Archive for January, 2012

Interview with Karl Puttlitz, author of Red, White and Boom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Karl Puttlitz
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
Book Title: Red, White and Boom
Publisher: Adventure Street Press

When was the book released?:
September, 2011

Give us an overview of your book.
Special Agent Jeb Foster and the Rapid Intervention Team he leads are recruited to help the Russians retrieve quantities of stolen weapons-grade nuclear material. He was informed that an estimated 500 tons of highly-enriched uranium not covered by treaty was scattered at various sites around Russia – enough to produce 20,000 to 60,000 nuclear weapons. The problem was that although the U.S. and other countries were assisting the Russians to secure these stockpiles, many were known to be vulnerable. In fact, there was an additional quantity used for non-weapons purposes at facilities only lightly guarded or not guarded at all, making it easy for nuclear thieves to take what they wanted. This situation posed an inviting condition for the uranium to fall into nefarious hands. Almost from the beginning Jeb had a really bad feeling about the assignment when learning that not one, but multiple thefts had taken place from supposedly secure locations. His initial fears erupted into a nightmare with the mission constantly being thwarted by old-school, hard-line Russian politicians and military officers, and so too by unknown adversaries who anticipated his every move. Jeb and the A-Team’s quest took them to secret cities where few outsiders had ever set foot. Sabotage left him stranded in the Arctic wilderness having to deal with the unforgiving conditions of the Siberian winter, from which survival is near impossible. Additionally, as time was running short Jeb feared the thieves would escape Russia with the stolen nuclear material. The body count of those who could have provided valuable information had steadily mounted, making his task all the more difficult. He knew if the stolen material passed into the hands of terrorists, who likely contracted for its theft, it would be for the sole purpose of delivering an unthinkably devastating blow to several major American cities.

What inspired you to write this book?
In addition to providing readers with a suspenseful novel, I also wanted them to be mindful that we live in dangerous times—in just a few moments everything can change. It occurred to me how often I’d been in the Twin Towers with family and friends before they were toppled and reduced to ruble without warning on a beautiful, clear, sunny September day. As horrific as that was, the truth is it could have been much worse—it could have been an explosion involving nuclear, that is, radioactive materials. This book makes it clear that scenario is an all-to-real possibility. We need to be vigilant as never before.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
Given my rather unusual background as an author, PhD in metallurgical engineering—with some formal studies in atomical nuclear physics, my more than 4 decades as a research and development engineer, having been retained in more than 150 litigation matters as a forensic metallurgist, and having lectured all over the world, I bring to the table vast, diverse, and unique experiences to draw upon and apply to my writing that are not found in other works.

Where can people buy your book?
The book can be purchased at http://www.adstpress.com, http://www.atlasbooks.com, or at your favorite online bookstore.

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
Yes, I am working on another book and expect it will be published sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
The various self-publishing guide books all have one thing in common—giving you the impression it’s a done deal following a few easy steps—it’s not! First of all, there are many steps and it all takes longer than you might have anticipated. As authors, we all feel a great sense of accomplishment with the final-draft manuscript in our hands and are certainly entitled to that. But the reality is the real work is yet to be done—successfully marketing that work. My advice, therefore, is to actively pursue every marketing opportunity. You personally must get involved. If you wait for others to make your book a success it probably will not happen.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
One of the best opportunities we’ve run across is to have the work displayed at a regional book show—not just any show, but one specifically designated for librarians. Realizing they can’t review all the books at the show, those interested in follow-up from authors and publishers leave a complete set of contact information as part of a database from which mailings can easily be made. We have typically received between 50 to over 400 contacts from each such show. These are people empowered and ready to purchase.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
Allbooks Reviews was among a list of review organizations that came to our attention through a lot of research on our part. Our relationship interest is two-fold: obtain a fair appraisal of the novel “Red, White and Boom”—which was done and we are very grateful; and gain publicity for the book via internet postings of the review and this interview, as well as other methods you utilize to gain publicity.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
I very much appreciate Allbook Review’s desire to assist talented and hardworking writers gain a vehicle for recognition in a very cluttered and difficult-to-navigate field. Accordingly, what would benefit me, Adventure Street Press, and I presume all of your clients are a compilation of various marketing methods that others have found to be successful. Not just things cited in self-publishing handbooks to fill pages, but tried-and-true methods that others have found to be worthy of investing time and money.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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Interview with Robbi Sommers Bryant, author of The Beautiful Evil

