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…reposting a terrific piece by a terrific writer, Rachel Thompson,   @RachelintheOC

here is a link to her latest title –   http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Pieces-Essays-Inspired-Life-ebook/dp/B00AR0T74S/

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A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers ~ Plato    51y5Be1lkfL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-66,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Two friends have told me this week that they’re disappointed in the sales of their first book, because it’s not enough for them to quit their jobs and write full time. I also read articles on Writer’s Digest and another one byDavid Vinjamuri (IndieReader) about the success of indie authors. And because we met with our accountant today, I have some hard numbers I wanted to share because, well, I truly don’t pay attention beyond my daily sales and it’s a good reality check.

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I rarely take on newsy, political subjects, but with tongue semi-planted in cheek, I would like to take this brief moment to say thank you to Canada.      4379691-a-canadian-flag-shaped-like-a-heartford

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the last few weeks, you know about the trials and tribulations of Toronto’s newest celebrity, Mayor Rob Ford.  If you don’t know him,  then be sure to watch the beginning of the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” from yesterday (nov. 14,  warning – laughter will induce pants wetting).   Amazing.

So Torontonians (sp?) , on behalf of all us just to the south  –  Thank you so much for electing Rob Ford as your mayor.  See, here in the U.S., we’re overwhelmed with mayors who smoke crack (Marion Berry, DC mayor)  and politicians who tweet pictures of their male private parts (Weiner, yes, that is his name)…..(checking google translate now as to how they say ‘male private parts’ in canadian speak….oh good, they just say ‘dick’ ).

We have politicians who solicit bribes openly (Blagojevich) and openly solicit other men in airport bathrooms.

In fact, we’re quite jaded when it comes to scandal, just another day in the life of a democratic superpower.

But, oh boy, are we happy that our buddy Rob is making the news.  It calms us…..makes us feel…well, almost normal.

So please accept our sincere gratitude.  Quite frankly, you’ve made this a very special upcoming Holiday Season!

And, please, please, please…….is there any chance you could elect him Prime Minister?   Hmmm…..well just think about it, okay?

( here is link to Nov. 14 episode of “The Daily Show”  too funny,  thanks again Canada)

http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-november-14-2013-geoffrey-rush

….Proud to announce that the new novel is available for your eReading device  (Kindle, Nook, PC, etc.)

Here’s the Amazon Link –

http://www.amazon.com/When-His-Dreams-Take-Flight-ebook/dp/B00G3PMVPI/

…Here are the story details –      **  RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES !!

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When His Dreams Take Flight   

Quick Overview-

Genre –  Thriller/Suspense

Rated “R” for language, mild sexual content.

Length –  54,000 words.  

 

Nick Townsend is a high school principal battling alcohol addiction. After falling off the wagon, he awakens the next morning remembering a dream that included him flying over an elementary school shooting, in progress.  The next day, the school shooting he saw in his dream is headline news.  When it happens again, he is determined to prevent the tragedy and solicits his best friend to help him save more children from certain death.

But what is the cost of saving lives?  Will he continue to risk his life when the woman he loves is carrying his child?  Can he win the battle against the demon tequila that threatens to wreck his world?  And, when he awakens one morning remembering another school shooting dream, can he stop the horrible event from happening at his school?

 

Yeah, I know.  When I read the headline, I thought it was too good to be true.  But it is !!

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….  re-post of great article by   David Menconi,     here’s his Amazon link  

http://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Adams-Losering-Whiskeytown-American/dp/0292725841/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379447384&sr=8-1&keywords=david+menconi

 

Ryan Adams Author on the New World of Pushing Your Book

By David Menconi | OCTOBER 26, 2012

In an ideal universe, every book would find an audience on its own. You the author would sit alone in your cork-lined room painting pictures with words, and then your publisher would handle all the publicity and marketing details to draw the eager attention of the reading public. And maybe it is that idyllic for J.K. Rowling, E.L. James and a fortunate few others.

For the rest of us, however, getting any level of attention for a book is a grind, whether it’s a book you’ve put out yourself or one that comes out through a publisher. I should know, because I’ve done it both ways. There really isn’t that much difference because the truth is that no one else is going to care as much about your book as you do.

I’d always wanted to write books, going back to my time in Austin when I was writing for the Daily Texan and the Austin Chronicle while getting a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas – class of 1985, hook ’em. A decade later, I finally started writing a novel called “Off The Record.” It was a roman a clef set in the music business about a fictional one-hit wonder, and kind of a crazy late-night hobby from my day job as rock critic for a daily newspaper, the Raleigh News & Observer.

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Order your special, Limited Edition copy today.    Autographed by author !

Click here for the story setup  AND the first chapter!

 

Click here for details on ordering your copy

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This is the first blog post that I’ve brought up the topic of a new release,  so my fingers are trembling ever so slightly as I contemplate releasing the new novel out into the world.    In anticipation of the new book,  I’m in the process of building a mailing list to keep folks informed about the upcoming new work and other tidbits of wisdom (should I have any)  that I can pass along.

Because of this, I’m having a Giveaway! To enter see below.

