Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodnight Irene!

Okay, that was bad.  But it had to be said. :-)

It passed through here in North Carolina - very weak as those storms go here.  But I now have hundreds of black walnuts on the ground.  They were blown off their limbs before their time.  I think I am going to have some very upset squirls here.  Hopefully the chestnuts and pecans will come out in force for them.

The extensive news coverage of this storm is interesting to many here.  I guess the size and path of the storm draws us close together?  Or maybe her NY destination made for importance?  I don't know - but I hope it isn't the case that something major is happening in the world 'they' don't want us to know about. ;-)

I hope all readers affected by the storm have their areas recover quickly, knowing it was still a big storm and caused much random flooding and power outages.

There will be new posts and photos this week on book-signings and reviews.  Please stay tuned!

Goodnight...all.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

THANK YOU!

A big thanks to Josef and John of Stevens Bookshop!  You guys are great hosts!

And thanks to all who came out.  I hope you really enjoy the read! :-)

If you could not make it out but interested - you can get the book quickly, click here - AMAZON

Funny thing - I got into a couple cool conversations there and led two people to buy a Schaeffer book and an economics book by Archer (in the awesome rare book section they have).  Just want to mention this to Josef - in case I need a new job some day. ;-)

Click here to see the (huge) bookstore and a trailer of Land Run  -   STEVENS BOOKSHOP


Friday, August 19, 2011

The MAIN EVENT!

I want to extend a special invitation - especially if you are in North Carolina this weekend.  The owner of Stevens Bookstore is giving a special discount to all who come to this event.  Hope to see you there!

(and of course - there will be cookies)

Click Below:

Stevens Book Shop


August 20 – Saturday

12:00-3:00p.m.
Stevens Book Shop
6700 Old Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
Phone: 919-872-5995

"A compelling story written in a unique and powerful voice. Characters you will never forget and unexpected events that will cause you to both think and hope."





Thursday, August 18, 2011

PERSPECTIVE

A recent (so far all good :) review of the novel got me thinking.  Something maybe a little unique about Land Run is the wide range of perspective.  The point of view from the characters will cross age, gender, race, religion, politics, and social conditions.  As the reviewer mentioned, it also does this into an incredible depth.

Now looking at that list above it could sound very boring or very explosive.  But the approach to writing this story was also not without perspective.  That is, these character perspectives simply arise from the people.  So they are neither boring or explosive...just real.  Their point of view is not allowed to flow outside the context of who they are (their life experience), where they live or in what influences and informs their lives.

And as with all our real life day-to-day interactions with our world - sometimes that will result in something explosive, uncomfortable, enjoyable, or informative.  But never (never) boring. ;-)

Monday, August 15, 2011

10% OFF - and FREE cookies

Hey folks!  I know I joked that signed copies are cheaper than not...but it's true! ;-)

I guess it's like those textbooks in college we bought...but in this case the marked up book is new!

If you can pencil this event in this week - know that the free cookies are the BEST in North Carolina.



LAND RUN Book Signing Event

You are invited to attend a book signing for author

MARK GRAHAM:

August 20 – Saturday

12:00-3:00p.m.
Stevens Book Shop
6700 Old Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
Phone: 919-872-5995


Please join Mark Graham for this special event
and invite a friend!

If you already have a copy of LAND RUN,
buy one for a friend – this book makes a great gift!

We hope to see you there!

For more information about author Mark Graham CLICK below at:

Authorsden

Author Website



Can’t make the event? Click here to get a copy!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

NEW REVIEW - Land Run

New Professional review:
This has carried over to Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes&Noble (Nook folks)

TRACY RIVA


Land Run


By Mark Graham

Published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC

ISBN 978-1-61777-011-1 $14.99


Land Run by Mark Graham is a classic example of the average man becoming a victim of the system that is supposed to protect his rights, but with an unforeseen twist or two.

When aged landowner Elijah Montgomery refuses to sell his land to developer Rusty Watson things get downright dirty. Watson has a sleazy lawyer and connections in all the right places so he sets in motion a series of events designed to take Elijah’s land away from him via eminent domain – the right of the government to take away your property to put it to higher and better use.

Elijah doesn’t care one way or the other about the outcome; he just knows God told him not to sell the land. No, Elijah isn’t crazy; he just has a deep faith and believes God is leading him to hold onto the land. Rusty would like to believe Elijah is a crazy old coot, after all he lives in the nursing home, but everyone who knows Elijah knows he is completely aware of what he’s doing, and of the large amount of money he’s passing up by keeping his land.

Rusty has lost everything that mattered to him and sees in this land deal, and subsequent building project a redemption of sorts for himself. It becomes his obsession and nothing is going to stand in his way, not Elijah and certainly not some banker who refuses to tow the line and fall in with everyone else to vote to take away Elijah’s land.

Mark Graham weaves a powerful story of faith, greed and power in the middle of a small town in Oklahoma. His writing is vivid, his style easy to read. The story draws you in and makes you care about the characters peppering its pages. Land Run is full of a cross-section of society, the good and the bad and it is bound to keep you reading. At times philosophical and poetic Graham’s prose is sure to leave you wondering what is next for this new writer.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SUCCINCT COMMENTARY

I have to post this.  I ran across this and found it to be SO accurate...at least, in the preparations and intentions behind this novel.  If this is an interest for you - then even I would recommend this novel ;-)  Because intention is half the battle....

"A compelling story written in a unique and powerful voice. Characters you will never forget and unexpected events that will cause you to both think and hope."

Disclaimer:
If for any reason you find the novel Land Run falls short of this - please note that the next novel will knock your socks off. :-)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Special Invitation! Signed Copies are Discounted....kidding ;-)

Publisher Evite


LAND RUN Book Signing Event

You are invited to attend a book signing for author

MARK GRAHAM:



August 20 – Saturday

12:00-3:00p.m.

Stevens Book Shop

6700 Old Wake Forest Road

Raleigh, NC 27616

Phone: 919-872-5995



Please join Mark Graham for this special event

and invite a friend!

If you already have a copy of LAND RUN,

buy one for a friend – this book makes a great gift!

We hope to see you there!

For more information about author Mark Graham CLICK below at:



Can’t make the event? Click here to get a copy!





Wednesday, August 3, 2011

INSPIRED! Just never know where that stuff comes from....

NEWS:
Excited about being considered for inclusion of the library systems for Oklahoma (OKC) and Tulsa counties.
If featured - I hope to get out there for a book event.  Well, I hope to get out that way regardless ;-)

FUN:For folks that have finished reading Land Run especially - I want to place some images (among a million) that helped to inspire the next project I am working on.  Um, I better get back to working on it, huh. ;-)

(See short story here and also click here at AUTHORSDEN to get a feel of one of the characters - Dima)

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