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.

Sammy

“Dead Air” review on Audiofile magazine

Very nice review of the Audiobook version of “Dead Air” by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid. Check it out here

“Dead Air” by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid may be fiction, but it’s “dead on”

The authors of “Dead Air, Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid, wrote the thriller as a cautionary tale. As medical research has become more and more competitive, with funding often only availabe from corporate sources with profit motives, conflicts of interest are a real issue – one that literally costs human subjects and, ultimately, patients taking a drug that should not have been approved, their lives. ThisWall Street Journal article details the growing number of real life examples of poor medical research coming out of ostensibly prestigious institutions and published in widely-respected medical journals. This is becoming a serious problem that doesn’t normally get much press. Read the article, then read the book. “Dead Air” may be fiction, but as far as a premise, it’s really dead on!!

– Sammy

Dead Air by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid, winner of Royal Palm Literary Award

Why medical research needs better oversight

Just as in the novel Dead Air, written by my creators, Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid, this op ed piece points out the dangers of inadequately monitored medical research.Carl Elliott, who teaches bioethics at the University of Minnesota, talks about “seeding trials” in which a pharmaceutical company tries to promote a new drug to physicians in the guise of a research study. In point of fact, these are really marketing strategies- not well designed clinical research protocols.Because the drugs have already been approved by the FDA, the “trials” are not considered illegal and are not reviewed by the agency. So when bad things happen to the subjects, as it has with several drugs cited by Elliott, that information may take years to reach the public- if ever- since there is no requirement that the pharmaceutical company report any problems.

Bottom line: Given the fact that the government won’t regulate as it should, my advice is this: be very, very careful before you volunteer for a study that is conducted by a private company. The characters in the fictional medical thriller, Dead Air didn’t and look what happened to them. It’s no joke.

Take care!

Sammy

Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

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  

Come on Down! To the Long Beach Barnes and Noble to Enjoy Devil Wind!

Can’t wait to see the photos from the  Hollywood Book Awards Ceremony where Devil Wind is the prize winning audiobook.  Ben Matchar will be standing in for Deborah Shlian, and Linda Reid and Barbara Whitesides will join him to celebrate Devil Wind’s success.  Then, on Sunday July 24th, Linda Reid will be at the Long Beach Barnes and Noble from 11 am to 8 pm to meet Devil Wind readers in person.  Linda will be doing a reading at 1:30 pm from Devil Wind–please come and join her and several other Greater Los Angeles Writers Society writers!

GLAWS_Print_Flyer_0711_    Join us at the Long Beach Barnes and Noble

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!!

The Good Reading Seal of Approval

Hey, everyone.  Just back from a week’s vacay in Cabo enjoying the beach with Reed.  My first sailing lessons with “Captain Wyndham” were fun!  Caught this column about summer reading from Linda on the flight home.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yolanda-reid-chassiakos/self-publishing-advice-_b_888950.html

My recommendations for great summer reading:  Devil Wind, of course.

Stay cool, friends.

 

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

Neil Prescott, you have company.

Linda Reid just did a piece for Huffpo about politicians’ escapades–in the bedroom.  Well said, girlfriend.

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos: Not Again!

Originally Published By: Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Read the Original Article Here

Maybe I don’t have enough testosterone. Or balls. But I just don’t understand, guys. Why can’t you politicians keep your pants zipped up and the head on top of your shoulders in charge?

I know, I know. Politics tends to draw a disproportionate number of people who may be narcissistic or power-hungry or both. There’s no question that the schmoozing skills required to separate individual and corporate donors from their money during a campaign can be likened to those used in seduction, as can the articulate, and, let’s admit it, sexy, charm that inspires voters to cast their ballots your way. But even if the electorate doesn’t, you know it’s a game — once you’re in office, you really need to be focusing on the job, not the perks.

And, who decided that an edgy sex life should be a perk of the profession anyway? Maybe you misinterpreted the true intent and meaning of “public service.” Think of how fortunate you are to have the opportunity to help the neediest in our society live a healthy and productive life. Or if you’re a Republican, to have the chance to invest in and promote entrepreneurial ventures and their CEO innovators. Looking in from the outside, I’d guess you could easily put in 15 hour days just doing the work your constituents elected you to do. You chose to take on this mantle — do the job you promised, and don’t blow it.

I’m not going to rehash all the psychological excuses that are often paraded out each time a politico gets caught with his pants down. Frankly, it doesn’t matter why you are “driven” to do what you do. My boss doesn’t care about my inner angst — he just expects me to be at the office every day, doing my work in a timely, high quality, and professional manner. And that’s what we, the voters, ask of you. We’ve elected you to serve as inspiring and capable leaders — you all are supposed to be our crème de la crème. You’ve disciplined yourselves enough to maintain professional standards through your years of education and paying your professional dues. Surely you can continue to do so once you achieve your ambitions and take your oath of office. If your goal has been to become a political rock star and impose your powers and positions on willing groupies, the deluded, the naïve, and, as we say in French, the réticent, then you’re not deserving of the mantle of leadership.

It’s not really that hard. If you’re married, don’t cheat. If you’re unhappily married, get a divorce. If you’re single, date, and keep your bedroom activity “for your eyes only.” The only thing you should be doing on social media is telling your constituents when the next rubber-chicken-and-balloons town hall meeting will be. If you’re gay or bi, don’t use the closet to undermine gay rights. And, gay or straight, don’t turn to professionals in the sex trade. Are you truly that desperate? Whatever your private taste du jour, get consent — and use a condom. Finally, if you’re into the “underage,” get help now, because that’s not only a shame, it’s a crime.

The lust for power and the lust for lust often go hand in hand — the bedroom is yet another gladiatorial arena in which to unsheath and draw your sword. We get it. But, for the good of their families and our country, it’s time for politicians to abandon sexual abandon and instead adopt the War on Drugs’ motto “Just Say No.” Political success has allowed those in power to act out their fantasies on a grand scale, unchecked by the limitations that most “mortals” face. That drive has left the path before us strewn with the bodies of victims; the injuries on a local as well as on a meta level to our nation and to the world beyond, can be traced to the unleashing of grandiosity unzipped — no longer kept in check and balance. It’s time for our politicians to resist the drug of arrogance and step back from the abyss. Do the job you were elected to do — and zip it.

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