It took forever, but those that were waiting for CONSIDER THE NIGHT on Amazon or B & N as an eBook can now download a copy in seconds! Just hit either link and  be reading within minutes. Thanks for your support!

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Consider-Night-Paul-Maurer/dp/1304772152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400206259&sr=8-1&keywords=consider+the+night+paul+c+maurer

BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/consider-the-night-paul-maurer/1119344660?ean=9781304772152

First Review on Amazon:

By Nancy M. on May 16, 2014

Format: Paperback

I couldn’t put this book down. It is a “must read” for anyone who has trouble expressing emotions. Held my interest from the first page to the last.

 

Thanks Nancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new novel, CONSIDER THE NIGHT, has just been released by Lulu Press and is available in either a print or eBook version! The book is based in Wisconsin and chronicles the life struggles of an aging veteran and his loss of faith in mankind. Against his will he is methodically drawn back into a world that has long passed him by and forced to confront his demons. CONSIDER THE NIGHT weaves family dysfunction, post-traumatic stress disorder, cultural and sexual biases, and a man’s search for meaning into a riveting commentary on the power of forgiveness. Just click on the book cover below for the version you prefer. Thanks for taking a look and don’t be afraid to spread the word to your book-reading friends! CONSIDER THE NIGHT will soon be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The first chapter is available on the left if you want a sneak peak.

Thanks!

Paul

 

PRINT/BOOK version

PRINT/BOOK version

 

E BOOK version

E-BOOK VERSION

It’s been forever since I posted but…no excuses, just haven’t had much to say (but I managed to stay busy). Anyways, within the next two weeks my newest work of fiction, CONSIDER THE NIGHT, will be made available to the public in both hard copy and via e-book. Wanna have a sneak peek? No? Well so what, you’re stuck with one. Here’s a copy of the cover art, a synopsis and the opening paragraphs. The full first chapter is also available on this left side of this blog. So…thanks for taking a look!

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Synopsis:

He fought in a war. He loved a woman. He fathered a son. Then he sought the happiness he believed was a birthright. But the horrors of Vietnam and a life of discontent leave a scar that transforms him into a loner in an unforgiving land. When a natural evil, a return from the past, and an unexpected arrival clash in the Wisconsin northwoods, a new path is set before him. It is then he is given one last chance for absolution. CONSIDER THE NIGHT is an unforgettable story of family, friendship and the redemptive power of forgiveness.

Chapter One

Once a month he meticulously cleaned the barrel of the rifle until his image reflected on the metal. His face was distorted and almost unworldly, but it was then he knew the job was done correctly. Cradling the implement, he ran his left hand down the barrel until his tarnished wedding band hit the wooden stock. Then with his right hand he picked up a single bullet, opened the bolt, and locked it in the chamber. After a long pause, he pivoted the gun and looked down the gullet of the barrel. The smell of gunpowder formed an irresistible attraction and he closed his eyes to take in the scent. His cheeks tightened as unforgiving memories arose. Then he put the end of the barrel in his mouth and tasted the cold metal with his tongue and the roof of his mouth. The acrid, smoky taste overwhelmed him and he dizzied as it soaked into his taste buds. His index finger trembled on the trigger and he remembered a story about some sorry asshole that blew the back of his brains out but ended up a vegetable instead of dead. He wouldn’t make the same mistake. His breathing echoed in the hollow of the gun and he was forced to make a choice. Squeezing his eyes tighter, the final decision rose from a dark place he had visited before. He agonized until his twitching finger drifted from the trigger. When he set the gun in his lap, it was all he could do to breathe.

Quoted in Runner’s World!

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I was quoted for Runner’s World motivational quote of the day! The quote was from a 2006 novel I wrote entitled, The Gift – A Runner’s Story. The book itself was my first stab at writing and it shows. But…it was cool to have some of my old words come back seven years later. Thanks Runner’s World!

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I Googled the quote and found the “full” excerpt used in many places including personal blogs, running clubs, running races, Facebook pages etc. Who woulds thunk? Below is the full quote:

“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”

“Always be closing?”

Posted: May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Anybody remember the movie Glengarry Glen Ross? If you do you’ll recognize the title of this post as the key phrase of the movie. So what about it? It turns out writing’s mirror image is “Always be re-writing”. My next story, CONSIDER THE NIGHT, revolves around a suicidal Vietnam veteran who struggles with hallucinations and flashbacks as he attempts to reconcile with an estranged son dying of cancer. A year ago I thought the work to be complete, but through personal reflection and professional feedback, the story is in its third or fourth revision. Chopping, inserting, and deleting words has become a nightly occurence as I improve the story and make it all it can be. Although frustrating and at times numbing, the result is worth all of the effort no matter where the final version ends up (on an editors or agent’s floor or on the rack of a local bookstore). Nothing wrong with hard work when you are doing something that you love. Which I guess right now is re-writing my re-writes, re-writes.

Sigh. Oh well, no matter what it beats watching reruns of the toothless on Swamp People.