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Friday, November 30, 2012

The New Novel Blues


When writing a novel, there are two very easy chapters to write; the first one and the last one pour out of you onto the page with incredible ease. They are a joy to write and you feel like you have touched upon artful perfection. For me, the first half of the book is always the easiest. Unfortunately, there comes a time about two-thirds the way into it when each new chapter is like climbing Mt. Everest, and blank pages are met with an equally blank stare from me. I become disinterested, doubtful about the entire book, and look for anything else to distract me from writing. It is times like these when I can drift away into hours of free association googling. You know what I'm talking about, when you start by checking your email and an hour later you find yourself reading some blog about raising chinchillas.

As I write this I have 70,000 words of my next novel complete. I can't say how many more words there will be, but I'd put it at around 90,000 tops. I know where it is going to end and I am excited about getting to that ending. The only advantage I have in this situation is that I have been here before. I am tempted to rush to the ending right now because I don't know what else is going to happen between now and then yet and I don't really want to think about it all. Luckily, I have learned to slow down and let the story tell itself. In a few minutes I will begin free writing with no plan at all and the characters will make things happen. At least I hope they will make things happen. 

The point is this...when writing a story...keep writing. No matter how horrible you think it is half way through it. It's the only way to ever finish it. Write. If it feels wrong, write. If you think it is the worst thing to ever touch paper, write. When you don't know what else to say, write some more. If you know the beginning and are excited about the story and know the end, then all you have left is the middle to fill in. Write it. Write it every day. Don;t set it aside or give up on it while you brainstorm. You will never finish it tomorrow. We could all be dead tomorrow. In a hundred years we will all be dead. Write it today, edit it tomorrow. You'll never regret it when it is finished.

I always wrote things. Always. I also always wanted to write a book. I never could stick them out and finish them. I'd lose interest or lose faith in it. Eventually I met someone who forced me to write. She made me finish what I started. She worked me like Pavlov's dog (and still does) telling me how good I have done when I get a chapter that day, or how little I have done when I don't. I still get two-thirds the way through and want to burn my laptop along with everything on it, dancing around it like a wild man in the back yard. But I don't. Instead I write. Every day. And the reward is one of the best things that I have ever done in my life. Good, bad, ugly, or otherwise...they can never take it away from you when it is finished. YOU wrote a novel.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jackpot Won't Stop Me!

I posted on Facebook today that I was planning on winning the jackpot and was stressed about what I was going to do with all of my winnings. It really never ceases to amaze me what gets people's attention and what doesn't. I've been writing blogs and FB posts and books and editorials for a number of years now and I am still surprised at what generates the most responses. 

One person messaged me and asked if I won, would I still keep writing books. The answer is that if I won $425 million dollars I would definitely still keep writing books, only with a real professional editor and the best publicist that money could buy. I'll bet that I could even land myself an honest to goodness New York literary agent then too! Not to mention, I'd no doubt be writing my next novel from, shall we say, a slightly more exotic location...but I would keep writing. I have to. I am relatively even keeled when I am writing something and almost downright miserable when I am not. It's sort of an illness really and something that I have always had. 

If nobody ever read a word of anything that I wrote, I'd write anyways and burn the pages when I was done. Fortunately, there are a still a few souls out there in the world who brave through my words, wading through the typos and errors to embark upon a short journey with me. Hemingway once said that there is nothing much to writing, all you have to do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. That's pretty much what it feels like too, when you are 40,000 words into an 80,000 word novella. You spend eight hours working on a handful of pages that will take the average reader about ten minutes to digest. The excitement is gone, it seems impossible to ever make it to the end, and you wonder what on earth possessed to begin such a ridiculous project in the first place. The only way that I ever get to 80,000 from 40,000 is I know that she won't allow me to quit on it. If she gets home and there isn't any progress and nothing new to read, it's hell to pay. 
 
When it's all over, it isn't perfect (they never are), but they are complete. When a book is finished I am drained. I have nothing creative remaining to offer to the world and it is barely within me to so much as look at the book to edit and polish it. I do the best that I can at the time, but in the past the pressure to churn out another one has been too great and I have cast them into the wind before they were 100% ready. That's why I am going back and revisiting Silence of Centerville while I also work on the next new book. It is just too good of a story to leave it at less than perfect. 
 
