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A New Series Coming Soon

As the title says there is a new series coming soon! And here I discuss what is happening. My book Word of Joseph has been published and now I am into the marketing phase. But even as I begin that phase of business, my attention has turned to two new projects.

Don’t you ever take a break?

Of course, I do. But I love to write, and I will probably write until the day comes that I have gone to heaven. And maybe God will give me a writing assignment.

So, what are these projects?

Before answering that, let me delve deeper into the first question. I believe that we should take breaks. But that doesn’t mean stop all activity. There is always work to do as an author. I have already mentioned marketing. That requires the investment of time and effort. So, that is high on my to-do list.

Then there are the two projects. The first project is doing research on two new and different books. That involves searching for information on the internet, through other people, and through my own studies. Truthfully, that is a project that never really ends. You go from one subject to another. And, yes, it is necessary to take breaks along the way.

The second project involves two separate books; one is fictional, and one is nonfiction. The novel is the start of a new historical fiction book. Once again I will be taking a person right out of the Bible. This one is Moses.

The series is tentatively called Moses, the Friend of God. His story is told in the Book of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. And it is conveniently divided into three forty-year periods, so I plan on having a three-book series with that same division of years. I might change my mind and expand it, but right now I like the division.

The book will be based on the latest information I have been able to find yet have a fictional story surrounding the events. This is a series I have been looking forward to for a while now. Interestingly, the research I did for World of Joseph provides a backdrop for the first book.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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As exciting as the series on Moses is, there is something more exciting. While I have written nonfiction before, I have never done anything quite like this.

I will be launching a series called, The Truth About. There is no limit as to how many books will be in this series. I plan on writing on quite a few subjects ranging from spiritual to historic to whatever. Since it is nonfiction, each book will be footnoted, providing the reader information to enable them to go deeper is they so desire.

But this new series is not just a change in content. It will also have a different format. All my novels are now 6×9 and I plan on continuing that format for them. But the nonfiction The Truth About will be 5×8, which is just right for fitting into a lady’s purse. Sorry, guys. I don’t imagine it will fit in your back pocket.

But just because the book is small, that doesn’t mean that the content is lacking. What it means is that I have focused on getting the facts out in a way that is clear, factual, and documented with appropriate footnotes.

So, what is the first book?

The first book of the series will be The Truth About Christmas. Christmas is coming fast and will soon be upon us. Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. We have tradition, myths, and good old-fashioned commercialism.

The question is what is the truth about Christmas? Is it Santa Claus or the birth of Jesus? Most people know it is about the birth of Jesus and that Santa Claus is a fictional character. But knowledge about Christmas spirals downhill after that.

We are all familiar with the Nativity Scene which depicts the baby Jesus in a manger, Joseph and Mary, Shepherds, and the Magi. But how much of that is true?

There are other questions, such as when was He born, why was He born in Bethlehem, which Bethlehem, and why did He come?

The book will clarify what is true and what isn’t. Another facet of this series will be the ‘Questions to Ponder’ at the end of each chapter. And at the end of the book there will be ‘Recapping Questions to Ponder’.

It has been an interesting, informative, and exciting time writing on this subject. My plan is to publish an eBook and a Print book early in October. It will be a book that you can read for yourself, or purchase as a Christmas gift for someone you know.

Speaking of reading it for yourselves, why not review one of my books. Next month I plan on submitting more books to be reviewed on Booksprout, but you don’t have to wait. If you buy one of our books from Amazon, you can post a review. Or you can try Goodreads where I am listed as R. Riddle.

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Go Fast or Go Slow

Should you go fast or go slow? Obviously, the answer to this question depends on what the activity or business is that you are talking about. I am asking this question as an author.

For transparency, I am also asking this as a Christian. Sometimes people get upset when I write from a Christian viewpoint, but I make no apologies. A person’s faith never operates apart from their social and business lives. Our true faith is demonstrated in how we live, work, and play. To think otherwise is to fool yourselves.

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One could say that I learned the craft of writing by going through the school of hard knocks. When I started out as a young man in his twenties, I knew little about writing other that I loved to read, had a great imagination, and not much else. While I am sure there were courses out there that were available, they were expensive.

But I was able to take one for a short time until I got laid off from work and had to cancel the course. But it did whet my appetite for writing. I discovered I had some talent, so my dream of being an author was galvanized.

But that was a time when I first answered the question of whether to go fast or go slow. I wasn’t a Christian. So, praying for guidance was not a factor. I went fast and seized the opportunity. While it fizzled out, I did learn some basics and was encouraged.

It wasn’t until I got saved, that is I received Christ as my Savior, that I began seeking His guidance. But God had some cleaning up to do in my life, so I continued to run in to writing roadblocks. But in 2000 it changed!

First, you need to understand that I have a Do It Yourself (DIY) personality. That doesn’t always work out for the best. In the field of writing, I had to learn a great deal about writing. This learning came about through failures.

