Hang on to Summer and Get Your Freebie e-books!

August 13, 2013

free stuffOkay, so here’s the deal; this is the last hurrah before the kiddies start school and summer officially ends. Let’s make summer last a bit longer by hitting the beach, hiking in the mountains, and reading a fabulous book.

To help feed that cry for fun, we’re giving away freebie e-books to the first 15 readers. I’m offering a selection from our backlist  because they rock. You may only choose one book. Be sure to put which title you want in the Subject line.

Example: Free e-book: The War of the Rosens.

Email me at lynn-at-behlerpublications-dot-com

Charting the Unknown (memoir) – Have you ever dreamed of chucking it all and doing something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Like living on that tropical island? Well, Kim Petersen and her husband did it. They tossed it all aside to live on a gorgeous boat and sail the world with their two teenagers – and in the process, learned valuable lessons about fear and love…and laughing like a foolio.

Nothing Short of Joy (memoir) – Julie Genovese is about the most infectiously happy people I know. This beautiful woman always has a smile on her face and a song in her heart. But she wasn’t born that way. She had to work to overcome a childhood of taunts and physical pain to reach a point of sheer joy, love, and happiness.

KTLA’s News at Ten: Sixty Years With Stan Chambers (memoir) – If you live in Los Angeles, or anywhere in Southern California, then you know Stan Chambers. He has long been an L.A. news icon and one of the business’s nicest guys. He was able to get breaking news stories because people trusted him. That included the story heard ’round the world – the Rodney King beating…and many others.

Dr. Zastro (fiction) – This novel is just plain lovely. A historical love story that still makes my heart swell whenever I read it. In fact, I’ve read it so many times, my Kindle app on my tablet is threatening to explode. Le sigh…

The War of the Rosens (fiction) – Is there any more endearing character than little Emma Rosen? Personally, I don’t think so. She’s a bright spot in a dysfunctional family, whose honest, pure questions about the world around her eventually heal everyone she touches. Love, love, love this book.

Donovan’s Paradigm (fiction) – Um…ok, gotta come clean and admit this is my book. Two very lively surgeons are at odds with each other due to their beliefs about medicine, and their fireworks threaten to rip apart the sanctity of the surgical ward, and their own lives. Geez, that sounds really Harlequin-ish, doesn’t it? It isn’t. If you’re looking for sex, forget it. If you’re looking for delicious, thought-provoking characters who make you think about whether your doctor’s beliefs impact the way they treat you, then this be for you.


Shout out for Stan Chambers

October 30, 2010

Stan, Los Angeles news icon, LA Times bestselling author, and perennial nice guy had a wonderful interview in the BBC. They wanted to get his insights on the Chilean miners rescue coverage and how he started it all back in 1949 with the Kathy Fiscus coverage, where he stayed on the air for 27 hours.

If you want to know how news coverage began and hear some amazing stories that Stan personally covered – some that rocked the world – then you need go no further than News At 10.


The King of the Los Angeles newsies retires

August 12, 2010

Often I’m asked to name my favorite author. It’s impossible to pick favorites because I adore each and every one of our authors. I can remember the feelings that raced through my veins as I read their manuscripts – that feeling of “girl, you better jump on this before someone else does!”

And that’s exactly what ran through my head when Stan Chambers’ son queried us on Stan’s behalf. At first, I though someone was playing a joke on me because I grew with Stan Chambers, who reported the news on KTLA Channel 5. He was everyone’s favorite newsie because he had a magical way of making you feel that everything would be ok. Everyone’s feeling was, if Stan said it, it must be true. The idea that his manuscript would come to us nearly sent me out of my chair. I remember calling on a Friday night to nab Stan faster than the beagle tosses back her Jim Beam.

Throughout his sixty-two years of reporting, not once did I ever see him inject any personal bias that permeates today’s newsies. He has always maintained the objective eye because that’s what honorable journalists do. Report. The. News. What a concept.

