Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Century Mark

It's really difficult to figure out just what a baseline of expectation should be for sales. As a new author with limited marketing funds and no public name, I knew I had to aim high but set my expectations low. A large number of self published books don't sell more than one or two copies, and those are often relatives trying to support you. Per some slightly dated data I was able to track down from Nielsen's BookScan, 79% of published books sell fewer than 99 copies. 16% of all books published make it to the 100-999 range. That's not many. 3 out of every 200 books published.

I'm extremely happy to say that Waking Up Dead is officially into that 16%. Less than a year after its debut, it has over a hundred purchased copies out there, with a number of others who have told me they still intend to pick it up. Thank you folks. I couldn't have done it without you.

Now to set my sites on that 5% who bust 1000+!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Opening weekend has been quite good for book two. Thank you very much to everyone who's supported me in any way with this project. There are many many more stories in my head, and I'll continue to work on getting them out and into your hands as quickly as time allows.

I plan to leave Waking Up Dead on sale for a little while longer, so if you haven't taken advantage of it and picked up your e-copy yet, now's certainly the time to do so.  You can click on the "Check Out My Stories" inks to the right to get to any a landing page where you can purchase it from pretty much any of your favorite locations. I'm also working on getting some hard copies for sale here in Austin. Look for more on that soon!

Also, if you've read the books and have any opinion on them at all, please leave a review at your favorite online retailer so that others might get an idea of what to expect!

I've got some basic points plotted with book three already, so I'll be starting to actually put it down on paper soon. I've got a very good idea of where it needs to go, but it's always an adventure seeing how it gets there. For anyone who's never written before, stories have a mind of their own sometimes, and it's often surprising to see where they take you.

Keep reading, and I'll keep writing! Thanks Folks!


Friday, November 7, 2014

GoGaM has been released!

The world of the dead can be a scary place. Thomas thought he had a plan for his afterlife. Now more than ever he knows what he must do, but he's lost all direction on how to do it. Can he and Cho rebuild their group and come up with a plan to counter the danger they know is coming? You can find out today, as The Glacier of Gods and Monsters has officially been released!

And remember! If you haven't read the first book, Waking Up Dead, it's still on sale in digital format for only $1.99!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sales Extended in Honor of New Release!

Hey Folks!

    We're T-6 days away from the release of The Glacier of Gods and Monsters. I've had a number of folks tell me they really want book one, but haven't had a chance to pick it up just yet. Now's your chance to do so. For a limited time I've put the digital version of Waking Up Dead on sale at 60% off it's normal price EVERYWHERE. Smashwords, Apple, Barnes&Nobles, Amazon, Google Play, and more all have the listed price now shifted to $1.99. No coupon codes needed, just jump in and buy the book that has received awesome reviews on all sites.

Go buy a copy now! You've run out of excuses! Gift copies for your friends! And remember, Friday's the release of The Glacier of Gods and Monsters! The digital copy is available now for pre-sale at the paltry price of $4.99! That's less than the price of your average fast food meal!

 And unlike fast food, you can enjoy this over and over (and it's calorie free!).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Waking up Dead for 60% Off!

Want to pick up an E-copy of Waking Up Dead, but finding it tough to come up with $4.99 right now? I can understand that, this time of year money is tight. That being said, we're just a few short weeks away from the release of The Glacier of Gods and Monsters. So to make it easy for you to pick up Book 1 prior to the release of Book 2, I've teamed up with Smashwords to give you a great deal. Click here and buy my book. At checkout, enter in the coupon code UX42L and you'll see the price drop to $1.99. That's 60% off the normal price!

This is a limited time sale, so don't hold off. Now's the time to pick up a copy if you don't have one already! Or gift it out to others who you think might enjoy it! Either way, grab it before The Glacier of Gods and Monsters hits!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Release Date

Souls have power. For thousands of years, self proclaimed gods fought to collect more and more of them, waging battles that raged among the living and the dead. The wars only stopped when they were betrayed by one of their own, locked away in a nightmare prison until they slowly melted away.

