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I hear you guys. Thank you so much for supporting me on social media. To be honest, I didn’t know there was hype for my next book. Mainly because I’ve hardly talked about it. Usually, I keep updates posted concerning the writing process and progress on a WIP, but this book actually took all of my attention. Here’s why.

Six months ago, my editor told me that I’m in a Cold, Bending trap. You see, I’ve started several projects and abandoned them since publishing The Cold, Bending Light. It remains my best selling novel, which makes me happy, but I feel like that book was the result of everything I’d learned to that point. At the start, things were going well with Cold, Bending. I’d learned a lot from other authors, classes, seminars, and the simple practice of writing.  I’m glad that you guys liked The Cold, Bending Light. It means a lot to me. So much emotion and effort went into that book, the creation was a true experience. Some have contacted me stating that the amount of grief and the possibility of moving on presented in the book was inspiring.

Fast forward to now. 5 abandoned books, stories that will never see the light of day, because of how harshly I compared them to The Cold, Bending Light. I’m proud to say, however, that for the first time since, a new book has been fully written.

The Resting Place.

When reworking The Runaway Train, I decided to continue Kathryn Lincoln’s story by presenting her with a case that connects to the previous book, but is also something much different. I listened to all of the feedback on the first book, and am responding to it with this one. I’ve tossed the concept of three different cases leading the story. Some people were confused by that idea, but it’s all good. This book only focuses on one case. Another difference is that, unlike The Runaway Train, it’s very clear who the target audience is. Some people assumed The Runaway Train was for Young Adults. That’s fine. Great.

The Resting Place is a bit more mature. The content has already been trimmed some, but there’s no mistake with this book whether it’s for an adult audience or not. It is. Plain and simple. It also explores and expands my Cold, Bending concept of pain and recovery. I did this by presenting one simple thought, right out the door.

Can a person still be a good person even if they’ve committed a terrible crime? What does a criminal deserve?

So there you have it. Wait, that’s not all of my news. This post is running long, so let me just tell you straight forward.

The Resting Place will be out just before winter.

I’m also writing a historical fiction novel with the intention of publishing traditionally. Want to know more? Hell, contact me. It’s based off of a popular short story of mine. I don’t mind sharing.

What’s next in the indie universe? Brace yourself. Another Kathryn Lincoln book is already 12k works written, and it’s called The Girl By The River.

Also, one last thing. For my long time fans, again, thank you so much. I’m sorry to say that the adventures of Montana Marrenger are coming to an end. The next Marrenger book, entitled Audacity, will end the Montana Marrenger series. Thank you everyone who followed her throughout her adventures, and her discovery of the truth. It means a lot.

As always, my Twitter is open to anyone who wants to discuss my work. How do you feel about Selena Marrenger ending? What about a direct sequel to The Runaway Train? Do you feel like my previous work was written for YA or not? Don’t be shy. I’m here. It’s okay.

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Missing In Murfreesboro: Update

In June, 2017, I posted about Devin Bond, the teenager who vanished a couple months prior. It’s now been a little over a year since anyone last saw him. The missing aren’t forgotten, and I thought I’d make another post in hopes that someone out there might recognize him.  Click here for the original article.

On March 31st, 2017, sixteen year old Riverdale student Devin Bond left his home in Murfreesboro, TN at around 3:30 in the morning, and hasn’t been since since. City schools were on Spring Break during this time, so there wasn’t a real reason for Devin to be up that early. Before leaving, he shoved pillows in his bed in order to give the impression that he was asleep, packed a red and gray North Face pullover jacket, a gray and white Nike sweatshirt and khaki pants into a black Nike drawstring backpack, and headed out into the early Spring morning.
At 4:30 am, a possible sighting of Devin was reported on Barfield Crescent Road, walking alone towards Veterans Parkway. MAP OF AREA.  About twenty-five minutes later, Devin’s phone pinged off the Joe B. Jackson Parkway tower, suggesting that the phone was somewhere on Barfield Crescent Road. Since then, there’s been no activity on Devin’s phone.Devin Ray Bond
Some people claim that Devin Bond planned to run away, and even suggested living as a homeless person. At the time of his disappearance, Devin’s mother was asleep and his father was working the late night shift. His mother reported him missing to the Murfreesboro Police, and despite the best efforts of combined searches from the city police, the sheriff’s department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, nobody knows what happened to Devin Bond.
I live in the area where Devin Bond vanished, near 231 and a stone’s throw away from Barfield Crescent Park. Local searches were conducted, meeting up at the Church Street Walmart, and there are still Missing posters being featured in windows to businesses, and telephone poles. It’s been a year, and still his parents are hopeful that one day they’ll find out what happened to their son.

