William T. Prince – The Legend of Sasquatch

Title: The Legend of Sasquatch

Author: William T. Prince

ISBN: 0-7414-4844-0

Page count: 299

Genre: Literary Fiction

Price: $16.95 (Paperback); $2.99 (Kindle)

Author Bio:

A proud Native Texan, Will Prince is presently a corporate security director in Houston.  He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in criminal justice and has been a Certified Protection Professional (Board Certified in Security Management) since 1996.  Will was previously a tenure-track instructor at a four-year state college in West Virginia and has recently taught as an adjunct at a Houston area community college.  In addition to reading and writing, Will’s favorite pastimes include The Four Cs:  cigars, coffee, computers, and classical music.  He lives near Houston with his wife (a college English department head) and twin daughters.

Tell us about your book:

“In this action-filled character study, Sasquatch is not the mythical creature rumored to haunt the forests of North America.  He is a young Texan named Clint Buchanan (“Buck Hannon”) who prowls the streets of the DFW Metroplex in the late 1970s.  Clint seems to have it all—size, strength, intellect, personality, good looks, and any woman he wants.  Unfortunately a combination of bad choices and bad luck leads to tragic results.  Join this behemoth as he faces the life-changing and character-defining events of his late adolescence with a colorful supporting cast that includes devoted buddies Milton, Tom, and Hulk.”

So reads the rear-cover synopsis of my self-published novel, The Legend of Sasquatch.  Make no mistake—this gritty story is not for the faint of heart.  It is a veritable roller coaster of action and emotion that will have the reader laughing hysterically one minute and reaching for a tissue the next.  The story follows its protagonist through a series of events that occur over several of his teenage years.  Clint is smart; he is funny, and he is one tough hombre.  He also tends to make rash decisions that lead to disaster.  The question is:  Will Clint survive to learn the error of his ways?

Here is what a few readers have said:

“The Legend of Sasquatch is an entertaining novel that provides the one-two punch of suspense and comedy.  It is an intriguing and detailed character study. Can’t wait for the movie!”

“I started it when I got off work . . . and did not, could not, put it down until I was done, at 2:30am!”

“The Legend of Sasquatch is a great study of the human psyche and all its complexities—morality, justice, passion, friendship, violence and love.”

Read it, and find out just how good it is.

How long did it take to write the book?

Five months (three months actual writing)

What inspired you to write the book?

For many years, people have said to me, “Will, you write so well; you should write a book.”  My standard response was, “Yes, I write well, but I write to inform—not to entertain.”  It became something of a mantra, but when someone made the suggestion again in October 2007, I decided to give it a try.  The Legend of Sasquatch is the result of that effort.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I didn’t really have to do any research.  I relied on my own experience for the basic characterization.  My writing process was not complicated; it involved simply sitting down and writing whenever I had the time to do so.  I do not outline my work before I write because I do not like feeling constrained.  I just sit down and write, going wherever the words lead.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

My story is very compelling, and virtually all of my readers have used the term “page-turner” to describe it.  They talk about not being able to put it down, about not being able to the resist the urge to find out what happens next.  I have given my readers a uniquely appealing protagonist, and he and all his supporting characters are well developed.  My book is a character novel, but it contains enough gritty action to keep the story flowing.  Above all else, I want my readers to have fun reading my story.  I want them to say, “Wow, I can’t wait to read the next novel by this guy!”

Where can we go to buy your book?

My website (www.thelegendofsasquatch.com) directs my readers to Buy Books on the Web (Infinity Publishing) at www.bbotw.com, but the book is also available at Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle) and at many other Internet sites.

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

www.thelegendofsasquatch.com www.facebook.com/pages/William-T-Prince/113483217094

Excerpt:

The first 703 words:

“Clint pushed a finger against the small hole in his chest and realized that the bullet had barely entered his body.  He could feel the small chunk of lead just below the surface.  He briefly considered trying to squeeze it out as one might exude a blemish, but better judgement prevailed.  It was a small caliber, probably .22 or .25, and although he was aware of some pain, there wasn’t nearly as much as he would’ve expected.  He didn’t seem to be losing much blood, but he decided he’d better keep some pressure on the wound anyway, although it was a little more painful to do so.

