Offerings by Michael B. Kim

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Offerings is a beautifully wrought coming-of-age story of a young man torn between art and commerce, conscience and obligation, Korea and the United States. I loved it.“—Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Strangers

“A potent combination of a financial thriller and a coming-of-age immigrant tale, Offerings is a great book. A thoughtful and engrossing read.”—Gary Shteyngart, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Lake Success

“Michael Kim writes with the authority of an insider on the intricate workings of Wall Street and the high stakes for Korea during the Asia Financial Crisis, but at its core Offerings is a moving love story—about a young man’s love for his home country, his father and his newfound soul mate. Offerings is an elegant poem on the redemptive power of love.”—Sandy Weill, former chairman of Citigroup and bestselling author of The Real Deal

OFFERINGS
A Novel by Michael ByungJu Kim
Debut Novel Explores Conflicts for a Man Bridging East and West

Korea could be key to saving the world economy. With the rapidly cascading Asian Financial Crisis threatening to go global and Korea in imminent meltdown, investment banker Dae Joon finds himself back in his native Seoul as part of an international team brought in to rescue the country from sovereign default. Born in Korea and educated in the United States, Dae Joon, Shane to his American friends, is establishing himself on Wall Street. For his Korean family, however, Dae Joon – also known as jangnam, or first-born son – has much more to prove. In his debut novel Offerings (Arcade Publishing, April, 2020, 978-1-950691-62-3, $24.99), Korean financier and philanthropist Michael ByungJu Kim explores the depth of cultural and moral conflicts of a person raised with Western sensibilities but bound by Eastern family traditions.

As he and his fellow bankers work feverishly with Korean officials to execute a sovereign bond offering to raise critically needed capital, Dae Joon struggles with the knowledge that his own father is living on borrowed time, in the last stages of a degenerative disease known as the “family curse.” While trying to reconcile his career and moral traditions, Dae Joon meets a young woman from a prominent family who quietly shows him the way to a different future. And when his old friend Wayne, a scion of one of Korea’s largest chaebol, hires him for a mergers and acquisitions project that may save the conglomerate but also salvage a legacy of corruption, Dae Joon finds himself in personal crisis. He’s torn by conflicting loyalties, his identity tested. Whichever path he takes, Dae Joon knows that this choice will determine once and for all what kind of man he is destined to be.

About the Author
Michael ByungJu Kim is a financier, philanthropist, and author. He has more than thirty years of experience on Wall Street, in investment banking and private equity. Offerings is his first novel. He grew up in Seoul, Korea, was educated in the United States, and currently works in Seoul and Hong Kong. He has two sons working and studying in the US. He lives with his wife of twenty-eight years in Seoul.

OFFERINGS
A Novel
by Michael ByungJu Kim
Arcade Publishing
Publication Date: April, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-950691-62-3
Hardcover
Price:$24.99
Pages: 288

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The Insurrection by Chris Babu

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THE INSURRECTION
By Chris Babu

“There is power in numbers. There is power in the will of people. And there is power in intelligence. All three are in your favor.”

New America rose from the apocalyptic ashes of deadly superbug Aeru and rampant cyber terrorism. Now, food rations are rapidly shrinking and desperation is growing just as fast among its citizens. The famous Initiation-surviving foursome, Drayden, Charlie, Catrice, and Sidney were barely able to taste the promised fruits of their victory before being ordered by the Bureau to leave New America’s walls. Beginning their expedition in search of deep-cycle windmill batteries and a possible signs of life in Boston, they bravely faced the perils outside to save fledgling civilization from total extinction.

This last assignment brings about events far beyond their goal.

Book three of the Initiation series, THE INSURRECTION (Permuted Press; ISBN: 9781682618837; $21.00; Hardcover; February 2020) challenges everything the pledges once knew about their homeland. After one conversation with Boston’s mayor that leaves the pledges reeling, they are tasked with digesting the harsh truth of New America’s corrupt government. Under compulsory orders, they trek to New America with wounds from their conquered mission; all of their efforts are for uncertain outcome. The home they once knew might not welcome them so warmly. Luckily, with the help of an old friend, they are able to secure the batteries required to survive in New America and even gain insights to the exile of Drayden’s mother. But are the batteries what the Bureau is really after?

