Archive for August, 2010

Big Changes for The Autographs

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

I had a bit of an epiphany a few weeks ago regarding my previous novel, The Autographs. One of the sticking points for those who’ve read it had to do with the romance between Izzy and Jonathan. Given that Isabel was married to Stephen, who dies early on in the book, any thought of a relationship just felt “distasteful.” And it would be, too.

Unless Izzy wasn’t married to Stephen. Or in love with him that way at all. I finally realized that Isabel is Stephen’s sister, not wife. Thus, Jon going after Stephen’s integrity while they were in college together still calls upon Isabel’s loyalty for her brother, but as the truth comes out, she is able to soften her stand and still have room in her heart for Jon.

This done, there may be one or two edits left (like giving a few lines to Anthony about how he thinks the Autographs would disprove Jon’s belief in the reliability of scripture), but I think I’m ready to seriously start marketing this to agents.

Oh, and I’ve retitled it as well. It’s now called The Lost Scrolls. I’ve worked up some potential cover art for the book, in case I decide to self-pub or go the e-book route. Here is what it looks like now.

I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes.

Click the link above to go to my most recent article, posted courtesy of Linda Yezak.

Reviews for Jefferson’s Road

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m posting some of the reviews I’ve received so far from the good people at Authonomy. All in all, this is a pretty good showing for the book, given that it’s only been up there for a couple of days.

You have crafted a most intriguing and complex storyline. I like your choice to use the first person narrative voice. This allows you to convey, and you do it well, Peter’s feelings, observations and thoughts. Your character development of Martin and Peter is well done and your descriptive writing makes your work a pleasure to read. Backed.

– Andrew Burans, The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

You sure write well.

Very impressed

Yasmin Esack, THE DATE

Fantastic (hopefully!) idea for a book. I loved the way you dived straight in with the dialogue! Backed.

– Gordon, The Harpist of Madrid.

Dear Michael
What a thoroughly interesting premise for a book, and quite the original read. Your characters are strong, so much so that this was not the book to open when I wanted to go to bed, cant put it down. i I will carry on reading and comment further on as I would like to get this book of yours backed to assist it on the climb to the top.
Backed for sure by me…The VERY best of luck with your book

The Letter

Intriguing, entertaining start.

I enjoyed the opening scene very much, and the pace keeps up; well written, witty, and following a strong storyline.
– AlleJo

This is a story based on an interesting premise: what would happen if a guy decided that killing a President could lead to revolution? It’s doubly interesting because the person who will be responsible for stopping Martin’s plan is his brother – and brother/brother battles are always interesting. You have good contrast between the two brothers. Makes this a good read. I’m adding it to my shelf.
– Burgio, Grain of Salt

Exciting book, always running at a fast pace.
Well thought out and descriptive. You have a good writing talent that shines through.
I like it . Backed. and SHELVED.

– Neville, The Secrets Of The Forest

Dear Michael,
This is an excellent piece which I am more than happy to back. Thrillers are always my favorite genre and by the tone of your synopsis I know this one’s going to keep me on the edge of my chair. Backed with pleasure
– Helen, The Last Dream

Darn good beginning, Michael.
I confess, I just skimmed cause I’m not in the mood for reading right now. I’ll check out some more of it later. Still, I see competent writing and good structure right off the bat, so I’m sure you’re going to carry this off well. I’ll go ahead with the backing now. Best of luck with it.

– Groaner

Very clever title, this always inspires confidence and the brother’s spat drew me right in. Well done.
– Paula Barrett, Cuthbert-how mean is my valley

Excellent! Easy to back for talented and creative writing!

– Liz, The Cheech Room