Congratulations go out to left coaster Juli Jackson for winning the newsletter sign-up contest. Juli won signed copies of the three Jake Pendleton thriller series paperbacks. Congratulations again and enjoy reading!

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Crunch time. We’ve heard it said many times. Everybody seems to have one and it means something different to each one of us. Basically it’s a deadline. Like being tied to a railroad track while a locomotive is bearing down on you. Can I get untied and off the track in time? For a writer,…

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Welcome to this blog hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore. I’ve been tagged by…

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It’s the end of the second day, my day anyway, of my experiment with Amazon’s KDP Select giveaway of The Toymaker. So how has it done so far? Let’s take a look… At the end of yesterday, The Toymaker had been downloaded a little over 12,000 times. So far today (as of 10:00 p.m.) it…

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So the experiment is under way. I’m checking the free book giveaway with Amazon’s KDP Select program not to see how many books I can give away, but to see if the rankings garnered during the carry over to sales after the 3-day period is over. So what’s happened so far today? Let’s take a…

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I originally wrote this as “A writer’s guide to New Year’s resolutions.” The intent was to help kick-start the new year off right, but I realized from comments and emails received that these guidelines hold true regardless of when you start writing. So, this is most of the original post with a little extra thrown…

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 Thriller authors share secrets — “How to Write the Thriller” Readers of thriller novels are literary adrenalin junkies, addicted to the plot-driven roller-coaster rides and white-knuckle suspense. That’s why the thriller has become one of the most popular forms of contemporary fiction today. A panel of area thriller writers will provide tips on “How to…

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Last Monday, November 14, 2011, I went to Andersonville National Historic Site, which includes the National Prisoner of War museum, the prison site, and National Cemetery…a trip I highly recommend for everyone. What started as a research trip for my 3rd novel turned into so much more—a memory I’ll never forget. Our timing was perfect,…

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  Hello Blog Readers, As promised, here is the overview and cover for The Toymaker. But first let me give you  a few tidbits: the schedule release date for the PRINT version (tree book) of The Toymaker is February 14, 2012. That’s right, Valentine’s Day. The main reason for such a release date is that,…

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  I am pleased to announce the upcoming release of the second Jake Pendleton thriller, THE TOYMAKER. As you know from The Savannah Project, Jake’s world was turned upside down, he shot the assassin Ian Collins in the Friars’ Chamber in Ireland, but the killer got away. Now he’s returning to the United States and…

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