THE NEXT BIG THING

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2nd NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop. Exciting, huh? But what the heck is it?

Basically, it provides a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  

On this stop of the Blog Hop, you’ll find a bit of information about me and my latest novel, Plague, as well as links to three other authors whose works you can explore.

By the way, although this is the same day my two-month virtual author tour kicks off, the NEXT BIG THING is entirely separate from that.

DRIBBLING COFFEE DOWN MY JAMMIES

I’m getting ready to go on a book tour. As soon as January 2nd hits, I’m outta here, off to plague the world with my authorial presence.

Okay, it’s not a real tour, it’s a virtual tour, one in which I hop around the Blogosphere for two months, touting the virtues of my new novel, Plague. Every day or two in January and February I’ll be the guest of a different blogger.

I don’t have an itinerary yet, but I’ll post one here as soon as I do.

“I READ YOUR BOOK WITH GREAT RELISH”

I was curious–and maybe you were, too–to find out how Plague would be received by the real-life inspiration for the novel’s protagonist, Richard Wainwright.

The inspiration for Richard came from an old high school friend of mine, Steve Miller. Steve, or more formally, Robert S. Miller, carved out a high-profile and extremely successful career for himself as a rescuer of distressed corporations. He later authored a very well-written memoir of his adventures in corporate America called The Turnaround Kid.

The “Kid” is now retired–well semi-retired, I suspect; I doubt Steve will ever fully kick back–in Florida.

HOW ABOUT A CUP OF “PLAGUE”?

Be the envy of all the kids in your neighborhood as you sip your morning java from a cup emblazoned with a biohazard symbol!

Yes, the Plague mugs and coffee cups have been a huge hit, but I’ve still got a few left which I’m offering as CONTEST PRIZES. Lucky you. (Pictured are the mugs; the cups are identical, just slightly smaller.) If you’d like a shot at winning a Plague coffee cup, read on.

This isn’t a random drawing thing, but a real contest. You have to have read the book.

A WARNING LABEL FOR PLAGUE?

So here it is! What do you think of my new Website?

With the recent release of my second novel, Plague, I figured it was time to spruce up my digital image.

Plague is a lot different from Eyewall, but just as much of a page turner. From the world of violent hurricanes in Eyewall, I venture into the world of bioterrorism in Plague. The inspiration for Plague sprang from my fascination with the Ebola virus, perhaps the deadliest pathogen known to man. The thought that Ebola could be weaponized is absolutely terrifying.

THE AUTHORING LIFE

For my non-Facebook friends, it’s time to bring you up to date on my authoring life.

First, my upcoming novel is now called Plague. It was born as The Koltsovo Legacy and went through three or four title changes before reaching the “carved in stone” stage. Plague.

Second, the release date for Plague is September 15. There’ll be an Atlanta Writers Club-sponsored launch party (book signing) at Peerless Book Store in Alpharetta, Georgia, that evening.

Third, my Website is currently in the process of being updated/upgraded. You should be able to view the new and improved model here by the middle of August.