Special Offers

Betty’s third adventure is going to the editor soon. The first two books, MONEY & POWER both received high praise from Kirkus Reviews (Best Books and Recommendations list). This is your chance to get one of the first edition, first printing, numbered 1-100, signed by the author copies of CONTROL. Purchase the complete set for $50 and you will receive MONEY and POWER right away, and your signed, numbered copy of CONTROL hot off the press when it is released.

This will be your only chance to get these special copies of my third novel, destined to be another critically acclaimed thriller. Will Betty finally get her revenge for the murder of her fiancee, José? Do she and Tom find a way to be together, at last? Will the World Order Cabal be destroyed? These questions, and more, are answered in the thrilling third installment of The Betty Chronicles.

Do you belong to a Book Club? Have you ever had the author of the book you read join you for the get together? Now you can! Purchase a mixed case of MONEY & POWER (15 copies of each) for $450 delivered (lower 48 states) and A. J. Mahler will coordinate with your group to appear at your book club. A special bonus is available to the first twenty clubs who order—fifteen Advanced Reader Copies of CONTROL at no additional cost.

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These novels are also available through traditional booksellers such as Prairie Lights, Iowa Book, Barnes & Noble—any bookstore actually.

Nearing the Finish Line

I am so close to finishing the first draft of CONTROL, I can taste the sweet nectar of completion, and not just the end of a single book, but the culmination of a trilogy. But, I am also burned out having written nearly half of the novel in the past month. I have been enjoying the marvelous spring weather in downtown Iowa City, sitting on the benches, people watching, as I simultaneously people watch my characters. Unfortunately, today is the start of a heat wave and I am relegated to my writer’s desk and the A/C is on standby for the onslaught. I only have a short way to go and it feels a lot like running a marathon when you get past twenty-four miles and your legs are cramping up. The best part is almost at hand and you just want to sit down and not run.

So, I am going to suck it up and finish this awesome story with a verve and sinew it deserves. Anything short of that will get fixed in the edit process. I promise.

Reader Review

Hal’s review of Power is well reasoned and thoughtful. Thank you, Hal!

Hal rated it 5 of 5 stars

Fasten your seat belt, this is a wild and wonderful ride. As the plot thickens, it twists and turns in clever ways that you could never anticipate, and that makes it a powerfully fun read. The more Mahler reveals to us about the people and powers in this story, the more you become aware that you really have no idea where this tale might lead….but you will really, really want to know what happens next.

As the story gets more complex Mahler’s writing style becomes clearer and more elegant. He is particularly masterful at developing the characters….you will love or hate each of them at some point, and Mahler does a great job of teaching us to trust no one. By the end of “Power” you will be guarding your emotions about each and every character in the book. Add to that the fact that Mahler has constructed a complex web of dates, times and places that will truly impress you with his ability to walk a razor thin line that does not allow for a single detail to be out of place. Go read “Money” if you have not already done so, then dive into “Power”. If you dare!