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Movin’ On

So, as many of you veteran readers of my series are already aware, I always put an excerpt of my next book into the end of my current book. And so it goes with Dairyland Murders Book 6: Woman in the Wind. Dairyland Murders Book 7: Pastor in the Pasture takes place in the dead of the Northwest Wisconsin winter. It’s cold, desolate, and the perfect setting to discover a body.
I do this for a couple of really good reasons. As a series, there is an expectation of moving on to the next book, so an excerpt gives the reader something to look forward to. The other, and for me, more important reason, is it gets my brain thinking about the next batch of twists, turns, and action packed revelations of the crime or crimes that will need to be solved.
The discovered body is just the metaphorical onion bulb. There’s still the ground to lay for the planting, the weather the bulb has to grow through and finally the harvest of the onion with all its varying layers ready for the reader to slowly unravel to get to the heart.
So, please, acquire (however you may do, though buying would be helpful for me, wink, wink) Dairyland Murders Book 6: Woman in the Wind, on preorder for the Bargain price of $3.99 at your favorite ebook retailer (release date: December 26th), and get ready for the preorder of Dairyland Murders Book 7: Pastor in the Pasture on December 27th. Happy Holidays!

Preorder and Save 20%!

The preorder for Dairyland Murders Book 6: Woman in the Wind was set up this morning. It is available on Smashwords now. It should be available on all the other distributors in the next couple of days (probably hours, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep).

And as an added incentive to get you to commit with a preorder, the book will be offered at a discounted price of $3.99, 1 whole dollar off until the release date of December 26th, after which the regular price of $4.99 (again for the ebook) will commence. That’s 20% off for you math oriented people.

Why do I do this? Preorders stack up and are not counted toward my sales until the release date. That means all the sales will show up on December 26th, theoretically boosting my sales ranking with distributors and moving me up in their listings.

That’s also why I’m offering Dairyland Murders Book 7: Pastor in the Pasture as a preorder on December 27 with a release date 12 months out. That means the preorders should accumulate over the course of the year and show up in my sales ranking on that release date. It also forces me to keep to a deadline, so my readers will have the security of knowing when to expect the next book.

So preorder, please. It’s good for you. It’s good for me. And in an infinitesimal way, it’s good for the economy.

Holy Crap, Book 6 is done!

Yes, you heard it here. After three LONG years, I finally finished writing my sixth book in the saga of Bernice and Evan and the mayhem that seems to follow them everywhere. And oh, what mayhem I’ve created in Woman in the Wind. There’s gunfire, explosions, corpse tampering, and so much more. And let’s not forget all the sex (and romance, there’s romance too).

I’ve dug through all the other books to reintroduce and fill out other characters from Bernice and Evan’s past. It was actually a lot of fun for me to do that. It makes for such a rich story and it sparks these great plot angles that would have never occurred to me otherwise.

I’ve gone through some pretty hefty life changes these past three years. I hope I didn’t disappoint my readers with the long wait, but to be honest, if I had been able to push out a book with my usual schedule of one a year, this book would have been a different book, and I’m not sure it would have been as good.

I’m surprised and happy with the great backstories, vignettes, and plot twists that only came into being in the last few months, weeks, even days. I believe this book accomplished the things it was supposed to in Bernice’s universe, the good, the bad, the sexy, and the murderous. And I think my readers will be delighted with the ending…of this book, anyway.

So, here’s the deal. I have my manuscript ready for my beta readers (thanks guys!). I will post my preorder on all my ebook distribution channels this week (I’m shooting for Halloween because it seems fitting, but no promises). I’m setting a release date for the finished product as December 26th (which should also give me time to get the print book up and running on Amazon). That means, you can order the ebook THIS WEEK, and it will automatically show up on your electronic device on it’s release date.

But wait, there’s more (cue the obnoxious infomercial voice)! The same week I release Dairyland Murders, Book 6: Woman in the Wind, I will post my preorder FOR THE NEXT BOOK (sorry about all the caps, I’m just really excited)! That’s right, folks, Dairyland Murders, Book 7: Pastor in the Pasture will be available for preorder at the end of this year. How’s that for making up for lost time?