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.

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.

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.

Kindle Instant Preview

So I figured I’d try out this Amazon book previewer thing and whorishly chose my most recent release to do it. 🙂 Here you go…

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.