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Three in the Top Ten

Three of my novels are simultaneous bestsellers

Kyle Pratt holds the Strengthen What Remains series

All three of my Strengthen What Remains novels have reached the Amazon War Fiction top ten bestseller list at the same time. Braving the Storms, my latest novel is at number eight. Through Many Fires, the first novel in the series is in the number five position, and A Time to Endure has reached the number one spot.

Currently, we’re promoting A Time to Endure, so I expected it to move up in the ranks and, of course, I hoped that it would reach number one. What I didn’t expect is for people to buy the other two books at the same time, and have all three in the top ten this morning.

Thank you, everyone, who bought the books, reviewed them and helped spread the word. This is a great start to 2016. 

Counting Blessings

Wow! This has been an outstanding year.

Through Many Fires and A Time to Endure are side-by-side on the Amazon War Fiction bestseller list. Both have been higher on this list, but it is nice to see them together.

In addition to that great news, all the distributors of my books, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Audible and iTunes, report higher sales for my books in 2014 over 2013.  

The end of the year is a time to count blessings, and I have many. I’m out of the hospital, feeling well and earning a living at my dream job, just to name a few.

Thank you for making this a great year!

An Amusing Email

My wife received this from Amazon the other day.

Even though she is not a big fan of the military science fiction genre, as my first editor, Lorraine has read every line of these books—multiple times. That’s why it was amusing when she received the email from Amazon.

She also checks my reviews, prices and other details, and that is probably why Amazon thinks she would like to read the books but she gets them from me for free. Still, it’s nice that Amazon is trying to help with sales.

The middle cover in the picture is of my latest book, A Time to Endure. This is the second book in the Strengthen What Remains trilogy and picks up the saga of Caden Westmore on the day the story ends in Through Many Fires, the first book of the series. A Time to Endure will be released on December 12th, but is available for preorder now on Amazon and Smashwords and Nook

Two Months Away from the Big Day

Beta readers are already working over most of the manuscript.

The majority of the writing is done. Now it is just tweaking the plot and editing. But there is still much to be done before the release of A Time to Endure, Strengthen What Remains, book two.

The artwork for the cover, spine and back are done and the preorder page is up on Amazon and Smashwords. Please click on the links, view the pages, and order the book. A Time to Endure will also be available on Nook and Kobo on or near the Amazon release date.

So, what else is left to do?

I write because I enjoy writing and being creative, but once the book is done I have to do the part of the business that is mundane—marketing.

I’m not complaining (Okay, maybe just a little) but, now is the time to write press releases, emailing bloggers and scheduling promotions. Reviewers need to be contacted and copies of the book sent to them as soon as it is available. As I write this I waiting for an email from a book promoter.  

A Time to Endure comes out on December 12th. I’ll already be writing my next book.

Preorder A Time to Endure

The exciting saga of Major Caden Westmore continues!

We announced the release date for A Time to Endure on August 12th, and now just over a month later, it is available for Kindle preorder.

In the first book, Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains, nuclear terrorism destroys six American cities. The nation’s economy teeters on the verge of collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens to decimate the wounded country.

In the second novel, A Time to Endure, Caden faces tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, as he struggles to keep his family and town together. But how can he save his community when the nation is collapsing around it?

A Time to Endure is now available for Kindle preorder on Amazon. The page count and some of the other data is not yet correct. We’ll be building the Amazon page over the next week. The release date is December 12th, but order now, for your Kindle, while you’re thinking about it.

200 Reviews!

Through Many Fires earned review number 200 on Amazon.

A reader named David left review number 200 on Sunday. The 5-star review for Through Many Fires said the book was “very entertaining” and the characters were likable. He also hoped that the book was not our future. Well, that is exactly the reaction I was hoping to achieve.

Through Many Fires has been well-received with comments like, “The book hooked me with the first chapter.” I’m thrilled that 176 of the 200 reviews are 4 or 5 star.

David went on say that he was waiting for the sequel. Well, David, you don’t have long to wait. The next book in the series, titled A Time to Endure, will be released on December 12th and the pre-order page will be up on Amazon this month.