I am pleased to share another wonderful five star reader review of TARNISHED VALOR written by Doc Door. It is available (along with my other two novels) through September 6 on Kindle at a discounted price of 99 cents. It is also available for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. http://amazon.com/dp/B01DT1Q6HM
I have been diagnosed with a severe case of rectal cancer that might take my life. I can accept the hand I have been dealt (because of my faith), but if my medical treatment fails, I am haunted by fear of my wife’s future well-being. As a self-published author I know expectations of financial wind-falls from the sale of my novels are a pipe dream, but any royalties in the future could help her survive without me. I need to position my novels so they may sell in the future, and two items that may help this to occur are to generate large numbers of reader reviews and increase the number of books sold.
To this end I am offering the Kindle editions of all three novels for 99 cents from Wednesday, August 31 through Tuesday, September 6. I would appreciate anyone providing reader reviews posted to Amazon. The reviews need not be long and wordy. Each 99 cent purchase will help with sales numbers.
I describe my writing as novels of significant cultural and historic events masked in a costume of fiction. My novels include:
THE BLANKET HILL INSURGENCY, a novel of Baby Boomers caught in the slowly developing cultural war of the sixties fueled by the War in Vietnam resulting in the shootings at Kent State University. Kindle link of http://amazon.com/dp/b01b26ljfu.
BREAKING LIBERATOR’S SHACKLES, an inspirational novel of an American Airman’s enslavement as a Japanese Prisoner of War during World War Two. Kindle link of http://amazon.com/dp/b019xyor8y
TARNISHED VALOR, a novel depicting the struggle Veterans of the Vietnam War endured when returning home bearing scars of war while facing a society that changed during their absence. Kindle link of http://amazon.com/dp/b01dt1q6hm.
Each novel is also available through Kindle Unlimited and in print of both standard and large print versions (print versions are not discounted). I would also appreciate sharing of this post.
Every week the local newspaper, the McCormick Messenger, publishes a book review written by the noted author of fifteen historical books, Bobby F. Edmonds. Mr. Edmonds is the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award. On May 19, 2016 my novel, TARNISHED VALOR, became the subject of his review. I am honored to copy the following from this review:
Terry Wilson describes his book as “a tribute to all the men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States during the era of the Vietnam War.”
The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and the southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, and South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The divisive war, increasingly unpopular at home, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973, and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than three million people, including 58,000 Americans were killed in the conflict.
When American servicemen returned home from Vietnam, each returned to a different world than they knew prior to engagement in the War. Our nation’s culture changed. Veterans no longer were held in the high esteem their parents enjoyed following World War Two. Childhood friends who avoided the military draft ridiculed these returning heroes. Each faced a stigma of disrespect causing many to question their own worthiness.
58,272 names are now engraved in the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. In addition to the men and women killed in action, thousands of additional names will never find their place on the wall. These heroes died following their return home as a direct result of their service in Vietnam. Both physical and emotional wounds, as well as disease caused from exposure to Agent Orange, attests to the supreme sacrifice each rendered.
Years after loss of his leg in Vietnam, Sam Davis visits the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor Paul Morse, the man who saved his life. Sam remembers, “Paul was probably the best friend I ever had. He came from Philadelphia and was a standout athlete in high school. He had been the quarterback on the football team and an excellent pitcher on the baseball team. Prior to entering the Army, he received a minor league contract with a team in Florida. That’s what drew the two of us together. I was the catcher on my high school team. It provided us a bond from the start.”
But, Paul’s name was not inscribed on the wall. Why? Sam saw him killed. Could he have survived?
Against all odds, Sam searched for the friend and hero he owes everything, and rediscovers his own strength, resiliency and faith along the way.
Tarnished Valor is an exciting, exceptional reading experience readers will remember for a long time. Tarnished Valor will add to accomplished writer Terry Wilson’s growing list of novels.
Wilson said, “Writing consumes a substantial amount of my time, and as a retired architect who had a fast-pace and hectic schedule, I needed to stay busy or go insane. I started writing fiction (a novel and short stories) in the sixties during free time while I served in the army… getting drunk everyday did not appeal to me. Architecture and writing both requires creativity, and it come natural to me. Historic fiction requires creativity closer in kind to architectural creativity than does other genres. In successful architecture all creativity must take a backseat to project requirements such as fulfilling a client’s functional requirements, the laws of physics, budgets, codes, and the like… clients still expected creativity. Historic fiction is similar… there is no clean slate. Historic facts, places and figures create a structure a writer’s creativity is bound by. I don’t have to create the historic events, but the fiction has to realistically mesh with them.
This author is pleased to share the following reader review for my novel, Tarnished Valor:
By Diana Wilder, an author, on May 12, 2016- 5 star review on Amazon.
