Robinson Crusoe – the TV Series?!

It’s been a while since I posted. Apologies. I’ve been busting hump on the new novel, which I would describe in technical terms as NEXTGEN! No, it’s not sci-fi. It’s straight fantasy, but it has a lot of parts, a lot of depth, and a lot of humor. Don’t worry, though. Fans of RC will love it, as it has much common with my previous trilogy. It’s audacious, loaded with action, and imagination. Right now, it’s in the hands of my first two, closest readers. After their feedback and some possible changes, it’ll go to the beta reader team. You haven’t been forgotten!

 

In the meantime, I’m finally able to reveal some exciting news that has been a long time in the making. Producers have optioned the New Chronicles of Robinson Crusoe for a potential TV series! Woohoo!

This is a very exciting development and I’d love to give out a ton of details, but we’re in the mum stage as the producers implement their plan for media domination. I love their vision, however, as well as their passion. They see the same potential in the project as I do and are setting out to put together a team up to the task to bringing it to the small screen. When I’m able to post more information, I will definitely let you all know.

Lastly, I would be very remiss if I didn’t congratulate the narrator of the RC books, Malk Williams for winning a prestigious industry award. He earned the Earphones Award for his narration of Arrowood by Mick Finlay! He’s also the narrator of the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve. I couldn’t be prouder of him. Best of all, he’s putting the finishing touches on the audiobook for Robinson Crusoe 2246 right now. It should be done and available in the next few weeks. I’ll send out another mailer when it’s ready.

Outside of all that great news, we’re transitioning into a beautiful fall here in Minnesota. The weather is dropping, the trees are turning gold and red, and the kids are back in school, allowing me more time to write. Looking forward to getting this one done and out there. Thanks to the best readers everywhere for their patience and passion.

As always, I wish you good reading!

E.J.R.

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Sunburned, but feeling cool…

Hello, fellow book lovers,
So, I traveled back to L.A. for the first time since moving to Minnesota. It was a blast to see my friends and spend some time in the warm Cali sun, but all in all, I have to say, I don’t miss the big orange much. All those things other people complained about when I lived there smacked me in the face like never before. Flying in, I could see the carpet of smog hanging over the city. Once on the ground, the traffic was even worse than I remember. Within five minutes of driving around, angry people were honking, glaring, and speeding around other cars. None of that happens here. The ultimate irony, of course, is how many friends who once scoffed when I left said they want to leave L.A. too now. Crime is up. Everything costs a fortune. The taxes are stupid. People are leaving in droves. The center cannot hold, man! It cannot hold!

Now that I’ve returned home to the land of lakes, I’m recharged and ready to put this new book to bed. I’ll be working overtime to get it right and in front of my fellow book fanatics asap.

In the meantime, a lot of people have been asking me for book recommendations. There’s been a flood of new indie writers out there, but many of them are leaping on this runaway train tact where you write and hit publish as quickly as possible. If you notice a failing in quality, this is the reason why. I’m loath to recommend anyone that writes a book in twenty-one days regardless of how quickly they become “successful.” A good story takes a long time to craft and it’s not done until it’s RIGHT. That’s why I continue to love the work of John L. Monk. Some of my oldest readers might have remembered me pimping his Jenkins Cycle series a couple years back. The guy just gets it. Plus, he has the natural talent to compete with any of the traditionally published giants.

Last year, John published a post-apocalypse book called:

HELL’S CHILDREN, which was a modern take on Lord of the Flies. It’s different than my stuff, but oh, so good. I encourage you to check the series out. He just published the second volume in the series, HELL’S ENCORE, and it’s even better than the first.

Both have received excellent reviews and for good reason–they just plain rock.

Check out John’s website here or just click on the book titles and you’ll be whisked away to the magical land of (Ama)’Zon.’

Hope you dig them as much as I do.

