99 CENT SALE – The Reach of the Banyan Tree

99 cents on AMAZON.COM

For a limited time only, The Reach of the Banyan Tree is well within reach. You might say it’s a steal at only 99 cents on Kindle from August 17-23.

Historical Fiction + Contemporary Romance + VIETNAM!!!! = A Terrific Read!

I had an amazing time piecing together this 300 page novel. I loved adding the center section which extends back to Vietnam in 1945 at the tale-end of World War II. It not only helps the reader understand the complexities 20th century Vietnam and that country’s amazing story, but it also helps to explain the modern romance which makes up the rest of the story. Don’t worry, the romance is ALSO based in Vietnam and bathed in its amazing culture.

How did I do my research? By living in Vietnam for 10 years. By learning Vietnamese fluently. By studying Vietnamese culture and history IN Vietnamese. I do hope my experiences help to bring this book to life. But don’t worry, this isn’t some high-brow treatise on geo-politics. At its heart its a story of fathers and sons and the loves of their lives.

Please do pick yourself up a copy. And now, it’s so cheap, there’s no reason to pass it up.

And don’t forget to leave a review. Your support is much appreciated.

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New Review of “Beauty Rising”

If you haven’t read my debut novel, “Beauty Rising,” released in December 2012, check out this new review of it from book reviewer Michelle Clements James. She calls it:

“an emotionally charged story of love, redemption, and heartache.”

She concludes calls it

“a book you do not want to miss.”

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Free: 1st Novel on NoiseTrade. Click and enjoy!

If you haven’t done so yet, please get yourself a free copy of my first novel, released in December 2012, called “Beauty Rising.” It’s got 85 reviews on Amazon, and it’s an unlikely story that I think you’ll enjoy. Plus it’s FREE! But not forever, so grab it now.

Here’s what one reader had to say about it: “My wife received your book Beauty Rising here in Canada yesterday. I needed something to do last night so I started reading it. I could not put it down. Could not wait to get back to it today. I just finished it. WOW! What a story. What emotion you have been able to put into words that can be felt by the reader. Thank you for sharing your gift.”

BEAUTY RISING: Free on NoiseTrade

Thanks, everyone.


Great Deals Coming Soon!

Wow! All kinds of December specials happening SOON!

FREE – For the first time EVER (and likely the ONLY time ever), my three-generational novel about Vietnam will be FREE on Kindle December 14 – 16! “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.” It also marks the first time I’ve ever been on Book Bub, so I’m looking to move LOTS of books during that time. Take note and get ready to get a free copy.

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Second, my new novel, “A Love Story for a Nation” is having a 99 cent Kindle Sale on December 20-22!

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Also, you can sign up and win $400 worth of Amazon gift cards on the Kindle Book Review. This also helps promote my books, so good for you and good for me.

$400 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Review at the Tarentum Book Club

I am truly honored. My novel, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree,” is being reviewed at the prestigious Tarentum Book Club in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. This is no ordinary book club. It was founded in 1901 for the sake of bringing ‘women together that are interested in Literature and Science, for the purpose of mental culture.’

Here’s the 2001 newspaper article which highlighted the group’s 100th year anniversary meeting. 100 Year Anniversary News Article

And now, in 2015, the group is still going strong and they are reviewing my book! How awesome is that? Oh, how I wish I could sit in on this! Too bad I’ll be 12,000 miles away.

However, my sister has been invited, and she was asked to bring some Vietnam knickknacks to help decorate the house, setting the scene for the review of the book based on Vietnam. These ladies go all out! They even asked my advice for what kind of dessert would be Vietnamese. That’s easy. Fruit.

On so on this Friday, October 9th, I am honored to be chosen for review at the Tarentum Book Club. I hope my story provided some interesting reading and stimulated some good discussion. I hope it was worthy enough for “mental culture.” That’s a mighty high task! But I am grateful and humbled that you chose my book.

I hope you enjoy!

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Kindle Sales Promo 2: “Beauty Rising” only 99 cents! Limited Time.

My debut novel (4.4 stars/85 reviews on Amazon) will only be 99 cents on Kindle from April 1-7. There’s not much to lose and a whole lot of great reading to gain.