Tarnished Valor– a story of persistence, justice and friendship after the Vietnam War
It is March 10, 1990, a day that is of crucial importance in the fight for fair treatment of disabled Americans. Thousands of supporters of the Americans with Disabilities Act have descended upon the Capitol to support the passage of the Act. And in a dramatic climax of the day’s events, many of them abandoned their wheelchairs and crutches and participated in the famous ‘Crawl’ up the steps of the Capitol. Sam Davis, who lost a leg in the Vietnam war during the Tet Offensive, is there to show his support and then, once the Crawl is over, to visit the Vietnam Memorial to find the name of his buddy, Paul Morse, who was killed in the same fighting that cost Sam his leg.
But Paul’s name is not there, and Sam, whose life he saved, and who watched him fall to Vietcong bullets, is determined to learn the true story.
This is the start of a tale of courage, persistence, justice and friendship. It touches upon times that many of us can recall, when the veterans of the Vietnam conflict who returned home to scorn, hatred and abuse, were finally given the recognition they deserved by a country that had turned its back on them. Reading it and remembering my feelings, as a child of a military family during that time, brought back memories. I might suggest that it be read in history classes as an illustration of its moment in time.
The author conducted a goodly amount of research for the background of TARNISHED VALOR. Any official character – congressman, senator, associate – that is named in the story actually existed, and their part in the ADA movement is well-documented. I found myself remembering the time before wheelchair ramps and curbs adjusted to accommodate the disabled. Wilson expresses the difficulties and frustrations through Sam’s eyes, and somehow sheds a feeling of hope for those of us who know that their struggle will meet with success.
I would recommend TARNISHED VALOR to anyone interested in the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict, aware of the struggle to accommodate Americans with Disabilities, and interested in a little bit of detective work by an attractive, determined hero. And if you like to have a very nice love story added to the mix, you are in for a treat.
Disclosure: I assisted with proofreading this manuscript. I also gave some feedback on the book. I purchased this book because I enjoyed it and the bittersweet memories it brought along with its good, compelling story. I recommend it highly.
I have added to reviews I have written for excellent or exceptional novels. The following is the review for a very solid 5 star read:
THE SAFEGUARD: A NOVEL OF GEORGIA IN 1864 by Diana Wilder, Historical Novel (crossing into romance), 457 pages, ISBN: 978-0692548349
An Exceptional Slice of History:
For readers who enjoy exceptional historic fiction, Civil War fiction or romantic fiction, THE SAFEGUARD: A NOVEL OF GEORGIA IN 1864 is one novel I recommend as a must read.
When Union troops crossed through Northwest Georgia during Sherman’s march on Atlanta, the mistress of a plantation showed compassion for all wounded soldiers, and opened her home as a hospital where she took it upon herself to care for these men. So impressed by her actions, the Union commander avoided foraging of her plantation and the adjacent town. As the Union forces continued their march to Atlanta, the General left a Safeguard, a wounded Union soldier, to protect the plantation (the mistress and hospitalized soldiers) and the town. Once Union forces vacated, bands of outcasts pillaged, raped and murdered in the communities left unprotected behind Union lines. The Union Safeguard became entangled providing protection against overwhelming odds to a community sympathetic to the Confederacy but concerned for their safety.
The storytelling by the author is fantastic. All characters are well developed, and this reader quickly developed empathy for them…. Even actions of the antagonists found my understanding and sympathy. I found this story a better portrayal of this time in history than GONE WITH THE WIND.
Disclaimer: I have communicated with the author, Diana Wilder, for about two years on authors’ threads. I finally decided to place her novel on my reading list. I am very happy I did. Now that I’ve read this work, she has become one of my all-time favorite authors.
I have just added to my reviews of exceptional or excellent works by other authors. The review of OATH BREAKER by Erin Riley follows. Please see all of my reviews by selecting the Recommended Reads page of this site.
I DIDN’T WANT THE TRILOGY TO END:
When I reviewed the first book of this trilogy, I stated in my review, “As an author myself, I have read a substantial number of novels of many genres for over the last half century, and ODIN’S SHADOW definitely resonates as one of the best.” I wondered if the Author, Erin Riley, would be able to maintain the same quality for the two sequels. Now that I have read both of the sequels, the only problem I have with them is that I will not be able to enjoy a continuation of the story.
Ms. Riley has become one of my favorite authors. He story telling is fantastic. Her character development is superb revealing emotions allowing the reader to easily understand each character’s actions… even the antagonists. Descriptions of the settings are developed quite well without creating many paragraphs taking away from the flow of the story. Although the listed genre is historical romance, the books are quality literary fiction set in historically accurate times from hundreds of years ago. OATH BREAKER has placed the keystone on a remarkable set of books.
Disclaimer: I received an advanced review copy from the Author of OATH BREAKER. I came to know the author through writer threads on social media at the time she was looking for reviews for the first book in this series. Although I have never met her, I have found her to be a wonderful person to approach as I seek comments for my own writing. I look forward in anticipation for her next work.