Sunday, April 13, 2014

Messages by Forrest Carr KINDLE SALE

Forrest Carr

Forrest Carr, a graduate of the University of Memphis, spent 33 years in the trenches of local news warfare.  He's worked as a radio reporter, TV reporter, TV producer, and TV news director, leading newsrooms in Fort Myers, Tucson, Albuquerque and Tampa. He's best known within the industry as a proponent of the Viewer Advocacy news philosophy, as set forth in the groundbreaking "Viewers' Bill of Rights."  Carr has won or shared credit in more than 90 journalism awards, including a Suncoast regional Emmy for investigative reporting, the national Walter Cronkite station award for political reporting, and a national Edward R. Murrow award for best website.  In addition to the mystery/thriller/humor novel "Messages," Carr is author of the sci-fi book "A Journal of the Crazy Year," and co-author of the textbook "Broadcast News Handbook," now in its fifth edition.  He resides with his wife Deborah and their two cats Ellis and Mina, a.k.a. Butthead 1 and Butthead Also, in Tucson, Arizona.  

Connect with Forrest Carr! 

Twitter: @ForrestCarr1

  "And what did the boss say?" Regina demanded.
   Austin locked eyes with her.  "He said our stories need more vagina."
   Regina recoiled as if Austin had poked her with a sharp stick.  "He said what?"
   Austin held his hand up.  "As God is my judge.  That was the word he used."  

What kind of crazy newsroom is this?  

It's the kind three friends find as each embarks on a broadcast journalism career at the height of the Golden Age of TV News.  In their quest for Truth, Justice, and Ratings, they'll risk it all, battling profit-minded owners, idiotic managers, shady businessmen, out-of-control public officials, and dangerous criminals.  Before it's over, one will be in a fight for his job, another will be fighting for his sanity, and the third will be struggling for his very life.  Written by Forrest Carr, an award-winning journalist who spent 33 years in the trenches of local news warfare, "Messages" tells a compelling reality-inspired crime story while also providing rare and authentic insight into the powerful world of local TV news and the driven, sometimes tortured people who decide what you'll be allowed to know about the community you live in.

An "accomplished debut novel" written with "smooth skill" and filled will "considerable comic energy and fast-paced dialogue.  A spirited, lavishly detailed behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a newsroom."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"A masterful exposé of TV news.  Carr’s novel is engrossing, fun to read and a joy to see play out to its inevitable, tragic, hilarious and scandalous conclusion.  Take this book home. You won’t be disappointed."
-- Tim Schwartz,

What readers are posting about Messages:
– "Great read!  Many laugh out loud moments."
– "Fast paced and funny."
– "Better than Anchorman."
– "Loved it!  Hard to put down."
– "Like reading M*A*S*H set in a newsroom."



(In this passage reporter Arrow Henley, who's been investigating a string of murders he suspects are all tied to a single vigilante killer, agrees to meet with a stripper he's befriended, who warns him that his life may be in danger.)

