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Death and Dark Money Available for Pre-Order!

Death and Dark Money Available for Pre-Order!

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The wait is over—almost! Death and Dark Money, Sabel Security #4 will be released 08-March, 2016. Pre-order your copy now! Beta readers are having a go at it as you read this, which will necessitate another round of edits, then professional edits, then—by the grace of Jupiter—it will be ready! What is it? When politically […]

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How I made 145% Return On Investment with Facebook Ads

How I made 145% Return On Investment with Facebook Ads

| October 23, 2015 | 5 Comments

When I started writing, I had a long term plan to grow my writing skills, build a series of at least five books, and then start marketing. I had no illusions about writing a blockbuster on day one. Brand recognition, value proposition, reliable quality, name recognition, etc are important factors in building a long term […]

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How to Price Your Indie Book

How to Price Your Indie Book

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

How should I price my book? It’s the most gut-wrenching question for new indie authors. Many people talk about anecdotal success from giving away books, but no matter how you slice it, the statistical evidence is clear: No profitable business gives away an entire product to consumers.* Why doesn’t Coca Cola hand you a six […]

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Review: MAKE ME by Lee Child

Review: MAKE ME by Lee Child

| September 11, 2015 | 4 Comments

Every book must have magic to be successful. George RR Martin has dragons. James Rollins has telepathic marsupials. Zoë Sharp has wit and humor. Lee Child puts magic in the narrative voice. Jack Reacher novels are great stories, full of questions the reader must have answered: Why would farmers bury strangers? How is he going to […]

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Making Fictional Characters Real

Making Fictional Characters Real

| May 12, 2015 | 4 Comments

Special Note: I’m working on a monthly contest for my readers’ group (aka newsletter subscribers). I’d do it more often except … I’m lazy. So, the April t-shirt winner is, drum roll, Jeremy of the UK! May offering TBD. Several people have asked me about the creative process behind the characters in my books. The […]

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And the Winners Are…

And the Winners Are…

| April 17, 2015 | 7 Comments

I drew a name from newsletter subscribers for a coffee mug bearing the inscription, “We weren’t star-crossed lovers. We were fragments of the same shooting star.” And Tawny Goodweilér Green in California won it! Congratulations, Tawny. It will be a one-of-a-kind mug. I also ran a Goodreads giveaway and the winners there were Sarah Covington […]

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Help Me Choose A Cover Update

Help Me Choose A Cover Update

| April 11, 2015 | 50 Comments

I’m going to update the cover to BRING IT. The book has an average rating of 4.8 stars on Amazon, but still sells slower than the other two books. I’ve come to believe the cover needs an update. Please take a look at the covers below and add your comments at the end, noting the […]

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Element 42 Available for Pre-Order

Element 42 Available for Pre-Order

| March 17, 2015 | 5 Comments

After months of restarts and rewrites, Element 42 is available for pre-order! I’ve scheduled it to go live on 07-April, if you’re marking your calendar.* I only have to mop up a few more details. It’s taken a long time to get here, but I think it’s worth it. I’ve developed a few character twists […]

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Looking for a Few Good Beta Readers

Looking for a Few Good Beta Readers

| February 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

I’m looking for a few good beta readers for ELEMENT 42, the third Pia Sabel/Jacob Stearne thriller. Here are the details: ~92,000 words, delivered to you by Friday, needed back 04-March. I’m looking for stream-of-consciousness comments (likes, dislikes, reactions, clues, ideas, critiques, etc.) as you read. Any other corrections would be at your discretion. Interested? […]

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To Kill or Not to Kill a Character

To Kill or Not to Kill a Character

| September 11, 2014 | 9 Comments

PERSONAL DEATH, the third Pia Sabel thriller, is nearing completion. What struck me as I worked through the first draft, was the big problem facing all series’ authors: no matter how much peril the hero/heroine is in, s/he has to live for the series to survive. My wife quit reading Karin Slaughter when she killed off […]

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