I hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day. One of the projects we’ve been working on since moving into this house nearly three years ago, was to make our front yard… More
Great news. I’ve sent Sold Souls: The Divine Devils Book 3 off to my editor. Feedback from my beta readers was overwhelmingly positive, with a few tweaks made from their feedback. If all goes well I’m hoping for the book to be released in early June. The story delves into the perverse world of Human/Sex Trafficking, so the content is intense and at times can be disturbing. Hunter and his team of Devils digging deep, trying to find the sister of their client who was sold into the trafficking world as a teenager. A client who has a violent past with the Divine Devils. I have posted a tease for Sold Souls for you to check out here. This is a rough draft, so there will be a few typos and not the final content. But this will give you a taste of what the story is about. Give it a quick read and let me know what you think.
I’ve already started writing the next book in the series, piecing together about 13k words worth of the story. In this book, like all of my books, there will be a lot of characters. Some good, others evil, and those that toe the line between both. Character names are challenging to come up with. Finding ones that work well in the story. I recently was talking with a customer service agent on the phone, the woman telling me her name was, Phaedra. The greek meaning of the name: Bright. A name I found unique and one I told her I would name a character after in a future book. Which gave me a thought. Would readers of my newsletter like to have a character named after them in one of my future books. If you’d be interested, send me an email while giving me a reason why. And let me know if you’d like your character to be good, evil, or somewhere in the middle. Depending on the response I might pick more than one.
As I mentioned last month, I wrote a short story where Jarvis Mann and Hunter Divine meet for the first time. Titled A Divine Chat Over a Beer. I’ve now posted this on my website. Stop by and give it a read.
Last Saturday I did my first Craft Fair of the year, at Smoky Hill High School. This will be the first of many events I have scheduled for this year. The next is on March 26th at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora Colorado. You can always find the latest events I have scheduled on my Events page, or they will be listed in the Upcoming Events section at the bottom of each newsletter. I hope to see lots of smiling faces this year.
Thanks to one of the events I did in December, I was able to talk with one of the organizers, and she linked me to a local reporter, Luke with The Westminster Window newspaper. Luke did a short interview with me which you can check out here.
A few more excellent reviews for The Divine Devils and Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2.
Weir is a great writer with stories fast-paced and hard to put down even with sleep medicine. I slept less the three nights it took me to read it – Shannon
Author R. Weir hits another home run with Fallen Star, the second book in the Devine Devils series that features Hunter Devine as the main character. Hunter is a former U.S. Marshall turned P.I., and he is tough as nails. If you read between the lines, you can see that he also has a conscience. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a main character for this genre – Julie
Both books are available on Amazon in eBook, Paperback, and on Kindle Unlimited. If you’d like a signed paperback copy of these books and can’t make it to one of my events, reach out via email and we can work out getting a copy mailed to you.
Speaking of reviews, I’m always excited to read new reviews. Beyond someone buying the book, nothing thrills an indie author more than seeing a new review for their book. Over the years I have had over 750 reviews for all of my books. Not on the level of the big publishing house authors, but still good for an indie. If you enjoyed my books, or even if you didn’t, please take a minute and leave a review. They can be as detailed as you like or simple. A basic “I thought it was a fun read” is all that is needed. Posting them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and Bookbub are the major sites where people read reviews when shopping for books.
This month we have three Prolific Works Giveaways to highlight. Giving readers a chance to check out free eBooks to download from authors who write in my genre.
Nowhere to Hide – Mystery & Crime Giveaway runs until March 30th with 26 books to choose from via this link.
Ominous Omens – Mystery and Thriller GG begins March 15th and runs until March 29th. You can find the 7 books available via this link.
Mystery/Thriller Giveaway begins March 16th and runs until March 30th, with 30 books to choose from via this link.
I will wrap up another month with a hearty thanks for checking out my newsletter. Please share with those you know who love to read Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense. Anyone signing up for the newsletter receives a free eBook version of my Jarvis Mann PI novel, Tracking A Shadow. A nice bonus to add to your eReader.
Stay safe, healthy, and Happy!
I’m a little late getting out this email, as I was on a roll working on the next book in the Divine Devils series, the working title, Sold Souls. Happy to announce that I’ve finished the first draft and have the story in the hands of my beta readers. Still a lot of work ahead, with more rewrites and then off to my editor. But I’m hoping it will be ready for release by late spring or early summer.
I have some changes coming as well. You will notice the design of this newsletter is different than in the past. Mailchimp, which I’ve used since the beginning, raised its rates again, making it too expensive to use. I’ve now moved to MailerLite, which is about half the cost and provides me all the features I need. All of my subscribers automatically moved over with a few clicks. New subscribers who come to my website receive a pop-up window where they can subscribe as before. Testing of the newsletter has been without issue, but this first major send will be the ultimate test. If you have any issues opening and reading it, let me know.
With the new newsletter service and design, I now have a new email address. This one incorporates my RWeir domain. This should be used going forward for any communications and should also help with the newsletter getting caught in spam filters, as the free Gmail address I previously used is prone to. Links for the email are at the bottom of each newsletter and I normally include them at least once in the body. Email me if you have any questions.
