Sunday, April 20, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Keith Hirshland

Indie Author Interview with Keith Hirshland - Author of the TV Memoir Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat).

Keith Hirshland is the son of a local television broadcast icon and a thirty-year, Emmy Award-winning veteran of the television industry. His experience has taken him all across the country, covering sport’s most famous athletes and television’s most interesting and charismatic personalities.

Interview with Keith Hirshland

Author Keith Hirshland
Author Keith Hirshland
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Keith Hirshland: I was a journalism major in college and like many wanted to write "the great American novel" but ended up working in television. I wrote all of the copy for my sportscasts and feature stories when I was on air and wrote thousands of teases, bumpers and features once I started working in network sports television.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I love Nelson DeMille, Stuart Woods, Michael Connolly and Terry Pratchett to name just a few. I buy and devour everything they write. I think my three favorite books of all time are Pratchett's Thief of Time, Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin and The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I read quite a bit and feel like I am influenced in some way, shape or form by each book I pick up. There are so many talented writers in this world.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Looking back I think I knew in high school that I wanted to be a "storyteller". I tried my hand at short stories, song lyrics, school newspaper articles and more. I didn't think of it as writing but always thought of it as telling a story. I also feel that my work as a sports television producer is all about being a story teller. It's not on paper, it's on a TV screen but it's telling a story about a sports event nonetheless.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Other than school assignments I believe the first story I ever wrote was a short story about a young man with the ability to control his own dreams and in the process of discovering how he does it finds that he can enter and control other people's dreams as well. I wrote it, hated it and forgot about it. Then a few years later a Dennis Quaid movie titled Dreamscape came out about a guy who could enter people's dreams. Oh well.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Not really. I write in spurts. I find that there are times when I have a flood of creativity, get in a groove and write for hours on end. In the beginning I tried to sit down and make myself write something everyday but found that to be counter productive. I still write almost everything longhand in a Moleskin journal before transferring it (rewriting it most times) to my computer.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I have a great desk in an upstairs office in our home. There is lots of natural light and fresh air up there and it's a very comfortable place to write. The desk is huge (plenty of room for two computers and research material and it's made out of reclaimed telephone poles. I love it.

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Nothing is easy about writing but when I do get an idea or have a thought thread off which to work the writing seems to come more easily. Getting the original words or idea on paper is easier than actually making it readable. There are lots of hard parts... Dialogue and character development are just a couple. You can write a "stick figure" fairly easily but to give that character depth and make him or her truly believable I find very, very hard. My first book was non fiction so the characters were already fully developed I just had to write about what I remembered about them. Now I'm writing fiction and making something up is much more difficult.

"Words are amazing and sadly underused by the majority of people in this world."

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess the sense of accomplishment. I said I consider myself a story teller and whether I'm writing a 30 second opening for a sporting event of a 500 page novel the ability to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end that people enjoy is an amazing feeling. I love it when something inspires me or makes me curious and then I am able to give that idea or inspiration life through words. Words are amazing and sadly underused by the majority of people in this world.

What inspired you to write your Memoir Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In?
I never intended to write a book, wasn't even thinking about it. Then we lost my Dad and my Mom in the space of 13 months and my wife Sarah and I were in their condo doing what grieving children do, going through closets and boxes, figuring out what we would keep and what we wouldn't. We opened one box and it contained all kinds of memorabilia that my folks had collected along the way. Naval commendations from his time serving in Korea as well as awards for and newspaper articles about the two of them starting the CBS affiliate TV station in Reno, NV. There were letters from Senators, Governors and even President John F. Kennedy. There was correspondence and pictures he had sent home from when he served in the Korean War for my Mom and his parents (my grandparents) and there were letters and pictures and ships logs and things that they had sent back to him. Looking through it all my wife teared up, stopped and looked at me and said, "I can't believe your Dad and Mom did so much in their lives. You have met and worked with hundreds of well known athletes and celebrities and have done so much yourself. Don't let this be your kids when you are gone. Don't make them sit around a box wondering why you didn't tell them about all you had accomplished. Start writing a journal, if not for you, for them." So I did and that journal turned into Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat).

Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In (Keith Hirshland)
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Who do you see as your target audience and where can we buy the book?
The target audience is multi layered. It's a tribute to my parents, a story of their success and in a much smaller way, mine so anyone who likes a success story should like this. But it's also a story about television and sports (predominantly golf) so people who like golf or enjoy a behind the scenes look at how television works will find the book interesting. You can buy the book on line at or as well as several local bookstores in New Jersey and Reno, NV.

"[...] it is the first book detailing the inception and early days of the very first niche sports cable television network, The Golf Channel."

