They’re back! Maybe you didn’t know they were gone (what, you don’t actively follow news about the financial solvency of publishers?) but they were, briefly, and now Pressure and Dweller are back with shiny new e-book covers by Lynne Hansen…and now they’re only $2.99 each!

You can order Pressure from Amazon (Kindle edition) or Smashwords (all e-book editions).

And you can order Dweller from Amazon (Kindle edition) or Smashwords (all e-book editions).

If you prefer to order Nook editions from Barnes & Noble, iBooks editions from Apple, etc., those feed over from Smashwords, so they’ll be up soon!












Shadowland Magazine!

I’m in love with the digital revolution (especially now, since I’m reading a heavy hardcover novel with tiny print) but, hey, sometimes you still want a printed magazine, right?

Check out the latest issue (#6) of Shadowland magazine, which includes an interview with me, conducted by Dustin LaValley.

Truth in Advertising: The purpose of this post was not, in fact, to discuss the digital revolution and your possible enjoyment of the occasional print magazine, but rather to alert you to the interview with me.

Order your copy RIGHT HERE!

Need An Editor? Here Are Two…

I’d like to tell you that every manuscript I write is flawless. The truth is, though I’ve been told many times that I write extremely clean manuscripts, mistakes still claw their way into my stories. Most of these, I catch when I do rewrites and proofreading, and as I write each book I keep a separate file of notes with things that I need to address. Some excerpts from my work-in-progress:

It’s not clear where the campfire is located.

What happened to the bird?

Henry wears glasses. (They’re described at the beginning and never mentioned again.)

Rodney’s facial hair is never set up. (SPOILER: Rodney’s facial hair becomes important in a later scene.)

By the time I’m done with my first draft, I’ve got about a page of notes that I need to address. So I go back, address all of those issues, and try to hunt down each typo and continuity error. It doesn’t matter how many times I go through a book, there will be something I screwed up.

So then I send the book to my trusty league of proofreaders. The lineup changes a bit from book to book, but Tod Clark, Jim Morey, Michael McBride, Rhonda Wilson, Greg Lamberson, and Rick Moschgat are usually involved. 

Two of my go-to proofers, Elizabeth A. White and Ashley Davis, have now gone professional. And they’re both awesome.

Elizabeth A. White is best known as a book reviewer, and her plot summaries are better than anything I’ve ever written for my own work! Go to her site, read any random review, and you can see that she knows what she’s talking about. She reads a lot, she’s VERY insightful, and whatever she says about my books–good or bad–I always feel like she nailed it. 

I’d recommend her for anything, but especially if you’re looking for an editor for mystery/crime/thriller fiction. For more information about her editing services, click right HERE

Ashley Davis e-mailed me about a year ago to offer to proofread any new manuscripts I might have, and I figured, sure, why not? And I’ve gotta say, I was stunned by how thorough she was. Because she’s able to work at a frightening pace, she offers a special Rush Service edit, where if you’re in a hurry, she can deliver an edit within 6-8 hours. Insanity! I highly recommend her services, and you can learn all about ’em right HERE

Note that I’m not getting any kind of kickbacks from this, nor am I saying “Hey, every aspiring writer should pay a professional to look at their work!” But if you’re in the market for an editor–and in this age of self-publishing it may be a damn good idea–I give my seal of approval to both of these ladies.

Trust me, I wouldn’t post this if I thought you were going to come back and scream “Strand! You bastard!!! You led me astray!!!”  

FWA Talk Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I’ll be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Florida Writers Association’s St. Petersburg branch. I’ll be babbling about “Stick With It! Sustaining Your Writing Passion in a Brutal Business.” Free (and worth nearly as much) and open to any miscreants who wish to show up.

The meeting is 5:30 – 7:30, and my stuff starts around 6:00. 

St. Petersburg Main Public Library. 3745 9th Avenue. St. Petersburg, Florida. 33713.

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