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THREE LIVES by Joe Washington Suspense/Thriller Press Release


Lynda McWhirter
Director, Marketing & Promotion

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(Kansas City, MO, March, 2010)


At the core of Joe Washington’s debut novel, Three Lives, is Nicholas Gambit, a young African American hero in training that hails from the center of the nation.

Like a lot of mid westerners, Gambit can’t help but to be genuine, evident even when he’s in the process of dismantling a team of well trained “people killers”. This quality draws readers ever closer to him, leaving them invested in his survival and desperate to see him flourish. Without pandering, Washington’s main character is extremely likeable, transporting readers into his adventures rather than merely witnessing them.

Though the story takes the reader all over the world and has shown remarkable promise with people from all backgrounds, this book will hold special interest for people of color.  Except for Mosley and the Alex Cross novels by Patterson, we seldom see black characters in today’s literary marketplace, both male and female, portrayed with such strength, diversity and legitimacy.

For readers of any ethnic background however, Three Lives delivers a host of attributes that will surprise and move: action that literally causes one to grip the pages of the book a little tighter; Joe’s clear understanding and familiarity with issues related to combat and international espionage; and most importantly, characters that ring true because of their humanity — flaws and all.

Throughout the development process, we have endeavored to find legitimate comparison titles.  The outcome of our search was surprising.  We simply could not find any. Three Lives could become the new standard for African American fiction, especially in a genre that has been virtually untouched by black authors.

Joe Washington
Publisher: Midnight Mercury
Price: Paperback        $12.99        ISBN: 9780615279930
Hardcover        $22.95        ISBN: 9780982417409
EBook             $7.99          ISBN: 9780982417416
Availability Date: 4/30/2010
Publication Date: 5/15/2010
Pages: 357 Trim: 5.5/8.5
Subject Category: Fiction/Suspense
Distribution Website: www.midmerc.com
Distribution: Book Hub, Inc., Wholesalers: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bookazine

Description: For most of us, one life is enough. Imagine having three. Nicholas Gambit did. One man, three very different reasons for being. Almost graduated from University and soon to leave a Kansas City ghetto he can’t wait to get away from, Nicholas is drawn into a conflict he wants no part of. His world crashing down around him, surrounded by violence, he learns he has some very special talents. Even with those talents, he finds he can’t protect everyone and when the nightmare is finally over, he is consumed. He is devoid of purpose, inconsolable, lost.

Upon observing how Nicholas conducts himself, and what he is capable of, agent John Wilkes devises a new purpose for him. He soon invites his protégé to enlist in a program few know exists. Too emotionally drained to see that it is a mistake, Nicholas allows himself to be secreted away into a life that he thinks will give his existence meaning and pit him against those who place themselves above the law. Instead, he finds himself at war with his own principles — fearful he will become the enemy he has sworn to fight.

In the course of the transformation from artless college student to inconceivably skilled government operative, Nicholas finds love where it is forbidden, is made into a cold blooded murderer, and ultimately seeks out redemption by allowing another a chance to rediscover her own humanity.

Marketing Strategies:

•  Marketing will include 10 city author tour (coast to coast with heavy emphasis on the Midwest), trade and consumer advertising, mailings, trade show-BEA, online promotion

•  $15,000 marketing budget over course of first year title is in print

•  Publicity team promotes book on websites that cater to readers that read Ludlum, Clancy and Patterson novels and author interviews and television during tour

•  Staged marketing approach.  Local, then national and international.  Target African Americans, the military, college age readers, adventure readers and general readers of fiction in bookstores, libraries, book clubs and discount stores

•  Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble, all AALBC properties, Blackexpressions.com and military distributor’s Bestseller lists.

•  Midmerc.com advertisement and promotions on search engines


After serving in the military, Joe distinguished himself in the private sector, working with detective and contract security firms throughout the United States.  His new company, MidMerc L.L.C. offers unique perspectives on many fields: Real Estate; Holistic Healthcare, and of course – publishing.

Joe has long held a passion for literature and the arts, writing media scripts and freelancing for corporate firms as well as performing in advertising campaigns, television and print.

Reader Comments:

On my last deployment, I took the book to Iraq with me. After arriving, a friend asked me to read it so I told him he could borrow it. It took me five months to get it back and by that point, every Marine on the base had read it except for me! When I finally did get a chance to read it, I understood why it been in such high demand. Three Lives is a great, fun and unique book. I DARE you not to get sucked into it.

