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Decent Hill Author Michael Kannengieser to Sign Copies of His New Book The Daddy Rock at Upcoming Visit to the Smithtown-Nesconset Library in Nesconset, New York

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 29, 2013

Michael J. Kannengieser, retired NYPD police officer, New York native and author of the new police thriller The Daddy Rock ($ 19.95 Paperback 978-1-936085-63-7; $ 9.95 eBook 978-1-936085-64-4) is scheduled to visit the Smithtown-Nesconset library in Nesconset, New York from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Author Kannengieser is a native of Nesconset, and this library visit marks a homecoming of sorts for this promising and gifted author and storyteller. The Smithtown-Nesconset library is located at 127 Smithtown Blvd, Suite 5, Nesconset, New York 11767-1736.

The Daddy Rock is a tale of adventure, crime, rage, family drama, and the human capacity to cope and forgive. Told in a vivid, descriptive, and readable style, Michael takes the reader on an exhilarating ride in this human police drama with sympathetic, well-developed characters that will keep the reader turning the pages well into the night.

What excites me the most about The Daddy Rock is the idea of confronting enormous challenges and conquering them, states the author in a recent interview with Decent Hill. What each character must do is take action in the face of danger, sacrifice for others, and make choices for a better life for themselves, their friends, and their families.

Michael J. Kannengieser lives on Long Island with his wife and two children. He is a contributor to Criminal Justice News and can be heard on American Heroes Radio. He worked as the Managing Editor for Fiction at The View from Here magazine, a U.K. based literary publication. Currently, Michael is employed at a performing arts college as an Instructional Technology Administrator. He has been published at The View from Here, and in Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. He speaks as a guest lecturer on campus.

Decent Hill is a leading publisher of critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction titles. Retailers can order copies of The Daddy Rock through Ingram and other book distributors. This title is also available on reputable retailer websites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Diesel eBooks, and at the publishers website.

Book reviewers, TV and radio show hosts, reporters, and bloggers can instantly download a review copy of this title here. Please send notices of posted reviews or interview requests to the email link listed on this release or by calling (866) 688-5325.

Just Released: “Not Famous Anymore” by Michael Loyd Gray

(PRWEB) March 14, 2012

Contact: Vilain-Innovations Literary Agency

Tel: +1 646 845 9773

E-mail: info(at)vilaininnovations(dot)com


a story about the value of fame and discovering true self

In Michael Loyd Grays new novel, “Not Famous Anymore,” recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the main character is Elliott Adrian, a famous actor of questionable skills who bottoms out in Hollywood and emerges from rehab to put the American Dream into reverse: he desires to not be famous anymore. After a short exile in Loreto, Mexico, Elliotts road trip takes him from Arizona to Arkansas and then his hometown of tiny Argus, Illinois, where he discovers the girl he was briefly married to in high school has a daughter he never met. Along the way Fox News offers a reward for anyone who can find Elliott, and, once in Argus, Elliott learns he cant quite escape from fame and must learn to straddle both worlds Hollywood as well as Argus.

From MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek, author of “I Sailed With Magellan”

Michael Loyd Gray has fashioned a story about this American century’s defining subject, celebrity, and married the subject to the lean, fast-paced style of the noir thriller. The result is a highly readable, totally engaging novel.

Excerpt, “Not Famous Anymore”:????????????????????



The less their ability, the more their conceit.

-Ahad HaAm

The more you overtake the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.

-Scotty, Star Trek IV

All I asked for was a hand job. Youd think Id asked for the world.

Youre not Elvis, Beverly said. Elliott, do you think youre Elvis?

Just a good, solid hand job. Firm grip. Decent stroke. A little palm grease.

Do I think Im Elvis? I pondered a moment. No, but I bet Elvis could have gotten a hand job.

Beverly Madigan was my personal assistant. Thats not the same as my agent. I wouldnt ask my agent for a hand job. Thats just not done. And besides, Im pretty sure he would have said no.

Elvis was loveable, Elliott. She didnt look up from her laptop. Elvis had charm. If Elvis got hand jobs it was because someone wanted to. Not because he was bored.

I was bored right down to the short and curlies.

Maybe so, Bev. But Elvis probably would have asked for the whole taco.

Do you think? she said. Well, he would have done it with more class. And please dont call it a taco, Elliott. Thats crude.

Sorry. I thought it had flair. Not so much, I guess.

Beverly squinted at me the way you might squint at a lizard climbing a screen door. You dont really want a hand job, Elliott. You just want attention.

No, I want a hand job. Attention is overrated. Hand jobs arent.

Beverly was a dull and slack-jawed blonde, but pretty, and she had large hands for a woman.

Id eyed those hands more than once. Vise grips.

I could ask one of the maids, she said. How about the limo driver?

Hes a he, Bev. Not my type.

Hes also gay, she said. Im sure hed be happy to oblige.

No, thanks. But I appreciate the offer. Youre thoughtful.

Pretty picky for a guy desperate for a hand job, Elliott.

Im not desperate.

