Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Neglectful Blogger

I know.  You're tired of checking in and seeing the same post.  Hearing about me emasculating myself is only fun for a little while (I still say, one of the best things I've done lately in the good husband department), but enough is enough.  So I'm checking in with an update type post just so you have something new to read.
Book three of the Scarlet Hopewell series (still untitled) is coming along quite well.  Only running into two problems at the moment: one, the multitude of other worthwhile and not so worthwhile distractions vying for my attention and the fact that I have had three great new book ideas that I can't act on until I get book three wrapped up and to the editors.  They are, in my humble opinion, some really great ideas and I'm feeling quite conflicted when I sit down to the old Macintosh to write.  All in all, not really problems anyone in my position wouldn't love to have so I'm going to leave it at that.
I have managed to squeeze in reading another book since last I posted and I'm going to mention it here because it is certainly a must read.  I know I'm late to the party, but I read Hunger Games in just over one day and let me tell you, if you haven't read it, you need to stop reading my drivel (unless you are currently reading one of my novels of course) and get a copy.  I'll admit I was a bit reluctant when I first picked up the book.  I was only reading it because of the hype surrounding the movie and as I delved in I realized it was written in first person, present tense.  Not my favorite.  If you don't know what that is...a quick example:  As I type the keys on the computer, I wonder what exactly I'm going to say.  I haven't planned out the post I'm currently writing and am worried it will deteriorate to mindless drivel.  My wife and kids have just walked in from the backyard, and I know dinner soon must be prepared or there will be a host of angry little women staring me down.
Collins, however, is a master at this particular form of writing and it only added to the amazing pace and tension Hunger Games provides.  I'm not going to give any spoilers or any hints at all, it's better that you just trust me, get the book and enjoy the ride.
To wrap up, I want to thank all of the fans who have taken the time recently to post their reviews on Amazon.  Like it or not, reviews can often mean the difference between someone giving a new author a shot or simply moving on.  So far, I've been quite well received and it only makes me all the more motivated to keep writing.  Thank you.  For those of you in the Northern Virginia area, I'm working with a few bookstores to have a few signings in the coming months and will be sure to keep you posted.  Please, please, please (like you haven't done more than enough already by faithfully reading my blog and books) take the time to join the blog, like my facebook page and join me on twitter.  These thing help tremendously when it comes to gathering new fans.  Till next time...

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