The Book Fairy Waved Her Magic Wand: “The Mirror” For Sale At Barnes & Noble!

10 May
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

 

The last that I had heard (middle of this week), my book information was being uploaded to distribution channels, and I should expect to see it hit the major online sellers in a few weeks, probably by the end of June.

Imagine my surprise to find that The Mirror is now for sale at Barnes & Noble as an e-book. ***UPDATE: Changed to all formats as I was typing!*** It’s really happening, perhaps a bit faster than I had expected. I’m still working with my FriesenPress.com marketing guru to get things like my marketing plan and formal press release done. I don’t even have an “official” launch date or event planned yet.

May I ask a favour from those who’ve already read the manuscript or galley proof? It would be helpful if you’d leave comments and rank the book at both places where it is now for sale:

 

Barnes & Noble

FriesenPress

 

Honest opinions and rankings, of course. My feelings won’t be hurt in the slightest if I don’t see 5-stars across the board; far from it. I suppose I’ll have to get that goodreads.com author’s account established, so that scores / feedback can be done there, too.

As per a previous post, I’ve copied people’s review comments and pasted them below. If it’s been a while, these comments can be cut-and-pasted (by their authors!) to the Barnes & Noble and FriesenPress pages for The Mirror. Or, new comments can be written if desired, obviously.

It appears as if I’ve passed that point of no return; I’ve crossed a Rubicon, and the die is cast. (I’m sure I was the first to utter these words, honest.)

For those interested in blogging about this or having an author interview, let’s wait until my marketing guru fleshes out the marketing plan before doing anything formal. It’s certainly fine to discuss the book, but we should probably wait until the book is available at all the major retailers, first.

P.S. I still haven’t gotten my WordPress email alerts sorted out. If I’ve been absent from your recent posts, my apology.

 

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Test Reader Feedback [NOTE: Significant majority are women]

“I spent the past weekend with your book. It is excellent: your patient and blow-by-blow recounting of the hell you endured makes for a very gripping reading experience.” Professor of English Janice Fiamengo, Ontario, Canada

Absolutely love Book One. You captured my interest, my support and my heart.” S.F., U.S.A.

“In the beginning I felt as though I was reading “This Boys Life: A Memoir” written by Tobias Wolff, in addition to reading Follett or Le Carré filled with conflict and intrigue. I was on the edge of my futon. I will admit, this is my second reading. I want to buy it when published, you just have to autograph it so the book can sit in my book case along with my hard copy of my favorite authors. Definitely an awesome and honest story. It is terribly hard to believe the circumstances and that there are women out there like that “Mommy Dearest” comes to mind. Thank you for letting me read your story.” J.M., Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

I really, really enjoyed it! It was so real and personal that it actually made me cry at times. Most of the time it was empathy, sometimes sympathy… I truly enjoyed reading this. I feel as if you were talking to me over coffee at times and the read was in person. Although I’ve never met you, I feel like I understand and respect you as if I did. Thank you so much!” J.C., Ontario, Canada

“I have just finished the book….to be quite honest, it’s left me speechless. I have been through a range of emotions, realizations, and was especially challenged by the last few pages regarding the rejection of ‘feminism’ as defined by Michael. What a story…It made me think about my own upbringing and how the qualities of narcissism show up differently within the masculine and feminine paradigms (as Michael suggests). Feminist or not, this book is a page-turner.” J.K., U.S.A.

“The Mirror is eloquent and it’s human. You told your story with passion, with confidence and with conviction. You’ve done brilliantly at keeping it coherent and you’ve paced it out as well as any good work of fiction I’ve ever read. Your writing style is that of a true storyteller, and it was only on very rare occasions as I read that I didn’t feel you were sitting beside me, telling of the joys and the trials, the triumphs and the frustrations. I felt your losses and your significant wins, few and far between as they may have been. You should be very proud of your work… it is awesome.” L.G.H., Ontario, Canada

The Mirror is every parent’s worst nightmare—your children stolen from your life by a vindictive ex and a corrupt, incompetent and unjust system. Sit up and take notice, because this compelling and heartbreaking story will continue to happen to others until an outraged public demands social change.” K.H., Ontario, Canada

“I honestly struggled to keep this short, because I cannot speak highly enough of the book, and how and why it was written–and what reading it instilled in me. It was an intriguing, honest and at times humorous telling of the devastating injustice inflicted on one man. I was drawn intellectually and emotionally into the story of a father whose three children were alienated from him WITH the help of the judicial systems in place in Canada. I felt present with him through each encounter, unable to stop reading. Seeing and feeling not only his pain – but the indisputable truth he conveys with evidence to back up his words – caused me to rethink various aspects of my views on society as a whole. A must read for everyone who wishes for a fairer and better world.” B.B., U.K.

