Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Soldier's Book of Poetry

U.S. Army Captain Adrian Massey has a love for his country and a love for writing. The Michigan native and Eastern Michigan University graduate served two tours of duty in Iraq and continues his career in the military. 
Capt. Massey drew even closer to his pen during his first tour of duty in Iraq. The majority of his book, A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life (Robbie Dean Press, $14.95) was written while stationed in Iraq.
"I am a poet by life experience and Army Officer by trade," Massey writes on his blog. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Love in the Midst of the American Revolution

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, the American Revolution comes to the forefront as we recall the founding of our nation. 

If you want to be drawn into the country's history in a different way this year, then Bootmaker to the Nation: The Story of the American Revolution is the book for you.

John Slade has created an epic work that weaves thoroughly researched historical facts concerning the American Revolution with the lives of a fictional couple who met, fell in love and married during this turbulent time in the nation's history.

The book chronicles the love between Benjamin, an apprentice cobbler from London, and Genevieve, an American girl whose father and brother are among the revolutionaries who capture him on the way back from Lexington and Concord.  Genevieve's life changes after meeting Benjamin, who teaches her how to read and write. She later becomes a courier and a scribe for General George Washington. 

The story begins with Benjamin, now a senior citizen, reflecting on his life and all of the experiences he has encountered:

So I come to think, a man of seventy-one myself, that on this warm evening in July, the milking done, I would set pen to paper (Not unmindful of the presumptuousness of my task) to tell the tale of rebellion and war and victory. I would like the many progeny to whom I will bestow not only home and farm but nation itself, to know at what cost, in treasure and love and anguish, the blessings of nationhood were bought (Excerpt from book).

The story of Benjamin and Genevieve is intertwined with the tense battle at Lexington, a relentless attack at Bunker Hill, the harsh winter at Valley Forge and the decisive battle at Yorktown. Not only will readers learn about the real battles of the American Revolution but how and why the war was fought. 

With its 721 pages, the book may appear daunting. But don't let this bother you. It is truly a page-turner that you can't put down until you're done, according to several book reviewers.
Don't just take a reviewer's word for it; read this captivating novel for yourself. 

This book is guaranteed to add sparkle to your Fourth of July holiday. 

To preview Bootmaker to the Nation: The Story of the American Revolution go to

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read All About Marion Cornett's New Book

The last few years have been financially challenging for daily newspapers. Some have literally stopped the presses and closed their doors while others have eliminated their print editions and transferred their news to their web sites. 

Daily print newspapers were once a fixture in large cities, small towns, and villages. Some communication experts say the days of the traditional newspaper operation are over.

While this may be true, author Marion Cornett has written a book that takes her readers back in time to when newspapers were a daily staple, and vital part, of the community. Through the Eyes of a Country Editor: The Life and Writings of G.L. Adams Editor of the Fowlerville Review, 1874-1929 gives readers a sense of what news reporting and editing were like before the invention of digital technology. 

Have You Registered Yet?

The (MANA) online seminar for those who want to become published is quickly approaching. The seminar runs July 10, 11 and 12.

Authors interested in learning more about the self-publishing process will not have to leave their homes to attend this online event. The seminar features the following:

July 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (EST). Session 1: Document Layout, Editing & Blogs. Session 2: Editing and developing press releases.

July 11 from 8:00 to 9:35 p.m. (EST). Session 3: Authors' Roundtable Discussion (2 traditionally-published authors, Dr. Greg Safer and Dr. Nora Martin, and 2 self-published authors, Ms. Marion Cornett and Mr. Jeff Wheeler.

July 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (EST). Session 4: Other Items a Self-Publisher Must Consider (Cover Design, Title of Book, Choosing an Illustrator, Preparation for an Exhibition, Obtaining an ISBN Number, Basic Layout of a Book). 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (EST) Session 5: Comparing and Contrasting Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing and Looking at Marketing Techniques.

In addition to the sessions, one-on-one consultations will be available. More bonuses available, too! Don't worry if you cannot attend each session. Replays will be available from July 10 to July 20.

Visit MANA's web site and register for this online event at and see what you can receive.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Take Dad on a Book Adventure This Father's Day

Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift? Why not give your Dad The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man by author Russ Grimes. 

He'll have a smile on his face as he follows the adventure of Randy Grames, an ordinary, middle-aged man who wanted "more" out of life. His extraordinary adventure begins when as he, reluctantly that is, working on a new flower garden for his wife. 

Grimes writes, "Little did he know that he was going to get a chance that no one else would get to make his dreams come true."

What to preview the book? Visit our website at

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What You Should Know Before Self-Publishing Your Book- Part 1

It's exciting to self-publish your first book. Just to see your name on the front cover of your own book is a dream come true. But, it can turn into a nightmare if you don't know how to self-publish your book. 

Understand the Self-Publishing Process

If there's one thing most first-time authors find confusing, it's the publishing process. Once the manuscript is written, or if you can, even before you write your manuscript, take the time to do extensive research into the self-publishing business.