Ethan Jones Books

Weekly Intelligence Briefing

How is your fall going so far? We’ve been blessed with some great warm weather (80 degrees yesterday) and the gold and red colors of the fall are incredible.

EthanJones_ShadowAgents_800Last week I wrote almost 5,000 words in SHADOW AGENTS. All I can say without giving out too much of the plot is that the storyline has taken Justin and Carrie and two Mossad agents to Amman, Jordan as they are hot on the trail a terrorist. And last week, I released the cover of SHADOW AGENTS and now this sixth thriller in the Justin Hall series is available for Pre-Order on Amazon. Please go to this link today to order your copy. The book is offered at a discount compared to its price on release day, and you will not have to worry about remembering the date when the book comes out. You will receive SHADOW AGENTS automatically on your Kindle on its release day, December 16.

But if you do not want to wait until then to read a special preview, the first few chapters will be available to my loyal readers in early November. Please drop me a note at author.ethan.jones@gmail.com to indicate your interest in receiving a copy of these chapters if you are able to read them and post a review about them on Amazon between November 1 and December 15, 2014.EJones_ArcticWargame_800

Today is the last day to enjoy ARCTIC WARGAME, the first adventure in the Justin Hall spy series, for only 99 cents. This is the last time this spy thriller will be on sale for the next few months. Why not buy it today for yourself or for a friend?

EthanJones_TripolisTarget_1400And TRIPOLI’S TARGET, the second thriller in the series, is also on sale until September 26 for 99 cents. If you can’t buy it or ARCTIC WARGAME, please tell a friend about these deals or share this news on your social media. But if you have already enjoyed them, please take a few moments today and post a review on Amazon or other book retailers. The more reviews a book has, the greater the likelihood of new readers willing to give it a try. Your help is greatly appreciated.

If you’re not on my Fans Mailing List, you’re missing out of a lot of exclusive news about my books and my writing, advance readers copies and more. Go to this link to join my Fans Mailing List now.

At the end, THANK YOU for buying my books, writing reviews about them and telling your friends. And if you’d like to chat, 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.

A BIG Thank You

EthanJones_TripolisTarget_1400A BIG thank you to all my readers who picked up TRIPOLI’S TARGET and my others books yesterday. Because of your wonderful support, TRIPOLI’S TARGET has this ranking today:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

The sale continues until October 22 for ARCTIC WARGAME and October 26 for TRIPOLI’S TARGET.EJones_ArcticWargame_800

You can enjoy these books books for 99 cents each.

Enjoy Tripoli’s Target for 99 cents

Dear Readers:

EthanJones_TripolisTarget_1400TRIPOLI’S TARGET, the second book in the Justin Hall spy series, is on BookBub today, on sale for 99 cents. Hurry up and enjoy it from this link. And please share this with your friends and on all your social media.

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Along with TRIPOLI’S TARGET, the first book in the series, ARCTIC WARGAME, is also 99 cents for the next few days. Click on the book cover to go to the sale page on Amazon.

What a better deal than the first two books of this bestselling series for less than a couple of bucks.

Enjoy them both.

Tripoli's Target on BookBub

SHADOW AGENTS Cover Reveal and Pre-Order

EthanJones_ShadowAgents_800Dear Readers:

I’m extremely pleased to reveal to you the final cover of SHADOW AGENTS, the newest and sixth spy thriller in the Justin Hall series. My cover art designer and I went for a bolder, more realistic look this time. How do you like the cover? What’s the first thing that comes to your mind as you glance at it?

SHADOW AGENTS is turning out to be the most explosive novel in the series, and I’m planning to release it in early December. But the first few chapters will be available to my loyal readers in early November. If you haven’t done so already, please drop me a note at author.ethan.jones@gmail.com to indicate your interest in receiving a copy of these chapters if you are able to read them and post a review about them on Amazon between November 1 and December 15, 2014. All readers who post a review will receive a final retail copy of SHADOW AGENTS free of charge when it is released on December 16.

