NEWS & EVENTS
THE START OF SOMETHING NEW....
THE YOUNG BILL TRAVIS MYSTERIES!
It's true. I have begun on the first book in The Young Bill Travis Mysteries while at the same time I'm working on book 17, Bexar County Line of the original series.
Therefore, let me lay them all out for you here that you might glory on and in this fantastic new thing along with me. Here are the titles, one by one and in the order I intend to write and release them:
#1 The Incredible Sanskrit Karaoke Barbecue
#2 The Polka Defense
#3 Anger Maintenance
#4 Parks & Retribution
#5 The Great Bollywood Crawdad Boil
#6 Antique Roadrage
#7 Mesquite Stew
#8 Powerline Games
#9 Hurricane Sleepover
#10 The Last Fireworks Stand
#11 Gone Fishing: Up The Creek
#12 Desolation Derby
#13 Gone Fishing: Be Back Never
#14 The Mimosa Shuffle
#15 Gone Fishing: Bait & Stomp
#16 (You Don't Know) Whiskey Jack
#17 Walking The Duck
Seventeen! Seventeen new books for Bill Travis. A new Bill Travis. A young Bill Travis with the whole world no more than a twinkle in his eye. At this moment, here writing this, I feel a great deal like the first Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon who holds up a bit of burning tree branch that has been struck by lightning and is sputtering fire into the breeze, turns it about in wonder, then lights a pile of brush with it, and then for good measure throws a huge hunk of Mammoth flank steak on top of the whole works. That is, I feel like the world is young again. It’s all new. And the time ahead is far greater that which has been left behind.
REVEILLE IN RED, BILL TRAVIS #16 IS PUBLISHED!
It's the moment so many Bill Travis fans have been waiting for. The book is out, it's smoking hot, and the reviews are already starting to come in and it's barely been 24 hours!
WEST OF VALHALLA IS PUBLISHED!
This erotic mystery (the first such I've ever written) was written at a fever pitch between August 1st and August 10th, 2019.
It's out, and nothing can stop it.
ERRANT KNIGHT FEATURED ON WIKI!
NEPTUNE'S FORGE IS PUBLISHED!
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
You could have knocked me over with a feather, but there it was--Errant Knight listed on the Wiki.ezvid.com site as one of the top 9 books about people accused of crimes, nestled in at number 3! In fact, here's the link.
Just thought you'd want to know!
I've been a little busy. I decided to throw Neptune's Forge out there and see how it does all naked and alone in the frozen Amazon waste. I think, though, that you'll really like it. It's written in a 19th Century voice, and it's almost a literary work in and of itself; which is to say I must have been channeling someone during the writing of it: Melville, possibly, or perhaps Joseph Conrad (all though he is ever more erudite than I care to be), or maybe even Jack London. Shoot, if those three got together and had a love child, it might be this book. Okay, I guess that's enough about that.
Additionally I have released two short stories of late: THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS and THE TALE OF THE YANKEE TRAVELER. These are factually companion tales, you might say. All you have to do is read them to see what I mean.
I am still in the midst of working on the teleplays. Oooohh. I almost let the cat out of the bag! Okay, you'll see what's going on in upcoming announcements. It's potentially big news, though, and I think you'll love it.
Okay, that's about it for the moment. Love you folks!
All the best!
NEPTUNE'S FORGE IS DONE...
AND OTHER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.
It has been awhile, and I figured you folks were in for an update. As the masthead says, I have completed Neptune's Forge. This one will likely be traditionally published, so I'll let you know when the anticipated publishing date is calendared. I'm anticipating doing a book tour, the whole nine yards.
In other news, I have gone back to writing on Isherwood while also working on both Bill Travis #16 and #17.
There may be other upcoming announcements soon.
All the best!
REVEILLE IN RED - Bill Travis #16 - UNDERWAY!
