My Week of Writing

Begins . . . Now! I feel like my next sentence should be, “That is all.” But I’m chatty, so it won’t be. :-)

I took off next week to write. Technically, I’m supposed to be getting Mercury & Murder out to my beta readers today or tomorrow, but I’m a little behind — we’ll see how that goes. Then I’m supposed to start on BC3, tentatively titled The Heist. My goal is to get BC3 done while the beta readers are reading Mercury & Murder (BC2).

At any rate, the goal is to get jacked up on caffeine and spend the next 7 days writing. Fortunately, the weather has conspired in my favor. It has been one rainy, chilly, nasty winter day out. A make me some soup and curl up under a blanket with some tea type day. So I don’t really feel like doing anything other than staying in. That’s good. We’ll see if it holds when the spring weather breaks in tomorrow.

I’ll try to make some quick updates along the way, but that’s enough idle chit-chat. Here I go.

Mercury & Murder Cover

I am so stoked to be unveiling the cover for Mercury & Murder, book 2 in the Beowulf Chronicles series.

Mercury & Murder


What do you think??

Once again, I had the fabulous Abel Valdivia create my cover and he did a bang up job. This time, though, instead of going to him with an idea mostly worked out and then dragging him through endless back and forth to create the picture I had in my head, I let him do his magic. I simply told him what the book was about and a few of the ideas and images that were central to it and said, “show me what you think it ought to be.” The final version is a very minorly tweaked version of what he produced.

I couldn’t be happier, both with the result and with the ease with which he created a great cover for the book. There is something so damned exciting about seeing the cover — helps to make it real. Now I just have to finish the book!!

M&M is Accidentally On Sale

Okay, so here’s the funny thing (technically the title was supposed to be the funny thing). A week or so ago, I announced a book sale for Murder & Mochas. Primarily just because and a little bit to get those tire-kickers to stop kicking. As I said, I’ve got great control over price on the ebook, but less flexibility with the paper edition.

Basically, for the print edition, I mark the price down at CreateSpace and 3-5 business days later it propagates to Amazon. Sunday night I thought about all of the stuff I needed to do Monday and decided just to take care of it, after all it was just a few clicks and I might be on the 5-day plan. Randomly I logged into Amazon today and discovered I was on the 3-day plan!

So the paper edition is on sale a few days early. I’ll leave it on sale through the weekend and then see how long it takes me to turn it off. The Kindle countdown sale will still start at 8 am (EST, I think) on Saturday.

Beta Readers Wanted

I’m looking for Beta Readers for Mercury & Murder, the second book in my Beowulf Chronicles series.

The idea is simple. I’ll provide you with a copy of my latest novel, you’ll read it, and provide me with feedback.

My goal is to have the beta version ready to distribute on March 7th and to receive feedback by April 5th. If you would like to help, you need to have a strong commitment to reading the entire novel and providing feedback in that timeframe. It is also a strong preference that you like Sci-Fi and/or Mystery, but you do not have to have read Murder & Mochas.

If interested, please send me an e-mail at

Some Good Reviews

One nice outcome from doing the Goodreads Giveaway is that Murder & Mochas is getting more reviews!

Now the main reason I did the giveaway was to put the book in readers hands:

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads

But it’s a bonus when they read it and leave a good review. For instance, Vicki gave Murder & Mochas 5 out of 5 stars:

From the second that I opened this book, I was hooked. Within the first few sentences you are introduced to our main character Kurt West, bounty hunter extraordinaire, who is sitting in a Starbucks and watching an alien. This part alone brought up so many questions in my head about the world that Mr. Bigler had created, like why were the aliens here and did everyone know about them. So I had to read on in order to find out. . . .

To end things, I loved this book. It was a classic who-dun-it but with a sarcastically fun detective, aliens and a small southern town thrown into the mix. And for all those additions it doesn’t lose any of the classic fun that you can find in other mystery novels. I can’t wait for next one!

 And what more could a writer ask for than a smiling reader

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads, Leicester City

and a 4 out of 5 stars review:

I was attracted by the premise of the book, a sci-fi detective story. . . .

