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BIG Announcement and REARVIEW for FREE!

Rearview coverA year ago I teamed up with six other authors to publish a series of seven novellas called 7 Hours. Each novella, written by a different author, featured one constant character, Thomas Constant. And the series posed the question: What would you do if you were given 7 more hours to live? The series was published and released by Tyndale House in e-book form only. And now, Tyndale would like to revisit the series by offering my novella, Rearview, for free this week.  Here’s a little about the story . . .

Professor Dan Blakely has it all . . . until a false accusation leaves him in financial ruin with nothing to fall back on and little hope. In a moment of desperation, he decides to do the unthinkable. But when he loses control of his SUV and careens down the side of a mountain, his plans take another turn. Trapped beneath the frame of his mangled vehicle, Dan is visited by a mysterious stranger who offers him three choices. Filled with regret, Dan makes a decision . . . but little does he know that his troubles have only just begun. The clock is ticking. What will you do with the time you have left?

Please, pick up a copy of Rearview. I think you’ll find the story intriguing and gripping and I’d love to hear what you think of the ending. You can get a copy here. And while you’re at it, get a copy of all the stories. They’re all excellent.

Also, if you’re interested, Tyndale has developed a discussion guide to go along with the story for you to use in a small group or book group setting. Some very thought-provoking stuff. You can download the discussion guide here.

Oh, and one more thing. I recently signed a contract with Tyndale to bring you a book tentatively called Centralia. I can’t give you much information on the story just yet but think Jason Bourne meets Shutter Island meets Inception. it’s going to be mind-blowing.

Please, help me spread the word about this news by sharing this post in all your social media outlets. THANK YOU!


A Confession . . . and Helping of Crow

Rook eating from water

(Photo credit: foxypar4)

Okay, major confession time. I see a huge plate of crow just waiting for me. It’s an acquired taste, I’m told, and by the end of this post I’ll have had my share and be picking it from my teeth.

I’ve always said I wasn’t into the whole e-book reader thing. Yes, technology moved ahead as relentlessly as shadows move with the sun. And yes, the e-book movement was only going to gain steam. But I didn’t have to like it. I’d alway–yes, I said ALWAYS–prefer the feel of a real book to that of a piece of plastic. I’d never–yes, I said NEVER–give up on real paper and ink books. ALWAYS. NEVER.

Please pass the crow . . . and could you hand me the hot sauce?

This past Valentine’s Day my wife got me a Kindle touch. I thanked her and was genuinely intrigued and thought it’d be nice to have around, maybe I’d read some books on it, but that was about it. It would never–yes, NEVER again–replace my love for the real book, the feel of pages, the smell of ink on paper.

Yes, I’d like another helping of crow, thank you.

I don’t quite know what happened. The more I used the Kindle the more I liked it. And the more I liked it the more I got used to reading from it, to its feel, its weight, the ease of downloading books, the abundance of free books, the storage capacity. The ability to take a break from reading and play mahjong.

Okay, I can hardly speak now my mouth is so full of crow.

Here it is: IlikemyKindlebetterthanrealbooks.

There, I said it. It’s the truth, too. In fact, I find it difficult to read a real book, the kind with pages and ink and a spine for goodness sake.

Please, don’t throw rocks, the crow is enough, believe me. Even with hot sauce it’s enough.

Question: So how about you? Which do you prefer, e-book or the real deal?

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Get My Novella REARVIEW for $1.99!

Okay, so I’m part of this group of authors who wrote 7 novellas as part of a series. Each book contains one common thread, a mysterious character named Thomas Constant who shows up at the moment of someone’s death and offers them a strange gift: 7 more hours to live. They choose whether to go back in time and relive any 7 hours of their life or to continue living 7 more hours.

It’s quite an interesting concept and the books are all outstanding. The other authors involved are Rene Gutteridge, Ronie Kendig, Robin Parrish, Tom Pawlik, Travis Thrasher, and James Wilson.

The books will release in e-book format only at first. If you don’t have an e-reader, don’t panic. You can download the Kindle app to any PC or Mac and a variety of phones and tablets.

You can read about all the books here.

Tyndale, our publisher, is going to offer each book at a promotional price of $1.99, one book per week for 7 weeks. And my book, REARVIEW, is first. The books are available now on Amazon but I’m asking you to wait until Monday, May 14. REARVIEW will be $1.99 for the entire week and I’d like to flood the sellers with orders and really make a statement.

Go to the Amazon page now and check it out but please wait until the week of May 14 to order it. Then do the same for all the books. One a week will be offered for $1.99!

I’ll post a couple reminders as time gets closer . . .

In the meantime, please repost this, Twitter it, Facebook it, whatever to help get the word out. Thank you!

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