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Thriller Blog Tour Signup! The Oath of Nimrod by David S. Brody November 3 – November 28


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David S. Brody will be touring November 3 – November 28 with his thriller, The Oath of Nimrod!

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PUYB Inside the Book

 

Rounded Oath

A mysterious race of North American giants. An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound. A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons. Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

PUYB Meet the Author

David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston’s “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.

His latest book is the thriller, The Oath of Nimrod

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Proof of Angels By Mary Curran Hackett Book Review

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Title:  Proof of AngelsProof of Angels by Mary Curran Hackett

Author:  Mary Curran Hackett

Publisher:  Wm Morrow

Release Date:  November 4, 2014

Pages:  320

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction

About the Book:

From the critically acclaimed author of Proof of Heaven comes an unforgettable novel about hope, renewal, and the gift of angels among us—friends, family, lovers . . . and even mystical others—sure to touch your heart

Sean Magee is a firefighter—a hero who risks his own life to save others, running into dangerous situations few have the courage to dare. While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean becomes trapped by flames and is nearly overcome by smoke. Just when it seems that all is lost, he’s led to a window—by what he swears is divine intervention. And then he jumps . . .

. . . into a new life. For years, Sean has shut down his feelings, existing in a state of emotional numbness. Coming through that fire, he knows that he can no longer be that man whose his heart is closed to the world. But before he can face his future, he must confront his past and everyone in it: the family, the friends, the woman—and the love—he carelessly left behind.

Wanda’s Review:

Sean needed to know if what he saw on the day of the fire was real. He needed some proof. In the past Sean had done a lot of horrible things to people he loved because of his alcohol addiction. In many ways he felt broken. But Sean believes there are reasons for disconnected events and people in his life. He did not understand them, but he knew he had to trust that these miraculous events really did happen and for a reason.

The author’s writing is inviting and descriptive – an easy and relaxed read. The storyline takes us on a journey of discovery that brings the book to a satisfying, although rather predictable, conclusion. A delightful read! 4 stars.

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Mary Curran HackettAbout the Author:

Mary Curran Hackett is the mother of two children and is married to Greg Hackett. She received an MA in English Literature from the University of Nebraska and a BA from the University Honors Program at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Danbury, CT, she has traveled extensively and lived in various places throughout the U.S., but her favorite place in the world is home with her kids, husband, and her stacks of books.

 


Guest Post: “The 100 Rejections Strategy: An Almost Foolproof, Nearly Effortless, Slightly Masochistic Plan for Getting Yourself Published,” by James Ryan Daley

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JRD1As someone with a decade of experience as both an editor and author, I’ve been asked about a thousand times what the “secret” is for getting published. While I don’t believe that there is any real secret, I happened to receive some great advice on the matter when I was just starting out as a writer myself, so I happily pass it along to anyone who asks. The advice comes from my college writing mentor, Kenny Cook (author of The Girl From Charnell, and about a thousand beautiful and heartbreaking short stories) and it basically goes like this: “Write well and collect 100 rejection letters every year.”

Now, it goes without saying that the first half of this advice is by far the more important (and difficult) piece to follow. That being said, “How to write well” is a bit too broad of a topic for a 500 word blog post, so right now I’m going to focus on the second part of the advice: collect 100 rejection letters every year. While not as critical to getting published as, you know, actually writing well, it has nonetheless proved quite valuable to me and to everyone I know who’s tried it.

Here’s the basic idea:

  1. You make it your goal to receive 100 rejection letters every year.
  2. You DO NOT set any kind of goal for how many stories (or books, or essays, or whatever you write) will actually get published.
  3. Every time you get a rejection letter, you check one off of your goal of 100.
  4. Every time you get something published, you immediately submit something new, so as to ensure that you don’t fall short of your 100 rejections.

This is a brilliant strategy for two reasons. First of all, it forces you to submit your work to lots and lots of potential publishers. One of the most difficult hurdles to overcome as a new writer is getting yourself out of the slush pile, and the best way to overcome that hurdle is to get yourself into as many slush piles as humanly possible. It’s simple math: the more distracted editorial assistants who read your story, the more likely it is that one of them will actually like it.

The second (and arguably more important) reason that this is such a brilliant strategy is that it takes all the pain out of getting rejected. Sure, those first few rejections are going to hurt no matter what, but by number twenty, they will hardly bother you at all. And by number 90

(I swear this is true) you’ll be so focused on reaching your goal that you will actually get excited when you receive a rejection. Why is it so important to take the pain out of rejection? Again, it really comes down to the math: the less discouraged you are by rejections, the more likely you are to continue submitting, and the more you submit, the more you will publish.

So if you happen to be a writer who is just starting to think about getting yourself published, I strongly encourage you to give the 100 Rejections Strategy a shot. While I can’t guarantee any results (after all, you still need to figure out how to write well), I can assure you that you will be no worse off for trying. After all, even if you don’t get a single publication, at least you will have eliminated the possibility that you’re just not trying hard enough.

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 Title:  Jesus Jackson

Genre:  Young Adult Mystery
Author: James Ryan Daley
Website: www.jamesryandaley.com
Publisher:  The Poisoned Pencil
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Ryan Daley is a writer, editor, and digital designer. After earning an MFA in fiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004, James has spent most of the years since teaching writing to college students, creating websites about video games, and editing anthologies of fiction and political rhetoric. When he’s not glued to his computer, James can usually be found skiing the slopes of Vermont’s famous mountains or sailing the harbors of Rhode Island. He lives in Newport, RI with his wife and two daughters.

Website: http://jamesryandaley.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/24102.James_Ryan_Daley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamesryandaley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesdaley

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/iD3nMqCzjxo