An order was formed to ensure such powerful creatures never again came into existence. Upon dying, Thomas Salazar found himself recruited into this order. Within hours of becoming a full member, Thomas now finds the order decimated and himself among the most senior members remaining. The architect of his order's downfall appears to be someone bent on becoming exactly what he's now sworn to stop. But to stop this threat, will he become something far more dangerous?

 Coming November 7, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Goodbye to a Legend

I was five years old when Mork and Mindy debuted. I loved it. I watched it every chance I could. Mork was hilarious, unique, and amazing to watch. As I grew older I came to realize quickly that Mork wasn't so much a character as a representation of its actor, Robin Williams. I'm told much of the script consisted of blank sections labeled "Mork does his thing".

I honestly could not tell you how many Robin Williams quotes pop up in my everyday references, many of them thirty years old. I can still quote lines from some of his early standup routines. I watched Good Morning Vietnam more times than I can count, and Aladdin more times than that. Dead Poet Society remains one of my all time favorite movies, along with Hook, The Bird Cage, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more. I've seen many movies merely because Robin Williams was in it, and even the ones I didn't like, I usually still enjoyed Robin's performance. Happy or serious, he was always a great watch.

Throughout the vast majority of my life, Robin Williams has always been a treat I looked forward to catching. So it was heartbreaking this evening to find that he was lost to us to us today, even more tragic was the circumstances. After a long battle with depression, he apparently took his own life.

I've watched first hand as people close to me battled with depression. It's horrible to witness, and I can't imagine how much worse it must be to experience. Robin's loss only reinforces how dangerous it is. Upon learning of William's death, New York magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri tweeted "You start off as a kid seeing Robin Williams as a funny man. You come of age realizing many of his roles are about keeping darkness at bay."

Today the darkness won. A man so loved and admired by many reached the point where he felt he had nothing and no one left to live for.  A solid reminder of the dangers the disease presents. If you suffer from it, take the medication, seek help, and fight with all your might. If you love someone who suffers from it, never trivialize it, be there to support them, and take the steps necessary to see them safe, even if it is hard to do.

Hopefully, his loss will save someone else.

In the mean time, I will continue to appreciate what he left behind. Perhaps I'll go watch one of the above movies, or catch one of the few that I never got around to. Above all I will remember to carpe diem.

“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.”

Captain, my captain.

Nanu Nanu. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mailing List

Okay, I finally got around to doing what several more notable author friends of mine have been telling me to do for months: Set up a mailing list.

In the world of modern communication, it's surprisingly difficult to be heard. I share links on my Facebook page, only to find Facebook has only shown it to 10% of the people who have subscribed to my page (if you're one of my many fans on there, click on the page just to see what has not shown up in your feed. It'll surprise you). I can post to Google or Pinterest and might have better results as far as people who are fans seeing it, but only if you've liked those pages and happen to be signed on around the time I post there.

Posts here usually do well eventually, but they take time for people to stumble across them. Even though I let all of the other social media outlets I'm on know when I've posted, I still have people tell me they missed an update.

The answer, according to some of my friends who've done this longer than I have, is the mailing list. I send occasional updates (likely no more than once or twice a month) to your email, and you get to control whether you see it or not. I don't know about you, but I'm rather fond of deciding what I want to see and what I don't, so I certainly like the concept better.

Given that the next few months may be a bit more interesting, now seemed like the time to get this going. I've seen the initial art for book two, and it's good. You'll want to see it, and if you're signed up for the mailing list you'll be among the first to get that chance once Greg completes his work. I've also got a second short story in the editing stage and of course, we're only a few months away from the release date of The Glacier of Gods and Monsters.

Interested? Of course you are. If you look right over there ------> You'll see a box to sign up. I won't spam you, or sell any of the info collected. It'll just be there so that you and I can keep better in touch with what's coming out. So sign up! I'll be sending out the first message soon. Thanks!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Coming November 2014

Alrighty, folks!

The first set of revisions is 75% complete, and I have to say I like how it's turned out. I hope you do as well. As soon as I finish, which will hopefully be in the next week, I'll be sending it out to my first round of beta readers to tear apart so I can build it back even stronger. I've also confirmed that my cover artist from book one, the talented Greg Bain, will be back with the cover for Book Two, so I'll be shooting him a draft soon as well so he can start putting designs together.