“The possibilities were skewed sharply negative. Execution was much more likely than a homecoming party.”

In a final harrowing mission, book three calls the pledges to turn on even their most trusted allies and return authority to the people of New America. And there’s only one way to do so: bring down the Bureau.

“As much as Drayden believed in himself and his fellow citizens, who were they kidding? For unknown reasons, the Guardians had engaged in a rare display of humanity, an unprecedented concern for human lives.”

Brain-powered by his Mathematics degree from M.I.T., Babu presents THE INSURRECTION with the chess-like tactical challenges of war and revolution coupled with his signature fast-paced puzzling adventures. Readers will be immersed in following the strategy behind each mystifying operation while simultaneously empathizing with the team’s unique personal agendas. Most importantly, kids are reminded that they too can accomplish anything they set their minds to – just like Drayden and his friends.

About the Author
Chris Babu is a self-proclaimed science and math nerd who grew up playing soccer and the violin in North Haven, CT.  He was a bond trader on Wall Street for nineteen years, and his first novel, The Initiation, was published February 2018 and its sequel, The Expedition, made its debut December 2019. He lives on the east end of Long Island with his wife, daughter, and 130-pound Great Dane, Buddy.

THE INITIATION | Chris Babu | Permuted Press | 2020

ISBN: 9781682618837 | Hard Cover | Price: $21.00 | Hardcover pp

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Dark Data: Control, Alt, Delete by Douglas J. Wood


DARK DATA
Control, Alt, Delete
Douglas J. Wood
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“If you can identify a person’s desires, then you can also exploit their weaknesses, both physical and mental, through algorithms that serve up alternatives as subliminal tools for behavioral manipulation.”

Paula Janković is no ordinary hacker. With the ability to access any system at any time, Janković utilizes the principles of the “Selfish Ledger” to profile individuals through their emails, social media accounts, and online activities; unleashing a superstorm of dark data and fake news and manipulating people to do her bidding. But who is really behind such operations? Meet Constantine Petrenko, a seasoned Russian criminal and financial oligarch whose hunger for world domination takes center stage as he enlists a myriad of talented felons, like Janković, to coordinate a series of terrorist attacks intended to bring the international business community to its knees.

Meanwhile, as Janković does her part for Petrenko, ISIS leader Abu al-Badri teams up with the Russian and his minions to devise a plan intended to wreak even greater havoc upon innocent victims throughout the world.

With hopes to thwart the oncoming death and destruction, rookie journalist Rebecca Taft— the only person who might have a lead on al-Badri and Petrenko’s master plan— is working with the CIA. Together they decode an ominous list of dates in efforts to learn where and when the imminent attack will be. Can they solve this puzzle of pandemonium before it’s too late?

“No one is immune from being off social media.”

In his new thriller, DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete (Plum Bay Publishing, August 13th, 2019, Original Trade Paperback/Hardback, ISBN 978-1-7335253-1-2/978-1-7335253-2-9, $16.99/$25.99), award-winning author Douglas J. Wood transports readers to a world where privacy is just an illusion and using data for the targeted advertising and marketing we see today is nothing compared to what is truly possible. Experts Wood interviewed while writing DARK DATA warn that the reality of this books’ scenes could be just one “click”, “share,” “tweet,” or “like” away.

DARK DATA is not only a thrilling novel, but also serves as a cautionary tale that sheds light on the dangers of social media and the mystery that is the Selfish Ledger. Involving questionable characters in positions high and low, Wood brilliantly portrays what could happen if the wrong people control information that has the potential to destroy us all.

Great Dates With Some Late Greats by David Finkle

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“In presenting the following, I’m asking you the reader to recognize as true a series of (almost entirely) serendipitous incidents that will strain credulity to the breaking point and possibly far beyond it, as far beyond as the other side of the grave…I ask you to take my word that what are included here are no more and no less than events experienced by myself and others.”

