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In the climax of The Ninth Orphan, book one in our top rated conspiracy thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, our hero, the ninth-born orphan, gate-crashes the Bilderberg Group’s annual conference.

Okay, it’s a work of fiction, but it does raise some interesting questions about a secretive, invitation-only organization whose annual conferences for the most part remain mysteriously off the record. Questions that demand answers.

The Bilderberg Group has some big names in its elite membership. Famous Bilderbergers include Bill Clinton, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, Bill Gates, Ben Bernanke, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes who have all attended meetings of the organization.

Conspiracy theorists have long said the Bilderberg Group undermines democracy and influences everything from nations’ political leaders to the venue for the next war; the politicians and industrialists who attend say it’s nothing more than a think-tank, conducted without media coverage so the world’s most powerful can speak freely.

The Ninth Orphan, which merges fact with fiction, exposes a secret elite pulling the strings of various administrations.

Is there any truth behind this supposed political conspiracy? Well, that depends on who you ask. Certainly, it’s easy to see why conspiracy theories plague the Bilderberg Group.

Bilderberg takes its name from a hotel of the same name in the Netherlands where the first meeting took place in 1954. Ever since, every Bilderberg conference has received almost complete media blackouts despite being held at prominent five-star resorts.

Conspiracy theorists point out this dearth of media coverage is highly unusual given the veritable who’s who of world leaders and movers-and-shakers in attendance each year.

Other notable US political figures to have officially attended Bilderberg meetings include current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig and Colin Powell, former President Gerald Ford as well as Texas Governor and 2012 Presidential hopeful Rick Perry.

Some say these and all other US attendees have been in direct violation of the Logan Act, a Federal law which prevents US citizens and representatives from making policy decisions in secret with foreign government officials. However, no Bilderberger has ever acknowledged engaging in policy-making during the meetings and there is no clear proof that any of them do.

The Ninth Orphan reveals a secret elite pulling strings.

On the international roster, Bilderbergers have included leaders of almost every Western nation, Swiss bankers, EU Commissioners and Royalty. Among past and present attendees are current Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Margaret Thatcher, the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip.

Beyond these confirmed Bilderbergers, there’s also a raft of other high profile figures suspected to have participated in conferences – according to the conspiracy theorists at least. For example, shortly before becoming the US President, Barack Obama was rumored to have met with key Bilderberg members at or near their conference venue in Chantilly, Virginia, in 2008.

Veteran Bilderberg observer, Jim Tucker, phoned Obama’s office during the campaign to confirm whether he had attended the conference. A campaign spokeswoman refused to discuss the matter, but would not deny that Obama had attended.

Other rumored attendees include Rupert Murdoch, George Bush, Sr. and George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton also denies having attended any Bilderberg meetings despite reported sightings of her at the locations of the 2006 (Toronto) and 2008 (Virginia) conferences.

Bill Clinton, however, was an official attendee of the 1991 Bilderberg conference in Germany while still a little known Governor of Arkansas; the following year he won the US Presidential Election.

So what does all this mean exactly? Is it just a pile of the usual circumstantial evidence that seems to conveniently support most conspiracy theories?

According to Belgian magnate and Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon, that is exactly the case. Davignon says an attraction of Bilderberg Group meetings is they provide an opportunity for participants to speak candidly and to find out what major figures really think without the risk of off-the-cuff comments becoming fodder for media controversy. However, partly because of its working methods to ensure strict privacy, the Bilderberg Group is often accused of conspiracies.

Then again, it is hard to believe the only decisions the world’s elite make at these exclusive resorts each year is what to order for dinner or what time to play golf…

Still sceptical? Take a look at this interesting bedtime reading…

bilderbergmeetings.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_Group

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bilderberg_participants

http://www.youtube.com/user/SterlingGateBooks

Want to learn more? Get your copy of The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Amazon reviewer Linda Townsend loved The Ninth Orphan so much she has started reading the prequel (book two) – and is finding it “awesome!”

Here’s her (abridged) review:

A Very Suspenseful Spy Thriller You Won’t Be Able to Put Down!!!!!!

