. Don’t let me stop you.

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch

Self-Publishing Book Companies Have Their Own Agenda

Most self-publishing companies are in it for their own profit, not yours. They profit from the process of publishing your book for you. They will charge you for editing services, formatting, cover design, advertising, etc.  They will then push your finished book right back at you to buy it from them (in quantities) so you can go out and peddle it yourself. They want you to buy your own book from them in large quantities (at discounted prices, of course). Just remember, the marketing onus is on you. Nobody sees your book if you don’t market it, but that’s another story which I’ll cover in my next article about self-publishing. Also, in my next article, I’ll talk about my positive experiences in self-publishing with Amazon and their affiliate company CreateSpace.

Good luck with your writing. For more information, read Part 2.

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

On my first trip to Atlanta, Georgia, we visited the Georgia Aquarium. It was just what I had hoped. There are an abundance of creative exhibits, and the dolphin show is spectacular! It’s all indoors, so you can visit anytime. Here’s a shot of some of the colorful fish there:
Georgia AquariumFish Tales

Speaking of fish tales, check out my books of short stories. Look for the links on this page. Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch

 

Happy travels!
Robert Reoch

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SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid is at Amazon Worldwide

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid

is now available worldwide at Amazon in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

Obtain this powerful book at the following Amazon sites. Just click any link, or copy and paste to your browser:

U.S.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=SOS+Safely+Obtaining+Sobriety&x=15&y=18

Canada
http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=sos+safely+obtaining+sobriety&x=0&y=0

U.K.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=SOS+Safely+Obtaining+Sobriety&x=11&y=17

France
http://www.amazon.fr/Safely-Obtaining-Sobriety-George-Legacy/dp/0578073560/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331105578&sr=8-2

Germany
http://www.amazon.de/SOS-Safely-Obtaining-Sobriety-ebook/dp/B004D4Y7KI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309972520&sr=1-1

Spain
http://www.amazon.es/SOS-Safely-Obtaining-Sobriety-ebook/dp/B004D4Y7KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331105335&sr=8-1

Italy
http://www.amazon.it/SOS-Safely-Obtaining-Sobriety-ebook/dp/B004D4Y7KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331105398&sr=8-1

Japan
http://www.amazon.co.jp/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/377-5946175-4735013?__mk_ja_JP=�J�^�J�i&url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=sos+safely+obtaining+sobriety

 

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

Best of health and good luck!

George Legacy

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Alcohol Problem Solved!

Alcohol Problem Solved

Sometimes the answer to a problem comes in a blinding flash of the obvious. Such is the case with a new book by George Legacy, which I recently published. Readers are saying it has helped them find a new perspective in dealing with alcohol dependency. The book has a plan that anyone can follow and it works! The author tells his personal story and then provides a detailed plan for attaining sobriety and keeping it. George Legacy is living proof, himself. His family encouraged him to write the book following his success in beating alcohol dependency.

Read SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid  by George Legacy. It is a great human interest story as well as a fantastic self-help book for those struggling with addiction.

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Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

“Peanuts” Fan (me)

I still recall this strip from an old Peanuts book by Charles M. Schulz. 

My Mom used to buy me “Charlie Brown books” (as I called them) as a kid. Life was so much less complicated then. This particular strip doesn’t actually involve good ol’ Charlie Brown.  Schulz would often feature his other characters, by themselves, with hysterically funny portraits of their personalities.  I recall reading this one during a warm summer day in the ’60s as I laughed out loud. I can only describe it as I remember it:

An empty round wading pool flies in the air past Linus in a gust of wind. Lucy, carrying a long bicycle pump, walks up to Linus, looking for her runaway pool. She is still wearing her scuba mask and a large pair of flippers for swimming.  Linus, having mistaken the pool for a flying saucer and Lucy for an alien from outer space, screams, “A-a-ah! A Martian!” He runs and hollers, “The Martians are here! The Martians are here! . . One of them just pointed a ray-gun at me!”

That was all it took to make me laugh as kid. (And still.)

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire  (2009)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist

Based on the second book in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, this is the second film installment. Additional characters come into play while established ones are revisited doing what they usually do. The scope of this story expands quickly as multiple agendas emerge and compete, making it sometimes tedious to follow and keep track of who’s who.

We get some answers to a few questions raised in the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) . The main story line in this second episode follows a similar tack to the first. The journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), becomes involved in another expose of high ranking government officials, once again resulting in mayhem and murder. Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) returns from her 18 month exile to follow up on her parole officer’s activities which are not going as they should. Lisbeth is forced to pay a visit and exert a little pressure on her rapist and tormentor to keep him in line and maintain her freedom. As the plot thickens, Lisbeth’s business overlaps with that of Blomkvist’s, once again.

