For the past few days I’ve been watching my UPS package traverse the world with the first copies of my book, Battleframe. As I tracked the package I’d say to my wife Roselyn, “It’s in Honolulu!” This was then followed up by, “It’s now in Australia!” and then finally, there was a knock at the door…..
With our son Timothy taking photos and Roselyn on a video camera I slowly opened the box with the order of five books. Seriously, my heart was racing and I felt like I could barely hold the knife to cut the tape!
Seeing the first copy through the packaging on top was nothing short of one of the best moments in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love ebooks but seeing a physical copy of something that you’ve worked on for so long was awesome! I think that the above photo captured the moment for me when I held Battleframe in my hands for the very first time. I was deliriously happy!
After enjoying the moment with my family I called my Mum and Dad who have both been such a great support in the writing of the book. They were around in about 10 minutes! I kept book number one but I presented my father with his own copy of Battleframe. The first thing that he asked was how far I was through book number two……Dads! LOL!
I couldn’t resist screen capturing the UPS delivery docket (see below).
If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, I hope that the happiness in my photo inspires you. It’s a magical experience seeing your writing in print and one that you’ll never forget.
I also want to take this time to thank all those people that have purchased their own copies of Battleframe. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget that after registering at michaelgilmour.com you can get access to maps of key locations, discussion forums and more content over the weeks ahead.
I can’t resist…..if you want to buy your own copy of Battleframe then it’s available on Amazon by clicking here or the image below.
It is very difficult to get literary essays published the traditional way (in literary reviews), so I'm offering these titles on Amazon instead. They are only 99 cents each and I've included pictures my husband and I have taken on literary pilgrimages through the years.These titles are also available at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Smashwords.
For Jane Austen Fans:
Marriage in Pride and Prejudice
For D. H. Lawrence Fans:
The Oedipus Complex in D. H. Lawrences Sons and Lovers
For Thomas Wolfe Fans:
Nags, Sluts, and a Deep-Breasted Soulmate from the Shining City:
Can you find James Bond on the cover of this eBook? This is a funny story about a teenage sleuth who goes to London with her father and is delighted when she discovers that Daniel Craig (AKA James Bond) is staying at their hotel. I was inspired to write this book by my love of Nancy Drew books and my love of London. On vacation in London a few years back, James Bond actually was staying at the same hotel where my husband and I had a room. At that time, the actor who played Bond was Pierce Brosnan. Just like Nancy Keene in my story of The Stolen Mask, I was settling into our upper bedroom when I looked out the window and saw Agent 007 drinking champagne in the hotel's garden. I was as star-struck as any teenage school girl would be.
In this story, Nancy opens the door of her hotel room to retrieve the morning paper and is shocked when Daniel Craig opens the door next to hers to do the same thing. He is only wearing a towel around his waist, and when he sees Nancy in her flannel nightgown, he self-consciously looks down at his towel to make sure nothing's showing. When he catches her looking in the same place, he winks at her and goes back inside his room. Nancy feels her first stirrings of passion and is pleased when she has an opportunity to come to his aid after someone steals his BAFTA award out of his room.
I am a total Anglophile and love all things British--its literature, its music, its history, its art. I love writing about places I've traveled to, so in this story I have Nancy sighting-seeing at some of my favorite destinations in and around London. She goes on a Jane Austen pilgrimage, visits Buckingham Palace, shops at Harrods, and goes to the Sherlock Holmes museum. Nancy is very precocious and has read a lot, so when she tries to solve the case of the stolen mask, she channels Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Rumpole of the Bailey.
This book is one of my favorite ones I've written and I hope my readers will like it, too. So, come with Nancy Keene on a trip to London where she meets James Bond and even gets to walk the red carpet with him at the Oscars. A bit of a stretch? Of course, but a girl can dream, can't she?
My name is Christopher Tenney, and last year in May 2014, I published my first work titled, Puzzling Love: Part I: Distant Meeting. It's a multi-part romance story about an Autistic college student named James Suoh, who has been struggling to cope with the death of his grandmother. One night, while browsing through online social media, he meets an older girl named Serena Cassidy, and within two short days, they instantly became boyfriend and girlfriend.
