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Hello Hooray

(Alice Cooper reference in the title, missing punctuation and all.)

It’s been…… a while.

It’s been a wild year for me. A lot going on, a lot of changes, but it’s all been good.

cover_option5Still, I am nothing if not conscientious. I made a promise on New Year’s Day that I would be releasing a single-volume edition of The Newtonberg Stories in time for the 5th/25th anniversary. I missed the official release by ten days (the print version of Welcome to Newtonberg was released 10/11/2012), but I had the proofs in my hand before then so I’ll count it as a victory.

The Newtonberg Stories (pretty original title, eh?) is a one-volume collection that contains the complete texts of Welcome to Newtonberg, All That Remains, and Back to Newtonberg. All three books have been completely revised and corrected. It also contains a new bonus short story, “Rick Murchison Goes Home Again.”

Each of the individual volumes have also been updated, and the bonus short story is now included with Back to Newtonberg. The eBook updates are forthcoming and I should announce them sometime this week.

As always, the print versions are available from CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and will be making its way to other outlets throughout the forthcoming weeks. The price for each of the individual volumes remains $9.99. The Newtonberg Stories omnibus edition is only $14.99.

I want to thank everyone for their support over the past five years. Please be assured that collecting these books into one volume does not mean that I’m ending the series. There are many other stories to be told. Some will be set in Newtonberg. Others may be set elsewhere, such as Schaefer (see the new short story for more on that). Some will be set in modern day, and others may tell stories of Newtonberg residents who left us long ago. One thing is certain, though — they will all have this little East Texas town and its residents at the heart of the story.

Until next time…

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My Little Town

(Paul Simon reference!)

Lots of important news!

First of all: November 1, 2014, is the launch date for Back to Newtonberg.

On that date, it will be available as an eBook from SmashWords and Amazon. Over the next few weeks, it will make its way into the Kobo store, iTunes, and other online retailers. It is already available for preorder from Amazon & SmashWords.

Both the regular and large print books will be available from Amazon and CreateSpace immediately, and from Barnes & Noble and other retailers after that. Your local bookstore should be able to order it for you if you don’t want to order it online.

Secondly: the large print versions of ALL of the Newtonberg books will now be available from Barnes & Noble and other retailers. Up until now, they were only available from Amazon and CreateSpace.

And last of all: eBook prices have changed at SmashWords. Back to Newtonberg will still be $2.99. The cost for All That Remains has been reduced to $1.99.

And Welcome to Newtonberg is now FREE.

That’s right — FREE.

No discount codes. No coupons. No nothin’.

Gratis.

F-R-E-E.

Now for the caveat: THIS IS ONLY AT SMASHWORDS. Due to their restrictions, Amazon will not allow me to set the eBook price at their site any lower than $2.99. So if you buy any of the eBooks there, the price is still $2.99. I can’t do anything about this unless I give them exclusive distribution of the title, and I won’t do that.

So there we have it, folks. Just because I’ve been slow in updating the blog doesn’t mean I’ve been bone-idle. I’ve been busy. Working to bring the new book to you a month ahead of schedule. And in the immortal words of Bryan Adams: “Everything I do, I do it for you.”

(I’m not sure if I apologize for that bad song reference or not.)

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It’s Me…

It’s been a long time since I wrote, but it’s been a very productive time.

I finished the final edits and layouts of Back to Newtonberg and submitted them to CreateSpace. I am happy with the digital proofs for both the regular and large print editions, so I ordered print versions last weekend and I’m expecting them either tomorrow or Friday.

Also, CreateSpace has changed for the better — it is now FREE to put your book into expanded distribution (it used to cost $25). So now ALL print editions of my books — both regular and large print — will be available from all major retailers.

I have the eBook version mostly ready — I just have to go back and add italics, underlines and boldface.  When that’s done, it will be ready to submit to SmashWords.

Once I sign off on the print editions and get the SmashWords version approved (and the corresponding KDP version for Kindle), I’ll be restructuring the pricing on the previous books. I won’t reveal my plans now, but I will be making the announcement soon.

All in all, it’s been a long trip to get Back to Newtonberg ready for you, but I’ve enjoyed it.

I hope you do, too.

Next time, I promise not to take so long to post.

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That’s Just About Right…

(Title courtesy of Blackhawk)

Well, I finished the first draft of book three today at 10:49 am. It is 18,604 words, nine chapters and 111 pages. This places it right in between Welcome to Newtonberg and All That Remains in terms of length.

At the moment, the book still bears the title Back to Newtonberg, and I think it might keep that title. What started as a matter of convenience as a working title started to take on a new meaning as the book progressed.

So what’s it about? Well, it pretty much picks up the modern characters from Welcome to Newtonberg and some of their storylines, and throws a few new ones into the mix (including one major new character who is currently my favorite). Then it takes a bit from All That Remains (readers who were disappointed that Maggie and Billy’s relationship didn’t have a proper resolution should be pleased) and ties it all together.

I really like this book (don’t all authors say that about the book they just finished?). I especially like the chemistry between the new character, Mike and Janet. I hope you will, too.

One more editing session this week, then I’ll set it aside until July. Then I’ll read it over again, make any changes and release it to my beta readers for feedback.

More to come. Thanks for being patient, and I hope you’ll enjoy Back to Newtonberg once it gets released this fall!

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Wake Up

(XTC reference!)

Wow. Has it really been almost a month since my last post? I’m falling behind on the job. I’ve been updating the Facebook page, I’ve just been neglecting the blog.

So what’s happened? Well, All That Remains is out and available at CreateSpace, SmashWords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and everywhere else that Welcome To Newtonberg is, and both books have also been released in Large Print (only through Amazon & CreateSpace, though).

Overall, I’ve gotten some good feedback from readers, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. The Jacksonville Daily Progress and the Cherokeean Herald were nice enough to promote the book again, and I believe something is in the pipeline for the next issue of County Line Magazine.  The book even got mentioned on the Tyler Morning Telegraph’s site! (Although not in their print publication).

I’ve uploaded several “tweaks” in the past week or so (I’d only call two of them actual “corrections”), so if you got the eBook and haven’t read it yet, you might want to go grab the free updated version before you start.

For those of you who bought the print version — my apologies. I only just caught the issues myself. But hey! You have a collector’s item.

What’s next? Back to the drawing board for book three. I’m incorporating all of the new people, places, things, and background info gained the writing of All That Remains into my master database. At the same time, I’m brainstorming ideas for the next book.

At the moment, I’m leaning toward another collection of short stories to update current characters and introduce new ones. Maybe another tale from Newtonberg’s history from Cliff Magnuson. There are several options.

I’m also considering (probably for book four)…

Book four?! Shouldn’t you finish book three first? Or at least start on it? *shakes head*

…FOR BOOK FOUR… I’m considering another historical book. Maybe a companion to All That Remains, maybe something else entirely.

Hope that brings everyone up to speed, and I’ll try to be more conscientious about blogging from now on.

As usual, leave any feedback/ideas/suggestions/petitions for me to stop writing and go back to my day job below.

(HA!  Joke’s on you.  I never gave up the day job in the first place!)

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