Finally! The Big Announcement!
As many of you know, I have been struggling to keep my lips sealed (or fingers tied) about the big news. Contrary to popular belief, this was not to torment you, not to tease you–well, maybe just a little :). It was because I was not allowed to share it until everything was finalized.
Well it finally has been finalized!
So I am pleased to announce that my novel DARKROOM has been acquired by Simon & Schuster and will be published under the Howard Book imprint in May 2012! They approached me in February and we’ve been in contract negotiations since. But it’s been a very positive and the people I’ve come in contact with (my editors, my IP attorney, and my mentors Dean W. Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch) have made it an wonderful experience.
I so appreciate all Dean and Kris have done to support my development as a professional writer and can never repay them for all they’ve done and been for me. But I am also firmly convinced that my wonderful fans have played a crucial role in my success. It is because of their wonderful support, evangelical fervor in getting the word out about my book BEYOND JUSTICE, that it has several times hit the top of several Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com bestseller lists. This, no doubt has given me the platform that publishers are looking for in authors they sign up.
This is a major step for any author in their career. I am not letting this get to my head, because my responsibility to provide quality work has just leaped up a few levels. But this is a challenge I am honored to take.
It’s important for me to say that I truly see this as God’s grace, not just my hard work. I am thankful for divine providence and guidance from the conception of this book (when I sat in the living room with my wife brainstorming and receiving inspiration from her) to the “aha!” ideas for marketing and approaching the right publishers. I truly believe that Howard Books and I are a great fit, as our vision are the similar: To produce bestselling quality fiction that inspires without preaching or forcing any particular view, but rather allows the reader to draw their own conclusion.
Finally, I must thank my wife and children for all their support. The past couple of years have been very difficult after I lost my job of 10 years. We had to make some significant sacrifices to afford me the opportunity to take a the full time writing career. I truly appreciate everything they’ve done for me and everything they’ve had to put up with in order to get to this point.
The journey has just begun!
Here is the back cover copy for DARKROOM (May 2012)
Daughter of Vietnam War photojournalist experiences visions of war atrocities and uncovers a forty-year-old conspiracy for which some are still willing to kill.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free…
After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil.
Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize Laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, she confronts him about a dark secret he has kept. A secret that has devastated their family.
Her investigations lead her to her departed mother’s journal, which tell of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.
Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States.
Darkroom: A tale of suspense that tears the covers off the human struggle for truth, in a world imprisoned by lies.
Joshua Graham is a USA Today bestselling author, Winner of the International Book Award and Forward National Literature Award. His thrillers include DARKROOM and BEYOND JUSTICE, and TERMINUS. Graham's works have been characterized as thought-provoking page-turners.
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