*** LIBRARY of CONGRESS Honoree ***
*** AWARD of EXCELLENCE - Deep River Books ***

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ethiopia like you've never seen it before

A large portion of A TIME TO... takes place in Ethiopia. I returned in 2012 with about 100 other Peace Corps alumni to celebrate Peace Corps Ethiopia's 50th anniversary. See for yourself why you probably have a misconception of this beautiful country and its beautiful people:  #PCWeek2014

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A TIME TO... 2012 video trailer

Monday, January 30, 2012

Congratulations at the Library of Congress

Congressman John Garamendi congratulated me for having my book listed in the Library of Congress.

Monday, November 7, 2011

My "Boomer & The Babe" Radio Interview

Learn about me and my novel A TIME TO... by listening to my Nov. 7 interview on "The "Boomer & The Babe" show.

Friday, October 21, 2011

My "Networking Squared" Interview

Listen to my interview about A TIME TO... with Al Crawford and Colin Mcconnell that was recorded on 10/21. Fast forward the audio player to the 76:30 mark of the program to hear the interview that provides insights into the book and its origins.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Truth Can be Stranger Than Fiction

Read about the amazing true story that inspired me to write A TIME TO… at 9/11 Remembered.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"A Must Read for Peace Corps Volunteers, Past and Present"

Barbara Henkin, Peace Corps Volunteer (Jamaica, 1969 - 71) says, "Being able to reflect on past experiences and then being able to put them into perspective is a rewarding thing to do. Al Masterson's opportunity to do this (albeit frightening) is an inspiration for readers of this book to do the same. The author, through Al, is very skillful in helping us to answer the "why" questions we all face in our own lives.

"Al's Peace Corps experiences in Ethiopia evoke particular memories and life lessons learned for this former Peace Corps volunteer. The opportunities we encounter and the choices we make have such a profound influence on the rest of our lives. Tadese, Al's Ethiopian friend and colleague while serving, reminds one of the richness and rarity of the chance to be immersed in a different culture for an extended period of time. Lessons learned during the Peace Corps experience do indeed enhance and enrich the lives of those who serve........the old but true adage that material things don't equal happiness; that we need to give back; that life isn't always fair; that we should always try to look at the "big picture"; that taking risks can cause the discovery of unknown talents; that smiles can equal an "international currency"; that it is so important to "listen to your soul"; and many more.

Thanks to Ron Peterson for the reminder that capturing and appreciating the moments of one's Peace Corps experience is indeed a worthwhile endeavor!"

Note: A TIME TO... is part of the Peace Corps Collection in the Library of Congress

Friday, June 17, 2011

"I highly recommend this book..."

A TIME TO... is not a book merely to entertain. It is a book that could provide a healing venue for those who lost loved ones on September 11 and the days afterward. Al Masterson represents all the victims of this tragedy… I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a well-written novel intertwined with historical facts.
— Tannia E. Ortiz-Lop├ęs (catholicfiction.net) and publisher of http://timewithtannia.tripod.com
Read the complete review here.