Independence Day Author Meet and Greet and Book Fair

On Saturday July 1st, Aaron Albers is hosting the Independence Day Author Meet and Greet and Book Fair. This is as of right now a online event only, so you can join from the comfort of your own home, or while at the beach, the airport, mall, restaurant etc. At this Meet and Greet and Book Fair, you can meet Aaron Albers’s fellow authors, browse their books, and ask questions of them. Also there will be giveaways, games, contest to take part in. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days for the prizes, giveaways, and games, as well as who are the authors that will be attending this event.  It is free and open to the public. The event runs from three p.m. to nine p.m., so stop on by to meet some the up and coming authors in the United States as the country celebrates its birthday. So mark your calendar please for July 1st, 2017 for the Independence Day Author Meet and Greet and Book Fair, and come out to support Aaron Albers, and his fellow authors at this event.

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Terrorism plays a huge role in literature today

Prior to books involving terrorism became popular, some authors wrote books that dealt with wars with the Warsaw Pac, or China, or Iran, or maybe all of them at once. Or books were written about the Korean, Vietnam, Civil War, World War 2 etc. Yet as acts of terrorism became more numerous through out the years, authors started to turn away from the books that dealt with the traditional warfare while turning to the world of terrorism and intelligence agencies battles to stop these attacks. Just take a look at books that Tom Clancy had written later on in his career. He not only kept the series with Jack Ryan and any conflicts some what traditional, but he also included terrorists attacks in his series as well, either a bombing or attacks in cities, to the use of WMD’s within the United States, in the ways of a nuclear bomb, or a biological weapon. Vince Flynn is another author, who had his life tragically cut short by cancer, who took the threat of terrorism and the intelligence agencies efforts to stop them to a new height in his Mike Rapp series. Other authors include A.G. Riddle, Brad Thor, Rob Sinclair, and many more who have wrote best selling novels that often include terrorism and intelligence agencies, and government efforts to stop them.

Now today with social media being  another part of the battlefield in the fight against terrorism, authors are also incorporating that aspect as well into their stories as well. As we continue to see this battle between terrorist organizations and agencies and governments attempts to stop them evolve, we will see authors continue to evolve their books as well to continue to meet this ever changing literary part of the world.

To find out more about the authors mentioned above, check out your local library or the internet.

Aaron Albers is the author of Highest Betrayal, a spy thriller novel that takes you from the MidEast to the streets of America’s cities as it is a race to stop the largest terrorist attack since 9-11 from occuring. Michael Johnson, and Kathleen Henderson must comb through treachery, deceit and murder to stop this attack, but the question is can they do it in time? Highest Betrayal is available from the following locations:

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/highest-betrayal?rq=highest%20betrayal

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highest-betrayal-aaron-albers/1123133343?ean=9781612966243

Enjoy the book trailer for Highest Betrayal and keep tuned for further announcements of future works, events and other news from Aaron Albers.

 

Thoughts are with London

I write again with another heavy heart, as our friends in United Kingdom suffered another terrorist attack. Though I only write about terrorism, I have seen the effects of it first hand as a United States Marine. Yet we must not give into fear, nor allow these terrorists to dictate what we do with our lives. We must stand up and show these radical Islamic Terrorists that we will not give into them, and their threats on our ways of life. Today I stand with our friends and partners across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom, who like I said after the bombings in Manchester, have a rich, vibrant culture full of history and courage. They are a resilient people who will not give into fear, hate or tyranny. They will over come this and continue to march on forward. Carry on my English friends, and God Save the Queen.

Sincerely,

Aaron Albers

Author Highest Betrayal

Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, 1999-2007

Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Vet.

 

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Why serving as a Marine helped me with my book

 

When I started writing Highest Betrayal I incorporated military experiences in with my characters. The reason I did this, is because as a former Marine I felt it would make the book and the characters more exciting. Not just because I could relate to the characters being military, but through my experiences while serving in the Marine Corps. I served on the front lines of the war of terrorism, and the war in Iraq. So as I wrote book, I thought to myself, how do my experiences help me in the writing. Then I remembered all the briefings and instructions I sat through that went through what we should be prepared for. Real world experiences also played a large role in helping me in writing the book as well, such what we should expect if a vehicle approaches our convoy, how to handle prisoners and information that we collected. So as I wrote the story, I just thought  to myself, the characters would have received the same briefing just as I have, and more since they are now part of a intelligence agency.  And the actions taken by the characters is what I would have done too if I found myself in the same predicament. As the book went further along, I continued to think based on my training, what would I do, what would the characters do based on their training. So having that real world experience especially military training helped me in writing my book Highest Betrayal. 