Other changes coming include on my rweir.net website. This includes ads now on the site, which I’m still experimenting with. These ads allow me to earn revenue to help pay for the website. If you go to the site, check them out and see what you think. I also plan on doing a redesign of the website. This will take time since I’ll be doing it mostly on my own. I’m not a web designer, but with the template designs WordPress provides I’m hoping it will be a smooth process.
I’ve been so busy these past couple of months, I forgot to mention a video podcast I did with Author April Thomas, where we discuss many topics about being an author. I had a great time with her, so please check it out on YouTube.
I also got to do a guest post on Author Lois Winston’s blog. There I wrote a short story where Jarvis Mann and Hunter Divine, the two main characters of my books series, meet. It was a fun little story that I will add to my website in the future. But for now, go to the blog and give it a read.
Those of you who’ve read my latest book, Fallen Star, may have noticed a character crossing over from the Jarvis Mann series, into Hunter Divine’s world. The sharply dressed, ladies man lawyer Barry Anders, who was prominent in several of the Jarvis stories, makes an appearance to bail out Hunter. The possibility of more characters of the two series, crossing over in the future. Be sure to check out Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book Two, along with the award-winning, The Divine Devils. Both books are available in eBook, paperback, and on Kindle Unlimited. Here are two new 5-Star reviews for Fallen Star:
Another blockbuster story starring Hunter Divine and his team of Divine Devils. I loved book one and this book -#2 was another fantastic read. The team is assigned a case involving blackmail of a actress only to stumble upon a casino criminal enterprise with ties to drugs, murders and blackmail. Hunter is also working on a case from his past life with the US Marshal Service. I hope a Book #3 is in the works – Charlene
Another great read from author R. Weir. Some interesting characters and plenty of action.
Can’t wait for the next in the series, especially following the teaser – Ken
My editor of Fallen Star, Tina Susedik, is also an author of many books. Today I’m giving a plug for an anthology book she and several other authors wrote, Hope Harbor. All the proceeds of each book purchased are donated to Operation Underground Railroad, which is an organization that rescues and works with exploited and trafficked people. It’s a great cause, so please check it out on Amazon.
This month there are two Prolific Works giveaways to find free eBooks to add to your reading list. The first is Nowhere to Hide – Mystery & Crime Giveaway with 26 books to check out until March 30th. You can find them via this link.
Gone Missing – Mystery and Thriller GG begins on Feb 15th and runs until March 1st, with 19 books to explore via this link.
Last month I talked about the devastating fires here in Colorado. Over 1000 homes were destroyed with more than 200 badly damaged. Again I hope you’ll donate to this cause via this link for Boulder County Wildfire relief or you can donate time and materials via this link. Those of you who already did, thank you so much for helping. As a gesture of thanks for anyone donating, I will offer a free eBook from my catalog of books, including the box sets in the Jarvis Mann series. Just email me to let me know you donated and I’ll get the eBook sent to you right away.
Thanks again for reading and sharing my newsletter. Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers in the world. I hope you get the opportunity to snuggle up to those you love and share a good book.
Stay safe, happy, and healthy!!
Unfortunately, in our area, there was a horrible wildfire that ravaged a large portion of Superior and Louisville Colorado on December 30th. The fire quickly engulfed over 6000 acres in a highly populated region, forcing people to evacuate in a matter of minutes as the flames spread at a terrifying pace. Over 1000 homes were destroyed and another 180 were damaged. Devastating to many families in our area. We happen to live just outside the burn area and didn’t have to evacuate, though we were packed to leave quickly since it was nearby. For those affected we feel for you, since we went through a house fire many years ago, losing many of our possessions, needing to live elsewhere for several months. Our family donated to help with the relief efforts and I hope if you’re able, you can do the same. You can do this via this link for Boulder County Wildfire relief or you can donate time and materials via this link. If there are any of my readers out there affected by this terrible, heartbreaking event, reach out to me if you need assistance and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.
On a happier note, I finished up the holiday season with 7 straight events, selling the most paperback books of any of my previous holiday seasons. From January through December, this was my best year selling books, which put a happy smile on my face. I talked with lots of people and got many more signups to the newsletter. All in all, a wonderful 2021, which I know wasn’t the best for many people with COVID still raging around the world and many other tragedies. But I have hope 2022 will be a better year.
In all the events my biggest sellers were The Divine Devils, The Front Range Butcher, and Tracking Shadow. And I had several people buy the entire Jarvis Mann series and many others buying both books currently available in The Divine Devils series. Many times, people bought books as holiday gifts to give to a loved one. If you were one of those buyers of any of those books, I’d love to hear from you on how the books were received as a gift.
At my last three events I gave away three more $10 Amazon Gift Cards. The winners were Lisa, Ariana and Ashley. Each were contacted and got to spend the money on something fun. Congratulations to all the gift card winners at the 7 events.
With the release of Fallen Star, more reviews are coming in, the feedback being outstanding. Here is a couple more:
Another great read from author R. Weir. Some interesting characters and plenty of action.
Can’t wait for the next in the series, especially following the teaser – Ken
Here is why I suggest you read this book:
- Intense suspense
- Extortion and corruption
- Plenty of Drama
- Great characters that are realistic – some likable and some despicable
- Great world building
- A raw, gritty, dirty, angsty story – Shelly
If you’ve enjoyed the Divine Devils series, don’t forget about my Jarvis Mann PI series, of which there are eight books in all, each available in two eBook boxed sets of four each, or you can purchase the eBook separately or on Paperback. All of them available on Amazon.
