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Just A Little Death – William Gensburger
Synopsis: Returning to his old boarding school as a new housemaster, David Wilson must come to turns with a terrible truth about his past, that returns to haunt him as he assumes his new role. Can he find his place in this new life without the past conflicting him? Can he be an effective housemaster to the students in his charge? Will he survive the crisis that begins on day one, a test of his strength and compassion



The Zero-G Club – Ashley Adams
Synopsis: Emilee Stanton is a young, sexy, fem-tech aboard the USX Gallant, a battle class spaceship patrolling the local solar system. Her goal, membership in the exclusive Zero-G Club which means getting laid on the bridge, in the captain’s seat, a huge problem since someone is always there. However, unexpected events arise that challenge her abilities, placing her in a position where she is the only one who can save the ship.



World of Walls – William Gensburger
Synopsis: In a dark and lonely world where the individual has been relegated to a small cubicle amongst millions of cubicles within a corporate enclave, where the individual is no longer important, and love an inconsequential emotion, Robert Yamato must come face to face with his destiny, as foretold by a hexagram, and make the most difficult choice of his life.




• 50+ Writing Markets and Resources To Land More Clients and Skyrocket Your Income – Kristy Rice

Synopsis: Are you struggling to break into freelance writing?
What you need are proven and effective ways to market your writing…and your business. Strategies that get you the right clients AND will pay you well for your work.

There are over 200 links included in this book that will take you straight to the resources professional freelance writers use to find new clients, land assignments from editors, and line up recurring work. Use them to shake up your marketing with a new (effective) strategy so you can land steady, well-paid writing work – whenever you want!



• Your Irresistible Love (The Bennett Family Book 1) – Layla Hagen
Synopsis: Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile.


• Telling Lies (A Sam Mason Mystery Book 1) – L. A. Dobbs
Synopsis:  A campsite killer. An off-the-record investigation. For two small-town detectives, murder is only the beginning…

Chief Sam Mason and Sergeant Jody Harris don’t have the luxury of being off the clock. When a drowning disrupts the funeral of a fellow detective, they have no choice but to leave early. After the body is pulled ashore, Sam and Jody suspect the camper’s death was no accident…



• Eat, Pray, Die (An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery Book 1) – Chelsea Field

The one side of the job that lives up to expectations is the money. Which is just as well for Izzy, since she needs an awful lot of it. Who knew when she made a lifelong commitment to a man that it would be one year living with him and the rest of her life paying for it?

But even her scoundrel ex-husband doesn’t look so bad compared to her new client. He’s competent, condescending, and annoyingly attractive, and Izzy doesn’t know whether to sleep with him or poison him herself. Throw in a loan shark, a nosy neighbor, and a murder attempt, and Izzy will have her work cut out for her.


• DAMAGED (The Kate Lange Thriller Series Book 1) – Pamela Callow

Synopsis: Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, lawyer Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.

When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.




Stay tuned: More to come.


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Creative Marketing with Andrew Hood

[from Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, July 2017]