Anyhow, there it is. I will always write. My adoring fans (hi mom) needn't worry about my powerball jackpot winnings standing between them and another book. It is in my blood, and I am too moved every time that someone reads my work. Speaking of which, this weekend, we gave away over 500 copies of Silence for Kindles in the Thanksgiving giveaway! 
 
Please, check back tomorrow as I am going to begin talking about my new upcoming book a bit! Thanks for reading!
 
-Buzz Malone-  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Last Chance For Free Books!

From a brand new blog with just a handful of readers and my old Facebook friends and Twitter followers, we have managed to give away over 500 free e-copies of my books for Kindle readers so far this weekend! If you haven't already downloaded them, you had better hurry because tomorrow the price goes back up. The Amazon links for these Iowa novels are at the bottom of the post below.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope that all of you enjoyed time with friends and family this holiday weekend.

Thanks for Reading!

-Buzz-

Friday, November 23, 2012

Free Kindle Books

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The Ghosts of Melrose has been updated to its free status for the rest of the holiday weekend. Make sure to get your free copies of both books this weekend and pass it along to others. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of the weekend! 

Links to the free versions of my Iowa based novellas. 

The Ghosts of Melrose


Silence of Centerville

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Link to Free Kindle Book!

Happy thanksgiving everyone! For whatever reason, Amazon is still charging for The Ghosts of Melrose. Fortunately, the Kindle version of Silence of Centerville is downloading free today and all weekend. I hope that you enjoy it and please pass it along to others.

Thanks for reading!

Buzz Malone

Link to Free Kindle Book Silence of Centerville

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Free Kindle Books This Weekend!


   This weekend I am giving away the E-Version my books, Silence of Centerville and The Ghosts of Melrose on Amazon for Kindle. You don't need a Kindle to get them either because there is an app that can be downloaded onto your computer. I will post the links on this site on Thursday morning and I encourage you to share it with all of your friends, relatives, and even the 674 Facebook 'friends' that you have never met before and probably wouldn't meet in person even on a bet.
   Right now, you're probably asking yourself what the catch is, or if I have turned into some crazy used car salesman. The answer is that there isn't any catch. It doesn't cost anything and I don't make anything off the deal at all. Furthermore, I haven't turned into a crazy used car salesman from seventies, but only because I can't currently afford the jewelry (even fake stuff), or a polyester leisure suit (vintage clothing is very expensive these days). 
   The real reason that I am having this promotion is twofold. I am an independent author. With no advertising budget, I rely 100% upon word of mouth to promote my books. I want more people to read my work because, surprisingly enough, a lot of folks who read the E-version of them turn right around and buy the paperback version. Some of them will buy several to pass on to others. 
   The second reason is that I am trying to get the most out of the miracle of independent, print-on-demand publishing. One of the amazing things about this type of publishing in the modern era is that anyone can publish anything in any number they desire. That means that I can upload a book, design a cover, press a button, and someone in Peru can order a single copy immediately. The days of writers buying a garage full of books, or publishers deciding who gets to write what, are over!
   For me, it has created an environment where I am very close with my readers. They post reviews and send me emails and call numbers out of the phone book until relatives give them my phone cell phone number (thanks Dad), so they can tell me what they thought about my work. It sounds like a hassle but I love it. Some of my favorite phone calls have been these hour long intrusions by eighty year old strangers who called to tell me what I got right...and what I got wrong and what I ought to write next. I have other readers who are English majors and even a professor who complain about my use of the wrong words and typos that I made, etc.
   This interaction creates a relationship between the readers and the writer that has never existed before now. This winter, as I am writing my next novel, I will also be rewriting The Ghosts of Melrose and Silence of Centerville. I will be changing things that I don't like about them, editing things that I missed in the first go around, and trying to polish them to perfection for the ages using the feedback that I have received and the feedback I get from this giveaway. It means that almost like a choose your adventure book, that you can have some say in how these stories are refurbished! Pretty cool, huh? I think so. 
   As much as I want to look ahead and keep writing new things, I want to give the best that I have to offer to the stories that I have already written. They deserve it and I owe it to them. Even professional reviewers who have really wanted to give me bad reviews because of mistakes in structure or grammar couldn't do it because they loved the stories. Take this one from a very tough professional book critic about The Ghosts of Melrose:

"Although there were a couple things that bothered me, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, because the story that is told is unforgettable."

