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This Week’s #FREEBOOK – Backseat to Justice

Welcome to week #3 in the Pre-Doomed-to-Repeat-release Giveaway!

The first two weeks (Water Hazard and Pump It Up) have been great successes – with more than 300 books given away – but I have a feeling this week will top that number.

This week our FREE BOOK is Backseat to Justice.

 

Point of interest about this book…actually – two points of interest:

Point one: Backseat is the book that wasn’t supposed to be.

Lemmee ‘splain – Back in 2011 (I think) I was waiting for Pump It Up to come back from the editor so, out of boredom, I started writing a story on my blog. The idea was to write a chapter each week (like a Charles Dickens serial) and just leave it there. I was making it up as I went along and putting it out there for my blog readers. As the story grew – so did the interest in it.

People were really digging it!

By the time I finished it the overwhelming consensus was that it should be published and released.

So I did.

Lo and behold – point of interest #2 – to date, it has outsold each of my other 10 books, and it still remains one of my best sellers.

And that is why I think I’ll probably give away lots of copies.

Maybe it’s the title…maybe it’s the cover (both pretty cool if I do say so myself) or maybe – just maybe – it’s a really good story.

I’ll tell you what – download your FREE copy and you tell me.

DisclaimerBackseat has 29 reviews on Amazon – but to quote that song from Sesame Street – one of them doesn’t belong!

That it. Backseat to Justice is FREE starting at midnight Monday October 15, 2018 until midnight Saturday October 20, 2018.

 

Go get it!

 

As always – thank you fro reading

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Pump It Up – for Free!!

Welcome to week #2 of the my-new-book-will-be-released-soon-so-I’m-giving-away-a-free-book-each-week-until-it’s-out giveaway!

 

This week’s offering is my third (or fourth, possibly fifth depending on how you look at it) novel, Pump It Up.

Pump It Up takes Ike and Brewski into the underworld of back room cosmetic surgery.

Sadly, this book was based on a real-life news story.

The story, in my hometown paper, was about a man who had been arresting for giving women breast, butt and lip enhancements using industrial grade silicone (aka caulking). That’s right. Industrial grade silicone…and sometimes the expanding foam stuff you see in home improvement stores. Needless to say – the procedures often ended in disaster.

After reading the story I knew there was a book in there somewhere!

Sadly, this practice is much more common than I knew, something I discovered while researching the book.

Pump It Up attempts to bring it to the light in a humorous way (as humorous as it can be, anyway).

The giveaway begins at midnight on October 8th, 2018 and goes until midnight October 13, 2018 – get your FREE copy and share this post with your friends, family and coworkers – because everybody loves FREE stuff!!

I hope you enjoy Pump It Up.

PS – Doomed to Repeat is on schedule for an early November release so stick around for more giveaways!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Get Water Hazard for FREE!

Would you like a free book?

No strings attached…nothing to buy…no signing up for anything…no leaving your email address in a form so you get bombarded with SPAM for the rest of your life…just a free book.

That’s worth repeating – just a FREE BOOK.

Here’s the story…

Back in February (2018) I decided to give away a free book every week while waiting for the release of 24 Minutes.

I did so because 24 Minutes had taken so long to come out that I wanted to make it up to my readers somehow and thank them for their patience.

Now that my next book, Doomed to Repeat, is nearing completion (it’s in the hands of my editor at the moment) I have decided to give away a free book each week until it too is released.

I have also decided that this will be an ongoing tradition…each time I send a new manuscript to the editor I will give away books until said manuscript is released.

So, to start the giving…the first book up for grabs will be Water Hazard.

 

Water Hazard was my second novel, and it still ranks up there as one of my favorites.

It’s the book that really introduces Ike – even though he was in my first book, Living the Dream, he wasn’t what you’d call a major player.

Ike, an ex-Navy SEAL, is basically minding his own business when he suddenly finds himself in some pretty hot water (no pun intended) which begins with a pair of kidnapped teenagers and nearly ends in a watery grave for Ike and his friends.

It’s a pretty fast-paced, action story that will keep you turning the pages (so I’ve been told). there’s even a little romance thrown in for good measure.

The kindle version of Water Hazard will be free from October 2, 2018 (technically as of midnight on Monday Oct 1) thru midnight October 6 (that’s midnight Saturday).

So, if you’re new to the game, here’s your chance to start catching up.

