Featured Author – Aaron Zook – CLASSeminars

Aaron featured on CLASSeminars! See original article here. MEET AARON ZOOK As a teenager Aaron was interested in writing, mostly stories. He would compose creative science fiction tales and then hide them in a drawer. His secret dream was to get one of his stories published. This was going to be very hard to accomplish since he never submitted any of them. He just kept them in the drawer. When he went away to college, he left his writing and the dream of being a published author behind. Many years later, as a Captain in the US Army, Aaron found… Continue reading

Galveston Texas

Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours – Rollercoasters, Beach, and Lots of Seafood Nothing like it! Strolling down the seawall in Galveston, TX on a sunny summer’s day. A light breeze tinted with the taste of salt cools your body to a comfortable temperature. Seagull’s cries cut through the background surf siphoning the sand back to the sea. Wave after wave crashes onto the huge granite blocks at the base of the seawall. Sand and water trickle in and out of the crevices. Endless possibilities. Boat? Beach? Moody Pyramids? Schlitterbahn Water Park? The Historic Pleasure Pier? Or maybe all of them?… Continue reading

Press Release – BEST OF TEXAS BOOKS AWARDED

PRESS RELEASE BEST OF TEXAS BOOKS AWARDED 5th Annual Contest Is Largest Collection of Texas Authors TEXAS – On 4 April, the Texas Association of Authors announced the 2017 winners of Best Of Texas Books published in 2016, which included a local Belton resident and author, Aaron M. Zook, Jr. who won First Place Author for YA Fiction. Aaron’s book, The Phantom of the Fortress, is an exciting mystery/adventure of two boys and their dogs Thunder and Lightning, and is the third in the Thunder and Lightning series. B. Alan Bourgeois, Founder and Director of Texas Association of Authors, states… Continue reading

Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa (Part II)

Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours – Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa (Part II) Where could you take your Valentine on a beautiful island vacation? Why the Okinawa Ocean Expo Park, of course! If you look at the beautiful flower arrangements they have in the Tropical Dream Garden, your eyes will feast on a profusion of colors: shocking pink, electric blue, emerald green, deep purple, and golden yellows. The color bouquets are surrounded by the leafy green fronds of water plants and palm trees. Orange pots provide another splotch of contrasting paint to a bright canvas of lush proportions. If you are… Continue reading

Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa (Part I)

Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours – Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa (Part I) Welcome to our new friends of the Zook Books’ Exciting Destination Blog. I’ve enjoyed meeting you at the Texas Teen Book Festival, the Texas Library Association, and other book-signing events. Check out last month’s blog on the Shurijo Castle for another tremendous Okinawa treasure. Okinawa, Japan, the main island of the Ryukyu chain, serves as a tropical paradise for many Far East nations. Think of it as a superb vacation resort. Bring sunscreen and light clothing for your day at the Ocean Expo Park. The lush tropical vegetation,… Continue reading

Shurijo Castle, Okinawa

Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours – Shurijo Castle, Okinawa The land where the palm trees sway—although this is a line from a favorite song of mine, Mele Kalikimaka, that Bing Crosby sang about Christmas on the tropical paradise of Hawaii, the phrase also applies to Okinawa, Japan, the main island of the Ryukyu chain. As with many other tourist areas, Okinawa is a place that takes several weeks, if not months, to fully explore. The island is about 70 miles long and 7 miles at the widest point. The narrowest section is two miles. The lush tropical vegetation includes gorgeous… Continue reading

Main Course 2 – The Colosseum – Rome, Italy

Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours – Rome, Italy Our second main course in Rome is the Colosseum. The Colosseum may derive its name from a gigantic statue know as the Colossus that stood nearby. The statue represented Nero. The massive structure of the Colosseum was an engineering marvel for its day. Known as an amphitheater, which literally means two theaters combined, it included four stories above ground and the necessary subfloors to house the wild beasts, gladiators, and other props necessary for entertaining the crowd. It is the largest amphitheater ever constructed. Started in AD 72 by Vespasian, the completion… Continue reading

Main Course 1 – The Forum – Rome, Italy

Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours – Rome, Italy Ancient Rome—the center of world commerce for centuries. Our first Rome main course starts in the center of city life—the Forum. Built on marshy land drained into the nearby Tiber River, the Forum was the meeting place for trade, commerce, and eventually became the location for numerous temples devoted to the main Roman Gods. Within easy walking distance, the cattle and vegetable markets (near the Tiber), Marcellus’ Theater, an outdoor amphitheater, the Circus Maximus, the Hippodrome of Domitian, Titus and Trajan’s Baths, and the Colosseum bordered the Forum. From around 700 B.C.… Continue reading