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Holiday Book Magazine

Hop on over to my Page “Holiday Magazine” and see the information I need if you wish to have your book(s) listed in the 2017 Holiday Gift Magazine I will be sending to all my newsletter subscribers.

If you participate by having your book(s) in the magazine, I will give you a pdf file of the magazine to share with your newsletter subscribers.

This is a great way to promote your book(s) FREE of charge…well, you will need to spend a little bit of time getting me the information for the magazine then sending it out to your readers.

The more that participate the more circulation your books will have!

And, I will feature a book a day on this blog throughout the Holiday Season!

 

 

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Just a Boy Like Me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of Book: Just a Boy Like Me…
By: Ray McCoy
Genre: Non-fiction, history, Military, WWII

Book Excerpt:

My uncle had written scores of letters to his family in Crossville from the day he reached Fort Oglethorpe to the last letter he wrote in the Replacement Depot in Italy. He was killed in a small town just outside of Rome during the Allied push from Anzio. A year earlier, he met Beecher Seegraves and Artis Winningham on the bus to basic training in June 1943 and they became instant friends. They all three had a lot in common. They were farm boys, they loved their country, and they all had the same burning desire to be back home. Two of the three would make it back to fall in love, marry, and raise a family back in Tennessee. This book is the story about these three boys sent miles away from the comfort of home to fight for the way of life that we enjoy today. Beecher and Artis give us first-hand accounts about what life was like in the war in Europe. My Uncle Andrew’s story had to come from the recollections of Beecher and Artis, the 3rd Division after action reports and his letters home. We will never know exactly what happened to Andrew, but we know what was on his mind… “he’s just a boy like me…always thinking of home.”

Author Bio: Ray McCoy was born in the small town of Manchester, TN and grew up around several WWII veterans and a father who inspired his love for American History. He heard stories of an Uncle who was killed during the breakout of Anzio in WWII, and a grandfather who survived the war. He enjoys interviewing combat veterans and sharing their stories through his writing. Ray is the author of “General Quarters!”, a nonfiction story about a signalman caught up in the war in the Pacific. He is also the author of the combat story of his Uncle and the comrades from the 3rd and 45th Army divisions who served with him during WWII. His second book is titled “Just a Boy Like Me…”

Author Contact Links:

E-mail: Rtmccoy@charter.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rtmccoy
Twitter: @raymccoy12

Where to purchase the book: Createspace paperback at https://www.createspace.com/6672399

Kindle/paperback at Amazon.com

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Spring Forward Book Attack

Do you like to read? Do you like free books? Of course, you do! This is Goodreads!
Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book event of 2017!

Load up your Kindle with more than 125 free and 99¢ book deals in a wide variety of genres!

Details: For three days beginning Friday, March 31st and running through Sunday, April 2nd, visit our event website to nab a whack load of free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our indie author members.

That’s it! No RSVP, no obligation, and best of all, no need to put on pants!* Some books will be offered all three days, but there are many one day only freebies, so make sure to check the site each day!

*Pants are only optional if you are browsing our event from the comfort of your home. SIAFBB is not responsible for pantsless readers wandering aimlessly in public spaces.

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

Are you a Children’s Author?

Do you write for tweens?

What about Young Adults?

I am paying it forward in 2017 by featuring authors on my blog.

Sign up for me to feature you on the Feature Calendar page!feature-md

Occasionally, there will be bonus material, giveaways, reviews and more!

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American Book Awards Program

From the website of – Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards Program is not associated with any industry group or trade organization. The American Book Awards offer no cash prize nor do they require any financial commitments from the authors or their publishers. The Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

Submissions

There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish.

American Book Awards
Before Columbus Foundation 

The Raymond House
655-13th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9775
beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

For more information visit – http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/american-book-awards/

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Wanted – Old Books

Wanted Poster1Was your book published prior to January 1, 2012?

If so, how are the sales for this book?

If it is not doing so well, “Relaunch” it.

In 2015, I will be creating an online magazine that will bring older books to the attention of new readers.

The magazine will be released quarterly:

March, June, September, and December.

This is a FREE magazine.  I will be able to keep it free because I will be selling advertisement space.

 

I am still working out many things to get this magazine off the ground.

If you are interested in showcasing your book in the March 2015 issue, please visit

http://www.cynharris.com/magazine.html

to fill out the information request form

As things get worked out—like a name for the magazine, etc. – I will announce them here on this blog.

 

 

 

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Something New For 2015

I have been busy with work, the farm, writing, the grandkids, and all the crafts that I like to do.

This year I have spent time spotlighting authors for Virtual Book Tours.

In 2015, I want to do something new.  I want to take a look at books that no one has seen for a while.

Did you publish a book prior to January 1, 2012?

If so, how is it doing?   Not too many, if any sales these days.

No one wants to buy it.  No one sees it.  It is no longer on the bookshelves.  It is not high on Amazon’s list.

In 2015, I will be creating an online magazine that showcases older books.  This will be a FREE service to authors, promoting your older work.

How can I offer a FREE service like this?

With your help, by spreading the word and me offering “advertising space” in the magazine.