This month there are three Prolific Works eBook giveaways to check. The first is Resolve with 29 free eBooks to check out via this link, the giveaway running until January 9th.
Next is The Snowman – Mystery & Crime Giveaway with 19 free eBooks, the giveaway running until Jaunuary 12th. You can find all the books via this link.
And finally Mysteries Your Mother Never Told… with 55 eBooks you can find via this link.
I’ll end this month with a reminder to share this newsletter with anyone who loves to read. Those that sign-up receive a free eBook copy of Tracking A Shadow. If you signed up and didn’t get the free eBook, send me an email and I’ll work out sending you the file. I have some ideas on possible future exclusive giveaways I may do for those who are signed up for the newsletter. T-shirts, signed paperbacks and eBooks are what I’m thinking. But if there is anything else you’d like to win let me know.
To you and yours, I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Peace and love to you all!
I had a busy month of November, with four different craft fairs I attended, three of the four being two-day events. Smoky Hill High School, Nativity of Our Lord Church, Mollie McGees, and Arvada High School were all successful events for me. I sold many books, talked with lots of people, and added many more users to my mailing list. To all of you, a hearty welcome and thank you for stopping by and joining my wonderful group of readers and fans.
One of the promotions I’ve been doing for each event is giving away a free $10 Amazon eGift Card. For every item purchased at my table and for anyone signing up for the newsletter, they got a ticket and a chance at winning. There were four winners and all were contacted and received the gift. I will continue this for the last two events I have planned in December which I will tell you about later in the newsletter. The four winners were Tom (Smoky Hill HS), Shawna (Nativity of Our Lord), Jaimi (Mollie McGee’s), and Hope (Arvada HS). Congratulations to all of them.
Though I never seem to remember, we did take pictures with several of the buyers at my table. I’ve included many of those pictures on my website under the Events tab. Here are some of them:
At a couple of these events, I ran out of books, as I was having issues getting timely delivery from Amazon. My big sellers have been The Divine Devils, Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2, Tracking A Shadow, and The Front Range Butcher. Thankfully I’m fully stocked again. If you came to the event and missed out on a book, I’ll be happy to get them to you if you live here in the Denver metro area. If you live outside of Denver contact me and we’ll work out how to get them shipped to you. Books are a great and unexpected gift for those readers among your family and friends. And I’ll sign each book and even personalize them with a note if requested.
This Saturday (December 4th from 9-4) I’ll be at Adam County Fairgrounds in Brighton Colorado for their Holiday Bazaar. This is a big event with lots of shoppers looking for gifts. There is a $3 fee to attend and masks will be required.
Then the last event of the year will be on December 11th (8-4) and the 12th (8-2), at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This will be my first time attending the Holiday Craft Show & Mini-Market and I hope to see a lot of new faces down in Castle Rock where I’ve never done an event before.
I continue to get great reviews for Fallen Star. The latest is an editorial review from Reader’s Favorite giving the book a resounding 5-Star Gold Medal review:
A man struggles to find answers to his past while unraveling an extortion scheme beneath the glamour of Reno in the thrilling novel, Fallen Star (The Divine Devils: Book 2) by R. Weir. When Hunter Divine first meets Hollywood royalty Meg Getz, he is instantly attracted to her sultry beauty. Having committed an indiscretion while in Reno, actress Meg is horrified to discover that somehow extortioners recorded the act and are now demanding money to keep them from selling her story to Hollywood tabloids and sending the video to her wealthy husband. The task seems easy enough; infiltrate the casino to find the man that seduced the actress and inform him his blackmailing days are over. Divine assembles his freshly mended team and flies to Reno. But, soon after he and his team arrive, they discover the glamorous Hollywood beauty may have been less than truthful about circumstances concerning the blackmail. When bodies start piling up, Hunter and his team become the target. Set up to take the fall, Hunter’s team is in danger. Can he and his team survive the seedy nightlife of Reno?
In the intense novel Fallen Star by R. Weir, the Divine Devils are back for another case. Reno is exciting and glitzy without the Divine Devils, but when they gather in one of the most entertaining towns on earth, you can expect nonstop danger, action, and romance. Colorful fight scenes, lots of intimate encounters, and engaging subplots woven throughout the main story make this book unputdownable. At times I got frustrated with Hunter’s attitude, but his loyalty to his team kept me from totally abandoning hope for him – for now. The characters and settings are vibrant and beautifully fleshed out, and the storylines are expertly drawn together, forming an astounding conclusion.
This month there is one new Prolific Works free eBook giveaways to check out. The Snowman – Mystery & Crime Giveaway runs until Jan 12th with 20 free eBooks to check out via this link.
That is all for this month. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season with all your family and friends. I wish everyone all the happiness and good health, with hopes for a fabulous and prosperous New Year. Peace and love from the Weir family!
After a struggle to get it finished, today is release day. Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2 is now available. I’m continuing the pre-order eBook pricing of $2.99 for one more week, along with another special deal on another of my books, which I’ll talk about later in this newsletter. Fallen Star is the continuation of the Divine Devils series, with Hunter and his team hired to help a Hollywood Starlet figure out who is blackmailing her about a adult indiscretion. The case spinning out of control, putting all The Divine Devils lives in danger. This was an enjoyable book to write, other than the issues with my editor I ran into. It’s over 400 pages of action, thrills, and a little bit of humor. I hope everyone reading enjoys my new book.
