Quarterly Author Updates Instead of Newsletters

New way to roll

Introducing quarterly author updates. Truth is I've never been much for making New Year's resolutions. But at the start of 2018 I sort of made one. I decided I should commit to putting out a monthly newsletter for the good folks who subscribe to the email list. I subscribe to the email lists of several authors whose books I never miss reading. At least to me, it seems a little disappointing to subscribe to an email list and then never get an email, update, or anything. You find yourself thinking, what was the point of subscribing?

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We all know which road is paved with good intentions

It's just human nature I think when you discover an author, or actor, or musician whose work you admire and enjoy, that you find yourself wanting to know that person more. At least I do. To my continued amazement, a lot of people have read the books I've written over the past couple of years. So, it seems there is a chance at least that some of the people who have read my books would like to hear from me from time to time about what's going on with me and the writing.

Honesty requires that I admit I haven't lived up to my good intentions as far as putting out a monthly newsletter by email. There are reasons for it, but most of them would probably just sound like excuses. The fact remains, however, that I haven't kept up with it even though it is something I felt I should be doing. I've decided to try something different. I've decided that instead of a newsletter, I'm committing to writing a quarterly author update post and publishing it here on the blog. This then is the first installment and will serve as the update for the second quarter of 2018. Hopefully, I can be more consistent using this approach than with the newsletters.

Just out in paperback

I’ll begin with the writing. I released the first T. J. O'Sullivan book this month, called "Mare's Nest." If you've read "Cold Comfort" you'll recognize T. J. as a supporting character from that book. I enjoyed creating that character so much, I decided to give her a series of her own. But, don't be surprised to find T. J. showing up in future Malone novels too.

The title, "Mare's Nest," comes from an idiom. In the previous blog post, I explained all about how I came to use it as the title for the first T. J. O'Sullivan book. So if you want to know more about that, you can read that post here. At the moment, "Mare's Nest" the eBook version is available from any of the online booksellers. That includes not only Kobo, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Amazon, but all the smaller retailers too. The book is also now available in trade paperback. The hardcover version will be available very soon.

Second T.J. O'Sullivan book in the works

My focus at the moment is finishing "Foregone Conclusion," the fourth book in the Malone series. But, since I'm well ahead of schedule with that book, I've had the luxury of being able to spend a day or two each week working on the second book in the T. J. O'Sullivan series. That book is called "Honolulu Blues." I expect to publish it in early October.

If you're a Malone fan, I hope you will give the T. J. O'Sullivan books a try. You'll find the style of both series to be very similar, and I think you'll like the new series. I really enjoyed writing the first book, and hope that many will enjoy reading it just as much. What you will find is that by design, the T. J. O'Sullivan novels are shorter in length than the Malone novels. I made the conscious decision to make them shorter in hopes of making them appealing to those who don't have a lot of spare time to devote to reading. At just over 50,000 words, "Mare's Nest" is a book many readers can start and finish on a Sunday afternoon, and just about anyone can read the entire book over a weekend. I think the book is also well-suited to those who enjoy reading a book on his or her phone during their lunch breaks, or on commutes to work.

I'm reaching out here to any of you who choose to read "Mare's Nest" because I'd really like your help in reaching other potential readers. I'm not the kind of author who ever worries about getting onto bestseller lists. My focus is and has always been doing my very best to tell good stories, stories people will enjoy reading. But, it's tough to get traction when launching a brand new series, so that's where I'd really appreciate your help

If you read "Mare's Nest" and enjoy it, please recommend the book to a friend or family member you feel might like it too. As always, if you have the time, I'd really appreciate it if you would write and post a brief review on Goodreads or the online eBook retailer website where you purchased the book. Reviews mean so much to authors today. A review needn't be long to be extremely helpful. In fact, something as brief as "I read the book, and I recommend it" is really all it takes. You could, of course, add as much more of your own personal insights to that as you wish. But one sentence like that would help more than you know.

Actually, for a limited time, if you are interested, you can get a free copy of the eBook in exchange for a review from Book Gobbler.com.  You can also sign up there for a chance to win one of three copies of the book in trade paperback.

Now on to the Malone series. I mentioned I'm ahead of schedule on "Foregone Conclusion." In fact, I'm rolling back the date of publication. The book was scheduled for release in November, but I will be publishing it two months earlier in September. I plan on setting up a pre-lease for "Foregone Conclusion" at a special price. So, be looking for that around the first part of July if you're interested.

In addition to the two series, I'm also working on a spy thriller aimed for release in early 2019. I've wanted to write a book in this genre for a while now and finally have the time to write it. The book is called "Reichstag Burning" and is set in the modern-day Middle East. At present, the book is planned as a stand-alone novel. But, that could change.

So the writing is going great. On a more personal note, my partner Suzanne and I will be celebrating our fourth year together this summer. She is one amazing lady, and in many respects, our relationship has literally been like living in a fairy tale. Things just get better and better. For the past four years, we've had to settle for spending far too much time apart from each other because we happen to come from opposite sides of the planet with me in the U.S.A. and her in New Zealand. We're still working out the last of the details, but that is about to change very soon. For the first time, we'll soon be living in the same place. For both of us, that's been a long-time dream. I'll share more about that in the next update. Suzy recently took a new job in social services, and she is really enjoying it very much. That doesn't surprise me since she is the most caring person I've ever met. She loves helping people which makes her perfectly suited to her new position. This past week, she and her sons have been on holiday during fall break for New Zealand schools. They have been enjoying Tongariro National Park located in the central part of the North Island of New Zealand. They've hiked the Tongariro Crossing, enjoyed the alpine scenery, went white water rafting, and gone trout fishing. Like all Kiwis, they love a good adventure while on holiday. And yes, I'm totally jealous!

My children are doing well, and both celebrate spring birthdays. Andi, my youngest, turned 32 last month. She is a school teacher like her mom and lives with her husband in a community west of Oklahoma City. Amber, the eldest, turns 36 later this month and is staying busy keeping up with my three grandchildren. She and her family live in Norman, Oklahoma, home of Oklahoma University. Go Sooners!

Now over to you. If you have time, I'd love to hear your opinion on this change in how I will be providing updates going forward. Please let me know with a comment.

It seems a positive change to me. Truth is, like me, you are probably a bit burnt out. You are inundated with content in many formats on may devices almost every hour of the day. Maybe another email in your inbox every month felt like the last thing you needed or wanted. With these quarterly blog updates, you won't miss a thing. You can choose to read them on your own schedule or not read them at all if you wish.

Best wishes from me to you and yours, and thanks for your support.

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