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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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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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Happy Friday – Have Some More Free Books!!

This may seem like déjà vu, but I’m back again to tell you about yet ANOTHER FREE BOOK

Beginning today, March 2, 2018 and going until Tuesday the 6th you can download Pump It Up for FREE.

Pump It Up for FREE!!

Again – this is part of the Valentine’s gift from Ike (discussed here) where I will be giving away FREE BOOKS until my new novel 24 Minutes is released.

Speaking of 24 Minutes…here’s an update;

The editing process is done and the book is now in the hands of the formatter.

If things go well it should be available by the end of next week sometime around March 10th).

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!!

Since we are so close to the release of 24 Minutes – and thus the end of the free book give away…I’m going to up the ante…

Beginning tomorrow, March 3, 2018, Water Hazard will be FREE for 5 days!

Don’t drink the water – unless it’s FREE!!

So you can snag all of your weekend reading (whether you’re snow bound or going to the beach) for FREE!

So – to recap…

Valentine

Ike

Pump It Up – FREE

Water Hazard – FREE

24 Minutes – ALMOST

Happy Friday!

Oh – and here’s a shark…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Which Book is Free This Week? It’s (none of your) Unfinished Business!

If you’ve been paying attention you know that I have been giving away free books for the past two weeks (get caught up here and here) in anticipation of the release of my next novel 24 Minutes.

So far, I’ve made two books available for free download – Blood in the Water and Backseat to Justice.

Both of these books are from my Steve Salem collection.

Steve Salem is a former Boston cop now working as a Private Investigator in Flagler Beach, Florida. For some strange reason Steve and his partner Val Casey seem to stumble across some very unusual cases, and they usually end up recruiting the services of Ike.

Ike – for the uninitiated in the audience – is the main character in almost all of my books. He is an ex-Navy SEAL now living in Flagler Beach and in the employ of local bookie Ralph Donabedian.

Ike has been described as Robin Hood on a Harley (not my description, but one that I thoroughly approve of!).

As I said – Ike is the main character in most of my novels – as well as the subject of a collection of short stories. However…this week’s giveaway will feature the only book I’ve written which doesn’t include Ike at all.

That book is…

 

Unfinished Business.

 

Unfinished Business is the story of Meg Seabury, a mortician who is inexplicably tasked with carrying out the final thoughts of the bodies she embalms.

It’s a cross between my usual stories and The Twilight Zone.

I hope you enjoy it!

 

As always – thank you for reading

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The Giving Continues – Backseat to Justice is FREE!

Last week I announced a plan to give away a FREE book each week until my next novel, 24 Minutes, is released.

The first offering was Blood in the Water – and I was pleased (not overjoyed, but pleased) that I gave away almost 200 copies.

Blood in the Water chronicles an investigation by Flagler Beach P.I. Steve Salem and his partner Val Casey. It’s the second of my books to feature them.

The first – Backseat to Justice – was released in 2011 (or maybe 12 – I lose track) and it will be this week’s give away.

 

You could say that I should have reversed the order and given Backseat away first – and you’d be right, but that ship has sailed.

Maybe I wasn’t thinking that far ahead…or maybe I was pulling a George Lucas!

Whatever the case may be – you may now download Backseat to Justice for FREE until February 24th!!

If you took advantage of last week’s give away and downloaded Blood in the Water, but haven’t read it yet – you can hold off on it until you’ve read the prequel.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Advance Praise for 24 Minutes

My first novel, Living the Dream, was released in August, 2009 – since then I have released at least one novel each year along with a couple of novellas, a collection of short stories and a co-written collection of motorcycle memoirs, bringing my total number of releases to fourteen in eight-and-a-half years.

Some people find that impressive, I just look at it as doing what I do.

Regardless…the streak has been broken.

I didn’t release a book in 2017 – even though I fully intended to. And naturally the reason for my apparent slacking comes with a story. I’m not making excuses, mind you…I’m just keeping you in the loop.

After Blood in the Water was released in late 2016 I was ready to begin work on my next novel. It was going to be another story set in Flagler Beach, involving Ike and some poor, innocent guy or girl being victimized by a less-than-scrupulous ne’er-do-well.

I had barely begun writing it when, as part of my day job (do you believe I still have to work?) I had to take a class called “Active Shooter Training.”  It was four hours of training on what to do, and what not to do, in the event a gunman should come into the building with a grudge.

It’s a very sad commentary on our society that this class was necessary, but that’s a discussion for a different day.

