The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Quote of the day 12-30

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else

 

Epictetus

 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Quote of the day 12-27

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality

 

Norman Cousins

 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Release Day for In Case of Death!

 

 

Announcing the release of the third book in The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic series...In Case of Death!

 

Men are dying mysteriously all over the world, but as Gabriel Celtic soon discovers…The killer lives in his own back yard!

 

Having started a new journey in life with his newfound daughter, Gabriel Celtic soon learns that the life of a private investigator is not always what it’s cracked up to be.

Arriving home late one night from a long trip of bounty hunting, Gabriel is confronted by a mysterious message from an old friend. The mystery expands the next day when he discovers that two of his past lovers want to hire him…to find the murderer of their husbands!

At the same time, a mysterious man suddenly shows up in Gabriel’s life. Known only as Preacher, Gabriel has to convince Abby to bring him on to help in the investigation.

Together, the three of them delve into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murdered husbands, only to find that they were only two of many that have met a similar fate.

Tracking the murderer becomes cumbersome as he hides in plain sight, his name hidden behind the gibberish of a mysterious book. And when they do start getting close…he brings their world crashing down around them!

Check out this latest chapter in The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic series as J.T. Lewis weaves a story of action and suspense that will leave you begging for more!

 

You can find In Case of Death at the following retailers!

 

 


Amazon
Barnes and NobleSmashwords

Out soon on Kobo, Diesel, and iTunes (iBooks)!

Paperbacks can be obtained at Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
  

 

 

 



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Posted By J.T. Lewis to Did I Stutter? (Well....maybe...) at 12/23/2013 03:21:00 PM

Release Day for In Case of Death!


Announcing the release of the third book in The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic series...In Case of Death!


Men are dying mysteriously all over the world, but as Gabriel Celtic soon discovers…The killer lives in his own back yard!

Having started a new journey in life with his newfound daughter, Gabriel Celtic soon learns that the life of a private investigator is not always what it’s cracked up to be.
Arriving home late one night from a long trip of bounty hunting, Gabriel is confronted by a mysterious message from an old friend. The mystery expands the next day when he discovers that two of his past lovers want to hire him…to find the murderer of their husbands!
At the same time, a mysterious man suddenly shows up in Gabriel’s life. Known only as Preacher, Gabriel has to convince Abby to bring him on to help in the investigation.
Together, the three of them delve into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murdered husbands, only to find that they were only two of many that have met a similar fate.
Tracking the murderer becomes cumbersome as he hides in plain sight, his name hidden behind the gibberish of a mysterious book. And when they do start getting close…he brings their world crashing down around them!
Check out this latest chapter in The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic series as J.T. Lewis weaves a story of action and suspense that will leave you begging for more!

You can find In Case of Death at the following retailers!




AmazonBarnes and NobleSmashwords

Out soon on Kobo, Diesel, and iTunes (iBooks)!

Paperbacks can be obtained at Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
  




Quote of the day 12-23

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy

Friday, December 20, 2013

Quote of the day 12-20

In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best

Robert Hall

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quote of the day 12-19

It is less trouble and more satisfaction to bury two families than to select and equip a home for one

Mark Twain's Autobiography

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Quote of the day 12-18

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails

William Arthur Ward

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Quote of the day 12-17

The secret to business is to know something nobody else knows

 

Aristotle Onassis

 

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quote of the day 12-13

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate

Thomas J. Watson

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Quote of the day 12-9

Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.

 

Unknown A Hole

 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Excerpt From The Upcoming Nick Behr Mystery...kidNAP Inc.



A bit of humor this morning as I introduce kidNAP Inc.'s Nick Behr and his dysfunctional life. Also, living most of my #/% years as an Electrical Contractor, this passage rings truer than you would guess and makes me giggle just a little bit.


