It’s here! HEROINE

It’s here!  HEROINE is a prequel novella to the bestselling full-length thriller PATRIOT.  Brooke Kinley is a young woman about to leave for college in Washington D.C.  While out paddling on her home waters of Minnesota, Brooke rescues a kidnapped Russian child. But will the price of Brooke‘s heroism be her own life?
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NEW RELEASE DUE APRIL15th!

Yes, it’s finally here, the next Brooke Kinley Adventure! Or, should I say the first Brooke Kinley Adventure, since HEROINE is in fact a short(ish) prequel to PATRIOT, in which we meet Brooke as a young woman, just about to leave her wilderness home in Minnesota for the big smoke of Washington D.C.Here’s quick summary of what it’s all about:
 While paddling in their canoe in northern Minnesota, Brooke and her brother rescue a trafficked Russian child. But will the price of Brooke’s heroism be her own life? 
HEROINE is an action-packed novella that will appeal to anyone who enjoys adventure, mystery or crime, as well as Brooke’s many fans! PLUS, if any readers sign up to my mailing list before the release date, you will receive a FREE copy of the book  (just remember to leave a review somewhere if you like it!)
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A BUSY YEAR IN BROOKE KINLEY WORLD

Well, it’s been a busy year in Brooke Kinley world, with our heroine’s first outing in ‘Patriot’ hitting the #1 spot  on Amazon charts in the UK and the USA earlier this year. While happy readers are the most important (and some might say only) form of acclaim a book needs, it was nice to also be named as a ‘Finalist’ at the Next Generation Indie Books Awards, 2015.

Movie fans who think Brooke deserves to be on the silver screen should check out ‘Patriot’s listing on The If List http://www.iflist.com/stories/patriotthemindblowingthrilleryouneedtoread where you can add your own ideas about who should play Brooke, Dex or Scott should a movie ever be made!

If you’ve been a fan of Brooke Kinley since her first appearance last year, then you don’t have to wait much longer for her next adventure!  A new novella is due for release really, really soon. The best news is that, as confirmed fans of Brooke’s adventures, all mailing list subscribers will receive an advance copy of this ‘short’ for free.

A new, full-length adventure is also scheduled for 2016, so watch this space for updates!

PATRIOT ON THE SILVER SCREEN?

Have you ever read a novel and thought it would be great to see it on the silver screen? Lots of Patriot’s readers have and now you can join them in casting your dream actors, or even ideal director for the movie! Patriot is now listed on The Imagine Film List, which is the world’s largest online platform for movie ideas and dream casting.

It allows anyone – whether in the entertainment industry or not – to share their ideas for future films and TV shows and then receive feedback from users around the world. There are great tools to visualize any book as a movie, propose your dream cast, and nominate filmmakers to bring the story to life on screen. Proposals that receive the most support from the global community are ranked at the top of The IF List; the best position to attract the attention of producers, casting directors, celebrities and others who have the power to turn your ideas into reality. Visit Patriot’s page here: http://www.iflist.com/stories/patriotthemindblowingthrilleryouneedtoread

PATRIOT IS FINALIST AT NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2015

The thriller ‘PATRIOT’ has today been recognised as a finalist in the ‘action adventure’ category of the Next Generation Book Awards. The Awards were established to honour the most exceptional independently published books of the year and entry is open to all independent publishing companies, university presses and indie authors.The Indie Awards are a global competition, presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professional Group (www.IBPPG.com), in association with the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency of New York (www.allenoshea.com)

PATRIOT by AS Bond – The Pros and Cons of Becoming a ‘Hybrid’ Author.

AS Bond in Costa RicaI turned down a three book deal from an American publisher to go ‘indie’ with this, my first thriller and it’s been quite a journey! Patriot, A Brooke Kinley Adventure is self published and this was a very difficult decision for me, because I’ve been a traditionally published author of non-fiction for the past 16 years. There is a great deal written about the upside of self publishing and some of it is even true. Here’s my take on the issue, having experienced both sides.

Pro Self Publishing:

Most new authors just don’t realize that a book deal with a traditional publisher (large or small) does not mean there is a huge publicity budget assigned to you (or even any budget at all). There won’t be launch parties, national book tours or huge advances. All this is reserved for a tiny handful of (very) well established authors. Everything else you must do yourself. You then have a few weeks to make a splash in sales before your book quietly disappears from bookshelves. However, now that self publishing has become truly possible in the past few years, you still have to do all the ‘heavy lifting’, but you get to keep up to 70% of the proceeds, which is a ten-fold improvement on what a publisher offers in a traditional deal. There is also a real pleasure in retaining complete control over all the decisions, from who to hire as your editor, to the jacket and website design, to where to put the marketing budget. Finally of course, your book launch is managed by someone who believes in it 100%, i.e. you. Getting lots of rave reviews from readers about a book traditional publishers sneered at (typical if it’s a genre novel), is very satisfying. It’s even better when your novel wins awards.

The Downside:

There are, in my opinion, just three reasons to go with a mainstream publisher; the biggest is ‘kudos’. Nothing says ‘I’m a real author’ like the name of a familiar publishing house on the spine of your book. Secondly, most of the mainstream press is wary of reviewing self published books and that’s a real drawback, although it is changing, slowly. The same applies to most of the book awards (and all of the prestigious ones). Thirdly, maybe you don’t know enough about publishing (business, technology, marketing etc), or have the time to do all the other jobs required to launch a book.

Conclusion:

My advice to anyone considering these two routes? The best possible solution is to be published by a traditional publisher first. Get a following and make a name for yourself. Further down the road, you can use that as real capital to launch your self-published work. Your existing profile with both reviewers and readers will then lift you above the ‘pack’ of self published titles and solve the biggest problem of self publishing, which is visibility.

A.S. Bond is the author of ‘Patriot’ A Brooke Kinley Adventure, an award-winning thriller that debuted at #13 in its category on Amazon. For more information and the latest news, visit www.brookekinleyadventures.com  https://www.facebook.com/as.bond.773 Twitter: @brookekinleyadv

Read the first page for free on http://booksgosocial.com/2014/05/12/patriot/ 

Patriot, A Brooke Kinley Adventure, is available on Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Apple iTunes