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11.22.2016

Jumping the gun

Psst. Hey. Yeah, you. Listen, I've got another new crime thriller coming out. Right now.

Yeah, yeah, I said earlier that HOMESICK BLUES would come out on Dec. 1. But things went smoother than expected with the publishing process (how often can one say that?), and the novel is already available at Amazon.

You can order the paperback here. Or pre-order the Kindle version here, and get it automatically deposited into your reader on Nov. 30, which has become the "official" publication date.

HOMESICK BLUES is the second novel featuring Jackie Nolan, a tough, truck-driving woman who gets mixed up in crime to solve her family's money problems. In the first novel, SHOTGUN BOOGIE, Jackie faced a tough decision when she discovered she was sitting on a cache of stolen Army guns. Lots of bad people were after those guns, and one of them returns in the sequel, still trying to even the score with Jackie.

In HOMESICK BLUES, Jackie is returning to Albuquerque two years later when she stumbles upon a car burning on the side of the highway. The driver is dead, so Jackie tries to adopt her identity, only to learn that the dead woman was in plenty of trouble herself. Soon, Jackie's on the run in her own hometown, bad men on her trail.

Both of these Jackie Nolan thrillers are tight, fast-paced stories with lots of action. I think you'll like them.

10.28.2016

Hot new cover art

Here's a sneak peek at the cover art for my second Jackie Nolan crime novel, HOMESICK BLUES. Looks great, doesn't it?


The cover was designed by Albuquerque artist Denise Weaver Ross. She also designed the cover for the first Jackie Nolan book, SHOTGUN BOOGIE, which is available at Amazon now.

In SHOTGUN BOOGIE, Jackie crosses some very bad people after she hijacks a semi truck full of stolen Army rifles.

In HOMESICK BLUES, Jackie is on her way back home to Albuquerque when she finds a car burning on the side of the highway. There's a purse nearby with an ID that Jackie could use to start a new life, but it brings her even more trouble.

Both of these novels are gritty, fast-paced and full of action. Jackie Nolan is tough and resourceful. A very fun character to write.

HOMESICK BLUES is scheduled to come out Dec. 1. But please try SHOTGUN BOOGIE today. I think you'll love it.

10.15.2016

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.

9.29.2016

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!

9.14.2016

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!