RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour: SPOTLIGHT” Author, Marcha Fox

Marcha Fox

Newsletter Tips for Authors

You’ve all seen them–those newsletters that do nothing besides hawk the author’s books. Yuck! BOR-ING! And the more often they’re sent, the more boring they are, usually earning an automated spot in your spam folder. Repetition has a place in advertising and promotion, but there are limits. Think about it: How do you react to such emails?

On the other hand, there are some newsletters I look forward to. Why? Because their content is engaging–interesting articles, recommendations for other books, games, giveaways, and sometimes a contest. I love it when I learn something from a newsletter, whether its strictly a new factoid or get to know the author on a more personal basis. I know what their books are and have probably read them, or they’re on my TBR list. If there’s a new one out, great! But I don’t need to be reminded of your one and only book and assumed claim to fame on a daily basis.

Okay, I’ll admit it, like most authors, it took me a while to figure this out. But when I put myself in the recipient’s place, it was what we physicists like to say, “intuitively obvious”. I’ve been told in book promotion classes that a newsletter is one of the most effective ways to connect with fans and potential readers. One thing I’ve discovered is that it’s a great place to stage giveaways. I’ve done those on the public forums, where you don’t know the winner from Adam, which is undoubtedly mutual, and more than likely your book will wind up on eBay. Well, good luck with that, right? If we have trouble selling our books, the likelihood of them succeeding is pretty laughable. More than likely it’s never read and I sincerely doubt I’ve ever garnered a review from one.

However, when I conduct a giveaway via my newsletter it’s greeted by enthusiasm, appreciation, and often a review. It gives me an opportunity to connect with those names on my distribution list, learn more about them, and what they like. I’ve made my giveaways a bit of a challenge by associating it with a contest. Since I write hard science fiction and believe my best fans are geeks like myself, I ask questions that only a geek is likely to know. This way they know I’m genuine and “a member of the club”, so to speak. The picture shows one of them, the object of which was to translate into plain English what it said on my shirt.

Building your newsletter distribution list can be a challenge. There are various gimmicks, some of which work, others that don’t. It usually takes some sort of lure, like a free download, and there are places that help with this. VoraciousReadersOnly.com is one, and RachelBranton.com is another who conducts “reader magnet” giveaways where readers sign up for your newsletter to receive a free download.

These can be annoying because, quite frankly, there are so many leaches out there who just want something for free, and as soon as they get what they want they unsubscribe. I’ve noticed every time I send out a newsletter about 10% unsubscribe. However, I must admit, that many don’t, and I’ve found some awesome fans that way. I’ve had slightly better luck with VoraciousReadersOnly since they are supposed to leave a review and the sponsor will actually nudge them to do so and exclude them from future giveaways if they have a bad history of noncompliance. Keep your expectations fairly low and you’ll probably be pleased. You can’t please all the people all the time.

I can’t say my newsletter has sold a lot of books. However, it has collected some fans and friends. I haven’t had a new release for a while, so the real test will be when that happens and if it’s met with an enthusiastic preorder or a giant yawn. I’ll let you know how that turns out….

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Marcha Fox is an avid science fiction fan and author with over 20 years’ experience in positions ranging from technical writer to engineer to manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physics, which was but a prelude to her interest in the unexplained mysteries of the cosmos. Inspired by science fiction to pursue a career in a technical field, she hopes to instill the same fascination in young readers, while providing older ones with classic hard science fiction.

Born in Peekskill, New York she has lived in California, Utah and Texas in the course of raising her family, which included fifteen years as a stay-at-home mom before returning to college in her 30s to obtain her degree, a feat accomplished while she still had six children at home. All are now grown with children of their own providing her with 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren so far. Never at a loss for something to do, besides writing she’ a professional astrologer who enjoys gardening, her two Bengal cats and a sassy tuxedo, and keeping up with family.

 

 

THE TERRA DEBACLE: PRISONERS AT AREA 51

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Blurb:  Thyron is a flora peda telepathis (telepathic walking plant) from the planet Sapphira on an adventure gone terribly wrong. The bad decision of a human girl and her maniacal robot companion has stranded them on Earth, where his botanical cousins face horrible fates such as consumption by herbivores, incineration, and brutal annihilation for use as building material.

