Archive for May, 2010

EVERY UNWED MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE COMES TO LIFE IN THE PAGES OF INVASION OF THE BABY DADDY, a compelling and moving debut novel that echoes the emotional and cerebral frustrations of unwed mothers throughout the ages. Its unforgettable characters and authentic story line are interwoven with current and real facts about the volume of unwed mothers in our society today. In the story, Dr. Sands believes he has found his perfect mate only to discover that she is pregnant from a previous relationship. Not fully aware of the ramifications of this colossal news, Dr. Sands and Rachel date via long distance during her pregnancy and ultimately decide to get married. In order to make a life together, Rachel must move to Tennessee to start a new life with her husband. But the Baby Daddy has other plans for them. Determined to make this marriage work, Dr. Sands goes to extraordinary lengths to try and negotiate with the Baby Daddy. Brimming with honesty from the author s own experiences, Invasion of the Baby Daddy comes alive with unique freshness, candor and rich detail.

Find out more about the book HERE.

About the author

Author Dr. John Bell has a Masters degree in Health Services from Strayer University and currently serves as a professor at Strayer University at Shelby Oaks campus in Memphis, TN. Dr. Bell has a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Bell is currently a practicing Surgical Podiatrist at 4 locations throughout the Memphis and Greater West TN community. He is a Veteran of the Gulf War serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy. Bell is also a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Dr. Bell has one daughter.

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Some authors and writers are not the best self promoters. We are at times the quiet types, deep thinking introverts who have a hard time with small talk. But put us in a room alone in front of a computer or leave us in the mountains or on a secluded beach with paper and a pen, and magic happens. We can become the most obnoxious, outgoing, lovable characters ever written.

Oh, the joy and mystery of being a writer…

Telling people you meet, that you are an author is usually not enough to get them to run out and buy your book. On the contrary, the more common response is a variation of, “You’re a writer? Oh… you should write my life story! You wouldn’t believe everything I’ve been through! It’d make a great book… or movie!”
Not wanting to sound entirely uninterested, I usually respond with, “Why don’t you write it?”

If you have a story to tell, tell it… then promote it.

Part of the challenge of self promoting is going back and forth using the right side of your brain to the left, going from being lost in your story to suddenly doing business and promoting your work. Sometimes we need help.

I’ve just started doing more internet-type marketing and it is a very good fit for me. I’ve joined Facebook and Twitter. I’ve started blogging and sending out newsletters to my readers. And I’ve updated my website with my book trailers. Since I’ve made this shift, I’ve noticed much more activity, more book sales and a lot more readers responding to my work. I am so thankful for my dedicated readers and their comments—they are the inspiration to my new marketing strategy.

The key is to find what works for you. By trial and error, I have found it best to pick the top five most enjoyable ways to promote, and then go for it. If you are outgoing and good at sales, do book signings and speaking events. If you love to give interviews, get your press kit together and call up the media. If you have the money and you want help, hire somebody to help you. But find out what part of promotion you love and get it done. Whatever feels right to you is going to work for you.

List your top five most enjoyable ways to promote… then promote!

Becky Due, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from herself, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding herself. Through writing, Due found her passion. She is the author of several books and is currently working on her next novel.
Happily married she and Scott live in Colorado, Florida and Alberta, Canada with their two “kids” Buddy the Cat and Shorty the Pug.

Becky has been a guest on national radio programs and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and national magazine articles for empowering women through her novels. She has served as a guest speaker at Women’s Resource Centers, Shelters, Colleges and High Schools within the United States. Becky has had extensive training at Victim Services, worked the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis-Line and was a Victim’s Advocate where she offered one-on-one assistance and support to rape victims. In 2007, Becky started, Women Going Forward, the first national women’s telephone support group, which ran for almost two years. After receiving much recognition for her novels, Becky’s focus turned back to her writing and empowering women through her novels.

Becky’s latest book is a supsense novel titled Returning Injury: A Suspense Chelebrating Women’s Strength. You can visit her website at www.beckydue.com.

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I never expected Moonlight Falls to sell. I never expected it to generate a bunch of pretty great reviews. I never expected it to do anything other than amuse my friends. Like my other three novels, the publishers pretty much tossed them up against the wall and watched to see if they’d stick. One or two of them hung around for a short while, but inevitably, they peeled themselves away from the plaster and landed with a giant thud on the floor.

But Moonlight Falls has been different. Moonlight Falls has had staying power. It has generated a kind of cult following, especially amongst noir fans, even prompting noir giant, Heath Lowrance, to include me in the pantheon of Modern Noir Novelists writing some of the best hardboiled stuff today (http://sites.google.com/site/noirfictionguide/). An honor to be sure.

But success has its complications, the major one of which is, be careful what you ask for. Fans are demanding more from my unreliable narrator, Richard “Dick” Moonlight. And now I have to come up with the sequel I never intended to write. The problem is that I intended MF as a stand-alone. You know, I bring the main character from point A to point Z while never keeping in mind that I might have to write another book using him as the protagonist. Short of killing him off, MF is a complete novel. That, however, is all I’m going to say regarding that subject. I don’t want to ruin the ending. And it’s a doozey, believe me!

So then, what do I now?

Of course, I begin to outline the second “Moonlight” novel in earnest. But I feel a responsibility to my reading public to make this novel even better. Raise the bar on thrill. In Moonlight Falls, Moonlight has to wrestle not only with his own impending mortality, his life is constantly at risk from Russian mobsters who illegally harvest organs, crooked cops, jealous husbands and even more jealous and indeed, very pissed off, ex-wives. Even a retired security guard takes a shot at him. That said, I need a plot that will outdo all I have accomplished in the first book and then some.

The solution?

Remember just a moment ago when I told you, short of killing off Moonlight in the first novel, I never planned for a sequel. Maybe I have something there after all. Because of the little piece of .22 caliber bullet lodged inside his brain, Moonlight could die at any time. It could suddenly shift and then, just like that, my hero has bought the farm. Yes, I definitely have something there. In death, I just might give life to a brand new Moonlight novel. I can even call it, Moonlight Rising.

What will be the first line of this stunning new Albany-noir novel?

Your dead…


Moonlight Falls author, Vincent Zandri, is an award-winning novelist, essayist and freelance photojournalist. His novel As Catch Can (Delacorte) was touted in two pre-publication articles by Publishers Weekly and was called “Brilliant” upon its publication by The New York Post. The Boston Herald attributed it as “The most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.” Other novels include Godchild (Bantam/Dell) and Permanence (NPI). Translated into several languages including Japanese and the Dutch, Zandri’s novels have also been sought out by numerous major movie producers, including Heyday Productions and DreamWorks. Presently he is the author of the blogs, Dangerous Dispatches and Embedded in Africa for Russia Today TV (RT). He also writes for other global publications, including Culture 11, Globalia and Globalspec. Zandri’s nonfiction has appeared in New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, Game and Fish Magazine and others, while his essays and short fiction have been featured in many journals including Fugue, Maryland Review and Orange Coast Magazine. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College and is a 2010 International Thriller Writer’s Awards panel judge. Zandri currently divides his time between New York and Europe. He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.






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