“SUPERHERO Blue Knight Episode I – Birth of a Superhero.”

Exciting “SUPERHERO BLUE KNIGHT EPISODE I” BOASTS “Birth of a Suoerhero” and Upgraded Images, in Full Color in Kindle Edition.

Beaverton, Oregon, September 10, 2017 –   Enjoyment of Allen Pollens’ series of Superhero episodes has never been better.   “SUPERHERO Blue Knight” adventures share 135 images, 16 alone in Episode 1.   Furthermore, the print version, at $5.99, is only $2.00 more than the Kindle version.  Don’t wait… let the fun begin.  Here’s the Amazon.com link: http://tinyurl.com/y7qxzoem

About the Author:

Allen Pollens has always had two personas.  There is the tinkerer who always wanted to know, “How does it work?” That one became a graduate engineer and led a high-tech work life for more than forty years.  Then there is storyteller Allen Pollens, who was spinning tales from the time he was a child. In addition to the “SUPERHERO” episodes, he has published more than twelve books.  All available at Amazon.com.

Contact: Allen Pollens / 503-407-2850 / alpollens@comcast.net; Visit:  http://storyteller-spot.com/

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Benefits of Reading Short Stories

I was getting ready to tell you about my new book “SUPERHERO Blue Knight Episode I – Birth of a Superhero.”  However my friend Robert brought an Internet article to my attention.  It is titled “6 reasons why you should start reading short stories,” by Piote Kowalczyk. I will subsequently provide information on my book which qualifies as a short story… first of eight episodes.  The article certainly advises why my book should be at the top of your list to get.  Here is a copy of the most important portions of the article’s content:

6 benefits of reading short stories

1. A certainty you’ll read the entire piece

Many people who don’t read books share a common attitude: This novel sounds interesting, but I won’t have time to read it, so why start at all?

Having no time to read is one of the major reasons people stop reading books. Sometimes it’s just an excuse – every time you watch YouTube videos or go through the Twitter timeline for hours.

But there is one essential difference between reading a book and exploring a social network. The end of the latter is when you decide so. The end of a book is fixed.

In a novel, the last line is hours, days, or weeks away. It depends on how long your reading sessions are and how often find time for books.

In a short story, it may be in the next 15 minutes. Sure, it may take longer, but the time range is short. Short enough to imagine when you’ll finish reading and in which circumstances (by the time I leave a subway, this evening in a bath, etc.).

You may find it hard to finish the entire novel. But you may also try very hard not to finish the entire short story.

2. A pleasure of finishing a story

Why is finishing a book so important? Because when you give up reading before the end, you feel discouraged.

You may try one or two more times and, eventually, come to the conclusion that reading is… well, you don’t have time for reading.

What happens when you finish a story? No matter whether it’s a novel, a novella, an essay, or a flash fiction piece, you expect a wonderful feeling to come. It’s a feeling of accomplishment.

Moving forward by accomplishing goals one by another. It’s what life is about, isn’t it?

There is one more thing. Reading fiction is about visiting unknown, exciting worlds, full of characters you’d love to meet in person. Reading a book is like going on a journey. The feelings and dynamics are the same: from expectations to excitement, to doubts, to fulfillment, to nostalgia.

Imagine you can fly to one of these unknown worlds and come back safely before you finish drinking a cup of coffee.

3. An incentive to reach for the next read

People who are stuck reading several books rarely reach for the new one. They are right thinking it’s not right to leave behind something that’s not finished.

A green – big and bright – light to read the next book turns on when you finish the previous one. Hey, you are now free to move forward!

It’s after finishing the last sentence when you are fully justified to evaluate the book.

When you conclude the read was great, you’ll try to find something similar: from the same author, genre, or something that deals with the same topic.

When the story hasn’t met your expectations, you will be more open to trying something completely different.

4. A convenient way to try new genres and authors

It’s where short stories come extremely handy.

What do you do when you are not satisfied with your last read? You are thinking about how to refresh your reading list. Why not trying titles, authors or genres you never knew would ever get interested. By the way, have you read anything from planetary romance, nanopunk, or tech-absurd?

A common way to get acquainted with a new genre or author is to buy its most prominent work. But why buy the book if you’ll not like it in the end?

Obviously, with digital books on board, you can always download a free sample. Well, free samples are not quite suited for exploring literature, because they often end before the author introduces the main character or starts a leading plot.

Any other ideas? Check out the short stories or short story collections from genres or authors you plan to read.

