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I'm very excited to welcome one of our two featured authors this week, DANIEL PALMER!

 

Here is a link to Daniel's website: http://www.danielpalmerbooks.com/

 

His Facebook fan page is here: http://www.facebook.com/danielpalmerbooks

 


 

 

 



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BRIEF BIO: Daniel Palmer is the author of a novel, Delirious (coming from Kensington Books, in January 2011). He is also an occasional short story writer, with The Dead Club in the ITW anthology, First Thrills, and Disfigured, found in Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up At Night.

 

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Daniel, whose father is New York Times best-selling novelist Michael Palmer, is the first to admit he never planned a career in publishing. Daniel’s earliest passion was music, and songwriting in particular. He spent several years performing in the Boston club scene and has recorded two CDs. Retail clothing giant J.Crew licensed Daniel’s songs for commercial use. Technology became another passion for Daniel, beginning with the first dot.com boom. He spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer, helping to build first-generation Web sites for many popular brands.

 

With much of the world going “digital,” Daniel saw an opportunity to use his Internet and Social Media work experience to craft a techo-thriller that would not lose the reader in complicated techo-jargon. The result of that effort is Delirious, which follows Charlie Giles, a once high-flying electronics superstar, who may be a cold-blooded killer … or the victim of a relentless, diabolical attack.

 

The second novel of Daniel’s three-book contract with Kensington explores the teen phenomenon of sexting and its devastating consequences. In the novel, a match is lit when technology is used to destroy a man’s good name. Daniel’s novels focus on everyday people overcoming incredible obstacles and feature the hidden dangers of commonly used technologies.

 

Daniel is actively involved with the Red Sox Home Base program, helping to raise money for veterans suffering from PTSD. Additionally, once each year at ThrillerFest in New York City in July, Daniel and his father can be seen performing humorous songs about writing. Daniel holds a Master’s Degree from Boston University. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

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Get a chance to read the first 3 chapters of #delirious? Hungry for more? Visit http://bit.ly/cdZdhA to preorder and maybe win an iPod!

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Delirious 

 

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“Smart, sophisticated and unsettling . . . not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period.” -Lee Child

 

Charlie Giles is at the top of his game. An electronics superstar, he’s sold his start-up company to a giant Boston firm, where he’s now a senior director. With his dog, Monte, at his side, Charlie is treated like a VIP everywhere he goes.

 

Then one day, everything in Charlie’s neatly ordered world starts to go terrifyingly wrong. His prestigious job and his inventions are wrenched away from him. His family is targeted, and his former employers are dying gruesomely, picked off one by one. Every sign, every shred of evidence, points to Charlie as a cold-blooded killer. And soon Charlie is unable to tell whether he’s succumbed to the pressures of work and become the architect of his own destruction, or whether he’s the victim of a relentless, diabolical attack.

 

In a desperate struggle to save his life, Charlie races to uncover the truth, all the while realizing that nothing can be trusted—least of all his own fractured mind…

 

"Daniel Palmer hits all the right notes in his terrific debut novel, Delirious. Great characterizations, non-stop suspense, and a fiendishly clever plot. On top of that, this may be the most techno-savvy thriller yet. Delirious looks to be the first novel of a long and distinguished career. Terrific stuff." -John Lescroart

 

"A roiling plot, insightful characters, clear, intelligent writing. What more could you ask for in a novel? Delirious is one awesome kick-off for an exciting and multi-dimensional talent. It's an electrifying ride, whetting the reader's appetite for more. Daniel Palmer is a writer to watch. This guy is going to be around a long time." -Steve Berry

 

"Palmer delivers a high-speed thrill ride, filled with shocks and mind-bending twists. A terrific debut!"-Tess Gerritsen

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Delirious


By DANIEL PALMER

KENSINGTON BOOKS

Copyright © 2011 Daniel Palmer 
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-4664-6 


 

Chapter One

Monte eased himself out of his cozy bed, stretched while yawning, then crawled from underneath the expansive oak desk and lazily made his way over to Charlie. Charlie, leash in hand, looked down at his tricolored beagle and couldn't resist a smile.

