The Numbers: 4.8, 25, .99 (Hint: An amazing book deal.)

In a week I’ll be kicking off the biggest promotional book campaign I’ve ever organized.

So I decided to do a pre-sale to help set the stage for what’s to come.

By the numbers, it looks like this:

A book with 4.8 stars on 25 reviews for only $0.99! That’s the making of a great deal!

I’m talking about my third novel, released in 2014 – “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.”

You can pick up your 99 cent Kindle version HERE!

I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback about the book. It’s a story that will appeal to a wide audience:

  • A Love Story
  • Historical (set in 1945 Indochina and 2000 Vietnam)
  • Political intrigue
  • Adventure (the protagonist sets off on a long journey from Hong Kong to Thai Nguyen, northern Vietnam.
  • Romance (It actually has two stories of romance – one in 1945 and one in 2000 – but they are uniquely linked.)
  • Cross-cultural (Americans in Vietnam)
  • Asian culture
  • Generations of one family (3 generations of American men)

If you want to get wrapped up in a different world and experience a love story that is anything but a love story, please check out “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.”

On sale through September 22.

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My Debut Novel – Now only 99 cents through July 20!

Hey all,

If you haven’t had a chance to read my debut novel from December 2012, it’s only 99 cents on Kindle through July 20.

Beauty Rising is it’s name. It brings together two very unlikely people into a relationship that no one could have ever predicted – a 40ish over-weight, yet-to-grow-up American man and a beautiful, young, troubled Vietnamese girl.

As one reviewer called it, it’s a late coming of age story about culture, family, and the past which some people can never get away from.

Martin Kinney travels to Vietnam to bury the ashes of his late father – an abusive Vietnam War Vet.  His wallet is stolen, which sucks him into the Vietnamese culture far more than he ever would have predicted.

My Phuong, the Vietnamese girl, has a secret past she ran away from. She spends her nights on the seedy side of town, just trying to survive. When she becomes the mistress of a local Vietnamese politician, she realizes how trapped she has become.

How will Martin and My Phuong ever meet? And what explosive ending is waiting for them?

Pick up Beauty Rising for 99 cents and find out!  It’s a page-turner told in first person narration from two points of view.

Grab it cheap before it’s gone! Beauty Rising Here!

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Last Two Days – “Banyan Tree” Novel @ 99 cents

Here’s your last chance to pick up “The Reach of the Banyan Tree” at the super-cheap price of only 99 cents. Lots of 5-star reviews, so if you like history, historical fiction, Vietnam, romance, adventure or just plain-old good story-telling, then you should absolutely check it out. Not much to lose in this deal.

BUY IT HERE!

Like paperback? No worries. It’s also available at the link above for only $10.68 including free second-day air shipping with Amazon Prime.

Grab the Kindle for 99 cents by March 2 or it will be going up to its regular price.

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Another Amazing Review for “Banyan Tree”

I’m humbled to have Colleen Cheseboro from Litworldinterviews to give such a great review of The Reach of the Banyan Tree. 

Here’s her first paragraph:

“I was instantly transported back into time to August 1945, French Indochina, where Charles Regal Carson, an American soldier with the OSS Deer Team, was tasked to assist Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen to fight against the Imperialist Japanese in World War II.  What ensues is a hauntingly lovely contemporary romance filled with suspense and intrigue that brought me to tears, as I lived through the lives of Charles (Cha Le), Mai, Long, Thuy, and Charles III.”

And her overall assessment:

RATINGS:

Realistic Characterization: 5/5

Made Me Think: 5/5

Overall enjoyment: 5/5

Readability: 5/5

Recommended: 5/5

Overall Rating: 5

 Please head on over to LitWorldInterviews and read the entire review. It gives some great insight into the story and into my writing: Read full review HERE!

And there’s a great promotion coming up this week for Banyan Tree. Watch for details soon!

Thanks, everyone.

 

Have you tried my novel yet?

If not, I’d ask you to give it a try. It doesn’t cost much. Only $2.99 on Kindle. Cheaper than a cup of coffee.

It’s a romance for those who don’t like romance.

It’s a history for those who don’t like history.

It will teach you something about Vietnam, culture, and family without bashing you over the head.

It will be fast moving – I promise. That’s the way I love to write. I’m not going to bog you down with 10 pages of description each chapter.

It will have memorable characters. I also promise.

It’s also an adventure.

It’s a war story that is only partially a war story.

It is NOT based on the Vietnam War. It’s set in 1945 and 2000.

The reviews have been excellent. Please read them HERE!

I would be forever grateful if you would give it a try: The Reach of the Banyan Tree

Thank you! (And it’s available in paperback, too! And it has a beautiful cover.)

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Book Review from Literary R&R: 5 Stars for “Banyan Tree”

Charlene, a reviewer for Literary R & R, just posted her review of “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.” Here is an excerpt:

“Weaving together a love story with intrigue, action, and historical fiction, this is a beautiful book by a gifted author that has something for everyone.. Most accurately, a familial tale, it teaches the reader of the roots that ground us, the shelter of our forefathers, and the expanse of our actions over further generations.”

Here is the link to the full review on their website: FULL REVIEW HERE!

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It might challenge your own bias.

A colleague of mine was gracious enough to read and review my third novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree. I thought a few of his comments about the novel were pertinent. He said:

“A great historical fiction novel that made me feel like I was in Vietnam. Helped me understand Vietnam history more. The story line was wonderful and yet it challenged my own set of biases and notions.”

The Vietnam era was a confusing mess; that is for sure. But my novel deals with the generation before and after the Vietnam War – 1945 and 2000. I hope it will challenge your views of what we went through. But more than that, I hope you will enjoy the story because after all, on the most basic level, it’s a love story. Who can resist that?

Available now in Kindle and Paperback. Read reviews or purchase here!

Thanks for the support.

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