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The fun filled weekend for end of school year campers ends in terror when they learn of mysterious deaths in the next camp area.


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The Hand at the Tucson Festival of Books

Got confirmation that “The Hand” will be at the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books

When:  March 14-15, 2015

Where:  University of Arizona Campus | University of Arizona Mall | Tucson, AZ 85721

Event Overview

Thank you for joining us at the Tucson Festival of Books held on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Ariz. A literary oasis for book lovers and authors alike, the Tucson Festival of Books welcomes authors representing a wide variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s fiction, cooking, and poetry. With more than 100,000 potential readers in attendance, this is an excellent opportunity to exhibit and promote your book during your one-hour book signing.

Event website: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

Please note the Author Solutions Book Gallery will be located at Booth #178. The Author Solutions booth is located just north of the food court.

Please note The Hand will be displayed with Author Solutions, LLC


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National Press Release has been sent

Great news, check out the gold seal of excellence added to the book cover (based of the positive feedback by the US Book Review).  The Press Release has already been sent to newspapers, radio stations, magazines and television stations.  The Press Release has been distributed over the newswire to over 30,000 opt-in journalists and bloggers.

Please click on the link below to view your recently distributed press release.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/JLSimmons/TheHand/prweb12215069.htm

Ask for the book in your local library (public or school).

http://www.vislegacy.com/excerpt.html


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The US Review of books for The Hand

http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Hand-Simmons.html#.VBRGf_ldWSo

The review was good, thereby qualifying me for the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence.

Some of the benefits that come with this recognition includes:

  • Premium Review Service from the US Review of Books (plus submission to the Eric Hoffer Awards)
  • The opportunity to have Trafford’s Gold Seal of Literary Excellence stamped on your cover once you get a positive review. You can also use the Gold Seal on other marketing platforms like your book’s website
  • Booksellers Return Program for 2 years
  • A Single Slot Ad in Ingram’s Advance Print Catalog

• Publicity Plan – NetSpeak Edition


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A fun read to ages 13+

I read the book to a group of teens, at a youth ministry event for a local church. The teens had a church sponsored sleepover at a local hotel. The hotel allowed me to read the book in the center section of the Hotel – others in the hotel, stood and sat along the banisters  to listen to the book. Afterwards, they asked where to buy the book.

The Teens enjoyed the story. The big question was “where is the Hand is now?” All I can say is “You need to contact the Camp Ground with this question.” They are already asking about a sequel.

A suggestion:

Reading the story to a group of 13 and over, is a good way to share the story i.e. teen events, camping, youth ministry, book clubs, etc.


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Good reviews and increased availability

“The Hand” is getting good reviews. It is now available on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Abebooks, Book Depository, Kobo, Indigo, Alibris, Google Play, IndieBound and Trafford Publishing .

To compare Prices try the following link: www.goodreads.com/work/compare_prices/42572041?book=23005090

Always, to learn more about the author visit www.vislegacy.com

Please provide your feedback, i am in the process of deciding if a squeal will be written.


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About Hueston Woods State Park (trivia)

The link below (bottom of this post) was shared about the area close to where the hand incident took place.

Hueston Woods was named after Matthew Hueston who was awarded the land for his military services. He & his family preserved more than 200 acres of this forested area. His land was aquired by the state of Ohio in 1947. The land was cleared & the 625 acre lake was constructed by a chain gang of honor status prison inmates,

Rumor has it that these imates were treated very badly & that there may have been deaths as a result. The prison camp now serves as the park administration offices & nature center.

  The Adena Indians (mound biulders) also lived in this area in 500 B.C. – 400 A.D. & built several ceremonial mounds there. after the Adena indians disappeared, the Miami natives settled in & started a trading post & village on what is now park grounds.

  It’s said that if you watch closely, you will see flashing lights that are not fireflies, but may actually be the torches of Chief Little Turtle’s warriors. Rumor has it that the kitchen area & parts of the lodge are also haunted.

For mor information, visit: http://sos-paranormalinvestigations.weebly.com/haunted-ohio.html


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The Hopewell Cemetery

The link below (bottom of blog) was shared about the area close to where the hand incident took place.

Please have respect for not only the owners of the property, but also for any spirits left behind. If walking in a cemetery, please do not walk on the graves. This is considered a true sign of disrespect.

Hopewell Cemetery – 6471 Camden Clloge Corner Rd, College Corner, OH 45003

  Located near a place called Hueston Woods State Park located between Camden & Oxford, Ohio – Hopewell Cemetery is said to be one of the best ghost hunting sites in southern Ohio. It was founded in 1806 by steadfast abolitionists & a leading force in the underground railroad.  The Fairhaven & Morning Sun churches were also part of this.  One of the main UGRR routes went from Cincinnati to Hamilton, then northwest along State Route 177 through Morning Sun, Fairhaven, Richmond IN, then to Fountain City IN where the UGRR founder lived. 
  The Hopewell cemetery was the first public cemetery in Isreal township & consist of over 1,000 graves. It’s known as the second largest burial ground for the Revolutionary War soldiers in Preble County. It’s also the the resting place for members of the Hopewell church who served in the civil war. 
  The cemetery is surrounded by a 19th century dry- laid limesstone fence. It’s said that strange lights can regularly be seen and little ‘surprises’ will be waiting in your car when you return. It is also said to bring bad luck to those who visit during the night. Reports of apparitions in civil war clothing has also been seen & photographed. Some claims have stated that Hueston Woods is haunted as well, especially the kitchen area & parts of the hotel.  No proof has been documented.”

For more information, visit: http://sos-paranormalinvestigations.weebly.com/haunted-ohio.html