Author Showcase – Brysen Mann – The Xeno Manifesto

Hi Everyone, today I will be showcasing debut author Brysen Mann and his newly published novel ‘The Xeno Manifesto’.

Brysen has been kind enough to provide not only an excerpt from his book but an interview as well. ‘The Xeno Manifesto’ is also looking for reviewers at the moment so if you would like a chance to review it make sure you get in contact with Brysen at

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Deputy Frank Smirnov wants a peaceful life but fate has chosen a different path. He could never have imagined a course that not only gives him insight to his past but to the true origins of the human race. NSA Agent Zachariah Allmass’ job is to eliminate those who know too much, and those “Beings” with powers untold that have elected to remain hidden for all these millenniums, now possess evidence he needs for his true employer, the Committee. But Allmass has an agenda of his own.
Meanwhile, Roman Petrov is a violent man who puts his retirement on temporary hiatus after being left with collateral damage that leaves him no choice but to eliminate the “thorn in his side”.

When these men’s worlds collide, secrets that were never meant to be exposed will shake the very foundation of mankind’s existence


They weave their way through the trees for a half hour when they notice the woods have gone silent. They stop…there’s not a sound…it’s getting creepy. Then…the snap of branches echo in the eerie silence of the night and suddenly…the sounds of stones falling near them. Something is tossing rocks in their direction. More branches breaking and Bo is barking and going crazy. They turn on their flashlights illuminating the trees and bushes…the sounds of snapping wood continue and they can now see small rocks being thrown in their direction.

“Hey…who’s out there?” Frank yells wishing he had his weapon.


“Maybe we should head back to camp?” Adam asks nervously.

“Good idea.”

The noise of another branch breaks, a rock falls close to their feet, and Bo yelps at something out in the dark.

“Let’s get out of here.” Frank pushes Adam in the direction of their tent.

They run, almost stumbling along the way; they both lose their flashlights, knocked out of their grasps as they try to dodge trees and small branches whip their faces as they try to find the light of their camp fire. They are closer than they thought and must have been wandering in a circle.

They’re both panting for air when they get there. They look at one another and start laughing.

“Holy cow, that scared the crap out of me,” Adam says between breaths.

Frank hates to admit it, but he’s feeling the same way.

Bo starts barking again and the loud snap of a branch breaking can be heard…the sound is close. A larger stone hits the ground and rolls toward the fire pit. Bo is going nuts, sounds of twigs crunching under footsteps…nearer now.

Then…a figure emerges from the black of the night into the light of their fire.

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Author Interview:

What inspired you to write your book?

I had a story tell, one that I felt was important to get out there. I have never written before or felt the need, until now. It was time to share my narrative.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

 The toughest part was making sure everything tied in. The Xeno Manifesto has a lot of twists and turns and my tale does not end with this first book.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

 I am shooting for full-time. This story is already in my head, like a memory you could say. 🙂 It’s just a matter of putting it on paper in a manner that the reader will find interesting and be drawn into the story and hopefully give them reason to pause, reflect and discuss.

 How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing? 

 I believe if there is a demand for either versions of a book (ebook or print), then fill that demand but I do believe the printed word is coming back strong. There is something to be said about physically handling a book, the smell of the paper and ink and the feel as you turn a page. For me, I would have looked at a publishing house as an option but with a story such as mine, it is impossible to get a feel of the book in the first 4 or 5 chapters which is all any agent or publishing house requests. Therfore, for me, self-publishing was the only route to go.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book? 

There is a lot of me in the main characters of The Xeno Manifesto and that being said, there was a lot of soul searching in the process. I most enjoyed developing  these characters and re-creating the dialogue.


Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?


Anything is possible…

Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?


 I believe you have to write a good story, accept criticism and push to have the book reviewed by as many individuals as possible and let it be judged for what it’s worth, good or bad…hopefully mine will be received with great enthusiasm.


Author Showcase – Sari Taurez

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Showcase!! Today we will be focusing on Sari Taurez and her debut book Bubblegum!

Buy at Amazon (currently 99 cents and free on Kindle Unlimited):

All About Bubblegum:

Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder.

After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents andBubblegum becomes a killer for hire. It’s a lucrative business in her country, where a call to the police can amount to a lifetime of debt.

Her first client: Julia, a lower-class IT genius, lesbian, and devout Catholic. When the orphanage Julia volunteers at is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head.

Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Along the way they are joined by Ruby, a pyromaniac ex-prostitute who catches Julia’s eye, and William, a mysterious acrobatic fugitive searching for his daughter.

