VIEWS & REVIEWS


Of Mind and Music, based on the Story Merchant Books novel by Nicolas Bazan, M.D., who also helped pen the screenplay and executive produced the film, is the story of a beautiful street musician suffering from Alzheimer’s, and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.

The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “a particularly moving entry in the genre, gaining strength through its undeniable authenticity…Featuring outstanding performances and making excellent use of its scenic New Orleans locations, the film handles its delicate subject matter with a deeply affecting emotional restraint.”

untitled The Classical Roman Reader Congratulations to Kenneth Atchity and The Classcial Roman Reader for receiving a Bronze Medal for Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational eBook in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards!

Death at the Day Lily Café has been named by Suspense Magazine as one of the best books of 2016! Congratulations to author Wendy Eckel!

untitled“This is a novel that took my breath and imagination away. Seldom do I enjoy a novel to the point I couldn't put it down for a moment. From the start there is a synergistic energy that keeps the storyline in place at all times. For once I wished I could ride a dragon! This story is intended for young adults, but I say it's for everyone. The characters were fresh and eager. The plot is an old one, but with many twists to keep the reader off their feet.”

-Night Owl Reviews, 5-Star Review  

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“I highly recommend Ken Atchity’s webinar “Selling Your Story to Hollywood.” It was thoughtfully prepared and delivered, completely satisfying every question I had—the why, the how, the when. Now I can move forward to sell my novel to the Indie Film Market. Thank you, Ken!” - Doug Fetterly, Story Merchant Author

“Thank you for a very informative teleseminar on ‘Selling Your Story to Hollywood.’ I guess the thing I retain the most about the lecture is that I should stop dreaming and start working on how to best pitch my books to movie producers. I know I've on my side the best person in the industry to help me do that!” –Georges Benay, Story Merchant Author

“Your class was informative and inspiring!” -Sara F. Hathaway, author “I love your presentation. There are certain presenters that are brilliant, humble, creative and personable; these qualities of who you are come across so strongly as I listen that it is already a pleasure to know of you, and hopefully make your acquaintance. Your presentation made my day!” -Sky Canyon, publisher, producer & screenwriter


A Writer’s Time, by Kenneth Atchity
untitled“As I always do, I assigned your book to my class, and as I haven't read it for 3 or 4 years, I thought I'd give it another go (also I'm at that page-80-brick-wall in my book, and there is no more perfect remedy for writers block than A Writer's Time). It just gets better and better and more effective every time I read it. It's a classic, Ken. I could not let today go by without letting you know” -Katherine Taylor, English Teacher & Book Author

 
Project Nephili Front Cover“A gripping mystery with historical and speculative-fiction flourishes that should captivate fans of all three genres” --Kirkus Reviews See the full review here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/tl-farmer/project-nephili/

untitled“I just finished this wonderful book entitled Gambino: The Rise, by an excellent writer named James E. Pierre...[his book] makes the reader actually believe they are right there in the middle of all the goings-on in every one of the story’s pages. Being a 2nd generation Sicilian born in—where else—Flatbush-Brooklyn and living there in the 1940s and 50s, I have an appreciation for Mr. Pierre’s writing.  I recall like it was yesterday many of the incidents having taken place in Mr. Pierre's book…and I certainly enter my praise for this book” -Gary Taibbi, Reader

Congratulations to Lucina Stone

Santa Muerte Congratulations to Lucina Stone, author of Santa Muerte, a Finalist in the 18th Annual International Latino Book Awards, the largest awards in the USA celebrating achievements in Latino literature and culture

eeerrCongratulations to R. Lee Walsh, author of Irin, the first novella in The Last Scribe Prequels series and a semifinalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards.

untitled"I watched Hysteria on DVD and I loved it. Thanks for bringing it to us, send another one soon!” -Howey Bonham, Client

untitled “Kenneth John Atchity has created a world of beauty and ugliness, joy and sorrow and wrapped it in the gauze of belief, belief that sometimes things are not black and white, they are not obvious, they just are. Follow a broken soul as it finds the glue to repair itself in the arms of another as love blossoms between two people that would never have met, if not for an old and cryptic letter. Not a read to rush through, but one to savor and feel each scene, each emotion, including the love between family and friends that cannot quite reach Brae’s dark inner pain. Realize the truth that not money or fame can bring the joy of true love. Although not a long read, Mr. Atchity has mastered the art of storytelling that will float through your heart.” --Good Reads 5-Star Review See the full review here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1597678735