I concluded part one on a bit of a cliffhanger because I wanted to see if I can get my work recognized immediately. Unfortunately, I failed to realize that self-publishing and promotion comes at a financial cost; thus I was at a standstill for several months after I published Part I. As of this point, I managed to find a way to publish using limited finances, enabling myself to promote my work more effectively and efficiently.
As of this time, I am continuing Puzzling Love in hoping that it will become critically acclaimed. Part II is subtitled, "Responsibilities of Romance," and it will continue where Part I left off, in which James is enjoying his relationship with Serena, but he must also be responsible and accept new duties in order for his relationship to survive. What kind of duties, you ask? You will find out when Part II is released (I won't spoil anything!).
As a small(ish) individual 5 foot 7" or so on a good day I have come up againt "heightism" in my time from taller people. The reverse of course is also often true . Really bad tempered, insecure small people who look on the taller guy as some sort of challenge. It`s really all very silly and "small" minded. See what I did there?
It doesn`t bother me one bit being shorter than some others. What really does bother me is when I come across it in the publishing world.
Anyone who mixes in writing circles knows what I mean by that. The throwaway disparaging comment. "He -or she- only "self publishes" you know. Or " so you only write SHORT stories? I see..." I both cases the guy-or gal -who`s talking disparagingly hasn`t a clue what they are wittering on about.
In my case I have written 2 novels and 7 short story collections to date. All self published Most of the greatest authors started by writing shorter stories. And many of them self published either through choice or necessity. So what I`m saying is it`s very important to remember that the author alone decides what he`s going to write and in which particular genre or idiom. Total freedom. And only self publishing provides that freedom. The reader alone decides whether your efforts are worth reading or not. I happen to love both the fact that I self publish my work and a good proportion of what I write are short stories. I love both to read and to write them One day I will write the best short story ever written by anyone anywhere. And the day after that I`ll waken up to find I`m actually 6 foot 3 inches tall.
Here is the 4th and final book of the Holy Scripture New Testament series.
Here it is. The last book in THE HOLY SCRIPTURE NEW TESTAMENT BOOKS which the Lord asked me to do shortly after the year 2000. It has taken me some time but I got it accomplished. He even pulled some surprises for me on this. I had no idea He wanted it into a series of 4 books, in more detail of what the New Testament is all about. It has been my most unique experience serving Him this way.
For the printed version go here. On this page is all the books available to purchase printed versions. You can also find books 1-3 of this series:
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Would anyone be interested in reading my preview for my first novel Soul Ties? The storyline revolves around heartbroken Aria Richards who discovers a past life in the 1920's in New Orleans. Her past starts to unravel after a past life regression through hypnosis. Aria starts to piece together the present day issues of an on again, off again relationship she has not been able to let go of. Bringing her to a higher level of consciousness Aria is now on a quest to find the true meaning of eternal life & love.
Most girls would be offended , I on the other hand think it is sort of romantic. I know what you might be thinking, it is 2015.. who even emails anymore?
Your boyfriend was so persistent, after receiving numerous explicit emails that almost seemed to be straight from a erotic romance novel. With his profuse amount of errors and vividly describing my body to the t, I knew he had written these himself and I eagerly wanted to read more. His words seemed flawless and I didn't want his sentences to end. Every paragraph seemed to get shorter and shorter. I started to read slower taking every one of his carefully, strategically chosen words in. As I was about to finish, his words had just stopped mid sentence. Almost burning a hole on my phone screen with my eyes, I then started to fill in the blanks with my own thoughts. Which were not nearly as captivating as I knew his would be. His mouth watering words seemed to float around in my head for the next couple of days. His writing was lucid and it was almost like his words were demanding to be felt. At least I wanted to be, after reading his emails for the 86th time. I re read them religiously hoping it would fight my urge to respond. I mistakenly thought I would eventually be exasperated and secretly hoped the lust in his words would die. How foolish of me, I had already fallen in love with every one of his words. In fact I craved them, something that seemed so innocent I wanted in the worst way possible. I could not help but think this was so much better, than any of the 50 shades of blue novels people were reading. This was real and I was the main character. I would like to think I have more will power, at the end of the day it seemed I had a copious amounts of reasons why I should not engage. Although in introspection, responding to an email seemed harmless. After the 86th time, I replied. In a click of a button I would lose all respect I so desperately wanted from him.