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The Laurelhurst Chronicles series will be a year old next week. Thank you to everyone who has purchased Night and Day, read it, or reviewed it. Being an author is a learning process. I’m making some significant changes I think you’re going to love.
In light of that, as of today, my debut novel is no longer listed for sale on Amazon and other online retailers while we go through this process. I’m working with a great team. If you have already downloaded it, you should still be able to read it. For those of you that haven’t, hold on to your socks.
Check back here for the latest developments! For those of you who are reading Night and Day, send me an email with any feedback to email@example.com
Thank you for being so understanding and supportive of my work. It means the world to me. You give me the chance to do what I love, and I’m grateful for it.
I’m pleased to be a part of #TimeForCrime, a new Q&A blog series over at chapterinmylife that goes behind the page or screen to delve into our minds as authors and bloggers.
Dr. Goodall’s character in my novel Night and Day was partially inspired by two great cases in British history. Regina v. Adams (1957) and Regina v. Shipman (2000). Both are suspected in the deaths of hundreds of their victims. Dr. Shipman was convicted on multiple counts of murder. Dr. Adams was found innocent however he was found guilty of multiple counts of prescription fraud, obstruction a police search, forgery of cremation documents, and failure to keep a dangerous drugs log. He was stricken from the Medical Record in 1957 and reinstated in 1961.
Dr. Goodall’s name was coined by a phrase that people called Dr. Adams. They would call him “that good Dr. Adams.” Dr. Adams was known by his elderly patients for appearing compassionate and good to his patients, just like Goodall’s character appears to be with Lydia. I based Lydia’s treatment by Goodall upon information from a 1939 case of Dr. Adams. I had already formulated the method for Dr. Goodall but I was awestruck just how uncanny his methods were with Dr. Adams. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
Want to know how Adams and Shipman differ from Goodall’s character? You’ll have to read Night and Day.
It’s been a while since I released a newsletter, but I a fresh one hot off the presses. In it, I discuss method writing, some new releases in historical fiction from my fellow authors, my latest vintage purchases, and a little something about reviews.
Next week I’m publishing special content on Valentine’s Day as a holiday in the late 40’s and into the 1950’s, only for my readers’ club and as my upcoming novel Before the Flood is a romantic thriller, I’ll introduce a couple of the main characters. Don’t miss out! Need to sign up? Just look down to the right of my site and click the link.
Also, the first novel in the Laurelhurst Chronicles, Night and Day, is available at all of these online retailers as an e-book. You can grab it here:
The recent events in Charlottesville and around the world have left me in a stew of emotions: anger, sadness, uneasiness, and pain. Kicked in the stomach. The world seems to be an ever growing darker place.
Recently large black crows have been scavenging in my back garden. I don’t like to see their presence. They represent doom, death, loss, anguish. These carrion birds are unsettling for us. Although they have their place in the natural world and the order of things, they have come to represent death, anguish, and uneasiness.
Their numbers seem to be increasing. I watch birds in my back garden. The crows and the ravens are on the rise. Buzzards too. It doesn’t make me feel any better. The natural world seems to reflect our human microcosm. The scavengers are on the rise.
Yesterday a 17-year-old boy was killed in a car accident. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. I’m trying to wrap my head around why such things happen. We can perhaps say goodbye to someone that is older or has battled a long illness. We don’t understand it when a life is snuffed out, taken too short. Whether it be a 17-year-old boy in a car accident, or a young woman killed while standing up for goodness and truthit reminds us of the crows and the ravens. The unspeakable surrealness of life.
This morning I looked out on my back garden as I sipped my morning coffee. The crows were there, scratching and pawing at the ground. They won’t come up near my house where there are bird feeders and a bird bath. They lurk away from every other bird.
As I was sipping my coffee, still trying to process so much from last night and the last few days, I witnessed something extraordinary. A family of cardinals flew in to graze at the feeders and drink from the bird bath. Mother, father, and three little babies. Babies that are old enough to fly and feed on their own at the feeders but are still under the watchful protection of their parents. Youth making its feeble flight out into the world.
Cardinals are said to be a sign that a loved one is near you. Their bright scarlet plumage is cheerful and reassuring. Unlike the uneasiness of the carrion birds, the cardinal is there to let you know, to quote Bob Marley, “that everything is going to be alright.” It might not be better immediately, but their presence reminds you that someone is watching over us. Loves us. Protects us. Reassures us. Cardinals represent the good forces of the world.
