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What’s a guy gotta do in order to get his AARP card?    I was all jazzed because I turned 50 this week and was looking forward to getting my card in the mail.  Everyone knows the joke,  you turn 50 and AARP sends you a welcome packet.   WTF  AARP??    Where’s my Card??  I’ve been checking the mailbox EVERY DAY !!!!!!

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So I called them……here is conversation  (pls note that I do occasionally write fiction)

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Repost —   …..  A salute to Brenna Aubrey for her success and willingness to share so much information….

Bravo………<<<<< standing ovation  >>>>>       find out more about her and her work at  http://brennaaubrey.net

January 12, 2014 – 97 Comments

THE FIRST MONTH OF PUBLICATION: A RECKONING

In the interest of “paying it forward” to all the honest and open independent authors who have gone on before me, I feel this post is an obligation, on my part. Had they not blazed the trail, returned and reported that everything is fine on the other side, I could never have made the decision to turn down a New York book deal to become an indie author. I’ve therefore decided recount the so-called “indie-coaster” ride that was my first month as a self-published author.

AT ANY PRICE released officially on December 9, 2013. My first month as a published author has been full of ups and downs—mostly ups! The book has been very well received. By the one-month anniversary of publication, the book had 100 reviews on Amazon, 66 of which were 5 star reviews.

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After the horrific events last year in Newtown CT, I became obsessed with a story idea where a High School principal receives a special “gift”  that allows him to know, in advance, when a school shooting is going to happen.    As is the case for writers like myself, these story ideas can only be purged from our brains with furious typing, editing, rewriting.    What would my main character do if he had this “gift”?   — 

Could he stop these shootings?    What could cause these visions ?   What would he risk to save children?         (click here to read a sample) 

This novel is Free for eBook readers from 12/11 to 12/13/20013.    Just visit Amazon.com

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My story only makes a brief mention of the Sandy Hook incident,  I didn’t feel that it was prudent to make any actual shooting a part of the novel, so all of the incidents in the book are fiction.  The story, however, is very current and  plays out over the spring and summer of 2013.  I hope you’ll grab a copy and that you enjoy the story.       Here are some brief details  (more info at Amazon, of course)

Rated R (for language, adult situations) ,     Genre –  Thriller/Suspense,      Length –  54k words (short)

Please drop by Amazon and grab a paperback copy of  “When His Dreams Take Flight”.     (click here)EBookCover_workingfinal (1)

Here’s the scoop on what the novel is about –

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?

You’ll see writers talking about how much they value their “early” readers (aka beta readers)  for their feedback on story ideas, pacing, plot points, characterization, etc.   That holds doubly true for me as I struggle to put together a story that  keeps the reader’s attention.   My mother is one of my biggest supporters in all things writing, so she is always willing to read a rough draft and provide comments.

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      The Classic -Fake Orgasm- scene from “When Harry Met Sally”

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I’m very happy to announce the contest winner is Babs from the lovely Babs Book Bistro.   She was randomly drawn as the winner

of my contest.     Prize   $100  gift card.      Congrats Babs  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BabsBookBistro/187967501251632

 

Here’s a little more on the upcoming release  (hopefully available in Sept.)      

As with the previous book, I will have a “Pre-Launch” to kick things off and I’ll be signing all the

softcover sales that are purchased before the title goes live on Amazon.        Hi5          

 

….  Here’s the setup           (Tentative Title  –   “When His Dreams Take Flight” ) 

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