Clint walked across the street to where the body lay across the curb, half in the street and half on the sidewalk.  He squatted and touched the neck, but he already knew that there would be no pulse.  The 240-grain semi-jacketed hollow point from Clint’s .44 magnum Smith and Wesson revolver—yes, the very same as another Clint carried in the movies—had entered just off the bridge of the nose, pretty much the corner of one eye, and the guy had died at precisely the same instant.  That eye was gone, of course, but the other remained open with that telltale empty stare.

The guy’s expression was blank, and on the whole his face didn’t look all that bad under the circumstances.  Even so, Clint knew without turning him over that the void in the back of his head was considerable.  There was significant blood and gray matter on the sidewalk, and let’s face it—the chances of anyone surviving a .44 mag to the face are about the same as the odds of winning the lottery, perhaps less.  The guy was dead, and there was no need to wait around for official confirmation.

Clint didn’t see the guy’s pistol and didn’t feel compelled to look for it.  It’s not as if he would ever use it again.  There was no sign of anyone around at the moment, and Clint didn’t think that there would be anyone peeking right now.  Virtually no one lived in this part of Dallas, and anyone who might have been lurking about probably hit the ground and covered up at the thunderous ka-BOOM! of the .44.  Clint got in his truck, quickly stowed his sidearms and holsters, and drove himself toward the emergency room at Parkland Hospital.

On the way to Parkland, Clint continued applying pressure to the wound, and he tried to figure out why this had happened.  A man was dead, and that is no small matter.  Regardless of circumstances, no matter the justification, anyone who can cause the death of another human being and not feel some ambivalence about it is one sick bastard.  Normal, compassionate people just can’t feel good about killing and dying, even when killing and dying are necessary.

This was textbook self defense, excusable homicide.  The dead guy drew first; in fact, he’d gotten off the first shot.  Clint’s only choice was between the snub-nose .38 on his ankle and the .44 mag in his shoulder holster, and that was only a choice in the most technical sense.  Clint had been reaching for the big six-inch revolver when he felt the small slug hit him in the chest, and he’d gotten off his only shot after he realized that he’d already been shot.  Could there be a clearer case of self defense?

Why had this guy come after Clint?  Was it a simple robbery attempt, and had Clint merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time, a seemingly random victim chosen by virtue of convenience alone?  Or was it something else, and had Clint himself set the wheels in motion?  The more questions Clint asked, the more he realized that it was likely that this man had been sent to kill him.  If so, it had to be Mike reaching out from behind bars to exact his revenge.

Clint’s body count was now up to five—six including the vegetable.  Killing was becoming a habit, and Clint realized that it was starting to bother him less each time.  He feared that he was becoming desensitized to death, too accustomed to killing.”

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Joel M. Andre – A Death at the North Pole

Title: A Death at the North Pole

Author: Joel M. Andre

ISBN: 1435720296

Page count: 126 Pages

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Price: .99 Kindle Edition/ 8.98 Paperback

Author Bio:

Joel M. Andre was born January 13, 1981. At a young age he was fascinated with the written word. It was at fourteen that Poe blew his mind, and Andre began to dabble with darker poetry.

Between the years of 1999 and 2007 Joel was featured in various poetry anthologies and publications. In 2008 he released his first collection, “Pray the Rain Never Ends”.

Knowing there was something deeper and darker inside of his soul, Joel decided to take a stab at commercialism. Releasing the dark tongue in cheek, “A Death at the North Pole”, created a dark world among the death of Kris Kringle. Ultimately providing a tale of redemption.

October of 2008 saw Joel release his second book, “Kill 4 Me.” A tale in which a woman is haunted by a vengeful spirit through text messages and instant messaging.

Taking some time off and doing a lot of soul searching, Joel took things in a new direction and dabbled in the Fantasy Genre with, “The Pentacle of Light”. The tale dealing with five major races battling for control of Earth, and the acceptance of their God.

Finally, after missing his detective Lauren Bruni, he released the book “The Return” in October 2009, this time moving the action from the North Pole and placing it in the small Arizona community he was raised in.

Currently, he resides in Chandler, AZ.

