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.
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
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
What happens when ISIL and ISIS decide to turn a glass of water into a weapon of mass destruction? Can Homeland Security plug the poisonous leak with which they want to destroy America? Poison Heartbeats answers these questions in a new novel by Temple Emmet Williams, the second book in his “Heartbeats” series, which… Continue reading Can a glass of water become a weapon of mass destruction?
Trouble on the Straits by Michael Marnier is a tight lines thriller, taut with danger, heroics, adventure and justice. It starts with a Great White shark with the personality of Moby Dick, and it races through a series of events that bring out the best in a Navy SEAL and the worst in a Cuban… Continue reading Meet a Great White Shark with the personality of Moby Dick
Awesome Indies is one of the most-respected guides and advisers of Indie Publishing. It has just sent Wrinkled 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. Two AIA reviewers/editors must approve the book with at least a 4-star ranking.… Continue reading Awesome Indies awards “Wrinkled Heartbeats” its coveted Approval Badge.
The Agency, by P.L. Crompton, is a first-class thriller. It’s also a lesson for writers who want to learn how to carry a story using dialog. The book transports the reader to a dystopian Calgary that displays only shadows of life as we know it today. The magic of Crompton’s writing makes everything believable, exciting,… Continue reading Review of “The Agency” by P.L. Crompton