As an author who understands the challenges or marketing without the help of a gigantic publishing apparatus, he had dedicated this blog to helping promote self-published and independent authors by reviewing their books and linking their websites. Mark also reviews for mainstream publishers that captures his interests, most notably National Geographic.
A self-proclaimed nerd, music lover and movie buff who is amused by the absurd and enjoys ridiculous stories that make you laugh, he lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Lupi and 6 year old girl.
Mark is available to write articles, critique novels and short stories and help you market your book. Contact him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
His newest novel The Cigar Maker recently won two awards and has garnered some pretty good reviews…
Small Press Reviews said this:
“Epic is perhaps the best word to describe this dense and moving novel, for it has both the multigenerational sweep of works like John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and the social awareness of John Dos Passos’ USA Trilogy. All of this is to say that for his sophomore literary outing, McGinty has done nothing short of producing the great American novel.”
Blogger News Network said this:
“In basing the story on actual recorded historical incidents and real people, the reader is blessed with a narrative more incredible and fantastic than anything a writer could create of whole cloth.”
And more reviews are on the way!
Here’s a blurb from the back of the book.
The Cigar City: the year is 1898. Young Cuban rebel Salvador Ortiz and his family have escaped the hardship of war-torn Cuba, but the union halls, cigar factories, and dark alleys of Tampa are filled with violence and vendetta. Salvador must defy constant labor strife and deadly corruption in a one-industry town filled with backroom cockfights, street thugs, late-night abductions and mass production of the world’s best hand-rolled stogies. An ideological battle for control of the cigar industry tests Salvador’s self-respect and love of hard work as he fights to abandon his rambunctious, outlaw past and lead his proud Cuban family through a colorful immigrant society. His wish for a peaceful life as a husband, a father, and a man of dignity is threatened by a lawless underworld and a cultural conflict with a dangerous, bloody history.
“My influences really dictate my stories. I take all my favorite elements from all my favorite stories and then I write THAT story. Some of these influences include Mario Puzo, Chuck Palahniuk, Douglas Adams, The Kids in the Hall, Star Wars, James Ellroy, Alan Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, the Sopranos, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby, The Worst Journey in the World and so much more!!! In fact, The Cigar Maker has elements of nearly 100 stories in it. It’s a collection of all my favorite stuff packed together in one exciting story!”
Thanks for visiting!
-Mark (The Boogle)