Only 2 days before latest release – Die If You Want Praise

My latest Ray Irish book is available for pre-order and will release on June 1.  Here’s the marketing blurb:

He’s a hard-boiled private detective with no clients and a crazy landlady looking for his overdue rent. After a young gunman walks into his office, telling him to lay off of a case he’s not involved with, Ray soon finds himself in the middle of murder, deceit, and deception. Brought in to investigate a fiendish killing, which leads to another, the shamus tries to sort out the sinister motive. Paintings with eerie depictions of the murders hang near the bodies, and the police believe it’s the work of a madman.

But that’s not the worst part. Irish lets Orella, his new client, get kidnapped. Feeling like a juggler on a high wire act, Ray struggles to find his client who stole a valuable ring at the same time he seeks the real purpose behind two wealthy cousins hiring him to retrieve the same ring. In his search, Ray descends into the late 1940s world of narcotic pushers and users.

As the pressure from the two cases takes their toll, Ray rekindles his relationship with Samantha Carter, considered by the police to be a suspect in the murders. She brings out buried emotions that are as difficult to manage as his business relationship with his mercenary partner, Cat Bennett. It doesn’t help that nightmares and ghosts invade his sleep, reminding him of unfinished business.

The atmosphere around Oyster City grows black with each passing day as Ray discovers his friends have similar supernatural dreams. The tarot cards of the Shadows foreshadow their evil presence as they continue bloody and violent rituals. While the citizens go about their daily lives, little do they understand that a dark period of history is about to return to a terrifying climax.

Exciting News for Fans of the Ray Irish Mystery Series

The 2nd book of the series will be coming soon.  We have a new cover to reveal today. I can also reveal the new book has more twists and turns as Ray Irish tries to tackle two cases of murder and kidnapping at the same time.  Expect the book to come out in ebook format sometime in mid-May 2018.

Die If You Want Praise – Ray Irish Mystery Book 2

Another Month

It’s time to catch up with the latest news.

First, Goodreads is having a Mystery Thiller Week according to their blog.  Sense I’m moving heavily into the genre, I thought I would take a look.  Lots of interesting books in the list and, of course, too many to read given the lack of spare time.  You should add your thoughts and ideas to their blog.

Second, Booklife has an interesting article on a successful indie writer.  I’m always pursuing through such articles that arrive on my email to collect tidbits useful to my own endeavors.   If you have subscribed to the Booklife emails, I recommend that you do.

Third,  Blogger/Author has an interesting take on branding and useful ideas for your own development as an author.  Take a look.

Which leads to my own marketing.

My YA book Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs is scheduled as a promotion on April 12th, 2018 on Bargain Booksy.  If you haven’t subscribed to their emails, I recommend them even when I’m not promoting my own stories.

By the way the Beowulf book will be only 99 cents that day only.  Pick up a copy if you like fantasy and myths based upon one of the greatest heroes of the past.

 

 

Promotion Tool for Authors

Since I’m not good at keeping up with my blog, I thought I would try to make it up by giving out some tips on tools and promotions that I’ve used with some success recently.

Consolidating all of the links to your books:

If you use more than just Amazon for selling your ebooks, you will find it’s difficult to spread the word about your books on B&N, Kobo, Ibooks, etc.  Since I use Draft2Digital as the distributor for my 6 books, I began using their Universal links feature.  https://www.books2read.com/.

Once you add your book to this tool, it’s fairly easy to set up and does a discovery of your books on each channel.  When completed, all of your channels will show up in one simple URL (example below).  The user simply clicks on the icon to go directly to your book at the site.

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This site will also give you rudimentary stats for clicks through each channel, etc. But it will not allow you to determine any strong ROI for ads you might using.  However, the site does give you enough information to confirm whether your ads are effective to a particular channel.

Give it a try and see if you agree.  Click on my cover below and you will see an example.

A Shot of Irish

 

 

For those suffering from writers block, here’s some advice from Booklife that I like.

 

All the Latest News

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog.  Between the holidays and focused writing, I’ve neglected spending time on my site.  It’s kind of like removing Christmas decorations, I’ll get to it when I find the time.

The 2nd Book of the Ray Irish Occult Mystery is complete in its final draft, edits/beta/proofreads will take up the next 30-60 days so I expect it will be available around tax time.  Title for the book is Die If You Want Praise.

I’ve also decided to begin another Clovel Sword book due to interest from readers about the series generated over the holidays.  The Sagas will start when Urith was younger, just after the death of his wife and father.  The novellas (free downloads) will give readers a start at the timeline where the Sagas pick up.

Also, I’ve made some progress on my debut horror book called Black Hanna.  If all goes well, I expect it will be available by the end of 2018.

Links of Interest

A book critics view of evaluating the novel. 

A link to self-publishing that has great tips. A useful Read.

For those with an interest in poetry and Instagram.

DC Comics and Graphic Novels for Young Readers

And, of course, a sales pitch…

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

In honor of my past tradition of showing postcards from the past for the holidays.

I hope you can share the tradition  of unity, family, and kindness to others in this time where hate and division are sowed by seekers of wealth and destruction through clicks and isolation.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

 

My Latest Book – A Shot of Irish

After several rounds of edits and a beta reading, my new hard-boiled occult mystery book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and Lulu.  I hope you will take a few minutes to look over the preview below.

A Shot of Irish – A New Mystery Novel Coming this Weekend

It’s about time for my next book.  I’m happy to state that my latest novel went off to the printer this morning.  I should have my printed copy to review next week.  In the meantime, the ebook version should be out this weekend.  I’ll be sending out more information through my Facebook and Twitter accounts this evening.

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 A corrupt city ran by a political machine.

Racketeers and gangsters fight for control of the waterfront.
Mysterious, bloody murders occur throughout the city.
Black-robed figures are offering blood sacrifices to an unknown demon.

Ray Irish has found his home.

In the months following World War II,Irish travels from town to town trying to drown the memories of pain and carnage with bottles of whiskey. He is a tramp, and his mode of transportation is the inside of railroad cattle cars. When Irish drifts into Oyster City, struggling town nestled along the Chesapeake Bay, a chance encounter in a back alley gives him an unanticipated job and a couple of new suits.  Working for the corrupt man he saves, Irish quickly discovers his new home has a polished veneer that barely conceals layers of deception and treachery.

Paired with a conniving woman photographer named Cat, Irish descends into a world of grifters, racketeers, and cops on the take. Something more ominous lies behind the tranquil image that is projected by the town elders. The grisly murders of a chauffeur and a policeman are only part of a web of odd occurrences involving strange people wearing the masks of tarot card characters. While Irish battles with thugs who have him in their sights, the ex-Seabee follows a chain of unusual events which might lead to a murderer or his death.

He will need the luck of the Irish to survive in a city that hates outsiders.