OMG! First of all, please know that this book is outside of the genre I have normally read. However, it will not be the last as I found myself unable to put it down… don’t start it when you need to get to sleep! The Ninth Orphan is the tale of one of a group of children who were genetically manipulated and raised from inception to be operatives for a clandestine organization in a very controlled environment. This is the tale of one of those children who makes a break from the organization that has been the only “parent” he knows. BTW, I’ve now started reading the prequel to this story (and it’s awesome!) I look forward to more great reads from these authors!

For the full review go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

The Ninth Orphan is available via Amazon as a trade paperback and kindle ebook. To read the first few chapters free, click on the book cover below…

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)

For more background on this international thriller, and the ‘goss’ on some of the conspiracies it uncovers, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/SterlingGateBooks

Book three in The Orphan Trilogy will be released soon courtesy of Sterling Gate Books.

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)

Book one in our top rated international thriller series, The Orphan Trilogy, has amassed twenty-five 5-star reviews on Amazon, and remains a regular visitor to Amazon’s bestseller lists in the Spy Stories and Technothriller categories.

Here’s a selection of reviewers’ comments:

*****  This psychological thriller really kept me on the edge of my seat! –Susan M. Heim, bestselling author & editor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

***** A well-crafted universe of intrigue that sucks the reader in, allowing us to forget about everything else while reading. –Gregory S. Kuhn, futurist/quantum physicist/author.

 ***** Is the system that generates such horror reparable by one man; or only reparable by recognition and all standing for an end to such abuse? –Remy Benoit, historian/humanitarian/author.

 ***** Full of lots of twists and turns and no dull moments it left me hungry for more. -Amanda Phillips, film director

 ***** Do yourself a favor, read this book, enjoy the journey and find out the surprise ending. –Michael N. Vanatta, book reviewer.

***** This book should come with the warning: Do not start unless you have the time to finish. -Suepat, book reviewer

***** This book has all that I look for in a thriller of this genre – action, fast pace and suspense. -Sandra Dee, book reviewer.

***** Hitman meets The Pretender meets James Bond in this nonstop thriller. -Wandalyn Thomas, book reviewer.

And here’s a 4-star review we kinda like…

**** Mix in a beautiful girl who is first a hostage and then a lover, and the story has a nice mix of directions it can go…This book is fast paced, and I mean fast. -c9cREVIEWS.

 

To read the full reviews, and more, for The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

The Orphan Factory, the prequel and book two in the trilogy, is one of the highest review-rated books on Amazon and Goodreads. Meanwhile, the sequel and book three, The Orphan Uprising, will be released soon.

Happy reading!  -Lance & James

 

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James and I would like to wish you and all our valued Followers a Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.

January 2013 marks the launch of The Orphan Uprising, our third book in The Orphan Trilogy. For those who enjoyed books one and two, we predict you’ll love the final instalment in the life of Nine, the ninth-born orphan.

Until the launch, the ‘hard yards’ continue with the current manuscript as we revise, revise, revise. Meanwhile, book one The Ninth Orphan and book two The Orphan Factory are regular visitors to Amazon’s top rated lists in their respective categories and continue to rate highly on that wonderful literary site, Goodreads.com – as does our historical adventure-romance Fiji: A Novel. (A big thank you to our readers!).

Finally, for our fellow writers, here’s a new post on Author Solutions, the worth-a-look Indie book writers’ blog, that caught our eye.

Five tips to getting published in 2013

-by Keith Ogorek

  1. Pick a date when you want to hold a copy of your book. Writing is a process, but publishing is a goal so you need a deadline. And I have found the authors who are successful in self publishing, set a date when they want to hold a copy of their book. Sounds simple, but it is really important.

  2. Decide when is the best time for you to write and make that your routine. I have talked to hundreds of authors and the ones who get to the goal have a discipline about their writing. Most have a better time in the day when they write most productively. What is your best time to write? Do you know when it is? Have you marked out that time on your calendar everyday or most everyday.

