Finally, after almost a year and a half of writing, editing, changing, rearranging and re-writing, Crow Creek is available for your reading pleasure. It feels like I’ve been working on it forever, so it’s hard to believe there’s nothing more to do. Oh, I’m sure I’ll look through it and find a missing period or some other excruciatingly frustrating mistake, but overall I feel like it’s where it needs to be and there shouldn’t be anything major to deal with…though you never know. UGH!
What’s it like to be on the cusp of releasing a book?
It’s harrowing and exciting…but mostly frightening. Terrifying. When you’ve been working and living with a book for this long, you start to lose perspective, if you ever had it to begin with. Still, and I know I’m biased, I think it’s a fun little book and it’s the kind of story I would enjoy as a reader. There are some twists and turns–some creepy stuff, some magical stuff, and some comedy relief. Or at least that’s what I’ve tried to do. Hopefully, you think so too. Let me know what you think, please.
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So, order your copy on Amazon today! The Kindle version is 3.99, currently, but if you buy the paperback (15.95) on Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for only .99 cents! You will be able to order Crow Creek at bookstores like Barnes and Noble too, so if your local store doesn’t have it, order it online or ask them to get it.
Devils Glen Sale
To coincide with the release of Crow Creek, Kindle Press is placing Devils Glen on a promo for the month of June! Starting June 1st, you can get the Kindle version for $1.99 and the paperback will be reduced to $9.99. So if you haven’t had a chance to pick up Devils Glen yet, now’s the best time to do it!
Well, now that Crow Creek is set, I’m afraid I do need to take a little break from Bettendorf for a minute. I’ll get back to it soon enough to have the next book out sometime late next year–I’m shooting for Book 3 to be released in October of 2019–but this Summer I’ll be writing a different book, not part of the Bettendorf Tales series. However, it too is set in Iowa–Maquoketa this time. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Valerie, for giving me a great idea for a horror novel! More details to follow in the coming months.
And then, yes, I will immediately begin working on the sequel to Crow Creek. Fortunately, I have a few chapters finished already and a good start on the overall plot. This will conclude the first major story arch of Jack Davies’ tale and will serve as a platform for how the rest of the series plays out.
What am I Reading?
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – I just finished it. Interesting and creepy. Leaves you wondering what’s really going on all the way to the end. I thought about it for days afterward. Sticks with you.
Widow’s Point by Billy Chizmar and Richard Chizmar – Just started it. It’s a quick read–a spooky little novella about a haunted lighthouse in Maine. It’s told through a found footage sort of perspective by a guy investigating ghost stories centered around the lighthouse. What more could you ask for? Pretty spooky so far.
What am I watching?
Handmaid’s Tale – Amazing show, though hard to watch sometimes. The near-future setting is horrifyingly plausible. Great performances and just enough victories to keep it all from becoming overwhelmingly bleak–barely.
Westworld – I loved season 1. Season 2 has been a little uneven, but it’s still one of the most interesting shows on TV. I’m hoping the payoff is as great as the leadup.
Legion – Set in the same comics world as X-Men and Deadpool, though told in a very non-linear way. Like I said before, it’s like if David Lynch made a superhero show. Bring an open mind.
The Americans – This series has quietly become one of the best shows in the new golden age of television, right up there with Madmen, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, in my book. Just more subtle than the others. And this week is the series finale. It’s been a really good final season. Great acting and impeccable writing, as always.
OK, that’s all for now. Pick up your copy of Crow Creek ASAP and let me know what you think. Have a great week everyone, and happy belated Memorial Day! And PLEASE sign up for my newsletter below, if you haven’t!