Blogger Book Fair Wrap-Up

Well, this Blogger Book Fair has almost come to an end. You can still swing by the BBF site and see what events are still going on and catch the deals and giveaways, but you’d better act fast!

As for my own part, you can check my previous post to see the guest posts that have been featured here on my blog, as well as links to the guest posts I did for other blogs. Also, my giveaway for a paperback copy of Frostwalker ends in just about 17 hours from the time of this post. I’ll include the giveaway at the bottom of this post so you can enter if you haven’t already.

Also, as a thank you for all of the fine folks who have stopped by during the fair, I’d like to offer one last, quick bonus: If you’d like to get my short story The Card for free, hop on over to Smashwords, add it to your cart, and checkout with the following coupon code: JL47F

That code expires tomorrow, so this is a very limited time offer!

I’d like to thank Kayla Curry, Fel Wetzig, and Pereza Thompson for managing what is a truly huge event. I’d also like to thank Michael Brookes, J.C. Martin, and Elizabeth Barone for both hosting guest posts from me and for providing guest posts of their own for my blog!

Finally, thanks to you for stopping by! Now to get ready for the next Blogger Book Fair!


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Blogger Book Fair – Day 1 Recap

The Summer 2013 Blogger Book Fair is well underway!

Today (Monday), I hosted a guest post by Michael Brookes about writing fiction for someone else’s universe. Mr. Brookes has an interesting life, working in both fiction writing and the video games industry.

Additionally, my novel Frostwalker was reviewed (and I was interviewed by) Jeann Wong at her Happy Indulgence Books blog, where she declared it so scary that “I had to make sure I was in a public place and surrounded by people and preferably in daylight at all times“! If you swing by and check out the review and interview, be sure to scroll to the bottom and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of Frostwalker!

By the way, there is another blog review of Frostwalker that went live over the weekend. It’s not part of the Blogger Book Fair, but swing by IndieHeart and check it out!

Also, the Reader’s Choice Awards are now live! I hope you’ll hop by and vote for Frostwalker in the Horror category, and The Card in the Horror Short Story category.

Be sure to swing by the main Blogger Book Fair site (linked above) and see what else is going on around the fair!

Blogger Book Fair – How To Get The Most From The Event

The Summer 2013 Blogger Book Fair starts tomorrow, and it is going to be a HUGE event this time! There are about 200 authors and bloggers involved, representing over 400 books! There will be great deals, giveaways, fun events, and lots more!

But, how do you actually make use of the event? If you’ve never been involved in a previous Blogger Book Fair, you may be wondering just what it’s all about and how to enjoy it. Here’s a little info on what you’ll see this week and how to find it all. I’ll also give you a heads-up on where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing during the event, as well as the guests I’ll be hosting here. Continue reading

Blogger Book Fair News & A Price Drop For Frostwalker

Frostwalker Cover ArtJust a few updates for you today. First, I’m happy to announce that the ebook version of Frostwalker will see a price drop from $3.99 to $2.99 for the Blogger Book Fair! In fact, this change has already been made and the price has updated at Smashwords and Amazon, but it will probably take a little while for the price to update on the other retailers downstream of Smashwords (Sony, iTunes, Kobo, B&N, etc) as well as the international Amazon sites. I don’t know if this price change will only be for the fair, or if it will be a longer-term change. Time will tell…

July BBF button copyAlso, the Blogger Book Fair will begin next Monday! This time around I will be a full participant rather than just a host blog. In addition to hosting guest posts from other authors, I will be appearing on other blogs as well as running a giveaway to win a paperback copy of Frostwalker. I hope you’ll check back here, as well as at the Blogger Book Fair site, throughout the week. You’ll be able to enter my giveaway, vote for Frostwalker in the BBF Reader’s Choice Awards, and catch all the great content and offers that will be going on next week!

OH! I almost forgot to mention: I’ve been interviewed again! Please drop by Melinda McGuire’s site and see my interview in her Southern Creatives series!

Latest News On Frostwalker – And A Giveaway!

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Well, it’s been about nine days since Frostwalker was released. So far, the book has been well received and I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who have been kind enough to purchase a copy either in ebook or paperback. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For now, I wanted to do a quick post to mention a few things about the book. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you may have already heard about some of this, but it doesn’t hurt to mention these bits of info again!