For those of you yet to read the first book, you may wish to stop reading here to avoid any (minor) spoilers. For those who have read it, I've put together a little tease of what to expect in book two.

Without further ado:

For five centuries, a band of souls guarded the afterworld. Their mission was to keep both life and the afterlife safe from rogue souls that would gather the power of gods. Within hours of Thomas Salazar fully joining them, the band was decimated.
Now Thomas and his fellow new recruit are the only ones left to stop the rising power that took down his more experienced friends. 
How can they defeat something that is so much more powerful?
The only thing Thomas knows for certain is that failure will leave all of reality, including those he loves most, in the grips of a man that would reshape it in ways Thomas can’t accept.
Meanwhile, Jack McIntyre has awoken in an alien realm completely cut off from everything he’s come to know in the thirty years since his death. Nothing follows the rules he thought were set, and the local people fear him for reasons he can’t determine.
What’s more, forces far more powerful than he imagined possible are bent on catching him. How can he avoid them? Is it possible to return back home?
All of the questions seem to lead to one place:
The Glacier of Gods and Monsters
A River Sanctuaries Novel
By Zabe Truesdell

Coming November 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Safety of Sunflowers

IT'S ALIVE! The Safety of Sunflowers was a story that popped into my head sometime ago. I sketched out the basics in my notes for The Glacier of Gods and Monsters, but as I continued writing the novel I realized that the story I had plotted out in my head wasn't going to really work with the way that GoGaM was moving. I decided instead to write it separately just to see how it flowed as a stand alone. As I finished it, I was surprised at how well it stood on its own. I passed it onto my beta-readers and received great feedback from them. After a few edits I am happy to now pass the story on to you.

The Safety of Sunflowers is the story of a girl who must come to terms with the tragic hand that life dealt her and the poor decisions pushed upon her by her abusive brother. In terms of the world of the River Sanctuaries, it's also a study in the creation of what Jack might refer to as a Rogue Soul.

For those who have read Waking Up Dead, I hope you'll enjoy this short sojourn into another aspect of the world. For those that have not yet read the novel, know that you can read The Safety of Sunflowers without any knowledge of the greater world setup in the book. The story is now available for $0.99 on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and pretty much any other online retailer. Enjoy it and

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Current and Upcoming Projects

Hello Folks!

            First off, continued thanks to all of you for your support. Waking Up Dead continues to sell better than I had hoped, and the feedback continues to be amazing. I’m excited that all of you have enjoyed reading the story as much as I have telling it.
            Book Two continues to move along at a good solid pace. I’m excited about the turns the story has taken. Our favorite group of dead souls find themselves in ever increasing trouble as Thomas and Cho try to figure out how to continue their job without the leadership they assumed would be there to guide them. Meanwhile the other surviving members of the society try to figure out how to navigate a new realm where the rules they had long mastered no longer seem to apply.
            My current goal is to have it ready for a November release, though I’ll solidify that date as we move closer. I’m writing the last 10-15% of the book now, and want to make sure I get it right. I’ll then do a read through and set of edits myself before I start turning it over to some of my beta readers for feedback. While it’s still a few months away, I can let you know that it does have an official title. Book Two will be known as “The Glacier of Gods and Monsters”.  Those of you who read book one may remember references to the Glacier, and it will play a very important part in the second book, as more of its secrets (and those of Thomas, Brother Coughlin, Jack and the rest) slowly come out into the open.
            One more thing. Those of you who completed book one probably remember the scenes where Jacob and Heather fought a rogue soul in the form of a djinn. Originally I wrote that as a stand alone short story, but I felt it added depth and insight to characters that would play a fairly big role in book two, so I decided to work it into Waking Up Dead itself.
            I mention this because I wrote a second short story, and while its characters may eventually appear elsewhere, it doesn’t lend itself quite as well to being incorporated into the primary series like the earlier one did, so look for it to be released digitally as a stand alone short story in the near future. It’ll be called “The Safety of Sunflowers”, and it’s in revisions now. Once I get final feedback from a few beta readers and do final revisions on it, I’ll let you know how you can get your hands on it.
            Keep reading, and I’ll keep writing! Enjoy!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

What are folks saying so far?