This morning I watched as the cardinals came to feed and bring up their young, the carrion birds lurking in the shadows flew away. A coincidence maybe. But I rather like to think that in the presence of goodness, darkness flees. In the presence of reassurance, doubt and darkness can’t stand to be there.
Sometimes three little birds of goodness, younglings taking flight remind us in the midst of chaos, death, and despair, that everything is not lost. Like those little birds, for every carrion bird that signals death and destruction, little scarlet birds take flight. Good will rise up to meet darkness and despair. Hope is ever present, even in the smallest of places.
Long live the cardinals.
Are you ready for Dunkirk? So are we! And we’re not just talking about ChristopherNolan’s upcoming summer blockbuster movie. Beyond the major motion picture, there is Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Novel Sale.
Discounted Books for 99c each!
40+ authors of the Facebook Second World War Club have40+ authors of the Facebook Second World War Club have joined together for the Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Novel Sale. From July 21-27 (the opening week of Dunkirk), we will discount a selection of our books to 99c to bring you more riveting tales of WWII from around the world.This is a great chance to discover some awesome WWII stories.
To find out more, go to: http://alexakang.com/dunkirk-book-sale/
We have tons of fun and interesting online events planned including:
Prizes & Giveaways including:
A promo week giveaway of Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion
Picture by Joshua Levine
A Rafflecopter giveaway of 11 paperback copies of some
of the fiction novels
that will be part of this sale.
A 7-day giveaway of 7 audio copies of The Importance of Being Churchill
by Lorri Moulton
Also, join us for:
6/26 A viewing Dunkirk Promo Official Trailer
6/29 A viewing of the book trailer for Girl at Dunkirk by David Spiller
7/4 A viewing of the book trailer for The Yankee Years by Dianne Ascroft
7/5 A viewing of the book trailer for 45th Nail by Ian Lahey
7/7 Our Authors’ Pick of the Top 40 WWII Movies of all time.
7/10 A viewing of the book trailer for Unrelenting by Marion Kummerow
7/13 A viewing of the book trailer for Luzon by Richard Barnes
7/14 The Book Speak Podcast reading of Roberta Kagan’s All My Love, Detrick
7/17 Part One of our special two-part blog series on Dunkirk by Suzy Hendersen
7/19 A viewing of the book trailer for Eternal Flame by Alexa Kang
7/21 Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Book Sale begins with The Book Speak Podcast
reading of The Girl at Dunkirk by David Spiller
7/22 Part Two of our special two-part blog series on Dunkirk by Jeremy Strozer
7/24 Movie review of Dunkirk by Alexa Kang
Dates are subject to change. For updated information,
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I’m sending out the inaugural issue of my newsletter this week and I’ve got lots of news to share with you. I’m so excited to bring you news of a book promotion that I’ll be participating in with other World War II authors in July. Details will be coming in June’s newsletter. If you love World War II fiction, you will want to check this out. Haven’t signed up for my newsletter? Then just use my signup form here on my website or on Facebook. You may also email me personally with your email address. If you need more information, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m also putting together a book trailer of my own for my upcoming print release of Night and Day. More news of it will be featured along with the online book promotion of my e-book in July. Summer is a great time to catch up with your reading and discover new authors you may not know!
People are beginning to praise Night and Day on Goodreads and the Amazon Kindle store! But don’t just take my word for it. You can read them here!
Do you have a review of Night and Day? Post it on Amazon or in Goodreads!
Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still land among the stars. — Les Brown
I’m so excited to share with you that Night and Day is now on Goodreads and has its first five-star review! I’m also excited to share that as an author, I’m participating in the Ask the Author program on Goodreads. Have a question about character backgrounds, plot questions, or how I write? Fire away! I will try to update my answers weekly.
Also, if you have read my work, please leave me an honest review so other readers can discover my work. I would greatly appreciate it! Feel free to connect with me on Goodreads!
You can locate Night and Day on Goodreads here:
Night and Day (The Laurelhurst Chronicles Book 1) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34943514-night-and-day
It’s Friday again and I’m celebrating by giving away another copy of my novel to one lucky winner on my facebook page! Head on over to enter the trivia contest for a chance to win! I’m drawing the first person who answers my trivia question correctly!
While you’re over there, won’t you like my facebook page and join? Thanks and have a happy friday!