(I know you will, but I love talking about hope. As Andy Dufresne said, “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

 

That’s it for now, faithful readers. Back to the grind. May all your rough reads be short, and all your great reads be long.

And, as always, be good to each other.

Erik

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New Audiobook in the works and UPDATES!

Hello, friends and fellow readers!

Very excited to announce the esteemed Malk Williams has agreed to return to the microphone to use his prodigious talents in narrating Robinson Crusoe 2246 (book 3). As many of you know, Malk narrated the first two books and won heaps of awards and global recognition. Okay, maybe stretching it a bit there. No awards, but he did earn many fans, myself among them. In fact, the first two audiobooks have been flying off the shelves in the last couple months and many of the listeners have reached out to me to ask when the final audiobook will be availble. While we don’t have a firm date yet, I’m happy to say he’s starting the read thru now, and shouldn’t be too long until it’s up and running. Check back here for a release date.

In other news, I expect to have the second draft of my new (non-Crusoe) book done within four weeks. I can’t tell you how geeked I am with excitement over this one. Like Crusoe, it’s a big sweeping adventure with lots of action, but it has more humor than any of my previous books. I suppose you could compare it to Guardians of the Galaxy tonally, although it is not science fiction. It’s a fantasy-adventure. I’m not giving out too much more information just yet, but expect a big announcement in the not-so-distant future.

One surprise this spring happened last week when I saw a Facebook post from fellow indie writer (but so much more successful), Faleena Hopkins. She writes “contemporary romance,” which sounds benign, but it is hot, hot, hot! Faleena’s books have exploded in the past year, making her one of the highest ranked authors in the genre and earning her legions of fans. I met her years ago in Los Angeles when she was dating one of my very good friends, and we’ve stayed in contact since. When I first decided to publish the Crusoe series, she educated me on the “do’s and don’ts” so I could reduce my mistakes to triple digits rather than a few thousand. I’m over the moon about her success, which is well deserved. She was in town for an acting role (which she continues to do), and we took the family to meet her and sat outside at a fancy burger joint (I had pork belly in my hamburger) and enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. Ah, spring with friends.

Outside of writing, life is blissful in Minnesota. The “bad” weather went away (although a little late with the last snow falling the first of May), and everything is so green here. We bought bikes for the family so we can ride, get exercise, and see all of God’s beautiful country. We’re really looking forward to getting onto one of the big lakes for some tubing and skiing, but that might be another month out

We also enrolled both our boys in Karate, which has been a blast for both us and them, but the “KI-YAWS!” around the house are getting a little nuts. Especially when they’re accompanied by the words “front kick!” as one of them spears me from behind. Still, it’s good to see them be so disciplined for someone. Our martial arts instructor is really good with kids—scary good. Here are photos of them getting their white belts.

I’ve been asked a lot lately about continuing the Crusoe series. As I’ve mentioned to some of you, I do have a second trilogy worked out that would take place in Europe and even engage more of Robinson’s family and friends. But right now, I’m concentrating on making my current project the absolute best it can be. Don’t fret, though. RC and Friday are never very far from my thoughts. I have a feeling they won’t be at rest long.

For those of you eager for other indie books, I’ll have a blog post with some recommendations coming up. There are a lot of good writers out there (along with a lot of bad ones). I want to help those with real skill find the audience they deserve and book lovers new voices for the future.

Hope you’re all doing well and getting ready for the summer. Feel free to drop me a note anytime with questions.

And, as always, happy reading.

Erik

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Jamaica is “irie,” mon!

Early this week we returned from a trip to the Caribbean. My wife’s company has a thing called Founder’s Club, which is a reward for those that kick butt during the year. This is our second year going. The trip this year was in Jamaica, an all-inclusive resort known as Royalton Blue Waters, which you can see by the photo was pretty epic. It had all the things you want out of a resort. State-of-the-art facilities. White sandy beaches. Plenty of safety, security, and privacy. We were on the top floor of the best building, affording us views of the ocean, the resort, and the mountains beyond. The weather was perfect — around 80 degrees. 

