Monday, October 21, 2013

The Big Box Set Sale

For a short time I am dropping the price of FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY - 3 book box set to $.99 http://amzn.to/19WG42i. The box set includes the first three books in the bestselling McRyan Mystery Series (First Case, The St. Paul Conspiracy, and Deadly Stillwater). So if you haven't read the first three books it is time to catch up before the next release! Ebooks are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How Vince Flynn inspired me...

I was saddened to learn that Vince Flynn has passed away at the far too young age of 47 from cancer. Vince’s story of overcoming Dyslexia to become a best selling author was particularly meaningful to my family as our child is Dyslexic. We understand what an obstacle that can be to overcome. Frankly, without Vince, I’m not sure I’d have become an author. Since the early 1990’s, I dreamed of writing mysteries but never put in the work necessary to pursue it. However, when I heard Vince interviewed on a local Twin Cities radio station and learned of his story of self-publishing his first book Term Limits, and doing so while being Dyslexic, I became truly inspired to pursue that dream. You can only imagine how pleased I was that Vince endorsed my second book, Deadly Stillwater. It was really a thrill. It is hard to believe he’s no longer with us. I send out our deepest condolences to the entire Flynn Family. Vince was a Minnesota treasure. He will truly be missed.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Electing To Murder - New Release

The 3rd full length novel from the McRyan Mystery Series is finally published! I really think I forgot just how much work a novel is compared to a novella (aka a much shorter book like FIRST CASE). It is now available in ebook form on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and coming soon on other sites such as KOBO and iBooks. This book takes place in both Minnesota and the east coast and a few other locations along the way.

Well I've laughed at some of the recent suggestions about less hockey and more writing! Since wrapping up the hockey season and this recent book I've started outlining the next book in the series.  Of course the next season is golf season but there will be more McRyan mysteries to come...  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New e-book cover art

I'm excited to announce all new e-book cover art for the McRyan Mystery Series!  It has been an extremely busy yet exciting time.  Over the past few months we have designed new covers for First Case, The St. Paul Conspiracy and Deadly Stillwater.  We also decided to put the series into a box set called First Deadly Conspiracy containing all three books.  If you have already downloaded Deadly Stillwater (free on all sites including Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, etc.) you can save by buying the remaining books in the box set for the holidays.  I'm putting the finishing touches on the third full length novel in the McRyan Mystery Series and I hope to have it available in the beginning of 2013.  It will introduce a new character and will send Mac on a complicated trail of clues that takes him across the country.  During this season I am so grateful to the many people who have downloaded and read my books.  Happy holidays and happy reading!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The future of libraries, schools, and the ebook revolution


Last spring I toured a school.  As a group we were shuffled into a large room with the traditional school tables, chairs and a couple of shelves pushed off to the side.  There we were given an overview of the school and various programs offered.  At one point there was an apology. The apology was for the current state of the library.  Yes, we were sitting in the library. This was the library? Initially I was shocked.  Where are the books? Is this a lack of funding? Are they storing their books somewhere else while the room is under renovation? No, it was none of the above. The entire school has moved to the use of laptops.  Students are issued laptops on the first day of school. The students no longer tote around heavy books for math, science and the like. The library is virtually devoid of paper books. The students research, submit, and access information from their school issued laptops.
So that got me to thinking... is this the future of libraries and schools? Will libraries move totally online eliminating the need for paper books?  Will libraries basically become study centers with tables, chairs, or colorful couches or internet cafes on school campuses with coffee, Mountain Dew and candy bars?  What about funding for school technology? Is the technology going to be so inexpensive that laptops and tablets will be virtually disposable?  Will the ebook revolution generate less expensive online textbooks or divert funding from other resources such as physical book budgets?  Will teaching on tablets actually be less expensive than paper books.  Will late adoption by some schools create a vast divide of the "have's" and the "have nots?"
Don't get me wrong I realize there are huge issues with implementation.  Many schools have ongoing theft issues (both suburban and urban), how do we get students and parents to take responsibility for laptops, etc. Public schools can be some of the slowest adopters. Keep in mind that I grew up in the public school system and I am a strong supporter of the public school system (the lack of school funding is a whole different rant for another day).  As an example of late adoption,  schools continue to use cassettes players to teach students. One of the requirements for schools supplies recently was a cassette player.  I almost went into a panic -- where was I going to get a cassette player?  Fortunately (or unfortunately) my wife keeps everything. So you guessed it, we had a small portable cassette player in the basement in a box. It is grey with a long strap so you could throw it over your shoulder like a purse and listen to music as you walk. And yes there is still a pink Walkman in our basement as well -- at what point does an item become an antique?

Much debate has been generated about paper books. Bestsellers still generate a majority of their sales from paper  rather than eBooks. However, the resale of paper books is almost at zero just take a look at Amazon's buy back rate.  Every garage sale has hardcover and softcover books for sale for as little as a quarter (including recent bestsellers). Paper books are almost worthless after purchase (other than the intrinsic enjoyment from reading the story).  I recently purchased a hardcover book on Amazon for a school project.  The used  hardcover book was 1/2 the price of the paperback and 1/3 of the price of the ebook and it came with free shipping for a total of $2.95. The rock bottom price with free shipping forced me to buy the hardcover which now I will probably donate.  So with used paper books that are almost free, will that hinder libraries and schools from moving towards technology?
It is a total paradigm change and one that can quietly slip by if there isn't someone championing the cause.  One that public and private schools need to consider because the early adopters are navigating this new terrain now and they have been for two or more years.  So just what is the future of libraries, schools, and books?

Monday, February 27, 2012

FIRST CASE - new release

The much anticipated prequel to the McRyan Mystery Series is now available on Amazon. It is a 12 chapter prequel to the series that provides a bit of back story on the main character and takes you on Mac's FIRST CASE. I wrote this shorter novella in response to the many character questions I received. The book is written in such a fashion that it can be read as a stand alone and not necessarily in order. If you are familiar with "Mac" McRyan you'll enjoy getting to know him a bit better.  If this is your first introduction I'm hoping you enjoy the series.  Many thanks to Carole Sauers for the cover art and photography. She has produced all three of my covers for the series. All of my book covers feature locations relevant to the story. I have started another full length novel as a follow-up to DEADLY STILLWATER. Hockey season has slowed my progress to a snails pace but I hope to kick it into high gear after the season ends (I probably should specify main season because like most sports it has become one season - year 'round.)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hockey season takes over

I want to personally thank everyone who has downloaded and read my books! So I've been asked when is the next book coming out... well hockey season has taken over my life! Everything seems to come to an abrupt halt when the season starts.  Prior to hockey season I wrote a prequel novella that I hope to publish soon. The cover is completed and it is in the final stages of formatting.  Join me on Twitter to get word when it is released.  I have also started a full length novel that is the third book in the series. I'm about ten chapters in on that book.  I find that is is much easier to write a book when I have large chunks of time to concentrate and keep the story fluid.  Those large chunks tend to eliminate the number of re-writes and keeps the story on track. So stay tuned --  there is more to come!