October 20, 2010 by Lillie
Booksigning at the All Saints Anglican Church Fall Festival
Saturday, October 30, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
11122 Link Drive in Castle Hills, San Antonio
For more information about the festival and a map to the church: www.allsaintsanglican.net
I’m excited to be signing books along with five of my clients:
- David Bowles
- Margaret Blincoe
- James Doughty
- Patricia Eytcheson Taylor and Rev. Dr. James C. Taylor
- Richard Turner
Check out the websites of participating authors. I was honored to work with each of them editing their books and preparing them for publication. I’m confident you’ll be happy with any book you buy at the signing, including Dream or Destiny.
March 31, 2009 by Lillie
Miss Guided has been having fun responding to comments on her recent interview. She got so carried away in replying to one particular comment that she brought author Richard Turner, The Cheat along to share some stories. Before I knew what was happening, we ended up with such a long conversation that Miss Guided convinced me to post it as a separate blog entry. That angel can be very persuasive!
It all started with a comment from Jay:
Texas hold’em is one of the best. I wanna play again asap!
I guarantee you don’t want to play with Matt McCain or Richard Turner. You’ve already lost if you play against either of them.
Miss Guided said:
Texas Hold’em Jay, My happy Hold’em human Matt is the mirror of the author of Re-Deal. Like you he would play through the day. However, I must say there were times he would appallingly pitch the aces from the center as he would play. But those days are far from today where he now prefers to honestly play.
Richard Turner, the author of Re-Deal A Time Travel Thriller, is a card mechanic. He does not do tinker toy tricks. He demonstrates the most demanding moves ever formulated for swindling with cards.
The mirror of my man Matt has received million-dollar offers to swindle with his center deal, but he is now a born-from-above man and uses his second dealing skills to stir and stimulate rather than swindle the sucker.
You may have seen the mirror of my man Matt on that box humans seem to stare at from the snow season to the summer. Miss Lillie, can you select a few shows to share with our Hold’em human Jay?
Certainly, Miss Guided. Richard’s unparalleled touch with a pack of 52 has been written about and featured on dozens of TV specials around the globe, such as That’s Incredible, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The 700 Club, The Paul Daniels Show on the BBC, and World Geniuses in Japan. Publications across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Times Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, and Genii Magazine have profiled Richard.
Miss Guided responded:
So Mister Human Hold’em Jay, I will now let Richard turner tell you why he doesn’t double deal this day.
Richard Turner joined the conversation:
Well, Jay, this goes back to the 80’s. I did something that was stupid and could have been hazardous to my health. I was the resident cheat on a riverboat for six years, and I met a lawyer who talked me into playing in a poker game with two other attorneys and one banker.
He told me, “We are all in the same business of cheating, so if you have ever dealt with a lawyer or banker, here’s a chance to get some of your own stolen money back.”
We played all night long, and my confederate and I cleaned everyone out without anyone being the wiser. Everything continued smoothly until the last hand when I picked up the deck and, by touch and without thinking, said, “There are two cards missing.”
The banker sitting to my right leaned over and in a low, suspicious voice asked, “How can you pick up a deck and tell there’s two cards missing?”
The two cards were found under the place mat of one of the attorneys across the table from me, and it wasn’t my partner. It was another cheat. The banker did not know what to think. One player hiding cards under a mat, while another player could pick up a deck and tell the cards were missing.
And now, as they say, the rest of the story: Two years later, after the airing of my appearance on That’s Incredible, I was sitting at a Coco’s Restaurant when a man came up to my table and said, “You’re Richard Turner. You once cheated me out of a bunch of money! I’m the banker who questioned how you could pick up a deck and tell two cards were missing from the pack.”
My stomach instantly plunged. I remembered the game well. I was wondering what the guy was going to say or do next—maybe do a Doc Holliday and pull a gun? During the game I had found the banker to be a cold and stern player.