"Who heard me getting his leash, huh?" Charlie asked, scratching Monte in his favorite place behind his ears.

With his tail wagging full speed, Monte looked longingly up at Charlie, his inky eyes pleading for a quick start to their morning walk. Charlie, who didn't even own a plant before he brought Monte home from the breeder, now couldn't imagine life without his faithful friend. Named after jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery, and in honor of his lifelong passion for the art form, Monte wouldn't have come to be had Charlie not been such a lousy boyfriend. It was Gwen, his last in a string of short-lived relationships, who suggested that Charlie's rigid routines and dislike of, as she put it, "messy emotions" made him a better candidate for a dog than a girlfriend. She packed up what few things she kept at his loft apartment, and on one rainy Saturday morning she was gone.

Charlie, who had left as many girlfriends as had left him, wasn't one to dwell on the past or wallow in self-pity. Instead, intrigued by her suggestion, Charlie spent the next several hours researching dog breeds on the Web, until he finally settled on the beagle. It was a good-size dog for an apartment, he reasoned. Short hair meant less shedding, tipping the scale away from the Labrador breed. He briefly contemplated a poodle, with its hair coat and cunning intellect, but couldn't get the image of the groomed poodle pouf out of his mind. He found a breeder only a few miles down the road, made a quick call, and minutes later was surrounded by a litter of feisty beagle puppies, each yipping for his attention.

Monte was an older dog and seemed to be above the attention-getting tactics of the young pups. He sat quietly in a corner of the breeder's living room while Charlie picked up and put down puppy after puppy.

"What about that one?" Charlie asked, pointing to the quiet dog in the corner.

"Him?" the breeder replied, somewhat incredulous. "I rescued that little one from the pound. They warned me he liked to chew on things, but I never figured he'd gnaw enough of my shoes to fill up a Dumpster. Still, he's been a good dog. You can tell by the eyes sometimes. The good ones, that is. We always hoped somebody would want to give him a home, but most of our clients are interested in the pups. Then again ..." Her voice trailed off.

"What?" Charlie asked.

"Well, I'm guessing that you're single, or you'd be here with somebody making this decision. And if you're single, you're probably working, maybe a lot. And I can see that you keep in shape, so I'm guessing you take good care of yourself and that takes time. Perhaps you're not really a puppy guy, after all. I mean, they are loads of extra work."

Charlie nodded as he took it all in. He wore his sandy brown hair in nearly a military crop, and his ice blue eyes were framed by oval, matte silver wire-rimmed glasses. Nothing about Charlie's appearance suggested he had the easygoing personality of a puppy man.

"Perhaps," was all he said.

"And if you're single and busy," the breeder continued, "an older dog might actually be best. He's only three, but that's a good age for a beagle, long past pup. Look, if you want that dog, he's yours. In fact, you'd be doing me a favor. He's a good boy, just a bit unruly is all."

Charlie glanced over at Monte, who, as if knowing their destinies were somehow linked, rose, walked over to him, and lay quietly at Charlie's feet. Charlie bent down to pet his new dog.

"Seems gentle enough to me," Charlie offered. Fifteen minutes, a modest fee, and a few signed papers later, Charlie and the soon-to-Daniel Palmer be-named Monte went outside for their first walk as guy and dog. Gwen would have been proud, impressed even, at Charlie's capacity to love and care for something other than Charlie. Monte's shedding turned out to be more endearing than it was annoying. It was a gentle reminder that he was sharing his life with another living being.

If anything, Monte taught Charlie that his capacity to love was far deeper than he had known, and if Gwen were at all interested in trying again, she might find a very different and a far more fulfilling relationship. But she had moved on, and Charlie had yet to find another woman who compared.

