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Michael Byars Lewis

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A lot has happened since the last time I've reached out! Sorry it's been so long, sometimes life gets in the way...

VEIL OF DECEPTION was named the Winner in the Action category in the Book Excellence Awards! This is a big deal, because it's our first win in a contest outside of the United States. Special thanks to our friends from the Great White North!

 

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Also, VEIL OF DECEPTION made the semi-finals in the Chanticleer International Book Awards! Winners will be named at the end of the month at their conference in Portland. Kim and I had planned on attending but a conflict with my work schedule scratched that idea.What a great honor to be listed with such a great list of authors! Keep your fingers crossed! Until next time!

 

 

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Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of being a featured author at the Louisiana Book Festival. What a great experience and the folks putting this on did an incredible job! Friday night, Kim and I attended the Author's Party with two good friends, Rickey and Debbie Heroman. We enjoyed great company, great food, and great drinks. We even managed to make a few connections while we were there!

 

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On Saturday, I had my presentation in the Capital Park Welcome Center at 12:15pm. We had a fairly good crowd and I gave a quick recap of how my first two books evolved. It was great seeing some friends from both high school and college!

 

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After the presentation, we headed over to the Barnes and Noble tent and had the opportunity to sign a few books!

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I'm happy to announce that I am one of the Featured Authors at this years Louisiana Book Festival! The date is October 29th and will be held on the State Capitol grounds. This is a free event so feel free to drop by!

The schedule is still not out yet, so I'm not sure what my time slot is, but I've been told I have 30 minutes to talk about what ever I want to talk about! Hmmmm...

Check out the website below for more information:

http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/Author_Lewis.html

Hope to see you there!

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The August 2016 issue of Air Line Pilot Magazine contains and incredible review of Veil of Deception by FedEx pilot Scott Tyler! What an awesome job! Thanks Scott!

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In Veil of Deception, author Michael Byars Lewis continues his riveting tale of a young Air Force pilot’s inability to escape the clandestine world of international espionage. The novel, which is laced with political intrigue, high-tech stakes, and mysterious, compelling characters, finds Jason Conrad struggling for anonymity. And he once again finds his professional aspirations plagued with circumstances haunted by ghosts from his past. In Surly Bonds, Lewis introduced Conrad, a student pilot trying to succeed. After the girl of his dreams enters his life, so do Russian spies and the CIA, making pilot training the least of Jason’s concerns. The thrilling roller-coaster ride of international secrets that quickly ensues in Surly Bonds exponentially escalates in Lewis’ second installment.

Veil of Deception rejoins Jason for his next military assignment: testing America’s top secret fighter. The stealthy F-2000 boasts innovative remote piloting, self-healing skin, integrated thought control, and several features its builder fails to disclose. Jason soon discovers his new job involves joys and angst from a past he cannot escape. Romance, mystery, intrigue, and murder are entwined with unbridled government spending, corporate greed, and unchecked foreign influence. Lewis draws readers in with drama and captures their attention with fascinating technical detail. The edge-of-your-seat journey culminates with an epic air-to-air dogfight. Strap in tight for another ride through a well-woven puzzle as Jason methodically uncovers the intricately layered Veil of Deception.

by Scott Tyler, First Officer, FedEx

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Veil of Deception earned an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Hollywood Book Festival! While that might sound trivial to some, the category was 'Genre-Based', meaning-it competed against books in all genres; romance, horror, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, western, and so on...No small accomplishment!

From the Hollywood Festival Website:

Based in the capital of show business, the Hollywood Book Festival aims to spotlight literature worthy of further consideration by the talent-hungry pipeline of the entertainment industry.

The 2016 Hollywood Book Festival considers published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, young adult, how-to, spiritual, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, biography/autobiography, sequels, genre-based, business, screenplays and history.

 

This is the fourth award for Veil of Deception and we are very excited about the direction we are going! We hope you enjoy the book and don't forget the three R's!!!

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Bob Mayer – Character: The People of your Story

New York Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer gave a great presentation during Craftfest at this year’s Thrillerfest XI. Please forgive my butchered amalgamation of his words and my thoughts. He touched briefly on the industry; and how it is constantly changing. The E-book market, despite claims to the contrary, is alive and well. Bob made a great point for new authors: Discoverability is key. You have to find the means to get you book out there.

The core of his session was on character development. Character, he said, is pre-eminent. While creating your story, remember emotion is more important than logic. Emotion is what draws the reader in and makes them feel part of the story.

When developing your story, what should you focus on: plot or character? The mission or the man? Stories about characters tend to be better stories. Goals are what characters strive for; motivation is why they are striving. Every character thinks the story is about them . . . so what is each character’s motivation? It must be believable to the reader.