Short stories with their right-to-the-point plot and concise form are a convenient way to learn about the style and characteristics of the literary work you are about to discover.

5. A great read between the novels

It’s true that as an activity reading is more demanding than other daily pleasures, such as watching TV.

Sometimes, after finishing a long, fascinating, and deeply involving novel, it’s good to make a break.

Having a break from a novel doesn’t mean you have to make a break from reading. You can reach for an easier and less challenging read – a short story.

Refreshing the mind is all about changing conditions, and leaving the path.

You can read one short story and make one short and intensive step aside. Or you can read a short story collection and dive into unexplored lands for just a bit longer.

When you are finally back on tracks, you’ll eagerly reach for the next novel of your favorite author, or the next volume in a book saga you’re reading.

6. A way to bring back the habit of daily reading

Take a look around. Having a minute of spare time, people take out their smartphones and check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It’s an example of a highly effective use of time. Why not give the book a try? And it doesn’t mean you have to keep the book in your purse or backpack. You can download a free book reading app and place its icon next to Facebook’s.

Now, it’s all about what you expect. When you open Facebook, scrolling through a couple of latest status messages makes it already a finished activity, no matter when you decide to stop.

When you open a book app, you imagine the time you spend reading – five minutes or half an hour – is a tiny little percent of what is left.

Short stories are suitable to be read in short chunks. A single chunk may be a substantial part of the entire story.

Even when you read a short story for five minutes, you see the progress – and this is encouraging to reach for it the soonest you’ll have the next few spare minutes.

Download a short story collection to your book reading app. Reading one story might take less time than going back home from work on a subway.


Maybe, for avid readers, short stories will never become a serious kind of read. But for occasional readers, they can be a serious chance to find some space for reading books among other daily activities.

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“Gift Of The Pharaohs” Book Launch

I’m pleased to report that the launch is getting a great response… still only $2.99 for the Kindle edition. Check out at http://tinyurl.com/ydhfq2z4.

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PR.COM Press Release for “Gift of the Pharaohs”

<a href=”http://www.pr.com/press-release/725115“>Pharaoh, Sobek II, Takes Readers on Best Egypt Adventure Ever</a>

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Beaverton, Oregon, August 1, 2017 – New science fiction “GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS – Renaissance Egypt” is high action from beginning to end.  It starts with the awakening of a 5000 year old Pharaoh from his deep slumber. It continues with the Pharaoh’s amazing quest to create an Egyptian renaissance.

It all began in 3150 BC with the Egyptian civilization that resulted from the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first Pharaoh. It was the start of a history of many stable kingdoms.

The achievements of the ancient Egyptians included quarrying, surveying and construction of monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks.  Its remains, the ruins up and down the Nile River, have inspired the imaginations of travelers and writers for centuries.

In “GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS,” Pharaoh Sobek II, revived from his long sleep, is introduced to modern day Egypt. The Pharaoh declares that Egypt’s future lies in its past and begins a determined crusade.

“GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS” is available at Amazon.com in print and for Kindle. The current price for the print version is $14.99 and Kindle just $2.99. Follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/ydhfq2z4

(“GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS” offers 80 images of historic sites up and down the Nile, all in color in the Kindle edition.)

About the Author:

Allen Pollens has always had two personas.  There is the tinkerer who always wanted to know, “How does it work?” That one became a graduate engineer and led a high-tech work life for more than forty years.  Then there is the storyteller, Allen Pollens, who was spinning tales from the time he was a child. Allen Pollens has published more than twelve books.  All are available at Amazon.com.

Contact: Allen Pollens / 503-407-2850 / alpollens@comcast.net


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DETAILS: Awakened from his 5000 year slumber, Pharaoh Sobek II proclaims that Egypt’s future lies in its past.  Restoration of historic sites up and down the Nile, including Thebes will call to people around the world to witness the renaissance.

AMAZON.COM LINK – http://tinyurl.com/ydhfq2z4


The Egyptian civilization began in 3150 BC with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh. Its history is that of a series of stable kingdoms, separated by some less stable periods.

The success of the ancient Egyptian civilization came partly from its ability to adapt to the conditions of the Nile River valley for agriculture. The predictable flooding and controlled irrigation of the fertile valley produced surplus crops, which supported a more dense population, and social development and culture.

