James J. Brodell

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James J. Brodell is a retired newspaper owner and college professor. He considers himself a skeptic or an iconoclast, perhaps due to the 50 years as a reporter and editor. After retiring in 2018, he began writing short stories and novels that reflected in some way what he had learned during his career. His working career includes stints as editor and reporter in New York, New Jersey and Colorado and newspaper ownership in Colorado and Costa Rica. He founded A.M. Costa Rica, an English-language online daily, in 2001 and with his wife, Sharon, ran it until his retirement in 2018. He won academic tenure at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo., where he taught journalism and reporting for 11 years. He and his wife of 55 years live in northern Georgia where he frequently considers the ease with which Americans accept the official story. He also attributes his 20-plus years in Latin America for his critical view of institutional corruption both there and in the United States. Never one to go along to get along, Brodell tries to interject his skepticism and irreverence into his written work.

Where to find James J. Brodell online

Spooky Costa Rica: Paranormal Halloween Tales by Readers of A.M. Costa Rica
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,310. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2018 by James J. Brodell. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
English speaking authors living in Costa Rica show the paranormal side of the country through original short stories that range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The authors, all readers of the English-language daily A.M. Costa Rica, submitted their works in a Halloween-themed contest by the newspaper. The stories add to the already ample supernatural traditions of the country.
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from this Super Vacation Spot
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,430. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017 by James J. Brodell. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » Latin America / Central America
A.M. Costa Rica, the Central American country’s English language newspaper, celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of original news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.

Books

A Riddle from the Depths: Who Were These Mysterious People?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,650. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Sarah Goodnight, 27 and an ancient language expert, is underemployed and longs for a professorship and regular paycheck. She translates ancient Sumerian and Akkadian tablets long-distance for the British Museum from her Chicago home. In a rare outing a handsome man surprises her saying he has a box of ancient clay chunks. Can she find fame and love wrestling with the unknown language and danger?
Six Short Heresies . . . Just for You
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,870. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Religious
Life is full of untested assumptions: Prostitution exploits women, bloody religious ceremonies are of the past, Santa is jolly, there is one God, suburban life requires a great lawn. The six stories here, some drawn from life and some tongue-in-cheek, suggest otherwise.
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from this Super Vacation Spot
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,430. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017 by James J. Brodell. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » Latin America / Central America
A.M. Costa Rica, the Central American country’s English language newspaper, celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of original news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.
When Love Ignites: Five Stories of Beginnings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,760. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Why love? In five different situations in as many stories love strikes, sometimes in an unusual way. What happens next remains uncertain, but the couples have a foundation for the future.
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,930. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed.
Publish and Make Money: A Brief Guide to Profitability With Your New Magazine, Newsletter or Newspaper
Price: Free! Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business administration
My wife, Sharon, was under firm instructions to shoot me if I ever tried to start a newspaper again. Alas, her pistol misfired, so here we are approaching 17 years of running an English-language newspaper on foreign soil, surrounded by Runyonesque characters. We want to share what we have learned about publication startups and finances.