To my shock and surprise, the fellow thrust forth his hand and grabbed mine. With an excited smile, he said, “I saw you on That’s Incredible! I just wanted to say Hi! It was a great show! Now I know how you could tell there were two cards missing! Wow, it was a privilege to have been cheated by you!”
As the banker walked away, I was left sitting there with my mouth hanging open.
Thank you, Miss Guided and Richard, for sharing that amusing story.So did you learn any lesson from that?
I decided no more cheating with a partner. I must be honest and say I did have a few more slips, but not in the past 18 years.
Richard, I understand it was a different story if they openly challenged you as “The Cheat.”
You bet! If you challenged me knowing me as The Cheat, you were in trouble, like the carpet dealer in San Diego. I decided to remodel one of my homes to fit my antique furniture. I went to a carpet store, and the owner recognized me from a TV show I had been featured on. He introduced himself as the proprietor and offered to personally help me find my carpet. As we looked at the different carpet selections, the owner told me how he was particularly impressed with how I could pick off from the deck the exact number of cards requested. He insisted I must be using some kind of funny cards with an indexing system. I told him I could do it with any pack of cards—I could even do it with his personal business cards.
I found a carpet to my liking, and we went back to the owner’s office to complete the sale. We were sitting at the man’s desk when another customer came in and asked the owner for one of his business cards.
As the customer left, the owner remembered what I had said about being able to pick off a specific number of his business cards. He turned back to me and said, “Are you telling me you can do it with these?”
I said, “You bet.”
“Then do it!” the owner said.
“Hold it,” I said. “You don’t work for free. So why should I?”
The owner said, “So you really can’t do it with my business cards. It’s just an act! I knew you must be using some kind of trick deck!”
I said, “Tell you what. If I do it with your business cards and get the number you ask for, you give me the carpet for free. If I don’t get it with your cards, I’ll pay double for the carpet.”
The owner asked for 17 cards from the stack and I handed him 17 cards. The new carpet looked really good with my antique furniture.
Another good story, Richard.
During my years editing Re-Deal I learned many of the stories in the book about offers made to Matt to cheat were based on actual offers you received from the mob. Would you mind sharing a few with us?
Because of my ability to cheat undetectably, I could be a very rich … dead man. I have been wined and dined by some of the most powerful crime families in the country. After seeing what I could do with the cards, a mobster offered me a thousand dollars a day to come work for him. I said no! He said 2K a day. After I still refused, he then invited me to tell him how much it would cost to buy me. I had images of waking up to a horse’s head!
Tell my readers about that offer from overseas.
Miss Guided said:
Oh, I’m partial to that particular parable.
That offer came from the Middle East. I was first offered $10,000 a week to play for oil money. I said no. They said $20,000 a week. After a series of refusals, they finally upped the offer to one million dollars. Once again my answer was no!
Wow, a million dollar offer! I’ve never had a million dollar offer to do anything. Since Miss Guided conned—I mean convinced me—to put this conversation up as new blog post, we have time for a few more stories if you’re up to it.
Another powerful crime family who would watch me aboard the riverboat approached me about doing a little business. I told them about the offer I had from the Middle East and that I had said, “No, thanks.”
They strongly told me don’t take the offer! They said, “In a situation like that, you will be 100 per cent used. Do you know what that means?”
I told them, “I know what it means. It means they kill you when they’re done with you.”
One of the mobsters said, “The Arabians own half the world, and we own the other half. We can arrange for these games to take place here in the United States, and we’ll back you here.”
Lillie, at that very moment I thought to myself, Wow, I will be 100 per cent used in my own country. I’ll die here in the US! Now that’s the deal I’ve been looking for! Buried in American dirt!
I’m glad you’re not buried in American dirt. Perhaps we should wrap up this conversation.
Miss Guided said:
My happy Hold”Em human hasn’t told you the tale of the terrible travesty of that evil traveling jewel man. You must hear that story. That could have ended in terrific tragedy and termination of Mr. Cheat’s earthly life.
Okay, let’s hear one more story of how you managed to avoid pushing up lilies.
Very funny, Lillie!