A series of adventures now begin for several unsuspecting people, who, while enduring the mundane tasks of daily life, are greeted by incarnations of celebrities, athletes, poets, politicians, and an evil dictator, to list a few. Author David Finkle is a critic who has written about theater, music, and books throughout his career.  He is also a constant observer of human behavior, and his stories reflect that by placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations.  His new collection, GREAT DATES WITH SOME LATE GREATS (Plum Bay Publishing; Original Trade Paperback; June 30, 2019; $16.99) brings to life amazing figures, expired for decades, centuries, millennia even, to embolden modern-day folk with their dreams and wisdom from the past.

How does Marilyn Monroe, returning to play Hamlet on the New York stage, benefit a fellow living down the eastside Manhattan block where she used to live? Could Marcel Proust inspire a couple of jaded 21st century teenagers in a trendy New York café?  Would the classicist Jane Austen attend a speed dating session? Why would Hitler be stalking a seemingly random man in the West Village? With witty dialogue and a satirical glint, GREAT DATES WITH SOME LATE GREATS will provide answers to these questions and more with additional visits from Jesus, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Machiavelli, Mona Lisa, William Shakespeare, Homer, Toulouse- Lau Trec, Harry Truman,  and Oscar Wilde.

Four of the stories originally appeared on Manhattan Book Review and were viewed over 2500 times. While artificial intelligence dominates the news feeds, and rehabs for people with cellphone addictions may soon emerge, it’s clear that readers have a deep appreciation for historical figures, the classics, and writers like David Finkle who bring them to life.

About the Author:
David Finkle is a writer and journalist focusing on the arts and politics. Based in Manhattan, he is the author of People Tell Me Things, a story collection; The Man With the Overcoat, a novel; and Humpty Trumpty Hit a Brick Wall, rhyming verses and illustrations about the Trump White House.  Finkle is currently a theater critic for  New York Stage Review and The Clyde Fitch Report and has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Village Voice, The Nation, The New Yorker, New York, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and American Theatre.

 

Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does?

Do You Know What a Book Publicist DoesDO YOU KNOW WHAT A BOOK PUBLICIST DOES?
A Guide for Creating Your Own Campaigns
By Claire McKinney

For more information on the book visit our Plum Bay Publishing page or on Amazon.

Book publishing is an ever-changing industry—between technological advancements, the emergence of self-publishing, and the rise of social media, how can an author distinguish their book from the competition? Whether traditional or self-published, authors can be left in the dark when it comes to promoting and marketing their books.

Book publicity expert Claire McKinney has found that the lack of information on how book promotion works has left most authors without a clear idea of how they can contribute to their campaigns. Her new book DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BOOK PUBLICIST DOES? A Guide for Creating Your Own Campaigns, stems from over twenty years of experience in the field.

In her book, McKinney exposes the depth of extensive campaigning necessary for successful promotion. From this, authors can begin to understand the everyday workings of their in-house publicist—and for indie authors, how they can improve their own promotional efforts.

Book promotion can be rife with opportunities to make or break an author’s career, and McKinney examines these pitfalls. Showing writers how to brand themselves and identify their professional goals to properly prepare their books for success, McKinney also dives deep into important topics such as creating a personal image, writing press kits, and the importance of building momentum through media with unique insight that could only be provided by a seasoned industry professional.

Combining professional advice with charts and case studies, authors will see the inner workings of book publicity at every angle from initial idea generation to event planning.

In DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BOOK PUBLICIST DOES? authors will learn:

• How to promote their book to the media
• How to create their own media contact list
• How to write press release materials and how to use them
• How to create a timeline and plan a campaign on their own
• How to pitch, who to pitch, and when
• How to talk to their publisher about publicity

With McKinney’s clear voice, readers will be equipped with the tools they need to create a campaign from scratch, and have fun in the process. DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BOOK PUBLICIST DOES? serves as a comprehensive step-by-step guide that every author should have in their arsenal.

About the Author
Claire McKinney is twenty-year veteran of the publishing industry. She has worked for major publishers, including Little, Brown and Company, Putnam, and Disney Publishing Claire has appeared on CSPAN and on the Today Show as an expert on self-publishing. She travels regularly to speak to authors and audiences about book promotion, publishing, and social media marketing. Visit her at www.clairemckinneypr.com.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BOOK PUBLICIST DOES?
A Guide for Creating Your Own Campaigns
Claire McKinney
Plum Bay Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: June 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9988617-0-8
Paperback
Price $11.99
146 pp

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