If you’ve already read it, tell your friends, family and coworkers. Share this link (Water Hazard is FREE!) with everybody!!

Enjoy

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Please Judge This Book by its Cover

In my last post I announced the completion of the first draft of my next novel.

Since then it’s been read by my crack team of beta readers, and thoroughly picked apart. I’ve also gone through it several times to clean it up and plug the holes in the story.

I’m really excited about releasing this one, not only because this story appealed to me from the moment I conceived it, but because all of my beta readers have said it’s my best work.

In another week or so it will go off to the editor…a month or so later it will be released.

I’ve also renamed the book. Up until about a week ago I had been calling it Time After Time – a title that fit the story really well, but didn’t appeal to me at all.

After a lot of thought I have settled on the title Doomed to Repeat.

Both titles fit the story, but I prefer the new one. Only one of my betas disagrees with the change, so I’m happy with it.

While all this is going on I also initiated the cover design process – which is the reason for this post.

Here’s the thing…

We all know how important the cover of a book is. I once read that a potential book buyer will look at the cover of a book for ten seconds or less. If it appeals to them they’ll flip it over and give the back cover another ten seconds to convince them to buy it.

That’s it.

Twenty seconds (give or take) is how much time an author has to sell a book that probably took a year to write. Seems a bit unfair, but it is what it is. Of course, buying books on the internet is different, especially on Amazon where you can actually peek inside the book, but if the cover doesn’t grab you, you probably won’t waste your time peeking. In a perfect world we wouldn’t judge the book by its cover, but the world is far from perfect, so…

I need your help.

I’m going to show you the first conceptual cover design of the new book and I’m going to ask for your honest (brutal if necessary) opinion.

You see…I’ve gotten some feedback from my betas on it already and a couple of them expressed the same concern. I’m not going to tell you what their concern is, I want to know what you think.

So take a look at the cover…

 

 

Now read this blurb…

 

In a top secret bunker during World War II Hitler’s best scientists worked feverishly to complete a project code named Die Glocke (The Bell). Hitler was convinced that The Bell would change, not only the outcome of the war, but history itself.

But what exactly is The Bell?

Flagler Beach, Florida, 2019; Three men emerge from the surf. Two suffer from amnesia – the other is dead. The survivors decide it would be in their best interest to put some distance between them and the corpse. They meet Ex-Navy SEAL Ike, who befriends them and tries to help them with their memory loss.

When the body is discovered, a routine murder investigation turns into an international incident.

Ike has to figure out what the CIA, the KGB and a corrupt U.S. Senator want with his new friends.

It’s a race against time, and time is not on his side.

…now tell me what you think – please.

Be honest – brutally if you like. Don’t hold back – I’m really looking for honest input.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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It’s That Time Again

Time is a funny thing.

We use it to measure everything from how long to cook an egg to how long we’ve been on the planet.

Time is used to determine winners and losers, and to mark history.

In fact, without time, there would be no history.

The rate at which time passes is inversely proportional to the desire of what one is waiting for.

There have been more songs written about time than there are seconds in the average song.

 

According to Albert Einstein, time sums up his most famous theory…

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”

We blame time for all kinds of problems because there never seems to be enough of it…unless we have too much of it on our hands.

Time is money, it waits for no man, and it heals all wounds…

Time is a funny thing.

So, where am I going with this?

All in good time…

First, I’d like to point out a couple of dates;

June 12, 2016 – that was the day I announced the completion of the first draft of Blood in the Water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 1, 2017 – the announcement of the completion of the first draft of 24 Minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those two announcements came nearly fourteen months apart – a long time considering I had released at least one book each year between 2009 and 2016 – with a few years seeing two or three releases.

Ironically, 24 Minutes – a book about the passing of time, and also my shortest book – took the longest time to write.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

(I know – it’s about time!)

 

On July 5th, 2018 – less than eleven months after the completion of 24 Minutes’ first draft – I completed the first draft of my next book. That’s more than three months faster than 24 Minutes.

I’m pretty happy about that.

Ironically, this book also deals with time.

The working title – which will definitely change as soon as I think of a better one – is Time After Time.

I call it Time for short.

For a long time (no pun intended), when people asked me which genre my work would fall under, I had trouble answering. My standard answer is usually something like ‘my books are fast-paced, humorous, crime stories’, but that doesn’t cover it really. Unfinished Business had a hint of the paranormal, Full Circle was a bit on the metaphysical side, and 24 Minutes was a psychological thriller.

