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Double Agents is 99 cents

EthanJones_DoubleAgents_1400DOUBLE AGENTS, the fourth novel in the Justin Hall series, is on sale throughout this week for 99 cents on all book retailers: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, GooglePlay, and Smashwords. Please share the news with your friends. Even better, pick up a copy for them. They will love you and the book.

Thanks in advance.

Ethan

10 Questions with John Twelve Hawks

SparkMy guest today is Mr. John Twelve Hawks, author of SPARK, a thriller that came out on October 7. Please scroll down to enjoy his interview.

1. Mr. Hawks, thank you for stopping by on my blog. Your newest thriller, SPARK, came out on October 7. Tell us a bit more about this book.

This is the first new novel I’ve published since ending the Fourth Realm Trilogy. Spark is about a man named Jacob Underwood who survives a severe motorcycle accident. When he comes out of the coma, he’s suffering from a real-life syndrome called Cotard’s Delusion — he thinks that he’s dead.

2. How did you come up with the character of Jacob Underwood?

I’ve written a great many things that will never see the light of day. A few years ago, I wrote a short novel. Underwood appeared in the final chapters and I was fascinated by this new character who had no fear or compassion. Writing about extreme personalities can give us a different way to look at our own lives.

3. What is one of the most interesting things you learned during the research for this thriller?

That empathy and compassion are inherent to the way that the “normal” brain reacts.

4. How is SPARK different from other thrillers in the genre?

It’s a first person novel and Underwood’s voice is completely unique. What has surprised me is that most readers ending up caring about a man who has been trained to kill people.

5. Why do you write?

I don’t have a choice. Writing fiction is how I understand the confusing reality of our world.

6. What are your writing habits? Outlines or not? How do you go from the idea for a book to the finished manuscript?

I usually have an outline, but it’s only about a page long. I need to know how the book begins and how it ends, but that’s about it. For me, a long and extensive outline would restrict my creativity. Other writers are successful with different strategies.

7. What are your thoughts on the latest publishing industry developments, mainly the rise of the self-publishing?

This year I self-published a nonfiction book called AGAINST AUTHORITY (available on my website). I think we are moving toward a system in which self-publishing will become a significant option for a great many authors. The trick is finding out new ways to draw attention to your book.

8. What are your favorite pastimes?

I like to listen to music. This year, Bedrock Records released The Traveler — a progressive house album created by British record producers John Digweed and Nick Muir that was inspired by my first novel. I read passages from the book. They changed my voice and intertwined it with the 13 cuts on the album. It was fun to work with Digweed and Muir. Music has great power.

9. What is your greatest satisfaction as a writer? What is your greatest disappointment?

My greatest satisfaction is that I don’t feel cynical or bored about what I do. Each new book is a challenge. My greatest disappointment is that the trilogy hasn’t been turned into a movie, but it’s beginning to look like it might become a TV series.

10. What is your next book going to be about?

I wish I knew. I’ve got about a half-dozen ideas bouncing around my brain.

Weekly Intelligence Briefing

Winter is here to stay and has come with about a foot of snow and temperatures that dropped down to almost -15 degrees Fahrenheit. I had to buy a new pair of gloves to withstand these extreme weather.

EthanJones_ShadowAgents_800The last couple of weeks have been very busy. I finished writing SHADOW AGENTS and went through the comments of my beta readers. The novel is now in the proofreading/editing stage, and things are on schedule for the release on December 16.

In the meantime, you can enjoy the special preview of SHADOW AGENTS directly from Amazon, Kobo or Smashwords. The preview contains the first five chapters (65 pages) of the novel. If you read it and post a review about it between now and December 15, 2014, I will send you a final retail copy of SHADOW AGENTS free of charge, as a token of appreciation for your support.

You can also pre-order SHADOW AGENTS from this link. Pre-orders are important for ranking, which means more readers will see my book. And you’ll also save some money, as the novel is released at a special price, much lower than the retail price on the release day. And the book will be delivered to your Kindle automatically if you do a pre-order now.

Work is going well with PRIORITY TARGET, Book 1 in CARRIE CHRONICLES, a new series I’m launching on December 23. I’ve written about 9,000 words so far, and the EthanJones_PriorityTarget_800story will probably be around 20,000 words to 25,000 words. If you would like to read and enjoy this novella before it the general public, drop me a note at my e-mail account: author.ethan.jones@gmail.com. I’ll add you to the list of readers to receive the first three chapters of this special preview in early December. Then, if you can post a review on Amazon before the novella is released, I will send you the final retail copy of PRIORITY TARGET free of charge.

