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Hi everyone, I just wanted to poke my head back in to the place that helped me get started on my writing career to announce my fourth Tyler Locke adventure, THE LOCH NESS LEGACY, which comes out today. I've self-published it on the Kindle for $3.99, and I hope anyone who liked THE ARK will enjoy Tyler's newest adventure. Here's the link and a synopsis.



1827 -- During a trek to Loch Ness, Scotland, a young Charles Darwin encounters a mysterious and terrifying creature that provides a spark for his evolutionary theory.

2013 -- Almost two hundred years later and across the Channel in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is under attack. Only through detective work, intuition, and a judicious application of high-tech weaponry does former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke prevent a massacre.

What Tyler doesn't know is that the assault is just the beginning of a conspiracy so dark that it not only threatens the lives of those he loves, but could also ignite World War III. Racing against time to uncover Darwin's centuries-old secret, he must solve a series of cryptic clues to find a manuscript that has been so cleverly hidden it hasn't been seen since the Victorian age.

Tyler's quest takes him from the bustling tourist hotspots of Seattle to the splendor of Versailles to the remote Highlands of Scotland in a battle to reveal the shocking truth behind the legend of the Loch Ness monster.

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know that I now have a US publication schedule for the third Tyler Locke novel, The Roswell Conspiracy. If you haven't heard, I will be going back to self-publishing in the US with this book. You can read the tale of how that happened here if you're interested:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/boyd-morrison/self-publishing-traditional-publishing_b_1426321.html

As you all know, I'm a big proponent of the Kindle and the readers here have been very supportive of my books. The Roswell Conspiracy--Tyler Locke's race to stop a rogue Russian spy in possession of a superweapon that can be traced to the Roswell incident--will definitely be coming out on the Kindle this summer. Because I'm self-pubbing, however, the marketing is totally in my hands, and I was presented with a great opportunity to get the word out on the Nook, which can be a challenging platform for self-published authors. Starting on July 9, The Roswell Conspiracy will be exclusive to the Nook First program for 28 days. I will not be using DRM.

Then on August 7, The Roswell Conspiracy will be out on the Kindle in the US (it's already out on the Kindle if you live in the UK). I hope the 28-day wait won't be too long for you Kindlers. I'll post a reminder when it's officially released on Amazon.

As an aside, I wanted to comment on my adventure with traditional publishing. I've read a few comments on various boards about how it's gone for me and maybe I made a mistake going that way. I'll just say what I've always said: you have to decide for yourself which avenue is right for you, based on your goals and the financial opportunities presented to you. For me, I think it was the right decision. The Ark earned out its US contract within a year, is published in twenty languages (I just got my Israeli version today), and became a top 15 bestseller in the UK. Maybe that all would have happened anyway if I'd turned down the original Simon and Schuster contract, but it's impossible to know. However, I am happy that self-publishing provides an opportunity for authors like me who are rejected by their publishers. As long as my stories get into the hands of readers who enjoy them--and I can make a living at it--I'm willing to go in the direction that best accomplishes those goals.

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For those who haven't seen this, this is a video of what probably happened the first time someone moved from scrolls to books. At least technology is so much easier to use these days.  ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX0-nqRmtos

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John's book, The Grove, has been an indie bestseller on the Kindle for almost a year now. According to his Facebook update, his second book, The Cold Kiss, which comes out July 20, has been optioned for a movie by the producer of Ella Enchanted and The Indian in the Cupboard.

Way to go, John!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Grove-ebook/dp/B002AVU2MI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263493434&sr=1-1

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Hi everyone!

Since THE ARK doesn't come out until August 2010, subscribing to my newsletter might be a good way to get reminders about the release. So I'm holding a drawing for two $20 Amazon gift certificates, and anyone who signs up for my newsletter by July 31, 2009, is eligible. If you've already signed up, great! You're already entered in the drawing. If not, please sign up with your email address by the end of July, and I will randomly select two winners and post their names on my web site.

My web site is www.boydmorrison.com. You'll find the newsletter sign-up box at the bottom of the home page.

