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Monday, April 12, 2021

Amazon Reviews: "Page-Turning, masterful, briskly plotted, delicious, exotic"


In addition to all of the positive reviews of The Color of Jadeite published in journals, readers have been leaving their own five-star reviews at Amazon. Here is some of what readers have been saying.

“A literary and page-turning thriller that can be savored in the study or on the beach.” 

“Goodman knows how to put words together with masterful skill to create the rhythm and color just right for each moment in the story. The novel earns high marks for its mix of genre, its characters, and its fine writing. Five stars.” 

“A fast-paced, briskly plotted thriller spiced with romance, history, and humor makes for a delicious, exotic read.” 

“Perfect for people who like thrillers, adventures, mysteries, and cliffhanging chapter ends that make you want to keep reading.” 

“Has a writing style that pulls you into the story from the beginning. Readers will be fascinated by its turns from start to finish.” 


Read the reader reviews for yourself at the link.


https://www.amazon.com/Color-Jadeite-Eric-D-Goodman-ebook/dp/B08H1S7VDF/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


 

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Monday, April 05, 2021

Beijing travel story in Go World Travel

 



Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

Go World Travel Magazine has published my article “Beijing, China: Exploring Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City” in their latest issue.

The article takes readers from Tiananmen Square and Mao’s mausoleum to The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.  

Read the article at the link below:


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Monday, March 29, 2021

“Rain and Pain” in The Booksmuggler’s Den



The Book Smuggler’s Den is an online literary magazine that publishes authors in all walks of life. Each issue features poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, and interviews from the latest and most celebrated authors.

The Booksmaggler’s Den has published my story, “Rain and Pain” in their portfolio of good reads! “Rain and Pain” is an excerpt from the novel, Setting the Family Free.

You can find this and other stories at the link below.




 

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Witty Thriller Reminiscent of Old Noir Movies

 


The popular book blog, Jenny Reads, published a review of The Color of Jadeite:

“On the surface, Goodman has crafted a witty thriller reminiscent of the old Noir movies of the 30s and 40s (complete with a clever nod to Casablanca in the opening chapters) but he did not stop there. With the foundation firmly laid, Goodman then layered in an exotic locale as mysterious as it is familiar.”

Jenny writes that she truly enjoyed the characters and would love to read a follow-up novel, saying: “Goodman introduced all the characters with a level of familiarity in the narrative, it would be good to see some of the backstories that were hinted at played out or new cases taken and tackled.”

Read the full review at Jenny Reads.



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Monday, March 15, 2021

Fictional Café on Jadeite: Engrossing, Dynamic, Suspenseful, Mysterious


The Fictional Café published Fiction Barista Mike Mavilia Rochester’s review of The Color of Jadeite.


“I was able to immerse myself in this story of backstabbers, riddles and treasure hunting on a frenetic romp throughout the massive Asian country.”

 

Mike writes, “What struck me about The Color of Jadeite was the amount of historical context Goodman incorporates into the story. It’s clear he’s done his research and is insistent on getting every detail right.”

 

Fictional Café goes on to say, “As with any good page-turner, Jadeite keeps the story moving and the mystery ever-unfolding. Characters weave in and out of the narrative as they dart around the vast country, setting the reader up to know a surprise is coming, but unable to guess it. The juicy ending he hints at throughout the book pays off in the final scenes. In Allan’s search for this artifact from the past, he unearths some of his own past along the way, prompting us to wonder if the past is destined to haunt us all in the end.”

 

Their bottom line? “Ultimately, I found the novel to be an engrossing literary journey with dynamic characters and an ending worth the time invested. If you’re a fan of espionage novels and thrillers, this may be right up your alley, though you don’t need to be a fan of the genre to appreciate the suspenseful storyline and mysterious characters.”


Read the full review at Fictional Café, where there are always free refills on great lit.


https://www.fictionalcafe.com/the-color-of-jadeite-by-eric-d-goodman-a-review/

 


 

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Monday, March 08, 2021

Loch Raven Review on Jadeite: So many surprises and discoveries!


Loch Raven Review published a review of The Color of Jadeite in which Editor Dan Cuddy compares the novel to the thrillers of Steve Berry.


“The two qualities that distinguish Eric D. Goodman’s entertaining novel The Color of Jadeite, a page-turning thriller, are the ingenuity of the plot and the almost travel book settings in which the frenetic characters explore for clues to the hidden treasure of a one-of-a-kind ancient jadeite tablet.”