We also discover more about the circumstances surrounding Lisbeth’s troubled childhood and the fire she caused with her father (who happens to emerge from the ashes here.)

This is a must see if you plan to follow the trilogy on film. I regret to say there is a long, dull stretch during the last half of the movie, but the tumultuous ending leaves one looking forward to the next installment in the trilogy. It ain’t over yet. It is a trilogy.

My rating: B

Robert George Reoch

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There’s plenty more to discover on my blog, such as my books of short stories. Available in print as well as digital formats for any computer, including wireless delivery. 
 
Fascinating shorts stories.  Not your typical newsstand fare. Engaging reading anytime. Click on the images below for more information on Amazon:


                      
       

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Alcoholism Treatment

Getting Sober in 2011

Even if you aren’t planning to get help just yet, you would do well to get a copy of this newly released book, SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid .  The book, by George Legacy, tells exactly what to do to get started on obtaining a clear head, which is where many alcoholics and addicts fall down. They don’t know how to stop the insanity and make a fresh start. This book provides key information that anyone can use.

The book is available as an ebook, and only on Amazon. It can be discretely downloaded immediately. If you know someone who is struggling with dependency, you may be able to help with the information in this book. The information is vital to know. It can mean the difference between life and death for some, or the difference between finding peace in sobriety rather than continuing a battle with addiction.

Order through Amazon below, or get more information by clicking the web site image below. I highly recommend this book. Best of luck!

Robert George Reoch

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Alcohol Addiction and Dependency: New SOS Book Offers Powerful Solution

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid

Author: George Legacy

Update 01/03/2011: This book is taking off.  For those looking to break away from alcohol in 2011, this is a great place to start!

This powerful book provides a logical plan for beating alcohol. Getting sober can be the most difficult hurdle. Many alcoholics repeatedly try and fail to stop drinking, even when they know it’s killing them.

George Legacy offers a most concise, realistic approach for breaking the cycle of alcohol addiction. Available as a discreet, inexpensive ebook on Amazon.  Download formats for any computer or ereader. This book will certainly be a life saver.  No guilt and no games. Just straight forward information that can help change lives.

Available exclusively on Amazon. Click on the image below for more information.

                                              
                                         
 
                                        

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“Travelers’ Shorts” Receives Another Great Review!

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move and Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

I just received another great review for one of my books on Amazon, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move… 

The review: “…This book is by far one of the best I have read. Just by the first short story I was impressed. There is great detail and emotion in this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book but the stories are captivating and fun. Everyone needs a copy of this book in their home. I just ordered the 2nd book and cannot wait to read it! I hope for more books by this author!!…” –Beka

If you have been thinking of purchasing my books, now there’s another good reason!

Gotta keep this brief today. I’ve been working seven days straight. Yikes! Happy shopping. You will find my books online only. Click on the links below.

Merry Christmas!

Robert George Reoch

                     

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

“Travelers’ Shorts” (My Book) Just Jumped Up By Over 4 Million in Rank!

My book, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move, just moved up in Amazon Rankings by OVER 4 MILLION! I’m not kidding. Yesterday the ranking was 5,011,682. Today it is 321,951 out of 8,000,000 books.

Someone has gotten the message. Find out what it’s all about. Buy my books on Amazon and enjoy my original short stories.  I have written two books in the series thus far: Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move. . . and Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers.

                     

                                         

These books, with a wide range of topics, make great holiday gifts. The perfect read while traveling or during leisure anytime. Thank you for your patronage!

Robert George Reoch

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo  (2009)

Starring: Michael Nyquvist, Noomi Rapace

I watched this movie last night and I’m still talking about it. A journalist is hired by a wealthy man to investigate a 40-year-old mystery involving the disappearance of a beloved family friend. The journalist is unwittingly joined in his search by a volatile computer hacker on parole from prison.

The journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Nyquvist), and his unintentional partner, Lisbeth Salander (Rapace), unravel the mystery together as they face down opposition from the wealthy man’s siblings, bent on protecting the family’s interests. Meanwhile Lisbeth has to deal with emotional issues from her own sordid past while contending with a psycho parole officer who uses his position to control her and to extort sex.

This film is exquisitely directed. The featured villains in this thriller are each as depraved as the next. The pieces of a surprisingly intricate puzzle flow and gel in tantalizing sequence. Visuals are carefully sculpted  and there is just the right amount of dialogue. The music serves the film well most of the time, however there are a few passages where a synthesizer-reliant soundtrack cheapens the effect.

Noomi Rapace creates a resonant, stand-out persona in Lisbeth, rendering the troubled parolee a thrilling character study in her own right.