I’ve sent out early versions to many reviewers, including Readers Favorite. Here are two reviews, both giving Fallen Star 5-Stars.
The writing is so explicit one can easily imagine each powerful blow. During this case, Hunter has flashbacks to his last case as a U.S. Marshall. This ongoing story lets the reader know Hunter may be hard, but he does have a conscience. There are bizarre twists and turns in this tale keeping the reader engaged up until the last page is turned as Hunter is determined to solve this mystery even if he has to move heaven and hell to do it. R. Weir promises and delivers a thriller not soon be forgotten–Belinda
Love book one and this one followed suit. Suspenseful really replicating what crime and corruption could actually be. A great team of characters working to solve the mystery catch the bad guys and escape with their lives. Great background on the characters and challenging interactions but a well-oiled team for sure great job Mr. Weir. Can’t wait to read book 3-Mary
For those who haven’t bought the eBook yet, here is the link on Amazon. And it’s available on Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that service. Those interested in paperbacks, they can be purchased directly from Amazon or you can get a signed copy from me and have it mailed (US Only). The cost with shipping is $18. Books make wonderful holiday presents for family and friends.
The other big news to coincide with Fallen Star’s release, is from today (Nov 1st) through Nov 7th, the first eBook, The Divine Devils is only 99 cents. The Divine Devils Winner of the 2021 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Thriller. This means you can get both eBooks in the series for the incredible price of less than $4. That is over 800 pages of thrills, suspense, and excitement. You can find this special price on Amazon via this link. And here are a couple of recent reviews on my award-winning book.
Can I just say…………FANTASTIC, GREAT READ!! This book had me hook since page 1. I love the characters that are introduced in this story to protect 2 teenage children from kidnapper’s, whom have their own agenda. The twists, turns and kick butt scenes, Hunter Divine and his team take no nonsense to protect the children. This is my first book from Author R. Weir but definitely will not be my last. If you love action, mystery and a great thriller, definitely check this book out, it is truly fantastic!!-Lorrale
I absolutely LOVE this book!!!! I definitely can not wait to read the next book in the series. The Divine Devils by R. Weir is going to be a very addictive series-Sweetkrissy
This was such a great sit on the edge of my seat kind of story. This book was full of action, suspense, great characters and so much more. Hunter Divine and his team are trying to keep two teenagers safe from being kidnapped after two attempts have already been made. The team is a diverse group of people with all different skill sets. I was trying to figure out who was behind all of it the entire time I was reading but I was nowhere close to figuring it out. The author did a great job keeping me entertained throughout and got me invested in the people and the story. I cannot wait to read what’s coming next. I highly recommend this book-Candi H
With the release of the new book, I have 6 straight weekends of events coming up all over the Front Range of Colorado. It all starts on Nov 6th with the Smoky Hill High School Craft Fair. This is a huge event with over 200 vendors. One I’ve done well at in the past. You can see the entire list of events I have planned in the lower right sidebar of this newsletter or on my website via this link. For those living here in Colorado, I hope you have time to stop by one of these events and say hello. I’ll have all my books for sale, along with t-shirts and handmade bookmarks. And at several of the events, I’ll be giving away prizes including Amazon Gift Cards.
Another month of free eBooks via Prolific Works. The first, Feels Like Fall – Young Adult and Children’s GG runs until Nov 6th and features 26 children and YA books via this link.
Next is Deep in the Woods – Mystery and Thriller GG that runs through Nov 9th featuring 32 Mystery and Thriller books via this link.
I’ll wrap up this month hoping you check out the two great deals on Fallen Star and The Divine Devils before they both go away after November 7th. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, or are interested in a signed paperback of any of my books. I love hearing from readers.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Stay safe, happy, and healthy!!
After a much longer process than I wanted, I finally have a release date set for Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book Two. November 1st is that date, with the book now available on Amazon at the special pre-order price of $2.99, a $4 dollar savings on the $6.99 release date price. This is the follow-up to the award-winning first book, The Divine Devils. In this book Hunter and his team are hired by a Hollywood TV/Movie Star to free her from an extortionist. The case turning into more than they bargained for. Here is a brief synopsis of the book:
Megan Getz lived among Hollywood royalty
A Tinseltown celebrity of a long-running sitcom
Being extorted because of an adult indiscretion
Attempting to cover up her perilous life
Hiring the team of Divine Devils
Hoping they’ll free her from the blackmail bonds
Hunter Divine and his crew going undercover in a Reno Casino
Digging deep to reveal those running the scam
The simple case exploding all around them
Drugs, prostitution, murder, and mayhem being the norm
Dragging Hunter and his crew into a hotbed of danger
In a doomed attempt to rescue the pretentious Fallen Star
Leading The Divine Devils down a lethal road they may not survive
With the release date being set, I will reveal the cover for the new book, the design my by great cover artist, Mia. What do you think?
