Will I or won’t I?

Oz's While Album

Oz’s White Album

Will I make my self-imposed June 3 deadline for the release of The Gore: Book Six of the Oz Chronicles?  As the Magic 8 Ball might put it, It is decidedly so.  My final draft is done. Is it what I expected?  No.  I have a basic idea of where the story is going once I start writing, but when I get in the thick of things, I let Oz lead the way, and he throws me curve balls every so often.

I’m releasing the Kindle version first.  It just makes sense since Kindle rules the world.  There will be a print version that will follow probably about mid-June.

This is the next to last Oz book, and I know how the series will end in Book Seven. I need some time away from Oz in order to get a refreshed perspective and do it right, so I’m not nearly ready to give out even an approximate release date for that book.  After it is released I’m toying around with putting the entire series in one long, long book. I’m even considering throwing in a special bonus with that compilation.  I’ll have more on that in the months ahead.

The image is the possible cover.  I thought about going with something with a bit more gore, but in the end, I thought that was too on the nose.  I’m still tinkering.  Feel free to weigh in.

The Takers and Book Six

I’m working like hell to make the June 3 deadline on Book Six. It is going to come down to the wire, but starting Monday, I’ll give daily reports on my progress.  The title has changed.  It’s now called The Gore: Book Six of the Oz Chronicles. 

The Takers is getting the audio treatment.  A voice actor by the name of John Anthony David is working on the recording for the audio book, and I believe we’re shooting for the end of June as the completion date. 

Speaking of The Takers.  It will be free for Kindle from Saturday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 22.  Tell your friends!

The Takers Facebook Ad

I’m getting things in gear to prepare for Book 6 of the Oz Chronicles to come out.  It’s still some time off, but it’s in the best interest of the entire series to build some buzz about all the books before I release Book 6.  I will do the free Kindle downloads like usual, but I’m also considering doing a Facebook Ad.  I’ve done them in the past, and I’ve had modest success with them. 

Here’s the problem.  I have to come up with a catchy headline and then ad copy that is no more than 80 characters.  It’s really, really, really tough coming up with an effective ad with those parameters.  So hard in fact, that I’m looking for some input from you, the readers of The Oz Chronicles.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  In fact, I’ll send you a free signed copy of Book 6 when it’s published if I use your idea.  Feel free to comment away here or on Facebook.  

Under the weather

I’m not feeling 100% today.  I had a simple little procedure on my eye that included some old school torture techniques, and as a result I find myself getting headaches when I read or sit in front of the computer for too long.  I have to be really selfish and not post a entry from Lou’s diary today.  Next week, I’ll post a reading of more from Book Six of the Oz Chronicles as a makeup.

I’m busy wrestling bears today

So, there will be no entry from Lou’s Diary this week.  In fact, we may be looking at a permanent shift in my schedule.  Things are tightening up for me time-wise, so I may go to a bi-monthly posting of Lou’s Diary.  It’s a necessary change so I can pick up the pace on Book Six and get it out the door and into your hands.

He totally misunderstood me when I questioned his right to bear arms.

He totally misunderstood me when I questioned his right to bear arms.