I would begin writing a story, get about three to five chapters in and suddenly hit a wall. I didn’t know how to handle that obstacle and it invariably led to my dropping the book. But then in 2000, I was doing my morning devotions in the Book of Genesis and reading about Noah and the Flood.

I love history, so reading the historical account of the Flood triggered my imagination. And I suddenly realized that the Biblical account was all I needed for my understanding of man’s sin, and God’s judgment. But I also realized that there were individual stories only hinted at. And thus was born my first book, Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles, which later was united with another book to form the basis for Perished: The World That Was.

Up until I wrote Refuge, I was ‘going slow’. But upon publishing my first novel in 2003, I opted to ‘go fast’. And I began pursuing greater knowledge and learning the art of being a DIYer.

With my first novel, I entered the world of DIY editing. Most professionals advise against editing your own work. A large part of their opinion is based on the fact that as the writer of the book, you know what you wrote, and it is quite easy to gloss over errors. I don’t mean you let them slide, but rather you don’t see them. Your mind tricks you into believing you wrote the right word or had the right punctuation and thereby you miss the error. If you want to be a success at editing your own publications, then you need to know the 1st Principle.

1st Principle : If you are going to go DIY, then know that it will be hard, very hard!

One of the reasons I chose to edit my own work, is that I didn’t trust the self-publisher I was using. I love the King James Bible and regard it as not only the best and most accurate Bible, but the only Bible for English speaking people. I was afraid they would change the verses that I used. (I integrated the King James Version verses into the book and the language of the book.)

Thus, I was now saddled with editing the entire book. And I quickly discovered that it was not easy. But I have never looked back at that decision and regretted it. Instead, my writing improved and so did my editing.

2nd Principle : Even professional editors make mistakes.

Over the years I have read some highly successful books. Books that are considered classics. And everyone had mistakes in them. What was the difference between their mistakes and mine? Mostly, the number of mistakes made. Professionals go over the book thoroughly and if you are going to do your own editing, you must do the same thing! This is a case of ‘going slow’.

In 2014 my wife and I formed T&R Independent Books and we became Indie Publishers. This started out as ‘going fast’, but in that same year and only about a month afterward, I had a heart attack. Needless to say, I had to slow down a lot!

But learning to be a master at writing, editing, proofing, and publishing at the same time was itself a slow process. But a necessary one.

3rd Principle : The hard work was worth it!

I have learned some professional traits along the way. But I also fell into a well-laid trap. We live in a world where making big money consumes most Americans. And that included me!

So, I became focused on the end result of making a lot of money. I read and listened to just about anyone that seemed to have success. I learned about funnels, give-a-ways, relationship selling, email lists, and much more. And yes, these did not always agree with one another.

I was now ‘going fast’, too fast! And I had so much knowledge that I was confused as to what to do. Think of a race car spinning its wheels and going nowhere.

But just as God used my heart attack to slow me down, He also allowed me to see how that my focus was on the wrong thing. I saw that my reason for writing was not to make a ton of money, but to write a quality book that people would enjoy.

I slowed down and began to review my goals. I got a mentor who began changing my way of thinking. I learned to keep the knowledge that was more in tune with my reason for writing and tossed much of the rest.

Don’t get me wrong. As a Christian one of my motives is to spread the gospel. And that requires money. But instead of money just for myself, it was now money to achieve a godly goal.

Many changes have begun taking shape under the influence of my mentor, my own growth as a Christian, and my growth as a writer. Just yesterday, I got in my car and headed for a local bookstore to talk to the owner. I wanted to get her perspective on marketing my latest book, World of Joseph.

But I had forgotten that the bookstore was closed on Mondays. On the way home, God spoke to my heart. He had let me go there with the purpose of reminding me to ‘go slow’. Or better yet, to ‘wait upon the Lord’!

Oh, that is hard. I try to be a patient man, but it doesn’t always work out that way. God reminded me that it is always best ‘to wait upon the Lord’.

4th Principle : Listen to God. If you are born again, having received Christ and have the Indwelling Holy Spirit within you, then you have all you really need. God has your best interests at heart.

Should you go fast or go slow? The fact is that all of us need to go at God’s speed. He has the fast speed for some, slow speed for others, and still others are told to wait.

There’s a verse for that. In Isaiah 40:31, it says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Wait on God’s leading, follow the pace He sets for you, and true success will come according to His timetable.

All three formats of World of Joseph are available at Amazon. But the paperback and hardcover are available at TR Independent Bookstore where all our books are always discounted. Now that the special discount of World of Joseph of 20% ended at midnight of the 19th, both formats are still discounted the same as all our books. So, you still have great bargains!

Speaking of reviews, why not review one of my books. Next month I plan on submitting more books to be reviewed on Booksprout, but you don’t have to wait. If you buy one of our books from Amazon, you can post a review. Or you can try Goodreads where I am listed as R. Riddle.

