Book of the Week 3/31/14

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John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton Children’s, 2012) is a New York Times best seller that tells an intense story with a blend of life, death, and love, bringing tears to readers’ eyes.

Hazel is sixteen and battling terminal cancer and clinically depressed. Following her doctor’s advice, she attends a support group and meets fellow cancer patient Augustus Waters. The teens fall in love. She expresses great interest in An Imperial Affliction, a novel about cancer, and develops a curiosity about characters in the book following its ambiguous ending. Hazel and Augustus travel Amsterdam, the present home of Imperial’s author Peter Van Houten. I can’t give away subsequent events, but readers will become engrossed in what the teens discover along the way.

The Fault in Our Stars is not light reading, and the impact of this book’s contents will make us remember no matter how bad some things seem in our lives, there is always someone who has it far worse. It’s beautifully written and stems many emotions, only two characteristics that make a good novel – at least in my opinion. It is a recommended read for anyone who has ever dealt with cancer or close to someone with the disease.

On a side note, The Fault in Our Stars will be released as a major motion picture on June 6, 2014.

SEEN This Week 3/31/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

If you’ve written nonfiction books or considering writing one in the genre, wish to establish your authority in your field, are interested in learning new book marketing tactics, and have a desire to make an impact on the world, then a membership with the Nonfiction Authors Association may be for you. Visit the web site to learn more.

Andrea McKenzie Raine’s first novel, Turnstiles was published in December by Inkwater Press and on sale at Amazon for $4.99.

Paul Collins interviewed poet and author K.D. Rose for Angie’s Diary March 23.

Come meet Rebekkah Ford, author of Paranormal/Fantasy series Beyond the Eyes in this Library of Erana feature.

Flynn is kidnaped by Israelis in India; enjoy this chapter excerpt from Phil Rowan’s book Under Cover.

The Queen of Swords: A Paranormal Tale of Undying Love is the latest release by Nina Mason and has already garnered several five-star reviews.

Author Event of the Week: The annual RT Booklovers Convention takes place May 14-18, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Many workshops and events are scheduled and time is running out to register for your spot. Go here for additional details on this year’s event and other updates.

My Latest News:

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star hit #1 on US Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Wrestling for the third time on March 26! Check out the screen shot here

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon March 26:

#14 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#45 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Thanks to What’s Has Arlena Read and Reviewed? book blogger Arlena Dean for her March 22 review of Life Subject To Change. You can read the full review at this link.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 3/24/14

CurtainCall

When my latest book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star made Amazon’s best seller list after its March 1 release, Dan Ryckert’s Curtain Call: How An Unscripted Goodbye Changed The Course Of Pro Wrestling (Up To Something Publishing, 2014) also caught my attention.

Curtain Call details the story of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall leaving WWF for rival WCW and how they – along with friends Shawn Michaels and Triple H – broke character before a WWF sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in 1996. Using interviews from all involved, the book unfolds events leading up to the notorious Curtain Call, the actual moment, and the aftermath that changed the wrestling industry.

Thoroughly researched, quotes from interviews, behind the scenes details, and well-represented facts combined with strong writing make Curtain Call a must-read for those discovering sports entertainment and old school wrestling fans alike. While some of the book’s contents are common knowledge, I discovered other information I never knew prior to reading Rykert’s account.

Curtain Call is a relatively short book (around 50 pages), but it not only can be read on Kindle, but also Kindle app on iOS, Android, or on your PC for $2.99. I managed to finish this book in less than a couple hours, so it is indeed a fascinating read.

SEEN This Week 3/24/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Authors On Show’s main web site has garnered a little over 300 views since its March 8 re-launch. Major publishers and literary agents have visited in the past, and chances are good yet more are having a look at our featured authors.

Congrats to Amy Friedman on winning an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award in Literary Food Writing for her book One Souffle At a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. You can see all other IACP winners at this link.