   Truthfully, there were a lot more than a "couple of things" that bothered her. I mean, she let my first book have it with critique. She tore me up and in her private correspondence she admitted that she wanted badly to dislike the book but that she couldn't. It was made even more difficult for her when her mother read it, loved it, and requested additional copies for friends. Ouch.  
   The point is, of course, that we have an opportunity to make good stories great and we can do it together. Sound fun? I hope it does because I am excited about it and it shouldn't be terribly painful for readers because the majority of the people who have read the entire books and given me feedback have enjoyed the stories within them, not to mention they are relatively short, easy reads anyways. 
   Remember, the free Kindle versions will be available Thursday through Sunday on Amazon. The links are below. And please, email me after you have read them even if you have negative feedback because I always love to hear from readers. It really is the best part about independent publishing!

Thanks for reading!

-Buzz Malone-






Monday, November 19, 2012

A Brief History of the Pumpkin Pie





The week of the great American harvest celebration, Thanksgiving, is upon us once more. There is nothing quite like the holidays to remind us just how quick is the passage of time and years. So much changes within the course of our journey, we realize, as we ponder the possibility of an earthly existence without Hostess Twinkies or Cupcakes. So little remains unchanged. Even the Thanksgiving turkey has changed since were children. People smoke them nowadays and put them in bags to retain their moisture. It just doesn't seem like a real Thanksgiving if the turkey doesn't emit a dry powdery residue when it is sliced, and suck the very marrow from your bones as you try to chew and swallow each bone dry, oven-cooked, over-cooked bite of it.

If almost anything sacred remains, then it must be the pumpkin pie. They have discovered cultivated seeds of it in Mexico dating to around 7,000 B.C. Then, shortly after Columbus sailed the ocean blue, Europe began to eat the pumpkin too. By 1675, pumpkin pie showed up in an English recipe book.  At about the same time that the English were bringing the recipe back to the American continent, Europeans were changing their own recipes and started making pumpkin pies by stuffing the pumpkin itself with spices and apples and other treats and then baking it whole. So, had American colonization began in earnest a little later, we'd have to use two ovens on Thanksgiving to have a place to bake both the turkey and the pumpkin! 

But perhaps no one advanced the development of the pumpkin pie like Margaret Malone did. By 1998, Margaret (Maggie to her friends) was already a pioneer for her innovative work with the grilled cheese sandwich. While the grilled cheese had been being burnt for hundreds and even thousands of years, it was Margaret who perfected the art of serving them 'burnt side down' to unsuspecting diners. The 'burnt side down' serving method has since caught on and is all the rage in cafes in Milan and bistros in Paris. But Margaret's real innovation didn't come about until 1998 when she substituted sugar in her pumpkin pies with common table salt. The result was polite guests piling on scoop after scoop of cool whip to mask the taste and children spitting out mouthfuls of pumpkin into the waste basket. 

This Thanksgiving as millions of households will prepare a feast for friends and family, thousands of salty pies and burnt turkeys and raw dinner rolls will be rolled out for unsuspecting guests. So many of these experiences will result in an embarrassed cook and so many of them will be reduced to tears for having ruined Thanksgiving. My mother remains an amazing cook. She didn't cry because she had accidentally replaced the sugar with salt, and actually found humor in it all as we watched each new victim try a slice. 

The moral here is that even the best cooks makes mistakes. And Thanksgiving is about being together with people you care about. A day with loved ones isn't going to be ruined by salty pies or burnt turkeys or raw rolls. It can't be. So many years later, I can't remember the hundreds of pies that my mother made that were delicious and perfect. I only remember the one that had salt in it. And of all the pies I have ever eaten, that remains to this day, my favorite one of all. Have a happy Thanksgiving this week everyone! 

