Number 10

Number 10, that is the latest book I am working on in the Polish Dragon P. I. series. It is hard to believe that I already have written nine stories with Tom Sipowicz as the protagonist. I’m hoping that the latest one will be as well received as the others. I am honored to have won awards for most of the books in the series and have gotten good reviews from the readers. It is such a joy to know that people enjoy reading what I write and look forward to the next one. Not everyone likes every story but it is still quite humbling for me to be here at this point in my life.

The books with the most awards are Polish Dragon P. I. (The Lineage Sword), with three awards. Also with three awards is the Polish Dragon P. I. (The Good Book) and following that is Hanging Cloud (Polish Dragon P. I.) with two awards. These and all of the books in the series are available at http://www.polishdragon.com. They are all novellas and can be read in just a couple of hours in one sitting or throughout the day. You can see my previous post about what a novella is and some of the most famous ones to have been written. My goal is to one day be known as the King of the Novellas or something similar.

You can also get the books in the Kindle version and everyone in the series is available for only $.099 cents on Amazon. For less than the price of a cup of coffee you can get one of these award winning books to read. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you are a member.

Until next time, good reading.

Steve aka The Polish Dragon

New Endeavor

Hello Everyone, I just wanted to share with you the new endeavor that I am embarking on. Besides continuing with my writing of The Polish Dragon P. I. books, I am also starting what I consider to be a podcast/radio show about the Private Eye Genre in books, movies, television shows, and radio shows. I’m calling it the Polish Dragon P. I. Show and it is basically for entertainment as I definitely am not an expert in the field nor am I a licensed Private Investigator.

I will share with you the latest about my books, what books I am reading, and share with you some private eye radio shows from the 1940s and 50s as well as books from other P. I. writers. There will not be a lot of talking by me because I would love for you to hear the old-time radio shows more than just listening to me. So if you care to listen you can follow the show on youtube at Polish Dragon P. I.

So come and join me on my new adventure and let’s have some fun!

Return of the Novella

The Novella has been making a comeback the last several years and part of that has to do with the advent of self-publishing and the e-readers that many people use for reading their favorite books these days. What is a Novella, you may ask? Well, a novella is a book with anywhere from 20,000 words to 40,000 words. Anything more than that would be considered a novel and anything less than that would be considered a short story. The origin goes all the way back to the mid-1300s during the Italian Renaissance and continued through the 19th century. Novellas are considered too long for journals and magazine articles.

What are the benefits of reading a novella over a novel? A novella can be read in one or two sittings whereas a full-blown novel may take a week or more to read. They are usually cheaper to buy, feature fewer conflicts in the story line and can be read on a train ride into work, or while taking a lunch break. What are some examples of novellas, you might ask? Here are some famous ones that you may not have thought of as a novella:

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell was 140 pages
  2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was 80 pages
  3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevens 65 pages
  4. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells 84 pages

These are just a few and the latter three were also made into movies. My books are considered novellas and range anywhere from 20-to 30,000 words. They make for a quick read and are exciting to read and don’t have all of the added details and tangents that a full-blown novel might have. I have received mostly wonderful reviews of my books and the Polish Dragon P. I. series such as this one, Zimcosky is a gifted, well-established author whose Polish Dragon P.I. series keeps his readers begging for more.

So if you’re in the mood for an exciting read check out my Polish Dragon P. I. series at: https://www.polishdragon.com/

Until next time, be safe and Good Reading!

Steve

A Year Gone

Well, it’s been almost a whole year since I posted here. There was a lot going on throughout the year. The carryover of Covid into 2021 and the loss of several people that I knew due to Covid, plus some health issues of my own that I had to deal with. But the time was not idly spent that’s for sure. I managed to publish four more books in the Polish Dragon P. I. series and also created a website for them as well, https://www.polishdragon.com/. Following The Lineage Sword was Midnight Cranes, The Good Book, and Hanging Cloud which was just published in November. They have also won awards through Literary Titan and The Firebird Book Awards so please check them out when you get a chance.

