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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spend the Time and Money to have your Book Professionally Edited

Over the past four years I have written two techno-thriller books, the first titled NANO SURVEILLANCE, and the second titled WATERKILL. In both cases I released the books without having them professionally edited. I paid a very high price with NANO SURVEILLANCE in regards to negative reviews for editorial reasons. With WATERKILL, I went to great pains to avoid the same review wrath by having a dozen friends and family members review the book and provide feedback prior to its release. However, again I did not spend the money to have WATERKILL professionally edited. Sadly, the friends and family editing feedback route was still insufficient. Though the WATERKILL reviews were better, there was still that occasional reader/reviewer that found editorial issues with the book, and as a result, skewered me because of it.

Alas, after about 4 or 5 of those negative reviews, I took WATERKILL off the market and spent two months and paid nearly $2K to have the book professionally line edited. Without a doubt after the second release of the book the results, in regards to critically negative reviews due to editing, were much better. After 78 amazon reviews, WATERKILL enjoys a 4.3 ranking, with virtually no additional comments about editorial flaws in the book.

So for those who are thinking about self-publishing a book, I highly recommend you spend the time and money up front to have the book professionally edited. Though I have not recouped the cost of paying for the professional edit to date, at least I sleep better at night knowing I am not going to get that picky reader who rips the book for basic editing issues.

See for yourself by checking out WATERKILL at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017Q9593K


Saturday, February 18, 2017

NANO SURVEILLANCE is FREE Today Only on KINDLE

Get my political/technothriller "Nano Surveillance" for free today in Kindle format at: www.amazon.com/dp/B00DJSZ92O " Enemy White House, Media Deceit, Billionaire Greed, Hi-Tech Corporate Spying" Summary: With the country on the brink of financial collapse, billionaire and high tech entrepreneur Dave Henson breaks an old personal oath to himself to remain apolitical as he attempts a daring and dangerous mission to save the country. Dave, along with a small group of engineers at his company NSurv, and his old friend and news reporter Dana Cogswell, decide to use NSurv’s bio-nano sensor technology to bring a whole new level of transparency between the federal government and the public. In the process they discover and reveal a sinister plot by the President and his administration to secretly drain and transfer the country's wealth and power to foreign entities.
While Dave and his team covertly work to change the country’s political and economic direction by exposing the corruption in Washington D.C., the President announces his new plans to end global climate change and restore the country's economy. However the President's plans run sinisterly deeper, and include the required use of personal tracking sensors to be installed in every automobile and product sold in the country. If the President's plans become law, Dave is convinced it will destroy the country and provide the government with unfettered surveillance of the public. Dave’s team quickly finds itself intertwined in a deadly war with the President and his allies. As the NSurv team works to capture and report the ultimate story to topple the administration and save the country, the President and his allies stop at nothing to protect their self interests and to capture NSurv's new surveillance technology. Risking life and limb, and a rekindled relationship with Dana, Dave remains undeterred while he leads his team forward in accomplishing their mission. Mentally torn, Dave inevitably has to ask the most from Dana. His request, and her decision on how much to sacrifice of herself, tests their new found relationship and holds the key to their ultimate success.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Many New 5 Star Reviews Coming in on WATERKILL

Over the past week or so I have received many new 5 Star reviews on WATERKILL. As a matter of fact, 8 out of the last 11 have been 5 stars and the other three have been 4 stars. WATERKILL now as a 4.3 rating on 73 Amazon reviews. Below are a few excepts from the latest reviews:

5 Stars - "This is a high octane, unpretentious mix of extreme action and knowledge that we all need to be cognizant of. I highly recommend this book. Set aside an afternoon because you won't be able to put it down!" says Penny Jane. See entire review at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R7IE90G05ODSQ/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B017Q9593K

5 Stars - "If you enjoy Action Thrillers with a great plot and well thought out characters, then this story is well worth a read. It’s definitely worth the 5 star rating." says Todd Simpson. See entire review at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2UDAFLMTOUE1H/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B017Q9593K

5 Stars - "Author Mark Donovan has a well written story here and flow quite smoothly .I could tell you more about this story ,but that would spoil it for you. I highly recommend that you read this story you won't be disappointed", says Bella's Blog. See the entire review at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AGGFBNHO2JPWKGSSMNFJEAK336IQ?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_arp_d_pdp


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My Latest Drone Video Combining Google Earth Flyovers and Drone Flyovers

A real estate agent up in the lakes region of New Hampshire, where I live, asked me recently if I could produce videos that blend Google Earth flyovers and Drone flyovers. Liking a challenge I did just that with the filming of my own home on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Check out my finished video below.




Friday, December 23, 2016

Falcon Imagery - Providing FAA Certified Aerial Drone Photography Services


Last week I went out and purchased a new DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone. With the weather finally above freezing and the skies clear I filmed the below video of my home. The video was filmed on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonboro, NH. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkxOsbUvX3w.


A view of Lake Winnipesaukee from a Phantom 4 Pro Drone


If you live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and need drone aerial photography services check out my website: Falcon Imagery - Providing FAA Certified Aerial Drone Photography Services


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dave Henson is akin to Dirk Pitt of Clive Cussler Fame

Some reviewers of WATERKILL and NANO SURVEILLANCE have commented that Dave Henson reminds them of Dirk Pitt, the protagonist in many of Clive Cussler's books.

Their comment is not surprising to me on account of two reasons; (1) I have read nearly every Clive Cussler book that has ever come out, and (2) I wanted to create a protagonists in my books that were as equally intelligent and strong as Dirk Pitt. However, instead of being an expert in oceanography, I chose to have Dave be a "techie" with a penchant for aviation, two of my personal traits.

So if you are a fan of Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt series, then you might want to pick up WATERKILL or NANO SURVEILLANCE.

WATERKILL 
 NANO SURVEILLANCE

Sunday, August 21, 2016