Free book promotion on Amazon

Hello Everyone. I’m running a free book promotion this weekend on Amazon, so if you happen to be a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can download Diana’s Leap for free on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks for your comments and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon, and have a great weekend.

Get a free ebook this weekend!

Hi there. I’m running a free book promotion for my new book, Diana’s Leap, this weekend. If you are a Kindle Unlimited Subscriber, you can download the book for free starting this Friday. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.

The promotion runs from Friday through Sunday. After that, the ebook goes back to its regular price of $6.95 US. Don’t be disappointed. Download now.

Diana’s Leap ebook

Diana’s Leap print version

Launch Day!

Well… It’s finally here: launch day for my new book, Diana’s Leap.

This book has been almost 15 years in the making, so it’s an auspicious occasion for me even though I’m spending most of it alone at my desk—pretty typical for a writer.

I remember when I wrote the first draft of the opening conversation between Cathy and Diana in Chapter One, and thinking “Hey. That’s not bad. Maybe this could be something.” I had no idea how the story would unfold at that point, although I had an inkling about how it should end in the final chapter.

I was still working at BCIT then, and it was a very busy time for me. In addition to my day job and family responsibilities, I was doing a master’s degree at Athabasca University and teaching night school, so there wasn’t much time for writing. One of my tricks in those days was to send emails to myself with a paragraph or two of copy that I’d write on my cell phone during my commute to work or while waiting for a meeting to start. Later, when I found a free hour or two, I’d consolidate the emails into a cohesive chunk and add them to the book.

It was kind of a slow process though and by the time I retired in 2015, I only had four chapters written, although those four chapters were re-organized into six in the final version. After I quit work, I thought I’d be able to bang it out pretty quick, but it took me another two years to write the last 19 chapters and five months to do the editing.

I’m hopeful the book will do well, but even if it doesn’t I’ll still be very proud of this book. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. Here’s the links:

Diana’s Leap, the ebook

Diana’s Leap, paperback

Only three days left…

Only three days left until the launch of Diana’s Leap, a new novel that follows the mis-adventures of a middle-aged woman after she learns that the charming man she re-connected with at a high school reunion is on the run from a notorious British gangster. Is it funny? Yes. Is it suspenseful? Yes. Does it have heartwarming moments that will make the tears well up in your eyes? Of course. Do you really have to wait three more days to buy a copy? Actually, no. You can click now to buy a pre-sale copy for the low, low price of $3.95 U.S., a discount of almost 50%. Offer ends midnight Nov 1st.

Milestone for Murphy’s Law

My little mystery novel, Murphy’s Law, surpassed a prodigious milestone this morning. Thanks to a special promotion I’m running today, it clipped past the 1,000 mark in total downloads. Actually, it was 1,009 the last time I looked. That number includes digital, print, and audiobook sales as well as downloads through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Lending Library. It took two years to get here–almost exactly two, actually; it was published Jan 25th, 2016–but here we are.

digital-coverI never thought it would do this well when I first published it. I really just intended it as an experiment to learn about self publishing, or independent publishing as those in the biz like to call it.

I hope to publish my second novel, Diana’s Leap, soon. It’s all ready to go; I just have to finish writing it–and it would be done right now too, were it not for the distractions, like that sweet spot just behind Sophie the Cat’s ears that’s always in need of a little human attention.

“What’s more important,” I have asked her on more than one occasion. “Writing the great Canadian novel, or scratching the cat’s ears.” She never answers. She just stares at me with a look that says: “What a ridiculous question.”

I will get it finished soon, though; I promise. And when I do, I will post the first chapter here so you can get a taste. May all of your days be full, and all of your nights unburdened by worry or care.