HIGHLIGHTS of 2019
2019 has been a year of writing, market development, and brand building We have been working to outline our approach for building the series, and to tighten our message.
I believe in these books and hope to network with more readers:
- Most importantly, I have completed a draft of the third (and final) book in my World War I Intrigue Series, Send the Word. The maps and inside art are ready. The book has garnered praise from a series of beta readers, and my military historian has added some important guidance. The book is now with my editor. I expect the book will be ready commercially this coming spring.
- With the book’s completion, we plan to provide an option to buy a WWI Intrigue Series and have engaged a top book designer to redo everything with simpler more dynamic covers. I’m excited about the result.
- In 2020, we will engage marketing people to help launch Send the Word and the complete series.
SPECIAL REQUEST – FANS NEEDED:
Social Media & Marketing: Please tell your friends to link with me on Facebook (James Hockenberry) or Twitter @HNBooksLLC so we can convey news and information about other fiction authors.
With the upcoming launch of the series, I have a special request.
Please take a couple moments and spread the word about my books. One thing that would help would be for you to write a review on Amazon.
I can’t stress to you the importance of Amazon reviews. They affect rankings, marketing success, and how Amazon treats my books internally. For those of you who have submitted an Amazon review, grateful thanks.
For those of you who have yet to submit one, please do (especially for So Beware). You may think that, because you might not have bought the book on Amazon, you are not allowed to place a review. This is not true. If you have an Amazon account you can.
Some of you might not be sure what to say. A review can be short; 2-3 sentences are all that is needed. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you write the review
- What did you like (not like about the book)?
- Compare the book to others. For example: “This book reminds me of Allan Furst’s pre-World War II intrigue books.”
- Does one scene stand-out?
- Is a certain character / scene particularly memorable?
Many thanks in advance. Sharing helps every author.
YEAR-END APPEARANCES in 2019
After another hectic year, here are my remaining appearances in 2019:
- November 23, 2019 (10am – 5pm) – Lehigh Valley’s SUPER GIGANITC GARAGE SALE. Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds 302 Street, Allentown, PA 18104 (GPS address: 1930 West Liberty Street or 1935 Chew Street)
- November 24, 2019 (10am – 4pm), Christmas Market at the Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ787 Featherbed Ln, Clark, NJ 07066
SEND THE WORD PREVIEW:
Here is the cover for my new book, Send the Word.
Synopsis: It is 1918. The Allies and Germany square off for the final Armageddon.
Gil Martin and Paul & Shannon Keller struggle to secure victory. But at what cost? On the Western Front, Martin & Keller do not know who is more treacherous: the German army or supposed friends. During the American advance, a cunning assassin emerges to threaten General Pershing. For Martin, pledged to keep his warrior friend Keller alive; the story becomes a personal struggle of sacrifice, loss of faith, and despair. In New York, Shannon wonders if she is a wife or widow. Through it all, each will face betrayal, bewildering obstacles, and certain death.
Here are the first 3 paragraphs in the novel.
U.S. Army Captain Gil Martin felt the cold ripples of panic shiver down his spine. A former detective on New York City’s elite Bomb Squad, Martin had witnessed panic in other men. But panic in an army was altogether different. Like a flooding river, it was powerful, deadly, impossible to stop. The British officers who thronged into the briefing room at General Herbert Plumer’s Second Army headquarters were caught in its rush. Their unsteady voices reinforced doubt; their misdirected energies magnified errors; and, their fear-induced body odor confirmed the impending crisis.
Martin peered out of the open second floor window of 18th Century chateau and sensed the gravity of the British Expeditionary Force’s (BEF) drowning retreat. To his horror, he saw weaponless soldiers running past him. “Stand firm, men,” he shouted, knowing his words meant nothing in the face of the German onslaught. An Allied victory meant more to him than his life, but all he could do at the moment was to pray.
Dusk was turning the room the color of a dead man’s skin exposed too long to the elements. Martin felt the air turn heavy. A sharp whistle quieted the room. A sergeant-major pushed through the ranks of officers, three deep, and pounded his rifle stock four times, jarring the length of the floorboards. The tremors vibrated up through Martin’s boots.
PAPERBACKS CAN BE FOUND FOR SALE @ THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Classics Book Store
4 West Lafayette Street Trenton, NJ 08608 Phone: (609) 394-8400
The Cloak and Dagger Bookstore
349 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 Phone: (609) 688-9840
Lahaska Bookstore, Peddler’s Village
162 Carousel Ln & Rte. 263 A, Lahaska, PA 18931 Phone: (267) 544-5131
E-book- both Over Here and So Beware are now $2.99 on Amazon
Amazon KINDLE listing: https://amzn.to/2SG7DeQ
E-book -both Over Here and So Beware are now on iTunes
Over Here paperback is $13.99, So Beware paperback is $14.99
SPECIAL: Any 2 books for @$25.00 http://www.jameshockenberry.com
MY LECTURE SERIES
Since I have started my World War One Intrigue Trilogy, I have presented a number of lectures to various groups in the Mercer County, Philadelphia, and Bucks County areas. I love doing these and offer them gratis, just a chance to sell my books.
Here is a list of my lecture topics:
– “World War One: An Industrial War – Its Consequences and Implications”
– “German-Americans and World War One”
– “New Jersey’s Role in World War One: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort”
– “An Author’s Journey – The Route to Self-Publishing, Rewards and Caveats”
– “The Paris Peace Talks and the Makings of the Cold War”
If you know of an organization that would be interested in hearing these lectures, please let me know.
I tell other authors, “We don’t sell books. We sell ourselves first.” Prove you know your topic (I have handouts of interesting facts), engage them, and show your enthusiasm. It’s contagious and often results in a sale or maybe a recommendation.
WHAT AM I READING?
Buttonman, by Andrew Gross. From my master historical thriller writer and my workshop instructor, this book dramatizes organized crime and the Jewish led “Murder Incorporated, in New York City in the late 1920s. The story is based on the actual experience of Andrew’s grandfather who challenged the union bosses and became a giant in the fashion industry. A great read.
The German 1918 Offenses, by David Zabecki. This book is part of my research into the military campaigns at the end of WWI. It is very much a military historian’s book. I am turning myself into an early 20th Century General.
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson. Murder and mystery set in the Pacific-Northwest at the end of World War II. The tragic and poignant book is one of the best I’ve read in years.
Jeremiah’s Revenge, by Sandra Brannan. This is the 6th book in Sandra’s Liv Bergen Series. Sandra is a great friend of mine from Thrillerfest and I recommend her books to anyone looking for a good read and wonderful characters.
The Expats, by Chris Pavone. I met Chris at a Mysterious Writer’s meeting. His book, an Edgar winner, is a fascinating novel about spies in the Expat world (I was an expat based in Switzerland for 15 years). A plot twisting fun read. Something different.
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. This bestselling book, told from the perspective of a dog, will pull at your heartstrings and leave you feeling good about the world.
The Dutch Wife, by Ellen Keith. Another gritty WWII historical novel about a woman who is forced into prostitution in Buchenwald. Keith’s research and the book details are gut-wrenching.
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