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James Alexander Thom Can Help

Once Upon a Time It Was NowHave you had an itching desire to write a bestselling novel that would take your readers into an era that once was? Creating stories based on history is not an easy task. Perhaps you need a little help making this bestselling novel believable and accurate. James Alexander Thom can help as we take advice from his book Once Upon a Time It Was Now. Here he explains that there is a difference between a historian and a historical novelist. The historian stands in the present and looks back at the past. A historical novelist puts the reader in the midst of past times, past events, past cultures, and creates the feelings that unfold as the story is told.  

In Once Upon a Time It Was Now, you are given information on how to research and create stories that will bring the modern readers into the past to live and feel the experiences in the story.

The tools found in this book will help you:

  • Find historical archives
  • Conduct field research
  • Re-create the world of your book
  • Achieve credibility
  • Place historical facts within your story

In a way that only Thom can do, he sheds light from his own personal experience. This book will help you create a story that is true to the time but can be related to by today’s reader. His expert advice is priceless.

I want them to grasp not just the how-to tips (and the many how-not-to tips that I’ve learned over thirty-five years in this trade), but especially that transcendent sense of being in another time, when this was a different world. I hope they will come to understand just what I mean when I say, “Once upon a time it was now.” —James Alexander Thom

James Alexander Thom is a best-selling author (Follow the River, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sign-Talker). His American frontier and Native American war novels have won national awards and sold more than two million copies. Two were made into television films, by Hallmark and Ted Turner.

To see more of the books that Blue River Press publishes, you can stop by our online Book Shop and look around. If you have any questions, just contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our representatives will be happy to help you.

Blue River Press has more than 100 books and e-books in print and is distributed nationally by Cardinal Publishers Group.

Happy Reading ~ Ginger Bock

Fun Picks for Father’s Day

Dad’s Day is coming up, and we have some fun picks for Father’s Day that your dad is going to love. From fiction to sports, our selection of books will have him reading from cover-to-cover. I’ve chosen a few to present, but, believe me, there are many more that will tickle his fancy. You can view them on our online bookshop.

Saint Patrick's BattalionFiction

Saint Patrick’s Battalion

By James Alexander Thom

They were a proud group of mostly Irish rogue cannoneers during the Mexican-American War. They deserted the American Army and fought for the Mexicans. Their choices were to win, die in battle, or hang as deserters. They were heroes to the Mexicans. Bestselling author, James Alexander Thom shines new light on this often forgotten chapter in American history.

Football

A Team Makes a Miracle: Doug Pederson’s Journey to the Super Bowl

By Turron Davenport

Led by head coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles embraced “the underdog” mantra and used it as a rallying cry during their run to Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl win ever.

This book takes you into the locker room for an up close and personal look at some of the best stories that fueled the Eagles as they did the unthinkable.

The Color of Sundays: The Secret Strategy That Built an NFL Dynasty

By Andrew Conte

This is the story of how Bill Nunn Jr., Art Rooney, and the Steelers front office reshaped the franchise. Bill Nunn Jr.’s strategy was simple; scout talent where many other teams had failed and bring in players from the historically black colleges and universities. It was a winning strategy.

Basketball / Biography

The Story of Basketball Great Clyde LovelletteThe Story of Basketball Great Clyde Lovellette

By Clyde Lovellette with Lew Freedman

During his professional career, Clyde Lovellette collected three NBA championship rings. His first championship was with the Minneapolis Lakers and with it he became the first player in history to win an NCAA title, an Olympic gold medal, and an NBA championship. He collected two more championship rings with the Boston Celtics playing behind the great Bill Russell. This book follows his rich basketball career.

Boxing

Fighting for Life: The Story of Jake LaMotta

By Lew Freedman

Forced as a youth to fight for money, Jake LaMotta emerged to make boxing a profession. LaMotta was a wildly popular fighter in his home Bronx, New York. He was nicknamed the Bronx Bull for the heart he showed in the ring and his ability to go toe-to-toe with slicker boxers. His boxing mentality, which took over, inspired the Academy Award-winning movie, Raging Bull.

Travel

Route 66: Travel Guide, Trivia and Puzzles

How much do you know about Route 66? With this fun travel guide, you will solve 66 unique puzzles that are all about the route’s attractions. You will also answer 66 trivia questions about the places and people that are along the road. This book also offers short historical stories along the way. It’s total amusement on Route 66 for all ages.

Puzzles

Kentucky CrosswordsState Crosswords

Alabama Crosswords, California Crosswords, Colorado Crosswords, Florida Crosswords, Illinois Crosswords, Indiana Crosswords, Kentucky Crosswords, New York Crosswords, Ohio Crosswords, and Pennsylvania Crosswords

These fun-filled puzzles will challenge your knowledge of that particular state. Each puzzle includes crosswords, word searches, trivia, state history, and hours of fun that can be shared with Pennsylvania Crosswordsothers.

 

Competitively priced, the books in this selection are well worth every dime spent. You just might think about buying more than one.

To see more of the books that Blue River Press publishes, you can stop by our online Book Shop and look around. If you have any questions, just contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our representatives will be happy to help you.

Blue River Press has more than 100 books and e-books in print and is distributed nationally by Cardinal Publishers Group.

Happy Reading ~ Ginger Bock

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