With less than a month left before the rollout of Mosh Pit, book 1 of The Rose Garden Arena Incident, I am holding a contest with over $600 in cash and prizes. The contest has an affiliate link, so if you repost it anywhere and someone uses the link to enter themselves, you get a second entry automatically. It’s pretty sweet. Check it out here.[/p]
Starting September 1st: Monthly Cover Reveal!s
September 1st we’ll be unveiling the final cover for book three of The Rose Garden Arena Incident, along with the title. Following that, for the next four months, each new cover and title will be revealed at the beginning of the month. Be sure to tune in October 1st for book four, November 1st for book five, December 1st for book six, and New Year’s Day for the seventh and final book of the serial thriller.
Coming Sept 19: My Newest Work
The Rose Garden Arena Incident
A Serial Thriller in Seven Parts
My newest novel, The Rose Garden Arena Incident is being written and released as a seven-part serial thriller. The parts will come out in separate Kindle ebooks and Audible audiobooks with the first one being released September 19. After that, installments will follow roughly a month apart. Currently, the first two books, Mosh Pit and Media Frenzy are available for preorder from Amazon.
This is far and away my most ambitions and best work ever. The story is incredibly complex with a big cast of indelible characters. So far, beta reader response has been incredible. Which reminds me, if anybody would like an Advanced Reader Copy to review on their blogs, website, or elsewhere, just let me know. My email is all over the place on this site, but just in case you can’t find it, you can reach me at email@example.com.
For more information, check out The Rose Garden Arena Incident, or click on the covers to preorder from Amazon.
Well, as you can probably notice, things are changing on the website front. Hopefully for the better, although at this point I am so frustrated I want to just tear my hair out and go back to communicating with two tin cans and a piece of string covered in candle wax. Did that ever actually work? Will my site? Stay tuned for the answers to all these questions and more…
Seriously, though. I think it is looking better. I need to streamline everything. The way I have it now, anything I blog and post as “News” shows up on my front page. This is all great and will be a wonderful time saver, however, I’d really like to be able to make one or more posts “sticky” so it/they stay at the front of the pack. Not sure how to do that or even if I can without rewriting significant portions of my WordPress site. And, even though I used to program video games in a previous life? I can barely handle the modicum of CSS (never mind the PHP) needed to make even these subtle changes. Wow, become a professional writer for fourteen years and twenty odd years of computer science just gets thrown to the wolves.
Anyway, you’re probably going to see a bit of repetition in my posts of things you’ve already seen on my home page as I try to get the information back up on the front that I had. I apologize in advance for this inconvenience.
Works in Progress
I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I have a great excuse this time. I have been busy. I mean, super busy. What have I been working on? Well, for starters, I am more than halfway through a quirky little mystery story with some SF elements that kind of reminds me of a sort of “edgy GONE GIRL meets JUNO.” Funnier than snot, it’s hard to describe. The current working title is Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, but I don’t really like it, so I doubt it will stay attached to the book through to the end. It should be released sometime around the beginning of next summer.
I’m also rewriting a book I’ve been dabbling with for a few years called Lab Rats. This is a fairly big multiple character tale with a storyline that twists and turns and intersects itself so many times it’s crazy. Cause always precedes effect, but it’s not always immediately obvious what the cause was, or even whether or not the resulting effect was intentional. I know I’m being purposely vague, but I want to wait until I’m a little closer to releasing it before giving away too many teasers. If all goes well, it should come out a year from this September. Just in time for a good fall read or a Christmas gift for those on your list who like my work.
Sometime before the end of this year, I will be doing a rerelease of my first short story collection, Sometimes the Angels Weep. This Second Edition will come out in trade paperback and Kindle ebook versions. It sports a new, much nicer, cover and contains over 20,000 words of added content. That’s like the third of the size of normal novels. I’m doing this for a number of reasons, not the least of which is so that it is set up and its cover matches my second short story collection, Sneakers that will be coming out sometime in the fall of 2017. Keep your eyes open and check back here for more information on all these upcoming projects as their schedules get closer.
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The Rose Garden Arena Incident
Now for my big news (and you already know what this is, since I put it in the title and threw the memes in the previous section). It’s the thing that keeping me busiest right now, is my seven part serial thriller, The Rose Garden Arena Incident. The nine books are being released as kindle ebooks and Audible audiobooks. Eric Bryan Moore (who is just a fabulous reader) is doing the narration. Each of the books will be released roughly a month apart. I’m hoping to have the fourth book in the can before the first one comes out September 19, but that may be a pipe dream.
Speaking of the first book, it just had a last minute name and cover change. It is now called Mosh Pit. Both it and the second book, Media Frenzy are already available for preorder on Amazon. Click either of the book covers see more.
Far and away, The Rose Garden Arena Incident is my most ambitious and—so far, at least—best writing project to date. With an ensemble cast, each character has his or her own voice and their own story, but their stories weave intricately together as they follow each other through the eight days leading up to Dakota Shane’s fateful Saturday night concert where everything will suddenly go off the rails, touching and changing everyone involved in ways they can’t possibly imagine.
I’m incredibly excited about this book. I’m writing my ass off trying to keep up with my schedule. I have a rough draft and a ton of notes and a pretty good outline, all which should get me through. In fact, I’ve broken things down so well, I can tell you each of the first five books will come in around 24,000 words (about a quarter the size of my debut novel, Dream with Little Angels. The last two books will be pretty much double-sized, coming in between 40,000 and 45,000 words. This should make the story an overall size of around 180,000 words, or double the size of Dream. It’s a big story with a lot of vital components, but it’s also an attention-grabbing, focus-riveting suspense thriller that will keep you interested in everyone’s lives for (I hope) a long time. Even after the book has finished.
Feel free (or should I say, please, please, please) share the memes, repost my blog, repost or retwitter anything of mine that goes out about ROSE GARDEN. You guys are all so awesome. I am dumbfounded daily by the fan mail and comments you leave me. I really want to make sure I can keep writing books and getting them out and into your hands.
That’s about it for now. I’ll try to post more as I pound out new words through the following weeks. I hope everyone is well.