Author: Editors

Favage: In Pre-Release

Paula Favage’s new series in Pre-Release and eBook

The Mynah’s Call When I first began writing this book in late 1979 on the heels of a friend’s stint in the Peace Corps, the Soviet-Afghan war was but a remote possibility. By December of that year, it had become an all-too-painful reality. I followed its brutal twists and turns as the Soviet Bear tore to pieces a seemingly defenseless, largely disjointed, mostly feudal society into which a westerner had only to shudder at the predictable results. But those results turned out to be anything but predictable: After nearly a decade of vicious fighting, the Soviets withdrew from the country it had all but succeeded in vanquishing. The reason: a rag-tag band of poorly armed, poorly trained, and overtly loyal Afghan partisans who called themselves the mujahedin.

It’s all here in livid descriptive detail: the two idealistic Americans who set out to save the world; the corrupt American consulate and his idealistic right-hand boy Najeem; Dinara with her staff of dedicated medical professionals; Shah Khan and his fabulously wealthy and influential family, and the Afghan rebel who ultimately steals Paula’s heart.

This is the story of two embattled, young Americans who joined the corp in order to strengthen their personal bonds and help shape a safer, brighter tomorrow in a world seething with hostility. This is the bittersweet outcome of their battle–first with one another and then with a brutal, rugged countryside and finally with a nation embroiled in bitter conflict. I am pleased to have been a small part of the story which I present here to you as fiction based upon reality.

Herda: Coming Soon

Chi-Town Blues Whimsical, haunting, riveting, and erotically charged tales of life in the Windy City. When master storyteller D. J. Herda left Chicago in the late Seventies, he took a big part of the city with him.  Now he has unleashed them in all their wild-and-wooly, sexually charged, hit-and-hit-harder glory.  These tales are hauntingly vivid, running the gamut from Crime and Punishment to Humor, Pathos, Spirituality, and Coming-of-Age in the Windy City.

Among the tales of intrigue included in this volume are six brand-new stories:

“The Tenants” When Officer Cartel of homicide investigates a series of disappearances all centered around one main suspect, he’s convinced she’s as clever and diabolic a murderess as he’s ever seen. Until she convinces him otherwise, after which he sets out to prove both himself, and her, wrong.

“The Fisherman” A look at just what can go wrong when a young man leaves his comfortable home to go smelt fishing with his gung-ho, war-hero uncle one raw, rainy, Saturday morning–and just why he’s not likely ever to do so again.

“Double Jeopardy” When a young bank executive joins a new firm and gets promoted to mortgages and personal loans, he finds his new landlady the perfect customer–as old, doddering, and doting as anyone he’s ever seen. Not to mention trustworthy. As he sets up a foolproof trap to ensnare her in a vintage game of bank embezzlement, she turns the table on him before he manages at the last moment to wiggle free. Except for a slight commitment of marriage.

“The Great Man” A young man in the glory years of his youth discovers that his grandfather, whom he always considered a great man, was nothing but a bum, philanderer, and womanizer, he’s crushed–until he meets one of his grandfather’s by-then aging but still sexually alluring conquests. And then he realizes that he’d been right after all. Jim Blasdell really was a great man.

“The Union” They meet at the university’s Ratskeller and immediately fall in love–he with her angelic face and demonic body and she, with his apparently unlimited funds and innate gullibility. But when she goes to tighten the noose she’s just placed around his neck, he sidesteps adroitly out of reach and turns the table on her. Until she turns it right back on him.

“Trapped” A young home builder and part-time author moves to a small town in southeastern Colorado where he meets all the right people, including the really wrong ones. As he’s poised to make a legal killing in real estate, others are just as poised to stop him. After apparently beating back false charges, he’s finally in the clear, but his own gullibility enables his best friends and neighbors to ensnare him in a noose from which there is no escape–one that he constructed by himself.

Coming Soon!

Bauer: Recent Release

Sheryle Bauer talks books and writing

The Devil in the Deal Have you ever thought to yourself, I should write a book?  After being dragged through yet another deposition and being asked the same ole’ questions and giving the same ole’ answers, I thought to myself, “I’ve told this story so many times, I should write a book!” And so I did.

