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.