As I mentioned the eBook is now available on pre-order for $2.99. Here is the Amazon Link to take advantage of this pre-order pricing. The paperback will also be available to purchase on Amazon in the next couple of weeks. Or you can order the book direct from me for $15 plus $3 shipping, US only. And I’ll be happy to sign and even personalize the signing for you. You check out the Prologue and Chapter 1 on my website.
Speaking of The Divine Devils, an audiobook version of my award-winning book is being created. After doing several auditions, I chose Brian Markus. He has done narration for a few audiobooks, and I believe has the right voice and timber for my book. He was excited about reading the story, the first major book he’s done. It is a slow process, the book being 440 pages long, but we hope to have it done before the end of year. Once it’s released, I will be certain to make an announcement.
With the pending release of Fallen Star I have many events lined up starting November 5th, running each weekend through the second weekend of December. I will have copies of the new book, along with all my other books at those events. You can always see upcoming events listed in the right sidebar of my newsletter or on my website.
I had three successful events in September where I sold lots of books and got many new readers signed up for this newsletter. A big welcome to all of you. One of those events, the GoodGuys Car Show in Loveland, I gave away a free Kindle Fire Tablet. Below is the happy winner along with some of the cool cars on display.
At the Broomfield Days event the week after the car show, I had this young lady come up wanting to buy a book and get a picture. She explained that she had several pictures of herself and authors she’d purchased books from and wanted to add me to her collection. Which was quite cool! Thanks to her for stopping by and making my day!
Kim and I spent a long weekend in one of our favorite places, Estes Park. While up there we did some hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, in hopes of seeing a moose. Unfortunately, we didn’t see one, but did see many elk, deer, birds and the wonder of the fall colors. Estes Park is a beautiful town and a must see if you’ve never been there. Here are few of the photos we took.
This months Prolific Works eBook giveaways provide you a chance for free eBooks to enjoy.
Don’t Go In – Mystery and Thriller GG includes 27 free eBooks thru October 26th to check out via this link.
Feels Like Fall – Young Adult and Children’s GG includes currently 9 eBooks, for younger readers. This begins October 22nd and runs until November 5th. You can find them here during that timeframe.
Deep in the Woods – Mystery and Thriller GG begins October 26th and runs until November 9th with currently has 14 books to choose from via this link.
One final plug for Fallen Star and the great pre-order pricing of $2.99. And you can get book one, The Divine Devils for $6.99. And don’t forget the two boxed sets for the Jarvis Mann PI series, both available at great prices. All of the books can be found on Amazon.
Thanks again for reading my work. Until next month, stay safe, happy and healthy!!
Our trip to Nashville was a lot of fun. Kim and I had a great time, though it was exhausting. I did lots of events starting Thursday, going through Sunday, including sitting on two panels. When possible, we did some sight-seeing, walking up and down Main Street in Franklin Tennessee and then on Sunday visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. And oh my…the humidity! Don’t get me started. It was brutal at around 90 percent and temps in the 90’s. All and all a fabulous time, topped off by the award ceremony on Saturday night, with my book The Divine Devils up for Best Thriller of 2021 against 9 other books.
And low and behold I won the Killer Nashville 2021 Silver Falchion Award for Best Thriller. One of the biggest highlights of my author career. To be recognized as the best book by such a prestigious organization is a great honor. Clay Stafford and his team put on a great event. Kim and I are already thinking about going again next year.
As I mentioned we visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and all great history to see, with lots of cool items donated by many of the greatest Country Artists, young and old. Below are a couple of pictures and you can see more on our visit to Nashville on my website via the following link.
Before I left for Nashville, I got a new tattoo. One I’ve been planning to get for a while now. It was my Divine Devils logo, added to my right bicep, the design turning out great. And it was the hit of Killer Nashville, with many people commenting on it, with other authors liking the idea of getting a tattoo related to their books for marketing reasons. I even mentioned it when giving my speech after getting my award. Wondering if I needed to get a tattoo before each award ceremony going forward to guarantee a win!
One more award for The Divine Devils. It was named a Finalist by Readers Favorite in the Suspense Category, ranking as one of the top 5 Suspense books of 2021. A great honor from another prestigious book organization.
As reward, I got myself a new Sit-to-Stand desk. My previous unit sat on top of another desk, and I wanted an all-in-one unit. My daughter found one for herself, and it works great. So I went and bought the same one. I generally always stand when writing, but this unit easily moves up and down and holds my dual monitors with no issue. For those of you working at home, or authors writing that next great novel, this type of setup is great to have and gets you off your feet. For we all sit too much these days.
I have some discouraging news on the next book in the Divine Devils series, Fallen Star. Unfortunately, my editor, whom I’ve used for several books, quit responding to me about the work she did, only editing half of the book. Which means I had to find a new editor and start all over. My new editor is a fellow author and friend, who says she can be done in 5 weeks. This means the book now will be delayed until the end of the year. I’m hoping to get it finalized and out before Xmas, barring any other problems I encounter. I don’t want to rush out an uncompleted book and want to make sure it’s the best it can be. In the meantime you can check out Chapters One and Two of Fallen Star on my website. I will be doing a reveal eventually on the book cover, though this will be delayed a little longer as well. Hopefully I’ll have news on this in October.
