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Building Tension

With the coming release of The Front Range Butcher I knew I wanted my protagonist, Jarvis Mann, to face something new and dangerous. In previous books he has been challenged by lying clients, loan sharks and gangsters, greedy corporations, Russian mobsters and Chinese government thugs. This time he is going face to face, matching wits with a suspected serial killer. A man who revels in playing mind games, getting into the heads of all around him. The suspect was smart, coy. egotistic and maniacal, thinking he was the smartest man in the room. Jarvis has always used his fists and guns, to catch the bad guys, though to some degree his smarts. But this time is up against a man who uses his brainpower and mind manipulation to physiologically wear down those who challenge him, knowing if he gets inside their head he can win the mental war. Jarvis and Simon, face off in several chapters, each of them trying to find an edge against the other, building tension in their confrontation. It is that one on one battle, that I feel gives the book it’s central focus and is the meat that makes The Front Range Butcher my best writing to date. I hope when you read it, you’ll feel the same.

On that note, I’ve received some early feedback from ARC reviewers on the book. Here are a couple of snippets from those reviews:

The mystery was masterfully written. There were several twists in the plot that added to the heart-pounding tension building up to the final reveal of the “Front Range Butcher’s” identity, and I really couldn’t put the book down during the last few chapters – Charity at On My Kindle

This is an excellent read! Maybe the best in the Jarvis Mann PI series, so far. It’s filled with twists and turns that keep you riveted to the pages and brings you to a conclusion that surprises yet satisfies. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series. A 5 star read! – Teresa at Poised Penned Productions

What do you think? Sound like something you want to read. If so, if you preorder on Amazon by March 26th, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Just email the proof of purchase to my author email address at: rweir720@gmail.com.

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The paperback version of The Front Range Butcher is now available as well through Amazon. Get it for $15.99. If you enjoy a real book, all my full length novels are available as well through Amazon or you can buy them direct from me, where I will sign them. Just send me an email and we can work out the cost.

Speaking of paperbacks, I will be at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora Colorado on March 10th from 9AM-3PM meeting readers, selling and signing my books. If you live in the Denver Metro area be sure to stop by and say hi. I always loved talking with fans of Jarvis and potential new fans. I will be in the east gym along with a lot of other vendors. Admission and parking are free. Right now the weather looks great and I’m looking forward to a busy day.

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More Instafreebie giveaways to check out below if you are looking for free Mystery/Crime/Thriller books from a variety of indie authors, including my first novel in the Jarvis Mann PI series, Tracking A Shadow. Check them out:

Crime & Mystery free book giveaway until March 30th. 56 different books to choose from.

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Killer Crime free book giveaway until March 31st. 46 different books to choose from.

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Thanks for reading my newsletter and stopping by my website. Share with all your bookworm friends. For those around the US on spring break, be sure to stay out of trouble, for Jarvis is tied up on his next case and won’t be available to bail you out!!

R Weir

 

Changes to RWeir Website

Good day to everyone. Winter finally decided to arrive here in Colorado, a few months late, but in full force. It has been cold and snowy these last couple of weeks, and with March on the horizon, and it being the snowiest month for this area, I suspect more is on the way. Though I’m one of those who enjoys the four seasons, and the ever changing weather we have here in Colorado. On those cold, snowy days, it’s a good time to find a thrilling book to read or in my case work on my writing. The next book is coming along, with 65k worth of words written. Not sure how long this book will be, but I expect it will fall near the page count of The Front Range Butcher when it’s all said and done. Hopefully it will be another thrilling adventure for Jarvis.

I recently made some updates to the website. Adding a section for interviews I’ve done and for events I’ve attended selling my books, including a list of upcoming events scheduled for 2018. The interviews consist of audio/video where I’ve talked via web conferencing about me and my books. Those one on one interviews are always fun to do, and are often with fellow authors, discussing our books, marketing and the writing process. And then there are text interviews where a blogger will send me a list of questions I need to answer, some of which are pretty unique and fun to dive into. Though I’m an introvert by nature, I still enjoy those moments where I get to pound my chest about what it’s like to be an author. Check out those interviews here.