In the three years since adopting him, the only consistent part of Charlie's life had been Monte. His start-up electronics company had continued to grow at a frenetic pace until, after much courting, it was finally acquired by electronics giant SoluCent. As part of the acquisition deal, Charlie became a senior director at SoluCent and was then forced to shutter his office and move all operations east.

Both Charlie and Monte had grown accustomed to spending the workday together. As a result, Charlie was the only employee at SoluCent allowed to bring a dog to the office. As pets, per company policy, were prohibited on campus, those who had been vocal to HR about Charlie's special treatment had been told only that it was part of the acquisition deal and that a special provision had been worked into Charlie's employment contract, approved by SoluCent CEO Leon Yardley himself.

Since it was a widely held belief that Charlie's product and new department would be a significant boon to SoluCent's bottom line, and would fatten an already healthy stock price, that explanation proved satisfactory for most. Charlie, who stood six foot two, and Monte, who was all of fourteen inches high, were now as much a part of SoluCent as the carpeting upon which they walked. But as familiar a pair as they were, Monte was also a symbol to others that Charlie was not really one of them. He was special. And he was treated that way.

Eager for his morning walk, Monte let out a quiet, but excited yip a mere ten seconds before Charlie's Tag Heuer watch alarm and meeting reminder sounded. Apparently Monte's internal clock, Charlie marveled, had the same precision as a high-end timepiece. Charlie fixed the leash to Monte's collar and made his way along the carpeted corridors through a maze of quiet cubicles, on his way to the front entrance of the SoluCent Omni 2 building. His team would be waiting for him there, on time as always—just as he insisted.

Charlie had once prided himself on the anxiety and dread his Monday morning meetings inspired, mistaking fear for efficiency. Now there was not a member of his team who would deny that bringing Monte into the picture had lessened the intensity and anxiety of the Monday meetings. Lessened, though not eliminated. Not in the least. "What's good for the heart is good for the mind and that means good for business," Charlie had often explained to those curious about his team's ritual Monday morning group walk. But today business wasn't so good. No, it wasn't good at all.

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Chapter Two

The morning sun was high and bright in the cloudless sky. Monte made his trademark lunge for the bushes lining the front entrance walkway the moment they stepped outside. Charlie said a quick hello to his five senior managers waiting for him there. Before they were acquired, they were all VPs. But that was a smaller company. In the bloated corporate structure of SoluCent, Charlie was a director and they were senior managers. Sal, Barbara, and Tom were checking e-mail on their mobiles; Harry Wessner and Steve Campbell were stretching in the front parking lot. Everybody wore sneakers; they had grown accustomed to Charlie's athletic pace. Charlie's executive assistant, Nancy Lord, was there, too, giving Monte some much appreciated petting.

There had been doubt at first, at least from some, that combining the Monday executive team meeting with Monte's walk would be an effective use of time. To that Charlie had replied that a clear head from a brisk walk improved not only morale but decision making, too. Soon as Monte's business in the bushes was done, the five members of Charlie's Magellan Team set off at what Charlie believed to be about a fifteen-minute-mile pace. He'd keep accelerating that along the way. By the end of the walk they'd be closer to twelve-minute miles and they wouldn't even know it.

As was routine, Charlie waited until they were on the bike path, which bordered the campus, before starting the agenda. Here they were far enough from the main road to speak at a normal volume without being drowned out by the incessant traffic flow.

"Good morning, team," Charlie said. "I trust you all had a restful weekend and are ready for the week ahead."

Nancy Lord was the only one to nod. The rest were bleary-eyed and sweating out their stress. Working for Charlie meant that weekends were nothing more than days of the week. To keep pace with Charlie's demands and lofty expectations required sacrifices many would not be able to make—time being the most precious of all. The reward for those sacrifices, however, in bonuses alone, not counting stock, put all on the Magellan Team within an eyelash distance of what most would consider to be obscenely rich.

Monte kept the pace and walked a few yards ahead of the "pack."

