Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Public Has Spoken

Taming the Telomeres was distributed to Readers Favorite and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Check out the feedback here:

Here’s a sample:

Taming The Telomeres by R.N. Shapiro is a one of a kind legal/political/medical thriller that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The novel comprises relatable characters and a very unique and captivating plot set against the background of government conspiracies and cover-ups at the highest levels in the name of national security. I felt sorry for Amanda for having lost all memory of her past life, but at the same time I also felt relief for her; the memory loss in a way helped her cope through the most fragile days just after the accident. This is a deeply emotional story that had me rooting for the good guys to win, although at certain points I could not even tell who the good guys were because of all the twists. Another thing I really liked about the novel was the subtle drawings which gave me an even clearer image of the setting without taking my focus away from the storyline.”

-Faridah Nassozi

5-Star Review of Taming the Telomeres from Anne Boling

Anne Boling reviewed Taming the Telomeres on Here’s her review:

In Taming the Telomeres by R.N. Shapiro, we meet Andy Michaels, an attorney. A Hemispheres airplane crashes, killing his brother and sister-in-law; only his niece Amanda survives. Amanda has a mild brain injury leaving her with amnesia; she must wear a halo until her bones heal. Andy Michaels is suing the airline on behalf of his niece and several others who lost loved ones. Kent is a volunteer at the hospital. He and Amanda become close. Someone has bugged Amanda’s hospital room. Amanda’s father was a blood biologist and had given Amanda special treatments. The Chinese PRC is after her father’s research and the US has a mole. Can Amanda be protected?

Taming the Telomeres is a thriller that hooked me from the beginning. The scene in the introduction was a real attention grabber. Chapter one was filled with tension as the author allowed the momentum to build. Author R.N. Shapiro has included plenty of twists and turns. The characters are well developed and the plot flows smoothly from scene to scene. The plot is interesting and falls into the genres of intrigue, mystery, suspense, and a little sci-fi. I really liked the character of Amanda Michaels, although at times she seemed out of control – who wouldn’t be in her circumstances? I enjoyed watching the relationship between Amanda and David grow. Taming the Telomeres is a great read. Author R.N. Shapiro has created a tale that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next.

Enjoy a Sneak Preview of Taming the Telomeres

Here is an excerpt from Taming the Telomeres.

Download Taming the Telomeres Now on Your Kindle

I’ve been deluged with e-mails from people looking to get a copy of Taming the Telomeres. I am happy to announce that Challedon Publishing has finally made it available to download on Amazon for Kindle users. The book will be available to non-Kindle users in the very near future. Here’s a link:

Cover Design Contest Yields Paperback Cover Design for Taming the Telomeres

Challedon Publishing held a design contest for the paperback cover design of Taming the Telomeres.  The design contest was run on the design website “99designs” and the design contest involved 28 professional designers, and a total of 191 different cover designs.
Challedon narrowed the finalists first to 5 designers.  The final 4 proposed book covers are shown below:
4 cover choices
Then, Challedon canvassed a group of potential book readers and finally selected the book cover designed by “Sugarskullcandy” (Eliza Gizelle Santiago) for the paperback version of Taming the Telomeres.

Here’s the Back Cover Text Explaining Taming the Telomeres

Taming the Telomeres

tel·o·mere –A compound structure at the end of a chromosome.

A survivor. A soulmate. A secret.

The only jet crash survivor has no idea the immense biological secrets she possesses, or even who she is. But intelligence agencies will kill over the secrets. High school senior Amanda Michaels suffers amnesia with regard to everything before the jet crash. She loses her parents and her memory in the aftermath, but miraculously survives.  While recovering, Amanda strikes up a whirlwind romance with a young hospital volunteer, but only recalls a haunting series of flashbacks of her near death experiences (NDE’s). Meanwhile, her uncle, high profile DC trial attorney Andy Michaels, represents her and the families of numerous passengers against Hemispheres Airways.

Spying. Covert Ops. Cover-up at the highest levels?

As the major monetary settlements with Hemispheres are looming, both Amanda and her uncle Andy stumble onto evidence of possible sabotage of the jet and a link to her dad’s classified biological research on cell chromosomal telomeres.  Why was her dad’s research so valuable?  Once Amanda learns she may possess biological secrets that competing intelligence agencies will kill for, she has no idea who to trust, unwittingly caught up in a web of biological espionage. Amanda’s personal roller coaster ride explores romance, heartbreak, depression, persistence and ultimate redemption. The fast paced story moves between Middleburg, Virginia horse farms, Washington, DC, New York city and points between.  A series of stunning twists unwind along the path to the unforeseen climax.

If you’re a fan of Clancy, Connelly, or Grisham novels,

“Taming” is a must read.

R.N. Shapiro Interviewed on World Wide Tweets

R.N. Shapiro was recently interviewed by a book critic about “Taming the Telomeres.” Check out the interview here:

What’s a Telomere?

telomere imageEvery chromosome has a special ending or cap called a telomere.  It’s like the plastic tip protecting the end of a shoelace.  When a cell divides, some of the telomere is lost.   But some enzymes can cause cell telomeres to have more cell divisions, extending cell life. Sound Intriguing? Read Taming the Telomeres to find out just how valuable telomere biological research is.


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