–           Carl Orrell, Iraq War Vet and Purple Heart Recipient

Although I don’t find myself reading a lot of books in this genre, I have to admit . . . this book drew me in from page one and kept me caught up in the action until the very end. I loved it and I can’t wait to see what comes out of Mr. Washington’s brain (pen) next.

–           Sandra Moran, Professor of Anthropology and Freelance Writer

Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II by J. Todd Moye

Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II (Oral History Series)
by J. Todd Moye

Oxford University Press, USA
Available 04/12/10 in Hardcover

As the country’s first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen fought in World War II on two fronts: against the Axis powers in the skies over Europe and against Jim Crow racism and segregation at home. Although the pilots flew more than 15,000 sorties and destroyed more than 200 German aircraft, their most far-reaching achievement defies quantification: delivering a powerful blow to racial inequality and discrimination in American life.

In this inspiring account of the Tuskegee Airmen, historian J. Todd Moye captures the challenges and triumphs of these brave pilots in their own words, drawing on more than 800 interviews recorded for the National Park Service’s Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project. Denied the right to fully participate in the U.S. war effort alongside whites at the beginning of World War II, African Americans–spurred on by black newspapers and civil rights organizations such as the NAACP–compelled the prestigious Army Air Corps to open its training programs to black pilots, despite the objections of its top generals. Thousands of young men came from every part of the country to Tuskegee, Alabama, in the heart of the segregated South, to enter the program, which expanded in 1943 to train multi-engine bomber pilots in addition to fighter pilots. By the end of the war, Tuskegee Airfield had become a small city populated by black mechanics, parachute packers, doctors, and nurses. Together, they helped prove that racial segregation of the fighting forces was so inefficient as to be counterproductive to the nation’s defense.

Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces–formerly the nation’s most racially polarized institution–and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.

I’m Still Standing by Shoshana Johnson

I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen — My Journey Home
by Shoshana Johnson

Available 02/02/10 in Hardcover

In March of 2003, when Operation Iraqi Freedom was only days old, world headlines were made when a U.S. army convoy was attacked in the city of An-Nasiriyah en route to Baghdad. Several soldiers were killed and others were taken prisoner.

Jessica Lynch became the face and name associated with this tragedy, but another female soldier, Shoshana Johnson, was also wounded and captured in the ambush. A video of Shoshana being interrogated by her captors was soon broadcast on Spanish-language television and then picked up by American media. Shoshana had become the first black female prisoner of war in United States history. She was held for twenty-two days.

When Shoshana returned to the United States, she received numerous awards for her valor, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Prisoner of War medals. She appeared on news networks and national television shows such as Oprah, Ellen, The Tonight Show, and Larry King Live, but she was bound by a military gag order. She was unable to discuss what really happened in Iraq — until now.

Shoshana holds nothing back in this harrowing account of an ordinary woman caught in an extraordinary circumstance. She reveals decisions made by higher-ups that may have led to the capture, describes the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, and shares the surprising story of how a specialist in a maintenance company ended up on the front lines of war.

Divulging personal emotions and frustrations while raising fresh political issues, I’m Still Standing is the never-before-told and much anticipated story of the headline-making ambush, capture, and rescue described with the exceptional bravery and candor of a single mom and soldier who became an American hero.

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

by Sherri L. Smith

Putnam Juvenile
Available 01/22/09

Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy’s gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her. When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots — and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won’t accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of “passing,” of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one’s racial heritage, denying one’s family, denying one’s self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.

Freedom Bird by Donnell B. Jones

Freedom Bird
by Donnell B. Jones

Xlibris Corporation
Available 06/09/09

The military slogan: Never leave a soldier behind.

It was a destructive war fought in the jungles of Vietnam, which did not limit its casualties to the flesh but also deep through the soul. Many veterans were forgotten, but one soldier, through this memoir, chronicles his life overseas to remind us of those who were forgotten. Revisit the Vietnam War era through the eyes of a brave American soldier, Donell Jones.

Freedom Bird is based on a devastatingly true account of Jones, a determined soldier trained to fight, kill, and survive under extreme conditions. Joining the American army at the early age of eighteen, Jones was trained to fight and defend the United States against its enemies. He was sent to fight against Communist Vietnam.

