I have some big news to share. My first major writing award happened just last weekend! My most recent novel, Ring of Conspiracy, was awarded the Silver Falchion Award for the Best Suspense Novel of 2020!
The award is given out by the Killer Nashville International Writers Conference and is judged by a team of professors/educators, published authors, editors, book publicists, book reviewers, and other industry professionals.
I am beyond excited by this, but also quite surprised. The list of finalists had some very impressive authors on it, so I felt blessed just to be among them, but so thrilled to be named the winner of the award. So celebrate with me! Hopefully this is just the first of many to come, but either way, I couldn’t be happier to let you all know about this.
I now have three novels published and out for purchase (Precipice, Splintered State, Ring of Conspiracy), with a fourth in the works (about 1/3 of the way finished), but I’ve often been asked about the potential for audiobooks. And while I’ve resisted in the past, that is something that I finally caved on and have started working toward.
I am recording them myself, in my own voice, which has been quite the experience and education in audio files. But it’s been fun and I’m excited with how they’re coming along.
I should have the most recent two books complete and available on Amazon within the upcoming weeks! Precipice will likely take a little longer, but Splintered State and Ring of Conspiracy are close to completion. So stay tuned for that announcement!
I’m very excited to announce that my second mystery novel, Splintered State, is being released this weekend!
Kindle copies are already available for pre-order, to be released to your device on 11/26, and the paperback will be available for purchase by Monday!
Here’s the back cover blurb:
“When a series of unusual murders within the Washington, D.C. mafia leads some to suspect something more sinister is taking place, former mobster Franklin Holt is dragged into a world he’d sworn to leave behind forever. Needing to know the truth, he joins forces with an estranged ex-partner and his federal agent ex-wife, which reignites old feelings and familiar pains. They soon uncover a much more dangerous threat simmering beneath the surface, one with national—and even international—consequences.
Franklin must battle his past and fight to stay alive while keeping his family and loved ones safe in a race against the clock. A clock they didn’t even know had been set. A century-old, believed-defunct terrorist group from old Russia is re-emerging from obscurity with connections in high places and global aspirations.”
After being out of the country for a little while, I have returned and am back to work. I had a great book signing event in Davidson, NC at Main Street Books a week ago and have a few more set up later this month and August.
On the evening of July 21st, I will be at The Wine Room in Concord, NC and that weekend, July 23rd, I’ll be having a book release party also in North Carolina! If you’re interested in attending, please let me know and I’ll get you the details.
Then in August, on the 5th, I’ll be at South Main Book Company in Salisbury, NC for a signing and meet-and-greet.
Finally, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been working on my next book. It is currently operating under a working title that will undoubtedly change, but it is about 30-40% through and I’m very excited about the direction it’s taking. I’ve attached a photo of my workstation set up at a Chick-fil-a in Tennessee earlier this week as I worked on
Chapter 15. This chapter is particularly important to me as it introduces a new character I’m very excited about.
Evelina “Eve” Chase was only meant to be a minor, one-scene character in her initial conception, but I’ve grown to love her character. She has been upgraded to a recurring character in this book and I can see her returning again and again in future stories as well!