Freehold Friday: It’s moving day!

Howdy Muchachos!

I am grinning like a ‘possum eatin’ a sweet potato.  Why, you ask?  Because I’m here to announce the launch of my new domain, the permanent home of Marcus Richardson on the internet.  Click on the new site banner below to have a look at my new digs.

slider-homeGo on–check it out, I’ll wait.

Okay, you back?  Good.  Pretty cool, huh?  Keep in mind that it’s a work in progress, so over the coming weeks and months I’m sure I’ll tweaking things, adding or subtracting graphics, etc…but you get the idea of what the thing is going to look like.

I’ve got everything set up now so the new website will be the hub of all things Marcus going forward.  From there I’ll post my blogs (based on the spiffy urbane WordPress.org engine, not the plebeian WordPress.com  engine you’re enjoying now), have links to all my books and all that stuff you’ve been seeing on my old Wix website (which now does nothing but point people to the new site).  But now it’ll all be in one place–making it way easier for me to manage, meaning I’ll be able to get more content to you.

Speaking of that–most of you are reading this because you’ve subscribed to my blog on WordPress.com.  Well, now that I have a self-hosted WordPress.org site, I won’t be using this blog anymore.   It sounds kind of complicated–actually, kind of silly now that I look at all the .com and .org nonsense, but that’s how they chose to run it.  Anyway…

Don’t worry–I’m going to transfer you all over to the new site over the next few days.  You won’t have to do a thing.  You’ll still get email alerts (if you do now) when I post new stuff.  From now on, you’ll be directed to the new site (fingers crossed).

The only caveat goes out to those folks who only follow me on their WordPress reader accounts.  You don’t get emails about new posts, but you should still be able to follow me in your reader, you’ll just have to check from time to time and see if I’m active.

The easiest way to fix that is to mosey on over to the new site and sign up for email updates!  It’s easy–hey, all the cool kids are doing it!  Here’s the link. Just go to the blog on the new site and fill in your email to get updates.  Easy.

So when all the new books and such start coming out, now you know where to go to hear about it.  Of course, if you want to know even sooner, sign up for my mailing list, The Freeholder Update.  If you haven’t already signed up, then welcome!  Come on over and get your free book!

Okay, that’s it for now.  I just uploaded a book (Dux Bellorum, sequel to Sic Semper Tyrannis) to Amazon for pre-order (my first!).  I now have a deadline to beat!!  This is a first–I’ve always gone by my schedule when publishing.  So, we’ll see how this turns out.  Wish me luck!  I have a little over 3 weeks to get a 170,000 word book edited and polished.

Gulp.

Okay.  I’ll let y’all know when Amazon puts the pre-order up so’s you can check it out.  Till then, Ill catch you over at the new site.  In the meantime, I got some serious editing to do.  Time to break out the tea and get serious.

Have a good ‘un and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

Marcus

 

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Freehold Friday: Firestorm released!

Wow—it’s been a while. Well, I apologize for that muchachos but I had good reason (I like to think).

I wrote a new book!

I was finishing up the final touches on my latest book, Firestorm. Which, is now finally available for download from Amazon! I’ve shifted gears now to the paperback version so that’ll be ready soon.

firestorm final smThis book is the closing act in the opening trilogy that encompasses the Wildfire universe. If you’ve read Apache Dawn and The Shift, a lot of loose ends are going to be tied up in Firestorm.

To celebrate the release of Firestorm, I’m going to put Apache Dawn on promotion starting tomorrow—so if you haven’t yet picked up a copy, now’s your chance. They’ll be going for 99 cents for a few days, then increasing to $1.99 for a few days before sliding to $2.99 and back to its full price of $3.99 by the end of next week. This will coincide with a promotional event I’m trying out this weekend, so fingers crossed!

We interrupt this program for a crass commercial break.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask—no beg—any of you out there who’ve read my books to take a moment and leave a review—it doesn’t have to be long, it doesn’t even have to be positive (although that’s what I’m hoping for!)…every review counts to an indie author like myself. We live and die by these things. The more reviews (especially good ones!) a book has, the better it sells—duh. That’s only partly the reason I’m asking…the main part is the better a book does, the more financial pressure it eases, which means the more time I can spend creating new books….and you see where this goes. More books for you to read, more books for me to write—everyone’s happy!