 Following capture, Thyron is transported to Area 51, where NASA exobiologist, Gabe Greenley, studies his every move, ecstatic with the opportunity to examine an entirely new lifeform. In due course, the scientist makes a ground-breaking discovery, distressed by the fact he can never share it due to his security oaths and research agreement. Eventually, he’s confronted by an even worse ethical dilemma that forces him to make a treasonous and potentially deadly decision.

 Will Thyron’s psychic powers be enough to save him? Is Greenley friend or foe? Or does the exobiologist have a few secrets of his own?

 Find out in this unique combination of hard science fiction, suspense, and a touch of humor populated with memorable characters in a setting loaded with intrigue. Unexpected plot twists coupled with a unique ending make this an unforgettable tale whether you’re a science fiction fan, botanist, UFO aficionado, or simply enjoy a good story.

 

Twitter: @startrailsiv

Facebook:  @marchafoxauthor

Website: https://www.startrailssaga.com

 

 

 

“TREAT” Reads Blog Hop: Author, Robert Fear #RRBC #RRBCTreatReads

Author, Robert Fear

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

Book: EXCLUSIVE PEDIGREE https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HDWF1CY/

Book Blurb: John Fear was born into a religious sect known as the Exclusive Brethren. This sheltered him from the outside world as he grew up, but could not hide him from its influences. A struggle began in his mind that led him to leave the Brethren, along with his young family. Rather than reacting as many do and totally abandoning any belief system, John remained true to his convictions and continued a strongly religious way of life. Still serving God he worked in many places throughout the world, rubbing shoulders with famous people such as Billy Graham, Mother Teresa and Cliff Richard.

 The writing style of this book is dynamic and engaging. John’s personality shines through and he paints an insightful account of his personal life and surrounding historical events. This account is not a sensationalised expose of the Exclusive Brethren. Instead, it follows one man’s life journey and is brought to life through his diary entries and family letters. This beautifully edited book is more than a memoir. It is a delightful mix of history, social customs, travel and belief. An honest, personal and emotive account of how religion can touch and shape a person’s life – forever.

Twitter: @fredsdiary1981

#RRBC Spotlight Author for August: Carol Marrs Phipps

Our most recent book, Wham! will be featured during my blog tour and interviews.

“WHAM! (Timewalker Book 1)”

Wham by Carol Marrs Phipps

BOOK BLURB:

When the World Alliance seized power from all the governments of the world, they said it was for the greater good. They said it was necessary to unite all the nations of the globe under one banner in order to bring universal peace, equality and prosperity to the world.

To most families throughout the world, the rise of the Alliance and their grandiose promises meant little. They had long grown weary of the lies of the corrupt law-makers and heads of state and were far more concerned with their day-to-day struggles to survive.

The Greenwood family was no exception, and for a time life went on much as it had before the rise of the Alliance. In time, individual cultural and racial identity were outlawed. They said it was for the greater good. They said it was necessary to create a more harmonious, homogenous world community. The Greenwood family adapted.

But then they took away freedom. They made it mandatory for all households and public buildings to have skinwelers, crystal spying balls in every room, in order to watch the people’s every move. They said it was for the greater good. They said it was necessary for public safety and civil order. And the Greenwood family adapted.

But then the state took their family farm and lands and moved them to Gollsport where they had built barracks for all the displaced citizens. They said it was for the greater good. They said the countryside had become contaminated by farm chemicals and the relocation was for their continued health and safety. Once again, the Greenwood family adapted.

But then they came in the night and took away seventeen year-old Tess Greenwood’s entire family. They said it was for the greater good. They said Tess would adapt and in time she would be far better for it.

But Tess cared not for the Alliance’s greater good. She did not adapt. She wanted her family back and vowed to do whatever she must in order to see them again. Little did she know, that to keep her vow, she would have to become a timewalker.

 

Itinerary for Month of August:

Blog Tour: 8/6/17 – 8/12/17

will be our “SPOTLIGHT” Author for the entire month of August.