If I'm both extremely diligent and fortunate, I will have a third Bill Travis book out in the next month (around June 1st), bringing the total to three books in three months. How's that for production? It is also very likely that, since I'm reaching the "end" of the series, and I don't yet want to say goodbye to these characters, that I may expand the series. Follows are the additional titles under consideration, beginning after #18:
#16 Reveille In Red
#17 Bexar County Line
#18 The Long Goodnight
#19 Amarillo Waltz
#20 Double OUght Buck
#21 Murder On the Llano Estacado
and then the prequels:
#22 Wolf Country
Anyway, what's a poor author to do when he starts seeing the writing on the wall? I'll tell you what he does. He doubles down! He doubles his workload. And he acts like nothing out of the way is happening at all.
So that's it. Just so you know.
All the best!
BUFFALO BAYOU BLUES -
Bill Travis #15 - DONE & PUBLISHED!
Two books in two months, so far. Today's release is Bill Travis #15, Buffalo Bayou Blues, and it was a long time a' comin', even it if only took a month to write. As you will see, this one was the book of a lifetime, literally.
I really hope you like it.
Now available from Amazon!
All the best!
TRINITY TRIO -
Bill Travis #14 - PUBLISHED!
Just so you folks know, Trinity Trio is now out there. I had a great deal of fun writing this one, and it's now available. Here's the description:
When Bill Travis is asked to travel to the insular East Texas town of Carter to do a favor for his business partner, Bill has to bail a woman out of jail for the attempted murder of a United States Senator, and a pair of Texas Rangers stars get pinned to both Bill’s and his sidekick Hank’s chests. The investigation goes south, however, when the local Sheriff seems to somehow be involved in a conspiracy to hide the truth. To top things off, there’s a speed demon on the loose tearing up the town, Hank may very well be head-over-heels in love with the bail bondswoman, and Tanya—the woman Bill must free—along with the Sheriff’s wife, Loraine, and the Senator’s wife, Mildred, constitute the Trinity Trio, an unholy alliance holding all the real power in the region. It’s Bill Travis with a badge, a gun, and no-holds-barred action, as well as a mystery that evaporates like smoke with every spin of the revolver’s breech.
Now available from Amazon!
All the best!
TRIP ABROAD - AND I'M BACK!
For those of you who don't follow me on social media, I recently was invited to be the Keynote Speaker for the Cuenca International Writer's Convention in Ecuador. I was gone for a week, and got to see a good part of the country down there. I was enthralled. My guide for the trip there and back (from Guayaquil to Cuenca, and then the return the following week) was my newfound friend, Emilio Morocho, who knows not only his way around, but all the sights to see, but the restaurants, the people, and the rich history of the entire region. Simply riding along with him for several hours is a full-blown education. He took me from essentially sea level, in Guayaquil, up and over the Cajas Range (14,500 feet!) and thence down to Cuenca (8,300 feet). Let me tell you, there's a climate adjustment the body must make. You have to drink lots of water to compensate for the thin air, lest you get terrible headaches.
Once I was ensconced at the Zahir360 hotel (one of the country's premier hotels), right next to the futbol stadium, I had the opportunity to explore Cuenca, thanks to my wonderful friend and fellow writer, Scarlett Braden. Thanks, Scarlett, for taking such good care of this old Texas boy. Once the conference kicked off, I had little time to explore, however. Several things were going on at once: 1) I had to prepare for a workshop I would be giving, and 2) I was constantly watching my phone for news from home. You see, our daughter was due to have her baby any day, and I was hoping to make it back to the states before the wonderful occasion. Alas, I didn't make it. On my next to last day in Cuenca, our daughter Carlie gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Arrow Sky, 7 lbs, 4 oz., 22 inches. So, I became a grandfather while having lunch with two more newfound and special friends, bestselling author Andra Watkins, and one of Ecuador's finest authors and gentlemen, Leonardo Wild. I'll tell you, we all three hit it off well. And Leonardo and I are talking about collaborating. We're right now kicking around some ideas of a series together. Just got off the phone with him a bit ago. I love that guy.
So, I made it back to Texas, and here I am, having finished another Bill Travis story (Trinity Trio) and launching forth on yet another one, even while I'm working on Neptune's Forge.
I made so many great friends in Cuenca that I will not be permitted to be absent for next year's conference. No way, Jose!
Okay, that's about it. Love you folks. I'll talk to you soon.
All the best!