Working with Stan on his wonderful book was a thrill of a lifetime. Every time he called the office, he’d open with a friendly, “Hi Lynn, Stan Chambers here,” and I always expected him to finish the line off with his classic, “News at ten.” I never understood the idea of speaking with a smile until I met Stan. Even though his voice has faded over the years, there is a very distinctive smile in his voice, and it never fails to make me feel better – like all is well with the world. Odd the power of one’s voice, eh?

When Stan was honored at the USC/UCLA football game, the crowds roared as he stood on the field and waved, wearing his usual adorable smile. It took him at least a half hour just to return to his seat beside us because everyone kept stopping him to shake his hand or have their pic taken with him. He is Mr. Everyman and has never acted like a stuck-up journalist who was too good to talk to the “little people.” And, mind you, I’ve seen plenty who do act like that.

Well, the L.A. Times reported that the time has come for Stan, who has continued to work at KTLA for sixty-two years, to step down and take some well-earned vacation time. His wife is threatening a cruise. I can just see Stan, itching to report on it all rather than just sit back and let someone spoil him rotten with fruity drinks and plates of lobster. My advice: go for it, Stan. You deserve it.

Stan’s book was always seen by the booksellers as being regional, so of course, it kicked butt here in S. California. But Stan’s story transcends location. He offers us a perspective of someone who lived in amazing times and reported on amazing stories with grace and panache. His story about reporting on the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra’s son still cracks me up every time I read it.

Conversely, his story about reporting on the first A-bomb test is riveting because this happened way before anyone had the ability to report remotely. The same for the tragic Kathy Fiscus story, which put Stan on the map. KTLA was the first to build and report from a helicopter. Nowadays, helo reporting is business as usual. But Stan’s accounting of its birth highlights what an amazing feat this was.

We take so much for granted in our ability to access the news, and Stan’s book takes us back to the birth of all that progress, when brilliant minds worked together to bring the news to a thirsty public. The fact that Stan witnessed all of this puts the reader in the driver’s seat and puts Stan squarely into our hearts.

You want to learn about how things were, read about the tough and the inane stories that made national news, and how far we’ve come, then you need look no further to KTLA’s News at Ten: Sixty Years With Stan Chambers. We’re currently working on getting his book in the Kindle format as well.

Stan, it’s been an honor to have worked with you and your incredible family. You, sir, are truly one of a kind. Bless you!


Author events

April 28, 2009

There is nothing cooler than having your faith restored that the written word isn’t dead. We had a lovely taste of that at this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. One of our authors, Stan Chambers, had a command performance at two booths this year since he was such a hit last year. Stan is a California news icon, and he can’t walk anywhere without someone stopping him to shake his hand, tell him how much they loved growing up with him, watching him cover some disaster that invariably plagued our fair city. He’s gracious and one of the sweetest people I know.

And this weekend he earned his bread. He was swamped at both the USC booth and the KTLA booth. And the books flew out the door. Ah, good stuff that makes any publisher weep with joy.

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But the bigger picture is how wonderful these book fairs are. We saw hundreds of booths – self-pubbed author booths sat among booths from large publishers and bookstores. Everyone had a pitch and a gimmick, and it was great fun to watch the high level of interest in everything from the conspiracy theorists to the Ayn Rand Institute. Every genre was represented, and books bounced out the tents and into readers’ arms.

The coolest thing of all was walking the UCLA campus and watching people with their noses stuck in their new purchases. For every person who screeches, “The written word is dead!” I say bullpucky on an onion bagel. The proof is in the thousands who attended the weekend event.

I had the luxury of standing back from it all and watched people’s faces light up when they found just the right book. I thought I was the only one who finds a book and gives it a quick hug after paying for it – but I watched the same scene play out many times. Kids were begging their parents to stop and read them the book they were holding. How cool is that? Budding readers make me do the happy sigh. That a couple hundred readers are now reading Stan’s remarkable book about his life and the birth of broadcast journalism humbles me right down to my toesies.

It doesn’t matter what you read; horror, mystery, romance, mainstream fiction, or downright smut…Read on!  Somewhere, an author and their editor are blessing you.


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