And now back to the show…

The future looks bright from here, folks. We’re working on the audio book for The Shift and hopefully Firestorm. I’m planning on releasing a box set of the Wildfire trilogy this summer. I’ve got 1/3 of the final book in the AJE series written, so look for that late summer/early fall. Then I’ve got a Kindle World’s story I’m kicking around and the first of the spin-off adventures for Cooper.
Speaking of Cooper and Wildfire, I have a sci-fi book (well, one and a half if you count the sequel that’s not finished yet) that is set in the future—about a hundred years or so after the events in Firestorm. Then there’s going to be narrow-focus books that deal with smaller events around single characters, like Cooper Braaten and the infamous 13.

Thank you all for being so patient with my lack of posts this month—things will get back to normal (if you can call it that) now that the book is finished. I haven’t been completely ignoring the blog though, I’ve been saving up some stuff for when I had time to post. Should prove to be interesting to at least a few of you!

Until next time, muchachos, keep your heads down and your powder dry!

As always, if you want to know before everyone else (even the readers of this blog!) when the next book will be released, any promotions or other cool news, sign up to get the monthly Freeholder Update today!

 

Freehold Friday: News and Cover Reveal!

Howdy muchachos!

I don’t really have the energy to post much today—the little one was up all night (and I mean all night) being sick, which left me with about 3 hours worth of sleep. Despite that, I got up and did my dictation session on the treadmill before getting the older ones off to school so bonus points for me I guess.

Although, now that I look at it, I just gave away part of the surprise I was going to mention. Whatever—I’m tired. I’m working on the sequel to Sic Semper Tyrannis! I know—hot damn, right? Only three chapters into it, but I just finished reading Libby Hawker’s excellent guide to plotting called Take Off Your Pants: Outline your books for faster, better writing (you should have seen the look on Mrs. Richardson’s face when I announced “I took off my pants and plotted”). Y’see, every book I’ve written, I’ve set up the plot in different ways. I keep seeing how others do it and I think, oh, that’s cool, I’ll try that. Then I do, and it turns out to be more work than I thought. Then I lose interest in getting the plot worked and end up pantsing (writing by the seat of my pants a la Stephen King, who just lets the story comet to him). From the reviews of my work, this doesn’t seem to do half bad for me.

That said, I want something repeatable. I couldn’t tell you how I plotted AJE or Apache Dawn—I just know I did it different with each and wasn’t fully satisfied by either method. The last time, with my latest book (more on that in a bit) I tried writing things out on the ol’ whiteboard in my office. This was cool at first, but then I needed to take it with me, which necessitated writing it in notebooks and in my Scrivener file…which got tedious (why didn’t I just do it in Scrivener to begin with?).

But Ms. Hawker’s method…I’m hooked. I’ve been struggling to finish chapter 3 for almost a week now. After reading her book, I sat down, plotted the story from Erik’s perspective (I’ll need to do the same with each major POV character) and within about 10 minutes, I had a layout for his story and a guideline for what to dictate for the next chapter (which I’d been agonizing over for a few days as well!). Outstanding!

So—now you know that while my beta readers pour over Firestorm (the name I’ve settled on for Book 3 of the Wildfire Saga), I’m plowing ahead with AJE 3.

But wait, that’s not all! Before I pass out for a much-needed mid-afternoon nap, I wanted to share with you the other really exciting news: I’ve finalized the cover for Firestorm. Let me know what you think!

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Freehold Friday: Happy happy, joy joy

Howdy muchachos!

I am in fine spirits today, and I hope you are too. The holidays are here and winter is back (there’s no snow on the ground—yet—but it’s winter and in this area of the country, there will be snow). My beautiful bride got me tickets to see the new Star Wars movie for my birthday, what could be better, I ask you?

Well, for starters, the Apache Dawn audiobook is out and selling far better than I expected in the first week of availability! Thank you so very much! Your continued support is humbling and inspiring.

But that’s just the beginning. In the spirit of the holiday season, I invite you to sign up to the Freehold Update. In the next week I’m going to launch a contest to win some free copies of the Audiobook! Details to follow. The first step, though, if you haven’t signed up all ready, is to join the Update!

Freehold Friday: Apache Dawn Audiobook released!

Welcome friends!  I have great news–the Apache Dawn audiobook, narrated by the very talented James Romick, is now available for purchase!

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The official length is listed on Amazon’s page as 18 hours and 26 minutes.  For a purchase price of $21.83, that’s a little over a dollar per hour for entertainment.  Where else, I ask you, can you get such value for the ride in to work?