As for events, I did several in 2016 and 2017, including a couple of big events, Penned Con 2016 in St. Louis and Wild Deadwood Reads 2017 in Deadwood South Dakota. Both were a lot of fun, with a large number of readers stopping by and talking with me on what genres they enjoyed. I also did several craft fairs during the Xmas holidays in 2017, and got a lot of new readers. This year I will be doing a spring craft fair at Smoky High School here in Aurora Colorado on March 10th, which is free to attend. Then I will be returning to Deadwood on June 9th. The Wild Deadwood Reads event is even bigger this year and if you live in the area and want to meet lots of great authors, you can get your tickets for $10 here. These gatherings get me out from behind the desk where I can talk and interact with readers, in hopes they become fans. You can find the latest events I’m going to listed in the lower right hand area of the newsletter under Upcoming Events or on the website here. More RWeir website changes are coming that I will be announcing soon.

With the pending release on March 27th of, The Front Range Butcher, I was pleased on how the cover design came out, getting across what I wanted to convey on how the story is written and emotions readers would experience as they turned the pages. My cover artist is wonderful and takes what I imagine and makes it come to life. But my daughter Dakota likes to sketch and draw as well, and created her own cover from the basic premise of the story. Below you’ll see her hand drawn raw image and being a proud parent I wanted to share.

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If you love free books, there are still more Instafreebie giveaways I’m involved with, and more great books from other authors. I know I’ve downloaded a few myself. Check them out, and support them if you find their books of interest.

Come for the Thrillers, Stay for the Action  101 free books to choose from.

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Don’t forget if you pre-order, The Front Range Butcher, by March 26th, you are entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. You can find out more on my website or Jarvis Mann PI Facebook page. I heard from one of my early reviewers of my latest novel, who told me “It was really good. It was the BEST one I have read yet. It was a bit darker because of the subject matter but I think that just made it better.” If you are interested in being an early reviewer, you can receive an early release ARC. Just fill out this Google Form for more information.

Thanks so much for reading my newsletter. Be sure to share with friends who are interested in me and my stories. Your word of mouth helps out indie authors. If they sign-up they can still get a eBook copy of my first novel, Tracking A Shadow, for free.  Until next time be sure to keep on reading to expand your mind and universe.

R Weir

 

Pre-Order The Front Range Butcher

Hello to everyone. I hope life is treating you well. A quick email today with a couple of promo items. With the release of, The Front Range Butcher, on March 27th, for those who pre-order by March 26th, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Go to Amazon to pre-order.

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Here is the synopsis of The Front Range Butcher:

Twenty-two years ago, the slayings began, a new body nearly every month, front page news for all to read. Gruesome in nature, the victims nearly all female, the killer terrorizing the residents of Colorado’s biggest cities. Until one day the murders stopped leaving no clue, or closure. No one knew who he was, his motive for slaughtering them, and why the urge to kill suddenly ended.

Now, more than two decades later, the urge has resurfaced. Carved remains of loved ones left to be found, lives of families ruined, the slayings echoing an all too familiar case from a past once forgotten. Bold headlines return to the local papers, the police and FBI still just as helpless, even with today’s modern advancements. Has the killer resurfaced again? Why did they disappear for so long? How many more will brutally suffer the same horrendous fate?

Hired to find the serial killer, private detective Jarvis Mann digs deep, fighting FBI resistance, with life threatening danger lurking around every corner. His cunning leads to a man he must match wits with, a man the F.B.I can’t touch. Interrogating to get into his psyche in an all-out attempt to stop the insanity and bring him to justice. Cold and calculated, intelligent and coy, the man, wheelchair bound, holds the answers and the secrets. For he is the only one who could be the evil manifestation of: The Front Range Butcher.

Can Jarvis outwit such a mastermind, or has he met his match?

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Are you looking for some cozy mysteries to baffle and confound you as you try and figure out whodunit. You can check out these 26 Cozy Mystery stories via Instafreebie until Feb 18th, including my short story, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. Be sure to check it out and fill up your ereaders with some good reading.

Thanks again for allowing me to invade your inbox. If you have any questions about me and my books don’t hesitate to email me. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Cheers!!

R Weir

New Book Release Date Has Been Set

Hello to everyone. Hope you are all doing well. It continues to be mild here along the front range this winter. Very little snow and only one cold stretch. Spring is not far off, with March and April historically big snow months for us. So we still have time to get some much needed moisture. I know some parts of the country, especially back east, winter has been what winter is normally like. How has winter been in you neck of the woods?

