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.
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.
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!
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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!
The Holiday Season Is Here
It’s December. Time really soars! If I’m not careful, this winter project of mine will turn into a spring project. It’s fine with me if it does. Nobody wants to rush creativity, unless you are the type of writer who is determined to push quantity over quality. Yes, those people do exist.
The meat of the story is well underway now. There are multiple threads weaving through the book, and I’m hoping they don’t end up a tangled mess! The outline has so far kept me on track, which is a real blessing.
Some of the more difficult scenes that occur in the book have now been written. Somehow, I gritted my teeth through the pain and put the words on the page. As some of you know, my father passed away this year. Writing about crime, and in particular the subject of death in my mysteries, can be trying at times. I’m pushing through, however, and hope that I’m producing a book that all of you will enjoy, no matter how painful some of it has been to write.
Right now, I’m working on chapter twenty-two. Selena and Jameson have been working two different sides of the case independently, and that’s been different. Now, however, they are working together to uncover some corrupt folks. Behind that corruption, a killer is hiding. (Dun, Dun, DUUUNN!)
Time to get back to it.
I am an indie author. The decision wasn’t made because of failure in the traditional marketplace, or because of some sort of disdain for the Big Five. It had more to do with being in complete control of my work throughout the publishing process. Being able to choose my editor, pricing, and book length are all sound reasons that led me onto the indie path.
Marketing is a challenge. It’s also difficult when published through a publishing house. As far as they are concerned, if you aren’t Stephen King, then they aren’t likely to spend any money marketing your book. This may be the reason why you always see advertisements or books from the same authors all the time. If one didn’t know any better, one would assume that New York Times Bestselling authors are the only ones out there writing books.
That’s the beauty of indie authors. There are a lot of bestselling indie books on the market right now, and finding a new author can be quite exciting. I urge you to find an indie author and see what he/she has to offer. You never know. You may uncover a new favorite.
When you do, don’t forget to show your support by leaving a review. Authors with big names and multi-million dollar contracts don’t have much of a problem getting reviews from their massive fanbase. Indie authors, however, need all the help they can get. I can tell you from personal experience that for every 100 sales, I might get one or two reviews. That statistic is pretty sad, so don’t forget to show your love!
Monsoon Morning has officially been released! To celebrate my release event, I’m offering the book at a discounted price on Amazon! I’m really excited to find out what all of you think of Selena’s new adventure!
Want a little bit of insight into the books creation? Sure you do. Here you go!
Even though this book takes place after the events of Runaway Train and The Truth About Alex, it was written before either of those were even thought of. This is an unusual step for me, but there was a method to my madness.
You see, about five years ago I made the decision to stop writing science fiction and focus my literary efforts on a different genre. My wife recommended mystery, so I went with it. As the story developed, I took countless notes and began researching. I even befriended a medical examiner who helped me with some of the technical details. After it was completely written, I had another idea.
I should introduce Selena Marrenger to audiences in a separate story, a short novella. The Runaway Train was released, and was pretty successful as far as novellas go. Sure, some folks out there considered the short length to be a fault of the book, but I knew that it’s length was completely intentional. What followed almost immediately after was another novella, a story close to my heart, The Truth About Alex. With it, I wanted to tell a larger story within the restraints of novella form, and have the emotional impact that I tried to achieve with Monsoon Morning. Both novellas were separate stories, different cases, but gave you insight into Selena’s growth as a character.
Now that Monsoon Morning is finally released, I hope that all of you will now have a more rounded experience with Montana Marrenger, and will continue to follow her, case by case, as she pieces together the puzzle of her past.
Grab Your Copy Of Monsoon Morning Today!
A lot of you guys have already gobbled up The Runaway Train and The Truth About Alex, and have been asking me about what’s next for Selena Marrenger. I’ve decided to answer that question in a series of blog posts in order to keep you updated with the progress of book three.
Monsoon Morning is the first novel length mystery for Selena. It’s fully written, and just recently went through a well trusted reader (I call her the Alpha Reader). There are some adjustments that need to be made as far as the content of the book goes before it’s sent off to my Beta Readers. My Betas will most likely have it for a month or two before it goes to my editors chopping block.
One of my goals with Monsoon Morning was to not only follow an investigation, but the families the case impacts. Too often we see investigators on television stepping over the body at a crime scene, sipping their lattes, and talking about their love lives. Twenty minutes later, they’ve solved the case. In actuality, these things take time, and a toll on everyone involved. How do you deal with losing someone you love?
Another question I asked myself while writing Monsoon Morning is what makes a killer? To some degree, I’m certain that what they think they are doing is good, or right. The killers I see on television are all criminal masterminds, highly intelligent and constantly playing mind games with the police. How often is that the case in reality?
Selena ‘Montana’ Marrenger has her hands full in Monsoon Morning, and I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. I’ll keep you up to date with what’s happening with the book, when it’s done with Betas, and when you can expect a release date right here, so stay tuned!
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Woohoo! My mystery book, The Runaway Train, is back on a bestseller list! Let’s keep it on there! Only 0.99 Cents! Remember, you don’t have to have a Kindle to read it!
I’m pleased to announce that my book “The Runaway Train” has hit a Bestsellers list on Amazon! The book is listed as one of the top short mystery reads, and I am very proud of that little story. Thanks to everyone who decided to check out Montana Marrenger’s first mystery!
In other exciting news, The Truth About Alex should be completed this weekend. It didn’t go according to plan, exactly, because I wanted to have the book released before Christmas. The holiday season proved to be as busy as ever, not to mention that the story had to undergo a little bit of a surgery. Yes, writers are also surgeons.
It’ll go immediately to Betas, then the editor (C.H. Hart), proofreader, cover artist, and then finally, hopefully, it will be beaten into some sort of thing that is legible and interesting.