The Closeout Kings is in the hands of beta readers

Based on all the feedback on Facebook, here, and in the non-internet world, this looks like the winning cover.

In the hands of beta readers

I put out a call for beta readers for The Closeout Kings on Facebook, and I was pleasantly surprised by the response.  As a result, the early first-revised draft of the book is in the hands of 20+ readers.  I’ve never used that many beta readers before.  At most, I’ve used a half-dozen, so it will be interesting to see the results.  I created a survey on Polldaddy that allows the beta readers to anonymously rank the general elements of a story (character, plot, setting, humor, etc.), and I also gave them the opportunity to leave detailed comments about any issue they want to address.

I’ve already gotten some excellent feedback on dialect, firearms, trucks, and other details. These are factors that are as important as the major aspects of storytelling, and are incredibly helpful.

The book is almost 84k words, so I don’t anticipate I’ll see a significant number or survey results for a couple of weeks, so that leaves me some down time to hop on other projects.  Those other projects include Book Seven.  I’m going to play around with some plot points and see if I can pull together a full skeleton of the story.  This is Oz’ finally journey, and I’m somewhat terrified I’m not going to do him justice.

I may also take a look at The Tree Readers again.  It’s become an epic Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel that is currently well over 100k words, and by my estimation, it’s only about 2/3 of they way done. Given that it’s taken years to write, I don’t see myself rushing to get it done now.  It’s one of those manuscripts that I may finish, hand off to my agent and forget about it.

That’s my state of writing report for now.  Stay calm and keep reading.

Why am I reading with a southern accent?

Tennessee Ernie Ford: "It was a dark and stormy night, y'all."

Tennessee Ernie Ford: “It was a dark and stormy night, y’all.”

If you’re familiar with Bad Way Out, you know that the grammar of the narrator, ER Percy, is horrible.  He’s a hillbilly with no use for fancy talk.  So it’s understandable that you read that book (internally or aloud) with a thick southern drawl (as the extremely talented narrator Mr. Nate Daniels did in the audiobook version).

The Closeout Kings is told using a third person omniscient narrator. All the characters are decidedly hillbilly, but the narration is a simple, straight read.  So why then am I reading it with a southern accent?  It doesn’t make sense to me, but every time I pick up a couple of pages and read it I become Tennessee Ernie Ford.

I may have to record a reading and post it to totally humiliate myself.  Maybe then I’ll drop the dang twang and start reading it like a normal person.

Book Review – Jeremy Robinson’s Pulse

A Page Turner of the Highest Order!

A Page Turner of the Highest Order!

If you are looking for a book that will give you heart palpitations and reads with the pace and energy of an edge of your seat video game, Jeremy Robinson’s Pulse is the book for you.  Simply put, it is a good time read.  An evil billionaire sets out to discover the key to immortality and manages to unleash the wrath of the mythical beast, Hydra.  A Delta Force team of soldiers is called in to fight various badies that include humans who can regenerate body parts thanks to their modified DNA that includes Hydra juice.   Gun battles, hand to hand combat, monster mauling, it’s all here.  I can’t recommend this book enough.

I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Robinson’s novels and I think this is his best.   He is firing on all cylinders here, providing a page turner to the nth degree.  If you combined the DNA from some of the best authors in this genre (Rollins, Crichton, Reilly, etc.) and created some mad scientist concoction, you would end up with Jeremy Robinson clacking away on his computer keyboard churning out action-packed prose.  Pulse is the perfect summer read.

*Note – The mad scientist in this book is named Richard Ridley and except for the evil tendencies, the money, the smooth demeanor, the brains, he’s exactly like me!

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I’m Officially Bad Today!

Where my evil half lives!

Where my evil half lives!

