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Shining the Book Promotion Spotlight on Stephen V. Masse

Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote his first novelat age 13, handwritten into a school composition book. Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing, and was author of a weekly newspaper column, “Out of Control.” His first novel for children, Shadow Stealer, was published by Dillon Press in 1988. Short Circus is his second novel for children. In addition to children’s books, Masse has written A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, as well as honorable mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season. Stephen’s latest Book is Short Circus. Welcome to Book Marketing Buzz, Stephen. Can we begin by having you tell us a little about your book? Short Circus is twelve-year-old Jem Lockwood’s own story about his remarkable adventures with his Big Brother Jesse Standish, and a host of neighbors and friends. When Jem discovers that

Book Marketing Mondays: The Craft of Marketing | The Official BookBuzzr Blog

" I sat in the audience at the James River Writers’ Conference last year where a panel of three well-known authors spoke on book marketing. They offered what I consider the secret to marketing your book. After the authors held their discussion, they opened the floor for Q & A. An aspiring author asked a question which I’ll paraphrase. She asked, how much time did the authors spend on marketing their books and how much on their physical writing. The authors covered their microphones and whispered among themselves. They then nodded in unison. One of them leaned into his microphone and said, “seventy-five percent on marketing and twenty-five percent on writing.” The other two nodded their agreement. A sudden hush fell over the audience. However, a hubbub soon rumbled around the room. I think everyone in attendance had the same question I did. “Really?” The authors then went on to explain their collective comment, but each one agreed on the formula offered. " . Read Ful

Julius Falconer's superb, detective novel - 'Jagger'

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Julius Falconer releases a superb, detective novel with a deft and thought-provoking plot. "Intelligent stimulation vies with sheer entertainment for pride of place." The Plot: Lionel Jagger, head of English at Mincliffe College in rural Worcestershire, is found dead in bed one morning, with his throat cut. Twenty-eight years old, erudite, talented, popular: an unlikely victim of murder. Inspector Wickfield and his assistant Sergeant Spooner trawl through his life, leaving no stone unturned. They interview widely, they travel extensively. The only result is bafflement, since all they meet have either no motive for murder or an unassailable alibi. In his despair at bringing the affair to a successful conclusion, the Chief Inspector hands the case to another detective team. Wickfield, however, despite this set-back, uncovers, with a flash of inspiration as clever as it is fortuitous, a devious and subtle plot that has deceived his colleagues! ...Find out more… Jagger

David Jay's detective thriller - 'Inspector Doyle Daly: The Rise and Fall of the Phoenix'

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David Jay releases a detective thriller with an intriguing plot that is sure to keep you entertained and rapt till the very end. The Plot: ‘The Rise and Fall of the Phoenix’ follows the hunt for a serial killer who taunts the police by leaving clues which inform of his next victim. Doyle takes the case after several murders and a wrongful conviction which sees the killer still on the loose and with all the same trademarks. This is a fast paced thriller which takes the reader into the world of everyday policing and camaraderie between like minded officers. …Find out more… Inspector Doyle Daly - Rise and Fall of the Phoenix This is the first in a series of books featuring Inspector Doyle Daly. Follow the SIU team through the series of books. ...a unique and imaginative plot... publishedbestsellers.com . .

Julius Falconer's gripping detective novel - 'Tempt Not the Stars'

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Julius Falconer releases a gripping detective novel. "Written in the classic tradition of British detective fiction, the adept Julius Falconer, informs, entertains and intrigues his readers in equal measure." The Plot: The Hon. Mr and Mrs Bede Lambton, of Abberton Hall in Worcestershire, persuade their nephew Gregory to enter a competition run by the Syrian Ministry of Tourism. Gregory, a student in the archaeology department of Bristol University, produces a paper called ‘The Syrian Sapphire’, but it is a housemate of his, Sheena Morrison, who submits it in her own name and under a changed title, ‘The Star of Syria’. The day after being told that her entry has won, Sheena is murdered. There appears to be nothing in Sheena’s life or in the competition entry to justify such savage action. Inspector Wickfield and Sergeant Hewitt find themselves baffled by a seemingly motiveless murder. Had the killer mistaken his victim? Was the murder a burglary that had gone wrong?!

Another good independent review from Goodreads - In all Probability

In All Probability by Steve Morris (Goodreads Author) Nicole's review , June 23, 2010 rating: 5 Star In All Probability is a collection of 30 short stories, all with unusual endings. In fact, you could probably say the endings would not happen "in all probability". As I read one short story after another, I was reminded of the Twilight Zone... many of these stories would find a happy home on that show. They were all strange and quirky and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what unusual thing would happen next. Overall, the stories were very entertaining (true, there were some I was less interested in than others, but that's bound to happen). I would recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting, light read.

Mandy the bookworm's Review - In All Probability

Steve Morris has done a wonderful job of putting together 30 short stories, roughly three to five pages in length, in his collection, In All Probability. The stories are about ordinary people, real people, you and me, and the choices they make which can have life-changing consequences. The endings aren’t what you would call unhappy, rather they are what most probably would happen, and of course life isn’t all happy endings so let’s say the endings are ‘real’. Read Full Review About the Book . .