 

If you’re a member of Audible, you get to listen for free!  It’s coming soon for iTunes if you’re so inclined and I’ll make a separate announcement when that goes live.

As always, if you want to know before everyone else (even the readers of this blog!) when the next book will be released, any promotions or other cool news, sign up to get the monthly Freeholder Update today!

 

 

Freehold Friday: New 3d cover art!

A few days ago I noticed a message over on my favorite author haunt about an artist wanting to expand their portfolio of 3D book covers. Instead of fabricating from scratch, they’d prefer to create mock-ups from existing covers to show potential clients real-world examples. To do so, she needed authors and their book images.

She held a contest wherein 5 people would be selected and their book cover images would be turned into 3D book images (I know, I know, I’m a little excited about this, but it’s an author thing…bear with me). Needless to say, I signed up for the contest.

And guess who got selected?

AJE Mock Up 1

Oh yeah. Check out my sweet new 3D cover images for AJE!

AJE Mock Up 2

These things are awesome!

AJE Mock Up 3

They each have subtle differences and can be used on websites, etc., banners, and such…

AJE Mock Up 4

Gill Dall, the artist, sent me the files in .jpg and .png (less the backgrounds) so I could place the books on a background of my choice or use what she provided. How cool is that? And I only just provided her the images the day before.

She’s got a website which you can see here where she’s going to be using my book cover mock ups (as well as the others she did for the contest) as part of her online portfolio.  So if you need some 3D cover art, please go see her!  I can’t recommend her enough.

Not a bad way to start the weekend, if you ask me!

Thanks again to Gill for these sweet cover images!

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Freehold Friday: AJE Video Review

A video review!

Seriously! This is a special Freehold Friday update, muchachos. I’m proud to share with you the first ever video review of one of my books! That’s right—someone out there cared enough about one of my novels to do a video review of it and tell everyone why he liked it!

I’ll admit, talking about this feels like tooting my own horn (I guess that’s what this blog is all about anyway) but I’m just so thrilled about the novelty of it all I couldn’t hold it in anymore!

Seriously, check it out:

Trident Firearm’s Academy book review of Alea Jacta Est

Just call me Nostradamus…

No, not really.  But it is kind of eerie.

See, about 4 years ago I published Alea Jacta Est (a novel 10 years in the making) and one of the more popular plotlines revolved around a group of private citizens, many of whom were vets.

Great.  Buy why is that so special?

Because my group, the Arizona Regulators, patrolled the US-Mexico Border, trying to block illegal immigration and all the nastiness that follows like drug trafficking and human trafficking.   They were based near Nogales, Arizona.

Lo and behold today on the Drudge Report, I see this headline:

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 1.45.34 PMA group of vets and ex-security experts got together and patrol the US-Mexico border…RIGHT NOW…near (drumroll please…)–Nogales, Arizona.

They aren’t exactly the most favorite people of the Federal agents down there (gee, could that be because they’re actually doing the job our government should be?) but they still pass on intelligence they gather to ICE.

Just. Like. In. My. Novel.

How crazy is that?  I tell you what, I got a good ol’ fashion Chris Mathews thrill up my leg reading this article.  It’s good stuff.

Click here to read the article from the UK newspaper, The Daily Mail.

 

Sad thing is, it took a British newspaper to get this story in the light.  Where are the US papers?   Oh, that’s right, mostly in bed with the people who want to allow all the mess in South America into our country with no restrictions whatsoever.

Okay, enough pontificating (we’ve had enough of that last week from il Papa), I’m going back to writing.

 

Exciting News!

{My apologies for the premature post—one my little Freeholders hit a button and published it ahead of schedule…here is the full post!}

As the title states, I’ve got some exciting news!

Thanks to you loyal Freeholders out there, The Shift is off to a great start–I couldn’t do this without you: thank you so very much!

That’s great, but not the news I want to share…

First and foremost, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Apache Dawn is in production right now to become an audio book later this year!

RomickJames Romick is the narrator and from the samples he’s given me, he’s doing an outstanding job.  When I heard his rendition of Old Man Miller (a character from the book’s prologue), I had goosebumps on my arms.  It’s one thing to read a book–it’s quite another to write it.  I created  people out of thin air and know everything about them…but to hear them speak?  It’s amazing.  Just…wow.

You can read more about James here (he’s got quite the impressive CV).  I’m flattered someone as talented as he is wanted to work with me on this project!   Thanks James!

