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ELEVATION (Book 5: London Carter Mysteries) out now!

ELEVATION, Book 5 of the London Carter Mystery Series, is out now.

I finished the first draft of ELEVATION while in the Smoky Mountains last week, and then immediately began editing it. While I did work on vacation, I made sure to have lots of fun, too. I came home feeling refreshed and ready to start the next book in the London Carter series, which is titled BLOOD RISE. I’ll take a few days off to plot the story first, and then I’ll dive in and hopefully have it finished before Christmas.

Any who, here’s the description and link to the book:

Vice President Courtney Browning is adored by the majority of all Americans and is heiress apparent to the White House, but someone wants her dead. When she holds a rally in Magnolia Parish early one morning in May, London Carter and his snipers team up with the Secret Service to assist them in providing over-watch protection for the event.

What begins as a routine rally turns into a bloodbath that leaves three people dead and a dozen others wounded. However, thanks to London’s quick thinking and decisive action, the body count is much lower than it could have been.

As London tries to avoid the ensuing publicity surrounding the national event and get back to his normal duties, he’s called upon to investigate a strange break-in at a residence in Seasville. There aren’t many clues to decipher, but as he digs deeper into the case it begins to appear someone might be after the woman he loves.

Can he find and stop the forces that are moving against Dawn Luke, or will he end up with another hole in his heart that’s too big to fill?

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If any of you are curious about what I did on vacation, I can sum it up with one word: bears. We always see between 14 and 22 bears when we visit the Smoky Mountains, but this year we saw 36.

We stayed at the Le Rendezvous cabin, which I booked through Mountain Laurel Chalets, and bears visited the cabin every day–usually several times per day. We spent a lot of time on the Roaring Forks Motor Trail, where we saw many bears, lots of salamanders, eight copperheads, and two northern water snakes, and we did a lot of hiking. We also spent some time up at Ober Gatlinburg and ate some great food around town.

Anyone who knows me knows the Smoky Mountains National Park is my favorite place on earth, and this year was just as fun as ever. I’ll post a few pictures from this past vacation for those who like that sort of thing.

And, as always, I want to extend my sincerest appreciation to all of you who read my books.

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Out now: Book 4 in the London Carter Mystery Series

I’m happy to announce the release of my latest novel, BULLET DROP, which is the 4th book in the London Carter Mystery Series. While I usually have a “no write” policy on vacations, my wife allowed me to get a little writing done on our anniversary cruise and it enabled me to finish sooner than expected. So, thanks to her for putting up with a few hours of writing, as well as for reading the first draft and pointing out things that needed to be fleshed out or omitted. She is extremely supportive of my writing and I would not be able to accomplish as much as I do without her. I also want to thank Shelly Ourso for reading (or, rather, devouring) the first draft and offering her feedback. She is always such a big help. And I can’t say enough about Christine Savoie and how much I love the covers she creates for my books. I’m so glad she found me!

Well folks, here’s the description of BULLET DROP, along with the cover art and a link to the eBook on Amazon (it will be on sale for $2.99 right out the gate and will remain there for several weeks):

While Dawn Luke travels to her hometown of Arkansas to tend to her sick mother, London Carter is called upon to investigate the murder of a young teenager whose body is found stuffed under the exit ramp of an overpass. It was apparent to London that the murderer wanted to make sure the kid was dead, but the motive for the killing was far from obvious.

Summoning the assistance of Detective Rachael Bowler, the two are finally able to locate the actual crime scene and that leads them to the identity of their young victim. But instead of providing answers, the identification leads to more questions. Could a secret involving the young man lead them to the killer, or will it only muddy the waters and interfere with their investigation?

Whatever the case, this is one killer no one should take for granted–not even a cop as skilled and gritty as London Carter.

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So, what’s next for me? After I finish this blog post, I’ll get “write” to work on the opening chapter of the 5th London Carter Novel, which is titled ELEVATION, with the hopes of finishing it by September/October. I’ll be taking two breaks during the writing of this novel, but will be “writing faster” when not on the breaks, as a few of you have advised me to start doing. :-)

For those interested, the first break will be from July 5 through July 10, when we’ll be bringing my daughter to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for a weekend-long biology class. The second will be from July 28 through August 6, which will be our family vacation in the Smoky Mountains. We’ll be renting a cabin through Mountain Laurel Chalets (as we always do) and will be staying on Ski Mountain Road in Gatlinburg. If any of you will be in that area during the same time frame, give me a holler and I’ll keep an eye out for you. It would be nice to meet and personally thank those of you who read my books and follow my writing career.