Highest Betrayal is available for purchases from the following locations:

 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highest-betrayal-aaron-albers/1123133343?ean=9781612966243

 

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/highest-betrayal?rq=highest%20betrayal

 

 

Memorial Day Thoughts

While Highest Betrayal is a work of fiction, the military aspects of the book are very much part of me. I spent 8 years as a United States Marine and it will forever be a part of me and anything else I write in the future. This day is not about BBQ’s and days at the beach or on the boats. This day is about remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of this great country. Those like me who served or are serving in the military know what we are signing up for, and the risk involved in joining the military. So I salute all those that gave their lives in the defense of this great country of ours, and to the best platoon leader I have ever served with: “TO CAPTAIN ROBERT SECHER. SIR YOU HELPED TO MOLD ME INTO BECOMING THE BEST MARINE POSSIBLE. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN SIR. RIP. KIA: OCTOBER 8, 2006, HIT, IRAQ.” Please remember those that gave their lives in defense of this great country known as America.

Thoughts and prayers to the people and victims of Manchester bombing.

It is with a heavy heart that I make this posting. As a author I write about Terrorism for my stories, but as a former Marine, I have seen the effect the terrorism on the countries I have been to and the effects they have on people. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the bombing, and they also go out to the people of Manchester. The people of the city, the county, and the United Kingdom are a proud people who have a rich history and a vibrant culture. They will not submit to fear, and like so many times in their history they will overcome this and continue to march on. Rule Britannia, and God Save the Queen. Sincerely, Aaron Albers, Sgt, USMC 1999-2007 Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom Vet. Author of Highest Betrayal.

 

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Coming up with Characters

One of the many questions I have received about Highest Betrayal is how did I come up with my characters. Well for the characters, the first thing was that I came up with names for my characters. Such as the heroes of the story Michael Johnson, and Kathleen Henderson, I just picked two names both first and last and it just seemed to stick with the characters. Now for the antagonist it was a little bit different because he comes from a country in the Middle East so I had to research exactly on how the names fit with each other. As for the rest of the characters it was a simpler task of just trying to find names that fit well. Once I had the names completed, I turned to coming up with their bios, which included my secondary and minor characters who did not have as extensive bio as the main characters.. For my two main characters I felt a military background to their bios would be just perfect for the both of them because that is how I viewed them within my mind as I came up with them. As for the second antagonist I  also wanted him to have a military background because for me, a soldier who lost faith can often be the best the best bad guy for your heroes, which serves the story very well. As for the main antagonist I  wrote within his bio that wanted him to seek the revenge for someone very close to him. In coming up with these characters, I wanted them to have their own identities as well as helping the story move along with the support from the other characters who had their own identity as well and their interactions within the plot of the book.

So coming up with characters for your stories, novels, or series can be easy, or hard but if just put in the time and effort to develop your characters, it will payoff in the end and you will be happy with the results.

For more of entries, just click on the archive links on the website to find more entries or go to Aaron Albers Facebook page for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/Aaron.Albers2/

 

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/highest-betrayal?rq=highest%20betrayal

 

 

Why Outlining is good for you books

I had during the course of my online release party a question to posed to me, and it was how I cam up with my book. I of course told them how I found a idea for the plot, researched it, and develop the book from there, but going back on it, I kind of did a mini outline without really doing the outline for the book. So as I continue to write, I now start planning out my book with an outline. These outlines includes what the book should be about, character bios title and the actual outline it self. The outlines for the books include chapters and what each point of the chapter will be. This allows me to see the plot unfolding and gives me a rough starting point before I even start writing. Theses outlines have actually helped me to improve my writing because if I get stuck I can go back and reference the outline and make changes to the outline and book if necessary. So outlines for your books is a great thing because it actually helps in the writing process.

For this and any other entries please click on the archieves to find more blog entries.

Highest Betrayal is available now in paperback and digital download from the following locations:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highest-betrayal-aaron-albers/1123133343?ean=9781612966243

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/highest-betrayal?rq=highest%20betrayal

Also visit Aaron Albers’s Facebook Page for any events and other news concerning Highest Betrayal or the author himself:

https://www.facebook.com/Aaron.Albers2/

Book Trailer for Highest Betrayal:

 

How social media can help with your books and yourself as a author

With the world today ever more interconnected through the uses of social media outlets, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so forth, these tools can be ever useful if you are trying not only to promote your books but yourself as a author. With the creation of Facebook Pages, you can reach untold audiences who may not be aware of your works. If you spend the money you can simply boost your page or post to reach a audience in a country or counties you like to target. Plus having friends, and family share post on their time lines and asking friends to share as well, will continue to build up your audience. Twitter is another useful tool to use in the attempt to build up your audience. First you can link your author or books Facebook page to your Twitter account so every time you post, it can go out onto Twitter. Using tools like hashtags and attaching your name or name of your books will help people find them. Asking Friends or fellow authors to share and re-tweet your tweet to help reach the maximum number of people, as well as following your publisher or adding the name to any re tweets that you do. Doing so will help people find you and your books. Attaching other social media accounts to any post that you do will help your profile grow and maybe get people interested in your books. Websites are another great tool to use because these sites can be linked to your social media accounts as well. Updates talking about your books or appearances will defintley help you get more connected to the world.

Other outlets like YouTube allow you to post videos promoting your book or website or Facebook pages. YouTube also allows you to post pod cast that you take part in or create. Along with the creation of book trailers and posting it can help you build your profile and have people connect with your books.

So the use of the different social media outlets can help you build your profile as a author as well as have people connect with your publish works.