Book Clubs: 5 more days to win free books

Check out this month’s newsletter from ShlianBooks. Book clubs interested in reading “Rabbit in the Moon”, “Wednesday’s Child” or “Double Illusion” by Deborah and Joel Shlian or one of the two Sammy Greene novels (“Dead Air” or “Devil Wind” by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid) can win free books for their book clubs as well as an appearance by the authors via Skype (a personal appearance if in the South Florida region). Just click on this LINK and enter the contest!!! And while you’re at it, sign up for the newsletter. There are contests almost every month.

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Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid Audiobook wins First Place!!

“Devil Wind” won a brand new award- the Audiobook took first place for the  Hollywood Book Festival!! Kudos to narrator Barbara Whitesides. She’s really a winner – in May, the Audiobook version of “Rabbit in the Moon” by Deborah & Joel Shlian  placed first at the San Francisco Book Festival. And kudos to SpokenWordInc, the producer. Wish I could attend the award ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on the 23rd. But I promise to share pictures.

Take advantage of SpokenWordInc’s summer special and get a 20% discount for the Audiobook.

Talk to you soon!

Sammy

Devil Wind Audiobook wins First Prize!!

Keep Fear Alive? Let’s Not!!

Surprise, May 21st came and went with no apocalypse! Just as in “Devil Wind” a manipulator (Miller in “Devil Wind”, Family Radio Network founder Harold Camping in this situation) was able to create a level of irrational fear that drove people to actually believe the world was about to end.

Of course, “Devil Wind” is fiction, but sadly millions in our country really do believe in doomsday predictions. Some of Camping’s followers actually quit their jobs and emptied their bank accounts to show their absolute faith in their leader.

Why? Because Camping was able to tap into their worst fear.

If a car is racing in your direction in the wrong lane of a busy California freeway, fear can be a useful emotion, sending a cocktail of chemicals (including adrenaline) surging through your bloodstream, allowing you to act instinctively, to serve out of the way of that oncoming vehicle. On the other hand, in some other situations- especially those in which there is no immediate or, I would submit, no “real” danger- this primal emotion (i.e. fear) can result in inappropriate decisions by paralyzing one’s reason.  After he left office, former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge wrote a book called “The Test of Our Times” in which he claimed the Bush administration had used imagined fears of a terrorist attack after 9/11 to sway voters.

Just like Neil Prescott does in the novel “Devil Wind.”

According to a scientific study published in a 2009 issue of the American Journal of Political Science, politicians of both parties are likely to try using fear to make people agree with decisions they might otherwise regret.

“A greater understanding of when fear can and cannot be used to scare citizens into supporting bad policies can help journalists and scholars more effectively interpret important historical events. It can help them think about whether, and to what extent, elite manipulation of citizen emotions contributed to initial public support for these kinds of government actions,” Arthur Lupia and Jesse O. Menning, the authors of the study, argue.

In an essay entitled “The Death of Rational Thought” by Kim Weissman in April, 2001,  Ms. Weissman wrote “public policy in this country is no longer premised on rational thought and educated public debate, it is increasingly being driven by fear, hysteria, ignorance, and media disinformation”

She goes on to talk about how we, the public, need to become better educated about issues, to start thinking more clearly and rationally so that fear does not overwhelm us. Politicians understand that fear creates power over people.

As long as voters are afraid of something (terrorism, gay marriage, drugs, guns, other religions, whatever) they can be controlled. But when we’re not afraid and understand the issues thoroughly, we are less likely to fall under the spell of fear.

Think it about it folks. Shouldn’t we all become better informed citizens? Frankly I’m tired of being told to be afraid all the time.

Here’s Sammy Greene’s advice: have a great Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy your friends and family. And remember, the end of the world has been cancelled!

PS While you’re sitting by the pool relaxing, why not read a copy of “Devil Wind” my latest adventure? It’s in hardback , eBook and on Audio.

Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid

“Devil Wind” by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid book review on Bestsellersworld.com

Read another nice review of my latest adventure (“Devil Wind”) here. Reviewer Patricia Reid says “the authors bring the multiple story lines together in a satisfying and surprising way.” Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, “Devil Wind” is available in hardback, eBooks (including Kindle) and Audiobook.

Audiobook version of Rabbit in the Moon by Deborah & Joel Shlian a winner!

Just announced: the Audiobook version of “Rabbit in the Moon” produced by Spoken Word Inc and narrated by nationally honored radio talk show host, Barbara Whitesides, won Honorable Mention at this year’s SF Book Festival.  Congrats to them all!! This just adds to the many awards the international thriller has already won including the Gold Medal for the Florida Book Award. Barbara Whitesides is also the voice for both Sammy Greene thrillers: “Dead Air” and “Devil Wind”.

SF Book Festival

May news from Sammy Greene

Check out this May newsletter and the terrific Kindle deal for “Dead Air” (only $1.99 through May). Read some of the great reviews for “Devil Wind”, my latest adventure. Learn about Spokenwordinc, the company that produced the Audiobook versions of “Dead Air” and “Devil Wind.” Please sign the mailing list for future news from me!! Thanks to everyone who has already made “Devil Wind” so successful.

Devil Wind gets great review from Big Thrill

I am so excited!! Author Derek Gunn gave Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid a big thumbs up in the May issue of the Big Thrill, the International Thriller Writers’ magazine. And don’t forget, for this month only, Dead Air, the first in the series starring me (Sammy Greene) is available on Kindle for only $1.99. How can you beat that? And please, let me know how you like my adventures. I love hearing from you!!!

Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid

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