MAY 2018


Newsletter - May 2018

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Well, Spring is finally here……. I think, although I’m not discounting the potential for a mid-May snow storm. It is also that time of year when my dear wife and occasional co-author, Nancy, abuses me like a rented mule in her garden. She contends that she is just getting me back in touch with my Irish heritage, as she has me plant row upon endless row of potatoes, but I believe she is just embracing her Viking heritage and using me as a slave.

JAMES MAGUIRE SERIES – Work is progressing on the fifth (as yet untitled) James Maguire book. So far I have seven chapters completed and just started on the eight.  If all goes as planned, I hope to have the fifth book out by late summer / early fall.

BOOK SIGNING – Just a reminder for my Midwest fans, I will be participating in the Spring book signing event at the Springfield, Illinois Barnes & Noble on May 19th, 2018.  I will be there between 1 pm – 3 pm, but the event continues afterwards with additional authors. It is being held at the Barnes & Noble store located at: 3111 South Veterans Parkway, Springfield, Illinois, 62704. The staff always manages to bring in a nice selection of authors, across a variety of genres, so there is usually something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to get out and meet some fantastic writers.

BLOG POSTS – In my latest blog post: The Labyrinthian World of (Fake) Book Reviews, I deal with the critical issue of reader reviews. I know that I can sometimes sound like a broken record, but the reality is that YOU the reader are an integral part of the recognition process and without your input we indie-authors are doomed. Reviews drive the analytics used by many booksellers, including Amazon. As more and more authors vie for readership and coveted slots on the best seller lists, many are opting to increase their visibility by purchasing reviews.  It’s not technically illegal, but I don’t believe it is in keeping with the spirit of honest book reviews. If you take a moment to read the post, you will see just how crucial you are, not just to me, but to all authors. When you are done, please take a moment and leave a review over at Amazon.  

ORDER OF BOOKS – I would like to take this opportunity to let subscribers to the Newsletter know that, if you are new to reading my novels, they all feature a stand-alone plot, but they also include inter-connecting sub-plots. If you are looking to get the most out of the series then I highly recommend that you read them in order, beginning with Perfect Pawn

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