Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Throwback Thursday With Richard Brawer

On Throwback Thursday I showcase the very first book or story ever written by some talented authors.  Today I'm happy to have Richard Brawer, author of Love's Sweet Sorrow. He's here to share a throwback to his very first work.

Throwback Thursday with Richard Brawer

Before retiring I commuted an hour and twenty minutes to New York City by train.  To fill the time I read a newspaper in the morning and books on the ride home.  

One day I read a horrendous news story about a father whose child was born with a brain impairment and he refused to take him home from the hospital.  The nurses were outraged and their disgust was quoted in the story. Nothing was mentioned about the mother. That’s when my imagination took over and I asked myself, What happened to the child? Where was the mother?

With mysteries being my favorite genre, I took those thoughts and began making notes.  The notes turned into paragraphs and the paragraphs into chapters.  Thus my first novel, The Nurse Wore Black, was born.

Now I had a book, but what do I do with it?  Being a complete novice, I did the usual things most new writers do.  I sent out query letters to agents and received a stack of rejections. Lamenting my woes to a friend, he told me about a local independent publisher in the town next to mine.  Excited, I dropped in cold to their office. Two weeks later they said they wanted to publish my book. Wow!

When I saw the finished product, the “Wow” factor fell into the depression factor. The cover was not well done and leafing through the book I saw a number of typos.  The publisher had never discussed the cover with me nor did they give me a proof of the formatted book. At the time I didn’t know enough to ask for them. As far as I knew, I thought the publisher would do the editing as well as create a proper cover.  Needless to say, I did not send this book out for reviews nor did I push to sell it.  It was an embarrassment. 

The moral:  Make sure you are pro-active in every phase of your book’s production from editing, to layout and design of the cover.

The Nurse Wore Black has been rewritten and re-titled, Secrets Can Be Deadly and is now the first story in my Trilogy, Murder at the Jersey Shore featuring detective David Nance. The three book volume is available on Amazon. See the link below.

Read more about Richard and his books at his website:

His latest book is Love’s Sweet Sorrow, a romantic suspense novel. Love and faith are tested when Jason and Ariel are caught in a battle to expose smugglers selling weapons to terrorists.

Love’s Sweet Sorrow
by Richard Brawer

It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.

Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.

As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become. Delving deeply into hers and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.

“Exciting thriller and love story extraordinaire!” Mortimer

“Excellent writing, impeccable plotting, and nicely developed characters. Shoshana Hathaway

“Your writing is very strong, and you have developed a gripping story.” The Writer’s Edge
“The characters and the plot were both extremely well-crafted.” S. Lynn

Read the full reviews at Richard’s website: or the Amazon page for this book.

Love’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.

E-book: $2.99
Trade Paperback: $11.99
Buy now:

Also can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2

Love’s Sweet Sorrow is published by Vinspire Publishing.

About the Author

Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time exploring local history.  He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife.

Links to Murder at the Jersey Shore and his social networks:


  1. Thanks for being here today to share your throwback...and offer an experience that should be a cautionary tale to us all!

  2. Thank you for having me. I'm going to spread the word to my social network groups.
    Richard Brawer

  3. At least you were able to wrest it back eventually and re-do it! Mine never made it to a publisher - well was never accepted - and is still in the bottom of the closet. I'm multi-published since then but that first book - I do wonder if I'll ever get round to doing something with it.


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