Nyquvist grounds the film with his solid straight portrayal of the journalist with a few side conflicts of his own, including his becoming smitten with Lisbeth.

The joy of this film is the story. The late author, Stieg Larsson, of his Millennium Trilogy (including “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), puts a heady foam on this delicious brew. Religious undertones and Nazi references provide additional dark hues to the landscape. Taught and frightening entertainment.

My Grade: A

Robert George Reoch

About My Blog:

There’s plenty more to discover on my blog, including my books of short stories. In print as well as digital formats for any computer, including wireless delivery. 
 
Fascinating shorts stories.  Not your typical newsstand fare. Engaging reading anytime. Click on the images below for more information on Amazon:

                                                 

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Stuck in the Airport Screeining Line? Read “Travelers’ Shorts”

Take your mind off those groping hands in pat downs and prying scans at airport security.

Take “Travelers’ Shorts” books with you and pass the time more quickly.

You can enjoy a clever short story in the time it takes you to wait in a long security line. Travelers’ Shorts makes the time go by quickly. Each book has a selection of engaging short stories that will take you out of the transit mode and into another more fascinating escape. These books are not travelogues or about travel. Instead, they are intended to read and enjoy while traveling, or anytime. Why start a heavy novel that you may not finish? Travelers’ Shorts gives you short stories you can enjoy, one-at-a-time. Read one or two, or all of them. You won’t be left with an unfinished novel when your travel is done, but you may still be thinking about these memorable stories long after.

Skip the usual newstand junk.

Take Travelers’ Shorts with you. Find both books in the series (thus far) at your favorite online bookstore. They are availabe online only. I suggest Amazon.

My Grade: A+ . . . of course! I wrote them!

Happy Travels!

Robert George Reoch

                                                 

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

“Bicycles, Heroes, and Poets in Suburbia”

This describes one of the stories in my book, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move… Over time, I will be providing additional descriptions of other stories in my books for the purpose of gaining more interest. Why not?

First, let me add that I have discovered the rules of obtaining visibility for a new book are as undefined as they are out of date. I am learning as I go. Not many local book stores are looking to host book signings unless the book has already become a best seller or unless the author is famous or infamous and will draw a crowd and money. I’m just getting started. The following is an overview of one of my favorite short stories as only the author can describe:

My story, “Bicycles, Heroes, and Poets in Suburbia,” has an epoch feel in the way it paints a picture of a short span of time in the late ’60s as seen through a boy’s eyes. In much the same way as some John Hughes films are now classic snapshots of the ’80s, my story is a vintage look at the ’60s with a feet-on-the-ground point of view.

In “Bicycles…” a boy is faced with finding his own way after his older brother, his hero, morphs into adolescence, leaving the ten-year-old boy to entertain himself from then on while big brother suddenly charges in a different direction. A series of adventures all connect and flow, following the emblematic spread and sprawl of housing tracts in the age of “The Bradys” and Batman TV.

The story, based mainly in true events from my childhood, even includes a fortuitous meeting with Bobby Kennedy, but that is only one of many thrills and spills in this non-stop read.

Some aspects of a boy’s life back then still ring true today, although individuals of more recent generations will find real fascination in reading what boys did for fun in the time just prior to the explosion of the Information Age and computers. A young man’s adventures in the ’60s entailed using a lot more of the landscape when the netscape hadn’t even been invented.

The story is poignant and humorous and has a common thread running throughout, that of varying interpretations of the theme of the Robert Frost poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

Find “Bicycles, Heroes, and Poets in Suburbia” in my first book, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move… You can find the book on my website: Travelers Shorts

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Why the Title “Travelers’ Shorts”

I call these books “Travelers’ Shorts” because I originally decided to write short stories for travelers who don’t have the time or the desire to begin a heavy novel while on trip (whether business or leisure). However, the stories actually appeal to anyone and can be read anytime, anywhere. My writing has a universal appeal not limited to just an audience of travelers.

Another facet in the title is that, in the first book, all of the stories involve at least one pair or shorts, another innocuous tie-in.

Below are my books of short stories available from this site:
 
Fascinating shorts stories with a wide variety of subjects and memorable characters. Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel, but you still want engaging reading rather than the typical newsstand fare.

                  
                

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

A Spacewalker Lost? Read “Tethers”

A Spacewalker in Peril in “Tethers”

The first story in my latest book of short stories, Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers, is the actual title story, “Tethers.” It involves a spacewalk gone awry when an astronaut experiences a close encounter which takes him on an harrowing journey. The suspense and drama take you to unexpected places. This tangled tether has some surprising twists for the reader. Find out more below.