I’ve been busy the last 10 days working on final edits to my latest book, The Front Range Butcher, after getting it back from my editors. They provided a wonderful amount of feedback, which I’ve incorporated and I think this is the best book in the Jarvis Mann PI series yet. I was excited reading through the story while editing, and I hope everyone who reads it will not put it down until the last of the 400 pages is finished. Release date will be March 27th, with pre-sales available now on Amazon. I will be providing more teasers and posting chapters of the book on my Jarvis Mann PI Facebook page and on the RWeir website in advance, to give everyone a taste of the story. The plot has Jarvis trying to track down a serial killer, while dealing with several other cases pulling him in multiple directions. He will be challenged on many fronts like never before.

We are doing a slow cover reveal for the new book on the Facebook page. Be sure to like the page to see the latest info and cover slowly being revealed. Here is a sneak peek:

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The plot for the latest book came about with me wanting Jarvis to go face to face, matching wits with the suspected serial killer, and facing the emotional effects of getting into the psyche of this person. You will see the return of many characters from the other books in the series, and many new ones as well. And story-lines from the last two Jarvis books, Dead Man Code and The Case of the Invisible Souls, play a key role in the story. Though not necessary to have read those books, understanding the backstory is helpful. Much like life, everything Jarvis has done past and present, comes back around, both good and bad. As we all know it can be difficult to be completely free of the past mistakes we make, and he is no different.

There are still more Instafreebie giveaways I’m involved with, featuring my first novel, Tracking A Shadow, where Jarvis is looking for the stalker of his sexy female client. These giveaways feature other Mystery/Thriller/Suspense books, all for free. A great way to find new and exciting authors. Be sure to check them out via the links below.

Intriguing Murder Mysteries ends Feb 9th and features 28 free books

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Thrillers, Mystery & Suspense ends Feb 12th and features 67 free books

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If you don’t want to go through Instafreebie, anyone can signup for my newsletter, where I will provide you a free copy of Tracking A Shadow. Or you can purchase on your own through most eBook retailers for $2.99. And you can always get the short story that started it all, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card, through most eBook retailers permanently for free. A great introduction to Jarvis Mann PI, as he helps a young man find a lost valuable Ernie Banks bubble gum card and learns an important lesson in the process.

As remember all of the novels, Tracking A Shadow, Twice As Fatal, Blood Brothers, Dead Man Code, and soon, The Front Range Butcher, are available in paperback as well. You can find those on Amazon. If you’d like to buy a signed copy direct from me, contact me via the email address on this newsletter and we can work out costs and getting one shipped to you.

Thanks again for reading the newsletter. Be sure to share with all your friends and family. If you have questions about me or Jarvis and his adventures, don’t hesitate to email me. I love hearing from all of you. Have a wonderful week and stay warm by curling up to a book with the one you love!!

R Weir

 

Plotting a Course

When talking with readers or doing interviews, I’m often asked how I plot out my books. Do I outline my story, or do I write it by the seat of my pants? The truth is I get a basic story idea and run with it from there. I do not plot out or outline the story before I write. I let the story take me in a direction as I write it. The general idea, with a beginning, middle and end, is there when I start, but it often changes significantly from what I imagined it would be in the beginning. Dead Man Code is a good example. I knew it would be a murder of a computer tech and would reveal secrets about the company he worked for. But that simple idea morphed into so much more, much of it evolving as I wrote it. No spoilers though, as you’ll have to read the book. I’m a believer in letting the story take me on a journey. At the beginning I’m thinking I will go right, and the next thing you know I’m headed left. It can be much like every day life, where you start a day thinking you’ll be doing one thing, then circumstances and obstacles will take you in a new direction. It can be quite exciting to me personally, on where the story hurtles to. Hopefully it’s the same feeling a reader gets when they dive into my books.

Though I don’t outline in advance, I do outline as I go along. I use Scrivener to manage the outline. The functions within the program I use are, Character Sketch, to keep track of character names, their place in the story and their physical characteristics. Then I use, Setting Sketch, to keep track of each chapter, with a brief summary on the cards on the digital pegboard of what happens and who is in that chapter. All of these can be organized in folders to better track the plot and refer back to.  My favorite feature of Scrivener is the Name Generator, which helps me come up with character names. It allows me to generate a list of unique names based on country of origin, male or female, first and last names starting with certain first letter, and so on. It is a wonderful program for outlining. Some authors I know use it for writing their story as well. But I still prefer Microsoft Word for this. And Word documents work well with Amazon, Createspace and Draft2Digital, so long as they are properly formatted. There are many books and instructions on websites out there on the proper way to format a file for eBooks and physical books. From the information I’ve gathered, I’ve designed a template that works every time. At least until they change their upload specs, which in the computer world is always a possibility.

