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December 2018: The author's book promotion continues into its second year: Since December of 2016 the author has given books away to people he meets as a promotion for 'Piper'. The hard cover version of the book has done well this past year, seemingly to libraries and book stores, but paperback copy sales seems stagnated.
December 2017: The author's California book promotion continues past its' first year: Since December of 2016 the author has given about thirty to fifty books a month away to new people that he meets as a promotion for 'Piper'.
April 2017: Screenplay Piper is again presented as a musical within Ink Tip's spring magazine.
April 2017: Midwest Book Review reviews the published work of "Piper" - "Critique: Exceptionally well written, "Piper" clearly reveals author Gene Black as having a genuine flair for original and deftly crafted storytelling. "Piper" is a consistently compelling and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover. Highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections." - Midwest Book Review Volume 16, #4, April 2017
March 2017: The published work "Piper" receives it's first customer review on Amazon.com: "Piper is a lighthearted tale filled with magic, adventure, conflict, and humor. The character development G. Gene Black uses is done in such a way you feel like you know them. Two young orphans, Piper and Kaprina, embark on a journey to Winkenstein to fix Piper's magic book and learn how to read. The thread of family values, loyalty, friendship, and perseverance are woven into the fabric of this story in such a way that it warms your heart. Besides being an interesting and easy read, Piper highlights the importance of the written word. I will not only recommend this book to friends, but I intend to buy it for all my grandchildren. It is a must read. I look forward to another adventure of Piper in the future."
March 2017: The author continues a free giveaway of the Piper paperback books in Northern California.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Myth Collide - in an Enchanting New Children's (9-12) Action Adventure Novel. Hailed "A Story to Love" by Critics: 'Piper' takes young readers back to the golden age of piracy as they embroil themselves in the power of music and the written word. Inspired by the historical letters of Jonathan Swift, Black's latest creation follows the escapades of a modern-day detective who falls in love with the past; an obsession that will soon have him and all readers encountering witches, pirates, mythical creatures and magic. Critically acclaimed, " a real classic, one to capture the hearts of young and old alike for generations." a new action/adventure novel that harks back to that bygone, classic era of storytelling. Piper's a literary cocktail of myth, folklore, song and legend; a new style of fairy tale that fuses its innate innocence with the freedom and intensity that only magic can provide.
December 2016: Screenplay Piper is advertised as a musical within Ink Tip's magazine.
2016: The author began a free book give-away of the Piper paperback
books in Northern California on December 1, 2016.
November 2016: The book titled Piper, was launched with 500,000 ad impressions via search engines globally in advance of Black Friday.
book titled Piper was published today on Amazon.com in hardcover, Kindle,
and eBook formats and distributed by Amazon and Ingram-Sparks. Thus
far only the eBook format is found at Barnes & noble.
October 2016: The paperback version of Piper was published on Amazon.com and http://www.ggeneblack.com on October 18, 2016.
reviews for the book titled Piper were published today at http://www.ggeneblack.com.
They come from an online
prior to publication. The reviewers are unpaid volunteers representing
cross-section of people ranging from editors, authors, and avid readers in each genre; they're viewable here unedited: Reviews
2016: A fairy tale never before seen! screenplay titled PIPER,
was made available for producer and director
viewing at the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) and on the InkTip website.
2016: Initial draft of the feature screenplay titled PIPER, places
as a quarterfinalist in the 2016
StoryPros Awards, a writing contest sponsored by the International Screenwriters' Association.* The film
category was Family/Teen/Animation.
*A more current animated draft (excerpts) are viewable from the screenplay page of this website.
Amazon promotes books: The book Piper as shown on:
info: Many of the pencil drawings on site are licensed and available
on the Internet at: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/
Illustrations by Kevin E. Cain of the Old Crow and Angels Meadow on site are copyrights of the author, G. Gene Black.
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