I ❤️ Philadelphia.
I ❤️ Philadelphia.
Hello Philly, it’s good to be back!
Seven hour road trip to Philly with the hubs. I can write without distractions. Well, less distractions.
A number of readers have been asking about when Enforcer is going to be released as well as Endings & Beginnings (Book #3 of The New Mafia Trilogy) and I want to apologize for the delay. Summer is generally busy and this summer has been busier than usual. In addition to the normal reaction in Maine of wanting to run free in the sunshine before it snows again, I’m a founding board member of the Maine Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) chapter. We received temp charter status in May and there have been a lot of rides, trainings and meetings. This past October I received a promotion of sorts at my day job and this has been crazy busy too.
I’ve been working on both the novella and book three simultaneously and while I wanted to release Enforcer at the end of August, it just wasn’t ready (BTW - I’m totally more in love with Grant after writing his origin story) and I don’t want to release a half-assed, rushed effort. You guys deserve kick ass stories!
That being said, this past week, while on a business trip in Chicago, I had a lot of time to think and do some serious soul searching. I’ve come up with four deadlines:
1) October 25, 2014 - the official release date for Enforcer (on the one year book birthday for The Beautiful People)
2) December 1, 2014 - the official release date for Endings & Beginnings
3) March 1, 2015 - the official release date of End of the Road (Book One of The Ghost Stories Trilogy)
4) October 1, 2015 - A personal goal that I can’t reveal just yet :)
Setting these deadlines comes with a sense of relief. These are tangible goals and will help me focus. Deciding to release Enforcer on the book birthday for The Beautiful People feels right, plus allows ample time to wrap up the novella and give it a proper edit. Thank you for your patience. <3
Several people have asked me lately where they can buy my books. Here are the links:
The Beautiful People
Amazon (e-book & print):
My view from the back of the Harley this morning.
There have been some recent occurrences of authors behaving badly on social media. I’m not going to name names because that just gives them more recognition. What bothers me is that the most recent author was lashing out at her readers and being really disrespectful. I love you guys and love that you post your thoughts on The New Mafia Trilogy. When I’m having a rough day, your kind words help me through and inspire. So thank you, kind readers. You are truly awesome and appreciated!
Here’s a new excerpt from Enforcer. This is unedited and from the first draft:
As we approached Miranda’s forest green Jaguar, I noticed it was leaning more to one side. Taking out my phone, I clicked on the flashlight app and pointed the light at her car, revealing two extremely flat tires. It didn’t require a forensic scientist to determine this wasn’t an accident. Puncture wounds from a sharp object were clearly visible.
“What the hell?” Miranda burst out.
“I think your dad knew something was up and it isn’t coincidence that he wants me to escort you.”
“Shit, it’s always something!” She kicked at the deflated rubber and let out an adorable, frustrated growl.
“Come on, we shouldn’t be standing around like this. I’ll take you home and we’ll deal with this once the sun’s up.” I placed a hand on the small of her back and guided her to my car. Holding the passenger door open for her, I did a quick scan of the parking lot looking for anything unusual. The light bulbs for the two lights at the back of the lot had been shattered. I made a note to have those replaced and security cameras installed to cover this area.
“Who do you think did it?” Miranda asked as I pulled out onto Columbus Boulevard.
“I’m not sure, but I bet your dad has an idea.”
Miranda sighed and leaned her head back against the headrest. “I’m sure he does.” She yawned and turned to look at me. “I’m glad you were there. It would’ve sucked having to dealing with two flat tires by myself.”
“I’m here for you, not just because we work together, I hope you know that.”
She gave me a faint smile and nodded her head. “I know, Grant. I like you, but you know it will never work between us. My dad would probably cut off your balls or something.”
My writing buddy, Bullwinkle, a.k.a. “Stinky” or “Mr. Boo Woo”.