I have three weeks straight of events coming up. The first is the GoodGuys Car Show in Loveland Colorado. They have a Vendor Fair which is being held for three days, September 10th, 11th and 12th. There will be lots of slick cars to check out and vendors including myself selling their wares. I purchased a cool 1/18th model of a 1969 Mustang 302 Boss painted yellow with black stripes. This is the exact car my private eye Jarvis Mann drives. I will have it at my table for everyone to check out. Hopefully to draw potential readers to my snarky tough private eye book series.
Two other events will be Broomfield Days on September 18th. This will be an outdoor event at Midway Park in Broomfield so we’re hoping for great weather. And then September 25th and 26th I’ll be at the Eastridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch for their Fall Craft Fair, which will be indoors. I expect large crowds at all these events and I’m looking forward to chatting with those who stop by my table.
Last month I talked about all the different scams out there, and I ran into one relating to a Vendor Show. The person claiming to be holding an Oktoberfest event at the Adam’s County Fairgrounds. Since I hadn’t heard of it, I did some research and found no such event listed anywhere on the web. The person running it doing their best to convince me to fork over money, which I didn’t fall for. Which goes to show you always be cautious about anything these days. There are plenty of people providing good services for a fair price, but many others looking to rip people off of their hard-earned money.
Only one Prolific Works eBook giveaway this month. Dangerous Waters – Mystery and Thriller GG has 57 free eBooks to check out via this link. Time is short as it runs only through September 7th.
That will wrap up another newsletter. If you haven’t already be sure to check out all my books. There are the boxsets for the Jarvis Mann PI Series, Vol. One and Two available on Amazon at a bargain price. And the award-winning book, The Divine Devils, available on Amazon. If you’d like a signed copy of any of my paperbacks and you can’t make it to any of my events, send me an email. We’ll work out the cost and I’ll mail it to your right away.
Stay Safe, Happy and Healthy!!
Working in the IT World, I see all kinds of internet scams and malware running ramped. This month I thought I’d talk a little bit about some of the ones I’ve run into lately. What to watch out for and what actions to take.
I was on Facebook a couple weeks back and was getting posts from a reader who I’d sent a book to last year. The posts on this page were offering money to comment on the post. A strange offer indeed and one I was immediately suspicious of. I went ahead and posted a comment and soon after was sent a message via Facebook Messenger claiming they were going to send me money. I immediately asked the person messaging how they knew me. There only response was we were friends. I then asked how we became friends and they said through Facebook. Well duh! I said they needed to give me more detail and they couldn’t. I then went to the post and started telling people this was a scam and not to interact with the person and immediately reported it to Facebook. The person kept pleading saying they were this person and wanting to know why I was interfering. The page soon after was removed. What I learned is the users account had been hacked and they couldn’t get it back. They created a new one, where I immediately saw on their new page about the scammer taking over and trying to extort money from people, including family members. The lesson in all of this is, always be weary of offers of free money on the web. No one is going to pay you for doing basically nothing. There is always a catch. Whether the account has been hacked and taken over. Or an account has been cloned, where someone creates a duplicate account, copying the main pictures and then sending out friend requests in hopes of interacting to get money. A good clue is receiving a friend request from someone you’re already friends with and they immediately start sending you messages hoping you’ll respond. Don’t fall for these scams because they have become prevalent on Facebook!!
Ransomware is another common tactic to get money. This is where malware is downloaded to your computer, which then encrypts all your files on the computer, with no way to access them until you get the encryption passkey. A passkey only provided once you pay a ransom to the malware creator. How do you prevent this? As with Facebook scams, you need to be wary of all emails with links in them. Even those from people you know. If it looks suspicious contact the sender via another route other than email, for the account could have been compromised. Also stay away from websites with questionable activity. Porn sites are notorious for malware being on them. Sights offering free software or downloads of free movies, music or eBooks, as well can be dangerous. These free items often loaded with malware. And most importantly keep your computer software up to date, especially for those running Windows. Check for updates constantly, my suggestion being weekly, if not daily. And those of you running Mac software don’t believe you can’t be infected as well, because you can. You need to keep your software up-to-date as well. You can subscribe to email services that will keep you in the loop on current malware issues. One I use in from the National Cyber Awareness System run by the US government. You can sign up for various alerts via this link. Microsoft, which has the most vulnerabilities and is running on over 90 percent of the computers around the world, also send out notifications you can sign up for via this link. Our computers are extremely important to all of us, providing essentials tools for much of what we do daily. You need to protect them at all costs to prevent downtime and loss of income.
Quite a lot of excitement for me last week. First it was my birthday, followed up by some surprising news. The Divine Devils is a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalist. This a huge event for authors, agents and book enthusiasts in the Crime/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre. One I’ve wanted to go to but couldn’t swing it. With The Divine Devils being a finalist, Kim and I quickly made arrangements to go to this four-day event. I will not only get to spend time with others in the author trade, but we get a chance to see Nashville, a city we’ve wanted to visit for many years. This is a huge deal for me and my book, getting significant recognition. It should be a lot of fun and I plan on putting pictures up on my website and share in my newsletter next month. Here is the link to the list of all the finalist in the various categories.
There is also the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice Award The Divine Devils is up for. This is a separate award voted on by the fans. I would love it if you’d cast a vote for my book. There are a lot of books in the running, so the competition is fierce. Here is the link where you can vote, with The Divine Devils being listed near the bottom under R Weir. Voting ending August 15th. Thanks in advance.
