Thursday, November 5, 2009

Network with Us November 2009

Blood. Guts. Pride. Wrath.

The ancient clash of armies outside the walls of Troy is a cornerstone of Western
literature. In The Rage of Achilles, Terence Hawkins brilliantly reimagines that
titanic encounter. His stunningly original telling captures the brutality of the battlefield,
the glory and the gore, in language that never relents.

Raw and compelling, The Rage of Achilles tells the story of Achilles, a monstrous hero, by turns vain and selfish, cruel and noble; of Paris, weak and consumed by lust for his stolen bride; of Agamemnon, driven nearly to insanity by the voices of the gods; and of Trojans and Achaeans, warriors and peasants, caught up in the conflict, their families torn apart by a decade-long war. The Rage of Achilles is an exhilarating story that has captured the imaginations of readers for thousands of years restored to immediacy.

The Rage of Achilles is that rare thing—a genuinely fresh take on a classic text. Terence Hawkins’ modern retelling of The Iliad has the paradoxical, invigorating effect of making Homer’s epic feel oddly familiar, and of highlighting its deep strangeness at the same time.” – Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children

“In this masterful account by Terence Hawkins, the Trojan War is infused with all the immediacy of a current event.” – Richard Selzer, author of The Doctor Stories

The Rage of Achilles goes on sale nationwide November 2009.

For further information or to arrange an interview with the author, please visit“” or e-mail“”.

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that's worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream: Write poem 30 lines or fewer on any subject or a short story, 5 pages maximum on any theme for a chance to win up to $500 in cash prizes. All works must be original. Visit”” for details!

Art, Drawing, Designing and Writing have been a passion for Christine Ballano, born and raised in New York City. Dating back to her childhood in school she remembers always doodling and getting in trouble in school. She was always drawing, when she was a supposed to be studying. Many a time she was cracked on the knuckles for not paying attention to the teacher. (smile)

Her desire to publish a book came late in life, when she reached 69 in 2008. Her friends including herself managed to always misplace notes they had made, computer log-ins and passwords or telephone numbers they have scribbled on little bits of paper. Along came the idea to create a book that they could store all this information. Not only had that but encompassed information that would take too much time to retrieve such as medical advice, airlines, government agencies etc. Of course her cover design had to be attractive and easy to find among all the mess on their desks.

Her dream is to complete her fashion designs and remake of vintage jewelry and revise her ‘Personal Internet DeskBook Organizer ‘ before she reaches 75.””

For a Sampling of the Bareaj line of Jewelry

Ebooks for Radio Guests

Searching for radio programs that match your specialty is time-consuming and often does not provide all the relevant information to make an informed decision about which host to contact about an interview.

“Talk Radio Advocate” Francine Silverman has taken the hassle out of your search by offering e-books in conjunction with her book, Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited. (McFarland & Co. 2009).

“The shows in the ebooks were discovered after Talk Radio Wants You went into production,” explains Fran. “The shows in both the book and ebook are both on the Internet and/or on the air and contain everything a potential guest needs before contacting a host, including the most important information: the show theme and guest criteria.

Thus far, only those ebooks in the Business and New Age categories are ready to be launched. More will become available as soon as at least 20 completed questionnaires in health, sports, food, travel, technology, military, paranormal, politics and other categories are received.

The New Age ebook features 23 shows and is $15; the business ebook has 36 shows and is $20. Purchasers will receive five free updates.

The ebooks are available from Francine Silverman at””. Payment may be made through PayPal to””., or by check payable to Francine Silverman, and mailed to P.O. Box 1333, Riverdale, New York 10471. Upon receipt of payment, your ebook will be emailed to you in an attachment.

Please visit my Web site for more information:

We posted an article, "15 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter" ( ), and I thought that you or your readers might find it interesting. Nancy White

Pierette Simpson shares her experience on WGN TV:

Hello everyone,

My interview on The WGN Midday News was October 12 in Chicago. WGN stands for “world’s greatest newspaper” since the station is owned by the Chicago Tribune. It’s the only superstation left in America. Weeks and days of anticipation culminated in five minutes. But I was very thankful for those precious moments to share about my book and my new audio book.