So there I am…sitting in the class learning the best ways to increase my chances of surviving an unimaginable event when the instructor said something that caught the attention of the writer in me.

He said that the average duration of a mass shooting situation was about fifteen minutes – with many lasting seven minutes or less.

The first thought through my mind was Wow! Those have got to be the longest fifteen minutes imaginable.

Sometime before the class ended I decided that this would be the subject of my next book, and that it would take place entirely within that fifteen minute time span.

Shortly after I began writing I realized that it would be nearly impossible to fill an entire novel with fifteen minutes worth of story…so I increased the time span to twenty-four minutes. I also thought “24 Minutes” had a catchy ring to it as the title of the story.

Work began in December of 2016, but progress was very slow – partly due to the holidays and partly due to my own lack of confidence in the story. I was concerned that the whole idea was ill-conceived…that the subject matter was inappropriate, and that it was taking the art-imitates-life concept a bit too far.

Nevertheless I continued writing.

Then in April I had a major setback…I was involved in a motorcycle accident (read the two part story on that here and here if you’d like) and I was unable to write for two full months.

Once I was fully mended I got back to work on the story, but it took me a while to get back in the groove. Then, just when I was getting up to speed again my girlfriend and I bought a house – which, thanks to some needed cosmetic renovations, consumed every free minute of my time for a couple more months.

Finally, somewhere in the beginning of August I had a finished first draft.

From there it went to my beta readers and, after some revisions, was sent to my editor in the beginning of December.

I have gotten the first round of editor’s comments back and have been going through the story again. The way things are going I am very confident that release should be in the middle of February.

In the meantime I shared some advance copies to a few trusted colleagues for review.

It is with great pride – and lots of relief – that I share some of their comments. They have dispelled my concerns about releasing it.

Here are portions (without spoilers!) of what they had to say

Author Susan M. Toy had this to Say:

In a departure from his popular “Ike” novels, Tim Baker has proven himself to be a multi-faceted and talented writer by handily taking on the very important, serious, and timely topic of what happens when someone who believes himself to have been wronged takes his revenge. I found 24 Minutes to be riveting reading that I could not put down. Baker’s characters are individuals, each of them very human, and just like those people we know as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family—which makes this tragic story all too believable, and heart-wrenchingly personal. Excellent writing, an engaging story, and an all-too-real situation – a story that needed to be told, from an author who I know is getting better with every novel he writes!

Author Rebecca Heishman wrote:

The ‘Ike books’ are wonderful entertaining, fun, and great reads. This book has the potential of becoming important to people because of the honesty, the vulnerability, and by Tim’s putting it all out there for readers to see. It was a little bit breathtaking for me. It’s a chunk of blatant reality playing out. It’s powerful. The reader can feel the passion that went into writing it.

From Author Susan Nicholls:

The tension throughout the book was incredible.

The multi-layered stories of each character drew me in and made me care, yet I sensed a tragedy unfolding. All of the characters were interesting in their own right, and I became emotionally bound to them whether I liked them or not. The writing was superb.

Throughout the book, (Tim’s) characteristic subtle, yet wicked, humor colored the pages. I was really glad to see that. It made for a great read. It’s the sort of thing that draws me in and keeps me reading because it gives me a light breathing moment to break the tension.

Author/book reviewer Kaye Lynne Booth:

Tim Baker addresses social issues which are prominent in our society today, offering an inside view illustrating the many sides of human nature which reveal themselves under pressure. A fast paced slowed to a readable tempo for maximum enjoyment. (Kaye’s entire review can be read here)

Author/book reviewer Carolann Padgett:  

How much could 24 Minutes mean in the course of our lives? Could events take place that change the trajectories of those who hold us dear? In the amount of time it takes to watch a network sitcom lives are lost, found, and forever changed. 

Through masterful characterization techniques, readers are introduced to highly unlikeable individuals including the bigot, the miser, the convict, and the shrew. Kind, thoughtful, and polite characters are presented, as well. 

As the tale unfolds the theme “perception is not necessarily reality” is repeatedly visited. Are the characters solely good or evil? In the midst of crisis do true natures rise to the top? In life or death gambles is survival of the fittest the status quo? Or are sacrifices made for the good of others? 

 

Now it’s time to get back to doing what I do…

I’ll be sending the book back to the editor this weekend for round two. I am hopeful that work should be complete in the next week or two so it can be released before the end of February – and who knows…maybe I’ll get another book out this year to make up for missing a year!

As always – thank you for reading

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