First, I’d like to invite you all to enter the Goodreads giveaway that is going on right now and will end on June 15th. To enter, you just pop on over to the Goodreads Frostwalker Giveaway page, and sign up. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s quick, easy, and free to create one – and you’ll probably love the site! I’m giving away three paperback copies, so you have three chances to win!

Second, I want to offer a special thanks to book blogger Laura Thomas who was kind enough to do a review of Frostwalker on her blog, FUONLYKNEW, as well as inviting me for a very fun interview! She has high standards, so I was very happy to see that Frostwalker got five stars from her! She has also done a review of two of my short pieces, Out After Dark and The Card. You can see those reviews on her blog as well!

Lastly, I want to mention that while the paperback edition of Frostwalker is still only available through CreateSpace and their parent company Amazon, the various ebook versions are popping up at lots of different sites. So far, the ebook is available at the following retailers:

Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo | Sony | Diesel | Versent | iTunes

As I’ve mentioned before, you can read the first third of the book for free at Smashwords.

Thanks again to those who have purchased the book. I hope you enjoy it immensely! Please feel free to give me your thoughts on the book, good or bad, by either leaving a review where you purchased it, or on Goodreads, or by dropping me a line using the form on my Contact page here on my blog.

Thank You!


Frostwalker Is LIVE!

Frostwalker is now available for sale!


The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats. Here’s where you can get it:

Paperback (240 pages) – $7.99:

CreateSpace | Amazon

Ebook/Kindle – $3.99:

Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo | Sony |  Diesel | Versent | iTunes

More retailers will be added as the book filters out into the distribution system.

To learn more about the book and to read excerpts, visit the Frostwalker page here on my blog. Also, if you’d like to read the first third of the book for free, visit the Smashwords link above to view the sample.

Frostwalker Excerpt – Deputy Fallon Gets Busy

Front Cover Art Mock-UpWork continues on the preparations to release Frostwalker! Presently, the primary formatting for ebook and paperback is finished. Now we’re on to the check-and-double-check-everything-neurotically stage. So, to keep teasing you while we sweat the details, here is another excerpt from the book! This will quite possibly be the final excerpt posted before the book is released.

Speaking of how close the release is, if you haven’t gotten your free copy of The Card yet, but are interested in doing so, you can still sign up for the Frostwalker Release Notification and get it. Obviously, once Frostwalker is released, that offer will be ended – get it while you can! Free reading material is almost always a good thing, right? To sign up and get your free copy of The Card, just pop over to the Frostwalker page here on my blog and sign up at the bottom of the page!


Deputy Mike Fallon was bored. Presently, he was lounging on an avocado green vinyl couch in what the Roderick County Sheriff’s Office referred to as their “bull pen”. Little more than an open room full of desks, Fallon had the room to himself.

He was trying to alleviate his boredom with a dog-eared copy of a Louis L’Amour western. Usually, the graveyard shift at the Sheriff’s Office was as silent as a tomb. However, tonight, Deputy Fallon was having trouble concentrating on his book due to the amount of background noise.

One disturbance was the occasional frustrated grumblings coming from Sheriff Breslin’s personal office. The door was closed, and the sheriff was catching up on paperwork. The past few days, the search for Daniel Tucker had been all Breslin had worked on. Apparently, filling out the paperwork involved a great deal of swearing.

However, the worst distraction came from the hallway in the back of the office. Along one side of this hallway stood the three cells, normally empty, used for detainees. Tonight, the center cell was occupied by Angus Sommerset, aged fifty-seven, who snored loudly while sleeping off his public drunkenness charge. Angus was a bit of a fixture in the Sheriff’s Office, and the deputies often called him Angry Otis when he was out of earshot. Unlike Mayberry’s lovable tosspot, Angus had the temper his Scottish ancestors were famous for.

Suddenly, Deputy Mike Fallon had plenty to occupy him. First, the radio crackled to life. Dropping his book on the couch, he wove his way between the desks to answer the call. It seemed that a house was burning in the Briar Creek development. From the sound of it, it might have been arson. The reporting deputy mentioned an apparent fistfight ongoing in the yard of the next house down.

