My baby is one-year old today. She has learned to crawl, has taken her first steps, and is now ready to run.
On August 4, 2010, I released my first ever effort at self-publication. I had thought long and hard about doing so, constantly reading about this new-fangled device called a Kindle, but holding out hope that a publisher would discover my twenty-year old story about mysterious objects buried deep in the ocean and undercover spies hiding in the open in America for decades.
Then I got the kick in the posterior that I needed. On June 27, 2010, America woke up to find out that authorities had arrested ten Russian spies who, among other things, had lived as ordinary Americans for decades, married innocent Americans, raised children, bought homes in suburbia, held mundane jobs, and used purloined identities — just like the fictional spies that I had written about in 1990! With that, I rushed ahead and took the plunge to release a Kindle version of my novel.
It is now one year old and has sold over 4,035 copies. This highly realistic science fiction thriller has received 44 four and five star reviews in Amazon US and UK and many more in Nook, Smashwords, Goodreads, and other places.
Many readers finish the book wondering, “if this story might not be fiction at all, but something very real and very disturbing.” A noted book critic, Alan Caruba, gave it a rare and extraordinary recommendation when he said, “If you read just one novel in 2011, make it Falling Star.”
Thank you readers for disproving the twenty-year shunning of my prescient book by the legacy DTB industry.
The most wonderful thing from this first year is the many friends that I have made in these and other forums. Your thoughtful comments have been most encouraging as I embark on a major transition. Once I am at my new location, I hope to get started on the promised sequel to Falling Star.