THE LONE STAR EXPRESS -
Bill Travis #13 - PUBLISHED!
Bill Travis must ride the rails across a Texas he's never before experienced in order to fulfill a friend's dying wish. But the forces arrayed against him are both formidable and downright vicious. This is Bill Travis as you've never seen him in the wildest ride of all time!
Now available from Amazon!
--gw 9/7/16 1:37 p.m.
THE BILL TRAVIS MYSTERIES POSTER is now available!
It's no easy task to bring a poster to the marketplace, and my friends at VintPrint pulled out all the stops to bring you the highest quality poster possible of the popular Bill Travis Mystery series. I'm so proud of this I could bust! Get it while the getting is good, either direct from the distributor (VintPrint) or via Amazon. Diminsions are: 24"x36" on glossy paper, with a 1/4" white border for framing. I have my own copy under glass right outside my office, which mentally helps me prepare to write whenever I step into my inner sanctum. The cost is $31.99 + $3.99 for shipping.
--gw, 6/13/16, 2:03 p.m., Austin, Texas.
MEXICO FEVER (BT #12) is now available in trade paperback!
I thought some of you would want to know. It's out there! Yoiu can pick up a copy here.
--gw, 6/2/16, 11:40 p.m., Austin, Texas.
THE LONE STAR EXPRESS (BT #13) is underway!
That's right, this train isn't stopping for anybody or anything. While there are, at this moment, about twelve books I'm supposed to be working on, this one is at the top of the list. I'll keep you posted as it develops. I can't share a great deal about the plot at this point, but suffice it to say that there will be a long train ride from East Texas to the Permian Basin out West. So trains, guns, and the words, "Who are these guys?" is all you need to know for now. Look for the book this hottest of summers.
--gw, 5/25/16, 10:37 p.m., Austin, Texas.
MEXICO FEVER (BT #12) now available as an ebook!
It's hotter than a pistol, and it's available on on Amazon here!
--gw, 5/20/16, 11:57 p.m., Austin, Texas.
DESPERATE CRIMES (BT #11) now available in trade paperback!
You can get the trade paperback on Amazon here!
--gw, 4/27/16, 6:15 p.m., Austin, Texas.
SENTINEL IN ELYSIUM --
now available in audiobook!
For those of you wondering where to spend those leftover audiobook credits on Audible, here's your chance.
--gw, 4/14/16, 12:20 a.m., Austin, Texas.
DESPERATE CRIMES (BT #11) published!
It's available NOW! I figured you'd want to know.
--gw, 3/28/16, 9:59 a.m., Austin, Texas.
DESPERATE CRIMES (BT #11) completed!
Available no later than this coming Monday, look for Desperate Crimes on Amazon in ebook format. Within a few days after that, look for it on your other favorite venues. It should be available as a trade paperback in the coming weeks. Now I'm off on Mexico Fever, book #12! You heard it here first!
--gw, 3/27/16, 8:30 p.m., Austin, Texas.
THE LAST CALL enjoying a renaissance!
At the moment, The Last Call is the #1 book in the Amazon Kindle free store. Today there have been over 30,000 downloads of the book in the U.S. alone. Downloads in the UK have also peaked. This is the third time the book has been in the Top 10, but the first time it has gone to #1. I suppose Bill Travis is here to stay.
--gw, 12/4/15, 9:35 p.m., Austin, Texas.
ERRANT KNIGHT now available in both ebook and trade paperback!
Some are saying this is my best work. I dunno, I just work here. However, for those of you who prefer holding a real book in your hands, this one's now ready for you.
There is a possibility that this one will make it to audiobook in the coming months. Well see.
--gw, 9/14/15, 4:22 p.m., Austin, Texas.
SLOW FALLING, NOW IN AUDIO!!!
The incomparable voice artist, Frank Clem, has released Bill Travis Mystery #6, Slow Falling, on Audible.com, and this author is ever so proud.
Right now he's working on Murder In Elysium. I'm on th edge of my seat to hear how he brings these characters to life.
--gw, 9/5/15, 7:34 p.m., Austin, Texas.
MURDER IN ELYSIUM has made it to the Finals Round
for the Kindle Book Award!