UPDATE:  Devin’s mother recently shared on Facebook that in the weeks following Devin’s disappearance, he was logging into his Google account and checking his own timeline.  She also believes that there has to be people in the area that know what happened to him, and are not talking.

If you have any information, please call the sheriff’s office at 615-898-7770.
Want to help spread the word? Share this post, or the flyer, on social media. Help bring Devin home.

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The print editions of The Truth About Alex and The Cold, Bending Light will be unavailable for a couple of weeks. Now, before folks start throwing rotten apples at me, let me explain. I’ve made a few corrections to the print editions and am releasing them again in 5×8 trim sizes instead of 6×9. I find the new size to be far more comfortable for holding, carrying, and reading.
In other news, I’m hard at work on a new Kathryn Lincoln book. This follow up to The Runaway Train will be titled…
drum roll please?
No? Okay, fine.
The new book is called The Resting Place. I hope to have it released this summer!

Mystery Sale

It’s that time again, folks.  Load up your Kindles with these .99 cent mysteries and thrillers!  These titles are only available until the end of the day, so don’t miss out!

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Cover Design Award

I’m very happy to tell you that Rena Hoberman of Coverquill has won an award for her beautiful artwork on The Runaway Train! The cover perfectly captures the mystery and urgency experienced by Mouse in the story, and the blue tones bring a real sense of cold. I’m very proud of Rena, and am thrilled that her work has been recognized for the award.

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From thebookdesigner.com: “A dynamic cover that has runaway appeal. Atmospheric and active, all elements are brought to bear to communicate the energy, intensity, the paranoia of the story.”

If you want to know more about Rena, be sure to check out Coverquill’s website.

 

Review Glitch On Amazon

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Strange things are afoot at Amazon.  I woke up this morning to 39 brand new reviews for The Runaway Train.  Excited, I poured myself a cup of coffee and began to read them.  That’s when I noticed something rather strange about the reviews.  The titles of them were a dead giveaway that something was up.  With titles like ‘A lovely wax heater’ and ‘Love that it has a temperature control dial’ filling the page, I panicked.

Did someone hack into my reviews?

The Runaway Train is supposed to have 33 reviews – NOT 72 reviews.  Curious, I hit up KBoards for a little advice:

Hey guys,

Woke up this morning to find that my book, The Runaway Train, accumulated 39 reviews over night.  After reading the new reviews, I discovered they’re for the wrong product entirely.  Checked my sales on KDP, and everything seems normal.  I fired off an email to support, and am hoping Amazon won’t remove the book.  Has this happened to anyone else on here before?

Oh, the new reviews seem to be for some sort of hot wax product.  Very strange.   😮

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Turns out that I’m not the only one this has happened to recently.  Other authors are experiencing the same sort of ‘glitch’ that is combining product reviews, but it seems like Amazon is correcting the issue when notified.  Speculation ensued about the Amazon strike in Italy and Germany, but one poster on KBoards suggested that it was a glitch combining paperbacks with random products.

With this in mind, I decided to check the paperback page for The Runaway Train.  The page itself is quite messed up.  The book description has vanished, and the page states that the author of the book is Lantique.  When I clicked on the Lantique giphy2‘author name’ it directed me to an amazon page featuring a hot wax product for sale.  I’ve tried emailing Amazon, but haven’t heard a response yet.  I’ve also attempted to call them on the phone, but they aren’t open on the weekends.

So, if any of you decide to download The Runaway Train within the next couple of days, please rest assured that the reviews are not representative of the book itself.  They are not fake reviews, it has nothing to do with me at all, it’s simply a glitch on Amazon.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to have a little fun at the glitch’s expense.  One example would be this tweet https://twitter.com/emberian/status/934529660062437376  Nothing like a hair raising mystery before a wax!

