If you’re one of the six million new ebook owners, you’re probably ready to load some books. But where do you start? I mean, seriously, with over 800,000 books to choose from, where do you start? Now imagine this predicament from my viewpoint as a new career author trying to boost sales on Amazon which lists thousands of new authors. I feel like a minnow in a vast ocean of publishing.
If you have been waiting to see if the eBook craze lasts before taking the plunge and buying one yourself, you should know that the ebook reader bubble has burst. E-book readers came into the game too late just as tablets and cell-phones were taking off. New cell phones and tablets offer five-ten inch screens and Google has just dumped its NOOK. That’s not a reason for ebook readers to despair- just be aware that Digital books as well as paperback books have expanded over the years in terms of features, functionality, and appeal, and it is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Additionally, improvements in tablet technology have made tablets far easier to read, handle, and use to get the information you want and need. Digital books have platformed to cell-phones, tablets, laptops / desktops and Barnes Nobles, the brick and mortar bookstores are still financially solvent, healthy, as paperbacks and hardcovers are still available.
My name is Kilburn Hall. I’m not one those 99-cent “Indie Authors” who are more marketers or snake-oil salesmen than writer’s. For those of you just discovering me, I write “Techno-thrillers” like my mentor Michael Crichton which heavily feature science, and technology. Think Jurassic Park. A Kilburn Hall ebook and 6 x 9 paperbacks are available exclusively through Create Space/ Barnes Nobles edited and reviewed by Kirkus/Kirkus Reviews and can be purchased on all ebook online retailers and Barnes Nobles brick and mortar stores.. All of whom deliver the quality of top publishers. The advantage with ebooks is that you can download my ebooks instantaneously online without having to fight traffic and parking at the mall to visit the overcrowded brick and mortar book superstores which may be out of stock on your book particularly if it’s a high demand book like JK Rowling or Dan Brown’s latest.
I sell my ebooks for $9.99 and my paperbacks at $11.99 ( 6 x 9) trade. I have chosen to be a Barnes and Nobles author since founder Leonard Riggio is buying back the brick and mortar division. I want to assure all my readers that Barnes and Nobles bookstores are healthy and will be around for many years to come even when most other brick and mortar book chains have gone the way of the dodo.
You’re going to love your new Kilburn Hall Books. A world of entertainment awaits! And thanks for checking out my website. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions or to inquire about new and upcoming books like CURE, ARK and CROOKED ISLAND. The following novels are by Kilburn Hall coming 2013-2014. If you want to have a really thrilling read that will keep you up nights, try Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling and look for KUN LUN, MORPHED, ARK, EXCALIBUR, and BIMINI ROAD.
1. KUN LUN
In the tradition of James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
The top of the world is not for everyone. Did Journalist Tim Campbell make up the story of Khembalung for fame and profit? (Fictionalizing of the news, over-commercialization of Everest) Maybe true-maybe not true. Better you believe.
2. Nothing Personal – Just Business Darling In the tradition of The Summer of Katya by Trevanian
Love, not reason, is stronger than death. Chicago detective’s search for meaning trying to raise a seven-year-old daughter and seeking justice for a wealthy socialite believed to have been murdered seven years earlier in Chicago.
3. The Killing Of A Robin In the tradition of Laura by Vera Caspary
The prequel to Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling. “When love is not madness it is not love.”
Meet Nicky Toscani. His humor, drier than a perfect martini, his demeanor cooler than a bass saxophone, tough enough to win over the mob, cops, and media alike, Nicky Toscani is the perfect ladies-man. Handsome, smart, a two-fisted straight-shooting-detective who finds himself haunted by the elusive presence of the murder victim in his latest case.
4. ARK “If you believe something, you can see. If you don’t believe, you cannot see.” ~Old Turkish Saying. They went looking for Noahs Ark as proof that the Bible is the definitive word of God. Recent archaeological expeditions have disproved many of the Old Testament stories. What they found would forever alter mankind’s belief in Scientific Creationism and Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution for hidden deep within the ice-caves of Gasherbrum lies a third alternative….that we are not alone!
5. Bimini Road In the tradition of Robert Merle’s Un Animal de Raison Working with dolphins on a remote island in the Bahamas, a beautiful and driven scientist, Dr. Edythe Elfering and her team are training dolphins to both understand and communicate with humans through ESP and remote viewing. Bimini Road tells the tale of a beautiful and driven scientist, on the brink of a world-shaking discovery, the lost city of Bimini, sister city to Atlantis. Unaware that she, her laboratory, co-workers, her research and the dolphins are pawns in a savage game of nuclear terrorism. An accurate depiction of what could happen leading up to a WWIII.
In the tradition of Next by Michael Crichton
Science and and technology are “morphing” at such an accelerated rate it may be beyond our ability to regulate or control it.
7. Crooked Island
In the tradition of Duma Key by Stephen King and featuring Weather With You by Crowded House
Not until you are lost in this world
can you begin to find your true self.
