Great to meet everyone who turned up this morning in spite of the thunderstorm to hear my talk and speak with me about self-publishing. Thank you to everyone at Logan Hyperdome library for hosting me.
Had a great time at Victoria Point Library this morning. Thank you to Anne and the lovely staff there for the wonderful hospitality and excellent sandwiches! And thank you all the people who turned up and asked lots of good questions, that was great.
Hope to see you again next year for my next book, Bait.
It’s an exciting milestone today, as No Remorse is released as an audiobook on Amazon and Audible.com.
Hear a sample of the audiobook, with my Texan friend Paul Christy doing a great job of narration. SAMPLE HERE
To celebrate, I am giving away one download of the Audiobook during November. All you have to do is like my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/IanWalkleyAuthor
Here are the links to the audiobook:
There will no doubt be a great deal of analysis and varying interpretations of the US election outcome. Having watched the debates, and the policy arguments and political fighting from afar, I gained some impressions that I thought I’d share. I don’t have any political axe to grind here, just sharing my impressions.
Firstly, I thought the mix of people at the two party’s election night events was an interesting contrast: at the Republican event in Boston, most people seemed to be white, whereas the Democratic event in Chicago was a diverse mix of ethnic groups more representative, I thought, of the US.
Second, I felt that while he came across as a nice guy and family man, Mitt Romney was a little loose on the policy. He had changed his stance on many issues over the years, and was still changing or hedging his responses to policy issues during the debates and afterwards. I felt as an observer that he was trying to please everyone, and especially his funding backers and the party.
Third, while Obama had not delivered a way out of the economic doldrums as fast as everyone would like, he had delivered on some key things. Getting Bin Laden was something Bush wasn’t able to do while being diverted with Iraq. And it seemed to be extremely poor sportsmanship by those on the right to refuse to acknowledge Obama’s decision to give the go-ahead on the raid. Obama also was more decisive and clearer about what he stood for, even if you disagreed with him.
Finally, many commentators talked about the way the GOP has been taken over by Tea Partiers and right wingers. Romney still got around 49% of the popular vote. But there were policies being put forward that smacked of only caring about the rich, writing off 47% of the people and giving tax breaks for the rich at a time of economic weakness. While the US focus on free enterprise is one of its fundamental strengths, most countries outside the US have a more supportive attitude towards those less well off, and the Republicans appear to need a broader appeal with policies that are not as hard-hearted.
Obama has won a second term in difficult circumstances, and this should allow him a reasonable mandate to pursue his stated national policies. If the Republican House continues to tread the partisan path and block wherever it can, it will only further delay the economic recovery which is reliant upon the psychological spirit and will of the people in the US, even more so than on the specific policies of government. And all the world is praying that you guys in the States get your act together and get back to leading the world, instead of bickering and being divided and weak. Best wishes for the next four years.
On Tuesday 13th November, I’ll be at Jimboomba Public Library at 10.30am to talk about writing and my book No Remorse.
On Friday 16th November, I’ll be at Victoria Point Library at 12.30pm
On Saturday 17th November, I’ll be at Logan Hyperdome Library at 9.30am.
Signed copies of No Remorse will be available to purchase.
Hope to see some of you there!
Go to the full interview HERE.
This taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James introduces readers to a new character, expose’ filmmaker Jevin Banks. While investigating a controversial neurological research program, Jevin is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons’ tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did. Rooted in ground-breaking science and inspired by actual research, PLACEBO explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith.
Steven James is the author of more than thirty books including the critically acclaimed Patrick Bowers thriller series. He has a master’s degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication on three continents. When he’s not writing or speaking, you’ll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking a dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee. Visit him online on his website, blog and Facebook.
PLACEBO will be released in November 2012 through Baker Publishing Group.