In Vietnam, Jones was not just a fighter, but also a living eyewitness to all the horror, pain, and death on the battlefield. For him, the battlefield was a place for a bloody, on-the-spot extermination; the very place where enemies were mercilessly shot at the instant one lays eyes on them. Both the Vietcong and his colleagues were brutally killed before his very eyes, leaving a painful psychological trauma on his young mind. The depth of his story is not only his trip through Vietnam and Korea, but also the devastation the war left on his life in the States.

Experience how Freedom Bird became more than just the emancipation from a brutal war, but an escape from a battle that no gun or army could fight. Join him recall a dark period of his past as he writes this chronicle of courage and fearlessness, this expression of his love and devotion for his beloved America.

As he weaves together haunting memories of the Vietnam War, Jones shares a bitter life spent in the combat zone, which portrays a true spirit of heroism every soldier must have.

Freedom’s Fight by Gary Phillips

Freedom's Fight by Gary Phillips

Freedom’s Fight by Gary Phillips

Parker Publishing Inc
Available February 27, 2009

World War II changed the landscape of the world and the heart of America. As the war rages across Europe and Africa, a battle is also being fought on American soil. Eager to join the fight, black soldiers are denied the right to defend their country.

One man is charge with a duty that could change the course of the war in Africa. On a spy mission he searches for a traitor, but as he gets closer he must choose between his obligation to his country and his duty to his race.

A woman reporter finds a deep buried secret that could shock the nation. As she digs deeper into a national conspiracy she finds her life in jeopardy. She must chose between the truth and her life.

A patriotic lounge singer gives up his career to serve his country. To do so, he hides his identity and in the heat of battle makes a choice between the man he thought he was and the man he truly is.

A group of courageous people defy the odds and fight the war of their conscience to keep themselves and their country safe.

Life Against All Odds

Life Against All Odds
by Alfred Cave

Available 11/26/08

Before he was in his teens, Alfred Cave was already an orphan, a runaway, and a homeless person on the mean streets of New York. Five decades later, he would retire after heading the nation’s largest supported work program, as well as his own successful federal contracting company. This amazing story is recounted in Against All Odds, a stirring account of Cave’s surviving and thriving despite all life could throw at him.

A wide-ranging yet intimate memoir, Against All Odds follows Cave beginning with his earliest recollections in a violently racist South. But the deep-seated attitudes there don’t disappear when he escapes to the North and, later, the U.S. Army. Cave brings readers along for the ride as he rises to a Major, commanding two battalions and receiving a Bronze Star. It’s a revealing glimpse into an ambitious African American soldier’s unique experiences navigating the military’s hesitantly integrated ranks, and the challenges of raising a family along the way. As he returns to the private sector, Cave continues to document an engrossing cast of characters – some endearing, others maddening – that readers won’t soon forget.

The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla

A Cuban Terrorist Training Camp Through The Eyes of a Jamaican

Toronto, ON, September 22, 2008…BookSurge Publishing author Colin Morgan Dennis presents his memoir The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla, which offers a personal and unique perspective of life in a Cuban terrorist training camp. Think Al Qaeda without the religion.

Excerpt from The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla:

I woke up, as if out of a drunken stupor, to the sound of automatic gunfire and for more than a moment I didn’t know where I was. When I had recovered my composure, I was to discover, to my chagrin, I had missed the lesson ‘How to Ambush a Moving Vehicle.’

Originally published 1985 in his native Jamaica in where it was a bestseller, The Road Not Taken has been revised and updated. Morgan Dennis offers a refreshing style –informal and conversational – that belies the strong undercurrents of trauma and emotional tension. This memoir is a must-read.

ISBN 1-4392-0401-2 Format 6X9 paperback SRP: $18.99 ($19.99 CAN)
Genre: Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs

About the Author:

Colin Morgan Dennis was born in Kingston, Jamaica and attended
Manchester High School. He moved to Canada in 1983. In 1991 he
graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in
political science and in 1993 with a degree in journalism. He later
pursued graduate studies in public policy and public administration at
Concordia and was president of the graduate students association for
two years. His work has appeared in local newspapers. He lives in
Ontario, Canada.

The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla is available now through Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, Alibris.com and Abebooks.com.

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