Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Synopsis for Concrete Pearl
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
DEADLY STRAITS was written by R. E. McDermott and published in 2011. You may purchase it at www.amazon.com You can visit the author here: www.remcdermott.com
Saturday, September 17, 2011
In 1640, in a small Hungarian village, priest Mark Corescu is transformed into a vampire. Four centuries later, Dr. Mark Corescu believes he is serving God as he judges evil doers or those that have sinned by taking their lives in a ritual he calls the Judging.
Until he meets young widower, Hope Brannen, who he believes God has sent to be his love. Hope immediately falls for him, but she knows he is not an agent of God and enlists the help of Anthony Agricola, who is attending seminary. Tony helps Mark remember his past and he begins question truth, and all that he has done in the name of faith.
I didn't think this book would be something that I’d be interested in, but I kept reading and I’m glad I did. I really liked the idea that Mark was a doctor by day and a vampire by night, killing evil in God’s name. This story contained biblical quotes at the beginning of each chapter and had a spiritual based that made you think. Ms. Maze took an age-old theme and turned it into a solid, exciting story that will interest any reader of the genre. Great story with great characters and a great premise.
This is a book for anyone and I give it a 5 spider rating.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The biggest functions of a conventional publisher are getting your books in stores, and promoting you. Since anyone can now put up a book on the Kindle store, an author willing to invest time in marketing has a very viable option in self-publishing.
Here was the full process that we went through with our recent self-published thriller.
And remember, the description is probably the most important 100 words you’ll write. It should leave the reader wanting to see more. Here’s what we came up with:
Behind the scenes, a politician is hijacking the scandal to wage a legislative battle in Washington. A beautiful female player is blackmailed into hiding a deadly secret that threatens to unravel the entire deception, and the ruthless Superuser is killing anyone who dares stand in his way.
Grisham Stark will ultimately face a terrifying question: Is the Superuser’s final goal far more than money?
Marketing will definitely be one of your toughest challenges since a conventional publisher would normally be doing most of the work. For instance, while we feel we wrote a great thriller, at the moment it’s sitting at about 11,000 in the Kindle store – definitely not terrible, but still miles away from the bestsellers. Only time will tell what will happen, but for now we’re working hard to get that number to drop!
Pricing, title, and description are without doubt the first steps in getting your book read. After that, you should actively market your book so that your audience knows it’s out there. Here are the steps we’ve begun taking now that our book is available.
Blogs/Reviewers. Contact bloggers and reviewers who read in your genre, and politely ask if you can send a complimentary review copy. Some authors do larger giveaways, which is also a good option.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Darkness & Light is the first novel in the Holloway Pack Stories and hopefully, there will be more to follow. Ms. Belfield’s take on the old werewolf story is fresh and interesting and her writing is well thought out and exciting. The characters are described in a manner that enables the reader see them and their surroundings during the changes which helps keep the action moving right along. With just enough romance to keep things exciting, Darkness & Light is well worth your reading time. I recommend it to any reader of paranormal romance.
I’m giving Darkness & Light a 5 spider rating and anticipating Ms. Belfield’s next novel in the series.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Dark Echo was written by F.G. Cottam and published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2008. You may purchase it at www.amazon.com
This story is about a possessed boat, and the father and son duo who intend to sail her. Magnus Stannard is a rich and powerful business man by the time he buys a dilapidated boat called Dark Echo. He had seen it in a book as a child, and to the then poor boy, it represented greatness and wealth and freedom. Magnus wants to restore the enchanting boat and sail her on a trans-Atlantic route to America with his only son, Martin. This is to be his retirement.
But Martin gets an uneasy feeling about the boat, and about its original master, Harry Spaulding. Spaulding was a rich American with a dark past. To say the man, and the boat, had a dark and sometimes unlucky association, was putting it mildly. Magnus, however, didn’t share the concern. To him, there may have been unlucky owners, but a thing such as a boat was benign in nature, and certainly not cursed. Would their voyage be successful and without incident or would something much more sinister happen? The mind can play tricks on you, can’t it?
I love a good ghost story and I’m very much intrigued by the paranormal so this book was a no-brainer for me. It grabbed me from the very first page, and wouldn’t let me go right up until the very last page. I was oohing and aahing the entire time I was reading this work. Dark Echo is a fantastic book about the paranormal, and how the past can interfere with the present. It involves the demonic, and the holy. It involves all kinds of haunts, residual and intelligent, not only having to do with the boat, but the character’s encounters with other ghosts as well. If you are curious about the paranormal, you MUST read this book! Mr. Cottam has written a truly gripping, edge-of-your-seat story with Dark Echo. His knack for detail works to his advantage by scaring the ever-loving Hell out of you! And for you romantics, there is a bit of that also. A true love that shines through all the scary parts. What wouldn’t you do for the one you loved?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The reasons must be as varied as individual writers. I do it because it helps me impose meaning and structure on experience. It helps me to live what I consider to be a full and productive life.
