Percussion Publishing’s Authors Team Up, Political Satire in the Works

NEW YORK:  Percussion Publishing will release a novella, consisting of two short stories by authors Presley Acuna and Kendall Smith in July of this year. Titled, Trumpicana, the fictional stories touch on the current state of American politics, the personalities involved and potential future consequences.

Presley Acuna, author of recent apocalyptic thriller, The Day and The Hour and Kendall Smith, the author of Vault 21-12 (2015), will jointly publish the work. Trumpicana will be seventy to ninety pages in length and made available on Amazon and Kindle for pre-order in the near future.

Kendall Smith’s story is titled “White House Arrest,” a comedic tale about a Presidential candidate, Ronald Drumpf, and a vindictive Director of the Secret Service. She has a score to settle with the man and fortunately, a multitude of Washington DC power brokers are ready to support her.

“This year’s election features one candidate who comes equipped with a gargantuan ego. As an author who appreciates satire, I feel obliged to give the man a good literary tar and feathering.”

Presley’s story, titled, “Performance Anxiety” posits a dystopian future set in the aftermath of a Trump Presidency, in which the way politics are conducted in America is profoundly changed.  Presidential run-offs are now Reality Show, televised competitions.  It is through the eyes of Senator Randall Bradley, the last establishment politician and a contestant, that we experience the final round of face-offs between him and his opponents, including such candidates as the Kennedybot, the Gipper Clones, and Mister X, a self-proclaimed super hero.

“This story is a broad satire, but also an important commentary about the de-evolution of our political process in America, and what the consequences of that might be if drawn out to a far-fetched but, then again, maybe not so far-fetched, conclusion.”

Pricing has yet to be determined. For media inquiries relating to Trumpicana, please email administration@percussionpublishing.com.

About Percussion Publishing

 Percussion Publishing is an independent publishing house dedicated to new and aspiring authors, publishing stories and novels that provide a fresh perspective on writing, storytelling and helps facilitate relationships with exceptional resources. Our mission is to provide the clearest line of sight between authors, readers and great stories; To enable widespread distribution through digital retailers like Amazon, Kindle, Nook and Apple. We service an audience of millions, one reader at a time.

Go to www.PercussionPublishing.com to learn more about our company.

 

Kindle Countdown Deal: Vault 21-12, Starts September 2nd

NEW YORK: Percussion Publishing is offering VAULT 21-12 for a limited time this week at a special rate for the forthcoming holiday weekend via Kindle devices.

Starting September 2nd, readers can buy VAULT 21-12 for $0.99 (Wednesday). Prices go up to $1.99 on Thursday and $2.99 the following day before returning to regular pricing. 

To date, Kendall Smith's novel has procured a 5-star rating and is available exclusively on Kindle and Amazon (print). The thriller touches on the history of World War Two, lost war booty and what remains hidden in a secret Swiss vault. Descendant Nazis are tipped off and set a lethal trap for the protagonists.

Vault 21-12, on sale this week for a limited time.

Vault 21-12, on sale this week for a limited time.



Author of Vault 21-12 Comes Clean: A Huge RUSH Fan

The author of VAULT 21-12, Kendall Smith, sat down with the managers at Percussion Publishing to discuss his latest work. The interview reveals a hidden admiration for his favorite rock band, and how it influenced the title itself.

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PP  - So tell us, where did the concept of Vault 21-12 come from?

Kendall - I’ve always been an avid fan of history, and when you start delving deeper into World War Two, there are many more layers of intrigue there to be discovered.

PP - Such as?

Kendall - The Nazis were exceptional thieves, on top of being the scum of the earth. They looted everything. Robert Edsel’s book, The Monuments Men, does a fantastic job detailing the heist of priceless artwork, for example. Vault 21-12 touches on another area of theft, one I won’t reveal here as it would be a huge spoiler for readers.

PP - Okay, let’s talk about the title. Where did you come up with Vault 21-12?

Kendall - I wanted the word Vault in the title for obvious reasons. The story swirls around a mysterious Swiss bank vault, which was opened at the conclusion of World War Two. No one, except for the paternal and heroic grandfather in the story, knows what is in it. When he dies, two grandsons have to figure out what's contained within the vault, and plan to travel to Switzerland. Unbeknownst to them, descendant Nazis have set a lethal trap.

