Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A 2-Minute Book Pitch for J.B.Turner's Hard Kill.

Harrumph, Thank you for doing this meeting with me, Mr. Turner. Now, I'm a very important movie studio executive with the attention span of a fieldmouse so you've got 2 minutes to prove that Hard Kill is the book for me.

Why did you pick this title?

My first book was Hard Road. And I wanted to keep that theme going. Hard Kill was a favorite choice from the off from Exhibit A and myself. It just felt right.

"It just felt right." Well, that's what they said before they greenlighted The Last Airbender so it's good enough for me.  I know another author who named his first book Courier and his second book Warrior. Now, the only option he can think of for the third book is Janitor. Hard is better.
What’s the log line?
A cabal plans a terrifying plot to devastate America.

A Cabal? Hmmm. I hope you're not talking about the Je...err...the executives who run Hollywood. 
What’s the Teaser Pitch?
An American diplomat goes missing and ex-Special Forces operative Jon Reznick joins a top secret team, led by FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein, to help track him down.

The team believes that there may be a terrorist group - perhaps Islamists - who have kidnapped him, as the diplomat's area of expertise is the Persian Gulf. But Reznick is training his sights on an unlikely candidate - a leading Washington DC surgeon.

But as the team itself comes under attack, and the 9/11 commemoration approaches, it becomes clear that the kidnapping is part of a much bigger plot, one that threatens not only New York, but the whole country as well.

OK, I like Meyerstein. She sounds like a hottie. We could get Katherine Heigl to play her. OK Tell me about this Reznick guy. Who is he and how does he change in the book? 
Jon Reznick is ex Delta Force but I don’t think he changes in the book. Saying that, he uses military analysis to determine the outcome and his tactics are constantly evolving throughout, so I guess there is change of sort. It begins with Reznick seeing headlights approach his isolated home in Maine early one morning. It’s the FBI and they want him to join a secret team to track down a missing diplomat. And from there, the plot kicks off. Throw into the mix a DC surgeon who seems to be an excellent marksman, and the 9/11 commemoration approaching in New York, and you have a gathering plot.

OK, no changes means no character beats so it won't require acting. It's perfect for Tom Cruise. Of course that means using a pneumatic lift for any romantic scenes with Heigl. Well, we could just use use his usual love double. Sorry, back to you.  

How did you come up with the idea? 
You know what, Terry, I need to get out more. I think that’s at the root of the whole thing. I stare out of windows too much. And I think. A lot. And I let my imagination run wild. But seriously, the idea? It began after reading after Operation Northwoods, a secret plan in the 1960s devised by the US military to bomb various places in America, but pointing the finger at Cuba. It’s a False Flag operation, or Black Flag, is others call it.

It sounds like you have a hell of a lot more interesting windows than I do. OK, Let's get to the $64,000 Question. Why should I, the insanely rich and, frankly, insanely insane Movie Mogul buy this book? 
 This is a straight up and down American thriller. You want to enter a clandestine world of disappearances, high level government intrigue, and see how a trained assassin could help the FBI topple a plot to destabilize America? Then this might be for you.

I hired a couple of crappy assassins to take out Katzenberg just the other day. I could buy the book for them... What the hell! Here's a check for a billion dollars, I'll take it.  Have a line of cocaine?

Buy at amazon

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Book of the Crowman Launch Event

The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey, the much anticipated sequel to the popular Black Feathers, is launching on Wednesday 5th March at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh.
The Book Of The Crowman by Joseph D'LaceyCome along on the 5th at 6.30pm to get your copy signed and chat with Joseph! Tickets are free, and are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218.