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Boyd Morrison, and my book, THE ARK, which was first self-published on the Kindle and supported by many members of Kindleboards, was recently acquired in a two-book publishing deal by Simon and Schuster's Touchstone imprint. You can read more about the deal on my web site. I was also the subject of many blogs on the web, including the three below:

My friend, Susan Tunis, blogged about it:
http://inoneeyeouttheother.blogspot.com/2009/07/sweet-smell-of-success.html

I was also featured in Self-Publishing Review:
http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2009/07/14/a-kindle-success-story-how-to-promote-a-kindle-ebook/

Not to mention, Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG, gave me a shout-out, which was very cool:
http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2009/07/and-the-livin-is-easy.html

Thanks again to everyone who have been boosters of my work! I'm excited about continuing my writing journey.

Cheers,
Boyd

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Since the assignment for next Friday (June 12) is the last section of the book, I don't know if there's any point in making this thread spoiler-free. But if you read this before you finished, I don't want to give anything away.

My main question here would be, what did you think of the reveal of the Ark explanation? Did you have it figured out by now, or were you surprised? It's always a tricky for an author to plant just enough seeds to make the reveal an "aha!" moment without either making it too obvious or making it seem like it comes out of left field for no apparent reason. I certainly don't want to get into the trap that M. Night Shymalan got into where people are now expecting a twist and being mostly disappointed by it, but I also want to retain a sense of mystery throughout my books, even though they are thrillers, not mysteries.

Also, does this section of the book seem tacked on or an appropriate ending?

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This entire section is almost all action. In novels, action sequences can sometimes get tedious because you don't have the visual dynamics that you do in a movie. For me, what makes an interesting action segment is one that sustains the tension and suspense. Action for action's sake is not interesting to me. On the other hand, sometimes action sequences are so short and perfunctory that I feel cheated. I like getting into the meat of how something is accomplished, and if it happens too easily, then the hero didn't have enough obstacles to overcome to make the story worthy. Also, if it happens too fast, the details can get confusing.

So my main question here is, does this action sequence maintain the suspense or does it drag on too long? Was it confusing in any way? Did the infiltration of the compound seem believable?

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The assignment for this coming Friday, May 29, is to read Chapters 36-47. In this section, we start to get to some revelations about what is really going on with Garrett's plan, as well as a few more twists and turns, and we meet a character important to Locke. After you've read this section, you might want to check out the links below.

What are your thoughts about Garrett's plan? I've had a few editors say they thought the villain's plot was too unbelievable. As my response to that, I have to say they've never heard of this group: http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/two-members-of-russian-doomsday-sect-die-in-cave_10036093.html

Here's more about the MOP, developed by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which is obviously a real entity: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/mopping-up-the-usas-30000-pound-bomb-03172/

And for those who want to know about prions and their deadly effect: http://www.mad-cow.org/~tom/prionSP.html

Here's a nice overhead map of Orcas Island: http://www.nwplaces.com/orcas.html If you look closely on the main map, you can see Massacre Bay (great name, especially for a thriller story) at the north end of West Sound. I thought about putting Garrett's lair on Skull Island (a real island in Massacre Bay), but I thought that was getting a little too close to Dr. Evil territory.

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OK, this is a question I get asked a lot: Who would you cast in the movie version of The Ark? I've gotten many different suggestions, so I'd be interested to hear what you think.

Let's limit it to the main characters: Tyler Locke, Dilara Kenner (nee Arvadi), Grant Westfield, and Sebastian Garrett.

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The assignment this week is Chapters 24-35. Since we're reaching about the halfway point at the end of this section, I guess the overarching question is, how do you feel about the progression of events at this point? Are there any questions about the technology or character motivations that you have?

Remember, please no spoilers about anything after Chapter 35.

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So on to the second week of the discussions. Thanks for your feedback so far. From this point on, it becomes hard to keep discussion questions spoiler-free. If anyone would like to post your thoughts about this section, please do. But if you haven't read this section yet, please don't peruse any further posts in this thread until you do. That way, we can discuss this part without giving away anything that happens after Chapter 23.

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Hi All,

This is the place where you can have free range to talk or ask about anything in The Ark. Spoilers are ALLOWED, so if you haven't finished The Ark and don't want anything given away, read no further.



Please feel free to discuss whatever you want. If you have any questions for me about how I wrote the story, the real and ficitional technology in the book, or specifics about plot points, this is the best place to ask them.

Cheers,
Boyd

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Hi all!

Welcome to the discussion board for my thriller novel, The Ark!



