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Thanks, everyone! It really is hard to believe how fast everything has happened. In fact, I'm heading to NYC next week for an agents and editors meeting at Simon and Schuster. How cool is that to say?

I just got the first look at my book cover, and it's really cool! I'll share it with you as soon as it's finalized.

I also got word that I will be serving on my very first author's panel session at Bouchercon in Indianapolis on October 15. It's called The Long and Winding Road to Publication, and the other authors appearing with me will be Seth Harwood, Daryl Wood Gerber, and Carolyn Wall, with Debi Watson moderating. If any Kindleboard members are planning to attend, I'd love to meet you in person!

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: September 18, 2009, 10:39:45 pm »
I just finished my first Kindle book!  It was wonderful, especially if you are a dog lover.

It's fantastic book, but if you're a dog lover, don't read it without a box of tissues next to you.

The Book Corner / Re: Dan Brown: The Lost Symbol
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:36:52 pm »
Apparently, Dave Barry had a similar idea for Dan Brown's follow-up to The DaVinci Code, but he called it The Constitution Conundrum instead of The Lost Symbol.

I can't wait to see the movie either! As long as I get a role in it.  ;)

I'm proud to announce that The Ark has received three blurbs from NY Times bestselling authors to add to the ones from James Rollins, Jon Land, and Chris Kuzneski.  Here they are:

"Douglas Preston, NY Times bestselling author of CEMETERY DANCE and THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE -- THE ARK by Boyd Morrison skillfully entwines Biblical history, archaeology and religious fanaticism with high technology to create a riveting adventure of high-stakes terror and international intrigue. Wow. This is one fine heart-stopping thriller."
"Steve Berry, NY Times bestselling author of THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT and THE PARIS VENDETTA -- Mach-speed mayhem. THE ARK crackles with tension and imagination from the first page to the last. Just the right blend of menace and normality. Boyd Morrison is a writer to watch."
"Gayle Lynds, NY Times bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPIES and THE LAST SPYMASTER -- Taut and endlessly exciting, The Ark by Boyd Morrison is a thrill-a-minute ride across time and continents in search of one of the world’s most fascinating mysteries – Noah’s lost Ark. Equally fascinating are the maverick engineer and female archeologist who must uncover the hidden plans of the diabolical man who has the key. From memorable characters to insider information, you’ll love this adventure of a lifetime."

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: September 07, 2009, 11:48:36 am »
I caved and went to Borders last night to buy the hardcover of Catching Fire.

I also got Catching Fire because I couldn't wait and then read it in a day. Awesome! I can't believe I have to wait a year for the last book in the trilogy.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: September 03, 2009, 06:23:52 pm »
Funny thing Boyd, having never seen the book before you mentioned it, later that night I saw it again in my Costco Connection magazine. Oddly, they had it displayed on a page about Young Adult fantasy books...? There was no mention of the book in the article though, just the picture. After your glowing review, I'm looking forward to picking it up. Thanks!

The Hunger Games is considered YA/Fantasy because it's about teenagers in a post-apocalyptic future, but it's as thrilling and suspenseful as anything else I've read this year.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:01:18 am »
I'm enjoying The Hunger Games, a fast-paced Dystopian novel along the lines of The Long Walk by Stephen King/Richard Bachman. It's written in the first-person present tense, which I generally don't care for, but it suits the material, and I've gotten acclimated to it.

--- created Kindle ebook link

I downloaded a sample, not sure if I'll be able to bring myself to paying $10 for an author who I've never read, especially since it's outside my normal genre. Let me know how you like it at the end.

I thought The Hunger Games was fantastic! One of the best thrillers I've read this year. Endlessly clever and engaging. Beware that it's a Dystopian story about children fighting for their lives, and it gets gruesome in places. But it raises issues about the direction of our own reality entertainment, and I'd highly recommend it.

I tried to find both The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and In The President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler, but Link Maker couldn't find them.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:50:02 am »
I'm enjoying The Hunger Games, a fast-paced Dystopian novel along the lines of The Long Walk by Stephen King/Richard Bachman. It's written in the first-person present tense, which I generally don't care for, but it suits the material, and I've gotten acclimated to it.

--- created Kindle ebook link

Thanks, Stargazer! I'm glad you were one of the first to get one of my books from Amazon. We're still working on a publishing deal for The Palmyra Impact and The Adamas Blueprint, but I hope to know something soon. The Ark is still scheduled for Spring 2010, and I should get an exact month for the release in the next few weeks.

Edward, my good fortune will mean my books will be back in readers' hands soon!

John, it's great to hear from you! It looks like you'll be at Bouchercon on October 15-18, so I'll see you in Indianapolis. I'm also planning to attend the Left Coast Crime convention in Los Angeles in March 2010. Depending on when The Ark is released, that may be the first conference where I actually have DTBs available to sign!

Despite requests from a few major media outlets recently, my publisher is going to hold off trying to schedule any major press until next year (otherwise people get understandably frustrated that they can't find my books after they read the article). However, I did stop by and chat a few weeks ago with a nice guy named Mark Jeffrey who interviews authors about their self-publishing experiences. You can find the video interview at In the interview, I gave a well-deserved shout-out to my Kindleboards supporters.

