Friday, December 12, 2014

Straight from the Mouth of T.W. Fendley, author of The Labyrinth of Time

The Labyrinth of Time Title: The Labyrinth of Time
Author: T.W. Fendley
Publisher: Silent Partner Publishing
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 


 Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs. Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.   

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12 things I wish I knew before I became an author

1.     Finding “your” readers is the hardest part of marketing. Seek them out early by building your author’s platform before you finish your book. Be active on sites like Goodreads and Library Thing. Follow blogs in your genre.
2.     It’s best to have your author website in your name instead of your book’s title—that way you don’t have to start over with each new book.
3.     Self-publishing isn’t free. To do it right, you need professionals to edit the manuscript and do the cover design.
4.     Some indie bookstores won’t carry books published by CreateSpace. To get around that bias, self-pubbed authors sometimes create a publishing company in another name.
5.     If you self-publish, think carefully about the subcategories, tags and keywords you choose. When you list your book on Amazon and other sites, aim for subcategories with fewer competing books to have a better shot at reaching the bestseller rankings. For instance, if your genre is science fiction, your book might fit equally well under subcategories for Alternate History (9,408), Time Travel (2,359) and Steampunk (1,752). Choose Steampunk!
6.     You need a different ISBN for each format of your book—ebook, print, audio. It’s much cheaper to buy ISBNs from Bowker in bulk, but you’re limited on who can use them since one segment of the bar code identifies the publisher.
7.     “Reversion of rights” is an important part of your publishing contract. If possible, have the interior design and cover rights revert to you, or you will have to redo those before you can re-publish the book. The Authors Guild offers its members a free contract review, or check to see if your city has an organization like St. Louis’ VLAA (Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts).
8.     Goodreads’ best practices recommend offering at least ten books in a month-long giveaway. However, to take advantage of how they promote titles “recently listed” and “ending soon,” consider keeping your giveaways short (maybe two weeks) and offering fewer books each time. Plan Goodreads giveaways before and after the book’s release date.
9.     Sites like QueryTracker.net and Duotrope.com make it easy to identify agents and publishers for your genre and to track your submissions.
10.  Shaw Guides to Writing Conferences and Workshops offers a comprehensive list of conferences where you can hone your craft, meet readers and/or pitch to agents.
11.  Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware are two of the watchdog sites that monitor agents, publishers and contests. Check them before you sign a contract or send your money.
12. ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) has a royalty share option that makes it easy and free to get your book made into an audiobook. After production, distribution via Amazon Audible and iTunes is automatic! To help with promotion, ACX provides free copies to authors and producers.


TW Fendley T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time. She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest.

When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish. Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Straight from the Mouth of Ed Grizzle, author of It's Your Decision


Title: It's Your Decision
Author: Ed Grizzle
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 128
Genre: Family Relationships/Parenting
Format: Ebook
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 Children are gifts from God, but parenting those children can often be a difficult task. In It’s Your Decision, author Ed Grizzle shows how parenting can be successful when it’s carried out according to God’s plan. Using his life’s experiences as a guide, Grizzle explores the importance of making the right decisions in life—from choosing the right lifestyle and the right mate and to raising children according to what God has planned for you.

It’s Your Decision discusses
 • planning for children;
 • knowing what children need;
 • being aware of the important years in a child’s life;
 • understanding that children will test parents;
 • valuing the role of grandparents;
 • dealing with abused children;
 • communicating openly and honestly;
 • clarifying family roles.

 Grizzle presents a guide to strengthening lives and making your family life more enjoyable. He shows how this is possible when you accept Jesus Christ into your life; he will show you the way in the difficult times.

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Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I wanted to share my life story with as many people as I could.  Since I had a terrible life growing up, I wanted to share Jesus Christ with as many people as I could since He was the answer to my wonderful life today.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be? I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

I personally felt good that I was able to share with as many people as I could about my life.  That was the perk for me.  There were no demands.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like? 

I took self publishing because it was recommended to me by a wonderful friend. I don’t have any regrets.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you? 

I lived alone because my wife passed on and all my children were raising their own families. My family was totally supportive of what I was doing.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late? 

That was not a problem because I lived alone as described in question 4.

