Free Stuff

I used my free ad allowance on Facebook to spread the cheer of my Monday blog post. There was one thing that I forgot to mention in the post, and I want to make that clear:

From Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 2, Bloody Sunday will be available for free download on Kindle. Assuming, of course, that I can figure out how to do that.

That is all.

 

The Big One for Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday
$9.99 trade paperback
$5.99 Kindle digital Also available for pre-order
January 29, 2018

Haiti is a rough place, for decades ruled by the Duvalier family and their armed militia the Tonton Macoutes. In 1987, though, the last Duvalier was chased from the island. A military Junta took over the country, only to be winnowed into a committee of one, General Henri Namphy who vows to hold a free and fair election.

On November 29, 1987, the election is scheduled, but when the Tonton Macoutes, watched by the army, massacre a polling site in downtown Port-au-Prince, the idea of fair elections fades, and unimaginable consequences ensue.

For an affluent intellectual has recorded the massacre on videotape, and American reporter, Hilton Greene, discovers it. In exchange for the video, the intellectual puts his son in Greene’s hands. A Brevet Adoption, if you will.

Chased by the chief inspector of the Port-au-Prince police, Greene and the intellectual’s son move from one hope to the next as they evade capture and try to find a way out of Haiti, one that will ensure their safety and the integrity of the shocking videotape.

Bloody Sunday is a cat-and-mouse thriller in the best sense. Only time will tell who will win the chase, the breakaway reporter or the intrepid detective.


Contests

While you can find more at the link above, I am giving away bookplates to the first ten reviews on Amazon.com, and a signed copy of one of my books to the best review amongst that grouping.

About the Author

You can find a full biography and bibliography at the above link to the Amazon author’s page. I have not published much material yet, but there is plenty to come in the next few months. In short, though, I am crazy.

I wasn’t diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder until 2017, though I had lived with it since 2003. While hallucinating and delusional on an almost daily basis, I managed to earn three degrees, finish several novels, and work as an international lawyer for several years. I have been writing since I was in the second-grade.

I have also opened a new email for business related to my writing. You can contact me, the publisher, at the linked email.

 

 

 

Bloody Sunday Contest

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Bloody Sunday hits Amazon in a little less than a week and a half. It will hit in digital and in hardcopy. As the time is fast approaching, I want to spell out a contest in relation to the book.

  • The best Amazon review (among the first ten reviews) will receive a free, signed copy of either Noy and Her Ungrateful Husband Khamsouk or the Chris Hunter Omnibus Vol. 1 which will be published later this year.
  • The remainder of the first ten reviewers will receive a signed bookplate and a letter of gratitude from yours truly, the author.

I’m still figuring out Goodreads, so for now, the contest is limited to Amazon reviews. I’m excited to see what you all think.

Cheers.

 

 

Bloody Sunday Cover Image

Yay. It’s Bloody Sunday.

I uploaded the digital version for pre-order. Which is available for $5.99. Come Monday 29 January, though, the digital version will be available for free download for a week. But I got the cover today and I wanted to let you all see it.

It’s Haiti. It’s Haiti covered with hills and mountains and coastal waters. It’s Haiti where president-for-life is a common phrase heard after an election. Corruption, graft, violence and fear all are part of Haiti. And come Monday 29 January, you can read all about it either digitally or in hard copy

It just keeps getting better and better. . .

 

 

 

Here Comes Lap 6

Yay. Another lap done. Here comes number six and seven. Easier proofs this time around. Five was tough, a character consistency read through. Now I’ve got a grammar/spell check, and a final formatting and readability check. Should be able to get these done by the weekend, leaving me a week or so to move on the cover, layout, and contest. (I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I want to frame that.)

Otherwise, I’m working on a WWII Thriller set in the Straits Settlements, Australia, and places in between. I’m almost to twenty-thousand words and I have a lot left. I may actually bump the 100,000 word barrier easily.

And that’s the update. Look forward to cover art, official synopsis, contest and rules, and all the details about the release of Bloody Sunday.

A Release Date

After getting well into my fifth review of Bloody Sunday, I am convinced I can finish my reviews and get everything ready for a Monday, January 29, 2018, release date. While this may be an odd date, I should let it be known that Monday is the biggest day for Kindle e-book sales. Thus, I’m offering the digital version of the book for free during the first week of release. Monday through Friday, February 2.

I will also be releasing the hard copy version of Bloody Sunday, on the same schedule.

In addition, there will be contests and prizes for reviews, of which I will say more later. For now, suffice it to say that work is sufficiently advanced that it’s time to start the countdown.

Yay!