The magazine will be quarterly – March, June, September, December.  It could grow to bi-monthly or even monthly depending on how many books are sent in.

What else will be in the magazine?

  • Book promotion hacks/tips
  • Book marketing hacks/tips
  • Articles pertaining to writing
  • Author Interviews
  • Advertisements
  • And so much more

If this is something you are interested in download the form below, fill it out, and send it to me at

cyannris@gmail.com

Subject Line: 2015 Book Re-Launch Magazine  (no this is not the name of the magazine)

Download

2015 Magazine  or visit my web site

www.cynharris.com/magazine.html

and fill out the online form

 

 

 

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Giveaway!

Opt in to my Newsletter before noon on Saturday, December 13, 2014

at – http://www.cynharris.com/contact.html

in comment be sure to say “Opt in for newsletter”

and be entered to win a copy of my latest book

Love & Kisses: WWII Letters of George A. Campbell to his wife Bea

Drawing will take place on the afternoon of December 13, 2014 and winner will be notified as soon as possible afterward and will be asked for a mailing address.

6x9-cover copy

 

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Author Ron Standerfer Book Tour – The Eagle’s Last Flight Book Review

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The Eagle’s Last Flight, Book One- The Cold War by Ron Standerfer. (The Pelican Communications Group), September 2013, 400 pages, 641 KB.  ASIN: BOOF3KX5HW, Kindle Price $2.99

In The Eagle’s Last Flight Standerfer begins with the Prologue in 1969 Vietnam with the main character, Colonel Skip O’Neill flying an F-100 Super Saber jet above the jungle floors dropping bombs on target one second and heading toward the ground the next.  Definitely, an edge of your seat opening.

Chapter one jumps forward to 1999 where Skip is lying in a bed in the New York University Medical Center battling leukemia as a result from a 1957 nuclear test he witnessed.  Standerfer wrote, “The flash from the detonation was so blinding that for a fraction of a second, he could see the bones of his hands as he covered his eyes.  It was like looking at an X-ray.”

So begins the story of Colonel O’Neill drifting from a morphine-induced state in 1999 to a look back at his career and life and this is where the difficulties appear.

A good book has a balance of highs and lows or fast pace, slow pace reading that moves the story along.  For me the slow paces, especially when Skip started night school, went off to college, and met Christy and up to the wedding rehearsal was a long slow pace that some may find bordering on the boring side.  At times it read a bit like a poorly written romance novel. While reading this section, I couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps this portion would have been better presented if it was gradually introduced throughout the story.

Standerfer’s writing is excellent and keeps the reader interested in the section that he knows the best: the aspects of the Air Force and his personal experiences of the nuclear testing: the adventure that everyone looks for in a good book.

Because Skip is based on Standerfer’s life and personal experiences in the military, it is a believable story: a story that others can relate too, even if they never flew an airplane or took an airplane flight.

As a Veteran, I know that not every part of the military life is as exciting as the opening portion of the book.  Nor is civilian life for that matter.  But, when I pick up a book to read, I want to be immersed so deep into the story that I can’t put the book down.  And with The Eagle’s Last Flight, Book One, I found some of the pace too slow like listening to my best friend telling me all about his life, not leaving out any details.  And when reading a book, I want to be able to feel part of the book, like the adventure/military portions of this one, and use my imagination to think that perhaps I am Skip.  Even the part where Skip is in primary training just trying to get the plane off the ground had me glued to the pages whereas, many parts of his personal life, did not.

Some readers may confuse this book for a real life memoir or autobiography instead of a fictional story about a military officer’s experience in the Cold War and his personal life. 

I would not discount this book by any means and am looking forward to reading Book Two and Three just to find out more about Skip, his military pals, and to see what other military adventures I can fly along with.

I rank, Book One as 4 Stars and would encourage other readers to at least give it a try.

Cynthia Harris, Veteran, Women’s Army Corps

Co-author: Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

Author Links

Website: www.eagleslastflight.com
Blog: www.pelicanjournal.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ron.standerfer
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/ronstanderfer

About The Book

Book Genre: Fiction, Military History/Aviation

Publisher:The Pelican Communications Group (A proud Indie publisher)

Release Date: September 9, 2013

Buy Link(s):

http://www.amazon.com/The-Eagles-Last-Flight-Fighter-ebook/dp/B00F3KX5HW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1382380985&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/The-Eagles-Last-Flight-Vietnam-ebook/dp/B00F48H8LW/ref=tmm_kin_title_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382380985&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/The-Eagles-Last-Flight-ebook/dp/B00F551CMU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379367044&sr=8-1&keywords=the+eagles+last+flight+book+three

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Oceans of Love & a Kiss on Every Wave

A Freebie during the Holiday Online Book Fair.

Available December 4-7, 2013 a FREE pdf of a short book titled Oceans of Love and a Kiss on Every Wave.  This includes the Diary of George Campbell and his Christmas letters to his wife Bea during WWII.  This is a short prelude to the upcoming book Love and Kisses: Letters from George A. Campbell to His Wife Bea During WWII.

Black Lilac Kitty Book Promotion

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Sorry you missed the FREE download.

 

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