Thy Kingdom Come by Don Helin

Don Helin, long time Pennwriter, Area 5 Critique Session Facilitator, and former Pentagon insider brings his maiden thriller, Thy Kingdom Come (published by Medallion Press -ISBN 978-193383697-3),  to bookshelves March 1st. Best-selling author Jon Land says, “Thy Kingdom Come is a scary, prescient thriller that confronts us all with the very real possibility of an attack on [...]

Tata Nacho Press Issue #2 is Available!!!

The Tata Nacho Press, run by Jesse Loren and Mitchell Sommers, put out the word that the 2nd issue of the popular literary ezine is now available. There is no registration required to view some fine, fine work. So go check them out at  Here’s their press release: “Tata Nacho Press is pleased to [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Facebook’s About-Face

Facebook retracted its new Terms of Use in the face of thousands upon thousands of protesting users. The anger was about a stealthy update to the Terms where Facebook claimed ownership of ALL content posted by its customers for eternity. With many of us writers using the social networking site as a venue for our [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – China

CNN did a great story (02/15/09) on China’s Online “Literary Renaissance.”  The most interesting part is how hopeful authors post their chapters to a web-hosted service that lets readers read for free or for a small cost.  With an online audience of nearly 300 million users, the potential is enormous. Royalties come from advertisers or a percentage of [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Kindle-ing?

Okay, call this Kindle Week. The Authors’ Guild launched a protest at Amazon, and the Kindle specifically, for the eReader’s ability to do Text-to-Speech. What that means is that your Kindle will read out loud to you if you don’t want to eyeball the pages. The Guild feels that this steps over the line into Audiobooks.  With Audiobooks [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Footnotes

In a footnote to yesterday’s post about the Kindle, ABC News reported that John Grisham of legal thriller fame is going electronic. The author stated that all of his titles would be available electronically, and he mentioned the Amazon Kindle specifically. The same report also forecast a $99 Iphone sometime this summer. This means that [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Kindle

Amazon announced the release of their 2nd generation eReader – the Kindle, yesterday. It boasts a sleeker shell and better functioning controls, but that, fellow writers, is not the truly big news of the day.    The really big news was that Bezos and company were planning on getting ebooks from Amazon to smartphones and [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Bambi vs. Godzilla

During the previous century, I watched a videotape of the movie, Bambi vs. Godzilla by Marv Newland. The movie lasted about 2 seconds and featured Bambi the Deer chewing away at some grass. That was, (spoiler alert) until Godzilla’s foot stomped down hard on the unsuspecting fawn. End of movie – cue the credits. The [...]

Catching Up

Wow, a ton of things have been going on since my last post, both on the writing front and in my personal life. It’ll be a long post, so get yourself your favorite beverage and read on… I’ll start off with the biggest pair of events – One daughter got married. Another is engaged. Both [...]

Author Mike 2.0

Okay, go ahead and say it. I’ve been an absentee landlord with my postings here at Well, that’s about to change. Look for book news, profiles on other authors, and wider scope than ever before. In particular, keep your eyes peeled for my new feature, Gnus of the Whirled, for my own take on [...]