P.S. Remember that this weekend only (Thursday through Sunday), you will be able to download my two favorite books that I have written (The Ghosts of Melrose and Silence of Centerville) onto your Kindle or computer via Amazon for FREE. Please make sure to pass it along this Thanksgiving and encourage your friends and family to download them as well. As an independent author I rely 100% upon word of mouth and people just like you to get readers interested in my work. Thank you and as always, thanks for reading!   -Buzz-      

      

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bulls, China Shops, and Ridiculously Fragile Tables



As per request, here is a Buzz classic from a retired blog! Thanks for reading.  

  I am pleased to say that we don’t have any actual bulls on the acreage. If we did, I am certain that I would have scars resembling those of an appendectomy (if it had been performed by a nine year old using a chunk of cut glass).
     That being said, I should probably tell you now that I am a huge man. I stand at 6'-4" tall, and weigh between 280 and 300 pounds depending largely upon the proximity of the calendar to Thanksgiving. My better half frequently refers to me lovingly as her “own private bull in a china shop". You would probably expect something far more original from such an intelligent girl (she is the smartest person I know, honestly), but that's what she calls me.
     I should probably also share with you that our living room coffee table is about a hundred years old. I'm not being funny and saying that it is just old either. It quite literally is about a hundred years old and of the time and style when they made furniture with legs like toothpicks. For that reason, it is a rather fragile antique and she frequently worries that I will stumble and fall upon it, or simply look at it, causing it to explode into a thousand tiny pieces due merely to my person being in the same room with the piece. For my part, I respect that she worries about the table and go out of my way to avoid breaking it (I'm really quite dainty and delicate for a big guy).
     So it came to pass that recently we were lying about on the couch watching a movie. Because I am so large, we weren't completely lying, but more or less half sitting with our legs up. I should probably also tell you that due in large part to a youth spent working construction that my back tends to be pretty stiff after lying for a long while, and sometimes I prefer to sort of let myself fall onto the floor and pull myself up with my arms. It sounds much worse than what it actually is though, because I am so delicate and generally graceful in my movements.
     As the movie ended, I lowered myself onto the floor and crawled to her end of the couch where I planted a light kiss upon her cheek. She smiled at me as I began to rise from the floor and then glared at me with pursed lips as I placed a hand on the couch and the other on her coffee table to pull myself to my feet. She thought I was going to break it, using the thing to steady myself. I knew that she thought that too, and gave her a look of confidence and superiority. Sure, a lesser man in this body might not be able to control the sheer size of the thing, but I have been in this body for quite a while now and I know exactly what I am doing with every part of it. I might be big, but I like to think of myself as being very agile, nimble...almost cat-like really. And I knew that the vast majority of my weight was on the couch. The coffee table hand didn't even bare any weight upon it at all. But she couldn't have known it while she sat there with her scowled face watching the spindly legs of the old table for signs of buckling. She couldn't have known that I am master of my body and that I knew exactly what it was that I was doing at that moment.
     Sooooo...I showed her. I proved it to her as I was coming to my feet by removing my left hand from the table. "See?" I said with my eyes as I moved my hand to show that it was not even resting upon the table. I was right too, because the table was just fine. But...as I moved my hand (as luck would have it), my middle finger caught the inside lip of her full glass. As I exaggeratedly motioned to show that it wasn't resting upon the table, I knocked the glass over, sending a sea (it was a very big glass) of ice cubes and Diet Mountain Dew across the coffee table and onto the living room carpet. You might be wondering (like I was) why she would have such an unusually large and ridiculously full glass in the house even...but she insists that this is beside the point and that she has never spilled it. An ounce of prevention I say, but still she blamed me as sticky soda made its way through every crack in the table and soaked the rug beneath it.
     While I may, at times, be quick to make a mess, I am even quicker at the ready to clean it. I rushed to the kitchen, retrieved a towel, and I returned hell bent upon cleaning it up before she could even think to complain about it. I like to consider myself a domestic superman of sorts. As I ran back around the corner into the living room, I quickly grabbed the huge bag of Girlscout caramel corn from the pop puddled table just before the ever expanding lake of liquid reached it. I will also share with you at this point that the GirlScouts make some really great stuff aside from just those little chocolaty cookies with the cocoanut on top of them. As I snatched the fifty pound bag of caramel corn from the table and lurched toward the growing lake with my towel, a twirl of sweet caramelized goodness shot out in a circle around me. Really though, in my defense, who could have known that the re-sealable bag was unsealed or that the thing was upside down when I grabbed it? She would later argue that I should have known it since I was the last one eating it and had sat it there only moments earlier...but since we have no security cameras in the living room recording our every move, it is difficult, if not impossible, to know who really had touched the bag last. There is, after all, still such a thing as the burden of proof in this country, right?
     Finally, I fell to my knees in defeat amidst a sea of soda, and a living room covered in sticky popped, caramel covered corn. "I didn't break the table," I said. "I knew what I was doing!"
     "I see that," she said. "You've made your point and proven me wrong again, haven't you?"
     "Yep," I replied. "Yes I have."
     And truly, the coffee table was fine. If you ask me, the coating of pop gave it a real nice sheen, almost like a good furniture polish. The table is better than ever, some would say. So, I guess if you are looking for a moral to this story...if there must be some conclusion to be drawn...it is probably to buy heavier duty furniture that you needn't worry about. Because really, if she hadn't bought such a fragile thing and stuck it right in the middle of the living room in the first place, none of this would have ever happened at all...would it?