The best ghost stories are read by flashlight while camping under the stars in the summertime while the fireflies alight or hunkering down to ride out Hurricane Sandy in front of a roaring fireplace nursing a glass of whiskey by Knob Creek. The best writers of these kind of stories are of course Stephen King or Dean Koontz and after reading Stephen King’s Duma Key during the blizzard of 2008 in Chicago, a story was beginning to form in my mind
about an island in the Bahamas, the Bermuda Triangle to be exact, where a Navy Seal goes to Crooked Island Lodge for a little R &R after a hellacious firefight in Iraq with battle hardened al_Qaeda terrorists. As he shares his visions with Navy psychologist and personal friend, he’s not quite sure that what he’s seeing aren’t just dreams or hallucinations. Pirates coming ashore to bury treasure, a German U-boat off the shoreline and crew in search of fuel, then a spaceship lifted from the screenplay of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. He has photo’s on his digital camera of course but as his psychologist friend says, those kind of photo’s are easy to fake. It is when his psychologist friend sees the photo of Cuban nightclub singer Esmerelda Vacca, girlfriend of Cuban Mafia kingpin Johnny Ricco sprawled on the sand crying her eyes out that the line between this world and the next becomes blurred. For you see, Johnny Ricco’s yacht went missing in 1955.
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The author of Sphere, Jurassic Park, and other overly-detailed thrillers sold 150 million books before his death in 2008.The next year, Harper Collins printed 900,000 copies of Pirate Latitudes. According to the book’s inside flap, it was “discovered as a complete manuscript in [Crichton's] files” by his assistant after his death. When exactly Crichton (pictured right) wrote the text is unclear. Janet Maslin observed in her New York Times review that the book has “the stiff, uncomfortable tone of [Crichton's] early work,” with none of the “polarizing energy” of his later output. His second posthumous work is scheduled to arrive in stores later this year. According to a separate Times article, Crichton was “only about a third of the way through” the untitled thriller when he died, and he “never showed his agent or his editor any material” from the book, which is being completed by a ghostwriter. Before he wrote Jurassic Park, before he scripted blockbuster movies like Twister, before he created the groundbreaking TV series ER, Michael Crichton was an honors student at Harvard Medical School writing paperback suspense novels on the side, under the top-secret pen name “John Lange.” Lange wrote eight books between 1966 and 1972…then vanished. The books were unavailable for decades, until now. All of John Lange’s works are back in print for the first time in 40 years – and the first time ever under Michael Crichton’s real name.
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“My feeling about the Lange books is that my competition is in-flight movies, ” said Crichton. “One can read the books in an hour and a half, and be more satisfactorily amused than watching Doris Day. I write them fast and the reader reads them fast and I get things off my back.” - Michael Crichton (Interview from Israel Shenker, 1969
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The Exodus Reality: Unearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examing the Exodus from Egypt by Scott Alan Roberts.
Clarence, the angel in Frank Capra’s; It’s A Wonderful Life is trying to earn his wings. He tells George Bailey, ”Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? “
I always felt the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series written by SouthWest author Tony Hillerman remained “unfinished,” the characters stuck in “limbo.” So I wrote a sequel to Hillerman’s series which I titled SNO-TA-HAY. I contacted Hillerman’s widow and his daughter Anne Hillerman who were so gracious and receptive to the idea, giving me permission to publish. Around that time, January 2011,
I lost a bitter battle to publish a sequel with uber-publishers to publish yet another sequel to James Hilton’s Lost Horizon. Before even considering that my sequel, Karakal, could sell one-million-copies as an ”eBook” taking advantage of the “Kindle bubble,” they slammed the door in my face without so much as a “How do you do?” In the 1950′s, publishers had a knack for spotting talent. A knack that eludes many of the young people who make up the army of receptionists and agents at publishing houses today whose sole function is to “screen you out.” Having twelve-years invested in Karakal, I set about the task of completely rewriting it as a non-sequel in 2012 and am now publishing the work as KUN LUN Spring 2014. The years of fighting greedy uber-publishing houses soured me on the idea of ever writing or trying to publish another sequel and so I reverently placed the work SNO-TA-HAY in a drawer.
Recently, I was thrilled when Tony Hillerman’s daughter announced she had just published a sequel to her father’s series, resurrecting the beloved characters of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The book, titled; Spider Woman’s Daughter was recently published and to my delight the plot was very similar to my work SNO-TA-HAY. Great minds think alike.
Spider Woman’s daughter is Anne’s “debut” novel and I wish her well and encourage everyone who loves the South West, and the original Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series to grab a copy of Spider Woman’s Daughter.
It happened in an instant: After a breakfast with colleagues, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito sees a sedan career into the parking lot and hears a crack of gunfire. When the dust clears, someone very close to her is lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood. With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every person in the squad and the local FBI office is hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations strictly forbidding eyewitness involvement. Her superior may have ordered her to take some leave, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter. Pooling their skills, Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving Chee’s former boss and partner, retired lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key to the shooting. Digging into the old investigation with discriminating eyes and a fervent urgency, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth with every clue . . . and closer to a killer who will do anything to prevent justice from taking its course.