Helena Visconte first saw Father Matteo Pintozzi when he stepped out of the sacristy into the deserted curved colonnade that led to the Vatican museum. She had no way of knowing that within a few minutes the priest would arrive at his destination, and both their lives would change.
By now tourists would normally be milling about, but a fluke June thunderstorm had just ended, leaving a vaguely musty smell rising with the vapor from the hot stone pathway. Father Pintozzi glanced to his right and then to his left and looked relieved, as if he were grateful no one was in sight. He quickly swept past the Vatican courthouse, the Eagle fountain and the Papal Academy of Science.
Continue reading Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits – Excerpt
Amazon has blossomed from the world’s biggest retail book seller, and Amazon is constantly changing the game to stay that way. Continue reading Will Amazon Prime Reading for Kindle eBooks Hobble BookBub?
Amazon. Wow! It was the internet phenomenon that revolutionized retail selling through its ease of use and customer service.* Amazon’s web site was secure and intuitive for users. Continue reading Indie Authors Find Less Visibility After Amazon’s Changes
Ciudad del Vaticano
Helena Visconte fue la primera que vio al padre Matteo Pintozzi cuando salió de la sacristía en la desierta columnata curva que llevaba al museo del Vaticano. No tenía forma de saber que en pocos minutos el sacerdote llegaría a su destino y la vida de ambos cambiaría. Continue reading La Rebelión de los Jesuitas – Extracto
I fled the Islamic Republic of Iran with a suitcase, a thousand dollars, and no regrets. But it wasn’t easy; I had to rebuild my life from scratch. Less than ten years later, I faced a decision that threatened to erase most of what I had accomplished, and I hesitated as I weighed the consequences. Continue reading Wall Street Tale of Sex, Suicides, and Skullduggery
Iran: The White Revolution
No Country in the World Has a Worse Record on Human Rights
—Amnesty International on Iran, 1974
In the summer of 1978, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was the Shah of Iran. The iron curtain was still drawn, and Jimmy Carter was President of the United States. Animal House opened in U.S. movie theaters. Bonnie Tyler’s It’s a Heartache and Abba’s Take a Chance on Me were at the top of the pop charts. Continue reading Unveiled Threat (Excerpt)
Why would any traditionally published author give exclusivity to Amazon? I thought I knew the answer, but I discovered the reasons are as varied as writers and book genres. Continue reading Amazon Kindle Singles: Delicious Snackable Stories
If you want to publish via Apple’s iTunes Connect, you must use a Mac or a cloud program. That’s not a deal killer, but there are other hurdles. Continue reading Apple Taxes Authors’ Patience
Dan Brown is well-known for his entertaining and controversial fiction books including The DaVinci Code and Inferno.
In November 2012, I published a murder mystery, Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits. Jesuits blackmail the pope with secret documents and seize power to clean up corruption and financial scandals in the Vatican. The novel hit the stands before Pope Benedict XVI resigned and before the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church was elected. Both my book and Dan Brown’s book offended some Catholics.
Thrillers are “Lethal”
How do I know Catholics are riled up about Dan Brown’s book? Amazon reviewers of Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits debated in comments. Continue reading Dan Brown Must Burn!
A couple of months ago I asked indie mystery authors how they are getting their books translated to Spanish. To my surprise, only a handful of authors were translating their books. I’ll explain why in a moment.
Prosperous Growing Market
US Hispanics represent $1.3 trillion in rapidly growing purchasing power. Average household income is over $50K and growing.
Of the 50 million Hispanics comprising 17% of the US population, 28 million speak fluent Spanish (15 million prefer Spanish to English), and another 13.5 million speak some Spanish. Continue reading How to Promote Kindle Books to Hispanic Market (Update)