With resources to spare, the administration sponsored mineral exploitation of the valley and surrounding desert regions, the early development of an independent writing system, the organization of collective construction and agricultural projects, trade with surrounding regions, and a military intended to defeat foreign enemies and assert Egyptian dominance.

The many achievements of the ancient Egyptians include quarrying, surveying and construction that supported the building of monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks.  They also developed a system of mathematics, a practical and effective system of medicine, irrigation systems and agricultural production techniques, the first known planked boats, Egyptian faience and glass technology, new forms of literature.

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This means you! Yes, we are still going after the schools about doing the right thing for their students, but WHAT ABOUT YOU?  The link to “KNOW YOURSELF – The Real You” at Amazon.com is below and the prices for print and Kindle eBook versions is a pittance.  And the value to you may well be extraordinary.  Let me know if i’m wrong and I’ll compensate you the purchase by sending you a PDF version of one of my other book FREE!  However, if you are honest with yourself, you’ll be grateful to the “Know Yourself”aptitudes that define “The Real You!”

Amazon.com link –  http://tinyurl.com/jkzb9zo.

Author Allen Pollens

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Bringing Aptitudes Awareness Into Our Schools

We have decided to bring aptitudes into our schools and would welcome any help to do this.  The importance of this is apparent in my book “KNOW YOURSELF – The Real You.”

It’s available at Amazon.com, this link –  http://tinyurl.com/jkzb9zo.

We’re starting with private schools and will be pleased to have any help you may wish to contribute to this important undertaking.  Email me at “alpollens@comcast.net.”

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Wonderful Oregon Coast

On May 13, Oregon celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the state’s “Beach Bill.”  It secures the wonderful public ownership of the beaches.  It is also celebrated in one of the books written by our resident author, Allen Pollens.  “Daniel’s Odysseys” is autobiographical, with Daniel telling his life story to friend Paul as they travel the coast from Astoria to Brookings.  Daniel and Paul stop to enjoy all of the great coastal views along the way, all presented in photos.  The following link leads to the Amazon.com information on the printed and Kindle eBook versions of the tale:


Check it out.

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Terrible Verizon Wireless Experience, Monday April 24, 2017

One week ago, I received an email from my cell phone service provider, Verizon Wireless.  It advised of a special opportunity to trade in my Samsung Galaxy S7 for the new Samsung Galaxy S8.  I pondered it and decided to do it, the beginning of tortuous experience.

I started out trying to execute the purchase on line in direct response to the email.  After wasting much time, I turned to attempting a telephone call-in purchase.  One would think that getting through to a human being in a company in the communications business would be easy.  Exactly the opposite happened to me but I finally managed to reach a human being, name of Lorne, I believe.  He led me down a tortuous path that included the culmination of the order with the message it was cancelled.

Lorne decided to pass me on to a person, Isaiah, at a different phone number.  So I kept Lorne on my house land line while I called Isaiah on my cell.  Things went from bad to worse and before I knew it both calls collapsed.  I decided I’d had enough.  However, Isaiah called back and we managed to consummate the purchase of the phone and accessories.  That was two days ago, April 22nd.

The phone arrived earlier today and first chance I took it to my closest Verizon store where I was told they would facilitate the transfer of contact, apps, etc. to my new phone.  While waiting for the single service person to finish off with another customer, I perused the phones on display.  I was shocked!

In addition to the Samsung Galaxy S8, there was a much larger display Galaxy S8+… much more to my liking.  The store person advised me to go to a “corporate” store where they would have more ability to swap things around and give me what I wanted.  He put me onto the store at the Washington  Square mall.  By then, I had to negotiate heavy rain but managed to get there.

The store is huge, had no customers and at least four service people… maybe it was six.  The treatment I received was obnoxious as they let me know from the very beginning they were not going to help me.  The main person with whom I began, scoffed at me… said they couldn’t take back a used phone and sell it for new.  His manner was insulting, while the other sales people present seemed highly amused.

I was about to exit the store with intention of sending everything back to Verizon, when, with some difficulty, I managed to put through a call to Verizon customer service.  Standing in front of the store people, I told the woman what had happened.  She asked me to put the person on the phone.  With much enjoyment, he refused.  Finally another store person took the phone.  Not getting anywhere with these people, the customer service woman, asked me to hold while she talked with her superior.  I waited and waited until I realized the call was terminated.

The final chapter took place at The Postal Annex where I had the phone and accessories returned to Verizon.  I look forward to the day I can permanently sever contact with Verizon.

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