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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A 9-11 Tribute - Kazuhiro Anai

In my research, here is what I uncovered about Kazuhiro Anai. He was 42. He was from Scarsdale, NY. He was deputy manager, New York branch, Nishi-Nippon Bank, located in the World Trade Center south tower.

That's all the info I could find on Kazuhiro Anai.

But I know there is so much more to be known.

He had a mother who loved him, what was she like? Had he ever found love and, if so, who was she? Did he like golf? Who was his favorite novelist? His favorite musician? His favorite vacation spot? Was he a talker or a listener? A leader or a follower? Did he smile quietly, or laugh heartily? Did he have children and what were they like?

I wish I knew these things because these are the things that make a person who they are. I wish I knew more than 'deputy manager, New York branch, Nishi-Nippon Bank'. Maybe then I would be able to paint a portrayal that does him justice...that does justice to the special and unique life that I know existed.

God bless you, Kazuhiro Anai, whoever you may be...and God bless your family, wherever they may be.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

My book!

My book, When Evil Prospers, is now available online through the publisher and scheduled for release to bookstores nationwide on August 8. I am pitching several reviewers to submit their review of the book so that it can be posted on Read and Review. The website for the novel is below.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

New Featured Title

There is a new featured title at Read and Review.

The Traitor's Wife by the blogosphere's own Susan Higginbotham.

Click HERE to read a review of this book, a great read.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Help with promotion

New authors are always looking for an inside edge in marketing and promotion. Thanks to The Writing Life for these resources:

Publicize Your Book

Book Proposals That Sell


Hope this helps! Good luck and happy Easter!

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Killer Angels

If I were going to sit down and write a list of the five best books I have ever read, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize winner would be one of the first one or two titles I wrote down. We follow the combatants of Gettysburg over a span of about a week. The main characters spotlighted were names like Lee, Longstreet, Buford, Hancock and Chamberlain. And, of course, there was Pickett. We're shown the Battle of Gettysburg in a way that it has never been shown before, and the result is exceptional. From the Confederate victory on day one, to Chamberlain's heroics on day two, to Hancock's stand against Pickett's courageous charge on day three, this book breathes life into history.

Michael Shaara gives his account of the Battle of Gettysburg in a way that goes beyond describing the battlefield, the popping muskets and the thundering cannons. He adds flavor that makes the story much more personable. Before this book, I knew what had happened at Gettysburg. After this book, I saw what happened because I felt like I had experienced it first hand. Yes, this book is fiction because Shaara interjects his dialogue between the characters, but it is very much historically accurate. In other words, the fiction is not that Jeb Stuart's absence from the first two days of battle contributed greatly to the south's defeat. The fiction is in Lee's behind-closed-doors response to Stuart. And I would guess that Shaara's take on such conversations isn't too far off.

Aside from the rich character development and flavorful dialogue, Shaara also excels in the key ingredients of military fiction. His battle descriptions are beyond vivid and his deep research into the history of the battle also shows. He also does a splendid job of portraying the so called 'fog of war', removing the convenient hindsight that history uses to look upon this battle and putting the reader in the moment and nearly forgetting the knowledge of what was to follow.
If you're a fan of history and the Civil War, this book is a must-read, if you haven't already read it. But it won't just appeal to this group. People who simply enjoy quality writing and good fiction will have just as much difficulty putting it down. Don't let this book go unread.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Reviews are posted

Read and Review is a new site, and we have posted our first set of reviews!

This is what we are currently reading. Look for the reviews soon.

Flat Tax Revolution - Steve Forbes
To the Last Man - Jeff Shaara
Eldest - Christopher Paolini
The Traitor's Wife - Susan Higginbotham

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

He Chose the Nails

I just finished a truly spectacular book. He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado has to be one of the best books I have ever read. This is a Christian book, so it might not appeal to the mainstream, but for those out there who are a part of the Christian faith, this is a must read. Rarely do I turn the final page and say "wow", but it happened with this book! It taught me a lot, but also entertained me as well. It's one of those that I will read multiple times. I highly recommend it. I will have a formal review completed in a few days on the website.