Monday, October 20, 2014

My Latest Novel, A Man In Control, Is in Its Final Editing

My latest book, A Man In Control, is in its final editing prior to formatting and publication. It stands at 50,710 words at present. Look for it to be available within the next few weeks on Kindle as an e-book and Amazon & elsewhere as a paperback print book. Book blurb: David Wynthers is a microbiology professor whose need to control all aspects of his life is thrown into turmoil by the death of his wife, which causes a cascade of events for Dave to cope with – murder, mystery, terrorists tracking him, sudden wealth, a female police detective, and the FBI. Can Dave maintain control of the events swirling around him?

A Man In Control is a fiction novel in the genre of Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense – Crime – Murder. It is the tenth book published by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Working on Book # 10

I just completed the first draft of my newest book. Now to start polishing and massaging it. So far I haven't decided on a title yet so it is being called "Book Ten". It will turn out to be another short novel in the 42,000 - 46,000 words range. My other three novels have all fallen in this range. I guess I can only think of stories that run that length. I don't like to pad them to reach an arbitrary length goal.

Some ill-informed reviewers mistakenly call my short novel a novella. Here is the word count guide:
Classification --- Word count
Novel --- over 40,000 words
Novella --- 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette --- 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story --- under 7,500 words

Not that there is anything wrong with writing novellas. Here are some of my favorite novellas:
Jack London's The Call of the Wild
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
George Orwell's Animal Farm
Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange
Isaac Asimov's Nightfall
Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor
Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's
Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea
Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
H. G. Wells' The Time Machine

Time to get to work on the second draft of my new book.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zack's Choice Received Its 50th Review

My latest novel in the crime-heist-mystery genre, Zack's Choice, hit a bit of a milestone recently. It received its 50th review and has a 4.7 out of 5 average rating. Plus its sellers rank at the moment is " #44 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Heist". Why not check it out? It's a fun, entertaining summer read.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Come Watch My Trailer for Zack's Choice

My new trailer for Zack's Choice is now available. It was a deal at only $49. I like the end result. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Comments from Reviews for Zack's Choice

My crime-heist-mystery with a dash of humor and a bit of sex novel Zack’s Choice has received these comments in reviews: “Zack's Choice is literate, fun, and entirely unpredictable, and I enjoyed it immensely.” from Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite; “The total package has cinematic appeal – especially when you throw a sexy romance into the mix. Zack’s Choice is sure to appeal to anyone who likes a well-told tale about clever, risk-taking characters in love and in danger.” Posted in Palmetto Review; and “Quill says: This book will keep you guessing at all the twists and turns right up until the very end.” from Kristi Benedict of The Feathered Quill Reviews. http://www.amazon.com/Zacks-Choice-Harry-Gilleland-ebook/dp/B00IJEWGM4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392956480&sr=1-1&keywords=Zack%27s+Choice

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Trailer for A Wandering Warrior Available Now

Please check out my new trailer for A Wandering Warrior, my action-adventure, historical fiction novel published last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aQLb4zly_s&feature=youtu.be I hope you like it!