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Pre-orders now available for my new novel: “A Love Story for a Nation”

It’s an understatement to say that I’m excited about the release of my fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation.

One of my beta readers perhaps said it best. She was so impressed with how different it is from my other novels.

And it is.

In a totally good way, says the author.

I made some distinct choices with this novel which I hope will work. She seemed to think it did, and I’m grateful for that. I’ll be writing about some of those choices on some later posts, but for now, I’m happy to announce:

  • It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon!
  • It will be releasing in Kindle and Paperback on July 3

Please head on over to its Amazon page and read the synopsis, and if it looks good, order yourself some good summer reading.

Thanks all!

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Moving Beyond Kindle Scout

After an interesting Kindle Scout campaign, I’ve been informed that Kindle Press will not be publishing my newest novel, “A Love Story for a Nation.” Am I disappointed? Yes and no. Yes, because I put a lot of effort into the campaign and even more effort into the story. I really believe in this story and the type of impact it will have on its readers. For that reason, I think it’s a great book to be published. No because that’s the way it is in publishing. It’s an extremely tough and competitive business and one has to expect rejection far more than acceptance. That’s just the nature of the beast. But I have to remind myself why I’m doing this in the first place. I’m not writing for a sea-side house in Santorini. I’m a writer because I have stories in my head which need to be told, and one little rejection isn’t going to stop me from pursuing my dream. Or it’s not going to affect my desire and drive to write in the slightest. If anything, rejection is a challenge. I don’t want to accomplish things which are easy. I want to do what people believe I can’t. I want to learn and grow and figure out what I can experience in life. I love being an independent author, and so the great thing about this is that I get to continue doing what I love. No, it isn’t easy, but bring it on. I’m really excited about “A Love Story for a Nation.”  It will be releasing in paperback and Kindle on July 1. I hope you enjoy, and once again, thank you for your support! ALoveStoryforaNation Cover LARGE

A Quote from my New Novel: One Mustn’t Begrudge Sorrow

My new, yet-to-be-released novel is on Kindle Scout through May 15. Please head on over and read the first couple chapters and if it looks good, please nominate it. If you nominate it, then:

  • I could win a publishing contract with Kindle Press. That’s pretty cool for me!
  • If I win a publishing contract, then you, who nominated it, will get a free copy of the Kindle version of the novel upon release. That’s pretty cool for you!

Nominate on Kindle Scout HERE!

I’m really fond of this novel. I’m not sure if others will be, but it is focused around a remarkable character – a former writer and revolutionary who turned his back on everything for love. But when his love encourages him to once again get involved, he reluctantly takes up his pen and writes a love story for an entire nation.

I hope you will like it. Here’s an exclusive excerpt. I don’t want to give you any details about the setting of this quote because it might give too much away. No spoilers here. But here goes anyways. Thanks for your nomination on Kindle Scout.

“We mustn’t begrudge sorrow, for it will always be with us. It will be our companion throughout our entire life, so we should learn to live uncomfortably with it, like a battle wound that will never fully heal. The only moment we control is the present. And the only emotion which will help one to embrace life in the present is happiness. Smile and live. Be happy and live. In trials, live. In sadness, live. Live at all times with a smile on your face and hope on your tongue. For what else is there in this life to be worthy of your time?”

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About that artwork…

In a recent Facebook ad I created, concerning my new novel on Kindle Scout, I pulled out this old picture. Jonnywhostood   This awesome drawing is the creation of Woon Bin Chang, an artist who saw a production of my play, “Almighty Might” in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.  Woon-Bin was so moved by the piece that he drew this amazing piece of art which perfectly captures the mood and scenes of the mini-play. It was also this photo and that 2013 production which made me re-think this simple story about a man, standing in front of the presidential palace, waiting for the revolution to come. Eventually, I decided to give the story a full novel treatment. I changed the name to “Jonny who stood on the world” and then eventually changed it again to “A Love Story for a Nation.” Originally, Woon-Bin’s artwork was meant to be part of the cover design, but in the end I decided  to go with a more minimalistic look as you see above. But with Facebook’s limitations concerning the amount of text allowed in ad photos, it was the perfect time to bring out Woon-Bin’s artwork once again. It matches the tagline well: The revolution begins with an innocent smile. This novel is now on Kindle Scout, as it vies for a publishing contract with Kindle Press. If you haven’t done so already, please head over to its Kindle Scout page, read an excerpt, check out the synopsis, and, if it looks good, nominate it. It means a lot to me. The Kindle Scout campaign runs through May 15. Thanks for your support! You can nominate this novel for a publishing contract on Kindle Scout: HERE!

Help! My new novel on KINDLE SCOUT until May 15.

I’m excited to announce that my brand new, unpublished fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation, is now on Kindle Scout in search of a publishing contract.


Readers (or anyone) can nominate my book. The more nominations my book gets, the more likely the Kindle Press editors will take a closer look and possibly offer me a contract.

You can help by:

  • Visiting my Kindle Scout page. If you like the excerpt or the sound of the novel. Nominate it!
  • Spread the word on your social networks. Any shared link is greatly appreciated!
  • Join my Thunderclap campaign to get the word out. It will start soon. More to follow.

PLUS – if you nominate my book and it gets published, you’ll get a copy for FREE!


Thank you for your support!

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“A Love Story for a Nation” – Descriptions for Kindle Scout

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve decided to put my fourth novel in Kindle Scout to see if Kindle Press wants to publish it. Two of the requirements are to add a 45 character description and a 500 character description of the novel. I hate writing these types of story summaries, but they are necessary.

Here’s what I currently have. They are still in progress, but if you have any feedback, I’d appreciate it.

A Love Story for a Nation – 45 Character One-Liner

The revolution starts with an innocent smile.

A Love Story for a Nation – 500 Character Book Description

As nightly raids burn the capital city, the mundane existence of Gerald Sanpatri takes a dramatic shift when Rosia walks into his life bringing laughter and unexpected love. She inspires the ex-writer to once again take up his pen and write the impossible: a love story for an entire nation. A Love Story for a Nation chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of one country’s brush with history through the eyes of a courageous man who dared to stand up, smile, and think the unimaginable.

Cover Reveal: A Love Story for a Nation

ALoveStoryforaNation Cover LARGEI’m happy to reveal the cover of my new novel. I have a book cover designer whom I’ve worked with on three of my novels and he gave me three different options to choose from. It wasn’t easy to decide as I liked all the different options, but in the end, this is the design that I choose.

I liked the simplicity, the barbed wire, the heart – it all resonates well with the story so I’m real happy with it. I would love to know what you think.

This novel will soon be going on Kindle Scout. If it is not chosen for publication, I will be publishing independently in July.

I really like this story, and I’ll be talking a lot about it in the coming months.

I’ve currently been writing various synopses and one liners which describe it, and I’ll post those soon as well. I always appreciate feedback.

But this is an important day for me. It tells me that my fourth novel is soon to be available. I can’t wait to see what people think about it.

And as always, I greatly appreciate the support.