Here’s a few phrases that help describe it:

  • Late coming-of-age-story
  • Unlikely cross-cultural love story
  • Anything but a cheap romance
  • Set in modern day Vietnam and USA
  • A “read-in-one-sitting” kind of book you can’t put down.

Click on this LINK and head on over to Amazon to read some of the reviews and the initial excerpt. If it looks good, give it a whirl! It’s less than your first cup of coffee.

Thanks for your support.

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Kindle Book Sales Promo 1: The Recluse Storyteller only 99 Cents!

From March 31 through March 6, “The Recluse Storyteller” is only $.99 on Kindle!  There’s never been a better time to pick it up and enjoy it.

Please CLICK and read some great reviews (They’re real! I promise. I don’t have several alias Amazon accounts.)

I’m also going to be offering an exclusive excerpt later this week as well. Watch for it. Thanks for your support. Much appreciated.

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Are you familiar with the banyan tree? Check out post on the Storyreadingape

Chris, at TheStoryReadingApe was kind enough to publish a guest article I wrote as a promo for my new novel. I focused in the banyan tree and what I learned about it when I lived in Vietnam. Here’s the beginning of my article, but please click the link below and go over to his great website for the rest! Thanks!

Before I moved to Vietnam in 1994, I wasn’t familiar with the banyan tree – but what a unique and amazing tree it is. A banyan tree can be described more as a root system rather than a single tree with a single trunk. The roots of a banyan tree grow up from every direction and expand out in remarkable ways – the far reach of a banyan tree is tremendous. The limbs become so long that they sag to the ground and then continue right on growing into the sky again. More recently, I learned that the original root structure of a banyan tree dies when the new roots grow out around it.

Right around the year 2001, I visited the historical site of Tan Trao, which was Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh resistance headquarters in the mountains of northern Vietnam during World War II. The Viet Minh successfully cozied up with the Allies in an effort to help the war effort against the Japanese. Their ulterior motive, however, was trying to win western support for their independence movement, in order to throw off the shackles of French colonial rule. Ultimately, it didn’t work, as WWII led to the French-Indochina War which led to the Vietnam War.

Read the entire post HERE!

The Recluse Storyteller: Introducing the Characters, Part II

With only five days left until release, let’s look at the rest of the main characters. Missed the first post in this series? Check it out here: HERE!

Reverend Davies: He was the former pastor and friend of Margaret’s mother before she died. He has sent notes and cards to Margaret over the years trying to stay in touch. But he has no idea what the recluse storyteller really has in store for him.

HIS CHARACTER INSPIRES THE CHARACTER OF: Reverend Taylor – From Margaret’s story “The Ridge.”  Reverend Taylor travels back to Vietnam to the small village of To Hap to confront the demons of his past. He travels with his daughter, hoping to put some closure on the painful life chapter of the Vietnam War. It turns out that he only knows part of the story.

SAM & PAM – The Johnson Twins who live down the hall from Margaret. Margaret is mesmerized by them, always spying on them through the cracked door. Sam likes to take risks and does so by being drawn into listening to Margaret’s storytelling. Pam reluctantly joins her. After all, it includes free ice cream.

THE TWINS INSPIRE THE CHARACTERS: Georgia and Gwen – from Margaret’s story “The Mark Across the Sky.” These twins live on the rolling prairie hills of 19th century America. They desire their father to return home from a long journey that has taken its toll on their mother, who has to care for their baby brother. When Georgia sees a strange mark across a morning sky, she’s convinced that it is a sign that their father is returning that day. She talks Gwen into travelling up to the top of Harper’s Hill to look out over the horizon, waiting their father’s return. But when they reach the peak and the lonely crab apple tree at the top, they are not ready for what they will find.

Story on top of story begin to weave back and forth, bringing the Margaret’s real-life neighbors into contact with the fictional characters she constantly tells about.

Are you ready for a fun ride?

The Recluse Storyteller: Releasing October 8 on Kindle, Nook, Apple iBooks, & Paperback.

The Recluse Storyteller on Goodreads!


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