Before signing off, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to all of the people who lost loved ones, or were injured, or had property destroyed during the wildfires in the Smoky Mountains late last year. I go there every year and, while I was saddened to learn that four of the chalets I’ve rented over the years were lost in the fire, it was downright heartbreaking to hear of all the lives lost and the injuries sustained. My best to the people of that area as they rebuild and try to move past the pain and loss.

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A Boxed Set, Covers Revealed, and Upcoming Sales

Hello to everyone reading this, but especially to all of you who’ve subscribed to my blog posts–y’all are the best! Before getting into what I’ve been up to lately, I want to announce the release of a London Carter boxed set that includes the first three books in the series (JAMES 516, PROVING GROUNDS, and SILENT TRIGGER). It’s priced at $7.98, so you get three books for the price of two. Of course, if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you read for free. Here’s the cover/link to the book on Amazon:

London-Carter_Boxed-Set-02So, after finishing SILENT TRIGGER, I went on a week-long road trip with my daughter for her senior trip. I’m honored that she wanted me along and proud that she chose nature as a place to spend her trip. We rented a cabin in the Red River Gorge and, in addition to hiking and climbing in the mountains of Kentucky, we visited the cities of Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY, toured the Squire Boone Caverns, and did some bouldering in Chattanooga, TN. (I actually published SILENT TRIGGER from a mountaintop in Kentucky using one of the few wi-fi spots in the area, Miguels Pizza. The atmosphere in this place was amazing and filled with rock climbers–my daughter loved it!)

Here’s a picture of us on the Natural Bridge Trail in Kentucky:

BJ GraceOkay, now that I’m back home, I’ve been writing again and I’m hoping to have the fourth London Carter book, which is titled BULLET DROP, out before the projected release period of June/July 2017, and the fifth one, ELEVATION, out before September/October 2017. The covers are done (thank you, Christine Savoie of Bayou Cover Designs!) and I’ll reveal those now:

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Alas, I want to alert you awesome followers to two upcoming sales. Firstly, the eBook edition of JAMES 516 will be FREE via Amazon from May 8, 2017 through May 12, 2017. Second, PROVING GROUNDS will be almost half off of its regular price of $3.99, and on sale for $1.99 from May 8, 2017 through May 15, 2017. So, if you haven’t read those yet, that will be a good time to grab a copy.

As always, thanks to all of you who follow my blog post and who read my books. Y’all are the BEST!

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New London Carter novel out now!

From the top of a mountain in Slade, Kentucky, while eating breakfast with my daughter, Grace, at a cool little joint called Miguel’s Pizza, I pulled the trigger on my next London Carter novel, SILENT TRIGGER. I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it.

Click cover to buy. (KU members read free.)

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What’s next? A fourth book in the London Carter series titled BULLET DROP…but I have to get back home first.
 
As always, I want to thank everyone who reads my books. It’s greatly appreciated and still surprising to me that people take the time to read the stuff I create.
 
Description: Days after Police Sniper London Carter resolves a hostage situation at a local business, Detective Sergeant Dawn Luke calls upon him to assist her with a mysterious death investigation. They end up facing numerous roadblocks in their quest for the truth, including an unidentified body, uncooperative witnesses, and a killer tornado.
 
As they push forward in the case, they start to realize there might be a bit of a romance brewing between them, but the case is growing complicated and dangerous. If they’re not careful, one of them could end up on the morgue slab.

PROVING GROUNDS: A London Carter Mystery (Book 2)

At long last, PROVING GROUNDS: A London Carter Mystery (Book 2) is now available!

London Carter will join forces with Dawn Luke, whom you might remember from the Magnolia Parish Mystery series, to investigate the sniper-style murder of an alligator poacher. While investigators are unsure of the killer’s motive, members of the victim’s family believe a rival clan is responsible for the murder, and the two sides prepare for battle. Will London and Dawn find the murderous sniper and stop the war, or will the swamps of Louisiana run red with the blood of dozens of innocent people?

Click on book cover to purchase your copy from Amazon or to read free on Kindle Unlimited:

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For those interested in my future plans, I will get right to work on the next London Carter book, with an eye toward writing two or three more in that series. Afterward, I’d like to either write the third book in the Magnolia Parish series or write a spin-off of the Clint Wolf series. I’d also like to write a sequel to THE SEVENTH TAKING someday, because I love me some mountains!

