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It's Pub Day!

Please join me in welcoming a new baby into the world. My latest crime novel, SHOTGUN BOOGIE, is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Taut and fast-paced, SHOTGUN BOOGIE is the debut of a new character, a thirtyish single woman named Jackie Nolan, who boosts semi trucks. Jackie struggles with the idea of being a criminal, and is lured into that life only because she's facing a mountain of debt.

When one of the trucks turns out to hold stolen Army munitions, Jackie is faced with a tough decision. She doesn't want the guns to get into the wrong hands. But a lot of bad people are after those guns, and they're willing to kill to get them.

I really enjoyed creating Jackie, a character with depth and grit. I've already written a sequel to SHOTGUN BOOGIE. That book, HOMESICK BLUES, will be out before Christmas.

Please help me spread the word about publication day for SHOTGUN BOOGIE. And please give Jackie a try. I think you'll like her.


Sneak peek at SHOTGUN BOOGIE

Here's the final cover art for my new crime novel, SHOTGUN BOOGIE, which comes out in October. Cool, no?

The cover design, by Albuquerque artist Denise Weaver Ross, fits the fast-paced story perfectly.

SHOTGUN BOOGIE is the tale of Jackie Nolan, who uses her truck-driving skills to get out of financial trouble. Stealing semis is risky, though, especially if you can't trust your partners. When Jackie stumbles upon a truckload of stolen Army weapons, her real trouble begins. Lots of bad men are after those guns.

It has a few light moments, but SHOTGUN BOOGIE isn't a crime comedy, like so many of my books. It's grittier than that, bloodier, more suspenseful. And Jackie proves to be a formidable heroine.

I liked Jackie so much, in fact, that I've already written a sequel. HOMESICK BLUES will come out before Christmas. Both books will be available as trade paperbacks and ebooks via Amazon.

The novel I'm revising now doesn't star Jackie. The protagonist of SIDE EYE is an 18-year-old boy just out of juvenile detention. He gets hired to drive around an aged mobster who's going blind. Expect to see SIDE EYE next summer.

I'm looking forward to this Saturday's Author Festival here in Albuquerque. Twenty-one authors, including me, will be signing books and giving talks all day at the Albuquerque Museum. Y'all come!

Happy reading!


The one that got away

Wow, summer is almost over. It went past in a blur.

My wife and I had plans for this summer, vague plans to slow it down by taking time off together. No elaborate vacation, just lazy days together at our Albuquerque home. Maybe a long weekend away.

We know what they say about the best-laid plans. Summer houseguests and family-related trips ate up the days off. Kelly was super-busy at work all summer. I wrote the first draft of a new novel in June, then watched it mostly gather dust the rest of the summer while I dealt with other, more pressing matters.

Boom, before I knew it, the fall semester had arrived. I'm teaching two classes this semester in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico -- double my usual workload -- and there was much to prepare. So far, the classes have been a lot of fun. I'm also deep into revisions on the new novel and hope to have it finished soon.

Meanwhile, the marketing push continues at Amazon. As mentioned in my last post, I've been putting my e-books on sale as Kindle Countdown Deals in recent weeks. Up next is FOOL'S PARADISE, which will be only 99 cents Sept. 15-21. After that, END RUN will be 99 cents from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3.

FOOL'S PARADISE, originally published by UNM Press, is the story of five strangers who come together to rob a bank in Coronado, CA. Like most of my standalone novels, it's full of action and comedy.

END RUN was the first of two Intrigue Press books featuring Albuquerque sportswriter Drew Gavin (the other is CHEAP SHOT). In END RUN, Drew's old flame from college asks him to help her husband, a jerk who's in trouble with bookies.

In October, I have two big author events coming up in Albuquerque. On Oct. 1, I'll be one of 21 New Mexico authors appearing at an all-day book fair at the Albuquerque Museum. I'm speaking on humor writing that day at 2 p.m. On Oct. 22, I'll be the luncheon speaker at an all-day self-publishing conference put on by Southwest Writers. Click the links for more info on those events.

I don't see things slowing down around here during the autumn.

Winter is coming. Stock up on books to read!


Bargains push e-book sales

While lots of authors have seen flat e-book sales lately, mine have improved, mostly because I've taken advantage of Kindle Countdown Deals on some of my books.

As I reported six weeks ago, I took my backlist of two dozen books off Smashwords and gave Amazon exclusivity on my e-book sales. Doing so meant my books could be read for FREE by Kindle Unlimited subscribers, and I'd get paid for those "borrows."

I've seen a nice bump in income from Kindle Unlimited in the past month, but the real story has been my use of Kindle Countdown Deals, another tool Amazon gives to Kindle-exclusive books. Every week or two, I've put one of my e-books on sale for 99 cents. They normally retail for $2.99, which isn't a lot of money, but some folks apparently find 99 cents irresistible. Sometimes, the sudden increase in sales will bounce a book up into the realm of Amazon's magical algorithms, which means lots more eyeballs and more sales.

The latest to go on sale is my crime novel THE BIG WINK, which will be 99 cents for the next week or so. THE BIG WINK is one of my personal favorites, an exploration of the marijuana industry in Northern California. In the book, a gang of robbers are knocking over medical marijuana dispensaries in the town of Redding. When a prominent local woman gets shot during a holdup, the gang becomes the focus of a manhunt, the national news media and the whole cannabis debate.

Award-winning author Reed Farrel Coleman called THE BIG WINK "a rare and wonderful reading experience." And Edgar winner Charlie Price said it is "a smooth, satisfying, and timely thriller."

(By the way, the terrific cover art for THE BIG WINK was done by my wife Kelly.)

Starting July 27, another of my Northern California novels, BANK JOB, will go on sale for 99 cents. Watch my Facebook and Twitter feeds for future sales.

Meanwhile, back here at the salt mine, I've started the second draft of my new crime novel, which is called SIDE EYE. Lots of additions and corrections to make, but I'm looking forward to the work.

Hope you're having a great summer! Happy reading!


All my ebooks -- for FREE

I just finished enrolling my entire backlist in KDP Select at Amazon, which means all those titles -- 23 novels, two novellas and five short stories -- are now available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

As I explained in my last blog post, I've decided to give Amazon exclusivity on those digital titles so I can reap some of the money paid to authors when their books are borrowed. You can see all the titles at my Amazon author page here.

The now-free ebooks include LONELY STREET (the one they made into a Hollywood movie) and the rest of the Bubba Mabry private eye series, two books featuring Albuquerque sportswriter Drew Gavin and a slew of standalone crime novels published under my own name.

Even if you're not a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you should check out these titles. Their regular prices are $2.99 or less. And most of these books remain available in paperback!

I'll report back on the success(?) of this Kindle experiment in a few months.

Happy reading!