This was the most frightening offer of all. I was on an airline flight to a performance when the stranger in the seat next to me lowered his paper.
“Hello, Mr. Turner,” he said. “We have talked by phone, but I wanted to talk to you in person to discuss doing a little business together.”
I must say, I was startled. This was something from a Godfather movie. No one knew I was on that flight. And that was just the beginning. After that incident, this very scary creep would be waiting for me at restaurants. He knew about my likes and dislikes, very personal things! The man would call me on hotel lines when I was a thousand miles from home, inviting me to join him downstairs for dinner or a drink.
He was a diamond broker from South Africa, and he tried to give me a five-carat diamond pinky ring just to show me his good faith. As another bribe, at one meal he gave me the business and personal numbers of Johnny Carson, suggesting I might like to be on the Tonight Show. I gave the numbers to some friends with the police. After an investigation, they determined the numbers were legitimate.
The police decided I needed protection and should know how to use a gun. For six months I was trained by Chuck Curtis, the captain of the SWAT team. He armed me with a Walther PPK, which I still have today.
That’s scary. Is that where the story ends?
No, things didn’t stop there. Over one dinner, he told me how it cost him $400,000 to buy off a judge for a murder he had committed.
However, the most frightening moment came when he offered to have my wife or anyone else I chose murdered. He said it would be an accident or there would be an explosion, and no one would ever know I was behind the killing.
He said all these things to try and entice or intimidate me into accepting his 200,000 to 300,000 dollar offer to cheat in high-stake card games over in South Africa.
You’re still not pushing up lilies so I take that you again said no.
I did not accept anything from these gangsters or anyone else. Like in the movie Godfather, I didn’t want to wake up to a horse’s head.
I decided to avoid even the appearance of bad behavior and instead to give back. Over the past two decades, my beautiful wife Kim and I have had the privilege to speak to tens of thousands of kids and many corporate executives on the wonderful opportunities God has given to us in this great country to reach our dreams honestly.
Miss Guided said:
My man Matt and Mr. Cheat here make me proud.
I know you have dined with the rich and famous and received many honors and awards because you have chosen to use your talents honestly. For all the Hold’em players out there, we thank you. And thank you for taking the time to visit this humble little blog.
Richard and Miss Guided, we must close for now. At another time, I’d like to ask you about the karate character Juan, aka Kicker, in your novel Re-Deal. I know you’re a fifth degree black belt and many of the stories in Re-Deal also relate to your fighting experiences. If you don’t mind talking about it, I’m sure my readers would like to know how you can fight when you can only see shadows.
On April 2, I leave for an eight-city tour, but I’ll be happy to visit again and answer questions as time permits.
Thank you and thanks to all your blog friends! And please let us know what you thought of Re-Deal A Time Travel Thriller.
Whew! This long conversation all came about from a single comment. Though Richard and Miss Guided will be here only a couple of days to respond to comments, they’ll be back later in April.
March 27, 2009 by Lillie
Lillie: Some very interesting and talented guests have visited this blog, but never before have we entertained an … oh, I’ll let our guest tell you that. Welcome to A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye, Miss Guided.
Miss Guided: Why, thank you, Miss Lillie. This time-traveling tutor is thrilled to take time to talk to you about this time-travel thriller.
Lillie: You look and talk differently than anyone I’ve ever met before. Just who or what are you really?
Miss Guided: My marvelous, meek mortal, Miss Lillie, if I perhaps present to you my personal purpose on this planet and impart to you, a Heaven-loved human, what I truly am, the secret stays between us?”
Lillie: Of course, Miss Guided. I’ll keep this between us and a few blog friends.
Miss Guided: Well, Miss Lillie, I am just another created consciousness known in the Heavens as a direct-contact angel on assignment as a human in the guise of a Southern governess to tickle and teach my mortal man, whose name is Matt McCain.
Lillie: How did you get the name Miss Guided?
Miss Guided: My Satan-slaying senior Sir Gabe says I am his favorite angel of joy and that when I am on assignment I’m able to use any appellation that tickles this mirthful marm so I chose the moniker Miss Guided.