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)

Robbi Sommers Bryant
Santa Rosa, Ca

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

The Beautiful Evil
Self-published through Create Space

Tell us about yourself:

Robbi Sommers Bryant published works include 4 novels, 5 short story collections and 1 book of poetry. Her work has been published in magazines including Readers Digest, Redbook, Cupido and Penthouse and included in several anthologies. After the sudden death of her 21-year-old son in the late 1990’s, Robbi’s passion and creative flame extinguished. She only began writing again last year. Robbi has recently retired as a dental hygienist. She has also worked as a licensed esthetician and a certified massage therapist. Once a disco dance teacher and tarot card reader/teacher, Robbi has dabbled in many of life’s experiences. She is married and is the mother of three sons. Justin 1976-1997, Brian and Nick (twins, age 28.) The Beautiful Evil, a novel, is her first major work since her son passed.

When was the book released?:

July 2, 2011

Give us an overview of your book.

A cynical and emotionally bereft homemaker purchases and opens an antique Greek vase, unleashing an insidious evil into her life. Spiraling into a world of untrustworthy men, addictive drugs, and murder, she suddenly finds herself staring into a dark abyss, forced to make one final, heart-rending decision if she is to find the peace seeks. The Beautiful Evil is a captivating psychological thriller that will keep you questioning reality until the ultimate, final act.

What inspired you to write this book?

My love of mythology, a quote about hope being ‘the worst of all evils’ by Nietzsche and my fascination with good vs evil, fueled my creativity and inspiration for The Beautiful Evil.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
When one hears the word, psychological thriller, the first thought is serial killer or abductions. The Beautiful Evil redefines the genre, Psychological Thriller with its cutting edge style, disturbing situations and unique characters.

Where can people buy your book?

http://www.robbibryant.com
Amazon.com: Paperback and Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook
Smashwords

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

Yes, I have 2 projects in the works. Hopefully, one of them will be ready to publish in approximately 1-2 years.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

I published through Create Space and they did an absolutely awesome job. My advice: Be prepared to wear many hats…from writer to marketer, there’s a lot to be done. Be prepared!

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
I am building The Beautiful Evil into a best seller, one book at a time. I always have books and promo material wherever I go and try to sell at least one book a every day.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

I found ALLbooks Reviews mentioned on another site and researched it. My hope is that we bring each other closer to our personal goals.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?

It would be nice to have a place that sets authors on their way with good marketing ideas.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

Interview with Lisa Taylor, author of The Hour of Tiamat

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:
Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Lisa Taylor and I live in Winchester, Kentucky, USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
The Hour of Tiamat published by AuthorHouse

Tell us about yourself:
I’ve kind of jumped all over the place. I graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in May of 2010 but my military career was cut short. I was medically discharged from the Army soon after graduation. I attended graduate school studying physics for a semester, but soon realized that it wasn’t the career I wanted. That’s when I began to publish my writing.

When was the book released?:
June of 2011

Give us an overview of your book.
It is based on Sumerian mythology, a topic I have always found fascinating. Four teenagers have found an ancient book, the Necronomicon, which is full of knowledge of the Sumerian Gods. The book starts on the night that they perform a forbidden ritual to bring those Gods back to the Earth, putting themselves in line for a reward of power.
One of the teens, though, is not like the others, and only does the ritual out of fear for his life; but when he is faced with killing again or turning against the Gods, he embarks on a mission to stop what he has begun before it’s too late.
It’s a book where destinies collide and nothing is really what it seems. Secrets abound and the main characters, Evelyn and Tristan, will each have to face their own demons if they ever hope to understand each other.

