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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post on the forum and I wanted to let you know about my latest novel - and my first ebook debut - PARALLAX. It's a high-octane, fully adrenalized thriller. Here's the pitch:

What happens when two professional assassins - one a Mafia hitman and the other a former German terrorist - kill at exactly the same moment in time? For Ernst Stahl and Frank Jolino the result is a psychic bond that slowly blossoms in each man's mind, enabling them to see into the other's world. Frank Jolino doesn't like what he sees, especially when he realizes that Stahl is headed to his home turf of Boston to kill a scientist who may hold the key to solving the world's deadliest diseases. But for Stahl, there's no other option. Virtually bankrupt and with his son in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, he's got little choice but to take the assignment. Jolino has other ideas. On the run from his crime syndicate for refusing to kill his ex-girlfriend-turned-government-informant, Jolino sets a plan in motion that will bring the two men face-to-face and gun-to-gun...with no guarantees either will survive.

I've been writing and publishing novels for years (I'm the author of the Lawson Vampire series and one of the writers on the bestselling Rogue Angel series), but this is my first foray into the ebook world. PARALLAX is a standalone thriller and one I'm very happy to get out there to readers at long last. I hope you'll pick it up and let me know what you think about it. You can also read the first chapter by visiting my blog at http://jonfmerz.wordpress.com

ALSO...(having checked with the admins to make sure this is okay to post) I'm happy to announce details of an awesome new contest I'm holding for PARALLAX:

Here's the deal: I'm trying to sell TONS of copies of my latest suspense thriller PARALLAX as an ebook. It's a big experiment for me-testing the waters, so to speak. So I'm going to sweeten the deal to get you to buy and then tell your friends to buy it as well.

Right now, you can order a copy of PARALLAX for the Kindle by clicking on the cover image above. But some of you may not have had a chance to read my work before. So here's where I tempt you with the fruit of another…

My latest Rogue Angel book, SACRIFICE is still about six weeks away from hitting the book stores. I, however, just received a number of copies in yesterday's mail. As the author, I get a few of them to hang on to, put on my wall, admire them, that sort of thing. It's nice, right?



Well, I'm giving a bunch away.

Here's the poop: order a copy of PARALLAX within the next month and if we get 100 orders, I will choose five (5) people at random and send them this gorgeous Rogue Angel paperback, signed by me.

But wait, this little experiment gets even better. If we sell at least 1,000 copies then in addition to giving away some copies of SACRIFICE, I will also choose one person at random to receive a copy of every book I've ever written and every book I will yet write. My entire collection both past, present, and future. All signed by me. You get the books in whatever form they come out in. An entire author's collection of over a dozen books already published, and many MANY more to come.

Oh, and one final bit of bait, if we get over 2,000 orders, one person will be chosen at random to come visit the set of THE FIXER, the television series I'm producing (based on my Lawson Vampire novels) for a full day and will have a walk-on role for one of season one's episodes! Insane, right? Yeah, my business partner thinks so, too. But we will fly you from anywhere on the planet to visit us in Boston. We'll put you up in a luxury hotel and you will get to hang with the cast and crew of the show for a full day of shooting. We'll get you glammed up for your on-screen shot as well. THE FIXER is a multi-million dollar professional production. This is the real deal, folks.

So get out there and get your friends to come and buy a copy - and here's why you should: the person selected to win the trip to the set of THE FIXER will be bringing along a friend - YOU! If you refer someone who buys a copy of PARALLAX and they then win the trip to THE FIXER, you're coming along as well. Same star treatment, same great time, and you get a walk-on role as well!

This is crazy stuff, right? Well, I need to see if there's a market for my material as an ebook and this is how I'm going to test the waters. But I need your help. So, I'd really appreciate you buying a copy of PARALLAX and then getting every last one of your friends to buy a copy as well. These are some pretty cool prizes. And PARALLAX is a pretty cool book. But don't take my word for it. Here's the first review it's received on Amazon for 4-stars. "The editorial review pretty much tells you what the book is about. What it doesn't say is that this book holds your interest and is full of good dialog and a very likable character who happens to be an assassin. It moved right along and kept my attention till the very end. I can't wait to read another book by Jon F. Merz."

Free Rogue Angel books, a free collection of books by Jon F. Merz (past, present, and future) and not one but TWO trips to set the set of THE FIXER complete with WALK-ON ROLES.

