Water Signs on Kindle for $2.99

WaterSigns2.jpgBetter late than never, my 2008 novel Water Signs is now available on Kindle for $2.99. It’s been an interesting journey, navigating through this brave new media marketing world over the past six years. Although I haven’t actively promoted the book in a very long time, I recently realized that 1.) My network of contacts, friends and clients has dramatically increased thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, providing a large new base of potential readers, and 2.) Now that I’ve completed two ghostwritten books and have a handle on social media projects for clients, I can make the time to (finally) finish Sea To Shining Sea.

One of the many benefits of being an independently published author is that you can never really penetrate your market; therefore, there are endless opportunities to reach new readers. And what better way to pave the way to sequel success than to have my audience fall in love with (or in many cases, all over again) Water Signs just before the sequel’s release?

If you would like to download Water Signs to your Kindle for $2.99, click here. For insights into the book’s various themes, literary techniques and characters, click here.

Thank you to everyone who supports my writing — I appreciate you! :)

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Writestream Tuesday with author George Galdorisi and the Right Wing Riot

Tune in to Writestream on Tuesday, July 22 when I welcome author George Galdorisi at 1 p.m. Eastern.

George Galdorisi is a former naval aviator who began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings.  His Navy career included four command tours and five years as a carrier strike group chief of staff, as well as three years leading the United States delegation for military-to-military talks with the GaldorisiAshesChinese navy.  He is currently the Director of the Corporate Strategy Group at the Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego, California.

He has written nine books, including the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film starring U.S. Navy SEALs; the Amazon and Barnes and Noble top-seller The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph; as well as over 200 articles in professional journals and other media.

George Galdorisi leverages his broad professional experience to deliver written products across a wide spectrum of media, providing diverse and unique professional writing talent. With nine books – both fiction and non-fiction – the primary focus of his work is in book format and also includes chapter-length contributions to other books.  Additionally, he frequently edits books by other writers at all stages of the production process.

These book length-projects build on an additional body of work including over 200 articles in professional magazines, defense journals, newspapers, and professional conference proceedings, among others, and are captured in his curriculum vitae (also on this website).  Additionally, he has presented over 60 professional papers at a wide array of professional conferences in the last decade and has published many of these papers in peer-review journals.  Of note, he wrote or co-authored over 50 articles in 2011 and 2012 alone, demonstrating a unique ability to provide a substantial volume of quality, publishable content on deadline.

His work has been recognized with numerous writing awards, including the Navy League of the United States Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, the Military Writer’s Society Award for both fiction and non-fiction, the Surface Navy Association Author of the Year, Hook Magazine Contributor of the Year, and a diverse array of literary awards from organizations such as the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval Helicopter Association, the Navy League of Australia, the Naval Helicopter Historical Society, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego. Additionally, his articles in professional journals such as Joint Forces Quarterly, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and U.S. Naval War College review have been recognized as identifying important military and technology issues and trends well before they are identified in the mainstream media.

His ability to write with authority on a broad array of military matters, cutting-edge technology, strategy and policy is supported by his thirty-year career as a naval aviator.  His wide-ranging career included over 3,000 flying hours in multiple types of naval aircraft, as well as tours aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines.  His four commands, two as helicopter squadron commander of new-technology SH-60 series aircraft, the amphibious assault ship USS Cleveland (LPD-7) and Amphibious Squadron Seven, as well as his five years as a Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff for two combat deployments to the Arabian Gulf embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), provide him with sustaining insights into the broadest possible array of naval, joint and coalition operations.  Ashore, tours in Washington, D.C. the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College have provided him with a well-nuanced background in strategy, policy, programmatics and acquisition.  His current work as a strategist, analyst and long-range planner at the U.S. Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego supplements his active-duty experience with a full immersion in emerging command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies, including work with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

His ability to create quality prose, coupled with his ability to deliver it in a compelling way, has led to numerous speaking opportunities beyond the regular book signing circuit.  He has been an invited speaker and panel moderator at venues as diverse as U.S. Naval Institute and Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association Conferences, the United Kingdom’s Royal United Services Institute Conferences, the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conferences, Common Defense West Conferences, U.S. Naval Academy Naval and Maritime History Symposium, the National Fire Control Symposium, the International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Symposium, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Symposium, the Canadian Maritime Forces Pacific Maritime Security Challenges Conference, the Navy Human Systems Integration Symposium, and many others – as well as speaking engagements at several universities nationally and internationally.  Additionally, he frequently is in demand to moderate panels at these and other conference and symposia.