What inspired you to write this book?
In high school (and still today) I was fascinated by ancient cultures. My research into Sumerian mythology coupled with my love for H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories inspired this book.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
While the book is fiction, it is based on real historical interpretations. It has a little bit for everyone; history, horror, intense emotional growth and even a little romance.

Where can people buy your book?
They can buy it many places. It is for sale on Amazon and barnesandnoble.com. Barnes and Noble bookstores can also order it for you. For the cheapest prices, though, readers should look at my website, http://www.creatingworldswithwords.com

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
Yes, the first of a young adult fantasy trilogy called Crystalized (Book 1 of the Crystal Chronicles) and it is close to finished. I plan to publish this trilogy traditionally, through an agent, so it will most likely be another year before it is released for sale.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
Network, network, network. There are a lot of indie authors out there willing to do mutual promotions. Also, research and teach yourself about online marketing and social networks ahead of time. Lastly, don’t pay to be published. There are a lot of small, indie presses out there; find them.

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:
Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Social networks have led to most of my sales, especially twitter. I’ve found I can build a large following simply by remembering my manners and being social.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
I found Albooks while searching google for book reviewers. Reviews help tremendously in how your book is presented in places like amazon.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
The low cost wasn’t a surprise since I had never paid for any review service. It was worth it though to get my book reviewed by a credible reviewing company.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

Interview with Rick Gelanos author of Please Help Me Lift Something Heavy, Thank You!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Dr. Rick Gelinas, Winter Haven, Florida, USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
title: Please Help Me Lift Something Heavy. Thank You!
Subtitle: True Stories To Amuse And Inspire You. And Maybe Bring A Joyous Tear Or Two.
Publisher: self-published by the author using the name Ophir Publishing Company.

Tell us about yourself:
A retired psychotherapist, age 76, I love to sell. My hobbies, besides writing books, are painting and building furniture & cabinets out of old freight pallets.

When was the book released?:
Released to reviewers in October of 2011 and will be officially published in February of 2012.

Give us an overview of your book.
While entertaining the reader, I wish to impress the reality that it’s okay to ask for help and it’s great to give help. I‘d also like to encourage the reader to laugh at themselves so as to make life easier and fuller.

What inspired you to write this book?
A lifetime of helping and being helped—more than once with my life in the balance. I’m also inspired by learning from my own foolish mistakes and by the wisdom inspired by songster Jimmy Buffet when he tells us “…if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” I was inspired to write this book by learning, and still trying to learn, the simple need to LIGHTEN UP!

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
These 33 short stories, a 350-page autobiography covering 76 years of a man’s life , are a frank revelation of a lifetime, including a rambunctious boy’s idiocies that all readers thus far say are often hilarious, as reported to date in six 5-star reviews on Amazon.com .

Where can people buy your book?
I prefer that people buy this $14.95 book today at http://www.helpmelift.net , and soon for $5.99 as a Kindle e-book at that same website. The book is also available at Amazon.com, of course.

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
I’m working now on a historical adventure titled Eli’s Nest that starts during the Spanish Inquisition in 1750 when 13-year old Eli flees the murderous soldiers of Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II Of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. The story reveals the life of Eli, first an orphaned refugee in France and living as a teenage cabinet maker, a skill he acquired from his murdered father before him, and then as an emissary of France’s King Louis XV and King Charles III of Spain for the negotiations of the Treaty of Fontainbleau. The story brings us to 1904 when the 95-year old Eli IV, immigrant to Canada at age 20 in 1829, dies joyously under unique circumstances. We will publish it in 2013 or sooner.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
You can do it for fun, you can do it for money, but do it from the heart.

