Book of the Week 4/14/14

MurderByPlane

I visit the Pinterest social media site on a regular basis and often come across books of interest that were “pinned” by other members. One Pinterest discovery that caught my eye was T.E. Avery’s Murder by Plane (Amazon Digital Services, 2012), a captivating story of actor/aviator Reginald St. John’s belief that he’d killed his fiancee in a plane crash until evidence proves she was murdered.

Murder by Plane is a detective novel with a classic “old movie” aura, its plot set in the 1930‘s. The book begins on a slow note, but soon picks up the pace once the death of Reginald’s fiancee is attributed to murder. There are few details omitted as Avery guides us through the unveiling of murder, why the fiancee was targeted, and possible suspects, with ambitions and rivalries of starlets in between.

Sure, some areas could’ve used some additional editing, but the overall story will grab and hold readers’ interests until the murder suspect’s identity is revealed. Prepare to be surprised; if my first guess was far off the mark, yours will likely be as well.

Murder by Plane combines the golden years of Hollywood with intriguing mystery, a great read one can finish in a night or two. Hopefully, no one will be affected by the idea of flying once they finish this fine novel.

SEEN This Week 4/7/14

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

Karen Charlton will run a workshop for aspiring novelists June 12 at Stockton Library, County Durham from 6-9pm. Interested parties may book a spot by contacting Claire Pratt at 01642 528044.

Follow Jeff Guernsey’s wife as she fights with cancer through her journal and writings. He added some comments to help readers follow what she is saying through her good and bad days. It is her hope that this book will help others not give up.
Email jguerns@yahoo.com with questions or to order your copy of the book.

Theresa Oliver’s short story is just .99 cents! Reviews are needed. She is making it into a screenplay for a television movie soon.

Wode Susu-My Uncle: A Story of the Chinese Mafia is Tim Lilly’s first novel that was published on January 3, 2013. You can view the book’s video trailer at at this link. He has begun writing the prequel entitled Wode Susu-My Uncle:The Beginning. In the prequel you will learn many facets of the central character of the Chinese Mafia Boss Chan Wan San and his rise to power by taking over the Shanghai Mafia and morphing it into the Golden Dragon Society.

Renee Roszel’s Valentine’s Knight has been chosen as a RITA finalist and nominated for a RT Readers Choice.

Walter Daniel’s work Aestas, or Poems of Walter Daniel has had its 13th update of the year. Click here to check out what’s new.

Author Event of the Week: Check out The Book Splash, an author signing event that’s like no other. Come sail away in February 2015 with For The Love of Books and your favorite authors on a 4-night Royal Caribbean Bahamas cruise! Book your spot now through May 1 to be part of an author panel, author signing, and more exclusive events for The Book Splash attendees only. Book before April 16 and be entered to win a free event fee. Visit Book Splash’s Facebook page to learn more and how to claim your spot!

My Latest News:

Thanks to all who participated in the April 5-6 free download weekend of all four books in The Cruiseweight Series and Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star. Worldwide downloads reached past the 200 mark!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon paid sales April 3:

#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#49 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.

Book of the Week 4/7/14

DeathofWCWUpdated

One day removed from WWE’s annual WrestleMania event, I thought it would be appropriate to profile R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez’s updated version of their best seller The Death of WCW. You can read my September 16, 2013 Book of the Week profile on the original book at this link.

The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bestselling Classic — Revised and Expanded (ECW Press, Tenth Anniversary Edition, 2014) is scheduled for release October 14, 2014, complete with revisions and updated information not included in the first edition.

Book Blurb (courtesy of Amazon):

In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. It seemed the company could do no wrong.

But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company — having lost a whopping 95% of its audience — was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest.

What went wrong? This expanded and updated version of the bestselling Death of WCW takes readers through a detailed dissection of WCW’s downfall, including even more commentary from the men who were there and serves as an object lesson — and dire warning — as WWE and TNA hurtle toward the 15th anniversary of WCW’s demise.

The book is available for pre-order in paperback on Amazon.com.