Creative Marketing
I met Andrew Hood (@andrewhoodtwtp) on Twitter. He’s from Sydney, Australia. As a publisher, I always try to find clever ways of reaching people. It is common to receive an auto-Tweet after you follow someone. Most are benign messages, some plug book links, others ask question to try and get you to respond. In Andrew’s case, as you will read below, the message was somewhat more compelling. And the results… I’ll let Andrew explain:
The Anatomy of An Awesome Direct Message
        by Andrew Hood
First, My Twitter Auto Direct Message 
Hey, thanks for the follow.
You have arrived just in time! The very lives of some of my greatest characters from my upcoming book are on the line. We need your vote for their stories to be told.
Simply click on the link below and vote to save them from obscurity. Their stories deserve to be told.
And if there is anything that I can do for you in return just say it and I will do my best.
Go ahead and vote. You can tell your friends that you saved a life today!
Warmest regards new Twitter friend,
The Direct Message Backstory
Three hours before this DM was written I walked into a local doctor complaining of chest pains, and left thirty minutes later in an ambulance!
Don’t get me wrong I’m in great shape, but when a slightly younger than middle age man – okay, I’m 43 years old – complains of chest pains, doctors take note. Sometimes they even panic. On this occasion that’s exactly what the staff did, but hey, I’m not complaining; better to overreact than suffer a heart attack through neglect.
I arrived at the emergency department, and my bed was wheeled right in to my assigned waiting dock within minutes. I am lucky enough to live in a country with great healthcare, and have just enough money to afford a visit to test it out every ten years or so, when something goes wrong.
I was hooked up to ECG machines which took all my readings. 
“I’m sure it’s nothing,” the first nurse told me before visibly gulping and quickly moving away.
I had a chest X-ray. 
“I’m sure it’s nothing,” the next nurse told me before turning away just a little too quickly for comfort.
I had a blood sample taken – twice. 
“I’m sure you’ll be fine in no time,” the third nurse told me. I applaud the variety.
It’s funny but when one nurse tells you, “I’m sure it’s nothing,” it doesn’t have a lot of impact. But, when eight different nurses tell you, “I’m sure it’s nothing,” you start to panic. What are they not telling me, you ask yourself?
Approximately two hours later, without having had a heart attack, things started to get a little boring, and the nurses were losing interest in me. 
“We need to free up the space, so we are going to move you out of emergency and up into one of the wards.” 
“You pretender,” I imagine them saying under their breath.
Once there, I needed to relieve my oldest friend who had dropped everything to meet me at hospital.  My wife had been unable to get there in time. It would only be another thirty minutes before she would arrive, and he had already been with me for hours. I thanked him and sent him on his way.
By myself now,  I started to consider what might have happened if I really had a heart attack or stroke. It’s frightening to think that way. I have a beautiful wife and three children to think about. How could I take care of them if I wasn’t around?
And then, there’s that dammed book which is still not finished.
This is supposed to be my breakout book. The Man Who Corrupted Heaven – I had written the title first, then took it one word at a time from there. It’s actually my second novel, but the first was never meant to be released to the public.
In the hospital ward, I consider that this book needs to be amazing; imagine if I never get a chance to write another. And then I realize I need to build an audience like a life depended on it. My life.
I had only just discovered Twitter and had not yet created a automated welcome message so I thought I would give it a try from my hospital bed. I had given so much blood for testing that I was exhausted, but I was too scared to sleep. I needed to work on something to take my mind off that.
The Anatomy of a Great Twitter Direct Message
I took out my phone.
1. Hook them into a story before they get distracted
“Hey, thanks for the follow. You arrived just in time.”
2. Now to raise the stakes.
“The lives of some of my greatest characters from an upcoming book are on the line.”
3. Next the call to action
“We need your vote for their stories to be told”.
4.What’s in it for them?
“And if there is anything that I can do for you in return, just say it and I will do my best.”  By the way,  I’m usually just asked to re-tweet their pinned tweets or like their Facebook page.
5.A final call to action with a feel good takeaway
“Go ahead and vote. You can tell your friends that you saved a life today!”
When I started using this message I only had 13 followers. I now have over 5,400 followers, and every one of those new followers from the last 6 months, has seen this message. The overall feedback has been extremely positive, and with each new vote I collect, a new email address where I can market my upcoming book on launch day. Even if they don’t vote it gets our relationship off to a great start, and many people are liking or re-tweeting my tweets.
The platform I use to collect these votes is through a publisher called (Something Or Other Publishing). However you could use this same technique to collect emails on your own site if you wish. The  compelling structure of the message is still the same.
Go forth fellow writers, and if you have found this article helpful perhaps you might like to give my book a vote also. 
Go ahead and vote. You can tell your friends that you saved a life today!
Warmest regards, new friend.
Andrew Hood


P.S. It took the doctors 3 days to find out what was wrong with me. They called it Pneumonia (with complications). I hadn’t been sick before but I sure was for a few days after! 

The Best Book Ever Written

Well, I certainly got your attention, didn’t I? 

You see, we are wired that way, both skeptics and believers, all wishing for the one absolute truth, the best of everything, whether it be a book, a life changing program, or whatever.

We are inundated, and yet trained, to want to believe. Why do we buy lottery tickets? The chance of getting struck by lightning is higher than the chance of winning. But we have been taught that “someone wins” and so we make that leap to “why not me?”

Okay. Let’s roll with that for a moment. Why not you. Maybe. Possibly. But…probably not because life has a sense of humor. 

Did you know that when California first started the lottery, the first winner was an illegal alien (yes, I know that term is non-PC in California these days)? And no doubt he used his proceeds to hire a good immigration attorney. That’s the irony of which I write. It could happen to you, but chances are….

As a writer we each hold within us the potential to be the best writer in the entire existence of writing.  Yes, better than the giants. Better than the bestselling authors. Better than Hemingway, a name known globally, or Stephen King, John Grisham, and so on. You have the potential to be better than the lot. But first you need to be “discovered.”