Lillie: Who is Matt McCain?
Miss Guided: My new man Matthew is another son of Adam, and this angel is elated to have such an adroit charge. Allow me to recite an example. The Divine Creator wondered if Eve’s offspring would notice the delicacy of oranges already put into nice bite-size sections before they were skinned, and my man Matt marveled at the mystery and determined it must be divine intervention.
Lillie: And why are you helping him?
Miss Guided: I am helping him because my fiend-fighting foreman Sir Gabe, the head of the heavenly host, assigned his favorite glad guardian to strive to help my charge to re-acquire their fine family ranch while stopping him from smacking his toe on a stone.
You see, Miss Lillie, Matthew McCain was a very mistreated mortal. He is raging over a sadistic assault with an enlarging looking glass, which destroyed his vision. I must say, it was the loathsome Lucifer and his human Cypher servants at their wickedest.
But Miss Lillie, I’m sure our worthy Master permitted the black angel’s aggression because it can be the McCain family’s key to redemption, though it will take Matt’s pains and purposefulness to procure it.
Lillie: Who is Juan?
Miss Guided: Juan is an orphan that came from one of sick Cypher’s sad orphanages in Mexico. This is where Satan’s servant Cypher stocked and supplied all his cheap labor. Juan got his name Kicker after I snatched him with my man Matt from Cypher and sent them to Master Murphy’s to learn martial fighting facilities. I did this to prepare them for their trip through time to take down Cypher’s antecedents. I must say, Miss Lillie, Kicker can kick really cool!
Lillie: Who are the Cyphers? How did they get to be so rich and powerful?
Miss Guided: My aforementioned man was Matt’s great grandfather Lucas McCain. I’m embarrassed to say. but I was slightly misdirected as my man McCain sat down to a game of stud with John Cypher and was swindled by Cypher’s forbearer out of his lavish lands and loads of Longhorns.
You see, Miss Lillie, John Cypher openly used slave labor in his silver mines. As slavery became unacceptable to society, with the McCain stake John Cypher stealthily opened a number of manual work farms in Mexico. Here he had an endless supply of the destitute. The devious man’s descendants continued to swell the business through card cheating, political manipulations, and financial influences.
Lillie: Let get off this topic of evil for a minute. What does it mean to travel outside of time?
Miss Guided: Well, Miss Lillie, I’ll elucidate as clearly as I know how. Outside of time is from where the Lord of Lords reigns. It’s where every day is existing now. Beginning with the devouring of the fruit in the Garden of Eden to the return of the King of Kings on His white stallion, outside of time is where a second is as a thousand years and a thousand years is but a jiffy. That is why your Creator can consider what everyone is doing at all times. First grade arithmetic will tell you His Majesty has a thousand years of seconds to note your meaningful one second prayer. And if my mental math is proper, that is 525,600,000 minutes to listen to you. That, Miss Lillie, is why this century and that one ahead of us are no longer separated by time. They are both the existing, the present, the now.
However, Miss Lillie, I was warned strongly by Sir Gabe that retroaction to a past period is sporadically permitted. The chances for unforeseen consequences are profoundly probable so I was pleased that my chief cherub permitted me to pursue this precarious path.
Lillie: What will Matt and Kicker be doing back in the past?
Miss Guided: Well, of course Kicker likes to put fast-flying feet in his foe’s faces while my man Matt must match wits with the worst gamblers of the Old West—Wild Bill Hickok; that sick psychopath Doc Holliday; and the most feared cheater of all, S. W. Erdnase. My charge must carry out this to win enough cash and coin to procure a place at the table with the cheating John Cypher.
Lillie: I know our readers are eager to hear more about this game, but we don’t want to give away the whole story. Tell me about Richard Turner, The Cheat, and why he came to tell your story in the book Re-Deal.
