WOW Spotlight for Arelene O’Neil

I am proud to WOW one of the fellow writers in the Master Koda Publishing house, Arlene O’Neil. She’s a very talented writer and also an incredible editor in our house. If you’ve read any of my books, she’s the one responsible for the editing. Go check out her books, you won’t be sorry.

Biography of Arlene R. O’Neil

“Writing is what lights me up,” states Arlene R. O’Neil. “Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears.” Her current book, “Broken Spokes,” refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O’Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a Soldier on active duty. O’Neil says, “My son, SGT Tanner O’Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears.” SGT O’Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour.
Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. “These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly.”
Aside from writing, supporting her son while deployed, and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3 ½ acres of land that she and her beloved animals enjoy.
An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O’Neil may be contacted at


Broken Spokes Excerpt

I felt the moisture begin to collect in the corners of my eyes. NO! I will NOT cry! I will close my eyes, tight, tighter, as tight as I can. If I can read a story and imagine myself in there, I can write my OWN book now…my very own Christmas Eve! I will escape from here and go home with my family. Slowly I began to imagine myself sitting at home, in front of the biggest, most beautiful green tree, laced with sparkling lights and ornaments, sprayed with fake glistening snow. Under the tree were hundreds of presents, all different sizes, all perfectly wrapped, all tied with colorful shiny ribbons and accented with bows. I walked over, sat on Grandma’s lap, and gave her a big, big hug. “I love you, Grandma.” I whispered as I kissed her wrinkled cheek.
“Hey Iris. Can you put on another pot of coffee? We’re running low out here. Mike…go downstairs and grab a few more folding chairs. Your aunt doesn’t have a place to sit. Little Weasel, go get Grandpa a napkin okay?”

I jumped off Grandma’s lap and ran to the kitchen, while Dad’s voice thundered above the noise. Christmas music flooded the room, as laughter and conversation came from every direction, the clang of dirty dishes, pots and pans being placed in the sink for a later time, squeals of joy, and a barrage of “Thank you. I love it,” from those whose feet were covered in torn wrapping paper.

It was time to go. Leftover food was quickly stored in the refrigerator. Coats and hats were donned as cars warmed up in the driveway and on the street. We were all off to Midnight Mass, where Micheal would sing “O Holy Night,” a cappella. Dad and Mike both had such amazing voices, yet this is where my brother would shine…his crystal tones reaching the far corners of a church, filled to capacity.

Silence fell over the congregation as Micheal took his place on the altar waiting for his cue. Every eye was upon him as he began, and a roar of applause followed his final note. Soon, we were back home, listening to Dad play the guitar while the harmony of holiday music lulled me to sleep, snugly tucked in the corner of the couch, my head resting on Mom’s lap. No Christmas Eve had ever been so perfect.

“Merry Christmas girls,” announced Nurse Brown as she strode through the ward. “Today is Christmas Day. We need to eat, brush our teeth, change, and go to the auditorium to see Santa. Hurry along now; we don’t want to make Santa wait.”

Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I started to awaken. Where am I? I was home a minute ago. Where are Mike, and Grandma? Where did Daddy go? Mommy…where are you?
It was a dream. It was only a dream. I was still in the hospital, still stuck in bed, still wearing these stupid braces.




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Resuscitation Release Date

Greetings all! This is an exciting day for me today. As I’ve been working diligently with the editors on my second book, Resuscitation, I was informed today of a firm release date. My book will be available for purchase on June 5th, 2014.

Something I’ve learned is writing the first draft is the easy part. Editing is the all time consuming part of the creative process. I’m excited for you all to read this book as it’s my favorite book so far. Don’t get me wrong, I liked my first book, but this one is my favorite. I hope you’ll all enjoy the book.

I’m still working on the first draft for book three and when I have a firm release date, I will let you all know.


Jerrid Edgington

Paramedic and Author

Resuscitation Update

ImageI wanted to let you all know my editors and I have been working feverishly on editing book two in the Reaper series, Resuscitation, and I’m proud to announce we are on the final set of edits now. I’m hoping we will be releasing it within the next few weeks. I’ve also been working on the first draft for book three in the series and I’m nearing the end. There will be several rounds of edits before it will be ready to release.

I’m getting excited about the upcoming release, are you?

Master Koda Select Publishing Books

My publisher, Master Koda Select Publishing, is a great small press publisher that I’m very proud to belong to. There’s a saying, “We are small, but we are mighty” around our house. There are several great authors that have several great books. I would love to spotlight each and every individual author, but that would take precious time away from my writing that I barely have as it is. I have posted a link to the page that on our publishing house website that features books from these great authors. If you enjoy a great read, there are several to choose from. Tell all your friends about us!