Friday, July 22, 2016

REMEMBERING DRESDEN, by Dan Walsh, is FREE! Check it out!

Hey folks, I always let my newsletter friends know when I'm offering a great book deal. My newest suspense novel (released May 1st), Remembering Dresden, is TOTALLY FREE on Kindle today and will be through Tuesday, July 26th.

I'm sure many of you have already gotten a copy. If so, could you please do me A BIG FAVOR and forward this email to your friends (especially fiction lovers)?

Here's a little bit about the book:


A young history professor. An old lakeside cabin. A decades-old cold case that traces back to a horrific event in WW2. -- Only out since May 1st, already received 90 Amazon reviews, avg 4.8 Stars (FREE on Kindle Unlimited).

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FLASH POINT . . . The Next Stop In Thomas Locke's FAULT LINES Techno-Thriller Series - You Could Get A Free Copy!

FLASH POINT, book #2 in the Fault Lines techno-thriller series, releases August 2. Revell, publisher for Thomas Locke, is giving away 5 copies on Goodreads.

The first book in the Fault Lines series is Trial Run. Several of the characters from Trial Run make a reappearance in the sequel, but the author will introduce you to new key characters and plot twists in Flash Point. It would be helpful to read (or re-read) Trial Run before diving in to Flash Point.


Be on the lookout for more giveaways, a Q&A series about the book, and cool, shareable graphics in the coming weeks on Thomas Locke's blog and social channels.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

I JUST SAW JESUS . . . The Making Of THE JESUS FILM


The JESUS film has been one of the most powerful evangelistic tools ever released upon an unsuspecting world.  This book takes the reader "behind the scenes," from the seeds of an idea through the final cut.

However, from this reviewer's perspective, unless producing movies is your bag, this book will probably leave you by the wayside.  Many of the "behind the scenes" production meetings, fund-raisers, etc. are presented in excruciating detail.

What bothered me more was how every set-back, every negative incident, was somehow enshrined as "well, this was God's will for this particular situation, so we give him the glory . . . and we know that he has even better plans in store for us!"  Think 700 Club, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, that sort of thing.  Even the worst thing that could possibly happen at the worst possible time is greeted with a smile and a hearty "Hallelujah!"

Maybe I'm not where I need to be with the Lord, but when someone hits me - I cry.  When someone frustrates me, it bothers me.  When someone says "No," I don't always grin and bear it.

And when people present negative encounters with a holy light surrounding it,  I'm skeptical.

This isn't a novel . . . it isn't a book of wisdom, or spiritual truths.  It's a book about how the JESUS film got made, "in spite of Satan's infernal schemes."

2 stars out of 5 for a book that tells how a film came to be








Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How Sound Is Your MEDICAL JUDGMENT? Another Medical Thriller from Dr. Richard L. Mabry

When life happens – and it does happen, to everyone – one of the first casualties seems to be that of judgment; the ability to assess a situation, consider all the parameters, and arrive at an understanding of the situation that will lead inexorably to an appropriate, decisive response.  The presence of clinical judgment in a physician is absolutely essential.

Through no fault of her own, Dr. Sarah Gordon, a skilled Emergency Room physician, is beginning to doubt her Medical Judgment.

The traumatic deaths of her husand and infant daughter were sufficient enough shock to cause her to lose her equilibrium.  Since then, someone has stalked her, set a fire in her home, and sent a warning shot within inches of her head.

As if that weren’t enough to cloud her judgment, Sarah has somehow managed to garner the attention of not one . . . not two . . . but three different men, without even trying.  Can life get anymore complicated?

But Sarah has good friends, one of whom reminds her that we are all living in a broken world . . . and there is One who is able to put it all back together again, turn mourning into dancing . . . and restore her Medical Judgment.

Dr. Mabry has a master’s touch, skillfully interweaving medical drama with that of life in a way that produces fiction that fairly crackles with tension and suspense, faith and passion.  His ability to “keep you guessing” results in a book that grabs your attention and refuses to let go until the final page.

5 stars for another page turner from Dr. Richard L. Mabry!
 MEDICAL JUDGMENT
RICHARD L. MABRY, M.D.
ISBN 978-1-6308-8120-7
Fiction/Christian/suspense
Abingdon Press
274 pages
$14.99 U.S.



Friday, June 10, 2016

Insights into the writing - and publishing - of author Dan Walsh! You'll love his passion for his craft, and his love for people!

Rescuing Finley Only 99 Cents Now
Wanted to make you aware of a major discount going on with 2 of my novels right now. I know hundreds of you might already have a copy of one or both of them. If you already have the books, feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might enjoy them (especially thinking of Dog Lovers for the first one).