What makes your book special?
I believe it is the first book detailing the inception and early days of the very first niche sports cable television network, The Golf Channel. Dozens if people gave up lucrative, secure jobs at places like HBO and ESPN to take a chance on one man's dream. Among other things this book is a nod to those hard working, creative, unselfish people who risked everything to turn that dream into a multi-billion dollar business. We were there when Tiger Woods burst onto the scene and when Arnold Palmer and others left the stage.We had some fun along the way too.

How would you describe the success of your book so far?
Beyond my wildest dreams. I hear from people almost every day who tell me that my book was interesting to them, helped educate them, or inspired them to make a life change of their own. I wrote it to honor my parents and having people tell me their story was impressive and inspirational makes the book a huge success.

How long did it take it to write the book?
All in slightly more than four and a half years.

"If you want to write just start writing."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Write. Don't worry about whether you think what you are writing is good, bad or somewhere in between. If you want to write just start writing. Figure out the details later.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am and I can. It's a mystery... Both the genre and what it is all about. The seed of the idea that came to me is a story about a young man who has recently lost his father. In life the father was a somewhat successful travel writer/restaurant reviewer, slightly less famous than Zagat. After his death the son discovers thousands of Life, Look, National Geographic and other magazines in the old man's attic and comes to realize his father never actually went to any of the places about which he opined. But he was never home either so where did he go, what did he do? So the mystery and the quest to find answers begins.

"There is nothing in the world like going into a bookstore."

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
Man I hope not. There is nothing in the world like going into a bookstore. Even though I have hundreds of ebooks on my iPad nothing beats holding an actual book, turning the actual pages. I will always buy real books written by my favorite authors so I am hopeful there will always be a brick and mortar store in which I can do just that.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad and a kindle but do most of my ebook reading on my iPad.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job. I am still producing sporting events for television but not as regularly as I once did. I used to travel somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 to 30 weeks a year. I stopped doing that which allowed my wife and I to finally get a puppy. She's a Bernese Mountain Dog and she is awesome. She is also pretty much a full time job.

How can readers connect with you?
Twitter: @khirshland
Facebook: Keith Hirshland

Thank you very much for the Interview, Keith.

About the Book Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In

Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In (Keith Hirshland)
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Growing up in the shadow of one of network affiliate television’s groundbreakers, Keith Hirshland was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. In this gripping new memoir, readers will follow Hirshland’s stories as he participates in the creation of sports networks and works alongside the legends of broadcasting. With a career that spans more than thirty years, Hirshland has seen it all. From the meteoric rise of Tiger Woods to the Kelly Tilghman “lynching” controversy and countless stories from the incredibly successful SKINS GAME golf franchise, his amazing stories provide a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most revered industries in the world.

Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat gives readers an informative, reflective, and often humorous look at live television from both in front of and behind the camera. Offering an insider’s look at the creation of The Golf Channel and ESPN2, this gripping memoir includes stories of some of the world’s most famous athletes and TV personalities.

The first book to document the creation of the Golf Channel, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is a unique memoir that covers a number of fascinating industry moments. These wonderful stories are packed with larger-than-life personalities and epic moments in the world of sports.

A mesmerizing read for anyone interested in sports, television, or “behind the scenes” stories in general, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is sure to hook readers from the very beginning. With its eclectic mix of playful, humorous, and dramatic stories, this excellent collection is truly the entertaining, informative, and enlightening book that readers have been waiting for.

Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In with Excerpt on Amazon

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Savior (Anthony Caplan)

New Indie Book Release:
Savior - Anthony Caplan
Thriller (308 pages - April 2014)

Savior is about a father and son who stumble into the secret world of the Santos Muertos, a crime cartel bent on global domination. The son must find his father and keep the secret of the Chocomal, the ancient Mayan code underlying the creation of matter in the universe, from falling into the wrong hands. A story of sacrifice and love.

“Set in a dystopian near-future, Savior is genre-breaking reading at its best . . . a fascinating combination of high adventure and interpersonal relationships that keep Savior an exciting, unpredictable read right up to its emotionally charged (and satisfying) conclusion.” - Midwest Book Review

About the Book

Savior (Anthony Caplan)
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Al and Ricky, father and son, plan a surfing getaway in Guatemala, the perfect place to bond and reconnect after the death of Mary, the woman who held their lives together. But the Santos Muertos are taking over Guatemala, and when the gang discovers that Ricky has the Chocomal, the Mayan tablet which carries the secret code they need to take over the world with their fearsome Resonator, all hell breaks loose.

An unwilling hero, all-American teenager Ricky must find and rescue his father and in the process save us all from utter destruction.

Will he learn how to be a real man along the way?

About the Author

Author Anthony Caplan
Author Anthony Caplan
A former journalist with the Associated Press and United Press International in Mexico and Central and South America, Anthony Caplan currently works as a high school teacher in New Hampshire.

The inspiration for Savior came while on a family holiday.

