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These flowers are perfect, my prose is not

Horse pasture in the Snoqualmie Valley, May 2014

Horse pasture in the Snoqualmie Valley, May 2014

Unlike just about any manmade object, this field of buttercups is about perfect. I try hard to eliminate all the typos and assorted mis-spacings that occur in any manuscript but I don’t catch everything. Neither do my proofreaders. If you see anything in any of my electronic books or the paper version of Monica’s Sister, please drop me a line so I can fix it.

Molly sent me notice that I’d used “hoards” when I meant “hordes.” Wow. Didn’t see that one.

Interview with the Author — part II

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Top of Mount Si, 4167′, mid December 2013, facing Seattle which is fogged in.

You’ve just brought out Monica’s Sister in trade paper? How was that process and what are your thoughts on it?

Originally I was planning to write more Thomas Black mysteries for e-format only, but there were a lot of complaints about the book not being available in paper, so I backtracked and told people the paper version would come out in time for the holidays, which it did.

Was the process difficult?

Having already put older books on Kindle, Nook and Kobo e-readers, I thought it would be simple, but it turned out to be harder than I thought. There was a lot of tinkering with the format and going over proofs. And then, after reformatting it multiple times, we had to proofread it again. I’m not very good at proofing my own stuff but I had help. At any rate, it’s out in paper now so people are happy.

Are they selling better in paper than in e-book format?

It’s too early to tell. I’ve done virtually no promotion aside from a post on my website, so it will be a gradual process of Read more →

Monica’s Sister in Trade Paper

THUMBNAIL_IMAGE Monica’s Sister, the latest Thomas Black mystery, is now available in trade paperback. This is not a mass market paperback, but a larger volume the size of a hardcover.  Because of some of the printer’s restrictions, it will not be available in many bookstores.

It can be found here at Createspace where the author receives the highest royalty. If you eschew the very largest corporations, Barnes and Noble has it here for a $1.30 less. Or you can get it from the very largest corporation selling books at Amazon where the book is the same price as at B&N, $13.37.

It has been available for $8.99 on e-readers since late July: Monica’s Sister on Kindle, or Monica’s Sister on Nook.

Feel free to post a review to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Goodreads if you like the book. These reviews can be an enormous help to an author and trust me, each one is read and appreciated.

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Monica’s Sister now in print

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEMonica’s Sister, the 13th installment of the Thomas Black mystery series, is now available in a trade paperback edition. Right now this is the only place you can get it. Monica’s Sister in trade paperpack.

In a week or so it will be available at Amazon and later in other places. I’ll post a link.

 

 

 

Relatives

My son recently received a free copy of Monica’s Sister and facetiously reviewed it aloud  as he was leaving our house. “Four stars. I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s probably pretty good  since it was written by my father. I would have given it five stars but it cost too much.”

 

 

Monica’s Sister is online

monicassister#7Monica’s Sister is out now in e-book format. This is the 13th Thomas Black and the first novel Earl Emerson has published since 2009.

You can it find here for Kindle readers.

And here for Nook readers.

And here on Kobo.

Note to readers: If you enjoy this mystery please consider writing a review for the online bookstore where you purchased it. Online reviews have taken the place of the marketing department. Also, please tell your friends about this. Your word of mouth replaces the publicity department, also defunct. If you’ve been waiting a long time for a new Earl Emerson novel I can only apologize for the delay. My next Black is nearly complete and will take less time to reach the public than Monica’s Sister. I know a lot of you don’t use e-readers and I apologize for not putting out a paper version at this time.

Interview with the Author June 2013–New Book Coming Soon

It’s been a while since you’ve had a new book come out. There are multiple comments here asking about another Thomas Black as well as another Mac Fontana. What’s up?

As we speak I have a Thomas Black with a copy editor, which is the penultimate step in publishing it. It’s called Monica’s Sister. We’ve got a cover for it and we’re planning to self-publish this summer, electronically only at first. I’m not a publishing conglomerate, and I haven’t done this before so I can only give a best approximation of the time frame. I’m shooting for mid July.

Mac Fontana’s another thing entirely. I would love to write more and if I could turn out a book in a couple of weeks, I would. Unfortunately, it takes the better part of a year for me to scribble out a book. The good news is I have another Black about 90% completed and if this self-publishing venture works out, I’ll bring it out next.

Now that you’re retired from the fire department, your former day job, it seems like you should be able to write faster? Any luck with that?

Some. I think once I start publishing myself I’ll feel more impetus to set deadlines and so forth. I’ve lost a lot of time putting my backlist on e-book. I probably shouldn’t have done it in my spare time, should have set aside a few weeks and worked on the backlist exclusively. I’m not very good at juggling a lot of small projects. That’s one reason I like writing novels. One big ongoing project at all times.

You say Monica’s Sister will be coming out electronically? Will there be a paper version?

That has yet to be determined. I would love to follow in the footsteps of other mid-list authors and just simply do what they’ve done, but there are very few other writers to follow at this point. I’m looking for a process to follow but it seems I’m forced to figure out my own process. My thinking is if we put out a paper version it will be trade paperback and will come out several months, if not six months, after the electronic version.

That’s a little bit like the hardcover release and paperback release used to work?

Right. In the old days a hardcover would come out and then maybe a year later, the paperback would be published. The expensive, $25 hardcover would come out and the publisher would make their money, then a year later the paperback version would come out for maybe $4.99, or in later years $7.99. This was the version the great majority of buyers ended up with. Now, anybody with an electronic reader, a notepad, or a computer can read my latest as soon as it comes out for less than $10.

But nobody wants to read a book on a computer, surely? Read more →

Deception Pass

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Our latest backlist e-book addition to the award winning Thomas Black private eye series.
Cover by Cinelli.

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Booklist  said: “Witty dialogue, intricate plotting . . . Emerson has crafted another gem, dazzling in its many-faceted brilliance yet satisfyingly complete.”

Overview

As a rebellious teen, Lainie Smith hooked up with a drifter named Charlie–and she may have been an eyewitness to murder in the shadow of cliff-walled Deception Pass, where the water runs river-swift and turbulent. When justice– and the executioner–finally caught up with Charlie, Lainie was long gone.

But somebody who knows the truth–the whole truth–about Lainie’s dark history is blackmailing her. Lainie won’t tell P. I. Thomas Black why she’s being blackmailed, only that her tormentor “knows things he cannot possibly know.” Just how far will Black’s saintlike client go to bury her past forever?

Can be purchased for $2.99 at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Click on one of the links.

Black Hearts and Slow Dancing

Now on sale for a limited time only at $2.99 for the e-book.

blackheartsThe Kindle version can be purchased here.

The Nook version at Barnes and Noble can be purchased here.

Another backlist title offered: my favorite Thomas Black

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Here is my favorite Thomas Black. Number 9 in the series, it’s the book wherein Snake is really introduced, though he shows up in at least one earlier work. He is the client; Thomas is the investigator. Kathy is the defense attorney.

You can find it for only $4.99 at Amazon for Kindle here.

It is also available on Nook here. It is best right now to link my titles for Nook here, as the Barnes and Noble site is hopelessly muddled, at least as far as my series goes. I wish I knew how to get into their electronic shelves and straighten things out. But that’s . . . just another project.

From the Los Angeles Times: “The early scene where the corpse is discovered, which includes witty and brittle banter between Black and his new wife, Kathy, and, eventually, the snide comments of the world’s most annoying homicide detective, is so perfectly woozy it produces a nearly euphoric effect.”

Kirkus said: “hands down the wildest Thomas Black novel of them all.”