About Me

IMG_0927Frederick Lee Brooke recently completed his dystopian science-fiction Drone Wars trilogy with The Drone Wars, which was preceded by Saving Raine in 2013 and Inferno in 2014.

He launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Geraldine

    Dear Frederick

    I am delighted to let you know that your book Doing Max Vinyl has been nominated for the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) Book of The Month Award. This new awards program is designed to recognise great books by indie authors and bring them to the wider attention of the reading public and publishing industry.

    The award is adjudicated by an Alliance of Independent Authors team, headed up by Joni Rodgers of “I’ll Have What She’s Reading” and including Orna Ross, Director of ALLi, Amy Edelman of Indie Reader and Kathy Meis of Bublish and a panel of volunteer reader/reviewers.

    •The award is given to books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction by members of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).
    •Books are nominated on ALLi’s Self Publishing Advice blog, here: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/read-an-indie-author-alli-book-of-the-month-awards/
    •Each nominee receives a badge (yours is attached).
    •There is no charge to author, or nominator, for entry.
    •From the nominated longlist, each month three books are shortlisted by the ALLi reading panel. To be considered for shortlisting, the author must be a member of ALLi and willing to participate in the programme and associated publicity.
    •The three nominated books are displayed for a month on ALLi’s main website, as book bubbles (with book description, author insight and buy links), together with the previous month’s winner of Book of The Month.
    •All the shortlisted books, and the Book of the Month winner, are given wide publicity, through press releases, social media networks and Goodreads, where ALLi’s extensive network of readers are invited to vote for the winning Book of the Month.
    •There are also award badges and prizes for the winning authors — together with giveaways and prizes for the readers, kindly sponsored by Kobo.
    •All Books of The Month are automatically entered into an overall Book of The Year Award.

    As indicated by the eligibility criteria, nominated authors need to be a member of ALLi for their book to be considered for shortlisting and award.

    As we have realised that you are not, we’d like to invite you to join using this link: http://allianceindependentauthors.org/

    Congratulations once again on your nomination and do please let me know if you have any queries.

    Warm regards
    Geraldine Somerset
    Member Care Manager.
    The link again is:http://allianceindependentauthors.org

  2. Jim Power

    Jim Power
    77 Melrose Terrace
    Truro, Nova Scotia
    B2N 1W3, Canada

    Dear Frederick,

    I know you are a highly accomplished writer and reviewer. Could you please consider reviewing my anti-racism novel, The End of the Line? It is an interracial love story with strong conflict and historical overtones. I can send the novel as a pdf file or a file Kindle .mobi.

    It is receiving rave reviews from readers on Amazon and I would love if someone of your stature would consider reviewing it.

    Obviously there is no expectation on my part.

    I have been published internationally by 60 magazines and newspapers, including by the Smithsonian Institution (black history), and by many of the top outdoors magazines in North America. I have a long history of publishing fiction, from dozens of short stories in New York magazines to seven novels in 2013. I studied Honors English at Saint Mary’s University and majored in Russian Literature at Dalhousie University before becoming a writer. This may sound corny, but The End of the Line is my most cherished piece of writing and I passionately want people to read it, not only to see the world as it is, but to see the world as it could be.

    Thank you for your time,
    Jim Power

    Information on novel:
    Title: The End of the Line
    Author: Jim Power
    Type: Ebook first, then paperback
    Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing (part of Secret Cravings Publishing)
    Published: October, 2013
    Words: 93,000 words; 294 pages
    Genre: Literary/Romance/Interracial (General audience)
    Blurb: Latesha Thomas is a beautiful, young African-American woman who lives with her handicapped father. She is in her final year of university and they are having a hard time making ends meet. She decides to start a matchmaking service to make a little extra money, though she has no experience and it turns out to be a disaster. She does, however, meet a client, a handsome white man named Peter Elsworth. The sparks fly immediately, but there’s a huge problem. Her father, and his mother, are vehemently opposed to an interracial relationship. This leads to tremendous conflict, but their love will not be denied. They grow closer, yet the closer they become, the more the tension rises. In time a secret connection between their two worlds become clear and this adds another dimension of conflict and complexity. But love is color blind and they are irresistibly drawn to one another.

    Ordering Information:
    The paperback is coming shortly and the ebook can be purchased through:
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/The-End-Line-Jim-Power-ebook/dp/B00G9H4LGC
    Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-end-of-the-line-jim-power/1117257480?ean=2940148597582
    Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-end-of-the-line
    All Romance Ebooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html
    Sweet Cravings Publishing: http://store.sweetcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=12&products_id=196

    Sample Chapter Link (Amazon):

    1. Fred

      Sorry Jim but I am not accepting review requests right now. Best of luck with your book and thank you for stopping by.

  3. Jackie Weger

    OH! I love your page! The photo’s are wonderful! I found you on Twitter. I’m gonna keep you. But I might have to come over and live on your page. I’ll eat everything you cook. I’m old. I’m not worried about getting fat. I’m there!

    Let me out of here so I can go buy your books!

  4. Teresa H.

    Read experts of your books, think they are great.Enjoy, getting your newsletter, reading them. Please, keep on writing your amazing books, for all of us to read.

    Keep on reading, it keep the mind sharp

  5. Khamneithang Vaiphei

    I’m keen to read and review your books COLLATERAL DAMAGE and DOING MAX VINYL. Kindly send a copy each at your earliest convenience. My blog reviews are also cross-posted on Amazon, Goodreads, etc and syndicated to my Facebook/Twitter followers.

    Khamneithang Vaiphei
    Hilltown, Post Box 130,
    Manipur 795128,
    Ph: 9862191109

    Amazon: http://ow.ly/npzM8

    1. Fred

      Dear Sir, I would be happy to gift you copies of Doing Max Vinyl and Collateral Damage via Kindle. This is the only effecient way to manage it. Please provide me with your email address for the Kindle gift. With best wishes, Fred


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