Over breakfast with my stepson yesterday, Joseph said, "Congratulations, by the way."
"You don't know? It's all over Facebook. You're in the Finals Round for the Kindle Book Award.
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me they made a mistake. Until they do, I'm holding on to this spot. :)
--gw, 9/2/15, 11:47 a.m., Austin, Texas.
ERRANT KNIGHT is available NOW!
I just thought you should know. :)
--gw, 8/20/15, 12:49 a.m., Austin, Texas.
A couple of real things...
The real things are...wait for it...the next two Bill Travis Mysteries: Book #11, DESPERATE CRIMES, and Book #12, MEXICO FEVER. I'm writing these two books at once, and am planning on releasing them together in the coming months. I'll keep you posted on how they're moving along, but at this stage, they're moving.
About DESPERATE CRIMES, I will say, by way of a hint, that Jennifer Travis, who was born during LONGNECKS & TWISTED HEARTS, is now eight years old, and she's along for the adventure. But Jennifer has smuggled a stowaway along as well: Morgan Freeman, her pet ferret. Additionally, Bill's old running buddy, Hank Sterling, is also riding shotgun. It's a missing person's case (Jennifer's piano instructor, Todd, has gone missing, and she wants him found!) and the contortions in this story are reminiscent of the old game Twister. I hope you like it. Sallie is thoroughly enjoying it (as you know, she reads the pages one-by-one as I churn them out, as in, "Honey, do you have some pages for me tonight?")
Okay, I suppose that's it. I'll report in later on.
Thanks for hanging with me.
--gw, 7/2/15, 12:28 p.m., Austin, Texas.
A couple of things...
First of all, all 10 of the Bill Travis Mysteries are now available in trade paperback, so those of you who have been wanting them, Christmas comes early this year.
ERRANT KNIGHT is now done, but...I've sent it to an agent in New York. That's right, the book may see publication some time in the coming year via one of the Big Six. However, if it's not quickly snapped up, I'll publish the thing myself. Just letting you know.
In other news, I found out yesterday that MURDER IN ELYSIUM is a Semi-Finalist for the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. That's right, the book is one of twenty of the best mystery/thrillers on Amazon's Kindle, which for my part is saying a lot. Of these twenty titles, only five will be selected as Finalists. That decision will be announced September 1st this year, so there is a little bit of a wait. But that's okay. I can take my attention off of it and put it on getting the next two Bill Travis books out in tandem. I'll post those two titles in a few minutes here.
Anyway, that's the haps!
Mucho Love to one and all. :)
--gw, 7/2/15, 12:15 p.m., Austin, Texas.
The Bill Travis Books -- all in trade paperback -- SOON!
That's right, there has been enough demand for all ten (currently) of the Bill Travis books to be made available in trade paperback. If you've been waiting for me to get off my duff and "get 'er done!" then I suppose you've waited long enough. Caddo Cold should be available in the next few days. I spent half the day today looking at Arrrowmoon and getting it proofed and ready, and it should be available mid-week next week. Tomorrow I'll spend some time formatting After the Fire, and then start the process all over again with Ghost of the Karankawa. Look for the entire set to be done over the next two weeks. Additionally, I'll be looking for a way to box these up and sell them as sets, either all 10 at once or two sets of five, or something like that. We'll see what the retailers can come up with. If this can be done, then look for a really nice looking box with Bill Travis standing there in silhouette with the sun setting over West Texas behind him, just as you get a glimmer of on the Omnibus Editions. However, I think I'll drop a little graphic in here so you can get a sneak preview of what I'm talking about. I know, high-flow plans, and all that. But it starts somewhere, doesn't it? Okay, you heard it here first!
--gw, 5/17/15, 1:24 a.m., Austin, Texas.
Book Two of the Liberation Series -- Underway
TR Harris and I are off and running on the followup to the Sci-Fi smash hit, CAPTAINS MALICIOUS. I'll definitely post it as soon as it comes out. The writing is fast and furious and the book is very nearly writing itself.
--gw, 5/14/15, 5:07 p.m., Austin, Texas.
