Ride OverShare & Coffee, Grounded

I am excited to announce the release of TWO new books. I don’t know why I thought it was okay to write two books simultaneously, but here we are.

It was hard and fun to ping-pong between different genres and styles of writing — but I did it and I am proud of the results. I think you will enjoy both.

Coffee, Grounded: A Reflective Journey Through Friendships, Stories, & Delicious Drinks.

A cup of coffee or tea paired with interesting company is an unbeatable combination. We learn and share so much through this simple social ritual. Nuanced origin stories. Brow-raising secrets. Good news. Bad news. Hopes and dreams, insecurities and fears. Sip by sip, we do business, catch up, plan our lives, and discover common ground.

The book isn’t a how-to for making different coffee and tea drinks, but it is closer to a review of drinks and the people who drink them, with connections to places and ingredients near, far, and historical. A book to curl up with and to share with friends and loved ones over favorite beverages.

You’ll love the photos, places, and unique histories of the ingredients that make up the coffee and tea beverages you love.

Ride Overshare: Interesting, Fun, and Unbelievable Stories from Backseat Riders

Sometimes, when you’re at a crossroads, a door will open and what enters will inspire you. Other times, what enters will make you gag. These stories by a ride-share short-timer might have the same effect on you. A man, recently laid off from his job and intrigued by the people he might meet (and the money he might make) decides to drive ride-share while looking for a new professional management position.

Don’t want to drive drunk? Well, then, by all means, plug in your location and get your friendly neighborhood ride-share driver to ferry you to your next bar. Need to move but can’t afford movers? There’s an App for that! Tired of waiting for tricks on the corner? Wait — I’ve got an idea. . .

The behavior and stories of folks who call on ride-share turned into a unique anthropological study for one man who decided to drive ride-share while looking for a new professional management position. Recently laid off from his job and intrigued by the people he might meet (and the money he might make), the author unwittingly became the anonymous confidant for men, women, nonbinary people, and children. Unfortunately for him, he also became the innocent target of people who couldn’t hold their liquor, others who couldn’t hold their temper, and at least one who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.

Little did they know they were in the Prius of a writer, who would be able to look in the rear view and tell their stories.

This collection of anecdotes is non-judgmental, full of irony and dry humor, and may help someone else decide: Is driving ride-share for you?

© 2022 by Myron J. Clifton and Dear Dean Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

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Myron J. Clifton is slightly older than fifty, lives in Sacramento, California, and is an avid Bay Area sports fan. He likes comic books, telling stories about his late mom to his beloved daughter Leah, and talking to his friends.  

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