Friday, April 29, 2011

Of Ghosts and Gunpowder is now available from Sony



Murder at Zero Hour is now available via Smashwords

From the safety of America, William Grant watches as the Great War rages in Europe. Itching for adventure, he travels to Britain to join the army. After a harrowing journey, Grant is accepted into a newly formed regiment. He is posted to France, where he must learn to survive the horrors of war. A popular Captain is killed, and the evidence points to murder. Who in the regiment did the deed? With the help of his comrades, Grant must survive the Battle of the Somme and the evil intentions of an unknown murderer, all while trying to earn the love of a beautiful nurse.

This is a short novel that I wrote a few years ago, but only decided to publish now.  It was a matter of word length - 75,000 or more words is ideal, but I did not want to pad this novel out excessively.  The idea of a murder occurring during the middle of a war seemed like an interesting idea to pursue.  I chose "The Great War" since it has a level of brutality and somberness that was (almost) unparalleled.  Since I'm an Anglophile, I also made the main character an American who is suddenly immersed into the English Army.  Research for this novel was particularly dreadful since the war seemed so senseless.  With that in mind, I had my character lose, but still gain something in return for his sacrifices.


Friday, April 22, 2011

A sneak peek at the cover of my next book

A murder mystery set in the trenches of WWI, the main character is a plucky American solider who finds himself fighting alongside the British in the Battle of the Somme.  As thousands die in battle, a popular Captain is murdered, leading to a shocking betrayal.

Of Ghosts and Gunpowder is now available from Barnes and Noble


E-publishing a book is easy to do - perhaps too easy.  The E-Book market is flooded  with thousands of authors, all trying to get a piece of the pie.  There is nothing wrong with that, since there are countless books out there that have been rejected by the big-name agents and publishers.  They are looking for million dollar sellers, which only leads to the dismissal of anything out-of-the-ordinary.

Personally, I like to write novels that I would want to read.  These are adventure stories in the mold of the days of yore.  I like strong characters who have to deal with their own weaknesses along with the evils of the world.  Let's hear it for the diversity of the ideas.  Let's hear it for the countless stories now available to everyone.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

World War I Book is in the works

This is an older novel that I did not publish upon completion.  This is a basic whodunnit set in the British trenches before and during the Battle of the Somme.  My hero is a plucky American who has a British mother.  He goes to England to join in the fight and gets wrapped up in an adventure beyond anything he expected.  Roughly 63k words, this will be a fast-paced read filled with excitement.

I've completed the final edit before it goes off to my official editor.  My cover illustrator has been notified that I will need more of his quality work.  The finished book will be published via Smashwords.

Of Ghosts and Gunpowder is now being distributed

to Apple, Diesel, Kobo, Sony and Barnes & Noble.  It will show up in their catalog within two weeks.