SENTINEL IN ELYSIUM -- Published!
That's right, I got 'er done! The book is now available on Amazon in ebook format. The trade paperback should be available in the next couple of days. Additionally, the ebook is being distributed to Nook, Apple, Kobo, and all great ebook reader formats.
Now, on to more! Next up are five or six main projects, with another five on the back burner. Those on the front burner include (in no particular order): ERRANT KNIGHT, JET: HUNTER, CAPTAINS MALEVOLENT, 1904: JOURNEY INTO TIME, and DESPERATE CRIMES.
--gw, 5/7/15, 11:51 p.m., Austin, Texas.
CORRECTION! Appearance at Noir At The Bar
I'll be making another appearance at MysteryPeople's Noir At The Bar. Here are the details: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at Opal Divine's, 3601 (NOT 301!) South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. I'll be in good company too, including: Jamie Kornegay, Bruce Rehburg, and Jesse Sublett--Jesse will likely sing and play some murder ballads. Admission is FREE! (But the drinks and food aren't!). I'll be reading from my new book, MURDER IN ELYSIUM, and will have copies available there at the event. It's a hoot, so please, come on out and bring your friends! That is all!
--gw, 4/17/15, 12:57 p.m., Austin, Texas.
Appearance at Noir At The Bar
I'll be making another appearance at MysteryPeople's Noir At The Bar. Here are the details: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at Opal Divine's, 301 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. I'll be in good company too, including: Jamie Kornegay, Bruce Rehburg, and Jesse Sublett--Jesse will likely sing and play some murder ballads. Admission is FREE! (But the drinks and food aren't!). I'll be reading from my new book, MURDER IN ELYSIUM, and will have copies available there at the event. It's a hoot, so please, come on out and bring your friends!
--gw, 4/17/15, 12:57 p.m., Austin, Texas.
COMPANY C: REBIRTH OF THE RANGERS-- Begun!
Never content to have a small number of ongoing projects, it appears, this one keeps invading my thoughts, and it's a doozey! Here's the thumbnail sketch of what's to come: "More than a thousand years in the future, Adam Hark must unite a rough squad of bickering criminals into a Ranger outfit to save mankind from an alien invasion on the far-flung isolated worlds of the former Union." Is that enough? Hell no, you say? All right. So here's the extended version:
"A thousand years after the Fall, mankind lives on the isolated worlds of the former Union. Some few remember that there are other worlds, and fewer still keep the secret of the Old Ways, and especially of The Origin. The mostly lost technology of the Old Ways is now owned and zealously guarded by the priesthood of The Committee. The Committee has jurisdiction over any new or old technology beyond those of simplest survival. To possess or use technology without the leave of The Committee is to risk one’s life—the punishment for violation of The Code is death. When Adam Hark discovers the cave containing the technology of the Old Ones on the backword world, Sif, he learns that the Priesthood is a lie. He also uncovers the greatest technology of all: that of the Rangers. The Rangers were an elite one-man/one-unit space force that kept the peace during the final days of the Union. Their suits allowed flight and travel between a planet and their invisible singleships awaiting them in space. Their ships, however, permitted travel between star systems. Each Rangership is essentially alive, and encrypted and embedded within the memory and personality of each Rangership is the secret of the planet of Origin. But there is only one Rangersuit and one Rangership remaining, and Adam Hark has found it."
How's that? There's a lot more. More spanning...worlds. Like I said, this one won't stop talking to me. The only way for me to make it shut up is to write it. I'll be posting updates here on my progress from time to time.
--gw, 4/16/15, 11:42 p.m., Austin, Texas.
CAPTAINS MALEVOLENT-- Begun!
They say that you should strike while the iron is hot. Well, I suppose this iron is blazing like the corona of a blue sun going through a shifting of its magnetic poles. Tom and I have started. Okay, that's it. That's the entirety of the news. We've...started.
--gw, 4/16/15, 11:32 p.m., Austin, Texas.
CAPTAINS MALICIOUS-- Published!
That's right, it's now available in all ebook outlets. Look for the trade paperback in the coming days available through Amazon. I'll announce it here. This was a labor of love and blending of two distinct writing styles into one dynamic story. My hat is off to Tom Harris for putting up with me and for being a friend.
--gw, 4/14/15, 8:03 p.m., Austin, Texas.
The following titles are scheduled for release this month: CAPTAINS MALICIOUS (the start of a new science fiction series, co-authored with bestselling author T.R. Harris), and ERRANT KNIGHT. Captains Malicious is essentially written, but Tom and I are pitching it back and forth at this stage, editing and tightening it up. It should be released sometime in the next week to ten days. Errant Knight is almost done. I simply have to write the finale and make a run back through. I should be putting this title out before April is done, if all goes well and right. Next up on the horizon is, of course, the book everyone (including Sallie) has been waiting for--DESPERATE CRIMES, Bill Travis #11. I'll get 'er done, I promise. After that, I'll probably be diving into Bill Travis #12 (just to prove to both myself and you that I CAN get out the next Omnibus (#3).
Looming just over that horizon is the sequel to LONG FALL FROM HEAVEN, which is tentatively entitled BOLAND'S WAR. I know some of you have been waiting for that book. I wasn't sure if I could write it, now that Milton is gone, but I've been thinking about him lately, and when I do I think about the characters. The sequel will be both sequel and prequel together as one. We'll race forward to almost the present day and then jump back to the mid 1970s (just like I'm presently doing with SENTINEL IN ELYSIUM, the prequel to MURDER IN ELYSIUM), and relate the back story to both C.C. "Cueball" Boland and Micah Lanscomb, and the events that shaped these two men, and the single event from those early days they share in common, even though neither knew the other. The story promises to be a tour de force.
Also, as hinted at above, I'll be finalizing and polishing up SENTINEL IN ELYSIUM, which is indeed a prequel. SENTINEL will leap back in time before the Delores Fogel murder, all the way to 1975, and chronicle Michael Lee "Mucho Love" Harper's tenure as Elysium's Chief of Police, and why he will never hold that position again. I will tell you that I am actively writing this manuscript, and it feels like the most honest thing I've ever written. It isn't coming in fits and starts, but instead, whenever I manage to clear my desk of other things, I pull it up, read the last paragraph or two from the previous writing session, then sit back and watch the story flow out. It's like I say in my videos--honey flowing out of a barrel. It feels good and right. I get to watch these characters--and you know most of them if you've read MURDER IN ELYSIUM--and get to see "who they were" before they became "who they are". As you probably know, the only person who gets to read it all fresh off the hopper is my Sallie. She is loving it, and she doesn't always love what I write. I try to tell her--in those odd silences where I realize she isn't buying the story--that I have little to do with what comes out on the page, but I'm not sure she buys that, either.
The future? Never know. Somewhere amidst all this, Robert A. "Robbie" Taylor and I will bang out VINDICATORS 2, yet another science fiction. Also, I've got a science fiction tome coming called PANTHEON. And then there is a pure horror entitled COTTONWOOD. When I think of it, I get chills. And one of these days, I promise, I'll write a western.
There are a lot of changes going on in my life, as well as my fiction. First of all, I had a little set-to with the grim reaper recently, and decided I didn't like the cut of his jib. So, I've altered my lifestyle accordingly. I'm feeling better now than I've felt in the last twenty years, and that's saying quite a bit. Aside from that, we're having new tile laid upstairs. I had to move my office from the loft into the library. It's quiter in here, and I'm literally surrounded by thousands of books. I kind of like that.
Alright, this little update is turning into its own literary work, so I'd best sign off. I thought, though, that I'd keep you in loop. You know, let you know how it's going. It's going, I promise you, and I'm working to keep it so. Hey, it's my job.
Love you folks. Take care, and all the Best to you and yours.
--gw, 4/6/15, 11:30 p.m., Austin, Texas.
'14: A Texanthology-- Published!
That's right, it's now available in all ebook outlets and in trade paperback. 14 GW short stories and a brief Foreword by poet Steven Thomas.
--gw, 3/15/15, 2:40 a.m., Austin, Texas.
1899: Journey to Mars-- Published!