Jason Statham to Star in Prehistoric Shark Movie 'Meg'

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“Very well written…this book was full of surprises, with snippets into Scottish history as an added bonus. Definitely recommended.” --Merissa, Archaeolibrarian Book Reviews See the full review here: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/05/review-by-merissa-brae-mackenzie-by.html?zx=42e7e93e90946ad8

 

How to Quit Your Day Job and Live out Your Dreams

untitled I wanted to express my gratitude for your book, “How to Quit Your Day Job and Live out Your Dreams”… I love how courageous you were in your decision to chase your dreams. I live by the motto, “if you can fail at doing something you hate, you might as well do something you love.” I admire your passion and…look forward to hopefully working with you in the future! —Alexis Bloomer

 

Last Plane Out of Saigon

untitled Last Plane Out of Saigon is now part of the Special Collections Department in the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are thrilled to be included in the USAFA McDermott Library and wanted to share our latest achievement with you. Please find a link to the book’s blog post on this latest development below! http://www.lastplaneoutofsaigon.com/read-posts/we-are-in-the-usafa-special-collections-department  

 

Dark Money by Larry Thompson

Review by Red City Review     ★★★★★ Dark Money is a fascinating tale of dirty money, power, and an effort by an against-the-government group called the Alamo Defenders. Author, Larry D. Thompson, weaves back and forth between former Army man, Jack Bryant, law enforcement officers, the head of the Alamo Defenders, Colonel Van Zandt, and his daughter. Miriam Van Zandt followed her daddy’s orders and killed a local billionaire and seriously wounded the governor of Texas during a fundraiser. Once the law finds her, they face the difficult challenge of arresting her inside her father’s compound. Van Zandt has used his own dirty money to accumulate a ton of illegal firearms, and he has no intention of letting anyone stop him. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg and only one piece of the story. When Van Zandt’s compound is invaded and Miriam is ultimately taken into custody Thompson’s Dark Money takes quite a different turn. Larry Thompson does a great job keeping readers intrigued in the story as it continues to evolve. New characters show up as well as some falling away, but this unique aspect of Dark Money keeps readers turning pages. It is a very well-written story with underlying issues for many of the characters. For example, Sergeant Walt Frazier Jr., who is a key character throughout the story, has PTSD, and this shows up in numerous ways. Thompson’s ability to add such depth and sub-stories makes for a compelling read. And, not to be overlooked, the descriptiveness of the scenes flow elegantly allowing the reader to see clearly what is happening from one moment to the next. Thompson avoids gory scenes and heart-stopping moments that make readers need to leave the light on. Instead, he’s written a thriller that’s packed with mystery and intrigue and will make the gears of a reader’s mind spin. Dark Money is exciting, yet is also a great book to curl up with and enjoy the paradox of a relaxing thriller. To purchase a copy of the book, click here to find it on Amazon.


Dark Money review

Exceptionally well written and an all too believable plot premise given the growing havoc that the Citizens United decision continues to have on American politics and traditional concepts of American democracy, "Dark Money" is a compelling read from beginning to end and very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. Midwest Book Review

 

The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth Atchity, MD

Bookpleasures.com interviews Dr. Ken Atchity about his companies, his recent works and projects, and advice for writers. Bookpleasures.com Interview

 

How I Became My Father...A Drunk by William G. Borchert

Over 100 news sites are currently hosting a press release for the riveting true-life story of Bill Borchert as told in How I Became My Father…a Drunk. See this great release on some of these notable sites:

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The Lost Valentine

"CBS… found huge success with the Hallmark movie The Lost Valentine – which not only won its time period in viewers (14.3 million) but represented the most-watched Hallmark movie in four years (since Valley of Light)." —Entertainment Weekly

 

Angels in the Snow

“You are amazing. Your determination to get Christmas Journey made into a movie means so much to me. We watched Angels in the Snow together at her house, along with our families, and it was so much fun. You absolutely captured the essence of the book, and I loved the casting. Also, choosing to tell the story through the youngest child's eyes was brilliant, as was adding the baby Bella aspect to the story. Many, many thanks to you and everyone else involved in creating the movie.”