The new novel’s early title (subj. to change)  is   “When His Dreams Take Flight”  and  here’s the setup –    dreams of flying-revised60pct

    Have you ever dreamed you were flying?  If so, you probably know how    spectacular it is.  Nick Townsend had these types of dreams regularly and he USE to enjoy them.
 
In late 2012, he’s been suspended from his job as a high school principal. 
His stress knocks him off the wagon and his alcohol addiction gets the better of him.
He wakes up the next morning remembering that his flying dream took him over the site of an elementary school shooting IN PROGRESS.   When he watches the details of THAT school shooting play out on the news the very next day, he realizes he’s been given special insight.  The next time he drinks, it happens again, and he heads off to Arkansas stop the shooters.  
 
But can a thirty-something, small town NC high school principal stop these tragedies?
 
Should he risk his life when he’s about to marry the sexiest teacher in town who’s also having his baby? 
 
Can he win his battle against tequila?  
 
And what might happen if he drinks again only to wake up to the realization
that HIS school is the next to be attacked?

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This newsletter will be, at most,  a monthly publication.  I will populate it with helpful info and promise NEVER to bombard you with advertisements or other annoying bits of data.

To be entered into the contest,  please click to find the Rafflecopter form below.

Enter Here!

Winners will be drawn via random selection courtesy of Rafflecopter.

You can only enter once.  Draw ends July 31st. Winner will be announced on Aug 1st.    So HURRY !!!!!

Collateral Damage Blog Tour – Fredrick Brooke – Chapter 22

Friend and fellow author, Fredrick Brooke, has just released his latest book, Collateral Damage. As part of this launch, he is sharing the first twenty-six chapters, and today I am posting chapter twenty-two. He is also conducting a contest as part of this blog tour, the conditions are below. Hope you enjoy this excerpt, and if you haven’t had the chance to read the previous chapters, a list is also included.

Win a $25 Amazon gift card AND a signed paperback edition of any book by Frederick Lee Brooke!
To win, all you have to do is visit every blog on the 26-day Collateral Damage Excerpt Tour and leave a comment showing that you read the excerpt. That’s it! See the blog list and join the tour …
Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the widely-acclaimed Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and Collateral Damage. The books do not have to be read in order.  Having lived in Switzerland for the past two decades, Brooke has taught English, run a business and learned French, German and Italian. You can find him online at www.FrederickLeeBrooke.com. Sign up for his newsletter and read all about his travels, recipes, and upcoming works!
COLLATERAL DAMAGE excerpt tour – 
Monday, June 24        Shannon Mayer           Ch. 1
Tuesday, June 25        Scott Bury                   Ch. 2
Wednesday, June 26   Raine Thomas              Ch. 3
Thursday, June 27       Emily Walker               Ch. 4
Friday, June 28           Simon Jenner               Ch. 5
Saturday, June 29       Amberr Meadows       Ch. 6
Sunday, June 30          Anne Chaconas          Ch. 7
Monday, July 1           BestsellingReads         Ch. 8
Tuesday, July 2           Tyler-Rose Neath        Ch. 9
Wednesday, July 3      Naomi Leadbeater      Ch. 10
Thursday, July 4          Mohana Rajakumar     Ch. 11
Friday, July 5              Helen Hanson             Ch. 12
Saturday, July 6          Marilou George           Ch. 13
Sunday, July 7            J.C. Martin                  Ch. 14
Monday, July 8           Corinne O’Flynn         Ch. 15
Tuesday, July 9           Tawdra Kandle           Ch. 16
Wednesday, July 10    Martha Bourke           Ch. 17
Thursday, July 11        Connie M. Chyle        Ch. 18  TBA
Friday, July 12            Cyndi                         Ch. 19
Saturday, July 13        Kenneth Hoss             Ch. 20
Sunday, July 14          Andrea Kurian            Ch. 21
Monday, July 15         Andy Holloman          Ch. 22            You Are Here
Tuesday, July 16         Marilyn Diekman        Ch. 23
Wednesday, July 17    Christine Nolfi            Ch. 24
Thursday, July 18        Jennifer Chase           Ch. 25
Friday, July 19            Patricia Sands            Ch. 26
And now what you’ve all been waiting for, the excerpt:

…  This year, I was quite fortunate to become involved with an uber cool, supportive, and extremely entertaining group of folks at BestSellingReads.com

Over the course of just  few months,  they have developed a place that supports writers and readers of all different types of fiction and non-fiction…..

Below are the folks in charge.       Check out the site and check out the books.             BestSellingReads.com

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BestSellingReads features talented authors who value teamwork and possess a proven track record of producing quality fiction. Books written by our members top bestseller lists, win awards and garner high reviews across social media platforms. We remain on the lookout for the best and brightest authors in New Fiction.

Please check our website often for giveaways and promotions listed on the site’s main page and each member’s Author Page. Our blog features a wide variety of essays to interest readers of any fiction genre.

Reviewers, Book Clubs, Readers: We welcome your interest. If you would like to connect with one of our members, please use the contact form.

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I hope you’ll grab a free copy.   Be sure to leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon if you have a few minutes.         http://amzn.to/AC8rlU

“If you enjoy suspense/thriller stories, this will appeal to you.    Rated “R”  for language.   (no sex,  sorry!)

Here are few reviews –        (click here to go to Amazon Page for your free copy  

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