What Your TBR Pile Says About You

It is a new year, and with that comes a whole new set of reading goals. We all make them. Personally, I want to read 10 books this year from authors I’ve not heard of before. That is on top of the books from the authors I love. I’m a slow reader, so for me, this is a bit of a stretch, but I’m looking forward to it.

In order to accomplish this, I have a To Be Read (TBR) pile. Since I do all of my reading from digital copies, it is less of a pile, and more of a digital collection. My wife, however, prefers the feel and weight of paper. Hers is actually a pile of books near her favorite reading spot.

So, how do you organize your pile, be it electronic or physical? And what does the way you pull your next book say about you as a reader?

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Author Interview With Cliff Ball

tribulation1800Today, I’m speaking with Cliff Ball, an indie author in Texas. Today we will be talking about Times of Tribulation, his latest book.

Good Morning. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.

Good morning, Jerry.

As a writer, we have to put ourselves onto paper. Then it comes time to publish, and we find that our works encounter criticisms. How do you deal with those criticisms? Do you ever take it personally?

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Brodie Wade Book #3 – Azazel Has a Child

003-AHAC_smallSo, I’m working tonight on my latest WIP. Azazel Has a child. It’s the final book in the Brodie Wade series. I have had several people ask me about it. In all of the hurry to get Fort Reiley out, I had to put AHAC on the back burner.

Well…. Brodie’s back. 🙂

The good news is that I have made some great progress on the story lately. The bad news is that this is FAR from being the final, official version. It will likely have typos. And certain plot points within it will probably even change before final release.

But in the spirit of saying “Thank you” to all of you who have waited so patiently for this book, I’m going to be posting chapters as I feel they are at least solid enough (plot-wise) to make sense, even in their rough state.

So without further adieuChapter 1 of Azazel Has a Child.

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(FREE) Review Copies of Fort Reiley Available

Fort Reiley needs some review love at Amazon, and other outlets. In order to achieve that, I need reviewers.


I’m offering free digital copies of Fort Reiley as Review Copies. The way I want to handle review copies this year is as follows:

Sign up for my newsletter, but put yourself in a SPECIAL reviewer list specifically for Fort Reiley Reviewers. The email address you use here is where I will know where to send the review copy.



Make sure that you are enabled to receive a newsletter AND you have checked the second box that puts you in this special group. If you’ve already left a review somewhere, first… THANK YOU. Secondly, go ahead and put yourself in this list so that I can keep track of you and remember you. I might just have some special goodies in store for when I stumble on a review out in the wild. If your name is in here, I know where to send the goodies.

If you review under a different name than the name or address that you signed up with, send me an email with the name you used and what site you used it on so that I can keep track of you.

Once I see you in the list, I will send you the book for FREE! The agreement is, if you download the book and email, you will leave an honest review on Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc. (whatever outlets you have access to) within 4 weeks. Does that sound fair?

Do you know someone who loves to read? Forward them a link to this article so they can have a chance, too! The more the merrier.

If you have questions, feel free to write me at : jhanel@gmail.com.

#RePost: Key To The Stars

I’m dredging up some old articles that I think still have some decent merit. This is my review of “Key To The Stars” by Kevin Domenic, originally posted two years ago (wow, how time flies!)

If you enjoyed this book, or have a comment about it, leave a note below, or share on social media.

As an update, Key to the Stars is free right now, both at Smashwords.com and Amazon.com! While this one book is free, you’ll probably want to download the entire trilogy. It’s a great read.


Key to the StarsI’ve talked about author Kevin Domenic before, and I’m a huge fan. Why? Because his stories are fun, active and engaging. They are very well written, and so vivid, you feel you are right there in the mix.

The first book in his Fourth Dimension series, Key to the Stars, is an amazing start. In order to consider Key to the Stars, you have to look at this novel as a part of the whole series.

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Promoting Your Book as an Independent

Being an independent author, I find it very difficult to get my name out there. When people read my books, they generally respond well. But how do they read my works if they don’t know I exist?

With the explosion of digital publishing, I was able to step out and get published on my own. That provided me with a huge opportunity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it did so for millions of other people, too, burying my novels under a mountain of new releases every day.

And the fact is, even with the most avid, voracious reader, there is only so much money in the book-reading budget. They can’t buy every book that catches their eye.

So how do I rise above the rest and get my name out there?

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January Video Update


Image by Horia Varlan

Five Benefits to Reading Often

While some of us read a book — or more — each day (my wife, for example), others stay so busy that finishing one book per week may feel like a luxury. Either way, studies have shown that reading often has significant benefits.

Image by Pedro Ribeiro Simões

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Three Things We Want from a Good Book

When we sit down to read, be it for pleasure or business, we all are expecting some magic to come pouring out from between those press-board covers and slivers of pages. Magic that would transform our lives and make us better people. Yes, even fiction should make us better somewhere deep inside.

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Site Upgrade

If you haven’t stopped by to take a look at the site lately, please do.


I’ve upgraded the site, added a ton of graphics and features. One really new feature is the “About” page, which has a video of me rambling about the site.

Yes, I really am that awkward in real life. Why do you think I became a writer instead of a public speaker.


Stop by, then let me know what you think of the new upgrades.

Author of the Brodie Wade Series and Fort Reiley. Stop in and say hello.

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