Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ding, ding, ding! Another real life TAKEDOWN of the market

I was recently asked, "how likely is the orchestrated market crash scenario portrayed in TAKEDOWN?" In the world of High Frequency (HFT) crack-induced market trading, the line between fiction and reality is thin: Apple and the risks of trading 29,000 times per second.

They called it a "glitch" and the HFT biz CEO said something went "haywire". Oh, the agony. He should have read TAKEDOWN . . .

UPDATE 3/26/2012: TAKEDOWN is on a free promo for one day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Release: Soft Snap

Soft Snap is now available on Amazon.

At the time he enlisted in 1942, Donald Murray was a graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard, fluent in multiple languages, and an instructor at Beloit College. Little did he know he'd spend the next three and a half years as a cryptographer and counter intelligence agent, landing in far flung Pacific outposts.

Don's use of language is at a time precise, eloquent, witty, bitingly sarcastic, and subtle. His letters weave story threads into a fabric rich with hope, frustration, satire, and romance. What starts as long distance friendship and admiration grows to become the love of his life through words amidst the uncertain timeline of war.

Grab the sample or use the "look inside" feature to preview the book. It is not the usual two-fork WWII letters fare.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

(E) Pluribus Unum

The editors are now putting the finishing touches on Soft Snap: The WWII Letters of Don Murray, so it will be available in ebook format within the next week.

This project has been a delightful ride in so many ways. I never knew my quirky father-in-law (he died when my husband was 19), but he left a trail of breadcrumbs that provided endless amusement as I pored over these letters.

In the image below -- a letter he wrote on the standard Army issue (free) stationery -- Don's inner Latin scholar has "fixed" the insignia at the top of the paper. If you look closely (squint) you'll see his penned "E" in front of the "Pluribus Unum" on the printed banner, to correct the printer's omission.

E Pluribus Unum = "Out of Many, One"

Friday, March 2, 2012

My Recent Reads

Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America (Shawn Otto)

Hartland to Capitol Hill (Mary Gunderson/Ernie Gunderson)

I received a copy from the Gunderson family. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. This book will soon be available on Amazon.

Victory (Joseph Conrad)