  3. Make yourself accountable to help you stay on track. No secret here. Most goals are reached because we have others who help us get there. Find someone to provide encouragement as you write. This could be a friend, a relative or maybe a member of a local or online writers’ group. The Author Learning Center has tools and an online Author Circle that can help.

  4. Select the best publishing path based on your goals, budget and time and talent you have to invest. The Four Paths to Publishing whitepaper can help you understand and evaluate your options. You can download a free copy here.

  5. Plan your book launch event. Just like setting a deadline for holding your book, you want to set a date for a book launch party. Becoming a published author is quite an accomplishment and it is cause for celebration. Be creative. Think about holding it somewhere other an book store. Sell copies of your book and ask those who buy them to go online and write reviews. It will help you build your platform and get word of mouth started.

For more info on this post go to: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/13bf263138d505af

Here’s to a great 2013.  -Lance

 

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The Orphan Uprising, book three in our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, will be released in January, 2013.

A sequel to book one, The Ninth Orphan, it follows the prequel/book two, The Orphan Factory. Both those novels continue to attract stellar reviews and feature in Amazon’s top rated lists in their respective categories incl. Technothrillers etc. (They also rank highly in the prestigious literary site, Goodreads).

The Orphan Uprising storyline resumes five years after The Ninth Orphan ends. Our hero, Nine – Sebastian Hannar, the ninth-born orphan – has married his one true love and they have a beautiful son, Francis. The boy has inherited Nine’s unique DNA. When the shadowy Omega Agency abducts Francis and sends him to one of their underground medical laboratories for scientific testing and experimentation, Nine is forced to come out of retirement to find and rescue him. What follows is a hunt that takes him around the world – from Tahiti to America, Germany, Greenland, Zambia and the Congo – and brings him into violent conflict with his fellow orphans, all elite Omega operatives. As well as being up against the mighty Omega Agency, Nine is battling a serious heart condition and so is on borrowed time. It’s a race against the clock to find his son before Omega can harm the boy – and before his heart gives out.

Let me recommend books one and two in The Orphan Trilogy. They are available through Amazon. Click on the book covers below to read the first few chapters at no charge:

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2)

                          The Ninth Orphan                                                       The Orphan Factory
(Book #1)                                                                            (Book #2)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC   http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008M9WWKW/

 

Happy holiday reading!     -Lance & James

 

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Let me recommend Book Club Reading List, a (first class) blog that publishes a newsletter introducing book clubs to authors. They’ve published an excellent article on developing a marketing plan for your book – something that’s all too often overlooked by new and (believe it or not) experienced writers.

As the article’s Author states:

While having a book marketing plan may sound obvious, most survey respondents did not have a marketing plan in place or perform any pre-release marketing whatsoever prior to their book’s launch. In addition, most respondents believed that their lack of planning significantly hindered their book’s success. According to Francene Carroll, author of Shadows of Yesterday, “I didn’t do any marketing for my first book, Shadows of Yesterday … and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this is my worst performing book. I was very naive and didn’t realize how much work is involved in promoting your own books.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

A good marketing plan should do four things. First, it should help you identify your target audience. Second, it will help you build a platform to cultivate a relationship with your audience. Third, it will provide a schedule of events and milestones leading up to your book’s launch and beyond. Lastly, it will monitor and measure the success of each activity. Your marketing plan should focus on developing both short tail and long tail sales. Short tail sales events give your book an initial burst of sales right out of the gate, then fade as quickly as they started. These type of sales are crucial when launching your book to gain momentum on Amazon. Long tail sales will provide a steady base of sales that come from a deep online presence and the word of mouth that follows.

For the full article go to: http://bookclubreading.com/articles/how-to-sell-your-book/book-marketing-plan/

Book Club Reading List publishes a quarterly newsletter that introduces book clubs to authors who have agreed to make themselves available to participate in book club meetings. Book clubs can contact authors using details provided on our website and arrange for them to attend meetings by Skype, telephone, or in-person (when possible).

