Publishing my 12th novel earlier this year felt like a real milestone. I actually never dreamed that I would write this many books. Oh, sure, I always had several manuscripts lying about in various states of completion, but I guess I just never thought consciously about how many books I might complete and release to the world. The number just snuck up on me, and to tell you the truth, surprised me. Pleasantly so.
Now I know that we all value our time and our money and buying books can get expensive. And like most readers, I hate wasting my time on a book that sounded good but ... isn't. I considered that many of you, my friends, fans and readers, may have looked at a few of my books and thought they looked interesting, but weren't quite sure, at least not sure enough to spring for them. That's when a new idea hatched in my brain.
Inspired by the Indies Unlimited collection First Chapters, I decided to create a book of the first chapters of all twelve of my novels. This way, you can read the full first chapters and get a good idea of the style of the book as well as how the story begins to unfold. As many of you know, I write across multiple genres and use different styles, so one of my books might be vastly different from another. If you read one of my books and liked or disliked it, you might be surprised by some of my other books.
But the best part of this--it's free. My book of first chapters, titled A Novel Idea, is an absolutely free e-book, available in all formats. Amazon still has it for 99 cents, but they will catch up with other book sites and price-match eventually, but you don't have to wait for them. You can download it now from Smashwords. I would love it if you would grab that puppy, take a look, browse through the selections, and let me know what you think. Because I do write across many genres, I always say there's something there for everyone: action, fantasy, romance, paranormal, satire and spiritual. And there will be more coming where that all came from. I'm working on novel #13 as we speak.
Finally, I want to thank you, all my readers, friends, fans and supporters. You make this all worthwhile. I would write regardless, but knowing my stories touch people, that you might glean some pleasure, insight and enjoyment from my words, is hugely satisfying. I hope we continue this wonderful relationship for a long, long time.