Bob also pointed out how an author needs to identify what the pathological need of a character is. This shows how they would react in a crisis. He had a great chart he broke down into traits, needs, and flaws. These three areas need to be shown to have a well-rounded, believable character.

Example:

TRAIT                                    NEED                                     FLAW

Idealistic                              To be the best                   Naïve

Understanding where your characters come from is another important component in character development. What is the key point in their life? Flesh out your characters background as much is possible. It’s not necessary to tell the reader everything about your character, however. In fact, less is better.

When developing your protagonist, he should be reluctant, empathetic, and should have some type of negative quality. You also have to identify what’s at stake for this person. What happens if he fails? And know that if he doesn’t change throughout the story arc, he will fail.

How do you build a great antagonist? Your bad guy should be human, even likable. He should also have a motivation such that if the character is removed from the story, the plot collapses.

Thanks for sitting through my brief recap of New York Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer’s session on Character: The People of Your Story. For more on Bob, visit his website: http://www.bobmayer.org/

 

 

 

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Today, I begin my breakdown of Thrillerfest XI, that took place two weeks ago at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. I’ll start with Steve Berry’s, “The 6 C’s of Story Structure.”

 I’ll not go in to detail on Steve’s lecture, because you need to see it yourself. But hopefully I'll give you just enough taste to get you there next year. Briefly, the six C’s are: Character, Conflict, Crucible, Complications, Crisis, and Conclusion.

Character: Who are they? Characters are what makes our story interesting. The reader must be invested in the characters.

Conflict: The reader must realize the conflict between the antagonist and protagonist early in the story.

Crucible: This is the event that makes your hero do something he doesn’t want to do.

Complication: The revelation of subplots . . . and how they tie into the main plot.

Crisis: Think of a big explosion at the end. Just kidding, but the visual kind of makes the point. Conflict is resolved, subplots hopefully resolved as well.

Conclusion: All the loose ends tied up and the good guy wins . . . most of the time.

I won’t go into detail on how he relates those and how they relate to each other. That’s the magic of Steve’s presentation. Steve did focus on a problem that many aspiring authors face—backstory. Too many writers try to push the backstory up front (self included) instead of spreading it out over the course of the first two thirds of the book.

In addition to being a brilliant author, the guy is a gifted instructor and orator. His presentation is top notch and highly recommended. So yes, if you were there, you’d say, “Hey, there’s a lot more to his presentation that that.” And you’d be right. I didn’t want to give away the farm here, I’m just trying to show a little of the gift Steve gave us. He’ll be back next year. I suggest you give this one a shot.

 

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Thrillerfest 2016 ended just a few days ago, but I feel like I’m still there. I met so many great people; established authors, aspiring authors, agents, publishers, editors . . . It was another amazing experience. Thrillerfest is divided into different sections, each occurring on different days of the conference. Tuesday is MasterCraftfest. This is a one-day, intensive writing critique session. The small classroom setting of around eight students allows for an intense review of each students ten-page manuscript.

 

Wednesday starts Craftfest. It’s a day and a half of insight from the top authors in the business of a variety of aspects of writing. Character development, plot, dialogue, creating suspense. There’s over twenty different classes offered; a selection of four different classes each hour. All of them excellent.

 

Following Craftfest on Thursday is a two-hour section called Careerfest, where industry professionals: agents, publishers, and editors sit on panels and give their perspective on the industry.

 

Thursday afternoon is Pitchfest, where authors are given the opportunity to pitch their project to perspective agents. It’s about a three and a half hour session of ‘speed dating’ with an agent. I’ve been to several writers’ conferences and I can say there is nothing like this out there. Amazing opportunity.

 

Friday and Saturday is Thrillerfest. This is designed for the fans as well as the authors. There are numerous panels with a wide variety of authors; from the incredibly established to the first time novelist. One on one interviews with top tier authors highlight this section as some of the best in the industry are highlighted. This year, C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn, Walter Mosely, and Heather Graham were highlighted.

 

Saturday evening is the banquet. While I must confess, I had to leave before this, I’ve heard it is fantastic and I’ll definitely make it next year. Over the coming weeks, I’ll post some of my experiences at Thrillerfest. See you next time!

 

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Veil of Deception won it's third award since it's release! It is the winner in the Best Thriller category in the 2016 Pacific Book Awards contest. The Pacific Book Awards are operated through the Pacific Book Review organization. From their website:

"Founded in 2005, Pacific Book Review is a recognizable name in the business for publishers, authors, literary agents and the media.  We specialize in authoritative, objective book reviews, written by specialists selected for their knowledge and expertise in each genre.  Our reviews have received accolades from all aspects of the publishing industry, e-Commerce recognition, scholastic recognition, news media and personal praise from most every author.