I’m continuing to get lots of downloads of my free novel, Tracking A Shadow. This is coming off of several Instafreebie Group Giveaways I’m using right now, adding many new subscribers to this newsletter. If you’ve downloaded my book, or any of the other books in these giveaways, please leave a review for the author on the various review sites out there, after you are done reading. Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and any other sites where the book is for sale. Reviews are the lifeblood of authors. I know when I’m looking at a book to purchase, reading reviews can often be a deciding factor. Even something as simple as “Great Book! I Really enjoyed it and will read more by this Author” will not only make the authors day when reading it, but lead to more sales for them, fueling them to write additional great stories to share.

Speaking of those giveaways, here are some of the current ones. Be sure to check them out. There are a lot of great books here free to read, and generally available in all formats used by any eReader out there.

PULSE POUNDING THRILLERS 40 free ebooks TIL FEB 3rd

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INTRIGUING MURDER MYSTERIES 28 free ebooks TIL FEB 9th

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FREE THRILLER & MYSTERY EBOOKS 7 free ebooks TIL JAN 26th

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Thanks again for opening and reading my newsletter. Next month I will continue talking about my writing process, give some background on how Jarvis was born, and hopefully have news on my next Jarvis Mann PI book, The Front Range Butcher. Here is a little teaser from the book:

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If you have questions be sure to reply to this email, as I love hearing from readers. And share this newsletter with anyone who is interested in my books. If they sign-up via my website I will give them a free eBook version of, Tracking A Shadow. Thanks again and be sure to share a book with a friend!

 

 

 

The Birth of an Idea

I hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year’s celebration and got to spend time with loved ones over these last few holiday weeks. As a family we spent our New Years Eve trying to keep our dog Emma calm, with all the fireworks being set off by many of our neighbors. She begins to pace back and forth, panting heavily with each boom outside, not being able to relax. She loves the outdoors, but wants nothing to do with it, when the fireworks are flying. Even though we planned on getting to bed early, we ended up staying up well past midnight, running Netflix shows with the volume turned up so she couldn’t hear the noise. People don’t consider animals when setting off fireworks, but they can be quite frightening to them.

At the three craft fairs I did during the holiday season, I got a chance to talk with lots people interested in my books. Those one-on-one moments are enjoyable, interacting with people who love to read. The most common question I get is: How do you come up with your ideas? To answer those questions, can be complicated. I often find that ideas spring out of little things. Moments in time when something may happen to you personally or you see happen when out and about. I’m an observer, making mental notes of all going on around me. The birth of an idea can happen almost anywhere. I often take a small idea, making it into a basic framework for a story. Or those small moments can be used as a point in time in my story, where a character will have a reaction to something he sees. It can be those little moments that makes a dull character more interesting; more human. I fill all my stories with those little tidbits, creating depth. Another common question is: How do I plot out my stories? I will discuss that in my next newsletter.

My book, Tracking A Shadow, is featured in another Instafreebie Pure Crime Group Giveaway, with 22 other Mystery/Thriller books, which are free until the end of January. Be sure to check this out. This is a great deal, opening you up to more wonderful authors in this genre.

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I’m still waiting to get back the next book, The Front Range Butcher, from my editor, which likely won’t be ready to go until March. But I’ve been busy, working on the follow-up to Butcher, 42 thousand words already written on the tentatively titled, Mann in the Crossfire. This story continues a secondary story-line from Butcher, drawing Jarvis into the crossfire of warring factions, which will make for suspense and intrigue he has not been up against previously. Hopefully this will make for another exciting chapter in the Jarvis Mann PI series.

That is all for now. Be sure to share this newsletter with any friends who are interested in my type of work. Word of mouth is the best friend of indie authors. Those that sign-up for the newsletter can get a free copy of, Tracking A Shadow, either directly on my website or via one of the Instafreebie Giveaways that are currently running. If you have any questions be sure to reply back to this email or click the email link below to send me any questions. I always love hearing from readers and responding to any queries you have. Thanks to all, until next time…

R Weir

Winter Has Arrived!!

Greetings to everyone. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and happy Hanukkah. After a fairly mild fall for us in Colorado, winter solstice has hit in full force just in time for Christmas. Cold and snow, with temps being more like you expect in December, with single digits and below zero wind chills. Those who dream of a white Christmas, got their wish. A couple weeks earlier it was 81 degrees, leaving us to think the tropics had moved to the Rocky Mountain front range. I’ve always loved the stark changes in the four seasons that Colorado provides, except for when driving in it.

