Author Q&A with Stephen England
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / October 10, 2011

Stephen England (website) is the prolific write of Pandora’s Grave (my thoughts). The book is a very interesting thrill ride and I was interested how Mr. England came up with the idea, his research and writing process. Q. How did you come up with the idea to write about Pandora’s Grave? A.The potential of a nuclear-armed Iran is undoubtedly one of the greatest threats to the security of the Middle East and the world as a whole. My idea in Pandora’s Grave was to push aside the nuclear weapons and focus on the idea of biological terrorism. Biological weapons are both cheaper and easier to manufacture than nukes, and they can hardly be characterized as less deadly. In Pandora’s Grave, the focus is not so much on the casualties, but the fact that this attack, against the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, serves as a trigger that will ignite the region and lead to world war. As for the idea that the terrorist group Hezbollah would serve as Tehran’s cat’s paw, well that’s obviously taken from life. Q. Why did you choose to write a counter-terrorism thriller? A. I’ve always had the desire to write—always toyed with the idea of writing…

Guest Post: Marketing Books in the Social Media Age
Uncategorized / October 9, 2011

Marketing Books in the Social Media Age This is a guest post from James Norman, a writer for the content creation firm Article Writing Services. Advantages To Contemporary Marketing There are several challenges to today’s marketing scene that would seem to prohibit great success in publicizing books. A damaged economy translates into purses held more tightly and coffers that aren’t brimming at the edges. In short, it has become much harder to convince someone that their dollars are well spent on a particular item, including a book. In spite of this fact, this era of even more sophisticated technology provides for some assets to literary marketing. The biggest current web trend is social media; when used effectively, it can establish hype around a new title and get people excited about looking for it as soon as it’s available. Although new technology continues to be all the rage, there seems to be a return in favor of real human contact as well. Providing opportunities to associate a book with an actual flesh-and-blood person is a smart way to build interest in its release date.  How to Market Books Today The best ways to get the word out on books these days…

Thoughts on: Pandora’s Grave by Stephen England
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / October 9, 2011

About: “Pandora’s Grave” by Stephen England is a fictional book set mostly in the US and Middle East. The novel is the first of a series and I, for one, am looking forward to see what’s next. Mr. England was kind enough to give three (3) eCopies for a giveaway. This is an international contest. My rating for Pandora’s Grave – 5 Buy & Save on “Pandora’s Grave” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Kin­dle |Smashwords Thoughts: “Pandora’s Grave” by Stephen England (website) is an exciting thrill ride which starts fast and continues until the last page. This book is the kind of spy thrillers we rarely see anymore, maybe because the Cold War has supplied so many great stories and its end demised them. The book reminded me of the TV show “24”, it is devised into small sections which tell the reader what happens in different places at the same time. The story is rich, thrilling with plenty of action in the tradition of the good ol’ Cold War thrillers but with twists. The main character, Harry Nichols, is well written as well as the rest of the cast. I was actually surprised to find how well the…

GoneReading.com – A Philanthropic Bookish Website
Latest Posts , Opinion / October 8, 2011

I recently got an email from Bradley S. Wirz, Founder & CEO of Gone Reading International, LLC which intrigued me very much. I am a firm believer in libraries and their benefits to society. I believe that they are the great equalizer between the rich and the poor and their importance cannot be overstated. Mr. Wirz asked me to help him bring to the attention of the bookish world that GoneReading.com pledges 100% of their profits to fund new reading libraries in the developing world, as well as other literacy projects. Mr. Wirz came up with the idea while volunteering in Central America. He helped build a library in the middle of the Honduran jungle (now that would be a sight to see). Turned out that thousands of people had no access to books at all, makes me a bit sad to think that thousands of people in first world countries don’t realize how lucky they are. Mr. Wirz started GoneReading and features bookish gifts with original designs and slogans Check out their wonderful collection and know that while getting a great gift for your family and friends, you’re also helping others less fortunate. Zohar – Man of la Book

Free eReaders or an eReader War?
Latest Posts , Opinion / October 5, 2011

In 2009 there were rumors abound that at this time (November 2011) the Amazon Kindle eReader might be free. The steady and drop in price (about $50 every few months) led many to believe that this will be the case. Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, didn’t confirm or deny those rumors. Picture from The Technium Now we are here and the Kindle isn’t free – but it’s $79 which is a huge markdown from its original price. Will this be the beginning of eReader wars? Will giving out free eReaders will be a way to combat the iPad2? Now we know that Bezos had under his Amazonians sleeves the Kindle Fire – which to be honest the more I see the more I like. But there is one thing we have to keep in mind: the goal is not to sell devices, but to sell content. Much like video games, believe it or not. The video game systems are sold at cost (which is why they never go on sale), the companies make their money selling games (content). I don’t know how much it costs to make a Kindle, nook or any other eReader but I’m sure the markup on it…

Thoughts on: Call Me Princess by Sara Blædel
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / October 4, 2011

About: “Call Me Princess” by Sara Blædel is a crime fiction book taking place in Denmark. This is the first book translated by this successful and popular Scandinavian author. 352 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605982512 My rating for Call Me Princess – 4 Buy & Save on “Call Me Princess” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Call Me Princess” by Sara Blædel (website | Facebook | Twitter) is a good, solid crime fiction book. I requested this book because I’ve read several crime-fiction novels from Scandinavian authors and sincerely liked them so I figured I’ll read as much as I can before I am forced to learn Danish. The main character of Louise Rick is real and likeable and even relatable on some level to someone like me. The interaction between the characters (mostly fellow officers, a female best friend and a boyfriend) is comfortable and real. While the rape case is certainly front and center of the narrative, Louise’s personal life was a secondary story. Instead of being an action novel, most of the story involving the police relies on the descriptions of procedural and solid police work….

Author Q&A with Sharon Kay Penman
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / October 3, 2011

Sharon Kay Pen­man (web­site | Blog | Face­book) writes wonderful historical fiction books (and a resident of my home state of New Jersey). I recently read her new novel “Lionheart” (book review) which follows Richard I, or as he is better known Richard the Lionheart through the Third Crusade. I was very happy when she agreed to answer a few questions I had. Q. Did you feel that your prior books about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine naturally build into Lionheart? A. Yes, most definitely.  I’d actually intended to end the Angevin saga with Devil’s Brood, but Eleanor and Richard had other ideas.  If I didn’t know better, I’d think they were whispering to me in my dreams at night.  Whatever they were doing, though, it worked.  Fortunately for me, my editor agreed that Richard’s story was worth telling.  I always try to make sure that each book is readable as a stand-alone, so Lionheart can be read by those who have not read the trilogy about Henry and Eleanor.  But I was delighted to be able to do a fourth book in my saga about one of history’s most dysfunctional families.  Q. The research for Lionheart is remarkable. …

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