Jumping into the historical fiction abyss!

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but of what is left out of it.” twain-book-cover

Mark Twain’s words give me some hope for my entry into the world of historical fiction, since I certainly have experience forgetting things.

For better or worse, I am remembering Sammy Clemens by hopefully adding to the assortment of novels that you may find of interest in this New Year. I’m choosing a somewhat unusual publishing approach and will explain that in a bit. https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1SYEXU0JB8V93

First, some historical background.

Mark Twain & The River of Timeless Temptations was inspired by young Sam Clemens’ newspaper accounts of an 1866 trip across Nicaragua – on the Rio San Juan. Prior to the Panama Canal that river was the preferred connection between oceans. It had been so for centuries, visited by characters ranging from Cornelius Vanderbilt to pirate Henry Morgan to Lt. Horatio Nelson and even Christopher Columbus among other empire builders. It remains a controversial place, with current talk of a Chinese-backed canal to be hacked through environmentally-sensitive jungle that is home to indigenous peoples.

My retelling of Twain’s river journey has a twist that includes a mysterious traveling companion of his own creation, a Mr. Brown, who I have taking Twain on a trip back in time. It’s all part of a proposed Faustian bargain. The future great author gets plenty of writing fodder and is clearly tempted. However, Sammy Clemens proves to be more than a handful for his supernaturally-empowered soul pilot.

But, I go too far. You can potentially get the whole story – free!

Just visit this website  https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1SYEXU0JB8V93

It’s run by the Amazon Scout program, where a sample of the book is posted. If you indicate that you’d like to see the entire novel, and Mark Twain & The River of Timeless Temptations is chosen for publication, you’ll be sent a link for free download!

twain-book-coverAs I said, this is an unusual publishing approach, and frankly the competition is very stiff with many popular stories about vampires, zombies, heaving bosoms, etc. So, I’m working on backup plans just in case they may not offer the free download.

So there you have it, my shameless pitch. I hope you’ll find the book and concept worthwhile. I’d be honored to have you spread the word among friends, family, enemies, aliens or anyone else in the online universe.


To quote another American cultural icon, Pedro of Napoleon Dynamite –

“Vote for me and all your dreams will come true.”

Again, here’s the link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1SYEXU0JB8V93


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