Joining my Fans Mailing List is the best way to keep up to date on my books, new releases, special deals and more. It will take you less than a minute to join. Just go to this link and enter your e-mail address. That’s it.

EthanJones_DoubleAgents_1400I’m planning a big promotion for DOUBLE AGENTS, the fourth thriller in the Justin Hall series, this week. The novel is 99 cents on all retailers. Pick up a copy for yourself or a friend. If you have already enjoyed it, please post a review on Amazon and/or other book retailers to help with the rating and the ranking. You wonderful help is greatly appreciated.

At the end, THANK YOU for buying my books, writing reviews about them and telling your friends. And if you’d like to contact me, you can always drop me a note at my personal e-mail account, author.ethan.jones@gmail.com. I promise to answer every one of you.

SHADOW AGENTS is finished

Big news today: SHADOW AGENTS is finished.

Weekly Intelligence Briefing

We got our first snow of the season over a week ago, but it melted and fall seemed to come back for a few more days. Warm weather, sunny skies. We love it.

I did not get around to posting my regular weekly intel briefing last Monday. Too busy with work and editing the special preview of SHADOW AGENTS. And I was hoping to announce I completed writing the book, but I’m still working on it. The story is not finished until it is finished. I’m working on chapter 25 and then I’ll move on to the epilogue. Perhaps I’ll finish tomorrow or the next day, I hope.

EthanJones_ShadowAgents_800If you haven’t pre-order SHADOW AGENTS, please consider doing so today from this link. Pre-orders are important for ranking, which means more readers will see my book. How can I thank you for such a great support? This spy thriller is released at a special price and will be delivered to your Kindle upon the release day if you do a pre-order.

The special preview of SHADOW AGENTS is now available. If you haven’t asked for it yet, just drop me a note and I’ll send you a copy as a Kindle, e-pub or pdf file. The special preview contains the first five chapters (65 pages) of the novel. If you can read and post a review about the preview on Amazon between now and December 15, 2014, you’ll receive a final retail copy of the novel free of charge.

Joining my Fans Mailing List is the best way to keep up to date on my books, new releases, special deals and more. It will take you less than a minute to join. Just go to this link and enter your e-mail address. That’s it.EthanJones_PriorityTarget_800

Book 1 in CARRIE CHRONICLES, a new series I’m launching on December 23, is called PRIORITY TARGET. If you would like to read and enjoy this novella before the general public, drop me a note at my e-mail account: author.ethan.jones@gmail.com. I’ll add you to the list of readers to receive the first three chapters of this special preview in early December. Then, if you can post a review on Amazon before the novella is released, I will send you the final retail copy of PRIORITY TARGET free of charge.

EthanJones_DoubleAgents_1400I’m planning a big promotion for DOUBLE AGENTS, the fourth thriller in the Justin Hall series. If you haven’t read it yet, be on the lookout for a deal around the midway point in November. If you have already enjoyed it, please post a review on Amazon and/or other book retailers to help with the rating and the ranking. You wonderful help is greatly appreciated.

At the end, THANK YOU for buying my books, writing reviews about them and telling your friends. And if you’d like to contact me, you can always drop me a note at my personal e-mail account, author.ethan.jones@gmail.com. I promise to answer every one of you.

The special preview of SHADOW AGENTS is ready

EthanJones_ShadowAgents_800The special preview of SHADOW AGENTS is now ready. I will be sending it to my loyal readers who have expressed their interest today and/or tomorrow.

If you still haven’t told me if you would like to enjoy this preview before the general public, please do so. My e-mail is author.ethan.jones@gmail.com.

Thanks everyone and have a wonderful weekend and a blessed November.

10 Questions with Jon McGoran

McGoran-1621-cropped-2My guest today is Mr. Jon McGoran, author of Dead Out, a thriller that came out on August 5. Please scroll down to enjoy his interview.

1. Mr. McGoran, thank you for stopping by on my blog. Your newest thriller, DEADOUT, came out in August 1. Tell us a bit more about this book.

Deadout is the sequel to Drift, and it continues some of Drift’s themes of corporate biotech and the increasingly strange science of food today, but it also focuses on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the mysterious syndrome that is causing the disappearance of billions of bees each year. On the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, Philadelphia Detective Doyle Carrick confronts a scheme involving genetically engineered bees that aren’t quite what they seem. But the bees aren’t the only thing being modified, and as he closes in on what is really going on, he must foil the plot before it can succeed, and spread to the mainland, and the world.

2. How did you come up with the character of Detective Doyle Carrick?

Doyle’s voice and personality came to me very organically, but I had very specific initial ideas about who he would be. There are a lot of themes and ideas in these books, but I wanted to make sure that above all else the books were good stories, good reads. I wanted to make sure that Doyle didn’t have any preconceptions about the issues he was going to confront, because the last thing I wanted was a thriller that read like a lecture. I also think that discovering new things is more fun for the reader if they can learn them at the same time as the protagonist. Still, though, I wanted Doyle to have relevant and useful skills. I think I found the right balance by making him a smart detective, but plunking him down into a world he knows little about, so he’d be dynamic and effective, but unsure of himself and learning as he goes.

Deadout cover_HiRez3. What is one of the most interesting things you learned during the research for this thriller?

I’ve learned so much while researching these books! There is a lot about CCD that is not just scary, but creepy. Since 2006, when it first struck in a large way, billions of bees have disappeared. That’s scary on a very real and practical way — it is a very serious threat to our food supply. You will hear people say the honeybees are ‘disappearing,’ but many people don’t realize that they aren’t just dying — they are literally disappearing. Millions and millions of them. They fly off one day and just don’t come back. And no one ever finds them. They vanish, and they leave behind their queen, their eggs and their honey. Usually, a hive that is left undefended like that will be scavenged in hours — first robber bees, then mice and rats — they’re in there almost immediately. But hives that have been hit with CCD — they’re called ‘Deadouts,’ by the way — they are left alone. No one goes in there. In Britain, they call CCD ‘Mary Celeste Syndrome,’ after the famous ghost ship that disappeared in the 1870s, then reappeared weeks later under full sail, but missing the crew.

4. How is DEADOUT different from other thrillers in the genre?

I think Deadout is unusual in several ways. Most notably, I don’t think many thrillers are addressing the types of issues I am addressing in Drift and Deadout. Also, I write them in first person, which makes it a lot easier to do some things and a lot more difficult to do other things that a thriller does. Hopefully, it puts the reader much more inside Doyle Carrick’s head than if it were third person, but it also means the story unfolds in different ways than it would if it was third person. I think it is more challenging, in ways, but I like the way it works.

5. Why do you write?

At this point, it’s not even a choice anymore. It’s just part of me. I do like the idea of getting ideas out there and stimulating conversation, but ultimately, I write because I want to tell a good story. I have one of those brains that is constantly turning out ideas, more than I could possibly ever write, so partly I feel compelled to get as many of them out there as possible.

6. What are your favorite pastimes?

Reading, watching TV and movies, cooking, and spending time with my wife and with my son.

7. What are your writing habits? Outlines or not? How do you go from the idea for a book to the finished manuscript?

I’m a big outliner. I spend months on an outline before I start writing the first draft, and I also spend a lot of time researching, so I’m not none of those writers who has a mandated target word count per day, because so much of the work that I do on a given project does not produce any pages, it is preliminary work. For me, it is idea -> expanding the idea -> outline -> draft -> revisions, with lots of research, especially at the beginning, but throughout the entire process, really. And I usually change the outline fairly substantially two or three times during the first draft.

8. What are your thoughts on the latest publishing industry developments, mainly the rise of the self-publishing?

I actually just dipped my toe into the world of self-publishing, with a short story called “Appetite.” I think more and more, traditionally published authors will become hybrids, self-publishing as well. As with most things, I think the rise of self-publishing is a mixed bag. It is great in many ways, democratizing for sure, and it’s another way for writers to make a living writing. Absolutely it allows stories to get out there that otherwise wouldn’t. I also think it is forcing the publishing industry to be a little more reflective and self-aware, which is healthy. But I do think that between the downward pressure on price and the vast amount of self-published content — some of it great, some of it not so great — in some ways it ultimately makes it harder to earn a living as a writer.

9. What is your greatest satisfaction as a writer? What is your greatest disappointment?

Having people tell me they really enjoyed my book is the greatest satisfaction, although being a part of the amazing community of writers is truly wonderful in and of itself. It’s hard to say what my greatest disappointment has been — there have been so many. Every little rejection, every time you send something out that you think is going to be huge and it is greeted with indifference, there are so many disappointments large and small that must be endured to get where you are going. But that’s part of what makes each little success so special, to be savoured and enjoyed.

