May 2014 Update

Greetings!  Here at the old homestead winter is still putting up one last fight.  And depending upon what you hear we’re in the middle of Blackberry Winter or Catalpa Winter, or some other such made-up season.  Whatever.  The blackberries are in bloom so I’m sticking with that one.

Moon Shadow has been released and is now available in paperback and for Kindle.  I’m getting some great feedback from early readers, and that’s always good news.  I’m glad to finally be finished with this project and ready to move on to the next.

The audiobook version of The Island continues its progress toward completion, and hopefully it will be released within the next few weeks.  Keep watching in the usual places for all the details.  What I’ve heard so far is fantastic, and I can’t wait to hear the rest.  As a reminder, audiobook versions of The Killing Vision (read by J. LaLonde) and my kids’ book The Movie House Mystery (narrated by yours truly) are already available through Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.  More will be forthcoming in the months ahead.

I’m still hard at work on my contribution to the anthology to benefit incarcerated teens.  “Touch” follows a special little girl who has the ability to heal and the joys and burdens that accompany the gift.  The anthology should be available in July, and I will keep you informed as I learn more.

All three Brock Ford books are being released as an ebook box set this month.  These are, of course, the new versions with the beautiful illustrations by Brian Bowes.  The price for the box set will be $5.99, which is a bargain.  Watch the bookstore page on my website for availability.

Thanks again for all your support.  As always, please feel free to drop me a line anytime.  I’m happy to hear from readers!

Until next month, Happy Reading!

March 2014 Update

Here in Kentucky the grip of winter seems to have broken.  Just here in the last week we’ve seen the temperature hit close to 80 degrees.  Believe me, it was welcome.  It’s been a long, long winter.  I don’t recall a harsher one in recent memory, and I’ve heard a lot of people compare it to the deep freeze of ’77.  I remember that because the schools closed around here because the temps hovered around twenty below for a few days.  Thankfully we haven’t seen anything of that magnitude this year, but it’s a reminder that things can always be worse.

The audiobook version of The Killing Vision is in the can, and it should be up for sale at Audible, iTunes, and Amazon within a couple of weeks.  It’s been an amazing journey, and working with voice personality J. LaLonde has been a dream.  I’ve had a chance to listen to the whole book, and J. brings a vibrancy to my prose that I couldn’t have imagined.  Watch for more information here, and I’ll announce the release as soon as it happens.  In other audiobook news, actor/voiceover artist Gary Tiedemann has signed on to read the audiobook version of The Island.  We’re shooting for a late spring release for this one, and I’ll keep everyone posted as the production moves forward.

I’m starting to see the end of the tunnel on Moon Shadow, and I expect to finish it within the coming week.  Kit Foster will again design the cover, and he’s already got me on his schedule for the first week of April.  I’m really excited about this one, and I can’t wait to release it.  I have really enjoyed working on this book, but it has taken me six months to complete, which is almost three times as long as I had anticipated.  For one thing the characters took on a depth I hadn’t expected, which is always a good thing.  For another, the story hit an unexpected twist and I was forced to look at the book from a different perspective.  I love when a novel takes on a life of its own, but I have to admit, this one has really worn me out.  I will be glad to start working on something new.

As of right now, that something new looks to be the sequel to The Killing Vision.  The working title for the moment is A Vision of Murder, but that may change as the story develops.  I’m still in the “gathering information” stage, which my long-suffering wife recognizes as “those times when I sit and brood.”  Anyone who has known a writer or artist personally will understand this.  It’s just part of our genetic makeup.  A writer spends a lot of energy digging things up from inside, and it’s exhausting.  I remember finishing up The Island last summer and spending a few days recovering because I just couldn’t think anymore and I felt I could sleep for days.  I don’t expect that level of exhaustion this time, but at least I’m prepared for it just in case.

I also have big news in my personal life.  We’re expecting our first grandchild in June!  We’re all very excited, but my wife and I can’t help feeling we’re still too young for this.  Does anyone ever feel old enough for grandkids?  Probably not.  But rest assured this will be one spoiled little girl when she arrives.  She’s already amassing an extensive wardrobe, and Granddad is looking forward to sharing books and stories.  It’s going to be a fun time!

Finally, you may have noticed a couple of changes to the website.  I’ve added a bookstore link where you can purchase my books directly from Amazon.  I’ll probably mess around with it a bit more to add more categories and functionality, but you get the idea.  And as you can see I’m sporting a new headshot for 2014 courtesy of my neighbor, photographer Josh Morgan.  I think Josh did a decent job of making me look cool.  Which is no easy task, believe me.

Until next month, Happy Reading!

January 2014 Update

Lots of exciting news this month, so let’s jump right to it!

First and foremost, Devil’s Catacombs will be released within the next couple of weeks.  Once again I’ve enlisted the talented Kit Foster for the cover, and I think you’ll agree he has come up with something amazing.  With the story taking place at an old abandoned tourist trap, I came up with the idea of using a worn billboard for the title.  Kit liked that idea and ran with it.  It’s a very atmospheric graphic, one that immediately evokes the feel of the story.  Keep watching here for the release date, or subscribe to my newsletter and find out before everyone else.  The story will definitely appeal to you horror aficionados and shows the turn my fiction is taking.  I have to admit, I’m having a blast writing again, now that I’ve given myself the freedom to write what I want.  I think my enjoyment shines through with this one.

Moon Shadow is progressing rapidly.  I wrote last month about researching the ’80s.  I’ve moved into the ’90s now, and it’s been quite a ride seeing what’s happened to my characters over a decade of their lives.  It’s a little bittersweet, seeing what’s become of their high school dreams and plans for their lives.  I’m close to halfway finished, and well on track for a March release.

The audio book version of The Killing Vision should be ready for release within the next few weeks.  It’s read by J. Lalonde, who is a comedian and voiceover artist.  I really like what I’ve heard so far, and Mr. Lalonde gives a whole new depth to my words.  I think you’ll like it, too.  I’m hoping this will only be the first of my books to be brought to audio.

The Killing Vision has also been picked up by international publisher Harf Eğitim Yayınları who will be bringing out a Turkish translation later this year.  Yes, I said Turkish.  This will be the first of my works to be translated into a foreign language, and I’m really eager to see how it turns out.

I’m also in the very early planning stages (i.e., going over things in my head) for a sequel to The Killing Vision, which will again feature the characters of Mike Halloran and Joel Roberts.  I’m excited about this one and can’t wait to get more into it.  I might even rearrange my schedule to start on it sooner.

Well, that’s it for this month.  Stay tuned to the usual channels for updates in the interim.  Happy reading!