Al Rennie.

Husband. Father. Author.

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I have a close friend who also self-publishes.
She signed up with a company that promised
To get her on a best seller list.  What they did,
and had her do, was email everyone they could
and have them buy her book on the exact same
day.  She got to #14 on the NY Times best seller
list.  She had head honchos from Amazpn and
Barnes & Noble calling repeatedly to find out
what she did, but she didn’t tell.




At the suggestion of my newest editor, Sue Ross and Mark Coker, owner of Smashwords, I am going to attempt to make a momentary impression on the literary world that measures success by their Best Seller List. I am asking everyone who intends to buy a copy of Clearwater Bubba (to be released on February 12, 2016) to make their purchase on that date or before as a pre-purchase so that it will seem as if the world has been waiting on my next offering.

The task is monumental unless I lie and report that this book is a Sexy Romance rather than a Humorous Crime Fiction Mystery Thriller Whatever. Romances regularly trump just about every other kind of fiction written. Some say, ‘the sexier the better!’

If you feel like you might like to be a part of this conspiracy, please tell any of your reader friends, who might have expressed some interest in reading one of my titles, that this is the one and on or before February 12th buying Bubba is the way to do it. In case you have more money than sense and wish to help even more by purchasing multiple copies on a single tablet … don’t. I would only get credit for a single sale anyway.

I will be posting this on my website and on Face-book and Twitter to rally support and provide additional background rationale should you not be convinced. If we even make a small blip, I promise to announce yet another grand contest within the next month.

I would like to thank everyone who pitches in to help. I will continue to write stories for as long as I enjoy the process regardless of the result.

Take care and be safe,

Al Rennie

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Contest Results

After hours of concentrated effort, the results of the Clearwater Casting Contest can be announced.
Joe … we have a tie … Nathan Filion and Keanu Reeves
Mia … Reese Witherspoon two ballots ahead of Beth Riesgraf
Max … Liam Neeson four ballots ahead of Sam Elliott

In an attempt to be more than fair, as no single ballot hit the trifecta
the following readers are declared the winners: Jeremy Lockhart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (lowest score) Ellen Beard on a small mountain in Arkansas (most often to change her mind) and Ally Dawn of St. Louis (not even close)

Please e-mail or message me your snail mail address and choice of title (Including the new one available as a paperback sometime after Feb. 12th).

If I ever announce that I am thinking of running another contest, someone please tell me to give my head a shake. Thanks!

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Note to Judges

Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 3:37 PM, Al Rennie <> wrote:

The contest has run out of gas. Please make your selections and return them to me so that I can get on with my life.

 This is the panel for you to consider for the best Joe, Mia and Max. Arrange your choices from best choice to least likely one and I will do the final computation taking all four editor’s ballots into account.

Joe  – Nathan Fillion (Can), Ryan Reynolds (Can), Keanu Reeves (Can), Brad Pitt, (US)

Mia – Reece Witherspoon, Hayden Panettiere, Hilliary Duff, Beth Reisgraf

Max – Liam Neeson. Sam Elliott, Jason Stratham

You can check Google or Bing web and images for information including appearance. There were two Charlize Theron but she is five foot nine or ten and therefore not suited to the character description in my mind.

Thanks for being good sports and doing this. I am going to post the winner on Friday. The scoring will be the name with the smallest number eg … if Sam Elliott is picked first three times and and second twice, his score would be 7 and he would most likely win the role of Max.
Again, thank you so much for helping me out. Many people had some fun with this, but I do not see myself doing this with other characters even though I did get some free speculation on the characters or Frank and Billy Ray. (The Rock, Dwayne Johnson cleaned up)

Get back to me when you have ranked your selections.
Thanks again


Casting Contest

As a result of some idle speculation on Facebook today, an important contest has been created. Which recognizable actors and actress would be the best choices as Joe, Mia and Max for the massive Hollywood production of the Clearwater Journals? (which currently is a figment of my imagination) Keep in mind the ages and traits of each character as they are presented in the books. For example, six foot tall, Jane Lynch is not the ideal Mia for any number of reasons.

Beginning today and ending on January 14th, submissions can be made to this website or to me directly at     The editing crew, who keep me on the page and between the lines, will be recruited to assist in making the final selection for each role.

The person who comes closest to the trifecta will be awarded a paperback of whichever Clearwater title he or she selects.


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