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.

A New Book and Price Drops

With Out of the Badlands going live on April 16th, I’ve decided to run a sale on book #1 in the trilogy. For a limited time you can pick up Into the Badlands for $.99 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboApple or Smashwords. If you haven’t already started the series, now’s a great time to do so.

I’ve also decided to lower the price on my weird western, The Saint, the Sinner and the Coward, to $.99 during the remainder of the preorder. That’s 75% off the regular $3.99 price. You can preorder at this reduced price from Amazon, KoboApple or Smashwords. Hurry though; sale ends on May 21st. (Don’t worry; if you already preordered at the full price you’ll be charged the lower, discounted price on release day.)

I also have a new book for preorder called Familiar Lies. It’ll be released July 5th and is on sale for $.99 during the preorder period – 75% off the regular price. Here’s the gist:

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.

This one is Amazon only for now and you can preorder here.

Into the Dark with Familiar Lies

Familiar Lies

I’m planning on writing Familiar Lies without an outline. I know I go back and forth on that, but I think on this one I should discover what happens to Max Williamson’s son the same way he does.

Dean Wesley Smith calls this writing into the dark. He’s even written a book on it. I don’t know that every book should be written with or without an outline, but I now know that every book is a little different. Sometimes, I think, the approach will vary. It has for me, at least. This will be my tenth novel, so maybe I’m getting good enough at this whole writing thing to feel confident enough to go at it with no map. 🙂

I honestly don’t know what happened to the son. Was it foul play? Not sure. I don’t know what Max is going to find out. I have some suspicions, but I’ll have to wait and see if they’re confirmed. I do know that Kevin Williamson was not the person his father–or anyone else, for that matter–thought he was.

I also know that Max is not who he thinks he is.

A lot of people are like that.

It should be great fun. I’ll post more about how the process is going once I’m further into it.