My writing is improving and I thank all of those who have given me feedback either personally or in reviews. Some of you have been very honest and I appreciate that very much. It is through this kind of feedback that I get better, whether it is good or bad. So please don’t be afraid to hurt my feelings, just be honest.

Another thing I found out this year was that there are so many people who would like me to write them into my stories and then kill them off. I even had a discussion with one friend and his wife on how to do it. So Mike, if you are reading this, I’m working on it.

I also had the chance to experience a virtual book tour with “The Polish Dragon P. I. (The Good Book)” and found it quite interesting. Through the book tour, I managed to meet new people and authors from Goodreads. If you are a member please follow or friend me and I will do the same for you. If you care to join Goodreads here is the website https://www.goodreads.com/.

With the holidays arriving in just a matter of days please take the time to be thankful for those around you. Let us not take our friends and family for granted, be kind to one another and try to do at least one good deed a day. Simply opening a door for someone or saying thank you might just brighten up someone’s day.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. As a token of my gratitude for all that I have and accomplished I would like to give away a FREE Kindle version of “The Polish Dragon P. I. (The Good Book) on Monday and Tuesday, December 13th and 14. I ask that you please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, good or bad.

Ĝis la venonta tempo

Steve

New book coming soon!

Just finished writing the rough draft of my latest book, “Polish Dragon P. I. (The Lineage Sword). I am doing the editing right now and have sent it out to some beta readers to give me some feedback. So far the feedback has been positive:

Lot’s of twists and turns

Started reading it and couldn’t put it down

Another winner, very enjoyable

A young man whose family immigrated to the United States from Taiwan disappears right after his father’s death. He was to inherit his father’s martial arts school as is the tradition and the lineage sword was to be passed on to him. It to has disappeared and the Polish Dragon P. I. is called in to help find them both. It will not be an easy case as his investigation takes him to Taiwan and into the realm of the Guard Corp who were the protectors of the Chinese Emperor.

My Christmas Gift to You!

Beginning next week Monday 12-14-20 I will be giving away five of my books on Kindle for FREE. One each day from Monday through Friday. Here is a list of 8 books and I will let you choose the ones you want to have. Vote below for your top five books. The top five books are the ones I will list for FREE on Kindle. And please remember to share with family and friends and to leave a review on Amazon! MERRY CHRISTMAS!🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

You can message me your top five picks and I will add the totals up and give the list of the winners on Sunday 12/13/20. If you need descriptions of the books please go to my page on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Zimcosky

Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Steve

Sun Press Interview

Shaker Heights’ Zimcosky continues growth as person, author

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — We never truly know what hidden talents we may have unless we try new things.

It’s a sentiment many have heard over the years, but for Shaker Heights author Steve Zimcosky, it’s a truism. In fact, in 2013, it wouldn’t have been fitting to even call him “author Steve Zimcosky.”

Zimcosky, who grew up in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, worked as an adult at a factory job before, in the 1990s, putting his interest in holistic health to good use. For more than 20 years, he has worked as an independent contractor teaching Tai chi— a Chinese martial art practiced for defensive training, health benefits and meditation — and Qigong (a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation) at One-to-One Fitness at Case Western Reserve University.

“I was teaching tai chi and Qigong when a student said that I should write a how-to book on Qigong,” Zimcosky said. “Instead of writing a how-to book, I decided to do it in story form.”

Zimcosky went on to write the story of a 10-year-old boy, based on himself, taking trips to visit his grandparents in Pennsylvania and, while there, meeting a wise man who lived on a hill. The man tells the boy the intricacies of the practices of tai chi and Qigong. The result of this mix of story and textbook was 2013′s “The Old Man From the Hill (Lessons in Qigong and Tai Chi).”

The 79-page book went on to garner excellent reviews on Amazon.com and led to three “Old Man From the Hill” sequels.

“A lot of tai chi people enjoyed it,” Zimcosky said. “A lot of them said they wished they had a book like this when they first started.”

“They’re really stories more than novels,” Zimcosky said. “They aren’t very long.”

