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Thanks, Betsy and Harvey! Glad to be back. Just taking a breather before diving into my next book.

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.

Hi everyone, I want to let you know that my latest Tyler Locke adventure thriller, THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY, is free today through Friday. Here's a bit about the book:

For fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY is a "masterful thriller" (James Rollins) "full of smart, intense action" (Patrick Lee).

Ten-year-old Fay Allen of Roswell, New Mexico, witnesses the fiery crash of an extraordinary craft unlike anything she's ever seen.

More than sixty years later, former army engineer Tyler Locke rescues Fay from assassins who were after a piece of wreckage she recovered from the Roswell crash - and she claims to know secrets about that incident that have never previously been revealed.

Tyler is initially skeptical but after he is kidnapped by a mysterious gang of mercenaries, he comes to realize that Roswell holds the key to his and his countrymen's survival...

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Roswell Conspiracy: Tyler Locke 3 out now
« on: October 19, 2012, 06:43:59 am »
IndieReader was nice enough to re-post my blog for Kirkus Reviews on How I Did It. Some of you have seen the story before, but I thought I'd put a link to it here.

Thanks for finding it! It's been a long time coming, but it's great to finally have it out on Kindle. Hope you have fun with it!

Wool by Hugh Howey. Great book about life in an underground silo after an apocalypse. Get well soon!

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?? (2012 edition)
« on: July 26, 2012, 02:18:35 pm »
I just finished Wool by Hugh Howey. Fantastic novel and destined to be a science fiction classic.

You are amazing, Bella! That is wicked cool! I knew it was just a matter of time.

These authors wouldn't squeeze out any on the list, but they made a big impact on me when I was younger.

James P. Hogan, doesn't get a lot of attention, but he's one of my favorites. He wrote the Giants trilogy, The Proteus Operation, and The Two Faces of Tomorrow.

Joe Haldeman wrote one of the all-time best novels, period, in The Forever War.

Harry Harrison is an undersung author who cranked out The Deathworld trilogy and Make Room! Make Room!, which was the novel basis for the movie Soylent Green.

Larry Niven wrote some major science fiction classics like Lucifer's Hammer (with Jerry Pournelle), Ringworld, the Known Space collection of books, and Footfall (with Jerry Pournelle).

Linjeakel, the cat's out of the bag on Tyler Locke 4. It's titled The Loch Ness Legacy, but that's all I can say about it right now, mostly because I'm still writing it!

Ann, since I'm back to self-pubbing on The Roswell Conspiracy, I'd been looking for opportunities to do my own promotion, and Barnes and Noble invited me to be part of their Nook First program. They put you on a special web page and include your book in email newsletters in return for 28 days of exclusivity, which I thought was reasonable, especially when the Kindle Select program is for 90 days. I wish Amazon had a similar program, but it's only another two weeks until The Roswell Conspiracy is out on Kindle!

The Book Corner / Re: Good vampire series?
« on: July 06, 2012, 03:22:54 pm »
I love the Nathaniel Cade series by Christopher Farnsworth. Cade is a secret agent who has been working for the office of the president for the last 150 years. Good fun.

Book 1: Blood Oath
Book 2: The President's Vampire
Book 3: Red, White, and Blood

As one of the lucky UK dwellers who's already read The Roswell Conspiracy (US readers - you're going to love it!) I'm looking for hints about Tyler Locke #4!

I know you've been to the UK researching, so I'm wondering if we can have any hints yet as to what that one will be about? *bats eyelashes*  ;D

Oh, you flirt! The only thing I can tell you right now is that I went to England, Scotland, and France to do my research (and took lots and lots of photos). We do have a title for the novel, but that probably won't be released until early next year because it definitely gives away the subject of the story. And I've seen a preview of the cover for The Tsunami Countdown (the UK version of Rogue Wave that comes out on Dec 6), and it looks fantastic. How's that for a tease? :)

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:23:48 pm »
Thanks, Leo! Great to hear from you again. The Roswell Conspiracy is coming soon (I started a new thread for it since this one was getting so long). I'm working on Tyler Locke 4 right now, writing as fast as I can. :),118682.0.html

Thanks, Geoff! It's pretty weird to think it's been three years since I first posted here. A lot's happened since then. I wish I could create a pre-order page on Amazon, but they don't have that option for self-published authors. I'll make sure to post in August when it's ready to go.

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:

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.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:27:35 pm »
Linda, I really appreciate the awesome review on Amazon UK. Thanks!