And, speaking of Apache Dawn, I’ve started writing the 3rd book in the Wildfire Saga!  After extensive outlining, I’m confident this will be one action-packed story.  My only concern is keeping my throat healthy–I got on such a roll yesterday dictating 6,437 words in about an hour on the treadmill (and when I write on the ‘mill, I don’t do that sedate stroll thing…I was basically power-walking lol) that my throat felt raw the rest of the day!

My writing habits aside, I’m using my newly discovered henceforth under-utilized powers of multi-tasking to write a new story as well as the sequel to The Shift.  How, you say, do I have time (raising 3 little Freeholders and a hound, plus caring for the Freehold and Mrs. Richardson) to write two separate stories?

Well, I discovered it’s quite easy.  You see, my brain is hard-wired to focus on one task to the almost complete exclusion of the outside world.  I slip into “the zone” so easy it’s scary sometimes.  Writing, reading, drawing, watching the kids, cutting the grass, you name it—suddenly hours fly by and I have no idea what else was going on around me.  This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.

Anyway, for years I struggled with writing more than one story at once (I frequent writer’s forums online–I know: scary, right?—and many of them write multiple stories and edit a third at the same time).  I always–always–end up focused on one to the exclusion of the other.

Not anymore.  For the last few weeks, I’ve spent my mornings working on the Wildfire conclusion.  Inn the afternoons, I work on my new project, a *supernatural* thriller serial.

Yeah, I know.  Pick your jaw up off the table please.  A supernatural thriller–and it’s a serial?  WTH is that?  Don’t worry, despite  the fact that it will cover subjects like lucid dreaming and astral projection, and be inhabited by a few witches, demons and other unsavory individuals, it will also be populated with secret societies, assassins, and political intrigue (and some military-types too!).  The story came to me one day in a bolt out of the blue (just like a large part of Apache Dawn) and I’ve come to recognize when the Muse strikes, the writer should listen.  Anyway, since then, I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head (my Muse is tapping her foot…).

It’s definitely a turn from my other work (though there’s still an element of the modern weaponry and conspiracies and there are no astral entities on Cooper Braaten’s SEAL Team) and I won’t be offended if you don’t like it or don’t want to read something in that genre.  That’s why I’m giving you fair warning right now, so you won’t be flabbergasted when you see the first episode out (hopefully by Halloween) with my name on it.

If you’re willing to follow me on a truly wild ride, however, then strap in and hang on, cause things are about to get weird.

I can see that look on your face as you process the last few sentences.  “Wait–episode?  This is a book, not a TV show…”

Well…Yes and no.

Serialized fiction has been around since Charles Dickens’ time (you know, A Tale of Two Cities).  The modern TV show merely took the format and ran with it.  In writing terms, an episode is a single book (usually a complete story with a conflict and resolution).  A collection of episodes (either linear or stand-alone) is a season.  There is usually a big story arc that encompasses all or most of the episodes but doesn’t have to be touched upon in each episode (think the X-Files).  I think this style of writing is making a comeback (like I said, it was popular a few hundred years ago in Charles Dickens’ time) and it’s fun to write this way and get the story out immediately, rather than waiting until the entire plot is wrapped up.

By writing one episode at a time, I’ll be able to get the story to you faster (my goal is a new episode every 3 weeks).  It’ll be like an hour long TV show in a book.  I think it’ll be cool, and if nothing else, it’ll be a neat experiment.

So don’t worry, I’m writing the third Wildfire book at the same time (remember?) so if the supernatural action isn’t your cuppa, Cooper and the boys will be back for the dramatic conclusion to the events started in Apache Dawn.  And there may be some more adventures for the surviving characters after that

As I get closer to releasing the first episode of the serial, I’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Till then, keep reading and keep your powder dry!

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The Shift now available for purchase!

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, The Shift (sequel to Apache Dawn)!!!

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That’s right, it’s done!  Slogging through the editing over the course of the summer with all 3 kids in the house/yard/park has finally yielded an actual book!  Nothing caps off a summer like getting the kids back in school and releasing a new book…

It’s available now on Amazon to buy or borrow (it you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited) and weighs in around 450 pages (at least the paperback will, the eBooks always have strange page counts).

I hope y’all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

Look for the paperback version to be ready in the next few days–the proof copies are already on their way to me now.   More on that later…

Friday’s Freehold Update is going to be fun–I’ve got some more news for y’all that I’m just bursting at the seams to tell!