—From Rexanne Becnel, author of Christmas Journey, adapted into the TV movie Angels in the Snow in 2015 “I applaud the producers on their casting decisions. As a fan of Christmas movies, diversity, and color-blind casting, I think Angels in the Snow was truly great. There were no references to the ethnicity of either family so I think the casting worked beautifully. Keep doing what you’re doing!” -Kenya Branch, Screenwriter/Producer, MKB Productions


Dueling in Death's Backyard by Thomas Jay Berger, MD

“I was a little skeptical about Dueling in Death’s Backyard, considering it was written by a cardiac surgeon. However, Dr. Thomas Jay Berger is an incredible writer and this story had me hooked. In the book, Dr. Berger tells the tale of a gifted heart surgeon who finds himself facing the big questions about death and a soul’s release. There is suspense, gripping details of what happens and could take place. Truly scary at times but thrilling too. This book is an incredible read and unlike any book I have come across. If you are looking for something a little different to keep you at the edge of your seat, I think you’ll like this. I have been bored in my readings but this one captured my full imagination as to what happens on the operating table.” —Amazon Reviewer

 

Deadly Impressions by Art Johnson

“This book surprised me. I felt it was going to be another simple mystery. WOW was I ever wrong. Mr. Johnson leads you subtly and carefully down a path of twists and turns. The intrigue and suspense is off the charts. While reading this book, I was certain I knew who dun-nit only to be proven wrong over and over. The writing style is terrific. The characters well defined and easy to understand. I also loved the history tie-in. This book is an easy read and perfect to curl up with. I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.” —Melanie Adkins, Top Amazon Reviewer Melanie's Review Blog

  “The twists and turns in this murder mystery are many and varied--you will think you know who did it--then realize you were wrong. The real culprit? I know I did not guess who it was and it was a total surprise.” See the full review here: http://www.mikishope.com/2016/06/book-review-deadly-impressions-art.html --Michele Bodenheimer, Miki’s Hope Book Reviews Melanie's Review Blog


The Devil's Violin by Art Johnson

Book Review - FictionZeal.com

 

The Sushi-Maker's Daughter by Loren Stephens

Interview - Crack the Spine Literary Magazine

 

Nobody Walks: Bringing My Brother's Killers to Justice by Dennis M. Walsh

Interview - Dennis Prager Radio Show

 

Through the Fire by Mary Ann and Joseph Anselmo

News Story - NBC News New Kind of Cancer Study Finds New Targets for Tailored Treatments

News Story - Fox News Researchers Treat Brain Cancer Patient With Skin Cancer Drug

 

Mrs. Mike by Nancy Freedman Editorial Reviews

“It is the personality of Sgt. Mike blowing through this account like a clear breeze that gives it a refreshing quality. Everyone’s dream of a cop, he was also a romantic and understanding husband, the fondest of fathers; a man of honor and humor.” —New York Times “This is a book the reader will be unable to put down until the last page is read.” —Library Journal “Mrs. Mike…is the story of the start of young love, its growth to maturity, and its acceptance of a dangerous, hard, but enthralling life. Its level of sheer entertainment is extremely high. —Los Angeles Herald-Express

 

The Last Witness by Jerry Amernic

Review by The Tomb Tender Book Blog My rating: 5 stars ★★★★★

In a word, riveting. Let’s fast forward to the near future, where people are more concerned with the present than the pivotal moments in time that shaped the world and its people. The horrors of World War II are long forgotten, few are left alive that lived through the genocide performed by Nazi Germany on Jews at Auschwitz and other death camps under their reign of terror. Slowly, these survivors are dying from freak accidents, suicide, old age, or is it murder? Only one survivor remains, Jack Fisher, a 100 year old man, whose body may be failing, but his mind is intact. Within his memories lay the truth of what happened so long ago. But who will listen? Even the educators are saying the Holocaust was overblown, exaggerated. Any source of information has disappeared, but why? What evil has sprung up to end the lives of the last survivors?

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Article - Jewish Tribune History and The Lost Generation

Interview - Jerusalem Diaries With Judy Lash Balint Listen the the author interview

Article - Omnimystery News A Conversation with Historical Thriller Writer Jerry Amernic

Review - Historical Novel Society Jerry Amernic's gripping historical thriller...