The Wynn Volunteer Fire Department had a small station down the street. Mostly, it was a large garage which held their two trucks and a smallish barracks area in back where those on overnight duty slept. While he began relaying the call on a handheld radio unit, the phone rang.

Snatching up the phone with his free hand, Deputy Fallon said, “Sheriff’s Office,” into the receiver, dividing his attention between the phone and the static-filled response coming from the radio in his other hand.

The voice on the phone was a woman, clearly in hysterics. She was screaming into the phone, and shouting could be heard in the background, as well as the growls and snarls of a dog that sounded enraged.

“He’s killing Earl!” she screamed into the phone, and Fallon yanked the phone from his ear in reaction to the volume of her cry.

“Ma’am, who’s killing him?” he asked.

Glancing at the screen of the computer that served as Wynn’s 911 emergency call center, he saw that the call was coming from the residence of Earl and Edna Cox of Thunderbush Lane. A small map had popped up, highlighting the location of the calling number and listing any pertinent information.

“I don’t know! The man just broke in our house! Please hurry!” she screamed.

Fallon keyed the microphone on the handheld radio, quickly giving the address of the fire and informing them that he was taking another call. Ignoring the reply, he said into the phone, “Okay, ma’am, we’re sending a car out there right now. Help is on the way. Just stay on the line with me, okay?”

“Please hurry!” she wailed again. The dog had stopped barking.

Picking up the microphone for the Sheriff’s Office radio, Fallon began calling out the situation. Immediately, a deputy on patrol responded. Though the roads were foul and growing worse, they had chained their tires and continued to run their routes as best they could. The deputy said he would head that way, estimating his arrival in ten minutes. This sounds like it’ll be over long before then, Fallon thought, but didn’t say. He knew wishing it so wouldn’t get anyone there any sooner.

Turning back to the phone, he said, “Ma’am, a deputy is on his way now. He’ll be there as soon as possible, okay?”

There was no answer. The line was still open, and he could hear faint shuffling sounds, like something brushing against the mouthpiece of Earl and Edna Cox’s phone.

“Ma’am?” Fallon said into the phone.

There was no response.

“Ma’am?” he asked again, again getting no reply. “Shit! Shit! Shit!” he raged as he grabbed the microphone for the radio again.

Changing frequencies, he began to notify the local rescue squad. They would be busy, with both a fire and an apparent assault to deal with.

Deputy Fallon didn’t know just how busy things were going to get.


Frostwalker Excerpt – Opening Scene: Jake Walks The Field

Front Cover Art Mock-UpI’m happy to present you with a new excerpt from Frostwalker! This time, it’s the opening scene from the book. If you’ve read some of my interviews, you may recognize this. This scene is what grew out of a late night trip to the mailbox in winter, and from this scene the rest of the story developed on its own.

Meanwhile, preparations continue for the release. The cover art is being finalized and formatting is underway. Work is also being done on the media kit, as well as various other supporting efforts. Stay tuned – it won’t be much longer now!

For now, enjoy this excerpt, and feel free to post your thoughts below! Continue reading

Frostwalker Excerpt – The Pit

Front Cover Art Mock-UpThe release of Frostwalker continues to draw nearer! To tease you further, today I’m happy to post a new excerpt for your reading pleasure. Give it a read, and be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts!

Also, you can still snag your free copy of my latest short story The Card by signing up for the Frostwalker release notification email. Remember, that’s not a mailing list and your email won’t be used for any other purpose, or sold or given away to anyone else.

Enjoy! Continue reading

Frostwalker Excerpt – Dreams Of Smoke

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As I’ve mentioned recently, Frostwalker is coming along nicely. The editing is finished and the remaining work is mostly supporting efforts, such as lining up promotional materials and finalizing the book content aside from the story itself.

By the way, I’m still giving away a coupon code to get my latest short story, The Card, for free if you sign up for the Frostwalker release notification email. To do that, pop over to the Frostwalker page here at my blog and sign up at the bottom of the page.

Anyway, for those of you who want to get a sneak peek, here’s a short excerpt from Frostwalker for your enjoyment! Continue reading