So, out of the seventy-plus books out there, these are the reviews I've tracked down. If you spot one in the wild that I've missed, please let me know! For those who haven't read it yet and were curious about what others thought, here's what has been said so far:

"Waking Up Dead is a very unique take on the afterlife. The main character, Thomas, finds himself in this afterlife after a car accident. While coming to grips with his own death, and the impact that it has on the fiancee he left behind, Thomas is offered a "job" in the afterlife. He soon discovers that there are worse things than death.
This book is fun and entertaining with colorful characters and vivid imagery. I highly recommend it!" 

"couldn't put it down.....and when I finished reading it....I wanted more....anxious to see what vol 2 will hold... It is well written and thought provoking."

"The reason I gave this book four stars is because it is much like the great western adventures of the Louis L'amour quality but it has so many very imaginative and interesting ideas that it is almost a genre of its own. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to explore new ideas or read a great adventure tale. Some of the editing wasn't so great but affected the read very little."

 "Fast paced with lots of action. Very intriguing storyline, unlike any I've read in the past. I can't wait to read the next installment to the series!" 

"I started this book not knowing that it was going to give me laughter, love, excitement and adventure. It is such a refreshing change to read about the "after life" from a totally different perspective. Seeing the After world thru Thomas's eyes has been a very interesting journey, feeling the loss of his fiance, the moment when he found out he still has to is very entertaining and certainly kept my interest ; I am eagerly awaiting Volume 2 to carry on his adventures and see how he gets his self out of this spot he is in. I highly recommend it! Read it before you judge it!!"

"What if those difficult moral decisions that most of us try try to avoid don't go away just because we die? In this novel by first time author, Zabe Truesdell, the decision becomes mandatory. You finally have to decide, or eternity is going to be more difficult than life ever had a chance to be. So what will it be? Just worry about yourself or finally grab a chance to help? Because in this idea of the afterlife, the dead need as much help from each other as they did in life."

So there you go! Like I said, if I missed any reviews, please let me know! Positive or negative, I like seeing feedback from folks who have read it!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Signatures and Results

I'll be honest.

I'm pretty confident in my writing ability. I've been telling stories in one form or fashion for most of my life, and have written a variety of things ranging from college news papers articles to poetry to screenplays for corporate training films. I've got a degree in Radio-Television-Film that includes an emphasis on screenwriting, and I've been lucky enough to see and do things that most people would never consider doing, which gives me a unique perspective for storytelling.

But I've never published a book. I'm a complete unknown when it comes to writing in a near endless sea of complete unknowns who also have their own books to sell. I expect in the long run I'll do well enough at it, but in the short term I really didn't expect much. In all of the research I did leading up to this, first books should come with extremely low expectations. Many people sell only a small handful, if any at all. Other more successful books cap out at twenty or thirty copies sold in total.

When you've got a larger library of books to choose from you have a better shot at getting your stories read, but early on, expect little to no traction in getting sales. That was my expectations coming into this. Today I sat down and started tallying what I've done from the various outlets I've had to see how I've faired here just under a couple of months into my first release.

Well over seventy of you have purchased a book from me. Many more have advised me they are planning to pick it up in the very near future. That is far better results than I could have hoped for when I planning the book's release in January. So far the feedback I've received has been very positive. Reviews from folks who have no reason to just 'make me feel good' have been glowing. I even had a coworker I've only met a few times come up to me and tell me they were eagerly awaiting Book Two!

I can't thank those of you who have given me a chance enough for the time you've spent in the River Sanctuaries world. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to finally do something I've wanted to do my entire life.

And to those of you who made it out to my first Book Signing, a special thanks to you as well! I believe I signed somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty-five books Saturday, and had some great conversations with some incredible folks. I look forward to doing more of these in the future!

I do ask one last favor from those of you who have the books. Give me feedback. If you have time and haven't done so yet, jump on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, GoodReads or any other similar spot and give the book a rating where you can. If you have any feedback you don't want to share through a review, please feel free to email me at or reply to this blog post. I'm hard at work on book two now, so if there were things you really liked, things you really hated, or questions you really wanted to see get answers then now's a good time to let me know.

