- Nov. 6, 2014
Climb Up the Steel Mountain Published by Black Rose Writing
This is an original fictional medical novel by Len Steiner that was published by Black Rose Writing on November 6, 2014. It concerns a young man's hard struggle to overcome all obstacles to become a prominent cardiac physician. He is forced to move from Cleveland, Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at a young age and is confronted by an abusive alcoholic stepfather. At fifteen, he punches out his stepfather to stop him from abusing his mother. He finishes high school in Leetsdale, PA. and enrolls in the pre-med program at The University of Pittsburgh. He meets an old girlfriend from high school and she gets pregnant with his child unknown to him. He finds out later that she was killed in an automobile accident. He works his way through university and a benefactor finally helps him get through medical school. His goal is to do heart transplants and later does two of them successfully. He loses his best friend and stepfather. Also his son from his eventual marriage to a pretty surgical nurse. He loses his mother after performing bypass surgery on her against his better judgment. He completes voluntary duty in Vietnam and suffers the killing of his African-American colleague by enemy troops and gets injured himself. He suffers PTSD later and gets jailed for drunkenness in New Orleans. "Climb Up the Steel Mountain" keeps the reader interested as there is always action, whether it be the doctor's problems, that of his patients, or his immediate family. The book is based on real people and real places and is excellent reading for all ages. The book should remind readers of "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis but it is completely different.
(Amazon Reviews: "Very well researched, makes you remember all those formative years. It is real life. It brings back memories of the Pittsburgh area and Cleveland area, all locations of my childhood and formative years. It really is a good book." Rated Five Stars ***** by Virginia Ellen Nelson, Former Resident of Leetsdale, PA. now lives in Dallas, TX.
"Very well written and a great story line. I would recommend to everyone that they should buy this book." Also rated Five Stars ***** by Carole Damico, Former Resident of Conneaut, OH. who now lives in Lorain, OH. Check out the rest of the reviews on Amazon.com.
A review by Askdavid.com states, "Climb Up the Steel Mountain is a fictional medical novel that all ages should read because it relates the struggle of a young man that faces insurmountable obstacles in his quest to become a prominent cardiac surgeon. It offers drama, excitement, tragedy, love, happiness, war, and even an important lesson for all readers to learn. The novel was inspired by the author's life and those of many of his close friends but is fictionalized to include the tenderness of physical love and the extreme tragedy of the main character, Louis Stafford Jr. This book will appeal to all ages and education from young adults through seniors of both sexes. Look for it in major book stores. It should be a best seller."
- Jun. 27, 2015
Len is a Former Resident of Leetsdale, PA, Niceville, FL., and now lives in Dothan, AL.
Len is a former resident of Leetsdale, PA, Niceville, FL., and Madison, AL. He has also lived in Mobile, AL, London, England, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from the University of Nebraska At Omaha with a degree in Business and Economics and worked on a MBA at The University of West Florida. He is a retired US Air Force veteran who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He later worked in technical management positions for Lockheed in Saudi Arabia for fourteen years and is retired from Lockheed. He was Program Director of the Royal Saudi AF Air Defense System during the First Gulf War. He has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines and completed several short stories. One of them was dramatized on BBC World Service Radio. He also wrote the dialogue and lyrics for three musical comedies that were presented on the amateur stage. He has been a Technical Writer and Editor for over 17 years. He is the recipient of several awards for his volunteering and writing efforts in Dothan, AL. His wife, Mary Frances, worked in the Medical field for several years. Len presently resides in Dothan, AL. and is working on two new books. He is a member of the Alabama Writer's Conclave, The Association of Writers and Writers Programs, and the Book Marketing Club plus other writer's organizations.
- Aug. 16, 2015
I HAD A BOOK SIGNING AT BARNES & NOBLE IN DOTHAN, ALABAMA!
THE BOOK SIGNING FOR MY FICTIONAL MEDICAL MOTIVATIONAL NOVEL, CLIMB UP THE STEEL MOUNTAIN, WAS HELD AT THE BARNES & NOBLE STORE ON MONTGOMERY HIGHWAY IN DOTHAN, ALABAMA ON AUGUST 15, 2015 (SATURDAY) FROM ONE TO THREE PM IN THE AFTERNOON. EVERYTHING WENT WELL. I DID NOT SELL A WHOLE LOT OF BOOKS BUT I MET A LOT OF NICE PEOPLE. IF ANYONE IS STILL INTERESTED IN AN EXCELLENT NOVEL ABOUT A YOUNG MAN STRIVING TO BECOME A PROMINENT CARDIAC SURGEON IN SPITE OF INSURMOUNTABLE ODDS, THERE ARE STILL SIGNED BOOKS AVAILABLE AT THE BARNES & NOBLE STORE IN DOTHAN. THE BOOK IS BASED ON REAL PEOPLE IN REAL PLACES. CHECK OUT FIVE 5-STAR REVIEWS FOR THE BOOK AT THE AMAZON WEB SITE AND TWO GLOWING FIVE STAR REVIEWS ON ASKDAVID.COM. MANY THANKS TO BARNES & NOBLE IN DOTHAN. IF YOU NEED BOOKS OR RELATED MERCHANDISE, BE SURE TO STOP BY THERE OR ANY STORE. MY BOOK IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND OTHER SITES. IF ANY OTHER BOOK STORES WOULD LIKE A BOOK SIGNING, CONTACT ME AT MY E-MAIL ADDRESS email@example.com.
