NIAA Progress Report #9

Couple more weeks and a bunch more submissions to agents, and as of now I’ve pretty much exhausted my list of agents to query.  I have probably about another ten or so that require specific instruction submissions that I will get to in December, but for now I’ve got a whole bunch of queries out there, so I’m just going to wait a bit.  Also had a couple requests for the manuscript, so keeping my fingers crossed for those.

And here’s the updated scoreboard for Nothing is an Accident:

NIAA Scoreboard

BookBanter is Three Years Old

This week is BookBanter’s third birthday!  I debuted my first podcast episode back on October 13th, 2008, which you can listen to here.  And as of today, BookBanter has 40 audio episodes (most of them exclusive interviews), 24 written interviews, and 596 book reviews.  2011 saw the debut of the BookBanter Column, with four articles published, and I’m currently working on the fifth on the subject of NaNoWriMo.  This year I also added links on the writing projects I’m currently working on and their respective statuses, which can be found on the Writing page; and there’s the Librivox page, covering my audio recordings for Librivox.

For 2012, I will continue putting up new interviews twice a month, and the big news right now is the first interview of next year, which should go up on January 1st, will be a written one with bestselling author Richard Dawkins!  I’m also planning on running a series of interviews with various people in publishing, including publicists, agents, and hopefully a few editors, just to get their side of the book world and what their lives are like.

So here’s to many more years with BookBanter!

BookBanter Links Roundup for 10/14/11

“Half-Past Dawn” by Richard Doetsch (Atria Books, 2011)

Half-Past Dawn

Bestselling author Richard Doetsch last thrilled readers with Thieves of Darkness and the amazing 13th Hour; in Half-Past Dawn he delivers a whole new meaning to the term “thriller,” providing shocking reveals and realizations at the end of almost every chapter.  Readers will be left wondering (and dreading) what will happen next, and be physically unable to stop reading.

Jack Keeler wakes up one morning to find that there are many things wrong with the world; things that were not this way the day before.  He has a strange wound over his right eye that has been hastily and badly stitched together, yet he has no memory of ever being injured.  There is also a strange and intricate tattoo design on his forearm – written in an unknown script – which he has no recollection getting.  He does not hear the sound of his beautiful wife, or his happy twin girls; his house is all too quiet.  And then he finds the newspaper with the headline NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JACK KEELER DEAD.  It is then that Keeler knows there is something very wrong with the world.

Now it’s up to Jack to find out what happened to the love of his life; his children who he can’t live without; and why the world thinks he’s dead.  It seems like one of those good mysteries that delivers answers as the story goes along, except Doetsch is looking to change this expected dynamic in Half-Past Dawn, providing unpredictable plot twists and startling discoveries.  In The 13th Hour, Doetsch used a device that seemed fantastic in nature; in this novel he takes on the human mind and memory – our most important asset – and yet when we start to doubt it, reality begins to be questioned.

Stories this elaborately conceived usually have a weak ending, or cop out in some way; not so with Half-Past Dawn.  Doetsch has done his homework and research, linking with an Asian people out of legend, to present an incredible story that will leave one wondering until the very end.

Originally written on October 13, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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