Sunday, September 27, 2015

Reader comment and New video trailer

Received an interesting email from someone reading my book.  They were upset with one of the more dramatic aspects of the book.  I was pleased.  It is great to have someone respond to something you have done that was creatively correct but very difficult to write.  I cannot tell what this is without spoiling the book.  But it was very satisfying to have a reader react just as they should.

Have a new trailer for the book.  That is two that are available on youtube or you can see them on the web site

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Social media update

Dylan, my grandson, has done a wonderful job developing our social media pages.  We are very pleased and excited that his efforts have led to almost 1,400 followers and likes from Facebook and Twitter.  Great job Dylan!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Book reviews

Like many things in our world today consumer reviews have a major impact in buying decisions--from where you eat to what kind of car you buy.  And of course they are a factor in decisions regarding what books you read.

In the past we looked to "professional" critics to provide us with information about books, movies, plays and restaurants.  Today the consumer's opinion is king.  I know I use these opinions in my purchase decision process.  When I am shopping on-line the consumer reviews are almost always something I read--and while I will ignore the ones who seem to be out of line with everybody else I do look at both good and bad.

If you have had a chance to read The Bootlegger's Legacy it would be very helpful for you to contribute your review to one or more of the on-line retailer sites. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Social media

The Bootlegger's Legacy mostly takes place in a time without cell phones and no social media.  Today's most recent generations seem to develop their identities around Facebook or Twitter.  My grandson, Dylan, is 23 and of the generation that would be lost without a cell phone.  With his guidance The Bootlegger's Legacy now has a page on Facebook and Twitter.  Dylan will be handling most (all) of the communication and postings.  You might want to check it out and see what he is up to--I am sure it will be interesting.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Favorite Books or Authors

I was preparing answers to a questionnaire the other day on which it asked what was my favorite book.  There was no way I could decide on only one book.  At various times in my life certain books were more important than others but there has not been one that was absolutely the favorite.  Maybe you have one book that is your absolute favorite but mine would be a ever changing (and growing) list.

In my college days I remember reading Dr. Strangelove (before I saw the movie- out loud with a rowdy group of friends) and Catch-22.  I thought those books were something special by genius level authors.  I had loved tons of sci-fi books during high school with Vonnegut being my favorite author.  About that same time I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I was amazed at the effort involved in writing those stories.

I have had a long term love of mysteries.  Probably have read most of the best known mystery writers with a real attachment to the British understated style--such as Agatha Christie.  Raymond Chandler help establish a whole genre of detective stories which I have enjoyed.

Current mystery authors on my list are: Mark Gimenez, Todd Borg, Michael Connelly (great Bosch fan), Sheldon Siegel, J.A. Jance, C.J. Box and Stuart Woods.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New book in the works!

Pacheco and Chino, PI's: Hot Springs Inn Mystery is the first book in a series that will follow Ray Pacheco, from The Bootlegger's Legacy as he retires as the Sheriff of Dona Ana County and starts his new life as a resident of Elephant Butte Lake.  This book is now being edited and will be published later this year.

This was a fun book to write because of the unique (oddball?) partners Ray takes on as he abandons the do-nothing-but-fish retirement life and starts a private investigation business.  This first book is about them getting to know one another as they solve the disappearance of an Albuquerque woman from the Hot Springs Inn and in the process discover major secrets involving the FBI.

Friday, September 4, 2015

eBook of The Bootlegger's Legacy

The eBook of Legacy is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes.  Print book should be along in a few days.