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:
Self-published

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Haven’t had any that are spectacular. I hold small local booksignings. I’m also learning how to promote the book through social networking and on the internet.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
Recommended by Midwest Book Reviews on their website, and we’re hoping to be mutually beneficial if Allbooks Reviews will promote us in their various ways and we will promote them on our websites, http://www.helpmelift.net and http://www.booksforboots.org.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
Yes, this low cost was a pleasant surprise. All possible manner of out-of-the-box and over-the-top book publicity, including publicity methods way beyond the bookstore who, according to Dan Poynter with whom I agree, is the worst place to sell a book.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

Review of Traitors Among Us by S.R. Claridge

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Many popular writers will tell you the first sentence of a novel is the most important; it should hook the reader right away. In fact, I’ve heard that Stephen King actually collects excellent first lines from other writers via his website. Well, if so, S.R. Claridge should send him the first line of TRAITORS AMONG US because it does just that: snares you immediately. Having recently read TETTERBAUM’S TRUTH, the first in this author’s “Just Call Me Angel” series, I was elated to find I was headed for another thrilling page-turner. Angel is back, in the second of, hopefully, many more novels. And once again we’re treated to Angel’s ornery, matchmaking and feisty Aunt Olga again, as well as two of Angel’s former lovers, and some colorful new characters to say the least.
Okay, here’s the jist. Angel’s mother, missing since Angel was eighteen years old, shows up. If Angel can find her, that is. And that’s pretty much the primary quest here for our protagonist. Of course, many obstacles abound thwarting the quest such as: complications provided by Angel’s romantic entanglements and long-held secrets as well as intricate power plays by the Chicago Mafia and even the New York Five Families. Add to that a scary dude called “The Shark”, plus ominous and deadly elements of the Russian underworld, and you get the picture: murder, suspense, and thrills—all enmeshed in wild, intelligent plotting from the fertile mind of this fine new author. I enjoyed her first book, but this one is even better and I’ll tell you why. There’s a new element among the mystery, suspense, and romance and it’s humor. And well done, too. She’s written in a new, quirky character whose dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. He’s Angels’ spiky-haired, gun-happy, self-appointed bodyguard, done up in a style not unlike some of Janet Evanovich’s characters. You’ll love him!
S.R. Claridge, the author, has a background in theater and has written scripts for several venues. She says her background in theatre and psychology helps her fill the pages of each novel with enough dramatic suspense to keep readers guessing until the very end. And that’s exactly what she does. Throughout, you never know whom to believe. Claridge currently lives in Colorado and loves to hunker down in front of her computer with a Vodka Martini and write away. Well, that’s fine by me; I’m ready for more. Highly Recommended by reviewer: Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Reviews

Traitors Among Us
S. R. Claridge
Published by: Vanilla Heart Publishing ©2011
ISBN: 978-1-935407-14-2
Trade Paperback 226pages
US $13.95
For more infor: http://www.AuthorSRClaridge.com

Review of The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut & Biscuit Bill by Renee Hand

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Illustrator: Jake Karwoski

When Melinda was finally ready to talk, she sat down in a chair across from them. She held her head high, took a deep breath, and began. “My daughter collects rocks and minerals, you see, and one of her favourite minerals was stolen from her collection.”

After one seemingly ordinary afternoon with her friends Maple Moo’s day turns out to be terrible when she finds her favourite, not to mention expensive mineral. Detectives; Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill are on the case and they mean to do it quickly. Scoping out possible suspects they analyze the mystery and along the way learn numerous facts about rocks and minerals.

Renee Hand has created a fun and interesting way of teaching kids new facts about rocks and minerals. Her writing style is easy to follow and perfect for children and preteens, especially those who lack an interest in reading because it will certainly spike their interest in books and geology. Amongst the pages you will find the artwork of the illustrator Jake Karwoski which really adds to the story, they are done very well and the reader will certainly appreciate the addition that visuals make within the book.

Overall this book is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf at schools, libraries and in kid’s collections everywhere. Recommended by reviewer, Kirsten Bussière, Allbooks Reviews International http://www.allbooksreviewint.com.

