Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Masada Faktor awarded Honorable Mention: Southern California Book Festival

It was fun to fly to Los Angeles to attend the awards dinner for the Southern California Book Festival. I had a wonderful evening! The Masada Faktor, my newly published book of adult fiction, received Honorable Mention and I gave a short speech which I am sharing below.

Hello everyone! It is so wonderful to be here to receive this Honorable Mention for The Masada Faktor. My page of acknowledgments in my book states, “I have no one to thank but myself.” But now, I am extremely grateful to be able to thank The Southern California Book Festival for this recognition and validation of my creativity in writing my first book of fiction. 
The Masada Faktor is my third book. My first two books are non-fiction. I am proud of those books, as I recorded my family history and also how my entire life was affected, both positively and negatively, as the child of both a holocaust survivor and the American GI hero who brought her to America. 
I was inspired to write the mystery of The Masada Faktor when I went to Israel last year in 2014. I made Aliyah, which in Hebrew means that “I ascended, or climbed a mountain.” I became a citizen of the Great State of Israel, while retaining my American citizenship.  Initially I spent six months in Israel. I traveled the country, lived in three different cities, was caught up in the Gaza War, and dreamed up the plots that played out in my book, while also documenting some of the history of terrorism that has occurred in Israel. 
While I was there, I went on a tour of Masada. I ascended that mountain, the ancient fortification and greatest Jewish symbol where, two thousand years ago, the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood. It was there that I conceived of what I was able to eventually put together to create The Masada Faktor. 
This book is my contribution in the fight against the existential threat that continues daily against my people and the terrorism that is now occurring worldwide by the barbarians at the gates. Thank you, again, for this incredible honor for my book, The Masada Faktor. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Naomi Litvin bio

Naomi Litvin, a free-lance writer and author of three books is a dual citizen of Israel and the United States. She grew up in Michigan and lived in Northern California for many years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice, Magna cum Laude from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Naomi was a participant in the Jewish Book Council's Meet The Author Program for 2009 - 2010.  She is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an American Jewish GI who landed at Normandy. Naomi loves to be in Tel Aviv by the Sea.
The Masada Faktor, a new work of fiction, has received Honorable Mention from The Southern California Book Festival for 2015.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Friday, November 6, 2015

The Masada Faktor wins Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention! #Free on #Kindle Nov 7-9

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The Masada Faktor wins Honorable Mention for Fiction of 2015 The Southern California Book Festival!

The email came this morning announcing the winners of the 2015 Southern California Book Festival. I scrolled through the winning names in all the categories and reached the Honorable Mentions for General Fiction and there I was! So happy that a book about the survival of Israel placed among the winners! Thank you to The Southern California Book Festival!

WINNER: “The Vampire, the Hunter and the Girl” – Martin Lastrapes
RUNNER-UP: “Old Earth” – Gary Grossman
  •  “The Advance Man” – Rick Robinson
  •  “Prometheus Rebound” – R.L. Akers
  •  “Immigrant Soldier, The Story of Ritchie Boy” – K. Lang Slattery
  •  “The Sparks Fly Upward” – Jon Correll
  •  “Revelation” – M.J. Mancini
  •  “The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest” – Donna Friess
  •  “Cauliflower Heart: A Romantic Wrestler – Diana Hart
  •  “The Outhouse” – David W. Gordon
  •  “Beleaguered Truth” – Bill Messenger
  •  “Precincts of Light” – Henry Alley
  •  “Three Deadly Twins” – David Thyfault
  •  “The Carver Inheritance” – Anthony Renwick McGill
  •  “The Last Four Digits” – Julie Leo
  •  “The Legend of War Creek” – Randall Reneau
  •  “Dark Surf” – T.C. Zmak
  •  “Strength and Grace” – Deamer Dunn
  •  “The Masada Faktor” – Naomi Litvin
  •  “Hunter’s Moon” – Jay Heavner
  •  “The Crimson Key” – Wes Dodd
  •  “Societe’ ” – Alexander Helas
  •  “The Outreach Committee” – C.L. Woodhams
  •  “Devil’s Backbone” – Karl L. Stewart

Friday, October 23, 2015

Everything's coming up Mufti

A mufti (/ˈmʌfti/; Arabic: مفتي muftī; Turkish: müftü) is an Islamic scholar who is an interpreter or expounder of Islamic law (Sharia and fiqh). A muftiate or diyanet is a council of muftis. Wikipedia

There has been a media frenzy since the breaking story about Bibi Netanyahu's so-called "misstep" in stating that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem until 1948,was responsible for   talking Hitler into exterminating the Jews rather than expel them, which would've let them flood into the Holy Land. Bibi's 'he said/he said' debacle released a storm of angst from Yad Vashem, the White House, mainstream media, and scores of left-wing Palestinian supporters and politically correct 'historians' who, in their ignorance, acted as if what Bibi said was totally off base.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu

The Mufti went to Berlin during the war into an elegant home that had been confiscated from German Jews. The Mufti collected a very large salary during the war years. He would take road trips to Auschwitz and the other death camps to inspect the gas chambers and ovens and give advice on their efficiency.

The Mufti
So what if Bibi didn't exactly quote the Mufti or Hitler word for word? Thanks to the Prime Minister of Israel, the world became aware of the relationship between Hitler and the Mufti, who was extremely adept in the science of propaganda and continued his life's work in fomenting his blood libel against the Jews in the Middle East. Seventy years later we face another Holocaust by the Iran, Islamic Jihads, Hamas, PA, ISIS, Hezbollah,and others.

Coincidentally my new book The Masada Faktor has a connection to this breaking story. I researched all of this months ago for conceiving of the mystery in my new novel The Masada Faktor (Published 10 July 2015.)

The connection to my book of fiction is that the mystery of The Masada Faktor was conceived by Hitler and perpetrated seventy years after the end of World War II by a conspiracy that included Arabs influenced by the Mufti. In researching for development of the novel I learned the truth about Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister for the great tie-in to The Masada Faktor.