In the end, will they be enough to stop Nails and the chaos he has created?

All about the 5 Star Reviews:

“A wonderful cast of unique, flawed and diverse characters. LGBT superheroes. Non-stop action, from the first damn page.” – Travis West, “Travis Reads”

“It’s so refreshing to read a thoroughly awful leading lady. I mean that! There are next to no redeeming qualities in Tiana and I love it! How often do you get a twisted, edgy guy who has no redemption arc? Well here you’ve got a high-heel loving rich girl with a hot pink gun named Bubblegum who is willing to sell out just about anyone for a buck. Simply delightful, I tell you.” – Nina Scribbles, “Looseleaf Reviews”

“Bubblegum is unlike any other book you’ll ever read. It has action, explosions, positive LGBT representation, diversity, death, blood, gore, and so much more.” – Megan, “Under the Book Cover”

All about Sari:

Sari Taurez lives in Arizona with her wife, daughter, cat and two dogs. In her free time she crochets, paints, collects Star Trek action figures, and plays video games.

A film school graduate, Sari strives to make every novel feel like an action movie.

Sari is an advocate for LGBT rights, and strives to create thrilling adventures with LGBT characters.

This is definitely one to look out for and its available now!

Author Showcase – Ariel McMillan

Hello again everyone, it’s that time of the week again for another Author Showcase! Today we will be looking at Ariel Mcmillan and her new novel ‘Pathfinders Rebellion’.

You can find it here on Smashwords!

About the Book

In the year 2055, Quest Landing and her hopeful teenage friends set out to stop a massive monopoly called Codingz to save an otherworldly group of people and the United States. Sixteen years earlier, the U.S. suffered a major economic depression after a massive technological boom. People began to let large corporations make all the decisions. Quest will show the country that Codingz is the enemy.

Quest Landing is celebrating her sweet sixteen in the year 2055. She’s a normal teen who lives for gaming and is on the honor roll. The biggest monopoly in the country is releasing a ground-breaking virtual reality game called Universal Gaming. The company is Codingz. Quest has been a diehard fan of the company’s games and his been following their progress as a company for as long as she can remember until she meets a strange teenage boy. He’s expressionless, quiet and very odd. The more Quest gets to know him, the more she learns about Codingz and the other worldly people she fights to help. She sets out to stop Codingz with her friends. This hopeful group of teens will stop at nothing to defeat Codingz.
Sixteen years earlier in 2039, the U.S. suffered a major economic depression after a massive technological boom. The rest of the world was struggling to keep up with the changes and the cost of living soared. Some blamed technology and others wanted compromise and a small but influential group welcomed and funded the new age. After the country scraped its way out of the depression, the government decided to break up the U.S. into districts so each political group could dictate their side of the country in a last ditch effort to create harmony between citizens. These districts separated the rich from the poor and the middle class hung somewhere in the balance. Years went by and people began to let large corporations make all the decisions.

About the Author:

Ariel McMillan learned fairly quickly that life is an adventure. Of course she is a real life mermaid. Her name required it. She loves to make music on the piano and her golden doodle Butterscotch.
Ariel was born in Massachusetts and moved to Florida when she was eight. A few years after moving to Florida, she began developing an interest in writing and was determined to become an author and didn’t let anything get in the way of that.
She loves classical music, tea and is addicted to soda. Her favorite genres when reading are dystopian, fantasy, romance and scifi novels.


Author Showcase – Ryan Marsh

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Showcase! Today I will be showcasing author Ryan Marsh and his new debut novel Life on the Ant Farm. The release day for the novel was 11/08/17 so make sure you check it out to say you were one of the first!

Life on the Ant Farm is now available to buy Here

You can also keep up to date with Ryan on his website or make sure you check him out on Instagram @marshitis

About the Book

A story of many deep-rooted complexities, a story of contrasting dreams – this is the story of young Floyd. Immerse yourself.

Floyd wants so desperately to tell a civilian – any civilian – all about his clashing of dreams. Floyd had two dreams; one dream was constant and for the short-term, and one dream was ambitious and for the long-term. Floyd owned a Polaroid. Floyd adored his Polaroid. His Polaroid was his friend, his security. Floyd also had his witnesses. I can’t say too much else. Floyd’s orders. On that One Fine Evening at the House you shall be introduced to young Floyd. Allow him to tell you all about his complex tale. Immerse yourself.

Things to know about the book:

1. The novel is about a young man called Floyd who is trying to overcome his mental demons in order to become an independent crime photographer. He will do anything to become this photographer.

