Thursday, February 24, 2011

Apocalyptic fiction giveaway via GoodReads

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Judas Syndrome (Paperback) by Michael Poeltl

The Judas Syndrome

by Michael Poeltl

Giveaway ends March 12, 2011.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

New York Times Bestseller - Apocalyptic Fiction and The Judas Syndrome

So how long does it take for a book or series to become a best seller in the New York Times?
Is it a numbers thing? Sure, that makes sense, right? A best selling book is one that many thousands of people have purchased. But what about indie authors, and self published authors? What about those that are selling ebooks on-line and with no one counting their sales but themselves?

I know several authors doing just that. Selling hundreds of copies a month. When will they be recognized for their literary contributions?

Well, I've just found out that the NY Times will be creating a sellers list of ebooks best ! Where they'll get their numbers I'm not sure. Will Amazon and KOBO and Nook release that information to them? Why not? It means more revenue for them.

The Judas Syndrome series is selling well right now across multiple ebook sites, but will it hit the NY Times best sellers list for ebooks? Yes, it will, but perhaps it will take a little more time.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More positive reviews for the Dystopian tale by Michael Poeltl

I'm really excited over the below review as Janet Sked, reviewer, astutely picks up on the parallel between the main character in The Judas Syndrome, and the Apocalypse itself. Below is an excerpt from that review which can be found on

-"Joel. For me this guy was the perfect anti-hero - difficult to like, remarkably easy to sympathise with. No attempt at covering his flaws or making him a saint. What really struck me was watching this guy devolve slowly into utter paranoia and self-hate, and eventually self-destruct in every sense of the word, while constantly trying to do what he thinks is right. Joel in the end is the personification of the apocalypse, and I thought this was beautifully done." - Janet Sked

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New review for Rebirth, book 2 in the Dystopian fiction series

Another great review in from Amazon:

A Sequel That's Better Than The Original

What truly fascinated me while reading 'Rebirth' by Michael Poeltl, was how the growth and development of both the main character Sara and her son Leif mirrored the growth and development of Mr. Poeltl as an author. His first book, The Judas Syndrome, was well written albeit sometimes a little difficult to digest content wise. This second installment of what is to be a trilogy of novels, takes the reader on a more succinct and inclusive emotional journey.

Written through the eyes of Sara, the book does a fantastic job of tying up some loose ends from the first novel while exploring the progression and in some cases regression of familiar characters. The gritty and sometimes too blunt tones of the first book, have been tempered this time around. While still painting a very desperate,desolate and graphic picture of this post apocalyptic world, Mr. Poeltl has crafted the narrative in such a way that you feel a stronger connection to the main character and her journey then of Joel in his first book. The read is more of a story 'sharing' instead of a story 'telling', which in turn made me as a reader feel more invested in the outcome.

What surprised me the most was that his characterization and literal portrayal of Sara and her plight as a new mom in this uncertain dystopic future, never came across as written from a male's perspective - which should appeal to female readers of the novel. The imagery that Mr. Poeltl presents in this novel is stunning, and further highlights his development as a writer. Scenes and scenery are described in the kind of detail an artist uses to paint a picture. The story itself is well laid out, and coherent. There were however a few times I found myself wishing that he'd explored certain events in a little more detail given he didn't have the same time constraints that a movie version of the novel would.

But that, and the somewhat out of place love interest storyline are the only minor issues I had with a novel that did everything to succeed and exceed it's predecessor in the novel trilogy. 'Rebirth' is a fantastic read, and even better follow up to 'The Judas Syndrome'. It follows in the tradition of great sequels, and leaves me excited to read the conclusion to this story. An excellent follow up book by Mr. Poeltl, and I'm sure one of many great works of literature of his to come. - Michael Pongracz

See the review here

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Judas Syndrome, featured on K-lite, 102.9 FM

Michael Poeltl was featured Friday, Feb. 4th on K-lite, 102.9 on the MIke Wyman show(voted best radio personality 2010 by View Magazine).
"I was just stopping in to drop off the second book of The Judas Syndrome series for Mike as he had purchased the first book when it came out a couple of years before." Then Wyman sat Poeltl down and reminisced about the first book and how much he was looking forward to the second.
A radio interview is a great publicity spot for books, "I had no idea he was going to actually plug the books," Poeltl went on,"that was a real treat. I know his listener ship is substantial, and the fact that he covers rush hour offers a captive audience. I'm very grateful for his attention to my books. It never hurts to have a local personality on your side!"

For more information from the show see Mike Wymans blog