Tunnel Vision and The Fort on sale in the US today!

Great deals on Tunnel Vision and The Fort today on Amazon, a little over half off on both titles.



And of course, this guy isn’t available, or on sale, but it sure is fun to see…


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Reviews and Etiquette and Frustration

One thing I need to get out of the way first.

I love that people review my books. Obviously I love the good ones, because it’s just so damn cool when someone really digs my work, but I’ve even taken to heart more than a few bad ones, and tried to use them as critical analysis for future work. There have been a few outright mean ones from time to time, and those I hate-especially the ones that presume because I write about nasty things that I approve of them-but I’m usually pretty ok with even the truly bad ones. I’ve always managed to avoid commenting on them, both on Amazon and Goodreads, as that sort of fits on with the rules of the dance, but man, yesterday was pretty trying.

Tunnel Vision has gotten a ton of great reviews, from new readers and Aric veterans alike, but there have been a few dingers as well. For a lot of these, they simply hated the language-I swear, sorry-they hated the writing-nothing to be done there-or they hated…something else. Not many people have spelled out what that something else is, but for the few that have, yikes.

Yesterday I got a review that accused me of liberal brainwashing, that claimed that I had an agenda of some sort, and that was why Betty’s moms are married lesbians. Yes, with this one book, I planned to change the way gay culture in America was recognized, I alone would be the standard bearer for gay civil rights, and for gay marriage.


I mean, I do think gay or lesbian couples should be allowed to be married, it seems like a really reasonable thing to me. In fact, it seems so reasonable, that I included it in a book. For those who have read my other works, you know that I always have different family dynamics in my writing, and if anything, Betty’s same-sex-marriage-mothers, are some of the most responsible parents I’ve written about. Yet, this is the first time I’ve ever been called to task for the kind of parents that I’ve written about.

I want to respond to these people very, very badly. I’m not going to, at least not anywhere but here. If I did, however, I’d want them to know that I feel bad for them. They’re the ones that will be alienating future family members and possible friends. They’ll be the ones lingering like an old fart in a room where everyone else has long gotten past the stigma they clutch to. It wasn’t long ago that it was perfectly fine to openly chastise a couple for having a child out of wedlock, or for marrying or dating outside of ones race. For the most part, those days are gone, thankfully, hopefully the stigma over same-sex couple marrying will be soon too.

In some ways, I feel like I’m doing these ignorant folks a lesson by including Betty’s moms in Tunnel Vision. Maybe they’ll tell friends about it, like-minded folks who will give them an odd glance as they leave the room. “Does he really think that?” They’ll wonder, “Is he really that bigoted?” Maybe someone will say something, maybe they won’t. All I know is, my generation was embarrassed when our elders were openly racist, and I know my daughter’s children will be disgusted when they hear some bigot prattle on about the olden days when the gays knew their place.


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Get Tunnel Vision a month early, and possibly even for free!

Have you heard of Kindle First? It’s a cool program that Amazon has that allows readers early access to new books, and this month, Tunnel Vision was selected as one of the four titles in the program. Even better, if you have Amazon Prime, you can get one of the four books for free! If you don’t have Prime you can still get one of the books for $1.99, so either way it’s a good deal.

Can’t wait to hear what you guys think of Tunnel Vision and the continued adventures of Nickel!


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A pair of updates, and a reminder

1. I will have exciting news to share with all of you early next week…

2. Thomas and Mercer and I just agreed on a contract for my next novel, Weavers, due out May of 2015. The ink is dry and I am very excited about this one, I think you guys are going to like it!

3. Just over a month until Tunnel Vision is out!

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Saw Guardian’s of the Galaxy today.

Great, great movie, one of the best I’ve seen in a while. I shudder to think of the person who would not like this flick.

Other odd update: Just hit 100,000 words on a book I said I would never write.

Normal Update: Tunnel Vision is out October First.

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And all the free copies of Tunnel Vision have been claimed.

Thank you to everyone who got a hold of me, all of you should have books soon. As for everyone else, hopefully we can do this again if I get some more books. Stay tuned!


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I have Tunnel Vision Galleys!

And I need to know who wants one?

First three people to message me on here get a free signed copy direct from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Just say you want one, I’ll email you back, get an address, and I’ll ship the next day.

So, who wants to read about Nickel?

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Tunnel Vision Cover!

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Amazon and Samsung team up for Samsung Book Deals

I’m sure most of you have heard that there is a new Samsung Kindle App, but what you may not know is that The Fort is available this month for free download on your Samsung devices! Very cool stuff, so if you’ve been waiting to take the plunge-or have a cheap friend that you’ve been trying to convince to read one of my books but doesn’t want to drop a few bucks-now is a great chance to get one for free.

If you read The Fort via this new promotion, I’d love to hear what you think.

Oh, one other tidbit, Tunnel Vision, the new book featuring Nickel, will be out on October 1st.

Talk to you soon,

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Tunnel Vision?

Placeholder page is up!


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