Friday, June 30, 2017

San Francisco Nights by Greg Messel


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"Another tantalizing continuation of the mystery series surrounding the lives of Private Investigators Sam and Amelia Slater. This book was sultry, captivating, and impossible to put down. In this suspenseful story, a wealthy damsel named Helen Latos has been receiving threatening messages from an anonymous harasser in regards to her affair with a married man. The messages contain quotes of Bible verses that state that adulterers shall be put to death. Seeing as she herself is married also, the messages leaves Helen feeling like her life is in danger just as much as her secret lover.

Frightened and vulnerable, Helen comes to Sam and Amelia for help, but something about her demeanor puts Amelia off. Despite her situation she is clearly attracted to Sam, and obviously has no problem seducing married men -- but ultimately her plea for help as well as her offer to pay double for their services wins them over and they decide to take her offer. As they begin working on her case, the messages get more personal and include information about the affair that only someone that is close to the situation could know about, which complicates things further. Could the person who is sending these messages be someone that Helen trusts? 

As all of this is taking place, the man who previously stalked and kidnapped Amelia, Simon Blanco, has escaped from jail. His unhealthy obsession with Amelia fuels him and he devises a plan to capture her...and this time, he is determined that nothing will stand in his way. This time, he is sure he will not be caught, and he will do all the terrible things to Amelia that he has fantasized about during his time in prison. Amelia's nightmares about him worsen as she receives news of his escape and puts her and those around her on edge.

Seeing this story all come together was riveting. I read the book start to finish in one sitting; it was just so hard to put down! I love a good mystery book and Greg Messel's Sam Slater series never disappoints. This book is amazing even as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
 
For more information on Greg's books go to www.gregmessel.com.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

New Novel Explores Four Decades of Research on Survivor’s Guilt After the Holocaust


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In his new novel, ‘Out of the Depths’, author David Harry Tannenbaum uses fictional Holocaust survivor Dr. Bernard Helgman to highlight the survivor’s guilt that plagued many after the Holocaust. Tannenbaum spent four decades interviewing Holocaust survivors and compiling research.

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In his new novel, Out of the Depths, author David Harry Tannenbaum uses fictional Holocaust survivor Dr. Bernard Helgman to highlight the unresolved—and, perhaps, unsolvable—trauma that follows a man long after he leaves the barbed wire fence behind. Survivor’s guilt is now a recognized emotional and psychological condition that sometimes follows military personnel home from the war.

After World War I, people started using the term “survivor’s guilt” to describe the returning soldiers who carried the heavy burden of guilt that often comes from surviving when others did not. After World War II, doctors saw similar anxiety symptoms in Holocaust survivors they observed in soldiers who survived combat or citizens who survived natural disasters, terrorist attacks, plane crashes, and sudden loss of jobs.

It is these feelings that plague protagonist Dr. Bernard Helgman, who is haunted by dark memories and remorse of his time in Auschwitz, before he was even an adult. During the Holocaust, Helgman—a Jewish prisoner—had been forced to assist the SS doctors in their gruesome experiments.

David Harry Tannenbaum says, “Helgman's struggle to put Auschwitz behind him is a powerful story of our human drive to survive whatever life throws our way.” Tannenbaum says this story is important to him, after learning more about the Holocaust during law school. Despite having grown up Jewish, Tannenbaum had not been exposed to an in-depth examination of the Holocaust.

He spent the next forty years making up for it. In law school, he read cases stemming from the Nuremburg Trials. After graduation, while doing charity work in New Jersey, Tannenbaum met a man who had his concentration camp number tattooed on his arm. He was inspired to talk to Holocaust survivors and research the long-term mental and emotional impact of the trauma it caused, culminating in Out of the Depths.

David Harry Tannenbaum

David Harry Tannenbaum is a retired patent attorney and the author of five mystery novels, as well as a novel on autism and Asperger's 's syndrome—Standard Deviation. Originally from the East Coast, David was introduced to South Padre Island in 1992. Tannenbaum, and his wife, Mary, now live on the island with their dog, Franco. When not on the Island, David and Mary can usually be found enjoying Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information, please visit http://davidharryauthor.com/.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

What Did I Say? The 7 Words That Can Hold You Back

Your inner conversation, also known as self-talk, exerts more influence over your attitude, achievement, time, success, happiness, relationships, and overall prosperity than you can imagine. Self-talk is best defined as the thoughts and words you use to describe you and what you are doing.

Regardless of whether your inner conversation remains in your head or is expressed out loud to others, there are seven words that can hold you back. These words are: hard, difficult, tough, impossible, can’t, try and never, and usually make an appearance when referencing future actions, especially those related to adversity.

Why should you stop using these seven words? Aside from focusing on the negative, they generate additional mental adversity to overcome and sow seeds of doubt that prevent you from making a full commitment.

Do you occasionally find yourself saying, this is going to be hard, writing is tough for me, or I will never finish this book? Is there some blanket rule that says something will be hard, tough or difficult, or that you will never get something done?

Have you ever heard a coach tell their team a game will be tough, difficult or impossible to win? Of course not. He or she would never plant such a thought virus into the heads of their players.

When you approach the writing and promotion of your book or plan to give a keynote speech, use self-talk that affirms and supports what you are going to do. Thinking and saying, I can do this, is a great example of affirmative self-talk that opens pathways to producing your best effort.

