Born in Long Island, New York, have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma. Lived three years in Italy and Germany while in USAF.(Air Police: K-9 section). Now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Married after whirlwind romance to same wife for over 30 years. Currently run my own real estate school in Oklahoma. Like to study foreign languages for a few months just to see how they work. Also like Latin and giving speeches. I’ve taught Philosophy, Advertising, Property Management, and many real estate subjects at the University, Community College, and Technical School level. Now writing non-fiction book on the Romance genre. I was trained to be a philosopher and history teacher but have worked mostly in advertising, marketing, and real estate.
"Perhaps many writing problems
lie not in our characters but in ourselves. Hamlet was driven by outside events
and, by failing to take charge, ended his life in a sea of troubles. Is it not ironic
that the ultimate pantser was created by the ultimate plotter?"
people like poetry for the pleasing noise it makes. Others like the kind of
poetry that only they and a select few can take pride in understanding. I like
poetry that lets me see what I’ve not seen before or which shows me how what I
once thought was true is not. It’s what happens in the reader that makes poetry
Volume 2 in a Four Books Series
Inspired by Molly Noble Bull.
This is a long short
story. About 9000 words.
The readers that "The General's Daughter" was written to please will be delighted with this
story. It is well written, well edited, and delightfully unpredictable. I never
knew what was going to happen next and this is crucial in a successful short
Actually "The General's Daughter" is a longer short story which is just a little shorter than a
short novella. (It took me about an hour to read it at a slow enjoyable reading
The story takes place in the
summer of 1829 near Ft. Gibson in Indian Territory. As the story opens the
wagon train the heroine is traveling with is attacked by Indians. Things are
life and death until the Calvary arrives. There are good action scenes here.
The rest of the story covers the unfolding of the romance the story is about.
(The blurb tells about this.)
This story was written
entirely by Jan Davis Warren and it is well worth the low price.
Now for the mismarketing.
1. Molly Noble Bull did not
write or coauthor this story as the cover seems to indicate. Even on my Kindle,
Molly Noble Bull, is listed as the author (you can't find the book by searching
your Kindle by Jan Davis Warren's name.)
2. This is not a Western.
This is a Frontier story. I've read about 1,000 westerns in my life and I know
the difference. A genre western should take place after the Civil War and end
3. There are no cowboys in
this story. This is about the Army, trappers and farmers. It's not about
4. This is not a "Shoot
`em up" western. A "Shoot `em up" western requires quick draws,
modern six-guns, Winchester lever action rifles, and trains. This "Shoot `em up" period was
decades after the heyday of wagon trains. The Gunfight at O.K. Corral is a "Shoot
`em up" western.
Winchester 1873 "The gun that won the west."
5. This may be an inspiring
story but it is not a genre "Inspirational" romance in that the
characters spiritual beliefs are not essential to the story. It is a clean
story without bad language or sex. People who like Christian Fiction will have no
problems with this book.
None of these marketing
problems are the author's fault. She wrote a very entertaining story that her
fans should really enjoy. I know I did. But then I've been to Ft. Gibson
several times and have read a history of the fort. I knew what kind of story it
would be regardless of the misleading cover art.
The cover art should have
shown a wagon train with some indication that it was under attack. (Not a
cowboy!) It would not hurt to have an old wooden fort in the background.
The reference to `Molly Noble
Bull' should have been offset in a different typeface and worded something like
Story II in the series
inspired by Molly Noble Bull.
This would provide the fusion
to the other stories the publisher rightly was trying to make without confusing
the issue of authorship of the story.
I know this is just a 99 cent
story and the publisher may not of thought it was worthy of a more thorough and
more costly marketing effort. However, this view is short sighted.
What the cover does is
attract readers who are expecting a different kind of story. Such readers could
well be disappointed and might reflect this disappointment by giving poor
reviews that are really no fault of the author.
On the other hand, the best
prospects for this story, and there should be many, may not even notice that
this is a story they would enjoy. Thus the best prospects could well be driven
In effect, this marketing is
attracting non-prospects to the product while potentially driving away the best
prospects. Doing this is the unforgiveable sin in marketing. It is better to
have marketing that does nothing than have marketing that by misdirection makes
One last thing: many people
will not buy an eBook without knowing how long it is. I've seen ebooks that are
only a few pages long. I only bought this story after I emailed the author to
find out how long it was. Telling how long a story is should be mandatory for
ebooks because doing so is a more powerful way to market the book.
Sally Clay’s livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an
opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor.
Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves
Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance
to make right what went wrong three long years before.
But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged
pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others – and
hers isn’t the only heart that’s broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she
flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her
bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?
A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined
to claim her.
All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.
Inspirational Historical Romance
About the Author
Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a
passion for the written word - from blogging to writing poetry, short stories,
and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is now back home
among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at a time and
pursuing her passion via freelance
editing and self-publishing her debut novel, Bleeding Heart. You can
connect with Amber on her blog, Seasons of Humility.
Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her
husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young
adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy"
romance. You can visit her online at www.lenagoldfinch.blogspot.com.
from Bleeding Heart
hearts should be considered a crime. That would make Elizabeth Lawson an outlaw and
Joe Clifton the victim. And that wasn’t a far stretch in Joe’s mind. She had
rounded up his heart, branded her name across it when it should never have
belonged to her, and then left him high and dry. Still, he was getting sick of
hanging around the scene of the crime. He just didn’t know where else to go.
Lake Tahoe had once been his favorite
get-away destination, a place where he could go to just sit back and enjoy the
view of water as clear as a shined-up mirror. Now those crystal depths and the
unmoving boulders along the water’s edge taunted him, bringing back memories of
a happy proposal and a less-than-happy scene where his heart was handed back to
him on a silver platter – bruised, broken, and bleeding.
He didn’t want to make any more memories
like that. So he made a promise to himself: He would never let anyone break his