Ed Grizzle started a ministry called It’s Your Decision that helps addicts, prostitutes, and others who face difficult circumstances. He and his late wife, Mary, raised two children. Grizzle currently lives in Illinois

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Real Benefit of Social Media by Steven Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Toe Up to 10K 1Title: Toe Up to 10K
Author: Steven Fujita
Publisher: BookBaby
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help
Format: Ebook

 In June 2012, Steven Fujita went to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with meningitis. After four days of improvement, he was scheduled to be discharged when his condition worsened dramatically. His blood pressure, body temperature and sodium levels all became dangerously low. He started to lose consciousness. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit. He had suffered spinal cord damage at the T4 level. Upon regaining full consciousness, Fujita could not speak, eat, breathe independently, control bodily functions, nor move his legs. “Once we understand what we have to go through, become resolved to see it through, and know we will survive, we feel our ordeal is not so bad,” Fujita writes. In this book, he takes the reader on a journey of recovery from a spinal cord injury. It is not only a journey of determination and hard work, but of positive attitude, of drawing inspiration, of gratitude towards those around him: his family, his friends, co-workers, and medical professionals.

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The Real Benefit of Social Media
Like many people, I joined Facebook to keep up with current friends, and to re-establish ties with old friends.  I joined Twitter for my “more real time” updates.  Alas, I didn’t have much to say, and I was pretty inactive, even when it came time to promote my books.

Back then, Facebook didn’t have community pages, and Twitter, in its infancy, was used to post whimsical tweets, such as “I am now sitting in front of the tv.”  When my current book, Toe Up to 10K was released, I found it easier to get involved because it was so much easier to “syndicate” posts, i.e, what I posted to my blog could easily post to Twitter and Facebook at the same time.
As I re-acclimated myself back into social media, however, things had changed.  Facebook now had community pages for causes, and such, and Twitter was basically scooping traditional media regarding breaking news.

But I learned the real power of social media is in creating a world community.  On Facebook, when someone has taken ill, or is facing some other obstacle, a “page” is created so that person’s friends can be updated.  On Twitter, I follow people who share inspirational and motivational tweets (in addition to the whimsical and promotion of entertainment mediums, such as books, movies, music, photos).


With a click of the button, I can “like” someone’s page, or “follow” someone’s tweets.  I don’t have to personally know the person.  Upon that action, we get updates from that person, and we can comment, reply or share that post with others.  With these posts we can be inspired or inspire other, be motivated, or motivate others, receive support, or support others.  And what’s cool about this?  Many times, it is strangers inspiring, motivating, and supporting each other. 

Steven Fujita was born in Los Angeles and raised in Torrance, California. He attended college in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Long Beach, California.

 Listen to Steven Fujita's interview on the Book Club with John Austin, which aired November 2, 2010, about his novella, Sword of the Undead, a re-telling of Bram Stoker's vampire novel, Dracula. http://www.internetradiopros.com/bookclub/?p=episode&name=2010-11-01_zbookcub_for_110210_1st_segment_steven_fujita.mp3

 His other book, $10 a Day Towards $1,000,000, is available on Kindle. This book promotes the idea of using time and savings to build wealth. His new book, Toe Up to 10K, was released in September 2014. This book chronicles his recovery from spinal cord injury he sustained in 2012. Visit his website at: www.stevenfujitaauthor.com   

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Straight From the Mouth of Mary-Lou Stephens, author of 'How to Stay Married'




Mary-Lou Stephens studied acting and played in bands before she got a proper job -in radio. She writes whenever she's not behind the microphone or heading off to a meditation retreat.

Mary-Lou has garnered rave reviews for her memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation, the true story of how she changed her life, saved her job and found a husband, all with the help of meditation. She lives in Australia with that very same husband, their dog and a hive of killer native bees. 

How To Stay Married is the sequel to Sex, Drugs and Meditation and is the truth behind the happy ending.

Mary-Lou is a blogger for The Huffington Post, a columnist for Holistic Bliss and a regular at writing festivals and events.

Visit Mary-Lou’s website at http://maryloustephens.com.au




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Title: How to Stay Married
Author: Mary-Lou Stephens
Publisher:
Nelson Bay
Pages: 203
Genre: Self-Help/Relationships/Love and Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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Do you dream of finding the right person to spend your life with? Are you in a strong relationship already and want to keep it that way? Or perhaps your marriage is a little tarnished and you hope to make it shine again? 