The Divine Devils continues to receive more excellent reviews:
Oh holy snot. I need more stars. All of them. This book was incredible. I am here, waiting for more!! I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I’m definitely interested now. Great read, it was hard to put away to sleep, and go to work… you know adult things… 🤣🤣 – Ember
The story itself is intriguing; dangerous, sad at times, shocking, and keeps you on your toes. You are constantly wondering what will happen next and will they all make it out alive. The author weaves such a wonderful world, taking us many places in the US and beyond. I anxiously await the next book to see what the next adventure is. I hope this series lasts quite a while – Erin
I know I keep saying this, but Mr. Weir has out done himself yet again! This is such a superb story that held me in its grip from beginning to end. It is a complex and multi-layered storyline, resulting in quite a gripping tale. I think it’s definitely one of the top three reads of his, so far!
Bring on Book#2!
Brilliant! – Angela
Below are two happy recipients of a free book. Bailey and Amanda, displaying their signed paperback copies of The Divine Devils I mailed them. Both winners for participating in a Facebook Itsy Bitsy Book Bits Takeover event I did a couple weeks back. If you own a copy of any of my books, send me a picture and I’ll be glad to share it in the newsletter and on social media.
I now have the first round of changes back from my editor for the next Divine Devils book, Fallen Star. I will be diligently working on those edits over the next few weeks with hopes of having the book ready for release this year. I’ve added Chapter 2 on my website to read, along with Chapter 1 to give you a preview. And I have the cover ready to go and will be looking to do a slow reveal when I get closer to setting a release date.
Sales and Kindle Unlimited reads have been good on the new box sets for the Jarvis Mann PI series. Volume 1 with books 1-4 at $7.99, and Volume 2 with books 5-8 at $9.99. If you haven’t already be sure to check them out. This is a bargain price for these popular Amazon Bestsellers. For those who’ve read this series I would love it if you’d leave a review for each of the box sets, which will help with their rankings.
This month besides the Killer Nashville event, I will also be at Westminster City Park for the 5K Run and Vendor Fair on August 7th from 8AM-1PM. I will be outside under our canopy selling books and other products related to them. The early forecast calls for great weather and I look forward to talking with many of my fellow Westminster citizens. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and say hello!
Only one Prolific Works giveaway this month. A Study in Scarlet – Mystery & Crime Giveaway with 14 free eBooks running through Sept 1st. Access the books via this link.
Here is one other new review I’ll share, this one for Mann in the Crossfire. One that blew me away, like so many of them do:
If you are looking for a thought provoking thrill ride that will keep you guessing, immediately add this book to your summer reading list. Weir is proving to be a one-click author for me, masterfully crafting stories of intrigue that brilliantly unfold and engage the reader. This book was fantastic and I am scrambling now to get caught up on the rest of the series. What an amazing find! – Heather
Thanks to Heather and everyone else who posts a review for my books. I read every one of them, even the bad ones, and respond where I can with a thank you. Reviews make all the hard work worthwhile.
Goodbye until next month. Stay safe, happy and healthy!
After nearly a month fighting with Kindle Direct Publishing, I’m thrilled to announce I finally have 2 Box Sets available covering the 8 books in the Jarvis Mann Detective Series. Each set at a special low price.
Jarvis Mann Detective Series Boxed Set 1 includes, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card, Tracking A Shadow, Twice As Fatal and Blood Brothers. Over 650 pages of your favorite tough and snarky private eye, Jarvis Mann. All for only $7.99 on Amazon or free to read on Kindle Unlimited.
Jarvis Mann Detective Series Boxed Set 2 includes, Dead Man Code, The Case of the Invisible Souls, The Front Range Butcher and Mann in the Crossfire. Over 1100 pages of Jarvis kicking butt and getting his butt kicked. All for only $9.99 on Amazon or free on Kindle Unlimited.
NUMEROUS 5-STAR REVIEWS OF THE JARVIS MANN SERIES
“This series is quickly becoming one of my new favorite mystery series’ with R Weir becoming one of my new favorite writers!”
“I love these books and hope the series goes on forever!”
“Simply wow! I loved it. I felt like I was transported back in time to the tomes of the mystery and suspense novels of the 1940s”
“Scintillating Detective Mystery! R. Weir’s Jarvis Mann novels are classic gumshoe mysteries that bring to mind classic film-noir classics such as The Maltese Falcon”
I’m still in the editing stage on Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book Two. I received the cover for the book and I think it’s fantastic. I will do a slow reveal of it as I get closer to the release date, which I’m still hoping for late summer, though may push into early fall. You can read the first chapter of the book via this link. I’ve been getting lots of wonderful 5-Star reviews over the last month on the first book, The Divine Devils. Here are snippets of a couple of them:
This book was absolutely amazing! It has to be one of the top books I have read this year, and I did not want it to end. The amount of action, suspense, mystery and intrigue will keep you reading late into the night and on the edge of your bed. – SaviLeeLind
I absolutely loved every bit of this book!! OMG I felt at times like I was reading a live movie that I was watching and could literally see all of this playing out. I could not get it off my mind when I had to put it down and rushed to pick it back up – Kirchersmiles
The Divine Devils: Mystery Suspense Crime Thriller: Book 1 by R. Weir is a wonderful crime thriller than will have you so engrossed that you find yourself at the last page before you realise it and it will be over before you want it to. R. Weir has a gift, and his narrative is superb and former US Marshal, Hunter Divine is the staring man and breaks hearts but when his past calls, he comes running. This complex plot is full of action, thrills, twists and turns and the danger is palpable and that makes this a great read and will have you on the edge of your seat – Jennadb
If you haven’t read The Divine Devils yet, be sure to download it. It’s available on Kindle, Paperback or on Kindle Unlimited. You can preview Chapters one and two on my website. A must read for all you fans of thrilling, suspenseful fiction!
