Monday, November 16, 2015

One Stop for #Authors #Books and #Marketing

In April 2014, I mentioned the creative aspects behind the cover art for our novella, Genesis: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Slice of Life. 

I've recently learned that Creative Digital Studios has some new features. I can speak highly of how great the design aspect was for us. I feel certain that the integrity used there will show in their new services as well. I also know that they have met the challenge set forth by Badass Book Society

I've heard it mentioned more than once that it behooves all independent authors to make an effort to put their best foot forward. The inside and outside of a book needs to shine. Every time someone visits your website it needs to look professional. When you go to book signings, you need to be mindful of what the visitors see. 

So if you are almost done with your writing project, need something for marketing, or just want to get a better website, I think it will be well worth your effort to stop by here and find out how they can help you out. 

If you have used Creative Digital Studios in the past and like what they've done, then be sure to help me share the love. 

Have a great one!

Lynn Hallbrooks

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

‘Treasures of the Fourth Reich’ by Patrick Parker

‘Treasures of the Fourth Reich’ by Patrick Parker

In my humble opinion art is subjective and based on an individual’s personal taste and life journey. I enjoy looking at art and know what I like when I see it. The same can be said for books. Some books that I love others pick apart based on typos or believability. I’d rather see how the book makes me feel, if it guides me on a journey, can I relate to the characters on some level, and can I take something away from the story that maybe I never have thought of or knew before.

While reading the first part of the foreword, I thought maybe that Mr.
Kindle version of Treasures of the Fourth Reich
Treasures of the Fourth Reich
Parker’s book was somehow responsible for the movie
The Monuments Men as the Treasures of the Fourth Reich shows a copyright date of 2005. After doing some research online I discovered that the movie was based loosely on Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel with contributions by Bret Witter. It was published by Center Street on September 3, 2009 and sold through Hachette Book Group per Amazon Kindle’s site. However, as I read further in the foreword, I discovered the story had many more pieces than just The Monuments Men.

Part One sets the backstory. Mr. Parker shows how chaotic the end of World War II became. One soldier used craftiness to pull off a daring deed. While we, the reader, know his plan, we aren’t sure if he pulls it off.

Part Two introduces us to Dix and Maria Connor, who live in Italy in May 1993. As their story unfolds, the reader discovers their backgrounds but more importantly their love for one another.
The couple becomes enmeshed in events that put them in harm’s way. As a reader I became concerned when knowing the odds, Maria goes off on her own.

Mr. Parker’s fondness of history is interwoven throughout the story. The reader learns about the First and Second Reich as well as some of the sentiments surrounding the fall of the Berlin wall.

As you can see I got emotionally involved with the main characters, got swept along on their journey, and learned a few new things.

I want to thank Masquerade Crew’s Masquerade Mob and Mr. Parker for sharing this excellent book.

If you’d like to learn more about Patrick Parker or follow him on Social Media see below. While you’re there why not see about picking up this and his second book, War Merchant.
War Merchant


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue

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As you may have noticed the underlying color scheme of our books and websites are Red, White, and Blue. That stems from our patriotic nature. David McKoy and I are participants in and have defended the American Dream. Upon entering the military, we swore to protect the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. 

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered how little I knew back then. In more recent years, it has become obvious how little the people who are supposed to uphold the Constitution really know about it.  Maybe they do know but choose to ignore it. Like our fictional character Howard E. Lyons, they desire to alert it to their will. 

Granted there are those who do stand up for the liberty and freedom of all Americans. They fight against the tyranny. Because of a friend introducing me to Kris Anne Hall, I learned that our Founding Fathers used words like 'shall not be...' to make it clear what their intentions were with this document. The Bill of Rights was not an afterthought but a way of making it clear for all to see what our Rights as American citizens were and ever shall be. 

The 4th of July is about another document, the Declaration of Independence. This was sent to King George, stating again what our grievances were. It also stated that despite peaceful attempts to redress these grievances, they were ignored by the king.  The king did not follow the mandates laid out before him. There were documents such as the Magna Carta that had been disregarded. 

In our books, we show how out of control the government can get. Enter in our patriotic group of former military special forces who went on to join the CIA as Special Operatives. On one of their missions, originally sanctioned by the CIA, things go wrong. Next thing they know they have been disavowed. They fight to get home. When they finally make it back- the presidency had been usurped. Life as they knew changed forever. All this and more happen in book 1 - Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning)

Book 2 - Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Wings of Eagles) finds them in their new roles fighting to preserve their city against attack. 

Novella - Genesis: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Slice of Life shows more of their personal lives and how they all came together. The ending of it works its way into our upcoming book - Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Scimitar Brotherhood). - Since our novella is exclusive to Amazon KDP select program, you never know when it might be available at a reduced price. <wink>

For our fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day week. For our global friends and neighbors, have a great one!

Lynn Hallbrooks
author/owner with David McKoy
Call Sign Wrecking Crew LLC