Thursday, February 17, 2011

Barry's Mask

Barry Napier has announced today that his novel THE MASKS OF OUR FATHERS is now available on Amazon as an e-book, and soon it will be out in print as well.

The cover looks great, and the description is intriguing:

There is a powerful secret waiting in the forests of Moore’s Hollow. Buried in myths and ignored by history, there are dark things in the woods that laid claim to the land many years ago. Jason Melhor heard about this secret around summer campfires as a boy. As a child, he came to know the legends well. But as he grew older, these fables disappeared with other childhood things.
Now, as a man unable to escape a past marred by an alcoholic father and his mother’s suicide, Jason has returned to Moore’s Hollow to bring his sordid family tragedy to a close. He has packed only a pistol and a single bullet. But the secrets of Moore’s Hollow that Jason passed off as myths over the years are still lurking in the forests. Something knows Jason has returned…and he has returned at the worst possible time.

Sounds great.  I can't wait to read it.


Tuesday, February 08, 2011

An Early Announcement

This is a bit premature, but I still wanted to go ahead and get it out there. I've been stuck in indecision so long, it feels nice to have finally made a choice.

I've been watching, intently, as this crazy phenomena called e-reading has popped up almost over night. I shouldn't be surprised. I come from the generation that went from phones with rotary dials, to touch tone, to beepers, to car phones, to giant cell phones resembling army radios, to what we have now, which is more of a mini-computer that you can make phone calls from (if you broke your thumbs and don't feel like texting with your mouth).

At first I was appalled. I hated the idea of e-books. No one would take my real-world books away. Blah, blah, blah. We were all a bit miffed back then, weren't we?.

Now, however, I see a tool that benefits both the reader and writer. I sometimes feel like a peasant, who having survived the Dark Ages, now stands with hope shining upon him like the summer sun.

And I'm not the only one.

I've commented before about Joe Konrath's blog , and the effect it has had on me. But please, don't think me a simple follower with lofty, unattainable dreams. I know that the money he's pulling down won't find its way into every self-published writer's wallet, but, truthfully, that's not what I'm going for. I only need enough so that I can turn this "hobby" into a career. That's all I'm asking for -- though I won't turn away the cash if it shows up on my doorstep.

Another fellow writer, Barry Napier, posted a couple days ago that he is going to try his hand at self-publishing, and Aaron Polson just posted about being a 21st Century Digital Boy. I know that there are several others that have already or are going to try soon. It's an exciting time to write.

So, with that bit of ranting out of the way, I would like to announce that I too will soon be throwing my hat into the self-publishing arena with my paranormal thriller Guarding the Healer. I know that success won't come overnight. Just like most things, this wall will only go up brick by brick.

I do not have a release date, yet, but when I do, you'll be one of the first to know.