We are proud to be able to offer you the best possible experience at TR Independent Bookstore. Whether you are living in Southwest Florida or elsewhere in the United States, we want to be your local bookstore. We are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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4-Star Review

Here is the 4-Star Review my new novel World of Joseph received:

‘R Frederick Riddle’s WORLD OF JOSEPH: Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt (The World That Was Book 7) it’s certainly an interesting book!

As more and more ancient Egyptian history comes to light through archaeological research we are learning more about the different dynasties and timelines. The author and some scholars make the case for Joseph of the Bible as being the Vizier Mentuhotep. The book is well written, interesting and intriguing. I did enjoy it and the authors take on the life of Joseph.

As a Christian I am always excited to find archaeological evidence that lines up with the Bible. It is also fair to note that there are those scholars who believe that Imhotep of the third dynasty is Joseph based on the similarities of their lives and achievements and timeline.

Thank you, Mr. Riddle for this intriguing book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.’

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That was a very nice review. In fact, it was the kind of review that can make an author’s heart sing! In reviewing the book, she indicated that it not only entertained her, but that it stimulated her brain. The use of such words as intriguing and interesting bring that idea forward. It is one of the goals of historical fiction.

Getting book reviews are hard, but getting reviews posted to Amazon are even harder. The above book review can be seen on Amazon. One such place is the eBook’s page itself.

In the past I have not been thoroughly engaged in getting reviews. At first I didn’t know how and later it was a matter of doing the work. It was also a matter of finding the right medium.

I posted an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) on Booksprout and this is the first review from there. You might ask who or what is Booksprout?

Not long ago I would not have known. This only came across my desk recently and I decided to explore it. I couldn’t be more pleased. If this reviewer is any example of the type and quality of reviewers on Booksprout, then I think I have found a winner.

Quality reviews are still desirable. And I am satisfied enough to at least plan to do more reviews through Booksprout. In my mind I am already planning to seek further reviews of World of Joseph, but also reviews of other World That Was books.

Booksprout is for both the reader and the author. The reader can go in and look for books to read with the idea of doing a review. Authors can post their books for a book review. It is win/win.

There are three plans: Free, $10 per month, and $20 per month. I experimented with the Free. The $10 and $20 per month plans allow for increased number of reviewers, 50 and unlimited respectfully. There are also protections from piracy.

It is said that you can’t have too many reviews. So, if you decide to use this service (I get nothing for promoting them), then think long haul. Don’t just submit your book and forget about it. Consider in the future resubmitting the book.

In fact, I plan on using the service on all my World That Was books and to do so on a continuing basis.

What about reviewing other author’s books?

Good question. I am thinking about doing that. I have reviewed books through Goodreads before and plan to do so again. But I see no reason for not using Booksprout as well.

The preorder of the eBook closed August 12th and now all three formats are available at Amazon. But the paperback and hardcover are available at TR Independent Bookstore where all our books are always discounted. The World of Joseph has a special discount of 20% only at our store. That special price ends Thursday, August 19th!

We are proud to be able to offer you the best possible experience at TR Independent Bookstore. Whether you are living in Southwest Florida or elsewhere in the United States, we want to be your local bookstore. We are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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World of Joseph

By now anyone who follows me knows I have published a new novel titled World of Joseph. It is subtitled, Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt.

It has been a busy time since I published it around 5:20 am on Thursday, the 12th. I almost forgot to do this blog. If you see a string of ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ that means I fell asleep. Please don’t disturb me.

Writing the series The World That Was has been an exciting journey. The first book of the journey was Perished: The World That Was. Since then I have written and published World of Noah and the Ark, World of Shem, World of Abraham, World of Jacob, and now World of Joseph.

You may also note that this is the first time I have offered an eBook, Paperback, and hardcover. I hope to do more of the same with future books.

My next series is Moses, Friend of God. This will be divided into four books, Moses Prince of Egypt, Moses Exiled, Moses Deliverer, and Moses Wanderings. Each book will cover 40 years of his life. I am looking forward to it.

I am also planning a new series called The Truth About. This may at times be inspirational as well as informational, but will be nonfiction.

But right after the break I will talk more about the World of Joseph.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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I have mentioned this previously, but it is proper to mention it again. Until recent decades, Egyptian chronology was a mess. In writing previous books in the series, The World That Was, I had a tremendous amount of difficulty bringing Egyptian history into any semblance of agreement with known history.

Known history means history as reported in the Bible along with any secular history available. I could find reliable history of other nations, but the country of Egypt was an enigma.

Why?

If you know anything about Egypt, you know that the Nile River shaped their story. It is also one of the few rivers in the world that flows from the south to the north, which explains why the Egyptians called southern Egypt Upper and northern Egypt Lower. Southern Egypt would have been higher geographically, and the river flowed downward toward the north and emptied into the Mediterranean Sea.