“I sat down intending to read the first twenty or so pages and was became so engrossed in the details that mirrored much of my own experience – I read it right to the end in one sitting. The Mirror reveals exposes a broken system that has punished many for no good reason.” B.C., Ontario, Canada

I am so grateful you wrote this book, on so many levels. You just nailed it all so perfectly. My mother was quite a narcissist. She took me from my father when I was 3, allegedly to protect me. I never could quite figure out, protect me from what? Thanks to your book, I think I get it now. Thank you so much for letting me read your book. It was powerful. I’m quite impressed.” G.G., Seattle WA, U.S.A.

“With respect to the book, if I may say so, it has been very well structured and your dry humor runs throughout. As you had mentioned at the end, it sure is an ordeal to go through it again to put it down, but you have done a very good job of it to have it neatly segregated… I was wondering, ‘how is he going to handle the aftermath of this tornado once it gets published and recognized?’ Feminists all over are going to be so over him. And I got the answer at the last chapter. ‘Damn them,’ you say. I say the same.” K.G., India

“Just finished your book! Your passion for the dire need of the courts to return to the unfeminized Rule of Law is palpable and well-defined.Your personal experience will resonate with millions of men, and not just betrayed fathers, but any man who has been unfairly subjected to any influential female “authority” figure’s misguided decision-making process, whether she be part the judiciary, business community, government, academia, military, organized religion or politics. They will suddenly realize that it was not just bad luck that produced their negative outcomes, but a full-blown concerted conspiracy to denigrate them for being men.” K.Q.D., U.S.A.

I found your book to be extremely interesting and very well written. You’ve also done your research, so it’s very well quoted, which I think is a plus for a book like yours. It is essential to read the experience of a man, so your book needs to be out there, needs to be read. Maybe it will help to make a difference and to help the system change.” V.B., Ontario, Canada

Never have I seen the pain and horror resulting from the gross miscarriages of justice perpetrated against fathers (and men in general) in today’s society so clearly portrayed. ‘The Mirror’ is a rare, inside look at just how impotent the modern-day father is rendered by the current justice systems of North America. It exposes the insidious underbelly of feminism in a raw, unapologetic account of one man’s struggle to save his children, and his refusal to give up, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable opposition.” – A. T., VA, U.S.A.

You weren’t kidding when you said some people couldn’t put it down. I was up until 2:00 am last night reading, and then I started again after the kids went to school this morning. I found myself drawn in by your story, but also by all of the research you included. I am astounded by everything that has happened to you and your children; injustice doesn’t even begin to describe it. If this was 30 years ago, I could see it happening. But in this day and age? I find your story simply appalling. I hope, one day, your children will be able to see through their mother. No child deserves to be without a loving father, and no loving father deserves to be without his children. Looking forward to Book Two.” CA, BC, Canada

“I have just finished reading your book! After 43 years in an unhappy marriage, I feel so lifted up to know that I am not alone. One must always see the problems of others to realize that we do have things to be grateful for. All the best to you, with kudos for your wonderful book.” I.L., Ottawa ON, Canada

 

 

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61 Responses to “The Book Fairy Waved Her Magic Wand: “The Mirror” For Sale At Barnes & Noble!”

  1. bethbyrnes May 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Congrats on the Barnes and Noble! And yes, I have missed your presence at my posts! 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Thank you, Beth. I’ll pop over shortly and say “hello.”

  2. Susan Irene Fox May 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Hurrah! Hurrah! Will definitely leave reviews; will also do so at Amazon as soon as it hits there.

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      Thank you, Susan. Yes, there is cause for some rejoicing and celebration. Still a lot of work to be done, but my mother can now say, “My son, the author.”

      No kidding, she’s told she can’t wait to say that to people. Gotta love Moms.

  3. Charles Yallowitz May 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Now available on Barnes & Noble!

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      You’re a prince, Charles. (Wait! Was that a pun?) Thanks for the assist–much appreciated.

  4. suzjones May 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Congratulations my dear friend 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      You’re a sweetheart, Sue. Thank you.

      • suzjones May 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

        You are so very welcome. You have worked hard for this day.

        • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

          I have, but the support of friends and loved ones has carried me, too. ❤

  5. navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I MAY HAVE TO GO OUT WITH THE NAMELESS ONE AND CELEBRATE. MAY BE A WEE BIT SLOW RESPONDING TO FURTHER COMMENTS.

  6. insanitybytes22 May 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    LOL! Enjoy your celebration with the Nameless One and congratulations! Wow, everything is happening very fast.

