Summer 2015 Update

I know it’s been a while since I posted any updates, and I apologize. Life has a way of stepping in sometimes and showing you who’s boss.

I’m in the middle of a writing workshop right now, this one on building a career, and I’ve just been accepted into a Publishing Master Class workshop that will be held in Oregon in October. Really excited about that one, as it will be taught by Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch, both of whom I have learned a ton from over the past couple of years. And I also have to admit to being a bit intimidated by being around all those other writers, some “pros” and some not, but all immensely talented. Should be a blast!

Work continues slowly on The Novelist, and though it’s progressing at a snail’s pace, I’m really happy with what I’ve got so far. I’m hoping the rest of the novel goes fairly quickly, as I know where the story is headed now and I look forward to seeing how it ends. No kidding. I had no clue what the ending would be when I started. That’s called “writing into the dark” or “pantsing” as some writers refer to it, meaning you’re flying by the seat of your pants. This has been somewhat of an experiment for me as I’m usually an outliner. And although I did outline the first third or so of this book, I kinda veered off course, so now the story has taken on a life of its own. I love when that happens! However, the downside of that for me has been that the writing has gone slower. My outlines have run that gamut from orderly and tidy to messy and illegible. When I was writing The Killing Vision I used a typewritten outline that I actually cut apart and assembled on my office floor; even though I sort of had an idea of what was happening, I needed to adjust things for a specific timeline. (And to be honest, until I assembled my Frankenstein monster outline, I had no clue who the killer was going to be. None.) In any event, the new book is moving forward and that’s all that matters.

Until next time, happy reading, and remember you can find me on Facebook and Twitter and always right here as well.

July 2014 Update

Baby Nora is here!  She was born June 20 weighing 8 pounds and measuring 21 1/2 inches.  Everyone is doing fine and we appreciate all the well wishes.  She is going to be one spoiled little girl!

After a lot of agonizing I have decided to put the sequel to The Killing Vision on hold for now.  After about 12,000 words I was just not getting into the story and I wasn’t satisfied with the direction the plot was moving.  Maybe at some point in the future I will revisit this project, but for now I’m going to continue to focus on horror, which is my true love.  This of course presents a setback in my schedule and also my long-term plans, but I can’t see the value of working on something I just don’t have a passion for.  It’s unfair to both myself and my readers.  In the meantime, I’ve already got another book project underway, and I’m feeling really good about it.  There will be more about it in upcoming blog entries, so stay tuned.

The cover for the anthology which will contain one of my short stories will be revealed on July 28, with the ebook to be released on August 11.  Watch Facebook for more info including where you can get your copy.  It really has been a great experience working with so many other talented writers, and I hope to do it again really soon.

If you happen to be in the Dawson Springs, Kentucky area on July 25, I will be signing books at the annual Barbecue Festival, along with my mother Rebecca Solomon and suspense novelist Tabitha Short.  We’ll have a booth set up from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, so please drop by to say hello!

Until next month, Happy Reading!

June 2014 Update

We’re still on baby watch here in the Overby household, hoping for our new granddaughter to make her appearance any day now.  I know her parents are more than ready, as well. But, babies take their own sweet time.  Don’t want her popping out until she’s done. I’m sure there will be pictures aplenty on Facebook when the big day arrives.

The anthology I’m part of has finally chosen a name for our book:  Lights in Darkness.  I like it a lot.  The story I’ve contributed is called “Touch” and has a bit of the paranormal in it. No horror, though, since we all wanted our works to have an upbeat and inspirational feel. I’m really happy with the way my story turned out, and beta readers have given it a big thumbs up.  Watch here and the usual places for news on the release of the anthology.

The audio book version of The Island is in the can and is heading to retail.  I’ve listened to the whole thing and Gary Tiedemann’s narration just really knocked my socks off.  It should be released any day now, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I said it before when The Killing Vision audio book was released, but it’s still a real thrill to hear someone else’s take on your work.  Gary’s reading really makes the characters come alive, and his voices are spot on!  The audio book will be available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

Speaking of The Killing Vision, I’m still plugging away on its sequel, A Vision of Murder. It’s a bit strange settling back in with characters from the previous book, especially now that so much has happened with them in the interim.  In a way, though, it’s like visiting with old friends, and I’m looking forward to delving deeply into their backgrounds once again.  Creating characters is one of the most fun parts of writing fiction and when you get it just right and readers tell you how much a certain character resonated with them, there is not a better feeling in the world.