Beginning with two brothers there were two dynasties established at the same time. One brother ruled Upper Egypt and the other brother ruled Lower Egypt. It wasn’t until the 12th Dynasty that the country was truly united into one Egypt. This union began under Pharaoh Amenemhet I, who founded the 12th Dynasty. Actually, the 11th Dynasty may have begun this, but it was Amenemhet I who accomplished it. His son, Sesostris I, was the Pharaoh under whom Mentuhotep served.

Not critical to the Bible, we don’t really know about this unification, nor about Joseph’s role other than the feeding of the people and centralizing of the government. So, you have a hint there, but it was until the chronology of Egypt was straightened out that such facts began to emerge.

One other interesting fact about Mentuhotep. In ancient Egypt the people worshipped the pharaohs and made statues of them. Part of the confusion in identifying Mentuhotep was the fact statues of him were found. This led researchers to believe he was a Pharaoh. But rather than showing his as a pharaoh, the statues were made because he was highly regarded and almost like a pharaoh to the Egyptian people. It fits right in with the Biblical account.

Egypt and Israel have had an interesting relationship over thousands of years going back to the ancient days when Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph lived. Sometimes the countries have been allies, sometimes enemies, but God has used Egypt and, if I read the Bible right, will use Egypt again. These days, Egypt and Israel while not friends, certainly are on good terms.

And don’t forget, when Jesus was a baby, his father and mother moved to Egypt to be protected from King Herod. A very interesting relationship, and the story of Joseph/Mentuhotep is part of that relationship.

The preorder of the eBook closed August 12th and now all three formats are available at Amazon. But the paperback and hardcover are available at TR Independent Bookstore where all our books are always discounted. The World of Joseph has a special discount of 20% only at our store.

We are proud to be able to offer you the best possible experience at TR Independent Bookstore. Whether you are living in Southwest Florida or elsewhere in the United States, we want to be your local bookstore. We are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Insights from World of Joseph

World of Joseph:Mentuhotep Vizieer of Egypt

When looking for insights from World of Joseph we find that the life of Joseph is not only interesting, but instructive as well. One of the very first principles we can find in Joseph’s life is not to brag. As a 16- or 17-year-old, he discovered that bragging has its consequences. And the price was very hard.

Because of his bragging about the dreams God gave him, his brothers envied and hated him. That led them to selling him to some Amalekites that were passing by their camp. In turn this led to three years of slavery followed by 10 years of living in a prison cell. That’s a hard lesson and Joseph learned it!

Another lesson he learned, and it is the primary lesson, is that evil often overcomes a man, but God means it for good. This is a well-known lesson from Joseph’s life, so I won’t cover that. In Romans 8:28 we read that “all things work together for good to them that love God.” It took 13 years, but Joseph learned this lesson well.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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A third lesson is putting God first and leaving the consequences in His hands. This was a hard lesson for Joseph to learn but he at least began to understand it soon after he became a slave.

Throughout the three years he served Potiphar he put God first and God blessed him and Potiphar. His intelligence and work ethic was such that he quickly became responsible for all of Potiphar’s business.

After being framed by Potiphar’s wife, he was arrested and placed in prison though Potiphar had the right to execute him. (Obviously, he didn’t believe his wife about being raped.) But once again, Joseph trusted God and the warden soon was entrusting to him the running of the prison.

A quick note here. Joseph’s work for both Potiphar and the warden was that of a scribe. This meant he kept track of things. For Potiphar, he kept track of his holdings, the slaves, hired servants, and all business dealings. For the warden he undoubtedly kept track of prisoners coming and going, what cells they were, the crimes they were accused of, whether they were guilty or waiting for trial, and anything else relating to them.

Joseph was now in prison having first been sold into slavery by his brothers and then framed by Potiphar’s wife. Though he had difficulty understanding why, he continued to trust God. Even after helping to save the butler’s life, he still trusted God though the butler forgot him.

This faithfulness on his part led to God continuing to not only use him, but to prepare him for the day he would be Vizier of Egypt. That is a position equivalent to Prime Minister. Now as Mentuhotep, he was entrusted with the welfare of a nation. Pharaoh recognized that the Spirit of God was in Joseph. That doesn’t mean that Pharaoh was a believer or ever became a believer; it means he was deeply impressed and realized that Joseph’s God spoke through Joseph.

It was at this time that Mentuhotep entered Egyptian history. In the past decade much has been discovered about this great man. Normally, statues were only made of Pharaohs, but the Egyptians were so impressed with Mentuhotep that they made statues of him. The cover of my book is a picture of one such statue.

An interesting fact about Joseph is that nothing is said bad about him from the moment his brothers sold him to the day of his death. He, like Daniel, is never criticized by God or is anything amiss said about him. What a legacy!

Part of Joseph’s training had been to look at people through the eyes of a scribe rather than the politics of the time. So, when he stood before Pharaoh to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams he was prepared intellectually as a scribe and spiritually as a servant of God.