Their lengths notwithstanding, Zimcosky’s flair for creating and telling a story has flourished. He learned over Labor Day weekend that his most recent effort, the novella “The Revelations at Black Corners,” has earned him a Gold Award from The Literary Titan, an organization of professional writers, editors and professors who have a passion for the written word.

The Gold Award is the higher of two awards, the other being the Silver Award, that The Literary Titan bestows.

In its review of “The Revelations at Black Corners,” The Literary Titan states: “Zimcosky knows how to keep an audience interested. The sections of the book are quick and well-structured. Even though you will be immediately invested in the plot, you will realize that in no time at all you have flipped through all the pages!”

The book takes 47 pages to tell its story.

“I write my stories so that, if you’re commuting to work on a bus, you can finish it by the time you get to work,” Zimcosky said.

The 63-year-old was unaware, prior to 2011, that he had a talent for writing, but he is always seeking to get better.

“My friends and family read my books, but I found that family (including his wife of eight years, Ivy, two daughters and a stepson) will give constructive criticism. They aren’t afraid to do that. Friends always want to be nice.”

Zimcosky said he often gets ideas for plots while out walking in the park. He then has to quickly put them down on paper.

As a self-published author, Zimcosky now does his own publicity work, but he is hoping the Gold Award may find him a publisher and a wider audience.

The author says that success is not necessarily determined by the number of books he sells.

“For me,” he said, “success is based on whether people enjoy the book.”

Wow! It’s been five years

It’s been five years since I have published my first blog post which started with my first book The Old Man From the Hill (Lessons in Qigong and Tai Chi).I have also not written in quite some time too. It has been quite a journey for me and I am now working on my tenth book. Of course they have all been Novellas (short stories) but still it takes some time to write them.

There is great enjoyment for me in writing. I find that it helps me to relax almost as much as the Tai Chi and Qigong that I practice. My first book was about Tai Chi and Qigong and I have evolved into writing about ideas that just pop into my head.

Two of the most recent ones have been about Reiki, which many people are unfamiliar with. To make it easy for people to understand I try to weave the information into stories that simplify that information and hopefully make the story enjoyable as well.

My Cursed Heart was the first one that diverged from writing about Holistic Health ideas and modalities to writing about witches and curses. The idea popped into my head one day while thinking about how many of my extended family has had heart problems that is almost seemed like a curse to me. Boom! There was the storyline and then once I started things just kept flowing.

The latest one is going to be about spirit possessions and how that affects perhaps, for the better a best selling author. The story goes along until certain facts are presented to the writer and, well I’ll just let you read the story when it comes out.

I would also like to take the time to thank my editor, Rose, who has done an amazing job with my last two books. Without her it I might be struggling to make sure the stories make sense and are written the way they should be.

For those of you who have read my books, please send me some feedback about what you think of them and remember to leave a review. You can leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads (if you belong), Readers’ Favorite and anywhere else that you might think of.

Until next time!

Why you should write a review!

Why should you write a review of a book, video, or anything that asks you to write one?

The reason is that many of the books you purchase and I will only speak of books at this point; is because many new authors are self published and generally through Amazon. I have several published through them but Amazon will not put a book in its catalog unless the book has at least fifty reviews. Why? I really don’t know the answer to that.

Many of us self published authors don’t make very much money and speaking for myself it is more of a hobby. I enjoy writing and coming up with ideas for stories and if you have read any of my books it generally pertains to martial arts or alternative health practices.

For us to share we need to get our books out there but if no one writes a review it is hard to do. I have had many people tell me they will write a review of my books but never do. I understand sometimes life gets in the way but I generally try to give gentle reminders but to no avail. I have had one person write a review at least one year after I gave it to them. It might have even been two. But that person is an author and I know how sometimes that can be time consuming.

So, I would kindly ask any one who has read my books to please write a review on Amazon. You can also leave one at Barnes and Noble as well.

I would like to take the time to announce I will be having a new book coming out very soon and it is a futuristic endeavor. I hope that you like it. 

Check out my Amazon authors page and my Instagram page. Until next time.

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