Friday, January 4, 2013

Temporarily on vacation here

I've been busy working on a futuristic series, so haven't had a chance to work on any new reincarnation books.

But I have plenty of ideas -- now if I could only get some time (no pun intended, time travelers).

I'll be back, hopefully in a few months, with more to join these three:

Set in 1879 -- with Jesse James playing a starring role.

What happens when you're a time traveler ... and you're stranded in time?

John Dillinger is looking for an escape into the future and two travelers from the future have to stop him.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

An end of the year look back

This was my first year in self-publishing. I took three old books (Forgiveness, Endurance, and Temperance) and turned them into:

Penance: set in 1876 America. I wrote this book when I was unemployed. I was laid off from my job in August of 2003 and I had an idea for a Western historical novel.

I started researching Jesse James and the Great Northfield Minnesota raid -- and since I lived in Minnesota at the time and only 40 miles from Northfield, it made research easy.

I quickly decided I didn't want to have my characters be historical, though. I wanted them to be modern people in an old-time setting. So I started thinking of a time-travel premise and I came up with the History Patrol (see that tab above for details about the Patrol).

Several drafts later I ended up with Jim and Penelope's story: Penance. I always wanted to call it Penance, but my then-publisher wouldn't let me. When I got the rights back, I renamed it.

 Vengeance: Possibly my favorite book of all the 20-some books I've written.

This started as my vampire book. I wanted to write about someone who was immortal and all that entails -- the heartbreak of watching those you love die, the changes in the world, etc.

But I can't get past the blood-stuff with vampires. Euw. So I came up with an immortality virus. Then I thought, Hey, how about making this a History Patrol book?

It was extremely tricky to plot, but I did it. And I think I succeeded very, very well.

This is the first book I put into print by myself and I'm proud of it.

Compassion: This is my Al Capone book. It appears I like some of those historical villains, right?

I set this one in 1934, at the height of the Great Depression. I researched that era very diligently but my best sources were my mother, aunt, and their friends. Their memories were amazingly vivid of that time period and I gathered a LOT of information from them.

This had a tricky plot as well, because I had to adhere to the rules I set up in the initial books. My History Patrol rules were stretched a bit here.

The editor at my former publisher gave me fits over this book. She nickel-and-dimed me on edits, something that never happened to me before this. I fought back on many of the edits and gave in on others.

In addition to these books, I'm self-publishing a suspense book (Mist) which should release this month.

Lots of work....

I'll do a new blog next week about whether or not it was worth it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

And now for book 3!

My third time travel book is here ... actually, it released last summer, but I've been traveling and we moved, and we have a lawsuit ... oh, just tedious life stuff.

This is my John Dillinger book, about a woman and man who travel back in time to Dillinger days. It's all about second chances, do-overs, and ... compassion.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The 2nd book is here

The experiment continues.

Vengeance (formerly "Endurance") is now available on the Kindle and on Smashwords (and on Nook, etc.). This one has a sly dog (see him on the middle banner?), a fantastic hero (Nico), and a great heroine (Lucinda). Check it out!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sales update

There isn't anything to report: no sales!

I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised. I thought my key words and word of mouth might generate some interest in my book. But it hasn't. So this month, I'll upload another book and I'll look at buying ad space for my books. We'll see if that makes a difference.

Am I disappointed? Somewhat. But this tells me a lot about sales: you have to generate at least some buzz in order to be noticed. Once you're noticed, it becomes self-perpetuating.

So let's get me NOTICED! Spread the word. Tell your friends. Click that button: buy!

Okay. That's my promo for the day  8)