You’ve come to the right place. While How to Stay Married isn’t your regular ‘how-to’ book, it is about creating the kind of relationship you want. 

This is the story of a marriage; a journey from fear, resentment and financial devastation, to a place of love, joy and trust. 

Mary-Lou Stephen’s first book Sex, Drugs and Meditation chronicled how meditation changed her life, saved her job and helped her find a husband. How To Stay Married, is the truth behind the happy ending. 

How to Stay Married takes us around the world; from the glitter and glare of Las Vegas to the sub-zero temperatures of the French Alps and the tropical heat of Thailand, all with cabin luggage only. 

The discoveries Mary-Lou makes regarding herself and her marriage are a modern day parable about learning to travel light in life, love and relationships.




Thanks for letting us interrogate interview you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I never intended to be an author. I wanted to be a famous singer/songwriter. I played in bands for years, touring and releasing CDs. I didn’t think about writing prose until about 12 years ago when I went on an overseas holiday and came back with a few out of focus photos taken on a disposable camera. A friend said “Clearly photography’s not your thing. Why don’t you write about your holiday instead?” So I did and I’ve been writing ever since.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

There are times, I must admit, when I wished I wasn’t driven to write. I have a full-time, full-on job in radio so I squeeze my writing in around it. That means pretty much no social life. My husband relaxes on his days off while I’m glued to my laptop. But there’s something in me that needs to create, that needs to be expressed and will not be denied. And when the muse is in full flight I feel as though creation is flowing through me. It’s a sensation like no other. And then to hold that creation in your hand, to know you and your muse, the Universe or whatever you want to call it, created something from dust, from whispers and gossamer threads. Well that, my friend, is a thrill.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I guess I’m what you’d call a hybrid author. My first book was with a major publisher and now I’m self publishing How To Stay Married. I’ve been on a steep learning curve and I’ve had lots of help along the way. Being with a traditional publisher is great too - they pay for everything, and the editing support is phenomenal. With self publishing it’s hard to know how much to spend because you don’t know how many books you’ll sell. However one of my frustrations with my first book Sex, Drugs and Meditation was, and still is, that I had no control over the pricing of the ebook. My publisher has never done a special on it or dropped the price. I’m in negotiations to have my World erights revert to me so that I can tie it in with How To Stay Married, do bundles and specials to deliver value to my readers.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry (e.g. rejections, the long wait, etc.)

I think the thing that surprised me the most about getting a publishing deal was that it didn’t matter that my publisher loved the book, it didn’t even matter that the head of the publishing loved my book, they still couldn’t offer me a deal. It wasn’t until Sales and Marketing agreed that it was marketable that the offer was made. There are many hoops to jump through. But I’m very grateful to them. They published my book and did a great job. 

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

My dog is pleased I’m at home so she can thrust her nose in front of my computer screen and demand a pat. A dog is more interesting than a laptop, so she tells me. The Hubby deposits cups of tea beside me at regular intervals and reminds me to come to bed. He’s very proud of me but wishes I would take a break more often.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

Seeing my book in a national ad for a book chain. I had do idea they were going to use it. Mine was one in a pile of other books by very well known personalities and authors. I was so delighted I wrote to the book chain and thanked them. They replied and said good writing deserves to be be promoted. Double wow.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I think of social networks more in terms of being social rather than networking. I enjoy Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest. I dip my toe in others occasionally - Instagram can be fun and Google+ but if I use too many I’d disappear into the social whirl and never return. I really only joined Facebook i to play Scrabble online. I love Scrabble. I did get a bit competitive about Facebook Likes for a little while and it just made me miserable. Yes, I promote myself and my work on social media but hopefully in a way that doesn’t seem pushy or impersonal.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I’m having some help with marketing and lots of advice from those who’ve gone before me. When the World erights for my first book revert to me I think that will help. I’ve been told that you sell more books the more books you have for sale, so I’ll keep writing. I have no expectations. When Sex, Drugs and Meditation was picked up by a major publisher I thought my ship had come in. Instead it floated on by. I’m much more realistic these days.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

I’VE ONLY JUST MET YOU AND I LOVE YOU! (I learnt that from my dog. She’s there with me on the roof. Give her a pat, she’d like that very much.)

