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.
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.
A wonderful start to the New Year: At 8:00 AM today BREAKING LIBERATOR’S SHACKLES has returned to the Kindle eBook Best Sellers List at number 38 for Literature & Fiction> Historical Fiction> Japanese. This is the fourth time the novel has appeared on the list (achieved number 16 about a year ago), but it is the first time it has made the list without a discounted price special being held. Kindle changes the list on an hourly basis. If anyone has planned on getting a copy, now would be appreciated. Each copy will help to move it up on the list, and it is now available at http://Amazon.Com/dp/B019XYOR8Y for $3.99.
BREAKING LIBERATOR’S SHACKLES has just received another 5 star reader review (current average of all reviews is 4.9) on Amazon. The review is from another author who is known on writer threads as Doctor Barbara. The following is a copy of this review:
Not just for WWII History Buffs
After getting into the roots of this story, it’s obvious that the author’s foreword about the missions and POW events of the fictionalized American crew of this WWII B-24 Liberator are probably spot on. The horrors of their experience are chilling.
This is a must read for war history buffs but also an important read for those who have not read any of the contemporary war novels. It’s eye-opening to know what some Americans go through when they serve their country.
The story is ‘told’ by the freed, older veteran to his son going off to serve in the Vietnam War. It serves as the catalyst method to tell the story but sometimes the son’s dialogue/questions are somewhat stilted. That being said, the book still deserves 5 stars … for anyone should be fully impacted by the sorrowful experience these men went through.
I have now posted my 21st. review for novels meeting my criteria for excellent or exceptional reads on Amazon and my site. The latest is WITH THE HEADMASTER’S APPROVAL by Jan Hurst-Nicholson, and the review is copied below:
THE AUTHOR HAS AN EXCELLENT VOICE:
WITH THE HEADMASTER’S APPROVAL is a story about a widowed former US Naval Officer selected as the new headmaster of a private British school for girls. It is told through the voices of women who have their own agendas affecting their viewpoint of this man. The novel is an easy read, has an interesting plot and… even for this senior citizen male reader… was an enjoyable read for what I would classify as British Chic Lit. This is an excellent work that was a quarterfinalist in an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and was the winner of the best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words.
Disclaimer: As an author I have communicated with the author, Jan Hurst-Nicholson, through writer threads and email, and upon completion of reading her work, I provided her a detailed critique. I indicated her voice as an author is very good, but at a few locations in the novel it was lost with too much description of the setting as the story line was suspended for a few pages. To my surprise the author immediately rewrote these parts of the book and sent them to me. The few misgivings I had with her work were immediately eliminated. She also has updated the book on Kindle to reflect these changes. Upon reading other reader reviews on Amazon for this work, I believe the few who posted negative reviews for this work probably would not have done so had they read the book with the changes that are now incorporated.
I have added a review for another novel to my site, and I am happy to designate it as a recommended read. The review follows, and it may also be accessed on the “Recommended Reads” page of my site.
OPERATION NEUROSURGEON by Barbara Ebel, Literary Fiction, 264 pages
A UNIQUE DEPICTION OF LIFE AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT:
First a disclaimer: As a reader I am also an author, hence my reviews are critical, but I do not post reviews for anything read I consider less than an excellent or exceptional work. I do not wish to saddle any author with a less than favorable review.
Upon starting my read of OPERATION NEUROSURGEON I was not sure this novel by Barbara Ebel would meet my criteria as excellent or exceptional, but it has. The first chapter left me in a quandary. The chapter introduced a rare autographed book purchase by a character that… at the time… appeared to not be part of what was to follow. The book became significant as an important element, but I could not relate the importance of the first chapter until late in the novel.
As I read I wish to be able to develop empathy for characters, and it took a while for this to happen, but once it did, I was hooked. With an excellent plot I became mesmerized as I watched physical and emotional tragedy wreak havoc on a loving family. My emotions were kindled as I saw a highly regarded professional’s life fall apart due to bad choices made and circumstances beyond his control. This novel portrays life and relationships that at times are wonderful and other times become a nightmare. It shows how the human spirit can rise and fall yielding to both depression and hope.
Because this is the first book of a series, the novel ends with a cliff-hanger, yet the reader is left felling hope for the characters. I rate OPERATION NEUROSURGEON at 4.5 stars and round it up to 5 stars. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
Another 5 star review has been received for Breaking Liberator’s Shackles. The average ratings for reviews to date is 4.86 stars out of a possible 5. A copy of this current review follows the graphics for the novel’s cover.
Review by M.A. Appleby, September 10, 2015
By Marjorie Appleby, an author, on Goodreads, September 10, 2015 and Amazon, September 11, 2015, 5 out of 5 star rating.
If you are a history buff, as Mr. Wilson surely is, and you want a glimpse into what happened to prisoners taken by the Japanese during World War II, then you need to read Breaking Liberator’s Shackles. It gently guides you through an American Airman’s perspective as he relives his nightmare of the War in the Pacific. Undoubtedly, reoccurring dreams, termed post-traumatic stress syndrome today, follows the person for the rest of his/her life, to cope they often push the unpleasant memories into the deep recesses of their minds only to find that by sharing their story they can break those haunting shackles. This is a poignant story, immersing the reader into the depths of solitude where only the prisoner’s wits and strong faith in God keeps them alive.
Nearly a generation later, the Airman embarks on a journey to tell his son what really happened all those years ago in an attempt to prepare him for his tour of duty in the Viet Nam jungle. The Airman knows that the details of the story will not come easy so he takes his son on a fishing trip to a well-known area that reminds them both of a more pleasant time. War is hell, but Mr. Wilson makes this remarkable story a lesson in hope and faith…and survival under the cruelest of circumstances; may this be the tribute Mr. Wilson intended to all World War II participants!