I’m Getting Married! (and other exciting announcements)

As I’ve alluded to on my Facebook page, I’m getting married this weekend! It’s a very exciting time in my life, and I wanted to officially share the news with all of you.

Also exciting is the fact that the new-and-improved version From the Ashes has been in the top 20 for the past ten days on the Kindle Crime Action, Political Thriller, and Historical Mystery charts. The revised book is on sale for Kindle (and Kindle apps, which are available for free for most smartphones and tablets as well as PCs) for another week as well! As part of Amazon’s Big Deal sale, From the Ashes is only $1.99 until October 27. This new version also includes teaser codes for my next book, which is coming out in May. More on that in a moment…

To celebrate the Big Deal sale and From the Ashes’s chart performance, I’ve also announced a giveaway for a trade paperback copy of the new version of the book. If you’re a bibliophile like me, you’ll be enthralled by the high print quality of this book versus the original. How can you win the giveaway? If you’ve read and enjoyed either version of From the Ashes, leave a review on Amazon and contact me via Facebook or direct messaging on the Contact page with the title of your review and you’ll be entered into the giveaway. Have you already posted a review for the original version? Thank you! Contact me with the title and you’re entered as well. But wait, there’s more! Remember those codes at the back of the new version of the book? Decipher them and include the hidden messages in your email to me to receive a DOUBLE entry into the contest. And, of course, I will happily personalize and sign the book for the winner. I’ve extended the deadline until after I get back from my honeymoon in early November, so if you haven’t read the book yet, there’s still time to save big on the Kindle version, read the book, decipher the codes, write a review, and email me for your double chance to win a signed and personalized print version of my debut novel.

Later this week… it’s coming. The long-promised behind-the-scenes segment for From the Ashes. Pictures taken by me on my research trips through the museums, cathedrals, cloisters, and monuments of Manhattan, along with some inside information about my research process. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

As for the news everyone’s wondering about… I’ll be announcing the new book shortly after I’ve returned from my honeymoon. The title, protagonist, and a brief teaser synopsis will all be yours for the taking in just a few weeks (after the contest is over, of course, so you can still show off your code-deciphering skills that Jon and Mara taught you in From the Ashes). It’s a gripping story that draws on some pretty unique experiences of mine as well as a few key issues threatening global security today. I’ll leave you with that tantalizing thought as I dash off to get hitched.

As always, thank you for your support in helping me spread the word about my books and sales through word of mouth, online reviews, and social media postings. As I don’t have much of a marketing budget to speak of, it’s fans like you who help my books reach new readers, and I am tremendously grateful to all of you. I also love hearing from fans, so feel free to drop me a line on Facebook or on my Contact page. I got a letter from a new fan last week that absolutely made my day.

So go ahead… make my day.

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