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
From the book Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was listening to the words of Ahmed Kahn, tasting them. The great leader of ISIL leaned back, still doubting. “How can we control or influence the actions of an infidel warrior? How can he become our weapon? Would it not be better if he were Muslim?” “It would… Continue reading Poison Heartbeats Wins 5-Star medallion from Readers’ Favorite
Wrinkled Heartbeats has won the Silver Medal in the crowded category of Action Fiction at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. It is available as an eBook, a paperback, or a hardback from Templeworks Properties. The novel was also chosen as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It received that award as one of the best First… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Wins the Silver Medal in a Crowded Category at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
Corruption of Power by G.W. Eccles takes readers on a rollicking ride through corridors of intrigue and bloody chaos as the once powerful nation of Russia tries to recapture the strength of its greatness. Financial gain has replaced the manifesto of the Soviet Union with a long line of oligarchs. Money and power are real,… Continue reading Trust turns to dust in a cauldron of international intrigue.
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