Our assignment for this week, ending May 8, is to read the Prologue and Chapters 1-11. This spoiler-free thread will be for discussing anything in those chapters, so please don't discuss the specific events in those chapters until May 8 (I think that's how a spoiler-free thread works). If you'd like to have free range to talk or ask about anything you want in The Ark, please head over to the Spoilers Allowed thread.

To get us started, here are a few general questions that don't give anything away:

1. What did you think about how the book started?
2. What did you think of the introduction of the main characters?
3. Was the progression of the events mysterious, engaging, confusing, or all three?
4. Was the pacing too fast, about right, or too slow?
5. Was there enough scene setting, too much, or too little?
6. Was there any point in the story where your interest flagged?
7. Was there any point in the story where you said to yourself, "That's just ridiculous! Give me a break!"?
8. What did you think of the locations in the story?

Thanks for joining the discussion!

Cheers,
Boyd

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I've been asked to lead a book klub discussion, which I'd love to do. Since I have three books out, I thought I'd get an idea from people about which book they'd like to discuss with me, The Ark, The Palmyra Impact, or The Adamas Blueprint.

Please chime in if you'd like to participate and give me your vote on which book we should discuss.

Thanks,
Boyd

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The Book Corner / Amazon Kindle listing glitch
« on: March 27, 2009, 08:22:22 pm »
I have a problem with my Amazon listings, and I wanted to see if anyone on the boards has the answer.

Thanks to readers who have bought my novels, my books The Adamas Blueprint, The Ark, and The Palmyra Impact are listed as the numbers 2, 3, and 4 bestselling technothrillers for the Kindle. When I look at Amazon, the books are listed very high (and correctly) on this technothriller list:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/157324011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kinc_1_5_last

But they're listed very low (and incorrectly) on this technothriller list, which you get to by navigating from the Amazon Home page by selecting Kindle Books, then Mystery & Thriller, then Thriller, then Technothriller:

http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1238207796/ref=sr_nr_n_3?ie=UTF8&rs=157319011&bbn=157319011&rnid=157319011&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A%21133141011%2Cn%3A154606011%2Cn%3A157305011%2Cn%3A157319011%2Cn%3A157324011

The same thing happens on the Fiction>Action & Adventure list and the Mysteries & Thrillers>Thrillers>Suspense list. I'm afraid this glitch might be affecting my sales because potential buyers are not seeing my books listed in their proper rank on the list. Any ideas about why this glitch is happening and how to correct it?

Thanks,
Boyd

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The Book Bazaar / THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: March 21, 2009, 12:44:39 am »
<The following post was written after I first posted my books onto the Kindle store in March 2009. I have now earned a publishing deal with Simon and Schuster for all three books, and the books have been temporarily removed from the Kindle store; they will be re-released soon. I've removed the Amazon links so that there won't be any confusion about why the links are broken.>

My name is Boyd Morrison, and I wrote the thriller novels The Ark, The Palmyra Impact, and The Adamas Blueprint. I am trying to break into the publishing business, and I've made great progress so far with a literary agent and blurbs from NY Times bestselling authors. While I'm writing my next book, I decided to offer my books for the Kindle so that people can start reading my work.

I priced my books at $0.99 for my first novel, The Adamas Blueprint, and $1.99 (currently marked down to $1.59) for my second and third novels. My books are also available for download on my web site at www.boydmorrison.com, so that people without a Kindle or iPhone can also read my novels.

I would call my thrillers action/adventures or technothrillers, and the authors that inspire me are Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Doug Preston, Lincoln Child, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz. I am always trying to improve my writing, so I welcome any feedback you would care to give me at [email protected]

Here is a short synopsis for each book:

The Ark - A relic from Noah’s Ark gives a religious fanatic and his followers a weapon that will let them recreate the effects of the biblical flood, and former combat engineer Tyler Locke has just seven days to find the Ark and the secret hidden inside before it’s used to wipe out civilization again.

The Palmyra Impact - When a massive explosion rocks the uninhabited central Pacific and launches a series of mega-tsunamis toward Hawaii, the clock begins. In one hour, Honolulu will cease to exist. In that same instant, Kai Tanaka, the director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning System, begins a desperate race to save the lives of a million people, including his wife and daughter.

The Adamas Blueprint - One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century becomes a death sentence for grad student Kevin Hamilton when forces beyond his comprehension set their sights on the billion-dollar chemical process he unwittingly created.

Thanks,
Boyd Morrison

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