July 2, 2019

HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

by Wiley Brooks

The smile on my face says it all. Pure joy. The paperback edition of my first novel arrived today. I have but one word to describe how holding it feels: Wow! The paperback is on sale at Amazon for the …
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The paperback of Wiley Brooks’ debut novel, The Next Best Thing, is now for sale at Amazon. The release price is $9.99 as a special to friends and family who want to be early readers. The price will increase next month to its regular price of $12.99. Click here to buy it in paperback.

The Next Best Thing

The writing style in The Next Best Thing is crisp and face paced. An expert analysis found it to be a close match to the style used by New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci. Early reviewers have echoed this view with comments like, “. . .can’t put it down” and “. . .a real page-turner.”

The Next Best Thing is not your typical serial killer mystery.

It is about Joey, a young man who oozes charm to prey on young American women traveling alone in Malaysia. On his trail is Mason Ray, an ex-CIA agent turned investigator. Mason must deal with debilitating flashbacks to something awful he did years before.

Joey decides to commit one last murder. He targets Jessica, a 33-year-old widow from Seattle who he meets at a Penang beach. She’s smart, beautiful and more than Joey bargained for.

A character-driven story, The Next Best Thing visits exotic locales throughout Malaysia and weaves in a taste of Malaysian cuisine.

June 29, 2019 | Comments Off on PAPERBACK NOW ON SALE AT AMAZON

Big news for Audible fans. Audiobook production for my first novel, The Next Best Thing, began this week. To produce an audiobook that meets the rigid Audible standards takes time. You’ll be able to download and listen to The Next Best Thing in late summer.

I chose an awesome narrator. His name is Garrett Michael Brown. Narrators work remotely so I could have gone with anyone anywhere in the world. Garrett, though, happens to be a Seattle resident himself. Small world.

Let me tell you, friends, it’s going to be spectacular!

Garrett finished the first 15 minutes of the book for me to listen to and approve. The characters came alive in his reading. It blew me away! I can hardly wait to listen to my entire story read by such a gifted narrator.

Garrett is a long-time community theatre actor and former local chef. He took the plunge into book narration earlier this year and is already building a solid reputation for himself.

As you might know, I’m an Audible fanatic. I listen to between 60 and 80 books a year. To me, the narrator is as important to an audiobook’s success as the author. When I’m picking out what to listen to myself, I shop narrators as often as I shop authors.

I’ll let you know when you can order The Next Best Thing at Audible.

June 27, 2019 | Comments Off on AUDIBLE PRODUCTION BEGINS FOR THE NEXT BIG THING
June 14, 2019

MY FIRST NOVEL IS NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON!

by Wiley Brooks

I’m thrilled to announce that my first novel, The Next Best Thing, is officially published! You can click here to view it at Amazon. It’s a digital download Kindle book today. Free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers at Amazon and $3.99 …
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May 16, 2019

SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO ‘WRITE THE DAMN BOOK’

by Wiley Brooks

This past August, one of my best friends, Monty Dennison, and I were having cocktails during happy hour in Magnolia. He asked me if I had done any work on my novel lately. I made a snarky response: “I’m going …
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May 21, 2018

1 SIMPLE STEP TO AVOID LOOKING LIKE AN UNEDUCATED DOLT

by Wiley Brooks

  In 2014, I changed the way I eat. I adopted a Ketogenic diet. What that means is that I eat few carbs. The typical American eats about 300 grams of carbs a day. I eat anywhere from 20 to …
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December 29, 2015

WILEY’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015

by Wiley Brooks
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  I know no one has been sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for my second annual list of favorite books. Too bad! I’m going to share it anyway. This has been a big year for me and …
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LUNCHEON SPEECH SHARES KEY RULE TO GET RESULTS YOU WANT AT WORK

The Washington Public Ports Associations kicked off its annual meeting in Seattle last week. They asked if I would be the luncheon speaker on the first day. It was a great event. I spoke to the 200+ leaders and board …
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April 28, 2015

MAKE YOUR POINT WRITING WORKSHOP OFF TO A GREAT START

by Wiley Brooks
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My MAKE YOUR POINT writing workshop made its debut this month. The response was beyond great! As word of the class spread through the organization, demand soared and before long there was a waiting list. What started out as two classes became …
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April 17, 2015

CANDIDATES FIRST SPEECHES HINT WHO MIGHT WIN WHITE HOUSE

by Wiley Brooks

  When it comes to using words that are easy on the ear and hard to forget, Hillary Clinton, in her first at bat of this new campaign season, hit a home run. Her short and sweet announcement that she’s …
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