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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.

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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.


 

Graham’s Resolution has an Ending


The Graham’s Resolution series is complete. It’s a bittersweet realization that you’ve finished a series you love.
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Like naming Sheriff, picking the virus, the position of Hope; everything seemed to fall into place as if it was meant to be there. So too was the finality of the last line I wrote today; it felt right. It’s the end of the Graham’s Resolution series. And, I’m a little crushed.

I’ll move on. I’ve got more ideas. But, I think I’m mourning a little over it all. Of course, I left a little opening to go  back and do a sequel for the next generation at a later date, but it won’t be the same and I know this.

To me, this story was one bursting to life. There were times, I couldn’t keep up. My characters let me know when I went off track. My fan encouraged me to go on. And I did…until it was done and now I’m a little at a loss. I think it will take me a day or two. I’ll clean off my desk and wait for the Beta readers to finish and offer any suggestions, then it’s off to my editor. I’ll implement the edits and then The Malefic Nation will become live, the last in the series of Graham’s Resolution.

I don’t think I could have made the story better. Of course, in the beginning the editing could have been a lot better. But the story itself, it’s what it needed to be and I hope everyone enjoys the ending as well. I believe in human evil and I believe in the human spirit. The battle of good and evil is real in fiction and it’s real in reality. Either can win. My hope is that no matter how evil the world becomes, there’s a way to win it over and strong people willing to make the sacrifice to bring it back at any cost.

Now what? Now, I think I’ll take a long walk and try to let those old ideas flood back in. I’ll let you know. Perhaps a quick sequel to Deception on Durham Road before I start the next big novel? Apparently, I need to blow up the neighborhood on my way out. 🙂 Might be fun.

In any event, I’ll keep you informed.

The China Pandemic Giveaway!

Because it’s Monday after my vacation, I thought I’d start it off by doing a Giveaway.

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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

Book Review – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

There are a few books you read in a lifetime and think, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Without a doubt, that’s how I feel about All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

It’s about a gemstone, an orphaned German boy set during WWII and a French girl; the daughter of a museum locksmith. The narration goes from one to the other as the events of the war culminate in a town in France, where the three finally meet.

The tale is profound and heartbreaking at times. I typically avoid anything to do with WWII, it’s just not my preferred genre, but I found this book mesmerizing and beautifully written. The only negative that I can come up with is the title. It’s just not worthy of the story inside. I understand why it’s used. I get the relationship with radio, I’m a radio operator myself, but this novel deserved something better. I don’t know what that is, but I do know what it isn’t: a long title that is so vague it’s hard to remember. Instead, one might be apt to say, you know that book by Anthony Doerr; the good one? That’s the only thing that troubles me. The rest is perfection.

The last, best book I read was Eleanor by Jason Gurley. I loved Eleanor, it was my best read of 2014. So far, this is my best of 2015 and the year is nearly half over. Somehow I don’t think I’ll find anything better; even this early in the year.

Anthony Doerr is the author of five novels and, not surprising, is a Pulitzer winner. He’s practically plastered with well-deserved literary awards. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family. You can check out his website by clicking on his name above.

So if you’re going to read one book the rest of the year, and you’ve already read mine 🙂 read All the Light you Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Book Review – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

I’m still behind on the books I’d like to recommend, but I promise to catch up soon. I rarely read paperbacks anymore. It’s a shame. However, my family and I walked into a small bookstore after watching Interstellar (if you haven’t seen Interstellar, go see Interstellar) several weeks ago, and I had read a blurb about The Orchardist and wanted to give it a try, so I purchased it.

What I didn’t know at the time was the author lives in Washington state. And, I was in contact with the editor of this book before realizing she was the editor. Small world. The Orchardist is a lovely book. The book itself is beautiful. By that I mean, the physical book. It has a cover like watercolor paper, and the pages are uneven in the old style. It’s a work of art, and the story is a treasure.

I wasn’t sure I’d like the story, but that’s why we read isn’t it? You should learn something from a story that you didn’t know before or you should be gifted something at the very least. I began The Orchardist, and it turns out, the story was as lovely as the cover and the pages in between.

I will say, I wish the ending had been different, but I  loved it despite that. It’s a tragic yet beautifully written tale. I don’t think I learned anything from it, but I often find that I’m thinking of the picture Coplin painted with her words. She gifted something and for that I loved The Orchardist.

