Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Current Status of:

12th Man For Death
The latest O'Mara thriller is now available through Amazon, in paperback and ebook (sorry, just Kindle for now). The reviews are coming in (see blog below) and sales are picking up. I am very happy with the story but I need more readers, so if you know anyone who loves a great, fun read and enjoys a travelogue thriller, 12th Man is it. And while you're there, pick up one of Sharon’s other adventures as well, they make great Christmas gifts.

I am trying something new for this book. We are using CreateSpace to do the POD (Print on Demand) and, to be honest, I am thrilled with the results. Everything from the cover art printing to the interior printing is outstanding. Yet there are some twists and turns to deal with when publishing with Amazon and CreateSpace. I will follow-up later with a more detailed blog, but for now it’s a damn good group of people to work with. They respond quickly to emails and you can actually talk to someone - live. More on CreateSpace's publishing process later.

Book Signing
On Sunday at 1:00 on January 6th, 2013, I’m having a book signing and reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California. This bookstore and its branches is, without a doubt, one of those jewels called an independent bookstore. They are there for their customers as well as writers, including those with a big name publishing house and self-published scribblers, like yours truly. They have excellent education programs for every genre and bring in the best writers to teach and share. I am thrilled to be presenting and it’s FREE (maybe buy a book or three while you’re there). I will be posting more information later in the month.

New O'Mara Chronicle
A new Sharon O’Mara Chronicle (Book Five) is slowly working its way through my brain, down my arm, and onto the keyboard. I write for the pleasure it gives me and Sharon gets to have adventures at places I’ve been too and enjoyed (London, Cabo, Paris, Venice, LA, SF, etc.). This new book will explore something even more enjoyable and yet very, very, sinister – baseball. Coming soon.

By The Way
Kevin Bryan, Sharon’s detective buddy from the Lafayette PD (that’s in Ca.), needs a new job. So look for a story or two about the six-foot-six Irishman from San Francisco.

Latest Book Under Development
I will complete the first draft of an historical novel later this week and hope to have the second and third drafts finished by summer. It is a epic in the tradition of Leon Uris, Herman Wouk, and Ken Follett (see my review of Winter of the World below), and is a sprawling story that starts in Chicago in 1934 and travels to Italy and World War II. It brushes the Depression and the Mob, Nazis, the labor movement, communists, fascists, drugs, and Italian food. What more could you want?

More later . . . . . .

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