The Secret Executive Orders, written by Richard A. Stevens, is an extraordinary science-fiction novel. From conception to presentation it appears flawless, gripping, enlightening. Perfectly paced from paragraph to chapter, the book kept dragging me away from far more pressing matters. Let them wait. This is five-star writing. The Secret Executive Orders is a blockbuster of… Continue reading Richard Stephens should quickly gather a tribe of loyal followers, myself included.
Charles Freedom Long has written an epic science fiction book filled with truth, failure, hope, danger, life, love, death, redemption, and enough twists and turns to create a roller coaster of literary satisfaction. He paints another world, with a few shocking similarities to our own, with the same sort of ambition with which Isaac Asimov… Continue reading “Alvar’s Spear” is an epic science fiction adventure of the highest quality.
The president of IndieBRAG just told me I am in the running to become a finalist for their Book Cover contest, which starts on July 1st. The honor is not for my latest book, but for the first one I wrote: Warrior Patient. It’s a book that contains a lot of humor, and much that is… Continue reading Book Cover Contest
The depth of the characters, the twists and turns you can do nothing but follow, the storyline that keeps stretching tighter with each chapter … it’s easy to see why Animal Rites was one of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards top picks in the Thriller category. Michael Panno is a master of dialog and… Continue reading An Extraordinary Thriller from Mike Panno
A reader asked me how I wrote my books. I answered: “I’m not sure. When I re-read them, I often don’t remember writing what I see.” “So there’s a muse?” she asked. “The characters take over. I do what they tell me to do.” “But you know the ending,” she said. “A lot of famous… Continue reading How do you write your books?
David Haight’s stories in “Katharina (and other magnificent disasters)” can be brutal, biting, written on the edge of a knife that slices through your soul. Literary diamonds gleam through every scene; the writing is truly exceptional. The reader might want to look away from the accidents of life that the author reveals. Readers might want… Continue reading Like listening to the truth on steroids spoken by people ….
Media editors often penalize writers who use illustrations or photos in fiction, except, of course, in children’s books. In novels, they consider graphic support “unprofessional.” In the case of indie writers, I believe they are wrong. Here’s why. I was an editor at the Reader’s Digest for many years. We loved pictures with our stories, which were either… Continue reading Penalty Points for Indie Writers
Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few… Continue reading Poison Heartbeats Ad Campaign
Awesome Indies is one of the most-respected guides for good reading in Indie Publishing. It has just sent Poison Heartbeats its notice of approval. They suggest their Awesome Indies Approval (AIA) badge “takes the risk out of buying Indie.” The endorsement does not come easily. The assessor of the book must approve it with at least a 4-star ranking.… Continue reading “Poison Heartbeats” wins Awesome Indies Approval
Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few examples… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Ad Campaign