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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:




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.



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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.



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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.



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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.  




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.




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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