PP - The grandfather, his name is Everett Devenger. Why refer to it as a numbered vault? Why not Everett’s Vault, for example?

Kendall - Because no one knows who Everett is, it’s vague, and remember, this is a secret Swiss vault. I wanted a number to give it a more authentic reference point,  i.e. it is one of thousands, for example. There’s truth behind that, by the way. Swiss banks routinely did business and accepted deposits by Nazi officers.

PP - And the 21-12 number, we can assume you’re a fan of Rush, the rock band?

Kendall - I will admit here, in sound body and mind, that I am a huge fan of Rush. It was an indirect way for me to tip my hat to Geddy, Neil and Alex.

PP - How touching. What’s your connection with the band?

Kendall - There’s no connection per se’, I needed a number, and from a thematic standpoint, Rush’s 21-12 song touches on one of the themes in the book. It stuck out in my mind.

PP - That’s a pretty big gesture on your part, to name the title of your book after a band’s album.

Kendall - Well, I was a fan on many levels. I was a drummer growing up, I still play in cover bands in New York City when I can. It’s not easy being a dad, a writer, having a full-time job and having other hobbies like tennis. But who am I to bitch and moan, right? I aspired as a young drummer to play like Neil Peart and practiced for hours in my Mom’s basement. It literally took me three months to learn La Villa Strangato, and before that I spent a good part of my adolescence learning Red Barchetta, Tom Sawyer, Free Will and what not. I Love that band!

PP - You were able to play La Villa Strangato?

Kendall - I could. Look, I did the best I could and my friends said at the time that when I played it, my rendition didn’t suck. That’s good enough in my book.

PP - So how are sales of Vault 21-12 going?

Kendall - Solid, simmering down as we’re three months past the release date. Percussion Publishing is making it available next week for a special price, a countdown deal, starting on Tuesday for the forthcoming holiday weekend.

PP - It is priced right now for $3.99 on Kindle and $12.79 via Amazon print. Why the discount offer now?

Kendall - It’s the discount before prices are raised in September.

PP - So tell us, you self published the novel, Double-Edged Justice in 2007, Vault 21-12 came out in 2015, what were you doing between those two publishing efforts?

Kendall - Studying Buddhist-temple architecture in Laos and Cambodia.

PP - Wow, that seems surreal. Really?

Kendall - No, not really. I’m bullshitting you. I was working my butt off in New York during the great recession, and I tried my hand as a political-satire blogger.

PP - How did that turn out?

Kendall - Not too good. It takes a special skill set and a tenacious appetite to publish to be a good blogger. I admire those who can make a living at it.

PP - So, is your blog still live on the web?

Kendall - Yes, but I’m not sharing it here.

PP - Why?

Kendall - Because frankly, now the work would come off as dated, and the material was funny less often than not, to put it mildly. It didn’t take off. I returned to my first passion, novel writing. I just love it.

PP - What’s your next book about?

Kendall - Still in the works as you know. Percussion Publishing will debut it sometime next year and the independent publisher will tease the story and cover sometime in the spring.

PP - Do you plan to use another band’s album title? Is that your trademark moving forward?

Kendall - No, but every Rush fans knows what the number 21-12 means. So shoot me for picking a number that actually meant something important to me.

PP - Can you play La Villa Strangato on the drums sometime soon and feature it on YouTube for everyone to see?

Kendall - When I can find 10 hours a week to rehearse, over the course of an entire month – yes, I would back up what I’m saying with proof. Here’s video of my old band, LemonShade, playing Passage to Bangkok and Tom Sawyer from a few years back. The drum sets were sub-par, and the recordings are mediocre, but it’s better than nothing.

Vault 21-12 is also available to download and read for free via Kindle Unlimited, and free to Prime members as well who have the Kindle App. 

Check back next week to buy Vault 21-12 during Percussion Publishing's special Countdown Deal, starting on Tuesday, September 1st. Below is the synopsis of Vault 21-12, Kendall Smith's latest international thriller.

