Bruce Ashkenas


Bruce Ashkenas had a full career at the National Archives where he worked describing records, including those of the German American Bund, which were seized as enemy records upon United States entrance to World War II. The background of Shadows of Shame lies in those years when he daily read the intensely anti-Semitic words of the Nazi Bund. Mr. Ashkenas has also written three young adult novels, Auntie's Ghost, Sick Street, and Aglow in The Bronx. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I have 3 of them. I also have Kindle apps on my PC. tablet, and phone. Where ever I am I'm in reach of a Kindle. Before there were Kindles where ever I was there was a book nearby. Now I need the big font a reading device provides.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook, by far. When I started to promote my books on FB, less than 2 years ago, I had 50 friends. Now I have over 300 and on my author page I have almost 200 followers. I have tried other things, such as blog tours. without success. I write historical fiction for which there is limited exposure in the blogging world. I had an event at an idie bookstore for my latest, Shadows of Shame. It was held the evening of November 9. Now what happened the day before? The election! As you might imagine, turnout was sparse. But, I had run advertisements on FB. In the days after I was overwhelmed by messages from people saying they just couldn't go out that night but they bought my book because it told the story of Nazis in America in 1938-39.
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Aglow: A Christmas Fable
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 26,980. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Aglow is the story of twelve year old, Adam, a Jewish boy, who likes to visit his grampa in The Bronx. His best friend there is Rafe, a Catholic. The difference doesn't matter to the boys, even after they get involved in the biggest miracle to hit the Tri-State area in years. Over the course of a Thanksgiving weekend they help cause and then react to an event which uplifts the neighborhood.
Shadows of Shame
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,830. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical
Harold Apple, a Jewish reporter in 1938 New York City, is assigned to expose the nefarious activities of the Nazi Bund. He leaves his long-time girlfriend and, with his perfect German, poses as a recent immigrant from the Fatherland to join the storm trooper unit of the Nazis of New York.