The WTC Cross

The World Trade Center Cross - by Anne Bybee, Copyright © 2001

The World Trade Center Cross - by Anne Bybee, Copyright © 2001

When I was coming up with the design for the cover of, "Where Was God?" I wanted something powerful, something which would evoke the raw emotions that we felt in the aftermath of that horrific day, but also one that conveyed a sense of hope among the devastation. 

I think it is safe to say that all of us were aware of the World Trade Center Cross, the steel I-Beams that were sheared off at the joints, forming the shape of a metal crucifix. While doing research I stumbled upon an iconic photo that seemed to convey all of the elements that I was looking for.

After doing some serious internet sleuthing I was able to finally locate the photographer, Anne Bybee, who graciously gave me permission to use this extremely powerful photo for the cover of the book. I am deeply honored. 

Many have dismissed these 'crosses' as just the end result of metal fatigue, but to those of us who were there, they took on an entirely different meaning. They were hope, they were comfort, they were a reminder that we were never alone.

Andrew G. Nelson - Summer 2018 Update

Well, summer is in full swing and I thought that it would be a good idea to bring everyone up-to-date on what has been going on in my little literary world.

As those of you who receive my free newsletter are aware of, back in December 2017, I was diagnosed with cancer attributed to the 9/11 rescue & recovery effort after the terror attack at the World Trade Center. As a result, I had surgery this past June. Obviously, the lead-up and post-surgical recovery had a dramatic impact on my writing, but I am happy to say that I am back in the saddle again.

For fans of the James Maguire series I wanted to let you know that I have eight chapters already written for book five in the series. I had originally intended on a late summer / early fall release, but because of the above issue the timeline had to be adjusted. I’m now planning for a winter release and I thank you for your patience.

Another contributing factor was a book project that I had originally started in 2013.  This is something very close to my heart, since it deals with the 9/11 terror attack. I am proud to announce that I have completed this book and hope to release it within the next few weeks.

This book, titled: Where Was God? Is based upon my personal spiritual journey, as a 1st responder, to determine whether God was absent on September 11th. If you have ever wrestled with this feeling, or if you have even wondered if God is out there, then I think you will truly appreciate this book. Not only do I address the issue of where God was on 9/11, but I also use the investigative skills I honed, as an NYPD detective, to investigate the existence of God.

Back to School Special: Well, soon it will be that, ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ With the little urchins heading off to school, I can’t think of a better time to reward long-suffering parents, grandparents and even folks who just know someone with kids, with a great book deal. So from August 22nd through August 28th I will be running a Kindle Deal on my first book, Perfect Pawn. Beginning on the 22nd you can get it for only $0.99, but act early because the price will slowly increase over the course of the week. Perfect Pawn is a great book to have available in your e-reader for the Labor Day Weekend.

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Booksigning - Barnes & Noble Springfield, Il 05/19/18

Hey folks, the kind folks over at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Springfield, Illinois have invited me back for their Spring book signing event. It will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, and and I will be there from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you are going to be in the area, why not stop by @BNSSpringfieldIL and say hello. This is a great opportunity to show support for your local authors. Also, if you know of any avid readers, especially in the mystery genre, please share this post.

Thanks for your continued support.


Cold Case: The Rosary Bead Murders

Well, I just made the final edits for the latest mystery novella Cold Case: The Rosary Bead Murders. I will be going through the E-Book submission process and hopefully it will appear on my Amazon author bookshelf before the end of the month.

This new book sees the return of NYPD Detective Angelo Antonucci who is called in to look at the murder of a young woman that was found clutching a pair of rosary beads and a tell-tale note attributed to a serial killer who terrorized NYC in the 90's. 

Of course there will be an appearance by James Maguire, and perhaps even a hint or two as to the direction where I will be taking these characters next.  

This is a perfect weekend read and one that I hope you will enjoy. When you're done, I'd kindly ask that  you please leave a review. 

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

Had another wonderful time this past Saturday at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Springfield, Il. Amanda and the rest of the staff at @BNSSpringfieldIL do a fantastic job and I cannot say enough nice things about them. 

In addition to meeting some incredible readers, and signing a bunch of books, I had the pleasure of talking to several of my fellow authors, including John B. Jamison, author of Disruption, and Chantelle Renee, author of Aligning with the Divine. 

I always enjoy these events, because it gives me the opportunity to speak to both existing fans of my books, as well as new readers. Without readers, authors would create new worlds without any purpose, so I am always grateful for the opportunity to connect with them.

That being said, there is no better feeling then when you walk down the aisles of a book store and spot one of your books up on the shelf. I'm currently sharing a home there with famed Norwegian crime novelist, Jo Nesbo. I hope he is as excited to be seen with me as I am. 

By the way, if you missed out on the event, you can still pick up a signed copy. Just head on over to the Barnes and Noble store where you will find several signed editions up on the shelf.