Hello to the bevy of new subscribers who will be receiving this newsletter for the first time, many joining via Instafreebie. I am part of the “Fill Your eReader with Free Mystery & Thrillers eBooks” group giveaway, with several other authors. Those of you who downloaded my book, Tracking A Shadow, thank you so much. Hopefully you will get a chance to read and enjoy the first novel in the Jarvis Mann PI series. If you have other reading enthusiasts within your inner circle, some of whom receiving a brand new eReader for the holidays, be sure to share the link with them, as there are 88 Mystery/Thriller books, from many great indie authors, and all FREE!! For those of you who are new to my work, be sure to check out the rest of the books in the Jarvis Mann PI series. There are six in all, with the seventh coming out early next year.

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One of those stories, The Case of the Invisible Souls, was free for 5 days right before Christmas. It hit #1 on two Amazon Bestseller lists, and top 5 on two others, staying there for all 5 days of the promo, with several thousand downloads. This is the second book I’ve had hit #1, which is a wonderful feeling and a great gift to receive for Christmas. If you downloaded it, thank you so much!

The cover for the newest book in the Jarvis Mann series is complete. And I have to say is, WOW, it’s an eye popper. My cover designer did a great job in bringing out the visual sense of what I was looking for. With the title, The Front Range Butcher, where Jarvis hunts down a serial killer, it was important to capture the dynamic of what the story was about. A cover reveal is planned, as we get closer to the pre-release date, which hasn’t been set yet. More news on that coming in a future newsletter.

Thanks so much for reading my newsletter. Be sure to reach out with any questions or comments, as I love to hear from readers. And please, oh please, leave a review for any books you read. It is the greatest gift you can give to any author. I know speaking for myself, I read everyone of them. And for those new to my newsletter, be sure to stop by my Website and check out my other books on Amazon. Have a safe and happy New Year!!

 

Free Promo on Amazon thru 12/18

A short newsletter today, as I’m plugging a free promo which is running thru December 18th. This is for “The Case of the Invisible Souls: A Jarvis Mann Short Story”. This holiday themed book, has Jarvis helping a homeless veteran, living on the streets of Denver, trying to figure out why other homeless in his area are disappearing. Bringing to light not only the homeless issue in our country, but those of our veterans who are struggling out on the street after serving their country. This is my holiday present to my fans. The book is currently #1 on a couple of Amazon Bestseller lists. Here is the link:

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Another reminder I will be at the Last Chance Gift Fest, which runs from 10 am to 5 pm this Sunday, December 17th, at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont Colorado. I will have paperback versions of my four novels to sign for those interested in purchasing them. Anyone buying a book will receive a free Jarvis Mann T-Shirt. I also have teasers of my latest Jarvis Mann novel “The Front Range Butcher” for everyone to check out. Release date is early next year for the seventh book in the series.

Don’t forget anyone signing up for this newsletter can get a free copy of the first novel, Tracking A Shadow. You can do this via my website or through Instafreebie, where you can get a version in MOBI, EPUB or PDF, of this novel which one reviewer said: “Simply wow! I loved it. I felt like I was transported back in time to the tome’s of the mystery and suspense novels of the 1940s. This book had all you would expect of the gumshoe private I, and the femme fatale of a Dashell Hammett book”. Here are the links you can use to get this book for free:

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Thanks again everyone for reading this newsletter. Be sure to share with anyone who loves to read. Here is hoping everyone has a wonderful, safe and joyous holiday season. Peace and love to you all!!

Surviving Holiday Sales

Another year of shopping has passed, being bombarded with crazy Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Like many people these days, we do most of our shopping online. I for one hate the crowds and people fighting over the one remaining large screen TV. I’m always amazed the lengths people go through to save a few bucks, throwing common courtesy out the window. It is a mess we try to avoid if at all possible. The bevy of Amazon boxes delivered in a cluster of Prime packaging, on our doorstep seems to be more convenient for us. I’ve been a practical shopper most of my life, getting the things we really need. Maybe one or two excess items, we probably could do without, but indulge on. The shock of the bill coming 30 days later. Hopefully everyone made it through those days unscathed and avoided bankruptcy. If you have any crazy shopping stories to share, please do so by replying to this email or in the comments of the blog on the website. For writers those tales make great fodder for future stories.