Wildflower by Dewey Dirks is now available on Kindle at Amazon. Wildflower is a collection twenty love poems written about Dewey and his wife, following their life together over twenty-one years time up until shortly after her death from cancer in 2013. It is a heartfelt chronicle of a couple living, loving, and raising a family together. The poetry in Wildflower is written straight from the soul. It is full of moving, intimate, song-like verses and is certain to bring the reader to tears of both joy and sorrow.

The cover for Holly Kelly’s newest book has been revealed, designed by Marya Heiman. Visit Holly’s blog for a peek!

In Hideous Faces, Beautiful Skulls, a collection of thirty stories of horror and the bizarre by Mark McLaughlin, you’ll enter a boundless realm of dark magic and twisted love, encountering monsters aplenty: ghouls, evil cats, alien lovers, aquatic humanoids, a vicious Egyptian monstrosity, eye parasites, magic zombies, Internet witches and others that defy description. Hideous Faces, Beautiful Skulls is available as in trade paperback or Kindle download on Amazon.

Angie’s Diary has announced its 2014 Seasons Short Story Contests where entrants can receive additional exposure and win cash prizes while honing their writing skills. There will be a prize pool for each season, with the spring contest running now through April. Click here for additional details on how to enter.

Fabulosity Reads featured a post on their blog March 14 discussing Amazon’s new book review policy concerning ARCs and paid reviews.

Lindy Dale received some press coverage for her book, Storm in a B Cup this past week. Click here to view a copy of the article.

Authors Publish is having a writing contest. The goal is to write a one sentence novel pitch. To read all the rules and to enter, click here.

Author Event Of The Week: The K.A. Robinson Author Dinner takes place Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Black Bear Burritos in Morgantown, WV. All in attendance will have a chance to win one of three prizes. More on the dinner can be found at this link. Those interested in attending may RSVP Tammy McGowan at TammyVoiced711@gmail.com.

My Latest News:

Palm Tree Books passed along news March 20 that the Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star book giveaway happening now through April 6 trended on Twitter! Go here to view the screen cap!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star became the #1 Hot New Release in Wrestling on Amazon March 18 and again March 20. Click here to view the screen capture of this moment!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon March 20:

United States:

#12 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling

#30 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Canada:

#18 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

#78 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 3/17/14

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish year round or just for today, may your day be safe and happy!

This week’s book, author, and event news:

Lisa Scottoline’s next book, Keep Quiet, will be released April 8 and a new appearance schedule has been announced. Please come out and see Lisa if you live near Philly PA, Exton PA, King of Prussia PA, Willow Grove PA, Dayton OH, Eden Prairie MN, Los Angeles, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Skokie, IL, NYC, Westport, CT, Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Cherry Hill, NJ.

Booked! confirmed on their site March 10 that author and former WWE and TNA wrestler Joe E. Legend will be one of several writers appearing at their November 29 convention in Bristol, UK.

Ever wonder about true reasons why fiction manuscripts get rejected? M.J. Moores reveals some top three reasons given by an agent, editor, and published author in in this Authors Publish post.

Susan Navas has launched her latest book, Agnil and the Wizard’s Orb. The new work is book 2 of her children’s fantasy adventure series Agnil’s Worlds.

Paul Collins interviewed librarian and erotic romance author Rosanna Leo on Angie’s Diary March 9.

Kindred Spirits Book Exchange is one of the fastest growing free book exchanges on Facebook. The ebook group is visited and recommended by some of the best authors out there; new books are posted each day and always free at the time of posting.Ten to twenty new books are added daily, and members are always encouraged to post their free books at any time. Click here to join and participate.

You may have heard about this for a while, but now the Amtrak Residency for Writers is now accepting applications. Learn additional details how you can be part of this exciting project in The Wire’s latest feature.

Hedgehog Publishing of South Africa will be publishing their first novel this month in Cape Town. It will be available in print in South Africa as well as ebook and paperback on Amazon.

Author Event of the Week: The Cleveland Author Event will take place at the House of Blues Cleveland on April 26, 2014. Nearly 40 authors are scheduled to attend and event sponsorships are available. Visit the Cleveland Author Event web site, join their Facebook page, or follow Cleveland Author Event on Twitter.

