Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Blast: Good Intentions Bad Consequences by Phillip Nelson - Win a $25 Gift Card

Title: Good Intentions Bad Consequences: Voters' Information Problems
Author: Phillip Nelson
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Genre: Social Science/Sociology
Format: Ebook

A new approach to understanding voter choice with important implications. There is a substantial class of voters who would like to do “good” but ignore important consequences of their attempts to do so—naïve altruists. The book both shows why such a class exists and tests the implications of that group’s behavior in a setting where other voters are self-interested, others are traditionalists, and imitation plays a big role in voter choice. The book also looks at the policy implications of such behavior accepting as desirable, but not fully achievable, the democratic ideal in which sufficiently informed citizens are given equal weight in political choices. Naïve altruists ignore the anti-growth consequences of redistribution from the rich as a class to the poor as a class. That ignorance produces too much of that redistribution in terms of the democratic ideal.

Phillip Nelson has specialized in two fields. The first is information economics in which he has produced seminal work in consumer economics. The second is public choice in which he has written many articles and the book, “Signaling Goodness.” This book melds these two fields producing new insights about voter information problems. He has spent a lifetime teaching graduate courses in these specialties and microeconomics theory at Binghamton University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.



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Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Blast: Malayan Enigma by Nicholas Snow - Win a $25 Gift Card

Title: Malayan Enigma: An Andrew Bond WWII Adventure
Author: Nicholas Snow
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK
Genre: Military/History
Format: Ebook

Malaya, 1941 – a fool’s haven from the devastating war raging elsewhere in the world Sent to Singapore towards the end of 1941 to evaluate the intentions of the Japanese Empire, Lieutenant Andrew Bond finds himself embroiled in a series of events accelerating towards all-out war in the region. The city, a heady, exotic blend of cultures teeming with intrigue, is oblivious to what lies ahead. Facing betrayal, incompetence, Japanese spies, and the Yakuza underworld, Bond manages to gather a band of trustworthy companions, including the striking beauty Liu-Yang. In a desperate race against time, he must force his way through enemy-infested jungles and seas to bring home a device that will help change the course of the war – the Malayan Enigma!

Nicholas Snow is the pen name of Nicholas C. Kyriazis, who holds a diploma and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has acted as visiting professor at Harvard and at the University of Trier. He has worked as a consultant to the Directorate General of Research of the European Parliament, to the National Bank of Greece, and to the Ministries of National Economy and of Defence, and has served as secretary general of Public Administration. Professor of economics at the University of Thessaly, he is a member of the board of Alpha Trust Investment Fund (listed on the Athens Stock Exchange), vice president of Ergoman Telecommunications, and vice president of the Kostas Kyriazis Foundation. He has contributed more than sixty papers to academic journals and has published eight books on economics, history, and strategy as well as a volume of poetry. Poems of his have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Maltese. As a novelist, he has published eighteen books in Greece, several of which have been translated and published in English, including Themistocles (Kosbil Publications, 2004), The Shield (AuthorHouse, 2005), Assassins (AuthorHouse, 2007), and, in collaboration with Guy Féaux de la Croix, Last Love (Plato’s Last Love) (AuthorHouse, 2014).



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Monday, February 5, 2018

Interview with Ilona Salley, author of Yesterday is Never Gone

Title: Yesterday is Never Gone
Author: Ilona Sally
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Thriller/Crime
Format: Ebook
Niki is no stranger to horrific personal challenges. As a child, she bravely endured abandonment by her father. While in her teens, she witnessed her mother’s murder and the abduction and presumed death of her only sibling. Although her secrets have always been carefully cloaked from others, they have shaped her personality more than she would like to admit. But with a past as terrible as hers, how can Niki ever hope for a bright future? Years later, Niki is a dedicated profiler in a criminal investigation agency with no idea her life is about to change exponentially. One day, through a quirky twist of fate, she receives startling news that her sister, Inge, is alive. As a driving force compels Niki to search for her, she embarks on a quest that takes her through cities and wilderness on two continents. She encounters difficult decisions, threatening mobsters, near-death experiences, and romance, yet nothing deters her from reaching her goal—not even a gruesome discovery about her father. But Niki is about to discover that things are never what they seem to be. In this thrilling tale, deception and inner turmoil hamper a young woman’s journey toward a new reality as she attempts to reconcile her past and find the truth.

Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

This is my first published work. It is the second novel I have written. I waited so long to write a novel because I always thought I would spend eight hours a day writing. But I found that three or four were all I could really do. The concentration is tiring. So, I found what works for me, and I allocated the mornings to writing.
When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I talked to so many people who were frustrated by efforts to find someone to publish their work. One woman told me that it took her seven years to find a publisher. So, my decision to self-publish seemed clear. I went online and started looking. The next day, I searched again and an ad popped up. It was fate. There it was, a publisher. I researched this one some more, and was happy with what I saw. Then I talked to someone who had used the same self-publishing company, and he too was happy. So, I signed on.
How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Once I signed the contract, it probably took me another year and a half to get published. That is because I purchased several packages which they offered. First, it was an editing package which I found extremely helpful. My book was cut down from over 500 pages, to over 300 pages. I had to reorganize and made so many changes in order for things to flow. I also redid the entire beginning and end. That took a while. Then it was finished again, and I was able to apply for some kind of award. I had to wait, since others applied too. Then I was offered marketing packages some of which I decided to take. Each one was completely foreign to me and I had to try to figure out what I had even signed up for. This part was frustrating. And here I am on a Blog Tour. But I did learn a lot.
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate? 

What a sense of elation, I had. Finally, I thought, I was finished. The whole process had taken me about five years. When I began, I had no idea that it could take so long. But here I am, almost five months after the book was published, still finishing up.
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I was published in the summer, just before a series of 4 parties and get-togethers. I attended all and was able to promote my book there. That includes a book launch. These occurred just before the advertising packages I purchased began to be distributed on the internet.
Ilona Salley emigrated from Germany to Toronto, Canada, with her family when she was three. Throughout her life, her interests have included squash, skiing, wood carving, literature, art, and languages. Her fascination with architecture and archaeology has led her to travel in search of ancient places and artifacts. After a long career as an educator, she expanded her horizons by teaching in England and China. Now, she spends part of each year in Fort Myers, Florida.

Monday, February 5
Interviewed at From Paperback to Leatherbound

Tuesday, February 6
Guest blogging at The Literary Nook

Thursday, February 8
Interviewed at Teresa Noel

Friday, February 9
Guest blogging at Fiction to Fruition

Monday, February 12
Guest blogging at She Writes

Tuesday, February 13
Guest blogging at Bent Over Bookwords

Wednesday, February 14
Book reviewed at A Book Lover

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Guest blogging at Niume

Friday, February 16
Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, February 19
Guest blogging at All Inclusive Retort

Tuesday, February 20
Interviewed at Straight From The Author's Mouth

Wednesday, February 21
Guest blogging at The Revolving Bookshelf

Thursday, February 22
Interviewed at Mythical Books

Friday, February 23
Guest blogging at The Zen Reader

Tuesday, February 27
Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish

Thursday, March 1
Interviewed at The Writer's Life

Friday, March 2
Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind

Tuesday, March 6
Interviewed at The Hype and the Hoopla

Thursday, March 8
Guest blogging at My Bookish Pleasure

Friday, March 9
Book reviewed at Lover of Literature

Monday, March 12
Book reviewed at The Dark Phantom

Tuesday, March 13
Interviewed at Read Between the Ink

Thursday, March 15
Interviewed at As the Page Turns

Monday, March 19
Guest blogging at Harmonious Publicity

Tuesday, March 20
Book reviewed at Voodoo Princess

Friday, March 23
Interviewed at Write and Take Flight

Tuesday, March 27
Book reviewed at A Title Wave

Wednesday, March 28
Guest blogging at The Writer's Life

Thursday, March 29
Book reviewed at Inkslinger's Opus

Friday, March 30
Interviewed at Carpe Librum