OK–I admit it. My new (Kick Ass) website is designed as a shameless marketing ploy. Please check it out: http://www.davidcarlmielke.com. Let me explain. I have added a new series of novels: THE LENA…
OK–I admit it. My new (Kick Ass) website is designed as a shameless marketing ploy. Please check it out: http://www.davidcarlmielke.com. Let me explain.
I have added a new series of novels: THE LENA MILLS TRILOGY, about women who are tired of being abused, taken advantage of, cheated, and decide to do something about it.
One day I was at my local Publix Market when one of the check-out ladies asked me about my author t-shirt and what I wrote about. When I flippantly replied, “Women who kick butt,” she took a bunch of my business cards and passed them out to all of her friends.
The next week, I noticed that the hits on my website had tripled. Not only that, but there have been two recent hit movies titled “Kickass” and “Kickass 2.” Now, I’m no marketing genius, but no fool either. Sales of my books have gone up considerably thanks to my “flippant remark” and subsequent actions to drive traffic to the website. Ergo, the title. Most everyone who reads MYSTIC SISTERS, the first LENA MILLS book, ends up reading the two sequels, so I must be doing something right.
A couple of well-respected editors remarked:
“Original adventures; Central Florida setting has authentic feel; extremely likable characters; use of humor successfully balances darker aspects of the plot.” Christine DeZelar Tiedman, Editor, THE LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Strong, well written; wonderfully hilarious and fast-paced, exciting story; comical, zany, off-the-wall characters.”— Tyler Tichelaar, Editor, READER VIEWS
I invite each of you to check out these three novels, and if you read one or more of them, please leave brief comments either on the Amazon book sites, my website comment page, or here on my blog site.
Until next time–
It has been quite a while since I published my last blog, but as you can see below, I have been busy. Thanks to urging from a couple of friends I admire, I consented to become a ghostwriter for their life stories, or autobiographies. In addition, I have re-written my own life story and titled it “They Shoot Geezers, Don’t They?” The title alone should give you a clue to the humorous, snarky, and politically incorrect contents of the book.
Though “Value Driven Success” and “My Name Is Frank, I Come From Hell” are completely different in subject matter, both are fascinating stories of everyday people overcoming extraordinary challenges. It has been my honor to assist both Joe Garcia and Frank Eknif with their projects. Below are cover pictures of all three books, as well as short synopses of each. If you go to my website: www.davidcarlmielke.com, you will see each of these books with links to their back cover descriptions as well as to each book’s Amazon listing. Please take a few minutes to review these three fascinating new works!
HAPPY READING !
My novel NICKELODIUM just got a big boost from a new hit TV series “Strange Inheritance” on FBN–FOX Business News Network! (To watch the short clip from the show, please click on the following link.)
Also, because NICKELODIUM won the FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association) award as one of the best novels of 2014, it is being featured at the largest book fair in the country–the Book Expo of America (BEA) in late May, to be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Publishers from around the world will be in attendance looking for new works. I can’t ask for greater exposure to the publishing world than that!
For those of you who haven’t seen the synopsis of NICKELODIUM, please click on this link to Amazon.
You don’t have to buy anything, but the story’s synopsis is on this site. Also, there you can read the first few pages for free. And if you want to purchase the novel, it is available in paperback and as a e-book on Kindle.
My gratitude to everyone who has read some or all of my books. I welcome any comments either on Amazon, Goodreads, or on this blog site.
All the best!
Let me begin by wishing everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous 2015! My latest novel AMERAGEDDON is available in both paperback and as an e-book through Amazon. Sales are doing well and the feedback has been very positive. My thanks to the many readers who have read the book, as well as its predecessor NICKELODIUM. Now let me bring to your attention a very troubling statistic. In a recent national poll, over seventy percent of Americans believe that a terrorist event on the scale of 9-11 or worse will occur on American soil within the next two years. SEVENTY PERCENT! If that doesn’t bother you, try this on for size: roughly the same percentage believe that our country is incapable of responding adequately to such an event if it is perpetrated by a rogue cell of U.S. citizens (home-grown terrorists), because of CONSTITUTIONAL RESTRICTIONS and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. God help us if this happens! Surely, should such an event or series of events occur, the cry for retribution would be deafening, but like the elephant in the road, the question remains: HOW WILL THE GOVERNMENT RESPOND TO SUCH AN EVENT? This is the overriding theme AMERAGEDDON addresses. If you go to the Amazon address for the book below and click on the “Free Look,” I ask that you at least read the first chapter. My bet is that you will be hooked. I hope and pray that seventy percent of Americans are wrong. My story is a vivid example of what could happen and what the government will have to do to avoid other similar incidents. The subject of home-grown terrorism is not pretty, but it is a fact of life we will surely have to confront sooner or later. Here is the LINK to Amazon:
Thanks for reading my blogs. Please feel free to comment. Stay safe — and vigilant!