I'm a total nut job.

Crazy.

Completely nuts.

Join me in my insanity. :eek:

IMPORTANT: When you purchase a copy of PARALLAX via Amazon, please be sure to email a copy of your receipt to jonfmerz AT verizon DOT net. This serves as your entry into the contest. - Thanks!​
 

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Thank you Kathy!  Very nice to be here!
 

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Hello, Jon,

I'm new to Kindle Boards, also. I just published Night Camp, a children's vampire book. I will check out your books. They definitely sound like something I'd be interested in reading.

Linda
 

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Thanks Linda!  Congratulations on Night Camp.  I'll have to pick it up!
 

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Ah, you'll be happy to know that all the Lawson books are coming back along with the long-awaited 5th installment and 3 others to boot! Plus...have you seen http://www.thefixer.tv yet? Check it out!

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Parallax sounds interesting, I've sent the sample to my Kindle to check it out.  Welcome to KB! :)
 

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Thanks Steph!  Hope you enjoy the sample!

Jasper - yep we'll be shooting the pilot very soon.  Good times!
 

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New contest details are up in the very first post - don't miss 'em!  ;D
 

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WOW, that contest sounds insanely cool. ;D

So, this e-book is based on an upcoming TV show? Who are the actors on the cover?
 

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Actually, PARALLAX is a standalone thriller, but the TV series is based on a series Pinnacle Books published back in 2002-2003, the Lawson Vampire novels (The Fixer, The Invoker, The Destructor, The Syndicate). PARALLAX would definitely make for a great movie (and it's with a few producers at the moment, according to my agent) but the contest involves The Fixer TV series (you can see what we're up to here: http://www.thefixer.tv) along with the PARALLAX ebook. Hope this helps!

PS: Not sure who the dudes are on the cover of PARALLAX, actually, since my graphic design guru handled everything. :) But they look great!
 

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Welcome to KindleBoards, Jon!

And you get extra points from me for using the KindleBoards Link Maker for your book covers... appreciate that!

I just one-clicked PARALLAX and am looking forward to diving into it.
 

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Thanks so much, Harvey - always trying to make sure I follow directions!  :)

Hope you have a great time with PARALLAX!  And don't forget to forward your receipt to me so I can get you entered into the contest!
 

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Just got several review for PARALLAX I wanted to share with you all...

5.0 out of 5 stars  Go Get This Book!!!!, April 3, 2009
By GeeMcBee "Write Me In" (USA) - See all my reviews
This book grabs you from the first few paragraphs. It's gritty, authentic and the action is well paced. Wise guys, FBI agents, mob hits, bombs, great sex - this book has it all. But wait - there's more - quite a few twists and turns along the way that I did not see coming and thoroughly enjoyed. You are brought into two distinct worlds with two unique characters and immediately find yourself cheering for both. Forget about the fact that they are assassins; Jon F. Merz does an amazing job of making you care about them as people, humanizing them. This book has a little bit of everything. Mob action, romance, thriller, paranormal and even humor peppered in just in case you needed to be reminded of the author's talent. This book is pure fun. I could not put it down and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, thrill ride of a book. My only disappointment came when the book was finished. I'd like to see a sequel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, March 27, 2009
By Debra G. Morris "Deberito" (Pittsburgh) - See all my reviews
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The editorial review pretty much tells you what the book is about. What it doesn't say is that this book holds your interest and is full of good dialog and a very likable character who happens to be an assassin. It moved right along and kept my attention till the very end. I can't wait to read another book by Jon F. Merz.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, Suspenseful all the way through, April 3, 2009
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Like other Jon F. Merz books, very suspenseful and good. A different aspect of the powers of the universe and the mind of two different assassins. Shows how far the love of a father will go for his child. The conscience of another. What would you do if you can see what someone else want's to do, and it wrong or right. Would you stop it, would you let it happen. Read what happens. It will keep you at the edge of your seat.
 

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What a great contest! I bought the book -- I hope you have lots of sales and I get to win the grand prize!

L
 

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No, Leslie. . . .I get to win the grand prize! :D

Ann
 

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Wow, awesome way to promote your book.  I just found PARALLAX 2 days ago (I think in an Amazon email I received) and downloaded a sample right away because it sounds so great.  Now I'm really excited about reading it.  Good luck!
 
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