Wednesday, March 5th at 18:30
Date: Wednesday 5th of March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

For more information or if you would like a signed copy, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

Friday, February 21, 2014

ColdWater Books Signing for Robert Bailey | exhibitAbooks.com

ColdWater Books Signing for Robert Bailey | exhibitAbooks.com:

Following last week’s sold-out launch for The Professor, Robert Bailey enjoyed a great book signing over the weekend, and here he is to tell you about it:
We had a fantastic book signing this past Saturday at ColdWater Books in Tuscumbia!
As part of Loving Locals Winter Fest, I joined over thirty other
authors for a fun afternoon of books, coffee and conversation.  All
total, we sold 24 copies of The Professor and got to meet a lot of nice

ColdWater Books Signing (Bailey and Powell)
Me with Will Powell, the inspiration for “Powell Conrad.”
My wife Dixie accompanied me, and passed out cookies with The
Professor cover on the front of them, which were a huge hit.  Also
stopping by was Will Powell, my best friend from law school and the
inspiration for the character of “Powell Conrad”.

One very special visitor was Mrs. Carolyn King, my eighth grade
English teacher.  Mrs. King taught me how to write a paragraph, and the
lessons I learned in her class have stayed with me to this day.  I was
so surprised and excited to see her that I totally forgot to ask for a

Other notable guests were my friends Edgar Black, Braxton Ashe,
Nathan Ryan, Bob Mackenzie, Rebecca Michael and my friend Mary Lynn
Bishop’s father, Buddy.

Sandi Hendrix and her staff at ColdWater Books did a fantastic job
with this event, and I was honored to be a part of it.  If you are ever
in the Shoals area, stop by ColdWater Books and have a cup of coffee and
a blueberry muffin.  Then peruse one of the finest bookstores in the
state of Alabama.  My wife, Dixie, was especially impressed with their
children’s selection of books, complete with a reading cave for the
little ones to enjoy.

Very cool stuff, and an all around fantastic signing!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Man With the Golden Mind - Tom Vater's 2-Minute Book Pitch

1.    All right, I'm a very busy man. You have two minutes to convince me to sink millions into your book. So, don't dilly-dally!

Why did you pick this title?

I picked The Man with the Golden Mind as an allusion to The Man with the GoldenArm, a quintessentially post war 50s novel and The Man with the Golden Gun, a 60s Bond novel made into a movie with Roger Moore in the 70s.  My detective protagonist is flawed like both of the men in those books.  The Man with the Golden Mind is the second Detective Maier Mystery. The first was The Cambodian Book of the Dead, a title that obviously has its own literary allusions.

2.      What’s the logline?

German Detective Maier travels to Laos and tracks down the alleged killer of a 25 year old murder, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

3.     What’s the Teaser Pitch?

You’d have to cast a strong male lead, a bit world-weary like Clive Owen. The book is aimed at fans of intelligent action stories, both male and female, anything from Philip Kerr’s Gunther novels to Bond movies. It would look like Apocalypse Now meets the The Quiet American and will be shot in the tropics.

Who is your Hero and how does he change in the book?

     The Maier books are set in 2001 and 2002. Detective Maier, 46 years old, born in Leipzig, living in Hamburg, former war correspondent, is very good at his job, a real pro, but he is also lost between East and West. He has never met his father, can’t engage in long term relationships and drinks too much Vodka.

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms
Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital, Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client, are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

     In The Man with the Golden Mind, Maier goes through a fundamental change – his encounter with Weltmeister throws everything he has ever thought or known about himself into question, and besides solving his case, he also needs to find out who he is.  

How did you come up with the idea?

Between 2003 and 2007, I was working on a screenplay for a documentary called The Most Secret Place on Earth, directed and co-written by Marc Eberle. The film documents the 1960s and 70s covert war by the CIA in Laos and centers around a secret US air base that was the world’s busiest airport for a while. In 2001, Detective Maier travel to Laos and becomes embroiled in the last spasms of this little known conflict. 

 Why should I, the insanely important and wealthy movie studio boss, buy this book?

The Man with the Golden Mind is a fast paced, tense, violent, sexy and unsettling post cold war thriller shining a light on covert warfare and taking off somewhere between the Hard Boiled tradition and Apocalypse Now. Oh, and Kissinger makes an appearance.
That's IT! This is obviously the next Big Thing! You're IN with the In Crowd! Have some cocaine?