Special Offer: Vault 21-12 Free in August via Kindle Unlimited

NEW YORK: Percussion Publishing is providing Vault 21-12, our latest thriller, free to readers via the Kindle Unlimited program for the month of August.

Kindle Unlimited is currently available free to the public for a 30-day trial. During that time, over 800,000 books can be accessed. Thereafter, the charge is $9.99 a month. Free subscription details can be found here. Prime members automatically qualify for Kindle Unlimited services.

Vault 21-12 is rated 5 stars by Amazon / Kindle readers and is also available for purchase from Amazon ($12.45) and Kindle ($3.99).


Elementary School Teacher Encouraged Author To Pursue His Passion

Guest Blog Post by Kendall Smith, Author of Vault 21-12

RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY:  There is little doubt that teachers (good ones) can have a profound impact on the students they teach. Fortunately, I had an exceptional one who motivated me to follow my passion.

My second novel (Vault 21-12) continues to sell on Amazon and Kindle after debuting earlier in June. It is a thriller that represents a four-year effort and fortunately it has garnered solid reviews. I can directly associate my interest in writing back to one teacher at the Ho-Ho-Kus Elementary School. Fortunately, she was kind enough to provide me with a keepsake that motivated me to pursue the art of writing.

Mrs. Stenvall was my Ho-Ho-Kus Elementary School English teacher during the 1983-1984 school year and it represented my last before entering high school. She was one of the good ones, as many teachers were at that particular institution. The writing assignments she gave us included some freestyle opportunities; Write what ever you want. Given my age and interests at the time, I took a rather liberal interpretation to the assignment.

I wrote about war.

It was gory, it was detailed, and it raised her eyebrows on more than a few occasions. She did however see something in how I approached the assignment. I recall her telling me that despite the brutality of the short stories themselves, there was an element of talent in how I told them (her words, not mine). When asked if I could try to write about something else, I declined, but she encouraged me to keep writing.

Dozens of stories poured out thereafter. It was the result of reading too many Vietnam War novels during my adolescence. I can only imagine what went through her mind when she read these, but she never once discouraged me to stop writing. On many levels, it was thoughtful; She could see I was passionate about the subject.

Graduation day came in late June of 1984 and when it did, she handed me a gift. It was a book titled, The Next To Nothing Book, and it was filled with blank pages. It encouraged one to write down ideas, memories and stories. She inscribed the book and noted she was sure I would be published one day. I cannot recall her exact words, but it did indeed light a fire in me. I have treasured this keepsake not only for the message it conveyed, but also her hope that I would pursue writing.

The book she gave me sat on my bookshelf for decades, but not a year went by when her suggestion, and encouragement, didn’t come to mind. My first novel was self published in 2007 (Double-Edged Justice), a satirical blog project followed but I returned to penning thrillers in 2011. I have another that will be published by Percussion Publishing this year and a special project in draft mode that will see the light of day in 2016.

It’s going to take a case of dementia or Alzheimer's to shut me up at this point and I hope I can contribute (on some level) to what Walt Whitman referred to in Leaves Of Grass: “That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.”

Thank you Mrs. Stenvall.

A book that inspired the author, and his latest thriller, Vault 21-12

A book that inspired the author, and his latest thriller, Vault 21-12

 

Percussion Publishing Releases Vault 21-12, a Thriller by Kendall Smith

NEW YORK:  Percussion Publishing released its latest thriller today, VAULT 21-12, by Kendall Smith. It is both an international and cross-generation thriller that harks back to the end of World War Two, and the mysterious contents in a Swiss bank. The story is set in the modern day, where descendants from both sides of the war clash to secure the vault's contents for themselves.

It is being made available on Amazon, Kindle and Nook digital services in both print and e-reader formats. Readers can find it via the links provided.

Readers are encouraged to engage with the author, Kendall Smith via Twitter (@authorkendall), Percussion Publishing’s Facebook page and via email. (Kendall@percussionpublishing.com).

Feedback is welcome, and for those who enjoy Vault 21-12, we encourage them to provide feedback via Amazon’s Customer Review section, located on the page dedicated to Vault 21-12.

Brief synopsis: Two brothers inherit a World War Two-era Swiss vault from their heroic grandfather: Descendant Nazis set a lethal trap.