It’s a lengthy book so if you’re an impatient reader needing constant action, this isn’t for you. If you’re a male reader who loves action, this isn’t for you. If you’ve read the classics such as Of Mice and Men or Pride and Prejudice, you’ll like The Orchardist.

I still have reviews coming for At the Water’s Edge, and my current read All the Light We Cannot See, coming soon.

Mother’s Day Sale

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Because I’m a Mom of four great kids who are now young adults, I know the life of Motherhood 🙂 In Honor of Mom’s daily sacrifice, please gift to her the ebook, The China Pandemic for only .99 the entire week of Mother’s Day! May 9th-16th.  Get her flowers, a little chocolate and something unique from you.

She’ll love and appreciate that you recognized her stamina of mom-hood. All those late nights worrying over you. The hand she had no qualms about, thrust before your vomiting mouth. The dirty diaper Dad refused to change, but Mom couldn’t let you go around like that one second longer. The money she transferred to your account to get you out of a bind. Teaching you to cook that meal you used to make your girlfriend adore you. Washed the stains out of your favorite blouse. Told you to always use you as an excuse for peer pressure to keep you out of trouble. The list is mighty long and variations apply. No one loves you like Mom. Always remember that.

Author Introduction – The Pilgrimage Series by Tom Abrahams

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I met Tom Abrahams in association with the Kindle Worlds Perseid Collapse group. He’s a multitalented guy, fellow Texan and great family man. Not only is he a successful author, Tom is also a news anchor for KTRK in Houston, Texas.

He’s interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and witness both triumphs and tragedy, it’s no wonder he’s a good author as well.

I’ve read the first in his contribution to the Kindle Worlds, Crossing. Tom takes a completely different view and shows what it would be like for a vacationing family to survive the mess that is Perseid Collapse. I think he did a great job with Crossing and after reading this one, I’ve got the other two in the series on my To Be Read File.

Not only that, Tom is the author of several other full-length novels.

The tag line for his work is, Political Fiction with a Punch and Sedition leads the way. The President of The United States is dead. There is no Vice President to take his place.

As the nation slips into a constitutional crisis, a small group of disenfranchised neo-patriots conspire to violently seize power.
They have the will. They already have someone on the inside. And they have the explosives.

Standing in their way is a woman who listens to conversations not meant for her to hear. She reads mail not intended for her to see. She knows their intention. But can she stop them in time?

SEDITION is a smart, fast-paced, modern day political novel woven in reality and based on the 1820 British plot, The Cato Street Conspiracy.

It navigates the thin line between good versus evil and patriot versus traitor, proving there’s always a reason behind treason.

So if you like the realism and historical context of a Dan Brown thriller, mixed with research of a Tom Clancy novel…you’ll love SEDITION.

Allegiance is another series Tom has underway. And the description starts like this,

Beer, Redheads, And Politics…  Jackson Quick should have known better.
First, he trusted a Texas politician.
Then he fell for a leggy woman.
Worst of all, he drank a beer that tasted funny.
Now he’s running for his life, trying to piece together how he fell into a battle over something so small it takes a high-powered microscope to see it.

I think reading these novellas is a great introduction to new writers and their work. It’s a small investment of both budget and time to read a novella. Once you’ve completed reading you get a sense of the author and if you really enjoyed their style, check out their mainline work. I’ve enjoyed each and every one of these novellas and I hope you will too.

Book Review – Departure by A. G. Riddle

At some point, I will catch up on the books I’ve recently read and want to recommend. This one was an easy recommendation, no vacillating on the issue. Departure by A. G. Riddle is a beautifully written book involving a plane crash, time travel and a mystery with a struggle of who to trust with your gut instincts.

Actually, it’s somewhat more complicated than that. A. G. Riddle is from the same technical career as my husband, and they’ve both come to realize there’s a laser edge to all the technical gadgets we’ve come to love and depend upon. Technology can be a precarious and evil thing with too much dependency and reliance. I think most brilliant people in this field come to this conclusion at some point, it’s an aha moment, but that’s beside the point. Departure is an excellent stand-alone read and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Not only that, the novel is slated to become a movie by 20th Century Fox. I love that when I find out after I’ve read a great book that I’ll also get to enjoy it as a movie. It’s about time the film industry turns their attention to a host of creative and often intriguing indie books instead of the same old thing.

Author A. G. Riddle is also the author of the bestselling, The Atlantis Trilogy. His success with that series has led to many opportunities. I’ve only recently met this author, but he’s a great guy and I hope you’ll enjoy his work as much as I do.