LRR goes on to say, “It would be great to reveal the twists of the plot in the story, and praise the artistry in surprising the reader, but the less said the better on this. The individual reader should have their own experience.”


Cuddy writes that he hopes there will be more Clive Allan adventures to come. “The novel is pure escapist fiction, which is needed in these days of real-world turmoil.”


Read the full review in Loch Raven Review.


https://thelochravenreview.net/eric-d-goodmans-the-color-of-jadeite-reviewed-by-dan-cuddy/



 

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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Maryland Literary Review: Readers Will Enjoy Jadeite

 


Maryland Literary Review has published a thrilling review of The Color of Jadeite. In the review, author Charles Rammelkamp describes the novel as a “fast-paced, what-happens-next thriller.”

 

MLR highlights the fast-paced plot, spilling-in of historical context, sense of humor in the dialogue, and makes comparisons between The Color of Jadeite and James Bond, Sax Rohmer, Robert Mitchum’s Philip Marlow, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? when describing elements of the novel.

 

“Goodman is a talented storyteller. Readers will enjoy The Color of Jadeite.”

 

Read the entire review in Maryland Literary Review.

https://www.marylandliteraryreview.com/review/the-color-of-jadeite-by-eric-d-goodman-reviewed-by-charles-rammelkamp/


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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Travel Story that Inspired a Thriller


Back in 2014, my daughter and I went on a travel adventure throughout China that took us from Beijing to Shanghai, Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. We saw everything from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to The Terracotta Warriors and West Lake.

With the help of daily note-taking and journaling from Nicole, I wrote a travel story that detailed the weeks we spent in China. Smaller nuggets rewritten from that longer story have appeared in places like Baltimore Style Magazine, Go World Travel, and Go Nomad. Now, inTravel Magazine is publishing the entire travelogue in a series.

Check out part one now—enjoy the adventures, and the photos, and consider rating it with the click of the mouse. (The best rated story of each month gets a bonus.) 

Enjoy “Fortunate Cookies: A Father-Daughter Adventure Through China

Part 1: Beijing and the Great Wall” in inTravel Magazine at the link below.


https://www.intravelmag.com/intravel/in-depth/fortunate-cookies-a-father-daughter-adventure-in-china


 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

“Evening Stroll” published in Contrapuntos VIII

 


California’s Digitus Indie Publishing is publishing my story, “Evening Stroll,” in the literary anthology, Contrapuntos VIII.

The anthology will be available both in print and online, includes work in English and Spanish, and is guest edited by Ángel M. Rañales Pérez.

Previously, in 2016, my story “Getting Ahead” was published in Contrapuntos IV.

Learn more at http://www.digitusindie.com


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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Animal Pandemic as Metaphor


A literary journal editor recently accepted an excerpt from Setting the Family Free for publication and made an unexpected comment. When local authorities in my novel warn people to stay indoors and avoid going out, it was seen as a metaphor for our current COVID situation. Of course, Setting the Family Free was written well before any thoughts of a pandemic, focused solely on the release of dangerous animals. But an interesting insight.


 

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Monday, February 01, 2021

WBJC BookNotes on The Color of Jadeite


 

On the first Friday and Saturday of each month, Baltimore’s classical music station, 91.5 FM, WBJC, airs BookNotes, an interview series by Judith Krummeck devoted to books.

 

Judith was kind enough to host me for February’s BookNotes. Tune in at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, February 5 or 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 6 to hear my conversation with Judith about writing, traveling, and The Color of Jadeite.

 

Or, listen online at

https://www.wbjc.com/our-programs/booknotes/


 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Virginia Normal Publishes Comments Left

 


The Virginia Normal, the literary journal of Virginia State University, has published my flash fiction piece, “Comments Left” in their latest issue.

 

“Comments Left” imagines a future in which a new social media has taken over in a way no one could have predicted—as unbelievable as people staring at phones may have been 10 years ago.

 

Enjoy the latest issue now at https://thevirginianormal.com


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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Baltimore Magazine Promotes Setting the Family Free


Here’s a blast from the past: this time last year, in 2019, before we began sheltering in place, we enjoyed a book launch event for Setting the Family Free at The Ivy bookshop in their previous location. The event included animal-themed wines, animal crackers, a reading from the novel, and a great conversation with the audience participants.

