Thursday, December 27, 2012

Free books on the rails

I came across this article today and thought I would share it. As an author who understands the marketability of "free" I have seen my titles go out on Amazon for free and I have offered free giveaways. Here is another way books are going out for free and I think it is a great idea.
This a page from TeleRead a website dedicated to news about eBooks. The article goes on to say that a train company in Italy is offering passengers free ebooks to read while they travel. I would love to see this transfer to airlines as well.
Italo Train

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Punisher the way it should be.

A friend of mine shared this video with me today, Dirty Laundry. From what Thomas Jane shared with the video post, he made this short to true Frank Castle fans. Whether this video spawns something new and more authentic to the character remains to be seen. I've read rumors of a possible Punisher TV show. I think there is plenty of content for one.
   This video comes at a good time as I have recently revisited the MAX Punisher comics that came out around 2004.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hard work pays off

     I can't add up all the hours I spent working with my friend and co-author Jorge Sastre on our book The Collectors.  We started this story over ten years ago as a joke about two guys collecting late fees from people who kept their video too long.
     Soon Jorge had a story about two guys who collect money for loan sharks. Together we grew that into the book that is out now from Forker Media.
     Originally the story of John and Luis Solo was supposed to be a screenplay and we did have a movie deal once. When that fell through I decided we needed to put the story into book format. That took some work to take the skeleton of a screenplay and fill it with guts. But here it is on the shelf. (look hard its there)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I was writing that!

So as you can tell by this blog and if you have bothered to read any of the books I have written in the last three years you would know I am a Mike Hammer fan.  I have read eight Mike Hammer books. I love the guy, but this post is not about Mickey Spillane’s iconic character that spawned 1,000 imitations. No this is about a rumor there are people out there fooling with the idea of making a new Mike Hammermovie.

Now I’m both excited and pissed. Earlier I wrote about the new Parker movie coming out, Parker, and the mixed emotions I have on that one. The thing is, Mike is just something that should not be messed with. Unless the people working on this are diehard fans with Max A Collins overseeing it, Hammer will be ruined.  I say that because I was toying with the idea of writing a Mike Hammer script myself.
Truth is even if I had written one; I wouldn’t do anything with it. There are laws out there protecting material. Hearing this movie is being made just makes me feel like something I hold near will be pressed up against the glass for gawkers to blow hot air from their slack jaws. 

Out there someone is arguing it is good for Mike, for a new generation to find Hammer in his glorious vengeance filled hate squeezing rounds from his forty-five.  I just have a hard time sharing.

Monday, December 3, 2012

10 Pitches

     I want to share this with all of you. is a great new blog where authors can submit one sentenance about their book.  This takes the "elevator pitch" to a new level.  My book, The Collectors, was just put up there.  For all you authors out there send in a pitch.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Free signed book covers

    My publisher, Forker Media, is offering a signed book cover print of The Collectors.  This is why I love working with Forker Media, who else does this with E Books?  I was thrilled when they shipped me the printed covers to sign.  The covers are on good 8x11 paper and can be framed. 
    All you have to do is buy a copy of the book and email a screen shot of either your confirmation email or a picture of your kindle/nook screen with the book downloaded.
   This for a limited quantity as I did not sign very many of them.