New From White Whisker: A Video on YouTube
Book trailers can be inventive. In fact, director Samuel Gonzalez, Jr., has created a short narrative film inspired by Christopher Meeks's new novel, A Death in Vegas.
Gonzalez looked at a number of book trailers and saw most of them were either author interviews or ones that looked like film trailers with snippets of scenes. “I wanted to do something different,” says Gonzalez. “I approached him with ‘What if you fell into your own novel?’ You would be in the same situation as your protagonist.”
“That was bold,” said Meeks. “It meant I had to act—not just be a talking head but actually perform as if I was someone else, Christopher Meeks the character. It stretched me as a person. Samuel is a talented director, not only visually but also in working with actors. He turned me into one.”
The final piece is short for a narrative film—only seven minutes without the credits—but it’s long for a traditional trailer. “But it’s not a traditional trailer,” says Meeks. In today’s book marketplace, one has to stay nimble and try new things.
Just published: Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night
Shelly Lowenkopf, author of the popular The Fiction Writer's Handbook (see below) had his first collection of short fiction published in June. All the stories have been previously published in literary journals.
Good news! On September 5th, he will read from his book and spoke about writing at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, along with Christopher Meeks (see right).
The collection of stories all take place in Santa Barbara, California, where characters experience the misreadings, mistakes, and misadventures of what happens to people who love another.
“Shelly Lowenkopf is a master of the art of stealth in fiction,” says author David Gillham (City of Women). “His writing draws you in and then, ka-pow! Here comes the sucker punch that flattens you.”
THE 4TH AND FINAL BOOK OF E. VAN LOWE'S FALLING ANGELS SAGA NOW ON SALE - $3.99
E. Van Lowe's paranormal romance novel Falling, the fourth and final book in The Falling Angels Saga, has been published.
The End is Near! Will Megan Barnett go falling back into the arms of earth angel Guy Matson upon his return? Or is she, in fact, falling in love with the demon Orthon? Or will her out-of-control abilities send her falling into Satan’s open arms?
In the final, heart-stopping chapter of the Falling Angels Saga, Megan Barnett is on a quest to rid her life of Satan forever, but Satan has other plans, including a lavish wedding. He’s willing to destroy her family and everyone she loves to have his way. To add to the drama, rogue demons have risen from hell with plans of their own. Will Megan finally have her happily-ever-after, or is she doomed to an eternity in HELL?
As Amanda Ashby, author of "Zombie Queen of Newbury High," writes, “E. Van Lowe is a writing force to be reckoned with and you are in masterful hands from the first page to the last.”
Shelly Lowenkopf’s “Fiction Writer’s Handbook,” a Bestseller
Shelly Lowenkopf’s The Fiction Writer’s Handbook is riding high on the Amazon/Kindle bestseller list, #1 for books and eBooks on writing skills, #10 for all of Nonfiction. However, he’s not an overnight sensation. His book is a product forty years of teaching creative writing and nearly as many years as an editor in the publishing industry. Also, many of Lowenkopf’s insights come from his voracious reading of the classics and more. His gem of a handbook comes from the boutique press White Whisker Books in Los Angeles.
The Fiction Writer’s Handbook is the definitive volume to explain the words and phrases that writers and editors use when they talk about a work. In the highly competitive publishing world, today's writers need to stay ahead of the competition and make every sentence count. This book will help new writers who need an understanding of the writing process, and seasoned writers will dive into a refresher course with new angles.
Fred Klein, former vice-president of Bantam books, calls Lowenkopf’s masterwork, “Handy, snappy, and insightful.”
As Mr. Lowenkopf writes in the book’s foreword, “I wanted to produce the book you could pick up at any page and be led by your own needs and curiosity rather than the logic pattern of a development editor. This book will inspire writers to take chances and cause readers to want to come along for the ride, all the way to surprise and enjoyment.”
Shelly Lowenkopf taught in the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing Program for 34 years. He is currently Visiting Professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, with classes in noir fiction, the modern short story, genre fiction, and developing a literary voice. Living in Santa Barbara, Lowenkopf has served as editorial director for literary, general trade, and mass market book publishers. His first collection of short fiction Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Up All Night will be published March 13th. He will be reading at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena at 7 p.m. that night.
