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Midwest Book Review of Situation: Critical

Children’s Bookwatch: February 2011
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review

Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical
Joan Marie Verba
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780982523223, $15.95,

The Thunderbirds captured the imaginations of many young
television viewers decades ago, and now they can once more for a
new generation. “Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical” follows John
Tracy and Thunderbird 5 as he finds a planetary system that is
hurtling meteors towards earth and may be a sampling of the
disasters that are to come. Another exciting short novel for young
adult readers following the adventures of International Rescue,
“Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical” is a choice pick for science
fiction collections.

Posted by Publisher at 2/14/2011 5:40 PM

Situation: Critical published

Situation: Critical, the John Tracy novel, arrived from the printer yesterday and is now available for sale.

For details and ordering information, or to read chapter 1, go to:

Situation Critical Thunderbirds novel complete cover

Situation: Critical complete cover

Situation: Critical complete cover

Complete cover for the next Thunderbirds novel, Situation:Critical

Posted by Publisher at 9/27/2010 1:39 PM 

Front cover for Situation:Critical, Thunderbirds novel

Situation: Critical front cover

Situation: Critical front cover

This is the front cover for the next Thunderbirds novel, Situation:Critical

Posted by Publisher at 6/10/2010 2:54 PM 

Thunderbirds novel Deadly Danger is a 2010 Scribe Award Finalist

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
2010 Scribe Award Finalists Announced
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the finalists for the fourth annual Scribe Awards, which honors excellence in the field of media tie-in writing for books published in 2009.  The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Comic-Con International July 22-25 in San Diego.


CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
BANDSLAM: THE NOVEL by Aaron Rosenberg


AS THE WORLD TURNS: THE MAN FROM OAKDALE by “Henry Coleman” & Alina Adams
CSI: BRASS IN POCKET by Jeff Mariotte


ENEMIES & ALLIES by Kevin J. Anderson


GI JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA by Max Allan Collins
THE TUDORS: THY WILL BE DONE  by Elizabeth Massie


Posted by Publisher at 3/18/2010 1:29 PM 

Special Offer from FTL Publications

Later this year, FTL Publications will start offering an e-mail newsletter for Book Announcements. From time to time (no regular schedule), the e-mail newsletter will give information about books of interest.

You can sign up for this e-mail newsletter at no charge by going to the FTL Publications site and clicking on the link.

We adhere to a strict privacy policy that means your information will not be shared, sold, or otherwise distributed. Your e-mail will only be used for the Book Announcements e-mail newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Posted by Publisher at 3/3/2010 3:02 PM

ISBN for Next Thunderbirds Novel, Situation: Critical

The next Thunderbirds novel will be Situation: Critical, and feature John Tracy, though all the Tracys will appear in the novel.

The ISBN has been assigned: 978-0-9825232-2-3

The projected publication date will be determined later.

Posted by Publisher at 2/6/2010 7:10 PM

Action Alert! is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal

The Mom’s Choice Awards® Names the novel Thunderbirds™: Action Alert! by Joan Marie Verba Among Best In Family-Friendly Products

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Thunderbirds™ novel, Action Alert!, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on MCA evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of our panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries are matched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailed assessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval. The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

Mom’s Choice Awards:

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2010. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 2/1/2010 3:10 PM


Weight Loss Success! First Review

I was pleased to find a a very favorable review of Weight Loss Success! today. “Highly recommended for all weight and health conscious people or their friends who want to gift the book.”  Full review at:

Posted by Publisher at 1/13/2010 8:26 PM

Midwest Book Review on Deadly Danger!

A highly favorable review from the Midwest Book Review:

Midwest Book Review,
January 2010 Small Press Bookwatch

Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger!
Joan Marie Verba
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780965357593, $15.95,

International Rescue can best be served by stopping the cause
instead of the source. “Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger” is another
novel of science fiction based on the famous television series as the
Tracy family is again faced off with evil as a mad rocket scientist
threatens the world to prove he is the most skilled at his trade the
world has ever known. Jeff Tracy must stop this madman before he
threatens lives even further, making International Rescue’s job ever
more difficult. “Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger” is a choice pick for
fans of the series or simply young science fiction fans.

Posted by Publisher at 1/6/2010 9:15 PM

Weight Loss Success! on sale now

Weight Loss Success! (Subtitle: How I Lost Weight and Kept It Off for Over 30 Years and How You Can Do It, Too!) came from the printer today and is now on sale. This is a change of pace for FTL Publications, as it is not in a genre category. It is also different from previous titles in that it is mass-market paperback size, and brief (32 pages). The smaller size and relatively few number of pages may make it more accessible and readable than if it were larger and thicker. It’s a quick, easy read, in other words.

Posted by Publisher at 1/6/2010 9:06 PM 

Publisher’s note: this was replaced by the second edition later.

Deadly Danger article in IAMTW newsletter

The latest IAMTW (I Am a Media Tie-In Writer) newsletter has an article about the latest Thunderbirds novel, Deadly Danger!

The newsletter is in .pdf format. Click on the link, then click on November/December 2009 to read the latest newsletter.

Posted by Publisher at 1/5/2010 1:25 PM

Deadly Danger, chapter 1 posted, preorders being taken

Chapter 1 of Deadly Danger has been posted to the FTL Publications website. Go to:

and click on “read chapter 1.”

Preorders are being taken for Deadly Danger.

Posted by Publisher at 10/2/2009 4:03 PM 

FTL Publications titles in various eBook formats on Smashwords

FTL Publications titles are now available in the following eBook formats on Smashwords: ePub, Sony Reader, Kindle (.mobi, .mobipocket), and Palm Doc. Smashwords also makes these titles available with Stanza, an e-reading app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. For more information, go to:

Posted by Publisher at 8/24/2009 8:22 PM

FTL Publications titles on the Kindle

The following FTL Publications titles are now available on’s Kindle eBook format: Autumn World, Boldly Writing, Cat’s Paw, and Murder at the War.

Posted by Publisher at 6/30/2009 3:26 PM on Google

This morning, I entered “Thunderbirds” in the Google search engine, and was delighted to find that appeared on the first page of the search results. What’s so pleasantly astonishing about this is that until very recently, I did not know what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was. All I knew was that I kept getting calls and e-mails from companies that offered to make changes to my web site so that it would come up on the first page of any web search…for a price, which generally was $200-$1000 a month. 

As it happened, however, earlier this year, I saw a link on Twitter for HubSpot, which offers a free Internet Marketing Kit. I downloaded their kit, and listened to their webinar (which also has visuals), and followed their instructions. I did not see the result right away (it has taken about 2 months), but I was very impressed when I did see it. (HubSpot, by the way, also offers a free Website Grader, which evaluates a web site and gives suggestions as to how to improve one’s page rank.)

In general, I’m amazed at how quickly web technology continues to change, and how quickly I (and other publishers) are rushing to adapt to it. For instance, one day, I learned what a favicon was, and within 48 to 72 hours, I had a favicon on my web sites (it’s the small picture to the left of the web address on the top of the browser window).  It seems as if every week, there’s something new or changing on the web that demands my attention, as there was this week. I’m all for improvements; I just hope that I can keep up with them!

Posted by Publisher at 5/30/2009 3:05 PM