P.S. The manuscript cover above is a Baroque document. Nothing nearly as fancy as what I intend to publish. But as the days roll by, you can be assured that peaks and previews are in the works.

 

Time for Five

As I have mentioned before, I am trying to imitate some of James Patterson’s strategies for writing a great thriller. One of his strategies, and probably the one that I am adopting the most, is to review/rewrite each book seven times.

That said, I am on review number five with Bloody Sunday. That means it should be ready, and I can begin reviewing rewriting Chris Hunter #2 shortly.

 

A Belated Cheer

Merry Christmas, or Happy Christmas, depending on your geographical location. While I don’t believe the superstitions I do support th pe holiday, I celebrate it because my family does. It’s  also a good time to try a five star buffet, if you’re alone and in Asia.

i remember the Christmas buffet in Laos, with suckling pig and goose and all kinds of other meats and treats appropriate to the occasion.

I rmember the department stores in Saigon, with their elaborate displays and decorations. Particularly the Saigon Tax Centre (peace be upon it) . The four story building filled with electronics and tourist goods went the extra mile each year, putting up reindeer and santas, Christmas trees and snow flakes. It was the premier decorated store, and on Christmas eve, walking back from work, I struggled to get through the pedestrians crowding the sidewalk and taking pictures.

i remember a Christmas on Bui Bien, me and a neighbor/friend ate turkey legs  he bought at the store. We drank beer in plastic bottles from Hoa Vien–the best brewery in town–and sat on his balcony watching the police surround an alley and capture a dead man.

I remember my first Christmas in Saigon, living in my best friends apartment for the month he took off to return to New York and his family for the holidays.

I remember office parties where the children unwrapped presents and left the floor of the venue covered in glitter and fancy paper. A mess we left for the staff to clean up, something that was very foreign to me from my own experiences in church growing up. We always stayed to help clean up and it seemed odd to let such a mess alone for someone else.

In juxtaposition to that, I remember tossing trash in the gutter. Street cleanliness in Saigon is the job of an underclass that sweeps the streets nightly. When my best friend protested, I simply said I was creating jobs, which I was.

Beer and wine made for good fellowship and  camaraderie.

Things now which I must avoid, for my own good and the good of others. Though I did try non-alcoholic wine for the first time Christmas Eve. It’s not very good and when I need the taste of alcohol I’ll stick with near beer which is much better and doesn’t leave me grouchy the next day.

But Christmas, yes, Christmas. A special time of year regardless of beliefs, for even Buddhists celebrate it in a way, they just don’t offer a holiday for the day.

So to all who read this blog, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and may the New Year bring you many good things.

Goodreads.com and Haiti

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5153048.Steven_Jacob

I’ve updated and developed my Goodreads.com author page. There’s some other Steven Jacob writing as Steven Jacob who I’m trying to get removed from my page, but I have to contact Goodreads.com to do it. Which I have. Now it’s a time to relax and wait for customer service to respond. Anyway, you can visit Goodreads.com and rate my books, though I only have two so far. (Three with that interloper Steven Jacob’s book: something about technical managers.)

I posted the site link to Facebook already. This post will make it available on LinkedIn as well.Now, onto something else.

I’m reading a Robert Ludlum novel. I’m striving to learn from his writing how to write a really good thriller. As I mentioned in my last post I’m somewhere near the seventy-thousand word mark on a book tentatively titled Shell Shock. I’ve determined that I need to scrap most of the third act that I’ve written so far. This means more work for me, but it also means I’ll have a much better book. I’ve written about ten thousand words in two rooms and a lot of useless internal monologue. This will be disposed of.

But that’s not the most pressing document.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m editing Bloody Sunday. This is a story about how an American reporter and a local intellectual and his child react to a massacre that happens at a school voting booth in November of 1987.

The massacre in the book actually happened. I read it in the introduction to Haiti Shattered Nation by Elizabeth Abbott. It’s primarily a journalistic reporting of the Duvaliers and their reigns, but it also discusses the aftermath during the Junta and beyond. In the introduction Ms. Abbott gives a short description of a voting massacre that was instigated by General Henri Nampby so as to delay a legitimate vote by the people of Haiti. It read only three or four pages, but it instantly spiked my interest.

I’m not sure exactly how long it took to follow the bulk of Bloody Sunday but it came pretty quickly. It’s a chase, a cat and mouse between the reporter and the head investigator of Port-au-Prince. While I have never been to Haiti, I’ve read a great deal about it, and actually have a Geography of Haiti dating from the year in which Bloody Sunday is set.

And there I’ll leave it. That’s the project closest to fruition. So I’ll leave with that update, an update of an update, and bid adieu.