The Big One

Three years ago, I mentioned the big one. I said I’d have more to say about that soon. For me, I guess soon is three years. After Seattle On Ice, I wrote the follow-up, Bloody Pulp. Then I revised Rosé in Saint Tropez  (my little romance set on the French Riviera), and wrote another book called White Russian. Neither of those will likely be released before the current project, which is actually four separate novels that together make up one massive story. So I guess the big one is actually four regular ones.

So what did I mean by the big one? Well, as dear as Brick Ransom is to me, the book I think touched on more of my personal obsessions is still On/Off. That imperfect debut novel, which some (including a magazine I used to write for) have written off as bad porn, has a lot of elements I’ve been wanting to explore further and better since I first decided I wanted to be a writer (and had my mother help me forge a writing degree from Harvard University to make things legit). It’s a romance, it touches on the afterlife, it has characters with very Garp-ian interests, it takes place in a cold climate where the places, people, and things that matter the most to me have all blended into a fictional town called Grimwood, and there’s going to be a lot of snow. In case you haven’t noticed, my books almost always take place during the winter for some reason.

Anyway, after five months of preparation, I’ve just finished outlining all four books scene by scene, moment by moment. It’s the most intricate, detailed outlining I’ve ever undertaken for a book. So, I guess it’s time to get to work. To paraphrase a bunch of movie taglines, real and imagined: “The big one is here, and this time… it’s personal.” Needs a little work, but I’ll run with it for now.

On/Off: New/Improved

My first novel has just been rereleased in a new and improved second edition, with revised text, a new layout, and the coolest cover I’ve seen since Bloody Pulp. I hope you check it out!

You can get the paperback for $14.00

and the Kindle for $2.99


"Bloody Pulp: A Brick Ransom Adventure" is available everywhere!

“Bloody Pulp” is now available wherever books are sold!

Seattleites, Elliott Bay Book Company has paperback copies of all three Brick Ransom books in stock now. Santoro’s Books in Phinney Ridge is also carrying copies of “Bloody Pulp.”

You can order the book through Amazon, or special order it through your local bookstore.

The Kindle edition is available for $2.99

The paperback is $9.95 on Amazon

Bloody Pulp - November 13th!

The next Brick Ransom adventure — Bloody Pulp — will be available everywhere November 13th. Whats it about? Here’s the synopsis:

Two shots on a snowy Seattle street, and a once-bestselling mystery writer lies dead. When rookie detective Brick Ransom is assigned to the case, the trail quickly leads to an up-and-coming hard-boiled mystery writer, his publisher, and a number of Seattle notables. It seems the publishing business really is murder. But who did it? And why? And when the murders keep happening, who will be next?

Bloody Pulp is bloody good fun, with all of the humor, suspense, and over-the-top action Brick Ransom fans have come to crave!

5th book in the can. 6th book in the works. 4th book on the way!

I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I promise, that’s just because I’ve been busy. Much as I’d like to be lounging, I’m trying to get as much writing done as possible right now.

You see… my wife and I are having our first child any day now. I imagine I won’t be able to do much writing for a while, so I’m hoping to have several projects waiting in the wings that I can continuing honing between changing diapers and warming bottles. (Or whatever a new parent does! I have no idea what to expect!)

Exciting times, but I also want to be sure I can keep releasing at least one book a year! Aiming for two.

Which brings me to Bloody Pulp. It’s done. Has been done for a while actually. Finalizing the cover art now. You should be seeing more announcements on this blog from now through the New Year. Keep your eyes peeled, I can’t wait for you guys to read this one!

Brick Ransom will be back very, very soon!

Bloody Pulp - Fall 2012

I have finished the next Brick Ransom adventure! The manuscript will be with my editor as of Friday. Watch for BLOODY PULP in the fall. I think you’re really gonna like this one!

Just started work on my 6th book: White Russian. Watch for that in the Winter, probably around February 2013!

Rough Draft Done!

Just finished the rough draft of the next Brick Ransom novel! Now I’ll be revising it through the end of June. Working on this one at a faster clip than usual, which I think has actually helped it quite a bit. Hope everyone likes it. I’m aiming to release it in November.

After the current Brick Ransom adventure is done, I’m gonna spend the rest of the summer working on book 5, which might be a bit of a departure. Going back to a plot I first tackled in 1999. Came up with the perfect twist to bring it up to 2012 and really pull the finale together perfectly. I think it should be a lot of fun.

I’ll keep you posted. For now, I’ll leave you with the title for Brick Ransom Book 3: