Sunday, February 13, 2011
James Scott Bell
Today I announce my first E book exclusive.
Watch Your Back is all new material, a novella and three stories of suspense. Page turning stuff. At least, that's my claim. For less than a Starbucks latte you can test that claim for yourself. I'd love to hear from you if I've done my job.
This is all an exciting development for me. While I'm still working under a traditional contract, I see this arena as a way to complement that work. I'll be growing new readers and giving my current readers more product. What's not to like about that?
But mostly it's about the writing.
See, I always wanted to do one thing, since I was a kid: write stories. Write books. The kind of books I loved to read. Page turners. Twisty plots. Up all night stuff.
I had to work hard to get there, but I did. And I've appreciated every moment of the ride.
There were some years I put out two novels in a year (and once or twice with a non-fiction writing book thrown in). But that had to be it, because of publishing schedules, limited shelf space in the stores and so on.
Now I don't have to wait 18 months for a book see the light, or worry about getting more than spine-out shelf space once it does. I can have a book out there as soon as I think it's ready. And readers can have it in their hands in seconds.
I always admired the pulp writers of the golden age. The era of Black Mask and Chandler and Hammett and Cornell Woolrich, guys writing fast and furious for a penny a word, providing stories for a voracious public. Turning out some of the greatest examples of American suspense ever written.
I wanted to write in that tradition, and now I can.
It begins here, with Watch Your Back.
In the title novella, hotshot IT guy Cameron Cates seems to have it all. A secure job, a fiancée who loves him and the prospect of a steady life ahead. But then he sees her. The new woman at work. And like watching a car crash in slow motion, Cam knows he can't turn away and is powerless to stop what happens next. A tale of lust and greed and corporate America––and what happens to dreams that become all too real.
Fore Play is the story of the world's top golfer and the trouble that follows his off the course activities. Let's put it this way: his game will never be the same.
In Rage Road, a nice young couple thinks they're out for a smooth ride through some lovely country. The truck behind them has a different idea.
Married man Frank Dabney has learned to listen to his wife, Susie. But in Heed the Wife he finds out he may have listened one too many times.
For Watch Your Back I hired cover designer Jeff Gerke (if you're interested in his services you can contact him by going here. Tell him I sent you). I had beta readers read and edit the content, and hired out the text formatting.
But the stories are mine and it's an absolute thrill to be able to share them with you now. There's more to come.
Is this a golden age for writers or what?
So allow me to consider this a launch party of sorts, for Watch Your Back and my future e-books. I'm just sorry I can't offer you a glass of wine and some gourmet cheeses. But I'll hang out here today and read your comments and answer any questions you might want to sling my way.
And thanks for stopping by.