Here is the line-up of my blog tour:

Sunday, 8/6/17

Room With Books

Monday, 8/7/17

Tuesday, 8/8/17 

Wednesday, 8/9/17

Thursday, 8/10/17

Friday, 8/11/17

Saturday, 8/12/17

“Bring On The Spotlight” Radio Show: TBA

“Who’s On The Shelf?” Interview: TBA

“SPOTLIGHT” Support Day: TBA

More details will be available daily, HERE: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/spotlight-authors/

 

Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Peggy Hattendorf

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Developing Good Dialogue

Developing good dialogue should be easy since it’s basically a conversation with two or more people. We talk and converse with people everyday.  However, we’ve all experienced times in discourse when we take pause – not really sure what to say or how to say it.

For the writer this is magnified as crisp and precise sentences must be developed not just for one but for a host of characters. Then the wording must appear authentic and thread seamlessly in communications between and among characters.

Dialogue is paramount and can make or break a story. Every word must be pondered, every word the proper fit and every descriptive term or adverb cautiously applied.

It’s the essential ingredient that progresses the movement and adds the dramatic touch and overtones to the narration.

Good dialogue commands the writer have an awareness and understanding of the differences in the way people speak and the length of their sentences. Consideration must be given to the use of inflections, slang terms, swear words and colloquialisms. An understanding of socio-economic status and circumstances, geographic locations, accents and regional dialects are also fundamentals in developing appropriate dialogue.

The process of writing dialogue must be viewed from several perspectives. There’s dialogue that requires us to get into the minds of our characters to understand their feelings, thoughts and motivations. Then there’s the scenes where we deliberately keep the character in the dark and don’t permit him/her to act or speak as if he/she has the knowledge of what’s about to happen.

Dialogue must be credible and believable. Dialogue must be meaningful, appropriate and at times dramatic. Dialogue must have rising conflict. Dialogue must be properly placed to interrupt and transition narration.

Dialogue that delivers on all these points will make the book vibrant and come alive in the mind of the reader.

I welcome your comments or questions and am reachable at:

Peggy@peggyhattendorf.com

Author – Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty Travel Editor – hers Magazine

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Author Bio:

Peggy’s earlier careers helped cultivate and enrich her interest in writing. In her executive positions in the non-profit field, she had the opportunity to compose technical and operational handbooks for staff and volunteers for a number of name recognized organizations. Her management experience guided her to a multi-decade second career in the travel industry highlighted with the co-founding of a nationwide marketing consortium and independent contractor network. With over 5000 members, generating $180 million in annual sales, she wrote daily travel updates and news briefs distributed electronically to the membership.  Today, she maintains an ambitious travel schedule and is the Travel Editor for hers Magazine where she writes travel feature articles and Hotel Review blog posts. In addition, she still serves on a number on non-profit boards.  Her background with upscale and luxury travel products served as cornerstones in the character development and storyline of her first novel – “Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty.” She is currently working on her second book.

 

 

Author Contact:
Twitter: @peggyhattendorf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peggy.hattendorf
Website: www.peggyhattendorf.com

 

Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Gwendolyn M. Plano

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Excerpt from Chapter Nine

Our torments eventually bring us to a place of trust—in the divine, in the universe, in the unnamed One, in Life. This trust is not the naive notion that we will be spared hardships and disappointments. Rather, it is the hard-earned trust that comes from glimpsing the consecrated journey for which we were created.

Most of us have photos of ourselves as happy babies, much like the one of my toddler self smiling with my new dolly in front of the Christmas tree. As infants, we didn’t think about love; we simply knew it. Then, as we began to walk life’s craggy terrain, our knowing of love slipped into the shadows of our experience . . . and fear emerged.

Much of our life journey is about searching for this early love, this Perfect Love. More often than not, our most effective guides are those that figuratively and literally push us up against the wall. Health crises and sometimes devastating circumstances provide us with opportunity after opportunity to address our fear through the choices before us—freedom or enslavement, self-value or self-depreciation, love or hate, trust or despair.

