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4.26.2017

Coming soon

Behold the cover art for my next novel, which comes out June 1.


The cover was designed by Albuquerque artist Denise Weaver Ross, who also designed the covers for my two 2016 crime novels featuring Jackie Nolan, SHOTGUN BOOGIE and HOMESICK BLUES.

SIDE EYE stars a new character, an 18-year-old orphan named Josh Nieto. Josh is hired fresh out of Juvenile Detention to work as the driver for an elderly man who is losing his eyesight. The man, Malcolm Hunt, turns out to be a semi-retired mobster who still has his fingers in some illegal businesses. Trouble arrives almost immediately as one of Hunt's old enemies gets out of prison and comes searching for him. Josh soon finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly showdown.

I'll publish SIDE EYE in both paperback and e-book through Amazon. Don't worry, I'll remind you as the publication date approaches.😉

Aside from finishing up SIDE EYE, I've also been completing the spring semester at the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. I taught two classes this semester, Become a Better Writer and American Crime Fiction. Both were fun and well-received, and my two classes slated for next fall are already full.

As usual, there's a ton of marketing to do for the new novel, and I also stay busy managing my backlist -- SIDE EYE will be my 30th published book. Please help me spread the word.

A note to Kindle users: All nine Bubba Mabry stories are on sale for 99 cents each. So are the standalone crime novels LOST VEGAS and CALABAMA. Stock up before the sale ends!

As always, thanks for reading!

3.24.2017

Round figures

I just finished the final revisions on what will be my 30th published book. SIDE EYE, a crime thriller with an 18-year-old protagonist, will come out in June via Amazon.


This month marks 20 years since I've had a real day job. I took a sabbatical from the Albuquerque Journal in 1997 and never went back.

Mostly, I've written crime novels over the past two decades, though I've written humor and short stories as well. I also enjoy teaching two days a week in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico.

My latest Albuquerque thrillers, SHOTGUN BOOGIE and HOMESICK BLUES, continue to sell well in paperback and on Kindle. These fast-paced stories star a tough woman named Jackie Nolan, a character I may very well write again.

 I've also been thinking about doing another Bubba Mabry story. The bumbling Albuquerque private eye has been featured in seven novels and two novellas (plus a Hollywood movie). A new Bubba book would be No. 10 in the series. Another nice round number.

For now, all the Bubba stories are on sale on Kindle for 99 cents each. So it's a good time to stock up!


12.22.2016

Books for only 99 cents each!

Just in time for Christmas, I'm marking down my entire backlist -- two dozen books -- to 99 cents each on Kindle.


The sale applies to everything I published before 2014, including LONELY STREET, the Bubba Mabry debut that was made into a Hollywood movie. All the Bubba stories -- seven novels and two novellas -- are only 99 cents each now, as are the two Drew Gavin sportswriter mysteries and such standalone crime novels as A BOX OF PANDORAS, THE BIG WINK and FIREPOWER.

The sale doesn't apply to SHOTGUN BOOGIE and HOMESICK BLUES, the two brand-new Jackie Nolan novels. Those remain $2.99 each. And the three DUKE CITY novels I wrote under the pen name Max Austin remain $3.99, a price set by the publisher.

But you can enjoy the rest for only 99 cents each if you're a Kindle user. If you're a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can borrow the books for free.

Because of the way the royalties are structured, I have to sell six times as many books at 99 cents to make the same as I would at $2.99. In the past, when I've experimented with the 99-cent price, sales have shot up enough to make up the difference. We'll see if that's the case when I put so many books on sale at once.

I want more readers and more reviews. If the 99-cent price point is the way to make that happen, then I'm all for it.

I hope you'll try my books during this sale. Or, if you're already a fan, fill in the gaps in your collection.

Happy holidays to all!

11.22.2016

Jumping the gun

Psst. Hey. Yeah, you. Listen, I've got another new crime thriller coming out. Right now.

Yeah, yeah, I said earlier that HOMESICK BLUES would come out on Dec. 1. But things went smoother than expected with the publishing process (how often can one say that?), and the novel is already available at Amazon.

You can order the paperback here. Or pre-order the Kindle version here, and get it automatically deposited into your reader on Nov. 30, which has become the "official" publication date.

HOMESICK BLUES is the second novel featuring Jackie Nolan, a tough, truck-driving woman who gets mixed up in crime to solve her family's money problems. In the first novel, SHOTGUN BOOGIE, Jackie faced a tough decision when she discovered she was sitting on a cache of stolen Army guns. Lots of bad people were after those guns, and one of them returns in the sequel, still trying to even the score with Jackie.

In HOMESICK BLUES, Jackie is returning to Albuquerque two years later when she stumbles upon a car burning on the side of the highway. The driver is dead, so Jackie tries to adopt her identity, only to learn that the dead woman was in plenty of trouble herself. Soon, Jackie's on the run in her own hometown, bad men on her trail.

Both of these Jackie Nolan thrillers are tight, fast-paced stories with lots of action. I think you'll like them.

10.28.2016

Hot new cover art

Here's a sneak peek at the cover art for my second Jackie Nolan crime novel, HOMESICK BLUES. Looks great, doesn't it?


The cover was designed by Albuquerque artist Denise Weaver Ross. She also designed the cover for the first Jackie Nolan book, SHOTGUN BOOGIE, which is available at Amazon now.

In SHOTGUN BOOGIE, Jackie crosses some very bad people after she hijacks a semi truck full of stolen Army rifles.

In HOMESICK BLUES, Jackie is on her way back home to Albuquerque when she finds a car burning on the side of the highway. There's a purse nearby with an ID that Jackie could use to start a new life, but it brings her even more trouble.

Both of these novels are gritty, fast-paced and full of action. Jackie Nolan is tough and resourceful. A very fun character to write.

HOMESICK BLUES is scheduled to come out Dec. 1. But please try SHOTGUN BOOGIE today. I think you'll love it.