    Once things get going, I’d love to do a reblog or a book review or something for you. I also enjoy doing those reader comment/ rate review things, so I’ll be happy to do that, too.

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

      It is indeed accelerating, or so it seems. Thank you, ib22. I’d be honoured to have you do something along those lines, and I appreciate the reader reviews / comments things, too. It all helps.

      };-)>

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      I neglected to mention that I had a Stacked Burger with yam fries: http://immadhungry.com/post/73228984332/milestones-stacked-burger-with-yam-fries

      Prime rib burger, smoked meat, carmelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, horseradish sauce, and cedar on a brioche bun.

      Oh, my.

  7. KG May 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Lovely! Nav. Very cool and Congratulations 🙂
    Will leave reviews there. I did think of writing a post about it, but wanted the official release to happen.
    Yay!!!

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank you, KG. I think what’s especially nice is that I get to share the journey with all my friends here at WordPress. I think that’s what makes the milestones really meaningful.

      Yay, indeed—finally!

      • KG May 11, 2014 at 3:04 am #

        I did leave a review, but it came out as Anonymous,even though I was logged in. I have no clue why! But hope it helps.

        • navigator1965 May 11, 2014 at 6:51 am #

          It certainly will help, KG. Thank you. I’m on Amazon now, too.

        • KG May 11, 2014 at 7:39 am #

          Glad to hear that Nav and checked it too 🙂

  8. I will get my review out there, Nav. What a journey you’ve been on. I’m thankful for the opportunity to read The Mirror. Had me constantly self analyzing, but I think I’m okay. Truly, your words will change a lot of opinions. It breaks my heart that you have had to spend this much of your life battling Mary and her disease. My prayer is that you one day have the support and love of all your children. A man who devotes his life to righting a wrong of this magnitude, is a great man. I’m blessed to know you and the window to your past.

    Hugs,
    Audrey

    • navigator1965 May 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

      Ah, but you’re an Angel, Audrey. Thank you. I’m equally blessed to know you and all the other wonderful folks here at WordPress.

      The self analyzing, within reasonable limits, is actually a healthy process, I think. I’ve some (more) exciting concepts that I’ve come up with for Book Two that I think you’re going to love, as they explore this general line of inquiry. I have come to suspect that the path to genuine spirituality is actually the road to conquering our individual narcissism. I’m quite looking forward to writing this part and developing the thoughts.

      I do hope this book helps people, in terms of opinions and understanding people in their owns lives. As for love, I feel like I am surrounded by it.

      • I actually found it to feel quite healthy, Nav. I am always up for a challenge, and have wrongly accused narcissistic behavior to be a evil man’s behavior. Assuming that women with similar characteristics, as well, just bitches. Extremely eye opening for sure.

        When I was done analyzing myself, I went on to other females in my life. Some of them not quite so lucky…their husband’s behavior makes complete sense now and I worry for them. They look tired and beat down. Interestingly enough these men are quite successful, which doesn’t seem to add up. I suppose that’s when love gets added in…their devotion doesn’t reason…or something like that, if I’m thinking correctly.

        Looking forward to book 2.

        • navigator1965 May 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

          We can chat offline regarding some of those husbands sometime, if you’d like.

          As for Book Two, I’ve been doing background research, preparation, and organization. There’s still a fair bit more to do besides the actual writing. It might be a little back-and-forth between the research and the writing.

          I am motivated to keep at it, though.

        • Anytime, Nav.

          Glad you have a plan to move ahead. The topic and a second book is a worthwhile endeavor, for sure.

  9. Carrie-Anne Foster (thatdizzychick) May 11, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    This seriously made my day! Congratulations, Nav!!

    • navigator1965 May 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Thank you, Carrie-Anne. I’ve since found it at Amazon.com (but not .ca), the Chapters-Indigo site, and another online e-book mall.

      It seems to be happening so quickly. I’m certain once the dust settles, the hard work of marketing will begin.

  10. Opinionated Man May 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    What awesome news and reviews! It is great you have such support from fellow bloggers, that is what we all hope for! I hope you sell a million copies bud. -OM
    Note: Comments disabled here, please visit his post.

    • navigator1965 May 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

      Thanks, OM!

      • Opinionated Man May 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

        No worries bud, I wish you all the best with it man.

        • navigator1965 May 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

          Appreciate it, mon ami. Maybe a miracle will happen and it will become a provincial election campaign issue.

          We can always hope.

  11. LindaGHill May 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    How the heck did I miss this yesterday? Congratulations, my dear Nav! Will help out the moment I have my head screwed on the right way. 😀

    • navigator1965 May 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

      Hi, Linda. Thank you. No worries, any and all support is gratefully appreciated.

