This week’s addition to the shelves here at Fiction Books, once again comes courtesy of the lovely Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services.
I always enjoy receiving Kelsey’s emails, as I know that she will have discovered a great new novel for promotion and matched it exactly to the genres she knows I enjoy reading.
Thanks also to Kelsey, for the complimentary Kindle download and to author Roy A. Teel, Jr. for this great guest post … Over To You, Roy!
This is the book! … ‘RISE OF THE IRON EAGLE’
The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to violence. It has both a colorful and grotesque history with it. Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jim O’Brian and FBI Profiler Special Agent Steve Hoffman are also no strangers to the violence of the sprawling metropolis, but in the past decade something has changed. There’s a serial killer preying on other serial killers – some known by law enforcement, others well off radar. “The Iron Eagle,” a vigilante, extracts vengeance for the victims of Los Angeles’ serial killers. His methods are meticulous and his killings brutal. With each passing day, “The Iron Eagle” moves with impunity through the streets of Los Angeles in search of his prey. O’Brian and Hoffman create an elite task force with the sole purpose of catching “The Eagle” and bringing him to justice. But the deeper they delve, the more apparent it is that he may very well be one of their own. As the two men stare into the abyss of their search, the eyes of “The Iron Eagle” stare back.
Or a new breed of Justice?
I am a proud cancer survivor and have refused to let MS (Multiple Sclerosis), define my life.
I battled Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 16 years after being diagnosed, by participating in human subjects research at UCLA, spending 12 years as a human research subject. My experience gave me a unique look behind the scenes of medicine and the processes that are required to get drugs through the research chain, from the animal research phase to using those drugs in humans in clinical trials, and, if successful, on to the FDA for approval. I participated in four major experimental drug trials, and one of those ended up giving me thyroid cancer, which was diagnosed in January 2001.
Although I am no longer able to work in a high stress executive environment, my life has taken on a new mission: to inform and entertain. My disability has brought with it an unforeseen blessing. I can finally take medications to alleviate some of the pain from my MS and focus on the pleasures of character creation and the joys of putting words to paper, devoting my energies and passions to the full-time art of storytelling.
My dedication to my work and to human subject research, both inspired my writing, as well as showing the real human condition when laid bare. As an author, I am very diverse and my works include both fiction and nonfiction.
Writing fiction requires research. For instance, in each of my novels, my readers can fact-check subject matter or locations, and they’ll find verifiable information and actual places. Why is this important? Readers not only want to engage with the plot, characters, and places in your writing, but they also want to know that the things you write about have a basis in reality.
One of the biggest mistakes new writers make is not fact-checking and doing their research. If the storyline is not believable, and your readers can’t look up something that you are claiming or using in your writing as a fact, your credibility will take a hit (and it’ll show up on the review pages of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and other review sites). It is paramount that new and established writers do their homework. For the Iron Eagle series, I have consulted with medical professionals, lawyers, medical examiners, local and federal authorities, and prison officials – most of whom are friends, but all are people I trust to confirm my facts. Authors must ensure that they are not only writing a compelling story, but that everything can be verified (which lends credibility to both the story and the author).
On several occasions, a reader or reviewer has said to me, “I couldn’t put your novel down. The places you write about are so vivid. I can see them in my mind’s eye.” I have also received email messages from readers who were impressed with the fact that they looked up some of my terminology, or a place in Los Angeles, and learned that it was a real place or something even scarier than fiction because it was true. Facts make my novels much more real, which has been known to terrify readers (and simultaneously make them crave the next installment).
So, remember, just because you’re writing fiction doesn’t mean that you can ignore facts. It is those details that make fiction compelling and, in many cases, very real for the reader.
…Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’
Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’
Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’
Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!