 

Baltimore Magazine was kind enough to promote the event, and the novel.

 

In a related note, a literary journal editor recently accepted an excerpt from Setting the Family Free for publication and made an interesting and unexpected comment. When local authorities warn people to stay indoors and avoid going out, it was seen as a possible metaphor for our current COVID situation. Of course, Setting the Family Free was written well before any thoughts of a pandemic, but it’s an interesting insight.

 

You can still get your copy of Setting the Family Free today, at The Ivy Bookshop’s new location, from other book stores, or online!

 

https://events.baltimoremagazine.com/event/meet_the_author_eric_d_goodman_setting_the_family_free#.X5we1i2ZP-Y
 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Deborah Kalb’s Jadeite Interview

 


Since 2012, Deborah Kalb has been interviewing authors about their books and the writing process. Her interviews are always inspiring and informative. Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss my latest novel, The Color of Jadeite with her.

 

Why the change of genre, from literary to thriller? What inspired the idea? Were there any surprises that came about when conducting the research for this novel? These and other questions are asked and answered at Debora Kalb’s Author Q and A Blog.

 

http://deborahkalbbooks.blogspot.com/2020/10/q-with-eric-d-goodman.html


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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

JMWW Reveals Origin of Jadeite


Recently I was invited by the literary journal, JMWW, to write about the origin of my new literary thriller, The Color of Jadeite. From the first spark of an idea to the first draft, what went into the creation of this adventure novel? How was it different from my other novels in terms of creation? What came first, the characters or the plot? Or, in this case, something completely different?

 

Explore the origins of The Color of Jadeite, brought to you by JMWW.

 

 https://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/origins-the-color-of-jadeite-by-eric-d-goodman/


 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Do Writing Habits Change With Genre?


That is the question posed to me by Savvy Verse and Wit, the DC-based blog dedicated to literary and poetic works. That is a hefty question, so rather than respond with a quick and simple answer, I responded with an entire guest blog post.

 

A good story is a good story, regardless of genre. However, I did find my approach in developing and writing The Color of Jadeite to be different because of the amount of plotting, number of characters with their individual situations, and the logistics of getting them from one setting to another.

 

Learn more about the writing and plotting of The Color of Jadeite by reading my guest blog post published by Savvy Verse and Wit.

 

https://savvyverseandwit.com/2020/09/guest-post-do-writing-habits-change-when-switching-genres-by-eric-d-goodman-author-of-the-color-of-jadeite.html

 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Give the Gift of Jadeite This Holiday Season

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Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Wordgathering Features "She’s Gone"



Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature (ISSN: 2690-7089) is a digital, Open Access, quarterly journal of disability poetry, literature, and the arts. The journal features the work of people with disabilities as well as work that relates to disabilities.

 

Wordgathering has published my story, “She’s Gone,” in their latest issue. “She’s Gone” is an excerpt and stand-alone story from Tracks: A Novel in Stories. It follows Hubert, a mentally challenged man who takes the train from Baltimore to Chicago as he adjusts to life without his life-long caretaker after his mother’s passing.

 

You can find this and other stories in the latest issue at the link below.

 

https://wordgathering.com


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Friday, December 04, 2020

LLNB: A Noir Novel Packed with Fast Action, Riveting Characters, and a Sense of Purpose



The popular literary blog, Late Last Night Books, published an interview with me about the development and writing of The Color of Jadeite. The article, “Making a Thoughtful Detective Story—An Interview with Eric D. Goodman,” covers questions about setting, history, culture, diverse characters, research, where ideas come from, and the writing process. We also get into specifics about my first adventure thriller and the places I visited to get the details right, and why fiction matters.

 

Here is part of Sally Whitney’s setup for the interview: Think of Detective Sam Spade. Or Mike Hammer. Then put him in a beautiful location with fascinating history and culture and give him a soul that’s open to change. Author Eric D. Goodman takes this combination and stirs it up with a mystery that hinges on clever hidden clues and long-held secrets. The result is The Color of Jadeite, a noir novel that’s packed with fast action, riveting characters, and a sense of purpose.

 

Check out the full interview at Late Last Night Books.

