February 2014 Update

Hard to believe it’s been a month since my last update.  Here in Kentucky winter has kept most everyone indoors since Christmas.  Lots of snow and ice and freezing temperatures and a good dose of cabin fever.  As someone I know used to say, the only good thing about February is that it’s only twenty-eight days.


In Brock Ford news, The Mummy’s Tomb is now finally out in paperback!  It has been a long haul getting these three books in print, but it has definitely been worth the wait.  Brian Bowes, whose wonderful illustrations grace all three volumes, sent me a gift.  A coffee mug.  Now, wonder what made him think I like coffee?  Hm.  In any event, it was a thoughtful gift, and I’ve been using it every day at work.  It’s a great conversation starter.

Moon Shadow is still progressing, although the book seems to be growing.  I’m now looking at April for the release.  Once again Kit Foster will be designing the cover, and I can’t wait to see what he has in mind.  Watch here, on Facebook, and on Twitter for details.

I’m really torn about my next project.  Originally I had another horror novel planned, but I’m thinking of shelving that for a little while longer to work on the sequel to The Killing Vision, which is still selling quite well.  I have a good idea how I want the story to go, and I feel like I should work on it now while I feel the momentum of inspiration and also while reader interest is still keen.  We’ll see.  One project at a time.

Devil’s Catacombs will be arriving in paperback within the week, and should be available on Amazon in other outlets before the end of the month.  It will retail for $13.95, or you can download the Kindle version for $3.99.  I have spent today formatting and uploading and will be relieved to have that project finally finished.  It always feels good to move on to the next thing.  Or in my case, the next three or four things.

The Turkish publisher handling the translation of The Killing Vision has expressed interest in The Island  and Drum.  My foreign agent is handling that right now, so we’ll see how it goes.  I am so curious to see the Turkish version of The Killing Vision, and I wish I could read Turkish so I could appreciate how my words are being translated.  I’m sure there are going to be some differences.

Until next month, Happy Reading!  Let’s hope spring arrives early!

Cover Woes

I am having a horrible time with the print cover for Drum.  When I received the first proofs, the image was too dark and the face was hardly visible, even in bright light.  I have been fighting with it ever since.  Over the weekend I scrapped my Photoshop file and began fresh.  I finally ended up with an image I liked, but it weighs in at a hefty 80 MB – twice the limit for cover image files at CreateSpace.  I worked with it a little more, and ended up with a 35 MB file, but when I saw the results this morning, it was again a disappointment.  Guess I have no choice but to work with it some more tonight and hopefully get the image lightened up AND under the 40 MB mark.  It would be easy to just slap something on the cover and be done with it, but that’s not how I roll.On a lighter note, the proof for Movie House Mystery came in today.  Hopefully it won’t suffer from the same issues and it can be put out fairly soon.  I know my illustrator, Cindy Loy Crider, is anxiously awaiting seeing her work on a printed page, and I can’t wait to have a physical book to offer to people who have enjoyed this little book.  Stay tuned!