2. The novel is a dystopian take on modern life.

3. As well as being a work of fiction, I feel the novel raises awareness of mental health, eg; one young man has this dream however he needs to overcome his mental and external demons – something which happens to pretty much everybody in modern life.

Chapter Expert:

LIFE ON THE ANT FARM Copyright © 2017 Ryan Marsh


‘D-, don’t you have any dreams or aspirations, Marta?’ I humored with austerity, straightening my posture which means sitting uncomfortably on the ottoman.

Marta scooped up her Royal Doulton: Figure of the (can’t remember which) Year from off of the rich mahogany drawer and headed over towards the Food Prep room, o so theatrical, ‘Just good health, Floyd. Just good health,’ she replied, harmonious.

A short while after . . .

. . . my modus operandi: 2 go and severely convince the eternally-subservient Marta that I was severely indisposed with a severe case of the . . . no u just wait now and hold the bloody mobile flip-phone (!) as I can remember c when Marta abruptly-abandoned me I stretched the neck on my glitzy Rihanna crew tee and 2 I inspected my brittle shoulders so vigorously they couldn’t help but sparkle an I-really-do-adhere-2-myself gradient of infuriated caliente. Hmm, no, ha, no, maybe just stop. Hmm . . . could continue . . .

. . . I could continue to proceed with such an adrenaline-soaked passage but u c I’d rather avoid problematic nonsense. I must avoid. I must stop. Must stop now, I must stop . . . will stop . . . I think . . . I will . . . now.

Don’t want 2 go and get 2 over-indulgent and all self-referential in my own-self. C I’m not 2 certain if I want this 2 go and belong in the fiction works or the non-fiction works, hmm . . . no, you wait, tbh, not too sure, not 2 sure on the difference?!? Best stop now with the actual 2 . . . not literal enough, won’t achieve acclaim for the autobiographical or fictitious Life on the Ant Farm novel by brandishing the 2 around in order 2 come across so rebellious (like the Requiem for a Dream fellow) and no way, no! I won’t get 2 far by discriminating against to, two or too. Deter from the self-doubting, no more now; self-doubting portrays fractious signs of potential worthlessness.

There was this One Fine Evening at the House.

This One Fine Evening at the House: the mere hands of the clock. O no, the mere hands of the clock . . . hmm no, not 2day. Discontinue. I’m not introducing this impressionistic part of my narrative in such a bleak and cliché-ridden manner.

Once Marta floated off into the Food Prep room like a demonic fairy into a squatter’s dream, well u c it wasn’t long until Floyd, until Floyd was hanging off of the otto-, hmm, no, wait, no wait that’s, that’s just . . . accurate. C I was hanging off of the ottoman and this was an act of the pre-determined nature. No c I wasn’t accompanied by any of my witnesses. I had no idea as 2 where they were located at that time.

My witnesses:

I: The bashful Tyrannosaurus: a veteran member of the Non-Stuffed organization.
II: The primitive Paddington bear with the red boots and the red hat: a tribal warrior of the Stuffed organization.

They weren’t around. They weren’t being their deferential selves. I couldn’t see them anywhere. Marta had probably hid them somewhere and if I would have independently-interrogated her (under the beam of the Terzani) about her evasive actions then she may have referred to those evasive actions as being (essentially) just humor or quite simply just a game or something down those sorts of ridiculing lines. It was so possible that they’d been re-located way up the steps.

I put two and 2 together and thought they were in Floyd’s room – the two of them there side-by-side – ha, both of them, the Dynamic Duo – there swaying on the small-double like some nostalgic Buzz—Woody scene of mass hysteria, and in a synchronized manner they’d go, ‘Husssshhhh,’ if I was to just stroll into the room with my Polaroid unexpected.

On that One Fine Evening your protagonist was located in the Open room and centered mistakenly due 2 the harsh restraints in time; c I was almost directly underneath the interrogating beam of the Terzani stream – nearby Marta’s rich mahogany drawer – the exact rich mahogany drawer which held her (recently-snatched-off) Doulton – it also held her symmetrical companion which was her highly-regarded automated radio, kept balanced on top of a bulky stack of papers.

U c every Thursday I’d go through thought-out stages where I would attempt to break the automated radio or disable or damage it by pulling hard and rash at the papers underneath. The Thursday before that special One Fine Evening I had planned my execution with precision, yet due to an unexplainable blip in m-



Author Spotlight – Karl Holton

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Spotlight. Today we will be focusing on author Karl Holton and his debut novel ‘The Weight of Shadows’. Now I have actually just finished this book and was more than a little impressed! It’s definitely one to watch out for!