Jeremy Robinson’s first book in his Chess Team Series goes on sale today. The book is called Pulse and it sounds like you may raise your pulse rate just by reading it. It features an evil scientist named Richard Ridley. I ordered my copy yesterday. You should buy a copy and see just how despicably evil a guy who shares my name can be. Also you should buy it because of what these reviewers and authors say about the book:

“Robinson’s latest reads like a video game with tons of action and lots of carnage. The combination of mythology, technology, and high-octane action proves irresistible. Gruesome and nasty in a good way, this will appeal to readers of Matthew Reilly.”
Booklist

“Raiders of the Lost Arc meets Tom Clancy meets Saturday matinee monster flick with myths, monsters, special ops supermen and more high tech weapons than a Bond flick. Pulse is an over-the-top, bullet-ridden good time.”
Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of CONTAGIOUS and INFECTED

“Jeremy Robinson’s latest novel, PULSE, ratchets his writing to the next level. Rocket-boosted action, brilliant speculation, and the recreation of a horror out of the mythologic past, all seamlessly blend into a rollercoaster ride of suspense and adventure. Who knew chess could be this much fun!”
James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of THE LAST ORACLE

“PULSE contains all of the danger, treachery, and action a reader could wish for. Its band of heroes are gutsy and gritty. Jeremy Robinson has one wild imagination, slicing and stitching his tale together with the deft hand of a surgeon. Robinson’s impressive talent is on full display in this one.”
Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT

“Here’s a neat twist: a young adventure thriller writer – whose heroes save the world – saves the world of adventure thrillers. In a genre glutted with popcorn gimmicks and tired rip-offs, Jeremy Robinson dares to craft old-fashioned guilty pleasures – far horizons, ancient maps, and classic monsters – hardwired for the 21st century. There’s nothing timid about Robinson as he drops his readers off the cliff without a parachute and somehow manages to catch us an inch or two from doom.”
Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of THE DESCENT and YEAR ZERO

“PULSE is Jeremy Robinson’s best yet. A really intriguing premise, frightening consequences, wrapped up in roaring adventure.”
Stel Pavlou International Bestselling author of DECIPHER

“An elite task force must stop a genetic force of nature in the form of the legendary Hydra in this latest Jeremy Robinson thriller. Yet another page-turner!”
Steve Alten, N.Y. Times best-selling author of The Loch & MEG: Hell’s Aquarium
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“A pulse-pounding adventure genetically engineered to mythic effect.”
Thomas Greanias, New York Times bestselling author of THE ATLANTIS REVELATION

“Greek myth and biotechnology collide in Robinson’s first in a new thriller series to feature the Chess Team… Robinson (Antarktos Rising) will have readers turning the pages…”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Combining mythology with Jurassic Park, PULSE is an over the top action-packed thriller that will have readers hooked from start to finish as one escapade leads to another and another, etc as the story line never takes a breather.”
Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s #1 reviewer


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I’m going to be bad in 2009!

Enough of this nice guy stuff. I’m going to be bad this year. Well, not actually me, but a character named Richard Ridley will be awesomely bad in an upcoming thriller written by Jeremy Robinson (now you know my first name). Jeremy dropped me a note last week letting me know about his new bad guy, and I’m loving every wicked moment of it. I’ve secretly always wanted to be an evil geneticist. Lack of brains and overall evilness is the only thing holding me back. Here’s what Jeremy had to say in his initial email:

I named the bad guy in PULSE after you. Richard Ridley is the head of Manifold Genetics and into some unsavory science. He’s a fun character, but can be…brutal at times. I used a bunch of upcoming authors as names for characters in the book. Just thought it’d be fun. 🙂 Scott Sigler, Lewis Aleman and Steven Savile are all authors in the book too, though I changed Scott’s first name to Jack.

Here’s a description of PULSE:

Imagine a world where soldiers regenerate and continue fighting without pause, and where suicide bombers live to strike again. This is the dream of Richard Ridley, founder of Manifold Genetics, and he has discovered the key to eternal life: an ancient artifact buried beneath a Greek inscribed stone in the Peruvian desert.

When Manifold steals the artifact and abducts archaeologist Dr. George Pierce, the United States Special Forces Delta operator, Jack Sigler, callsign King, and his “Chess Team”—Queen, Knight, Rook, Bishop and their handler, Deep Blue—give chase. They must save Pierce and stop Manifold before they change the face of genetics—and human history—forever.

According to the Amazon detail page, the book will be released in May of 2009, but it is available for pre-order now!

Jeremy also has another book coming out on January 16, 2009 titled Kronos. If you like sea monsters (and who doesn’t) this is the book for you. Here’s the trailer:


I will be returning the favor. Look for a slightly insane Bigfoot hunter named Jeremy Robinson in my new book titled “Lost Days.” Release date as yet to be determined.