Speaking of Book 2, I can tell you it's coming along very well. The stakes continue to raise as the events at the end of Book 1 spell out serious consequences for everyone. Look for more information on that soon!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Updates, Marketing, and Live Appearance in Athens

It's been an amazingly busy month in the real world, which means I've not had as much chance as I'd like to towards pushing the book. That being said, the end of the month is coming together quite nicely. I was featured this week on the Kindle Boards' Book Discovery Day post, and I've been interviewed by, who run the popular Fantasy and Sci-Fi Rock My World Facebook page. Let us hope this attention leads to a few more sales. 

I'm also two weeks aways from my first public appearance as an author at the East Texas Book Exchange in Athens, Tx. I'll be there from 10am until at least 2pm signing books, answering questions, and enjoying some tasty refreshments. I invite you to join me there as well if you're anywhere close to the area. 

It's been a good weekend for Book 2. Several more chapters are on paper, and I've had some great ideas for moving forward. As a TV show of my younger days would say, "I love it when a plan comes together". 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Month One and Signing Event to Come

So, we're closing in on a month since Waking Up Dead went live. It's been an interesting learning curve so far. Most of what I've learned I already knew intellectually from research and discussions with other writers, but like so much of life, there is a huge difference between knowing something and experiencing it!

I'm honestly still surprised at how many people don't actually know I've got a book out. I feel sometimes like I talk about it too much (a feeling I know many other writers have mentioned), yet I still find that a large percentage of folks who personally know me have no idea. It's odd, but it reinforces one of the lessons I'd long heard about: Getting knowledge of your first book out is often just as tricky as getting your first book out.

I also understand I missed a handful of typos in Book One. Not surprising, I suppose, given how many edits I did, but as soon as I get the details of that I'll update those. Those of you with digital versions will get the updates. Those of you with physical editions will have collector's items :)

Once that is done, I plan to put a handful of targeted ads out. My budget's not that large, but I know it takes money to make money, and the more folks who know about Book One, the bigger audience I will have for Book Two. If you run a blog that does book reviews, btw, and are interested in reviewing Waking Up Dead, feel free to contact me for a review copy.

Book Two is slowly but steadily moving along. I've gotten over 45,000 words written in the current draft. Book One finished at just under 80,000 words, so I'm over the halfway point if I stay around the same size. Of course, once I get it written there will be many revisions, I'm sure, before I am willing to let it out into the wild, but know it's coming and I'll try not to make you wait too long for it ;)

Speaking of waiting! Many of you have told me you wanted to attend my previously mentioned book signing. I'm happy to announce the wait for that is not much longer. On Saturday March 8th I'll be in Athens, Tx. at the East Texas Book Exchange, which is located at  408 N. Prairieville St.

Exact time is still TBD, but I'll be there for several hours. If you're in the area, please come by and say hello.

Thanks as always to all of you who have helped support me in this endeavor. Keep spreading the word and leaving reviews, and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Week One on the Racks

Thank you all for a great week one. It's proved quite an interesting ride. Many of you now have copies of the book, which is great! Many more of you have told me you still plan to grab it which is awesome as well! I'm humbled at the support all of you have offered.

Looks like I'll be doing a book signing in Athens around the first of March. Hopefully we can get the word out to many people by then and get a great turn out. I'm working on a few other means of getting this thing pushed out there as well.

In that same note, I could really use your assistance. If you've read the book, please review it on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes and/or anywhere else it's for sale. The more reviews we can get the more we can get people to take a look at it.

Also, drop me a note (or post on here! Blogs are for feedback!) with your thoughts on it. What worked? What would you like to see expanded on? I'm hard at work on book two, so feedback is always encouraged!

One last question for the day. For those of you who've read it, what would you classify it as? I can explain the book well but when people ask what to classify it as I find there doesn't seem a perfect fit. Amazon originally put it in "Children's --> Religion --> Eastern" of all things, which obviously doesn't really work. While there are many Eastern religion (along with a wide variety of other theological/mythological) aspects in it, I wouldn't really classify it as such, and it certainly isn't a Children's book. I've settled for now on "Fantasy --> Paranormal" and "SciFi --> Adventure". Not sure if those are the best places, but it's the best I've been able to come up with myself. Thoughts?

