Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Two Books Make 'Best of 2011' List!

Independent book critic Kevin Tipple has published his best reads of 2011 list, and two of my titles are on it!

My short story collection Dead Even is there, as well as my fourth River City novel, And Every Man Has to Die.

Kevin has always made a point to review my work, including the time he encountered subject matter that he really didn't want to explore in Heroes Often Fail. But he did so anyway, citing his respect for my other work and a willingness to take a chance. Ultimately, his review of that book was a positive one.

For 2011, he obviously liked Dead Even and And Every Man Has to Die more than a little, since they made his 'best of' list. I'm glad a critic (and one who reads a ton of books) thinks well enough of my work to put it on a list like that.

Both Dead Even and And Every Man Has to Die are available in paperback from Gray Dog Press. The ebook versions are available wherever you get yours...Amazon, B&N, etc.

Thanks for choosing Zafiro titles, Mr. Tipple!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Royalties to Remind.Org

Now that 2011 is over, I'm making good on my promise to donate all of my ebook royalties for my crime novel The Last Horseman to Remind.Org.

Remind.Org is dedicated to helping our returning soldiers in a variety of ways. Some are physical, others emotional or mental. It is a worthwhile organization that serves a worthy cause.

You can read more about my decision to support them here.

The grand total for 2011 ebook royalties for The Last Horseman was $141.22. I sent Remind.Org the money today, via their website.

I know, it isn't exactly earth-shattering, but it is a start.

Another classy touch that Remind.Org does is allow you to donate in honor of or in memory of a soldier. I decided that my donation this year would be in memory of Staff Sergeant David Biehl. David is the son of a personal friend of mine, his mother. She introduced him to my books and he was an enthusiastic reader. David served two tours in Iraq.Whenever I think of him, I remember how much his mother talked about the patriotic passion he had for serving in the U.S. Army. I am also reminded of how serving one's nation during wartime brings with it a psychological cost for those who have served. Sometimes the effects of combat linger long after the danger to life and limb has passed.

How can you help our returning warriors? Well, you can certainly donate directly to Remind.Org. I plan to once again donate all of 2012's ebook royalties for The Last Horseman, so if you want to read an action-packed novel set in Spokane and see 100% of the royalties go to Remind.Org, you can buy a copy. Or give one as a gift. Or get a friend to buy a copy. Or just spread the word. The book is available through any ebook outlet (Amazon, B&N, etc.).

If you're reading this and you are a fellow writer, then I would ask you to consider doing the same thing I've done here with one of your titles, even if you do it for just one month out of the year. If you accept this challenge, please comment on this blog post.

No matter how we do it, come January 2012, I'd love to move the decimal point one space to the right. But I'd be just as happy to know that people sent money directly to Remind.Org.

Here's what The Last Horseman is about: Sandy Banks is the last of The Four Horsemen, a vigilante group of ex-cops determined to right the injustices of a broken court system. But now the project is disintegrating, putting him in the middle of chaos. Betrayed by his final partner, blackmailed by the project head and pursued by federal agents bent on busting the case wide open, Sandy scrambles to escape this mayhem with his soul intact.

Have a safe and happy 2012, folks. And please take a moment (often) to think about the men and women who serve our nation, endure great danger and carry heavy burdens, all in support of our continued freedom.