In closing, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my books. I am flattered and honored beyond belief that so many of you continue to follow my work. As I often say, writers are nothing without readers, and I’d be nothing without all of you.

My best to all!

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Coming Soon: A New London Carter Mystery

Thanks to working late into the evenings every day for eight LONG weeks at my day job a couple of months ago, I’m running behind on releasing my current work in progress. However, at long last, I’m nearing the final weeks of writing PROVING GROUNDS, which is Book Two of the London Carter mystery series, and I expect it to be released mid-February. To those of you who have waited patiently–and even those who have waited not-so-patiently–I am truly sorry for the delay, but thankful for your interest in my work. I hope you will find that it was worth the wait.

While I’m here providing an update, I’d love to share with you the cover to PROVING GROUNDS, which was created by Christine Savoie of Bayou Cover Designs:

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In PROVING GROUNDS, London Carter will join forces with Dawn Luke, whom you might remember from the Magnolia Parish series, to investigate the sniper-style murder of an alligator poacher. While investigators are unsure of the killer’s motive, members of the victim’s family believe a rival clan is responsible for the murder, and the two sides prepare for battle. Will London and Dawn find the murderous sniper and stop the war, or will the swamps of Louisiana run red with the blood of dozens of innocent people?

In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support. Because of y’all, I’ve just reached a milestone in my young writing career: over 10,000 eBooks sold since March 31, 2016. I would have a drink to celebrate, but it’s past midnight and I have work in the morning. Thus, I’ll just have one last handful of Sno-Caps and call it a night.

Thanks again!

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Thanks to all of you readers…

…the CLINT WOLF MYSTERY TRILOGY: BOXED SET has become an Amazon best-seller! Today alone it has sold nearly 3400 copies (and counting), and I cannot thank all of you enough!

Best SellerFurthermore, for a limited time, the Boxed Set is available for $0.99. That’s three full-length books, which consists of over 245,000 words and nearly 800 pages of mystery, suspense, and romance, combined into one tight electronic package for a steal of a deal.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the boxed set:

BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Embattled former detective Clint Wolf is the newly appointed police chief for Mechant Loup, a small swampy town in southeast Louisiana. Usually a quiet town, the tranquility of the place is shattered when a human arm is found in the jowls of an alligator. Once it’s determined the arm belongs to a reputable business owner, the race is on to find the man and figure out what happened to him. Little does Clint know that solving the case could unearth a plot so evil it would go down as the worst event in Louisiana history . . . and he might not live to see it.

BUT NOT FORGIVEN

When a woman is found dead on her doorsteps—shot through the heart with an arrow—Clint Wolf and Susan Wilson go to work trying to track down the sadistic killer. On the very next day, a second victim is murdered in his driveway (killed in the same manner) and it’s now a race against time to uncover the motive behind the killings and identify the murderer. What they know so far is that he’s a skilled archer preying on human targets, and they have no clue where he’ll strike next.

As though the case itself isn’t complicated enough, the district attorney has launched a grand jury investigation into Susan’s actions during a shooting that saved Clint’s life. No one knows exactly why the DA is gunning for Susan, but one thing is crystal clear . . . it’s personal.

BUT NOT FORSAKEN

No one knows why the district attorney is gunning for Susan Wilson, but Clint Wolf is determined to find out—even if it’ll get him in trouble. While he works to clear Susan’s name, his crusade is sidelined when a bar manager is murdered during an apparent armed robbery. The method of operation is eerily similar to those used by the ruthless gang who killed his family, and Clint might soon have to face down the demons from his past to solve the mystery.

Will Clint walk that fine line between good and evil, or will he abandon his principles to settle an old score? Whatever choice he makes, one thing is certain . . . it’ll come at a hefty price.

Thanks again to all of you for making this book such a hit!

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Clint Wolf Mystery Trilogy: Boxed Set

I have recently combined the three full-length Clint Wolf novels into a boxed set and priced it at $7.98, so you get three books for the price of two. That’s over 245,000 words and nearly 800 pages of mystery, suspense and romance combined into one tight electronic package. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited or Prime member, you read for FREE.