Robert George Reoch

[About My Blog]

There’s plenty more to discover on this site including my sensational books of short stories. Click on the images below for more information. My books are also available in digital formats for any computer, including wireless delivery. 
 
Fascinating shorts stories.  Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel. Not your typical newsstand fare. Engaging reading anytime.
        
                               
            
                

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

My Stories Include Some Wacky Women

I just realized a minor trend in my short stories.

It’s true. It just hit me. This not merely me trying to entice the female reader. (I’ve never even thought to take that approach.) However, just today I realized that the women who have read my books have really enjoyed the stories because the women in them are real. They tell me they relate. Some of my women characters are crazy. Others are sexy. One is political, and a couple are murderous. There are also a few well-rounded lovely women who struggle and succeed in spite of life’s obstacles.

I thought this small epiphany was worth the mention. Women: you will be drawn into my stories. Men, you will get them too and you’ll see yourselves in the male characters.

Have a great week!

Robert George Reoch

[About This Site]

There’s plenty more to discover on this site including my sensational books of short stories. Click on the images below for more information. My books are all original reading and priced low.  They are also available in digital formats for any computer, including wireless delivery. 
 
Fascinating shorts stories.  Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel. Engaging reading anytime.

 

                                                                  

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Baseball Diamond on a Lonely Beach?

The short story: “The Plane and the Matchbox Car” from Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Lying on a beach while fading in and out of a dream involving a baseball diamond. That is the setting for this story as told in the first person. It’s the psychology of the dream which moves to reader to discover its meaning. It’s a story with a haunting surprise. Enjoy this and other engaging stories in Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers.

Robert George Reoch

[About This Site]

There is plenty to discover on this site including my books of short stories. Click on the images for more information on the books. 
 
Fascinating shorts stories. A wide variety of themes and memorable characters. Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel, but you want to enjoy engaging reading rather than the typical newsstand fare.

                                   

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Driving at 14 With No Brakes!

“Brake Cake” … Another short story in my new book,
Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

There’s more to it than sounds. In this story, which is set in a California suburb, the realm of the new housing tract is fraught with pioneer spirit and adventure. Sometimes necessity takes the front seat in order to get from one cul-de-sac to the next terrace, regardless of potential consequences. The errant trail blazer in this story is not whom you might think. Read my short story, “Brake Cake,” to find out who is behind the wheel. The answer is in my new book, Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers.

Robert George Reoch 

[About This Site]

Explore this site for a number of topical entries, plus my books of short stories, available through links below:
 
Sensational shorts stories with a wide variety of subjects and memorable characters. Great for the those times when you don’t feel like starting a heavy novel, yet with substance rather than the typical newsstand fare. The images below link to my web sites for more information and for ordering:

                                   

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“Travelers’ Shorts” the Title Story in “Travelers’ Shorts”

“Travelers’ Shorts” is the title story in my short stories book, Travelers’ Shorts. The obvious operating words are “travel” and “shorts.”

This story surrounds a road trip to Palm Springs, California taken during spring break. The main character and his friend are fashion victims in more ways than one when it comes to their spring break shorts attire.

Another featured character in the story is a brand new automobile (a blazing red 1984 Pontiac Fiero 2M4) which the main character drives on the car’s maiden road trip. The driver is obsessed with the sports car’s beauty and design, which also winds up testing a friendship during the course of the trip.

A cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger (involving a pair of shorts) also punctuates this story ripe with humor, strong characters, and palpable imagery.

Find this story and other entertaining journeys in my book of short stories, Travelers Shorts. More information on the book is included in this blog site. Also, go to Travelers Shorts.com  for more information and ordering options.

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Attacking Crows and Newspapers

“Attacking Crows and Newspapers”

This short story explores the fears and struggles of a newspaper delivery boy, but with several layers in its observation of the central character. In nods to both Hitchcock and Poe, there is the sinister side; the fear of the dark and the terror of an animal attack. There is also the psychological side; the boy with nightmares and imagined conflicts with everyday objects.   A slight tinge of the ribald, done with tongue and cheek humor, adds a further layer. There is conflict, resolution, and much more to take away from this story based in truths about the human condition from a child’s perspective. As with all of the stories in the first Travelers’ Shorts book, this one is based on personal experience. This story, in particular, begs to be read and re-read. Tim Burton might-could have a heyday with this one.

This short story is found in my book, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move. Find out more about the book on this blog and go to my Travelers Shorts  web site for more information and ordering options.

Robert George Reoch

 

Read my other entries on a wide variety of topical subjects on this site.

Below are my books of short stories available from this site:
 
Fascinating shorts stories with a wide variety of subjects and memorable characters. Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel, but you still want engaging reading rather than the typical newsstand fare.

                  
                

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013