We review books for well known authors as well as emerging authors; enabling many first time authors to reach the publishers with a recognizable review.  We help you get the exposure you need to market your book effectively. We review published books, manuscripts, eBooks, ARC’s, audio CD’s, and DVD’s.  Pacific Book Review provides additional services for authors including Internet review postings, video book trailers and distribution, professionally written press releases including distribution to the media, and author interviews along with other book promotion services to help gain exposure for your book.  We have the friendliest, old-fashioned customer service on the planet (no phone menus – just real, committed people).   The only wish we have is for your success as an author."

Click on the link below for a list of winners and finalists:

http://www.pacificbookreview.com/2016-winners-finalists/

 

 

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Very excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 24th, VEIL OF DECEPTION was named a FINALIST in the 2016 International Book Awards in the Fiction: Thriller/Adventure Category! (The winner in this category was Jon Land, from Forge, an imprint of MacMillan Publishers. Some of you may remember Jon from Thrillerfest) This is huge! How can being a FINALIST be huge? Because this contest isn’t just a contest among independent authors. We competed with the traditional publishing houses as well and had a great showing! Check out the press release below and click on the link to find VEIL OF DECEPTION!

   

 

BOOKVANA.COM ANNOUNCES

WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF

THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

 

Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the

7th Annual International Book Awards

 

Penguin Random House, Palgrave Macmillan, Puffin Books, John Wiley & Sons, Crown Business, McGraw-Hill, Tor/Forge, Rowman & Littlefield, American Cancer Society and hundreds of national and international Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!

 

LOS ANGELES    Bookvana.com announced the winners and finalists of THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 24, 2016. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of i310 Media Group, said this year’s contest yielded over 1,500 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

 

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Click on the link below for the Winners and Finalists:

 

http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2016awardannouncement.html

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 For immediate release:         

                                              

 1OTH ANNUAL NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

 

Beverly Hills -- The 10th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized Veil of Deception the category of Military Thriller as a winner in this year's competition.

  

This prestigious National award is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independently publishers.

  

The National Indie Excellence Awards exists to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.  

  

Winners and finalists are determined based on 'overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing.' Veil of Deception is a Military Thriller that asks the question: What if America's most secret weapons program was secretly owned by one of our enemies?

  

We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work, said NIEA Award sponsor, Ellen Reid, President & CEO.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit: www.indieexcellence.com

 

 

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It's been a wild two weeks. All of this happened after I was called in for a trip, of course. We had SURLY BONDS on sale to help promote VEIL OF DECEPTION. The SURLY BONDS sale took a life of it's own and on the 27th, shot up to #1 in three different categories on Amazon. It stayed #1 in the three categories for three days until the morning of the 29th. My Author Ranking got as high as #16. These are all based on sales at that moment, of course, not longevity or popularity.
 
 
 
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The Author Ranking takes into account both books. As my Author Ranking fell, I found myself next to some of my favorite authors, John Grisham, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn. While this doesn't mean anything in the big picture, it sure is fun to see my picture and books next to my favorite authors!
 
 
 
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SURLY BONDS ranked as high as #10 on Barnes and Noble NOOK (that's in all genres: Thriller, Romance, Literary, Science Fiction, Horror, etc...) It ranked #53 on iBooks (Apple iTunes). It also made the KOBO Top 50.
 
 
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Like I said, it's been a wild two weeks. Thank you all for riding along with me and there's a lot more to come! Fly safe!

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I am happy to announce that I've been invited to participate on a panel at this years THRILLERFEST in NYC! I'll be on the panel, "Army, Navy, or Air Force? Military Thrillers!" The panel will be moderated by NYT Bestselling Author A.J. Tata. Don't know who else will be on the panel yet, but I'm extremely excited! So in you're in NYC on July 9th at 10:30am, drop by the Grand Hyatt and say hello!

 

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It’s launch day! Hopefully, you’re excited as I am about the launch of VEIL OF DECEPTION, now available on Amazon! Our goal now is to get the book to the top of the Military Thrillers list! Then top of the Thriller list. The top of the Fiction list, and so on and so on. I can’t help but think this will go well. I’ve put a lot of time into this book and it feels like more time into marketing. I want to thank all of you out there, for making this possible. Thank you for believing in me, I hope this book, and I, don't let you down.

 

It' just after midnight central time, which officially makes it the 19th. It's exciting to see that Veil of Deception has a ranking already! Sales are slowly trickling in and here's where we stand as we open:

 

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

 

 

With your help, we can make #1!