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

For me connection is a huge part of what this life is all about. My job in radio is very much about connecting one on one, with my guests and with my audience.
Writing gives me a broader scope for connection. When I read great writing I feel connected not only to the author but to something much greater. I’ve had emails and letters and messages on social media from people who’ve read my books and felt the same. My writing has been called ‘brave’ more than anything else and I like to think I can help others be a little braver too, just through the knowledge that they’re not alone. We are connected.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Manager's Craft by Glenn Bassett


Title: The Manager's Craft
Author: Glenn Bassett
Publisher: Organization Diagnostics
Pages: 216
Genre: Business
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Almost any job or profession you can think of has a set of specific requirements for knowledge and skill that must be mastered. Managing and supervising the work of others is an exception. In part that is because the job of managing requires a range of social and technical skills that can vary widely depending on business circumstance. An infinite diversity of technologies, materials, markets and work skills can figure into the mix of the manager’s job. The manager may be asked to coordinate technically skilled team players, or, alternatively, may need to discipline the application of basic skills to achievement of production goals. Materials may be common or exotic. Customers may have influence over or little concern for product quality and design. Work skills may be common or rare. Technology may be critical or peripheral.

Some central managerial skills like accounting and finance can be trained. Mostly, they are dealt with as competences that are best left to specialists. Highly technical problems that demand specific training are, in general, treated as staff support jobs. The part of the job that always stays with the manager is that of working with and through other people to achieve cost-effective productivity using formal authority, personal influence, economic incentives and an understanding of organizing processes. As skill sets, these are very difficult to define. They blend and merge to become a personal suite of action strategies that are put to use as needed. Formal education and training can provide a summary focus, but only practice and experience can make them effective working tools. Much of managing and supervising is thus learned from experience on the job. The manager’s challenge is to find a mentor who can guide him/her past the most critical traps and blunders.

Much that passes for management training is, unfortunately, superficial or just wrong. Economic incentives are clearly basic but always insufficient. Application of authority is indispensable but can backfire or fail. Motivational programs can turn out to be all PR and noise. Workers may be satisfied and unproductive. Cost control measures can gut the core of product quality. Balancing it all can be a juggling act that daunts average intellectual and social skill. Managing and supervising skills can be learned on the job if failure is tolerated. Only limited trial and error can be accepted. The best available advice and mentoring is required for survival over the long course. The chapters of this book will provide the working manager with the knowledge necessary to accelerate learning and skill mastery. When put together in a coherent, working package through experience, that mastery rises to the professional level.

The author, Dr. Glenn Bassett, applies his unusual range of practical and professional experience to defining and clarifying the requisite skill and knowledge. From his background as a working personnel executive, professor of management, GE corporate staffer, social science researcher, consultant and business school dean he critically and synergistically sorts out the realities of sound management practice. He deals with issues of authority and discipline rationally and realistically, disposing summarily of nearly all standard motivational theory. He challenges commonly offered “principles” of management showing that many are misleading or illusory. He lays out the principles of worker productivity that a manager must grasp to control cost and quality. What emerges is a description of the Manager’s Craft that summarizes the knowledge and skill required of the working manager who must exercise control in the workplace, build commitment among colleagues, and sustain high quality, cost-effective productivity. This is an intellectually rigorous analysis applied to achievement of practical managerial results. This is The Manager’s Craft.

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Dr. Glenn Bassett is Professor Emeritus of Management and former Dean of Business at the University of Bridgeport.  A graduate of Berkeley and Yale, as well as a former corporate staffer at General Electric, Dr. Bassett’s career has focused on applied Social Psychology.  WordPlay is the result of exended research into the science of psycholinguistics. He is the author of numerous articles and published books, including The Managers Craft. For More Information

Monday, November 24, 2014

Straight From the Mouth of 'The Wraith Series' Arielle Strauss



Arielle Strauss is a twenty-two year old author, actress, and percussionist originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she began to write "The Wraith Trilogy." She's pleased to finally share her first novel, The Wraith, and the sequel, The Huntress, with the world.
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About the Books:

The Wraith - Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?