Our unlikely and unwanted teachers goad us to make decisions that ultimately help us rediscover the love that has always awaited us. This love is not the transient love nurtured with flowers and layered in sweet dreams. It is the phoenix love that arises from the ashes of our struggles to free our hearts and give us glee. This powerful love overshadows storybook fantasies and late-night reveries. It casts out all fear and walks with us through the maze of our misperceptions to a place of compassion and reconciliation. Though it may take a lifetime, we relearn what it means to bask in the love we knew when we were just toddlers.

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Author Bio:

Gwendolyn M Plano spent her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut and California. She has multiple academic degrees, including one in Theology and one in Counseling. Recently Gwen retired, and she now devotes herself to writing, travel, volunteer work, and her beautiful grandchildren.

 

Book Link:

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Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Tara Fairfield

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What inspires you?

As a writer, I often get asked about what inspires me. Everyone is inspired by something. Whether it’s a person, place or memory, our hearts respond, are awakened to reach higher and do something to contribute to this world.

For me, the ocean lifts its’ voice to reach inside my soul and move my spirit.  It is my muse. Maybe it’s because the sea changes over time, has moods, touches every sense, is filled with life and holds hidden secrets. If you are a scuba diver you know the ocean is not a quiet place. Sound is amplified under water and travels great distances to tell its’ story. I have only to sit on a beach, inhale salty air, listen to crashing waves and I am held in its’ sway.

In a world overflowing with distractions, the sea reminds me what is important: To raise my own voice without holding back. To nurture life. To understand I cannot do this journey alone, we are all connected. To accept there are times to be calm and times to demonstrate fury and fight for what is right. To never forget to give thanks to the one who created me.

The ocean exemplifies how to live with power and abandon. The sea is alive and if you listen, tells a story that inspires awe.

The seas have lifted up, Lord,

the seas have lifted up their voice;

the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,

mightier than the breakers of the sea–

the Lord on high is mighty. Psalm 93

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Author Bio:

Dr. Fairfield is a licensed psychologist with her doctorate from Northern Arizona University.  With twenty-five years of professional experience and after raising three children, Tara finally realized her dream of writing a novel.

When Tara’s not writing you’ll find her playing on the ocean in her kayak or just hanging out with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

 

MAKAI QUEEN

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Makai-Queen-Tara-Fairfield-ebook/dp/B00B7PM3HA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432955068

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/makai-queen-tara-fairfield/1110606035?ean=9781937756703

MAKAI KING

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Makai-King-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00N7407W2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432943117

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/makai-king-tara-fairfield/1120256263?ean=9781939989123

 

WHEN MY LION CALLS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/When-Lion-Calls-River-Truth-ebook/dp/B00T7SJN4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432954950&sr=8-1&keywords=When+My+Lion+calls

 

 

Find Tara online:
Twitter: @makaiqueen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fairfield/293728984155377

Website: http://tarafairfield.com/index.html

Rave Reviews Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Helen Treharne

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I always wanted to write. Always. As a very young child I wrote short stories about an orphan called Annabelle who became the charge of a wealthy family and had lots of crime fighting adventures wearing crinolines.  When I was I around nine, my primary school teacher asked all the pupils in my class what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some said nurses, others said fire-fighters. There may have been one or two doctors or policeman in there too. Bizarrely, I think one may have said accountant. When it came to me, I proudly said “Author”.

So what happened? Why did it take the best part of twenty years for me to become one? Like many people, I have very diverse interests. I loved history through my academic life, as well as English and the classics. I also happened to be very good at art. Nobody seems to encourage kids to think of writing as a profession and my experience is no different. Relatively bright academically, that’s where my focus was driven and I was happy enough. There were plenty of things I found interesting.  It wasn’t all about hitting the books though, my skill with a pencil and charcoal was picked up on, and until I was around sixteen I was pretty certain I would study Art at university.  I was incredibly frustrated with the way art was taught in school and controversially decided not to take it any further, abandoning it in favour of A Levels in English, History and Sociology and then later with a degree in Sociology (with English Literature and Philosophy in the first year).

My career trajectory looked like it might be an academic one and for a while I entertained the thought of studying the social sciences further, lecturing even. Despite it all though, nothing ever seemed to feel quite right.  Once I graduated I had a run of sales and marketing jobs, including in the construction industry, and ended up working for a specialist company. My career in recruitment lasted for more than ten years, with every day a success but leaving me feeling decidedly hollow. Good works, volunteering, working with the disadvantaged – nothing seemed to fill that gap.

