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Book Review: The Next Better Place

Imagine a young boy and his estranged father on the road traveling across the United States on their way to California. Imagine also, the boy and his father having one adventure after another and along the way, the boy and his father both learn something about themselves and each other. Could anything be more romantic […]

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Book Review: Sync City

I know it’s probably not fair to compare an author’s work with another literary or cinematic work, but a few pages into Peter Ryan’s sci-fi powerhouse Sync City, I’m thinking, “Wow, this reminds me so much of Blade Runner” – especially the hardboiled detective underpinnings with the characters and snappy dialogue. The fact that I love […]

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Book Review: Tina Barry’s Mall Flower

One of the joys of reading is discovering a new author and immediately falling in love with his or her writing. Such was the case when I heard about Tina Barry’s Mall Flower. The stories and poetry in this collection are just as much visceral as they are bittersweet images and vignettes of school, broken […]

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A Boxful of Books

One of my fondest memories of elementary school was the day the books from the Scholastic Book Services arrived in my classroom. Back in the 1960s/70s when I was in elementary school, there would be a Scholastic Book Services book fair at school or our teachers would hand out a two-four page flyer-like catalog with […]

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For Crying Out Loud!

For those of you familiar with Amazon’s new payout scheme for Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP), authors get paid for the number of pages read versus books sold. It theory it sounded like a good idea for authors who would write very thin books and then get paid the same rate as an author who […]

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Mojave Green

Of all my short fiction, one of my stories that is near and dear to me is “Mojave Green” which I originally wrote in 1988 for my MA Thesis at Western Illinois University. The story, which takes place in the small town of Adelanto, California outside of George AFB, is about an airman who finds […]

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Self-Promotion: Does it Work?

Let’s face it, if you’re an indie author you’ve got a long, upward battle ahead of you each time you come out with a new book. That battle is the marketing and promotional battle to publicize and promote your book. Please buy my book or I’ll end up in a van down by the river. […]

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KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Pages) Update

The numbers are in, but it’s nothing to get too excited about. Before Amazon decided to introduce KENP, I was making around $1.35 for each book borrowed. If you are a self-published/indie author that payout was depressing to say the least. Of course, there’s always the chance that if you allow your book to be […]

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Amazon’s KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Pages)

It’s been a little over a month since Amazon launched its Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP). I am curious to see what this is going to translate for me in terms of sales and how much Amazon is going to pay. Last month, one of my books War Remains, had 3130 pages read. The book itself […]

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The Panama Affair — Coming Soon!

My new book, The Panama Affair will be out soon. The manuscript is still being edited and the cover design still needs to be finished. This is a rough draft of what the final design will look like. The genesis of this book dates back to 1980 when I was still in the Air Force […]

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