Thursday, October 4, 2012

Two More Poems Accepted by The Rusty Nail

Two more of my poems, "All the Dancing Bears" and "The Beast Within", have been accepted by The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine to be posted on-line and then printed in a later issue of the print magazine.

My first two poems accepted by them and already displayed on-line, "Living With the Tiger" and "My Yesterdays", are now scheduled for publication in the October, 2012 issue of The Rusty Nail print magazine. 

I am pleased at having some of my poems published in their on-line and print versions of the magazine.



Aldric & Anneliese Wins Book Award

Aldric & Anneliese, my action-adventure novel published by 4RV Publishing in 2011, won a First Runner Up Award in the Historical Fiction category for 2012 in the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) 2012 book awards, announced at the MWSA conference last week (27 -29 September).

I am both delighted and surprised at receiving this award.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two Poems in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine

This week in the on-line The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine I had two poems featured --  Living With the Tiger and My Yesterdays. These two poems will also appear in an issue of the print version of The Rusty Nail in a couple more months.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

MWSA 2012 Book Award Nominees

Today started off well. I received word that my action-adventure, medieval-era novel entitled "Aldric & Anneliese" published in 2011 by 4RV Publishing is a nominee for the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) 2012 Book Award in the Historical Fiction category. I am quite pleased and appreciative. See:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Aldric & Anneliese Received A Great Review!

Fran McGraw, a reviewer at Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and someone I had never encountered previously, gave my medieval action-adventure novel, Aldric & Anneliese, a fabulous review.

A sampling: "You can find just about anything you’re looking for when you read this special story. If you want the thrill of victory on the battlefield, you’ll find it; if you want the gruesomeness of war, you’ll find it; if you want romance, intrigue, betrayal, tragedy, revenge, hopelessness, and ultimate redemption, you’ll find it. Aldric and Anneliese is a tale for young and old.
... this great tale held me captive through to the end. I personally feel this item is good read to younger children, as a bedtime story, young adults venturing into reading for themselves, and adults as a light tale of true honor and integrity. There was no one part of the book I liked above the other, except for the morals and integrity listed within. Through action and word, Aldric is a prime example of a true friend, a great leader, and a person true to their word. Once it was over, I wanted more stories from this author. The tale was fast paced and one I couldn't put down. I felt transported back in time to a year where life was physically hard, and not always rewarding. Lessons learned often came at a high price. I would recommend this book to all readers. It is one that whisks you away into another world. It transports you through great imagery and action. A whole new adventure to be found. The author is very talented. I will be searching other books out from this author and adding them to my collection."

Please go and read the full review at MWSA:

I also want to thank Fran McGraw for her wonderful review. I truly appreciate it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The book trailer for Aldric & Anneliese now has 1,727 'hits', and still the sales for Aldric & Anneliese have never amounted to much. I wonder if I entitled it incorrectly? Maybe viewers think Aldric and Anneliese should be a mushy romance, whereas it really is an action-adventure tale of battles and warfare with knights and kings in medieval times, making it more of a man's book. Perhaps I should have entitled it "Aldric, Mighty Warrior". Then the men readers might have noticed it more. What do you think?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Poetry Books Don't Sell!' in Goodreads Giveaway 4 -29 Feb

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Poetry Books Don't Sell! by Harry E. Gilleland Jr

Poetry Books Don't Sell!

by Harry E. Gilleland Jr

Giveaway ends February 29, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

I will be giving away three free copies of "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" at the end of this giveaway. Sign up for a copy and you might be one of the lucky winners!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Poetry Books Don't Sell!" on Kindle for FREE for 2 days

My newest poetry book, "Poetry Books Don't Sell!", will be available for FREE this Sunday & Monday (January 29-30) to everyone. Anyone can download this e-book for free without having to be a member of Amazon Prime. If you can download from Kindle, you can get "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" for these two days only for free. It normally sells for $2.99.

The poetry in this book addresses a wide variety of subjects. It is written in various formats or styles, including forty-three rhyming storoems (story-poems), six acrostic poems, five political poems, and twenty-nine free-verse poems. Seven older poems (prize-winners and author’s favorites) are included as lagniappe, making ninety poems and storoems total. It even has one flash fiction story included.

Please spread the word to all your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, blogs, etc who download from Kindle about this free poetry e-book. I'd appreciate it if you did.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Poetry Books Don't Sell!" on Kindle

My latest (fourth) book of my poetry, "Poetry Books Don't Sell", is available at present on Kindle at for $2.99 as an e-book. Members of Amazon Prime may download it for free for the next few days.

I have ordered a proof copy of the print version through Lulu Press. After I receive it, if it checks out okay, then "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" will become available as a print version at Lulu and through on-line booksellers, such as, Barnes &, and others.

Please help me spread the word about my new book. Please tell your family, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, complete strangers, etc. about this wonderful new poetry book that offers hours of great, entertaining reading. I'd surely appreciate it!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Poetry Books Don't Sell!

I will be publishing a new (my fourth) collection of my poetry soon. It should be available on Kindle and Nook as an e-book first, followed by a print book through Lulu Press in a few weeks. I have chosen the title of "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" This is a truism in the publishing world. Most agents and publishing firms won't accept poetry as a submission. Poetry books tend to be mostly self-published, and, no matter how good the poetry contained is, no one much buys the books. This is a pity because most readers would enjoy reading poetry and would be surprisingly entertained if only they would give it a try.

My new book, "Poetry Books Don't Sell!", contains storoems and poems addressing a variety of topics. It has ninety of my storoems and poems all together: 43 rhyming storoems (story-poems), 6 acrostic poems, 5 political poems, 29 free-verse poems, and 7 of my older poems (prize-winning and personal favorites).

Look for "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" to become available at Lulu Press, Barnes & Noble, Kindle and Nook soon.



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pythons are spreading in Florida ... maybe even to Louisiana!

I read in today's Shreveport Times that giant Burmese pythons, which grow up to twenty feet in length and weigh up to 250 pounds and eat everything "from birds to mammals (muskrats, rabbits, cats, dogs, deer, etc.) to alligators", are spreading farther throughout Florida. A recent study revealed that even newly hatched pythons can survive an average of a month in full-strength seawater and older snakes can survive many months swimming across seawater. This means there is no physical barrier (seawater) to stop the spread of the pythons from the Everglades and Keys, where they are now thriving, farther up the coast line, maybe eventually to other Gulf Coast states, even to Louisiana and Texas. It had been hoped that being unable to survive swimming in the open seawater would prevent them from spreading. Not so! Bummer.

I first read about pythons being found in the Florida Everglades back in 2008. I wrote a poem about it then:

Cheers ... and watch out for spreading pythons.