George and I will discuss his esteemed career and his latest release, Tom Clancy’s Out of the Ashes:

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded—leaving the country in terrible danger.

But when terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums around the country leaving men, women and children dead or mutilated, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center—an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high tech crises of the 21st Century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. A renegade Saudi Prince with ambitions of controlling the world’s oil supply has an ingenious plot to manipulate America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran. Next, they would ignite a sleeper cell to attack the America homeland, resulting in a bloodbath unlike any other. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?

Looking forward to a fascinating interview!

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In the second half of the show, join The Prince of Whitebread, Scary Smart and Always Right for the Right Wing Riot, featuring Public Service Satire on the latest cultural and political happenings.

As always, during the live broadcast we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author George Galdorisi and the Right Wing Riot.

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Join author Shlomo Attia at Books and Books in Coral Gables on August 20

Live in or near Miami? Stop by Books and Books in Coral Gables on Wednesday, August 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern to hear Shlomo Attia talk about his new book Steps To Salvation. He’ll have paperbacks available for anyone who would like a signed copy and a photo taken with the author, although there is no purchase necessary. Come and listen to a fascinating author and entrepreneur share the story of his near death experience and his practical ideas for bringing Salvation to earth by improving vital industries and curtailing political power.

For more information, visit Shlomo Attia Author’s Event Page on Facebook.

Here’s a sample of what to expect:

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Fall in Love with D’Souza’s America

If you haven’t yet seen the incredible pro-America docudrama from Dinesh D’Souza, I encourage you to go as soon as possible — and take as many family members, friends, neighbors and acquaintances as you can. From my review of the film, posted at The American Journal:

In this noble effort, D’Souza expertly crafts a stunning visualization of a very different outcome for the American Revolution. Early on in the film, he takes viewers onto an 18th century battlefield, where a resolute General George Washington leads an army of ordinary men into devastating combat with theworld’s premier superpower. Instead of being a prelude to his eventual inauguration as the first American President in 1789, this battle ends Washington’s death — and destroys all hope of forging a free and prosperous nation.

Thanks in part to stunning cinematography and excellent acting, this scene is truly gut-wrenching. What if Washington had been killed? What would the world look like today?

Using that premise, D’Souza  ponders the question of why so many Americans hate their own country. As an immigrant who moved to the United States 30 years ago, he feels very differently about the nation the founders risked everything to create on July 4, 1776. So what is the driving force behind American self-loathing?

The answer: Left-wing radical Howard Zinn  and his book A People’s History of the United States - a scathing indictment of America that has infiltrated public schools, pop culture and academia. As the filmmaker explains, Zinn’s anti-American screed forms the foundation for the outright antipathy so many Americans feel for their homeland.

But is it accurate?

With logic and fact, D’Souza’s film brilliantly deconstructs Zinn’s indictments one by one – from Native American genocide, to “stealing” Mexican land, to “occupying” other nations with our military might in our insatiable quest for world domination. Every charge is examined through the lens of history, with some surprising revelations. For example, the fact that one of the most brutal slave-owners in the American south was himself a black American and former slave- a man who also engaged in the horrid practice of slave breeding — something even white slave owners refused to do. On a positive note, D’Souza also introduces us to some notable, overlooked Americans, like Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire the nation had ever seen — who also happened to be black.

I don’t know about you, but I never learned about Madame C.J. Walker, nor about black slave owners in the American south in all of my years of schooling. In the fifth grade I had a nun who was very passionate about the issue of slavery, which she clubbed her young students with every single day, instilling as much white guilt as possible. Funny, Sister Charlene never told us the whole story, including how Africans sold their own people into slavery. And she also left out the part about white people being slaves throughout history in various civilizations.

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My point is not that slavery is ok — it’s evil. Just that it’s not the exclusive domain of Caucasian men and women in terms of inflicting it upon people of color. But how many Americans are even aware that, as D’Souza points out, the United States is the only country that went to war to end it?

Lest you think it’s just a boring history lesson, D’Souza’s America is an inspiring, emotional, passionate, joyful and uplifting ride through the American psyche. While it masterfully and truthfully refutes the America-hating narrative of the Left it also evokes renewed appreciation and love for the greatest country in the history of the world.

If you’re not cheering in the aisles at the end, you may want to check your pulse.

 

 

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