   When Arrow arrived, he saw that the White Water Tavern was a classic dive, stuffed into what appeared to be a former house sitting in a corner lot.  The exterior was covered with wooden siding, with the weather-beaten boards placed diagonally across the facade.  A plain white sign that hung where a window should have been announced the name of the place in sprawling black and red letters.  When Arrow walked inside, the noise hit him like a battering ram.  A scruffy-looking spike-haired band was holding forth in front of a small dance floor, where a packed crowd that looked to be a mixture of college kids, bikers, lawyers, and rednecks writhed, swayed, twitched, and jumped.  To Arrow, the music had all the soothing tonal qualities of a bag full of cats being beaten to death with hammers.   
   He looked about for Charlene, and spotted her sitting at the bar next to a young man wearing a doctor's scrub, who appeared to be trying to chat her up.  Catching Arrow's eye, she rose and waved to him.  He shuffled through the crowd, making his way to her.  He had to admit, she was looking lovely.  Hot, in fact.  She was dressed tastefully enough in dark gray Capri slacks and a simple pink blouse – certainly no one would have guessed she was a stripper.  But she swelled out the blouse just right.  And the slacks, while not obscenely tight by any means, did their part in emphasizing her perfect, girlish figure.  "Charlene," he not quite shouted, extending his hand.  "How are you?"
   She took his hand warmly.  "I hope I don't come across as a stalker or a groupie," she said, also raising her voice above the din.  "But there's something I wanted to share with you."
   Arrow laughed.  "If you are a stalker, I think I can bear it."  He settled onto the bar stool she had saved for him.  The guy in the scrub gave him a sour look, and then turned to speak to a bored-looking black-haired woman wearing barbed-wire earrings sitting on the other side of him.
   "Nice place you picked!" Arrow shouted.
   "I know!" she said.  "Sorry about the noise!  But at least we're not in danger of having our conversation overheard!"
   The band mercifully chose that moment to announce what the lead singer promised would be a very short break.
   Arrow dug a finger into his ear.  "Man!  Do you hear bells ringing?"
   She laughed.  "No."  
   He turned his head to her.  "Is there any blood coming out?"  He turned and showed her the other ear.
   "Oh, stop it now!  It wasn't that loud."
   He looked around.  Cigarette smoke hung thickly in the air.  Numerous items covered the dark, paneled walls, including mementos of every size and description, illegible signs, miscellaneous photographs, and animal heads.  On one small shelf a bowling pin stood next to a boot.  A monkey made of coconuts sat behind the bar.  Strings of white Christmas lights ran around the tops of the walls.  
   "I'll hand you this.  It's got character."
   "It's about the only place in town you can go to hear local music," she said.
   "Is that what that noise was?" he asked.
   She gave him an "Oh, you," look.
   The house music system cranked up with a tune similar to the racket the group had been playing.  Fortunately, it wasn't quite so loud.
   A youngish-looking woman wearing blue jeans and a dark T-shirt bearing a logo that Arrow couldn't quite make out in the low light made her way to their side of the bar.  "What can I get ya, darlin'?" she said, smiling.
   "A beer, I suppose.  What's good here?"
   "That ain't the question to ask," she said. 
   Arrow laughed.  "Okay, what's the question to ask?"
   "The question to ask is, 'What sells here?'" she said.  "And that would be PBR."
   "PBR?" Arrow asked.
   "Pabst Blue Ribbon," Charlene explained, raising her glass.
   Arrow nodded.  "Bring it on."
   When the waitress left, Arrow turned to Charlene.   "I have to admit, it is good to see you again," he said.
   She smiled coyly.  "Well, I confess I had sort of hoped you might call me."  Her expression sobered.  "But I really do have something to tell you.  In fact, it has me a little worried."
   Arrow frowned.  "Go on."
   She hesitated.  Swallowing nervously, she continued.  "Well, a couple of days ago this guy came in with some buddy.  He's been in the club before.  He wasn't in uniform.  But my friend Misty tells me he's a cop.  She told me you've done some stories on him."
   "It wouldn't have been Cyrus Newman, would it?"
   "Misty said his name was Cyrus.  His friend called him 'Cy.'  I didn't catch the last name."
   Arrow nodded.  "It's gotta be the same guy.  He and his partner, a cop named Larry Roberts, have been beating up on kids in Boyle Park.  And there are some other things going on, too."
   "Well, I apologize, I haven't actually seen the stories."  She smiled.  "My schedule doesn't allow for much news watching."
   Arrow chuckled.  "That's understandable.  But please continue.  Did this guy bother you?"
   "Oh, no, nothing like that.  But after a few beers, he was talking kind of loud.  The place is noisy, what with the music and all.  But I've gotten pretty good at hearing snatches of conversation."
   Arrow gave her a sly smile.  "You aren't the gossipy type, are you?"
   She raised an eyebrow and dimpled a chin.  "Maybe a little."
   "My favorite type.  So what did he say?"
   The waitress bearing Arrow's beer interrupted their conversation.  Arrow paid for both beers.  He was surprised to see how little the drinks set him back; it was no wonder the place was crowded.
   "Thank you," Charlene said when the waitress had left.
   "Don't mention it.  Now – you were saying?"
   The twinkle in her eye disappeared.  "I heard him mention your name a couple of times.  I'm pretty sure he's planning to do something to you."
   Arrow creased his brow.  "What makes you think that?"
   "He said he was going to '$Q!#$@ you up,' is how he put it."
   "Wow."  Arrow's mouth suddenly seemed very dry, and he felt a little faint.  He took a sip of his beer.   "You're sure that's what he said?  You mentioned it was pretty loud in the club."
   She nodded.  "I'm sure they had no idea I could overhear them.  But those were his exact words.  He said it to his buddy at least twice.  I heard him quite clearly."
   "And you're sure it was Newman who said this?"
   "Yeah.  The guy named Cy.  Very sure."
   Arrow pulled his chin.  "I see."  He paused, considering the implications of what she was telling him.   "Any idea who the other guy was?"
   "Misty didn't recognize him.  But I thought I heard Cy refer to him once or twice as Ollie."
   "Could it have been Augey?"
   "Augey?" she repeated.
   She looked thoughtful.  "Yeah, it could.  In fact, I think it must have been.  I've never heard the name 'Augey' before, which is why I thought he probably said 'Ollie.'"
   Arrow nodded.  "I know who it is, then."
   "What are you going to do?"
   He shook his head.  "I really don't know.  But I sure appreciate the information."
   They sat in uncomfortable silence for a moment.  But then she drained the rest of her beer, set the glass down, and picked up her purse.  "Well, I'm playing hooky, and I've got to get back," she said, "before they fine me."
   "Fine you.  Really?"
   She laughed.  "Oh, yeah.  They keep us on a short leash."
   "Sounds like it.  Here, let me walk you out."
   As they got up, the band cranked back up again.  This tune was a little different from the one that had preceded it, in style if not esthetics.  Arrow was pretty sure that its catchy tune, sweet harmonies, and toe-tapping rhythm could be duplicated by revving a jet engine up to full power and then tossing a tire iron into it.  He turned to Charlene.  "Just in time!" he shouted.
   She cupped her hand to her ear.  "What?"
   He laughed.  "My point exactly!"
   He walked with her to the parking lot.  "Look," he said when they reached her car.  "I can't tell you how much I appreciate you bringing me this.  So many people, they just don't want to get involved."
   She nodded.  "But some do."  Standing on tiptoe, she gave him a quick peck on the cheek.  "Good night, Arrow," she said, locking eyes with him for a brief moment.  Then she opened her car door and climbed inside.
   Arrow watched her go.  Damn, he thought.  
  Then he turned and went back into the bar to finish his beer and soak in the ambiance.