ONE MILLION books were published in 2015

And more…you wrote that novel. You finished it, edited it, got a cover designed and put it out there. Whether self-published, assisted-published, or traditionally published; you are published. Well done. But you need to do more.

In 2015 there were 700,000 self-published books.  Over 300,000 were traditionally published. That’s ONE MILLION books that were published that year. There were 321 million people alive in the United States that year. 

Another (Pew) study showed that one in four Americans did not read a book that year.  

Worse news still, only about 10,000 authors (from Amazon) made over $10,000/yr from sales of their books. That equates to 1 percent of all the books. 

But don’t worry because you have the best book ever written. Now you have to get exposure!

But it could happen to you. I personally know one author who makes high five figures from annual sales, another who makes more, and they all found success — yes, Virginia, that is success — the same way. Do you want to know that secret? Scroll down….




😀 I just wanted to make you scroll…. My apologies. 

There are many things these authors have in common. 

•First, they write a lot. Each author has multiple books, some in series, some as stand-alones, nonetheless, they have volume. 

•Second, each author has worked hard at maintaining an approachable social media presence. You can communicate with them and they respond. 

•Third, each author employs techniques to maintain a fan base. Many give away the first book in the series, knowing that the reader will get hooked and want to read the rest of the series. Others offer different free books for joining their mailing list.

And that is the point of this blog post. 

Having the best book ever written is only half the equation. What you do with it, and how you do it, play equally important parts.  In addition, you have to decide whether your 500 page novel is better as one book, or broken into two books. How do you get reviews? How do you market? How do you approach brick and mortar bookstores and get a book signing, or placement?

There are many tricks and tips that can help you. We cover these in each issue of Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, but also in our monthly newsletter that offers exclusive content. 

In each newsletter we offer you advance news, not posted on this Website. You get discount codes for books, freebies and downloads that you can enjoy. We also include content that is not found on the Website, such as marketing tips, writing tips, articles, stories and more, content that is not even in Books ‘N Pieces Magazine. At least not yet.

In the near future, Books ‘N Pieces will only be available FREE for our newsletter subscribers. And the best part is that signing up is FREE. Click HERE to join.

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Thanks for reading.

William Gensburger

The June Books ‘N Pieces Magazine is Ready For You


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With each issue BNP gets stronger. Our readership as grown–which reminds me, if you have not signed up for a FREE subscription, please do so HERE, or

It is my hope that as we continue to add subscribers (free, by the way), and attract  even more notable authors, artists, photographers, and even musicians, that we will be able to include some minimal advertising for the sole purpose of being able to pay our contributors. 

“Well, don’t you want to make money from advertising for yourself?” you ask. While that would be nice, I did not start BNP to be an advertising machine. I started it because I have a passion for writing and wanted to offer writers the chance to get showcased, if their work was good enough.

BNP also serves as a publicity arm of my publishing business,, another company that puts WRITERS FIRST! How? Because there is NO COST | NO RISK when you publish with us. Of course, we expect your writing to be of a high caliber to start with–we are NOT a Vanity Press–and we put our money where our mouth is; we make no money unless we can get your book to sell. We royalty share. That puts the burden on us to market your book (unlike most companies that just print it and list it on Amazon.) 

Jas T. Ward, Author 

We also work with you, a close relationship that includes lots of communication. Here is what one author that I have worked with in the past, had to say about working with me:

“William’s suggestions and expertise were invaluable in helping me complete my first book series and become a bonafide author. He kept me informed through a process that included revisions, editing, titles, cover designs and all the other aspects of publication which he handled as a contractor for BYCT Publishing through his company Alt Publish. He was always prompt in returning emails and answering questions, professional in his suggestions and comments, and he did what he said he would do. My experience with him was highly positive and energizing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.” 
                                                                                                             ~Jan Hill, Author, The Brylee Hawkins Series.

If you would like to submit to the July issue of Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, please send your material to and we will check it out.

Lauren Jefferson, Author, Artist

We are also testing new waters, offering a full-color print version on Amazon, and introducing e-reader formats. Right now you can also download an ePub version or a PDF version (which you can view on Kindle, by the way.)

Enjoy this issue. A lot of effort went into the production. I’d like to thank Jas T. Ward and Lauren Jefferson for allowing me to interview them (watch for some big names soon), also to our contributors, Robin Melhuish, Lauren Jefferson and Mike Wells–you can visit them all from links within the publication.

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