As Sahno Publishing continues the marketing campaign in upstate New York for Brothers’ Hand, I want to check in both with readers and potential readers. Like the blurb on the back of the book says, this is a story about Jerome Brothers, who comes from a small town in upstate New York. He becomes an amputee when he loses his right hand in a tragic fall, then falls even harder for his physical therapist, Maria Santisia.

How does such a terrible accident happen? Well, in part, it happens because Jerome’s acquaintance, Johnny Caruso, “doses” Jerome with LSD at a party. As radio host Robert Batista said when he interviewed me on his show The Funky Writer, “With friends like Johnny Caruso, you don’t need any enemies!”

Amputees will perhaps be fascinated (or repelled) by the fact that Jerome stubbornly refuses to test out prosthetic options. And that’s true throughout the duration of the novel; readers can only wonder whether he will ever change his mind. In fact, I’m curious to know what amputee readers think about this aspect of the book – so if you’ve got feedback, please add it to the comments section below.

Now that I’ve ramped up the marketing campaign for the novel, I do want to encourage folks to buy a copy. The more we sell, the bigger the check I can write to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund on the one-year anniversary of the novel in December. However, if you can’t afford to buy a book, ask your local library. In upstate New York, I’m encouraging readers to pick it up from any of these fine libraries: Binghamton’s Broome County Public Library; Vestal Public Library; Elmira’s Steele Memorial Library; Apalachin Library; or the Alfred Box Of Books Library.

If your local library doesn’t have it, you can go to our Novels page and download a one-sheet with information for your librarian. Tell them you’d like to check out their copy of Brothers’ Hand. If enough people do that, there’s a good chance the library will buy a copy or two for their collection.

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