Advance praise for St. Nic, Inc., the "innovative" and "magical" thriller that readers say moves opens like a Clive Cussler novel and the action of Tom Clancy!
“When the talented SR Staley tosses DEA agents, moles, computer whizzes, and a multi-national CEO into one action-filled plot, you get St. Nic, Inc. a story that sparkles like the North Pole on a sunny day. St. Nic, Inc. offers a fresh vision of what modern tools like the Internet and high-speed delivery services could accomplish in the hands of the right Little People. This heart-warming re-imagining gives us reason to believe—and fall in love all over again with our most cherished time of year.” Award winning author Donna Meredith
"St. Nic, Inc. is a magical, innovative, and fresh continuation of the beloved Santa Clause myth. Staley has honored the past while ushering one of the world's most cherished and inspirational stories into the 21st century. St. Nic, Inc.artfully combines the action of a Tom Clancy novel with the insightful social commentary and multiple levels of experience of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. St. Nic, Inc. is great novel that would make a great movie." Mark McNees (D.Min), author of The Six Symbols of the Gospel
I had a great time discussing the challenges of marketing books in today's competitive publishing market at the Tallahassee Writers Association meeting on March 20, 2014. Click here to view my powerpoint.
Women & Martial Arts Roundtable, New Release! Some women start training in martial arts because they want to be heroes, just like the boys. Still others started their training because they enjoyed the work out, while others were prompted by self-defense. They all want the rigorous training in the dojo. Just like the boys.
These insights and others are the focus on the second round of discussions in the Women & Martial Arts Roundtable series available on this website (a pdf version is also available). The roundtable draws on the experiences of five women-Rumiko Hayes, Tori Eldridge, Mary Stevens, Kriss Hurdle, and Laura Giancarlo-all of whom hold high ranking black belts and four of whom own their own martial arts schools. Many will be surprised at their insights after decades of training and managing their dojos, and the series itself fundamentally challenges the notion that the traditional ways of teaching martial arts is always the best one.
Check out the first question in the roundtable here (a pdf version is also available.)
Sam was also a featured writer along with Glynn Marsh Alam, Ann Marie Bryan, Peggy Kassees, and Susan Cerulean a recent roundtable discussion on writing as part of WFSU (public radio) series Perspectives.
Sam Staley at Books By the Banks book festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The [Pirate of Panther Bay] sometimes seems more romantic novel than adventure yarn, but S.R. Staley puts plenty of zip into the action sequences.... [H]e masterfully captures a sword fight, building tension it seems hard to believe possible short of seeing it on a huge movie screen. - John Lehman, founder and former editor, Rosebud literary magazine, at BookReview.com
Renegade has won 2nd Place in the 7 Hills Literary Competition in the children's chapter books division! The competition drew from a national field. Check out the other winners here.
A Few Kick-Butt Characters by SR Staley
Isabella: The runaway slave and master swordsman who captains a pirate ship in the Caribbean Sea in 1781. (The Pirate of Panther Bay)
Luke: The 7th grader in Dewey Middle School who has to rediscover his martial arts skills to finally confront the school bully and his gang. (A Warrior's Soul)
Juan Carlos: The dashing Spanish army captain and expert interrogator who must defeat Isabella or face the gallows at El Moro. (The Pirate of Panther Bay)
Maria: The 7th grader in Carson Middle School whose scrappy street smarts is the only thing that keeps her alive. (Renegade,)
Lucy: Luke's best friend who doesn't know her own natural talent in martial arts until...she tries it! (A Warrior's Soul)
Jean-Michel: The crusty second mate to Isabella who has to figure out a way to keep her alive and out of the clutches of mutineers and rival pirates.
A Warrior's Soul is a fine and exciting read for younger readers, highly recommended. - Midwest Book Review A Warrior's Soul was an inspiring book.
His gritty and gripping story brings to life the kind of dilemmas today's kids face on a daily basis.
-Stephen K. Hayes, Black Belt Hall of Fame, founder of To-Shin Do martial art.
A swashbuckling tale of piracy, action and romance. - Christi McEntyre, Allbookreviews.com, on The Pirate of Panther Bay
Staley has crafted a tale that will stir your emotions and your mind. -Tim Bete| Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, on The Pirate of Panther Bay
Thanks to SR Staley's powerful writing, I was tansported into the story-I was hiding n the dead-end alley, being pounded by he rain as I prayed hte bullies wouldn't find me. -Bookreviewvenue.com
Many of my students in middle school can relate to this and that is why this book is now sitting on my shelf for anyone to read. -Liveteachcreate.com
The author's writing brings the story and emotions to life-fear, anger, frustration and trying to establish a powerbase is poignant to any establishment with an age range. -Beckvalleybooks.com