   Driving home that night, Arrow reflected on the events of the day, holding them up one at a time for mental review, and wondering what it all meant.  In one day, one of his best friends had been fired, and another was completely screwing up his life.  His new news director had proved beyond the shadow of a doubt to be a perfect ass.  In the short span of two weeks, his employer, previously a perfectly respectable if not particularly competitive television station, had devolved into a public joke.  And now, on top of all that, he had to seriously consider whether some rogue cop might be lying in ambush for him.  And he'd only been on the job for a month!
   But on the other hand, if all went well, tomorrow or the next day he would succeed in blasting out an exposé that would blow the doors right off City Hall and make his reputation for years to come.  He'd be able to get out of Little Rock and go to a Top Ten market, or perhaps even to one of the networks.
   But how would he feel about leaving Austin and Felix behind?  He was still musing to himself as he inserted the key and turned the lock on the front door of his apartment.
   In a break with her usual routine, Maude did not greet him at the door.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April A - Z Challenge: G is for...

Graphic Artist

Define: an artist who designs and makes prints

One of my favorite parts about the book publishing world is the Graphic Artist/Graphic Designers. Even if I don't need a book cover at the present moment I love looking through peoples works. Premades, Portfolios, ad work, etc. I marvel at some of these peoples work. 

I can not stress enough PAY FOR A COVER. If you are a graphic artist and know your way around photoshop and can make a high quality appealing professional looking cover then go for it. Otherwise shell out the dollars to have one made for you. Despite what you may think YES books are often judged by their covers. 

The great thing about most Graphic Artist is they also offer to create designs for promotion ads, swag, and other things for you as well. 