Then have you considered just handling it yourself?

She sure had a tart tongue. That takes all the fun out of it, Bev.

Get a grip, Elliott.

Good one. A real zinger. Im impressed. Will you watch and talk dirty to me?

She smirked.

Just pretend youre me and talk dirty to yourself. Cmon, Elliott, youre an actor.

So they tell me.

From novelist Monique Raphel High, author of Between Two Worlds:

Gray bores deeply into each of his characters, shoving aside all extraneous elements until we are left only with their humanity.

From Russell Bittner, author of Trompe-lil

“I have to give Michael Loyd Gray appropriate credit for accomplishing something no other author has accomplishedat least in my readingsince Elmore Leonard: he makes his characters come alive on the page through their dialogue. At times, that dialogue may seem trivial. But the truth is, most dialogue in life is trivial. The trick for an author is to make it believable, and Gray does that in spades. He brings his characters to life through what they say and how they say itand whether we like them or not, we have to believe them for what they are.”

Talented Michael Loyd Gray has been awarded various literary prizes for his fiction. He won the 2005 Alligator Juniper Fiction Prize and the 2005 The Writers Place Award for Fiction. His novel Well Deserved won the 2008 Sol Books Prose Series Prize. He has written a sequel to Well Deserved called The Last Stop. Decembers Children, another novel by Michael Loyd Gray, was a finalist for the 2006 Sol Books Prose Series Prize and is forthcoming in 2012 from Sol Books as the young adult novel King Biscuit. Michael Loyd Grays novel Not Famous Anymore is available from Henschelhaus http://henschelhausbooks.com and Amazon.????????????????????????????????????

If you want to know more about this novel or would like to schedule an interview with the author

Michael Loyd Gray, e-mail: info(at)vilaininnovations(dot)com or call: +1 646 845 9773

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Sven Michael Davison Addresses Fitness State of Mind

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2012

In the recently released cyberpunk thriller State of Mind, Davison comments on Americas obsession with losing weight and trying to look like a celebrity. The book has several futuristic advertisements that address a quick fix attitude toward getting fit, looking great, and becoming smarter. In addition to the book, Davison created a faux infomercial that satirizes fitness banner ads and infomercials for an I want it now culture, while giving information on his novels main plot device- the P-Chip.

Today, shows like The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Fit Club, Thintervention as well as direct marketing for products like P90X and 30 Day Shred feed on Americas obsession with staying in shape, and looking beautiful. Yesterday we had Jack Lalanne and Richard Simons. Tomorrow we may have the P-Chip. With all these crash diets and quick fitness programs, wouldnt it be easier just to get a Chip installed in your head and let it do all the work? states Davison. State of Mind and Davisons P-Chip faux infomercial, satirize this cultural phenomenon.

State of Mind is first and foremost a near-future thriller, but the novel definitely comments on the society of today with a few humorous anecdotes.

State of Mind is a cautionary tale that examines the loss of freedom in a classic post-industrial dystopia. Jake Travissi, a fallen hero, is given a rare second chance at redemption. The price? Volunteer to have a computer chip implanted in his brain and join Homeland Securitys experimental Enhanced Unit.

Davison wrestles with many of the most compelling themes of cyberpunk genre today: Should we embrace every technological advance without question? Should humankind blend itself physically with machines? What does freedom really mean? All of these questions are answered within a vivid tapestry where the boundaries between the virtual world and the real world have dissolved.

State of Mind is a finalist and winner of two Dan Poynters Global eBook Awards.

A thoughtfully composed piece of cyberpunk that will please readers of both science fiction and noir. Kirkus Reviews

Davisons Los Angeles is pulpy- vibrant, an unforgettable wasteland. State of Mind is the world of the near future, the horrible synthesis of human desire and the technology to make it a reality.” ForeWord Reviews

An intelligent, thought provoking, cinematic post-cyberpunk thriller and a great read. Antony Jones, sfbook.com

This book deserves to go directly to the Top Ten Best Sellers List. Deb Shunamon, Reader Views.

There are some crazy twists and turns in this novel and the end? One word WOW. It totally blew me away. There are plenty of shocking, hanging on the edge of my seats moments. Alice Bola, girls just reading

State of Mind is a tense, thoughtful and well-paced sci-fi tale drawn from Davisons life, imagination and his experiences with technological innovation.” Pod Cast Interview by Bryan Reesman???? http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/tag/sven-davison-state-of-mind/

Sven Davison was raised in Denver, graduated NYU with a bachelors degree in film and has worked as a trailer copywriter at Paramount Pictures and a staff screenwriter for several other smaller production companies. Davison currently oversees the linear content and menu production at 1K Studios, which is employed by most major film production companies.

For more information visit http://www.stateofmindbook.com


By Sven Michael Davison

Published by Bedouin Press

$ 25.95 (389 pages) 6 x 9

Hardcover with dust jacket ISBN: 978-0-9666149-2-3

eBook $ 2.99

Publication date: 2011


To request a review copy or to schedule an interview, contact: Jeannine Patton


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