Some ask if my life has changed since The Devil in the Deal was published. I’m not sure how, but it has. It has certainly gotten better. Through my writing, I’ve  learned the process of never giving up after having spent most of my life feeling helpless.

Since The Devil in the Deal, I’ve continued writing. I can’t not write! There are just too many words at the tips of my fingers that need to get on paper and too many stories in my head to leave untold.

Whittling my book down to what it’s about, I come up with two words: Learned Helplessness.  My life wasn’t all bad, but it’s far better now. Although I have no complaints, there was a time when most of my days were spent living through horrifying experiences–experiences that groomed me to believe I was helpless. Learned helplessness destroys your self-esteem and leads to making bad choices in your life instead of good ones. 

Whenever I cried out for help, no one listened. According to one Catholic nun, I was just a bad little girl who didn’t respect her parents. My teachers didn’t want to get involved: How can she be telling the truth? Such things just couldn’t possibly have happened in my family. My aunts and uncles and even my grandparents knew what was going on, but they didn’t know what to do. No one knew what to do; so I became helpless. 

I still get excited talking about my book and knowing people are listening! It’s an incredible story involving crime and passion and love and hate. It’s the tale of a young, naive girl who fell into the hands of opulence beyond her wildest dreams and then watched it all slip  through the fingers of the people who gave it to her. All she could do was enjoy the ride while it lasted. And in the end, when the world came crashing down around us, I was the lone survivor. I’d won. 

We’ve all got a story to tell, that’s for sure. The Devil in the Deal is my story. And perhaps, it’s your story, too.

Danenberg: Recent Release

Dr. Alvin H. Danenberg’s latest book lives large

Crazy-Good Living! Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life I’ve been a very busy boy. (At the age of 72, I can still call myself a boy.)

Nutrition, gut health, oral health, and overall health are my passions. My unique take on these subjects has led others to ask me to participate in numerous webinars, seminars, and interviews on social media, the Internet, and in front of live audiences. You can read my weekly Blogs by going to my website: https://drdanenberg.com/blog/

A few months ago, I wrote a protocol for a double-blind clinical study to show that specific spore-based probiotics in combination with vitamin K2 as a supplement can improve and prevent gum disease. The clinical study was approved by the Institutional Review Board and is now in active trial. I am overseeing this research in three separate dental offices in the U.S.

And oh, yes, I was diagnosed with an incurable bone marrow cancer in September 2018 and was given 3-6 months to live. But I have created an integrated protocol to treat my disease unconventionally. I feel great; I have energy, and I am baffling my conventional oncologist who thought I would be dead by now.

So, as I have said, I have been–and continue to be–a very busy boy!

Rely on Reedsy – Really!

If you haven’t explored the Reedsy Website’s offerings available to authors and publishers lately, it’s time you did so. Among other great self-marketing and -promotional resources you’ll find:

Best Book-Review Blogs – Discover the best book review blogs in your preferred genre, from general fiction to YA paranormal romance. Their search bar connects you to a vetted catalog of active book blogs and thoughtful, quality book reviewers. A great opportunity to pick up some new reviews.

Book-Promotional Services – Looking for that ideal book promotion site within your price range? Reedsy’s vetted database can eliminate the scammers while their tier system is designed to give you a better picture of the sites that tend to deliver the biggest bang for the buck.

Writing Contests – Adding some book awards to your resume or your book’s Website might be just the ticket for drawing more attention to you and your book without running afoul of the losers and scammers that dwell among legitimate competitions. These are “the finest writing contests of 2018,” according to Reedsy, for both fiction and nonfiction authors of short stories, poetry, essays, novels, and more. 

It Takes More than a Blog

Great. You’re an author with a blog. What next? Well, just sit back, bide your time, and wait for those thousands of dedicated readers to begin buying your book. Right?

Wrong! You don’t need a mere blog. You need a community of dedicated readers to serve as a launching pad for new books, announcements, speaking engagements, contests, and whatever else you might envision to help peddle your wares.