We have a list of some great Artist you could check out if you need one. 

·         The Cover Counts
·         Amy G Dala Design
·         Blue Harvest Creative
·         Paramita Bhattacharjee
·         Mallory Rocks Art
·         Lynnstar

Monday, April 7, 2014

April A - Z Challenge: F is for...


Definition: The material form or layout of a publication.

A good idea to do with your books is take time to make it formatted to what you are publishing it on. Ebooks look different than Paperbacks. Smashwords format is different than Kindle format. And so on. You can certainly go at this process on your own. Smashwords gives you a book to read about how to format correctly for them. You can order proofs to see how things will look before you push publish. I highly HIGHLY advise you ALWAYS look at your work before you hit publish. You never know what crazy things can happen during an upload or something.

You can also pay people to format your book for you. These people typically have done this before. But just to be safe I would ask how many they have done. Many times people won't advertise they will format your book without having experience doing so.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April A - Z Challenge: C is for...

Cover Model

A cover model is a male or female whose photograph appears on the front cover of a magazine or book. The cover model is generally a fashion model, celebrity or contest-winner. Generally cover models are depicted solitary, however on occasion will be presented on a front cover with multiple cover models.

Cover Models are more well known among photographers and graphic designers. However, some models looking to get into book cover models will pass out cards at author conventions. Authors, normally, have the final say on what is present on the cover of their books so models approaching authors is not to uncommon. 

When talking to a cover model make sure you tell them exactly what you are visioning for your cover to look like. The emotion on the face, the direction their body faces, the way they turn their head. Also now with the age of Photoshop just because a model has green eyes and you need blue don't turn them down because a good graphic designer can change the eye color for you. I've met a few Cover Models and they are always really nice to talk to and fun to joke around with. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April A - Z Challenge: B is for...

Beta Readers

A Beta Reader also pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.

Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterization or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.

I would always suggest talking to a Beta Reader before sending them anything. You want to make sure you and they are a good fit together. You also want to make sure they are comfortable reading what you write. No need giving people nightmares over an in depth Erotic scene or an in depth murder scene. A lot of people start off using friends. This is fine and great but be sure you are comfortable hearing and telling the truth to your friend without it affecting your friendship.

From word of mouth one Beta Reader that many people have enjoyed working with is Sarah

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April A - Z Challenge: A is for...

Author Assistants 

When an indie author (and some published authors) start out they do everything on their own. They write, deal with emails, answer questions, handle marketing, make appointments to do appearances, research information, maintain social profiles, social pages, blogs, websites, double check to make sure needed information is sent and received by people holding contest, events, etc. And they do this DAILY. So once you break it out there is a lot of work that gets in the way of an authors writing time. And can really exhaust them.

So Authors are starting to turn to Virtual Assistants. Or I like to call them Author Assistants. These are the people behind the curtain that help free up more of the Authors time. The Assistant is normally the one who contacts and keeps in contact with marketing, with event host, with contest holders, answers questions on social sites or emails. They forward important information to the Author but a large amount of work can be handle by them without disturbing the Author at all.

This does give Authors more free time and opens them up to get more writing done and concentrate on why they became Authors to begin with. That joy of writing. But be careful if you use an Assistant that you don't lose touch with your readers completely. I do know some Authors who have lost readers respect or love because they now have their Assistant doing EVERYTHING that ever connects to the reader. The readers don't mind assistants but they do want to associate with the author too. They want to know you as an author still care about them and still appreciate them. So if you have an assistant or are thinking of getting one remember to not make that assistant an impassible wall between you and your reader.

That being said. You can find Author Assistants in multiple ways. Google search, ask on facebook someone is bound to know through connections, or ask around at events.

(Assistants are not free. Assistants vary by price and experience. Please be sure to do research and ask for portfolio's or references before hiring an unknown Assistant.)  

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Madness Presents: D. Love

Derinda lives in Maine. Her biggest passion is for her family and friends. She adores loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. She is a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on her Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page.

Connect with D. Love! 

Derinda Love is also the host and sponsor of Believe Hope Live Charity/book Signing Event. Benefiting cancer patients and survivors.


