Cover Reveal and Virtual Book Launch

On April Fools Day, I revealed the cover of the fourth and final book in the series, A Perfect Hatred. Of course, I had a little fun with it. I posted a cover of a bearded, shirtless man with a man-bun and a kitten on his shoulder and raved about how perfect I thought the cover was. Needless to say, the reaction was mixed. A few minutes later, I posted the real cover and had a few laughs.

When I purchased this cover graphic two years ago, it was hard to keep it under wraps for two years. This was so perfect for the subject matter, and I hope you like it as much as I do. By the way, Collateral Damage is available for preorder. Click on the image above to do so.

And What is a Virtual Book Launch Anyway?

Recent circumstances eliminated my dilemma over which book store in my town to host the launch of Collateral Damage. With everyone in Virginia on lockdown until June 10, my only option is a virtual launch online.

The launch will still take place on April 19, 2020, but will be held on my Facebook Group Page, “Readers Who Love Real Spies with Real Lives.” However, that’s a private group–to keep scammers and spammers out–so if you don’t already belong to the group, you’ll have to join. That’s no big deal. Click on join, answer a couple of questions, and the group admin (that’s me) will approve. (You can always leave after the book launch event, but try it out for a few weeks at least.)

Throughout the day on April 19, I’ll schedule posts with trivia (answers enter you to win free eBooks), go live with some background on A Perfect Hatred, and answer questions from readers. There’ll be lots of cool prizes (gift cards, the aforementioned free eBooks, and a grand prize of something special from the KGB Museum’s gift shop in New York) and fun things to do. And I’ll do my best to alleviate some of that stuck-at-home ennui many of us have been suffering with.

I hope to see everyone “there.”

To join “Readers Who Love Real Spies with Real Lives,” click HERE.

I almost forgot to mention, when you join the Facebook group, you’ll get a free copy of a “top secret” dossier on one of my main protagonists, Maitland “Mai” Fisher. So, see, you win a prize right off the bat!

LAUNCHED!!!

The_Better_Spy_Cover_for_KindlejpgJuly 28 hasn’t been a date I’ve associated with positive things since this day in 2003, when my only sibling, my brother, died at the age of 44. This year, instead of taking this date and marking it as the anniversary of something sad, I’ve decided to reclaim it.

As of today, July 28 will be the anniversary of the launch of the book which, among the four others published, I’m most proud.

The Better Spy is a novel in stories dealing with the aftermath of a single spy mission by U.N. covert operative Mai Fisher. It opens in more or less present day (2013) when a dying British soldier needs to get something off his chest before he gets to the great beyond. It’s a secret that changes everything about Mai’s life since that mission in the 1980s when she was under cover in the IRA.

I’m particularly proud of its experimental form. It begins in 2013 and works backwards to a often-mentioned event in the series of stories, the bombing of an IRA stronghold in 1986.

The Better Spy is available from Amazon as either a paperback or for your Kindle. You can search by the title, or click here to go to my Amazon Author Page, which lists all my works.

Also, check out a new interview with me at the Flash! Friday Microfiction page by clicking here. I talk a bit about The Better Spy, what inspires me, how I got into historical thrillers, and more. Comment on that page and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of The Better Spy and my recent novella, My Noble Enemy.

I’ll always think of my brother today, but from now on it’ll be a happy thought. He would approve.