- Mar. 21, 2016
HEY READERS! A REAL BARGAIN FOR YOU! CHECK IT OUT!
I HAVE COME UP WITH A REAL BARGAIN ARRANGEMENT FOR MY READERS. IF ANYONE BUYS A COPY OF MY FIRST BOOK, "CLIMB UP THE STEEL MOUNTAIN" (USUALLY $16.95 AT B&N OR AMAZON), SCAN IN THE RECEIPT AND ATTACH IT TO AN E-MAIL TO ME AT CLMBSTLMTN@YAHOO.COM. ALSO DO A REVIEW OF THE BOOK ON AMAZON.COM (TYPE IN MY NAME, LEN STEINER) OR BARNES & NOBLE. ONCE I SEE THE REVIEW AND THE RECEIPT, I WILL SEND THE READER A FREE SIGNED COPY OF MY SECOND BOOK, "STRANGE TALES OF THE IRONIC AND ECLECTIC" (SEE DESCRIPTION) POSTAGE FREE. I WILL DO THIS FOR THE FIRST DOZEN (12) READERS WHO COMMUNICATE WITH ME. NOW, THAT IS A GOOD DEAL. I HAVE HAD A LOT OF VISITORS TO THIS SITE AND SOME MIGHT WANT A FREE BOOK. SO, CHECK IT OUT. YOU CAN TELL ME HOW YOU WANT THE BOOK SIGNED AND HOW I SHOULD ADDRESS THE SIGNATURE. YOU COULD USE IT AS A NICE GIFT FOR SOMEONE. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND IT BUT I HAVE NOT HAD ANY TAKERS SO FAR. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER, TRY IT NOW. I ALSO HAVE SOME COPIES OF OTHER BOOKS PUBLISHED BY BLACK ROSE WRITING. I CAN ALSO SEND A FREE COPY OF THOSE BOOKS (USUALLY MYSTERY).
- Oct. 7, 2016
LEN STEINER RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN TWO BOOK FAIR EVENTS - ONE WAS AT THE LOCAL NEW LIBRARY IN DOTHAN, AL ENTITLED "LOCAL AUTHOR'S SPEAK." HE WAS ONE OF FIVE LOCAL AUTHORS CHOSEN BY THE LIBRARY STAFF TO DISPLAY THEIR BOOKS AND ALSO TO GIVE TALKS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. THE SECOND BOOK FAIR WAS LOCATED AT AUBURN, AL.NEAR THE UNIVERSITY WHERE LEN WAS ONE OF 40 AUTHORS DISPLAYING THEIR BOOKS AND ALSO GIVING TALKS ABOUT THEIR WRITINGS. BOTH EVENTS WENT QUITE WELL AND THE AUTHORS SOLD A FEW BOOKS.
- Nov. 17, 2017
NEW BLOCKBUSTER BOOK NOT TO BE PUBLISHED
Unfortunately, my 4th book, "Politics, Power, and Pandemonium," will NOT be published and out soon. It is the FICTIONAL story of how the USA is eventually is taken over by radical Islamic terrorists and converted to an Iranian-like Islamic Republic. Of course, again, it is all pure fiction with some familiar characters in a ramon a' clef novel. I, personally, am not advocating such action nor am I discriminating against a particular religious group. I am speculating on something that could happen based on some current events in other countries if we are not more vigilant. I have submitted it to over 100 agents all over and even my very own publisher but no one will touch it. They all want to PASS! The readers might see a lot of familiarity in the book. Again, it is only FICTION and a little scary. One person already stated to me that it is something that needed to be written. Mark Steyn, the celebrated writer and TV personality from Canada, wrote a book in 2006 called, "America Alone" that covers the same subject but concentrates more on Europe. He states that he was called down as being prejudiced and a racist because he wrote the book. If there is anyone, agent or publisher, that is interested in representing my book "Politics, Power and Pandemonium," they can contact me at my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. The manuscript is completed and ready. Sorry about things but that is the state of affairs in our country today. Too bad!
THANKS A LOT.
- Feb. 2, 2018
LEN IS LOOKING FOR A GOOD LITERARY AGENT
If there are any good agents out there that would like to take a chance on me, I can promise them that I will do my best to make sure I, as in the past, put maximum effort in every one of my books. I already have a manuscript for my 4th book titled POLITICS, POWER AND PANDEMONIUM, or Steps Leading to the Establishment of the Islamic Republic of the United States of America, which is an unusual and odd look into what would happen in the United States if a dominant religion took over the country and dominated it completely. It has a lot of events and characters in it that will be very familiar to the reader. I had three books published by Black Rose Writing but I feel like, after three books and another ready in manuscript form, I need representation other than a POD publisher. I have submitted to quite a few agents but the answer so far is that it is not suitable for their purposes. It is probably that they see the book as racist even though race is not included. It only concerns a radical religious element in the world. There are many very good Muslims in our country. I have an available query letter, my bio, synopsis and can provide samples of my work. Whoever represents this book will have, in my own opinion, a best seller. It would also make an excellent and controversial movie because of a lot of action and excellent dialogue. Let me know if anyone is interested. I definitely do not want to self-publish so vanity and self-publishers stay away. I have already been contacted by many self-publishing firms.