Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid wins 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award!

Congrats to my creators, Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid for another great win. Last year the team’s novel Dead Air won First Place, Best Thriller for the Royal Palm Literary award sponsored by the Florida Writers Association. Now the second in the Sammy Greene series, Devil Wind, has won the 2011 Royal Palm Literary award for Best Thriller. Way to go, guys!

So for those of you who haven’t read book #1 (Dead Air) or book #2 (Devil Wind), you’re in for a treat. And of course, I’m the star of both stories.

Thanks!

-Sammy

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Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid is Finalist for the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award!!

Just announced today: Devil Wind is a Finalist for this year’s Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association. Winners will be honored at the October Florida Writers Association meeting in Orlando.  I couldn’t be more excited for my creators: Linda Reid and Deborah Shlian. Last year, Dead Air, the first in their series about me, won First Place in the Thriller category. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they win this year too. But as they say in Hollywood, “just to be a finalist is an honor in itself”.

Sammy  

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!!

Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid: new book review

Thanks to Edie Dykeman, Bellaonline’s Mystery Books editor for her wonderful review of “Devil Wind”.  Her words: “The story is fast paced and the several plots and subplots deftly intertwined throughout the book come together in a harrowing, but satisfying, finish.”

But read the whole review here and if you haven’t read the book, for heavens sake, buy it now! Deborah has been donating all her royalties to breast cancer research. The novel is available in hardback, on eBook and Audiobook (20% discount all summer).

Thanks!

Sammy

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.

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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