Hi everyone. My very best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season! To kick it off, I’m announcing the roll-out of my latest novel AMERAGEDDON as a paperback. It is available on Amazon or, if you would like a personalized, author-signed copy, please e-mail me or order through my website (see below). A few readers have purchased copies of my previous books for family and friends. They make affordable holiday gifts at $15 each plus postage (about $2.50 per book), and are less expensive than ordering through Amazon–considering the shipping charges.
As I described in my last blog, AMERAGEDDON is the sequel to award-winning NICKELODIUM (Judged to be one of the best novels of 2014 by the FAPA–Florida Authors and Publishers Association). It is a novel about major domestic terrorism, the inability of the government to deal with the consequences, and one woman’s fight to avenge her family’s murder at the hands of home-grown jihadists. Everyone who has read this non-stop action story has commented very favorably. I’m confident you will as well.
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Thanks for reading this shameless plug, and again–have a great Holiday Season!
I have just published the sequel to NICKELODIUM, titled AMERAGEDDON. It is available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle at this time. The paperback will follow shortly, and I’ll let you all know with a new blog when it is published.
AMERAGEDDON is a novel concerning domestic terrorism, a topic that is not only timely but also frighteningly real to many of us who remember such incidents as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood and most recently the Boston Marathon bombing of April, 2013. Thankfully, many other attempts at domestic terrorism that never made the news have been thwarted by federal, state and local law enforcement. But we live under a constant threat of new attacks from radical extremists and must remain ever vigilant.
Those of you who read NICKELODIUM may remember SHARON RICHARDS, the former FBI agent and DUNCAN’S wife. In AMERAGEDDON, she is the lead character.
This riveting story may be eerily prescient. GOD HELP US IF IT COMES TRUE!
OUR WORST NIGHTMARE HAS COME TRUE! In this riveting story that may be eerily prescient, a coordinated series of massive bombings has killed thousands, staggered the economy and triggered riots in cities across the nation. One of the targets is the world’s largest cruise ship that is destroyed by a hijacked airliner.
Former FBI agent SHARON RICHARDS, her husband and two children are on board the ship. Her family is killed, but she miraculously survives and vows to avenge their murders.
Lacking adequate proof and restricted by constitutional law, the government seems helpless to prevent further bombings. In a strange quirk of fate, Sharon is recruited by the President of the United States to penetrate a suspected home-grown terrorist cell and gather evidence to stop further attacks.
Time is running out before the next round of devastating explosions. She must act quickly outside the law to save the country from unbridled anarchy and total economic collapse.
IF SHE FAILS, IT COULD MEAN THE END OF AMERICA!
Okay, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic. After all, I’m trying to convince you to read my story, right? But look at the news every day. Tell me, do you feel the country is as safe from acts of terror now than it was ten years ago? If I polled all of you, I’m sure the overwhelming answer would be NO. We’re all looking for leadership from our government and finding precious little, right? Washington, D.C. is a sea of corruption and partisan bickering. Political correctness has trumped common sense. Somewhere along the way, CYA has replaced patriotism. The result is a collection of selfish bureaucrats who are only interested in two things–wasting money and getting re-elected.
AMERAGEDDON is not only a story about domestic terrorism, but it also brings a fresh, pragmatic look to this country’s leadership in the form of ELIZABETH STANTON, the newly-elected President of the United States. And, to those of you who read the LENA MILLS TRILOGY, you will be pleased to see her make a cameo appearance as well.
After learning that I write novels, most people ask what they’re about. I answer candidly (and with tongue in cheek), “Women who kick butt.” As President Elizabeth Stanton says in the book, “Men, you’ve had more than your share of chances to screw things up. Over the last hundred years you’ve managed through greed, vanity and downright stupidity, to lead our country to the brink of disaster. Now get the hell out of the way. Let this woman clean house and pick up your dirty laundry!”
I do hope you will read and enjoy my new novel. It’s not all doom and gloom, but has a fair amount of humor blended in for good measure.
