Novel Adventures

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The Second edition is in process. Due to a number of requests, I’m converting the book to a hard cover copy. The first edition (eBook format) is no longer available. Keep checking back!

Will They Make It in Time?

Mike Braddock, a former hotshot, has settled into a quiet life in Pine Creek. He meets Annie Keener, a writer, new to Pine Creek. As their relationship develops, trouble brews. One innocent morning, Braddock’s best friend Jim Dunlap receives a call that will change their lives. A man named Spider, hell-bent on revenge, tells Jim that he and his boys are coming to town to exact their revenge. The pastoral town of Pine Creek is put on alert based on the threats of a vicious Alabama motorcycle gang. Once in Pine Creek, Spider and his crew kidnap Annie and take her up White Thunder Mountain.

Spider then hatches a devious plan: set the mountain on fire. To save Annie, Leonard Laughing Bear, the local medicine man, must unleash the Great Thunderbird, the guardian Spirit that lives on White Thunder Mountain. Meanwhile, Braddock, Jim, fire crews, and rescue teams must find a way up the burning mountain to save Annie, the mountain, and the innocent residents of Pine Creek.
 

A little romance, some suspense, plenty of action, and the help of Native American spirits come together to create a gripping tale of good overcoming evil.


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Now retired but copies may be available on Amazon
 
 
A woman chronicles her experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the wake of 9/11. Unable to work, she abandons her job and soon loses her ocean-side condo. The only bright spot is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, who demonstrates how Asian medicines can help her heal. Now homeless, she must learn the ins and outs of the lifestyle. Her problem, she hears again and again, is hers and hers alone. During the frigid New England winter she must sleep in her car; not even a concerned local pastor offers a warm place to rest. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, she puts hard-laid plans for medical school on hold and she must then make a choice: to follow her destiny or succumb to illness…

 

 

 

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Responsibility

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Something has been nagging at me since I watched the news the other night – the concept of crowdfunding. It’s strange to me that it has become acceptable for so many people, including writers and authors-to-be, to ask for free money from strangers to help with a book/situation/health condition. (I get asking for help with disaster relief.) But is that money truly free? No. You have a responsibility to spend that money on what you campaigned for and nothing else (or you might end up in legal trouble). I don’t understand how people  can ask for money to help publish a book, then ask them to spend more money to buy the book. 

There are so many affordable and even free options out there; you just have to do the research: Lulu Press, Amazon KDP, Lightning Source (Ingram), just to name a few; these are great options. Check their criteria to see which one fits your needs best. I’ve always used Lulu Press and have had good results. They pay me on time every month, without a hitch. To get your book into bookstores, libraries  and other public venues, Ingram Spark is the way to go. There are a few up front expenses that you must budget for: book cover (eBook or hard copy), editing (developmental or finishing touches), and layout. And there are so many options out there for these, you certainly can find what you need to fit your budget.

On the news the other evening, there was a blurb about a new website, GoFraudMe. Its purpose is to expose fraudulent crowdfunding campaigns, mainly on GoFundMe. I searched through the site and read about several campaigns where people have fraudulently collected a lot of money (one was for over $400K for a homeless guy who never saw the money) and spent it NOT on the issue of the campaign or just plain faked the health issue or situation. Luckily, the folks at GoFraudMe are bringing these cases to law enforcement and many are or have been charged with the crime of fraud, some as felonies. So be careful where you donate your money. 

That said,  if you have a campaign to help with publishing your book, make sure that money only goes towards publishing and keep receipts/details of your expenses. I’m thinking that because others have paid for the publishing and other miscellaneous expenses (editing, layout, etc.), that you cannot claim them on your federal taxes, as these were not paid for with your money. Might want to check with a tax specialist to be sure, or call the IRS, to be safe. 

I did read about a new crowdfunding option to publish one’s books on one of the author blogs I follow. A new site where crowdfunding campaigns can lead to a publishing contract is Inkshares. This is a legitimate site where, if you navigate their process successfully, you can land a publishing contract. After a quick read, I surmised that this might be a more plausible option; they will offer a publishing contract if you can secure a pre-order of 750 books. According to their FAQs page, they write: “We publish any work that successfully hits a pre-order threshold on our platform.” Sounds like a good deal if you’re on SM and have 750 friends who might be willing to ante up. Certainly is worth looking into, don’t you think? 

Inkshares appears to be a safer, smarter crowdfunding option for those who choose this road. I still question the integrity of asking the public to pay for both the process and the finished product. When it comes down to it, as writers, we have a responsibility to be both self-sufficient (to earn a living this way) and to provide work that is worthy of the price we charge. That, in my opinion,  is our responsibility. 

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