On Writing: Choose Your Words Carefully


"Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it."
-Earnest Hemingway-

   Believe it or not, I get asked frequently where I learned to write like I do. I suppose that could just as easily be taken as an insult, but my ego prefers to consider it in the form of a compliment instead. My answer is that when other kids were in school, I was skipping class and hanging out at the library reading the classics. In a strange way then, I guess you could say that Earnest Hemingway taught me to write. Not that I write like Hemingway. I don't. His run on sentences and painfully detailed descriptions within them are impossible to replicate in the modern era. Copy and paste A Farewell To Arms into a Word document and your computer will probably overheat placing all of the colored lines beneath it. Still, I admire the man and his work and all of his words and I think about them often.
   When I am writing a novel I keep a dictionary and thesaurus right beside the computer. If they aren't, then I have internet tabs with each at the ready and another one prepared to 'google' things I am unsure about. Thinking about this practice reminded me of the Hemingway quote above. It bothered me to think that I had failed as a writer by relying upon something so easily dismissed (as a dictionary) by Hemingway. Maybe I really should spend the next year reading the entire dictionary from cover to cover three times in a row, I thought to myself. Fortunately, I am too lazy to seriously consider such an endeavor. 
   Upon further consideration, Hemingway's remarks can be viewed in a couple of different ways. First, one must take into consideration the fact that Hemingway was known for his pompous bravado. Second, there are few words in any of Hemingway's novels that send one searching for the dictionary. He tended to use very common words to express difficult and uncommon thoughts and feelings. That was actually part of his genius, creating literary fiction without the use of large, overly complicated words.
   Whatever the case, I am not Hemingway and I require multiple references whenever I write due to poor memory, bad habits, and a general lack of education. Too often the simplest word just doesn't feel right and you have to hunt for the perfect fit. Different characters will say things differently and it's important to consider which words each one would choose in their expressions, even when they are expressing the same thing. 
   I almost always use references when I write. Sometimes I even have to find a particular book in my collection and open it to a certain passage just to be certain that what I have written isn't plagiarizing something that I have read somewhere else if it feels too familiar to me. 
   What really gets me into trouble as a self-published author without an editor, is common phrases that I am either too busy writing to check, or I simply don't think about. Here are two examples from my books that people have complained about in reviews:

1. "You've got another thing coming!"
   Apparently, the phrase is supposed to be, 'You've got another think coming,' as in, 'if you think that you can spill milk all over the kitchen and walk away then you have got another think coming.' Who knew? I certainly didn't. It's something that I have never actually read I guess. Probably because I so seldom read newer fiction, I miss out on seeing commonly used phrases in print.   

2. "It donned upon him that he had forgotten his hat."
   Yes, it is supposed to be 'dawned' instead of 'donned.' That is one of those glitches that my brain will not allow me to overcome. If I write that phrase twenty years from now my brain will tell me to write with confidence because it will be 100% certain that it should be 'donned.' I am so certain in fact, that I will never bother to check it or give it a second thought when I write it.   