When we went to Cancun last year, we did all the excursions. We went on ziplines, swam in cenotes, saw 5,000-year-old Mayan temples. The one that we didn’t carve out for ourselves was a lot of time to relax. This year we did the opposite. We stayed at the resort and chilled. Most of our time was spent in chairs under the sun drinking Miami Vices. I say that with no manly pride. Miami Vice isn’t the kind of drink I’d want my “bros” seeing me drink. They’re half pina colada, half strawberry daiquiri. But when you add a lot of rum, which we did, it’s refreshing. Sadly, I don’t have any photos of the drink. They never seemed to last very long.

In staying at the resort, we missed out on some of the fun things to do on the island. Dunn Falls. The cliff jumping at Rick’s. Even the long trip to Bob Marley’s house. But we knew pretty early on that we’d be going back to Jamaica and would probably save a few of those things for when our kids are a little older. 

The food at all-inclusive places is typically hit and miss. Sadly, the steakhouse was the most disappointing. Overcooked. Small portions. But I had a great Greek stew at the Medeteranian place. The buffet was consistently solid. And, of course, the jerk chicken was the bomb. Spicy with rice, beans, plantains, and corn. Hmm. The perfect meal.

I booked a promotion through Bookbub earlier in the year that just happened to begin on the day we left. It’s always fascinating to see the numbers on these promos. 50,000 downloads in a weekend is crazy to think about. The follow up has been exceptional too, both in reviews left by people, and follow-ups of readers moving into book 2 and 3. The reviews that tickle me most are the ones saying they didn’t know what to expect or weren’t expecting much only to get swept away by the story and finish it in a day or two. That’s what it’s all about.

This week I got back into the swing of things on the next book. I even managed to put down 10,000 new words. It’s rolling now and I’m hoping to be done with the first draft by mid-March. Then the hard work begins. But I’m loving the story and can’t wait to tell you all more about it. I have no idea what the release date will be, only that it will be sometime in summer. Hopefully June, but who knows. As soon as I have a better grasp on it, I’ll let you know.

My wife begged me to get a haircut and shave my beard after the trip. I did some pretty funny stuff, from mutton chops to a Hitler mustache (I’m taking it back!). The one that freaked her out the most, however, was the “pornstache,” which you can see here to the left. I kind of liked it. But happy wife, happy life, right? So, it’s back to the babyface.

Wishing the best to all of you and great reading!

E.J.R.

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The New Chronicles of Robinson Crusoe – Official Omnibus Release

Greetings from Minnesota!

Man, it’s odd starting a newsletter that way, especially after four decades+ of life in sunny California. Of course, California isn’t so sunny these days. While the drought out there looks pretty well vanquished, floods, mudslides, and biblical prophecies could signal the coming of the apocalypse.

Folks, you better start your Aserra training quickly.

On a side note, how fun would an Aserra boot camp be? Sort of a mix between Boy Scouts and Spartan Summer Camp. Yes, you’ll come home with scars, but imagine how strong your core will be?

The irony of moving to Minnesota for my wife’s work is that when it first happened, many of my friends and family members were laughing about how I would acclimate to arctic conditions, and, outside of a cold spell or two, the winter has been extremely tame. To quote Matt Damon, “How do you like them apples?”

I will say Minnesota is beautiful country, even during the winter. Stepping away from city life, smog, and the fast pace of career-first people is refreshing on a level I hadn’t expected. Plus, the kids love the snow. Plus, plus, I have grown a beard. For the record, this is a man’s beard, not a manscaped, latte-drinking, man-bun-wearing foofoo beard. Its sole purpose is to keep my face warm.  And scare off small animals.

Enough with the small talk. I’ve finally gotten around to bundling all three Robinson Crusoe novels into one omnibus. The New Chronicles of Robinson Crusoe is already available on Amazon. I know many of you have read the books one at a time, but if you ever want to recommend the series to friends or buy a copy for someone you know will love it, it’s out there. And still priced far less than a single, regular book.