The Brightest Moon of the Century--$2.99
In his fourth award-winning book, Christopher Meeks offers a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel. A young Minnesotan, Edward, is blessed with an abundance of "experience"--first when his mother dies and next when his father, an encyclopedia salesman, shoehorns Edward into a private boys school where he's tortured and groomed. He needs a place in the universe, but he wants an understanding of women.
It makes a great gift for new Kindles. Click here to get the book for free.
LOVE AT ABSOLUTE ZERO $2.99
A Book of the Year Finalist in ForeWord Reviews, the comic romance Love at Absolute Zero is about Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old physicist at the University of Wisconsin. After being given tenure and channeling his inner salmon, he's determined to meet his soul mate within three days using the Scientific Method. When he accidentally steps on the toes of a visiting kindergarten teacher from Denmark, his world turns upside down. To get it at this price on Kindle, click here, and for Nook, click here. For other platforms or print, click here.
The Quarterback -- $2.99
"From that rarest shelf, interesting sports fiction."--Robert Lipsyte, New York Times
"Milton can write like angel ... a young writer hell bent on fulfilling John Steinbeck's legacy, carrying on the tradition of James Jones and exploring his own heights."--Alabama Journal
"A pulsating, evocative tale that will take the reader months to forget."--American Statesman
David Scott Milton says of the book, "The Quarterback was written out of desperation and despair. I was twenty-six years old and at a dead-end in my life and careers. I was living in New York, working as a waiter in a jazz club. I had become involved with a hooker who frequented this place, and one day I learned that her pimp, a professional wrestler by the name of Bearcat Jamison, had returned to town and was looking for me. I went directly to the manager's office, picked up what little pay was owed me, and fled. I set out for Mexico. I took very little with me, some clothes, books, and my battered Remington portable typewriter. Over the next six months, I wrote The Quarterback. Poor Jazzy. He never learned the essential lessons about life. Over the years, I learned them. It started in Mexico with this book"
To get a copy of The Quarterback, click here.
Specials at White Whisker Books in December
We're seeking new readers, so we are offering a few specials this month. The first is going on now with E. Van Lowe's entire Falling Angels Saga, a four-book series that the Paranormal Romance Guild calls "a fun tongue-in-cheek story that starts with a laugh and keeps them coming."
The series begins with Glendale, Arizona, high school student Megan Barnett as she deals with her secret boyfriend, her mother dating for the first time, and, thanks to mom's love of antiques, a dark power that darts into their lives: Satan as well as a raft of characters from the underworld. It's a lot for a teenager to keep straight.
Through December 6th, the first two books in the series, Boyfriend from Hell and Earth Angel are only 99 cents as eBooks. The final two, Heaven Sent and Falling, are reduced to $3.99. After December 6th, the prices for the first two books will increase.
On December 10th, thanks to a BookBub feature, Christopher Meeks' award-winning comic novel of science and romance, Love at Absolute Zero, will be reduced to 99 cents for just a short time as an eBook.
New Crime Novel A Death in Vegas Follows Blood Drama
On the heels of his novel previous crime novel, Blood Drama, Christopher Meeks's next crime book, A Death in Vegas entered the marketplace in time for the holidays.
In A Death in Vegas, the president of BenBugs, a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardening, discovers a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. She had worked as a sexy lady bug at his convention booth—and he had nothing to do with her death. While that’s being investigated, the FBI raids his booth on a money-laundering scam that he knows nothing about, either. Soon, the coroner doesn’t have good news. The police and FBI are against him—and his wife cannot be found. Is someone setting him up? He flees to find the answers.
David Scott Milton's Iron City, a bestseller from last year, is only $3.99 in eBook forms.
Frank Kalinyak, disgraced ex-cop, returns to Pittsburgh, Pa., “Iron City," from Tucson where he has been living a desperate existence since the death of his young daughter. He has been summoned home by Bobby Mack, an Assistant D.A., to find out who murdered an old high school friend. Kalinyak is swept into a whirlpool of bizarre killings, religious fanaticism, church duplicity, hustlers, cops, junkies, old friends gone bad. Amid the fractured landscape of Iron City, rusting mills, rotting industry, he struggles to find sense in his life. Ultimately he must ask: who is he and can he survive?
