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Beverly Hills -- The 10th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized Veil of Deception the category of Military Thriller as a winner in this year's competition.


This prestigious National award is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independently publishers.


The National Indie Excellence Awards exists to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.  


Winners and finalists are determined based on 'overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing.' Veil of Deception is a Military Thriller that asks the question: What if America's most secret weapons program was secretly owned by one of our enemies?


We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work, said NIEA Award sponsor, Ellen Reid, President & CEO.






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It's been a wild two weeks. All of this happened after I was called in for a trip, of course. We had SURLY BONDS on sale to help promote VEIL OF DECEPTION. The SURLY BONDS sale took a life of it's own and on the 27th, shot up to #1 in three different categories on Amazon. It stayed #1 in the three categories for three days until the morning of the 29th. My Author Ranking got as high as #16. These are all based on sales at that moment, of course, not longevity or popularity.
The Author Ranking takes into account both books. As my Author Ranking fell, I found myself next to some of my favorite authors, John Grisham, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn. While this doesn't mean anything in the big picture, it sure is fun to see my picture and books next to my favorite authors!
SURLY BONDS ranked as high as #10 on Barnes and Noble NOOK (that's in all genres: Thriller, Romance, Literary, Science Fiction, Horror, etc...) It ranked #53 on iBooks (Apple iTunes). It also made the KOBO Top 50.
Like I said, it's been a wild two weeks. Thank you all for riding along with me and there's a lot more to come! Fly safe!

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I am happy to announce that I've been invited to participate on a panel at this years THRILLERFEST in NYC! I'll be on the panel, "Army, Navy, or Air Force? Military Thrillers!" The panel will be moderated by NYT Bestselling Author A.J. Tata. Don't know who else will be on the panel yet, but I'm extremely excited! So in you're in NYC on July 9th at 10:30am, drop by the Grand Hyatt and say hello!



It’s launch day! Hopefully, you’re excited as I am about the launch of VEIL OF DECEPTION, now available on Amazon! Our goal now is to get the book to the top of the Military Thrillers list! Then top of the Thriller list. The top of the Fiction list, and so on and so on. I can’t help but think this will go well. I’ve put a lot of time into this book and it feels like more time into marketing. I want to thank all of you out there, for making this possible. Thank you for believing in me, I hope this book, and I, don't let you down.


It' just after midnight central time, which officially makes it the 19th. It's exciting to see that Veil of Deception has a ranking already! Sales are slowly trickling in and here's where we stand as we open:


Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)



With your help, we can make #1!

Working full time while trying to organize a book launch is . . . stressful. I’ve been on the road twelve days out of the last two weeks; organizing and implementing this has been from an iPad or iPhone in a variety of different hotel rooms. I am grateful and blessed to be back a home.


I’ve been blessed to recruit my ‘Street Team’ who have been invaluable in this process. Thank you all very much for your assistance. Here’s a big shout out to the members of my ‘Street Team’:




Ron Cochrane


Gary Reid


Paul O'Halloran


Lowen Loftin


Johnny Crane


Jerry Litzo


David Jeffers


Jonathan Sharman


Debbie Heroman


Scott Tyler


Wil Pernia


Dave Docarmo


Rob Byther


Scott Andre


Preston Plous


Bobby Oates


Kevin Patton


Peggy Kassees


Kristina Clark


Richard Mihovilich


Derek Jeter


Laura Elizabeth Bullock


Tony Taijeron


Christopher Moore



Charles Mann


Vincent Tullos


Peggy Hamilton Jeter


Charles M. Hughes


Danielle Burton


Jim Collins


Ricky Adams


Gary Westfal


John Stott


Rickey Heroman


JD Rudman


Melissa Tyler


Ryan Dille


Bruce Johnson


Tim McKernon


Ken Taylor


Rhonda Gritsavage


Dace W Heathman


Terry Sears


Steve Kelley


Blake Jeter


Tyler Kercher


Scott Kemp


Bill Turner


Ethan Friedland


Jeff Helms


Don Lewis


Tyler Kellum Jeter


Jeffrey Gosselin


Dean Brignac


Sheryl Moffett Brady Teske


Justin Mackey


Joe Settle


Mike Harding


Adam Zaret


Paige Braun Reupke


Barbara Helms


Ken Price


Cary Herrera


JoAnn Crumpton


Catharine Jeter


Joel Martin


Scott Tyler


Betty McCraw


Kimberly Jeter Lewis



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The Veil of Deception Book Blog Tour begins tomorrow! I'll post a schedule as soon as I get it but over the next several weeks, there will be plenty of action along the way! Here's a quick rundown of where I'll be stopping in:

 1. Showcase @ Reading Renee

2. Guest Post @ Books Direct

3. Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews

4. Showcase @ Mythical Books

5. Review @ Book Reviews from an Avid Reader

6. Guest Post @ Mystery Suspense Reviews

7. Review @ just reviews

8. Showcase @ Reading Renee

9. Review @ Vics Media Room

10. Interview @ BooksChatter

11. Showcase @ Its a Mad Mad World

12. Review & Guest Post @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

13. Review @ Marys Cup of Tea

14. Showcase @ Writers and Authors

15. Review @ Booklishly Me

16. Interview @ Deal Sharing Aunt

17. Review @ Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine


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