Tell us about your book:

The story is a tale about redemption and finding your inner soul. I took the ideas of the Christmas legend, and turned them into a dark and tongue in cheek world. We begin with the obvious death, and then go through the process of sorting through elves, all by a non-believer who thinks she is thrown into some sort of joke. It is sort of a Tim Burtonesque Christmas tale.

How long did it take to write the book?

From concept to competition, this story took about four months to write and edit. I had envisioned something darker and much more sinister, but wasn’t sure how well it would be received.

What inspired you to write the book?

I wondered what would happen if someone knocked off the king of Christmas. The title popped in my head, and I went for it.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

The writing process for me is very bland I fear. I’ll lock myself in a room when the urge comes on, and let the words pour onto the page. When I feel forced to write, my brain locks up. It must come free and clear. If I am writing a Horror scene, I will listen to Marilyn Manson. For drama, I will turn on Country. For filler the rest of the time, I will turn on some pop music.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I would hope they look at my book and smile. I’m not looking to write the next American Classic. I want to give people a few hours of entertainment where they can just have fun and escape the mundane world.

Where can we go to buy your book?

Amazon, Barnes and Noble….although my books seem to be all over the torrent sites too. I guess it is a good thing. Means people are willing to distribute them.

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

You can check out some poetry and stuff at www.authorsden.com/joelmandre

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Mike Darretta – God Is Closer Than You Think

Title: God Is Closer Than You Think: Discovering the Nearness of God From the Book of Leviticus

Author: Mike Darretta

ISBN: 1593304471

Page count: 135

Genre: Spiritual, Christian, Nonfiction

Price: Kindle – 99 cents / Softcover $11.95

Author Bio:

Mike Darretta is an author, pastor and software engineer. His diverse training in both theology and engineering enables him to systematically teach the Bible in a simple, humorous and relevant fashion. He has travelled coast-to-coast conducting seminars on Christian growth, and has been featured on both television and magazine. He, his wife and two children currently live in Central California.

Tell us about your book:

People often view God as a harsh and judgmental God. Read the biblical book of Leviticus and you just might agree. Leviticus presents a God who seems distant and unapproachable, someone you would not want to get close to. But, as as my book demonstrates, we live in a day where God is no longer distant, but near. But what has changed? What has brought God near to you and me? In “God is Closer Than You Think”, you will discover why God is near and is someone you would want to have a close, meaningful friendship with.

How long did it take to write the book?

3 years

What inspired you to write the book?

For over a decade, it has been my lifelong dream to write simple, humorous and user-friendly commentaries on the Bible. My book is the first edition of The Biblical Relevancy Series, a series of books aimed at spiritual seekers and new believers.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

My writing is very similar to my public speaking – conversational, simple and (hopefully) engaging. I used several commentaries from various theologians to assist in my writing, but tried as best as possible to speak from the heart as opposed to focusing on theology. Often, I would remove entire sections that were interesting to me, yet would be superfluous to non-theologians. My greatest asset was my wife – she would read the chapters and comment on how relevant and engaging each was. If she got bored or disengaged at any point, chances are that section was re-written or removed entirely.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

An increased desire to know God personally.

Where can we go to buy your book?

Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and just about any other online site.

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

You may visit my website at www.biblicalrelevancy.com

Excerpt:

From Chapter 1:

A young boy was running amuck in a small town. He stole from the local drug store, performed malicious pranks against unsuspecting folk, and did anything possible to disturb the community. His parents had tried just about everything to control the boy’s behavior. Desperate for help, his parents looked to one last resort. They forced him to attend confession before the local priest.

The priest sat behind the confession booth, peeking at the young delinquent from his little portal. He knew full

well this boy and his problems. He also knew that what this boy needed was a fearful encounter with God.

The priest started the conversation: “Young man, where is God in all your troublesome behavior?”

The young boy sat silent, staring off in the distance. The priest, assuming the boy was ignoring him, repeated again, “Young man, where is God in all of this?”

Again, the boy said nothing. The priest, now somewhat irritated by the boy’s defiance, blurted out with a raised voice, “Young man, where is God?”

The boy immediately darted from the confession booth and fled for the chapel door. He raced down the town’s main street straight for home. He arrived at his house, burst through the front door, found his mother and cried, “Mom! They’ve lost God and they think I took Him!”

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