10. What is your next book going to be about?

The as-yet-unnamed third book in the Doyle Carrick series expands further on the themes of the first two books. Set largely in Haiti, it widens the focus, exploring the role of big biotech corporations on the international stage, and how the clashing interests of countries and corporations can hurt the people stuck in the middle.

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison

THE LOST KEYThe Lost Key is an intriguing international thriller.

The prologue takes the reader to England in 1917 and we learn of the sinking of a U-boat, which carried Germany’s Kaiser’s gold and a formidable weapon. Fast forward to chapter one in present day New York and the first day of Agent Nicholas Drummond with the FBI. Along with his partner, Mike Caine, they begin to investigate a stabbing death on Wall Street, a case is everything but usual.

Ms. Coulter and Ms. Ellison had weaved an excellent story. Most famous writers grow lazy and dull as they climb the ranks of their career and their books become bestsellers even before their release date. That is not the case with this novel. The dialogue is engaging, the plot well-thought and executed, the twists and turns as shocking as unexpected. Nicholas and Mike are characters that will remain with the reader long after they have enjoyed this book.

As the FBI agents investigate, they realize they have a very bizarre case in their hands. The man stabbed to death, Mr. Jonathan Pierce, died while muttering: The key is in the lock. At the same time, in Berlin, Germany, an army of scientists and analysts realizes something is seriously wrong with their operation in New York. An operation involving Agent X and Z, advanced technology, and micro-nuclear weapons.

What will it take for Nicholas and Mike to uncover the truth? Who is Dr. Manfred Havelock and what does he truly want? And does it mean that the key is in the lock?

10 Questions with André Baby

The Chimera SanctionMy guest today is Mr. André Baby, author of THE CHIMERA SANCTION, a thriller that came out on October 1. Please scroll down to enjoy his interview.

1. Mr. Baby, thank you for stopping by on my blog. Your newest thriller, THE CHIMERA SANCTION, came out on October 1. Tell us a bit more about this book.
First of all, I’d like to thank you, Ethan, for this opportunity to talk about my latest novel, THE CHIMERA SANCTION.
It kicks off with the kidnapping of Pope Clement the XXIst from his papal apartments in a daring and bloodless coup. Interpol is called in to help the local police and veteran inspector Thierry Dulac gets the nod. He arrives at the Vatican only to find the local authorities disorganized and overwhelmed. Critical decisions must be made, so Dulac bends Interpol’s support-only protocol and takes charge.
Dulac knows time is running out when the kidnappers, upon receiving only part of the ransom, send to the Vatican’s Secretary of State the Pope’s severed left ear.

2. How did you come up with the character of Thierry Dulac?
The character of Inspector Thierry Dulac grew out of the story’s plot, which involves a series of crimes committed in various countries. I needed a policeman with cross-border authority and investigative powers in many jurisdictions, unimpeded by the geographical limitations of local police. Enter Interpol’s Dulac, with his baggage of faults, habits and somewhat controversial methods, but who gets results.

3. What is one of the most interesting aspects of your research for this thriller?
I would say the discovery of the Cathars, one of the early branches of Christianity which thrived in southern France between 800 and 1250 AD. It had an extremely simple and democratic structure, with a minimum of hierarchy. Unfortunately, that simplicity led to its eventual downfall and near- annihilation by the royalty- backed Catholic Church.
I thought this bit of history might make an interesting premise for my story, set in modern times.

4. How was your experience as a prosecutor and a lawyer helped you in your writing?
At ThrillerFest a couple of summers ago in New York City, I happened to attend a conference given by Steve Berry, world -renowned author and “reformed lawyer”, as he calls himself. As an introductory remark, he asked: “all right, how many lawyers are there out there?” A forest of hands shot up in the air, to the amusement of all. I was surprised to see the number of lawyers- turned-crime writers. Natural affinity? Perhaps, but I think a lawyer has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to writing a good thriller. Training in logical thinking, especially when piecing together the various aspects of the story, is certainly a plus. Also we lawyers are taught to be concise, and that every word counts. Authors should emulate this. On the negative side, the conveying of emotions to the characters is rendered more difficult, as lawyers are trained to suppress all emotions. I took me awhile to think about and put down on paper what my novel’s characters actually felt.

