Sneak Peek

Looks like I’m not finished with the Badlands universe after all…or maybe it’s not finished with me. Stay tuned.

Kryptos

It’s done. Finished the manuscript yesterday. I’m shooting for a February 18th publication date (that’s my birthday). Here’s the cover and the synopsis.

 

ONE NIGHT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING

Life as the constable of a quiet vacation island has been good to Marty. Unlike big city cops, he’s managed to avoid the worst of the job.

But when he gets a call about a murder-suicide, he’s sure it will be the worst thing he’s ever seen.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

Something is coming to the island tonight. Something terrible. Something unspeakable.

And it won’t stop until everyone on the planet is dead.

Familiar Lies Gets A New Cover

I released a murder mystery/crime thriller called Familiar Lies back in June of last year. This was the first book I’d written using a combination of techniques called sprints and cycling, which sped up the process and made it a ton more fun to write.

But six months after completion, I was looking at sales of this book and found that I haven’t sold any copies outside of Amazon. I made me think there might be a way I could spruce it up, so I worked up a new cover that I think fits the story much better.

Here’s the synopsis as a reminder, along with the old and new covers:

When Max Williamson’s teenage son Josh died in a climbing accident, Max’s world fell apart.

But a year later when Max stumbles upon a letter hidden in his son’s room—a letter that suggests Josh might have been murdered—Max begins his own investigation.

As he gets closer to the truth about what really happened to his son, Max finds himself caught up in a seedy underworld of lies, corruption, and exploitation. Max quickly becomes a target and the only way to stay alive is to expose the truth.

But the truth is a double-edged sword. What Max learns could save his life.

Or the truth could just as easily tear him apart.

Here’s the old cover:

 

And here’s the new cover:

 

I think this new cover does a better job of identifying the genre of the book. It looks more “thriller” than the original cover (which was probably better suited for a  literature book). I also feel like it aligns better with my other book covers’ look and feel, making it look more like a Brian J. Jarrett release.

Whether or not it sells more copies with the new cover remains to be seen. Regardless, I’m happier with it, which is what matters most.

I Am the Darkness

Book #2 from my Tom Miller series is live!

 

A KILLER LURKS IN THE SHADOWS

Months after he tracked down a killer of children, Tom Miller has settled into a new life of relative sobriety with a semblance of a future.

When another murderer strikes, Tom must make good on his promise to a distraught mother and find the man who killed her daughter.

But to stop a killer who lives in the darkness, Tom must journey to his own dark place. A dangerous place. A place where demons live.

A place from which he knows he might never return.

Available now at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and more.

Devil Breed Paperback Proof Is In

Just got the proof copy of the paperback edition of Devil Breed. It looks great, so we’re all set for the August 27th release in both ebook and paperback.

And like all my paperbacks, if you buy it you get the Kindle ebook for free.

So if you like a good monster mystery with an unexpected ending, you might want to pick this baby up.

Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the world!

Paperbacks Are Ready

Good news; the new paperbacks are ready to go! I now have eight novels, two novellas, and one collection of short stories all available on paper. Also, if you pick up one of the paperbacks from Amazon, you get the Kindle version for no additional charge.

This time around, I’ll have the paperback version of my upcoming novel, Devil Breed, available on August 27th, the same day as the ebook. Pretty cool, eh?

You can pick these babies up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Unfortunately, you can’t get the Nook ebook version included along for free from B&N like you can from Amazon.)

So if you’re interested in picking up a paperback copy of any of my books, follow this link to my books page and choose your title. Click on the Amazon or B&N link at the bottom of the page and it’ll take you right where you need to go.

 

Paperbacks

A loyal reader recently lit a fire under my ass when he when asked about Badlands #3 (Out of the Badlands) coming out in paperback. So, I got inspired and I spent the last two days making paperbacks for all my novels (and one novella) that currently do not have paperback editions.

Look for those soon; I’ll probably send something out to the mailing list about it too. I also revamped the paperbacks for Into the Badlands and Beyond the Badlands while I was at it, putting new covers on the books and fixing some typographical errors still outstanding.

In addition to Out of the Badlands, new titles coming soon in paperback are The Saint, the Sinner and the Coward, Familiar Lies, Yesterday In Black, and It Came From the Mountain.

As always, if you buy the paperback you get the Kindle edition for free. Great for gift-giving to family members who don’t have Kindles. It’s a win-win. (Remember that come the holidays.)  🙂

Short Stories, Distractions, and More

Summer has been anything but relaxing for me. I thought I’d be able to keep up my writing streak and maintain my high levels of productivity, but I’ve dwindled down to about half of where I was during the winter months. So instead of 40,000 words per month, I’m writing about 20,000 words per month. I suppose some might still consider that a success, but in context, well…not so much.