A real page turner: fast paced, full of suspense, imaginative and packed with twists and turns which had me guessing till the end. The protagonist was believable, likeable and therefore added to the story immensely – Kurt was flawed, sometimes trying (and amusingly failing) to be sarcastic and funny. All the secondary characters were detailed. I enjoyed the flow of the writing and it felt easy to read. . . .

Overall, great plot, good characters, fun read. Really enjoyed and can’t wait for the sequel to come out later in the year.

Thanks Vicki & Tm for the nice reviews. Good news is that book 2 is on track!



Book Sale!!

Murder &  Mochas will be on sale March 1st-3rd!

Murder & Mochas

Why you wonder am I putting it on sale?? Well, I know a number of people who have said that they’ve “been meaning to get a copy,” but haven’t quite gotten around to it. Now I’m not going to name any names (Patti), but it seems to me that this would be an excellent time to pick up a copy. So if you’ve been meaning to get a copy (Dan) or it’s been sitting on your TBR shelf on Goodreads (Debbie), Mar 1st-3rd is the time for you to buy.

You don’t have to read it right away, but you can save yourself a few bucks.

The ebook will go on sale at 8 am on the 1st for $1.99. Then it will go to $2.99 on the 2nd and $3.99 on the 3rd. Regular price resumes on the 4th. I’ve got less flexibility with the paper version, so I’ll have it discounted ~25% for the three days of the sale.

If you’ve read it and liked it, help me spread the word.


Murder & Mochas at Kitty O’Sheas

My friend in the Isle of Jersey managed to wrestle her copy of Murder & Mochas away from her husband long enough to take it to her favorite Irish Pub. Although there is an Irish Pub in the book, as far as I know, this is the first time the book has been in an Irish Pub.

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads, Irish Pub

Murder & Mochas perusing the selection.

After selecting some cider, they sat down to watch some women’s rugby. France v. Italy in Six Nations competition. Italy put up a strong initial showing, before France just over powered them to win 29-0.

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads, Rugby

Murder & Mochas enjoys its first women’s rugby match and first cider.

All in all, it was a fun weekend for the book. I wonder where it will turn up next??


What Do You Do When Someone from the UK

Tweets you a picture of your book, while he’s wearing the jersey for his favorite football team?

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads, Leicester City

Leicester City Football Jersey

Why you ask him to take the book to the game, naturally.

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads, Leicester City

My book entering its first ever football match.

As the players came onto the pitch, they were greeted by 25,000 screaming fans and 1 book.

Murder & Mochas, Goodreads, Leicester City

Moments later, the book got dropped in the seat ;-)

For those of you wondering, Watford (the away team) took a lead, against the flow of play, deep into stoppage time. In the 94th minute, yes you read that right (94th), Danny Drinkwater scored on a volley from twenty yards out to tie the match and keep Leicester City’s 11 game unbeaten streak alive. I wish I could have seen it.

Not surprisingly, the book’s host nearly lost his voice.

Thanks Tim for taking my book along and for sending me the pictures. I’m glad you didn’t need to read it during the match!

Friday Night Out

Here’s a quick “behind the scenes” look into the exciting and glamorous life of a writer! It’s a short video, but provocative and highly instructive.

P.S. Yes, the caffeine has kicked in!

Progress Toward Goals – January

I can’t believe I’m a month into the first quarter already. As a nice little butt kick for the start of the year, I laid out some goals. So here’s how I’m doing:

  1. Finish 2nd Draft of BC2.  First draft is done and read. I am three chapters into doing the line edits. My goal is to finish the line edits this weekend and start on the plot. You can follow BC2′s progress here.
  2. Write 1st Draft of BC3. Still feels tough, especially since I don’t even start drafting for another month. But interestingly, I had a chat with a friend this week and I fleshed out a little more of the idea. You can follow BC3′s progress here.
  3. Address Heel Issue.  The task of setting follow-up doctors’ appointments has been on the To-Do list for two weeks. No check mark yet.
  4. Restart Exercise Routine. Goose egg.