Title: The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut & Biscuit Bill, Case #2: Mineral Mischief
Author: Renee Hand
Price: 9.95$
I.S.B.N: 978-0-87839-415-9
Publisher: North Star Press (northstarpress.com)
For more info: http://www.reneeahand.com

Review of Dark Victory by P.J. O’Dwyer

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

She knows the truth in her heart yet nobody else believes her. They say it was an accident when she knows it was anything but. Frustration builds to dangerous proportions as she confronts the doubts of the people around her who think she is losing her mind. This is what Bren Ryan faces after the death of her husband, Tom, when she is sent into a tailspin of despair as her life falls apart before her eyes. Grieving heavily yet filled with anger, she vows to find her husband’s murderer, while fighting to save her home and her family’s horse rescue business and at the same time help her children adjust to the loss of their father – a tough go for anyone, but Bren is stubborn to a fault and will let nothing stop her from reaching her goal. Then factor in Rafe, the mysterious stranger who appears out of nowhere to help Bren’s cause, but who may not be what he seems, and you have a story that latches on to you and will not let go.
Right from the first chapter of Dark Victory I was hooked, and the wheels in my brain started turning, contemplating the possible explanations for Tom’s death. But the author, P.J. O’Dwyer, is skilled at her craft because each time I thought I had the mystery figured out, she threw in a curve ball which totally changed the game. However, the main questions remain throughout –can Bren prove her theory that her long-time enemy and kill buyer by profession, Wes Connelly, is somehow connected to Tom’s death and can she thwart his continued efforts to make money from the sale of innocent horses to the slaughterhouse? Bren’s love of horses has kept her fighting these injustices throughout her life, and following Tom’s death she continues to aspire to protect those who can’t protect themselves, with total disregard to the cost or danger to herself, danger that traverses borders and puts her life in jeopardy on more than one occasion.Just as important, can Bren put Tom’s ghost behind her and move on to happiness, will the secret that Rafe hides come out, and will it destroy the bond that seems to be growing between them or bring them closer?
It’s hard not to have compassion and also respect for Bren’s character. On the one hand she is a truly grieving widow who can hardly function at times but is trying her best to stay strong for her two sons. She is struggling to keep afloat while dealing with the guilt she feels over her husband’s death, but on the other hand she is tough as nails and a fighter, and she will not take no for an answer when it comes to solving the mystery of her husband’s death. Anybody who gets in her way is asking for trouble! Bren was always headstrong, and it was Tom who was the calming influence in her life, but without him she feels like she doesn’t have any support from anywhere, and she feels like a total failure. Bren rides a seesaw of emotions throughout the story, and it is absolutely heart wrenching watching the pain and heartbreak that she has to endure over and over again. O’Dwyer is a master at putting emotion to paper and making it convincing.
Bren is surrounded by a varied cast of friends and family who make the story rich. In the first few pages we are introduced to Bren’s baby, Finn, a sensitive 7 year old who after a year still has questions about what happened to his father, and later on we encounter Bren’s 15 year old son, Aiden, who is struggling with his feelings as a teenager to begin with but even more so because he has lost his father who he had a very close bond with. Then there is Kevin Bendix, the sheriff of Washington County, who has been friends with Bren and Tom since childhood and would do anything for Bren, but who frustrates her to no end because he thinks she is going overboard with her theories and just wants her to move on and forget about everything. We also meet local equine vet, Jeremy Breakstone, and his wife, Jo, who is Bren’s best friend and her shoulder to lean on. Finally, to add a little spice to the mix the tall, dark and handsome stranger, Rafe Langston, shows up from Texas at the right time and in the right place, but the reader is constantly challenged to figure out whether he is there for the right reasons or not.
The suspense throughout this story was intense and the twists shocking. It was like rafting down rapids, where your heart is racing and you can’t relax until you finally reach a calm stretch of water and you take a deep breath thinking the worst is over, when all of a sudden your raft shoots over a waterfall. O’Dwyer does throw out fairly frequent clues right from the beginning which allow the reader to form theories about certain aspects of the plot, but she kept me totally in the dark with respect to others, with the end result being high intensity at its best. This story definitely gives the heart a workout in every possible way – suspense that has it pounding non-stop, romance that has it thumping, and frustration, anger and deep sorrow that hold it clenched in a vice. I would definitely recommend Dark Victory. I could not put it down!

Reviewer: Cindy Taylor, http://www.allbooksreviewint.com
Title: Dark Victory
Author: P.J. O’Dwyer
Format: ebook
September, 2011