His previous titles include Latitudes - A Story of Coming Home, Birdman and French Pond Road.

Connect with Anthony Caplan via Facebook
and Twitter: @AnthonyCaplan1

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Indie Book Release: The Box of Death (Matt Grawitch)

New Indie Book Release:
The Box of Death (The Three Wizards Chronicles) - Matt Grawitch
Young Adult / Mid-Grade Fantasy (354 pages - April 2014)

The Box of Death is the second in the Three Wizards Chronicles that began as bedtime stories for the author's daughters. Unlike many fantasy books, some of the main protagonists are teenage girls and this series bounces back and forth between the natural world (our world) and the Realm of Magic.

About the Book

The Box of Death (Matt Grawitch)
The Box of Death is an artifact that allows creatures from the abyss to freely enter the natural world – our world – and Malo has control of it. To work, it requires seven magical fragments, but Malo possesses only six of them. It is up to Nikko, Summer, Jolie, and Reece to stop him from locating the seventh and final fragment. If the Wizards of Light Magic fail, the natural world will be overrun by hellhounds, zombies, skeletons, and other even more powerful creatures.

And what will happen to Balthazar, the Sentinels, and the next Wizard of Lightning?

What role will they play in the battle to come?

Will they be consumed by the power of the Box of Death?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie (Barbara Griffin Villemez)

Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie (Barbara Griffin Villemez)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Thriller Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie by Barbara Griffin Villemez.

Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie is a story about a woman's transformation from a narcissistic, money hungry female to a caring and loving woman. Along the way she kills a few people. It is a thriller, but it is also about transformation and has a metaphysical twist at the end.

The Book has been published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 196 pages - released in January 2014.

About the Book

Alison Andrews is beautiful and broke.

She hopes to find a husband with money on the Internet. She connects with Roberto Rubio, a wealthy Cuban business man. Alison moves to Miami and into Rubio's large mansion. Life is good until she comes home from shopping one day and finds him dead with a bullet hole in his forehead. She feels her life of wealth and privilege is over.

Then she discovers that Rubio was involved with the Cuban Mafia and now they are after Alison. The Miami-Dade Police detective, Owen Bradley becomes a protector and so does FBI agent Gonzalez. Why does the head of the Cuban Mafia, Carlos Esposito, want Alison dead and will do anything to kill her, even running over the FBI and the Miami-Dade Police?

An edge of the seat story with a surprise ending.

Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie (Barbara Griffin Villemez)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Waking Up (Renee Dyer)

New Indie Book Release:
Waking Up - Renee Dyer
Contemporary Adult Romance (468 pages - March 2014)

Waking Up is a contemporary romance of being broken and how we handle it. Do we allow ourselves to trust again, love again? Can our hearts heal when we lose it all?

"Wow, I loved this book. For her debut book she hit it out of the park. I loved the characters, Tucker the hot movie star and Adriana, the grieving widow. I really felt connected to these two, I wanted it to work out for them really bad.[...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Waking Up (Renee Dyer)
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For Adriana Monroe life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, her photography business is booming and she married Alex, her childhood best friend. Life is perfect. It’s a fairy tale really.

But one night changes everything for her.

Suddenly she’s alone. She’s afraid to trust and afraid to love. Most of all she’s afraid she’s broken beyond repair. Nightmares torment and haunt her every time she closes her eyes.
Will she ever be the same?

For Tucker Stavros it looks to the outside world like things come easy for him. He’s gorgeous, rich, famous, has a hot girlfriend. Hell, he’s a movie star. If women aren’t trying to get with him then men are wishing they are him. What they don’t see is the broken child hiding behind the smiles he fakes for the cameras. They don’t see the man who wakes up drenched in sweat from his nightmares from a past he can’t escape.

Betrayal sends him running.

A chance encounter throws Tucker and Adriana together. They try to fight their attraction for each other. They feel they’re too broken for the other.

Will they continue to suffer in the hell of dreamland separately or will they find that Waking Up to real life together can be so much sweeter?

About the Author

Author Renee Dyer
Author Renee Dyer
Renee Dyer is a happy housewife who spends her days with her three sons, nights with her husband and any time in between reading, writing and playing with her bubbly chocolate lab Bruschi.

She's been writing her whole life, but contributes her start to a doodle book her mom bought her when she was four. Those doodles gave way to many creative stories.

Connect with Renee Dyer via Facebook
and Twitter: @ReneeDyerAuthor

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Indie Book Release: A Life, Forward (Tracy Hewitt Meyer)

New Indie Book Release:
A Life, Forward - Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Young Adult (200 pages - April 2014)

A Life, Forward is a contemporary fiction set in Appalachia, about an eighteen-year-old young woman who is struggling to overcome her past in order to have a future.

