Worlds Apart Kindle Sale Starts Saturday

Starting Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM PDT you can purchase the Kindle Version of Worlds Apart for just $1.99 . The sale ends on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 12:00 AM PDT.

Pittsburgh’s Jake Webber and Rose Youngblood provide some excellent escapist fiction as they battle evil across parallel worlds in this sequel to DreamMap . While Jake and Rose are jaunting through dimensions, Detective Janet Pizzutti tries to figure out a mystery at the site of the Greenfield Bridge implosion. The stories intertwine making for a fun adventure to help you escape Covid 19 and turmoil in the streets.

From our newest reviewer, “Great story with lots of mystery, plot twists, and even some chuckles. If you are familiar with Pittsburgh and its landmarks, you will really enjoy the tie-ins to many historic and popular spots of the city. This book does what every book should do —leaving you wanting more. Will there be third novel? Who knows, but don’t put off reading either of these gems — especially if yinz are from the Burgh.”

Another reviewer said, “I am a non-fiction guy; I prefer my books to be solidly grounded in reality. But reality has become overwhelming in these days of pandemic and political hyper-polarization. I needed something to take me away, to transport me to some alternate reality – or realities. “Worlds Apart” by Richard and Hinda Burke has done just that.”

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My Virtual Vacation Day 6—Maui

We had hoped in retirement to travel the world. So far we have done a pretty good job with trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and The Czech Republic. However the pandemic has stopped all of that for a while. So while waiting for Africa, Alaska and Scandinavia, our current travel is going to have to be virtual. Today’s stop is the wonderful island of Maui. It’s the closest I have ever been to paradise.

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The Road to Haleakala

Iao Valley State Park

First Review of Worlds Apart

We received our first reader review for our new novel, Worlds Apart. Yes it is escapist fiction as the reviewer points out but as he says that is something we all need right now. A little escape from reality can do us all good since reality sucks a little right now. Click here to read a sample and order your paperback or kindle copy.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastical Tale Just When We Needed It
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
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I am a non-fiction guy; I prefer my books to be solidly grounded in reality. But, reality has become overwhelming in these days of pandemic and political hyper-polarization. I needed something to take me away, to transport me to some alternate reality – or realities. “Worlds Apart” by Richard and Hinda Burke has done just that. It’s a sequel to their first book, “DreamMap,” which I also enjoyed. It seems to me, though, that the characters who are carried over are more fully realized here, easier to relate to. The newer characters in the Burkes multi-dimensional universe are equally compelling and fun to get to know. The storylines are artfully interwoven as we “jaunt” from world to world, characters searching for missing friends – or magical artifacts – some shapeshifting as they do. “Worlds Apart,” is exactly what I needed to escape from the worries and pressures of this wearisome world. Well, that and some m&ms.

Photo by Dale Schmitt

Iao’s Needle

Every time we go to Maui we make sure we leave time to go Īao Valley State Park and the wonderful Gardens at Kepaniwai County park. The first time we were there was 28 years ago and I was saddened to learn that the parks were damaged severely last week. As of today Īao Valley State Monument on Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding that occurred on the night of Sept. 13 and early morning on Sept. 14, 2016.

“Our inspections show that the (ʻĪao Stream) Wailuku River course has changed and is significantly wider, cutting into state park land that contained public access features. The stream is heavily silted and cobbled with new material and landslides on both sides of the stream are evident,” said Curt Cottrell, Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks division administrator.

I hope no one was injured although I believe several lost their homes which is injury enough. I know the spirit of the Hawaiian people and am sure the park will reopen soon but “mother nature” did some real damage and it will take hard work and dedication.

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Iao's  Needle Maui Hawaii

Iao’s Needle Maui Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park

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Rainbow Optional

If I win the lottery this is where I would live. This was for sale last time I was in Maui and it is nestled directly on Kaanapali Beach on the walkway between Whalers Village and the Hilton Hotel. They were asking $1.1 million at the time and yes it did have a pool secluded in the back. Rainbow is optional but usually available.

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Rainbow Optional

Rainbow Optional

Spinner Dolphin

My son in law hates dolphins. He went to a swim with the dolphin attraction when he was little and the Dolphin bit him. He calls dolphins “jerks” and I understand why. While I have no desire to swim with them, I do think they are fun to watch from a boat or dock.

I took this picture while on a whale watching expedition in Maui. The boat captain called this school of dolphins spinner dolphins. They are smaller than a lot of dolphins and tend to stay near the shore areas. They are called spinners because they perform wonderful acrobatic dances when they jump from the water.

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Spinner Dolphin

Spinner Dolphin

Candidate 17–The Road to Haleakala

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. The ride to to the top of Haleakala National Park in Maui is almost as much fun as the Park itself. The drive takes you through many types of natural areas and climates and ends in a volcano crater which looks like the moon. This image was captured in the morning and you can see the true beauty of the Maui coast. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.

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The Road to Haleakala

The Road to Haleakala

View From the Top

Yesterday I posted an image taken along the road to Haleakala. The road is dramatic because you start at sea level and climb to over 10,000 feet. You start at beach weather and end in winter weather so you need to be prepared. Once you finally make it to the top of Haleakala you are rewarded with one of the great views on planet Earth.

To me it looks like I imagine the mountains on the moon look and not surprisingly the moon astronauts trained there. One minute it is foggy and you can’t even see the crater and the next voila! The place is just magical and if you are brave you can even ride on horseback through parts of the crater.

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The crater at Haleakala

The crater at Haleakala

The Road to Haleakala

A must see destination in Maui is Haleakala which is an inactive volcano at the island’s center. Most visitors get up in the middle of the night to see the sunrise over the crater. If you do that however you miss another wonderful sight. This is west Maui in the morning sun.

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The Road to Haleakala

The Road to Haleakala

Boat and Clouds

The one thing you can be sure of when visiting Maui is that it will rain every day. However, Lahaina is on the “desert” side of the island and gets less rain than the interior or the south and east sides of the island. Still it will rain. The good news is that because of the prevailing trade winds it is rare to get anything more than a short shower or thunder storm and ten minutes later the sun comes out and it’s pool or beach time.

This picture was taken from a boat out of Lahaina before a short and cooling shower.

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Boat and Clouds

Boat and Clouds