My RPLA entry ‘Elevated Madness’ is a semifinalist!

Dear Friends

Here’s some wonderful news from the Florida Writers Association I’d like to sure with you.

My entry, Elevated Madness and Other Stories, is a semifinalist for the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition!

The entry now goes to final judging. All semifinalists will be notified of their finalist status on a rolling basis.

Wish me luck!


BTW- If you’d like to purchase a copy of Elevated Madness and Other Stories, it’s available here:

Elevated Madness and Other Stories: $0.99 –

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Elevated Madness on Sale (Cat Bookstand not included!)

There are many forms of madness!

The real world is filled with people who live quiet, productive, uneventful lives. These are not the characters you’ll meet in author John D. Ottini’s world of twisted fiction.

Elevated Madness & Other Stories consists of 11 short stories that will amuse, shock, and enlighten you. The twists and turns in each story will keep you guessing until the conclusion, where you’ll be left shaking your head and wondering, “Why didn’t I see that coming?”

eBook – $0.99

Paperback – $7.99

Elevated Madness – Amazon

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Humor Me on a Monday Morning! 😁

A bit of Literary Humor on a Monday morning.

What’s the difference between cats and a comma?

Cats have claws at the end of their paws and commas are a pause at the end of a clause.

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Christmas in July – eBook Offer

Come celebrate the spirit of Christmas in July🎄🎉

Enough with the bad news… grab a copy of  A Very Furry Christmas for only $0.99 and celebrate the joy you feel for your pets and the spirit of goodwill in July.

This book contains four heartwarming tales about our feline friends and the humans who love them.

Finalist in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. (Florida Writers Association)

A Very Furry Christmas: Holiday Cat Tales-ebook

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Happy Independence Day

Happy 4th of July to my American family, friends and readers.

Thank you for your support and for buying my books. Stay safe and enjoy the celebration.

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to my family members, friends and readers who reside in Canada.

Enjoy your day and extra long weekend.

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People Behaving Badly – Review Milestone

It took several years, but my book, People Behaving Badly has finally reached a milestone of 30 reviews on Amazon. The great news is that it has maintained a 4.4 (out of 5) star rating, which is not to shabby.

Thank you to everyone who has read the book and left a review on Amazon and on GoodReads. I greatly appreciate it.

Next Milestone will be 50 Reviews. That’s when Amazon takes noticed and hopefully will help in promoting the book.

Available at these fine on-line stores: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and more.
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‘Elevated Madness’ chosen as FWA – June Book of the Month

Just received some wonderful and exciting news that I thought I’d share with my readers. (see email below)

I’m honored to announce that my book ‘Elevated Madness and Other Stories’ was chosen as the June Book of the Month by the Florida Writers Association (FWA)

If you’re interested in finding out what the book is about, you can purchase the eBook version (on sale for only $0.99 USD) from the Amazon Kindle Store in your part of the universe.

If you prefer the paperback version ($7.99 USD) you can order it from any Amazon website in whatever part of the world you live in.

It’s also available from several on-line book retailers.

Here’s the link to Amazon USA

Hello John,

Your name was selected as the winner for Member Book of the Month! Elevated Madness and Other Stories will be on the FWA website homepage and sent out in our newsletter to 1400 people.

Can you please reply with your book cover, blurb, and link?


Arielle Haughee (Hoy)

Executive Vice President

Florida Writers Association

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Facebook and Me

Several months ago, after someone hacked into my Facebook account, I decide to take a hiatus from using the platform.

At the time, I was a bit apprehensive in doing so because I thought I’d miss the interaction with friends, family and my book readers, and because I would no longer be able to promote my books on my Facebook Authors page.

My gravest concern was that abandoning my Facebook page would have a detrimental effect on my ability to advertise and sell my books. It’s not like I sell thousands of books, so any drop in book sales would be very noticeable and disappointing to me.

Fortunately, none of that happened. After weeks of not posting to my account, I’ve noticed no difference in book sales. What I did notice, is that now that I’m no longer bombard with all the negativity, intolerance and pure crap I subjected myself to on Facebook, I’m a happier person and enjoy my life a lot more than I did.

Does this mean that I’ll never post in my Facebook account ever again? No, but when I do I’ll be very deliberate and selective about my postings and I will probably focus more on my Author Page and not so much on my personal stuff.

So, if you don’t see me posting on a regular basis, fear not… everything is okay.

For all of you who enjoy using Facebook, keep doing what you’re doing. Be happy!

For those of you who don’t, I’m here to tell you that there is indeed life after Facebook and it’s all good.

Peace My Friends

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Literary Humor 😁

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