"Ms. Meyer's writing is exceptional. Her dialogue is so real you almost feel as if you are watching it unfold, as if you are experiencing it first-hand while it takes place." - Reader Review

About the Book

A Life, Forward (Tracy Hewitt Meyer)
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Her father is gone. Her mother is in jail.

And Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. With college looming on the horizon, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. She is close to achieving everything she ever wanted-a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.

But there are cracks in Rowan’s life that threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground. When her relationship begins to suffer, her father returns and her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet-herself.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Flight Into Darkness (Roger Hardy)

Flight Into Darkness (Roger Hardy)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Political Thriller Flight Into Darkness by Roger Hardy.

Flight Into Darkness - a novel for our time - provides a completely new take on the possible political future for the Middle East. Is it a given that the Arabs and Israelis will forever be enemies or can former foes work towards a common cause? This story is a fast-paced and thought-provoking thriller.

The Book has been published via Amazon and Lulu and is available as eBook and Paperback - 262 pages.

About the Book

A shiny new personal jet is lost at night over the vast Saudi desert and air accident investigator James Hayward is assigned to find out why; it was touted as the world’s safest light aircraft and safe aircraft don’t just disappear from radar screens, do they?

He and his ex-fighter pilot boss, Katja, are faced with a wall of obstruction, almost denial. However, what they subsequently discover leads them into a web of intrigue and political corruption.

They find themselves alone, pitted against a new brand of terrorist; one that is ruthless, resourceful and organized with friends in high places.

Flight Into Darkness (Roger Hardy)
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Unsettled (S.C. Ellington)

Unsettled (S.C. Ellington)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance Unsettled by S.C. Ellington.

Unsettled is an actually believable romance novel. It is not a typical 'instalove' romance, and each character has their own issues that they are trying to work through. This book is about the past and letting go, finding trust in another, falling in love against all odds, and having faith in someone and hoping they have that in you, too.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon, CreateSpace and Others and is available as eBook - 244 pages - released in December 2013.

About the Book

After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted…until he wasn’t.

In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington, D.C. where she folds into the fast-paced society unnoticed…until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton.

Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenseless against Logan’s confidence and charm—and it doesn’t hurt that he is absurdly beautiful.

Unsettled (S.C. Ellington)
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Soccer Obsession - An Inside Look Into The Global Game (Anthony Michael)

Soccer Obsession - An Inside Look Into The Global Game (Anthony Michael)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Non-Fiction Sports / Soccer Soccer Obsession - An Inside Look Into The Global Game by Anthony Michael.

Soccer Obsession - An Inside Look Into The Global Game: 250 pages of pure Soccer Obsession! Written in time for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, this sports book is written by a soccer journalist, who has interviewed many experts, players, and TV personalities, all in the pursuit of bringing the world game to the masses! Perfect for anybody who wants to get right up to speed with the world's most popular sport, and get a glimpse into the crazy, fanatical culture it embodies.

The Book has been published via Trident Media Group, NYC and is available as eBook - 250 pages - released in February 2014.

About the Book

Soccer is the globe’s most popular sport. All around the world soccer fans are known to be fanatical, loyal and obsessed with the sport – its unique culture of global camaraderie, player worship and club allegiance has spurred hooligan firms, flamboyant club owners, corruption and disasters.

This book explores what makes the world’s number one sport "The Beautiful Game," just in time for one of the most anticipated sporting events in history: the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Readers will gain an understanding of soccer culture and will be brought immediately up to speed with everything they need to know. From the greatest players in history to the most prestigious football leagues in Europe, Soccer Obsession: An Inside Look Into The Global Game covers it all.

Soccer Obsession - An Inside Look Into The Global Game (Anthony Michael)
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Friday, April 11, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Docket No. 76 (Arita M. L. Bohannan)

New Indie Book Release:
Docket No. 76 - Arita M. L. Bohannan
Legal Thriller (175 pages - January 2014)

Docket No. 76 is a courtroom thriller (set in New Orleans) that takes unusual twists. While it is heart wrenching many chapters, it may change your perspective on what one considers justice.

"I was completely enthralled with this suspenseful court drama based book from the first couple of pages until the end. The descriptions the author used were so detailed, I could envision every scene as if were enjoying a movie. This book is definitely a most read if you enjoy suspenseful, court drama and twist." - Reader Review

About the Book

Docket No. 76 (Arita M. L. Bohannan)
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Have you ever come face-to-face with the person who hurt you most in your life?

That’s exactly what happens to Sandra Morgan, a young and beautiful assistant district attorney. She comes face-to-face with the man who abused her when she was a child when he is on trial in the New Orleans Criminal Court—and Morgan is the prosecutor.

A shocking courtroom decision consumes her as she battles with her inner demons in an effort to seek the revenge to which she feels entitled. But after the trial of her life, is there really a winner?