April 2014 Update

Greetings from the Overby house on a beautiful spring morning!

Moon Shadow is complete and is awaiting some edits before I release it out into the wild.  I have not been entirely happy with the ending, and after talking with one of my beta readers I have decided to rework it slightly.  I think this will make much more sense character-wise and will give the book a more satisfying conclusion.  I am expecting a release in early May, so watch here for more details.  In the meantime, Kit Foster has created a wonderfully eerie atmospheric cover:

 

Moon Shadow SM

In kids’ book news, The Movie House Mystery is now an audiobook!  This was my first foray into book narration, and I have to admit that though it was a lot of work, it was still fun. I’ve always wanted to do voiceovers, and producing my own audiobooks will give me the chance to do that.  The Movie House Mystery is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.  Expect more audiobooks from me in the future.  I’m planning on recording the entire Brock Ford series and the remainder of my backlist novels.

And now for something completely different.  I have signed on to contribute a short story to an anthology to benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT).  This is a group that provides books and hosts author appearances for detained teens.  I think it’s a great cause.  The anthology will be available this summer, and I’ll provide more details as they become available.

That’s all for now.  Until next month, happy reading!

 

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!

Book Giveaway Results

Thanks to everyone who downloaded their free copy of The Movie House Mystery over the past few days.  Here is a breakdown of the number of downloads by country:

USA – 277
UK – 141
Germany – 16
France – 1
Spain – 4

It’s exciting to see I’m reaching an audience outside the US!  I do ask that if you enjoy what you read, please leave me a review on Amazon!

It’s Here!

A new short e-novel for kids is up at Amazon.  The Movie House Mystery introduces Charlie Barnett, a real movie fanatic who winds up in a real-life mystery.  It’s free for a limited time, so get it now!

This is a book I actually started back in 1988, then re-wrote around 2001.  This is its third incarnation, this time with some polished editing and a couple of updates to bring it into the 21st century.  I’m especially please with the cover, created by yours truly with the help of Photoshop.

Anyway, enjoy it here!