Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dr. Suzana Flores's Book FACEHOOKED Receives a Storm of Attention

Since the launch of Dr. Suzana Flores's book, FACEHOOKED: HOW FACEBOOK AFFECTS OUR EMOTIONS, RELATIONSHIPS, AND LIVES through Reputation Books, Dr. Flores has been swamped with media requests and interviews. It's getting difficult to keep up with her. But we aren't surprised.

Facebook is a worldwide phenomenon and has captivated so many of us. I use Facebook constantly in promotion of my clients and their events. And I also use it to blow of steam. I get some personal satisfaction and relief seeing what others are up to, watching cute animal videos, and looking at the beautiful or heartwarming photos that people post. 

However, there is a shadow side to Facebook use. And it's usually seen in those moments such as when we're angry, have diminished impulse control, and post something on someone's wall to shame them. Or maybe we are mad at our adult kids and decide to strike out. Most of us have found ourselves in a situation at one time or another where we've questioned ourselves around our Facebook use. 

Or, we've been the victim of someone else...

Dr. Flores's book offers deep insight into Facebook use and cites more than fifty case studies in her book. FACEHOOKED is one of those books that is hard to put down. And it's a great book for parents unsure of how to navigate social-media use with their teens. Traditional publishers couldn't identify the audience for this book. So we are very happy that Reputation Books agreed to take this on, and all this media interest is certainly showing us that there is, indeed, an audience for this book.

Dr. Flores was interviewed on WGN Radio by Matt Bubala. The interview was eye-opening, especially around the topic of teen use of social media. To listen to the interview, click here

Chicagoist ran a great review of the book. To read the review, click here.

To sign up for Dr. Flores's newsletter or learn more about her, visit her website at

Most important, to BUY Dr. Flores's book in hard cover or e-book format, click here

I think Dr. Flores is a rising star in the media and entertainment world as a consultant on social media use. She's highly educated, a great public speaker, has quick wit (otherwise how could she be on the Mancow Show?), deeply understands the human condition, and truly wants to help others. 

So keep your eye on Dr. Flores. And if you are in the Chicago or San Francisco areas, visit one of her signings:


Saturday, October 18th - Open Books - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1st - Powell's Books - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


December - Book Passage Bookstore - Corte Madera

Thursday, October 2, 2014



It is an exciting morning walking into the office to find final copies of Allen Eskens' The Life We Bury, which will be available for purchase on October 14. Allen has already garnered tremendous support with a starred review from Publishers Weekly, selection as one of Library Journal’s Editors' Fall Picks, and being featured on LibraryReads October Top 10 list. We are thrilled that everyone will be able to pick up a copy of this terrific debut literary mystery/thriller soon!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Writer's Digest Bootcamp, again!

As summer winds down the book business always picks up, and I made a high, five figure deal recently with Minotaur for a debut crime thriller, COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope.  Stay tuned…

Today we are going to be online with writers asking us questions for our third Writer's Digest University Bootcamp Seminar - HOW TO CRAFT QUERY LETTERS, OPENING PAGES, SYNOPSES AND NON-FICTION THAT GET NOTICED!  We are looking forward to working with the writers that have signed up, and we will be critiquing their first ten pages with their query letters for the next ten days :-)

Happy Fall to all - keep writing and don't get discouraged.  There are lots of great agents that want to find new voices…


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LAMENTATION Library Journal Review

The reviews for my author Joe Clifford's book keep on coming.  LAMENTATION received a review in Library Journal.  Congratulations, Joe!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Joe Clifford Gets Starred Review in Publishers Weekly for LAMENTATION

What a great way to start the day! I received news today that my author Joe Clifford received a starred review in Publishers Weekly for his novel LAMENTATION, due out in October through Oceanview Publishing.

My favorite line of the review: "Clifford (Junkie Love) understands human potential for moral collapse and redemption, and his lean, gritty prose never lets characters or readers off the hook."

Way to go, Joe! This is just the beginning for us. A big thank you to Oceanview Publishing!

To pre-order LAMENTATION, click here.

To read more about Joe, visit his website by clicking here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Our author Shannon Kirk is debuting her first novel Method 15/33 in less than a year and is finally celebrating with cover art.

And check this out, if you want a little sneak preview for the novel, Shannon's created a trailer.

For more information about the author and her work, please visit Shannon Kirk's personal website and follow her on Twitter.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


LAMENTATION is due out in October 2014
through Oceanview Publishers

We are excited about the upcoming October release of Joe Clifford's thriller LAMENTATION.  Joe has some amazing blurbs from best-selling authors, and reviews are already trickling in for the book.  

Mike Wallace of Pulp Hack Confessions writes: 

I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of really good stories by new authors working in the neo-pulp tradition this year and Lamentation is one of the best: the writing is crisp, the plot sufficiently complex to hold the reader's interest and keep him or her off-balance, and the characters believable and fully-developed.

To read Wallace's full review on Pulp Hack Confessions, click here.

Renee Asher Pickup of Revolt Daily says: 

Crime writers are known for getting down to the grit of real life, but not all of them can pull off the heart Clifford works into his writing. Through the story you will roll your eyes at the protagonist one moment, cheer for him the next, and find your heart breaking by the end. 

To read Pickup's full review on Revolt Daily, click here