And SHADOW AGENTS is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon. Please go to this link today to order your copy. The book is offered at a discount compared to its price on release day, and you will not have to worry about remembering the date when the book comes out as you will receive SHADOW AGENTS automatically on your Kindle on its release day.

Sabotage by Matt Cook

SabotageSabotage is a good debut thriller.

Its prologue takes us to a Siberian prison camp as a hardened criminal named Ragnar breaks out in a daring helicopter escape. The story then slowly introduces us to the main characters, Austin Hardy, a doctoral candidate studying at Stanford University, and Malcolm Clare, a university professor at the same university. Professor Clare disappears shortly after offering Hardy a job in a secret project that provides assistance to the US military. Now, it’s up to Hardy, and Victoria, Professor Clare’s daughter, to find the truth about what happened to the professor.

Mr. Cook had done a good job with the story, especially the first part. There are a few places where the pace slows down and the storyline gets bogged down with too many details that some readers may skip. Many chapters introduce new characters and it gets to be quite hard to keep track of all plots and subplots and to tell what’s important and what’s not. But the overall thrill and excitement continues throughout the pages, with endless twists and turns.

What happened to Professor Clare? What is waiting for Hardy and Victoria as they reach Saint Petersburg? And what is going on aboard the cruise liner The Pearl Enchantress as they experience a power shortage?

Weekly Intelligence Briefing

I hope you’re having a great month of September and enjoying the lovely colors of the fall.

EJones_ArcticWargame_800ARCTIC WARGAME, the first adventure in the Justin Hall spy series is on sale until September 22 for 99 cents. As this is the last time this spy thriller will be on sale for the next months, I encourage all my fans who have not picked it up to do so now. It’s your best chance to buy it for yourself or for a friend at this incredible price.

By the grace of God, I was able to get some writing done last week on SHADOW AGENTS. The story is now completely plotted out, and SHADOW AGENTS is turning out to be the most explosive novel in the series.

I’m planning to release it in early December. The first few chapters will be available to my loyal fans in November. Please drop me a note at author.ethan.jones@gmail.com to indicate your interest in receiving a copy of these chapters if you are able to read them and post a review about them on Amazon between November 1 and December 15, 2014. All fans who post a review will receive a final retail copy of SHADOW AGENTS free of charge.

TRIPOLI’S TARGET, the second thriller in the series, will also be on sale from September 16 tTripoli's Targeto September 26 for 99 cents. As with ARCTIC WARGAME, this is a great opportunity to buy this bestselling thriller for yourself or someone who loves thrillers and suspense stories. And if you can’t buy it, please tell a friend about it and share this news on your social media. If you have already enjoyed it, please take a few moments today and post a review on Amazon or other book retailers. The more reviews a book has, the greater the likelihood of new readers willing to give it a try. Your help is greatly appreciated.

If you’re not on my Fans Mailing List, you’re missing out of a lot of exclusive news about my books and my writing, advance readers copies and more. Go to this link to join my Fans Mailing List now.

At the end, THANK YOU for buying my books, writing reviews about them and telling your friends. And if you’d like to chat, 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.

Giveaway of ACT OF REVENGE by Dick Couch

DickCouch_AnActofRevenge2_1400On August 28, I posted an exclusive excerpt from ACT OF REVENGE by Dick Couch. I’m re-posting the excerpt today and everyone who leaves a comment about what they liked about this excerpt, will be entered to win an electronic copy of the book. This giveaway runs until next Friday. Click on the following link to enjoy the excerpt.

New E-mail Account

Thank you, Yahoo

Yahoo has logged me out of my regular account authorethan@yahoo.com If you’ve send me an e-mail yesterday or today, please note that I can’t access those.

So, please resend them to my new Google account: author.ethan.jones@gmail.com And use this account from now on for all communications.

Thanks.

Ethan

The Button Man by Mark Pryor

The button manThe Button Man is a captivating thriller.

Hugo Marston, the head of security for the US Embassy in London is facing a tough case involving a movie-star American couple who killed a local resident. Hugo founds the woman hanging from a tree and the man disappears, even though Hugo is supposed to keep an eye on him.

