Newsletter - March 2019
Welcome to the latest newsletter for Andrewgnelson.org
Greetings & Sláinte (Hey, it’s March & everyone’s Irish) !!!
As I am sitting here writing this, I am looking out over a field of snow. In case any of you needed a reminder, this is why we should never place our (weather) trust in a fat, furry creature that lives in Pennsylvania.
September 11th – If I sound like a broken record on this topic, that’s because I have been put in that position because of political lies. As you may, or may not know, on the morning of September 11th, I responded to the attack at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Within days we were told that America would #NeverForget, unfortunately it was a lie; maybe not on the part of the everyday citizen, but certainly on the part of our politicians. I have written extensively on it and LINKS to past posts can be found HERE. I think you will find them very informative.
Currently, an act to permanently extend the benefits under the James Zadroga September 11th Health and Compensation Bill has slowed to a crawl on Capitol Hill. There are only 137 cosponsors in the House, which leaves 298 members of Congress who have NOT supported the act. Think about that, nearly 300 members of Congress apparently do not believe that we should provide for the heroes and victims of 9/11.
Right now, there are countless numbers of first responders and victims who are so ill, from the toxins they were exposed to, that they can no longer work. I personally know of several who have insurmountable medical bills, are at risk of losing their homes and even on the verge of bankruptcy, all as a result of the slow walking of claims by the Victim’s Compensation Fund. Now we have been told that fund is on the verge of financial collapse and payments, if they even come, will be slashed by 50% - 70%. Meanwhile, our government is sending tens of billions of dollars annually in foreign aid.
Without public support, I fear that this will continue to drag on without resolution. If you have not done so, please read my post: Has Your Elected Official Forgotten the Victims of 9/11 ? There is a link to see if your representatives have supported the bill. If not, please take a moment to urge them to do so. Never Forget should be more than bumper sticker.
INTERVIEW: I had a chance to sit down with Joe Charter over at INFOWIND. It was my second appearance on the show and I was able to discuss September 11th at length. I have a link to it on my page (click here: INFOWIND INTERVIEW) and I would be grateful if you gave it a thumbs up on the YouTube page and shared it. I cannot tell you how critical it is that we get the word out about this travesty.
BEST SELLER: WHERE WAS GOD? – I am very proud to announce that Where Was God? An NYPD First Responder’s Search for Answers Following the Terror Attack of September 11th, 2001, made it to the Amazon Bestseller list in February 2019. Not only was this an honor for me personally, but the increased exposure and subsequent sales means that even more money will be donated to charity in the near future. If you have ever struggled with questions on faith, and God’s presence during times of tragedy, I would highly encourage you to read this book.
In addition to Where Was God? making the best seller list, I was also encouraged to see that PERFECT PAWN also rose up in the ranks recently. In fact, it flirted several times with appearing on the best seller list. When you consider that there are over a million books in Amazon’s catalog, coming within a stone’s throw of one of their best seller categories is quite a feat.
JAMES MAGUIRE SERIES – The fifth book in this series is now more than halfway completed. Because of the extended break I had taken, during my surgical recuperation, I decided to go back and re-read it. This resulted in one new chapter being written in and a 2nd new chapter added to the queue. In addition, I added around 5k+ in new dialogue to the existing chapters. I apologize to everyone for the delay, but my philosophy on writing is simple: I don’t want to give you a book that I wouldn’t want to read.
BLOG: I’ve been working on adding more content to the blog, so if you haven’t checked it out recently, you might want to take a look. One of the more interesting additions was a post I wrote in order to give some background information. When you write books, you reach a point of having to decide just how much information you are going to give on a character or subject. This new series of posts, will allow me to give you a closer look at some people, places and things, which I couldn’t go into greater detail with in my books. The latest entry concerned the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, which plays a critical part in the character of James Maguire. I hope you enjoy it: Behind the Scenes – NYPD’s Intelligence Division
For those of you who are aspiring writers, or are just interested in the writing process, I have also begun a series that strives to give additional information on the challenges that writers face in today’s literary climate. I have the first two posted up and you can find them here:
GEAR – Don’t forget to check out the swag items on our website. At the present moment we have a book plate, for those who want their print books autographed, and the AGN logo embroidered patches. These patches come in both color and a subdued tactical version. You can choose from a regular backing, as well as a Velcro backing if you want to add them to hats, vests, bags, etc…
ORDER OF BOOKS – I would like to take this opportunity to let recent subscribers to the Newsletter know that, if you are new to reading my novels, they all feature a stand-alone plot, but they also include inter-connecting sub-plots. If you are looking to get the most out of the series then I highly recommend that you read them in order. For the chronological list, click here: Book Progression.