Miss Guided: Well, Miss Lillie, it goes like this. Mr. Cheat was asked many times to pen his pursuit and perils to become a world-class card mechanic despite his vision loss. He even had past proposals to play a part in a moving picture about his life, but instead he penned this time-travel thriller to tell his story.
Miss Guided: Oh Miss Lillie, it’s very simple. You see, to get a personally signed copy with one of Mr. Cheat’s special decks of cards, just go to RichardTurner52.com.
Lillie: Thank you, Miss Guided. This has been a fun interview—my first with an angel and perhaps the wittiest answers I’ve ever had to interview questions. Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
Miss Guided: If your fans or family want a fun story filled with fighting foes with an inspiring message, feel free to find a copy of Re-Deal: A Time Travel Thriller for all your favorite friends.
Lillie: We’ve shown a picture of the book cover and a picture of the author. Did you by chance bring a photo of yourself to show our readers?
Miss Guided: Will this stay just between us?
Lillie: Just like the secret of who you are—just you, me, and a few readers.
Miss Guided: Well, Miss Lillie, I’m sure you know that cameras can’t capture created consciousness. But I did endeavor to engage a picture of my mortal man Matt and myself in the form of a fragile female as a little town tutor. I’m particularly partial to this particular picture.
Lillie: That’s lovely, Miss Guided. Thank you for letting us have a glimpse of your human form.
Miss Guided has promised to come back during the day and bring the author, Richard Turner, The Cheat, with her. Leave your questions and comments for Richard and Miss Guided, and they will respond as soon as they can.
March 25, 2009 by Lillie
As you know if you’ve read my blog for some time, I am always as excited when a client publishes a new book as I am about my own books. Sometimes I describe my work with authors as being that of a midwife, helping to birth a bouncing baby book.
Re-Deal: A Time-Travel Thriller by Richard Turner, “The Cheat,” was born earlier this month.
Richard began the novel eleven years ago, and by the time he found me, he had written 164,000 words.
Although he was at first appalled that I wanted to get rid of about a third of those words, he agreed that he would decide after I edited the first chapter. He couldn’t tell what I’d left out so he agreed to let me continue. I described how I eliminated excess words in a guest post at Poewar.
Re-Deal may be the most unusual book I’ve ever worked on—time travel back to the Old West, a hero who is a card mechanic and a karate expert, a sidekick who is a karate black belt and an evangelist, the Cyphers who are the personification of evil, gambling and poker, a life-and-death struggle against time … and a guardian angel who earned her name Miss Guided by not always getting her assignments quite right.
Although the story is fantasy, Richard Turner writes from experience. He is known as “The Cheat” and has been called “the greatest card mechanic in the world.” He has performed around the world, produced a series of DVDs on card manipulation, created board and puzzle games, earned a fifth-degree black belt in karate, and received so many awards and honors that I’d still be writing next week if I tried to list them all. Oh … and he’s done all this with eyesight four times lower than legally blind.
Here is the back cover blurb:
Buckle up for time travel, karate, and gambling in this action-adventure thriller. Matt McCain, a young man trying to overcome personal loss and family misfortune, and his amigo Juan, a Mexican orphan turned evangelist, are pitted against the Cyphers, a family that utilizes evil for every gain. The presence of Miss Guided, the angel who doesn’t always get it right, changes them all.
With more twists than a switchback trail, Re-Deal is a time traveling race against evil and misfortune. An 1882 poker showdown promises to change history forever, and Matt McCain aims to be the winner. But first he must match skills with the greatest cheaters of the Old West—from Doc Holliday to S. W. Erdnase.
The players, the power, and the present all hinge on the journey back to 1882, a trip through time that Re-Deals history in a startling conclusion.
In my fair, balanced, completely unbiased view—OK, I admit that’s not quite true. —in my completely biased opinion, Miss Guided is one of the most original fictional characters ever created. I’m excited that she will be visiting A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye on Friday. I’ve asked her to bring Richard along so you can ask questions of both of them.
I’m confident you won’t meet a guardian angel anywhere else this week, and I know you’ll never meet anyone like Miss Guided!