Mr. Pryor has done an excellent job in creating an interesting mystery. The story moves quite fast and the reader is not bored with unnecessary details. Just the facts to propel the story forward and to keep it interesting. The language is concise and the dialogue convincing.

What truly happened to the American woman: did she commit suicide or was she murdered? And why did the man disappear? When more bodies are found, Hugo is trying to figure out if there is a connection among the victims. How will Hugo discover the truth and catch the killer?

10 Questions with J. Carson Black

Hard Return (J. Carson Black)My guest today is Ms. J. Carson Black, author of HARD RETURN, a thriller that came out yesterday. Please scroll down to enjoy her interview.

1. Ms. Black, thank you for this opportunity to be interviewed for my blog. HARD RETURN, your new thriller, comes out on September 9. Tell us a bit more about this book.
HARD RETURN is the story of a former Navy SEAL and operator (black ops specialist) named Cyril Landry. At the beginning of the book he is dead for all intents and purposes, having been presumed dead after a firefight off Florida. But Landry is a family man, and in his mind, he plans to be reunited (eventually) with his wife and his daughter. In the meantime—while he figures out how this can happen without endangering his family—he watches his daughter walk out to her car at her high school five days a week. One day, though, there is a school shooter, and Landry must make choices fast and furious—take out the shooter, make his escape, and disappear again.

2. Who is Cyril Laundry and how did you come up with his character?
I met Cyril Landry on the first page of a previous thriller, THE SHOP. He was supposed to have a walk-on part, a means to an end. Several young people on the set of a reality TV show would be slaughtered. He was “Head Assassin.” On the second page, he surprised me in this exchange.
“They waited for Jackson to report in. “Upstairs clear.”
“How many?” (Landry)
“Two. The couple. They were laying in bed.”
“Lying,” Landry said.
“What?”
“They were lying in bed, not laying.”
A pause, then: “Roger that.”

Landry has a thing for good grammar. He has a few other quirks as well—I finally realized he’s got some Aspergers qualities.

3. What kind of research did you do for HARD RETURN?
I had two big things in the book. One, Landry unwillingly “comes back from the dead” after intervening during the school shooting and taking out the shooter. And two, there’s a big subplot regarding the 6.6 billion dollars that went missing from The Green Zone in Iraq in 2004. So I did plenty of research on both – articles, books, etc. But I also work with a guy who is former military, runs a military and paramilitary training center, and knows his stuff—my Secret Weapon. His nickname is Johnny Lightning. We work very well together – I ask him how I would do something, and often times we brainstorm some great stuff. I’m always surprised at something he’ll mention which might turn the story on a dime. Since I write episodically, I can take a few side trips as long as they are in keeping with the story and will give the reader something new to add to what they’ve already surmised. I’d give you his name, but then I’d have to kill you.

4. Why did you decide to write? Why thrillers?
I’ve written since I was a little kid. My first “book” was on the back of my schoolteacher father’s test papers, inauspiciously named THE EASTER EEG—a bunny and a basket full of “eegs.” I was four. I loved to read, mostly horse books. And I wrote and illustrated lots of horse books – most of them fizzling out after Chapter Two. But one day in fourth or fifth grade I came upon an amazing book, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and I thought: “I want to do that.” Then I got sidetracked into an operatic voice degree, gave that up at age 30, and went back to writing. My first book was a ghost story influenced by Stephen King. And, of course, Ray Bradbury’s SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. I wrote several kinds of books, fell in with some romance writers for a while to sell paperbacks, but it wasn’t for me. Finally, after reading a ton of Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and James W. Hall books and other wonderful crime fiction writers, I wrote DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, a crime fiction thriller starring detective Laura Cardinal. I’ve written three novels and two novellas starring Laura. But I wanted to write something bigger – a big thriller. And so I wrote THE SHOP. It was going to be big, muscular, wide-ranging, and suspenseful. I was going to get up on the high wire and scare the crap out of myself. It was the best book I’d ever written to that time. I’m better now.