Walking toward may dad’s office, I notice my parent’s cat sitting in a nook of the bookshelf in the hall. The yellow striped cat, Angel, has been a fixture in their house for eight or nine years now. Every time I see it, it’s planted in some new location. It had always seemed to me that she would hunt out a new location, and then hang until she had sucked out every bit of comfort available there before moving on. Actually, I can’t remember ever seeing her walk anywhere. It was more like she just magically appeared at some new location.
Her disinterested eyes move toward me as I pass, seeming to tell me to move on, there’s nothing to see here.
She is probably getting ready to disappear again. It freaks me out a little.
“Hey Earl,” I say as I walk into the den. Dad always hates it when I call him by his first name. I suppose that’s why I do it.
“Nick,” my dad replies noncommittally, like I had just been here yesterday.
He is huddled over a drafting table, concentrating on some blue prints.
“What are you doing?” I ask halfheartedly, hoping to find something fairly non-personal to talk about until dinner.
Earl Behr was not someone you really wanted involved in your personal life. My dad would tell you he’s pretty level headed about most things however, if you consider ‘most things’ to be about chewing tobacco or union electricians that is. Red Man Golden Blend was, of course, the ultimate in chewing pleasure, with the best taste and uniformity of any blend. Knowing that, my dad would still buy whatever was cheapest, saving purchasing the good stuff for church and weddings.
This had been continually drilled into my head at an early age, and there was even a time when I was about 12 in the early 90’s that the subject seemed to come up at supper most every night. I think he believed that all real men started chewing when they were twelve, so it was more or less his duty to enlighten me on his years of chewing wisdom.
It made for a very uncomfortable meal, my mom being adamantly opposed to passing on the chewing gene to her offspring.
As to his thoughts on union electricians, well, let’s just say he tolerated the overpaid, under-talented pricks and let it go at that.
“Working on a strategic plan for losing my ass,” he suddenly replies.
I jerk a little when he spoke. It seems like I had asked the question twenty minutes ago.
“Good work if you can get it,” I reply as I sit down in his recliner, “Strategic planning I mean.”
“Humph,” he replied, looking up at me for the first time through crooked reading glasses. “What’d you do to your hair?” he asked as he stared at me like I had grown another head.
“I haven’t done anything to it,” I reply uncomfortably. I got that way anytime Earl focused on me. I gave another quick thought to getting it cut.
“I’m actually calculating the cost of how much this job is going to cost to wire” he continues angrily as he quickly loses interest in me again. “Like that means anything.”
I have missed listening to one of my dad’s tirades, and I wasn’t about to let it go at that.
“Seems like it should be pretty simple,” I goad him along. “Don’t the architect’s have everything lined out before you even get the plans?”
His jaw dropped like I had just told him that grandma was a whore.
“Architects are a blight on society, and they can also kiss my lilywhite ass. You wanna know how an architect works?”
I got comfortable in the recliner, lamenting the fact that I didn’t have a bucket of popcorn to go along with the show. Extra butter.
“Architects take all of these ideas of what the owner wants,” he proceeds without my input, “then they make a Cadillac plan of the project.”
“Do you know how architect’s get paid?” he asked me then, his eyes bugging out to twice their normal size. They were daring me to answer, all the while knowing I’d be wrong.
“Don’t they give the owner a flat price up front?” I proffered, shrewdly stirring the pot.
“Hell no!” he screams, pounding his fist on the drafting table for emphasis. “They get paid a percentage of the whole project! So if they can sneak their overpriced, la-de-dah plan in the front door, then they can finally buy their condo in Puerto Vallarta!”
It came out sounding like Pewter Vee-art-ah, but I let that slide.
“Then the owners say, ‘we can’t do that, it’s too expensive,’ so the architect takes it back to his opulent office and works on it some more. That goes on for a few weeks, and then the architect see’s the cost of his job dwindling while his costs are climbing ever higher. Then he calls me.”
“He calls you?” I ask, actually surprised that an architect would stoop so low as to call my dad.
“Says, Hey Earl, how big do you think the electrical service should be on this new building we’re looking at?”
“I says, ‘I don’t know off the top of my head, but that I could design it for you’.”
“Well, we are the designers of course; Mr. holier than thou replies, but we could sure use your input.”
“’How much you pay me’, I ask then, enjoying the sputtering I’m hearing on the line.”
We really don’t have any budget left to hire outside consultant’s Earl.
“‘Ok, I’ll do it for free,’ I say then, ‘Providing you can guarantee I get the job’.”
“Then the sputtering really gets humming on their end.”
“I’m sorry Earl, this was a bad idea. Maybe we’ll just call Jubal Lancaster.”
“Isn’t he Amish?” I ask, confused but now getting into the story.
“Egg-zactly!” the Old Man squeals, “Least ways, he used to be. Now he’s one of them there Mennonites, and of course that apparently automatically makes them electrical geniuses!”
“So I says, ‘you’re gonna ask a guy that grew up without electricity how to design the electric in your new building’?”
“You did it anyway didn’t you,” I say then.
“Damn right I did,” dad replies, “I couldn’t leave it up to that goat herder; I gotta live in this community.”
I nod, appearing to agree with his reasoning.
“Well, at least you’re the most familiar with it. It should be a breeze for you to quote it now,” I say then, knowing that we were still far from finishing the story.
“Hell yeah I know what’s needed to quote the job, so what? You think that’s the end of it?”
I shrug noncommittally, enjoying his seething.
“Sure, if all I had to do was bid the parts and the labor, I’d-a had it done yesterday! But then I have to factor in how bad the engineer fucked it up, and throw in how bad the economy is and how low the other contractors will bid. Then I’ll halve my bid, and if I guessed right, I will have a good estimate of how much money I will lose if I get this job.”
His face is contorted and red as he says this.
“Doesn’t seem like it’s worth it,” I offer.
“Paid your way through college didn’t it!” he challenges me, “kept you in clothes and got you a down payment on that house you gave away in your divorce!”

Shit! How’d this get turned around so quick?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quote of the day 5-6

Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose

 

Wilfred Owen

 

Quote of the day 5-2

Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial.

George Saunders

Quote of the day 12-5

No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.

Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quote of the day 12-3

Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from

Vernon Howard

Monday, December 2, 2013