New Release

Dear Readers,

After I finished proofreading the Advanced Reading Copy for Tools of the Trade, the debut novel in my Chip Hale Handyman Mystery series, and returned it to my new publisher, she released the Kindle version on December 22. It’ll be free for 90 days on Kindle Unlimited, and $2.99 for all others, which is about the price of a Starbucks cup of coffee. It will most certainly stimulate you far longer than a cup of joe and, considering the number of years I’ve spent writing and trying to get published, is cheap at twice the price. The paperback should be released soon.

For those of you who have already read it there is no reason for you to do so again, unless you just want to refresh your memory before the second mystery facing Chip Hale and his granddaughters is published. I wish I could give you some idea of when that will be, but all I can say is that my publisher has it and loves it. So, as soon as I know, you’ll know. The main thing is Dingbat Publishing has picked up the series and there will not be another long gap between books.

I deeply appreciate your patience while I tried to find another publisher. The first one took 28 years and I’m very thankful this one only took three. During that time I completed the fourth book in the series. I also finished a stage play and another book outside the series. But it’s a damn tough racket and the only thing to do after leaving my last publisher was to keep on writing. Thomas Edison’s quote on success has motivated me throughout my writing journey: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

When I stop to realize that less than one percent of writers ever find a traditional publisher in the first place, and I’ve found two… well, that in itself is a huge success. I’m just glad I never gave up and I sincerely hope that you will also be glad after reading the books in my handyman series. If so, please tell your family and friends about them. Thank you.     

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