Richard Stephens should quickly gather a tribe of loyal followers, myself included.

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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.

“Alvar’s Spear” is an epic science fiction adventure of the highest quality.

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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.

Book Cover Contest

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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

How do you write your books?

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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?

Penalty Points for Indie Writers

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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

Poison Heartbeats Ad Campaign

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  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

“Poison Heartbeats” wins Awesome Indies Approval

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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

Wrinkled Heartbeats Ad Campaign

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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

Why don’t more readers review your books?

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Every author loves positive reader reviews, even though they rank far down the ladder as promotional requirements. Email marketing, websites, blogs, book signings, public speaking, social media, awards, blog tours, local media, editorial reviews, and business cards will, individually, sell more books than a good five-star review from a reader. That’s right; a good business… Continue reading Why don’t more readers review your books?

Can a glass of water become a weapon of mass destruction?

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  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?