"So," Charlie began. "Why don't you tell me about the Arthur Bean situation, Harry?"

Harry quickened his stride until he was walking alongside Charlie. The others fell behind but remained within earshot. They knew what was coming and that it wasn't going to be good for Harry. After all, Arthur Bean was his guy. He was a senior quality assurance engineer who posted source code on his blog as an invitation to his hacker friends to try and hack the InVision operating system, or OS—the "code" that made everything work. Bean remained convinced that several generations of the InVision product line had serious security loopholes that made the product susceptible to hackers. He had raised the issue to Harry, and Harry had brought it to Charlie's attention.

Charlie felt confident that the code was up to standard. Bean wasn't as convinced. When his pleas for greater attention had gone unanswered, he'd taken matters into his own hands. Charlie wasn't against Bean's commitment to quality. It was his methods he questioned. Authority on major rewrites of the OS was Charlie's alone. The InVision source code was as precious to Charlie as the eleven secret herbs and spices recipe was to KFC. You just didn't mess with it, no matter how good your intentions. Bean had done just that and, what was worse, had undermined Charlie's chain of command in the process. Not acceptable at all.

"Charlie, I know you're upset about what Bean did," Harry began.

"Upset doesn't really begin to cover it, Harry," Charlie said.

Harry nodded. "I understand," he said. "I'm just pointing out that Arthur Bean's friends ..."

"You mean his hacker buddies," Charlie corrected.

The pace of their walk left Harry struggling for breath. The escalating tension only made it worse. "You could say that," he managed to say.

Monte stopped to relieve himself. Charlie's team stopped as well, forming a ragged semicircle behind Harry. Charlie's face, they could now see, was red, and they knew it was from anger, not exertion.

"That's what they are. They're nothing more than a bunch of renegade hackers given access by our employee to parts of our source code by your man," replied Charlie.

Monte started to trot along the bike path again; Charlie followed and the others fell into step behind him.

"Only after Arthur felt he had exhausted all available channels," Harry offered, again having to quicken his step to keep pace.

"And what did Bean's collective uncover?" Charlie asked, though he knew the answer.

"A major flaw that we've corrected in rev six-point-one."

"Major flaw? As I understand it, that flaw at most could be used to change InVision's outside temperature reading," said Charlie. "Not really what I'd consider a serious shortcoming. Wouldn't you agree?"

Harry nodded. "I realize that," he said. "We made a change to the application code on account of Bean's report. And I did talk with Arthur about his approach."

"Perhaps talking isn't enough," Charlie said.

Harry fell behind Charlie at that one. The blog in itself had done little damage, and in fact a couple PR reports had highlighted the blog as an innovative user-community approach to coding. Charlie could have let it stand. But it meant allowing the Magellan Team's authority to be undermined. That was something he couldn't stand for. Process and authority had to be respected. If they weren't, future digressions were almost certain. It set an unacceptable precedent.

"I'm taking appropriate action," Harry said.

"Okay. Action, I like action. What kind of action are we talking about here?" Charlie asked.

"I've asked HR to reprimand him, and we've put him on program. That's how we're handling it."

"Doesn't feel like we're really 'handling it,' Harry," Charlie replied. "I agreed to sell our company to SoluCent so we could be better. A start-up company might let that incident go. We're the real deal now. And I'm sure Leon Yardley would back up that statement."

"Yes, I understand," Harry said. "But HR agreed it was negligent on Arthur's part to use his blog and connections in such a way. They're the ones who suggested I issue Mr. Bean a formal reprimand and put him on program."

"A formal reprimand and program doesn't send much of a message, does it? Every division of SoluCent needs to know how important our product is to the bottom line," Charlie said. "If that means we take swift and immediate action to correct a problem, then that's what it means."

"It's not that simple. There are some extenuating circumstances."

Charlie gritted his teeth.

Harry continued, "He and his wife have been, how do I say it ..."

"With words, Harry. Use words."

