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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!

Bestseller!

Through Many Fires is again a bestseller, reaching #5 on the Amazon War Bestseller list.

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What sparked the return to those lofty ranks is the upcoming release of the sequel, A Time to Endure. As part of the promotion we’ve lowered the ebook price of Through Many Fires to 99 cents and done some advertising. Consequently, Through Many Fires is currently #5 on the Amazon war fiction bestseller list and on two other bestseller lists

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In the first novel, Through Many Fires, Strengthen What Remains, book 1, terrorists smuggle a nuclear bomb into Washington D.C. and detonate it during the State of the Union address. Army veteran and congressional staffer, Caden Westmore in nearby Bethesda, watches as a mushroom cloud grows over the capital. The next day as he drives away from the still burning city, he learns another city has been destroyed, and then another. America is under siege. Panic ensues and society begins to unravel.

A Time to Endure, Strengthen What Remains, book 2, starts the same day the first novel ends. Caden struggles to keep his family and community alive as 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.

A Time to Endure is available for preorder now on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords. On December 12th the paperback edition will be released and the audiobook will follow shortly afterwards.

Done with Endure

I wrote the last words of A Time to Endure this morning. 

Except for improving some word choices or making a few sentences clearer, the writing of the book is done and it is now in the editing process. The first twenty-eight chapters are with my editor, Barbara Blakey. I’ll be sending two chapters out for beta reading and two chapters are left for critiquing, but that process should all be done in two or three weeks.

Then the novel goes to final formatting and uploading to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords for distribution.

A Time to Endure is the second book in the Strengthen What Remains series. It begins on the same day the first book, Through Many Fires, ends. In the first novel, terrorists smuggle a nuclear bomb into Washington D.C. and detonate it during the State of the Union Address. Army veteran and congressional staffer Caden Westmore is in nearby Bethesda and watches as a mushroom cloud grows over the capital. The next day, as he drives away from the still burning city to find loved ones and family, he learns that another city has been destroyed and then another. America is under siege. Panic ensues and society starts to unravel.

In the second novel, Caden is home, but 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 face of tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, Caden 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 will be released on December 12th, but the Kindle and Nook versions are available for preorder now. It is also available for preorder on Smashwords

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

Release Date!

The release date for my next novel, A Time to Endure, has been set.

The exciting saga of Major Caden Westmore continues. In the first book of the Strengthen What Remains series, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism destroys six American cities, leaving the nation in chaos.

In the second novel, A Time to Endure, the economy teeters on collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens to decimate the wounded country. In the face of tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, Caden 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 will be released four months from today on December 12th of this year.

A third book is planned, but that is another story.

The front and back cover for A Time to Endure are complete and much of the book is now in the editing process. There is still much to be done behind the scenes, but barring unforeseen problems, the book will be released in paperback and on Kindle December 12th. Shortly thereafter, the novel will be released on Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and as an Audiobook.

Now on Nook!

It took longer than I thought it would, but Through Many Fires, is now available on Nook.

Through Many Fires was released in August on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle format. It was the first of my books to have a simultaneous release. The paperback was soon picked up by Barnes & Noble, but it did not appear on the Nook site until today. You can now buy Through Many Fires on most online retail outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Audible.com. Click here for the complete list.  

In the coming weeks the novel should also be available on the iTunes bookstore and Kobo.

October Excitement

The month of October is going to be very busy and exciting.

The audiobook version of Through Many Fires is in post-production and should be available late in the month or early in November. 

As the month roles along, we will also be releasing DRM free versions of my books on Smashwords. DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is a form of copyright protection that inhibits readers from sharing books. I want readers to be able to share my books.

The audiobook cover of Through Many Fires

Smashwords is the leading distributor of indie author books and will be handling U.S. and international distribution outside of the Amazon network. 

Because of the Smashwords agreement, during the course of October all of my books will become available on the Nook and Kobo ereaders. Kobo is the dominate reader in Canada as well as parts of Europe and Asia. I’ll make announcements as each book becomes available.

Finally, I’m busy writing the sequel to Through Many Fires. That novel will be titled A Time to endure and will be available sometime in 2014.