Thanks, Kristan and CagAbq! My schedule is definitely super busy now, but I'm very happy about that. Based on suggestions from my editor, I'm doing a few edits now on The Ark that won't change the narrative structure but will make the novel even stronger.

Once that's done, it's back to work on the second Tyler Locke book! And we're still negotiating a publishing deal for The Palmyra Impact and The Adamas Blueprint. I'll let you know something about that as soon as I can.


The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: August 22, 2009, 04:16:17 pm »
I'm a judge in this year's Thrillerfest awards, so I can't talk about all the great thrillers I'm reading, but I'm also reading an interesting book called In The President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler. Just a few chapters in, but it gives an insider's view on what it's really like protecting the president and his secrets.

I can't seem to get Linkmaker to find it, so here's the old-fashioned URL.

The Book Corner / Re: Congratulations and Hello
« on: August 02, 2009, 03:19:54 pm »
Thanks, Rob! Glad you could join us.

The journey for The Ark that started with the Kindle will now take it to Spain (including worldwide Spanish rights), Bulgaria, Taiwan, and Indonesia! I'm truly amazed!

Thanks, Vicki! The Ark is not available right now because we're editing it, but it should be back up on the Kindle in Spring 2010.

Thanks, Lynn!

Simon and Schuster now holds the electronic rights (in the US and Canada) for The Ark, and we're still talking about the rollout (we've already changed the pub date in the two weeks I've had the deal, so anything can happen). I'll be heading to NYC in September to talk to S&S/Touchstone about that.

The Palmyra Impact and The Adamas Blueprint are currently in negotiations, so it seemed prudent to remove those from Amazon and my web site while those are ongoing.

I'd love to do a signing in Chicago, JP! However, since I'm a debut author, I don't know what the plan is for book signings. Usually, that's something more established authors do. But if there's enough demand, I'd love to do some. I know a lot of great authors who live in Chicago. Great book town.

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd pop in from writing my next Tyler Locke book to let you know that Touchstone is so excited about The Ark that they have decided to move up the publication date from August 2010 to Spring 2010. When I know the exact month, I'll let you know.

Dablab, I still own the film rights, but when I find the right studio for it, I'd love to see The Ark as a movie!

Thanks for signing up for my newsletter, CegAbq! The contest is still going on for another week, so anyone else who would like a shot at one of two $20 Amazon gift certificates, please sign up!

Thanks, Back2nature! At least now you won't have to wait as long for The Ark to come out (and now I won't have to wait as long! Having to wait a year was agonizing.). We're still working on a deal for The Palmyra Impact and The Adamas Blueprint.


Thanks Anju and Geko!

I forgot to mention that I created a Facebook fan page if you prefer to get updates that way (although it's not part of the drawing):

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 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:

I was also featured in Self-Publishing Review:

Not to mention, Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG, gave me a shout-out, which was very cool:

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


Hi everyone!

I'm just back from Thrillerfest and still catching up with the blast of news that's sweeping through the Internet about my book deal. I even got mentioned in the blog of Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm a huge fan of the show, so that was very cool.

I also wanted to mention that I'm having a contest for two $20 Amazon gift certificates this month. Anyone who is a member of my newsletter list by July 31 will be eligible for the drawing on August 1. I'll post a separate thread about that when it's active on my web site.


Having a fantastic time at Thrillerfest with James Rollins, Lee Child, and lots of other great authors! A signed first edition for Kindleboards members is a great idea! I'll see what we can do.

Thanks, everyone! I will definitely be sticking around, checking in regularly while I write the next Tyler Locke book.

Now I'm off to Thrillerfest in NYC, where I'll also meet with my agent and editor (I love writing that!).


Great news but now that means we're going to have to wait FOREVER for the next book :(

Yes, the downside of a publishing deal is that the second Tyler Locke book won't be out until 2011. :( But the upside is that there will be a second Tyler Locke book. Before this deal, I wasn't planning on writing the sequel because there didn't seem to be any interest from publishers. Boy, has that changed in a hurry! I had an outline, but now I have to get cranking writing it.

The Ark is about 126,000 words long, but I don't know how that translates to the number of hardcover pages. It's very possible that they'll want me to cut some of the book to make it shorter.


Congratulations Boyd.

Will you retain the eBook rights or do they go to Simon & Schuster as well?

Please continue to post here as we not only have enjoyed your work and you as an author, but we enjoy you as a friend.

Just sayin.....

I will definitely continue to be a Kindleboard member! It's been so great getting to meet everyone here. And remember, I'm a Kindle owner, so I'm looking for good reads, too.  :)

Simon and Schuster acquired the hardcover, paperback, audio, and electronic rights, and I will certainly do my best to make sure that my books are available on the Kindle.

I can now say that the foreign rights for The Ark have been acquired in the United Kingdom (which includes the English language rights in Australia, Ireland, India, and 75 other countries and territories), Germany, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Slovenia, and Israel. Look for more to come! Still blows my mind.

The movie rights are still available!  ;D

There should be an announcement in Publishers Weekly soon. When I get a link, I'll post it. I might do it under a new thread if that's all right with everyone since the title of the current thread is no longer applicable.

Since I missed downloading The Ark, (I got the other two), are you saying I have to wait till next summer to get a chance to buy it?
What bad timing on my part.

Unfortunately, yes. It's now Simon and Schuster's decision about when it comes out.

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