If you have not yet read the new novel, Moon Shadow, head over to Goodreads and enter to win one of three signed copies of the book.  The giveaway ends on June 22, so you still have a few days left to get your name in the pot.  If you’re not a winner, fear not! Amazon will have the Kindle version on a “Countdown Deal” July 1 – 6.  For those of you unfamiliar with these sales, the book will start out at 99 cents on the morning of July 1 and gradually increase in price over the next several days until it’s back up to its regular price of $4.99. There are some other books going on Kindle Countdown Deals over the next few weeks as well:

The Killing Vision, June 18-24

Brock Ford Adventures box set (Books 1-3), June 23-29

There may be some more promotions toward the end of July, so keep checking back here for details, or sign up for my newsletter and be among the first to hear about specials as well as new releases.

Hope everyone is having a blast this summer.  Until next month, Happy Reading!

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!

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.

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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!

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!

June 2013 Update

Not much to report this month.  The Killing Vision is still selling well.  May 2013 was my best month for book sales ever.  I appreciate everyone who bought the book or downloaded the e-version.  If you read it and enjoyed it, please do me a big favor and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  Goodreads is easy, because all you have to do is rate it using the star system – no writing required!

Dead Awake is coming along very well.  In fact, I’m very near the halfway mark.  I’ll be taking a week off from the day job in July, so I’m expecting to finish it then.  Keep watching the blog, Twitter, and Facebook for progress reports!

In the meantime, feel free to drop me a line!  I’m always happy to answer questions!

May 2013 Update

Things have really been moving and shaking here on the writing front!

The Killing Vision was released at the end of April, and it’s selling like hotcakes.  In fact, May looks to be my biggest month for sales EVER.  Thanks to everyone who downloaded it or bought the paperback.

Work on my new book, Dead Awake, is progressing nicely.  Last weekend I was lucky enough to get a whole day of uninterrupted writing in and pounded out 5,500 words.  If I can keep up the momentum, this book should be ready to release by early fall.  It’s going to be more of a horror novel, but still character-driven as is most of my work.  There are zombies involved.  Really.  I’ve got some dynamic characters I can’t wait to play around with, and I look forward to how they interact with one another.  Especially when they get to the island.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As always, keep watching here, on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest on what’s happening with me, and feel free to drop me a line.

Don’t forget to head over to Goodreads and enter to win one of three signed copies of The Killing Vision.  The giveaway ends May 31.

Happy reading!

The Killing Vision cover reveal!

As promised here is the fantastic cover for my new crime thriller, The Killing Vision, by the talented Kit Foster.  I’m really thrilled with how this came out.

The Killing Vision is now live on Amazon for Kindle.  You can buy it right now for $3.99 or *sshhhhh!* wait until next week and it will be free for three days.

Print edition will be released within the next week, so stay tuned!

THe Killing Vision Front (Small)

April 2013 Update

Things have certainly been busy here in the past month!

As I noted in my last post, I have a new short story collection out called The Human Condition.  I was excited to put this out, as it was something I’d been wanting to release for a while.

In other news, I have just finished up the final edit of my new novel for adults, The Killing Vision.  This is a murder mystery/crime novel with just a touch of paranormal thrown in.  I’ve been working on this one for a while, and I hope to release it within the next month.  I am working with the talented Kit Foster on the cover design; I’ve seen his preliminary sketches and I’m really excited to see more.  I will reveal the final design in the next week or so, so watch here for details.

My new still-untitled middle grade novel has been fermenting for the past few weeks, and I expect to start rewrites this week.  I’m very happy with how this book turned out, and I still intend to go the traditional publishing route with this one for now.  The reason is that self-publishing is still an iffy thing for children’s books.  The important reviewers that most “gatekeepers” (teachers, librarians, and a lot of parents) follow are still closed to self-published books.  I encountered this last fall with the release of The Movie House Mystery, which I did not even submit to any publishers or agents.  Adult books seem to find an audience more easily, especially in genre fiction such as horror and mystery.  Anyway, we’ll see what happens.  I don’t expect to even have the new book ready to send out until summer.

That’s it for now!  Even the wheels of self-publishing turn slowly at times.  If anyone has any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you, either through the comments here, my contact page, or through Twitter or Facebook.

As always, if you like what you read, by me or any other indie writer, please remember to leave a review or rating on Amazon or Goodreads.  Reviews and ratings are important especially to indie authors as they affect algorithms which determine how often our books “pop up” as suggestions to potential readers.  And it’s all about reaching as many readers as possible.

Until next time, keep reading!