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Ypsilanti Man needs your votes to become ‘Breakthrough Novelist’

Posted by ppna on March 3, 2008

I came across the article Amazon.com and Penguin Group (USA) Reveal Top 10 Finalists for Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award today and low and behold there is an Ypsilanti Man in the finals. Harry Dolan made it passed nearly5,000 submissions to become selected as one of the 10 finalists.

Excerpts of the top ten finalists manuscripts have been posted at http://www.amazon.com/abna and you are asked to read all excerpts (5,000 words) and post a qualified review in order for your vote to count. If you are like me you won’t bother with fairness and just read and review Mr. Dolan’s work which can be found here You only have till March 31st to vote so get on your Wireless Ypsi enabled laptop and write your review while you enjoy this fine day in Downtown.

The grand prize winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA), which includes a $25,000 advance. In addition, HP will provide the winning author with an entertainment technology package that will include an HP 50-inch Plasma TV, Digital Entertainment Center, HP Pavilion Notebook, HP LaserJet All-in-One and HP Photosmart Digital camera. All runner-up finalists will be offered a “Total Design Freedom” BookSurge self-publishing package from Amazon worth $2,400.

Harry Dolan Speaks About Bad Things Happen – Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist:
David Loogan is living a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan; he’s hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But soon he befriends Tom Kristoll, the publisher of a mystery magazine, and one night Kristoll asks him for a favor — he needs help burying a body. Two weeks later, Kristoll himself is dead, thrown from the window of his sixth-floor office. A police detective — Elizabeth Waishkey — is assigned to the case, but Loogan is leery of telling her what he knows. He begins his own search for Kristoll’s killer. Before long, there are two more murders, and Loogan himself has become a suspect. Elizabeth eventually unravels the events that led to Kristoll’s death and discovers the secret of Loogan’s past, but she’ll need his help to confront the killer.

I certainly hope the killer isn’t from Ypsilanti, that would hurt my feelings.

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