I’ve also been working hard on a new book. I’m not releasing the title just yet. Suffice to say it will be a fantasy adventure on a big scale. Huge. I expect it to release it before summer, so keep checking back.

Lastly, I was a little rushed with Robinson Crusoe 2246 to actually use the beta reader team I’d put together. That won’t be the case this time around. So, if you want an early (free) look at my next piece of work, and are good at offering opinions/suggestions, drop me a note on my website. I’d like to keep the number around a dozen, so spaces are limited.

As always, I want to thank you all for your support. I’ve received some wonderful notes and reviews after the third book in the RC series was released and I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s really what keeps me going.

Best,

Erik

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Happy New Years!

Well, it was a crazy 2016 both here and abroad and I, like many, am happy to see it go. Of all the negative things that happened this year, none is more impactful than the deluge of celebrity deaths that defined the year. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Harper Lee, George Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Pat Conroy, Gary Shandling, Patty Duke, Merle Haggard, Prince, Billy Paul, Muhammad Ali, Gary Marshall, Kenny Baker, Janet Reno, Curtis Hansen, John Glenn, Alan Thicke, Craig Sager, George Michael, and the two most influential for me–Carrie Fisher and Gene Wilder. There are 100 others just as important, that left indelible marks on history.

The sad thing for me is I think 2017 will be equally bad, not because of any silly curse, but because our generation’s front runners, mentors, and role models are all getting older. Plus, we have more of them, from politics to literature to sports to movies. Gone are the days where a few “important” people die every year. With the population increase, it only makes sense that more deaths will follow. One can only hope they live life to the fullest and for as long as possible.

Professionally, 2016 was a good year. Although nothing exceptional happened, I did release the third and final novel in my Robinson Crusoe trilogy and it was very well received. I’ve had a lot of feedback from readers eager to see the story continue on, and to be honest, I have a “European adventure” mapped out, but I’ve actually decided to start something new. Of those few people that I’ve pitched the idea to, all have loved it, and even one wanted to know how many people I’ve shared the idea with in case he/she wanted to pull a D.O.A. scenario (film reference – Dennis Quaid movie). The good news is it’ll be a much quicker project to write (I swears!). I should have the first draft done by the end of January and the final draft a month or two afterward. I’m very eager to see what the future holds with it.

Personally, 2016 was a shocker as well. I’ve lived my entire life in California, but a few months back my wife’s employer offered her an opportunity too good to pass up. Within eight weeks we were loading up the moving truck and shipping out across the great divide for…Minnesota! Locals here (outside Minneapolis) were understandable confused why we wanted to move in just in time for winter. Couple thoughts on that. #1, we wanted to beat the snow, and we did, just barely. #2, we wanted to get the harsh winter out of the way so we could enjoy the state’s other six months. 🙁 And, of course, #3 – her boss said the job’s open now.

So we packed up the cars and hit the road. I wanted to drive through Denver and past Mt. Rushmore, but the fear of snow (and my parents’ insistence) prompted us to drive through Texas, Kansas, Missouri, etc.
Lots of open, flat land. Lots of cheap gas. Lots of Indian casinos. And not much else. Still, we managed to stop at the Grand Canyon and on the corner of Winslow, Arizona.

Yep. Such a fine sight to see.

