Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, & Myrtle Beach, SC October 9, 2017—The office of internationally acclaimed, award-winning mystery author Digger Cartwright is pleased to announce that Murder at the Ocean Forest was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards in the mystery category. The Book Excellence Awards are hosted annually by Literary Excellence Incorporated in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. In 2016, The Maynwarings was a finalist in the western category and Conversations on the Bench won the Book Excellence Awards competition in the motivational category. Continue reading
Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, & Myrtle Beach, SC September 18, 2017—Thinking Outside the Boxe and the office of internationally acclaimed, award-winning mystery author Digger Cartwright are pleased to announce that The House of Dark Shadows, a psychological thriller, has been awarded a Silver medal in the fiction/Southern category in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest. This is the third medal for The House of Dark Shadows awarded by the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards; the book received a Silver medal in both the 2015 and 2016 competitions.
Mr. Cartwright issued the following statement after the announcement of the 2017 awards:
I am thrilled that The House of Dark Shadows has received a silver medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest for the third year in a row. This competition is one of the largest and most prestigious for indie authors, and I’m honored that the readers have consistently recognized The House of Dark Shadows as one of their favorites. There is no greater reward for an indie author than to have your work recognized by readers from all over the country and throughout the world. I offer my thanks to the organizers of this event and especially to the readers who took the time to read, review, and support The House of Dark Shadows in this contest. Thank you all.
For additional information on the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, please visit http://www.readersfavorite.com.
Additional information on Mr. Cartwright and his award-winning novels is available at www.DiggerCartwright.com or www.MysteryDigger.com. The House of Dark Shadows is available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle from Amazon by clicking here.
About Mr. Cartwright—Digger Cartwright is the award-winning author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s, The House of Dark Shadows, a psychological thriller, The Maynwarings: A Game of Chance, a mystery set in the Old West, and Conversations on the Bench, an inspirational/motivational novel. His books are available in hardback, paperback, and e-book format through his website, on-line booksellers and bookstores.
Mr. Cartwright is an enthusiastic supporter of local no-kill animal shelters. He enjoys golf, participating in charity golf tournaments, and attending WWE events. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.
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Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, Myrtle Beach, SC & Washington, D.C. September 18, 2017—The office of internationally acclaimed, award winning mystery author Digger Cartwright announced that all of Mr. Cartwright’s books were recognized in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest.
It’s been a time factor for the most part. There are only so many hours in the day and you have to prioritize everything. Social media for me is at the bottom of the list. I let my social media team handle most of the posting, and I personally post only occasionally. I’ve had a very busy schedule of late, so I guess there haven’t been many opportunities to give speeches or make remarks thus the noticeable absence of anything being released or posted. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to say at the moment, and I’m hoping to rectify that in the near future as time permits.
It’s probably a bit of both for me. When I come up with an idea for a book, I generally sit down and start brainstorming. Part of that is coming up with characters, and I make a lot of notes about the characters. My next step is to organize and formalize the ideas, and I usually do this by outlining the sequence of events and doing a bit of a write up about the characters. What inevitably happens, though, is that the characters develop on their own throughout the story. I start writing and then I see where it takes me. Sometimes the characters end up the same as I originally envisioned but more often than not they evolve a bit as I write the story and develop them more thoroughly and in depth. Sometimes the story sort of dictates how the characters develop and who and what they become. It’s always very interesting to see what becomes of each character, how they change, and how they grow.
The central figure in Gems & Jewels is Jarrod Van Kliem. The story starts out with him returning to Orlando from Congo Free State where he had successfully settled labor unrest among workers with his family’s company, Jewel Enterprises. He’s treated a bit like a celebrity billionaire businessman, but he is also intensely unpopular with certain elements in the public. He’s also very unpopular with certain members of his family who are convinced he’s returned to attempt to take over the company. He’s a bit of a ladies’ man. He owns a jai alai froton, among other business interests. He has a very close and powerful inner circle which protects him, advises him, and does the dirty work from time to time. He can be ruthless, and he certainly has a dark side but by all accounts he’s fair and decent. Is he the good guy or is he the bad guy? The readers will have to decide based on what they learn about him in Book II.
“He (Sebastian) also had an innate ability to gauge the person he was speaking to and to adjust his commentary accordingly. For instance, if he was talking to an individual who took their religion very, very seriously, he was always respectful of how far he could push that envelope. The same was true with political back-and-forths; Sebastian knew there was only so far he could go with a differing opinion before the other party would get offended enough to shut down.”
“Robbie, you don’t have much in common with your generation now, and I doubt you ever will. I doubt they’ll ever catch up to you.”
“But I’m still a good guy,” Robbie said defensively. “I just wish they’d get to know me. I can be really fun to hang out with.”
“Yes, but they don’t know that,” Sebastian countered. “They have a different perception about you, and their perception is their reality, whether it’s real or not.”
Robbie tilted his head to express his curiosity at the assertion. “All right,” he said. Then, as if sensing there was more to the story, he prompted, “Go ahead. I’m listening.”
“First, you know you’re not going to be like most of the other students,” Sebastian said. “You’re not going to change what you wear and how you live your life.”
“No,” Robbie agreed. “I know I’ll never fit in with them.”
Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, Myrtle Beach, SC & Washington, D.C. June 13, 2016—The office of award winning indie author Digger Cartwright announced that Conversations On The Bench was given a 4 star review and marked as “Indie Reader Approved” by Indie Reader, a preeminent venue for readers to find and purchase books written by indie authors.
An excerpt from the review from Indie Reader follows:
An account of one man’s lifetime of knowledge on how to lead a satisfying, successful and ultimately emotionally fulfilled life, divided into 25 essential lessons.
When author Digger [Cartwright] has a chance meeting with Sebastian and Robbie at a retreat at a golf course, he isn’t expecting his perception of life to be dramatically altered. And yet, after spending some time with the two men, Digger begins to overhear a hard-earned trove of information about how to lead the best possible life one can…
Digger learns lessons that include never abandoning a position of strength within one’s own relationships and learning how and when to swallow one’s pride are recorded in a third-person format; early on, Digger explains that he has decided to structure the work to best illustrate the lessons, and therefore sometimes combines stories he has heard from Robbie and Sebastian in order to construct the narrative. The result is a trove of common sense derived from a lifetime of owning a business, relating with family members, and learning how to navigate the often tricky and frustrating world of customer relationships… However, the work does ultimately capture the essence and wisdom of Sebastian, creating a lasting testament to a man who was not fooled by the false goals of material possessions and wealth, but rather the deep-seated satisfaction that comes from leading a hardworking, honest life.
CONVERSATIONS ON THE BENCH provides a warm, funny, often poignant collection of a man’s lifetime of real-world wisdom designed to benefit generations to come.
For the full review and information on the Indie Reader Discovery Awards please click here.
Conversations on the Bench received two USA Regional Excellence Book Awards (2015 & 2016) and a silver medal from Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards (2015). It was also a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards (2015 & 2016) and the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (2016). An excerpt from Conversations on the Bench can be viewed on Amazon.com by clicking here.
About Mr. Cartwright—Digger Cartwright is the author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s, The House of Dark Shadows, a psychological thriller, and The Maynwarings: A Game of Chance, a mystery set in the Old West. His latest book, Conversations on the Bench, is an inspirational/motivational novel. His books are available in hardback, paperback, and e-book format through his website, on-line booksellers and bookstores.
Mr. Cartwright has contributed to a number of articles on a wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials focusing on current economic and political topics for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe.
He enjoys golf, participating in charity golf tournaments, and attending WWE events. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.
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