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Kindle version, click here. Nook version, click here.
Gunnar Gunderson, Physicist and Lover, Rises to Top of Amazon and Nook Charts
Gunnar Gunderson, age 32 and a top physics professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, specializes in quantum physics and now love, thanks to the novel Love at Absolute Zero. While Gunderson may be a fictional character, readers are finding there’s truth in his obsessed and crazed scientific journey into romance. In fact, the book became #1 in Inspirational Romance on Sunday, and #4 in Literary Humor. It landed #72 in overall sales for the Kindle reader, and #33 on Nook.
(To read the full story, click here.)
Blood Drama now $3.99
Everyone has a bad day. In the crossover thriller BLOOD DRAMA, graduate student Ian Nash, after losing his girlfriend, gets dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody. Ian is taken hostage by the robbers when the police show up. Now he has to save his life.
FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina's analysis of the bloody bank heist drives her into the pursuit of a robbery gang headed by two women. She doesn't anticipate how this robbery will pit her against both the bandits and the male higher-ups in the FBI while the media heats up during a giant manhunt.
The robbers are about to kill Ian, and all he has at hand is his knowledge of the stage.
This isn't the usual thriller. Here's what Kristina Davis, an early Goodreads winner of the book, posted:
"I've been sitting here for the past several hours trying to summarize and review the characters and plot of BLOOD DRAMA, but I just couldn't do it. You can't summarize this story. It has way too many twists and turns and is way too unique to shorten without giving something away. You can't condense these characters into a short paragraph each. They're all, save one, too complex, too well-rounded, too evolving to be able to write just a few lines about each."
Heaven Sent only $3.99
For you fans of paranormal romance, the best-selling Falling Angels Saga by E. Van Lowe, Heaven Sent, the third in the series, has arrived on Nook and Kindle! To celebrate, the first two books in the series, Boyfriend From Hell and Earth Angel, are only $0.99 for a short time. The others are just $3.99. To see or get Heaven Sent on Kindle, click here. For Nook, click here.
If you haven't started the series, then to get Boyfriend from Hell for only $0.99 as an eBook, use the links below.
Boyfriend from Hell for Kindle, click here.
Boyfriend from Hell for Nook, click here.
Boyfriend from Hell in print ($12.99 list), click here. Boyfriend from Hell from Smashwords, click here. You can read the first four chapters of Boyfriend from Hell just by clicking here!
Classic David Scott Milton books now available on Kindle:
Kabbalah: $2.99 as a Kindle eBook
Akiba Moldavan, a Pittsburgh rabbi, seeks to save his childhood friend, "Grey eyes," from an eternity of having a damned soul for the senseless killing of an old man, while detective John Strahan savors the opportunity to kill his old childhood acquaintance, "Grey eyes," whom he has been jealous of for decades. Grey Eyes believes the secret answer is in California. The three men's stories become intractably linked and at odds with each other, as they vie for achieving their pursuits. Click here to get Kabbalah.
The Quarterback: $2.99 as a Kindle eBook
Time is running out for Jim Jassy, the man they call "The Quarterback." He was an artist among ballplayers, but as his peak-seasons fade, his pride becomes dangerous. Click here to own The Quarterback.
Paradise Road: $2.99 as a Kindle eBook
"The house always wins" they say , but Don Porter has a system. Is the reward worth the risk, or is Don just building a house of cards?
Click here to own this tale.
Months and Seasons eBook is $2.99 for December
Months and Seasons has been recently reduced to $2.99 for Nook, Kindle, and iPad. The collection was a finalist in the prestigious Frank O'Connor International Story Award, which offers the highest prize money for short fiction. Months and Seasons is the follow-up story collection to Christopher Meeks's award-winning The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea. With a combination of main characters from young to old and with drama and humor, the tales pursue such people as a supermodel who awakens after open-heart surgery, a famous playwright who faces a firestorm consuming the landscape, a reluctant man who attends a Halloween party as Dracula, and a New Yorker who thinks she's a chicken. "Christopher Meeks's quirky stories are lyrical and wonderfully human. Enjoy," says Sandra Tsing Loh, author of A Year in Van Nuys.)
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