Working full time while trying to organize a book launch is . . . stressful. I’ve been on the road twelve days out of the last two weeks; organizing and implementing this has been from an iPad or iPhone in a variety of different hotel rooms. I am grateful and blessed to be back a home.

 

I’ve been blessed to recruit my ‘Street Team’ who have been invaluable in this process. Thank you all very much for your assistance. Here’s a big shout out to the members of my ‘Street Team’:

 

 

 

Ron Cochrane

 

Gary Reid

 

Paul O'Halloran

 

Lowen Loftin

 

Johnny Crane

 

Jerry Litzo

 

David Jeffers

 

Jonathan Sharman

 

Debbie Heroman

 

Scott Tyler

 

Wil Pernia

 

Dave Docarmo

 

Rob Byther

 

Scott Andre

 

Preston Plous

 

Bobby Oates

 

Kevin Patton

 

Peggy Kassees

 

Kristina Clark

 

Richard Mihovilich

 

Derek Jeter

 

Laura Elizabeth Bullock

 

Tony Taijeron

 

Christopher Moore

 

 

Charles Mann

 

Vincent Tullos

 

Peggy Hamilton Jeter

 

Charles M. Hughes

 

Danielle Burton

 

Jim Collins

 

Ricky Adams

 

Gary Westfal

 

John Stott

 

Rickey Heroman

 

JD Rudman

 

Melissa Tyler

 

Ryan Dille

 

Bruce Johnson

 

Tim McKernon

 

Ken Taylor

 

Rhonda Gritsavage

 

Dace W Heathman

 

Terry Sears

 

Steve Kelley

 

Blake Jeter

 

Tyler Kercher

 

Scott Kemp

 

Bill Turner

 

Ethan Friedland

 

Jeff Helms

 

Don Lewis

 

Tyler Kellum Jeter

 

Jeffrey Gosselin

 

Dean Brignac

 

Sheryl Moffett Brady Teske

 

Justin Mackey

 

Joe Settle

 

Mike Harding

 

Adam Zaret

 

Paige Braun Reupke

 

Barbara Helms

 

Ken Price

 

Cary Herrera

 

JoAnn Crumpton

 

Catharine Jeter

 

Joel Martin

 

Scott Tyler

 

Betty McCraw

 

Kimberly Jeter Lewis

 

 

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The Veil of Deception Book Blog Tour begins tomorrow! I'll post a schedule as soon as I get it but over the next several weeks, there will be plenty of action along the way! Here's a quick rundown of where I'll be stopping in:

 1. Showcase @ Reading Renee

2. Guest Post @ Books Direct

3. Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews

4. Showcase @ Mythical Books

5. Review @ Book Reviews from an Avid Reader

6. Guest Post @ Mystery Suspense Reviews

7. Review @ just reviews

8. Showcase @ Reading Renee

9. Review @ Vics Media Room

10. Interview @ BooksChatter

11. Showcase @ Its a Mad Mad World

12. Review & Guest Post @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

13. Review @ Marys Cup of Tea

14. Showcase @ Writers and Authors

15. Review @ Booklishly Me

16. Interview @ Deal Sharing Aunt

17. Review @ Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine

 

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     Wow, it’s finally here! This has been a long hard road getting this website up and running. I’d like to thank the folks a Next Generation Designs who did the heavy lifting-Katherine, Mike, Josh, Alicia, Debbie, and everyone else. Thanks Mike H. for pointing me in their direction. I was an author who’d never had a website and they were a website company who never made one for an author. What a great match! All in all, I’d say it worked out great!

     Here’s some of our features. The homepage holds the rotating banner with links to my book and author page. It also has a Facebook feed and a ‘call to action’ section, where key information will be posted. At the bottom of the page is a link to this blog as well.

     The ‘Books’ page has links to purchase my books. As of right now, you can get them from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks. You can also purchase autographed copies directly from me, using either PayPal or a credit card.

     The ‘Blog’ page, where you are right now, will be updated with random thoughts on a variety of topics.

     The ‘News’ page is the area where ‘News worthy’ items will be posted. They might be listed somewhere else on the signt, but this page will be their permanent home. 

     The ‘Bio’ page contains a brief biography of yours truly. There’s also a section covering the Air Commando Foundation. I encourage you to read this section and follow the link if you’re willing to support our air commando’s and their family during times of crisis.

     I’m pretty excited about our new website. It’s doing what we need right now and is primed for growth as we move into the future.

     Let us know what you think about it: michael@michaelbyarslewis.com.

 

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