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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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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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…  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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If you’re a reader (regardless of quantity)   then you will enjoy this article about GoodReads.   It is an excellent tool for those who enjoy books.

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If you enjoy reading, and like to use the Internet for finding great new reads, you may well have heard of Goodreads before: This is a superb website hosting a vibrant community of book lovers, teeming with book recommendations and reviews. In other words, an ideal place to find new reads. We’ve briefly covered Goodreads in a Directory post back in 2010, and last year I reviewed the Goodreads Android app. We’ve also included the site in a roundup up 7+ Sites To Help You Decide Which Book To Read Next, but we’ve never taken a good long look at the Goodreads core – the site itself. Up until today, that is.

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As writers, we often get questions on where our story ideas come from. 

They come from a story in the news, something read, an observation from the world, or discussion with friends. Something out there tugs at the corner of the mind: What if? What would happen if? What if that was merged with, Why did that …?

Today, we’re going to explore where six of the Best Selling Reads authors got their ideas for a completed work or a work in progress.

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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.

“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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Jeff Bennington is a good person to follow if you’re considering publishing….  wisdom abounds on his site —

http://thewritingbomb.blogspot.com/

From March, 2013 —

In Jan 2012 I worked with a couple authors who were having a hard time selling their books, and I helped one of them hit Amazon’s Top-100 in the paid store, and the other came very close. Since that time, I have helped other authors evaluate the basic elements of their Amazon book page that are actually “UN-selling” their book.

Believe it or not, many new and not so new authors are scratching their heads, wondering why their book, as well written as it is, is not selling. They look at their monthly KDP reports, and their Amazon ranking and wonder what’s going on. If that is you, the problem could be that you are on the inside looking in, and are not seeing the big picture. The following is an example of such an author.

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