 

https://latelastnightbooks.com/2020/11/10/8134/

 

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

One Special Whale


 

My friend from high school, and a fellow writer, has released a children’s book about a special whale who is different from friends and other whales. As editor, I had a hand in helping to fine-tune some of the book’s verses. With original illustrations by Biljana Banchotova, Humphrey the Humpback Whale makes an excellent gift for any child interested in whales, sea life, reading, autism, or being different.

 

Kristin Carter-Groulx said she was inspired, in part, by my own children’s book, Flightless Goose. If you and your children or grandchildren enjoyed Flightless Goose, I recommend Humphrey the Humpback Whale.

 

Learn more about it at 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Make Your Black Friday Jadeite Friday


This year, color your Black Friday the color of jadeite. Whether you decide to snag your copy of the new literary thriller, The Color of Jadeite, on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or anywhere in between, here’s an incentive to get your copy now.

 

If you purchase your signed paperback or hardcover directly from me, I’ll throw in a free copy of one of my previous books as well. Two books for the price of one! And, according to the reviews and endorsements, it’s well worth your reading time and book-buying dollar.

 

Here’s how to take advantage of this BOGO deal. Email me directly at edgewriter at gmail dot com and place your order using a credit card, PayPal, Zelle, CashAp, or your payment method of choice. Even a personal check works! And who am I to tell you not to mail cash?

 

Or, buy from the “EdgeWriter Books” seller on Amazon, which you can find on the list under “New” or “Collectable” options at this link:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Color-Jadeite-Eric-D-Goodman/dp/1627202862/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+color+of+jadeite&qid=1604079296&sr=8-1

 

Join the adventure and get your copy of The Color of Jadeite (and a free book to boot) now!


 

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Loch Raven Review on Jadeite: Ingenuity of Plot; Artistry in Surprising the Reader; Awe-inspiring

 


Loch Raven Review has published Editor Dan Cuddy’s stellar review of The Color of Jadeite. Cuddy’s review lauds the awe-inspiring scenery, ingenuity of plot, and artistry in surprising readers.

I don’t want to reveal too many of the details of the plot as it constantly twists and turns and doubles back on the readers as they follow it. So many surprises and discoveries! The novel is pure escapist fiction, which is needed in these days of real-world turmoil. The author toured China, took copious notes, did much research and fashioned in his words the sights, smells, textures of China.

It would be great to reveal the twists of the plot in the story, and praise the artistry in surprising the reader, but the less said the better on this. The individual reader should have their own experience.

Read the entire review in the most recent issue of Loch Raven Review.

 

https://thelochravenreview.net/eric-d-goodmans-the-color-of-jadeite-reviewed-by-dan-cuddy/


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Get to Know Baltimore Through Intimate Letters



Setting the Family Free was not the only book published in 2019 that featured my writing.

 

Katherine Cottle has discovered that one of the best ways to get to know a city is through the intimate letters of those who lived in or visited it. That is well illustrated in her book, The Hidden Heart of Charm City: Baltimore Letters and Lives.

 

She sheds new light on the city through the examination of intimate letters by some of the city's most prominent residents and visitors. From John Adams to Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain to Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald to Edgar Allan Poe, Cottle shows us Baltimore as it was to those who experienced it--in a way that only personal letters between friends and loved ones can.

 

When Apprentice House Press asked me if I would write the forward for her book, I instantly said yes. I was interested not only because I know Katherine and her work, not only because I had read and enjoyed this particular book, but also because of my own special love of letters. In fact, I even wrote the forward as a letter to the reader. Here’s an excerpt.

 

As Cottle points out, a letter is more than a communication, more than a phone call, text, or email. The time between writing and delivery gives it an element of time-travel. The letter you write, destined for the future; the letter you receive, a visit from the past.

 

Learn more about Katherine Cottle’s The Hidden Heart of Charm City at her website.

 

https://www.katherinecottle.com


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Monday, November 16, 2020

When Travel and Fiction Collide

 


There’s a conversation going on at the Your First 10,000 Readers Blog about my article, “When Travel and Fiction Collide: Combine Your Passions to Create Something New.”

 

The article is about putting together two seemingly unrelated things, in my case travel writing and fiction.

 

Read the article and join the conversation in the comments section.

 

https://www.blog.yourfirst10kreaders.com/travel-writing-in-fiction-eric-goodman/


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

A Novel Idea and Loyola University Talk

 


Normally, with the release of a book, I attend several events to help promote the book, reading passages from it and talking with readers in the audience. In light of the pandemic, in-person events have been halted, so opportunities to present The Color of Jadeite directly to readers have been slim. But I still look for ways to connect to potential readers and writers.

