Not Self But Country by David C. Perry


I love reading about our nation’s history, but I’ve never considered how the United States Navy was formed. Not until I read Not Self But Country by David C. Perry, which is a fictional version of those early days of the Revolution, did I realize what a monumental feat it was.

Author David Perry expertly composes the daily lives of those who helped form the first US Navy. You feel the salt spray on your lips and relive the struggle of enemy capture after a harrowing sea battle. His writing is superb and the picture he paints for the reader makes this book an enjoyable and informative read. What’s more, is that Not Self But Country is the beginning of a series. Not only has Perry offered us the first, but he also has the second novel published as well, titled The Crucible of Tradition.

Both books are currently only .99 on Amazon! To read more about this author and his other works you can visit his website at Leadership, Legends and Lore.

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The Virginian by Owen Wister

As a post-apocalyptic writer, I read an abundance of survival fiction. Like many like-minded readers, post-apocalyptic has become known as the modern day westerns like The Virginian by Owen Wister.

I read across many genres, but mostly modern bestsellers. It’s refreshing to delve into the older classics and rediscover something I’ve missed in the past. That’s the case with The Virginian. A friend recommended the piece to me and I loved the lengthy novel.

Owen Wister aptly captured the old west and traditions of the early 1900’s. It’s amazing to see the differences between human nature of those that lived then and even more surprising to notice the similarities today. Women are still doing their best to prove they’re more than just wives. Men are perhaps less hardened than they were in those days.

And yet, the criminal aspect of human nature certainly exists in the same form only this author caught even the minute malicious tendencies of manipulation between his pages. The subtleties of attitude which can change a man and wreak havoc on society then is also performed so today, but with social media tools, they exist even greater. For there are Trampasses in abundance today.

So after I finished the novel, I discovered that not only is there a film made, there are many. The first one was made in 1929, and so far the latest one was completed in 2014. I intend to start with the earliest and watch my way through; I expect the earlier films will be of the best quality and stick closest to the storyline.

So if you need a break from your current reading genre and want something different to help cleanse your palette, I’d suggest The Virginian. It’s a classic that appeals today as much as it did over a hundred years ago.


Get The China Pandemic for #FREE

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To receive the #FREE Kindle copy of The China Pandemic you need only sign-up on the right sidebar –> and then send me a note through the Contact me form above, letting me know you’re requesting the FREE copy.

If you’ve already read The China Pandemic, thank you, you can still get a FREE book if you sign up for the newsletter. You may request either Kate’s Redemption or Deception on Durham Road. Both of these are novellas I’ve written for Kindle Worlds. Simply contact me via the link above and let me know in the notes which book you’d like to receive.

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The ebook will arrive as a Gift from Amazon. So look out for an email from them and please check your email junk folder for the file.

The Malefic Nation is Coming! Release Sept. 12th!

It’s finally here! The last book in the Graham’s Resolution series releases this Saturday, September 12th.

I was able to move the date up and as it turns out I will be attending the Southern Preppers Expo this Saturday in Alabama. So come down and meet me if you’re in the Oxford, Alabama area; it’s FREE to attend. I won’t have a physical copy of the paperback at that time but you can download the ebook from Amazon on that day.

It’s a bittersweet completion. I certainly feel accomplished but at the same time I’m leaving characters I’ve come to love. When I set out to write my version of a postapocalyptic adventure, I never thought it would turn out this successful. I didn’t intend to write a series, but I felt once The China Pandemic was complete that there was more to their story and so I found myself writing the rest.

Now, I’m ready to move on, sorta. I’m ready to start new projects. I’ve already begun a fresh idea. I hope that you’ll enjoy this series and realize my final goal was to show what I believed the worst catastrophe to our world would result in. I think I did that after all. There will be tremendous heartache and pain and successes coupled with grief along the way.

To me, this is the realistic version. It’s what could happen… Let’s hope it never does.

