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Now Hear This!

~ I've been a bit remiss in posting to the blog lately. Life has a way of getting in the way of things sometimes, as it has done here. In any case, I wanted to give an update on a few things.

I received word from the producer of the audio version of 'In The Dark'. It should be wrapping up next week! I'm also working with an amazing artist, Shawn Garrett, to get a new cover design created for the audio book (and subsequent prints of the written version).

I'm excited to get 'In The Dark' in the hands (or, I should say, in the ears) of people that love books but struggle to find the time to read them (lately, I can certainly relate). On that note, I recently visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II (between 1889 and 1895) and it's still the largest privately owned house in the United States. As I learned about Mr. Vanderbilt and all of his hobbies (horseback riding, horticulture, art collecting, entertaining large parties, etc.), I also learned that he was an avid reader and had over 22,000 books in his personal library. Over 22,000! That makes me feel a tad lazy about making time to read, but then I'm reminded that the lack of a day job likely helped him with this wonderful obsession (not to mention a lack of electronics, television, and the like).

Regarding the audio book of 'Lies That Bind', I'll send out an announcement (or ten) once its ready. If you plan to buy it, I hope you enjoy it. I've enlisted Timothy McKean to read it, and his vocal talents are perfect for the role of Steve Lewis. If you've read the book and you also get the audio version, I think you'll agree. Your comments, reviews and feedback are always welcome (and encouraged).

Regarding 'Lies That Bind', I've made great progress with the story lately, but it is still far from complete. I'm starting to understand why George R.R. Martin has an ever-slipping deadline. Although certainly not the epic tale of his genius mind, I'm finding 'Lies That Bind' to require more story design than I'd originally anticipated. It needs to feel just right for me, and it's getting there, albeit slower than expected. Since writing my first book, I see great value in creating a deadline, but mine keeps moving. I'm targeting late summer to wrap up, but I'm not committing to it. The best I can commit to is this calendar year. Let's hope it does not take that long. That's all for now. Until next time, happy reading!

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