Thanks to you all!!!!!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Post Release Day - A Look Back and Forward

I've always loved stories.

I loved telling them, I loved hearing them, I loved reading them, and I loved playing them. When I got to college my first degree was in Photo-journalism, where I was able to collect and share stories. I then switched to theatre, where I was able to act out stories. I moved to Austin and I switched my major to Radio-Television-Film with an emphasis on screenwriting. I couldn't tell you how many creative writing classes I took along the way, but it was at least one per semester almost every year of my (slightly extended because I kept changing my major and was having fun) time in college.

I remember my Dad telling me around fifteen years ago that if I decided I wanted to do my own business he would help me get started. He asked what I wanted to do, and I said be a writer. He laughed and told me he could do many things, but by me a publishing company wasn't one of them. And he was correct, because fifteen years ago you really were at the mercy of the big six publishing companies if you wanted to get anywhere. It was as much or more luck and who you knew to get a book out as it was dedication and skill.

So I moved on to other things. I did videography, I did tech writing, and when I needed a steady paycheck moved into things like tech support and eventually insurance. The past several years I've worked as a trainer, where I've managed to continue telling stories in an effort to make my classes more interesting and keep my reps interested. I continued writing training documents and screen plays for training films and web based training, as well as technical documents and the occasional interview items. I published a poem here and there over the years and became a go-to person for coworkers who wanted to make their documents more interesting. In the back of my mind I always had that little dream though. For me being a writer meant being an author, and that was something I would one day do. One day.

Then something happened while I wasn't really paying attention. The world of fiction publishing had a clash with technology and self-publishing bloomed. I looked around and many of my friends who had continued writing for hobbies suddenly found themselves writing for profit, publishing their works and getting it out for the world to see. Some sold thousands, some sold two, but they were all doing that thing I had said that one day I would do.

I realized, a little over a year ago, that the only thing that was really stopping me from being a writer was me being a writer. I could either continue spending my eves watching TV and playing video games, enjoying other people's stories, or I could start spending my evenings writing my own stories. I could then do that thing I had long said I would one day do.

So I did.

For the past year I've spend much of my evenings after work back on the computer typing and retyping my story, getting it from the back of my head to the computer screen. I started with a few short stories. One of them was about a guy who woke up from a car accident to the realization that he didn't survive, and this weird guy was showing him around his new afterlife, which wasn't at all what he thought an after life should be. When my wife read it, she thought it was interesting and wanted to know more. So I started expanding it. After some 40,000 words or so, I realized there were more stories that needed to be told that my first person perspective didn't allow for, so I started over and rewrote it from third person, adding in more characters and more details.

I passed it around to a few friends kind enough to take time out of their lives to give me feedback, then proceeded to rewrite it several more times as they passed feedback back to me of what they liked and what they didn't like. I also began taking time to research how to do all the things I would need to do to self publish.

For those unaware, publishing companies do a lot of the work for an author, in exchange for a large chunk of the profits of a book. Self publishing means you get to keep more of the share for yourself, and in exchange you take on the massive workload that the publishing companies would have done for you. I followed blogs, I listened to friends, I watched what other self publishing authors were doing and what worked and didn't work for them and set about trying to make my story a real book. I found a friend whose art style matched what I was wanting for my cover and hired him. I found out how to get Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&Noble and others to sell your book. I edited and re-edited and then re-edited it again. I quizzed friends and listened when they gave me unsolicited advice. I started the often awkward feeling job of self-promoting and attempting to generate interest in my book.

And after all of that, "One Day" turned out to be yesterday. Because as of yesterday, the book was officially released. It's out in the public for the world to read, which is both scary and exciting. I put a lot of work into this, but I could not have done it alone.

Thank you to my wife, Crystal, for all of the help she's given me during this, and for putting up with me when I come home after being gone all day only to bury my head into the computer and start typing. Thank you to Deanna, Seth, and any others who gave me advice on the wonderful world of self publishing. Thanks to Crys, Charlie, Lyndsey, Deanna, Misty, and everyone else who read the early drafts of my work and gave me the great feedback that allowed me to write a far stronger story than I ever could have alone. Thanks to Misty, Shawn, Mom, Carolyn, Cindy, Steph, and all of my other friends and family members who have helped and continue to help in promoting me. Thanks to my Dad for his help in collecting many of the stories that would become part of this.

