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Mark Fine
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Historical Fiction Novelist, Independent Music Entertainment & Cause-Marketing Professional
Historical Fiction Novelist, Independent Music Entertainment & Cause-Marketing Professional

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Avatar Video Book Reviews! Amazon and Goodreads book reviews are selected and read by Avatars "Eric" and his co-host "Amanda". This episode focused on the world literary novel, THE ZEBRA AFFAIRE, written by South African born author, Mark Fine.

~ Check out more book details at this link: https://www.amazon.com/ZEBRA-AFFAIRE-Apartheid-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B011PXSEWG/

As Avatar Eric says, "There is No Greater Truth than an Honest Review!"

As of August 2017, "The Zebra Affaire" had received 130 Amazon reviews (4.8 out of 5.0 rating).

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Love this Elephant ❤️ Dog story. There are challenges, however friendship has a way making things a little easier 👍😀

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Mark Fine, the author of the critically acclaimed The Zebra Affair and former SVP with PolyGram, one of music industry’s giants states that it was just about time AMAZON introduced weekly "Amazon Charts" but some catching-up is still to be done:

"There is an elitist myopia that has blinded the grand publishing houses in New York, London, Los Angeles to a potentially rich trove of emerging literary talent. Ironically, their immature kin–those rowdy record labels based out the same cities have not made the same mistake. Without the Indie music scene with its rich, envelope-bending creativity we would not have had rap, grunge, or for that matter Elvis Presley. Yes, Sun Records was an Indie label. Record companies exploited this ‘farming league’ of emerging talent–and recruited artists with ‘Indie cred’ up into the majors. This dramatically reduced A&R (Artist & Repertoire) costs as nothing shows commitment more than an artist prepared to write, produce, publish and promote their own words.

"I’m not questioning the need for a Filter (to sort the wheat from the chaff) but to assume EVERY independent author is mere vanity press is lazy, asinine and elitist. Speaking of a filter, I applaud Amazon’s introduction of a Book Chart; but there’s some catching up to do, the record industry has been posting Top Independent Charts for years–let’s now innovate in the print publishing business and have a weekly Top Independent Books Chart, too. How about it Amazon and New York Times?" [Mark Fine quote from SelfPublishingMastery. com]

The Amazon Charts are updated weekly yet no sales numbers are public.

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There are people and places that make us fall in love at first sight. The recently opened Pipe and Thimble Bookstore is one of them. Every detail, even the tiniest one, from the colorful flowers in the front garden to the magic tree painted on one of the inside walls and the red lining guitar case transformed into a bookshelf takes you inside of a fairy-tale.

You can almost touch the love and passion that Barbara Lieberman (a writer herself), together with her daughter Ellie, put into creating the first bookstore in the world that sells exclusively indie books. The shop is located in Southern California, LA area, and if you are looking for a place to sell the print version of your books, you need to check it out.

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Latest book interview. Interesting, in addition to their questions they insisted I ask MYSELF five questions. A fun way to address different issues...

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At the prompting of readers’ from the THE BOOK CLUB group, Jean Gill prepared her recommendations. Her list contains a compelling and diverse collection of superb reads for the inquisitive reader, that I’m including Jean’s complete article for both your convenience and reading pleasure.

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Author Julie Mayerson Brown (The Long Dance Home) has done a wonderful riff on my post “Are You Prejudiced Against Beauty?” It is well worth the read as we all struggle with the rights and wrongs of ‘judging a book by its cover’.

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Authors Eric J. Gates [Eric Gates​] and Fiona Quinn [Fiona Quinn Writes​] have got their blogs linked together which features a Guest post about weather as a segue into Fiona's tale in "Crooked Tales: Deception & Revenge in 15 Short Stories". Here's the link: http://bit.ly/2d7ikqu - it is well worth the read. Btw, get yourself a copy of this thrilling anthology (that way you won't miss my short story "Mark of the Hyena". Enjoy this article then get yourself a copy of CROOKED TALES. Cheers :)

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Mark Fine commented on a post on Blogger.
Fascinating stuff! I intend to share with my readers. Thanks so much.
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