God had taken him through the school of hard knocks. His faith had grown, and his experience had broadened his understanding. And he was humble! He had matured and was ready to serve God though he didn’t realize it. And God took him to save Egypt and to save the Hebrews, God’s own people.

We Christians live in a world that is increasingly antichristian, but we should be comforted and encouraged with the knowledge that God is still in control. It is too easy to get engrossed with the evil things happening around us and forget that nothing surprises God. He knows and has already prepared for any difficulties we may find ourselves experiencing.

Like the song says, “trust and obey, for there’s no other way.”

It is not easy, but we can follow Joseph’s example and continue trusting God.

My newest book, The World of Joseph, comes in three formats: paperback, hard cover, and eBook. All will be published at the same time to give customers a good choice from the beginning.

On August 8, 2021, the eBook version will go on Pre-Order and the actual launch will be August 12, 2021. As noted above, the paperback and hard cover versions will also be published on August 12, 2021. The printed books will be available at Amazon.com and at TR Independent Bookstore where all our books are always discounted. The World of Joseph will have a special discount of 20% only at our store.

The eBook will only be available on Amazon.com although we will have a link to it from our store which is called T&R Independent Bookstore.

We are proud to be able to offer you the best possible experience at TR Independent Bookstore. Whether you are living in Southwest Florida or elsewhere in the United States, we want to be your local bookstore. We are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Preparing to be Published

I am preparing to be published again. It is always the same feeling of excitement mixed with anticipation.

The manuscript has been proofed, the cover is ready, and I am nearing the time when the eBook will go on PreOrder status. But that is not all.

I have been busy upgrading my website. Why?

It is always a good practice to frequently update your website. It presents fresh material for the bots to explore and report back to their masters whether it be Google, Yahoo, or a host of others.

But in this case, I was updating to make the products I sell easier. Easier for you to buy and easier for me to manage. Earlier this year, I upgraded to WooCommerce on my website. Today, I added the PayPal extension that will allow my customers the safest, most reliable experience as they shop.

There are many trusted venues or gateways that businesses can use for their customers benefit. And I am sure that they do everything possible to ensure a safe environment and a smooth, reliable transaction experience. But, in my opinion, PayPal is the best.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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Now back to the article.

You may prefer other methods for customers to use. And that is fine.

I am writing this blog not to promote PayPal, but to emphasize that when you are done writing, you still have things you should do. One is to take steps to improve customer experience.

Sitting back and just waiting for the publication date is not being proactive. There are things you can do like developing ads, updating your website, and using Social Media to promote some buzz. In this way, you can help your own cause.

One of the actions I am currently taking is working on a video that I can email to people I know, insert in a blog like this, and upload to Amazon Central. All of these are actions that have the potential to help generate sales.

Whether I use this video or another remains to be seen. There are plans for a professional video shoot, but I want a good backup just in case. What’s the difference?

Well, I use my computer camera and mike, while a professional will use a more sophisticate camera. Also, a professional does it for a living either as photographer or as part of his overall business.

I have been doing all my videos which are admittedly amateur. They could be improved upon, and it would relieve me of the time of doing them myself. A new company, Pure Video, will be working with me in the near future. Right now it is a matter of getting all our ducks in a row.

Most advice you get will tell you to get professional help for editing, proofing, and marketing. But not everybody has the time or money to find the right professional for their project. It just so happens that I only learned about Pure Video recently from a friend who was starting it. I know him and already have confidence in him, so that simplifies the matter of research. I will probably do a blog about him in the near future.

The point I am making right now, however, is that don’t waste time between the end of writing and the launch of your new book! It is tempting to rest because you have been pouring your heart out in writing and it just might have tired you out. Also, it is easy to think that publishing is just flipping the switch.

The truth is that if you are an Indie Publisher, you still have work to do. In my case, I still had to access my KDP account and make sure everything is ready to go, including pricing. I also need to create the book upon my website, which I will be doing this week. Since I have a bookstore, I will need to determine the discounted price (all our books are discounted). This will be a special discount reflecting the fact this is a new book.

My newest book, The World of Joseph, will come in three formats: paperback, hard cover, and eBook. All will be published at the same time to give customers a good choice from the beginning.

On August 8, 2021, the eBook version will go on PreOrder and the actual launch will be August 12, 2021. As noted above, the paperback and hard cover versions will also be published on August 12, 2021. The printed books will be available at Amazon.com and at TR Independent Bookstore where they are always discounted. The eBook will only be available on Amazon.com although we will have a link to it from our store which is called TR Independent Bookstore.

We are proud to be able to offer you the best possible experience at TR Independent Bookstore. Whether you are living in Southwest Florida or elsewhere in the United States, we want to be your local bookstore. We are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Potiphar in The World of Joseph

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The title of this blog is Potiphar in the World of Joseph. And it is part of my ongoing blogging about my upcoming book The World of Joseph: Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt. So, today I will highlight Potiphar and wife, whom I call Zulekha.