   I am so haunted by this type of error that I have begun using Google to double check many commonly used phrases because the difference between 'donned' and 'dawned' is the difference between loving your work and hating it for some readers. Some people become very distracted when they encounter misused words like these and they have difficulty reengaging with the story as a result. This bothers me. It eats at me. It is like tomato worms gnawing on my innards when I think of it. I want to run to each of my reader's homes, bust in the front door, steal my books back, and burn them all in a heaping pile in the backyard screaming, "If you believe that I am going to leave those errors in that book then you've got another THINK coming!"
   Seriously though, my past mistakes, typos, and errors do haunt me. I do intend to eventually release professionally edited versions of my past works. Looking ahead however at what I am writing now, I have a few tricks that I am using to try to avoid repeating my mistakes and here they are:

1. Google common phrases and words that have multiple homonyms even if you think you know it already.
2. Reread the last chapter before you begin writing the next one.
3. Have someone read your work aloud to you while you read along. 
4. Save every complaint and cherish the people who email you to tell you about your mistakes. They are not only an excellent future resource for proof reading something; they also are a reminder that you don't want to make those same mistakes again in the future.  

   I know that this mundane lesson in writing might not be what everyone wanted to read on a random Thursday, but I have received emails asking about the craft of writing and how I write. Since it is a brand new blog I can't afford to offend one of my five regular readers (hi mom!), even if the topic doesn't particular interest the other five (hi honey!). Want to see something else? Email me! Until then, choose your words carefully America!

Thanks for Reading,
Buzz Malone   

  

         

 

 


     

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Silence of Centerville Reviews

   In addition to the numerous reviews of Silence of Centerville on Amazon, I just discovered several more that have been posted on the literary site, Goodreads and they do not disappoint. Remember, if you haven't read Silence of Centerville or The Ghosts of Melrose, that both dramatic fictions will be available Thanksgiving weekend (Thurs. thru Sun.) free on Amazon in their Kindle versions. 
   Silence of Centerville received reviews like these from readers around the country due entirely to word of mouth from other readers just like you. With no advertising or public relations budget I have been able to grow my readership only as the result of people who enjoyed my works passing them along to someone else. It is an amazing thing for me to experience each and every time that I hear from someone, near or far, who has enjoyed something that I have written. 
   Thank you to everyone who has read one of my books and passed it on down the line or recommended one to a friend or relative. If we can generate readers and reviews like the ones below today, just imagine what we can accomplish if we ever get a literary agent or a major publisher and I can actually afford to hire a publicist and an editor!! Of course, then I might risk losing the handful of fans who read my books simply to be the first to find all of my typos and mistakes (and yes, they really do exist! A small group of folks actually relish in it, God love em'). Anyhow, without further adieu, here are the reviews...

Adriana rated it 4 of 5 stars false   
This is the second novel by Buzz Malone I have read, and he does not disappoint. He has a knack for creating such heartbreakingly sympathetic characters. As with Ghosts of Melrose, tragedy upon tragedy befell the central character, and just when it seems the situation has become hopeless, Mr. Malone pulls off a thoroughly heartwarming ending. The cynic in me might be tempted to say he goes over the top at the end, but the feel-good ending is far too pleasant to allow room for cynicism.
 
Robyn Echols rated it 4 of 5 stars false  
I liked this book, mainly for the portrayal of the characters. The main character goes deaf as a child. I loved how this book showed the impact on the main character, how his family handled this challenge, and the responses by his childhood friends and citizens of his community based on the prejudices of the 1940-50s. This was a great study in human nature, the best as well as the worst. My biggest complaint about the book was that there was too much rambling and repetition, but otherwise I recommend it.

Kenn rated it 5 of 5 stars false
What a remarkable book! Beautifully-written "memoir" of a boy growing up in an idyllic setting in the WWII era, whose life is suddenly and drastically changed. Sensitive and insightful beyond my expectations. I am struck by the personal glimpse into the nature of deafness, prejudice, loneliness, resilience, and the tenacious grip of hope, despite all odds. 
 
Canoe41 rated it 5 of 5 stars false
This was a thoroughly satisfying read. It was good to the last word. Buzz Malone used words to create visual imagery much as a fine painter puts paint to canvas. The characters are insightful and multi-faceted. I highly recommend it.
 
Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars false
Loved this book! I read it in less than a day cause I just couldn't put it down!
 
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

  Thanksgiving is a time of being grateful for everything and everyone that we have in our lives. Like you, I am most grateful for my family and friends and loved ones. Everything else that I have to be grateful for is simply icing upon a magnificent cake.
   One thing that I count as an added blessing has been my love of the written word. It is a wonderful gift for me to have the ability to share a part of myself through my writing. Each and every time that someone honors me by reading something that I have written, I feel so blessed. 
   It never ceases to amaze and humble me to receive an email from someone who has just read one of my books. From Washington State to Florida and almost everywhere in between they have written. I am always amazed at how an independent writer in small town Iowa with no agent or publisher or publicist (or editor!) can be read by people all around the world simply through word of mouth. 
   To show my thanks, and to help get the word out about my new blog, I am happy to announce my Thanksgiving Giveaway
  This entire Thanksgiving weekend, November 22nd through November 25th, I am giving away free Kindle reader versions of The Ghosts of Melrose and Silence of Centerville. On those days, you will be able to go to Amazon and download and read both books for free. Don't have a Kindle? No problem. Amazon also has a free downloadable kindle app so you can read the Kindle version of books right on your computer. All that anyone has to do is visit Amazon on those dates, click on the Kindle version of one of those books, and it will be downloadable, free of charge. There will even be links provided on this site when the giveaway begins.
  This is not a marketing gimmick. It won't cost you anything. I won't even ask you to get on my emailing spam list. I am simply an independent author who would love to share more of my work with more people. If you know anyone who enjoys dramatic or historic fiction, then please pass this along to them. When the promotion is over, I will share with you on this blog exactly how many people got their free Kindle versions of my books! 

Thank you for reading,

Buzz Malone
   

Monday, November 12, 2012

If You Read Only One Buzz Malone Book...






   I often get asked the question which book of mine I recommend, or which one is my favorite. Some people will say, "If I only read one of your books, then which one should I read?"
   Usually the answer is something along the lines of, "that depends who you are and what you like."
   If you like dramatic fiction that is heavy on the drama, then I would suggest reading The Ghosts of Melrose. Despite a common misconception, it really isn't about ghosts at all
     If you enjoy westerns like Louis L'Amour then I would tell you to read The Lynching of Hiram Wilson. I didn't intend for it to come off as a western at all, but I have been told by several people who are fans of Louis and westerns that it is. And I know of about half a dozen older gentlemen who have practically begged me to write nothing but westerns from now until I die, promising to purchase every single one of them and probably a few extra copies of each for their grandchildren. 
     Much to the chagrin of my western genre fans, I turned around and wrote Silence of Centerville. I can tell you that no other character in my writing has ever grabbed hold of the plot and taken it away from me like Frank Schantz from Silence. By that, I mean that after I had fully imagined him in my head, he sort of took over and pulled the story along. I would routinely sit down to write a chapter about one thing, and Frank would take the thing in an entirely different direction. And no, I'm not going completely out of my mind; that is just how strong character development works sometimes. 
     I loved the story in The Ghosts of Melrose, but as a writer, I am most proud of my work in Silence of Centerville. That is not to say that it is perfect. It isn't. There are mistakes that I overlooked and typos that an editor would have caught. There is even the occasional word that I would love to go back and replace. But that is writing. No matter what it is, if you put it in a drawer, six months later you will look at a sentence and want to change a word here and there. All of that aside and Silence remains my personal favorite. Beyond just a story, I believe it is an important piece of fabric in our quilt of social history. 
     There you have it. I have named my favorite and the one that I would most recommend. And don't just take my word for it either because all of the Amazon boom reviews are posted on my site. You can read them all by clicking on the 'reviews' button on the above right hand side of this page. 
     Now, if you really want to read my favorite piece of writing that I have created, my absolute favorite book...is the one that I am writing right now. More about that later! 

With this new blog I intend to go back and answer the questions that I have received in my email so everyone can read the answers. If you'd like to comment or ask something new, please email me at buzzdmalone@gamil.com        

Thanks for reading!

-Buzz-