Then something peculiar happened. I am a huge fan of fitness and lifestyle guru Jillian Michaels and I can attribute much of my relationship to writing to her. Why? I was driving in my car one day, listening to her podcast. She was talking about living a fulfilling life and building a career out of something you love. I immediately bought her book Unlimited, which outlines a framework for building an exceptional life.  One of the elements in working out what you should be doing with your life is thinking about what you wanted to do as a kid and find a way of doing that, or something akin to it, now.  That’s most likely to be the thing your core self wants and would make you happy – the things that you would love to do if society would stop telling you what you should do for a minute.  It might not be entirely possible of course. You may not have the talent to make it as a pop star, but perhaps you could teach music, work in a studio or open a music store!

I looked back and thought – writer, I’m writer! But what should I write about. I had a couple of failed starts. Once was a Christmas story for children set in an alternative universe (I will work that out and finish it one day… this year if things go to plan). I also tried to write a few short stories, some of which I published in Off the Bench. Then an idea came to me – a vampire book with a female lead who was on the face of it ordinary and one who wasn’t going to fall in love with vampires. I wanted to write the type of book I would have liked to have read in my early twenties. With that ‘Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story’  and the Sophie Morgan vampire series was born.

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Writing Relative Strangers was very much a work of pleasure. I put no pressure on myself and when I published it as an eBook, I honestly didn’t expect anyone to buy it.  When people began downloaded and reviewing it was amazed. Yet I didn’t think of myself as a writer. I didn’t even tell friends. My husband and mother knew… that’s it!

The initial flurry of sales gave me a boost and I decided to publish in paperback using Createspace. The rise of print-on-demand services for authors is a wonderful thing. It means we can reach a broader audience. For me, it was printing in paperback that made me feel like an author. When my first bundle of printed copies arrived I carefully thumbed their pages and smelled the contents. I ran my fingers over the cover and loved the touch. It was everything that I hoped it would be.  I took three copies and stacked them on my bookshelf, sat back and admired them. Did I feel like a writer yet? Almost, but not quite. Then someone bought one. Then a friend asked for some signed copies as gifts.  EBook sales have outstripped paperback sales considerably, but there is something about looking at those hard copies on my shelf that, yes, I am a writer.

Helen Treharne is the creator of the developing “Sophie Morgan Vampire Series” as well as short stories and other prose. Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. When she’s not writing she spends her time daytime hours working in communications and volunteers for a feline welfare charity. She also runs a very successful book blog, reviewing and promoting the work of other indie authors. She also can’t stop purchasing stationery. She can be found at her blog, Facebook page and on Twitter.

In Loving Memory of Kathryn Chastain Treat

IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATHRYN CHASTAIN TREAT

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Kathryn C. Treat passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 2:20 am (California time).  On Friday, Dec. 19, after having a wonderful time at the Rave Reviews Book Club’s virtual Christmas party, in a virtual chat room with her fellow RRBC VIP Lounge members, Kathryn informed that she was not feeling well and that she was going to leave.  Shortly thereafter, she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and then lapsed into a coma.

Kathryn was an honorary board member of the Rave Reviews Book Club, where she served as Membership Director from Dec. 2013, until October, 2014.  Kathryn is the author of “ALLERGIC TO LIFE:  MY BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL, COURAGE AND HOPE.”   She inspired and encouraged many with this book so if you have not had the pleasure of reading it, please head to Amazon and get your copy.

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Kathryn was a dedicated member of RRBC until her passing and she was one of the most supportive members the club had…not just to one, but to all.  Kathryn leaves to mourn her husband, her mother, a sister, her two daughters, a son-in-law and three grand-kids (who she adored more than life), as well as her entire RRBC family.

Let us remember Kathryn and honor her memory by always being kind to one another and by always offering our support to another.  It’s what she did.  It’s how she lived.  It’s who she was.  In honor, many blogs across the world are memorializing Kathryn today with the same post that you see here.   If Kathryn touched your life in anyway, please share your memories and comments below.  As everyone who knew Kathryn may not yet know of her home-going, we ask that you also share this page on all your social media forums.