According to the Bible in Genesis 39: 1, Potiphar was the Captain of the guard. In my book I used the term Royal Guard as Pharaoh was the king. But it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out that this guard was not a dozen men guarding the king, but rather Pharaoh’s army.

In those days Egypt was under one ruler, Pharaoh Sesostris I. His father had taken the throne from another and united the north and south under one rule. But it wasn’t done with just his army. Although he was looked upon as the ruler, Pharaoh did not have absolute rule at that time.

His support was dependent upon the governors of the various regions. These governors had their own armies, and some were strong enough to resist Pharaoh if they had a mind to do so. As long as they were kept busy fighting the Nubians in the south and the Hyksos in the north, they were controllable.

But they represented a problem. As Captain of the Guard, a position probably equivalent to General of the Army, Potiphar would have had responsibility not only for Pharaoh’s life but for the kingdom itself.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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In the Bible, Potiphar disappears from the account of Joseph’s life in Egypt when Joseph is cast into prison. But most likely Potiphar was still around as the commanding general and perhaps over the royal prison. If so, he would have had numerous opportunities to run into the young man.

When writing I like to ask questions and my first question was, What happened when Joseph became Mentuhotep the Vizier, and he came into contact with Potiphar? It was an intriguing question that led to the development of Potiphar’s position and interaction with the vizier.

A follow-up question was, Did Potiphar keep track of Joseph while the lad was in prison? After all, it appears in the Bible that Potiphar did not believe his wife’s charge of attempted rape by Joseph. Another question would be, As the second most powerful man in the kingdom what, if any, relationship would Mentuhotep have with Potiphar?

In other words, there is a lot of room for speculation about their relationship. And for that matter, Joseph’s relationship with Potiphar’s wife!

Research didn’t answer those questions, but it did provide the backdrop that I could use to develop the story. And if you are a writer reading this then I want you to see that no matter how hard or uncomfortable research maybe it has the benefit of adding to your story. Not only as historical backup, but it can lead to subplots that bring your story alive!

I have mentioned in previous blogs about recent developments in Egyptology. When I began writing, Egyptology was based on Traditional chronologies. These chronologies were totally unreliable. So, I was very pleased when modern archaeological research resulted in a far more reliable chronology.

In the past I had to try to make the Egyptian timelines match with the Biblical. And that was horrendous! So, you can imagine my relief when I discovered that there was now a newer, clearer, and far more accurate Egyptian chronology.  I was even more excited when I compared that chronology to the Biblical and found virtual agreement!

If you are an author and you are leery of doing research or you regard it as too much grunt work, I recommend you purpose to do it anyway. And remember, when using secular sources, they tend to radically change. If your book is related to the Bible, then consider the Bible as your ultimate source. The King James Bible is an excellent resource and doesn’t change unlike some of the newer translations.

When you pick up my book to read take the time to see how much of a role Potiphar had in Joseph’s life. And take a look at his wife, Zulekha.

On August 8, 2021, the eBook version will go on Pre-Order and the actual launch will be August 12, 2021. The paperback and hard cover versions will also be published on August 12, 2021. The printed books will be available at Amazon.com and at TR Independent Bookstore where they are always discounted. The eBook will only be available on Amazon.com.

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Insights From World of Joseph

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In this blog, I am reporting on some insights from The World of Joseph, my latest novel. Today’s insight takes a look at the different names of Joseph. Let’s begin:

Joseph is the name that is most commonly associated with this man. According to the Biblical account he was a young man who God chose to reveal two particular dreams. These two dreams indicated that Joseph’s brothers and parents would someday bow to him.

This became problematic and led to his being sold as a slave. He was first a slave to Potiphar, a captain of Pharaoh’s Royal Guard (which can be interpreted as General of Pharaoh’s Army). He was a slave for three years and followed that up by ten years in prison for a total of thirteen years. Then, at the age of 30, he became the Vizier of Egypt.

Zaphnaath-paaneah is the Egyptian name given by Pharaoh. It has various interpretations, such as life’, ‘Support of Life’, ‘the god speaks and he lives’, ‘god speaks’, ‘says the god’. The last phrase which says ‘the god speaks, he will live’ seems to capture Pharaoh’s acknowledgement that the wise Joseph had the “Spirit of God” within him (Genesis 41:38).

However, this name is used only once in Scripture.

Mentuhotep is the third name and you don’t find it in Scripture. However, it is found in Egyptian history. There were actually at least two Mentuhoteps and due to the confusion over pharaohs and their dynasties, our Mentuhotep has been referred to as Mentuhotep II. But researchers now know that the Mentuhotep of the 12th dynasty was never a pharaoh, but rather the Grand Vizier or Prime Minister of Egypt. He served under Pharaoh Sesostris I in the 12th dynasty.