Review by Hidden Child Magazine - May 2015

Jack Fisher, who lives in a retirement home in New York City, is 100 years old and is celebrating his birthday. He has family— children and grandchildren—yet all is not right in Jack Fisher’s world. Fisher is the central figure in Jerry Amernic’s new book, The Last Witness. History also plays a central role in this engrossing narrative— the history of the Holocaust, of Jack Fisher’s survival in Auschwitz as a five-yearold child, and of what happens when society forgets the bitter lessons of the past. The Last Witness, set partly in the near future and partly in the past, unfolds as a powerful and multi-layered narrative. Its cast of characters includes an array of unforgettable characters, each driven by their own irresistible needs. Jack Fisher is working on his “second hundred years.” Fisher’s great-granddaughter, Christine, a school teacher in a midsized Ontario city, is trying to understand why her school board teaches a version of history which has no place for the Holocaust. Lt. Jack Hodgson of the NY Police Department finds himself investigating mysterious deaths. Amernic skilfully combines flashbacks, suspenseful episodic treatment, lively personality profiling and dramatic scene-setting in a book that keeps the reader involved to the last page. But it is more than spine-tingling storytelling that makes The Last Witness a memorable book. Amernic’s theory that society will one day soon forget the Holocaust ever happened may at first seem an unlikely prospect. Considered against today’s rise in anti-Semitism and the furor of extremist Islamic groups warring on Jews and Christians alike, The Last Witness poses both a challenge and a warning. Review by Ray Argyle, author of The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble that Won France.


Phantom Limb by Dennis Palumbo

Article by Mystery Scene Magazine

In my new Daniel Rinaldi thriller, Phantom Limb, one of the main characters is an Afghan vet who lost his leg to an IED while out on patrol with his unit. Now, stateside, he struggles with a growing substance abuse problem, as well as some of the predictable psychological aftereffects of such a life-changing trauma. Moreover, he often experiences the bewildering sensation that his missing limb is still attached to his body. It itches, aches, or feels cold. Often, at night, while his prosthetic leg is propped against the wall across the room, the former Marine tosses and turns in bed, maddened by the tingling, burning sensation in his “phantom limb.”

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Review from Spinetingler Magazine - May 2015

Daniel Rinaldi is a Pittsburgh psychologist and consultant to the Police Department, counseling victims suffering reactions to violent crimes. Somehow he also manages to get himself into all kinds of dangerous situations and probably could use similar help himself from some other professional. In this fourth novel in an excellent series, he outdoes his involvement and placing himself in death’s ways several times.

It all begins when Lisa Harland, trophy wife of a billionaire, keeps an initial appointment during which she informs Rinaldi that she intends to commit suicide at 7 pm that evening. The reason for her plan does not appear until later in the plot, but Rinaldi convinces her to postpone the effort by one day. But on the way out after their time was up, Rinaldi is knocked unconscious and she is kidnapped. Then begins a more complicated story, and one well worth reading. The author, a licensed psychotherapist, sprinkles the book with all kinds of perceptive observations, providing deep insights into the characters and their motivations. Written smoothly and at a crisp pace with few complications, the tale resolves itself logically and is most satisfying, leading this reader, at least, waiting breathlessly for the next chapter in the adventures of Danny Rinaldi.

Review - Portland Book Review Phantom Limb: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery

Blog Entry - America Reads Dennis Palumbo's "Phantom Limb," the movie

Article - Medicaldaily.com Night Terrors In Adults: When Sleeping Turns To Terror After Dark

Article - Mysteryscene Magazine The Daniel Rinaldi book series is featured in article by noted mystery critic Oline Cogdill

Dennis Palumbo's short story, "Blood Lines," appears in a new anthology of mysteries: Destination: Murder

Hollywood DSM: Industry Shrinks Reveal What's Wrong With Actors, Producers, Agents and More: The Writer: Yep, Self-Confidence Issues Here by Dennis Palumbo

Story Merchant Author Dennis Palumbo's article appears in The Hollywood Reporter

Story Merchant author Dennis Palumbo on a segment of the author interview show Between the Lines on PBS for his non-fiction book for writers called Writing from the Inside Out: The Joyful Pain of the Creative Life - Barry Kibrick