Rescuing Finley is on sale now on Kindle for only 99 CENTS (marked down from $3.99). The sale starts today and runs through Wednesday, the 15th. And, as always, it's FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

The book has been doing very well since its release last November, and it continues to get rave reviews. As of now, it has rec'd 189 Amazon reviews, 85% are 5 Stars (4.8 Avg). And it's reaching out beyond the Christian fiction crowd, connecting just as well with dog lovers and those who support our Wounded Warriors.

CLICK HERE to check it out on Amazon
 
The Homecoming - Only $1.99 
My publisher has reduced the price of my 2nd novel, The Homecoming, to $1.99 for the entire month of June. This book is actually the sequel to my 1st novel, The Unfinished Gift, although I wrote it so that it could stand alone. This is a reconciliation story and a love story set on the Homefront during WW2.

It was actually my first novel where critics began to compare my books to Nicholas Sparks (although, unlike Sparks, my books don't end in tragedy...you might reach for the tissues, but not because I've made you sad).

CLICK HERE to check it out on Amazon.
(This book also available on Nook)

 
Brief Explanation About My Publishing Status

I thought putting these 2 novels together in the same email might present an opportunity to briefly explain something some of my readers might not understand. You may have noticed with some of my books, I seem to be the one putting them on sale or offering some big discount, and with others I use the language, "My publisher..." (like I did for The Homecoming).

That's because my first 12 novels were published the traditional way, through a major publisher who had the responsibility to get my books in print and on the shelves. At the end of 2014, we parted ways (on friendly terms), and I decided to start 
publishing my own novels as an indie. 
The publisher still owns all the rights to those first 12 novels. I have no control over what price they set for them, when they offer them on sale, or for how much.

One of the main reasons for this change was that a "massive shift" in fiction readers' buying habits occurred. Most began buying their books online, rather than in the traditional stores. When about 90% of my audience began doing this, I realized I no longer needed my publisher to reach most of my readers. I also wanted more creative control with my writing career. For example, I wanted the freedom to ALSO write suspense novels (like
When Night Comes) and the Forever Home series (Book 1 is Rescuing Finley). My publisher didn't want me to do either of these things (didn't think they'd work). I believed they would do just fine (and they have).

I also believed they charged WAY too much for the ebooks (they still do). Ebooks cost a lot less to produce and I wanted to pass that savings on to the reader (of which I am one). Some of you have asked why some of my ebooks are priced so high. This is why. If I had control of those first 12 books, I'd mark all of them down to $3.99 ($4.99 at the most).

Hope this explanation makes sense and clears up any confusion. Hope you have a GREAT SUMMER!

Monday, May 30, 2016

SWEET DEALS FOR DAN WALSH FANS! CHECK IT OUT!!!

Rescuing Finley Only 99 Cents Now
Wanted to make you aware of a major discount going on with 2 of my novels right now. I know https://gallery.mailchimp.com/88285869e36d48141c6f11daf/images/f57527e1-292a-455e-a65f-46b37f36c957.jpghundreds of you might already have a copy of one or both of them. If you already have the books, feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might enjoy them (especially thinking of Dog Lovers for the first one).

Rescuing Finley is on sale now on Kindle for only 99 CENTS (marked down from $3.99). The sale starts today and runs through Wednesday, the 15th. And, as always, it's FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

The book has been doing very well since its release last November, and it continues to get rave reviews. As of now, it has rec'd 189 Amazon reviews, 85% are 5 Stars (4.8 Avg). And it's reaching out beyond the Christian fiction crowd, connecting just as well with dog lovers and those who support our Wounded Warriors.

CLICK HERE to check it out on Amazon
 
The Homecoming - Only $1.99

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/88285869e36d48141c6f11daf/images/f689d54d-7f4b-406f-a4ac-23229548bd78.jpg
My publisher has reduced the price of my 2nd novel, The Homecoming, to $1.99 for the entire month of June. This book is actually the sequel to my 1st novel, The Unfinished Gift, although I wrote it so that it could stand alone. This is a reconciliation story and a love story set on the Homefront during WW2.

It was actually my first novel where critics began to compare my books to Nicholas Sparks (although, unlike Sparks, my books don't end in tragedy...you might reach for the tissues, but not because I've made you sad).

CLICK HERE to check it out on Amazon.
(This book also available on Nook)

 
Brief Explanation About My Publishing Status


I thought putting these 2 novels together in the same email might present an opportunity to briefly explain something some of my readers might not understand. You may have noticed with some of my books, I seem to be the one putting them on sale or offering some big discount, and with others I use the language, "My publisher..." (like I did for The Homecoming).