 

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of presenting some thoughts on book marketing as an author—some things that have worked for me and some that have not—to a class at Loyola University.

 

I also served as judge for a Howard County Community Center flash fiction contest.  This coming Monday, the winner will be revealed during their “A Novel Idea” program, featuring me as a guest author. During the hour-long Webx program, we will enjoy some Great American Novel trivia, talk about fiction writing, and reveal the award-winning entry.

 

Join us for Howard County Community Center’s “A Novel Idea” this Monday, November 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. by visiting the link below and entering the meeting password.  

 

https://howardcountymd.webex.com/howardcountymd/j.php?MTID=m59e411039d1c1bb1d6f4873440749335

 

Password: Howard50+

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Apprentice House Features Jadeite Interview

 


For the release of my new literary thriller, The Color of Jadeite, Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press interviewed me about my inspiration, writing process, character development, settings, and all things writing.

 

Learn about what inspired the leap from literary fiction to adventure thriller, the travels behind the setting scouting, and whether or not the history, culture, and treasure featured in the novel are real, fictional, or somewhere in between.

 

Read the interview at the Apprentice House News and Notes page.

 

https://www.apprenticehouse.com/?p=1844


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Thursday, November 05, 2020

The Virginia Normal is The Red Brick Review



My story, “Comments Left,” was accepted for publication by the University of Virginia’s literary journal, The Virginia Normal.

However, with Issue 7 of The Virginia Normal, they are transitioning from an print journal to an online journal and changing their name to The Red Brick Review.

So, my story will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of The Red Brick Review and The Virginia Normal.

“Comments Left” is flash fiction that imagines the new social media craze of a not-too-distant future.

Look for it (or listen for it) here: https://thevirginianormal.com

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Got Jadeite?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Jacquelyn Mitchard on Jadeite: Tense, Romantic, Obsessed

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Steve Berry on Jadeite: Tight, Taut, Terrific



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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Tom Glenn on Jadeite: Literary Novel in Disguise


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Katherine Cottle on Jadeite: Captivated and Entertained


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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Jerry Holt on Jadeite: The Maltese Falcon on high-octane!


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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Toby Devens on Jadeite: Clever, Witty, Captivating


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Sunday, October 04, 2020

Charles Rammelkamp on Jadeite: Hard to Put Down


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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Today is Jadeite Day


Happy Jadeite Day!

The adventure begins today: The Color of Jadeite is being released by Loyola University's Apprentice House Press.

Clive Allan leads his partner and sidekicks on an adventure through modern-day China, steeped in history and culture, in this literary thriller.

New York Times Bestselling author of 19 thrillers, Steve Berry, calls The Color of Jadeite "a tight, taut, terrific thriller." 

Jacquelyn Mitchard, who became Oprah's first book club pick with The Deep End of the Ocean, calls The Color of Jadeite "as tense, romantic, and obsessed as the great noir thrillers."

And Jerry Holt, author of The Killing of Strangers, calls The Color of Jadeite "The Maltese Falcon on high-octane." 

Take a look at the book trailer, read more reviews and endorsements, and learn more about the book at www.EricDGoodman.com/Jadeite.html.

Join the adventure by picking up your copy today, and please share with other readers!


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Adventure Begins Tomorrow

   


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Monday, September 28, 2020

Lucrecia Guerrero on Jadeite: Will Keep You Holding Your Breath


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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Austin Camacho on Jadeite: Nail-Biting Suspense

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Jacquelyn Mitchard on Jadeite: Tense, Romantic, Obsessed


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Steve Berry on Jadeite: A Tight, Taut, Terrific Thriller


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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Join the Quest for Jadeite


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Silk, Gardens, Canals, and Bridges in Suzhou


Known as the "Venice of the East," Suzhou is an ancient city where you can glide through a canal by boat, walk on a thousand-year-old market street, and linger in a peaceful garden. And if you want to visit a museum or go shopping, you can do both at the same time by exploring Suzhou's greatest export: silk.

Join me on an exploration of Suzhou in this travel story published by HackWriters.

https://www.hackwriters.com/SuzhouEDG.htm


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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Book Trailer: The Color of Jadeite

 



Take a minute to experience the new book trailer for The Color of Jadeite.

