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How Tarzan Changed My Life

I am a novelist because of the son of an English lord and lady who were marooned by mutineers on the Atlantic coast of Africa many years ago.As a young man my father, always an avid reader, had collected the first edition Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, reading and re-reading them all. By the […]

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Do You Trust the NYT Bestseller List?

The various New York Times Bestseller lists appear almost everywhere. But just how trustworthy are they? And why should you rely on them for your book buying decisions? These lists date back to 1931, and by 1950 the Times list had become the leading bestseller list for book professionals to monitor. In the 60s and […]

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My Favorite BAD Reviews

My first thriller, The Shekinah Legacy, has now sold nearly 200,000 copies. And it’s had about 300 Amazon reader reviews. Shortly after release, it was the #1 bestselling thriller on Amazon. Soon, the Amazon reader reviews started rolling in.At first, the inevitable bad reviews stung, but over time I’ve come to see many of them as […]

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Why Don’t Authors Think Like Business People?

I admit it… I spend part of each day in forums designed for indie and other authors. I must also admit that I don’t understand the attitudes and decisions of so many of my peers in this industry.If you’re an independent author, books are your business. Or at least they could be. It can takes […]

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Sometimes Readers Understand

Every once in a while a book reviewer shows that he/she has read a book at a level far below the surface details. I’ve been privileged to have had BookPleasures.com publish two deep reviews of The Shekinah Legacy. The one I reprint below, by Tom Pope, captures the main themes of my thriller, which are […]

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What Does Charlotte Ansari Look Like?

Charlotte is the international correspondent for Cambridge Cable News (CCN), the same role that Christiane Amanpour has at CNN. She is widely respected and, as you can imagine, widely traveled. She is also the protagonist of the popular Charlotte Ansari Thrillers. Charlotte’s career often takes her on assignment to the far reaches of the planet, […]

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Civility and Book Reviews

Not until I published my first novel did I notice the lack of civility in so many reader reviews. Once my novel, The Shekinah Legacy, was on Amazon, I  witnessed firsthand how the disintegration of public discourse in politics is mirrored in the small world of book (and presumably also “product”) reviews. As a standard rule […]

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Politics and Thrillers

I don’t get involved in partisan politics. I vote, but my voting is a private matter. I don’t talk about politics with others. I’ve voted for Republicans, Democrats and Independents. I have come to see politics as increasingly irrelevant, mainly because our two parties tend to neutralize each other through gridlock. It’s not that the […]

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