Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Five-Star review: http://twofistedblogger.blogspot.com/

THE SEVENTH COMPASS POINT OF DEATH is now on Amazon, the Kindle Store, B&N, the iBookstore and smashwords.com (see instant links below).

THE LIT-CRIT TAKE: A character-driven thriller, centering on the themes of terrorism, understanding and hope.

THE PURE PLOT PITCH: Here’s bad day: Guy sets out to rob a bank but ends up pulling a carjacking, and when he’s arrested a body is found in the trunk. The victim is a Sunni community leader, and why was he killed? Who killed him? The search for answers takes me into a homegrown Islamic terror underground, into plots, counterplots, deceptions and love affairs, all leading to an attack on a major NYC landmark.

For a quick taste, just click on

If you have time to write a review at Amazon or Smashwords, please please do.

Many thanks!

THE LINKS (can I make this any easier for you?)

Amazon (in print)

The Kindle Store

iPad (in iBooks)

Barnes & Noble (The Nook)

Smashwords (all e-reader formats)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

For Halloween, how many people are breaking out their old witch's costumes and going as Christine O'Donnell?

Friday, August 27, 2010

An E-Book First

New Thriller Sells More E-Books Than Hardcovers

Weeks after Amazon.com said that it is now selling more electronic books than hardcovers, a leading book publisher said one of its prominent new titles is generating greater e-book unit sales than hardcover unit sales during its first week on sale

Laura Lippman’s thriller, “I’d Know You Anywhere,” went on sale Aug. 17, and in its first five days sold 4,739 e-books and 4,000 physical hardcovers, said News Corp.’s HarperCollins Publishers...


The guy who runs my local Lotto store...

just announced he's launching his own e-reader. Where does it end?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's cause the pages are easier to turn

The ABCs of

Book lovers have long worried that technology would lead to the demise of long-form reading. But new research shows that owners of electronic reading devices may be reading more than ever before.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Self-conscious about writing?

Within the past few hours I've talked to two friends who are trying to write and have ideas, but they get blocked by self-consciousness. It's a common problem--and it's a killer for creativity. Don't try to write something that's going to please other people. Try to write something that's only going to please your harshest critic--yourself.

And surely don't try to write something that will appeal to everyone. There's never been a book, story or article that's had universal appeal. I mean the best-selling book in the world is the Bible, and there are LOTS of people who don't like that. So if God can't write a book with universal appeal, who the hell are we to try? Relax.  The more you can have fun writing, the better your writing will be.