The China Pandemic is #FREE

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For a limited time, The China Pandemic is #FREE

Here is the description as well as the favorable Kirkus review.

“Powered by adept character development and relentless pacing, this post-apocalyptic novel, the first in a series…makes for a page-turning, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it reading experience. …readers will find Morgan to be an endearing hero at world’s end.

The beginning of what could be a riveting apocalyptic saga.” -Kirkus Review

Top 100 best seller in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic fiction novels. A Prepper thriller fiction TEOTWAWKI favorite.

What the world dreads most has happened- because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe to near extinction. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death?

Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father’s advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way in his quest for survival. Just when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on this new world, he’s taken by surprise, as he learns he’s not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Will he find the strength to escape these dangers and go on living? And more importantly, will he have the ability to protect those he’s come to trust?

Get The China Pandemic while it’s #FREE

 

New Release of Wayward Pines Kate’s Redemption

 

Wayward Pines Kate’s Redemption is finally released and I’m pretty happy with the way this novella turned out.

I hope you enjoy it too. At only $1.99, this short story tells Kate’s story of her integration into Wayward Pines. Did you ever wonder why she was so compliant when Ethan found her?

This novella, Kate’s Redemption, is based on the popular book series Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch with a special agreement through Kindle Worlds.

Kate knew Wayward Pines couldn’t be hell though she had her doubts at weaker moments. If only she could find the truth about the town where everyone knew your name and hid behind simulated smiles that defied the fear in their eyes. The rules were there for a reason. If you violated those rules, the phone would ring with deadly consequences.

At times, Kate believed she deserved this place after the moral crime she committed with Ethan Burke, but this redemption was far more than she could take and it was only a matter of time before her will would break.

Pick it up today for quick weekend read. Kate’s Redemption

Cover Reveal & Wayward Pines Giveaway!


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Cover Reveal & Wayward Pines Giveaway!

A few announcements. Now that The Malefic Nation is awaiting the final editing, I have all this spare time to waste? Not exactly. While the Malefic Nation is on PreSale, I’ve been busily working on another short story for Kindle Worlds. Some of you may have heard of the series by Blake Crouch. Not only is it a Kindle Worlds, it’s also been adapted to television. Wayward Pines is a hit summer TV show starring Matt Dillon. The novella for Wayward Pines will be based on the series and not the TV show, however. There are many differences between the two.

I encourage you to read the series and enjoy this world. My upcoming Kindle Worlds addition to the Wayward Pines series is titled Kate’s Redemption which will be based on the untold story of how Kate assimilated so well into Wayward Pines…or did she? Here is the cover reveal for Kate’s Redemption. I’m looking for a quick release on this one. As always, I will let you know the upcoming date.

(In addition, please wait to purchase The Malefic Nation until I give you the special upcoming pricing dates which will only be announced to those on my newsletter list.)

Also, the audiobook for The Last Infidels, narrated by Jim Cunningham will be released on Amazon, Audible and iTunes any day now and this same narrator will begin The Malefic Nation by late summer.

To celebrate Kate’s Redemption, I thought I’d run a giveaway for a Kindle ebook copy of Pines, the first book in the Wayward Pines Trilogy in anticipation of Kate’s Redemption. I’ve read the whole series as well as several of the Kindle Worlds novellas in the Kindle World. It’s unlike anything you’ve read though it’s compared to Twin Peaks. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know you will too. Blake Crouch is a very talented author.

To enter click below.

I wish you luck!
AR Shaw

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The Malefic Nation is a Hot New Amazon Release


 Update: Now The Malefic Nation is #1 in Medical Thrillers

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hotnewreleases_FotorThe Malefic Nation is a Hot New Amazon Release!

It looks like The Malefic Nation is gaining traction. It’s a Hot New Release on Amazon Medical Thriller this morning, number two to be exact. It’s great see it climb. I hope everyone will enjoy it on release day.

If you know anyone who would enjoy the series, please let them know The China Pandemic is only .99 until the 12th.


