Archive for June, 2011

33 A.D. Hits New Milestone!

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

This morning I woke up and, as usual, calculated my sales numbers from the previous evening. I am proud to announce that, after last night, 33 A.D. has now officially sold over 10,000 ebooks!

I still don’t know what my print numbers are. Perhaps I never will, but they are nowhere near 10,000 copies. But then again, I do so little marketing for the print versions. Actually, I don’t do much marketing at all because I stink at it. This blog and my website are about it, and I update both sporadically.

Still, I had to share the news. Five figure sales for a self published novel. That doesn’t happen every day. I have several friends who make my numbers seem like chump change (David Dalglish and Amanda Hocking, for example), but I’ll take my 10K sales and be happy, because not every indie author can reach that number.

A huge thank you to everyone who grabbed a copy, and especially those who wrote to tell me how much they loved it. Without you guys I would have quit writing a long time ago.

For those of you who have not read the book, check it out now. :)

Okay. Show of hands. Who didn’t see this coming?

Pakistan Arrests Bin Laden Informants

Those of you with your hands down, you can leave now. Those of you with your hands up, please stick around. You see, I have this awesome bridge in Arizona that I need to sell…

Kids Are Like Time Machines

Posted: June 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today is Monday. The weekend is over. Heather is on her way to work, and I am sitting at the computer, as usual. I should be working, but instead I am typing up a new blog post. Why? Because I have come to a realization that I want to share with you guys:

Kids are like time machines.

Seriously. My son is four months old, but when I look at him, I can see my future. I see myself teaching him how to fly a kite, or throw a football, or ride a bike, or fish, or any number of things that a parent can teach their child. I also see my past. I look at him and I remember doing all those things with my father when I was little. I remember taking a BB gun and a bag of empty soda cans to a pond, where we would shoot the cans until they sank. I remember going to the lake and dropping a line in the water, waiting for the bobber to start bobbing. I remember the first time I realized that Dad wasn’t holding the back of the two-wheeled bike anymore, and I was riding by myself.

That’s what a baby brings to your home. He (or she) brings the promise of the future, as well as the reminders of the past. Sometimes I can see these things so clearly it is almost like I am there, holding my son’s hand as we walk into the store to buy him a Red Ryder BB Gun. Or maybe it’s me holding my father’s hand as he took me for ice cream. Either way, it’s a sort of time travel, and I love it.

But it is not limited to babies. Today I am taking my 16 year old daughter for her driving permit test, and I am reminded of myself at 15, taking the same test. I was confident and nervous at the same time. A major milestone was about to be reached in my life, and I knew I was growing up. I also see my daughter five years from now. In college, with her license and her own car, getting her education and preparing for the adult world. She will do great. I know, because she is smart and diligent, as well as creative and artistic. She has the brains and the talent to do anything she wants with her life, and I am so proud of the young woman she has become, as well as the adult she will be.

See what I mean? I look at my children, and I see the past, the present and the furure all at once. Kids are like that. They bring everything home in a way that you don’t really understand until you have one.

Kids are magic. Kids are like time machines.

I love my kids.

The Dead Woman, my entry into Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin’s THE DEAD MAN series, is out today. It was a lot of fun to write, and I blogged about it here. Check it out. :)

In fact, you should check out the whole series, beginning with Lee Golberg and William Rabkin’s FACE OF EVIL. This is a particularkly good time to do it, because Lee is giving it away. Yup. GIVING it away. Literally. All you have to do it buy his Kindle bestseller THE WALK (for 99 cents!), and he will send you FACE OF EVIL for free. Details are here.

Also in THE DEAD MAN series, James Reasoner’s THE BLOOD MESA is due out soon. Check out this awesome cover!

Nice, eh? I’m soooo looking forward to this one.

In other news, I am working on the edits for 61 A.D. and still hope to have it available by the end of this month. I was planning on editing The Gallows Tree first, but really, I want to get 61 out. It’s overdue. The Gallows Tree can wait another month or so. It’s a bit hard to get back into the swing of writing. I was in Dallas on vacation last week and the week before that I had a nasty bug that kept me in bed with a 102 degree fever. That sucked. A lot.

Well, Cole just woke up, so I guess I have to cut this short. Have a great day, everyone, and make sure you check out THE DEAD WOMAN. :)