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Here’s what you’ll find inside the boxed set:

BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Embattled former detective Clint Wolf is the newly appointed police chief for Mechant Loup, a small swampy town in southeast Louisiana. Usually a quiet town, the tranquility of the place is shattered when a human arm is found in the jowls of an alligator. Once it’s determined the arm belongs to a reputable business owner, the race is on to find the man and figure out what happened to him. Little does Clint know that solving the case could unearth a plot so evil it would go down as the worst event in Louisiana history . . . and he might not live to see it.

BUT NOT FORGIVEN

When a woman is found dead on her doorsteps—shot through the heart with an arrow—Clint Wolf and Susan Wilson go to work trying to track down the sadistic killer. On the very next day, a second victim is murdered in his driveway (killed in the same manner) and it’s now a race against time to uncover the motive behind the killings and identify the murderer. What they know so far is that he’s a skilled archer preying on human targets, and they have no clue where he’ll strike next.

As though the case itself isn’t complicated enough, the district attorney has launched a grand jury investigation into Susan’s actions during a shooting that saved Clint’s life. No one knows exactly why the DA is gunning for Susan, but one thing is crystal clear . . . it’s personal.

BUT NOT FORSAKEN

No one knows why the district attorney is gunning for Susan Wilson, but Clint Wolf is determined to find out—even if it’ll get him in trouble. While he works to clear Susan’s name, his crusade is sidelined when a bar manager is murdered during an apparent armed robbery. The method of operation is eerily similar to those used by the ruthless gang who killed his family, and Clint might soon have to face down the demons from his past to solve the mystery.

Will Clint walk that fine line between good and evil, or will he abandon his principles to settle an old score? Whatever choice he makes, one thing is certain . . . it’ll come at a hefty price.

And, of course, many thanks to every reader out there who has read my books. Whether you liked it or not, I appreciate that you took the time to read it.

 

October Surprise: BUT NOT FORSAKEN now available!

But-Not-ForsakenThis is not a political “October Surprise”, but a literary one. While it might not be a surprise to some, it’s certainly a surprise to me. As I recall, I’d originally projected releasing the third and final book in my Clint Wolf Trilogy in August/September. However, I began getting my butt kicked at work and in my home life, so my writing suffered and I was forced to push the release date back to September/October. As October approached at breakneck speed, I began to fear I’d have to push the date back to November…but then came my “October Surprise”.

I’d anticipated working every weekend in September and October, but was surprised to have them off. I was also surprised when I got an unexpected day off during this week, and I used nearly every minute of those days to finish writing and editing BUT NOT FORSAKEN. When I announced to Amanda that I had finished, her first words were, “Great, now I can have my husband back!”

So, without further delay, here’s the blurb for BUT NOT FORSAKEN:

No one knows why the district attorney is gunning for Susan Wilson, but Clint Wolf is determined to find out—even if it’ll get him in trouble. While he works to clear Susan’s name, his crusade is sidelined when a bar manager is murdered during an apparent armed robbery. The method of operation is eerily similar to those used by the ruthless gang who murdered his family, and Clint might soon have to face down the demons from his past to solve the mystery.

Will Clint walk that fine line between good and evil, or will he abandon his principles to settle an old score? Whatever choice he makes, one thing is certain…it’ll come at a hefty price.

And here’s the link to it on Amazon: BUT NOT FORSAKEN: A Clint Wolf Novel (Book 3)

I want to thank all of you who have waited patiently (or not so patiently:- ) for this book to come out and, as always, I appreciate every one of you who have supported my writing. Writers are nothing without readers, and I’d surely be nothing without all of you.

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Cover Reveal: BUT NOT FORSAKEN

But-Not-ForsakenThanks to Christine Savoie of Bayou Cover Designs for knocking this one out of the park!!! I love all of the covers she’s done for me, but this one is my favorite. I gave her info on a few scenes from the book and–as though she were inside my head–this is what she came up with. I couldn’t be more pleased with her work.

Now an update for those of you patiently (or impatiently, as in the case of my wife) waiting for the next Clint Wolf book to come out:

I’m about 70% of the way into it and I’m hoping to be finished by the end of September / beginning of October. I sincerely apologize for the delay, but I write in my spare time and I’ve had less spare time lately (and that will continue to be a reality over the next couple of months). I might have to push the projected completion time frame back a little, but I’m hoping not. If so, I’ll make another status post when it gets closer to that time.

Thanks to all of you who follow me and who support my writing. I’d be nothing without you!

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