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: Happy New Year!

I want to wish all my fans a safe and Happy New Year, wherever you may be, for you and your families. It’s been a great year here at the Freehold. We published Sic Semper Tyrannis and The Shift and also did a complete redux edit on Alea Jacta Est (which was, in effect, as time consuming as editing a new book). These are not small books, as you know and I’ve got a large chunk of the sequel to The Shift already “on paper” as well.

I’m looking forward to a productive 2016 and I have some big plans. First, I’ll be finishing the third installment of the Wildfire Universe and I’ll also be writing the third installment of the Future History of America series (the ones with the names in Latin!). Depending on where those series end up, I may start (hopefully finish!) a fourth in one of them.

Returning to the present, I’d like to thank everyone who responded to my Apache Dawn audio book contest question, the answers I received were terrific! More than a few of you had very insightful and compelling responses.

I announced that the first 5 people to send me a quick email would win a copy of the audio book. Those 5 people have already been contacted with instructions on how to get their copy. The winners are, in no particular order and with names abbreviated for privacy:

D. T.

Brian S.

Gene W.

Allison D.

Mike S.

Thank you all for being a part of my first giveaway contest (there will be more in the future, possibly with some print copies or other swag) and I hope you enjoy the audio book!

Want to get in on future contests and find out when the next book will be released? Join the Freehold Update, my monthly (sometimes) email list. No spam, ever. Click here to join.

Freehold Friday: Contest time!

Seasons Greetings!

There won’t be a Freehold Friday this week due to Christmas, so I’m taking this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy holiday.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t get to play Santa!

AD ACX FINAL blogWho’s ready to win a free audio copy of Apache Dawn? If you are, keep reading.

Here’s how we’re going to do this.  On December 26th, I’m going to ask a simple question to everyone signed up on the Freeholder Update. The first five people to reply with their answer will win a free copy of the book.  The contest will be available for the 26th and 27th and if I don’t get enough answers, I will randomly select Updaters to win.

I’ll post the question (it’s not going to be hard, don’t worry) to the blog on Friday after the question goes out to the mailing list so all y’all who aren’t Updaters (and why aren’t you, anyway?) can see what was asked for grins.  I’ll also announce the winners on the blog, so keep watching!

And remember, if you can’t wait for the next few days (kind of like my kids), you can always skip the crowd and get your copy of Apache Dawn to listen in your car (or wherever you can listen to audiobooks) TODAY! Follow this link to nirvana…

In the meantime, make sure you sign up for the Freehold Update and check your inbox for the contest question!

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!

The Shift now available for purchase!

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

Shift interior2

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!


False Prey free for a limited time!

In lieu of a Freehold Friday this week I have this announcement: False Prey, the Wildfire Novella, is now free on Amazon from January 28 to February 1, 2015.

The book centers on life in a small town in Kentucky during the events that take place in Apache Dawn, specifically how the local citizenry deals with the North Korean threat and the mysterious illness sweeping the country.

It’s a little over 31,000 words (around 90 pages) so it’s not a major time investment but I think you’ll enjoy the story if you haven’t already gotten a copy.

So what are you waiting for?  Get on over to Amazon and download your free copy of False Prey today!  Or tomorrow…or Friday or Saturday or Sunday.

Want to know when my next book is released before everyone else?  Sign up for my mailing list!  You’ll be eligible for freebies and exclusive content, too!


Freehold Friday: Book sale!

I’m excited to spread the word that I’m going to be offering Alea Jacta Est on a Kindle Countdown Deal starting this Sunday the 19th at 7am (CST)!!!  For two and a half days, you’ll be able to purchase AJE for only 99¢!  How’s that for a bargain?  Yep, all 484 pages of kick-ass, post-apocalyptic, in-yer-face thriller for less than a buck.  I call that a heaping pile of fresh awesome.

Starting around noon on the 21st, the price will increase to $1.99 and stay that way (still about 50% off) until the wee hours of the morning of October 23rd.  At which time the price will roll back up to $2.99 until the countdown deal ends at 3am (CST) on Sunday the 26th.

I’m still pretty new to the whole promoting your book thing we indie authors have to accomplish ourselves (while writing the next book), so bear with me folks…I still need to figure out advertising and all that jazz.  In the meantime, tell your friends, tell your enemies–hell, tell your parents and even your dog.  Spread the word about the upcoming sale this weekend!  Nothing works better than word of mouth, and I know for a fact my fans are top shelf, as Ted might say.

Those fans who are already signed up on my email list– The Freeholder Update –already knew this, of course.  And, as a reward for their courage in joining this fledgling author on his publishing journey, my subscribers will get a free digital copy of the Wildfire novella currently in the works, to be released in November.

So if you want promotion/book release news and exclusive content, all neatly wrapped up in one–maybe two–emails a month, join The Freeholder Update today!  It’s free and it’s not spam.  Ever.

Okay, now that the shamelss self-promotion is over with, I’m going to get back to writing (and figureing out advertising, and designing the cover for the novella–and AJE2, and while I’m at it, coming up with a name for AJE2…)…

Alea Jacta Est coming to print, soon!

I’m currently working on bringing Alea Jacta Est to print via

So far I have 16 chapters formatted…only, what, 50 or so more to go?  🙂

This is tedious but necessary work.  I’ve received numerous requests to make the book available in print and digital issues.  I love my readers so, just bear with me, it’ll happen!

In the meantime, AJE is currently on promotion with Amazon (the Kindle Countdown Deals)!  Only $0.99 through Wednesday the 21st!  Don’t miss this bargain…don’t worry, supplies aren’t limited.