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So, what can we learn from these names?

First of all, we learn what we already knew: the Bible is reliable. This has been proven over and over again. People point out supposed errors and eventually, sometimes after hundreds of years, the Bible is proven correct. But the Bible doesn’t need to be proved, it is the Word of God no matter what man says or thinks.

The name of Zaphnaath-paaneah gives insight into the mind of Pharaoh. He was deeply impressed by Joseph and believed that Jehovah God of the Jews spoke through him. That belief followed Pharaoh throughout his life. It helps us understand the true power Joseph had. He was not only second to Pharaoh in position, but in his power. Since Pharaoh acknowledged that God spoke through Joseph, he never according to the Bible, overruled Joseph’s decisions.

But it is the name of Mentuhotep that speaks the loudest in the sense that it provides insight into the Egyptian hearts of the people! The cover of my novel shows a headless statue of Mentuhotep. The loss of the head probably speaks of time, erosion, and maybe vandalism, but the statue itself reveals something altogether different.

First of all, it was unheard of to make a statue of anyone other than Pharaoh. The Pharaoh was considered divine. And yet here we have a statue of someone who obviously was not a pharaoh.

Why do I say obviously?

Because Mentuhotep is shown wearing the garb and cradling on his lap the tools of a trade. Not the tools of a government official, but of a scribe. This depiction tells us that Mentuhotep was a scribe, which fits in well with Joseph’s career as a slave where he ran Potiphar’s house, his career in prison where he ran the prison, and his career as Vizier where he ran the whole government’s effort to provide for the coming famine and to distribute food during the famine. This was a man who wielded great influence and power affecting Egypt and other nations, and he did so by using the tools of a scribe. In other words, pen and paper in modern times.

The Egyptian historical records also reveal insight from secular records that agree with Biblical records. Viewed from opposing perspectives, we see a commonality of facts. While the Bible does not need verification, it is nonetheless always a positive reinforcement. And it helps the unbelievers put their trust in the Bible.

I always emphasize research as a tool of an author. The above is just one of the reasons; it expands your knowledge! But another reason is that it expands the book itself. In my case, it provided the subtitle of my book, Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt. But it also contributed to the story writing itself.

The World of Joseph: Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt is available on Amazon.com and at T&R Independent Bookstore beginning August 12th. Pre-orders of the eBook will begin August 8th. You will find that this book comes in the following formats: paperback, hardcover, and eBooks. Paperback and hardcover are available at both Amazon and our bookstore, but the eBooks are only available at Amazon.com!

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A NOVEL ABOUT JOSEPH

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On August 12th my new novel The World of Joseph, which is a novel about Joseph, will be published. And around August 8th you can preorder your eBook.

This is the last book of the series The World That Was. It started with Perished: The World That Was which covered Creation to the Flood. This first and foundational book of the series introduced the readers to Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Seth, Enos, Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah. It provided a peak into the civilized world that existed prior to the Flood.

Then came the book The World of Noah and The Ark which covered the construction of the Ark, the gathering of the animals, the wickedness of the world, the coming of the Flood, and the Flood itself. It also included the landing on Mount Ararat, the descent, the establishment of a new life, and the first snowball fight.

This was followed by The World of Shem in which Shem was called by God to observe and report on Noah’s descendants. It included the Tower of Babel, the founding of Elam, Egypt, and Libya. Then came The World of Abraham and the reader experienced his adventurous life. After that came The World of Jacob which detailed his adventures and his relationship with his brother Esau.

Now comes the latest novel, The World of Joseph.

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The World of Joseph tells the story of a 17-year-old boy sold into slavery, later imprisoned, and then rising to the position of Vizier of Egypt. This latter title could best be understood as the Prime Minister of Egypt.

We know who Joseph was and what he accomplished by reading the Bible. But a man of his stature surely would have been written about in Egyptian history. Alas, for centuries the history of Egypt has been mysterious and confusing. The problem was that the original government of Egypt was actually two governments and two royal families.

In the beginning, there was an Upper Egypt, which was located in the southern end of Egypt, and an Lower Egypt located in the north. Upper and Lower were related to the Nile which flowed from the south down to the north. The Nile is one of only a few rivers that flow from the south to the north.

The earliest histories of Egypt dealt with two Egyptian thrones. This started with two brothers shortly after the Confusion of Tongues in Babel. Although brothers they were both aspiring to rule both kingdoms and that created strife. Especially if they talked like they ruled both areas. So, confusion began at the very start and for centuries the history of Egypt treated these kingdoms as one following the other instead of existing side by side.

But in recent decades the confusion has been penetrated and a better understanding has emerged. Whereas the Traditional Egyptian history could not mesh with known history elsewhere, new understandings have emerged that have made Egyptian history more amenable to that of other countries and histories, including the Bible.

