Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Please Vote for Carter

Friday is the LAST day to vote for Carter!

Carter is a young relative of ours who has a BIG chance for his picture to be included on the tickets for the Chicago Fire professional soccer games. Would you consider taking a second to vote for picture 005 "Sparky" at the following link?

Thank you very much, and Carter thanks you, too! He's a great little guy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Especially for Grandparents

My wife and I became new grandparents twice this year. In January, Grace was born to our son and his wife. Then in August, Olivia was born to of our daughter and her husband. Since then, I've become keenly aware of the positive influence that grandparents can have in the lives of little ones like these.

Cavin Harper has established a ministry for just this reason. It's called the
Christian Grandparenting Network. He has a new book, Not On Our Watch, that's a great resource for grandparents.
Not On Our Watch! is a call for grandparents and parents to rise above the conventional view of grandparenting to embrace radically courageous life that stands apart from the politically correct crowd. It’s a call to intentionality—not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to stand in the gap and live as conduits of grace and truth for the next generations. Cavin Harper appeals to the emerging masses of Boomer grandparents to create a movement of godly men and women resolved to not let another generation grow up on our watch that does not know the Lord or His amazing grace. There’s too much at stake if we don’t.
Radio Interview

Here's his quick 30 minute radio program called Not On My Watch where Cavin Harper, Executive Director of the Christian Grandparenting Network, interviews me about my action-adventures & mysteries for kids - grandparents - and the importance of reading.

Hope you enjoy it,

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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Slippery Path - FREE short story adventure for kids

Your children or grandchildren might enjoy reading this new short story adventure. The Slippery Path - FREE short story adventure for kids

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fair warning to all turkeys

 Fair warning, turkeys. Run for you lives! Head for the hills Hide in the woods, lock you doors, shut the windows! Today is Thanksgiving...not a good day for turkeys. Unless you live next door to a vegetarian.

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Property is Condemned

This Property is Condemned
Is it true what they say about the old Remmington Mansion? Did someobody really die in the basement of that scary place?
This Property is Condemned
 will be the 4th book in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series from Port Yonder Press.

The manuscript has just been delivered to the publisher who plans to release the book in 2013. In this story, Sam, Tony, and Tyler discover a house that's falling apart. Local developers have sinister plans to tear the place down.

But wait a minute. Didn't the boys just see a curtain move in one of the front windows? All they've ever heard is the place is abandoned; maybe even haunted.

Sam and his friends decide to find out the truth.
This Property is Condemned
 Get ready for the next Sam Cooper Adventure / Mystery, coming soon from children's author Max Elliot Anderson and Port Yonder Press.

Why not read the first 3 books now, so you'll be ready when book #4 is published?

Book # 1 - Lost Island Smugglers
Book # 2 - Captain Jack's Treasure
Book # 3 - River Rampage
Coming Soon! Book # 4 - This Property is Condemned

Sam Cooper Adventures VIDEOS

Video - River Rampage -
Video - Imagine -

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"...reminds me of both the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery series"


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure!!, November 12, 2012

  Dolores Ayotte

This review is from: LOST ISLAND SMUGGLERS (The Sam Cooper Adventure Series
I thoroughly enjoyed "Lost Island Smugglers" by gifted Author Max Elliot Anderson. This fictional novel reminds me of my youth and the pleasure I received in reading both the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery series. My twelve year old grandson would be intrigued by the adventure that Sam Cooper and his two new friends, Tony and Tyler, face in this well-written suspense novel.

Sam Cooper is an eleven year old boy who moves around more than the average boy of his age. His father is a biologist and must go where his job takes him. This occurs more than Sam likes. His latest move takes him to Harper's Inlet in Florida and once again Sam must seek out new friends. He does so at Sunday School where he meets up with Tony and Tyler. Tony's father owns a marina and many opportunies arise for the boys to spread their wings. After taking scuba diving lessons, they decide to venture out into the ocean on their own and put their skills to the test. An unexpected storm is brewing and the three boys manage to survive and end up on Lost Island. The adventure that ensues is most enjoyable and sure to capture the hearts of many younger readers.

There is an added thread throughout this novel, that intertwines lessons to be learned, as well as the importance of morals and values in the lives of these youngsters. "Lost Island Smugglers" can be seen as a valuable educational tool in teaching these ethics as well as stressing the role parent's play in shaping the lives of their children. I'm sure many young boys and girls can identify with the desire to be popular with their friends and the tendency to be disobedient to their parents in order to attain that popularity. Sam is faced with this challenge. This thought-provoking novel, demonstrates the sometimes peril consequences of ignoring the warnings of concerned parents. The illustrations in this book also add to the reading pleasure of the young audience it will appeal to.
The Sam Cooper Adventure Series
Lost Island Smugglers
Captain Jack's Treasure
River Rampage

Friday, November 02, 2012

Sinking of the Bounty

My ears perked up earlier this week when I heard that the tall ship, Bounty, went down in high seas off the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Sandy. Sadly, one crewmember died and the captain is still missing at this writing.
My son, Jim, and I had the privilege of touring Bounty as she sat at Navy Pier in Chicago during a visit by several tall ships a couple of summers ago.
The HMS Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sailed the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.
The picture below was used in the video trailer for my book, Captain Jack's Treasure
The Coast Guard said all 16 members of the crew had made it onto life rafts before the three-masted ship sank, but only 14 people were hoisted to safety about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.
The crew abandoned the ship, which had lost propulsion, after it began taking on water, the Coast Guard said, according to the Associated Press.

The ship was trapped in 40-mph winds and 18-foot seas about 160 miles west of the eye of the hurricane, according to a Coast Guard statement. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Operational Commander for the Atlantic Area, told ABC's Good Morning America that at the time of the distress call, the ship was taking on 2 feet of water an hour. It had about 10 feet of water when the crew abandoned the ship.

The Coast Guard first received a call Sunday evening from the ship's owner who said she had lost communication with the crew.

A signal from the ship's emergency radio beacon later confirmed that the vessel was in distress and gave its position.

Learning of this sad episode in the life of such a fine ship, I’m glad we had the opportunity to tour the ship both above and below deck.