Some more free books!

freeEveryone likes a free sample, so I’ve added a new tab to this website called, simply enough, FREE BOOKS!

This page has links to your favorite ebook retailer (like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks), and it also has direct links you can use to download the ebooks directly to your computer, tablet, or other gadget-y device.

All of the ebooks are short story ebooks, so they’re a quick read. Also, the first dozen or so books on the page are connected to novels that are also available as ebooks, so grabbing a free short story is a great way to test out whether you’d want to read the novel as well. Here’s hoping you will!

UnWreckedTales_75And speaking of free, I wanted to remind folks that you can also get a cost-challenged (i.e., FREE!) ebook simply by subscribing to the UnWrecked Press newsletter.

These books aren’t going to stay free forever, so now’s a great time to load up your favorite ebook reader with some great stuff, totally and absolutely risk-free, Enjoy!

The Finder Team: Take 2

For the past month now, I’ve been getting up early to work on my new mystery novel that has a splash of the supernatural in it.

Well, I was plugging away on the book, that is, until 1) I got a nasty cold, and 2) we had family visit and I got knocked off schedule.  But I’d planned for the second option (and we had a great visit with family from in and out of state), and my plan is to be up and running again tomorrow. Typing away in the early hours as usual…

One thing I did in some of my downtime in the past few weeks was work on a couple of covers for the new book, which is still called The Finder Team.

I’d love to get your thoughts on which cover you prefer, so here are your two options (click on a cover to see a bigger version):

NOTE: The first five people to comment with their preferred cover either here or on the UnWrecked Press Facebook page get a coupon code for a free ebook from the UnWrecked Press store! Thanks for your help!

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New audiobook version of a paranormal mystery and romance!

I can finally share the news about the latest audiobook from UnWrecked Press — the audio version of my novel Heart’s Revenge!

Our narrator, Julie Sears of SearsVoices, did a fantastic job telling the story of Ella and her divemaster Mitch on the tiny island of Ocracoke, where they find ancient mysteries, dead pirates, surly tourists, and even… love.

Here’s the “back-cover copy” for this audiobook:

A haunted romance. An unsolved mystery. And a centuries-old curse at the heart of it all.

Heart's Revenge audiobookOff the rough coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Ella Simon tracks down one manthe infamous pirate Blackbeard. She must identify a shipwreck off the coast of the island, but she and her divemaster Mitch Thompson discover much more than that.

They just have to stay alive long enough to solve the mystery of a young girl’s killer before the ghosts of dead pirates take them down to the bottom of the ocean, forever.

A haunted romance, a lovestruck mystery, and a pirate-filled adventure.

The audio version of Heart’s Revenge is available from Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

ALSO: For a short time, we’re making the ebook version of Heart’s Revenge available for over half off its usually price. Just $2.99!

And definitely check out the other amazing audiobooks available from UnWrecked Press.

April Writing Challenge: What I’ll Be Writing

Yesterday I talked all about my big plans for April, so I figured I’d share a draft of my synopsis for The Finder Team, the novel I’ll be writing, starting tomorrow(!).

Just be aware that ALL of it is subject to change, including the novel itself. Here’s the basics of the novel:

The Finder Team

The Finder TeamBim Mayer knows in his gut how to find missing persons.

But to connect with the missing, he must eat that person’s favorite food. And not just a few bites. Big handfuls of the stuff, until he gets sick. Then a weird connection gets made between his ever-expanding belly and the distressed mind of the missing person.

Call it a gastronome’s GPS. Except Bim rarely gets to enjoy what he eats. His job requires quantity, not quality.

As a result of his “specialized” work for his buddy, private eye Hanky J Jackson, Bim now tips the scales at three hundred and fifty pounds. This job is killing him, but he can’t stop helping people, now that he’s aware of his special talent.

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April Writing Challenge: I’m Going Camping!

I’ve heard that if you share your goals with people, it’s easier to stick to them, because you feel more accountable. And if people ask, how’s it going with Goal A or Goal B, you can answer them with something positive (instead of mumbling something like “I’m about to get started soon” or “Oh that, it’s just… great. Just great. Really.”)

A little back story first.

The last few months have been a bit insane, starting pretty much the day before Thanksgiving. That’s when we learned that we had to be out of our rental house located just outside Blowing Rock by the last day of January. We had to scramble fast to find another place to live. December was a bit of a blur. But by January 31st, we’d bought our new log cabin halfway up a mountain between Blowing Rock and Boone.

It all worked out, right down to getting the lawyers and the lending company to get all the papers ready by the last day of January, and moving out of the rented house into our new house. (I won’t even go into how the rental truck loaded with all our stuff got stuck going down our snowy lane on move-in day.)

And then February was all about unpacking and settling into the new house and getting it in order (log cabins can be very drafty in the winter, so I had to get some folks to come seal up the house on the inside so we didn’t see our breath on frosty days).

I though March would be the month I’d get back on track with writing and exercising, but while I did join an area gym and got back into weightlifting and cardio, I promptly overdid that and threw out my back. Doh! So I’m recovering from that and seeing an excellent chiropractor, and I’m plotting my next fiction-writing scheme.

I’m determined to get myself back on track, so I’m sharing my goals right here with you.

I’ve had the idea for my next novel for a while, but I was struggling with a plan for getting the words down. And I believe I’ve found the answer: Camp NaNoWriMo!

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Head’s up — new newsletter!

The good folks at UnWrecked Press just sent out the February newsletter to our subscribers, and it includes a new story reprint of mine!

To find out which story and to read that tale, all you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter.

You also get a free ebook filled with original UnWrecked Press stories and novel excerpts.

And there’s also a news update about an upcoming audiobook that I’m really pumped up to share with everyone.

So go, subscribe, and enjoy… :)