I knew I was a writer when, in junior high school, I wrote a humorous sketch for an English assignment. The teacher praised it and read it to the class, which laughed when it was supposed to. The piece even seemed to entertain the adults who read it. I realized that my words, my creations, could entertain and, as a result, people—including girls—would pay attention to me.
In high school, I wrote stories, plays, and poetry. In the army, I wrote reviews and stories. In college, I wrote a column for the school newspaper and an unpublished (and unpublishable) novel. I found a job as a writer on a trade magazine and spent 25 years as a reporter and writer, raised a family, but always continued to write poetry, plays, and another unpublished (and unpublishable) novel. I went back to college and earned an MA in creative writing. I became a ghostwriter and have now published 19 business books, but never stopped writing fiction and have now published Getting Oriented: A Novel About Japan.
I believe my earlier novels are unpublishable because, while I found the central character fascinating (he should be; he was me), no reader found his concerns, his wants, or his problems very engaging. While fiction has no unbreakable rules, a good general maxim is this: If readers don’t care what happens to your main character they’re not going to read your book. Ideally you want an interesting character in an interesting situation so that readers want to know what’s going to happen next. Occasionally a writer will put cardboard characters in an extraordinary situation and sell a million books (The Di Vinci Code) but that’s unusual.
The novels I enjoy reading tell me something about the world and the human condition. Ideally, they tell me something new. It’s why I prefer a police procedural mystery to, say, Agatha Christie. For that reason, the books I want to write, ideally tell readers something about the world and how it works.
Between the US Army, my undergraduate college experience, and regular practice ever since, I speak enough Japanese to have been hired to lead tours in Japan. It occurred to me that a tour would be an interesting situation to fictionalize…a diverse group of Americans…a foreign culture…an inexperienced guide…many opportunities for tension and conflict. And the thought became the seed that grew into the 240 pages of Getting Oriented.
While I did not consciously set out to do so, I find that I tend to put my imaginary characters in real places. I do not care for books that are set in an imaginary place (Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct mysteries) or are coy about identifying their real setting. Someone who wanted could replicate the tour in Getting Oriented, although, again, the tour in the book is neither the tour I led nor are the characters in the book portraits of people on my tours. The tour guide is not me. Like most fiction characters, these are composites of many people I’ve known. And although I think they live and breathe on the page (because they live and breathe in my imagination), readers will have to tell me whether they do or not.
I am sometimes asked about the relationship between my non-fiction ghostwriting and novel writing. With a business book, I have a wealth of material to work from. I spend as much time as I can with the author to immerse myself in that world. I went to one author’s day-long seminars then spent almost another day and a half interviewing him before I began his book. If the author has speeches, white papers, presentations, whatever, I want them all.
The author and I meet regularly throughout the writing process, although today that meeting may be via phone or e-mail. For one recent book, I did not meet the California-based author in person until after she published the book. I send the author every chapter as I write to ask for feedback, and some authors are far more hands-on than others, editing what I have written.
While I use fictional techniques to great effect in non-fiction (description, scene-setting, dialogue), I have no limits—beyond plausibility—in fiction. In a novel, I can tell you what a character is thinking and feeling. In non-fiction I can tell you only what I’ve been told or learned through research and experience.
Non-fiction is usually very clear about its natural audience: marketing executives, salesmen, general managers, advertising managers, whatever. Every article in the trade magazine for which I worked had to tell readers either how to make money or how to save money. A clear test.
Genre fiction is also clear: mystery, romance, thriller, paranormal, chick-lit, sci-fi, with subcategories under the major groups. With a book labeled, a bookstore knows where to shelve it. With a book that is not easily labeled—and I’m afraid Getting Oriented: A Novel About Japan is just such a book—publishers and bookstores have a much more difficult time.
Nevertheless, I was brought up to believe that if a book were good enough, it would eventually find an audience. Writing Getting Oriented was immense work, but it also gave me enormous pleasure. I can only hope that the readers who find it receive half as much enjoyment reading it as I had creating it.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
Left on a small island, Sam awakes to screams of other children. They are all on the island with the absence of any adults. The children wake with different abilities and new powers, but with some changes to their normal abilities.
Then, a boy named Francis, who has all the answers, leads Sam to a gathering of the other children on the island were he learns he will be living in a new house and with a group of other kids. Why has this happened and who is to blame? Where did these powers come from and why can the children now communicate with their minds?
This sci-fi/fantasy novel found me wondering why and turning pages to find the truth. I found it hard to believe the adults would just leave the kids on this island and the plot was exciting and kept me on the edge wondering what was going to happen next. I read Fervor slowly because there was so much detail and information that I didn't want to miss. The character descriptions are in-depth and make you feel like you know these children personally. Chantal Boudreau has a way of putting together a great read than will keep you wondering until the end.
I recommend this book to any age reader who likes sci-fi or fantasy and I’m giving Fervor a 4 spider rating.
Friday, September 2, 2011
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