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  • The Wrath is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
The Huntress - Ophelia's been dead for several weeks, but she's still around. Yet other students at Ohio University are dropping like flies, never to return. Surely the most haunted campus in America is home to other wraiths like herself? Ophelia is determined to find them—and to discover the truth about why she continues to dwell in the world of mortals. But faced with a mysterious clan of ghost hunters closing in, threatening to end her unlife, three meddlesome (and crotchety) divine beings determined to control her new existence, and a best friend with more than friendly feelings for the love of her life, how long will Ophelia be able to hide the truth of her death—and her destiny?

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  • The Huntress is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thanks for letting us interrogate interview you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

The only other thing I can do besides write is act and play the bongos. I figured if I’m gonna write a book, I should do it right away and not waste any time!

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

The writing is honestly the best part. Also, hearing your work read aloud is the best way to see what you’re doing right. My college roommates my freshman year read the first drafts of “The Wraith” aloud in our room at night, and it’d leave them shocked and waiting for more. It also opened up a lot of room for discussion, which sparked even more ideas. I’ve always felt that writing should be a collaborative process, which is why I dedicated the book to them.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I chose to self-publish through a friend’s company. It’s the least stressful way to go about it, but it isn’t the most perfect way. Typos are my worst enemy, but of course both books got published with some of them. My editor and designer are like magic, but it’s up to me at the end of the day to go back and make sure it looks spiffy enough. I learned a lot with my first book and even more with my second.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry (e.g. rejections, the long wait, etc.)

If JK Rowling had to go through it, it must be worth it.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

They’re extremely proud of me, but mostly the young adults (ie my sister and my cousin) have taken the time to actually finish the book and tell me their thoughts, which is fine by me. They’re my target audience after all.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

Getting to hold my finished book in my hands for the first time.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

Facebook is the easiest way for me to promote my book. I’m not so familiar with Twitter. I’m also into getting reviews on book blogs, which is, of course, the most helpful way to spread the word. (P.S. Thank you!!)

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

Really gratifying when I that see someone has decided to spend their hard-earned cash on a little something I wrote. It means more than words can say. I can only hope that the work perked their imagination in new and different ways and that they’re excited for the upcoming sequels.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

I LOVE XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS! Seriously though. Best TV show ever. (It’s on Netflix Instant!)

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above don’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I think you said it perfectly. Writing is one of the most calming ways of self-expression. Though sharing it may take some guts (and some cash), in the end it’s a priceless investment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Straight From the Mouth of David S. Brody, author of Oath of Nimrod



Title: Oath of Nimrod
Author: David S. Brody
Publisher: Eyes That See
Pages: 283
Genre: Historical Suspense
Format: Paperback/Ebook

 A mysterious race of North American giants. An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound. A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons. Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancĂ©e Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

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  • Oath of Nimrod is available at Amazon.
A Whole World Full of Strangers
By David S. Brody

There’s an old adage in the book industry: “Any author can sell as many books as there were guests at his or her wedding.” This is sort of obvious—I can expect my closest friends and family to plunk down a twenty for one of my books every couple of years even if they have no intention of reading any more than the title.

But then what?

Strangers. There are millions of you out there, many of you with money to spend and an eye out for a good read. You don’t ask for freebies, you don’t psychoanalyze my characters (“I didn’t know you hated your sister”), and you don’t feel the need to call me every time you ferret out a typo. Better yet, you didn’t know me when I was struggling and unpublished—in your minds, I am a real-life published author, someone to be admired and respected (my job, of course, being to write a good enough book so that your admiration doesn’t evaporate by the end of the first chapter).

I gave a lecture recently in my home town, discussing the research behind my latest historical thriller (my seventh). As I scanned the room, I realized I recognized only a handful of the attendees. At first I was miffed—where were all my so-called friends and neighbors? Then it struck me: After seven books, they didn’t feel the need to hold my hand anymore. Those that enjoyed my books would buy them; those that didn’t, wouldn’t. In their place sat a room full of strangers—readers fascinated by my stories and anxious to dive into my latest work.

So where do authors find wonderful, book-buying strangers like you? We don’t; you find us. You write to us, you respond to our blogs, you recommend us to friends. We cherish you because you are our life-blood—what use is a book if it goes unread? So please don’t be shy. You are strangers, which makes you better than friends.

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David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston's "Best Local Author" by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.
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