With the holiday season comes opportunities to sell books. I had tables at two craft fairs, one Cherokee Trail High School, and the other Rangeview High School. I met lots of potential fans, sold quite a few books and received lots of sign-ups for this newsletter. A big thanks to those of you who bought the books and are new to my newsletter. A big welcome to you all!! I have one other event coming up in Longmont Colorado, the Last Chance Gift Feast,  at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on December 17th. Should be a busy place, with lots of people to talk and interact with about my stories. I look forward to meeting everyone, and if you are in the area, be sure to stop in. Besides my books there will be lots of other gift items for those last minute shoppers.

Feedback from beta readers on my latest book, was excellent. No major issues with the story, with only minor corrections needed. The Front Range Butcher is now off to my editor/proofreader team for polishing, a process that will take a month or so. Cover designs are being worked on and hopefully finalized by the end of the year. Still shooting for a late January, early February release date. Once pre-sales are available I will let everyone know. I may be setting up some giveaways and contests to go with the release. More about this a in future newsletter. This was clearly the most complex book I’ve written, and hopefully the best one yet in the Jarvis Mann PI series. As one of my beta readers mentioned “It was great and I hope you sell a million”. It was a sentiment I couldn’t argue with!

Be sure to spread the word about my website for those interested in Mystery/Detective stories. Direct them to my website, and when they sign-up I will send them a free eBook of the first novel, Tracking A Shadow. The whole series, 2 short stories and 4 novels, can be purchased on Amazon for $13.95 in eBook format. A bargain price for any voracious readers on your holiday buying list. Links can be found on my RWeir website or via my Amazon author site. Word of mouth is critical for any indie author. And I’m thankful everyday for the promotion my fans provide.

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That is all for now. Drop a comment or send and email. I love hearing from each one of you and do my best to respond quickly. I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and peaceful holiday, filled with food, family and friends.

 

Colorado Weather is Never Boring

As I come upon the one-year anniversary of my motorcycle accident, I’m happy to say my health is much better 12 months later. This has been a long year with many challenges, with a few hurdles remaining, but I’ve come a long way since that November 11th night when I crashed into the side of that van and lay on the pavement in horrible pain. I’ve worked hard to get where I am, the goal being to be playing tennis again next spring and get back on a motorcycle, albeit not in the heavy traffic of the city. I have much to be thankful for with the upcoming holiday season, especially all the help my family provided me through these challenging times. I have been blessed in ways I never realized.

Living in Colorado provides many joys. The mountains, wildlife and beautiful scenery are everywhere. One thing I particularly relish about the Centennial State is the crazy weather. We go from Summer to Winter and back again, over the course of a couple of days. Nearly 80 degrees and then snow overnight, and a day later it can be warm again. The leaves have hit the ground, and have been raked up, the trees bare and bracing for full on Winter. Snow comes, melts and comes again, Spring and Summer never far away. It is never boring, but I’ve always enjoyed the weather mood swings. Accept for driving in it… YUCK!!

With the weather changing, I’ve been inside locked away, working on the second read through on the next Jarvis Mann novel, The Front Range Butcher. This is the longest book I’ve written, at over 120k words in length, and the 7th in the series. I’m hoping to get it to beta readers in the next week for feedback. After that, if the reaction is good, then off to an editor. I’ve got an idea of how the cover will look, and I will be working with my cover designer to get that finished. Still shooting for early next year for a release. There is a lot going on in the next chapter of the Jarvis Mann series, as he is facing challenges testing all his physical and mental skills. Snippets of the book are posted each week on my Jarvis Mann Facebook page, so be sure to check them out.

One sleepless night last week, I wrote the first chapter to the next novel. Butcher and this book, tentatively titled, Mann in the Crossfire, are tied together. Like many of my stories, events and characters carryover from book to book, but these two will have two major plot-lines that link. There will be some political intrigue in the story, ripped from today’s headlines. Jarvis will go to new locales and face dangers he’s never faced before. It’s ambitious, so I hope it works.

That is all for now, as I need to get back to editing. Remember anyone signing up for this newsletter can get a free copy of the first Jarvis Mann novel, Tracking A Shadow. If you have friends who like the old-style Noir detective novels, with modern stories, be sure to tell them to sign up. All my books are available on Amazon. If you don’t have them all be sure to complete the set. They make great gifts for all the voracious readers in your family. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.