"They've been having marital troubles. Financial stress, mostly, from some bad investments. At least that's how he explained it to me."

"And that's my problem how?"

Charlie felt his stomach churn. How many times had people used family and personal issues as an excuse to overlook ineptitude and poor judgment? If he had used his schizophrenic brother and father and his absentee mother as crutches to justify his mistakes, he never would have graduated from high school, let alone earned an academic scholarship to MIT.

"Harry, I don't care if the bank is ready to take his house tomorrow. He crossed the line, and once is more than enough. His job is to manage software quality. Period. If he felt the only way to do that job effectively was to use our software as a playground for his devious crew of computer hacks, so be it. He can do that for another company. Does that make sense?"

"Yes, Charlie, but I'm sure he thought—"

"I don't care what he thought. I care what he did. He screwed up. As far as SoluCent is concerned, our product is basically out in the market, even though we're still in the pilot phase. Does that register with anyone? Pilot means test. They're testing production, testing distribution, testing select retail channels, testing consumer response. If this fails, if our resellers believe the product is severely deficient—which it isn't—SoluCent may lose some enthusiasm to bring InVision to market. Do you know what that means?"

Most now had drifted well behind Charlie and Harry and had to scamper to catch up. Charlie knew that his team respected him and hated to disappoint. Not to mention, they feared his wrath. But fear, Charlie had learned, also meant focus. Fear could be good. A tool even. And if Charlie sometimes had to use fear to inspire action, and that action brought them results, then so be it.

"It means InVision will be shelved. It means most of you will probably be let go. It means that if you want to go back to Silicon Valley, you'll have to pay your own way to relocate," he warned. "I was the one who convinced SoluCent that you were the key members of the Magellan Team, and if I was being relocated here, you'd have to come with me. If I'm gone, you're gone. Who do you care more about, Harry? You and your family, or Mr. Bean and his bad debt?"

(Continues...)

 


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Alien Love Songs

Americana inspired songwriting including the track “The Perfect Place to Be” previously featured on the J.Crew.com homepage.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
Release Date: 2002


Alien Love Songs is Daniel’s first full length CD. The album features the track Perfect Place to Be, which was used by J.Crew for TV commercials and on their Web site. The songs in Alien Love Songs represent Daniel’s eclectic influences that include classic rock, folk, and country music.

 

Check out more of Daniel's music here: http://www.danielpalmerbooks.com/music/

 

 

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Wednesday, January 26th  7pm (SIGNING) @Barnes&Noble in Manchester, NH @1741 S Willow St.

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Thursday, January 27th  7pm (SIGNING) @ Barnes & Noble in New York, NY @240 E 86th St

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Friday, January 28th  7pm (SIGNING) @ Barnes & Noble in Nashua, NH @235 Daniel Webster Highway

 

Tuesday, February 15th – 7PM (w/NYT bestselling author + Dad Michael Palmer) @Barnes & Noble inFramingham, MA

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Check this out, just for fun:

 

 

Daniel Palmer’s Magic 8-Ball: http://www.danielpalmerbooks.com/8ball/

 
You’re probably familiar with the Magic Eight Ball. Ask a question. Shake it. Get an answer. The Daniel Palmer Magic 8-Ball is a new twist on that old joy. With each 8-Ball click you’ll get a different task to complete. Something new and fun to try. All you have to do is complete the task and leave a comment to tell me how it went.

 

 

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Being greeted at the O'Hare airport. Not quite the same as seeing my name in lights, but it's a start.

 

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In-laws made this for me. Makes the coffee taste better.

 

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Seeing my books as ARCs for the very first time. Yes, it was love at first sight.

 

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This is my Dad. This is my Dad's accordion. There is no sound lonelier than that of accordion music echoing down an empty hotel hallway.

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Um . . . me with (goodness, shakes, sweats, wow!) Elmore Leonard.

 

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My editor on the left. My agent to his right. I treasure them. I really do.

