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June, 2010

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Backazimuth now available in all eBook formats from Smashwords

Check out this link to Smashwords to download up to half the book for a free sample.

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What’s the cover art all about?

Over the past weeks, this question has come up dozens of times. So, here’s the story of the cover. In short, it’s a visual illustration of a backazimuth.

Some people would call the chain of events an accident, I prefer to think of them as opportunity meeting preparation (and maybe a little by accident). While traveling in the west, I serendipitously discovered the photograph of the moon over the desert. It floored me when I first saw it – I stood in front of it for five minutes with my mouth agape. It was perfect. I had to have it – and I got it.

I gave it to the cover designers at CreateSpace, who are fantastic. I told them I wanted a visual or graphic way to depict the concept of a backazimuth, but couldn’t think of a way to do that. And, I loved this photograph. It was a challenge I gave them.

Their concept was to put a photographic negative of the true color photo on the cover with a corner of the photo ripped away revealing the true color image beneath it. The negative is the opposite (or backazimuth) of the true color image. Just as north and south are the opposite (and backazimuth) to each other, white and black is each the opposite of the other. The designers then added the clever compass with the 180 degree dotted red line as another graphical depiction of a backazimuth. Voila. A visual depiction of a backazimuth.

The image also hints at the mystery in the plot and within the characters – where what looks to be white is actually black and vice versa.

Backazimuth, a Novel

An illustration of a backazimuth

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Two Generations of Military Authors

A novel by Jon RenaudCheck out Dereliction of Duty, a new, edge-of-your-seat thriller by former CID Agent Jon Renaud at

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In time for the beach – BACKAZIMUTH, A NOVEL is available

In time for summer beach reading, BACKAZIMUTH is now available for sale.  Also, this summer is the 20th anniversary of Desert Shield.  Celebrate by reading a gritty, realistic novel of the event.

Order on-line by clicking on the book title above or on the book cover to the right.

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An internet milestone!!

One of my goals when I started the website was to be number one on Google for searches. It’s done. Go to Google and search for Backazimuth.   Do it now.  Very, very cool.

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Backazimuth available for Kindle

Available now on the Kindle

Great news for Kindle users. Backazimuth is now available for purchase from Amazon.    Release of the hard copy book is still targeted for July. 

Let me know what you think. Please, post a review and send me your comments.

If you like it, pass the word along.

And if you don’t like it, pass word along anyway.

Mike Smith

June 2010

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