 

The Malefic Nation is now a PreSale and a Giveaway


The Malefic Nation is now a PreSale and a Giveaway

As promised, the last book in the Graham’s Resolution, The Malefic Nation is now a PreSale on Amazon. You can purchase it now and it will magically appear in your Kindle Reader upon release, however, if you are a Newsletter Recipient, don’t buy it now!

Newsletter recipients get special pricing dates, so if you’d prefer to only spend .99 on the new release please wait until I tell you of the special dates via newsletter.

Also, The China Pandemic, the book that started it all, is currently on a .99 special until the 12th of July so if there is anyone you know who has not read it, please pass on the good news to them.

Now what? Well, I’ve got a few short stories to work on, one of which will be a Kindle Worlds sequel to Deception on Durham Road, and the other??? I’m also working on a Kindle Worlds addition to the hit series by Black Crouch, Wayward Pines. More to come soon… Beyond that, I’m working on a stand-alone idea. One that I think will be well received. Thank you for sticking with me on this journey into my fiction worlds. I can’t tell you what it’s like to have finished a series.

To celebrate, I’ve decided to run a little giveaway. Below, enter to win a signed copy of The China Pandemic. To enter, just tweet or visit my FB page. Very simple. Please share away as well. Thank you!
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May Newsletter & Random Musings

May Newsletter

Signings, New Vendors & More

Hello. I have a few updates to share about the series.

Availability – I’ve often received emails expressing issues with the ebooks lack of availability beyond Kindle. In the past, I’ve only listed it exclusively with Amazon Kindle however, that has changed this week and The China Pandemic eBook version is now available at most major retailers. Kobo, BN.com, Scribd, Page Foundry, Tolino and of course Amazon. By next month, The Cascade Preppers and The Last Infidels will also be available at these retailers.

Book Signing – I will be reading from The China Pandemic on May 28th at 6pm at the Liberty Lake, WA Library. If you’re in the Spokane area, I’d love to meet you. Bring your paperback book for signing or you can purchase one there. (No purchase necessary) We’ll talk about the series, the publishing world and any other topics that arise.

Editing News – This has been a long journey. One of the most major issues in indie writing is finding a professional editor. Though I’ve had The China Pandemic edited five times, I knew it still needed polishing. So, I finally tracked down the best possible editor with fantastic credentials and he accepted me as a client. He has worked for major publishers. He’s worked for Amazon’s imprint 47north. And he’s worked on many major bestsellers. His name is Brian Bendlin and he just completed The China Pandemic. He is now re-editing The Cascade Preppers and so on and so forth. I’m finally relieved that when I publish something, it will be in it’s best form, from now on and I know you are too. 🙂

In other news, I’ve received a few contacts who are interested in representing the series as literary agents. This means, that possibly in the near future, Graham’s Resolution will be professionally Published. This is something I will only agree to if I do not have to sign a no compete clause which limits the number of books an author can produce in a year. If so, it means the series will be more broadly available and I can focus on writing instead of business; which would be nice…

Last but not least, I’m taking a trip soon to Hope, Canada. Though I’ve traveled to every destination in the series, I haven’t been to where the group is fleeing. I feel no matter how much research you do online, nothing compares to the impression you get gleaning from the place you’re writing about. So next month, off I go and I’ll take pictures to post. (Now I just need to write about Hawaii or France…)

Also, The Malefic Nation is coming along well though I don’t anticipate it release date until the end of summer, I’ll keep you posted. The manuscript is over half way complete and I want the story to end the best way possible. After completion, I’m leaving the series for a while. I may come back and write a prequel and/or a sequel, but I have a few stand-a-lones that I’d like to get out of my system first.

One thing I could use your help with, if you haven’t left a review on the series, please do. I would appreciate reviews on all the books I’ve written including Deception on Durham Road. This is one way you can support your favorite authors.

Thank you for all you kind notes. I welcome them anytime.

Until later!

A. R. Shaw