We made it back from South Dakota after the Deadwood Reads Author Book Signing. It was a fantastic time with lots of events, as well as the book signing where I sold out all of my Divine Devils paperbacks. We had great weather and huge crowds including drawings for over 40 raffle baskets people could win. All for the local Shiloh Rescue Ranch End of Life/Sanctuary facility for older slaughter bound horses. We got to meet many amazing people and enjoy the sights of the area. Unfortunately, we could only stay four days. Next year we hope to spend a week. Here are a few pictures taken at the event and there are more on my website.
One of the raffle baskets was a Little Free Library designed by my wife Kim and built by her and her father, Danny. It was designed like the Deadwood Trolleys that ride around town. It was a big hit and won by a couple who had drove all the way from Minnesota for the event. The wife was so excited when she won, the Little Free Library coming with over 20 books donated by myself and other authors at the event.
I’ve got more events I’m booking, looking forward to a busy next couple of months, working in a family vacation or two. All the rest are here in Colorado, but I’m watching for others outside the state that make sense for me to attend. To date, I have the Expect Miracles 5K Run Vendor Fair on August 7th at Westminster City Park. Then I’ll have three events in a row in September, including the GoodGuys Car Show Craft Fair in Loveland. I always have the latest events I’m doing in the sidebar of my newsletter and on my website.
This month there are several Prolific Works free eBook giveaways to check out.
Under Lock And Key – Mystery and Thriller GG runs until July 6th and features 66 books to add to your eReader. Check them all out here.
A Study in Scarlet – Mystery & Crime Giveaway starts today and runs until September 1st featuring 8 ebooks. You can find there via this link.
July Goodies Galore! starts today and runs until July 1st featuring 29 eBooks. You can find all of them here.
Pieces of the Past – Mystery and Thriller GG starts July 13th and runs until July 27th currently featuring 29 eBooks. You can find those books after the 13th here.
Clandestine Meetings – Mystery and Thriller GG begins July 20th and runs until August 3rd currently featuring 17 eBooks to check out. You can find them starting July 20th via this link.
That is all for now. If you have a topic you’d like me to cover, drop me an email. I’m always looking for feedback on topics of interest to write about in the newsletter.
I hope everyone in the US has a safe and pleasant 4th of July. We’ll be traveling in our motorhome enjoying the great outdoors. Be sure to bring a book along on your vacation to read. Always a good, relaxing way to pass the time.
Stay safe, happy and healthy!!
A quick newsletter, for I have a lot going on this next month. Besides working on my latest books, we are heading to Deadwood South Dakota next week for the Wild Deadwood Reads Author Event. When we get back I then will be busy helping our daughter Dakota to move back home from Laramie Wyoming where she is going to finish up her college degree online. After that there is our 4th of July vacation. Busy, busy, busy! Which is wonderful since we’ll be out an about, which is much better than last year where much of our time was spent at home.
With the trip to Deadwood, we’ll be driving our Class C Motorhome. This is a new unit we bought in January of 2020 but didn’t get much of a chance to use with the COVID restrictions. This will be our first big trip, towing our CRV behind it. We’re hoping all goes well as it’s a 365 mile trip which will take about 6 hours to complete. Once there we’ll be busy traveling around the Black Hills area to see the sights. And we have four events for the Wild Deadwood Reads we’ll be doing. It should be a good time for Kim and I.
I’m still waiting for the first round of edits to come back from my editor on Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book Two. She is getting close to having back to me, which means I’ll be spending nearly all of my spare time working on it with hopes it will be ready for release later this summer. You can read the first chaper of the book on my website via this link. For now book three continues to come along, with nearly 60k of words written, with ideas forming for book four. And I’ve been thinking about another Jarvis Mann book if I can come up with the right storyline to bring him back.
I have been working on two boxsets for the Jarvis Mann PI series. One with the first four books, the second with the last four. All at a special price. Right now I’m fighting with Amazon on getting them released, for they don’t like the title I’m using, saying it’s confusing and used by another Author. Which is nuts since I own the Jarvis Mann Detective Series title. More knownsense from them that I hope to finally get resolved. In the meantime here is a teaser graphic for the boxsets.
There are no new Prolific Works giveaways right now. But there are two starting in the next couple of weeks you can check out when they go live.
Jump into June with the BIGGEST ever Giveaway starts June 19th and runs until June 30th. It currently features 70 free ebooks to check out via this link.
Under Lock And Key – Mystery and Thriller GG starts June 22nd and ends July 6th. This giveaway currently features 59 free eBooks to can check out via this link.
That is all for this month. Those of you who are traveling to Deadwood be sure to stop by my table and say hello.
Stay Safe, Happy and Healthy!!