Got my copy of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s new book TWO GRAVES! As always, a riveting opening. I’m looking forward to diving into this one and getting lost in the suspense and intrigue of FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast’s character and life.
Back in 2010 when Beyond Justice first appeared on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, I never dreamed it would hit #1 on multiple lists on both sites. Now, more than two years later, it continues to stand strong on several top 10 bestseller lists on Amazon.com, and has won numerous awards, including The International Book Award. I am humbled by the many kind reviews it’s received, but by far, the greatest satisfaction comes from reading fan mail.
I just returned from Thrillerfest, a convention sponsored by the International Thriller Writers organization in which I got to meet some of the top bestselling authors in the industry. I also got to talk with aspiring writers as well as colleagues who are traditionally published, independently published, and hybrid published (both indie and traditional, like myself.) The day after I got home, I dove directly into more writing, and then a boot camp style workout which kicked my booty! I survived and learned a few things about burritos and workouts. They don’t go well together! :)
Today’s news was exciting though. I learned that Beyond Justice hit #1 bestseller in legal thrillers on Amazon.com today. It also hit #2 and #3 in a couple of other categories.
Thank you everyone for your support and for making my book a bestseller!
Here it is as #1 in Legal Thrillers
During the time of writing this post, it actually slipped from #2 to #3 in Books>Mystery,Thriller, Suspense>Thrillers>Legal
Here it is in Religious & Inspirational Mystery
when I was younger, as you can imagine, one of my favorite superheroes was Superman because he was practically invulnerable. He didn’t have to be afraid of anyone or anything. And he had amazing strength—you know, “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, able to stop a locomotive with his bare hands…” and all along, he was a mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent.
Every boy wanted to be superman, right? But one thing I never thought too much about was his one weakness, his “Achilles’ Heel” so to speak: Kryptonite. Darn! There was something that could bring the Man of Steel down. Something that could render this near demigod feeble, even kill him. Not the perfect hero after all. It turns out, this made for a great fictional character. Not so great for superman, but great for stories.
Yesterday had to have been one of the most exciting days of my life, ranking up there with my wedding, the birth of my children and selling my first book to Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous about how things would go on the first day of DARKROOM’s release, but even before I could start worrying, tons of reviews, blog posts, interviews, and other such things related to DARKROOM started to flood the internet.
Here’s a recap of some of yesterday’s highlights…
As writer, you always hope and pray that your new book will be well-received. Sometimes by the early reader reactions and reviews you get an idea, but opening day can still be as spine-tingling as it is fun. One of the things I look to (for better or for worse) is how my new book is doing in the rankings at various outlets. Thankfully, Amazon.com provides fairly timely statistics in the area of book sales.
I’m pleased to report that DARKROOM hit not one, not two, but three bestseller lists last night.
At long last! The DARKROOM Book Trailer is here!
Well, today is the day I’ve been waiting for for all my life as a writer. This is the day my first book published by a major house (DARKROOM, Howard Books/Simon & Schuster) was released.
There’s been a lot of excitement over the release on facebook and twitter, with numerous positive reviews from bloggers, review sites, and even major news outlets.
It’s been hard to keep up with everything, but I wanted to make sure I lived this day according to my faith. So I started with waking up early to go to a 6AM prayer meeting at my church in which many businesspeople gathered to encourage and pray for one another. I love praying for people because…
What’s the next most exciting thing to holding the published book in your hand? Seeing the full cover art that the designers have created for your upcoming release. Here is what the cover designers for DARKROOM from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster sent me and have authorized for me to share.
Ereader News Today featured BEYOND JUSTICE as its book of the day today. I love the way they pulled out some of the nicest Amazon reviews.