Episode 12 - Bill Barrons, Author of The Nude Beach Homicides and the Homeless Homicides

January 25, 2016


The Nude Beach Homicides 
by William Barrons

Available Free on Amazon.com

between Tuesday and Saturday

Bill's Birthday is Monday, February 1st and we want to make him #1 on the Mystery-Police Procedural before we publish The Homeless Homicides on his birthday.

Born 1926, in Cadillac, Michigan, the oldest boy of fourteen kids. Survived the Great Depression and joined the Marines the day after I turned 17. Could hardly wait to go fight those nasty Nazis and Japs. Served 2½ war years in the Marines. Got married, went to college, had kids, re-joined the Marines in 1949 – in time for the Korean War. Became a Marine Second Lieutenant but was a Platoon Commander only for a short while as my sick wife nearly died and I had to resign to care for my family. Became a Telephone equipment engineer with AT&T in Chicago. Then was a kitchen and home remodeling designer for 22 years.   Retired at age 69 and began to research and write novels. At age 89, I’m still at it!

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Episode 10 - Ed Lavino, Author of Prevailing Westerlies

January 24, 2016



In today's podcast, we are going to talk photography with Ed Lavino – Photographer and author of Prevailing Westerlies from Sastrugi Press a collection of black and white photos from the American West available from Amazon.com

 In the podcast, we discussed a number of photos from Ed's book.  They are shown below



Ed Lavino studied art history and photography at the State University of New York at New Paltz in the early 1980’s but has been photographing since childhood. He works with large format photography in black & white with a 5×7 view camera and has been making striking images with serious intent for over 30 years. His interpretation of landscape, still life, and portraiture speak to his profound connection to the people and places of the Mountain West.

Here are the photos we discussed:

14 – Rusted Car


 18 – Three Canadian Dimes


 22 – Owl Petroglyph


33  - Danforth Gallery


 40 – Mint Bar


 52 – John


 90 – Sylvan Springs


 116 – Cave Dwelling


 128 – Storm over Housing project


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Episode 9 - The Apes of Eden by Jon P. Gunn - Chapters 1 and 2

January 17, 2016

The Apes of Eden is available from Amazon.com as a Kindle Book and on Kindle Unlimited and in print  CreateSpace

The Apes of Eden - The Complete Saga contains almost 700 pages and is the completion of a Post-Apocalyptic Search for God by a tribe of killer apes who began their journey in the Garden of Eden.  It is written in Heroic Couplets, a form of Iambic Pentameter.


                                I'm kinda glad you got us in this fix--

                                you never let me do my magic tricks.

    In the year 19067, a tribe of killer apes leaves Eden on a Post-Apocalyptic Search for God. They face evil creatures from Hell and Heaven alike.  The story is told in the words of Literate Louie, the Scribe of the Tribe.

    A tribe of killer apes living an idyllic life in the Garden of Eden begins a monumental quest to search the post-apocalyptic Earth in search of God.   The Apes of Eden is written in iambic pentameter.  It is a humorous look at religion and philosophy through the eyes of an intelligent ape.

    The Apes of Eden is written in rhymed iambic pentameter thus falling into the category called heroic couplets.  Each line has 10 syllables and the pairs of lines rhyme.    

While many lines were written in 10 syllables in very early Latin, it was Geoffrey Chaucer who added the meter and originated iambic pentameter in the English Language which was further immortalized in many plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare. 


    Jon P. Gunn wrote The Apes of Eden over a period of many, many years beginning as a teenager. He read Spenser, Chaucer, Dante and Cervantes.   Many oddball philosophies, from solopsism to deism are explored and mocked. Allusions to a broad spectrum of myths and canons are made.

    Jon never graduated from college even though he had twice the number of hours to graduate. He was too busy reading the great works of literature to bother. He shared his work with a friend. It is that man and his friend, Rick Lakin who are bringing you Jon’s work. We think it’s very good. We hope you do too.

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Episode 4 - The Homeless Homicides by William Barrons, Book 6 of the San Diego Police Homicide Detail featuring Matt Morgan - Chapter 1

January 11, 2016

February 1, 2016 will be Bill Barrons 90th Birthday and iCrew Digital Publishing is proud to release his newest book in the series, San Diego Police Homicide Detail, featuring Detective Matt Morgan.

Homeless Homicides

By William Barrons

I read Chapter One of Homeless Homicides

Bill Barrons' Website:  http://williambarrons.com

Visit iCrewDigitalPublishing.com

This episode is Chapter One.  Here is Chapter Two:

Other Books by William Barrons

Read Chapter One of The Homeless Homicides


The Rick Lakin Podcast Ep. 02 The Power Stones by Erin Larene Wheeler, Movie Reviews, Book Review and Toastmasters

January 3, 2016

Today’s podcast is brought to you by The Power Stones by Erin Larene Wheeler from icrewdigitalpublishing.com.  I will read chapter 1 of The Power Stones.  I will review two movies today, Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Deniro and Bradley Cooper and The Big Short starring Steve Carel and Ryan Gosling.  

A Great Website for Toastmasters:  sixminutes.dlugan.com 

The country’s leading Demographer, William Frey has written a book called  Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America.  I will talk about that and point you to an interview with Tavis Smiley for more information.



Who doesn’t love trains?  Brandon Townley takes pictures of Trains and I will talk about that.


Also for Toastmasters sweetwatervalley.tmclubsites.org.  Email me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com if you would like a club website like this.

I will close today’s Podcast with a link to New Year’s resolutions for Writers from J.A. Konrath



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