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Leave Me Alone!

Leave me alone

Just for the record, I would like all telemarketers to note that: 

• Next time adjust your headset before calling me, not after I pick up; 
• I do not want to consolidate my student loans…in fact I don’t remember having any student loans; 
• Since I am pretty sure I have never stayed at your resort, how could I possibly have won a free 3-day stay for being a repeat customer; and 
• For the love of God, just let my vehicle warranty expire. I don’t care. With all the “clutter” how does an author who is legitimately trying to let the world know about their book reach their target audience? 

Here are a few ideas: 
• Target Audience – Don’t start writing until you know who you are writing for and what you were trying to say to them. Know everything about them and how to reach them. 
• Plan your Attack – A series of well-planned actions are much better than the random, “flavor of the day” approach. 
• Spend Money Wisely – There are plenty of economical (read cheap) ways to reach your target audience without necessarily taking out a quarter page ad in the NYTimes. Be sure to explore and use them. 
• Get Reviews (they are free!) – Readers often rely on reviews during their purchasing process. Ask everyone who reads the book to leave a review (hopefully a positive one) on each of the popular Internet sales sites. 
• Never Give Up! – You never know which of your marketing tools will resonate with your target audience. A multifaceted, but coordinated approach is best. If one path comes to a dead end, choose another. 

Remember, except for family and friends, no one is waiting for your book to hit the shelves… unless you create some interest through marketing. So get out there and make some noise!

Contact Telemachus Press today for a free conversation about your book. info@telemachuspress.com 

An informed author chooses Telemachus Press.


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Rule 14 by William Blackwell

Drifting from one failed relationship and apartment to another, down-on-her-luck protagonist Dana Vilner decides a peaceful home in the country is exactly what she needs to turn things around. So, along with boyfriend Jackson LaPrairie, she packs up her two young daughters and rents what appears to be a paradise on Earth.

But it isn't long before terrible things start happening; the landlord's son begins stalking and threatening them; the landlords start behaving oddly and aggressively, and events escalate to the point they fear for their lives and sanity.

Paradise rapidly transforms into a living hell.

As events spiral out of control, Dana knows it's only a matter of time before someone becomes seriously injured or winds up dead.

A chilling exploration of the fight-or-flight response, Rule 14 ushers you deep inside the minds of those who process information through a twisted and psychotic lens.

Available through Amazon in eBook and paperback.


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The Strap by William Blackwell

When Gray Eagleson remembers the strap, it brings back horrific images of pain, suffering and humiliation in the public school system. When he thinks of money, he realizes how little of it he has since getting laid off from a public relations job. When he thinks of relationships, the painful memory of how his long-time girlfriend cheated on him with his so-called best friend surfaces.

His confidence at an all-time low, he decides a trip to Ecuador, the most bio-diverse country on the planet, is exactly what he needs to take his mind off his problems. Before departing, he connects with Adriana Enrique on an internet dating site, promising to meet her on his arrival. He also helps his best friend Derrick Richmond evict some biker tenants involved in a marijuana grow-operation in one of Derrick's rental properties. During the eviction, one of the bikers, Stuart Treblecoch, aka The Strap, threatens to kill Gray for tossing biker belongings into a blazing backyard inferno.

Arriving in Ecuador, he soon discovers the idyllic vacation has turned into a life-and-death struggle. The Strap is hunting him down, Adriana's behavior casts a black shadow of doubt over his optimistic expectations and he meets a Canadian woman, Abby Taylor, who wants his help evicting violent squatters who have overrun a hotel she purchased in the beach town of Atacames.

As the nail-biting tension and violence ratchet up, Gray believes a visit with a shaman and an experience with the mind-altering and spiritually enlightening drug ayuahuasca is his only hope for salvation.

The Strap ushers you full-throttle deep inside the exotic sights and culture of Ecuador while also exposing the very real dangers that exist. Through Gray's harrowing journey for personal redemption, survival and sanity, we discover the frailties and insecurities of the human condition and the ever-present need for companionship at the root of human nature.

Available on Amazon now!


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The Hellfire Complex by Michael Ummarino

History has called them demi-gods, witches, sorcerers, and aberrations. Today, science calls them Genetians; humans born with seemingly supernatural abilities as much a part of their DNA as the color of their eyes. Since the dawn of time they have been here, helping to shape the course of humanity and living openly among them. Just because they have always existed, however, does not mean they have always been accepted. Tensions in the United States steadied until ten-year-old pyrokinetic Nathan DiSario obeyed his inner demon and assaulted his classmates. While the nation grappled with the implications, Nathan was quietly hidden away. Now, after years of suffering in foster homes and hospitals, America’s leading Genetian rights advocate is giving him an opportunity. The offer is simple: join the exclusive Hero’s Program at Adirondack University and be reintegrated into society as a reformed and productive member. No strings attached. A perfect offer, however, does not mean a perfect ending. While Nathan is eager to leave his past behind, he finds it not as simple for others, or himself, to forget. It is clear that Nathan cannot make the journey alone as classes refer to his assault, classmates hold grudges, and social situations prove to be challenging. Worse yet, the demon is whispering again, whispering of freedom and fire.

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The Dark Side of Glory by Richard McMahon

In this mystery/suspense novel set during the Korean War, Matthew Clark, the biographer of a respected and highly decorated Army general, learns that there is a hidden side to his life, involving a brutal, covered-up murder, a secret mistress, and an abandoned illegitimate daughter. As he delves deeper, Matthew discovers an baffling mystery and a tragic love, in a world of surprises where nothing is at it seems. 