Nanowrimo Time

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I’ve got a book going during National Novel Writing Month! Thirty days to complete a book is a very short amount of time, but it’s not impossible. There are plenty of writers out there in the program, and a several have recommended that I give it a shot. So, this is the first time for me and it’s pretty exciting. Want to know what I’m writing for my thirty days? Sure you do.
It’s a new novel following detective Kathryn Lincoln. The story is brand new, so it has little to do with The Runaway Train. Hopefully, I can hammer out the first draft by the end of the month!
Click HERE for more information about NanoWrimo.

My New Book Launches (Download For Free)

The Runaway Train ebook

Actually, it was published as a short story back in 2014. The truth is that I planned on releasing a sequel picking up directly after the events of the original. Instead, I’ve decided to expand the short story into a single novel. The original piece is still mostly intact, but has been reworked and edited.
If this is the first time you are reading about Kathryn Lincoln or Selena Marrenger, then I hope you will enjoy the new tale. If you’ve read the original story already, there’s a lot more here to sink your teeth into. The journey has been long, but in the end, I feel it’s become a more satisfying read.
Those of you who have downloaded the previous version of the book on Amazon Kindle will have to download the new version directly from this site.  For some reason, Amazon will not push updated files to Kindle readers, even though the tale has undergone a major transformation in length.  Don’t worry, though.  I’ve got you covered with a direct download link from google.

 

The Runaway Train

What happened to Vanessa Finch?

The only thing Detective Kathryn Lincoln has to go on is a name. When another child vanishes into the creeping fog around a bus station, Kathryn and her partner, Selena Marrenger, embark on a mission to find the truth behind the disappearances. What they uncover is a hidden secret far more sinister than they could have imagined.

As suspects begin to pile up, Selena is forced to leave the case for the FBI. Alone, and desperate for answers, can Kathryn find who’s responsible before it’s too late?

The Runaway Train
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The paperback edition will be released next week!

Missing In Murfreesboro

missingpersonflyerThursday, March 30 was the last time anyone saw Riverdale High School freshman Devin Bond. Bond’s mother, Heather, was asleep when the sixteen year old left his home on Armor Place in Rutherford County, and his father was at work at the time. Devin’s younger brother, aged nine, informed their mother that Devin had stuffed pillows and towels underneath a blanket in order to give the impression that he was sleeping.
According to Heather, Devin took along a drawstring backpack with a red and gray North Face jacket, a gray and white Nike hoodie, and khaki pants. In an interview, she claimed that the young man was upset following a recent breakup, but stated that his prolonged absence is completely out of character.
“I’m concerned he thinks he’s in trouble and maybe that’s why he’s still out there, but I don’t want him to be scared or afraid he’s in trouble. I just want him to come home,” Heather told the Daily News Journal. “He left on foot when he left the house. Where he went, we don’t know…It’s just not like him. He’s a good kid. He doesn’t do stuff like this. He hangs out with a couple of friends sometimes. He plays video games. He’s usually a homebody.”
This case hasn’t garnered the media attention it deserves, largely because at the time of Devin Bond’s disappearance, Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were top headlines. Devin’s cellphone last pinged in the Barfield area of Murfreesboro. Local searches, in conjunction with law enforcement, haven’t turned up any evidence.
An Amber Alert was never issued, because authorities do not believe Devin has been abducted. Without a description of a vehicle, or witnesses claiming an apparent abduction, not issuing an Amber Alert is completely normal according to governmental guidelines, found here: Amber Alert Guidelines
I live near the Barfield area of Murfreesboro where the Bond’s family live. The lack of media attention is astounding. Word of mouth isn’t even keeping the case alive. The only way Devin’s story is staying on some people’s minds is from the missing posters taped up in the windows of local businesses. Without confirmed sightings, or physical evidence, Devin’s case is freezing over.
Someone knows what happened to this young man. People don’t simply vanish without a trace. Devin has to eat. He has to sleep. Staying positive keeps hope alive. I don’t think that he walked into the woods and committed suicide. LE has stated that they believe he planned to run away from home.
The days turn to weeks, the weeks into months, and still there is no sign of Devin.  If you have any information, please call the sheriff’s office at 615-898-7770.
Want to help spread the word?  Share this post, or the flyer, on social media.  This case needs the attention.  Devin needs to be found.