Goodreads Book Synopsis

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1)light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.

A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.

The two need each other.

But they have no idea how much.

Getting to know Karl

Karl was born and grew up in London, England. He is a chartered accountant and worked in the financial markets sector for over thirty years. For years he was carrying around stories in his head so he decided to start writing. His first book is the ‘The Weight of Shadows’ that was published in July 2017. It is the first in a series of books in the crime thriller genre.

He now lives in Surrey, England with his wife and two children.

Some early reviews of ‘The Weight of Shadows’

Elaine Emmerick / The Hybrid Nation – 5 stars

“The ending is absolutely spine-tingling!” ”a story that is intense and heart-pounding!”

Bookgirl Sulagna – 5 stars

“every chapter ended with a cliffhanger”

“irresistible book, impossible to put down.”

Topaz17 – 5 stars

“a thrilling story and keeps you guessing”

Links related to Karl Holton

You can buy ‘The Weight of Shadows’ on here and on every other Amazon website.

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Karl would love to hear from readers and discuss the book.

Author Showcase/Interview – Dylan Callens

Hi so today I am going to be doing an Author Showcase and Interview with Dylan Callens who has just released his newest book Interpretation! Now this is a book I will actually be reviewing in a few weeks time so look at for the review then as well.

All About Dylan:

Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.


What inspired you to write your book?

This book, Interpretation, came to me while sitting on a bus filled with high school students. I’m a teacher and was taking a group to a skills competition in southern Ontario. At some point they started talking about their favorite scenes in science fiction movies. While they were discussing that, an idea popped in my head and I started writing it down. From there, the rest of the story started to come to me in pieces. Within a couple of days I had the entire novel mapped out. You can read that first piece of pre-writing that I did here.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Just about everything went as smoothly as I could have hoped. The only thing that gave me a hard time was the timeline of events that precedes the actual story. Because the world is run by artificial intelligence’s, I needed to create a history, which is quite relevant to the story itself. But I have a hard time keeping dates sorted out in real life, so I anticipated this to be a problem. Which it was. I think I had to tweak the time line twenty times (say that three times fast!) before it was correct. I hope that someone doesn’t find an inconsistency – I tried really hard.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I am a part-time writer. Finding the time to do this takes away from everything else. It’s hard, sometimes. And it slows down my writing quite a bit. It is my goal to do this full time, but I also have a family to support and I have some common sense, so, slow it is, for the time being.

How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

With all the tools that are available, the only difference between self-publishing and conventional publishing is public perception. I have the tools at hand to create an ebook, paperback, hardback, and audiobook. If I put in the effort, I can do these things just as well as any major publishing company. I can do it for a fraction of the cost, since I do not have all the overhead of a big company.

The real problem with indie publishing, and the reason for poor public perception, is the lack of vetting, so there is a lot of crap in the book market. Apparently there are over 2000 books published every day on Amazon. Many of them won’t be good. Still, I think indie publishing is the way to go, at least for me. I like having total control over my work.

As for ebooks vs. print books, I prefer selling ebooks over print books but prefer reading print. I find them easier on my eyes, although e-readers have come a long way. For selling, however, I like being able to sell a book for $2.99 or $3.99 and making more than a $12 paperback. I suppose when it comes down to it, I don’t care that much, as long as people are reading my work.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

I enjoyed making inkblots for the chapter headings the most. My kids and I spent an evening making them and it was a lot of fun. They did a great job and I think it added a really nice touch to the book. The royalty deal that they demanded for helping me, though… wow, they sure do drive a hard bargain.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I did, for a collection of short stories called Twisted Fairy Tales. Those are classic fairy tales with ‘adult’ spins on them. Some of those stories are morally questionable and since I’m a teacher, I considered it for a while. In the end, I figured that I should own up to my work and just put my name down.

Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?

Don’t get discouraged and always keep writing. With everything that you publish, there is something to learn. You’ll get important feedback on your writing and you’ll learn a lot about selling books. It’s a tough market to crack but I know that with every new thing that I publish, I grow and do better the next time. The only way to fail at writing is to stop.

All About Interpretation

Interpretation Blurb:Interpretation

Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above. Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other. Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.


Carl closed his eyes and tried to laugh at himself. Barely a squeak left his mouth. What was he thinking, trying to enter this godforsaken wasteland by himself with no supplies? Still on his back, he dreamed about opening a bottle of Ocean Surge. Wet bubbles danced against his tongue, bathing his taste buds with refreshing fruit-infusion – small bursts of happiness made his lips sing an ode to joy.

