Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bar Harbor Vacation Spectacular II

It's becoming sort of a family tradition that we rent a house over in Maine for a week in August to see each other, relax, and get out into the outdoors a bit. We had a great time last year, and for all I've been doing this past month I've definitely deserved it. Suspense is all but done, and we'll get the release underway as soon as I get back. I've also been getting together plans for an audio version with an old friend of mine, plus getting the house ready for my incoming housemates. I've been pounding away at the sequel to Suspense, Expense too, and I'm halfway through, which was definitely my goal for the month.

So now it's time to enjoy a little...

And hit the Precipice trail at Acadia National Park... (Yes, there are little bars there that you climb up. This trail is NOT for the faint of heart.)

Hopefully I won't be early enough to see any of this, but it'll be nice to get out kayaking in our little cove.

See you in September as we kick off a great fall!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Suspense: To Be Released September 9th!

After a hot summer full of furious typing, I'm very pleased to announce the upcoming release date of Suspense, the first book in a new YA (16+) dystopian trilogy named after the heroine, Spencer Nye!

Maybe this is something authors say a lot, but I have no doubt that this is the best piece of fiction I've written yet. If I've done my job, the action will hit you right away and won't let up until the very end.

To give you some idea about the future in which Spencer lives, imagine a world where everyone has enough. Food, things you need, things you want, they all come from a machine called a molecular synthesizer. If everyone has enough, crime would disappear, then police, then laws, then money, then war, then governments, and what would be left?

The answer is entertainment. The Culture Industry remains to provide people with movies, music, etc, and the focus of the world revolves around a group of mega-celebrities known as the Idols. These Idols compete for the only currency left that has any value, the currency of human affection, and they fight for popularity with more than just hit singles and blockbuster releases.

Spencer Nye is a diehard, more than just a fan or follower, and she's part of a small militant group that fights for an Idol named Cleary Mintz against diehards of the other Idols. Most people don't understand that the Idols are at war with one another, but Spencer does, and when she discovers a murder plot that threatens Cleary's life, she'll do whatever it takes to save the movie star she idolizes.

That's kind of functional as a rough description, isn't it? Hopefully the stuff we have planned for the release will be almost as exciting as the book. There'll be big ticket giveaways for Kindles/Nooks, Suspense cover skins for those devices, and signed copy and e-book giveaways on a number of great blogs. Here's hoping it's a big success!

New Blog!

As you can see, I've jumped ship from my old blog, which was attached to, and I'm moving in here to . I'm hopeful that I'll be able to give readers more access to what's going on with my books, work, and life, while at the same time having an easier time keeping everything updated and current.

I'll be making individual pages for The Powerless Series and The Inevitable Trilogy, piling relevant news into those sections. The most recent development is that I've sold all 8 books to Turkish publisher ARVO Basim Yayin, and I'm excited to see the results of the translation process and the publication process as the books are released sequentially until January 2012. Exciting!

There will also be a page for The Spencer Nye Trilogy, as well as lots of news about that once we get a little closer to the release of Suspense around September 8th. There'll be big prize giveaways, book giveaways on a number of great blogs, and I'm hoping to get an audio version out there eventually.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll check back here for news and other cool stuff!