Tracing the general's earlier career during the occupation of Japan and through the early days of the Korean War, Matthew follows the lives of four principle characters: Philip Coursen, who appears to be the perfect Army officer, but with a disturbing dark side, Miriam Coursen, equally perfect Army wife, who may hide a secret agenda, Calvin Carter, an idealistic young West Pointer, beset with guilt as a result of his clandestine affair with another officer's wife, and Samantha Winstead, the beautiful, vivacious cause of Calvin Carter's discomfort. The biography takes a personal turn for Matthew, as he finds himself drawn into the story when he falls in love with the young woman who claims to be Coursen's daughter.

Available from this and other online retailers:

Amazon


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A Complete Guide to Military Ribbons of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine 1861 to 2014  by Col. Frank C. Foster (US Army, Ret)

This is the single most complete and authentic guide to United States military ribbons ever produced. Published in full color it displays the complete history of all United States Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard ribbon since the Civil War. As an additional bonus it displays all currently authorized United Nations ribbons for United States forces. Merchant Marine ribbons dating back to World War II also have a display. Each branch of the service as a full-color ribbon display from World War II to present presenting the ribbons in correct order of predecessor from the medal of honor to currently authorized foreign awards. Under each ribbon is displayed the authorized attachments for each ribbon. A detailed section describes each ribbons attachment and the correct method for mounting attachments is diagram for all five of the military services. It is the most complete full-color reference of United States military ribbons ever published and is the product of over seven years of extensive research. Especially useful are the only charts showing the correct order of Protestant people wearing multiservice ribbons in each of the five military branches. An invaluable reference to all veterans, veterans families, members of the Armed Forces and reserves.

Available from this and other online retailers:

Amazon 


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See Here Private Foley! By The Foley’s LLC

See Here, Private Foley! is a collection of love letters between a young deployed World War II soldier and the love of his life. Ken and Patricia Foley have both passed away and left their correspondence to be discovered by their children and grandchildren. We are happy to share with others their passion and humor revealed in this journey taken by a young couple while separated during the war. Kenneth M. Foley was born in 1915 in Washington, DC. After he was born, his parents divorced and his blind grandmother raised him along with seven other grandchildren. He had a very difficult time growing up and attended several high schools. Ken apprenticed with an electrical company and was acknowledged for his commitment and work ethic with a promotion to become a foreman. By 1940, he was overseeing the electronic installations in the new barracks on Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. During which time, he met Patricia Lawrence who was raised in Washington, DC and attended George Washington University and was in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She worked as a stenographer for the War Production Board in DC after college. They were married in 1941 and lived in a small apartment (#522) which was referred to in the letters as their "522". Shortly thereafter, Ken answered his nations call to arms by enlisting in the United States Army to support and defend our country during World War II. A young man fought in a war where he experienced events and saw sights that he would have never thought possible. His wife lovingly supported him from home where she bore him his first child. The two grew up quickly in a world where the written word was all they had to comfort one another. The beauty and romance that an era knew as their only form of communication have since been replaced by text messages and emails. Follow along as a witness to their unbelievable journey throughout a deployment during World War II.

Available for purchase at this and other online retailers:

Amazon

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Captured! The POW Saga of Frank Battle Bob Corbin with Alexander Doyle

Frank Battle, a forward observer for Allied troops in WWII, is captured by German forces. Unfortunately for Frank, one of his SS interrogators decides it would be quite an accomplishment to break Frank Battle and convince him that the Axis of Evil is the right way and he will stop at nothing to do so. But as a member of the Greatest Generation, Frank will have none of it and is sent to Stalag 13.

Frank's hope and faith are tested throughout his captivity. Then, hope begins to rise as US forces storm the compound in a bold attempt to free the captives. Unfortunately their escape attempt is thwarted by German forces and Frank and his two comrades are given the choice of fighting it out with the Germans, being recaptured or slipping into the dark German night in one last dash for freedom. Will they make it?

Join Frank and his fellow POW's as they struggle to survive the hardships of imprisonment, the brutally harsh winter and the physical and mental anguish of a deadly game of hide and seek with German troops.

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Advance Agent Planning Guide - The Executive Protection Specialist's Guide for Conducting Advance Operations by Duke Speed

Written for security force professionals by a recognized expert, this is a must read for security personnel responsible for planning foreign or domestic travel and events requiring protection services. The Advance Agent Planning Guide-The Executive Protection Specialist's Guide for Conducting Advance Operations is an easy to use professional reference manual that provides detailed step-by-step procedures for the planning and conduct of executive protection advance operations. The book is ideal for members of federal, state, tribal, and municipal-level governments, as well as professionals of the public safety, military, homeland security, law enforcement, and private sector security industries. The Advance Agent Planning Guide provides executive protection advance agents with a series of current, practical, and user-friendly planning checklists for their use in planning operations.

Available at the following online retailer:

Amazon


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Occult by Laura Croft

Thirteen. Unlucky for some. On their 13th birthday children discover the truth about who they really are. WHAT they really are. That they belong to the Occult world where witches, vampires and demons exist along with other mythical, magical and supernatural creatures.

The children are sent into the unknown through a magic portal where they must choose a path. One which leads to The Dark Academy and the other which leads to The Academy of Merlin. At both Academies the students learn how to use magic, some for good and some for evil. Friendships are formed and destroyed and when the transformations begin it's difficult to know who to trust. Good can be corrupted by evil and evil can be turned good! Friends can quickly become foes and enemies can become unlikely allies!

As secrets, visions and prophecies unfold will they be able to survive in this new world? Will they choose the path to greatness or are they destined for darkness?

Available for purchase at the following online retailer:

Amazon


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