According to author/marketer Joel Friedlander, “Simply having followers or a large email list won’t create engaged readers who will answer calls to action. To create that kind of relationship, bloggers need to project three vital qualities: authority, trust, and likability.”

Friedlander, whose book, A Self-Publisher’s Companion, has become something of a cult marketing guru, goes on. Check out what he has to say.

How To Sell Books

Latino writer promotional guru Marcela Landress has a suggestion for getting the buzz out about your new book.

“No surprise here, but ‘word of mouth’ on Twitter spreads very quickly. The word can spread very fast within a 24-hour period, so the more information available about you, your work, and your interests, the greater the chance of gaining a fan, a feature, or a sale. With that said, I urge you to start the chatter!”

She advised authors to be social, share themselves, and be authentic. “Make sure that you have a variety of places where you can share information and grow your features, publicize your book, and share your successes. All of these outlets provide more exposure for your book and help to establish a strong digital footprint. Publicity breeds more publicity. So, my advice is to chat it up, be social, and continue building a social network.”

However, she admonishes authors not to be a living, breathing advertisement. Her rule of thumb? Share on a four-to-one ratio. “You can post something self-promotional if you post four other non-promotional links that are helpful to your followers. The key is to build credibility.”

In other words, convince the reader that you’re interested most of all in him.

Book Reviewer Links #3

Here’s yet another round of book-reviewer links you might want to check out. The links tested live before publication. If an e-mail bounces, run a search for the organization and find a current Contacts e-mail address on that Website. You may have to do some fancy footwork to find reviewers appropriate to your book’s theme or genre or find information on how to submit your book for review.Always strive to provide the review sites you contact with whatever they require in order to review your book. Be prepared to wait for from several weeks to several months for the reviews to go live, and, of course, be as courteous when corresponding with your contacts or reviewers as possible.

BookBub – To Be or Not To Be?

If you haven’t yet heard about the ultra-successful eBook site, BookBub, take heart. You will. BookBub promotes itself as a place where readers and authors come together. Here’s what you might not know.

If you’re an avid reader who’s concerned about eBooks at the lowest possible price, BookBub will send you email alerts whenever a book that fits your criteria is offered at a deeply discounted price (and oftentimes completely free). It claims to have more than two million subscribers, which would make it the premier service for e-book discounting.

According to the BookBub Website, publishers often provide flash sales on their books in order to stimulate sales or to make them stand out from the competition. However, these price reductions are generally only offered for a limited period of time, and finding out when they occur can be a painstaking process.

To change this, BookBub sends its subscribers daily e-mail updates for discounted eBooks that are free or deeply discounted; of top quality content; available for a limited time, and geared to your reading preferences. The categories handled include:

  • Bestsellers
  • Mysteries, Thrillers, & Action
  • Romance
  • Other Fiction
  • Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror
  • Nonfiction

Once you complete a short form, you’ll begin receiving free daily e-mail alerts. You’ll also be able to enter your eBooks for BookBub promotions, which have been known to generate thousands of downloads and tons of author-recognition. For more information, check out the BookBub Website.

Creating Your Own PR Buzz

With a growing number of PR firms pitching their book-promotion packages, it’s refreshing to learn that you don’t need to hire an expensive public relations firm to reach the media and sell more books. “Public relations” means creating a story that a newspaper, magazine, radio, or TV journalist will find newsworthy. Have you written a book about health? Send out a short pitch about how your book has helped someone overcome a health condition and improved his life. Female exploitation? Let the world know how you fought it and won. The media loves true stories: what better way to enter into a win-win relationship with a journalist? 

Be on the lookout for ways to get your book some free ink. Position yourself as an expert on your topic rather than simply another writer out to snag more sales. The media loves legitimate news stories. Offer your local or national news Ten Tips for Coin Collecting or Aging Gracefully or Digging for Gold in the Wild West. Talk to the editors, get to know your local news figures, and become a trusted source in your area. Then simply casually mention your credentials, Web address, and book title with a link to where it can be purchased.

Easy!