THAT SOUND YOU HEAR IS ME BOUNCING UP AND DOWN WITH JOY

It has been a while coming, but I am pleased to announce that my new novel, The Little Girl Waits, is now on sale.  It is available in paperback, and will be available as an eBook soon.

The LIttle Girl Waits Cover
The cover is from a scene in the book

The story is a full length novel, and in many ways it is a sequel to The Haunting of Pastor Butch Gregory and other Short Stories.  It is a sequel in that it weaves together characters and background introduced in some of those shorts.  Yet, it is not precise to say it is a sequel because the novel goes in a very different direction.

The backdrop of the book is the crisis of child sex trafficking.  You have probably read or heard about this awful, horrible, terrible plaque.  The problem is global, as we have recently been made aware of the plight of those 300 girls in Nigera and the #bringbackourgirls campaign.  The novel, though, is set in the United States and focuses upon the issue at a personal level.  Most of us live our lives as if this problem is somewhere overseas, across the border, or only impacts certain kinds of people.  But that is wrong.  It is in every community and can happen to anyone.  We all have a responsibility to do something, and it is that responsibility that fuels the action in the novel.

Learn more at the book’s website, www.thelittlegirlwaits.com.  You can buy the book there, my publisher, online retailers (Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com), or directly from me.  I have a supply of books that I will autograph and send to you at $20 (that includes shipping) each.  Comment below if you want an autographed copy, or you can send a me private message on Facebook or Twitter, or you can always email me at jkgreenings@yahoo.com.  There is also a Goodreads giveaway contest for the book, as I am giving away 25 free copies.  You can click on the link at the books website.

If you read it and like it, I have one simple request.  Please take a moment to rate it and/or review it at amazon.com, Goodreads, and barnesandnoble.com.  Those ratings and reviews do make a difference.

I hope you like it.

 

Screenshot from barnesandnoble.com
Screenshot from barnesandnoble.com

 

EASY PEASY WAYS TO HELP A STARVING ARTIST (LIKE ME-HINT HINT)

Is there an artist, maybe a writer or a musician, that you really dig but you know they don’t have much visibility and a lot of people don’t know about them?  Wonder what you could do to help?  If so, I have good news for you.

A new title has just been released by my friend Anthony Horvath called Superfan.  It is essentially a manual written to those who are  fans of an indie artist.  It is only 10,000 words (very short) and reads even quicker than that.  I highly recommend it to people who either know an indie writer/musician/artist or to someone engaged in that venture and who is trying to break through the noise.  It is cheap on the Kindle and also available in paperback.

Click image to buy for only $2.99 on the Kindle.
Click image to buy for only $2.99 on the Kindle.

Horvath’s book is chock-full-o stuff, but I have included here three easy peasy things you can do to help your favorite writer/author out.

1.  Rate books and stories on Amazon, Goodreads.com, Barnesandnoble.com and wherever else you can.  These things really really really matter.  Amazon uses these metrics in determining all kinds of stuff–not the least of which is the “you may also like…”  Don’t just rate it though, take the time to write a review–three or four sentences about what you liked in the book or story.  Caution–write it like you don’t now the author, even though you do.  If you write the review like you’ll be having lunch with the author tomorrow, then people will discredit your review.

2.  Share links to the author’s work on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.  If you really like the artist and want good things for him or her, then do a little free and easy promo work.  I mean, after all, you passed along that funny picture of the cockatoo or the kitty cat so it is not like you’ll lose any professional cred by recommending some awesome literature.

3.  Okay, this one requires a little nuance, but it is still super easy peasy.  Mention this person you like in the same breadth that you mention other writers that everyone admires.  So if you’re talking to someone at work, say, about the newest zombie movie, mention something like, “Yeah, I read a story the other day by that cool Indie author Derek Elkins about Zombies.  It’s called The Driving Dead.  I just love zombie satire,” and then let it go.  A better one would be, “I read Jamie Greening’s science fiction story The Deep Cove Lineage the other day and I just kept thinking about how much it reminded me of Dean Koontz.”  Now be careful, because you could come across as pushy.  Don’t be pushy and don’t go on and on and on everyday.  That would do more harm than good.

I know this all sounds like shilling, but the truth is the deck is stacked so much against real writers (TV personalities who have books ghost written for them don’t count) that we need every edge we can get.  The best stuff ever is being published right now and it is out there for anyone to read and find, but no one knows about it.  You are doing the world a favor by making them aware of something they weren’t aware of before, and that is a noble task.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF “DEEP COVE”

This blog is doing double duty.  It is an identical posting I made for Bard and Book, which is going public tomorrow with a major press release.  It is about my newest short story, Deep Cove.  The best way to read it is at bardandbook.com, but it is also available at Amazon and barnesandnoble.com as well as Smashwords. 

“Deep Cove” is the name of one of the streets near our Lake house in Central Texas.  The name stuck with me as I began to write an homage to the  monster movies from my childhood.  I remember watching The Creature from the Black Lagoon on Saturday afternoons.  Even though it was campy and in black and white, there was something about it which pulled me in.  A couple of years ago my family and I vacationed at Universal Studios and they even had a stage show version of it and I looked forward to see it.  Sadly, I was disappointed as the show was terrible.

What  I wanted to do, though, was to use the monster to set a historical backdrop from my own memory and cultural heritage.  What emerged was a story about two ‘good ole boys’ who encounter a lake monster one night while fishing.  A careful reader, though, ought to find t two or three other themes such as the alpha and beta relationship between the two men, their life’s goals, and the irony of fishermen being fished by the fish.

This is the initial story; but I plan others.  In future stories we will see other encounters people have with it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are not some stories located in the 80’s and possibly the 90’s as well as the legend of the beast takes hold in the community of Deep Cove.

Eventually there will be a story about the beast’s origins.  However, I intend to write that one near the end of the collection.  Probably, just probably, we’ll discover a mad scientist involved who experiments with radiation and genetic mutations of aquatic wildlife in the late 1950’s.  But I will not promise that.