Last Plane Out of Saigon

Article by Kat Hinson, Austin Bar Association Beyond the Practice by Kat Hinson In 1970, Richard Pena was enjoying his senior year at the University of Texas. He, like many of his fellow students, was carefully watching the global stage and coming of age politically. The expansion of the Vietnam war into Cambodia, the shooting of unarmed student protestors at Kent State, and the exposure of the My Lai massacre — a deliberate slaughter of at least 109 Vietnamese civilians, including children — prompted week-long protests throughout the country. Pena was one of thousands of students who marched across campuses and cities. While Pena was adamantly opposed to the war in Vietnam, he still supported his country. Much of the politics at the time focused on extremes, and Pena felt that this approach was too restrictive.

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Article - AARP Magazine “A Decade in the War that Changed Everything.”

Amazon Best Sellers Rank - December 2014: Reached #1 in Kindle Store

Featured as a "Best Seller" for local Austin, Texas bookstore, Book People.

 

The Arousal Plan by Sarah White

“The Arousal Plan by Sarah White is a very good self-improvement program. It is hard work but it does work if you stick to it. It is a ten week program to help you achieve your life goals. There are 8 Pillars that the plan operates under, they are: Food, Exercise, Clothing, Living Space, Sex & Love, Work & Money, Culture and power Project. Sarah White shares with the reader, "Arousal is about having a balanced baseline of excitement and motivation that influences you positively in all areas of your life." I recommend this book to everyone who are interested in making their lives better. I look for more from Sarah White.” —Amazon Review

 

 

The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity

Review by Goodreads.com My rating: 4 stars ★★★★ To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power? Current papal politics has made this thriller eerily prophetic! The Messiah Matrix is a myth-shattering novel whose protagonists delve into the secrets of the past—and expose the fundamentalists who hide them still. A renowned scholar-monsignor is killed in Rome while a Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea. It’s up to his young American protégé—a Jesuit priest—and a vivacious, brilliant archaeologist to connect these seemingly disparate events and unravel the tapestry that conceals in plain view the greatest mystery in the ecclesiastical world. Together they pursue their passion for truth—while fighting to control their passion for each other. What they uncover is an ancient Roman imperial stratagem so controversial the Curia fears it could undermine the very foundations of the Roman Catholic faith—much like the secrets emerging from the Vatican in today's news.

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The Picture Kills by Ian Bull

Blog Review Mikishope.com

Steven Quintana, an ex Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer witnesses something happen while on a mission which he can't get out of his head--recurring nightmares stalk him. He is still a photographer but now is one of the paparazzi getting photos of movie stars in California and being paid really good money for it. He has saved up almost enough to retire when he is offered a really huge amount to get one more photo of Julia Travers, a up and coming movie star. The last photo he managed to get of her she managed to kick him in the mouth hard enough to break a tooth! He just can't say no to the amount of money he is being offered for just one picture. He gets the picture and it is all too easy. That is when all hell breaks loose. Steven looks at the picture and realizes there is something wrong. He can not let it go and decides to follow up.

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Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton by Warren L. Woodruff

Article by prnewswire.com

LOS ANGELES and ATLANTA, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Atlanta resident Dr. Warren Woodruff has inked a multi-level development/production deal for his Dr. Fuddle LLC's project, Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton (www.drfuddle.com), with film producer/literary manager Dr. Ken Atchity (www.storymerchant.com). Woodruff is a long-time music instructor whose passion for classical music led to the conception of the story, which follows the adventures of five youths led by the mystical Dr. Fuddle into the land of Orphea to retrieve the Gold Baton from the dark musician Jedermann using it for cacophony and chaos, and restore its rightful function of bringing harmony to the universe. The franchise will include a series of novels, picture books, live action films, an interactive website, music, an educational TV series, and a line of elementary books, merchandising, toys with unique patented scientific technology "making sound visible," in addition to the book itself.

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eHuman Dawn by Nicole Sallak

Award-Winning Finalist "Fiction: Science Fiction" category of the 2015 International Book Awards

 

You're Not Helping by Ryan Patricks

Preliminary Finalist of 2015 CWA Imagination Awards "TV Original Sitcom" category of the 2015 CWA Imagination Awards

 
 

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