But forget that fantasy; sulfur-ridden tap water would be just as good. Carl knew the taste would not equate, but its effect would invigorate. Carl smiled, his eyes wide open, staring into the dimming sky, into the nothingness that surrounded him. Gulp after glorious gulp of imaginary liquid until he couldn’t keep up, showering his face with it until a puddle formed around him. That puddle turned into an ocean and Carl sank to the bottom, his faint breath weakening further. The light grew dimmer. He tried to reach up, to reach out of the depths of his hallucination, but his arms felt too heavy, as if the pressure at this depth couldn’t be overcome.

A shadow hovered over him. Carl tried to speak to it, but words didn’t make sense. The shadow spoke back with a meaningless, muffled slur. Water entered Carl’s mouth, nearly choking him. Nonetheless, the delicious wet felt so good, like ocean refreshment in every bottle. That was the slogan, right? Carl laughed or cried, he couldn’t tell. For all he knew, he was dead. The shadow grew, saying something that he couldn’t work his mind around. Darker. Darker. Clock, what the hell was that clock song? Darker. The shadow drew nearer. Or maybe it was the darkness. It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born, And was always his treasure and pride… Ah yes, there it is. But it stopped short – never to go again – When the old man died. That’s the one. Darkness.

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Indie Author Showcase – Chris Pridmore

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another Indie Author Showcase! The author of today’s showcase is Chris Pridmore and his debut novel ‘The Last Child of Leif’.

Goodreads Synopsis:31805333

Forced from my home, I find myself fleeing from the evil forces that killed my father. My mother and Sebastian, our protector, are by my side — but for how long?

I soon find myself travelling with a circus led by a kindly man called Konrad, but my young mind doesn’t know who to trust. Sebastian seems less at ease with every passing day. I’m struggling to cope with the tragedy that has befallen me, and the world now seems a lot more dangerous than I had ever imagined.

My name is Prince Valiant, and I am a Child of Leif.

Getting to know Chris:

Chris Pridmore was born and raised in Harlow, Essex. He moved to Scotland to study chemistry at the University of St Andrews, and now lives in Llandudno, North Wales. In the past, Chris often thought about writing a book but always considered it a pipe dream. It wasn’t until he suffered a serious head injury that he decided it was time to stop dreaming and start doing. Three years later, after somehow finding time to write around work, getting a black belt in Karate, getting married and preparing for his second child, the first draft of his first book was finished.

– The book is an epic fantasy fiction story.

– The story is told from the perspective of the main character, as he looks back on his life from the gallows.

– I started writing the story after a close call with death which required brain surgery to fix.


“This book was free on kindle, but time can be precious and free isn’t everything . This book was worth the time to read an unrated book by an unknown author. I read a lot of fantasy and have a library of books started and unfinished in paper and on kindle. This was different, I felt I was in the moving circus, the world building was great and even though there are many characters the writer had the talent to let us get to know all of them. Sebastian, valiant and will have you fight in their corner. I am 85% through the book but wanted to leave a review so hopefully others will give the book a chance. Can’t wait to read the next book and more by the author . Coffee made now back to the last 15%!”

“Whilst browsing books to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I came across The Last Child of Leif and unexpectedly discovered that it was worth to read.
The book’s real strength is the way all the ideas fit together to produce a convincing and immersive world. A truly immersive world is created by Chris Pridmore, filled with a unique history and culture, both consistent and enthralling. The pace of the novel is balanced with time to get drawn in before immersing in the turmoil of events. It is very well written and each character has both strengths and flaws that make you angry with them, or annoyed. I do not think of this as bad. Prince Valiant and his protector, Sebastian thread their way through the entire plot, from the lethal effects of essence to the theological and philosophical discussions of moral issues. As you read on, you discover more and more about this well-crafted world, and its enchanting stuff.
I would definitely recommend this book. It takes you away from the humdrum of everyday life and takes you on an adventure that seems so realistic you can identify with it. This is definitely a book that makes me want to read more, to see what happens next and if the characters grow anymore.”

“I loved this book. The first sentence of the prologue gripped my attention and dragged me fully into the world Chris Pridmore has created and I remained fully immersed until the last full stop. In fact, I think part of me is still there, lingering around the carriages hoping to catch a whisper of what happens next!”

If you want to check out this book for yourself you can purchase here. Or if you want to know more check out his awesome website The Last Child of Leif it includes the first chapter as well as character backgrounds!

Also you can Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisPridmore or Facebook @thelastchildofleif.

If your an Indie author and would like to participate send an email through to with your name, the book you would like to showcase and three things you would like your readers to know and I will get back to you asap.