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Goodreads Giveaway!

It’s a Giveaway!

In my perpetual search for people who love top notch thriller series, I’ve put another signed copy of the first John Rossett novel “The Darkest Hour” over on a Goodreads Giveaway!

Just follow the link below, sign up, sit back, and smile!

The Darkest Hour Goodreads Giveaway!

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Dennis Lehane: Live by Night.

Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love a bit of Lehane. I think he is one of the best there is at conjuring that era in America we know so well from all those Cagney movies we grew up with.
Thing is though, and I’m sorry to say this, in this book I kind of felt he was going through the motions a little bit. It felt like there had been some sort of “prohibition checklist” on his desk prior to sitting down to write, because all of the stock characters were here.
The dame: check.
The buddies who grew up on the mean streets: check.
The corrupt cop: check.
The evil mob boss: check.
The list goes on, and whilst they aren’t bad characters, I felt like I’d met them all before. Lehane did manage to add a few new ingredients to spice things up though. A great Florida setting, Cuba in its “heyday”, a cop on the edge and a US Navy ship being blown up, so I’ll forgive him a little and look forward to his next book with anticipation.

The Darkest Hour (John Rossett, #1) by Tony Schumacher

The British Lion (John Rossett, #2) by Tony Schumacher

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#Booktube

Mary sent me a question via my website: website and I thought making a short video would be the best way to answer it.
Robert Harris also gets a mention, not that he needs any help off me!
If you have any questions about my books, writing in general, or just life itself, drop me a line and you might be in the next video!

Tony talks books on Youtube

Hope you enjoy it!
Tony

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Goodreads Giveaway!

Just a short blog to let you guys know that I’m giving away a sighned copy of my latest thriller, The British Lion over on Goodreads.

It’s the second book in the John Rossett series of thrillers, about which one reviewer said:

“The British Lion is undoubtedly one of THE books of the year…”

Whilst another said:

“The British Lion is an extraordinary and exciting tour-de-force, a pulsating portrayal of a broken nation that is breathtakingly imagined and terrifying in the sheer power of its possibilities…”

Not bad eh? And you are getting it for free! So enter the giveaway here and good luck!

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The British Lion Sample Chapters.

I keep forgetting to spread the word about the free sample of the my second novel, The British Lion, which is available to read over on my Facebook author page.

It’s a thriller, and the sequel to my first book, The Darkest Hour, about which the Wall Street Journal said:

“Schumacher’s assured and atmospheric writing make this a memorable novel…”

So it must be good!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it!

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Magic Words…

 Being a writer has given me many special moments over the years. Be it opening my first box of books from HarperCollins, or maybe chatting to a reader in a bookstore who was a fan, or even walking into the New York Public Library and seeing my book on the shelf… they were all great moments, and I thank my lucky stars I’ve had the chance to experience them. IMG-20160617-WA0000

I have a great job.

 

I just had another one of those great moments, probably my favorite one of them all.

I just wrote the two words every writer loves the most:

 “The End.”

I made it, another book written.

Now all I have to do is start the next one and do it all over again!

Wish me luck!

Tony

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Light the Fire.

I posted a short blog the other day (here, thanks for asking!) about the things I wish I’d been doing before I became a published thriller writer with HarperCollins. The idea was that people could learn from my mistakes, and then not make them themselves.

Well, I’ve had a few replies over on Google+, and seeing as I know a lot of people don’t go there, I thought I would share one of the comments, and my answer, because I thought it was interesting, and it is one I’ve been asked before.

Hope it helps you! The British Lion by Tony Schumacher

Comment:

“I’m glad I actually read that before I gotten my book completely written. Thank you, I hope that I’m able to do these things and I’m glad that you decided to make it a blog post to try and help others. I also have a blog, but I only have two posts on it, simply because I don’t know what else to really blog about… “

My reply:

“Hi there and thank you! The thing about blogging is, the more you do it, the easier it gets. You will soon start to see opportunities for topics everywhere. For instance, I’m looking at your reply and I can see the following blog topics jumping right out at me:

  1. How google+ is a great place for learning stuff.
  2. Your ongoing struggle to find topics to blog about.
  3. How asking questions on the internet helps you form connections, which in the long terms, may help you sell books and learn.
  4. How sharing stuff on the net helps others, in and return helps you.

There you go, four posts (and there are probably more) all from one reply. The trick is to learn to look for the stuff you can use. Imagine you are building a fire, and the question, comment, or discussion is a place to find kindling. Once you start looking, you’ll soon have too much to carry!

cover quotesAnother important thing to remember is that blog posts don’t have to be 1000 words long! Sometimes a short blog carries more weight than a long one, and it is often more likely to get read until the end.

Good luck with your writing!”

Always remember, the kindling for blogging is everywhere, you just have to learn how to spot it so can get on with lighting your own fire!

Tony

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If you think you can’t, you’re wrong.

I’d always wanted to be able to call myself a writer, but if truth be told, I thought that time had passed me by. Thing is though, I kept fighting, kept going, and most importantly, I kept writing until one day, it happened… I was a writer. 

     Here’s a little article about how it happened:

“Published at 46, I’d blown the one dream I had… being a writer.”

 

 

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Just Imagine…

       I was in Haworth, Yorkshire, the other day. It was cold, clear, crisp and quite beautiful. I walked through a churchyard, and then into a church that was lit by the springtime sun streaming through a stained glass window, that threw colours on the ground like puddles of joy.

copyright Tony Schumacher     The church was empty, quiet except for the sound of the birds singing outside, and the sound of my footsteps inside, as I walked up to a brass plaque set in the floor.

 

Someone had left a bunch of flowers and a “Thank You” card on the plaque. I picked up the card and read it:

 

“Thank you for the joy you have given me, thank you for the books.”

 

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That was it, 150 years after they had died, a thank you to a writer for the time they had taken to write.

Just imagine that?

 

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