Which brings us to the 12th Dynasty. New revelations have shown that the second Pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty was Sesostris I. It was during his rule that a young teenage boy entered Egypt as a slave. His name was Joseph, and he was sold to the Captain of the King’s Guard. This title can be freely translated as General of the Egyptian army.

Amenemhet I was the first Pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty having removed Pharaoh Nebtawyre of the 11th Dynasty. His son was Sesostris I and they co-reigned for a while. Joseph served in Potiphar’s house for 3 years and then spent the next 10 years in prison.

At the age of 30, Joseph became Vizier of Egypt. While the Pharaoh gave him another name, the name that stuck was Mentuhotep! And this is where we discover the Egyptian record of Joseph as Mentuhotep. The cover of my book is a picture of Mentuhotep as a scribe, which fits completely with Joseph as a slave running affairs for Potiphar and later the prison, and finally as Vizier of all of Egypt.

Discovering all this history has not been easy. There are still web pages out there on the internet that use Traditional Egyptian history. But more and more the newer, better organized, history has been emerging. As an author doing research, I had to discover new sources that were reliable. As always, I used the Bible as the filter determining what could be believed and what couldn’t. Fortunately, the new updated Egyptian history meshes well with Biblical and other secular histories, all of which made my job easier.

As mentioned at the beginning of this blog, the new book will be available in all formats, such as paperback, hardcover, and eBook on August 12th . And the eBook can be preordered around August 8th.

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Reviewing Books

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You are an author, and you want to get your book reviewed. Have you ever considered reviewing other authors’ works? If you have the skill to write a book it is possible you may have the skill to review a book. That said, there are a few sand traps to avoid.

I said that if have the skill to write you may have the skill to review. But that is not always the truth. In writing a book you make a commitment to yourself, but in reviewing a book you are making a commitment to someone else. And that entails a sense of truthfulness and transparency.

Let me tell you a story as an example. I’ve actually told this story before so excuse me if you’ve heard it before. Back when I wrote Perished The World That Was, I sought Christian Fiction reviewers. And that proved to be a good mood as I received four- and five-star reviews!

But one reviewer gave me two stars and it is his story I am relating. He was a young man who I later determined was a teenager at that time. He professed he was a Christian and loved the Bible. Because my novel was based on world history as found in Genesis, I accepted him and sent him a copy.

After a few weeks I received his review where he gave the book only two stars. Now normally I would not be bothered by this low score. Why? Because you can’t please everyone. However, in this case he was honest enough to relate why he gave only two stars.

And early on the review showed that he didn’t follow the unwritten rules. What are these? Here are what I believe they are:

  1. You are committed to reading the entire book.
  2. You are committed not to skip.
  3. You are committed to finishing the book reading.
  4. You are committed an honest review.
  5. You are committed to being as transparent as possible.

This young man objected to the scene where Eve was created although the wording of that scene used similar descriptions as found in Genesis and in the Song of Solomon. This may have triggered his following actions:

  1. He began skipping through the novel.
  2. He came across characters who had the same name (these were real people taken straight from the Bible).
  3. He assumed that these all represented the same person.
  4. He eventually quit reading the novel.

As a result, he was confused and decided that I was inconsistent with the characters. That would have been a serious error on my part if true, but the error was his. For example, in the Bible and in my novel, there were two Enoch’s. Because he thought both were the same man, he assumed I had been inconsistent in their character.

His skipping around also disrupted any continuity he would have gotten by reading the entire novel. When you make a commitment to review somebody’s book you follow through. You don’t let your feelings stop you!

Honesty demands that you take the time to read the book in its entirety. I am currently reviewing a book and sometimes I come across language I object to. Honesty says I continue on. I can later point out these problems, but I’ve made a commitment to review the book, so I continue in my review.

His reactions convinced me that he was not fluent in the Bible. Later in his life I think he was better, but I don’t believe I ever used him again. I simply didn’t know if I could trust him.

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Should I Review Books?

The only person who can answer that is you. Ask yourself some questions, such as: Do I like to read? Am I willing to take the time to read the book? Can I give an honest review?

If you can respond “yes” to these questions, then try it out. In the end, you might throw up your hands in defeat or you may discover that you enjoy it. And if you do, you may gain a following.

As a reviewer you will want to use some of your editing skills. It is not your responsibility to do actually editing, but those skills will help you find areas where the author made mistakes and you can let him or her know of their errors in your review. It is important to remember that the author is relying on you to provide a review to help in marketing, but also help in writing.

As a reviewer you watch grammar, spelling, readability, consistency, and accuracy. For example, if you are reading historical fiction is the book historically accurate? Does the speech or manner of dress fit the period? Questions like these will help you in evaluating the story.

Finally, remember that in effect you are critiquing and promoting the book. Your words are directed at the author so he or she can improve, and, at the same time, your words are directed at potential readers, to encourage or discourage them about buying.

If you are new to reviewing, you might want to stick to the same genre you write in or genre you like to read. It could be just what you need.

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