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Be well, and do feel free to comment on my work and/or blogs.
Thanks for your interest! More to come soon…
Hi Everyone–Sorry I haven’t posted a blog in a while, but I’ve been writing the sequel to NICKELODIUM, which will be titled AMERAGEDDON (see below for cover pic, synopsis and approximate date for release).
I am pleased to report that NICKELODIUM has won the 2014 “President’s Book Award” as one of the best novels of the year. This honor is sponsored by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA), and I received it on August 9th at their annual conference in Pompano Beach. I was also grateful that my two daughters and granddaughter were able to attend the Awards Banquet that evening.
NICKELODIUM will be featured at the BOOK EXPO AMERICA starting May 29, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. This is the country’s largest annual gathering of Authors and Industry Leaders. It is also the greatest venue to introduce new books to top publishers who will be looking for new ideas and works. Fingers crossed!!
Now to the sequel, AMERAGEDDON. This will be my first novel delving into the subject of terrorism, and will be on sale sometime in late 2014.
One of the characters in the previous story–NICKELODIUM, Sharon Richards, is aboard the world’s largest cruise ship with her husband and two sons. The ship is demolished by a hijacked airliner in Lower New York Bay, causing a massive explosion as well as thousands of deaths and injuries. Sharon, a recently-retired FBI agent, somehow survives the attack but loses her family in the conflagration.
In the next few days, five more attacks on famous American landmarks shock our country to the core, causing more casualties than any coordinated series of events in U.S. history. A terrorist group calling themselves “al-Qaeda in America” claims responsibility and promises more attacks. Though the President of the United States institutes martial law and curfews, the country is helpless to identify and stop these attacks due to our politically-correct law enforcement procedures.
Through her quest for revenge and a unique set of circumstances, Sharon becomes the only person capable of stopping this home-grown cabal bent on destroying the United States of America.
I will be blogging more on the progress of this EXCITING, CHILLING and (God forbid) PRESCIENT novel, which will be available sometime late this year . Meanwhile, please visit my website: http://www.DAVIDCARLMIELKE.COM, where you can read the synopsis of NICKELODIUM and my other novels: THE LENA MILLS TRILOGY.
That’s all for now. Thanks for your interest!
There are TONS of blogs, e-mails and articles written about coins, right? That’s your gig–collectible coins. But how many novels about coins are there? Not many. You’re probably thinking, fiction has no place in numismatics. Coins are real, tangible, meant to be admired for their beauty and financial value, not some flight of fancy, right?
Let me ask you a question. What if the origin of one of the world’s most celebrated coins was steeped in mystery? Wouldn’t you like to delve into this mystery, even if it’s only a temporary diversion from reality?
Okay, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not one of you–a numismatist. My father was, though. He was not only a collector, but also a coin and stamp dealer in Michigan until his passing in 1986. Although I didn’t follow in his footsteps with a hobby, let alone a career in numismatics, he instilled in me an appreciation for the beauty of coin designs, especially those of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Irish-born sculptor.
His crowning achievement–the $20 “Double Eagle” gold piece–is in my opinion the most beautiful coin ever minted.
I am an author of novels. By their very nature, novels are fiction. What do my avocation as a novelist and numismatics have in common?
The 1913 Liberty Head nickel–the most celebrated coin in American history.
After reading the fascinating non-fiction book Million Dollar Nickels by Paul Montgomery, Mark Borckardt and Ray Knight, I was hooked on the century-old bizarre mystery of these five illicitly-minted coins. Who produced them and when? How did they leave the heavily-guarded U.S. Mint? Why weren’t they introduced to the public until 1920? And the big question: are there any more waiting to be discovered?
Researching the various internet search engines, I found hundreds of articles about the coins and their often sensational paths of ownership over the last century. But I could not find any speculative works that dared to answer these questions in an entertaining novel.
Ergo, my book NICKELODIUM–A Novel Based on Historical Facts.
I invite everyone–numismatists and anyone else interested in a rollicking good story spanning a century–to visit NICKELODIUM’s Amazon page:
or my website: www.davidcarlmielke.com
If you’re like me and enjoy a good tale with murder, $millions$ and a touch of humor thrown in for good measure, you will enjoy the book.
Soon I will add some more blogs about the history of the Liberty Head nickels (from 1883 to 1912) and their successors, the Indian Head, or Buffalo nickels, which were minted from 1913 to 1938. I welcome any comments or criticisms you may have in response.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I look forward to hearing from you. Happy Reading!