The Color of Jadeite is a literary thriller that takes private detective Clive Allan on an adventure to China in search of an ancient jadeite tablet from the Ming Dynasty. Navigating fistfights and rickshaw chases, gunfights and betrayals, Clive finds much more than a monetary treasure on this quest.

Find out more by watching the book trailer, which was released today! 

https://youtu.be/WdlimGHgBKQ

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Friday, September 04, 2020

Book Trailer Premiere: The Color of Jadeite


If you have a minute or two on Wednesday, September 9 at noon, join me on Youtube for the premiere of the new book trailer for The Color of Jadeite.

The Color of Jadeite is a literary thriller that takes private detective Clive Allan on an adventure to China in search of an ancient jadeite tablet from the Ming Dynasty. Navigating fistfights and rickshaw chases, gunfights and betrayals, Clive finds much more than a monetary treasure on this quest.

Find out more by watching the book trailer at noon this coming Wednesday, September 9 at the link below.

https://youtu.be/WdlimGHgBKQ



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Thursday, September 03, 2020

Booksmuggler Features Rain and Pain



The online literary journal The Booksmuggler’s Den published “Rain and Pain” in the most recent issue.

 

“Rain and Pain” is an excerpt from the novel, Setting the Family Free.

 

The Booksmuggler’s Den published work by the latest and most celebrated authors.

 

Celebrate with “Rain and Pain” in The Booksmuggler’s Den!

 

https://booksmugglersden.com/portfolio/issue-12-march-2020/

 


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Friday, August 28, 2020

Shanghai's Life in the Fast Lane


Beijing has it's Imperial history, Hangzhou has it's West Lake and Dragon Well Tea, Xi'an has the Terracotta Army, but for modern day life in the fast lane, there's no better place to visit than Shanghai.

The twisted side streets still wind within pockets of the city, as does the colonial buildings of the Bundt, but for the most part you'll notice the museum of skyscrapers and modern buildings.

Join me for a tour of Shanghai in this travel story published by HackWriters.

https://www.hackwriters.com/ShanghaiEDG.htm

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Take Time for Tea (Fit for an Emperor)


In our new work-at-home quarantine reality, there's more time than ever to take time for a regular afternoon tea. How about sampling tea fit for an emperor?

We did just that when we visited Hangzhou's Longjing Village and sampled Dragon Well Tea for ourselves. Set within the rolling green tea hills, taking part in the roasting process ourselves, we enjoyed the tea that was once exclusively for the emperor of China and his guests alone. 

Find out more. Steep yourself a cup of tea and read my travel story in Go World Travel.

https://www.goworldtravel.com/hangzhou-dragon-well-tea-china/


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Fictional Café Features Traffic Report



A morning cup of joe and a healthy dose of fiction is a great way to start the day—or a great break in the afternoon. Grab yourself a coup of coffee or tea and drop in on The Fictional Café where the baristas regularly serve fresh fiction.

 

My story “Traffic Report” was featured in The Fictional Café. “Traffic Report” is an excerpt from my novel, Setting the Family Free.

 

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Go Nomad Goes to Xi'an


Another travel story I wrote shortly after returning from my tour of China was published by Go Nomad. "Xi'an: The Cradle of Unified China" explores the ancient city of Xi'an and its most notable citizens: the terracotta warriors. This army of life-sized soldiers, the most important archaeological discover of the 20th century, is a marvel. We get into the pit, and meet one of the farmers who found them.

Also in Xi'an, we visit another great wall, the bell and drum towers, and experience some close calls in a rickshaw. 

Join the adventure at Go Nomad.

https://www.gonomad.com/69389-xian-cradle-unified-china

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Readers React to Setting the Family Free



I’ve shared the published book reviews and the endorsements from such authors as Junot Díaz and Jacqueline Mitchard. What do regular readers have to say about Setting the Family Free?

With 19 ratings and reviews on GoodReads and an average score of 4.89 out of 5, and 5 reviews on Amazon with an average score of 5 out of 5, the reviews are enough to make any author purr.

“It’s a compelling story told by a skillful, adventurous writer.”

“His unique writing style is addictive.”

“This book had me hooked from page one.’

“The strength lies not just in the story, but in the voice and in the lush, everyday details that make the characters real people.”

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