It's finally here! Now available on Amazon's Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, and all other major ebook outlets. The trade paperback is also available, and dang but it looks and feels sweet!
--gw, 3/15/15, 2:38 a.m., Austin, Texas.
Murder In Elysium-- Published!
It's now available on Amazon's Kindle, and is coming soon to all major ebook outlets and in trade paperback. Look for the prequel, Sentinel In Elysium soon (sometime this March). In Sentinel, I get to fully explore the beloved character Mucho Love, from Murder In Elysium, and relate the story of why he is no longer the Chief of Police by the time the events of Murder In Elysium come to pass, and why he will never hold the post again.
--gw, 3/5/15, 11:50 a.m., Austin, Texas.
Murder In Elysium-- Completed!
The deed is done, and what a grisly deed it is. This book is slated for release early next week on Amazon's Kindle platform, and then, shortly thereafter, as a trade paperback. I'll try to release it, as well, in the Apple iTunes Store, Nook, Sony, Kobo, and as many platforms as possible. I'll be following that up very shortly (a manner of weeks) with the prequel, which will be entitled Sentinel In Elysium.
Happy Trails, ya'll.
--gw, 2/27/15, 1:20 a.m., Austin, Texas, United States, Planet Earth, Spiral Arm 1, Milky Way Galaxy, the Local Group, Physical Universe.
1899: Journey to Mars-- Completed!
That's right, Billy Kring and I have completed the first draft of 1899, the long-awaited sequel. We'll take a few weeks (translate that, please, as a few months) to carefully edit it before putting it out as an ebook and a trade paperback. We'll announce the publication date well in advance here, on Facebook and Twitter, and no doubt we'll pay people to head up to the rooftop and begin shouting. The book weighs in at an alarming 90,000 words. I guess we had something to say.
Next up in the series is 1904: Journey Into Time.
You heard it here first!
Oh, just by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Update on CAPTAINS MALICIOUS - FLUNK!
Okay, so I didn't make the grade. Christmas has come and gone. I will be working on this book rather furiously in the coming weeks and months to get it out as quickly as possible. In the meantime, Errant Knight has stolen my mind and run off to Tralfamidor. Anybody familiar with Tralfamidor? If so, please tell them to repatriate my mental faculties. I have other books to write as well.
CAPTAINS MALICIOUS -- Coming, hopefully, before Christmas!
Some of you know that I occasionally branch off into Science Fiction. For those who enjoy the genre, I've teamed up with popular online author T.R. Harris (author of the Human Chronicles Saga) to write a series of at least four books in the Captains series. Space pirates, galactic warfare, alien species and technology, and worlds in the offing. This one will be a blockbuster. We're already 30,000 words into the book and it's just getting going good. But there's space battles galore! I'll keep you posted as this one rolls along.
GHOST OF THE KARANKAWA, Bill Travis #10 -- Completed and available!
Okay, it's here! The 10th installment of the Bill Travis Mysteries. This one was a wild ride for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. For those of you who have read my short story, The Woodsman, Bill meets up with Wolf Dillard after the events from the short story, and his tale beyond belief. There's an added surprise for the fans as well--Bill brings Julie along! It's her first foray since The Last Call. To top things off (or take them OVER the top) their dog, Franklin, is along for the ride as well. And don't think for a minute that he's just there for the scenery. In the end, Franklin is key! Let me know if you liked this one. It's a bit fantastic (remember Longnecks and Twisted Hearts and Slow Falling? Those books were out there!) but I believe it will satisfy. The next book up is going to be Desperate Crimes, #11. And, I guess that means were halfway there. I only ever planned on writing 21 of these. After that, I'll need some...convincing. Okay, that's it.
1889: Journey to the Moon -- Completed and available!
It's done! It's finally done and published as of today! (It'll be available soon on Apple and Nook, I promise--for right now, it's only available on Amazon's Kindle and in print. However!--most folks don't know that you can download and install the free Kindle program on just about any Apple or Nook device! So, regardless, you can still get it!)