What if one day you awake to realize you can only remember two of the twenty two years of your life? Kate Miller is damaged, and her only possessions are a bird, a shady past she can only remember through nightmares, and a very uncertain future. These constant nightmares introduce her to a life she never knew existed. Running away from a certain evil, she discovers she has a gift that can change the course of life...

In one night everything will change. After being taken by a stranger who claims he's there to protect her, odd things start happening. Will Kate have time to learn the truth about her past? Will she learn how to use her powers in time before she dies?

After all, death is just a breath away!

Other books by D. Love


Interview with D. Love!!!

1.       What advice would you give someone who is wanting to step foot into the writing world?
Believe in yourself.  However if confidence is a problem, then I would say write a couple of chapters. After your done place them aside and wait a week or so. Then go back in and re-read what you wrote. Your answer will lie within your words.

2.       What is the hardest part about being an author?
Waiting on that first review to come through.

3.       What has been the happiest moment so far for you in your journey through being an author?
When I seen people actually reading my book. It was such a humbling moment.

4.       What can we expect from you in the next year?
Wow, next year seems so far away. I can tell you this year I will finish The Bailey Trilogy. Release ‘Ready For You’ that is co-written with Madison Daniel (if not already released) and in March my first Paranormal book ‘A Breath of Death’ will be released.  I am also hosting a huge Charity/book signing event for cancer in August.

5.       If you were to take a vacation anywhere in the world (Family can come too) where would you go?
I would love to go to Ireland

6.       What are 3 things we can always find in your grocery basket?
Spearamint Tea, Butterfinger cups, and tomatoes.

7.        Are any of the characters in your book based on real people you know?
Yes there will always be  cameos in my books of real people.

8.        What is something that happened during or right after your publishing journey that nobody knows about?
After I released ‘Today Only’ I got so nervous, I made myself so sick I was hospitalize.  

9.        What is your morning routine like?
Shower , coffee, and work.

10.    When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wish I could tell you since I was a little girl. However it was only after the story came alive within me. Then after one came others. 

11.   How long does it take you to write a book?
That depends on the book. However, I would say about six months.

12.    Are you a morning, afternoon, night writer?
A night writer. It’s so quiet and much easier for the imagination to be creative at night. At least for me J

13.    What would you say is one of your more interesting writing quirks?
I never outline my stories. I don’t use preparation for my books. I just let the story comes out when it’s ready. (Hope that makes sense LOL)

14.   What does your family think about your writing?
My family is my number one fans. They think I am famous hahahhaa.

15.   As a child what did you want to be growing up?
A bride J and I was having 11 children.  I grew up in the country where life was still old fashion.

16.   Where are you from?
I was born in San Bernardino, Ca however, raised in Indiana 

17.   What is your favorite thing about where you live now?
I live in Maine, and the leaf changing is something everyone should see.

18.   What was something you loved doing during the summer growing up?
Catching frogs hahahhaha and riding horses

19.   What is something you love doing during the winter now?
Reading and writing and of course the all-time favorite eating

20.   What inspired you to write your first book?
My family

21.   Do you think you have a specific writing style? What is it?
First person, present tense. I have tried the other ways and I just cannot get it down LOL

22.   Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
I always try to place how important the power of love is, no matter what the form of it you use.

23.   Are experiences and events in your book based on your own life?
Of course, I think as an author, we all use some personal experiences in our books.

24.   Are there any authors you tend to go to as mentors and support or just advice?
Belinda Boring is the one who always seems to be my rock. K.B Miller is the other one that is there unconditionally.

25.   Name at least one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
That would be my PA Heather Alexander. Although there are tons that lean their support, so I feel bad only saying one. My street Team is amazing.

26.   If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
No I feel everything is meant to be.

27.   Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
For me personally my head creates faster than I can type.

28.  Give us three "Good to Know" facts about you. Be creative. Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details that would enliven your page.
The three facts are think are most important for me is, I remain humble. I try to keep humility in my everyday actions. Love is the biggest inspiration for my books.

29.   What is your favorite marketing tool when spreading the word about your work?
Friend’s love and support is the best marketing I have found yet.