  12. LindaGHill May 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on lindaghill and commented:
    An awesome, awesome book just came available at Barnes & Noble yesterday! Buy it now!

  13. sistasertraline May 12, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Congratulations! Will check it out, is it on download?

  14. Sherri May 12, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Many, many congratulations Nav! Woo hoo, so very happy for you! I will be honoured to leave a review once I’ve finished reading…and as a side-note, I hadn’t realised you were having WP email alert problems as I’ve been having the same but not with all blogs. Obviously not with yours!
    For now, I raise a glass of bubbly to you my friend 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 12, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Thank you, Sherri. Bubbly is indeed called for (although I hold this to be a standing 24/7 policy). The whole official book launch thing may be overtaken by events, but what the heck.

      • Sherri May 12, 2014 at 7:41 am #

        Ahh….what the heck indeed!! I’ll be sure to stock up on the stuff…we’re in this for the long haul 🙂

        • navigator1965 May 12, 2014 at 7:45 am #

          You’re one swell WordPress gal, Sherri. Let me know when the stockpile is built. I wouldn’t want to mistime my secret U.K. tour.

        • Sherri May 12, 2014 at 11:27 am #

          Haha!! Don’t worry Nav, I’m on it 🙂 🙂 🙂

  15. idiotwriter May 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Idiot Writing and commented:
    Been waiting for this since last year – I cannot believe it is happening!! An absolute MUST read for anyone who cares about our society or has ANY relationshps with anybody! An incredable eye opener of which I had the good fortune to have had a preview of. Congratulations Sir. A most well deserved milestone! Onwards and upwards matey 😀

    • navigator1965 May 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      Thanks for the re-blog, Belinda. Much appreciated. Hopefully, the book will eventually catch on. Just have to figure out how to get it to that critical mass state.

      Yes, it’s nice that it helps some people put things into proper perspective. Never a bad thing.

  16. idiotwriter May 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Flibbidy dibbedy….
    Congratulations dude 😀 Just yeah – may the evil sisterhood cringe and evaporate.

  17. Violet May 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m very jealous!

    • navigator1965 May 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Thank you, Violet, but you needn’t be. I had to pay for the bloody thing to be published, and it wasn’t cheap. It’s still an open question as to whether or not I’ll ever get my money back, but at least I have the satisfaction that a system that sought to silence me failed to do so.

      I’d like to think that it has the potential to eventually go viral, but isn’t that every author’s dream?

      At least my mother now gets to say, “My son, the author.” That was a pretty good Mothers’ Day present, at least in her eyes, so that alone makes it worth it.

      • Violet May 12, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

        I’m considering applying for a Master of Creative Writing next year after I finish this Law degree. It’s pretty much just a year dedicated to writing a novel, and I guess they help you publish it if it’s any good. But I seem to always get writers’ block as soon as I put a deadline on anything, so it might be a terrible decision…

        • navigator1965 May 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

          Yes, that’s a tough call. It seems that when you HAVE to write, the creativity can suffer, unless it’s technical writing or business writing or something of the sort.

          I actually seem to do best when writing takes me away from what I’m “supposed” to be doing. Sigh.

          Wish I had some definitive wisdom to lay upon you. You might be better off with a fortune teller, possibly, than any guidance that I might provide. I’d be interested to hear what you decide and how it works out.

          Best of luck with this one.

  18. Jenna Rambles May 15, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Yay!!!! So proud of you! Oh look what I spy with my little eye! My positive feedback! 😀 as always and well deserved Nav! Go get ’em tiger!

    • navigator1965 May 15, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      Fantastic, JR. Thanks so much for the wonderful support–I’mm feeling the <3.

      Where exactly did you leave the positive feedback? *nav goes to check the online book sellers*

    • navigator1965 May 15, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      Ah. Barnes & Noble? My later book release post has links to all the major places where the book’s for sale online. Go get ’em, tigress!

      And thank you. These early online reviews are going to prove very helpful, once the word gets out and people start looking online to check it out.

  19. ambient_memory May 15, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    This sounds really interesting! It will still take me a while to acquire the book and read it, but I’m very interested to know what your perspective on feminism would be since I gather that this work seems to revolve around many female antagonists (for lack of a better word). Thank you so much for dropping by and once again, it is my pleasure to come across works like yours. Cheers, best and congratulations! (because this appears to be the culmination of immense effort) 🙂

  20. Carol Balawyder May 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Writing a book is a lot of work and dedication. Congratulations!

    • navigator1965 May 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks so much, Carol. The level of effort is such that one has to experience it to really appreciate it, I suppose. I understand that the marketing is at least as much work as is the writing, and perhaps even more, so that’s another journey of experience that I am embarking upon.

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