This book was a labor of love and was just as entertaining for Billy and me to write as it will be for you to read. And we got some accolades from the best writers in the field, including K.W. Jeter (the man who coined the term "steampunk", Joe R. Lansdale (Mr. East Texas himself--you may remember his Bubbo Hotep and more recently the feature film Cold In July), as well as Bill Crider (The Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries and McAvity Award winner, aside from being the Godfather of Texas Mystery!) and last but certainly not least, T.R. Harris, bestselling author of the Human Chronicles Saga.
Billy and I are hard at work (ha! you call this work?!) on the Far Journey Chronicles--Part 2: 1899: Journey To Mars. You'll love it!
Okay, that's all I have for now. Take care. And all the Best to you and yours.
AFTER THE FIRE, Bill Travis #9 -- Completed and available!
For those of you who have been waiting...forEVER (!), the next installment of the Bill Travis Mysteries is now available on Amazon (and soon will be available on all ebook readers). I'm working on Book #10 as we speak, which will be entitled GHOST OF THE KARANKAWA. Look for the direct link in the "BOOKS" section. Thanks, all of you, for your encouragement, your prodding, and your many kindnesses. I hope you enjoy After The Fire.
MURDER IN ELYSIUM -- Completed!
It's been a long time coming, but Murder In Elysium is done (done, and by the way...DONE!). It's off to my agent for a run at a line-up of top publishers. In addition, Craig Johnson (of Walt Longmire fame) has tentatively agreed to give the book a read and possibly, and if he really likes it, and endorsement. Craig's a busy fellow, though, so anytime this decade will be fine by me. Another good friend and author, the incomparable Reavis Z. Wortham (the Red River Mysteries) has agreed to likewise read and review the book. If all goes well, look for it hopefully in 2015.
Follows is my brief summary of the book:
Memory is long, but justice is timeless. (--how's that for a tagline? huh?)
In this blending of noir, psychological thriller and mystery, a thirty-three year old murder in a small Texas town haunts Police Chief Shane Robeling. Elysium, Texas is slow to join the 21st century and its aging police force has barely enough manpower and resources to hold its own against the town’s sudden, unexpected expansion. But now Benjamin LeFren—the would-be killer of local debutante Delores Fogel all those years ago—returns to town after his exoneration for the crime. Chief Robeling must now protect LeFren from the town he took an oath to defend. To make matters worse, Robeling was the man who had him freed.
I'll keep you folks updated on how and when it rolls out. It'll be out, though, one way or the other.
1899: JOURNEY TO MARS -- At the halfway marker
Another Kring and Wier sojourn in the Far Journeys Chronicles. This time our crew is off to Mars. We're at about the halfway mark (we're right at 60,000 words, at the moment) so this one should be done within the coming months. I'll summarize it for you here, once we're done, then we'll roll out our plans for you.
1889: JOURNEY TO THE MOON -- Completed!
South Texas mystery and western author Billy Kring joined forces with me to write what we're hoping is the new blockbuster on the block--a steampunk journey to our own natural satellite in the final decade of the Victorian Era. This book (the first in what we're hoping will be a long series) has been picked up by one of the top literary and film agencies on Planet Earth. I'll let you in on the inside news as it becomes available. Suffice it to say, Billy and I are now thinking in terms of "action figures." (!)
THE BILL TRAVIS MYSTERIES HAVE GOTTEN A NEW FACELIFT!
That's right! All new covers by one of the greatest graphic artists in the industry, Elizabeth Mackey. Folks are loving these, and I'm getting nothing but oohs and ahhs over them! While the new covers are already out on Amazon in ebook format, they will not proliferate out to Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and the rest of the gang until a few weeks down the road. The trade paperbacks will also see this change in the coming weeks. I'll post the news here as it rolls in!
THE TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL - October 26th & 27th, all day, Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas. - DONE!
This event has come and gone, and it was a real hoot!
I'll be reading and signing books, Saturday and Sunday in various locations to be announced at the State Capitol Building and grounds (and even streets) for the Texas Book Feastival as a Featured Author. All my friends are welcome to on down, get a book signed, and spend some time with me!
The Texas and Southwest Tour 2013 - DONE!
That's right, even the shouting is over. Sallie and I had a great time in bookstores and libraries all over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Look for future booksigning information here as it becomes available.