I'm just dotting the i's and crossing the t's on my US release plan, which will definitely be July/August. I'll let you know as soon as it's finalized.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:29:13 pm »
Thanks, Linda! I'm happy you thought it was a worthy continuation of Tyler Locke's adventures. Looks like you could be the first to review it on the UK Kindle store if you'd like.

I'm already working on number 4. Got great ideas for it on my research trip to England, Scotland, and France last month.

Ann, I promise it will be released in the US long before the next one comes out in the UK. When I was still with Simon and Schuster, they were considering delaying the US release of The Roswell Conspiracy until summer 2013, so at least we don't have that prospect looming over us.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:00:37 am »
Just to clarify, is already available.

Boyd, have you started a thread for The Roswell Conspiracy?

No, I haven't. I thought I was supposed to just keep adding to this thread. Getting pretty long though.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: June 01, 2012, 07:59:14 am »
Glad you got it, Linda. Yes, Little, Brown decided to get an early start with the ebook, so it came out the same day it was available in print in Australia. The paperback version in the UK still comes out July 19. This kind of release pattern seems to be the new norm in the UK for Hachette. Unfortunately, US readers will have to wait until later this summer for the ebook release (more news to come on why in a few days).

Writers' Cafe / Re: How is Amanda Hocking doing?
« on: April 22, 2012, 09:06:46 pm »
Hi everyone, I just wanted to pop in and lay out the facts about what happened with my sales because I've seen a lot of speculation on other websites. I can't comment on how S&S felt about my sales figures; they cancelled the Roswell Conspiracy contract (a one-book contract, not three-book) based on "acceptability" of the manuscript, which is a standard clause in most traditional publishing contracts. It's intended to protect the publisher from authors who phone in their work and turn in a crappy manuscript just to collect the rest of the advance.

The Ark earned out in about a year, counting all the different format sales (hardcover, ebook, audio, paperback, large print, and book club), which is not bad for a debut novel. Rogue Wave also earned out in a year and went into a third printing. The Vault had only come out in hardcover, ebook, and audio when my new contract was cancelled; the paperback didn't come out until two months later. The Catalyst came out a little more than a month before S&S cancelled.

I will let you draw your own conclusions about the business acumen of S&S. But I will say that Little, Brown UK is pleased with my sales history, particularly because The Noah's Ark Quest (the UK version of The Ark) was the number six bestselling debut novel in the UK in 2010.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: April 17, 2012, 08:18:15 am »
Thanks, Geoff! I'm just happy that the book will be out at all in the US. If this had happened five years ago, that would probably not be the case.

Well I found that article most interesting.


May I say that I have all of your published work, in the original epub versions (which I don't think needed any editing - but that is just me).
I will be "over-the-top" to be able to get the next Tyler Locke book so soon, in epub format. What a gift to your fans.

I know this may not be the result you wanted for this work, but as a fan, I am delighted to be able to get it.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: April 17, 2012, 07:48:39 am »
I wanted to let everyone know that I will be returning to the world of self-publishing this summer with The Roswell Conspiracy, which is Tyler Locke 3 (but in the US only). To find out why, you can read the whole story in a blog I wrote for the Huffington Post.

Quote from: ddarol
Boyd least he used to be.  Now he's been "discovered".  But it is well deserved!  Read all his books when he was an indie and on these boards. 
I have to agree with you here.  He was the first person I thought of. 

Thanks, ddarol and dablab! I'm still hangin' around, but I don't post as much now that I have deadlines. Indie publishing is still a great option and gives more leverage to writers who do decide to go with a traditional publisher.

My vote would be Douglas Richards, who wrote a book called Wired. I loved it so much that I blurbed it, and it hit the NY Times e-book bestseller list (definitely not because I blurbed it, but because it was a fantastic story).

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:07:06 pm »
So The Trigger and The Roswell Conspiracy are two titles for the same book which is yet to be released. . .and are none of the ones that were originally released independently, correct?  

Ohh. . .you're on Fantastic fiction now!

Correct, Ann. The Roswell Conspiracy is the UK, Australia, and New Zealand title for the third Tyler Locke adventure. The Trigger is an old title we were considering for the US version of the same book, but that's changing to something else; I just don't know what yet.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE VAULT now available on Kindle
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:47:33 pm »
It is great to hear from you, Boyd!  Are The Roswell Conspiracy and The Trigger the same or two different books?  What do you mean we don't have a release date for the U.S.??  :'(

Hi Crebel, The Trigger used to be the US title for The Roswell Conspiracy, but that's no longer the case. The novel will definitely come out in the US, I just don't know when or under what title. I'll post again as soon as I know.

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