Thank you to all of you who have purchased the book already. I really hope you enjoy it. If you do, please write some online reviews telling others what you thought. To those who intend to buy it, a pre-emptive thanks to all of you as well.

And to you, the reader of this blog, thank you as well. Your continued support of me in this means more than you know.

It's been a lot of work, but it has been well worth it. I can now add "Published Author" to my list of accomplishments. But I have no intentions of stopping there. Book two is about half written. I've still got plans to do an audiobook version of book one. Other stories are already floating in my head, wanting to be told, and stories I wrote in the past now beckon me to return to them and make them worthy of publishing. Plus, there is a potential collaboration project I've been discussing with a friend that I hope turn into reality.

And of course, there's still a ton of promotion to be done on Waking Up Dead.

But for now, I wanted to take a moment to look back and appreciate all that has passed to get me here, and to savor the moment. Life if pretty good. Let's keep making it better.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Waking Up Dead is available!

Do you like Kindle version or paperbacks? Amazon has both here. Prefer Barnes and Noble for your Nook? No problem, you can grab that here. Want a specific type of download? Smashwords allows you to do that here. Prefer your iPad? I'm even in iBooks. Whatever your preference, I'm there. Download and enjoy, folks! Let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tomorrow's the Day! Want some exerts? (Spoiler free!)

What if death was not what you expected?

“Thomas, lad, I’m sorry to break the news... but you’re dead.”
Thomas ignored the absurdity of the statement and continued to take in his surroundings.

How would you handle saying goodbye to those who lived on?

“Will you love me forevers?” she whispered. It was the question she always asked. The reassurance that he wouldn’t do what he had just inadvertently done… leave her alone.
“For evers and evers.” He had always believed those words to be true, but now somehow it felt like a lie.

What would you do?

“Wait. I’m dead and you want me to work?”
Jack shrugged. “People get bored.”

Would you take risks?

“You better hurry, Red. I can’t keep this up!”
Heather didn’t need the reminder to know what the stakes were. When she first joined the Order, most of their jobs were fairly easy with two people. Lately every job had seemed a fight for their existence. This one was no exception.

Who would you trust?

“Listen, my son. I’m not here to turn you against your friends. I just hate to see someone used for their abilities without their knowing it. You are special, there’s no doubt about it, and many people apparently know it.”

Waking Up Dead

You know, I thought when I died…. I really thought at the time that was the end of my goodbyes. Either the Good book was right and I was headed to a place of endless happiness, or it was complete rubbish and I would just cease to be. Either way I was prepared. But this… After all this time I am still not prepared for this.

A River Sanctuaries Novel. Coming Jan 10, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Two Days!

Day after tomorrow! How would you say goodbye to your loved ones when you were the one who left them? Would you risk not seeing them again if it meant protecting others? What would you say if you could see those who have gone before? In two days you can find out what Thomas Salazar does when Waking Up Dead goes live!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's Done

I've heard it said that you never really finish a piece of art, you just reach the point that you're willing to let it go. I fully agree with that. Every time I read through Waking Up Dead I found new things that I wanted to add, update, alter, or otherwise edit. But there comes a time when I have to let the story go and move on to the next one, and that time is now. I've uploaded the for sale version to Smashwords (which sells to iTunes, B&N and others), Amazon, and CreateSpace (which will be doing physical copy versions). Covers are all completed and uploaded, including the back cover for the physical copy, which my awesome artist Greg was kind enough to create a new seal for:

Paperbacks are ordered, though I might not have them in hand until the Monday after release. Still, if any of my Austin peeps are interested in a physical copy, let me know and I'll be happy to pass them on (outside of Austin might take me a bit). Signed copies from me will be going for $10. Digital copies will be available for $4.99 online most anywhere in the world. I've put a lot of time and mind into this project, and I'm very heartened by the feedback I've gotten from my beta readers. I just hope the rest of you enjoy it at least half as much as I've enjoyed writing it. It'll be available a week from Friday. Thank you all for your support!