You could win The Spider Thief: Omnibus!

The Spider Thief Omnibus paperback

For the first time, The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four novellas into one gripping novel!

I’m super-excited to announce my new book, The Spider Thief: Omnibus, a collection of the first four Spider Thief novellas. To celebrate, I’m giving away copies to four lucky subscribers!

No purchase necessary — just sign up for my newsletter.

Bonus: this special omnibus edition also includes the opening chapters of Conspiracy of Angels. “Uber-cool!” (bestselling author J.A. Konrath).

What it’s all about:

When an outlaw unearths an ancient gold spider statue and falls prey to its memory-stealing curse, his only shot at survival lies with the woman he left behind years ago — a highly-trained agent harboring a deadly secret. A gripping serial thriller from “a new talent well worth exploring deep into the night.” (NYT bestselling author James Rollins).

The Spider Thief on Amazon.com >>

Bonus: get Part 1 FREE on Amazon.com until 4/13/14! >>

Categories: The Spider Thief | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Framed For Murder — What Would You Do?

Read about The Spider Thief on FreshFiction.com

What if you could prove your ex was framed for murder?

The fine folks over at FreshFiction.com invited me to do a guest post about The Spider Thief series, and I’m happy to oblige! –L.

Pop quiz: Do authors really imagine complex characters from the ground up, with mysterious backstories and intricately detailed biographies? Or do they just make everything up as they go along?

(Or do they create thinly-veiled versions of their friends and family, and torture them vicariously on the page?)

Click here to read the rest on FreshFiction.com >>

 

Categories: E-Books, Ebooks, The Spider Thief, writing a book | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

How to Outline a Novel (Even If You Hate Outlines)

how to outline a novel

Outlining a novel is kind of like building a wall — one brick at a time. Flying monkeys optional.

Getting overwhelmed at the prospect of starting (or finishing) your novel? Feeling the pressure of hundreds of blank pages staring at you, waiting to be filled?

No sweat. Planning out a story is like building a wall:

You just do it one block at a time.

Just like a towering brick wall is made up of individual bricks, your manuscript is made up of individual parts.

You just have to break it down into small, easy-to-handle chunks, and then build it up from there. Here’s how.

Continue reading

Categories: For Writers, how to write a book, how to write a novel, writing, writing a book, writing a novel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s here: The Spider Thief, Part 2: Haunted Dreams

The Spider Thief, Part 2: Haunted Dreams

Available now on Amazon.com

All of his life, Ash has been haunted by the ancient curse that killed his parents . . .

Ash is a Robin Hood-style con artist who rips off the worst kind of crooks and uses the money to help their victims. He’s unearthed an ancient gold spider statue with the power to erase the past . . . change the future . . . perhaps even grant eternal life. But its curse has stolen Ash’s memories.

Continue reading

Categories: Books, E-Books | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

The Spider Thief, Part 1: Stolen Memory releases today!

My new book is here – The Spider Thief, Part 1: Stolen Memory — and it releases today exclusively on Amazon.com.

The Spider Thief is a series of four interlinked novellas, and you can read them alone or all in a row. Every week, a new installment releases on Amazon.

Here’s the lowdown from my world-class literary agent, Kristin Nelson:

Continue reading

Categories: Books, E-Books, Ebooks | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s World Book Day–Get a Free E-Book!

It takes a lot to make a guy like me blush.

In celebration of World Book Day and Read an E-Book Week, the ever-awesome Booktrack.com has named me a Booktrack Star.

Aw, shucks.

Continue reading

Categories: E-Books, Ebooks, Free Stuff | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Dinner with Satan

Dinner with Satan ... or is it Seitan?

It’s pronounced SAY-TAHN. Yeah, it is.

I recently discovered, much to my dismay, that I had eaten Satan for dinner.

This is a true story. Allow me to explain.

In the midst of a snowstorm, my wife and I decided to try a new restaurant.

We ended up at a brightly lit, very mod, hipster-friendly place that put an emphasis on fresh food.

Hey, I’m cool. I love fresh food.

But what landed on my table bore no resemblance, by any stretch of imagination, to the gyro I had ordered. Continue reading

Categories: book business, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Getting Things Done

Sun Tzu Ruined My Life

Don’t make them get medieval on you!

Sun Tzu ruined my life.

Don’t get me wrong, “The Art of War” contains some gems of insight for anyone engaged in a difficult struggle, like running a business.

(Or fighting a war with chariots and spears.)

But the problem is that Sun Tzu puts a great deal of emphasis on lightning-fast strikes intended to leave the enemy off-balance and lead to a swift victory. He recommends avoiding a prolonged conflict at all costs.

And he makes some good points.

But sometimes, you can only win the battle — or write a book — with a slow and steady application of force.

Continue reading

Categories: book business, For Writers, how to write a book, how to write a novel, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why You Should NEVER Carry a Notebook

Levenger Index Card Holder Pocket Briefcase

Don’t carry a notebook in your pocket. Instead, carry index cards!

For many years, I carried a writing notebook with me everywhere I went. That’s what all serious writers do, I’ve always heard. But in truth, it’s a terrible idea.

Here’s why.

  • First, when you write in a notebook, your notes are locked in rigid sequential order. If you tend to think of things randomly (and who doesn’t?), you’ll spend a lot of time flipping back and forth through your pages to find something.
  • Second, it’s difficult and time-consuming to transcribe your notes from your notebook into the files for each project. I suppose if you’re the sort of person who only works on one story, ever, then this isn’t such a big deal. But I’m always working on a huge list of projects.
  • Third, notebooks get gnarly quickly. They get creased, folded, bent, ink-stained… It’s not pretty.

The Un-Notebook Solution

The secret is deceptively simple:

Continue reading

Categories: book business, For Writers, how to write a book, how to write a novel, writing | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Everything You Know About E-Books is Wrong

Everything You Know About E-Books is Wrong

FACT: Indie authors are earning nearly half the total author revenue from genre fiction sales on Amazon.

Hugh Howey is one of the smartest people I know. So when he crunches a moonshot-load of data on e-book sales and comes to a jaw-dropping conclusion, people sit up and take notice. Here’s why you should, too:

FACT: Self-published authors as a group are making 50% more profit than their traditionally published counterparts.

FACT: 92% of the Top-100 best-selling books are e-books.

FACT: Amazon is currently making nearly as much profit from indie e-books as from Big Five e-books.

There’s more. Plenty more.

In fact, Hugh was kind enough to provide the hard data, so you can play around with the numbers yourself and come to your own conclusions.

Read the report here:

http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

So what do you think about Hugh’s conclusions? Leave me a comment.

Categories: book business, Books, Ebooks | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 280 other followers