Published Authors Map Out “The Road to Publication” at Nyack Center

Nyack, NY: Thursday, February 9th at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Nyack Indoor Farmers Market at The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack NY.

Published authors from the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Chapter (HVRWA), in conjunction with the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the journey to getting a book in print at a free workshop titled “The Road to Publication.” Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Tough questions about today’s book will be answered in “Publication Opportunities in the 21st Century,” “Self-Publishing–How to Do It Right,” “The Art of Writing Enticing Blurbs,” and finally, “Is the Contract You’re Offered the One You Really Want?”

Authors will also be on hand to answer questions about membership in HVRWA, and to sign books. Romance genres available will include paranormal, historical, erotic, medical romance, suspense and woman’s fiction. Remember, there is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by giving the gift of romance to a special someone.

Book Review: The Thruway Killers by Harvey Havel

Buckle Up For The Thruway Killers:
A Rollicking Commentary On Greed, Murder And Mayhem

When values collide and money is thrown in the mix, anything can happen. Author Harvey Havel is back with The Thruway Killers (America Star Books), a delightfully fast-paced crime novel that also points out the absurdities of our times.

Havel does not shrink away from touchy issues of race and religion. Droogan McPhee is the eldest son of a prosperous businessman, and he lacks his father’s sense of propriety and drive to succeed. To his father’s horror, the unemployed, overweight, crack-smoking Droogan becomes romantically entangled with one of the family’s African-American maids. His father uses money to put a wedge between the couple, and Droogan is motivated to act.

A botched murder plot follows, and Droogan and his beloved Angela begin their odyssey up the iconic New York Thruway, pursued by Agent Roderigo Rojas of the FBI and a mercenary named the Spartan. When Droogan slips into a shadowy religious cult, his problems begin to multiply. Havel, with an outsider’s perspective and a keen sense of fun, explores American cultural and political fault lines and whether crossing lines leads to ruin.

Havel, born in Pakistan with family ties to India, is a prolific writer. His third novel, Freedom of Association, was published in 2006.Other novels include Charlie Zero’s Last-Ditch Attempt, and The Orphan of Mecca, Book One. He is formerly a writing instructor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also taught writing and literature at the College of St. Rose in Albany as well as SUNY Albany. Copies of his books and short stories, both new and used, may be purchased at and by special order at fine booksellers everywhere.

The Thruway Killers
America Star Books
Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon
and other online retailers
ISBN: 9781635080384

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Reviews:

BN 5 starsTexas Book Nook
Harvey Havel has great attention to detail and makes everything from the setting, to the characters feel very real. It makes for a wonderfully written and very suspenseful novel. Definitely not for the faint of heart as this one definitely left me looking over my shoulder. Fast paced and filled with surprise moments.

Kirkus Reviews: “…Police chases and social commentary come together in this rollicking murder story about an affluent family torn apart by greed, prejudice, and its own foibles….Havel packs a good deal into his novel, which at first glance may appear to be a simple crime story. Themes of interracial or interreligious marriage predominate, from both a black and white perspective…a lot of fun.”

Novel News Network: “I liked the diversity of the novel. It pulls together different elements, all of which are executed well and come together seamlessly….I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the fact that Harvey Havel was able to surprise me a couple of times. I always like a novel that keeps me guessing.”

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Book Review: Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro

Pianissimo

Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro

 by Lauren Shiro

Darryl and Corinne Richards purchase their first house. With Darryl’s army career coming to a close, they feel ready to settle down in Louisville, Kentucky. With impeccable timing, Darryl is sent on one final tour, leaving Corinne to live in this new house and new city alone.

Overwhelmed, Corinne becomes reclusive, living a quiet, boring life with her cats as she adjusts to her new surroundings. The problem is: someone or some thing does not want her life to be either quiet or boring. And then there’s the creepy piano in the basement…

There is more to that creepy, dilapidated piano and her new home than Corinne could ever imagine. Through highs and lows, twists and turns, she begins to understand that even the most softly played music is powerful – and that even soft realizations and quietly subtle changes can have a profound effect.

Pianissimo di Lauren Shiro ora disponibili in edizioni italiane!
(Italian Edition)

translated by Alessia Simoni

translated by Alessia Simoni

5 stars

 Imagine a piano, once beautiful now old, that holds a secret to change a young woman’s life.

reviewed by Don Thorkelson

A fascinating concept revealed through letters and an ancient much abused piano. A young couple buys an old house . The man goes off to his last tour in a war zone and left alone, the wife discovers more than she expected when she enters the basement.
Secrets, an exquisite love story from another era are revealed as the young woman struggles to remove paint from the piano where beneath the ugly green lies mahogany. Pianissimo is a story of growth, understanding and love to capture the readers heart.

 

About the Author:

Lauren Shiro was published nationally for the first time at age fourteen. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and even textbooks.

In 2006, she began writing fiction and she hasn’t stopped yet. From her set of intertwined short stories in Loving Her, to the powerhouse duo of Imperfect and Impeccable, Lauren has written stories that are sure to touch your heart. Lauren continues to write stories of love without boundaries.

She resides in Rochester, New York with her wife and their menagerie of furry and feathered friends.

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Book Review: Future Love By Edward Hoornaert

Future Love

Edward Hoornaert penned five intriguing sci-fi/romance stories that we can all relate to. My personal favorite was To Cry in Zero G and the story of how lust turns to caring. A beautiful woman who is ready to sacrifice her dignity because she feels guilty and a dying man who has yearned for her touch — the poignant time they spend together is guaranteed to leave an imprint on your heart.

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In the future, love will get even tougher . . . Set out on a journey into tomorrow in five short stories that explore how love can sometimes sting, sometimes heal—and always transform the mind.

To Cry in Zero G
A spaceman wins the woman of his dreams . . . too late.

Devil, Devil
A stranded time-traveler searches for the love he abandoned in the past.

Thimbleriggers
A crook invents a new form of pornography, but it teaches him about love. Not sex.

Audition at Sexsmith Station
A woman crosses the galaxy for revenge. But revenge isn’t as simple as she expected.

Funeral in a Teriyaki Cathedral
A man pursues his beloved beyond death, but finds only the evil in his own heart.

Amazon Customer Review

5 stars Great stories, each with a unique voice
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If you like Sci-fi or Sci-fi romance, you’ll love this book: five short sci-fi stories with a romantic element. Each one has a creative, interesting plotline, complex characters, and a unique voice. Unlike some other short stories, these don’t feel like longer works that are abruptly cut off. Author Ed Hoorneart focuses in on the right time and scenes to create complete stories. Five stars all the way!
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Book Promo: Trapped On Talonque: (A Sectors SF romance)

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.

Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they’re brought before an alien ‘goddess’, sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good–he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She’ll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.

Bithia sleeps in her chamber, as she has for thousands of years, since her own people unaccountably left her there. Viewed as a goddess by her captors, she must hide her ancient secrets to survive. But only the bravest of men may free her. Can she use her psychic powers to keep Nate and his men alive long enough to help her escape, or will her only hope of freedom die with them?

About the Author

  Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that anyway, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences, although nothing is as stressful as meeting a book deadline. Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience–Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring.”

Enterprise “Crew Member” in the Official Audiobook of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On The Edge of Forever” Star Trek script

NASA Medal of Excellence

Romancing The Novel Hearts Through History Winner
National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Winner
Golden Quill Award Finalist
Three Time SFR Galaxy Award recipient
Laurel Wreath Finalist

Past Treasurer for the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

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