Thursday, January 21, 2021

Under New Management

 As you may have heard we are under new administration. My country, that is, not this newsletter. The past year has been a strange one from a historical standpoint here in the US and across the globe, and that creates new challenges for fiction authors. Unless one writes speculative fiction, most fiction is tethered to the actual history of this reality. So now, this reality includes COVID-19, a failed coup, and a black/Asian/female Vice President. Cues written in the text will from now on forever place those stories in either the before times, the during times, or the after times. There's no getting around it. 

Fortunately for me, my WIP (work in progress) is dystopian speculative fiction. Which means it can be alternative reality and therefore timeless. In a previous newsletter, I sent an image of the working cover for that story. But I had to change that. The previous title was taken from a quote by a famous fantasy author. I had written the author's estate to ask permission to use the entire quote in an epigraph (the short quote that often precedes the text of a story) in order to give the title context, and I was granted the permission for a fee and only for a 3 year period. So I'm changing the title, and the epigraph, because I prefer that my titles and epigraphs be timeless, just like my fiction. 

Here is the updated cover.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Fast-Paced Mysteries & Crime Thrillers

I have been taking a bit of a break from the promos lately. I have a day job, and the stress of dealing with the public in the time of Coronavirus ... well, it's stressy. But I haven't forgotten my longterm goals, so I have returned to the keyboard to bring you some exciting stories all for 99 cents or free! This promo is organized through Story Origin by David DeLee, and includes only fast-paced thrillers and mysteries. The sale ends in a few days, so don't delay. Check it out now, and download a couple of great stories each for less than a buck.

Find all of the great stories at this link!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Mystery Palooza!

It's been months since I've done a promo, but I'm doing one this month. I have entered Extreme Unction in a group promo. All of the books in the promo are 99 cents or free. Check out the offerings. Maybe find a new second-favorite mystery author. Meanwhile, I'm also discounting all of the books in the Lupa Schwartz series on Amazon. You can own the entire series for less than $7. (Normally $19.) That can be purchased in one click here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy New Year?

Hi, everyone. Long time no see. This is my first post since November.

When last we spoke I was posting my audiobook version of 8 Tales of Noir, my pulp/crime collection, to all the online audiobook retailers and libraries. The thing is, that even though I published over two months ago, Audible and Amazon are still delaying posting. I have not received any word as to why. And I'm hearing that a lot of other authors are having similar issues. It's very frustrating, especially since I have promised a portion of the proceeds to charity.

Nonetheless, it is available through numerous retailers including Apple, Chirp, Kobo, and Google. Here is a link that will take you to all of the currently active online pages if you'd like to check it out.

I have also recently begun work on my first endeavor to write in the horror genre. The working-title is The Name is the Thing. It comes from the following quote from The Rule of Names by Ursula K. le Guin:

"Because the name is the thing," he said in his shy, soft, husky voice, "and the truename is the true thing. To speak the name is to control the thing."

I don't want to spoil too much, but I'll say this, it's a sort of neo-zombie story in the tradition of Pontypool and Ravenous (Les Affam├ęs,) but on a larger scale. Here is the cover idea I'm working with.

If you're a fan of the genre, and want to be a beta reader when it's ready, keep watching these posts. I'll be sending out the call when the time is right.

In the meantime, I've entered another mystery/crime story promo. All of the books in the promo are free, and they can be yours for the price of an email address. You can find all of the available titles at this link. Enjoy.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Kick-Ass Women

If you enjoy women who kick ass, then you're sure to find something you'll love in the Kick-Ass Women Promo over at Story origins. All of the stories in the promo feature female cops, detectives or just chicks with a grudge or a point to make, and all of the eBooks are free or 99 cents. I've included my  own permafree offering, Extreme Unction, a Lupa Schwartz Mystery.

The promo runs the 15th of November thru the 19th, and this is the perfect chance to beat the Cyber Monday crowds. You'll find the promo at this link all weekend long.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wit & Wisdom

Who doesn't love a good lawyer joke? The law is not usually considered a funny thing, but the more serious a thing is, the more farcical it becomes; and what's more serious than jurisprudence? From The Bon Fire of the Vanities, to My Cousin Vinny, the humor in the law and its absurdities is always just under the surface.
All year long, I have been telling you about promos I have been running for my site, DoubleCross Lit. The promos have each featured two genres with books entered in the promo representing either of the featured genres or both. This month's promo will be the site's swan song. The Wit & Wisdom promo features humor and legal stories, and you can find it now through Sunday night at

Monday, November 11, 2019

Go Wide or Go Home

I've put my thriller novel, On the Side of the Angel, into a promo on Story Origins website called The Go Wide or Go Home Sale. The sale runs November 11 thru the 19th, and all of the titles in the promo are available at a variety of retail venues. Stories in the promo fall into a number of genre categories including supernatural, sci-fi, alternate history, and action-adventure.

You can find the promo, and links to all the retailers at this link all week long. Enjoy!