That's because my first 12 novels were published the traditional way, through a major publisher who had the responsibility to get my books in print and on the shelves. At the end of 2014, we parted ways (on friendly terms), and I decided to start publishing my own novels as an indie. The publisher still owns all the rights to those first 12 novels. I have no control over what price they set for them, when they offer them on sale, or for how much.

One of the main reasons for this change was that a "massive shift" in fiction readers' buying habits occurred. Most began buying their books online, rather than in the traditional stores. When about 90% of my audience began doing this, I realized I no longer needed my publisher to reach most of my readers. I also wanted more creative control with my writing career. For example, I wanted the freedom to ALSO write suspense novels (likeWhen Night Comes) and the Forever Home series (Book 1 is Rescuing Finley). My publisher didn't want me to do either of these things (didn't think they'd work). I believed they would do just fine (and they have).

I also believed they charged WAY too much for the ebooks (they still do). Ebooks cost a lot less to produce and I wanted to pass that savings on to the reader (of which I am one). Some of you have asked why some of my ebooks are priced so high. This is why. If I had control of those first 12 books, I'd mark all of them down to $3.99 ($4.99 at the most).

Hope this explanation makes sense and clears up any confusion. Hope you have a GREAT SUMMER!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Have You Applied The Word Lately? Learn How With The NKJV APPLY THE WORD STUDY BIBLE!

The NKJV Apply The Word Study Bible addresses what I feel is the most overlooked, most underrated, and most crucial aspect of Bible study . . . actually applying the word to the lives of the reader.  Where the rubber meets the road.  As Howard Hendricks would have said, “What?” (the content of the Bible) needs to be followed by “So What?”  Without an application, the Bible is just another book.

The NKJV Apply The Word Study Bible comes in the Kindle edition ($14.99), a hardback edition ($25.21) and 4 imitation leather editions ($37.49 - $44.99.)  I received the EPub edition for review, so I am somewhat limited in what I can address in terms of functions on the Kindle.  The Kindle doesn’t read EPub files, but the Adobe Digital Editions reader does, so that’s what I’m basing my review on.

The first thing I noted was the intuitiveness of the EPub file.  If the program works half as good on Kindle as it does on the ADE platform, the customer will be more than pleased with the purchase.  I poked around, selecting links at random, and every one of them responded quickly and correctly.  There are cross-references clearly marked in a light-blue color, to either corresponding Bible passages or commentary, notes, or reference material.  And while there is a learning curve to getting back to the original passage under study, it’s very slight . . . and then again, one can always consult the Navigation Panel, which can be toggled on or off from a button at the top left-hand side of the page.

There is a wealth of reference material such as tables of weights and measures with their anticipated equivalent in today’s standards, as well as articles, maps and charts to help clarify the background of the passage and explain historical / cultural idiosyncrasies.  And while they are not in-depth discussions, they help smooth the way and shed some light on obscure passages.

The concordance is again modest, not exhaustive.  But the passages selected provide a “broad sweep” that covers the entire body of Scripture, and they serve as a topical Bible of sorts, as well. 

The articles related to applying the Bible are aimed more toward providing timeless truths and principles that can be used immediately, wherever one may be in life.  Again, they are brief, and provide more of an outline than an exhaustive compendium.  But when one considers the fact that one has a Bible which is consciously striving to provide just such an application, when there are many study Bibles on the market which are not . . . well, you do the math.

One aspect of the Bible which I might consider a bit of “overkill” is the textual criticisms noted in the text.  It just feels a bit odd to find references to critical Greek texts in an application study Bible.  Unless you are a Greek scholar, or seminary-trained, the fact that “this particular word is not in a particular Greek manuscript” is going to confuse you at best.  Worst-case scenario, the reader may feel that he’s got a high-falutin’ Greek Bible wannabe, instead of what he originally purchased the Apply The Word study Bible in the first place – to learn how to apply the word!  And if he feels that he’s bought a pig in a poke, it’s going back to the store he bought it from, pronto.


I’m still giving this Bible 5 stars, because all of its advantages far outweigh the one thing I found to quibble about.  As a seminary-trained lay pastor of a small church, I’ve already informed my wife that she is to ask me, when I’ve finished my sermon preparation, if I’ve consulted this Bible in my preparation.  If I have not, she is to send me back to my study to do so.

THE NKJV APPLY THE WORD STUDY BIBLE
THOMAS NELSON
ISBN 978-0-718-04258-5 (EPub Edition)
Bible / Reference Book / Religion and Spirituality
Thomas Nelson Publishers
4314 pages (Kindle Edition)
$14.99 U.S.