Right about now, you are probably wondering what I suggest you think and say in place of the seven words you should drop from your self-talk vocabulary. In my view, simply referring to a response or future action as a challenge is preferable because it does not generate mental adversity. An example of its use would be, writing this book is going to be a real challenge. A statement that readies you for the path that lies ahead.

In the midst of a crisis, intentionally referring to actions as challenges might seem trivial, ridiculous, or uncomfortable at first. What you will soon experience, however, is a
noticeable difference in the way you think and feel when using the word challenge in place of a more negative expression.

Referring to intentions and actions as challenges sets the stage for mental clarity, optimism, possibility thinking, inspired action, creativity, and aha moments.

Establishing clear goals and intentions and then crafting an inner conversation that supports them is crucial to making self-talk your most important resource and greatest ally in achievement. If you have trouble keeping the seven words I mentioned unsaid, remember this sage advice from many a wise mother, if you can’t say something positive, don’t say anything at all.

About the author:

Michael J. Russ is an international bestselling author, an inspiring speaker/trainer, and the founder of Zero Adversity Training. He is intensely passionate about passing on practical concepts anyone can use to craft a happy, fulfilling, productive, healthy, and well balanced life. Russ is reachable for comments or questions via email at inquiry@michaeljruss.com.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cable Car Mystery





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On the hottest day of the year in San Francisco in 1959, Private Detectives Sam and Amelia Slater are contemplating fleeing the city for their Stinson Beach house. However, when Sam decides to take a cable car ride to run some errands on the lazy summer day, he’s suddenly thrust into the spotlight when he rescues a woman who fell onto the busy street. Sam pulls the mysterious red haired woman out of the path of an oncoming cable car in the nick of time. The entire incident is captured by a newspaper photographer who splashes Sam’s heroics all over the front page. Sam is troubled not only by his new status as a city hero, but by the rescued woman’s plea for help. She whispers to Sam that she didn’t fall from the cable car but was pushed. She is frightened and disappears into the crowd before Sam can get more details. A San Francisco newspaper launches a campaign to find the mystery woman and Sam hopes to cross paths with her again.

Meanwhile, Amelia is troubled by the sudden disappearance of her elderly neighbor. Two thuggish younger men who now occupy the house next door say he took a sudden trip. One night when she’s alone Amelia grabs a flashlight and finds some disturbing clues in her neighbor’s garage. What really happened to her neighbor? Amelia is determined to find out. Award winning author Greg Messel spins a new tale of intrigue in Cable Car Mystery, the sixth book in the Sam Slater Mystery series set in at the 1950s in San Francisco.


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Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg lives in Edmonds, Washington on Puget Sound with his wife Jean DeFond.

Greg has written nine novels. His latest is “Cable Car Mystery; which is the sixth in a series of mysteries set in 1959 San Francisco. For more information on Greg's other novels go to www.gregmessel.com.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

What's really happening with book sales? And what does it mean to independant authors?


There is an ongoing controversy about the effect digital media has had and will have on printed books. Between 2008 and 2010, e-book sales soared, up 1,260 percent1, and publishing people predicted the demise of printed books in the near future. Borders declared bankruptcy in 2011, and many independent bookstores closed their doors. There were only 1,410 of them in 1,660 locations in America five years ago.2   
Many articles bemoan and/or complain about the Amazon juggernaut’s domination of e-book sales, and some pundits are gloating that e-book sales have slowed, while independent booksellers are growing. In 2015, there were 1,712 stores in 2,227 locations. 
This kerfuffle about who is selling what kind of books tends to disguise the fact that Americans are reading more than ever—on paper, smart phones, e-readers, tablets, and computers. The overall market for books is steadily increasing, and that’s good news for independent authors.  
While most independent authors publish only e-books, they are missing entry into the expanding market for books in print. Here are a few things to consider. 
Amazon is indispensable to independent authors. Not only does it promote the easy publication of e-books, it provides numerous tools, at very reasonable costs, to produce and market those e-books. Its CreateSpace program offers one-off digital printing of soft cover books at competitive prices. CreateSpace also converts printed books to e-books, which it markets for the author as well. 
Recently introduced is the “Scout” program where Amazon offers unpublished, well-edited books for review by readers who may nominate the book for publication by Amazon in e-book and audio format. If Amazon selects the book, the author receives a reasonable, though not gaudy, financial reward and a five-year contract. 
With the growth of independent booksellers who offer things Amazon cannot (like walking out of the store with a printed book under your arm), authors should begin a conversation with local booksellers about stocking their books and attending book signing sessions. Like most worthwhile things, it takes time and effort, but a good relationship with local book merchants is good marketing.  
Here’s a lead on getting your book in a Fort Meyers, FL book store. Patti Brassard Jefferson, illustrator and author, has a bookstore, P.J. Boox, devoted exclusively to indie authors. The author rents display bookshelves for about $10 a month. When a book sells, the author receives almost the full retail price. Check it out at www.pjboox.com. 
And, here’s the commercial. My latest novel is now under review at Amazon Scout. If you would like to see how the program works and nominate National Parks, go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/LUUV47H6J21J . My other books are at www.frogworks.com. 
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