But life intrudes. My day job hasn’t been so stable for me these days and that seems to have intruded on the serene little writing happy place I’d carved out for myself late last year/early this year. I think we all need to remember that life isn’t going to cooperate with our wishes and desires all the time and that distractions and tumult just has to be weathered like a storm. You batten down the hatches, hunker down and do the best you can until it passes.

That said, I have still made some progress. I finished Devil Breed a couple of weeks back. It clocked in around at around 200 pages or so and I like where it went. It still needs some editing and a final read, but I’m going to try to get it out before the end of August. Looking back, in the last ten months I’ve published five novels, so I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. 🙂

Outside of Devil Breed, I’m now caught up on all but one of my completed manuscripts. They’ve gone through their edits and have been released out into the wild to fend for themselves. Only a single book remains; a little novel called Vengeance In the Badlands, which I’m still trying to figure out what to do with. I’m not sure that I’m happy with it, so I’ve been sitting on it until I make some time to read it again and make a decision as to its fate. It’d be nice to have another book for sale, but I don’t want to rush it or publish something that’s not up to standards. I’ll probably make a decision by the end of the year, one way or another, but for now I’m just going to let it sit.

Since finishing Devil Breed, I’ve started two novels and ended up stalled out after only a few chapters. I think the stress of my day job and the distractions of summer have taken their toll. I also let self-doubt catch up to me again, which slowed me down a lot. And if I’m being honest, I also made the mistake of focusing too much on sales and not enough on the fun of telling stories. When it becomes about the money, I know I’ve gone off the rails somewhere.

That said, it’s time to refocus. June is gone. July is now upon us, bringing with it a blank slate and ample opportunity to get back in the saddle. With summer distractions and day job instability, it’s going to continue to be difficult to focus on a novel. So I’ve decided that instead of spending the next two months on a new novel, I’ll instead spend it writing short stories. By their very nature, they don’t require marathon-like focus and dedication, allowing me some latitude to deal with the other stuff going on for me right now. I just don’t want to lose momentum and this keeps me writing. And at the end of the summer, I’ll have another book for you once I gather all these stories into a single collection.

So with renewed focus and dedication, I should have a novel out to you by summer’s end, followed by a whole bunch of short stories. After that, who knows? I choose projects on a whim, so I couldn’t tell you what kind of mood I’ll be in after summer is over. I do, however, plan to be working on something. Until then, I’ve given you plenty to read, so check out my stuff and see if you find something you like.

I Finished My Book and Broke My Site

It’s been about a month since my last post. Since then, I finished my newest book, Devil Breed.

I also broke my website. I upgraded my Ubuntu Linux webserver and ended up without any PHP installed at all. What finally got installed ended up being PHP 7, which doesn’t seem to play nice with my WordPress Jetpack plugin (which means my sidebar just shrunk by about half its original size).

But you don’t give a crap about WordPress plugins or programming languages, do you?

So, back to the book…I finished it this morning. I don’t use outlines anymore, and this book had me counfounded for a while near the end. That’s okay (it’s part of the fun of writing into the dark), but it slowed me down a little. Then the lightbulb went off and I had the ending right there in front of me. Funny how your subsconscious sorts things out when you give it time to work.

I surely didn’t expect the book to go in the direction it did. It surprised me, so I’m hoping it’ll surprise readers as well. Devil Breed is a horror story, no doubt, but it gets weird at the end. Very surreal. But the way it all ties together…I couldn’t have planned that. It was totally organic. I’m pretty happy with it.

I’m not doing a preorder on Devil Breed, so if you want to know when it comes out consider signing up for my newsletter. You’ll be the first to know when new books are released and I’ll send you a free book just for signing up.

I Am The DarknessSo…what’s next? Still thinking on that one. I’ll start writing it tomorrow, so I’d better figure it out soon. I’m thinking I need to breathe some life into my Serial Killer Hunter novella series. I might write the next two books and release them simultaneously. It only takes me about a month to write one of these (they’re about half the size of a novel). Getting two more books out in the series might convince folks on the fence that I haven’t neglected the series and plan to keep it going. Besides, I already have a cover for book #2, ready to go.

I have no idea what’s going to happen in this one. I know that Tom is looking for a killer who murdered a young girl away at college. The cops haven’t turned anything up, but Tom hasn’t had a chance to take a crack at it yet. And to get answers, he’s willing to do things that no cop will do. After all, he really has nothing left to lose.

While I’m pimping, why not pick up book #1 now? And if you like murder mysteries, my novel Familiar Lies was published just last week. Oh, and buy my other crap too. You got money to burn, right?

Until next time, keep drinking.