The interview only played mostly in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Missouri. So if you were outside of those states you can watch it on the WGN Web site:”” .

I’ll be blogging about the experience. You can check out my blog at”” for details about the interview. While you’re on my Web site, check out the special offer for purchasing my new audio CD book: Alive in the Andrea Doria. It’s a special two-for-one deal that you find worthwhile.

To celebrate the audio CD book release, I’m making a special offer on my Web site””. With the purchase of my audio book, you will receive a FREE UNABRIDGED eBook of my award-winning best-selling book, Alive in the Andrea Doria. Borders members can receive 40% off on my print book, Alive on the Andrea Doria. All of these special offers add up to a lot of savings, especially for the upcoming holidays.

An Author and Her Dog Ask a Favor and Give a Gift to You

Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog and Barbara Techel are asking for your help. It really is quite easy to do… and for helping them, you get a gift! Here’s a message from them:

We are now offering Virtual Visits with Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog! We are now able to do our Frankie presentations that we currently offer to our local schools in person (and rolling dog!) via the free software of Skype and a webcam, but these are done… well, virtually!! Here is a video clip explaining:

Video explaining a Virtual Visit

Would you be willing to let elementary teachers or librarians know about this? Just email us that you have sent someone the link to our virtual visit page and we will send you a link to download Frankie’s Activity E-book. It is that simple! When you share this with any teachers or librarians let them know that the first one to contact us will receive their Virtual Visit for FREE!

Thank you so much for your help and for helping us spread Frankie’s message of hope and inspiration!


Barbara & Frankie””

Literary Publicist Stephanie Barko (TX)”” reports that her client, Bob Fussell (NY), received the 2009 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Nonfiction. Bob edited and published his grandfather's memoir, Unbridled Cowboy (Truman State University Press, 2008).””

The book was cited by the Award Committee as being "a valuable contribution to the history of Texas".

Forge recently released volume II of Mike Cox' definitive history of the Texas Rangers.
Time of the Rangers”” is wrapping up a virtual tour this month. Catch up with the tour and its giveaways at””.

Caridad Pineiro is excited to announce the release of her first single title paranormal romantic suspense Sins of the Flesh on October 27 from Grand Central Publishing. Sins of the Flesh has been lauded as “(A) chilling scientific thriller” and “a sexy adventure with a luscious hero and an amazing heroine.” Caridad is the NY Times Bestselling author of over twenty novels and Sins of the Flesh promises to be another hit! For more information on Caridad and an assortment of writing resources, please visit

Just in time for the holidays, author Susan M. Heim is pleased to announce the publication of two new Chicken Soup for the Soul books! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women and Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family are now available. Both books contain 101 stories that warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. Visit””for details and ordering information.

Self-Publishing Workshop

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hermitage Community Center, Nashville, TN

If you have a strong passion to write a book, then this workshop is for you.

Learn about the traditional and self-publishing industries
See your book published in 90 days
Identify simple steps for approaching bookstores, libraries, and chain stores
Create an effective marketing plan that sells books
Understand why the editorial process is so critical to a successful book

Program Details

When? Saturday, November 7th , 9 am–1 pm
Where? Hermitage Community Center
3720 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076
Cost? $75.00 (includes training manual, resource directory, handouts, & lunch)

Program presenters include:

Renee Bobb, Self-Publishing Consultant with RBI Enterprise. Renee is the author of “The Self-Publishing Process: The Beginner’s Guide to Book Publishing Success”. She is the host of The Renee Radio Show and TV Talk Show “The Authors Review”

Send registration info via email:””

Ph: 615-753-5647
Mail: PO Box 583, Hermitage, TN 37076
Checks payable to: R.B.I. Enterprise
VISA/MasterCard accepted online at:

Dear Friends,

Finally, I have a new post on my blog. I know it has been awhile. Thank you for all your encouraging words and nudges. The numbness has finally worn off. After hearing the shocking news that my husband's 20-year position along with over 400 of his co-workers jobs are being outsourced in March, and then to have one of my long-time young friends try to commit suicide last week, I realized I must focus on the positive in my life. Enjoy...””

Love, JoAnne

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