 

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Daniel says:

 

I'm an author (thrillers), musician (songs and such), father of two (boy and girl), husband of one, baseball fan (Red Sox), pro football fan (NE Patriots), and aspiring pet owner.

 

Find the InVision blog here: http://www.danielpalmerbooks.com/invision-blog/

 

Find Daniel's blog here: http://www.ourstage.com/profile/danielpalmer/blog

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Thanks Becke!  That is quite an introduction you put together for me.  I'm delighted and honored to be featured in the B&N Mystery Book Club this week.  I just got off the phone with my Dad, and he shares my sentiments. It's a very exciting week for me with the publication of my debut thriller novel, DELIRIOUS.  I'm happy to answer any questions members of the Mystery Book Club may have about this novel, my background, or writing in general.  Thank you again for such a warm welcome. 

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Could you tell that's me doing the voice over in the trailer?  I recorded it at a studio not too far from my house.  The studio is built atop a hill in a secluded, wooded area, with these spectacular views of the mountains.  They rigged my headphones so that I could hear the studio tech in one ear, and my publisher on the phone in NYC in the other.  I love being in a recording studio, but I left wanting to lay down tracks for one of my songs after I did this reading.  Maybe next time!

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Thanks Becke!  That is quite an introduction you put together for me.  I'm delighted and honored to be featured in the B&N Mystery Book Club this week.  I just got off the phone with my Dad, and he shares my sentiments. It's a very exciting week for me with the publication of my debut thriller novel, DELIRIOUS.  I'm happy to answer any questions members of the Mystery Book Club may have about this novel, my background, or writing in general.  Thank you again for such a warm welcome. 


 

Hi Daniel! I've really been looking forward to this week. It's the first time we've ever had a father/son feature - I think it is SOOOOO cool that you both have new releases at about the same time!

 

Are you completely buzzed about your upcoming release date? Do you have anything special planned?

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Could you tell that's me doing the voice over in the trailer?  I recorded it at a studio not too far from my house.  The studio is built atop a hill in a secluded, wooded area, with these spectacular views of the mountains.  They rigged my headphones so that I could hear the studio tech in one ear, and my publisher on the phone in NYC in the other.  I love being in a recording studio, but I left wanting to lay down tracks for one of my songs after I did this reading.  Maybe next time!


 

I wondered if that was you!! You and your dad seem very relaxed in recordings/videos, maybe because of your musical backgrounds.

 

Did you have much input in your book trailer? I'm totally hooked on those, and I'm surprised more authors don't use that form of promotion.

 

I also love your book cover - VERY cool!

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It's a busy week, that's for sure.  Let's see...I'm running a contest to win an iPod with the audiobook preloaded for anybody who preoders DELIRIOUS. Details are at . I'm also scheduled to make a bunch of regional event appearances throughout the week.  I've got my events listed on my Web site at http://www.danielpalmerbooks.com/news/.  I've been involved in a mini-blog tour, scheduled to do a couple radio interviews,wrote some promotional pieces at the request of my publisher, and continue to work my own social media outreach campaign to help spread the word.  That's about it.  Somebody told me that I should treat the week no different than any other.  Guess I'm finding that's a pretty difficult thing to do.  Maybe the nervous anticipation lessens some with each novel I publish.  I guess I can go ask my Dad that one.

 

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Thanks for the compliment on the book cover.  I LOVE it too.  I was in NYC, visiting my publisher, and they put two covers on the table in front of me.  They asked me to pick the one that I liked best. I picked the current cover and there was a round of cheers.  I guess they liked that one as well.  Did you see the book trailer I made for my Dad's novel, THE LAST SURGEON?  I think you'll like it.  I co-wrote a theme song for it with my buddy, Thaddeus Hogarth, a great musician from Boston.  I agree it's a unique way to promote a book, but maybe it's not more widely used because they're not that easy to make.  I think there are some companies out there that put together high quality book trailers at an affordable price.