Even though they all had characteristics of my self-described genre, they weren’t your off-the-shelf crime stories.

So it is with Time as well.

Time combines my standard genre with some historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi thrown in to really make it different.

No spoilers here – but the story begins in a Nazi bunker during World War II and ends in Flagler Beach, Florida in 2018.

If you’re keeping score, that’s about a 75 year time span.

Ike and the usual cast of characters, Brewski, Ralph and Bill Eldredge, all return to save mankind from a plot devised by Adolph Hitler himself, taking on the CIA and the KGB in the process.

Obviously, neither of those agencies know who they’re messing with!

So, without wasting any more of your time…

Time After Time will now go to my crack team of beta readers…while they are ripping it to shreds I will also go through it again and plug any gaping holes in the story.

Then it’s off to the editor before it is released.

Right now I am anticipating an October release, but you never know…

…after all, when you need it the most, time flies.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming!!

Once again I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you…

Like the last time I’ll give you the bad news first;

There will be no FREE book this week.

After a month of giveaways, and well over 500 FREE books downloaded – I’m pulling the plug on it (at least for the foreseeable future).

That’s the bad news.

 

 

Now for the good news;

If you remember when I started giving books away back on Valentine’s Day, I said I was going to do it until my next novel, 24 Minutes, was released.

Well, strike up the band and let loose the doves!

 

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my tenth novel – 24 Minutes!!

It has been about 15 months since the release of my last book, Blood in the Water and I had every intention of releasing 24 Minutes in 2017…but that didn’t exactly go according to plan (as discussed here).

I guess this is a good time to polish off the old standard better late then never!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who were instrumental in the writing of 24 Minutes, beginning with Sr. Commander Mark Carmen of the Flagler Beach Sheriff’s Office for teaching the “active shooter” class which provided the inspiration. My good friend Bill Eldredge for always being there to help with computer related issues and also for offering some great feedback about the story.

And my crew of outstanding beta readers;

Tracey Yankee

Susan Toy

Dennis Ference

Becky Heishman

Susan Nicholls

Darlene Pardiny

Mary Kronenberg

Carolann Padgett MS, PhD

Joe Baker

and

Ted Baker

These folks probably don’t realize how critical their input is, but without them none of my books would be the same.

Speaking of being the same – it’s worth mentioning again that 24 Minutes is very unlike all of my other books. As discussed before, it deals with an active shooter situation.

The fact that the phrase active shooter has become such an accepted part of our lexicon is very sad, and I have given a great deal of thought in the past year about how I felt writing a story about it.

Part of me felt guilty – as if I were capitalizing on such tragedies…part of me felt as though the situation was not proper subject matter for a fiction story, and the rest of me felt the story needed to be written.

Obviously, I got over my trepidation.

Naturally, I hope you enjoy it, but my bigger hope is that 24 Minutes will have a positive effect on the current epidemic of gun violence in this country.

The book is not political, it doesn’t take a side and it offers no solution…it’s just a story, but maybe it will get people talking, which is the first step in finding a solution.

Anyway – enough of that – it’s time for some more good news!

When I release a new book, the kindle price is always $2.99, but what I also do is drop the price of one of my other books to $0.99.

So in keeping with that tradition, the price of Pump It Up has been dropped.

All in all I would have to say I’m pretty excited…and I hope you enjoy 24 Minutes!

 

As Always – thank you for reading

 

 

 

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Another FREE BOOK?

That’s right! Here we go again…time for another FREE Book!

If you’re late to the party, find out what’s going on here.

Since I started this give away on Valentine’s Day, I’ve given away 449 FREE books! I think breaking 500 is a reasonable goal – so let’s get after it…

This week’s freebie –

Full Circle

Full Circle is actually a story I conceived and began writing in 1988 – you can learn more about that here. I don’t remember exactly what sparked the idea for the story way back then, but I liked it enough to hold on to it for nearly three decades. Here’s a little more info about it.

Full Circle will be FREE form Thursday March 8, 2018 thru Monday March 12, 2018.

I hope you enjoy Full Circle, and I hope you’re as excited about the impending release of 24 Minutes as I am!

And here’s a shark…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always – thank you for reading

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