We have erected a memorial page on the Rave Reviews Book Club site that will remain.  Please stop by to leave your comments and memories of Kathryn as well, so that her family will get a sense of just how loved she was by so many.  There you will also find more information on Kathryn and how RRBC has planned to continually honor her in other ways.

THANK YOU!

Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Rochelle Carter

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Why I’m proud to be a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club

 

As a publisher and author, I am always seeking ways to help my authors get promoted. I am a huge fan of having them connect through a community, however with such a virtual staff and team of authors it has been difficult to really get them on board with each other.

Rave Reviews Book Club is the only group I know that rewards its member handsomely through publicity for showing up and supporting each other.

This may seem like a little thing for most authors, but for me, an introvert, it fits my lifestyle perfectly.

  1. I like to read books- #RRBC allows me to choose, from highlighted members or at random from a list of members, an author that I can read, support and see their progress without wading through millions of Amazon books. I have my favorites, but it’s nice to whittle down the “give it a try” list to engaged authors in the group
  2. I like to play on twitter- Now I have people I search for regularly to retweet and share information with. Gone are the days of wandering through twitter, now I just hit the #RRBC hashtag to see what’s new with the crew!
  3. I love to play in chat rooms- Do you even remember what those are? I don’t always get to make it, but chat rooms are so much fun for our book of the month authors to gather, answer questions and overall just show off their books. I love getting to know more about them in an informal setting, and I prefer the room to Facebook honestly.

These are just my top three “likes” for RRBC, but there are many more. I am happy to be a part of such a great group of supportive authors, and I hope they don’t find me too difficult and kick me out… J

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Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Blog Tour for John Howell, Author of My GRL

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This is the second stop on what has been a fantastic tour as a Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author. If you would like to be chosen for this honor you need to be a member. To find out how go to the website http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/ and read all about it. You can also see all my tour stops listed under Spotlight Authors.

Thank you so much for hosting me. This is a good time and place to let your readers know a little about my book. The first thing people ask me when they see the title My GRL is, “Is there a typo in your title?” I have to chuckle since most of the people asking that question are usually on the lookout for an expired date on the can of peas or carton of milk at the store. It is plain they do not want any “spoiled” goods on their hands. The reason the title is written that way it is the name of a boat. It is the boat which John J. Cannon has bought and is unaware My GRL has been targeted by a splinter group of terrorists. They want to use the boat as a floating bomb to destroy the Annapolis midshipmen on their summer cruise. They have selected John’s boat because in New York harbor it would not stand out from all the other boats that will be there to celebrate Fleet Week on the east coast.

The story is through the eyes of John Cannon a very successful San Francisco litigation lawyer. He finds himself in a position after fifteen years of practicing law of wanting to take some time off. He arranges to take a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat. He is thinking of starting a charter business and finds that he will need to work hard to get a license. He goes to school to learn how to operate his boat and is becoming more proficient. His first inkling that there may be trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. He is the only one standing between the terrorists and the accomplishment of their mission.

John Cannon is an ordinary guy who wants nothing more than to try and become fulfilled in pursuit of a dream. He is not a superhero, but a person who becomes caught up in the machinations of those whose objective is destroying symbols of American strength and thereby discrediting America itself.

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My GRL is the first book in the John Cannon trilogy. The second, titled His Revenge is now with the publisher and continues the story of John trying to be normal under extraordinary circumstances. John has dedicated himself to bring the leaders of the terrorist group to justice with the help of the Police chief of a small fishing village who is a veteran of the FBI. The action is stepped up when the leader of the terrorists decides to use John as a pawn to meet the group’s goals.

The final story in the Trilogy has the working title of Our Justice and should be finished by the end of December. As the title suggests this story is not only the final book in the trilogy, but also the final resolution of John’s efforts to eliminate the terrorist threat.

My GRL can be found:

US – http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B00HV3QECW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406542498&sr=1-2

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Australia –   http://www.amazon.com.au/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B00HV3QECW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406542498&sr=1-2

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-grl-john-w-howell/1118199518?ean=9781625530592

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/my-grl/id803503649?mt=11

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