Review of Shadow on the Wall from Independent Book Reviews

In general I never repost reviews.  I’m of the opinion that reviews should stand on their own and speak for themselves.  Posting them on my blog is kind of self serving, but you know what?  I’m too excited about this one not to do it   Independent Book Reviews is a great site that doesn’t hold back in their reviews and I was lucky enough to have Shadow considered for a review. MJ Syl wrote the following: Gripping, evocative, violent – three words that strain to do justice to this novel but can’t quite give you a real sense of the story. Set in modern day Turkey but describing something out of a Middle Eastern “1984”, the sense of place and tension is almost unbelievable. I started this on a Friday and, due to other commitments, I was unable to resume reading it for several days. However, even after only the first few pages, I was desperate to get back to it during that time. It envelops you, oppresses you, buries you in the desert sands which feature in the book till you start to imagine you can feel the heat and the impending storm brewing. Read the rest of his review here:...

Amazon Sucks

Shadow on the Wall is no longer listed as available through Amazon.  They are pushing buyers out to third party vendors.  Because of this they will not restock Shadow.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy please get it through Barnes & Noble. The third party vendors Amazon is listing doesn’t have copies in stock either, they will have to order your copy and send to you just like Amazon would.  I have contacted them regarding this issue and had the following conversation.  I’m including it verbatim here to help other authors who may have the same issue.  it’s clear they know what they are doing. I will let you know the outcome. Chat You are now connected to Jeba from Amazon.com. Me:The paperback edition of my book is missing from the site. It was there a few days ago and is now gone. Please help! ASIN: B007V98F4Q -Shadow on the Wall Jeba:Hello, my name is Jeba. I’ll be happy to help you. Me:Great Jeba:Would you mind if I put you on hold for 2 to 3 minutes while I check that? Me:that’s fine, thank you Jeba:Thanks so much for waiting. Unfortunately, we don’t have any more stock of Paperback edition right now, and we’re not sure when we’ll be able to get more. I’d suggest checking our website from time to time to see if this item is available. Me:I don’t understand why you wouldn’t list it as out of stock or a longer shipping time. It is in Ingram and you can get more copies immediately Jeba:You can check in the below list to see that...

Shadow on the Wall is the Winner in the General Fiction/Novel category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!

I am writing with some fabulous news! Your book has been named the Winner in the General Fiction/Novel (under 80,000 words) category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Congratulations! Your achievement will be published at www.IndieBookAwards.com along with the other Winners and Finalists in the next few weeks.  Also, we will be sending out a press release within the next month or so announcing the Grand Prize Winners and advising media and others where they can see a complete list of Winners and Finalists. Additionally, your book will be listed as a Winner in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America (“BEA”) in New York later this month to thousands of attendees including book buyers, library representatives, media, industry professionals, and others. Our intention is to promote the Winners and Finalists to as many people as possible. GENERAL FICTION/NOVEL (Under 80,000 words) WINNER ($100 PRIZE): Shadow on the Wall: The SandStorm Chronicles, #1, by Pavarti K Tyler (Fighting Monkey Press) (ISBN 978-0983876908)   FINALISTS: Spiral, by Lucia Cascioli (Lulu Publishing) (ISBN 978-1105306525) Stress Test, by Alan Gold Fifth Leg Publishing) (ISBN 978-1893793248) The Orchid Bracelet, by Freddie Remza (Outskirts Press) (ISBN 978-1432784263) The Price of Guilt, by Patrick M. Garry (Kenric Books) (ISBN...

Kindle Fire Winner and Guest Post – Superheroes Suck: A Lesson for Chumps in 3 Easy Points by Leah Tyler

Winners – please send me your mailing addresses (admin @ fightingmonkeypress) and I will send your gifts out right away!  The winners are: Batman Swag (Socks, Magnets, Vintage Journal and Activity Book) – Candace Solooan Brazier Graphic Novel Pack (The Sandman Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman and The Shadow by Maxwell Grant – Leah Gonzalez Girl Power! (Lois Lane’s Guide to Dating with Vintage Magnets, Femme Fatale Superhero Mask!)- Christy D Autographed copy of Shadow on the Wall with awesome swag – Mari Novak And the winner of the Kindle Fire is… After the Post 😛   Superheroes Suck: A Lesson for Chumps in 3 Easy Points Hear that thwapping noise? Thought so. That’s my dorky little sister, Justine, in her room, trying to flatten her heavy bag. She thinks she’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ha! Like she’s a superhero or something. That’s supposed to be cool? Superheroes suck! First off, they’re not real. What does my sister get out of pretending she’s a vampire slayer? Where are all the vampires she’s supposed to be slaying? If vampires were real, how would a chubby, five-foot-nothing 13-year-old overpower one anyway? What’s the point in pretending? Whacking the bag might give her some pipes—the little dork is always flexing her biceps. It won’t make her taller. It won’t make her strong enough to fight off anybody or anything that might pose a real threat, either. Think about it: suppose some guy attacked her. What would she do? Kick him in the cojones? I mean, seriously. Does she want to get herself killed? Fine, I get that it’s fun to pretend. Sometimes...

What makes a superhero? Is it the myth or the man?

Superheros have always existed in a microcosm where the problems of their city don’t have greater ramifications.  The Batman had Gotham, Superman had Metropolis, even Spiderman only had NY, somehow none of the bad guys ever thought to take on, I don’t know, Seattle. In Shadow on the Wall the world is bigger and it’s meaner.  Elih, Turkey (google it for a giggle) is a real place, but my version of it has nothing to do with the modern city. Instead, my Elih is based on the very real issues going on in the world around us.  The bad guys here aren’t black and white, they aren’t just insane or hungry for power.  They have motivations and their own painful reasons for everything they do. But really, at the end of the day, all these stories are the same.  A man (or woman) is called to make the world a better place.  That call may come from personal trauma (The Batman, The Crow), a sense of responsibility (Wonder Woman, Spiderman), or some kind of otherworldly event (The X-Man, Superman), but in the end they are called to do something great and they do it. But do they really want to? Recai Osman becomes The SandStorm in Shadow on the Wall. He has many of the characteristics of what has appealed to bloggers this week about The Batman and Iron Man.  He’s just a guy.  Punch him and he shall bleed.  What he isn’t is overwhelmingly smart (Tony Stark) or bent on revenge/redemption (Bruce Wayne).  Actually Recai is pretty OK right were he is.  His family was wealthy and he grew up with boarding schools and...

THE CROW: Superhero Badass! by Joseph Beekman

“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.” ~ The Crow Why is The Crow such a bad-ass “superhero”? Well, let’s see…He has returned from the grave, literally, through the powerful spirit of an actual crow, seeking revenge on those that murdered his wife and himself. He acts out his revenge in some very colorful, and action-packed ways, including using firearms to take out whole parties of bad guys and gals. But what really makes him so superhero bad ass, is the fact that he is so elusive, and, just like a ghost fresh from the grave, he can appear and disappear with ease, while also using his wits and common street knowledge to take down the worst of the slime and drug lords of the city. The Crow, also known as Eric Draven, a rock star that wielded an electric guitar, before he’d been brutally murdered, is a dark, brooding character that lurks about in the shadows of the city – waiting, watching,; and, with an actual crow as his eyes and ears, he is fully aware of what is going on and who may be in need of help, or if an act of crime is being committed. But he is also a gentle soul, too; one that pines away over the loss of his beautiful wife, and a life he once had. This, alone, is the real fuel that fires his soul back, and pits him into action against the foulness and vile...