While we did arrive before the first big snowfall, it was close. And despite being told the last few winters here have been mellow, the first drop was over a foot, and the temperature plummeted to -26. That’s NEGATIVE 26 DEGREES. Cold as hell. Still, the country is beautiful in wintertime and our young sons have loved it so far. My friends all ask me if I regret the move.
I never think that way. We look at it as an adventure. And people live here for a reason. Yes, the snow can be uncomfortable, but it can also be fun, exciting, and a fresh change of pace for someone inured to 70 degrees. So far we’ve walked across frozen lakes, sled down snow hills, thrown snowballs, made ice angels, etc. Lastly, being “stuck inside” isn’t bad when you have a computer and a head full of ideas

So, I have no big resolutions this year outside of helping the kids settle in and writing two novels. A very achievable goal. And I’ve decided not to shave until the first novel is done. I’ve grown a number of goatees over the years, and plenty of five o’clock shadows, but only a few beards. This one has some gray, but it serves the dual purpose of keeping my face warm and making me look ‘authorly.’ It’ll be interesting to see if the wife likes it when I start to look like a Deliverance extra.
Hope all of you are as eager about 2017 as I am. I hope we can move on from political dissension, angry rhetoric, and be productive, healthy and happy.

Be good to yourselves and each other.

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Robinson Crusoe 2246 (Book 3) Release Day!

robinson-crusoe-2246-3d-coverI’m thrilled to announce the official release of Robinson Crusoe 2246 (Book 3) has finally arrived! You can download your Kindle copy today or wait another day or two for the paperback release (&$@& Amazon). Wrapping up the trilogy has been bittersweet, but the book kicks butt and hopefully delivers everything the first two promised and more.

To celebrate today’s release, I’ve also set up a free promotion for Robinson Crusoe 2244 (Book 1), so if you know anyone that you think will like it, now’s a good time to make a recommendation.

Thanks to all my favorite readers for patiently awaiting Book 3’s release. I truly hope you enjoy it. Please check back to my website or Facebook or Twitter pages for news about what comes next. It might just surprise you.

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Robinson Crusoe 2246 – Release Date Announcement

Robinson-Crusoe-2246-front-coverStill doing some cutting and editing, but we’re closing in on having the third book in the Robinson Crusoe trilogy done. I honestly haven’t been this excited about releasing a book since…well…the last one! Jokes aside, this one’s taken considerably longer to finish for a number of reasons. It’s the most audacious of the three with several significant set pieces, a wide variety of characters, and, as always, tons of action and adventure. It also has the most threads to tie up. With 2244 and 2245, the initial drafts were both around 100,000 words and were eventually cut back to under 80,000. #3 finished just under 120,000 words and if I’m lucky I’ll get it under 100k. Lastly, as this is “only” my third book, I’m still making rookie mistakes in underestimating the process. Every book is different. Some come easy and some come hard. This one was definitely in the latter category. So, I’d like to thank my readers for their patience. I’d even like to thank the impatient ones that continued to push me to stay on course. I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth the wait.

So, I’m officially setting the release date for Robinson Crusoe 2246 for November 17th. That allows me a little more time to get the final draft perfect. I don’t think I’ll be doing a pre-order, but I will be sending out some emails to my subscribers to remind them as the date approaches. If you haven’t already signed up, do so on my website or Facebook now.

Thanks again for your continued support. See you in the forbidden kingdom.

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RC 2246 – Chapter One – Read it NOW!

chapter-1 So, I’m a few weeks away from turning 2246 over to my editor, but that stopped the deluge of death threats from pouring in. Well, in all honesty it was only the one and even then it wasn’t a true death threat, but a very nice and proper query asking me if a death threat would help grease the wheels. I love my readers!

That business aside, I’ve gone through five drafts of this beautiful bad ass book, gained more than a few gray hairs, but it’s finally, mercifully, starting to sing. To celebrate, I’ve decided to upload the first chapter on the website. You can find it by clicking the BOOK tab at the top of the page. Or you can simply go here. Reminder: it hasn’t been edited yet, so it’s subject to change. The story picks up a couple months after the end of book 2 with, you guessed it, certain characters once again in trouble.

At this point, I’m confident in saying I’m going to beat George R. R. Martin to publication. With the heavy labor done, it’s down to tinkering on my part and the business of others to make it pretty. I’ll give another update when I have an actual release date, but hopefully chapter one will tide you over until then.

Happy reading!

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