Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Michael Balkind

Michael Balkind
and The Fix is why we are having another amazing giveaway.

My Review

The Fix
At first I wanted to contact the author and tell him…slow down. No man will get into this much trouble from being such a dedicated and focused young man. Then I read a bit further The reader will meet Colt, the boy next door with the patience and dedication to become a sport star. He has it all, a loving and supporting family. A beautiful girlfriend. The means and the opportunity to make his dreams come true and a strong moral compass. Then the reader meets Frank Gernsner. The complete opposite of Colt. Or so it would seem. I never could understand match fixing. In a sport like boxing or such, sure. One man, taking the fall made sense in other sports where you are part of a team it was beyond me. In this book I learned how gamblers get roped in with falsified odd payouts. That was new to me; I contacted a friend of mine, a consummate gambler and asked him if this made sense…mind you this was at the start of the book. He replied negatively with a ps clarifying only if the Holder is roping in a newbie…well now that made sense. NOT. But as I read more it became apparent. I found the pace and the extent of Colt's downward spiral fascination and abhorring. And soon my doubts made way with incredulous awe as I came to understand that the author managed to capture the one weakness most of the Western world holds dear. Money and an excess of it. I came to realize that I might have fallen as hard and as fast as colt did in THE FIX. Colt becomes Frank Gertner and due to his debt he gets pulled into even more rocky ground. Match fixing… The story is not all doom and gloom though and the ending came as a pleasant surprise that will fill the readers mind with hope. Colt is saved not solely by an outside source although this source is the catalyst but also by making a decision for the greater good. One that can cost him everything. A five star read for any reader. A sport fan might take more from this than I did but I doubt it. The sport is the mechanism the humanity is the cause and effect.

Now for our giveaway.

Nah, let me first introduce you to Michael. Click on the pic to find his author page on Amazon.

Find him here on Smashwords
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The above pic will take you to Michaels Goodreads page.

Now.  He has also written the following.... click on the pic 

 This is available on Amazon

The following as well

 Simply click on the Pic.  

And his book for young readers.... I loved, loved, loved this one!

Looks good?  Well head on over to Amazon by clicking on any of the book covers.  Now who is Michael?

Michael Balkind is the author of the Deadly Sports Mysteries as well as other novels. His novels are endorsed by literary greats including James Patterson, Clive Cussler and John Lescroart, Wendy Corsi Staub & Tim Green. He has appeared on ESPN's The Pulse and Sportsnet's Daily News Live and was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly. He has co-hosted and is a regular guest on The Clubhouse radio show. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Balkind graduated from Syracuse University and currently resides in New York.

And what are we giving away?

Well here is raffle

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  1. Great Post Wanda and Thank You Michael =)

    1. Awh thank you Aileen. Now get more entrants over here.

  2. Thanks Michael and thanks Wanda for the blog post.

  3. Great post. Thank You Michael and Thanks Wanda!!

  4. Wanda - Thank you for the review and this blog post. Your quote will be printed in the The Fix, once it is finally published. So far including yours, we have received some great blurbs and reviews. We have one from a NY Times bestseller, a couple from some sports media celebs, and just received confirmation of another that is being written by a huge name in the world of sports writing. I am looking forward to getting this book into my reader's hands. Thanks again for all your help.

  5. Gracias!!! Great Giveaway!!!

  6. Good luck on the Giveaway. I'm sure all who enter are excited to win, and whoever does, will have some great reading ahead of them!


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