My Latest News:

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star was Canada’s #1 Hot New Release in Wrestling on Amazon.ca March 14. The book also ranked the following on Amazon:

United States:

#15 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#43 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Canada:

#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#41 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Special thanks to Kristal McKerrington for her appearance on The L. Anne Carrington Show March 12. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen on demand here and here.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 3/17/14

ErrolComeHome

I don’t get many opportunities to feature children’s books on The Book Shelf, but since Harvey Rooster’s Errol Come Home (Errol Cat Mysteries) (Black Feline Publishing, 2013) has been in my reading queue for some time, there was no better time to feature this delightful tale of a sleek black cat with soft, velvety fur and small, pointy ears.

Errol Come Home is the story of Errol’s rooftop ride from being number one in the household to ‘paw’ relation when the ‘little ones’ arrive. He soon discovers the quiet life of sleepy cuddles and full bowls of tuna has changed forever, and journeys next door to find the lady with the red finger nails who has turkey chunks in her gravy.

Featuring illustrations by Jacoba Dorothy, Errol Come Home immediately hooks the reader into Errol’s pampered life being turned upside down with the arrivals of two children and he is no longer the center of attention. When he sees a kitten slip into a neighbor’s home, Errol follows the trail and discovers the aforementioned red fingernailed woman who welcomes him.

Does Errol eventually return home or does he stay with the neighbor? The answer can only be found in this lovely story children can easily follow while learning a life lesson and how Errol handles dilemmas. This is a book that should be included as part of a spring reading library.

SEEN This Week 3/10/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Lorraine Holloway-White has resurrected the Authors on Show main web site. Anyone who remembers the old site is encouraged to contact Lorraine if you’d like to be featured or even lend a hand. We are also seeking self-published authors for future profiles. A new author will be featured every week with their books, book blurbs, and links to their books and blogs.

Publishers Weekly has named Oak Press (the publishing company that released the Bella Andre and Lucy Kevin books) the Fastest Growing Independent Publisher of 2013, the first time a company headed by a self-publisher has hit their list.

Credit crunches and the Internet are making writing careers more difficult that before. The Observer writer Robert McCrum interviewed award-winning authors struggling to make ends meet for his article Tale Spinner. She discussed her new paranormal erotic romance Rough Weather.

Bernard Harold Curgenven started a poetry group, I am Poetry, in October 2013. The group has flourished with about 5400 members at present. Bernard has published 10 books, one being a novel, and the rest are poetry. Seven are currently on Amazon amongst other book stores, all in ebook format.

Do you love werewolves? Then check out Arrival of the Prophecy by Robin Renee Ray. Arrival of the Prophecy is a unique paranormal romance and Robin has not only given us a spine chilling tale about werewolves in this book, but also several other “breeds” in the paranormal realm. The story is solid, very well written and gives us characters we can both love and hate. So if you love ‘were’ creatures as well as a little bit of romance, then this is one book you must include on your reading list!

Author Event of the Week: The Romance Novel Convention will take place July 9-13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is hosting this year’s convention, which will feature RNClasses & RNCounsels, each lasting an hour, six socials, an RNCostume Ball, six RNCasanovas, and much more. Visit the web site to find additional details and become part of this great event.

My Latest News:

I received notice from a reader that Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star has been added to Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia pages. It’s quite an honor to know someone thought my book was worth mentioning!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star  was also one of the top three Hot New Releases in Wrestling shortly following its March 1 release on Amazon.

Many thanks to Kiler Davenport for having me on his show March 8 along with 2016 Compassion Party presidential candidate Roy Dan Baron. Here is the link for those who missed the original broadcast.

I had the honor of appearing on ProSportsFix’s show March 6, where I discussed my latest book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star and other topics. You can listen and download the episode at this link.

I also had a great time talking about the book on The Lost and Found With Danielle March 5. If you missed hearing it live, click here for an on-demand download.

I’d also like to thank everyone who downloaded Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star during the Winter Storm Special free days March 2-3. The book reached #1 in Sports Biographies in the US, Canada, and Germany during both promotions.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.