James Hockenberry

Author James Hockenberry’s Holiday 2017 BLOG

I and all of us at my book company, HN Books, wish everyone a very happy holiday season and hope the New Year brings you joy, good health and prosperity.

NEWS FROM HERE:  The past few weeks have been hectic with books signings and two well received lectures at the NJ State Library in Trenton and the Deutscher Club of Clark NJ. I am working on the third book of my WWI Intrigue Trilogy and have completed twelve chapters. I have thought through some difficult plot twists.

E-book- both Over Here and So Beware are now $2.99 on Amazon
Over Here paperback is $13.99, So Beware paperback is $14.99
SPECIAL: Any 2 books for @$24.99

 FANS NEEDED:  Social Media & Marketing: Please tell your friends to link with me on Facebook (James Hockenberry) or Twitter @HNBooksLLC so I can convey news and information about other fiction authors. Sharing helps every author.

Also, there are simple ways to assist me in marketing my WWI thrillers. 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. A couple of words (“Liked the book,”) and a star rating (1-5, your call) is fine. It is not necessary to have bought the book from Amazon. Amazon ratings impact how Amazon places a book in its marketing hierarchy.

Thanks in advance; this would be a big help.

Please send any thoughts, comments or suggestions to info@jameshockenberry.com . Many thanks.

CONTEST: Your Most Favorite Character

For the holidays, I’m offering a free e-book to the winner of a contest to name your favorite character in Over Here or So Beware, and a brief explanation why. Send your submission to: info@jameshockenberry.com The winner will be announced in the next newsletter.


TEN THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW About the Paris Peace Conference (1919), second round

As a compendium to So Beware, I have compiled a list of 31 facts you did not know about the Paris Peace Conference which started in January 1919 and ended with the signing of the Treaty on June 28, 1919. My last blog contained the first ten items. Here are the next five.


  1. The British blockade of Germany continued through the negotiations. Tens of thousands (if not more) of German women and children died of starvation as a result.
  2. Georges Clemenceau deliberately started the conference on January 18, 1919, the anniversary of the founding of the German Reich following the Franco-Prussian war.
  3. The peace conference in Paris began in January 1919. It lasted six months. Russia was the only Allied power not invited. Contrary to previous diplomatic protocol, none of the Central Powers was invited either.
    1. Unique in all history, the key leaders from all over the world came to Paris.
    2. There were 32 separate delegations and over 1,000 officials who participated.
    3. A member of the British delegation called the opening sessions, “A Riot in a Parrot House.”
    4. Colonel Edward House, not Secretary of State Robert Lansing, was President Wilson’s chief advisor during the conference.
    5. Settlement of debts owed to the USA were a major concern among the Allies. The UK and France owed America $4.7 billion and $4.0 billion respectively. America insisted on repayment. 50% of Britain’s entire war budget was spent on American materiel.



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I have no more scheduled appearances this year, but I’m working on finding more venues for books signings.

* Is there a store that you can think of?

* A reading group that might select the book, with the added bonus that I will come and speak to the group?



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 the 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.


Uncle Matty Comes Home, by Jim Farrell and Gayle Wurst. Jim is a good friend of mine, and Gayle is my editor. This book tells the story of a U.S. 82nd Airborne paratrooper (Jim’s uncle) who died in the Normandy invasion and how his M-1 rifle was found and returned to him. Even the current U.S. Army Chief-of-Staff, General Milley, is involved. The story traces back to Irish immigrant roots in the tough Bronx and how Matty has influenced the family. The return of the rifle has changed the family’s life. A personal and poignant story with many wonderful and colorful characters. A great read.

The Eighth Day, by Tom Avitabile. This is another terrific book from my Thrillerfest friend. All his books are worth the read. Tom has the best tagline of any other thriller writer I know: “It’s only fiction until it happens.” Tom makes it happen.

Lenin’s Harem, by Burton McCormick. Another Thrillerfest friend. This book dramatizes events in Latvia in the first half of the 20th Century. A sad story of how this small country suffered at the hands of the Russians and revolutionary forces. I understand Burton spent a long time in Latvia researching this book, which is a best seller in Latvia. More people need to know this story.

Valient Volunteers, by Terry L. Johnson, a novel dramatizing the Lafayette Escadrille, the American WWI Airmen who flew in the French army before the U.S. declared war. A good story, but the book is a bit too long. Anyone interested in the Lafayette Escadrille should read it. Johnson is a former Air Force officer and knows planes, even WWI ones.