 

P.S. Season’s greetings and best for 2013.   –Lance & James

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J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has topped the 2012 Goodreads’ Choice Awards for Best Fiction.

Our congrats to JK for yet another literary gem, and to Goodreads for the Goodreads Choice Awards – the only major book awards decided by readers. According to Goodreads’ latest post, a total of 1,156,852 readers’ votes were cast!

The Year’s Best Books
The readers have chosen! Announcing the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. View the full results in 20 categories, and find great books for your to-read list!
See Winners 1,156,852 Votes Cast
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Fiction Mystery & Thriller Historical Fiction Nonfiction
The Casual Vacancy Gone Girl The Light Between Oceans Quiet
Paranormal Fantasy Humor Young Adult Fiction Goodreads Author
Shadow of Night Let's Pretend This Never Happened The Fault in Our Stars Insurgent
View winners in all 20 categories »

To view the complete list of Best Fiction nominees go to: http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/2012

Well done Ms Rowling and well done Goodreads and Goodreads’ members!

-Lance

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5 of 5 stars false The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)

 

Plainly and purely awesome thriller that had everything I like in my books.” – Goodreads reviewer Madamoiselle Charlotte. (4 December 2012).

 

Excerpts from Charlotte’s review:

 

…Super-real,ever-exciting, so-so-thrilling, and above all,always unpredictable…

…After first 30 pages, I had 50 different endings “planned” for the book. When I got to the end, none of those 50 endings were even close to the real ending. That’s how unpredictable this book was. And in good/mind-blowin’ way, too.

Same with all events in the book. Everything that happened surprised me, shocked me, blew me away completely, all in good way…

 

For full review go to: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/448716629

 

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)

 

To read the first few chapters of The Ninth Orphan free, or to buy the kindle edition, go to:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

Also available as a trade paperback

 

It’s the Golden Age for writers right now, according to Author Solutions – the indie book writers’ blog

 

Fellow writers, don’t despair. As this must-read blog just out from Author Solutions shows: the timing has never been better for writers. Read on…

 

November 25, 2012 by keithogorek

Charles Dickens began his classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities with the line, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Depending on your point of view and current position, that line might  describe what is happening in publishing today. For authors, it really is the best of times because there are more ways to get published than ever before. If you work in traditional publishing, you might think it is the worst of times as the industry goes through a transformation similar to what has already taken place in the film and music industries.

Over the weekend, I read an article by Stephen Marche in Esquire magazine where he offers that this is the absolute best time in history to be a writer. His opening statement declares that writers are whiners, but right now they have nothing to complain about.  To read the complete article, you will have to pick up a copy of the magazine on the newsstand, because it is not online yet, but here are few of the key reasons for his claim.

  1. Celebrity authors command more money than ever before. J.K. Rowling is a billionaire. Tom Wolfe got $7 million for his last book. By contrast, Charles Dickens total earnings in present value was around $10 million.
  2. Small presses are putting out more good books than ever before. In 2010, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer for fiction went to small publishers.
  3. Self-publishing has lost its stigma. Books like 50 Shades of Grey have helped demonstrate authors can take control of their own publishing futures and generate great results.
  4. It’s not just the novel. Essays are making a comeback as well. Good writers can use blogs and online content hubs like the Huffpost to practice their craft and get read.
  5. The e-reader is creating a new market, not destroying an old one.  People with e-readers read more books than people who don’t have the devices, and on average American adults read seventeen books in 2011. That number has never been higher since it started being tracked in 1990.

In summary,  Marche suggests that we are in the midst of a massive rebirth of reading which means there is more opportunity for writers. His closing line in the article says, “The whining by writers is not just untrue; it’s becoming embarrassingly untrue. New advice: Be grateful. Revel.”

 

Acknowledgement: Author Solutions

-Lance

 

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Our international thriller novel The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) has entered Amazon UK’s bestseller list for technothrillers.

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)

To view or order The Ninth Orphan at Amazon UK go to:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Ninth-Orphan-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0056I4FKC/

To learn more about The Ninth Orphan go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/SterlingGateBooks

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