5. How is The Chimera Sanction different from other thrillers in the genre?
I think the plot, if it doesn’t break entirely new ground, harbors within it the potential of being read on more than one plane. At least that is what I’ve tried to convey. At some point in our lives we come face to face with moral issues and dilemmas, the consequences of which we must live with for the rest of our lives. Such is the case of Dulac and others in THE CHIMERA SANCTION.

6. Why do you write?
For the intellectual challenge. Also, writing crime novels for me is a form of escapism from some of the brutal realities of our time.

7. What are your writing habits? Outlines or not? How do you go from the idea of the book to the finished manuscript?
I’d like to think my writing habits are slowly improving with experience and time. I’m currently writing HIJACKED, my third novel, but I still find it difficult to write every day. Life manages to invariably get in the way.
When undertaking a new project, at first I try to take a synoptic view of what I’ll be writing about: choice of protagonist, type of crime, location(s), and primary antagonist. At this moment, I have nothing more than a vague idea of the ending. Initially, I tried making outlines, but they changed so much during the course of writing that finally I gave up. At best, I’ll draft a few lines and bits of dialogue to give direction to the next few chapters.
My first draft is invariably a skeleton, usually in the form of dialogue. My only goal at this time is to get the story down on paper: a bare minimum of setting and description holds the skeleton together. During the next five or six revisions, I’ll have fleshed out my characters, added narration, descriptions of settings, made my dialogues more vivid, punchy and credible. I’ll have cut out extraneous bits, rendered the story more fluid, and connected the scenes. With any luck, my manuscript can then be submitted to the publisher.

8. What are your thoughts on the latest publishing industry developments, mainly the rise of self-publishing?
I am both traditionally published and self- published. I self- pubbed DEAD BISHOPS DON’T LIE with CreateSpace, and THE CHIMERA SANCTION is published by Robert Hale Books. The French versions of both thrillers are traditionally published.
Although I enjoyed the process of self-publishing with Amazon’s CreateSpace, I, as author, marketer and distributor, rapidly found myself facing the biggest hurdle of self -publishing, namely a limited scope of distribution to bookstores. Due to the problem of returns, one can only hope to place one’s novel within a small geographical circle from one’s home. To market the book outside that circle quickly becomes economically unjustifiable. In contrast, a traditional publisher usually enjoys the benefits of a country-wide distribution network. Of course the e- version has no such distribution limitations, although the e-sales of my books are still lower than those of hard copies. In time, that may change.

9. What is your greatest satisfaction as a writer? What is your greatest disappointment?
There is no greater satisfaction for a writer, I think, that to open one’s computer and to find an e-mail from a reader saying how much she/ he enjoyed his book. That invariably makes my day. What I found most disappointing in the publishing world is the rejection process, to be more precise sometimes the lack of basic civility in the form of an acknowledgement on the part of the recipient, following an author’s query. Even a form letter is better than a total lack of response.

10. What is your next book, HIJACKED, going to be about?
HIJACKED is about terrorists hijacking a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic.

If readers have any comments or questions, I’d be glad to discuss same. They can reach me at andrekbaby@hotmail.ca

Thanks again,
André K. Baby

PRIORITY TARGET Cover Reveal

EthanJones_PriorityTarget_800I’m extremely pleased to reveal to you the cover of PRIORITY TARGET, the first novella in my new CARRIE CHRONICLES series. What do you think? What do you like/dislike about it? Feel free to share this cover with all your friends in your social media, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, wherever you have an Internet presence.

Justin’s partner in the Canadian Intelligence Service, Carrie O’Connor, will be the main character in the series. I might refer to Justin Hall in Carrie’s novella or have him make a cameo appearance, but the story will be told from Carrie’s point of view. I might even write it in the first person. We’ll see. But she’ll be on a solo mission in Somalia. If everything goes well, Lord willing, I’ll release this novella right before Christmas, on December 23. A Christmas present to all my readers.

As with SHADOW AGENTS, the newest thriller in the Justin Hall series, my loyal readers will have the opportunity to read PRIORITY TARGET before it is released to the general public. Simply drop me a note to indicate your interest, and I will add you to the list of readers to receive the first three chapters of this special preview in early December. Then, if you can post a review on Amazon before the novella is released, I will send you the final retail copy of PRIORITY TARGET free of charge. My e-mail is: author.ethan.jones@gmail.com.

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