Monday, October 21, 2013

5-Star Review for A Door Unlocked

Tammy Dewhirst at Rabid Readers, an on-line book review blog, offers her opinion on A Door Unlocked:
There are many great first lines in the history of literature and in the future when people compile those lists they will include the first line of “A Door Unlocked” by Calvin Dean. “Bobby Ray’s attitude burned as hot as a Mississippi summer.”
As the author of A Door Unlocked, I struggled with a particular scene. Was it too much? Too inappropriate? Here's what Rabid Readers had to say:
After the assault on little Lydia, the child wishes for death. Her parents are gone and this man who said that he would not hurt her has done so in a way worse than she could have imagined. That handful of lines in the aftermath of Lydia’s abduction just kills me as a reader but stands as a testament to the talent of the author.
I'm glad I made the decision to include 'Lydia's Prayer'.

Here's the bottom line: Rabid Readers granted 5-Stars to A Door Unlocked. Want to read the entire review? Click the link and you'll be taken to Tammy Dewhirst's Rabid Readers blog.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Next Book Signing - Nov. 2

I got a call today from the head librarian at the M.R. Davis Public Library in Southaven, MS inviting me to participate in the Library's 5th Anniversary Celebration. Yep, it's been five years since they moved into their great new location. The event starts at 2 PM on Saturday, Nov. 2. I'll speak briefly at about 2:15 or 2:30, plus I'll have copies of The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff, which just went to #1 on the Kindle Horror board. I'll also have copies of my new release, A Door Unlocked. There will music, a puppet show and much more. I'm looking forward to it. Stop by and see me.

UPDATE: Epitaph Climbs to Number 1

As of 6 AM Thursday, The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff climbed to number 1 in Amazon Kindle Horror. Thanks to everyone who downloaded a FREE copy. You have until midnight Oct. 20 to get your free Kindle version. Follow the link and downland a copy right now. http://www.amazon.com/Epitaph-Jonas-Barloff-ebook/dp/B00BNHQA76/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1362428952

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EPITAPH Climbs to #13 on Kindle Horror

After moving to number 20 on the Kindle Horror charts earlier today, The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff reached number 13 early Wednesday, Oct. 16. You can still get a free copy through Oct. 20.  Download today:


FREE! Epitaph of Jonas Barloff

The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff is FREE today and all this week (Oct. 16-20 - Kindle version only.) Horror/Mystery. Two teens explore the legend of their town and uncover a disturbing 100-year-old pattern. Reviewers call it a cross between Goosebumps and Sherlock Holmes. Multiple 4 & 5-star reviews. Download a FREE Kindle copy RIGHT NOW!  


While you're at Amazon, check out my latest release, A DOOR UNLOCK:

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Door Unlocked Audiobook Coming Soon

For the past two weeks, I’ve been recording narration for "A Door Unlocked". The novel is being turned into an audiobook. As of Friday, October 11, the recording aspect is complete. Over the next two weeks, ACX, an Amazon platform, will review the recordings for quality control.  Afterwards, the audiobook will be available at Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes for downloading to iPhones, iPads and other electronic devices. You’ll be able to listen to a portion of a sample chapter to gauge your interest - much like reading a sample chapter on Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com. I’ll alert everyone when the audiobook and its sample chapter are ready for your inspection - hopefully, by Halloween.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bookstock at the Benjamin J. Hooks Public Library

Music in the meeting room. Charlie Chaplin roaming the halls. A keynote speech by  Philip Mudd, author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. And 40 authors on hand with good books and good conversation. This describes the 2013 edition of Bookstock at the Benjamin J. Hooks Public Library on Poplar in Memphis, TN.

The occasion gave me an opportunity to launch my second novel, A Door Unlocked. Two people in attendance approached me with an invitation to appear on a radio program and a TV show about books. Probably in early 2014. More on that later.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

NEW RELEASE! "A Door Unlocked"

My new novel A DOOR UNLOCKED is now available. Messages from her husband's grave lead a young mother on a search for her kidnapped daughter. Paperback-Kindle-Nook. Take a look:

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Door-Unlocked-Calvin-Dean/dp/1492327379/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380406738&sr=1-2&keywords=A+Door+Unlocked

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/A-Door-Unlocked-ebook/dp/B00FI6USIA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380980777&sr=1-1&keywords=a+door+unlocked

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-door-unlocked-calvin-dean/1116960071?ean=9781492327370

Books & Such

Blogger, author and reviewer, Teri Polen, asked me to guest post on Books & Such. Check it out!

Books & Such

Winners Announced In Book Giveaway

To celebrate the release of my new novel, "A Door Unlocked", I had Goodreads.com run a simple contest. Two lucky winners were chosen at random by Goodreads at midnight Oct 4. Congratulations to Shirley Jimenez of Washington state and Richard Longstreth of Tennessee. Both will receive a signed copy. Thanks to everyone who entered. According to Goodreads, 554 people entered the contest. The novel is now on sale in paperback, Kindle & Nook and is available at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.