5. What are your writing habits? Outlines or not?
I don’t outline. I used to do some outlining, but the book always changed itself partway through. It didn’t want to be outlined. So I dropped it to an inciting incident, about ten plot points, and a climax. With each succeeding book I had fewer plot points. By the time I got to HARD RETURN, I had an inciting incident and two ideas: a school shooting, and 6.6 billion dollars stolen in Iraq. I don’t outline for a couple of reasons: I know how my mind works after 16 books, and stuff goes on behind the scenes, internally, that makes its own outline as I go along. And, I figure if I don’t know what is going to happen next, the reader won’t know either. One of the worst things you can do is write a suspense/thriller novel that is predictable.
That said, I work things out as I go along. I have a journal (I have probably 25 of them by now) where I write in longhand what I think will happen next. I talk to myself in these journals. I’m so glad I can write cursive!

6. What is your greatest satisfaction as a writer? What is your greatest disappointment?
At this point, writing good stuff is my reward. When I figure out something, when a piece falls in to place, I love that! I’ve had good things come to pass, a television option for the Laura Cardinal books, I became a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, hit #1 on Kindle with THE SHOP, but the joy is in the writing. And knowing that my publisher, Thomas & Mercer, is the best possible place for me and my books. Biggest disappointment? That would be tough. I spent so many months waiting for editors to read my books and give me an offer. I got turned down so many times. Before ebooks, if everyone turned you down, you had to come up with another book – because your current book was dead in the water. There were years of drought without a book sold. I received 35 rejections from publishers on THE SHOP alone—and nasty remarks besides! But it taught me to be versatile, to depend on myself and what I wanted to do and write, and taught me that all writing is fungible—not every word is precious. If the book isn’t working, you can always have a do-over.

7. What are your thoughts on the latest publishing industry developments, mainly the rise of the self-publishing?
For me and for many other midlist authors, not to mention authors who wrote and wrote and never sold to the Big Five in New York, selling books on Amazon is a godsend. I could put up my whole backlist. I could decide the covers, I could decide the marketing, I could work like hell to make sure they sold. I was my own little shopkeeper. Back in 2011, it was like the Land Rush – someone shot a pistol into the air and all the wagons raced for the horizon. It was wonderful! It’s a little harder now, harder to be seen, and it takes hard work, constantly.

8. How do you connect with your fans? What is one of the best or worst fan mail you have received?
Mostly on Facebook now, on my profile and author page, although I am getting a new web page. I talk to them and they talk to me. They’re friends AND fans.
The most memorable fan was one for my first book, DARKSCOPE, the horror novel. I was out at this ranch house with other authors at an outdoor booksigning. And this gentleman said to me, “Would you please come in to the house for a minute? You have a fan, but she’s afraid bees will get in her hair.” I went in, and this lady was so lovely, so appreciative. She loved my book so much. She said my little horror novel had changed her life, had enriched it.
Worst: it’s never “fan” mail – it’s nasty reviews on Amazon. The one-star wonders. One guy hated me. He thought I was denigrating Navy SEALS because my guy was an operator. He had a very idealistic view of the military, and I think he was a little… off. That one scared me a little.

9. What are your favorite pastimes?
Writing, hiking, enjoying beautiful natural areas like Saguaro National Park and the mountains nearby. Reading. And writing. Also new to me: binge-watching TV, like Breaking Bad. I’m still completely blown out of the water by the writing.

10. What is your next book going to be about?
The next book is called SPECTER BLACK, and it’s a sequel to HARD RETURN. Landry is back, and his cop friend Jolie is in trouble in New Mexico. There’s a lot of weird stuff happening in New Mexico, including a shoot-out at a militia checkpoint and some pretty strange agricultural concerns, and a new Camaro that is painted black. Not matte black, but Specter Black – the color of the Stealth Bomber. Sometimes you see it, and sometimes it just sneaks up on you. I’m only 12,000 words in so I’m feeling my way in the dark, but I do have SOME idea of the direction it’s headed. I also have plans for the book after SPECTER – SINCERE BLUE. Where Landry joins up with a politician running for president. Landry is his security service. “Sincere Blue” is the color of suit politicians wear, or lawyers dress their defendants in. I figure there’s got to be a good story there.

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