Thursday, May 24, 2018

Drifted (David Wolf Book 12) Is Now Available! And Other News.

I'm happy to announce I've published Drifted (David Wolf Book 12). It's been a while since the last
Wolf was published, and I left him in a bad place in Rain (Wolf 11). Drifted begins with Wolf far into a downward slide, and the local powers that be are beginning to doubt his ability to do his job. Here's the description over at Amazon.

As the snow melts, a disturbing truth emerges. 

Colorado mountain detective David Wolf is back in the latest page-turning mystery that will leave your heart pounding and lungs pumping for air. 

A Rocky Points businessman goes missing, leaving behind an SUV drifted over in snow and a lot of questions for the Sluice-Byron County SD. But the answers are hard to come by, and Chief Detective David Wolf’s personal problems aren’t making investigating any easier for him and his team. 

As the temperatures rise in the Chautauqua Valley, the most important clue emerges from the melting drifts. At the same time, Wolf’s memories surface from the shadowy depths of his mind and back into his life. Even for a man with Wolf’s history, dealing with the case and facing his demons head-on proves too much, and Wolf is brought to his knees, both physically and mentally.
 Will the valley’s best cop rise again, purified by fire? Or will his ashes drift away on the high winds of the Rockies, leaving behind a justice unpaid?

--> Click Here to Get Drifted 

Other News/Ramblings

I now enter into a summer that will test my abilities to focus. I have two boys (7 and 4 years old) and our nanny will be going out of town at the end of June for the remainder of the summer. Somebody will have to pick up the slack with watching the boys, and I feel so fortunate that the books are doing well enough that I could watch the kids for two months and not feel ill effects financially. 

But mentally, it's hard for me to unplug and not write. I have one book about 2/3rds done, and I feel like I could spit out the first draft before our nanny goes out of town ... but I'm also doubting the direction I'm taking the new book. But damn it, I need to get the "other" book out of my brain. 

The New Book/New Series 

My wife is from Italy, and we've spent a lot of time over in Europe over the years, so I've always wanted to incorporate those locales in my writing. 

I want to write another series, but I'm hesitant to continue on the path I'm on right now with The Tuscan Leopard (the book that is 2/3rds done), concerned that the series will follow too closely in line with numerous other books out there on the market. The old, "Rogue assassin/secret agent" schtick has been done. Don't get me wrong, I want that element in the book, but I want the addition of something more unique if I'm going to put my time and effort into another series outside of Wolf. 

So, that's the mental screw-job I'm grappling with when I start working on anything other than a Wolf book. "Is this worth my time? Couldn't I just explore the same concepts with Wolf and his crew?" With a Wolf book, I know exactly who the characters are, I know the settings, I know people want to read it, there are few unknowns. It is still hard to write, but ... it's easier.  

And that's exactly why I must write a book in a completely different world, with completely different characters.  

I have a not-so-fully fleshed-out idea for a unique, compelling story, which combines The Tuscan Leopard (spy intrigue) with archeology, a touch of sci-fi--elements that cannot exist in Wolf's world. And, of course, there will be action, suspense, mystery, thrills, etc. So ... that's what I'm going to get out of my mind this summer. I've threatened it before. Many times to those around me, and to you, my reader. It's getting old. It needs out. 

Thanks for reading. Get Drifted! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

RAIN (David Wolf Book 11)

It's been eight freaking months since I've published a David Wolf book. This one took a long time. In a perfect world, I'd have three books written in eight months.

In my own defense, there's been a lot of life happening. Our family went to Italy, the nanny left for two months and someone had to watch those two kids this summer, and I tried to write a different book for two months ... and shelved it.

Honestly, I had a lot of trouble writing this last book. I found myself caught up in perfectionism quagmire too many days. It's something I'm working on, and I've committed to put more faith in writing forward. I think that the more success the David Wolf Series sees on Amazon, I feel more pressure to produce the next big thing with each release. Or maybe it was what I decided I had to do to Wolf in this book ... who knows? I don't. All I know, is RAIN (David Wolf Book 11) is now available on Amazon!

And I hope you go buy it now, and read it, and enjoy the story.

Monday, July 24, 2017

News, and ... other news

I've been working hard on the latest Wolf book, which is tentatively called The Pack.

The premise is that Wolf and Lauren are days from marriage, the reception tent has been erected on the front meadow, friends and relatives are in town, Rachette is masterminding bachelor activities, and Wolf's world is generally steeped in anticipation. And then a car with blood smeared on the steering wheel shows up outside Wolf's house.

Inside he finds Kristen Luke lying in the shower--bloodied, injured, and emaciated. But when she wakes, she can't remember what happened to her, or why she is 1,200 miles from her new Seattle field office.

And so begins a heck of a lot of trouble for Wolf.

The Peter Blake Series Book:

A month or so back I closed the file on that one, threw the computer against the wall, gave it a flying elbow drop, dusted it off, opened up a new file, and have been working on "The Pack" ever since. I'll get back to it. Probably. I'm beginning to think it's not meant to be, but I'll probably give it another go, and then move on to something else if I have to.

Audio Books:

I now have 6 audio books fully produced and for sale. Sean has finished the 7th (To the Bone) and it will be available on Audible and Amazon shortly.

Links to Available Audio Books (All available for cheap as additions to the Kindle purchase on Amazon)

1) Foreign Deceit
2) The Silversmith
3) Alive and Killing
4) Deadly Conditions
5) Cold Lake
6) Smoked Out

Introducing the David Wolf Mystery Series Box Set (Books 1-4)

The first 4 David Wolf books are now available in a bundle at a discount that equates to over 40% off the price of purchasing them alone. Please help share the word on this, and if you've read all the books, please consider leaving an honest review. Thanks for your help.

I'll keep you posted in the next month or so when I'm through with The Pack.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Dark Mountain (David Wolf Series Book 10) - Now on Amazon

Dark Mountain David Wolf Book 10
DARK MOUNTAIN, the tenth book in the David Wolf series, is now available on Amazon!

I'm very excited about this one for a number of reasons. The first, and most important reason, is that I love the story. The second is that five years ago, when I turned to my wife with this crazy idea to write ... and write FICTION ... I ended my vow to her with "And I'll write ten books. Then, and only then, will I step back and judge it as a failure or success." (To her credit, she did what she always does, and said, "Awesome!")

I think that in my mind, I took the required amount of writing I thought it would take to begin making a living at self-published writing (five books) and doubled it, just in case after five I wasn't doing so hot.

In hindsight, I think the goal shows how much I really wanted to be a writer. I also think it shows my lofty ambitions, and the pessimism (or is it realism?) that all the ambitions are soaked in.

"Hey, I've busted my ass and we're still broke. But it's only been eight books! Two more to go ... then I'll make a decision, honey."

I'm fortunate I never had to say that. I was able to out-earn my day job after five books, so I was able to quit it and I've written full time ever since. Every once in a while I'll get that cry-in-your-Frosted Flakes feeling when I think about how far my wife and I have come in this venture. But more often than not, I find myself looking toward the future.

And as for the future, I'm working on that new series I keep threatening to write. I'm rebranding the books with new covers. I'm producing each book in audio, and ramping up my marketing to a new level. I'm looking at also doing an offshoot series, perhaps starring Kristen Luke. (The Luke Files?) We'll see. One book at a time, from now on.

I hope you like Dark Mountain.